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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793181/exogenously-applied-spermidine-alleviates-photosynthetic-inhibition-under-drought-stress-in-maize-zea-mays-l-seedlings-associated-with-changes-in-endogenous-polyamines-and-phytohormones
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Lijie Li, Wanrong Gu, Jing Li, Congfeng Li, Tenglong Xie, Danyang Qu, Yao Meng, Caifeng Li, Shi Wei
Drought stress (DS) is a major environmental factor limiting plant growth and crop productivity worldwide. It has been established that exogenous spermidine (Spd) stimulates plant tolerance to DS. The effects of exogenous Spd on plant growth, photosynthetic performance, and chloroplast ultrastructure as well as changes in endogenous polyamines (PAs) and phytohormones were investigate in DS-resistant (Xianyu 335) and DS-sensitive (Fenghe 1) maize seedlings under well-watered and DS treatments. Exogenous Spd alleviated the stress-induced reduction in growth, photosynthetic pigment content, photosynthesis rate (Pn ) and photochemical quenching (qP ) parameters, including the maximum photochemistry efficiency of photosystem II (PSII) (Fv /Fm ), PSII operating efficiency (ФPSII), and qP coefficient...
May 15, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792754/loss-of-chromosome-18q11-2-q12-1-is-predictive-for-survival-in-patients-with-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-treated-with-bevacizumab
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Erik van Dijk, Hedde D Biesma, Martijn Cordes, Dominiek Smeets, Maarten Neerincx, Sudipto Das, Paul P Eijk, Verena Murphy, Anna Barat, Orna Bacon, Jochen H M Prehn, Johannes Betge, Timo Gaiser, Bozena Fender, Gerrit A Meijer, Deborah A McNamara, Rut Klinger, Miriam Koopman, Matthias P A Ebert, Elaine W Kay, Bryan T Hennessey, Henk M W Verheul, William M Gallagher, Darran P O'Connor, Cornelis J A Punt, Fotios Loupakis, Diether Lambrechts, Annette T Byrne, Nicole C T van Grieken, Bauke Ylstra
Purpose Patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) have limited benefit from the addition of bevacizumab to standard chemotherapy. However, a subset probably benefits substantially, highlighting an unmet clinical need for a biomarker of response to bevacizumab. Previously, we demonstrated that losses of chromosomes 5q34, 17q12, and 18q11.2-q12.1 had a significant correlation with progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with mCRC treated with bevacizumab in the CAIRO2 clinical trial but not in patients who did not receive bevacizumab in the CAIRO trial...
May 24, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792597/increasing-plant-diversity-with-border-crops-reduces-insecticide-use-and-increases-crop-yield-in-urban-agriculture
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Nian-Feng Wan, You-Ming Cai, Yan-Jun Shen, Xiang-Yun Ji, Xiang-Wen Wu, Xiang-Rong Zheng, Wei Cheng, Jun Li, Yao-Pei Jiang, Xin Chen, Jacob Weiner, Jie-Xian Jiang, Ming Nie, Rui-Ting Ju, Tao Yuan, Jian-Jun Tang, Wei-Dong Tian, Hao Zhang, Bo Li
Urban agriculture is making an increasing contribution to food security in large cities around the world. The potential contribution of biodiversity to ecological intensification in urban agricultural systems has not been investigated. We present monitoring data collected from rice fields in 34 community farms in mega-urban Shanghai, China, from 2001 to 2015, and show that the presence of a border crop of soybeans and neighboring crops (maize, eggplant and Chinese cabbage), both without weed control, increased invertebrate predator abundance, decreased the abundance of pests and dependence on insecticides, and increased grain yield and economic profits...
May 24, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792566/clues-to-an-evolutionary-mystery-the-genes-for-t-toxin-enabler-of-the-devastating-1970-southern-corn-leaf-blight-epidemic-are-present-in-ancestral-species-suggesting-an-ancient-origin
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Bradford J Condon, Candace E Elliott, Jonathan Gonzalez, Sung-Hwan Yun, Yasunori Akagi, Tyr Wiesner-Hanks, Motoichiro Kodama, Gillian Turgeon
The Southern Corn Leaf Blight epidemic of 1970 devastated fields of T-cytoplasm corn planted in monoculture throughout the eastern US. The epidemic was driven by race T, a previously unseen race of Cochliobolus heterostrophus. A second fungus, Phyllosticta zeae-maydis, with the same biological specificity, appeared coincidentally. Race T produces T-toxin, while P. zeae-maydis produces PM-toxin, both host selective polyketide toxins necessary for supervirulence. Present abundance of genome sequences offers an opportunity to tackle the evolutionary origins of T- and PM- toxin biosynthetic genes, previously thought unique to these species...
