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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108951/physiological-links-of-circadian-clock-and-biological-clock-of-aging
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REVIEW
Fang Liu, Hung-Chun Chang
Circadian rhythms orchestrate biochemical and physiological processes in living organisms to respond the day/night cycle. In mammals, nearly all cells hold self-sustained circadian clocks meanwhile couple the intrinsic rhythms to systemic changes in a hierarchical manner. The suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus functions as the master pacemaker to initiate daily synchronization according to the photoperiod, in turn determines the phase of peripheral cellular clocks through a variety of signaling relays, including endocrine rhythms and metabolic cycles...
January 20, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108812/fackel-interacts-with-gibberellic-acid-signaling-and-vernalization-to-mediate-flowering-in-arabidopsis
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Bingyao Huang, Pingping Qian, Na Gao, Jie Shen, Suiwen Hou
Fackel (FK) is involved in the flowering of Arabidopsis mainly via the gibberellin pathway and vernalization pathway. This new function of FK is partially dependent on the FLOWERING LOCUS C ( FLC ). A common transitional process from vegetative stage to reproductive stage exists in higher plants during their life cycle. The initiation of flower bud differentiation, which plays a key role in the reproductive phase, is affected by both external environmental and internal regulatory factors. In this study, we showed that the Arabidopsis weak mutant allele fk-J3158, impaired in the FACKEL (FK) gene, which encodes a C-14 reductase involved in sterol biosynthesis, had a long life cycle and delayed flowering time in different photoperiods...
January 20, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103237/adult-tea-green-leafhoppers-empoasca-onukii-matsuda-change-behaviors-under-varying-light-conditions
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Longqing Shi, Liette Vasseur, Huoshui Huang, Zhaohua Zeng, Guiping Hu, Xin Liu, Minsheng You
Insect behaviors are often influenced by light conditions including photoperiod, light intensity, and wavelength. Understanding pest insect responses to changing light conditions may help with developing alternative strategies for pest control. Little is known about the behavioral responses of leafhoppers (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) to light conditions. The behavior of the tea green leafhopper, Empoasca onukii Matsuda, was examined when exposed to different light photoperiods or wavelengths. Observations included the frequency of locomotion and cleaning activities, and the duration of time spent searching...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102913/autumn-photosynthetic-decline-and-growth-cessation-in-seedlings-of-white-spruce-are-decoupled-under-warming-and-photoperiod-manipulations
#4
Joseph R Stinziano, Danielle A Way
Climate warming is expected to increase the seasonal duration of photosynthetic carbon fixation and tree growth in high latitude forests. However photoperiod, a crucial cue for seasonality, will remain constant, which may constrain tree responses to warming. We investigated the effects of temperature and photoperiod on weekly changes in photosynthetic capacity, leaf biochemistry and growth in seedlings of a boreal evergreen conifer, white spruce (Picea glauca (Moench) Voss). Warming delayed autumn declines in photosynthetic capacity, extending the period when seedlings had high carbon uptake...
January 19, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100031/impact-of-melatonin-receptor-signaling-on-zeitgeber-time-dependent-changes-in-cell-proliferation-and-apoptosis-in-the-adult-murine-hippocampus
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Michaela Fredrich, Mareike Hampel, Kay Seidel, Elmar Christ, Horst-Werner Korf
The hippocampus is subjected to diurnal/circadian rhythms on both the morphological and molecular levels. Certain aspects of cell proliferation in the adult hippocampus are regulated by melatonin and accompanied by apoptosis to ensure proper tissue maintenance and function. The present study investigated Zeitgeber time (ZT)-dependent changes in cell proliferation and apoptosis in the adult murine hippocampus and their regulation by melatonin receptor type1 and type2 (MT1/2)-mediated signaling. Adult melatonin-proficient C3H/HeN mice and melatonin-proficient (C3H/HeN) mice with targeted deletion of MT1/2 were adapted to a 12-hours light, 12-hours dark photoperiod and were sacrificed at ZT00, ZT06, ZT12, and ZT18...
