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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107778/parabolic-variation-in-sexual-selection-intensity-across-the-range-of-a%C3%A2-cold-water-pipefish-implications-for-susceptibility-to-climate-change
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Nuno Monteiro, Mário Cunha, Lídia Ferreira, Natividade Vieira, Agostinho Antunes, David Lyons, Adam G Jones
While an understanding of evolutionary processes in shifting environments is vital in the context of rapid ecological change, one of the most potent selective forces, sexual selection, remains curiously unexplored. Variation in sexual selection across a species range, especially across a gradient of temperature regimes, has the potential to provide a window into the possible impacts of climate change on the evolution of mating patterns. Here, we investigated some of the links between temperature and indicators of sexual selection, using a cold-water pipefish as model...
January 20, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107770/different-parts-different-stories-climate-sensitivity-of-growth-is-stronger-in-root-collars-versus-stems-in-tundra-shrubs
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Pascale Ropars, Sandra Angers-Blondin, Marianne Gagnon, Isla H Myers-Smith, Esther Lévesque, Stéphane Boudreau
Shrub densification has been widely reported across the circumpolar arctic and subarctic biomes in recent years. Long-term analyses based on dendrochronological techniques applied to shrubs have linked this phenomenon to climate change. However, the multi-stemmed structure of shrubs makes them difficult to sample and therefore leads to non-uniform sampling protocols among shrub ecologists, who will favor either root collars or stems to conduct dendrochronological analyses. Through a comparative study of the use of root collars and stems of Betula glandulosa, a common North American shrub species, we evaluated the relative sensitivity of each plant part to climate variables, and assessed if this sensitivity is consistent across three different types of environments in northwestern Québec, Canada (terrace, hilltop and snowbed)...
January 20, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107742/heavy-rare-earth-elements-affect-early-life-stages-in-paracentrotus-lividus-and-arbacia-lixula-sea-urchins
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Rahime Oral, Giovanni Pagano, Antonietta Siciliano, Maria Gravina, Anna Palumbo, Immacolata Castellano, Oriana Migliaccio, Philippe J Thomas, Marco Guida, Franca Tommasi, Marco Trifuoggi
BACKGROUND: Heavy rare earth elements (HREEs) have been scarcely studied for their toxicity, in spite of their applications in several technologies. Thus HREEs require timely investigations for their adverse health effects. METHODS: Paracentrotus lividus and Arbacia lixula embryos and sperm were exposed to trichloride salts of five HREEs (Dy, Ho, Er, Yb and Lu) and to Ce(III) as a light REE (LREE) reference to evaluate: 1) developmental defects (% DD) in HREE-exposed larvae or in the offspring of HREE-exposed sperm; 2) mitotic anomalies; 3) fertilization success; and 4) reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation, and nitric oxide (NO) and malondialdehyde (MDA) levels...
January 17, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107732/comparative-analysis-of-polyamine-metabolism-in-wheat-and-maize-plants
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Gabriella Szalai, Katalin Janda, Éva Darkó, Tibor Janda, Violeta Peeva, Magda Pál
In the present work changes in polyamine contents were investigated after various hydroponic polyamine treatments (putrescine, spermidine and spermine at 0.1, 0.3 and 0.5 mM concentrations) in two different crop species, wheat and maize. In contrast to putrescine, higher polyamines (spermidine and spermine) induced concentration-dependent oxidative damage in both crops, resulting in decreased biomass. The unfavourable effects of polyamines were more pronounced in the roots, and maize was more sensitive than wheat...
January 12, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107718/test-procedures-for-measuring-the-sub-chronic-effects-of-chemicals-on-the-freshwater-cyclopoid-eucyclops-serrulatus
#5
Marco Cifoni, Diana Maria Paola Galassi, Cecilia Faraloni, Tiziana Di Lorenzo
The purpose of this study has been to describe test procedures for measuring the (sub)chronic effects of chemicals on the freshwater cyclopoid Eucyclops serrulatus. To this end we have adapted the setting of the standard full life-cycle protocol of the marine harpacticoid A. tenuiremis to E. serrulatus. We have tested the effects of 4 different diets, two temperatures and two rearing volumes on the survival, development, reproduction and population growth rates of this species. Our results have highlighted that full life-cycle tests can be run using 2 mL-glass vials, a diet consisting of a mixture of living cells of Chlorella sorokiniana and Scenedesmus quadricauda, at either 25 °C (test duration: 42 days) or 18 °C (test duration: 51 days)...
