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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107778/parabolic-variation-in-sexual-selection-intensity-across-the-range-of-a%C3%A2-cold-water-pipefish-implications-for-susceptibility-to-climate-change
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Nuno Monteiro, Mário Cunha, Lídia Ferreira, Natividade Vieira, Agostinho Antunes, David Lyons, Adam G Jones
While an understanding of evolutionary processes in shifting environments is vital in the context of rapid ecological change, one of the most potent selective forces, sexual selection, remains curiously unexplored. Variation in sexual selection across a species range, especially across a gradient of temperature regimes, has the potential to provide a window into the possible impacts of climate change on the evolution of mating patterns. Here, we investigated some of the links between temperature and indicators of sexual selection, using a cold-water pipefish as model...
January 20, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107542/temporal-segregation-between-dung-inhabiting-beetle-and-fly-species
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Frantisek Xaver Jiri Sladecek, Simon Tristram Segar, Colin Lee, Richard Wall, Martin Konvicka
The coexistence of ecologically similar species (i.e. species utilizing the same resource) is a major topic in ecology. Communities are assembled either through the biotic interactions of ecologically similar species, e.g. competition, or by the abiotic separation of species along gradients of environmental conditions. Here, we investigated the temporal segregation, succession and seasonality of dung-inhabiting Coleoptera and Diptera that utilize an identical resource in exactly the same way. The data were collected from two temperate pastures, one in the United Kingdom and the second in the Czech Republic...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107528/nasopharyngeal-microbiome-diversity-changes-over-time-in-children-with-asthma
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Marcos Pérez-Losada, Lamia Alamri, Keith A Crandall, Robert J Freishtat
BACKGROUND: The nasopharynx is a reservoir for pathogens associated with respiratory illnesses such as asthma. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) has been used to characterize the nasopharyngeal microbiome of infants and adults during health and disease; less is known, however, about the composition and temporal dynamics (i.e., longitudinal variation) of microbiotas from children and adolescents. Here we use NGS technology to characterize the nasopharyngeal microbiomes of asthmatic children and adolescents (6 to 18 years) and determine their stability over time...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107507/a-multiplex-rt-pcr-assay-for-detection-and-differentiation-of-avian-origin-canine-h3n2-equine-origin-h3n8-human-origin-h3n2-and-h1n1-2009-canine-influenza-viruses
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Chenxi Wang, Qian Wang, Junyi Hu, Honglei Sun, Juan Pu, Jinhua Liu, Yipeng Sun
Virological and serological surveys have documented that H1N1/2009, avian-origin canine H3N2 (cH3N2), seasonal human-origin H3N2 (hH3N2), and equine-origin H3N8 influenza viruses are consistently circulating in dogs. In the present study, a multiplex reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (mRT-PCR) assay was developed for simultaneous detection and differentiation of these influenza viruses. Four primer sets were designed to target the hemagglutinin genes of H1N1/2009, cH3N2, hH3N2, and H3N8 canine influenza viruses (CIVs)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107412/nasal-carriage-of-staphylococcus-aureus-among-children-in-the-ashanti-region-of-ghana
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Daniel Eibach, Michael Nagel, Benedikt Hogan, Clinton Azuure, Ralf Krumkamp, Denise Dekker, Mike Gajdiss, Melanie Brunke, Nimako Sarpong, Ellis Owusu-Dabo, Jürgen May
BACKGROUND: Nasal carriage with Staphylococcus aureus is a common risk factor for invasive infections, indicating the necessity to monitor prevalent strains, particularly in the vulnerable paediatric population. This surveillance study aims to identify carriage rates, subtypes, antimicrobial susceptibilities and virulence markers of nasal S. aureus isolates collected from children living in the Ashanti region of Ghana. METHODS: Nasal swabs were obtained from children < 15 years of age on admission to the Agogo Presbyterian Hospital between April 2014 and January 2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107403/adaptive-heterosubtypic-immunity-to-low-pathogenic-avian-influenza-viruses-in-experimentally-infected-mallards
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Karen M Segovia, David E Stallknecht, Darrell R Kapczynski, Lisa Stabler, Roy D Berghaus, Alinde Fotjik, Neus Latorre-Margalef, Monique S França
Mallards are widely recognized as reservoirs for Influenza A viruses (IAV); however, host factors that might prompt seasonality and trends in subtype diversity of IAV such as adaptive heterosubtypic immunity (HSI) are not well understood. To investigate this, we inoculated mallards with a prevailing H3N8 low pathogenic avian influenza virus (LPAIV) subtype in waterfowl to determine if prior infection with this virus would be protective against heterosubtypic infections with the H4N6, H10N7 and H14N5 LPAIV subtypes after one, two and three months, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107380/novel-tools-in-determining-the-physiological-demands-and-nutritional-practices-of-ontario-firerangers-during-fire-deployments
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A H Robertson, C Larivière, C R Leduc, Z McGillis, T Eger, A Godwin, M Larivière, S C Dorman
INTRODUCTION: The seasonal profession of wildland fire fighting in Canada requires individuals to work in harsh environmental conditions that are physically demanding. The purpose of this study was to use novel technologies to evaluate the physiological demands and nutritional practices of Canadian FireRangers during fire deployments. METHODS: Participants (n = 21) from a northern Ontario Fire Base volunteered for this study and data collection occurred during the 2014 fire season and included Initial Attack (IA), Project Fire (P), and Fire Base (B) deployments...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107258/what-to-eat-and-drink-in-the-festive-season-a-pan-european-observational-cross-sectional-study
