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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437768/glomeromycota-communities-survive-extreme-levels-of-metal-toxicity-in-an-orphan-mining-site
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I Sánchez-Castro, V Gianinazzi-Pearson, J C Cleyet-Marel, E Baudoin, D van Tuinen
Abandoned tailing basins and waste heaps of orphan mining sites are of great concern since extreme metal contamination makes soil improper for any human activity and is a permanent threat for nearby surroundings. Although spontaneous revegetation can occur, the process is slow or unsuccessful and rhizostabilisation strategies to reduce dispersal of contaminated dust represent an option to rehabilitate such sites. This requires selection of plants tolerant to such conditions, and optimization of their fitness and growth...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437664/upscaling-of-fungal-bacterial-interactions-from-the-lab-to-the-field
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Wietse de Boer
Fungal-bacterial interactions (FBI) are an integral component of microbial community networks in terrestrial ecosystems. During the last decade, the attention for FBI has increased tremendously. For a wide variety of FBI, information has become available on the mechanisms and functional responses. Yet, most studies have focused on pairwise interactions under controlled conditions. The question to what extent such studies are relevant to assess the importance of FBI for functioning of natural microbial communities in real ecosystems remains largely unanswered...
April 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436942/diversity-and-ecological-adaptations-in-palaeogene-lichens
#3
Ulla Kaasalainen, Alexander R Schmidt, Jouko Rikkinen
Lichens are highly specialized symbioses between heterotrophic fungi and photoautotrophic green algae or cyanobacteria. The mycobionts of many lichens produce morphologically complex thalli to house their photobionts. Lichens play important roles in ecosystems and have been used as indicators of environmental change. Here we report the finding of 152 new fossil lichens from European Palaeogene amber, and hence increase the total number of known fossil lichens from 15 to 167. Most of the fossils represent extant lineages of the Lecanoromycetes, an almost exclusively lichen-symbiotic class of Ascomycota...
April 24, 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436419/nontuberculous-mycobacteria-in-gastrostomy-fed-patients-with-cystic-fibrosis
#4
H Al-Momani, A Perry, R Jones, S Bourke, S Doe, J Perry, A Anderson, T Forrest, I Forrest, M Griffin, M Brodlie, J Pearson, C Ward
Multi-drug resistant Mycobacterium abscessus complex (MABSC) is a form of Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) of special, international concern in Cystic Fibrosis (CF). We hypothesised that gastric juice and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) feeding devices might yield MABSC isolates. Gastric juice and sputa from sixteen adult PEG fed CF patients and five replaced PEG tubes were studied. Bacterial and fungal isolates were cultured. Mycobacterium were identified by rpoB, sodA and hsp65 gene sequencing and strain typed using variable number tandem repeat...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436324/identification-of-a-new-fungal-pathogen-causing-white-villous-disease-on-the-fruiting-body-of-the-culinary-medicinal-mushroom-auricularia-auricula-judae-agaricomycetes-in-china
#5
Jie-Chi Zhang, Xiang-Hui Kong, Pi-Qi Zhang, Jia-Ning Liu, Yin-Peng Ma, Xiao-Dong Dai, Zeng-Hua Han, Qing-Fang Ma, Xiao-Yong Wang, Li-Ping Yu
Auricularia auricula-judae is an edible and medicinal fungus ranking fourth in production among the edible fungi cultivated worldwide. White villous disease is rampant in Northeast China; it infects the fruiting bodies of A. auricula-judae by forming a white mycelial layer on its ventral side. The disease not only causes an unacceptable morphological appearance and a poor-quality product, but it also significantly reduces the yield. In this study, based on fungal morphology, ribosomal DNA internal transcribed spacer sequences, identification of species-specific primers, and the pathogenicity of the mycelia and spores, 2 fungal pathogens were isolated and identified as Fusarium equiseti and F...
