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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821036/chitinosanase-a-fungal-chitosan-hydrolyzing-enzyme-with-a-new-and-unusually-specific-cleavage-pattern
#1
Markus Kohlhoff, Anna Niehues, Jasper Wattjes, Julie Bénéteau, Stefan Cord-Landwehr, Nour Eddine El Gueddari, Frank Bernard, Gustavo R Rivera-Rodriguez, Bruno M Moerschbacher
The biological activities of partially acetylated chitosan oligosaccharides (paCOS) depend on their degree of polymerization (DP), fraction of acetylation (FA), and potentially their pattern of acetylation (PA). Therefore, analyzing structure-function relationships require fully defined paCOS, but these are currently unavailable. A promising approach for obtaining at least partially defined paCOS is using chitosanolytic enzymes. Here we purified and characterized a novel chitosan-hydrolyzing enzyme from the fungus Alternaria alternata possessing an absolute cleavage specificity, yielding fully defined paCOS...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821035/barley-and-yeast-%C3%AE-glucans-as-new-emulsifier-agents-for-the-development-of-aqueous-natural-antifungal-formulations
#2
Marta Salgado, Soraya Rodríguez-Rojo, María José Cocero
Barley and yeast β-glucans were selected, together with lecithin, to encapsulate resveratrol by emulsification-evaporation method to develop new and safer antifungal formulations. Different emulsification techniques were used: high-shear, high pressure and high pressure and temperature emulsification. Morphology, crystallinity, encapsulation efficiency and in vitro antifungal activity against Botrytis cinerea of the different formulations were evaluated. No significant differences between each emulsification procedure in particle size (below 90nm) and in encapsulation efficiency (70-100%) were observed; only barley β-glucan emulsions showed lower efficiency due to the formation of a gel that retained most of the active compound...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820436/minimal-pruning-and-reduced-plant-protection-promote-predatory-mites-in-grapevine
#3
Theresa Pennington, Christian Kraus, Ekatarina Alakina, Martin H Entling, Christoph Hoffmann
Improving natural pest control by promoting high densities of predatory mites (Acari: Phytoseiidae) is an effective way to prevent damage by pest mites (e.g., Eriophyidae, Tetranychidae) and other arthropod taxa that can cause serious damage to vineyards. Here, we investigate the influence of innovative management on predatory mite densities. We compare (i) full versus reduced fungicide applications and (ii) minimal pruning versus a traditional trellis pruning system in four fungus-resistant grapevine varieties...
August 18, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820367/white-nose-syndrome-fungus-in-a-1918-bat-specimen-from-france
#4
Michael G Campana, Naoko P Kurata, Jeffrey T Foster, Lauren E Helgen, DeeAnn M Reeder, Robert C Fleischer, Kristofer M Helgen
White-nose syndrome, first diagnosed in North America in 2006, causes mass deaths among bats in North America. We found the causative fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans, in a 1918 sample collected in Europe, where bats have now adapted to the fungus. These results are consistent with a Eurasian origin of the pathogen.
September 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820236/regulatory-mechanism-of-mycotoxin-tenuazonic-acid-production-in-pyricularia-oryzae
#5
Choong-Soo Yun, Takayuki Motoyama, Hiroyuki Osada
Tenuazonic acid (TeA) is a mycotoxin produced by the rice blast fungus Pyricularia oryzae and some plant pathogenic fungi. We previously demonstrated that TeA is biosynthesized in P. oryzae by TeA synthetase 1 (TAS1), and that its production is induced by osmo-sensory MAPK-encoding gene (OSM1) deletion or the addition of 1% DMSO to cultures; however, the regulatory mechanisms of TeA production were unknown. Here, we identified a Zn(II)2-Cys6-type transcription factor in the upstream region of TAS1, which is encoded by TAS2 and regulates TeA production...
