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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161268/nucleic-acid-purification-from-plants-animals-and-microbes-in-under-30-seconds
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Yiping Zou, Michael Glenn Mason, Yuling Wang, Eugene Wee, Conny Turni, Patrick J Blackall, Matt Trau, Jose Ramon Botella
Nucleic acid amplification is a powerful molecular biology tool, although its use outside the modern laboratory environment is limited due to the relatively cumbersome methods required to extract nucleic acids from biological samples. To address this issue, we investigated a variety of materials for their suitability for nucleic acid capture and purification. We report here that untreated cellulose-based paper can rapidly capture nucleic acids within seconds and retain them during a single washing step, while contaminants present in complex biological samples are quickly removed...
November 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159690/fungal-endophyte-communities-in-begonia-species-from-the-brazilian-atlantic-rainforest
#2
Ana M L Correia, Simone P Lira, Marco A Assis, Andre Rodrigues
Tropical plants represent hotspots of endophytic fungal species diversity. Based on culture-dependent methods, we evaluated the endophytic fungal communities in leaves of three plant species found in the Brazilian Atlantic Rainforest: Begonia fischeri, Begonia olsoniae, and Begonia venosa. These species are found in two distant sites: a continental region and an insular area. A total of 426 fungal endophytes in 19 genera were isolated in pure culture including Colletotrichum (51.6% of isolates) and Diaporthe (22...
November 20, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158982/genome-wide-in-silico-identification-of-membrane-bound-transcription-factors-in-plant-species
#3
Shixiang Yao, Lili Deng, Kaifang Zeng
Membrane-bound transcription factors (MTFs) are located in cellular membranes due to their transmembrane domains. In plants, proteolytic processing is considered to be the main mechanism for MTF activation, which ensures the liberation of MTFs from membranes and further their translocation into the nucleus to regulate gene expression; this process skips both the transcriptional and translational stages, and thus it guarantees the prompt responses of plants to various stimuli. Currently, information concerning plant MTFs is limited to model organisms, including Arabidopsis thaliana and Oryza sativa, and little is known in other plant species at the genome level...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158776/genomics-and-prevalence-of-bacterial-and-archaeal-isolates-from-biogas-producing-microbiomes
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Irena Maus, Andreas Bremges, Yvonne Stolze, Sarah Hahnke, Katharina G Cibis, Daniela E Koeck, Yong S Kim, Jana Kreubel, Julia Hassa, Daniel Wibberg, Aaron Weimann, Sandra Off, Robbin Stantscheff, Vladimir V Zverlov, Wolfgang H Schwarz, Helmut König, Wolfgang Liebl, Paul Scherer, Alice C McHardy, Alexander Sczyrba, Michael Klocke, Alfred Pühler, Andreas Schlüter
Background: To elucidate biogas microbial communities and processes, the application of high-throughput DNA analysis approaches is becoming increasingly important. Unfortunately, generated data can only partialy be interpreted rudimentary since databases lack reference sequences. Results: Novel cellulolytic, hydrolytic, and acidogenic/acetogenic Bacteria as well as methanogenic Archaea originating from different anaerobic digestion communities were analyzed on the genomic level to assess their role in biomass decomposition and biogas production...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157824/fraxetin-and-ethyl-acetate-extract-from-lawsonia-inermis-l-ameliorate-oxidative-stress-in-p-berghei-infected-mice-by-augmenting-antioxidant-defence-system
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Dhananjay Kumar Singh, Harveer Singh Cheema, Archana Saxena, Jyotshana, Shilpi Singh, Mahendra P Darokar, Dnyaneshwar U Bawankule, Karuna Shanker, Suaib Luqman
BACKGROUND: Lawsonia inermis L. is a well-documented plant for cosmetic as well as medicinal properties. It is used by local communities in India and Nigeria for the treatment of many parasitic diseases, including malaria. HYPOTHESIS/PURPOSE: Earlier studies on the plant's antiplasmodial activity were not assigned to any phytochemical with no quality assurance data. In this report, a recent chemically characterized extract and it's major constituent were investigated for in vitro antiplasmodial activity on chloroquine sensitive NF-54 strain...
