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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823039/hydroponic-screening-of-fast-growing-tree-species-for-lead-phytoremediation-potential
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Jiraporn Yongpisanphop, Sandhya Babel, Maleeya Kruatrachue, Prayad Pokethitiyook
Using trees as phytoremediators has become a powerful tool to remediate lead from contaminated environments. This study aims to identify potential candidates among fast-growing trees by comparing their ability to tolerate and accumulate Pb. Cuttings from Acacia mangium, Azadirachta indica, Eucalyptus camaldulensis, and Senna siamea were cultured in 25% modified Hoagland's solutions supplemented with 10, 30, and 50 mg/L Pb for 15 days. Lead concentrations were determined by a flame atomic absorption spectrophotometer...
August 20, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822939/short-term-effects-of-spring-prescribed-burning-on-the-understory-vegetation-of-a-pinushalepensis-forest-in-northeastern-spain
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Laura Fuentes, Beatriz Duguy, Daniel Nadal-Sala
Since the 1970s, fire regimes have been modified in the Northern Mediterranean region due to profound landscape changes mostly driven by socioeconomic factors, such as rural abandonment and large-scale plantations. Both fuel accumulation and the increasing vegetation spatial continuity, combined with the expansion of the wildland-urban interface, have enhanced fire risk and the occurrence of large wildfires. This situation will likely worsen under the projected aridity increase resulting from climate change...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822126/dimethyl-labeling-based-quantification-of-the-lysine-acetylome-and-proteome-of-plants
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Ines Lassowskat, Markus Hartl, Fabian Hosp, Paul J Boersema, Matthias Mann, Iris Finkemeier
Photorespiratory enzymes in different cellular compartments have been reported to be posttranslational modified by phosphorylation, disulfide formation, S-nitrosylation, glutathionylation, and lysine acetylation. However, not much is known yet about the function of these modifications to regulate the activities, localizations, or interactions of the proteins in this metabolic pathway. Hence, it will be of great importance to study these modifications and their temporal and conditional occurrence in more detail...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822125/in-vitro-alkylation-methods-for-assessing-the-protein-redox-state
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Flavien Zannini, Jérémy Couturier, Olivier Keech, Nicolas Rouhier
Cysteines are important residues for protein structure, function, and regulation. Owing to their modified reactivity, some cysteines can undergo very diverse redox posttranslational modifications, including the reversible formation of disulfide bonds, a widespread protein regulatory process as well exemplified in plant chloroplasts for Calvin-Benson cycle enzymes. Both core- and peripheral-photorespiratory enzymes possess conserved cysteines, some of which have been identified as being subject to oxidative modifications...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821591/specifying-cell-fate-in-roots-requires-coordinative-lineage-instruction-and-positional-reprogramming
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Qiaozhi Yu, Pengxue Li, Nengsong Liang, Hong Wang, Meizhi Xu, Shuang Wu
Tissue organization and pattern formation within a multicellular organism relies on coordinated cell division and cell fate determination. In animals cell fates are mainly determined by a cell lineage dependent mechanism, whereas in plants positional information is thought to be the primary determinant of cell fates (Scheres, 2001; Kidner et al., 2000; Kim et al., 2005; Scheres et al., 2002). However, our understanding of cell fate regulation in plants mostly relies on the histological and anatomical studies on Arabidopsis roots which contain a single layer of each cell type in non-vascular tissues (Scheres et al...
August 18, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821094/decoration-of-open-pore-network-in-polyvinylidene-fluoride-mwcnts-with-chitosan-for-the-removal-of-reactive-orange-16-dye
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Maria Wasim, Sadia Sagar, Aneela Sabir, Muhammad Shafiq, Tahir Jamil
Inspired by the hydrophilic, biocompatible, adsorbent properties of chitosan. A simple, adaptable, green synthesis method was developed to prepare a thin film composite membranes using chitosan as a pore decorating material for the removal of anionic dye-Reactive orange 16 (RO-16). The hydrophilic chitosan was used to fill up the porous hydrophobic PVDF substrate, modified by MWCNTs. The dye rejection was carried out through the formation of a strong electrostatic interaction between the cationic group of chitosan surface and the anionic group of RO-16 dye...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818631/topical-medical-cannabis-tmc-a-new-treatment-for-wound-pain-three-cases-of-pyoderma-gangrenosum
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Vincent Maida, Jason Corban
Pain associated with integumentary wounds is highly prevalent yet it remains an area of significant unmet need within healthcare. Currently, systemically administered opioids are the mainstay of treatment. However, recent publications are casting opioids in a negative light given their high side effect profile, inhibition of wound healing, and association with accidental overdose, incidents that are frequently fatal. Thus, novel analgesic strategies for wound-related pain need to be investigated. The ideal methods of pain relief for wound patients are modalities that are topical, lack systemic side effects, non-invasive, self-administered, and display rapid onset of analgesia...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818383/methyl-jasmonate-and-salicylic-acid-are-able-to-modify-cell-wall-but-only-salicylic-acid-alters-biomass-digestibility-in-the-model-grass-brachypodium-distachyon
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Thiago Alves Napoleão, Giuliana Soares, Camilo Elber Vital, Carla Bastos, Robson Castro, Marcelo Ehlers Loureiro, Andrea Giordano
In addition to playing a key role in the response to environmental changes, cell walls are also considered as a valuable feedstock for cellulosic ethanol. Here we explored the effects of the stress-response hormones, salicylic acid and methyl jasmonate, on cell wall biosynthesis and biomass digestibility in Brachypodium distachyon, a species recently considered as a suitable model for biomass conversion. We found that in response to salicylic acid or methyl jasmonate treatment, plant growth was reduced coupled with significant changes in cell wall composition...
