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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809857/grandmaternal-stress-during-pregnancy-and-dna-methylation-of-the-third-generation-an-epigenome-wide-association-study
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F Serpeloni, K Radtke, S G de Assis, F Henning, D Nätt, T Elbert
Stress during pregnancy may impact subsequent generations, which is demonstrated by an increased susceptibility to childhood and adulthood health problems in the children and grandchildren. Although the importance of the prenatal environment is well reported with regards to future physical and emotional outcomes, little is known about the molecular mechanisms that mediate the long-term consequences of early stress across generations. Recent studies have identified DNA methylation as a possible mediator of the impact of prenatal stress in the offspring...
August 15, 2017: Translational Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805476/microencapsulate-aspergillus-niger-peptidases-from-agroindustrial-waste-wheat-bran-spray-process-evaluation-and-stability
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T P F Cabral, N C Bellini, K R Assis, C C C Teixeira, A D Lanchote, H Cabral, L A P de Freitas
The aim of this work was to obtain microencapsulated stable Aspergillus niger peptidases by post fermentation spray drying. The enzymatic extract was evaluated before and after spray drying microencapsulation to verify the effects of five different process parameters on the extract enzymatic activity, i.e. air flow, extract feed rate, drying temperature, homogenizing time and weight ratio of extract to encapsulation material. The optimal conditions were determined by desirability functions and experimentally confirmed...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Microencapsulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791487/metformin-attenuates-the-tlr4-inflammatory-pathway-in-skeletal-muscle-of-diabetic-rats
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Leonardo Gomes Peixoto, Renata Roland Teixeira, Danielle Diniz Vilela, Lara Naves Barbosa, Douglas Carvalho Caixeta, Simone Ramos Deconte, Fernanda de Assis de Araújo, Robinson Sabino-Silva, Foued Salmen Espindola
AIMS: Inflammation induced by hyperglycemia triggers the toll-like receptor (TLR) pathway into cells. Our hypothesis was that metformin treatment attenuates the TLR signaling pathways triggered by inflammation in skeletal muscle of hypoinsulinemic/hyperglycemic STZ-induced rats. Thus, we examined TLR signaling under hypoinsulinemia and hyperglycemia conditions and its correlation with insulin resistance in muscle of diabetic rats treated with metformin. METHODS: Ten-day diabetic rats were submitted to 7 days of saline (D group) or metformin (500 mg/kg once per day) (D + M group)...
August 9, 2017: Acta Diabetologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776029/genome-wide-signatures-of-complex-introgression-and-adaptive-evolution-in-the-big-cats
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Henrique V Figueiró, Gang Li, Fernanda J Trindade, Juliana Assis, Fabiano Pais, Gabriel Fernandes, Sarah H D Santos, Graham M Hughes, Aleksey Komissarov, Agostinho Antunes, Cristine S Trinca, Maíra R Rodrigues, Tyler Linderoth, Ke Bi, Leandro Silveira, Fernando C C Azevedo, Daniel Kantek, Emiliano Ramalho, Ricardo A Brassaloti, Priscilla M S Villela, Adauto L V Nunes, Rodrigo H F Teixeira, Ronaldo G Morato, Damian Loska, Patricia Saragüeta, Toni Gabaldón, Emma C Teeling, Stephen J O'Brien, Rasmus Nielsen, Luiz L Coutinho, Guilherme Oliveira, William J Murphy, Eduardo Eizirik
The great cats of the genus Panthera comprise a recent radiation whose evolutionary history is poorly understood. Their rapid diversification poses challenges to resolving their phylogeny while offering opportunities to investigate the historical dynamics of adaptive divergence. We report the sequence, de novo assembly, and annotation of the jaguar (Panthera onca) genome, a novel genome sequence for the leopard (Panthera pardus), and comparative analyses encompassing all living Panthera species. Demographic reconstructions indicated that all of these species have experienced variable episodes of population decline during the Pleistocene, ultimately leading to small effective sizes in present-day genomes...
July 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758666/maldi-ms-imaging-investigation-of-the-host-response-to-visceral-leishmaniasis
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C F Jaegger, F Negrão, D M Assis, K R A Belaz, C F F Angolini, A M A P Fernandes, V G Santos, A Pimentel, D R Abánades, S Giorgio, M N Eberlin, D F O Rocha
Mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) of animal tissues has become an important tool for in situ molecular analyses and biomarker studies in several clinical areas, but there are few applications in parasitological studies. Leishmaniasis is a neglected tropical disease, and experimental mouse models have been essential to evaluate pathological and immunological processes and to develop diagnostic methods. Herein we have employed MALDI MSI to examine peptides and low molecular weight proteins (2 to 20 kDa) differentially expressed in the liver during visceral leishmaniasis in mice models...
