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Michał Książkiewicz, Sandra Rychel, Matthew N Nelson, Katarzyna Wyrwa, Barbara Naganowska, Bogdan Wolko
BACKGROUND: The Arabidopsis FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) gene, a member of the phosphatidylethanolamine binding protein (PEBP) family, is a major controller of flowering in response to photoperiod, vernalization and light quality. In legumes, FT evolved into three, functionally diversified clades, FTa, FTb and FTc. A milestone achievement in narrow-leafed lupin (Lupinus angustifolius L.) domestication was the loss of vernalization responsiveness at the Ku locus. Recently, one of two existing L...
October 21, 2016: BMC Genomics
Cleve Dionel Mboyi, Carine Maaliki, Amelle Mankou Makaya, Yves Canac, Carine Duhayon, Remi Chauvin
With the view to enhancing the unique coordinating ability of the known phenyl-tetrakis(diisopropylamino)dicyclopropeniophosphine (Ph-DCP), replacement of the phenyl substituent by a tert-butyl substituent was envisaged. Both α-dicationic R-DCP phosphines, with R = Ph and (t)Bu, were prepared in 54%-55% yield by substitution of RPCl2 with two equivalents of bis(diisopropylamino)-dicyclopropenylidene (BAC) and metathesis with NaBF4. This method is implicitly consistent with the representation of R-DCPs as BAC-phosphenium adducts...
October 21, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Nada H Aldahlawi, Sally Hayes, David P S O'Brart, Naomi D O'Brart, Keith M Meek
The aim of this study was to investigate corneal enzymatic resistance following epithelium off and on riboflavin/UVA cross-linking (CXL). One hundred and fourteen porcine eyes were divided into four non-irradiated control groups and seven CXL groups. The latter comprised; (i) epithelium-off, 0.1% iso-osmolar riboflavin, 9 mW UVA irradiation for 10 min, (ii) disrupted epithelium, 0.1% hypo-osmolar riboflavin, 9 mW UVA for 10 min, (iii) epithelium-on, 0.25% hypo-osmolar riboflavin with 0.01% benzylalkonium chloride (BACS), 9 mW UVA for 10 min, (iv) epithelium-on, 5 min iontophoresis at 0...
October 17, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
Jingzhong Xie, Naxin Huo, Shenghui Zhou, Yi Wang, Guanghao Guo, Karin R Deal, Shuhong Ouyang, Yong Liang, Zhenzhong Wang, Lichan Xiao, Tingting Zhu, Tiezhu Hu, Vijay Tiwari, Jianwei Zhang, Hongxia Li, Zhongfu Ni, Yingyin Yao, Huiru Peng, Shengli Zhang, Olin D Anderson, Patrick E McGuire, Jan Dvorak, Ming-Cheng Luo, Zhiyong Liu, Yong Q Gu, Qixin Sun
Bread wheat (Triticum aestivum, AABBDD) is an allohexaploid species derived from two rounds of interspecific hybridizations. A high-quality genome sequence assembly of diploid Aegilops tauschii, the donor of the wheat D genome, will provide a useful platform to study polyploid wheat evolution. A combined approach of BAC pooling and next-generation sequencing technology was employed to sequence the minimum tiling path (MTP) of 3176 BAC clones from the short arm of Ae. tauschii chromosome 3 (At3DS). The final assembly of 135 super-scaffolds with an N50 of 4...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Genetics and Genomics, Yi Chuan Xue Bao
Chandresakaran Prathipa, Lakshminarayanan Akilandeswari
There are eight possible pathways for the iron-tricarbonyl-assisted thermal electrocyclic ring opening of fluorocyclobutene due to variations in the orientation of the binding of Fe(CO)3 relative to the fluorine substituent (R1 or R2), stereoselectivity (conrotatory or disrotatory, i.e., C or D), and the torquoselectivity of fluorine (inward-facing or outward-facing, i.e., in or out). A density functional study revealed that the energetically favored pathway is R1 Din. Not only is the D mode favored energetically, but the in configuration was observed to be the lowest-lying mode of R1, despite the general tendency of fluorine substituents to prefer an out configuration...
