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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651381/meta-barcoding-in-combination-with-palynological-inference-is-a-potent-diagnostic-marker-for-honey-floral-composition
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Rama Chandra Laha, Surajit De Mandal, Lalhmanghai Ralte, Laldinfeli Ralte, Nachimuthu Senthil Kumar, Guruswami Gurusubramanian, Ramalingam Satishkumar, Raja Mugasimangalam, Nagesh Aswathnarayana Kuravadi
Identification of floral samples present in honey is important in order to determine the medicinal value, enhance the production of honey as well as to conserve the honey bees. Traditional approaches for studying pollen samples are based on microscopic observation which is laborious, time intensive and requires specialized palynological knowledge. Present study compares two composite honey metagenome collected from 20 samples in Mizoram, Northeast India using three gene loci- rbcL, matK and ITS2 that was sequenced using a next-generation sequencing (NGS) platform (Illumina Miseq)...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651291/development-of-a-reference-standard-library-of-chloroplast-genome-sequences-genometrakrcp
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Ning Zhang, Padmini Ramachandran, Jun Wen, James A Duke, Helen Metzman, William McLaughlin, Andrea R Ottesen, Ruth E Timme, Sara M Handy
Precise, species-level identification of plants in foods and dietary supplements is difficult. While the use of DNA barcoding regions (short regions of DNA with diagnostic utility) has been effective for many inquiries, it is not always a robust approach for closely related species, especially in highly processed products. The use of fully sequenced chloroplast genomes, as an alternative to short diagnostic barcoding regions, has demonstrated utility for closely related species. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also developed species-specific DNA-based assays targeting plant species of interest by utilizing chloroplast genome sequences...
June 26, 2017: Planta Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651047/prioritization-of-contaminants-of-emerging-concern-in-wastewater-treatment-plant-discharges-using-chemical-gene-interactions-in-caged-fish
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Edward J Perkins, Tanwir Habib, Barbara L Escalon, Jenna E Cavallin, Linnea Thomas, Matthew Weberg, Megan N Hughes, Kathleen M Jensen, Michael D Kahl, Daniel L Villeneuve, Gerald T Ankley, Natalia Garcia-Reyero
We examined whether contaminants present in surface waters could be prioritized for further assessment by linking the presence of specific chemicals to gene expression changes in exposed fish. Fathead minnows were deployed in cages for 2, 4, or 8 days at three locations near two different wastewater treatment plant discharge sites in the Saint Louis Bay, Duluth, MN and one upstream reference site. The biological impact of 51 chemicals detected in the surface water of 133 targeted chemicals was determined using biochemical endpoints, exposure activity ratios for biological and estrogenic responses, known chemical:gene interactions from biological pathways and knowledge bases, and analysis of the co-variance of ovary gene expression with surface water chemistry...
June 26, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650653/growth-and-metabolic-responses-of-rice-oryza-sativa-l-cultivated-in-phosphorus-deficient-soil-amended-with-tio2-nanoparticles
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Zahra Zahra, Naima Waseem, Rubab Zahra, Hwanhui Lee, Mohsin Ali Badshah, Arshad Mehmood, Hyung-Kyoon Choi, Muhammad Arshad
Plants have natural ability to withstand stress conditions through metabolic adjustments. The present study aimed at investigating effects of Titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) application (0, 25, 50, 150, 250, 500 and 750 mg kg-1) in phosphorus deficient soil in terms of growth responses, P contents and metabolic alterations in rice. TiO2 NPs application increased shoot length up to 14.5%. Phosphorus contents in rice roots, shoots, and grains were increased by 2.6-, 2.4-, and 1.3-fold, respectively at 750 mg kg-1 of TiO2 NPs...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650644/combination-of-plant-virus-nanoparticle-based-in-situ-vaccination-with-chemotherapy-potentiates-antitumor-response
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Karin L Lee, Abner A Murray, Duc H T Le, Mee Rie Sheen, Sourabh Shukla, Ulrich Commandeur, Steven Fiering, Nicole F Steinmetz
Immunotherapeutics are gaining more traction in the armamentarium used to combat cancer. Specifically, in situ vaccination strategies have gained interest because of their ability to alter the tumor microenvironment to an antitumor state. Herein, we investigate whether flexuous plant virus-based nanoparticles formed by the potato virus X (PVX) can be used as an immunotherapeutic for in situ vaccine monotherapy. We further developed dual chemo-immunotherapeutics by incorporating doxorubicin (DOX) into PVX yielding a dual-functional nanoparticle (PVX-DOX) or by coadministration of the two therapeutic regimes, PVX immunotherapy and DOX chemotherapy (PVX+DOX)...
