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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214359/gene-expression-plasticity-in-response-to-salinity-acclimation-in-threespine-stickleback-ecotypes-from-different-salinity-habitats
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Taylor C Gibbons, David C H Metzger, Timothy M Healy, Patricia M Schulte
Phenotypic plasticity is thought to facilitate the colonization of novel environments and shape the direction of evolution in colonizing populations. However, the relative prevalence of various predicted patterns of changes in phenotypic plasticity following colonization remain unclear. Here we use a whole-transcriptome approach to characterize patterns of gene expression plasticity in the gills of a freshwater-adapted and a saltwater-adapted ecotype of threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) exposed to a range of salinities...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213824/an-approach-to-the-research-on-ion-and-water-properties-in-the-interphase-between-the-plasma-membrane-and-bulk-extracellular-solution
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REVIEW
Hiroshi Hibino, Madoka Takai, Hidenori Noguchi, Seishiro Sawamura, Yasufumi Takahashi, Hideki Sakai, Hitoshi Shiku
In vivo, cells are immersed in an extracellular solution that contains a variety of bioactive substances including ions and water. Classical electrophysiological analyses of epithelial cells in the stomach and small intestine have revealed that within a distance of several hundred micrometers above their apical plasma membrane, lies an extracellular layer that shows ion concentration gradients undetectable in the bulk phase. This "unstirred layer", which contains stagnant solutes, may also exist between the bulk extracellular solution and membranes of other cells in an organism and may show different properties...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213519/an-extra-amino-acid-residue-in-transmembrane-domain-10-of-the-gaba-transporter-gat-1-is-required-for-efficient-ion-coupled-transport
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Oshrat Dayan, Anu Nagarajan, Raven Shah, Assaf Ben-Yona, Lucy R Forrest, Baruch I Kanner
The GABA transporter GAT-1 mediates electrogenic transport of its substrate together with sodium and chloride. It is a member of the neurotransmitter:sodium:symporters, which are crucial for synaptic transmission. Compared to all other neurotransmitter:sodium:symporters, GAT-1 and the other members of the GABA transporter subfamily, all contain an extra amino acid residue at or near a conserved glycine in transmembrane segment 10. Therefore, we studied the functional impact of deletion and replacement mutants of Gly-457, and its two adjacent residues in GAT-1...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213297/retention-of-silver-nano-particles-and-silver-ions-in-calcareous-soils-influence-of-soil-properties
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Samaneh Rahmatpour, Mehran Shirvani, Mohammad R Mosaddeghi, Mehdi Bazarganipour
The rapid production and application of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) have led to significant release of AgNPs into the terrestrial environments. Once released into the soil, AgNPs could enter into different interactions with soil particles which play key roles in controlling the fate and transport of these nanoparticles. In spite of that, experimental studies on the retention of AgNPs in soils are very scarce. Hence, the key objective of this research was to find out the retention behavior of AgNPs and Ag(I) ions in a range of calcareous soils...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213247/an-automatic-stirring-assisted-liquid-liquid-microextraction-system-based-on-lab-in-syringe-platform-for-on-line-atomic-spectrometric-determination-of-trace-metals
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Georgia Giakisikli, Aristidis N Anthemidis
A novel simple fully automatic on-line magnetic stirring-assisted liquid-liquid microextraction method, based on the lab-in-syringe (LIS) concept, has been developed as an alternative approach for sample pretreatment and atomic spectrometric assays. The analytical process includes the in-syringe reaction of the metal ion with the chelating reagent, the analyte micro-extraction and the subsequent transportation of the extractant to the detection system for electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometric (ETAAS) quantification...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213182/microbial-nickel-cellular-uptake-and-delivery-to-enzyme-centers
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REVIEW
Conor J Zeer-Wanklyn, Deborah B Zamble
Nickel enzymes allow microorganisms to access chemistry that can be vital for survival and virulence. In this review we highlight recent work on several systems that import nickel ions and deliver them to the active sites of these enzymes. Small molecules, in particular l-His and derivatives, may chelate nickel ions before import at TonB-dependent outer-membrane and ABC-type inner-membrane transporters. Inside the cell, nickel ions are used by maturation factors required to produce nickel enzymes such as [NiFe]-hydrogenase, urease and lactate racemase...
February 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212703/optimal-shielding-thickness-for-galactic-cosmic-ray-environments
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Tony C Slaba, Amir A Bahadori, Brandon D Reddell, Robert C Singleterry, Martha S Clowdsley, Steve R Blattnig
Models have been extensively used in the past to evaluate and develop material optimization and shield design strategies for astronauts exposed to galactic cosmic rays (GCR) on long duration missions. A persistent conclusion from many of these studies was that passive shielding strategies are inefficient at reducing astronaut exposure levels and the mass required to significantly reduce the exposure is infeasible, given launch and associated cost constraints. An important assumption of this paradigm is that adding shielding mass does not substantially increase astronaut exposure levels...
