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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933261/efficient-regeneration-system-from-rye-leaf-base-segments
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Kamil Haliloglu, Murat Aydin
Rye is second only to wheat among grains most widely used in the making of bread and is also a very important gene resource for breeding and improvement of wheat and other cereal crops owing to tolerance to abiotic stress factors such as low temperatures, drought and poor soil conditions. However, application of biotechnologies has been limited in rye breeding since it is one of the most recalcitrant species in tissue culture. A simple and fast regeneration system from leaf-base segment explant of rye was developed in this study...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933081/the-density-and-length-of-root-hairs-are-enhanced-in-response-to-cadmium-and-arsenic-by-modulating-gene-expressions-involved-in-fate-determination-and-morphogenesis-of-root-hairs-in-arabidopsis
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Ramin Bahmani, Dong G Kim, Jin A Kim, Seongbin Hwang
Root hairs are tubular outgrowths that originate from epidermal cells. Exposure of Arabidopsis to cadmium (Cd) and arsenic [arsenite, As(III)] increases root hair density and length. To examine the underlying mechanism, we measured the expression of genes involved in fate determination and morphogenesis of root hairs. Cd and As(III) downregulated TTG1 and GL2 (negative regulators of fate determination) and upregulated GEM (positive regulator), suggesting that root hair fate determination is stimulated by Cd and As(III)...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933076/overexpression-of-tanac2d-displays-opposite-responses-to-abiotic-stresses-between-seedling-and-mature-stage-of-transgenic-arabidopsis
#3
Quanjun Huang, Yan Wang
Environmental stresses frequently affect plant growth and development, and many genes have been found to be induced by unfavorable environmental conditions. Here, we reported the biological functions of TaNAC2D, a stress-related NAC (NAM, ATAF, and CUC) gene from wheat. TaNAC2D showed transcriptional activator activity in yeast. TaNAC2D-GFP fusion protein was localized in the nucleus of wheat mesophyll protoplasts. TaNAC2D transcript abundance was significantly induced by NaCl, PEG6000, and abscisic acid (ABA) at seedling stage, and repressed by NaCl and PEG6000 at mature plant stage...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933073/mistletoe-berry-outline-mapping-with-a-path-curve-function-and-recording-the-circadian-rhythm-of-their-phenotypic-shape-change
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Renatus Derbidge, Stephan Baumgartner, Peter Heusser
This paper presents a discovery: the change of the outline shape of mistletoe (Viscum album ssp. album) berries in vivo and in situ during ripening. It was found that a plant organ that is usually considered to merely increase in size actually changes shape in a specific rhythmic fashion. We introduce a new approach to chronobiological research on a macro-phenotypic scale to trace changes over long periods of time (with a resolution from hours to months) by using a dynamic form-determining parameter called Lambda (λ)...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928035/quantifying-species-contributions-to-ecosystem-processes-a-global-assessment-of-functional-trait-and-phylogenetic-metrics-across-avian-seed-dispersal-networks
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Alexander L Pigot, Tom Bregman, Catherine Sheard, Benjamin Daly, Rampal S Etienne, Joseph A Tobias
Quantifying the role of biodiversity in ecosystems not only requires understanding the links between species and the ecological functions and services they provide, but also how these factors relate to measurable indices, such as functional traits and phylogenetic diversity. However, these relationships remain poorly understood, especially for heterotrophic organisms within complex ecological networks. Here, we assemble data on avian traits across a global sample of mutualistic plant-frugivore networks to critically assess how the functional roles of frugivores are associated with their intrinsic traits, as well as their evolutionary and functional distinctiveness...
