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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214191/potential-of-different-am-fungi-native-from-as-contaminated-and-uncontaminated-soils-for-supporting-leucaena-leucocephala-growth-in-as-contaminated-soil
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Jerusa Schneider, Jochen Bundschuh, Wesley de Melo Rangel, Luiz Roberto Guimarães Guilherme
Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi inoculation is considered a potential biotechnological tool for an eco-friendly remediation of hazardous contaminants. However, the mechanisms explaining how AM fungi attenuate the phytotoxicity of metal(oid)s, in particular arsenic (As), are still not fully understood. The influence of As on plant growth and the antioxidant system was studied in Leucaena leucocephala plants inoculated with different isolates of AM fungi and exposed to increasing concentrations of As (0, 35, and 75 mg dm(-3)) in a Typic Quartzipsamment soil...
February 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213543/functional-characterization-of-a-28-kb-catabolic-island-from-pseudomonas-sp-m1-involved-in-biotransformation-of-%C3%AE-myrcene-and-related-plant-derived-volatiles
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Pedro Soares-Castro, Pedro Montenegro-Silva, Hermann J Heipieper, Pedro M Santos
Pseudomonas sp. M1 is able to mineralize highly hydrophobic and recalcitrant compounds such as benzene, phenol and their methylated/halogenated derivatives, as well as the backbone of several monoterpenes. The ability to use such spectrum of compounds as sole carbon source is, most probably, associated with a genetic background evolved under different environmental constraints. The outstanding performance of M1 strain regarding β-myrcene catabolism was elucidated in this work, with focus on the biocatalytical potential of β-myrcene-associated core-code, comprised in a 28-kb genomic island (GI), predicted to be organized in 8 transcriptional units...
February 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212295/short-chain-chitin-oligomers-promoters-of-plant-growth
#3
Alexander J Winkler, Jose Alfonso Dominguez-Nuñez, Inmaculada Aranaz, César Poza-Carrión, Katrina Ramonell, Shauna Somerville, Marta Berrocal-Lobo
Chitin is the second most abundant biopolymer in nature after cellulose, and it forms an integral part of insect exoskeletons, crustacean shells, krill and the cell walls of fungal spores, where it is present as a high-molecular-weight molecule. In this study, we showed that a chitin oligosaccharide of lower molecular weight (tetramer) induced genes in Arabidopsis that are principally related to vegetative growth, development and carbon and nitrogen metabolism. Based on plant responses to this chitin tetramer, a low-molecular-weight chitin mix (CHL) enriched to 92% with dimers (2mer), trimers (3mer) and tetramers (4mer) was produced for potential use in biotechnological processes...
February 15, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204885/de-bugging-and-maximizing-plant-cytochrome-p450-production-in-escherichia-coli-with-c-terminal-gfp-fusions
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Ulla Christensen, Dario Vazquez-Albacete, Karina M Søgaard, Tonja Hobel, Morten T Nielsen, Scott James Harrison, Anders Holmgaard Hansen, Birger Lindberg Møller, Susanna Seppälä, Morten H H Nørholm
Cytochromes P450 (CYP) are attractive enzyme targets in biotechnology as they catalyze stereospecific C-hydroxylations of complex core skeletons at positions that typically are difficult to access by chemical synthesis. Membrane bound CYPs are involved in nearly all plant pathways leading to the formation of high-value compounds. In the present study, we systematically maximize the heterologous expression of six different plant-derived CYP genes in Escherichia coli, using a workflow based on C-terminal fusions to the green fluorescent protein...
February 15, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199444/new-biotechnological-tools-to-accelerate-scab-resistance-trait-transfer-to-apple
#5
Roberta Cusin, Luís Fernando Revers, Felipe Dos Santos Maraschin
Apple is a fruit crop cultivated worldwide. Apple orchards are exposed to a diverse set of environmental and biological factors that affect the productivity and sustainability of the culture. Many of the efforts and costs for apple production rely on reducing the incidence of fungal diseases, and one of the main diseases is apple scab caused by the fungus Venturia inaequalis. The economic impact of scab on apple productivity has guided many breeding programs to search for cultivars resistant to apple scab. Introgression from wild relatives has been successful to some extent, and genetic engineering for resistant cultivars has even been employed...
February 13, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198506/inhibition-of-mitochondrial-calcium-uptake-1-in-drosophila-neurons
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P G M'Angale, B E Staveley
The mitochondrial calcium uptake 1 (MICU1) is a regulatory subunit of the mitochondrial calcium uniporter that plays an important role in calcium sensing. It contains two EF-hand domains that are well conserved across diverse species from protozoa to plants and metazoans. The loss of MICU1 function in mammals is attributed to several neurological disorders that involve movement dysfunction. The CG4495 gene in Drosophila melanogaster was identified as a putative homolog of MICU1 in the HomoloGene database of the National Centre for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)...
