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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166656/fragmentation-modes-and-the-evolution-of-life-cycles
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Yuriy Pichugin, Jorge Peña, Paul B Rainey, Arne Traulsen
Reproduction is a defining feature of living systems. To reproduce, aggregates of biological units (e.g., multicellular organisms or colonial bacteria) must fragment into smaller parts. Fragmentation modes in nature range from binary fission in bacteria to collective-level fragmentation and the production of unicellular propagules in multicellular organisms. Despite this apparent ubiquity, the adaptive significance of fragmentation modes has received little attention. Here, we develop a model in which groups arise from the division of single cells that do not separate but stay together until the moment of group fragmentation...
November 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165677/being-born-too-small-and-too-early-may-alter-sleep-in-childhood
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Stephanie R Yiallourou, Bianca C Arena, Euan M Wallace, Alexsandria Odoi, Samantha Hollis, Aidan Weichard, Rosemary S C Horne
Study Objectives: Fetal growth restriction (FGR) occurs in up to 10% of pregnancies and is associated with increased risk of prematurity and neurodevelopmental impairment. FGR also alters sleep state distribution in utero and maturation in infancy. Currently, limited data on the long-term associations of FGR and childhood sleep exist. Accordingly, we assessed the associations between preterm birth and FGR and sleep in children aged 5-12 years. Methods: 17 children born preterm and FGR, 15 children born preterm but appropriately grown (AGA) and 20 term AGA children (controls) were studied using overnight polysomnography...
November 20, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164113/chemokine-signaling-during-midline-epithelial-seam-disintegration-facilitates-palatal-fusion
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Christiaan M Suttorp, Niels A Cremers, René van Rheden, Raymond F Regan, Pia Helmich, Sven van Kempen, Anne M Kuijpers-Jagtman, Frank A D T G Wagener
Disintegration of the midline epithelial seam (MES) is crucial for palatal fusion, and failure results in cleft palate. Palatal fusion and wound repair share many common signaling pathways related to epithelial-mesenchymal cross-talk. We postulate that chemokine CXCL11, its receptor CXCR3, and the cytoprotective enzyme heme oxygenase (HO), which are crucial during wound repair, also play a decisive role in MES disintegration. Fetal growth restriction and craniofacial abnormalities were present in HO-2 knockout (KO) mice without effects on palatal fusion...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163616/co-expression-of-arabidopsis-nhx1-and-bar-improves-the-tolerance-to-salinity-oxidative-stress-and-herbicide-in-transgenic-mungbean
#4
Sanjeev Kumar, Angkana Kalita, Richa Srivastava, Lingaraj Sahoo
Mungbean is an important pulse crop extensively cultivated in Southeast Asia for supply of easily digestible protein. Salinity severely limits the growth and productivity of mungbean, and weeding poses nutritional and disease constraints to mungbean cultivation. To pyramid both salt tolerance and protection against herbicide in mungbean, the AtNHX1 encoding tonoplast Na(+)/H(+) antiporter from Arabidopsis, and bar gene associated with herbicide resistance were co-expressed through Agrobacterium-mediated transformation...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163608/oshak1-a-high-affinity-potassium-transporter-positively-regulates-responses-to-drought-stress-in-rice
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Guang Chen, Chaolei Liu, Zhenyu Gao, Yu Zhang, Hongzhen Jiang, Li Zhu, Deyong Ren, Ling Yu, Guohua Xu, Qian Qian
Drought is one of the environmental factors that severely restrict plant distribution and crop production. Recently, we reported that the high-affinity potassium transporter OsHAK1 plays important roles in K acquisition and translocation in rice over low and high K concentration ranges, however, knowledge on the regulatory roles of OsHAK1 in osmotic/drought stress is limited. Here, transcript levels of OsHAK1 were found transiently elevated by water deficit in roots and shoots, consistent with the enhanced GUS activity in transgenic plants under stress...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163595/alfalfa-root-growth-rate-correlates-with-progression-of-microtubules-during-mitosis-and-cytokinesis-as-revealed-by-environmental-light-sheet-microscopy
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Petra Vyplelová, Miroslav Ovečka, Jozef Šamaj
