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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918562/crispr-cas9-genome-editing-in-wheat
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Dongjin Kim, Burcu Alptekin, Hikmet Budak
Genome editing has been a long-term challenge for molecular biology research, particularly for plants possess complex genome. The recently discovered Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9) system is a versatile tool for genome editing which enables editing of multiple genes based on the guidance of small RNAs. Even though the efficiency of CRISPR/Cas9 system has been shown with several studies from diploid plants, its application remains a challenge for plants with polyploid and complex genome...
September 16, 2017: Functional & Integrative Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918561/marine-polysaccharides-therapeutic-efficacy-and-biomedical-applications
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Young-Eun Lee, Hyeongmin Kim, Changwon Seo, Taejun Park, Kyung Bin Lee, Seung-Yup Yoo, Seong-Chul Hong, Jeong Tae Kim, Jaehwi Lee
The ocean contains numerous marine organisms, including algae, animals, and plants, from which diverse marine polysaccharides with useful physicochemical and biological properties can be extracted. In particular, fucoidan, carrageenan, alginate, and chitosan have been extensively investigated in pharmaceutical and biomedical fields owing to their desirable characteristics, such as biocompatibility, biodegradability, and bioactivity. Various therapeutic efficacies of marine polysaccharides have been elucidated, including the inhibition of cancer, inflammation, and viral infection...
September 16, 2017: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918485/the-5-oxoprolinase-is-required-for-conidiation-sexual-reproduction-virulence-and-deoxynivalenol-production-of-fusarium-graminearum
#3
Piao Yang, Yunyun Chen, Huiming Wu, Wenqin Fang, Qifu Liang, Yangling Zheng, Stefan Olsson, Dongmei Zhang, Jie Zhou, Zonghua Wang, Wenhui Zheng
In eukaryotic organisms, the 5-oxoprolinase is one of the six key enzymes in the γ-glutamyl cycle that is involved in the biosynthetic pathway of glutathione (GSH, an antioxidative tripeptide counteracting the oxidative stress). To date, little is known about the biological functions of the 5-oxoprolinase in filamentous phytopathogenic fungi. In this study, we investigated the 5-oxoprolinase in Fusarium graminearum for the first time. In F. graminearum, two paralogous genes (FgOXP1 and FgOXP2) were identified to encode the 5-oxoprolinase while only one homologous gene encoding the 5-oxoprolinase could be found in other filamentous phytopathogenic fungi or Saccharomyces cerevisiae...
September 16, 2017: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918301/mathematical-fundamentals-for-the-noise-immunity-of-the-genetic-code
#4
Elena Fimmel, Lutz Strüngmann
Symmetry is one of the essential and most visible patterns that can be seen in nature. Starting from the left-right symmetry of the human body, all types of symmetry can be found in crystals, plants, animals and nature as a whole. Similarly, principals of symmetry are also some of the fundamental and most useful tools in modern mathematical natural science that play a major role in theory and applications. As a consequence, it is not surprising that the desire to understand the origin of life, based on the genetic code, forces us to involve symmetry as a mathematical concept...
September 13, 2017: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918123/carnosic-acid-induces-apoptosis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cells-via-ros-mediated-mitochondrial-pathway
#5
Xinrui Zhang, Yiling Chen, Guangsheng Cai, Xin Li, Di Wang
Carnosic acid (CA), an important bioactive phenolic diterpene mainly found in labiate plants, exerts various biological functions, including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, and neuroprotective activities. In the present study, we proved the deleterious effects of CA against hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in both in vitro and in vivo models. In vitro, CA significantly decreased cell viability, inhibited cell proliferation and migration, enhanced apoptosis, and increased caspase-3, -8, and -9 activities in HepG2 and SMMC-7721 cells...
