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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425622/targeted-disruption-of-nf1-in-osteocyte-increases-fgf23-and-osteoid-with-osteomalacia-like-bone-phenotype
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Nobuhiro Kamiya, Ryosuke Yamaguchi, Olumide Aruwajoye, Audrey Kim, Gen Kuroyanagi, Matthew Phipps, Naga Suresh Adapala, Jian Q Feng, Harry K W Kim
Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1, OMIM 162200), caused by NF1 gene mutations, exhibits multi-system abnormalities including skeletal deformities in humans. Osteocytes play critical roles in controlling bone modeling and remodeling. However, the role of neurofibromin, the protein product of the NF1 gene, in osteocytes is largely unknown. This study investigated the role of neurofibromin in osteocytes by disrupting Nf1 under the Dmp1-promoter. The conditional knockout (Nf1 cKO) mice displayed serum profile of a metabolic bone disorder with an osteomalacia-like bone phenotype...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424047/deciphering-mechanisms-underlying-the-genetic-variation-of-general-production-and-liver-quality-traits-in-the-overfed-mule-duck-by-pqtl-analyses
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Yoannah François, Alain Vignal, Caroline Molette, Nathalie Marty-Gasset, Stéphane Davail, Laurence Liaubet, Christel Marie-Etancelin
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to analyse the mechanisms that underlie phenotypic quantitative trait loci (QTL) in overfed mule ducks by identifying co-localized proteomic QTL (pQTL). The QTL design consisted of three families of common ducks that were progeny-tested by using 294 male mule ducks. This population of common ducks was genotyped using a genetic map that included 334 genetic markers located across 28 APL chromosomes (APL for Anas platyrhynchos). Mule ducks were phenotyped for 49 traits related to growth, metabolism, overfeeding ability and meat and fatty liver quality, and 326 soluble fatty liver proteins were quantified...
April 19, 2017: Genetics, Selection, Evolution: GSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419542/effect-of-nanosilver-on-metabolism-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss-an-investigation-using-different-respirometric-approaches
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Laura Murray, Michael D Rennie, Jon C Svendsen, Eva C Enders
Nanosilver (nAg) has been incorporated into many consumer products for its antimicrobial properties, including clothing and washing machines. Consequently, the potential for its release into aquatic environments is of significant concern. Documented toxic effects on fish include altered gene expression, gill damage, impaired gas exchange, as well as mortality at high nAg concentrations. This study reports the effects of nAg on the metabolism of Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Fish were exposed to environmentally-relevant concentrations (0...
April 17, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414087/quantifying-the-potential-and-flux-landscapes-of-multi-locus-evolution
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Li Xu, Jin Wang
Exploration of multi-locus evolution is critically important for understanding evolutionary dynamics. Recombination and epistasis lead to complex evolutionary dynamics. Quantifying the stability and function of such multi-locus evolutionary systems globally is a long-standing challenge for evolutionary biologists. The conventional Wright, Fisher and quasi-linkage equilibrium (QLE) theories can only be applied to highly restricted, simplified and special evolutionary scenarios. In this study, we developed a non-equilibrium potential and flux landscape theory to explore the multi-locus evolution beyond Wright, Fisher and the QLE...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409351/inflammation-and-fibrosis-in-polycystic-kidney-disease
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Cheng Jack Song, Kurt A Zimmerman, Scott J Henke, Bradley K Yoder
Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a commonly inherited disorder characterized by cyst formation and fibrosis (Wilson, N Engl J Med 350:151-164, 2004) and is caused by mutations in cilia or cilia-related proteins, such as polycystin 1 or 2 (Oh and Katsanis, Development 139:443-448, 2012; Kotsis et al., Nephrol Dial Transplant 28:518-526, 2013). A major pathological feature of PKD is the development of interstitial inflammation and fibrosis with an associated accumulation of inflammatory cells (Grantham, N Engl J Med 359:1477-1485, 2008; Zeier et al...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402586/shifts-in-community-size-structure-drive-temperature-invariance-of-secondary-production-in-a-stream-warming-experiment
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Daniel Nelson, Jonathan P Benstead, Alexander D Huryn, Wyatt F Cross, James M Hood, Philip W Johnson, James R Junker, Gísli M Gíslason, Jón S Ólafsson
A central question at the interface of food-web and climate change research is how secondary production, or the formation of heterotroph biomass over time, will respond to rising temperatures. The metabolic theory of ecology (MTE) hypothesizes the temperature-invariance of secondary production, driven by matched and opposed forces that reduce biomass of heterotrophs while increasing their biomass turnover rate (production:biomass, or P:B) with warming. To test this prediction at the whole community level, we used a geothermal heat exchanger to experimentally warm a stream in southwest Iceland by 3...