August 18, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818909/draft-genome-sequence-of-grammothele-lineata-sdl-co-2015-1-a-jute-endophyte-with-a-potential-for-paclitaxel-biosynthesis
#6
Avizit Das, Oly Ahmed, A K M Abdul Baten, Samira Bushra, M Tariqul Islam, Ahlan Sabah Ferdous, Mohammad Riazul Islam, Haseena Khan
Grammothele lineata strain SDL-CO-2015-1, a basidiomycete fungus, was identified as an endophyte from a jute species, Corchorus olitorius var. 2015, and found to produce paclitaxel, a diterpenic polyoxygenated pseudoalkaloid with antitumor activity. Here, we report the draft genome sequence (42.8 Mb with 9,395 genes) of this strain.
August 17, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818895/genome-sequence-of-the-thermophilic-biomass-degrading-fungus-malbranchea-cinnamomea-fch-10-5
#7
Zoraide Granchi, Sake van Pelt, Vu Nguyen Thanh, Lisbeth Olsson, Silvia Hüttner
We report here the annotated draft genome sequence of the thermophilic biomass-degrading fungus Malbranchea cinnamomea strain FCH 10.5, isolated from compost at a waste treatment plant in Vietnam. The genome sequence contains 24.96 Mb with an overall GC content of 49.79% and comprises 9,437 protein-coding genes.
August 17, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818657/activity-guided-isolation-and-structural-identification-of-immunomodulating-substances-from-pleurotus-eryngii-byproducts
#8
Yanan Sun, Wenxiang Li
A two-step extraction process was used to investigate the bioactive substances from the byproducts of the fungus Pleurotus eryngii. Methanol extraction followed by extraction using different polar solvents coupled with silica column chromatography was carried out to separate the bioactive components. The immunomodulating activity of the extracts was investigated using Ana-1 mouse macrophage cells. At 25μg/mL, the butyl alcohol extract showed the highest enhancement of Ana-1 cell proliferative activity and secretion of cytokines...
August 14, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818589/elimination-of-fungicides-in-biopurification-systems-effect-of-fungal-bioaugmentation-on-removal-performance-and-microbial-community-structure
#9
Sergio Murillo-Zamora, Víctor Castro-Gutiérrez, Mario Masís-Mora, Verónica Lizano-Fallas, Carlos E Rodríguez-Rodríguez
Bioaugmentation with ligninolytic fungi represents a potential way to improve the performance of biomixtures used in biopurification systems for the treatment of pesticide-containing agricultural wastewater. The fungus Trametes versicolor was employed in the bioaugmentation of a biomixture to be used in the simultaneous removal of seven fungicides. Liquid cultures of the fungus were able to remove tebuconazole, while no evidence of carbendazim, metalaxyl and triadimenol depletion was found. When applied in the biomixture, the bioaugmented matrix failed to remove all the triazole fungicides (including tebuconazole) under the assayed conditions, but was efficient to eliminate carbendazim, edifenphos and metalaxyl (the latter only after a second pesticide application)...
August 1, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818365/the-endophytic-fungus-piriformospora-indica-enhances-arabidopsis-thaliana-growth-and-modulates-na-k-homeostasis-under-salt-stress-conditions
#10
Mohamed E Abdelaziz, Dongjin Kim, Shawkat Ali, Nina V Fedoroff, Salim Al-Babili
The mutualistic, endophytic fungus Piriformospora indica has been shown to confer biotic and abiotic stress tolerance to host plants. In this study, we investigated the impact of P. indica on the growth of Arabidopsis plants under normal and salt stress conditions. Our results demonstrate that P. indica colonization increases plant biomass, lateral roots density, and chlorophyll content under both conditions. Colonization with P. indica under salt stress was accompanied by a lower Na(+)/K(+) ratio and less pronounced accumulation of anthocyanin, compared to control plants...
