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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219344/origin-and-phylogenetic-status-of-the-local-ashanti-dwarf-pig-adp-of-ghana-based-on-genetic-analysis
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Richard Osei-Amponsah, Benjamin M Skinner, Dennis O Adjei, Julien Bauer, Greger Larson, Nabeel A Affara, Carole A Sargent
BACKGROUND: The Ashanti Dwarf Pig (ADP) of Ghana is an endangered pig breed with hardy and disease resistant traits. Characterisation of animal genetic resources provides relevant data for their conservation and sustainable use for food security and economic development. We investigated the origin and phylogenetic status of the local ADP of Ghana and their crosses with modern commercial breeds based on mtDNA, MC1R, Y-chromosome sequence polymorphisms, and genome-wide SNP genotyping. RESULTS: The study involved 164 local pigs sampled from the three agro-ecological zones of Ghana...
February 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214115/warm-summers-and-moderate-winter-precipitation-boost-rhododendron-ferrugineum-l-growth-in-the-taillefer-massif-french-alps
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L Francon, C Corona, E Roussel, J Lopez Saez, M Stoffel
Rhododendron ferrugineum L. is a widespread dwarf shrub species growing in high-elevation, alpine environments of the Western European Alps. For this reason, analysis of its growth rings offers unique opportunities to push current dendrochronological networks into extreme environments and way beyond the treeline. Given that different species of the same genus have been successfully used in tree-ring investigations, notably in the Himalayas where Rhododendron spp. has proven to be a reliable climate proxy, this study aims at (i) evaluating the dendroclimatological potential of R...
February 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213872/capulavirus-and-grablovirus-two-new-genera-in-the-family-geminiviridae
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Arvind Varsani, Philippe Roumagnac, Marc Fuchs, Jesús Navas-Castillo, Enrique Moriones, Ali Idris, Rob W Briddon, Rafael Rivera-Bustamante, F Murilo Zerbini, Darren P Martin
Geminiviruses are plant-infecting single-stranded DNA viruses that occur in most parts of the world. Currently, there are seven genera within the family Geminiviridae (Becurtovirus, Begomovirus, Curtovirus, Eragrovirus, Mastrevirus, Topocuvirus and Turncurtovirus). The rate of discovery of new geminiviruses has increased significantly over the last decade as a result of new molecular tools and approaches (rolling-circle amplification and deep sequencing) that allow for high-throughput workflows. Here, we report the establishment of two new genera: Capulavirus, with four new species (Alfalfa leaf curl virus, Euphorbia caput-medusae latent virus, French bean severe leaf curl virus and Plantago lanceolata latent virus), and Grablovirus, with one new species (Grapevine red blotch virus)...
February 17, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209893/localized-aliphatic-organic-material-on-the-surface-of-ceres
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M C De Sanctis, E Ammannito, H Y McSween, A Raponi, S Marchi, F Capaccioni, M T Capria, F G Carrozzo, M Ciarniello, S Fonte, M Formisano, A Frigeri, M Giardino, A Longobardo, G Magni, L A McFadden, E Palomba, C M Pieters, F Tosi, F Zambon, C A Raymond, C T Russell
Organic compounds occur in some chondritic meteorites, and their signatures on solar system bodies have been sought for decades. Spectral signatures of organics have not been unambiguously identified on the surfaces of asteroids, whereas they have been detected on cometary nuclei. Data returned by the Visible and InfraRed Mapping Spectrometer on board the Dawn spacecraft show a clear detection of an organic absorption feature at 3.4 micrometers on dwarf planet Ceres. This signature is characteristic of aliphatic organic matter and is mainly localized on a broad region of ~1000 square kilometers close to the ~50-kilometer Ernutet crater...
