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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930305/artemisia-annua-mutant-impaired-in-artemisinin-synthesis-demonstrates-importance-of-nonenzymatic-conversion-in-terpenoid-metabolism
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Tomasz Czechowski, Tony R Larson, Theresa M Catania, David Harvey, Geoffrey D Brown, Ian A Graham
Artemisinin, a sesquiterpene lactone produced by Artemisia annua glandular secretory trichomes, is the active ingredient in the most effective treatment for malaria currently available. We identified a mutation that disrupts the amorpha-4,11-diene C-12 oxidase (CYP71AV1) enzyme, responsible for a series of oxidation reactions in the artemisinin biosynthetic pathway. Detailed metabolic studies of cyp71av1-1 revealed that the consequence of blocking the artemisinin biosynthetic pathway is the redirection of sesquiterpene metabolism to a sesquiterpene epoxide, which we designate arteannuin X...
December 7, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913097/effect-of-24-epibrassinolide-on-brassica-napus-alternative-respiratory-pathway-guard-cells-movements-and-phospholipid-signaling-under-salt-stress
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Michael Derevyanchuk, Sergii Kretynin, Oksana Iakovenko, Raisa Litvinovskaya, Vladimir Zhabinskii, Jan Martinec, Yaroslav Blume, Vladimir Khripach, Volodymyr Kravets
Using Brassica napus roots we observed statistically significant increase in alternative respiratory pathway in response to exogenous 24-epibrassinolide (EBL) under optimal conditions and salinity. Also we observed activation of phospholipid signaling under the same conditions in response to EBL by measuring levels of lipid second messengers - diacylglycerol (DAG) and phosphatidic acid (PA). We found that brassinosteroids cause closure of stomata in isolated leaf disks while inhibitors of alternative oxidase cancelled these effects...
November 29, 2016: Steroids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902413/methanosarcina-acetivorans-utilizes-a-single-nadph-dependent-thioredoxin-system-and-contains-additional-thioredoxin-homologs-with-distinct-functions
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Addison C McCarver, Faith H Lessner, Jose M Soroeta, Daniel J Lessner
The thioredoxin system plays a central role in the intracellular redox maintenance in the majority of cells. The canonical system is comprised of an NADPH-dependent thioredoxin reductase (TrxR) that reduces the disulfide reductase thioredoxin (Trx). Although Trx is encoded in almost all sequenced genomes of methanogens, its incorporation into their unique physiology is not well understood. Methanosarcina acetivorans contains a single TrxR (MaTrxR) and seven Trx (MaTrx1-7) homologs. We previously showed that MaTrxR and at least MaTrx7 comprise a functional NADPH-dependent thioredoxin system...
November 29, 2016: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897258/lack-of-fibronectin-extra-domain-a-alternative-splicing-exacerbates-endothelial-dysfunction-in-diabetes
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Gianluca Gortan Cappellari, Rocco Barazzoni, Luigi Cattin, Andrés F Muro, Michela Zanetti
Glucose-induced changes of artery anatomy and function account for diabetic vascular complications, which heavily impact disease morbidity and mortality. Since fibronectin containing extra domain A (EDA + FN) is increased in diabetic vessels and participates to vascular remodeling, we wanted to elucidate whether and how EDA + FN is implicated in diabetes-induced endothelial dysfunction using isometric-tension recording in a murine model of diabetes. In thoracic aortas of EDA(-/-), EDA(+/+) (constitutively lacking and expressing EDA + FN respectively), and of wild-type mice (EDA(wt/wt)), streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetes impaired endothelial vasodilation to acetylcholine, irrespective of genotype...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894362/the-trypanosome-alternative-oxidase-a-potential-drug-target
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Stefanie K Menzies, Lindsay B Tulloch, Gordon J Florence, Terry K Smith
New drugs against Trypanosoma brucei, the causative agent of Human African Trypanosomiasis, are urgently needed to replace the highly toxic and largely ineffective therapies currently used. The trypanosome alternative oxidase (TAO) is an essential and unique mitochondrial protein in these parasites and is absent from mammalian mitochondria, making it an attractive drug target. The structure and function of the protein are now well characterized, with several inhibitors reported in the literature, which show potential as clinical drug candidates...
