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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531202/the-role-of-density-dependent-and-independent-processes-in-spawning-habitat-selection-by-salmon-in-an-arctic-riverscape
#1
Brock M Huntsman, Jeffrey A Falke, James W Savereide, Katrina E Bennett
Density-dependent (DD) and density-independent (DI) habitat selection is strongly linked to a species' evolutionary history. Determining the relative importance of each is necessary because declining populations are not always the result of altered DI mechanisms but can often be the result of DD via a reduced carrying capacity. We developed spatially and temporally explicit models throughout the Chena River, Alaska to predict important DI mechanisms that influence Chinook salmon spawning success. We used resource-selection functions to predict suitable spawning habitat based on geomorphic characteristics, a semi-distributed water-and-energy balance hydrologic model to generate stream flow metrics, and modeled stream temperature as a function of climatic variables...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530200/antioxidant-antibacterial-and-anticancer-properties-of-phyto-synthesised-artemisia-quttensis-podlech-extract-mediated-agnps
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Farinaz Ghanbar, Amir Mirzaie, Fatemeh Ashrafi, Hassan Noorbazargan, Mojgan Dalirsaber Jalali, Soheil Salehi, Seyed Ataollah Sadat Shandiz
The focus of this study is on a rapid and cost-effective approach for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using Artemisia quttensis Podlech aerial parts extract and assessment of their antioxidant, antibacterial and anticancer activities. The prepared AgNPs were determined by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive spectroscopy, and dynamic light scattering and zeta-potential analysis...
June 2017: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528473/properties-of-streptomyces-albus-j1074-mutant-deficient-in-trna-leu-uaa-gene-blda
#3
Oksana Koshla, Maria Lopatniuk, Ihor Rokytskyy, Oleksandr Yushchuk, Yuriy Dacyuk, Victor Fedorenko, Andriy Luzhetskyy, Bohdan Ostash
Streptomyces albus J1074 is one of the most popular and convenient hosts for heterologous expression of gene clusters directing the biosynthesis of various natural metabolic products, such as antibiotics. This fuels interest in elucidation of genetic mechanisms that may limit secondary metabolism in J1074. Here, we report the generation and initial study of J1074 mutant, deficient in gene bldA for tRNA(Leu)UAA, the only tRNA capable of decoding rare leucyl TTA codon in Streptomyces. The bldA deletion in J1074 resulted in a highly conditional Bld phenotype, with depleted formation of aerial hyphae on certain solid media...
May 20, 2017: Archives of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526723/anisotomous-dichotomy-results-from-an-unequal-bifurcation-of-the-original-shoot-apical-meristem-in-diphasiastrum-digitatum-lycopodiaceae
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Xiaofeng Yin, Roger D Meicenheimer
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Two types of dichotomy are recognized in Lycopodiaceae: isotomous (equal) and anisotomous (unequal). Anisotomous dichotomy (anisotomy) has been hypothesized to result from unequal growth of an equal bifurcation of the original shoot apical meristem (SAM). Diphasiastrum digitatum (Lycopodiaceae) exhibits anisotomy at various locations. We thus used D. digitatum to test this classic hypothesis about anisotomy. METHODS: Transverse areas of original and derived SAMs of anisotomy exhibited by the rhizome and the vertical aerial vegetative stem were measured using scanning electron microscopy...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526637/identification-and-biological-activity-of-the-volatile-compounds-of-glycyrrhiza-triphylla-fisch-c-a-mey
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Abolfazl Shakeri, Javad Akhtari, Vahid Soheili, Seyedeh Faezeh Taghizadeh, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Rezvan Shaddel, Javad Asili
Chemical composition and biological (antimicrobial, antioxidant and cytotoxic) activities of essential oils (EO) obtained from the aerial parts of Glycyrrhiza triphylla Fisch. & C.A.Mey (G. triphylla) were evaluated in the present study. The EO was isolated and analyzed using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Fifty-five compounds representing 99.3% of the total oil composition were identified. Major components of the oil were β-caryophyllene (25.4%), limonene (16.7%), β-myrcene (16.0%) and α-humulene (4...