December 1, 2017: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157022/phytochemical-based-nanomedicines-against-cancer-current-status-and-future-prospects
#6
Md Rizwanullah, Saima Amin, Showkat Rasool Mir, Khalid Umar Fakhri, Mohd Moshahid Alam Rizvi
Cancer continues to be one in all the leading reasons for death worldwide. The mean cancer survival through standard therapeutic strategies has not been significantly improved over the past few decades. Hence, alternate remedies are needed to treat this terrible disease. Recently, natural compounds present in the plants, i.e. phytochemicals have been widely exploited for their anticancer potential. Phytochemicals may exhibit their anticancer activity through targeting different cancer cell signaling pathways, promoting cell cycle arrest and apoptosis, regulating antioxidant status and detoxification...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Drug Targeting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156057/prgdb-3-0-a-comprehensive-platform-for-prediction-and-analysis-of-plant-disease-resistance-genes
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Cristina M O Cruz, Andreu Paytuvi-Gallart, Antimo Di Donato, Vicky Sundesha, Giuseppe Andolfo, Riccardo Aiese Cigliano, Walter Sanseverino, Maria R Ercolano
The Plant Resistance Genes database (PRGdb; http://prgdb.org) has been redesigned with a new user interface, new sections, new tools and new data for genetic improvement, allowing easy access not only to the plant science research community but also to breeders who want to improve plant disease resistance. The home page offers an overview of easy-to-read search boxes that streamline data queries and directly show plant species for which data from candidate or cloned genes have been collected. Bulk data files and curated resistance gene annotations are made available for each plant species hosted...
November 16, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155976/description-of-a-mass-poisoning-in-a-rural-district-in-mozambique-the-first-documented-bongkrekic-acid-poisoning-in-africa
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Eduardo Samo Gudo, Kyla Cook, Amelia M Kasper, Alfredo Vergara, Cristolde Salomão, Fernanda Oliveira, Hamida Ismael, Cristovão Saeze, Carla Mosse, Quinhas Fernandes, Sofia Omar Viegas, Cynthia S Baltazar, Timothy J Doyle, Ellen Yard, Alaina Steck, Mayda Serret, Travis M Falconer, Sara E Kern, Jennifer L Brzezinski, James A Turner, Brian L Boyd, Ilesh V Jani
Background: On January 9, 2015, in a rural town in Mozambique, over 230 people became sick and 75 died from an illness linked to drinking pombe, a traditional alcoholic beverage. Methods: An investigation was conducted to identify cases and determine the cause of the outbreak. A case was defined as any resident of Chitima who developed any new or unexplained neurologic, gastrointestinal, or cardiovascular symptom from January 9 at 6:00 a.m. through January 12. We conducted medical record reviews; healthcare worker and community surveys; anthropological and toxicological investigations of local medicinal plants and commercial pesticides; and laboratory testing of the suspect and control pombe...
November 16, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155841/habitat-and-soil-related-drivers-of-the-root-associated-fungal-community-of-quercus-suber-in-the-northern-moroccan-forest
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Fatima Zahra Maghnia, Younes Abbas, Frédéric Mahé, Benaissa Kerdouh, Estelle Tournier, Mohamed Ouadji, Pierre Tisseyre, Yves Prin, Naïma El Ghachtouli, Salah Eddine Bakkali Yakhlef, Robin Duponnois, Hervé Sanguin
Soil fungi associated with plant roots, notably ectomycorrhizal (EcM) fungi, are central in above- and below-ground interactions in Mediterranean forests. They are a key component in soil nutrient cycling and plant productivity. Yet, major disturbances of Mediterranean forests, particularly in the Southern Mediterranean basin, are observed due to the greater human pressures and climate changes. These disturbances highly impact forest cover, soil properties and consequently the root-associated fungal communities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155257/contrasting-the-microbiomes-from-forest-rhizosphere-and-deeper-bulk-soil-from-an-amazon-rainforest-reserve
#10
Jose Pedro Fonseca, Luisa Hoffmann, Bianca Catarina Azeredo Cabral, Victor Hugo Giordano Dias, Marcio Rodrigues Miranda, Allan Cezar de Azevedo Martins, Clarissa Boschiero, Wanderley Rodrigues Bastos, Rosane Silva
Pristine forest ecosystems provide a unique perspective for the study of plant-associated microbiota since they host a great microbial diversity. Although the Amazon forest is one of the hotspots of biodiversity around the world, few metagenomic studies described its microbial community diversity thus far. Understanding the environmental factors that can cause shifts in microbial profiles is key to improving soil health and biogeochemical cycles. Here we report a taxonomic and functional characterization of the microbiome from the rhizosphere of Brosimum guianense (Snakewood), a native tree, and bulk soil samples from a pristine Brazilian Amazon forest reserve (Cuniã), for the first time by the shotgun approach...
