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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432772/studies-on-the-chitin-chitosan-binding-properties-of-six-cuticular-proteins-analogous-to-peritrophin-3-from-bombyx-mori
#1
M Qu, Y Ren, Y Liu, Q Yang
Chitin deacetylation is required to make the cuticle rigid and compact through chitin chain crosslinking. Thus it is presumed that specialized proteins are required to bind deacetylated chitin chains together. However, deacetylated-chitin binding proteins have not ever been reported. In a previous work, six cuticular proteins analogous to peritrophin 3 (CPAP3s) were found to be abundant in the moulting fluid of Bombyx mori. In this study, these BmCPAP3s (BmCPAP3-A1, BmCPAP3-A2, BmCPAP3-B, BmCPAP3-C, BmCPAP3-D1 and BmCPAP3-D2) were cloned and expressed in Escherichia coli and purified using metal-chelating affinity chromatography...
April 22, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432475/a-shinella-%C3%AE-n-acetylglucosaminidase-of-glycoside-hydrolase-family-20-displays-novel-biochemical-and-molecular-characteristics
#2
Junpei Zhou, Zhifeng Song, Rui Zhang, Caihong Chen, Qian Wu, Junjun Li, Xianghua Tang, Bo Xu, Junmei Ding, Nanyu Han, Zunxi Huang
β-N-Acetylglucosaminidases (GlcNAcases) are important for many biological functions and industrial applications. In this study, a glycoside hydrolase family 20 GlcNAcase from Shinella sp. JB10 was expressed in Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3). Compared to many GlcNAcases, the purified recombinant enzyme (rJB10Nag) exhibited a higher specificity activity (538.8 µmol min(-1) mg(-1)) or V max (1030.0 ± 82.1 µmol min(-1) mg(-1)) toward p-nitrophenyl β-N-acetylglucosaminide and N,N'-diacetylchitobiose (specificity activity of 35...
April 21, 2017: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431248/spontaneous-chitin-accumulation-in-airways-and-age-related-fibrotic-lung-disease
#3
Steven J Van Dyken, Hong-Erh Liang, Ram P Naikawadi, Prescott G Woodruff, Paul J Wolters, David J Erle, Richard M Locksley
The environmentally widespread polysaccharide chitin is degraded and recycled by ubiquitous bacterial and fungal chitinases. Although vertebrates express active chitinases from evolutionarily conserved loci, their role in mammalian physiology is unclear. We show that distinct lung epithelial cells secrete acidic mammalian chitinase (AMCase), which is required for airway chitinase activity. AMCase-deficient mice exhibit premature morbidity and mortality, concomitant with accumulation of environmentally derived chitin polymers in the airways and expression of pro-fibrotic cytokines...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429833/the-microbially-mediated-soil-organic-carbon-loss-under-degenerative-succession-in-an-alpine-meadow
#4
Yuguang Zhang, Xiao Liu, Jing Cong, Hui Lu, Yuyu Sheng, Xiulei Wang, Diqiang Li, Xueduan Liu, Huaqun Yin, Jizhong Zhou, Ye Deng
Land-cover change has long been recognized as having marked effect on the amount of soil organic carbon (SOC). However, the microbially-mediated processes and mechanisms on SOC are still unclear. In this study, the soil samples in a degenerative succession from alpine meadow to alpine steppe meadow in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau were analyzed using high-throughput technologies, including Illumina sequencing and GeoChip functional gene arrays. The soil microbial community structure and diversity were significantly (P < 0...
April 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424845/the-regulatory-role-of-the-transcription-factor-crz1-in-stress-tolerance-pathogenicity-and-its-target-gene-expression-in-metarhizium-acridum
#5
Xing Chen, Yuanze Liu, Nemat O Keyhani, Yuxian Xia, Yueqing Cao
In fungi, the Ca(2+)/calcineurin signaling pathway is critical in mediating growth, morphology, stress responses, and pathogenicity. Crz1 is a calcineurin-responsive zinc finger transcription factor. Here, MaCrz1 was identified and functionally characterized in the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium acridum by characterization of a targeted gene knockout strain. Conidia of the ΔMacrz1 mutant were aberrant in cell surface features and lacked the characteristic hydrophobic rodlet layer, and the mutant displayed increased sensitivity to oxidative stress, cell wall perturbing agents, heat stress, and ultraviolet irradiation as compared to the wild-type and complemented strains...
