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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151275/rav-transcription-factors-are-essential-for-disease-resistance-against-cassava-bacterial-blight-via-activation-of-melatonin-biosynthesis-genes
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Yunxie Wei, Yanli Chang, Hongqiu Zeng, Guoyin Liu, Chaozu He, Haitao Shi
With one AP2 domain and one B3 domain, 7 MeRAVs in apetala2/ethylene response factor (AP2/ERF) gene family have been identified in cassava. However, the in vivo roles of these remain unknown. Gene expression assays showed that the transcripts of MeRAVs were commonly regulated after Xanthomonas axonopodis pv manihotis (Xam) and MeRAVs were specifically located in plant cell nuclei. Through virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) in cassava, we found that MeRAV1 and MeRAV2 are essential for plant disease resistance against cassava bacterial blight, as shown by the bacterial propagation of Xam in plant leaves...
November 19, 2017: Journal of Pineal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149672/the-application-of-bacteriophages-as-novel-indicators-of-viral-pathogens-in-wastewater-treatment-systems
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Edgard Dias, James Ebdon, Huw Taylor
Many wastewater treatment technologies have been shown to remove bacterial pathogens more effectively than viral pathogens and, in aquatic environments, levels of traditional faecal indicator bacteria (FIB) do not appear to correlate consistently with levels of human viral pathogens. There is, therefore, a need for novel viral indicators of faecal pollution and surrogates of viral pathogens, especially given the increasing importance of indirect and direct wastewater reuse. Potential candidates include bacteriophages (phages) and the study described here sought to elucidate the relationship between three groups of phages (somatic coliphages (SOMPH), F-RNA coliphages (F-RNAPH) and human-specific phages infecting B...
November 9, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149072/different-inhibitory-potencies-of-oseltamivir-carboxylate-zanamivir-and-several-tannins-on-bacterial-and-viral-neuraminidases-as-assessed-in-a-cell-free-fluorescence-based-enzyme-inhibition-assay
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Stefanie Quosdorf, Anja Schuetz, Herbert Kolodziej
Neuraminidaseis a key enzyme in the life cycle of influenza viruses and is present in some bacterial pathogens. We here assess the inhibitory potency of plant tannins versus clinically used inhibitors on both a viral and a bacterial model neuraminidase by applying the 2'-(4-methylumbelliferyl)-α-d-N-acetylneuraminic acid (MUNANA)-based activity assay. A range of flavan-3-ols, ellagitannins and chemically defined proanthocyanidin fractions was evaluated in comparison to oseltamivir carboxylate and zanamivir for their inhibitory activities against viral influenza A (H1N1) and bacterial Vibrio cholerae neuraminidase (VCNA)...
November 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147812/geissoschizine-synthase-controls-flux-in-the-formation-of-monoterpenoid-indole-alkaloids-in-a-catharanthus-roseus-mutant
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Yang Qu, Antje M K Thamm, Matthew Czerwinski, Sayaka Masada, Kyung Hee Kim, Graham Jones, Ping Liang, Vincenzo De Luca
A Catharanthus roseus mutant accumulates high levels of ajmalicine at the expense of catharanthine and vindoline. The altered chemistry depends on increased expression and biochemical activities of strictosidine β-glucosidase and ajmalicine synthase activities and reduced expression and biochemical activity of geissoschizine synthase. The Madagascar periwinkle [Catharanthus roseus (L.) G. Don] is a commercially important horticultural flower species and is a valuable source for several monoterpenoid indole alkaloids (MIAs), such as the powerful antihypertensive drug ajmalicine and the antineoplastic agents, vinblastine and vincristine...
November 17, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147792/characterization-of-a-novel-single-stranded-rna-mycovirus-related-to-invertebrate-viruses-from-the-plant-pathogen-verticillium-dahliae
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M Carmen Cañizares, Francisco J López-Escudero, Encarnación Pérez-Artés, María D García-Pedrajas
Fungal viruses, also known as mycoviruses, are widespread in all major groups of fungi. Mycoviruses from plant pathogens can reduce the virulence of their host fungus and have therefore potential as biological control agents. This has spurred the identification of novel mycoviruses in plant pathogens, research which is greatly contributing to our understanding of these organisms. In this work, we report the characterization of a novel monopartite mycovirus from Verticillium dahliae, the main causal agent of Verticillium wilt...
