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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109209/nostoc-thermotolerans-sp-nov-a-soil-dwelling-species-of-nostoc-cyanobacteria-isolated-from-madhya-pradesh-india
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Archana Suradkar, Chelsea Villanueva, Lira A Gaysina, Dale A Casamatta, Aniket Saraf, Gandhali Dighe, Ratnaprabha Mergu, Prashant Singh
A filamentous, soil dwelling cyanobacterial strain (9C-PS) was isolated from Mandsaur, Madhya Pradesh, India and is being described as new species of Nostoc. Extensive morphological and molecular characterization along with thorough assessment of ecology was performed. The style of filament orientation, type and nature of the sheath (e.g., distribution and visibility across the trichome), and vegetative and heterocyte cell dimensions and shape were assessed for more than a year employing both culture and naturally occurring samples...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109208/psychromonas-aquatilis-sp-nov-isolated-from-water-samples-obtained-in-the-chilean-antarctica
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Peter Kämpfer, Rute Irgang, Mathías Poblete-Morales, Stefanie P Glaeser, Marcelo Cortez-San Martín, Ruben Avendaño-Herrera
One slightly beige-white pigmented, Gram-staining negative, rod-shaped bacterium, strain M1A1T, was isolated from seawater samples obtained in Fildes Bay, Antarctica (62º12´S, 58º57´W). Phylogenetic analysis based on nearly full-length 16S rRNA gene sequences showed that the isolate shared 98.4 % 16S rRNA gene sequence identity to the type strain of the species Psychromonas arctica, but less than 97 % 16S rRNA gene sequence similarities to all other Psychromonas species. DNA-DNA hybridisation (DDH) with Psychromonas arctica DSM 14288T showed low values (21 %, reciprocal 27 %)...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109203/pedobacter-lusitanus-sp-nov-a-new-bacterial-species-isolated-from-sludge-of-a-deactivated-uranium-mine-in-portugal
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Cláudia Covas, Tânia Caetano, Andreia Cruz, Tiago Santos, Liliana Dias, Guenter Klein, Amir Abdulmawjood, Luiz Rodríguez-Alcalá, Lígia Pimentel, Ana Gomes, Ana Cristina Freitas, Alba Garcia-Serrano, Javier Fontecha, Sónia Mendo
Strain NL19T is a Gram negative aerobic bacterium that was isolated from sludge of a deactivated uranium mine in Portugal. 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis revealed that strain NL19T is a member of the genus Pedobacter and closely related to the strains Pedobacter himalayensis MTCC 6384T, Pedobacter cryoconitis DSM 14825T, Pedobacter westerhofensis DSM 19036T and P. hartonius DSM 19033T. It has a DNA G+C content of 40.8 mol%, which agreed with the genus description. The main fatty acids include C16:1 9c, C14:1 9c, C4:0, Iso-C17:0, Iso-C17:0 3-OH, C16:0, Anteiso-C15:0 and Iso-C15:0 3-OH...
January 21, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109200/arcobacter-lekithochrous-sp-nov-a-new-species-isolated-from-a-molluscan-hatchery-in-norway
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Ana L Diéguez, Sabela Balboa, Thorolf Magnesen, Jesús L Romalde
Four bacterial strains, LFT 1.7T, LT2C 2.5, LT4C 2.8 and TM 4.6, were isolated from Great scallop (Pecten maximus) larvae and tank seawater in a Norwegian hatchery and characterized by a polyphasic approach including phenotypic, chemotaxonomic and genomic traits. All of them were Gram-negative and motile rods, oxidase and catalase positive and required sea salts for growth. Major fatty acids present were Summed Feature 3 (C16:1ω7c/C16:1 ω6c), Summed Feature 8 (C18:1ω7c or C18:1 ω6c), C16:0, C14:0, Summed Feature 2 (C14:0 3OH/C16:1 iso I), C12:0 3OH and C12:0...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109123/sodium-butyrate-protects-against-high-fat-diet-induced-cardiac-dysfunction-and-metabolic-disorders-in-type-ii-diabetic-mice
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Ling Zhang, Jianfeng Du, Naohiro Yano, Hao Wang, Yu Tina Zhao, Dubielecka-Szczerba Patricia, Shougang Zhuang, Eugene Y Chin, Gangjian Qin, Ting C Zhao
Histone deacetylases are recently identified to act as key regulators for cardiac pathophysiology and metabolic disorders. However, the function of histone deacetylase (HDAC) in controlling cardiac performance in type II diabetes and obesity remains unknown. Here we determine whether HDAC inhibition attenuates high fat diet (HFD)-induced cardiac dysfunction and improves metabolic features. Adult mice were fed with either HFD or standard chow food for 24 weeks. Starting at 12 weeks, mice were divided into four groups randomly, in which sodium butyrate (1%), a potent HDAC inhibitor, was provided to chow and HFD-fed mice in drinking water, respectively...
