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Yuan Wu, Yun Wang, Xue-Fei Mi, Jun-Xiang Shan, Xin-Min Li, Jian-Long Xu, Hong-Xuan Lin
Cytokinins and gibberellins (GAs) play antagonistic roles in regulating reproductive meristem activity. Cytokinins have positive effects on meristem activity and maintenance. During inflorescence meristem development, cytokinin biosynthesis is activated via a KNOX-mediated pathway. Increased cytokinin activity leads to higher grain number, whereas GAs negatively affect meristem activity. The GA biosynthesis genes GA20oxs are negatively regulated by KNOX proteins. KNOX proteins function as modulators, balancing cytokinin and GA activity in the meristem...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Zhilin Qu, Michael B Liu, Michael Nivala
Intracellular calcium (Ca(2+)) alternans is a dynamical phenomenon in ventricular myocytes, which is linked to the genesis of lethal arrhythmias. Iterated map models of intracellular Ca(2+) cycling dynamics in ventricular myocytes under periodic pacing have been developed to study the mechanisms of Ca(2+) alternans. Two mechanisms of Ca(2+) alternans have been demonstrated in these models: one relies mainly on fractional sarcoplasmic reticulum Ca(2+) release and uptake, and the other on refractoriness and other properties of Ca(2+) sparks...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jorge L Rosas-Trigueros
Bax is a protein that promotes apoptosis (a form of cell death). The atomistic details of the mechanism by which Bax is activated during apoptosis remain a subject of debate. C-terminal basic residues in the sequence of Bax show remarkable conservation across a variety of species. The role of these charged residues in the stability of Bax was investigated by submitting substituted mutants to molecular dynamics simulations at high temperatures. Mutation of either or both K189 and K190 led to dramatic changes in helical content, radius of gyration, proximity of the C terminus to the core of the protein, exposure of the BH3 domain, and bundling of the core...
October 2016: FEBS Open Bio
Tijs Ketelaar, Gilles Vismans, Tom van der Meer, Olivier Langevoort, Marielle Schreuder, Harro J Bouwmeester, Helga Peisker, Peter Dörmann, Alexander R van der Krol
Stromules are highly dynamic protrusions of the plastids in plants. Several factors, such as drought and light conditions influence the stromule frequency in a positive or negative way. A relatively recent discovered class of plant hormones are the strigolactones, strigolactones inhibit branching of the shoots and promote beneficial interactions between roots and arbuscular mycorrizal fungi. Here we investigate the link between the formation of stromules and strigolactones. This research shows a strong link between strigolactones and the formation of stromules: stromule frequency (SF) correlates with strigolactone levels in wild type and strigolactone mutants (max2-1 max3-9), SF is stimulated by strigolactone GR24 and reduced by strigolactone inhibitor D2...
October 19, 2016: Plant Physiology
Nuria Roldan, Thomas K M Nyholm, J Peter Slotte, Jesús Pérez-Gil, Begoña García-Álvarez
To allow breathing and prevent alveolar collapse, lung surfactant (LS) develops a complex membranous system at the respiratory surface. LS is defined by a specific protein and lipid composition, including saturated and unsaturated phospholipid species and cholesterol. Surfactant protein C (SP-C) has been suggested to be an essential element for sustaining the presence of cholesterol in surfactant without functional impairment. In this work, we used a fluorescent sterol-partitioning assay to assess the effect of the surfactant proteins SP-B and SP-C on cholesterol distribution in membranes...
October 18, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Jessica M Wilson, Jeremy W Prokop, Ellen Lorimer, Elizabeth Ntantie, Carol L Williams
Two isoforms of the small GTPase Rap1, Rap1A and Rap1B, participate in cell adhesion; Rap1A promotes steady state adhesion, while Rap1B regulates dynamic changes in cell adhesion. These events depend on the prenylation of Rap1, which promotes its membrane localization. Here, we identify previously unsuspected differences in the regulation of prenylation of Rap1A versus Rap1B, due in part to their different phosphorylation-dependent interactions with the chaperone protein SmgGDS-607. Previous studies indicate that activation of Gαs protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) phosphorylates S-179 and S-180 in the polybasic region (PBR) of Rap1B, which inhibits Rap1B binding to SmgGDS-607 and diminishes Rap1B prenylation and membrane localization...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
Hai-Qiang Dai, Bang-An Wang, Lu Yang, Jia-Jia Chen, Guo-Chun Zhu, Mei-Ling Sun, Hao Ge, Rui Wang, Deborah L Chapman, Fuchou Tang, Xin Sun, Guo-Liang Xu
Mammalian genomes undergo epigenetic modifications, including cytosine methylation by DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs). Oxidation of 5-methylcytosine by the Ten-eleven translocation (TET) family of dioxygenases can lead to demethylation. Although cytosine methylation has key roles in several processes such as genomic imprinting and X-chromosome inactivation, the functional significance of cytosine methylation and demethylation in mouse embryogenesis remains to be fully determined. Here we show that inactivation of all three Tet genes in mice leads to gastrulation phenotypes, including primitive streak patterning defects in association with impaired maturation of axial mesoderm and failed specification of paraxial mesoderm, mimicking phenotypes in embryos with gain-of-function Nodal signalling...
