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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155859/reduced-starch-granule-number-per-chloroplast-in-the-dpe2-phs1-mutant-is-dependent-on-initiation-of-starch-degradation
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Irina Malinova, Joerg Fettke
An Arabidopsis double knock-out mutant lacking cytosolic disproportionating enzyme 2 (DPE2) and the plastidial phosphorylase (PHS1) revealed a dwarf-growth phenotype, reduced starch content, an uneven distribution of starch within the plant rosette, and a reduced number of starch granules per chloroplast under standard growth conditions. In contrast, the wild type contained 5-7 starch granules per chloroplast. Mature and old leaves of the double mutant were essentially starch free and showed plastidial disintegration...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149369/the-osps1-f-gene-regulates-growth-and-development-in-rice-by-modulating-photosynthetic-electron-transport-rate
#2
Rengasamy Ramamoorthy, Bhushan Vishal, Srinivasan Ramachandran, Prakash P Kumar
Ds insertion in rice OsPS1-F gene results in semi-dwarf plants with reduced tiller number and grain yield, while genetic complementation with OsPS1-F rescued the mutant phenotype. Photosynthetic electron transport is regulated in the chloroplast thylakoid membrane by multi-protein complexes. Studies about photosynthetic machinery and its subunits in crop plants are necessary, because they could be crucial for yield enhancement in the long term. Here, we report the characterization of OsPS1-F (encoding Oryza sativa PHOTOSYSTEM 1-F subunit) using a single copy Ds insertion rice mutant line...
November 17, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148825/on-the-growth-and-detectability-of-land-plants-on-habitable-planets-around-m-dwarfs
#3
Duo Cui, Feng Tian, Yuwei Wang, Changshen Li, Chaoqing Yu, Le Yu
One signature of life on Earth is the vegetation red edge (VRE) feature of land plants, a dramatic change of reflectivity at wavelength near 0.7 μm. Potentially habitable planets around M dwarfs are tidally locked, which can limit the distribution of land plants. In this study, we used a biogeochemical model to investigate the distribution of land plants on potentially habitable planets around M dwarfs driven by climate data produced in a general circulation model (GCM). When considering the effects of clouds, the observation time needed for VRE detection on nearby p = 1 exoplanets around nearby M dwarfs is on the order of days using a 25 m(2) telescope if a large continent faces Earth during observations...
November 17, 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143605/impact-of-the-7-bp-deletion-in-hvga20ox2-gene-on-agronomic-important-traits-in-barley-hordeum-vulgare-l
#4
Serafima Teplyakova, Marina Lebedeva, Nadezhda Ivanova, Valentina Horeva, Nina Voytsutskaya, Olga Kovaleva, Elena Potokina
BACKGROUND: Alike to Reduced height-1 (Rht-1) genes in wheat and the semi dwarfing (sd-1) gene in rice, the sdw1/denso locus involved in the metabolism of the GA, was designated as the 'Green Revolution' gene in barley. The recent molecular characterization of the candidate gene HvGA20ox2 for sdw1/denso locus allows to estimate the impact of the functional polymorphism of this gene on the variation of agronomically important traits in barley. RESULTS: We investigated the effect of the 7-bp deletion in exon 1 of HvGA20ox2 gene (sdw1...
November 14, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141205/investigation-of-alimentary-canal-ultrastructure-following-knockdown-of-the-dicer-2-gene-in-planthoppers-reveals-the-potential-pathogenicity-of-southern-rice-black-streaked-dwarf-virus-to-its-insect-vector
#5
Yuyan Liu, Qianzhuo Mao, Hanhong Lan, Haitao Wang, Taiyun Wei, Qian Chen
An increasing number of studies are suggesting that plant viruses, including southern rice black-streaked dwarf virus (SRBSDV), can adversely affect biological characteristics of insect vectors by unknown mechanisms. To study the adverse effect of SRBSDV at cellular level on the insect vector, we promoted viral infection by the disruption of the small interfering RNA (siRNA) pathway. The transmission electron microscopy was utilized to describe the ultrastructural changes that occurred in insects when the core component of the siRNA pathway, Dicer-2, was knocked down...
