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Semina cienc. biol. saude ; 42(1): 103-112, jan./jun. 2021. Ilus, Tab
Article in Portuguese | LILACS | ID: biblio-1247950

ABSTRACT

O glifosato é um herbicida amplamente utilizado. A Organização Mundial da Saúde (OMS) reclassificou o glifosato como "provavelmente cancerígeno a humanos". A remoção do glifosato do ambiente pode ser realizada por ação enzimática microbiana. O presente trabalho enfocou o isolamento de microrganismos do solo capazes de tolerar glifosato como única fonte de carbono. As células foram isoladas em meio de cultivo mínimo suplementado com glifosato. Foram isoladas 17 bactérias, 14 fungos e 1 levedura. Foi verificada a produção da biomassa microbiana na presença e na ausência do glifosato. Um fungo (F3) e uma levedura (L1) foram selecionados após teste de tolerância ao glifosato em meio líquido. Os microrganismos toleraram o glifosato, entretanto, o metabolismo foi afetado pelo herbicida, comparado ao controle sem glifosato. Estatisticamente, o tempo de crescimento apresentou diferenças significativas. Microrganismos eucarióticos isolados de solo com glifosato são tolerantes ao composto e podem ser úteis como biorremediadores de ambientes afetados por este herbicida.(AU)


Glyphosate is one of the most widely used herbicides. The World Health Organization (WHO) has reclassified glyphosate as "probably carcinogenic to humans". Glyphosate removal from the environment can be performed by microbial enzymatic action. The present work focused on the isolation of soil microorganisms that can tolerate glyphosate as the sole carbon source. Cells were isolated in minimal culture medium supplemented with glyphosate. Microbial biomass production was verified in the presence and absence of glyphosate. Seventeen, fourteen and one bacteria, fungi and yeast were isolated, respectively. One fungus (F3) and one yeast (L1), were selected after glyphosate tolerance test in liquid medium. Eukaryotic microorganisms tolerate glyphosate, however metabolism was affected by herbicide compared to control without glyphosate. Statistically growth time showed significant differences. Eukaryotic microorganisms isolated from soil with glyphosate are tolerant to the compound and may be useful as bioremediators of environments affected by this herbicide.(AU)


Subject(s)
Animals , Eukaryota , Herbicides , Soil , Bacteria
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Biol. Res ; 53: 24, 2020. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-1124209

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: BMPR-1B is part of the transforming growth factor ß super family and plays a pivotal role in ewe litter size. Functional loss of exon-8 mutations in the BMPR-1B gene (namely the FecB gene) can increase both the ewe ovulation rate and litter size. RESULTS: This study constructed a eukaryotic expression system, prepared a monoclonal antibody, and characterized BMPR-1B/FecB protein-protein interactions (PPIs). Using Co-immunoprecipitation coupled to mass spectrometry (Co-IP/MS), 23 proteins were identified that specifically interact with FecB in ovary extracts of ewes. Bioinformatics analysis of selected PPIs demonstrated that FecB associated with several other BMPs, primarily via signal transduction in the ovary. FecB and its associated interaction proteins enriched the reproduction process via BMP2 and BMP4 pathways. Signal transduction was identified via Smads proteins and TGF-beta signaling pathway by analyzing the biological processes and pathways. Moreover, other target proteins (GDF5, GDF9, RhoD, and HSP 10) that interact with FecB and that are related to ovulation and litter size in ewes were identified. CONCLUSIONS: In summary, this research identified a novel pathway and insight to explore the PPi network of BMPR-1B.


Subject(s)
Animals , Female , Ovary/metabolism , Bone Morphogenetic Protein Receptors, Type I/genetics , Eukaryota/genetics , Protein Interaction Maps/genetics , Mass Spectrometry , Polymorphism, Restriction Fragment Length , Sheep , Signal Transduction , Polymerase Chain Reaction , Computational Biology , Bone Morphogenetic Protein Receptors, Type I/metabolism , Eukaryota/metabolism , Genotype , Mutation
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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-775798

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OBJECTIVE@#To construct eukaryotic expression vectors for human platelet CD36 gene 220 C>T and 429+4insg variants and analyze their expressions in HEK293T cells.@*METHODS@#RNA was isolated from human platelets and reversely transcribed into cDNA. Sequences of 220C>T and 429+4insg variants were derived by PCR amplification. The target sequence was ligated into a pcDNA3.1/V5-His-TOPO vector by TA cloning, which was transformed into TOP10 E. coli. Positive plasmids were screened by blue-white selection. After sequencing, plasmid DNA carrying 220C>T or 429+4insg variant was used to transfect HEK293T cells with the help of effectene. Expression of CD36 protein was then analyzed by flow cytometry and Western blotting.@*RESULTS@#An eukaryotic expression vector pcDNA3.1/V5-His-CD36 (220C>T/429+4insg) was constructed by TA cloning. After transfected into HEK293T cells, the 220C>T and 429+4insg variants resulted in CD36 deficiency in HEK cells, which was confirmed by flow cytometry and Western blotting.@*CONCLUSION@#The 220C>T and 429+4insg variants can cause CD36 deficiency in human platelets. This system may be used for assessing the effect of 220C>T, 429+4insg, and other variants on the expression of CD36.