November 15, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154441/root-type-and-soil-phosphate-determine-the-taxonomic-landscape-of-colonizing-fungi-and-the-transcriptome-of-field-grown-maize-roots
#11
Peng Yu, Chao Wang, Jutta A Baldauf, Huanhuan Tai, Caroline Gutjahr, Frank Hochholdinger, Chunjian Li
Different root types of plants are colonized by a myriad of soil microorganisms, including fungi, which influence plant health and performance. The distinct functional and metabolic characteristics of these root types may influence root type-inhabiting fungal communities. We performed internal transcribed spacer (ITS) DNA profiling to determine the composition of fungal communities in field-grown axial and lateral roots of maize (Zea mays) and in response to two different soil phosphate (P) regimes. In parallel, these root types were subjected to transcriptome profiling by RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq)...
November 20, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153875/the-role-of-operating-parameters-and-oxidative-damage-mechanisms-of-advanced-chemical-oxidation-processes-in-the-combat-against-antibiotic-resistant-bacteria-and-resistance-genes-present-in-urban-wastewater
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I Michael-Kordatou, P Karaolia, D Fatta-Kassinos
An upsurge in the study of antibiotic resistance in the environment has been observed in the last decade. Nowadays, it is becoming increasingly clear that urban wastewater is a key source of antibiotic resistance determinants, i.e. antibiotic-resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes (ARB&ARGs). Urban wastewater reuse has arisen as an important component of water resources management in the European Union and worldwide to address prolonged water scarcity issues. Especially, biological wastewater treatment processes (i...
October 27, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153474/impacts-of-environmental-factors-on-the-whole-microbial-communities-in-the-rhizosphere-of-a-metal-tolerant-plant-elsholtzia-haichowensis-sun
#13
Songqiang Deng, Tan Ke, Longtai Li, Shenwen Cai, Yuyue Zhou, Yue Liu, Limin Guo, Lanzhou Chen, Dayi Zhang
Rhizospheric microbes play important roles in plant growth and heavy metals (HMs) transformation, possessing great potential for the successful phytoremediation of environmental pollutants. In the present study, the rhizosphere of Elsholtzia haichowensis Sun was comprehensively studied to uncover the influence of environmental factors (EFs) on the whole microbial communities including bacteria, fungi and archaea, via quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) and high-throughput sequencing. By analyzing molecular ecological network and multivariate regression trees (MRT), we evaluated the distinct impacts of 37 EFs on soil microbial community...
November 15, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152187/genetic-diversity-population-structure-and-traditional-culture-of-camellia-reticulata
#14
Tong Xin, Weijuan Huang, Jan De Riek, Shuang Zhang, Selena Ahmed, Johan Van Huylenbroeck, Chunlin Long
Camellia reticulata is an arbor tree that has been cultivated in southwestern China by various sociolinguistic groups for esthetic purposes as well as to derive an edible seed oil. This study examined the influence of management, socio-economic factors, and religion on the genetic diversity patterns of Camellia reticulata utilizing a combination of ethnobotanical and molecular genetic approaches. Semi-structured interviews and key informant interviews were carried out with local communities in China's Yunnan Province...
November 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152171/plant-facilitated-effects-of-exotic-earthworm-pontoscolex-corethrurus-on-the-soil-carbon-and-nitrogen-dynamics-and-soil-microbial-community-in-a-subtropical-field-ecosystem
#15
Jianping Wu, Weixin Zhang, Yuanhu Shao, Shenglei Fu
Earthworms and plants greatly affect belowground properties; however, their combined effects are more attractive based on the ecosystem scale in the field condition. To address this point, we manipulated earthworms (exotic endogeic species Pontoscolex corethrurus) and plants (living plants [native tree species Evodia lepta] and artificial plants) to investigate their combined effects on soil microorganisms, soil nutrients, and soil respiration in a subtropical forest. The manipulation of artificial plants aimed to simulate the physical effects of plants (e...