February 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209859/dwarf-planet-ceres-and-the-ingredients-of-life
#5
Michael Küppers
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 17, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201630/novel-rht-1-dwarfing-genes-tools-for-wheat-breeding-and-dissecting-the-function-of-della-proteins
#6
Stephen G Thomas
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 1, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193156/ecdomainminer-discovering-hidden-associations-between-enzyme-commission-numbers-and-pfam-domains
#7
Seyed Ziaeddin Alborzi, Marie-Dominique Devignes, David W Ritchie
BACKGROUND: Many entries in the protein data bank (PDB) are annotated to show their component protein domains according to the Pfam classification, as well as their biological function through the enzyme commission (EC) numbering scheme. However, despite the fact that the biological activity of many proteins often arises from specific domain-domain and domain-ligand interactions, current on-line resources rarely provide a direct mapping from structure to function at the domain level. Since the PDB now contains many tens of thousands of protein chains, and since protein sequence databases can dwarf such numbers by orders of magnitude, there is a pressing need to develop automatic structure-function annotation tools which can operate at the domain level...
February 13, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191303/alma-observations-of-the-water-fountain-pre-planetary-nebula-iras-16342-3814-high-velocity-bipolar-jets-and-an-expanding-torus
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R Sahai, W H T Vlemmings, T Gledhill, C Sánchez Contreras, E Lagadec, L-Å Nyman, G Quintana-Lacaci
We have mapped (12)CO J=3-2 and other molecular lines from the "water-fountain" bipolar pre-planetary nebula (PPN) IRAS 16342-3814 with [Formula: see text] resolution using ALMA. We find (i) two very high-speed knotty, jet-like molecular outflows, (ii) a central high-density (> few × 10(6) cm(-3)), expanding torus of diameter 1300 AU, and (iii) the circumstellar envelope of the progenitor AGB, generated by a sudden, very large increase in the mass-loss rate to > 3.5 × 10(-4)M⊙ yr(-1) in the past ~455 yr...
January 20, 2017: Astrophysical Journal. Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183327/characteristics-of-sirnas-derived-from-southern-rice-black-streaked-dwarf-virus-in-infected-rice-and-their-potential-role-in-host-gene-regulation
#9
Donglin Xu, Guohui Zhou
BACKGROUND: Virus-derived siRNAs (vsiRNAs)-mediated RNA silencing plays important roles in interaction between plant viruses and their hosts. Southern rice black-streaked dwarf virus (SRBSDV) is a newly emerged devastating rice reovirus with ten dsRNA genomic segments. The characteristics of SRBSDV-derived siRNAs and their biological implications in SRBSDV-rice interaction remain unexplored. METHODS: VsiRNAs profiling from SRBSDV-infected rice samples was done via small RNA deep sequencing...
February 10, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176534/effects-of-piroxicam-on-tissue-distribution-of-sulfadimidine-in-west-african-dwarf-male-and-female-goats
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E I Akogwu, S A Saganuwan, P A Onyeyili
Cases of Stevens-Johnson syndrome have been increasingly reported in Nigeria by individuals who consumed meat products of animals especially goats injected sulfonamides. Hence, tissue distribution and residues of intramuscular sulfadimidine were studied in West African Dwarf (WAD) goats. Twenty goats divided into two groups of 10 each (five males; five females) weighing 10.4 ± 1.63 kg were administered intramuscular sulfadimidine (100 mg/kg body weight), and the second group was coadministered 5 mg/kg of piroxicam via right and left thigh muscle, respectively...