November 29, 2016: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886597/paper-based-enzymatic-electrode-with-enhanced-potentiometric-response-for-monitoring-glucose-in-biological-fluids
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Marc Parrilla, Rocío Cánovas, Francisco J Andrade
A novel paper-based potentiometric sensor with an enhanced response for the detection of glucose in biological fluids is presented. The electrode consists on platinum sputtered on a filter paper and a Nafion membrane to immobilize the enzyme glucose oxidase. The response obtained is proportional to the logarithm of the concentration of glucose, with a sensitivity of -119±8mV·decade(-1), a linear range that spans from 10(-4)M to 10(-2.5) M and a limit of detection of 10(-4.5) M of glucose. It is shown that Nafion increases the sensitivity of the technique while minimizing interferences...
November 18, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861943/respiration-climacteric-in-tomato-fruits-elucidated-by-constraint-based-modelling
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Sophie Colombié, Bertrand Beauvoit, Christine Nazaret, Camille Bénard, Gilles Vercambre, Sophie Le Gall, Benoit Biais, Cécile Cabasson, Mickaël Maucourt, Stéphane Bernillon, Annick Moing, Martine Dieuaide-Noubhani, Jean-Pierre Mazat, Yves Gibon
Tomato is a model organism to study the development of fleshy fruit including ripening initiation. Unfortunately, few studies deal with the brief phase of accelerated ripening associated with the respiration climacteric because of practical problems involved in measuring fruit respiration. Because constraint-based modelling allows predicting accurate metabolic fluxes, we investigated the respiration and energy dissipation of fruit pericarp at the breaker stage using a detailed stoichiometric model of the respiratory pathway, including alternative oxidase and uncoupling proteins...
November 15, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853870/octanal-inhibits-spore-germination-of-penicillium-digitatum-involving-membrane-peroxidation
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Shiwen Dou, Shengquan Liu, Xiaoyong Xu, Qiuli OuYang, Nengguo Tao
Octanal is a potential alternative to chemical fungicides in controlling postharvest disease of citrus fruit. In this study, the antifungal activity and the underlying mechanism of octanal against spore germination of Penicillium digitatum, one of the main postharvest pathogens in citrus, were investigated. Results showed that octanal at different concentrations (0, 0.25, 0.50, 1.00, 2.00 μl/ml) inhibited the growth of P. digitatum spores in a dose-dependent manner. The morphology and the membrane permeability of P...
November 16, 2016: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830987/alternative-oxidase-and-plant-stress-tolerance
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Bedabrata Saha, Gennadii Borovskii, Sanjib Kumar Panda
Alternative oxidase (AOX) is one of the terminal oxidases of the plant mitochondrial electron transport chain. AOX acts as a means to relax the highly coupled and tensed electron transport process in mitochondria thus providing and maintaining the much needed metabolic homeostasis by directly reducing oxygen to water. In the process AOX also act as facilitator for signalling molecules conveying the metabolic status of mitochondria to the nucleus and thus able to influence nuclear gene expression. Since AOX indirectly, is able to control the synthesis of important signalling molecules like hydrogen peroxide, superoxide, nitric oxide, thus it is also helping in stress signalling...