October 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818373/depressed-expression-of-fae1-and-fad2-genes-modifies-fatty-acid-profiles-and-storage-compounds-accumulation-in-brassica-napus-seeds
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Jianghua Shi, Chunxiu Lang, Fulin Wang, Xuelong Wu, Renhu Liu, Tao Zheng, Dongqing Zhang, Jinqing Chen, Guanting Wu
In plants, the enzymes fatty acid dehydrogenase 2 (FAD2) and fatty acid elongase 1 (FAE1) have been shown in previous studies to play important roles in the de novo biosynthesis of fatty acids. However, the effects of depressed expression of FAD2 and FAE1 on seed storage compounds accumulation remains to be elucidated. In this study, we produced RNA interfering transgenic rapeseeds lines, BnFAD2-Ri, BnFAE1-Ri and BnFAD2/BnFAE1-Ri, which exhibited depressed expression of the BnFAD2 and BnFAE1 genes under the control of seed-specific napin A promoter...
October 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818368/review-metabolic-engineering-of-unusual-lipids-in-the-synthetic-biology-era
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Jose A Aznar-Moreno, Timothy P Durrett
The plant kingdom produces a variety of fatty acid structures, many of which possess functional groups useful for industrial applications. The species that produce these unusual fatty acids are often not suitable for large scale commercial production. The ability to create genetically modified plants, together with emerging synthetic biology approaches, offers the potential to develop alternative oil seed crops capable of producing high levels of modified lipids. In some cases, by combining genes from different species, non-natural lipids with a targeted structure can be conceived...
October 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816210/dietary-deficiency-of-vitamin-a-among-rural-children-a-community-based-survey-using-a-food-frequency-questionnaire
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Shivali Suri, Dinesh Kumar, Ranjan Das
BACKGROUND: Overt vitamin A deficiency has been controlled in most parts of India, but prevalence of subclinical deficiency may still be high, which may enhance susceptibility to infections, reduce growth potential and also lead to higher mortality. We aimed to: (i) assess the consumption pattern of vitamin A-rich foods in children 1-5 years of age in rural Jammu; and (ii) estimate the dietary deficiency of vitamin A leading to risk of subclinical vitamin A deficiency in cluster- villages of the study area...
March 2017: National Medical Journal of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815506/preparing-fosmid-mate-paired-libraries-using-cre-loxp-recombination
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Ze Peng, Jeff L Froula, Jan-Fang Cheng
Fosmid end sequencing has been widely utilized in genome sequence assemblies and genome structural variation studies. We have developed a new approach to construct fosmid paired-end libraries that is suitable for Illumina sequencing platform. This approach employs a newly modified fosmid vector (pFosClip) which contains two loxP sites with identical orientation and two inverse Illumina adaptor priming sites flanking the cloning site. DNA prepared from the fosmid library constructed with pFosClip can be treated with the Cre recombinase to remove most of the vector DNA, leaving only 107 bp of the vector sequence with insert DNA...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814645/zygotic-genome-activation-occurs-shortly-after-fertilization-in-maize
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Junyi Chen, Nicholas Strieder, Nadia G Krohn, Philippe Cyprys, Stefanie Sprunck, Julia C Engelmann, Thomas Dresselhaus
The formation of a zygote via the fusion of an egg and sperm cell and its subsequent asymmetric division (ACD) herald the start of the plant's life cycle. Zygotic genome activation (ZGA) is thought to occur gradually, with the initial steps of zygote and embryo development being primarily maternally controlled, and subsequent steps being governed by the zygotic genome. Here, using maize (Zea mays) as a model plant system, we determined the timing of zygote development and generated RNA-Seq transcriptome profiles of gametes, zygotes, and apical and basal daughter cells...
