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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922871/divergence-of-the-venom-exogene-repertoire-in-two-sister-species-of-turriconus
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Qing Li, Neda Barghi, Aiping Lu, Alexander E Fedosov, Pradip K Bandyopadhyay, Arturo O Lluisma, Gisela P Concepcion, Mark Yandell, Baldomero M Olivera, Helena Safavi-Hemami
The genus Conus comprises approximately 700 species of venomous marine cone snails that are highly efficient predators of worms, snails, and fish. In evolutionary terms, cone snails are relatively young with the earliest fossil records occurring in the Lower Eocene, 55 Ma. The rapid radiation of cone snail species has been accompanied by remarkably high rates of toxin diversification. To shed light on the molecular mechanisms that accompany speciation, we investigated the toxin repertoire of two sister species, Conus andremenezi and Conus praecellens, that were until recently considered a single variable species...
September 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922869/genome-organization-of-sphingobium-indicum-b90a-an-archetypal-hexachlorocyclohexane-hch-degrading-genotype
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Helianthous Verma, Abhay Bajaj, Roshan Kumar, Jasvinder Kaur, Shailly Anand, Namita Nayyar, Akshita Puri, Yogendra Singh, Jitendra P Khurana, Rup Lal
Among sphingomonads, Sphingobium indicum B90A is widely investigated for its ability to degrade a manmade pesticide, γ-hexachlorocyclohexane (γ-HCH) and its isomers (α-, β-, δ-, and ε-HCH). In this study, complete genome of strain B90A was constructed using Single Molecule Real Time Sequencing (SMRT) and Illumina platform. The complete genome revealed that strain B90A harbors four replicons: one chromosome (3,654,322 bp) and three plasmids designated as pSRL1 (139,218 bp), pSRL2 (108,430 bp) and pSRL3 (43,761 bp)...
September 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922848/aggressive-behavior-in-silent-subtype-iii-pituitary-adenomas-may-depend-on-suppression-of-local-immune-response-a-whole-transcriptome-analysis
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Timothy E Richardson, Zhong-Jian Shen, Mohammed Kanchwala, Chao Xing, Alexander Filatenkov, Ping Shang, Samuel Barnett, Zahidur Abedin, James S Malter, Jack M Raisanen, Dennis K Burns, Charles L White, Kimmo J Hatanpaa
Silent subtype III pituitary adenomas (SS-3) are clinically nonfunctional adenomas that are more aggressive in terms of invasion and risk of recurrence than their conventional null cell counterparts. We previously showed that these tumors can be distinguished by immunohistochemistry based on the identification of a markedly enlarged and fragmented Golgi apparatus. To understand the molecular correlates of differential aggressiveness, we performed whole transcriptome sequencing (RNAseq) on 4 SS-3 and 4 conventional null cell adenomas...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922847/germline-msh6-mutation-in-a-patient-with-two-independent-primary-glioblastomas
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Linda M Forsström, Koichiro Sumi, Markus J Mäkinen, Ji Eun Oh, Riitta Herva, Paul Kleihues, Hiroko Ohgaki, Lauri A Aaltonen
We previously reported a patient who had developed 2 glioblastomas at the age of 54 and 64 years, respectively. The first glioblastoma in the right frontal lobe was treated with surgery and radiotherapy. Ten years later, the patient developed a second, left frontal glioblastoma. Discordant patterns of TP53 and PTEN mutations suggested that the second tumor was not a recurrence but an independently developed glioblastoma. To determine the molecular mechanism underlying this enigmatic case with 10-year survival, we performed whole-exome sequencing...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922845/pot1-mediated-%C3%AE-integration-strategy-for-high-copy-stable-expression-of-heterologous-proteins-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Xiaofei Song, Quanli Liu, Jiwei Mao, Yuzhen Wu, Yuanzi Li, Kai Gao, Xiuming Zhang, Yanling Bai, Haijin Xu, Mingqiang Qiao
In biotechnological industry, increased expression cassette stability and copy number serve as important means of maintaining consistently high production levels of heterologous proteins in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. In this study, we combined δ sequences for site-specific integration with TPI1 gene from Schizosaccharomyces pombe (POT1) as a selection marker to realize high-copy integration and stable expression of heterologous proteins in S. cerevisiae. With the newly developed POT1 platform, a 32-copy integration of enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) expression cassette was obtained in a single round and was stably maintained after 100 generations of growth in a rich complex medium...
