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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110148/ciprofloxacin-induces-oxidative-stress-in-duckweed-lemna-minor-l-implications-for-energy-metabolism-and-antibiotic-uptake-ability
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Marcelo Pedrosa Gomes, Cíntia Almeida Gonçalves, Júlio César Moreira de Brito, Amanda Miranda Souza, Fernanda Vieira da Silva Cruz, Elisa Monteze Bicalho, Cleber Cunha Figueredo, Queila Souza Garcia
We investigate the physiological responses and antibiotic-uptake capacity of Lemna minor exposed to ciprofloxacin. Ciprofloxacin (Cipro) induced toxic effects and hormesis in plants by significantly modifying photosynthesis and respiration pathways. A toxic effect was induced by a concentration ≥1.05mg ciprofloxacin l(-1) while hormesis occurs at the lowest concentration studied (0.75mg ciprofloxacin l(-1)). By impairing normal electron flow in the respiratory electron transport chain, ciprofloxacin induces hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) production...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110143/non-denitrifying-polyphosphate-accumulating-organisms-obviate-requirement-for-anaerobic-condition
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A Anisa Cokro, Yingyu Law, Rohan B H Williams, Yeshi Cao, Per H Nielsen, Stefan Wuertz
Enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) is a widely used process in wastewater treatment that requires anaerobic/aerobic or anaerobic/anoxic cycling. Surprisingly, phosphorus (P) release was observed in the presence of nitrate in the anoxic compartment of the activated sludge tank in a full-scale treatment plant with the Modified Ludzack Ettinger configuration. We therefore studied the potential of this full-scale activated sludge community to perform EBPR under anoxic/aerobic cycling. The polyphosphate accumulating organism (PAO) Candidatus Accumulibacter represented 3...
January 3, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109855/heterologous-expression-and-characterization-of-plant-taxadiene-5%C3%AE-hydroxylase-cyp725a4-in-escherichia-coli
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John Edward Rouck, Bradley Walters Biggs, Amogh Kambalyal, William R Arnold, Marjan De Mey, Parayil Kumaran Ajikumar, Aditi Das
Taxadiene-5α-Hydroxylase (CYP725A4) is a membrane-bound plant cytochrome P450 that catalyzes the oxidation of taxadiene to taxadiene-5α-ol. This oxidation is a key step in the production of the valuable cancer therapeutic and natural plant product, taxol. In this work, we report the bacterial expression and purification of six different constructs of CYP725A4. All six of these constructs are N-terminally modified and three of them are fused to cytochrome P450 reductase to form a chimera construct. The construct with the highest yield of CYP725A4 protein was then selected for substrate binding and kinetic analysis...
January 18, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108919/modification-of-the-137-cs-90-sr-and-60-co-transfer-to-wheat-plantlets-by-nh4-fertilizers
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J Guillén, G Muñoz-Muñoz, A Baeza, A Salas, N Mocanu
Inorganic fertilizers are used as agricultural countermeasures intended to inhibit the soil to plant transfer of radionuclides after a radioactive fallout. Two NH4(+) fertilizers, diammonium phosphate (DAP) and NPK, were applied to soil contaminated with a mixture of radionuclides to analyze whether they modify the transfer of (137)Cs, (90)Sr, and (60)Co and stable elements (K, Na, Ca, and Mg) to wheat plantlets grown under controlled laboratory conditions. DAP introduced NH4(+) in the soil, which can increase (137)Cs transfer, while NPK also introduced K(+), which can decrease it...
