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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045923/harvesting-and-contamination-control-of-microalgae-chlorella-ellipsoidea-using-the-bio-polymeric-flocculant-%C3%AE-poly-l-lysine
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Won Noh, Jungmin Kim, Sang-Jun Lee, Byung-Gon Ryu, Chang-Min Kang
Microalgae have been extensively studied for the production of various products. However, to date, microalgal biomass has not become economically feasible, mainly due to different issues such as contamination from various sources that occurs during downstream processes, and which leads to low quality biomass with limited application. In this study, to overcome contamination by flocculants and other microorganisms, the cationic biopolymer α-Poly-l-lysine (α-PLL) was applied. The cationic amine moiety and polymeric chain of α-PLL rendered microalgal harvesting efficient...
September 23, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045848/single-molecule-sequencing-reveals-the-chromosome-scale-genomic-architecture-of-the-nematode-model-organism-pristionchus-pacificus
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Christian Rödelsperger, Jan M Meyer, Neel Prabh, Christa Lanz, Felix Bemm, Ralf J Sommer
The nematode Pristionchus pacificus is an established model for integrative evolutionary biology and comparative studies with Caenorhabditis elegans. While an existing genome draft facilitated the identification of several genes controlling various developmental processes, its high degree of fragmentation complicated virtually all genomic analyses. Here, we present a de novo genome assembly from single-molecule, long-read sequencing data consisting of 135 P. pacificus contigs. When combined with a genetic linkage map, 99% of the assembly could be ordered and oriented into six chromosomes...
October 17, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045841/phosphorylation-of-irhom2-controls-stimulated-proteolytic-shedding-by-the-metalloprotease-adam17-tace
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Miguel Cavadas, Ioanna Oikonomidi, Catarina J Gaspar, Emma Burbridge, Marina Badenes, Inês Félix, Alfonso Bolado, Tianyi Hu, Andrea Bileck, Christopher Gerner, Pedro M Domingos, Alex von Kriegsheim, Colin Adrain
Cell surface metalloproteases coordinate signaling during development, tissue homeostasis, and disease. TACE (TNF-α-converting enzyme), is responsible for cleavage ("shedding") of membrane-tethered signaling molecules, including the cytokine TNF, and activating ligands of the EGFR. The trafficking of TACE within the secretory pathway requires its binding to iRhom2, which mediates the exit of TACE from the endoplasmic reticulum. An important, but mechanistically unclear, feature of TACE biology is its ability to be stimulated rapidly on the cell surface by numerous inflammatory and growth-promoting agents...
October 17, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045783/reinvestigation-of-the-substitutions-reaction-of-stereogenic-phosphoryl-compounds-stereochemistry-mechanism-and-applications
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Li-Juan Liu, Wei-Min Wang, Lan Yao, Fan-Jie Meng, Yong-Ming Sun, Hao Xu, Zhong-Yuan Xu, Qiang Li, Chang-Qiu Zhao, Li-Biao Han
Nucleophilic substitutions at P centers are of high importance in biological processes and asymmetric synthesis. However, detailed studies on this topic are rare. P-stereogenic compounds containing P-Cl, P-O and P-S bonds were diastereoselectively prepared and then used to study the substitution of Cl, O and S at phosphorus centers with organometallic reagents. It was proposed that with alkynyl metallic reagents, an SN2-like mechanism (route A1) and a BPR of pentacoordinated phosphorus intermediates (route B1) were involved and afforded P-inverted and P-retained products, respectively...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045668/sublethal-effects-of-vatpase-a-and-snf7-dsrnas-on-biology-of-southern-corn-rootworm-diabrotica-undecimpunctata-howardi-barber
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Adriano E Pereira, Ana M Vélez, Lance J Meinke, Blair D Siegfried, Kun Yan Zhu
RNA interference is a powerful tool against corn rootworm. Adults and neonates of southern corn rootworm, Diabrotica undecimpunctata howardi Barber (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae), were exposed to the LC50 of vATPase-A and Snf7 double-stranded RNAs (dsRNAs), and the effects on female fecundity, egg viability, male fitness as measured by sperm viability and mating capacity, larval recovery along with dry weight, and instar determination 10 d after exposure to dsRNA, were determined. Significant reductions were observed for a number of parameters in dsRNA-exposed rootworms relative to control treatments...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045595/performance-of-apanteles-hemara-hymenoptera-braconidae-on-two-amaranth-leaf-webbers-spoladea-recurvalis-and-udea-ferrugalis-lepidoptera-crambidae
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S T O Othim, K M Agbodzavu, R Kahuthia-Gathu, K S Akutse, S Muchemi, S Ekesi, K K M Fiaboe
Amaranth is an African indigenous vegetable that is gaining popularity due to its nutritional, medicinal, and economic values. In East Africa, frequent outbreaks of Lepidopteran leaf-webbers, Spoladea recurvalis F. (Lepidoptera: Crambidae) and Udea ferrugalis Hübner (1976) are reported on this crop, causing up to 100% foliage loss. The larval endoparasitoid Apanteles hemara Nixon is also frequently found associated with these pests during the outbreaks, however, its performance on both pests has never been documented...
