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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731627/his-tag-immobilization-of-cutinase-1-from-thermobifida-cellulosilytica-for-solvent-free-synthesis-of-polyesters
#1
Alessandro Pellis, Marco Vastano, Felice Quartinello, Enrique Herrero Acero, Georg M Guebitz
For many years, lipase B from Candida antarctica (CaLB) was the primary biocatalyst used for enzymatic esterification and polycondensation reactions. More recently, the need for novel biocatalysts with different selectivity has arisen in the biotechnology and biocatalysis fields. The present work describes how the catalytic potential of Thermobifida cellulosilytica cutinase 1 (Thc_Cut1) was exploited for polyester synthesis. in a first step, Thc_Cut1 was immobilized on three different carriers, namely Opal, Coral and Amber, using a novel non-toxic His-tag method based on chelated Fe(iii) ions (>99% protein bounded)...
July 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729652/a-genomic-glance-through-the-fog-of-plasticity-and-diversification-in-pocillopora
#2
Erika C Johnston, Zac H Forsman, Jean-François Flot, Sebastian Schmidt-Roach, Jorge H Pinzón, Ingrid S S Knapp, Robert J Toonen
Scleractinian corals of the genus Pocillopora (Lamarck, 1816) are notoriously difficult to identify morphologically with considerable debate on the degree to which phenotypic plasticity, introgressive hybridization and incomplete lineage sorting obscure well-defined taxonomic lineages. Here, we used RAD-seq to resolve the phylogenetic relationships among seven species of Pocillopora represented by 15 coral holobiont metagenomic libraries. We found strong concordance between the coral holobiont datasets, reads that mapped to the Pocillopora damicornis (Linnaeus, 1758) transcriptome, nearly complete mitochondrial genomes, 430 unlinked high-quality SNPs shared across all Pocillopora taxa, and a conspecificity matrix of the holobiont dataset...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727232/functional-genomic-analysis-of-corals-from-natural-co2-seeps-reveals-core-molecular-responses-involved-in-acclimatization-to-ocean-acidification
#3
C D Kenkel, A Moya, J Strahl, C Humphrey, L K Bay
Little is known about the potential for acclimatization or adaptation of corals to ocean acidification and even less about the molecular mechanisms underpinning these processes. Here we examine global gene expression patterns in corals and their intracellular algal symbionts from two replicate population pairs in Papua New Guinea that have undergone long-term acclimatization to natural variation in pCO2 . In the coral host, only 61 genes were differentially expressed in response to pCO2 environment, but the pattern of change was highly consistent between replicate populations, likely reflecting the core expression homeostasis response to ocean acidification...
July 20, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727218/altered-sediment-biota-and-lagoon-habitat-carbonate-dynamics-due-to-sea-cucumber-bioturbation-in-a-high-pco2-environment
#4
Kennedy Wolfe, Francisco Vidal-Ramirez, Sophie Dove, Dione Deaker, Maria Byrne
The effects of global change on biological systems and functioning are already measureable, but how ecological interactions are being altered is poorly understood. Ecosystem resilience is strengthened by ecological functionality, which depends on trophic interactions between key species and resilience generated through biogenic buffering. Climate-driven alterations to coral reef metabolism, structural complexity and biodiversity are well documented, but the feedbacks between ocean change and trophic interactions of non-coral invertebrates are understudied...
July 20, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724688/dopamine-d1-receptor-activation-leads-to-object-recognition-memory-in-a-coral-reef-fish
#5
Trevor J Hamilton, Martin Tresguerres, David I Kline
Object recognition memory is the ability to identify previously seen objects and is an adaptive mechanism that increases survival for many species throughout the animal kingdom. Previously believed to be possessed by only the highest order mammals, it is now becoming clear that fish are also capable of this type of memory formation. Similar to the mammalian hippocampus, the dorsolateral pallium regulates distinct memory processes and is modulated by neurotransmitters such as dopamine. Caribbean bicolour damselfish (Stegastes partitus) live in complex environments dominated by coral reef structures and thus likely possess many types of complex memory abilities including object recognition...
