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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214974/interaction-of-scots-pine-defensin-with-model-membrane-by-coarse-grained-molecular-dynamics
#1
Elena Ermakova, Yuriy Zuev
Plant defensins are a part of the innate immune system of plants that acts against a broad range of pathogens. Many plant defensins, including pine defensins, show strong antifungal activity that is associated with their ability to penetrate into the fungal cell membrane. However, the exact molecular mechanism of their action remains poorly defined. To obtain insight into the mechanism of protein-membrane interaction, we applied a coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation to study the interaction of pine defensin with two model membranes: the first consisted of zwitterion-neutral POPC molecules and the second was composed of combined anionic POPG and POPC...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214706/influence-of-oxygen-partial-pressure-on-the-characteristics-of-human-hepatocarcinoma-cells
#2
Jenifer Trepiana, Susana Meijide, Rosaura Navarro, M Luisa Hernández, José Ignacio Ruiz-Sanz, M Begoña Ruiz-Larrea
Most of the in vitro studies using liver cell lines have been performed under atmospheric oxygen partial pressure (21% O2). However, the oxygen concentrations in the liver and cancer cells are far from this value. In the present study, we have evaluated the influence of oxygen on 1) the tumor cell lines features (growth, steady-state ROS levels, GSH content, activities of antioxidant enzymes, p66 Shc and SOD expressions, metalloproteinases secretion, migration, invasion, and adhesion) of human hepatocellular carcinoma cell lines, and b) the response of the cells to an oxidant stimulus (aqueous leaf extract of the V...
February 13, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214581/oxadiargyl-induced-conformational-transition-of-cystatin-isolated-from-yellow-mustard-seeds-biophysical-and-biochemical-approach
#3
Azaj Ahmed, Anas Shamsi, Bilqees Bano
Phytocystatins are thiol proteinase inhibitors crucial due to their inhibitory activity in plants. These play important roles in improving crop yield, protection against insects and pathogens and modulation of apoptosis. In this chemical era, various pesticides are being used globally to increase the crop biomass. These pesticides accumulate in plant body and produce harmful effects on plants itself by interacting with essential proteins. In this present study, we have monitored the interaction of a herbicide; oxadiargyl, with phytocystatin isolated from yellow mustard seeds (YMP) by employing spectroscopic techniques viz...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214539/lumbee-traditional-medicine-neuroprotective-activities-of-medicinal-plants-used-to-treat-parkinson-s-disease-related-symptoms
#4
Aurélie de Rus Jacquet, Michael Timmers, Sin Ying Ma, Andrew Thieme, George P McCabe, Jay Hansford C Vest, Mary Ann Lila, Jean-Christophe Rochet
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta and the presence in surviving neurons of Lewy body inclusions enriched with aggregated forms of the presynaptic protein α-synuclein (aSyn). Although current therapies provide temporary symptomatic relief, they do not slow the underlying neurodegeneration in the midbrain. In this study, we analyzed contemporary herbal medicinal practices used by members of the Lumbee tribe to treat PD-related symptoms, in an effort to identify safe and effective herbal medicines to treat PD...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214450/in-silico-structural-and-functional-analysis-of-mesorhizobium-acc-deaminase
#5
Krishnendu Pramanik, Tithi Soren, Soumik Mitra, Tushar Kanti Maiti
Nodulation is one of the very important processes of legume plants as it is the initiating event of fixing nitrogen. Although ethylene has essential role in normal plant metabolism but it has also negative impact on plants particularly in nodule formation in legume plants. It is also produced due to a variety of biotic or abiotic stresses. 1-aminocyclopropane-1-carboxylic acid (ACC) deaminase is a rhizobial enzyme which cleaves ACC (immediate precursor of ethylene) into α-ketobutyrate and ammonia. As a result, the level of ethylene from the plant cells is decreased and the negative impact of ethylene on nodule formation is reduced...