October 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818264/the-potential-management-of-oral-candidiasis-using-anti-biofilm-therapies
#11
Warren Chanda, Thomson P Joseph, Wendong Wang, Arshad A Padhiar, Mintao Zhong
Candida albicans is a minor component of the oral microbiota and an opportunistic pathogen that takes advantage of the immunocompromised host and causes oral mucositis and oral candidiasis. This organism is able to undergo phenotypic modification from a yeast to hyphae growth phase, one of the key arsenals for immune cell evasion, tissue invasion and biofilm formation. The latter property coupled with overgrowth and immune compromising factors such as HIV/AIDS, cancer treatments, organ transplantation, diabetes, corticosteroid use, dentures, and broad-spectrum antibiotic use have modified the fungus from a normal component of the microflora to a foe of an oral cavity and resulting in reduced sensitivity towards commonly utilised antifungal agents...
September 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818052/proteomic-analysis-during-of-spore-germination-of-moniliophthora-perniciosa-the-causal-agent-of-witches-broom-disease-in-cacao
#12
Joise Hander Mares, Karina Peres Gramacho, Everton Cruz Santos, André da Silva Santiago, Juliano Oliveira Santana, Aurizângela Oliveira de Sousa, Fátima Cerqueira Alvim, Carlos Priminho Pirovani
BACKGROUND: Moniliophthora perniciosa is a phytopathogenic fungus responsible for witches' broom disease of cacao trees (Theobroma cacao L.). Understanding the molecular events during germination of the pathogen may enable the development of strategies for disease control in these economically important plants. In this study, we determined a comparative proteomic profile of M. perniciosa basidiospores during germination by two-dimensional SDS-PAGE and mass spectrometry. RESULTS: A total of 316 proteins were identified...
August 17, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817965/trametes-versicolor-ethanol-extract-a-promising-candidate-for-health-promoting-food-supplement
#13
Ljiljana Janjušević, Boris Pejin, Sonja Kaišarević, Stanislava Gorjanović, Ferenc Pastor, Kristina Tešanović, Maja Karaman
This study aimed to estimate antiradical, antioxidant (AO) and cytotoxic activities of the fungus Trametes versicolor ethanol fruiting body extract. The extract was found to effectively scavenge both O2(•-) and NO(•) (29.62 and 52.48 μg/mL, respectively). It also showed a good AO activity in the polarographic HPMC assay (950%/mL). p-Hydroxybenzoic acid may be one of the responsible compounds for the afore-mentioned activities. The same extract also exhibited a concentration-dependent cytotoxicity against MCF-7 and HepG2 tumour cell lines reaching IC50 values of 123...
August 18, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817940/-confirming-the-utility-of-raisus-antifungal-susceptibility-testing-by-new-software
#14
Tomoko Ono, Hiroyuki Suematsu, Haruki Sawamura, Yuka Yamagishi, Hiroshige Mikamo
Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) methods for susceptibility tests of yeast are used in Japan. On the other hand, the methods have some disadvantage; 1) reading at 24 and 48 h, 2) using unclear scale, approximately 50% inhibition, to determine MICs, 3) calculating trailing growth and paradoxical effects. These makes it difficult to test the susuceptibility for yeasts. Old software of RAISUS, Ver. 6.0 series, resolved problem 1) and 2) but did not resolve problem 3). Recently, new software of RAISUS, Ver...
August 15, 2017: JARMAM: Journal of the Association for Rapid Method and Automation in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813685/purification-and-characterization-of-two-novel-peroxidases-from-the-dye-decolorizing-fungus-bjerkandera-adusta-strain-cx-9
#15
Khelifa Bouacem, Hatem Rekik, Nadia Zaraî Jaouadi, Bilal Zenati, Sidali Kourdali, Mohamed El Hattab, Abdelmalek Badis, Rachid Annane, Samir Bejar, Hocine Hacene, Amel Bouanane-Darenfed, Bassem Jaouadi
Two extracellular peroxidases from Bjerkandera adusta strain CX-9, namely a lignin peroxidase (called LiP BA45) and manganese peroxidase (called MnP BA30), were purified simultaneously by applying successively, ammonium sulfate precipitation-dialysis, Mono-S Sepharose anion-exchange and Sephacryl S-200 gel filtration and biochemically characterized. The sequence of their NH2-terminal amino acid residues showed high homology with those of fungi peroxidases. MALDI-TOF/MS analysis revealed that the purified enzymes MnP BA30 and LiP BA45 were a monomers with a molecular masses 30125...
