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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938728/modeling-of-live-birth-rates-and-cost-effectiveness-of-oocyte-cryopreservation-for-cancer-patients-prior-to-high-and-low-risk-gonadotoxic-chemotherapy
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B Lyttle Schumacher, N Grover, T Mesen, A Steiner, J Mersereau
STUDY QUESTION: What is the live-birth rate (LBR) and cost-effectiveness of fertility preservation with oocyte cryopreservation (FP-OC) compared to expectant management in cancer patients age 25-40 based on estimated gonadotoxicity of treatments 5 years after cancer diagnosis? SUMMARY ANSWER: Oocyte cryopreservation prior to cancer treatment is more costly, yet more effective (producing more live births), than not undergoing oocyte cryopreservation but it is most beneficial for patients undergoing high-risk chemotherapy (HRC)...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938721/the-draft-genome-sequence-of-a-desert-tree-populus-pruinosa
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Wenlu Yang, Kun Wang, Jian Zhang, Jianchao Ma, Jianquan Liu, Tao Ma
Populus pruinosa is a large tree that grows in deserts and shows distinct differences in both morphology and adaptation compared to its sister species, P. euphratica. Here we present a draft genome sequence for P. pruinosa and examine genomic variations between the 2 species. A total of 60 Gb of clean reads from whole-genome sequencing of a P. pruinosa individual were generated using the Illumina HiSeq2000 platform. The assembled genome is 479.3 Mb in length, with an N50 contig size of 14.0 kb and a scaffold size of 698...
September 1, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938217/deriving-nitrogen-critical-levels-and-loads-based-on-the-responses-of-acidophytic-lichen-communities-on-boreal-urban-pinus-sylvestris-trunks
#3
Sirkku Manninen
The deposition of reactive nitrogen (N) compounds currently predominates over sulphur (S) deposition in most of the cities in Europe and North America. Acidophytic lichens growing on tree trunks are known to be sensitive to both N and S deposition. Given that tree species and climatic factors affect the composition of epiphytic lichen communities and modify lichen responses to air pollution, this study focused on the impact of urban air pollution on acidophytes growing on boreal conifer trunks. The study was performed in the Helsinki metropolitan area, southern Finland, where annual mean nitrogen dioxide (NO2) concentrations range from 4-5μgm(-3) to >50μgm(-3)...
September 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938215/evaluation-of-bioenergy-crop-growth-and-the-impacts-of-bioenergy-crops-on-streamflow-tile-drain-flow-and-nutrient-losses-in-an-extensively-tile-drained-watershed-using-swat
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Tian Guo, Raj Cibin, Indrajeet Chaubey, Margaret Gitau, Jeffrey G Arnold, Raghavan Srinivasan, James R Kiniry, Bernard A Engel
Large quantities of biofuel production are expected from bioenergy crops at a national scale to meet US biofuel goals. It is important to study biomass production of bioenergy crops and the impacts of these crops on water quantity and quality to identify environment-friendly and productive biofeedstock systems. SWAT2012 with a new tile drainage routine and improved perennial grass and tree growth simulation was used to model long-term annual biomass yields, streamflow, tile flow, sediment load, and nutrient losses under various bioenergy scenarios in an extensively agricultural watershed in the Midwestern US...
September 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938057/outbreak-of-drepanopeziza-fungus-in-aspen-forests-and-variation-in-stand-susceptibility-leaf-functional-traits-compensatory-growth-and-phenology
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Anson C Call, Samuel B St Clair
In the spring of 2015, a severe outbreak of the necrotrophic pathogen Drepanopeziza (also known as Marssonina) spread across large portions of aspen (Populus tremuloides Michx.) forests in the western United States. Among adjacent stands, some were diseased and others were not. Drepanopeziza infection in diseased aspen stands stimulated compensatory growth of second-flush leaves at the top of the canopy. These patterns of infection provided an opportunity to characterize associations of pathogen infection and leaf functional traits...
September 1, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938056/short-term-effects-of-light-quality-on-leaf-gas-exchange-and-hydraulic-properties-of-silver-birch-betula-pendula
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Aigar Niglas, Kaisa Papp, Maciej Sekiewicz, Arne Sellin
Leaves have to acclimatize to heterogeneous radiation fields inside forest canopies in order to efficiently exploit diverse light conditions. Short-term effects of light quality on photosynthetic gas exchange, leaf water use and hydraulic traits were studied on Betula pendula Roth shoots cut from upper and lower thirds of the canopy of 39- to 35-year-old trees growing in natural forest stand, and illuminated with white, red or blue light in the laboratory. Photosynthetic machinery of the leaves developed in different spectral conditions acclimated differently with respect to incident light spectrum: the stimulating effect of complete visible spectrum (white light) on net photosynthesis is more pronounced in upper-canopy layers...
