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Matthaeus Schwarz-Schilling, Aurore Dupin, Fabio Chizzolini, Swati Krishnan, Sheref Mansy, Friedrich C Simmel
Molecular complexes composed of RNA molecules and proteins are promising multifunctional nanostructures for a wide variety of applications in biological cells or in artificial cellular systems. In this study, we systematically address some of the challenges associated with the expression and assembly of such hybrid structures using cell-free gene expression systems. As a model structure, we investigated a pRNA-derived RNA scaffold functionalized with four distinct aptamers, three of which bind to proteins - streptavidin and two fluorescent proteins - while one binds the small molecule dye malachite green (MG)...
March 22, 2018: Nano Letters
Youzhi Miao, Yanqiong Kong, Pan Li, Guangqi Li, Dongyang Liu, Qirong Shen, Ruifu Zhang
Xylanase with a high thermostability will satisfy the needs of raising the temperature of hydrolysis to improve the rheology of the broth in industry of biomass conversion. In this study, a xylanase gene (xyn10A), predicted to encode a hydrolase domain of GH10, a linker region and a CBM1 domain, was cloned from a superior lignocellulose degrading strain Aspergillus fumigatus Z5 and successfully expressed in Pichia pastoris X33. Xyn10A has a specific xylanase activity of 34.4 U mg-1 , and is optimally active at 90 °C and pH 6...
March 21, 2018: AMB Express
Sophia Lazar, Lawrence E Goldfinger
Platelet-derived microparticles (PMPs) have long been known to increase in circulation in the presence of cancer, and have been considered to be cancer promoting by multiple mechanisms including shrouding of circulating tumor cells allowing immune evasion, inducing a procoagulant state associated with increased risk for venous thromboembolic events in cancer patients, and supporting metastatic dissemination by establishment of niches for anchorage of circulating tumor cells. These modes of PMP-enhanced progression of late stage cancer are generally based on the adhesive and procoagulant surfaces of PMPs...
2018: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
Nayeem Ahmad, Shamsi Khalid, Syed M Ali, Asad U Khan
Carbapenem-resistance among enterobacteriaceae has become a global health concern. The objective of this study was to understand NDM producing enterobacteriaceae and their genetic basis of resistance, spreading in neonatal intensive care unit. Carbapenem resistant NDM producing enterobacteriaceae isolates were recovered from rectal swab and blood sample of infants admitted in NICU. These were determined by using Carba-NP test. All isolates were identified using BD PhoenixTM-100 and MICs were determined by broth microdilution method...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Nambram S Singh, Neelja Singhal, Jugsharan S Virdi
The presence of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) including those expressing ESBLs and AmpC-β-lactamases in Escherichia coli inhabiting the aquatic environments is a serious health problem. The situation is further complicated by the fact that ARGs can be easily transferred among bacterial species with the help of mobile genetic elements - plasmids, integrons, insertion sequences (IS), and transposons. Therefore, the analysis of genetic environment and mobile genetic elements associated with ARGs is important as these provide useful information about the epidemiology of these genes...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
George C diCenzo, Deelaka Wellappili, G Brian Golding, Turlough M Finan
Integration of newly acquired genes into existing regulatory networks is necessary for successful horizontal gene transfer (HGT). Ten percent of bacterial species contain at least two DNA replicons over 300 kilobases in size, with the secondary replicons derived predominately through HGT. The Sinorhizobium meliloti genome is split between a 3.7 Mb chromosome, a 1.7 Mb chromid consisting largely of genes acquired through ancient HGT, and a 1.4 Mb megaplasmid consisting primarily of recently acquired genes. Here, RNA-sequencing is used to examine the transcriptional consequences of massive, synthetic genome reduction produced through the removal of the megaplasmid and/or the chromid...
March 21, 2018: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Amanda C Carroll, Alex Wong
Plasmids are extrachromosomal DNA elements that can be found throughout bacteria, as well as in other domains of life. Nonetheless, the evolutionary processes underlying the persistence of plasmids are incompletely understood. Bacterial plasmids may encode genes for traits which are sometimes beneficial to their hosts, such as antimicrobial resistance, virulence, heavy metal tolerance, and the catabolism of unique nutrient sources. In the absence of selection for these traits, however, plasmids generally impose a fitness cost on their hosts...
