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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149563/zein-nanoparticles-uptake-by-hydroponically-grown-soybean-plants
#1
Kurt Ristroph, Carlos E Astete, Ede Bodoki, Cristina M Sabliov
In the interest of developing and characterizing a polymeric nanoparticle pesticide delivery vehicle to soybeans, zein nanoparticle (ZNP) uptake by the roots and biodistribution to the leaves of soybean plants was measured. Zein was tagged with fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) and made into nanoparticles (135±3 nm diameter. 0.202±0.034 PDI and 81±4 mV zeta-potential at pH 6) using an emulsion-diffusion method. After ten days of hydroponic exposure, association between particles and roots of plants was found to vary based on bulk nanoparticle concentration...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149484/comparative-analysis-of-proteomes-between-diabetic-and-normal-human-sperm-insights-into-the-effects-of-diabetes-on-male-reproduction-based-on-the-regulation-of-mitochondria-related-proteins
#2
Tian An, Yue-Fen Wang, Jia-Xian Liu, Yan-Yun Pan, Yu-Fei Liu, Zhong-Chen He, Fang-Fang Mo, Jun Li, Li-Hua Kang, Yu-Jie Gu, Bo-Han Lv, Si-Huan Gao, Guang-Jian Jiang
This study sought to identify sources of the reduced fertility of men with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Significant reductions in semen volume, sperm concentration, and total sperm count were observed in diabetic individuals, while transmission electron microscopy revealed that the structure of mitochondria in the tail of sperm from diabetic patients was damaged. Proteins potentially associated with these sperm defects were identified using proteomics. Isobaric tagging for relative and absolute quantitation labeling and high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry allowed us to identify 357 proteins significantly differentially expressed in diabetic versus control semen (>1...
November 17, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149443/migration-of-interneuron-precursors-in-the-nascent-cerebellar-cortex
#3
Annika K Wefers, Christian Haberlandt, Lachezar Surchev, Christian Steinhäuser, Ronald Jabs, Karl Schilling
The cerebellum arguably constitutes one of the best characterized central nervous circuits, and its structure, cellular function, and histogenesis have been described in exceptional quantitative detail. A notable exception to this is the development of its inhibitory interneurons, and in particular the extensive migrations of future basket and stellate cells. Here, we used acute slices from 8-day-old mice to assess the migration of Pax2-EGFP-tagged precursors of these cells en route to the molecular layer during their transit through the nascent cerebellar cortex...
November 17, 2017: Cerebellum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149288/overexpression-of-seipin1-increases-oil-in-hydroxy-fatty-acid-accumulating-seeds
#4
Daniel Lunn, James G Wallis, John Browse
While plant oils are an important source of food, plants also produce oils containing specialized fatty acids with chemical and physical properties valued in industry. Ricinoleic acid, a hydroxy-fatty acid (HFA) produced in the seed of castor (Ricinus communis), is of particular value with a wide range of applications. Since castor cultivation is currently successful only in tropic climates, and because castor seed contain the toxin ricin, there are ongoing efforts to develop a temperate crop capable of HFA biosynthesis...
November 15, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149037/development-of-novel-polymorphic-est-ssr-markers-in-bailinggu-pleurotus-tuoliensis-for-crossbreeding
#5
Yueting Dai, Wenying Su, Chentao Yang, Bing Song, Yu Li, Yongping Fu
Identification of monokaryons and their mating types and discrimination of hybrid offspring are key steps for the crossbreeding of Pleurotus tuoliensis (Bailinggu). However, conventional crossbreeding methods are troublesome and time consuming. Using RNA-seq technology, we developed new expressed sequence tag-simple sequence repeat (EST-SSR) markers for Bailinggu to easily and rapidly identify monokaryons and their mating types, genetic diversity and hybrid offspring. We identified 1110 potential EST-based SSR loci from a newly-sequenced Bailinggu transcriptome and then randomly selected 100 EST-SSRs for further validation...
