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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783165/preferential-feeding-in-naegleria-fowleri-intracellular-bacteria-isolated-from-amoebae-in-operational-drinking-water-distribution-systems
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Haylea C Miller, Matthew J Morgan, Tom Walsh, Jason T Wylie, Anna H Kaksonen, Geoffrey J Puzon
The amoeba Naegleria fowleri is the causative agent of the highly fatal disease, primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, and estimated to cause 16 deaths per year in the United States alone. Colonisation of drinking water distribution systems (DWDSs) by the N. fowleri is a significant public health issue. Understanding the factors which enable this pathogen to colonise and thrive in DWDSs is critical for proper management. The microbial ecology within DWDSs may influence the ability of N. fowleri to colonise DWDSs by facilitating the availability of an appropriate food source...
May 6, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783144/analogous-modified-dna-probe-and-immune-competition-method-based-electrochemical-biosensor-for-rna-modification
#2
Tao Dai, Qinli Pu, Yongcan Guo, Chen Zuo, Shulian Bai, Yujun Yang, Dan Yin, Yi Li, Shangchun Sheng, Yiyi Tao, Jie Fang, Wen Yu, Guoming Xie
N6-methyladenosine (m6A), one of the most abundant RNA methylation which is ubiquitous in eukaryotic RNA, plays vital roles in many biological progresses. Therefore, the rapid and accurate quantitative detection of m6A is particularly important for its functional research. Herein, a label-free and highly selective electrochemical immunosensor was developed for the detection of m6A. The method is established on that the anti-m6A-Ab can recognize both m6A-RNA and m6A-DNA. An analogous modified DNA probe (L1) serves as a signal molecule, by competing with m6A-RNA for binding to Abs to broaden the linear range...
May 18, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783128/treatment-of-acidic-sulfate-containing-wastewater-using-revolving-algae-biofilm-reactors-sulfur-removal-performance-and-microbial-community-characterization
#3
Haoyuan Zhou, Yanqing Sheng, Xuefei Zhao, Martin Gross, Zhiyou Wen
Industries such as mining operations are facing challenges of treating sulfur-containing wastewater such as acid mine drainage (AMD) generated in their plant. The aim of this work is to evaluate the use of a revolving algal biofilm (RAB) reactor to treat AMD with low pH (3.5-4) and high sulfate content (1-4 g/L). The RAB reactors resulted in sulfate removal efficiency up to 46% and removal rate up to 0.56 g/L-day, much higher than those obtained in suspension algal culture. The high-throughput sequencing revealed that the RAB reactor contained diverse cyanobacteria, green algae, diatoms, and acid reducing bacteria that contribute the sulfate removal through various mechanisms...
May 18, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783123/sequentially-distant-but-structurally-similar-proteins-exhibit-fold-specific-patterns-based-on-their-biophysical-properties
#4
Senthilnathan Rajendran, Arunachalam Jothi
The Three-dimensional structure of a protein depends on the interaction between their amino acid residues. These interactions are in turn influenced by various biophysical properties of the amino acids. There are several examples of proteins that share the same fold but are very dissimilar at the sequence level. For proteins to share a common fold some crucial interactions should be maintained despite insignificant sequence similarity. Since the interactions are because of the biophysical properties of the amino acids, we should be able to detect descriptive patterns for folds at such a property level...
May 16, 2018: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783112/the-neuropeptides-of-asian-freshwater-clam-corbicula-fluminea-as-new-molecular-biomarker-basing-on-the-responses-of-organophosphate-chemicals-exposure
#5
Qi Wang, Xiangsheng Hong, Huihui Chen, Lilai Yuan, Jinmiao Zha
In the present study, to discover new biomarker of Asian freshwater clam (Corbicula fluminea) to assess impact of environmental pollutions, cholecystokinin (CCK), conopressin, and Neuropeptide FF (FFamide) in C. fluminea were selected as potent biomarkers. Therefore, their full-length cDNAs were cloned and characterized to investigate the molecular characteristics and expression patterns of neuropeptides in C. fluminea. According to the sequence analysis, CCK, conopressin, and FFamide encoded proteins of 173, 152, and 90 amino acids, respectively...
