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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150693/a-collection-of-genetically-engineered-populus-trees-reveals-wood-biomass-traits-that-predict-glucose-yield-from-enzymatic-hydrolysis
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Sacha Escamez, Madhavi Latha Gandla, Marta Derba-Maceluch, Sven-Olof Lundqvist, Ewa J Mellerowicz, Leif J Jönsson, Hannele Tuominen
Wood represents a promising source of sugars to produce bio-based renewables, including biofuels. However, breaking down lignocellulose requires costly pretreatments because lignocellulose is recalcitrant to enzymatic saccharification. Increasing saccharification potential would greatly contribute to make wood a competitive alternative to petroleum, but this requires improving wood properties. To identify wood biomass traits associated with saccharification, we analyzed a total of 65 traits related to wood chemistry, anatomy and structure, biomass production and saccharification in 40 genetically engineered Populus tree lines...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150689/distinct-genetic-architectures-for-phenotype-means-and-plasticities-in-zea-mays
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Aaron Kusmec, Srikant Srinivasan, Dan Nettleton, Patrick S Schnable
Phenotypic plasticity describes the phenotypic variation of a trait when a genotype is exposed to different environments. Understanding the genetic control of phenotypic plasticity in crops such as maize is of paramount importance for maintaining and increasing yields in a world experiencing climate change. Here, we report the results of genome-wide association analyses of multiple phenotypes and two measures of phenotypic plasticity in a maize nested association mapping (US-NAM) population grown in multiple environments and genotyped with ~2...
September 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150145/neuroimaging-biomarkers-as-predictors-of-treatment-outcome-in-major-depressive-disorder
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Trehani M Fonseka, Glenda M MacQueen, Sidney H Kennedy
BACKGROUND: Current practice for selecting pharmacological and non-pharmacological antidepressant treatments has yielded low response and remission rates in Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). Neuroimaging biomarkers of brain structure and function may be useful in guiding treatment selection by predicting response vs. non-response outcomes. METHODS: In this review, we summarize data from studies examining predictors of treatment response using structural and functional neuroimaging modalities, as they pertain to pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, and stimulation treatment strategies...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149839/vitamin-d-parathyroid-hormone-and-metabolic-syndrome-the-pormets-study
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Luís Raposo, Sandra Martins, Daniela Ferreira, João Tiago Guimarães, Ana Cristina Santos
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D (VitD) and parathyroid hormone (PTH) play important roles in calcium metabolism and skeletal homeostasis. Estimates of the VitD status in several European countries show large variations between them. In addition, no national population-based estimate has been published. VitD and PTH may also play important roles in cardiovascular risk, which has been suggested to be associated with metabolic syndrome (MetS) and is very prevalent in Portugal. The goal of our study was to evaluate the prevalence of hypovitaminosis D and its determinants as well as PTH serum level determinants and associations of the 25-hydroxyvitamin D and PTH serum levels with MetS and its individual components in a sample of the Portuguese mainland population...
November 17, 2017: BMC Endocrine Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149838/genetic-variation-in-populations-of-the-earthworm-lumbricus-rubellus-across-contaminated-mine-sites
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Craig Anderson, Luis Cunha, Pierfrancesco Sechi, Peter Kille, David Spurgeon
BACKGROUND: Populations of the earthworm, Lumbricus rubellus, are commonly found across highly contaminated former mine sites and are considered to have under-gone selection for mitigating metal toxicity. Comparison of adapted populations with those found on less contaminated soils can provide insights into ecological processes that demonstrate the long-term effects of soil contamination. Contemporary sequencing methods allow for portrayal of demographic inferences and highlight genetic variation indicative of selection at specific genes...
November 17, 2017: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149661/unraveling-the-effects-of-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungus-on-uptake-translocation-and-distribution-of-cadmium-in-phragmites-australis-cav-trin-ex-steud
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Xiaochen Huang, Li Wang, Shishu Zhu, Shih-Hsin Ho, Jieting Wu, Prasanta K Kalita, Fang Ma
Phragmites australis (Cav.) Trin. ex Steud. has been reported to form a symbiosis with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus (AMF). However, the tolerance mechanism for AMF symbiosis on cadmium (Cd) phytotoxicity still remains unclear. In this study, we investigated the effects of Rhizophagus irregularis inoculation on Cd-stressed (0, 1, and 20mgL(-1)) roots, stems, and leaves of P. australis with regard to subcellular Cd distribution and chemical forms of Cd. In addition, transmission electron microscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy were used to investigate variations in subcellular structures and functional groups in plant organs...
