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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231539/a-new-model-to-predict-diffusive-self-heating-during-composting-incorporating-the-reaction-engineering-approach-rea-framework
#1
Aditya Putranto, Xiao Dong Chen
During composting, self-heating may occur due to the exothermicities of the chemical and biological reactions. An accurate model for predicting maximum temperature is useful in predicting whether the phenomena would occur and to what extent it would have undergone. Elevated temperatures would lead to undesirable situations such as the release of large amount of toxic gases or sometimes would even lead to spontaneous combustion. In this paper, we report a new model for predicting the profiles of temperature, concentration of oxygen, moisture content and concentration of water vapor during composting...
February 1, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230789/fungal-ribotoxins-a-review-of-potential-biotechnological-applications
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REVIEW
Miriam Olombrada, Rodrigo Lázaro-Gorines, Juan C López-Rodríguez, Álvaro Martínez-Del-Pozo, Mercedes Oñaderra, Moisés Maestro-López, Javier Lacadena, José G Gavilanes, Lucía García-Ortega
Fungi establish a complex network of biological interactions with other organisms in nature. In many cases, these involve the production of toxins for survival or colonization purposes. Among these toxins, ribotoxins stand out as promising candidates for their use in biotechnological applications. They constitute a group of highly specific extracellular ribonucleases that target a universally conserved sequence of RNA in the ribosome, the sarcin-ricin loop. The detailed molecular study of this family of toxic proteins over the past decades has highlighted their potential in applied research...
February 21, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229965/atmbd6-a-methyl-cpg-binding-domain-protein-maintains-gene-silencing-in-arabidopsis-by-interacting-with-rna-binding-proteins
#3
Adwaita Prasad Parida, Amrapali Sharma, Arun Kumar Sharma
DNA methylation, mediated by double-stranded RNA, is a conserved epigenetic phenomenon that protects a genome from transposons, silences unwanted genes and has a paramount function in plant or animal development. Methyl CpG binding domain proteins are members of a class of proteins that bind to methylated DNA. The Arabidopsis thaliana genome encodes 13 methyl CpG binding domain (MBD) proteins, but the molecular/biological functions of most of these proteins are still not clear. In the present study, we identified four proteins that interact with AtMBD6...
March 2017: Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229044/lesser-snow-goose-helminths-show-recurring-and-positive-parasite-infection-diversity-relations
#4
Felipe Dargent, André Morrill, Ray T Alisauskas, J Daniel McLaughlin, Dave Shutler, Mark R Forbes
The patterns and mechanisms by which biological diversity is associated with parasite infection risk are important to study because of their potential implications for wildlife population's conservation and management. Almost all research in this area has focused on host species diversity and has neglected parasite diversity, despite evidence that parasites are important drivers of community structure and ecosystem processes. Here, we assessed whether presence or abundance of each of nine helminth species parasitizing lesser snow geese (Chen caerulescens) was associated with indices of parasite diversity (i...
April 2017: International Journal for Parasitology. Parasites and Wildlife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229022/opportunities-drive-the-global-distribution-of-protected-areas
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Germán Baldi, Marcos Texeira, Osvaldo A Martin, H Ricardo Grau, Esteban G Jobbágy
BACKGROUND: Protected areas, regarded today as a cornerstone of nature conservation, result from an array of multiple motivations and opportunities. We explored at global and regional levels the current distribution of protected areas along biophysical, human, and biological gradients, and assessed to what extent protection has pursued (i) a balanced representation of biophysical environments, (ii) a set of preferred conditions (biological, spiritual, economic, or geopolitical), or (iii) existing opportunities for conservation regardless of any representation or preference criteria...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228687/reproductive-biology-and-variation-of-nuclear-ribosomal-its-and-ets-sequences-in-the-calligonum-mongolicum-complex-polygonaceae
#6
Wei Shi, Jun Wen, Yanfeng Zhao, Gabriel Johnson, Borong Pan
To explore the biosystematics of the Calligonum mongolicum complex (Polygonaceae), the flowering phenological period, breeding and pollination characters and seed set of the complex (Calligonum Mongolicum Turze, Calligonum chinense A. Los., Calligonum gobicum A. Los., Calligonum pumilum A. Los. and Calligonum zaidamense A. Los.) were documented in the Turpan Eremophyte Botanical Garden, China. The sequences of the nuclear ribosomal ITS and ETS region were employed to differentiate the Calligonum mongolicum complex and other species in sect...