December 14, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927918/coelomycetous-fungi-in-the-clinical-setting-morphological-convergence-and-cryptic-diversity
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Nicomedes Valenzuela-Lopez, Deanna A Sutton, José F Cano-Lira, Katihuska Paredes, Nathan Wiederhold, Josep Guarro, Alberto M Stchigel
Human infections by coelomycetous fungi are becoming more frequent and range from superficial to systemic dissemination. Traumatic implantation of contaminated plant material is the most common cause. The typical morphological feature of these fungi is the production of asexual spores (conidia) within fruiting bodies called conidiomata. This study aimed to determine the distribution of the coelomycetes in clinical samples by a phenotypic and molecular study of a large set of isolates received from a USA reference mycological institution and by obtaining the in vitro antifungal susceptibility pattern of a selected group of strains against nine antifungals...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925396/arabidopsis-sumo-protease-asp1-positively-regulates-flowering-time-partially-through-regulating-flc-stability
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Xiangxiong Kong, Xi Luo, Gao-Ping Qu, Peng Liu, Jing Bo Jin
The initiation of flowering is tightly regulated by the endogenous and environment signals, which is crucial for the reproductive success of flowering plants. It is well known that autonomous and vernalization pathways repress transcription of FLOWERING LOCUS C (FLC), a focal floral repressor, but how its protein stability is regulated remains largely unknown. Here, we found that mutations in a novel Arabidopsis SUMO protease 1 (ASP1) resulted in a strong late-flowering phenotype under long-days, but to a lesser extent under short-days...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923879/orosomucoid-proteins-interact-with-the-small-subunit-of-serine-palmitoyltransferase-and-contribute-to-sphingolipid-homeostasis-and-stress-responses-in-arabidopsis
#8
Jian Li, Jian Yin, Chan Rong, Kai-En Li, Jian-Xin Wu, Li-Qun Huang, Hong-Yun Zeng, Sunil Kumar Sahu, Nan Yao
Serine palmitoyltransferase (SPT), a pyridoxyl-5'-phosphate-dependent enzyme, catalyzes the first and rate-limiting step in sphingolipid biosynthesis. In humans and yeast, orosomucoid proteins (ORMs) negatively regulate SPT and thus play an important role in maintaining sphingolipid levels. Despite the importance of sphingoid intermediates as bioactive molecules, the regulation of sphingolipid biosynthesis through SPT is not well understood in plants. Here, we identified and characterized the Arabidopsis thaliana ORMs, ORM1 and ORM2...
December 6, 2016: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923736/genomic-and-phenotypic-analyses-of-serratia-fonticola-strain-gs2-a-rhizobacterium-isolated-from-sesame-rhizosphere-that-promotes-plant-growth-and-produces-n-acyl-homoserine-lactone
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Byung Kwon Jung, Abdur Rahim Khan, Sung-Jun Hong, Gun-Seok Park, Yeong-Jun Park, Chang Eon Park, Hwang-Ju Jeon, Sung-Eun Lee, Jae-Ho Shin
The genus Serratia incorporates many agriculturally important species. Serratia fonticola strain GS2, isolated from a sesame rhizosphere, can produce N-acyl homoserine lactone quorum sensing signal molecules and indole-3-acetic acid (IAA). Here we report the complete genome sequence and phenotypic characteristics based on genomic information of this bacterium. The complete genome sequence of S. fonticola strain GS2 consists of a chromosome of 6.1 Mbp and two plasmids of 132 kbp and 94 kbp. The genome clusters for IAA and N-acyl homoserine lactone biosynthesis were identified in the genome...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923039/natural-variation-in-arabidopsis-cvi-0-accession-reveals-an-important-role-of-mpk12-in-guard-cell-co2-signaling
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Liina Jakobson, Lauri Vaahtera, Kadri Tõldsepp, Maris Nuhkat, Cun Wang, Yuh-Shuh Wang, Hanna Hõrak, Ervin Valk, Priit Pechter, Yana Sindarovska, Jing Tang, Chuanlei Xiao, Yang Xu, Ulvi Gerst Talas, Alfonso T García-Sosa, Saijaliisa Kangasjärvi, Uko Maran, Maido Remm, M Rob G Roelfsema, Honghong Hu, Jaakko Kangasjärvi, Mart Loog, Julian I Schroeder, Hannes Kollist, Mikael Brosché
Plant gas exchange is regulated by guard cells that form stomatal pores. Stomatal adjustments are crucial for plant survival; they regulate uptake of CO2 for photosynthesis, loss of water, and entrance of air pollutants such as ozone. We mapped ozone hypersensitivity, more open stomata, and stomatal CO2-insensitivity phenotypes of the Arabidopsis thaliana accession Cvi-0 to a single amino acid substitution in MITOGEN-ACTIVATED PROTEIN (MAP) KINASE 12 (MPK12). In parallel, we showed that stomatal CO2-insensitivity phenotypes of a mutant cis (CO2-insensitive) were caused by a deletion of MPK12...
