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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651339/formation-of-silica-aggregates-in-sorghum-root-endodermis-is-predetermined-by-cell-wall-architecture-and-development
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Milan Soukup, Michal Martinka, Dragana Bosnic, Mária Caplovicová, Rivka Elbaum, Alexander Lux
Background and Aims: Deposition of silica in plant cell walls improves their mechanical properties and helps plants to withstand various stress conditions. Its mechanism is still not understood and silica-cell wall interactions are elusive. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of silica deposition on the development and structure of sorghum root endodermis and to identify the cell wall components involved in silicification. Methods: Sorghum bicolor seedlings were grown hydroponically with (Si+) or without (Si-) silicon supplementation...
June 22, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650175/bioactive-peptide-natural-products-as-lead-structures-for-medicinal-use
#2
Tam Dang, Roderich D Süssmuth
The need for new drugs for the treatment of various diseases is enormous. From the previous century until the present, numerous peptide and peptide-derived natural products have been isolated from bacteria and fungi. Hence, microorganisms play a pivotal role as sources for novel drugs with an emphasis on anti-infective agents. Various disciplines from biology, chemistry, and medicine are involved in early stages of the search for peptide natural products including taxonomy, microbiology, bioanalytics, bioinformatics, and medicinal chemistry...
June 26, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649277/diversity-of-microbial-carbohydrate-active-enzymes-in-danish-anaerobic-digesters-fed-with-wastewater-treatment-sludge
#3
Casper Wilkens, Peter Kamp Busk, Bo Pilgaard, Wen-Jing Zhang, Kåre L Nielsen, Per Halkjær Nielsen, Lene Lange
BACKGROUND: Improved carbohydrate-active enzymes (CAZymes) are needed to fulfill the goal of producing food, feed, fuel, chemicals, and materials from biomass. Little is known about how the diverse microbial communities in anaerobic digesters (ADs) metabolize carbohydrates or which CAZymes that are present, making the ADs a unique niche to look for CAZymes that can potentiate the enzyme blends currently used in industry. RESULTS: Enzymatic assays showed that functional CAZymes were secreted into the AD environments in four full-scale mesophilic Danish ADs fed with primary and surplus sludge from municipal wastewater treatment plants...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649257/mati-a-novel-protein-involved-in-the-regulation-of-herbivore-associated-signaling-pathways
#4
M Estrella Santamaría, Manuel Martinez, Ana Arnaiz, Félix Ortego, Vojislava Grbic, Isabel Diaz
The defense response of the plants against herbivores relies on a complex network of interconnected signaling pathways. In this work, we characterized a new key player in the response of Arabidopsis against the two-spotted spider mite Tetranychus urticae, the MATI (Mite Attack Triggered Immunity) gene. This gene was differentially induced in resistant Bla-2 strain relative to susceptible Kon Arabidopsis accessions after mite attack, suggesting a potential role in the control of spider mites. To study the MATI gene function, it has been performed a deep molecular characterization of the gene combined with feeding bioassays using modified Arabidopsis lines and phytophagous arthropods...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647757/arbuscular-mycorrhiza-effects-on-plant-performance-under-osmotic-stress
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Christian Santander, Ricardo Aroca, Juan Manuel Ruiz-Lozano, Jorge Olave, Paula Cartes, Fernando Borie, Pablo Cornejo
At present, drought and soil salinity are among the most severe environmental stresses that affect the growth of plants through marked reduction of water uptake which lowers water potential, leading to osmotic stress. In general, osmotic stress causes a series of morphological, physiological, biochemical, and molecular changes that affect plant performance. Several studies have found that diverse types of soil microorganisms improve plant growth, especially when plants are under stressful conditions. Most important are the arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) which form arbuscular mycorrhizas (AM) with approximately 80% of plant species and are present in almost all terrestrial ecosystems...
