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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331062/benefits-of-increasing-transpiration-efficiency-in-wheat-under-elevated-co2-for-rainfed-regions
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Brendan Christy, Sabine Tausz-Posch, Michael Tausz, Richard Richards, Greg Rebetzke, Anthony Condon, Terry Mclean, Glenn Fitzgerald, Maryse Bourgault, Garry O'Leary
Higher transpiration efficiency (TE) has been proposed as a mechanism to increase crop yields in dry environments where water availability usually limits yield. The application of a coupled radiation and transpiration efficiency simulation model shows wheat yield advantage of a high TE cultivar (cv. Drysdale) over its almost identical low TE parent line (Hartog), from about -7 to 558 kg ha-1 (mean 187 kg ha-1 ) over the rainfed cropping region in Australia (221 to 1351 mm annual rainfall), under the present-day climate...
January 13, 2018: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330956/craniomandibular-variation-in-phalangeriform-marsupials-functional-comparisons-with-primates
#2
Elizabeth M St Clair, Nicholas Reback, Jonathan M G Perry
Phalangeriform marsupials have often been compared with primates because of similarity in the range of external morphology, ecological niches, and body size between the two radiations. We explore morphological convergence in the masticatory anatomy of strepsirrhine primates and phalangeriforms, through osteological measurements of the mandible and facial skeleton, and through dissection of the masticatory musculature, presenting new data on the arrangement and proportions of jaw adductors in phalangeriforms...
February 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330519/large-scale-aggregation-analysis-of-eukaryotic-proteins-reveals-an-involvement-of-intrinsically-disordered-regions-in-protein-folding
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Eri Uemura, Tatsuya Niwa, Shintaro Minami, Kazuhiro Takemoto, Satoshi Fukuchi, Kodai Machida, Hiroaki Imataka, Takuya Ueda, Motonori Ota, Hideki Taguchi
A subset of the proteome is prone to aggregate formation, which is prevented by chaperones in the cell. To investigate whether the basic principle underlying the aggregation process is common in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, we conducted a large-scale aggregation analysis of ~500 cytosolic budding yeast proteins using a chaperone-free reconstituted translation system, and compared the obtained data with that of ~3,000 Escherichia coli proteins reported previously. Although the physicochemical properties affecting the aggregation propensity were generally similar in yeast and E...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330500/integration-of-gwas-pathway-and-network-analyses-reveals-novel-mechanistic-insights-into-the-synthesis-of-milk-proteins-in-dairy-cows
#4
Sara Pegolo, Núria Mach, Yuliaxis Ramayo-Caldas, Stefano Schiavon, Giovanni Bittante, Alessio Cecchinato
The quantities and proportions of protein fractions have notable effects on the nutritional and technological value of milk. Although much is known about the effects of genetic variants on milk proteins, the complex relationships among the set of genes and pathways regulating the different protein fractions synthesis and secretion into milk in dairy cows are still not completely understood. We conducted genome-wide association studies (GWAS) for milk nitrogen fractions in a cohort of 1,011 Brown Swiss cows, which uncovered 170 significant single nucleotide polymorphism (SNPs), mostly located on BTA6 and BTA11...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330470/%C3%AE-ecdysterone-protects-sh-sy5y-cells-against-%C3%AE-amyloid-induced-apoptosis-via-c-jun-n-terminal-kinase-and-akt-associated-complementary-pathways
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Tianjiao Xu, Chengu Niu, Xiaojie Zhang, Miaoxian Dong
Recently, the significantly higher incidence of Alzheimer's disease (AD) in women than in men has been attributed to the loss of neuroprotective estrogen after menopause. Does phytoestrogen have the ability to protect against amyloid-β (Aβ) toxicity? The aim of this study was to evaluate hypothesis that β-ecdysterone (β-Ecd) protects SH-SY5Y cells from Aβ-induced apoptosis by separate signaling pathways involving protein kinase B (Akt) and c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK). Here, we demonstrate that phytoestrogen β-Ecd inhibits Aβ-triggered mitochondrial apoptotic pathway, as indicated by Bcl-2/Bax ratio elevation, cytochrome c (cyt c) release reduction, and caspase-9 inactivation...
