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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334470/heterologous-expression-of-rhizobial-celc2-cellulase-impairs-symbiotic-signaling-and-nodulation-in-medicago-truncatula
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Marta Robledo, Esther Menéndez, Jose Ignacio Jimenez-Zurdo, Raúl Rivas, Encarna Velazquez, Eustoquio Martinez-Molina, Giles Oldroyd, Pedro F Mateos
The infection of legume plants by rhizobia is tightly regulated to ensure accurate bacterial penetration, infection and development of functionally efficient nitrogen-fixing root nodules. Rhizobial Nod Factors (NF) have key roles in the elicitation of nodulation signalling. Infection of white clover roots also involves the tightly regulated specific breakdown of the non-crystalline apex of cell walls in growing root hairs, which is mediated by Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. trifolii cellulase CelC2. Here, we have analyzed the impact of this endoglucanase on symbiotic signalling in the model legume Medicago truncatula...
January 15, 2018: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332309/how-have-leaves-of-mycoheterotrophic-plants-evolved-from-the-view-point-of-a-developmental-biologist
#2
Hirokazu Tsukaya
How mycoheterotrophs have evolved and how they are sustained are an enigma. Structural analyses of the plastid genome and phylogenetic analyses of mycoheterotrophs have been used to identify mycorrhizal fungi. Molecular genetic studies have also revealed the mechanism for plant-fungi interactions. However, the evolution of the small, scale-like vegetative leaves of mycoheterotrophs is unknown. As almost all genes determining leaf size affect the floral organ sizes, it is highly implausible that loss-of-function mutations in leaf size regulators caused the evolution of smaller foliage leaves in mycoheterotrophs...
January 14, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332217/a-novel-glucuronoyl-esterase-from-aspergillus-fumigatus-the-role-of-conserved-lys-residue-in-the-preference-for-4-o-methyl-glucuronoyl-esters
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Hung Hiep Huynh, Nozomi Ishii, Ichiro Matsuo, Manabu Arioka
Cellulose in plant cell walls is mainly covered by hemicellulose and lignin, and thus efficient removal of these components is thought to be a key step in the optimal utilization of lignocellulose. The recently discovered carbohydrate esterase (CE) 15 family of glucuronoyl esterases (GEs) which cleave the linkages between the free carboxyl group of D-glucuronic acid in hemicellulose and the benzyl groups in lignin residues could contribute to this process. Herein, we report the identification, functional expression, and enzymatic characterization of a GE, AfGE, from the filamentous fungus Aspergillus fumigatus...
January 14, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332042/protective-effects-of-indian-spice-curcumin-against-amyloid-%C3%AE-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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P Hemachandra Reddy, Maria Manczak, Xiangling Yin, Mary Catherine Grady, Andrew Mitchell, Sahil Tonk, Chandra Sekhar Kuruva, Jasvinder Singh Bhatti, Ramesh Kandimalla, Murali Vijayan, Subodh Kumar, Rui Wang, Jangampalli Adi Pradeepkiran, Gilbert Ogunmokun, Kavya Thamarai, Kandi Quesada, Annette Boles, Arubala P Reddy
The purpose of our article is to assess the current understanding of Indian spice, curcumin, against amyloid-β (Aβ)-induced toxicity in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis. Natural products, such as ginger, curcumin, and gingko biloba have been used as diets and dietary supplements to treat human diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular, respiratory, infectious, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndromes, and neurological disorders. Products derived from plants are known to have protective effects, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-arthritis, pro-healing, and boosting memory cognitive functions...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331881/ameliorative-role-of-genistein-against-age-dependent-chronic-arsenic-toxicity-in-murine-brains-via-the-regulation-of-oxidative-stress-and-inflammatory-signaling-cascades
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Sukanya Saha, Pritam Sadhukhan, Sushweta Mahalanobish, Sayanta Dutta, Parames C Sil
Brain is highly prone to oxidative damage due to its huge lipid content and extensive energy requirements. Exogenous insult in brain via oxidative injury can lead to severe pathophysiological conditions. Age-dependent deterioration of normal brain functions is also noteworthy. Genistein, a polyphenolic isoflavonoid, obtained from the soy plant, is well known to protect against several diseased conditions. Here, in this study chronic brain toxicity model was developed using oral administration of arsenic for 90 days in adult and aged murines...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330904/testing-a-chemical-series-inspired-by-plant-stress-oxylipin-signaling-agents-for-herbicide-safening-activity
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Melissa Brazier-Hicks, Kathryn M Knight, Jonathan D Sellars, Patrick G Steel, Robert Edwards
BACKGROUND: Herbicide safening in cereals is linked to a rapid xenobiotic response (XR), involving the induction of glutathione transferases (GSTs). The XR is also invoked by oxidized fatty acids (oxylipins) released during plant stress, suggesting a link between these signaling agents and safening. To examine this relationship, a series of compounds modelled on the oxylipins 12-oxophytodienoic acid and phytoprostane 1, varying in lipophilicity and electrophilicity were synthesized. Compounds were then tested for their ability to invoke the XR in Arabidopsis and protect rice seedlings exposed to the herbicide pretilachlor, as compared with the safener fenclorim...
