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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911400/visualizing-stromule-frequency-with-fluorescence-microscopy
#1
Jacob O Brunkard, Anne M Runkel, Patricia Zambryski
Stromules, or "stroma-filled tubules", are narrow, tubular extensions from the surface of the chloroplast that are universally observed in plant cells but whose functions remain mysterious. Alongside growing attention on the role of chloroplasts in coordinating plant responses to stress, interest in stromules and their relationship to chloroplast signaling dynamics has increased in recent years, aided by advances in fluorescence microscopy and protein fluorophores that allow for rapid, accurate visualization of stromule dynamics...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910002/the-rice-pentatricopeptide-repeat-gene-tcd10-is-needed-for-chloroplast-development-under-cold-stress
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Lanlan Wu, Jun Wu, Yanxia Liu, Xiaodi Gong, Jianlong Xu, Dongzhi Lin, Yanjun Dong
BACKGROUND: Chloroplast plays a vital role in plant development and growth. The pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) gene family is one of the largest gene families in plants. In addition, cold stress affects a broad spectrum of cellular components, e.g. chloroplast, and metabolism in plants. However, the regulatory mechanism for rice PPR genes on chloroplast development still remains elusive under cold stress. RESULT: In this paper, we characterized a new rice PPR gene mutant tcd10 (thermo-sensitive chlorophyll-deficient mutant 10) that exhibits the albino phenotype, malformed chloroplast and could not survive after the 5-leaf stage when grown at 20 °C, but does the normal phenotype at 32 °C...
December 2016: Rice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908578/water-pollution-causes-ultrastructural-and-functional-damages-in-pellia-neesiana-gottsche-limpr
#3
Adriana Basile, Sergio Sorbo, Marco Lentini, Barbara Conte, Sergio Esposito
The aim of this work is to evaluate the effects of freshwater pollution in the heavily contaminated Sarno River (Campania, South Italy), using Pellia neesiana (Pelliaceae Metzgeriales) in order to propose this liverwort as a potential bioindicator, able to record the effects of water pollution, particularly the one related to metal (loid) contamination. Samples of P. neesiana in nylon bags were disposed floating for one week on the waters of Sarno River in three sites characterised by an increasing pollution...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908230/dna-import-into-mitochondria
#4
REVIEW
Yu M Konstantinov, A Dietrich, F Weber-Lotfi, N Ibrahim, E S Klimenko, V I Tarasenko, T A Bolotova, M V Koulintchenko
In recent decades, it has become evident that the condition for normal functioning of mitochondria in higher eukaryotes is the presence of membrane transport systems of macromolecules (proteins and nucleic acids). Natural competence of the mitochondria in plants, animals, and yeasts to actively uptake DNA may be directly related to horizontal gene transfer into these organelles occurring at much higher rate compared to the nuclear and chloroplast genomes. However, in contrast with import of proteins and tRNAs, little is known about the biological role and molecular mechanism underlying import of DNA into eukaryotic mitochondria...
October 2016: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907032/genetic-structure-in-the-northern-range-margins-of-common-ash-fraxinus-excelsior-l
#5
Mari Mette Tollefsrud, Tor Myking, Jørn Henrik Sønstebø, Vaidotas Lygis, Ari Mikko Hietala, Myriam Heuertz
During post glacial colonization, loss of genetic diversity due to leading edge effects may be attenuated in forest trees because of their prolonged juvenile phase, allowing many migrants to reach the colonizing front before populations become reproductive. The northern range margins of temperate tree taxa in Europe are particularly suitable to study the genetic processes that follow colonization because they have been little affected by northern refugia. Here we examined how post glacial range dynamics have shaped the genetic structure of common ash (Fraxinus excelsior L...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905870/transcriptomic-and-proteomic-approach-to-identify-differentially-expressed-genes-and-proteins-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-mutants-lacking-chloroplastic-1-and-cytosolic-fbpases-reveals-several-levels-of-metabolic-regulation
#6
Mauricio Soto-Suárez, Antonio J Serrato, José A Rojas-González, Rocío Bautista, Mariam Sahrawy
BACKGROUND: During the photosynthesis, two isoforms of the fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase (FBPase), the chloroplastidial (cFBP1) and the cytosolic (cyFBP), catalyse the first irreversible step during the conversion of triose phosphates (TP) to starch or sucrose, respectively. Deficiency in cyFBP and cFBP1 isoforms provokes an imbalance of the starch/sucrose ratio, causing a dramatic effect on plant development when the plastidial enzyme is lacking. RESULTS: We study the correlation between the transcriptome and proteome profile in rosettes and roots when cFBP1 or cyFBP genes are disrupted in Arabidopsis thaliana knock-out mutants...
