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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533812/visualization-of-zinc-dynamics-in-intact-plants-using-positron-imaging-of-commercially-available-65-zn
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Nobuo Suzui, Yong-Gen Yin, Satomi Ishii, Hitoshi Sekimoto, Naoki Kawachi
BACKGROUND: Positron imaging can be used to non-destructively visualize the dynamics of a positron-emitting radionuclide in vivo, and is therefore a tool for understanding the mechanisms of nutrient transport in intact plants. The transport of zinc, which is one of the most important nutrient elements for plants, has so far been visualized by positron imaging using (62)Zn (half-life: 9.2 h), which is manufactured in the limited number of facilities that have a cyclotron. In contrast, the positron-emitting radionuclide (65)Zn (half-life: 244 days) is commercially available worldwide...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531947/shifts-in-the-relative-abundance-of-bacteria-after-wine-lees-derived-biochar-intervention-in-multi-metal-contaminated-paddy-soil
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Min Xu, Hongxia Xia, Jun Wu, Gang Yang, Xiaohong Zhang, Hong Peng, Xiaoyu Yu, Li Li, Hong Xiao, Hui Qi
The impact of biochar application on soil ecological functions depends on the diversity of soil conditions and of the feedstocks from which biochar is obtained. Moreover, little information is available on the effect of biochar on dynamic changes in microorganisms with the development of rice plants in multi-metal-contaminated paddy soil amended with wine-lees-derived biochar. In this paper, biochar obtained from the pyrolysis of wine lees at 600°C was used to investigate the potential role of biochar in maintaining soil ecological functions, with consideration of the alteration of the microbial population over periods of rice growth...
May 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528651/manganese-in-marine-microbiology
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Colleen M Hansel
The importance of manganese in the physiology of marine microbes, the biogeochemistry of the ocean and the health of microbial communities of past and present is emerging. Manganese is distributed widely throughout the global ocean, taking the form of an essential antioxidant (Mn(2+)), a potent oxidant (Mn(3+)) and strong adsorbent (Mn oxides) sequestering disproportionately high levels of trace metals and nutrients in comparison to the surrounding seawater. Manganese is, in fact, linked to nearly all other elemental cycles and intricately involved in the health, metabolism and function of the ocean's microbiome...
2017: Advances in Microbial Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526122/uptake-of-dissolved-inorganic-and-organic-nitrogen-by-the-benthic-toxic-dinoflagellate-ostreopsis-cf-ovata
#4
Cécile Jauzein, Douglas Couet, Thierry Blasco, Rodolphe Lemée
Environmental factors that shape dynamics of benthic toxic blooms are largely unknown. In particular, for the toxic dinoflagellate Ostreopsis cf. ovata, the importance of the availability of nutrients and the contribution of the inorganic and organic pools to growth need to be quantified in marine coastal environments. The present study aimed at characterizing N-uptake of dissolved inorganic and organic sources by O. cf. ovata cells, using the (15)N-labelling technique. Experiments were conducted taking into account potential interactions between nutrient uptake systems as well as variations with the diel cycle...
May 2017: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515575/controls-of-primary-production-in-two-phytoplankton-blooms-in-the-antarctic-circumpolar-current
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C J M Hoppe, C Klaas, S Ossebaar, M A Soppa, W Cheah, L M Laglera, J Santos-Echeandia, B Rost, D A Wolf-Gladrow, A Bracher, M Hoppema, V Strass, S Trimborn
The Antarctic Circumpolar Current has a high potential for primary production and carbon sequestration through the biological pump. In the current study, two large-scale blooms observed in 2012 during a cruise with R.V. Polarstern were investigated with respect to phytoplankton standing stocks, primary productivity and nutrient budgets. While net primary productivity was similar in both blooms, chlorophyll a -specific photosynthesis was more efficient in the bloom closer to the island of South Georgia (39 °W, 50 °S) compared to the open ocean bloom further east (12 °W, 51 °S)...
