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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813093/where-is-sugarcane-cropping-expanding-in-the-brazilian-cerrado-and-why-a-case-study
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Murilo R DE Arruda, Ken E Giller, Maja Slingerland
Sugarcane growing area in Brazil sharply expanded between 2000 and 2010 due to the increasing world demand for sugar and ethanol. Since this expansion of sugarcane is said to occur in areas covered by degraded pastures, it is likely not threatening the environment or food production. In order to verify this assumption, we investigate at farm and field levels which types of land use sugarcane cropping replaced between 2005 and 2010 and the reasons for farmers shifting or not shifting to sugarcane, as a case study in two counties in the state of Goiás...
August 14, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813021/enhanced-cell-growth-of-adipocyte-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-using-chemically-defined-serum-free-media
#2
Myung-Suk Lee, Christine Youn, Jeong Hyun Kim, Byoung Jun Park, Jongchan Ahn, Sungyoul Hong, Young-Deug Kim, Young Kee Shin, Sang Gyu Park
The multipotency and anti-inflammatory effects of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) make them attractive for cell therapy in regenerative medicine. A large number of MSCs is required for efficient therapy owing to the low homing efficiency of MSCs to target sites. Furthermore, owing to limitations in obtaining sufficient amounts of MSCs, in vitro expansion of MSCs that preserves their differentiation and proliferative potential is essential. The animal factor included in culture media also limits clinical application...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812942/acute-hypertensive-response-in-patients-with-intracerebral-hemorrhage-pathophysiology-and-treatment
#3
Adnan I Qureshi, Mushtaq H Qureshi
Acute hypertensive response is a common systemic response to occurrence of intracerebral hemorrhage which has gained unique prominence due to high prevalence and association with hematoma expansion and increased mortality. Presumably, the higher systemic blood pressure predisposes to continued intraparenchymal hemorrhage by transmission of higher pressure to the damaged small arteries and may interact with hemostatic and inflammatory pathways. Therefore, intensive reduction of systolic blood pressure has been evaluated in several clinical trials as a strategy to reduce hematoma expansion and subsequent death and disability...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812736/the-evolution-and-population-diversity-of-human-specific-segmental-duplications
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Megan Y Dennis, Lana Harshman, Bradley J Nelson, Osnat Penn, Stuart Cantsilieris, John Huddleston, Francesca Antonacci, Kelsi Penewit, Laura Denman, Archana Raja, Carl Baker, Kenneth Mark, Maika Malig, Nicolette Janke, Claudia Espinoza, Holly A F Stessman, Xander Nuttle, Kendra Hoekzema, Tina A Lindsay-Graves, Richard K Wilson, Evan E Eichler
Segmental duplications contribute to human evolution, adaptation and genomic instability but are often poorly characterized. We investigate the evolution, genetic variation and coding potential of human-specific segmental duplications (HSDs). We identify 218 HSDs based on analysis of 322 deeply sequenced archaic and contemporary hominid genomes. We sequence 550 human and nonhuman primate genomic clones to reconstruct the evolution of the largest, most complex regions with protein-coding potential (N = 80 genes from 33 gene families)...
February 17, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812709/adaptation-to-deep-sea-chemosynthetic-environments-as-revealed-by-mussel-genomes
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Jin Sun, Yu Zhang, Ting Xu, Yang Zhang, Huawei Mu, Yanjie Zhang, Yi Lan, Christopher J Fields, Jerome Ho Lam Hui, Weipeng Zhang, Runsheng Li, Wenyan Nong, Fiona Ka Man Cheung, Jian-Wen Qiu, Pei-Yuan Qian
Hydrothermal vents and methane seeps are extreme deep-sea ecosystems that support dense populations of specialized macro-benthos such as mussels. But the lack of genome information hinders the understanding of the adaptation of these animals to such inhospitable environments. Here we report the genomes of a deep-sea vent/seep mussel (Bathymodiolus platifrons) and a shallow-water mussel (Modiolus philippinarum). Phylogenetic analysis shows that these mussel species diverged approximately 110.4 million years ago...
