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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330316/phytotoxicity-and-oxidative-stress-perspective-of-two-selected-nanoparticles-in-brassica-juncea
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Sunita Rao, Gyan Singh Shekhawat
This study elaborates the consequences of oxidative stress caused by copper oxide (CuO) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) in Brassica juncea. Effect of these two NPs on plant physiology, reactive oxygen scavenging enzyme system (ascorbate peroxidase, catalase, superoxide dismutase), proline content and lipid peroxidation has been estimated in leaves as well as root tissues. Bioaccumulation of NPs has also been evaluated in the current study and the interrelated cascade of the enzymatic system with H2O2 production was identified...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330167/genetic-characterization-of-moroccan-and-the-exotic-bread-wheat-cultivars-using-functional-and-random-dna-markers-linked-to-the-agronomic-traits-for-genomics-assisted-improvement
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Fatima Henkrar, Jamal El-Haddoury, Hassan Ouabbou, Najib Bendaou, Sripada M Udupa
Genetic characterization, diversity analysis and estimate of the genetic relationship among varieties using functional and random DNA markers linked to agronomic traits can provide relevant guidelines in selecting parents and designing new breeding strategies for marker-assisted wheat cultivar improvement. Here, we characterize 20 Moroccan and 19 exotic bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) cultivars using 47 functional and 7 linked random DNA markers associated with 21 loci of the most important traits for wheat breeding...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330092/development-of-molecular-method-for-sex-identification-in-date-palm-phoenix-dactylifera-l-plantlets-using-novel-sex-linked-microsatellite-markers
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Maryam, Muhammad Jafar Jaskani, Faisal Saeed Awan, Saeed Ahmad, Iqrar A Khan
Microsatellite markers containing simple sequence repeats (SSRs) are a valuable tool for genetic analysis. Date palm is a dioecious and slow flowering and is very difficult to identify the gender of the trees until it reaches the reproductive age (5-10 years). A total of 12 microsatellite primers were used with 30 date palm samples, 14 parents (8 male + 6 females) and 16 progeny (developed from parents breeding) which showed that microsatellites were highly polymorphic, having a great number of alleles. A total of 124 alleles were characterized in 12 SSR loci...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329766/complex-pectin-metabolism-by-gut-bacteria-reveals-novel-catalytic-functions
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Didier Ndeh, Artur Rogowski, Alan Cartmell, Ana S Luis, Arnaud Baslé, Joseph Gray, Immacolata Venditto, Jonathon Briggs, Xiaoyang Zhang, Aurore Labourel, Nicolas Terrapon, Fanny Buffetto, Sergey Nepogodiev, Yao Xiao, Robert A Field, Yanping Zhu, Malcolm A O'Neill, Breeanna R Urbanowicz, William S York, Gideon J Davies, D Wade Abbott, Marie-Christine Ralet, Eric C Martens, Bernard Henrissat, Harry J Gilbert
The metabolism of carbohydrate polymers drives microbial diversity in the human gut microbiota. It is unclear, however, whether bacterial consortia or single organisms are required to depolymerize highly complex glycans. Here we show that the gut bacterium Bacteroides thetaiotaomicron uses the most structurally complex glycan known: the plant pectic polysaccharide rhamnogalacturonan-II, cleaving all but 1 of its 21 distinct glycosidic linkages. The deconstruction of rhamnogalacturonan-II side chains and backbone are coordinated to overcome steric constraints, and the degradation involves previously undiscovered enzyme families and catalytic activities...
March 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329765/structural-insights-into-adiponectin-receptors-suggest-ceramidase-activity
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Ieva Vasiliauskaité-Brooks, Remy Sounier, Pascal Rochaix, Gaëtan Bellot, Mathieu Fortier, François Hoh, Luigi De Colibus, Chérine Bechara, Essa M Saied, Christoph Arenz, Cédric Leyrat, Sébastien Granier
Adiponectin receptors (ADIPORs) are integral membrane proteins that control glucose and lipid metabolism by mediating, at least in part, a cellular ceramidase activity that catalyses the hydrolysis of ceramide to produce sphingosine and a free fatty acid (FFA). The crystal structures of the two receptor subtypes, ADIPOR1 and ADIPOR2, show a similar overall seven-transmembrane-domain architecture with large unoccupied cavities and a zinc binding site within the seven transmembrane domain. However, the molecular mechanisms by which ADIPORs function are not known...
