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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429576/suppression-of-osmads7-in-rice-endosperm-stabilizes-amylose-content-under-high-temperature-stress
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Hua Zhang, Heng Xu, Mengjie Feng, Ying Zhu
High temperature significantly alters the amylose content of rice, resulting in mature grains with poor eating quality. However, only few genes and/or quantitative trait loci (QTLs) involved in this process have been isolated and the molecular mechanisms of this effect remain unclear. Here, we describe a floral organ identity gene, OsMADS7, involved in stabilizing rice amylose content at high temperature. OsMADS7 is greatly induced by high temperature at the early filling stage. Constitutive suppression of OsMADS7 stabilizes amylose content under high temperature stress but results in low spikelet fertility...
April 20, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429154/developing-elite-neurospora-crassa-strains-for-cellulosic-ethanol-production-using-fungal-breeding
#2
Joshua C Waters, Andrew Nixon, Morgan Dwyer, Justin C Biffinger, Kwangwon Lee
The demand for renewable and sustainable energy has generated considerable interest in the conversion of cellulosic biomass into liquid fuels such as ethanol using a filamentous fungus. While attempts have been made to study cellulose metabolism through the use of knock-out mutants, there have been no systematic effort to characterize natural variation for cellulose metabolism in ecotypes adapted to different habitats. Here, we characterized natural variation in saccharification of cellulose and fermentation in 73 ecotypes and 89 laboratory strains of the model fungus Neurospora crassa...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428873/a-maize-landrace-that-emits-defense-volatiles-in-response-to%C3%A2-herbivore-eggs-possesses-a-strongly-inducible-terpene-synthase-gene
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Amanuel Tamiru, Toby J A Bruce, Annett Richter, Christine M Woodcock, Charles A O Midega, Jörg Degenhardt, Segenet Kelemu, John A Pickett, Zeyaur R Khan
Maize (Zea mays) emits volatile terpenes in response to insect feeding and egg deposition to defend itself against harmful pests. However, maize cultivars differ strongly in their ability to produce the defense signal. To further understand the agroecological role and underlying genetic mechanisms for variation in terpene emission among maize cultivars, we studied the production of an important signaling component (E)-caryophyllene in a South American maize landrace Braz1006 possessing stemborer Chilo partellus egg inducible defense trait, in comparison with the European maize line Delprim and North American inbred line B73...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428184/clinical-and-cost-effectiveness-safety-and-acceptability-of-community-intravenous-antibiotic-service-models-civas-systematic-review
#4
E D Mitchell, C Czoski Murray, D Meads, J Minton, J Wright, M Twiddy
OBJECTIVE: Evaluate evidence of the efficacy, safety, acceptability and cost-effectiveness of outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy (OPAT) models. DESIGN: A systematic review. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, Cochrane Library, National Health Service (NHS) Economic Evaluation Database (EED), Research Papers in Economics (RePEc), Tufts Cost-Effectiveness Analysis (CEA) Registry, Health Business Elite, Health Information Management Consortium (HMIC), Web of Science Proceedings, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts, British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy website...
April 20, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428094/cxcr6-gene-characterization-in-two-ethnically-distinct-south-african-populations-and-association-with-viraemic-disease-control-in-hiv-1-infected-black-south-african-individuals
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Anabela C P Picton, Maria Paximadis, Richard E Chaisson, Neil A Martinson, Caroline T Tiemessen
CXCR6 genetic variation was described for HIV-1-uninfected black (n=41) and Caucasian (n=40) South Africans. We also investigated the CXCR6 rs2234358 and rs2234355 single nucleotide polymorphisms in HIV-1 disease control in 124 HIV-1-infected drug-naïve black individuals [elite controllers (n=11), viraemic controllers (VCs, n=30), high viral load long-term nonprogressors (HVL LTNPs, n=11) and progressors (n=72)] compared to healthy controls (HCs; n=232). The rs2234358-T allele was underrepresented in VCs (40...
April 17, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427319/mechanobiological-modelling-of-tendons-review-and-future-opportunities
#6
Mark S Thompson, M Nazri Bajuri, Hanifeh Khayyeri, Hanna Isaksson
Tendons are adapted to carry large, repeated loads and are clinically important for the maintenance of musculoskeletal health in an increasing, actively ageing population, as well as in elite athletes. Tendons are known to adapt to mechanical loading. Also, their healing and disease processes are highly sensitive to mechanical load. Computational modelling approaches developed to capture this mechanobiological adaptation in tendons and other tissues have successfully addressed many important scientific and clinical issues...
