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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918494/betaine-in-the-brain-characterization-of-betaine-uptake-its-influence-on-other-osmolytes-and-its-potential-role-in-neuroprotection-from-osmotic-stress
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Leena S Knight, Quinn Piibe, Ian Lambie, Christopher Perkins, Paul H Yancey
Betaine (N-trimethylglycine), a common osmolyte, has received attention because of the number of clinical reports associating betaine supplementation with improved cognition, neuroprotection and exercise physiology. However, tissue analyses report little accumulation of betaine in brain tissue despite the presence of betaine/GABA transporters (BGT1) at the blood brain barrier and in nervous tissue, calling into question whether betaine influences neuronal function directly or indirectly. Therefore, the focus of this study was to determine what capacity nervous tissue has to accumulate betaine, specifically in the hippocampus, a region of the brain associated with learning and memory and one that is particularly susceptible to damage (e...
September 16, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918244/determinants-and-regulation-of-protein-turnover-in-yeast
#2
Miguel Martin-Perez, Judit Villén
Protein turnover maintains the recycling needs of the proteome, and its malfunction has been linked to aging and age-related diseases. However, not all proteins turnover equally, and the factors that contribute to accelerate or slow down turnover are mostly unknown. We measured turnover rates for 3,160 proteins in exponentially growing yeast and analyzed their dependence on physical, functional, and genetic properties. We found that functional characteristics, including protein localization, complex membership, and connectivity, have greater effect on turnover than sequence elements...
September 13, 2017: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917999/the-two-component-response-regulator-vdskn7-plays-key-roles-in-microsclerotial-development-stress-resistance-and-virulence-of-verticillium-dahliae
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Chen Tang, Dianguang Xiong, Yulin Fang, Chengming Tian, Yonglin Wang
The fungus Verticillium dahliae causes vascular wilt disease on various plant species resulting in devastating yield losses worldwide. The capacity of V. dahliae to colonize in host plant xylem and disseminate by microsclerotia has led to studies to evaluate genes associated with pathogenesis and microsclerotia formation. Here, we identified and characterized a V. dahliae homolog to Skn7, a two-component stress response regulator of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Results showed that melanized microsclerotia formation and conidiation were significantly inhibited in the VdSkn7 deletion mutants...
September 13, 2017: Fungal Genetics and Biology: FG & B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917945/toxic-responses-of-perna-viridis-hepatopancreas-exposed-to-ddt-benzo-a-pyrene-and-their-mixture-uncovered-by-itraq-based-proteomics-and-nmr-based-metabolomics
#4
Qinqin Song, Hailong Zhou, Qian Han, Xiaoping Diao
Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and benzo(a)pyrene (BaP) are environmental estrogens (EEs) that are ubiquitous in the marine environment. In the present study, we integrated isobaric tags for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ)-based proteomic and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)-based metabolomic approaches to explore the toxic responses of green mussel hepatopancreas exposed to DDT (10μg/L), BaP (10μg/L) and their mixture. The metabolic responses indicated that BaP primarily disturbed energy metabolism and osmotic regulation in the hepatopancreas of the male green mussel P...
September 11, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917144/silicon-improves-seed-germination-and-alleviates-drought-stress-in-lentil-crops-by-regulating-osmolytes-hydrolytic-enzymes-and-antioxidant-defense-system
#5
Sajitha Biju, Sigfredo Fuentes, Dorin Gupta
Silicon (Si) has been widely reported to have beneficial effect on mitigating drought stress in plants. However, the effect of Si on seed germination under drought conditions is still poorly understood. This research was carried out to ascertain the role of Si to abate polyethylene glycol-6000 mediated drought stress on seed germination and seedling growth of lentil. Results showed that drought stress significantly decreased the seed germination traits and increased the concentration of osmolytes (proline, glycine betaine and soluble sugars), reactive oxygen species (hydrogen peroxide and superoxide anion) and lipid peroxides in lentil seedlings...
