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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081580/biosynthetic-studies-on-acetosellin-and-structure-elucidation-of-a-new-acetosellin-derivative
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Peter Hufendiek, Simon Stephan Martin Stölben, Stefan Kehraus, Nicole Merten, Henrik Harms, Max Crüsemann, Idris Arslan, Michael Gütschow, Tanja Schneider, Gabriele Maria König
Natural products from fungi, especially Ascomycota, play a major role in therapy and drug discovery. Fungal strains originating from marine habitats offer a new avenue for finding unusual molecular skeletons. Here, the marine-derived fungus Epicoccum nigrum (strain 749) was found to produce the azaphilonoid compounds acetosellin and 5',6'-dihydroxyacetosellin. The latter is a new natural product. The biosynthesis of these polyketide-type compounds is intriguing, since two polyketide chains are assembled to the final product...
January 12, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065939/an-expanding-stage-for-commensal-microbes-in-host-immune-regulation
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REVIEW
Yan Shi, Libing Mu
Gastrointestinal commensal microbiota is a concentrated mix of microbial life forms, including bacteria, fungi, archaea and viruses. These life forms are targets of host antimicrobial defense in order to establish a homeostatic symbiosis inside the host. However, they are also instrumental in shaping the functions of our immune system via a diverse set of communication mechanisms. In the gut, T helper 17, regulatory T and B cells are continuously tuned by specific microbial strains and metabolic processes. These cells in return help to establish a mutually beneficial exchange with the gut microbial contents...
January 9, 2017: Cellular & Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035973/mycotoxigenic-potentials-of-fusarium-species-in-various-culture-matrices-revealed-by-mycotoxin-profiling
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Wen Shi, Yanglan Tan, Shuangxia Wang, Donald M Gardiner, Sarah De Saeger, Yucai Liao, Cheng Wang, Yingying Fan, Zhouping Wang, Aibo Wu
In this study, twenty of the most common Fusarium species were molecularly characterized and inoculated on potato dextrose agar (PDA), rice and maize medium, where thirty three targeted mycotoxins, which might be the secondary metabolites of the identified fungal species, were detected by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). Statistical analysis was performed with principal component analysis (PCA) to characterize the mycotoxin profiles for the twenty fungi, suggesting that these fungi species could be discriminated and divided into three groups as follows...
December 26, 2016: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028889/the-molecular-response-of-the-white-rot-fungus-dichomitus-squalens-to-wood-and-non-woody-biomass-as-examined-by-transcriptome-and-exoproteome-analyses
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Johanna Rytioja, Kristiina Hildén, Marcos Di Falco, Miaomiao Zhou, Maria Victoria Aguilar-Pontes, Outi-Maaria Sietiö, Adrian Tsang, Ronald P de Vries, Miia R Mäkelä
The ability to obtain carbon and energy is a major requirement to exist in any environment. For several ascomycete fungi (post-)genomic analyses have shown that species that occupy a large variety of habitats possess a diverse enzymatic machinery, while species with a specific habitat have a more focused enzyme repertoire that is well-adapted to the prevailing substrate. White-rot basidiomycete fungi also live in a specific habitat, as they are found exclusively in wood. In this study, we evaluated how well the enzymatic machinery of the white-rot fungus Dichomitus squalens is tailored to degrade its natural wood substrate...
December 28, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028548/spatial-molecular-architecture-of-the-microbial-community-of-a-peltigera-lichen
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Neha Garg, Yi Zeng, Anna Edlund, Alexey V Melnik, Laura M Sanchez, Hosein Mohimani, Alexey Gurevich, Vivian Miao, Stefan Schiffler, Yan Wei Lim, Tal Luzzatto-Knaan, Shengxin Cai, Forest Rohwer, Pavel A Pevzner, Robert H Cichewicz, Theodore Alexandrov, Pieter C Dorrestein
Microbes are commonly studied as individual species, but they exist as mixed assemblages in nature. At present, we know very little about the spatial organization of the molecules, including natural products that are produced within these microbial networks. Lichens represent a particularly specialized type of symbiotic microbial assemblage in which the component microorganisms exist together. These composite microbial assemblages are typically comprised of several types of microorganisms representing phylogenetically diverse life forms, including fungi, photosymbionts, bacteria, and other microbes...
