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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327664/bioactive-silicon-nitride-a-new-therapeutic-material-for-osteoarthropathy
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Giuseppe Pezzotti, Elia Marin, Tetsuya Adachi, Alfredo Rondinella, Francesco Boschetto, Wenliang Zhu, Nobuhiko Sugano, Ryan M Bock, Bryan McEntire, Sonny B Bal
While the reciprocity between bioceramics and living cells is complex, it is principally governed by the implant's surface chemistry. Consequently, a deeper understanding of the chemical interactions of bioceramics with living tissue could ultimately lead to new therapeutic strategies. However, the physical and chemical principles that govern these interactions remain unclear. The intricacies of this biological synergy are explored within this paper by examining the peculiar surface chemistry of a relatively new bioceramic, silicon nitride (Si3N4)...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327522/isolation-and-characterization-of-a-shewanella-phage-host-system-from-the-gut-of-the-tunicate-ciona-intestinalis
#2
Brittany Leigh, Charlotte Karrer, John P Cannon, Mya Breitbart, Larry J Dishaw
Outnumbering all other biological entities on earth, bacteriophages (phages) play critical roles in structuring microbial communities through bacterial infection and subsequent lysis, as well as through horizontal gene transfer. While numerous studies have examined the effects of phages on free-living bacterial cells, much less is known regarding the role of phage infection in host-associated biofilms, which help to stabilize adherent microbial communities. Here we report the cultivation and characterization of a novel strain of Shewanella fidelis from the gut of the marine tunicate Ciona intestinalis, inducible prophages from the S...
March 22, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326650/long-term-efficacy-of-constant-current-deep-brain-stimulation-in-essential-tremor
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Ali Rezaei Haddad, Michael Samuel, Natasha Hulse, Hsin-Ying Lin, Keyoumars Ashkan
OBJECTIVES: Ventralis intermedius deep brain stimulation is an established intervention for medication-refractory essential tremor. Newer constant current stimulation technology offers theoretical advantage over the traditional constant voltage systems in terms of delivering a more biologically stable therapy. There are no previous reports on the outcomes of constant current deep brain stimulation in the treatment of essential tremor. This study aimed to evaluate the long-term efficacy of ventralis intermedius constant current deep brain stimulation in patients diagnosed with essential tremor...
March 21, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325978/toward-a-new-data-standard-for-combined-marine-biological-and-environmental-datasets-expanding-obis-beyond-species-occurrences
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Daphnis De Pooter, Ward Appeltans, Nicolas Bailly, Sky Bristol, Klaas Deneudt, Menashè Eliezer, Ei Fujioka, Alessandra Giorgetti, Philip Goldstein, Mirtha Lewis, Marina Lipizer, Kevin Mackay, Maria Marin, Gwenaëlle Moncoiffé, Stamatina Nikolopoulou, Pieter Provoost, Shannon Rauch, Andres Roubicek, Carlos Torres, Anton van de Putte, Leen Vandepitte, Bart Vanhoorne, Matteo Vinci, Nina Wambiji, David Watts, Eduardo Klein Salas, Francisco Hernandez
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Biodiversity Data Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325881/probabilistic-models-of-species-discovery-and-biodiversity-comparisons
#5
Stewart M Edie, Peter D Smits, David Jablonski
Inferring large-scale processes that drive biodiversity hinges on understanding the phylogenetic and spatial pattern of species richness. However, clades and geographic regions are accumulating newly described species at an uneven rate, potentially affecting the stability of currently observed diversity patterns. Here, we present a probabilistic model of species discovery to assess the uncertainty in diversity levels among clades and regions. We use a Bayesian time series regression to estimate the long-term trend in the rate of species description for marine bivalves and find a distinct spatial bias in the accumulation of new species...
March 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325169/a-new-substitute-host-and-its-effects-on-some-biological-properties-of-ooencyrtus-kuvanae
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Hilal Tunca, Marine Venard, Etty-Ambre Colombel, Elisabeth Tabone
Lymantia dispar (L.) (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae), commonly known as the gypsy moth, is a serious forest pest, and beneficial insects are particularly important for reducing its population numbers. Ooencyrtus kuvanae (Howard) (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) is an arrhenotokous, solitary egg parasitoid of L. dispar. In this study, we evaluated a new substitute host, Philosamia ricini (Danovan) (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae) for O. kuvanae. We investigated some of the biological effects of O. kuvanae on P. ricini eggs. In this context, the importance of the age of the female parasitoid (1, 3 or 5 days old), host age (1-2 and 3-4 days old) and host number (40, 60 and 80 host eggs) were examined under laboratory conditions (25 ± 1 °C, 65 ± 5% relative humidity and a 16 : 8 h photoperiod [light : dark])...
March 22, 2017: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322384/cold-water-marine-natural-products-2006-to-2016
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Sylvia Soldatou, Bill J Baker
Covering the literature on cold-water marine natural products from 2006 to 2016.This is an update report on marine natural products isolated from cold-water organisms in the last decade, following the previous review that covered the literature up to 2005. Emphasis is given to the biological activities as well as the spectroscopic methods used for the structure elucidation of the new metabolites isolated from cold-water habitats.
