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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29047221/selection-and-characterization-of-bacillus-thuringiensis-strains-from-northwestern-himalayas-toxic-against-helicoverpa-armigera
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Showkat A Lone, Abdul Malik, Jasdeep C Padaria
In this study, we present the selection and the characterization of Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) strains with respect to their cry/cyt gene content and toxicity evaluation toward one of the most important polyphagous lepidopteran pest, Helicoverpa armigera. Fifty-six Bt isolates were obtained from 10 different regions of northwestern Himalayas, recording a total B. thuringiensis index of 0.62. Scanning electron microscopy revealed presence of bipyramidal, spherical, flat and irregular crystal shapes; SDS-PAGE analysis of spore-crystal mixtures showed the prominence of 130, 70, and 100 kDa protein bands in majority of the isolates; PCR analysis with primers for eight cry and cyt gene families and 13 cry gene subfamilies resulted in isolates showing different combinations of insecticidal genes...
October 18, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040770/optimized-light-inducible-transcription-in-mammalian-cells-using-flavin-kelch-repeat-f-box1-gigantea-and-cry2-cib1
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Jose R Quejada, Seon-Hye E Park, Daniel W Awari, Fan Shi, Hannah E Yamamoto, Fuun Kawano, Juergen C Jung, Masayuki Yazawa
Light-inducible systems allow spatiotemporal control of a variety of biological activities. Here, we report newly optimized optogenetic tools to induce transcription with light in mammalian cells, using the Arabidopsis photoreceptor Flavin Kelch-repeat F-box 1 (FKF1) and its binding partner GIGANTEA (GI) as well as CRY2/CIB1. By combining the mutagenesis of FKF1 with the optimization of a split FKF1/GI dimerized Gal4-VP16 transcriptional system, we identified constructs enabling significantly improved light-triggered transcriptional induction...
October 10, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29021622/the-circadian-transcriptome-of-marine-fish-sparus-aurata-larvae-reveals-highly-synchronized-biological-processes-at-the-whole-organism-level
#3
M Yúfera, E Perera, J A Mata-Sotres, J Calduch-Giner, G Martínez-Rodríguez, J Pérez-Sánchez
The regulation of circadian gene expression remains largely unknown in farmed fish larvae. In this study, a high-density oligonucleotide microarray was used to examine the daily expression of 13,939 unique genes in whole gilthead sea bream (Sparus aurata) larvae with fast growth potentiality. Up to 2,229 genes were differentially expressed, and the first two components of Principal Component Analysis explained more than 81% of the total variance. Clustering analysis of differentially expressed genes identified 4 major clusters that were triggered sequentially, with a maximum expression at 0 h, 3 h, 9-15 h and 18-21 h zeitgeber time...
October 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991901/the-blue-light-induced-interaction-of-cryptochrome-1-with-cop1-requires-spa-proteins-during-arabidopsis-light-signaling
#4
Xu Holtkotte, Jathish Ponnu, Margaret Ahmad, Ute Hoecker
Plants constantly adjust their growth, development and metabolism to the ambient light environment. Blue light is sensed by the Arabidopsis photoreceptors CRY1 and CRY2 which subsequently initiate light signal transduction by repressing the COP1/SPA E3 ubiquitin ligase. While the interaction between cryptochromes and SPA is blue light-dependent, it was proposed that CRY1 interacts with COP1 constitutively, i.e. also in darkness. Here, our in vivo co-immunoprecipitation experiments suggest that CRY1 and CRY2 form a complex with COP1 only after seedlings were exposed to blue light...
October 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986813/effect-of-jiaotai-pill-on-intestinal-damage-in-partially-sleep-deprived-rats
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Wen-Ya Huang, Xin Zou, Fu-Er Lu, Chu Zhang, Yan-Lin Ren, Li-Jun Xu, Kai-Fu Wang, Hui Dong
OBJECTIVE: To explore the effect and mechanism of Jiaotai Pill (, JTW) on intestinal mucosal damage in rats with chronic partial sleep deprivation (PSD). METHODS: Obesity resistant (OR) rats were selected, and underwent 4 h PSD by being exposed to environmental noise for 4 weeks. During the whole PSD period, JTW and estazolam were orally given to the rats respectively in the treating groups. Plasma concentration of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) which is the marker of gut-origin endotoxemia was examined...