May 18, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783107/effect-of-cd-on-growth-physiological-response-cd-subcellular-distribution-and-chemical-forms-of-koelreuteria-paniculata
#6
Lan Peng Yang, Jian Zhu, Ping Wang, Jing Zeng, Rong Tan, Yu Zhong Yang, Zhi Ming Liu
Koelreuteria paniculata were cultivated in nutrient solution with different concentrations of Cd (0, 50, 150, 250 and 500 µM) and sampled after 90 days. The resistance, translocation, accumulation and stress responses in Koelreuteria paniculata were investigated by hydroponic experiments. The results showed that Koelreuteria paniculata is an efficient Cd excluder that can tolerate high concentrations of Cd (up to 150-250 µM of Cd). The concentration of Cd never exceeds 5 ppm in leaves and 10 ppm in roots...
May 18, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783084/organochlorine-pesticides-ocps-and-polychlorinated-biphenyls-pcbs-in-cyprinidae-fish-towards-hints-of-their-arrangements-using-advanced-classification-methods
#7
Snježana Herceg Romanić, Gordana Vuković, Darija Klinčić, Marijana Matek Sarić, Ivan Župan, Davor Antanasijević, Aleksandar Popović
To tackle the ever-present global concern regarding human exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs) via food products, this study strived to indicate associations between organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in lake-fish tissue depending on the species and sampling season. Apart from the monitoring initiatives recommended in the Global Monitoring Plan for POPs, the study discussed 7 OCPs and 18 PCB congeners determined in three Cyprinidae species (rudd, carp, and Prussian carp) from Vransko Lake (Croatia), which are widely domesticated and reared as food fish across Europe and Asia...
May 18, 2018: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783055/characterization-and-coagulation-flocculation-performance-of-a-composite-flocculant-in-high-turbidity-drinking-water-treatment
#8
Xiang Xia, Shuhuan Lan, Xudong Li, Yifei Xie, Yajie Liang, Peihan Yan, Zhengyang Chen, Yunxiao Xing
Klebsiella variicola B16, a microbial bioflocculant (MBF-B16)-producing bacteria, was isolated and identified by its 16S rRNA sequence, biochemical properties, and physiological characteristics. The effects of culture conditions on MBF-B16 production, including carbon source, nitrogen source, C/N ratio, initial pH, and culture temperature, were investigated in this study. Results showed that 6.96 g of MBF-B16 could be extracted from a 1-L culture broth under optimized conditions. Chemical analysis showed that polysaccharide and protein were the main components...
April 30, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783045/factors-affecting-gene-expression-and-activity-of-heme-and-manganese-dependent-catalases-in-lactobacillus-casei-strains
#9
Annamaria Ricciardi, Rocco Gerardo Ianniello, Eugenio Parente, Teresa Zotta
Catalases reduce oxidative stress by degrading hydrogen peroxide to molecular oxygen and water. The presence of heme-dependent or manganese-dependent catalases was observed for a long time in lactic acid bacteria (LAB) but, to date, knowledge on the factors affecting gene expression and enzymatic functionality are limited to a very few strains. In this study, the effect of atmosphere of incubation (not aerated static growth vs aerated shaken growth) and supplementation with Fe2+ , hemin, Mn2+ or their combinations on the catalase production of respiration-competent strain Lactobacillus casei N87 was evaluated using a 24 factorial design...
May 8, 2018: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783026/a-prolonged-and-large-outbreak-of-invasive-group-a-streptococcal-disease-within-a-nursing-home-repeated-intra-facility-transmission-of-a-single-strain
#10
S A Nanduri, B J Metcalf, M A Arwady, C Edens, M A Lavin, J Morgan, W Clegg, A Beron, J P Albertson, R Link-Gelles, A Ogundimu, J Gold, D Jackson, S Chochua, N Stone, C Van Beneden, K Fleming-Dutra, B Beall
OBJECTIVES: Multiple invasive group A streptococcal (GAS) infections were reported to public health by a skilled nursing facility (Facility A) in Illinois between May 2014 and August 2016. Cases continued despite interventions including antibiotic prophylaxis for all residents and staff. Two other geographically close facilities reported contemporaneous outbreaks of GAS. We investigated potential reasons for ongoing transmission. METHODS: We obtained epidemiologic data from chart review of cases and review of facility and public health records from previous investigations into the outbreak...