April 3, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812646/the-energy-expansions-of-evolution
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Olivia P Judson
The history of the life-Earth system can be divided into five 'energetic' epochs, each featuring the evolution of life forms that can exploit a new source of energy. These sources are: geochemical energy, sunlight, oxygen, flesh and fire. The first two were present at the start, but oxygen, flesh and fire are all consequences of evolutionary events. Since no category of energy source has disappeared, this has, over time, resulted in an expanding realm of the sources of energy available to living organisms and a concomitant increase in the diversity and complexity of ecosystems...
April 28, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812635/divergent-plant-soil-feedbacks-could-alter-future-elevation-ranges-and-ecosystem-dynamics
#7
Michael E Van Nuland, Joseph K Bailey, Jennifer A Schweitzer
Plant-soil feedbacks (PSF) are important interactions that may influence range dynamics in a changing world. What remains largely unknown is the generality of plant-soil biotic interactions across populations and the potential role of specific soil biota, both of which are key for understanding how PSF might change future communities and ecosystems. We combined landscape-level field observations and experimental soil treatments to test whether a dominant tree alters soil environments to impact its own performance and range shifts towards higher elevations...
April 28, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812543/assessing-the-performance-of-self-consistent-hybrid-functional-for-band-gap-calculation-in-oxide-semiconductors
#8
Jiangang He, Cesare Franchini
In this paper we assess the predictive power of the self-consistent hybrid functional scPBE0 in calculating the band gap of oxide semiconductors. The computational procedure is based on the self-consistent evaluation of the mixing parameter α by means of an iterative calculation of the static dielectric constant using the perturbation expansion after discretization (PEAD) method and making use of the relation α = 1/ε<sub>∞</sub>. Our materials dataset is formed by 30 compounds covering a wide range of band gaps and dielectric properties, and includes materials with a wide spectrum of application as thermoelectrics, photocatalysis, photovoltaics, transparent conducting oxides, and refractory materials...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812354/3d-moldable-nanofiber-reinforced-transparent-composites-with-hierarchically-self-assembled-reverse-nacre-like-architecture
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Subir Kumar Biswas, Hironari Sano, Md Iftekhar Shams, Hiroyuki Yano
Achieving structural hierarchy and a uniform nanofiller dispersion simultaneously remains highly challenging for obtaining a robust polymer nanocomposite of immiscible components. In this study, a remarkably facile Pickering emulsification approach is developed to fabricate hierarchical composites of immiscible acrylic polymer and native cellulose nanofibers by taking advantage of the dual role of the nanofibers as both the emulsion stabilizer and polymer reinforcement. The composites feature a unique "reverse" nacre-like microstructure reinforced with well-dispersed two-tier hierarchical nanofiber network, leading to a synergistic high strength, modulus, and toughness (20, 50, and 53 times that of neat polymer, respectively), high optical transparency (89%), high flexibility and a drastically low thermal expansion (13 ppm/K, 1/15th of the neat polymer)...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812234/temperature-dependence-of-band-gap-in-mose2-grown-by-molecular-beam-epitaxy
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Byoung Ki Choi, Minu Kim, Kwang-Hwan Jung, Jwasoon Kim, Kyu-Sang Yu, Young Jun Chang
We report on a temperature-dependent band gap property of epitaxial MoSe2 ultrathin films. We prepare uniform MoSe2 films epitaxially grown on graphenized SiC substrates with controlled thicknesses by molecular beam epitaxy. Spectroscopic ellipsometry measurements upon heating sample in ultra-high vacuum showed temperature-dependent optical spectra between room temperature to 850 °C. We observed a gradual energy shift of optical band gap depending on the measurement temperature for different film thicknesses...