January 12, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330391/impact-of-antithymocyte-globulin-doses-in-reduced-intensity-conditioning-before-allogeneic-transplantation-from-matched-sibling-donor-for-patients-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia-a-report-from-the-acute-leukemia-working-party-of-european-group-of-bone-marrow-transplantation
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Raynier Devillier, Myriam Labopin, Patrice Chevallier, Marie-Pierre Ledoux, Gérard Socié, Anne Huynh, Jean-Henri Bourhis, Jean-Yves Cahn, Gabrielle Roth-Guepin, Ghulam Mufti, Déborah Desmier, Mauricette Michallet, Nathalie Fegueux, Fabio Ciceri, Fréderic Baron, Didier Blaise, Arnon Nagler, Mohamad Mohty
Antithymocyte globulin (ATG) is commonly used for graft-vs.-host disease (GVHD) prophylaxis in unrelated donor allogeneic transplantation (Allo-HSCT). However, its use is still controversial in matched sibling donor (MSD) Allo-HSCT, notably after reduced intensity conditioning (RIC). ATG dose may influence the outcome, explaining in part the discordant conclusions in MSD Allo-HSCT. We, therefore, analyzed the impact of ATG doses in patients with acute myeloid leukemia in first complete remission undergoing RIC Allo-HSCT from a MSD...
January 12, 2018: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330310/social-determinants-of-community-level-human-papillomavirus-vaccination-coverage-in-a-school-based-vaccination-programme
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Stephen Jean, Malak Elshafei, Alison Buttenheim
OBJECTIVE: To assess social patterns in human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine coverage in a school-based, government-funded vaccination programme located within a single-payer universal healthcare system. DESIGN: We conducted a cross-sectional analysis of HPV vaccine uptake data for the 2013-2014 school year for 131 local authorities in England, and then evaluated the association between vaccine uptake and socioeconomic status at the aggregate level. DATA SOURCES: HPV vaccination coverage data from Public Health England's vaccine uptake guidance and the UK's March 2011 Census...
January 12, 2018: Sexually Transmitted Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330143/breast-cancer-targeting-through-inhibition-of-the-endoplasmic-reticulum-based-apoptosis-regulator-nrh-bcl2l10
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Adrien Nougarede, Nikolay Popgeorgiev, Loay Kassem, Soleilmane Omarjee, Stephane Borel, Ivan Mikaelian, Jonathan Lopez, Rudy Gadet, Olivier Marcillat, Isabelle Treilleux, Bruno O Villoutreix, Ruth Rimokh, Germain Gillet
Drug resistance and metastatic relapse remain a top challenge in breast cancer treatment. In this study, we present preclinical evidence for a strategy to eradicate advanced breast cancers by targeting the BCL2 homolog Nrh/BCL2L10, which we discovered to be overexpressed in >45% of a large cohort of breast invasive carcinomas. Nrh expression in these tumors correlated with reduced metastasis-free survival and we determined it to be an independent marker of poor prognosis. Nrh protein localized to the endoplasmic reticulum (ER)...
January 12, 2018: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329935/tick-borne-pathogen-detection-what-s-new
#9
Alejandro Cabezas-Cruz, Muriel Vayssier-Taussat, Gilbert Greub
Ticks and the pathogens they transmit constitute a growing burden for human and animal health worldwide. Traditionally, tick-borne pathogen detection has been carried out using PCR-based methods that rely in known sequences for specific primers design. This approach matches with the view of a 'single-pathogen' epidemiology. Recent results, however, have stressed the importance of coinfections in pathogen ecology and evolution with impact in pathogen transmission and disease severity. New approaches, including high-throughput technologies, were then used to detect multiple pathogens, but they all need a priori information on the pathogens to search...
January 9, 2018: Microbes and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329828/frequency-and-prognostic-significance-of-acute-kidney-recovery-in-patients-who-underwent-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
#10
Amir Azarbal, Kevin L Leadholm, Takamaru Ashikaga, Richard J Solomon, Harold L Dauerman
Acute kidney injury (AKI) after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is associated with increased mortality. As significant hemodynamic improvement may occur with relief of aortic stenosis, we hypothesized that TAVI patients may demonstrate the opposite phenomena: acute kidney recovery (AKR). We studied the incidence and predictors of AKR in post-TAVI patients. A total of 366 consecutive patients underwent TAVI (January 2012 to January 2017) at a single center. We defined AKR as a 25% improvement in glomerular filtration rate (GFR) at 48 hours after TAVI...