Subject(s)
Blood Platelets , CD36 Antigens , Cloning, Molecular , Escherichia coli , Eukaryota , Genetic Vectors , HEK293 Cells , Humans , Plasmids , Transfection
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Journal of Experimental Hematology ; (6): 1812-1819, 2019.
Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-781535

ABSTRACT

OBJECTIVE@#To construct a eukaryotic expression vector of human tissue factor pathway inhibitor-2 (TFPI-2) and to investigate the effect of TFPI-2 gene on the growth of acute monocytic leukemia cell line (SHI-1).@*METHODS@#The cDNA of TFPI-2 was obtained by genetic chemical synthesis, the TFPI-2 gene and the linear vector fragment were ligated and inserted into the multiple cloning site of PEGFP-N1 vector, and the eukaryotic expression vector PEGFP-N1-TFPI-2 was transfected SHI-1 cells, then the obtained SHI-1 cells was observed by fluorescence microscopy; MTT assay was used to detect the effect of TFPI-2 gene on the relative growth rate of SHI-1 cells at the different time-point; RT-PCR was used to detect TFPI-2 mRNA expression levels in the cells of each group before and after TFPI-2 transfection; TFPI-2 protein expression was detected by Western blot. The cells which successfully transfected with PEGFP-N1-TFPI-2 vector were named as SHI-1-TFPI-2 (experimental group), and the cells transfected with the empty vector pEGFP-N1 and the untransfected cells were named as SHI-1-V and SHI-1-P and used as the control group.@*RESULTS@#The human TFPI-2 gene eukaryotic expression vector PEGFP-N1-TFPI-2 was successfully constructed, then the transfected into SHI-1 cells, observed by fluorescence microscopy 24 hours later, as a result, the PEGFP-N1-TFPI-2 was successfully transferred into SHI-1 cells, and the number of fluorescent cells increased after 48 h and 72 h. RT-PCR showed that the gray scale ratio of TFPI-2 gene to β- actin in the experimental group was higher than that in the control group. The gray scale ratio was 0.51±0.04 in SHI-1-V group, 0.52±0.03 in SHI-1-P group, 0.87±0.08 in SHI-1-TFPI-2 group, and the difference between SHI-1-TFPI-2 and SHI-1-V, SHI-1-P group was statistically significant (P<0.05).@*CONCLUSION@#The expression of TFPI-2 gene in PEGFP-N1-TFPI-2 can inhibit the growth of SHI-1 cells, which provides a research direction for gene therapy of leukemia in the future.


Subject(s)
Eukaryota , Genetic Vectors , Glycoproteins , Metabolism , Green Fluorescent Proteins , Humans , Transfection
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São Paulo; s.n; s.n; 2019. 88 p. graf.
Thesis in Portuguese | LILACS | ID: biblio-1015357

ABSTRACT

O câncer cervical é um dos tipos de câncer mais comuns entre as mulheres, e a infecção persistente pelos HPV-16 e HPV-18 é responsável por 70% dos casos. As vacinas profiláticas disponíveis possuem alta eficácia na prevenção da infecção pelos tipos mais prevalentes de HPV. No entanto, este tipo de abordagem não beneficia mulheres que já apresentam lesões precursoras ou tumores cervicais avançados, e a busca por abordagens terapêuticas para esse tipo de câncer é considerada uma necessidade. A qualidade do antígeno representa um aspecto fundamental para o sucesso de vacinas terapêuticas baseadas em proteínas recombinantes. Neste sentido, os sistemas de expressão em células eucarióticas, como leveduras e células de mamíferos são considerados adequados para a produção de proteínas com aplicação biotecnológica. O objetivo principal deste trabalho contemplou a expressão das proteínas de fusão gDE7E6 do HPV-16 e do HPV-18 e a oncoproteína E7 do HPV-16 em células da levedura Pichia pastoris e expressão da gDE7E6 do HPV-16 e do HPV-18 em células de mamífero HEK293T e CHODG-44 para obtenção de antígenos purificados com futura aplicação em vacinas terapêuticas contra tumores associados ao HPV-16 e HPV-18. Os genes que codificam as proteínas gDE7E6 dos HPV-16 e HPV-18 e da E7 do HPV-16 foram clonados no vetor pPIC9K, os quais foram linearizados por digestão enzimática e utilizados na transformação da P. pastoris. A expressão das proteínas foi analisada nos tempos de 24, 48, 72 e 96 horas, no entanto, não foi observada a produção das proteínas no sobrenadante e nem no lisado celular. Diante desta constatação, iniciamos a expressão das proteínas gDE7E6 do HPV-16 e gDE7E6 do HPV-18 em células de mamíferos HEK293T e CHODG-44. As sequências genéticas das proteínas gDE7E6 do HPV-16 e do HPV-18 foram clonadas no vetor de expressão pNU1 e analisadas por digestão enzimática. Análises de SDS-PAGE e western blot demonstraram a expressão das proteínas gDE7E6 do HPV-16 e do HPV-18 em até 96 horas em células HEK293T. Em paralelo, realizamos a transfecção estável dos plasmídeos contendo as sequencias da gDE7E6 do HPV-16 e gDE7E6 do HPV-18 em células CHO-DG44. Com o intuito de aumentar a expressão das proteínas de interesse na população mista de CHODG-44, realizamos amplificação genômica com metotrexato (MTX), sendo possível observar aumento da expressão das proteínas, conforme aumento gradativo nas concentrações de MTX. Posteriormente, foram feitas tentativas para isolar um clone produtor das proteínas gDE7E6 HPV-16 e HPV-18, através de clonagem por diluição limitante e sistema automatizado, sendo possível isolar um clone para cada construção através de matriz semisólida, confirmado por western blot e citometria de fluxo. Apesar de demonstrar a expressão das proteínas de interesse em sistema de expressão baseado em células de mamífero, o rendimento obtido após a purificação por afinidade ao níquel foi extremamente baixo, o que dificulta a obtenção dos antígenos para fins vacinais


