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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441441/a-novel-multiplexed-probe-based-quantitative-pcr-assay-for-the-soybean-root-and-stem-rot-pathogen-phytophthora-sojae-utilizes-its-transposable-element
#1
James S Haudenshield, Jeong Y Song, Glen L Hartman
Phytophthora root rot of soybean [Glycine max (L.) Merr.] is caused by the oomycete Phytophthora sojae (Kaufm. & Gerd.). P. sojae has a narrow host range, consisting primarily of soybean, and it is a serious pathogen worldwide. It exists in root and stem tissues as mycelium, wherein it can form oospores which subsequently germinate to release motile, infectious zoospores. Molecular assays detecting DNA of P. sojae are useful in disease diagnostics, and for determining the presence of the organism in host tissues, soils, and runoff or ponded water from potentially infested fields...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440038/induced-chemical-defense-of-a-mushroom-by-a-double-bond-shifting-polyene-synthase
#2
Philip Brandt, María García-Altares, Markus Nett, Christian Hertweck, Dirk Hoffmeister
The antilarval mushroom polyenes 18-methyl-19-oxoicosaoctaenoic acid and 20-methyl-21-oxodocosanonaenoic acid appear in response to injury of the mycelium of the stereaceous mushroom BY1. We identified a polyketide synthase (PPS1) which belongs to a hitherto completely uncharacterized clade of polyketide synthases. Expression of the PPS1 gene is massively upregulated following mycelial damage. The synthesis of the above polyenes was reconstituted in the mold Aspergillus niger as a heterologous host. This demonstrates that PPS1 1) synchronously produces branched-chain polyketides of varied lengths, and 2) catalyzes the unprecedented shift of eight or nine double bonds...
April 25, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429675/cell-biology-of-hyphal-growth
#3
Gero Steinberg, Miguel A Peñalva, Meritxell Riquelme, Han A Wösten, Steven D Harris
Filamentous fungi are a large and ancient clade of microorganisms that occupy a broad range of ecological niches. The success of filamentous fungi is largely due to their elongate hypha, a chain of cells, separated from each other by septa. Hyphae grow by polarized exocytosis at the apex, which allows the fungus to overcome long distances and invade many substrates, including soils and host tissues. Hyphal tip growth is initiated by establishment of a growth site and the subsequent maintenance of the growth axis, with transport of growth supplies, including membranes and proteins, delivered by motors along the cytoskeleton to the hyphal apex...
April 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427933/high-molecular-weight-genomic-dna-mini-prep-for-filamentous-fungi
#4
Mi-Kyung Lee, Hee-Soo Park, Kap-Hoon Han, Seung-Beom Hong, Jae-Hyuk Yu
Purification of high quality genomic DNA (gDNA) from filamentous fungi suitable for whole genome sequencing has previously involved many steps. Here, we report a simple and easy-to-follow mini-preparation protocol for high molecular weight (∼20kb) gDNA from filamentous fungi including Aspergillus and Eurotium. This comprehensive protocol includes graphic step-by-step instructions for inoculation, homogenization, and purification of gDNA. The most critical step is a thorough 3-5min homogenization of the freeze-dried mycelium using a motorized hand-held homogenizer with a mini spatula inserted...