October 19, 2016: Nature
Shadi Shafaghi, Azizollah Abbasi Dezfuli, Zahra Ansari Aval, Kambiz Sheikhy, Behrooz Farzanegan, Esmaeil Mortaz, Habib Emami, Clemens Aigner, Fatemeh Sadat Hosseini-Baharanchi, Katayoun Najafizadeh
OBJECTIVES: Although the number of lung transplants is limited because of general shortage of organ donors, ex vivo lung perfusion is a novel method with 2 main benefits, including better evaluation of lung potential and recovery of injured lungs. The main aim of this study was to establish and operationalize ex vivo lung perfusion as the first experience in Iran. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospective operational research study on 5 cases, including 1 pig from Vienna Medical University and 4 patients from Masih Daneshvari Hospital...
October 14, 2016: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Takanobu Inoue, Atsuo Iida, Shingo Maegawa, Atsuko Sehara-Fujisawa, Masato Kinoshita
In this study, we verified nuclear transport activity of an artificial nuclear localization signal (aNLS) in medaka fish (Oryzias latipes). We generated a transgenic medaka strain expresses the aNLS tagged enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) driven by a medaka beta-actin promoter. The aNLS-EGFP was accumulated in the nuclei of somatic tissues and yolk nuclei of oocytes, but undetectable in the spermatozoa. The fluorescent signal was observed from immediately after fertilization by a maternal contribution...
October 19, 2016: Development, Growth & Differentiation
Michael Poteser, Gerd Leitinger, Elisabeth Pritz, Dieter Platzer, Irene Frischauf, Christoph Romanin, Klaus Groschner
Nanometer-spaced appositions between endoplasmic reticulum and plasma membrane (ER-PM junctions) stabilized by membrane-joining protein complexes are critically involved in cellular Ca(2+)-handling and lipid trafficking. ER-PM junctional architecture and plasticity associated with inter-membrane communication are as yet barely understood. Here, we introduce a method to precisely characterize ER-PM junction morphology and dynamics with high temporal resolution and minimal disturbance of junctional intermembrane communication...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Vicente Andreu-Fernandez, Maria J García-Murria, Manuel Bañó-Polo, Juliette Martin, Luca Monticelli, Mar Orzáez, Ismael Mingarro
Changes in the equilibrium of pro- and anti-apoptotic members of the B-cell lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2) protein family in the mitochondrial outer membrane (MOM) induce structural changes that commit cells to apoptosis. Bcl-2 homology-3 (BH3)-only proteins participate in this process by either activating pro-apoptotic effectors or inhibiting anti-apoptotic components and by promoting MOM permeabilization. The association of BH3-only proteins with MOMs is necessary for the activation and amplification of death signals; however, the nature of this association remains controversial, as these proteins lack a canonical transmembrane sequence...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
N Bishara Marzook, Timothy P Newsome
The actin cytoskeleton is a crucial part of the eukaryotic cell. Viruses depend on host cells for their replication, and, as a result, many have developed ways of manipulating the actin network to promote their spread. This chapter reviews the various ways in which viruses utilize the actin cytoskeleton at discrete steps in their life cycle, from entry into the host cell, replication, and assembly of new progeny to virus release. Various actin inhibitors that function in different ways to affect proper actin dynamics can be used to parse the role of actin at these steps...
October 19, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
Yiwen Liu, Yaobin Zhang, Zhiqiang Zhao, Huu Hao Ngo, Wenshan Guo, Junliang Zhou, Lai Peng, Bing-Jie Ni
Recent studies have shown that direct interspecies electron transfer (DIET) plays an important part in contributing to methane production from anaerobic digestion. However, so far anaerobic digestion models that have been proposed only consider two pathways for methane production, namely, acetoclastic methanogenesis and hydrogenotrophic methanogenesis, via indirect interspecies hydrogen transfer, which lacks an effective way for incorporating DIET into this paradigm. In this work, a new mathematical model is specifically developed to describe DIET process in anaerobic digestion through introducing extracellular electron transfer as a new pathway for methane production, taking anaerobic transformation of ethanol to methane as an example...
