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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107652/symbiont-derived-antimicrobials-contribute-to-the-control-of-the-lepidopteran-gut-microbiota
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Yongqi Shao, Bosheng Chen, Chao Sun, Keishi Ishida, Christian Hertweck, Wilhelm Boland
Insects develop efficient antimicrobial strategies to flourish in a bacterial world. It has long been proposed that native gut microbiota is an important component of host defense; however, the responsible species have rarely been isolated to elucidate the mechanism of action. Here we show that the dominant symbiotic bacterium Enterococcus mundtii associated with the generalist herbivore Spodoptera littoralis actively secretes a stable class IIa bacteriocin (mundticin KS) against invading bacteria, but not against other gut residents, facilitating the normal development of host gut microbiota...
January 19, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107438/first-insights-into-the-subterranean-crustacean-bathynellacea-transcriptome-transcriptionally-reduced-opsin-repertoire-and-evidence-of-conserved-homeostasis-regulatory-mechanisms
#2
Bo-Mi Kim, Seunghyun Kang, Do-Hwan Ahn, Jin-Hyoung Kim, Inhye Ahn, Chi-Woo Lee, Joo-Lae Cho, Gi-Sik Min, Hyun Park
Bathynellacea (Crustacea, Syncarida, Parabathynellidae) are subterranean aquatic crustaceans that typically inhabit freshwater interstitial spaces (e.g., groundwater) and are occasionally found in caves and even hot springs. In this study, we sequenced the whole transcriptome of Allobathynella bangokensis using RNA-seq. De novo sequence assembly produced 74,866 contigs including 28,934 BLAST hits. Overall, the gene sequences were most similar to those of the waterflea Daphnia pulex. In the A. bangokensis transcriptome, no opsin or related sequences were identified, and no contig aligned to the crustacean visual opsins and non-visual opsins (i...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106766/the-anti-oxidant-defense-system-of-the-marine-polar-ciliate-euplotes-nobilii-characterization-of-the-msrb-gene-family
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Francesca Ricci, Federico M Lauro, Joseph J Grzymski, Robert Read, Rigers Bakiu, Gianfranco Santovito, Pierangelo Luporini, Adriana Vallesi
Organisms living in polar waters must cope with an extremely stressful environment dominated by freezing temperatures, high oxygen concentrations and UV radiation. To shed light on the genetic mechanisms on which the polar marine ciliate, Euplotes nobilii, relies to effectively cope with the oxidative stress, attention was focused on methionine sulfoxide reductases which repair proteins with oxidized methionines. A family of four structurally distinct MsrB genes, encoding enzymes specific for the reduction of the methionine-sulfoxide R-forms, were identified from a draft of the E...
January 18, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106125/baba-dependent-binding-of-helicobacter-pylori-to-human-gastric-mucins-cause-aggregation-that-inhibits-proliferation-and-is-regulated-via-arss
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Emma C Skoog, Médea Padra, Anna Åberg, Pär Gideonsson, Ikenna Obi, Macarena P Quintana-Hayashi, Anna Arnqvist, Sara K Lindén
Mucins in the gastric mucus layer carry a range of glycan structures, which vary between individuals, can have antimicrobial effect or act as ligands for Helicobacter pylori. Mucins from various individuals and disease states modulate H. pylori proliferation and adhesin gene expression differently. Here we investigate the relationship between adhesin mediated binding, aggregation, proliferation and adhesin gene expression using human gastric mucins and synthetic adhesin ligand conjugates. By combining measurements of optical density, bacterial metabolic activity and live/dead stains, we could distinguish bacterial aggregation from viability changes, enabling elucidation of mechanisms behind the anti-prolific effects that mucins can have...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105928/computer-aided-identification-of-a-hevein-like-antimicrobial-peptide-of-bell-pepper-leaves-for-biotechnological-use
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Patrícia Dias Games, Elói Quintas Gonçalves daSilva, Meire de Oliveira Barbosa, Hebréia Oliveira Almeida-Souza, Patrícia Pereira Fontes, Marcos Jorge deMagalhães-Jr, Paulo Roberto Gomes Pereira, Maura Vianna Prates, Gloria Regina Franco, Alessandra Faria-Campos, Sérgio Vale Aguiar Campos, Maria Cristina Baracat-Pereira
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial peptides from plants present mechanisms of action that are different from those of conventional defense agents. They are under-explored but have a potential as commercial antimicrobials. Bell pepper leaves ('Magali R') are discarded after harvesting the fruit and are sources of bioactive peptides. This work reports the isolation by peptidomics tools, and the identification and partially characterization by computational tools of an antimicrobial peptide from bell pepper leaves, and evidences the usefulness of records and the in silico analysis for the study of plant peptides aiming biotechnological uses...
