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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651333/responses-of-lichen-communities-to-18%C3%A2-years-of-natural-and-experimental-warming
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Juha M Alatalo, Annika K Jägerbrand, Shengbin Chen, Ulf Molau
Background and Aims: Climate change is expected to have major impacts on high alpine and arctic ecosystems in the future, but empirical data on the impact of long-term warming on lichen diversity and richness are sparse. This study report the effects of 18 years of ambient and experimental warming on lichens and vascular plant cover in two alpine plant communities, a dry heath with sparse canopy cover (54 %) and a mesic meadow with a more developed (67 %) canopy cover, in sub-arctic Sweden...
June 22, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651306/heme-oxygenase-1-induction-and-anti-inflammatory-actions-of-atractylodes-macrocephala-and-taraxacum-herba-extracts-prevented-colitis-and-was-more-effective-than-sulfasalazine-in-preventing-relapse
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Kyu-Hyun Han, Jong-Min Park, Migyeong Jeong, Young-Min Han, Eun-Jin Go, Juyeon Park, Hocheol Kim, Jae Gab Han, Oran Kwon, Ki Baik Hahm
Background/Aims: In inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), repeated bouts of remission and relapse occur in patients and can impose a risk of colitis-associated cancer. We hypothesized that plant extracts of Atractylodes macrocephala (AM) or Taraxacum herba (TH) may be better than sulfasalazine for treating this disease because these extracts can promote additional regeneration. Methods: Murine intestinal epithelial IEC-6 cells were pretreated with AM or TH before a lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced challenge...
June 27, 2017: Gut and Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651235/alpinumisoflavone-inhibits-osteoclast-differentiation-and-exerts-anti-osteoporotic-effect-in-ovariectomized-mice
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Wei Cong, Chao Zhou, Jun Yin
Alpinumisoflavone (AIF), a naturally occurring flavonoid compound exacted from Derris eriocarpa, has been found to have a number of pharmacological activities. However, its role in bone disorder has not been investigated. The aim of this study is to evaluate the osteoprotective effect of AIF on ovariectomy-induced bone loss in mice model and related underlying mechanisms. Our study provides experimental evidence that AIF could regulate the remodeling process of bone and exert osteoprotective effect against ovariectomy-induced bone loss...
June 23, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651230/comparative-proteomic-and-metabolomic-studies-between-prunus-persica-genotypes-resistant-and-susceptible-to-taphrina-deformans-suggest-a-molecular-basis-of-resistance
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Camila Goldy, Laura A Svetaz, Claudia A Bustamante, Marco Allegrini, Gabriel H Valentini, María F Drincovich, Alisdair R Fernie, María V Lara
The worldwide-distributed leaf peach curl disease is caused by the biotroph Taphrina deformans. To characterize the plant-fungus interaction, resistant and susceptible Prunus persica genotypes grown in the orchard were studied. Asymptomatic leaves were tested for fungal presence. In all resistant leaves analyzed the fungus was not detected. Conversely, leaves from the susceptible genotype were categorized according to the presence or absence of the pathogen. Comparative metabolomic analysis disclosed the metabolite composition associated with resistant and susceptible interactions, and of compounds involved in fungal growth inhibition such as chlorogenic acid, whose in vitro antifungal activity was verified in this work...
June 17, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651226/insight-in-body-dysmorphic-disorder-bdd-relative-to-obsessive-compulsive-disorder-ocd-and-psychotic-disorders-revisiting-this-issue-in-light-of-dsm-5
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Wei Lin Toh, David J Castle, Rachel L Mountjoy, Ben Buchanan, John Farhall, Susan L Rossell
INTRODUCTION: In DSM-5, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) was reclassified under the obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (OCRDs), but little is known about the nature of BDD beliefs. This study aimed to compare level of insight in BDD and consider related implications for DSM-5 classification. METHOD: Participants were 27 BDD, 19 obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and 20 psychosis (SZ) participants as well as 42 non-clinical controls (NC), who completed the Brown Assessment of Beliefs Scale (BABS) and Peters Delusions Inventory (PDI)...
