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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449125/saccharomyces-cerevisiae-accumulates-gapdh-derived-peptides-on-its-cell-surface-that-induce-death-of-non-saccharomyces-yeasts-by-cell-to-cell-contact
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Patrícia Branco, Varongsiri Kemsawasd, Lara Santos, Mário Diniz, Jorge Caldeira, Maria Gabriela Almeida, Nils Arneborg, Helena Albergaria
During wine fermentations Saccharomyces cerevisiae starts to excrete into the growth medium antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) that induce death of non-Saccharomyces yeasts at the end of exponential growth phase (24-48 h). Those AMPs were found to derive from the glycolytic enzyme glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH). On the other hand, the early death of non-Saccharomyces yeasts during wine fermentations was also found to be mediated by a cell-to-cell contact mechanism. Since GAPDH is a cell wall-associated protein in S...
April 25, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449040/toxin-antitoxin-systems-and-their-role-in-disseminating-and-maintaining-antimicrobial-resistance
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Qiu E Yang, Timothy R Walsh
Toxin-antitoxin systems (TAs) are ubiquitous among bacteria and play a crucial role in the dissemination and evolution of antibiotic resistance, such as maintaining multi-resistant plasmids and inducing persistence formation. Generally, activities of the toxins are neutralised by their conjugate antitoxins. In contrast, antitoxins are more liable to degrade under specific conditions such as stress, and free active toxins interfere with essential cellular processes including replication, translation and cell-wall synthesis...
March 16, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448880/rapid-green-synthesis-of-gold-nanocatalyst-for-high-efficiency-degradation-of-quinclorac
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Guorong Shi, Yulu Li, Gaihong Xi, Qinqin Xu, Zijun He, Yating Liu, Jianhui Zhang, Jun Cai
Porous chemical pretreated Saccharomyces cerevisiae was used as support, stabilizer, and reducing agent for the rapid green synthesis of gold nanocatalyst. Au nanoparticles (Au NPs) were generated through in-situ reduction of the absorbed Au(III) by the reductive functional groups of mannoproteins in yeast cell wall. The obtained spherical mono-dispersed Au NPs have an average particle diameter of 9.99±1.63nm as evidenced by TEM image, and exhibits excellent catalytic activity for the dechlorination of quinclorac to 8-quinoline-carboxylic acid by sodium borohydride...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448785/a-class-ii-myosin-is-required-for-growth-conidiation-cell-wall-integrity-and-pathogenicity-of-magnaporthe-oryzae
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Min Guo, Leyong Tan, Xiang Nie, Zhengguang Zhang
In eukaryotic organisms, myosin proteins are the major ring components that are involved in cytokinesis. To date, little is known about the biological functions of myosin proteins in Magnaporthe oryzae. In this study, insertional mutagenesis conducted in M. oryzae led to identification of Momyo2, a pathogenicity gene predicted to encode a class-II myosin protein homologous to Saccharomyces cerevisiae Myo1. According to qRT-PCR, Momyo2 is highly expressed during early infectious stage. When this gene was disrupted, the resultant mutant isolates were attenuated in virulence on rice and barley...
April 27, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448722/immunostaining-of-immunoglobulin-g4-in-the-lacrimal-sac
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Yasuhiro Takahashi, Hiroshi Ikeda, Emiko Takahashi, Hirohiko Kakizaki
PURPOSE: To immunohistochemically examine the lacrimal sac walls harvested during dacryocystorhinostomy using an immunostain for immunoglobulin G4 (IgG4). METHODS: Forty-four lacrimal sac walls were evaluated. We determined "intensively positive," "sparsely positive," or "negative" staining when the specimens showed IgG4-positive lymphoplasmacytic staining with or without >50 IgG4-positive cells/high-power field, or the absence of stained IgG4-positive cells...