March 21, 2017: Natural Product Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322231/alix-is-required-during-development-for-normal-growth-of-the-mouse-brain
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Marine H Laporte, Christine Chatellard, Victoria Vauchez, Fiona J Hemming, Jean-Christophe Deloulme, Frédérique Vossier, Béatrice Blot, Sandrine Fraboulet, Rémy Sadoul
Alix (ALG-2 interacting protein X) drives deformation and fission of endosomal and cell surface membranes and thereby intervenes in diverse biological processes including cell proliferation and apoptosis. Using embryonic fibroblasts of Alix knock-out mice, we recently demonstrated that Alix is required for clathrin-independent endocytosis. Here we show that mice lacking Alix suffer from severe reduction in the volume of the brain which affects equally all regions examined. The cerebral cortex of adult animals shows normal layering but is reduced in both medio-lateral length and thickness...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319119/evaluating-the-combined-effects-of-ballast-water-management-and-trade-dynamics-on-transfers-of-marine-organisms-by-ships
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Katharine J Carney, Mark S Minton, Kimberly K Holzer, A Whitman Miller, Linda D McCann, Gregory M Ruiz
Global trade by merchant ships is a leading mechanism for the unintentional transfer of marine organisms, including non-indigenous species, to bays and estuaries worldwide. To reduce the likelihood of new invasions, ships are increasingly being required to manage their ballast water (BW) prior to discharge in coastal waters. In the United States, most overseas arrivals have been required to manage BW discharge since 2004, primarily through ballast water exchange (BWE), which flushes out ballast tanks in the open ocean (>200 miles from shore)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314780/non-coding-rnas-the-dark-side-of-nuclear-mitochondrial-communication
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Roberto Vendramin, Jean-Christophe Marine, Eleonora Leucci
Mitochondria are critical hubs for the integration of several key metabolic processes implicated in cell growth and survival. They originated from bacterial ancestors through endosymbiosis, following the transfer of more than 90% of their endosymbiont genome to the host cell nucleus. Over time, a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship has been established, which relies on continuous and elaborate signaling mechanisms between this life-essential organelle and its host. The ability of mitochondria to signal their functional state and trigger compensatory and adaptive cellular responses has long been recognized, but the underlying molecular mechanisms involved have remained poorly understood...
March 17, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314395/response-of-the-bacterial-community-in-oil-contaminated-marine-water-to-the-addition-of-chemical-and-biological-dispersants
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Camila Rattes de Almeida Couto, Diogo de Azevedo Jurelevicius, Vanessa Marques Alvarez, Jan Dirk van Elsas, Lucy Seldin
The use of dispersants in different stages of the oil production chain and for the remediation of water and soil is a well established practice. However, the choice for a chemical or biological dispersant is still a controversial subject. Chemical surfactants that persist long in the environment may pose problems of toxicity themselves; therefore, biosurfactants are considered to constitute an environmentally friendly and effective alternative. Nevertheless, the putative effects of such agents on the microbiomes of oil-contaminated and uncontaminated marine environments have not been sufficiently evaluated...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306209/crab-chitin-based-2d-soft-nanomaterials-for-fully-biobased-electric-devices
#12
Jun You, Mingjie Li, Beibei Ding, Xiaochen Wu, Chaoxu Li
2D nanomaterials have various size/morphology-dependent properties applicable in electronics, optics, sensing, and actuating. However, intensively studied inorganic 2D nanomaterials are frequently hindered to apply in some particular and industrial fields, owing to harsh synthesis, high-cost, cytotoxicity, and nondegradability. Endeavor has been made to search for biobased 2D nanomaterials with biocompatibility, sustainability, and biodegradability. A method of hydrophobization-induced interfacial-assembly is reported to produce an unprecedented type of nanosheets from marine chitin...
March 17, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304358/a-pelagic-microbiome-viruses-to-protists-from-a-small-cup-of-seawater
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Flavia Flaviani, Declan C Schroeder, Cecilia Balestreri, Joanna L Schroeder, Karen Moore, Konrad Paszkiewicz, Maya C Pfaff, Edward P Rybicki
The aquatic microbiome is composed of a multi-phylotype community of microbes, ranging from the numerically dominant viruses to the phylogenetically diverse unicellular phytoplankton. They influence key biogeochemical processes and form the base of marine food webs, becoming food for secondary consumers. Due to recent advances in next-generation sequencing, this previously overlooked component of our hydrosphere is starting to reveal its true diversity and biological complexity. We report here that 250 mL of seawater is sufficient to provide a comprehensive description of the microbial diversity in an oceanic environment...
