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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724218/roadside-verges-as-habitats-for-endangered-lizard-orchids-himantoglossum-spp-ecological-traps-or-refuges
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Réka Fekete, Timea Nagy, Judit Bódis, Éva Biró, Viktor Löki, Kristóf Süveges, Attila Takács, Jácint Tökölyi, Attila Molnár V
Alterations in traditional land use practices have led to severe declines in the area of semi-natural grasslands, thereby seriously threatening plant and animal species dependent on these habitats. Small anthropogenic managed habitats, like roadsides can act as refuges and might play an important role in conserving these species. Colonization of roadside verges by endangered lizard orchids (Himantoglossum spp.) has long been known, but few studies have systematically explored the suitability of roadside habitats for these orchids and the impact of roads on them...
July 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724111/agricultural-conservation-planning-framework-3-land-use-and-field-boundary-database-development-and-structure
#2
Mark D Tomer, David E James, Claudette M J Sandoval-Green
Conservation planning information is important for identifying options for watershed water quality improvement and can be developed for use at field, farm, and watershed scales. Translation across scales is a key issue impeding progress at watershed scales because watershed improvement goals must be connected with implementation of farm- and field-level conservation practices to demonstrate success. This is particularly true when examining alternatives for "trap and treat" practices implemented at agricultural-field edges to control (or influence) water flows through fields, landscapes, and riparian corridors within agricultural watersheds...
May 2017: Journal of Environmental Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723896/maternal-h3k27me3-controls-dna-methylation-independent-imprinting
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Azusa Inoue, Lan Jiang, Falong Lu, Tsukasa Suzuki, Yi Zhang
Mammalian sperm and oocytes have different epigenetic landscapes and are organized in different fashions. After fertilization, the initially distinct parental epigenomes become largely equalized with the exception of certain loci, including imprinting control regions. How parental chromatin becomes equalized and how imprinting control regions escape from this reprogramming is largely unknown. Here we profile parental allele-specific DNase I hypersensitive sites in mouse zygotes and morula embryos, and investigate the epigenetic mechanisms underlying these allelic sites...
July 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723892/global-forest-loss-disproportionately-erodes-biodiversity-in-intact-landscapes
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Matthew G Betts, Christopher Wolf, William J Ripple, Ben Phalan, Kimberley A Millers, Adam Duarte, Stuart H M Butchart, Taal Levi
Global biodiversity loss is a critical environmental crisis, yet the lack of spatial data on biodiversity threats has hindered conservation strategies. Theory predicts that abrupt biodiversity declines are most likely to occur when habitat availability is reduced to very low levels in the landscape (10-30%). Alternatively, recent evidence indicates that biodiversity is best conserved by minimizing human intrusion into intact and relatively unfragmented landscapes. Here we use recently available forest loss data to test deforestation effects on International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List categories of extinction risk for 19,432 vertebrate species worldwide...
July 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723660/poly-adp-ribose-polymerase-inhibitors-as-radiosensitizers-a-systematic-review-of-pre-clinical-and-clinical-human-studies
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Paul Lesueur, François Chevalier, Jean-Baptiste Austry, Waisse Waissi, Hélène Burckel, Georges Noël, Jean-Louis Habrand, Yannick Saintigny, Florence Joly
BACKGROUND: Poly-(ADP-Ribose)-Polymerase (PARP) inhibitors are becoming important actors of anti-neoplasic agents landscape, with recent but narrow FDA's approvals for ovarian BRCA mutated cancers and prostatic cancer. Nevertheless, PARP inhibitors are also promising drugs for combined treatments particularly with radiotherapy. More than seven PARP inhibitors have been currently developed. Central Role of PARP in DNA repair, makes consider PARP inhibitor as potential radiosensitizers, especially for tumors with DNA repair defects, such as BRCA mutation, because of synthetic lethality...
July 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723659/data-driven-analysis-of-immune-infiltrate-in-a-large-cohort-of-breast-cancer-and-its-association-with-disease-progression-er-activity-and-genomic-complexity
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Ruth Dannenfelser, Marianne Nome, Andliena Tahiri, Josie Ursini-Siegel, Hans Kristian Moen Vollan, Vilde D Haakensen, Åslaug Helland, Bjørn Naume, Carlos Caldas, Anne-Lise Børresen-Dale, Vessela N Kristensen, Olga G Troyanskaya
The tumor microenvironment is now widely recognized for its role in tumor progression, treatment response, and clinical outcome. The intratumoral immunological landscape, in particular, has been shown to exert both pro-tumorigenic and anti-tumorigenic effects. Identifying immunologically active or silent tumors may be an important indication for administration of therapy, and detecting early infiltration patterns may uncover factors that contribute to early risk. Thus far, direct detailed studies of the cell composition of tumor infiltration have been limited; with some studies giving approximate quantifications using immunohistochemistry and other small studies obtaining detailed measurements by isolating cells from excised tumors and sorting them using flow cytometry...