February 8, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197691/the-medicinal-and-pharmaceutical-importance-of-dendrobium-species
#7
REVIEW
Jaime A Teixeira da Silva, Tzi Bun Ng
Plants of the Dendrobium genus, one of the largest in the Orchidaceae, manifest a diversity of medicinal effects encompassing antiangiogenic, immunomodulating, antidiabetic, cataractogenesis-inhibiting, neuroprotective, hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, antiplatelet aggregation, antifungal, antibacterial, antiherpetic, antimalarial, aquaporin-5 stimulating, and hemagglutininating activities and also exert beneficial actions on colonic health and alleviate symptoms of hyperthyroidism. The active principles include a wide range of proteinaceous and non-proteinaceous molecules...
February 14, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196534/comparative-genomics-reveals-high-biological-diversity-and-specific-adaptations-in-the-industrially-and-medically-important-fungal-genus-aspergillus
#8
Ronald P de Vries, Robert Riley, Ad Wiebenga, Guillermo Aguilar-Osorio, Sotiris Amillis, Cristiane Akemi Uchima, Gregor Anderluh, Mojtaba Asadollahi, Marion Askin, Kerrie Barry, Evy Battaglia, Özgür Bayram, Tiziano Benocci, Susanna A Braus-Stromeyer, Camila Caldana, David Cánovas, Gustavo C Cerqueira, Fusheng Chen, Wanping Chen, Cindy Choi, Alicia Clum, Renato Augusto Corrêa Dos Santos, André Ricardo de Lima Damásio, George Diallinas, Tamás Emri, Erzsébet Fekete, Michel Flipphi, Susanne Freyberg, Antonia Gallo, Christos Gournas, Rob Habgood, Matthieu Hainaut, María Laura Harispe, Bernard Henrissat, Kristiina S Hildén, Ryan Hope, Abeer Hossain, Eugenia Karabika, Levente Karaffa, Zsolt Karányi, Nada Kraševec, Alan Kuo, Harald Kusch, Kurt LaButti, Ellen L Lagendijk, Alla Lapidus, Anthony Levasseur, Erika Lindquist, Anna Lipzen, Antonio F Logrieco, Andrew MacCabe, Miia R Mäkelä, Iran Malavazi, Petter Melin, Vera Meyer, Natalia Mielnichuk, Márton Miskei, Ákos P Molnár, Giuseppina Mulé, Chew Yee Ngan, Margarita Orejas, Erzsébet Orosz, Jean Paul Ouedraogo, Karin M Overkamp, Hee-Soo Park, Giancarlo Perrone, Francois Piumi, Peter J Punt, Arthur F J Ram, Ana Ramón, Stefan Rauscher, Eric Record, Diego Mauricio Riaño-Pachón, Vincent Robert, Julian Röhrig, Roberto Ruller, Asaf Salamov, Nadhira S Salih, Rob A Samson, Erzsébet Sándor, Manuel Sanguinetti, Tabea Schütze, Kristina Sepčić, Ekaterina Shelest, Gavin Sherlock, Vicky Sophianopoulou, Fabio M Squina, Hui Sun, Antonia Susca, Richard B Todd, Adrian Tsang, Shiela E Unkles, Nathalie van de Wiele, Diana van Rossen-Uffink, Juliana Velasco de Castro Oliveira, Tammi C Vesth, Jaap Visser, Jae-Hyuk Yu, Miaomiao Zhou, Mikael R Andersen, David B Archer, Scott E Baker, Isabelle Benoit, Axel A Brakhage, Gerhard H Braus, Reinhard Fischer, Jens C Frisvad, Gustavo H Goldman, Jos Houbraken, Berl Oakley, István Pócsi, Claudio Scazzocchio, Bernhard Seiboth, Patricia A vanKuyk, Jennifer Wortman, Paul S Dyer, Igor V Grigoriev
BACKGROUND: The fungal genus Aspergillus is of critical importance to humankind. Species include those with industrial applications, important pathogens of humans, animals and crops, a source of potent carcinogenic contaminants of food, and an important genetic model. The genome sequences of eight aspergilli have already been explored to investigate aspects of fungal biology, raising questions about evolution and specialization within this genus. RESULTS: We have generated genome sequences for ten novel, highly diverse Aspergillus species and compared these in detail to sister and more distant genera...
