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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721563/terrestrial-adaptation-of-green-algae-klebsormidium-and-zygnema-charophyta-involves-diversity-in-photosynthetic-traits-but-not-in-co2-acquisition
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Mattia Pierangelini, David Ryšánek, Ingeborg Lang, Wolfram Adlassnig, Andreas Holzinger
The basal streptophyte Klebsormidium and the advanced Zygnema show adaptation to terrestrialization. Differences are found in photoprotection and resistance to short-term light changes, but not in CO 2 acquisition. Streptophyte green algae colonized land about 450-500 million years ago giving origin to terrestrial plants. We aim to understand how their physiological adaptations are linked to the ecological conditions (light, water and CO2) characterizing modern terrestrial habitats. A new Klebsormidium isolate from a strongly acidic environment of a former copper mine (Schwarzwand, Austria) is investigated, in comparison to Klebsormidium cf...
July 18, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719873/characteristics-of-electron-transport-chain-and-affecting-factors-for-thiosulfate-driven-perchlorate-reduction
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Chao Zhang, Jianbo Guo, Jing Lian, Caicai Lu, Huu Hao Ngo, Wenshan Guo, Yuanyuan Song, Yankai Guo
The mechanism for perchlorate reduction was investigated using thiosulfate-driven (T-driven) perchlorate reduction bacteria. The influences of various environmental conditions on perchlorate reduction, including pH, temperature and electron acceptors were examined. The maximum perchlorate removal rate was observed at pH 7.5 and 40 °C. Perchlorate reduction was delayed due to the coexistence of perchlorate-chlorate and perchlorate-nitrate. The mechanism of the T-driven perchlorate reduction electron transport chain (ETC) was also investigated by utilizing different inhibitors...
July 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719750/electrostatic-interaction-assisted-construction-of-3d-networks-of-manganese-dioxide-nanosheets-for-flexible-high-performance-solid-state-asymmetric-supercapacitors
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Na Liu, Yan Li Su, Zhiqiang Wang, Zhen Wang, Jinsong Xia, Yong Chen, Zhigang Zhao, Qingwen Li, Fengxia Geng
A three-dimensional (3D) macroscopic network of manganese oxide MnO2 sheets was firstly synthesized by an easily scalable solution approach, grafting the negatively charged surfaces of the MnO2 sheets with an aniline monomer by electrostatic interactions followed by a quick chemical oxidizing polymerization reaction. The obtained structure possessed MnO2 sheets interconnected with polyaniline chains, producing a 3D monolith rich of mesopores. The MnO2 sheets had almost all their reactive centers exposed on the electrode surface, combining with the electron transport highways provided by polyaniline and the shortened diffusion paths provided by the porous structure, the deliberately designed electrode achieved excellent capacitance of 762 F g-1 at a current of 1 A g-1 and cycling performance with a capacity retention of 90% over 8000 cycles...
July 18, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719387/pediatric-mitochondrial-diseases-and-the-heart
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Gregory M Enns
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Mitochondrial disorders are an increasingly recognized cause of heart dysfunction, with the primary manifestations being cardiomyopathy and conduction defects. This review focuses on the complex genetics of mitochondrial disease and recently discovered conditions that affect mitochondrial function. RECENT FINDINGS: Next-generation sequencing techniques, especially whole-exome sequencing, have led to the discovery of a number of conditions that cause mitochondrial dysfunction and subsequent cardiac abnormalities...
