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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735325/characterization-of-endolithic-culturable-microbial-communities-in-carbonate-rocks-from-a-typical-karst-canyon-in-guizhou-china
#1
Yuan Tang, Jian-Zhong Cheng, Bin Lian
The endolithic environment is a ubiquitous habitat for microorganisms and a critical interface between biology and geology. In this study, a culture-based method and the phylogenetic analysis based on 16S rRNA and internal transcribed spacer (ITS) sequences were used to investigate the diversity of endolithic bacteria and fungi in two main types of carbonate rocks (namely dolomite and limestone) from Nanjiang Canyon in Guizhou karst area, China. The results of bacterial diversity indicated that all bacteria isolated from dolomite and limestone rocks were divided into 4 bacterial groups, including Proteobacteria, Actinobacteria, Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes...
January 2, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735324/study-of-acid-phosphatase-in-solubilization-of-inorganic-phosphates-by-piriformospora-indica
#2
Swetha Seshagiri, Padmavathi Tallapragada
Phosphorus is an essential plant macronutrient present in the soil. Only a small portion of phosphorus in soil is taken up by plants and the rest of it becomes unavailable to plants as it is immobilized. Phosphate solubilizing microorganisms play a vital role in converting the insoluble form of phosphates to the soluble form. The present paper reports the solubilization of tricalcium phosphate, rock phosphate, single super phosphate, zinc phosphate and aluminum phosphate by Piriformospora indica with the production of organic acids as well as acid phosphatase...
January 2, 2017: Polish Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735211/runoff-initiation-soil-detachment-and-connectivity-are-enhanced-as-a-consequence-of-vineyards-plantations
#3
A Cerdà, S D Keesstra, J Rodrigo-Comino, A Novara, P Pereira, E Brevik, A Giménez-Morera, M Fernández-Raga, M Pulido, S di Prima, A Jordán
Rainfall-induced soil erosion is a major threat, especially in agricultural soils. In the Mediterranean belt, vineyards are affected by high soil loss rates, leading to land degradation. Plantation of new vines is carried out after deep ploughing, use of heavy machinery, wheel traffic, and trampling. Those works result in soil physical properties changes and contribute to enhanced runoff rates and increased soil erosion rates. The objective of this paper is to assess the impact of the plantation of vineyards on soil hydrological and erosional response under low frequency - high magnitude rainfall events, the ones that under the Mediterranean climatic conditions trigger extreme soil erosion rates...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735090/impacts-of-the-2003-and-2015-summer-heatwaves-on-permafrost-affected-rock-walls-in-the-mont-blanc-massif
#4
L Ravanel, F Magnin, P Deline
Rockfall is one of the main geomorphological processes that affects the evolution and stability of rock-walls. At high elevations, rockfall is largely climate-driven, very probably because of the warming of rock-wall permafrost. So with the ongoing global warming that drives the degradation of permafrost, the related hazards for people and infrastructure could continue to increase. The heatwave of summer 2015, which affected Western Europe from the end of June to August, had a serious impact on the stability of high-altitude rock-walls, including those in the Mont Blanc massif...
July 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734252/river-sequesters-atmospheric-carbon-and-limits-the-co2-degassing-in-karst-area-southwest-china
#5
Tao Zhang, Jianhong Li, Junbing Pu, Jonathan B Martin, Mitra B Khadka, Feihong Wu, Li Li, Feng Jiang, Siyu Huang, Daoxian Yuan
CO2 fluxes across water-air interfaces of river systems play important roles in regulating the regional and global carbon cycle. However, great uncertainty remains as to the contribution of these inland water bodies to the global carbon budget. Part of the uncertainty stems from limited understanding of the CO2 fluxes at diurnal and seasonal frequencies caused by aquatic metabolism. Here, we measured surface water characteristics (temperature, pH, and DO, DIC, Ca(2+) concentrations) and CO2 fluxes across the air-water interface at two transects of Guijiang River, southwest China to assess the seasonal and diurnal dynamics of fluvial carbon cycling and its potential role in regional and global carbon budgets...