December 13, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329703/highly-sensitive-microrna-detection-based-on-bio-bar-code-assay-and-catalytic-hairpin-assembly-two-stage-amplification
#11
Songsong Tang, Yuan Gu, Huiting Lu, Haifeng Dong, Kai Zhang, Wenhao Dai, Xiangdan Meng, Fan Yang, Xueji Zhang
Herein, a highly-sensitive microRNA (miRNA) detection strategy was developed by combining bio-bar-code assay (BBA) with catalytic hairpin assembly (CHA). In the proposed system, two nanoprobes of magnetic nanoparticles functionalized with DNA probes (MNPs-DNA) and gold nanoparticles with numerous barcode DNA (AuNPs-DNA) were designed. In the presence of target miRNA, the MNP-DNA and AuNP-DNA hybridized with target miRNA to form a "sandwich" structure. After "sandwich" structures were separated from the solution by the magnetic field and dehybridized by high temperature, the barcode DNA sequences were released by dissolving AuNPs...
April 3, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329545/use-of-epidemiological-and-entomological-tools-in-the-control-and-elimination-of-malaria-in-ethiopia
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REVIEW
Abebe Animut, Bernt Lindtjørn
Malaria is the leading public health problem in Ethiopia where over 75% of the land surface is at risk with varying intensities depending on altitude and season. Although the mortality because of malaria infection has declined much during the last 15-20 years, some researchers worry that this success story may not be sustainable. Past notable achievements in the reduction of malaria disease burden could be reversed in the future. To interrupt, or even to eliminate malaria transmission in Ethiopia, there is a need to implement a wide range of interventions that include insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor residual spraying, improved control of residual malaria transmission, and improved diagnostics, enhanced surveillance, and methods to deal with the emergence of resistance both to drugs and to insecticides...
January 12, 2018: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329541/a-role-for-endothelial-nitric-oxide-synthase-in-intestinal-stem-cell-proliferation-and-mesenchymal-colorectal-cancer
#13
Jon Peñarando, Laura M López-Sánchez, Rafael Mena, Silvia Guil-Luna, Francisco Conde, Vanessa Hernández, Marta Toledano, Victoria Gudiño, Michela Raponi, Caroline Billard, Carlos Villar, César Díaz, José Gómez-Barbadillo, Juan De la Haba-Rodríguez, Kevin Myant, Enrique Aranda, Antonio Rodríguez-Ariza
BACKGROUND: Nitric oxide (NO) has been highlighted as an important agent in cancer-related events. Although the inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) isoform has received most attention, recent studies in the literature indicate that the endothelial isoenzyme (eNOS) can also modulate different tumor processes including resistance, angiogenesis, invasion, and metastasis. However, the role of eNOS in cancer stem cell (CSC) biology and mesenchymal tumors is unknown. RESULTS: Here, we show that eNOS was significantly upregulated in VilCre ERT2 Apc fl/+ and VilCre ERT2 Apc fl/fl mouse intestinal tissue, with intense immunostaining in hyperproliferative crypts...
January 10, 2018: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329518/the-use-of-eculizumab-in-gemcitabine-induced-thrombotic-microangiopathy
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Vinod Krishnappa, Mohit Gupta, Haikoo Shah, Abhijit Das, Natthavat Tanphaichitr, Robert Novak, Rupesh Raina
BACKGROUND: Thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) secondary to gemcitabine therapy (GiTMA) is a very rare pathology that carries a poor prognosis, with nearly half of the cases progressing to end stage renal disease. GiTMA is most commonly associated with adenocarcinomas, most notably pancreatic cancers. The mainstay of management is withdrawal of the offending drug and supportive care. Plasmapheresis has a limited role and hemodialysis may help in the management of fluid overload secondary to renal failure...
January 12, 2018: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329395/open-access-physical-activity-programs-for-older-adults-a-pragmatic-and-systematic-review
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Laura E Balis, Thomas Strayer, NithyaPriya Ramalingam, Meghan Wilson, Samantha M Harden
Background and Objectives: Open-access, community-based programs are recommended to assist older adults in meeting physical activity guidelines, but the characteristics, impact, and scalability of these programs is less understood. The Land-Grant University Cooperative Extension System, an organization providing education through county-based educators, functions as a delivery system for these programs. A systematic review was conducted to determine characteristics of effective older adult physical activity programs and the extent to which programs delivered in Extension employ these characteristics...