Cervical cancer is one of the most common cancers among women, and persistent infection with HPV-16 and HPV-18 accounts for 70% of the cases. Available prophylactic vaccines are highly effective in preventing infection by the most prevalent types of HPV. However, this type of approach does not benefit women who already have precursor lesions or advanced cervical tumors, and the search for therapeutic approaches to this type of cancer is considered a necessity. Antigen quality represents a key aspect for the success of therapeutic vaccines based on recombinant proteins. In this sense, expression systems based in eukaryotic cells such as yeast and mammalian cells are considered suitable for the production of proteins with biotechnological applications. The main objective of this work was to express the gDE7E6 fusion proteins HPV-16 and HPV-18 and the E7 oncoprotein HPV-16 in Pichia pastoris and expression of gDE7E6 HPV-16 and HPV-18 in mammalian cells HEK293T and CHODG-44 to obtain purified antigens with future applications in therapeutic vaccines against HPV-16 and HPV-18 associated tumors. The genes encoding the gDE7E6 proteins HPV-16 and HPV-18 and E7 HPV-16 were cloned into the pPIC9K vector, which were linearized by enzymatic digestion and used in the transformation of P. pastoris. Expression of the proteins was analyzed at 24, 48, 72 and 96 hours, however, the production of the proteins in the supernatant and in the cell lysate was not observed. In light of this finding, we initiated the expression of gDE7E6 proteins HPV-16 and HPV-18 in mammalian cells HEK293T and CHODG-44. The genetic sequences of gDE7E6 proteins HPV-16 and HPV-18 were cloned into the pNU1 expression vector and analyzed by enzymatic digestion. SDSPAGE and western blot analyzes demonstrated expression of gDE7E6 proteins HPV-16 and HPV-18 within 96 hours in HEK293T cells. In parallel, we performed stable transfection of plasmids containing gDE7E6 HPV-16 and HPV-18 sequences into CHODG44 cells. In order to increase the expression of the proteins in the mixed population of CHODG-44, we performed genomic amplification with methotrexate (MTX), and it was possible to observe an increase in protein expression, as a gradual increase in MTX concentrations. Therefore, attempts were made to isolate a clone producing gDE7E6 proteins HPV-16 and HPV-18 by limiting dilution and automated system, being possible to isolate one clone for each construct through a semisolid matrix, confirmed by western blot and flow cytometry. Despite observing protein expression in mammalian cell-based expression system, the yield obtained after nickel affinity purification was extremely low, which makes it difficult to obtain the antigens for vaccine purposes


Subject(s)
Oncogene Proteins/classification , Human papillomavirus 16 , Human papillomavirus 18 , Pichia , Uterine Cervical Neoplasms/physiopathology , Herpesvirus 1, Human , Eukaryota , Antigens/analysis
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-740116

ABSTRACT

Imbalance of protein homeostasis (proteostasis) is known to cause cellular malfunction, cell death, and diseases. Elaborate regulation of protein synthesis and degradation is one of the important processes in maintaining normal cellular functions. Protein degradation pathways in eukaryotes are largely divided into proteasome-mediated degradation and lysosome-mediated degradation. Proteasome is a multisubunit complex that selectively degrades 80% to 90% of cellular proteins. Proteasome-mediated degradation can be divided into 26S proteasome (20S proteasome + 19S regulatory particle) and free 20S proteasome degradation. In 1980, it was discovered that during ubiquitination process, wherein ubiquitin binds to a substrate protein in an ATP-dependent manner, ubiquitin acts as a degrading signal to degrade the substrate protein via proteasome. Conversely, 20S proteasome degrades the substrate protein without using ATP or ubiquitin because it recognizes the oxidized and structurally modified hydrophobic patch of the substrate protein. To date, most studies have focused on protein degradation via 26S proteasome. This review describes the 26S/20S proteasomal pathway of protein degradation and discusses the potential of proteasome as therapeutic targets for cancer treatment as well as against diseases caused by abnormalities in the proteolytic system.