June 26, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650458/duplicated-pollen-pistil-recognition-loci-control-intraspecific-unilateral-incompatibility-in-brassica-rapa
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Yoshinobu Takada, Kohji Murase, Hiroko Shimosato-Asano, Takahiro Sato, Honoka Nakanishi, Keita Suwabe, Kentaro K Shimizu, Yong Pyo Lim, Seiji Takayama, Go Suzuki, Masao Watanabe
In plants, cell-cell recognition is a crucial step in the selection of optimal pairs of gametes to achieve successful propagation of progeny. Flowering plants have evolved various genetic mechanisms, mediated by cell-cell recognition, to enable their pistils to reject self-pollen, thus preventing inbreeding and the consequent reduced fitness of progeny (self-incompatibility, SI), and to reject foreign pollen from other species, thus maintaining species identity (interspecific incompatibility)(1). In the genus Brassica, the SI system is regulated by an S-haplotype-specific interaction between a stigma-expressed female receptor (S receptor kinase, SRK) and a tapetum cell-expressed male ligand (S locus protein 11, SP11), encoded by their respective polymorphic genes at the S locus(2-6)...
June 26, 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650332/nepeta-rtanjensis-lamiaceae-a-plant-endemic-to-the-balkans-phenolic-composition-antioxidant-activity-and-in-vitro-antigenotoxic-effects-in-triiodothyronine-induced-dna-damage-in-human-lymphocytes
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Jasna Bošnjak-Neumüller, Milena Radaković, Ninoslav Djelić, Branka Vuković-Gačić, Zora Dajić Stevanović, Stoimir Kolarević, Danijela Mišić, Milan Stanković, Jelena Knežević-Vukčević, Biljana Spremo-Potparević, Zoran Stanimirović
The success of antioxidant therapy in hyperthyroidism implies that disease is mediated by oxidative stress, which is known as one of the causing agents of ageing, degenerative diseases, and cancer. The main objective of our study was to determine possible protective effects of methanolic extract of N. rtanjensis in triiodothyronine (T3)-induced DNA breaks of human lymphocytes under in vitro conditions, based upon plant antioxidant capacity related to its phytochemical profile, mainly its polyphenolic complex...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650091/localized-micronutrient-patches-induce-lateral-root-foraging-and-chemotropism-in-nicotiana-attenuate
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Abigail P Ferrieri, Ricardo A R Machado, Carla C M Arce, Danny Kessler, Ian T Baldwin, Matthias Erb
Nutrients are distributed unevenly in the soil. Phenotypic plasticity in root growth and proliferation may enable plants to cope with this variation and effectively forage for essential nutrients. However, how micronutrients shape root architecture of plants in their natural environments is poorly understood. We employed a combination of field and laboratory-based assays to determine the capacity of Nicotiana attenuata to direct root growth towards localized nutrient patches in its native environment. Plants growing in nature displayed a particular root phenotype consisting of a single primary root and a few long, shallow lateral roots...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Integrative Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650085/immunogenicity-of-plant-produced-african-horse-sickness-virus-like-particles-implications-for-a-novel-vaccine
#9
Susan J Dennis, Ann E Meyers, Alan J Guthrie, Inga I Hitzeroth, Edward P Rybicki
African horse sickness (AHS) is a debilitating and often fatal viral disease affecting horses in much of Africa, caused by the dsRNA orbivirus African horse sickness virus (AHSV). Vaccination remains the single most effective weapon in combatting AHS, as there is no treatment for the disease apart from good animal husbandry. However, the only commercially available vaccine is a live attenuated version of the virus (LAV). The threat of outbreaks of the disease outside its endemic region and the fact that the LAV is not licensed for use elsewhere in the world, have spurred attempts to develop an alternative safer, yet cost-effective recombinant vaccine...