January 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109001/polygonum-multiflorum-radix-extract-protects-human-foreskin-melanocytes-from-oxidative-stress-in-vitro-and-potentiates-hair-follicle-pigmentation-ex-vivo
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Peggy Sextius, Richard Betts, Ishak Benkhalifa, Stéphane Commo, Joan Eilstein, Marco Massironi, Ping Wang, Jean-Francois Michelet, Jie Qiu, Xuezhu Tan, Severine Jeulin
OBJECTIVE: To examine the ability of an extract from traditional Chinese medicine, Polygonum multiflorum Radix, to protect melanocyte viability from oxidative stress, a key mechanism in the initiation and progression of hair greying. METHODS: To assess the antioxidant capacity of Polygonum multiflorum Radix extract, primary human foreskin melanocytes were treated with a commercially available Polygonum multiflorum Radix extract added to culture medium and exposed to hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ), using intracellular reactive oxygen species concentrations and glutathione/protein ratios as endpoints...
January 20, 2017: International Journal of Cosmetic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108804/antigenic-and-genotypic-characterization-of-rabies-virus-isolated-from-bats-mammalia-chiroptera-from-municipalities-in-s%C3%A3-o-paulo-state-southeastern-brazil
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Benedito Donizete Menozzi, Rafael de Novaes Oliveira, Laís Moraes Paiz, Virgínia Bodelão Richini-Pereira, Helio Langoni
Bats have aroused growing attention in the public health sphere because they are considered the main reservoir of rabies virus (RABV) in the Americas, in places where canine rabies is under control. Antigenic and genetic studies of RABV isolates have been used to describe the epidemiological profile of rabies and to identify possible hosts/reservoirs for different epidemiological cycles. This study describes the antigenic and genotypic characterization of 19 RABV isolates from central nervous system samples of non-hematophagous bats (Mammalia: Chiroptera)...
January 20, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108749/deinococcus-malanensis-sp-nov-isolated-from-radiation-polluted-soil
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Jing Zhu, Shan-Hui Li, Qi-Yong Tang, Min Chu, Wei Wang, Nimaichand Salam, Li Li, Wael N Hozzein, Zhi-Dong Zhang, Wen-Jun Li
A Gram-staining positive, non-spore forming, short rod-shaped and coccus-shaped, non-motile, pink-colored, gamma- and UV-resistant strain, designated T93(T) was isolated from soil of Malan area in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Northwest China. The taxonomic position of the new isolate was determined using a polyphasic approach. Strain T93(T) shared the highest 16 S rRNA gene sequence similarity with Deinococcus deserti VCD115(T) (97.54%). The genomic DNA G+C content of the isolate T93(T) was 61.7 mol%...
January 20, 2017: Archives of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108601/phylogenomics-using-target-restricted-assembly-resolves-intra-generic-relationships-of-parasitic-lice-phthiraptera-columbicola
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Bret M Boyd, Julie M Allen, Nam Nguyen, Andrew D Sweet, Tandy Warnow, Michael D Shapiro, Scott M Villa, Sarah E Bush, Dale H Clayton, Kevin P Johnson
Parasitic "wing lice" (Phthiraptera: Columbicola) and their dove and pigeon hosts are a well-recognized model system for coevolutionary studies at the intersection of micro- and macroevolution. Selection on lice in microevolutionary time occurs as pigeons and doves defend themselves against lice by preening. In turn, behavioral and morphological adaptations of the lice improve their ability to evade host defense. Over macroevolutionary time wing lice tend to cospeciate with their hosts; yet, some species of Columbicola have switched to new host species...
January 19, 2017: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108135/designing-autonomy-opportunities-for-new-wildness-in-the-anthropocene
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REVIEW
Bradley Cantrell, Laura J Martin, Erle C Ellis
Maintaining wild places involves increasingly intensive human interventions. Several recent projects use semi-automated mediating technologies to enact conservation and restoration actions, including re-seeding and invasive species eradication. Could a deep-learning system sustain the autonomy of nonhuman ecological processes at designated sites without direct human interventions? We explore here the prospects for automated curation of wild places, as well as the technical and ethical questions that such co-creation poses for ecologists, conservationists, and designers...
