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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784781/c-4-sterol-demethylation-enzymes-distinguish-bacterial-and-eukaryotic-sterol-synthesis
#1
Alysha K Lee, Amy B Banta, Jeremy H Wei, David J Kiemle, Ju Feng, José-Luis Giner, Paula V Welander
Sterols are essential eukaryotic lipids that are required for a variety of physiological roles. The diagenetic products of sterol lipids, sterane hydrocarbons, are preserved in ancient sedimentary rocks and are utilized as geological biomarkers, indicating the presence of both eukaryotes and oxic environments throughout Earth's history. However, a few bacterial species are also known to produce sterols, bringing into question the significance of bacterial sterol synthesis for our interpretation of sterane biomarkers...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783939/a-genome-wide-association-study-reveals-novel-genomic-regions-and-positional-candidate-genes-for-fat-deposition-in-broiler-chickens
#2
Gabriel Costa Monteiro Moreira, Clarissa Boschiero, Aline Silva Mello Cesar, James M Reecy, Thaís Fernanda Godoy, Priscila Anchieta Trevisoli, Maurício E Cantão, Mônica Corrêa Ledur, Adriana Mércia Guaratini Ibelli, Jane de Oliveira Peixoto, Ana Silvia Alves Meira Tavares Moura, Dorian Garrick, Luiz Lehmann Coutinho
BACKGROUND: Excess fat content in chickens has a negative impact on poultry production. The discovery of QTL associated with fat deposition in the carcass allows the identification of positional candidate genes (PCGs) that might regulate fat deposition and be useful for selection against excess fat content in chicken's carcass. This study aimed to estimate genomic heritability coefficients and to identify QTLs and PCGs for abdominal fat (ABF) and skin (SKIN) traits in a broiler chicken population, originated from the White Plymouth Rock and White Cornish breeds...
May 21, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782855/role-of-statins-and-mevalonate-pathway-on-impaired-hdac2-activity-induced-by-oxidative-stress-in-human-airway-epithelial-cells
#3
Maria Gabriella Matera, Luigino Calzetta, Giulia Gritti, Laura Gallo, Brunella Perfetto, Giovanna Donnarumma, Mario Cazzola, Paola Rogliani, Maria Donniacuo, Barbara Rinaldi
In patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) the inflammatory response is often steroid-resistant, likely since oxidative stress and cigarette smoking impair histone deacetylase 2 (HDAC2) activity. Since it has been demonstrated that statins may restore the HDAC2 activity in cultured human endothelial cells, the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of statins in reversing the steroid-resistance induced by oxidative stress. We evaluated the effects of simvastatin and dexamethasone on HDAC2 expression and activity, and the role of mevalonate and Rho/ROCK pathways in A549 cells, a human lung type II epithelial cell line stressed with H2 O2 ...
May 18, 2018: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781091/fetal-assessment-in-buprenorphine-maintained-women-using-fetal-magnetoencephalography-a-pilot-study
#4
Diana Escalona-Vargas, Jessica L Coker, Shona Ray-Griffith, Eric R Siegel, Curtis L Lowery, Zachary N Stowe, Hari Eswaran
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: In-utero exposure to opioids including buprenorphine (BUP) has been shown to affect fetal activity, specifically heart-rate variability (FHRV) and fetal movement (FM). Our objective was to extract simultaneous recordings of fetal cardiac, and brain-related activity in BUP-maintained and non-opioid exposed pregnant women using a novel non-invasive biomagnetic technique. DESIGN: A pilot study was conducted, recording and analyzing biomagnetic data from fetuses of BUP-maintained and non-opioid exposed pregnant women...