October 14, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045593/a-teleost-androgen-promotes-development-of-primary-ovarian-follicles-in-coho-salmon-and-rapidly-alters-the-ovarian-transcriptome
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Christopher Monson, Kristy Forsgren, Giles Goetz, Louisa Harding, Penny Swanson, Graham Young
Recent studies using several teleost models have revealed that androgens increase the size of previtellogenic (primary and/or early secondary) ovarian follicles. To explore our hypothesis that androgens drive the development of primary follicles into early secondary follicles, and to determine the mechanisms underlying these androgenic effects, we exposed juvenile coho salmon to near-physiological and relatively sustained levels of the non-aromatizable androgen 11-ketotestosterone (11-KT). This resulted in significant growth of primary ovarian follicles after 10 and 20 days, with follicles after 20 days displaying a morphological phenotype characteristic of early secondary follicles (presence of cortical alveoli)...
October 13, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045517/clinicobiological-features-and-prognostic-impact-of-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-component-in-the-outcome-of-patients-with-previously-untreated-follicular-lymphoma
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L Magnano, O Balagué, I Dlouhy, J Rovira, K Karube, M Pinyol, A Rivas-Delgado, D Costa, A Martínez-Trillos, B González-Farre, A Martínez-Pozo, E Giné, D Colomer, J Delgado, N Villamor, E Campo, A López-Guillermo
Background: The co-existence at diagnosis of follicular lymphoma (FL) and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) components (FL/DLBCL) has been considered a transformed lymphoma and accordingly treated although clinicobiological information on these patients is scarce. The aim of this study was to analyze the initial features and outcome of FL/DLBCL patients in the rituximab era. Patients and methods: All patients consecutively diagnosed at a single institution with FL/DLBCL (n = 40), as well as those with pure FL (n = 328) or de novo DLBCL (n = 510) as controls...
August 2, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045473/identification-of-functionally-important-micrornas-from-rice-inflorescence-at-heading-stage-of-a-qdty4-1-qtl-bearing-near-isogenic-line-under-drought-conditions
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Boon Huat Cheah, Sudhir Jadhao, Madavan Vasudevan, Ratnam Wickneswari, Kalaivani Nadarajah
A cross between IR64 (high-yielding but drought-susceptible) and Aday Sel (drought-tolerant) rice cultivars yielded a stable line with enhanced grain yield under drought screening field trials at International Rice Research Institute. The major effect qDTY4.1 drought tolerance and yield QTL was detected in the IR77298-14-1-2-10 Backcrossed Inbred Line (BIL) and its IR87705-7-15-B Near Isogenic Line (NIL) with 93.9% genetic similarity to IR64. Although rice yield is extremely susceptible to water stress at reproductive stage, currently, there is only one report on the detection of drought-responsive microRNAs in inflorescence tissue of a Japonica rice line...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045415/isolation-identification-and-phenotypic-and-molecular-characterization-of-pathogenic-vibrio-vulnificus-isolated-from-litopenaeus-vannamei
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Tao Teng, Liguo Liang, Kai Chen, Bingwen Xi, Jun Xie, Pao Xu
The morphology and the drug sensitivity of the strain GYX2014-1 isolated from the hepatic pancreatic tissue of moribund Litopenaeus vannamei were evaluated by conventional culture characteristics, physical and chemical characteristics, and molecular biology methods. Detection of extracellulase and hemolysin activity shows that the isolated GYX2014-1 has protease, lipase, gelatinase activity, but none of amylase, or lecithinase activity. The 16S rRNA gene (GenBank accession number: KT781675) was analyzed, and a phylogenetic tree analysis showed that the isolated pathogen was most closely related to V...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045398/nonlatching-positive-feedback-enables-robust-bimodality-by-decoupling-expression-noise-from-the-mean
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Brandon S Razooky, Youfang Cao, Maike M K Hansen, Alan S Perelson, Michael L Simpson, Leor S Weinberger
Fundamental to biological decision-making is the ability to generate bimodal expression patterns where 2 alternate expression states simultaneously exist. Here, we use a combination of single-cell analysis and mathematical modeling to examine the sources of bimodality in the transcriptional program controlling HIV's fate decision between active replication and viral latency. We find that the HIV transactivator of transcription (Tat) protein manipulates the intrinsic toggling of HIV's promoter, the long terminal repeat (LTR), to generate bimodal ON-OFF expression and that transcriptional positive feedback from Tat shifts and expands the regime of LTR bimodality...