February 11, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213963/ultrastructure-of-compatible-and-incompatible-interactions-in-phloem-sieve-elements-during-the-stylet-penetration-by-cotton-aphids-in-melon
#6
Elisa Garzo, Mercedes Fernández-Pascual, Cesar Morcillo, Alberto Fereres, M Luisa Gómez-Guillamón, W Fred Tjallingii
Resistance of the melon line TGR-1551 to the aphid Aphis gossypii is based on preventing aphids from ingesting phloem sap. In electrical penetration graphs (EPGs), this resistance has been characterized with A. gossypii showing unusually long phloem salivation periods (waveform E1) mostly followed by pathway activities (waveform C) or if followed by phloem ingestion (waveform E2), ingestion was not sustained for more than 10 minutes. Stylectomy with aphids on susceptible and resistant plants was performed during EPG recording while the stylet tips were phloem inserted...
February 18, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213961/chrysin-induces-death-of-prostate-cancer-cells-by-inducing-ros-and-er-stress
#7
Soomin Ryu, Whasun Lim, Fuller W Bazer, Gwonhwa Song
Chrysin is a natural flavone found in numerous plant extracts, honey and propolis that has multiple biological activities including anti-cancer effects. Understanding of biological mechanisms mediated in response to chrysin in cancerous cells may provide novel insight into chemotherapeutic approaches with reduced side effects in cancers. In the present study, we investigated functional roles of chrysin in progression of prostate cancer cells using DU145 and PC-3 cell lines. The results showed that chrysin induced apoptosis of cells evidenced by DNA fragmentation and increasing the population of both DU145 and PC-3 cells in the sub-G1 phase of the cell cycle...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213898/nuclear-localization-of-a-putative-phytophthora-sojae-bzip1-transcription-factor-is-mediated-by-multiple-targeting-motifs
#8
Yufeng Fang, Brett M Tyler
Oomycetes are fungal-like eukaryotic microbes in the kingdom Stramenopila. We recently found that the oomycete plant pathogen Phytophthora sojae uses nuclear localization signals (NLSs) for translocation of proteins into the nucleus that differ from conventional well-characterized NLSs from mammals and yeast. Here we have characterized in depth the nuclear localization signals of a P. sojae basic leucine zipper transcription factor, PsbZIP1. Nuclear localization of PsbZIP1 was determined by a central conserved region overlapping the DNA binding domain...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213698/rice-grassy-stunt-virus-p5-interacts-with-two-protein-components-of-the-plant-specific-cbl-cipk-ca-2-signaling-network-of-rice
#9
Guihong Xiong, Xiaojuan Liu, Ping Qiu, Xiaoyong Wu, Zhenguo Du, Jie Zhang, Liang Yang, Zujian Wu
Rice grassy stunt virus (RGSV) is a tenuivirus posing a threat to rice production in many South, Southeast, and East Asian countries. To date, no host factor interacting with RGSV has been reported. In this study, we screened a rice cDNA library with the GAL4-based yeast two-hybrid system using RGSV p5 as the bait. One of the candidate host factors interacting with RGSV p5 was found to be CBL-interacting protein kinase 25 (OsCIPK25), a member of the plant-specific CBL-CIPK Ca(2+) signaling network. The interaction between RGSV p5 and OsCIPK25, as well as OsCIPK5, which is closely related to OsCIPK25, was confirmed by their cellular co-localization and by a bimolecular fluorescence complementation assay in Nicotiana benthamiana cells...
February 17, 2017: Virus Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213686/the-iswi-remodeler-in-plants-protein-complexes-biochemical-functions-and-developmental-roles
#10
REVIEW
Dongjie Li, Jie Liu, Wu Liu, Guang Li, Zhongnan Yang, Peng Qin, Lin Xu
Imitation Switch (ISWI) is a member of the ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling factor family, whose members move or restructure nucleosomes using energy derived from ATP hydrolysis. ISWI proteins are conserved in eukaryotes and usually form complexes with DDT (DNA-binding homeobox and different transcription factors)-domain proteins. Here, we review recent research on ISWI in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana (AtISWI). AtISWI forms complexes with AtDDT-domain proteins, many of which have domain structures that differ from those of DDT-domain proteins in yeast and animals...
