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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231278/interplay-between-fungicides-and-parasites-tebuconazole-but-not-copper-suppresses-infection-in-a-daphnia-metschnikowia-experimental-model
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Ana P Cuco, Nelson Abrantes, Fernando Gonçalves, Justyna Wolinska, Bruno B Castro
Natural populations are commonly exposed to complex stress scenarios, including anthropogenic contamination and their biological enemies (e.g., parasites). The study of the pollutant-parasite interplay is especially important, given the need for adequate regulations to promote improved ecosystem protection. In this study, a host-parasite model system (Daphnia spp. and the microparasitic yeast Metschnikowia bicuspidata) was used to explore the reciprocal effects of contamination by common agrochemical fungicides (copper sulphate and tebuconazole) and parasite challenge...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230645/clinical-scale-rapid-autologous-bk-virus-specific-t-cell-line-generation-from-kidney-transplant-recipients-with-active-viremia-for-adoptive-immunotherapy
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Caroline Lamarche, Julie Orio, Victoria Georges-Tobar, Thomas Pincez, Mathieu Goupil, Amina Dahmani, Cedric Carli C, Ann Brasey, Lambert Busque, Jean-Sébastien Delisle
BACKGROUND: Polyomavirus-associated nephropathy (PVAN) following BK virus reactivation in kidney transplant recipients (KTR) can compromise graft survival. Lowering immunosuppression is the only established approach to prevent or treat PVAN but nonspecifically increasing host immune competence also augments rejection risk. Ex vivo T cell stimulation/expansion offers the possibility to generate BK-specific T cell lines for adoptive immunotherapy. The objective of this study was to develop and characterize a clinical scale protocol to generate BK-specific T cell lines from viremic KTR...
February 23, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230642/strategies-to-obtain-diverse-and-specific-human-monoclonal-antibodies-from-transgenic-animals
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Marianne Brüggemann, Michael J Osborn, Biao Ma, Roland Buelow
Techniques to obtain large quantities of antigen-specific monoclonal antibodies, mAbs, were first established in the 1970s when Georges Köhler and César Milstein immortalized antibody-producing mouse B-lymphocytes by fusion with myeloma cells (http://www.whatisbiotechnology.org/exhibitions/milstein). Combined with the expression of human antibodies in transgenic animals, this technique allowed upon immunization the generation of highly specific fully human mAbs for therapeutic applications. Apart from being extremely beneficial, mAbs are a huge success commercially...
February 23, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229477/-why-not-you-discourses-of-widening-access-on-uk-medical-school-websites
#4
Kirsty Alexander, Tania Fahey Palma, Sandra Nicholson, Jennifer Cleland
CONTEXT: In the UK, applications to medicine from those in lower socio-economic groups remain low despite significant investments of time, interest and resources in widening access (WA) to medicine. This suggests that medical schools' core messages about WA may be working to embed or further reinforce marginalisation, rather than to combat this. Our objective was to investigate how the value of WA is communicated by UK medical schools through their websites, and how this may create expectations regarding who is 'suitable' for medicine...
February 22, 2017: Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229416/human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-as-an-individual-specific-and-renewable-source-of-adult-stem-cells
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Glen Lester Sequiera, Sekaran Saravanan, Sanjiv Dhingra
This chapter deals with the employment of human-induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) as a candidate to differentiate into mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). This would enable to help establish a regular source of human MSCs with the aim of avoiding the problems associated with procuring the MSCs either from different healthy individuals or patients, limited extraction potentials, batch-to-batch variations or from diverse sources such as bone marrow or adipose tissue. The procedures described herein allow for a guided and ensured approach for the regular maintenance of hiPSCs and their subsequent differentiation into MSCs using the prescribed medium...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224060/twenty-microsatellite-markers-for-the-endangered-vatica-mangachapoi-dipterocarpaceae
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Jun-Jie Guo, Shuai-Bin Shang, Chun-Sheng Wang, Zhi-Gang Zhao, Jie Zeng
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Microsatellite markers were developed for Vatica mangachapoi (Dipterocarpaceae), an endangered species indigenous to Southeast Asia and southern China. METHODS AND RESULTS: Twenty microsatellite markers, including 12 polymorphic markers, were identified from V. mangachapoi using high-throughput sequencing. Polymorphism at each marker was evaluated using 87 individuals from three natural populations. The number of alleles per polymorphic locus ranged from six to 15, and the observed and expected heterozygosity varied from 0...
