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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913074/draft-genome-and-description-of-orrella-dioscoreae-gen-nov-sp-nov-a-new-species-of-alcaligenaceae-isolated-from-leaf-acumens-of-dioscorea-sansibarensis
#1
Aurelien Carlier, Margo Cnockaert, Linda Fehr, Peter Vandamme, Leo Eberl
Dioscorea sansibarensis is a monocot species of inedible yam native of tropical Africa and Madagascar. Leaves of D. sansibarensis feature prominent acumen glands that are densely colonized by bacteria. We describe here the isolation and characterization of bacteria from leaf glands of D. sansibarensis specimens obtained from various botanical gardens. Phylogenetic and phenotypic characterizations indicate that the isolates belong to a novel genus and species of the Alcaligenaceae family for which we propose the name Orrella dioscoreae gen...
November 24, 2016: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910919/group-benefit-associated-with-polymorphic-trichromacy-in-a-malagasy-primate-propithecus-verreauxi
#2
Carrie C Veilleux, Clara J Scarry, Anthony Di Fiore, E Christopher Kirk, Deborah A Bolnick, Rebecca J Lewis
In some primate lineages, polymorphisms in the X-linked M/LWS opsin gene have produced intraspecific variation in color vision. In these species, heterozygous females exhibit trichromacy, while males and homozygous females exhibit dichromacy. The evolutionary persistence of these polymorphisms suggests that balancing selection maintains color vision variation, possibly through a 'trichromat advantage' in detecting yellow/orange/red foods against foliage. We identified genetic evidence of polymorphic trichromacy in a population of Verreaux's sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi) at Kirindy Mitea National Park in Madagascar, and explored effects of color vision on reproductive success and feeding behavior using nine years of morphological, demographic, and feeding data...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905017/an-evaluation-of-preparedness-delivery-and-impact-of-surgical-and-anesthesia-care-in-madagascar-a-framework-for-a-national-surgical-plan
#3
Emily Bruno, Michelle C White, Linden S Baxter, Vaonandianina Agnès Ravelojaona, Hasiniaina Narindria Rakotoarison, Hery Harimanitra Andriamanjato, Kristin L Close, Alison Herbert, Nakul Raykar, Saurabh Saluja, Mark G Shrime
BACKGROUND: The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery (LCoGS) described the lack of access to safe, affordable, timely surgical, and anesthesia care. It proposed a series of 6 indicators to measure surgery, accompanied by time-bound targets and a template for national surgical planning. To date, no sub-Saharan African country has completed and published a nationwide evaluation of its surgical system within this framework. METHOD: Mercy Ships, in partnership with Harvard Medical School and the Madagascar Ministry of Health, collected data on the 6 indicators from 22 referral hospitals in 16 out of 22 regions of Madagascar...
November 30, 2016: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895525/a-survey-of-the-spider-family-nesticidae-arachnida-araneae-in-asia-and-madagascar-with-the-description-of-forty-three-new-species
#4
Yucheng Lin, Francesco Ballarin, Shuqiang Li
Forty-three new species of Nesticidae are described from China, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Madagascar, and two new junior synonyms are suggested. A new genus, Speleoticusgen. n., is described with Nesticus navicellatus Liu & Li, 2013 as the type species, and four species are transferfed from Nesticus, i.e., Speleoticus globosus (Liu & Li, 2013), comb. n., Speleoticus libo (Chen & Zhu, 2005), comb. n., Speleoticus navicellatus (Liu & Li, 2015), comb. n. and Speleoticus uenoi (Yaginuma, 1972), comb...