June 8, 2017: Comprehensive Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651188/hyperhomocysteinaemia-is-an-independent-risk-factor-for-peripheral-arterial-disease-in-a-chinese-han-population
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Dan Rong, Jie Liu, Xin Jia, Daniah Al-Nafisee, Senhao Jia, Guoyi Sun, Yue Li, Weihang Lu, Haifeng Li, Hongpeng Zhang, Xiaohui Ma, Jiang Xiong, Xiaoping Liu, Raouf A Khalil, Wei Guo
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Hyperhomocysteineamia (HHcy) has long been suggested as a risk factor for atherosclerosis. However, the association between HHcy and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is still controversial. There is a lack of research on this topic in the Chinese population. This study aims to provide further results. METHODS: 240 PAD patients and 240 control subjects were evaluated for both serum total homocysteine levels and ankle brachial indexes (ABIs)...
May 5, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651182/chronic-effects-of-atrazine-exposure-and-recovery-in-freshwater-benthic-diatoms-from-two-communities-with-different-pollution-histories
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Rebecca J Wood, Simon M Mitrovic, Richard P Lim, Ben J Kefford
Diffuse agricultural runoff into rivers can result in contamination with herbicides for prolonged periods of time. Chronic exposure to herbicides has the potential to alter toxic impacts in primary producers such as benthic diatoms. Determining how individual diatom taxa respond to herbicide exposure over varied exposure durations is essential for assessing herbicide impacts. This study investigated the responses of various benthic diatom taxa and effects at the community level over 12days of atrazine exposure...
June 19, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651154/new-comprehensive-studies-of-a-gold-iii-dithiocarbamate-complex-with-proven-anticancer-properties-aqueous-dissolution-with-cyclodextrins-pharmacokinetics-and-upstream-inhibition-of-the-ubiquitin-proteasome-pathway
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Marianna F Tomasello, Chiara Nardon, Valeria Lanza, Giuseppe Di Natale, Nicolò Pettenuzzo, Stefano Salmaso, Danilo Milardi, Paolo Caliceti, Giuseppe Pappalardo, Dolores Fregona
The gold(III)-dithiocarbamate complex AuL12 (dibromo [ethyl-N-(dithiocarboxy-kS,kS')-N-methylglycinate] gold(III)), is endowed with promising in vitro/in vivo antitumor activity and toxicological profile. Here, we report our recent strategies to improve its water solubility and stability under physiological conditions along with our efforts for unravelling its tangled mechanism of action. We used three types of α-cyclodextrins (CDs), namely β-CD, Me-β-CD and HP-β-CD to prepare aqueous solutions of AuL12...
June 19, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651145/polymer-structure-property-requirements-for-stereolithographic-3d-printing-of-soft-tissue-engineering-scaffolds
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REVIEW
Ryan J Mondschein, Akanksha Kanitkar, Christopher B Williams, Scott S Verbridge, Timothy E Long
This review highlights the synthesis, properties, and advanced applications of synthetic and natural polymers 3D printed using stereolithography for soft tissue engineering applications. Soft tissue scaffolds are of great interest due to the number of musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and connective tissue injuries and replacements humans face each year. Accurately replacing or repairing these tissues is challenging due to the variation in size, shape, and strength of different types of soft tissue. With advancing processing techniques such as stereolithography, control of scaffold resolution down to the μm scale is achievable along with the ability to customize each fabricated scaffold to match the targeted replacement tissue...
June 6, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651114/isolation-and-functional-interrogation-of-adult-human-prostate-epithelial-stem-cells-at-single-cell-resolution
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Wen-Yang Hu, Dan-Ping Hu, Lishi Xie, Ye Li, Shyama Majumdar, Larisa Nonn, Hong Hu, Toshi Shioda, Gail S Prins
Using primary cultures of normal human prostate epithelial cells, we developed a novel prostasphere-based, label-retention assay that permits identification and isolation of stem cells at a single cell level. Their bona fide stem cell nature was corroborated using in vitro and in vivo regenerative assays and documentation of symmetric/asymmetric division. Robust WNT10B and KRT13 levels without E-cadherin or KRT14 staining distinguished individual stem cells from daughter progenitors in spheroids. Following FACS to isolate label-retaining stem cells from label-free progenitors, RNA-seq identified unique gene signatures for the separate populations which may serve as useful biomarkers...
