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Ming-Le Wang, Qing-Hui Li, Hua-Hong Xin, Xuan Chen, Xu-Jun Zhu, Xing-Hui Li
Tea plants [Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze] are an important leaf-type crop that are widely used for the production of non-alcoholic beverages in the world. Exposure to excessive amounts of heavy metals adversely affects the quality and yield of tea leaves. To analyze the molecular responses of tea plants to heavy metals, a reliable quantification of gene expression is important and of major importance herein is the normalization of the measured expression levels for the target genes. Ideally, stably expressed reference genes should be evaluated in all experimental systems...
2017: PloS One
Loren Ochoa, Illya A Medina-Velo, Ana C Barrios, Nestor J Bonilla-Bird, Jose A Hernandez-Viezcas, Jose R Peralta-Videa, Jorge L Gardea-Torresdey
The response of plants to copper oxide nanoparticles (nano-CuO) in presence of exogenous phytohormones is unknown. In this study, green pea (Pisum sativum) plants were cultivated to full maturity in soil amended with nano-CuO (10-100nm, 74.3% Cu), bulk-CuO (bCuO, 100-10,000nm, 79.7% Cu), and CuCl2 at 50 and 100mg/kg and indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) at 10 and 100μM. Results showed that IAA at 10 and 100μM, averaged over all Cu treatments, reduced the number of plants by ~23% and ~34%, respectively. IAA at 10μM, nano-CuO at 50mg/kg, b-CuO at 50mg/kg, and CuCl2 at 100mg/kg reduced pod biomass by about 50%...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Elodie Vandelle, Maria Rita Puttilli, Andrea Chini, Giulia Devescovi, Vittorio Venturi, Annalisa Polverari
The life cycle of bacterial phytopathogens consists of a benign epiphytic phase, during which the bacteria grow in the soil or on the plant surface, and a virulent endophytic phase involving the penetration of host defenses and the colonization of plant tissues. Innovative strategies are urgently required to integrate copper treatments that control the epiphytic phase with complementary tools that control the virulent endophytic phase, thus reducing the quantity of chemicals applied to economically and ecologically acceptable levels...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Sean Taylor, Mihir Mehta, Dmitri Barbash, Alexander Samokhvalov
For the sustainable production of hydrogen by photocatalysis, the use of renewable resources such as water, organic compounds from plant biomass and earth abundant metal promoters is desired. We herein describe the previously not reported "one-pot" photoassisted synthesis of a binary metal-nitrogen promoted Cu(0)-N-TiO2 photocatalyst from a N-TiO2 precursor by photodeposition of copper directly in the photocatalytic suspension. The N-TiO2 contains nanocrystalline anatase as found by XRD and Raman spectroscopy...
April 25, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
Honghua He, Zhigang Dong, Qi Peng, Xia Wang, Chenbin Fan, Xingchang Zhang
Coal fly ash (CFA) is a problematic solid waste all over the world. One distinct beneficial reuse of CFA is its utilization in land application as a soil amendment. A pot experiment was carried out to assess the feasibility of using CFA to improve plant growth and increase the supply of plant-essential elements and selenium (Se) of a loessial soil for agricultural purpose. Plants of alfalfa (Medicago sativa) were grown in a loessial soil amended with different rates (5%, 10%, 20% and 40%) of CFA for two years and subjected to four successive cuttings...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
Eva Kovačec, Marjana Regvar, Johannes Teun van Elteren, Iztok Arčon, Tamás Papp, Darko Makovec, Katarina Vogel-Mikuš
Two plant pathogenic fungi, Botrytis cinerea and Alternaria alternata, isolated from crop plants, were exposed to Cu in ionic (Cu(2+)), microparticulate (MP, CuO) or nanoparticulate (NP, Cu or CuO) form, in solid and liquid culturing media in order to test fungal response and toxic effects of the mentioned compounds for the potential use as fungicides. B. cinerea has shown pronounced growth and lower levels of lipid peroxidation compared to A. alternata. Its higher resistance/tolerance is attributed mainly to biotransformation of CuO and Cu NPs and CuO MPs into a blue compound at the fungal/culturing media interface, recognized by Cu K-edge EXAFS analysis as Cu-oxalate complex...
April 7, 2017: Chemosphere
Mahwish Zahoor, Muhammad Irshad, Hazir Rahman, Muhammad Qasim, Sahib Gul Afridi, Muhammad Qadir, Anwar Hussain
Heavy metal (HM) pollution is of great concern in countries like Pakistan where a huge proportion of human population is exposed to it. These toxic metals are making their way from water bodies to soil where it not only interferes with plant growth and development but also initiates serious health issues in human consuming the produce of such soils. Bioremediation is one of the most viable and efficient solution for the problem. Purpose of the current study was to isolate endophytic fungi from plants grown on HM contaminated soil and screen them for their ability to tolerate multiple HM including chromium (Cr(6+)), manganese (Mn(2+)), cobalt (Co(2+)), copper (Cu(2+)) and zinc (Zn(2+))...