December 2016: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920379/domestication-impacts-on-plant-herbivore-interactions-a-meta-analysis
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Susan R Whitehead, Martin M Turcotte, Katja Poveda
For millennia, humans have imposed strong selection on domesticated crops, resulting in drastically altered crop phenotypes compared with wild ancestors. Crop yields have increased, but a long-held hypothesis is that domestication has also unintentionally decreased plant defences against herbivores. To test this hypothesis, we conducted a phylogenetically controlled meta-analysis comparing insect herbivore resistance and putative plant defence traits between crops and their wild relatives. Our database included 2098 comparisons made across 73 crops in 89 studies...
January 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919712/extracts-from-two-ubiquitous-mediterranean-plants-ameliorate-cellular-and-animal-models-of-neurodegenerative-proteinopathies
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Michelle Briffa, Stephanie Ghio, Johanna Neuner, Alison J Gauci, Rebecca Cacciottolo, Christelle Marchal, Mario Caruana, Christophe Cullin, Neville Vassallo, Ruben J Cauchi
A signature feature of age-related neurodegenerative proteinopathies is the misfolding and aggregation of proteins, typically amyloid-β (Aβ) in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and α-synuclein (α-syn) in Parkinson's disease (PD), into soluble oligomeric structures that are highly neurotoxic. Cellular and animal models that faithfully replicate the hallmark features of these disorders are being increasing exploited to identify disease-modifying compounds. Natural compounds have been identified as a useful source of bioactive molecules with promising neuroprotective capabilities...
December 2, 2016: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918628/phenotypic-and-genome-wide-association-analysis-of-spike-ethylene-in-diverse-wheat-genotypes-under-heat-stress
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Ravi Valluru, Matthew P Reynolds, William J Davies, Sivakumar Sukumaran
The gaseous phytohormone ethylene plays an important role in spike development in wheat (Triticum aestivum). However, the genotypic variation and the genomic regions governing spike ethylene (SET) production in wheat under long-term heat stress remain unexplored. We investigated genotypic variation in the production of SET and its relationship with spike dry weight (SDW) in 130 diverse wheat elite lines and landraces under heat-stressed field conditions. We employed an Illumina iSelect 90K single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping array to identify the genetic loci for SET and SDW through a genome-wide association study (GWAS) in a subset of the Wheat Association Mapping Initiative (WAMI) panel...
December 5, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918106/cannabidiol-activates-neuronal-precursor-genes-in-human-gingival-mesenchymal-stromal-cells
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Thangavelu Soundara Rajan, Sabrina Giacoppo, Domenico Scionti, Francesca Diomede, Gianpaolo Grassi, Federica Pollastro, Adriano Piattelli, Placido Bramanti, Emanuela Mazzon, Oriana Trubiani
In the last years, mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) from oral tissues have received considerable interest in regenerative medicine since they can be obtained with minimal invasive procedure and exhibit immunomodulatory properties. This study was aimed to investigate whether in vitro pre-treatment of MSCs obtained from human gingiva (hGMSCs) with Cannabidiol (CBD), a cannabinoid component produced by the plant Cannabis sativa, may promote human gingiva derived MSCs to differentiate towards neuronal precursor cells...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917953/the-core-subunit-of-a-chromatin-remodeling-complex-zmchb101-plays-essential-roles-in-maize-growth-and-development
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Xiaoming Yu, Lili Jiang, Rui Wu, Xinchao Meng, Ai Zhang, Ning Li, Qiong Xia, Xin Qi, Jinsong Pang, Zheng-Yi Xu, Bao Liu
ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling complexes play essential roles in the regulation of diverse biological processes by formulating a DNA template that is accessible to the general transcription apparatus. Although the function of chromatin remodelers in plant development has been studied in A. thaliana, how it affects growth and development of major crops (e.g., maize) remains uninvestigated. Combining genetic, genomic and bioinformatic analyses, we show here that the maize core subunit of chromatin remodeling complex, ZmCHB101, plays essential roles in growth and development of maize at both vegetative and reproductive stages...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917577/inter-and-intra-specific-diversity-in-cistus-l-cistaceae-seeds-analyzed-by-computer-vision-techniques
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Marisol Lo Bianco, Oscar Grillo, Eva Cañadas, Gianfranco Venora, Gianluigi Bacchetta
This work aims to discriminate among different species of the genus Cistus, using seeds parameters and following the scientific plant names included as accepted in The Plant List. Also the intra-specific phenotypic differentiation of C. creticus, through the comparison of three subspecies (C. creticus subsp. creticus, C. c. subsp. eriocephalus and C. c. subsp. corsicus) and the inter-population variability among five C. creticus subsp. eriocephalus populations, were evaluated. Seed mean weight and 137 morpho-colorimetric quantitative variables, describing shape, size, color and textural seed traits, were measured using image analysis techniques...