July 2017: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720836/calcifying-algae-maintain-settlement-cues-to-larval-abalone-following-algal-exposure-to-extreme-ocean-acidification
#6
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/28720811/some-coral-diseases-track-climate-oscillations-in-the-caribbean
#7
C J Randall, R van Woesik
Disease outbreaks continue to reduce coral populations worldwide. Understanding coral diseases and their relationships with environmental drivers is necessary to forecast disease outbreaks, and to predict future changes in coral populations. Yet, the temporal dynamics of coral diseases are rarely reported. Here we evaluate trends and periodicities in the records of three common coral diseases (white-band disease, yellow-band disease, and dark-spot syndrome) that were surveyed between 1997 and 2014 at 2082 sites throughout the Caribbean...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720387/the-other-microeukaryotes-of-the-coral-reef-microbiome
#8
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T D Ainsworth, A J Fordyce, E F Camp
In marine ecosystems microbial communities are critical to ocean function, global primary productivity, and biogeochemical cycles. Both prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbes are essential symbionts and mutualists, nonpathogenic invaders, primary pathogens, have been linked to disease emergence, and can underpin broader ecosystem changes. However, in the effort to determine coral-microbial interactions, the structure and function of the eukaryotic microbes of the microbiome have been studied less. Eukaryotic microbes are important members of the microbiome, constitute entire kingdoms of life, and make important contributions to ecosystem function...
July 15, 2017: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718828/tobacco-harm-reduction-with-vaporised-nicotine-thrive-the-study-protocol-of-an-uncontrolled-feasibility-study-of-novel-nicotine-replacement-products-among-people-living-with-hiv-who-smoke
#9
Stephanie Bell, Judith Dean, Charles Gilks, Mark A Boyd, Lisa Fitzgerald, Allyson Mutch, Peter Baker, Graham Neilsen, Coral E Gartner
Smoking is a leading cause of morbidity and premature mortality among people living with HIV (PLHIV), who have high rates of tobacco smoking. Vaporised nicotine products (VNPs) are growing in popularity as a quit aid and harm reduction tool. However, little is known about their acceptability and use among PLHIV. Using a pragmatic, uncontrolled, mixed methods design this exploratory clinical trial aims to examine the feasibility of conducting a powered randomised clinical trial of VNPs as a smoking cessation and harm reduction intervention among vulnerable populations, such as PLHIV who smoke tobacco...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717856/intraoperative-radiotherapy-for-extremity-soft-tissue-sarcomas-can-long-term-local-control-be-achieved
#10
Esther Carbó-Laso, Pablo Sanz-Ruiz, José Antonio Calvo-Haro, Miguel Cuervo-Dehesa, Rubén Pérez-Mañanes, Lydia Mediavilla-Santos, Coral Sánchez-Pérez, Ana Álvarez-González, Javier Vaquero-Martín
BACKGROUND: Intraoperative electron-beam radiation therapy (IOERT) during limb-sparing surgery has the advantage of delivering a single high boost dose to sarcoma residues and surgical bed area near to radiosensitive structures with limited toxicity. Retrospective studies have suggested that IOERT may improve local control compared to standard radiotherapy and we aimed to demonstrate this theory. Therefore, we performed an observational prospective study to determine (1) if it is possible to achieve high local control by adding IOERT to external-beam radiation therapy (EBRT) in extremity soft-tissue sarcomas (STS), (2) if it is possible to improve long-term survival rates, and (3) if toxicity could be reduced with IOERT MATERIALS AND METHODS: From 1995-2003, 39 patients with extremity STS were treated with IOERT and postoperative radiotherapy...
