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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538736/leaf-bacterial-diversity-mediates-plant-diversity-and-ecosystem-function-relationships
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Isabelle Laforest-Lapointe, Alain Paquette, Christian Messier, Steven W Kembel
Research on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning has demonstrated links between plant diversity and ecosystem functions such as productivity. At other trophic levels, the plant microbiome has been shown to influence host plant fitness and function, and host-associated microbes have been proposed to influence ecosystem function through their role in defining the extended phenotype of host organisms However, the importance of the plant microbiome for ecosystem function has not been quantified in the context of the known importance of plant diversity and traits...
May 24, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538685/the-effect-of-leaf-stacking-on-leaf-reflectance-and-vegetation-indices-measured-by-contact-probe-during-the-season
#2
Eva Neuwirthová, Zuzana Lhotáková, Jana Albrechtová
The aims of the study were: (i) to compare leaf reflectance in visible (VIS) (400-700 nm), near-infrared (NIR) (740-1140 nm) and short-wave infrared (SWIR) (2000-2400 nm) spectral ranges measured monthly by a contact probe on a single leaf and a stack of five leaves (measurement setup (MS)) of two broadleaved tree species during the vegetative season; and (ii) to test if and how selected vegetation indices differ under these two MS. In VIS, the pigment-related spectral region, the effect of MS on reflectance was negligible...
May 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538559/a-review-of-101-consecutive-subcutaneous-mastectomies-and-male-chest-contouring-using-the-concentric-circular-and-free-nipple-graft-techniques-in-female-to-male-transgender-patients
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Aaron D C Knox, Adelyn L Ho, Leslie Leung, Sally Hynes, A Yashar Tashakkor, Yoon Soo Park, Sheina A Macadam, Cameron C Bowman
BACKGROUND: Many techniques exist for subcutaneous mastectomy in female-to-male transgender patients. The authors review outcomes for two techniques and present an algorithm to aid surgeons in technique selection. METHODS: One hundred one consecutive female-to-male transgender patients undergoing subcutaneous mastectomy using the concentric circular or free nipple graft technique were retrospectively reviewed. An algorithm for procedure selection was created using classification and regression tree analysis...
June 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535596/leaf-litter-leachate-concentration-promotes-heterotrophy-in-freshwater-biofilms-understanding-consequences-of-water-scarcity
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Aingeru Martínez, John Stephen Kominoski, Aitor Larrañaga
Climate change is increasing overall temporal variability in precipitation resulting in a seasonal water availability, both increasing periods of flooding and water scarcity. During low water availability periods, the concentration of leachates from riparian vegetation increases, subsequently increasing dissolved organic matter (DOM). Moreover, shifts in riparian vegetation by land use changes impact the quantity and quality of DOM. Our objective was to test effects of increasing DOM concentrations from Eucalyptus grandis (one of the most cultivated tree species in the world) leachates on the metabolism (respiration, R; gross primary productivity, GPP) and extracellular enzyme activities (EEAs) of freshwater biofilms...
May 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535591/effect-of-water-stage-and-tree-stand-composition-on-spatiotemporal-differentiation-of-spring-water-chemistry-draining-carpathian-flysch-slopes-gorce-mts
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Michał Jasik, Stanisław Małek, Mirosław Żelazny
The purpose of this study was to identify the factors affecting spring water chemistry in different tree stands and to measure the influence of water stage on the physicochemical parameters of spring waters in a small Carpathian catchment. Water samples were collected three times per year at various stages of the water: after the spring thaw, after a period of heavy rain and after a dry period in 2011 and 2012. Water samples were left in the laboratory to reach room temperature (19-20°C) and analyzed for EC (reference T=25°C) and pH...
May 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535391/evolution-uprooting-the-dinosaur-family-tree
#6
Stephen L Brusatte
A provocative new study rearranges the base of the dinosaur evolutionary tree, upending 130 years of consensus. Does it hold up to scrutiny?