July 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713408/transcriptome-analyses-shed-new-insights-into-primary-metabolism-and-regulation-of-blumeria-graminis-f-sp-tritici-during-conidiation
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Fan-Song Zeng, Fabrizio Menardo, Min-Feng Xue, Xue-Jiang Zhang, Shuang-Jun Gong, Li-Jun Yang, Wen-Qi Shi, Da-Zhao Yu
Conidia of the obligate biotrophic fungal pathogen Blumeria graminis f. sp. tritici (Bgt) play a vital role in its survival and rapid dispersal. However, little is known about the genetic basis for its asexual reproduction. To uncover the primary metabolic and regulatory events during conidiation, we sequenced the transcriptome of Bgt epiphytic structures at 3 (vegetative hyphae growth), 4 (foot cells initiation), and 5 (conidiophore erection) days post-inoculation (dpi). RNA-seq analyses identified 556 and 404 (combined 685) differentially expressed genes (DEGs) at 4 and 5 dpi compared with their expression levels at 3 dpi, respectively...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710464/analysis-of-mitochondrial-organization-and-function-in-the-drosophila-blastoderm-embryo
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Sayali Chowdhary, Darshika Tomer, Dnyanesh Dubal, Devashree Sambre, Richa Rikhy
Mitochondria are inherited maternally as globular and immature organelles in metazoan embryos. We have used the Drosophila blastoderm embryo to characterize their morphology, distribution and functions in embryogenesis. We find that mitochondria are relatively small, dispersed and distinctly distributed along the apico-basal axis in proximity to microtubules by motor protein transport. Live imaging, photobleaching and photoactivation analyses of mitochondrially targeted GFP show that they are mobile in the apico-basal axis along microtubules and are immobile in the lateral plane thereby associating with one syncytial cell...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710385/electron-transfer-chain-in-respiratory-complex-i
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Daniel R Martin, Dmitry V Matyushov
Complex I is a part of the respiration energy chain converting the redox energy into the cross-membrane proton gradient. The electron-transfer chain of iron-sulfur cofactors within the water-soluble peripheral part of the complex is responsible for the delivery of electrons to the proton pumping subunit. The protein is porous to water penetration and the hydration level of the cofactors changes when the electron is transferred along the chain. High reaction barriers and trapping of the electrons at the iron-sulfur cofactors are prevented by the combination of intense electrostatic noise produced by the protein-water interface with the high density of quantum states in the iron-sulfur clusters caused by spin interactions between paramagnetic iron atoms...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710268/physiological-evidence-for-isopotential-tunneling-in-the-electron-transport-chain-of-methane-producing-archaea
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Nikolas Duszenko, Nicole R Buan
Many, but not all, organisms use quinones to conserve energy in their electron transport chains. Fermentative bacteria and methane-producing archaea (methanogens) do not produce quinones but have devised other ways to generate ATP. Methanophenazine (MPh) is a unique membrane electron carrier found in Methanosarcina species that plays the same role as quinones in the electron transport chain. To extend the analogy between quinones and MPh, we compared the MPh pool sizes between two well-studied Methanosarcina species, Methanosarcina acetivorans C2A and Methanosarcina barkeri Fusaro to the quinone pools sizes in the bacterium, Escherichia coli We found the quantity of MPh per cell increases as cultures transition from exponential growth to stationary phase, and absolute quantities of MPh were 3-fold higher in M...
July 14, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710132/autophagy-deficiency-compromises-alternative-pathways-of-respiration-following-energy-deprivation
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Jessica As Barros, João Henrique F Cavalcanti, David B Medeiros, Adriano Nunes-Nesi, Tamar Avin-Wittenberg, Alisdair R Fernie, Wagner Araujo
Under heterotrophic conditions carbohydrate oxidation inside the mitochondria is the primary energy source for cellular metabolism. However, during energy-limited conditions, alternative substrates are required to support respiration. Amino acid oxidation in plant cells plays a key role in this by generating electrons that can be transferred to the mitochondrial electron transport chain via the electron transfer flavoprotein/ubiquinone oxidoreductase system. Autophagy, a catabolic mechanism for macromolecule and protein recycling, allows the maintenance of amino acid pools and nutrient remobilization...