December 15, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104576/nitro-fatty-acids-in-plant-signaling-new-key-mediators-of-nitric-oxide-metabolism
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REVIEW
Capilla Mata-Pérez, Beatriz Sánchez-Calvo, María N Padilla, Juan C Begara-Morales, Raquel Valderrama, Francisco J Corpas, Juan B Barroso
Recent studies in animal systems have shown that NO can interact with fatty acids to generate nitro-fatty acids (NO2-FAs). They are the product of the reaction between reactive nitrogen species and unsaturated fatty acids, and are considered novel mediators of cell signaling based mainly on a proven anti-inflammatory response. Although these signaling mediators have been described widely in animal systems, NO2-FAs have scarcely been studied in plants. Preliminary data have revealed the endogenous presence of free and protein-adducted NO2-FAs in extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), which appear to be contributing to the cardiovascular benefits associated with the Mediterranean diet...
January 10, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103486/combined-toxic-effects-and-mechanisms-of-microsystin-lr-and-copper-on-vallisneria-natans-lour-hara-seedlings
#7
Zhi Wang, Junqian Zhang, Enhua Li, Liang Zhang, Xuelei Wang, Lirong Song
Microcystin-LR (MCLR) and copper are commonly found in eutrophic water bodies because of eutrophic run-offs, cyanobacterial blooms, and copper algicide applications. However, the ecotoxicological risk of their combination remains unknown. This study investigated the effect of MCLR, Cu, and their mixture on the growth and physiological responses of Vallisneria natans. Results showed that the combined toxicity of them was concentration dependent. Synergistic effects were elicited at low concentrations of MCLR and Cu exposure (≤0...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103389/the-use-of-antioxidants-in-the-treatment-of-traumatic-brain-injury
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Whitney Venegoni, Qiuhua Shen, Amanda R Thimmesch, Meredith Bell, John B Hiebert, Janet D Pierce
AIMS: To discuss secondary traumatic brain injury, the mitochondria and the use of antioxidants as a treatment. BACKGROUND: One of the leading causes of death in young adults internationally is traumatic brain injury, affecting individuals in all demographics. Traumatic brain injury is produced by an external blunt force or penetration resulting in alterations in brain function or pathology. Often, with a traumatic brain injury, secondary injury causes additional damage to the brain tissue that can have further impact on recovery and the quality of life...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103306/a-superoxide-dismutase-capable-of-functioning-with-iron-or-manganese-promotes-the-resistance-of-staphylococcus-aureus-to-calprotectin-and-nutritional-immunity
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Yuritzi M Garcia, Anna Barwinska-Sendra, Emma Tarrant, Eric P Skaar, Kevin J Waldron, Thomas E Kehl-Fie
Staphylococcus aureus is a devastating mammalian pathogen for which the development of new therapeutic approaches is urgently needed due to the prevalence of antibiotic resistance. During infection pathogens must overcome the dual threats of host-imposed manganese starvation, termed nutritional immunity, and the oxidative burst of immune cells. These defenses function synergistically, as host-imposed manganese starvation reduces activity of the manganese-dependent enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD). S. aureus expresses two SODs, denoted SodA and SodM...
January 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102430/innate-and-intrinsic-antiviral-immunity-in-drosophila
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REVIEW
Assel Mussabekova, Laurent Daeffler, Jean-Luc Imler
The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster has been a valuable model to investigate the genetic mechanisms of innate immunity. Initially focused on the resistance to bacteria and fungi, these studies have been extended to include antiviral immunity over the last decade. Like all living organisms, insects are continually exposed to viruses and have developed efficient defense mechanisms. We review here our current understanding on antiviral host defense in fruit flies. A major antiviral defense in Drosophila is RNA interference, in particular the small interfering (si) RNA pathway...
