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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647358/mitochondria-associated-membranes-mams-an-emerging-platform-connecting-energy-and-immune-sensing-to-metabolic-flexibility
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Jennifer Rieusset
Living organisms have the capacity to sense both nutrients and immune signals in order to adapt their metabolism to the needs, and both metabolic inflexibility and exacerbated immune responses are associated with metabolic diseases. Over the past decade, mitochondria emerged as key nutrient and immune sensors regulating numerous signalling pathways, and mitochondria dysfunction has been extensively implicated in metabolic diseases. Interestingly, mitochondria interact physically and functionally with the endoplasmic reticulum (ER, in contact sites named mitochondria-associated membranes (MAMs), in order to exchange metabolites and calcium and regulate cellular homeostasis...
June 21, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646189/heterogeneous-environments-shape-invader-impacts-integrating-environmental-structural-and-functional-effects-by-isoscapes-and-remote-sensing
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Christine Hellmann, André Große-Stoltenberg, Jan Thiele, Jens Oldeland, Christiane Werner
Spatial heterogeneity of ecosystems crucially influences plant performance, while in return plant feedbacks on their environment may increase heterogeneous patterns. This is of particular relevance for exotic plant invaders that transform native ecosystems, yet, approaches integrating geospatial information of environmental heterogeneity and plant-plant interaction are lacking. Here, we combined remotely sensed information of site topography and vegetation cover with a functional tracer of the N cycle, δ(15)N...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646084/a-novel-mechanism-linked-to-cell-density-largely-controls-cell-division-in-synechocystis
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Alberto A Esteves-Ferreira, Masami Inaba, Toshihiro Obata, Antoine Fort, Gerard Fleming, Wagner L Araújo, Alisdair R Fernie, Ronan Sulpice
Many studies have investigated the various genetic and environmental factors regulating cyanobacterial growth. Here, we investigated the growth and metabolism of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803, under different nitrogen sources, light intensities and CO2 concentrations. Cells grown on urea showed the highest growth rates. However, for all the conditions, the daily growth rates in batch cultures decreased steadily over time, and stationary phase was obtained with similar cell densities. Unexpectedly, metabolic and physiological analyses showed that growth rates during log phase were not primarily controlled by the availability of photoassimilates...
June 23, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645233/adaptation-to-the-host-environment-by-plant-pathogenic-fungi
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H Charlotte van der Does, Martijn Rep
Many fungi can live both saprophytically and as endophyte or pathogen inside a living plant. In both environments, complex organic polymers are used as sources of nutrients. Propagation inside a living host also requires the ability to respond to immune responses of the host. We review current knowledge of how plant-pathogenic fungi do this. First, we look at how fungi change their global gene expression upon recognition of the host environment, leading to secretion of effectors, enzymes, and secondary metabolites; changes in metabolism; and defense against toxic compounds...
June 23, 2017: Annual Review of Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642969/diverse-metabolic-effects-of-o-glcnacylation-in-the-pancreas-but-limited-effects-in-insulin-sensitive-organs-in-mice
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Shogo Ida, Katsutaro Morino, Osamu Sekine, Natsuko Ohashi, Shinji Kume, Tokuhiro Chano, Kanako Iwasaki, Norio Harada, Nobuya Inagaki, Satoshi Ugi, Hiroshi Maegawa
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: O-GlcNAcylation is characterised by the addition of N-acetylglucosamine to various proteins by O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT) and serves in sensing intracellular nutrients by modulating various cellular processes. Although it has been speculated that O-GlcNAcylation is associated with glucose metabolism, its exact role in whole body glucose metabolism has not been fully elucidated. Here, we investigated whether loss of O-GlcNAcylation globally and in specific organs affected glucose metabolism in mammals under physiological conditions...
June 22, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638389/recognition-of-orobanche-cumana-below-ground-parasitism-through-physiological-and-hyper-spectral-measurements-in-sunflower-helianthus-annuus-l
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Amnon Cochavi, Tal Rapaport, Tania Gendler, Arnon Karnieli, Hanan Eizenberg, Shimon Rachmilevitch, Jhonathan E Ephrath
Broomrape (Orobanche and Phelipanche spp.) parasitism is a severe problem in many crops worldwide, including in the Mediterranean basin. Most of the damage occurs during the sub-soil developmental stage of the parasite, by the time the parasite emerges from the ground, damage to the crop has already been done. One feasible method for sensing early, below-ground parasitism is through physiological measurements, which provide preliminary indications of slight changes in plant vitality and productivity. However, a complete physiological field survey is slow, costly and requires skilled manpower...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638048/maternal-folate-deficiency-causes-inhibition-of-mtor-signaling-down-regulation-of-placental-amino-acid-transporters-and-fetal-growth-restriction-in-mice
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Fredrick J Rosario, Peter W Nathanielsz, Theresa L Powell, Thomas Jansson
Maternal folate deficiency is linked to restricted fetal growth, however the underlying mechanisms remain to be established. Here we tested the hypothesis that mTOR functions as a folate sensor in vivo in mice and that maternal folate deficiency inhibits placental mTOR signaling and amino acid transporter activity and causes fetal growth restriction. Folate deficient mice had lower serum folate (-60%). In late pregnancy, fetal weight in the folate deficient group was decreased (-17%, p < 0.05), whereas placental weight, litter size and crown rump length were unaltered...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637827/islet-encapsulation-physiological-possibilities-and-limitations
#8
Olle Korsgren
A logical cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) involves replacing the lost insulin-producing cells with new ones, preferably cells from a well-characterized and unlimited source of human insulin-producing cells. This straightforward and simple solution to provide a cure for T1D is immensely attractive but entails at least two inherent and thus far unresolved hurdles: 1) provision of an unlimited source of functional human insulin-producing cells and 2) prevention of rejection without the side effects of systemic immunosuppression...