July 14, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702790/heavy-metal-induced-oxidative-stress-on-seed-germination-and-seedling-development-a-critical-review
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Mihiri Seneviratne, Nishanta Rajakaruna, Muhammad Rizwan, H M S P Madawala, Yong Sik Ok, Meththika Vithanage
Heavy metal contamination in soils can influence plants and animals, often leading to toxicosis. Heavy metals can impact various biochemical processes in plants, including enzyme and antioxidant production, protein mobilization and photosynthesis. Hydrolyzing enzymes play a major role in seed germination. Enzymes such as acid phosphatases, proteases and α-amylases are known to facilitate both seed germination and seedling growth via mobilizing nutrients in the endosperm. In the presence of heavy metals, starch is immobilized and nutrient sources become limited...
July 12, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701960/role-of-mitochondrial-reverse-electron-transport-in-ros-signaling-potential-roles-in-health-and-disease
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REVIEW
Filippo Scialò, Daniel J Fernández-Ayala, Alberto Sanz
Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) can cause oxidative damage and have been proposed to be the main cause of aging and age-related diseases including cancer, diabetes and Parkinson's disease. Accordingly, mitochondria from old individuals have higher levels of ROS. However, ROS also participate in cellular signaling, are instrumental for several physiological processes and boosting ROS levels in model organisms extends lifespan. The current consensus is that low levels of ROS are beneficial, facilitating adaptation to stress via signaling, whereas high levels of ROS are deleterious because they trigger oxidative stress...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700951/diabetic-retinopathy-metabolic-memory-and-epigenetic-modifications
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Renu A Kowluru
Retinopathy, a sight-threatening disease, remains one of the most feared complications of diabetes. Although hyperglycemia is the main initiator progression of diabetic retinopathy continues even after re-institution of normal glycemic control in diabetic patients, and the deleterious effects of prior hyperglycemic insult depend on the duration and the severity of this insult, suggesting a 'metabolic memory' phenomenon. Metabolic memory phenomenon is successfully duplicated in the experimental models of diabetic retinopathy...
July 9, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696140/regulatory-roles-of-24-epibrassinolide-in-tolerance-of-acacia-gerrardii-benth-to-salt-stress
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Elsayed Fathi Abd Allah, A A Alqarawi, Abeer Hashem, Stephan Wirth, Dilfuza Egamberdieva
This experiment aimed to investigate the role of 24-epibrassinolide (EBL) against NaCl-induced salinity stress in Acacia gerrardii Benth. NaCl (200 mM) imparted deleterious effects on the growth and chlorophyll contents of A. gerrardii, but foliar application of EBL (1.0 mg/l; each plant received 2.5 ml) mitigated the negative effect considerably. NaCl reduced chlorophyll content but this was significantly ameliorated by the application of EBL. EBL reduced significantly NaCl-induced oxidative stress hence protect membranes and also improved the relative water content significantly by 6...
July 11, 2017: Bioengineered
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695818/progress-in-molecular-genetic-study-of-mitochondrial-cardiomyopathy
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Ruiqi Zhuge, Rong Zhou, Xinhai Ni
Mitochondria plays a key role in providing ATP for the energy-consuming cardiac tissues. Mitochondrial cardiomyopathy is a myocardial condition characterized by abnormal heart structure and/or function secondary to genetic defects involving the mitochondrial respiratory chain. The typical cardiac manifestations of mitochondrial cardiomyopathy include hypertrophic and dilated cardiomyopathy,while left ventricular myocardial noncompaction is less common. Recent research has suggested that most mitochondrial diseases result from mitochondrial DNA mutation,which can be found in genes that encode ancillary proteins needed for genetic transcription (tRNA),in genes that encode subunits of the electron transport chain complexes,or in genes that control the activities of the mitochondria called D-loop zone...
