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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637252/wheat-seed-weight-and-quality-differ-temporally-in-sensitivity-to-warm-or-cool-conditions-during-seed-development-and-maturation
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M Nasehzadeh, R H Ellis
Background and aims: Short periods of extreme temperature may affect wheat ( Triticum aestivum ) seed weight, but also quality. Temporal sensitivity to extreme temperature during seed development and maturation was investigated. Methods: Plants of 'Tybalt' grown at ambient temperature were moved to growth cabinets at 29/20 °C or 34/20 °C (2010), or 15/10 °C or 34/20 °C (2011), for successive 7-d periods from 7 DAA (days after anthesis) onwards, and also 7-65 DAA in 2011...
June 15, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637024/tumor-location-impacts-immune-response-in-mouse-models-of-colon-cancer
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Xianda Zhao, Lihua Li, Timothy K Starr, Subbaya Subramanian
Existing preclinical models of human colorectal cancer (CRC) that rely on syngeneic subcutaneous grafts are problematic, because of increasing evidence that the immune microenvironment in subcutaneous tissue is significantly different from the gastrointestinal tract. Similarly, existing orthotopic models that use a laparotomy for establishing grafts are also problematic, because the surgical procedure results in extensive inflammation, thereby creating a nonphysiologic tumor microenvironment. To facilitate the bench-to-bedside translation of CRC immunotherapy strategies, we developed a novel orthotopic model in mice that uses endoscopy-guided microinjection of syngeneic cancer cells...
June 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636977/long-term-trend-of-o3-in-a-mega-city-shanghai-china-characteristics-causes-and-interactions-with-precursors
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Wei Gao, Xuexi Tie, Jianming Xu, Rujin Huang, Xiaoqing Mao, Guangqiang Zhou, Luyu Chang
In recent years, ozone (O3) is often the major pollutant during summertime in China. In order to better understand this problem, a long-term measurement of ozone (from 2006 to 2015) and its precursors (NOx and VOCs) as well as the photochemical parameter (UV radiation) in a mega city of China (Shanghai) is analyzed. The focus of this study is to investigate the trend of O3 and the causes of the O3 trend in large cities in China. In order to understand the relationship between the O3 precursors and O3 formation, two distinguished different sites of measurements are selected in the study, including an urbanization site (XJH-Xujiahui) and a remote site (DT-Dongtan)...
June 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636953/dicer-deficiency-differentially-impacts-microglia-of-the-developing-and-adult-brain
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Diana Varol, Alexander Mildner, Thomas Blank, Anat Shemer, Neta Barashi, Simon Yona, Eyal David, Sigalit Boura-Halfon, Yifat Segal-Hayoun, Louise Chappell-Maor, Hadas Keren-Shaul, Dena Leshkowitz, Eran Hornstein, Martin Fuhrmann, Ido Amit, Nicola Maggio, Marco Prinz, Steffen Jung
Microglia seed the embryonic neuro-epithelium, expand and actively sculpt neuronal circuits in the developing central nervous system, but eventually adopt relative quiescence and ramified morphology in the adult. Here, we probed the impact of post-transcriptional control by microRNAs (miRNAs) on microglial performance during development and adulthood by generating mice lacking microglial Dicer expression at these distinct stages. Conditional Dicer ablation in adult microglia revealed that miRNAs were required to limit microglial responses to challenge...
June 20, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636883/the-effects-of-monocular-training-on-binocular-functions-in-anisometropic-amblyopia
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Wuli Jia, Fangfang Lan, Zhao Xin, Zhong-Lin Lu, Chang-Bing Huang, Wuxiao Zhao, Min Li
PURPOSE: It's been shown that intensive monocular perceptual learning can improve visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, and vernier acuity in the amblyopic eye in adults with amblyopia. It is however not clear how much monocular training can enhance binocular visual functions. In the current study, we aimed to evaluate effects of monocular training on a variety of binocular functions. METHODS: Nineteen anisometropic amblyopes (18.5±1.26 yrs) were trained in a grating contrast detection task near each individual's cutoff spatial frequency for 6 to 10 days (630 trials/day)...
