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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779244/diversity-of-epicotyl-dormancy-among-tropical-montane-forest-species-in-sri-lanka
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Yasoja S Athugala, K M G G Jayasuriya, A M T A Gunarathne, Carol C Baskin
Fruiting season of many Sri Lankan tropical montane species is not synchronized and may not occur when conditions are favorable for seedling establishment. We hypothesized that species with different fruiting seasons have different seed dormancy mechanisms to synchronize timing of germination with a favorable season for establishment. Using six species with different fruiting seasons, we tested this hypothesis. Germination and imbibition of intact and manually-scarified seeds were studied. Effect of GA3 on germination was examined...
May 20, 2018: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779233/long-term-high-intensity-sound-stimulation-inhibits-h-current-i-h-in-ca1-pyramidal-neurons
#2
A O S Cunha, C C Ceballos, J L de Deus, R M Leão
Afferent neurotransmission to hippocampal pyramidal cells can lead to long-term changes to their intrinsic membrane properties and affect many ion currents. One of the most plastic neuronal currents is the hyperpolarization activated cationic current (Ih ), which changes in CA1 pyramidal cells in response to many types of physiological and pathological processes, including auditory stimulation. Recently we demonstrated that long-term potentiation (LTP) in rat hippocampal Schaffer-CA1 synapses is depressed by high-intensity sound stimulation...
May 19, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779155/prioritising-risk-factors-for-type-2-diabetes-causal-inference-through-genetic-approaches
#3
REVIEW
Laura B L Wittemans, Luca A Lotta, Claudia Langenberg
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: Causality has been demonstrated for few of the many putative risk factors for type 2 diabetes (T2D) emerging from observational epidemiology. Genetic approaches are increasingly being used to infer causality, and in this review, we discuss how genetic discoveries have shaped our understanding of the causal role of factors associated with T2D. RECENT FINDINGS: Genetic discoveries have led to the identification of novel potential aetiological factors of T2D, including the protective role of peripheral fat storage capacity and specific metabolic pathways, such as the branched-chain amino acid breakdown...
May 19, 2018: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779127/physiological-and-transcriptomic-analysis-of-a-chronologically-long-lived-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-strain-obtained-by-evolutionary-engineering
#4
Mevlüt Arslan, Can Holyavkin, Halil İbrahim Kısakesen, Alican Topaloğlu, Yusuf Sürmeli, Zeynep Petek Çakar
High-throughput aging studies with yeast as a model organism involve transposon-mutagenesis and yeast knockout collection, which have been pivotal strategies for understanding the complex cellular aging process. In this study, a chronologically long-lived Saccharomyces cerevisiae mutant was successfully obtained by using another high-throughput approach, evolutionary engineering, based on systematic selection in successive batch cultures under gradually increasing levels of caloric restriction. Detailed comparative physiological and transcriptomic analyses of the chronologically long-lived mutant and the reference strain revealed enhanced levels of respiratory metabolism, upregulation of genes related to carbohydrate metabolic processes, glycogen-trehalose pathways, stress response, and repression of protein synthesis-related genes in the long-lived mutant SRM11, already in the absence of caloric restriction...
May 19, 2018: Molecular Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779121/a-comprehensive-comparable-study-of-the-physiological-properties-of-four-microalgal-species-under-different-light-wavelength-conditions
#5
Yu Zhong, Peng Jin, Jay J Cheng
Microalgae treated with blue light have potential for production of human nutrition supplement and biofuel due to their higher biomass productivity and favorable fatty acid composition. Chlorella vulgaris, Chlorella pyrenoidosa, Scenedesmus quadricauda and Scenedesmus obliquus are representative green microalgae which are widely reported for algal production. In this study, we provide a systematic investigation of the biomass productivity, photosynthetic pigments, chlorophyll fluorescence and fatty acid content of the four green microalgae...
May 19, 2018: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779088/proteomic-analysis-dissects-the-impact-of-nodulation-and-biological-nitrogen-fixation-on-vicia-faba-root-nodule-physiology
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Beate Thal, Hans-Peter Braun, Holger Eubel
Symbiotic nitrogen fixation in root nodules of legumes is a highly important biological process which is only poorly understood. Root nodule metabolism differs from that of roots. Differences in root and nodule metabolism are expressed by altered protein abundances and amenable to quantitative proteome analyses. Differences in the proteomes may either be tissue specific and related to the presence of temporary endosymbionts (the bacteroids) or related to nitrogen fixation activity. An experimental setup including WT bacterial strains and strains not able to conduct symbiotic nitrogen fixation as well as root controls enables identification of tissue and nitrogen fixation specific proteins...
May 19, 2018: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779071/steady-state-perg-adaptation-a-conspicuous-component-of-response-variability-with-clinical-significance
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P Monsalve, S Ren, G Triolo, L Vazquez, A D Henderson, M Kostic, P Gordon, W J Feuer, V Porciatti
PURPOSE: To investigate within-test variability of the steady-state PERG (SS-PERG). METHODS: SS-PERGs were recorded in response to black-white horizontal gratings (1.6 cycles/deg, 98% contrast, 15.63 reversals/s, LED display, 25 deg square field, 800 cd/sqm mean luminance) using skin electrodes. PERG and noise (± reference) signals were averaged over 1024 epochs (~ 2.2 min) and Fourier analyzed to retrieve SS-PERG amplitude and phase. SS-PERGs were split into 16 partial averages (samples) of 64 epochs each, and corresponding amplitudes and phases combined in polar coordinates to assess their dispersion (within-test variability)...