November 17, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148785/rapid-quantitative-measurements-of-paramagnetic-relaxation-enhancements-in-cu-ii-tagged-proteins-by-proton-detected-solid-state-nmr-spectroscopy
#6
Dwaipayan Mukhopadhyay, Philippe S Nadaud, Matthew D Shannon, Christopher P Jaroniec
We demonstrate rapid quantitative measurements of site-resolved paramagnetic relaxation enhancements (PREs), which are a source of valuable structural restraints corresponding to electron-nucleus distances in the ~10-20 Å regime, in solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra of proteins containing covalent Cu(2+)-binding tags. Specifically, using protein GB1 K28C-EDTA-Cu(2+) mutant as a model, we show the determination of backbone amide (15)N longitudinal and (1)H transverse PREs within a few hours of experiment time based on proton-detected 2D or 3D correlation spectra recorded with magic-angle spinning frequencies ≥ ~60 kHz for samples containing ~10-50 nanomoles of (2)H,(13)C,(15)N-labeled protein back-exchanged in H2O...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148062/flagellar-incorporation-of-proteins-follows-at-least-two-different-routes-in-trypanosomes
#7
Laetitia Vincensini, Thierry Blisnick, Eloïse Bertiaux, Sebastian Hutchinson, Christina Georgikou, Cher-Pheng Ooi, Philippe Bastin
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Eukaryotic cilia and flagella are sophisticated organelles composed of several hundreds of proteins that need to be incorporated at the right time and the right place during assembly. RESULTS: Two methods were used to investigate this process in the model protist Trypanosoma brucei: inducible expression of epitope-tagged labelled proteins and fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) of fluorescent fusion proteins. This revealed that skeletal components of the radial spokes (RSP3), the central pair (PF16) and the outer dynein arms (DNAI1) are incorporated at the distal end of the growing flagellum...
November 16, 2017: Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147875/evaluation-of-nfsa-like-nitroreductases-from-neisseria-meningitidis-and-bartonella-henselae-for-enzyme-prodrug-therapy-targeted-cellular-ablation-and-dinitrotoluene-bioremediation
#8
Michelle H Rich, Abigail V Sharrock, Kelsi R Hall, David F Ackerley, Joanna K MacKichan
OBJECTIVES: To characterize the activities of two candidate nitroreductases, Neisseria meningitidis NfsA (NfsA_Nm) and Bartonella henselae (PnbA_Bh), with the nitro-prodrugs, CB1954 and metronidazole, and the environmental pollutants 2,4- and 2,6-dinitrotoluene. RESULTS: NfsA_Nm and PnbA_Bh were evaluated in Escherichia coli over-expression assays and as His6-tagged proteins in vitro. With the anti-cancer prodrug CB1954, both enzymes were more effective than the canonical O2-insensitive nitroreductase E...
November 17, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147545/protein-labeling-for-live-cell-fluorescence-microscopy-with-a-highly-photostable-renewable-signal
#9
Nina G Bozhanova, Mikhail S Baranov, Natalia V Klementieva, Karen S Sarkisyan, Alexey S Gavrikov, Ilia V Yampolsky, Elena V Zagaynova, Sergey A Lukyanov, Konstantin A Lukyanov, Alexander S Mishin
We present protein-PAINT - the implementation of the general principles of PAINT (Point Accumulation for Imaging in Nanoscale Topography) for live-cell protein labeling. Our method employs the specific binding of cell-permeable fluorogenic dyes to genetically encoded protein tags. We engineered three mutants of the bacterial lipocalin Blc that possess different affinities to a fluorogenic dye and exhibit a strong increase in fluorescence intensity upon binding. This allows for rapid labeling and washout of intracellular targets on a time scale from seconds to a few minutes...
October 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147504/immuno-targeting-of-staphylococcus-aureus-via-surface-remodeling-complexes
#10
Mary J Sabulski, Sean E Pidgeon, Marcos M Pires
Agents with novel mechanisms of action are needed to complement traditional antibiotics. Towards these goals, we have exploited the surface-homing properties of vancomycin to tag the surface of Gram-positive pathogens with immune cell attractants in two unique modes. First, vancomycin was conjugated to the small molecule hapten 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) to promote bacterial opsonization. Second, we built on these results by improving the tagging specificity and mechanism of incorporation by coupling it to a sortase A substrate peptide...
