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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439868/measuring-protein-movement-oligomerization-state-and-protein-protein-interaction-in-arabidopsis-roots-using-scanning-fluorescence-correlation-spectroscopy-scanning-fcs
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Natalie M Clark, Rosangela Sozzani
Scanning fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (scanning FCS) can be used to determine protein movement, oligomerization state, and protein-protein interaction. Here, we describe how to use the scanning FCS techniques of raster image correlation spectroscopy (RICS) and pair correlation function (pCF) to determine the rate and direction of protein movement. In addition, we detail how number and brightness (N&B) and cross-correlation analyses can be used to determine oligomerization state and binding ratios of protein complexes...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439280/insights-on-structure-and-function-of-a-late-embryogenesis-abundant-protein-from-amaranthus-cruentus-an-intrinsically-disordered-protein-involved-in-protection-against-desiccation-oxidant-conditions-and-osmotic-stress
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Alma L Saucedo, Eric E Hernández-Domínguez, Luis A de Luna-Valdez, Angel A Guevara-García, Abraham Escobedo-Moratilla, Esaú Bojorquéz-Velázquez, Federico Del Río-Portilla, Daniel A Fernández-Velasco, Ana P Barba de la Rosa
Late embryogenesis abundant (LEA) proteins are part of a large protein family that protect other proteins from aggregation due to desiccation or osmotic stresses. Recently, the Amaranthus cruentus seed proteome was characterized by 2D-PAGE and one highly accumulated protein spot was identified as a LEA protein and was named AcLEA. In this work, AcLEA cDNA was cloned into an expression vector and the recombinant protein was purified and characterized. AcLEA encodes a 172 amino acid polypeptide with a predicted molecular mass of 18...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437159/specific-host-responsive-associations-between-medicago-truncatula-accessions-and-sinorhizobium-strains
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Théophile Kazmierczak, Marianna Nagymihály, Florian Lamouche, Quentin Barrière, Ibtissem Guefrachi, Benoit Alunni, Mouna Ouadghiri, Jamal Ibijbijen, Éva Kondorosi, Peter Mergaert, Véronique Gruber
Legume plants interact with rhizobia to form nitrogen-fixing root nodules. Legume-rhizobium interactions are specific and only compatible rhizobia and plant species will lead to nodule formation. Even within compatible interactions, the genotype of both the plant and the bacterial symbiont will impact on the efficiency of nodule functioning and nitrogen-fixation activity. The model legume Medicago truncatula forms nodules with several species of the Sinorhizobium genus. However, the efficiency of these bacterial strains is highly variable...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432803/sequencing-and-functional-validation-of-the-jgi-brachypodium-distachyon-t-dna-collection
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Mon Mandy Hsia, Ronan O'Malley, Amy Cartwright, Rita Nieu, Sean P Gordon, Sandra Kelly, Tina G Williams, Delilah F Wood, Yunjun Zhao, Jennifer Bragg, Mark Jordan, Markus Pauly, Joseph R Ecker, Yong Gu, John P Vogel
Due to a large and growing collection of genomic and experimental resources, Brachypodium distachyon has emerged as a powerful experimental model for the grasses. To add to these resources we sequenced 21,165 T-DNA lines, 15,569 of which were produced in this study. This increased the number of unique insertion sites in the T-DNA collection by 21,078 bringing the overall total to 26,112. Thirty seven percent (9,754) of these insertion sites are within genes (including UTRs and introns) and 28% (7,217) are within 500 bp of a gene...
April 22, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432098/inhibitory-effect-of-coumarin-on-syntrophic-fatty-acid-oxidizing-and-methanogenic-cultures-and-biogas-reactor-microbiomes
#5
Denny Popp, Caroline M Plugge, Sabine Kleinsteuber, Hauke Harms, Heike Sträuber
Coumarins are widely found in plants as natural constituents having antimicrobial activity. When considering plants rich in coumarins for biogas production, adverse effects on microorganisms driving the anaerobic digestion process are expected. Furthermore, coumarin derivatives like warfarin, which are used as anti-coagulating medicine, are found in wastewater affecting its treatment. Coumarin as the structure common to all coumarins inhibits the anaerobic digestion process. However, details of this inhibition are still elusive...