November 12, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132142/solar-abundance-ratios-of-the-iron-peak-elements-in-the-perseus-cluster
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The metal abundance of the hot plasma that permeates galaxy clusters represents the accumulation of heavy elements produced by billions of supernovae. Therefore, X-ray spectroscopy of the intracluster medium provides an opportunity to investigate the nature of supernova explosions integrated over cosmic time. In particular, the abundance of the iron-peak elements (chromium, manganese, iron and nickel) is key to understanding how the progenitors of typical type Ia supernovae evolve and explode. Recent X-ray studies of the intracluster medium found that the abundance ratios of these elements differ substantially from those seen in the Sun, suggesting differences between the nature of type Ia supernovae in the clusters and in the Milky Way...
November 13, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129966/root-growth-in-field-grown-winter-wheat-some-effects-of-soil-conditions-season-and-genotype
#7
L Hodgkinson, I C Dodd, A Binley, R W Ashton, R P White, C W Watts, W R Whalley
This work compared root length distributions of different winter wheat genotypes with soil physical measurements, in attempting to explain the relationship between root length density and soil depth. Field experiments were set up to compare the growth of various wheat lines, including near isogenic lines (Rht-B1a Tall NIL and Rht-B1c Dwarf NIL) and wheat lines grown commercially (cv. Battalion, Hystar Hybrid, Istabraq, and Robigus). Experiments occurred in two successive years under rain fed conditions. Soil water content, temperature and penetrometer resistance profiles were measured, and soil cores taken to estimate vertical profiles of pore distribution, and root number with the core-break method and by root washing...
November 2017: European Journal of Agronomy: the Journal of the European Society for Agronomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125860/autophagy-pathway-induced-by-a-plant-virus-facilitates-viral-spread-and-transmission-by-its-insect-vector
#8
Yong Chen, Qian Chen, Manman Li, Qianzhuo Mao, Hongyan Chen, Wei Wu, Dongsheng Jia, Taiyun Wei
Many viral pathogens are persistently transmitted by insect vectors and cause agricultural or health problems. Generally, an insect vector can use autophagy as an intrinsic antiviral defense mechanism against viral infection. Whether viruses can evolve to exploit autophagy to promote their transmission by insect vectors is still unknown. Here, we show that the autophagic process is triggered by the persistent replication of a plant reovirus, rice gall dwarf virus (RGDV) in cultured leafhopper vector cells and in intact insects, as demonstrated by the appearance of obvious virus-containing double-membrane autophagosomes, conversion of ATG8-I to ATG8-II and increased level of autophagic flux...
November 10, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123508/ecology-of-alpine-macrofungi-combining-historical-with-recent-data
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Ivano Brunner, Beat Frey, Martin Hartmann, Stephan Zimmermann, Frank Graf, Laura M Suz, Tuula Niskanen, Martin I Bidartondo, Beatrice Senn-Irlet
Historical datasets of living communities are important because they can be used to document creeping shifts in species compositions. Such a historical data set exists for alpine fungi. From 1941 to 1953, the Swiss geologist Jules Favre visited yearly the region of the Swiss National Park and recorded the occurring fruiting bodies of fungi >1 mm (so-called "macrofungi") in the alpine zone. Favre can be regarded as one of the pioneers of alpine fungal ecology not least because he noted location, elevation, geology, and associated plants during his numerous excursions...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114132/variation-in-faecal-worm-egg-counts-of-experimentally-infected-goats-and-mice-with-time-of-day-and-its-implications-in-diagnosis-of-helminthosis
#10
Lucas Atehmengo Ngongeh
Faecal worm egg counts (FEC) are very important indicators in assessing the intensity of helminth infections in animal hosts and inform decisions taken in parasite control programmes. FEC are however affected by many factors which include the dose level of larval challenge, species composition of the worms, worm burden, female worm fecundity and concurrent infections to name but these few. The relevance of time of collection of faecal sample for FEC is not fully known and in most cases faeces for analysis is collected whenever feasible for the researcher on sample collection days...