Subject(s)
Adenosine Triphosphate , Cell Death , Eukaryota , Homeostasis , Oxidative Stress , Proteasome Endopeptidase Complex , Proteolysis , Ubiquitin , Ubiquitination
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São Paulo; s.n; s.n; 2018. 160 p. tab, ilus, graf.
Thesis in Portuguese | LILACS | ID: biblio-909532

ABSTRACT

Relógios endógenos controlam grande parte de processos biológicos através de osciladores bioquímicos que coordenam a sinalização de pistas ambientais até vias metabólicas, permitindo a percepção do tempo e adaptação a mudanças rítmicas. Comportamentos cíclicos diários foram primordialmente descritos em plantas e, mais recentemente, têm fornecido informações valiosas sobre os ciclos de retroalimentação da transcrição e tradução de genes que controlam estes osciladores. O florescimento é um exemplo bem conhecido da importância da percepção do comprimento do dia através do relógio, processo intimamente regulado por fotorreceptores e pelos genes centrais e periféricos do relógio biológico. Em organismos multicelulares há uma combinação específica de genes mais expressa em cada tecido, podendo ter funções, fases e períodos diferentes, o que aumenta a complexidade desse mecanismo. Devido a isso, tem-se buscado modelos alternativos mais simples dentro dos eucariotos fotossintetizantes relacionados às plantas terrestres. Modelos simplificados facilitam, por exemplo, a avaliação da combinação de fatores que induzem o estresse e como o relógio biológico se altera, permitindo a antecipação de mudanças ambientais e sincronização da fisiologia com o meio ambiente. Neste trabalho, verificou-se como o relógio circadiano se ajusta ao estresse em 3 diferentes modelos: Gracilaria tenuistipitata (Rhodophyta), Ostreococcus tauri (Chlorophyta) e Saccharum sp (Embryophyta). Para isso, estabeleceu-se em G. tenuistipitata métodos para avaliação de crescimento e da fluorescência da clorofila de modo automático, comprovando da existência de ritmos circadianos. Além disso, após padronização de genes de referência para normalização das RT-qPCRs, o gene TRX ficou superexpresso durante a primeira hora após o déficit hídrico. Já em O. tauri, onde os genes centrais do relógio são conhecidos, mudanças na expressão de LOV-HK e TOC1 estão relacionadas com maior crescimento em baixa e alta temperatura, respectivamente. Uma combinação específica de luz, temperatura e salinidade pode ser um importante indutor de eflorescências que reflete mudanças transcricionais no oscilador central, o que pode ser comparado às florescências de plantas terrestres. Já em Saccharum sp tolerante à seca, ritmos de fotossíntese e de expressão de CCA1 sofrem mudanças de fase em suas oscilações e transcritos de HVA-22 e DRP são significativamente mais expressos sob dessecação. Em suma, o estresse em Saccharum sp reseta o relógio, aumentando o período de oscilação da fotossíntese. Em O. tauri induz maior crescimento, mantendo as características do relógio. Não foi possível avaliar o efeito do estresse no relógio de G. tenuistipitata, mas ferramentas foram desenvolvidas visando este objetivo. Estudos de respostas do relógio podem fornecer informações valiosas para o entendimento da reprodução e crescimento de organismos com elevado potencial de aplicações biotecnológicas


Endogenous clocks control a large range of biological processes through biochemical oscillators that coordinate the signaling of environmental cues to metabolic pathways, allowing the perception of time and adjust to rhythmic changes. Cyclical daily behaviors were first noticed in plants and, more recently, revealed information about the transcriptional-translational feedback loops of genes that control these oscillators. Flowering is a well-known process where the perception of day length by the clock is intimately regulated by photoreceptors and by the central and peripheric genes of the biological clock. Multicellular organisms have a tissue-specific combination of expressed clock genes that may have different phase and period, increasing the complexity of this mechanism. Due to this reason, alternative models have been proposed for land plants-related photosynthetic eukaryotes. New models can simplify, for example, which combination of factors induce stress and how the biological clock is altered, allowing the anticipation of environmental changes and synchronization of physiology and environmental factors. This work aimed to verify how the biological clock adjusts to different kinds of stresses in 3 species: Gracilaria tenuistipitata (Rhodophyta), Ostreococcus tauri (Chlorophyta) and Saccharum sp (Embryophyta). Automated measurement techniques for growth rate and photosynthesis were stablished for the red alga. This alga also showed, after establishment of reference genes for RT-qPCRs normalization, an overexpression of TRX during the first hour under water deficit. In O. tauri, where the central clock genes are known, changes in LOV-HK and TOC1 gene expression are related to a higher growth rate under low and high temperatures, respectively. Besides, a specific combination of light, temperature and salinity can be an important trigger of seasonal blooms that causes important transcriptional changes at the central oscillator, what is similar to land plants. In Saccharum sp tolerant to drought, photosynthesis rhythms and CCA1 expression change their phase under simulated water deficit and drought responsive transcripts like HVA-22 and DRP are significantly up-regulated. In short, stress resets the clock in Saccharum sp, increasing the period of photosynthesis oscillation. In O.tauri, it induces a higher growth, keeping clock features. It was not possible to verify clock responses to stress in G.tenuistipitata, but methods to do so were stablished. The biological clock responses to stress can provide invaluable information for the better understanding about the growth and reproduction of organisms with a high biotechnological potential


Subject(s)
Circadian Clocks , Eukaryota/classification , Stress, Psychological/pathology , Dehydration/classification , Diagnostic Imaging/methods , Gracilaria , Photosynthesis , Saccharum
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Braz. j. microbiol ; 48(1): 37-42, Jan.-Mar. 2017. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-839338

