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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432307/arsenic-metabolism-in-high-altitude-modern-stromatolites-revealed-by-metagenomic-analysis
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Daniel Kurth, Ariel Amadio, Omar F Ordoñez, Virginia H Albarracín, Wolfgang Gärtner, María E Farías
Modern stromatolites thrive only in selected locations in the world. Socompa Lake, located in the Andean plateau at 3570 masl, is one of the numerous extreme Andean microbial ecosystems described over recent years. Extreme environmental conditions include hypersalinity, high UV incidence, and high arsenic content, among others. After Socompa's stromatolite microbial communities were analysed by metagenomic DNA sequencing, taxonomic classification showed dominance of Proteobacteria, Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes, and a remarkably high number of unclassified sequences...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431093/interactions-between-cassava-mosaic-geminiviruses-and-their-vector-bemisia-tabaci-hemiptera-aleyrodidae
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Simon B Boni, Costancia P Rugumamu, Dan Gerling, K Sagary Nokoe, James P Legg
The sweetpotato whitefly, Bemisia tabaci (Gennadius) is the vector of the cassava mosaic geminiviruses (CMGs) that cause cassava mosaic disease (CMD). Synergistic interactions between B. tabaci and CMGs have been hypothesized as a cause of whitefly "super-abundance," which has been a key factor behind the spread of the severe CMD pandemic through East and Central Africa. The current study investigated this hypothesis by conducting experiments with CMD-susceptible cassava varieties infected with different CMGs in both the north-western Lake Zone region (pandemic affected) and the eastern Coast Zone where CMD is less severe...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430802/the-quality-changes-in-fresh-frozen-plasma-of-the-blood-donors-at-high-altitude
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Zongkui Wang, Hua Liu, Miaomiao Dou, Xi Du, Jijun Hu, Na Su, Ya Wang, Rong Zhang, Changqing Li
OBJECTIVE: According to the international guidelines, fresh frozen plasma (FFP) is unanimously used to treat coagulation disorders. The quality of FFP is critical for the clinical transfusion. Till now, few studies have integratedly evaluated the differences of FFP from blood donors at between high altitude (HA) and low altitude (LA). Besides, there were no special quality standards for HA FFP in China. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Up to 41 HA (Lhasa, 3700 m) and 46 LA (Chengdu, 500 m) blood donors were included in our study to estimate the differences of FFP from HA and LA blood donors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428559/habitat-variability-and-ethnic-diversity-in-northern-tibetan-plateau
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Xin Jia, Harry F Lee, Mengchun Cui, Chao Liu, Lin Zeng, Ricci P H Yue, Yang Zhao, Huayu Lu
There are 56 officially-recognized ethnic groups in China. However, the distinct geographic patterns of various ethnic groups in relation to the physical environment in China have rarely been investigated. Based on the geo-referenced physical environmental parameters of 455 Han, Tu, Hui, Salar, Mongolian, and Tibetan communities in Qinghai, we found that the communities could be statistically demarcated by temperature and aridity threshold according to their ethnicity, implying that the geographic distribution of each ethnic group is mediated by the physical environment...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427415/insecticide-resistance-patterns-in-uganda-and-the-effect-of-indoor-residual-spraying-with-bendiocarb-on-kdr-l1014s-frequencies-in-anopheles-gambiae-s-s
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Tarekegn A Abeku, Michelle E H Helinski, Matthew J Kirby, James Ssekitooleko, Chris Bass, Irene Kyomuhangi, Michael Okia, Godfrey Magumba, Sylvia R Meek
BACKGROUND: Resistance of malaria vectors to pyrethroid insecticides has been attributed to selection pressure from long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs), indoor residual spraying (IRS), and the use of chemicals in agriculture. The use of different classes of insecticides in combination or by rotation has been recommended for resistance management. The aim of this study was to understand the role of IRS with a carbamate insecticide in management of pyrethroid resistance. METHODS: Anopheles mosquitoes were collected from multiple sites in nine districts of Uganda (up to five sites per district)...
April 20, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427344/genome-wide-identification-of-genes-probably-relevant-to-the-adaptation-of-schizothoracins-teleostei-cypriniformes-to-the-uplift-of-the-qinghai-tibet-plateau
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Wei Chi, Xufa Ma, Jiangong Niu, Ming Zou
BACKGROUND: Molecular adaptation to the severe environments present during the uplift of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau has attracted the attention of researchers. The divergence of the three specialization groups of schizothoracins (Primitive, Specialized and Highly Specialized) may correspond to the three phases of plateau uplift. Based on the transcripts of representative species of the three specialized groups and an outgroup, genes in schizothoracins that may have played important roles during the adaptation to new environments were investigated...
April 20, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425961/rapid-texture-optimization-of-three-dimensional-urban-model-based-on-oblique-images
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Weilong Zhang, Ming Li, Bingxuan Guo, Deren Li, Ge Guo
Seamless texture mapping is one of the key technologies for photorealistic 3D texture reconstruction. In this paper, a method of rapid texture optimization of 3D urban reconstruction based on oblique images is proposed aiming at the existence of texture fragments, seams, and inconsistency of color in urban 3D texture mapping based on low-altitude oblique images. First, we explore implementing radiation correction on the experimental images with a radiation procession algorithm. Then, an efficient occlusion detection algorithm based on OpenGL is proposed according to the mapping relation between the terrain triangular mesh surface and the images to implement the occlusion detection of the visible texture on the triangular facets as well as create a list of visible images...