August 15, 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812201/effectiveness-of-navigation-guided-cyst-aspiration-before-resection-of-large-cystic-brain-tumors-a-proof-of-concept-for-more-radical-surgery
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Tae Hoon Roh, Kyoung Su Sung, Seok-Gu Kang, Ju Hyung Moon, Eui Hyun Kim, Sun Ho Kim, Jong Hee Chang
BACKGROUND: Resection of tumors close to the corticospinal tract (CST) carries a high risk of damage to the CST. For cystic tumors, aspirating the cyst before resection may reduce the risk of damage to vital structures. This study evaluated the effectiveness of cyst aspiration, by comparing the results before and after aspiration of diffusion tensor image (DTI) tractography. METHODS: This study enrolled 23 patients with large cystic brain tumors (>20 cm(3)) between 2012 and 2016...
August 16, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812172/delayed-post-mastectomy-breast-reconstructions-with-allogeneic-acellular-dermal-matrix-prepared-by-a-new-decellularizationmethod
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Martin Bohac, Ivan Varga, Stefan Polak, Jana Dragunova, Jozef Fedeles, Jan Koller
Acellular dermal matrix (ADM) is a tissue graft of allogeneic origin from post-mortem tissue donors prepared by an innovative decellularization process. The newly developed non-toxic and low cost decellularization process of cadaver origin dermis included ADM in breast reconstruction procedures proved to help coverage of the lower-pole of breast expanders or implants. As the results have shown, it did help to eliminate autologous dermis donor site morbidity along with shortening the operation time by avoiding elevation of additional muscle or fascia during the operation...
August 16, 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812111/syndrome-of-inappropriate-anti-diuresis-induces-volume-dependent-hypercalciuria
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J Grellier, A Jaafar, A Martin, M El Alaoui, C Lebely, I Tack, M Vallet
Hyponatremia is associated with bone demineralization. We hypothesized that, during hyponatremia, calciuria and calcium balance depend on volemic status. We evaluated calciuria in patients with hyponatremia, secondary to SIAD or hypovolemia. Patients with SIAD exhibited a volemic expansion that was associated with hypercalciuria. Calciuria was proportional to markers of volemia. INTRODUCTION: Chronic mild hyponatremia has been associated with bone demineralization of unknown mechanisms...
August 15, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812047/selected-missense-mutations-impair-frataxin-processing-in-friedreich-ataxia
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Elisia Clark, Jill S Butler, Charles J Isaacs, Marek Napierala, David R Lynch
OBJECTIVE: Frataxin (FXN) is a highly conserved mitochondrial protein. Reduced FXN levels cause Friedreich ataxia, a recessive neurodegenerative disease. Typical patients carry GAA repeat expansions on both alleles, while a subgroup of patients carry a missense mutation on one allele and a GAA repeat expansion on the other. Here, we report that selected disease-related FXN missense mutations impair FXN localization, interaction with mitochondria processing peptidase, and processing. METHODS: Immunocytochemical studies and subcellular fractionation were performed to study FXN import into the mitochondria and examine the mechanism by which mutations impair FXN processing...
August 2017: Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811963/characterization-of-the-cryoablation-induced-immune-response-in-kidney-cancer-patients
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Taigo Kato, Tomoyuki Iwasaki, Motohide Uemura, Akira Nagahara, Hiroki Higashihara, Keigo Osuga, Yuji Ikeda, Kazuma Kiyotani, Jae-Hyun Park, Norio Nonomura, Yusuke Nakamura
Cryoablation is one of treatment modalities for kidney cancer and is expected to induce strong local immune responses as well as systemic T-cell-mediated immune reactions that may lead to the regression of distant metastatic lesions. Thus, the characterization of T cell repertoire and immune environment in tumors before and after treatment should contribute to the better understanding of the cryoablation-induced anticancer immune responses. In this study, we collected tumor tissues from 22 kidney cancer patients, before cryoablation and at 3 mo after cryoablation...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811894/the-conceptual-advances-of-carcinogenic-sequence-model-in-high-grade-serous-ovarian-cancer
#16
Hiroshi Kobayashi, Kana Iwai, Emiko Niiro, Sachiko Morioka, Yuki Yamada, Kenji Ogawa, Naoki Kawahara
The present review focuses on the current status of molecular pathology in high-grade serous cancer (HGSC) and preneoplastic conditions. This article reviews the English-language literature on HGSC, precursor, fallopian tubal epithelium, secretory cells, ciliated cells, secretory cell expansion, secretory cell outgrowth (SCOUT), p53 signature, serous tubal intraepithelial carcinoma (STIC), DNA damage and immunohistochemistry in an effort to identify the precursor-carcinoma sequence in HGSC. The majority of HGSC originates from the fimbriated end of the fallopian tube secretory epithelial cells, while the small part of this disease may develop from ovarian cortical inclusion cyst (CIC)...