January 17, 2017: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107677/sensitization-of-melanoma-cells-to-alkylating-agent-induced-dna-damage-and-cell-death-via-orchestrating-oxidative-stress-and-ikk%C3%AE-inhibition
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Anfernee Kai-Wing Tse, Ying-Jie Chen, Xiu-Qiong Fu, Tao Su, Ting Li, Hui Guo, Pei-Li Zhu, Hiu-Yee Kwan, Brian Chi-Yan Cheng, Hui-Hui Cao, Sally Kin-Wah Lee, Wang-Fun Fong, Zhi-Ling Yu
Nitrosourea represents one of the most active classes of chemotherapeutic alkylating agents for metastatic melanoma. Treatment with nitrosoureas caused severe systemic side effects which hamper its clinical use. Here, we provide pharmacological evidence that reactive oxygen species (ROS) induction and IKKβ inhibition cooperatively enhance nitrosourea-induced cytotoxicity in melanoma cells. We identified SC-514 as a ROS-inducing IKKβ inhibitor which enhanced the function of nitrosoureas. Elevated ROS level results in increased DNA crosslink efficiency triggered by nitrosoureas and IKKβ inhibition enhances DNA damage signals and sensitizes nitrosourea-induced cell death...
January 12, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107347/whole-genome-amplification-and-reduced-representation-genome-sequencing-of-schistosoma-japonicum-miracidia
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Jonathan A Shortt, Daren C Card, Drew R Schield, Yang Liu, Bo Zhong, Todd A Castoe, Elizabeth J Carlton, David D Pollock
BACKGROUND: In areas where schistosomiasis control programs have been implemented, morbidity and prevalence have been greatly reduced. However, to sustain these reductions and move towards interruption of transmission, new tools for disease surveillance are needed. Genomic methods have the potential to help trace the sources of new infections, and allow us to monitor drug resistance. Large-scale genotyping efforts for schistosome species have been hindered by cost, limited numbers of established target loci, and the small amount of DNA obtained from miracidia, the life stage most readily acquired from humans...
January 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107178/influence-of-structure-of-lactones-with-the-methylcyclohexene-and-dimethylcyclohexene-ring-on-their-biotransformation-and-antimicrobial-activity
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Katarzyna Wińska, Małgorzata Grabarczyk, Wanda Mączka, Barbara Żarowska, Gabriela Maciejewska, Mirosław Anioł
The aim of this article is influence of the structure of lactones with the methylcyclohexene and dimethylcyclohexene ring on their biotransformation and antimicrobial activity. This work was based on the general remark that even the smallest change in the structure of a compound can affect its biological properties. The results of the biotransformation of four bicyclic unsaturated lactones with one or two methyl groups in the cyclohexene ring was tested using fifteen fungal strains (Fusarium species, Penicillium species, Absidia species, Cunninghamella japonica, and Pleurotus ostreatus) and five yeast strains (Yarrowia lipolytica, Rhodorula marina, Rhodorula rubra, Candida viswanathii, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae)...
January 20, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107055/radiating-despite-a-lack-of-character-ecological-divergence-among-closely-related-morphologically-similar-honeyeaters-aves-meliphagidae-co-occurring-in-arid-australian-environments
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Eliot T Miller, Sarah K Wagner, Luke J Harmon, Robert E Ricklefs
Quantifying the relationship between form and function can inform use of morphology as a surrogate for ecology. How the strength of this relationship varies continentally can inform understanding of evolutionary radiations; for example, does the relationship break down when certain lineages invade and diversify in novel habitats? The 75 species of Australian honeyeaters (Meliphagidae) are morphologically and ecologically diverse, with species feeding on nectar, insects, fruit, and other resources. We investigated Meliphagidae ecomorphology and community structure by (1) quantifying the concordance between morphology and ecology (foraging behavior), (2) estimating rates of trait evolution in relation to the packing of ecological space, and (3) comparing phylogenetic and trait community structure across the broad environmental gradients of the continent...
