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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431230/structural-basis-for-guide-rna-processing-and-seed-dependent-dna-targeting-by-crispr-cas12a
#1
Daan C Swarts, John van der Oost, Martin Jinek
The CRISPR-associated protein Cas12a (Cpf1), which has been repurposed for genome editing, possesses two distinct nuclease activities: endoribonuclease activity for processing its own guide RNAs and RNA-guided DNase activity for target DNA cleavage. To elucidate the molecular basis of both activities, we determined crystal structures of Francisella novicida Cas12a bound to guide RNA and in complex with an R-loop formed by a non-cleavable guide RNA precursor and a full-length target DNA. Corroborated by biochemical experiments, these structures reveal the mechanisms of guide RNA processing and pre-ordering of the seed sequence in the guide RNA that primes Cas12a for target DNA binding...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428805/edible-dormice-glis-glis-avoid-areas-with-a-high-density-of-their-preferred-food-plant-the-european-beech
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Jessica S Cornils, Franz Hoelzl, Birgit Rotter, Claudia Bieber, Thomas Ruf
BACKGROUND: Numerous species, especially among rodents, are strongly affected by the availability of pulsed resources. The intermittent production of large seed crops in northern hemisphere tree species (e.g., beech Fagus spec.,oak Quercus spec., pine trees Pinus spec.) are prime examples of these resource pulses. Adult edible dormice are highly dependent on high energy seeds to maximize their reproductive output. For juvenile dormice the energy rich food is important to grow and fatten in a very short time period prior to hibernation...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391467/osmopriming-with-cacl2-improves-wheat-triticum-aestivum-l-production-under-water-limited-environments
#3
Shahid Farooq, Mubshar Hussain, Khawar Jabran, Waseem Hassan, Muhammad S Rizwan, Tauqeer A Yasir
This 2-year field study investigates the potential of seed priming to mitigate losses caused by drought stress at different phenophases of wheat. Wheat seeds were soaked either in distilled water or in aerated solution of CaCl2 (ψs -1.25 MPa) for 18 h to accomplish hydropriming and osmopriming, respectively. The soil moisture was maintained at 90-100% field capacity (well-watered) or 45-50% field capacity at vegetative (vegetative drought) and reproductive (terminal drought) phases. Allometric traits leaf area index, leaf area duration, and crop growth rate were initially more affected by vegetative drought; however, terminal drought was more severe at later stages...
April 9, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385670/spatial-profiling-of-maytansine-during-the-germination-process-of-maytenus-senegalensis-seeds
#4
Dennis Eckelmann, Souvik Kusari, Michael Spiteller
The ecological role of maytansine, an important antineoplastic and antimicrobial compound with high cytotoxicity, particularly as a chemical defense compound has remained elusive since its discovery in the 1970s in Maytenus and Putterlickia plants. In the present study, we have used MALDI-imaging-HRMS to visualize the occurrence as well as spatial and temporal distribution of maytansine in a Maytenus senegalensis plant, seeds obtained from the mother plant during seeding stage, through the germination of the seeds, and finally up to the establishment of seedlings (or daughter plants)...
April 3, 2017: Fitoterapia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374224/effects-of-insect-herbivory-on-bilberry-production-and-removal-of-berries-by-frugivores
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Tuuli-Marjaana Koski, Marika Kalpio, Toni Laaksonen, Päivi M Sirkiä, Heikki P Kallio, Baoru Yang, Kaisa M Linderborg, Tero Klemola
The evolutionary purpose of a fleshy fruit is to attract seed dispersers and get the seeds dispersed by frugivorous animals. For this reason, fruits should be highly rewarding to these mutualists. However, insect herbivory can alter plant reproductive success e.g. by decreasing fruit yield or affecting the attractiveness of the fruits to mutualistic seed dispersers. Under natural conditions, we tested the effects of experimental larval-defoliation on berry ripening and consumption of a non-cultivated dwarf shrub, the bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369913/seed-priming-with-kno3-mediates-biochemical-processes-to-inhibit-lead-pb-toxicity-in-maize-zea-mays-l
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Fahim Nawaz, M Naeem, A Akram, M Y Ashraf, K S Ahmad, B Zulfiqar, Hasan Sardar, R N Shabbir, S Majeed, M Asif Shehzad, I Anwar
BACKGROUND: Accumulation of lead (Pb) in agricultural soils has become a major factor for reduced crop yields and poses serious threats to humans consuming agricultural products. The present study investigated the effects of KNO3 seed priming (0 and 0.5% KNO3 ) on growth of maize (Zea mays L.) seedlings exposed to Pb toxicity (0, 1300 and 2550 mg kg(-1) Pb). RESULTS: Pb exposure markedly reduced the growth of maize seedlings and resulted in higher Pb accumulation in roots than shoots...