November 14, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149403/structure-function-relationship-of-tctp
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Beatriz Xoconostle-Cázares, Roberto Ruiz-Medrano
The translationally controlled tumor protein (TCTP) is a small, multifunctional protein found in most, if not all, eukaryotic lineages, involved in a myriad of key regulatory processes. Among these, the control of proliferation and inhibition of cell death, as well as differentiation, are the most important, and it is probable that other responses are derived from the ability of TCTP to influence them in both unicellular and multicellular organisms. In the latter, an additional function for TCTP stems from its capacity to be secreted via a nonclassical pathway and function in a non-cell autonomous (paracrine) manner, thus affecting the responses of neighboring or distant cells to developmental or environmental stimuli (as in the case of serum TCTP/histamine-releasing factor in mammals and phloem TCTP in Arabidopsis)...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149282/structure-related-differences-between-cytochrome-oxidase-i-proteins-in-a-stable-heteroplasmic-mitochondrial-system
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David O F Skibinski, Fabrizio Ghiselli, Angel P Diz, Liliana Milani, Jonathan G L Mullins
Many bivalve species have two types of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) passed independently through the female line (F genome) and male line (M genome). Here we study the Cytochrome oxidase I (COI) protein in such bivalve species and provide evidence for differences between the F and M proteins in amino acid property values, particularly relating to hydrophobicity and helicity. The magnitude of these differences varies between different regions of the protein and the change from the ancestor is most marked in the M protein...
November 14, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149208/synergistic-effects-of-the-components-of-global-change-increased-vegetation-dynamics-in-open-forest-steppe-grasslands-driven-by-wildfires-and-year-to-year-precipitation-differences
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Miklós Kertész, Réka Aszalós, Attila Lengyel, Gábor Ónodi
Climate change and land use change are two major elements of human-induced global environmental change. In temperate grasslands and woodlands, increasing frequency of extreme weather events like droughts and increasing severity of wildfires has altered the structure and dynamics of vegetation. In this paper, we studied the impact of wildfires and the year-to-year differences in precipitation on species composition changes in semi-arid grasslands of a forest-steppe complex ecosystem which has been partially disturbed by wildfires...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149054/a-dual-polymer-fiber-fizeau-interferometer-for-simultaneous-measurement-of-relative-humidity-and-temperature
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Chao-Tsung Ma, Yu-Wei Chang, Yuan-Jie Yang, Cheng-Ling Lee
This paper presents a novel design method in which a dual-polymer fiber Fizeau interferometer (DPFFI) is proposed for simultaneously measuring relative humidity (RH) and temperature (T). Since the polymer is intrinsically highly sensitive to both RH and T, the polymer fiber Fizeau interferometer (PFFI) exhibits cross-sensitivity of RH and T. In general, it is difficult to demodulate the optical responses from both variations of RH and T using a single PFFI. If two PFFIs with different structures are combined, they will individually exhibit distinct sensitivity responses with respect to RH and T, respectively...
November 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149052/flanking-variation-influences-rates-of-stutter-in-simple-repeats
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August E Woerner, Jonathan L King, Bruce Budowle
It has been posited that the longest uninterrupted stretch (LUS) of tandem repeats, as defined by the number of exactly matching repeating motif units, is a better predictor of rates of stutter than the parental allele length (PAL). While there are cases where this hypothesis is likely correct, such as the 9.3 allele in the TH01 locus, there can be situations where it may not apply as well. For example, the PAL may capture flanking indel variations while remaining insensitive to polymorphisms in the repeat, and these haplotypic changes may impact the stutter rate...
November 17, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149047/new-insights-into-phasmatodea-chromosomes
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Thomas Liehr, Olesya Buleu, Tatyana Karamysheva, Alexander Bugrov, Nikolai Rubtsov
Currently, approximately 3000 species of stick insects are known; however, chromosome numbers, which range between 21 and 88, are known for only a few of these insects. Also, centromere banding staining (C-banding) patterns were described for fewer than 10 species, and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) was applied exclusively in two Leptynia species. Interestingly, 10-25% of stick insects (Phasmatodea) are obligatory or facultative parthenogenetic. As clonal and/or bisexual reproduction can affect chromosomal evolution, stick insect karyotypes need to be studied more intensely...
November 17, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148885/self-clearance-of-pestivirus-in-a-pyrenean-chamois-rupicapra-pyrenaica-population
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Emmanuelle Gilot-Fromont, Mathieu Garel, Philippe Gibert, Sébastien Lambert, Pierre Menaut, Brigitte Bonetti, Yvette Game, Gaël Reynaud, Kévin Foulché
Understanding the dynamics of host-pathogen interaction is key to the management of epidemics. A pestivirus belonging to the border disease virus group 4 emerged around 2001 in Pyrenean chamois (Rupicapra pyrenaica) in Spain and France. The virus had significant demographic impact in some populations, but it was less harmful and more endemic in other places. The determinants of these local variations are still unclear. Here, we documented empirical evidence of self-clearance of the virus in a chamois population in France...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148824/biobanking-of-fresh-frozen-cancer-tissue-rna-is-stable-independent-of-tissue-type-with-less-than-1-hour-of-cold-ischemia
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Sang Yong Song, Jonghyun Jun, Miyeon Park, Seo Kyu Park, Wonju Choi, Kyunghee Park, Kee-Taek Jang, Myoyong Lee
BACKGROUND: The effects of preanalytical variables in tissue processing and storage periods on RNA quality of tissues have been well documented in each type of cancer. However, few studies have been performed on a comparative assessment of the impacts across different cancer tissues, even though it is well known that RNase activity is highly variable in various tissue types and RNase-rich tissues have been found to yield low-quality RNA. METHODS: We investigated the impacts of cold ischemia times and long-term storage on RNA integrity in various types of cancer tissue, which had been fresh-frozen and collected at the Samsung Medical Center Biobank...