May 22, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535197/feeding-and-development-of-emerald-ash-borer-coleoptera-buprestidae-on-cultivated-olive-olea-europaea
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Don Cipollini, Chad M Rigsby, Donnie L Peterson
We examined the suitability of cultivated olive, Olea europaea L., as a host for emerald ash borer, Agrilus planipennis Fairmaire. In a bioassay using cut stems from a field-grown olive tree (cv. 'Manzanilla') we found that 45% of larvae that had emerged from eggs used to inoculate stems, were recovered alive, many as larvae or prepupae, during periodic debarking of a subset of stems. Three intact stems that 19 larvae successfully entered were exposed to a simulated overwintering treatment. Four live adults emerged afterwards, and an additional pupa and several prepupae were discovered after debarking these stems...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535192/learning-through-chain-event-graphs-the-role-of-maternal-factors-in-childhood-type-i-diabetes
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Claire Keeble, Peter Adam Thwaites, Paul David Baxter, Stuart Barber Pgclthe, Roger Charles Parslow, Graham Richard Law
Chain event graphs are a graphical representation of a statistical model derived from event trees, previously applied to cohort studies but not to case-control studies. We apply the chain event graph framework to a Yorkshire case-control study of childhood type I diabetes, to examine four exposure variables associated with the mother, three of which are fully observed (her school-leaving-age, amniocenteses during pregnancy and delivery type) and one with missing values (her rhesus factor), while incorporating previous type I diabetes knowledge...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534311/scale-space-for-empty-catheter-segmentation-in-pci-fluoroscopic-images
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Ketan Bacchuwar, Jean Cousty, Régis Vaillant, Laurent Najman
PURPOSE: In this article, we present a method for empty guiding catheter segmentation in fluoroscopic X-ray images. The guiding catheter, being a commonly visible landmark, its segmentation is an important and a difficult brick for Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) procedure modeling. METHODS: In number of clinical situations, the catheter is empty and appears as a low contrasted structure with two parallel and partially disconnected edges. To segment it, we work on the level-set scale-space of image, the min tree, to extract curve blobs...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534218/flexible-bronchoscopy-in-non-resolving-pneumonia
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Javeed Iqbal Bhat, Wasim Ahmad Wani, Qazi Iqbal Ahmad, Bashir Ahmad Charoo, Syed Wajid Ali, Ambreen Ali Ahangar, Muzafar Ahmad
OBJECTIVE: To study the utility of diagnostic flexible bronchoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) in children with non-resolving pneumonia. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study conducted in a tertiary care hospital from July 2015 through June 2016. Fifty-two consecutive children of both genders from 1 mo to 14 y of age with a diagnosis of non-resolving pneumonia were included. Flexible bronchoscopy was done in all patients with or without bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL)...
May 23, 2017: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533988/strainseeker-fast-identification-of-bacterial-strains-from-raw-sequencing-reads-using-user-provided-guide-trees
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Märt Roosaare, Mihkel Vaher, Lauris Kaplinski, Märt Möls, Reidar Andreson, Maarja Lepamets, Triinu Kõressaar, Paul Naaber, Siiri Kõljalg, Maido Remm
BACKGROUND: Fast, accurate and high-throughput identification of bacterial isolates is in great demand. The present work was conducted to investigate the possibility of identifying isolates from unassembled next-generation sequencing reads using custom-made guide trees. RESULTS: A tool named StrainSeeker was developed that constructs a list of specific k-mers for each node of any given Newick-format tree and enables the identification of bacterial isolates in 1-2 min...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533897/introduction-to-the-special-issue-tree-invasions-towards-a-better-understanding-of-their-complex-evolutionary-dynamics
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Heidi Hirsch, David M Richardson, Johannes J Le Roux
Many invasive plants show evidence of trait-based evolutionary change, but these remain largely unexplored for invasive trees. The increasing number of invasive trees and their tremendous impacts worldwide, however, illustrates the urgent need to bridge this knowledge gap to apply efficient management. Consequently, an interdisciplinary workshop, held in 2015 at Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch, South Africa, brought together international researchers to discuss our understanding of evolutionary dynamics in invasive trees...
May 2017: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533859/-a-particular-type-of-cicatricial-pemphigoid-with-unique-iga-deposit
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Amina Aounallah, Mariem Jrad, Mehdi Ksiaa, Sana Mokni, Wafa Saidi, Lobna Boussofara, Badreddine Sriha, Mohamed Denguezli, Najet Ghariani, Colandane Belajouza, Rafia Nouira
Cicatricial Pemphigoid is a subepithelial bullous dermatosis which essentially involves the mucous membranes with cicatricial evolution We report the case of a 66-year old patient hospitalized with erosive gingivitis associated with dysphagia, dyspnea and blurred vision. Dermatologic examination showed erosive lesions involving the palate and the pharynx. Ophthalmologic examination showed symblepharons, ectropion and bilateral cataract. Gingival biopsy revealed a necrotic detachment of the buccal epithelium...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533792/retrospective-analysis-of-wood-anatomical-traits-reveals-a-recent-extension-in-tree-cambial-activity-in-two-high-elevation-conifers
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Marco Carrer, Daniele Castagneri, Angela L Prendin, Giai Petit, Georg von Arx
