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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228159/the-effect-of-interspecific-competition-on-the-temporal-dynamics-of-aedes-albopictus-and-culex-pipiens
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Giovanni Marini, Giorgio Guzzetta, Frederic Baldacchino, Daniele Arnoldi, Fabrizio Montarsi, Gioia Capelli, Annapaola Rizzoli, Stefano Merler, Roberto Rosà
BACKGROUND: Aedes albopictus and Culex pipiens larvae reared in the same breeding site compete for resources, with an asymmetrical outcome that disadvantages only the latter species. The impact of these interactions on the overall ecology of these two species has not yet been assessed in the natural environment. In the present study, the temporal patterns of adult female mosquitoes from both species were analysed in north-eastern Italy, and substantial temporal shifts between abundance curves of Cx...
February 23, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225817/binational-climate-change-vulnerability-assessment-of-migratory-birds-in-the-great-lakes-basins-tools-and-impediments
#2
Robert S Rempel, Megan L Hornseth
Climate change is a global concern, requiring international strategies to reduce emissions, however, climate change vulnerability assessments are often local in scope with assessment areas restricted to jurisdictional boundaries. In our study we explored tools and impediments to understanding and responding to the effects of climate change on vulnerability of migratory birds from a binational perspective. We apply and assess the utility of a Climate Change Vulnerability Index on 3 focal species using distribution or niche modeling frameworks...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222117/two-dynamic-regimes-in-the-human-gut-microbiome
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Sean M Gibbons, Sean M Kearney, Chris S Smillie, Eric J Alm
The gut microbiome is a dynamic system that changes with host development, health, behavior, diet, and microbe-microbe interactions. Prior work on gut microbial time series has largely focused on autoregressive models (e.g. Lotka-Volterra). However, we show that most of the variance in microbial time series is non-autoregressive. In addition, we show how community state-clustering is flawed when it comes to characterizing within-host dynamics and that more continuous methods are required. Most organisms exhibited stable, mean-reverting behavior suggestive of fixed carrying capacities and abundant taxa were largely shared across individuals...
February 21, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218163/preliminary-risk-maps-for-transmission-of-kyasanur-forest-disease-in-southern-india
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A Townsend Peterson, Gautam Talukdar
Kyasanur forest disease is known to be transmitted across forested regions of Southern India. The disease appears to be hosted in wild mammals and transmitted by tick vectors although the diversity and identity of host and vector species remain unclear. The area across which risk exists of contracting the disease through transfer from the hosts or vectors, however, has never been mapped in detail, such that the area that surveillance, education, and investment in diagnostic facilities should cover remains unknown...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217836/range-shifting-species-reduce-phylogenetic-diversity-in-high-latitude-communities-via-competition
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Robert Fitt, Lesley T Lancaster
Under anthropogenic climate change, many species are expanding their ranges to higher latitudes and altitudes, resulting in novel species interactions. The consequences of these range shifts for native species, patterns of local biodiversity, and community structure in high latitude ecosystems are largely unknown but critical to understand in light of widespread poleward expansions by many warm-adapted generalists. Using niche modelling, phylogenetic methods, and field and laboratory studies, we investigated how colonisation of Scotland by a range expanding damselfly, Ischnura elegans, influences patterns of competition and niche shifts in native damselfly species, and changes in phylogenetic community structure...
February 19, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215939/live-imaging-analysis-of-germ-cell-proliferation-in-the-c-elegans-adult-supports-a-stochastic-model-for-stem-cell-proliferation
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Simona Rosu, Orna Cohen-Fix
The C. elegans adult hermaphrodite contains a renewable pool of mitotically dividing germ cells that are contained within the progenitor zone (PZ), at the distal region of the germline. From the PZ, cells enter meiosis and differentiate, ensuring the continued production of oocytes. In this study, we investigated the proliferation strategy used to maintain the PZ pool by using a photoconvertible marker to follow the fate of selected germ cells and their descendants in live worms. We found that the most distal pool of 6-8 rows of cells in the PZ (the distal third) behave similarly, with a fold expansion corresponding to one cell division every 6hours on average...