October 6, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28986016/effects-of-intentionally-treated-water-on-growth-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-seeds-with-cryptochrome-mutations
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Yung-Jong Shiah, Hsu-Liang Hsieh, Huai-Ju Chen, Dean I Radin
OBJECTIVE: A previous experiment suggested that consumption of intentionally treated tea influenced subjective mood under double-blind, controlled conditions. To investigate that effect objectively, again under double-blind, controlled conditions, we studied whether Arabidopsis thaliana seeds hydrated with intentionally treated vs. untreated water would show differences in hypocotyl length, anthocyanin, and chlorophyll. DESIGN: Three Buddhist monks focused their intention on commercially bottled water with the goal of improving the growth of seeds; bottled water from the same source served as an untreated control...
August 30, 2017: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28970786/circadian-clock-protein-content-and-daily-rhythm-of-locomotor-activity-are-altered-after-chronic-exposure-to-lead-in-rat
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Mariam Sabbar, Ouria Dkhissi-Benyahya, Abdelhamid Benazzouz, Nouria Lakhdar-Ghazal
Lead exposure has been reported to produce many clinical features, including parkinsonism. However, its consequences on the circadian rhythms are still unknown. Here we aimed to examine the circadian rhythms of locomotor activity following lead intoxication and investigate the mechanisms by which lead may induce alterations of circadian rhythms in rats. Male Wistar rats were injected with lead or sodium acetate (10 mg/kg/day, i.p.) during 4 weeks. Both groups were tested in the "open field" to quantify the exploratory activity and in the rotarod to evaluate motor coordination...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944151/isolation-and-characterization-of-bacillus-thuringiensis-strains-native-to-assam-soil-of-north-east-india
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Mihir Rabha, Shaswati Sharma, Sumita Acharjee, Bidyut Kumar Sarmah
We have identified both crystalliferous and acrystalliferous Bt isolates from the Assam soil of North East India for the first time. A total of 301 Bacillus type colonies were selected based on their appearance and colony morphology. Out of these colonies, 42 isolates had characteristics similar to Bt isolates on MYP (Mannitol Egg Yolk Polymyxin) agar base medium. The ERIC-PCR and 16S rDNA analyses confirmed that 42 isolates are Bacillus thuringiensis. Phase contrast microscopy showed that 37 isolates produced crystal endospore during the sporulation phase and 5 acrystalliferous isolates were also found...
October 2017: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940601/suppression-of-arabidopsis-flowering-by-near-null-magnetic-field-is-mediated-by-auxin
#9
Chunxiao Xu, Yuxia Zhang, Yang Yu, Yue Li, Shufeng Wei
We previously found that flowering of Arabidopsis was suppressed by near-null magnetic field, which was related to cryptochrome. Auxin plays an important role in Arabidopsis flowering. To test whether auxin is involved in the suppression of Arabidopsis flowering by near-null magnetic field, we detected auxin level and expressions of auxin transport and signaling genes in wild-type Arabidopsis plants and cryptochrome double mutant, cry1/cry2, grown in near-null magnetic field. We found that indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) level in roots of wild-type plants in near-null magnetic field was significantly increased compared with the local geomagnetic field control, while IAA level in rosettes of 33-day-old wild-type plants in near-null magnetic field was significantly lower than the control...
September 20, 2017: Bioelectromagnetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933316/photo-activatable-akt-probe-a-new-tool-to-study-the-akt-dependent-physiopathology-of-cancer-cells
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Sanae Haga, Takeaki Ozawa, Naoki Morita, Mami Asano, Shigeki Jin, Michitaka Ozakia
Akt is commonly overexpressed and activated in cancer cells, and plays a pivotal role in cell survival, protection andchemo-resistance. Therefore, Akt is one of the target molecules in understanding characters of cancer cells and developing anti-cancer drugs. Here, we examined whether a newly developed photo-activatable Akt (PA-Akt) probe, based on a light-inducible protein interaction module of plant cryptochrome2 (CRY2) and cryptochrome-interacting basic-helix-loop-helix (CIB1), can regulate Akt-associated cell functions...