July 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723476/charting-recent-progress-and-challenges-in-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-is-there-an-optimal-treatment-sequence
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Stéphane Oudard, Pablo Maroto, Gaston Demonty, Winald R Gerritsen
CONTEXT: Recent developments in the treatment of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) have led to uncertainty about the optimal sequence of agents. OBJECTIVE: To review and assess treatment options and sequence in patients with mCRPC. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: To identify data on the optimal use of approved treatments, we searched PubMed for studies on the use of recently approved agents for men with mCRPC published before March 2015...
October 2016: European Urology Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723106/proteins-breaking-bad-a-free-energy-perspective
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Jessica Valle-Orero, Rafael Tapia-Rojo, Edward C Eckels, Jaime Andres Rivas-Pardo, Ionel Popa, Julio M Fernandez
Protein ageing may manifest as a mechanical disease that compromises tissue elasticity. As proved recently, while proteins respond to changes in force with an instantaneous elastic recoil followed by a folding contraction, aged proteins break bad, becoming unstructured polymers. Here, we explain this phenomenon in the context of a free energy model, predicting the changes in the folding landscape of proteins upon oxidative ageing. Our findings validate that protein folding under force is constituted by two separable components, polymer properties and hydrophobic collapse, and demonstrate that the latter becomes irreversibly blocked by oxidative damage...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722409/conformational-landscape-of-tri-n-butyl-phosphate-matrix-isolation-infrared-spectroscopy-and-systematic-computational-analysis
#9
Nagarajan Ramanathan, Kalyanasundaram Sundararajan, Kodumudi S Viswanathan
The conformations of tri-n-butyl phosphate (TBP) were studied using matrix isolation infrared spectroscopy and DFT calculations. TBP was trapped in a N2 matrix using both effusive and supersonic sources and its infrared spectra were recorded. The computational exploration of TBP is a very demanding problem to confront, due to the presence of a large multitude of conformations in TBP. To simplify the problem, computations were done on model compounds, dimethyl butyl phosphate (DMBP) and dibutyl methyl phosphate (DBMP), to systematically arrive at the conformations of TBP that are expected to contribute to its chemistry at room temperature...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722010/a-shape-shifting-redox-foldase-contributes-to-proteus-mirabilis-copper-resistance
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Emily J Furlong, Alvin W Lo, Fabian Kurth, Lakshmanane Premkumar, Makrina Totsika, Maud E S Achard, Maria A Halili, Begoña Heras, Andrew E Whitten, Hassanul G Choudhury, Mark A Schembri, Jennifer L Martin
Copper resistance is a key virulence trait of the uropathogen Proteus mirabilis. Here we show that P. mirabilis ScsC (PmScsC) contributes to this defence mechanism by enabling swarming in the presence of copper. We also demonstrate that PmScsC is a thioredoxin-like disulfide isomerase but, unlike other characterized proteins in this family, it is trimeric. PmScsC trimerization and its active site cysteine are required for wild-type swarming activity in the presence of copper. Moreover, PmScsC exhibits unprecedented motion as a consequence of a shape-shifting motif linking the catalytic and trimerization domains...
July 19, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721523/from-endosymbionts-to-host-communities-factors-determining-the-reproductive-success-of-arthropod-vectors
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Irit Messika, Mario Garrido, Hadar Kedem, Victor China, Yoni Gavish, Qunfeng Dong, Clay Fuqua, Keith Clay, Hadas Hawlena
Elucidating the factors determining reproductive success has challenged scientists since Darwin, but the exact pathways that shape the evolution of life history traits by connecting extrinsic (e.g., landscape structure) and intrinsic (e.g., female's age and endosymbionts) factors and reproductive success have rarely been studied. Here we collected female fleas from wild rodents in plots differing in their densities and proportions of the most dominant rodent species. We then combined path analysis and model selection approaches to explore the network of effects, ranging from micro to macroscales, determining the reproductive success of these fleas...
July 18, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721412/effect-of-ligand-binding-on-a-protein-with-a-complex-folding-landscape
#12
Hisham Mazal, Haim Aviram, Inbal Riven, Gilad Haran
Ligand binding to a protein can stabilize it significantly against unfolding. The variation of the folding free energy, ΔΔG(0), due to ligand binding can be derived from a simple reaction scheme involving exclusive binding to the native state. One obtains the following expression: , where Kd is the ligand dissociation constant and L is its concentration, R is the universal gas constant and T is the temperature. This expression has been shown to correctly describe experimental results on multiple proteins...
July 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721211/microbial-metal-resistance-and-metabolism-across-dynamic-landscapes-high-throughput-environmental-microbiology
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REVIEW
Hans Carlson, Adam Deutschbauer, John Coates
Multidimensional gradients of inorganic compounds influence microbial activity in diverse pristine and anthropogenically perturbed environments. Here, we suggest that high-throughput cultivation and genetics can be systematically applied to generate quantitative models linking gene function, microbial community activity, and geochemical parameters. Metal resistance determinants represent a uniquely universal set of parameters around which to study and evaluate microbial fitness because they represent a record of the environment in which all microbial life evolved...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721016/a-review-of-the-literature-analyzing-benefits-and-concerns-of-infliximab-biosimilar-ct-p13-for-the-treatment-of-rheumatologic-diseases-focus-on-interchangeability
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Andrea Becciolini, Maria Gabriella Raimondo, Chiara Crotti, Elena Agape, Martina Biggioggero, Ennio Giulio Favalli
The introduction of biological agents drastically changed the treatment paradigm of inflammatory arthritides, ameliorating the natural history of the diseases but concomitantly increasing the drug costs due to the manufacturing process. On this concern, biosimilar drugs may represent a valid option for reducing this elevated cost and increasing the availability of these highly effective treatments. Recently, CT-P13, the first biosimilar of infliximab, has been approved with the same indications established for the reference product (RP), and its daily use is progressively increasing...
