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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214919/grapevine-acclimation-to-water-deficit-the-adjustment-of-stomatal-and-hydraulic-conductance-differs-from-petiole-embolism-vulnerability
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Uri Hochberg, Andrea Giulia Bonel, Rakefet David-Schwartz, Asfaw Degu, Aaron Fait, Hervé Cochard, Enrico Peterlunger, Jose Carlos Herrera
Drought-acclimated vines maintained higher gas exchange compared to irrigated controls under water deficit; this effect is associated with modified leaf turgor but not with improved petiole vulnerability to cavitation. A key feature for the prosperity of plants under changing environments is the plasticity of their hydraulic system. In the present research we studied the hydraulic regulation in grapevines (Vitis vinifera L.) that were first acclimated for 39 days to well-watered (WW), sustained water deficit (SD), or transient-cycles of dehydration-rehydration-water deficit (TD) conditions, and then subjected to varying degrees of drought...
February 18, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213920/potato-aphid-macrosiphum-euphorbiae-performance-is-determined-by-aphid-genotype-and-not-mycorrhizal-fungi-or-water-availability
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Alison Jane Karley, Matthew Emslie-Smith, Alison Elizabeth Bennett
Intra- and inter-specific variation in plant and insect traits can alter the strength and direction of insect-plant interactions, with outcomes modified by soil biotic and abiotic conditions. We used the potato aphid (Macrosiphum euphorbiae Thomas) feeding on cultivated S. tuberosum and wild S. berthaulti to study the impact of water availability and plant mutualistic arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi on aphid performance and susceptibility to a parasitoid wasp (Aphidius ervi Haliday). Plants were grown under glass with live or sterile AM fungal spores and supplied with sufficient or reduced water supply...
February 18, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213625/8-nitro-cgmp-a-novel-protein-reactive-cnmp-and-its-emerging-roles-in-autophagy
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Hirokazu Arimoto, Daiki Takahashi
Nitric oxide (NO) raises the intracellular 3',5'-cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) level through the activation of soluble guanylate cyclase and, in the presence of reactive oxygen species (ROS), reacts with biomolecules to produce nitrated cGMP derivatives. 8-Nitro-cGMP was the first endogenous cGMP derivative discovered in mammalian cells (2007) and was later found in plant cells. Among the six nitrogen atoms in this molecule, the one in the nitro group (NO2) comes from NO. This chapter asserts that this newly found cGMP is undoubtedly one of the major physiological cNMPs...
February 18, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213180/biochemical-composition-of-symplastic-sap-from-sugarcane-genetically-modified-to-overproduce-proline
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Graciele Carraro Balestro, Bruna Higashi, Sheila Mara Sanches Lopes, José Eduardo Gonçalves, Luiz Gonzaga Esteves Vieira, Arildo José Braz de Oliveira, Regina Aparecida Correia Gonçalves
Global interest in sugarcane has increased significantly in recent years because of its economic impact on sustainable energy production. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate changes in the concentrations of total sugars, amino acids, free proline, and total proteins by colorimetric analyses and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to perform a metabolic profiling of a water-soluble fraction of symplastic sap in response to the constitutive expression of a mutant Δ(1)-pyrroline-5-carboxylate synthetase (P5CS) gene from Vigna aconitifolia...