July 31, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756916/effect-of-dietary-supplementation-with-olive-and-sunflower-oils-on-lipid-profile-and-liver-histology-in-rats-fed-high-cholesterol-diet
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Sandra Mara Pimentel Duavy, Gerson Javier Torres Salazar, Gerlânia de Oliveira Leite, Assis Ecker, Nilda Vargas Barbosa
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effects of high-monounsaturated (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) against the metabolic disorders elicited by a high-cholesterol diet (HC) in rats. METHODS: Using in vivo dietary manipulation, rats were fed with different diets containing 4% soybean oil (cholesterol free diet) and 1% HC containing 12% olive oil (HC + OO) enriched with MUFA and 12% sunflower oil (HC + SO) enriched with PUFA for 60 d. Serum lipid levels and hepatic steatosis were evaluated after the treatment period...
June 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754099/antioxidant-and-vasorelaxant-activities-induced-by-northeastern-brazilian-fermented-grape-skins
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José George F Albuquerque, Valéria L Assis, Arthur J P O Almeida, Ionaldo J L D Basílio, Melissa N Luciano, Bruno R L A Meireles, Ângela M T M Cordeiro, Islânia G A Araújo, Robson C Veras, Thaís P Ribeiro, Isac A Medeiros
BACKGROUND: In northeastern Brazil, grape pomace has become a potential alternative byproduct because of the recover phenolic compounds from the vinification process. Comparative analyses were performed between lyophilized extract of grape skins from pomace, described as fermented (FGS), and fresh, unfermented (UGS) grape skins to show the relevant brand's composition upon the first maceration in winemaking. METHODS: The use of in vitro testing such as Folin-Ciocalteu's, DPPH free radical scavenger and HPLC methods were performed to evidence antioxidant effect and phenolic compounds...
July 28, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695729/semi-integrative-voltammetry-as-an-efficient-tool-to-study-simple-electrochemical-systems-in-deep-eutectic-solvents
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Alan M Perdizio Sakita, Rodrigo Della Noce, Cecílio S Fugivara, Assis V Benedetti
The utilization of deep eutectic solvents (DESs) in electrochemical studies has grown in recent years due to their low cost and environmental friendliness compared to traditional ionic liquids. However, the determination of diffusion coefficient (D) and heterogeneous constant rate (k(0)) using the traditional electrochemical approach may mask some concerns because of the high viscosity and limited conductivity in these media. In this work, it is shown that the determinations of D and k(0) in glyceline DES by voltammetric studies using the Nicholson approach is problematic...
July 26, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603084/biosilicate-plga-osteogenic-effects-modulated-by-laser-therapy-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-studies
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K R Fernandes, A M P Magri, H W Kido, J R Parisi, L Assis, K P S Fernandes, R A Mesquita-Ferrari, V C Martins, A M Plepis, E D Zanotto, O Peitl, A C M Renno
The main purpose of the present work was to evaluate if low laser level therapy (LLLT) can improve the effects of Biosilicate®/PLGA (BS/PLGA) composites on cell viability and bone consolidation using a tibial defects of rats. The composites were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and reflection Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR). For the in vitro study, fibroblast and osteoblast cells were seeded in the extract of the composites irradiated or not with LLLT (Ga-Al-As, 808nm, 10J/cm(2)) to assess cell viability after 24, 48 and 72h...
June 3, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597384/toxicity-against-drosophila-melanogaster-and-antiedematogenic-and-antimicrobial-activities-of-alternanthera-brasiliana-l-kuntze-amaranthaceae
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Henrique Douglas Melo Coutinho, Cícera Datiane de Morais Oliveira-Tintino, Saulo Relison Tintino, Raimundo Luiz Silva Pereira, Thiago Sampaio de Freitas, Maria Arlene Pessoa da Silva, Jeferson Luis Franco, Francisco Assis Bezerra da Cunha, José Galberto Martins da Costa, Irwin Rose Alencar de Menezes, Aline Augusti Boligon, João Batista Teixeira da Rocha, Maria Ivaneide Rocha, Joycy Francely Sampaio Dos Santos
Bioactive phytocompounds are studied by several bioactivities demonstrated, as their cytotoxic effects. The aim of this work was to evaluate the phytochemical profile, the toxic effect using the Drosophila melanogaster animal model and the anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effect of the Alternanthera brasiliana (EEAB) ethanol extract. The phytochemical profile was performed using HPLC. The cytotoxic effect was evaluated in vivo using D. melanogaster. The anti-inflammatory effect was determined by neurogenic and antiedematogenic assays, and the antimicrobial activity was assayed using a microdilution method to determine the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of the EEAB alone and in association with antibiotics...