November 17, 2017: Biopreservation and Biobanking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148734/unraveling-the-role-of-structural-order-in-the-transformation-of-electrical-conductivity-in-ca2fecoo6-%C3%AE-casrfecoo6-%C3%AE-and-sr2fecoo6-%C3%AE
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Ram Krishna Hona, Ashfia Huq, Farshid Ramezanipour
The ability to control the electrical conductivity of solid-state oxides using structural parameters has been demonstrated. A correlation has been established between the electrical conductivity and structural order in a series of oxygen-deficient perovskites using X-ray and neutron diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and electrical conductivity studies at a wide temperature range, 25-800 °C. The crystal structure of CaSrFeCoO6-δ has been determined, and its stark contrast to Ca2FeCoO6-δ and Sr2FeCoO6-δ has been demonstrated...
November 17, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148607/the-art-of-oral-handovers-a-participant-observational-study-by-undergraduate-students-in-a-hospital-setting
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Tove Giske, Sunniva Nese Melås, Kari Anne Einarsen
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This study explores the conditions for oral handovers between shifts in a hospital setting, and how these impact patient safety and quality of care. BACKGROUND: Oral handovers transfer patient information and nursing responsibilities between shifts. Short written summaries of patients can complement an oral handover. How to find the balance between a standardised protocol for handovers and tailoring variations to specific patients and situations is debated in the literature...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148586/a-dynamic-ultrasound-simulation-of-a-pulsating-three-layered-cca-for-validation-of-2d-wall-motion-and-blood-velocity-estimation-algorithms
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Xiao Hu, Yufeng Zhang, Guanghui Cai, Kexin Zhang, Li Deng, Lian Gao, Suya Han, Jianhua Chen
PURPOSE: A dynamic ultrasound simulation model for the common carotid artery (CCA) with three arterial layers for validation of 2D wall motion and blood velocity estimation algorithms is proposed in present study. This model describes layers with not only characteristics of echo distributions conforming to clinical ones, but also varying thicknesses, axial and radial displacements with pulsatile blood pressure during a cardiac cycle. METHODS: The modeling process is as follows: first, a geometrical model according with the clinical structure size of a CCA is built based on the preset layer thicknesses and the diameter of lumen...
November 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147973/co-variation-of-bacterial-and-fungal-communities-in-different-sorghum-cultivars-and-growth-stages-is-soil-dependent
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Thiago R Schlemper, Johannes A van Veen, Eiko E Kuramae
Rhizosphere microbial community composition can be influenced by different biotic and abiotic factors. We investigated the composition and co-variation of rhizosphere bacterial and fungal communities from two sorghum genotypes (BRS330 and SRN-39) in three different plant growth stages (emergence of the second leaf, (day10), vegetative to reproductive differentiation point (day 35), and at the last visible emerged leaf (day 50)) in two different soil types, Clue field (CF) and Vredepeel (VD). We observed that either bacterial or fungal community had its composition stronger influenced by soil followed by plant growth stage and cultivar...
November 16, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147713/variation-of-the-bone-forming-ability-with-the-physicochemical-properties-of-calcium-phosphate-bone-substitutes
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Rongquan Duan, Davide Barbieri, Xiaoman Luo, Jie Weng, Chongyun Bao, Joost D de Bruijn, Huipin Yuan
Because of their bioactive properties and chemical similarity to the inorganic component of bone, calcium phosphate (CaP) materials are widely used for bone regeneration. Six commercially available CaP bone substitutes (Bio-Oss, Actifuse, Bi-Ostetic, MBCP, Vitoss and chronOs) as well as two tricalcium phosphate (TCP) ceramics with either a micron-scale (TCP-B) or submicron-scale (TCP-S) surface structure are characterized and their bone forming potential is evaluated in a canine ectopic implantation model. After 12 weeks of implantation in the paraspinal muscle of four beagles, sporadic bone (0...
November 17, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147578/modelling-historical-changes-in-the-force-of-infection-of-chagas-disease-to-inform-control-and-elimination-programmes-application-in-colombia
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Zulma M Cucunubá, Pierre Nouvellet, Lesong Conteh, Mauricio Javier Vera, Victor Manuel Angulo, Juan Carlos Dib, Gabriel Jaime Parra-Henao, María Gloria Basáñez
Background: WHO's 2020 milestones for Chagas disease include having all endemic Latin American countries certified with no intradomiciliary Trypanosoma cruzi transmission, and infected patients under care. Evaluating the variation in historical exposure to infection is crucial for assessing progress and for understanding the priorities to achieve these milestones. Methods: Focusing on Colombia, all the available age-structured serological surveys (undertaken between 1995 and 2014) were searched and compiled...
2017: BMJ Global Health
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