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Helen L Parker, Jelena Curcic, Henriette Heinrich, Matthias Sauter, Michael Hollenstein, Werner Schwizer, Edoardo Savarino, Mark Fox
BACKGROUND: Digestive discomfort after meals is common in the community, especially during the festive season. It is uncertain whether this is related to intake of either high-calorie or high-fat foods or, alternatively, intake of specific foods. This prospective, cross-sectional study tested the hypothesis that the risk of reflux or dyspepsia is associated with the fat content of the meal independent of caloric load in a 'real-life' setting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Four festive meals were served to delegates attending a conference on four consecutive days...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107218/depression-anxiety-and-alcohol-use-in-elite-rugby-league-players-over-a-competitive-season
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Etienne J Du Preez, Kenneth S Graham, Thomas Y Gan, Bassam Moses, Chris Ball, Donald E Kuah
OBJECTIVE: To assess the prevalence of symptoms of depression, anxiety, and rates of alcohol misuse in elite rugby league players in Australasia. DESIGN: A cross-sectional, epidemiological study with repeated measures. SETTING: Surveys were conducted during the 2015 preseason and in-season. PARTICIPANTS: Four hundred four elite rugby league players participated preseason and 278 players in-season. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Symptoms of depression were measured using the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 scale, symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) with the GAD-7 scale, and the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test Consumption scale was used to assess hazardous alcohol use...
January 17, 2017: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107059/age-dependent-modulation-of-songbird-summer-feather-molt-by-temporal-and-functional-constraints
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Yosef Kiat, Nir Sapir
Time constraints influence various ecological, life-history, and demographic properties of individuals and populations of many species throughout the annual cycle. Feather molt is a timely undertaking that is considered among the three most energy-demanding processes in the life cycle of birds. To deal with time pressure, passerines may shorten their molt duration, using three non-mutually exclusive mechanisms: (1) replacing only part of the plumage, (2) increasing the speed of molt, and (3) postponing the renewal of some or all the plumage to a later season (i...
February 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107034/automated-measurement-of-magnesium-calcium-ratios-in-gastropod-shells-using-laser-induced-breakdown-spectroscopy-for-paleoclimatic-applications
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Adolfo Cobo, Asier García-Escárzaga, Igor Gutiérrez-Zugasti, Jesús Setién, Manuel R González-Morales, José Miguel López-Higuera
The chemical composition of mollusk shells offers information about environmental conditions present during the lifespan of the organism. Shells found in geological deposits and in many archeological sites can help to reconstruct past climatic conditions. For example, a correlation has been found between seawater temperature and the amount of some substituent elements (e.g., magnesium, strontium) in the biogenerated calcium carbonate matrix of the shell, although it is very species-specific. Here we propose the use laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) to estimate Mg/Ca ratios in modern specimens of the common limpet Patella vulgata...
January 1, 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106879/bacterial-community-segmentation-facilitates-the-prediction-of-ecosystem-function-along-the-coast-of-the-western-antarctic-peninsula
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Jeff S Bowman, Linda A Amaral-Zettler, Jeremy J Rich, Catherine M Luria, Hugh W Ducklow
Bacterial community structure can be combined with observations of ecophysiological data to build predictive models of microbial ecosystem function. These models are useful for understanding how function might change in response to a changing environment. Here we use five spring-summer seasons of bacterial community structure and flow cytometry data from a productive coastal site along the western Antarctic Peninsula to construct models of bacterial production (BP), an ecosystem function that heterotrophic bacteria provide...
January 20, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106816/nutrient-patterns-associated-with-fasting-glucose-and-glycated-haemoglobin-levels-in-a-black-south-african-population
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Tinashe Chikowore, Pedro T Pisa, Tertia van Zyl, Edith J M Feskens, Edelweiss Wentzel-Viljoen, Karin R Conradie
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) burden is increasing globally. However, evidence regarding nutrient patterns associated with the biomarkers of T2D is limited. This study set out to determine the nutrient patterns associated with fasting glucose and glycated haemoglobin the biomarkers of T2D. Factor analysis was used to derive nutrient patterns of 2010 participants stratified by urban/rural status and gender. Principal Component Analysis (PCA) was applied to 25 nutrients, computed from the quantified food frequency questionnaires (QFFQ)...
January 19, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106740/chemical-composition-and-antioxidant-properties-of-powders-obtained-from-different-plum-juice-formulations
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Anna Michalska, Aneta Wojdyło, Grzegorz P Łysiak, Adam Figiel
Among popular crops, plum (Prunus domestica L.) has received special attention due to its health-promoting properties. The seasonality of this fruit makes it impossible to consume it throughout the year, so new products in a powder form may offer an alternative to fresh consumption and may be used as high-quality natural food ingredients. A 100% plum (cultivar "Valor") juice was mixed with three different concentrations of maltodextrin or subjected to sugars removal by amberlite-XAD column, and dried using the freeze, spray, and vacuum (40, 60, and 80 °C) drying techniques...