April 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425050/oxidative-protein-modification-alters-proteostasis-under-acute-hypobaric-hypoxia-in-skeletal-muscles-a-comprehensive-in-vivo-study
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Akanksha Agrawal, Richa Rathor, Geetha Suryakumar
While numerous maladies are associated with hypobaric hypoxia, muscle protein loss is an important under studied topic. Hence, the present study was designed to investigate the mechanism of muscle protein loss at HH. SD rats were divided into normoxic rats, while remaining rats were exposed to simulated hypoxia equivalent to 282-torr pressure (equal to an altitude of 7620 m, 8% oxygen), at 25 °C for 6, 12, and 24 h. Post-exposure rats were sacrificed and analysis was performed. Ergo, muscle loss-related changes were observed at 12 and 24 h post-HH exposure...
April 19, 2017: Cell Stress & Chaperones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424267/using-a-novel-data-resource-to-explore-heart-rate-during-mountain-and-road-running
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Andrew Best, Barry Braun
Online, accessible performance and heart rate data from running competitions are posted publicly or semi-publicly to social media. We tested the efficacy of one such data resource- Strava- as a tool in exercise physiology investigations by exploring heart rate differences in mountain racing and road racing running events. Heart rate and GPS pace data were gathered from Strava activities posted by 111 males aged 21-49, from two mountain races (Mt. Washington Road Race and Pike's Peak Ascent) and two road race distances (half marathon and marathon)...
April 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423046/genetic-structure-and-isolation-by-altitude-in-rice-landraces-of-yunnan-china-revealed-by-nucleotide-and-microsatellite-marker-polymorphisms
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Di Cui, Cuifeng Tang, Jinmei Li, Xinxiang A, Tengqiong Yu, Xiaoding Ma, Enlai Zhang, Yanjie Wang, Guilan Cao, Furong Xu, Luyuan Dai, Longzhi Han, Hee-Jong Koh
Rice landraces, a genetic reservoir for varietal improvement, are developed by farmers through artificial selection during the long-term domestication process. To efficiently conserve, manage, and use such germplasm resources, an understanding of the genetic structure and differentiation of local rice landraces is required. In this study, we analyzed 188 accessions of rice landraces collected from localities across an altitudinal gradient from 425 to 2, 274 m above sea level in Yunnan Province, China using ten target genes and 48 SSR markers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421252/altitude-distributions-and-source-analysis-of-ocps-and-pcbs-in-surface-soils-of-changbai-mountain-northeast-china
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Xiaochun Wang, Shu Chen, Kuiyuan Wan, Xiaocai Yin, Xiaohua Zhu, Jing Pan, Yongliang Yang
Organochlorine pesticides and polychlorinated biphenyls in surface soils of Changbai Mountain, Northeastern China, have been quantified by gas chromatography with electron capture detector and the altitude distributions and possible pollution sources were analyzed. The concentrations of ∑HCHs, ∑DDTs and ∑7PCBs were in the range of 3.09-25.6, 0.96-19.4 and 7.32-26.1 ng/g dw, respectively. The concentration of α-HCH, β-HCH, p,p'-DDT, p,p'-DDE, PCB 101, 138, 153, and 180 showed increasing trends with altitude...
April 18, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420787/activation-of-nlrp3-inflammasome-complex-potentiates-venous-thrombosis-in-response-to-hypoxia
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Neha Gupta, Anita Sahu, Amit Prabhakar, Tathagata Chatterjee, Tarun Tyagi, Babita Kumari, Nilofar Khan, Velu Nair, Nitin Bajaj, Manish Sharma, Mohammad Zahid Ashraf
Venous thromboembolism (VTE), caused by altered hemostasis, remains the third most common cause of mortality among all cardiovascular conditions. In addition to established genetic and acquired risk factors, low-oxygen environments also predispose otherwise healthy individuals to VTE. Although disease etiology appears to entail perturbation of hemostasis pathways, the key molecular determinants during immediate early response remain elusive. Using an established model of venous thrombosis, we here show that systemic hypoxia accelerates thromboembolic events, functionally stimulated by the activation of nucleotide binding domain, leucine-rich-containing family, pyrin domain containing 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome complex and increased IL-1β secretion...
April 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420407/understanding-phlebotomus-perniciosus-abundance-in-south-east-spain-assessing-the-role-of-environmental-and-anthropic-factors
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José Risueño, Clara Muñoz, Pedro Pérez-Cutillas, Elena Goyena, Moisés Gonzálvez, María Ortuño, Luis Jesús Bernal, Juana Ortiz, Bulent Alten, Eduardo Berriatua
BACKGROUND: Leishmaniosis is associated with Phlebotomus sand fly vector density, but our knowledge of the environmental framework that regulates highly overdispersed vector abundance distributions is limited. We used a standardized sampling procedure in the bioclimatically diverse Murcia Region in Spain and multilevel regression models for count data to estimate P. perniciosus abundance in relation to environmental and anthropic factors. METHODS: Twenty-five dog and sheep premises were sampled for sand flies using adhesive and light-attraction traps, from late May to early October 2015...