March 17, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304352/in-vitro-anti-inflammatory-and-cytotoxic-effects-of-aqueous-extracts-from-the-edible-sea-anemones-anemonia-sulcata-and-actinia-equina
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Tânia Costa Silva, Paula Branquinho de Andrade, Fátima Paiva-Martins, Patrícia Valentão, David Micael Pereira
Marine invertebrates have been attracting the attention of researchers for their application in nutrition, agriculture, and the pharmaceutical industry, among others. Concerning sea anemones (Cnidaria), little is known regarding their metabolic profiles and potential value as a source of pharmacologically-active agents. In this work, the chemical profiles of two species of sea anemones Actinia equina and Anemonia sulcata, were studied by high-performance liquid chromatography with diode-array detection (HPLC-DAD) and its impact upon immune and gastric cells was evaluated...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304098/bacteriophages-as-indicators-of-fecal-pollution-and-enteric-virus-removal
#15
REVIEW
Brian R McMinn, Nicholas J Ashbolt, Asja Korajkic
Bacteriophages are an attractive alternative to fecal indicator bacteria (FIB), particularly as surrogates of enteric virus fate and transport, due to their closer morphological and biological properties. Based on a review of published data, we summarize densities of coliphages (F+ and somatic), Bacteroides spp. and enterococci bacteriophages (phages) in individual human waste, raw wastewater, ambient fresh and marine waters and removal through wastewater treatment processes utilizing traditional treatments...
March 17, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303015/spatio-temporal-dynamics-of-a-planktonic-system-and-chlorophyll-distribution-in-a-2d-spatial-domain-matching-model-and-data
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Davide Valenti, Giovanni Denaro, Rosalia Ferreri, Simona Genovese, Salvatore Aronica, Salvatore Mazzola, Angelo Bonanno, Gualtiero Basilone, Bernardo Spagnolo
Field data on chlorophyll distribution are investigated in a two-dimensional spatial domain of the Mediterranean Sea by using for phytoplankton abundances an advection-diffusion-reaction model, which includes real values for physical and biological variables. The study exploits indeed hydrological and nutrients data acquired in situ, and includes intraspecific competition for limiting factors, i.e. light intensity and phosphate concentration. As a result, the model allows to analyze how both the velocity field of marine currents and the two components of turbulent diffusivity affect the spatial distributions of phytoplankton abundances in the Modified Atlantic Water, the upper layer of the water column of the Mediterranean Sea...
March 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298467/swimming-and-diving-energetics-in-dolphins-a-stroke-by-stroke-analysis-for-predicting-the-cost-of-flight-responses-in-wild-odontocetes
#17
Terrie M Williams, Traci L Kendall, Beau P Richter, Courtney R Ribeiro-French, Jason S John, Kim L Odell, Barbara A Losch, David A Feuerbach, M Andrew Stamper
Exponential increases in hydrodynamic drag and physical exertion occur when swimmers move quickly through water, and underlie the preference for relatively slow routine speeds by marine mammals regardless of body size. Because of this and the need to balance limited oxygen stores when submerged, flight (escape) responses may be especially challenging for this group. To examine this, we used open-flow respirometry to measure the energetic cost of producing a swimming stroke during different levels of exercise in bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus)...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298248/what-are-the-factors-driving-long-term-changes-of-the-suprabenthos-in-the-seine-estuary
#18
Jean-Philippe Pezy, Alexandrine Baffreau, Jean-Claude Dauvin
A Before/During/After Control-Impact approach is used to assess the effects of Port 2000 on the suprabenthos in the North Channel (NC) of the Seine estuary during the period from September 2001 to October 2015. Since the beginning of Port 2000 construction (2002-2005), the NC is affected by an increase of salinity (marine influence) and input of sand. The suprabenthos changes are mainly characterised by an increase in species richness in the upper part of the NC and a decrease in species density and biomass of the dominant mysid species over time...
March 12, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294973/fusion-guided-hypothesis-development-leads-to-the-identification-of-n%C3%A2-n%C3%A2-dimethyladenosine-a-marine-derived-akt-pathway-inhibitor
#19
Rachel M Vaden, Nathaniel W Oswald, Malia B Potts, John B MacMillan, Michael A White
Chemicals found in nature have evolved over geological time scales to productively interact with biological molecules, and thus represent an effective resource for pharmaceutical development. Marine-derived bacteria are rich sources of chemically diverse, bioactive secondary metabolites, but harnessing this diversity for biomedical benefit is limited by challenges associated with natural product purification and determination of biochemical mechanism. Using Functional Signature Ontology (FUSION), we report the parallel isolation and characterization of a marine-derived natural product, N⁶,N⁶-dimethyladenosine, that robustly inhibits AKT signaling in a variety of non-small cell lung cancer cell lines...
March 15, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294280/cyclic-peptide-unguisin-a-is-an-anion-receptor-with-high-affinity-for-phosphate-and-pyrophosphate
#20
A Daryl Ariawan, James E A Webb, Ethan N W Howe, Philip A Gale, Pall Thordarson, Luke Hunter
Unguisin A (1) is a marine-derived, GABA-containing cyclic heptapeptide. The biological function of this flexible macrocycle is obscure. Here we show that compound 1 lacks any detectable activity in antimicrobial growth inhibition assays, a result that runs contrary to a previous report. However, we find that 1 functions as a promiscuous host molecule in a variety of anion-binding interactions, with high affinity particularly for phosphate and pyrophosphate. We also show that a series of rigidified, backbone-fluorinated analogues of 1 displays altered affinity for chloride ions...
March 15, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
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