June 25, 2017: Mycorrhiza
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646314/ozone-and-desiccation-tolerance-in-chlorolichens-are-intimately-connected-a-case-study-based-on-two-species-with-different-ecology
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Stefano Bertuzzi, Elisa Pellegrini, Fabio Candotto Carniel, Guido Incerti, Giacomo Lorenzini, Cristina Nali, Mauro Tretiach
Tropospheric ozone (O3) causes severe damage to many vascular plants but not to lichens. It was recently suggested that this may be due to their high levels of natural defences against the oxidative bursts associated to their fluctuating water content. In this study, the combined effects of watering regime (with or without a daily spray of distilled water), air relative humidity (20 ± 5 vs. 80 ± 5% RH) and O3 (250 vs. 0 ppb, 5 h day(-1) for 2 weeks) were monitored in two chlorolichens with different ecology, Parmotrema perlatum and Xanthoria parietina...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645873/generation-of-nitric-oxide-by-olive-olea-europaea-l-pollen-during-in-vitro-germination-and-assessment-of-the-s-nitroso-and-nitro-pollen-proteomes-by-computational-predictive-methods
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María José Jimenez-Quesada, Rosario Carmona, Elena Lima-Cabello, José Ángel Traverso, Antonio Jesús Castro, M Gonzalo Claros, Juan de Dios Alché
Nitric oxide is recognized as a signaling molecule involved in a broad range of physiological processes in plants including sexual reproduction. NO has been detected in the pollen grain at high levels and regulates pollen tube growth. Previous studies demonstrated that NO as well as ROS are produced in the olive reproductive tissues in a stage- and tissue-specific manner. The aim of this study was to assess the production of NO throughout the germination of olive (Olea europaea L.) pollen in vitro. The NO fluorescent probe DAF-2DA was used to image NO production in situ, which was correlated to pollen viability...
June 20, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644611/transient-fiber-mats-of-electrospun-poly-propylene-carbonate-composites-with-remarkable-mechanical-strength
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Peter Ohlendorf, Alexander Ruyack, Amanda K Leonardi, Chengjian Shi, Christine Cuppoletti, Ian Bruce, Amit Lal, Christopher K Ober
Polymers with a triggered decomposition are attractive for an array of applications ranging from patterning to transient packaging materials as well as for environmental protection. This work showed for the first time UV and thermally triggered transience in fiber mats using poly(propylene carbonate) (PPC) composites. The electrospun PPC-composite fiber mats combine excellent decomposition performance (due to the high surface to volume ratio) with high stiffness and thus represent a new class of materials enabling innovative applications such as transient filter materials, short-time plant protection materials as well as temporary lightweight materials for aerospace engineering...
June 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644609/galnac-tyrosine-is-a-ligand-of-plant-lectins-antibodies-and-human-and-murine-macrophage-galactose-type-lectins
#9
Ruslan Gibadullin, David Wayne Farnsworth, Joseph J Barchi, Jeffrey C Gildersleeve
In 2011, a new type of protein O-glycosylation was discovered in which N-acetylgalactosamine is attached to the side chain of tyrosine (GalNAc-Tyr). While present on dozens of proteins, the biological roles of GalNAc-Tyr are unknown. To gain insight into this new type of modification, we synthesized a group of GalNAc-Tyr glycopeptides, constructed microarrays, and evaluated potential recognition of GalNAc-Tyr by a series of glycan-binding proteins. Through a series of >150 microarray experiments, we assessed binding properties of a variety of plant lectins, monoclonal antibodies, and endogenous lectins...
