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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110221/simultaneous-determination-of-eight-flavonoids-in-plasma-using-lc-ms-ms-and-application-to-a-pharmacokinetic-study-after-oral-administration-of-pollen-typhae-extract-to-rats
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Xie-An Yu, John Teye Azietaku, Jin Li, Jun Cao, Mingrui An, Jun He, Xiu-Mei Gao, Yan-Xu Chang
A sensitive, reliable and validated LC-MS/MS method was developed to determine the presence of eight flavonoids (catechin, typhaneoside, isorhamnetin-3-O-neohesperidoside, astragalin, isorhamnetin-3-O-β-d-glucoside, naringenin, kaempferol and isorhamnetin) in rat plasma. Puerarin was selected as the internal standard. Precipitation of the protein method with acetonitrile was used to extract these flavonoids from the rat plasma samples. The analysis was carried out on an Eclipse plus C18 column (4.6 mm×100mm, 1...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108375/the-role-of-pattern-recognition-receptors-in-lung-sarcoidosis
#2
Esmaeil Mortaz, Ian M Adcock, Atefhe Abedini, Arda Kiani, Mehdi Kazempour-Dizaji, Masoud Movassaghi, Johan Garssen
Sarcoidosis is a granulomatous disorder of unknown etiology. Infection, genetic factors, autoimmunity and an aberrant innate immune system have been explored as potential causes of sarcoidosis. The etiology of sarcoidosis remains unknown, and it is thought that it might be caused by an infectious agent in a genetically predisposed, susceptible host. Inflammation results from recognition of evolutionarily conserved structures of pathogens (Pathogen-associated molecular patterns, PAMPs) and/or from reaction to tissue damage associated patterns (DAMPs) through recognition by a limited number of germ line-encoded pattern recognition receptors (PRRs)...
January 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107777/the-dc1-domain-protein-vacuoleless-gametophytes-is-essential-for-female-and-male-gametophyte-development-in-arabidopsis
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Sebastián D'Ippólito, Leonardo Agustín Arias, Claudia Anahí Casalongué, Gabriela Carolina Pagnussat, Diego Fernando Fiol
In this work we identified VACUOLELESS GAMETOPHYTES (VLG) as a DC1 domain containing protein present in the endomembrane system essential for both female and male gametophyte development. VLG was originally annotated as a gene coding for an unknown function protein containing DC1 domains. DC1 domains are cysteine and histidine -rich zinc finger domains found exclusively in the plant Kingdom that have been named based on its similarity with the C1 domain present in protein kinase C (PKC). In Arabidopsis, both male and female gametophytes are characterized by the formation of a big vacuole early in development, which is absent in vlg mutant plants...
January 20, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107056/selfing-local-mate-competition-and-reinforcement
#4
Mark D Rausher
Reinforcement can contribute to speciation by increasing the strength of prezygotic isolating mechanisms. Theoretical analyses over the past two decades have demonstrated that conditions for reinforcement are not unduly restrictive, and empirical investigations have documented over a dozen likely cases, indicating that it may be a reasonably common phenomenon in nature. Largely uncharacterized, however, is the diversity of biological scenarios that can create the reduced hybrid fitness that drives reinforcement...
February 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104591/floral-function-effects-of-traits-on-pollinators-male-and-female-pollination-success-and-female-fitness-across-three-species-of-milkweeds-asclepias
#5
Raffica J La Rosa, Jeffrey K Conner
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Central questions in plant reproductive ecology are whether the functions of floral traits in hermaphrodites create conflict between sexes that could slow evolution, and whether individual floral traits function in pollinator attraction, efficiency, or both. We studied how floral traits affect pollinator visitation and efficiency, and how they affect male and female function and female fitness within and across three Asclepias species that differ in floral morphology...
