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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445699/journey-of-cystatins-from-being-mere-thiol-protease-inhibitors-to-at-heart-of-many-pathological-conditions
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REVIEW
Anas Shamsi, Bilqees Bano
Cystatins are thiol proteinase inhibitors (TPI), present ubiquitously in animals, plants and micro-organisms. These are not merely inhibitors rather they are at heart of many pathological conditions ranging from diabetes to renal failure. These are essential for maintenance of protein balance of the cell; once this balance gets disturbed, it may lead to cell death. Thus, cystatins cannot be merely regarded as TPI's as these have been found to play a pivotal role in tumorigenesis and neurodegenerative diseases...
April 23, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445532/use-of-molecular-markers-in-identification-and-characterization-of-resistance-to-rice-blast-in-india
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Manoj Kumar Yadav, Aravindan S, Umakanta Ngangkham, H N Shubudhi, Manas Kumar Bag, Totan Adak, Sushmita Munda, Sanghamitra Samantaray, Mayabini Jena
Rice blast disease caused by Magnaporthe oryzae is one of the most destructive disease causing huge losses to rice yield in different parts of the world. Therefore, an attempt has been made to find out the resistance by screening and studying the genetic diversity of eighty released rice varieties by National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack (NRVs) using molecular markers linked to twelve major blast resistance (R) genes viz Pib, Piz, Piz-t, Pik, Pik-p, Pikm Pik-h, Pita/Pita-2, Pi2, Pi9, Pi1 and Pi5. Out of which, nineteen varieties (23...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444609/density-assessment-and-mapping-of-microorganisms-around-a-biocomposting-plant-in-sanandaj-iran
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Sanaz Rashidi, B Shahmoradi, Afshin Maleki, Kiomars Sharafi, Ebrahim Darvishi
Exposure to microorganisms can cause various diseases or exacerbate the excitatory responses, inflammation, dry cough and shortness of breath, reduced lung function, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and allergic response or allergic immune. The aim of the present study was to investigate the density of microorganisms around the air of processing facilities of a biocomposting plant. Each experiment was carried out according to ASTM E884-82 (2001) method. The samples were collected from inhaled air in four locations of the plant, which had a high traffic of workers and employees, including screen, conveyor belt, aerated compost pile, and static compost pile...
May 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444601/somatic-embryogenesis-from-bud-and-leaf-explants-of-date-palm-phoenix-dactylifera-l-cv-najda
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Mouaad Amine Mazri, Ilham Belkoura, Reda Meziani, Boutaïna Mokhless, Souad Nour
An efficient regeneration system through somatic embryogenesis was developed for date palm cv. Najda. Adventitious bud and proximal leaf segments cultured on Murashige and Skoog (MS) medium supplemented with various combinations of auxins and cytokinins induced embryogenesis after at least 6 months of culture. Somatic embryogenesis induction seemed correlated with the type of the explant, the induction period and the auxin used. The highest rate of somatic embryogenesis (86.0%) was obtained on bud explants cultured on MS medium supplemented with 45...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444592/molecular-characterization-of-phytoplasma-of-16sri-b-group-association-with-acalypha%C3%A2-indica-in-india
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Ajay K Tiwari, M S Khan, Pradeep Kumar, Akhilesh Tiwari
The typical phytoplasma symptoms of little leaf, yellowing, chlorosis, witches' broom, and stunting growth were observed on Acalypha indica plants during the field survey conducted at Lucknow and surrounding districts in year 2015-2016. To confirm the association and possibility of phytoplasma etiology, PCR assays were performed using universal primer pairs (P1/P6) and nested primer pairs (R16F2n/R2) in a total of five diseased samples along with control. A ~1.2 Kb amplicon was observed in nested PCR assay in diseased sample; however, no band was observed in control sample...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444565/technological-applications-of-organo-montmorillonites-in-the-removal-of-pyrimethanil-from-water-adsorption-desorption-and-flocculation-studies