April 19, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419318/double-exponential-fitting-function-for-evaluation-of-cosmic-ray-induced-neutron-fluence-rate-in-arbitrary-locations
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Huailiang Li, Yigang Yang, Qibiao Wang, Xianguo Tuo, Mark Julian Henderson, Jérémie Courtois
The fluence rate of cosmic-ray-induced neutrons (CRINs) varies with many environmental factors. While many current simulation and experimental studies have focused mainly on the altitude variation, the specific rule that the CRINs vary with geomagnetic cutoff rigidity (which is related to latitude and longitude) was not well considered. In this article, a double-exponential fitting function F=(A1e-A2CR+A3)eB1Al, is proposed to evaluate the CRINs' fluence rate varying with geomagnetic cutoff rigidity and altitude...
April 13, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418725/medex-2015-heart-rate-variability-predicts-development-of-acute-mountain-sickness
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Angus Sutherland, Joseph Freer, Laura Evans, Alberto Dolci, Matteo Crotti, Jamie Hugo Macdonald
Sutherland, Angus, Joseph Freer, Laura Evans, Alberto Dolci, Matteo Crotti, and Jamie Hugo Macdonald. MEDEX 2015: Heart rate variability predicts development of acute mountain sickness. High Alt Med Biol 00:000-000, 2017. AIMS: Acute mountain sickness (AMS) develops when the body fails to acclimatize to atmospheric changes at altitude. Preascent prediction of susceptibility to AMS would be a useful tool to prevent subsequent harm. Changes to peripheral oxygen saturation (SpO2) on hypoxic exposure have previously been shown to be of poor predictive value...
April 18, 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418708/long-trekking-experience-at-high-altitude-causes-testicular-volumetric-reduction-in-humans-evidence-based-on-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#16
Vittore Verratti, Armando Tartaro, Stefano Falone, Maurizio Pellegrini, Fiore Pelliccione, Camillo Di Giulio
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 18, 2017: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418073/evolved-changes-in-the-intracellular-distribution-and-physiology-of-muscle-mitochondria-in-high-altitude-native-deer-mice
#17
Sajeni Mahalingam, Grant B McClelland, Graham R Scott
High-altitude natives that have evolved to live in hypoxic environments provide a compelling system to understand how animals can overcome impairments in oxygen availability. We examined whether these include changes in mitochondrial physiology or intracellular distribution that contribute to hypoxia resistance in high-altitude deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus). Mice from populations native to high- and low-altitudes were born and raised in captivity, and as adults were acclimated to normoxia or hypobaric hypoxia (equivalent to 4,300 m elevation)...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417842/blood-injection-injury-b-i-i-specific-phobia-affects-the-outcome-of-hypoxic-challenge-testing
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Kristofer J Spurling, Veronica P McGoldrick
BACKGROUND: Blood-injection-injury (B-I-I) phobia is capable of producing inaccurate hypoxic challenge testing results due to anxiety-induced hyperventilation. CASE REPORT: A 69-yr-old woman with a history of hypersensitivity pneumonitis, restrictive spirometry, exercise desaturation requiring supplementary oxygen on mobilizing, reduced DLco, and B-I-I phobia was referred for hypoxic challenge testing (HCT) to assess in-flight oxygen requirements. HCT was performed by breathing a 15% FIo2 gas mixture, simulating the available oxygen in ambient air onboard aircraft pressurized to an equivalent altitude of 8000 ft...
May 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417281/historical-record-of-anthropogenic-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbons-in-a-lake-sediment-from-the-southern-tibetan-plateau
#19
Ruiqiang Yang, Ruichen Zhou, Ting Xie, Chuanyong Jing
High-altitude lake sediments can be used as natural archives to reconstruct the history of pollutants. In this work, the temporal distribution of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) was determined in a sediment core collected from the southern Tibetan Plateau (TP), which was dated by using the (210)Pb dating method and validated with the (137)Cs fallout peak. The concentrations of the anthropogenic PAHs (Σ8PAH) in the sediment core ranged from 0.83 to 12 ng/g dw, and the fluxes of the Σ8PAH were in the range of 2...
April 17, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416001/assessing-environmental-factors-associated-with-regional-schistosomiasis-prevalence-in-anhui-province-peoples-republic-of-china-using-a-geographical-detector-method
#20
Yi Hu, Congcong Xia, Shizhu Li, Michael P Ward, Can Luo, Fenghua Gao, Qizhi Wang, Shiqing Zhang, Zhijie Zhang
BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis is a water-borne disease caused by trematode worms belonging to genus Schistosoma, which is prevalent most of the developing world. Transmission of the disease is usually associated with multiple biological characteristics and social factors but also factors can play a role. Few studies have assessed the exact and interactive influence of each factor promoting schistosomiasis transmission. METHODS: We used a series of different detectors (i...
April 17, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
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