September 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922839/first-description-of-a-new-uncultured-epsilon-sulfur-bacterium-colonizing-marine-mangrove-sediment-in-the-caribbean-thiovulum-sp-strain-karukerense
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Olivier Gros
Here, the first description is reported of an epsilon sulfur-oxidizing bacterium from sulfide-rich sediments of marine mangrove in the Caribbean. By transition electron microscopy it was shown that this new strain contains intracytoplasmic large internal sulfur granules, which was confirmed by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analyses performed using an environmental scanning electron microscope. The sulfur distribution obtained for this sulfur-oxidizing bacterial strain allowed us to conclude that elemental sulfur is formed as an intermediate oxidation product and stored intracellularly...
October 2, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922838/comparative-genomics-of-a-drug-resistant-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-panel-and-the-challenges-of-antimicrobial-resistance-prediction-from-genomes
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J Jeukens, I Kukavica-Ibrulj, J G Emond-Rheault, L Freschi, R C Levesque
Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is now recognized as a global threat to human health. The accessibility of microbial whole-genome sequencing offers an invaluable opportunity for resistance surveillance via the resistome, i.e. the genes and mutations underlying AMR. Unfortunately, AMR prediction from genomic data remains extremely challenging, especially for species with a large pan-genome. One such organism, for which multidrug-resistant (MDR) isolates are frequently encountered in the clinic, is Pseudomonas aeruginosa...
October 2, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922831/the-transcription-factors-coup-tfi-and-coup-tfii-have-distinct-roles-in-arealisation-and-gabaergic-interneuron-specification-in-the-early-human-fetal-telencephalon
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Ayman Alzu'bi, Susan J Lindsay, Lauren F Harkin, Jack McIntyre, Steven N Lisgo, Gavin J Clowry
In human telencephalon at 8-12 postconceptional weeks, ribonucleic acid quantitative sequencing and immunohistochemistry revealed cortical chicken ovalbumin upstream promotor-transcription factor 1 (COUP-TFI) expression in a high ventro-posterior to low anterior gradient except for raised immunoreactivity in the anterior ventral pallium. Unlike in mouse, COUP-TFI and SP8 were extensively co-expressed in dorsal sensory neocortex and dorsal hippocampus whereas COUPTFI/COUPTFII co-expression defined ventral temporal cortex and ventral hippocampus...
October 1, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922823/de-novo-genome-assembly-of-camptotheca-acuminata-a-natural-source-of-the-anti-cancer-compound-camptothecin
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Dongyan Zhao, John P Hamilton, Gina M Pham, Emily Crisovan, Krystle Wiegert-Rininger, Brieanne Vaillancourt, Dean DellaPenna, C Robin Buell
Camptotheca acuminata is 1 of a limited number of species that produce camptothecin, a pentacyclic quinoline alkaloid with anti-cancer activity due to its ability to inhibit DNA topoisomerase. While transcriptome studies have been performed previously with various camptothecin-producing species, no genome sequence for a camptothecin-producing species is available to date. We generated a high-quality de novo genome assembly for C. acuminata representing 403 174 860 bp on 1394 scaffolds with an N50 scaffold size of 1752 kbp...
September 1, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922804/hunting-for-agile-prey-trophic-specialisation-in-leptophryid-amoebae-vampyrellida-rhizaria-revealed-by-two-novel-predators-of-planktonic-algae
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Sebastian Hess
Vampyrellid amoebae (Vampyrellida, Rhizaria) are widespread in freshwater, marine and terrestrial ecosystems and consume a wide range of eukaryotes, e.g. algae, fungi and micrometazoa. Environmental sequences indicate that only a small fraction of their genetic diversity is phenotypically characterised, emphasising the need to further explore unknown vampyrellids and their interactions with prey organisms. This study tests the prey range specificity of three vampyrellid amoebae with 49 strains of three common groups of freshwater algae (Zygnematophyceae, Euglenophyceae and Volvocales), and documents specific interactions by time-lapse microscopy...