Cell division and expansion are two fundamental biological processes supporting indeterminate root growth and development of plants. Quantitative evaluations of cell divisions related to root growth analyses have been performed in several model crop and non-crop plant species, but not in important legume plant Medicago sativa. Light-sheet fluorescence microscopy (LSFM) is an advanced imaging technique widely used in animal developmental biology, providing efficient fast optical sectioning under physiological conditions with considerably reduced phototoxicity and photobleaching...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163578/transpiration-response-and-growth-in-pearl-millet-parental-lines-and-hybrids-bred-for-contrasting-rainfall-environments
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Susan Medina, S K Gupta, Vincent Vadez
Under conditions of high vapor pressure deficit (VPD) and soil drying, restricting transpiration is an important avenue to gain efficiency in water use. The question we raise in this article is whether breeding for agro-ecological environments that differ for the rainfall have selected for traits that control plant water use. These are measured in pearl millet materials bred for zones varying in rainfall (8 combinations of parent and F1-hybrids, 18 F1-hybrids and then 40 F1-hybrids). In all cases, we found an agro-ecological variation in the slope of the transpiration response to increasing VPD, and parental line variation in the transpiration response to soil drying within hybrids/parent combinations...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163397/functionality-of-root-associated-bacteria-along-a-salt-marsh-primary-succession
#8
Miao Wang, Erqin Li, Chen Liu, Alexandre Jousset, Joana F Salles
Plant-associated bacteria are known for their high functional trait diversity, from which many are likely to play a role in primary and secondary succession, facilitating plant establishment in suboptimal soils conditions. Here we used an undisturbed salt marsh chronosequence that represents over 100 years of soil development to assess how the functional traits of plant associated bacteria respond to soil type, plant species and plant compartment. We isolated and characterized 808 bacterial colonies from the rhizosphere soil and root endosphere of two salt marsh plants, Limonium vulgare and Artemisia maritima, along the chronosequence...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163377/wild-grape-associated-yeasts-as-promising-biocontrol-agents-against-vitis-vinifera-fungal-pathogens
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Gustavo Cordero-Bueso, Nicola Mangieri, David Maghradze, Roberto Foschino, Federica Valdetara, Jesús M Cantoral, Ileana Vigentini
The increasing level of hazardous residues in the environment and food chains has led the European Union to restrict the use of chemical fungicides. Thus, exploiting new natural antagonistic microorganisms against fungal diseases could serve the agricultural production to reduce pre- and post-harvest losses, to boost safer practices for workers and to protect the consumers' health. The main aim of this work was to evaluate the antagonistic potential of epiphytic yeasts against Botrytis cinerea, Aspergillus carbonarius, and Penicillium expansum pathogen species...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163019/bile-acid-signaling-pathways-from-the-enterohepatic-circulation-to-the-central-nervous-system
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REVIEW
Kim L Mertens, Andries Kalsbeek, Maarten R Soeters, Hannah M Eggink
Bile acids are best known as detergents involved in the digestion of lipids. In addition, new data in the last decade have shown that bile acids also function as gut hormones capable of influencing metabolic processes via receptors such as FXR (farnesoid X receptor) and TGR5 (Takeda G protein-coupled receptor 5). These effects of bile acids are not restricted to the gastrointestinal tract, but can affect different tissues throughout the organism. It is still unclear whether these effects also involve signaling of bile acids to the central nervous system (CNS)...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162563/foxf1-defines-the-core-regulatory-circuitry-in-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumor-gist
#11
Leili Ran, Yuedan Chen, Jessica Sher, Wai Pung E Wong, Devan Murphy, Jenny Q Zhang, Dan Li, Kemal Deniz, Inna Sirota, Zhen Cao, Shangqian Wang, Youxin Guan, Shipra Shukla, Katie Yang Li, Alan Chramiec, Yuanyuan Xie, Deyou Zheng, Richard P Koche, Cristina R Antonescu, Yu Chen, Ping Chi
The cellular context that integrates upstream signaling and downstream nuclear response dictates the oncogenic behaviour and shapes treatment responses in distinct cancer types. Here, we uncover that in GIST, the forkhead family member, FOXF1, directly controls the transcription of two master regulators, KIT and ETV1, both required for GIST precursor-interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) lineage-specification and GIST tumorigenesis. Further, FOXF1 co-localizes with ETV1 at enhancers and functions as a pioneer factor that regulates the ETV1-dependent GIST-lineage specific transcriptome through modulation of the local chromatin context, including chromatin accessibility, enhancer maintenance and ETV1 binding...