May 20, 2018: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780584/opening-the-black-box-of-spring-water-microbiology-from-alpine-karst-aquifers-to-support-proactive-drinking-water-resource-management
#5
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Domenico Savio, Philipp Stadler, Georg H Reischer, Alexander K T Kirschner, Katalin Demeter, Rita Linke, Alfred P Blaschke, Regina Sommer, Ulrich Szewzyk, Inés C Wilhartitz, Robert L Mach, Hermann Stadler, Andreas H Farnleitner
Over the past 15 years, pioneering interdisciplinary research has been performed on the microbiology of hydrogeologically well-defined alpine karst springs located in the Northern Calcareous Alps (NCA) of Austria. This article gives an overview on these activities and links them to other relevant research. Results from the NCA springs and comparable sites revealed that spring water harbors abundant natural microbial communities even in aquifers with high water residence times and the absence of immediate surface influence...
May 2018: WIREs. Water
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780272/experimental-study-on-the-confinement-dependent-characteristics-of-a-utah-coal-considering-the-anisotropy-by-cleats
#6
Bo-Hyun Kim, Gabriel Walton, Mark K Larson, Steve Berry
Characterizing a coal from an engineering perspective for design of mining excavations is critical in order to prevent fatalities, as underground coal mines are often developed in highly stressed ground conditions. Coal pillar bursts involve the sudden expulsion of coal and rock into the mine opening. These events occur when relatively high stresses in a coal pillar, left for support in underground workings, exceed the pillar's load capacity causing the pillar to rupture without warning. This process may be influenced by cleating, which is a type of joint system that can be found in coal rock masses...
May 2018: International Journal of Rock Mechanics and Mining Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780016/haemogregarine-genetic-diversity-in-captive-african-rock-pythons-from-nigeria-suggests-a-geographical-pattern
#7
Henry Olanrewaju Jegede, Beatriz Tomé, Ana Perera, Temidayo O Omobowale
OBJECTIVE: Understanding the processes that drive parasite diversification, distribution, and abundance is central to disentangle the dynamics and evolution of diseases. In this study, we screened African rock pythons from Nigeria for the presence of blood parasites to assess their distribution, diversity, and phylogenetic relationships. METHODS: A total of 21 captive African rock pythons collected from across 11 locations in Nigeria were sampled between August 2016 and January 2017...
March 2018: Türkiye Parazitolojii Dergisi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779495/closing-the-phosphorus-cycle-in-a-food-system-insights-from-a-modelling-exercise
#8
H R J van Kernebeek, S J Oosting, M K van Ittersum, R Ripoll-Bosch, I J M de Boer
Mineral phosphorus (P) used to fertilise crops is derived from phosphate rock, which is a finite resource. Preventing and recycling mineral P waste in the food system, therefore, are essential to sustain future food security and long-term availability of mineral P. The aim of our modelling exercise was to assess the potential of preventing and recycling P waste in a food system, in order to reduce the dependency on phosphate rock. To this end, we modelled a hypothetical food system designed to produce sufficient food for a fixed population with a minimum input requirement of mineral P...
May 21, 2018: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778219/survival-of-cyanobacteria-in-rivers-following-their-release-in-water-from-large-headwater-reservoirs
#9
Nicholas Williamson, Tsuyoshi Kobayashi, David Outhet, Lee C Bowling
Cyanobacterial survival following their release in water from major headwaters reservoirs was compared in five New South Wales rivers. Under low flow conditions, cyanobacterial presence disappeared rapidly with distance downstream in the Cudgegong and Hunter Rivers, whereas the other three rivers were contaminated for at least 300 km. Cyanobacterial survival is likely to be impacted by the geomorphology of each river, especially the extent of gravel riffle reaches (cells striking rocks can destroy them) and by the different turbulent flow conditions it produces within each...
