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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333573/simultaneous-site-directed-mutagenesis-of-duplicated-loci-in-soybean-using-a-single-guide-rna
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Yuhei Kanazashi, Aya Hirose, Ippei Takahashi, Masafumi Mikami, Masaki Endo, Sakiko Hirose, Seiichi Toki, Akito Kaga, Ken Naito, Masao Ishimoto, Jun Abe, Tetsuya Yamada
Using a gRNA and Agrobacterium-mediated transformation, we performed simultaneous site-directed mutagenesis of two GmPPD loci in soybean. Mutations in GmPPD loci were confirmed in at least 33% of T2 seeds. The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated endonuclease 9 (Cas9) system is a powerful tool for site-directed mutagenesis in crops. Using a single guide RNA (gRNA) and Agrobacterium-mediated transformation, we performed simultaneous site-directed mutagenesis of two homoeologous loci in soybean (Glycine max), GmPPD1 and GmPPD2, which encode the orthologs of Arabidopsis thaliana PEAPOD (PPD)...
January 15, 2018: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331934/characterization-and-release-profile-of-mn-al-bearing-deposits-in-drinking-water-distribution-systems
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Guiwei Li, Yuanxun Ding, Hongfu Xu, Junwei Jin, Baoyou Shi
Inorganic contaminants accumulation in drinking water distribution systems (DWDS) is a great threat to water quality and safety. This work assessed the main risk factors for different water pipes and discovered the release profile of accumulated materials in a full scale distribution system frequently suffered from water discoloration problem. Physicochemical characterization of pipe deposits were performed using X-ray fluorescence, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy...
January 9, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331063/simultaneous-pharmacokinetics-and-stability-studies-of-physalins-in-rat-plasma-and-intestinal-bacteria-culture-media-using-liquid-chromatography-with-mass-spectrometry
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Yunliang Zheng, Meihua Lin, Xingjiang Hu, You Zhai, Qiao Zhang, Yan Lou, Jianzhong ShenTu, Lihua Wu
Physalins are the major steroidal constituent of Physalis plants and display a range of biological activity. For this study, a rapid and sensitive high-performance liquid chromatography with triple quadrupole mass spectrometry method was developed for the simultaneous quantification of six physalins. Specifically, it was for the quantification of physalin A, physalin B, physalin D, physalin G, 4,7-didehydroneophysalin B and isophysalin B in rat plasma and rat intestinal bacteria. After a solid-phase extraction, analytes and internal standards (prednisolone) were separated on a Shield reverse-phase C18 column (measuring 3 mm × 150 mm with an internal diameter of 3...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330814/contrasting-effects-of-alkaline-amendments-on-the-bioavailability-and-uptake-of-cd-in-rice-plants-in-a-cd-contaminated-acid-paddy-soil
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Jun Meng, Libin Zhong, Lu Wang, Xingmei Liu, Caixian Tang, Hongjin Chen, Jianming Xu
Reducing cadmium (Cd) concentrations in rice grains is important for food safety, particularly in acid paddy fields in South China where the soils have been previously contaminated with Cd. A field experiment was conducted to evaluate the effects of four alkaline amendments, i.e., lime, compost, biochar, and carbide slag on soil bioavailability and uptake of Cd in plants of two rice cultivars (Oryza sativa L.) in a Cd-contaminated acid paddy soil. The addition of these amendments significantly decreased the concentrations of CaCl2-extractable Cd by 13-41%...
January 12, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329291/ovule-identity-mediated-by-pre-mrna-processing-in-arabidopsis
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Encarnación Rodríguez-Cazorla, Samanta Ortuño-Miquel, Héctor Candela, Lindsay J Bailey-Steinitz, Martin F Yanofsky, Antonio Martínez-Laborda, Juan-José Ripoll, Antonio Vera
Ovules are fundamental for plant reproduction and crop yield as they are the precursors of seeds. Therefore, ovule specification is a critical developmental program. In Arabidopsis thaliana, ovule identity is redundantly conferred by the homeotic D-class genes SHATTERPROOF1 (SHP1), SHP2 and SEEDSTICK (STK), phylogenetically related to the MADS-domain regulatory gene AGAMOUS (AG), essential in floral organ specification. Previous studies have shown that the HUA-PEP activity, comprised of a suite of RNA-binding protein (RBP) encoding genes, regulates AG pre-mRNA processing and thus flower patterning and organ identity...