April 27, 2017: Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448668/prognostic-indication-of-sarcopenia-for-wound-complication-after-total-laryngectomy
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Virginie Achim, Jasper Bash, Alia Mowery, Alexander R Guimaraes, Ryan Li, Josh Schindler, Mark Wax, Peter Andersen, Daniel Clayburgh
Importance: Postoperative wound complications after total laryngectomy (TL) increase hospital stay, costs, and delay adjuvant therapy when indicated. Recently, sarcopenia has been identified as a predictor of postoperative complications in patients undergoing major surgery but has not been assessed in head and neck surgery patients. Objective: To determine the incidence of sarcopenia in patients with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) undergoing TL and evaluate its association with the development of postoperative wound complications...
April 27, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448560/activity-of-xyloglucan-endotransglucosylases-hydrolases-suggests-a-role-during-host-invasion-by-the-parasitic-plant-cuscuta-reflexa
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Stian Olsen, Kirsten Krause
The parasitic vines of the genus Cuscuta form haustoria that grow into other plants and connect with their vascular system, thus allowing the parasite to feed on its host. A major obstacle that meets the infection organ as it penetrates the host tissue is the rigid plant cell wall. In the present study, we examined the activity of xyloglucan endotransglucosylases/hydrolases (XTHs) during the host-invasive growth of the haustorium. The level of xyloglucan endotransglucosylation (XET) activity was found to peak at the penetrating stage of Cuscuta reflexa on its host Pelargonium zonale...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448493/variable-habitat-conditions-drive-species-covariation-in-the-human-microbiota
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Charles K Fisher, Thierry Mora, Aleksandra M Walczak
Two species with similar resource requirements respond in a characteristic way to variations in their habitat-their abundances rise and fall in concert. We use this idea to learn how bacterial populations in the microbiota respond to habitat conditions that vary from person-to-person across the human population. Our mathematical framework shows that habitat fluctuations are sufficient for explaining intra-bodysite correlations in relative species abundances from the Human Microbiome Project. We explicitly show that the relative abundances of closely related species are positively correlated and can be predicted from taxonomic relationships...
April 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448198/boronic-acids-as-tools-to-study-plant-developmental-processes
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Michaela Matthes, Ramón A Torres-Ruiz
Boron (B) is an essential micronutrient for organisms. In plants, B is known to stabilise the cell wall by crosslinking Rhamnogalacturonan II through ester bonds formed with cis-diols of sugar moieties. However, B is believed to be required for additional functions such as stability and function of (plasma membrane) proteins involved in signal transduction pathways. We have recently shown that boronic acids, competitors of B, efficiently induce perfect phenocopies of monopteros mutants. This effect is enigmatic because like B, boronic acids should find numerous cellular targets and thus disturb many biological processes ending in a spectrum of unspecific embryo phenotypes...
April 27, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448123/enhancing-the-domain-wall-conductivity-in-lithium-niobate-single-crystals
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Christian Godau, Thomas Kämpfe, Andreas Thiessen, Lukas M Eng, Alexander Haußmann
Domain walls (DWs) in ferroelectric/ferroic materials have been in the central research focus for the last 50 years; DWs bear a multitude of extraordinary physical parameters within a unit-cell-sized lateral confinement. Especially, one outstanding feature has recently attracted a lot of attention for room-temperature applications, which is the potential to use DWs as 2-dimensional (2D) conducting channels that completely penetrate bulk compounds. Domain wall currents in lithium niobate (LNO) so far lie in the lower $pA$ regime...
April 27, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448043/challenges-in-rheological-characterization-of-highly-concentrated-suspensions-a-case-study-for-screen-printing-silver-pastes
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Ceren Yüce, Norbert Willenbacher
A comprehensive rheological characterization of highly concentrated suspensions or pastes is mandatory for a targeted product development meeting the manifold requirements during processing and application of such complex fluids. In this investigation, measuring protocols for a conclusive assessment of different process relevant rheological parameters have been evaluated. This includes the determination of yield stress, viscosity, wall slip velocity, structural recovery after large deformation and elongation at break as well as tensile force during filament stretching...