November 21, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161966/altered-downstream-target-gene-expression-of-the-placental-vitamin-d-receptor-in-human-idiopathic-fetal-growth-restriction
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Thy Ph Nguyen, Hannah Ej Yong, Tejasvy Chollangi, Shaun P Brennecke, Susan J Fisher, Euan M Wallace, Peter R Ebeling, Padma Murthi
Fetal growth restriction (FGR) affects up to 5% of pregnancies and is associated with significant perinatal complications. Maternal deficiency of vitamin D, a secosteroid hormone, is common in FGR-affected pregnancies. We recently demonstrated that decreased expression of the vitamin D receptor (VDR) in idiopathic FGR placentae could impair trophoblast growth. As strict regulation of cell-cycle genes in trophoblast cells is critical for optimal feto-placental growth, we hypothesised that pathologically decreased placental VDR contributes to aberrant regulation of cell-cycle genes...
November 22, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161604/ecological-effects-and-potential-risks-of-the-water-diversion-project-in-the-heihe-river-basin
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Mengmeng Zhang, Shuai Wang, Bojie Fu, Guangyao Gao, Qin Shen
To curb the severe ecological deterioration in the lower Heihe River Basin (HRB) in northwest China, a water diversion project was initiated in 2000. A comprehensive analysis of the ecological effects and potential risks associated with the project is needed. We assessed the hydrological and ecological achievements, and also analyzed the potential problems after the project was completed. We found that since the project began the hydrological regime has changed, with more than 57.82% of the upstream water being discharged to the lower reaches on average...
November 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161409/transfer-and-metabolism-of-cortisol-by-the-isolated-perfused-human-placenta
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Laura I Stirrat, Bram G Sengers, Jane E Norman, Natalie Z M Homer, Ruth Andrew, Rohan M Lewis, Rebecca M Reynolds
Context: Fetal overexposure to glucocorticoids in utero is associated with fetal growth restriction and is postulated to be a key mechanism linking suboptimal fetal growth with cardiovascular disease in later life. Objective: To develop a model to predict maternal-fetal glucocorticoid transfer. We hypothesised placental 11β-HSD2 would be the major rate-limiting step in maternal cortisol transfer to the fetus. Design: We used a deuterated cortisol tracer in the ex vivo placental perfusion model, in combination with computational modelling, to investigate the role of interconversion of cortisol and its inactive metabolite cortisone on transfer of cortisol from mother to fetus...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161406/evaluation-of-the-bacterioscan-216dx-for-standalone-preculture-screen-of-preserved-urine-specimens-in-a-clinical-setting
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Amity L Roberts, Upasana Joneja, Tatiana Villatoro, Eileen Andris, Judith A Boyle, James Bondi
Background: The BacterioScan 216Dx laser microbial growth monitoring system was evaluated as an option for preurine culture screening of preserved urine specimens at an acute care medical center. Methods: The BacterioScan 216Dx system performance characteristics and the economic impact (cost effectiveness) for the laboratory were assessed. Urinalysis performance compared to urine culture was assessed if urinalysis was ordered as part of the patient care set. Results: When compared to urine culture, the BacterioScan had an overall performance with corresponding 95% confidence intervals of 76% (68-83) sensitivity, 84% (80-87) specificity, 55% (48-63) positive predictive value, and 93% (90-95) negative predictive value for 610 randomly selected preserved urine specimens...
