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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342313/the-glyoxylate-pathway-contributes-to-enhanced-extracellular-electron-transfer-in-yeast-based-biofuel-cell
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Yolina Hubenova, Eleonora Hubenova, Evelina Slavcheva, Mario Mitov
This study provides a new insight into our understanding of yeast response to starvation conditions (sole acetate as carbon source) and applied polarization and offers important information about the role of the glyoxylate cycle in the carbohydrate synthesis and extracellular charge transfer processes in biofuel cells. The biosynthetic capabilities of yeast C. melibiosica 2491 and the up/down-regulation of the glyoxylate cycle are evaluated by modifying the cellular metabolism by feedback inhibition or carbohydrate presence and establishing the malate dehydrogenase activity and carbohydrate content together with the electric charge passed through bioelectrochemical system...
March 14, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339784/regulatory-effects-of-autophagy-on-spermatogenesis
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Jun Yin, Bing Ni, Zhi-Qiang Tian, Fan Yang, Wei-Gong Liao, Yu-Qi Gao
Abnormal spermatogenesis is an important pathophysiological process underlying male infertility. Apoptosis of spermatogenic cells and disruption of ectoplasmic specialization (ES) have been characterized as the key biological events of this disorder. Under physiological and pathophysiological conditions (such as exposure to starvation, environmental chemicals, radiation), autophagy is activated in spermatogenic or Sertoli cells in order to maintain survival of the spermatogenic cells by inhibiting spermatogenic cell apoptosis and stabilizing the integrity of ES via degradation of PDZ and LIM domain 1 (PDLIM1), a negative regulator of cytoskeletal organization...
February 25, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338870/stmyb44-negatively-regulates-phosphate-transport-by-suppressing-expression-of-phosphate1-in-potato
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Xiangjun Zhou, Manrong Zha, Jing Huang, Li Li, Muhammad Imran, Cankui Zhang
Phosphorus is an important macronutrient for plant growth, but often deficient in soil. To understand the molecular basis of the complex responses of potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) to phosphate (Pi) deficiency stress, the RNA-Seq approach was taken to identify genes responding to Pi starvation in potato roots. A total of 359 differentially expressed genes were identified, among which the Solanum tuberosum transcription factor gene MYB44 (StMYB44) was found to be down-regulated by Pi starvation. StMYB44 was ubiquitously expressed in potato tissues and organs, and StMYB44 protein was exclusively localized in the nucleus...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338766/a-multi-proxy-assessment-of-dieback-causes-in-a-mediterranean-oak-species
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Michele Colangelo, J Julio Camarero, Giovanna Battipaglia, Marco Borghetti, Veronica De Micco, Tiziana Gentilesca, Francesco Ripullone
Drought stress causes forest dieback that is often explained by two interrelated mechanisms, namely hydraulic failure and carbon starvation. However, it is still unclear which functional and structural alterations, related to these mechanisms, predispose to dieback. Here we apply a multi-proxy approach for the characterization of tree structure (radial growth, wood anatomy) and functioning (δ13C, δ18O and non-structural carbohydrates (NSCs)) in tree rings before and after drought-induced dieback. We aim to discriminate which is the main mechanism and to assess which variables can act as early-warning proxies of drought-triggered damage...
February 9, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337762/molecular-interaction-between-pho2-and-gi-in-rice
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Shuai Li, Yinghui Ying, David Secco, Chuang Wang, Reena Narsai, James Whelan, Huixia Shou
Plants are often confronted to nutrient limiting conditions, such as inorganic phosphate (Pi) deficiency, resulting in a reduction in growth and yield. PHO2, encoding a ubiquitin-conjugating E2 enzyme, is a central component of the Pi-starvation response signaling pathway. A yeast-two-hybrid screen using Oryza sativa (rice) PHO2 as bait, revealed an interaction between OsPHO2 and OsGIGANTEA, a key regulator of flowering time, which was confirmed using bimolecular flourescenec complementation (BiFC). Characterization of rice Osgi and Ospho2 mutants revealed that they displayed several similar phenotypic features supporting a physiological role for this interaction...
March 24, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337713/the-potential-role-of-fibroblast-growth-factor-21-in-lipid-metabolism-and-hypertension
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Zhe Huang, Aimin Xu, Bernard M Y Cheung
Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) 21 belongs to the FGF superfamily that is involved in cell proliferation and differentiation, neural development, angiogenesis, and metabolism. FGF21 requires β-Klotho as a co-receptor. Tissues involved in metabolism such as the liver, adipose tissues, skeletal muscle, and pancreas express FGF21. Starvation increases hepatic expression of FGF21, which then acts centrally to increase hepatic gluconeogenesis. FGF21 also increases fatty acid oxidation. This may be relevant in cold exposure, when expression of FGF21 is induced...