February 17, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213625/8-nitro-cgmp-a-novel-protein-reactive-cnmp-and-its-emerging-roles-in-autophagy
#11
Hirokazu Arimoto, Daiki Takahashi
Nitric oxide (NO) raises the intracellular 3',5'-cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) level through the activation of soluble guanylate cyclase and, in the presence of reactive oxygen species (ROS), reacts with biomolecules to produce nitrated cGMP derivatives. 8-Nitro-cGMP was the first endogenous cGMP derivative discovered in mammalian cells (2007) and was later found in plant cells. Among the six nitrogen atoms in this molecule, the one in the nitro group (NO2) comes from NO. This chapter asserts that this newly found cGMP is undoubtedly one of the major physiological cNMPs...
February 18, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213560/identification-of-putative-substrates-of-sec2-a-chloroplast-inner-envelope-translocase
#12
Yubing Li, Jonathan R Martin, Giovanni A Aldama, Donna E Fernandez, Kenneth Cline
Most chloroplast proteins are synthesized in the cytosol and imported into chloroplasts. Many imported proteins are further targeted to the thylakoid membrane and lumen by the SEC1, TAT or SRP/ALB3 translocases. Others are targeted to the inner chloroplast envelope membrane by un-described translocase(s). Recently, a second SEC system (SEC2) consisting of SCY2, SECE2, and SECA2 was found in the chloroplast envelope. Null mutants of SCY2 in Arabidopsis exhibit a severe embryo lethal phenotype. To investigate the function of SEC2 system in plants, we used inducible RNAi to knockdown SCY2 in Arabidopsis...
February 17, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213559/an-organelle-rna-recognition-motif-protein-is-required-for-photosynthetic-subunit-psbf-transcript-editing
#13
Justin B Hackett, Xiaowen Shi, Amy T Kobylarz, Meriah K Lucas, Ryan L Wessendorf, Kevin M Hines, Stephane Bentolila, Maureen Hanson, Yan Lu
Loss-of-function mutations in Organelle RNA Recognition Motif Protein 6 (ORRM6) result in near absence of RNA editing of psbF-C77 and reduction in accD-C794 editing in Arabidopsis (Arabidopsis thaliana). The orrm6 mutants have decreased levels of PSII proteins, especially PsbF, lower PSII activity, pale green pigmentation, smaller leaf and plant sizes, and retarded growth. Stable expression of ORRM6 rescues orrm6 editing defects and mutant phenotype. Unlike ORRM1, the other known ORRM plastid editing factor, ORRM6 does not contain RNA editing interacting protein/multiple organellar RNA editing factor (RIP/MORF) boxes, which are required for ORRM1 to interact with site-specific pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) protein editing factors...
February 17, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213543/functional-characterization-of-a-28-kb-catabolic-island-from-pseudomonas-sp-m1-involved-in-biotransformation-of-%C3%AE-myrcene-and-related-plant-derived-volatiles
#14
Pedro Soares-Castro, Pedro Montenegro-Silva, Hermann J Heipieper, Pedro M Santos
Pseudomonas sp. M1 is able to mineralize highly hydrophobic and recalcitrant compounds such as benzene, phenol and their methylated/halogenated derivatives, as well as the backbone of several monoterpenes. The ability to use such spectrum of compounds as sole carbon source is, most probably, associated with a genetic background evolved under different environmental constraints. The outstanding performance of M1 strain regarding β-myrcene catabolism was elucidated in this work, with focus on the biocatalytical potential of β-myrcene-associated core-code, comprised in a 28-kb genomic island (GI), predicted to be organized in 8 transcriptional units...
February 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213476/editing-of-mitochondrial-transcripts-nad3-and-cox2-by-dek10-is-essential-for-mitochondrial-function-and-maize-plant-development
#15
Weiwei Qi, Zhongrui Tian, Lei Lu, Xiuzu Chen, Xinze Chen, Wei Zhang, Rentao Song
Respiration, the core of mitochondrial metabolism, depends on the function of five respiratory complexes. Many respiratory chain related proteins are encoded by the mitochondrial genome and their RNAs undergo post-transcriptional modifications by nuclear genome expressed factors, including pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) proteins. Maize defective kernel 10 (dek10) is a classic mutant with small kernels and delayed development. Through positional cloning we found that Dek10 encodes an E-subgroup PPR protein localized in mitochondria...
