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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735401/determination-of-enzymes-associated-with-sulfite-toxicity-in-plants-kinetic-assays-for-so-apr-sir-and-in-gel-sir-activity
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Galina Brychkova, Assylay Kurmanbayeva, Aizat Bekturova, Inna Khozin, Dominic Standing, Dmitry Yarmolinsky, Moshe Sagi
The amino acid cysteine plays a major role in plant response to abiotic stress by being the donor of elemental sulfur for the sulfuration of the molybdenum cofactor, otherwise the last step of ABA biosynthesis, the oxidation of abscisic aldehyde, is inactivated. Additionally, cysteine serves as a precursor for the biosynthesis of glutathione, the reactive oxygen species scavenger essential for redox status homeostasis during stress. Cysteine is generated by the sulfate reductive pathway where sulfite oxidase (SO; EC 1...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734260/time-averaged-concentrations-are-effective-for-predicting-chronic-toxicity-of-varying-copper-pulse-exposures-for-two-freshwater-green-algae-species
#2
Brad M Angel, Stuart L Simpson, Ellissah Granger, Kathryn Goodwyn, Dianne F Jolley
Intermittent, fluctuating and pulsed contaminant discharges may result in organisms receiving highly variable contaminant exposures. This study investigated the effects of dissolved copper pulse concentration and exposure duration on the toxicity to two freshwater green algae species. The effects of single copper pulses of between 1 and 48 h duration and continuous exposures (72 h) on growth rate inhibition of Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata and Chlorella sp. were compared on a time-averaged concentration (TAC) basis...
July 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734182/using-medically-derived-iodine-131-to-track-sewage-effluent-in-the-laurentian-great-lakes
#3
Michael P Montenero, Elizabeth K Dilbone, James T Waples
Tracking sewage wastewater in a large lake is difficult. Concentrations of pharmaceuticals that can be used as indicator compounds are quickly diluted and not easy to measure. In this study, we examined the potential of using medically-derived iodine-131 ((131)I, t½ = 8.02 d) as a tracer for Milwaukee sewage effluent in Lake Michigan. (131)I activities in sewage effluent from two Milwaukee wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) were measured in conjunction with (131)I activities in water, sediment and biota in the Milwaukee Outer Harbor and Lake Michigan...
July 14, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734039/optimal-control-for-micro-algae-on-a-raceway-model
#4
Todd Hurst, Volker Rehbock
We apply numerical optimal control methods to an existing algae growth model with the aim to determine the best performance of the model under known conditions using a variety of decision variables. We transform the system of differential algebraic equations in the existing model to a system of ordinary differential equations which introduces dynamics for average light intensity and chlorophyll. In addition we allow for variable nitrogen concentration of the inflow as well as variable initial nitrogen concentration of the raceway...
July 22, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731308/lead-toxicity-in-plants
#5
Hendrik Küpper
This review looks critically at the relevance of lead (Pb2+) toxicity and proposed mechanisms of Pb2+ -induced stress in algae and higher plants. As a basis, the current main sources of Pb2+ contamination in the environment are presented, which include agriculture, industry, and road traffic. Further, bioavailability of lead is discussed as a basis for evaluating the environmental relevance of the many studies on lead toxicity that have been published in the past decades. These studies suggest three main mechanisms of toxicity of Pb2+: inhibition of photosynthesis, oxidative stress, and "genotoxicity" including DNA damage and defects in mitosis...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731302/lead-ii-binding-in-metallothioneins
#6
Daisy L Wong, Maureen E Merrifield-MacRae, Martin J Stillman
