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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29180830/mycosphaerellaceae-chaos-or-clarity
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S I R Videira, J Z Groenewald, C Nakashima, U Braun, R W Barreto, P J G M de Wit, P W Crous
The Mycosphaerellaceae represent thousands of fungal species that are associated with diseases on a wide range of plant hosts. Understanding and stabilising the taxonomy of genera and species of Mycosphaerellaceae is therefore of the utmost importance given their impact on agriculture, horticulture and forestry. Based on previous molecular studies, several phylogenetic and morphologically distinct genera within the Mycosphaerellaceae have been delimited. In this study a multigene phylogenetic analysis (LSU, ITS and rpb2) was performed based on 415 isolates representing 297 taxa and incorporating ex-type strains where available...
June 2017: Studies in Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29080424/mechanisms-of-desiccation-tolerance-in-the-bromeliad-pitcairnia-burchellii-mez-biochemical-adjustments-and-structural-changes
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Evandro Alves Vieira, Kleber Resende Silva, Aline Oriani, Camila Fernandes Moro, Marcia Regina Braga
Rocky outcrops represent the diversity center of vascular desiccation tolerant (DT) plants. Vegetation in this environment is exposed to an extended dry season and extreme conditions due to rocky soils and high sun exposure. In this study, we demonstrated that Pitcairnia burchellii, a bromeliad from rocky outcrops, tolerates intense desiccation for about 90 days due to strategies as accumulation of compatible osmolytes and antioxidant substances together with leaf morphological changes. In dehydrated plants, an increase in antioxidant activity was observed and the vacuolization of parenchyma cells was accompanied by proline accumulation in leaves and rhizomes...
October 10, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036694/efficient-modulation-of-photosynthetic-apparatus-confers-desiccation-tolerance-in-the-resurrection-plant-boea-hygrometrica
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Tinghong Tan, Yanni Sun, Shishuai Luo, Chao Zhang, Huapeng Zhou, Honghui Lin
Boea hygrometrica (B. hygrometrica) can tolerate severe desiccation and resume photosynthetic activity rapidly upon water availability. However, little is known about the mechanisms by which B. hygrometrica adapts to dehydration and resumes competence upon rehydration. Here we determine how B. hygrometrica deals with oxidative stress, excessive excitation/electron pressures as well as photosynthetic apparatus modulation during dehydration/rehydration. By measuring ROS generation and scavenging efficiency, we found that B...
November 1, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865108/glycerolipid-analysis-during-desiccation-and-recovery-of-the-resurrection-plant-xerophyta-humilis-bak-dur-and-schinz
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Freedom Tshabuse, Jill M Farrant, Lydie Humbert, Deborah Moura, Dominique Rainteau, Christophe Espinasse, Abdelghani Idrissi Taghki, Franck Merlier, Sébastien Acket, Mohamad S Rafudeen, Brigitte Thomasset, Eric Ruelland
Xerophyta humilis is a poikilochlorophyllous monocot resurrection plant used as a model to study vegetative desiccation tolerance. Dehydration imposes tension and ultimate loss of integrity of membranes in desiccation sensitive species. We investigated the predominant molecular species of glycerolipids present in root and leaf tissues, using multiple reaction monitoring mass spectrometry, then analysed changes therein during dehydration and subsequent rehydration of whole plants. The presence of fatty acids with long carbon chains and with odd numbers of carbons were detected and confirmed by gas chromatography...
September 2, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851758/orthodox-seeds-and-resurrection-plants-two-of-a-kind
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Maria-Cecília D Costa, Keren Cooper, Henk W M Hilhorst, Jill M Farrant
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746763/reclaiming-hope-in-extinction-storytelling
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Patrice Kohl
Critics often take conservationists to task for delivering a constant barrage of bad news without offering a compelling vision of the future. Could recent advances in synthetic biology-an optimistic, forward-looking field with a can-do attitude-let conservationists develop a new vision and generate some better news? Synthetic biology and related gene-editing applications could be used to address threats to species. Genetic interventions might also be used in plants to better protect biodiversity in U.S. rangelands and forests...
July 2017: Hastings Center Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622918/angiosperm-plant-desiccation-tolerance-hints-from-transcriptomics-and-genome-sequencing
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Valentino Giarola, Quancan Hou, Dorothea Bartels
Desiccation tolerance (DT) in angiosperms is present in the small group of resurrection plants and in seeds. DT requires the presence of protective proteins, specific carbohydrates, restructuring of membrane lipids, and regulatory mechanisms directing a dedicated gene expression program. Many components are common to resurrection plants and seeds; however, some are specific for resurrection plants. Understanding how each component contributes to DT is challenging. Recent transcriptome analyses and genome sequencing indicate that increased expression is essential of genes encoding protective components, recently evolved, species-specific genes and non-protein-coding RNAs...