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Federico M Flores, Tomas Undabeytia, Esmeralda Morillo, Rosa M Torres Sánchez
Pyrimethanil (2-aniline-4, 6-dimethylpyrimidine, PRM) is used in fruit packing plants to control fungal infections and diseases. The effluents greatly polluted with this fungicide, as a point source contamination, need to be technologically treated for their regeneration before they reach water bodies. This work evaluates the use of organo-montmorillonites, synthetized in our laboratory, for their application in adsorption and coagulation/flocculation processes for the removal of PRM from water. The adsorption-desorption performance of PRM in a raw montmorillonite (Mt) and several organo-montmorillonites (organo-Mt) obtained by different amounts and types of exchanged surfactants (octadecyltrimethylammonium (ODTMA) and didodecyldimethylammonium (DDAB) bromides and benzyltrimethylammonium chloride (BTMA)) was studied...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444544/methylglyoxal-detoxification-by-a-dj-1-family-protein-provides-dual-abiotic-and-biotic-stress-tolerance-in-transgenic-plants
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Prasad Melvin, Kondalarao Bankapalli, Patrick D'Silva, P V Shivaprasad
Methylglyoxal (MG) is a key signaling molecule resulting from glycolysis and other metabolic pathways. During abiotic stress, MG levels accumulate to toxic levels in affected cells. However, MG is routinely detoxified through the action of DJ1/PARK7/Hsp31 proteins that are highly conserved across kingdoms and mutations in such genes are associated with neurodegenerative diseases. Here, we report for the first time that, similar to abiotic stresses, MG levels increase during biotic stresses in plants, likely contributing to enhanced susceptibility to a wide range of stresses...
April 25, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444537/molecular-characterization-of-a-novel-bipartite-begomovirus-isolated-from-lycianthes-biflora-in-china
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Y F Tang, Z F He, J K Brown, X M She, G B Lan
A bipartite begomovirus isolate GD was isolated from Lycianthes biflora plants showing yellow mosaic symptoms in Nanxiong, Guangdong Province, China. The apparently full-length DNA-A and DNA-B viral components were cloned after enrichment of circular DNA by rolling circle amplification, restriction digestion, cloning, and DNA sequencing. The DNA-A component (2752nt, KT582302) shares highest (80.2%) nucleotide (nt) sequence identity with tomato leaf curl Sulawesi virus [Indonesia-Sulawesi-Langowan F101-2006] (ToLCSuV- [ID-Sul -LanF09-06], FJ237618), reported in Indonesia as causing yellow leaf curl disease of chilli pepper...
April 25, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444242/virulence-and-antimicrobial-resistance-of-salmonella-spp-and-escherichia-coli-in-the-beef-jerky-production-line
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Fernanda Pereira Fernandes, Flávia Liége Schütz Voloski, Tassiana Ramires, Louise Haubert, Giulia Giugliani Reta, Rafael Gianella Mondadori, Wladimir Padilha da Silva, Rita de Cássia, Santos da Conceição, Eduarda Hallal Duval
Intense manipulation during beef jerky production increases the possibility of contamination with pathogenic microorganisms. This study evaluated the contamination by thermotolerant coliforms, Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp. on processing surfaces and raw materials during beef jerky production, as well as in the final product. Thermotolerant coliforms were found on all surfaces tested and in the raw material. Escherichia coli was identified in 6.7% of the surface samples, while Salmonella spp. was found in 3...
April 21, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444222/feronia-receptor-kinase-at-the-crossroad-of-hormone-signaling-and-stress-responses
#10
Hongdong Liao, Renjie Tang, Xin Zhang, Sheng Luan, Feng Yu
Plant receptor-like kinases (RLKs) are involved in nearly all aspects of plant life including growth, development and stress response. Recent studies show that FERONIA (FER), a CrRLK1L subfamily member, is a versatile regulator of cell expansion and serves as a signaling node mediating crosstalks among multiple phytohormones. As a receptor for the RALF (Rapid Alkalinization Factor) peptide ligand, FER triggers a downstream signaling cascade that leads to a rapid cytoplasmic calcium increase and inhibition of cell elongation in plants...