March 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329733/comparison-of-transcriptional-expression-patterns-of-carotenoid-metabolism-in-cabernet-sauvignon-grapes-from-two-regions-with-distinct-climate
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Wei-Kai Chen, Ke-Ji Yu, Bin Liu, Yi-Bin Lan, Run-Ze Sun, Qiang Li, Fei He, Qiu-Hong Pan, Chang-Qing Duan, Jun Wang
The downstream flux of carotenoid metabolism in grape berries includes the biosynthesis of norisoprenoids, a group of important aroma compounds, and the production of ABA, a well-known plant hormone. This study focused on the transcriptional profiling comparison of genes participating in the biosynthesis of carotenoids, norisoprenoids, and ABA in Vitis vinifera 'Cabernet Sauvignon' grapes at pea size, veraison, and ripening stages. The grapes were obtained from Changli (CL, eastern China) and Gaotai (GT, western China) regions and analyzed using RNA-sequencing technology...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329258/a-new-frailty-score-for-experimental-animals-based-on-the-clinical-phenotype-inactivity-as-a-model-of-frailty
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Mari Carmen Gomez-Cabrera, Rebeca Garcia-Valles, Leocadio Rodriguez-Mañas, Francisco Jose Garcia-Garcia, Gloria Olaso-Gonzalez, Andrea Salvador-Pascual, Francisco Jose Tarazona-Santabalbina, Jose Viña
The development of animal models to study human frailty is important to test interventions to be translated to the clinical practice. The aim of this work was to develop a score for frailty in experimental animals based in the human frailty phenotype. We also tested the effect of physical inactivity in the development of frailty as determined by our score. Male C57Bl/6J mice, individually caged, were randomly assigned to one of two groups: sedentary (inactive) or spontaneous wheel-runners. We compared the sedentary versus the active lifestyle in terms of frailty by evaluating the clinical criteria used in humans: unintentional weight loss; poor endurance (running time); slowness (running speed); weakness (grip strength), and low activity level (motor coordination) at five different ages: 17, 20, 23, 26 and 28 months of age...
January 19, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329160/maternal-microchimerism-predicts-increased-infection-but-decreased-disease-due-to-p-falciparum-during-early-childhood
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Whitney E Harrington, Sami B Kanaan, Atis Muehlenbachs, Robert Morrison, Philip Stevenson, Michal Fried, Patrick E Duffy, J Lee Nelson
BACKGROUND: A mother's infection with placental malaria (PM) can affect her child's susceptibility to malaria, although the mechanism remains unclear. The fetus acquires a small amount of maternal cells and DNA known as maternal microchimerism (MMc), and we hypothesized that PM increases MMc and that MMc alters risk of P. falciparum malaria during infancy. METHODS: In a nested cohort from Muheza, Tanzania, we evaluated the presence and level of cord blood MMc in offspring of women with and without PM...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328977/jmjd3-aids-in-reprogramming-of-bone-marrow-progenitor-cells-to-hepatic-phenotype-through-epigenetic-activation-of-hepatic-transcription-factors
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Veena Kochat, Zaffar Equbal, Prakash Baligar, Vikash Kumar, Madhulika Srivastava, Asok Mukhopadhyay
The strictly regulated unidirectional differentiation program in some somatic stem/progenitor cells has been found to be modified in the ectopic site (tissue) undergoing regeneration. In these cases, the lineage barrier is crossed by either heterotypic cell fusion or direct differentiation. Though studies have shown the role of coordinated genetic and epigenetic mechanisms in cellular development and differentiation, how the lineage fate of adult bone marrow progenitor cells (BMPCs) is reprogrammed during liver regeneration and whether this lineage switch is stably maintained are not clearly understood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328744/non-canonical-roles-of-grks-in-cardiovascular-signaling
#10
Sarah M Schumacher, Walter J Koch
G protein-coupled receptor kinases (GRKs) are classically known for their role in regulating the activity of the largest known class of membrane receptors, which influence diverse biological processes in every cell type in the human body. As researchers have tried to uncover how this family of kinases, containing only 7 members, achieves selective and coordinated control of receptors, they have uncovered a growing number of non-canonical activities for these kinases. These activities include phosphorylation of non-receptor targets and kinase-independent molecular interactions...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328635/a-systematic-review-of-the-use-of-telemedicine-in-plastic-and-reconstructive-surgery-and-dermatology
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Krishna S Vyas, H Rhodes Hambrick, Afaaf Shakir, Shane D Morrison, Duy C Tran, Keon Pearson, Henry C Vasconez, Samir Mardini, Amanda A Gosman, Marek Dobke, Mark S Granick
BACKGROUND: Telemedicine, the use of information technology and telecommunication to provide healthcare at a distance, is a burgeoning field with applications throughout medicine. Given the visual nature of plastic surgery and dermatology, telemedicine has a myriad of potential applications within the field. METHODS: A comprehensive literature review of articles published on telemedicine since January 2010 was performed. Articles were selected for their relevance to plastic and reconstructive surgery and dermatology, and then reviewed for their discussion of the applications, benefits, and limitations of telemedicine in practice...