August 2017: Trends in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494872/using-resurrected-ancestral-proviral-proteins-to-engineer-virus-resistance
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Asunción Delgado, Rocio Arco, Beatriz Ibarra-Molero, Jose M Sanchez-Ruiz
Proviral factors are host proteins hijacked by viruses for processes essential for virus propagation such as cellular entry and replication. Pathogens and their hosts co-evolve. It follows that replacing a proviral factor with a functional ancestral form of the same protein could prevent viral propagation without fatally compromising organismal fitness. Here, we provide proof of concept of this notion. Thioredoxins serve as general oxidoreductases in all known cells. We report that several laboratory resurrections of Precambrian thioredoxins display substantial levels of functionality within Escherichia coli...
May 9, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466470/an-osmotin-from-the-resurrection-plant-tripogon-loliiformis-tlosm-confers-tolerance-to-multiple-abiotic-stresses-in-transgenic-rice
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Thi Thuy Trang Le, Brett Williams, Sagadevan Mundree
Osmotin is a key protein associated with abiotic and biotic stress response in plants. In this study, an osmotin from the resurrection plant Tripogon loliiformis (TlOsm) was characterized and functionally analyzed under abiotic stress conditions in T. loliiformis as well as in transgenic Nicotiana tabacum (tobacco) and Oryza sativa (rice) plants. Real-time PCR analysis on mixed elicitor cDNA libraries from T. loliiformis showed that TlOsm was upregulated a thousand-fold during the early stages of osmotic stresses (cold, drought, and salinity) in both shoots and roots but down-regulated in shoots during heat stress...
May 3, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351347/sporobolus-stapfianus-insights-into-desiccation-tolerance-in-the-resurrection-grasses-from-linking-transcriptomics-to-metabolomics
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Abou Yobi, Karen A Schlauch, Richard L Tillett, Won C Yim, Catherine Espinoza, Bernard W M Wone, John C Cushman, Melvin J Oliver
BACKGROUND: Understanding the response of resurrection angiosperms to dehydration and rehydration is critical for deciphering the mechanisms of how plants cope with the rigors of water loss from their vegetative tissues. We have focused our studies on the C4 resurrection grass, Sporobolus stapfianus Gandoger, as a member of a group of important forage grasses. METHODS: We have combined non-targeted metabolomics with transcriptomics, via a NimbleGen array platform, to develop an understanding of how gene expression and metabolite profiles can be linked to generate a more detailed mechanistic appreciation of the cellular response to both desiccation and rehydration...
March 28, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346448/a-footprint-of-desiccation-tolerance-in-the-genome-of-xerophyta-viscosa
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Maria-Cecília D Costa, Mariana A S Artur, Julio Maia, Eef Jonkheer, Martijn F L Derks, Harm Nijveen, Brett Williams, Sagadevan G Mundree, José M Jiménez-Gómez, Thamara Hesselink, Elio G W M Schijlen, Wilco Ligterink, Melvin J Oliver, Jill M Farrant, Henk W M Hilhorst
Desiccation tolerance is common in seeds and various other organisms, but only a few angiosperm species possess vegetative desiccation tolerance. These 'resurrection species' may serve as ideal models for the ultimate design of crops with enhanced drought tolerance. To understand the molecular and genetic mechanisms enabling vegetative desiccation tolerance, we produced a high-quality whole-genome sequence for the resurrection plant Xerophyta viscosa and assessed transcriptome changes during its dehydration...
March 27, 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337996/protein-interaction-evolution-from-promiscuity-to-specificity-with-reduced-flexibility-in-an-increasingly-complex-network
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T Alhindi, Z Zhang, P Ruelens, H Coenen, H Degroote, N Iraci, K Geuten
A key question regarding protein evolution is how proteins adapt to the dynamic environment in which they function and how in turn their evolution shapes the protein interaction network. We used extant and resurrected ancestral plant MADS-domain transcription factors to understand how SEPALLATA3, a protein with hub and glue properties, evolved and takes part in network organization. Although the density of dimeric interactions was saturated in the network, many new interactions became mediated by SEPALLATA3 after a whole genome triplication event...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286511/bhbzip60-from-resurrection-plant-boea-hygrometrica-is-an-mrna-splicing-activated-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-regulator-involved-in-drought-tolerance
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Bo Wang, Hong Du, Zhennan Zhang, Wenzhong Xu, Xin Deng
Adverse environmental conditions cause endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress in plants. To mitigate ER stress damage, ER associated transcription factors and inositol-requiring enzyme-1 (IRE1)-mediated bZIP60 mRNA splicing are activated in plants. A drought-induced gene, encoding the ortholog of AtbZIP60, was identified in the resurrection plant Boea hygrometrica, termed BhbZIP60. In response to ER stress and dehydration, BhbZIP60 mRNA can be spliced to create a frame shift in the C terminus by the excision of 23b segment in a manner of its ortholog in other plants, thus translocating to the nucleus instead of the cytoplasm...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268193/antioxidant-defense-during-desiccation-of-the-resurrection-plant-haberlea-rhodopensis
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Katya Georgieva, Soleya Dagnon, Emiliya Gesheva, Dimitar Bojilov, Gergana Mihailova, Snezhana Doncheva
Maintaining a strong antioxidant system is essential for preventing drought-induced oxidative stress. Thus, in the present study we investigated the role of some non-enzymic and enzymic antioxidants in desiccation tolerance of Haberlea rhodopensis. The effects of high light upon desiccation on antioxidant capacity was estimated by comparing the response of shade and sun plants. The significant enhancement of the antioxidant capacity at 8% RWC corresponded to an enormous increase in flavonoid content. The important role of ascorbate-glutathione cycle in overcoming oxidative stress during drying of H...