July 2017: Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634203/papers-of-note-in-science356-6343
#9
Annalisa M VanHook
This week's articles describe a mechanism by which starvation primes a cellular nutrient-sensing system for activation upon refeeding; microRNAs that control pain sensitivity; and the lasting effects of early life stress on the likelihood of developing depression.
June 20, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631425/retraction-statement-mitochondrial-protein-acetylation-mediates-nutrient-sensing-of-mitochondrial-protein-synthesis-and-mitonuclear-protein-balance
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IUBMB Life (2014) 66:793-802. DOI: 10.1002/iub.1328 The above article, published online on November 15, 2014 in Wiley Online Library (wileyonlinelibrary.com), has been retracted by agreement between the journal's Editors-in-Chief, Angelo Azzi and William J. Whelan, Corresponding Author Tina Wenz, the University of Cologne, and Wiley Periodicals, Inc. The article has been retracted on request of the University of Cologne that, after an investigation, established that the data reported in it are not reproducible...
July 2017: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631167/copper-and-ectopic-expression-of-the-arabidopsis-transport-protein-copt1-alter-iron-homeostasis-in-rice-oryza-sativa-l
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Amparo Andrés-Bordería, Fernando Andrés, Antoni Garcia-Molina, Ana Perea-García, Concha Domingo, Sergi Puig, Lola Peñarrubia
Copper deficiency and excess differentially affect iron homeostasis in rice and overexpression of the Arabidopsis high-affinity copper transporter COPT1 slightly increases endogenous iron concentration in rice grains. Higher plants have developed sophisticated mechanisms to efficiently acquire and use micronutrients such as copper and iron. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the interaction between both metals remain poorly understood. In the present work, we study the effects produced on iron homeostasis by a wide range of copper concentrations in the growth media and by altered copper transport in Oryza sativa plants...
June 19, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624729/modis-observations-of-cyanobacterial-risks-in-a-eutrophic-lake-implications-for-long-term-safety-evaluation-in-drinking-water-source
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Hongtao Duan, Min Tao, Steven Arthur Loiselle, Wei Zhao, Zhigang Cao, Ronghua Ma, Xiaoxian Tang
The occurrence and related risks from cyanobacterial blooms have increased world-wide over the past 40 years. Information on the abundance and distribution of cyanobacteria is fundamental to support risk assessment and management activities. In the present study, an approach based on Empirical Orthogonal Function (EOF) analysis was used to estimate the concentrations of chlorophyll a (Chla) and the cyanobacterial biomarker pigment phycocyanin (PC) using data from the MODerate resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) in Lake Chaohu (China's fifth largest freshwater lake)...
June 10, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615498/antagonistically-pleiotropic-allele-increases-lifespan-and-late-life-reproduction-at-the-cost-of-early-life-reproduction-and-individual-fitness
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Alexei A Maklakov, Hanne Carlsson, Philip Denbaum, Martin I Lind, Brian Mautz, Andrea Hinas, Simone Immler
Evolutionary theory of ageing maintains that increased allocation to early-life reproduction results in reduced somatic maintenance, which is predicted to compromise longevity and late-life reproduction. This prediction has been challenged by the discovery of long-lived mutants with no loss of fecundity. The first such long-lived mutant was found in the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans Specifically, partial loss-of-function mutation in the age-1 gene, involved in the nutrient-sensing insulin/insulin-like growth factor signalling pathway, confers longevity, as well as increased resistance to pathogens and to temperature stress without appreciable fitness detriment...
June 14, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614763/evaluating-the-effect-of-remote-sensing-image-spatial-resolution-on-soil-exchangeable-potassium-prediction-models-in-smallholder-farm-settings
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Yiming Xu, Scot E Smith, Sabine Grunwald, Amr Abd-Elrahman, Suhas P Wani
Major end users of Digital Soil Mapping (DSM) such as policy makers and agricultural extension workers are faced with choosing the appropriate remote sensing data. The objective of this research is to analyze the spatial resolution effects of different remote sensing images on soil prediction models in two smallholder farms in Southern India called Kothapally (Telangana State), and Masuti (Karnataka State), and provide empirical guidelines to choose the appropriate remote sensing images in DSM. Bayesian kriging (BK) was utilized to characterize the spatial pattern of exchangeable potassium (Kex) in the topsoil (0-15 cm) at different spatial resolutions by incorporating spectral indices from Landsat 8 (30 m), RapidEye (5 m), and WorldView-2/GeoEye-1/Pleiades-1A images (2 m)...