2017: PhytoKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228481/a-helical-bundle-in-the-n-terminal-domain-of-the-blm-helicase-mediates-dimer-and-potentially-hexamer-formation
#7
Jing Shi, Wei-Fei Chen, Bo Zhang, San-Hong Fan, Xia Ai, Na-Nv Liu, Stephane Rety, Xu-Guang Xi
Helicases play a critical role in processes such as replication or recombination by unwinding double-stranded DNA; mutations of these genes can therefore have devastating biological consequences. In human, mutations in genes of three members of the RecQ family helicases (blm, wrn and recq4) give rise to three strikingly distinctive clinical phenotypes: Bloom syndrome, Werner syndrome and Rothmund-Thomson syndrome, respectively. However, the molecular basis for these varying phenotypic outcomes is unclear, in part because a full mechanistic description of helicase activity is lacking...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226237/novel-insights-into-tree-biology-and-genome-evolution-as-revealed-through-genomics
#8
David B Neale, Pedro J Martínez-García, Amanda R De La Torre, Sara Montanari, Xiao-Xin Wei
Reference genome sequences are the key to the discovery of genes and gene families that determine traits of interest. Recent progress in sequencing technologies has enabled a rapid increase in genome sequencing of tree species, allowing the dissection of complex characters of economic importance, such as fruit and wood quality and resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses. Although the number of reference genome sequences for trees lags behind those for other plant species, it is not too early to gain insight into the unique features that distinguish trees from nontree plants...
February 6, 2017: Annual Review of Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225035/deep-sequencing-and-transcriptome-analyses-to-identify-genes-involved-in-secoiridoid-biosynthesis-in-the-tibetan-medicinal-plant-swertia-mussotii
#9
Yue Liu, Yi Wang, Fengxian Guo, Lin Zhan, Toni Mohr, Prisca Cheng, Naxin Huo, Ronghui Gu, Danning Pei, Jiaqing Sun, Li Tang, Chunlin Long, Luqi Huang, Yong Q Gu
Swertia mussotii Franch. is an important traditional Tibetan medicinal plant with pharmacological properties effective in the treatment of various ailments including hepatitis. Secoiridoids are the major bioactive compounds in S. mussotii. To better understand the secoiridoid biosynthesis pathway, we generated transcriptome sequences from the root, leaf, stem, and flower tissues, and performed de novo sequence assembly, yielding 98,613 unique transcripts with an N50 of 1,085 bp. Putative functions could be assigned to 35,029 transcripts (35...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224056/evaluation-and-comparison-of-fta-card-and-ctab-dna-extraction-methods-for-non-agricultural-taxa
#10
Chloe S Siegel, Florence O Stevenson, Elizabeth A Zimmer
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: An efficient, effective DNA extraction method is necessary for comprehensive analysis of plant genomes. This study analyzed the quality of DNA obtained using paper FTA cards prepared directly in the field when compared to the more traditional cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)-based extraction methods from silica-dried samples. METHODS: DNA was extracted using FTA cards according to the manufacturer's protocol. In parallel, CTAB-based extractions were done using the automated AutoGen DNA isolation system...
February 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223695/the-mirnaome-of-catharanthus-roseus-identification-expression-analysis-and-potential-roles-of-micrornas-in-regulation-of-terpenoid-indole-alkaloid-biosynthesis
#11
Ethan M Shen, Sanjay K Singh, Jayadri S Ghosh, Barunava Patra, Priyanka Paul, Ling Yuan, Sitakanta Pattanaik
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) regulate numerous crucial biological processes in plants. However, information is limited on their involvement in the biosynthesis of specialized metabolites in plants, including Catharanthus roseus that produces a number of pharmaceutically valuable, bioactive terpenoid indole alkaloids (TIAs). Using small RNA-sequencing, we identified 181 conserved and 173 novel miRNAs (cro-miRNAs) in C. roseus seedlings. Genome-wide expression analysis revealed that a set of cro-miRNAs are differentially regulated in response to methyl jasmonate (MeJA)...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222617/presynaptic-calmodulin-targets-lessons-from-structural-proteomics
#12
Noa Lipstein, Melanie Göth, Christine Piotrowski, Kevin Pagel, Andrea Sinz, Olaf Jahn
Calmodulin (CaM) is a highly conserved Ca(2+)-binding protein that is exceptionally abundant in the brain. In the presynaptic compartment of neurons, CaM transduces changes in Ca(2+) concentration into the regulation of synaptic transmission dynamics. Areas covered: We review selected literature including published CaM interactor screens and outline established and candidate presynaptic CaM targets. We present a workflow of biochemical and structural proteomic methods that were used to identify and characterize the interactions between CaM and Munc13 proteins...
