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Paloma López-Guerrero, Olivier Maridet, Zhaoqun Zhang, Gudrun Daxner-Höck
We describe a new species of Rodentia (Mammalia), Argyromys cicigei sp. nov. from Toglorhoi (fossil bed TGW-A/2a) in Mongolia and Ulantatal (fossil beds UTL 1 and UTL 7) in China. Its tooth morphology differs from the type species Argyromys aralensis from Akespe in Kazakhstan by smaller size and simpler structures. Argyromys has been assigned in different families of Muroidea, such as Tachyoryctoididae and Spalacidae. However, the presence of common characters indicates a closer relationship of Argyromys with the genera of Cricetidae s...
2017: PloS One
Shu-Ran Li, Yang Wang, Liang Ma, Zhi-Gao Zeng, Jun-Huai Bi, Wei-Guo Du
How ectotherms exploit thermal resources has important implications for their habitat utilization and thermal vulnerability to climate warming. To address this issue, we investigated thermal relations of three sympatric lizard species (Eremias argus, Eremias multiocellata, and Phrynocephalus przewalskii) in the desert steppe of Inner Mongolia, China. We determined the thermoregulatory behavior, body temperature (T b), operative temperature (T e), selected body temperature (T sel), and critical thermal maximum (CTmax) of adult lizards...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
Cao Ning, Guo Shuyi, Yan Tao, Zhu Hao, Xingguang Zhang
Brucellosis, a zoonosis which can seriously harm public health. Inner Mongolia is known as an endemic region of human brucellosis in China. The aim of this study is to present the epidemic of human brucellosis in Inner Mongolia from 2010 to 2014, and to provide the evidence of preventing from brucellosis in endemic areas. The study included 838,956 participants by cluster random sampling from 2010 to 2014. The contents of this study included questionnaire survey and serological testing. The seropositive rate was calculated based on the serological testing results, tested to determine whether the participants were infected by brucellosis...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
Meifang Liu, Jianjun Zhao, Xiaoyi Guo, Zhengxiang Zhang, Gang Tan, Jihong Yang
Grassland fire is one of the most important disturbance factors of the natural ecosystem. Climate factors influence the occurrence and development of grassland fire. An analysis of the climate conditions of fire occurrence can form the basis for a study of the temporal and spatial variability of grassland fire. The purpose of this paper is to study the effects of monthly time scale climate factors on the occurrence of grassland fire in HulunBuir, located in the northeast of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in China...
March 17, 2017: Sensors
Jiangping Cai, Jacob Weiner, Ruzhen Wang, Wentao Luo, Yongyong Zhang, Heyong Liu, Zhuwen Xu, Hui Li, Yuge Zhang, Yong Jiang
A 9-year manipulative experiment with nitrogen (N) and water addition, simulating increasing N deposition and changing precipitation regime, was conducted to investigate the bioavailability of trace elements, iron (Fe), manganese (Mn), copper (Cu), and zinc (Zn) in soil, and their uptake by plants under the two environmental change factors in a semi-arid grassland of Inner Mongolia. We measured concentrations of trace elements in soil and in foliage of five common herbaceous species including 3 forbs and 2 grasses...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
M L Gao, H M Hou, X X Teng, Y L Zhu, H S Hao, G L Zhang
Hurood cheese (HC) and Jueke (Jk) are 2 traditional fermented dairy products produced from raw milk (RM) in the Inner Mongolia region of China. They have a long history of production and consumption. The microbial compositions of RM, HC, and Jk vary greatly, and are influenced by their geographical origins and unique processing methods. In this study, 2 batches of RM, HC, and Jk samples were collected (April and August 2015) from the Zhenglan Banner, a region located in the southern part of Inner Mongolian belonging to the Xilingol league prefecture...
March 8, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Hong-Bo Ji, Le-Le Wang, Xiao-Ying Wang, Sheng-Jie Yin, Di Shang, Li-Li Sun, Lei Wang
OBJECTIVE: This case-control study investigated the association of single nucleotide polymorphisms in the PTPN1 gene with susceptibility to esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC) in Inner Mongolia, China. METHODS: A total of 302 patients living in Inner Mongolia China who were pathologically diagnosed with ESCC between April 2012 and 2016 were selected for the ESCC group; 373 healthy individuals were selected for the control group. The rs2904268 C>G, rs2230605 A>G, and rs16995309 C>T polymorphisms in the PTPN1 gene were detected by bidirectional polymerase chain reaction amplification of specific alleles...