May 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265281/chloroplast-genome-analysis-of-resurrection-tertiary-relict-haberlea-rhodopensis-highlights-genes-important-for-desiccation-stress-response
#15
Zdravka Ivanova, Gaurav Sablok, Evelina Daskalova, Gergana Zahmanova, Elena Apostolova, Galina Yahubyan, Vesselin Baev
Haberlea rhodopensis is a paleolithic tertiary relict species, best known as a resurrection plant with remarkable tolerance to desiccation. When exposed to severe drought stress, H. rhodopensis shows an ability to maintain the structural integrity of its photosynthetic apparatus, which re-activates easily upon rehydration. We present here the results from the assembly and annotation of the chloroplast (cp) genome of H. rhodopensis, which was further subjected to comparative analysis with the cp genomes of closely related species...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248249/enzymes-and-metabolites-in-carbohydrate-metabolism-of-desiccation-tolerant-plants
#16
REVIEW
Qingwei Zhang, Xiaomin Song, Dorothea Bartels
Resurrection plants can tolerate extreme water loss. Substantial sugar accumulation is a phenomenon in resurrection plants during dehydration. Sugars have been identified as one important factor contributing to desiccation tolerance. Phylogenetic diversity of resurrection plants reflects the diversity of sugar metabolism in response to dehydration. Sugars, which accumulate during dehydration, have been shown to protect macromolecules and membranes and to scavenge reactive oxygen species. This review focuses on the performance of enzymes participating in sugar metabolism during dehydration stress...
December 15, 2016: Proteomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974806/chemical-intervention-in-plant-sugar-signalling-increases-yield-and-resilience
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Cara A Griffiths, Ram Sagar, Yiqun Geng, Lucia F Primavesi, Mitul K Patel, Melissa K Passarelli, Ian S Gilmore, Rory T Steven, Josephine Bunch, Matthew J Paul, Benjamin G Davis
The pressing global issue of food insecurity due to population growth, diminishing land and variable climate can only be addressed in agriculture by improving both maximum crop yield potential and resilience. Genetic modification is one potential solution, but has yet to achieve worldwide acceptance, particularly for crops such as wheat. Trehalose-6-phosphate (T6P), a central sugar signal in plants, regulates sucrose use and allocation, underpinning crop growth and development. Here we show that application of a chemical intervention strategy directly modulates T6P levels in planta...
December 14, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27638206/convergent-evolution-of-caffeine-in-plants-by-co-option-of-exapted-ancestral-enzymes
#18
Ruiqi Huang, Andrew J O'Donnell, Jessica J Barboline, Todd J Barkman
Convergent evolution is a process that has occurred throughout the tree of life, but the historical genetic and biochemical context promoting the repeated independent origins of a trait is rarely understood. The well-known stimulant caffeine, and its xanthine alkaloid precursors, has evolved multiple times in flowering plant history for various roles in plant defense and pollination. We have shown that convergent caffeine production, surprisingly, has evolved by two previously unknown biochemical pathways in chocolate, citrus, and guaraná plants using either caffeine synthase- or xanthine methyltransferase-like enzymes...
September 20, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27634049/a-harvest-of-weeds-yields-insight-into-a-case-of-contemporary-evolution
#19
Steven J Franks
When Charles Darwin was exploring the idea of evolution via natural selection, he looked to domesticated species, with the opening chapter of The Origin of Species titled 'Variation Under Domestication' (Darwin ). Domesticated species such as crops are a great example of artificial selection, which Darwin realized was analogous to natural selection. But growing among those carefully selected crop varieties are the unwelcome and unwanted plants we call weeds. Despite the importance of weeds and long-standing interest in their evolution (Baker ), we still know little about how agricultural weeds evolve, and we often fail to take evolution into account when attempting to manage them (Neve et al...
September 2016: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27616791/generic-hyper-diversity-in-stachybotriaceae
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L Lombard, J Houbraken, C Decock, R A Samson, M Meijer, M Réblová, J Z Groenewald, P W Crous
The family Stachybotriaceae was recently introduced to include the genera Myrothecium, Peethambara and Stachybotrys. Members of this family include important plant and human pathogens, as well as several species used in industrial and commercial applications as biodegraders and biocontrol agents. However, the generic boundaries in Stachybotriaceae are still poorly defined, as type material and sequence data are not readily available for taxonomic studies. To address this issue, we performed multi-locus phylogenetic analyses using partial gene sequences of the 28S large subunit (LSU), the internal transcribed spacer regions and intervening 5...
June 2016: Persoonia
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