December 2017: Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111249/fire-severity-is-more-sensitive-to-low-fuel-moisture-content-on-calluna-heathlands-than-on-peat-bogs
#11
Roger Grau-Andrés, G Matt Davies, Alan Gray, E Marian Scott, Susan Waldron
Moorland habitats dominated by the dwarf shrub Calluna vulgaris provide important ecosystem services. Drought is projected to intensify throughout their range, potentially leading to increased fire severity as moisture is a key control on severity. We studied the effect of low fuel moisture content (FMC) on fire severity by using 2×2m rain-out shelters prior to completing 19 experimental fires in two sites in Scotland (UK): a dry heath with thin organic soils and a raised bog with deep, saturated peat, both dominated by Calluna vulgaris...
October 27, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110072/the-genetic-and-molecular-basis-of-crop-height-based-on-a-rice-model
#12
REVIEW
Fang Liu, Pandi Wang, Xiaobo Zhang, Xiaofei Li, Xiaohong Yan, Donghui Fu, Gang Wu
This review presents genetic and molecular basis of crop height using a rice crop model. Height is controlled by multiple genes with potential to be manipulated through breeding strategies to improve productivity. Height is an important factor affecting crop architecture, apical dominance, biomass, resistance to lodging, tolerance to crowding and mechanical harvesting. The impressive increase in wheat and rice yield during the 'green revolution' benefited from a combination of breeding for high-yielding dwarf varieties together with advances in agricultural mechanization, irrigation and agrochemical/fertilizer use...
November 6, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107216/pharmacological-effects-and-potential-therapeutic-targets-of-dt-13
#13
REVIEW
Ghulam Jilany Khan, Mohsin Rizwan, Muhammad Abbas, Muhammad Naveed, Yu Boyang, Muhammad Ahsan Naeem, Sara Khan, Shengtao Yuan, Mirza Muhammad Faran Ashraf Baig, Li Sun
DT-13 is an isolated compound from Dwarf lillytruf tuber and currently among active research drugs by National Natural Science foundation of China for its several potential effects. The drug has been reported for its multiple pharmacological actions however no thorough review studies are available on it. Our present study is highlighting the pros and cons of DT-13 focusing on its potential pharmacological actions, therapeutic utilization and further exploration for novel targets. The drug possesses very low toxicity profile, quick onset and long duration of action with slow elimination that combinely makes it favorable for the clinical studies...
October 28, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106936/can-pesticides-copper-and-seasonal-water-temperature-explain-the-seagrass-zostera-noltei-decline-in-the-arcachon-bay
#14
Perrine Gamain, Agnès Feurtet-Mazel, Régine Maury-Brachet, Isabelle Auby, Fabien Pierron, Angel Belles, Hélène Budzinski, Guillemine Daffe, Patrice Gonzalez
Dwarf eelgrasses (Zostera noltei) populations have decreased since 2005 in Arcachon Bay (southwest France). Various stressors have been pointed out, however the role of xenobiotics like pesticides or copper (Cu) and of parameters like water temperature warming have not yet been explored. To determine their impact, Z. noltei individuals were collected in a pollution-free site and transferred to the laboratory in seawater microcosms. This dwarf eelgrass was exposed to a pesticide cocktail and copper, alone or simultaneously, at temperatures (10°C, 20°C, 28°C) representative of different seasons...
October 26, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097690/ruling-out-dark-matter-interpretation-of-the-galactic-gev-excess-by-gamma-ray-data-of-galaxy-clusters
#15
Man Ho Chan, Chung Hei Leung
Recently, some very tight constraints of annihilating dark matter have been obtained from gamma-ray data of the Milky Way and Milky Way dwarf spheroidal satellite galaxies. In this article, we report that there are two excellent galaxy clusters (A2877 and Fornax) which can provide interesting constraints for annihilating dark matter. The lower limits of the dark matter mass for the thermal relic annihilation cross section are 25 GeV, 6 GeV, 130 GeV and 100 GeV respectively for the e (+) e (-), μ (+) μ (-), τ (+) τ (-) and [Formula: see text] channels...