April 3, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352300/toward-facilitating-microalgae-cope-with-effluent-from-anaerobic-digestion-of-kitchen-waste-the-art-of-agricultural-phytohormones
#7
Haiyan Pei, Liqun Jiang, Qingjie Hou, Ze Yu
BACKGROUND: Although numerous studies have used wastewater as substitutes to cultivate microalgae, most of them obtained weaker algal viability than standard media. Some studies demonstrated a promotion of phytohormones on algal growth in standard media. For exploiting a strategy to improve algal biomass accumulation in effluent from anaerobic digestion of kitchen waste (ADE-KW), the agricultural phytohormones gibberellin, indole-3-acetic acid, and brassinolide (GIB) were applied to Chlorella SDEC-11 and Scenedesmus SDEC-13 at different stages of algal growth...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352273/biofortification-of-wheat-cultivars-to-combat-zinc-deficiency
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Muhammad U Chattha, Muhammad U Hassan, Imran Khan, Muhammad B Chattha, Athar Mahmood, Muhammad U Chattha, Muhammad Nawaz, Muhammad N Subhani, Mina Kharal, Sadia Khan
Zinc (Zn) deficiency caused by inadequate dietary intake is a global nutritional problem, particularly in developing countries. Therefore, zinc biofortification of wheat and other cereal crops is being urgently addressed and highly prioritized as a research topic. A field study was planned to evaluate the influence of zinc application on grain yield, grain zinc content, and grain phytic acid concentrations of wheat cultivars, and the relationships between these parameters. Three wheat cultivars, C1 = Faisalabad-2008, C2 = Punjab-2011, and C3 = Millet-2011 were tested with five different methods of zinc application: T1 = control, T2 = seed priming, T3 = soil application, T4 = foliar application, and T5 = soil + foliar application...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338424/monocytes-seeded-on-engineered-hypertrophic-cartilage-do-not-enhance-endochondral-ossification-capacity
#9
Atanas Todorov, Celeste Scotti, Andrea Barbero, Arnaud Scherberich, Adam Papadimitropoulos, Ivan Martin
Engineered hypertrophic cartilage (HC) represents an attractive bone substitute material, capable to induce bone formation by endochondral ossification. Since bone formation by HC depends on factors released from the extracellular matrix, in this study, we hypothesized that HC seeding with monocytes committed to osteoclastogenesis could enhance its remodeling, improve chemotaxis of skeletal and vascular cells, and consequently enhance bone formation. This would be particularly relevant for devitalized HC, which currently exhibits only limited osteoinductivity...
March 24, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332706/jasmonic-acid-dependent-regulation-of-seed-dormancy-following-maternal-herbivory-in-arabidopsis
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Prashant Singh, Anuja Dave, Fabian E Vaistij, Dawn Worrall, Geoff H Holroyd, Jonathan G Wells, Filip Kaminski, Ian A Graham, Michael R Roberts
Maternal experience of abiotic environmental factors such as temperature and light are well known to control seed dormancy in many plant species. Maternal biotic stress alters offspring defence phenotypes, but whether it also affects seed dormancy remains unexplored. We exposed Arabidopsis thaliana plants to herbivory and investigated plasticity in germination and defence phenotypes in their offspring, along with the roles of phytohormone signalling in regulating maternal effects. Maternal herbivory resulted in the accumulation of jasmonic acid-isoleucine and loss of dormancy in seeds of stressed plants...