November 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28008326/localization-and-transcriptional-responses-of-chrysoporthe-austroafricana-in-eucalyptus-grandis-identify-putative-pathogenicity-factors
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Ronishree Mangwanda, Lizahn Zwart, Nicolaas A van der Merwe, Lucy Novungayo Moleleki, Dave Kenneth Berger, Alexander A Myburg, Sanushka Naidoo
Chrysoporthe austroafricana is a fungal pathogen that causes the development of stem cankers on susceptible Eucalyptus grandis trees. Clones of E. grandis that are partially resistant and highly susceptible have been identified based on the extent of lesion formation on the stem upon inoculation with C. austroafricana. These interactions have been used as a model pathosystem to enhance our understanding of interactions between pathogenic fungi and woody hosts, which may be different to herbaceous hosts. In previous research, transcriptomics of host responses in these two clones to C...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007751/cytokinesis-in-metazoa-and-fungi
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Michael Glotzer
SUMMARYCell division-cytokinesis-involves large-scale rearrangements of the entire cell. Primarily driven by cytoskeletal proteins, cytokinesis also depends on topological rearrangements of the plasma membrane, which are coordinated with nuclear division in both space and time. Despite the fundamental nature of the process, different types of eukaryotic cells show variations in both the structural mechanisms of cytokinesis and the regulatory controls. In animal cells and fungi, a contractile actomyosin-based structure plays a central, albeit flexible, role...
December 22, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000798/identification-and-evaluation-of-novel-drug-targets-against-the-human-fungal-pathogen-aspergillus-fumigatus-with-elaboration-on-the-possible-role-of-rna-binding-protein
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Saeid Malekzadeh, Soroush Sardari, Parisa Azerang, Dorsa Khorasanizadeh, Solmaz Agha Amiri, Mohammad Azizi, Nazanin Mohajerani, Vahid Khalaj
BACKGROUND: Aspergillus fumigatus is an airborne opportunistic fungal pathogen that can cause fatal infections in immunocompromised patients. Although the current anti-fungal therapies are relatively efficient, some issues such as drug toxicity, drug interactions, and the emergence of drug-resistant fungi have promoted the intense research toward finding the novel drug targets. METHODS: In search of new antifungal drug targets, we have used a bioinformatics approach to identify novel drug targets...
2017: Iranian Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998791/molecular-modelling-dynamics-simulation-and-characterization-of-antifungal-chitinase-from-sechium-edule
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Bipasha Bhattacharjee, Neeta Pathaw, Nikhil K Chrungoo, Atanu Bhattacharjee
Chitinases are varied sized proteins which have the ability to degrade chitin and are present in a huge range of organisms like fungi, yeasts, arthropods, humans etc. and have been getting increased attention due to their biocontrol properties. In silico analysis sheds light on the extensive properties of this plant protein. In this paper, a particular antifungal protein Chitinase sourced from Sechium edule from East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya was characterized using an array of bioinformatics tools. The modelled protein showed conserved domains characteristic to glycosyl hydrolase, family 18 superfamily...
December 17, 2016: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27983696/polyamines-and-%C3%AE-carbonic-anhydrases
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REVIEW
Andrea Scozzafava, Claudiu T Supuran, Fabrizio Carta
Natural products represent a straightforward source for molecular structures bearing a vast array of chemical features and potentially useful for biomedical purposes. Recent examples of this type include the discovery of the coumarins and the polyamine natural products as atypical chemotypes for the inhibition of the metalloenzymes carbonic anhydrases (CAs; EC 4.2.2.1). CA enzymes are established pharmacological targets for important pathologies, which, among others, include glaucoma, hypoxic tumors, and central nervous system (CNS)-affecting diseases...
December 15, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27978505/the-first-report-of-a-novoparasiticus-a-arachidicola-and-a-pseudocaelatus-in-brazilian-corn-kernels
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Helena Paula Viaro, Josué José da Silva, Larissa de Souza Ferranti, Jaqueline Gozzi Bordini, Fernanda Pelisson Massi, Maria Helena Pelegrinelli Fungaro
Maize is one of the most important commercial crops cultivated throughout the world, mostly in tropical and subtropical countries. It is highly susceptible to mycotoxins, toxic secondary metabolites produced by fungi. In this study, we assessed freshly harvested corn produced in Brazil for aflatoxin contamination and the presence of Aspergillus. B type aflatoxins (AFB1+AFB2) were detected in 56% of 16 grain samples, while G type aflatoxins (AFG1+AFG2) were detected in 25%. Of the total number of grains (n=1920) evaluated for the presence of fungi species, 4...
