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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161470/resequencing-of-a-mutant-bearing-an-iron-starvation-recovery-phenotype-defines-slr1658-as-a-new-player-in-the-regulatory-network-of-a-model-cyanobacterium
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Hagit Zer, Ketty Margulis, Jens Georg, Yoram Shotland, Gergana Kostova, Laure Sultan, Wolfgang R Hess, Nir Keren
Photosynthetic microorganisms encounter an erratic nutrient environment characterized by periods of iron limitation and sufficiency. Surviving in such an environment requires mechanisms for handling these transitions. Our study identified a regulatory system involved in the process of recovery from iron limitation in cyanobacteria. We set out to study the role of bacterioferritin co-migratory proteins during transitions in iron bioavailability in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 using knockout strains coupled with physiological and biochemical measurements...
November 21, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159926/deep-ocean-prokaryotic-communities-are-remarkably-malleable-when-facing-long-term-starvation
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Marta Sebastián, Jean-Christophe Auguet, Claudia Ximena Restrepo Ortiz, Maria Montserrat Sala, Celia Marrasé, Josep M Gasol
The bathypelagic ocean is one of the largest ecosystems on Earth, and sustains half of the ocean's microbial activity. This microbial activity strongly relies on surface-derived particles, but there is growing evidence that the carbon released through solubilisation of these particles may not be sufficient to meet the energy demands of deep ocean prokaryotes. To explore how bathypelagic prokaryotes respond to the absence of external inputs of carbon, we followed the long-term (1 yr) dynamics of an enclosed community...
November 21, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158724/comparative-proteomic-analysis-between-nitrogen-supplemented-and-starved-conditions-in-magnaporthe-oryzae
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Yeonyee Oh, Suzanne L Robertson, Jennifer Parker, David C Muddiman, Ralph A Dean
Background: Fungi are constantly exposed to nitrogen limiting environments, and thus the efficient regulation of nitrogen metabolism is essential for their survival, growth, development and pathogenicity. To understand how the rice blast pathogen Magnaporthe oryzae copes with limited nitrogen availability, a global proteome analysis under nitrogen supplemented and nitrogen starved conditions was completed. Methods: M. oryzae strain 70-15 was cultivated in liquid minimal media and transferred to media with nitrate or without a nitrogen source...
2017: Proteome Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158339/genome-wide-mapping-of-decay-factor-mrna-interactions-in-yeast-identifies-nutrient-responsive-transcripts-as-targets-of-the-deadenylase-ccr4
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Jason E Miller, Liye Zhang, Haoyang Jiang, Yunfei Li, B Franklin Pugh, Joseph C Reese
The Ccr4-Not complex is a major regulator of stress responses that controls gene expression at multiple levels, from transcription to mRNA decay. Ccr4, a core subunit of the complex, is the main cytoplasmic deadenylase in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, however its mRNA targets have not been mapped on a genome-wide scale. Here we describe a genome-wide approach, RNA immunoprecipitation-high throughput sequencing (RIP-seq), to identify the RNAs bound to Ccr4, and two proteins that associate with it, Dhh1 and Puf5...
November 20, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158278/characterization-of-plasmodium-atg3-atg8-interaction-inhibitors-identifies-novel-alternative-mechanisms-of-action-in-toxoplasma-gondii
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Joseph M Varberg, Kaice A LaFavers, Gustavo Arrizabalaga, William J Sullivan
Protozoan parasites, including the apicomplexan pathogens Plasmodium falciparum (malaria) and Toxoplasma gondii (toxoplasmosis) infect millions of people world-wide and represent a major human disease burden. Despite their prevalence, therapeutic strategies to treat these infections remain limited and are threatened by the emergence of drug resistance, highlighting the need for the identification of novel drug targets. Recently, homologues of the core autophagy proteins, including Atg8 and Atg3, were identified in many protozoan parasites...
