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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214027/arrested-geomorphic-trajectories-and-the-long-term-hidden-potential-for-change
#1
L Allan James
Geomorphic systems often experience morphological changes that define a trajectory over decadal time periods. These trends can be halted by natural inhibitors such as vegetation, knickpoints, bed armor, or bank cohesion, or by anthropogenic inhibitors such as revetment, levees, or dams. Details about where and how channels and floodplains are stabilized are often poorly understood, which poses a risk that modern projects could unwittingly remove critical stabilizing elements (inhibitors) and unleash an episode of rapid change...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211492/the-propensity-of-the-bacterial-rodlin-protein-rdlb-to-form-amyloid-fibrils-determines-its-function-in-streptomyces-coelicolor
#2
Wen Yang, Joost Willemse, Elizabeth B Sawyer, Fei Lou, Weibin Gong, Hong Zhang, Sally L Gras, Dennis Claessen, Sarah Perrett
Streptomyces bacteria form reproductive aerial hyphae that are covered with a pattern of pairwise aligned fibrils called rodlets. The presence of the rodlet layer requires two homologous rodlin proteins, RdlA and RdlB, and the functional amyloid chaplin proteins, ChpA-H. In contrast to the redundancy shared among the eight chaplins, both RdlA and RdlB are indispensable for the establishment of this rodlet structure. By using a comprehensive biophysical approach combined with in vivo characterization we found that RdlB, but not RdlA, readily assembles into amyloid fibrils...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211329/first-report-of-perfluoroalkyl-substances-in-south-african-odonata
#3
Velesia Lesch, Hindrik Bouwman, Ayako Kinoshita, Yasuyuki Shibata
Perfluorinated substances are global and ubiquitous pollutants. However, very little is known about these substances in invertebrates, and even less in terrestrial invertebrates in particular. We analysed adult male dragonflies from six sites in South Africa for perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), including perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS), perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA), perfluorodecanoic acid (PFDA), perfluro-n-undecanoic acid (PFUnA), perfluoro-n-dodecanoic acid (PFDoA), perfluorohexanoic acid (PFHxA), and perfluorohexane sulfonic acid (PFHxS)...
February 4, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209426/swing-attenuation-for-a-quadrotor-transporting-a-cable-suspended-payload
#4
M Eusebia Guerrero-Sánchez, D Alberto Mercado-Ravell, Rogelio Lozano, C Daniel García-Beltrán
This paper presents the problem of safe and fast transportation of packages by an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) kind quadrotor. A mathematical model and a control strategy for a special class of underactuated mechanical systems, composed of a quadrotor transporting a cable-suspended payload, are proposed. The Euler-Lagrange formulation is used to obtain the dynamic model of the system, where the integrated dynamics of the quadrotor, cable and payload are considered. An Interconnection and Damping Assignment-Passivity Based Control (IDA-PBC) is chosen because of its inherent robustness against parametric uncertainty and unmodeled dynamics...
February 13, 2017: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209409/interplay-between-river-dynamics-and-international-borders-the-hirmand-river-between-iran-and-afghanistan
#5
Saleh Yousefi, Saskia Keesstra, Hamid Reza Pourghasemi, Nicola Surian, Somayeh Mirzaee
Fluvial dynamics in riverine borders can play an important role in political relationships between countries. Rivers move and evolve under the influence of natural processes and external drivers (e.g. land use change in river catchments). The Hirmand River is an important riverine border between Iran and Afghanistan. The present study shows the evolution and lateral shifting of the Hirmand River along the international border (25.6km) over a period of 6 decades (1955-2015). Seven data series of aerial photos, topographic maps and Landsat images were used to analyze land cover and channel changes in the study reach...