October 19, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Alexander E Lang, Sonja Kühn, Hans Georg Mannherz
Actin is one of the most abundant cellular proteins and an essential constituent of the actin cytoskeleton, which by its dynamic behavior participates in many cellular activities. The organization of the actin cytoskeleton is regulated by a large number of proteins and represents one of the major targets of bacterial toxins. A number of bacterial effector proteins directly modify actin: Clostridial bacteria produce toxins, which ADP-ribosylate actin at Arg177 leading to inhibition of actin polymerization. The bacterium Photorhabdus luminescens produces several types of protein toxins, including the high molecular weight Tc toxin complex, whose component TccC3 ADP-ribosylates actin at Thr148 promoting polymerization and aggregation of intracellular F-actin leading to inhibition of several cellular functions, such as phagocytosis...
October 19, 2016: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
Meimanat Hosseini, Parvaneh Vasli, Sakineh Rashidi, Soodeh Shahsavari
INTRODUCTION: Inner strength is a factor for mental health and well-being and, consequently, a dynamic component of holistic healing. Health-promoting behaviors are appropriate activities to improve health status and prevent the progression of the functional defect resulting from heart failure. The present study aimed to determine the correlation between inner strength and health-promoting behaviors in women with heart failure referred to hospitals affiliated with Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences (SBMU) in 2013...
August 2016: Electronic Physician
Guanwu Li, Zheng Xu, Lingmi Hou, Xuefeng Li, Xin Li, Wei Yuan, Maki Polat, Shixin Chang
Bisphenol A diglycidyl ether (BADGE), a PPARγ2 antagonist, has been shown to inhibit marrow adipogenesis and promotes bone formation in intact animals. We investigated the impact of BADGE on a new and more clinically relevant physiological model, the ovariectomized (OVX) rat model. Forty female Wistar rats were divided into four treatment groups (n=10/group): sham+vehicle, sham+BADGE, OVX+vehicle and OVX+BADGE for 12 weeks. Postmortem analyses included MRI, micro-CT, serological test, histomorphometry, biomechanical tests, RT-PCR and western blot...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
Mark J DelloStritto, James David Kubicki, Jorge Osvaldo Sofo
We use ab-initio molecular dynamics simulations to study the effect of ions on the structure and dynamics of the quartz(101)-water interface. We study several IA (Na(+),Rb(+)) and IIA (Mg(2+),Sr(2+)) cations, with Cl(-) as counterion, adsorbed onto acidic, neutral, and basic surface configurations at 300K and 373K. We find that both cations and anions can bond directly to the surface and perturb the local H-bond network. The adsorbed ions promote the formation of intrasurface H-bonds, as shown by vibrational density of states and orientations of the surface silanols...
October 18, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Andres Fuentes-Ramirez, Joseph W Veldman, Claus Holzapfel, Kirk A Moloney
Novel fire regimes are an important cause and consequence of global environmental change that involve interactions among biotic, climatic, and human components of ecosystems. Plant flammability is key to these interactions, yet few studies directly measure flammability or consider how multiple species with different flammabilities interact to produce novel fire regimes. Deserts of the southwestern United States are an ideal system for exploring how novel fire regimes can emerge when fire-promoting species invade ecosystems comprised of species that did not evolve with fire...
October 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
Airek R Mathews, Shane S Que Hee
The differences in permeation parameters when a gloved dextrous robot hand clenched and did not were investigated with the dynamic permeation system described in the companion paper. Increased permeation through the gloves of the present study for cyclohexanol when the gloved hand clenched depended on glove thickness and porosity for cyclohexanol permeation. The Sterling glove, the thinnest and the most porous, was the least protective. Hand clenching promoted more permeation for the Sterling glove in terms of breakthrough times, steady state permeation rate, and diffusion coefficient...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
Bing Yu, Xiaoxuan Tian, Lin Zhang, Rui Feng
AIMS: Recently, microtubule-binding proteins (MBPs) have been implicated in modulation of paclitaxel sensitivity in many cancers, highlighting their potential as biomarkers predictive of treatment outcomes and as therapeutic targets that can be pharmacologically manipulated. This study is aimed to determine the impact of the MBP hematopoietic PBX-interaction protein (HPIP) on breast cancer cell sensitivity to paclitaxel. RESULTS: In this study, we show that breast cancer cells (MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231) overexpressing HPIP were more sensitive to paclitaxel treatment as evaluated by MTT assay, exhibiting a significant reduction in IC50 of paclitaxel compared with the control...
October 18, 2016: DNA and Cell Biology
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