April 19, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421044/comparative-genomics-of-glossina-palpalis-gambiensis-and-g-morsitans-morsitans-to-reveal-gene-orthologs-involved-in-infection-by-trypanosoma-brucei-gambiense
#6
Illiassou Hamidou Soumana, Bernadette Tchicaya, Stéphanie Rialle, Hugues Parrinello, Anne Geiger
Blood-feeding Glossina palpalis gambiense (Gpg) fly transmits the single-celled eukaryotic parasite Trypanosoma brucei gambiense (Tbg), the second Glossina fly African trypanosome pair being Glossina morsitans/T.brucei rhodesiense. Whatever the T. brucei subspecies, whereas the onset of their developmental program in the zoo-anthropophilic blood feeding flies does unfold in the fly midgut, its completion is taking place in the fly salivary gland where does emerge a low size metacyclic trypomastigote population displaying features that account for its establishment in mammals-human individuals included...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419115/properties-of-the-cuticular-proteins-of-anopheles-gambiae-as-revealed-by-serial-extraction-of-adults
#7
Yihong Zhou, Majors J Badgett, Lynne Billard, John Hunter Bowen, Ron Orlando, Judith H Willis
How cuticular proteins (CPs) interact with chitin and with each other in the cuticle remains unresolved. We employed LC-MS/MS to identify CPs from 5-6 day-old adults of Anopheles gambiae released after serial extraction with PBS, EDTA, 2-8M urea, and SDS as well as those that remained unextracted. Results were compared to published data on time of transcript abundance, localization of proteins within structures and within the cuticle, as well as properties of individual proteins, length, pI, percent histidine, tyrosine, glutamine, and number of AAP[A/V/L] repeats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417362/analyzing-activities-of-lytic-polysaccharide-monooxygenases-by-liquid-chromatography-and-mass-spectrometry
#8
Bjørge Westereng, Magnus Ø Arntzen, Jane Wittrup Agger, Gustav Vaaje-Kolstad, Vincent G H Eijsink
Lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases perform oxidative cleavage of glycosidic bonds in various polysaccharides. The majority of LMPOs studied so far possess activity on either cellulose or chitin and analysis of these activities is therefore the main focus of this review. Notably, however, the number of LPMOs that are active on other polysaccharides is increasing. The products generated by LPMOs from cellulose are either oxidized in the downstream end (at C1) or upstream end (at C4), or at both ends. These modifications only result in small structural changes, which makes both chromatographic separation and product identification by mass spectrometry challenging...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416398/synthesis-characterization-and-evaluation-of-poly-aminoethyl-modified-chitosan-and-its-hydrogel-used-as-antibacterial-wound-dressing
#9
Yubei Zhang, Qifeng Dang, Chengsheng Liu, Jingquan Yan, Dongsu Cha, Shengnan Liang, Xiaoli Li, Bing Fan
This study aims to develop new antibacterial hydrogel wound dressings composed of poly(aminoethyl) modified chitosan (PAEMCS). FTIR, (1)H NMR, and elemental analysis demonstrated that PAEMCS was successfully synthesized via grafting poly(aminoethyl) groups onto hydroxyl groups on chitin first, and removing acetyl groups from the grafted polymer afterward. XRD and TGA implied its well-defined crystallinity and thermostability. Furthermore, a series of hydrogels were fabricated under the participation of dipotassium hydrogen phosphate (DHP)...