July 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733579/the-permeability-of-fractured-rocks-in-pressurised-volcanic-and-geothermal-systems
#6
A Lamur, J E Kendrick, G H Eggertsson, R J Wall, J D Ashworth, Y Lavallée
The connectivity of rocks' porous structure and the presence of fractures influence the transfer of fluids in the Earth's crust. Here, we employed laboratory experiments to measure the influence of macro-fractures and effective pressure on the permeability of volcanic rocks with a wide range of initial porosities (1-41 vol. %) comprised of both vesicles and micro-cracks. We used a hand-held permeameter and hydrostatic cell to measure the permeability of intact rock cores at effective pressures up to 30 MPa; we then induced a macro-fracture to each sample using Brazilian tensile tests and measured the permeability of these macro-fractured rocks again...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733041/ocean-acidification-narrows-the-acute-thermal-and-salinity-tolerance-of-the-sydney-rock-oyster-saccostrea-glomerata
#7
Laura M Parker, Elliot Scanes, Wayne A O'Connor, Ross A Coleman, Maria Byrne, Hans-O Pörtner, Pauline M Ross
Coastal and estuarine environments are characterised by acute changes in temperature and salinity. Organisms living within these environments are adapted to withstand such changes, yet near-future ocean acidification (OA) may challenge their physiological capacity to respond. We tested the impact of CO2-induced OA on the acute thermal and salinity tolerance, energy metabolism and acid-base regulation capacity of the oyster Saccostrea glomerata. Adult S. glomerata were acclimated to three CO2 levels (ambient 380μatm, moderate 856μatm, high 1500μatm) for 5weeks (24°C, salinity 34...
July 18, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732351/tropomyosin-isoform-tpm2-1-regulates-collective-and-amoeboid-cell-migration-and-cell-aggregation-in-breast-epithelial-cells
#8
HyeRim Shin, Dayoung Kim, David M Helfman
Metastasis dissemination is the result of various processes including cell migration and cell aggregation. These processes involve alterations in the expression and organization of cytoskeletal and adhesion proteins in tumor cells. Alterations in actin filaments and their binding partners are known to be key players in metastasis. Downregulation of specific tropomyosin (Tpm) isoforms is a common characteristic of transformed cells. In this study, we examined the role of Tpm2.1 in non-transformed MCF10A breast epithelial cells in cell migration and cell aggregation, because this isoform is downregulated in primary and metastatic breast cancer as well as various breast cancer cell lines...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731819/the-close-up-imager-onboard-the-esa-exomars-rover-objectives-description-operations-and-science-validation-activities
#9
Jean-Luc Josset, Frances Westall, Beda A Hofmann, John Spray, Charles Cockell, Stephan Kempe, Andrew D Griffiths, Maria Cristina De Sanctis, Luigi Colangeli, Detlef Koschny, Karl Föllmi, Eric Verrecchia, Larryn Diamond, Marie Josset, Emmanuelle J Javaux, Francesca Esposito, Matthew Gunn, Audrey L Souchon-Leitner, Tomaso R R Bontognali, Oleg Korablev, Suren Erkman, Gerhard Paar, Stephan Ulamec, Frédéric Foucher, Philippe Martin, Antoine Verhaeghe, Mitko Tanevski, Jorge L Vago
The Close-Up Imager (CLUPI) onboard the ESA ExoMars Rover is a powerful high-resolution color camera specifically designed for close-up observations. Its accommodation on the movable drill allows multiple positioning. The science objectives of the instrument are geological characterization of rocks in terms of texture, structure, and color and the search for potential morphological biosignatures. We present the CLUPI science objectives, performance, and technical description, followed by a description of the instrument's planned operations strategy during the mission on Mars...
June 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731475/unusual-metabolic-diversity-of-hyperalkaliphilic-microbial-communities-associated-with-subterranean-serpentinization-at-the-cedars
#10
Shino Suzuki, Shun'ichi Ishii, Tatsuhiko Hoshino, Amanda Rietze, Aaron Tenney, Penny L Morrill, Fumio Inagaki, J Gijs Kuenen, Kenneth H Nealson
Water from The Cedars springs that discharge from serpentinized ultramafic rocks feature highly basic (pH=~12), highly reducing (Eh<-550 mV) conditions with low ionic concentrations. These conditions make the springs exceptionally challenging for life. Here, we report the metagenomic data and recovered draft genomes from two different springs, GPS1 and BS5. GPS1, which was fed solely by a deep groundwater source within the serpentinizing system, was dominated by several bacterial taxa from the phyla OD1 ('Parcubacteria') and Chloroflexi...