December 1, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904946/chlorophyll-fluorescence-lifetime-imaging-provides-new-insight-into-the-chlorosis-induced-by-plant-virus-infection
#7
Rong Lei, Hongshan Jiang, Fan Hu, Jin Yan, Shuifang Zhu
Leaf chlorosis induced by plant virus infection has a short fluorescence lifetime, which reflects damaged photosynthetic complexes and degraded chloroplasts. Plant viruses often induce chlorosis and necrosis, which are intimately related to photosynthetic functions. Chlorophyll fluorescence lifetime measurement is a valuable noninvasive tool for analyzing photosynthetic processes and is a sensitive indicator of the environment surrounding the fluorescent molecules. In this study, our central goal was to explore the effect of viral infection on photosynthesis by employing chlorophyll fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM), steady-state fluorescence, non-photochemical quenching (NPQ), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and pigment analysis...
November 30, 2016: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903241/abundant-rna-editing-sites-of-chloroplast-protein-coding-genes-in-ginkgo-biloba-and-an-evolutionary-pattern-analysis
#8
Peng He, Sheng Huang, Guanghui Xiao, Yuzhou Zhang, Jianing Yu
BACKGROUND: RNA editing is a posttranscriptional modification process that alters the RNA sequence so that it deviates from the genomic DNA sequence. RNA editing mainly occurs in chloroplasts and mitochondrial genomes, and the number of editing sites varies in terrestrial plants. Why and how RNA editing systems evolved remains a mystery. Ginkgo biloba is one of the oldest seed plants and has an important evolutionary position. Determining the patterns and distribution of RNA editing in the ancient plant provides insights into the evolutionary trend of RNA editing, and helping us to further understand their biological significance...
December 1, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902910/recombinant-hemagglutinin-of-avian-influenza-virus-h5-expressed-in-the-chloroplast-of-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii-and-evaluation-of-its-immunogenicity-in-chickens
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Inkar Castellanos-Huerta, Bernardo Bañuelos-Hernández, Guillermo Téllez, Sergio Rosales-Mendoza, Luis G Brieba, Elizabeth Esquivel-Ramos, Josué I Beltrán-López, Gilberto Velazquez, Isidro Fernandez-Siurob
Globally, avian influenza (AI) is a serious problem in poultry farming. Despite vaccination, the prevalence of AI in México highlights the need for new approaches to control AI and to reduce the economic losses associated with its occurrence in susceptible birds. Recombinant proteins from avian influenza virus (AIV) have been expressed in different organisms, such as plants. The present study investigated the feasibility of designing and expressing the HA protein of AIV in the transplastomic microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as a novel approach for AIV control and taking advantage of culture conditions, its reproductive range, and safe use in consideration of the generally regarded as safe food ingredient regulatory classification...