January 13, 2018: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330538/flux-of-the-biogenic-volatiles-isoprene-and-dimethyl-sulfide-from-an-oligotrophic-lake
#7
Michael Steinke, Bettina Hodapp, Rameez Subhan, Thomas G Bell, Dominik Martin-Creuzburg
Biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) affect atmospheric chemistry, climate and regional air quality in terrestrial and marine atmospheres. Although isoprene is a major BVOC produced in vascular plants, and marine phototrophs release dimethyl sulfide (DMS), lakes have been widely ignored for their production. Here we demonstrate that oligotrophic Lake Constance, a model for north temperate deep lakes, emits both volatiles to the atmosphere. Depth profiles indicated that highest concentrations of isoprene and DMS were associated with the chlorophyll maximum, suggesting that their production is closely linked to phototrophic processes...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330162/transcriptome-analyses-of-mosaic-msc-mitochondrial-mutants-of-cucumber-in-a-highly-inbred-nuclear-background
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Tomasz L Mróz, Sebastian Eves-van den Akker, Agata Bernat, Agnieszka Skarzyńska, Leszek Pryszcz, Madeline Olberg, Michael J Havey, Grzegorz Bartoszewski
Cucumber (Cucumis sativus L.) has a large, paternally transmitted mitochondrial genome. Cucumber plants regenerated from cell cultures occasionally show paternally transmitted mosaic (MSC) phenotypes, characterized by slower growth, chlorotic patterns on the leaves and fruit, lower fertility, and rearrangements in their mitochondrial DNAs (mtDNAs). MSC lines 3, 12, and 16 originated from different cell cultures all established using the highly-inbred, wild-type line B. These MSC lines possess different rearrangements and under-represented regions in their mtDNAs...
January 12, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324998/introducing-turgor-driven-growth-dynamics-into-functional-structural-plant-models
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Jonas R Coussement, Tom De Swaef, Peter Lootens, Isabel Roldán-Ruiz, Kathy Steppe
Background and Aims: In many scenarios the availability of assimilated carbon is not the constraining factor of plant growth. Rather, organ growth appears driven by sink activity in which water availability plays a determinant role. Current functional-structural plant models (FSPMs) mainly focus on plant-carbon relations and largely disregard the importance of plant water status in organogenesis. Consequently, incorporating a turgor-driven growth concept, coupling carbon and water dynamics in an FSPM, presents a significant improvement towards capturing plant development in a more mechanistic manner...
January 9, 2018: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321897/nutrient-stoichiometry-and-land-use-rather-than-species-richness-determine-plant-functional-diversity
#10
Verena Busch, Valentin H Klaus, Caterina Penone, Deborah Schäfer, Steffen Boch, Daniel Prati, Jörg Müller, Stephanie A Socher, Ülo Niinemets, Josep Peñuelas, Norbert Hölzel, Markus Fischer, Till Kleinebecker
Plant functional traits reflect individual and community ecological strategies. They allow the detection of directional changes in community dynamics and ecosystemic processes, being an additional tool to assess biodiversity than species richness. Analysis of functional patterns in plant communities provides mechanistic insight into biodiversity alterations due to anthropogenic activity. Although studies have consi-dered of either anthropogenic management or nutrient availability on functional traits in temperate grasslands, studies combining effects of both drivers are scarce...