December 5, 2016: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917290/functional-analysis-of-alternative-splicing-of-the-flowering-locus-t-orthologous-gene-in-chrysanthemum-morifolium
#17
Yachao Mao, Jing Sun, Peipei Cao, Rong Zhang, Qike Fu, Sumei Chen, Fadi Chen, Jiafu Jiang
As the junction of floral development pathways, the FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) protein called 'florigen' plays an important role in the process of plant flowering through signal integration. We isolated four transcripts encoding different isoforms of a FT orthologous gene CmFTL1, from Chrysanthemum morifolium cultivar 'Jimba'. Sequence alignments suggested that the four transcripts are related to the intron 1. Expression analysis showed that four alternative splicing (AS) forms of CmFTL1 varied depending on the developmental stage of the flower...
2016: Horticulture Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917191/tomato-fk506-binding-protein-12kd-fkbp12-mediates-the-interaction-between-rapamycin-and-target-of-rapamycin-tor
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Fangjie Xiong, Pan Dong, Mei Liu, Gengxin Xie, Kai Wang, Fengping Zhuo, Li Feng, Lu Yang, Zhengguo Li, Maozhi Ren
Target of Rapamycin (TOR) signaling is an important regulator in multiple organisms including yeast, plants, and animals. However, the TOR signaling in plants is much less understood as compared to that in yeast and animals. TOR kinase can be efficiently suppressed by rapamycin in the presence of functional FK506 Binding Protein 12 KD (FKBP12) in yeast and animals. In most examined higher plants rapamycin fails to inhibit TOR kinase due to the non-functional FKBP12. Here we find that tomato plants showed obvious growth inhibition when treated with rapamycin and the inhibitory phenotype is similar to suppression of TOR causing by active-site TOR inhibitors (asTORis) such as KU63794, AZD8055, and Torin1...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916935/genome-wide-survey-reveals-transcriptional-differences-underlying-the-contrasting-trichome-phenotypes-of-two-sister-desert-poplars
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Jianchao Ma, Xiaodong He, Xiaotao Bai, Zhimin Niu, Bingbing Duan, Ningning Chen, Xuemin Shao, Dongshi Wan
Trichomes, which are widely used as an important diagnostic characteristic in plant species delimitation, play important roles in plant defense and adaptation to adverse environments. In this study, we used two sister poplar species, Populus pruinosa and Populus euphratica-which have, respectively, dense and sparse trichomes-to examine the genetic differences associated with these contrasting phenotypes. The results showed that 42 and 45 genes could be identified as candidate genes related to trichomes in P...
December 1, 2016: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915455/overexpression-of-atedt1-promotes-root-elongation-and-affects-medicinal-secondary-metabolite-biosynthesis-in-roots-of-transgenic-salvia-miltiorrhiza
#20
Yu Liu, Geng Sun, Zhaohui Zhong, Linyi Ji, Yong Zhang, Jianping Zhou, Xuelian Zheng, Kejun Deng
Medicinal secondary metabolites (salvianolic acids and tanshinones) are valuable natural bioactive compounds in Salvia miltiorrhiza and have widespread applications. Improvement of medicinal secondary metabolite accumulation through biotechnology is necessary and urgent to satisfy their increasing demand. Herein, it was demonstrated that the overexpression of the transcription factor Arabidopsis thaliana-enhanced drought tolerance 1 (AtEDT1) could affect medicinal secondary metabolite accumulation. In this study, we observed that the transgenic lines significantly conferred drought tolerance phenotype...
December 3, 2016: Protoplasma
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