March 2017: Expert Review of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222154/a-non-synonymous-snp-with-the-allele-frequency-correlated-with-the-altitude-may-contribute-to-the-hypoxia-adaptation-of-tibetan-chicken
#13
Sichen Li, Diyan Li, Xiaoling Zhao, Yan Wang, Huadong Yin, Lanyun Zhou, Chengling Zhong, Qing Zhu
The hypoxia adaptation to high altitudes is of considerable interest in the biological sciences. As a breed with adaptability to highland environments, the Tibetan chicken (Gallus gallus domestics), provides a biological model to search for genetic differences between high and lowland chickens. To address mechanisms of hypoxia adaptability at high altitudes for the Tibetan chicken, we focused on the Endothelial PAS domain protein 1 (EPAS1), a key regulatory factor in hypoxia responses. Detected were polymorphisms of EPAS1 exons in 157 Tibetan chickens from 8 populations and 139 lowland chickens from 7 breeds...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220799/impact-of-genetic-background-and-experimental-reproducibility-on-identifying-chemical-compounds-with-robust-longevity-effects
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Mark Lucanic, W Todd Plummer, Esteban Chen, Jailynn Harke, Anna C Foulger, Brian Onken, Anna L Coleman-Hulbert, Kathleen J Dumas, Suzhen Guo, Erik Johnson, Dipa Bhaumik, Jian Xue, Anna B Crist, Michael P Presley, Girish Harinath, Christine A Sedore, Manish Chamoli, Shaunak Kamat, Michelle K Chen, Suzanne Angeli, Christina Chang, John H Willis, Daniel Edgar, Mary Anne Royal, Elizabeth A Chao, Shobhna Patel, Theo Garrett, Carolina Ibanez-Ventoso, June Hope, Jason L Kish, Max Guo, Gordon J Lithgow, Monica Driscoll, Patrick C Phillips
Limiting the debilitating consequences of ageing is a major medical challenge of our time. Robust pharmacological interventions that promote healthy ageing across diverse genetic backgrounds may engage conserved longevity pathways. Here we report results from the Caenorhabditis Intervention Testing Program in assessing longevity variation across 22 Caenorhabditis strains spanning 3 species, using multiple replicates collected across three independent laboratories. Reproducibility between test sites is high, whereas individual trial reproducibility is relatively low...
February 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220606/lamarck-rises-from-his-grave-parental-environment-induced-epigenetic-inheritance-in-model-organisms-and-humans
#15
Yan Wang, Huijie Liu, Zhongsheng Sun
Organisms can change their physiological/behavioural traits to adapt and survive in changed environments. However, whether these acquired traits can be inherited across generations through non-genetic alterations has been a topic of debate for over a century. Emerging evidence indicates that both ancestral and parental experiences, including nutrition, environmental toxins, nurturing behaviour, and social stress, can have powerful effects on the physiological, metabolic and cellular functions in an organism...