June 8, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543541/human-schwann-cells-exhibit-long-term-cell-survival-are-not-tumorigenic-and-promote-repair-when-transplanted-into-the-contused-spinal-cord
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Johana Bastidas, Gagani Athauda, Gabriela De La Cruz, Wai-Man Chan, Roozbeh Golshani, Yerko Berrocal, Martha Henao, Anil Lalwani, Chikato Mannoji, Mazen Assi, P Anthony Otero, Aisha Khan, Alexander E Marcillo, Michael Norenberg, Allan D Levi, Patrick M Wood, James D Guest, W Dalton Dietrich, Mary Bartlett Bunge, Damien D Pearse
The transplantation of rodent Schwann cells (SCs) provides anatomical and functional restitution in a variety of spinal cord injury (SCI) models, supporting the recent translation of SCs to phase 1 clinical trials for human SCI. Whereas human (Hu)SCs have been examined experimentally in a complete SCI transection paradigm, to date the reported behavior of SCs when transplanted after a clinically relevant contusive SCI has been restricted to the use of rodent SCs. Here, in a xenotransplant, contusive SCI paradigm, the survival, biodistribution, proliferation and tumorgenicity as well as host responses to HuSCs, cultured according to a protocol analogous to that developed for clinical application, were investigated...
August 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508897/whole-genome-analysis-of-a-schistosomiasis-transmitting-freshwater-snail
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Coen M Adema, LaDeana W Hillier, Catherine S Jones, Eric S Loker, Matty Knight, Patrick Minx, Guilherme Oliveira, Nithya Raghavan, Andrew Shedlock, Laurence Rodrigues do Amaral, Halime D Arican-Goktas, Juliana G Assis, Elio Hideo Baba, Olga L Baron, Christopher J Bayne, Utibe Bickham-Wright, Kyle K Biggar, Michael Blouin, Bryony C Bonning, Chris Botka, Joanna M Bridger, Katherine M Buckley, Sarah K Buddenborg, Roberta Lima Caldeira, Julia Carleton, Omar S Carvalho, Maria G Castillo, Iain W Chalmers, Mikkel Christensens, Sandra Clifton, Celine Cosseau, Christine Coustau, Richard M Cripps, Yesid Cuesta-Astroz, Scott F Cummins, Leon di Stephano, Nathalie Dinguirard, David Duval, Scott Emrich, Cédric Feschotte, Rene Feyereisen, Peter FitzGerald, Catrina Fronick, Lucinda Fulton, Richard Galinier, Sandra G Gava, Michael Geusz, Kathrin K Geyer, Gloria I Giraldo-Calderón, Matheus de Souza Gomes, Michelle A Gordy, Benjamin Gourbal, Christoph Grunau, Patrick C Hanington, Karl F Hoffmann, Daniel Hughes, Judith Humphries, Daniel J Jackson, Liana K Jannotti-Passos, Wander de Jesus Jeremias, Susan Jobling, Bishoy Kamel, Aurélie Kapusta, Satwant Kaur, Joris M Koene, Andrea B Kohn, Dan Lawson, Scott P Lawton, Di Liang, Yanin Limpanont, Sijun Liu, Anne E Lockyer, TyAnna L Lovato, Fernanda Ludolf, Vince Magrini, Donald P McManus, Monica Medina, Milind Misra, Guillaume Mitta, Gerald M Mkoji, Michael J Montague, Cesar Montelongo, Leonid L Moroz, Monica C Munoz-Torres, Umar Niazi, Leslie R Noble, Francislon S Oliveira, Fabiano S Pais, Anthony T Papenfuss, Rob Peace, Janeth J Pena, Emmanuel A Pila, Titouan Quelais, Brian J Raney, Jonathan P Rast, David Rollinson, Izinara C Rosse, Bronwyn Rotgans, Edwin J Routledge, Kathryn M Ryan, Larissa L S Scholte, Kenneth B Storey, Martin Swain, Jacob A Tennessen, Chad Tomlinson, Damian L Trujillo, Emanuela V Volpi, Anthony J Walker, Tianfang Wang, Ittiprasert Wannaporn, Wesley C Warren, Xiao-Jun Wu, Timothy P Yoshino, Mohammed Yusuf, Si-Ming Zhang, Min Zhao, Richard K Wilson
Biomphalaria snails are instrumental in transmission of the human blood fluke Schistosoma mansoni. With the World Health Organization's goal to eliminate schistosomiasis as a global health problem by 2025, there is now renewed emphasis on snail control. Here, we characterize the genome of Biomphalaria glabrata, a lophotrochozoan protostome, and provide timely and important information on snail biology. We describe aspects of phero-perception, stress responses, immune function and regulation of gene expression that support the persistence of B...
