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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822066/do-evolutionary-changes-in-astrocytes-contribute-to-the-computational-power-of-the-hominid-brain
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Nancy Ann Oberheim Bush, Maiken Nedergaard
It is now well accepted that astrocytes are essential in all major nervous system functions of the rodent brain, including neurotransmission, energy metabolism, modulation of blood flow, ion and water homeostasis, and, indeed, higher cognitive functions, although the contribution of astrocytes in cognition is still in early stages of study. Here we review the most current research findings on human astrocytes, including their structure, molecular characterization, and functional properties. We also highlight novel tools that have been established for translational approaches to the comparative study of astrocytes from humans and experimental animals...
August 19, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821189/y-chromosome-markers-for-the-red-fox
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Halie M Rando, Jeremy T Stutchman, Estelle R Bastounes, Jennifer L Johnson, Carlos A Driscoll, Christina S Barr, Lyudmila N Trut, Benjamin N Sacks, Anna V Kukekova
The de novo assembly of the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) genome has facilitated the development of genomic tools for the species. Efforts to identify the population history of red foxes in North America have previously been limited by a lack of information about the red fox Y-chromosome sequence. However, a megabase of red fox Y-chromosome sequence was recently identified over 2 scaffolds in the reference genome. Here, these scaffolds were scanned for repeated motifs, revealing 194 likely microsatellites. Twenty-three of these loci were selected for primer development and, after testing, produced a panel of 11 novel markers that were analyzed alongside 2 markers previously developed for the red fox from dog Y-chromosome sequence...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820343/population-structure-of-pseudocercospora-fijiensis-in-costa-rica-reveals-shared-haplotype-diversity-with-southeast-asian-populations
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Amanda Saville, Melodi Charles, Suchitra Chavan, Miguel Munoz, Luis Gomez-Alpizar, Jean B Ristaino
Pseudocercospora fijiensis Deighton is the causal pathogen of black Sigatoka, a devastating disease of banana that can cause 20-80% yield loss in the absence of fungicides in bananas. The genetic structure of populations of P. fijiensis in Costa Rica was examined and compared to Honduran and global populations to better understand migration patterns and inform management strategies. One hundred and eighteen isolates of P. fijiensis collected from Costa Rica and Honduras from 2010 to 2014 were analyzed using multilocus genotyping of six loci and compared to a previously published global dataset of populations of P...
August 18, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820064/flow-cytometric-analysis-of-protein-aggregates
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Abhijit Chakrabarti, Sushanta Debnath, Bikram Nath
Misfolding of proteins often leads to aggregation. Accumulation of diverse protein aggregates in various cells, tissue and organs is the hallmark of many diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease. In this report, we present a novel method of characterization of protein aggregates, associated with differential toxicity with different size and composition in vitro using flow cytometry. Autofluorescence and scattering intensities could distinguish between amyloid and non-amyloid aggregates...
August 18, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818395/lymphocyte-fate-and-metabolism-a-clonal-balancing-act
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REVIEW
Simone A Nish, Wen-Hsuan W Lin, Steven L Reiner
Activated lymphocytes perform a clonal balancing act, yielding a daughter cell that differentiates owing to intense PI3K signaling, alongside a self-renewing sibling cell with blunted anabolic signaling. Divergent cellular anabolism versus catabolism is emerging as a feature of several developmental and regenerative paradigms. Metabolism can dictate cell fate, in part, because lineage-specific regulators are embedded in the circuitry of conserved metabolic switches. Unequal transmission of PI3K signaling during regenerative divisions is reminiscent of compartmentalized PI3K activity during directed motility or polarized information flow in non-dividing cells...
August 14, 2017: Trends in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818078/development-of-a-silicon-limitation-inducible-expression-system-for-recombinant-protein-production-in-the-centric-diatoms-thalassiosira-pseudonana-and-cyclotella-cryptica
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Roshan P Shrestha, Mark Hildebrand
BACKGROUND: An inducible promoter for recombinant protein expression provides substantial benefits because under induction conditions cellular energy and metabolic capability can be directed into protein synthesis. The most widely used inducible promoter for diatoms is for nitrate reductase, however, nitrogen metabolism is tied into diverse aspects of cellular function, and the induction response is not necessarily robust. Silicon limitation offers a means to eliminate energy and metabolic flux into cell division processes, with little other detrimental effect on cellular function, and a protein expression system that works under those conditions could be advantageous...
August 17, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817215/unexpected-collective-larval-dispersal-but-little-support-for-sweepstakes-reproductive-success-in-the-highly-dispersive-brooding-mollusk-crepidula-fornicata
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Florentine Riquet, Thierry Comtet, Thomas Broquet, Frédérique Viard
In many marine invertebrates, long-distance dispersal is achieved during an extended pelagic larval phase. Although such dispersal should result in high gene flow over broad spatial scales, fine-scale genetic structure has often been reported, a pattern attributed to interfamilial variance in reproductive success and limited homogenization during dispersal. To examine this hypothesis, the genetic diversity of dispersing larvae must be compared with the post-dispersal stages, i.e. benthic recruits and adults...