April 18, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424791/antifatigue-effects-of-antrodia-cinnamomea-cultured-mycelium-via-modulation-of-oxidative-stress-signaling-in-a-mouse-model
#5
Yange Liu, Lanzhou Li, Shengshu An, Yuanzhu Zhang, Shiwei Feng, Lu Zhao, Lirong Teng, Di Wang
Antrodia cinnamomea, a folk medicinal mushroom, has numerous biological effects. In this study, we aim to assess whether the antifatigue effects of A. cinnamomea mycelia (AC) and its underlying mechanisms are related to oxidative stress signaling using behavioral mouse models and biochemical indices detection. Mice were orally treated with AC at doses of 0.1, 0.3, and 0.9 g/kg for three weeks. AC had no effect on the spontaneous activities of mice indicating its safety on central nervous system. Furthermore, results obtained from weight-loaded forced swimming test, rotary rod test, and exhausted running test confirmed that AC significantly enhanced exercise tolerance of mice...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423022/bioactivity-and-structure-activity-relationship-of-cinnamic-acid-esters-and-their-derivatives-as-potential-antifungal-agents-for-plant-protection
#6
Kun Zhou, Dongdong Chen, Bin Li, Bingyu Zhang, Fang Miao, Le Zhou
A series of cinnamic acid esters and their derivatives were synthesized and evaluated for antifungal activities in vitro against four plant pathogenic fungi by using the mycelium growth rate method. Structure-activity relationship was derived also. Almost all of the compounds showed some inhibition activity on each of the fungi at 0.5 mM. Eight compounds showed the higher average activity with average EC50 values of 17.4-28.6 μg/mL for the fungi than kresoxim-methyl, a commercial fungicide standard, and ten compounds were much more active than commercial fungicide standards carbendazim against P...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422185/improved-ganoderic-acids-production-in-ganoderma-lucidum-by-wood-decaying-components
#7
Yanru Hu, Shakeel Ahmed, Jiawei Li, Biaobiao Luo, Zengyan Gao, Qiyun Zhang, Xiaohua Li, Xuebo Hu
Ganoderma lucidum is a legendary Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) over a few thousands of years and one kind of its major active components are Ganoderic acids (GAs). GAs are largely produced in the mushroom primordium and fruiting body but much less in mycelium stage. However, little is known on the underlying regulatory mechanism. As a saprophytic fungus, G. lucidum solely obtains nutrients by wood decaying. Wood in general contains sophisticated chemical components with diverse structural units. To explore a strategy that extensively leads to GAs induction in the submerged liquid fermentation, all chemical components that might be possibly from the wood decaying were tested individually as GAs inducers...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420993/phellinus-linteus-mycelium-alleviates-myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-through-autophagic-regulation
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Hsing-Hui Su, Ya-Chun Chu, Jiuan-Miaw Liao, Yi-Hsin Wang, Ming-Shiou Jan, Chia-Wei Lin, Chiu-Yeh Wu, Chin-Yin Tseng, Jiin-Cherng Yen, Shiang-Suo Huang
The incidence of myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury is rapidly increasing around the world and this disease is a major contributor to global morbidity and mortality. It is known that regulation of programmed cell death including apoptosis and autophagy reduces the impact of myocardial IR injury. In this study, the cardioprotective effects and underlying mechanisms of Phellinus linteus (Berk. and Curt.) Teng, Hymenochaetaceae (PL), a type of medicinal mushroom, were examined in rats subjected to myocardial IR injury...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419509/automatic-diagnosis-of-vulvovaginal-candidiasis-from-pap-smear-images
#9
M Momenzadeh, M Sehhati, A Mehri Dehnavi, A Talebi, H Rabbani
Vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) is the most common genital infections that are seen every day in clinics. This infection is due to excessive growth of Candida that are normally present in the vagina in small numbers. Diagnosis of VVC is routinely done by direct microscopy of Pap smear samples and searching for the Candida in the Pap smear glass slides. This manual method is subjective, time consuming, labour-intensive and tedious. This study presents a computer-aided diagnostic (CAD) method to improve human diagnosis of VVC...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407499/alleviation-of-heavy-metal-toxicity-and-phytostimulation-of-brassica-campestris-l-by-endophytic-mucor-sp-mhr-7
#10
Mahwish Zahoor, Muhammad Irshad, Hazir Rahman, Muhammad Qasim, Sahib Gul Afridi, Muhammad Qadir, Anwar Hussain
Heavy metal (HM) pollution is of great concern in countries like Pakistan where a huge proportion of human population is exposed to it. These toxic metals are making their way from water bodies to soil where it not only interferes with plant growth and development but also initiates serious health issues in human consuming the produce of such soils. Bioremediation is one of the most viable and efficient solution for the problem. Purpose of the current study was to isolate endophytic fungi from plants grown on HM contaminated soil and screen them for their ability to tolerate multiple HM including chromium (Cr(6+)), manganese (Mn(2+)), cobalt (Co(2+)), copper (Cu(2+)) and zinc (Zn(2+))...