October 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045395/single-molecule-imaging-reveals-receptor-g-protein-interactions-at-cell-surface-hot-spots
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Titiwat Sungkaworn, Marie-Lise Jobin, Krzysztof Burnecki, Aleksander Weron, Martin J Lohse, Davide Calebiro
G-protein-coupled receptors mediate the biological effects of many hormones and neurotransmitters and are important pharmacological targets. They transmit their signals to the cell interior by interacting with G proteins. However, it is unclear how receptors and G proteins meet, interact and couple. Here we analyse the concerted motion of G-protein-coupled receptors and G proteins on the plasma membrane and provide a quantitative model that reveals the key factors that underlie the high spatiotemporal complexity of their interactions...
October 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045391/network-control-principles-predict-neuron-function-in-the-caenorhabditis-elegans-connectome
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Gang Yan, Petra E Vértes, Emma K Towlson, Yee Lian Chew, Denise S Walker, William R Schafer, Albert-László Barabási
Recent studies on the controllability of complex systems offer a powerful mathematical framework to systematically explore the structure-function relationship in biological, social, and technological networks. Despite theoretical advances, we lack direct experimental proof of the validity of these widely used control principles. Here we fill this gap by applying a control framework to the connectome of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, allowing us to predict the involvement of each C. elegans neuron in locomotor behaviours...
October 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045386/mfsd2b-is-essential-for-the-sphingosine-1-phosphate-export-in-erythrocytes-and-platelets
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Thiet M Vu, Ayako-Nakamura Ishizu, Juat Chin Foo, Xiu Ru Toh, Fangyu Zhang, Ding Ming Whee, Federico Torta, Amaury Cazenave-Gassiot, Takayoshi Matsumura, Sangho Kim, Sue-Anne E S Toh, Toshio Suda, David L Silver, Markus R Wenk, Long N Nguyen
Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), a potent signalling lipid secreted by red blood cells and platelets, plays numerous biologically significant roles. However, the identity of its long-sought exporter is enigmatic. Here we show that the major facilitator superfamily transporter 2b (Mfsd2b), an orphan transporter, is essential for S1P export from red blood cells and platelets. Comprehensive lipidomic analysis indicates a dramatic and specific accumulation of S1P species in Mfsd2b knockout red blood cells and platelets compared with that of wild-type controls...
October 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045151/dynamic-blue-light-inducible-t7-rna-polymerases-opto-t7rnaps-for-precise-spatiotemporal-gene-expression-control
#15
Armin Baumschlager, Stephanie K Aoki, Mustafa Khammash
Light has emerged as a control input for biological systems due to its precise spatiotemporal resolution. The limited toolset for light control in bacteria motivated us to develop a light-inducible transcription system that is independent from cellular regulation through the use of an orthogonal RNA polymerase. Here, we present our engineered blue light-responsive T7 RNA polymerases (Opto-T7RNAPs) that show properties such as low leakiness of gene expression in the dark state, high expression strength when induced with blue light, and an inducible range of more than 300-fold...