March 21, 2018: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
Josphat K Saina, Zhi-Zhong Li, Andrew W Gichira, Yi-Ying Liao
Ailanthus altissima (Mill.) Swingle (Simaroubaceae) is a deciduous tree widely distributed throughout temperate regions in China, hence suitable for genetic diversity and evolutionary studies. Previous studies in A. altissima have mainly focused on its biological activities, genetic diversity and genetic structure. However, until now there is no published report regarding genome of this plant species or Simaroubaceae family. Therefore, in this paper, we first characterized A. altissima complete chloroplast genome sequence...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Guiying Tang, Pingli Xu, Wenhua Ma, Fang Wang, Zhanji Liu, Shubo Wan, Lei Shan
Peanut ( Arachis hypogaea L.) is one of the major oil crops and is the fifth largest source of plant oils in the world. Numerous genes participate in regulating the biosynthesis and accumulation of the storage lipids in seeds or other reservoir organs, among which several transcription factors, such as LEAFY COTYLEDON1 ( AtLEC1 ), LEC2 , and WRINKLED1 ( WRI1 ), involved in embryo development also control the lipid reservoir in seeds. In this study, the AtLEC1 gene was transferred into the peanut genome and expressed in a seed-specific manner driven by the NapinA full-length promoter or its truncated 230-bp promoter...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
Christoph Jans, Eleonora Sarno, Lucie Collineau, Leo Meile, Katharina D C Stärk, Roger Stephan
Background: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacteria is an increasing health concern. The spread of AMR bacteria (AMRB) between animals and humans via the food chain and the exchange of AMR genes requires holistic approaches for risk mitigation. The AMRB exposure of humans via food is currently only poorly understood leaving an important gap for intervention design. Method: This study aimed to assess AMRB prevalence in retail food and subsequent exposure of Swiss consumers in a systematic literature review of data published between 1996 and 2016 covering the Swiss agriculture sector and relevant imported food...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Karin Schmidt, Christin Keller, Anja A Kühl, Ana Textor, Ulrike Seifert, Thomas Blankenstein, Gerald Willimsky, Peter-Michael Kloetzel
Cytotoxic T lymphocytes can reject established tumors if their target peptide is efficiently presented by major histocompatibility complex class I molecules (pMHC-I) on the surface of cancerous cells. Therapeutic success upon adoptive T cell transfer (ATT), however, requires additional cross-presentation of the same pMHC-I on non-cancerous cells. Endoplasmic reticulum aminopeptidase 1 (ERAP1) is an enzyme that customizes the N-terminus of proteasome-generated peptides so they can be loaded onto MHC-I molecules in the endoplasmic reticulum (ER)...
March 20, 2018: Cancer Research
Yuen K Ip, Kum C Hiong, Leon J Y Lim, Celine Y L Choo, Mel V Boo, Wai P Wong, Mei L Neo, Shit F Chew
The giant clam, Tridacna squamosa, represents a clam-zooxanthellae association. In light, the host clam and the symbiotic zooxanthellae conduct light-enhanced calcification and photosynthesis, respectively. We had cloned the cDNA coding sequence of a Vacuolar-type Proton ATPase (VHA) subunit A, ATP6V1A, from T. squamosa, whereby the VHA is an electrogenic transporter that actively 'pumps' H+ out of the cell. The ATP6V1A of T. squamosa comprised 1866 bp, encoding a protein of 622 amino acids and 69.9 kDa, and has a host-origin...
March 17, 2018: Gene
Hai Xu, Xi Bao, Yiwei Wang, Yue Xu, Bihua Deng, Yu Lu, Jibo Hou
BACKGROUND: DNA delivery with bacteriophage by surface-displayed mammalian cell penetrating peptides has been reported. Although, various phages have been used to facilitate DNA transfer by surface displaying the protein transduction domain of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 Tat protein (Tat peptide), no similar study has been conducted using T7 phage. METHODS: In this study, we engineeredT7 phage as a DNA targeting delivery vector to facilitate cellular internalization...
March 20, 2018: Virology Journal
Brenda K Schroeder, William L Schneider, Douglas G Luster, Aaron Sechler, Timothy D Murray
Aplanobacter agropyri was first described in 1915 by O'Gara and later transferred to the genus Corynebacterium by Burkholder in 1948 but it was not included in the Approved Lists of Bacterial Names in 1980 and, consequently, is not recognized as a validly published species. In the 1980s, bacteria resembling Corynebacterium agropyri were isolated from plant samples stored at the Washington State Mycological Herbarium and from a diseased wheatgrass plant collected in Cardwell, Montana, USA. In the framework of this study, eight additional isolates were recovered from the same herbarium plant samples in 2011...