June 18, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636798/a-ccpe-based-xenon-biosensor-for-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-claudin-expressing-cells
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Anna Piontek, Christopher Witte, Honor May Rose, Miriam Eichner, Jonas Protze, Gerd Krause, Jörg Piontek, Leif Schröder
The majority of malignant tumors originate from epithelial cells, and many of them are characterized by an overexpression of claudins (Cldns) and their mislocalization out of tight junctions. We utilized the C-terminal claudin-binding domain of Clostridium perfringens enterotoxin (cCPE), with its high affinity to specific members of the claudin family, as the targeting unit for a claudin-sensitive cancer biosensor. To overcome the poor sensitivity of conventional relaxivity-based magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents, we utilized the superior sensitivity of xenon Hyper-CEST biosensors...
June 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636788/role-of-positively-charged-residues-on-the-polar-and-non-polar-faces-of-amphipathic-%C3%AE-helical-antimicrobial-peptides-amps-on-specificity-and-selectivity-for-gram-negative-pathogens
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Ziqing Jiang, Colin T Mant, Michael Vasil, Robert S Hodges
We have designed de novo and synthesized eight 26-residue all D-conformation amphipathic α-helical cationic antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), four with "specificity determinants" which provide specificity for prokaryotic cells over eukaryotic cells and four AMPs without specificity determinants. The eight AMPs contain six positively charged Lys residues on the polar face in four different arrangements to understand the role of these residues have on antimicrobial activity against 14 Acinetobacter baumannii strains, 7 of which were resistant to polymyxin B and colistin; 6 diverse Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains and 17 Staphylococcus aureus strains, 9 of which were Methicillin-sensitive (MSSA) and 8 of which were Methicillin-resistant (MRSA)...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636641/development-of-a-range-of-fluorescent-reagentless-biosensors-for-atp-based-on-malonyl-coenzyme-a-synthetase
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Renée Vancraenenbroeck, Simone Kunzelmann, Martin R Webb
The range of ATP concentrations that can be measured with a fluorescent reagentless biosensor for ATP has been increased by modulating its affinity for this analyte. The ATP biosensor is an adduct of two tetramethylrhodamines with MatB from Rhodopseudomonas palustris. Mutations were introduced into the binding site to modify ATP binding affinity, while aiming to maintain the concomitant fluorescence signal. Using this signal, the effect of mutations in different parts of the binding site was measured. This mutational analysis revealed three variants in particular, each with a single mutation in the phosphate-binding loop, which had potentially beneficial changes in ATP binding properties but preserving a fluorescence change of ~3-fold on ATP binding...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636308/redox-sensitive-nanoscale-coordination-polymers-for-drug-delivery-and-cancer-theranostics
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Jiayue Zhao, Yu Yang, Xiao Han, Chao Liang, Jingjing Liu, Xuejiao Song, Zili Ge, Zhuang Liu
Nanoscale coordination polymers (NCPs) with inherent biodegradability, chemical diversities, and porous structures, are a promising class of nanomaterials in the nanomedicine field. Herein, a unique type of redox sensitive NCPs is constructed with manganese ions (Mn2+) and dithiodiglycolic acid as the disulfide (SS) containing organic bridging ligand. The obtained Mn-SS NCPs with mesoporous structure could be efficiently loaded with doxorubicin (DOX), a chemotherapeutics. The yielded Mn-SS/DOX nanoparticles are coated with a layer of polydopamine (PDA) and then modified by polyethylene glycol (PEG)...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635127/cardiovascular-risk-score-is-linked-to-subcutaneous-adipocyte-size-and-lipid-metabolism
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Mikael Rydén, Peter Arner
OBJECTIVE: Although white adipose tissue mass and distribution correlates with cardiovascular disease, the fat cell-specific perturbations underlying this association are not known. We determined the relationship between adipocyte size and lipid metabolism with cardiovascular risk. DESIGN/SUBJECTS: Adipocyte size as well as spontaneous (basal) and hormone-stimulated effects on adipocyte lipid metabolism (lipolysis and lipogenesis) were investigated in abdominal subcutaneous adipose tissue of 304 men and 775 women...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634483/elicitor-induced-biochemical-and-molecular-manifestations-to-improve-drought-tolerance-in-rice-oryza-sativa-l-through-seed-priming