October 18, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045133/the-product-of-yersinia-pseudotuberculosis-mcc-operon-is-a-peptide-cytidine-antibiotic-activated-inside-producing-cells-by-the-tldd-e-protease
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Darya Tsibulskaya, Olga Mokina, Alexey Kulikovsky, Julia Piskunova, Konstantin Severinov, Marina Serebryakova, Svetlana Dubiley
Microcin C is a heptapeptide-adenylate antibiotic produced by some strains of Escherichia coli. Its peptide part is responsible for facilitated transport inside sensitive cells where it is proteolysed with release of a toxic warhead - a non-hydrolysable aspartamidyl-adenylate, which inhibits aspartyl-tRNA synthetase. Recently, a microcin C homolog from Bacillus amyloliquefaciens containing a longer peptide part modified with carboxymethyl-cytosine instead of adenosine was described but no biological activity of this compound was revealed...
October 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045066/fatality-involving-ocfentanil-documented-by-identification-of-metabolites
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Nathalie Allibe, Camille Richeval, Mélodie Phanithavong, Amandine Faure, Delphine Allorge, François Paysant, Françoise Stanke-Labesque, Hélène Eysseric-Guerin, Jean-Michel Gaulier
New psychoactive substances (NPS) use has rapidly increased over the last decade, and in the last 4 years producers increasingly appear to be targeting non-controlled synthetic opioids, involving fentanyl derivatives such as ocfentanil (OcF). Identification of metabolites is of major importance in the context of NPS use as it could improve detection window in biological matrices in clinical and forensic intoxication cases. Hence, this work aims to report a fatality involving OcF documented by the identification of metabolites...
October 16, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044981/use-of-biocontrol-agents-and-botanicals-in-integrated-management-of-botrytis-cinerea-in-table-grape-vineyards
#18
Caterina Rotolo, Rita M De Miccolis Angelini, Crescenza Dongiovanni, Stefania Pollastro, Giulio Fumarola, Michele Di Carolo, Donato Perrelli, Patrizia Natale, Francesco Faretra
BACKGROUND: The increasing interest on biological control agents (BCAs) and botanicals (BOTs) is due to the increasing awareness on environmental and human health risks associated to the usage of synthetic plant protection products. The BCAs Bacillus subtilis strain QST713, Bacillus amyloliquefaciens strain D747 and Aureobasidium pullulans strains DSM14940 and DSM14941, and the BOTs Melaleuca alternifolia and terpenic extracts are proposed for the control of grey mould in vineyard. This study was aimed at evaluating their effectiveness in integrated crop management strategies and their outcomes in terms of management of fungicide resistance and residues...
October 17, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044952/protocol-for-computational-enzymatic-reactivity-based-on-geometry-optimisation
#19
Nuno Sousa Cerqueira, Pedro Fernandes, Maria João Ramos
Enzymes play a biologically essential role in performing and controlling an important share of the chemical processes occurring in life. However, despite their critical role in nature, attaining a clear understanding of the way an enzyme acts is still cumbersome. Computational enzymology is playing an increasingly important role in this field of research. It allows to elucidate and present the complete and detailed mechanisms of enzymatic reactions, including the characterization of reaction intermediates and transition states from both structural and energetic points of view, something that no other single experiment can produce alone...
October 16, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044928/a-rare-variant-rs933717-at-fbxo31-map1lc3b-in-chinese-is-associated-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Yuan-Yuan Qi, Xu-Jie Zhou, Swapan K Nath, Celi Sun, Yan-Na Wang, Ping Hou, Rong Mu, Chun Li, Jian-Ping Guo, Zhan-Guo Li, Geng Wang, Hu-Ji Xu, Yan-Jie Hao, Zhuo-Li Zhang, Wei-Hua Yue, Huo-Ru Zhang, Ming-Hui Zhao, Hong Zhang
OBJECTIVE: Recent evidence from genetic, cell biology and model animal studies have suggested a pivotal role of autophagy in mediating systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, the genetic basis has not yet been thoroughly examined. The aim of the present study was therefore to identify additional susceptibility variants in autophagy-related genes, and their functional significance. METHODS: First, we performed a gene family-based genetic association analysis in patients with SLE using ImmunoChip, and selected the top-associated polymorphisms for replication in additional cohorts...
October 17, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
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