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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911187/fxr1a-associated-micrornp-a-driver-of-specialized-non-canonical-translation-in-quiescent-conditions
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Syed I A Bukhari, Shobha Vasudevan
Eukaryotic protein synthesis is a multifaceted process that requires coordination of a set of translation factors in a particular cellular state. During normal growth and proliferation, cells generally make their proteome via conventional translation that utilizes canonical translation factors. When faced with environmental stress such as growth factor deprivation, or in response to biological cues such as developmental signals, cells can have stalled canonical translation. In this situation, cells adapt alternative modes of translation to make specific proteins necessary for required biological functions under these distinct conditions...
December 2, 2016: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910933/learning-by-association-in-plants
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Monica Gagliano, Vladyslav V Vyazovskiy, Alexander A Borbély, Mavra Grimonprez, Martial Depczynski
In complex and ever-changing environments, resources such as food are often scarce and unevenly distributed in space and time. Therefore, utilizing external cues to locate and remember high-quality sources allows more efficient foraging, thus increasing chances for survival. Associations between environmental cues and food are readily formed because of the tangible benefits they confer. While examples of the key role they play in shaping foraging behaviours are widespread in the animal world, the possibility that plants are also able to acquire learned associations to guide their foraging behaviour has never been demonstrated...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907248/mycobacterium-ulcerans-toxin-mycolactone-may-enhance-host-seeking-and-oviposition-behavior-by-aedes-aegypti-l-diptera-culicidae
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M L Sanders, H R Jordan, C Serewis-Pond, L Zheng, M E Benbow, P L Small, J K Tomberlin
The ecological functions of many toxins continue to remain unknown for those produced by environmental pathogens. Mycobacterium ulcerans, the causative agent of the neglected tropical disease, Buruli ulcer, produces a cytotoxic macrolide, mycolactone, whose function(s) in the environment remains elusive. Through a series of dual-choice behavior assays, we show that mycolactone may be an interkingdom cue for the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, seeking blood-meals as well as oviposition sites. Results provide novel insight into the evolution between bacteria and potential vectors...
December 1, 2016: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905493/increased-temperature-delays-the-late-season-phenology-of-multivoltine-insect
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Adam Glazaczow, David Orwin, Michał Bogdziewicz
We analyzed the impact of increased water temperature on the late-season phenology of the mayfly (Baetis liebenauae). The River Gwda, unlike two other examined rivers (controls), has reservoirs along its length and thus, higher water temperature. Elevated water temperature prolonged summer diapause of the mayfly and shifted its life cycle to the later autumn: the last generation of mayflies started development later in the Gwda than in the control rivers. This translated into terrestrial stages (subimagos) of the insect being more abundant at the water surface in the late autumn in the Gwda river than in the control rivers...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903872/egg-size-investment-in-superb-fairy-wrens-helper-effects-are-modulated-by-climate
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N E Langmore, L D Bailey, R G Heinsohn, A F Russell, R M Kilner
Natural populations might exhibit resilience to changing climatic conditions if they already show adaptive flexibility in their reproductive strategies. In cooperative breeders, theory predicts that mothers with helpers should provide less care when environmental conditions are favourable, but maintain high investment when conditions are challenging. Here, we test for evidence of climate-mediated flexibility in maternal investment in the cooperatively breeding superb fairy-wren Malurus cyaneus We focus on egg size because in this species egg size influences offspring size, and females reduce egg investment when there are helpers at the nest...
November 30, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901510/genetic-heterogeneity-underlying-variation-in-a-locally-adaptive-clinal-trait-in-pinus-sylvestris-revealed-by-a-bayesian-multipopulation-analysis
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S T Kujala, T Knürr, K Kärkkäinen, D B Neale, M J Sillanpää, O Savolainen
Local adaptation is a common feature of plant and animal populations. Adaptive phenotypic traits are genetically differentiated along environmental gradients, but the genetic basis of such adaptation is still poorly known. Genetic association studies of local adaptation combine data over populations. Correcting for population structure in these studies can be problematic since both selection and neutral demographic events can create similar allele frequency differences between populations. Correcting for demography with traditional methods may lead to eliminating some true associations...
November 30, 2016: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901272/photoperiod-and-temperature-mediated-control-of-phenology-in-trees-a-molecular-perspective
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REVIEW
Rajesh Kumar Singh, Tetiana Svystun, Badr AlDahmash, Anna Maria Jönsson, Rishikesh P Bhalerao
Contents I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. VIII. Acknowledgements References SUMMARY: Trees growing in boreal and temperate regions synchronize their growth with seasonal climatic changes in adaptive responses that are essential for their survival. These trees cease growth before the winter and establish a dormant state during which growth cessation is maintained by repression of responses to growth-promotive signals. Reactivation of growth in the spring follows the release from dormancy promoted by prolonged exposure to low temperature during the winter...