November 10, 2016: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27820840/transcriptomic-analysis-of-responses-to-imbalanced-carbon-nitrogen-availabilities-in-rice-seedlings
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Aobo Huang, Yuying Sang, Wenfeng Sun, Ying Fu, Zhenbiao Yang
The internal C:N balance must be tightly controlled for the normal growth and development of plants. However, the underlying mechanisms, by which plants sense and balance the intracellular C:N status correspondingly to exogenous C:N availabilities remain elusive. In this study, we use comparative gene expression analysis to identify genes that are responsive to imbalanced C:N treatments in the aerial parts of rice seedlings. Transcripts of rice seedlings treated with four C:N availabilities (1:1, 1:60, 60:1 and 60:60) were compared and two groups of genes were classified: high C:low N responsive genes and low C:high N responsive genes...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27816999/heterologous-expression-of-the-crassostrea-gigas-pacific-oyster-alternative-oxidase-in-the-yeast-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Aaron Robertson, Kyle Schaltz, Karina Neimanis, James F Staples, Allison E McDonald
Alternative oxidase (AOX) is a terminal oxidase within the inner mitochondrial membrane (IMM) present in many organisms where it functions in the electron transport system (ETS). AOX directly accepts electrons from ubiquinol and is therefore capable of bypassing ETS Complexes III and IV. The human genome does not contain a gene coding for AOX, so AOX expression has been suggested as a gene therapy for a range of human mitochondrial diseases caused by genetic mutations that render Complex III and/or IV dysfunctional...
November 5, 2016: Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815362/mitochondrial-function-and-maize-kernel-development-requires-dek2-a-pentatricopeptide-repeat-protein-involved-in-nad1-mrna-splicing
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Weiwei Qi, Yang Yang, Xuzhen Feng, Mingliang Zhang, Rentao Song
In flowering plants, many respiration related proteins are encoded by mitochondrial genome and the splicing of mitochondrion-encoded mRNA involves a complex collaboration with nuclear-encoded proteins. Pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) proteins have been implicated in these RNA-protein interactions. Maize defective kernel 2 (dek2) is a classic mutant with small kernels and delayed development. Through positional cloning and allelic confirmation we found Dek2 encodes a novel P-type PPR protein that targets mitochondria...
November 4, 2016: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27813153/traf6-mediates-suppression-of-osteoclastogenesis-and-prevention-of-ovariectomy-induced-bone-loss-by-a-novel-prenylflavonoid
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E M Tan, L Li, I R Indran, N Chew, E L Yong
Given the limitations of current therapeutic options for postmenopausal osteoporosis, there is a need for alternatives with minimal adverse effects. In this study, we evaluated the effects of icaritin (ICT), a natural prenylflavonoid, on osteoclastogenesis both in vitro and in an ovariectomized (OVX)-rat model, and investigated its underlying molecular mechanism(s) of action. ICT inhibited osteoclast formation in two osteoclast precursor models, RAW 264.7 mouse monocyte cell line and human PBMC. ICT also inhibited sealing zone and resorption pit formation in a dose-dependent manner...
November 4, 2016: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803669/the-role-of-hydrogen-sulfide-in-renal-system
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REVIEW
Xu Cao, Jin-Song Bian
Hydrogen sulfide has gained recognition as the third gaseous signaling molecule after nitric oxide and carbon monoxide. This review surveys the emerging role of H2S in mammalian renal system, with emphasis on both renal physiology and diseases. H2S is produced redundantly by four pathways in kidney, indicating the abundance of this gaseous molecule in the organ. In physiological conditions, H2S was found to regulate the excretory function of the kidney possibly by the inhibitory effect on sodium transporters on renal tubular cells...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27801512/induction-and-quantification-of-netosis
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Carmelo Carmona-Rivera, Mariana J Kaplan
Neutrophil extracellular traps (NET) are web-like structures composed of nuclear material and neutrophil granular proteins that are released to the extracellular space after specific microbial or sterile inflammatory stimuli. NETosis is a specific type of cell death that ensues when neutrophils extrude NETs. It is important to develop validated standards to induce and quantify NETs in order to accurately compare results between laboratories and advance the understanding of this biological process and its implications in health and disease...
November 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27776780/the-plastid-terminal-oxidase-is-a-key-factor-balancing-the-redox-state-of-thylakoid-membrane
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D Wang, A Fu
Mitochondria possess oxygen-consuming respiratory electron transfer chains (RETCs), and the oxygen-evolving photosynthetic electron transfer chain (PETC) resides in chloroplasts. Evolutionarily mitochondria and chloroplasts are derived from ancient α-proteobacteria and cyanobacteria, respectively. However, cyanobacteria harbor both RETC and PETC on their thylakoid membranes. It is proposed that chloroplasts could possess a RETC on the thylakoid membrane, in addition to PETC. Identification of a plastid terminal oxidase (PTOX) in the chloroplast from the Arabidopsis variegation mutant immutans (im) demonstrated the presence of a RETC in chloroplasts, and the PTOX is the committed oxidase...