April 10, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447994/scaling-of-engineered-vascular-grafts-using-3d-printed-guides-and-the-ring-stacking-method
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Cameron B Pinnock, Zhengfan Xu, Mai T Lam
Coronary artery disease remains a leading cause of death, affecting millions of Americans. With the lack of autologous vascular grafts available, engineered grafts offer great potential for patient treatment. However, engineered vascular grafts are generally not easily scalable, requiring manufacture of custom molds or polymer tubes in order to customize to different sizes, constituting a time-consuming and costly practice. Human arteries range in lumen diameter from about 2.0-38 mm and in wall thickness from about 0...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447389/outer-membrane-vesicles-from-fibrobacter-succinogenes-s85-contain-an-array-of-carbohydrate-active-enzymes-with-versatile-polysaccharide-degrading-capacity
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Magnus Ø Arntzen, Anikó Várnai, Roderick I Mackie, Vincent G H Eijsink, Phillip B Pope
Fibrobacter succinogenes is an anaerobic bacterium naturally colonizing the rumen and cecum of herbivores where it utilizes an enigmatic mechanism to deconstruct cellulose into cellobiose and glucose, which serve as carbon sources for growth. Here, we illustrate that outer membrane vesicles (OMVs) released by F. succinogenes are enriched with carbohydrate-active enzymes and that intact OMVs were able to depolymerize a broad range of linear and branched hemicelluloses and pectin, despite the inability of F. succinogenes to utilize non-cellulosic (pentose) sugars for growth...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447385/ultrasound-enhances-calcium-absorption-of-jujube-fruit-by-regulating-the-cellular-calcium-distribution-and-metabolism-of-cell-wall-polysaccharides
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Huanhuan Zhi, Qiqi Liu, Juan Xu, Yu Dong, Mengpei Liu, Wei Zong
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound has been applied in fruit pre-washing processes. However, it is not sufficient to protect fruit from pathogenic infection throughout the entire storage period, and sometimes ultrasound causes tissue damage. The goal of this study was to investigate the effects of calcium chloride (10 g L(-1) ) and ultrasound (350 W at 40 kHz), separately and in combination, on fruit quality, antioxidant status, tissue Ca(2+) content and distribution along with cell wall metabolism at 20 °C for six days...
April 26, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446907/regulation-and-molecular-basis-of-environmental-muropeptide-uptake-and-utilization-in-fastidious-oral-anaerobe-tannerella-forsythia
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Angela Ruscitto, Kiyonobu Honma, Vamsee M Veeramachineni, Kiyoshi Nishikawa, Graham P Stafford, Ashu Sharma
Tannerella forsythia is a Gram-negative oral anaerobe associated with periodontitis. This bacterium is auxotrophic for the peptidoglycan amino sugar N-acetylmuramic (MurNAc) and likely relies on scavenging peptidoglycan fragments (muropeptides) released by cohabiting bacteria during their cell wall recycling. Many Gram-negative bacteria utilize an inner membrane permease, AmpG, to transport peptidoglycan fragments into their cytoplasm. In the T. forsythia genome, the Tanf_08365 ORF has been identified as a homolog of AmpG permease...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446778/tumor-necrosis-factor-prevents-candida-albicans-biofilm-formation
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Francisco Airton Castro Rocha, Anelise Maria Costa Vasconcelos Alves, Marcos Fábio Gadelha Rocha, Rossana de Aguiar Cordeiro, Raimunda Sâmia Nogueira Brilhante, Ana Carolina Matias Dinelly Pinto, Rodolfo de Melo Nunes, Virgínia Cláudia Carneiro Girão, José Julio Costa Sidrim
Candida species are commensals but some develop biofilms in prosthetic materials and host surfaces that may represent up to 30% of deaths related to infections, particularly in immunosuppressed patients. Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) exhibits a plethora of functions in host defense mechanisms whereas excessive release of TNF in inflammation promotes tissue damage. Cytokines released in an inflammatory milieu may influence the development of microorganisms either by promoting their growth or displaying antimicrobial activity...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446636/insights-into-the-evolution-of-hydroxyproline-rich-glycoproteins-from-1000-plant-transcriptomes