June 16, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651087/effects-of-terrestrial-and-marine-organic-matters-on-deposition-of-dechlorane-plus-dp-in-marine-sediments-from-the-southern-yellow-sea-china-evidence-from-multiple-biomarkers
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Guoguang Wang, Jialin Peng, Ting Hao, Lijuan Feng, Qiaoling Liu, Xianguo Li
As an emerging halogenated organic contaminant, Dechlorane Plus (DP) was scarcely reported in marine environments, especially in China. In this work, 35 surface sediments and a sediment core were collected across the Southern Yellow Sea (SYS) to comprehensively explore the spatio-temporal distribution and possible migration pathway of DP. DP concentrations ranged from 14.3 to 245.5 pg/g dry weight in the surface sediments, displaying a seaward increasing trend with the high levels in the central mud zone. This spatial distribution pattern was ascribed to that fine particles with the elevated DP levels were preferentially transported to the central mud zone under hydrodynamic forcing and/or via long-range atmospheric transportation and deposition...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651074/chimeric-antigen-receptor-engineered-natural-killer-and-natural-killer-t-cells-for-cancer-immunotherapy
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REVIEW
Dominique Bollino, Tonya J Webb
Natural killer (NK) cells of the innate immune system and NK T (NKT) cells, which have roles in both the innate and adaptive responses, are unique lymphocyte subsets that have similarities in their functions and phenotypes. Both cell types can rapidly respond to the presence of tumor cells and participate in immune surveillance and antitumor immune responses. This has incited interest in the development of novel cancer therapeutics based on NK and NKT cell manipulation. Chimeric antigen receptors (CARs), generated through the fusion of an antigen-binding region of a monoclonal antibody or other ligand to intracellular signaling domains, can enhance lymphocyte targeting and activation toward diverse malignancies...
June 9, 2017: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651054/importance-and-nature-of-short-range-excitonic-interactions-in-light-harvesting-complexes-and-organic-semiconductors
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Rocco Peter Fornari, Patrick Rowe, Daniele Padula, Alessandro Troisi
The singlet excitonic coupling between many pairs of chromophores is evaluated in three different Light Harvesting Complexes (LHCs) and two organic semiconductors (amorphous and crystalline). This large database of structures is used to assess the relative importance of short-range (exchange, overlap, orbital) and long-range (Coulombic) excitonic coupling. We find that atomic transition charges can introduce systematic errors on the Coulombic coupling and that the dipole-dipole interaction fails to capture the true Coulombic coupling even at intermolecular distances of up to 50 Å...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651043/visualizing-the-contributions-of-virtual-states-to-two-photon-absorption-cross-sections-by-natural-transition-orbitals-of-response-transition-density-matrices
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Kaushik D Nanda, Anna I Krylov
Observables such as two-photon absorption cross-sections cannot be computed from the wave functions of the initial and final states alone because of their nonlinear nature. Rather, they depend on the entire manifold of the excited states, which follows from the familiar sum-over-states expressions of second- and higher-order properties. Consequently, the interpretation of the computed nonlinear optical properties in terms of molecular orbitals is not straightforward and usually relies on approximate few-states models...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651022/can-natural-variation-in-grain-p-concentrations-be-exploited-in-rice-breeding-to-lower-fertilizer-requirements
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Fanmiao Wang, James Douglas Morrison King, Terry Rose, Tobias Kretzschmar, Matthias Wissuwa
Agricultural usage of phosphorus (P) is largely driven by the amount of P removed from fields in harvested plant matter as offtake needs to be balanced by P fertilizer application. Reducing P concentration in grains is a way to decrease P offtake and reduce P fertilizer requirements or soil P mining where insufficient P is applied. Our objective was to assesses the genotypic variation for grain P concentration present within the rice gene pool and resolve to what extent it is affected by environment (P supply) or associated with genetic factors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651021/natural-immune-response-to-plasmodium-vivax-alpha-helical-coiled-coil-protein-motifs-and-its-association-with-the-risk-of-p-vivax-malaria