May 19, 2018: Documenta Ophthalmologica. Advances in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779043/glis1-3-transcription-factors-critical-roles-in-the-regulation-of-multiple-physiological-processes-and-diseases
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REVIEW
Anton M Jetten
Krüppel-like zinc finger proteins form one of the largest families of transcription factors. They function as key regulators of embryonic development and a wide range of other physiological processes, and are implicated in a variety of pathologies. GLI-similar 1-3 (GLIS1-3) constitute a subfamily of Krüppel-like zinc finger proteins that act either as activators or repressors of gene transcription. GLIS3 plays a critical role in the regulation of multiple biological processes and is a key regulator of pancreatic β cell generation and maturation, insulin gene expression, thyroid hormone biosynthesis, spermatogenesis, and the maintenance of normal kidney functions...
May 19, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779022/intraoperative-incident-dark-field-imaging-of-the-human-peritoneal-microcirculation
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Zühre Uz, Arnoud W Kastelein, Dan M J Milstein, Dan Liu, Fadi Rassam, Denise P Veelo, Jan-Paul W R Roovers, Can Ince, Thomas M van Gulik
BACKGROUND/AIMS: This study describes the peritoneal microcirculation, compares quantitative parameters and angioarchitecture to the standard of sublingual microcirculatory assessment, and determines the practical feasibility of this method. METHODS: Incident dark field imaging was performed of the peritoneum and sublingually to determine angioarchitecture, total and perfused vessel density (TVD and PVD), the proportion of perfused vessels (PPV), the microvascular flow index (MFI) and image acquisition time...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778989/involvement-of-serotonin-in-crayfish-hematopoiesis
#10
Chadanat Noonin
Serotonin (5-HT) is a conserved monoamine neurotransmitter that has several physiological functions both in vertebrates and invertebrates. In addition to its well-known function in the central nervous system, 5-HT also participates in peripheral system. However, in crustaceans, the knowledge about peripheral functions of 5-HT is limited. In this study, a role of 5-HT in hematopoiesis in crayfish, Pacifastacus leniusculus, was investigated. The presence of 5-HT in crayfish plasma and the effect of 5-HT injection on hemocyte number were examined...
May 4, 2018: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778933/neurotoxic-impact-of-acute-tio-2-nanoparticle-exposure-on-a-benthic-marine-bivalve-mollusk-tegillarca-granosa
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Xiaofan Guan, Wei Shi, Shanjie Zha, Jiahuan Rong, Wenhao Su, Guangxu Liu
The release of nanoparticles (NPs) into the ocean inevitably poses a threat to marine organisms. However, to date, the neurotoxic effects of NPs remains poorly understood in marine bivalve species. Therefore, in order to gain a better understanding of the physiological effects of NPs, the impact of acute (96 h) TiO2 NP exposure on the in vivo concentrations of three major neurotransmitters, the activity of AChE, and the expression of neurotransmitter-related genes was investigated in the blood clam, Tegillarca granosa...
May 17, 2018: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778923/quantitative-proteomic-profiling-indicates-the-difference-in-reproductive-efficiency-between-meishan-and-duroc-boar-spermatozoa
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Li Xinhong, Linqing Zhen, Jieli Fu, Lirui Wang, Qiangzhen Yang, Peifei Li, Yuhua Li
The reproductive efficiency of Meishan pigs is higher than that of Duroc pigs, but the underlying molecular mechanism for this disparity remains unclear. No systematic quantitative proteomics studies, comparing global proteins in Meishan and Duroc boar spermatozoa have been reported. Therefore, we applied iTRAQ labeling coupled with mass spectrometry, and analyzed the differences in proteins between Meishan and Duroc sperm. In the present study, a total of 1597 proteins were quantified. Of these proteins, 190 showed statistically significant fold changes between Meishan and Duroc spermatozoa...
April 30, 2018: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778903/orcokinins-regulate-the-expression-of-neuropeptide-precursor-genes-related-to-ecdysis-in-the-hemimetabolous-insect-rhodnius-prolixus
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Juan Pedro Wulff, Natalia Capriotti, Sheila Ons
Ecdysis is a vital process for insects, during which they shed the old cuticle in order to emerge as the following developmental stage. Given its relevance for survival and reproduction, ecdysis is tightly regulated by peptidic hormones that conform an interrelated neuromodulatory network. This network was studied in species that undergo a complete metamorphosis, but not in hemimetabola. In a recent work, we demonstrated that orcokinin neuropeptides are essential for ecdysis to occur in the kissing bug Rhodnius prolixus...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778902/perspectives-on-the-past-present-and-future-of-cancer-nanomedicine
#14
Yu Seok Youn, You Han Bae
The justification of cancer nanomedicine relies on enhanced permeation (EP) and retention (R) effect and the capability of intracellular targeting due primarily to size after internalization (endocytosis) into the individual target cells. The EPR effect implies improved efficacy. Affinity targeting for solid tumors only occur after delivery to individual cells, which help internalization and/or retention. The design principles have been supported by animal results in numerous publications, but hardly translated...