January 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108698/genome-wide-analysis-of-fatty-acid-desaturation-and-its-response-to-temperature
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Guillaume Menard, Jose Martin Moreno, Fiona Bryant, Olaya Munoz-Azcarate, Amélie A Kelly, Keywan Hassani-Pak, Smita Kurup, Peter J Eastmond
Plants modify the polyunsaturated fatty acid content of their membrane and storage lipids in order to adapt to changes in temperature. In developing seeds this response is largely controlled by the activities of the microsomal ω-6 and ω-3 fatty acid desaturases, FAD2 and FAD3. Although temperature-regulation of desaturation has been studied at the molecular and biochemical level, the genetic control of this trait is poorly understood. Here we have characterised the response of Arabidopsis thaliana seed lipids to variation in ambient temperature and found that heat inhibits both ω-6 and ω-3 desaturation in phosphatidylcholine, leading to a proportional change in triacylglycerol composition...
January 20, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108022/evaluation-of-a-method-for-removing-cesium-and-reducing-the-volume-of-leaf-litter-from-broad-leaved-trees-contaminated-by-the-fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-accident-during-the-great-east-japan-earthquake
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Shigeki Harada, Mitsunori Yanagisawa
The town of Marumori in southern Miyagi Prefecture borders on Fukushima Prefecture, and following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, there were concerns about cesium deposition in forested areas. One of the authors of this paper has continually surveyed leaf litter from the forested areas. As leaf litter may be a source of cesium contamination from the forest to downstream areas, we considered a simplified version of wet oxidation, a method previously presented by one of the authors of this study, as a technology to reduce leaf litter weight and cesium concentration, separating radioactive nuclides from non-radioactive ones, in leaf litter...
January 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106912/the-phycocyanobilin-chromophore-of-streptophyte-algal-phytochromes-is-synthesized-by-hy2
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Nathan C Rockwell, Shelley S Martin, Fay-Wei Li, Sarah Mathews, John Clark Lagarias
Land plant phytochromes perceive red and far-red light to control growth and development, using the linear tetrapyrrole (bilin) chromophore phytochromobilin (PΦB). Phytochromes from streptophyte algae, sister species to land plants, instead use phycocyanobilin (PCB). PCB and PΦB are synthesized by different ferredoxin-dependent bilin reductases (FDBRs): PΦB is synthesized by HY2, whereas PCB is synthesized by PcyA. The pathway for PCB biosynthesis in streptophyte algae is unknown. We used phylogenetic analysis and heterologous reconstitution of bilin biosynthesis to investigate bilin biosynthesis in streptophyte algae...
January 20, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102915/transgenerational-effects-alter-plant-defense-and-resistance-in-nature
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Jack Colicchio
Trichomes, or leaf hairs, are epidermal extensions that take a variety of forms and perform many functions in plants, including herbivore defense. In this study, I document genetically determined variation, within-generation plasticity, and a direct role of trichomes in herbivore defense for Mimulus guttatus. After establishing the relationship between trichomes and herbivory, I test for transgenerational effects of wounding on trichome density and herbivore resistance. Patterns of inter-annual variation in herbivore density and the high cost of plant defense makes plant-herbivore interactions a system in which transgenerational phenotypic plasticity (TPP) is apt to evolve...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102542/silicon-promotes-cytokinin-biosynthesis-and-delays-senescence-in-arabidopsis-and-sorghum
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Oshry Markovich, Evyatar Steiner, Štěpán Kouřil, Petr Tarkowski, Asaph Aharoni, Rivka Elbaum
Silicate minerals are dominant soil components. Thus, plant roots are constantly exposed to silicic acid. High silicon intake, enabled by root silicon transporters, correlates with increased tolerance to many biotic and abiotic stresses. However, the underlying protection mechanisms are largely unknown. Here, we tested the hypothesis that silicon interacts with the plant hormones, and specifically, that silicic acid intake increases cytokinin biosynthesis. The reaction of sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) and Arabidopsis plants, modified to absorb high versus low amounts of silicon, to dark-induced senescence was monitored, by quantifying expression levels of genes along the senescence pathway and measuring tissue cytokinin levels...
