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Chiara Mignogna, Andrea Amorosi, Pasquale Mastroroberto
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May 1, 2018: International Journal of Surgical Pathology
Bankala Krishnarjuna, Jessica Villegas-Moreno, Michela L Mitchell, Agota Csoti, Steve Peigneur, Carlos Amero, Michael W Pennington, Jan Tytgat, Gyorgy Panyi, Raymond S Norton
Sea anemone venom is rich in bioactive compounds, including peptides containing multiple disulfide bridges. In a transcriptomic study on Oulactis sp., we identified the putative 36-residue peptide, OspTx2b, which is an isoform of the KV channel blocker OspTx2a (Sunanda P et al. (2018) Identification, chemical synthesis, structure and function of a new KV 1 channel blocking peptide from Oulactis sp. Peptide Science, in press). As OspTx2b contains a ShK/BgK-like cysteine framework, with high amino acid sequence similarity to BgK, we were interested to investigate its structure and function...
May 14, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
John E Parkinson, Trevor R Tivey, Paige E Mandelare, Donovon A Adpressa, Sandra Loesgen, Virginia M Weis
Mutualisms between cnidarian hosts and dinoflagellate endosymbionts are foundational to coral reef ecosystems. These symbioses are often re-established every generation with high specificity, but gaps remain in our understanding of the cellular mechanisms that control symbiont recognition and uptake dynamics. Here, we tested whether differences in glycan profiles among different symbiont species account for the different rates at which they initially colonize aposymbiotic polyps of the model sea anemone Aiptasia ( Exaiptasia pallida )...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Tobias Baumann, Franz-Josef Schmitt, Almut Pelzer, Vivian Jeanette Spiering, Georg Johannes Freiherr von Sass, Thomas Friedrich, Nediljko Budisa
Fluorescent proteins are fundamental tools for the life sciences, in particular for fluorescence microscopy of living cells. While wild-type and engineered variants of the green fluorescent protein from Aequorea victoria (avGFP) as well as homologs from other species already cover large parts of the optical spectrum, a spectral gap remains in the near-infrared region, for which avGFP-based fluorophores are not available. Red-shifted fluorescent protein (FP) variants would substantially expand the toolkit for spectral unmixing of multiple molecular species, but the naturally occurring red-shifted FPs derived from corals or sea anemones have lower fluorescence quantum yield and inferior photo-stability compared to the avGFP variants...
April 27, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Elizabeth León-Palmero, Vanessa Joglar, Pedro A Álvarez, Antonio Martín-Platero, Inmaculada Llamas, Isabel Reche
Marine invertebrates, as holobionts, contain symbiotic bacteria that coevolve and develop antimicrobial substances. These symbiotic bacteria are an underexplored source of new bioactive molecules to face the emerging antibiotic resistance in pathogens. Here, we explored the antimicrobial activity of bacteria retrieved from the microbiota of two sea anemones (Anemonia sulcata, Actinia equina) and two holothurians (Holothuria tubulosa, Holothuria forskali). We tested the antimicrobial activity of the isolated bacteria against pathogens with interest for human health, agriculture and aquaculture...
2018: PloS One
Jacob F Warner, Vincent Guerlais, Aldine R Amiel, Hereroa Johnston, Karine Nedoncelle, Eric Röttinger
For over a century researchers have been comparing embryogenesis and regeneration hoping that lessons learned from embryonic development will unlock hidden regenerative potential. This problem has historically been a difficult one to investigate since the best regenerative model systems are poor embryonic models and vice versa. Recently however, this question has seen renewed interest as emerging models have allowed researchers to investigate these processes in the same organism. This interest has been further fueled by the advent of high-throughput transcriptomic analyses that provide virtual mountains of data...
May 8, 2018: Development
Michal Sorek, Yisrael Schnytzer, Hiba Waldman Ben-Asher, Vered Chalifa Caspi, Chii-Shiarng Chen, David J Miller, Oren Levy
BACKGROUND: All organisms employ biological clocks to anticipate physical changes in the environment; however, the integration of biological clocks in symbiotic systems has received limited attention. In corals, the interpretation of rhythmic behaviours is complicated by the daily oscillations in tissue oxygen tension resulting from the photosynthetic and respiratory activities of the associated algal endosymbiont Symbiodinium. In order to better understand the integration of biological clocks in cnidarian hosts of Symbiodinium, daily rhythms of behaviour and gene expression were studied in symbiotic and aposymbiotic morphs of the sea-anemone Aiptasia diaphana...
