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Nicolas Nguyen Van Long, Valérie Vasseur, Louis Coroller, Philippe Dantigny, Sophie Le Panse, Amélie Weill, Jérôme Mounier, Karim Rigalma
Conidial germination and mycelial growth are generally studied with conidia produced under optimal conditions to increase conidial yield. Nonetheless, the physiological state of such conidia most likely differs from those involved in spoilage of naturally contaminated food. The present study aimed at investigating the impact of temperature, pH and water activity (aw) during production of conidia on the germination parameters and compatible solutes of conidia of Penicillium roqueforti and Penicillium expansum...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
Vigneshwaran Mani, Bhairav Paleja, Karima Larbi, Pavanish Kumar, Jo Ann Tay, Jie Yee Siew, Fatih Inci, ShuQi Wang, Cynthia Chee, Yee Tang Wang, Utkan Demirci, Gennaro De Libero, Amit Singhal
Access to point-of-care (POC), rapid, inexpensive, sensitive, and instrument-free tests for the diagnosis of tuberculosis (TB) remains a major challenge. Here, we report a simple and low-cost microchip-based TB ELISA (MTBE) platform for the detection of anti-mycobacterial IgG in plasma samples in less than 15 minutes. The MTBE employs a flow-less, magnet-actuated, bead-based ELISA for simultaneous detection of IgG responses against multiple mycobacterial antigens. Anti-trehalose 6,6'-dimycolate (TDM) IgG responses were the strongest predictor for differentiating active tuberculosis (ATB) from healthy controls (HC) and latent tuberculosis infections (LTBI)...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ye Li, Yinan Luo, Tianfei Luo, Bin Lu, Chen Wang, Yanhong Zhang, Meihua Piao, Chunsheng Feng, Pengfei Ge
Protein aggregation has been proved to be a pathological basis accounting for neuronal death caused by either transient global ischemia or oxygen glucose deprivation (OGD), and inhibition of protein aggregation is emerging as a potential strategy of preventing brain damage. Trehalose was found to inhibit protein aggregation caused by neurodegenerative diseases via induction of autophagy, whereas its effect is still elusive on ischemia-induced protein aggregation. In this study, we investigated this issue by using rat model of transient global ischemia and SH-SY5Y model of OGD...
October 22, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Nanjing Hao, Laifeng Li, Fangqiong Tang
A straightforward method was developed to synthesize hollow mesoporous silica nanotubes (HMSNTs) using bovine serum protein (BSA) as the protective coating and phosphate buffered saline (PBS) as the etching agent at room temperature. Galactose-grafted HMSNTs significantly reduced phagocytosis by macrophages, and enhanced cellular uptake by A549 cells via caveolae-mediated uptake pathway. Trehalose-conjugated HMSNTs interacted strongly with mycobacteria, showing the linear detection range from 1 × 10(4) to 1 × 10(8) bacteria/mL and the detection limit of 1 × 10(3) bacteria/mL...
October 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
José Pinela, João C M Barreira, Lillian Barros, Sandra Cabo Verde, Amilcar L Antonio, M Beatriz P P Oliveira, Ana Maria Carvalho, Isabel C F R Ferreira
The effects of conventional and inert-gas enriched atmospheres, as well as those caused by different γ-irradiation doses, on buckler sorrel (Rumex induratus) leaves quality were evaluated and compared after 12 days of storage at 4 °C. The green colour of the abaxial surface of the leaves was relatively stable, as well as the carbohydrates content and the calorific value. The storage time decreased the amounts of fructose, glucose, trehalose, α-tocopherol, and β-tocopherol and increased the levels of total organic acids and δ-tocopherol...
July 2016: Journal of Food Science and Technology
Alessandro Sinopoli, Alessandro Giuffrida, Marianna Flora Tomasello, Maria Laura Giuffrida, Marilisa Leone, Francesco Attanasio, Filippo Caraci, Paolo De Bona, Irina Naletova, Michele Saviano, Agata Copani, Giuseppe Pappalardo, Enrico Rizzarelli
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October 17, 2016: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
Youran Li, Zhenghua Gu, Liang Zhang, Zhongyang Ding, Guiyang Shi
Trehalose synthase (TreS) could transform maltose into trehalose via isomerization. It is a crucial enzyme in the process of trehalose enzymatical transformation. In this study, plasmid-based inducible expression systems were constructed to produce Thermomonospora curvata TreS in B. licheniformis. Xylose operons from B. subtilis, B. licheniformis and B. megaterium were introduced to regulate the expression of the gene encoding TreS. It was functionally expressed, and the BlsTs construct yielded the highest enzyme activity (12...