February 14, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188936/cultivation-of-podospora-anserina-on-soybean-hulls-results-in-an-efficient-enzyme-cocktail-for-plant-biomass-hydrolysis
#9
Miia R Mäkelä, Ourdia Bouzid, Diogo Robl, Harm Post, Mao Peng, Albert Heck, Maarten Altelaar, Ronald P de Vries
The coprophilic ascomycete fungus Podospora anserina was cultivated on three different plant biomasses, i.e. cotton seed hulls (CSH), soybean hulls (SBH) and acid-pretreated wheat straw (WS) for four days, and the potential of the produced enzyme mixtures was compared in the enzymatic saccharification of the corresponding lignocellulose feedstocks. The enzyme cocktail P. anserina produced after three days of growth on SBH showed superior capacity to release reducing sugars from all tested plant biomass feedstocks compared to the enzyme mixtures from CSH and WS cultures...
February 7, 2017: New Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185031/structural-and-functional-characteristics-of-plant-proteinase-inhibitor-ii-pi-ii-family
#10
REVIEW
Shazia Rehman, Ejaz Aziz, Wasim Akhtar, Muhammad Ilyas, Tariq Mahmood
Plant proteinase inhibitor-II (PI-II) proteins are one of the promising defensive proteins that helped the plants to resist against different kinds of unfavorable conditions. Different roles for PI-II have been suggested such as regulation of endogenous proteases, modulation of plant growth and developmental processes and mediating stress responses. The basic knowledge on genetic and molecular diversity of these proteins has provided significant insight into their gene structure and evolutionary relationships in various members of this family...
February 9, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183264/ellagitannins-bioavailability-purification-and-biotechnological-degradation
#11
Pedro Aguilar-Zárate, Jorge E Wong-Paz, Juan J Buenrostro-Figueroa, Juan A Ascacio, Juan C Contreras-Esquivel, Cristóbal N Aguilar
The ellagitannins are a group of phenolic compounds with biological activities. The ellagic acid is the product obtained from hydrolysis of ellagitannins. Information related to the biosynthesis of ellagitannins still been scarce and confused. The ellagitannins are obtained from plants and their purification process implies mainly the use of chromatographic techniques. The ellagitannin acyl hydrolase (EAH) also known as ellagitannase is an enzyme capable to hydrolyze the ester bonds of ellagitannins and the consequent releasing of ellagic acid...
February 8, 2017: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174082/%C3%AE-propeller-phytases-diversity-catalytic-attributes-current-developments-and-potential-biotechnological-applications
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REVIEW
Vinod Kumar, Ajar Nath Yadav, Priyanka Verma, Punesh Sangwan, Abhishake Saxena, Krishan Kumar, Bijender Singh
Phytases are phosphatases which stepwise remove phosphates from phytic acid or its salts. β-Propeller phytase (BPPhy) belongs to a special class of microbial phytases that is regarded as most diverse, isolated and characterized from different microbes, mainly from Bacillus spp. BPPhy class is unique for its Ca(2+)-dependent catalytic activity, strict substrate specificity, active at neutral to alkaline pH and high thermostability. Numerous sequence and structure based studies have revealed unique attributes and catalytic properties of this class, as compared to other classes of phytases...
February 4, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163712/seedusoon-a-new-software-program-to-improve-seed-stock-management-and-plant-line-exchanges-between-research-laboratories
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Céline Charavay, Stéphane Segard, Nathalie Pochon, Laurent Nussaume, Hélène Javot
Plant research is supported by an ever-growing collection of mutant or transgenic lines. In the past, a typical basic research laboratory would focus on only a few plant lines that were carefully isolated from collections of lines containing random mutations. The subsequent technological breakthrough in high-throughput sequencing, combined with novel and highly efficient mutagenesis techniques (including site-directed mutagenesis), has led to a recent exponential growth in plant line collections used by individual researchers...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161639/green-synthesis-of-gold-nanoparticles-reduced-and-stabilized-by-sodium-glutamate-and-sodium-dodecyl-sulfate
#14
Gil Felicisimo S Cabrera, Michelle M Balbin, Paul John G Eugenio, Charleo S Zapanta, Juvy J Monserate, Joel R Salazar, Claro N Mingala
The Turkevich method has been used for many years in the synthesis of gold nanoparticles. Lately, the use of plant extracts and amino acids has been reported, which is valuable in the field of biotechnology and biomedicine. The AuNPs was synthesized from the reduction of HAuCl4 3H2O by sodium glutamate and stabilized with sodium dodecyl sulfate. The optimum concentrations for sodium glutamate and sodium dodecyl sulfate in the synthesis process were determined. The characteristics of the synthesized AuNPs was analysed through UV-Vis Spectroscopy and SEM...
