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A Bruce Cahoon, John A Nauss, Conner D Stanley, Ali Qureshi
Nearly all land plants post-transcriptionally modify specific nucleotides within RNAs, a process known as RNA editing. This adaptation allows the correction of deleterious mutations within the asexually reproducing and presumably non-recombinant chloroplast and mitochondrial genomes. There are no reports of RNA editing in any of the green algae so this phenomenon is presumed to have originated in embryophytes either after the invasion of land or in the now extinct algal ancestor of all land plants. This was challenged when a recent in silico screen for RNA edit sites based on genomic sequence homology predicted edit sites in the green alga Chara vulgaris, a multicellular alga found within the Streptophyta clade and one of the closest extant algal relatives of land plants...
February 20, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207991/high-yield-secretion-of-recombinant-proteins-from-the-microalga-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
#2
E M Ramos-Martinez, L Fimognari, Y Sakuragi
Microalga-based biomanufacturing of recombinant proteins is attracting growing attention due to its advantages in safety, metabolic diversity, scalability, and sustainability. Secretion of recombinant proteins can accelerate the use of microalgal platforms by allowing post-translational modifications and easy recovery of products from the culture media. However, currently, the yields of secreted recombinant proteins are low, which hampers the commercial application of this strategy. This study aimed at expanding the genetic tools for enhancing secretion of recombinant proteins in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, a widely used green microalga as a model organism and a potential industrial biotechnology platform...
February 16, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188480/sexual-reproduction-and-sex-determination-in-green-algae
#3
Hiroyuki Sekimoto
The sexual reproductive processes of some representative freshwater green algae are reviewed. Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is a unicellular volvocine alga having two mating types: mating type plus (mt(+)) and mating type minus (mt(-)), which are controlled by a single, complex mating-type locus. Sexual adhesion between the gametes is mediated by sex-specific agglutinin molecules on their flagellar membranes. Cell fusion is initiated by an adhesive interaction between the mt(+) and mt(-) mating structures, followed by localized membrane fusion...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28184232/bioinformatics-prediction-and-evolution-analysis-of-arabinogalactan-proteins-in-the-plant-kingdom
#4
Yuling Ma, Chenchao Yan, Huimin Li, Wentao Wu, Yaxue Liu, Yuqian Wang, Qin Chen, Haoli Ma
Arabinogalactan proteins (AGPs) are a family of extracellular glycoproteins implicated in plant growth and development. With a rapid growth in the number of genomes sequenced in many plant species, the family members of AGPs can now be predicted to facilitate functional investigation. Building upon previous advances in identifying Arabidopsis AGPs, an integrated strategy of systematical AGP screening for "classical" and "chimeric" family members is proposed in this study. A Python script named Finding-AGP is compiled to find AGP-like sequences and filter AGP candidates under the given thresholds...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181234/the-effect-of-sex-on-the-repeatability-of-evolution-in-different-environments
#5
Josianne Lachapelle, Nick Colegrave
The adaptive function of sex has been extensively studied, while less consideration has been given to the potential downstream consequences of sex on evolution. Here we investigate one such potential consequence, the effect of sex on the repeatability of evolution. By affecting the repeatability of evolution, sex could have important implications for biodiversity, and for our ability to make predictions about the outcome of environmental change. We allowed asexual and sexual populations of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii to evolve in novel environments and monitored both their change in fitness and variance in fitness after evolution...
February 9, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177318/crystallization-and-x-ray-analysis-of-d-threonine-aldolase-from-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
#6
Yuki Hirato, Masaru Goto, Mayumi Tokuhisa, Minoru Tanigawa, Katsushi Nishimura
D-Threonine aldolase from the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (CrDTA) catalyzes the interconversion of several β-hydroxy-D-amino acids (e.g. D-threonine) and glycine plus the corresponding aldehydes. Recombinant CrDTA was overexpressed in Escherichia coli and purified to homogeneity; it was subsequently crystallized using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method at 295 K. Data were collected and processed at 1.85 Å resolution. Analysis of the diffraction pattern showed that the crystal belonged to space group P1, with unit-cell parameters a = 64...
February 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167934/changes-in-stoichiometry-cellular-rna-and-alkaline-phosphatase-activity-of-chlamydomonas-in-response-to-temperature-and-nutrients
#7
Dag O Hessen, Ola T Hafslund, Tom Andersen, Catharina Broch, Nita K Shala, Marcin W Wojewodzic
Phytoplankton may respond both to elevated temperatures and reduced nutrients by changing their cellular stoichiometry and cell sizes. Since increased temperatures often cause increased thermal stratification and reduced vertical flux of nutrients into the mixed zone, it is difficult to disentangle these drivers in nature. In this study, we used a factorial design with high and low levels of phosphorus (P) and high and low temperature to assess responses in cellular stoichiometry, levels of RNA, and alkaline phosphatase activity (APA) in the chlorophyte Chlamydomonas reinhardtii...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160380/synthesis-of-bacteriophage-lytic-proteins-against-streptococcus-pneumoniae-in-the-chloroplast-of-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
#8
Laura Stoffels, Henry N Taunt, Bambos Charalambous, Saul Purton
There is a pressing need to develop novel antibacterial agents given the widespread antibiotic resistance among pathogenic bacteria and the low specificity of the drugs available. Endolysins are antibacterial proteins that are produced by bacteriophage-infected cells to digest the bacterial cell wall for phage progeny release at the end of the lytic cycle. These highly efficient enzymes show a considerable degree of specificity for the target bacterium of the phage. Furthermore, the emergence of resistance against endolysins appears to be rare as the enzymes have evolved to target molecules in the cell wall that are essential for bacterial viability...