January 3, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107711/the-influence-of-dissolved-si-on-ni-precipitate-formation-at-the-kaolinite-water-interface-kinetics-drs-and-exafs-analysis
#6
Xiaoli Tan, Ge Liu, Huiyang Mei, Ming Fang, Xuemei Ren, Changlun Chen
Unraveling the formation process of Ni precipitates at molecular scale is important for understanding the fate and mobility of Ni species in the real environment. Dissolved Si presents in the natural environment ubiquitously, which can alter Ni sorption as well as incorporation into neoformed precipitates. Batch experiments show that the dissolved Si leads to a rapid increase in the Ni sorption rate and interferes with the formation of Ni precipitates. The results of diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy analyses suggest that the nucleation of a (Ni,Al) phyllosilicate phase involves a kaolinite-like local structure...
January 16, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107709/quantification-of-fatty-acids-in-the-muscle-of-antarctic-fish-trematomus-bernacchii-by-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-optimization-of-the-analytical-methodology
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C Truzzi, S Illuminati, A Annibaldi, M Antonucci, G Scarponi
This work presents data on the quantification of fatty acids (FAs, in terms of mass unit per tissue weight) in the muscle of Trematomus bernacchii, a key species in Antarctica, often used as bioindicator for contamination studies. Modifications in fatty acids content should be considered a useful biomarker to study how contaminants affect Antarctic biota. Until now, very few studies quantified fatty acids of muscle of T. bernacchii, and only as percentage of a single fatty acid on total lipids. To perform the quantification of fatty acids, we used an analytical method based on a fast microwave-assisted extraction of lipids from a lyophilized sample, a base-catalyzed trans-esterification of lipid extract to obtain Fatty Acids Methyl Esters (FAMEs), and a separation and identification of FAMEs by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry...
December 31, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107688/sequencing-and-de-novo-assembly-of-visceral-mass-transcriptome-of-the-critically-endangered-land-snail-satsuma-myomphala-annotation-and-ssr-discovery
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Se Won Kang, Bharat Bhusan Patnaik, Hee-Ju Hwang, So Young Park, Jong Min Chung, Dae Kwon Song, Hongray Howrelia Patnaik, Jae Bong Lee, Changmu Kim, Soonok Kim, Young-Su Park, Hong Seog Park, Seung-Hwan Park, Yeon Soo Han, Jun Sang Lee, Yong Seok Lee
Satsuma myomphala is critically endangered through loss of natural habitats, predation by natural enemies, and indiscriminate collection. It is a protected species in Korea but lacks genomic resources for an understanding of varied functional processes attributable to evolutionary success under natural habitats. For assessing the genetic information of S. myomphala, we performed for the first time, de novo transcriptome sequencing and functional annotation of expressed sequences using Illumina Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) platform and bioinformatics analysis...
October 29, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107677/sensitization-of-melanoma-cells-to-alkylating-agent-induced-dna-damage-and-cell-death-via-orchestrating-oxidative-stress-and-ikk%C3%AE-inhibition
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Anfernee Kai-Wing Tse, Ying-Jie Chen, Xiu-Qiong Fu, Tao Su, Ting Li, Hui Guo, Pei-Li Zhu, Hiu-Yee Kwan, Brian Chi-Yan Cheng, Hui-Hui Cao, Sally Kin-Wah Lee, Wang-Fun Fong, Zhi-Ling Yu
Nitrosourea represents one of the most active classes of chemotherapeutic alkylating agents for metastatic melanoma. Treatment with nitrosoureas caused severe systemic side effects which hamper its clinical use. Here, we provide pharmacological evidence that reactive oxygen species (ROS) induction and IKKβ inhibition cooperatively enhance nitrosourea-induced cytotoxicity in melanoma cells. We identified SC-514 as a ROS-inducing IKKβ inhibitor which enhanced the function of nitrosoureas. Elevated ROS level results in increased DNA crosslink efficiency triggered by nitrosoureas and IKKβ inhibition enhances DNA damage signals and sensitizes nitrosourea-induced cell death...
