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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344540/standing-height-as-a-prevention-measure-for-overuse-injuries-of-the-back-in-alpine-ski-racing-a-kinematic-and-kinetic-study-of-giant-slalom
#1
Jörg Spörri, Josef Kröll, Benedikt Fasel, Kamiar Aminian, Erich Müller
Background: In alpine ski racing, typical loading patterns of the back include a combined occurrence of spinal bending, torsion, and high peak loads. These factors are known to be associated with high spinal disc loading and have been suggested to be attributable to different types of spine deterioration. However, little is known about the effect of standing height (ie, the distance between the bottom of the running surface of the ski and the ski boot sole) on the aforementioned back loading patterns...
January 2018: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337419/evolution-of-resistance-to-chytridiomycosis-is-associated-with-a-robust-early-immune-response
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Laura F Grogan, Scott D Cashins, Lee F Skerratt, Lee Berger, Michael S McFadden, Peter Harlow, David A Hunter, Ben C Scheele, Jason Mulvenna
Potentiating the evolution of immunity is a promising strategy for addressing biodiversity diseases. Assisted selection for infection resistance may enable the recovery and persistence of amphibians threatened by chytridiomycosis; a devastating fungal skin disease threatening hundreds of species globally. However, knowledge of the mechanisms involved in the natural evolution of immunity to chytridiomycosis is limited. Understanding the mechanisms of such resistance may help speed assisted-selection. Using a transcriptomics approach we examined gene expression responses of endangered alpine tree frogs (Litoria verreauxii alpina) to subclinical infection, comparing two long-exposed populations with a naïve population...
January 16, 2018: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336476/drivers-and-demographic-consequences-of-seasonal-mass-changes-in-an-alpine-ungulate
#3
Mathieu Douhard, Simon Guillemette, Marco Festa-Bianchet, Fanie Pelletier
We know little about the determinants and demographic consequences of the marked seasonal mass changes exhibited by many northern and alpine mammals. We analysed 43 years of data on individual winter mass loss (the difference between mass in early June and mass in mid-September the previous year) and summer mass gain (the difference between mass in mid-September and in early June of the same year) in adult bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis). We calculated relative seasonal mass change as a proportion of individual body mass at the start of each season...
January 16, 2018: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335095/vector-analysis-of-astigmatic-changes-and-optical-quality-outcomes-after-wavefront-guided-laser-in%C3%A2-situ-keratomileusis-using-a-high-resolution-aberrometer
#4
Juan A Durán, Elisa Gutiérrez, Rebeca Atienza, David P Piñero
PURPOSE: To assess the ocular optical quality results as well as the astigmatic changes after wavefront-guided laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) in eyes with myopic astigmatism. SETTING: Instituto Clínico-Quirúrgico Oftalmológico, Bilbao, Vizcaya, Spain. DESIGN: Prospective case series. METHODS: Thirty-three eyes having wavefront-guided LASIK with the Star S4IR excimer laser combined with the iDesign system were enrolled in the study...
December 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335094/clinical-outcomes-of-laser-in%C3%A2-situ-keratomileusis-with-an-aberration-neutral-profile-centered-on-the-corneal-vertex-comparing-vector-planning-with-manifest-refraction-planning-for-the-treatment-of-myopic-astigmatism
#5
Maria Clara Arbelaez, Noel Alpins, Shwetabh Verma, George Stamatelatos, Juan Guillermo Arbelaez, Samuel Arba-Mosquera
PURPOSE: To evaluate clinical outcomes of laser in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) with an aberration-neutral profile centered on the estimated visual axis (considering 70% of the pupil offset toward the corneal vertex) comparing vector planning with manifest refraction planning for the treatment of myopic astigmatism. SETTING: Muscat Eye Laser Center, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, Muscat, Oman. DESIGN: Retrospective case series. METHODS: The outcomes were evaluated at a 6-month follow-up in eyes showing ocular residual astigmatism (ORA) over 0...