February 3, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156133/phycoremediation-of-municipal-wastewater-by-microalgae-to-produce-biofuel
#9
Amit Kumar Singh, Nikunj Sharma, Humaira Farooqi, Malik Zainul Abdin, Thomas Mock, Shashi Kumar
Municipal wastewater (WW), if not properly remediated, poses a threat to the environment and human health by carrying significant loads of nutrients and pathogens. These contaminants pollute rivers, lakes and natural reservoirs where they cause eutrophication and pathogen-mediated diseases. However, the high nutrient content of WW makes it an ideal environment for remediation with microalgae that require high nutrient concentrations for growth and are not susceptible to toxins and pathogens. Given that an appropriate algal strain is used for remediation, the incurred biomass can be refined for the production of biofuel...
February 3, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142200/chlamydomonas-carries-out-fatty-acid-%C3%AE-oxidation-in-ancestral-peroxisomes-using-a-bona-fide-acyl-coa-oxidase
#10
Fantao Kong, Yuanxue Liang, Bertrand Légeret, Audrey Beyly-Adriano, Stéphanie Blangy, Richard P Haslam, Johnathan A Napier, Fred Beisson, Gilles Peltier, Yonghua Li-Beisson
Peroxisomes are thought to have played a key role in the evolution of metabolic networks of photosynthetic organisms by connecting oxidative and biosynthetic routes operating in different compartments. While the various oxidative pathways operating in the peroxisomes of higher plants are fairly well characterized, the reactions present in the primitive peroxisomes (microbodies) of algae are poorly understood. Screening of a Chlamydomonas insertional mutant library identified a strain strongly impaired in oil remobilization and defective in Cre05...
January 31, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28112386/regulation-of-ascorbate-biosynthesis-in-green-algae-has-evolved-to-enable-rapid-stress-induced-response-via-the-vtc2-gene-encoding-gdp-l-galactose-phosphorylase
#11
André Vidal-Meireles, Juliane Neupert, Laura Zsigmond, Laise Rosado-Souza, László Kovács, Valéria Nagy, Anikó Galambos, Alisdair R Fernie, Ralph Bock, Szilvia Z Tóth
Ascorbate (vitamin C) plays essential roles in stress resistance, development, signaling, hormone biosynthesis and regulation of gene expression; however, little is known about its biosynthesis in algae. In order to provide experimental proof for the operation of the Smirnoff-Wheeler pathway described for higher plants and to gain more information on the regulation of ascorbate biosynthesis in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, we targeted the VTC2 gene encoding GDP-l-galactose phosphorylase using artificial microRNAs...
January 23, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088729/new-insights-into-aox2-transcriptional-regulation-in-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
#12
Mariya Ostroukhova, Zhanneta Zalutskaya, Elena Ermilova
A feature of the mitochondrial electron transport chain in plants, some protists and many fungi is the presence of two terminal oxidases, the energy-conserving cytochrome oxidase and another termed alternative oxidase (AOX). AOX branches from the main respiratory chain, directly coupling the oxidation of ubiquinol with reduction of oxygen to water. The AOX genes can be divided into two discrete subfamilies, AOX1 and AOX2. Although AOX has been proposed to play essential roles in stress tolerance of organisms, the role of subfamily AOX2 is largely unknown...
December 13, 2016: European Journal of Protistology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067772/alternating-current-dielectrophoresis-collection-and-chaining-of-phytoplankton-on-chip-comparison-of-individual-species-and-artificial-communities
#13
COMPARATIVE STUDY
Coralie Siebman, Orlin D Velev, Vera I Slaveykova
The capability of alternating current (AC) dielectrophoresis (DEP) for on-chip capture and chaining of the three species representative of freshwater phytoplankton was evaluated. The effects of the AC field intensity, frequency and duration on the chaining efficiency and chain lengths of green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. and diatom Cyclotella meneghiniana were characterized systematically. C. reinhardtii showed an increase of the chaining efficiency from 100 Hz to 500 kHz at all field intensities; C...