February 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106996/evaluation-of-jatrophane-esters-from-euphorbia-spp-as-modulators-of-candida-albicans-multidrug-transporters
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Mélissa Esposito, Shweta Nim, Louis-Félix Nothias, Jean-François Gallard, Manpreet Kaur Rawal, Jean Costa, Fanny Roussi, Rajendra Prasad, Attilio Di Pietro, Julien Paolini, Marc Litaudon
Twenty-nine jatrophane esters (1-10, 12-30) and one lathyrane (11) diterpenoid ester isolated from Euphorbia species were evaluated for their capacity to inhibit drug-efflux activities of the primary ABC transporter CaCdr1p and the secondary MFS transporter CaMdr1p of Candida albicans, in yeast strains overexpressing the corresponding transporter. These diterpenoid esters were obtained from Euphorbia semiperfoliata (1-10), E. insularis (11), and E. dendroides (12-30) and included five new compounds, euphodendroidins P-T (26-30)...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106844/phenolic-compounds-from-the-leaves-of-castanopsis-fargesii
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Yong-Lin Huang, Ya-Feng Wang, Jin-Lei Liu, Lei Wang, Takashi Tanaka, Yue-Yuan Chen, Feng-Lai Lu, Dian-Peng Li
In the course of a phytochemical and chemotaxonomical investigation of Castanopsis species (Fagaceae), three new phenolic compounds, (3R,1'S)-[1'-(6″-O-galloyl-β-d-gluco-pyranosyl)oxyethyl]-3-hydroxy-dihydrofuran-2(3H)-one (1), (2R,3S)-2-[2'-(galloyl)oxyethyl]-dihydroxybutanoic acid (2), and (3S,4S)-3-hydroxymethyl-3,4-dihydro-5,6,7-trihydroxy-4-(4'-hydroxy-3'-methoxyphenyl)-1H-[2]-benzopyran-1-one (3) were isolated from the fresh leaves of Castanopsis fargesii. In addition, a known phenolic glycoside, gentisic acid 5-O-α-l-rhamnopyranosyl-(1→2)-β-d-glucopyranoside (4) was also isolated and identified...
January 19, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106812/are-cockroaches-an-important-source-of-indoor-endotoxins
#17
Ka Man Lai
Endotoxins are common indoor biocontaminants. Their levels have been shown to link to many sources and factors. One of them is cockroach infestation but the role of cockroaches and contamination mechanisms are unclear. We hypothesized that not only is cockroach infestation a sign of poor hygiene, but it also contributes to indoor endotoxins via fecal contamination. In this study, different cockroach species were caught in homes. The endotoxin and allergen levels and their ratios in cockroach feces were determined...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106724/osteocalcin-mediates-biomineralization-during-osteogenic-maturation-in-human-mesenchymal-stromal-cells
#18
Yu-Tzu Tsao, Yi-Jeng Huang, Hao-Hsiang Wu, Yu-An Liu, Yi-Shiuan Liu, Oscar K Lee
There is a growing interest in cell therapies using mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) for repairing bone defects. MSCs have the ability to differentiate into osteoprogenitors and osteoblasts as well as to form calcified bone matrix. However, the molecular mechanisms governing mineralization during osteogenic differentiation remain unclear. Non-collagenous proteins in the extracellular matrix are believed to control different aspects of the mineralization. Since osteocalcin is the most abundant non-collagenous bone matrix protein, the purpose of this study is to investigate the roles of osteocalcin in mineral species production during osteogenesis of MSCs...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106390/tubulin-binding-and-polymerization-promoting-properties-of-tppp-proteins-are-evolutionarily-conserved
#19
Judit Oláh, Tibor Szénási, Adél Szabó, Kinga Kovács, Péter Lőw, Mauro Stifanic, Ferenc Orosz
Tubulin Polymerization Promoting Proteins (TPPPs) constitute a new eukaryotic protein family. There are three TPPP paralogs in the human genome; denoted as TPPP1, TPPP2 and TPPP3. TPPP1 and TPPP3 are intrinsically unstructured proteins (IUPs) that bind and polymerize tubulin and stabilize microtubules but TPPP2 does not. Vertebrate TPPPs originated from the ancient invertebrate TPPP by two-round whole-genome-duplication thus it was an open question whether the tubulin/microtubule binding function of TPPP1 and TPPP3 is a newly acquired property or it was present in the invertebrate orthologs (generally one TPPP/species)...
January 20, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106193/light-driven-reversible-surface-functionalization-with-anthracenes-visible-light-writing-and-mild-uv-erasing
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Tanja K Claus, Siham Telitel, Alexander Welle, Martin Bastmeyer, Andrew P Vogt, Guillaume Delaittre, Christopher Barner-Kowollik
We introduce a methodology to reversibly pattern planar surfaces via the light-induced dimerization of anthracenes, particularly involving a 9-triazolylanthracene motif. Specifically, we demonstrate that the visible light-induced forward reaction can be employed to pattern small molecule species as well as polymers in a spatially resolved fashion. Under UV irradiation, the generated patterns can be erased to regenerate reactive areas, which are then available for a new functionalization step. The dynamic change in surface chemistry is evidenced by ToF-SIMS...
January 20, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
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