May 24, 2018: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792361/effect-of-blueberry-extract-carriers-and-combinations-on-the-growth-rate-of-probiotic-and-pathogenic-bacteria
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María Gretel Michel-Barba, Hugo Espinosa-Andrews, Rudy Antonio García-Reyes, Yves Desjardins, Marisela González-Ávila
The blueberry is recognised as a source of phenolic compounds that have beneficial effects on human health; however, they possess low bioavailability and can be degraded by gastrointestinal conditions. Encapsulation has been widely used to mitigate these disadvantages; Gum Arabic (GA) and Corn Syrup Solids (CSS) are common carriers used in this technique. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of Blueberry Extract (BE), carriers and their mixtures on the kinetic growth and maximal growth rate of probiotics and pathogenic bacteria...
May 24, 2018: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792336/evaluation-of-a-national-neurosurgical-formative-examination-the-uk-experience
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Ian Anderson, Robert Corns, Simon Thomson
INTRODUCTION: Formative assessment is a key component in medical education and that it is a helpful process for all involved. Until recently there was no national formative examination for neurosurgical trainees. The Neurosurgery Annual in Training Examination (NAiTE) is an annual online, formative assessment that was introduced in 2014. In this paper, we seek to discuss how well NAiTE relates to established educational practice and principles and its fitness for purpose by discussing its rationale, structure and utility...
May 24, 2018: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792207/metagenomic-analysis-of-viruses-associated-with-maize-lethal-necrosis-in-kenya
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Mwathi Jane Wamaitha, Deepti Nigam, Solomon Maina, Francesca Stomeo, Anne Wangai, Joyce Njoki Njuguna, Timothy A Holton, Bramwel W Wanjala, Mark Wamalwa, Tanui Lucas, Appolinaire Djikeng, Hernan Garcia-Ruiz
BACKGROUND: Maize lethal necrosis is caused by a synergistic co-infection of Maize chlorotic mottle virus (MCMV) and a specific member of the Potyviridae, such as Sugarcane mosaic virus (SCMV), Wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV) or Johnson grass mosaic virus (JGMV). Typical maize lethal necrosis symptoms include severe yellowing and leaf drying from the edges. In Kenya, we detected plants showing typical and atypical symptoms. Both groups of plants often tested negative for SCMV by ELISA...
May 23, 2018: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789802/successful-formulation-and-application-of-plant-growth-promoting-kosakonia-radicincitans-in-maize-cultivation
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Beatrice Berger, Sascha Patz, Silke Ruppel, Kristin Dietel, Sebastian Faetke, Helmut Junge, Matthias Becker
The global market for biosupplements is expected to grow by 14 percent between 2014 and 2019 as a consequence of the proven benefits of biosupplements on crop yields, soil fertility, and fertilizer efficiency. One important segment of biosupplements is plant growth-promoting bacteria (PGPB). Although many potential PGPB have been discovered, suitable biotechnological processing and shelf-life stability of the bacteria are challenges to overcome for their successful use as biosupplements. Here, the plant growth-promoting Gram-negative strain Kosakonia radicincitans DSM 16656T (family Enterobacteriaceae) was biotechnologically processed and applied in the field...
2018: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788204/rabies-antibody-response-after-booster-immunization-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Annefleur C Langedijk, Cornelis A de Pijper, Rene Spijker, Rebecca Holman, Martin P Grobusch, Cornelis Stijnis
Although fatal once symptomatic, rabies is preventable by administration of pre- and post-exposure vaccines. International guidelines suggest life-long protection by a pre-exposure vaccination scheme followed by timely post-exposure vaccines. Rapidity and magnitude of the antibody recall response after booster inoculation are essential, as many people have been previously immunized a long time ago. The objective of this study was therefore to systematically review the evidence on the boostability of rabies immunization to date...
May 17, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787990/dimethylthiourea-ameliorates-carbon-tetrachloride-induced-acute-liver-injury-in-ovariectomized-mice
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Satoru Mitazaki, Natsumi Kotajima, Sakiko Matsuda, Naruki Ida, Mina Iide, Shigeyoshi Honma, Miwako Suto, Naho Kato, Naohito Kuroda, Kouichi Hiraiwa, Makoto Yoshida, Sumiko Abe
AIMS: In order to clarify hepato-protective actions of estrogen, we examined the progress of carbon tetrachloride (CCl4 )-induced acute liver injury (ALI) in sham and ovariectomized (ovx) mice and the effects of dimethylthiourea (DMTU), a hydroxyl radical scavenger, and meloxicam (Melo), a selective cox-2 inhibitor, on the development of CCl4 -induced ALI. MAIN METHODS: Female C57BL/6 J mice weighing 15-20 g were performed sham or ovx operation at 8 weeks of age...