October 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146976/association-of-a-variant-in-the-gene-encoding-for-erv1-chemr23-with-reduced-inflammation-in-visceral-adipose-tissue-from-morbidly-obese-individuals
#11
Cristina López-Vicario, Bibiana Rius, José Alcaraz-Quiles, Ana González-Périz, Ana Isabel Martínez-Puchol, Mireia Casulleras, Marta Duran-Güell, Ainitze Ibarzabal, Ricard Corcelles, Andrés Laguna-Fernández, Magnus Back, Esther Titos, Joan Clària
Obesity comorbidities are closely associated with chronic low-grade adipose tissue inflammation. A number of SNPs associated with inflammation has been identified, underscoring the impact of genetic determinants on this process. Here, we screened SNPs in genes with pro-inflammatory (IL-1β, IL-6, STAT3 and JAK2), anti-inflammatory (IL-10 and SOCS3) and pro-resolving (ERV1/ChemR23) properties in 101 obese and 99 non-obese individuals. Among the SNPs analyzed, we identified that individuals carrying a C allele in the rs1878022 polymorphism of the ERV1/ChemR23 gene, which encodes for the receptor of the pro-resolving mediator RvE1, had increased ERV1/ChemR23 protein expression and reduced levels of the inflammatory cytokine IL-6 in adipose tissue...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146194/association-analyses-of-genetic-variants-in-long-non-coding-rna-malat1-with-breast-cancer-susceptibility-and-mrna-expression-of-malat1-in-chinese-han-population
#12
Rui Peng, Chenglin Luo, Qiaoyun Guo, Jingjing Cao, Qian Yang, Kaiyan Dong, Shuaibing Wang, Kaijuan Wang, Chunhua Song
The long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) Metastasis-associated lung adenocarcinoma transcript 1(MALAT1) has been implicated in breast cancer (BC). Polymorphisms in MALAT1 may play a vital role in the progress of breast cancer by its regulation function. However, potential genetic variants in MALAT1 affecting the development of BC is rarely explored. In our current molecular epidemiology study, all three tagging SNPs (rs3200401, rs619586 and rs7927113) in lncRNA MALAT1 were selected for genotyping in 487BCE patients and 489 cancer-free controls in Chinese Han population, and futher experiment of quantitative real-time (qRT) PCR was conducted to examine the relative expression of MALAT1...
November 13, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146152/improved-antifungal-activity-of-barley-derived-chitinase-i-gene-that-overexpress-a-32kda-recombinant-chitinase-in-escherichia-coli-host
#13
Nida Toufiq, Bushra Tabassum, Muhammad Umar Bhatti, Anwar Khan, Muhammad Tariq, Naila Shahid, Idrees Ahmad Nasir, Tayyab Husnain
Agricultural crops suffer many diseases, including fungal and bacterial infections, causing significant yield losses. The identification and characterisation of pathogenesis-related protein genes, such as chitinases, can lead to reduction in pathogen growth, thereby increasing tolerance against fungal pathogens. In the present study, the chitinase I gene was isolated from the genomic DNA of Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) cultivar, Haider-93. The isolated DNA was used as template for the amplification of the ∼935bp full-length chitinase I gene...
October 31, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145280/liver-stiffness-measurement-and-spleen-diameter-as-predictors-for-the-presence-of-esophageal-varices-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-patients
#14
Mohammed Tag-Adeen, Mohamed Alsenbesy, Ali Abdelrahman Ghweil, M Ali Hussein Abd Elrazek, Elsayed A Elgohary, Mohammad M Sallam, Ali Ismael, Abdallah Nawara
Although it is an invasive and unpleasant procedure, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) is still the gold standard for esophageal varices (EV) detection. The aim of this study was to investigate liver stiffness measurement (LSM) and spleen diameter as simple noninvasive tools for EV prediction in chronic hepatitis C patients (CHC).A total of 123 Egyptian patients with CHC have been included and were classified based on screening EGD result into 2 groups; group A (without EV) and group B (with EV). Group (B) was subclassified according to EV grade into 4 subgroups: (B1, grade I), (B2, grade II), (B3, grade III), and (B4, grade IV)...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144390/rna-sequencing-and-coexpression-analysis-reveal-key-genes-involved-in-%C3%AE-linolenic-acid-biosynthesis-in-perilla-frutescens-seed
#15
Tianyuan Zhang, Chi Song, Li Song, Zhiwei Shang, Sen Yang, Dong Zhang, Wei Sun, Qi Shen, Degang Zhao
Perillafrutescen is used as traditional food and medicine in East Asia. Its seeds contain high levels of α-linolenic acid (ALA), which is important for health, but is scarce in our daily meals. Previous reports on RNA-seq of perilla seed had identified fatty acid (FA) and triacylglycerol (TAG) synthesis genes, but the underlying mechanism of ALA biosynthesis and its regulation still need to be further explored. So we conducted Illumina RNA-sequencing in seven temporal developmental stages of perilla seeds...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143881/rmce-based-insect-cell-platform-to-produce-membrane-proteins-captured-on-hiv-1-gag-virus-like-particles
#16
João Vidigal, Bárbara Fernandes, Mafalda M Dias, Marco Patrone, António Roldão, Manuel J T Carrondo, Paula M Alves, Ana P Teixeira
Conformationally complex membrane proteins (MPs) are therapeutic targets in many diseases, but drug discovery has been slowed down by the lack of efficient production tools. Co-expression of MPs with matrix proteins from enveloped viruses is a promising approach to obtain correctly folded proteins at the surface of virus-like particles (VLPs), preserving their native lipidic environment. Here, we implemented a site-specific recombinase-mediated cassette exchange (RMCE) strategy to establish a reusable HIV-1 Gag-expressing insect cell line for fast production of target MPs on the surface of Gag-VLPs...