August 13, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813039/comparative-assessment-of-ssr-and-snp-markers-for-inferring-the-population-genetic-structure-of-the-common-fungus-armillaria-cepistipes
#16
T Tsykun, C Rellstab, C Dutech, G Sipos, S Prospero
During the last years, simple sequence repeats (SSRs, also known as microsatellites) and single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have become the most popular molecular markers for describing neutral genetic variation in populations of a wide range of organisms. However, only a limited number of studies has focused on comparing the performance of these two types of markers for describing the underlying genetic structure of wild populations. Moreover, none of these studies targeted fungi, the group of organisms with one of the most complex reproductive strategies...
August 16, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812648/fungus-like-mycelial-fossils-in-2-4-billion-year-old-vesicular-basalt
#17
Stefan Bengtson, Birger Rasmussen, Magnus Ivarsson, Janet Muhling, Curt Broman, Federica Marone, Marco Stampanoni, Andrey Bekker
Fungi have recently been found to comprise a significant part of the deep biosphere in oceanic sediments and crustal rocks. Fossils occupying fractures and pores in Phanerozoic volcanics indicate that this habitat is at least 400 million years old, but its origin may be considerably older. A 2.4-billion-year-old basalt from the Palaeoproterozoic Ongeluk Formation in South Africa contains filamentous fossils in vesicles and fractures. The filaments form mycelium-like structures growing from a basal film attached to the internal rock surfaces...
April 24, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812152/native-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-symbiosis-alters-foliar-bacterial-community-composition
#18
Anbu Poosakkannu, Riitta Nissinen, Minna-Maarit Kytöviita
The effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi on plant-associated microbes are poorly known. We tested the hypothesis that colonization by an AM fungus affects microbial species richness and microbial community composition of host plant tissues. We grew the grass, Deschampsia flexuosa in a greenhouse with or without the native AM fungus, Claroideoglomus etunicatum. We divided clonally produced tillers into two parts: one inoculated with AM fungus spores and one without AM fungus inoculation (non-mycorrhizal, NM)...
August 15, 2017: Mycorrhiza
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810329/-distribution-and-drug-resistance-of-pathogens-at-hematology-department-of-jiangsu-province-from-2014-to-2015-results-from-a-multicenter-retrospective-study
#19
Y K Wan, W Sang, B Chen, Y G Yang, L Q Zhang, A N Sun, Y J Liu, Y Xu, Y P Cai, C B Wang, Y F Shen, Y W Jiang, X Y Zhang, W Xu, M Hong, T Chen, R R Xu, F Li, Y L Xu, Y Xue, Y L Lu, Z M He, W M Dong, Z Chen, M H Ji, Y Y Yang, L J Zhai, Y Zhao, G Q Wu, J H Ding, J Cheng, W B Cai, Y M Sun, J Ouyang
Objective: To describe the distribution and drug resistance of pathogens at hematology department of Jiangsu Province from 2014 to 2015 to provide reference for empirical anti-infection treatment. Methods: Pathogens were from hematology department of 26 tertiary hospitals in Jiangsu Province from 2014 to 2015. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing was carried out according to a unified protocol using Kirby-Bauer method or agar dilution method. Collection of drug susceptibility results and corresponding patient data were analyzed...
July 14, 2017: Zhonghua Xue Ye Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Xueyexue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810045/scleral-buckle-infection-with-pseudallescheria-boydii
#20
Janice C Law, Mark P Breazzano, Dean Eliott
Pseudallescheria boydii is a ubiquitous fungus that infects soft tissues and is known to cause ocular disease, including keratitis and endophthalmitis, in rare cases. In immunocompromised hosts, P. boydii can disseminate to or from the eye and other organs with lethal consequences. Postoperative P. boydii infections have, in rare cases, complicated several types of ocular surgeries in immunocompetent patients, but never for a scleral buckle. The authors present the first case of an infected scleral buckle from P...
August 1, 2017: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
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