October 14, 2016: Protein Expression and Purification
Qijiang Jin, Xin Hu, Xin Li, Bei Wang, Yanjie Wang, Hongwei Jiang, Neil Mattson, Yingchun Xu
Trehalose-6-phosphate synthase (TPS) plays a key role in plant carbohydrate metabolism and the perception of carbohydrate availability. In the present work, the publicly available Nelumbo nucifera (lotus) genome sequence database was analyzed which led to identification of nine lotus TPS genes (NnTPS). It was found that at least two introns are included in the coding sequences of NnTPS genes. When the motif compositions were analyzed we found that NnTPS generally shared the similar motifs, implying that they have similar functions...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Juan I Vílchez, Cristina García-Fontana, Desireé Román-Naranjo, Jesús González-López, Maximino Manzanera
A collection of desiccation-tolerant xeroprotectant-producing microorganisms was screened for their ability to protect plants against drought, and their role as plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria was investigated in two different crops (tomato and pepper). The most commonly described biochemical mechanisms for plant protection against drought by microorganisms including the production of phytohormones, antioxidants and xeroprotectants were analyzed. In particular, the degree of plant protection against drought provided by these microorganisms was characterized...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Robert L Hunter, Shen-An Hwang, Chinnaswamy Jagannath, Jeffrey K Actor
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) has long been known to persist in grossly normal tissues even in people with active lesions and granulomas in other parts of the body. We recently reported that post-primary TB begins as an asymptomatic infection that slowly progresses, accumulating materials for a massive necrotizing reaction that results in cavitation. This paper explores the possible roles of trehalose 6,6' dimycolate (TDM) or cord factor in the ability of MTB to persist in such lesions without producing inflammation...
September 28, 2016: Tuberculosis
Ranjana Arora, Lisa Armitige, Audrey Wanger, Robert L Hunter, Shen-An Hwang
Trehalose 6,6'dimycolate (TDM) is a glycolipid found in nearly pure form on the surface of virulent Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB). This manuscript investigated the production of TDM, growth rate and colony morphology of multiple strains of MTB, each of which had been isolated from both pulmonary (sputum) and extrapulmonary sites of multiple patients. Since sputum contains MTB primarily from cavities and extrapulmonary biopsies are typically granulomas, this provided an opportunity to compare the behavior of single strains of MTB that had been isolated from cavities and granulomas...
September 28, 2016: Tuberculosis
Juan Manuel Belardinelli, Amira Yazidi, Liang Yang, Lucien Fabre, Wei Li, Benoit Jacques, Shiva Kumar Angala, Isabelle Rouiller, Helen I Zgurskaya, Jurgen Sygusch, Mary Jackson
The MmpL family of proteins translocates complex (glyco)lipids and siderophores across the cell envelope of mycobacteria and closely related Corynebacteriaceae and plays important roles in the biogenesis of the outer membrane of these organisms. Despite their significance in the physiology and virulence of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and from the perspective of developing novel antituberculosis agents, little is known about their structure and mechanism of translocation. In this study, the essential mycobacterial mycolic acid transporter, MmpL3, and its orthologue in Corynebacterium glutamicum, CmpL1, were investigated as prototypical MmpL proteins to gain insight into the transmembrane topology, tertiary and quaternary structures, and functional regions of this transporter family...
October 14, 2016: ACS Infectious Diseases
Weijun Tian, Jing Zhao, Yuhang Zhou, Kaili Qiao, Xin Jin, Qing Liu
Changes in root exudates, including low molecular weight organic acids (LMWOAs), amino acids and sugars, in rhizosphere soils during the gel-beads/reeds combination remediation for high molecular weight polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (HMW-PAHs) and the degree of the effects on HMW-PAH biodegradation were evaluated in this study. The results showed that the gel-beads/reeds combination remediation notably increased the removal rates of pyrene, benzo(a)pyrene and indeno(1,2,3-cd)pyrene (65.0-68.9%, 60.0-68.5% and 85...
