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Cristiano Soares, Simão Branco-Neves, Alexandra de Sousa, Manuel Azenha, Ana Cunha, Ruth Pereira, Fernanda Fidalgo
This work was designed to assess the potential role of silicon dioxide nanomaterial (nano-SiO2) in enhancing barley's tolerance to nickel oxide nanomaterial (nano-NiO). For this purpose, plants were grown for 14days under nano-NiO (120mgkg-1) single and co-exposure with nano-SiO2 (3mgkg-1). The exposure of barley to nano-NiO caused a significant decrease in growth-related parameters and induced a negative response on the photosynthetic apparatus. However, upon nano-SiO2 co-exposure, the inhibitory effects of nano-NiO were partially reduced, with lower reductions in fresh and dry biomass, and with the recovery of the photosynthesis-related parameters...
December 5, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Jennifer Selinski, Andreas Hartmann, Gabriele Deckers-Hebestreit, David A Day, James Whelan, Renate Scheibe
The cyanide-insensitive alternative oxidase (AOX) is a non-proton-pumping ubiquinol oxidase that catalyzes the reduction of oxygen to water and is post-translationally regulated by redox mechanisms and 2-oxo acids. Arabidopsis thaliana possesses five AOX isoforms (AOX1A-D and AOX2). AOX1D expression is increased in aox1a knock-out mutants from A. thaliana (especially after restriction of the cytochrome c pathway), but cannot compensate for the lack of AOX1A, suggesting a difference in regulation of these isoforms...
December 5, 2017: Plant Physiology
Zhongxiao Zhang, Hongyan Wang, Kaiyun Wang, LIli Jiang, Dong Wang
Lentinan (LNT), a complex polysaccharide with a β-(1→3)-linked backbone of D-glucose residues, has been reported to inhibit plant diseases. Our objective was to explore the efficacy and mechanism of action of LNT used as a seed dressing to control sharp eyespot of wheat. Seed dressing promoted wheat growth. At control germination rates of 50%, 8 g LNT/100 kg seeds of the Jimai 22, Shannong 23, and Luyuan 502 cultivars significantly increased seed germination to 54%, 52%, and 51%, respectively. Seven days after emergence, the heights and root activity of wheat treated with LNT were significantly greater than those of controls...
November 30, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Samaneh Karami-Moalem, Reza Maali-Amiri, Seyyedeh-Sanam Kazemi-Shahandashti
The present work aimed to characterize some of the mitochondrial and defense responses involved in tolerance to cold stress (CS) in tolerant (Sel96Th11439) and sensitive (ILC533) chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) genotypes. During CS, the tolerant genotype prevented the H2O2 accumulation significantly; led to a decrease in electrolyte leakage index (ELI), which was a sign of relative acclimation of this genotype compared to sensitive one. A significant positive correlation between ELI and H2O2 (r0.01 = 0.86) content confirmed these results...
November 21, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
Zhanneta Zalutskaya, Mariya Ostroukhova, Valentina Filina, Elena Ermilova
The mitochondrial respiratory chain in plants, many fungi and some protists consists of the ATP-coupling cyanide-sensitive cytochrome pathway and the cyanide-resistant alternative respiratory pathway. The alternative pathway is mediated by alternative oxidase (AOX). In unicellular algae, AOXs are monomeric fungi-type proteins. Studies performed in the model plant Chlamydomonas reinhardtii showed that a range of stress factors lead to induction of its AOX1. However, signaling molecules that trigger upregulation of AOX1 have not yet been identified...
October 28, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
Wei Xu, Yalin Liao
Aldehyde oxidases (AOXs) are a family of metabolic enzymes that oxidize aldehydes into carboxylic acids; therefore, they play critical roles in detoxification and degradation of chemicals. By using transcriptomic and genomic approaches, we successfully identified six putative AOX genes (HarmAOX1-6) from cotton bollworm, Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). In silico expression profile, reverse transcription (RT)-PCR, and quantitative PCR (qPCR) analyses showed that HarmAOX1 is highly expressed in adult antennae, tarsi, and larval mouthparts, so they may play an important role in degrading plant-derived compounds...
October 23, 2017: Die Naturwissenschaften
Javier Barroso, Beatriz Díez-Buitrago, Laura Saa, Marco Möller, Nerea Briz, Valeri Pavlov
Methanol is a poison which is frequently discovered in alcoholic beverages. Innovative methods to detect methanol in alcoholic beverages are being constantly developed. We report for the first time a new strategy for the detection of methanol using fluorescence spectroscopy and photoelectrochemical (PEC) analysis. The analytical system is based on the oxidation of cysteine (CSH) with hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) enzymatically generated by alcohol oxidase (AOx). H2O2 oxidizes capping agent CSH, modulating the growth of CSH-stabilized cadmium sulphide quantum dots (CdS QDs)...