January 19, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104013/-correlation-between-the-visiting-rate-of-patients-with-allergic-rhinitis-and-airborne-pollen-concentrations-in-beijing-in-recent-3-years
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W N Hu, L Zhu, L F Xie, F Z Zhang, M Y Bai, N Wang, Z W Sun
Objective: To evaluate the daily airborne pollen concentrations and visiting rate of patients with allergic rhinitis (AR) and their correlation during 2012-2014 in Beijing. Methods: Daily airborne pollen concentrations (55 998 numbers in total and 549 numbers in average) and its constitution from April to September each year (2012 to 2014) were compared. The number of patients with AR (44 203 in total) who visited the outpatient department of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Peking University Third Hospital between January 2012 and December 2014 was analyzed by month...
January 7, 2017: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103252/comparative-and-evolutionary-analysis-of-grass-pollen-allergens-using-brachypodium-distachyon-as-a-model-system
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Akanksha Sharma, Niharika Sharma, Prem Bhalla, Mohan Singh
Comparative genomics have facilitated the mining of biological information from a genome sequence, through the detection of similarities and differences with genomes of closely or more distantly related species. By using such comparative approaches, knowledge can be transferred from the model to non-model organisms and insights can be gained in the structural and evolutionary patterns of specific genes. In the absence of sequenced genomes for allergenic grasses, this study was aimed at understanding the structure, organisation and expression profiles of grass pollen allergens using the genomic data from Brachypodium distachyon as it is phylogenetically related to the allergenic grasses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098835/an-electrostatic-barrier-forming-window-that-captures-airborne-pollen-grains-to-prevent-pollinosis
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Yoshihiro Takikawa, Yoshinori Matsuda, Teruo Nonomura, Koji Kakutani, Shin-Ichi Kusakari, Hideyoshi Toyoda
An electrostatic-barrier-forming window (EBW) was devised to capture airborne pollen, which can cause allergic pollinosis. The EBW consisted of three layers of insulated conductor wires (ICWs) and two voltage generators that supplied negative charges to the two outer ICW layers and a positive charge to the middle ICW layer. The ICWs generated an attractive force that captured pollen of the Japanese cedar, Cryptomeria japonica, from air blown through the EBW. The attractive force was directly proportional to the applied voltage...
January 15, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098283/high-precision-localized-proton-gradients-and-fluxes-generated-by-a-microelectrode-device-induce-differential-growth-behaviors-of-pollen-tubes
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Chengzhi Hu, Hannes Vogler, Marianne Aellen, Naveen Shamsudhin, Bumjin Jang, Jan T Burri, Nino Läubli, Ueli Grossniklaus, Salvador Pané, Bradley J Nelson
Pollen tubes are tip-growing plant cells that deliver the sperm cells to the ovules for double fertilization of the egg cell and the endosperm. Various directional cues can trigger the reorientation of pollen tube growth direction on their passage through the female tissues. Among the external stimuli, protons serve an important, regulatory role in the control of pollen tube growth. The generation of local guidance cues has been challenging when investigating the mechanisms of perception and processing of such directional triggers in pollen tubes...
January 18, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097828/pollen-has-a-microbiome-implications-for-plant-reproduction-insect-pollination-and-human-allergies
#10
Michael Zasloff
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 18, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097399/segregation-for-fertility-and-meiotic-stability-in-novel-brassica-allohexaploids
#11
Margaret W Mwathi, Mehak Gupta, Chaya Atri, Surinder S Banga, Jacqueline Batley, Annaliese S Mason
Allohexaploid Brassica populations reveal ongoing segregation for fertility, while genotype influences fertility and meiotic stability. Creation of a new Brassica allohexaploid species is of interest for the development of a crop type with increased heterosis and adaptability. At present, no naturally occurring, meiotically stable Brassica allohexaploid exists, with little data available on chromosome behaviour and meiotic control in allohexaploid germplasm. In this study, 100 plants from the cross B. carinata × B...