November 16, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147784/molecular-characterization-of-faba-bean-necrotic-yellows-viruses-in-tunisia
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Simona Kraberger, Safaa G Kumari, Asma Najar, Daisy Stainton, Darren P Martin, Arvind Varsani
Faba bean necrotic yellows virus (FBNYV) (genus Nanovirus; family Nanoviridae) has a genome comprising eight individually encapsidated circular single-stranded DNA components. It has frequently been found infecting faba bean (Vicia faba L.) and chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) in association with satellite molecules (alphasatellites). Genome sequences of FBNYV from Azerbaijan, Egypt, Iran, Morocco, Spain and Syria have been determined previously and we now report the first five genome sequences of FBNYV and associated alphasatellites from faba bean sampled in Tunisia...
November 17, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145720/phospholipase-d-and-its-essential-role-in-cancer
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Ju Hwan Cho, Joong-Soo Han
The role of Phospholipase D (PLD) in cancer development and management has been a major area of interest for researchers. The purpose of this mini-review is to explore PLD and its distinct role during chemotherapy including anti-apoptotic function. PLD is an enzyme that belongs to the phospholipase super family and is found in a broad range of organisms such as viruses, yeast, bacteria, animals, and plants. The function and activity of PLD are widely dependent on and regulated by neurotransmitters, hormones, small monomeric GTPases, and lipids...
November 16, 2017: Molecules and Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144726/physalis-mottle-virus-like-particles-as-nanocarriers-for-imaging-reagents-and-drugs
#8
Hema Masarapu, Bindi K Patel, Paul L Chariou, He Hu, Neetu M Gulati, Bradley L Carpenter, Reza A Ghiladi, Sourabh Shukla, Nicole F Steinmetz
Platform technologies based on plant virus nanoparticles (VNPs) and virus-like particles (VLPs) are attracting the attention of researchers and clinicians because the particles are biocompatible, biodegradable, noninfectious in mammals, and can readily be chemically and genetically engineered to carry imaging agents and drugs. When the Physalis mottle virus (PhMV) coat protein is expressed in Escherichia coli, the resulting VLPs are nearly identical to the viruses formed in vivo. Here, we isolated PhMV-derived VLPs from ClearColi cells and carried out external and internal surface modification with fluorophores using reactive lysine-N-hydroxysuccinimide ester and cysteine-maleimide chemistries, respectively...
November 16, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144204/specific-hypersensitive-response-associated-recognition-of-new-apoplastic-effectors-from-cladosporium-fulvum-in-wild-tomato
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Carl H Mesarich, Bilal Ӧkmen, Hanna Rovenich, Scott A Griffiths, Changchun Wang, Mansoor Karimi Jashni, Aleksandar Mihajlovski, Jérôme Collemare, Lukas Hunziker, Cecilia H Deng, Ate van der Burgt, Henriek G Beenen, Matthew D Templeton, Rosie E Bradshaw, Pierre J G M de Wit
Tomato leaf mold disease is caused by the biotrophic fungus Cladosporium fulvum. During infection, C. fulvum produces extracellular small secreted protein (SSP) effectors that function to promote colonization of the leaf apoplast. Resistance to the disease is governed by Cf immune receptor genes that encode receptor-like proteins (RLPs). These RLPs recognize specific SSP effectors to initiate a hypersensitive response (HR) that renders the pathogen avirulent. C. fulvum strains capable of overcoming one or more of all cloned Cf genes have now emerged...
November 16, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144203/suppression-or-activation-of-immune-responses-by-predicted-secreted-proteins-of-the-soybean-rust-pathogen-phakopsora-pachyrhizi
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Mingsheng Qi, James P Grayczyk, Janina M Seitz, Youngsill Lee, Tobias I Link, Doil Choi, Kerry F Pedley, Ralf T Voegele, Thomas J Baum, Steven A Whitham
Rust fungi, such as the soybean rust pathogen Phakopsora pachyrhizi, are major threats to crop production. They form specialized haustoria that are hyphal structures intimately associated with host-plant cell membranes. These haustoria have roles in acquiring nutrients and secreting effector proteins that manipulate host immune systems. Functional characterization of effector proteins of rust fungi is important for understanding mechanisms that underlie their virulence and pathogenicity. Hundreds of candidate effector proteins have been predicted for rust pathogens, but it is not clear how to prioritize these effector candidates for further characterization...