February 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224058/characterization-of-microsatellite-markers-in-two-exploited-african-trees-entandrophragma-candollei-and-e-utile-meliaceae
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Franck S Monthe, Jérôme Duminil, Félicien Tosso, Jérémy Migliore, Olivier J Hardy
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Multiplexes of nuclear microsatellite primers were developed to investigate population genetic structure and diversity in two exploited African rainforest trees: Entandrophragma candollei and E. utile (Meliaceae). METHODS AND RESULTS: Microsatellite isolation was performed simultaneously on two nonenriched genomic libraries after next-generation sequencing. We developed 16 and 22 polymorphic markers for E. candollei and E. utile in three and four multiplexes, respectively...
February 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222260/the-k-channel-a-multi-functional-architecture-for-dynamically-re-configurable-sample-processing-in-droplet-microfluidics
#8
Steven R Doonan, Ryan C Bailey
By rapidly creating libraries of thousands of unique, miniaturized reactors, droplet microfluidics provides a powerful method for automating high-throughput chemical analysis. In order to engineer in-droplet assays, microfluidic devices must add reagents into droplets, remove fluid from droplets, and perform other necessary operations, each typically provided by a unique, specialized geometry. Unfortunately, modifying device performance or changing operations usually requires re-engineering the device among these specialized geometries, a time-consuming and costly process when optimizing in-droplet assays...
February 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222237/extreme-genetic-structure-in-a-social-bird-species-despite-high-dispersal-capacity
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Francisco Morinha, José A Dávila, Estela Bastos, João A Cabral, Óscar Frías, José L González, Paulo Travassos, Diogo Carvalho, Borja Milá, Guillermo Blanco
Social barriers have been shown to reduce gene flow and contribute to genetic structure among populations in species with high cognitive capacity and complex societies, such as cetaceans, apes and humans. In birds, high dispersal capacity is thought to prevent population divergence unless major geographic or habitat barriers induce isolation patterns by dispersal, colonization or adaptation limitation. We report that Iberian populations of the red-billed chough, a social, gregarious corvid with high dispersal capacity, show a striking degree of genetic structure composed of at least 15 distinct genetic units...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220651/elisa-type-assays-of-trace-biomarkers-using-microfluidic-methods
#10
REVIEW
Jinhua Dong, Hiroshi Ueda
Recently, great progress has been achieved for analytical technologies for biological substances. Traditionally, detection methods for analytes mainly rely on large instrumental analyses. These methods require costly equipment, skilled operators and long measurement time despite their generally low sensitivity. In contrast, immunoassays are becoming more and more popular for it is powerful, inexpensive, and convenient nature. Immunoassay has a range of applications, because it employs antibody, a protein produced by plasma cells in the acquired immune system to identify and neutralize diverse pathogens and other exogenous substances...
February 20, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Nanomedicine and Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219780/diversification-of-mitochondrial-genome-of-daphnia-galeata-cladocera-crustacea-comparison-with-phylogenetic-consideration-of-the-complete-sequences-of-clones-isolated-from-five-lakes-in-japan
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Shin-Ichi Tokishita, Hiroyuki Shibuya, Taku Kobayashi, Masaki Sakamoto, Jin-Yong Ha, Shin-Ichi Yokobori, Hideo Yamagata, Takayuki Hanazato
To characterize genetic diversity and gene flow among Daphnia galeata populations, the complete nucleotide (nt) sequences of the mitochondrial (mt) DNAs of D. galeata clones isolated from five lakes in Japan (Lakes Shirakaba, Suwa, Kizaki, Kasumigaura, and Biwa) were determined. Comparison of non-synonymous (amino acid altering) substitution rates with synonymous substitution rates of D. galeata mt protein-coding genes demonstrated that ATPase8 and COI genes were the most and least susceptible, respectively, to the evolutional forces selecting the aa substitutions...