October 13, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Neeti Agarwal, Dinakar Iyer, Chiara Gabbi, Pradip Saha, Sanjeet G Patel, Qianxing Mo, Benny Chang, Biman Goswami, Ulrich Schubert, Jeffrey B Kopp, Dorothy E Lewis, Ashok Balasubramanyam
HIV patients develop hepatic steatosis. We investigated hepatic steatosis in transgenic mice expressing the HIV-1 accessory protein Vpr (Vpr-Tg) in liver and adipose tissues, and WT mice infused with synthetic Vpr. Vpr-Tg mice developed increased liver triglyceride content and elevated ALT, bilirubin and alkaline phosphatase due to three hepatic defects: 1.6-fold accelerated de novo lipogenesis (DNL), 45% slower fatty acid ß-oxidation, and 40% decreased VLDL-triglyceride export. Accelerated hepatic DNL was due to coactivation by Vpr of liver X receptor-α (LXRα) with increased expression of its lipogenic targets Srebp1c, Chrebp, Lpk, Dgat, Fasn and Scd1, and intranuclear SREBP1c and ChREBP...
October 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
Miwa Yamada, Mitsuaki Ooe, Tomoko Sasaki, Masao Miyazaki, Kimiyasu Isobe
An enzymatic method for 6-oxohexanoic acid production was developed using 6-aminohexanoic acid and an ω-amino group-oxidizing enzyme (ω-AOX) from Phialemonium sp. AIU 274. 6-Oxohexanoic acid was produced from 6-aminohexanoic acid with 100% yield by incubation with 0.3 U of the ω-AOX and 20 U of catalase at 30 °C for 30 h in 0.1 M potassium phosphate buffer (pH 7.0).
October 11, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
Chen-Yuan Chiu, Tien-Chia Chang, Shing-Hwa Liu, Meng-Tsan Chiang
The present study investigated the regulatory effects of fish oil and chitosan on the signals of hepatic lipid metabolism and the postulated mechanism in high-fat diet-induced obese rats. Diet supplementation of chitosan and fish oil efficiently suppressed the increased weights in body and livers of high-fat diet-fed rats. Supplementation of chitosan and fish oil significantly decreased the activities of hepatic lipid biosynthesis-related enzymes and efficiently regulated plasma lipoprotein homeostasis. Both chitosan and fish oil significantly ameliorated the alterations in the protein expressions of hepatic lipogenic transcription factors (LXRα and PPARα), and could also significantly regulate the downstream hepatic lipogenic genes (FAS, HMGCR, CYP7A1, FATP, FABP, AOX, and ABCA) expressions in high-fat diet-fed rats...
October 2017: Journal of Food and Drug Analysis
Deng-Ke Shi, Jing Zhu, Ze-Hua Sun, Guang Zhang, Rui Liu, Tian-Jun Zhang, Sheng-Li Wang, Ang Ren, Ming-Wen Zhao
The alternative oxidase (AOX), which forms a branch of the mitochondrial respiratory electron transport pathway, functions to sustain electron flux and alleviate reactive oxygen species (ROS) production. In this article, a homologous AOX gene was identified in Ganoderma lucidum. The coding sequence of the AOX gene in G. lucidum contains 1038 nucleotides and encodes a protein of 39.48 kDa. RNA interference (RNAi) was used to study the function of AOX in G. lucidum, and two silenced strains (AOXi6 and AOXi21) were obtained, showing significant decreases of approximately 60 and 50 %, respectively, in alternative pathway respiratory efficiency compared to WT...
September 13, 2017: Microbiology
Erickson M Paragas, Sara C Humphreys, Joshua Min, Carolyn A Joswig-Jones, Jeffrey P Jones
Aldehyde oxidase (AOX) is a cytosolic enzyme responsible for the metabolism of some drugs and drug candidates. AOX catalyzes the oxidative hydroxylation of substrates including several aliphatic and aromatic aldehydes, and nitrogen-containing heterocyclic compounds. AOX is also reported to catalyze the reductive metabolism of nitro-compounds, N-oxides, sulfoxides, isoxazoles, isothiazoles, nitrite and hydroxamic acids. These reductive transformations are not well understood and are generally believed to only occur at low oxygen concentrations...