July 17, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717388/heritability-of-behavioural-tolerance-to-high-co2-in-a-coral-reef-fish-is-masked-by-nonadaptive-phenotypic-plasticity
#11
Megan J Welch, Philip L Munday
Previous studies have demonstrated limited potential for acclimation of adversely affected olfactory behaviours in reef fishes under elevated CO 2, indicating that genetic adaptation will be required to maintain behavioural performance in the future. Adaptation depends on the presence of heritable phenotypic variation in the trait, which may differ between populations and environments. We used parent-offspring regressions to estimate the heritability (h(2)) of variation in behavioural tolerance to high CO 2 (754 μatm) in both field-collected and laboratory-reared families of Acanthochromis polyacanthus...
August 2017: Evolutionary Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716561/influence-of-renal-biopsy-results-on-the-management-of-small-kidney-cancers-in-older-patients-results-from-a-population-based-cohort
#12
Marc A Bjurlin, Elena B Elkin, Coral L Atoria, Paul Russo, Samir S Taneja, William C Huang
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Small kidney cancers are a heterogeneous group with varying malignant potential. Pathologic information obtained from a renal biopsy may guide decision-making for small kidney cancers. We sought to assess the effect of pathologic information from renal biopsy on the nonsurgical management of small kidney cancers in a population-based cohort of patients over 65 years of age. METHODS: In the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results-Medicare dataset, we identified patients ≥66 years diagnosed with a kidney cancer<4cm between 2002 and 2011...
July 14, 2017: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713652/fungi-associated-with-mesophotic-macroalgae-from-the-au-au-channel-west-maui-are-differentiated-by-host-and-overlap-terrestrial-communities
#13
Benjamin J Wainwright, Geoffrey L Zahn, Heather L Spalding, Alison R Sherwood, Celia M Smith, Anthony S Amend
Mesophotic coral ecosystems are an almost entirely unexplored and undocumented environment that likely contains vast reservoirs of undescribed biodiversity. Twenty-four macroalgae samples, representing four genera, were collected from a Hawaiian mesophotic reef at water depths between 65 and 86 m in the 'Au'au Channel, Maui, Hawai'i. Algal tissues were surveyed for the presence and diversity of fungi by sequencing the ITS1 gene using Illumina technology. Fungi from these algae were then compared to previous fungal surveys conducted in Hawaiian terrestrial ecosystems...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713348/engineering-strategies-to-decode-and-enhance-the-genomes-of-coral-symbionts
#14
Rachel A Levin, Christian R Voolstra, Shobhit Agrawal, Peter D Steinberg, David J Suggett, Madeleine J H van Oppen
Elevated sea surface temperatures from a severe and prolonged El Niño event (2014-2016) fueled by climate change have resulted in mass coral bleaching (loss of dinoflagellate photosymbionts, Symbiodinium spp., from coral tissues) and subsequent coral mortality, devastating reefs worldwide. Genetic variation within and between Symbiodinium species strongly influences the bleaching tolerance of corals, thus recent papers have called for genetic engineering of Symbiodinium to elucidate the genetic basis of bleaching-relevant Symbiodinium traits...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710560/pyrazinone-derivatives-from-the-coral-derived-aspergillus-ochraceus-lcj11-102-under-high-iodide-salt
#15
Xiaoping Peng, Yi Wang, Tonghan Zhu, Weiming Zhu
Five new pyrazin-2(1H)-one derivatives, ochramides A-D (1-4) and ochralate A (5), as well as three known analogues (6-8) were isolated from the fermentation broth of the marine coral-derived halotolerant Aspergillus ochraceus LCJ11-102 in a nutrient-limited medium containing 10% NaI. Their chemical structures were determined by analyzing NMR and X-ray diffraction data. Compounds 2, 5 and 6 showed antimicrobial activities against Enterobacter aerogenes with the MIC values of 40.0, 18.9, and 20.1 μM, respectively...