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Mahesh K Samota, Minnu Sasi, Monika Awana, Om P Yadav, S V Amitha Mithra, Aruna Tyagi, Suresh Kumar, Archana Singh
Rice (Oryza sativa L.) is one of the major grain cereals of the Indian subcontinent which face water-deficit stress for their cultivation. Seed-priming has been reported to be a useful approach to complement stress responses in plants. In the present study, seed-priming with hormonal or chemical elicitor [viz. methyl jasmonate (MJ), salicylic acid (SA), paclobutrazol (PB)] showed significant increase in total phenolic content, antioxidant activity and expression of Rice Drought-responsive (RD1 and RD2) genes (of AP2/ERF family) in contrasting rice genotypes (Nagina-22, drought-tolerant and Pusa Sugandh-5, drought-sensitive) under drought stress...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634294/hidden-electrostatic-basis-of-dynamic-allostery-in-a-pdz-domain
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Amit Kumawat, Suman Chakrabarty
Allosteric effect implies ligand binding at one site leading to structural and/or dynamical changes at a distant site. PDZ domains are classic examples of dynamic allostery without conformational changes, where distal side-chain dynamics is modulated on ligand binding and the origin has been attributed to entropic effects. In this work, we unearth the energetic basis of the observed dynamic allostery in a PDZ3 domain protein using molecular dynamics simulations. We demonstrate that electrostatic interaction provides a highly sensitive yardstick to probe the allosteric modulation in contrast to the traditionally used structure-based parameters...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634208/ligand-and-voltage-gated-ca-2-channels-differentially-regulate-the-mode-of-vesicular-neuropeptide-release-in-mammalian-sensory-neurons
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Yeshi Wang, Qihui Wu, Meiqin Hu, Bin Liu, Zuying Chai, Rong Huang, Yuan Wang, Huadong Xu, Li Zhou, Lianghong Zheng, Changhe Wang, Zhuan Zhou
Neuropeptides released from dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons play essential roles in the neurotransmission of sensory inputs, including those underlying nociception and pathological pain. Neuropeptides are released from intracellular vesicles through two modes: a partial release mode called "kiss-and-run" (KAR) and a full release mode called "full fusion-like" (FFL). Using total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) microscopy, we traced the release of pH-sensitive green fluorescent protein-tagged neuropeptide Y (pHluorin-NPY) from individual dense-core vesicles in the soma and axon of single DRG neurons after Ca(2+) influx through either voltage-gated Ca(2+) channels (VGCCs) or ligand-gated transient receptor potential vanilloid 1 (TRPV1) channels...
June 20, 2017: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633619/the-affect-misattribution-procedure
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Sarah Teige-Mocigemba, Manuel Becker, Jeffrey W Sherman, Regina Reichardt, Karl Christoph Klauer
The Affect Misattribution Procedure (AMP) has been forwarded as one of the most promising alternatives to the Implicit Association Test and the evaluative-priming task for measuring attitudes such as prejudice indirectly. We investigated whether the AMP is indeed able to detect an evaluative out-group bias. In contrast to recent conclusions about the robustness of AMP effects, six out of seven pilot studies indicated that participants did not show any prejudice effects in the AMP. Yet, these pilot studies were not fully conclusive with regard to our research question because they investigated different domains of prejudice, used small sample sizes, and employed a modified AMP version...
May 2017: Experimental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633306/multivariate-phylogenetic-comparative-methods-evaluations-comparisons-and-recommendations
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Dean C Adams, Michael L Collyer
Recent years have seen increased interest in phylogenetic comparative analyses of multivariate datasets, but to date the varied proposed approaches have not been extensively examined. Here we review the mathematical properties required of any multivariate method, and specifically evaluate existing multivariate phylogenetic comparative methods in this context. Phylogenetic comparative methods based on the full multivariate likelihood are robust to levels of covariation among trait dimensions and are insensitive to the orientation of the dataset, but display increasing model misspecification as the number of trait dimensions increases...