February 9, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212406/accumulation-of-medium-chain-saturated-fatty-acyl-moieties-in-seed-oils-of-transgenic-camelina-sativa
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Zhaohui Hu, Qian Wu, Jyoti Dalal, Naresh Vasani, Harry O Lopez, Heike W Sederoff, Rongda Qu
With its high seed oil content, the mustard family plant Camelina sativa has gained attention as a potential biofuel source. As a bioenergy crop, camelina has many advantages. It grows on marginal land with low demand for water and fertilizer, has a relatively short life cycle, and is stress tolerant. As most other crop seed oils, camelina seed triacylglycerols (TAGs) consist of mostly long, unsaturated fatty acyl moieties, which is not desirable for biofuel processing. In our efforts to produce shorter, saturated chain fatty acyl moieties in camelina seed oil for conversion to jet fuel, a 12:0-acyl-carrier thioesterase gene, UcFATB1, from California bay (Umbellularia californica Nutt...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211340/a-contribution-to-improve-the-calculation-of-the-acid-generating-potential-of-mining-wastes
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Aurélie Chopard, Mostafa Benzaazoua, Hassan Bouzahzah, Benoît Plante, Philippe Marion
Mine wastes from sulfide-bearing ore extraction and processing are often stored at the surface of mine sites and could generate mine drainage. Prediction tests are completed to predict the water quality associated with the deposition of mining wastes. Static tests can quickly assess the acid-generating potential (AP) and the neutralization potential (NP). Whereas some studies recommend to take into account a mineral reactivity factor for the NP determination, the reactivity rates of acidifying minerals are not considered in the AP calculation...
February 7, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210812/cost-efficient-production-of-in-vitro-rhizophagus-irregularis
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Pawel Rosikiewicz, Jérémy Bonvin, Ian R Sanders
One of the bottlenecks in mycorrhiza research is that arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) have to be cultivated with host plant roots. Some AMF species, such as Rhizophagus irregularis, can be grown in vitro on dual-compartment plates, where fungal material can be harvested from a fungus-only compartment. Plant roots often grow into this fungus compartment, and regular root trimming is required if the fungal material needs to be free of traces of plant material. Trimming also increases unwanted contamination by other microorganisms...
February 16, 2017: Mycorrhiza
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208790/%C3%AE-glucans-relationships-between-modification-conformation-and-functional-activities
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Qiang Wang, Xiaojing Sheng, Aimin Shi, Hui Hu, Ying Yang, Li Liu, Ling Fei, Hongzhi Liu
β-glucan is a type of polysaccharide which widely exists in bacteria, fungi, algae, and plants, and has been well known for its biological activities such as enhancing immunity, antitumor, antibacterial, antiviral, and wound healing activities. The conformation of β-glucan plays a crucial role on its biological activities. Therefore, β-glucans obtained from different sources, while sharing the same basic structures, often show different bioactivities. The basic structure and inter-molecular forces of polysaccharides can be changed by modification, which leads to the conformational transformation in solution that can directly affect bioactivity...
February 9, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208710/metabolism-of-zearalenone-and-its-major-modified-forms-in-pigs
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Sabina B Binder, Heidi E Schwartz-Zimmermann, Elisabeth Varga, Gerlinde Bichl, Herbert Michlmayr, Gerhard Adam, Franz Berthiller
The Fusarium mycotoxin zearalenone (ZEN) can be conjugated with polar molecules, like sugars or sulfates, by plants and fungi. To date, the fate of these modified forms of ZEN has not yet been elucidated in animals. In order to investigate whether ZEN conjugates contribute to the total ZEN exposure of an individual, ZEN (10 µg/kg b.w.) and equimolar amounts of two of its plant metabolites (ZEN-14-O-β-glucoside, ZEN-16-O-β-glucoside) and of one fungal metabolite (ZEN-14-sulfate) were orally administered to four pigs as a single bolus using a repeated measures design...