April 19, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443180/terpenes-from-forests-and-human-health
#11
REVIEW
Kyoung Sang Cho, Young-Ran Lim, Kyungho Lee, Jaeseok Lee, Jang Ho Lee, Im-Soon Lee
Forest bathing has beneficial effects on human health via showering of forest aerosols as well as physical relaxation. Terpenes that consist of multiple isoprene units are the largest class of organic compounds produced by various plants, and one of the major components of forest aerosols. Traditionally, terpene-containing plant oil has been used to treat various diseases without knowing the exact functions or the mechanisms of action of the individual bioactive compounds. This review categorizes various terpenes easily obtained from forests according to their anti-inflammatory, anti-tumorigenic, or neuroprotective activities...
April 2017: Toxicological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443131/a-bioinformatics-based-alternative-mrna-splicing-code-that-may-explain-some-disease-mutations-is-conserved-in-animals
#12
Wen Qu, Pablo Cingolani, Barry R Zeeberg, Douglas M Ruden
Deep sequencing of cDNAs made from spliced mRNAs indicates that most coding genes in many animals and plants have pre-mRNA transcripts that are alternatively spliced. In pre-mRNAs, in addition to invariant exons that are present in almost all mature mRNA products, there are at least 6 additional types of exons, such as exons from alternative promoters or with alternative polyA sites, mutually exclusive exons, skipped exons, or exons with alternative 5' or 3' splice sites. Our bioinformatics-based hypothesis is that, in analogy to the genetic code, there is an "alternative-splicing code" in introns and flanking exon sequences, analogous to the genetic code, that directs alternative splicing of many of the 36 types of introns...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442603/aspergillus-fumigatus-trehalose-regulatory-subunit-homolog-moonlights-to-mediate-cell-wall-homeostasis-through-modulation-of-chitin-synthase-activity
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Arsa Thammahong, Alayna K Caffrey-Card, Sourabh Dhingra, Joshua J Obar, Robert A Cramer
Trehalose biosynthesis is found in fungi but not humans. Proteins involved in trehalose biosynthesis are essential for fungal pathogen virulence in humans and plants through multiple mechanisms. Loss of canonical trehalose biosynthesis genes in the human pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus significantly alters cell wall structure and integrity, though the mechanistic link between these virulence-associated pathways remains enigmatic. Here we characterize genes, called tslA and tslB, which encode proteins that contain domains similar to those corresponding to trehalose-6-phosphate phosphatase but lack critical catalytic residues for phosphatase activity...
April 25, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442107/in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo-investigation-of-natural-compounds-from-seed-extract-of-mucuna-pruriens-lacking-l-dopa-for-the-treatment-of-erectile-dysfunction
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Natthachai Duangnin, Thanyaluck Phitak, Peraphan Pothacharoen, Prachya Kongtawelert
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the biological effects of the Mucuna pruriens (M. pruriens) seed extracts that lacked l-DOPA, which was formerly reported as the active ingredient, on erectile dysfunction (ED) both in vitro and in vivo. METHODS: Seed of M. pruriens plant that cultivated in Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai Province, Thailand, was collected. Component of its seeds were extracted and isolated into 2 fractions using methanol, polar and nonpolar. Each fraction was investigated for phytochemicals using gas chromatography and mass spectroscopy and was screened for biological activity in vitro using three different cell lines...
March 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442105/towards-development-of-a-universal-dengue-vaccine-how-close-are-we
#15
REVIEW
Ee Leen Pang, Hwei-San Loh
Dengue has been ranked as one of the top emerging diseases in Asia and Latin America. Current epidemiological data may not even reflect the true burden of disease due to under-reported figures. Vector control programmes have failed to contain the disease and worst of all, no specific treatment is available at the moment. Thereby, this pushes the demand for a dengue vaccine as a long-term protective approach. Despite there are numerous vaccine candidates ahead, they could be held back by different aspects in promoting vaccine implementation...