November 20, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158224/a-novel-fluorescent-reporter-detects-plastic-remodeling-of-mitochondria-er-contact-sites
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Zhaoying Yang, Xiaocui Zhao, Jiashen Xu, Weina Shang, Chao Tong
Mitochondria-ER contact sites (MERCs) enable communication between ER and mitochondria and serve as platforms for many cellular events, including autophagy. Nonetheless, the molecular organization of MERCs is not known, and there is no bona fide marker of these contact sites in mammalian cells. In this study, we designed a genetically encoded reporter using split super-folder GFP protein for labeling MERCs. We subsequently analyzed its distribution and dynamics during the cell cycle and under normal or stressful cellular conditions such as starvation, apoptosis, and ER stress...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156701/association-of-breast-carcinoma-growth-with-a-non-canonical-axis-of-ifn%C3%AE-ido1-tsp1
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Bruno Lopes-Bastos, Liang Jin, Fiona Ruge, Sioned Owen, Andrew Sanders, Christopher Cogle, John Chester, Wen G Jiang, Jun Cai
Reciprocal interactions between cancers and the surrounding microenvironment have an important role in tumour evolution. In this study, our data suggested that through thrombospondin 1 (TSP1), tumour-associated microvessel provides a dormant niche to sustain inactive status of breast invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) cells. TSP1 levels in the tumour stroma were negatively correlated with vascular indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1) in IDC tissues. IDO1 is an intracellular enzyme initiating the first and rate-limited step of tryptophan breakdown...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155772/preparation-of-primary-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-cells-in-different-cell-cycle-phases-by-centrifugal-elutriation
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Magdalena Delgado, Anisha Kothari, Walter N Hittelman, Timothy C Chambers
The ability to synchronize cells has been central to advancing our understanding of cell cycle regulation. Common techniques employed include serum deprivation; chemicals which arrest cells at different cell cycle phases; or the use of mitotic shake-off which exploits their reduced adherence. However, all of these have disadvantages. For example, serum starvation works well for normal cells but less well for tumor cells with compromised cell cycle checkpoints due to oncogene activation or tumor suppressor loss...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155033/the-gut-virome-of-the-protochordate-model-organism-ciona-intestinalis-subtype-a
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Brittany A Leigh, Anni Djurhuus, Mya Breitbart, Larry J Dishaw
The identification of host-specific bacterial and viral communities associated with diverse animals has led to the concept of the metaorganism, which defines the animal and all of its associated microbes as a single unit. Here we sequence the viruses found in the gut (i.e., the gut virome) of the marine invertebrate model system, Ciona intestinalis subtype A, in samples collected one year apart. We present evidence for a host-associated virome that is distinct from the surrounding seawater and contains some temporally-stable members...
November 15, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154872/starvation-thermal-and-heavy-metal-associated-expression-of-four-small-heat-shock-protein-genes-in-musca-domestica
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Lu Tian, Xiaoyun Wang, Xiaoping Wang, Chaoliang Lei, Fen Zhu
In this study, starvation-, thermal- and heavy metal-associated expression of four small Musca domestica HSPs (abbreviated as MdomHSPs and they are MdomHSP10, MdomHSP27, MdomHSP27.1 and MdomHSP27.2) were determined. The following results were found: All MdomHSPs were significantly higher expressed during the active larval and adult stages than the egg and pupal stages; All MdomHSPs were expressed at relatively equal levels in the head, thorax and abdomen of adults; The expression of MdomHSP27 was significantly down-regulated in 4-day-old larvae that were starved for 6h, while the other 3 MdomHSPs were not significantly affected; Thermal treatment altered the expression of MdomHSPs in 4-day-old larvae: MdomHSP10 was significantly down-regulated in 4-day-old larvae that were maintained at 4°C and 37°C than in those that were maintained at 25°C; Lead, cadmium and chromium exposure influenced larval expression of MdomHSPs to varying degrees...