May 17, 2018: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778882/insight-into-the-interactions-of-proteinase-inhibitor-alpha-2-macroglobulin-with-hypochlorite-thermal-analysis-and-biophysical-approach
#15
Tooba Siddiqui, Mohammad Khalid Zia, Syed Saqib Ali, Haseeb Ahsan, Fahim Halim Khan
Hypochlorous acid, an active bleaching agent is one of the major oxidants produced by neutrophils under physiological conditions. It is a potent reactive oxygen species (ROS) which causes oxidation of biomolecules. Treatment of proteins with hypochlorite results in direct oxidative damage to proteins. Alpha-2-macroglobulin is a major proteinase inhibitor and it can inhibit proteinase of any kind regardless of specificity and catalytic mechanism. The proteinase-antiproteinase balance plays an important role in mediating inflammation associated tissue destruction...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778872/derivatization-method-for-the-quantification-of-lactic-acid-in-cell-culture-media-via-gas-chromatography-and-applications-in-the-study-of-cell-glycometabolism
#16
Hua-Yin Zhang, Ping-Ping Zhang, Xiao-Xin Tan, Ze-Ze Wang, Kao-Qi Lian, Xiang-Dong Xu, Wei-Jun Kang
Lactic acid represents an important metabolite that reflects mitochondria function and may further serve as energy source for cancer cells. In light of this physiological and pathological significance, we developed a novel and sensitive gas chromatography method to detect lactic acid in cell culture media. Here, ethyl chloroformate was selected as derivative reagent and the derivatization process was further optimized in terms of number of reagents and reaction time as well as extraction reagents. Under optimal conditions, good linearity was achieved in the tested calibration range...
May 12, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778839/spermidine-mediated-hydrogen-peroxide-signaling-enhances-the-antioxidant-capacity-of-salt-stressed-cucumber-roots
#17
Jianqiang Wu, Sheng Shu, Chengcheng Li, Jin Sun, Shirong Guo
Hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ) is a key signaling molecule that mediates a variety of physiological processes and defense responses against abiotic stress in higher plants. In this study, our aims are to clarify the role of H2 O2 accumulation induced by the exogenous application of spermidine (Spd) to cucumber (Cucumis sativus) seedlings in regulating the antioxidant capacity of roots under salt stress. The results showed that Spd caused a significant increase in endogenous polyamines and H2 O2 levels, and peaked at 2 h after salt stress...
May 5, 2018: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778832/glucocorticoid-metabolites-in-newborns-a-marker-for-traffic-noise-related-stress
#18
Manuella Lech Cantuaria, Jakob Usemann, Elena Proietti, Victoria Blanes-Vidal, Bernhard Dick, Christa E Flück, Simone Rüedi, Harris Héritier, Jean-Marc Wunderli, Philipp Latzin, Urs Frey, Martin Röösli, Danielle Vienneau
BACKGROUND: Traffic noise has been associated with an increased risk for several non-auditory health effects, which may be explained by a noise-induced release of stress hormones (e.g. glucocorticoids). Although several studies in children and adults have indicated an increased secretion of glucocorticoids after exposure to noise, information regarding newborns is scarce. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association between residential exposure to road traffic noise and postnatal stress response, as assessed by the concentration of glucocorticoids at five weeks of age...
May 17, 2018: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778822/formulation-techniques-for-high-dose-dry-powders
#19
Ashlee D Brunaugh, Hugh D C Smyth
Delivery of drugs to the lungs via dry powder inhaler (DPI) is a promising approach for the treatment of both local pulmonary conditions and systemic diseases. Though DPIs are widely used for the pulmonary deposition of potent bronchodilators, anticholinergics, and corticosteroids, there is growing interest in the utilization of this delivery system for the administration of high drug doses to the lungs, as made evident by recent regulatory approvals for anti-microbial, anti-viral and osmotic agents. However, the formulation of high dose DPIs carries several challenges from both a physiological and physicochemical standpoint...
May 17, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778801/injury-and-stress-responses-of-adult-neural-crest-derived-cells
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REVIEW
Vadims Parfejevs, Ana T Antunes, Lukas Sommer
Multipotent neural crest cells can self-renew and give rise to a plethora of neural and non-neural cell types in the vertebrate embryo. Intriguingly, cells reminiscent of such neural crest stem cells (NCSCs) have also been isolated from various postnatal and adult neural crest (NC)-derived structures. However, it has been debated whether NCSC-like cells in the adult correspond to 'in vitro artefacts' emerging upon isolation or fulfil a physiological role in vivo. Here, we discuss recent findings indicating that in different adult NC derivatives, injury or stress responses induce a NCSC-like state, presumably by reprogramming of differentiated cells such as Schwann cells...
May 17, 2018: Developmental Biology
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