September 1, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938055/photosynthetic-phenological-variation-may-promote-coexistence-among-co-dominant-tree-species-in-a-madrean-sky-island-mixed-conifer-forest
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D L Potts, R L Minor, Z Braun, G A Barron-Gafford
Across much of western North America, forests are predicted to experience a transition from snow- to rain-dominated precipitation regimes due to anthropogenic climate warming. Madrean sky island mixed conifer forests receive a large portion of their precipitation from summertime convective storms and may serve as a lens into the future for snow-dominated forests after prolonged warming. To better understand the linkage between physiological traits, climate variation, and the structure and function of mixed conifer forests, we measured leaf photosynthetic (A) responses to controlled variation in internal CO2 concentration (Ci) to quantify interspecific phenological variation in A/Ci-derived ecophysiological traits among ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa Lawson and C...
September 1, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937616/sarcopenia-impairs-prognosis-of-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-the-role-of-liver-functional-reserve-and-tumor-related-factors-in-loss-of-skeletal-muscle-volume
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Kenji Imai, Koji Takai, Satoshi Watanabe, Tatsunori Hanai, Atsushi Suetsugu, Makoto Shiraki, Masahito Shimizu
Sarcopenia impairs survival in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). This study aimed to clarify the factors that contribute to decreased skeletal muscle volume in patients with HCC. The third lumbar vertebra skeletal muscle index (L3 SMI) in 351 consecutive patients with HCC was calculated to identify sarcopenia. Sarcopenia was defined as an L3 SMI value ≤ 29.0 cm²/m² for women and ≤ 36.0 cm²/m² for men. The factors affecting L3 SMI were analyzed by multiple linear regression analysis and tree-based models...
September 22, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937444/methylene-blue-for-bronchopleural-fistula-localization
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Kenneth K Sakata, Faria Nasim, Dante N Schiavo, Darlene R Nelson, Ryan M Kern, John J Mullon
A bronchopleural fistula (BPF) is a communication between the pleural space and the bronchial tree. BPFs are challenging to diagnose and are associated with a high morbidity and mortality. Sequential balloon occlusion is commonly used for localization of a BPF. We describe our experience with 4 cases of successful localization of the BPF by instillation of methylene blue into the pleural space through a pigtail catheter, with simultaneous bronchoscopic visualization of dye in the tracheobronchial tree. Two patients were treated with endobronchial valves and 3 had a surgical thoracic muscle flap placed...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936706/biodiversity-and-ecology-of-flower-associated-actinomycetes-in-different-flowering-stages-of-protea-repens
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Zander R Human, Casparus J Crous, Francois Roets, Stephanus N Venter, Michael J Wingfield, Z Wilhelm de Beer
Actinomycete bacteria have previously been reported from reproductive structures (infructescences) of Protea (sugarbush/suikerbos) species, a niche dominated by fungi in the genera Knoxdaviesia and Sporothrix. It is probable that these taxa have symbiotic interactions, but a lack of knowledge regarding their diversity and general ecology precludes their study. We determined the diversity of actinomycetes within Protea repens inflorescence buds, open inflorescences, young and mature infructescences, and leaf litter surrounding these trees...
September 21, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936655/immunolocalization-of-agps-and-pectins-in-quercus-suber-gametophytic-structures
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Mário Luís da Costa, Ana Lúcia Lopes, Maria Isabel Amorim, Sílvia Coimbra
The arabinogalactan proteins (AGPs) are highly glycosylated proteins, ubiquitous in plants that have been linked to numerous aspects of sexual reproduction in several plant species, including the monoecious tree species Quercus suber. AGPs are found in cell membranes and cell walls of all types of tissues, including reproductive cells and organs. Pectins are cell wall components that also have been shown to change in composition and quantity during the maturations of the male and female gametophyte in cork oak...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935887/bitter-or-not-bitterpredict-a-tool-for-predicting-taste-from-chemical-structure
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Ayana Dagan-Wiener, Ido Nissim, Natalie Ben Abu, Gigliola Borgonovo, Angela Bassoli, Masha Y Niv
Bitter taste is an innately aversive taste modality that is considered to protect animals from consuming toxic compounds. Yet, bitterness is not always noxious and some bitter compounds have beneficial effects on health. Hundreds of bitter compounds were reported (and are accessible via the BitterDB http://bitterdb.agri.huji.ac.il/dbbitter.php ), but numerous additional bitter molecules are still unknown. The dramatic chemical diversity of bitterants makes bitterness prediction a difficult task. Here we present a machine learning classifier, BitterPredict, which predicts whether a compound is bitter or not, based on its chemical structure...
September 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935599/a-novel-viral-responsive-protein-mjvrp-from-marsupenaeus-japonicus-haemocytes-is-involved-in-white-spot-syndrome-virus-infection
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Samia Elbahnaswy, Keiichiro Koiwai, Viola H Zaki, Adel A Shaheen, Hidehiro Kondo, Ikuo Hirono
A viral responsive protein (MjVRP) was characterized from Marsupenaeus japonicus haemocytes. In amino acid homology and phylogenetic tree analyses, MjVRP clustered in the same group with the viral responsive protein of Penaeus monodon (PmVRP15), showing 34% identity. MjVRP transcripts were mainly expressed in haemocytes and the lymphoid organ. Western blotting likewise showed that MjVRP was strongly expressed in haemocytes and the lymphoid organ. Immunostaining detected MjVRP within the cytosol next to the perinuclear region in some haemocytes...