March 23, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323614/a-chloroplast-retrograde-signal-3-phosphoadenosine-5-phosphate-acts-as-a-secondary-messenger-in-abscisic-acid-signaling-in-stomatal-closure-and-germination
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Wannarat Pornsiriwong, Gonzalo M Estavillo, Kai Xun Chan, Estee E Tee, Diep Ganguly, Peter A Crisp, Su Yin Phua, Chenchen Zhao, Jiaen Qiu, Jiyoung Park, Miing Tiem Yong, Nazia Nisar, Arun Kumar Yadav, Benjamin Schwessinger, John Rathjen, Christopher I Cazzonelli, Philippa B Wilson, Matthew Gilliham, Zhong-Hua Chen, Barry J Pogson
Organelle-nuclear retrograde signaling regulates gene expression, but its roles in specialized cells and integration with hormonal signaling remain enigmatic. Here we show that the SAL1-PAP (3'-phosphoadenosine 5'- phosphate) retrograde pathway interacts with abscisic acid (ABA) signaling to regulate stomatal closure and seed germination in Arabidopsis. Genetically or exogenously manipulating PAP bypasses the canonical signaling components ABA Insensitive 1 (ABI1) and Open Stomata 1 (OST1); priming an alternative pathway that restores ABA-responsive gene expression, ROS bursts, ion channel function, stomatal closure and drought tolerance in ost1-2...
March 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28278442/exogenous-nitric-oxide-improves-salt-tolerance-during-establishment-of-jatropha-curcas-seedlings-by-ameliorating-oxidative-damage-and-toxic-ion-accumulation
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Cibelle Gomes Gadelha, Rafael de Souza Miranda, Nara Lídia M Alencar, José Hélio Costa, José Tarquinio Prisco, Enéas Gomes-Filho
Jatropha curcas is an oilseed species that is considered an excellent alternative energy source for fossil-based fuels for growing in arid and semiarid regions, where salinity is becoming a stringent problem to crop production. Our working hypothesis was that nitric oxide (NO) priming enhances salt tolerance of J. curcas during early seedling development. Under NaCl stress, seedlings arising from NO-treated seeds showed lower accumulation of Na(+) and Cl(-) than those salinized seedlings only, which was consistent with a better growth for all analyzed time points...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276450/the-effect-of-cold-priming-on-the-fitness-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-accessions-under-natural-and-controlled-conditions
#13
Jelena Cvetkovic, Klaus Müller, Margarete Baier
Priming improves an organism's performance upon a future stress. To test whether cold priming supports protection in spring and how it is affected by cold acclimation, we compared seven Arabidopsis accessions with different cold acclimation potentials in the field and in the greenhouse for growth, photosynthetic performance and reproductive fitness in March and May after a 14 day long cold-pretreatment at 4 °C. In the plants transferred to the field in May, the effect of the cold pretreatment on the seed yield correlated with the cold acclimation potential of the accessions...
March 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196091/pre-breeding-of-lentil-lens-culinaris-medik-for-herbicide-resistance-through-seed-mutagenesis
#14
Muhammad Rizwan, Muhammad Aslam, Muhammad Jawad Asghar, Ghulam Abbas, Tariq Mahmud Shah, Hussein Shimelis
Lentil is a poor competitor of weeds and its sensitivity to herbicides is a major hurdle for large scale production. The present study was conducted to select herbicide resistant lentil genotypes through seed mutagenesis. Seeds of three advanced lentil genotypes (LPP 11001, LPP 11100 and LPP 11116) were treated with two different concentrations of ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS; 0.1 and 0.2%), hydrazine hydrate (HH; 0.02 and 0.03%) and sodium azide (SA; 0.01 and 0.02%) to develop M1 seed. The M2 was screened against two herbicides including Ally Max 28...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157493/soil-primes-the-seed-epigenetic-landscape-drives-tumor-behavior
#15
Ramon J Whitson, Anthony E Oro
Whether invasive tumor phenotypes like EMT arise from oncogenic drivers or from priming of the pre-tumor cell of origin remains unknown. In this issue of Cell Stem Cell, Latil et al. (2017) show that the pre-tumor niche establishes a chromatin state predisposing squamous cell carcinomas to undergo EMT and metastasis, suggesting that the pre-tumor epigenome has prognostic value.