Heavy metal exposure has long been associated with metallothionein (MT) regulation and its functions. MT is a ubiquitous, cysteine-rich protein that is involved in homeostatic metal response for the essential metals zinc and copper, as well as detoxification of heavy metals; the most commonly proposed being cadmium. MT binds in vivo to a number of metals in addition to zinc, cadmium and copper, such as bismuth. In vitro, metallation with a wide range of metals (especially mercury, arsenic, and lead) has been reported using a variety of analytical methods...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729633/threats-to-large-brown-algal-forests-in-temperate-seas-the-overlooked-role-of-native-herbivorous-fish
#7
Fabrizio Gianni, Fabrizio Bartolini, Alexis Pey, Mathieu Laurent, Gustavo M Martins, Laura Airoldi, Luisa Mangialajo
Canopy-forming algae are declining globally due to multiple disturbances. This decline has recently been on the increase due to the spread of some tropical herbivorous fishes. This new phenomenon has drawn attention to the effects of fish herbivory in temperate areas, which have been assumed to be negligible compared to that of invertebrates, such as sea urchins. In this study, the impact of a Mediterranean native herbivorous fish (Sarpa salpa, salema) was assessed on the canopy-forming seaweed Cystoseira amentacea var...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728125/assessment-and-prediction-of-joint-algal-toxicity-of-binary-mixtures-of-graphene-and-ionic-liquids
#8
Zhuang Wang, Fan Zhang, Se Wang, Willie J G M Peijnenburg
Graphene and ionic liquids (ILs) released into the environment will interact with each other. So far however, the risks associated with the concurrent exposure of biota to graphene and ILs in the environment have received little attention. The research reported here focused on observing and predicting the joint toxicity effects in the green alga Scenedesmus obliquus exposed to binary mixtures of intrinsic graphene (iG)/graphene oxide (GO) and five ILs of varying anionic and cationic types. The isolated ILs in the binary mixtures were the main contributors to toxicity...
July 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728110/development-of-a-bioanalytical-test-battery-for-water-quality-monitoring-fingerprinting-identified-micropollutants-and-their-contribution-to-effects-in-surface-water
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Peta A Neale, Rolf Altenburger, Selim Aït-Aïssa, François Brion, Wibke Busch, Gisela de Aragão Umbuzeiro, Michael S Denison, David Du Pasquier, Klára Hilscherová, Henner Hollert, Daniel A Morales, Jiří Novák, Rita Schlichting, Thomas-Benjamin Seiler, Helene Serra, Ying Shao, Andrew J Tindall, Knut Erik Tollefsen, Timothy D Williams, Beate I Escher
Surface waters can contain a diverse range of organic pollutants, including pesticides, pharmaceuticals and industrial compounds. While bioassays have been used for water quality monitoring, there is limited knowledge regarding the effects of individual micropollutants and their relationship to the overall mixture effect in water samples. In this study, a battery of in vitro bioassays based on human and fish cell lines and whole organism assays using bacteria, algae, daphnids and fish embryos was assembled for use in water quality monitoring...
July 9, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726723/mertensene-a-halogenated-monoterpene-induces-g2-m-cell-cycle-arrest-and-caspase-dependent-apoptosis-of-human-colon-adenocarcinoma-ht29-cell-line-through-the-modulation-of-erk-1-2-akt-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling
#10
Safa Tarhouni-Jabberi, Ons Zakraoui, Efstathia Ioannou, Ichrak Riahi-Chebbi, Meriam Haoues, Vassilios Roussis, Riadh Kharrat, Khadija Essafi-Benkhadir
Conventional treatment of advanced colorectal cancer is associated with tumor resistance and toxicity towards normal tissues. Therefore, development of effective anticancer therapeutic alternatives is still urgently required. Nowadays, marine secondary metabolites have been extensively investigated due to the fact that they frequently exhibit anti-tumor properties. However, little attention has been given to terpenoids isolated from seaweeds. In this study, we isolated the halogenated monoterpene mertensene from the red alga Pterocladiella capillacea (S...