September 1, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922802/succession-of-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungi-along-a-52-year-agricultural-recultivation-chronosequence
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Julien Roy, Rüdiger Reichel, Nicolas Brüggemann, Stefan Hempel, Matthias C Rillig
Arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi provide a range of functions in natural and managed ecosystems. However, the trajectory of AM fungal diversity after land degradation is poorly known. We studied the succession of AM fungi along an agricultural recultivation chronosequence after open-cast mining near Cologne, Germany. We used high-throughput sequencing of the large-subunit ribosomal RNA genes to characterize the soil AM fungal communities of 10 agricultural fields spanning 52 years of recultivation. During three years, soils are recultivated with a legume, and then converted to agriculture to be later returned to local farmers implementing conventional agriculture...
September 1, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922800/changes-in-fibre-adherent-and-fluid-associated-microbial-communities-and-fermentation-profiles-in-the-rumen-of-cattle-fed-diets-differing-in-hay-quality-and-concentrate-amount
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Fenja Klevenhusen, Renee M Petri, Maria-Theresia Kleefisch, Ratchaneewan Khiaosa-Ard, Barbara U Metzler-Zebeli, Qendrim Zebeli
The rumen microbiota enable important metabolic functions to the host cattle. Feeding of starch-rich concentrate feedstuffs to cattle has been demonstrated to increase the risk of metabolic disorders and to significantly alter the rumen microbiome. Thus, alternative feeding strategies like the use of high-quality hay, rich in sugars, as an alternative energy source need to be explored. The aim of this study was to investigate changes in rumen microbial abundances in the liquid and solid-associated fraction of cattle fed two hay qualities differing in sugar content with graded amounts of starchy concentrate feeds using Illumina MiSeq sequencing and quantitative polymerase chain reaction...
September 1, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922779/targeting-the-myofibroblastic-cancer-associated-fibroblast-phenotype-through-inhibition-of-nox4
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Christopher J Hanley, Massimiliano Mellone, Kirsty Ford, Steve M Thirdborough, Toby Mellows, Steven J Frampton, David M Smith, Elena Harden, Cedric Szyndralewiez, Marc Bullock, Fergus Noble, Karwan A Moutasim, Emma V King, Pandurangan Vijayanand, Alex H Mirnezami, Timothy J Underwood, Christian H Ottensmeier, Gareth J Thomas
Background: Cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) are tumor-promoting and correlate with poor survival in many cancers, which has led to their emergence as potential therapeutic targets. However, effective methods to manipulate these cells clinically have yet to be developed. Methods: CAF accumulation and prognostic significance in head and neck cancer (oral, n = 260; oropharyngeal, n = 271), and colorectal cancer (n = 56) was analyzed using immunohistochemistry...
January 1, 2018: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922771/a-specific-role-of-iron-in-promoting-meristematic-cell-division-during-adventitious-root-formation
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Alexander Hilo, Fahimeh Shahinnia, Uwe Druege, Philipp Franken, Michael Melzer, Twan Rutten, Nicolaus von Wirén, Mohammad-Reza Hajirezaei
Adventitious root (AR) formation is characterized by a sequence of physiological and morphological processes and determined by external factors, including mineral nutrition, the impacts of which remain largely elusive. Morphological and anatomical evaluation of the effects of mineral elements on AR formation in leafy cuttings of Petunia hybrida revealed a striking stimulation by iron (Fe) and a promotive action of ammonium (NH4+). The optimal application period for these nutrients corresponded to early division of meristematic cells in the rooting zone and coincided with increased transcript levels of mitotic cyclins...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922761/rapid-mapping-and-cloning-of-the-virescent-1-gene-in-cotton-by-bulked-segregant-analysis-next-generation-sequencing-and-virus-induced-gene-silencing-strategies
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Jiankun Zhu, Jiedan Chen, Fengkai Gao, Chenyu Xu, Huaitong Wu, Kun Chen, Zhanfeng Si, Hu Yan, Tianzhen Zhang
