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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636273/long-term-belowground-effects-of-grassland-management-the-key-role-of-liming
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Jemma Heyburn, Paul McKenzie, Michael J Crawley, Dario A Fornara
The functioning of human-managed grassland ecosystems strongly depends on how common management practices will affect grassland 'belowground compartment' including soil biogeochemistry and plant roots. Key questions remain about how animal grazing, liming (e.g. the addition of CaCO3 to soils), and nutrient fertilization might affect, in the long-term, soil nutrient cycling and multiple root traits. Here we focus on a mesotrophic grassland located in Berkshire, UK, where contrasting levels of rabbit grazing, liming and different inorganic fertilizers have been applied since 1991...
June 21, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636235/stem-cell-based-tooth-and-periodontal-regeneration
#2
Lei Hu, Yi Liu, Songlin Wang
Currently regeneration of tooth and periodontal damage still remains great challenge. Stem cell-based tissue engineering raised novel therapeutic strategies for tooth and periodontal repair. Stem cells for tooth and periodontal regeneration include dental pulp stem cells (DPSCs), periodontal ligament stem cells (PDLSCs), stem cells from the dental apical papilla (SCAPs), and stem cells from human exfoliated deciduous teeth (SHEDs), dental follicle stem cells (DFSCs), dental epithelial stem cells (DESCs), bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMMSCs), adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs), embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)...
June 21, 2017: Oral Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636199/widespread-occurrence-and-potential-for-biodegradation-of-bioactive-contaminants-in-congaree-national-park-usa
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Paul M Bradley, William A Battaglin, Jimmy M Clark, Frank Henning, Michelle L Hladik, Luke R Iwanowicz, Celeste A Journey, Jeffrey W Riley, Kristin M Romanok
Organic contaminants with designed molecular bioactivity, such as pesticides and pharmaceuticals, originate from human and agricultural sources, occur frequently in surface waters, and threaten the structure and function of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Congaree National Park in South Carolina (USA) is a vulnerable park unit due to its location downstream of multiple urban and agricultural contaminant sources and its hydrologic setting, being composed almost entirely of floodplain and aquatic environments...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636192/intestinal-barrier-integrity-and-inflammatory-bowel-disease-stem-cell-based-approaches-to-regenerate-the-barrier
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Fredrik E O Holmberg, Jannie Pedersen, Peter Jørgensen, Christoffer Soendergaard, Kim B Jensen, Ole H Nielsen
Disruption of normal barrier function is a fundamental factor in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease, which includes increased epithelial cell death, modified mucus configuration, altered expression and distribution of tight junction-proteins, along with a decreased expression of antimicrobial peptides. Inflammatory bowel disease is associated with life-long morbidity for affected patients, and both the incidence and prevalence is increasing globally, resulting in substantial economic strain for society...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636190/uchl1-promotes-invasion-of-breast-cancer-cells-through-activating-akt-signaling-pathway
#5
Yanhong Luo, Jianfeng He, Chunlin Yang, Matthew Orange, Xingcong Ren, Nick Blair, Tao Tan, Jin-Ming Yang, Hua Zhu
As a de-ubiquitin enzyme, ubiquitin C-terminal hydrolase (UCH)-L1 has been shown to be overexpressed in several human cancers. However, the function of UCH-L1 in invasion of breast cancers is still unclear. Here we report that the expression of UCH-L1 is significantly higher in cancer cells with higher invasive ability. While ectopic UCH-L1 expression failed to alter cell proliferation in MCF-7 cells, it caused a significant upregulation of cellular invasion. Furthermore, siRNA mediated knockdown of UCH-L1 led to suppression of invasion in UCH-L1 overexpressing MCF-7 cells...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636172/a-phos-tag-based-micropipette-tip-method-for-rapid-and-selective-enrichment-of-phosphopeptides
#6
Elena Tianfei Yuan, Yoko Ino, Maho Kawaguchi, Yayoi Kimura, Hisashi Hirano, Emiko Kinoshita-Kikuta, Eiji Kinoshita, Tohru Koike
Phosphorylated peptides are attractive targets in the study of the phosphoproteome. Here, we introduce a simple and convenient micropipette-tip method for the separation of phosphorylated and nonphosphorylated peptides by using a phosphate-binding zinc(II) complex of 1,3-bis(pyridin-2-ylmethylamino)propan-2-olate (Phos-tag). A 200-μL micropipette tip containing 10 μL of swollen agarose beads functionalized with Phos-tag moieties was prepared. All steps in the phosphate-affinity separation (binding, washing, and elution) were conducted by using aqueous buffers at neutral pH values...
