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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323833/lactate-dehydrogenase-in-toxoplasma-gondii-controls-virulence-bradyzoite-differentiation-and-chronic-infection
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Abdelbaset E Abdelbaset, Barbara A Fox, Mohamed H Karram, Mahmoud R Abd Ellah, David J Bzik, Makoto Igarashi
In the asexual stages, Toxoplasma gondii stage converts between acute phase rapidly replicating tachyzoites and chronic phase slowly dividing bradyzoites. Correspondingly, T. gondii differentially expresses two distinct genes and isoforms of the lactate dehydrogenase enzyme, expressing LDH1 exclusively in the tachyzoite stage and LDH2 preferentially in the bradyzoite stage. LDH catalyzes the interconversion of pyruvate and lactate in anaerobic growth conditions and is utilized for energy supply, however, the precise role of LDH1 and LDH2 in parasite biology in the asexual stages is still unclear...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319724/interactions-between-tafenoquine-and-artemisinin-combination-therapy-partner-drug-in-asexual-and-sexual-stage-plasmodium-falciparum
#2
Karen Kemirembe, Mynthia Cabrera, Liwang Cui
The 8-aminoquinoline tafenoquine (TFQ), a primaquine derivative, is currently in late-stage clinical development for the radical cure of P. vivax. Here drug interactions between TFQ and chloroquine and six artemisinin-combination therapy (ACT) partner drugs in P. falciparum asexual stages and gametocytes were investigated. TFQ was mostly synergistic with the ACT-partner drugs in asexual parasites regardless of genetic backgrounds. However, at fixed ratios of 1:3, 1:1 and 3:1, TFQ only interacted synergistically with naphthoquine, pyronaridine and piperaquine in gametocytes...
March 11, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317157/design-and-synthesis-of-novel-anti-plasmodial-histone-deacetylase-inhibitors-containing-an-alkoxyamide-connecting-unit
#3
Leandro A Alves Avelar, Jana Held, Jessica A Engel, Parichat Sureechatchaiyan, Finn K Hansen, Alexandra Hamacher, Matthias U Kassack, Benjamin Mordmüller, Katherine T Andrews, Thomas Kurz
Despite recent declines in mortality, malaria remains an important global health problem. New therapies are needed, including new drugs with novel modes of action compared to existing agents. Among new potential therapeutic targets for malaria, inhibition of parasitic histone deacetylases (HDACs) is a promising approach. Homology modeling of PfHDAC1, a known target of some anti-plasmodial HDAC inhibitors, revealed a unique threonine residue at the rim of the active site in close proximity to the location of the cap group of vorinostat-type HDAC inhibitors...
March 20, 2017: Archiv der Pharmazie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314772/two-phylogenetically-and-compartmentally-distinct-cdp-diacylglycerol-synthases-cooperate-for-lipid-biogenesis-in-toxoplasma-gondii
#4
Pengfei Kong, Christoph-Martin Ufermann, Diana Lm Zimmermann, Qing Yin, Xun Suo, J Bernd Helms, Jos F Brouwers, Nishith Gupta
Toxoplasma gondii is among the most prevalent protozoan parasites, which infects a wide range of organisms including one-third of the human population. Its rapid intracellular replication within a vacuole requires efficient synthesis of glycerophospholipids. Cytidine diphosphate-diacylglycerol (CDP-DAG) serves as a major precursor for phospholipid synthesis. Given the peculiarities of lipid biogenesis, understanding the mechanism and physiological importance of CDP-DAG synthesis is particularly relevant in T...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296081/functional-characterization-of-cytochrome-p450-monooxygenases-in-the-cereal-head-blight-fungus-fusarium-graminearum
#5
Ji Young Shin, Duc-Cuong Bui, Yoonji Lee, Hyejin Nam, Soyun Jung, Miao Fang, Jin-Cheol Kim, Theresa Lee, Hun Kim, Gyung Ja Choi, Hokyoung Son, Yin-Won Lee
Fusarium graminearum is a prominent plant pathogenic fungus causing Fusarium head blight in major cereal crops worldwide. To understand the molecular mechanisms underlying fungal development and virulence, large collections of F. graminearum mutants have been constructed. Cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (P450s) are widely distributed in organisms and are involved in a diverse array of molecular/metabolic processes; however, no systematic functional analysis of P450s has been attempted in filamentous fungi. In this study, we constructed a genome-wide deletion mutant set covering 102 P450s and analyzed these mutants for changes in 38 phenotypic categories, including fungal development, stress responses, and responses to several xenobiotics, to build a comprehensive phenotypic dataset...