July 20, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725228/unraveling-the-photoprotective-response-of-lichenized-and-free-living-green-algae-trebouxiophyceae-chlorophyta-to-photochilling-stress
#11
Fátima Míguez, Ulf Schiefelbein, Ulf Karsten, José I García-Plazaola, Lydia Gustavs
Lichens and free-living terrestrial algae are widespread across many habitats and develop successfully in ecosystems where a cold winter limits survival. With the goal of comparing photoprotective responses in free-living and lichenized algae, the physiological responses to chilling and photochilling conditions were studied in three lichens and their isolated algal photobionts together as well as in a fourth free-living algal species. We specifically addressed the following questions: (i) Are there general patterns of acclimation in green algae under chilling and photochilling stresses? (ii) Do free-living algae exhibit a similar pattern of responses as their lichenized counterparts? (iii) Are these responses influenced by the selection pressure of environmental conditions or by the phylogenetic position of each species? To answer these questions, photosynthetic fluorescence measurements as well as pigment and low molecular weight carbohydrate pool analyses were performed under controlled laboratory conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724727/a-cross-scale-trophic-cascade-from-large-predatory-fish-to-algae-in-coastal-ecosystems
#12
S Donadi, Å N Austin, U Bergström, B K Eriksson, J P Hansen, P Jacobson, G Sundblad, M van Regteren, J S Eklöf
Trophic cascades occur in many ecosystems, but the factors regulating them are still elusive. We suggest that an overlooked factor is that trophic interactions (TIs) are often scale-dependent and possibly interact across spatial scales. To explore the role of spatial scale for trophic cascades, and particularly the occurrence of cross-scale interactions (CSIs), we collected and analysed food-web data from 139 stations across 32 bays in the Baltic Sea. We found evidence of a four-level trophic cascade linking TIs across two spatial scales: at bay scale, piscivores (perch and pike) controlled mesopredators (three-spined stickleback), which in turn negatively affected epifaunal grazers...
July 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722617/case-report-disseminated-shewanella-algae-infection-with-meningoencephalitis-in-a-traveler-secondary-to-marine-injury-in-madagascar
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Caroline Brulliard, Nicolas Traversier, Jérôme Allyn, Christopher Schaeffer, Bruno Bouchet, Nicolas Allou
Marine microorganisms such as Shewanella spp., Vibrio spp., and Aeromonas spp. can cause sepsis secondary to a wound infection in the context of swimming. These microorganisms are most often susceptible to fluoroquinolones. Here, we report a unique case of Shewanella algae bacteremia associated with meningoencephalitis and disseminated via hematogenous spread secondary to a skin injury. The patient suffered the injury while swimming in saline water during a cruise holiday in Madagascar, and she was initially treated with amoxicillin...
June 12, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721563/terrestrial-adaptation-of-green-algae-klebsormidium-and-zygnema-charophyta-involves-diversity-in-photosynthetic-traits-but-not-in-co2-acquisition
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Mattia Pierangelini, David Ryšánek, Ingeborg Lang, Wolfram Adlassnig, Andreas Holzinger
The basal streptophyte Klebsormidium and the advanced Zygnema show adaptation to terrestrialization. Differences are found in photoprotection and resistance to short-term light changes, but not in CO 2 acquisition. Streptophyte green algae colonized land about 450-500 million years ago giving origin to terrestrial plants. We aim to understand how their physiological adaptations are linked to the ecological conditions (light, water and CO2) characterizing modern terrestrial habitats. A new Klebsormidium isolate from a strongly acidic environment of a former copper mine (Schwarzwand, Austria) is investigated, in comparison to Klebsormidium cf...
July 18, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721457/carbon-use-efficiencies-and-allocation-strategies-in-prochlorococcus-marinus-strain-pcc-9511-during-nitrogen-limited-growth
#15
Kristina Felcmanová, Martin Lukeš, Eva Kotabová, Evelyn Lawrenz, Kimberly H Halsey, Ondřej Prášil
We studied cell properties including carbon allocation dynamics in the globally abundant and important cyanobacterium Prochlorococcus marinus strain PCC 9511 grown at three different growth rates in nitrogen-limited continuous cultures. With increasing nitrogen limitation, cellular divinyl chlorophyll a and the functional absorption cross section of Photosystem II decreased, although maximal photosynthetic efficiency of PSII remained unaltered across all N-limited growth rates. Chl-specific gross and net carbon primary production were also invariant with nutrient-limited growth rate, but only 20% of Chl-specific gross carbon primary production was retained in the biomass across all growth rates...
