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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221675/environmental-changes-and-anthropogenic-factors-modulate-social-play-in-captive-bottlenose-dolphins-tursiops-truncatus
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Agathe Serres, Fabienne Delfour
Social play varies among species and individuals and changes in frequency and duration during ontogeny. This type of play is modulated by environmental changes (e.g., resource availability). In captivity, cetaceans and their environment are managed by humans, and training sessions and/or public presentations punctuate the day as well as other frequent or occasional events. There is a lack of research on the effects of environmental events that occur in captivity and might affect dolphins' behavior. We studied the context in which nine bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) played socially and the events that could potentially impact this social interaction...
February 21, 2017: Zoo Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220420/identification-of-mapk-substrates-using-quantitative-phosphoproteomics
#2
Tong Zhang, Jacqueline D Schneider, Ning Zhu, Sixue Chen
Activation of mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) under diverse biotic and abiotic factors and identification of an array of downstream MAPK target proteins are hot topics in plant signal transduction. Through interactions with a plethora of substrate proteins, MAPK cascades regulate many physiological processes in the course of plant growth, development, and response to environmental factors. Identification and quantification of potential MAPK substrates are essential, but have been technically challenging...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220045/paternal-cocaine-taking-elicits-epigenetic-remodeling-and-memory-deficits-in-male-progeny
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M E Wimmer, L A Briand, B Fant, L A Guercio, A C Arreola, H D Schmidt, S Sidoli, Y Han, B A Garcia, R C Pierce
Paternal environmental perturbations including exposure to drugs of abuse can produce profound effects on the physiology and behavior of offspring via epigenetic modifications. Here we show that adult drug-naive male offspring of cocaine-exposed sires have memory formation deficits and associated reductions in NMDA receptor-mediated hippocampal synaptic plasticity. Reduced levels of the endogenous NMDA receptor co-agonist d-serine were accompanied by increased expression of the d-serine degrading enzyme d-amino acid oxidase (Dao1) in the hippocampus of cocaine-sired male progeny...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218831/new-possibilities-for-magnetic-control-of-chemical-and-biochemical-reactions
#4
Anatoly Buchachenko, Ronald G Lawler
Chemistry is controlled by Coulomb energy; magnetic energy is lower by many orders of magnitude and may be confidently ignored in the energy balance of chemical reactions. The situation becomes less clear, however, when reaction rates are considered. In this case, magnetic perturbations of nearly degenerate energy surface crossings may produce observable, and sometimes even dramatic, effects on reactions rates, product yields, and spectroscopic transitions. A case in point that has been studied for nearly five decades is electron spin-selective chemistry via the intermediacy of radical pairs...
February 20, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218283/place-cells-are-more-strongly-tied-to-landmarks-in-deep-than-in-superficial-ca1
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Tristan Geiller, Mohammad Fattahi, June-Seek Choi, Sébastien Royer
Environmental cues affect place cells responses, but whether this information is integrated versus segregated in distinct hippocampal cell populations is unclear. Here, we show that, in mice running on a treadmill enriched with visual-tactile landmarks, place cells are more strongly controlled by landmark-associated sensory inputs in deeper regions of CA1 pyramidal layer (CA1d). Many cells in CA1d display several firing fields correlated with landmarks, mapping positions slightly before or within the landmarks...
February 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218260/effect-of-hydrogen-on-the-integrity-of-aluminium-oxide-interface-at-elevated-temperatures
#6
Meng Li, De-Gang Xie, Evan Ma, Ju Li, Xi-Xiang Zhang, Zhi-Wei Shan
Hydrogen can facilitate the detachment of protective oxide layer off metals and alloys. The degradation is usually exacerbated at elevated temperatures in many industrial applications; however, its origin remains poorly understood. Here by heating hydrogenated aluminium inside an environmental transmission electron microscope, we show that hydrogen exposure of just a few minutes can greatly degrade the high temperature integrity of metal-oxide interface. Moreover, there exists a critical temperature of ∼150 °C, above which the growth of cavities at the metal-oxide interface reverses to shrinkage, followed by the formation of a few giant cavities...