May 16, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525357/a-dihydrochalcone-derivative-and-further-steroidal-saponins-from-sansevieria-trifasciata-prain
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Billy T Tchegnitegni, Rémy B Teponno, Kristina Jenett-Siems, Matthias F Melzig, Tomofumi Miyamoto, Léon A Tapondjou
Phytochemical investigation of the aerial parts of Sansevieria trifasciata, one of the most common Dracaenaceae plants, has resulted in the isolation of a new dihydrochalcone derivative named trifasciatine C (1), four previously unreported steroidal saponins as two pairs of inseparable regioisomers: trifasciatosides K/L (2/3), M/N (4/5), together with the known 1,2-(dipalmitoyl)-3-O-β-D-galactopyranosylglycerol (6), aconitic acid (7), and 1-methyl aconitic acid (8). Their structures were elucidated mainly by extensive spectroscopic analysis (1D and 2D nuclear magnetic resonance) and high-resolution electronspray ionization-mass spectrometry, as well as chemical methods and comparison of their spectral data with those of related compounds...
May 18, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Naturforschung. C, A Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524742/piqueria-trinervia-as-a-source-of-metabolites-against-giardia-intestinalis
#7
Yadira Rufino-González, Martha Ponce-Macotela, Manuel Jiménez-Estrada, Candy N Jiménez-Fragoso, Guadalupe Palencia, Gabriel Sansón-Romero, Anahi Anzo-Osorio, Mario N Martínez-Gordillo
CONTEXT: Piqueria trinervia Cav. (Asteraceae) is a plant species with a long history in traditional medicine to cure diarrhoea and other digestive disorders. OBJECTIVE: The study investigates the antigiardial activity of piquerol, trinervinol, red oil and two fractions (F1 and F2) from P. trinervia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: P. trinervia was collected in the Ajusco in Mexico City. Aerial parts were ground and mixed with water to obtain the extract, which was treated with dichloromethane to isolate piquerol and trinervinol (P & T)...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523846/a-novel-rapid-analysis-using-mass-spectrometry-to-evaluate-downstream-refolding-of-recombinant-human-insulin-like-growth-factor-1-mecasermin
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Kenichiro Furuki, Toshimasa Toyo'oka, Hideto Yamaguchi
RATIONALE: Mecasermin is used to treat elevated blood sugar as well as growth hormone-resistant Laron-type dwarfism. Mecasermin isolated from inclusion bodies in extracts of E.coli must be refolded to acquire sufficient activity. However, there is no rapid analytical method for monitoring refolding during the purification process. METHODS: We prepared mecasermin drug product, in-process samples during the oxidation of mecasermin, forced-reduced mecasermin, and aerially oxidized mecasermin after forced reduction...
May 19, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522235/a-review-of-terrestrial-aerial-and-aquatic-keratins-the-structure-and-mechanical-properties-of-pangolin-scales-feather-shafts-and-baleen-plates
#9
Bin Wang, Tarah N Sullivan
Keratinous materials, omnipresent as the hard and durable epidermal appendages of animals, are one of the toughest biological materials. They exhibit diverse morphologies and structures that serve a variety of amazing and inspiring mechanical functions. In this work, we provide a review of representative terrestrial, aerial and aquatic keratinous materials, pangolin scales, feather shafts and baleen plates, and correlate their hierarchical structures to respective functions of dermal armor, flight material and undersea filter...