May 9, 2018: Microbiome
Ekaterina S Bocharova, Alexey A Sergeev, Aleksandr A Volkov
From the DNA libraries enriched by the repeat motifs (AAAC) 6 , (AATC) 6 , (ACAG) 6 , (ACCT) 6 , (ACTC) 6 , ACTG) 6 , (AAAT) 8 , (AACT) 8 , (AAGT) 8 , (AGAT) 8 , for two viviparous sea anemones Aulactinia stella and Cribrinopsis albopunctata, 41 primer pairs were developed. These primer pairs resulted in the identification of 41 candidate microsatellite loci in either A. stella or C. albopunctata . Polymorphic loci were identified in both sea anemone species for 13 of the primer pairs and can be applicable for population genetics researches...
2018: F1000Research
Rafael Lemaitre, Dwi Listyo Rahayu, Tomoyuki Komai
For 130 years the diogenid genus Paguropsis Henderson, 1888 was considered monotypic for an unusual species, P. typica Henderson, 1888, described from the Philippines and seldom reported since. Although scantly studied, this species is known to live in striking symbiosis with a colonial sea anemone that the hermit can stretch back and forth like a blanket over its cephalic shield and part of cephalothoracic appendages, and thus the common name "blanket-crab". During a study of paguroid collections obtained during recent French-sponsored biodiversity campaigns in the Indo-West Pacific, numerous specimens assignable to Paguropsis were encountered...
2018: ZooKeys
Aisel Valle, Luis Benito Pérez-Socas, Liem Canet, Yadira de la Patria Hervis, German de Armas-Guitart, Diogo Martins-de-Sa, Jônatas Cunha Barbosa Lima, Adolfo Carlos Barros Souza, João Alexandre Ribeiro Gonçalves Barbosa, Sonia Maria de Freitas, Isabel Fabiola Pazos
The Trp111 to Cys mutant of sticholysin I, an actinoporin from Stichodactyla helianthus sea anemone, forms a homodimer via a disulfide bridge. The purified dimer is 193 times less hemolytic than the monomer. Ultracentrifugation, dynamic light scattering and size-exclusion chromatography demonstrate that monomers and dimers are the only independent oligomeric states encountered. Indeed, circular dichroism and fluorescence spectroscopies showed that Trp/Tyr residues participate in homodimerization and that the dimer is less thermostable than the monomer...
April 26, 2018: Scientific Reports
Shawn J Waller, Laura E Knighton, Lenora M Crabtree, Abigail L Perkins, Adam M Reitzel, Andrew W Truman
Marine organisms experience abiotic stressors such as fluctuations in temperature, UV radiation, salinity, and oxygen concentration. Heat shock proteins (HSPs) assist in the response of cells to these stressors by refolding and maintaining the activity of damaged proteins. The well-conserved Hsp70 chaperone family is essential for cell viability as well as the response to stress. Organisms possess a variety of Hsp70 isoforms that differ slightly in amino acid sequence, yet very little is known about their functional relevance...
April 25, 2018: Cell Stress & Chaperones
Yasmin Gabay, Virginia M Weis, Simon K Davy
The genus Symbiodinium is physiologically diverse and so may differentially influence symbiosis establishment and function. To explore this, we inoculated aposymbiotic individuals of the sea anemone Exaiptasia pallida (commonly referred to as "Aiptasia"), a model for coral symbiosis, with one of five Symbiodinium species or types (S. microadriaticum, S. minutum, phylotype C3, S. trenchii, or S. voratum). The spatial pattern of colonization was monitored over time via confocal microscopy, and various physiological parameters were measured to assess symbiosis functionality...
February 2018: Biological Bulletin
Fernando Lazcano-Pérez, Ariana Zavala-Moreno, Yadira Rufino-González, Martha Ponce-Macotela, Alejandro García-Arredondo, Miguel Cuevas-Cruz, Saúl Gómez-Manzo, Jaime Marcial-Quino, Barbarín Arreguín-Lozano, Roberto Arreguín-Espinosa
Background: Cnidarian venoms and extracts have shown a broad variety of biological activities including cytotoxic, antibacterial and antitumoral effects. Most of these studied extracts were obtained from sea anemones or jellyfish. The present study aimed to determine the toxic activity and assess the antitumor and antiparasitic potential of Palythoa caribaeorum venom by evaluating its in vitro toxicity on several models including human tumor cell lines and against the parasite Giardia intestinalis ...