March 21, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328519/a-framework-for-mixed-type-multi-outcome-prediction-with-applications-in-healthcare
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Budhaditya Saha, Sunil Gupta, Dinh Phung, Svetha Venkatesh
Health analysis often involves prediction of multiple outcomes of mixed-type. Existing work is restrictive to either a limited number or specific outcome types. We propose a framework for mixed-type multi-outcome prediction. Our proposed framework proposes a cumulative loss function composed of a specific loss function for each outcome type - as an example, least square (continuous outcome), hinge (binary outcome), poisson (count outcome) and exponential (non-negative outcome). To model these outcomes jointly, we impose a commonality across the prediction parameters through a common matrix-Normal prior...
March 16, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328397/age-dependent-diastolic-heart-failure-in-an-in-vivo-drosophila-model
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Matthew P Klassen, Christian J Peters, Shiwei Zhou, Hannah H Williams, Lily Yeh Jan, Yuh Nung Jan
While the signals and complexes that coordinate the heartbeat are well established, how the heart maintains its electromechanical rhythm over a lifetime remains an open question with significant implications to human health. Reasoning that this homeostatic challenge confronts all pulsatile organs, we developed a high resolution imaging and analysis toolset for measuring cardiac function in intact, unanesthetized Drosophila melanogaster. We demonstrate that, as in humans, normal aging primarily manifests as defects in relaxation (diastole) while preserving contractile performance...
March 22, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328229/characterization-of-the-bonds-developed-between-calcium-silicate-hydrate-and-polycarboxylate-based-superplasticizers-with-silyl-functionalities
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Carlos A Orozco, Byong-Wa Zen Chun, Guoqing Geng, Abdul-Hamid Emwas, Paulo J M Monteiro
Major developments in concrete technology have been achieved with the use of polycarboxylate-based superplasticizers (PCEs) to improve the concrete rheology without increasing the mix water content. Currently, it is possible to control the fluidity of the fresh concrete and obtain stronger and more durable structures. Therefore, there is a strong incentive to understand the interactions between PCEs and cement hydrates at the atomic scale to design new customized functional PCEs according to the ever-increasing requirements of the concrete industry...
March 22, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328218/functionalized-lanthanide-iii-complexes-constructed-from-azobenzene-derivative-and-%C3%AE-diketone-ligands-luminescent-magnetic-and-reversible-trans-to-cis-photoisomerization-properties
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Li-Rong Lin, Hui-Hui Tang, Yun-Guang Wang, Xuan Wang, Xue-Ming Fang, Li-Hua Ma
The coordination ability of ligands functionalized by azobenzene was manipulated, and two novel chelating ligands, (E)-4-(phenyldiazenyl)-N,N-bis(pyridin-2-ylmethyl) benzohydrazide (C25H22N6O, PBPM) and (E)-4-((4-(dimethylamino)phenyl)diazenyl)-N,N-bis(pyridin-2-ylmethyl) benzohydrazide (C27H27N7O, dmPBPM), were synthesized. The ligands can offer four coordinating atoms (one oxygen and three nitrogens) to act as tetradendate ligands, together with the two β-diketonates (4,4,4-trifluoro-1-phenylbutane-1,3-dionate, tfd), and the trifluoroacetate anion presented as a ligand and a counterion to form the quaternary units with lanthanide(III) ions (La, Eu, and Gd), [Ln(tfd)2(PBPM)(CF3CO2)] (LnC47H34F9N6O7) and [Ln(tfd)2(dmPBPM)(CF3CO2)] (LnC49H39F9N7O7), where the lanthanide(III) ions are nine coordinated with N3O6 donor sets...