March 20, 2018: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
An Eerdekens, Lies Langouche, Fabian Güiza, Johan Verhaeghe, Gunnar Naulaers, Christine Vanhole, Greet Van den Berghe
BACKGROUND: During pregnancy, maternal thyroid hormone supply is crucial for fetal development. Preterm infants often present with hypothyroxinemia. Preterm birth, either spontaneous or medically indicated, is always the result of a complicated pregnancy. We hypothesized that in preterm birth, the maternal transplacental thyroid hormone supply is influenced by the pregnancy complication and we questioned whether maternal and placental compensatory mechanisms are activated to increase thyroid hormone transfer...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Apuã C M Paquola, Huma Asif, Carlos Alberto de Bragança Pereira, Bruno César Feltes, Diego Bonatto, Wanessa Cristina Lima, Carlos Frederico Martins Menck
Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) has a major impact on the evolution of prokaryotic genomes, as it allows genes evolved in different contexts to be combined in a single genome, greatly enhancing the ways evolving organisms can explore the gene content space and adapt to the environment. A systematic analysis of HGT in a large number of genomes is of key importance in understanding the impact of HGT in the evolution of prokaryotes. We developed a method for the detection of genes that potentially originated by HGT based on the comparison of BLAST scores between homologous genes to 16S rRNA-based phylogenetic distances between the involved organisms...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Molecular Evolution
Poorna Subramanian, Sahand Pirbadian, Mohamed Y El-Naggar, Grant J Jensen
Bacterial nanowires have garnered recent interest as a proposed extracellular electron transfer (EET) pathway that links the bacterial electron transport chain to solid-phase electron acceptors away from the cell. Recent studies showed that Shewanella oneidensis MR-1 produces outer membrane (OM) and periplasmic extensions that contain EET components and hinted at their possible role as bacterial nanowires. However, their fine structure and distribution of cytochrome electron carriers under native conditions remained unclear, making it difficult to evaluate the potential electron transport (ET) mechanism along OM extensions...
March 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Arunkumar Krishnan, Lakshminarayan M Iyer, Stephen J Holland, Thomas Boehm, L Aravind
AID/APOBEC deaminases (AADs) convert cytidine to uridine in single-stranded nucleic acids. They are involved in numerous mutagenic processes, including those underpinning vertebrate innate and adaptive immunity. Using a multipronged sequence analysis strategy, we uncover several AADs across metazoa, dictyosteliida, and algae, including multiple previously unreported vertebrate clades, and versions from urochordates, nematodes, echinoderms, arthropods, lophotrochozoans, cnidarians, and porifera. Evolutionary analysis suggests a fundamental division of AADs early in metazoan evolution into secreted deaminases (SNADs) and classical AADs, followed by diversification into several clades driven by rapid-sequence evolution, gene loss, lineage-specific expansions, and lateral transfer to various algae...
March 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Johan Edqvist, Kristina Blomqvist, Jeroen Nieuwland, Tiina A Salminen
The nonspecific lipid transfer proteins (LTPs) are small, compact proteins folded around a tunnel-like hydrophobic cavity, making them suitable for lipid binding and transport. LTPs are encoded by large gene families in all land plants, but they have not been identified in algae or any other organisms. Thus, LTPs are considered key proteins for plant survival on and colonization of land. LTPs are abundantly expressed in most plant tissues, both above and below ground. They are usually localized to extracellular spaces outside the plasma membrane...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Lipid Research
Jacqueline Ferralli, Richard P Tucker, Ruth Chiquet-Ehrismann
Teneurins are type 2 transmembrane proteins expressed by developing neurons during periods of synaptogenesis and apoptosis. Neurons expressing teneurin-1 synapse with other teneurin-1-expressing neurons, and neurons expressing teneurin-2 synapse with other teneurin-2-expressing neurons. Knockdowns and mutations of teneurins lead to abnormal neuronal connections, but the mechanisms underlying teneurin action remain unknown. Teneurins appear to have evolved via horizontal gene transfer from prokaryotic proteins involved in bacterial self-recognition...
March 19, 2018: Biology Open
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