November 2016: Journal of Molecular Modeling
Takeshi Shimada, Ai Nishi, Tomotaka Yoshida, Sachie Tanaka, Masayoshi Kobayashi
We described an individualized occupational therapy (IOT) programme and examined the effects of adding IOT to group OT (GOT) on improving neurocognition, symptoms and social functioning among recently hospitalized patients with schizophrenia. The Brief Assessment of Cognition in Schizophrenia-Japanese version (BACS-J), the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS) and the Global Assessment of Functioning scale were used for outcome evaluations. Fifty-one patients were voluntarily assigned to either the GOT + IOT (n = 30) or GOT alone (n = 21) groups based on their preferences...
October 17, 2016: Occupational Therapy International
Xun Lu, Uwe Schneider
Catalysis using a bis(dialkylamino)cyclopropenylidene (BAC) has been developed, which relies on a formal umpolung activation of Michael acceptor pro-nucleophiles. Various aza-Morita-Baylis-Hillman reactions between aromatic, heteroaromatic, or aliphatic imines and acyclic or cyclic α,β-unsaturated ketones and carboxylic acid derivatives have been catalyzed by a BAC under mild conditions. Functionalities such as unprotected amino and hydroxy groups have been tolerated. The catalyst loading was decreased to 1 mol% without loss of activity...
October 17, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Jessica B Cicchino, David S Zuby
OBJECTIVE: Some lane-keeping assist systems in development and production provide autonomous braking and steering to correct unintentional lane drift but otherwise require drivers to fully control their vehicles. The goal of this study was to quantify the proportion of drivers involved in unintentional lane drift crashes who would be unable to regain control of their vehicles to inform the design of such systems. METHODS: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Survey collected in-depth, on-scene data for a nationally representative sample of 5,470 U...
October 14, 2016: Traffic Injury Prevention
Hasret Ayyildiz Civan, Didem Gulcu, Tulay Erkan
Benzalkonium chloride (BAC) is a caustic agent which is used in farms, homes and hospitals for cleaning skin and wounds as an antiseptic solution. It may lead to digestive system injuries in case of ingestion. We present a two-days-old newborn case which was carried to the emergency unit with complaints of poor breastfeeding, uneasiness and crying for 4-6 hours. Her mom confessed that she had given a spoon of 10% BAC solution for her cough. Initial laboratory tests were in normal ranges. A gastroscopy performed in the second hour of her admission revealed an hyperemic and edematous mucosa in the middle third of esophagus and a circumferential ulceration followed in the distal portion...
September 2016: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Xiwei He, Peng Liu, Guolu Zheng, Huimei Chen, Wei Shi, Yibin Cui, Hongqiang Ren, Xu-Xiang Zhang
This study systematically evaluated five microbial and four mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) markers, including sensitivities and specificities under PCR method, and fecal concentrations and decay rates in water under qPCR method. The microbial DNA markers were the three human-associated (BacH, HF183 and B.adolescentis) and two pig-associated (Pig-2-Bac and L.amylovorus), while the mtDNA ones were two human- (H-ND6 and H-ND5) and two pig-associated (P-CytB and P-ND5). All the mtDNA markers showed higher sensitivity (100%) than the microbial ones (84...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Shashika Madushi Korotta-Gamage, Arumugam Sathasivan
The use of biologically activated carbon (BAC) in drinking water purification is reviewed. In the past BAC is seen mostly as a polishing treatment. However, BAC has the potential to provide solution to recent challenges faced by water utilities arising from change in natural organic matter (NOM) composition in drinking water sources - increased NOM concentration with a larger fraction of hydrophilic compounds and ever increasing trace level organic pollutants. Hydrophilic NOM is not removed by traditional coagulation process and causes bacterial regrowth and increases disinfection by-products (DBPs) formation during disinfection...