January 19, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101223/modulatory-effect-of-luteolin-on-redox-homeostasis-and-inflammatory-cytokines-in-a-mouse-model-of-liver-cancer
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Qiang Zhang, Jie Yang, Jun Wang
Liver cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-associated mortality worldwide. Due to changes in lifestyle and daily exposure to various chemicals, which may lead to chemical intoxication, liver cancer has become a prominent disease in humans. Chemical-induced carcinogenesis in experimental animals has become a reliable model for the investigation of liver cancer-associated biological alterations that may mimic human hepatic cancer. Liver cancer in BALB/c mice was induced by administering diethylnitrosamine (DN) in drinking water for 6 weeks...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101142/exploring-accessibility-of-pretreated-poplar-cell-walls-by-measuring-dynamics-of-fluorescent-probes
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Gabriel Paës, Anouck Habrant, Jordane Ossemond, Brigitte Chabbert
BACKGROUND: The lignocellulosic cell wall network is resistant to enzymatic degradation due to the complex chemical and structural features. Pretreatments are thus commonly used to overcome natural recalcitrance of lignocellulose. Characterization of their impact on architecture requires combinatory approaches. However, the accessibility of the lignocellulosic cell walls still needs further insights to provide relevant information. RESULTS: Poplar specimens were pretreated using different conditions...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100489/tale-induced-bhlh-transcription-factors-that-activate-a-pectate-lyase-contribute-to-water-soaking-in-bacterial-spot-of-tomato
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Allison R Schwartz, Robert Morbitzer, Thomas Lahaye, Brian J Staskawicz
AvrHah1 [avirulence (avr) gene homologous to avrBs3 and hax2, no. 1] is a transcription activator-like (TAL) effector (TALE) in Xanthomonas gardneri that induces water-soaked disease lesions on fruits and leaves during bacterial spot of tomato. We observe that water from outside the leaf is drawn into the apoplast in X. gardneri-infected, but not X. gardneriΔavrHah1 (XgΔavrHah1)-infected, plants, conferring a dark, water-soaked appearance. The pull of water can facilitate entry of additional bacterial cells into the apoplast...
January 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100451/an-aphid-effector-targets-trafficking-protein-vps52-in-a-host-specific-manner-to-promote-virulence
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Patricia Rodriguez, Carmen Escudero-Martinez, Jorunn Bos
Plant- and animal-feeding insects secrete saliva inside their hosts, containing effectors, which may promote nutrient release and suppress immunity. Although for plant pathogenic microbes it is well established that effectors target host proteins to modulate host cell processes and promote disease, the host cell targets of herbivorous insects remain elusive. Here, we show that the existing plant pathogenic microbe effector paradigm can be extended to herbivorous insects in that effector-target interactions inside host cells modify critical host processes to promote plant susceptibility...
January 18, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099000/application-of-nano-fe%C3%A2-tannic-acid-complexes-in-modifying-aqueous-acrylic-latex-for-controlled-release-coated-urea
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Yazhen Shen, Changwen Du, Jianmin Zhou, Fei Ma
Acrylic latexes are valuable waterborne materials used in controlled-release fertilizers. Controlled-release urea coated with these latexes release a large amount of nutrients, making it difficult to meet the requirement of plants. Herein, FeⅢ-Tannic Acid (TA) complexes, which were blended with acrylic latex and subsequently reassembled capsules on a surface of polyacrylate particles. These complexes remarkably retarded the release of urea (the preliminary solubility was decreased from 22.3% to 0.8%) via decreasing the coating tackiness (Tg was increased from 4...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096669/nanocoating-with-plant-derived-pectins-activates-osteoblast-response-in-vitro
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J Folkert, A Meresta, T Gaber, K Miksch, F Buttgereit, J Detert, N Pischon, K Gurzawska
A new strategy to improve osseointegration of implants is to stimulate adhesion of bone cells, bone matrix formation, and mineralization at the implant surface by modifying surface coating on the nanoscale level. Plant-derived pectins have been proposed as potential candidates for surface nanocoating of orthopedic and dental titanium implants due to 1) their osteogenic stimulation of osteoblasts to mineralize and 2) their ability to control pectin structural changes. The aim of this study was to evaluate in vitro the impact of the nanoscale plant-derived pectin Rhamnogalacturonan-I (RG-I) from potato on the osteogenic response of murine osteoblasts...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096662/synthetic-nanoparticles-of-bovine-serum-albumin-with-entrapped-salicylic-acid
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E S Bronze-Uhle, B C Costa, V F Ximenes, P N Lisboa-Filho
Bovine serum albumin (BSA) is highly water soluble and binds drugs or inorganic substances noncovalently for their effective delivery to various affected areas of the body. Due to the well-defined structure of the protein, containing charged amino acids, albumin nanoparticles (NPs) may allow electrostatic adsorption of negatively or positively charged molecules, such that substantial amounts of drug can be incorporated within the particle, due to different albumin-binding sites. During the synthesis procedure, pH changes significantly...