April 12, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399854/improved-n-butanol-production-via-co-expression-of-membrane-targeted-tilapia-metallothionein-and-the-clostridial-metabolic-pathway-in-escherichia-coli
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Wei-Chih Chin, Kuo-Hsing Lin, Chun-Chi Liu, Kenji Tsuge, Chieh-Chen Huang
BACKGROUND: N-Butanol has favorable characteristics for use as either an alternative fuel or platform chemical. Bio-based n-butanol production using microbes is an emerging technology that requires further development. Although bio-industrial microbes such as Escherichia coli have been engineered to produce n-butanol, reactive oxygen species (ROS)-mediated toxicity may limit productivity. Previously, we show that outer-membrane-targeted tilapia metallothionein (OmpC-TMT) is more effective as an ROS scavenger than human and mouse metallothioneins to reduce oxidative stress in the host cell...
April 11, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388162/force-probe-simulations-of-a-reversibly-rebinding-system-impact-of-pulling-device-stiffness
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Stefan Jaschonek, Gregor Diezemann
We present a detailed study of the parameter dependence of force probe molecular dynamics (FPMD) simulations. Using a well studied calix[4]arene catenane dimer as a model system, we systematically vary the pulling velocity and the stiffness of the applied external potential. This allows us to investigate how the results of pulling simulations operating in the constant velocity mode (force-ramp mode) depend on the details of the simulation setup. The system studied has the further advantage of showing reversible rebinding meaning that we can monitor the opening and the rebinding transition...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380601/genome-wide-association-study-in-an-f2-duroc-x-pietrain-resource-population-for-economically-important-meat-quality-and-carcass-traits
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S Casiró, D Velez-Irizarry, C W Ernst, N E Raney, R O Bates, M G Charles, J P Steibel
Meat quality is essential for consumer acceptance, it ultimately impacts pork production profitability and it is subject to genetic control. The objective of this study was to map genomic regions associated with economically important meat quality and carcass traits. We performed a genome-wide association (GWA) analysis to map regions associated with 38 meat quality and carcass traits recorded for 948 F2 pigs from the Michigan State University Duroc × Pietrain resource population. The F0, F1, and 336 F2 pigs were genotyped with the Illumina Porcine SNP60 BeadChip, while the remaining F2 pigs were genotyped with the GeneSeek Genomic Profiler for Porcine Low Desnisty (LD) chip, and imputed with high accuracy ( = 0...
February 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380286/folding-of-proteins-with-a-flavodoxin-like-architecture
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Joseline A Houwman, Carlo P M van Mierlo
The flavodoxin-like fold is a protein-architecture that can be traced back to the universal ancestor of the three kingdoms of life. Many proteins share this α-β parallel topology and hence it is highly relevant to illuminate how they fold. Here, we review experiments and simulations concerning the folding of flavodoxins and CheY-like proteins, which share the flavodoxin-like fold. These polypeptides tend to temporarily misfold during unassisted folding to their functionally active forms. This susceptibility to frustration is caused by the more rapid formation of an α-helix compared to a β-sheet, particularly when a parallel β-sheet is involved...
