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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110195/geometric-protein-localization-cues-in-bacterial-cells
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REVIEW
Taylor B Updegrove, Kumaran S Ramamurthi
Bacterial cells are highly organized at a molecular level. Understanding how specific proteins localize to their proper subcellular address has been a major challenge in bacterial cell biology. One mechanism, which appears to be increasingly more common, is the use of 'geometric cues' for protein localization. In this model, certain shape-sensing proteins recognize, and preferentially embed into, either negatively or positively curved (concave or convex, respectively) membranes. Here, we review examples of bacterial proteins that reportedly localize by sensing geometric cues and highlight emerging mechanistic understandings of how proteins may recognize subtle differences in membrane curvature...
January 19, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110143/non-denitrifying-polyphosphate-accumulating-organisms-obviate-requirement-for-anaerobic-condition
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A Anisa Cokro, Yingyu Law, Rohan B H Williams, Yeshi Cao, Per H Nielsen, Stefan Wuertz
Enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR) is a widely used process in wastewater treatment that requires anaerobic/aerobic or anaerobic/anoxic cycling. Surprisingly, phosphorus (P) release was observed in the presence of nitrate in the anoxic compartment of the activated sludge tank in a full-scale treatment plant with the Modified Ludzack Ettinger configuration. We therefore studied the potential of this full-scale activated sludge community to perform EBPR under anoxic/aerobic cycling. The polyphosphate accumulating organism (PAO) Candidatus Accumulibacter represented 3...
January 3, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110115/application-of-an-ecosystem-model-to-evaluate-the-importance-of-different-processes-and-food-web-structure-for-transfer-of-13-elements-in-a-shallow-lake
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L Konovalenko, C Bradshaw, E Andersson, U Kautsky
In environmental risk assessments of nuclear waste, there is need to estimate the potential risks of a large number of radionuclides over a long time period during which the environment is likely to change. Usually concentration ratios (CRs) are used to calculate the activity concentrations in organisms. However, CRs are not available for all radionuclides and they are not easily scalable to the varying environment. Here, an ecosystem transport model of elements, which estimates concentrations in organisms using carbon flows and food transfer instead of CR is presented...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110006/effects-of-applied-potential-on-phosphine-formation-in-synthetic-wastewater-treatment-by-microbial-electrolysis-cell-mec
#4
Wei Liu, Xiaojun Niu, Weiyi Chen, Shaorong An, Hong Sheng
Phosphine (PH3) emission from conventional biological wastewater treatment is very inefficient (ng-μg m(-3)). In this work, we investigated the feasibility of promoting PH3 formation from inorganic phosphorus (IP) or organic phosphorus (OP) containing synthetic wastewater treatment by Microbial Electrolysis Cell (MEC) for the first time. Positive effect of applied potential on PH3 production was observed after methanogens was inhibited. The highest production of PH3 (1103.10 ± 72.02 ng m(-3)) was obtained in IP-fed MEC operated at -0...
January 3, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109940/proteome-response-of-fish-under-multiple-stress-exposure-effects-of-pesticide-mixtures-and-temperature-increase
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Allison Gandar, Pascal Laffaille, Nathalie Marty-Gasset, Didier Viala, Caroline Molette, Séverine Jean
Aquatic systems can be subjected to multiple stressors, including pollutant cocktails and elevated temperature. Evaluating the combined effects of these stressors on organisms is a great challenge in environmental sciences. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to assess the molecular stress response of an aquatic fish species subjected to individual and combined pesticide mixtures and increased temperatures. For that, goldfish (Carassius auratus) were acclimated to two different temperatures (22 and 32°C) for 15 days...
January 15, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109914/anti-inflammatory-and-toxicological-evaluation-of-essential-oil-from-piper-glabratum-leaves
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Lidiane Schultz Branquinho, Joyce Alencar Santos, Claudia Andrea Lima Cardoso, Jonas da Silva Mota, Ubirajara Lanza Junior, Cândida Aparecida Leite Kassuya, Arielle Cristina Arena
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Although some of the species of the genus Piper exhibit interesting biological properties, studies on Piper glabratum Kunth are very limited. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study investigated the anti-inflammatory activity and the toxicological profile of the essential oil from P. glabratum leaves (OEPG) in mice. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The acute toxicity of OEPG was evaluated by oral administration to female mice as single doses of 500, 1000, 2000 or 5000mg/kg/body weight...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109772/trichoderma-virens-as-a-biocontrol-of-toxocara-canis-in-vivo-evaluation
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Fernando de Souza Maia Filho, Anelise Oliveira da Silva Fonseca, Beatriz Maroneze Persici, Julia de Souza Silveira, Caroline Quintana Braga, Luciana Pötter, Sônia de Avila Botton, Daniela Isabel Brayer Pereira
BACKGROUND: Microorganisms have been widely studied as biological control agents of parasites of medical and veterinary importance. Coprophagous arthropods, bacteria and fungi are among the different organisms evaluated as potential biological control agents. Nematophagous fungi capture and digest the free forms of nematodes in the soil. Due to its zoonotic potential, Toxocara canis have been brought to the attention of researchers. AIMS: The aim of the present study was to determine whether the administration of embryonated T...