December 10, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926862/vav-proteins-are-key-regulators-of-card9-signaling-for-innate-antifungal-immunity
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Susanne Roth, Hanna Bergmann, Martin Jaeger, Assa Yeroslaviz, Konstantin Neumann, Paul-Albert Koenig, Clarissa Prazeres da Costa, Lesley Vanes, Vinod Kumar, Melissa Johnson, Mauricio Menacho-Márquez, Bianca Habermann, Victor L Tybulewicz, Mihai Netea, Xosé R Bustelo, Jürgen Ruland
Fungal infections are major causes of morbidity and mortality, especially in immunocompromised individuals. The innate immune system senses fungal pathogens through Syk-coupled C-type lectin receptors (CLRs), which signal through the conserved immune adaptor Card9. Although Card9 is essential for antifungal defense, the mechanisms that couple CLR-proximal events to Card9 control are not well defined. Here, we identify Vav proteins as key activators of the Card9 pathway. Vav1, Vav2, and Vav3 cooperate downstream of Dectin-1, Dectin-2, and Mincle to engage Card9 for NF-κB control and proinflammatory gene transcription...
December 6, 2016: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916498/bioremediation-mechanisms-of-combined-pollution-of-pahs-and-heavy-metals-by-bacteria-and-fungi-a-mini-review
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REVIEW
Shao-Heng Liu, Guang-Ming Zeng, Qiu-Ya Niu, Yang Liu, Lu Zhou, Lu-Hua Jiang, Xiao-Fei Tan, Piao Xu, Chen Zhang, Min Cheng
In recent years, knowledge in regard to bioremediation of combined pollution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heavy metals by bacteria and fungi has been widely developed. This paper reviews the species of bacteria and fungi which can tackle with various types of PAHs and heavy metals entering into environment simultaneously or successively. Microbial activity, pollutants bioavailability and environmental factors (e.g. pH, temperature, low molecular weight organic acids and humic acids) can all affect the bioremediation of PAHs and heavy metals...
January 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905873/comparative-genomics-of-beauveria-bassiana-uncovering-signatures-of-virulence-against-mosquitoes
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Claudio A Valero-Jiménez, Luigi Faino, Daphne Spring In't Veld, Sandra Smit, Bas J Zwaan, Jan A L van Kan
BACKGROUND: Entomopathogenic fungi such as Beauveria bassiana are promising biological agents for control of malaria mosquitoes. Indeed, infection with B. bassiana reduces the lifespan of mosquitoes in the laboratory and in the field. Natural isolates of B. bassiana show up to 10-fold differences in virulence between the most and the least virulent isolate. In this study, we sequenced the genomes of five isolates representing the extremes of low/high virulence and three RNA libraries, and applied a genome comparison approach to uncover genetic mechanisms underpinning virulence...
December 1, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904058/two-cases-of-chromomycosis-identified-by-molecular-phylogenetic-analysis
#15
Takayo Mitomo, Yukiko Ushigome, Tomoo Fukuda, Yoko Kano, Tetsuo Shiohara
Chromomycosis is an infection caused by dematiaceous fungi. These fungi belong to several genera with varied clinical presentations and parasitic forms. The disease is roughly classified into three types: chromoblastomycosis, black-grain mycetoma, and phaeohyphomycosis. While there are many kinds of dematiaceous fungi, the major etiologic agent is Fonsecaea pedrosoi, which to date has accounted for 90% of chromoblastomycosis cases. The genus Fonsecaea has recently been assessed via rRNA ITS sequence analysis, and species have been classified into F...