April 5, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379977/comparative-transcriptomics-of-entelegyne-spiders-araneae-entelegynae-with-emphasis-on-molecular-evolution-of-orphan-genes
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David E Carlson, Marshal Hedin
Next-generation sequencing technology is rapidly transforming the landscape of evolutionary biology, and has become a cost-effective and efficient means of collecting exome information for non-model organisms. Due to their taxonomic diversity, production of interesting venom and silk proteins, and the relative scarcity of existing genomic resources, spiders in particular are excellent targets for next-generation sequencing (NGS) methods. In this study, the transcriptomes of six entelegyne spider species from three genera (Cicurina travisae, C...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369184/importance-of-survey-design-for-studying-the-epidemiology-of-emerging-tobacco-product-use-among-youth
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Cristine D Delnevo, Daniel A Gundersen, Michelle T B Manderski, Daniel P Giovenco, Gary A Giovino
Accurate surveillance is critical for monitoring the epidemiology of emerging tobacco products in the United States, and survey science suggests that survey response format can impact prevalence estimates. We utilized data from the 2014 New Jersey Youth Tobacco Survey (n = 3,909) to compare estimates of the prevalence of 4 behaviors (ever hookah use, current hookah use, ever e-cigarette use, and current e-cigarette use) among New Jersey high school students, as assessed using "check-all-that-apply" questions, with estimates measured by means of "forced-choice" questions...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362101/reactivity-of-ketyl-and-acetyl-radicals-from-direct-solar-actinic-photolysis-of-aqueous-pyruvic-acid
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Alexis J Eugene, Marcelo I Guzman
The variable composition of secondary organic aerosols (SOA) contributes to the large uncertainty for predicting radiative forcing. A better understanding of the reaction mechanisms leading to aerosol formation such as for the photochemical reaction of aqueous pyruvic acid (PA) at λ ≥ 305 nm can contribute to constrain these uncertainties. Herein, the photochemistry of aqueous PA (5-300 mM) continuously sparged with air is re-examined in the laboratory under comparable irradiance at 38° N at noon on a summer day...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352992/kinetic-modeling-of-electron-transfer-reactions-in-photosystem-i-complexes-of-various-structures-with-substituted-quinone-acceptors
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Georgy E Milanovsky, Anastasia A Petrova, Dmitry A Cherepanov, Alexey Yu Semenov
The reduction kinetics of the photo-oxidized primary electron donor P700 in photosystem I (PS I) complexes from cyanobacteria Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 were analyzed within the kinetic model, which considers electron transfer (ET) reactions between P700, secondary quinone acceptor A1, iron-sulfur clusters and external electron donor and acceptors - methylviologen (MV), 2,3-dichloro-naphthoquinone (Cl2NQ) and oxygen. PS I complexes containing various quinones in the A1-binding site (phylloquinone PhQ, plastoquinone-9 PQ and Cl2NQ) as well as F X-core complexes, depleted of terminal iron-sulfur F A/F B clusters, were studied...
March 28, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351364/task-shifting-alcohol-interventions-for-hiv-persons-in-kenya-a-cost-benefit-analysis
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Omar Galárraga, Burke Gao, Benson N Gakinya, Debra A Klein, Richard G Wamai, John E Sidle, Rebecca K Papas
BACKGROUND: Among HIV+ patients, alcohol use is a highly prevalent risk factor for both HIV transmission and poor adherence to HIV treatment. The large-scale implementation of effective interventions for treating alcohol problems remains a challenge in low-income countries with generalized HIV epidemics. It is essential to consider an intervention's cost-effectiveness in dollars-per-health-outcome, and the long-term economic impact -or "return on investment" in monetary terms. METHODS: We conducted a cost-benefit analysis, measuring economic return on investment, of a task-shifted cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) intervention delivered by paraprofessionals to reduce alcohol use in a modeled cohort of 13,440 outpatients in Kenya...