May 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426748/tails-of-the-travelling-gaussian-model-and-the-relative-age-effect-tales-of-age-discrimination-and-wasted-talent
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John R Doyle, Paul A Bottomley, Rob Angell
The Relative Age Effect (RAE) documents the inherent disadvantages of being younger rather than older in an age-banded cohort, typically a school- or competition-year, to the detriment of career-progression, earnings and wellbeing into adulthood. We develop the Tails of the Travelling Gaussian (TTG) to model the mechanisms behind RAE. TTG has notable advantages over existing approaches, which have been largely descriptive, potentially confounded, and non-comparable across contexts. In Study 1, using data from the UK's Millennium Cohort Study, we investigate the different levels of RAE bias across school-level academic subjects and "personality" traits...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426281/identification-of-ssea-1-expressing-enhanced-reprogramming-seer-cells-in-porcine-embryonic-fibroblasts
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Dong Li, Jan O Secher, Morten Juhl, Kaveh Mashayekhi, Troels T Nielsen, Bjørn Holst, Poul Hyttel, Kristine K Freude, Vanessa J Hall
Previous research has shown that a subpopulation of cells within cultured human dermal fibroblasts, termed multilineage-differentiating stress enduring (Muse) cells, are preferentially reprogrammed into induced pluripotent stem cells. However, controversy exists over whether these cells are the only cells capable of being reprogrammed from a heterogeneous population of fibroblasts. Similarly, there is little research to suggest such cells may exist in embryonic tissues or other species. In order to address if such a cell population exists in pigs, we investigated porcine embryonic fibroblast populations (pEFs) and identified heterogeneous expression of several key cell surface markers...
April 20, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424885/bedside-repositioning-of-a-dislocated-avalon-cannula-in-a-running-veno-venous-ecmo
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Johannes Kalbhenn, Sven Maier, Sebastian Heinrich, Nils Schallner
We report a repositioning maneuver of a dislocated Avalon Elite dual lumen catheter during ongoing veno-venous ECMO support. The inferior tip of the catheter dislocated into a liver vein, which was accompanied by a dramatic decrease in pump flow. After standard repositioning maneuvers under transthoracic echocardiographic guidance had failed, a special guiding sheath was inserted into the main lumen through a Y-connector with a valve. Over this valve, a stiff wire could be placed into the inferior vena cava to help guiding the catheter back into the correct position...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423991/changes-in-body-mass-stature-and-bmi-in-south-african-elite-u18-rugby-players-from-different-racial-groups-from-2002-2012
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Justin Durandt, Mervin Green, Herman Masimla, Mike Lambert
The purpose of this study was to determine whether there are differences between racial groups for body mass, stature and body mass index (BMI) in South African elite U18 rugby players and whether there were significant changes in these measurements between 2002 and 2012. Self-reported body mass and stature were obtained from U18 players (n = 4007) who attended the national tournament during this period. BMI was calculated for each player.White players were 9.8 kg heavier than black players, who were 2.3 kg heavier than coloured players (P < 0...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423014/initial-systemic-inflammatory-state-perturbs-exercise-training-adaptations-in-elite-taekwondo-athletes
#11
Chung-Yu Chen, Yi-Hung Liao, Chun-Chung Chou, Yu-Chi Sung, Shiow-Chwen Tsai
PURPOSE: This study examined ten-week TKD-specific training effects on aerobic capacity, body composition, hormone responses and hematological parameters in elite TKD athletes with varied initial inflammatory states. METHODS: Twenty-two elite college TKD athletes were divided into two groups according to their initial neutrophils-to-lymphocytes ratio (NLR) values: Low NLR (N = 11, 9M/2F, age: 21.6 ± 1.0 yrs; NLR: 1.3 ± 0.2) and High NLR (N = 11, 8M/3F, age: 22...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422783/lessons-learned-from-humoral-responses-of-hiv-patients
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Laura E McCoy, Áine McKnight
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Since 2009 many broadly neutralizing antibodies against HIV have been identified, yet there is still no vaccine capable of inducing such antibodies in humans. This review considers the early observations of HIV sera neutralization in light of more recent studies and highlights areas for future research. RECENT FINDINGS: Large clinical cohort studies using standardized neutralization assays and pseudoviruses derived from primary isolates have shown that 10-30% of HIV infections result in some level of serum neutralization breadth...
May 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422770/technical-alterations-during-an-incremental-field-test-in-elite-male-tennis-players
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Cyril Brechbuhl, Olivier Girard, Grégoire P Millet, Laurent Schmitt
PURPOSE: We investigated technical and physiological responses along with their relationships during an incremental field test to exhaustion specific to tennis (TEST) in elite players. METHODS: Twenty male elite tennis players completed TEST, which consisted of hitting alternatively forehand and backhand strokes at increasing ball frequency (ball machine) every minute. Ball accuracy (BA), ball velocity (BV) and tennis performance index (TP = BA x BV) were determined by radar and video analysis for each stroke, in addition to cardiorespiratory responses and blood lactate concentrations...