January 1, 2017: Human & Experimental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174590/modulating-atdreb1c-expression-improves-drought-tolerance-in-salvia-miltiorrhiza
#11
Tao Wei, Kejun Deng, Qingxia Zhang, Yonghong Gao, Yu Liu, Meiling Yang, Lipeng Zhang, Xuelian Zheng, Chunguo Wang, Zhiwei Liu, Chengbin Chen, Yong Zhang
Dehydration responsive element binding proteins are transcription factors of the plant-specific AP2 family, many of which contribute to abiotic stress responses in several plant species. We investigated the possibility of increasing drought tolerance in the traditional Chinese medicinal herb, Salvia miltiorrhiza, through modulating the transcriptional regulation of AtDREB1C in transgenic plants under the control of a constitutive (35S) or drought-inducible (RD29A) promoter. AtDREB1C transgenic S. miltiorrhiza plants showed increased survival under severe drought conditions compared to the non-transgenic wild-type (WT) control...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169290/knockdown-of-a-cellulose-synthase-gene-boicesa-affects-the-leaf-anatomy-cellulose-content-and-salt-tolerance-in-broccoli
#12
Shuangtao Li, Lei Zhang, Ying Wang, Fengfeng Xu, Mengyun Liu, Peng Lin, Shuxin Ren, Rui Ma, Yang-Dong Guo
Cellulose is the major component of cell wall materials. A 300 bp specific fragment from the cDNA fragment was chosen to insert into vector pFGC1008 at forward and reverse orientations to construct the recombinant RNAi vector. Knockdown of BoiCesA caused "dwarf" phenotype with smaller leaves and a loss of the content of cellulose. Moreover, RT-PCR analysis confirmed that the expression of the RNAi apparatus could repress expression of the CesA gene. Meanwhile, examination of the leaves from the T3 of RNAi transformants indicated reduction of cell expansion in vascular bundles, particularly on their abaxial surface...
February 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167888/localization-of-barley-yellow-dwarf-virus-movement-protein-modulating-programmed-cell-death-in-nicotiana-benthamiana
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Jiwon Ju, Kangmin Kim, Kui-Jae Lee, Wang Hu Lee, Ho-Jong Ju
Barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) belongs to Luteovirus and is limited only at phloem related tissues. An open reading frame (ORF) 4 of BYDV codes for the movement protein (MP) of BYDV gating plasmodesmata (PD) to facilitate virus movement. Like other Luteoviruses, ORF 4 of BYDV is embedded in the ORF3 but expressed from the different reading frame in leaky scanning manner. Although MP is a very important protein for systemic infection of BYDV, there was a little information. In this study, MP was characterized in terms of subcellular localization and programmed cell death (PCD)...
February 2017: Plant Pathology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165010/limb-proportions-show-developmental-plasticity-in-response-to-embryo-movement
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A S Pollard, B G Charlton, J R Hutchinson, T Gustafsson, I M McGonnell, J A Timmons, A A Pitsillides
Animals have evolved limb proportions adapted to different environments, but it is not yet clear to what extent these proportions are directly influenced by the environment during prenatal development. The developing skeleton experiences mechanical loading resulting from embryo movement. We tested the hypothesis that environmentally-induced changes in prenatal movement influence embryonic limb growth to alter proportions. We show that incubation temperature influences motility and limb bone growth in West African Dwarf crocodiles, producing altered limb proportions which may, influence post-hatching performance...
February 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160664/identification-of-a-maize-chlorotic-dwarf-virus-silencing-suppressor-protein
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Lucy R Stewart, Sridhar Jarugula, Yujing Zhao, Feng Qu, DeeMarie Marty
Maize chlorotic dwarf virus (MCDV), a member of the genus Waikavirus, family Secoviridae, has a 11784 nt (+)ssRNA genome that encodes a 389kDa proteolytically processed polyprotein. We show that the N-terminal 78kDa polyprotein (R78) of MCDV acts as a suppressor of RNA silencing in a well-established assay system. We further demonstrate that R78 is cleaved by the viral 3C-like protease into 51 and 27kDa proteins (p51 and p27), and that p51 is responsible for silencing suppressor activity. Silencing suppressor activity of R78 is conserved in three divergent MCDV strains (MCDV-Severe, MCDV-M1, and MCDV-Tennessee), as well as the waikavirus Bellflower vein chlorosis virus, but was not detected for orthologous protein of Rice tungro spherical virus (RTSV-A) or the similarly-positioned protein from the sequivirus Parsnip yellow fleck virus (PYFV)...