January 12, 2018: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329011/removal-of-ozonation-products-of-pharmaceuticals-in-laboratory-moving-bed-biofilm-reactors-mbbrs
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Haitham El-Taliawy, Monica Escola Casas, Kai Bester
The major pathway of pharmaceuticals from urban applications to urban surface waters is via wastewater treatment plants. Ozonation is able to remove pharmaceuticals from wastewater effluents. However, during that reaction, ozonation products are formed. Some ozonation products were found to be persistent and have adverse effect on the environment. Moving bed bio reactors (MBBRs) were tested for the removal of the ozonation products of macrolide antibiotics and diclofenac at two different concentration levels 1 μg/L and 10 μg/L in laboratory reactors...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329010/uva-uvb-activation-of-hydrogen-peroxide-and-persulfate-for-advanced-oxidation-processes-efficiency-mechanism-and-effect-of-various-water-constituents
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Wenyu Huang, Angelica Bianco, Marcello Brigante, Gilles Mailhot
In the present work we investigate the activation efficiency of H2O2 and S2O82- using UVA and UVB radiation. Bisphenol-A (BPA) is used as model pollutants to estimate the oxidative process efficiency in simulated and real sewage treatment plant waters. Particular attention is paid to the BPA removal efficiency and to the radical mechanism involvement considering the effect of typical inorganic water constituents (carbonates and chloride ions) and organic matter. Despite a detrimental effect observed when carbonate ions are in solution using both hydrogen peroxide and persulafate, the presence of high chloride ions concentration was found to improve BPA removal using S2O82- as radical precursor...
January 4, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328635/adsorption-and-molecular-fractionation-of-dissolved-organic-matter-on-iron-bearing-mineral-matrices-of-varying-crystallinity
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Elizabeth K Coward, Tsutomu Ohno, Alain F Plante
Iron (Fe)-bearing mineral phases contribute disproportionately to adsorption of soil organic matter (SOM), due to their elevated chemical reactivity and specific surface area (SSA). However, the spectrum of Fe solid-phase speciation present in oxidation-reduction-active soils challenges analysis of SOM-mineral interactions and may induce differential molecular fractionation of dissolved organic matter (DOM). This work used paired selective dissolution experiments and batch sorption of post-extraction residues to 1) quantify the contributions of Fe-bearing minerals of varying crystallinity to DOM sorption, and 2) characterize molecular fractionation using Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FT-ICR-MS)...
January 12, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327464/the-expression-of-an-exogenous-acc-deaminase-by-the-endophyte-serratia-grimesii-bxf1-promotes-the-early-nodulation-and-growth-of-common-bean
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Maria J Tavares, Francisco X Nascimento, Bernard R Glick, Márcio J Rossi
Ethylene acts as an inhibitor of the nodulation process of leguminous plants. However, some bacteria can decrease deleterious ethylene levels by the action of the enzyme 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylate (ACC) deaminase which degrades ACC, the ethylene precursor in all higher plants. Co-inoculation of rhizobia with endophytes enhances the rhizobial symbiotic efficiency with legumes, improving both nodulation and nitrogen fixation. However, not much is understood about the mechanisms employed by these endophytic bacteria...
January 11, 2018: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327444/developing-a-flexible-high-efficiency-agrobacterium-mediated-sorghum-transformation-system-with-broad-application
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Ping Che, Ajith Anand, Emily Wu, Jeffry D Sander, Marissa K Simon, Weiwei Zhu, Amy L Sigmund, Gina Zastrow-Hayes, Michael Miller, Donglong Liu, Shai J Lawit, Zuo-Yu Zhao, Marc C Albertsen, Todd J Jones
Sorghum is the fifth most widely planted cereal crop in the world and is commonly cultivated in arid and semi-arid regions such as Africa. Despite its importance as a food source, sorghum genetic improvement through transgenic approaches has been limited because of an inefficient transformation system. Here we report a ternary vector (also known as co-habitating vector) system using a recently described pVIR accessory plasmid that facilitates efficient Agrobacterium-mediated transformation of sorghum. We report regeneration frequencies ranging from 6-29% in Tx430 using different selectable markers and single copy, backbone free "quality events" ranging from 45-66% of the total events produced...