April 21, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432094/the-use-of-synthetic-hybrid-strains-to-determine-the-role-of-replicon-3-in-virulence-of-the-burkholderia-cepacia-complex
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Kirsty Agnoli, Roman Freitag, Margarida C Gomes, Christian Jenul, Angela Suppiger, Olga Mannweiler, Carmen Frauenknecht, Daniel Janser, Annette C Vergunst, Leo Eberl
The Burkholderia cepacia complex (Bcc) displays a wealth of metabolic diversity with great biotechnological potential, but the utilisation of these bacteria is limited by their opportunistic pathogenicity to humans. The third replicon of the Bcc, megaplasmid pC3 (0.5 to 1.4 Mb, previously chromosome 3), is important for various phenotypes, including virulence, antifungal and proteolytic activities, and the utilization of certain substrates. Approximately half of plasmid pC3 is well-conserved throughout sequenced Bcc members, while the other half is not...
April 21, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430592/resveratrol-protects-against-early-polymicrobial-sepsis-induced-acute-kidney-injury-through-inhibiting-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-activated-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Nian Wang, Li Mao, Liu Yang, Jiang Zou, Ke Liu, Meidong Liu, Huali Zhang, Xianzhong Xiao, Kangkai Wang
Resveratrol, a polyphenol compound derived from various edible plants, protects against sepsis-induced acute kidney injury (AKI) via its anti-inflammatory activity, but the underlying mechanisms remain largely unknown. In this study, a rat model of sepsis was established by cecal ligation and puncture (CLP), 30 mg/kg resveratrol was intraperitoneally administrated immediately after the CLP operation. HK-2 cells treated by 1 μg/ml lipopolysaccharide, 0.2 μM tunicamycin, 2.5 mM irestatin 9389 and 20 μM resveratrol were used for in vitro study...
April 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430356/crispr-cas9-an-rna-guided-highly-precise-synthetic-tool-for-plant-genome-editing
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Yeliz Demirci, Baohong Zhang, Turgay Unver
CRISPR/Cas 9 is a newly developed and naturally occurred genome editing tool, which is originally used by bacteria for immune defence. In the past years, it has been quickly employed and modified to precisely edit genome sequences in both plants and animals. Compared with the well-developed zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs) and transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs), CRISPR/Cas 9 has lots of advantages, including easier to design and implement, higher targeting efficiency, and less expensive. Thus, it is becoming one of the most powerful tools for knockout of an individual gene as well as insertion of one gene and/or control of gene transcription...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426175/differences-in-xylem-and-leaf-hydraulic-traits-explain-differences-in-drought-tolerance-among-mature-amazon-rainforest-trees
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Thomas L Powell, James K Wheeler, Alex A R de Oliveira, Antonio Carlos Lola da Costa, Scott R Saleska, Patrick Meir, Paul R Moorcroft
Considerable uncertainty surrounds the impacts of anthropogenic climate change on the composition and structure Amazon forests. Two large-scale ecosystem drought experiments in the eastern Brazilian Amazon observed increases in mortality rates among some tree species but not others; and therefore, the physiological traits underpinning these differential demographic responses were investigated. Xylem pressure at 50% conductivity (xylem-P50 ), leaf turgor loss point (TLP), cellular osmotic potential (πo ) and cellular bulk modulus of elasticity (ε), all traits mechanistically linked to drought tolerance, were measured on upper canopy branches and leaves of mature trees from selected species growing at the two drought experiment sites...