July 14, 2017: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710443/defying-dissolution-discovery-of-deep-sea-scleractinian-coral-reefs-in-the-north-pacific
#16
Amy R Baco, Nicole Morgan, E Brendan Roark, Mauricio Silva, Kathryn E F Shamberger, Kelci Miller
Deep-sea scleractinian coral reefs are protected ecologically and biologically significant areas that support global fisheries. The absence of observations of deep-sea scleractinian reefs in the Central and Northeast Pacific, combined with the shallow aragonite saturation horizon (ASH) and high carbonate dissolution rates there, fueled the hypothesis that reef formation in the North Pacific was improbable. Despite this, we report the discovery of live scleractinian reefs on six seamounts of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and Emperor Seamount Chain at depths of 535-732 m and aragonite saturation state (Ωarag) values of 0...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710419/generation-of-clade-and-symbiont-specific-antibodies-to-characterize-marker-molecules-during-cnidaria-symbiodinium-endosymbiosis
#17
Kao-Jean Huang, Zi-Yu Huang, Ching-Yen Lin, Li-Hsueh Wang, Pin-Hsiang Chou, Chii-Shiarng Chen, Hsing-Hui Li
The endosymbiosis between cnidarians and dinoflagellates is responsible for the formation of coral reefs. Changes in molecules have been identified during the process of cnidaria-Symbiodinium endosymbiosis. However, the complexity of the molecular interaction has prevented the establishment of a mechanistic explanation of cellular regulation in this mutualistic symbiosis. To date, no marker molecules have been identified to specifically represent the symbiotic status. Because the endosymbiotic association occurs in the symbiotic gastrodermal cells (SGCs), whole cells of isolated SGCs were used as an antigen to generate monoclonal antibodies (mAb) to screen possible molecular candidates of symbiotic markers...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710031/zoantharian-mitochondrial-genomes-contain-unique-complex-group-i-introns-and-highly-conserved-intergenic-regions
#18
Sylvia Ighem Chi, Steinar D Johansen
Complex group I introns represent hallmarks of hexacoral mitochondrial genomes (mtDNAs). These intron elements are expected to influence the gene organization and gene expression. We sequenced the mitochondrial genome and transcriptome of Zoanthus sansibariscus and Palythoa heliodiscus, two zoantharian species (colonial anemones) representing different families within the suborder Brachycnemina. The circular and approximately 21kb mtDNAs contained two group I introns, one in ND5 and another in COI. The ND5-717 intron harbored two conventional mitochondrial genes (ND1 and ND3) within its structure and revealed several conserved features compared to ND5-717 in sea anemones...
July 11, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709126/effects-of-increasing-temperature-alone-and-combined-with-copper-exposure-on-biochemical-and-physiological-parameters-in-the-zooxanthellate-scleractinian-coral-mussismilia-harttii
#19
Juliana da Silva Fonseca, Laura Fernandes de Barros Marangoni, Joseane Aparecida Marques, Adalto Bianchini
Effects of increasing temperature alone and in combination with exposure to dissolved copper (Cu) were evaluated in the zooxanthellate scleractinian coral Mussismilia harttii using a marine mesocosm system. Endpoints analyzed included parameters involved in metabolism [maximum photosynthetic capacity of zooxanthellae (Fv/Fm), chlorophyll a and ATP concentrations], calcification [carbonic anhydrase (CA) and Ca(2+)-Mg(2+)-ATPase activity], and oxidative status [antioxidant capacity against peroxyl radicals (ACAP) and lipid peroxidation (LPO)]...
July 8, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707669/-planar-molecular-arrangements-aid-the-design-of-mhc-class-ii-binding-peptides
#20
A Cortés, J Coral, C McLachlan, R Benítez, L Pinilla
The coupling between peptides and MHC-II proteins in the human immune system is not well understood. This work presents an evidence-based hypothesis of a guiding intermolecular force present in every human MHC-II protein (HLA-II). Previously, we examined the spatial positions of the fully conserved residues in all HLA-II protein types. In each one, constant planar patterns were revealed. These molecular planes comprise of amino acid groups of the same chemical species (for example, Gly) distributed across the protein structure...
May 2017: Molekuliarnaia Biologiia
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