November 14, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152581/the-candida-albicans-tor-activating-gtpases-gtr1-and-rhb1-coregulate-starvation-responses-and-biofilm-formation
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Peter R Flanagan, Ning-Ning Liu, Darren J Fitzpatrick, Karsten Hokamp, Julia R Köhler, Gary P Moran
Target of rapamycin complex 1 (TORC1) is an essential regulator of metabolism in eukaryotic cells and in the fungal pathogen Candida albicans regulates morphogenesis and nitrogen acquisition. Gtr1 encodes a highly conserved GTPase that in Saccharomyces cerevisiae regulates nitrogen sensing and TORC1 activation. Here, we characterize the role of C. albicans GTR1 in TORC1 activation and compare it with the previously characterized GTPase Rhb1. A homozygous gtr1/gtr1 mutant exhibited impaired TORC1-mediated phosphorylation of ribosomal protein S6 and increased susceptibility to rapamycin...
November 2017: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151965/combined-inhibitions-of-glycolysis-and-akt-autophagy-can-overcome-resistance-to-egfr-targeted-therapy-of-lung-cancer
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Mingtong Ye, Sufan Wang, Ting Wan, Rui Jiang, Yun Qiu, Lei Pei, Nengzhi Pang, Yuanling Huang, Yufeng Huang, Zhenfeng Zhang, Lili Yang
Efficacy of EGFR-targeted tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs), such as erlotinib, to treat human non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLCs) with activating mutations in EGFR is not persistent due to drug resistance. Reprogramming in energy (especially glucose) metabolism plays an important role in development and progression of acquired resistance in cancer cells. We hypothesize that glucose metabolism in EGFR-TKI sensitive HCC827 cells and erlotinib-resistant sub-line of HCC827 (which we name it as erlotinib-resistant 6, ER6 cells in this study) is different and targeting glucose metabolism might be a treatment strategy for erlotinib-resistant NSCLCs...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151351/immucillins-in-infectious-diseases
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Gary B Evans, Peter C Tyler, Vern L Schramm
Transition state theory proposes that stable chemical mimics of enzymatic transition states will be powerful inhibitors of their cognate enzymes. The Immucillins are chemically stable analogues that mimic the ribocation and leaving-group features of N-ribosyltransferase transition states. Infectious disease agents often rely on ribosyltransferase chemistry in pathways involving precursor synthesis for nucleic acids, salvage of nucleic acid precursors from the host or synthetic pathways with nucleoside intermediates...
November 19, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150501/glna-truncation-in-salmonella-enterica-results-in-a-small-colony-variant-phenotype-attenuated-host-cell-entry-and-reduced-expression-of-flagellin-and-spi-1-associated-effector-genes
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Philipp Aurass, Juliane Düvel, Susanne Karste, Ulrich Nübel, Wolfgang Rabsch, Antje Flieger
Many pathogenic bacteria use sophisticated survival strategies to overcome harsh environmental conditions. One is the formation of slow-growing subpopulations termed small colony variants (SCVs). Here we characterize an SCV, which spontaneously emerged from an axenic Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium water culture. We found that the SCV harbors a frameshift mutation in the glutamine synthetase gene glnA leading to a ∼90% truncation of the corresponding protein. Glutamine synthetase, a central enzyme in nitrogen assimilation, converts glutamate and ammonia to glutamine...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150275/ketogenic-diet-and-anorexia-nervosa
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Barbara Scolnick
This hypothesis suggest that starvation-induced ketosis, which leads to a fundamental biochemical change in the metabolic fuel supply of the brain, is uniquely anxiolytic and rewarding to patients prone to AN. Ketosis can easily be replicated by a unique diet marked by high fat, moderate protein, and very low carbohydrate. This diet, known as a ketogenic diet (KGD) mimics starvation, thus allowing the patient to experience the anxiolytic state of ketosis, and yet avoid the morbidity of starvation.