May 8, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515537/estimating-spatially-distributed-turbulent-heat-fluxes-from-high-resolution-thermal-imagery-acquired-with-a-uav-system
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Claire Brenner, Christina Elisabeth Thiem, Hans-Dieter Wizemann, Matthias Bernhardt, Karsten Schulz
In this study, high-resolution thermal imagery acquired with a small unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is used to map evapotranspiration (ET) at a grassland site in Luxembourg. The land surface temperature (LST) information from the thermal imagery is the key input to a one-source and two-source energy balance model. While the one-source model treats the surface as a single uniform layer, the two-source model partitions the surface temperature and fluxes into soil and vegetation components. It thus explicitly accounts for the different contributions of both components to surface temperature as well as turbulent flux exchange with the atmosphere...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Remote Sensing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515419/new-insights-into-ocean-sunfish-mola-mola-abundance-and-seasonal-distribution-in-the-northeast-atlantic
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Patricia Breen, Ana Cañadas, Oliver Ó Cadhla, Mick Mackey, Meike Scheidat, Steve C V Geelhoed, Emer Rogan, Mark Jessopp
The ocean sunfish, Mola mola, is the largest teleost fish in the world. Despite being found in all oceans of the world, little is known about its abundance and factors driving its distribution. In this study we provide the first abundance estimates for sunfish in offshore waters in the northeast Atlantic and the first record of extensive sunfish presence in these waters year-round. Abundance estimates and predictive distributions for sunfish in approximately 300,000 km² of the northeast Atlantic were derived from large scale offshore aerial surveys in 2015-2016 using distance sampling techniques...
May 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514631/the-hawk-eyed-songbird-retinal-morphology-eye-shape-and-visual-fields-of-an-aerial-insectivore
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Luke P Tyrrell, Esteban Fernández-Juricic
Swallows are a unique group of songbirds because they are active-pursuit predators that execute all aspects of hunting prey in flight: search, detection, pursuit, and capture. We show that swallows have evolved a visual system that is unlike that of any other studied songbird. Swallows have a bifoveate retina that provides sharp lateral and frontal vision, an unusually long eye that enhances spatial resolution, a large posterior blind area, and a narrow binocular field. We also show that swallows and diurnal raptors (hawks and falcons) have converged on a similar visual configuration but that, interestingly, predatory songbirds that ambush prey (flycatchers) have not converged on the same suite of traits...
June 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513552/a-two-echelon-cooperated-routing-problem-for-a-ground-vehicle-and-its-carried-unmanned-aerial-vehicle
#13
Zhihao Luo, Zhong Liu, Jianmai Shi
In this paper, a two-echelon cooperated routing problem for the ground vehicle (GV) and its carried unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is investigated, where the GV travels on the road network and its UAV travels in areas beyond the road to visit a number of targets unreached by the GV. In contrast to the classical two-echelon routing problem, the UAV has to launch and land on the GV frequently to change or charge its battery while the GV is moving on the road network. A new 0-1 integer programming model is developed to formulate the problem, where the constraints on the spatial and temporal cooperation of GV and UAV routes are included...
May 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513074/%C3%AE-myrtoxin-mp1a-is-a-helical-heterodimer-from-the-venom-of-the-jack-jumper-ant-with-antimicrobial-membrane-disrupting-and-nociceptive-activities
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Zoltan Dekan, Stephen J Heady, Martin Scanlon, Brian A Baldo, Tzong-Hsien Lee, Marie-Isabel Aguilar, Jennifer R Deuis, Irina Vetter, Alysha G Elliott, Maite Amado, Matthew A Cooper, Dianne Alewood, Paul Francis Alewood
Δ-Myrtoxin-Mp1a (Mp1a), a 49-residue heterodimeric peptide from the venom of Myrmecia pilosula is comprised of a 26-mer A chain and a 23-mer B chain connected by two disulfide bonds in an antiparallel arrangement. Combination of the individual synthetic chains via aerial oxidation remarkably resulted in the self-assembly of Mp1a as a homogenous product without the need for directed disulfide bond formation. NMR analysis revealed a well-defined, unique structure containing a pair of antiparallel α-helices...
May 17, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510210/brain-connectivity-during-encoding-and-retrieval-of-spatial-information-individual-differences-in-navigation-skills
#15
Greeshma Sharma, Klaus Gramann, Sushil Chandra, Vijander Singh, Alok Prakash Mittal
Emerging evidence suggests that the variations in the ability to navigate through any real or virtual environment are accompanied by distinct underlying cortical activations in multiple regions of the brain. These activations may appear due to the use of different frame of reference (FOR) for representing an environment. The present study investigated the brain dynamics in the good and bad navigators using Graph Theoretical analysis applied to low-density electroencephalography (EEG) data. Individual navigation skills were rated according to the performance in a virtual reality (VR)-based navigation task and the effect of navigator's proclivity towards a particular FOR on the navigation performance was explored...