January 18, 2017: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095718/key-players-associated-with-tuberization-in-potato-potential-candidates-for-genetic-engineering
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Som Dutt, Anshul Sharma Manjul, Pinky Raigond, Brajesh Singh, Sundaresha Siddappa, Vinay Bhardwaj, Prashant G Kawar, Virupakshagouda U Patil, Hemant Balasaheb Kardile
Tuberization in potato (Solanum tuberosum L.) is a complex biological phenomenon which is affected by several environmental cues, genetic factors and plant nutrition. Understanding the regulation of tuber induction is essential to devise strategies to improve tuber yield and quality. It is well established that short-day photoperiods promote tuberization, whereas long days and high-temperatures inhibit or delay tuberization. Worldwide research on this complex biological process has yielded information on the important bio-molecules (proteins, RNAs, plant growth regulators) associated with the tuberization process in potato...
January 18, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095114/flowering-time-regulation-by-the-constans-like-gene-oscol10
#7
Junjie Tan, Fuqing Wu, Jianmin Wan
Plant flowering at the appropriate time is critical for reproductive success and influenced by a series of environmental factors such as photoperiod and temperature. A number of genes involved in photoperiodic flowering of have been cloned and their roles in modulating expression of the flowering genes have been characterized to a certain extent. However, much less is known about the pathway in transmitting the day length response signal(s) to induce transition to reproductive growth. Recently, we characterized a constitutive flowering repressor OsCOL10 encoding for a member of the CONSTANS-like (COL) family...
January 17, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091611/multi-response-optimization-of-artemia-hatching-process-using-split-split-plot-design-based-response-surface-methodology
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V V Arun, Neelam Saharan, V Ramasubramanian, A M Babitha Rani, K R Salin, Ravindra Sontakke, Harsha Haridas, Deepak George Pazhayamadom
A novel method, BBD-SSPD is proposed by the combination of Box-Behnken Design (BBD) and Split-Split Plot Design (SSPD) which would ensure minimum number of experimental runs, leading to economical utilization in multi- factorial experiments. The brine shrimp Artemia was tested to study the combined effects of photoperiod, temperature and salinity, each with three levels, on the hatching percentage and hatching time of their cysts. The BBD was employed to select 13 treatment combinations out of the 27 possible combinations that were grouped in an SSPD arrangement...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088363/seasonal-variations-of-u-s-mortality-rates-roles-of-solar-ultraviolet-b-doses-vitamin-d-gene-exp-ression-and-infections
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REVIEW
William B Grant, Harjit Pal Bhattoa, Barbara J Boucher
Death rates in the U.S. show a pronounced seasonality. The broad seasonal variation shows about 25% higher death rates in winter than in summer with an additional few percent increase associated with the Christmas and New Year's holidays. A pronounced increase in death rates also starts in mid-September, shortly after the school year begins. The causes of death with large contributions to the observed seasonality include diseases of the circulatory system; the respiratory system; the digestive system; and endocrine, nutritional, and metabolic diseases...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088102/effects-of-photoperiod-regimes-and-ultraviolet-c-radiations-on-biosynthesis-of-industrially-important-lignans-and-neolignans-in-cell-cultures-of-linum-usitatissimum-l-flax
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Sumaira Anjum, Bilal Haider Abbasi, Joël Doussot, Alain Favre-Réguillon, Christophe Hano
Lignans and neolignans are principal bioactive components of Linum usitatissimum L. (Flax), having multiple pharmacological activities. In present study, we are reporting an authoritative abiotic elicitation strategy of photoperiod regimes along with UV-C radiations. Cell cultures were grown in different photoperiod regimes (24h-dark, 24h-light and 16L/8D h photoperiod) either alone or in combination with various doses (1.8-10.8kJ/m(2)) of ultraviolet-C (UV-C) radiations. Secoisolariciresinol diglucoside (SDG), lariciresinol diglucoside (LDG), dehydrodiconiferyl alcohol glucoside (DCG), and guaiacylglycerol-β-coniferyl alcohol ether glucoside (GGCG) were quantified by using reverse phase-high performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC)...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087658/are-winter-and-summer-dormancy-symmetrical-seasonal-adaptive-strategies-the-case-of-temperate-herbaceous-perennials
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REVIEW
Lauren M Gillespie, Florence A Volaire
BACKGROUND: Dormancy in higher plants is an adaptive response enabling plant survival during the harshest seasons and has been more explored in woody species than in herbaceous species. Nevertheless, winter and summer shoot meristem dormancy are adaptive strategies that could play a major role in enhancing seasonal stress tolerance and resilience of widespread herbaceous plant communities. SCOPE: This review outlines the symmetrical aspects of winter and summer dormancy in order to better understand plant adaptation to severe stress, and highlight research priorities in a changing climate...