2016: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889244/medicinal-uses-chemistry-and-pharmacology-of-dillenia-species-dilleniaceae
#5
REVIEW
Carla W Sabandar, Juriyati Jalil, Norizan Ahmat, Nor-Ashila Aladdin
The genus Dillenia is comprised of about 100 species of evergreen and deciduous trees or shrubs of disjunct distribution in the seasonal tropics of Madagascar through South and South East Asia, Malaysia, North Australia, and Fiji. Species from this genus have been widely used in medicinal folklore to treat cancers, wounds, jaundice, fever, cough, diabetes mellitus, and diarrhea as well as hair tonics. The plants of the genus also produce edible fruits and are cultivated as ornamental plants. Flavonoids, triterpenoids, and miscellaneous compounds have been identified in the genus...
November 23, 2016: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886624/complementary-knowledge-sharing-experiences-of-nursing-students-participating-in-an-educational-exchange-program-between-madagascar-and-norway
#6
Ingrid Tjoflåt, Julie Razaonandrianina, Bjørg Karlsen, Britt Sætre Hansen
AIM AND OBJECTIVES: To describe how Malagasy and Norwegian nursing students experience an educational exchange program in Madagascar. BACKGROUND: Previous studies show that nursing students participating in an educational exchange program enhanced their cultural knowledge and experienced personal growth. However, few studies have described two-way exchange programs, including experiences from both the hosts' and the guest students' perspectives. DESIGN: This study applies a descriptive qualitative design...
November 22, 2016: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885168/educational-and-wealth-inequalities-in-tobacco-use-among-men-and-women-in-54-low-income-and-middle-income-countries
#7
Chandrashekhar T Sreeramareddy, Sam Harper, Linda Ernstsen
BACKGROUND: Socioeconomic differentials of tobacco smoking in high-income countries are well described. However, studies to support health policies and place monitoring systems to tackle socioeconomic inequalities in smoking and smokeless tobacco use common in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs) are seldom reported. We aimed to describe, sex-wise, educational and wealth-related inequalities in tobacco use in LMICs. METHODS: We analysed Demographic and Health Survey data on tobacco use collected from large nationally representative samples of men and women in 54 LMICs...
November 24, 2016: Tobacco Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872558/taxonomic-revision-and-distribution-of-herbaceous-paramollugo-molluginaceae-in-the-eastern-hemisphere
#8
Alexander P Sukhorukov, Maria Kushunina
The genus Paramollugo with the type species Paramollugo nudicaulis (≡Mollugo nudicaulis) has recently been described after molecular investigations. Here we report two new endemic Malagasy species: Paramollugo simulans and Paramollugo elliotii, and transfer a forgotten New Caledonian endemic Mollugo digyna to Paramollugo (Paramollugo digyna). Consequently, the number of Paramollugo species in the Eastern Hemisphere is increased from three to six. Almost all genus representatives (except Paramollugo nudicaulis, which has a wide distribution in Southern Asia, Arabia and tropical Africa) are endemic to Madagascar, Somalia, or New Caledonia...
2016: PhytoKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859187/frugivores-bias-seed-adult-tree-associations-through-nonrandom-seed-dispersal-a-phylogenetic-approach
#9
Onja H Razafindratsima, Amy E Dunham
Frugivores are the main seed dispersers in many ecosystems, such that behaviorally driven, nonrandom patterns of seed dispersal are a common process; but patterns are poorly understood. Characterizing these patterns may be essential for understanding spatial organization of fruiting trees and drivers of seed-dispersal limitation in biodiverse forests. To address this, we studied resulting spatial associations between dispersed seeds and adult tree neighbors in a diverse rainforest in Madagascar, using a temporal and phylogenetic approach...
August 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852328/a-pilot-program-of-knowledge-translation-and-implementation-for-newborn-resuscitation-using-us-peace-corps-volunteers-in-rural-madagascar
#10
Kristin Close, Michele Karel, Michelle White
BACKGROUND: Prevention of adverse perinatal outcome using the Helping Babies Breathe (HBB) neonatal resuscitation algorithm can reduce perinatal mortality in low income settings. Mercy Ships is a non-governmental organisation providing free healthcare education in sub-Saharan Africa and in an attempt to reach more rural areas of Madagascar with our neonatal resuscitation training we designed a novel approach in collaboration with US Peace Corps Volunteers (PCV). PCVs work in rural areas and contribute to locally determined public health initiatives...