August 17, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815925/the-effects-of-hydropeaking-on-riverine-plants-a-review
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María D Bejarano, Roland Jansson, Christer Nilsson
Hydropeaking refers to frequent, rapid and short-term fluctuations in water flow and water levels downstream and upstream of hydropower stations. Such fluctuations are becoming increasingly common worldwide and are known to have far-reaching effects on riverine vegetation. Novel hydrology caused by hydropeaking has no natural correspondence in freshwater systems, and hence few species have adaptations to all its aspects. Here, we review the literature on hydropeaking effects on riverine plants and define the state of the information on this human alteration of riverine ecosystems...
August 17, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813409/the-rise-of-algae-in-cryogenian-oceans-and-the-emergence-of-animals
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Jochen J Brocks, Amber J M Jarrett, Eva Sirantoine, Christian Hallmann, Yosuke Hoshino, Tharika Liyanage
The transition from dominant bacterial to eukaryotic marine primary productivity was one of the most profound ecological revolutions in the Earth's history, reorganizing the distribution of carbon and nutrients in the water column and increasing energy flow to higher trophic levels. But the causes and geological timing of this transition, as well as possible links with rising atmospheric oxygen levels and the evolution of animals, remain obscure. Here we present a molecular fossil record of eukaryotic steroids demonstrating that bacteria were the only notable primary producers in the oceans before the Cryogenian period (720-635 million years ago)...
August 16, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811885/manipulation-of-habitat-isolation-and-area-implicates-deterministic-factors-and-limited-neutrality-in-community-assembly
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Terry J Ord, Jack Emblen, Mattias Hagman, Ryan Shofner, Sara Unruh
Theory predicts deterministic and stochastic factors will contribute to community assembly in different ways: Environmental filters should regulate those species that establish in a particular area resulting in the ecological requirements of species being the primary driver of species distributions, while chance and dispersal limitation should dictate the likelihood of species reaching certain areas with the ecology of species being largely neutral. These factors are specifically relevant for understanding how the area and isolation of different habitats or islands interact to affect community composition...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811880/population-genetic-structure-in-six-sympatric-and-widespread-aquatic-plants-inhabiting-diverse-lake-environments-in-china
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Qian-Jin Cao, Fang-Fang Mei, Ling Wang
Many aquatic plant species are distributed over large areas and diverse environments with populations interconnected by abiotic and biotic mediators. Here, we examined differences and similarities in the population genetic structure of six sympatric and widespread aquatic plant species. We sampled the aquatic species from six Chinese lakes found on plateaus, plains, and different river systems and analyzed them using inter-simple sequence repeat (ISSR) markers. Samples originating from each lake tended to cluster together...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810907/schr%C3%A3-dinger-s-microbes-tools-for-distinguishing-the-living-from-the-dead-in-microbial-ecosystems
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REVIEW
Joanne B Emerson, Rachel I Adams, Clarisse M Betancourt Román, Brandon Brooks, David A Coil, Katherine Dahlhausen, Holly H Ganz, Erica M Hartmann, Tiffany Hsu, Nicholas B Justice, Ivan G Paulino-Lima, Julia C Luongo, Despoina S Lymperopoulou, Cinta Gomez-Silvan, Brooke Rothschild-Mancinelli, Melike Balk, Curtis Huttenhower, Andreas Nocker, Parag Vaishampayan, Lynn J Rothschild
While often obvious for macroscopic organisms, determining whether a microbe is dead or alive is fraught with complications. Fields such as microbial ecology, environmental health, and medical microbiology each determine how best to assess which members of the microbial community are alive, according to their respective scientific and/or regulatory needs. Many of these fields have gone from studying communities on a bulk level to the fine-scale resolution of microbial populations within consortia. For example, advances in nucleic acid sequencing technologies and downstream bioinformatic analyses have allowed for high-resolution insight into microbial community composition and metabolic potential, yet we know very little about whether such community DNA sequences represent viable microorganisms...
August 16, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810506/controls-on-anastomosis-in-lowland-river-systems-towards-process-based-solutions-to-habitat-conservation
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Paweł Marcinkowski, Robert C Grabowski, Tomasz Okruszko
Anastomosing rivers were historically common around the world before extensive agricultural and industrial development in river valleys. Few lowland anastomosing rivers remain in temperate zones, and the protection of these river-floodplain systems is an international conservation priority. However, the mechanisms that drive the creation and maintenance of multiple channels, i.e. anabranches, are not well understood, particularly for lowland rivers, making it challenging to identify effective management strategies...