February 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216584/effects-of-postnatal-enriched-environment-in-a-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-in-adult-rats
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Adel Jungling, Dora Reglodi, Zsofia Nozomi Karadi, Gabor Horvath, Jozsef Farkas, Balazs Gaszner, Andrea Tamas
Environmental enrichment is a widespread neuroprotective strategy during development and also in the mature nervous system. Several research groups have described that enriched environment in adult rats has an impact on the progression of Parkinson's disease (PD). The aim of our present study was to examine the effects of early, postnatal environmental enrichment after 6-hydroxydopamine-induced (6-OHDA) lesion of the substantia nigra in adulthood. Newborn Wistar rats were divided into control and enriched groups according to their environmental conditions...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216029/ecophysiological-responses-of-juvenile-seabass-dicentrarchus-labrax-exposed-to-increased-temperature-and-dietary-methylmercury
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Ana Luísa Maulvault, Vera Barbosa, Ricardo Alves, Ana Custódio, Patrícia Anacleto, Tiago Repolho, Pedro Pousão Ferreira, Rui Rosa, António Marques, Mário Diniz
The ecotoxicological effects of methylmercury (MeHg) exposure have been intensively described in literature. Yet, it is still unclear how marine biota will respond to the presence of MeHg under climate change, namely ocean warming. The present study aimed to investigate, for the first time, fish condition [Fulton's K index (K), hepatosomatic index (HIS) and brain-to-body mass ratio (BB-ratio)] and several stress-related responses in an ecologically and commercially important fish species (Dicentrachus labrax) exposed for 28days to dietary MeHg (8...
February 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214939/selective-determination-of-sulfonamides-from-environmental-water-based-on-magnetic-surface-molecularly-imprinting-technology
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Yang Xu, Qi Zhao, Liyan Jiang, Zhengqiang Li, Yanhua Chen, Lan Ding
In the study, a simple and selective method based on magnetic separation technology is presented for the extraction of sulfonamides (SAs) from environmental water, followed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. In this method, magnetic surface molecularly imprinted polymers (Fe3O4@SiO2@MIPs) with super-paramagnetic property and high selectivity toward SAs were developed as magnetic adsorbents. The Fe3O4@SiO2@MIPs were then applied to the selective extraction of SAs from environmental water. The extraction and enrichment were accomplished simultaneously in a single step by simply stirring the mixture of adsorbents and water samples...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214539/lumbee-traditional-medicine-neuroprotective-activities-of-medicinal-plants-used-to-treat-parkinson-s-disease-related-symptoms
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Aurélie de Rus Jacquet, Michael Timmers, Sin Ying Ma, Andrew Thieme, George P McCabe, Jay Hansford C Vest, Mary Ann Lila, Jean-Christophe Rochet
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta and the presence in surviving neurons of Lewy body inclusions enriched with aggregated forms of the presynaptic protein α-synuclein (aSyn). Although current therapies provide temporary symptomatic relief, they do not slow the underlying neurodegeneration in the midbrain. In this study, we analyzed contemporary herbal medicinal practices used by members of the Lumbee tribe to treat PD-related symptoms, in an effort to identify safe and effective herbal medicines to treat PD...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214359/gene-expression-plasticity-in-response-to-salinity-acclimation-in-threespine-stickleback-ecotypes-from-different-salinity-habitats
#11
Taylor C Gibbons, David C H Metzger, Timothy M Healy, Patricia M Schulte
Phenotypic plasticity is thought to facilitate the colonization of novel environments and shape the direction of evolution in colonizing populations. However, the relative prevalence of various predicted patterns of changes in phenotypic plasticity following colonization remain unclear. Here we use a whole-transcriptome approach to characterize patterns of gene expression plasticity in the gills of a freshwater-adapted and a saltwater-adapted ecotype of threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) exposed to a range of salinities...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208108/dietary-administration-of-edc-mixtures-a-focus-on-fish-lipid-metabolism
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O Carnevali, V Notarstefano, I Olivotto, M Graziano, P Gallo, I Di Marco Pisciottano, L Vaccari, A Mandich, E Giorgini, F Maradonna
Many man-made chemical compounds are recognized as endocrine disruptors and once released into the environment are likely to spread and bioaccumulate in wild species. Due to their lipophilic nature, these substances pass through the cell membrane or bind to specific receptors activating physiological responses that in the long run can cause reproductive impairment, physiological disorders, including the occurrence of metabolic syndromes. One significant source of contamination is represented by the consumption of polluted food...
February 6, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204838/a-preliminary-investigation-on-metal-bioaccumulation-by-perenniporia-fraxinea
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M Sturini, C Girometta, F Maraschi, E Savino, A Profumo
The lignicolous macrofungus Perenniporia fraxinea has drawn increased attention due to its role as a pathogen of ornamentals in urban sites. The present study investigated the bioaccumulation of heavy metals by P. fraxinea. Sporophores were collected from urban and suburban areas in Pavia (Northern Italy) and analyzed for metals content (Cd, Hg, Pb, Ni, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Zn) by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometer and inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy, after microwave acidic digestion...
February 15, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199942/atmospheric-contribution-to-boron-enrichment-in-aboveground-wheat-tissues
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Cheng Wang, Junfeng Ji, Mindong Chen, Cong Zhong, Zhongfang Yang, Patrick Browne
Boron is an essential trace element for all organisms and has both beneficial and harmful biological functions. A particular amount of boron is discharged into the environment every year because of industrial activities; however, the effects of environmental boron emissions on boron accumulation in cereals has not yet been estimated. The present study characterized the accumulation of boron in wheat under different ecological conditions in the Yangtze River Delta (YRD) area. This study aimed to estimate the effects of atmospheric boron that is associated with industrial activities on boron accumulation in wheat...