April 2017: Deep-sea Research. Part II, Topical Studies in Oceanography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511646/emergence-of-microbial-diversity-due-to-cross-feeding-interactions-in-a-spatial-model-of-gut-microbial-metabolism
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Milan J A van Hoek, Roeland M H Merks
BACKGROUND: The human gut contains approximately 10(14) bacteria, belonging to hundreds of different species. Together, these microbial species form a complex food web that can break down nutrient sources that our own digestive enzymes cannot handle, including complex polysaccharides, producing short chain fatty acids and additional metabolites, e.g., vitamin K. Microbial diversity is important for colonic health: Changes in the composition of the microbiota have been associated with inflammatory bowel disease, diabetes, obesity and Crohn's disease, and make the microbiota more vulnerable to infestation by harmful species, e...
May 16, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507139/long-read-sequencing-uncovers-the-adaptive-topography-of-a-carnivorous-plant-genome
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Tianying Lan, Tanya Renner, Enrique Ibarra-Laclette, Kimberly M Farr, Tien-Hao Chang, Sergio Alan Cervantes-Pérez, Chunfang Zheng, David Sankoff, Haibao Tang, Rikky W Purbojati, Alexander Putra, Daniela I Drautz-Moses, Stephan C Schuster, Luis Herrera-Estrella, Victor A Albert
Utricularia gibba, the humped bladderwort, is a carnivorous plant that retains a tiny nuclear genome despite at least two rounds of whole genome duplication (WGD) since common ancestry with grapevine and other species. We used a third-generation genome assembly with several complete chromosomes to reconstruct the two most recent lineage-specific ancestral genomes that led to the modern U. gibba genome structure. Patterns of subgenome dominance in the most recent WGD, both architectural and transcriptional, are suggestive of allopolyploidization, which may have generated genomic novelty and led to instantaneous speciation...
May 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507068/genome-wide-survey-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-pa14-reveals-a-role-for-the-glyoxylate-pathway-and-extracellular-proteases-in-the-utilization-of-mucin
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Jeffrey M Flynn, Chi Phan, Ryan C Hunter
Chronic airway infections by the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa are a major cause of mortality in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. While this bacterium has been extensively studied for its virulence determinants, biofilm growth and immune evasion mechanisms, comparatively little is known about the nutrient sources that sustain its growth in vivo Respiratory mucins represent a potentially abundant bioavailable nutrient source, though we have recently shown that canonical pathogens inefficiently use these host glycoproteins as a growth substrate...
May 15, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506493/strategies-for-investigating-the-maternal-fetal-interface-in-the-first-trimester-of-pregnancy-what-can-we-learn-about-pathology
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Judith E Cartwright, Guy StJ Whitley
The pathologies of the pregnancy complications pre-eclampsia (PE) and fetal growth restriction (FGR) are established in the first trimester of human pregnancy. In a normal pregnancy, decidual spiral arteries are transformed into wide diameter, non-vasoactive vessels capable of meeting the increased demands of the developing fetus for nutrients and oxygen. Disruption of this transformation is associated with PE and FGR. Very little is known of how these first trimester changes are regulated normally and even less is known about how they are compromised in complicated pregnancies...
May 6, 2017: Placenta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503198/dynamics-of-two-methanogenic-microbiomes-incubated-in-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-naphthenic-acids-and-oil-field-produced-water
#10
Bonahis J Oko, Yu Tao, David C Stuckey
BACKGROUND: Oil field produced water (OFPW) is widely produced in large volumes around the world. Transforming the organic matter in OFPW into bioenergy, such as biomethane, is one promising way to sustainability. However, OFPW is difficult to biologically degrade because it contains complex compounds such as naphthenic acids (NAs), or polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Although active microbial communities have been found in many oil reservoirs, little is known about how an exotic microbiome, e...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500546/quantitative-image-analysis-of-polyhydroxyalkanoates-inclusions-from-microbial-mixed-cultures-under-different-sbr-operation-strategies
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António L Amaral, Hugo Abreu, Cristiano Leal, Daniela P Mesquita, Luís M Castro, Eugénio C Ferreira
Polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs) produced from mixed microbial cultures (MMC), regarded as potential substitutes of petrochemical plastics, can be found as intracellular granules in various microorganisms under limited nutrient conditions and excess of carbon source. PHA is traditionally quantified by laborious and time-consuming chromatography analysis, and a simpler and faster method to assess PHA contents from MMC, such as quantitative image analysis (QIA), is of great interest. The main purpose of the present work was to upgrade a previously developed QIA methodology (as reported by Mesquita et al...