February 1, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159788/revisiting-the-regulation-of-the-primary-scaffoldin-gene-in-clostridium-thermocellum
#15
Lizett Ortiz de Ora, Iván Muñoz-Gutiérrez, Edward A Bayer, Yuval Shoham, Raphael Lamed, Ilya Borovok
: Cellulosomes are considered to be one of the most efficient systems for degradation of plant cell-wall polysaccharides. The central cellulosome component comprises a large, noncatalytic, protein subunit called scaffoldin. Multiple saccharolytic enzymes are incorporated into the scaffoldins via specific high-affinity cohesin-dockerin interactions. Recently, the regulation of genes encoding certain cellulosomal components by multiple RNA polymerase alternative σ(I) factors has been demonstrated in Clostridium (Ruminiclostridium) thermocellum In the present report, we provide experimental evidence demonstrating that the C...
February 3, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159623/synthetic-biology-era-improving-antibiotic%C3%AC-s-world
#16
REVIEW
Silvia Guzmán-Trampe, Corina D Ceapa, Monserrat Manzo-Ruiz, Sergio Sánchez
The emergence of antibiotic-resistant pathogen microorganisms is a problematic in the context of the current spectrum of available medication. The poor specificity and the high toxicity of some available molecules has made imperative the search for new strategies to improve the specificity and to pursue the discovery of novel compounds with increased bioactivity. Using living cells as platforms, synthetic biology has counteracted this problem by offering novel pathways to create synthetic systems with improved and desired functions...
January 31, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155810/fungal-enzymes-and-yeasts-for-conversion-of-plant-biomass-to-bioenergy-and-high-value-products
#17
Lene Lange
Fungi and fungal enzymes play important roles in the new bioeconomy. Enzymes from filamentous fungi can unlock the potential of recalcitrant lignocellulose structures of plant cell walls as a new resource, and fungi such as yeast can produce bioethanol from the sugars released after enzyme treatment. Such processes reflect inherent characteristics of the fungal way of life, namely, that fungi as heterotrophic organisms must break down complex carbon structures of organic materials to satisfy their need for carbon and nitrogen for growth and reproduction...
January 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153766/complete-genome-sequence-of-serratia-sp-yd25-kctc-42987-presenting-strong-antagonistic-activities-to-various-pathogenic-fungi-and-bacteria
#18
Chun Su, Yibo Liu, Yan Sun, Zhi Li
Serratia sp. YD25 (KCTC 42987) was originally isolated from rhizosphere soil in a continuous cropping tobacco-planting farm. Here, we show that its metabolites efficiently suppress the growth of various important pathogenic fungi and bacteria, causing infection in both plants and humans. In addition, Serratia sp. YD25 has a special trait of simultaneous production of both serrawettin W2 and prodigiosin, two important bioactive secondary metabolites produced by Serratia strains. Such co-production has not been reported in other Serratia strains...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145566/optimization-of-a-biotechnological-multiproduct-batch-plant-design-for-the-manufacture-of-four-different-products-a-real-case-scenario
#19
G Sandoval, D Espinoza, N Figueroa, J A Asenjo
In this work a biotechnological multiproduct batch plant that manufactures four different recombinant proteins for human application is described in some detail. This batch plant design is then optimized with regards to the size of equipment using a mixed-integer linear programming (MILP) formulation recently developed by us in order to find a hypothetical new biotechnological batch plant based on the information of real known processes for the production of the four recombinant protein products. The real plant was divided for practical purposes into 2 sub-processes or facilities: a fermentation facility and a purification facility...
February 1, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28145473/enhanced-performance-of-the-microalga-chlorella-sorokiniana-remotely-induced-by-the-plant-growth-promoting-bacteria-azospirillum-brasilense-and-bacillus-pumilus
#20
Edgar Amavizca, Yoav Bashan, Choong-Min Ryu, Mohamed A Farag, Brad M Bebout, Luz E de-Bashan
Remote effects (occurring without physical contact) of two plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB) Azospirillum brasilense Cd and Bacilus pumilus ES4 on growth of the green microalga Chlorella sorokiniana UTEX 2714 were studied. The two PGPB remotely enhanced the growth of the microalga, up to six-fold, and its cell volume by about three-fold. In addition to phenotypic changes, both bacteria remotely induced increases in the amounts of total lipids, total carbohydrates, and chlorophyll a in the cells of the microalga, indicating an alteration of the microalga's physiology...
February 1, 2017: Scientific Reports
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