2016: Enzymes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27773581/protein-rna-networks-regulated-by-normal-and-als-associated-mutant-hnrnpa2b1-in-the-nervous-system
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Fernando J Martinez, Gabriel A Pratt, Eric L Van Nostrand, Ranjan Batra, Stephanie C Huelga, Katannya Kapeli, Peter Freese, Seung J Chun, Karen Ling, Chelsea Gelboin-Burkhart, Layla Fijany, Harrison C Wang, Julia K Nussbacher, Sara M Broski, Hong Joo Kim, Rea Lardelli, Balaji Sundararaman, John P Donohue, Ashkan Javaherian, Jens Lykke-Andersen, Steven Finkbeiner, C Frank Bennett, Manuel Ares, Christopher B Burge, J Paul Taylor, Frank Rigo, Gene W Yeo
HnRNPA2B1 encodes an RNA binding protein associated with neurodegeneration. However, its function in the nervous system is unclear. Transcriptome-wide crosslinking and immunoprecipitation in mouse spinal cord discover UAGG motifs enriched within ∼2,500 hnRNP A2/B1 binding sites and an unexpected role for hnRNP A2/B1 in alternative polyadenylation. HnRNP A2/B1 loss results in alternative splicing (AS), including skipping of an exon in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)-associated D-amino acid oxidase (DAO) that reduces D-serine metabolism...
November 23, 2016: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769297/a-novel-methanol-free-pichia-pastoris-system-for-recombinant-protein-expression
#18
Wei Shen, Ying Xue, Yiqi Liu, Chuixing Kong, Xiaolong Wang, Mengmeng Huang, Menghao Cai, Xiangshan Zhou, Yuanxing Zhang, Mian Zhou
BACKGROUND: As one of the most popular expression systems, recombinant protein expression in Pichia pastoris relies on the AOX1 promoter (P AOX1 ) which is strongly induced by methanol. However, the toxic and inflammatory nature of methanol restricts its application, especially in edible and medical products. Therefore, constructing a novel methanol-free system becomes necessary. The kinases involved in P AOX1 activation or repression by different carbon sources may be promising targets...
October 21, 2016: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27768735/wild-carrot-differentiation-in-europe-and-selection-at-dcaox1-gene
#19
Tânia Nobre, Manuela Oliveira, Birgit Arnholdt-Schmitt
By definition, the domestication process leads to an overall reduction of crop genetic diversity. This lead to the current search of genomic regions in wild crop relatives (CWR), an important task for modern carrot breeding. Nowadays massive sequencing possibilities can allow for discovery of novel genetic resources in wild populations, but this quest could be aided by the use of a surrogate gene (to first identify and prioritize novel wild populations for increased sequencing effort). Alternative oxidase (AOX) gene family seems to be linked to all kinds of abiotic and biotic stress reactions in various organisms and thus have the potential to be used in the identification of CWR hotspots of environment-adapted diversity...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760881/impaired-cyclic-electron-flow-around-photosystem-i-disturbs-high-light-respiratory-metabolism
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Igor Florez-Sarasa, Ko Noguchi, Wagner L Araújo, Ana Garcia-Nogales, Alisdair R Fernie, Jaume Flexas, Miquel Ribas-Carbo
The cyclic electron flow around photosystem I (CEF-PSI) increases ATP/NADPH production in the chloroplast, acting as an energy balance mechanism. Higher export of reducing power from the chloroplast in CEF-PSI mutants has been correlated with higher mitochondrial alternative oxidase (AOX) capacity and protein amount under high-light (HL) conditions. However, in vivo measurements of AOX activity are still required to confirm the exact role of AOX in dissipating the excess of reductant power from the chloroplast...
December 2016: Plant Physiology
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