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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649635/gravireceptors-in-eukaryotes-a-comparison-of-case-studies-on-the-cellular-level
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Donat-P Häder, Markus Braun, Daniela Grimm, Ruth Hemmersbach
We have selected five evolutionary very different biological systems ranging from unicellular protists via algae and higher plants to human cells showing responses to the gravity vector of the Earth in order to compare their graviperception mechanisms. All these systems use a mass, which may either by a heavy statolith or the whole content of the cell heavier than the surrounding medium to operate on a gravireceptor either by exerting pressure or by pulling on a cytoskeletal element. In many cases the receptor seems to be a mechanosensitive ion channel activated by the gravitational force which allows a gated ion flux across the membrane when activated...
2017: NPJ Microgravity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645481/subcellular-localization-of-glycolytic-enzymes-and-characterization-of-intermediary-metabolism-of-trypanosoma-rangeli
#2
Rocío Rondón-Mercado, Héctor Acosta, Ana J Cáceres, Wilfredo Quiñones, Juan Luis Concepción
Trypanosoma rangeli is a hemoflagellate protist that infects wild and domestic mammals as well as humans in Central and South America. Although this parasite is not pathogenic for human, it is being studied because it shares with Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiological agent of Chagas' disease, biological characteristics, geographic distribution, vectors and vertebrate hosts. Several metabolic studies have been performed with T. cruzi epimastigotes, however little is known about the metabolism of T. rangeli. In this work we present the subcellular distribution of the T...
June 20, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644443/unexpected-genomic-features-in-widespread-intracellular-bacteria-evidence-for-motility-of-marine-chlamydiae
#3
Astrid Collingro, Stephan Köstlbacher, Marc Mussmann, Ramunas Stepanauskas, Steven J Hallam, Matthias Horn
Chlamydiae are obligate intracellular bacteria comprising important human pathogens and symbionts of protists. Molecular evidence indicates a tremendous diversity of chlamydiae particularly in marine environments, yet our current knowledge is based mainly on terrestrial representatives. Here we provide first insights into the biology of marine chlamydiae representing three divergent clades. Our analysis of single-cell amplified genomes revealed hallmarks of the chlamydial lifestyle, supporting the ancient origin of their characteristic developmental cycle and major virulence mechanisms...
June 23, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637756/high-resolution-meta-transcriptomics-reveals-the-ecological-dynamics-of-mosquito-associated-rna-viruses-in-western-australia
#4
Mang Shi, Peter Neville, Jay Nicholson, John-Sebastian Eden, Allison Imrie, Edward C Holmes
Mosquitoes harbour a high diversity of RNA viruses, including many that impact human health. Despite a growing effort to describe the extent and nature of the mosquito virome, little is known about how these viruses persist, spread, and interact with both their hosts and other microbes. To address this issue we performed a meta-transcriptomics analysis of 12 Western Australian mosquito populations structured by species and geographic location. Our results identified the complete genomes of 24 species of RNA viruses from a diverse range of viral families and orders, among which 19 are newly described...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631386/toward-establishing-model-organisms-for-marine-protists-successful-transfection-protocols-for-parabodo-caudatus-kinetoplastida-excavata
#5
Fatma Gomaa, Paulo A Garcia, Jennifer Delaney, Peter R Girguis, Cullen R Buie, Virginia P Edgcomb
We developed protocols for, and demonstrated successful transfection of, the free-living kinetoplastid flagellate Parabodo caudatus with three plasmids carrying a fluorescence reporter gene (pEF-GFP with the EF1 alpha promoter, pUB-GFP with Ubiquitin C promoter, and pEYFP-Mitotrap with CMV promoter). We evaluated three electroporation approaches: 1) a square-wave electroporator designed for eukaryotes, 2) a novel microfluidic transfection system employing hydrodynamically-controlled electric field waveforms, and 3) a traditional exponential decay electroporator...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623024/functional-diversity-of-aquatic-ciliates
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REVIEW
Thomas Weisse
This paper first reviews the concept of functional diversity in general terms and then applies it to free-living aquatic ciliates. Ciliates are extremely versatile organisms and display an enormous functional diversity as key elements of pelagic food webs, acting as predators of bacteria, algae, other protists and even some metazoans. Planktonic ciliates are important food for zooplankton, and mixotrophic and functionally autotrophic species may significantly contribute to primary production in the ocean and in lakes...
April 13, 2017: European Journal of Protistology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620034/structural-insights-into-the-alternative-oxidases-are-all-oxidases-made-equal
#7
REVIEW
Benjamin May, Luke Young, Anthony L Moore
The alternative oxidases (AOXs) are ubiquinol-oxidoreductases that are members of the diiron carboxylate superfamily. They are not only ubiquitously distributed within the plant kingdom but also found in increasing numbers within the fungal, protist, animal and prokaryotic kingdoms. Although functions of AOXs are highly diverse in general, they tend to play key roles in thermogenesis, stress tolerance (through the management of radical oxygen species) and the maintenance of mitochondrial and cellular energy homeostasis...