May 2018: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777035/septin-dependent-remodeling-of-cortical-microtubule-drives-cell-reshaping-during-epithelial-wound-healing
#10
Asako Shindo, Anastasia Audrey, Maki Takagishi, Masahide Takahashi, John B Wallingford, Makoto Kinoshita
Wounds in embryos heal rapidly through the contraction of the wound edges. Despite well-recognized significance of the actomyosin purse-string for wound closure, roles for other cytoskeletal components are largely unknown. Here, we report that the septin cytoskeleton cooperates with actomyosin and microtubules to coordinate circumferential contraction of the wound margin and concentric elongation of wound-proximal cells in Xenopus laevis embryos. Microtubules reoriented radially, forming bundles along lateral cell cortices in elongating wound-proximal cells...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776662/effect-of-the-pore-water-composition-on-the-diffusive-anion-transport-in-argillaceous-low-permeability-sedimentary-rocks
#11
Cornelia Wigger, Luc R Van Loon
The effect of the pore water composition on the diffusive anion transport was studied for two different argillaceous, low permeability sedimentary rocks, Opalinus Clay (OPA) and Helvetic Marl (HM). The samples were saturated with different solutions with varying molar concentration and different main cations in the solution: NaCl based pore solutions and CaCl2 based pore solutions. The total porosity was measured by through-diffusion experiments with the neutral tracer HTO. Experiments performed in NaCl solutions resulted in a porosity of 0...
May 8, 2018: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776155/how-directional-mobility-affects-coexistence-in-rock-paper-scissors-models
#12
P P Avelino, D Bazeia, L Losano, J Menezes, B F de Oliveira, M A Santos
This work deals with a system of three distinct species that changes in time under the presence of mobility, selection, and reproduction, as in the popular rock-paper-scissors game. The novelty of the current study is the modification of the mobility rule to the case of directional mobility, in which the species move following the direction associated to a larger (averaged) number density of selection targets in the surrounding neighborhood. Directional mobility can be used to simulate eyes that see or a nose that smells, and we show how it may contribute to reduce the probability of coexistence...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776097/modeling-flow-and-transport-in-fracture-networks-using-graphs
#13
S Karra, D O'Malley, J D Hyman, H S Viswanathan, G Srinivasan
Fractures form the main pathways for flow in the subsurface within low-permeability rock. For this reason, accurately predicting flow and transport in fractured systems is vital for improving the performance of subsurface applications. Fracture sizes in these systems can range from millimeters to kilometers. Although modeling flow and transport using the discrete fracture network (DFN) approach is known to be more accurate due to incorporation of the detailed fracture network structure over continuum-based methods, capturing the flow and transport in such a wide range of scales is still computationally intractable...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776069/accelerating-simulation-for-the-multiple-point-statistics-algorithm-using-vector-quantization
#14
Chen Zuo, Zhibin Pan, Hao Liang
Multiple-point statistics (MPS) is a prominent algorithm to simulate categorical variables based on a sequential simulation procedure. Assuming training images (TIs) as prior conceptual models, MPS extracts patterns from TIs using a template and records their occurrences in a database. However, complex patterns increase the size of the database and require considerable time to retrieve the desired elements. In order to speed up simulation and improve simulation quality over state-of-the-art MPS methods, we propose an accelerating simulation for MPS using vector quantization (VQ), called VQ-MPS...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774524/%C3%AE-e-catenin-is-a-candidate-tumor-suppressor-for-the-development-of-e-cadherin-expressing-lobular-type-breast-cancer
#15
Jolien S de Groot, Max A K Rätze, Miranda van Amersfoort, Tanja Eisemann, Eva J Vlug, Mijanou T Niklaas, Suet-Feung Chin, Carlos Caldas, Paul J van Diest, Jos Jonkers, Johan de Rooij, Patrick W B Derksen
Mutational inactivation of E-cadherin (CDH1) is the main driver of invasive lobular breast cancer (ILC), although approximately 10-15% of all ILCs retain membrane-localized E-cadherin, despite the presence of an apparent non-cohesive and invasive lobular growth pattern. Given that ILC is dependent on constitutive actomyosin contraction for tumor development and progression, we used a combination of cell systems and in vivo experiments to investigate the consequences of α-catenin (CTNNA1) loss in the regulation of anchorage independence of non-invasive breast carcinoma...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774415/development-of-a-cost-effective-production-process-for-halomonas-levan
#16
Burak Adnan Erkorkmaz, Onur Kırtel, Özlem Ateş Duru, Ebru Toksoy Öner
Levan polysaccharide is an industrially important natural polymer with unique properties and diverse high-value applications. However, current bottlenecks associated with its large-scale production need to be overcome by innovative approaches leading to economically viable processes. Besides many mesophilic levan producers, halophilic Halomonas smyrnensis cultures hold distinctive industrial potential and, for the first time with this study, the advantage of halophilicity is used and conditions for non-sterile levan production were optimized...