September 13, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918122/pre-harvest-uv-c-irradiation-triggers-vocs-accumulation-with-alteration-of-antioxidant-enzymes-and-phytohormones-in-strawberry-leaves
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Yanqun Xu, Zisheng Luo, Marie Thérèse Charles, Daniel Rolland, Dominique Roussel
Recent studies have highlighted the biological and physiological effects of pre-harvest ultraviolet (UV)-C treatment on growing plants. However, little is known about the involvement of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and their response to this treatment. In this study, strawberry plants were exposed to three different doses of UV-C radiation for seven weeks (a low dose: 9.6kJm(-2); a medium dose: 15kJm(-2); and a high-dose: 29.4kJm(-2)). Changes in VOC profiles were investigated and an attempt was made to identify factors that may be involved in the regulation of these alterations...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917214/novel-5-nitrofurfuryl-substituted-esters-of-phosphonoglycine-their-synthesis-and-phyto-and-ecotoxicological-properties
#7
Jarosław Lewkowski, Marta Morawska, Rafał Karpowicz, Piotr Rychter, Diana Rogacz, Kamila Lewicka
Since aminophosphonate-based herbicides like glyphosate are currently one of the most popular and widely applied active agent in agrochemistry, there is an urgent need for searching new compounds among this family with potential herbicidal activity, but exhibiting low toxicity against surrounding environment. Six new (5-nitrofurfuryl)-derived aminophosphonates were synthesized for the first time and apart from the only one example of N-benzylamino(5-nitrofuryl)-methylphosphonic acid, it was the first time in the history, when this class of compounds was prepared...
September 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917186/compounds-isolated-from-eriobotrya-deflexa-leaves-protect-against-ultraviolet-radiation-b-induced-photoaging-in-human-fibroblasts
#8
Chung-Yu Huang, Yi-Tzu Lin, Hsiang-Chun Kuo, Wen-Fei Chiou, Mei-Hsien Lee
Ultraviolet (UV) irradiation leads to skin photoaging because of the upregulation of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-1 and downregulation of type I collagen and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase (TIMP)-1. Eriobotrya deflexa (Hemsl.) Nakai (Rosaceae) is a flowering plant endemic to Taiwan, and its leaves have been used as an expectorant and in antitussive folk remedy. Our previous studies have demonstrated that an E. deflexa leaf extract functions as a free radical scavenger. The current evaluated the antiphotoaging effect of partitioned fractions and specific compounds from the leaves of E...
September 4, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916592/cytological-and-transcriptomic-analyses-reveal-important-roles-of-cle19-in-pollen-exine-formation
#9
Shuangshuang Wang, Jianan Lu, Xiufen Song, Shi-Chao Ren, Chenjiang You, Jie Xu, Chun-Ming Liu, Hong Ma, Fang Chang
The CLAVATA3/ESR-RELATED (CLE) peptide signals are required for cell-cell communication in several plant growth and developmental processes. However, little is known regarding possible functions of the CLEs in the anther. Here, we show that a T-DNA insertional mutant, and dominant-negative (DN) and overexpression (OX) transgenic plants of the CLE19 gene exhibited significantly reduced anther size and pollen grain number, and abnormal pollen wall formation. Interestingly, the DN-CLE19 pollen grains showed a more extensively covered surface but CLE19-OX pollen exine exhibited clearly missing connections in the network and lacked separation between areas that normally form the lacunae...
September 15, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916561/succinate-transport-is-not-essential-for-symbiotic-nitrogen-fixation-by-sinorhizobium-meliloti-nor-rhizobium-leguminosarum
#10
Michael J Mitsch, George C diCenzo, Alison Cowie, Turlough M Finan
Symbiotic nitrogen fixation (SNF) is an energetically expensive process performed by bacteria during endosymbiotic relationships with plants. The bacteria require the plant to provide a carbon source for generation of reductant to power SNF. While C4-dicarboxylates (succinate, fumarate, malate) appear to be the primary, if not sole, carbon source provided to the bacteria, the contribution of each C4-dicarboxylate is not known. We address this issue using a genetic and systems-level analyses. Expression of a malate specific transporter (MaeP) in Sinorhizobium meliloti Rm1021 dct mutants unable to transport C4-dicarboxylates resulted in malate import rates up to 30% that of wild type...