May 19, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787936/dynamic-remobilization-of-leaf-nitrogen-components-in-relation-to-photosynthetic-rate-during-grain-filling-in-maize
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Xiaohuan Mu, Qinwu Chen, Fanjun Chen, Lixing Yuan, Guohua Mi
Remobilization of leaf nitrogen (N) contributes greatly to grain N in maize, but leads to low photosynthetic rate (Pn ). Pn is determined by various N components involving in light harvest and CO2 reduction. However, it is less clear which N component is the major contributor for the reduction of photosynthesis in modern stay-green maize hybrids. In this study, we analyzed the relationship between remobilization of different N components and Pn during grain filling stage under low N (no N application) and high N (180 kg N ha-1 ) in a field experiment...
May 16, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787766/structure-and-functional-characterization-of-human-histidine-triad-nucleotide-binding-protein-1-mutations-associated-with-inherited-axonal-neuropathy-with-neuromyotonia
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Rachit M Shah, Kimberly M Maize, Harrison T West, Alexander M Strom, Barry C Finzel, Carston R Wagner
Inherited peripheral neuropathies are a group of neurodegenerative disorders that clinically affect 1 in 2500 individuals. Recently, genetic mutations in Human Histidine Nucleotide Binding Protein 1 (hHint1) have been strongly and most frequently associated with patients suffering from axonal neuropathy with neuromyotonia. However, the correlation between the impact of these mutations on the hHint1 structure, enzymatic activity and in vivo function has remained ambiguous. Here, we provide detailed biochemical characterization of a set of these hHint1 mutations...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787608/loci-under-selection-and-markers-associated-with-host-plant-and-host-related-strains-shape-the-genetic-structure-of-brazilian-populations-of-spodoptera-frugiperda-lepidoptera-noctuidae
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Karina Lucas Silva-Brandão, Aline Peruchi, Noemy Seraphim, Natália Faraj Murad, Renato Assis Carvalho, Juliano Ricardo Farias, Celso Omoto, Fernando Luis Cônsoli, Antonio Figueira, Marcelo Mendes Brandão
We applied the ddRAD genotyping-by-sequencing technique to investigate the genetic distinctiveness of Brazilian populations of the noctuid moth Spodoptera frugiperda, the fall armyworm (FAW), and the role of host-plant association as a source of genetic diversification. By strain-genotyping all field-collected individuals we found that populations collected from corn were composed primarily of corn-strain individuals, while the population collected from rice was composed almost entirely of rice-strain individuals...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786845/a-simple-and-portable-screening-method-for-adulterated-olive-oils-using-the-hand-held-ftir-spectrometer-and-chemometrics-tools
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Meng Pan, Suqin Sun, Qun Zhou, Jianbo Chen
Extra virgin olive oil has been one of the most common targets for economically motivated food adulteration. This research employed the hand-held FTIR spectrometer to develop the simple and portable screening methods for extra virgin olive oils adulterated with other cheaper vegetable oils. With the help of the ATR probe and chemometrics tools, oil samples can be measured directly without any pretreatment, then the spectra can be interpreted automatically to determine the possibility of adulteration and estimate the content of adulterant oil...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786674/choline-supplementation-prevents-a-hallmark-disturbance-of-kwashiorkor-in-weanling-mice-fed-a-maize-vegetable-diet-hepatic-steatosis-of-undernutrition
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Thaddaeus May, Kevin C Klatt, Jacob Smith, Eumenia Castro, Mark Manary, Marie A Caudill, Farook Jahoor, Marta L Fiorotto
Hepatic steatosis is a hallmark feature of kwashiorkor malnutrition. However, the pathogenesis of hepatic steatosis in kwashiorkor is uncertain. Our objective was to develop a mouse model of childhood undernutrition in order to test the hypothesis that feeding a maize vegetable diet (MVD), like that consumed by children at risk for kwashiorkor, will cause hepatic steatosis which is prevented by supplementation with choline. A MVD was developed with locally sourced organic ingredients, and fed to weanling mice ( n = 9) for 6 or 13 days...