February 13, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209279/neolignan-and-megastigmane-glucosides-from-the-aerial-parts-of-isodon-japonicus-with-cell-protective-effects-on-bap-induced-cytotoxicity
#6
Takahiro Matsumoto, Seikou Nakamura, Souichi Nakashima, Tomoe Ohta, Keiko Ogawa, Masashi Fukaya, Junko Tsukioka, Tomohiro Hasei, Tetsushi Watanabe, Hisashi Matsuda
Six neolignan glucosides, named isodonosides I-VI, and a megastigmane glucoside named isodonmegastigmane I, were isolated together with 15 known compounds from the methanolic extract of aerial parts of Isodon japonicus cultivated in Tokushima, Japan. The chemical structures of the compounds were elucidated based on their MS and NMR spectroscopic analysis. The absolute configurations of the neolignan and megastigmane glucosides were determined by derivatizations, by ECD (electronic circular dicroism) Cotton effect approximation, and by the modified Mosher's method...
February 13, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209080/antispasmodic-and-bronchorelaxant-activities-of-salsola-imbricata-are-mediated-through-dual-ca-2-antagonistic-and-%C3%AE-adrenergic-agonistic-effects
#7
Naveed Aslam, Khalid Hussain Janbaz
CONTEXT: Salsola imbricata Forssk. (Chenopodiaceae) has folkloric repute for the treatment of various gastrointestinal and respiratory ailments. OBJECTIVE: The present study investigates spasmolytic and bronchorelaxant effects of S. imbricata. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The crude aqueous-ethanol extract of the aerial parts of S. imbricata and its fractions, in cumulative concentrations (0.01-10 mg/mL), were tested on contractions of isolated rabbit jejunum and tracheal preparations...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208718/on-line-screening-isolation-and-identification-of-antioxidant-compounds-of-helianthemum-ruficomum
#8
Yasmine Chemam, Samir Benayache, Eric Marchioni, Minjie Zhao, Paul Mosset, Fadila Benayache
Many Helianthemum species (Cistaceae) are recognized for their various medicinal virtues. Helianthemum ruficomum is an endemic species to the septentrional Sahara on which no report is available so far. The purpose of this work was to investigate the chemical composition and the radical scavenging capacity of this species and its isolated components. Collected from Mougheul (south-west of Algeria), the aerial parts were macerated with 80% EtOH/H₂O, after evaporation, the remaining extract was diluted with H₂O and extracted with petroleum ether, chloroform, ethyl acetate and n-butanol...
February 8, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208587/vehicle-detection-in-aerial-images-based-on-region-convolutional-neural-networks-and-hard-negative-example-mining
#9
Tianyu Tang, Shilin Zhou, Zhipeng Deng, Huanxin Zou, Lin Lei
Detecting vehicles in aerial imagery plays an important role in a wide range of applications. The current vehicle detection methods are mostly based on sliding-window search and handcrafted or shallow-learning-based features, having limited description capability and heavy computational costs. Recently, due to the powerful feature representations, region convolutional neural networks (CNN) based detection methods have achieved state-of-the-art performance in computer vision, especially Faster R-CNN. However, directly using it for vehicle detection in aerial images has many limitations: (1) region proposal network (RPN) in Faster R-CNN has poor performance for accurately locating small-sized vehicles, due to the relatively coarse feature maps; and (2) the classifier after RPN cannot distinguish vehicles and complex backgrounds well...
February 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207172/drivers-of-redistribution-of-fishing-and-non-fishing-effort-after-the-implementation-of-a-marine-protected-area-network
#10
Reniel B Cabral, Steven D Gaines, Brett A Johnson, Tom W Bell, Crow White
Marine spatial planning (MSP) is increasingly utilized to sustainably manage ocean uses. Marine protected areas (MPAs), a form of spatial management in which parts of the ocean are regulated to fishing, are now a common tool in MSP for conserving marine biodiversity and managing fisheries. However, the use of MPAs in MSP often neglects, or simplifies, the redistribution of fishing and non-fishing activities inside and outside of MPAs following their implementation. This redistribution of effort can have important implications for effective MSP...