November 16, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141205/investigation-of-alimentary-canal-ultrastructure-following-knockdown-of-the-dicer-2-gene-in-planthoppers-reveals-the-potential-pathogenicity-of-southern-rice-black-streaked-dwarf-virus-to-its-insect-vector
#11
Yuyan Liu, Qianzhuo Mao, Hanhong Lan, Haitao Wang, Taiyun Wei, Qian Chen
An increasing number of studies are suggesting that plant viruses, including southern rice black-streaked dwarf virus (SRBSDV), can adversely affect biological characteristics of insect vectors by unknown mechanisms. To study the adverse effect of SRBSDV at cellular level on the insect vector, we promoted viral infection by the disruption of the small interfering RNA (siRNA) pathway. The transmission electron microscopy was utilized to describe the ultrastructural changes that occurred in insects when the core component of the siRNA pathway, Dicer-2, was knocked down...
November 12, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140480/the-intrinsically-disordered-n-terminal-arm-of-the-brome-mosaic-virus-coat-protein-specifically-recognizes-the-rna-motif-that-directs-the-initiation-of-viral-rna-replication
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Alexander Jacobs, Haley Hoover, Edward Smith, David E Clemmer, Chul-Hyun Kim, C Cheng Kao
In the brome mosaic virus (BMV) virion, the coat protein (CP) selectively contacts the RNA motifs that regulate translation and RNA replication (Hoover et al., 2016. J. Virol. 90, 7748). We hypothesize that the unstructured N-terminal arm (NTA) of the BMV CP can specifically recognize RNA motifs. Using ion mobility spectrometry-mass spectrometry, we demonstrate that peptides containing the NTA of the CP were found to preferentially bind to an RNA hairpin motif that directs the initiation of BMV RNA synthesis...
November 11, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140168/revisiting-the-roles-of-tobamovirus-replicase-complex-proteins-in-viral-replication-and-silencing-suppression
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Nachelli Malpica-López, Rajendran Rajeswaran, Daria Beknazariants, Jonathan Seguin, Victor Golyaev, Laurent Farinelli, Mikhail M Pooggin
Tobamoviral replicase possesses an RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RDR) domain and is translated from genomic (g)RNA via a stop codon readthrough mechanism at a one-to-ten ratio relative to a shorter protein lacking the RDR domain. The two proteins share methyltransferase and helicase domains and form a heterodimer implicated in gRNA replication. The shorter protein is also implicated in suppressing RNA silencing-based antiviral defenses. Using a stop codon mutant of Oilseed rape mosaic tobamovirus (ORMV), we demonstrate that the readthrough replicase (p182) is sufficient for gRNA replication and for subgenomic RNA transcription during systemic infection in Nicotiana benthamiana and Arabidopsis thaliana...
November 15, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137277/ningnanmycin-inhibits-tobacco-mosaic-virus-virulence-by-binding-directly-to-its-coat-protein-discs
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Xiangyang Li, Gefei Hao, Qingmin Wang, Zhuo Chen, Yan Ding, Lu Yu, Deyu Hu, Baoan Song
Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) causes severe plant diseases worldwide; however, effective antiviral agents for controlling TMV infections are not available. This lack of effective antiviral agents is mainly due to the poor understanding of potential targets associated with TMV infections. During infection, the coat protein (CP), which is delivered by viral particles into susceptible host cells, provides protection for viral RNA. Here, we found that Ningnanmycin (NNM), a commercially used plant antibacterial agent, inhibits the assembly of the CP by directly binding several residues...