February 20, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219347/aquaculture-genomics-genetics-and-breeding-in-the-united-states-current-status-challenges-and-priorities-for-future-research
#16
EDITORIAL
Hisham Abdelrahman, Mohamed ElHady, Acacia Alcivar-Warren, Standish Allen, Rafet Al-Tobasei, Lisui Bao, Ben Beck, Harvey Blackburn, Brian Bosworth, John Buchanan, Jesse Chappell, William Daniels, Sheng Dong, Rex Dunham, Evan Durland, Ahmed Elaswad, Marta Gomez-Chiarri, Kamal Gosh, Ximing Guo, Perry Hackett, Terry Hanson, Dennis Hedgecock, Tiffany Howard, Leigh Holland, Molly Jackson, Yulin Jin, Karim Kahlil, Thomas Kocher, Tim Leeds, Ning Li, Lauren Lindsey, Shikai Liu, Zhanjiang Liu, Kyle Martin, Romi Novriadi, Ramjie Odin, Yniv Palti, Eric Peatman, Dina Proestou, Guyu Qin, Benjamin Reading, Caird Rexroad, Steven Roberts, Mohamed Salem, Andrew Severin, Huitong Shi, Craig Shoemaker, Sheila Stiles, Suxu Tan, Kathy F J Tang, Wilawan Thongda, Terrence Tiersch, Joseph Tomasso, Wendy Tri Prabowo, Roger Vallejo, Hein van der Steen, Khoi Vo, Geoff Waldbieser, Hanping Wang, Xiaozhu Wang, Jianhai Xiang, Yujia Yang, Roger Yant, Zihao Yuan, Qifan Zeng, Tao Zhou
Advancing the production efficiency and profitability of aquaculture is dependent upon the ability to utilize a diverse array of genetic resources. The ultimate goals of aquaculture genomics, genetics and breeding research are to enhance aquaculture production efficiency, sustainability, product quality, and profitability in support of the commercial sector and for the benefit of consumers. In order to achieve these goals, it is important to understand the genomic structure and organization of aquaculture species, and their genomic and phenomic variations, as well as the genetic basis of traits and their interrelationships...
February 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219342/effects-of-exposure-to-streptococcus-iniae-on-microrna-expression-in-the-head-kidney-of-genetically-improved-farmed-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus
#17
Jun Qiang, Fanyi Tao, Jie He, Lanyi Sun, Pao Xu, Wenjin Bao
BACKGROUND: Genetically improved farmed tilapia (GIFT, Oreochromis niloticus) are susceptible to infection by Streptococcus iniae when maintained in modern intensive culture systems. GIFT are commercially important fishes that are cultured widely in southern China. The role of microRNAs (miRNAs) in the regulatory response of GIFT to S. iniae infection has been underestimated and has not yet been well studied. Head kidney has an important immune function in teleost fishes. The main aim of this study was to determine the possible function of miRNAs in head kidney of S...
February 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219339/deep-illumina-sequencing-reveals-conserved-and-novel-micrornas-in-grass-carp-in-response-to-grass-carp-reovirus-infection
#18
Libo He, Aidi Zhang, Pengfei Chu, Yongming Li, Rong Huang, Lanjie Liao, Zuoyan Zhu, Yaping Wang
BACKGROUND: The grass carp hemorrhagic disease caused by the grass carp reovirus (GCRV) is a major disease that hampers the development of grass carp aquaculture. The mechanism underlying GCRV pathogenesis and hemorrhagic symptoms is still unknown. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are key regulators involved in various biological processes. The aim of this study was to identify conserved and novel miRNAs in grass carp in response to GCRV infection, as well as attempt to reveal the mechanism underlying GCRV pathogenesis and hemorrhagic symptoms...
February 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218624/loss-of-microrna-7a2-induces-hypogonadotropic-hypogonadism-and-infertility
#19
Kashan Ahmed, Mary P LaPierre, Emanuel Gasser, Rémy Denzler, Yinjie Yang, Thomas Rülicke, Jukka Kero, Mathieu Latreille, Markus Stoffel
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are negative modulators of gene expression that fine-tune numerous biological processes. miRNA loss-of-function rarely results in highly penetrant phenotypes, but rather, influences cellular responses to physiologic and pathophysiologic stresses. Here, we have reported that a single member of the evolutionarily conserved miR-7 family, miR-7a2, is essential for normal pituitary development and hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal (HPG) function in adulthood. Genetic deletion of mir-7a2 causes infertility, with low levels of gonadotropic and sex steroid hormones, small testes or ovaries, impaired spermatogenesis, and lack of ovulation in male and female mice, respectively...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217741/transcriptome-level-signatures-in-gene-expression-and-gene-expression-variability-during-bacterial-adaptive-evolution
#20
Keesha E Erickson, Peter B Otoupal, Anushree Chatterjee
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are an increasingly serious public health concern, as strains emerge that demonstrate resistance to almost all available treatments. One factor that contributes to the crisis is the adaptive ability of bacteria, which exhibit remarkable phenotypic and gene expression heterogeneity in order to gain a survival advantage in damaging environments. This high degree of variability in gene expression across biological populations makes it a challenging task to identify key regulators of bacterial adaptation...
January 2017: MSphere
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