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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907026/asexual-recombinants-of-plasmopara-halstedii-pathotypes-from-dual-infection-of-sunflower
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Otmar Spring, Reinhard Zipper
Genetically homogenous strains of Plasmopara halstedii differing in host specificity and fungicide tolerance were used to test the hypothesis that asexual genetic recombination occurs and may account for the high genotype diversity of this homothallic reproducing oomycete, which causes downy mildew in sunflower. Dual inoculation of sunflower seedlings with single zoospore strains of complementary infection characteristics caused sporulation under conditions where inoculation with each strain alone failed to infect...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900896/sociolegal-and-practice-implications-of-caring-for-lgbt-people-with-dementia
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Elizabeth Peel, Helen Taylor, Rosie Harding
The needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people with dementia are poorly recognised. This is due partly to assumptions that all older people are heterosexual or asexual. One quarter of gay or bisexual men and half of lesbian or bisexual women have children, compared with 90% of heterosexual women and men, which means LGBT older adults are more likely to reside in care homes. Older LGBT people may be unwilling to express their sexual identities in care settings and this can affect their care. Members of older people's informal care networks must be recognised to ensure their involvement in the lives of residents in care settings continues...
November 30, 2016: Nursing Older People
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900595/overexpression-of-a-thaumatin-like-protein-gene-from-vitis-amurensis-improves-downy-mildew-resistance-in-vitis-vinifera-grapevine
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Rongrong He, Jiao Wu, Yali Zhang, Cecilia B Agüero, Xinlong Li, Shaoli Liu, Chaoxia Wang, M Andrew Walker, Jiang Lu
Downy mildew is a highly destructive disease in grapevine production. A gene encoding pathogenesis-related (PR) thaumatin-like protein was isolated from the downy mildew-resistant grapevine "Zuoshan-1," a clonal selection from wild Vitis amurensis Rupr. The predicted thaumatin-like protein (VaTLP) has 225 amino acids and it is acidic, with a calculated isoelectric point of 4.8. The full length of the VaTLP gene was transformed into somatic embryogenic calli of V. vinifera 'Thompson Seedless' via Agrobacterium tumefaciens...
November 30, 2016: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895889/amino-acid-transporters-implicated-in-endocytosis-of-buchnera-during-symbiont-transmission-in-the-pea-aphid
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Hsiao-Ling Lu, Chun-Che Chang, Alex C C Wilson
BACKGROUND: Many insects host their obligate, maternally transmitted symbiotic bacteria in specialized cells called bacteriocytes. One of the best-studied insect nutritional endosymbioses is that of the aphid and its endosymbiont, Buchnera aphidicola. Aphids and Buchnera are metabolically and developmentally integrated, but the molecular mechanisms underlying Buchnera transmission and coordination with aphid development remain largely unknown. Previous work using electron microscopy to study aphid asexual embryogenesis has revealed that Buchnera transmission involves exocytosis from a maternal bacteriocyte followed by endocytotic uptake by a blastula...
2016: EvoDevo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894354/do-mosquitoes-transmit-the-avian-malaria-like-parasite-haemoproteus-an-experimental-test-of-vector-competence-using-mosquito-saliva
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Rafael Gutiérrez-López, Josué Martínez-de la Puente, Laura Gangoso, Jiayue Yan, Ramón C Soriguer, Jordi Figuerola
BACKGROUND: The life-cycle of many vector-borne pathogens includes an asexual replication phase in the vertebrate host and sexual reproduction in the insect vector. However, as only a small array of parasites can successfully develop infective phases inside an insect, few insect species are competent vectors for these pathogens. Molecular approaches have identified the potential insect vectors of blood parasites under natural conditions. However, the effectiveness of this methodology for verifying mosquito competence in the transmission of avian malaria parasites and related haemosporidians is still under debate...
November 28, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890264/selective-suppression-of-in-situ-proliferation-of-scyphozoan-polyps-by-biofouling
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Song Feng, Shi-Wei Wang, Guang-Tao Zhang, Song Sun, Fang Zhang
An increase in marine artificial constructions has been proposed as a major cause of jellyfish blooms, because these constructions provide additional substrates for organisms at the benthic stage (polyps), which proliferate asexually and release a large amount of free-swimming medusae. These hard surfaces are normally covered by fouling communities, the components of which have the potential to impede the proliferation of polyps. In this study, we report an in situ experiment of polyp survival of four large scyphozoan species found in East Asian marginal seas that were exposed to biofouling, a universal phenomenon occurring on marine artificial constructions...
November 24, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884940/ecological-speciation-of-bacteriophage-lambda-in-allopatry-and-sympatry
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Justin R Meyer, Devin T Dobias, Sarah J Medina, Lisa Servilio, Animesh Gupta, Richard E Lenski
Understanding the conditions that allow speciation to occur is difficult because most research has focused on either long-lived organisms or asexual microorganisms. We propagated bacteriophage λ, a virus with rapid generations and frequent recombination, on two Escherichia coli host genotypes that expressed either the LamB or OmpF receptor. When supplied with either single host (allopatry), λ improved its binding to the available receptor while losing its ability to use the alternative. When evolving on both hosts together (sympatry), the viruses split into two lineages with divergent receptor preferences...