2018: Journal of Venomous Animals and Toxins Including Tropical Diseases
Rimma Kalina, Irina Gladkikh, Pavel Dmitrenok, Oleg Chernikov, Sergey Koshelev, Aleksandra Kvetkina, Sergey Kozlov, Emma Kozlovskaya, Margarita Monastyrnaya
Sea anemones are an abundant source of various biologically active peptides. The hydrophobic 20% ethanol fraction of tropical sea anemone Heteractis crispa was shown to contain at least 159 peptide compounds including neurotoxins, proteinase and α-amylase inhibitors, as well as modulators of acid-sensing ion channels (ASICs). The three new peptides, π-AnmTX Hcr 1b-2, -3, and -4 (41 aa) (short names Hcr 1b-2, -3, -4), identified by a combination of reversed-phase liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry were found to belong to the class 1b sea anemone neurotoxins...
April 22, 2018: Peptides
Erwann P Loret, José Luis, Christopher Nuccio, Claude Villard, Pascal Mansuelle, Régine Lebrun, Pierre Henri Villard
Sea anemones are a remarkable source of active principles due to a decentralized venom system. New blood vessel growth or angiogenesis is a very promising target against cancer, but the few available antiangiogenic compounds have limited efficacy. In this study, a protein fraction, purified from tentacles of Anemonia viridis , was able to limit endothelial cells proliferation and angiogenesis at low concentration (14 nM). Protein sequences were determined with Edman degradation and mass spectrometry in source decay and revealed homologies with Blood Depressing Substance (BDS) sea anemones...
April 19, 2018: Marine Drugs
Maha J Cziesielski, Yi Jin Liew, Guoxin Cui, Sebastian Schmidt-Roach, Sara Campana, Claudius Marondedze, Manuel Aranda
Corals and their endosymbiotic dinoflagellates of the genus Symbiodinium have a fragile relationship that breaks down under heat stress, an event known as bleaching. However, many coral species have adapted to high temperature environments such as the Red Sea (RS). To investigate mechanisms underlying temperature adaptation in zooxanthellate cnidarians we compared transcriptome- and proteome-wide heat stress response (24 h at 32°C) of three strains of the model organism Aiptasia pallida from regions with differing temperature profiles; North Carolina (CC7), Hawaii (H2) and the RS...
April 25, 2018: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
Denis Allemand, Paola Furla
Cnidarians (corals and sea anemones) harbouring photosynthetic microalgae derive several benefits from their association. To allow this association, numerous symbiotic-dependent adaptations in both partners, resulting from evolutionary pressures, have been selected. The dinoflagellate symbionts (zooxanthellae) are located inside a vesicle in the cnidarian host cell and are therefore exposed to a very different environment compared to the free-living state of these microalgae in terms of ion concentration and carbon content and speciation...
April 9, 2018: Comptes Rendus Biologies
Kenta Tsutsui, Tomomi Sato
Actinoporins are pore-forming proteins found in sea anemones. Although we now have a large collection of data on actinoporins, our knowledge is based heavily on those identified in shallow-water anemones. Because the deep sea differs considerably from shallow waters in hydrostatic pressures, temperatures, and the prey composition, the deep-sea actinoporin may have evolved in unique ways. This study, therefore, aimed to obtain new actinoporins in the deep-sea anemone Cribrinopis japonica (Actiniaria, Actiniidae)...
April 9, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
Zong-Ze Wu, Guo-Fang Ding, Fang-Fang Huang, Zui-Su Yang, Fang-Miao Yu, Yu-Ping Tang, Ying-Lu Jia, Yuan-Yuan Zheng, Rui Chen
Anthopleura anjunae anti-tumor peptide (AAP-H) is a pentapeptide from the sea anemone Anthopleura anjunae with an amino acid sequence of Tyr-Val-Pro-Gly-Pro that is obtained by alkaline protease enzymatic hydrolysis extraction. In this study, we investigated the inhibitory effects of AAP-H on prostate cancer DU-145 cell proliferation using a methylthiazolyldiphenyl-tetrazolium bromide assay. Cell morphology was analyzed by hematoxylin-eosin staining, acridine orange/ethidium bromide fluorescence staining, Hoechst 33258 fluorescence staining, and scanning electron microscopy...
April 12, 2018: Marine Drugs
Tommy Norin, Suzanne C Mills, Amélie Crespel, Daphne Cortese, Shaun S Killen, Ricardo Beldade
Increased ocean temperatures are causing mass bleaching of anemones and corals in the tropics worldwide. While such heat-induced loss of algal symbionts (zooxanthellae) directly affects anemones and corals physiologically, this damage may also cascade on to other animal symbionts. Metabolic rate is an integrative physiological trait shown to relate to various aspects of organismal performance, behaviour and locomotor capacity, and also shows plasticity during exposure to acute and chronic stressors. As climate warming is expected to affect the physiology, behaviour and life history of animals, including ectotherms such as fish, we measured if residing in bleached versus unbleached sea anemones ( Heteractis magnifica ) affected the standard (i...
April 11, 2018: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
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