April 2017: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337707/investigation-of-yeast-mitophagy-with-fluorescence-microscopy-and-western-blotting
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Sachiyo Nagumo, Koji Okamoto
Selective clearance of superfluous or dysfunctional mitochondria is a fundamental process that depends on the autophagic membrane trafficking pathways found in many cell types. This catabolic event, called mitophagy, is conserved from yeast to humans and serves to control mitochondrial quality and quantity. In budding yeast, degradation of mitochondria occurs under various physiological conditions, such as respiration at stationary phase, or starvation in a prolonged period. During these events, the transmembrane protein Atg32 localizes to the mitochondrial surface and plays a specific and essential role in yeast mitophagy...
March 24, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336658/stronger-pancreas-through-starvation
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L Bryan Ray
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 24, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336152/development-of-hypomelanotic-macules-is-associated-with-constitutive-activated-mtorc1-in-tuberous-sclerosis-complex
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Lisbeth Birk Møller, Bitten Schönewolf-Greulich, Thomas Rosengren, Lasse Jonsgaard Larsen, John R Ostergaard, Mette Sommerlund, Caroline Ostenfeldt, Brian Stausbøl-Grøn, Karen Markussen Linnet, Pernille Axél Gregersen, Uffe Birk Jensen
TSC1 and TSC2 are genes mutated in the syndrome TSC (tuberous sclerosis complex). We describe a 3-generation family with 17 affected members, all presenting classic TSC features except renal manifestations. The disease segregates with a silent substitution in TSC2, c.4149C>T, p.(Ser1838Ser), which leads to the formation of an active donor splice site, resulting in three shorter alternatively spliced transcripts with premature stop codons. However a small amount of normal spliced transcript is apparently produced from the mutated allele, which might explain the milder phenotype...
March 1, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333553/cyclooxygenase-2-induction-by-amino-acid-deprivation-requires-p38-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-in-human-glioma-cells
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Zhiwen Li, Chi-Ming Chang, Lanfang Wang, Ping Zhang, Hui-Kuo G Shu
Glioblastomas (GBMs) are malignant brain tumors that can outstrip nutrient supplies due to rapid growth. Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) has been linked to GBMs and may contribute to their aggressive phenotypes. Amino acid starvation results in COX-2 mRNA and protein induction in multiple human glioma cell lines in a process requiring p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (p38-MAPK) and the Sp1 transcription factor. Increased vascular endothelial growth factor expression results from starvation-dependent COX-2 induction...
March 23, 2017: Cancer Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331578/trophic-discrimination-factor-of-nitrogen-isotopes-within-amino-acids-in-the-dobsonfly-protohermes-grandis-megaloptera-corydalidae-larvae-in-a-controlled-feeding-experiment
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Naoto F Ishikawa, Fumio Hayashi, Yoko Sasaki, Yoshito Chikaraishi, Naohiko Ohkouchi
The trophic discrimination factor (TDF) of nitrogen isotopes ((15)N/(14)N) within amino acids, between a stream-dwelling dobsonfly larva (Protohermes grandis: Megaloptera; Corydalidae) and its diet (chironomid larvae), was determined in controlled feeding experiments. Last-instar larvae of P. grandis were collected from the Yozawa-gawa River, central Japan, and reared in the laboratory. After fed to satiation for 1 month, one group of larvae was each fed one living chironomid larva per day for 4 weeks, while a second group was starved for 8 weeks...
March 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330760/ck2-dependent-phosphorylation-positively-regulates-stress-induced-activation-of-msn2-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Bo-Ram Cho, Ji-Sook Hahn
CK2 is a highly conserved Ser/Thr protein kinase involved in a large number of cellular processes. Here, we demonstrate that CK2-dependent phosphorylation positively regulates Msn2/4, the general stress response transcriptional activators in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, in response to various types of environmental stress conditions. CK2 overexpression elicits hyperactivation of Msn2/4, whereas deletion of one of the CK2 catalytic subunits, especially CKA2, leads to reduced transcriptional activity of Msn2/4 in response to glucose starvation, H2O2, and lactic acid...
March 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330554/qualitative-and-quantitative-modifications-of-root-mitochondria-during-senescence-of-above-ground-parts-of-arabidopis-thaliana
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Diego Darío Fanello, Carlos Guillermo Bartoli, Juan José Guiamet
This work studied modifications experienced by root mitochondria during whole plant senescence or under light deprivation, using Arabidopsis thaliana plants with YFP tagged to mitochondria. During post-bolting development, root respiratory activity started to decline after aboveground organs (i.e., rosette leaves) had senesced. This suggests that carbohydrate starvation may induce root senescence. Similarly, darkening the whole plant induced a decrease in respiration of roots. This was partially due to a decrease in the number of total mitochondria (YFP-labelled mitochondria) and most probably to a decrease in the quantity of mitochondria with a developed inner membrane potential (ΔΨm, i...
May 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329677/phd2-targeting-overcomes-breast-cancer-cell-death-upon-glucose-starvation-in-a-pp2a-b55%C3%AE-mediated-manner
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Giusy Di Conza, Sarah Trusso Cafarello, Xingnan Zheng, Qing Zhang, Massimiliano Mazzone
B55α is a regulatory subunit of the PP2A phosphatase. We have recently found that B55α-associated PP2A promotes partial deactivation of the HIF-prolyl-hydroxylase enzyme PHD2. Here, we show that, in turn, PHD2 triggers degradation of B55α by hydroxylating it at proline 319. In the context of glucose starvation, PHD2 reduces B55α protein levels, which correlates with MDA-MB231 and MCF7 breast cancer cell death. Under these conditions, PHD2 silencing rescues B55α degradation, overcoming apoptosis, whereas in SKBR3 breast cancer cells showing resistance to glucose starvation, B55α knockdown restores cell death and prevents neoplastic growth in vitro...