February 17, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213180/biochemical-composition-of-symplastic-sap-from-sugarcane-genetically-modified-to-overproduce-proline
#16
Graciele Carraro Balestro, Bruna Higashi, Sheila Mara Sanches Lopes, José Eduardo Gonçalves, Luiz Gonzaga Esteves Vieira, Arildo José Braz de Oliveira, Regina Aparecida Correia Gonçalves
Global interest in sugarcane has increased significantly in recent years because of its economic impact on sustainable energy production. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate changes in the concentrations of total sugars, amino acids, free proline, and total proteins by colorimetric analyses and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) to perform a metabolic profiling of a water-soluble fraction of symplastic sap in response to the constitutive expression of a mutant Δ(1)-pyrroline-5-carboxylate synthetase (P5CS) gene from Vigna aconitifolia...
February 9, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213038/hydrolysate-from-a-mixture-of-legume-flours-with-antifungal-activity-as-an-ingredient-for-prolonging-the-shelf-life-of-wheat-bread
#17
Carlo Giuseppe Rizzello, Michela Verni, Stefano Bordignon, Valerio Gramaglia, Marco Gobbetti
Aiming at identifying antifungal compounds from plant matrices to be used as ingredients in the bakery industry, a water/salt-soluble extract (WSE) was produced from a legume enzyme hydrolysate, consisting of a mixture of pea, lentil, and faba bean flours, and assayed towards Penicillium roqueforti DPPMAF1. Agar diffusion assays allowed the selection of the optimal processing conditions for hydrolysis. As shown by hyphal radial growth rate, the inhibition was observed towards several fungi, including Aspergillus parasiticus CBS971...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212860/comparative-structure-function-characterization-of-the-saposin-like-domains-from-potato-barley-cardoon-and-arabidopsis-aspartic-proteases
#18
Brian C Bryksa, Douglas A Grahame, Rickey Y Yada
The present study characterized the aspartic protease saposin-like domains of four plant species, Solanum tuberosum (potato), Hordeum vulgare L. (barley), Cynara cardunculus L. (cardoon; artichoke thistle) and Arabidopsis thaliana, in terms of bilayer disruption and fusion, and structure pH-dependence. Comparison of the recombinant saposin-like domains revealed that each induced leakage of bilayer vesicles composed of a simple phospholipid mixture with relative rates Arabidopsis>barley>cardoon>potato...
February 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212614/transcriptomic-profiling-provides-molecular-insights-into-hydrogen-peroxide-induced-adventitious-rooting-in-mung-bean-seedlings
#19
Shi-Weng Li, Yan Leng, Rui-Fang Shi
BACKGROUND: Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) has been known to function as a signalling molecule involved in the modulation of various physiological processes in plants. H2O2 has been shown to act as a promoter during adventitious root formation in hypocotyl cuttings. In this study, RNA-Seq was performed to reveal the molecular mechanisms underlying H2O2-induced adventitious rooting. RESULTS: RNA-Seq data revealed that H2O2 treatment greatly increased the numbers of clean reads and expressed genes and abundance of gene expression relative to the water treatment...
February 17, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212609/exogenous-glutamate-rapidly-induces-the-expression-of-genes-involved-in-metabolism-and-defense-responses-in-rice-roots
#20
Chia-Cheng Kan, Tsui-Yun Chung, Hsin-Yu Wu, Yan-An Juo, Ming-Hsiun Hsieh
BACKGROUND: Glutamate is an active amino acid. In addition to protein synthesis and metabolism, increasing evidence indicates that glutamate may also function as a signaling molecule in plants. Still, little is known about the nutritional role of glutamate and genes that are directly regulated by glutamate in rice. RESULTS: Exogenous glutamate could serve as a nitrogen nutrient to support the growth of rice seedlings, but it was not as effective as ammonium nitrate or glutamine...
February 17, 2017: BMC Genomics
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