November 16, 2016: Globalization and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849515/review-of-west-nile-virus-circulation-and-outbreak-risk-in-madagascar-entomological-and-ornithological-perspectives
#11
Michaël Luciano Tantely, Steven M Goodman, Tsirinaina Rakotondranaivo, Sébastien Boyer
West Nile fever (WNF) is a zoonotic disease, occurring nearly globally. In Madagascar, West Nile virus (WNV) was first detected in 1978 from wild birds and the virus is currently distributed across the island, but no epidemic or epizootic period has been recorded. One fatal human case of WNV infection was reported in 2011, suggesting a "tip of the iceberg" phenomenon of a possible WNF epidemic/epizootic on the island. The main objective of this literature-based survey is to review patterns of WNV circulation in Madagascar from the entomological and ornithological points of view...
2016: Parasite: Journal de la Société Française de Parasitologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848158/evidence-of-prolonged-torpor-in-goodman-s-mouse-lemurs-at-ankafobe-forest-central-madagascar
#12
Marina B Blanco, Andon'ny A Andriantsalohimisantatra, Tahiry V Rivoharison, Jean-Basile Andriambeloson
The small-bodied mouse lemurs of Madagascar (Microcebus) are capable of heterothermy (i.e., torpor or hibernation). The expression of these energy-saving strategies has been physiologically demonstrated in three species: M. berthae, the pygmy mouse lemur (daily torpor), M. murinus, the gray mouse lemur (daily torpor and hibernation), and M. griseorufus, the reddish-gray mouse lemur (daily, prolonged torpor and hibernation). Additional evidence, based on radiotracking and seasonal body mass changes, indicated that mouse lemur capabilities for heterothermy extended to M...
November 15, 2016: Primates; Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27848157/competition-for-dead-trees-between-humans-and-aye-ayes-daubentonia-madagascariensis-in-central-eastern-madagascar
#13
Rose T Miller, Jean-Luc Raharison, Mitchell T Irwin
The destruction and degradation of forest habitats are major threats to the sustainability of lemur populations in Madagascar. Madagascan landscapes often contain forest fragments that represent refuges for native fauna, while also being used for firewood and timber by local human populations. As undisturbed forest becomes increasingly scarce, understanding resource competition between humans and wildlife in disturbed habitats will be increasingly important. We tested the hypothesis that Malagasy and aye-ayes (Daubentonia madagascariensis) compete for the limited number of dead trees in rainforest fragments at Tsinjoarivo, Madagascar...
November 15, 2016: Primates; Journal of Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837236/effect-of-pre-operative-anaemia-on-post-operative-complications-in-low-resource-settings
#14
Michelle C White, Lydia Longstaff, Peggy S Lai
BACKGROUND: In high-resource settings, even mild anaemia is associated with an increased risk of post-operative complications. Whether this is true in low-resource settings is unclear. We aimed to evaluate the effect of anaemia on surgical outcomes in the Republic of Congo and Madagascar. METHOD: It is a retrospective chart review of 2064 non-pregnant patients undergoing elective surgery with Mercy Ships. Logistic regression was used to determine the association between pre-operative anaemia and pre-defined surgical complications, adjusted for age, gender, surgical specialty, and country...
November 11, 2016: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833431/a-new-species-of-illacme-cook-loomis-1928-from-sequoia-national-park-california-with-a-world-catalog-of-the-siphonorhinidae-diplopoda-siphonophorida
#15
Paul E Marek, Jean K Krejca, William A Shear
Members of the family Siphonorhinidae Cook, 1895 are thread-like eyeless millipedes that possess an astounding number of legs, including one individual with 750. Due to their cryptic lifestyle, rarity in natural history collections, and sporadic study over the last century, the family has an unclear phylogenetic placement, and intrafamilial relationships remain unknown. Here we report the discovery of a second species of Illacme, a millipede genus notable for possessing the greatest number of legs of any known animal on the planet...