April 19, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422588/alterations-in-redox-homeostasis-during-recovery-from-unexplained-underperformance-syndrome-in-an-elite-international-rower
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Nathan A Lewis, Ann Redgrave, Mark Homer, Richard Burden, Wendy Martinson, Brian Moore, Charles R Pedlar
PURPOSE: This case study of an international rower examines a diagnosis of Unexplained Under Performance Syndrome (UUPS or Overtraining Syndrome) describing a full recovery and return to elite competition the same year. METHODS: On diagnosis and 4 and 14 months post-diagnosis, detailed assessments including physiological, nutritional, and biomarkers were made. RESULTS: Clinical examination and laboratory results for haematology, biochemistry, thyroid function, immunology, vitamins and minerals were unremarkable and did not explain the presentation and diagnosis...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422583/game-simulation-drill-design-alters-the-speed-profiles-of-wheelchair-rugby-players
#15
James M Rhodes, Barry S Mason, Thomas A W Paulson, Victoria L Goosey-Tolfrey
PURPOSE: This study examined the speed profiles of elite wheelchair rugby (WCR) players during game-simulation training drills of differing player number and shot-clock regulations. A secondary aim was to determine whether the profiles were further influenced by players classification. METHODS: Eight elite WCR players (low-point n = 3; high-point n = 5) were monitored using a radio-frequency based, indoor tracking system during training sessions over a 5-month period...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422546/competition-sleep-is-not-compromised-compared-to-habitual-in-elite-australian-footballers
#16
Benita J Lalor, Shona L Halson, Jacquie Tran, Justin G Kemp, Stuart J Cormack
PURPOSE: To assess the impact of match start time and days relative to match compared to the habitual sleep characteristics of elite Australian Football (AF) players. METHODS: 45 elite male AF players were assessed during the pre-season (habitual) and across four home matches during the season. Players wore an activity monitor the night before (-1), night of (0), one night after (+1), and two nights (+2) after each match and completed a self-reported rating of sleep quality...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422523/can-the-lamberts-submaximal-cycle-test-reflect-overreaching-in-professional-cyclists
#17
Lieselot Decroix, Robert P Lamberts, Romain Meeusen
PURPOSE: The Lamberts and Lambert Submaximal Cycle Test (LSCT) consists of 3 stages during which cyclist's cycle for 6 minutes at 60%, 6 minutes at 80% and 3 minutes at 90% of their maximal heart rate, followed by one-minute recovery. It was the aim of this study to determine if the LSCT is able to reflect a state of functional overreaching in professional female cyclists during an 8-day training camp and the following recovery days. METHODS: Six professional female cyclists performed an LSCT on day 1, day 5 and day 8 of the training camp and 3 days after the training camp...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421914/seeing-the-forest-but-not-the-trees-heterogeneity-in-community-size-effects-in-canadian-ice-hockey-players
#18
N Wattie, J Schorer, J Baker
The community size effect (or birthplace effect) suggests that high-performance athletes are less likely to emerge from regions with population sizes that are very small or very large. However, previous research on elite Canadian ice hockey players has not considered the influence of intra-national regional variation of population distributions with respect to community size effects. Therefore, the purpose of the current study was to test the heterogeneity of the community size effect between Canadian National Hockey League draftees (2000-2014: n = 1505), from 7 provincial regions within Canada (i...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Sports Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421502/chapter-18-vitrification-a-reliable-method-for-cryopreservation-of-animal-embryos
#19
B Singh, G Mal, S K Singla
The impact of cryopreservation in assisted reproduction is increasingly appreciated. Cells, oocytes, and embryos preserved under ultralow temperature can endure storage for indefinite time with almost no alteration in their metabolic and genetic components. Advances in cryopreservation and its applications to preserve cells, gametes, and embryos offer opportunities in conservation of biodiversity and dissemination of elite livestock germplasm. This chapter describes the vitrification for cryopreservation of livestock embryos...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420613/genetic-analysis-and-identification-of-candidate-genes-for-two-spotted-leaf-mutants-spl101-and-spl102-in-rice
#20
Han Xiaobin, Xu Ran, Duan Penggen, Yu Haiyue, Luo Yuehua, Li Yunhai
Spotted-leaf mutants form spots in leaves or leaf sheaths under normal condition. The spotted-leaf phenotypes are similar to hypersensitive reaction of plants attacked by pathogen. Identification and characterization of the spotted-leaf mutants are helpful for understanding the mechanisms of resistance to plant diseases. Here, we identify two spotted-leaf mutants spl101 and spl102 from an EMS-treated elite japonica cultivar KYJ (Kuanyejing). spl101 and spl102 form serious spots at the late heading stage. Genetic analyses show that the spotted-leaf phenotypes of both spl101 and spl102 are caused by a single recessive mutation, respectively...
April 20, 2017: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
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