March 14, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292906/parasitophorous-vacuole-poration-precedes-its-rupture-and-rapid-host-erythrocyte-cytoskeleton-collapse-in-plasmodium-falciparum-egress
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Victoria L Hale, Jean M Watermeyer, Fiona Hackett, Gema Vizcay-Barrena, Christiaan van Ooij, James A Thomas, Matthew C Spink, Maria Harkiolaki, Elizabeth Duke, Roland A Fleck, Michael J Blackman, Helen R Saibil
In the asexual blood stages of malarial infection, merozoites invade erythrocytes and replicate within a parasitophorous vacuole to form daughter cells that eventually exit (egress) by sequential rupture of the vacuole and erythrocyte membranes. The current model is that PKG, a malarial cGMP-dependent protein kinase, triggers egress, activating malarial proteases and other effectors. Using selective inhibitors of either PKG or cysteine proteases to separately inhibit the sequential steps in membrane perforation, combined with video microscopy, electron tomography, electron energy loss spectroscopy, and soft X-ray tomography of mature intracellular Plasmodium falciparum parasites, we resolve intermediate steps in egress...
March 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290261/conditional-persistence-and-tolerance-characterize-endoparasite-colonial-host-interactions
#7
Inês Fontes, Hanna Hartikainen, Nick G H Taylor, Beth Okamura
Colonial hosts offer unique opportunities for exploitation by endoparasites resulting from extensive clonal propagation, but these interactions are poorly understood. The freshwater bryozoan, Fredericella sultana, and the myxozoan, Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae, present an appropriate model system for examining such interactions. F. sultana propagates mainly asexually, through colony fragmentation and dormant propagules (statoblasts). Our study examines how T. bryosalmonae exploits the multiple transmission routes offered by the propagation of F...
March 14, 2017: Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286772/comparison-and-validation-of-putative-pathogenicity-related-genes-identified-by-t-dna-insertional-mutagenesis-and-microarray-expression-profiling-in-magnaporthe-oryzae
#8
COMPARATIVE STUDY
Ying Wang, Ying Wáng, Qi Tan, Ying Nv Gao, Yan Li, Da Peng Bao
High-throughput technologies of functional genomics such as T-DNA insertional mutagenesis and microarray expression profiling have been employed to identify genes related to pathogenicity in Magnaporthe oryzae. However, validation of the functions of individual genes identified by these high-throughput approaches is laborious. In this study, we compared two published lists of genes putatively related to pathogenicity in M. oryzae identified by T-DNA insertional mutagenesis (comprising 1024 genes) and microarray expression profiling (comprising 236 genes), respectively, and then validated the functions of some overlapped genes between the two lists by knocking them out using the method of target gene replacement...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285258/4-nitro-styrylquinoline-is-an-antimalarial-inhibiting-multiple-stages-of-plasmodium-falciparum-asexual-life-cycle
#9
Bracken F Roberts, Yongsheng Zheng, Jacob Cleaveleand, Sukjun Lee, Eunyoung Lee, Lawrence Ayong, Yu Yuan, Debopam Chakrabarti
Drugs against malaria are losing their effectiveness because of emerging drug resistance. This underscores the need for novel therapeutic options for malaria with mechanism of actions distinct from current antimalarials. To identify novel pharmacophores against malaria we have screened compounds containing structural features of natural products that are pharmacologically relevant. This screening has identified a 4-nitro styrylquinoline (SQ) compound with submicromolar antiplasmodial activity and excellent selectivity...