November 24, 2016: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882477/sexual-fantasy-and-masturbation-among-asexual-individuals-an-in-depth-exploration
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Morag A Yule, Lori A Brotto, Boris B Gorzalka
Human asexuality is generally defined as a lack of sexual attraction. We used online questionnaires to investigate reasons for masturbation, and explored and compared the contents of sexual fantasies of asexual individuals (identified using the Asexual Identification Scale) with those of sexual individuals. A total of 351 asexual participants (292 women, 59 men) and 388 sexual participants (221 women, 167 men) participated. Asexual women were significantly less likely to masturbate than sexual women, sexual men, and asexual men...
November 23, 2016: Archives of Sexual Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880842/a-new-morphological-type-of-volvox-from-japanese-large-lakes-and-recent-divergence-of-this-type-and-v-ferrisii-in-two-different-freshwater-habitats
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Hisayoshi Nozaki, Noriko Ueki, Nanako Isaka, Tokiko Saigo, Kayoko Yamamoto, Ryo Matsuzaki, Fumio Takahashi, Ken-Ichi Wakabayashi, Masanobu Kawachi
Volvox sect. Volvox is characterized by having unique morphological characteristics, such as thick cytoplasmic bridges between adult somatic cells in the spheroids and spiny zygote walls. Species of this section are found from various freshwater habitats. Recently, three species of Volvox sect. Volvox originating from rice paddies and a marsh were studied taxonomically based on molecular and morphological data of cultured materials. However, taxonomic studies have not been performed on cultured materials of this section originating from large lake water bodies...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873030/chloroplast-dna-sequencing-and-detailed-microsatellite-genotyping-of-all-remnant-populations-suggests-that-only-a-single-genet-survives-of-the-critically-endangered-plant-rehmannia-japonica
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Shingo Kaneko, Yu Matsuki, Ying-Xiong Qiu, Yuji Isagi
Rehmannia japonica (Thunb.) Makino ex T. Yamaz. is an endangered perennial herb species in Japan. Although earlier the Japanese considered it a variety of R. glutinosa, recent Japanese taxonomists have consistently regarded it as an independent species. According to the historical literature, Rehmannia japonica seems to have been known in China and Japan in the past. However, Chinese taxonomists do not recognize R. japonica at present. In Japan, only two populations are known, and although these populations flower every year, seed reproduction has not been observed...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872070/estimation-of-the-in-vivo-minimum-inhibitory-concentration-of-cipargamin-in-uncomplicated-plasmodium-falciparum-malaria
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Hien Tinh Tran, Nicholas J White, Thuy-Nhien Thanh Nguyen, Hoa Thi Nhu, Thuan Duc Phung, Joel Tarning, François Nosten, Baldur Magnusson, Jay Prakash Jain, Kamal Hamed
The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of an antimalarial drug for a particular infection is the drug level associated with a net parasite multiplication rate of one per asexual cycle. To ensure cure of malaria the MIC must be exceeded until all parasites have been eliminated. The development of highly sensitive and accurate polymerase chain reaction quantitation of low-density malaria parasitemia enables prospective pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamic (PK-PD) characterization of antimalarial drug effects, and now allows identification of the in-vivo MIC...
November 21, 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871340/afit-a-bioinformatic-tool-for-measuring-aphid-fitness-and-invasiveness
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A Nardelli, V Peona, A Toschi, M Mandrioli, G C Manicardi
A careful measure of fitness represents a crucial target in crop pest management and becomes fundamental considering extremely prolific insects. In the present paper, we describe a standardized rearing protocol and a bioinformatics tool to calculate aphid fitness indices and invasiveness starting from life table data. We tested the protocol and the bioinformatic tool using six Myzus persicae (Sulzer) asexual lineages in order to investigate if karyotype rearrangements and ecotype could influence their reproductive performances...
November 22, 2016: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869679/transcriptome-based-discovery-of-fusarium-graminearum-stress-responses-to-fghv1-infection
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Shuangchao Wang, Jingze Zhang, Pengfei Li, Dewen Qiu, Lihua Guo
Fusarium graminearum hypovirus 1 (FgHV1), which is phylogenetically related to Cryphonectria hypovirus 1 (CHV1), is a virus in the family Hypoviridae that infects the plant pathogenic fungus F. graminearum. Although hypovirus FgHV1 infection does not attenuate the virulence of the host (hypovirulence), it results in defects in mycelial growth and spore production. We now report that the vertical transmission rate of FgHV1 through asexual spores reached 100%. Using RNA deep sequencing, we performed genome-wide expression analysis to reveal phenotype-related genes with expression changes in response to FgHV1 infection...