May 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488759/association-between-t102c-5-ht2a-receptor-gene-polymorphism-and-5-year-mortality-risk-among-brazilian-amazon-riparian-elderly-population
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Tális O Silva, Ivo Jung, Alexis Trott, Cláudia G Bica, Jeferson N Casarin, Paola C Fortuna, Euler E Ribeiro, Fernanda D de Assis, Guilherme C Figueira, Fernanda Barbisan, Maria Fernanda Manica-Cattani, Beatriz S R Bonadiman, Lucien J Houenou, Pedro Antônio S do Prado-Lima, Ivana B M da Cruz
OBJECTIVE: Serotonin (5-HT) is a pleiotropic molecule that exerts several functions on brain and peripheral tissues via different receptors. The gene for the 5-HT2A receptor shows some variations, including a T102C polymorphism, that have been associated with increased risk of neuropsychiatric and vascular disorders. However, the potential impact of 5-HT2A imbalance caused by genetic variations on the human lifespan has not yet been established. METHODS: We performed a prospective study involving an Amazon riparian elderly free-living population in Maués City, Brazil, with a 5-year follow-up...
May 10, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480172/high-sucrolytic-activity-by-invertase-immobilized-onto-magnetic-diatomaceous-earth-nanoparticles
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Mariana P Cabrera, Caio R D Assis, David F M Neri, Claudete F Pereira, Fernando Soria, Luiz B Carvalho
Invertase immobilized on magnetic diatomaceous earth nanoparticles (mDE-APTES-invertase) with high sucrolytic activity was obtained by an easy and low-cost method. An experimental design was carried out to investigate the best immobilization conditions and it allowed obtaining an immobilized derivative with a residual specific activity equal to 92.5%. Then, a second experimental design selected the mDE-APTES-invertase with higher specific activity in relation to other derivatives reported in the literature (2...
March 2017: Biotechnology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450292/cd44-promotes-inflammation-and-extracellular-matrix-production-during-arteriovenous-fistula-maturation
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Go Kuwahara, Takuya Hashimoto, Masayuki Tsuneki, Kota Yamamoto, Roland Assi, Trenton R Foster, Jesse J Hanisch, Hualong Bai, Haidi Hu, Clinton D Protack, Michael R Hall, John S Schardt, Steven M Jay, Joseph A Madri, Shohta Kodama, Alan Dardik
OBJECTIVE: Arteriovenous fistulae (AVF) remain the optimal conduit for hemodialysis access but continue to demonstrate poor patency and poor rates of maturation. We hypothesized that CD44, a widely expressed cellular adhesion molecule that serves as a major receptor for extracellular matrix components, promotes wall thickening and extracellular matrix deposition during AVF maturation. APPROACH AND RESULTS: AVF were created via needle puncture in wild-type C57BL/6J and CD44 knockout mice...
June 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392382/angiogenenic-effects-of-bplec-a-c-type-lectin-isolated-from-bothrops-pauloensis-snake-venom
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Letícia Eulalio Castanheira, Daiana Silva Lopes, Sarah Natalie Cirilo Gimenes, Simone Ramos Deconte, Bruno Antônio Ferreira, Patricia Terra Alves, Luiz Ricardo Goulart Filho, Tatiana Carla Tomiosso, Renata Santos Rodrigues, Kelly Aparecida Geraldo Yoneyama, Fernanda de Assis Araújo, Veridiana de Melo Rodrigues
The present work reports the effects of a C-type lectin (BpLec) isolated from Bothrops pauloensis snake venom upon in vitro and in vivo angiogenesis models. Initially, we noted that BpLec was not cytotoxic to endothelial cells (tEnd) in doses up to 40μg/mL, but lower doses (2.5μg/mL, 5μg/mL, 10μg/mL and 20μg/mL) reduced tEnd cells adhesion to some extracellular matrix proteins and inhibited the in vitro vessel formation in Matrigel assay stimulated by bFGF. β-galactosides (d-lactose, N-acetyl-d-galactosamine and d-galactose) at 400mM reversed the effect of BpLec on tEnd cells adhesion, whereas d-galactose (400mM) partially reversed BpLec property of inhibiting vessel formation by tEnd cells in Matrigel...