February 17, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219438/genomic-insights-into-divergence-and-dual-domestication-of-cultivated-allotetraploid-cottons
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Lei Fang, Hao Gong, Yan Hu, Chunxiao Liu, Baoliang Zhou, Tao Huang, Yangkun Wang, Shuqi Chen, David D Fang, Xiongming Du, Hong Chen, Jiedan Chen, Sen Wang, Qiong Wang, Qun Wan, Bingliang Liu, Mengqiao Pan, Lijing Chang, Huaitong Wu, Gaofu Mei, Dan Xiang, Xinghe Li, Caiping Cai, Xiefei Zhu, Z Jeffrey Chen, Bin Han, Xiaoya Chen, Wangzhen Guo, Tianzhen Zhang, Xuehui Huang
BACKGROUND: Cotton has been cultivated and used to make fabrics for at least 7000 years. Two allotetraploid species of great commercial importance, Gossypium hirsutum and Gossypium barbadense, were domesticated after polyploidization and are cultivated worldwide. Although the overall genetic diversity between these two cultivated species has been studied with limited accessions, their population structure and genetic variations remain largely unknown. RESULTS: We resequence the genomes of 147 cotton accessions, including diverse wild relatives, landraces, and modern cultivars, and construct a comprehensive variation map to provide genomic insights into the divergence and dual domestication of these two important cultivated tetraploid cotton species...
February 20, 2017: Genome Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219340/very-high-mhc-class-iib-diversity-without-spatial-differentiation-in-the-mediterranean-population-of-greater-flamingos
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Mark A F Gillingham, Arnaud Béchet, Alexandre Courtiol, Manuel Rendón-Martos, Juan A Amat, Boudjéma Samraoui, Ortaç Onmuş, Simone Sommer, Frank Cézilly
BACKGROUND: Selective pressure from pathogens is thought to shape the allelic diversity of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes in vertebrates. In particular, both local adaptation to pathogens and gene flow are thought to explain a large part of the intraspecific variation observed in MHC allelic diversity. To date, however, evidence that adaptation to locally prevalent pathogens maintains MHC variation is limited to species with limited dispersal and, hence, reduced gene flow...
February 20, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217700/the-multiple-antibacterial-activities-of-the-bladder-epithelium
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REVIEW
Jianxuan Wu, Yuxuan Miao, Soman N Abraham
The urinary tract is subject to frequent challenges from the gut microflora. Indeed, up to 40% of women will experience at least one urinary tract infection (UTI) during their lifetime. Uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) contribute to an overwhelming majority of these cases and they typically initiate UTIs by invading the superficial epithelium that lines the bladder lumen. In addition to serving as an effective barrier to noxious agents found in urine, bladder epithelial cells (BECs) play a key physiological role in regulating bladder volume to accommodate urine flow...
January 2017: Annals of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216894/cytotoxic-activities-of-naturally-occurring-oleanane-ursane-and-lupane-type-triterpenes-on-hepg2-and-ags-cells
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Heejung Yang, Hyun Woo Kim, Young Choong Kim, Sang Hyun Sung
BACKGROUND: It is well known that the naturally occurring modified triterpenes in plants have a wide diversity of chemical structures and biological functions. The lupane-, oleanane-, and ursane-type triterpenes are the three major members of natural triterpenes with a wide range of biological properties. A systematic approach is necessary to review their structures and biological activities according to the backbones and the different substituents. OBJECTIVE: Thirty lupane-(L1-7), oleanane-(O1-14), and ursane-type (U1-9) triterpenes with structural diversity were examined to evaluate their cytotoxic activities against two cancer cell lines, human hepatocellular carcinoma (HepG2) and AGS cells...