January 13, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070759/qtls-for-heading-date-and-plant-height-under-multiple-environments-in-rice
#12
Zhongmin Han, Wei Hu, Cong Tan, Yongzhong Xing
Both heading date and plant height are important traits related to grain yield in rice. In this study, a recombinant inbred lines (RILs) population was used to map quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for both traits under 3 long-day (LD) environments and 1 short-day (SD) environment. A total of eight QTLs for heading date and three QTLs for plant height were detected by composite interval mapping under LD conditions. Additional one QTL for heading date and three QTLs for plant height were identified by Two-QTL model under LD conditions...
January 9, 2017: Genetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070301/blood-serum-retinol-levels-in-asinara-white-donkeys-reflect-albinism-induced-metabolic-adaptation-to-photoperiod-at-mediterranean-latitudes
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Maria Grazia Cappai, Maria Grazia Antonietta Lunesu, Francesca Accioni, Massimo Liscia, Mauro Pusceddu, Lucia Burrai, Maria Nieddu, Corrado Dimauro, Gianpiero Boatto, Walter Pinna
Previous works on albinism form of Asinara white donkeys (Equus asinus) identified the mutation leading to the peculiar phenotype spread to all specimens of the breed. Inbreeding naturally occurred under geographic isolation, on Asinara Island, in the Mediterranean Sea. Albino individuals can be more susceptible to develop health problems when exposed to natural sun radiation. Alternative metabolic pathways involved in photoprotection were explored in this trial. Nutrition-related metabolites are believed to contribute to the conservation of Asinara donkeys, in which melanin, guaranteeing photoprotection, is lacking...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069730/geographic-origin-and-host-cultivar-influence-on-digestive-physiology-of-spodoptera-exigua-lepidoptera-noctuidae-larvae
#14
Neshat Golikhajeh, Bahram Naseri, Jabraeil Razmjou
Digestive enzymatic activity in three geographic strains (Miandiab, Kalposh and Moghan regions) of Spodoptera exigua (Hübner) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) reared on different sugar beet cultivars (Dorothea, Rozier, Persia and Perimer) was studied under laboratory conditions (25 ± 1 °C, 65 ± 5% RH, and a photo period of 16:8 (L:D) h photoperiod). The results of this study demonstrated that digestive protease and amylase activity of S. exigua larvae was affected by both geographic origin of the pest and host plant cultivar...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068345/transcriptional-and-post-transcriptional-mechanisms-limit-heading-date-1-hd1-function-to-adapt-rice-to-high-latitudes
#15
Daniela Goretti, Damiano Martignago, Martina Landini, Vittoria Brambilla, Jorge Gómez-Ariza, Nerina Gnesutta, Francesca Galbiati, Silvio Collani, Hiroki Takagi, Ryohei Terauchi, Roberto Mantovani, Fabio Fornara
Rice flowering is controlled by changes in the photoperiod that promote the transition to the reproductive phase as days become shorter. Natural genetic variation for flowering time has been largely documented and has been instrumental to define the genetics of the photoperiodic pathway, as well as providing valuable material for artificial selection of varieties better adapted to local environments. We mined genetic variation in a collection of rice varieties highly adapted to European regions and isolated distinct variants of the long day repressor HEADING DATE 1 (Hd1) that perturb its expression or protein function...