May 12, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500402/identification-and-characterization-of-a-grain-micronutrient-related-osfro2-rice-gene-ortholog-from-micronutrient-rich-little-millet-panicum-sumatrense
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Girish Chandel, Mahima Dubey, Saurabh Gupta, Arun H Patil, A R Rao
Minor millets are considered as nutrient-rich cereals having significant effect in improving human health. In this study, a rice ortholog of Ferric Chelate Reductase (FRO2) gene involved in plant metal uptake has been identified in iron-rich Little millet (LM) using PCR and next generation sequencing-based strategy. FRO2 gene-specific primers designed from rice genome amplified 2.7 Kb fragment in LM genotype RLM-37. Computational genomics analyses of the sequenced amplicon showed high level sequence similarity with rice OsFRO2 gene...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495892/lux-bacterial-biosensors-for-in-vivo-spatiotemporal-mapping-of-root-secretion
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Francesco Pini, Alison K East, Corinne Appia-Ayme, Jakub Tomek, Ramakrishnan Karunakaran, Marcela Mendoza-Suarez, Anne Edwards, Jason Terpolilli, Joshua Roworth, J Allan Downie, Philip S Poole
Plants engineer the rhizosphere to their advantage by secreting various nutrients and secondary metabolites. Coupling transcriptomic and metabolomic analysis of the Pisum sativum rhizosphere, a suite of bioreporters has been developed in Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. viciae 3841, and these detect metabolites secreted by roots in space and time. Fourteen bacterial lux-fusion bioreporters, specific for sugars, polyols, amino acids, organic acids or flavonoids, have been validated in vitro and in vivo. Using different bacterial mutants (nodC, nifH), the process of colonization and symbiosis has been analyzed, revealing compounds important in the different steps of the rhizobial-legume association...
May 11, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494004/increasing-land-use-intensity-reverses-the-relative-occupancy-of-two-quadrupedal-scavengers
#14
Joshua P Twining, Henry Bernard, Robert M Ewers
Human land use is continuously altering the natural environment, yet the greater ecological implications of this change for many groups that are key to healthy ecosystem functioning remains uncharacterised in the tropics. Terrestrial scavenging vertebrates are one such group, providing integral ecosystem services through the removal of carrion which is a crucial component of both nutrient cycling and disease dynamics. To explore how anthropogenic processes may affect forest scavengers, we investigated the changes in the relative occupancy of two important terrestrial scavengers along a gradient of land use intensity, ranging from protected forest to oil palm plantation in Borneo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492990/field-scale-pattern-of-denitrifying-microorganisms-and-n2o-emission-rates-indicate-a-high-potential-for-complete-denitrification-in-an-agriculturally-used-organic-soil
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Stefanie Schulz, Angelika Kölbl, Martin Ebli, Franz Buegger, Michael Schloter, Sabine Fiedler
More than 50% of all anthropogenic N2O emissions come from the soil. Drained Histosols that are used for agricultural purposes are particularly potent sources of denitrification due to higher stocks of organic matter and fertiliser application. However, conditions that favour denitrification can vary considerably across a field and change significantly throughout the year. Spatial and temporal denitrifier dynamics were assessed in a drained, intensely managed Histosol by focusing on the genetic nitrite and N2O reduction potential derived from the abundance of nirK, nirS and nosZ genes...