February 2017: Life Sciences in Space Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211907/identification-of-extracellular-segments-by-mass-spectrometry-improves-topology-prediction-of-transmembrane-proteins
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Tamás Langó, Gergely Róna, Éva Hunyadi-Gulyás, Lilla Turiák, Julia Varga, László Dobson, György Várady, László Drahos, Beáta G Vértessy, Katalin F Medzihradszky, Gergely Szakács, Gábor E Tusnády
Transmembrane proteins play crucial role in signaling, ion transport, nutrient uptake, as well as in maintaining the dynamic equilibrium between the internal and external environment of cells. Despite their important biological functions and abundance, less than 2% of all determined structures are transmembrane proteins. Given the persisting technical difficulties associated with high resolution structure determination of transmembrane proteins, additional methods, including computational and experimental techniques remain vital in promoting our understanding of their topologies, 3D structures, functions and interactions...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211014/comprehensive-peptide-ion-structure-studies-using-ion-mobility-techniques-part-1-an-advanced-protocol-for-molecular-dynamics-simulations-and-collision-cross-section-calculation
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Samaneh Ghassabi Kondalaji, Mahdiar Khakinejad, Amirmahdi Tafreshian, Stephen J Valentine
Collision cross-section (CCS) measurements with a linear drift tube have been utilized to study the gas-phase conformers of a model peptide (acetyl-PAAAAKAAAAKAAAAKAAAAK). Extensive molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been conducted to derive an advanced protocol for the generation of a comprehensive pool of in-silico structures; both higher energy and more thermodynamically stable structures are included to provide an unbiased sampling of conformational space. MD simulations at 300 K are applied to the in-silico structures to more accurately describe the gas-phase transport properties of the ion conformers including their dynamics...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209133/house-spider-genome-uncovers-evolutionary-shifts-in-the-diversity-and-expression-of-black-widow-venom-proteins-associated-with-extreme-toxicity
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Kerry L Gendreau, Robert A Haney, Evelyn E Schwager, Torsten Wierschin, Mario Stanke, Stephen Richards, Jessica E Garb
BACKGROUND: Black widow spiders are infamous for their neurotoxic venom, which can cause extreme and long-lasting pain. This unusual venom is dominated by latrotoxins and latrodectins, two protein families virtually unknown outside of the black widow genus Latrodectus, that are difficult to study given the paucity of spider genomes. Using tissue-, sex- and stage-specific expression data, we analyzed the recently sequenced genome of the house spider (Parasteatoda tepidariorum), a close relative of black widows, to investigate latrotoxin and latrodectin diversity, expression and evolution...
February 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209107/gastro-intestinal-manifestations-in-cystic-fibrosis-patients
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REVIEW
S Van Biervliet, C de Clercq, D Declercq, E Van Braeckel, S Van Daele, F De Baets, D De Looze
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-limiting disorder caused by mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR). This defective chloride channel, present in different organ systems such as respiratory system, gastrointestinal tract, reproductive system and sweat glands, disturbs the ion and water transport over the membranes leading to the well known CF symptoms. CF has outgrown paediatric care, as half of CF patients are currently adults. The CF gastrointestinal tract has its own particularities...
September 2016: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208449/anisotropic-charge-transport-in-ion-conductive-photoresponsive-polyethylene-oxide-based-mesomorphic-materials
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Corinne Binet, Alexandre Allart, Patrick Judeinstein, Frédérick Roussel
The mechanism of charge motion in conductive and photosensitive mesogenic block copolymers containing polyethylene oxide (PEO) segments is investigated over a wide frequency and temperature range with the broadband dielectric spectroscopy technique. It is found that the ultraviolet (UV) irradiation, the UV intensity, and the anchoring conditions of mesogenic unit in the cells produce changes in conductivity properties and in the molecular arrangement. The anisotropic nature of the conductivity is established...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208272/ion-elevators-and-escalators-in-multilevel-structures-for-lossless-ion-manipulations
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Yehia M Ibrahim, Ahmed M Hamid, Jonathan T Cox, Sandilya V B Garimella, Richard D Smith
We describe two approaches based upon ion "elevator" and "escalator" components that allow moving ions to different levels in structures for lossless ion manipulations (SLIM). Guided by ion motion simulations, we designed elevator and escalator components based upon ion current measurements providing essentially lossless transmission in multilevel designs. The ion elevator design allowed ions to efficiently bridge a 4 mm gap between levels. The component was integrated in a SLIM and coupled to a QTOF mass spectrometer using an ion funnel interface to evaluate the m/z range transmitted as compared to transmission within a level (e...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208271/cation-dependent-surface-charge-regulation-in-gated-nanofluidic-devices
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Marie Fuest, Kaushik K Rangharajan, Caitlin Boone, A T Conlisk, Shaurya Prakash
Surface charge governs nanoscale aqueous electrolyte transport, both in engineered analytical systems and in biological entities such as ion channels and ion pumps as a function of ion type and concentration. Embedded electrodes in a nanofluidic channel, isolated from the fluid in the channel by a dielectric layer, act as active, tunable gates to systematically modify local surface charge density at the interface between the nanochannel surface and the aqueous electrolyte solution, causing significant changes in measured nanochannel conductance...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207290/fatty-acid-and-mineral-receptors-as-drug-targets-for-gastrointestinal-disorders
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Pawin Pongkorpsakol, Aekkacha Moonwiriyakit, Chatchai Muanprasat
Nutrient-sensing receptors, including fatty acid receptors (FFA1-FFA4), Ca(2+)-sensing receptors and Zn(2+)-sensing receptors, are involved in several biological processes. These receptors are abundantly expressed in the GI tract, where they have been shown to play crucial roles in regulating GI function. This review provides an overview of the GI functions of fatty acid and mineral receptors, including the regulation of gastric and enteroendocrine functions, GI motility, ion transport and cell growth. Recently, several lines of evidence have implicated these receptors as promising therapeutic targets for the treatment of GI disorders, for example, inflammatory bowel disease, colorectal cancer, metabolic syndrome and diarrheal diseases...