June 15, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618206/grazing-of-leaf-associated-cercomonads-protists-rhizaria-cercozoa-structures-bacterial-community-composition-and-function
#8
Sebastian Flues, David Bass, Michael Bonkowski
Preferential food selection in protists is well documented, but we still lack basic understanding on how protist predation modifies the taxonomic and functional composition of bacterial communities. We conducted feeding trials using leaf-associated cercomonad Cercozoa by incubating them on a standardized, diverse bacterial community washed from plant leaves. We used a shotgun metagenomics approach to investigate the taxonomic and functional changes of the bacterial community after five days protist predation upon bacteria...
June 15, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611746/adaptations-to-high-salt-in-a-halophilic-protist-differential-expression-and-gene-acquisitions-through-duplications-and-gene-transfers
#9
Tommy Harding, Andrew J Roger, Alastair G B Simpson
The capacity of halophiles to thrive in extreme hypersaline habitats derives partly from the tight regulation of ion homeostasis, the salt-dependent adjustment of plasma membrane fluidity, and the increased capability to manage oxidative stress. Halophilic bacteria, and archaea have been intensively studied, and substantial research has been conducted on halophilic fungi, and the green alga Dunaliella. By contrast, there have been very few investigations of halophiles that are phagotrophic protists, i.e., protozoa...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594957/distinctive-features-and-differential-regulation-of-the-drts-genes-of-arabidopsis-thaliana
#10
Antonio Maniga, Stefania Ghisaura, Lara Perrotta, Maria Giovanna Marche, Rino Cella, Diego Albani
In plants and protists, dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR) and thymidylate synthase (TS) are part of a bifunctional enzyme (DRTS) that allows efficient recycling of the dihydrofolate resulting from TS activity. Arabidopsis thaliana possesses three DRTS genes, called AtDRTS1, AtDRTS2 and AtDRTS3, that are located downstream of three members of the sec14-like SFH gene family. In this study, a characterization of the AtDRTS genes identified alternatively spliced transcripts coding for AtDRTS isoforms which may account for monofunctional DHFR enzymes supporting pathways unrelated to DNA synthesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594294/ceo2-nanoparticles-alter-the-outcome-of-species-interactions
#11
Cheng Peng, Ying Chen, Zhichao Pu, Qing Zhao, Xin Tong, Yongsheng Chen, Lin Jiang
Despite considerable research on the environmental impacts of nanomaterials, we know little about how they influence interactions between species. Here, we investigated the acute (12 d) and chronic (64 d) toxicities of cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) and bulk particles (0 ∼ 200 mg/L) to three ciliated protist species (Loxocephalus sp., Paramecium aurelia, and Tetrahymena pyriformis) in single-, bi-, and multispecies microcosms. The results show that CeO2 NPs strongly affected the interactions between ciliated protozoan species...
June 8, 2017: Nanotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593198/biphasic-metabolism-and-host-interaction-of-a-chlamydial-symbiont
#12
Lena König, Alexander Siegl, Thomas Penz, Susanne Haider, Cecilia Wentrup, Julia Polzin, Evelyne Mann, Stephan Schmitz-Esser, Daryl Domman, Matthias Horn
Chlamydiae are obligate intracellular bacteria comprising well-known human pathogens and ubiquitous symbionts of protists, which are characterized by a unique developmental cycle. Here we comprehensively analyzed gene expression dynamics of Protochlamydia amoebophila during infection of its Acanthamoeba host by RNA sequencing. This revealed a highly dynamic transcriptional landscape, where major transcriptional shifts are conserved among chlamydial symbionts and pathogens. Our data served to propose a time-resolved model for type III protein secretion during the developmental cycle, and we provide evidence for a biphasic metabolism of P...
May 2017: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591404/sexual-transmission-of-american-trypanosomiasis-in-humans-a-new-potential-pandemic-route-for-chagas-parasites
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Perla F Araujo, Adriana B Almeida, Carlos F Pimentel, Adriano R Silva, Alessandro Sousa, Sebastião A Valente, Vera C Valente, Manuela M Britto, Ana C Rosa, Rozeneide M Alves, Luciana Hagström, Antonio Rl Teixeira
BACKGROUND: The Trypanosoma cruzi infection endemic in Latin America has now spread to several countries across four continents; this endemic involves triatomine vector-free protists. We hypothesised that the sexual transmission of T. cruzi contributes to the ongoing spread of Chagas disease. OBJECTIVES: A short-term longitudinal study was conducted to evaluate this hypothesis. METHODS: The study population comprised 109 subjects from four families, among whom 21 had been diagnosed with acute Chagas disease by direct parasitological analysis...