January 17, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096738/clinical-management-expectations-and-satisfaction-of-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-allergic-rhinoconjunctivitis-treated-with-sq-standardized-grass-allergen-tablet-under-routine-clinical-practice-conditions-in-spain
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Tomás Chivato, Pedro Álvarez-Calderón, Carmen Panizo, Ricardo Abengozar, César Alías, Ali Al-Baech, José Arias-Irigoyen, M José Caballero, Lluis Conill, Silvia de Miguel, Rafael Laguna, Joan Martínez-Benazet, Francisco Matoses, Jose Camilo Martínez-Alonso, Lourdes Mendizábal, Celsa Pérez-Carral, Carlos Puerto, Joan Serra-Batllés, Adolfo Vélez, Jonathan Vicente, Fernando de la Torre
BACKGROUND: Sublingual immunotherapy has been proven as a well-tolerated and effective treatment for allergic rhinitis. Within this type of treatment, GRAZAX(®) is the most documented product in terms of safety and efficacy. The objective of this study was to identify the patients' expectations and level of treatment satisfaction, as well as the clinical management of patients with moderate/severe allergic rhinoconjunctivitis treated with GRAZAX(®). METHODS: This was a non-interventional, observational, multi-centre, open-label study involving a total of 131 adult patients aged 18-66 years with confirmed diagnosis of grass-allergy and initiated treatment with GRAZAX(®) between June 2010 and April 2011...
2017: Clinical and Molecular Allergy: CMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095510/screening-and-identifying-antioxidative-components-in-ginkgo-biloba-pollen-by-dpph-hplc-pad-coupled-with-hplc-esi-ms2
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Jiying Qiu, Xiangyan Chen, A I Netrusov, Qingxin Zhou, Danyang Guo, Xiaoyong Liu, Hailun He, Xue Xin, Yifen Wang, Leilei Chen
The Ginkgo biloba is one of ancient trees that exists from billions of years ago, its leaf and nut are used as herbs and foods in China, while so far its pollen does not have any application except pollination. In order to evaluate the antioxidant activity of Ginkgo biloba pollen, and rapidly screen its antioxidative components, the 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) scavenging ability, total flavonoid, total phenol, and proanthocyanidin of Ginkgo biloba pollen were determined and compared with those of Ginkgo biloba leaf and nut, and the off-line DPPH-HPLC-PAD and HPLC-ESI-MS2 were applied for screening and identifying the antioxidant flavonoids in Ginkgo biloba pollen...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094000/molecular-tracing-of-the-origin-of-six-different-plant-species-in-bee-honey-using-real-time-pcr
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Yajun Wu, Yange Yang, Mingchang Liu, Bin Wang, Meige Li, Ying Chen
The quality of honey is significantly influencedby floral origin. Mislabeling floral species occursfrequently in beehoney products. To protectconsumers from economic fraud and maintain afair market environment, methods to identify floralspecies in honey are necessary. In our study, realtimePCRs were established, targeting six honeytypes mainly produced in China (canola, Chinesemilkvetch, Chinese chaste tree, locust tree, litchi,and longan). Sensitivity testing on DNA from planttissues exhibited LODs of about 0...
January 16, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093528/a-b-cell-epitope-peptide-derived-from-the-major-grass-pollen-allergen-phl-p-1-boosts-allergen-specific-secondary-antibody-responses-without-allergen-specific-t-cell-help
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Meena Narayanan, Raphaela Freidl, Margarete Focke-Tejkl, Ulrike Baranyi, Thomas Wekerle, Rudolf Valenta, Birgit Linhart
More than 40% of allergic patients suffer from grass pollen allergy. Phl p 1, the major timothy grass pollen allergen, belongs to the cross-reactive group 1 grass pollen allergens that are thought to initiate allergic sensitization to grass pollen. Repeated allergen encounter boosts allergen-specific IgE production and enhances clinical sensitivity in patients. To investigate immunological mechanisms underlying the boosting of allergen-specific secondary IgE Ab responses and the allergen epitopes involved, a murine model for Phl p 1 was established...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092406/llfh1-mediated-interaction-between-actin-fringe-and-exocytic-vesicles-is-involved-in-pollen-tube-tip-growth
#16
Shanwei Li, Huaijian Dong, Weike Pei, Chaonan Liu, Sha Zhang, Tiantian Sun, Xiuhua Xue, Haiyun Ren
Pollen tube tip growth is an extreme form of polarized cell growth, which requires polarized exocytosis based on a dynamic actin cytoskeleton. However, the molecular basis for the connection between actin filaments and exocytic vesicles is unclear. Here, we identified a Lilium longiflorum pollen-specific formin (LlFH1) and found that it localized at the apical vesicles and plasma membrane (PM). Overexpression of LlFH1 induced excessive actin cables in the tube tip region, and downregulation of LlFH1 eliminated the actin fringe...