May 18, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783022/phylogeny-of-the-gymnosperm-genus-cycas-l-cycadaceae-as-inferred-from-plastid-and-nuclear-loci-based-on-a-large-scale-sampling-evolutionary-relationships-and-taxonomical-implications
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Jian Liu, Shouzhou Zhang, Nathalie S Nagalingum, Yu-Chung Chiang, Anders J Lindstrom, Xun Gong
The gymnosperm genus Cycas is the sole member of Cycadaceae, and is the largest genus of extant cycads. There are about 115 accepted Cycas species mainly distributed in the paleotropics. Based on morphology, the genus has been divided into six sections and eight subsections, but this taxonomy has not yet been tested in a molecular phylogenetic framework. Although the monophyly of Cycas is broadly accepted, the intrageneric relationships inferred from previous molecular phylogenetic analyses are unclear due to insufficient sampling or uninformative DNA sequence data...
May 18, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783021/a-hyper-diverse-genus-of-acanthocephalans-revealed-by-tree-based-and-non-tree-based-species-delimitation-methods-ten-cryptic-species-of-neoechinorhynchus-in-middle-american-freshwater-fishes
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Carlos Daniel Pinacho-Pinacho, Martín García-Varela, Ana L Sereno-Uribe, Gerardo Pérez-Ponce de León
The genus Neoechinorhynchus represents a hyper-diverse group of acanthocephalans, parasites of fresh and brackish water fish and freshwater turtles, with approximately 116 species described worldwide. Forty-nine species have been recorded in the Americas, nine of them in Middle America. Even though species delimitation methods using DNA sequences have been rarely used for parasitic helminths, the genetic library for species of Neoechinorhynchus has grown in the past few years, enhancing the possibility of using these methods for inferring evolutionary relationships and for establishing more robust species boundaries...
May 18, 2018: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782946/delivery-of-the-improved-bmp-2-advanced-plasmid-dna-within-a-gene-activated-scaffold-accelerates-mesenchymal-stem-cell-osteogenesis-and-critical-size-defect-repair
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Rosanne M Raftery, Irene Mencía-Castaño, Simon Sperger, Gang Chen, Brenton Cavanagh, Georg Feichtinger, Heinz Redl, Ara Hacobian, Fergal J O'Brien
Gene-activated scaffolds have been shown to induce controlled, sustained release of functional transgene both in vitro and in vivo. Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) are potent mediators of osteogenesis however we found that the delivery of plasmid BMP-2 (pBMP-2) alone was not sufficient to enhance bone formation. Therefore, the aim of this study was to assess if the use of a series of modified BMP-2 plasmids could enhance the functionality of a pBMP-2 gene-activated scaffold and ultimately improve bone regeneration when implanted into a critical sized bone defect in vivo...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782933/whole-genome-sequencing-and-analyses-identify-high-genetic-heterogeneity-and-diversity-of-rotavirus-genotype-p-6-strains-circulating-in-africa
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Martin M Nyaga, Yi Tan, Mapaseka L Seheri, Rebecca A Halpin, Asmik Akopov, Karla M Stucker, Nadia B Fedorova, Susmita Shrivastava, A Duncan Steele, Jason M Mwenda, Brett E Pickett, Suman R Das, M Jeffery Mphahlele
Rotavirus A (RVA) exhibits a wide genotype diversity globally. Little is known about the genetic composition of genotype P[6] from Africa. This study investigated possible evolutionary mechanisms leading to genetic diversity of genotype P[6] VP4 sequences. Phylogenetic analyses on 167 P[6] VP4 full-length sequences were conducted, which included six porcine-origin sequences. Of the 167 sequences, 57 were newly acquired through whole genome sequencing as part of this study. The other 110 sequences were all publicly-available global P[6] VP4 full-length sequences downloaded from GenBank...
