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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449201/silencing-of-agrobacterium-tumefaciens-oncogenes-ipt-and-iaam-induces-resistance-to-crown-gall-disease-in-plum-but-not-in-apricot
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Nuria Alburquerque, Lydia Faize, Lorenzo Burgos
BACKGROUND: In this study two vectors with short-length chimeric transgenes were used to produce Prunus rootstocks resistant to crown gall disease through RNA interference-mediated gene silencing of the Agrobacterium tumefaciens oncogenes ipt and iaaM. RESULTS: Transgenic plum and apricot lines were produced with efficiencies of up to 7.7 and 1.1%, respectively. An in vitro evaluation method allowed identifying susceptible lines and reducing the number of lines to be evaluated in the greenhouse...
April 27, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448560/activity-of-xyloglucan-endotransglucosylases-hydrolases-suggests-a-role-during-host-invasion-by-the-parasitic-plant-cuscuta-reflexa
#2
Stian Olsen, Kirsten Krause
The parasitic vines of the genus Cuscuta form haustoria that grow into other plants and connect with their vascular system, thus allowing the parasite to feed on its host. A major obstacle that meets the infection organ as it penetrates the host tissue is the rigid plant cell wall. In the present study, we examined the activity of xyloglucan endotransglucosylases/hydrolases (XTHs) during the host-invasive growth of the haustorium. The level of xyloglucan endotransglucosylation (XET) activity was found to peak at the penetrating stage of Cuscuta reflexa on its host Pelargonium zonale...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448505/polyphenolic-extract-of-insp-5-ptase-expressing-tomato-plants-reduce-the-proliferation-of-mcf-7-breast-cancer-cells
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Mohammad Alimohammadi, Mohamed Hassen Lahiani, Diamond McGehee, Mariya Khodakovskaya
In recent years, by extensive achievements in understanding the mechanisms and the pathways affected by cancer, the focus of cancer research is shifting from developing new chemotherapy methods to using natural compounds with therapeutic properties to reduce the adverse effects of synthetic drugs on human health. We used fruit extracts from previously generated human type I InsP 5-ptase gene expressing transgenic tomato plants for assessment of the anti-cancer activity of established genetically modified tomato lines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448202/current-progress-in-orchid-flowering-flower-development-research
#4
Hsin-Mei Wang, Chii-Gong Tong, Seonghoe Jang
Genetic pathways relevant to flowering of Arabidopsis are under the control of environmental cues such as day length and temperatures, and endogenous signals including phytohormones and developmental aging. However, genes and even regulatory pathways for flowering identified in crops show divergence from those of Arabidopsis and often do not have functional equivalents to Arabidopsis and/or existing species- or genus-specific regulators and show modified or novel pathways. Orchids are the largest, most highly evolved flowering plants, and form an extremely peculiar group of plants...
April 27, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447884/do-micrornas-play-a-role-in-the-activity-of-plant-based-vaccines
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Sergio Rosales-Mendoza, Jorge A Salazar-González
An important trend in vaccinology is the development of oral vaccines based on genetically modified plants. Areas covered: Several studies have suggested that dietary microRNAs from plants and other organisms are bioavailable upon oral ingestion exerting biological events in the host such as the modulation of gene expression in several cell types. Since oral plant-based vaccines rely on whole cells as vaccine delivery vehicles, miRNAs could play a role in the immunogenic activity of this type of vaccine. In the present report, this hypothesis is discussed under the light of recent evidence on the immunomodulatory activity exerted by miRNAs using in vitro and in vivo evaluations...
April 27, 2017: Expert Review of Vaccines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446635/a-motif-and-amino-acid-bias-bioinformatics-pipeline-to-identify-hydroxyproline-rich-glycoproteins
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Kim L Johnson, Andrew M Cassin, Andrew Lonsdale, Antony Bacic, Monika Susanne Doblin, Carolyn J Schultz
Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) are functional proteins that lack a well-defined three dimensional structure. The study of IDPs is a rapidly growing area as the crucial biological functions of more of these proteins are uncovered. In plants, IDPs are implicated in plant stress responses, signalling and regulatory processes. A superfamily of cell wall proteins, the hydroxyproline-rich glycoproteins (HRGPs), have characteristic features of IDPs. Their protein backbones are rich in the disordering amino acid proline, they contain repeated sequence motifs and extensive post-translational modifications (glycosylation) and have been implicated in many biological functions...
April 26, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445585/c-type-starches-and-their-derivatives-structure-and-function
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Zebin Guo, Xiangze Jia, Beibei Zhao, Shaoxiao Zeng, Jianbo Xiao, Baodong Zheng
The C-type starches are widely distributed in seeds or rhizomes of various legumes, medicinal plants, and crops. These carbohydrate polymers directly affect the application of starchy plant resources. The structural and crystal properties of starches are crucial parameters of starch granules, which significantly influence their physicochemical and mechanical properties. The unique crystal structure consisting of both A- and B-type polymorphs endows C-type starches with specific crystal adjustability. Furthermore, large proportions of resistant starches and slowly digestible starches are C-type starches, which contribute to benign glycemic response and proliferation of gut microflora...