ABSTRACT

Abstract Quantification of bacteria being grazed by microzooplankton is gaining importance since they serve as energy subsidies for higher trophic levels which consequently influence fish production. Hence, grazing pressure on viable and non-viable fraction of free and particle-associated bacteria in a tropical estuary controlled mainly by protist grazers was estimated using the seawater dilution technique. In vitro incubations over a period of 42 h showed that at the end of 24 h, growth coefficient (k) of particle-associated bacteria was 9 times higher at 0.546 than that of free forms. Further, ‘k’ value of viable cells on particles was double that of free forms at 0.016 and 0.007, respectively. While bacteria associated with particles were grazed (coefficient of removal (g) = 0.564), the free forms were relatively less grazed indicating that particle-associated bacteria were exposed to grazers in these waters. Among the viable and non-viable forms, ‘g’ of non-viable fraction (particle-associated bacteria = 0.615, Free = 0.0086) was much greater than the viable fraction (particle-associated bacteria = 0.056, Free = 0.068). Thus, grazing on viable cells was relatively low in both the free and attached states. These observations suggest that non-viable forms of particle-associated bacteria were more prone to grazing and were weeded out leaving the viable cells to replenish the bacterial standing stock. Particle colonization could thus be a temporary refuge for the “persistent variants” where the viable fraction multiply and release their progeny.


Subject(s)
Bacteria , Ecosystem , Environmental Microbiology , Eukaryota , Seawater/microbiology , Water Microbiology , Biodiversity
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-149600

ABSTRACT

Varying length of messenger RNA (mRNA) 3′-untranslated region is generated by alternating the usage of polyadenylation sites during pre-mRNA processing. It is prevalent through all eukaryotes and has emerged as a key mechanism for controlling gene expression. Alternative polyadenylation (APA) plays an important role for cell growth, proliferation, and differentiation. In this review, we discuss the functions of APA related with various physiological conditions including cellular metabolism, mRNA processing, and protein diversity in a variety of disease models. We also discuss the molecular mechanisms underlying APA regulation, such as variations in the concentration of mRNA processing factors and RNA-binding proteins, as well as global transcriptome changes under cellular signaling pathway.


Subject(s)
Eukaryota , Gene Expression , Humans , Metabolism , Polyadenylation , RNA Precursors , RNA, Messenger , RNA-Binding Proteins , TOR Serine-Threonine Kinases , Transcriptome
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-158422

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When a ribosome complex is stalled during the translation elongation process in eukaryotes, the mono-ubiquitination of Rps3 has recently been shown to be critical to ribosome quality control. We have discovered that the regulatory role of Rps3 mono-ubiquitination is controlled by a deubiquitinase. We also showed that an autophagic signal appears to be coupled to the mono-ubiquitination of Rps3p through the entrance of Ubp3p into the autophagosome in yeasts. The mono-ubiquitination of the Rps3 protein is tightly modulated by reciprocal action between the Hel2p E3 ligase and the Ubp3p deubiquitinase in yeasts and the reciprocal action between the RNF123 E3 ligase and the USP10 deubiquitinase in mammalian cells. We also found that the Ubp3p/USP10 deubiquitinases critically modulate Hel2p/RNF123-mediated Rps3p mono-ubiquitination. In addition, we found that Hel2p/RNF123 and Ubp3p/USP10 appeared to be differently localized in the ribosome complex after ultraviolet irradiation. Together, our results support a model in which coordinated ubiquitination and deubiquitination activities can finely balance the level of regulatory Rps3p mono-ubiquitination in ribosome-associated quality control and autophagy processes.


Subject(s)
Autophagy , Eukaryota , Quality Control , Ribosomes , Ubiquitin , Ubiquitin-Protein Ligases , Ubiquitin-Specific Proteases , Ubiquitination , Yeasts
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Mem. Inst. Invest. Cienc. Salud (Impr.) ; 14(3): 24-33, dic. 2016. ilus
Article in Spanish | LILACS | ID: biblio-869107

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La leishmaniasis es una enfermedad producida por protozoarios parásitos del género Leishmania. Estos parásitos infectan a hospedadores mamíferos, entre los cuales los perros han sido implicados como reservorios del parásito. Este trabajo planteó estandarizar la técnica de la PCR-RFLP luego de la amplificación de la región ITS1 de Leishmania spp, como herramienta útil para la detección y caracterización molecular. Se utilizaron promastigotes de cultivo y muestras de biopsias procedentes de perros con leishmaniasis visceral previamente diagnosticados en el Centro Antirrábico Nacional. La región ITS1 del ADN genómico nuclear de Leishmania spp. fue amplificada utilizando los cebadores LITSR y L5,8S. La técnica ITS1 PCR-RFLP aplicada, permitió la detección de Leishmania (L) infantum en 10/10 aislados de parásitos mantenidos en medio NNN, en 10/18 muestras de bazo y 10/18 muestras de ganglio linfático poplíteo. Las condiciones óptimas de reacción fueron 0,2 mM de dNTPs, 0,1 pmol de cada cebador y 1U de Taq polimerasa. La sensibilidad de la PCR fue de 3 ng/µL de ADN en aislados de cultivo NNN y 60 ng/µL de ADN en muestras de biopsias, mientras que la especificidad fue de 100% para la detección de Leishmania sp. La enzima de restricción Hae III, determinó fragmentos de 184, 72 y 55 pb., que resultaron específicos para la especie Leishmania (L.) infantum. El marcador utilizado resultó confiable para la detección y caracterización de Leishmania sp. en perros procedentes de zonas endémicas, lo cual podría ser útil para verificar las especies de parásitos circulantes entre los perros.


