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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196786/assessing-the-chronic-toxicity-of-copper-and-aluminium-to-the-tropical-sea-anemone-exaiptasia-pallida
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Melanie A Trenfield, Joost W van Dam, Andrew J Harford, David Parry, Claire Streten, Karen Gibb, Rick A van Dam
The world's most productive bauxite mines and alumina refineries are located in tropical or sub-tropical regions. The discharge water from alumina refineries can contain elevated aluminium (Al, <0.45µm fraction), from 30 to 1000μg/L. There is a need for additional information on the toxicity of Al to aquatic organisms to improve the environmental regulation and management of alumina refinery operations in tropical coastal regions. A 14-d chronic toxicity test was developed for the tropical sea anemone Exaiptasia pallida...
February 11, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194851/inversion-of-the-side-chain-stereochemistry-of-indvidual-thr-or-ile-residues-in-a-protein-molecule-impact-on-the-folding-stability-and-structure-of-the-shk-toxin
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Bobo Dang, Rong Shen, Tomoya Kubota, Kalyaneswar Mandal, Francisco Bezanilla, Benoit Roux, Stephen B H Kent
ShK toxin is a cysteine-rich 35-residue protein ion-channel ligand isolated from the sea anemone Stichodactyla helianthus. In this work, we studied the effect of inverting the side chain stereochemistry of individual Thr or Ile residues on the properties of the ShK protein. Molecular dynamics simulations were used to calculate the free energy cost of inverting the side-chain stereochemistry of individual Thr or Ile residues. Guided by the computational results, we used chemical protein synthesis to prepare three ShK polypeptide chain analogues, each containing either an allo-Thr or an allo-Ile residue...
February 14, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173991/damage-of-eukaryotic-cells-by-the-pore-forming-toxin-sticholysin-ii-consequences-of-the-potassium-efflux
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Sheila Cabezas, Sylvia Ho, Uris Ros, María E Lanio, Carlos Alvarez, F Gisou van der Goot
Pore-forming toxins (PFTs) form holes in membranes causing one of the most catastrophic damages to a target cell. Target organisms have evolved a regulated response against PFTs damage including cell membrane repair. This ability of cells strongly depends on the toxin concentration and the properties of the pores. It has been hypothesized that there is an inverse correlation between the size of the pores and the time required to repair the membrane, which has been for long a non-intuitive concept and far to be completely understood...
February 4, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168117/boxer-crabs-induce-asexual-reproduction-of-their-associated-sea-anemones-by-splitting-and-intraspecific-theft
#4
Yisrael Schnytzer, Yaniv Giman, Ilan Karplus, Yair Achituv
Crabs of the genus Lybia have the remarkable habit of holding a sea anemone in each of their claws. This partnership appears to be obligate, at least on the part of the crab. The present study focuses on Lybia leptochelis from the Red Sea holding anemones of the genus Alicia (family Aliciidae). These anemones have not been found free living, only in association with L. leptochelis. In an attempt to understand how the crabs acquire them, we conducted a series of behavioral experiments and molecular analyses...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150733/transcriptomic-investigation-of-wound-healing-and-regeneration-in-the-cnidarian-calliactis-polypus
#5
Zachary K Stewart, Ana Pavasovic, Daniella H Hock, Peter J Prentis
Wound healing and regeneration in cnidarian species, a group that forms the sister phylum to Bilateria, remains poorly characterised despite the ability of many cnidarians to rapidly repair injuries, regenerate lost structures, or re-form whole organisms from small populations of somatic cells. Here we present results from a fully replicated RNA-Seq experiment to identify genes that are differentially expressed in the sea anemone Calliactis polypus following catastrophic injury. We find that a large-scale transcriptomic response is established in C...
February 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117771/inducing-complete-polyp-regeneration-from-the-aboral-physa-of-the-starlet-sea-anemone-nematostella-vectensis
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Patricia Bossert, Gerald H Thomsen
Cnidarians, and specifically Hydra, were the first animals shown to regenerate damaged or severed structures, and indeed such studies arguably launched modern biological inquiry through the work of Trembley more than 250 years ago. Presently the study of regeneration has seen a resurgence using both "classic" regenerative organisms, such as the Hydra, planaria and Urodeles, as well as a widening spectrum of species spanning the range of metazoa, from sponges through mammals. Besides its intrinsic interest as a biological phenomenon, understanding how regeneration works in a variety of species will inform us about whether regenerative processes share common features and/or species or context-specific cellular and molecular mechanisms...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077580/peptide-from-sea-anemone-metridium-senile-affects-transient-receptor-potential-ankyrin-repeat-1-trpa1-function-and-produces-analgesic-effect
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Yulia A Logashina, Irina V Mosharova, Yulia V Korolkova, Irina V Shelukhina, Igor A Dyachenko, Victor A Palikov, Yulia A Palikova, Arkadii N Murashev, Sergey A Kozlov, Klara Stensvåg, Yaroslav A Andreev
The transient receptor potential ankyrin-repeat 1 (TRPA1) is an important player in pain and inflammatory pathways. It is a promising target for novel drug development for the treatment of a number of pathological states. A novel peptide producing a significant potentiating effect on allyl isothiocyanate (AITC)- and diclofenac-induced currents of TRPA1 was isolated from the venom of sea anemone Metridium senile. It is a 35-amino-acid peptide cross-linked by two disulfide bridges, named τ-AnmTX Ms 9a-1 (short name Ms 9a-1) according to a structure similar to other sea anemone peptides belonging to structural group 9a...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073024/anemonefishes
#8
William E Feeney, Rohan M Brooker
Feeney and Brooker introduce sea-anemone associated fish.