August 8, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809844/the-4-vessel-sampling-approach-to-integrative-studies-of-human-placental-physiology-in-vivo
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Ane M Holme, Maia B Holm, Marie C P Roland, Hildegunn Horne, Trond M Michelsen, Guttorm Haugen, Tore Henriksen
The human placenta is highly inaccessible for research while still in utero. The current understanding of human placental physiology in vivo is therefore largely based on animal studies, despite the high diversity among species in placental anatomy, hemodynamics and duration of the pregnancy. The vast majority of human placenta studies are ex vivo perfusion studies or in vitro trophoblast studies. Although in vitro studies and animal models are essential, extrapolation of the results from such studies to the human placenta in vivo is uncertain...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808603/aneurysm-treatment-practice-patterns-for-newly-appointed-dual-trained-cerebrovascular-endovascular-neurosurgeons-comparison-of-open-surgical-to-neuroendovascular-procedures-in-the-first-2-years-of-academic-practice
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Bowen Jiang, Matthew T Bender, Bima Hasjim, Frank P K Hsu, Rafael J Tamargo, Judy Huang, Geoffrey P Colby, Alexander L Coon, Li-Mei Lin
BACKGROUND: The practice patterns of a hybrid open cerebrovascular/neuroendovascular (CVNV) neurosurgeon in early academic practice is unknown. METHODS: We performed a multi-institutional retrospective cohort study of patients with cerebral aneurysms that were treated within the first 24 months of the neurosurgeon's practice. RESULTS: A total of 533 aneurysms were treated by the three senior authors within the first 24 months of their academic practice...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807853/aqueous-extract-from-pecan-nut-carya-illinoinensis-wangenh-c-koch-shell-show-activity-against-breast-cancer-cell-line-mcf-7-and-ehrlich-ascites-tumor-in-balb-c-mice
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Josiane Hilbig, Priscila de Britto Policarpi, Valdelúcia Maria Alves de Souza Grinevicius, Nádia Sandrine Ramos Santos Mota, Rozangela Curi Pedrosa, Jane Mara Block
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: In Brazil, use of teas are common for the treatment of many health disorders. Shell extracts of pecan nut (Carya illinoinensis) are popularly taken as tea to prevent diverse pathologies due to their phytochemical composition presenting significant amounts of phenolic substances. AIM OF THE STUDY: Phenolic compounds from pecan nut shell extract have been associated with diverse biological effects but the effect on tumor cells has not been reported yet...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803874/range-expansion-compromises-adaptive-evolution-in-an-outcrossing-plant
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Santiago C González-Martínez, Kate Ridout, John R Pannell
Neutral genetic diversity gradients have long been used to infer the colonization history of species [1, 2], but range expansion may also influence the efficacy of natural selection and patterns of non-synonymous polymorphism in different parts of a species' range [3]. Recent theory predicts both an accumulation of deleterious mutations and a reduction in the efficacy of positive selection as a result of range expansion [4-8]. These signatures have been sought in a number of studies of the human range expansion out of Africa, but with contradictory results [9-14]...
August 4, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803842/experimental-evidence-for-hybridization-of-closely-related-lineages-in-plasmodium-relictum
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Vaidas Palinauskas, Rasa Bernotienė, Rita Žiegytė, Staffan Bensch, Gediminas Valkiūnas
Over 50 avian Plasmodium species have been described. However, PCR-based information shows much broader diversity of genetic lineages in these parasites. This discrepancy indicates insufficient knowledge about taxonomic diversity and boundaries of a single species in avian Plasmodium species. In recent taxonomy, most of genetically closely related lineages that share the same morphology and development patterns are attributed to the same biological species, but there is no information if these lineages are able to cross...
August 10, 2017: Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802078/geographical-features-are-the-predominant-driver-of-molecular-diversification-in-widely-distributed-north-american-whipsnakes
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Kyle A O'Connell, Jeffrey W Streicher, Eric N Smith, Matthew K Fujita
Allopatric divergence following the formation of geographical features has been implicated as a major driver of evolutionary diversification. Widespread species complexes provide opportunities to examine allopatric divergence across varying degrees of isolation in both time and space. In North America, several geographical features may play such a role in diversification, including the Mississippi River, Pecos River, Rocky Mountains, Cochise Filter Barrier, Gulf of California, and Isthmus of Tehuantepec. We used thousands of nuclear single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and mitochondrial DNA from several species of whipsnakes (genera Masticophis and Coluber) distributed across North and Central America to investigate the role that these geographical features have played on lineage divergence...
August 12, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798193/the-role-of-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-b-in-metabolic-homeostasis-current-evidence
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Mohammad Ishraq Zafar, Juan Zheng, Wen Kong, Xiaofeng Ye, Luoning Gou, Anita Regmi, Lu-Lu Chen
It has been shown that adipose tissue and skeletal muscles of lean individuals respond to meal-induced hyperinsulinemia by increases in perfusion, the effect not observed in patients with metabolic syndrome. In conditions of hyperglycaemia and hypertriglyceridemia, this insufficient vascularization leads to the liberation of reactive oxygen species, and disruption of nitric oxide synthesis and endothelial signalling responsible for the uptake of circulating fatty acids, whose accumulation in skeletal muscles and adipose tissue is widely associated with impairment of insulin signalling...
August 10, 2017: Bioscience Reports
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