January 19, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102304/local-melatonin-application-induces-cold-tolerance-in-distant-organs-of-citrullus-lanatus-l-via-long-distance-transport
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Hao Li, Jingjing Chang, Junxian Zheng, Yuchuan Dong, Qiyan Liu, Xiaozhen Yang, Chunhua Wei, Yong Zhang, Jianxiang Ma, Xian Zhang
Melatonin is a ubiquitous chemical substance that regulates plant growth and responses to stress. Several recent studies show that exogenous melatonin confers cold tolerance to plants; however, the underlying mechanisms remain largely unknown. Here, we report that melatonin application at optimal dose, either on the leaves or the roots, not only induced cold stress tolerance in the site of application, but also systemically induced cold tolerance in untreated distant parts. Foliar or rhizospheric treatment with melatonin increased the melatonin levels in untreated roots or leaves, respectively, under both normal and cold stress conditions, whereas rhizospheric melatonin treatment increased the melatonin exudation rates from the xylem...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102119/glutathione-and-glutathione-transferase-omega-1-as-key-posttranslational-regulators-in-macrophages
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Mark M Hughes, Anne F McGettrick, Luke A J O'Neill
Macrophage activation during phagocytosis or by pattern recognition receptors, such as Toll-like receptor 4, leads to the accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS act as a microbicidal defense mechanism, promoting clearance of infection, allowing for resolution of inflammation. Overproduction of ROS, however, overwhelms our cellular antioxidant defense system, promoting oxidation of protein machinery, leading to macrophage dysregulation and pathophysiology of chronic inflammatory conditions, such as atherosclerosis...
January 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101936/quantitative-itraq-based-proteomic-analysis-of-rice-grains-to-assess-high-night-temperature-stress
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Hong-Yu Zhang, Gang Lei, Hui-Wen Zhou, Chao He, Jiang-Lin Liao, Ying-Jin Huang
Rice yield and quality are adversely affected by increasing global surface temperature, and are strongly attributed to high night temperature (HNT) than high daytime temperature. However, the molecular mechanism underlying the heat-tolerant characteristics of rice remains unclear. In the present study, we compared the proteomes of heat-tolerant and -sensitive lines of rice at early milky stage using an iTRAQ method. We have identified 38 differentially expressed proteins between the two lines, of which 32 proteins have been functionally annotated in NCBI and/or the UniProt database...
January 19, 2017: Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101327/hsa-let-7c-5p-augments-enterovirus-71-replication-through-viral-subversion-of-cell-signaling-in-rhabdomyosarcoma-cells
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Bingfei Zhou, Min Chu, Shanshan Xu, Xiong Chen, Yongjuan Liu, Zhihao Wang, Fengfeng Zhang, Song Han, Jun Yin, Biwen Peng, Xiaohua He, Wanhong Liu
BACKGROUND: Human enterovirus 71 (EV71) causes severe hand, foot and mouse disease, accompanied by neurological complications. During the interaction between EV71 and the host, the virus subverts host cell machinery for its own replication. However, the roles of microRNAs (miRNAs) in this process remain obscure. RESULTS: In this study, we found that the miRNA hsa-let-7c-5p was significantly upregulated in EV71-infected rhabdomyosarcoma cells. The overexpression of hsa-let-7c-5p promoted replication of the virus, and the hsa-let-7c-5p inhibitor suppressed viral replication...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101017/efficacy-of-a-film-forming-medical-device-containing-piroxicam-and-sun-filters-in-the-treatment-of-multiple-actinic-keratosis-lesions-in-a-subject-with-a-history-of-kaposi-sarcoma
#15
Elisabetta Scotti, Salvatore Deledda, Massimo Milani
Actinic keratosis (AK) is considered a premalignant form of skin cancer due to chronic sun exposure. In addition, human papilloma virus (HPV) has been advocated a role in the pathogenesis of this clinical condition. HPV proteins (mainly E6 and E7) seem to act synergistically with ultraviolet (UV) radiation in reducing the defensive mechanisms of keratinocyte apoptosis after UV damage. Data regarding the involvement of other viruses, i.e. human herpes viruses (HHV), in the pathogenesis of AK are so far controversial...