February 1, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153414/anthropogenic-noise-alters-dwarf-mongoose-responses-to-heterospecific-alarm-calls
#16
Amy Morris-Drake, Anna M Bracken, Julie M Kern, Andrew N Radford
Anthropogenic noise is an evolutionarily novel and widespread pollutant in both terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Despite increasing evidence that the additional noise generated by human activities can affect vocal communication, the majority of research has focused on the use of conspecific acoustic information, especially sexual signals. Many animals are known to eavesdrop on the alarm calls produced by other species, enhancing their likelihood of avoiding predation, but how this use of heterospecific information is affected by anthropogenic noise has received little empirical attention...
January 30, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152100/genetic-and-isotope-ratio-mass-spectrometric-evidence-for-the-occurrence-of-starch-degradation-and-cycling-in-illuminated-arabidopsis-leaves
#17
Marouane Baslam, Edurne Baroja-Fernández, Adriana Ricarte-Bermejo, Ángela María Sánchez-López, Iker Aranjuelo, Abdellatif Bahaji, Francisco José Muñoz, Goizeder Almagro, Pablo Pujol, Regina Galarza, Pilar Teixidor, Javier Pozueta-Romero
Although there is a great wealth of data supporting the occurrence of simultaneous synthesis and breakdown of storage carbohydrate in many organisms, previous 13CO2 pulse-chase based studies indicated that starch degradation does not operate in illuminated Arabidopsis leaves. Here we show that leaves of gwd, sex4, bam4, bam1/bam3 and amy3/isa3/lda starch breakdown mutants accumulate higher levels of starch than wild type (WT) leaves when cultured under continuous light (CL) conditions. We also show that leaves of CL grown dpe1 plants impaired in the plastidic disproportionating enzyme accumulate higher levels of maltotriose than WT leaves, the overall data providing evidence for the occurrence of extensive starch degradation in illuminated leaves...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150693/phcesa3-silencing-inhibits-elongation-and-stimulates-radial-expansion-in-petunia
#18
Weiyuan Yang, Yuanping Cai, Li Hu, Qian Wei, Guoju Chen, Mei Bai, Hong Wu, Juanxu Liu, Yixun Yu
Cellulose synthase catalytic subunits (CESAs) play important roles in plant growth, development and disease resistance. Previous studies have shown an essential role of Arabidopsis thaliana CESA3 in plant growth. However, little is known about the role of CESA3 in species other than A. thaliana. To gain a better understanding of CESA3, the petunia (Petunia hybrida) PhCESA3 gene was isolated, and the role of PhCESA3 in plant growth was analyzed in a wide range of plants. PhCESA3 mRNA was present at varying levels in tissues examined...
February 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139967/the-globalisation-strategies-of-five-asian-tobacco-companies-a-comparative-analysis-and-implications-for-global-health-governance
#19
Kelley Lee, Jappe Eckhardt
The global tobacco industry, from the 1960s to mid 1990s, saw consolidation and eventual domination by a small number of transnational tobacco companies (TTC). This paper draws together comparative analysis of five case studies in the special issue on 'The Emergence of Asian Tobacco Companies: Implications for Global Health Governance.' The cases suggest that tobacco industry globalisation is undergoing a new phase, beginning in the late 1990s, with the adoption of global business strategies by five Asian companies...
March 2017: Global Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134338/a-strong-diffusive-ion-mode-in-dense-ionized-matter-predicted-by-langevin-dynamics
#20
P Mabey, S Richardson, T G White, L B Fletcher, S H Glenzer, N J Hartley, J Vorberger, D O Gericke, G Gregori
The state and evolution of planets, brown dwarfs and neutron star crusts is determined by the properties of dense and compressed matter. Due to the inherent difficulties in modelling strongly coupled plasmas, however, current predictions of transport coefficients differ by orders of magnitude. Collective modes are a prominent feature, whose spectra may serve as an important tool to validate theoretical predictions for dense matter. With recent advances in free electron laser technology, X-rays with small enough bandwidth have become available, allowing the investigation of the low-frequency ion modes in dense matter...
January 30, 2017: Nature Communications
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