March 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324658/mitochondrial-respiration-links-tor-complex-2-signaling-to-calcium-regulation-and-autophagy
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Ariadne Vlahakis, Nerea Lopez Muniozguren, Ted Powers
The Target of Rapamycin (TOR) kinase is a conserved regulator of cell growth and functions within 2 different protein complexes, TORC1 and TORC2, where TORC2 positively controls macroautophagy/autophagy during amino acid starvation. Under these conditions, TORC2 signaling inhibits the activity of the calcium-regulated phosphatase calcineurin and promotes the general amino acid control (GAAC) response and autophagy. Here we demonstrate that TORC2 regulates calcineurin by controlling the respiratory activity of mitochondria...
March 21, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324492/detection-of-hypoxia-induced-and-iron-depletion-induced-mitophagy-in-mammalian-cells
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Shun-Ichi Yamashita, Tomotake Kanki
Mitochondrial quality and quantity are not only regulated by mitochondrial fusion and fission but also by mitochondria degradation. Mitophagy, an autophagy specific for damaged or unnecessary mitochondria, is believed to be an important pathway for mitochondrial homeostasis. To date, several stimuli are known to induce mitophagy. Some of these stimuli, however, including hypoxia, iron depletion, and nitrogen starvation, induce mild mitophagy, which is difficult to detect through decreased mitochondrial mass...
March 22, 2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323907/resveratrol-inhibits-androgen-production-of-human-adrenocortical-h295r-cells-by-lowering-cyp17-and-cyp21-expression-and-activities
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Nesa Marti, Nadia Bouchoucha, Kay-Sara Sauter, Christa E Flück
Resveratrol, a natural compound found in grapes, became very popular for its suggested protective effects against aging. It was reported to have similar positive effects on the human metabolism as caloric restriction. Recently, positive effects of resveratrol on steroid biosynthesis in cell systems and in humans suffering from polycystic ovary syndrome have also been reported, but the exact mechanism of this action remains unknown. Sirtuins seem targeted by resveratrol to mediate its action on energy homeostasis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323406/affinity-selection-mass-spectrometry-identifies-a-novel-antibacterial-rna-polymerase-inhibitor
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Scott S Walker, David Degen, Elliott Nickbarg, Donna Carr, Aileen Soriano, Mihir Baran Mandal, Ronald E Painter, Payal R Sheth, Li Xiao, Xinwei Sher, Nicholas Murgolo, Jing Su, David B Olsen, Richard H Ebright, Katherine Young
The growing prevalence of drug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria is a significant global threat to human health. Rifampicin, an RNA polymerase-targeting agent, is an important part of the antibacterial armamentarium; however the emergence of resistance requires that it be used against only certain infections and usually in combination with another antibiotic. While rifampicin has significant clinical limitations, it does show that bacterial RNA polymerase can be an effective target for antibacterial intervention...
March 21, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322489/long-distance-movement-of-phosphate-starvation-responsive-micrornas-in-arabidopsis
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Amanda K Huen, Caren Rodriguez-Medina, Angela Y Y Ho, Craig A Atkins, Penelope M C Smith
Plant microRNAs are small RNAs that are important for genetic regulation of processes such as plant development or environmental responses. Specific microRNAs accumulate in the phloem during phosphate starvation, and may act as long-distance signalling molecules. We performed quantitative PCR on Arabidopsis hypocotyl micrograft tissues of wild-type and hen1-6 mutants to assess the mobility of several phosphate starvation-responsive microRNA species. In addition to the previously-confirmed mobile species miR399d, the corresponding microRNA* (miR399d*) was identified for the first time as mobile between shoots and roots...
March 21, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322021/cytoprotective-and-antioxidant-effects-of-steen-solution-on-human-lung-spheroids-and-human-endothelial-cells
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Francesca Pagano, Cristina Nocella, Sebastiano Sciarretta, Luca Fianchini, Camilla Siciliano, Giorgio Mangino, Mohsen Ibrahim, Elena De Falco, Roberto Carnevale, Isotta Chimenti, Giacomo Frati
Respiratory diseases represent a major healthcare burden worldwide. Lung transplantation (LTx) is the gold-standard for end-stage patients, strongly limited by shortage of available/suitable donor lungs. Normothermic ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) has significantly increased the number of lungs suitable for transplantation. Steen solution is used for EVLP, but the mechanisms involved in its beneficial properties remain to be clarified. We investigated the effects of Steen solution in an in vitro protocol of cold starvation and normothermic recovery (CS/NR) on human lung spheroids, named pneumospheres (PSs), containing epithelial/basal cells, and on endothelial HUVEC cells...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
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