October 3, 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205508/global-dynamics-of-non-equilibrium-gliding-in-animals
#11
Isaac Yeaton, Jake Socha, Shane Ross
Gliding flight - moving horizontally downward through the air without power - has evolved in a broad diversity of taxa and serves numerous ecologically relevant functions such as predator escape, expanding foraging locations, and finding mates, and has been suggested as an evolutionary pathway to powered flight. Historically, gliding has been conceptualized using the idealized conditions of equilibrium, in which the net aerodynamic force on the glider balances its weight. While this assumption is appealing for its simplicity, recent studies of glide trajectories have shown that equilibrium gliding is not the norm for most species...
February 16, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205107/tree-biomass-in-the-swiss-landscape-nationwide-modelling-for-improved-accounting-for-forest-and-non-forest-trees
#12
B Price, A Gomez, L Mathys, O Gardi, A Schellenberger, C Ginzler, E Thürig
Trees outside forest (TOF) can perform a variety of social, economic and ecological functions including carbon sequestration. However, detailed quantification of tree biomass is usually limited to forest areas. Taking advantage of structural information available from stereo aerial imagery and airborne laser scanning (ALS), this research models tree biomass using national forest inventory data and linear least-square regression and applies the model both inside and outside of forest to create a nationwide model for tree biomass (above ground and below ground)...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202268/three-dimensional-investigation-of-ozone-pollution-in-the-lower-troposphere-using-an-unmanned-aerial-vehicle-platform
#13
Xiao-Bing Li, Dong-Sheng Wang, Qing-Chang Lu, Zhong-Ren Peng, Si-Jia Lu, Bai Li, Chao Li
Potential utilities of instrumented lightweight unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to quickly characterize tropospheric ozone pollution and meteorological factors including air temperature and relative humidity at three-dimensional scales are highlighted in this study. Both vertical and horizontal variations of ozone within the 1000 m lower troposphere at a local area of 4 × 4 km(2) are investigated during summer and autumn times. Results from field measurements show that the UAV platform has a sufficient reliability and precision in capturing spatiotemporal variations of ozone and meteorological factors...
February 12, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202094/impact-of-routine-bacillus-thuringiensis-israelensis-bti-treatment-on-the-availability-of-flying-insects-as-prey-for-aerial-feeding-predators
#14
Ute Timmermann, Norbert Becker
Since 1980, mosquito breeding habitats in the Upper Rhine Valley were routinely treated with Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis (Bti). Bti is considered to significantly reduce the number of mosquitoes, and - especially when used in higher dosages - to be toxic to other Nematocera species, e.g. Chironomidae, which could be food sources for aerial feeding predators. To investigate direct and indirect effects of routine Bti treatment on food sources for aerial feeding predators, the availability of flying insects in treated and untreated areas was compared...
February 16, 2017: Bulletin of Entomological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199323/a-large-scale-biorational-approach-using-bacillus-thuringiensis-israeliensis-strain-am65-52-for-managing-aedes-aegypti-populations-to-prevent-dengue-chikungunya-and-zika-transmission
#15
Catherine A Pruszynski, Lawrence J Hribar, Robert Mickle, Andrea L Leal
BACKGROUND: Aedes aegypti is a container-inhabiting mosquito and a vector of dengue, chikungunya, and Zika viruses. In 2009 several cases of autochthonous dengue transmission were reported in Key West, Florida, USA prompting a comprehensive response to control A. aegypti. In Key West, larvae of this mosquito develop in containers around human habitations which can be numerous and labor intensive to find and treat. Aerial applications of larvicide covering large areas in a short time can be an efficient and economical method to control A...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198525/an-investigation-on-cardioprotective-potential-of-marrubium-vulgare-aqueous-fraction-against-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-isolated-rat-heart
#16
Alireza Garjani, Dena Tila, Sanaz Hamedeyazdan, Haleh Vaez, Maryam Rameshrad, Mahdiyeh Pashaii, Fatemeh Fathiazad
The aim of this study was to evaluate the cardioprotective effects of aqueous fraction of M. vulgare hydroalcoholic extract on cardiac parameters in ischemic-reperfused isolated rat hearts. The aerial parts of the plant were extracted with methanol 70% by maceration. The water-soluble portion of the total hydroalcoholic extract was prepared with liquid-liquid extraction (LLE). Afterwards, the antioxidant activity, total phenolic and flavonoids content of the aqueous fraction were determined. In order to evaluate the effects of the aqueous fraction on cardiac parameters and I/R injury, the Langendroff method was used on Male Wistar rats...