August 30, 2017: Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916751/understanding-cry2-interactions-for-optical-control-of-intracellular-signaling
#11
Liting Duan, Jen Hope, Qunxiang Ong, Hsin-Ya Lou, Namdoo Kim, Comfrey McCarthy, Victor Acero, Michael Z Lin, Bianxiao Cui
Arabidopsis cryptochrome 2 (CRY2) can simultaneously undergo light-dependent CRY2-CRY2 homo-oligomerization and CRY2-CIB1 hetero-dimerization, both of which have been widely used to optically control intracellular processes. Applications using CRY2-CIB1 interaction desire minimal CRY2 homo-oligomerization to avoid unintended complications, while those utilizing CRY2-CRY2 interaction prefer robust homo-oligomerization. However, selecting the type of CRY2 interaction has not been possible as the molecular mechanisms underlying CRY2 interactions are unknown...
September 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916681/circannual-testis-and-moult-cycles-persist-under-photoperiods-that-disrupt-circadian-activity-and-clock-gene-cycles-in-spotted-munia
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Neha Agarwal, Ila Mishra, Ruchi Komal, Sangeeta Rani, Vinod Kumar
We investigated if circannual rhythms underlying annual testis maturation and moult cycles were independent of the duration and frequency of light period and the circadian clock control in non-photoperiodic spotted munia. Birds were subjected to an aberrant light-dark (LD) cycle (3.5L:3.5D; T7, T=period length of LD cycle) and continuous light (LL, 24L:0D), with controls on 12L:12D (T24, 24 h LD cycle). Initial experiment measured the activity pattern and 24 h mRNA oscillations of circadian clock genes (bmal1, clock, per2, cry1, cry2) in the hypothalamus, putative site of the seasonal timing...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868166/day-time-isoflurane-administration-suppresses-circadian-gene-expressions-in-both-the-brain-and-a-peripheral-organ-liver
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Necati Gökmen, İbrahim Barış, Elvan Öçmen, Osman Yılmaz, Ali Günerli, İbrahim Halil Kavaklı
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of light and administration time of isoflurane on circadian gene expression in the brains and liver tissues of rats kept in light-dark cycle. METHODS: Seventy two 15-days-old rats pups were divided into four groups. All animals were exposed to 1.5% concentration of isoflurane or to 6 L min(-1) O2 for six hours between Zeitgeber Time (ZT) 0-ZT06 (day-time administration) or ZT12-ZT18 (night-time administration)...
August 2017: Turkish Journal of Anaesthesiology and Reanimation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851928/calorie-restriction-effects-on-circadian-rhythms-in-gene-expression-are-sex-dependent
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Artem A Astafev, Sonal A Patel, Roman V Kondratov
The rhythms in the expression of circadian clock genes are affected by calorie restriction (CR), a dietary paradigm known to increase lifespan. Many physiological effects of CR differ between males and females; here we investigated if the sex of animals affects the CR induced changes in the circadian rhythms. The liver expression of some circadian clock genes such as Bmal1 and three Periods (Per1, Per2 and Per3) and the effect of CR on the expression of these genes were sex independent, while the expression of Rev-Erb alpha, Ror gamma and both Cryptochome (Cry1 and Cry2) genes was different between males and females...
August 29, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833729/a-cry-bic-negative-feedback-circuitry-regulating-blue-light-sensitivity-of-arabidopsis
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Xu Wang, Qin Wang, Yun-Jeong Han, Qing Liu, Lianfeng Gu, Zhaohe Yang, Jun Su, Bobin Liu, Zecheng Zuo, Wenjin He, Jian Wang, Bin Liu, Minami Matsui, Jeong-Il Kim, Yoshito Oka, Chentao Lin
Cryptochromes are blue light receptors that regulate various light responses in plants. Arabidopsis cryptochrome 1 (CRY1) and cryptochrome 2 (CRY2) mediate blue light inhibition of hypocotyl elongation and long-day (LD) promotion of floral initiation. It has been reported recently that two negative regulators of Arabidopsis cryptochromes, Blue light Inhibitors of Cryptochromes 1 and 2 (BIC1 and BIC2), inhibit cryptochrome function by blocking blue light-dependent cryptochrome dimerization. However, it remained unclear how cryptochromes regulate the BIC gene activity...
November 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831003/vertebrate-like-cryptochrome-2-from-monarch-regulates-circadian-transcription-via-independent-repression-of-clock-and-bmal1-activity
#16
Ying Zhang, Matthew J Markert, Shayna C Groves, Paul E Hardin, Christine Merlin
Circadian repression of CLOCK-BMAL1 by PERIOD and CRYPTOCHROME (CRY) in mammals lies at the core of the circadian timekeeping mechanism. CRY repression of CLOCK-BMAL1 and regulation of circadian period are proposed to rely primarily on competition for binding with coactivators on an α-helix located within the transactivation domain (TAD) of the BMAL1 C terminus. This model has, however, not been tested in vivo. Here, we applied CRISPR/Cas9-mediated mutagenesis in the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), which possesses a vertebrate-like CRY (dpCRY2) and an ortholog of BMAL1, to show that insect CRY2 regulates circadian repression through TAD α-helix-dependent and -independent mechanisms...