2017: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436320/antibacterial-activity-of-desert-truffles-from-saudi-arabia-against-staphylococcus-aureus-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa
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Domenico Schillaci, Maria Grazia Cusimano, Stella Maria Cascioferro, Vita Di Stefano, Vincenzo Arizza, Marco Chiaramonte, Luigi Inguglia, Abdulhakim Bawadekji, Salvatore Davino, Maria Letizia Gargano, Giuseppe Venturella
Medicinal mushrooms represent an unlimited source of polysaccharides with nutritional, antitumoral, antibacterial, and immune-stimulating properties. Traditional studies of epigeous higher Basidiomycetes have recently been joined by studies of hypogeous fungi and, in particular, of so-called desert truffles. With the aim to obtain novel agents against bacteria of clinical importance, we focused on the edible desert truffle mushrooms Tirmania pinoyi, Terfezia claveryi, and Picoa juniperi as sources of new antimicrobial agents...
2017: International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435888/continental-drift-and-speciation-of-the-cryptococcus-neoformans-and-cryptococcus-gattii-species-complexes
#7
Arturo Casadevall, Joudeh B Freij, Christopher Hann-Soden, John Taylor
Genomic analysis has placed the origins of two human-pathogenic fungi, the Cryptococcus gattii species complex and the Cryptococcus neoformans species complex, in South America and Africa, respectively. Molecular clock calculations suggest that the two species separated ~80 to 100 million years ago. This time closely approximates the breakup of the supercontinent Pangea, which gave rise to South America and Africa. On the basis of the geographic distribution of these two species complexes and the coincidence of the evolutionary divergence and Pangea breakup times, we propose that a spatial separation caused by continental drift resulted in the emergence of the C...
March 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435886/discovery-of-a-novel-antifungal-agent-in-the-pathogen-box
#8
François L Mayer, James W Kronstad
Human fungal pathogens cause over 2 million infections per year and are major drivers of morbidity and mortality. Cryptococcus neoformans and Candida albicans are two of the most common fungal pathogens of humans, together accounting for a staggering 1.4 million infections annually, with very high mortality rates. Patients with dysfunctional immune systems, such as individuals with HIV/AIDS, are particularly susceptible to fungal infections. Unfortunately, relatively few antifungal drugs are currently available and fungi frequently develop resistance, further complicating treatment approaches...
March 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435762/laboratory-diagnosis-of-scabies-using-a-simple-saline-mount-a-clinical-microbiologist-s-report
#9
Venkataramana Kandi
Scabies is a skin condition caused by infestation of the mite Sarcoptes scabiei. Sarcoptes scabiei var. hominis is an arthropod member belonging to the order Acarina. Scabies is present throughout the world and is prevalent in all age groups, mostly involving people frequently in contact with animals, children, women, and elderly people. Predisposing factors for scabies include individuals with immunosuppressive conditions and people residing under low socioeconomic conditions. Skin lesions that occur during mite infestation closely resemble dermatological disorders caused by microbes, including fungi, parasites, and viruses...
March 19, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435350/effects-of-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungi-and-soil-conditions-on-crop-plant-growth
#10
Sang Joon Kim, Ju-Kyeong Eo, Eun-Hwa Lee, Hyeok Park, Ahn-Heum Eom
We investigated the effects on various crops of inoculation with species of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in soils from different sources and selected AMF species suitable for domestic environment-friendly farming. Effects on plants varied with the AMF species used. In carrot, Scutellospora heterogama, Acaulospora longula, and Funneliformis mosseae had a positive effect on growth of the host, whereas AMF had only weak effects on the growth of red pepper and leek. AMF inoculation had positive effects on the growth of carrot and sorghum...
March 2017: Mycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435349/proposal-of-a-new-estimation-method-of-colonization-rate-of-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungi-in-the-roots-of-chengiopanax-sciadophylloides
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Seitaro Deguchi, Yosuke Matsuda, Chisato Takenaka, Yuki Sugiura, Hajime Ozawa, Yoshimune Ogata
This study proposed a rapid method to quantify the colonization rate of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in plant roots. The method involved the use of an image analysis software (WinRHIZO Pro). The colonization rate is defined as the ratio of the fungal body to the plant root area in a micrograph. Three seedlings of Chengiopanax sciadophylloides, a woody species that accumulates radiocesium, were collected from a secondary forest in the Yamakiya district of Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture during May-September 2014...