December 2016: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902727/hybrid-origins-of-citrus-varieties-inferred-from-dna-marker-analysis-of-nuclear-and-organelle-genomes
#10
Tokurou Shimizu, Akira Kitajima, Keisuke Nonaka, Terutaka Yoshioka, Satoshi Ohta, Shingo Goto, Atsushi Toyoda, Asao Fujiyama, Takako Mochizuki, Hideki Nagasaki, Eli Kaminuma, Yasukazu Nakamura
Most indigenous citrus varieties are assumed to be natural hybrids, but their parentage has so far been determined in only a few cases because of their wide genetic diversity and the low transferability of DNA markers. Here we infer the parentage of indigenous citrus varieties using simple sequence repeat and indel markers developed from various citrus genome sequence resources. Parentage tests with 122 known hybrids using the selected DNA markers certify their transferability among those hybrids. Identity tests confirm that most variant strains are selected mutants, but we find four types of kunenbo (Citrus nobilis) and three types of tachibana (Citrus tachibana) for which we suggest different origins...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899929/efficient-identification-of-the-forest-tree-species-in-aceraceae-using-dna-barcodes
#11
Yu-Wei Han, Dong Duan, Xiong-Feng Ma, Yun Jia, Zhan-Lin Liu, Gui-Fang Zhao, Zhong-Hu Li
Aceraceae is a large forest tree family that comprises many economically and ecologically important species. However, because interspecific and/or intraspecific morphological variations result from frequent interspecific hybridization and introgression, it is challenging for non-taxonomists to accurately recognize and identify the tree species in Aceraceae based on a traditional approach. DNA barcoding is a powerful tool that has been proposed to accurately distinguish between species. In this study, we assessed the effectiveness of three core standard markers (matK, rbcL and ITS) plus the chloroplast locus trnS-trnG as Aceraceae barcodes...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899576/the-nuclear-and-organellar-trna-derived-rna-fragment-population-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-is-highly-dynamic
#12
Valérie Cognat, Geoffrey Morelle, Cyrille Megel, Stéphanie Lalande, Jean Molinier, Timothée Vincent, Ian Small, Anne-Marie Duchêne, Laurence Maréchal-Drouard
In the expanding repertoire of small noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs), tRNA-derived RNA fragments (tRFs) have been identified in all domains of life. Their existence in plants has been already proven but no detailed analysis has been performed. Here, short tRFs of 19-26 nucleotides were retrieved from Arabidopsis thaliana small RNA libraries obtained from various tissues, plants submitted to abiotic stress or fractions immunoprecipitated with ARGONAUTE 1 (AGO1). Large differences in the tRF populations of each extract were observed...
November 28, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898825/complete-chloroplast-genome-sequence-of-corroborates-structural-heterogeneity-of-inverted-repeats-in-wild-progenitors-of-cultivated-bananas-and-plantains
#13
Santoshkumar M Shetty, Maria Ulfa Md Shah, Kavyashree Makale, Yusmin Mohd-Yusuf, Norzulaani Khalid, Rofina Yasmin Othman
Complete genome sequencing of cytoplasmically inherited chloroplast DNA provides novel insights into the origins of clonally propagated crops such as banana and plantain ( spp.). This study describes the structural organization of the chloroplast genome of Colla and its phylogenetic relationship with other wild progenitors of the domesticated banana cultivars. The chloroplast genome was sequenced using Illumina HiSeq 2000 platform, followed by a combination of de novo short-read assembly and reference-guided mapping of contigs to generate complete plastome sequence...
July 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898765/transcriptome-assembly-and-comparison-of-an-allotetraploid-weed-species-annual-bluegrass-with-its-two-diploid-progenitor-species-schrad-and-kunth
#14
Shu Chen, J Scott McElroy, Fenny Dane, Leslie R Goertzen
Annual bluegrass ( L.) is one of the most widespread weed species in this world. As a young allotetraploid, has occupied diverse environments from Antarctic area to subtropical regions. To unveil the evolutionary mystery behind 's wide distribution, extensive adaptability and phenotypic plasticity needs collaboration from multiple research scopes from ecology and plant physiology to population genetics and molecular biology. However, the lack of omic data and reference has greatly hampered the study. This is the first comprehensive transcriptome study on species...