The study of xylogenesis or wood formation is a powerful, yet labor intensive monitoring approach to investigate intra-annual tree growth responses to environmental factors. However, it seldom covers more than a few growing seasons, so is in contrast to the much longer lifespan of woody plants and the time scale of many environmental processes. Here we applied a novel retrospective approach to test the long-term (1926-2012) consistency in the timing of onset and ending of cambial activity, and in the maximum cambial cell division rate in two conifer species, European larch and Norway spruce at high-elevation in the Alps...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533641/image-findings-of-a-rare-case-of-neuroendocrine-tumor-metastatic-to-orbital-extraocular-muscle-in-gallium-68-dotanoc-positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography-and-therapy-with-lutetium-177-dotatate
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Koramadai Karuppusamy Kamaleshwaran, Jephy Joseph, Indra Upadhya, Ajit Sugunan Shinto
Metastatic tumor is one of several etiologies of space-occupying masses in the orbit that accounts for 1-13% of all orbital masses. In the adult patient population, breast cancer is the most common tumor to metastasize to the orbit, followed by metastasis from the lung, prostate, and gastrointestinal tract. Carcinoid tumors are rare neuroendocrine neoplasms derived from enterochromaffin cells, which are found primarily in the gastrointestinal tract and bronchial tree. Liver metastases are the classic presentation of distant disease...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Nuclear Medicine: IJNM: the Official Journal of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533563/why-do-the-boreal-forest-ecosystems-of-northwestern-europe-differ-from-those-of-western-north-america
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Rudy Boonstra, Harry P Andreassen, Stan Boutin, Jan Hušek, Rolf A Ims, Charles J Krebs, Christina Skarpe, Petter Wabakken
The boreal forest is one of the largest terrestrial biomes on Earth. Conifers normally dominate the tree layer across the biome, but other aspects of ecosystem structure and dynamics vary geographically. The cause of the conspicuous differences in the understory vegetation and the herbivore-predator cycles between northwestern Europe and western North America presents an enigma. Ericaceous dwarf shrubs and 3- to 4-year vole-mustelid cycles characterize the European boreal forests, whereas tall deciduous shrubs and 10-year snowshoe hare-lynx cycles characterize the North American ones...
September 1, 2016: Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533401/evolutionary-steps-involving-counterion-displacement-in-a-tunicate-opsin
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Keiichi Kojima, Takahiro Yamashita, Yasushi Imamoto, Takehiro G Kusakabe, Motoyuki Tsuda, Yoshinori Shichida
Ci-opsin1 is a visible light-sensitive opsin present in the larval ocellus of an ascidian, Ciona intestinalis This invertebrate opsin belongs to the vertebrate visual and nonvisual opsin groups in the opsin phylogenetic tree. Ci-opsin1 contains candidate counterions (glutamic acid residues) at positions 113 and 181; the former is a newly acquired position in the vertebrate visual opsin lineage, whereas the latter is an ancestral position widely conserved among invertebrate opsins. Here, we show that Glu113 and Glu181 in Ci-opsin1 act synergistically as counterions, which imparts molecular properties to Ci-opsin1 intermediate between those of vertebrate- and invertebrate-type opsins...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533395/integrative-modeling-of-gene-and-genome-evolution-roots-the-archaeal-tree-of-life
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Tom A Williams, Gergely J Szöllősi, Anja Spang, Peter G Foster, Sarah E Heaps, Bastien Boussau, Thijs J G Ettema, T Martin Embley
A root for the archaeal tree is essential for reconstructing the metabolism and ecology of early cells and for testing hypotheses that propose that the eukaryotic nuclear lineage originated from within the Archaea; however, published studies based on outgroup rooting disagree regarding the position of the archaeal root. Here we constructed a consensus unrooted archaeal topology using protein concatenation and a multigene supertree method based on 3,242 single gene trees, and then rooted this tree using a recently developed model of genome evolution...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533331/chronic-stimulation-of-renin-cells-leads-to-vascular-pathology
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Masafumi Oka, Silvia Medrano, Maria Luisa S Sequeira-Lόpez, R Ariel Gómez
Experimental or spontaneous genomic mutations of the renin-angiotensin system or its pharmacological inhibition in early life leads to renal abnormalities, including poorly developed renal medulla, papillary atrophy, hydronephrosis, inability to concentrate the urine, polyuria, polydipsia, renal failure, and anemia. At the core of such complex phenotype is the presence of unique vascular abnormalities: the renal arterioles do not branch or elongate properly and they have disorganized, concentric hypertrophy...
May 22, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533181/comparative-genome-analysis-of-lactobacillus-plantarum-gb-lp3-provides-candidates-of-survival-related-genetic-factors
#20
Soomin Jeon, Jaehoon Jung, Kwondo Kim, DongAhn Yoo, Chanho Lee, Jungsun Kang, Kyungjin Cho, Dae-Kyung Kang, Woori Kwak, Sook Hee Yoon, Heebal Kim, Seoae Cho
Lactobacillus plantarum is found in various environmental niches such as in the gastrointestinal tract of an animal host or a fermented food. This species isolated from a certain environment is known to possess a variety of properties according to inhabited environment's adaptation. However, a causal relationship of a genetic factor and phenotype affected by a specific environment has not been systematically comprehended. L. plantarum GB-LP3 strain was isolated from Korean traditional fermented vegetable and the whole genome of GB-LP3 was sequenced...
May 19, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
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