October 4, 2016: Chemosphere
Gianpiero Bonetti, Paola Tedeschi, Giuseppe Meca, Davide Bertelli, Jordi Mañes, Vincenzo Brandolini, Annalisa Maietti
Nettle (Urtica dioica L.) is a well-known plant with a wide historical background use of stems, roots and leaves. Nettle leaves are an excellent source of phenolic compounds, principally 3-caffeoylquinic acid (3-CQA), caffeoylmalic acid (CMA) and rutin. The aim of this work was to evaluate the bioaccessibility (BAC), the bioavailability (BAV) and the antioxidant activity of nettle phenolic compounds present in foods and supplements. The BAC of nettle phenolics was evaluated with an in vitro dynamic digestion of real food matrices: the type of food matrix and chemical characteristic affected the kinetics of release and solubilization, with the highest BAC after duodenal digestion...
October 12, 2016: Food & Function
Baptiste Mayjonade, Jérôme Gouzy, Cécile Donnadieu, Nicolas Pouilly, William Marande, Caroline Callot, Nicolas Langlade, Stéphane Muños
De novo sequencing of complex genomes is one of the main challenges for researchers seeking high-quality reference sequences. Many de novo assemblies are based on short reads, producing fragmented genome sequences. Third-generation sequencing, with read lengths >10 kb, will improve the assembly of complex genomes, but these techniques require high-molecular-weight genomic DNA (gDNA), and gDNA extraction protocols used for obtaining smaller fragments for short-read sequencing are not suitable for this purpose...
October 1, 2016: BioTechniques
Martyna Bieniek-Kobuszewska, Grzegorz Panasiewicz, Aleksandra Lipka, Marta Majewska, Bozena Szafranska
This is a pioneer study of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within the entire promoter region (1204 bp) of the dominant pPAG2-L subfamily in the pig. The pPAG2-L subfamily was sequenced/examined using genomic deoxyribonucleic acid (gDNA) templates of crossbreed pigs (Landrace x Large White), and compared to two bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) clones containing gDNA of the Duroc breed (as the positive controls). Our analysis of the pPAG2-L promoter identified 31 SNPs and one InDel mutation in crossbreed pigs...
October 5, 2016: Functional & Integrative Genomics
Reiko Kuroda, Kohei Fujikura, Masanori Abe, Yuji Hosoiri, Shuichi Asakawa, Miho Shimizu, Shin Umeda, Futaba Ichikawa, Hiromi Takahashi
L-R (left and right) symmetry breaking during embryogenesis and the establishment of asymmetric body plan are key issues in developmental biology, but the onset including the handedness-determining gene locus still remains unknown. Using pure dextral (DD) and sinistral (dd) strains of the pond snail Lymnaea stagnalis as well as its F2 through to F10 backcrossed lines, the single handedness-determining-gene locus was mapped by genetic linkage analysis, BAC cloning and chromosome walking. We have identified the actin-related diaphanous gene Lsdia1 as the strongest candidate...
October 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jeong-Sun Seo, Arang Rhie, Junsoo Kim, Sangjin Lee, Min-Hwan Sohn, Chang-Uk Kim, Alex Hastie, Han Cao, Ji-Young Yun, Jihye Kim, Junho Kuk, Gun Hwa Park, Juhyeok Kim, Hanna Ryu, Jongbum Kim, Mira Roh, Jeonghun Baek, Michael W Hunkapiller, Jonas Korlach, Jong-Yeon Shin, Changhoon Kim
Advances in genome assembly and phasing provide an opportunity to investigate the diploid architecture of the human genome and reveal the full range of structural variation across population groups. Here we report the de novo assembly and haplotype phasing of the Korean individual AK1 (ref. 1) using single-molecule real-time sequencing, next-generation mapping, microfluidics-based linked reads, and bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) sequencing approaches. Single-molecule sequencing coupled with next-generation mapping generated a highly contiguous assembly, with a contig N50 size of 17...