October 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136456/the-intimate-talk-between-plants-and-microorganisms-at-the-leaf-surface
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Wendy Aragón, José Juan Reina-Pinto, Mario Serrano, Eva Dominguez
The plant epidermis or cuticle is constantly exposed to external and internal environmental factors, including an enriched and diverse community of bacteria, yeast, fungi, viruses, and mites. It is not only where the plant has its first physical barrier, but also where organisms can be recognized and potentially where the plant defense responses can be triggered. The plant cuticle is a polymeric composite formed by an array of structurally and chemically heterogeneous compounds, including cutin and wax. A few studies have shown that cuticular components are essential and important drivers of the structure and size of the bacterial community...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136191/genome-sequence-of-the-small-brown-planthopper-laodelphax-striatellus
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Junjie Zhu, Feng Jiang, Xianhui Wang, Pengcheng Yang, Yanyuan Bao, Wan Zhao, Wei Wang, Hong Lu, Qianshuo Wang, Na Cui, Jing Li, Xiaofang Chen, Lan Luo, Jinting Yu, Le Kang, Feng Cui
Background: Laodelphax striatellus Fallén (Hemiptera: Delphacidae) is one of the most destructive rice pests. L. striatellus is different from two other rice planthoppers with a released genome sequence, Sogatella furcifera and Nilaparvata lugens, in many biological characteristics, such as host range, dispersal capacity, and vectoring plant viruses. Deciphering the genome of L. striatellus will help to understand the genetic basis of the biological differences among the three rice planthoppers...
November 10, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134940/fasting-alters-aphid-probing-behaviour-but-does-not-universally-increase-the-transmission-rate-of-non-circulative-viruses
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Jaime Jiménez, Craig G Webster, Aránzazu Moreno, Rodrigo P P Almeida, Stéphane Blanc, Alberto Fereres, Marilyne Uzest
A fasting period prior to non-circulative virus acquisition has been shown to increase the rate of transmission by aphids. However, this effect has only been studied for a few virus-vector combinations, and there are contradictory results in the literature as to the role of fasting on virus acquisition. We analysed the influence of fasting on the transmission of three non-circulative viruses, Cucumber mosaic virus, Zucchini yellow mosaic virus and Cauliflower mosaic virus, by two aphid vector species: Myzus persicae Sulzer (Hemiptera: Aphididae) and Aphis gossypii Glover (Hemiptera: Aphididae)...
November 14, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134790/soybean-mosaic-virus-a-successful-potyvirus-with-a-wide-distribution-but-restricted-natural-host-range
#18
M R Hajimorad, L L Domier, S A Tolin, S A Whitham, M A Saghai Maroof
Taxonomy. Soybean mosaic virus (SMV) is a species within the genus Potyvirus, family Potyviridae that includes almost a quarter of all known plant RNA viruses affecting agriculturally important plants. The Potyvirus genus is the largest of all genera of plant RNA viruses with 160 species. Particle. The filamentous particles of SMV, typical of potyviruses, are about 7,500 Å long and 120 Å in diameter with a central hole of about 15 Å in diameter. Coat protein residues are arranged in helice of about 34 Å pitch having slightly less than 9 subunits per turn...
November 14, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134435/plant-phenology-supports-the-multi-emergence-hypothesis-for-ebola-spillover-events
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Katharina C Wollenberg Valero, Raphael D Isokpehi, Noah E Douglas, Seenith Sivasundaram, Brianna Johnson, Kiara Wootson, Ayana McGill
Ebola virus disease outbreaks in animals (including humans and great apes) start with sporadic host switches from unknown reservoir species. The factors leading to such spillover events are little explored. Filoviridae viruses have a wide range of natural hosts and are unstable once outside hosts. Spillover events, which involve the physical transfer of viral particles across species, could therefore be directly promoted by conditions of host ecology and environment. In this report, we outline a proof of concept that temporal fluctuations of a set of ecological and environmental variables describing the dynamics of the host ecosystem are able to predict such events of Ebola virus spillover to humans and animals...
November 13, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134340/rapid-visual-detection-of-lily-mottle-virus-using-a-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-method
#20
Binan Zhao, Dan Yang, Yongchun Zhang, Yan Xu, Xiao Zhao, Jieling Liang, Xiaorui Fan, Yanan Du, Ziping Zhu, Bin Shi, Qi Zhang, Xiaoxia Zhang, Youming Cai, Kai Zhao
Lily mottle virus (LMoV; genus Potyvirus, family Potyviridae) infects plants of the genus Lilium, causing a reduction in flower and bulb quality. A rapid and sensitive loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay was developed to detect the coat protein gene of LMoV. This LAMP method was highly specific for LMoV, with no cross-reaction with other lily viruses. The sensitivity of LMoV using the LAMP assay was 100 times more sensitive than that using conventional polymerase chain reaction. A reverse transcription LAMP (RT-LAMP) was then successfully applied to detect LMoV RNA...
November 14, 2017: Archives of Virology
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