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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803756/speciation-range-contraction-and-extinction-in-the-endemic-new-zealand-king-shag-complex
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Nicolas J Rawlence, Charlotte E Till, Luke J Easton, Hamish G Spencer, Rob Schuckard, David S Melville, R Paul Scofield, Alan J D Tennyson, Matt J Rayner, Jonathan M Waters, Martyn Kennedy
New Zealand's endemic King Shag (Leucocarbo carunculatus) has occupied only a narrow portion of the northeastern South Island for at least the past 240years. However, pre-human Holocene fossil and archaeological remains have suggested a far more widespread distribution of the three Leucocarbo species (King, Otago, Foveaux) on mainland New Zealand at the time of Polynesian settlement in the late 13th Century CE. We use modern and ancient DNA, and morphometric and osteological analyses, of modern King Shags and Holocene fossil Leucocarbo remains to assess the pre-human distribution and taxonomic status of the King Shag on mainland New Zealand, and the resultant conservation implications...
August 10, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802282/evolution-of-mediterranean-diets-and-cuisine-concepts-and-definitions
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Sue Radd-Vagenas, Antigone Kouris-Blazos, Maria Fiatarone Singh, Victoria M Flood
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The Mediterranean diet has been demonstrated to provide a range of health benefits in observational and clinical trials and adopted by various dietary guidelines. However, a broad range of definitions exist impeding synthesis across trials. This review aims to provide a historical description of Mediterranean diets, from the ancient to the modern, to inform future educational and diet index tool development representing the 'traditional' Mediterranean diet. METHODS AND STUDY DESIGN: Nine databases were searched from inception to July 2015 to identify papers defining the Mediterranean diet...
2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802203/disentangling-the-origins-of-virophages-and-polintons
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Samuel Campbell, Amr Aswad, Aris Katzourakis
Virophages and polintons are part of a complex system that also involves eukaryotes, giant viruses, as well as other viruses and transposable elements. Virophages are cosmopolitan, being found in environments ranging from the Amazon River to Antarctic hypersaline lakes, while polintons are found in many single celled and multicellular eukaryotes. Virophages and polintons have a shared ancestry, but their exact origins are unknown and obscured by antiquity and extensive horizontal gene transfer (HGT). Paleovirology can help disentangle the complicated gene flow between these two, as well as their giant viral and eukaryotic hosts...
August 9, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802018/characterization-of-two-catalase-peroxidase-encoding-genes-in-fusarium-verticillioides-reveals-differential-responses-to-in-vitro-versus-in-planta-oxidative-challenges
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Shan Gao, Scott E Gold, Anthony E Glenn
Catalase/peroxidases (KatGs) are a superfamily of reactive oxygen species (ROS)-degrading enzymes believed to be horizontally acquired by ancient Ascomycota from bacteria. Subsequent gene duplication resulted in two KatG paralogs in ascomycetes: the widely distributed intracellular KatG1 group, and the phytopathogen-dominated extracellular KatG2 group. To functionally characterize FvCP01 (KatG1) and FvCP02 (KatG2) in the maize pathogen Fusarium verticillioides, single and double gene deletion mutants were examined in response to hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 )...
August 12, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801890/application-of-grading-of-recommendations-assessment-development-and-evaluation-grade-to-the-guideline-development-for-clinical-practice-with-acupuncture-and-moxibustion
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Hong Zhao, Fengxia Liang, Yigong Fang, Baoyan Liu
Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) offers a worldwide approach to guideline development for clinical practice. For the clinical practice of acupuncture therapy, 18 evidence-based guidelines have been developed in China using GRADE. In this study, we review the advantages and limitations of the GRADE approach in the guideline development for acupuncture and moxibustion and propose some solutions to these limitations. Scientific advantages of rating the quality of evidence, outcome-centric direction, overall progression to develop recommendations, and strength of recommendations providing specific clinical guidance are the advantages of GRADE...
August 12, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799690/fluid-driven-interfacial-instabilities-and-turbulence-in-bacterial-biofilms
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Stefania Fabbri, Jian Li, Robert P Howlin, Amir Rmaile, Bart Gottenbos, Marko De Jager, E Michelle Starke, Marcelo Aspiras, Marilyn T Ward, Nick G Cogan, Paul Stoodley
Biofilms are thin layers of bacteria embedded within a slime matrix that live on surfaces. They are ubiquitous in nature and responsible for many medical and dental infections, industrial fouling and are also evident in ancient fossils. A biofilm structure is shaped by growth, detachment and response to mechanical forces acting on them. The main contribution to biofilm versatility in response to physical forces is the matrix that provides a platform for the bacteria to grow. The interaction between biofilm structure and hydrodynamics remains a fundamental question concerning biofilm dynamics...