April 14, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415488/ultrasound-stimulated-release-of-gallic-acid-from-chitin-hydrogel-matrix
#10
Huixin Jiang, Takaomi Kobayashi
Ultrasound (US) stimulated drug release was examined in this study using a chitin hydrogel matrix loaded with gallic acid (GA), a drug used for wound healing and anticancer. Using phase inversion, GA-chitin hydrogels were prepared from chitin-dimethylacetamide (DMAc)/lithium chloride (LiCl) solution in the presence of GA, with 24h exposure of the solution to water vapor. The GA release from the GA-chitin hydrogel was examined under different US powers of 0-30W at 43kHz. The effects of GA loading amounts in the hydrogels (0...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414820/transcriptome-analysis-of-the-epidermis-of-the-purple-quail-like-q-lp-mutant-of-silkworm-bombyx-mori
#11
Pingyang Wang, Zhiyong Qiu, Dingguo Xia, Shunming Tang, Xingjia Shen, Qiaoling Zhao
A new purple quail-like (q-lp) mutant found from the plain silkworm strain 932VR has pigment dots on the epidermis similar to the pigment mutant quail (q). In addition, q-lp mutant larvae are inactive, consume little and grow slowly, with a high death rate and other developmental abnormalities. Pigmentation of the silkworm epidermis consists of melanin, ommochrome and pteridine. Silkworm development is regulated by ecdysone and juvenile hormone. In this study, we performed RNA-Seq on the epidermis of the q-lp mutant in the 4th instar during molting, with 932VR serving as the control...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411389/the-comet-assay-in-folsomia-candida-a-suitable-approach-to-assess-genotoxicity-in-collembolans
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Diogo N Cardoso, Ana Rita R Silva, Andreia Cruz, Joana Lourenço, Joana Neves, Catarina Malheiro, Sónia Mendo, Amadeu M V M Soares, Susana Loureiro
The present study shows the comet assay technique being successfully applied for the first time to one of the most widely used soil organisms in standardized ecotoxicological tests, Folsomia candida, providing a step forward in assessing the genotoxicity induced by xenobiotics. Because collembolans have a high content of chitin, a new methodology was developed in which the heads of the collembolans were separated from the rest of the body, allowing the hemolymph to leak out. This procedure allows the cells to be released, and after lysis the genetic material is available for the comet assay...
March 16, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410951/effect-of-acidity-on-the-physicochemical-properties-of-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-chitin-nanofibers
#13
Shin Suenaga, Kazuhide Totani, Yoshihiro Nomura, Kazuhiko Yamashita, Iori Shimada, Hiroshi Fukunaga, Nobuhide Takahashi, Mitsumasa Osada
We have investigated whether acidity can be used to control the physicochemical properties of chitin nanofibers (ChNFs). In this study, we define acidity as the molar ratio of dissociated protons from the acid to the amino groups in the raw chitin powder. The effect of acidity on the physicochemical properties of α- and β-ChNFs was compared. The transmittance and viscosity of the β-ChNFs drastically and continuously increased with increasing acidity, while those of the α-ChNFs were not affected by acidity...
April 11, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402525/antifungal-mechanism-of-ruiii-nh3-4catechol-complex-on-fluconazole-resistant-candida-tropicalis
#14
Rafael Araújo Gomes-Junior, Roberto Santana da Silva, Renata Galvão de Lima, Marcos A Vannier-Santos
Candidiasis, a major opportunistic mycosis caused by Candida sp. may comprise life-threatening systemic infections. The incidence of non-albicans species is rising, particularly in South America and they are frequently drug resistant, causing unresponsive cases. Thus, novel antimycotic agents are required. Here we tested the antifungal activity of [RuIII(NH3)4catechol]+ complex (RuCat), approaching possible action mechanisms on fluconazole-resistant Candida tropicalis. RuCat significantly (p<0.05) inhibited the growth and viability of C...
April 11, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399848/distinctive-molecular-and-biochemical-characteristics-of-a-glycoside-hydrolase-family-20-%C3%AE-n-acetylglucosaminidase-and-salt-tolerance
#15
Junpei Zhou, Zhifeng Song, Rui Zhang, Rui Liu, Qian Wu, Junjun Li, Xianghua Tang, Bo Xu, Junmei Ding, Nanyu Han, Zunxi Huang
BACKGROUND: Enzymatic degradation of chitin has attracted substantial attention because chitin is an abundant renewable natural resource, second only to lignocellulose, and because of the promising applications of N-acetylglucosamine in the bioethanol, food and pharmaceutical industries. However, the low activity and poor tolerance to salts and N-acetylglucosamine of most reported β-N-acetylglucosaminidases limit their applications. Mining for novel enzymes from new microorganisms is one way to address this problem...