December 2017: Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333380/anti-obesity-property-of-lichen-thamnolia-vermicularis-extract-in-3t3-l1-cells-and-diet-induced-obese-mice
#6
Ra-Yeong Choi, Ju Ri Ham, Jiyoung Yeo, Jae-Seoun Hur, Seok-Kyu Park, Myung-Joo Kim, Mi-Kyung Lee
Thamnolia vermicularis (TV) is an edible lichen that is prevalent in the alpine zone of East Asia. This study evaluated the feasibility of using TV acetone extracts as a functional food based on experiments using cell line and obese mice. The cellular triglyceride levels and Oil red O staining of 3T3-L1 cells indicated that TV extracts (5 and 10 μg/mL) dose-dependently suppressed adipocyte differentiation and lipid accumulation compared with the control. The TV extract (0.4%, w/w) in a high-fat diet (HFD) was supplemented to C57BL/6N mice for 12 weeks, and TV extract supplement significantly reduced visceral fat mass and body weight compared with HFD feeding alone...
December 2017: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333043/picroside-i-and-picroside-ii-from-tissue-cultures-of-picrorhiza-kurroa
#7
Yamjala Ganeshkumar, Ajmera Ramarao, Ciddi Veeresham
Background: Picrorhiza kurroa (PK) belongs to Scrophulariaceae family and is a representative endemic, medicinal herb, widely distributed throughout the higher altitudes of alpine Himalayas from west to east, between 3000 and 4500 m above mean sea level. Objective: The objective of the present study is to assess the production of picroside I and picroside II from tissue cultures of PK. Materials and Methods: Auxiliary shoot tips of PK were incubated in Murashige and Skoog medium supplemented with indole-3-butyric acid and kinetin phytohormones...
December 2017: Pharmacognosy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330574/ectomycorrhizal-fungal-communities-in-alpine-relict-forests-of-pinus-pumila-on-mt-norikura-japan
#8
Takahiko Koizumi, Masahira Hattori, Kazuhide Nara
Ectomycorrhizal (ECM) symbioses are indispensable for the establishment of host trees, yet available information of ECM symbiosis in alpine forests is scarce. Pinus pumila is a typical ice age relict tree species in Japan and often forms monodominant dwarf vegetation above the tree line in mountains. We studied ECM fungi colonizing P. pumila on Mt. Norikura, Japan, with reference to host developmental stages, i.e., from current-year seedlings to mature trees. ECM fungal species were identified based on rDNA ITS sequences...
January 12, 2018: Mycorrhiza
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321859/habitat-related-seed-germination-traits-in-alpine-habitats
#9
Maria Tudela-Isanta, Eduardo Fernández-Pascual, Malaka Wijayasinghe, Simone Orsenigo, Graziano Rossi, Hugh W Pritchard, Andrea Mondoni
Understanding the key aspects of plant regeneration from seeds is crucial in assessing species assembly to their habitats. However, the regenerative traits of seed dormancy and germination are underrepresented in this context. In the alpine zone, the large species and microhabitat diversity provide an ideal context to assess habitat-related regenerative strategies. To this end, seeds of 53 species growing in alpine siliceous and calcareous habitats (6230 and 6170 of EU Directive 92/43, respectively) were exposed to different temperature treatments under controlled laboratory conditions...
January 2018: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318305/geographical-origin-characterization-of-slovenian-organic-garlic-using-stable-isotope-and-elemental-composition-analyses
#10
Anja Mahne Opatić, Marijan Nečemer, David Kocman, Sonja Lojen
In the present research, the applicability of stable isotope (δ13C, δ15N, δ34S, δ18O) and multi-element (P, S, Cl, K, Ca, Zn, Br, Rb, Sr) data for determining the geographical origin of garlic (Allium sativum L.) at the scale of Slovenia was examined. Slovenia is a rather small country (20273 km2) with significant geological and biological diversity. Garlic, valued for its medicinal properties, was collected from Slovenian farms with certified organic production and analyzed by elemental analyzer isotope ratio mass spectrometry combined with energy dispersive X- ray fluorescence spectrometry...
