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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215034/transcription-factor-afmac1-controls-copper-import-machinery-in-aspergillus-fumigatus
#1
Yoko Kusuya, Daisuke Hagiwara, Kanae Sakai, Takashi Yaguchi, Tohru Gonoi, Hiroki Takahashi
Copper (Cu) is an essential metal for all living organisms, although it is toxic in excess. Filamentous fungus must acquire copper from its environment for growth. Despite its essentiality for growth, the mechanisms that maintain copper homeostasis are not fully understood in filamentous fungus. To gain insights into copper homeostasis, we investigated the roles of a copper transcription factor Afmac1 in the life-threatening fungus Aspergillus fumigatus, a homolog of the yeast MAC1. We observed that the Afmac1 deletion mutant exhibited not only significantly slower growth, but also incomplete conidiation including a short chain of conidia and defective melanin...
February 18, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214941/monitoring-water-pollution-levels-in-wadi-hanifa-riyadh-saudi-arabia-and-its-public-health-implications
#2
Bushra Ahmed Al-Hammad, Magda Magdy Abd El-Salam
This study was performed to evaluate the levels of metals in the fish caught from Wadi Hanifa's main basin over four seasons, determine the potential fitness of the fish for human consumption, and evaluate the overall water quality after enforcement of local standards. The physical and chemical parameters from a total of 192 water samples were tested using standard methods. Additionally, a total of 48 fish samples were analyzed for heavy metal concentrations. Mean values for basic water quality parameters of COD, PO4(-3), NH3(-)-N, and NO3(-)-N exceeded Saudi standards in all seasons...
February 18, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214938/baseline-trace-metals-in-patella-caerulea-in-a-central-tyrrhenian-ecosystem-pontine-islands-archipelago-and-lazio-region-coastal-sites-italy
#3
Marcelo Enrique Conti, Giustino Mele, Maria Grazia Finoia
In this study, we tested the aptitude of the gastropod mollusk Patella caerulea as biomonitor of elemental pollution in seawater of a central Tyrrhenian ecosystem (Pontine Islands archipelago and Lazio region coastal sites, Italy). Concentrations of Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, and Zn were measured in 120 individuals collected in six strategic locations in two sampling campaigns during 2011 and 2012. Samples of surrounding seawater were also collected in the same sites and tested for the same metals in order to obtain the respective concentration factors (CFs)...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214936/an-assessment-of-strontium-sorption-onto-bentonite-buffer-material-in-waste-repository
#4
Pankaj Pathak
In the present study, changes occurring in sorption characteristics of a representative bentonite (WIn-BT) exposed to SrCl2 (0.001-0.1 M) under the pH range of 1-13 were investigated. Such interaction revealed a significant variation in surface charge density and binding energy of ions with respect to bentonite, and alteration in their physicochemical properties viz., specific surface area, cation exchange capacity, thermal and mechanical behaviour were observed. The distribution coefficients (k d) calculated for sorption onto virgin (UCBT) and contaminated bentonite (CBT) indicated a greater influence of mineralogical changes occurred with variance of pH and strontium concentration...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214934/the-effect-of-low-molecular-weight-organic-acids-on-copper-toxicity-in-e-fetida-in-an-acute-exposure-system
#5
Chuifan Zhou, Meiying Huang, Jiaoda Yu, Ying Li, Aiqin Liu
In the present study, the effects of low-molecular-weight organic acids (OAs) on the toxicity of copper (Cu) to the earthworm Eisenia fetida (E. fetida) were investigated in a simulated soil solution. We exposed E. fetida to soil solution containing Cu and a variety of OAs (acetic acid, oxalic acid, citric acid, and EDTA). We found that the addition of OAs reduced the toxicity of Cu to E. fetida, where the reduction was strongest in EDTA and weakest in acetic acid. These compounds decreased the mortality rate of E...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214753/structural-and-functional-insights-into-corrinoid-iron-sulfur-protein-from-human-pathogen-clostridium-difficile
#6
Yaozhu Wei, Xiaofei Zhu, Sixue Zhang, Xiangshi Tan
The human pathogen Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is one of the most important healthcare-associated infections. The Wood-Ljungdahl pathway, which is responsible for Acetyl-CoA biosynthesis, is essential for the survival of the pathogen and is absent in humans. The key proteins and enzymes involved in the pathway are attractive targets for the treatment of CDI. Corrinoid iron-sulfur protein (CoFeSP) is a key protein and acts as a methyl transformer in the Wood-Ljungdahl pathway. In this study, CoFeSP from Clostridium difficile (CoFeSPCd) was cloned, expressed in E...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214744/tuning-of-the-selectivity-of-fluorescent-peptidyl-bioprobe-using-aggregation-induced-emission-for-heavy-metal-ions-by-buffering-agents-in-100-aqueous-solutions
#7
Lok Nath Neupane, Gi Won Hwang, Keun-Hyeung Lee
Smart fluorescent probes of which the detection of specific target molecules can be controlled are attracting remarkable interest. A fluorescent peptidyl bioprobe (1) was rationally synthesized by conjugating tetraphenylethylene, an aggregation-induced emission (AIE) fluorophore with a peptide receptor (AspHis) that acted as hard and intermediate bases. The selective detection of 1 for specific metal ion in 100% aqueous solutions was controlled by the buffering agents with the chelate effect without the change of pH...