Leishmaniasis is a disease caused by protozoan parasites of the genus Leishmania. The separasites infect to mammalian hosts, including canines that have been implicated as reservoirs of the parasite. The aim of this research was to standardize the technique of PCR RFLP after amplification of the ITS1 region of Leishmania (Leishmania) infantum, as a useful tool for detection and molecular characterization. Promastigotes from culture and biopsies from dogs with visceral Leishmaniasis previously diagnosed by the Centro Antirrábico Nacional. The ITS1 region of the genomic DNA of Leishmania sp. was amplified using LITSR and L5,8S primers. The technique ITS1 PCR-RFLP applied, allowed the detection of Leishmania (L.) infantum in 10/10 of the isolates from parasites maintained in NNN culture medium, in 10/18 samples from spleen and 10/18 samples from popliteal lymph node. Optimal reaction conditions were 0.2 mM dNTPs, 0.1 pmol of each primer and 1U of Taq polymerase. The sensitivity of PCR was 3 ng/µL DNA in isolates of parasites from NNNculture medium and 60 ng/µL DNA in biopsy samples while the specificity was 100% for the detection of DNA of Leishmania sp. The restriction enzyme Hae III determined fragments of184, 72 and 55 bp., which were specific to Leishmania (L.) infantum. The marker used isreliable for the detection and characterization of Leishmania sp. in dogs from endemic areas, which could be useful to verify the species of parasites circulating among animals.


Subject(s)
Animals , Eukaryota , Polymerase Chain Reaction , Dogs
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Rev. biol. trop ; 64(3): 1057-1065, jul.-sep. 2016. tab, ilus
Article in English | LILACS | ID: biblio-958195

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Abstract:Community structure and composition are dictated by evolutionary and ecological assembly processes which are manifested in signals of, species diversity, species abundance and species relatedness. Analysis of species coexisting relatedness, has received attention as a tool to identify the processes that influence the composition of a community within a particular habitat. In this study, we tested if microbialite genetic composition is dependent on random events versus biological/abiotical factors. This study was based on a large genetic data set of two hypervariable regions (V5 and V6) from previously generated barcoded 16S rRNA amplicons from nine microbialite communities distributed in Northeastern, Central and Southeastern Mexico collected in May and June of 2009. Genetic data of the most abundant phyla (Proteobacteria, Planctomycetes, Verrucomicrobia, Bacteroidetes, and Cyanobacteria) were investigated in order to state the phylogenetic structure of the complete communities as well as each phylum. For the complete dataset, Webb NTI index showed positive and significant values in the nine communities analysed, where values ranged from 31.5 in Pozas Azules I to 57.2 in Bacalar Pirate Channel; meanwhile, NRI index were positive and significant in six of the nine communities analysed with values ranging from 18.1 in Pozas Azules I to 45.1 in Río Mesquites. On the other hand, when comparing each individual phylum, NTI index were positive and significant in all groups, except in Cyanobacteria for which positive and significant values were only found in three localities; finally, NRI index was significant in only a few of the comparisons performed. The results suggest that habitat filtering is the main process that drives phylogenetic structure in bacterial communities associated to microbialites with the exception of Cyanobacteria where different lineages can contribute to microbialite formation and growth. Rev. Biol. Trop. 64 (3): 10571065. Epub 2016 September 01.


ResumenLa estructura y composición de las comunidades son determinadas por procesos evolutivos y ecológicos que se manifiestan en señales de diversidad, abundancia y la relación de especies. El análisis de la relación de especies que coexisten ha recibido atención como una herramienta para identificar los procesos que influyen en la composición de una comunidad dentro de un hábitat particular. En este estudio, evaluamos si la composición genética de bacterias microbialíticas depende de acontecimientos al azar vs factores biológicos/ abióticos. Este estudio se basa en un conjunto de datos genéticos de dos regiones hipervariables (V5 y V6) de gen 16S rRNA generados previamente de nueve comunidades de microbialitos distribuidos en el Noreste, Centro y Sureste de México, recolectados en mayo y junio 2009. Los datos genéticos de los filos más abundantes (Proteobacteria, Planctomycetes, Verrucomicrobia, Bacteroidetes y Cyanobacteria) fueron analizados para determinar la estructura filogenética de la comunidad y de cada filo por separado. Para el análisis conjunto, el índice NTI de Webb mostró valores positivos y significativos en las nueve comunidades analizadas, en donde los valores oscilaron entre 31.5 en Pozas Azules I y 57.2 en el Canal Pirata en Bacalar; en contraste, los valores del índice NRI fueron positivos y significativos en seis de las nueve comunidades analizadas con valores oscilando desde 18.1 en Pozas Azules I hasta 45.1 en Río Mezquites. Por otro lado, en la comparación de cada filo individual, el índice NTI fue positivo y significativo en todos los grupos excepto en Cyanobacteria, en donde valores positivos y significativos fueron encontrados sólo en tres localidades; finalmente, el índice NRI fue significativo sólo en unas cuantas de las comparaciones realizadas. Los resultados sugieren que el filtrado del hábitat es el proceso principal que determina la estructura filogenética de las comunidades bacterianas asociadas a microbialitos con la excepción de las cianobacterias en donde diferentes linajes pueden contribuir a la formación y crecimiento del microbialito.