September 5, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797239/nutrient-supply-affects-the-mrna-expression-profile-of-the-porcine-skeletal-muscle
#17
Tainã Figueiredo Cardoso, Raquel Quintanilla, Joan Tibau, Marta Gil, Emilio Mármol-Sánchez, Olga González-Rodríguez, Rayner González-Prendes, Marcel Amills
BACKGROUND: The genetic basis of muscle fat deposition in pigs is not well known. So far, we have only identified a limited number of genes involved in the absorption, transport, storage and catabolism of lipids. Such information is crucial to interpret, from a biological perspective, the results of genome-wide association analyses for intramuscular fat content and composition traits. Herewith, we have investigated how the ingestion of food changes gene expression in the gluteus medius muscle of Duroc pigs...
August 10, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28751364/circadian-repressors-cry1-and-cry2-broadly-interact-with-nuclear-receptors-and-modulate-transcriptional-activity
#18
Anna Kriebs, Sabine D Jordan, Erin Soto, Emma Henriksson, Colby R Sandate, Megan E Vaughan, Alanna B Chan, Drew Duglan, Stephanie J Papp, Anne-Laure Huber, Megan E Afetian, Ruth T Yu, Xuan Zhao, Michael Downes, Ronald M Evans, Katja A Lamia
Nuclear hormone receptors (NRs) regulate physiology by sensing lipophilic ligands and adapting cellular transcription appropriately. A growing understanding of the impact of circadian clocks on mammalian transcription has sparked interest in the interregulation of transcriptional programs. Mammalian clocks are based on a transcriptional feedback loop featuring the transcriptional activators circadian locomotor output cycles kaput (CLOCK) and brain and muscle ARNT-like 1 (BMAL1), and transcriptional repressors cryptochrome (CRY) and period (PER)...
August 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28749470/mir-181d-and-c-myc-mediated-inhibition-of-cry2-and-fbxl3-reprograms-metabolism-in-colorectal-cancer
#19
Xiaofeng Guo, Yuekun Zhu, Xinya Hong, Mukun Zhang, Xingfeng Qiu, Zhenfa Wang, Zhongquan Qi, Xuehui Hong
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the second major cause of tumor-related deaths. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have pivotal roles in CRC progression. Here, we describe the effect of miR-181d on CRC cell metabolism and underlying molecular mechanism. Our data firmly demonstrated that knockdown of miR-181d suppressed CRC cell proliferation, migration, and invasion by impairing glycolysis. Mechanistically, miR-181d stabilized c-myc through directly targeting the 3'-UTRs of CRY2 and FBXL3, which subsequently increased the glucose consumption and the lactate production...
July 27, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729066/the-effect-of-high-fat-diet-on-daily-rhythm-of-the-core-clock-genes-and-muscle-functional-genes-in-the-skeletal-muscle-of-chinese-soft-shelled-turtle-trionyx-sinensis
#20
Li Liu, Guomin Jiang, Zhitao Peng, Yulong Li, Jinlong Li, Li Zou, Zhigang He, Xiaoqing Wang, Wuying Chu
In the present study, we sought to investigate the influence of high fat diet on the core clock genes and the muscle functional genes daily expression in the skeletal muscle of Chinese soft-shelled turtle. The turtles were fed by two diets including a control fat diet (the CON treatment, 7.98% lipid) and a high fat diet (the HFD treatment, 13.86% lipid) for six weeks and administrated by the photophase regimen of 24h light/dark (12L:12D) cycle. After the feeding trial experiment, we measured the daily expression levels of 17 core clock genes (Clock, Bmal1/2, NPAS2, Tim, Cry1/2, Per1/2, DBP, AANAT, NIFL3, BHLHE40, NR1D2, RORA, RORB, RORC) and 12 muscle functional genes (FBXO32, MBNL1, MSTN, Myf5, Myf6, MyoD, MyoG, MyoM1, PPARa, PDK4, Trim63, UCP3) in the skeletal muscle of the two treatments...
November 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
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