June 2017: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586691/marine-protists-are-not-just-big-bacteria
#14
REVIEW
Patrick J Keeling, Javier Del Campo
The study of marine microbial ecology has been completely transformed by molecular and genomic data: after centuries of relative neglect, genomics has revealed the surprising extent of microbial diversity and how microbial processes transform ocean and global ecosystems. But the revolution is not complete: major gaps in our understanding remain, and one obvious example is that microbial eukaryotes, or protists, are still largely neglected. Here we examine various ways in which protists might be better integrated into models of marine microbial ecology, what challenges this will present, and why understanding the limitations of our tools is a significant concern...
June 5, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574222/transition-boundaries-for-protistan-species-turnover-in-hypersaline-waters-of-different-biogeographic-regions
#15
Sabine Filker, Dominik Forster, Lea Weinisch, Merit Mora-Ruiz, Bernardo González, María Eugenia Farías, Ramon Rosselló-Móra, Thorsten Stoeck
The identification of environmental barriers, which govern species distribution, is a fundamental concern in ecology. Even though salt was previously identified as a major transition boundary for micro- and macroorganisms alike, the salinities causing species turnover in protistan communities are unknown. We investigated 4.5 million high-quality protistan metabarcodes (V4 region of the SSU rDNA) obtained from 24 shallow salt ponds (salinities 4%-44%) from South America and Europe. Statistical analyses of protistan community profiles identified four salinity classes, which strongly selected for different protistan communities: 4-9%, 14-24%, 27-36% and 38-44%...
June 2, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570771/how-exaptations-facilitated-photosensory-evolution-seeing-the-light-by-accident
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REVIEW
Gregory S Gavelis, Patrick J Keeling, Brian S Leander
Exaptations are adaptations that have undergone a major change in function. By recruiting genes from sources originally unrelated to vision, exaptation has allowed for sudden and critical photosensory innovations, such as lenses, photopigments, and photoreceptors. Here we review new or neglected findings, with an emphasis on unicellular eukaryotes (protists), to illustrate how exaptation has shaped photoreception across the tree of life. Protist phylogeny attests to multiple origins of photoreception, as well as the extreme creativity of evolution...
June 1, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556617/discovery-of-ectosymbiotic-endomicrobium-lineages-associated-with-protists-in-the-gut-of-stolotermitid-termites
#17
Kazuki Izawa, Hirokazu Kuwahara, Kaito Sugaya, Nathan Lo, Moriya Ohkuma, Yuichi Hongoh
The genus Endomicrobium is a dominant bacterial group in the gut of lower termites, and most phylotypes are intracellular symbionts of gut protists. Here we report the discovery of Endomicrobium ectosymbionts of termite gut protists. We found that bristle-like Endomicrobium cells attached to the surface of spirotrichosomid protist cells inhabiting the termite Stolotermes victoriensis. Transmission electron microscopy revealed that a putative Endomicrobium cell likely attached to the protist surface via a protrusion from the tip of the bacterium...
May 29, 2017: Environmental Microbiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556455/the-serine-threonine-phosphatases-of-apicomplexan-parasites
#18
REVIEW
Chunlin Yang, Gustavo Arrizabalaga
The balance between phosphorylation and de-phosphorylation, which is delicately regulated by protein kinases and phosphatases, is critical for nearly all biological processes. The Apicomplexa are a large phylum which contains various parasitic protists, including human pathogens, such as Plasmodium, Toxoplasma, Cryptosporidium and Babesia species. The diverse life cycles of these parasites are highly complex and, not surprisingly, many of their key steps are exquisitely regulated by phosphorylation. Interestingly, many of the kinases and phosphatases, as well as the substrates involved in these events are unique to the parasites and therefore phosphorylation constitutes a viable target for antiparasitic intervention...
May 27, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555190/evolution-of-the-apicomplexan-sugar-transporter-gene-family-repertoire
#19
Ousman Mahmud, Jessica C Kissinger
Apicomplexan protist parasites utilize host sugars transported into the parasite by sugar transporter proteins for use as an energy source. We performed a phylum-wide phylogenetic analysis of the apicomplexan sugar transporter repertoire. Phylogenetic analyses revealed six major subfamilies of apicomplexan sugar transporters. Transporters in one subfamily have undergone expansions in Piroplasma species and Gregarina niphandrodes, while other subfamilies are highly divergent and contain genes found in only one or two species...
2017: International Journal of Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554153/how-far-do-ciliate-flagships-sail-a-proposed-gondawanaland-endemic-species-at-anchor-in-idaho-soils
#20
William Bourland
In terms of protist biogeography, "flagship species" (Foissner 2005) have been defined as those so remarkable or "showy" that they are unlikely to be overlooked when present in a given habitat. On this basis, flagship species have been suggested as an ideal or ultimate test for the existence of protist endemism. One example of a flagship ciliate is the terrestrial lepidosome-bearing trachelophyllid, Luporinophrys micelae, previously thought to be a Gondwanan endemic. This report comprises a morphologic description of two populations of L...
July 2017: Protist
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