2017: Nanotechnology, Science and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095991/assessing-environmental-impacts-of-genetically-modified-plants-on-non-target-organisms-the-relevance-of-in-planta-studies
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REVIEW
Salvatore Arpaia, A Nicholas E Birch, Jozsef Kiss, Joop J A van Loon, Antoine Messéan, Marco Nuti, Joe N Perry, Jeremy B Sweet, Christoph C Tebbe
In legal frameworks worldwide, genetically modified plants (GMPs) are subjected to pre-market environmental risk assessment (ERA) with the aim of identifying potential effects on the environment. In the European Union, the EFSA Guidance Document introduces the rationale that GMPs, as well as their newly produced metabolites, represent the potential stressor to be evaluated during ERA. As a consequence, during several phases of ERA for cultivation purposes, it is considered necessary to use whole plants or plant parts in experimental protocols...
January 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095286/the-relations-between-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-exposure-and-1-ohp-levels-as-a-biomarker-of-the-exposure
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Zuzana Klöslová, Marek Drímal, Karol Balog, Kvetoslava Koppová, Jarmila Dubajová
BACKGROUND: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are the products of incomplete combustion or pyrolysis of various organic materials. Their ubiquity in the environment leads to measurable levels of exposure. However, the exposure varies strongly between different regions in Europe. Some PAHs with four or more rings are suspected to be human carcinogens. Therefore, the occupational and/or environmental exposure to PAHs may cause a significant health risk. The aim of investigation is to evaluate current levels of PAH exposure in defined groups of workers...
December 2016: Central European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094308/silicon-availability-modifies-nutrient-use-efficiency-and-content-c-n-p-stoichiometry-and-productivity-of-winter-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l
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Silke Neu, Jörg Schaller, E Gert Dudel
Silicon (Si) is known as beneficial element for graminaceous plants. The importance of Si for plant functioning of cereals was recently emphasized. However, about the effect of Si availability on biomass production, grain yield, nutrient status and nutrient use efficiency for wheat (Triticum aestivum L.), as one of the most important crop plants worldwide, less is known so far. Consequently, we assessed the effect of a broad range of supply levels of amorphous SiO2 on wheat plant performance. Our results revealed that Si is readily taken up and accumulated basically in aboveground vegetative organs...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093983/an-approach-towards-structure-based-antimicrobial-peptide-design-for-use-in-development-of-transgenic-plants-a-strategy-for-plant-disease-management
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Humaira Ilyas, Aritreyee Datta, Anirban Bhunia
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), also known as host defense peptides (HDPs), are ubiquitous and vital components of innate defense response that present themselves as potential candidates for drug design, aimed to control plant and animal diseases. Though their application for plant disease management has long been studied with natural AMPs, cytotoxicity and stability related shortcomings for the development of transgenic plants limits their usage. Newer technologies like molecular modelling, NMR spectroscopy and combinatorial chemistry allow screening for potent candidates and provide new avenues for the generation of rationally designed synthetic AMPs with multiple biological functions...
January 16, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
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