July 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731148/molecular-genetics-and-targeted-therapy-of-wnt-related-human-diseases-review
#11
Masuko Katoh, Masaru Katoh
Canonical WNT signaling through Frizzled and LRP5/6 receptors is transduced to the WNT/β-catenin and WNT/stabilization of proteins (STOP) signaling cascades to regulate cell fate and proliferation, whereas non-canonical WNT signaling through Frizzled or ROR receptors is transduced to the WNT/planar cell polarity (PCP), WNT/G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) and WNT/receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) signaling cascades to regulate cytoskeletal dynamics and directional cell movement. WNT/β-catenin signaling cascade crosstalks with RTK/SRK and GPCR-cAMP-PKA signaling cascades to regulate β-catenin phosphorylation and β-catenin-dependent transcription...
July 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730358/hydrogeochemical-characterization-and-groundwater-quality-assessment-in-intruded-coastal-brine-aquifers-laizhou-bay-china
#12
Xiaoying Zhang, Jinjie Miao, Bill X Hu, Hongwei Liu, Hanxiong Zhang, Zhen Ma
The aquifer in the coastal area of the Laizhou Bay is affected by salinization processes related to intense groundwater exploitation for brine resource and for agriculture irrigation during the last three decades. As a result, the dynamic balances among freshwater, brine, and seawater have been disturbed and the quality of groundwater has deteriorated. To fully understand the groundwater chemical distribution and evolution in the regional aquifers, hydrogeochemical and isotopic studies have been conducted based on the water samples from 102 observation wells...
July 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730094/organ-transplantation-scandal-influencing-corneal-donation-rate
#13
Tobias Röck, Matthias Bramkamp, Karl Ulrich Bartz-Schmidt, Daniel Röck
In the majority of countries, there is a shortage of donor corneas for corneal transplantations. This study investigated the impact of organ transplantation scandals on corneal donation rate at the University Hospital Tübingen. Each deceased patient was considered as a potential corneal donor. An ophthalmic resident handled with stable methods of procedures the corneal donor procurement from 2009 to 2015. The rates of corneal donation were examined and analyzed. Among the 5712 hospital deaths, consent for corneal donation was obtained in 711 cases...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729902/high-tolerance-to-high-light-conditions-for-the-protected-species-ariocarpus-kotschoubeyanus-cactaceae
#14
Erika Arroyo-Pérez, Joel Flores, Claudia González-Salvatierra, María L Matías-Palafox, Cecilia Jiménez-Sierra
We determined the seasonal ecophysiological performance under perennial plants and under high solar radiation for adult individuals from the 'living rock' cactus Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus, which occurs equally under nurse plants and in open spaces. We evaluated the effective quantum yield of photosystem II (ΦPSII) and the dissipation of thermal energy [non-photochemical quenching (NPQ)] thorough the year. The maximum apparent electron transport rate (ETRmax) and the saturating photosynthetically active photon flux density for PSII (PFDsat) were also determined from rapid light curves...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729717/dietary-constraints-can-preclude-the-expression-of-an-honest-chemical-sexual-signal
#15
Roberto García-Roa, Jorge Sáiz, Belén Gómara, Pilar López, José Martín
Identifying the factors that underlie signal divergences remains challenging in studies of animal communication. Regarding the chemical signalling, different compounds can be found in some species but be absent in others. We hypothesized that if the costs that are associated with the expression of some compounds are too high, their presence in the signal may be restricted. However, these compounds may be expressed and be functional when those costs are relaxed. Vitamin E (α-tocopherol), a dietary compound with metabolic relevancy, acts as an honest chemical sexual signal in many lizards but no in others such as the Carpetan Rock lizard (Iberolacerta cyreni)...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727228/actin-gamma-1-a-new-skin-cancer-pathogenic-gene-identified-by-the-biological-feature-based-classification
#16
Xinqian Dong, Yingsheng Han, Zhen Sun, Junlong Xu