January 12, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107652/symbiont-derived-antimicrobials-contribute-to-the-control-of-the-lepidopteran-gut-microbiota
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Yongqi Shao, Bosheng Chen, Chao Sun, Keishi Ishida, Christian Hertweck, Wilhelm Boland
Insects develop efficient antimicrobial strategies to flourish in a bacterial world. It has long been proposed that native gut microbiota is an important component of host defense; however, the responsible species have rarely been isolated to elucidate the mechanism of action. Here we show that the dominant symbiotic bacterium Enterococcus mundtii associated with the generalist herbivore Spodoptera littoralis actively secretes a stable class IIa bacteriocin (mundticin KS) against invading bacteria, but not against other gut residents, facilitating the normal development of host gut microbiota...
January 19, 2017: Cell Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107634/electrolyte-gradient-based-modulation-of-molecular-transport-through-nanoporous-gold-membranes
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Daniel A McCurry, Ryan C Bailey
Nanopores, and nanoporous materials in general, are interesting for applications in chemical and biomolecular transport as pore sizes are on the same scale as the dimension of many (bio)chemical species. Many studies have focused on either single pores or small arrays of cylindrical pores, which are convenient in terms of their amenability towards computational modeling of transport phenomenon. However, the limited overall porosity may inhibit transport flux as well as the eventual implementation of these materials as active separation elements...
January 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107573/diversity-and-bioprospecting-of-actinomycete-endophytes-from-the-medicinal-plants
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REVIEW
Nalini Monnanda Somaiah, Harishchandra Sripathy Prakash
The endophytic actinomycetes constitute one of the fascinating group of microorganisms associated with a wide range of plant species. The diversity of actinomycetes in plants and their tissue parts is a matter of debate as no consensus are derived between individual studies. Nevertheless, their diversity correlates with the occurrence in plant species harbored in unique regions of biologically diverse areas called 'hot spots'. Recent advances in the isolation techniques have facilitated the isolation of rare taxa from these environments...
January 20, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107542/temporal-segregation-between-dung-inhabiting-beetle-and-fly-species
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Frantisek Xaver Jiri Sladecek, Simon Tristram Segar, Colin Lee, Richard Wall, Martin Konvicka
The coexistence of ecologically similar species (i.e. species utilizing the same resource) is a major topic in ecology. Communities are assembled either through the biotic interactions of ecologically similar species, e.g. competition, or by the abiotic separation of species along gradients of environmental conditions. Here, we investigated the temporal segregation, succession and seasonality of dung-inhabiting Coleoptera and Diptera that utilize an identical resource in exactly the same way. The data were collected from two temperate pastures, one in the United Kingdom and the second in the Czech Republic...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107522/correction-novel-igg-degrading-enzymes-of-the-igde-protease-family-link-substrate-specificity-to-host-tropism-of-streptococcus-species
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Christian Spoerry, Pontus Hessle, Melanie J Lewis, Lois Paton, Jenny M Woof, Ulrich von Pawel-Rammingen
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0164809.].