March 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898102/a-role-of-the-fuzzy-onions-like-gene-in-regulating-cell-death-and-defense-in-arabidopsis
#15
Arianne Tremblay, Savanna Seabolt, Hongyun Zeng, Chong Zhang, Stefan Böckler, Dominique N Tate, Vy Thuy Duong, Nan Yao, Hua Lu
Programmed cell death (PCD) is critical for development and responses to environmental stimuli in many organisms. FUZZY ONIONS (FZO) proteins in yeast, flies, and mammals are known to affect mitochondrial fusion and function. Arabidopsis FZO-LIKE (FZL) was shown as a chloroplast protein that regulates chloroplast morphology and cell death. We cloned the FZL gene based on the lesion mimic phenotype conferred by an fzl mutation. Here we provide evidence to support that FZL has evolved new function different from its homologs from other organisms...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897248/comprehensive-investigation-of-tobacco-leaves-during-natural-early-senescence-via-multi-platform-metabolomics-analyses
#16
Lili Li, Jieyu Zhao, Yanni Zhao, Xin Lu, Zhihui Zhou, Chunxia Zhao, Guowang Xu
Senescence is the final stage of leaf growth and development. Many different physiological activities occur during this process. A comprehensive metabolomics analysis of tobacco middle leaves at 5 different developmental stages was implemented through multi-platform methods based on liquid chromatography, capillary electrophoresis and gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry. In total, 412 metabolites were identified, including pigments, sterols, lipids, amino acids, polyamines, sugars and secondary metabolites...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896464/a-hypergravity-environment-increases-chloroplast-size-photosynthesis-and-plant-growth-in-the-moss-physcomitrella-patens
#17
Kaori Takemura, Hiroyuki Kamachi, Atsushi Kume, Tomomichi Fujita, Ichirou Karahara, Yuko T Hanba
The physiological and anatomical responses of bryophytes to altered gravity conditions will provide crucial information for estimating how plant physiological traits have evolved to adapt to significant increases in the effects of gravity in land plant history. We quantified changes in plant growth and photosynthesis in the model plant of mosses, Physcomitrella patens, grown under a hypergravity environment for 25 days or 8 weeks using a custom-built centrifuge equipped with a lighting system. This is the first study to examine the response of bryophytes to hypergravity conditions...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895208/diurnal-solar-energy-conversion-and-photoprotection-in-rice-canopies
#18
Katherine Georgina Meacham, Xavier Sirault, W Paul Quick, Susanne von Caemmerer, Robert T Furbank
Genetic improvement of photosynthetic performance of cereal crops and increasing the efficiency with which solar radiation is converted into biomass has recently become a major focus for crop physiologists and breeders. The pulse amplitude modulated chlorophyll fluorescence technique (PAM) allows quantitative leaf level monitoring of the utilization of energy for photochemical light conversion and photo-protection in natural environments, potentially over the entire crop lifecycle. Here the diurnal relationship between electron transport rate (ETR) and irradiance was measured in five cultivars of Oryza sativa in canopy conditions with PAM fluorescence under natural solar radiation...
November 28, 2016: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895124/anionic-phospholipids-and-the-albino3-translocase-activate-srp-receptor-interaction-during-lhcp-targeting
#19
Sowmya Chandrasekar, Shu-Ou Shan
The universally conserved signal recognition particle (SRP) cotranslationally delivers newly synthesized membrane and secretory proteins to the target cellular membrane. The only exception is found in the chloroplast of green plants, where the chloroplast SRP (cpSRP) post-translationally targets light harvesting chlorophyll a/b binding proteins (LHCP) to the thylakoid membrane. The mechanism and regulation of this post-translational mode of targeting by cpSRP remain unclear. Using biochemical and biophysical methods, here we show that anionic phospholipids activate the cpSRP receptor cpFtsY to promote rapid and stable cpSRP54-cpFtsY complex assembly...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895118/co-evolution-of-two-gtpases-enables-efficient-protein-targeting-in-an-rna-less-chloroplast-signal-recognition-particle-pathway
#20
Sowmya Chandrasekar, Michael J Sweredoski, Chang Ho Sohn, Sonja Hess, Shu-Ou Shan
Signal Recognition Particle (SRP) is an essential ribonucleoprotein particle that mediates the co-translational targeting of newly synthesized proteins to cellular membranes. The SRP RNA is a universally conserved component of SRP that mediates key interactions between two GTPases in SRP and its receptor, and thus enables rapid delivery of cargo to the target membrane. Notably, this essential RNA is bypassed in the chloroplast SRP (cpSRP) of green plants. Previously, we showed that the cpSRP and cpSRP receptor GTPases (cpSRP54 and cpFtsY, respectively) could interact efficiently by themselves without the SRP RNA...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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