November 16, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143671/gwas-of-agronomic-traits-in-soybean-collection-included-in-breeding-pool-in-kazakhstan
#17
Alibek Zatybekov, Saule Abugalieva, Svetlana Didorenko, Yelena Gerasimova, Ivan Sidorik, Shynar Anuarbek, Yerlan Turuspekov
BACKGROUND: In recent years soybean is becoming one of the most important oilseed crops in Kazakhstan. Only within the last ten years (2006-2016), the area under soybean is expanded from 45 thousand hectares (ha) in 2006 to 120 thousand ha in 2016. The general trend of soybean expansion is from south-eastern to eastern and northern regions of the country, where average temperatures are lower and growing seasons are shorter. These new soybean growing territories were poorly examined in terms of general effects on productivity level among the diverse sample of soybean accessions...
November 14, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143604/fine-organization-of-genomic-regions-tagged-to-the-5s-rdna-locus-of-the-bread-wheat-5b-chromosome
#18
Ekaterina M Sergeeva, Andrey B Shcherban, Irina G Adonina, Michail A Nesterov, Alexey V Beletsky, Andrey L Rakitin, Andrey V Mardanov, Nikolai V Ravin, Elena A Salina
BACKGROUND: The multigene family encoding the 5S rRNA, one of the most important structurally-functional part of the large ribosomal subunit, is an obligate component of all eukaryotic genomes. 5S rDNA has long been a favored target for cytological and phylogenetic studies due to the inherent peculiarities of its structural organization, such as the tandem arrays of repetitive units and their high interspecific divergence. The complex polyploid nature of the genome of bread wheat, Triticum aestivum, and the technically difficult task of sequencing clusters of tandem repeats mean that the detailed organization of extended genomic regions containing 5S rRNA genes remains unclear...
November 14, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143175/vectors-for-expression-of-signal-peptide-dependent-proteins-in-baculovirus-insect-cell-systems-and-their-application-to-expression-and-purification-of-the-high-affinity-immunoglobulin-gamma-fc-receptor-i-in-complex-with-its-gamma-chain
#19
Le T M Le, Jens R Nyengaard, Monika M Golas, Bjoern Sander
Integral membrane proteins play a central role in various cellular functions and are important therapeutic targets. However, technical challenges in the overexpression and purification of membrane proteins often represent a limiting factor for biochemical and structural studies. Here, we constructed a set of vectors, derivatives of MultiBac vectors that can be used to express proteins with a cleavable N-terminal signal peptide in insect cells. We propose these vectors for expression of type I membrane proteins and other secretory pathway proteins that require the signal recognition particle for translocation to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER)...
November 15, 2017: Molecular Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143132/thermostable-and-highly-specific-l-aspartate-oxidase-from-thermococcus-litoralis-dsm-5473-cloning-overexpression-and-enzymological-properties
#20
Tsubasa Washio, Tadao Oikawa
We successfully expressed the L-aspartate oxidase homolog gene (accession no: OCC_06611) of Thermococcus litoralis DSM 5473 in the soluble fraction of Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3) using a pET21b vector with 6X His tag at its C-terminus. The gene product (Tl-LASPO) showed L-aspartate oxidase activity in the presence of FAD in vitro, and this report is the first that details an L-aspartate oxidase derived from a Thermococcus species. The homologs of Tl-LASPO existed mainly in archaea, especially in the genus of Thermococcus, Pyrococcus, Sulfolobus, and Halobacteria...
November 15, 2017: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
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