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107495/germination-response-of-four-alien-congeneric-amaranthus-species-to-environmental-factors
#15
Jian-Hua Hao, Shuang-Shuang Lv, Saurav Bhattacharya, Jian-Guo Fu
Seed germination is the key step for successful establishment, growth and further expansion of population especially for alien plants with annual life cycle. Traits like better adaptability and germination response were thought to be associated with plant invasion. However, there are not enough empirical studies correlating adaptation to environmental factors with germination response of alien invasive plants. In this study, we conducted congeneric comparisons of germination response to different environmental factors such as light, pH, NaCl, osmotic and soil burials among four alien amaranths that differ in invasiveness and have sympatric distribution in Jiangsu Province, China...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107476/origin-and-dispersal-history-of-two-colonial-ascidian-clades-in-the-botryllus-schlosseri-species-complex
#16
Marie L Nydam, Kirsten B Giesbrecht, Emily E Stephenson
Human-induced global warming and species introductions are rapidly altering the composition and functioning of Earth's marine ecosystems. Ascidians (Phylum Chordata, Subphylum Tunicata, Class Ascidiacea) are likely to play an increasingly greater role in marine communities. The colonial ascidian B. schlosseri is a cryptic species complex comprising five genetically divergent clades (A-E). Clade A is a global species, and Clade E has so far been identified in European waters only. Using the largest mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase I datasets yet assembled, we determine the origin and dispersal history of these species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107464/seed-detection-and-discrimination-by-ground-beetles-coleoptera-carabidae-are-associated-with-olfactory-cues
#17
Sharavari S Kulkarni, Lloyd M Dosdall, John R Spence, Christian J Willenborg
Olfactory ability is an element of fitness in many animals, guiding choices among alternatives such as mating partners or food. Ground beetles (Coleoptera; Carabidae), exhibit preferences for prey, and some species are well-known weed seed predators. We used olfactometer-based bioassays to determine if olfactory stimuli are associated with detection of Brassica napus L., Sinapis arvensis L., and Thlaspi arvense L. seeds by ground beetles characteristic of agroecosystems, and whether behavioural responses to seed odors depended on seed physiological state (imbibed or unimbibed)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107461/inhibition-of-fatty-acid-synthase-reduces-blastocyst-hatching-through-regulation-of-the-akt-pathway-in-pigs
#18
Jing Guo, Nam-Hyung Kim, Xiang-Shun Cui
Fatty acid synthase (FASN) is an enzyme responsible for the de novo synthesis of long-chain fatty acids. During oncogenesis, FASN plays a role in growth and survival rather than acting within the energy storage pathways. Here, the function of FASN during early embryonic development was studied using its specific inhibitor, C75. We found that the presence of the inhibitor reduced blastocyst hatching. FASN inhibition decreased Cpt1 expression, leading to a reduction in mitochondria numbers and ATP content. This inhibition of FASN resulted in the down-regulation of the AKT pathway, thereby triggering apoptosis through the activation of the p53 pathway...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107438/first-insights-into-the-subterranean-crustacean-bathynellacea-transcriptome-transcriptionally-reduced-opsin-repertoire-and-evidence-of-conserved-homeostasis-regulatory-mechanisms
#19
Bo-Mi Kim, Seunghyun Kang, Do-Hwan Ahn, Jin-Hyoung Kim, Inhye Ahn, Chi-Woo Lee, Joo-Lae Cho, Gi-Sik Min, Hyun Park
Bathynellacea (Crustacea, Syncarida, Parabathynellidae) are subterranean aquatic crustaceans that typically inhabit freshwater interstitial spaces (e.g., groundwater) and are occasionally found in caves and even hot springs. In this study, we sequenced the whole transcriptome of Allobathynella bangokensis using RNA-seq. De novo sequence assembly produced 74,866 contigs including 28,934 BLAST hits. Overall, the gene sequences were most similar to those of the waterflea Daphnia pulex. In the A. bangokensis transcriptome, no opsin or related sequences were identified, and no contig aligned to the crustacean visual opsins and non-visual opsins (i...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107432/ongoing-speciation-and-gene-flow-between-taxonomically-challenging-trochulus-species-complex-gastropoda-hygromiidae
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Małgorzata Proćków, Tomasz Strzała, Elżbieta Kuźnik-Kowalska, Jarosław Proćków, Paweł Mackiewicz
Geographical isolation, selection and genetic drift can cause the geographical diversification of populations and lead to speciation. Land snail species in the genus Trochulus show overlaps in geographical ranges as well as in morphology, but genetic data do not always support the species-level taxonomy based on morphological characters. Such a group offers an excellent opportunity to explore the processes involved. We have addressed the problem by determining the status of the restricted endemic T. graminicola within the larger context of Trochulus taxonomy...
2017: PloS One
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