January 9, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066713/sequencing-and-de-novo-transcriptome-assembly-of-anthopleura-dowii-verrill-1869-from-mexico
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Jorge-Tonatiuh Ayala-Sumuano, Alexei Licea-Navarro, Enrique Rudiño-Piñera, Estefanía Rodríguez, Claudia Rodríguez-Almazán
Next-generation technologies for determination of genomics and transcriptomics composition have a wide range of applications. Moreover, the development of tools for big data set analysis has allowed the identification of molecules and networks involved in metabolism, evolution or behavior. By natural habitats aquatic organisms have implemented molecular strategies for survival, including the production and secretion of toxic compounds for their predators; therefore these organisms are possible sources of proteins or peptides with potential biotechnological application...
March 2017: Genomics Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28003055/determination-and-speciation-of-cadmium-in-microcosms-with-bunodosoma-caissarum-and-perna-perna-using-isotopically-enriched-116-cd
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Nafisa Rizzini Ansari, Nerea Fernández Iglesias, Renato Campello Cordeiro, Marcos Antônio Fernandez, Jörg Bettmer
The study of the uptake and distribution of elements in marine environments is of great interest for understanding their pathways and accumulation. Here, we investigated in laboratory experiments the accumulation behavior of Cd in the sea anemone Bunodosoma caissarum and the mussel Perna perna. Specimens were incubated with isotopically enriched (116)Cd in aquariums. Cd concentrations in the seawater and in the tissues of B. caissarum and P. perna were followed by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) by means of isotope dilution analysis...
December 18, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27983679/kunitz-type-peptide-hcrg21-from-the-sea-anemone-heteractis-crispa-is-a-full-antagonist-of-the-trpv1-receptor
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Margarita Monastyrnaya, Steve Peigneur, Elena Zelepuga, Oksana Sintsova, Irina Gladkikh, Elena Leychenko, Marina Isaeva, Jan Tytgat, Emma Kozlovskaya
Sea anemone venoms comprise multifarious peptides modulating biological targets such as ion channels or receptors. The sequence of a new Kunitz-type peptide, HCRG21, belonging to the Heteractis crispa RG (HCRG) peptide subfamily was deduced on the basis of the gene sequence obtained from the Heteractis crispa cDNA. HCRG21 shares high structural homology with Kunitz-type peptides APHC1-APHC3 from H. crispa, and clusters with the peptides from so named "analgesic cluster" of the HCGS peptide subfamily but forms a separate branch on the NJ-phylogenetic tree...
December 15, 2016: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27980125/warm-preconditioning-protects-against-acute-heat-induced-respiratory-dysfunction-and-delays-bleaching-in-a-symbiotic-sea-anemone
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Thomas D Hawkins, Mark E Warner
Preconditioning to non-stressful warming can protect some symbiotic cnidarians against the high temperature-induced collapse of their mutualistic endosymbiosis with photosynthetic dinoflagellates (Symbiodinium spp.), a process known as bleaching. Here, we sought to determine if such preconditioning is underpinned by differential regulation of aerobic respiration. We quantified in vivo metabolism and mitochondrial respiratory enzyme activity in the naturally symbiotic sea anemone Exaiptasia pallida preconditioned to 30°C for>7 weeks as well as anemones kept at 26°C...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941639/evolution-of-the-cytolytic-pore-forming-proteins-actinoporins-in-sea-anemones
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Jason Macrander, Marymegan Daly
Sea anemones (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, and Actiniaria) use toxic peptides to incapacitate and immobilize prey and to deter potential predators. Their toxin arsenal is complex, targeting a variety of functionally important protein complexes and macromolecules involved in cellular homeostasis. Among these, actinoporins are one of the better characterized toxins; these venom proteins form a pore in cellular membranes containing sphingomyelin. We used a combined bioinformatic and phylogenetic approach to investigate how actinoporins have evolved across three superfamilies of sea anemones (Actinioidea, Metridioidea, and Actinostoloidea)...