March 28, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349262/%C3%AE-alanine-supplementation-improves-in-vivo-fresh-and-fatigued-skeletal-muscle-relaxation-speed
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Rebecca Louise Jones, Cleveland Thomas Barnett, Joel Davidson, Billy Maritza, William D Fraser, Roger Harris, Craig Sale
PURPOSE: In fresh muscle, supplementation with the rate-limiting precursor of carnosine, β-alanine (BA), results in a decline in muscle half-relaxation time (HRT) potentially via alterations to calcium (Ca(2+)) handling. Accumulation of hydrogen cation (H(+)) has been shown to impact Ca(2+) signalling during muscular contraction, carnosine has the potential to serve as a cytoplasmic regulator of Ca(2+) and H(+) coupling, since it binds to both ions. The present study examined the effect of BA supplementation on intrinsic in-vivo isometric knee extensor force production and muscle contractility in both fresh and fatigued human skeletal muscle assessed during voluntary and electrically evoked (nerve and superficial muscle stimulation) contractions...
March 27, 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345911/subtle-microwave-induced-overheating-effects-in-an-industrial-demethylation-reaction-and-their-direct-use-in-the-development-of-an-innovative-microwave-reactor
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Mario De Bruyn, Vitaliy L Budarin, Guido S J Sturm, Georgios D Stefanidis, Marilena Radoiu, Andrzej Stankiewicz, Duncan J Macquarrie
A systematic study of the conventional and microwave (MW) kinetics of an industrially relevant demethylation reaction is presented. In using industrially relevant reaction conditions the dominant influence of the solvent on the MW energy dissipation is avoided. Below the boiling point, the effect of MWs on the activation energy Ea and k0 is found nonexistent. Interestingly, under reflux conditions, the microwave-heated (MWH) reaction displays very pronounced zero-order kinetics, displaying a much higher reaction rate than observed for the conventionally thermal-heated (CTH) reaction...
April 5, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345669/a-coupled-human-earth-model-perspective-on-long-term-trends-in-the-global-marine-fishery
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E D Galbraith, D A Carozza, D Bianchi
The global wild marine fish harvest increased fourfold between 1950 and a peak value near the end of the 20th century, reflecting interactions between anthropogenic and ecological forces. Here, we examine these interactions in a bio-energetically constrained, spatially and temporally resolved model of global fisheries. We conduct historical hindcasts with the model, which suggest that technological progress can explain most of the 20th century increase of fish harvest. In contrast, projections extending this rate of technological progress into the future under open access suggest a long-term decrease in harvest due to over-fishing...
March 27, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345242/multi-electron-oxidation-of-anthracene-derivatives-by-nonheme-manganese-iv-oxo-complexes
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Namita Sharma, Jieun Jung, Yong-Min Lee, Mi Sook Seo, Wonwoo Nam, Shunichi Fukuzumi
Six-electron oxidation of anthracene to anthraquinone by a nonheme Mn(IV)-oxo complex, [(Bn-TPEN)MnIV(O)]2+, proceeds via the rate-determining electron transfer from anthracene to [(Bn-TPEN)MnIV(O)]2+, followed by subsequent fast oxidation reactions to give anthraquinone. The reduced Mn(II) complex ([(Bn-TPEN)MnII]2+) is oxidized by [(Bn-TPEN)MnIV(O)]2+ rapidly to produce the μ-oxo dimer ([(Bn-TPEN)MnIII-O-MnIII(Bn-TPEN)]4+). The oxygen atoms of the anthraquinone product were found to derive from the manganese-oxo species by the 18O labelling experiments...
March 27, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342852/effects-of-sub-culturing-on-genetic-and-physiological-parameters-in-different-beauveria-bassiana-isolates
#20
Naser Eivazian Kary, Zhila Alizadeh
Beauveria bassiana is a fungus which is widely used as a biological insecticide to control a number of economically important insect pests. Knowledge of the genetic diversity of the isolates, understanding the underlying nature of these evolutionary phenomena and finding appropriate and simple screening tools play an important role in developing effective biocontrol agents. Here, we monitored changes of electrophoretic karyotype of small molecules of extrachromosomal DNAs, presumably mitochondrial DNA or plasmids in several individual isolates of B...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
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