June 21, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636161/infinity-sperm-storage-the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving
#7
Gauthier Schang, Beatriz Fernandez-Fuertes, Samantha C Lean, Alexandra L Nguyen, Osvaldo Bogado Pascottini
Female Drosophila retain sperm for up to two weeks post-copulation in a network of storage organs includng the bursa, the seminal receptacle, and the spermathecae. This image shows the seminal receptacle of a Drosophila melanogaster female, 2-hrs post-copulation between a LHM (wild-type) female with a Protamine B (green), β-Tubulin (blue) fluorescently tagged male, whose sperm can be visualized within the female. This 'infinity' structure of the seminal receptacle resembles the tubular coil that allows for the storage of very long sperm relative to female body size -up to 20 times the length of the female in some Drosophila species...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636101/knockdown-of-lncrna-meg3-inhibits-viability-migration-and-invasion-and-promotes-apoptosis-by-sponging-mir-127-in-osteosarcoma-cell
#8
Yang Wang, Daliang Kong
Osteosarcoma (OS) is one of the most common bone malignancies and occurs almost exclusively in children and adolescents. This study aimed to explore the role of lncRNA maternally expressed gene 3 (MEG3) in OS cells growth and metastasis, and to uncover the possible underlying mechanism. In this study, the expressions of MEG3 in five OS cell lines (MG63, OS-732, SaOS, G292, and 143B) and in a human osteoblast cell line hFOB1.19 were measured by qRT-PCR analysis. The expressions of MEG3, miR-127 and ZEB1 in OS-732 cells were overexpressed or suppressed by transfection...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636099/spectators-or-participants-how-can-setac-become-more-engaged-in-international-climate-change-research-programs
#9
Ralph G Stahl, Jennifer L Stauber, William H Clements
Environmental toxicologists and chemists have been crucial to evaluating the chemical fate and toxicological effects of environmental contaminants, including chlorinated pesticides, before and after Rachel Carson's publication of Silent Spring in 1962. Like chlorinated pesticides previously, global climate change is widely considered to be one of the most important environmental challenges of our time. Over the past 30 yr, climate scientists and modelers have shown that greenhouse gases such as CO2 and CH4 cause radiative forcing (climate forcing) and lead to increased global temperatures...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633321/places-in-the-brain-bridging-layout-and-object-geometry-in-scene-selective-cortex
#10
Moira R Dillon, Andrew S Persichetti, Elizabeth S Spelke, Daniel D Dilks
Diverse animal species primarily rely on sense (left-right) and egocentric distance (proximal-distal) when navigating the environment. Recent neuroimaging studies with human adults show that this information is represented in 2 scene-selective cortical regions-the occipital place area (OPA) and retrosplenial complex (RSC)-but not in a third scene-selective region-the parahippocampal place area (PPA). What geometric properties, then, does the PPA represent, and what is its role in scene processing? Here we hypothesize that the PPA represents relative length and angle, the geometric properties classically associated with object recognition, but only in the context of large extended surfaces that compose the layout of a scene...
June 13, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632937/synthesis-biological-evaluation-and-docking-studies-of-trans-stilbene-methylthio-derivatives-as-cytochromes-p450-family-1-inhibitors
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Marcin Wierzchowski, Zbigniew Dutkiewicz, Agnieszka Gielara-Korzańska, Artur Korzański, Anna Teubert, Artur Teżyk, Tomasz Stefański, Wanda Baer-Dubowska, Renata Mikstacka
Cytochromes P450 family 1 (CYP1) are responsible for the metabolism of procarcinogens, e.g. polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and aromatic and heterocyclic amines. The inhibition of CYP1 activity is examined in terms of chemoprevention and cancer chemotherapy. We designed and synthesized a series of trans-stilbene derivatives possessing a combination of methoxy and methylthio functional groups attached in different positions to the trans-stilbene skeleton. We determined the effects of synthesized compounds on the activities of human recombinant CYP1A1, CYP1A2 and CYP1B1 and, to explain the variation of inhibitory potency of methoxystilbene derivatives and their methylthio analogs, we employed computational analysis...
June 20, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632936/peritumoral-cuffing-by-t-cell-tumor-infiltrating-lymphocytes-distinguishes-hpv-related-oropharyngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-from-oral-cavity-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#12
Kate Poropatich, David Hernandez, Joel Fontanarosa, Koshonna Brown, Gayle Woloschak, Ajit Paintal, Kirtee Raparia, Sandeep Samant
BACKGROUND: It is unclear why human papillomavirus (HPV)-related head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) has improved clinical behavior compared to HPV-negative HNSCC. We sought to better characterize the immune microenvironment of tongue cancers by examining the CD3 and CD8 TIL pattern in HPV-positive and -negative tumors. METHODS: Histologic sections from 40 oral tongue and oropharyngeal cases were analyzed (n= 21 HPV DNA-positive, n= 19 HPV DNA-negative)...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Oral Pathology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632924/metabolomics-as-a-driver-in-advancing-precision-medicine-in-sepsis
#13
Michelle Eckerle, Lilliam Ambroggio, Michael Puskarich, Brent Winston, Alan E Jones, Theodore J Standiford, Kathleen A Stringer
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this review is to explain the science of metabolomics-a science of systems biology that measures and studies endogenous small molecules (metabolites) that are present in a single biological sample-and its application to the diagnosis and treatment of sepsis. In addition, we discuss how discovery through metabolomics can contribute to the development of precision medicine targets for this complex disease state and the potential avenues for those new discoveries to be applied in the clinical environment...