May 11, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491054/flexible-carbon-use-efficiency-across-litter-types-and-during-decomposition-partly-compensates-nutrient-imbalances-results-from-analytical-stoichiometric-models
#16
Stefano Manzoni
Mathematical models involving explicit representations of microbial processes have been developed to infer microbial community properties from laboratory and field measurements. While this approach has been used to estimate the kinetic constants related to microbial activity, it has not been fully exploited for inference of stoichiometric traits, such as carbon-use efficiency (CUE). Here, a hierarchy of analytically-solvable mass-balance models of litter carbon (C) and nitrogen (N) dynamics is developed, to infer decomposer CUE from measured C and N contents during litter decomposition...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490624/removal-of-an-apex-predator-initiates-a-trophic-cascade-that-extends-from-herbivores-to-vegetation-and-the-soil-nutrient-pool
#17
Timothy Morris, Mike Letnic
It is widely assumed that organisms at low trophic levels, particularly microbes and plants, are essential to basic services in ecosystems, such as nutrient cycling. In theory, apex predators' effects on ecosystems could extend to nutrient cycling and the soil nutrient pool by influencing the intensity and spatial organization of herbivory. Here, we take advantage of a long-term manipulation of dingo abundance across Australia's dingo-proof fence in the Strzelecki Desert to investigate the effects that removal of an apex predator has on herbivore abundance, vegetation and the soil nutrient pool...
May 17, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489822/traf2-and-otud7b-govern-a-ubiquitin-dependent-switch-that-regulates-mtorc2-signalling
#18
Bin Wang, Zuliang Jie, Donghyun Joo, Alban Ordureau, Pengda Liu, Wenjian Gan, Jianping Guo, Jinfang Zhang, Brian J North, Xiangpeng Dai, Xuhong Cheng, Xiuwu Bian, Lingqiang Zhang, J Wade Harper, Shao-Cong Sun, Wenyi Wei
The mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) has a key role in the integration of various physiological stimuli to regulate several cell growth and metabolic pathways. mTOR primarily functions as a catalytic subunit in two structurally related but functionally distinct multi-component kinase complexes, mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1) and mTORC2 (refs 1, 2). Dysregulation of mTOR signalling is associated with a variety of human diseases, including metabolic disorders and cancer. Thus, both mTORC1 and mTORC2 kinase activity is tightly controlled in cells...
May 10, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488703/protein-o-glcnacylation-emerging-mechanisms-and-functions
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Xiaoyong Yang, Kevin Qian
O-GlcNAcylation - the attachment of O-linked N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) moieties to cytoplasmic, nuclear and mitochondrial proteins - is a post-translational modification that regulates fundamental cellular processes in metazoans. A single pair of enzymes - O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT) and O-GlcNAcase (OGA) - controls the dynamic cycling of this protein modification in a nutrient- and stress-responsive manner. Recent years have seen remarkable advances in our understanding of O-GlcNAcylation at levels that range from structural and molecular biology to cell signalling and gene regulation to physiology and disease...
May 10, 2017: Nature Reviews. Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488235/emulating-host-microbiome-ecosystem-of-human-gastrointestinal-tract-in-vitro
#20
Gun-Seok Park, Min Hee Park, Woojung Shin, Connie Zhao, Sameer Sheikh, So Jung Oh, Hyun Jung Kim
The human gut microbiome performs prodigious physiological functions such as production of microbial metabolites, modulation of nutrient digestion and drug metabolism, control of immune system, and prevention of infection. Paradoxically, gut microbiome can also negatively orchestrate the host responses in diseases or chronic disorders, suggesting that the regulated and balanced host-gut microbiome crosstalk is a salient prerequisite in gastrointestinal physiology. To understand the pathophysiological role of host-microbiome crosstalk, it is critical to recreate in vivo relevant models of the host-gut microbiome ecosystem in human...
May 10, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
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