January 11, 2018: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325926/the-study-of-the-inhibitory-effect-of-calcium-oxalate-monohydrate-s-crystallization-by-two-medicinal-and-aromatic-plants-ammi-visnaga-and-punica-granatum
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R Kachkoul, T Sqalli Houssaini, Y Miyah, M Mohim, R El Habbani, A Lahrichi
INTRODUCTION: Urinary lithiasis is a recurrent disease defined by the presence of calculi in the urinary tract. Most urinary calculi have as a major component calcium oxalate which occurs mainly in two crystalline forms: Calcium oxalate monohydrate (whewellite) and calcium oxalate dihydrate (weddellite). The target behind, this work is to study the inhibiting effect of the calcium oxalate's crystallization by the extract of the Ammi visnaga and the Punica granatum. METHODS: The inhibition of crystallization has been studied in vitro with both the absence and the presence of the different concentrations of the extracts of the two plants...
January 8, 2018: Progrès en Urologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325723/double-function-hydroperoxide-lyases-epoxyalcohol-synthases-cyp74c-of-higher-plants-identification-and-conversion-into-allene-oxide-synthases-by-site-directed-mutagenesis
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Yana Y Toporkova, Svetlana S Gorina, Elena K Bessolitsyna, Elena O Smirnova, Valeria S Fatykhova, Fredi Brühlmann, Tatiana M Ilyina, Lucia S Mukhtarova, Alexander N Grechkin
The CYP74C subfamily of fatty acid hydroperoxide transforming enzymes includes hydroperoxide lyases (HPLs) and allene oxide synthases (AOSs). This work reports a new facet of the putative CYP74C HPLs. Initially, we found that the recombinant CYP74C13_MT (Medicago truncatula) behaved predominantly as the epoxyalcohol synthase (EAS) towards the 9(SS)-hydroperoxide of linoleic acid. At the same time, the CYP74C13_MT mostly possessed the HPL activity towards the 13(S)-hydroperoxides of linoleic and α-linolenic acids...
January 8, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324323/multidisciplinary-characterization-of-u-vi-sequestration-by-acidovorax-facilis-for-bioremediation-purposes
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E Krawczyk-Bärsch, U Gerber, K Müller, H Moll, A Rossberg, R Steudtner, M L Merroun
The contamination of the environment by U may affect plant life and consequently may have an impact on animal and human health. The present work describes U(VI) sequestration by Acidovorax facilis using a multidisciplinary approach combining wet chemistry, transmission electron microscopy, and spectroscopy methods (e.g. cryo-time resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy, extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy, and in-situ attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy)...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323243/expression-of-cry2ah1-and-two-domain-ii-mutants-in-transgenic-tobacco-confers-high-resistance-to-susceptible-and-cry1ac-resistant-cotton-bollworm
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Shengyan Li, Zeyu Wang, Yiyao Zhou, Changhui Li, Guiping Wang, Hai Wang, Jie Zhang, Gemei Liang, Zhihong Lang
To improve the novel Bacillus thuringiensis insecticidal gene cry2Ah1 toxicity, two mutants cry2Ah1-vp (V354VP) and cry2Ah1-sp (V354SP) were performed. SWISS-MODEL analysis showed two mutants had a longer loop located between β-4 and β-5 of domain II, resulting in higher binding affinity with brush border membrane vesicles (BBMV) of Helicoverpa armigera comparing with Cry2Ah1. The cry2Ah1, cry2Ah1-vp, and cry2Ah1-sp were optimized codon usage according to plant codon bias, and named mcry2Ah1, mcry2Ah1-vp, and mcry2Ah1-sp...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322079/fibroblast-and-keratinocyte-gene-expression-following-exposure-to-extracts-of-neem-plant-azadirachta-indica
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Takao Someya, Katsura Sano, Kotaro Hara, Yoshimasa Sagane, Toshihiro Watanabe, R G S Wijesekara
This data article provides gene expression profiles, determined by using real-time PCR, of fibroblasts and keratinocytes treated with 0.01% and 0.001% extracts of neem plant (Azadirachta indica), local name "Kohomba" in Sri Lanka, harvested in Sri Lanka. For fibroblasts, the dataset includes expression profiles for genes encoding hyaluronan synthase 1 (HAS1), hyaluronan synthase 2 (HAS2), hyaluronidase-1 (HYAL1), hyaluronidase-2 (HYAL2), versican, aggrecan, CD44, collagen, type I, alpha 1 (COL1A1), collagen, type III, alpha 1 (COL3A1), collagen, type VII, alpha 1 (COL7A1), matrix metalloproteinase 1 (MMP1), acid ceramidase, basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF), fibroblast growth factor-7 (FGF7), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), interleukin-1 alpha (IL-1α), cyclooxygenase-2 (cox2), transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β), and aquaporin 3 (AQP3)...