January 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067953/complex-genetic-architecture-underlies-maize-tassel-domestication
#16
Guanghui Xu, Xufeng Wang, Cheng Huang, Dingyi Xu, Dan Li, Jinge Tian, Qiuyue Chen, Chenglong Wang, Yameng Liang, Yaoyao Wu, Xiaohong Yang, Feng Tian
Maize (Zea mays) tassels underwent profound morphological changes during maize domestication and improvement. Although a number of genes affecting maize inflorescence development have been identified, the genetic basis of the morphological changes in maize tassels since domestication is not well understood. Here, using a large population of 866 maize-teosinte BC2 S3 recombinant inbred lines genotyped using 19 838 single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers, we performed high-resolution quantitative trait locus (QTL) mapping for five tassel morphological traits...
January 9, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067941/preliminary-considerations-about-the-presence-of-aedes-albopictus-skuse-1897-diptera-culicidae-during-winter-in-the-northwestern-italy
#17
M Dutto, A Mosca
Aedes albopictus, the Asian tiger mosquito, was unintentionally introduced in Italy at the beginning of the 1990s. In few decades it spread almost in the whole Country. In Piedmont, the first report dates back to 1994. Usually, temperate populations are affected by seasonal temperature and photoperiodicity and can overwinter by producing eggs that undergo a winter diapause. In Rome females of the species extended their trophic activity to the coldest months of the year, but there is no notice about a similar behaviour for northern areas of the Country...
January 2017: Annali di Igiene: Medicina Preventiva e di Comunità
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060930/beyond-emotional-and-spatial-processes-cognitive-dysfunction-in-a-depressive-phenotype-produced-by-long-photoperiod-exposure
#18
Abigail K Barnes, Summer B Smith, Subimal Datta
Cognitive dysfunction in depression has recently been given more attention and legitimacy as a core symptom of the disorder. However, animal investigations of depression-related cognitive deficits have generally focused on emotional or spatial memory processing. Additionally, the relationship between the cognitive and affective disturbances that are present in depression remains obscure. Interestingly, sleep disruption is one aspect of depression that can be related both to cognition and affect, and may serve as a link between the two...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049855/the-genetic-control-of-reproductive-development-under-high-ambient-temperature
#19
Mahwish Ejaz, Maria von Korff
Ambient temperature has a large impact on reproductive development and grain yield in temperate cereals. However, little is known about the genetic control of development under different ambient temperatures. Here, we demonstrate that in barley (Hordeum vulgare), high ambient temperatures accelerate or delay reproductive development depending on the photoperiod response gene PHOTOPERIOD1 (Ppd-H1) and its upstream regulator EARLY FLOWERING3 (HvELF3). A natural mutation in Ppd-H1 prevalent in spring barley delayed floral development and reduced the number of florets and seeds per spike, while the wild-type Ppd-H1 or a mutant Hvelf3 allele accelerated floral development and maintained the seed number under high ambient temperatures...
January 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045987/high-throughput-resequencing-of-maize-landraces-at-genomic-regions-associated-with-flowering-time
#20
Tiffany M Jamann, Shilpa Sood, Randall J Wisser, James B Holland
Despite the reduction in the price of sequencing, it remains expensive to sequence and assemble whole, complex genomes of multiple samples for population studies, particularly for large genomes like those of many crop species. Enrichment of target genome regions coupled with next generation sequencing is a cost-effective strategy to obtain sequence information for loci of interest across many individuals, providing a less expensive approach to evaluating sequence variation at the population scale. Here we evaluate amplicon-based enrichment coupled with semiconductor sequencing on a validation set consisting of three maize inbred lines, two hybrids and 19 landrace accessions...
2017: PloS One
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