September 2016: Case Reports in Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099963/low-molecular-weight-hydrophilic-and-lipophilic-antioxidants-in-nonmelanoma-skin-carcinomas-and-adjacent-normal-looking-skin
#16
Konstantina Grammenandi, Maria Kyriazi, Alexandra Katsarou-Katsari, Othon Papadopoulos, Ioanna Anastassopoulou, Georgios T Papaioannou, Alexandros Sagriotis, Michail Rallis, Howard I Maibach
Low-molecular-weight antioxidants are some of the most efficient agents of the skin defense mechanism against environmental factors, such as cosmic rays, smoke, and pollutants. The total skin concentrations of hydrophilic ascorbic and uric acids, as well as lipophilic α-tocopherol, β-carotene, and ubiquinol-10 antioxidants were determined by an HPLC-EC detector from 18 biopsies of human nonmelanoma skin carcinomas and 18 biopsies from skin areas adjacent to carcinomas. No significant differences in the concentrations of lipophilic antioxidants in both carcinomas and normal-looking skin areas adjacent to carcinomas were observed...
January 19, 2017: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099780/the-genetic-architecture-of-defense-as-resistance-to-and-tolerance-of-bacterial-infection-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#17
Virginia M Howick, Brian P Lazzaro
Defense against pathogenic infection can take two forms: resistance and tolerance. Resistance is the ability of the host to limit a pathogen burden, whereas tolerance is the ability to limit the negative consequences of infection at a given level of infection intensity. Evolutionarily, a tolerance strategy that is independent of resistance could allow the host to avoid mounting a costly immune response and, theoretically, to avoid a coevolutionary arms race between pathogen virulence and host resistance. Biomedically, understanding the mechanisms of tolerance and how they relate to resistance could potentially yield treatment strategies that focus on health improvement instead of pathogen elimination...
January 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099508/effects-of-soil-salinity-on-the-expression-of-bt-toxin-cry1ac-and-the-control-efficiency-of-helicoverpa-armigera-in-field-grown-transgenic-bt-cotton
#18
Jun-Yu Luo, Shuai Zhang, Jun Peng, Xiang-Zhen Zhu, Li-Min Lv, Chun-Yi Wang, Chun-Hua Li, Zhi-Guo Zhou, Jin-Jie Cui
An increasing area of transgenic Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) cotton is being planted in saline-alkaline soil in China. The Bt protein level in transgenic cotton plants and its control efficiency can be affected by abiotic stress, including high temperature, water deficiency and other factors. However, how soil salinity affects the expression of Bt protein, thus influencing the control efficiency of Bt cotton against the cotton bollworm (CBW) Helicoverpa armigera (Hübner) in the field, is poorly understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097824/mechanisms-of-metabolic-memory-and-renal-hypoxia-as-a-therapeutic-target-in-diabetic-kidney-disease
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REVIEW
Yosuke Hirakawa, Tetsuhiro Tanaka, Masaomi Nangaku
Diabetic kidney disease (DKD) is a worldwide public health problem. The definition of DKD is being under discussion. Although the term DKD was originally defined as "kidney disease specific to diabetes", DKD frequently means chronic kidney disease (CKD) with diabetes mellitus and includes not only classical diabetic nephropathy, but also kidney dysfunction due to nephrosclerosis and other causes. Metabolic memory plays a crucial role in the progression of various complications of diabetes, including DKD. The mechanisms of metabolic memory in DKD are supposed to include advanced glycation end products, DNA methylation, histone modifications, and non-coding RNA including microRNA...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096301/phosphoinositol-3-phosphate-acts-as-a-timer-for-reactive-oxygen-species-production-in-the-phagosome
#20
Zhi Min Song, Leïla Bouchab, Elodie Hudik, Romain Le Bars, Oliver Nüsse, Sophie Dupré-Crochet
Production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the phagosome by the NADPH oxidase is critical for mammalian immune defense against microbial infections and phosphoinositides are important regulators in this process. Phosphoinositol 3-phosphate (PI(3)P) regulates ROS production at the phagosome via p40(phox) by an unknown mechanism. This study tested the hypothesis that PI(3)P controls ROS production by regulating the presence of p40(phox) and p67(phox) at the phagosomal membrane. Pharmacologic inhibition of PI(3)P synthesis at the phagosome decreased the ROS production both in differentiated PLB-985 cells and human neutrophils...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
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