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Nora Céspedes, Connie S N Li Wai Suen, Cristian Koepfli, Camila T França, Ingrid Felger, Issa Nebie, Myriam Arévalo-Herrera, Ivo Mueller, Giampietro Corradin, Sócrates Herrera
Protein α-helical coiled coil structures are known to induce antibodies able to block critical functions in different pathogens. In a previous study, a total of 50 proteins of Plasmodium vivax erythrocytic asexual stages containing α-helical coiled coil structural motifs were identified in silico, and the corresponding peptides were chemically synthesized. A total of 43 peptides were recognized by naturally acquired antibodies in plasma samples from both Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Colombian adult donors. In this study, the association between IgG antibodies to these peptides and clinical immunity was further explored by measuring total IgG antibody levels to 24 peptides in baseline samples from a longitudinal study of children aged 1-3 years (n = 164) followed for 16 months...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651019/in-silico-genomic-insights-into-aspects-of-food-safety-and-defense-mechanisms-of-a-potentially-probiotic-lactobacillus-pentosus-mp-10-isolated-from-brines-of-naturally-fermented-alore%C3%A3-a-green-table-olives
#17
Hikmate Abriouel, Beatriz Pérez Montoro, María Del Carmen Casado Muñoz, Charles W Knapp, Antonio Gálvez, Nabil Benomar
Lactobacillus pentosus MP-10, isolated from brines of naturally fermented Aloreña green table olives, exhibited high probiotic potential. The genome sequence of L. pentosus MP-10 is currently considered the largest genome among lactobacilli, highlighting the microorganism's ecological flexibility and adaptability. Here, we analyzed the complete genome sequence for the presence of acquired antibiotic resistance and virulence determinants to understand their defense mechanisms and explore its putative safety in food...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650996/whole-transcriptomic-and-proteomic-analyses-of-an-isogenic-m-tuberculosis-clinical-strain-with-a-naturally-occurring-15-kb-genomic-deletion
#18
Carla Duncan, Frances B Jamieson, JoLynn Troudt, Linda Izzo, Helle Bielefeldt-Ohmann, Angelo Izzo, Carolina Mehaffy
Tuberculosis remains one of the most difficult to control infectious diseases in the world. Many different factors contribute to the complexity of this disease. These include the ability of the host to control the infection which may directly relate to nutritional status, presence of co-morbidities and genetic predisposition. Pathogen factors, in particular the ability of different Mycobacterium tuberculosis strains to respond to the harsh environment of the host granuloma, which includes low oxygen and nutrient availability and the presence of damaging radical oxygen and nitrogen species, also play an important role in the success of different strains to cause disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650991/distinguishing-functional-polymorphism-from-random-variation-in-the-sequences-of-10-000-hla-a-b-and-c-alleles
#19
James Robinson, Lisbeth A Guethlein, Nezih Cereb, Soo Young Yang, Paul J Norman, Steven G E Marsh, Peter Parham
HLA class I glycoproteins contain the functional sites that bind peptide antigens and engage lymphocyte receptors. Recently, clinical application of sequence-based HLA typing has uncovered an unprecedented number of novel HLA class I alleles. Here we define the nature and extent of the variation in 3,489 HLA-A, 4,356 HLA-B and 3,111 HLA-C alleles. This analysis required development of suites of methods, having general applicability, for comparing and analyzing large numbers of homologous sequences. At least three amino-acid substitutions are present at every position in the polymorphic α1 and α2 domains of HLA-A, -B and -C...
June 26, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650973/interferon-signaling-in-peromyscus-leucopus-confers-a-potent-and-specific-restriction-to-vector-borne-flaviviruses
#20
Adaeze O Izuogu, Kristin L McNally, Stephen E Harris, Brian H Youseff, John B Presloid, Christopher Burlak, Jason Munshi-South, Sonja M Best, R Travis Taylor
Tick-borne flaviviruses (TBFVs), including Powassan virus and tick-borne encephalitis virus cause encephalitis or hemorrhagic fevers in humans with case-fatality rates ranging from 1-30%. Despite severe disease in humans, TBFV infection of natural rodent hosts has little noticeable effect. Currently, the basis for resistance to disease is not known. We hypothesize that the coevolution of flaviviruses with their respective hosts has shaped the evolution of potent antiviral factors that suppress virus replication and protect the host from lethal infection...
2017: PloS One
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