November 17, 2017: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160745/the-unveiling-of-the-warburg-effect-and-the-inscribed-innovative-approach-to-a-radical-non-toxic-anticancer-therapy
#16
Olivia Crociani, Ilaria Marzi, Maria Grazia Cipolleschi, Antonella Mannini, Massimo Contini, Massimo Olivotto
The purpose of this research has been deciphering the Warburg paradox, the biochemical enigma unsolved since 1923. This paradox consists of the aerobic pyruvate conversion to lactate brought about by anaplastic cancer, through the metabolic pathway known as aerobic glycolysis. This pathway implies a heavy energetic waste. We solved the enigma by demonstrating that its specific character, i.e. the forced aerobic lactate exportation, represents a crucial metabolic device to counteract the cytotoxic effect produced by an excess of pyruvate at the connection of glycolysis with the Krebs cycle...
November 21, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160594/leptin-action-in-normal-and-pathological-pregnancies
#17
REVIEW
Antonio Pérez-Pérez, Ayelén Toro, Teresa Vilariño-García, Julieta Maymó, Pilar Guadix, José L Dueñas, Manuel Fernández-Sánchez, Cecilia Varone, Víctor Sánchez-Margalet
Leptin is now considered an important signalling molecule of the reproductive system, as it regulates the production of gonadotrophins, the blastocyst formation and implantation, the normal placentation, as well as the foeto-placental communication. Leptin is a peptide hormone secreted mainly by adipose tissue, and the placenta is the second leptin-producing tissue in humans. Placental leptin is an important cytokine which regulates placental functions in an autocrine or paracrine manner. Leptin seems to play a crucial role during the first stages of pregnancy as it modulates critical processes such as proliferation, protein synthesis, invasion and apoptosis in placental cells...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159825/modulation-of-the-intestinal-bile-acid-fxr-fgf15-axis-improves-alcoholic-liver-disease-in-mice
#18
Phillipp Hartmann, Katrin Hochrath, Angela Horvath, Peng Chen, Caroline T Seebauer, Cristina Llorente, Lirui Wang, Yazen Alnouti, Derrick E Fouts, Peter Stärkel, Rohit Loomba, Sally Coulter, Christopher Liddle, Ruth T Yu, Lei Ling, Stephen J Rossi, Alex M DePaoli, Michael Downes, Ronald M Evans, David A Brenner, Bernd Schnabl
Alcoholic liver disease is associated with changes in the intestinal microbiota. Functional consequences of alcohol-associated dysbiosis are largely unknown. The aim of this study was to identify a mechanism of how changes in the intestinal microbiota contribute to alcoholic liver disease. Metagenomic sequencing of intestinal contents demonstrated that chronic ethanol feeding in mice is associated with an overrepresentation of bacterial genomic DNA encoding choloylglycine hydrolase, which deconjugates bile acids in the intestine...
November 21, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159280/insertion-of-the-type-i-ifn-decoy-receptor-b18r-in-a-mirna-tagged-semliki-forest-virus-improves-oncolytic-capacity-but-results-in-neurotoxicity
#19
Tina Sarén, Mohanraj Ramachandran, Miika Martikainen, Di Yu
Oncolytic Semliki Forest virus (SFV) has been suggested as a potential candidate for the treatment of glioblastoma and neuroblastoma. However, the oncolytic capacity of SFV is restricted by the anti-viral type-I interferon (IFN) response. The aim of this study was to increase the oncolytic capacity of a microRNA target tagged SFV against glioblastoma by arming it with the Vaccinia-virus-encoded type-I IFN decoy receptor B18R (SFV4B18RmiRT) to neutralize type-I IFN response. Expression of B18R by SFV4B18RmiRT aided neutralization of IFN-β, which was shown by reduced STAT-1 phosphorylation and improved virus spread in plaque assays...
December 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158981/fitness-implications-of-sex-specific-catch-up-growth-in-nephila-senegalensis-a-spider-with-extreme-reversed-ssd
#20
Rainer Neumann, Nicole Ruppel, Jutta M Schneider
Background: Animal growth is often constrained by unfavourable conditions and divergences from optimal body size can be detrimental to an individual's fitness, particularly in species with determinate growth and a narrow time-frame for life-time reproduction. Growth restriction in early juvenile stages can later be compensated by means of plastic developmental responses, such as adaptive catch-up growth (the compensation of growth deficits through delayed development). Although sex differences regarding the mode and degree of growth compensation have been coherently predicted from sex-specific fitness payoffs, inconsistent results imply a need for further research...
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