February 2, 2017: Cell Stem Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128224/pyrintegrin-induces-soft-tissue-formation-by-transplanted-or-endogenous-cells
#16
Bhranti S Shah, Mo Chen, Takahiro Suzuki, Mildred Embree, Kimi Kong, Chang H Lee, Ling He, Lusai Xiang, Jeffrey A Ahn, Sheng Ding, Jeremy J Mao
Focal adipose deficiency, such as lipoatrophy, lumpectomy or facial trauma, is a formidable challenge in reconstructive medicine, and yet scarcely investigated in experimental studies. Here, we report that Pyrintegrin (Ptn), a 2,4-disubstituted pyrimidine known to promote embryonic stem cells survival, is robustly adipogenic and induces postnatal adipose tissue formation in vivo of transplanted adipose stem/progenitor cells (ASCs) and recruited endogenous cells. In vitro, Ptn stimulated human adipose tissue derived ASCs to differentiate into lipid-laden adipocytes by upregulating peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPARγ) and CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein-α (C/EBPα), with differentiated cells increasingly secreting adiponectin, leptin, glycerol and total triglycerides...
January 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114972/optimizing-mesoderm-progenitor-selection-and-three-dimensional-microniche-culture-allows-highly-efficient-endothelial-differentiation-and-ischemic-tissue-repair-from-human-pluripotent-stem-cells
#17
Fengzhi Zhang, Lin Wang, Yaqian Li, Wei Liu, Fuyu Duan, Rujin Huang, Xi Chen, Sophia Chia-Ning Chang, Yanan Du, Jie Na
BACKGROUND: Generation of large quantities of endothelial cells is highly desirable for vascular research, for the treatment of ischemia diseases, and for tissue regeneration. To achieve this goal, we developed a simple, chemically defined culture system to efficiently and rapidly differentiate endothelial cells from human pluripotent stem cells by going through an MESP1 mesoderm progenitor stage. METHODS: Mesp1 is a key transcription factor that regulates the development of early cardiovascular tissue...
January 23, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093607/osmopriming-induced-salt-tolerance-during-seed-germination-of-alfalfa-most-likely-mediates-through-h2o2-signaling-and-upregulation-of-heme-oxygenase
#18
Rayhaneh Amooaghaie, Fatemeh Tabatabaie
The present study showed that osmopriming or pretreatment with low H2O2 doses (2 mM) for 6 h alleviated salt-reduced seed germination. The NADPH oxidase activity was the main source, and superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity might be a secondary source of H2O2 generation during osmopriming or H2O2 pretreatment. Hematin pretreatment similar to osmopriming improved salt-reduced seed germination that was coincident with the enhancement of heme oxygenase (HO) activity. The semi-quantitative RT-PCR confirmed that osmopriming or H2O2 pretreatment was able to upregulate heme oxygenase HO-1 transcription, while the application of N,N-dimethyl thiourea (DMTU as trap of endogenous H2O2) and diphenyleneiodonium (DPI as inhibitor of NADPHox) not only blocked the upregulation of HO but also reversed the osmopriming-induced salt attenuation...
January 16, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090647/the-multifaceted-role-of-extracellular-vesicles-in-metastasis-priming-the-soil-for-seeding
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Brunna Dos Anjos Pultz, Felipe Andrés Cordero da Luz, Sara Socorro Faria, Leandro Peixoto Ferreira de Souza, Paula Cristina Brígido Tavares, Vivian Alonso Goulart, Wagner Fontes, Luiz Ricardo Goulart, Marcelo José Barbosa Silva
Extracellular vesicles (EVs), including exosomes, play a key role in inter and intracellular communication, promoting the proliferation and invasion of recipient cells to support tumor growth and metastasis. Metastasis comprises multiple steps that first include the detachment of tumor cells through epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT), allowing the physical dissemination to distant organs. Thereafter, cancer-derived exosomes are still critical components for preparing the tumor microenvironment by (i) enabling tumor cells to escape from the immunological surveillance and (ii) arranging the pre-metastatic site for the engraftment of detached cancer cells...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061743/shotgun-proteomics-of-the-barley-seed-proteome
#20
Ramamurthy Mahalingam
BACKGROUND: Barley seed proteins are of prime importance to the brewing industry, human and animal nutrition and in plant breeding for cultivar identification. To obtain comprehensive proteomic data from seeds, total protein from a two-rowed (Conrad) and a six-rowed (Lacey) barley cultivar were precipitated in acetone, digested in-solution, and the resulting peptides were analyzed by nano-liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry. RESULTS: The raw mass spectra data searched against Uniprot's Barley database using in-house Mascot search engine identified 1168 unique proteins...
January 6, 2017: BMC Genomics
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