September 5, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915568/hyperosmotic-stress-stimulates-autophagy-via-polycystin-2
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Daniel Peña-Oyarzun, Rodrigo Troncoso, Catalina Kretschmar, Cecilia Hernando, Mauricio Budini, Eugenia Morselli, Sergio Lavandero, Alfredo Criollo
Various intracellular mechanisms are activated in response to stress, leading to adaptation or death. Autophagy, an intracellular process that promotes lysosomal degradation of proteins, is an adaptive response to several types of stress. Osmotic stress occurs under both physiological and pathological conditions, provoking mechanical stress and activating various osmoadaptive mechanisms. Polycystin-2 (PC2), a membrane protein of the polycystin family, is a mechanical sensor capable of activating the cell signaling pathways required for cell adaptation and survival...
August 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915415/transcriptomic-analysis-of-the-hepatopancreas-induced-by-eyestalk-ablation-in-shrimp-litopenaeus-vannamei
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Ji-Hyun Lee, Indyaswan T Suryaningtyas, Tae-Ho Yoon, Jeong Min Shim, Hyun Park, Hyun-Woo Kim
Although eyestalk ablation (ESA) is currently considered the most effective method to facilitate molting and maturation, its physiological responses are still not clearly explained in decapod crustaceans. In this study, we analyzed the hepatopancreatic transcriptomes of Litopenaeus vannamei after ESA using the Illumina Miseq platform. After screening 53,029 contigs with high cutoff values (fold change>|10|; P-value<0.05; RPKM>1), we were able to identify 105 differentially expressed genes (DEGs), of which 100 were up-regulated and five were down-regulated...
September 8, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911973/novel-oxolane-derivative-dmtd-mitigates-high-glucose-induced-erythrocytes-apoptosis-by-regulating-oxidative-stress
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Swamy Jagadish, Mahadevappa Hemshekhar, Somanathapura K NaveenKumar, Kothanahally S Sharath Kumar, Mahalingam S Sundaram, Basappa, Kesturu S Girish, Kanchugarakoppal S Rangappa
Chronic hyperglycemia is one of the characteristic conditions associated with Diabetes Mellitus (DM), which often exerts deleterious effects on erythrocyte morphology and hemodynamic properties leading to anemia and diabetes-associated vascular complications. High glucose-induced over production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) can alter the blood cell metabolism and biochemical functions subsequently causing eryptosis (red blood cell death), yet another complication of concern in DM. Therefore, blocking high glucose-induced oxidative damage and subsequent eryptosis is of high importance in the better management of DM and associated vascular complications...
September 11, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902868/discovery-of-numerous-novel-small-genes-in-the-intergenic-regions-of-the-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-sakai-genome
#9
Sarah M Hücker, Zachary Ardern, Tatyana Goldberg, Andrea Schafferhans, Michael Bernhofer, Gisle Vestergaard, Chase W Nelson, Michael Schloter, Burkhard Rost, Siegfried Scherer, Klaus Neuhaus
In the past, short protein-coding genes were often disregarded by genome annotation pipelines. Transcriptome sequencing (RNAseq) signals outside of annotated genes have usually been interpreted to indicate either ncRNA or pervasive transcription. Therefore, in addition to the transcriptome, the translatome (RIBOseq) of the enteric pathogen Escherichia coli O157:H7 strain Sakai was determined at two optimal growth conditions and a severe stress condition combining low temperature and high osmotic pressure. All intergenic open reading frames potentially encoding a protein of ≥ 30 amino acids were investigated with regard to coverage by transcription and translation signals and their translatability expressed by the ribosomal coverage value...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900731/selenium-mitigates-cadmium-induced-oxidative-stress-in-tomato-solanum-lycopersicum-l-plants-by-modulating-chlorophyll-fluorescence-osmolyte-accumulation-and-antioxidant-system
#10
Mohammed Nasser Alyemeni, Mohammad Abass Ahanger, Leonard Wijaya, Pravej Alam, Renu Bhardwaj, Parvaiz Ahmad
Pot experiments were conducted to investigate the role of selenium in alleviating cadmium stress in Solanum lycopersicum seedlings. Cadmium (150 mg L(-1)) treatment caused a significant reduction in growth in terms of height and biomass accumulation and affected chlorophyll pigments, gas exchange parameters, and chlorophyll fluorescence. Selenium (10 μM) application mitigated the adverse effects of cadmium on growth, chlorophyll and carotenoid contents, leaf relative water content, and other physiological attributes...