April 10, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
A S El-Gendy, H I El-Kassas, T M A Razek, H Abdel-Latif
Experiments in the field environment have been conducted to study the growth of Panicum repens L., an aquatic plant, in the sewage sludge matrix. The experiments were also carried out to investigate the ability of this plant to dewater sewage sludge to increase the capacity of conventional drying beds. In addition, the ability of Panicum repens L. to reduce the sludge contents of certain elements (copper (Cu), Iron (Fe), Sodium (Na), lead (Pb), and Zinc (Zn)) was also investigated. All experiments were carried out in batch reactors...
April 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Dao M Hai, Xuchun Qiu, Hai Xu, Masato Honda, Mitsuyasu Yabe, Kiwao Kadokami, Yohei Shimasaki, Yuji Oshima
To provide an overview of anthropogenic contaminants in liquid organic fertilizers (LOFs), products from four biogas plants in Kyushu, Japan, were analyzed for a wide range of contaminants, including copper, cadmium, tributyltin (TBT), dibutyltin (DBT), perfluorooctane sulfonate, 952 semi-volatile organic compounds, and 89 antibiotics. The highest concentrations of copper (31.1 mg/L) and cadmium (0.08 mg/L) were found in LOFs from the Hita biogas plant. Only ofloxacin and sulfapyridine were detected in total 89 antibiotics screened...
April 11, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
Hao Qiu, Erkai He
Metals are ubiquitous and normally co-occur as mixtures in soil, but there remains much to do regarding the development of appropriate models which incorporate mixture interactions and bioavailability to estimate their phytotoxicity and phytoaccumulation. Here, we developed a probability-based electrostatic toxicity model (ETM) and a Langmuir-type electrostatic uptake model (EUM) to predict and normalize toxicity and uptake of zinc-copper mixtures in Hordeum vulgare L. in different soils. For model development, the electrical potential (ψ0) and metal ion activities ({M(2+)}0) at the cell-membrane surface was computed based on plant physiological properties and soil solution chemistry...
April 5, 2017: Environmental Pollution
Marianne Daou, Craig B Faulds
H2O2 has been found to be required for the activity of the main microbial enzymes responsible for lignin oxidative cleavage, peroxidases. Along with other small radicals, it is implicated in the early attack of plant biomass by fungi. Among the few extracellular H2O2-generating enzymes known are the glyoxal oxidases (GLOX). GLOX is a copper-containing enzyme, sharing high similarity at the level of active site structure and chemistry with galactose oxidase. Genes encoding GLOX enzymes are widely distributed among wood-degrading fungi especially white-rot degraders, plant pathogenic and symbiotic fungi...
May 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Wenbo Li, Randy F Lacey, Yajin Ye, Juan Lu, Kuo-Chen Yeh, Youli Xiao, Laigeng Li, Chi-Kuang Wen, Brad M Binder, Yang Zhao
Copper ions play an important role in ethylene receptor biogenesis and proper function. The copper transporter RESPONSIVE-TO-ANTAGONIST1 (RAN1) is essential for copper ion transport in Arabidopsis thaliana. However it is still unclear how copper ions are delivered to RAN1 and how copper ions affect ethylene receptors. There is not a specific copper chelator which could be used to explore these questions. Here, by chemical genetics, we identified a novel small molecule, triplin, which could cause a triple response phenotype on dark-grown Arabidopsis seedlings through ethylene signaling pathway...
April 2017: PLoS Genetics
Felicitas Groß, Eva-Esther Rudolf, Björn Thiele, Jörg Durner, Jeremy Astier
Nitric oxide (NO) is a key signaling molecule in plants, regulating a wide range of physiological processes. However, its origin in plants remains unclear. It can be generated from nitrite through a reductive pathway, notably via the action of the nitrate reductase (NR), and evidence suggests an additional oxidative pathway, involving arginine. From an initial screen of potential Arabidopsis thaliana mutants impaired in NO production, we identified copper amine oxidase 8 (CuAO8). Two cuao8 mutant lines displayed a decreased NO production in seedlings after elicitor treatment and salt stress...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
Yamini Gopalapillai, Beverley A Hale
Simultaneous determinations of internal dose ([M]tiss) and external doses ([M]tot, {M(2+)} in solution) were conducted to study ternary mixture (Ni, Cu, Cd) chronic toxicity to Lemna minor in alkaline solution (pH 8.3). Also, concentration addition (CA) based on internal dose was evaluated as a tool for risk assessment of metal mixture. Multiple regression analysis of dose versus root growth inhibition, as well as saturation binding kinetics, provided insight into interactions. Multiple regressions were simpler for [M]tiss than [M]tot and {M(2+)}, and along with saturation kinetics to the internal biotic ligand(s) in the cytoplasm, they indicated that Ni-Cu-Cd competed for uptake into plant, but once inside, only Cu-Cd shared a binding site...