January 5, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065834/nanosecond-pulsed-electric-fields-trigger-cell-differentiation-in-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
#14
Fan Bai, Christian Gusbeth, Wolfgang Frey, Peter Nick
Nanosecond pulsed electric fields (nsPEFs) have great potential for biotechnological and medical applications. However, the biological mechanisms causing the cellular responses are still far from understood. We used the unicellular green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii as experimental model to dissect the immediate consequences of electroporation from the developmental cellular responses evoked by nsPEFs. We observe that nsPEFs induce a short-term permeabilization of the membrane, accompanied by swelling and oxidative burst...
January 6, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064249/light-intensity-is-important-for-hydrogen-production-in-nahso3-treated-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
#15
Lanzhen Wei, Jing Yi, Lianjun Wang, Tingting Huang, Fudan Gao, Quanxi Wang, Weimin Ma
Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is a unicellular green alga that can use light energy to produce H2 from H2O in the background of NaHSO3 treatment. However, the role of light intensity in such H2 production remains elusive. Here, light intensity significantly affected the yield of H2 production in NaHSO3-treated C. reinhardtii, which was consistent with its effects on the content of O2 and the expression and activity of hydrogenase. Further, NaHSO3 was found to be able to remove O2 via a reaction of bisulfite with superoxide anion produced at the acceptor side of PSI, and light intensity affected the reaction rate significantly...
January 7, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060315/high-throughput-robotically-assisted-isolation-of-temperature-sensitive-lethal-mutants-in-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
#16
Michal Breker, Kristi Lieberman, Frej Tulin, Frederick R Cross
Systematic identification and characterization of genetic perturbations have proven useful to decipher gene function and cellular pathways. However, the conventional approaches of permanent gene deletion cannot be applied to essential genes. We have pioneered a unique collection of ~70 temperature-sensitive (ts) lethal mutants for studying cell cycle regulation in the unicellular green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii(1). These mutations identify essential genes, and the ts alleles can be conditionally inactivated by temperature shift, providing valuable tools to identify and analyze essential functions...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050851/competitive-growth-experiments-with-a-high-lipid-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii-mutant-strain-and-its-wild-type-to-predict-industrial-and-ecological-risks
#17
David A Russo, Andrew P Beckerman, Jagroop Pandhal
Key microalgal species are currently being exploited as biomanufacturing platforms using mass cultivation systems. The opportunities to enhance productivity levels or produce non-native compounds are increasing as genetic manipulation and metabolic engineering tools are rapidly advancing. Regardless of the end product, there are both environmental and industrial risks associated to open pond cultivation of mutant microalgal strains. A mutant escape could be detrimental to local biodiversity and increase the risk of algal blooms...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28038776/cloning-and-characterization-of-d-threonine-aldolase-from-the-green-alga-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
#18
Yuki Hirato, Mayumi Tokuhisa, Minoru Tanigawa, Hiroyuki Ashida, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Katsushi Nishimura
d-Threonine aldolase (DTA) catalyzes the pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP)-dependent interconversion of d-threonine and glycine plus acetaldehyde. The enzyme is a powerful tool for the stereospecific synthesis of various β-hydroxy amino acids in synthetic organic chemistry. In this study, DTA from the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii was discovered and characterized, representing the first report to describe the existence of eukaryotic DTA. DTA was overexpressed in recombinant Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3) cells; the specific activity of the enzyme in the cell-free extract was 0...
March 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032976/dynamics-of-lysine-as-a-heme-axial-ligand-nmr-analysis-of-the-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii-hemoglobin-thb1
#19
Matthew R Preimesberger, Ananya Majumdar, Juliette T J Lecomte
Nitrate metabolism in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii involves THB1, a monomeric hemoglobin thought to function as a nitric oxide dioxygenase (NOD). NOD activity requires dioxygen and nitric oxide binding followed by a one-electron oxidation of the heme iron and nitrate release. Unlike pentacoordinate flavohemoglobins, which are efficient NODs, THB1 uses two iron axial ligands: the conserved proximal histidine and a distal lysine (Lys53). As a ligand in both the oxidized (ferric) and reduced (ferrous) states, Lys53 is expected to lower the reorganization energy associated with electron transfer and therefore facilitate reduction of the ferric enzyme...
January 18, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011869/pcom-db-update-a-protein-co-migration-database-for-photosynthetic-organisms
#20
Atsushi Takabayashi, Saeka Takabayashi, Kaori Takahashi, Mai Watanabe, Hiroko Uchida, Akio Murakami, Tomomichi Fujita, Masahiko Ikeuchi, Ayumi Tanaka
The identification of protein complexes is important to understand protein structure and function, and the regulation of cellular processes. We used blue-native PAGE and tandem mass spectrometry to identify protein complexes systematically, and built a web database, the protein co-migration database (PCoM-DB, http://pcomdb.lowtem.hokudai.ac.jp/proteins/top), to provide prediction tools for protein complexes. PCoM-DB provides migration profiles for any given protein of interest, and allows users to compare them with migration profiles of other proteins, showing the oligomeric states of proteins and thus identifying potential interaction partners...
December 22, 2016: Plant & Cell Physiology
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