April 10, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402784/defining-the-pathways-of-symbiotic-epichlo%C3%A3-colonization-in-grass-embryos-with-confocal-microscopy
#11
Wei Zhang, Stuart D Card, Wade J Mace, Michael J Christensen, Craig R McGill, Cory Matthew
Asexual cool-season grass endophytes of the genus Epichloë (Ascomycota: Clavicipitaceae) are strictly vertically disseminated. The hosts of these mutualistic fungi express no symptoms during the fungal lifecycle that takes place entirely within the plant, while their hosts receive beneficial outcomes. These fungi are distributed in two major locations within the mature seeds of their hosts; namely, within the embryo (including the scutellum, coleoptile, plumule, radicle, and coleorhiza tissues) and between the aleurone and pericarp layers, with the latter hyphae playing no role in transmission of the fungus to the next plant generation...
2017: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400012/risk-assessment-of-fungal-spoilage-a-case-study-of-aspergillus-niger-on-yogurt
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Maria Gougouli, Konstantinos P Koutsoumanis
A quantitative risk assessment model of yogurt spoilage by Aspergillus niger was developed based on a stochastic modeling approach for mycelium growth by taking into account the important sources of variability such as time-temperature conditions during the different stages of chill chain and individual spore behavior. Input parameters were fitted to the appropriate distributions and A. niger colony's diameter at each stage of the chill chain was estimated using Monte Carlo simulation. By combining the output of the growth model with the fungus prevalence, that can be estimated by the industry using challenge tests, the risk of spoilage translated to number of yogurt cups in which a visible mycelium of A...
August 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395187/surface-imaging-of-the-filamentous-fungus-penicillium-simplicissimum-growing-in-a-solid-state-fermentation-system
#13
Fernando Pereira de Almeida, Denise Maria Guimarães Freire, Ulysses Lins, Melissa Limoeiro Estrada Gutarra
A comparative study on the lipase-producing fungus Penicillium simplissicimum, grown on a tray type solid-state fermentation (SSF) bioreactor, was performed using stereoscopy, focus Z-stacking stereoscopic images, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) to better characterize the morphology of filamentous fungi in SSF and their distribution over the solid matrix. The imaging of live fungal samples using a stereomicroscope with focus Z-stacking showed differences in colonization between a static SSF and an intermittent agitated SSF...
April 5, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393198/the-solid-state-fermentation-of-artemisia-capillaris-leaves-with-ganoderma-lucidum-enhances-the-anti-inflammatory-effects-in-a-model-of-atopic-dermatitis
#14
Hyeong-U Son, Seul Lee, Jin-Chul Heo, Sang-Han Lee
Artemisia capillaris, which belongs to the Asteraceae family and the genus Artemisia, has been reported to exert inhibitory effects on diabetes, cancer and inflammation. In this study, in order to enhance the bioactivity potential of the leaves of Artemisia by Ganoderma lucidum mycelium, we prepared aqueous samples of Artemisia capillaris (Ac) leaves, Ganoderma lucidum (Gl) and aqueous fractions produced by the solid fermentation of Ganoderma lucidum on Artemisia capillaris leaves (afAc/Gl). Thereafter, we evaluated whether these samples have potential to attenuate inflammation-related symptoms in an amimal model of 2,4-dinitrofluorobenzene (DNFB)-induced atopic dermatitis...
May 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391495/boric-acid-inhibition-of-trichophyton-rubrum-growth-and-conidia-formation
#15
Martin Schmidt
Trichophyton rubrum is a common human dermatophyte that is the causative agent of 80-93% of fungal infections of the skin and nails. While dermatophyte infections in healthy people are easily treatable with over-the-counter medications, such infections pose a higher risk for patients with compromised immune function and impaired regenerative potential. The efficacy of boric acid (BA) for the treatment of vaginal yeast infections prompted an investigation of the effect of BA on growth and morphology of T. rubrum...