July 18, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720836/calcifying-algae-maintain-settlement-cues-to-larval-abalone-following-algal-exposure-to-extreme-ocean-acidification
#16
Jennifer K O'Leary, James P Barry, Paul W Gabrielson, Laura Rogers-Bennett, Donald C Potts, Stephen R Palumbi, Fiorenza Micheli
Ocean acidification (OA) increasingly threatens marine systems, and is especially harmful to calcifying organisms. One important question is whether OA will alter species interactions. Crustose coralline algae (CCA) provide space and chemical cues for larval settlement. CCA have shown strongly negative responses to OA in previous studies, including disruption of settlement cues to corals. In California, CCA provide cues for seven species of harvested, threatened, and endangered abalone. We exposed four common CCA genera and a crustose calcifying red algae, Peyssonnelia (collectively CCRA) from California to three pCO2 levels ranging from 419-2,013 µatm for four months...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720348/safety-evaluation-of-a-novel-muramidase-for-feed-application
#17
J Lichtenberg, E Perez Calvo, K Madsen, T Østergaard Lund, F Kramer Birkved, S van Cauwenberghe, M Mourier, L Wulf-Andersen, A J M Jansman, R Lopez-Ulibarri
Safety evaluation of a muramidase produced by a Trichoderma reesei strain (safe lineage), expressing a muramidase gene isolated from Acremonium alcalophilum is presented. Intended use in feed of this enzyme is as digestive aid in broiler chickens. Muramidase 007, was non-mutagenic and non-clastogenic in vitro, and no adverse effects were observed in 90-day subchronic toxicity studies in rats at doses up to 1132 mg TOS/kg body weight/day. The enzyme did not exhibit, in vitro, skin, nor eye irritation potential...
July 15, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720331/a-novel-antihypertension-agent-sargachromenol-d-from-marine-brown-algae-sargassum-siliquastrum-exerts-dual-action-as-an-l-type-ca-2-channel-blocker-and-endothelin-a-b2-receptor-antagonist
#18
Byong-Gon Park, Woon-Seob Shin, Sangtae Oh, Gab-Man Park, Nam Ik Kim, Seokjoon Lee
We isolated the novel vasoactive marine natural products, (5E,10E)-14-hydroxy-2,6,10-trimethylpentadeca-5,10-dien-4-one (4) and sargachromenol D (5), from Sargassum siliquastrum collected from the coast of the East Sea in South Korea by using activity-guided HPLC purification. The compounds effectively dilated depolarization (50mMK(+))-induced basilar artery contraction with EC50 values of 3.52±0.42 and 1.62±0.63μM, respectively, but only sargachromenol D (5) showed a vasodilatory effect on endothelin-1 (ET-1)-induced basilar artery contraction (EC50=9...
July 6, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719667/assessing-intragenomic-variation-of-the-internal-transcribed-spacer-two-adapting-the-illumina-metagenomics-protocol
#19
Lo'ai Alanagreh, Caitlin Pegg, Amritha Harikumar, Mark Buchheim
Primary and secondary structural data from the internal transcribed spacer two (ITS2) have been used extensively for diversity studies of many different eukaryotic organisms, including the green algae. Ease of amplification is due, at least in part, to the fact that ITS2 is part of the tandemly-repeated rRNA array. The potential confounding influence of intragenomic variability has yet to be addressed except in a few organisms. Moreover, few of the assessments of intragenomic variation have taken advantage of the deep sequencing capacity of sequence-by-synthesis protocols...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719054/evolutionary-cell-biology-of-proteins-from-protists-to-humans-and-plants
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Helmut Plattner
During evolution, the cell as a fine-tuned machine had to undergo permanent adjustments to match changes in its environment, while "closed for repair work" was not possible. Evolution from protists (protozoa and unicellular algae) to multicellular organisms may have occurred in basically two lineages, Unikonta and Bikonta, culminating in mammals and angiosperms (flowering plants), respectively. Unicellular models for unikont evolution are myxamoebae (Dictyostelium) and increasingly also choanoflagellates, whereas, for bikonts, ciliates are preferred models...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
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