October 5, 2016: Nature
Xinyu Hu, Yongmei Wang, Liangliang Zhang, Man Xu, Wei Dong, Jianfa Zhang
Salecan is a novel water-soluble extracellular β-glucan and possesses excellent physicochemical and biological properties. Here, redox/pH dual stimuli-responsive hydrogel based on Salecan grafted with itaconic acid (IA) and 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) were prepared using disulfide-functionalized crosslinker N,N-bis(acryloyl)cystamine (BAC) for controlled drug delivery. The introduction of carboxylic groups endows the system with pH-sensitive character, swelling behavior of the hydrogel was conducted by changing the pH and Salecan content...
January 2, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
Manus P M Thoen, Nelson H Davila Olivas, Karen J Kloth, Silvia Coolen, Ping-Ping Huang, Mark G M Aarts, Johanna A Bac-Molenaar, Jaap Bakker, Harro J Bouwmeester, Colette Broekgaarden, Johan Bucher, Jacqueline Busscher-Lange, Xi Cheng, Emilie F Fradin, Maarten A Jongsma, Magdalena M Julkowska, Joost J B Keurentjes, Wilco Ligterink, Corné M J Pieterse, Carolien Ruyter-Spira, Geert Smant, Christa Testerink, Björn Usadel, Joop J A van Loon, Johan A van Pelt, Casper C van Schaik, Saskia C M van Wees, Richard G F Visser, Roeland Voorrips, Ben Vosman, Dick Vreugdenhil, Sonja Warmerdam, Gerrie L Wiegers, Joost van Heerwaarden, Willem Kruijer, Fred A van Eeuwijk, Marcel Dicke
Plants are exposed to combinations of various biotic and abiotic stresses, but stress responses are usually investigated for single stresses only. Here, we investigated the genetic architecture underlying plant responses to 11 single stresses and several of their combinations by phenotyping 350 Arabidopsis thaliana accessions. A set of 214 000 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) was screened for marker-trait associations in genome-wide association (GWA) analyses using tailored multi-trait mixed models. Stress responses that share phytohormonal signaling pathways also share genetic architecture underlying these responses...
October 4, 2016: New Phytologist
Arnaud Uguen, Marie Uguen, Matthieu Talagas, Eric Gobin, Pascale Marcorelles, Marc De Braekeleer
Malignant melanomas may be difficult to differentiate from benign nevi on the basis of histology. Contrary to nevi, the majority of melanomas harbor chromosomal imbalances. Comparative genomic hybridization-based and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) tests can help differentiating malignant from benign tumors. In the present study, eight-bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) probes targeting chromosomes 6, 8, 9 and 11 were tested by FISH, and compared with a commercial four-color FISH probe set targeting chromosomes 6 and 11 in a first set of 62 tissue microarray-included melanocytic tumors (47 melanomas and 15 nevi)...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Alfredo Pauciullo, Christoph Knorr, Angela Perucatti, Alessandra Iannuzzi, Leopoldo Iannuzzi, Georg Erhardt
The natural occurrence of live hybrid offsprings between sheep and goats has been documented in literature, however all the studies have reported the mating of goats with rams, whereas the reciprocal cross was never documented. This study reports on a very rare case of interspecies hybridization occurred between a ewe (2n = 54, XX) and a buck (2n = 60, XY). The hybrid, born in a German flock under natural conditions, is characterised by an intermediate karyotype (2n = 57, XX). The CBA-banding has shown 3 metacentric and 54 acrocentric chromosomes, whereas the GTG- and RBA-banding have revealed that the autosomes involved in the hybrid combination were CHI1, 3; CHI2, 8 and CHI5, 11 corresponding to the metacentric chromosomes OAR1, OAR2 and OAR3...
October 4, 2016: Scientific Reports
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