June 23, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642774/increasing-provasculature-complexity-in-the-arabidopsis-embryo-may-increase-total-iron-content-in-seeds-a-hypothesis
#10
Hannetz Roschzttardtz, Sofía Bustos, Maria F Coronas, Miguel A Ibeas, Susana Grant-Grant, Joaquín Vargas-Pérez
Anemia due to iron deficiency is a worldwide issue, affecting mainly children and women. Seed iron is a major source of this micronutrient for feeding, however, in most crops these levels are too low to meet daily needs. Thus, increasing iron allocation and its storage in seeds can represent an important step to enhance iron provision for humans and animals. Our knowledge on seed iron homeostasis is mainly based on studies performed in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, where iron accumulates in endodermis cells surrounding the embryo provasculature...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642769/histone-acetylation-modifications-affect-tissue-dependent-expression-of-poplar-homologs-of-c4-photosynthetic-enzyme-genes
#11
Yuan Li, Xiu-Mei Dong, Feng Jin, Zhuo Shen, Qing Chao, Bai-Chen Wang
Histone modifications play important roles in regulating the expression of C4 photosynthetic genes. Given that all enzymes required for the C4 photosynthesis pathway are present in C3 plants, it has been hypothesized that this expression regulatory mechanism has been conserved. However, the relationship between histone modification and the expression of homologs of C4 photosynthetic enzyme genes has not been well determined in C3 plants. In the present study, we cloned nine hybrid poplar (Populus simonii × Populus nigra) homologs of maize (Zea mays) C4 photosynthetic enzyme genes, carbonic anhydrase (CA), pyruvate orthophosphate dikinase (PPDK), phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PCK), and phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPC), and investigated the correlation between the expression levels of these genes and the levels of promoter histone acetylation modifications in four vegetative tissues...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638438/real-time-monitoring-of-ptahmgb-activity-in-poplar-transactivation-assays
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José M Ramos-Sánchez, Paolo M Triozzi, Alicia Moreno-Cortés, Daniel Conde, Mariano Perales, Isabel Allona
BACKGROUND: Precise control of gene expression is essential to synchronize plant development with the environment. In perennial plants, transcriptional regulation remains poorly understood, mainly due to the long time required to perform functional studies. Transcriptional reporters based on luciferase have been useful to study circadian and diurnal regulation of gene expression, both by transcription factors and chromatin remodelers. The high mobility group proteins are considered transcriptional chaperones that also modify the chromatin architecture...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637443/trichoderma-virens-%C3%AE-glucosidase-i-bgli-gene-expression-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-including-docking-and-molecular-dynamics-studies
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Gammadde Hewa Ishan Maduka Wickramasinghe, Pilimathalawe Panditharathna Attanayake Mudiyanselage Samith Indika Rathnayake, Naduviladath Vishvanath Chandrasekharan, Mahindagoda Siril Samantha Weerasinghe, Ravindra Lakshman Chundananda Wijesundera, Wijepurage Sandhya Sulochana Wijesundera
BACKGROUND: Cellulose, a linear polymer of β 1-4, linked glucose, is the most abundant renewable fraction of plant biomass (lignocellulose). It is synergistically converted to glucose by endoglucanase (EG) cellobiohydrolase (CBH) and β-glucosidase (BGL) of the cellulase complex. BGL plays a major role in the conversion of randomly cleaved cellooligosaccharides into glucose. As it is well known, Saccharomyces cerevisiae can efficiently convert glucose into ethanol under anaerobic conditions...
June 21, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636603/trans-kingdom-mimicry-underlies-ribosome-customization-by-a-poxvirus-kinase
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Sujata Jha, Madeline G Rollins, Gabriele Fuchs, Dean J Procter, Elizabeth A Hall, Kira Cozzolino, Peter Sarnow, Jeffrey N Savas, Derek Walsh
Ribosomes have the capacity to selectively control translation through changes in their composition that enable recognition of specific RNA elements. However, beyond differential subunit expression during development, evidence for regulated ribosome specification within individual cells has remained elusive. Here we report that a poxvirus kinase phosphorylates serine/threonine residues in the human small ribosomal subunit protein, receptor for activated C kinase (RACK1), that are not phosphorylated in uninfected cells or cells infected by other viruses...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636152/dynamics-and-origin-of-cytokinins-involved-in-plant-manipulation-by-a-leaf-mining-insect
#15
Hui Zhang, Antoine Guiguet, Géraldine Dubreuil, Anna Kisiala, Peter Andreas, R J Neil Emery, Elisabeth Huguet, Mélanie Body, David Giron
Several herbivorous insects and plant-associated microorganisms control the phytohormonal balance, thus enabling them to successfully exploit the plant by inhibiting plant defences and withdrawing plant resources for their own benefit. The leaf-mining moth Phyllonorycter blancardella modifies the cytokinin (CK) profile of mined leaf-tissues, and the insect symbiotic bacteria Wolbachia is involved in the plant manipulation to the benefit of the insect host. To gain a deeper understanding into the possible origin and dynamics of CKs, we conducted an extensive characterization of CKs in larvae and in infected apple leaves...