October 10, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Smita S Kale, Krishnacharya G Akamanchi
Protein aggregation is a major problem of therapeutic proteins because aggregation decreases their therapeutic activity, shelf life and induces immunogenicity. Stabilization against aggregation is commonly attained by addition of different excipients like sugars, surfactants, buffers, salts, amino acids, polymers etc. Generally these excipients are required in combination for stabilization. Sugars are required at a higher concentration and commonly used surfactants like polysorbates have shortcomings due to oxidative degradation...
October 11, 2016: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Sang-Mo Kang, Sajjad Asaf, Sang-Jun Kim, Byung-Wook Yun, In-Jung Lee
Leifsonia xyli SE134 is a potential plant growth-promoting bacterium isolated from a soil in Daegu, Republic of Korea, which produces large amounts of gibberellin (GA) and indole acetic acid (IAA). In this study, we sequenced the complete genome of L. xyli SE134 by the Pacific Biosciences RSII (PacBio) Single Molecule Real Time (SMRT) sequencing technology. The genome of L. xyli SE134 contains a single chromosome that is 3,596,761bp in length, with 70.2% G+C content. The genome contains 3466 protein-coding genes (CDSs) and 51 rRNA- and 46 tRNA-coding genes...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
Sandipa Indra, Ranjit Biswas
Heterogeneity and molecular motions in representative cryoprotectant mixtures made of trehalose and glycerol are investigated in the temperature range, , via time-resolved fluorescence Stokes shift and anisotropy measurements, and molecular dynamics simulations of four-point density-time correlations and H-bond relaxations. Mixtures containing 5 wt% and 20 wt% of trehalose along with neat glycerol are studied. Viscosity coefficients for these systems lie in the range, . Measured solute (Coumarin 153) rotation and solvation times reveal a substantial departure from the hydrodynamic viscosity dependence, suggesting strong micro-heterogeneous nature of these systems...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Fabio Mosca, Manuela Madeddu, Ahmad Abdel Sayed, Luisa Zaniboni, Nicolaia Iaffaldano, Silvia Cerolini
The aim of this study was to assess the combined effect of dimethylacetamide (DMA) and two non-permeating cryoprotective agents, trehalose and sucrose, on the quality of post-thaw chicken semen. Adult Lohmann roosters (n = 27) were used. Semen was processed according to the following treatments: Lake pre-freezing extender +6% DMA (LPF, control treatment), LPF + 0.1 M trehalose (LPF-T treatment), LPF + 0.1 M sucrose (LPF-S treatment) and LPF + 0.1 M trehalose + 0.1 M sucrose (LPF-TS treatment)...
October 4, 2016: Cryobiology
Henrik H De Fine Licht, Annette B Jensen, Jørgen Eilenberg
Obligate parasites are under strong selection to increase exploitation of their host to survive while evading detection by host immune defences. This has often led to elaborate pathogen adaptations and extreme host specificity. Specialization on one host, however, often incurs a trade-off influencing the capacity to infect alternate hosts. Here, we investigate host adaptation in two morphologically indistinguishable and closely related obligate specialist insect-pathogenic fungi from the phylum Entomophthoromycota, Entomophthora muscae sensu stricto and E...
September 26, 2016: Molecular Ecology
Phillip L van der Peet, Masahiro Nagata, Sayali Shah, Jonathan M White, Sho Yamasaki, Spencer J Williams
Mincle (macrophage-inducible C-type lectin) is a C-type lectin receptor that provides the capacity for immune sensing of a range of pathogen- and commensal-derived glycolipids. Mincle can recognize mycolic and/or corynomycolic acid esters of trehalose, glycerol and glucose from mycobacteria and corynebacteria. While simple straight-chain long fatty acids (e.g. behenic acid) can substitute for mycolic acid on trehalose and glycerol and maintain robust signalling through Mincle, glucose monobehenate has been reported to be much less active than glucose monocorynomycolate (GMCM)...
October 4, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Chunsha Zhang, Hongwei Zhang, Zongxiang Zhan, Bingjiang Liu, Zhentai Chen, Yi Liang
Allium cepa L. is a widely cultivated and economically significant vegetable crop worldwide, with beneficial dietary and health-related properties, but its sucrose metabolism is still poorly understood. To analyze sucrose metabolism during bulb swelling, and the development of sweet taste in onion, a global transcriptome profile of onion bulbs was undertaken at three different developmental stages, using RNA-seq. A total of 79,376 unigenes, with a mean length of 678 bp, was obtained. In total, 7% of annotated Clusters of Orthologous Groups (COG) were involved in carbohydrate transport and metabolism...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
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