April 20, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425099/network-analysis-of-adhesion-growth-regulatory-galectins-and-their-binding-sites-in-adult-chicken-retina-and-choroid
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Joachim C Manning, Gabriel García Caballero, Clemens Knospe, Herbert Kaltner, Hans-Joachim Gabius
The highly ordered multilayered organization of the adult chicken retina is a suitable test model for examining zonal distribution of the members of a bioeffector family. Based on the concept of the sugar code, the functional pairing of glycan epitopes with cognate receptors (lectins) is emerging as a means to explain the control of diverse physiological activities. Having recently completed the biochemical characterization of all seven adhesion/growth-regulatory galectins present in chicken, it was possible to establish how the individual characteristics of their expression profiles add up to shape the galectin network, which until now has not been defined at this level of complexity...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424731/identification-of-tify-family-genes-and-analysis-of-their-expression-profiles-in-response-to-phytohormone-treatments-and-melampsora-larici-populina-infection-in-poplar
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Wenxiu Xia, Hongyan Yu, Pei Cao, Jie Luo, Nian Wang
The TIFY domain contains approximately 36 conserved amino acids that form the core motif TIF[F/Y]XG, and they were reported to play important roles in plant growth, tissue development and defense regulation. Moreover, more and more evidence has shown that some members of the TIFY gene family perform their functions by modulating plant hormone signaling pathways. Poplar trees are found worldwide, and they comprise approximately 30 species. Benefit from the importance of poplar and its advanced platform, this tree is considered to be the model perennial plant...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424729/genome-wide-identification-and-analyses-of-calmodulins-and-calmodulin-like-proteins-in-lotus-japonicas
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Jinqiu Liao, Jiabin Deng, Zongzhi Qin, Jiayong Tang, Maorong Shu, Chunbang Ding, Jing Liu, Chao Hu, Ming Yuan, Yan Huang, Ruiwu Yang, Yonghong Zhou
L. japonicus, a model plant of legumes plants, is widely used in symbiotic nitrogen fixation. A large number of studies on it have been published based on the genetic, biochemical, structural studies. These results are secondhand reports that CaM is a key regulator during Rhizobial infection. In plants, there are multiple CaM genes encoding several CaM isoforms with only minor amino acid differences. Moreover, the regulation mechanism of this family of proteins during rhizobia infection is still unclear. In the current study, a family of genes encoding CaMs and CMLs that possess only the Ca(2+)-binding EF-hand motifs were analyzed...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424707/new-insights-on-leucine-rich-repeats-receptor-like-kinase-orthologous-relationships-in-angiosperms
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Jean-François Dufayard, Mathilde Bettembourg, Iris Fischer, Gaetan Droc, Emmanuel Guiderdoni, Christophe Périn, Nathalie Chantret, Anne Diévart
Leucine-Rich Repeats Receptor-Like Kinase (LRR-RLK) genes represent a large and complex gene family in plants, mainly involved in development and stress responses. These receptors are composed of an LRR-containing extracellular domain (ECD), a transmembrane domain (TM) and an intracellular kinase domain (KD). To provide new perspectives on functional analyses of these genes in model and non-model plant species, we performed a phylogenetic analysis on 8,360 LRR-RLK receptors in 31 angiosperm genomes (8 monocots and 23 dicots)...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424187/a-mediterranean-diet-lowers-blood-pressure-and-improves-endothelial-function-results-from-the-medley-randomized-intervention-trial
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Courtney R Davis, Jonathan M Hodgson, Richard Woodman, Janet Bryan, Carlene Wilson, Karen J Murphy
Background: The consumption of a Mediterranean diet (MedDiet) is associated with a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. However, its impact on blood pressure and endothelial function is not clear.Objective: We sought to determine the effects of adhering to the consumption of a MedDiet for 6 mo on blood pressure and endothelial function in older, healthy Australians.Design: A total of 166 men and women aged >64 y were allocated via minimization to consume either a MedDiet (n = 85) or their habitual diet (HabDiet; control: n = 81) for 6 mo...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423420/functional-response-of-eretmocerus-delhiensis-on-trialeurodes-vaporariorum-by-parasitism-and-host-feeding
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Jafar Ebrahimifar, Arsalan Jamshidnia, Hossein Allahyari
The parasitoid wasp, Eretmocerus delhiensis (Hymenoptera, Aphelinidae) is a thelytokous and syn-ovigenic parasitoid. To evaluate E. delhiensis as a biocontrol agent in greenhouse, the killing efficiency of this parasitoid by parasitism and host-feeding, were studied. Killing efficiency can be compared by estimation of functional response parameters. Laboratory experiments were performed in controllable conditions to evaluate the functional response of E. delhiensis at eight densities (2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 100, and 120 third nymphal stage) of Trialeurodes vaporariorum (Hemiptera, Aleyrodidae) on two hosts including; tomato and prickly lettuce...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421325/plant-microbial-competition-for-nitrogen-increases-microbial-activities-and-carbon-loss-in-invaded-soils
#16
Matthew E Craig, Jennifer M Fraterrigo
Many invasive plant species show high rates of nutrient acquisition relative to their competitors. Yet the mechanisms underlying this phenomenon, and its implications for ecosystem functioning, are poorly understood, particularly in nutrient-limited systems. Here, we test the hypothesis that an invasive plant species (Microstegium vimineum) enhances its rate of nitrogen (N) acquisition by outcompeting soil organic matter-degrading microbes for N, which in turn accelerates soil N and carbon (C) cycling. We estimated plant cover as an indicator of plant N acquisition rate and quantified plant tissue N, soil C and N content and transformations, and extracellular enzyme activities in invaded and uninvaded plots...