February 8, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208307/quantitative-nonaqueous-capillary-electrophoresis-mass-spectrometry-method-for-determining-active-ingredients-in-plant-extracts
#10
Jianhui Cheng, Lingyu Wang, Weifen Liu, David D Y Chen
Nonaqueous capillary electrophoresis (NACE) is very well suited for online coupling with mass spectrometry due to the relatively high volatility and low surface tension of most organic solvents. Here we present a quantitative NACE-ESI-MS/MS method for separating and determining physcion, chrysophanol, and aloe-emodin in rhubarb. Dantron was used as an internal standard to ensure accuracy and reproducibility in quantitative analyses. Parameters including the pH, background electrolyte (BGE) composition, flow-through microvial chemical modifier solution composition, and modifier solution flow rate were carefully optimized...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207764/didehydrophenylalanine-an-abundant-modification-in-the-beta-subunit-of-plant-polygalacturonases
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Kjell Sergeant, Bruno Printz, Annelie Gutsch, Marc Behr, Jenny Renaut, Jean-Francois Hausman
The structure and the activity of proteins are often regulated by transient or stable post- translational modifications (PTM). Different from well-known, abundant modifications such as phosphorylation and glycosylation some modifications are limited to one or a few proteins across a broad range of related species. Although few examples of the latter type are known, the evolutionary conservation of these modifications and the enzymes responsible for their synthesis suggest an important physiological role. Here, the first observation of a new, fold-directing PTM is described...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205289/functionally-dissimilar-neighbors-accelerate-litter-decomposition-in-two-grass-species
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Lou Barbe, Vincent Jung, Andreas Prinzing, Anne-Kristel Bittebiere, Olaf Butenschoen, Cendrine Mony
Plant litter decomposition is a key regulator of nutrient recycling. In a given environment, decomposition of litter from a focal species depends on its litter quality and on the efficiency of local decomposers. Both may be strongly modified by functional traits of neighboring species, but the consequences for decomposition of litter from the focal species remain unknown. We tested whether decomposition of a focal plant's litter is influenced by the functional-trait dissimilarity to the neighboring plants. We cultivated two grass species (Brachypodium pinnatum and Elytrigia repens) in experimental mesocosms with functionally similar and dissimilar neighborhoods, and reciprocally transplanted litter...
February 16, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204885/de-bugging-and-maximizing-plant-cytochrome-p450-production-in-escherichia-coli-with-c-terminal-gfp-fusions
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Ulla Christensen, Dario Vazquez-Albacete, Karina M Søgaard, Tonja Hobel, Morten T Nielsen, Scott James Harrison, Anders Holmgaard Hansen, Birger Lindberg Møller, Susanna Seppälä, Morten H H Nørholm
Cytochromes P450 (CYP) are attractive enzyme targets in biotechnology as they catalyze stereospecific C-hydroxylations of complex core skeletons at positions that typically are difficult to access by chemical synthesis. Membrane bound CYPs are involved in nearly all plant pathways leading to the formation of high-value compounds. In the present study, we systematically maximize the heterologous expression of six different plant-derived CYP genes in Escherichia coli, using a workflow based on C-terminal fusions to the green fluorescent protein...
February 15, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203245/small-rnas-derived-from-the-t-dna-of-agrobacterium-rhizogenes-in-hairy-roots-of-phaseolus-vulgaris
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Pablo Peláez, Alejandrina Hernández-López, Georgina Estrada-Navarrete, Federico Sanchez
Agrobacterium rhizogenes is a pathogenic bacteria that causes hairy root disease by transferring bacterial DNA into the plant genome. It is an essential tool for industry and research due to its capacity to produce genetically modified roots and whole organisms. Here, we identified and characterized small RNAs generated from the transfer DNA (T-DNA) of A. rhizogenes in hairy roots of common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). Distinct abundant A. rhizogenes T-DNA-derived small RNAs (ArT-sRNAs) belonging to several oncogenes were detected in hairy roots using high-throughput sequencing...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201981/identification-of-effector-like-proteins-in-trichoderma-spp-and-role-of-a-hydrophobin-in-the-plant-fungus-interaction-and-mycoparasitism
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Paulina Guzmán-Guzmán, Mario Iván Alemán-Duarte, Luis Delaye, Alfredo Herrera-Estrella, Vianey Olmedo-Monfil
BACKGROUND: Trichoderma spp. can establish beneficial interactions with plants by promoting plant growth and defense systems, as well as, antagonizing fungal phytopathogens in mycoparasitic interactions. Such interactions depend on signal exchange between both participants and can be mediated by effector proteins that alter the host cell structure and function, allowing the establishment of the relationship. The main purpose of this work was to identify, using computational methods, candidates of effector proteins from T...