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148366/involvement-of-the-ytfk-gene-from-the-phob-regulon-in-stationary-phase-h2o2-stress-tolerance-in-escherichia-coli
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Yumi Iwadate, Jun-Ichi Kato
The Escherichia coli PhoB-PhoR two-component system responds to phosphate starvation and induces the expression of many genes. Previous studies suggested that phosphate starvation induces oxidative stress, but the involvement of the PhoB regulon in oxidative stress tolerance has not been clarified. Here, we showed that ytfK, one of the PhoB regulon genes, is involved in cell tolerance to a redox-cycling drug, menadione, and H2O2 in stationary-phase cells. A ytfK deletion mutant was sensitive to H2O2 when the cells were grown anaerobically or micro-aerobically in the presence of nitrate...
November 17, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146937/tfeb-regulates-lysosomal-positioning-by-modulating-tmem55b-expression-and-jip4-recruitment-to-lysosomes
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Rose Willett, José A Martina, James P Zewe, Rachel Wills, Gerald R V Hammond, Rosa Puertollano
Lysosomal distribution is linked to the role of lysosomes in many cellular functions, including autophagosome degradation, cholesterol homeostasis, antigen presentation, and cell invasion. Alterations in lysosomal positioning contribute to different human pathologies, such as cancer, neurodegeneration, and lysosomal storage diseases. Here we report the identification of a novel mechanism of lysosomal trafficking regulation. We found that the lysosomal transmembrane protein TMEM55B recruits JIP4 to the lysosomal surface, inducing dynein-dependent transport of lysosomes toward the microtubules minus-end...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146766/lipid-droplet-biogenesis-is-spatially-coordinated-at-er-vacuole-contacts-under-nutritional-stress
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Hanaa Hariri, Sean Rogers, Rupali Ugrankar, Yang Lydia Liu, J Ryan Feathers, W Mike Henne
Eukaryotic cells store lipids in cytosolic organelles known as lipid droplets (LDs). Lipid droplet bud from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), and may be harvested by the vacuole for energy during prolonged periods of starvation. How cells spatially coordinate LD production is poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that yeast ER-vacuole contact sites (NVJs) physically expand in response to metabolic stress, and serve as sites for LD production. NVJ tether Mdm1 demarcates sites of LD budding, and interacts with fatty acyl-CoA synthases at the NVJ periphery...
November 16, 2017: EMBO Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146252/the-outer-membrane-protein-oprf-and-the-sigma-factor-sigx-regulate-antibiotic-production-in-pseudomonas-fluorescens-2p24
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Xu Li, Gao-Qi Gu, Wei Chen, Li-Juan Gao, Xue-Hong Wu, Li-Qun Zhang
Pseudomonas fluorescens 2P24 produces 2,4-diacetylphloroglucinol (2,4-DAPG) as the major antibiotic compound that protects plants from soil-borne diseases. Expression of the 2,4-DAPG biosynthesis enzymes, which are encoded by the phlACBD locus, is under the control of a delicate regulatory network. In this study, we identified a novel role for the outer membrane protein gene oprF, in negatively regulating the 2,4-DAPG production by using random mini-Tn5 mutagentsis. A sigma factor gene sigX was located immediately upstream of the oprF gene and shown to be a positive regulator for oprF transcription and 2,4-DAPG production...
January 2018: Microbiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145069/the-sultr-gene-family-in-maize-zea-mays-l-gene-cloning-and-expression-analyses-under-sulfate-starvation-and-abiotic-stress
#20
Qin Huang, Meiping Wang, Zongliang Xia
Sulfur is an essential macronutrient required for plant growth, development and stress responses. The family of sulfate transporters (SULTRs) mediates the uptake and translocation of sulfate in higher plants. However, basic knowledge of the SULTR gene family in maize (Zea mays L.) is scarce. In this study, a genome-wide bioinformatic analysis of SULTR genes in maize was conducted, and the developmental expression patterns of the genes and their responses to sulfate starvation and abiotic stress were further investigated...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
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