May 18, 2018: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782930/all-atom-four-body-knowledge-based-statistical-potential-to-distinguish-native-tertiary-rna-structures-from-nonnative-folds
#15
Majid Masso
Scientific breakthroughs in recent decades have uncovered the capability of RNA molecules to fulfill a wide array of structural, functional, and regulatory roles in living cells, leading to a concomitantly significant increase in both the number and diversity of experimentally determined RNA three-dimensional (3D) structures. Atomic coordinates from a representative training set of solved RNA structures, displaying low sequence and structure similarity, facilitate derivation of knowledge-based energy functions...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782928/a-mathematical-approach-to-effects-of-ctls-on-cancer-virotherapy-in-the-second-injection-of-virus
#16
A Ashyani, O RabieiMotlagh, H M Mohammadinezhad
This paper proposes a planar delay differential equation for cancer virotherapy. The model simulates the situation in which an oncolytic virus is injected for the second time, and the immune system suppresses the viral infection with a time delay. Our purpose is to provide theoretical conditions so that the therapy can be continued successfully. With the help of the characteristic equation, we examine the singularities and their local stability. Hopf bifurcation is also investigated around the endemic singularity...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782909/charge-clusters-signatures-in-prokaryotic-proteomes-temperature-dependence-and-distribution
#17
Najla Kharrat, Rahil Boumellasa, Sabrine Belmabrouk, Riadh Benmarzoug, Ahmed Rebai
The identification and the screening of Charged Clusters (CCs) residues in proteins is a key analysis to assess any quantitative structure-function correlation in proteins. Here, we present a proteome wide scan for the occurrence of (CCs) in 99292 proteins using a new tool, Finding Clusters Charge in Protein Sequences Program (FCCP). The FCCP has been employed to search CCs in 35 prokaryotic proteomes (7 Psychrophiles, 10 Mesophiles, 9 thermophiles and for 9 hyperthermophiles). A new repository of 855 CC has been created...
May 18, 2018: Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782846/abnormal-small-intestinal-epithelial-microvilli-in-patients-with-crohn-s-disease
#18
Kelli L VanDussen, Aleksandar Stojmirović, Katherine Li, Ta-Chiang Liu, Patrick K Kimes, Brian D Muegge, Katherine F Simpson, Matthew A Ciorba, Jacqueline G Perrigoue, Joshua R Friedman, Jennifer E Towne, Richard D Head, Thaddeus S Stappenbeck
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Crohn's disease (CD) presents as chronic and often progressive intestinal inflammation, but the contributing pathogenic mechanisms are unclear. We aimed to identify alterations in intestinal cells that could contribute to the chronic and progressive course of CD. METHODS: We took an unbiased, system-wide approach, performing sequence analysis of RNA extracted from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded ileal tissue sections from patients with CD (n=36) and without CD (controls, n=32)...
May 18, 2018: Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782835/multi-pronged-interactions-underlie-inhibition-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-aggregation-by-%C3%AE-synuclein
#19
Jonathan K Williams, Xue Yang, Tamr B Atieh, Michael P Olson, Sagar D Khare, Jean Baum
The intrinsically disordered protein β-synuclein is known to inhibit the aggregation of its intrinsically disordered homolog, α-synuclein, which is implicated in Parkinson's disease. While β-synuclein itself does not form fibrils at the cytoplasmic pH7.4, alteration of pH and other environmental perturbations are known to induce its fibrilization. However, the sequence and structural determinants of β-synuclein inhibition and self-aggregation are not well understood. We have utilized a series of domain-swapped chimeras of α-synuclein and β-synuclein to probe the relative contributions of the N-terminal, C-terminal and the central Non-Amyloid-β Component (NAC) domains to the inhibition of α-synuclein aggregation...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782833/insights-into-stabilizing-forces-in-amyloid-fibrils-of-differing-sizes-from-polarizable-molecular-dynamics-simulations
#20
Darcy S Davidson, Anne M Brown, Justin A Lemkul
Pathological aggregation of amyloid-forming proteins is a hallmark of a number of human diseases, including Alzheimer's, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's, and more. Despite having very different primary amino acid sequences, these amyloid proteins form similar supramolecular, fibril structures that are highly resilient to physical and chemical denaturation. To better understand the structural stability of disease-related amyloids and to gain a greater understanding of factors that stabilize functional amyloid assemblies, insights into tertiary and quaternary interactions are needed...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
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