December 2017: Acta Chimica Slovenica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317650/link-between-concentrations-of-sediment-flux-and-deep-crustal-processes-beneath-the-european-alps
#11
Philippos Garefalakis, Fritz Schlunegger
Large sediment fluxes from mountain belts have the potential to cause megafans to prograde into the neighbouring sedimentary basins. These mechanisms have been documented based from numerical modelling and stratigraphic records. However, little attention has been focused on inferring temporal changes in the concentrations of supplied sediment from coarse-grained deposits. Here, we extract changes of this variable in the field from a Late Oligocene, c. 4 km-thick suite of fluvial conglomerates situated in the North Alpine foreland basin, which evolved in response to the tectonic and erosional history of the Alps...
January 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316275/functional-trait-ecology-of-the-plateau-pika-ochotona-curzoniae-hodgson-1858-in-the-qinghai-tibetan-plateau-ecosystem
#12
Andrew T Smith, Badingqiuying, Maxwell C Wilson, Brigitte W Hogan
Understanding a species' functional traits allows for a directed and productive perspective on the role a species plays in nature, thus its relative importance to conservation planning. The functional trait ecology of the plateau pika Ochotona curzoniae (Hodgson, 1858) is examined to better understand the resilience and sustainability of the high alpine grasslands of the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP). The key functional traits of plateau pikas are their abundance and behavior of digging extensive burrow systems...
January 9, 2018: Integrative Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316239/distribution-and-space-use-of-seed-dispersing-rodents-in-central-pyrenees-implications-for-genetic-diversity-conservation-and-plant-recruitment
#13
Jon Urgoiti, Alberto Muñoz, Josep Maria Espelta, Raúl Bonal
The function and conservation of many forest ecosystems depend on the distribution and diversity of the community of rodents that consume and disperse seeds. The habitat preferences and interactions are especially relevant in alpine systems where such granivorous rodents reach the southernmost limit of their distribution and are especially sensitive to global warming. We analysed the community of granivorous rodents in the Pyrenees, one of the southernmost mountain ranges of Europe. Rodent species were identified by DNA with particular attention to the Apodemus species, which are prominent seed-dispersing rodents in Europe...
January 9, 2018: Integrative Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306831/annual-n2o-emissions-from-conventionally-grazed-typical-alpine-grass-meadows-in-the-eastern-qinghai-tibetan-plateau
#14
Han Zhang, Zhisheng Yao, Kai Wang, Xunhua Zheng, Lei Ma, Rui Wang, Chunyan Liu, Wei Zhang, Bo Zhu, Xiangyu Tang, Zhenghua Hu, Shenghui Han
Annual nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from high-altitude alpine meadow grasslands have not been effectively characterized because of the scarcity of whole-year measurements. The authors performed a year-round measurement of N2O fluxes from three conventionally grazed alpine meadows that represent the typical meadow landscape in the eastern Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP). The results showed that annual N2O emissions averaged 0.123±0.053 (2SD, i.e., the double standard deviation indicating the 95% confidence interval) kgNha-1yr-1 across the three meadow sites...
January 4, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29306345/evaluation-of-the-effects-of-different-diets-on-microbiome-diversity-and-fatty-acid-composition-of-rumen-liquor-in-dairy-goat
#15
P Cremonesi, G Conte, M Severgnini, F Turri, A Monni, E Capra, L Rapetti, S Colombini, S Chessa, G Battelli, S P Alves, M Mele, B Castiglioni
Fat supplementation plays an important role in defining milk fatty acids (FA) composition of ruminant products. The use of sources rich in linoleic and α-linolenic acid favors the accumulation of conjugated linoleic acids isomers, increasing the healthy properties of milk. Ruminal microbiota plays a pivotal role in defining milk FA composition, and its profile is affected by diet composition. The aim of this study was to investigate the responses of rumen FA production and microbial structure to hemp or linseed supplementation in diets of dairy goats...