September 15, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916457/in-vitro-activity-of-1h-phenalen-1-one-derivatives-against-acanthamoeba-castellanii-neff-and-their-mechanisms-of-cell-death
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Atteneri López-Arencibia, María Reyes-Batlle, Mónica Blanco Freijo, Grant McNaughton-Smith, Patricia Martín-Rodríguez, Leandro Fernández-Pérez, Ines Sifaoui, Carolina Wagner, Ana B García-Méndez, Aitor Rizo Liendo, Carlos J Bethencourt-Estrella, Teresa Abad-Grillo, José E Piñero, Jacob Lorenzo-Morales
Acanthamoeba is an opportunistic pathogen which is the causal agent of a sight-threatening ulceration of the cornea known as Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) and, more rarely, an infection of the central nervous system called "granulomatous amoebic encephalitis" (GAE). The symptoms of AK are non-specific, and so it can be misdiagnosed as a viral, bacterial, or fungal keratitis. Furthermore, current therapeutic measures against AK are arduous, and show limited efficacy against the cyst stage of Acanthamoeba. 1H-Phenalen-1-one (PH) containing compounds have been isolated from plants and fungi, where they play a crucial role in the defense mechanism of plants...
September 12, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915547/persistence-mobility-and-bioavailability-of-emerging-organic-contaminants-discharged-from-sewage-treatment-plants
#12
Kristin M Blum, Patrik L Andersson, Lutz Ahrens, Karin Wiberg, Peter Haglund
Little is known about the impact of emissions of micropollutants from small and large-scale sewage treatment plants (STPs) on drinking water source areas. We investigated a populated catchment that drains into Lake Mälaren, which is the drinking water source for around 2 million people including the inhabitants of Stockholm, Sweden. To assess the persistence, mobility, bioavailability and bioaccumulation of 32 structurally diverse emerging organic contaminants, sediment, integrated passive and grab water samples were collected along the catchment of the River Fyris, Sweden...
September 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913758/a-review-of-hydrogen-production-by-photosynthetic-organisms-using-whole-cell-and-cell-free-systems
#13
Baker A Martin, Paul D Frymier
Molecular hydrogen is a promising currency in the future energy economy due to the uncertain availability of finite fossil fuel resources and environmental effects from their combustion. It also has important uses in the production of fertilizers and platform chemicals as well as in upgrading conventional fuels. Conventional methods for producing molecular hydrogen from natural gas produce carbon dioxide and use a finite resource as feedstock. However, these issues can be overcome by using light energy from the Sun combined with microorganisms and their molecular machinery capable of photosynthesis...
September 14, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913719/green-garden-snail-cantareus-apertus-as-biomonitor-and-sentinel-for-integrative-metal-pollution-assessment-in-roadside-soils
#14
Anwar Mleiki, Ionan Marigómez, Najoua Trigui El Menif
The present investigation was conceived to study, in a small scale field study, the potential of the green garden snail, Cantareus apertus, as biomonitor and sentinel for integrative metal pollution assessment in soils. For this purpose, we investigated the association between the trace metal (Cd, Pb, As, Fe, Cr, Cu, Ni, and Zn) concentrations in soil, plants (Trifolium repens), and C. apertus depending on the distance (20, 150, and 700 m) from a main roadside in Tunisia as well as between metal concentrations and biomarkers of oxidative stress, oxidative damage, and neurotoxicity in C...
September 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913501/acute-poisoning-due-to-ingestion-of-datura-stramonium-a-case-report
#15
Sebastian Daniel Trancă, Robert Szabo, Mihaela Cociş
Datura stramonium (DS) is a widespread annual plant, containing atropine, hyoscyamine, and scopolamine, which can produce poisoning with a severe anticholinergic syndrome. Teenagers ingest the roots, seeds or the entire plant to obtain its hallucinogenic and euphoric effects. We presented the case of a 22 year old male who was admitted to the Emergency Room in a coma after consuming Datura stramonium, 2 hours earlier. The patient presented with fever, tachycardia with right bundle branch block, and urinary retention...