May 17, 2018: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771969/impact-of-industrial-phosphate-waste-discharge-on-the-marine-environment-in-the-gulf-of-gabes-tunisia
#17
Akram El Kateb, Claudio Stalder, Andres Rüggeberg, Christoph Neururer, Jorge E Spangenberg, Silvia Spezzaferri
The marine environment in the Gulf of Gabes (southern Tunisia) is severely impacted by phosphate industries. Nowadays, three localities, Sfax, Skhira and Gabes produce phosphoric acid along the coasts of this Gulf and generate a large amount of phosphogypsum as a waste product. The Gabes phosphate industry is the major cause of pollution in the Gulf because most of the waste is directly discharged into the sea without preliminary treatment. This study investigates the marine environment in the proximity of the phosphate industries of Gabes and the coastal marine environment on the eastern coast of Djerba, without phosphate industry...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770696/structural-characterization-of-b-site-ordered-ba-2-ln-2-3-teo-6-ln-la-pr-nd-sm-and-eu-double-perovskites-and-probing-its-luminescence-as-eu-3-phosphor-hosts
#18
Sariga C Lal, Vidhya Lalan, Subodh Ganesanpotti
Ba2 Ln2/3 TeO6 (Ln = La, Pr, Nd, Sm, and Eu) double perovskites were synthesized via solid-state ceramic route. Preliminary X-ray diffraction studies indicated a pseudocubic structure with lattice parameters ranging from 8.55 to 8.44 Å for the substitution of rare earths from La to Eu. Raman spectra show the frequency dependence of various Raman bands with respect to rare-earth substitution and exhibit a significant shift in peaks to higher wavenumber region, which was observed only for symmetric stretching modes of LnO6 and TeO6 octahedra...
May 17, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769331/temporal-transcriptional-logic-of-dynamic-regulatory-networks-underlying-nitrogen-signaling-and-use-in-plants
#19
Kranthi Varala, Amy Marshall-Colón, Jacopo Cirrone, Matthew D Brooks, Angelo V Pasquino, Sophie Léran, Shipra Mittal, Tara M Rock, Molly B Edwards, Grace J Kim, Sandrine Ruffel, W Richard McCombie, Dennis Shasha, Gloria M Coruzzi
This study exploits time, the relatively unexplored fourth dimension of gene regulatory networks (GRNs), to learn the temporal transcriptional logic underlying dynamic nitrogen (N) signaling in plants. Our "just-in-time" analysis of time-series transcriptome data uncovered a temporal cascade of cis elements underlying dynamic N signaling. To infer transcription factor (TF)-target edges in a GRN, we applied a time-based machine learning method to 2,174 dynamic N-responsive genes. We experimentally determined a network precision cutoff, using TF-regulated genome-wide targets of three TF hubs (CRF4, SNZ, and CDF1), used to "prune" the network to 155 TFs and 608 targets...
May 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768421/theoretical-analysis-and-design-of-hydro-hammer-with-a-jet-actuator-an-engineering-application-to-improve-the-penetration-rate-of-directional-well-drilling-in-hard-rock-formations
#20
Jiang-Fu He, Yun-Pei Liang, Li-Jia Li, Yong-Jiang Luo
Rapid horizontal directional well drilling in hard or fractured formations requires efficient drilling technology. The penetration rate of conventional hard rock drilling technology in horizontal directional well excavations is relatively low, resulting in multiple overgrinding of drill cuttings in bottom boreholes. Conventional drilling techniques with reamer or diamond drill bit face difficulties due to the long construction periods, low penetration rates, and high engineering costs in the directional well drilling of hard rock...
2018: PloS One
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