January 2018: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321872/relative-contribution-of-neutral-and-deterministic-processes-in-shaping-fruit-feeding-butterfly-assemblages-in-afrotropical-forests
#11
Kwaku Aduse-Poku, Freerk Molleman, William Oduro, Samuel K Oppong, David J Lohman, Rampal S Etienne
The unified neutral theory of biodiversity and biogeography has gained the status of a quantitative null model for explaining patterns in ecological (meta)communities. The theory assumes that individuals of trophically similar species are functionally equivalent. We empirically evaluate the relative contribution of neutral and deterministic processes in shaping fruit-feeding butterfly assemblages in three tropical forests in Africa, using both direct (confronting the neutral model with species abundance data) and indirect approaches (testing the predictions of neutral theory using data other than species abundance distributions)...
January 2018: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321858/how-do-steppe-plants-follow-their-optimal-environmental-conditions-or-persist-under-suboptimal-conditions-the-differing-strategies-of-annuals-and-perennials
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Hocine Ait Mouheb, Leila Kadik, Cécile Hélène Albert, Rachda Berrached, Andreas Prinzing
For a species to be able to respond to environmental change, it must either succeed in following its optimal environmental conditions or in persisting under suboptimal conditions, but we know very little about what controls these capacities. We parameterized species distribution models (SDMs) for 135 plant species from the Algerian steppes. We interpreted low false-positive rates as reflecting a high capacity to follow optimal environmental conditions and high false-negative rates as a high capacity to persist under suboptimal environmental conditions...
January 2018: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321596/high-resolution-31p-nmr-spectroscopy-generates-a-quantitative-evolution-profile-of-phosphorous-translocation-in-germinating-sesame-seed
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Honghao Cai, Wei-Gang Chuang, Xiaohong Cui, Ren-Hao Cheng, Kuohsun Chiu, Zhong Chen, Shangwu Ding
Phosphorus metabolism and circulation are essential bio-physicochemical processes during development of a plant and have been extensively studied and known to be affected by temperature, humidity, lighting, hormones etc. However, a quantitative description of how various phosphorous species evolve over time has not been reported. In this work, a combined 31P liquid and solid state NMR spectroscopic methodology is employed, supported by a new extraction scheme and data analysis method, to carry out a quantitative investigation of phosphorous circulation in germinating sesame seeds in dark and under illumination with and without adding a growth hormone...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321529/multilayer-networks-reveal-the-spatial-structure-of-seed-dispersal-interactions-across-the-great-rift-landscapes
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Sérgio Timóteo, Marta Correia, Susana Rodríguez-Echeverría, Helena Freitas, Ruben Heleno
Species interaction networks are traditionally explored as discrete entities with well-defined spatial borders, an oversimplification likely impairing their applicability. Using a multilayer network approach, explicitly accounting for inter-habitat connectivity, we investigate the spatial structure of seed-dispersal networks across the Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. We show that the overall seed-dispersal network is composed by spatially explicit communities of dispersers spanning across habitats, functionally linking the landscape mosaic...
January 10, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320165/solution-nmr-structure-and-backbone-dynamics-of-the-partially-disordered-arabidopsis-thaliana-phloem-protein-16-1-a-putative-mrna-transporter
#15
Pulikallu Sashi, Kiran Kumar Singarapu, Abani K Bhuyan
Although RNA-binding proteins in plant phloem are believed to carry out long-distance systemic transport of RNA in the phloem conduit, the structure of none of them is known. The Arabidopsis thaliana phloem protein 16-1 (AtPP16-1) is such a putative mRNA transporter whose structure and backbone dynamics have been studied at pH 4.1, 25oC, by high-resolution NMR spectroscopy. Results obtained using basic optical spectroscopic tools show that the protein is unstable with little secondary structure near the physiological pH of the phloem sap...