March 13, 2017: Genetic Testing and Molecular Biomarkers
Lingyu Li, Dongyun Yan, Shaohui Xu, Mingli Huang, Xiaoxia Wang, Shaodong Xie
To characterize air pollution and determine its source distribution in Qingdao, Shandong Province, we analyzed hourly national air quality monitoring network data of normal pollutants at nine sites from 1 November 2015 to 31 January 2016. The average hourly concentrations of particulate matter <2.5 μm (PM2.5) and <10 μm (PM10), SO2, NO2, 8-h O3, and CO in Qingdao were 83, 129, 39, 41, and 41 μg m(-3), and 1.243 mg m(-3), respectively. During the polluted period, 19-26 December 2015, 29 December 2015 to 4 January 2016, and 14-17 January 2016, the mean 24-h PM2...
March 9, 2017: Environmental Pollution
Karina Wieczorek, Agnieszka Bugaj-Nawrocka, Mariusz Kanturski, Gary L Miller
Chaetosiphella stipae stipae is a xerothermophilous aphid, associated with Palaearctic temperate steppe zones or dry mountain valleys, where there are grasses from the genus Stipa. Its geographical distribution shows several populations that are spread from Spain, across Europe and Asia Minor, to Mongolia and China. Geographical variation in chaetotaxy and other morphological features were the basis to consider whether individuals from different populations are still the same species. Moreover, using Ch. stipae stipae and Stipa species occurrences, as well as climatic variables, we predict potential geographical distributions of the aphid and its steppe habitat...
March 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
Mei Wang, Alexandr P Rasnitsyn, Zhongqi Yang, Chungkun Shih, Hongbin Wang, Dong Ren
We describe Pamphilioidea: Mirolydidae Wang, Rasnitsyn et Ren, fam. n., containing Mirolyda hirta Wang, Rasnitsyn et Ren, gen. et sp. n., from the late Middle Jurassic Jiulongshan Formation of Daohugou, Inner Mongolia, China. The new taxon is characterized by unique forewing venation with the presence of forewing SC, 1-RS almost as long as 1-M, M + Cu straight, 2r-rs strongly reclival, and antenna with homonomous flagellum, revealing new and important details in antennal evolutionary transformations. Thus, M...
March 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
Fabiany Herrera, Gongle Shi, Niiden Ichinnorov, Masamichi Takahashi, Eugenia V Bugdaeva, Patrick S Herendeen, Peter R Crane
The origins of the five groups of living seed plants, including the single relictual species Ginkgo biloba, are poorly understood, in large part because of very imperfect knowledge of extinct seed plant diversity. Here we describe well-preserved material from the Early Cretaceous of Mongolia of the previously enigmatic Mesozoic seed plant reproductive structure Umaltolepis, which has been presumed to be a ginkgophyte. Abundant new material shows that Umaltolepis is a seed-bearing cupule that was borne on a stalk at the tip of a short shoot...
March 6, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Gereltuya Dorj, Bruce Sunderland, Tsetsegmaa Sanjjav, Gantuya Dorj, Byambatsogt Gendenragchaa
BACKGROUND: It is essential to allocate available resources equitably in order to ensure accessibility and affordability of essential medicines, especially in less fortunate nations with limited health funding. Currently, transparent and evidence based research is required to evaluate decision making regarding drug registration, drug pricing and reimbursement processes in Mongolia. OBJECTIVE: To assess the drug reimbursement system and discuss challenges faced by policy-makers and stakeholders...
2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Policy and Practice
Qing Zhang, Alexander Buyantuev, Frank Yonghong Li, Lin Jiang, Jianming Niu, Yong Ding, Sarula Kang, Wenjing Ma
The relationship between biodiversity and productivity has been a hot topic in ecology. However, the relative importance of taxonomic diversity and functional characteristics (including functional dominance and functional diversity) in maintaining community productivity and the underlying mechanisms (including selection and complementarity effects) of the relationship between diversity and community productivity have been widely controversial. In this study, 194 sites were surveyed in five grassland types along a precipitation gradient in the Inner Mongolia grassland of China...