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Phylogeny , Bacteria/genetics , Archaea/genetics , Ecosystem , Eukaryota/genetics , Reference Values , Bacteria/growth & development , DNA, Bacterial , RNA, Ribosomal, 16S , Archaea/growth & development , Eukaryota/growth & development , DNA Barcoding, Taxonomic/methods , Phylogeography/methods , Mexico
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-15196

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BACKGROUND: The prevalence of novel type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM) antibodies targeting eukaryote translation elongation factor 1 alpha 1 autoantibody (EEF1A1-AAb) and ubiquitin-conjugating enzyme 2L3 autoantibody (UBE2L3-AAb) has been shown to be negatively correlated with age in T1DM subjects. Therefore, we aimed to investigate whether age affects the levels of these two antibodies in nondiabetic subjects. METHODS: EEF1A1-AAb and UBE2L3-AAb levels in nondiabetic control subjects (n=150) and T1DM subjects (n=101) in various ranges of age (18 to 69 years) were measured using an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The cutoff point for the presence of each autoantibody was determined based on control subjects using the formula: [mean absorbance+3×standard deviation]. RESULTS: In nondiabetic subjects, there were no significant correlations between age and EEF1A1-AAb and UBE2L3-AAb levels. However, there was wide variation in EEF1A1-AAb and UBE2L3-AAb levels among control subjects <40 years old; the prevalence of both EEF1A1-AAb and UBE2L3-AAb in these subjects was 4.4%. When using cutoff points determined from the control subjects <40 years old, the prevalence of both autoantibodies in T1DM subjects was decreased (EEFA1-AAb, 15.8% to 8.9%; UBE2L3-AAb, 10.9% to 7.9%) when compared to the prevalence using the cutoff derived from the totals for control subjects. CONCLUSION: There was no association between age and EEF1A1-AAb or UBE2L3-AAb levels in nondiabetic subjects. However, the wide variation in EEF1A1-AAb and UBE2L3-AAb levels apparent among the control subjects <40 years old should be taken into consideration when determining the cutoff reference range for the diagnosis of T1DM.


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Antibodies , Autoantibodies , Diabetes Mellitus, Type 1 , Diagnosis , Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay , Eukaryota , Humans , Peptide Elongation Factor 1 , Peptide Elongation Factors , Prevalence , Reference Values , Young Adult
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Indian J Exp Biol ; 2015 Jun; 53(6): 417-423
Article in English | IMSEAR | ID: sea-158527

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Epibacterial communities of co-occurring eukaryotic hosts of Palk Bay origin (five seaweed species (Gracilaria sp, Padina sp, Enteromorpha sp, Sargassum sp, and Turbinaria sp) and one seagrass [Cymodaceae sp]) were analyzed for diversity and compared using 16S rRNA based Denaturant Gradient Gel Electrophoresis analysis. Diversity index revealed that Turbinaria sp hosts highest bacterial diversity while it was least in Gracilaria sp. The DGGE band profile showed that the epibacterial community differed considerably among the studied species. Statistical assessment using cluster analysis and Non-metric multidimensional scale analysis also authenticated the observed variability. Despite huge overlap, the composition of bacterial community structure differed significantly among the three closely related species namely Sargassum, Turbinaria and Padina. In addition, Enteromorpha and Sargassum, one being chlorophyta and the other phaeophyta showed about 80% similarity in bacterial composition. This differs from the general notion that epibacterial community composition will vary widely depending on the host phyla. The results extended the phenomenon of host specific epibacterial community irrespective of phylogeny and similarity in geographical location.


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/isolation & purification , Bays , Biodiversity , Ecosystem , Eukaryota/microbiology , Gracilaria/microbiology , India , Microbiota/etiology , Sargassum/microbiology , Seaweed/microbiology , Ulva/microbiology
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Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-160904

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DEAD/DExH-box RNA helicases catalyze the folding and remodeling of RNA molecules in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, as well as in many viruses. They are characterized by the presence of the helicase domain with conserved motifs that are essential for ATP binding and hydrolysis, RNA interaction, and unwinding activities. Large families of DEAD/DExH-box proteins have been described in different organisms, and their role in all molecular processes involving RNA, from transcriptional regulation to mRNA decay, have been described. This review aims to summarize the current knowledge about DEAD/DExH-box proteins in selected protozoan and nematode parasites of medical importance worldwide, such as Plasmodium falciparum, Leishmania spp., Trypanosoma spp., Giardia lamblia, Entamoeba histolytica, and Brugia malayi. We discuss the functional characterization of several proteins in an attempt to understand better the molecular mechanisms involving RNA in these pathogens. The current data also highlight that DEAD/DExH-box RNA helicases might represent feasible drug targets due to their vital role in parasite growth and development.