April 18, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421084/characterization-of-the-heme-pocket-structure-and-ligand-binding-kinetics-of-non-symbiotic-hemoglobins-from-the-model-legume-lotus-japonicus
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Laura Calvo-Begueria, Bert Cuypers, Sabine Van Doorslaer, Stefania Abbruzzetti, Stefano Bruno, Herald Berghmans, Sylvia Dewilde, Javier Ramos, Cristiano Viappiani, Manuel Becana
Plant hemoglobins (Hbs) are found in nodules of legumes and actinorhizal plants but also in non-symbiotic organs of monocots and dicots. Non-symbiotic Hbs (nsHbs) have been classified into two phylogenetic groups. Class 1 nsHbs show an extremely high O2 affinity and are induced by hypoxia and nitric oxide (NO), whereas class 2 nsHbs have moderate O2 affinity and are induced by cold and cytokinins. The functions of nsHbs are still unclear, but some of them rely on the capacity of hemes to bind diatomic ligands and catalyze the NO dioxygenase (NOD) reaction (oxyferrous Hb + NO → ferric Hb + nitrate)...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420790/honeybee-gut-microbiota-promotes-host-weight-gain-via-bacterial-metabolism-and-hormonal-signaling
#18
Hao Zheng, J Elijah Powell, Margaret I Steele, Carsten Dietrich, Nancy A Moran
Social bees harbor a simple and specialized microbiota that is spatially organized into different gut compartments. Recent results on the potential involvement of bee gut communities in pathogen protection and nutritional function have drawn attention to the impact of the microbiota on bee health. However, the contributions of gut microbiota to host physiology have yet to be investigated. Here we show that the gut microbiota promotes weight gain of both whole body and the gut in individual honey bees. This effect is likely mediated by changes in host vitellogenin, insulin signaling, and gustatory response...
April 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419907/flc-expression-is-down-regulated-by-cold-treatment-in-diplotaxis-tenuifolia-wild-rocket-but-flowering-time-is-unaffected
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Jemma L Taylor, Andrea Massiah, Sue Kennedy, Yiguo Hong, Stephen D Jackson
Wild rocket (Diplotaxis tenuifolia) has become a very popular salad leaf due to its peppery taste. It is part of the Brassicaceae family and thus has a high level of homology at the DNA level to other Brassica species including Arabidopsis thaliana. The vernalization and photoperiodic requirements of wild rocket have not been reported to date. Photoperiodic experiments described here demonstrate that rocket is a facultative long day plant. To investigate the vernalization requirement, both seed and young plants were given vernalization treatments at 4°C for different lengths of time...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419864/how-to-be-a-good-neighbour-facilitation-and-competition-between-two-co-flowering-species
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Mohsen B Mesgaran, Juliette Bouhours, Mark A Lewis, Roger D Cousens
Empirical evidence suggests that co-flowering species can facilitate each other through shared pollinators. However, the extent to which one co-flowering species can relieve pollination limitation of another while simultaneously competing for abiotic resource has rarely been examined. Using a deterministic model we explored the demographic outcome for one ("focal") species of its co-occurrence with a species that shares pollinators and competes for both pollinator visitation and abiotic resources. In this paper we showed how the overall impact can be positive or negative, depending on the balance between enhanced fertilization versus increased competition...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
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