Map-based gene cloning is a vital strategy for the identification of the quantitative trait loci or genes underlying important agronomic traits. The conventional map-based cloning method is powerful but generally time-consuming and labor-intensive. In this context, we introduce an improved bulked segregant analysis method in combination with a virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) strategy for rapid and reliable gene mapping, identification and functional verification. This method was applied to a multiple recessive marker line of upland cotton, Texas 582 (T582), and identified unique genomic positions harboring mutant loci, showing the reliability and efficacy of this method...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922755/root-transcriptomic-responses-of-grafted-grapevines-to-heterogeneous-nitrogen-availability-depend-on-rootstock-genotype
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Noé Cochetel, Frédéric Escudié, Sarah Jane Cookson, Zhanwu Dai, Philippe Vivin, Pierre-François Bert, Mindy Stephania Muñoz, Serge Delrot, Christophe Klopp, Nathalie Ollat, Virginie Lauvergeat
In many fruit species, including grapevine, grafting is used to improve scion productivity and quality and to adapt the plant to environmental conditions. However, the mechanisms underlying the rootstock control of scion development are still poorly understood. The ability of rootstocks to regulate nitrogen uptake and assimilation may contribute to this control. A split-root system was used to grow heterografted grapevines and to investigate the molecular responses to changes in nitrate availability of two rootstocks known to affect scion growth differently...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922752/current-understanding-of-the-pathways-of-flavonoid-biosynthesis-in-model-and-crop-plants
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Takayuki Tohge, Leonardo Perez de Souza, Alisdair R Fernie
Flavonoids are a signature class of secondary metabolites formed from a relatively simple collection of scaffolds. They are extensively decorated by chemical reactions including glycosylation, methylation, and acylation. They are present in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and as such in Western populations it is estimated that 20-50 mg of flavonoids are consumed daily per person. In planta they have demonstrated to contribute to both flower color and UV protection. Their consumption has been suggested to presenta wide range of health benefits...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922749/unraveling-additional-o-methylation-steps-in-benzylisoquinoline-alkaloid-biosynthesis-in-california-poppy-eschscholzia-californica
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Ratmoyo Purwanto, Kentaro Hori, Yasuyuki Yamada, Fumihiko Sato
California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), a member of the Papaveraceae family, produces many biologically active benzylisoquinoline alkaloids (BIAs), such as sanguinarine, macarpine and chelerythrine. Sanguinarine biosynthesis has been elucidated at the molecular level, and its biosynthetic genes have been isolated and used in synthetic biology approaches to produce BIAs in vitro. However, several genes involved in the biosynthesis of macarpine and chelerythrine have not yet been characterized. In this study, we report the isolation and characterization of a novel O-methyltransferase (OMT) involved in the biosynthesis of partially characterized BIAs, especially chelerythrine...
September 1, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922747/allelic-variation-of-ntnramp5-associated-with-cultivar-variation-in-cadmium-accumulation-in-tobacco
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Zhong Tang, Hailin Cai, Jie Li, Yanling Lv, Wenwen Zhang, Fang-Jie Zhao
Tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) is a cadmium (Cd) accumulator, and smoking is a major source of Cd exposure. In the present study, we identified two tobacco cultivars with contrasting phenotypes of Cd and manganese (Mn) accumulation in both hydroponic and soil pot experiments. Physiological experiments showed that the two cultivars differed in Cd uptake, but not in Cd translocation from roots to shoots. A homolog of OsNramp5 (natural resistance-associated macrophage protein 5), NtNramp5, was isolated from both cultivars...
September 1, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922741/genomic-and-biochemical-characterization-of-sialic-acid-acetylesterase-siae-in-zebrafish
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Viola Ravasio, Eufemia Damiati, Daniela Zizioli, Flavia Orizio, Edoardo Giacopuzzi, Marta Manzoni, Roberto Bresciani, Giuseppe Borsani, Eugenio Monti
Sialic acid acetylesterase (SIAE) removes acetyl moieties from the carbon 9 and 4 hydroxyl groups of sialic acid and recently a debate has been opened on its association to autoimmunity. Trying to get new insights on this intriguing enzyme we have studied siae in zebrafish (Danio rerio). In this teleost siae encodes for a polypeptide with a high degree of sequence identity to human and mouse counterparts. Zebrafish Siae behavior upon transient expression in COS7 cells is comparable to human enzyme concerning pH optimum of enzyme activity, subcellular localization and glycosylation...
October 1, 2017: Glycobiology
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