February 21, 2017: International Journal for Parasitology, Drugs and Drug Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281327/asexual-queen-succession-mediates-an-accelerated-colony-life-cycle-in-the-termite-silvestritermes-minutus
#10
R Fougeyrollas, J Křivánek, V Roy, K Dolejšová, S Frechault, Y Roisin, R Hanus, D Sillam-Dussès
Mixed modes of reproduction, combining sexual processes with thelytokous parthenogenesis, occur in all major clades of social insects. In several species of termites, queens maximize their genetic input into non-dispersing replacement queens through parthenogenesis, while maintaining genetically diverse sterile offspring and dispersing reproductives via sexual reproduction. This so-called Asexual Queen Succession (AQS) has multiple independent origins and its presumed advantages are diverse as well, ranging from multiplication of colony reproductive potential to extension of its lifespan beyond that of the foundress...
March 9, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276935/personality-and-sexual-orientation-extension-to-asexuality-and-the-hexaco-model
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Anthony F Bogaert, Michael C Ashton, Kibeom Lee
Previous research has examined self-identified sexual orientation in relation to self-reports on the Big Five personality factors. Here we extend this research by including asexuality as a fourth sexual orientation and by assessing the HEXACO personality factors, using self-report data from a large anonymous online sample (N ≈ 100,000). A large overlap was observed among all sexual orientation groups on all six HEXACO dimensions, but notable group differences also emerged. All nonheterosexual groups, particularly bisexual people, averaged higher in openness to experience than did heterosexuals...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Sex Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267957/germline-development-and-fertilization-mechanisms-in-maize
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REVIEW
Liang-Zi Zhou, Martina Juranić, Thomas Dresselhaus
Maize is the most important agricultural crop used for food, feed, and biofuel as well as a raw material for industrial products such as packaging material. To increase yield and to overcome hybridization barriers, studies of maize gamete development, the pollen tube journey, and fertilization mechanisms were initiated more than a century ago. In this review, we summarize and discuss our current understanding of the regulatory components for germline development including sporogenesis and gametogenesis, the progamic phase of pollen germination and pollen tube growth and guidance, as well as fertilization mechanisms consisting of pollen tube arrival and reception, sperm cell release, fusion with the female gametes, and egg cell activation...
March 6, 2017: Molecular Plant
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267786/g%C3%AE-proteins-gvm2-and-gvm3-regulate-vegetative-growth-asexual-development-and-pathogenicityon-apple-in-valsa-mali
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Na Song, Qingqing Dai, Baitao Zhu, Yuxing Wu, Ming Xu, Ralf Thomas Voegele, Xiaoning Gao, Zhensheng Kang, Lili Huang
In fungi, heterotrimeric guanine-nucleotide binding proteins (G-proteins) are key elements of signal transduction pathways, which control growth, asexual and sexual development, as well as virulence. In this study, we have identified two genes encoding heterotrimeric G protein alpha subunits, named Gvm2 and Gvm3, from Valsa mali, the causal agent of apple Valsa canker. Characterization of Gvm2 and Gvm3 mutants indicates that Gvm3 may be a crucial regulator of vegetative growth. Deletion of the corresponding gene results in a 20% reduction in growth rate...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265497/indomethacin-reproducibly-induces-metamorphosis-in-cassiopea-xamachana-scyphistomae
#14
Patricia Cabrales-Arellano, Tania Islas-Flores, Patricia E Thomé, Marco A Villanueva
Cassiopea xamachana jellyfish are an attractive model system to study metamorphosis and/or cnidarian-dinoflagellate symbiosis due to the ease of cultivation of their planula larvae and scyphistomae through their asexual cycle, in which the latter can bud new larvae and continue the cycle without differentiation into ephyrae. Then, a subsequent induction of metamorphosis and full differentiation into ephyrae is believed to occur when the symbionts are acquired by the scyphistomae. Although strobilation induction and differentiation into ephyrae can be accomplished in various ways, a controlled, reproducible metamorphosis induction has not been reported...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259146/conservation-of-estrogen-receptor-function-in-invertebrate-reproduction
#15
Brande L Jones, Chris Walker, Bahareh Azizi, Laren Tolbert, Loren Dean Williams, Terry W Snell
BACKGROUND: Rotifers are microscopic aquatic invertebrates that reproduce both sexually and asexually. Though rotifers are phylogenetically distant from humans, and have specialized reproductive physiology, this work identifies a surprising conservation in the control of reproduction between humans and rotifers through the estrogen receptor. Until recently, steroid signaling has been observed in only a few invertebrate taxa and its role in regulating invertebrate reproduction has not been clearly demonstrated...