2016: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821882/inequalities-in-full-immunization-coverage-trends-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
#16
María Clara Restrepo-Méndez, Aluísio Jd Barros, Kerry Lm Wong, Hope L Johnson, George Pariyo, Giovanny Va França, Fernando C Wehrmeister, Cesar G Victora
OBJECTIVE: To investigate disparities in full immunization coverage across and within 86 low- and middle-income countries. METHODS: In May 2015, using data from the most recent Demographic and Health Surveys and Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys, we investigated inequalities in full immunization coverage - i.e. one dose of bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccine, one dose of measles vaccine, three doses of vaccine against diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus and three doses of polio vaccine - in 86 low- or middle-income countries...
November 1, 2016: Bulletin of the World Health Organization
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27811772/description-of-a-new-species-of-thevenetimyia-diptera-bombyliidae-%C3%A2-from-madagascar-with-a-revised-checklist-of-madagascan-bee-fly-fauna
#17
Natalia Maass, Zachary Larmore, Matthew A Bertone, Michelle Trautwein
Madagascar is an island known for its richness of endemic species, including flies. Only eight genera of bee flies (Bombyliidae), including 17 described species (the majority of which are in the subfamily Anthracinae), are known from Madagascar. Here we describe a new species of Bombyliidae from Madagascar, Thevenetimyia spinosavus Maass & Bertone sp. nov. This fly represents the first record of the genus Thevenetimyia from Madagascar and the second species recorded in the Afrotropical Region. A revised checklist of Bombyliidae in Madagascar is provided, along with an appendix of associated literature...
October 12, 2016: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810520/incidental-pseudolymphomatous-bladder-inflammatory-polyp-revealing-urinary-schistosomiasis
#18
Jean-François Dessyn, Sebastien Duquenne, Gautier Hoarau
A 25-year-old female who had returned from a trip to Madagascar that was not reported, underwent an endoscopic bladder polyp resection. Histopathology examination revealed an intense pseudolymphomatous inflammatory polyp caused by a Schistosoma infection. Bladder polyps due to schistosomiasis represent a rare condition in developed countries and have to be ruled out in the case of any intense unexplained inflammation.
October 31, 2016: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798700/genetic-population-structure-of-the-coral-reef-sea-star-linckia-laevigata-in-the-western-indian-ocean-and-indo-west-pacific
#19
Levy Michael Otwoma, Marc Kochzius
The coral reef sea star Linckia laevigata is common on shallow water coral reefs of the Indo-West Pacific. Its large geographic distribution and comprehensive data from previous studies makes it suitable to examine genetic differentiation and connectivity over large geographical scales. Based on partial sequences of the mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase I (COI) gene this study investigates the genetic population structure and connectivity of L. laevigata in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) and compares it to previous studies in the Indo-Malay-Philippines Archipelago (IMPA)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798646/independent-origin-and-global-distribution-of-distinct-plasmodium-vivax-duffy-binding-protein-gene-duplications
#20
Jessica B Hostetler, Eugenia Lo, Usheer Kanjee, Chanaki Amaratunga, Seila Suon, Sokunthea Sreng, Sivanna Mao, Delenasaw Yewhalaw, Anjali Mascarenhas, Dominic P Kwiatkowski, Marcelo U Ferreira, Pradipsinh K Rathod, Guiyun Yan, Rick M Fairhurst, Manoj T Duraisingh, Julian C Rayner
BACKGROUND: Plasmodium vivax causes the majority of malaria episodes outside Africa, but remains a relatively understudied pathogen. The pathology of P. vivax infection depends critically on the parasite's ability to recognize and invade human erythrocytes. This invasion process involves an interaction between P. vivax Duffy Binding Protein (PvDBP) in merozoites and the Duffy antigen receptor for chemokines (DARC) on the erythrocyte surface. Whole-genome sequencing of clinical isolates recently established that some P...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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