April 8, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386251/differential-proteomic-profiles-of-pleurotus-ostreatus-in-response-to-lignocellulosic-components-provide-insights-into-divergent-adaptive-mechanisms
#16
Qiuyun Xiao, Fuying Ma, Yan Li, Hongbo Yu, Chengyun Li, Xiaoyu Zhang
Pleurotus ostreatus is a white rot fungus that grows on lignocellulosic biomass by metabolizing the main constituents. Extracellular enzymes play a key role in this process. During the hydrolysis of lignocellulose, potentially toxic molecules are released from lignin, and the molecules are derived from hemicellulose or cellulose that trigger various responses in fungus, thereby influencing mycelial growth. In order to characterize the mechanism underlying the response of P. ostreatus to lignin, we conducted a comparative proteomic analysis of P...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386097/phenotypic-variability-and-community-interactions-of-germinating-streptomyces-spores
#17
Ye Xu, Kalin Vetsigian
A case can be made for stochastic germination and interactions among germinating spores as beneficial germination strategies in uncertain environments. However, there is little data on how widespread, species-specific or diverse such phenomena are. Focusing on Streptomycetes, a platform was developed for quantification of germination and early growth within communities of spores. We found that the germination process is stochastic at three levels: spores vary in their germination times, mycelium networks grow at different rates, and a fraction of germlings stall their growth shortly after germination...
April 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384213/prevention-of-tgf-%C3%AE-induced-early-liver-fibrosis-by-a-maleic-acid-derivative-anti-oxidant-through-suppression-of-ros-inflammation-and-hepatic-stellate-cells-activation
#18
Kun-Lin Yang, Wen-Teng Chang, Ming-Yuan Hong, Kuo-Chen Hung, Chia-Chang Chuang
Current anti-fibrotic effect of antioxidants in vivo is disappointing due probably to the fact that once liver fibrogenesis is established it is too advanced to be reversed by anti-oxidation mechanism. We consider antioxidant may only act on the early phase of fibrogenesis. Thus, we had previously established an early liver fibrosis animal model using an inducible expression vector (pPK9a), which contains TGF-β gene and was hydro-dynamically transferred into mice to induce a transient liver fibrosis. TGF-β1 has been well documented to up-regulate the expression of α2(1) collagen (Col 1A2) gene in the liver via the reactive oxygen species (ROS); the process triggers inflammation, leading to hepatic stellate cells (HSC) activation and liver fibrogenesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381881/hydrolysis-of-nicosulfuron-under-acidic-environment-caused-by-oxalate-secretion-of-a-novel-penicillium-oxalicum-strain-yc-wm1
#19
Weimin Feng, Zheng Wei, Jinlong Song, Qiao Qin, Kaimin Yu, Guochao Li, Jiayu Zhang, Wei Wu, Yanchun Yan
A novel Penicillium oxalicum strain YC-WM1, isolated from activated sludge, was found to be capable of completely degrading 100 mg/L of nicosulfuron within six days when incubated in GSM at 33 °C. Nicosulfuron degradation rates were affected by GSM initial pH, nicosulfuron initial concentration, glucose initial concentration, and carbon source. After inoculation, the medium pH was decreased from 7.0 to 4.5 within one day and remained at around 3.5 during the next few days, in which nicosulfuron degraded quickly...
April 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378220/fomitopsis-betulina-formerly-piptoporus-betulinus-the-iceman-s-polypore-fungus-with-modern-biotechnological-potential
#20
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Małgorzata Pleszczyńska, Marta K Lemieszek, Marek Siwulski, Adrian Wiater, Wojciech Rzeski, Janusz Szczodrak
Higher Basidiomycota have been used in natural medicine throughout the world for centuries. One of such fungi is Fomitopsis betulina (formerly Piptoporus betulinus), which causes brown rot of birch wood. Annual white to brownish fruiting bodies of the species can be found on trees in the northern hemisphere but F. betulina can also be cultured as a mycelium and fruiting body. The fungus has a long tradition of being applied in folk medicine as an antimicrobial, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory agent. Probably due to the curative properties, pieces of its fruiting body were carried by Ötzi the Iceman...
May 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
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