February 16, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212396/plants-promote-mating-and-dispersal-of-the-human-pathogenic-fungus-cryptococcus
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Deborah J Springer, Rajinikanth Mohan, Joseph Heitman
Infections due to Cryptococcus are a leading cause of fungal infections worldwide and are acquired as a result of environmental exposure to desiccated yeast or spores. The ability of Cryptococcus to grow, mate, and produce infectious propagules in association with plants is important for the maintenance of the genetic diversity and virulence factors important for infection of animals and humans. In the Western United States and Canada, Cryptococcus has been associated with conifers and tree species other than Eucalyptus; however, to date Cryptococcus has only been studied on live Arabidopsis thaliana, Eucalyptus sp...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211847/syntrophic-linkage-between-predatory-carpediemonas-and-specific-prokaryotic-populations
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Emmo Hamann, Halina E Tegetmeyer, Dietmar Riedel, Sten Littmann, Soeren Ahmerkamp, Jianwei Chen, Philipp F Hach, Marc Strous
Most anoxic environments are populated by small (<10 μm) heterotrophic eukaryotes that prey on different microbial community members. How predatory eukaryotes engage in beneficial interactions with other microbes has rarely been investigated so far. Here, we studied an example of such an interaction by cultivating the anerobic marine flagellate, Carpediemonas frisia sp. nov. (supergroup Excavata), with parts of its naturally associated microbiome. This microbiome consisted of so far uncultivated members of the Deltaproteobacteria, Bacteroidetes, Firmicutes, Verrucomicrobia and Nanoarchaeota...
February 17, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210381/practical-and-sustainable-teledermatology-and-teledermatopathology-specialty-care-in-cameroon-africa
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Anne Nguyen, Donna Tran, Mason Uemura, Richard L Bardin, Paul K Shitabata
Teledermatology is a rapidly expanding niche within telemedicine still in its infancy. It has become increasingly more feasible in recent years with the expansion of information and communication technologies. Here, the authors present the details of their collaboration and propose a model for constructing a teledermatology network. In the year 2014, the authors' Dermatopathology institute in Torrance, California, partnered with Mbingo Baptist Hospital, a tertiary referral center in Cameroon, Africa. During this time, 145 cases were received...
January 2017: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209618/the-stat3-mirna-92-wnt-signaling-pathway-regulates-spheroid-formation-and-malignant-progression-in-ovarian-cancer
#10
Min-Wei Chen, Shu-Ting Yang, Ming-Hsien Chien, Kuo-Tai Hua, Chin-Jui Wu, Sheng-Mou Hsiao, Hao Lin, Michael Hsiao, Jen-Liang Su, Lin-Hung Wei
Ovarian cancer spheroids constitute a metastatic niche for transcoelomic spread that also engenders drug resistance. Spheroid-forming cells express active STAT3 signaling and display stem cell-like properties that may contribute to ovarian tumor progression. In this study, we show that STAT3 is hyperactivated in ovarian cancer spheroids and that STAT3 disruption in this setting is sufficient to relieve chemoresistance. In an NSG murine model of human ovarian cancer, STAT3 signaling regulated spheroid formation and self-renewal properties, whereas STAT3 attenuation reduced tumorigenicity...
February 16, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209611/genetic-manipulation-of-helicobacter-pylori-virulence-function-by-host-carcinogenic-phenotypes
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Giovanni Suarez, Judith Romero-Gallo, Johanna C Sierra, M Blanca Piazuelo, Uma Krishna, Martin Alonso Gomez, Keith T Wilson, Richard M Peek
Helicobacter pylori is the strongest risk factor for gastric adenocarcinoma, yet only a minority of infected persons ever develop this malignancy. One cancer-linked locus is the cag type 4 secretion system (cagT4SS), which translocates an oncoprotein into host cells. A structural component of the cagT4SS is CagY, which become rapidly altered during in vivo adaptation in mice and rhesus monkeys, rendering the cagT4SS nonfunctional; however, these models rarely develop gastric cancer. We previously demonstrated that the H...