April 26, 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444473/contrasting-effects-of-engineered-carbon-nanotubes-on-plants-a-review
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Meththika Vithanage, Mihiri Seneviratne, Mahtab Ahmad, Binoy Sarkar, Yong Sik Ok
Rapid surge of interest for carbon nanotube (CNT) in the last decade has made it an imperative member of nanomaterial family. Because of the distinctive physicochemical properties, CNTs are widely used in a number of scientific applications including plant sciences. This review mainly describes the role of CNT in plant sciences. Contradictory effects of CNT on plants physiology are reported. CNT can act as plant growth inducer causing enhanced plant dry biomass and root/shoot lengths. At the same time, CNT can cause negative effects on plants by forming reactive oxygen species in plant tissues, consequently leading to cell death...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443101/characterization-of-soybean-genetically-modified-for-drought-tolerance-in-field-conditions
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Renata Fuganti-Pagliarini, Leonardo C Ferreira, Fabiana A Rodrigues, Hugo B C Molinari, Silvana R R Marin, Mayla D C Molinari, Juliana Marcolino-Gomes, Liliane M Mertz-Henning, José R B Farias, Maria C N de Oliveira, Norman Neumaier, Norihito Kanamori, Yasunari Fujita, Junya Mizoi, Kazuo Nakashima, Kazuko Yamaguchi-Shinozaki, Alexandre L Nepomuceno
Drought is one of the most stressful environmental factor causing yield and economic losses in many soybean-producing regions. In the last decades, transcription factors (TFs) are being used to develop genetically modified plants more tolerant to abiotic stresses. Dehydration responsive element binding (DREB) and ABA-responsive element-binding (AREB) TFs were introduced in soybean showing improved drought tolerance, under controlled conditions. However, these results may not be representative of the way in which plants behave over the entire season in the real field situation...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439861/sample-preparation-protocols-for-protein-abundance-acetylome-and-phosphoproteome-profiling-of-plant-tissues
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Gaoyuan Song, Maxwell R McReynolds, Justin W Walley
Peptide mass spectrometry is an invaluable technique to globally quantify the proteome. Central to proteome profiling are efficient methods to extract proteins, digest proteins into peptides, and enrich for posttranslationally modified peptides prior to mass spectrometry. In this chapter, we describe methods to extract proteins, process them into peptides, and optionally enrich for phospho- and acetyl-peptides prior to analysis by mass spectrometry.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439294/impact-of-lignin-polymer-backbone-esters-on-ionic-liquid-pretreatment-of-poplar
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Kwang Ho Kim, Tanmoy Dutta, John Ralph, Shawn D Mansfield, Blake A Simmons, Seema Singh
BACKGROUND: Biomass pretreatment remains an essential step in lignocellulosic biofuel production, largely to facilitate the efficient removal of lignin and increase enzyme accessibility to the polysaccharides. In recent years, there have been significant efforts in planta to reduce lignin content or modify its composition to overcome the inherent recalcitrance that it imposes on lignocellulosic biomass during processing. Here, transgenic poplar lines in which monolignol ferulate conjugates were synthesized during cell wall development to introduce, during lignification, readily cleavable ester linkages into the lignin polymer backbone (i...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437649/occurrences-and-removal-of-pharmaceuticals-and-personal-care-products-ppcps-in-drinking-water-and-water-sewage-treatment-plants-a-review
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REVIEW
Yi Yang, Yong Sik Ok, Ki-Hyun Kim, Eilhann E Kwon, Yiu Fai Tsang
In recent years, many of micropollutants have been widely detected because of continuous input of pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) into the environment and newly developed state-of-the-art analytical methods. PPCP residues are frequently detected in drinking water sources, sewage treatment plants (STPs), and water treatment plants (WTPs) due to their universal consumption, low human metabolic capability, and improper disposal. When partially metabolized PPCPs are transferred into STPs, they elicit negative effects on biological treatment processes; therefore, conventional STPs are insufficient when it comes to PPCP removal...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435349/proposal-of-a-new-estimation-method-of-colonization-rate-of-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungi-in-the-roots-of-chengiopanax-sciadophylloides
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Seitaro Deguchi, Yosuke Matsuda, Chisato Takenaka, Yuki Sugiura, Hajime Ozawa, Yoshimune Ogata
This study proposed a rapid method to quantify the colonization rate of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in plant roots. The method involved the use of an image analysis software (WinRHIZO Pro). The colonization rate is defined as the ratio of the fungal body to the plant root area in a micrograph. Three seedlings of Chengiopanax sciadophylloides, a woody species that accumulates radiocesium, were collected from a secondary forest in the Yamakiya district of Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture during May-September 2014...