September 12, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895360/-construction-of-setosphaeria-turcica-stk1-egfp-fusion-gene-vector-and-its-expression-in-pichia-pastoris
#11
Yunfeng Zhang
STK1 is one important MAPK gene regulating the conidial development, osmotic stress and pathogenicity of Setosphaeria turcica. At first, the Pichia pastoris GS115 expression vector pPIC3.5K-EGFP containing enhanced green fluorescent protein gene (EGFP) was constructed, then STK1 gene was first amplified by PCR with the template of cDNA of S. turcica model isolate 01-23, and then cloned into the vector pPIC3.5K-EGFP with enhanced green fluorescent protein gene (EGFP) to construct the STK1-EGFP fusion gene expression vector pPIC3...
June 25, 2017: Sheng Wu Gong Cheng Xue Bao, Chinese Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894829/the-effect-of-n-acetyl-cysteine-on-recovery-of-the-facial-nerve-after-crush-injury
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Andrew Rivera, Mallory Raymond, Ariel Grobman, Marianne Abouyared, Simon I Angeli
OBJECTIVE: Facial nerve dysfunction can vary in severity and recovery is dependent on the character of the injury. N-acetyl-cysteine prevents oxidative stress and cellular damage, and its use in the setting of nerve dysfunction from crush injury has not yet been established. In this study, rats with facial nerve crush injury will be treated with n-acetyl-cysteine or control and functional recovery and electrophysiologic outcome will be compared. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, randomized animal study...
June 2017: Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894214/the-novel-compound-sul-121-preserves-endothelial-function-and-inhibits-progression-of-kidney-damage-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-in-mice
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S P H Lambooy, A Bidadkosh, D Nakladal, A van Buiten, R A T Girgis, A C van der Graaf, T J Wiedenmann, R A Koster, P Vogelaar, H Buikema, R H Henning, L E Deelman
Diabetic nephropathy is still a common complication of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and improvement of endothelial dysfunction (ED) and inhibition of reactive oxygen species (ROS) are considered important targets for new therapies. Recently, we developed a new class of compounds (Sul compounds) which inhibit mitochondrial ROS production. Here, we tested the therapeutic effects of Sul-121 on ED and kidney damage in experimental T2DM. Diabetic db/db and lean mice were implanted with osmotic pumps delivering Sul-121 (2...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888435/resuscitation-and-growth-kinetics-of-sub-lethally-injured-listeria-monocytogenes-strains-following-fluorescence-activated-cell-sorting-facs
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Thulani Sibanda, Elna M Buys
This study investigated the effect of acid (pH4.2), osmotic (10% NaCl) and heat (55°C for 30min) stress induced injury on Listeria monocytogenes strains ATCC19115, 69, 159/10 and 243 using differential plating and flow cytometry coupled with membrane integrity indicators, thiazole orange (TO) and propidium iodide (PI) staining. Growth kinetics of injured cells sorted by fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS) were studied at 4, 25 and 37°C. The percentage of cell injury detectable by both flow cytometry and differential plating varied significantly among strains and stress treatments (p<0...
October 2017: Food Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887008/physiological-response-of-cucurbita-pepo-var-pepo-mycorrhized-by-sonoran-desert-native-arbuscular-fungi-to-drought-and-salinity-stresses
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Citlalli Harris-Valle, Martín Esqueda, Aldo Gutiérrez, Alejandro E Castellanos, Alfonso A Gardea, Ricardo Berbara
Plants response to symbiosis with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) under water stress is important to agriculture. Under abiotic stress conditions native fungi are more effective than exotics in improving plant growth and water status. Mycorrhization efficiency is related to soil fungi development and energy cost-benefit ratio. In this study, we assessed the effect on growth, water status and energy metabolism of Cucurbita pepo var. pepo when inoculated with native AMF from the Sonoran desert Mexico (mixed isolate and field consortium), and compared with an exotic species from a temperate region, under drought, low and high salinity conditions...