March 2017: Mycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435348/three-new-recorded-species-of-the-physalacriaceae-on-ulleung-island-korea
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Ki Hyeong Park, Changmu Kim, Minkyeong Kim, Nam Kyu Kim, Jae Young Park, John A Eimes, Hae Jin Cho, Sang-Kuk Han, Young Woon Lim
Most known species in the Physalacriaceae are saprotrophs that grow on decaying leaves and wood, and approximately 21 genera in the Physalacriaceae have been reported worldwide. During an ongoing survey of indigenous fungi in Korea, four specimens belonging to the Physalacriaceae were collected on Ulleung Island. These specimens were identified as three species based on morphological characteristics and molecular analysis of rDNA-internal transcribed spacer sequences. Three species in three genera were shown to be new records in Korea: Hymenopellis orientalis, Paraxerula hongoi, and Ponticulomyces orientalis...
March 2017: Mycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435262/linseed-hydrogel-mediated-green-synthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-for-antimicrobial-and-wound-dressing-applications
#13
Muhammad Tahir Haseeb, Muhammad Ajaz Hussain, Khawar Abbas, Bahaa Gm Youssif, Sajid Bashir, Soon Hong Yuk, Syed Nasir Abbas Bukhari
Polysaccharides are being extensively employed for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) having diverse morphology and applications. Herein, we present a novel and green synthesis of Ag NPs without using any physical reaction conditions. Linseed hydrogel (LSH) was used as a template to reduce Ag(+) to Ag(0). AgNO3 (10, 20, and 30 mmol) solutions were mixed with LSH suspension in deionized water and exposed to diffused sunlight. Reaction was monitored by noting the change in the color of reaction mixture up to 10 h...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435098/kinetics-of-chitin-deacetylase-activation-by-the-ionic-liquid-bmim-br
#14
Izabela Aspras, Malgorzata M Jaworska, Andrzej Górak
Chitin deacetylase is the only known enzyme that can deacetylate the N-acetyl-D-glucosamine units in chitin and chitosan to D-glucosamine. Unfortunately, this enzyme, originally obtained from fungi, usually has low activity. Here, we present that it is possible to enhance the activity of chitin deacetylase using the ionic liquid [Bmim][Br]. An increase in activity of up to 160% from the basal chitin deacetylase activity was observed. Kinetic investigations suggest that [Bmim][Br] is a non-essential activator...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434950/an-arabidopsis-lipid-flippase-is-required-for-timely-recruitment-of-defenses-to-the-host-pathogen-interface-at-the-plant-cell-surface
#15
William Underwood, Andrew Ryan, Shauna C Somerville
Deposition of cell wall-reinforcing papillae is an integral component of the plant immune response. The Arabidopsis PENETRATION 3 (PEN3) ATP binding cassette (ABC) transporter plays a role in defense against numerous pathogens and is recruited to sites of pathogen detection where it accumulates within papillae. However, the trafficking pathways and regulatory mechanisms contributing to recruitment of PEN3 and other defenses to the host-pathogen interface are poorly understood. Here, we report a confocal microscopy-based screen to identify mutants with altered localization of PEN3-GFP after inoculation with powdery mildew fungi...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Plant
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433834/antimicrobial-and-anticancer-photodynamic-activity-of-a-phthalocyanine-photosensitizer-with-n-methyl-morpholiniumethoxy-substituents-in-non-peripheral-positions
#16
Jolanta Dlugaszewska, Wojciech Szczolko, Tomasz Koczorowski, Paulina Skupin-Mrugalska, Anna Teubert, Krystyna Konopka, Malgorzata Kucinska, Marek Murias, Nejat Düzgüneş, Jadwiga Mielcarek, Tomasz Goslinski