February 16, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207174/species-distribution-models-may-misdirect-assisted-migration-insights-from-the-introduction-of-douglas-fir-to-europe
#12
Juliette Boiffin, Vincent Badeau, Nathalie Bréda
Species distribution models (SDMs), which statistically relate species occurrence to climatic variables, are widely used to identify areas suitable for species growth under future climates and to plan for assisted migration. When SDMs are projected across times or spaces, it is assumed that species climatic requirements remain constant. However, empirical evidence supporting this assumption is rare, and SDM predictions could be biased. Historical human-aided movements of tree species can shed light on the reliability of SDM predictions in planning for assisted migration...
October 4, 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205313/genetic-analyses-unravel-the-crucial-role-of-a-horizontally-acquired-alginate-lyase-for-brown-algal-biomass-degradation-by-zobellia-galactanivorans
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Yongtao Zhu, François Thomas, Robert Larocque, Nan Li, Delphine Duffieux, Lionel Cladière, Florent Souchaud, Gurvan Michel, Mark J McBride
Comprehension of the degradation of macroalgal polysaccharides suffers from the lack of genetic tools for model marine bacteria, despite their importance for coastal ecosystem functions. We developed such tools for Zobellia galactanivorans, an algae-associated flavobacterium that digests many polysaccharides, including alginate. These tools were used to investigate the biological role of AlyA1, the only Z. galactanivorans alginate lyase known to be secreted in soluble form and to have a recognizable carbohydrate-binding domain...
February 15, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205240/the-influence-of-climatic-niche-preferences-on-the-population-genetic-structure-of-a-mistletoe-species-complex
#14
Santiago Ramírez-Barahona, Clementina González, Antonio González-Rodríguez, Juan Francisco Ornelas
The prevalent view on genetic structuring in parasitic plants is that host-race formation is caused by varying degrees of host specificity. However, the relative importance of ecological niche divergence and host specificity to population differentiation remains poorly understood. We evaluated the factors associated with population differentiation in mistletoes of the Psittacanthus schiedeanus complex (Loranthaceae) in Mexico. We used genetic data from chloroplast sequences and nuclear microsatellites to study population genetic structure and tested its association with host preferences and climatic niche variables...
February 16, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203228/encapsulation-of-antifungals-in-micelles-protects-candida-albicans-during-gall-bladder-infection
#15
Shih-Hung Hsieh, Sascha Brunke, Matthias Brock
Candida albicans is a dimorphic fungus that colonizes human mucosal surfaces with the potential to cause life-threatening invasive candidiasis. Studies on systemic candidiasis in a murine infection model using in vivo real-time bioluminescence imaging revealed persistence of C. albicans in the gall bladder under antifungal therapy. Preliminary analyses showed that bile conferred resistance against a wide variety of antifungals enabling survival in this cryptic host niche. Here, bile and its components were studied for their ability to reduce antifungal efficacy in order to elucidate the underlying mechanism of protection...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203140/tamoxifen-activation-of-cre-recombinase-has-no-persisting-effects-on-adult-neurogenesis-or-learning-and-anxiety
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Peter Rotheneichner, Pasquale Romanelli, Lara Bieler, Sebastian Pagitsch, Pia Zaunmair, Christina Kreutzer, Richard König, Julia Marschallinger, Ludwig Aigner, Sébastien Couillard-Després
Adult neurogenesis is a tightly regulated process continuously taking place in the central nervous system of most mammalian species. In neuroscience research, transgenic animals bearing the tamoxifen-inducible CreER(T2)-Lox system are widely used. In this study, we made use of a Nestin-CreER(T2)/R26R-YFP transgenic mouse model in which the CreER(T2) activates the expression of YFP in multipotent neural stem cells upon tamoxifen application. Humoral factors, such as the levels of estrogens, have been reported to affect the hippocampal neurogenesis...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202531/the-role-of-megakaryocytes-in-breast-cancer-metastasis-to-bone
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Walter Jackson, Donna M Sosnoski, Sara E Ohanessian, Paige Chandler, Adam W Mobley, Kacey D Meisel, Andrea M Mastro
Little is known about how megakaryocytes affect metastasis apart from serving as the source of platelets. We noted an increase in the number of megakaryocytes in the femurs of metastases-bearing athymic mice four weeks following intracardiac inoculation of MDA-MB-231 human breast cancer cells. How did the megakaryocytes relate to the metastases? Did megakaryocytes prepare a niche or did they increase in response to metastases? To test these possibilities, we examined two models of experimental metastasis, intracardiac inoculation of human MDA-MB-231 into athymic mice, and intramammary injection of mouse tumor cells, 4T1...