January 10, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319892/role-of-cytochrome-p450-2b-sequence-variation-and-gene-copy-number-in-facilitating-dietary-specialization-in-mammalian-herbivores
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Smiljka Kitanovic, Teri J Orr, Daniel Spalink, Granger B Cocke, Katharina Schramm, P Ross Wilderman, James R Halpert, M Denise Dearing
Theory postulates that dietary specialization in mammalian herbivores is enabled by a specialized set of liver enzymes that process the high concentrations of similar plant secondary metabolites (PSMs) in the diets of specialists. To investigate whether qualitative and quantitative differences in detoxification mechanisms distinguish dietary specialists from generalists, we compared the sequence diversity and gene copy number of detoxification enzymes in two woodrat species: a generalist, the white-throated woodrat (Neotoma albigula), and a juniper specialist, Stephens' woodrat (N...
January 10, 2018: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317219/icariin-inhibits-lps-induced-cell-inflammatory-response-by-promoting-gr%C3%AE-nuclear-translocation-and-upregulating-gr%C3%AE-expression
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Xianjun Sun, Xiaohong Deng, Waijiao Cai, Wenwei Li, Ziyin Shen, Tinghui Jiang, Jianhua Huang
AIMS: Icariin (ICA) is a flavonoid isolated from certain plant species in the genus Epimedium, especially Epimedium brevicornum. Previous studies indicated that ICA has certain regulatory effects on some inflammatory diseases, and that ICA regulates the activity of glucocorticoid receptor (GR) and NF-κB. But the causal link between GR and NF-κB and other downstream pathways in effects of ICA remained elusive, therefore here we have investigated whether ICA could promote GR function, in turn, to regulate NF-κB and/or other factors to achieve its anti-inflammatory effect...
January 6, 2018: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315591/suppression-of-a-single-bahd-gene-in-setaria-viridis-causes-large-stable-decreases-in-cell-wall-feruloylation-and-increases-biomass-digestibility
#18
Wagner R de Souza, Polyana K Martins, Jackie Freeman, Till K Pellny, Louise V Michaelson, Bruno L Sampaio, Felipe Vinecky, Ana P Ribeiro, Barbara A D B da Cunha, Adilson K Kobayashi, Patricia A de Oliveira, Raquel B Campanha, Thályta F Pacheco, Danielly C I Martarello, Rogério Marchiosi, Osvaldo Ferrarese-Filho, Wanderley D Dos Santos, Robson Tramontina, Fabio M Squina, Danilo C Centeno, Marília Gaspar, Marcia R Braga, Marco A S Tiné, John Ralph, Rowan A C Mitchell, Hugo B C Molinari
Feruloylation of arabinoxylan (AX) in grass cell walls is a key determinant of recalcitrance to enzyme attack, making it a target for improvement of grass crops, and of interest in grass evolution. Definitive evidence on the genes responsible is lacking so we studied a candidate gene that we identified within the BAHD acyl-CoA transferase family. We used RNA interference (RNAi) silencing of orthologs in the model grasses Setaria viridis (SvBAHD01) and Brachypodium distachyon (BdBAHD01) and determined effects on AX feruloylation...
January 8, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315528/resource-competition-model-predicts-zonation-and-increasing-nutrient-use-efficiency-along-a-wetland-salinity-gradient
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D R Schoolmaster, C L Stagg
A trade-off between competitive ability and stress tolerance has been hypothesized and empirically supported to explain the zonation of species across stress gradients for a number of systems. Since stress often reduces plant productivity, one might expect a pattern of decreasing productivity across the zones of the stress gradient. However, this pattern is often not observed in coastal wetlands that show patterns of zonation along a salinity gradient. To address the potentially complex relationship between stress, zonation and productivity in coastal wetlands, we developed a model of plant biomass as a function of resource competition and salinity stress...
January 8, 2018: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315021/the-global-regulatory-protein-vela-is-required-for-symbiosis-between-the-endophytic-fungus-epichlo%C3%A3-festucae-and-lolium-perenne
#20
Mostafa Rahnama, Richard Johnson, Christine Rosalie Voisey, Wayne R Simpson, Damien J Fleetwood
Epichloë species fungi form bioprotective endophytic symbioses with many cool-season grasses, including agriculturally important forage grasses. Despite its importance, relatively little is known about the molecular details of the interaction and the regulatory genes involved. One of the key global regulators in fungal secondary metabolism and development is the VelA protein. In this study, velA was functionally characterised in vitro and in fungal interaction with its host perennial ryegrass. The velA gene is required for E...
January 9, 2018: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
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