April 2017: Rom J Anaesth Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912929/student-misconceptions-about-plants-a-first-step-in-building-a-teaching-resource
#16
April N Wynn, Irvin L Pan, Elizabeth E Rueschhoff, Maryann A B Herman, E Kathleen Archer
Plants are ubiquitous and found in virtually every ecosystem on Earth, but their biology is often poorly understood, and inaccurate ideas about how plants grow and function abound. Many articles have been published documenting student misconceptions about photosynthesis and respiration, but there are substantially fewer on such topics as plant cell structure and growth; plant genetics, evolution, and classification; plant physiology (beyond energy relations); and plant ecology. The available studies of misconceptions held on those topics show that many are formed at a very young age and persist throughout all educational levels...
2017: Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education: JMBE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912786/co-infection-of-sweet-orange-with-severe-and-mild-strains-of-citrus-tristeza-virus-is-overwhelmingly-dominated-by-the-severe-strain-on-both-the-transcriptional-and-biological-levels
#17
Shimin Fu, Jonathan Shao, Changyong Zhou, John S Hartung
Citrus tristeza is one of the most destructive citrus diseases and is caused by the phloem-restricted Closterovirus, Citrus tristeza virus. Mild strain CTV-B2 does not cause obvious symptoms on indicators whereas severe strain CTV-B6 causes symptoms, including stem pitting, cupping, yellowing, and stiffening of leaves, and vein corking. Our laboratory has previously characterized changes in transcription in sweet orange separately infected with CTV-B2 and CTV-B6. In the present study, transcriptome analysis of Citrus sinensis in response to double infection by CTV-B2 and CTV-B6 was carried out...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912357/grazing-limits-natural-biological-controls-of-woody-encroachment-in-inner-mongolia-steppe
#18
Hongyu Guo, Linjing Guan, Yinhua Wang, Lina Xie, Chelse M Prather, Chunguang Liu, Chengcang Ma
Woody encroachment in grasslands has become increasingly problematic globally. Grazing by domestic animals can facilitate woody encroachment by reducing competition from herbaceous plants and fire frequency. Herbivorous insects and parasitic plants can each exert forces that result in the natural biological control of encroaching woody plants through reducing seeding of their host woody plants. Whereas, the interplay of grazing and dynamics of herbivorous insects or parasitic plants, and its effects on the potential biological control of woody encroachment in grasslands remain unclear...
September 13, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911768/natural-isotope-abundance-in-metabolites-techniques-and-kinetic-isotope-effect-measurement-in-plant-animal-and-human-tissues
#19
Illa Tea, Guillaume Tcherkez
The natural isotope abundance in bulk organic matter or tissues is not a sufficient base to investigate physiological properties, biosynthetic mechanisms, and nutrition sources of biological systems. In fact, isotope effects in metabolism lead to a heterogeneous distribution of (2)H, (18)O, (13)C, and (15)N isotopes in metabolites. Therefore, compound-specific isotopic analysis (CSIA) is crucial to biological and medical applications of stable isotopes. Here, we review methods to implement CSIA for (15)N and (13)C from plant, animal, and human samples and discuss technical solutions that have been used for the conversion to CO2 and N2 for IRMS analysis, derivatization and isotope effect measurements...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911746/plant-growth-regulator-mediated-anti-herbivore-responses-of-cabbage-brassica-oleracea-against-cabbage-looper-trichoplusia-ni-h%C3%A3-bner-lepidoptera-noctuidae
#20
Ian M Scott, R Samara, J B Renaud, M W Sumarah
Plant elicitors can be biological or chemical-derived stimulators of jasmonic acid (JA) or salicylic acid (SA) pathways shown to prime the defenses in many crops. Examples of chemical elicitors of the JA and SA pathways include methyl-jasmonate and 1,2,3-benzothiadiazole-7-carbothioate (BTH or the commercial plant activator Actigard 50WG, respectively). The use of specific elicitors has been observed to affect the normal interaction between JA and SA pathways causing one to be upregulated and the other to be suppressed, often, but not always, at the expense of the plant's herbivore or pathogen defenses...
September 2017: Pesticide Biochemistry and Physiology
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