June 26, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649470/determinants-of-seasonal-changes-in-availability-of-food-patches-for-elephants-loxodonta-africana-in-a-semi-arid-african-savanna
#10
Bruce W Clegg, Timothy G O'Connor
Loss of biodiversity caused by impact of elephants (Loxodonta africana) on African woodlands may require a management response, but any action should be based on an understanding of why elephants choose to utilise trees destructively. Comprehension of elephant feeding behaviour requires consideration of the relative value of the plant groups they may potentially consume. Profitability of available food is partly determined by the time to locate a food patch and, therefore, as a foundation for understanding the influence of food availability on diet selection, key controls on the density of grass, forb, and browse patches were investigated across space and time in a semi-arid African savanna...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649414/characterisation-and-comparison-of-bacterial-communities-on-reverse-osmosis-membranes-of-a-full-scale-desalination-plant-by-bacterial-16s-rrna-gene-metabarcoding
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Veena Nagaraj, Lucy Skillman, Goen Ho, Dan Li, Alexander Gofton
Microbiomes of full-scale seawater reverse osmosis membranes are complex and subject to variation within and between membrane units. The pre-existing bacterial communities of unused membranes before operation have been largely ignored in biofouling studies. This study is novel as unused membranes were used as a critical benchmark for comparison. Fouled seawater reverse osmosis membrane biofilm communities from an array of autopsied membrane samples, following a 7-year operational life-span in a full-scale desalination plant in Western Australia, were characterised by 16S rRNA gene metabarcoding using the bacterial primers 515F and 806R...
2017: NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649349/stochastic-losses-of-fire-dependent-endemic-herbs-revealed-by-a-65-year-chronosequence-of-dispersal-limited-woody-plant-encroachment
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John Stephen Brewer
The factors responsible for maintaining diverse groundcover plant communities of high conservation value in frequently burned wet pine savannas are poorly understood. While most management involves manipulating extrinsic factors important in maintaining species diversity (e.g., fire regimes), most ecological theory (e.g., niche theory and neutral theory) examines how traits exhibited by the species promote species coexistence. Furthermore, although many ecologists focus on processes that maintain local species diversity, conservation biologists have argued that other indices (e...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649260/tomato-udp-glucose-sterol-glycosyltransferases-a-family-of-developmental-and-stress-regulated-genes-that-encode-cytosolic-and-membrane-associated-forms-of-the-enzyme
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Karla Ramirez-Estrada, Nídia Castillo, Juan A Lara, Monserrat Arró, Albert Boronat, Albert Ferrer, Teresa Altabella
Sterol glycosyltransferases (SGTs) catalyze the glycosylation of the free hydroxyl group at C-3 position of sterols to produce sterol glycosides. Glycosylated sterols and free sterols are primarily located in cell membranes where in combination with other membrane-bound lipids play a key role in modulating their properties and functioning. In contrast to most plant species, those of the genus Solanum contain very high levels of glycosylated sterols, which in the case of tomato may account for more than 85% of the total sterol content...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649073/analgesic-anti-inflammatory-and-antipyretic-activity-of-salvia-moorcroftiana
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Liaqat Hussain, Muhammad Sajid Hamid Akash, Noorul Ain, Muhammad Imran Qadir
Salvia moorcroftiana is an herbaceous plant commonly known as "Kallijari" in Pakistan and belongs to the family Lamiaceae. This study was carried out to evaluate its scientific base for its traditional use in pain, fever and inflammation. The powdered plant was extracted by the method of cold maceration using aqueous methanol (70:30) as solvents. Hot plate, flick tail and acetic acid induced writhing test were utilized for analgesic assessment. Anti-inflammatory activity was evaluated by carageenan-induced mice paw edema...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649038/multiple-spectroscopic-analyses-reveal-the-fate-and-metabolism-of-sulfamide-herbicide-triafamone-in-agricultural-environments
#15
Mengcen Wang, Yuan Qian, Xiaoyu Liu, Peng Wei, Man Deng, Lei Wang, Huiming Wu, Guonian Zhu
Triafamone, a sulfamide herbicide, has been extensively utilized for weed control in rice paddies in Asia. However, its fate and transformation in the environment have not been established. Through a rice paddy microcosm-based simulation trial combined with multiple spectroscopic analyses, we isolated and identified three novel metabolites of triafamone, including hydroxyl triafamone (HTA), hydroxyl triafamone glycoside (HTAG), and oxazolidinedione triafamone (OTA). When triafamone was applied to rice paddies at a concentration of 34...