November 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090430/hybrid-incompatibilities-in-interspecific-crosses-between-tetraploid-wheat-and-its-wild-diploid-relative-aegilops-umbellulata
#16
Moeko Okada, Kentaro Yoshida, Shigeo Takumi
Hybrid abnormalities, severe growth abortion and grass-clump dwarfism, were found in the tetraploid wheat/Aegilops umbellulata hybrids, and the gene expression changes were conserved in the hybrids with those in other wheat synthetic hexaploids. Aegilops umbellulata Zhuk., a diploid goatgrass species with a UU genome, has been utilized as a genetic resource for wheat breeding. Here, we examine the reproductive barriers between tetraploid wheat cultivar Langdon (Ldn) and various Ae. umbellulata accessions by conducting interspecific crossings...
October 31, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29084267/overexpression-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-brassinosteroid-related-acyltransferase-1-gene-induces-brassinosteroid-deficient-phenotypes-in-creeping-bentgrass
#17
Yun-Jeong Han, Young Soon Kim, Ok-Jin Hwang, Jeehee Roh, Keya Ganguly, Seong-Ki Kim, Ildoo Hwang, Jeong-Il Kim
Brassinosteroids (BRs) are naturally occurring steroidal hormones that play diverse roles in various processes during plant growth and development. Thus, genetic manipulation of endogenous BR levels might offer a way of improving the agronomic traits of crops, including plant architecture and stress tolerance. In this study, we produced transgenic creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera L.) overexpressing a BR-inactivating enzyme, Arabidopsis thaliana BR-related acyltransferase 1 (AtBAT1), which is known to catalyze the conversion of BR intermediates to inactive acylated conjugates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080459/acute-toxicity-study-and-anti-nociceptive-activity-of-bauhinia-acuminata-linn-leaf-extracts-in-experimental-animal-models
#18
Ashika V Padgaonkar, Sachin V Suryavanshi, Vaishali Y Londhe, Yogesh A Kulkarni
Bauhinia acuminata commonly known as dwarf white orchid tree is traditionally used to treat acute and chronic pain, skin ailments, cancer, diabetes, throat infections and asthma. As there were no scientific reports on use of Bauhinia acuminata for anti-nociceptive activity, the present study was designed to evaluate possible effects of aqueous and alcoholic extracts in experimentally induced pain in animals. Acute toxicity was carried out as per OECD guideline 423. The anti-nociceptive activity was evaluated in Swiss albino mice by hot plate, acetic acid induced writhing and tail immersion tests at three different dose levels (250, 500 and 1000mg/kg) of aqueous and alcoholic extracts...
October 25, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080154/thermospermine-an-evolutionarily-ancient-but-functionally-new-compound-in-plants
#19
Taku Takahashi
Themospermine is a structural isomer of spermine and is present in some bacteria and most of plants. An Arabidopsis mutant, acaulis5 (acl5), that is defective in the biosynthesis of thermospermine displays excessive proliferation of xylem vessels with dwarfed growth. Recent studies using acl5 and its suppressor mutants that recover the growth without thermospermine have revealed that thermospermine plays a key role in the negative control of the proliferation of xylem vessels through enhancing translation of specific mRNAs that contain a conserved upstream open-reading-frame (uORF) in the 5' leader region...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29077967/cellular-and-molecular-characterizations-of-a-slow-growth-variant-provide-insights-into-the-fast-growth-of-bamboo
#20
Qiang Wei, Chen Jiao, Yulong Ding, Shan Gao, Lin Guo, Ming Chen, Pei Hu, Sujuan Xia, Guodong Ren, Zhangjun Fei
Few studies about bamboo naturally occurring mutants have been reported so far. Using an integrated anatomy, mathematics and genomics approach, we systematically characterized the cellular and molecular basis underlying the abnormal internode development of Pseudosasa japonica var. tsutsumiana, a stable variant with dwarf and swollen internodes that are caused by the compressed spiral growth and the swollen cells in the bottom part of the internode. P. japonica var. tsutsumiana is a slow-growth variant with disorderly cell division and cell growth during the fast growth stage...
October 25, 2017: Tree Physiology
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