March 2017: Ecology and Evolution
Ji-Zhong Wan, Chun-Jing Wang, Jing-Fang Tan, Fei-Hai Yu
Testing climatic niche divergence and modeling habitat suitability under conditions of climate change are important for developing strategies to limit the introduction and expansion of alien invasive weeds (AIWs) and providing important ecological and evolutionary insights. We assessed climatic niches in both native and invasive ranges as well as habitat suitability under climate change for eight representative Chinese AIWs from the American continent. We used climatic variables associated with occurrence records and developed ecological niche models with Maxent...
March 2017: Ecology and Evolution
Yu Liu, Changyou Li, Bruce Anderson, Sheng Zhang, Xiaohong Shi, Shengnan Zhao
Mercury contamination from industrial and agricultural drainage into lakes and rivers is a growing concern in Northern China. Lake Ulansuhai, located in Hetao irrigation district in Inner Mongolia, is the only sink for the all industrial and agricultural drainage and sole outlet for this district to the Yellow River, which is one of the main source of drinking water for the numerous cities and towns downstream. Because Ulansuahi is ice-covered during winter, the QWASI model was modified by adding an ice equation to get a more accurate understanding of the fate and transport of mercury within the lake...
February 23, 2017: Chemosphere
G Zhang, Y X Zhu, P Wang, P Liu, J F Li, S Sha, W Z Yang, H Li
Objective: To understand the government financial investments to community based organizations (CBO) involved in HIV/AIDS Control and Prevention of China and its influencing factors. Methods: Questionnaire of the situation of CBO involved in HIV/AIDS control and prevention were designed, and filled by the staff of Provincial Health Administrative Departments of 31 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities). The research focused on the fields of CBO involved in HIV/AIDS response in 31 provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities), including intervention on HIV/AIDS high risk population (female sex worker (FSW), man who sex with man (MSM), drug user (DU) and case management and care for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH))...
March 6, 2017: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
Bazarragchaa Enkhbold, Munkhduuren Shatar, Shiho Wakamori, Tomokazu Tamura, Takahiro Hiono, Keita Matsuno, Masatoshi Okamatsu, Takashi Umemura, Batchuluun Damdinjav, Yoshihiro Sakoda
Classical swine fever (CSF), a highly contagious viral disease affecting domestic and wild pigs in many developing countries, is now considered endemic in Mongolia, with 14 recent outbreaks in 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, and 2015. For the first time, CSF viruses isolated from these 14 outbreaks were analyzed to assess their molecular epidemiology and pathogenicity in pigs. Based on the nucleotide sequences of their 5'-untranslated region, isolates were phylogenetically classified as either sub-genotypes 2...
March 4, 2017: Virus Genes
Byambaa Otgonjargala, Kathrin Becker, Gunchin Batbaatar, Sandag Tsogtsaikhan, Jamsranjav Enkhtsetseg, Altangerel Enkhjargal, Klaus Pfeffer, Ortwin Adams, Chimeddorj Battogtokh, Birgit Henrich
In Mongolia, diagnostic tests for the detection of the sexually transmitted mycoplasmas, ureaplasmas, Herpes simplex virus (HSV), and cytomegalovirus (CMV) are currently not routinely used in clinical settings and the frequency of these STIs are enigmatic. The prevalence of these STI pathogens were prospectively evaluated among 200 Mongolian pregnant women and their newborns and correlated with pregnancy outcome. TaqMan PCRs were used to detect bacterial and viral STI pathogens in pre-birth vaginal swabs of the pregnant women and in oral swabs of their newborns...
2017: PloS One
Neil Haranhalli, Yaroslav Gelfand, Apolonia Abramowicz, Abai Siyez, Ebby Elahi, Reza Yassari
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February 22, 2017: World Neurosurgery
Jiang Li, Sun Qifan, Ma Quan, Zhao Wenting, Liu Jing, Zhao Lei, Ji Anquan, Li Caixia
Anthropology generally divides the individuals into the East Asian Mongolia race, European Caucasian race and African Nigro race. The 27-plex single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) panel for ancestry information has been established to differentiate samples from East Asian, European, African and admixture populations of East Asian and European origin by genotyping and ancestry inference. To infer ancestry for unknown individuals, we established an optimized analysis pipeline based on the likelihood ratio, ancestry component and individual ancestry assignment...
February 20, 2017: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
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