January 16, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091595/geological-support-for-the-umbrella-effect-as-a-link-between-geomagnetic-field-and-climate
#17
Ikuko Kitaba, Masayuki Hyodo, Takeshi Nakagawa, Shigehiro Katoh, David L Dettman, Hiroshi Sato
The weakening of the geomagnetic field causes an increase in galactic cosmic ray (GCR) flux. Some researchers argue that enhanced GCR flux might lead to a climatic cooling by increasing low cloud formation, which enhances albedo (umbrella effect). Recent studies have reported geological evidence for a link between weakened geomagnetic field and climatic cooling. However, more work is needed on the mechanism of this link, including whether the umbrella effect is playing a central role. In this research, we present new geological evidence that GCR flux change had a greater impact on continental climate than on oceanic climate...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089212/does-particulate-matter-along-roadsides-interfere-with-plant-reproduction-a-comparison-of-effects-of-different-road-types-on-cichorium-intybus-pollen-deposition-and-germination
#18
Susan Y Jaconis, Theresa M Culley, Alexandra M Meier
The roadside habitat can be challenging for plants, which must maintain normal biological processes despite an influx of airborne pollutants. While the effects of many gases on plants have been quantified, the impacts of particulate pollutants have been relatively less studied. This is especially true of field experiments where particle dispersion may be influenced by meteorology and roadway use. We examined chicory (Cichorium intybus L.) along roadsides in the Cincinnati, Ohio metropolitan area to assess particulate influence on plant pollination through stigmatic clogging...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088360/hollow-porous-ionic-liquids-composite-polymers-based-solid-phase-extraction-coupled-online-with-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-for-selective-analysis-of-hydrophilic-hydroxybenzoic-acids-from-complex-samples
#19
Xingping Dai, Dongsheng Wang, Hui Li, Yanyi Chen, Zhicheng Gong, Haiyan Xiang, Shuyun Shi, Xiaoqing Chen
Polar and hydrophilic properties of hydroxybenzoic acids usually made them coelute with interferences in high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis. Then selective analysis of them was necessary. Herein, hollow porous ionic liquids composite polymers (PILs) based solid phase extraction (SPE) was firstly fabricated and coupled online with HPLC for selective analysis of hydroxybenzoic acids from complex matrices. Hollow porous PILs were firstly synthesized using Mobil Composition of Matter No. 48 (MCM-48) spheres as sacrificial support, 1-vinyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride (VMIM(+)Cl(-)) as monomer, and ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA) as cross-linker...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081280/evaluation-on-the-germplasm-of-maize-zea-mays-l-landraces-from-southwest-china
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F B Chen, Q L Yao, H F Liu, P Fang
Because of their local adaptation and economic factors that limit the adoption of commercial hybrids, farmer-saved maize landraces are still grown over a considerable area concentrated in southwest China. To evaluate the potential of using maize landraces, the germplasm characteristics of 96 landraces from southwest China were evaluated at phenotypic, cellular, and molecular levels. The existence of high phenotypic variation and elite germplasm tolerant to low-N, low-P, as well as drought stress was observed...
December 23, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
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