March 4, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251546/plasmodium-falciparum-apicoplast-and-its-transcriptional-regulation-through-calcium-signaling
#16
REVIEW
Praveen Rai, Drista Sharma, Rani Soni, Nazia Khatoon, Bhaskar Sharma, Tarun Kumar Bhatt
Malaria has been present since ancient time and remains a major global health problem in developing countries. Plasmodium falciparum belongs to the phylum Apicomplexan, largely contain disease-causing parasites and characterized by the presence of apicoplast. It is a very essential organelle of P. falciparum responsible for the synthesis of key molecules required for the growth of the parasite. Indispensable nature of apicoplast makes it a potential drug target. Calcium signaling is important in the establishment of malaria parasite inside the host...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Microbiology / the Microbiological Society of Korea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250102/sex-pheromone-of-a-coccoid-insect-with-sexual-and-asexual-lineages-fate-of-an-ancestrally-essential-sexual-signal-in-parthenogenetic-females
#17
Jun Tabata, Ryoko T Ichiki, Chie Moromizato, Kenji Mori
Sex pheromones play a central role in intersexual communication for reproduction in many organisms. Particularly in insects, reproductive isolation that leads to speciation is often achieved by shifts of pheromone chemistries. However, the divergence and evolution of pheromones remain largely unknown. This study reveals a unique evolutionary consequence for terpenoid pheromones in coccoid insects. Coccoids, such as mealybugs, show clear sexual dimorphism: males are dwarf and short-lived, whereas females are wingless and almost immobile...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249563/genome-wide-transcriptomics-of-aging-in-the-rotifer-brachionus-manjavacas-an-emerging-model-system
#18
Kristin E Gribble, David B Mark Welch
BACKGROUND: Understanding gene expression changes over lifespan in diverse animal species will lead to insights to conserved processes in the biology of aging and allow development of interventions to improve health. Rotifers are small aquatic invertebrates that have been used in aging studies for nearly 100 years and are now re-emerging as a modern model system. To provide a baseline to evaluate genetic responses to interventions that change health throughout lifespan and a framework for new hypotheses about the molecular genetic mechanisms of aging, we examined the transcriptome of an asexual female lineage of the rotifer Brachionus manjavacas at five life stages: eggs, neonates, and early-, late-, and post-reproductive adults...
March 1, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241403/non-additive-effects-of-simulated-heat-waves-and-predators-on-prey-phenotype-and-transgenerational-phenotypic-plasticity
#19
Arnaud Sentis, Jean-Louis Hemptinne, Jacques Brodeur
Understanding the effects of extreme climatic events on species and their interactions is of paramount importance for predicting and mitigating the impacts of climate change on communities and ecosystems. However, the joint effects of extreme climatic events and species interactions on the behaviour and phenotype of organisms remain poorly understood, leaving a substantial gap in our knowledge on the impacts of climatic change on ecological communities. Using an aphid-ladybeetle system, we experimentally investigated the effects of predators and heat shocks on prey body size, microhabitat use, and transgenerational phenotypic plasticity (i...
February 27, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240284/corrigendum-calpains-are-involved-in-asexual-and-sexual-development-cell-wall-integrity-and-pathogenicity-of-the-rice-blast-fungus
#20
Xiao-Hong Liu, Guo-Ao Ning, Lu-Yao Huang, Ya-Hui Zhao, Bo Dong, Jian-Ping Lu, Fu-Cheng Lin
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February 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
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