April 11, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394948/transcriptomic-variation-of-eyestalk-reveals-the-genes-and-biological-processes-associated-with-molting-in-portunus-trituberculatus
#16
Jianjian Lv, Longtao Zhang, Ping Liu, Jian Li
BACKGROUND: Molting is an essential biological process throughout the life history of crustaceans, which is regulated by many neuropeptide hormones expressed in the eyestalk. To better understand the molting mechanism in Portunus trituberculatus, we used digital gene expression (DGE) to analyze single eyestalk samples during the molting cycle by high-throughput sequencing. RESULTS: We obtained 14,387,942, 12,631,508 and 13,060,062 clean sequence reads from inter-molt (InM), pre-molt (PrM) and post-molt (PoM) cDNA libraries, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392454/chitin-s-functionality-as-a-novel-disintegrant-benchmarking-against-commonly-used-disintegrants-in-different-physico-chemical-environments
#17
Mohammad Chaheen, Ian Soulairol, Bernard Bataille, Ahmad Yassine, Emmanuel Belamie, Tahmer Sharkawi
Disintegrants are used as excipients to ensure rapid disintegration of pharmaceutical tablets and further ensure proper dissolution of the active pharmaceutical ingredient. This study investigates, disintegration mechanisms of chitin and common disintegrants. Swelling assessment (swelling force and swelling ratio) in different media; compaction behavior (pure or mixed with other excipients) tabletability, deformation (Heckel modeling) and compact disintegration times were investigated on the tested disintegrants (alginic acid calcium salt, crospovidone, sodium starch glycolate, croscarmellose sodium and chitin)...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392452/mars-a-protein-family-involved-in-the-formation-of-vertical-skeletal-elements
#18
Shai Abehsera, Shani Peles, Jenny Tynyakov, Shmuel Bentov, Eliahu D Aflalo, Shihao Li, Fuhua Li, Jianhai Xiang, Amir Sagi
Vertical organizations of skeletal elements are found in various vertebrate teeth and invertebrate exoskeletons. The molecular mechanism behind the development of such structural organizations is poorly known, although it is generally held that organic matrix proteins play an essential role. While most crustacean cuticular organizations exhibit horizontal chitinous layering, a typical vertical organization is found towards the surface of the teeth in the mandibles of the crayfish Cheraxquadricarinatus. Candidate genes encoding for mandible-forming structural proteins were mined in C...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391850/increasing-the-efficiency-of-immobilization-and-chitin-determination-using-copper-oxide-nanoparticles
#19
Preety, Vinita Hooda
A novel polyurethane (PU) support with and without copper oxide nanoparticles (nCuO) was employed for immobilization of two chitinolytic enzymes, chitinase and N-acetyl β glucosaminidase (NAGase) to yield PU/nCuO/chitinase/NAGase and PU/chitinase/NAGase conjugates respectively. The surface morphologies, topologies and bonded interactions between different components of the immobilized enzyme conjugates were characterized using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) respectively...
June 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391471/population-and-function-analysis-of-cultivable-bacteria-associated-with-spores-of-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungus-gigaspora-margarita
#20
Liangkun Long, Qunying Lin, Qing Yao, Honghui Zhu
This study was aimed to investigate the diversity and function of bacterial population associated with Gigaspora margarita spores. The fungus was propagated in sterilized sand/soil pots using alfalfa (Medicago sativa), grain sorghum (Sorghum bicolor), or maize (Zea mays) as host plants, or in sterilized vermiculite pots using alfalfa as host plants, respectively. Bacteria were isolated from the new-formed spores using diluted plate method, and typical bacterial isolates were identified according to 16S rRNA gene phylogenetic analysis...
May 2017: 3 Biotech
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