February 3, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196685/geochemical-analysis-of-sediments-from-a-semi-enclosed-bay-dongshan-bay-southeast-china-to-determine-the-anthropogenic-impact-and-source
#15
Yonghang Xu, Qinqin Sun, Xiang Ye, Xijie Yin, Dongyi Li, Liang Wang, Aijun Wang, Yunhai Li
The geochemical compositions of sediments in the Dongshan Bay, a semi-enclosed bay on the southeast coast of China, were obtained to identify pollutant sources and evaluate the anthropogenic impacts over the last 100 years. The results indicated that the metal flux had been increasing since the 1980s. Enrichment factor values (Pb, Zn and Cu) suggested only slight enrichment. The proportion of anthropogenic Pb changed from 9% to 15% during 2000-2014. Coal combustion might be an important contamination source in the Dongshan Bay...
January 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196627/environmental-enrichment-enhances-cognitive-flexibility-in-c57bl-6-mice-on-a-touchscreen-reversal-learning-task
#16
Ariel Zeleznikow-Johnston, Emma L Burrows, Thibault Renoir, Anthony J Hannan
Environmental enrichment (EE) is any positive modification of the 'standard housing' (SH) conditions in which laboratory animals are typically held, usually involving increased opportunity for cognitive stimulation and physical activity. EE has been reported to enhance baseline performance of wild-type animals on traditional cognitive behavioural tasks. Recently, touchscreen operant testing chambers have emerged as a way of performing rodent cognitive assays, providing greater reproducibility, translatability and automatability...
February 11, 2017: Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196340/effects-of-a-ladle-furnace-slag-added-to-soil-on-morpho-physiological-and-biochemical-parameters-of-amaranthus-paniculatus-l-plants
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Fabrizio Pietrini, Valentina Iori, Teresa Beone, Daphne Mirabile, Massimo Zacchini
Industrial slag from steelwork activities is considered a by-product by the EU legislation and it can be used for civil construction. In this work, an experiment in a greenhouse was conducted over a 6-week period to investigate the effect of soil enrichment with ladle furnace slag on morpho-physiological parameters of Amaranthus paniculatus L. plants. Results showed that the addition of 5% (w/w) slag to soil did not alter the plant growth, highlighting a high tolerance to this slag concentration. Contrarily, plants cultivated in a soil with 10% (w/w) slag showed a marked reduction both in growth and biometric parameters...
January 28, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192458/transcriptome-analysis-of-hexaploid-hulless-oat-in-response-to-salinity-stress
#18
Bin Wu, Yani Hu, Pengjie Huo, Qian Zhang, Xin Chen, Zongwen Zhang
BACKGROUND: Oat is a cereal crop of global importance used for food, feed, and forage. Understanding salinity stress tolerance mechanisms in plants is an important step towards generating crop varieties that can cope with environmental stresses. To date, little is known about the salt tolerance of oat at the molecular level. To better understand the molecular mechanisms underlying salt tolerance in oat, we investigated the transcriptomes of control and salt-treated oat using RNA-Seq. RESULTS: Using Illumina HiSeq 4000 platform, we generated 72,291,032 and 356,891,432 reads from non-stressed control and salt-stressed oat, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190596/facile-and-fast-preparation-of-low-cost-silica-supported-graphitic-carbon-nitride-for-solid-phase-extraction-of-fluoroquinolone-drugs-from-environmental-waters
#19
Andrea Speltini, Federica Maraschi, Roberta Govoni, Chiara Milanese, Antonella Profumo, Lorenzo Malavasi, Michela Sturini
The analytical application of silica-supported graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4@silica) for solid-phase extraction (SPE) of fluoroquinolone (FQ) pollutants from water is presented for the first time. g-C3N4@silica was easily and quickly prepared by one-pot thermal condensation of dicyandiamide and characterized by powder X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and surface area measurements. The novel composite was applied as sorbent for SPE of FQs from water prior high-performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189028/assessment-of-heavy-metal-pollution-spatial-distribution-and-origin-in-agricultural-soils-along-the-sin%C3%A3%C2%BA-river-basin-colombia
#20
José Marrugo-Negrete, José Pinedo-Hernández, Sergi Díez
The presence of metals in agricultural soils from anthropogenic activities such as mining and agricultural use of metals and metal-containing compounds is a potential threat for human health through the food chain. In this study, the concentration of heavy metals in 83 agricultural soils irrigated by the Sinú River, in northern Colombia, affected by mining areas upstream and inundated during seasonal floods events were determined to evaluate their sources and levels of pollution. The average concentrations of Cu, Ni, Pb, Cd, Hg and Zn were 1149, 661, 0...
February 7, 2017: Environmental Research
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