March 2017: Mycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430356/crispr-cas9-an-rna-guided-highly-precise-synthetic-tool-for-plant-genome-editing
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REVIEW
Yeliz Demirci, Baohong Zhang, Turgay Unver
CRISPR/Cas 9 is a newly developed and naturally occurred genome editing tool, which is originally used by bacteria for immune defence. In the past years, it has been quickly employed and modified to precisely edit genome sequences in both plants and animals. Compared with the well-developed zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs) and transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs), CRISPR/Cas 9 has lots of advantages, including easier to design and implement, higher targeting efficiency, and less expensive. Thus, it is becoming one of the most powerful tools for knockout of an individual gene as well as insertion of one gene and/or control of gene transcription...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429937/total-synthesis-of-two-glycosylated-stilbenes-oxyresveratrol-2-o-%C3%AE-d-glucopyranoside-and-2-3-5-4-tetrahydroxystilbene-2-o-%C3%AE-d-glucopyranoside
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Sunil Kumar, Hsueh-Yun Lee, Jing-Ping Liou
Glycosylated stilbenes are biologically active secondary metabolites of plants and have the potential to alleviate a broad range of human diseases. However, some of these compounds are not naturally abundant, and thus the synthesis of such molecules is desirable. This paper reports the first synthesis of oxyresveratrol 2-O-β-d-glucopyranoside (1) and 2,3,5,4'-tetrahydroxystilbene 2-O-β-d-glucopyranoside (1'), which are stilbene glycosides obtained from the rhizomes of Schoenocaulon officinale and Polygonum multiflorum, respectively...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428840/an-internet-based-platform-for-the-estimation-of-outcrossing-potential-between-cultivated-and-chilean-vascular-plants
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Pablo Cid, Carlos Aguirre, Miguel Ángel Sánchez, Daniel Zamorano, Maritza Mihoc, Erika Salazar, Gustavo Chacón, Humberto Navarrete, Marcelo Rosas, Humberto Prieto
A national-scale study of outcrossing potential within Chilean vascular flora was conducted using an upgraded algorithm, which adds parameters such as pollinator agents, climate, and geographic conditions. Datasets were organized and linked in a Web platform (www.flujogenico.cl), in which the development of a total outcrossing potential (TOP) predictor was formulated. The TOP predictor is the engine in the Web platform, which models the effect of a type of agricultural practice on others (coexistence calculation mode) and on the environment (biodiversity calculation mode)...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427933/high-molecular-weight-genomic-dna-mini-prep-for-filamentous-fungi
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Mi-Kyung Lee, Hee-Soo Park, Kap-Hoon Han, Seung-Beom Hong, Jae-Hyuk Yu
Purification of high quality genomic DNA (gDNA) from filamentous fungi suitable for whole genome sequencing has previously involved many steps. Here, we report a simple and easy-to-follow mini-preparation protocol for high molecular weight (∼20kb) gDNA from filamentous fungi including Aspergillus and Eurotium. This comprehensive protocol includes graphic step-by-step instructions for inoculation, homogenization, and purification of gDNA. The most critical step is a thorough 3-5min homogenization of the freeze-dried mycelium using a motorized hand-held homogenizer with a mini spatula inserted...
April 18, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427325/global-analysis-of-protein-lysine-succinylation-profiles-in-common-wheat
#18
Yumei Zhang, Guangyuan Wang, Limin Song, Ping Mu, Shu Wang, Wenxing Liang, Qi Lin
BACKGROUND: Protein lysine succinylation is an important post-translational modification and plays a critical regulatory role in almost every aspects of cell metabolism in both eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Common wheat is one of the major global cereal crops. However, to date, little is known about the functions of lysine succinylation in this plant. Here, we performed a global analysis of lysine succinylation in wheat and examined its overlap with lysine acetylation. RESULTS: In total, 330 lysine succinylated modification sites were identified in 173 proteins...
April 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426157/effects-of-ambient-temperature-in-association-with-photoperiod-on-phenology-and-on-the-expressions-of-major-plant-developmental-genes-in-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l
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Tibor Kiss, Laura E Dixon, Alexandra Soltész, Judit Bányai, Marianna Mayer, Krisztina Balla, Vincent Allard, Gábor Galiba, Gustavo A Slafer, Simon Griffiths, Ottó Veisz, Ildikó Karsai
In addition to its role in vernalization, temperature is an important environmental stimulus in determining plant growth and development. We used factorial combinations of two photoperiods (16H, 12H) and three temperature levels (11 °C, 18 °C, and 25 °C) to study the temperature responses of 19 wheat cultivars with established genetic relationships. Temperature produced more significant effects on plant development than photoperiod, with strong genotypic components. Wheat genotypes with PPD-D1 photoperiod sensitive allele were sensitive to temperature; their development was delayed by higher temperature, which intensified under non-inductive conditions...
April 20, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425947/deep-count-fruit-counting-based-on-deep-simulated-learning
#20
Maryam Rahnemoonfar, Clay Sheppard
Recent years have witnessed significant advancement in computer vision research based on deep learning. Success of these tasks largely depends on the availability of a large amount of training samples. Labeling the training samples is an expensive process. In this paper, we present a simulated deep convolutional neural network for yield estimation. Knowing the exact number of fruits, flowers, and trees helps farmers to make better decisions on cultivation practices, plant disease prevention, and the size of harvest labor force...
April 20, 2017: Sensors
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