Photodynamic therapy involves the use of a photosensitizer that is irradiated with visible light in the presence of oxygen, resulting in the formation of reactive oxygen species. A novel phthalocyanine derivative, the quaternary iodide salt of magnesium(II) phthalocyanine with N-methyl morpholiniumethoxy substituents, was synthesized, and characterized. The techniques used included mass spectrometry (MALDI TOF), UV-vis, NMR spectroscopy, and photocytotoxicity against bacteria, fungi and cancer cells. The phthalocyanine derivative possessed typical characteristics of compounds of the phthalocyanine family but the effect of quaternization was observed on the optical properties, especially in terms of absorption efficiency...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433057/low-cost-humic-acid-bonded-silica-as-an-effective-solid-phase-extraction-sorbent-for-convenient-determination-of-aflatoxins-in-edible-oils
#17
Neng-Zhi Zhou, Ping Liu, Xiao-Chuan Su, Yan-Hua Liao, Ning-Sheng Lei, Yong-Hong Liang, Shao-Huan Zhou, Wen-Si Lin, Jie Chen, Yu-Qi Feng, Yang Tang
Aflatoxins (AFs) are highly toxic, mutagenic, carcinogenic, and teratogenic secondary metabolites produced by the toxigenic fungi Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus. AFs tend to contaminate a wide range of foods which is a serious and recurring food safety problem worldwide. Currently, immunoaffinity chromatography (IAC) has become the most conventional sample clean-up method for determining AFs in foodstuffs. However, IAC method is limited in the large-scale food analysis because it requires the use of expensive disposable cartridges and the IA procedure is time-consuming...
June 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432932/surveillance-of-vittaforma-corneae-in-hot-springs-by-a-small-volume-procedure
#18
Jung-Sheng Chen, Tsui-Kang Hsu, Bing-Mu Hsu, Tung-Yi Huang, Yu-Li Huang, Men-Fang Shaio, Dar-Der Ji
Vittaforma corneae is an obligate intracellular fungus and can cause human ocular microsporidiosis. Although accumulating reports of V. corneae causing keratoconjunctivitis in both healthy and immunocompromised persons have been published, little is known about the organism's occurrence in aquatic environments. Limitations in detection sensitivity have meant a large sampling volume is required to detect the pathogen up to now, which is problematic. A recent study in Taiwan has shown that some individuals suffering from microsporidial keratitis (MK) were infected after exposure to the pathogen at a hot spring...
April 19, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432679/potential-use-of-cowpea-vigna-unguiculata-l-walp-stover-treated-with-white-rot-fungi-as-rabbit-feed
#19
Ederson Andrade, Victor Pinheiro, Alexandre Gonçalves, John W Cone, Guilhermina Marques, Valéria Silva, Luis Ferreira, Miguel Rodrigues
BACKGROUND: Lignin inhibitory effects within the cell wall structure constitute a serious drawback in maximizing the utilization of fibrous feedstuffs in animal feeding. In this way, treatments that promote efficient delignification of these materials must be applied. This study evaluated the potential of white-rot fungi to upgrade the nutritive value of cowpea stover for rabbits feeding. RESULTS: There was an increase in the crude protein content of all substrates as a result of fungi treatments reaching a net gain of 13% for Pleurotus citrinopileatus incubation...
April 22, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432181/dual-nature-of-pseudouridylation-in-u2-snrna-pus1p-dependent-and-pus1p-independent-activities-in-yeasts-and-higher-eukaryotes
#20
Svetlana Deryusheva, Joseph G Gall
The pseudouridine at position 43 in vertebrate U2 snRNA is one of the most conserved posttranscriptional modifications of spliceosomal snRNAs; the equivalent position is pseudouridylated in U2 snRNAs in different phyla including fungi, insects, and worms. Pseudouridine synthase Pus1p acts alone on U2 snRNA to form this pseudouridine in yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and mouse. Furthermore, in S. cerevisiae Pus1p is the only pseudouridine synthase for this position. Using an in vivo yeast cell system we tested enzymatic activity of Pus1p from the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe, the worm Caenorhabditis elegans, the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and the frog Xenopus tropicalis...
April 21, 2017: RNA
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