August 11, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799621/ancient-dna-analysis-might-suggest-external-origin-of-individuals-from-chamber-graves-placed-in-medieval-cemetery-in-pie%C3%A5-central-poland
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Tomasz Płoszaj, Krystyna Jędrychowska-Dańska, Alicja Zamerska, Alicja Drozd-Lipińska, Dariusz Poliński, Andrzej Janowski, Henryk Witas
The participation of immigrants during early days in Poland of Piast's dynasty is a debated issue among archaeologists and anthropologists alike. Such hypotheses were formulated on the basis of, amongst others, the discovery of early medieval chamber graves characterized by construction features typical of the Scandinavian culture area. Archaeological and anthropological studies to date have not provided an unequivocal answer as to whether the individuals interred in those graves were autochthons who adopted a different burial rite, or perhaps immigrants from foreign lands...
August 11, 2017: Anthropologischer Anzeiger; Bericht über die Biologisch-anthropologische Literatur
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799126/hydration-status-drug-interactions-and-determinants-in-a-spanish-elderly-population-a-pilot-study
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A M Puga, T Partearroyo, G Varela-Moreiras
Proper hydration is essential to maintain optimal health and well-being at all stages of life, especially for the elderly. Side effects of certain drugs that affect hydration status may compromise the health of the ancients, who also constitute the most vulnerable group. No studies have been carried out, to our knowledge, at the intersection of drugs and hydration status. Our study aimed to evaluate the effects of chronic use of certain drugs (diuretics, corticoids and metformin) in the hydration status of the elderly...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798742/preservation-and-significance-of-extracellular-dna-in-ferruginous-sediments-from-lake-towuti-indonesia
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Aurèle Vuillemin, Fabian Horn, Mashal Alawi, Cynthia Henny, Dirk Wagner, Sean A Crowe, Jens Kallmeyer
Extracellular DNA is ubiquitous in soil and sediment and constitutes a dominant fraction of environmental DNA in aquatic systems. In theory, extracellular DNA is composed of genomic elements persisting at different degrees of preservation produced by processes occurring on land, in the water column and sediment. Extracellular DNA can be taken up as a nutrient source, excreted or degraded by microorganisms, or adsorbed onto mineral matrices, thus potentially preserving information from past environments. To test whether extracellular DNA records lacustrine conditions, we sequentially extracted extracellular and intracellular DNA from anoxic sediments of ferruginous Lake Towuti, Indonesia...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798357/origin-and-dispersal-of-early-domestic-pigs-in-northern-china
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Hai Xiang, Jianqiang Gao, Dawei Cai, Yunbing Luo, Baoquan Yu, Langqing Liu, Ranran Liu, Hui Zhou, Xiaoyong Chen, Weitao Dun, Xi Wang, Michael Hofreiter, Xingbo Zhao
It is widely accepted that modern pigs were domesticated independently at least twice, and Chinese native pigs are deemed as direct descendants of the first domesticated pigs in the corresponding domestication centers. By analyzing mitochondrial DNA sequences of an extensive sample set spanning 10,000 years, we find that the earliest pigs from the middle Yellow River region already carried the maternal lineages that are dominant in both younger archaeological populations and modern Chinese pigs. Our data set also supports early Neolithic pig utilization and a long-term in situ origin for northeastern Chinese pigs during 8,000-3,500 BP, suggesting a possibly independent domestication in northeast China...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798114/on-the-trail-of-ancient-mariners
#11
Lizzie Wade
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 11, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796218/evolution-skull-secrets-of-an-ancient-ape
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Brenda R Benefit
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 9, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796208/palaeobiology-ensure-equal-access-to-ancient-dna
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Cheryl Makarewicz, Nimrod Marom, Guy Bar-Oz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 9, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795267/cyp79-p450-monooxygenases-in-gymnosperms-cyp79a118-is-associated-with-the-formation-of-taxiphyllin-in-taxus-baccata
#14
Katrin Luck, Qidong Jia, Meret Huber, Vinzenz Handrick, Gane Ka-Shu Wong, David R Nelson, Feng Chen, Jonathan Gershenzon, Tobias G Köllner
Conifers contain P450 enzymes from the CYP79 family that are involved in cyanogenic glycoside biosynthesis. Cyanogenic glycosides are secondary plant compounds that are widespread in the plant kingdom. Their biosynthesis starts with the conversion of aromatic or aliphatic amino acids into their respective aldoximes, catalysed by N-hydroxylating cytochrome P450 monooxygenases (CYP) of the CYP79 family. While CYP79s are well known in angiosperms, their occurrence in gymnosperms and other plant divisions containing cyanogenic glycoside-producing plants has not been reported so far...