September 18, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935444/-care-pathways-and-outcome-of-chronic-hbv-infection-big-data-see-the-forest-for-the-trees
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Lucia Parlati, Philippe Sogni, Vincent Mallet
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 18, 2017: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934514/new-bioinformatics-based-discrimination-formulas-for-differentiation-of-thalassemia-traits-from-iron-deficiency-anemia
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Abdul Hafeez Kandhro, Watshara Shoombuatong, Virapong Prachayasittikul, Pornlada Nuchnoi
Thalassemia traits (TTs) and iron deficiency anemia (IDA) are the most common disorders of hypochromic microcytic anemia (HMA). The present study aimed to differentiate TTs from IDA by analyzing discrimination formulas and provides comprehensive data of hemoglobin disorders prevalent in Pakistan. Among 12 published discrimination formulas, 6 formulas-MI, EF, G&K, RDWI, R, and HHI-were the most reliable to discriminate TTs from IDA. The failure cutoff values were improved by the random forest (RF) decision-tree approach...
August 1, 2017: Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934378/investigating-difficult-nodes-in-the-placental-mammal-tree-with-expanded-taxon-sampling-and-thousands-of-ultraconserved-elements
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Jacob A Esselstyn, Carl H Oliveros, Mark T Swanson, Brant C Faircloth
The phylogeny of eutherian mammals contains some of the most recalcitrant nodes in the tetrapod tree of life. We combined comprehensive taxon and character sampling to explore three of the most debated interordinal relationships among placental mammals. We performed in silico extraction of ultraconserved element loci from 72 published genomes and invitro enrichment and sequencing of ultraconserved elements from 28 additional mammals, resulting in alignments of 3,787 loci. We analyzed these data using concatenated and multispecies coalescent phylogenetic approaches, topological tests, and exploration of support among individual loci to identify the root of Eutheria and the sister groups of tree shrews (Scandentia) and horses (Perissodactyla)...
September 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934322/comparative-metagenomics-approaches-to-characterize-the-soil-fungal-communities-of-western-coastal-region-saudi-arabia
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Tarek A A Moussa, Hassan S Al-Zahrani, Omar A Almaghrabi, Tamer S Abdelmoneim, Michael P Fuller
A total of 145007 reads were obtained from pyrosequencing for all the 4 samples. The total count ranged from 11,301,014 (Mecca old road) to 23,503,512 bp (Thuwal). A total of 460 fungal species belonging to 133 genera, 58 families, 33 orders, 13 classes and 4 phyla was identified across the four sites. The most abundant phylum at all four sites was Ascomycota followed by Basidiomycota. Four phyla (Ascomycota-99.31%, Basidiomycota-0.59%, Chytridiomycota-0.04%, Glomeromycota-0.03%) were detected in Khulais. Except for Glomeromycota, all phyla were detected at Mecca old road (Ascomycota-74...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934229/above-and-below-ground-carbohydrate-allocation-differs-between-ash-fraxinus-excelsior-l-and-beech-fagus-sylvatica-l
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Ronny Thoms, Michael Köhler, Arthur Gessler, Gerd Gleixner
We investigated soluble carbohydrate transport in trees that differed in their phloem loading strategies in order to better understand the transport of photosynthetic products into the roots and the rhizosphere as this knowledge is needed to better understand the respiratory processes in the rhizosphere. We compared beech, which is suggested to use mainly passive loading of transport sugars along a concentration gradient into the phloem, with ash that uses active loading and polymer trapping of raffinose family oligosaccharides (RFOs)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934095/lifelong-residential-exposure-to-green-space-and-attention-a-population-based-prospective-study
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Payam Dadvand, Christina Tischer, Marisa Estarlich, Sabrina Llop, Albert Dalmau-Bueno, Monica López-Vicente, Antònia Valentín, Carmen de Keijzer, Ana Fernández-Somoano, Nerea Lertxundi, Cristina Rodriguez-Dehli, Mireia Gascon, Monica Guxens, Daniela Zugna, Xavier Basagaña, Mark J Nieuwenhuijsen, Jesus Ibarluzea, Ferran Ballester, Jordi Sunyer
BACKGROUND: Natural environments, including green spaces, may have beneficial impacts on brain development. However, longitudinal evidence of an association between long-term exposure to green spaces and cognitive development (including attention) in children is limited. OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the association between lifelong residential exposure to green space and attention during preschool and early primary school years. METHODS: This longitudinal study was based on data from two well-established population-based birth cohorts in Spain...
September 18, 2017: Environmental Health Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934034/transfiguring-light-and-symphonic-blooming-a-wabi-sabi-story-of-humanbecoming-and-human-caring
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Lois S Kelley
Transfiguring Light and Symphonic Blooming is word-art to describe the flowering of the humanbecoming and human caring schools of thought over time. A Wabi Sabi story journey was created to turn the tide in a world where the building of a unique body of knowledge for nursing has fallen into disfavor with nursing itself. Using nature-aligned paintings and a Japanese story-art aesthetic with poetry, the beauty of falling away to unitary essentials and holding the value of "both-and" in unitary consciousness was illuminated...
October 2017: Nursing Science Quarterly
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