February 15, 2017: Folia Morphologica (Warsz)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196972/genus-kitasatospora-taxonomic-features-and-diversity-of-secondary-metabolites
#17
REVIEW
Yōko Takahashi
The genus Kitasatospora was proposed in 1982. Although Kitasatospora strains resemble Streptomyces strains in morphology, they are clearly different in cell-wall composition, as they contain both LL- and meso-diaminopimelic acid. Aerial and submerged spores contain LL-, while vegetative and submerged mycelia contain mainly meso- in their cell walls. Currently, 23 species have been validly proposed. Members of the genus Kitasatospora form a tight cluster and represent a legitimate genus distinct from Streptomyces on the basis of phylogenetic analysis of 16S rRNA gene sequences...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196712/ipomoea-pes-caprae-l-r-br-convolvulaceae-as-a-topical-herbal-medicine-to-relieve-pain-and-inflammation-promising-tool-against-effects-due-to-toxin-skin-contact
#18
Cristiane da Silva Barth, Hugo Guilherme Tolentino de Souza, Lilian W Rocha, Gislaine Francieli da Silva, Mariana Ferreira Dos Anjos, Veronica D'Avila Pastor, Tania Mari Belle Bresolin, Angelica Garcia Couto, José Roberto Santin, Nara Lins Meira Quintão
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Ipomoea pes-caprae is known as bayhops, beach morning glory or goat's foot, and in Brazil as salsa-de-praia. Its leaves are used in worldwide folk medicine for the relief of jellyfish-stings symptoms. The literature only reports the anti-inflammatory and neutralizing effects of a nonpolar plant derived, without validating the popular use or exploring the mechanism of action. AIM OF THE STUDY: This study aimed to evaluate and validate the topical effects of a semisolid containing hydroethanolic extract obtained from the aerial parts of I...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196653/photosensitizing-anthraquinones-from-heterophyllaea-lycioides-rubiaceae
#19
Jesica A Dimmer, Susana C Núñez Montoya, Caterine S Mendoza, José L Cabrera
Seven anthraquinones were isolated from aerial parts of Heterophyllaea lycioides (Rusby) Sandwith (Rubiaceae), including three derivatives that have not been described before: a hetero-bianthraquinone identified as (R)-2-hydroxymethyl-2'methyl-1,1',6,6'-tetrahydroxy-5,5' bianthraquinone (lycionine), and two mono-chlorinated derivatives related to soranjidiol. One of them is a homo-bianthraquinone: (R)-7-chloro-2,2'-dimethyl-1,1',6,6'-tetrahydroxy-5,5' bianthraquinone (7-chlorobisoranjidiol), whereas the second halogenated derivative corresponds to a monomeric structure: 5-chloro-1,6-dihydroxy-2-methyl anthraquinone (5-chlorosoranjidiol)...
February 10, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196126/oxidative-stress-and-apoptosis-induction-in-human-thyroid-carcinoma-cells-exposed-to-the-essential-oil-from-pistacia-lentiscus-aerial-parts
#20
Simona Catalani, Francesco Palma, Serafina Battistelli, Serena Benedetti
BACKGROUND: Essential oils from the aerial parts (leaves, twigs and berries) of Pistacia lentiscus (PLEO) have been well characterized for their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties; however, poor information exists on their potential anticancer activity. METHODS: Increasing concentrations of PLEO (0.01-0.1% v/v, 80-800 μg/ml) were administered to a wide variety of cultured cancer cells from breast, cervix, colon, liver, lung, prostate, and thyroid carcinomas...
2017: PloS One
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