February 3, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214715/metal-bioaccumulation-and-detoxification-processes-in-cephalopods-a-review
#8
REVIEW
Virginie Penicaud, Thomas Lacoue-Labarthe, Paco Bustamante
In recent decades, cephalopods have been shown to have very high capacities to accumulate most trace elements, regardless of whether they are essential (e.g., Cu and Zn) or non-essential (e.g., Ag and Cd). Among the different pathways of exposure to trace elements, the trophic pathway appears to be the major route of assimilation for numerous metals, including Cd, Co, Hg and Zn. Once assimilated, trace elements are distributed in the organism, accumulating in storage organs. The digestive gland is the main organ in which many trace elements accumulate, whichever of the exposure pathway...
February 16, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214713/comparative-analysis-of-metagenomes-of-italian-top-soil-improvers
#9
Federica Gigliucci, Gianfranco Brambilla, Rosangela Tozzoli, Valeria Michelacci, Stefano Morabito
Biosolids originating from Municipal Waste Water Treatment Plants are proposed as top soil improvers (TSI) for their beneficial input of organic carbon on agriculture lands. Their use to amend soil is controversial, as it may lead to the presence of emerging hazards of anthropogenic or animal origin in the environment devoted to food production. In this study, we used a shotgun metagenomics sequencing as a tool to perform a characterization of the hazards related with the TSIs. The samples showed the presence of many virulence genes associated to different diarrheagenic E...
February 16, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214670/metal-mediated-dna-assembly-with-ligand-based-nucleosides
#10
REVIEW
Soham Mandal, Jens Müller
Nucleic acids such as DNA are increasingly being applied in nanotechnology, as a result of their capability to self-assemble reversibly. The formal replacement of canonical base pairs by metal-mediated ones enables a site-specific introduction of metal-based functionality into these biomolecules, leading to the formation of predesigned metal arrays. This article offers an overview of structural aspects of metal-mediated base pairs, reviews recent advances in the field of metal-mediated base pairing and presents potential applications of the resulting metal-modified nucleic acids...
February 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214629/effects-of-metal-ion-replacement-on-pyrazinamidase-activity-a-quantum-mechanical-study
#11
Mahmoud Khadem-Maaref, Faramarz Mehrnejad, Arash Phirouznia
Pyrazinamidase (PZase), a metalloenzyme, is responsible for acidic modification of pyrazinamide (PZA), a drug used in tuberculosis treatment. The metal coordination site of the enzyme is able to coordinate various divalent metal cofactors. Previous experimental studies have demonstrated that metal ions, such as Co(2+), Mn(2+), and Zn(2+), are able to reactivate metal-depleted PZase, while others including Cu(2+), Fe(2+), and Mg(2+), cannot restore activity. In this study, we investigated binding of various metal ions to the metal coordination site (MCS) of the enzyme using quantum mechanical calculations...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214584/removal-of-cd-ii-and-hg-ii-from-effluents-by-ionic-solid-impregnated-chitosan
#12
Anita Shekhawat, Shashikant Kahu, D Saravanan, Ravin Jugade
Ethylhexadecyldimethyl ammonium bromide impregnated chitosan (EHDAIC) was prepared to remove cadmium and mercury from synthetic effluent. The adsorbent was characterized by FTIR, XRD, SEM, EDX and TGA-DTA. Adsorption studies were carried out under different conditions of pH, adsorbent dose, temperature, and contact time. The results showed that the adsorption capacity of EHDAIC is a function of the solution pH and the optimum pH for these metal ions was found to be 3.0. The equilibrium data has been described using Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214520/impact-of-copper-ligand-mutations-on-a-cupredoxin-with-a-green-copper-center
#13
Magali Roger, Giuliano Sciara, Frédéric Biaso, Elisabeth Lojou, Xie Wang, Marielle Bauzan, Marie-Thérèse Giudici-Orticoni, Alejandro Vila, Marianne Ilbert
Mononuclear cupredoxins contain a type 1 copper center with a trigonal or tetragonal geometry usually maintained by four ligands, a cystein, two histidines and a methionine. The recent discovery of new members of this family with unusual properties demonstrates, however, the versatility of this class of proteins. Changes in their ligand set lead to drastic variation in their metal site geometry and in the resulting spectroscopic and redox features. In our work, we report the identification of the copper ligands in the recently discovered cupredoxin AcoP...
February 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214428/metal-metal-bond-excitation-in-colloidal-solution-of-nbs3
#14
Sofya B Artemkina, Ekaterina D Grayfer, Mariia N Kozlova, Svetlana G Kozlova, Maxim R Ryzhikov, Igor R Shein, Vladimir E Fedorov
For the first time the comparison of the theoretical and experimental data have shown that UV-vis absorption in the region of 600nm in colloidal solution of NbS3 can be described by the d-d electronic transitions to the antibonding molecular orbital. It is proved that the process leads to excitation of metal-metal bond.