February 16, 2017: Future Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206752/columnar-self-assemblies-of-triarylamines-as-scaffolds-for-artificial-biomimetic-channels-for-ion-and-for-water-transport
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Susanne Schneider, Erol-Dan Licsandru, Istvan Kocsis, Arnaud Gilles, Florina Dumitru, Emilie Moulin, Junjun Tan, Jean-Marie Lehn, Nicolas Giuseppone, Mihail Barboiu
Triarylamine molecules appended with crown-ethers or carboxylic moieties form self-assembled supramolecular channels within lipid bilayers. Fluorescence assays and voltage clamp studies reveal that the self-assemblies incorporating the crown ethers work as single channels for the selective transport of K+ or Rb+. The X-ray crystallographic structures confirm the mutual columnar self-assembly of triarylamines and crown-ethers. The dimensional fit of K+ cations within the 18-crown-6, leads to a partial dehydration and to the formation of alternating K+ cation-water wires within the channel...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205587/nickel-biopathways-in-tropical-nickel-hyperaccumulating-trees-from-sabah-malaysia
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Antony van der Ent, Damien L Callahan, Barry N Noller, Jolanta Mesjasz-Przybylowicz, Wojciech J Przybylowicz, Alban Barnabas, Hugh H Harris
The extraordinary level of accumulation of nickel (Ni) in hyperaccumulator plants is a consequence of specific metal sequestering and transport mechanisms, and knowledge of these processes is critical for advancing an understanding of transition element metabolic regulation in these plants. The Ni biopathways were elucidated in three plant species, Phyllanthus balgooyi, Phyllanthus securinegioides (Phyllanthaceae) and Rinorea bengalensis (Violaceae), that occur in Sabah (Malaysia) on the Island of Borneo. This study showed that Ni is mainly concentrated in the phloem in roots and stems (up to 16...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205163/hybrid-in-silico-in-vitro-approaches-for-the-identification-of-functional-cholesterol-binding-domains-in-membrane-proteins
#18
Coralie Di Scala, Jacques Fantini
In eukaryotic cells, cholesterol is an important regulator of a broad range of membrane proteins, including receptors, transporters, and ion channels. Understanding how cholesterol interacts with membrane proteins is a difficult task because structural data of these proteins complexed with cholesterol are scarce. Here, we describe a dual approach based on in silico studies of protein-cholesterol interactions, combined with physico-chemical measurements of protein insertion into cholesterol-containing monolayers...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204969/convergent-evolution-of-the-osmoregulation-system-in-decapod-shrimps
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Jianbo Yuan, Xiaojun Zhang, Chengzhang Liu, Hu Duan, Fuhua Li, Jianhai Xiang
In adaptating to different aquatic environments, seawater (SW) and freshwater (FW) shrimps have exploited different adaptation strategies, which should generate clusters of genes with different adaptive features. However, little is known about the genetic basis of these physiological adaptations. Thus, in this study, we performed comparative transcriptomics and adaptive evolution analyses on SW and FW shrimps and found that convergent evolution may have happened on osmoregulation system of shrimps. We identified 275 and 234 positively selected genes in SW and FW shrimps, respectively, which enriched in the functions of ion-binding and membrane-bounded organelles...
February 15, 2017: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203658/ionic-conductivity-and-mixed-ion-effect-in-mixed-alkali-metaphosphate-glasses
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Jefferson Esquina Tsuchida, Fabio Aparecido Ferri, Paulo Sergio Pizani, Ana Candida Martins Rodrigues, Swarup Kundu, José Fabián Schneider, Edgar Dutra Zanotto
In this work, mixed alkali metaphosphate glasses based on K-Na, Rb-Na, Rb-Li, Cs-Na and Cs-Li combinations were studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), complex impedance spectroscopy, and Raman spectroscopy. DSC analyses show that both the glass transition (Tg) and melting temperatures (Tm) exhibit a clear mixed-ion effect. The ionic conductivity shows a strong mixed-ion effect and decreases by more than six orders of magnitude at room temperature for Rb-Na or Cs-Li alkali pairs. This study confirms that the mixed-ion effect may be explained as a natural consequence of random ion mixing because ion transport is favoured between well-matched energy sites and is impeded due to the structural mismatch between neighbouring sites for dissimilar ions...
February 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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