May 16, 2017: Brain Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508699/antimicrobial-anticancer-and-antioxidant-compounds-from-premna-resinosa-growing-in-saudi-arabia
#16
Dina A Albadawi, Ramzi A Mothana, Jamal M Khaled, Abdelkhader E Ashour, Ashok Kumar, Sheikh F Ahmad, Mansour S Al-Said, Adnan J Al-Rehaily, Nawal M Almusayeib
CONTEXT: Premna resinosa (Hochst.) Schauer (Lamiaceae) is used in many places to treat bronchitis, respiratory illness and convulsions of the rib cage. OBJECTIVE: This study evaluates the anticancer, antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of P. resinosa, and isolates some responsible constituents. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The methanol extract of P. resinosa aerial parts and its fractions (n-hexane, dichloromethane, ethyl acetate and n-butanol) were tested...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508209/estimates-of-underwater-and-aerial-visual-acuity-in-the-european-beaver-castor-fiber-l-based-on-morphological-data
#17
A M Mass, A Ya Supin
The eye optics and topographic distribution of ganglion cells were studied using whole mount preparations from European beaver Castor fiber L. The beaver eye optics provides emmetropia in air and hypermetropia in water. The optometrical measurements predict retinal resolution of the beaver eye around 17' in air and 9' in water. In air, retinal resolution corresponds to the real visual acuity, whereas in water, visual acuity is below the retinal resolution because of the non-precise focusing.
March 2017: Doklady Biological Sciences: Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Biological Sciences Sections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508130/atmospheric-conditions-create-freeways-detours-and-tailbacks-for-migrating-birds
#18
Judy Shamoun-Baranes, Felix Liechti, Wouter M G Vansteelant
The extraordinary adaptations of birds to contend with atmospheric conditions during their migratory flights have captivated ecologists for decades. During the 21st century technological advances have sparked a revival of research into the influence of weather on migrating birds. Using biologging technology, flight behaviour is measured across entire flyways, weather radar networks quantify large-scale migratory fluxes, citizen scientists gather observations of migrant birds and mechanistic models are used to simulate migration in dynamic aerial environments...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507944/a-survey-on-phytochemical-composition-and-biological-activity-of-zygophyllum-fabago-from-iran
#19
Saeid Yaripour, Mohammad-Reza Delnavazi, Parina Asgharian, Samira Valiyari, Saeed Tavakoli, Hossein Nazemiyeh
Purpose: Zygophyllum fabago L. (Z. fabago) is a widespread perennial herb which is used as a medicinal plant in traditional medicine of Iran, Turkey and China. The present study was a survey on phytochemical constituents and biological activities of this plant. Methods: Methanolic extract of the roots was fractionated over a C-18 pre-packed cartridge (Sep-pak) and chromatographic separation was performed on a reversed-phase preparative HPLC. Structural elucidation of the isolated compounds was carried out using UV, (1)H-NMR and 13C-NMR spectral analyses...
April 2017: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507784/geraniin-attenuates-naloxone-precipitated-morphine-withdrawal-and-morphine-induced-tolerance-in-mice
#20
Ella Anle Kasanga, Eric Boakye-Gyasi, Robert Peter Biney, James Oppong Kyekyeku, Christian Agyare, Eric Woode
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Potentially life-threatening and unpleasant side effects associated with some analgesics have fueled the drive for the search for more analgesics with better side effect profiles. Geraniin, the most dominant secondary metabolite in the aqueous extract of the aerial parts of Phyllanthus muellerianus, has been shown to possess antinociceptive properties mediated partly by opioidergic mechanisms. The purpose of this study is to determine whether geraniin exhibits tolerance and if it is able to ameliorate withdrawal signs in naloxone-precipitated morphine withdrawal...
April 2017: Journal of Intercultural Ethnopharmacology
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