February 5, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214191/potential-of-different-am-fungi-native-from-as-contaminated-and-uncontaminated-soils-for-supporting-leucaena-leucocephala-growth-in-as-contaminated-soil
#15
Jerusa Schneider, Jochen Bundschuh, Wesley de Melo Rangel, Luiz Roberto Guimarães Guilherme
Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi inoculation is considered a potential biotechnological tool for an eco-friendly remediation of hazardous contaminants. However, the mechanisms explaining how AM fungi attenuate the phytotoxicity of metal(oid)s, in particular arsenic (As), are still not fully understood. The influence of As on plant growth and the antioxidant system was studied in Leucaena leucocephala plants inoculated with different isolates of AM fungi and exposed to increasing concentrations of As (0, 35, and 75 mg dm(-3)) in a Typic Quartzipsamment soil...
February 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214187/microbiological-analysis-antimicrobial-activity-and-heavy-metals-content-of-jordanian-ma-in-hot-springs-water
#16
Muhamad Ali K Shakhatreh, Jacob H Jacob, Emad I Hussein, Majed M Masadeh, Safwan M Obeidat, Abdul-Salam F Juhmani, Mutaz A Abd Al-Razaq
Ma'in hot springs are known as sites of balneotherapy. However, little is known about their microbiology and chemistry. In this study, we aim at evaluating the antimicrobial activity of Ma'in hot-springs water (MHSW), studying its microbiology, and determining its physicochemical properties including the heavy metals content. Therefore, water samples were collected from Ma'in hot springs and tested for antimicrobial activity using agar diffusion method. Water was then cultivated on nutrient agar to isolate and identify the dominant bacteria by chemical and molecular methods...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214103/tracking-the-evolution-and-differences-between-guest-induced-phases-of-ga-mil-53-via-ultra-wideline-69-71-ga-solid-state-nmr-spectroscopy
#17
Yue Zhang, Bryan E G Lucier, Victor V Terskikh, Renlong Zheng, Yining Huang
Ga-MIL-53 is a metal-organic framework (MOF) that exhibits a "breathing effect," in which the pore size and overall MOF topology can be influenced by temperature, pressure, and host-guest interactions. The phase control afforded by this flexible framework renders Ga-MIL-53 a promising material for guest storage and sensing applications. In this work, the structure and behavior of four Ga-MIL-53 phases (as, ht, enp and lt), along with CO2 adsorbed within Ga-MIL-53 at various loading levels, has been investigated using (69/71)Ga solid-state NMR (SSNMR) experiments at 21...
January 31, 2017: Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214010/associations-between-metal-exposure-and-lesion-formation-in-offshore-gulf-of-mexico-fishes-collected-after-the-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill
#18
Jennifer E Granneman, David L Jones, Ernst B Peebles
The objectives of this study were to: (1) examine patterns of short- and long-term metal exposure within the otoliths of six offshore fish species in varying states of health, as indicated by the presence of external skin lesions, and (2) determine if there was a change in otolith metal concentrations concurrent with the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill. Otoliths collected from 2011 to 2013 in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM) were analyzed for a suite of trace metals known to be associated with DWH oil. We found that lesioned fish often had elevated levels of otolith (60)Ni and (64)Zn before, during, and after the DWH oil spill...
February 14, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213894/controllable-rotating-behavior-of-individual-dielectric-micro-rod-in-a-rotating-electric-field
#19
Weiyu Liu, Yukun Ren, Ye Tao, Yanbo Li, Xiaoming Chen
We report herein controllable rotating behavior of an individual dielectric micro-rod driven by a background rotating electric field. By disposing or removing structured floating microelectrode, the rigid rod suspended in electrolyte solution accordingly exhibits co-field or anti-field rotating motion. In the absence of the ideally polarizable metal surface, the dielectric rod rotates opposite to propagation of electric field, with the measured rotating rate much larger than predicted by Maxwell-Wager interfacial polarization theory incorporating surface conduction of fixed bond charge...
February 18, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213709/high-efficiency-removal-of-triclosan-by-structure-directing-agent-modified-mesoporous-mil-53-al
#20
Rongni Dou, Junya Zhang, Yuancai Chen, Siyuan Feng
In order to expand the potential applications of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), structure directing agents modified mesoporous MIL-53(Al) (MIL-53(Al)-1) was investigated to adsorb triclosan (TCS) with two different initial concentrations. MIL-53(Al)-1 with high mesoporosity and total pore volume exhibited higher adsorption capacity and 4.4 times faster adsorption of TCS at low concentration (1 mg L(-1)) than that of microporous MIL-53(Al). Also, mesoporous as well as microporous MIL-53(Al) showed significant higher adsorption capacity and two orders of magnitude greater fast uptake of TCS than two kinds of mesoporous-activated carbon...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
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