December 8, 2016: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933793/differential-effect-of-membrane-composition-on-the-pore-forming-ability-of-four-different-sea-anemone-actinoporins
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Sara García-Linares, Esperanza Rivera-de-Torre, Koldo Morante, Kouhei Tsumoto, Jose M M Caaveiro, José G Gavilanes, J Peter Slotte, Álvaro Martínez-Del-Pozo
Sea anemone actinoporins constitute a protein family of multigene pore-forming toxins (PFT). Equinatoxin II (EqtII), fragaceatoxin C (FraC), and sticholysins I and II (StnI and StnII, respectively), produced by three different sea anemone species, are the only actinoporins whose molecular structures have been studied in depth. These four proteins show high sequence identities and practically coincident three-dimensional structures. However, their pore-forming activity can be quite different depending on the model lipid system employed, a feature that has not been systematically studied before...
December 6, 2016: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933775/role-of-the-tryptophan-residues-in-the-specific-interaction-of-the-sea-anemone-stichodactyla-helianthus-s-actinoporin-sticholysin-ii-with-biological-membranes
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Sara García-Linares, Terhi Maula, Esperanza Rivera-de-Torre, José G Gavilanes, J Peter Slotte, Álvaro Martínez-Del-Pozo
Actinoporins are pore-forming toxins from sea anemones. Upon interaction with sphingomyelin-containing bilayers, they become integral oligomeric membrane structures that form a pore. Sticholysin II from Stichodactyla helianthus contains five tryptophans located at strategic positions; its role has now been studied using different mutants. Results show that W43 and W115 play a determinant role in maintaining the high thermostability of the protein, while W146 provides specific interactions for protomer-protomer assembly...
November 22, 2016: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916864/marine-organisms-with-anti-diabetes-properties
#16
REVIEW
Chiara Lauritano, Adrianna Ianora
Diabetes is a chronic degenerative metabolic disease with high morbidity and mortality rates caused by its complications. In recent years, there has been a growing interest in looking for new bioactive compounds to treat this disease, including metabolites of marine origin. Several aquatic organisms have been screened to evaluate their possible anti-diabetes activities, such as bacteria, microalgae, macroalgae, seagrasses, sponges, corals, sea anemones, fish, salmon skin, a shark fusion protein as well as fish and shellfish wastes...
December 1, 2016: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896028/the-scavenger-receptor-repertoire-in-six-cnidarian-species-and-its-putative-role-in-cnidarian-dinoflagellate-symbiosis
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Emilie F Neubauer, Angela Z Poole, Virginia M Weis, Simon K Davy
Many cnidarians engage in a mutualism with endosymbiotic photosynthetic dinoflagellates that forms the basis of the coral reef ecosystem. Interpartner interaction and regulation includes involvement of the host innate immune system. Basal metazoans, including cnidarians have diverse and complex innate immune repertoires that are just beginning to be described. Scavenger receptors (SR) are a diverse superfamily of innate immunity genes that recognize a broad array of microbial ligands and participate in phagocytosis of invading microbes...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889504/responses-of-the-sea-anemone-exaiptasia-pallida-to-ocean-acidification-conditions-and-zinc-or-nickel-exposure
#18
Christina G Duckworth, Codie R Picariello, Rachel K Thomason, Krina S Patel, Gretchen K Bielmyer-Fraser
Ocean acidification, caused by increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), is a growing concern in marine environments. Land-based sources of pollution, such as metals, have also been a noted problem; however, little research has addressed the combined exposure of both pollutants to coral reef organisms. In this study we examined tissue metal accumulation and physiological effects (activity of anti-oxidant enzymes, catalase and glutathione reductase) in the sea anemone, Exaiptasia pallida after exposure to increased CO2, as well as zinc (Zn) or nickel (Ni)...
January 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882698/the-cellular-and-molecular-basis-of-cnidarian-neurogenesis
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REVIEW
Fabian Rentzsch, Michael Layden, Michaël Manuel
Neurogenesis initiates during early development and it continues through later developmental stages and in adult animals to enable expansion, remodeling, and homeostasis of the nervous system. The generation of nerve cells has been analyzed in detail in few bilaterian model organisms, leaving open many questions about the evolution of this process. As the sister group to bilaterians, cnidarians occupy an informative phylogenetic position to address the early evolution of cellular and molecular aspects of neurogenesis and to understand common principles of neural development...
January 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880960/antifouling-activity-towards-mussel-by-small-molecule-compounds-from-a-strain-of-vibrio-alginolyticus-bacterium-associated-with-sea-anemone-haliplanella-sp
#20
Xiang Wang, Yanqiu Huang, Yanqing Sheng, Pei Su, Yan Qiu, Caihuan Ke, Danqing Feng
Mussels are major fouling organisms causing serious technical and economic problems. In this study, antifouling activity towards mussel was found in three compounds isolated from a marine bacterium associated with the sea anemone Haliplanella sp.. This bacterial strain, called PE2 was identified as Vibrio alginolyticus using morphology, biochemical tests and phylogenetic analysis based on sequences of 16S rRNA and four housekeeping genes (rpoD, gyrB, rctB and toxR). Three small-molecule compounds (indole, 3-formylindole and cyclo (Pro-Leu)) were purified from the ethyl acetate extract of V...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
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