November 17, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864883/neuronal-sources-of-hedgehog-modulate-neurogenesis-in-the-adult-planarian-brain
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Ko W Currie, Alyssa M Molinaro, Bret J Pearson
The asexual freshwater planarian is a constitutive adult, whose central nervous system (CNS) is in a state of constant homeostatic neurogenesis. However, very little is known about the extrinsic signals that act on planarian stem cells to modulate rates of neurogenesis. We have identified two planarian homeobox transcription factors, Smed-nkx2.1 and Smed-arx, which are required for the maintenance of cholinergic, GABAergic, and octopaminergic neurons in the planarian CNS. These very same neurons also produce the planarian hedgehog ligand (Smed-hh), which appears to communicate with brain-adjacent stem cells to promote normal levels of neurogenesis...
November 19, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864177/the-histone-deacetylase-hda-2-regulates-growth-conidiation-blue-light-perception-and-oxidative-stress-responses-in-trichoderma-atroviride
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Macario Osorio-Concepción, Gema Rosa Cristóbal Mondragón, Braulio Gutiérrez-Medina, Sergio Casas-Flores
: Fungal blue-light photoreceptors have been proposed as integrators of light and oxidative stress. However, additional elements participating in the integrative pathway remain to be identified. In Trichoderma atroviride, the blue-light receptor proteins BLR-1 and -2 are known to regulate gene transcription, mycelial growth and asexual development upon illumination, and recent global transcriptional analysis revealed that the histone deacetylase encoding gene hda-2 is induced by light...
November 18, 2016: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855724/biological-characterization-of-chemically-diverse-compounds-targeting-the-plasmodium-falciparum-coenzyme-a-synthesis-pathway
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Sabine Fletcher, Leonardo Lucantoni, Melissa L Sykes, Amy J Jones, John P Holleran, Kevin J Saliba, Vicky M Avery
BACKGROUND: In the fight against malaria, the discovery of chemical compounds with a novel mode of action and/or chemistry distinct from currently used drugs is vital to counteract the parasite's known ability to develop drug resistance. Another desirable aspect is efficacy against gametocytes, the sexual developmental stage of the parasite which enables the transmission through Anopheles vectors. Using a chemical rescue approach, we previously identified compounds targeting Plasmodium falciparum coenzyme A (CoA) synthesis or utilization, a promising target that has not yet been exploited in anti-malarial drug development...
November 17, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849159/how-does-reproductive-strategy-influence-demography-a-case-study-in-the-tropical-unisexual-epiphyllous-moss-crossomitrium-patrisiae
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Lisi D P Alvarenga, Kátia C Pôrto, Maria L P Coelho, Charles E Zartman
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Leaf-inhabiting organisms offer an experimentally tractable model system within which to investigate the influence of alternative reproductive strategies on plant metapopulation dynamics. We conducted a field study to determine whether (1) threshold colony sizes exist for the onset of sexual and asexual expression, and (2) alternative reproductive strategies differentially influence within-patch dynamics of the tropical pleurocarpous moss Crossomitrium patrisiae...
November 14, 2016: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849032/the-disruption-of-gdp-fucose-de-novo-biosynthesis-suggests-the-presence-of-a-novel-fucose-containing-glycoconjugate-in-plasmodium-asexual-blood-stages
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Sílvia Sanz, Borja López-Gutiérrez, Giulia Bandini, Sebastian Damerow, Sabrina Absalon, Rhoel R Dinglasan, John Samuelson, Luis Izquierdo
Glycosylation is an important posttranslational protein modification in all eukaryotes. Besides glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchors and N-glycosylation, O-fucosylation has been recently reported in key sporozoite proteins of the malaria parasite. Previous analyses showed the presence of GDP-fucose (GDP-Fuc), the precursor for all fucosylation reactions, in the blood stages of Plasmodium falciparum. The GDP-Fuc de novo pathway, which requires the action of GDP-mannose 4,6-dehydratase (GMD) and GDP-L-fucose synthase (FS), is conserved in the parasite genome, but the importance of fucose metabolism for the parasite is unknown...
November 16, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848041/considering-asexuality-as-a-sexual-orientation-and-implications-for-acquired-female-sexual-arousal-interest-disorder
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C J DeLuzio Chasin
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November 15, 2016: Archives of Sexual Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835655/a-transcriptome-meta-analysis-proposes-novel-biological-roles-for-the-antifungal-protein-anafp-in-aspergillus-niger
#20
Norman Paege, Sascha Jung, Paul Schäpe, Dirk Müller-Hagen, Jean-Paul Ouedraogo, Caroline Heiderich, Johanna Jedamzick, Benjamin M Nitsche, Cees A van den Hondel, Arthur F Ram, Vera Meyer
Understanding the genetic, molecular and evolutionary basis of cysteine-stabilized antifungal proteins (AFPs) from fungi is important for understanding whether their function is mainly defensive or associated with fungal growth and development. In the current study, a transcriptome meta-analysis of the Aspergillus niger γ-core protein AnAFP was performed to explore co-expressed genes and pathways, based on independent expression profiling microarrays covering 155 distinct cultivation conditions. This analysis uncovered that anafp displays a highly coordinated temporal and spatial transcriptional profile which is concomitant with key nutritional and developmental processes...
2016: PloS One
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