June 11, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614721/h3k36-methylation-regulates-nutrient-stress-response-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-by-enforcing-transcriptional-fidelity
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Stephen L McDaniel, Austin J Hepperla, Jie Huang, Raghuvar Dronamraju, Alexander T Adams, Vidyadhar G Kulkarni, Ian J Davis, Brian D Strahl
Set2-mediated histone methylation at H3K36 regulates diverse activities, including DNA repair, mRNA splicing, and suppression of inappropriate (cryptic) transcription. Although failure of Set2 to suppress cryptic transcription has been linked to decreased lifespan, the extent to which cryptic transcription influences other cellular functions is poorly understood. Here, we uncover a role for H3K36 methylation in the regulation of the nutrient stress response pathway. We found that the transcriptional response to nutrient stress was dysregulated in SET2-deleted (set2Δ) cells and was correlated with genome-wide bi-directional cryptic transcription that originated from within gene bodies...
June 13, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611255/a-kinome-rnai-screen-in-drosophila-identifies-novel-genes-interacting-with-lgl-apkc-and-crb-cell-polarity-genes-in-epithelial-tissues
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Linda M Parsons, Nicola A Grzeschik, Kasun Amaratunga, Peter Burke, Leonie M Quinn, Helena E Richardson
In both Drosophila melanogaster and mammalian systems, epithelial structure and underlying cell polarity are essential for proper tissue morphogenesis and organ growth. Cell polarity interfaces with multiple cellular processes that are regulated by the phosphorylation status of large protein networks. To gain insight into the molecular mechanisms that coordinate cell polarity with tissue growth, we screened a boutique collection of RNAi stocks targeting the kinome for their capacity to modify Drosophila 'cell polarity' eye and wing phenotypes...
June 13, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611180/papers-of-note-in-nature546-7657
#17
Annalisa M VanHook
This week's articles highlight an unusual mechanism for switching off GPCR signaling; the structural basis of activation of the GLP-1 receptor; a critical role for the B cell receptor in some lymphoma cells; and how cancer cells exploit nutrient sensing and acquisition pathways.
June 13, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610887/a-hormonal-cue-promotes-timely-follicle-cell-migration-by-modulating-transcription-profiles
#18
Lathiena Manning, Jinal Sheth, Stacey Bridges, Afsoon Saadin, Kamsi Odinammadu, Deborah Andrew, Susan Spencer, Denise Montell, Michelle Starz-Gaiano
Cell migration is essential during animal development. In the Drosophila ovary, the steroid hormone ecdysone coordinates nutrient sensing, growth, and the timing of morphogenesis events including border cell migration. To identify downstream effectors of ecdysone signaling, we profiled gene expression in wild-type follicle cells compared to cells expressing a dominant negative Ecdysone receptor or its coactivator Taiman. Of approximately 400 genes that showed differences in expression, we validated 16 candidate genes for expression in border and centripetal cells, and demonstrated that seven responded to ectopic ecdysone activation by changing their transcriptional levels...
June 10, 2017: Mechanisms of Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606928/mtor-controls-chrebp-transcriptional-activity-and-pancreatic-%C3%AE-cell-survival-under-diabetic-stress
#19
Gia Cac Chau, Dong Uk Im, Tong Mook Kang, Jeong Mo Bae, Won Kim, Suhkneung Pyo, Eun-Yi Moon, Sung Hee Um
Impaired nutrient sensing and dysregulated glucose homeostasis are common in diabetes. However, how nutrient-sensitive signaling components control glucose homeostasis and β cell survival under diabetic stress is not well understood. Here, we show that mice lacking the core nutrient-sensitive signaling component mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) in β cells exhibit reduced β cell mass and smaller islets. mTOR deficiency leads to a severe reduction in β cell survival and increased mitochondrial oxidative stress in chemical-induced diabetes...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600802/mtorc1-and-mtorc2-as-regulators-of-cell-metabolism-in-immunity
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REVIEW
Monika Linke, Stephanie Deborah Fritsch, Nyamdelger Sukhbaatar, Markus Hengstschläger, Thomas Weichhart
The mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) pathway is an evolutionarily conserved signaling pathway that senses intra- and extracellular nutrients, growth factors, and pathogen-associated molecular patterns to regulate the function of innate and adaptive immune cell populations. In this Review, we focus on the role of the mTOR complex 1 (mTORC1) and mTORC2 in the regulation of the cellular energy metabolism of these immune cells to regulate and support immune responses. In this regard, mTORC1 and mTORC2 generally promote an anabolic response by stimulating protein synthesis, glycolysis, mitochondrial functions, and lipid synthesis to influence proliferation and survival, effector and memory responses, innate training and tolerance as well as hematopoietic stem cell maintenance and differentiation...
June 10, 2017: FEBS Letters
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