February 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202520/evolution-of-cancer-stem-like-cells-in-endocrine-resistant-metastatic-breast-cancers-is-mediated-by-stromal-microvesicles
#18
Pasquale Sansone, Marjan Berishaj, Vinagolu K Rajasekhar, Claudio Ceccarelli, Qing Chang, Antonio Strillacci, Claudia Savini, Lauren Shapiro, Robert Bowman, Chiara Mastroleo, Sabrina De Carolis, Laura Daly, Alberto Benito-Martin, Fabiana Perna, Nicola Fabbri, John H Healey, Enzo Spisni, Monica Cricca, David Lyden, Massimiliano Bonafé, Jacqueline Bromberg
The hypothesis that microvesicle (MV)-mediated microRNA transfer converts non-cancer stem cells into cancer stem cells (CSCs) leading to therapy resistance remains poorly investigated. Here we provide direct evidence supporting this hypothesis, by demonstrating how MV derived from cancer associated fibroblasts (CAF) transfer miR-221 to promote hormonal therapy resistance (HTR) in models of luminal breast cancer. We determined that CAF-derived MV horizontally transferred miR221 to tumor cells and, in combination with hormone therapy activated an ERlo/Notchhi feed-forward loop responsible for the generation of CD133hi CSC...
February 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202459/il-4-cxcl12-loop-is-a-key-regulator-of-lymphoid-stroma-function-in-follicular-lymphoma
#19
Shubham Pandey, Frédéric Mourcin, Tony Marchand, Saba Nayar, Marion Guirriec, Céline Pangault, Céline Monvoisin, Patricia Amé-Thomas, Fabien Guilloton, Joelle Dulong, Mark Coles, Thierry Fest, Anja Mottok, Francesca Barone, Karin Tarte
Follicular lymphoma (FL) is the most frequent indolent lymphoma and is characterized by the accumulation of germinal center-derived malignant B cells engaged in a bidirectional crosstalk with their supportive microenvironment in invaded lymph nodes (LN) and bone marrow (BM). T follicular helper cells (TFH) and infiltrating stromal cells have been shown to favor FL B-cell growth but the mechanisms of their protumoral effect and how LN/BM microenvironment is converted into a lymphoma-permissive cell niche remain poorly understood...
February 15, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196956/amino-acid-catabolism-in-staphylococcus-aureus-and-the-function-of-carbon-catabolite-repression
#20
Cortney R Halsey, Shulei Lei, Jacqueline K Wax, Mckenzie K Lehman, Austin S Nuxoll, Laurey Steinke, Marat Sadykov, Robert Powers, Paul D Fey
Staphylococcus aureus must rapidly adapt to a variety of carbon and nitrogen sources during invasion of a host. Within a staphylococcal abscess, preferred carbon sources such as glucose are limiting, suggesting that S. aureus survives through the catabolism of secondary carbon sources. S. aureus encodes pathways to catabolize multiple amino acids, including those that generate pyruvate, 2-oxoglutarate, and oxaloacetate. To assess amino acid catabolism, S. aureus JE2 and mutants were grown in complete defined medium containing 18 amino acids but lacking glucose (CDM)...
February 14, 2017: MBio
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