November 30, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900542/effects-of-parasitism-on-host-reproductive-investment-in-a-rodent-flea-system-host-litter-size-matters
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Elizabeth M Warburton, Irina S Khokhlova, Elizabeth M Dlugosz, Luther Van Der Mescht, Boris R Krasnov
Parents may alter offspring phenotype depending on the type of environment they encounter. Parasitism is a common stressor; therefore, maternal reproductive investment could change in response to parasitic infection. However, few experiments have investigated the relationship between parasitism and maternal investment, whereas earlier field studies provided contradictory evidence. We investigated number, sex ratio, and growth of offspring in two rodent species, solitary altricial Meriones crassus and social precocial Acomys cahirinus, exposed to parasitism by fleas Xenopsylla ramesis and Parapulex chephrenis...
November 29, 2016: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899927/regulation-of-on-tree-vitamin-e-biosynthesis-in-olive-fruit-during-successive-growing-years-the-impact-of-fruit-development-and-environmental-cues
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Egli C Georgiadou, Vlasios Goulas, Thessaloniki Ntourou, George A Manganaris, Panagiotis Kalaitzis, Vasileios Fotopoulos
The term vitamin E refers to a group of eight lipophilic compounds known as tocochromanols. The tocochromanols are divided into two groups, that is, tocopherols and tocotrienols, with four forms each, namely α-, β-, γ-, and δ-. In order to explore the temporal biosynthesis of tocochromanols in olive (Olea europaea cv. 'Koroneiki') fruit during on-tree development and ripening over successive growing years, a combined array of analytical, molecular, bioinformatic, immunoblotting, and antioxidant techniques were employed...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899311/seasonal-biotic-and-abiotic-factors-affecting-hunting-strategy-in-free-living-saharan-sand-vipers-cerastes-vipera
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Sefi J A Horesh, Jaim Sivan, Avi Rosenstrauch, Itay Tesler, A Allan Degen, Michael Kam
Sit-and-wait ambushing and active hunting are two strategies used by predators to capture prey. In snakes, hunting strategy is conserved phylogenetically; most species employ only one strategy. Active hunters encounter and capture more prey but invest more energy in hunting and have higher risks of being predated. This trade-off is important to small predators. The small Cerastes vipera employs both modes of hunting, which is unlike most viperids which use only sit-and wait ambushing. This species hibernates in October and emerges in April...
November 26, 2016: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899163/human-fetal-and-adult-epicardial-derived-cells-a-novel-model-to-study-their-activation
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Asja T Moerkamp, Kirsten Lodder, Tessa van Herwaarden, Esther Dronkers, Calinda K E Dingenouts, Fredrik C Tengström, Thomas J van Brakel, Marie-José Goumans, Anke M Smits
BACKGROUND: The epicardium, a cell layer covering the heart, plays an important role during cardiogenesis providing cardiovascular cell types and instructive signals, but becomes quiescent during adulthood. Upon cardiac injury the epicardium is activated, which includes induction of a developmental gene program, epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and migration. However, the response of the adult epicardium is suboptimal compared to the active contribution of the fetal epicardium to heart development...
November 29, 2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898803/identification-and-expression-profiling-of-the-lectin-gene-superfamily-in-mulberry
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Bushra Saeed, Vinay K Baranwal, Paramjit Khurana
Lectins are a diverse group of ubiquitously present, highly specific sugar-binding proteins. Members of this large gene family have been assigned broad biological functions from defense to acting as storage proteins. Despite possessing several interesting characteristics, their functions remain essentially undefined. Mulberry ( spp.) known for its medicinal benefits is also a rich source of lectins. Using an exhaustive hidden Markov model (HMM)-based search, we identified the lectin gene complement in C.K. Schneid with around 197 members...
July 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895820/sleep-circadian-dysrhythmia-obesity-and-diabetes
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REVIEW
Gumpeny Ramachandra Sridhar, Narasimhadevara Santhi Nirmala Sanjana
Synchrony of biological processes with environmental cues developed over millennia to match growth, reproduction and senescence. This entails a complex interplay of genetic, metabolic, chemical, light, hormonal and hedonistic factors across life forms. Sleep is one of the most prominent rhythms where such a match is established. Over the past 100 years or so, it has been possible to disturb the synchrony between sleep-wake cycle and environmental cues. Development of electric lights, shift work and continual accessibility of the internet has disrupted this match...