January 18, 2017: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109655/the-use-of-rockfish-sebastiscus-marmoratus-as-a-sentinel-species-to-assess-petroleum-hydrocarbons-pollution-a-case-study-in-quanzhou-bay-china
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Jun Bo, Ronghui Zheng, Weiming Kuang, Fukun Hong, Qing Xie, Yusheng Zhang
To monitor the biological effects of marine pollution, choosing a native fish species and establishing suitable biomarkers are required. In this study, the full-length cDNA of cyp1a1 was cloned from Sebastiscus marmoratus (SM-CYP1A1). Then the dose-response and time-course induction of hepatic CYP1A1 mRNA by the crude oil water-soluble fraction (WSF) were determined. Subsequently, SM-CYP1A1 mRNA was applied to investigate the biological effect of petroleum hydrocarbon pollution in Quanzhou Bay, China. The transcription levels of hepatic CYP1A1 were significantly elevated in fish caged in the polluted sites for 2weeks compared with those of the reference site, which were correlated with the concentrations of petroleum hydrocarbon and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) in the surface seawaters...
January 18, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109442/label-free-and-standard-free-absolute-quantitative-proteomics-using-the-total-protein-and-proteomic-ruler-approaches
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J R Wiśniewski
Understanding biological systems and their variation upon stimuli requires knowledge on their composition, primarily including information on organization and dynamics of proteomes. The total protein approach (TPA) is a label- and standard-free method for absolute protein quantitation of proteins using large-scale proteomic data. The method relies on the assumption that the total MS signal from all identified proteins in the dataset reflects-in a biochemical sense-the total protein and the MS signal from a single protein corresponds its abundance in the studied sample...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109430/reannotation-of-genomes-by-means-of-proteomics-data
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J Armengaud
Omics approaches have become popular in biology as powerful discovery tools, and currently gain in interest for diagnostic applications. Establishing the accurate genome sequence of any organism is easy, but the outcome of its annotation by means of automatic pipelines remains imprecise. Some protein-encoding genes may be missed as soon as they are specific and poorly conserved in a given taxon, while important to explain the specific traits of the organism. Translational starts are also poorly predicted in a relatively important number of cases, thus impacting the protein sequence database used in proteomics, comparative genomics, and systems biology...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109326/from-the-evolution-of-protein-sequences-able-to-resist-self-assembly-to-the-prediction-of-aggregation-propensity
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F Bemporad, M Ramazzotti
Folding of polypeptide chains into biologically active entities is an astonishingly complex process, determined by the nature and the sequence of residues emerging from ribosomes. While it has been long believed that evolution has pressed genomes so that specific sequences could adopt unique, functional three-dimensional folds, it is now clear that complex protein machineries act as quality control system and supervise folding. Notwithstanding that, events such as erroneous folding, partial folding, or misfolding are frequent during the life of a cell or a whole organism, and they can escape controls...
2017: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108951/physiological-links-of-circadian-clock-and-biological-clock-of-aging
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REVIEW
Fang Liu, Hung-Chun Chang
Circadian rhythms orchestrate biochemical and physiological processes in living organisms to respond the day/night cycle. In mammals, nearly all cells hold self-sustained circadian clocks meanwhile couple the intrinsic rhythms to systemic changes in a hierarchical manner. The suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus functions as the master pacemaker to initiate daily synchronization according to the photoperiod, in turn determines the phase of peripheral cellular clocks through a variety of signaling relays, including endocrine rhythms and metabolic cycles...
January 20, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108381/metabolomic-study-of-the-intervention-effects-of-shuihonghuazi-formula-a-traditional-chinese-medicinal-formulae-on-hepatocellular-carcinoma-hcc-rats-using-performance-hplc-esi-tof-ms
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Yongrui Bao, Shuai Wang, Xinxin Yang, Li Tianjiao, Mingyue Xia, Xiansheng Meng
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Metabolomics is the comprehensive assessment of endogenous metabolites of a biological system in a holistic context, and its property consists with the global view of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Shuihonghuazi Formula (SHHZF) has been used for liver cancer early treatment in clinical for more than thirty years, but its mechanism remains unclear completely. This paper was designed to explore the therapeutic effects of SHHZF on liver cancer and its metabolomic characters...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108343/noise-elicits-hematological-stress-parameters-in-mediterranean-damselfish-chromis-chromis-perciformes-a-mesocosm-study
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Mirella Vazzana, Monica Celi, Vincenzo Arizza, Giampiero Calandra, Giuseppa Buscaino, Vincenzo Ferrantelli, Claudia Bracciali, Gianluca Sarà
In the last few decades, technological developments and the widespread rise of anthropic activities have increased the exposure of organisms to noise pollution, thus evoking great interest in its biological effects, particularly on the immune system. The aim of the present work was to investigate some of the biochemical parameters in the blood of Chromis chromis (Linnaeus, 1758) following in vivo exposure to noise levels of 200 and 300 Hz. Our results revealed that, compared to the control specimens, the fish exposed to noise had significantly increased levels of stress biomarkers such as glucose, lactate and total proteins in plasma, as well as a rise in the expression of heat shock protein 70 (HSP70)...