June 13, 2017: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633153/association-between-visual-function-and-subretinal-drusenoid-deposits-in-normal-and-early-age-related-macular-degeneration-eyes
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David Neely, Anna V Zarubina, Mark E Clark, Carrie E Huisingh, Gregory R Jackson, Yuhua Zhang, Gerald McGwin, Christine A Curcio, Cynthia Owsley
PURPOSE: To examine the association between subretinal drusenoid deposits (SDDs) identified by multimodal retinal imaging and visual function in older eyes with normal macular health or in the earliest phases of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS: Age-related macular degeneration status for each eye was defined according to the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) 9-step classification system (normal = Step 1, early AMD = Steps 2-4) based on color fundus photographs...
July 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632914/contrast-enhanced-harmonic-endoscopic-ultrasonography-for-differential-diagnosis-of-localized-gallbladder-lesions
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Ken Kamata, Mamoru Takenaka, Masayuki Kitano, Shunsuke Omoto, Takeshi Miyata, Kosuke Minaga, Kentaro Yamao, Hajime Imai, Tosiharu Sakurai, Naoshi Nishida, Hiroshi Kashida, Takaaki Chikugo, Yasutaka Chiba, Takuya Nakai, Yoshifumi Takeyama, Andrea Lisotti, Pietro Fusaroli, Masatoshi Kudo
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The differential diagnosis of localized gallbladder lesions is challenging. The aim of this study was to evaluate the utility of contrast-enhanced harmonic endoscopic ultrasonography (CH-EUS) for diagnosis of localized gallbladder lesions. PATIENTS: One hundred and twenty-five patients with localized gallbladder lesions were evaluated by CH-EUS between March 2007 and February 2014. This was a single-center retrospective study. METHODS: The utilities of fundamental B-mode EUS (FB-EUS) and CH-EUS in the differentiation of gallbladder lesions and sludge plug were initially compared...
June 20, 2017: Digestive Endoscopy: Official Journal of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632500/photon-detection-efficiency-of-laboratory-based-x-ray-phase-contrast-imaging-techniques-for-mammography-a-monte-carlo-study
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Somayeh Saghamanesh, Seyed Mohammad Reza Aghamiri, Alireza Kamali-Asl, Wataru Yashiro
An important challenge in real-world biomedical applications of X-ray phase contrast imaging (XPCI) techniques is the efficient use of the photon flux generated by an incoherent and polychromatic X-ray source. This efficiency can directly influence dose and exposure time and ideally should not affect the superior contrast and sensitivity of XPCI. In this paper, we present a quantitative evaluation of the photon detection efficiency of two laboratory-based XPCI methods, grating interferometry (GI) and coded-aperture (CA)...
June 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631845/mild-metabolic-perturbations-alter-succinylation-of-mitochondrial-proteins
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Huanlian Chen, Hui Xu, Samuel Potash, Anatoly Starkov, Vsevolod V Belousov, Dmitry S Bilan, Travis T Denton, Gary E Gibson
Succinylation of proteins is widespread, modifies both the charge and size of the molecules, and can alter their function. For example, liver mitochondrial proteins have 1,190 unique succinylation sites representing multiple metabolic pathways. Succinylation is sensitive to both increases and decreases of the NAD(+) -dependent desuccinylase, SIRT5. Although the succinyl group for succinylation is derived from metabolism, the effects of systematic variation of metabolism on mitochondrial succinylation are not known...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631644/evaluation-of-a-new-rapid-kit-bd-mgit-tbc-identification-test-for-confirmation-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-complex
#20
Gandhi Kandhakumari, Selvaraj Stephen
At present, three rapid kits are available globally for the confirmation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) in cultures by MPT64 antigen (MPT64 Ag) detection. These include Capilia TB, SD Bioline, and BD MGIT TBc Identification (TBcID). The third kit is yet to be validated in India. We have tested this kit and compared with SD Bioline using conventional tests as gold standard. Seventy-one MTBC (70 M. tuberculosis and one Mycobacterium bovis) and four nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) were isolated from 649 clinical specimens in MGIT 960 and/or Lowenstein-Jensen slants (LJ)...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology
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