November 15, 2016: World Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894160/cue-induced-nicotine-seeking-behavior-after-withdrawal-with-or-without-extinction-in-rats
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Athina Markou, Jie Li, Kearny Tse, Xia Li
Exposure to smoking-associated environmental cues during smoke cessation elicits self-reported urge/craving to smoke, which precipitates relapse even after prolonged abstinence. Incubation of cue-induced cigarettes craving during abstinence has been observed in human smokers recently. The present studies assessed cue-induced nicotine-seeking behavior under different withdrawal conditions in rats with a history of nicotine self-administration. We found that non-reinforced operant responding during cue-induced nicotine seeking after different periods of withdrawal from nicotine exhibited an inverted U-shaped curve, with higher levels of responding after 7-21 days of withdrawal than those after 1-day withdrawal...
November 28, 2016: Addiction Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891192/the-quest-for-an-effective-and-safe-personalized-cell-therapy-using-epigenetic-tools
#15
REVIEW
T A L Brevini, G Pennarossa, E F M Manzoni, C E Gandolfi, A Zenobi, F Gandolfi
In the presence of different environmental cues that are able to trigger specific responses, a given genotype has the ability to originate a variety of different phenotypes. This property is defined as plasticity and allows cell fate definition and tissue specialization. Fundamental epigenetic mechanisms drive these modifications in gene expression and include DNA methylation, histone modifications, chromatin remodeling, and microRNAs. Understanding these mechanisms can provide powerful tools to switch cell phenotype and implement cell therapy...
2016: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890825/the-expression-of-chemorepulsive-guidance-receptors-and-the-regenerative-abilities-of-spinal-projecting-neurons-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Jie Chen, Cindy Laramore, Michael I Shifman
Spinal cord injury (SCI) in mammals leads to permanent loss of function because axons do not regenerate in the central nervous system (CNS). To date, treatments based on neutralizing inhibitory environmental cues, such as the myelin-associated growth inhibitors and chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans, or on adding neurotrophic factors, have had limited success in enhancing regeneration. Published studies suggested that multiple axon guidance cues (repulsive guidance molecule (RGM) family, semaphorins, ephrins, and netrins) persist in adult animals, and that their expression is upregulated after CNS injury...
November 24, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890616/cerium-chloride-stimulated-controlled-conversion-of-b-to-z-dna-in-self-assembled-nanostructures
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Madhabi M Bhanjadeo, Ashok K Nayak, Umakanta Subudhi
DNA adopts different conformation not only because of novel base pairs but also while interacting with inorganic or organic compounds. Dynamic origami or self-assembled branched DNA (bDNA) structures that change conformation in response to environmental cues hold great promises in sensing and actuation at the nanoscale. Recently, the B-Z transition in DNA is being explored to design various nanomechanical devices. In this communication we have demonstrated that Cerium chloride binds to the phosphate backbone of self-assembled bDNA structure and induce B-to-Z transition at physiological concentration...
November 24, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889766/telencephalic-neuronal-activation-associated-with-spatial-memory-in-the-terrestrial-toad-rhinella-arenarum-participation-of-the-medial-pallium-during-navigation-by-geometry
#18
María Inés Sotelo, M Florencia Daneri, Verner Peter Bingman, Rubén N Muzio
Amphibians are central to discussions of vertebrate evolution because they represent the transition from aquatic to terrestrial life, a transition with profound consequences for the selective pressures shaping brain evolution. Spatial navigation is one class of behavior that has attracted the interest of comparative neurobiologists because of the relevance of the medial pallium/hippocampus, yet, surprisingly, in this regard amphibians have been sparsely investigated. In the current study, we trained toads to locate a water goal relying on the boundary geometry of a test environment (Geometry-Only) or boundary geometry coupled with a prominent, visual feature cue (Geometry-Feature)...
November 26, 2016: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888336/ocean-acidification-alters-temperature-and-salinity-preferences-in-larval-fish
#19
Jennifer C A Pistevos, Ivan Nagelkerken, Tullio Rossi, Sean D Connell
Ocean acidification alters the way in which animals perceive and respond to their world by affecting a variety of senses such as audition, olfaction, vision and pH sensing. Marine species rely on other senses as well, but we know little of how these might be affected by ocean acidification. We tested whether ocean acidification can alter the preference for physicochemical cues used for dispersal between ocean and estuarine environments. We experimentally assessed the behavioural response of a larval fish (Lates calcarifer) to elevated temperature and reduced salinity, including estuarine water of multiple cues for detecting settlement habitat...
November 25, 2016: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888141/a-glimpse-into-the-modulation-of-post-translational-modifications-of-human-colonizing-bacteria
#20
REVIEW
Paulo André Dias Bastos, João Pinto da Costa, Rui Vitorino
Protein post-translational modifications (PTMs) are a key bacterial feature that holds the capability to modulate protein function and responses to environmental cues. Until recently, their role in the regulation of prokaryotic systems has been largely neglected. However, the latest developments in mass spectrometry-based proteomics have allowed an unparalleled identification and quantification of proteins and peptides that undergo PTMs in bacteria, including in species which directly or indirectly affect human health...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Proteomics
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