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Kim L Johnson, Andrew M Cassin, Andrew Lonsdale, Gane Ka-Shu Wong, Doug Soltis, Nicholas W Miles, Michael Melkonian, Barbara Melkonian, Michael K Deyholos, James Leebens-Mack, Carl J Rothfels, Dennis W Stevenson, Sean W Graham, Xumin Wang, Shuangxiu Wu, J Chris Pires, Patrick P Edger, Eric J Carpenter, Antony Bacic, Monika Susanne Doblin, Carolyn J Schultz
The carbohydrate-rich cell walls of land plants and algae have been the focus of much interest given the value of cell wall based products to our current and future economies. Hydroxyproline-rich glycoproteins (HRGPs), a major group of wall glycoproteins, play important roles in plant growth and development, yet little is known about how they have evolved in parallel with the polysaccharide components of walls. We investigate the origins and evolution of the HRGP superfamily, which is commonly divided into three major multigene families: the arabinogalactan-proteins (AGPs), extensins (EXTs) and proline-rich proteins (PRPs)...
April 26, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446635/a-motif-and-amino-acid-bias-bioinformatics-pipeline-to-identify-hydroxyproline-rich-glycoproteins
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Kim L Johnson, Andrew M Cassin, Andrew Lonsdale, Antony Bacic, Monika Susanne Doblin, Carolyn J Schultz
Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) are functional proteins that lack a well-defined three dimensional structure. The study of IDPs is a rapidly growing area as the crucial biological functions of more of these proteins are uncovered. In plants, IDPs are implicated in plant stress responses, signalling and regulatory processes. A superfamily of cell wall proteins, the hydroxyproline-rich glycoproteins (HRGPs), have characteristic features of IDPs. Their protein backbones are rich in the disordering amino acid proline, they contain repeated sequence motifs and extensive post-translational modifications (glycosylation) and have been implicated in many biological functions...
April 26, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446225/the-crosstalk-between-vascular-mscs-and-inflammatory-mediators-determines-the-pro-calcific-remodelling-of-human-atherosclerotic-aneurysm
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Carmen Ciavarella, Enrico Gallitto, Francesca Ricci, Marina Buzzi, Andrea Stella, Gianandrea Pasquinelli
BACKGROUND: Human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) possess well-known reparative abilities, but any defect of the immunomodulatory activity and/or the differentiation process may determine the development of human diseases, including those affecting the vascular wall. MSCs residing within the human aortic wall represent a potential cell mediator of atherosclerotic aneurysm development. METHODS: MSCs isolated from healthy and aneurysm aortas were characterized by flow cytometer and tested for differentiation properties...
April 26, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445811/liraglutide-a-glp-1-receptor-agonist-inhibits-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-proliferation-by-enhancing-amp-activated-protein-kinase-and-cell-cycle-regulation-and-delays-atherosclerosis-in-apoe-deficient-mice
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Teruo Jojima, Kohsuke Uchida, Kazumi Akimoto, Takanori Tomotsune, Kazunori Yanagi, Toshie Iijima, Kunihiro Suzuki, Kikuo Kasai, Yoshimasa Aso
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Several studies have demonstrated that both native glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and GLP-1 receptor agonists suppress the progression of atherosclerosis in animal models. METHODS: We investigated whether liraglutide, a GLP-1 analogue, could prevent the development of atherosclerosis in apolipoprotein E knockout mice (ApoE(-/-)) on a high-fat diet. We also examined the influence of liraglutide on angiotensin II-induced proliferation of rat vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) via enhancement of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) signaling and regulation of cell cycle progression...
April 7, 2017: Atherosclerosis
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