September 5, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884328/the-glycine-soja-nac-transcription-factor-gsnac019-mediates-the-regulation-of-plant-alkaline-tolerance-and-aba-sensitivity
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Lei Cao, Yang Yu, Xiaodong Ding, Dan Zhu, Fan Yang, Beidong Liu, Xiaoli Sun, Xiangbo Duan, Kuide Yin, Yanming Zhu
Overexpression of Gshdz4 or GsNAC019 enhanced alkaline tolerance in transgenic Arabidopsis. We proved that Gshdz4 up-regulated both GsNAC019 and GsRD29B but GsNAC019 may repress the GsRD29B expression under alkaline stress. Wild soybean (Glycine soja) has a high tolerance to environmental challenges. It is a model species for dissecting the molecular mechanisms of salt-alkaline stresses. Although many NAC transcription factors play important roles in response to multiple abiotic stresses, such as salt, osmotic and cold, their mode of action in alkaline stress resistance is largely unknown...
September 7, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883132/draft-genome-sequence-of-natranaerobius-trueperi-dsm-18760-t-an-anaerobic-halophilic-alkaliphilic-thermotolerant-bacterium-isolated-from-a-soda-lake
#17
Xiaomeng Guo, Ziya Liao, Mark Holtzapple, Qingping Hu, Baisuo Zhao
The anaerobic, halophilic, alkaliphilic, thermotolerant bacterium Natranaerobius trueperi was isolated from a soda lake in Wadi An Natrun, Egypt. It grows optimally at 3.7 M Na(+), pH 9.5, and 43°C. The draft genome consists of 2.63 Mb and is composed of 2,681 predicted genes. Genomic analysis showed that various genes are potentially involved in the adaptation mechanisms for osmotic stress, pH homeostasis, and high temperatures.
September 7, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878796/autophagy-is-rapidly-induced-by-salt-stress-and-is-required-for-salt-tolerance-in-arabidopsis
#18
Liming Luo, Pingping Zhang, Ruihai Zhu, Jing Fu, Jing Su, Jing Zheng, Ziyue Wang, Dan Wang, Qingqiu Gong
Salinity stress challenges agriculture and food security globally. Upon salt stress, plant growth slows down, nutrients are recycled, osmolytes are produced, and reallocation of Na(+) takes place. Since autophagy is a high-throughput degradation pathway that contributes to nutrient remobilization in plants, we explored the involvement of autophagic flux in salt stress response of Arabidopsis with various approaches. Confocal microscopy of GFP-ATG8a in transgenic Arabidopsis showed that autophagosome formation is induced shortly after salt treatment...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878356/selection-of-reference-genes-suitable-for-normalization-of-qpcr-data-under-abiotic-stresses-in-bioenergy-crop-arundo-donax-l
#19
Michele Poli, Silvio Salvi, Mingai Li, Claudio Varotto
Suitable reference gene selection in qRT-PCR is a key pre-requisite to produce reliable data in gene expression analyses. In this study, novel primers for six commonly used reference genes (AC1, TLF, Act2, TUB α, EF-1α and GAPDH) plus two new candidates (pDUF221 and RPN6) were designed and comparatively tested for expression stability under abiotic stresses (osmotic, heavy metal and heat shock) in shoot, root and their combination of Arundo donax L., a raising non-food energy crop. Expression stability rankings from the most to the least stable gene in each condition and in two tissues (young shoots and roots) were generated with geNorm, NormFinder and BestKeeper programs...
September 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28878230/halotolerant-aminopeptidase-m29-from-mesorhizobium-semia-3007-with-biotechnological-potential-and-its-impact-on-biofilm-synthesis
#20
Elwi Machado Sierra, Mariana Rangel Pereira, Thaís Carvalho Maester, Elisangela Soares Gomes-Pepe, Elkin Rodas Mendoza, Eliana G de Macedo Lemos
The aminopeptidase gene from Mesorhizobium SEMIA3007 was cloned and overexpressed in Escherichia coli. The enzyme called MesoAmp exhibited optimum activity at pH 8.5 and 45 °C and was strongly activated by Co(2+) and Mn(2+). Under these reaction conditions, the enzyme displayed Km and kcat values of 0.2364 ± 0.018 mM and 712.1 ± 88.12 s(-1), respectively. Additionally, the enzyme showed remarkable stability in organic solvents and was active at high concentrations of NaCl, suggesting that the enzyme might be suitable for use in biotechnology...
September 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
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