September 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811873/a-human-plasma-derived-supplement-preserves-function-of-human-vascular-cells-in-absence-of-fetal-bovine-serum
#17
C Castells-Sala, J Martorell, M Balcells
Current techniques for cell culture routinely use animal-derived components. Fetal bovine serum (FBS) is the most widely applied supplement, but it often displays significant batch-to-batch variations and is generally not suitable for clinical applications in humans. A robust and xeno-free alternative to FBS is of high interest for cellular therapies, from early in vitro testing to clinical trials in human subjects. In the current work, a highly consistent human plasma derived supplement (SCC) has been tested, as a potential substitute of FBS in primary human vascular cells culture...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811671/microsatellite-evidence-of-dispersal-mechanism-of-red-swamp-crayfish-procambarus-clarkii-in-the-pearl-river-basin-and-implications-for-its-management
#18
Jinlong Huang, Shaoqing Tang, Fengjin Cai, Yanfang Lin, Zhengjun Wu
Discerning the dispersal patterns of invasive species is critically important for the design of effective management strategies and the development of appropriate theoretical models predicting the spatial expansion of introduced populations. Post-introduction dispersal may occur naturally or via human transport, but for many organisms, assessing the relative contribution of each of these factors is difficult using traditional methods. Here, we explored the genetic patterns associated with the spread of red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) among 21 populations in the Pearl River basin and 2 peripheral populations in the Yangtze River basin...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811633/rapid-replacement-by-non-vaccine-pneumococcal-serotypes-may-mitigate-the-impact-of-the-pneumococcal-conjugate-vaccine-on-nasopharyngeal-bacterial-ecology
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Brenda Kwambana-Adams, Blake Hanson, Archibald Worwui, Schadrac Agbla, Ebenezer Foster-Nyarko, Fatima Ceesay, Chinelo Ebruke, Uzochukwu Egere, Yanjiao Zhou, Maze Ndukum, Erica Sodergren, Michael Barer, Richard Adegbola, George Weinstock, Martin Antonio
There is growing concern that interventions that alter microbial ecology can adversely affect health. We characterised the impact of the seven-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7) on pneumococcal carriage and the bacterial component of the nasopharyngeal microbiome during infancy. Newborns were recruited into three groups as follows: Group1 (n = 33) was the control group and comprised infants who received PCV7 after 6 months and came from unvaccinated communities. Group 2 (n = 30) came from unvaccinated communities and Group 3 (n = 39) came from vaccinated communities...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811627/impact-of-ocean-warming-on-tropical-cyclone-size-and-its-destructiveness
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Yuan Sun, Zhong Zhong, Tim Li, Lan Yi, Yijia Hu, Hongchao Wan, Haishan Chen, Qianfeng Liao, Chen Ma, Qihua Li
The response of tropical cyclone (TC) destructive potential to global warming is an open issue. A number of previous studies have ignored the effect of TC size change in the context of global warming, which resulted in a significant underestimation of the TC destructive potential. The lack of reliable and consistent historical data on TC size limits the confident estimation of the linkage between the observed trend in TC size and that in sea surface temperature (SST) under the background of global climate warming...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
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