January 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216509/development-of-microsatellite-markers-for-partially-and-putative-fully-mycoheterotrophic-varieties-of-pyrola-japonica-sensu-lato-ericaceae
#16
Kohtaroh Shutoh, Ayako Izuno, Yuji Isagi, Takahide Kurosawa, Shingo Kaneko
We developed microsatellite markers to compare the genetic variation and reproductive biology between the partially mycoheterotrophic Pyrola japonica var. japonica and the putative fully mycoheterotrophic P. japonica var. subaphylla. Fifteen primer pairs were developed for P. japonica sensu lato and they were tested on 77 ramets from three populations of the two varieties. Thirteen loci were polymorphic in at least one of the two var. japonica populations, whereas only four loci were polymorphic in the var...
February 20, 2017: Genes & Genetic Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215810/the-impact-of-pre-restoration-land-use-and-disturbance-on-sediment-structure-hydrology-and-the-sediment-geochemical-environment-in-restored-saltmarshes
#17
Kate L Spencer, Simon J Carr, Lucy M Diggens, James A Tempest, Michelle A Morris, Gemma L Harvey
Saltmarshes are being lost or degraded as a result of human activity resulting in loss of critical ecosystem services including the provision of wild species diversity, water quality regulation and flood regulation. To compensate, saltmarshes are being restored or re-created, usually driven by legislative requirements for increased habitat diversity, flood regulation and sustainable coastal defense. Yet, there is increasing evidence that restoration may not deliver anticipated ecosystem services; this is frequently attributed to poor drainage and sediment anoxia...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214696/unraveling-the-influence-of-the-cod-sulfate-ratio-on-organic-matter-removal-and-methane-production-from-the-biodigestion-of-sugarcane-vinasse
#18
Luma Sayuri Mazine Kiyuna, Lucas Tadeu Fuess, Marcelo Zaiat
Throughout the sugarcane harvest, it is common for sulfate to accumulate in the vinasse of sugar and ethanol plants. However, little is known regarding the influence of sulfate on the anaerobic digestion (AD) of vinasse, which may lead to severe performance losses. This study assessed the influence of various COD/sulfate ratios (12.0, 10.0 and 7.5) on both COD removal and methane (CH4) production from sugarcane vinasse AD. Batch assays were conducted in thermophilic conditions. At a COD/sulfate ratio of 7.5, CH4 production was 35% lower compared with a ratio of 12...
February 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214367/population-genetic-structure-and-adaptation-of-malaria-parasites-on-the-edge-of-endemic-distribution
#19
Craig W Duffy, Hampate Ba, Samuel Assefa, Ambroise D Ahouidi, Yacine B Deh, Abderahmane Tandia, Freja C M Kirsebom, Dominic P Kwiatkowski, David J Conway
To determine whether the major human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum exhibits fragmented population structure or local adaptation at the northern limit of its African distribution where the dry Sahel zone meets the Sahara, samples were collected from diverse locations within Mauritania over a range of ~ 1000 kilometres. Microsatellite genotypes were obtained for 203 clinical infection samples from eight locations, and Illumina paired-end sequences were obtained to yield high coverage genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) data for 65 clinical infection samples from four locations...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213734/dehalococcoides-and-general-bacterial-ecology-of-differentially-trichloroethene-dechlorinating-flow-through-columns
#20
Babur S Mirza, Darwin L Sorensen, Daniel J McGlinn, R Ryan Dupont, Joan E McLean
The diversity of Dehalococcoides mccartyi (Dhc) and/or other organohalide respiring or associated microorganisms in parallel, partial, or complete trichloroethene (TCE) dehalogenating systems has not been well described. The composition of Dhc populations and the associated bacterial community that developed over 7.5 years in the top layer (0-10 cm) of eight TCE-fed columns were examined using pyrosequencing. Columns biostimulated with one of three carbon sources, along with non-stimulated controls, developed into complete (ethene production, whey amended), partial (cis-dichloroethene (DCE) and VC, an emulsified oil with nonionic surfactant), limited (<5 % cis-DCE and 95 % TCE, an emulsified oil), and non- (controls) TCE dehalogenating systems...
February 17, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
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