February 2018: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321692/geobacteraceae-are-important-members-of-mercury-methylating-microbial-communities-of-sediments-impacted-by-waste-water-releases
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Andrea G Bravo, Jakob Zopfi, Moritz Buck, Jingying Xu, Stefan Bertilsson, Jeffra K Schaefer, John Poté, Claudia Cosio
Microbial mercury (Hg) methylation in sediments can result in bioaccumulation of the neurotoxin methylmercury (MMHg) in aquatic food webs. Recently, the discovery of the gene hgcA, required for Hg methylation, revealed that the diversity of Hg methylators is much broader than previously thought. However, little is known about the identity of Hg-methylating microbial organisms and the environmental factors controlling their activity and distribution in lakes. Here, we combined high-throughput sequencing of 16S rRNA and hgcA genes with the chemical characterization of sediments impacted by a waste water treatment plant that releases significant amounts of organic matter and iron...
January 10, 2018: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318817/-application-of-image-recognition-technology-in-census-of-national-traditional-chinese-medicine-resources
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Xiao-Bo Zhang, Xiao-Guang Ge, Yan Jin, Ting-Ting Shi, Hui Wang, Meng Li, Zhi-Xian Jing, Lan-Ping Guo, Lu-Qi Huang
With the development of computer and image processing technology, image recognition technology has been applied to the national medicine resources census work at all stages.Among them: ①In the preparatory work, in order to establish a unified library of traditional Chinese medicine resources, using text recognition technology based on paper materials, be the assistant in the digitalization of various categories related to Chinese medicine resources; to determine the representative area and plots of the survey from each census team, based on the satellite remote sensing image and vegetation map and other basic data, using remote sensing image classification and other technical methods to assist in determining the key investigation area...
November 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318486/effects-of-an-additive-hydroxyapatite-biochar-zeolite-on-the-chemical-speciation-of-cd-and-as-in-paddy-soils-and-their-accumulation-and-translocation-in-rice-plants
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Jiao-Feng Gu, Hang Zhou, Wen-Tao Yang, Pei-Qin Peng, Ping Zhang, Min Zeng, Bo-Han Liao
A pot experiment was carried out to investigate the remediation of paddy soils contaminated with both Cd and As. The effects of a soil additive (HZB: hydroxyapatite + zeolite + biochar) on the chemical speciation of Cd and As in the soil and on the accumulation and translocation of these two elements in rice plants were studied. The application of HZB decreased the concentration of acid-extractable Cd in the soil by 7.3-32.6% by promoting the transformation of soil Cd from soluble to insoluble species; as a result, the concentration of organically bound Cd in the soil increased by 6...
January 9, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316727/cloning-and-functional-analysis-of-phosphoethanolamine-methyltransferase-promoter-from-maize-zea-mays-l
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Gai-Li Niu, Wei Gou, Xiang-Long Han, Cheng Qin, Li-Xin Zhang, Abd El-Fatah Abomohra, Muhammad Ashraf
Betaine, a non-toxic osmoprotectant, is believed to accumulate considerably in plants under stress conditions to maintain the osmotic pressure and promote a variety of processes involved in growth and development. Phosphoethanolamine N-methyltransferase (PEAMT), a key enzyme for betaine synthesis, is reported to be regulated by its upstream promoter. In the present investigation, by using the transgenic approach, a 1048 bp long promoter region of ZmPEAMT gene from Zea mays was cloned and functionally characterized in tobacco...
January 8, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313551/fate-of-nitrogen-in-overlying-water-with-biochar-addition-to-sediment-in-planted-ditches
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Qianding Cheng, Hongguang Cheng, Lu Lu, Xiao Pu, Zhenzhen Wu, Haixu Sun
Best management practice (BMP) in drainage ditch systems is of high concern due to its importance in intercepting and removing pollution. Biochar has recently become an interesting option for agricultural pollution elimination, but knowledge is still limited on the fate of nitrogen (N) in drainage ditch systems with biochar added into the sediment. This isotope tracer study examined the effects of biochar addition into the sediment on the fate of inorganic N (15N-NO3- and 15N-NH4+) in sediment microcosms through a 93 day incubation experiment...
January 9, 2018: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
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