May 22, 2018: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785948/-genetics-of-fertility-restoration-in-the-isocytoplasm-allonuclear-c-group-of-cytoplasmic-male-sterility-in-maize
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Zhuo Fan Zhao, Ling Huang, Yong Ming Liu, Peng Zhang, Gui Wei, Mo Ju Cao
Maize is one of the first crops to produce hybrids using cytoplasmic male sterile lines. The C-type cytoplasmic male sterile (CMS-C) line is vital for hybrid seed production, and the fertility-restoration reaction along with its stability has a direct bearing on its applications. However, fertility restoration mechanism of CMS-C is complex and is still not clear so far. To further explore the factors affecting the fertility restoration of maize CMS, a series of test crosses were carried out by pollinating the isocytoplasm allonuclear CMS-C lines C48-2, Chuangzaosi and C478 with the test lines 18 bai, zi 330, 5022 and the restorer line A619, respectively...
May 20, 2018: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785907/the-fatty-acid-composition-of-estonian-and-latvian-retail-milk-implications-for-human-nutrition-compared-with-a-designer-milk
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Merike Henno, Tiia Ariko, Tanel Kaart, Sirje Kuusik, Katri Ling, Marko Kass, Hanno Jaakson, Ragnar Leming, D Ian Givens, Vita Sterna, Meelis Ots
The study reported in this Research Communication compared retail milks' FA profiles from two neighbouring countries, estimated the potential contributions of these milks and a designer milk (achieved by changing the diet of the dairy cow) to the recommended human dietary intake of FA, and predicted (based on the milk FA profile) methane emission from dairy cows. Retail milks in Estonia and Latvia were purchased from supermarkets monthly for one year. To compare the FA composition of retail milk with designer milk with an increased PUFA content, the bulk milk FA profile from a separate field trial was used...
May 2018: Journal of Dairy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785859/apposition-and-positioning-of-the-nellix-endovascular-aneurysm-sealing-system-in-the-infrarenal-aortic-neck
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Kim van Noort, Simon P Overeem, Ruben van Veen, Jan M M Heyligers, Michel M P J Reijnen, Richte C L Schuurmann, Cornelis H Slump, Rogier Kropman, Jean-Paul P M de Vries
PURPOSE: To investigate the initial proximal position and seal of the Nellix EndoVascular Aneurysm Sealing (EVAS) system in the aortic neck using a novel methodology. METHODS: Forty-six consecutive patients who underwent elective EVAS for an abdominal aortic aneurysm were retrospectively selected and dichotomized into an early (n = 23) and a late (n = 23) group. The aortic neck morphology and aortic neck surface (ANS) were determined on preoperative computed tomography (CT) scans; the endograft position and nonapposition surface (NAS) were determined on the 1-month CT scans...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785628/gut-associated-bacteria-of-helicoverpa-zea-indirectly-trigger-plant-defenses-in-maize
#19
Jie Wang, Mingyu Yang, Yuanyuan Song, Flor E Acevedo, Kelli Hoover, Rensen Zeng, Gary W Felton
Insect-associated microbes can contribute to the physiological and ecological functions of insects. Despite a few examples in beetles and piercing-sucking insects, the varied mechanisms of how insect-associated bacteria mediate plant-insect interactions are still not fully understood. The polyphagous herbivore Helicoverpa zea is a major agricultural pest that harbors certain microbes in their digestive systems. Enterobacter ludwigii is one of the gut-associated bacteria identified from field-collected caterpillars, and it has been shown to indirectly induce defenses in the dicot plant tomato by triggering the biosynthesis of salivary elicitors, but there are no clear mechanisms to show how gut microbes alter these salivary cues and how a different host plant responds to these inducible elicitors...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Chemical Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785001/evaluation-of-weed-control-efficacy-and-crop-safety-of-the-new-hppd-inhibiting-herbicide-qyr301
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Hengzhi Wang, Weitang Liu, Kongping Zhao, Hui Yu, Jia Zhang, Jinxin Wang
QYR301, 1,3-Dimethyl-1H-pyrazole-4-carboxylic acid 4-[2-chloro-3-(3,5-dimethyl-pyrazol-1-ylmethyl)-4-methanesulfonyl-benzoyl]-2,5-dimethyl-2H-pyrazol-3-yl ester, is a novel HPPD-inhibiting herbicide and was evaluated to provide a reference for post-emergence (POST) application under greenhouse and field conditions. The crop safety (180 and 360 g active ingredient (a.i.) ha-1 treatments) experiment revealed that wheat, paddy, garlic and corn were the only four crops without injury at both examined herbicide rates...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
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