September 6, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
Ming Liu, Ximing Guo
Alternative oxidase (AOX) is a mitochondrial inner-membrane oxidase that accepts electrons directly from ubiquinol and reduces oxygen to water without involving cytochrome-linked electron transport chain. It is highly conserved in many non-vertebrate taxa and may protect cells against hypoxia and oxidative stress. We identified two AOX mRNAs in eastern oyster Crassostrea virginica, CvAOXA and CvAOXB, which differ by 170 bp but encode AOXs of the same size. Sequence analyses indicate that CvAOX has 10 exons with a tandem duplication of exon 10, and 3' alternative splicing using either the first or second exon 10 produces the two variants CvAOXB or CvAOXA, respectively...
September 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
Hsiao-Wen Wang, Yoshio Makino, Jun Inoue, Kensaku Maejima, Sachiko Funayama-Noguchi, Takeshi Yamada, Ko Noguchi
Modified atmosphere packaging and controlled atmosphere storage (hypoxia conditions) extend shelf lives of horticultural products by depressing the O2 uptake rate. We investigated the relationship between atmospheres and alternative oxidase (AOX) to cytochrome c oxidase (COX) activities (on the basis of oxygen isotope discrimination) and the relative amounts of two respiratory enzymes, AOX and COX, during the early stage of storage. Broccoli florets, with high O2 uptake rates, were stored under hypoxia and normoxia at 25 °C...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Bobba Sunil, Agepati S Raghavendra
The electron partitioning between COX and AOX pathways of mitochondria and their coordination is necessary to meet the energy demands as well as to maintain optimized redox status in plants under varying environmental conditions. The relative contribution of these two pathways to total respiration is an important measure during a given stress condition. We describe in detail the procedure that allows the measurement of the parameters of COX and AOX pathway of respiration in mesophyll protoplasts using Clark-type O2 electrode...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Carla Ragonezi, Birgit Arnholdt-Schmitt
Laser microdissection provides a useful method for isolating specific cell types from complex biological samples for downstream applications. In contrast to the texture of mammalian cells, most plant tissues exhibit a cell organization with hard, cellulose-containing cell walls, large vacuoles, and air spaces, thus complicating tissue preparation and extraction of macromolecules such as DNA. In this study, we report a method that allows tissue-specific gene amplification. An improved perception of genetic identity of the entire plant can contribute to improved functional marker strategies...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Birgit Arnholdt-Schmitt, Vinod Kumar Patil
AOX1 and AOX2 genes are thought to play different physiological roles. Whereas AOX1 is typically expected to associate to stress and growth responses, AOX2 was more often found to be linked to development and housekeeping functions. However, this view is questioned by several adverse observations. For example, co-regulated expression for DcAOX1 and DcAOX2a genes was recently reported during growth induction in carrot (Daucus carota L.). Early expression peaks for both genes during the lag phase of growth coincided with a critical time point for biomass prediction, a result achieved by applying calorespirometry...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
José Hélio Costa, Clesivan Pereira Dos Santos, Kátia Daniella da Cruz Saraiva, Birgit Arnholdt-Schmitt
The potential of alternative oxidase (AOX) genes to develop functional markers for plant breeding programs has been emphasized. In this sense, it is essential to have a reliable classification system, which could aid in the selection of candidate AOX genes from different species. In the case of angiosperms AOX, a robust classification system is required because this enzyme is encoded by variable gene numbers (1-6 genes) with variable AOX subfamilies and subtypes. Thus, in this protocol, we present a detailed guideline to application of a classification scheme of AOX based on specific amino acids and phylogeny...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
José Hélio Costa, Birgit Arnholdt-Schmitt
The alternative oxidase (AOX) gene family is a hot candidate for functional marker development that could help plant breeding on yield stability through more robust plants based on multi-stress tolerance. However, there is missing knowledge on the interplay between gene family members that might interfere with the efficiency of marker development. It is common view that AOX1 and AOX2 have different physiological roles. Nevertheless, both family member groups act in terms of molecular-biochemical function as "typical" alternative oxidases and co-regulation of AOX1 and AOX2 had been reported...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Birgit Arnholdt-Schmitt
Respiration traits allow calculating temperature-dependent carbon use efficiency and prediction of growth rates. This protocol aims (1) to enable validation of respiration traits as non-DNA biomarkers for breeding on robust plants in support of sustainable and healthy plant production; (2) to provide an efficient, novel way to identify and predict functionality of DNA-based markers (genes, polymorphisms, edited genes, transgenes, genomes, and hologenomes), and (3) to directly help farmers select robust material appropriate for a specified region...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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