August 16, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813506/global-and-local-disturbances-interact-to-modify-seagrass-palatability
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Rocío Jiménez-Ramos, Luis G Egea, María J Ortega, Ignacio Hernández, Juan J Vergara, Fernando G Brun
Global change, such as warming and ocean acidification, and local anthropogenic disturbances, such as eutrophication, can have profound impacts on marine organisms. However, we are far from being able to predict the outcome of multiple interacting disturbances on seagrass communities. Herbivores are key in determining plant community structure and the transfer of energy up the food web. Global and local disturbances may alter the ecological role of herbivory by modifying leaf palatability (i.e. leaf traits) and consequently, the feeding patterns of herbivores...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813469/phytoplasma-infection-of-a-tropical-root-crop-triggers-bottom-up-cascades-by-favoring-generalist-over-specialist-herbivores
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Kris A G Wyckhuys, Ignazio Graziosi, Dharani Dhar Burra, Abigail Jan Walter
Global interest on plant-microbe-insect interactions is rapidly growing, revealing the multiple ways in which microorganisms mediate plant-herbivore interactions. Phytopathogens regularly alter whole repertoires of plant phenotypic traits, and bring about shifts in key chemical or morphological characteristics of plant hosts. Pathogens can also cause cascading effects on higher trophic levels, and eventually shape entire plant-associated arthropod communities. We tested the hypothesis that a Candidatus Phytoplasma causing cassava witches' broom (CWB) on cassava (Manihot esculenta Grantz) is altering species composition of invasive herbivores and their associated parasitic hymenopterans...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812675/spatial-complementarity-in-tree-crowns-explains-overyielding-in-species-mixtures
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Laura J Williams, Alain Paquette, Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Christian Messier, Peter B Reich
Deciphering the mechanisms that link biodiversity with ecosystem functions is critical to understanding the consequences of changes in biodiversity. The hypothesis that complementarity and selection effects drive relationships between biodiversity and ecosystem functions is well accepted, and an approach to statistically untangle the relative importance of these effects has been widely applied. In contrast, empirical demonstrations of the biological mechanisms that underlie these relationships remain rare. Here, on the basis of a field experiment with young trees, we provide evidence that one form of complementarity in plant communities-complementarity among crowns in canopy space-is a mechanism, related to light interception and use, that links biodiversity with ecosystem productivity...
March 1, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811874/functional-roles-of-an-engineer-species-for-coastal-benthic-invertebrates-and-demersal-fish
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Aurélie Chaalali, Anik Brind'Amour, Stanislas F Dubois, Hervé Le Bris
Through their tissues or activities, engineer species create, modify, or maintain habitats and alter the distribution and abundance of many plants and animals. This study investigates key ecological functions performed by an engineer species that colonizes coastal ecosystems. The gregarious tubiculous amphipod Haploops nirae is used as a biological model. According to previous studies, the habitat engineered by H. nirae (i.e., Haploops habitat) could provide food and natural shelter for several benthic species such as benthic diatoms belonging to the gender Navicula, the micrograzer Geitodoris planata, or the bivalve Polititapes virgineus...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811592/high-performance-therapeutic-quercetin-doped-adhesive-for-adhesive-dentin-interfaces
#18
Hongye Yang, Kang Li, Huiyi Yan, Siying Liu, Yake Wang, Cui Huang
Almost half of dental restorations have failed in less than 10 years, and approximately 60% of practice time has been consumed to replace these dental restorations. As such, contemporary dentin adhesives should be modified to treat secondary caries and prevent the degradation of adhesive-dentin interfaces. To achieve this goal, we developed a versatile therapeutic adhesive in the present study by incorporating quercetin, which is a naturally derived plant extract, into a commercial adhesive at three concentrations (100, 500 and 1000 µg/mL)...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810845/a-bioinformatics-approach-for-identifying-transgene-insertion-sites-using-whole-genome-sequencing-data
#19
Doori Park, Su-Hyun Park, Yong Wook Ban, Youn Shic Kim, Kyoung-Cheul Park, Nam-Soo Kim, Ju-Kon Kim, Ik-Young Choi
BACKGROUND: Genetically modified crops (GM crops) have been developed to improve the agricultural traits of modern crop cultivars. Safety assessments of GM crops are of paramount importance in research at developmental stages and before releasing transgenic plants into the marketplace. Sequencing technology is developing rapidly, with higher output and labor efficiencies, and will eventually replace existing methods for the molecular characterization of genetically modified organisms...
August 15, 2017: BMC Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809975/discovery-of-synthetic-small-molecules-that-enhance-the-number-of-stomata-c-h-functionalization-chemistry-for-plant-biology
#20
Asraa Ziadi, Naoyuki Uchida, Hiroe Kato, Rina Hisamatsu, Ayato Sato, Shinya Hagihara, Kenichiro Itami, Keiko U Torii
The increasing climate changes and global warming are leading to colossal agricultural problems such as abatement of food production and quality. As stomatal development is considered to play a key role in crop plant productivity and water-use efficiency, studying stomatal development is useful for understanding the productivity of plant systems for both natural and agricultural systems. Herein, we report the first-in-class synthetic small molecules enhancing the number of stomata in Arabidopsis thaliana that have been discovered by screening of the chemical library and further optimized by the Pd-catalyzed C-H arylation reaction...
August 15, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
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