2016: Medical Mycology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889212/study-of-the-effect-of-the-bacterial-and-fungal-communities-present-in-real-wastewater-effluents-on-the-performance-of-fungal-treatments
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Marina Badia-Fabregat, Daniel Lucas, Tero Tuomivirta, Hannu Fritze, Taina Pennanen, Sara Rodríguez-Mozaz, Damià Barceló, Glòria Caminal, Teresa Vicent
The use of the ligninolytic fungi Trametes versicolor for the degradation of micropollutants has been widely studied. However, few studies have addressed the treatment of real wastewater containing pharmaceutically active compounds (PhAC) under non-sterile conditions. The main drawback of performing such treatments is the difficulty for the inoculated fungus to successfully compete with the other microorganisms growing in the bioreactor. In the present study, several fungal treatments were performed under non-sterile conditions in continuous operational mode with two types of real wastewater effluent, namely, a reverse osmosis concentrate (ROC) from a wastewater treatment plant and a veterinary hospital wastewater (VHW)...
February 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882844/effect-of-glycosylation-on-hydration-behavior-at-the-ice-binding-surface-of-the-ocean-pout-type-iii-antifreeze-protein-a-molecular-dynamics-simulation
#17
Swagata Halder, Chaitali Mukhopadhyay
Antifreeze proteins (AFPs), found in certain vertebrates, plants, fungi and bacteria have the ability to permit their survival in subzero environments by thermal hysteresis mechanism. However, the exact mechanism of ice growth inhibition is still not clearly understood. Here, four long explicit molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been carried out at two different temperatures (277 and 298 K) with and without glycan to study the conformational rigidity of the Ocean pout type III antifreeze protein in aqueous medium and the structural arrangements of water molecules hydrating its ice-binding surface...
December 26, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875982/comparative-genomics-to-explore-phylogenetic-relationship-cryptic-sexual-potential-and-host-specificity-of-rhynchosporium-species-on-grasses
#18
Daniel Penselin, Martin Münsterkötter, Susanne Kirsten, Marius Felder, Stefan Taudien, Matthias Platzer, Kevin Ashelford, Konrad H Paskiewicz, Richard J Harrison, David J Hughes, Thomas Wolf, Ekaterina Shelest, Jenny Graap, Jan Hoffmann, Claudia Wenzel, Nadine Wöltje, Kevin M King, Bruce D L Fitt, Ulrich Güldener, Anna Avrova, Wolfgang Knogge
BACKGROUND: The Rhynchosporium species complex consists of hemibiotrophic fungal pathogens specialized to different sweet grass species including the cereal crops barley and rye. A sexual stage has not been described, but several lines of evidence suggest the occurrence of sexual reproduction. Therefore, a comparative genomics approach was carried out to disclose the evolutionary relationship of the species and to identify genes demonstrating the potential for a sexual cycle. Furthermore, due to the evolutionary very young age of the five species currently known, this genus appears to be well-suited to address the question at the molecular level of how pathogenic fungi adapt to their hosts...
November 22, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858291/molecular-characterization-of-a-novel-ssrna-ourmia-like-virus-from-the-rice-blast-fungus-magnaporthe-oryzae
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Adriana Illana, Marco Marconi, Julio Rodríguez-Romero, Ping Xu, Tamas Dalmay, Mark D Wilkinson, Maria Ángeles Ayllón, Ane Sesma
In this study we characterize a novel positive and single stranded RNA (ssRNA) mycovirus isolated from the rice field isolate of Magnaporthe oryzae Guy11. The ssRNA contains a single open reading frame (ORF) of 2,373 nucleotides in length and encodes an RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) closely related to ourmiaviruses (plant viruses) and ourmia-like mycoviruses. Accordingly, we name this virus Magnaporthe oryzae ourmia-like virus 1 (MOLV1). Although phylogenetic analysis suggests that MOLV1 is closely related to ourmia and ourmia-like viruses, it has some features never reported before within the Ourmiavirus genus...
November 17, 2016: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27820941/functions-of-exosomes-and-microbial-extracellular-vesicles-in-allergy-and-contact-and-delayed-type-hypersensitivity
#20
Katarzyna Nazimek, Krzysztof Bryniarski, Philip W Askenase
Extracellular vesicles, such as exosomes, are newly recognized intercellular conveyors of functional molecular mechanisms. Notably, they transfer RNAs and proteins between different cells that can then participate in the complex pathogenesis of allergic and related hypersensitivity responses and disease mechanisms, as described herein. This review highlights this important new appreciation of the in vivo participation of such extracellular vesicles in the interactions between allergy-mediating cells. We take into account paracrine epigenetic exchanges mediated by surrounding stromal cells and the endocrine receipt of exosomes from distant cells via the circulation...
2016: International Archives of Allergy and Immunology
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