January 17, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106715/seasonal-effects-on-the-population-morphology-and-reproductive-behavior-of-narnia-femorata-hemiptera-coreidae
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Lauren A Cirino, Christine W Miller
Many insects are influenced by the phenology of their host plants. In North Central Florida, Narnia femorata (Hemiptera: Coreidae) spends its entire life cycle living and feeding on Opuntia mesacantha ssp. lata. This cactus begins producing flower buds in April that lead to unripe green fruit in June that ripen into red fruit through December. Many morphological and behavioral characteristics of N. femorata are known to be affected by cactus phenology in a controlled laboratory setting, including the degree of sexual dimorphism and mating behavior...
January 17, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106329/multi-layered-particle-packed-column-evaluation-and-comparison-with-monolithic-and-core-shell-particle-columns-for-the-determination-of-red-azo-dyes-in-sequential-injection-chromatography
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Petr Chocholouš, Renato Gil, Carolina C Acebal, Viktor Kubala, Dalibor Šatínský, Petr Solich
A recently presented new type of "multi-layered" organic-inorganic hybrid silica particle packed column YMC-Triart C18 (50 mm × 4.6 mm, 5 μm) was used for the development of a sequential injection chromatography method for determination of five azo dyes (Sudan I, Sudan II, Sudan III, Sudan orange G and para red) in selected food seasonings. The use of a novel sorbent brings attractive features, reduced backpressure, and broader chemical stability together with high separation performance, which are discussed and compared with that of three types of columns typically used in medium-pressure flow chromatography techniques (classic monolithic, narrow monolithic and core-shell particle columns)...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106290/returning-to-normal-assessing-transcriptome-recovery-over-time-in-male-rainbow-darter-etheostoma-caeruleum-liver-in-response-to-wastewater-treatment-plant-upgrades
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Patricija Marjan, Christopher J Martyniuk, Meghan L M Fuzzen, Deborah L MacLatchy, Mark E McMaster, Mark R Servos
The present study measured hepatic transcriptome responses in male rainbow darter (Etheostoma caeruleum) exposed to 2 municipal wastewater treatment plants (MWWTPs) (Kitchener and Waterloo) over 4 fall seasons (2011 - 2014) in the Grand River Ontario. The overall goal was to determine if upgrades at the Kitchener MWWTP (in 2012) resulted in transcriptome responses indicative of improved effluent quality. The number of differentially expressed probes in fish downstream of the Kitchener outfall (904-1,223), remained comparable to that downstream of Waterloo (767-3,867)...
January 20, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106070/key-sources-and-seasonal-dynamics-of-greenhouse-gas-fluxes-from-yak-grazing-systems-on-the-qinghai-tibetan-plateau
#18
Yang Liu, Caiyu Yan, Cory Matthew, Brennon Wood, Fujiang Hou
Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from livestock grazing systems are contributing to global warming. To examine the influence of yak grazing systems on GHG fluxes and relationships between GHG fluxes and environmental factors, we measured carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) fluxes over three key seasons in 2012 and 2013 from a range of potential sources, including: alpine meadows, dung patches, manure heaps and yak night pens, on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau. We also estimated the total annual global warming potential (GWP, CO2-equivalents) from family farm grazing yaks using our measured results and other published data...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106048/simulating-the-hydrologic-cycle-in-coal-mining-subsidence-areas-with-a-distributed-hydrologic-model
#19
Jianhua Wang, Chuiyu Lu, Qingyan Sun, Weihua Xiao, Guoliang Cao, Hui Li, Lingjia Yan, Bo Zhang
Large-scale ground subsidence caused by coal mining and subsequent water-filling leads to serious environmental problems and economic losses, especially in plains with a high phreatic water level. Clarifying the hydrologic cycle in subsidence areas has important practical value for environmental remediation, and provides a scientific basis for water resource development and utilisation of the subsidence areas. Here we present a simulation approach to describe interactions between subsidence area water (SW) and several hydrologic factors from the River-Subsidence-Groundwater Model (RSGM), which is developed based on the distributed hydrologic model...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105855/analysis-of-a549-cell-proteome-alteration-in-response-to-recombinant-influenza-a-virus-nucleoprotein-and-its-interaction-with-cellular-proteins-a-preliminary-study
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D Kumar, K Tiwari, M S Rajala
 Influenza A virus undergoes frequent changes of antigenicity and contributes to seasonal epidemics or unpredictable pandemics. Nucleoprotein, encoded by gene segment 5, is an internal protein of the virus and is conserved among strains of different host origins. In the current study, we analyzed the differentially expressed proteins in A549 cells transiently transfected with the recombinant nucleoprotein of influenza A virus by 2D gel electrophoresis. The resolved protein spots on gel were identified by MALDI-TOF/Mass spectrometry analysis...
January 19, 2017: Acta Virologica
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