June 22, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647896/omics-based-hybrid-prediction-in-maize
#16
Matthias Westhues, Tobias A Schrag, Claas Heuer, Georg Thaller, H Friedrich Utz, Wolfgang Schipprack, Alexander Thiemann, Felix Seifert, Anita Ehret, Armin Schlereth, Mark Stitt, Zoran Nikoloski, Lothar Willmitzer, Chris C Schön, Stefan Scholten, Albrecht E Melchinger
Complementing genomic data with other "omics" predictors can increase the probability of success for predicting the best hybrid combinations using complex agronomic traits. Accurate prediction of traits with complex genetic architecture is crucial for selecting superior candidates in animal and plant breeding and for guiding decisions in personalized medicine. Whole-genome prediction has revolutionized these areas but has inherent limitations in incorporating intricate epistatic interactions. Downstream "omics" data are expected to integrate interactions within and between different biological strata and provide the opportunity to improve trait prediction...
June 24, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647758/a-meta-analysis-of-quantitative-trait-loci-for-abiotic-and-biotic-stress-resistance-in-tetraploid-cotton
#17
Abdelraheem Abdelraheem, Feng Liu, Mingzhou Song, Jinfa F Zhang
The number and location of mapped quantitative trait loci (QTL) depend on genetic populations and testing environments. The identification of consistent QTL across genetic backgrounds and environments is a pre-requisite to marker-assisted selection. This study analyzed a total of 661 abiotic and biotic stress resistance QTL based on our previous work and other publications using the meta-analysis software Biomercator. It identified chromosomal regions containing QTL clusters for different resistance traits and hotspots for a particular resistance trait in cotton from 98 QTL for drought tolerance under greenhouse (DT) and 150 QTL in field conditions (FDT), 80 QTL for salt tolerance in the greenhouse conditions (ST), 201 QTL for resistance to Verticillium wilt (VW, Verticillium dahliae), 47 QTL for resistance to Fusarium wilt (FW, Fusarium oxysporum f...
June 24, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647606/role-of-streptomyces-pactum-in-phytoremediation-of-trace-elements-by-brassica-juncea-in-mine-polluted-soils
#18
Amjad Ali, Di Guo, Amanullah Mahar, Zhen Wang, Dost Muhammad, Ronghua Li, Ping Wang, Feng Shen, Quanhong Xue, Zengqiang Zhang
The industrial expansion, smelting, mining and agricultural practices have increased the release of toxic trace elements (TEs) in the environment and threaten living organisms. The microbe-assisted phytoremediation is environmentally safe and provide an effective approach to remediate TEs contaminated soils. A pot experiment was conducted to test the potential of an Actinomycete, subspecies Streptomyces pactum (Act12) along with medical stone compost (MSC) by growing Brassica juncea in smelter and mines polluted soils of Feng County (FC) and Tongguan (TG, China), respectively...
June 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647603/effects-of-the-herbicide-glyphosate-on-non-target-plant-native-species-from-chaco-forest-argentina
#19
Ferreira María Florencia, Torres Carolina, Bracamonte Enzo, Galetto Leonardo
Agriculture based on transgenic crops has expanded in Argentina into areas formerly occupied by Chaco forest. Even though glyphosate is the herbicide most widely used in the world, increasing evidence indicates severe ecotoxicological effects on non-target organisms as native plants. The aim of this work is to determine glyphosate effects on 23 native species present in the remaining Chaco forests immersed in agricultural matrices. This is a laboratory/greenhouse approach studying acute effects on seedlings after 21 days...
June 22, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647581/development-of-field-applicable-tests-for-rapid-and-sensitive-detection-of-candidatus-phytoplasma-oryzae
#20
Lillian Wambua, Bernd Schneider, Allan Okwaro, Joseph Odhiambo Wanga, Olive Imali, Peninah Nduku Wambua, Lavender Agutu, Cassandra Olds, Chris Stephen Jones, Daniel Masiga, Charles Midega, Zeyaur Khan, Joerg Jores, Anne Fischer
Napier grass Stunt Disease (NSD) is a severe disease of Napier grass (Pennisetum purpureum) in Eastern Africa, caused by the leafhopper-transmitted bacterium Candidatus Phytoplasma oryzae. The pathogen severely impairs the growth of Napier grass, the major fodder for dairy cattle in Eastern Africa. NSD is associated with biomass losses of up to 70% of infected plants. Diagnosis of NSD is done by nested PCR targeting the phytoplasma DNA, which is difficult to perform in developing countries with little infrastructure...
June 21, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Probes
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