June 20, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632895/genome-mining-reveals-high-incidence-of-putative-lipopeptide-biosynthesis-nrps-pks-clusters-containing-fatty-acyl-amp-ligase-genes-in-biofilm-forming-cyanobacteria
#14
Tomáš Galica, Pavel Hrouzek, Jan Mareš
Cyanobacterial lipopeptides exhibit antimicrobial and antifungal bioactivities with potential for use in pharmaceutical research. However, due to their haemolytic activity and cytotoxic effects against human cells, they may pose a health issue if produced in substantial amounts in the environment. In bacteria, lipopeptides can be synthesized via several well-evidenced mechanisms. In one of them, fatty acyl-AMP ligase (FAAL) initiates the biosynthesis by activation of a fatty acyl residue. We have performed a bioinformatic survey of the cyanobacterial genomic information available in the public databases for the presence of FAAL-containing non-ribosomal peptide synthetase/polyketide synthetase (NRPS/PKS) biosynthetic clusters, as a genetic basis for lipopeptide biosynthesis...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632321/is-aggregatibacter-actinomycetemcomitans-the-missing-link-between-periodontitis-and-rheumatoid-arthritis
#15
David Polak
The impact of chronic conditions on the modern population is even more evident in view of a prolonged human life span. In addition, most individuals will probably simultaneously suffer from more than one chronic condition. As such, unveiling the pathogenesis of chronic diseases, as well as the causal factors that crosstalk between different conditions, is one of the greatest challenges faced by modern medicine. Two such conditions are periodontitis and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This article is protected by copyright...
June 20, 2017: Oral Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631859/determining-the-drivers-of-population-structure-in-a-highly-urbanized-landscape-to-inform-conservation-planning
#16
Henri A Thomassen, Ryan J Harrigan, Kathleen Semple Delaney, Seth P D Riley, Laurel E K Serieys, Katherine Pease, Robert K Wayne, Thomas B Smith
Understanding the environmental contributors to population structure is of paramount importance for conservation in urbanized environments. We used spatially-explicit models to determine genetic population structure under current and future environmental conditions across a highly fragmented, human-dominated environment in Southern California to assess the effects of natural ecological variation and urbanization. We focused on seven common species with diverse habitat requirements, home range sizes, and dispersal abilities...
June 20, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631843/age-related-spontaneous-lumbar-intervertebral-disc-degeneration-in-a-mouse-model
#17
Takashi Ohnishi, Hideki Sudo, Takeru Tsujimoto, Norimasa Iwasaki
The pathogenesis of intervertebral disc degeneration is unclear, but it is a major cause of several spinal diseases. Animal models have historically provided an appropriate benchmark for understanding the human spine. However, there is little information about when intervertebral disc degeneration begins in the mouse or regarding the relationship between magnetic resonance imaging and histological findings. The aim for this study was to obtain information about age-related spontaneous intervertebral disc degeneration in the mouse lumbar spine using magnetic resonance imaging and a histological score regarding when the intervertebral disc degeneration started and how rapidly it progressed, as well as how our histological score detected the degeneration...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631829/relationship-of-human-herpes-virus-6-and-multiple-sclerosis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
REVIEW
Ali Pormohammad, Taher Azimi, Fateme Falah, Ebrahim Faghihloo
Background Infection with human herpes viruses has been suggested to contribute to multiple sclerosis (MS), while interaction between human herpes 6 (HHV6) and MS remain unclear yet. Here, we conducted a meta-analysis on the relationship of HHV6 infection and MS. Materials and Methods All related studies were collected from major databases. The analyses were performed by STATA 14 and Comprehensive Meta-Analysis V2.0 softwares. Pooled odds ratios (ORs) and 95% CIs were calculated from the raw data of the including studies by the random effects models when I2 >50% and fix model when I2 < 50%...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631418/the-effects-of-biodentine-polycaprolactone-3d-scaffold-with-odontogenesis-properties-on-human-dental-pulp-cells
#19
C-C Ho, H-Y Fang, B Wang, T-H Huang, M-Y Shie
AIM: To determine the feasibility of using three-dimensional printed Biodentine/polycaprolactone composite scaffolds for orthopaedic and dental applications. The physicochemical properties and the odontogenic differentiation of human dental pulp cells (hDPCs) were investigated. METHODOLOGY: Biodentine was well-suspended in ethanol and dropped slowly into molten polycaprolactone with vigorous stirring. The Biodentine/polycaprolactone composite scaffolds were then fabricated into controlled macropore sizes and structures using an extrusion-based three-dimensional (3D) printer...
June 20, 2017: International Endodontic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631399/into-the-storm-chasing-the-opportunistic-pathogen-staphylococcus-aureus-from-skin-colonisation-to-life-threatening-infections
#20
James P O'Gara
Colonisation of the human skin by Staphylococcus aureus is a precursor for a variety of infections ranging from boils to sepsis and pneumonia. The rapid emergence of methicillin resistant S. aureus (MRSA) following the clinical introduction of this antimicrobial drug and reports of resistance to all currently used anti-staphylococcal drugs has added to its formidable reputation. S. aureus survival on the skin and in vivo virulence is underpinned by a remarkable environmental adaptability, made possible by highly orchestrated regulation of gene expression and a capacity to undertake genome remodelling...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
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