November 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150508/community-composition-and-ultrastructure-of-a-nitrate-dependent-anaerobic-methane-oxidizing-enrichment-culture
#16
Lavinia Gambelli, Simon Guerrero-Cruz, Rob J Mesman, Geert Cremers, Mike S M Jetten, Huub J M Op den Camp, Boran Kartal, Claudia Lueke, Laura van Niftrik
Methane is a very potent greenhouse gas and can be oxidized aerobically or anaerobically through microbial-mediated processes, thus decreasing methane emissions to the atmosphere. Using a complementary array of methods including phylogenetic analysis, physiological experiments, and light and electron microscopy techniques (including electron tomography), we investigated the community composition and ultrastructure of a continuous bioreactor enrichment culture, in which anaerobic methane oxidation (AOM) was coupled to nitrate reduction...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149859/medicinal-plants-used-by-women-in-mecca-urban-muslim-and-gendered-knowledge
#17
Afnan Alqethami, Julie A Hawkins, Irene Teixidor-Toneu
BACKGROUND: This study explores medicinal plant knowledge and use among Muslim women in the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Ethnobotanical research in the region has focused on rural populations and male herbal healers in cities, and based on these few studies, it is suggested that medicinal plant knowledge may be eroding. Here, we document lay, female knowledge of medicinal plants in an urban centre, interpreting findings in the light of the growing field of urban ethnobotany and gendered knowledge and in an Islamic context...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149640/change-to-ecosystem-properties-through-changing-the-dominant-species-impact-of-pteridium-aquilinum-control-and-heathland-restoration-treatments-on-selected-soil-properties
#18
G Milligan, K E Booth, E S Cox, R J Pakeman, M G Le Duc, L Connor, S Blackbird, R H Marrs
It is well known that soils are influenced by the plant species that grow in them. Here we consider the effects of management-induced changes to plant communities and their soils during restoration within a 20-year manipulative experiment where the aim was to change a late-successional community dominated by the weed, Pteridium aquilinum, to an earlier-successional grass-heath one. The ecological restoration treatments altered the above- and below-ground components of the community substantially. Untreated plots maintained a dense Pteridium cover with little understory vegetation, cutting treatments produce significant reductions of Pteridium, whereas herbicide (asulam) produced significant immediate reductions in Pteridium but regressed towards the untreated plots within 10 years...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147973/co-variation-of-bacterial-and-fungal-communities-in-different-sorghum-cultivars-and-growth-stages-is-soil-dependent
#19
Thiago R Schlemper, Johannes A van Veen, Eiko E Kuramae
Rhizosphere microbial community composition can be influenced by different biotic and abiotic factors. We investigated the composition and co-variation of rhizosphere bacterial and fungal communities from two sorghum genotypes (BRS330 and SRN-39) in three different plant growth stages (emergence of the second leaf, (day10), vegetative to reproductive differentiation point (day 35), and at the last visible emerged leaf (day 50)) in two different soil types, Clue field (CF) and Vredepeel (VD). We observed that either bacterial or fungal community had its composition stronger influenced by soil followed by plant growth stage and cultivar...
November 16, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147807/distinct-diversity-patterns-of-planctomycetes-associated-with-the-freshwater-macrophyte-nuphar-lutea-l-smith
#20
Anastasia A Ivanova, Dmitriy A Philippov, Irina S Kulichevskaya, Svetlana N Dedysh
Members of the phylum Planctomycetes were originally described as freshwater bacteria. Most recent studies, however, address planctomycete diversity in other environments colonized by these microorganisms, including marine and terrestrial ecosystems. This study was initiated in order to revisit the specific patterns of planctomycete diversity in freshwater habitats using cultivation-independent approaches. The specific focus was made on planctomycetes associated with Nuphar lutea (L.) Smith, an emergent macrophyte with floating leaves, which is widespread in the Holarctic...
November 17, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
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