September 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381354/1-25-dihydroxyvitamin-d3-prevents-deleterious-effects-of-homocysteine-on-mitochondrial-function-and-redox-status-in-heart-slices
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Aline Longoni, Janaina Kolling, Cassiana Siebert, João Paulo Dos Santos, Jussemara Souza da Silva, Letícia F Pettenuzzo, Leo Anderson Meira-Martins, Carlos-Alberto Gonçalves, Adriano M de Assis, Angela T S Wyse
Because homocysteine (Hcy) is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and vitamin D deficiency can contribute to cardiovascular pathologies. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that Hcy could impair energy metabolism, mitochondrial function, and redox status in heart slices of Wistar rats and that 1,25-dihydroxivitamin D3 (calcitriol) treatment could prevent such effects. Heart slices were first pretreated with 3 different concentrations of calcitriol (50, 100, and 250nmol/L) for 30minutes at 37°C, after which Hcy was added to promote deleterious effects on metabolism...
February 2017: Nutrition Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376813/clinical-relevance-of-breast-and-gastric-cancer-associated-polymorphisms-as-potential-susceptibility-markers-for-oral-clefts-in-the-brazilian-population
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Renato Assis Machado, Edimilson Martins de Freitas, Sibele Nascimento de Aquino, Daniella Reis B Martelli, Mário Sérgio Oliveira Swerts, Silvia Regina de Almeida Reis, Darlene Camati Persuhn, Helenara Salvati Bertolossi Moreira, Verônica Oliveira Dias, Ricardo D Coletta, Hercílio Martelli-Júnior
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies have indicated a higher incidence of breast and gastric cancer in patients with nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate (NSCL ± P) and their relatives, which can be based on similar genetic triggers segregated within family with NSCL ± P. METHODS: This multicenter study evaluated the association of 9 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) in AXIN2 and CDH1, representing genes consistently altered in breast and gastric tumors, with NSCL ± P in 223 trios (father, mother and patient with NSCL ± P) by transmission disequilibrium test (TDT)...
April 4, 2017: BMC Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368631/strain-gradient-position-mapping-of-semiconductor-quantum-dots
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P-L de Assis, I Yeo, A Gloppe, H A Nguyen, D Tumanov, E Dupont-Ferrier, N S Malik, E Dupuy, J Claudon, J-M Gérard, A Auffèves, O Arcizet, M Richard, J-Ph Poizat
We introduce a nondestructive method to determine the position of randomly distributed semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) integrated in a solid photonic structure. By setting the structure in an oscillating motion, we generate a large stress gradient across the QDs plane. We then exploit the fact that the QDs emission frequency is highly sensitive to the local material stress to map the position of QDs deeply embedded in a photonic wire antenna with an accuracy ranging from ±35  nm down to ±1  nm. In the context of fast developing quantum technologies, this technique can be generalized to different photonic nanostructures embedding any stress-sensitive quantum emitters...
March 17, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361917/the-low-affinity-glucose-transporter-hxtb-is-also-involved-in-glucose-signalling-and-metabolism-in-aspergillus-nidulans
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Thaila Fernanda Dos Reis, Benjamin M Nitsche, Pollyne Borborema Almeida de Lima, Leandro José de Assis, Laura Mellado, Steven D Harris, Vera Meyer, Renato A Corrêa Dos Santos, Diego M Riaño-Pachón, Laure Nicolas Annick Ries, Gustavo H Goldman
One of the drawbacks during second-generation biofuel production from plant lignocellulosic biomass is the accumulation of glucose, the preferred carbon source of microorganisms, which causes the repression of hydrolytic enzyme secretion by industrially relevant filamentous fungi. Glucose sensing, subsequent transport and cellular signalling pathways have been barely elucidated in these organisms. This study therefore characterized the transcriptional response of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans to the presence of high and low glucose concentrations under continuous chemostat cultivation with the aim to identify novel factors involved in glucose sensing and signalling...
March 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
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