March 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441782/deep-sequencing-analysis-of-rnas-from-citrus-plants-grown-in-a-citrus-sudden-death-affected-area-reveals-diverse-known-and-putative-novel-viruses
#16
Emilyn E Matsumura, Helvecio D Coletta-Filho, Shahideh Nouri, Bryce W Falk, Luca Nerva, Tiago S Oliveira, Silvia O Dorta, Marcos A Machado
Citrus sudden death (CSD) has caused the death of approximately four million orange trees in a very important citrus region in Brazil. Although its etiology is still not completely clear, symptoms and distribution of affected plants indicate a viral disease. In a search for viruses associated with CSD, we have performed a comparative high-throughput sequencing analysis of the transcriptome and small RNAs from CSD-symptomatic and -asymptomatic plants using the Illumina platform. The data revealed mixed infections that included Citrus tristeza virus (CTV) as the most predominant virus, followed by the Citrus sudden death-associated virus (CSDaV), Citrus endogenous pararetrovirus (CitPRV) and two putative novel viruses tentatively named Citrus jingmen-like virus (CJLV), and Citrus virga-like virus (CVLV)...
April 24, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440700/selection-and-assessment-of-plant-growth-promoting-rhizobacteria-pgpr-for-biological-control-of-multiple-plant-diseases
#17
Ke Liu, Molli Newman, John A McInroy, Chia-Hui Hu, Joseph W Kloepper
A study was designed to screen individual strains of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) for broad-spectrum disease suppression in vitro and in planta. In a preliminary screen, 28 of 196 strains inhibited eight different tested pathogens in vitro. In a secondary screen, these 28 strains showed broad spectrum antagonistic activity to six different genera of pathogens, and 24 of the 28 strains produced five traits reported to be related to plant growth promotion, including nitrogen fixation, phosphate solubilization, indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) production, siderophore production, and biofilm formation...
April 25, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440187/genetic-modifications-of-icosahedral-plant-virus-based-nanoparticles-for-vaccine-and-immunotherapy-applications
#18
Kannan Badri Narayanan, Sung Soo Han
Vaccine development is one of the greatest achievements of modern medicine. Vaccines made of live-attenuated pathogens can revert to virulent live strains, which causes safety concerns. On the other hand, the use of purified antigenic components as subunit vaccines is safer, but less effective, as these components induce lower levels of protective immunity. Multiple copy presentation of an antigenic determinant in a well-ordered and well-defined orientation on a nanosized particle can mimic the natural host-pathogen surface interaction to provide antigen stability and immunogenicity similar to that of conventional vaccines with improved safety...
April 24, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439998/the-effects-of-chosen-plant-extracts-and-compounds-on-mesenchymal-stem-cells-a-bridge-between-molecular-nutrition-and-regenerative-medicine-concise-review
#19
REVIEW
Katarzyna Kornicka, Ievgeniia Kocherova, Krzysztof Marycz
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) stand as a promising tool in regenerative medicine because of their high therapeutic potential in treatment of degenerative, metabolic and other types of diseases. The cellular therapies involving MSCs include their isolation mainly from the bone marrow, adipose tissue or umbilical cord and in vitro expansion for further autologous or allogeneic transplantation. Recent studies revealed, that bioactive compounds, naturally occurring in seaweeds, herbs, fruits and vegetables, possess the ability to modulate self-renewal and differentiation potential of adult stem cells, targeting a broad range of intracellular signal transduction pathways...
April 25, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439259/increased-biological-activity-of-aneurinibacillus-migulanus-strains-correlates-with-the-production-of-new-gramicidin-secondary-metabolites
#20
Faizah N Alenezi, Imen Rekik, Ali Chenari Bouket, Lenka Luptakova, Hedda J Weitz, Mostafa E Rateb, Marcel Jaspars, Stephen Woodward, Lassaad Belbahri
The soil-borne gram-positive bacteria Aneurinibacillus migulanus strain Nagano shows considerable potential as a biocontrol agent against plant diseases. In contrast, A. migulanus NCTC 7096 proved less effective for inhibition of plant pathogens. Nagano strain exerts biocontrol activity against some gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria, fungi and oomycetes through the production of gramicidin S (GS). Apart from the antibiotic effects, GS increases the rate of evaporation from the plant surface, reducing periods of surface wetness and thereby indirectly inhibiting spore germination...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
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