January 8, 2018: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301967/demography-and-mating-system-shape-the-genome-wide-impact-of-purifying-selection-in-arabis-alpina
#16
Benjamin Laenen, Andrew Tedder, Michael D Nowak, Per Toräng, Jörg Wunder, Stefan Wötzel, Kim A Steige, Yiannis Kourmpetis, Thomas Odong, Andreas D Drouzas, Marco C A M Bink, Jon Ågren, George Coupland, Tanja Slotte
Plant mating systems have profound effects on levels and structuring of genetic variation and can affect the impact of natural selection. Although theory predicts that intermediate outcrossing rates may allow plants to prevent accumulation of deleterious alleles, few studies have empirically tested this prediction using genomic data. Here, we study the effect of mating system on purifying selection by conducting population-genomic analyses on whole-genome resequencing data from 38 European individuals of the arctic-alpine crucifer Arabis alpina We find that outcrossing and mixed-mating populations maintain genetic diversity at similar levels, whereas highly self-fertilizing Scandinavian A...
January 4, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29301693/the-relation-between-melanism-and-thermal-biology-in-a-colour-polymorphic-bush-cricket-isophya-rizeensis
#17
Arda Cem Kuyucu, Mehmet Kursat Sahin, Selim Sualp Caglar
According to the thermal melanism hypothesis, darker coloured melanic individuals heat up faster and to higher temperatures than lighter coloured individuals due to lower skin reflectance. Consequently, it is assumed that darker melanic types may be advantageous compared to light coloured types in colder regions. As temperature gradually decreases with elevation and latitude the degree of melanism is expected to increase along these gradients in ectothermic species. Isophya rizeensis, a colour polymorphic bush cricket species endemic to Northeastern Turkey is an interesting case since the degree of melanism decreases with elevation, contrary to the thermal melanism hypothesis...
January 2018: Journal of Thermal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300816/phylogeographic-analysis-of-the-east-asian-goldenrod-solidago-virgaurea-complex-asteraceae-reveals-hidden-ecological-diversification-with-recurrent-formation-of-ecotypes
#18
Shota Sakaguchi, Takuma Kimura, Ryuta Kyan, Masayuki Maki, Takako Nishino, Naoko Ishikawa, Atsushi J Nagano, Mie N Honjo, Masaki Yasugi, Hiroshi Kudoh, Pan Li, Hyeok Jae Choi, Olga A Chernyagina, Motomi Ito
Background and Aims: The processes and mechanisms underlying lineage diversification are major topics in evolutionary biology. Eurasian goldenrod species of the Solidago virgaurea complex show remarkable morphological and ecological diversity in the Japanese Archipelago, with ecotypic taxa well adapted to specific environments (climate, edaphic conditions and disturbance regimes). The species complex is a suitable model to investigate the evolutionary processes of actively speciating plant groups, due to its ability to evolve in relation to environmental adaptation and its historical population dynamics...
December 29, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299299/nurse-species-and-indirect-facilitation-through-grazing-drive-plant-community-functional-traits-in-tropical-alpine-peatlands
#19
Alain Danet, Sonia Kéfi, Rosa I Meneses, Fabien Anthelme
Facilitation among plants mediated by grazers occurs when an unpalatable plant extends its protection against grazing to another plant. This type of indirect facilitation impacts species coexistence and ecosystem functioning in a large array of ecosystems worldwide. It has nonetheless generally been understudied so far in comparison with the role played by direct facilitation among plants. We aimed at providing original data on indirect facilitation at the community scale to determine the extent to which indirect facilitation mediated by grazers can shape plant communities...
December 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299239/trait-abundance-relation-in-response-to-nutrient-addition-in-a-tibetan-alpine-meadow-the-importance-of-species-trade-off-in-resource-conservation-and-acquisition
#20
Huiying Liu, Ying Li, Fei Ren, Li Lin, Wenyan Zhu, Jin-Sheng He, Kechang Niu
In competition-dominated communities, traits promoting resource conservation and competitive ability are expected to have an important influence on species relative abundance (SRA). Yet, few studies have tested the trait-abundance relations in the line of species trade-off in resource conservation versus acquisition, indicating by multiple traits coordination. We measured SRA and key functional traits involving leaf economic spectrum (SLA, specific leaf area; LDMC, leaf dry matter content; LCC, leaf carbon concentration; LNC, leaf nitrogen concentration; LPC, leaf phosphorus concentration; Hs, mature height) for ten common species in all plots subjected to addition of nitrogen fertilizer (N), phosphorus fertilizer (P), or both of them (NP) in a Tibetan alpine meadow...
December 2017: Ecology and Evolution
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