August 9, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794033/ancient-evolution-and-dispersion-of-human-papillomavirus-type-58-variants
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Zigui Chen, Wendy C S Ho, Siaw Shi Boon, Priscilla T Y Law, Martin C W Chan, Rob DeSalle, Robert D Burk, Paul K S Chan
Human papillomavirus type 58 is found in 10-18% of cervical cancers in East Asia but rather uncommon elsewhere. The distribution and oncogenic potential of HPV58 variants appear to be heterogeneous since the E7 T20I/G63S variant is more prevalent in East Asia and confers 7-9 fold higher risk for cervical precancer and cancer. However, the underlying genomic mechanisms that explain the geographic and carcinogenic diversity of HPV58 variants are still poorly understood. In this study, we used a combination of phylogenetic analyses and bioinformatics to investigate the deep evolutionary history of HPV58 complete genome variants...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793263/the-conserved-sonic-hedgehog-limb-enhancer-consists-of-discrete-functional-elements-that-regulate-precise-spatial-expression
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Laura A Lettice, Paul Devenney, Carlo De Angelis, Robert E Hill
Expression of sonic hedgehog (Shh) in the limb bud is regulated by an enhancer called the zone of polarizing activity regulatory sequence (ZRS), which, in evolution, belongs to an ancient group of highly conserved cis regulators found in all classes of vertebrates. Here, we examined the endogenous ZRS in mice, using genome editing to establish the relationship between enhancer composition and embryonic phenotype. We show that enhancer activity is a consolidation of distinct activity domains. Spatial restriction of Shh expression is mediated by a discrete repressor module, whereas levels of gene expression are controlled by large overlapping domains containing varying numbers of HOXD binding sites...
August 8, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793033/a-contribution-for-the-limnological-knowledge-of-basaltic-knickzones
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E M Brambilla, A M C Ruocco, M G Nogueira
The knickzones are defined as locally steep riverbed segments, such as a convex reach in a concave-up longitudinal profile. They are worldwide distributed and geologically well studied, but despite their distinctiveness as a particular kind of macrohabitat there is a notorious lack of ecological knowledge. In this context, this research proposal aims to provide a physical description, in terms of kind of habitats, and a limnological characterization of a basaltic knickzone. Information is based on a case study carried out in the Sapucaí-Mirim River, Southeast Brazil...
July 27, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Biology, Revista Brasleira de Biologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792976/relationship-between-ancient-bridges-and-population-dynamics-in-the-lower-yangtze-river-basin-china
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Yang Zhao, Xin Jia, Harry F Lee, Hongqiang Zhao, Shuliang Cai, Xianjin Huang
It has been suggested that population growth dynamics may be revealed by the geographic distribution and the physical structure of ancient bridges. Yet, this relationship has not been empirically verified. In this study, we applied the archaeological records for ancient bridges to reveal the population growth dynamics in the lower Yangtze River Basin in late imperial China. We investigated 89 ancient bridges in Yixing that were built during the Ming and Qing dynasties (AD1368-1911). Global Position System information and structure (length, width, and span) of those bridges was measured during our field investigations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792633/evolutionarily-diverse-syp1-qa-snares-jointly-sustain-pollen-tube-growth-in-arabidopsis
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Daniel Slane, Ilka Reichardt, Farid El Kasmi, Martin Bayer, Gerd Jürgens
Intracellular membrane fusion is effected by SNARE proteins that reside on adjacent membranes and form bridging trans-SNARE complexes. Qa-SNARE members of the Arabidopsis SYP1 family are involved in membrane fusion at the plasma membrane or during cell plate formation. Three SYP1 family members have been classified as pollen-specific as inferred from gene expression profiling studies and two of them, SYP124 and SYP125, are confined to angiosperms. The SYP124 gene appears genetically unstable whereas its sister gene SYP125 shows essentially no variation among Arabidopsis accessions...
August 9, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791889/symbiotic-origin-of-aging
#20
Edward Greenberg, Sergei Vatolin
Normally aging cells are characterized by an unbalanced mitochondrial dynamic skewed toward punctate mitochondria. Genetic and pharmacological manipulation of mitochondrial fission/fusion cycles can contribute to both accelerated and decelerated cellular or organismal aging. In this work, we connect these experimental data with the symbiotic theory of mitochondrial origin to generate new insight into the evolutionary origin of aging. Mitochondria originated from autotrophic α-proteobacteria during an ancient endosymbiotic event early in eukaryote evolution...
August 9, 2017: Rejuvenation Research
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