2017: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720757/integrative-analyses-of-translatome-and-transcriptome-reveal-important-translational-controls-in-brown-and-white-adipose-regulated-by-micrornas
#15
David W Reid, Dan Xu, Peng Chen, Hongyuan Yang, Lei Sun
The epidemic of obesity and diabetes has markedly spurred the research interest in adipocyte biology. Brown adipocytes are specialized for energy expenditure and of therapeutic interest for treatment of metabolic diseases, but how brown adipocytes are distinguished from white adipocytes at the level of translational regulation remains poorly understood. To systemically determine the translational control of gene expression in adipose tissue, we performed ribosome profiling and RNA-seq in parallel to depict the translatome and transcriptome changes during primary brown and white adipogenesis, and between brown and white adipose tissue...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720703/canopy-structure-drives-orangutan-habitat-selection-in-disturbed-bornean-forests
#16
Andrew B Davies, Marc Ancrenaz, Felicity Oram, Gregory P Asner
The conservation of charismatic and functionally important large species is becoming increasingly difficult. Anthropogenic pressures continue to squeeze available habitat and force animals into degraded and disturbed areas. Ensuring the long-term survival of these species requires a well-developed understanding of how animals use these new landscapes to inform conservation and habitat restoration efforts. We combined 3 y of highly detailed visual observations of Bornean orangutans with high-resolution airborne remote sensing (Light Detection and Ranging) to understand orangutan movement in disturbed and fragmented forests of Malaysian Borneo...
July 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720667/mapk-pathway-and-tert-promoter-gene-mutation-pattern-and-its-prognostic-value-in-melanoma-patients%C3%AF-a-retrospective-study-of-2793-cases
#17
Xue Bai, Yan Kong, Zhihong Chi, Xinan Sheng, Chuanliang Cui, Xuan Wang, Lili Mao, Bixia Tang, Siming Li, Bin Lian, Xieqiao Yan, Li Zhou, Jie Dai, Jun Guo, Lu Si
Ethnic differences are conspicuous in melanoma. This study is to obtain a comprehensive view of a genomic landscape and a better understanding of the correlations of gene mutation status with clinicopathological characteristics and disease prognosis in Asian population.<br /><br />Experimental Design: 2793 melanoma patient samples were retrospectively collected and analyzed for mutations in C-KIT, BRAF, NRAS, and PDGFRA coding regions and TERT promoter region by Sanger sequencing. Mutations were correlated to clinicopathological features and overall survival...
July 18, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720500/essential-slow-degrees-of-freedom-in-protein-surface-simulations-a-metadynamics-investigation
#18
Arushi Prakash, K G Sprenger, Jim Pfaendtner
Many proteins exhibit strong binding affinities to surfaces, with binding energies much greater than thermal fluctuations. When modelling these protein-surface systems with classical molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, the large forces that exist at the protein/surface interface generally confine the system to a single minimum. Exploring the full conformational space of the protein, especially finding other stable structures, becomes prohibitively expensive. Coupling MD simulations with metadynamics (enhanced sampling) has fast become a common method for sampling the adsorption of such proteins...
July 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720325/therapeutic-peptides-historical-perspectives-current-development-trends-and-future-directions
#19
Jolene L Lau, Michael K Dunn
Peptide therapeutics have played a notable role in medical practice since the advent of insulin therapy in the 1920s. Over 60 peptide drugs are approved in the United States and other major markets, and peptides continue to enter clinical development at a steady pace. Peptide drug discovery has diversified beyond its traditional focus on endogenous human peptides to include a broader range of structures identified from other natural sources or through medicinal chemistry efforts. We maintain a comprehensive dataset on peptides that have entered human clinical studies that includes over 150 peptides in active development today...
July 1, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719277/reducing-uncertainty-for-acute-febrile-illness-in-resource-limited-settings-the-current-diagnostic-landscape
#20
Matthew L Robinson, Yukari C Manabe
AbstractDiagnosing the cause of acute febrile illness in resource-limited settings is important-to give the correct antimicrobials to patients who need them, to prevent unnecessary antimicrobial use, to detect emerging infectious diseases early, and to guide vaccine deployment. A variety of approaches are yielding more rapid and accurate tests that can detect more pathogens in a wider variety of settings. After decades of slow progress in diagnostics for acute febrile illness in resource-limited settings, a wave of converging advancements will enable clinicians in resource-limited settings to reduce uncertainty for the diagnosis of acute febrile illness...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
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