January 17, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108182/marine-bacterioplankton-seasonal-succession-dynamics
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REVIEW
Carina Bunse, Jarone Pinhassi
Bacterioplankton (bacteria and archaea) are indispensable regulators of global element cycles owing to their unique ability to decompose and remineralize dissolved organic matter. These microorganisms in surface waters worldwide exhibit pronounced seasonal succession patterns, governed by physicochemical factors (e.g., light, climate, and nutrient loading) that are determined by latitude and distance to shore. Moreover, we emphasize that the effects of large-scale factors are modulated regionally, and over shorter timespans (days to weeks), by biological interactions including molecule exchanges, viral lysis, and grazing...
January 17, 2017: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107573/diversity-and-bioprospecting-of-actinomycete-endophytes-from-the-medicinal-plants
#16
REVIEW
Nalini Monnanda Somaiah, Harishchandra Sripathy Prakash
The endophytic actinomycetes constitute one of the fascinating group of microorganisms associated with a wide range of plant species. The diversity of actinomycetes in plants and their tissue parts is a matter of debate as no consensus are derived between individual studies. Nevertheless, their diversity correlates with the occurrence in plant species harbored in unique regions of biologically diverse areas called 'hot spots'. Recent advances in the isolation techniques have facilitated the isolation of rare taxa from these environments...
January 20, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107554/inclusion-of-a-variable-rbe-into-proton-and-photon-plan-comparison-for-various-fractionation-schedules-in-prostate-radiation-therapy
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Jakob Ödén, Kjell Eriksson, Iuliana Toma-Dasu
PURPOSE: A constant relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of 1.1 is currently used in proton radiation therapy to account for the increased biological effectiveness compared to photon therapy. However, there is increasing evidence that proton RBE vary with the linear energy transfer (LET), the dose per fraction and the type of the tissue. Therefore, this study aims to evaluate the impact of disregarding variations in RBE when comparing proton and photon dose plans for prostate treatments for various fractionation schedules using published RBE models and several α/β assumptions...
January 20, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107544/cutaneous-hpv8-and-mmupv1-e6-proteins-target-the-notch-and-tgf-%C3%AE-tumor-suppressors-to-inhibit-differentiation-and-sustain-keratinocyte-proliferation
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Jordan M Meyers, Aayushi Uberoi, Miranda Grace, Paul F Lambert, Karl Munger
Cutaneous beta-papillomaviruses are associated with non-melanoma skin cancers that arise in patients who suffer from a rare genetic disorder, Epidermodysplasia verruciformis (EV) or after immunosuppression following organ transplantation. Recent studies have shown that the E6 proteins of the cancer associated beta human papillomavirus (HPV) 5 and HPV8 inhibit NOTCH and TGF-β signaling. However, it is unclear whether disruption of these pathways may contribute to cutaneous HPV pathogenesis and carcinogenesis...
January 20, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107539/towards-cost-effective-operational-monitoring-systems-for-complex-waters-analyzing-small-scale-coastal-processes-with-optical-transmissometry
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Marta Ramírez-Pérez, Rafael Gonçalves-Araujo, Sonja Wiegmann, Elena Torrecilla, Raul Bardaji, Rüdiger Röttgers, Astrid Bracher, Jaume Piera
The detection and prediction of changes in coastal ecosystems require a better understanding of the complex physical, chemical and biological interactions, which involves that observations should be performed continuously. For this reason, there is an increasing demand for small, simple and cost-effective in situ sensors to analyze complex coastal waters at a broad range of scales. In this context, this study seeks to explore the potential of beam attenuation spectra, c(λ), measured in situ with an advanced-technology optical transmissometer, for assessing temporal and spatial patterns in the complex estuarine waters of Alfacs Bay (NW Mediterranean) as a test site...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107392/upon-accounting-for-the-impact-of-isoenzyme-loss-gene-deletion-costs-anticorrelate-with-their-evolutionary-rates
#20
Christopher Jacobs, Luke Lambourne, Yu Xia, Daniel Segrè
System-level metabolic network models enable the computation of growth and metabolic phenotypes from an organism's genome. In particular, flux balance approaches have been used to estimate the contribution of individual metabolic genes to organismal fitness, offering the opportunity to test whether such contributions carry information about the evolutionary pressure on the corresponding genes. Previous failure to identify the expected negative correlation between such computed gene-loss cost and sequence-derived evolutionary rates in Saccharomyces cerevisiae has been ascribed to a real biological gap between a gene's fitness contribution to an organism "here and now" and the same gene's historical importance as evidenced by its accumulated mutations over millions of years of evolution...
2017: PloS One
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