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Animals , Eukaryota/enzymology , Gene Expression Regulation , Parasites/enzymology , RNA/metabolism , RNA Helicases/metabolism
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Genomics & Informatics ; : 112-118, 2015.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-42764

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The intron has been a big biological mystery since it was first discovered in several aspects. First, all of the completely sequenced eukaryotes harbor introns in the genomic structure, whereas no prokaryotes identified so far carry introns. Second, the amount of total introns varies in different species. Third, the length and number of introns vary in different genes, even within the same species genome. Fourth, all introns are copied into RNAs by transcription and DNAs by replication processes, but intron sequences do not participate in protein-coding sequences. The existence of introns in the genome should be a burden to some cells, because cells have to consume a great deal of energy to copy and excise them exactly at the correct positions with the help of complicated spliceosomal machineries. The existence throughout the long evolutionary history is explained, only if selective advantages of carrying introns are assumed to be given to cells to overcome the negative effect of introns. In that regard, we summarize previous research about the functional roles or benefits of introns. Additionally, several other studies strongly suggesting that introns should not be junk will be introduced.


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DNA , Eukaryota , Genome , Introns , RNA
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Braz. j. biol ; 74(3): 529-537, 8/2014. tab, graf
Article in English | LILACS | ID: lil-723882

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Six blooms of Heterosigma akashiwo (Raphidophyceae) were observed from March 2007 through March 2008 in the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, a semi-confined eutrophic system located in Rio de Janeiro state, southeast Brazil. Vegetative cells of H. akashiwo analysed by optical and electron microscopy showed morphology as described in the literature. The blooms (2.8 × 104 to 4 × 108 cell.L–1) were restricted to the middle section of the Piraquê Channel, which is situated in the northeastern part of the lagoon and receives freshwater inflow. The salinity of subsurface water and the channel depth showed significant negative correlations with H. akashiwo abundances, and appeared to restrict the blooms to this compartment of the lagoon. No fish mortality was associated with the H. akashiwo blooms, nor were brevetoxins detected in a cell extract obtained from the bloom observed on 19 March 2007.


Seis florações de Heterosigma akashiwo (Raphidophyceae) foram observadas em março de 2007 a março de 2008 na Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas, um sistema semi-confinado eutrófico localizado no Rio de Janeiro (Sudeste do Brasil). As células vegetativas de H. akashiwo analisadas por microscopia óptica e eletrônica mostraram morfologia como descrito em literatura. As florações (2.8 × 104 a 4 × 108 cel.L–1) foram restritas à zona intermédia do canal Piraquê, que se situa na parte nordeste da lagoa e recebe aporte de água doce. A salinidade da sub-superfície da água e a profundidade do canal apresentaram correlação negativa significativa com a abundância de H. akashiwo e parecem determinar a formação de florações restritas a este compartimento da lagoa. Não houve mortalidade de peixes durante as florações de H. akashiwo e não foi detectada a presença de brevetoxinas em um extrato celular obtido a partir da floração observada em 19 de março de 2007.


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Environmental Monitoring , Eukaryota/growth & development , Lakes , Brazil , Population Density , Seasons
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Mycobiology ; : 241-248, 2014.
Article in English | WPRIM | ID: wpr-729881

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NADPH oxidases (Noxes), transmembrane proteins found in most eukaryotic species, generate reactive oxygen species and are thereby involved in essential biological processes. However, the fact that genes encoding ferric reductases and ferric-chelate reductases share high sequence similarities and domains with Nox genes represents a challenge for bioinformatic approaches used to identify Nox-encoding genes. Further, most studies on fungal Nox genes have focused mainly on functionality, rather than sequence properties, and consequently clear differentiation among the various Nox isoforms has not been achieved. We conducted an extensive sequence analysis to identify putative Nox genes among 34 eukaryotes, including 28 fungal genomes and one Oomycota genome. Analyses were performed with respect to phylogeny, transmembrane helices, di-histidine distance and glycosylation. Our analyses indicate that the sequence properties of fungal Nox genes are different from those of human and plant Nox genes, thus providing novel insight that will enable more accurate identification and characterization of fungal Nox genes.


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Biological Phenomena , Computer Simulation , Eukaryota , Genome , Genome, Fungal , Glycosylation , Humans , NADP , NADPH Oxidases , Oomycetes , Oxidoreductases , Phylogeny , Plants , Protein Isoforms , Reactive Oxygen Species , Sequence Analysis
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Article in Chinese | WPRIM | ID: wpr-330330

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In order to construct an integrated DNA barcoding database for identifying Chinese animal medicine, the authors and their cooperators have completed a lot of researches for identifying Chinese animal medicines using DNA barcoding technology. Sequences from GenBank have been analyzed simultaneously. Three different methods, BLAST, barcoding gap and Tree building, have been used to confirm the reliabilities of barcode records in the database. The integrated DNA barcoding database for identifying Chinese animal medicine has been constructed using three different parts: specimen, sequence and literature information. This database contained about 800 animal medicines and the adulterants and closely related species. Unknown specimens can be identified by pasting their sequence record into the window on the ID page of species identification system for traditional Chinese medicine (www. tcmbarcode. cn). The integrated DNA barcoding database for identifying Chinese animal medicine is significantly important for animal species identification, rare and endangered species conservation and sustainable utilization of animal resources.


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Animals , DNA Barcoding, Taxonomic , Methods , Databases, Nucleic Acid , Eukaryota , Classification , Genetics , Medicine, Chinese Traditional
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