June 20, 2017: Zhongguo Yi Xue Ke Xue Yuan Xue Bao. Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinicae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693220/remodeling-of-energy-metabolism-by-a-ketone-body-and-medium-chain-fatty-acid-suppressed-the-proliferation-of-ct26-mouse-colon-cancer-cells
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Yui Kadochi, Shiori Mori, Rina Fujiwara-Tani, Yi Luo, Yukiko Nishiguchi, Shingo Kishi, Kiyomu Fujii, Hitoshi Ohmori, Hiroki Kuniyasu
Normal and cancerous cells are suggested to have differential utilization of fatty acids and ketone bodies, which could be exploited in cancer therapy. The present study examined the effect of 3-hydroxybutyric acid (3-HBA), which is a ketone body generating acetyl-CoA, and lauric acid (LAA, C12:0), which is a medium-chain saturated fatty acid translocated to mitochondria in a carnitine-independent manner to produce acetyl-CoA, on the energy metabolism of mouse CT26 colon cancer cells. In CT26 cells expressing 3-HBA and LAA transporters, 3-HBA and LAA reduced cell proliferation, mitochondrial volume and lactate production, and increased oxidative stress, particularly in low-glucose conditions...
July 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689066/roles-of-a-mitochondrial-accsco2-gene-from-apis-cerana-cerana-in-oxidative-stress-responses
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Haihong Jia, Manli Ma, Na Zhai, Zhenguo Liu, Hongfang Wang, Xingqi Guo, Baohua Xu
In eukaryotes, cytochrome c oxidase (COX) is a multimeric protein complex that is the last enzyme in the respiratory electron transport chain of mitochondria. Syntheses of cytochrome c oxidase (SCO) proteins are copper-donor chaperones involved in metalation of the CuA redox center of COX. However, its other precise actions are not yet understood. Here, we report the characterization of AccSCO2 from Apis cerana cerana (Acc). Our data showed that AccSCO2 expression was induced by cold (4°C), CdCl2, HgCl2, ultraviolet (UV) light, and H2O2 and was inhibited by different pesticide treatments...
July 2, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686269/iron-homeostasis-in-plants-a-brief-overview
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James M Connorton, Janneke Balk, Jorge Rodríguez-Celma
Iron plays a crucial role in biochemistry and is an essential micronutrient for plants and humans alike. Although plentiful in the Earth's crust it is not usually found in a form readily accessible for plants to use. They must therefore sense and interact with their environment, and have evolved two different molecular strategies to take up iron in the root. Once inside, iron is complexed with chelators and distributed to sink tissues where it is used predominantly in the production of enzyme cofactors or components of electron transport chains...
July 19, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686247/dna-surfactant-complexes-self-assembly-properties-and-applications
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REVIEW
Kai Liu, Lifei Zheng, Chao Ma, Robert Göstl, Andreas Herrmann
Over the last few years, DNA-surfactant complexes have gained traction as unique and powerful materials for potential applications ranging from optoelectronics to biomedicine because they self-assemble with outstanding flexibility spanning packing modes from ordered lamellar, hexagonal and cubic structures to disordered isotropic phases. These materials consist of a DNA backbone from which the surfactants protrude as non-covalently bound side chains. Their formation is electrostatically driven and they form bulk films, lyotropic as well as thermotropic liquid crystals and hydrogels...
July 7, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681983/compensatory-increases-in-markers-of-mitochondrial-dynamics-proteins-during-aging-are-adaptable-to-physical-activity
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Paula M Miotto, Pierre-Andre Barbeau, Stuart Brownell
In most tissues of the human body, mitochondria play a key role in providing energy to support cellular and mechanical processes. In this regard, electrons are transferred through complexes I-IV of the electron transport chain (ETC), and the free energy released is used to generate an electrochemical gradient by pumping protons across the inner mitochondrial membrane. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
July 6, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678501/probing-intermolecular-electron-delocalization-in-dimer-radical-anions-by-vibrational-spectroscopy
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Tomoyasu Mani, David C Grills
Delocalization of charges is one of the factors controlling charge transport in conjugated molecules. It is considered to play an important role in the performance of a wide range of molecular technologies, including organic solar cells and organic electronics. Dimerization reactions are well-suited as a model to investigate intermolecular spatial delocalization of charges. While dimerization reactions of radical cations are well investigated, studies on radical anions are still scarce. Upon dimerization of radical anions with neutral counterparts, an electron is considered to delocalize over the two molecules...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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