January 10, 2018: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329393/tgf-%C3%AE-mediated-nadph-oxidase-4-dependent-oxidative-stress-promotes-colistin-induced-acute-kidney-injury
#16
Bo Young Jeong, Se-Ra Park, Sungkwon Cho, Seong-Lan Yu, Hoi Young Lee, Chang Gyo Park, Jaeku Kang, Da-Young Jung, Moon Hyang Park, Won-Min Hwang, Sung-Ro Yun, Ju-Young Jung, Se-Hee Yoon
Background: Colistin (polymyxin E) is an important constituent of the polymyxin class of cationic polypeptide antibiotics. Intrarenal oxidative stress can contribute to colistin-induced nephrotoxicity. Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide 3-phosphate oxidases (Noxs) are important sources of reactive oxygen species. Among the various types of Noxs, Nox4 is predominantly expressed in the kidney. Objectives: We investigated the role of Nox4 and benefit of Nox4 inhibition in colistin-induced acute kidney injury using in vivo and in vitro models...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329392/risk-of-pancreatic-cancer-associated-with-family-history-of-cancer-and-other-medical-conditions-by-accounting-for-smoking-among-relatives
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E Molina-Montes, P Gomez-Rubio, M Márquez, M Rava, M Löhr, C W Michalski, X Molero, A Farré, J Perea, W Greenhalf, L Ilzarbe, M O'Rorke, A Tardón, T Gress, V M Barberà, T Crnogorac-Jurcevic, E Domínguez-Muñoz, L Muñoz-Bellvís, J Balsells, E Costello, J Huang, M Iglesias, J Kleeff, Bo Kong, J Mora, L Murray, D O'Driscoll, I Poves, A Scarpa, W Ye, M Hidalgo, L Sharp, A Carrato, F X Real, N Malats
Background: Family history (FH) of pancreatic cancer (PC) has been associated with an increased risk of PC, but little is known regarding the role of inherited/environmental factors or that of FH of other comorbidities in PC risk. We aimed to address these issues using multiple methodological approaches. Methods: Case-control study including 1431 PC cases and 1090 controls and a reconstructed-cohort study (N = 16 747) made up of their first-degree relatives (FDR)...
January 10, 2018: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329089/neural-circuit-dysfunction-in-mouse-models-of-neurodevelopmental-disorders
#18
REVIEW
Isabel Del Pino, Beatriz Rico, Oscar Marín
Neuropsychiatric disorders arise from the alteration of normal brain developmental trajectories disrupting the function of specific neuronal circuits. Recent advances in human genetics have greatly accelerated the identification of genes whose variation increases the susceptibility for neurodevelopmental disorders, most notably for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and schizophrenia. In parallel, experimental studies in animal models-most typically in mice-are beginning to shed light on the role of these genes in the development and function of specific brain circuits...
January 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329054/relationship-between-sedentary-behavior-and-depression-a-mediation-analysis-of-influential-factors-across-the-lifespan-among-42-469-people-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Brendon Stubbs, Davy Vancampfort, Joseph Firth, Felipe B Schuch, Mats Hallgren, Lee Smith, Benjamin Gardner, Kai G Kahl, Nicola Veronese, Marco Solmi, André F Carvalho, Ai Koyanagi
BACKGROUND: Sedentary behavior (SB) is associated with diabetes, cardiovascular disease and low mood. There is a paucity of multi-national research investigating SB and depression, particularly among low- and middle-income countries. This study investigated the association between SB and depression, and factors which influence this. METHODS: Cross-sectional data were analyzed from the World Health Organization's Study on Global Ageing and Adult Health. Depression was based on the Composite International Diagnostic Interview...
January 3, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328999/discovery-of-novel-piperonyl-derivatives-as-diapophytoene-desaturase-inhibitors-for-the-treatment-of-methicillin-vancomycin-and-linezolid-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-infections
#20
Hanwen Wei, Fei Mao, Shuaishuai Ni, Feifei Chen, Baoli Li, Xiaoxia Qiu, Linghao Hu, Manjiong Wang, Xinyu Zheng, Jin Zhu, Lefu Lan, Jian Li
Inhibition of S. aureus diapophytoene desaturase (CrtN) could serve as an alternative approach for addressing the tricky antibiotic resistance by blocking the biosynthesis of carotenoid pigment which shields the bacterium from host oxidant killing. In this study, we designed and synthesized 44 derivatives with piperonyl scaffold targeting CrtN and the structure-activity relationships (SARs) were examined extensively to bring out the discovery of 21b with potent efficacy and better hERG safety profile compared to the first class CrtN inhibitor benzocycloalkane derivative 2...
December 29, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
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