April 19, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
TianTian Xiong, Camille Dumat, Vincent Dappe, Hervé Vezin, Eva Schreck, Muhammad Shahid, Antoine Pierart, Sophie Sobanska
Throughout the world, urban agriculture supplies fresh local vegetables to city populations. However, the increasing anthropogenic uses of metal-containing nanoparticles (NPs) such as CuO-NPs in urban areas may contaminate vegetables through foliar uptake. This study focused on the CuO-NP transfer processes in leafy edible vegetables (i.e., lettuce and cabbage) to assess their potential phytotoxicity. Vegetables were exposed via leaves for 5, 10, or 15 days to various concentrations of CuO-NPs (0, 10, or 250 mg per plant)...
April 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
V N Belava, O O Panyuta, G M Yakovleva, Y M Pysmenna, M V Volkogon
The paper covers the study of the effects of silver (Ag) and copper (Cu) nanoparticles on wheat-Pseudocercosporella herpotrichoides pathosystem in general and, separately, on their interaction both with the plant and with the pathogen. Plants, treated with nonionic colloidal solutions of biogenic metal nanoparticles of Ag and Cu, have taken seed treatment as stress and have demonstrated the same changes in the dynamic patterns of thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) content as a seedling infection or in its combination with a nanoparticle treatment...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
Li Liu, Wei Xiao, Ling Li, Dong-Mei Li, Dong-Sheng Gao, Cui-Ying Zhu, Xi-Ling Fu
Molybdenum (Mo)-an essential element of plants-is involved in nitrogen (N) metabolism. Plants tend to accumulate more nitrate and show lower nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) under Mo-deficient conditions. Improving NUE in fruits reduces the negative effect of large applications of chemical fertilizer, but the mechanisms underlying how Mo enhances NUE remain unclear. We cultivated strawberry seedlings sprayed with 0, 67.5, 135, 168.75, or 202.5 g Mo·ha(-1) in a non-soil culture system. The Mo concentration in every plant tissue analyzed increased gradually as Mo application level rose...
March 23, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
C Michel-Lopez, O Zapata-Pérez, D González-Mendoza, O Grimaldo-Juarez, C Ceceña-Duran, O Tzintzun-Camacho
For a better understanding of the strategies that are used by Prosopis glandulosa in heavy metal tolerance, the present study evaluated the gene expression of three metallothioneins (MTs; PgMt2-1, PgMt2, and PgMt3) in plants exposed to sub-lethal concentrations of copper. The PgMt2-1, PgMt2, and PgMt3 sequences were homologous to the MT type 2 (isoform 1), Mt2, and Mt3 sequences of other plant species found in GenBank. A reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction showed that treatment with 100 mM Cu(2+) induced a significant increase in PgMt2 and PgMt3 expression during the first 4 h of exposure compared to that of PgMt2-1...
March 16, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Mostafa Hojati, Seyed Ali Mohammad Modarres-Sanavy, Sattar Tahmasebi Enferadi, Mohammad Majdi, Faezeh Ghanati, Soudeh Farzadfar, Alireza Pazoki
Morphological and biochemical responses of feverfew plants exposed to low (5 μM) and high (35 and 70 μM) levels of Cd or Cu were investigated. Increasing metal supply notably reduced the plant biomass. Elevated Cd and Cu levels also resulted in an increase in the leaf proline content. Besides, decrease in ascorbic acid (AsA) and glutathione (GSH) contents was similar in the leaves of Cd- and Cu-treated plants, indicating altered biosynthesis of AsA and GSH under metal excess. High metal doses stimulated increase in antioxidative enzyme activities that could be related to elevated hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) content and subsequent lipid peroxidation...
March 29, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Tereza Nehybová, Jan Šmarda, Lukáš Daniel, Marek Stiborek, Viktor Kanický, Ivan Spasojevič, Jan Preisler, Jiří Damborský, Petr Beneš
Wedelolactone is a multi-target natural plant coumestan exhibiting cytotoxicity towards cancer cells. Although several molecular targets of wedelolactone have been recognized, the molecular mechanism of its cytotoxicity has not yet been elucidated. In this study, we show that wedelolactone acts as an inhibitor of chymotrypsin-like, trypsin-like, and caspase-like activities of proteasome in breast cancer cells. The proteasome inhibitory effect of wedelolactone was documented by (i) reduced cleavage of fluorogenic proteasome substrates; (ii) accumulation of polyubiquitinated proteins and proteins with rapid turnover in tumor cells; and (iii) molecular docking of wedelolactone into the active sites of proteasome catalytic subunits...
March 29, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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