June 21, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633172/burnout-and-depression-in-ms1-and-ms3-years-a-comparison-of-cohorts-at-one-medical-school
#16
Cinthia Elkins, Kyle P Plante, Lauren J Germain, Christopher P Morley
BACKGROUND: Losses of idealism, empathy, and professionalism over the course of medical education have been described previously in the literature. A 2012 national survey of medical students estimated 37%-44% with burnout, 58% screen positive for depression, and 9.4% with suicidal ideation in the past 12 months. Given changes in related traits, we sought to explore whether burnout and symptoms of depression change over time. The objectives of this study were to assess the differences in medical student burnout and symptoms of depression between first year (MS1) and third-year (MS3) medical students at one medical college...
June 2017: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631167/copper-and-ectopic-expression-of-the-arabidopsis-transport-protein-copt1-alter-iron-homeostasis-in-rice-oryza-sativa-l
#17
Amparo Andrés-Bordería, Fernando Andrés, Antoni Garcia-Molina, Ana Perea-García, Concha Domingo, Sergi Puig, Lola Peñarrubia
Copper deficiency and excess differentially affect iron homeostasis in rice and overexpression of the Arabidopsis high-affinity copper transporter COPT1 slightly increases endogenous iron concentration in rice grains. Higher plants have developed sophisticated mechanisms to efficiently acquire and use micronutrients such as copper and iron. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the interaction between both metals remain poorly understood. In the present work, we study the effects produced on iron homeostasis by a wide range of copper concentrations in the growth media and by altered copper transport in Oryza sativa plants...
June 19, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630643/improved-classification-accuracy-of-powdery-mildew-infection-levels-of-wine-grapes-by-spatial-spectral-analysis-of-hyperspectral-images
#18
Uwe Knauer, Andrea Matros, Tijana Petrovic, Timothy Zanker, Eileen S Scott, Udo Seiffert
BACKGROUND: Hyperspectral imaging is an emerging means of assessing plant vitality, stress parameters, nutrition status, and diseases. Extraction of target values from the high-dimensional datasets either relies on pixel-wise processing of the full spectral information, appropriate selection of individual bands, or calculation of spectral indices. Limitations of such approaches are reduced classification accuracy, reduced robustness due to spatial variation of the spectral information across the surface of the objects measured as well as a loss of information intrinsic to band selection and use of spectral indices...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628666/the-effector-avrrxo1-phosphorylates-nad-in-planta
#19
Teja Shidore, Corey D Broeckling, Jay S Kirkwood, John J Long, Jiamin Miao, Bingyu Zhao, Jan E Leach, Lindsay R Triplett
Gram-negative bacterial pathogens of plants and animals employ type III secreted effectors to suppress innate immunity. Most characterized effectors work through modification of host proteins or transcriptional regulators, although a few are known to modify small molecule targets. The Xanthomonas type III secreted avirulence factor AvrRxo1 is a structural homolog of the zeta toxin family of sugar-nucleotide kinases that suppresses bacterial growth. AvrRxo1 was recently reported to phosphorylate the central metabolite and signaling molecule NAD in vitro, suggesting that the effector might enhance bacterial virulence on plants through manipulation of primary metabolic pathways...
June 19, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626741/isolation-and-identification-of-two-phenolic-compounds-from-a-moderately-cytotoxic-fraction-of-cousinia-verbascifolia-bunge
#20
Seyed Ebrahim Sajjadi, Mustafa Ghanadian, Mehrangiz Haghighi
BACKGROUND: Little information is available about chemical components of the Cousinia genus. A primary cytotoxicity screening on Cousinia verbascifolia showed moderate cytotoxic activity against OVCAR-3 ovarian and HT-29 colon cancer cells. Therefore, the aim of this study is a phytochemical investigation to identify the compounds responsible for this bioactivity. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Extraction was done through percolation and fractionations by reverse phase column chromatography and normal column chromatography...
2017: Advanced Biomedical Research
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