February 15, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199867/plant-wide-modelling-of-phosphorus-transformations-in-wastewater-treatment-systems-impacts-of-control-and-operational-strategies
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K Solon, X Flores-Alsina, C Kazadi Mbamba, D Ikumi, E I P Volcke, C Vaneeckhaute, G Ekama, P A Vanrolleghem, D J Batstone, K V Gernaey, U Jeppsson
The objective of this paper is to report the effects that control/operational strategies may have on plant-wide phosphorus (P) transformations in wastewater treatment plants (WWTP). The development of a new set of biological (activated sludge, anaerobic digestion), physico-chemical (aqueous phase, precipitation, mass transfer) process models and model interfaces (between water and sludge line) were required to describe the required tri-phasic (gas, liquid, solid) compound transformations and the close interlinks between the P and the sulfur (S) and iron (Fe) cycles...
February 6, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199297/accelerating-the-semisynthesis-of-alkaloid-based-drugs-through-metabolic-engineering
#17
Amy M Ehrenworth, Pamela Peralta-Yahya
Alkaloid-derived pharmaceuticals are commonly semisynthesized from plant-extracted starting materials, which often limits their availability and final price. Recent advances in synthetic biology have enabled the introduction of complete plant pathways into microbes for the production of plant alkaloids. Microbial production of modified alkaloids has the potential to accelerate the semisynthesis of alkaloid-derived drugs by providing advanced intermediates that are structurally closer to the final pharmaceuticals and could be used as advanced intermediates for the synthesis of novel drugs...
February 15, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198525/an-investigation-on-cardioprotective-potential-of-marrubium-vulgare-aqueous-fraction-against-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-isolated-rat-heart
#18
Alireza Garjani, Dena Tila, Sanaz Hamedeyazdan, Haleh Vaez, Maryam Rameshrad, Mahdiyeh Pashaii, Fatemeh Fathiazad
The aim of this study was to evaluate the cardioprotective effects of aqueous fraction of M. vulgare hydroalcoholic extract on cardiac parameters in ischemic-reperfused isolated rat hearts. The aerial parts of the plant were extracted with methanol 70% by maceration. The water-soluble portion of the total hydroalcoholic extract was prepared with liquid-liquid extraction (LLE). Afterwards, the antioxidant activity, total phenolic and flavonoids content of the aqueous fraction were determined. In order to evaluate the effects of the aqueous fraction on cardiac parameters and I/R injury, the Langendroff method was used on Male Wistar rats...
February 15, 2017: Folia Morphologica (Warsz)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197647/the-overproduction-of-indole-3-acetic-acid-iaa-in-endophytes-upregulates-nitrogen-fixation-in-both-bacterial-cultures-and-inoculated-rice-plants
#19
Roberto Defez, Anna Andreozzi, Carmen Bianco
Endophytic bacteria from roots and leaves of rice plants were isolated and identified in order to select the diazotrophs and improve their nitrogen-fixing abilities. The nitrogen-fixing endophytes were identified by PCR amplification of the nifH gene fragment. For this purpose, two isolates, Enterobacter cloacae RCA25 and Klebsiella variicola RCA26, and two model bacteria (Herbaspirillum seropedicae z67 and Sinorhizobium fredii NGR234) were transformed to increase the biosynthesis of the main plant auxin indole-3-acetic acid (IAA)...
February 14, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197165/prevention-of-preharvest-sprouting-through-hormone-engineering-and-germination-recovery-by-chemical-biology
#20
Mariko Nonogaki, Hiroyuki Nonogaki
Vivipary, germination of seeds on the maternal plant, is observed in nature and provides ecological advantages in certain wild species, such as mangroves. However, precocious seed germination in agricultural species, such as preharvest sprouting (PHS) in cereals, is a serious issue for food security. PHS reduces grain quality and causes economical losses to farmers. PHS can be prevented by translating the basic knowledge of hormone biology in seeds into technologies. Biosynthesis of abscisic acid (ABA), which is an essential hormone for seed dormancy, can be engineered to enhance dormancy and prevent PHS...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
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