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer that accounting for at least 40% of cancer cases around the world. This study aimed to identify skin cancer-related biological features and predict skin cancer candidate genes by employing machine learning based on biological features of known skin cancer genes. The known skin cancer-related genes were fetched from database and encoded by the enrichment scores of gene ontology and pathways. The optimal features of the skin cancer related genes were selected with a series of feature selection methods, such as mRMR, IFS, and Random Forest algorithm...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726833/human-occupation-of-northern-australia-by-65-000-years-ago
#17
Chris Clarkson, Zenobia Jacobs, Ben Marwick, Richard Fullagar, Lynley Wallis, Mike Smith, Richard G Roberts, Elspeth Hayes, Kelsey Lowe, Xavier Carah, S Anna Florin, Jessica McNeil, Delyth Cox, Lee J Arnold, Quan Hua, Jillian Huntley, Helen E A Brand, Tiina Manne, Andrew Fairbairn, James Shulmeister, Lindsey Lyle, Makiah Salinas, Mara Page, Kate Connell, Gayoung Park, Kasih Norman, Tessa Murphy, Colin Pardoe
The time of arrival of people in Australia is an unresolved question. It is relevant to debates about when modern humans first dispersed out of Africa and when their descendants incorporated genetic material from Neanderthals, Denisovans and possibly other hominins. Humans have also been implicated in the extinction of Australia's megafauna. Here we report the results of new excavations conducted at Madjedbebe, a rock shelter in northern Australia. Artefacts in primary depositional context are concentrated in three dense bands, with the stratigraphic integrity of the deposit demonstrated by artefact refits and by optical dating and other analyses of the sediments...
July 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726533/ophthalmic-findings-in-patients-with-arterial-tortuosity-syndrome-and-carriers-a-case-series
#18
Joshua S Hardin, Yuri A Zarate, Bert Callewaert, Paul H Phillips, David B Warner
INTRODUCTION: Arterial tortuosity syndrome (ATS) is a rare autosomal recessive disease hallmarked by tortuosity, stenosis, and aneurysm development of large- and medium-sized arteries. Mutations in SLC2A10, a gene that encodes the facilitative glucose transporter GLUT10, cause ATS. Several case reports have noted associated ophthalmic findings such as keratoconus, keratoglobus, and myopia without detailed descriptions or standardized examinations. We report the ophthalmic findings in a cohort of compound heterozygous ATS patients and heterozygous carriers of SLC2A10 mutations...
July 20, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726024/thermal-physiology-of-three-sympatric-and-syntopic-liolaemidae-lizards-in-cold-and-arid-environments-of-patagonia-argentina
#19
F Duran, E L Kubisch, Jorgelina M Boretto
The thermal physiology determines the whole biology of ectotherm organisms, by limiting their acquisition and allocation of resources. Herein, we aim to add knowledge on how different species use the thermal resources when they coexist in a habitat, studying the thermal physiology of three sympatric and syntopic liolaemid lizards, Phymaturus querque, Phymaturus zapalensis, and Liolaemus elongatus during the summer season. We measured the body temperatures at capture places, the operative microenvironmental temperatures in the field, and the preferred body temperature in an experimental thermal gradient in the laboratory...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725410/aegean-wall-lizards-switch-foraging-modes-diet-and-morphology-in-a-human-built-environment
#20
Colin M Donihue
Foraging mode is a functional trait with cascading impacts on ecological communities. The foraging syndrome hypothesis posits a suite of concurrent traits that vary with foraging mode; however, comparative studies testing this hypothesis are typically interspecific. While foraging modes are often considered typological for a species when predicting foraging-related traits or mode-specific cascading impacts, intraspecific mode switching has been documented in some lizards. Mode-switching lizards provide an opportunity to test foraging syndromes and explore how intraspecific variability in foraging mode might affect local ecological communities...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
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