March 22, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328213/reversible-coordination-of-boron-aluminum-zinc-magnesium-and-calcium-hydrogen-bonds-to-bent-cul2-fragments-heavy-%C3%AF-complexes-of-the-lightest-coinage-metal
#16
Alexandra Hicken, Andrew J P White, Mark R Crimmin
A series of copper(I) complexes bearing electron-deficient β-diketiminate ligands have been prepared. The study includes [{{ArNC(CR3)}2CH}Cu(η(2)-toluene)n] (Ar = Mes, R = F, n = 0.5, [12·tol]; Ar = C6F5, R = Me, n = 1, [2·tol]; Ar = 2,6-Cl2C6H3, R = H, n = 0.5, [32·tol]). Reactions of [1-3n·tol] with boranes, alanes, a zinc hydride, a magnesium hydride, and a calcium hydride generate the corresponding σ complexes ([1-3·B], [3·B'], [3·Al], [3·Al'], [1-3·Zn], [1·Mg], and [1·Ca]). These species all form reversibly, being in equilibrium with the arene solvates in solution...
March 22, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328212/cu-ii-based-paramagnetic-probe-to-study-rna-protein-interactions-by-nmr
#17
Leah M Seebald, Christopher M DeMott, Srivathsan Ranganathan, Papa Nii Asare Okai, Anastasia Glazunova, Alan Chen, Alexander Shekhtman, Maksim Royzen
Paramagnetic NMR techniques allow for studying three-dimensional structures of RNA-protein complexes. In particular, paramagnetic relaxation enhancement (PRE) data can provide valuable information about long-range distances between different structural components. For PRE NMR experiments, oligonucleotides are typically spin-labeled using nitroxide reagents. The current work describes an alternative approach involving a Cu(II) cyclen-based probe that can be covalently attached to an RNA strand in the vicinity of the protein's binding site using "click" chemistry...
March 22, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328182/coordination-polymerization-of-renewable-3-methylenecyclopentene-with-rare-earth-metal-precursors
#18
Bo Liu, Shihui Li, Meiyan Wang, Dongmei Cui
Coordination polymerization of renewable 3-methylenecyclopentene has been investigated for the first time using rare-earth metal-based precursors bearing various bulky ligands. All the prepared complexes catalyze controllable polymerization of 3-methylenecyclopentene into high molecular weight polymers, of which the NPN- and NSN-tridentate non-Cp ligated lutetium-based catalytic systems exhibited extremely high activities up to 11 520 kg/(molLu ⋅h) in a dilute toluene solution (3.2 g/100 mL) at room temperature...
March 22, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328112/an-isolable-potassium-salt-of-a-borasilene-chloride-adduct
#19
Yuko Suzuki, Shintaro Ishida, Sota Sato, Hiroyuki Isobe, Takeaki Iwamoto
Among the variety of isolable compounds with multiple bonds involving silicon, examples of compounds that contain silicon-boron double bonds (borasilenes) still remain relatively rare. Herein, we report the synthesis of the potassium salt of a chloride adduct of borasilene 1 ([2](-) ), which was obtained as an orange crystalline solid. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis and reactivity studies on [2](-) confirmed the double-bond character of the Si=B bond as well as the reduced Lewis acidity, which is due to the coordination of Cl(-) to the boron center...
March 22, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327918/developmental-coordination-disorder-in-children-experimental-work-and-data-annotation
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Lukas Vareka, Petr Bruha, Roman Moucek, Pavel Mautner, Ladislav Cepicka, Irena Holeckova
Background: Developmental coordination disorder (DCD) is described as a motor skill disorder characterized by a marked impairment in the development of motor coordination abilities that significantly interferes with performance of daily activities and/or academic achievement. Since some electrophysiological studies suggest differences between children with/without motor development problems, we prepared an experimental protocol and performed electrophysiological experiments with the aim to make a step towards a possible diagnosis of this disorder using the event-related potentials (ERP) technique...
February 24, 2017: GigaScience
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