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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542528/adaptation-of-candida-albicans-to-environmental-ph-induces-cell-wall-remodelling-and-enhances-innate-immune-recognition
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Sarah L Sherrington, Eleanor Sorsby, Nabeel Mahtey, Pizga Kumwenda, Megan D Lenardon, Ian Brown, Elizabeth R Ballou, Donna M MacCallum, Rebecca A Hall
Candida albicans is able to proliferate in environments that vary dramatically in ambient pH, a trait required for colonising niches such as the stomach, vaginal mucosal and the GI tract. Here we show that growth in acidic environments involves cell wall remodelling which results in enhanced chitin and β-glucan exposure at the cell wall periphery. Unmasking of the underlying immuno-stimulatory β-glucan in acidic environments enhanced innate immune recognition of C. albicans by macrophages and neutrophils, and induced a stronger proinflammatory cytokine response, driven through the C-type lectin-like receptor, Dectin-1...
May 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542244/a-quantitative-label-free-analysis-of-the-extracellular-proteome-of-human-supraspinatus-tendon-reveals-damage-to-the-pericellular-and-elastic-fibre-niches-in-torn-and-aged-tissue
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Osnat Hakimi, Nicola Ternette, Richard Murphy, Benedikt M Kessler, Andrew Carr
Tears of the human supraspinatus tendon are common and often cause painful and debilitating loss of function. Progressive failure of the tendon leading to structural abnormality and tearing is accompanied by numerous cellular and extra-cellular matrix (ECM) changes in the tendon tissue. This proteomics study aimed to compare torn and aged rotator cuff tissue to young and healthy tissue, and provide the first ECM inventory of human supraspinatus tendon generated using label-free quantitative LC-MS/MS. Employing two digestion protocols (trypsin and elastase), we analysed grain-sized tendon supraspinatus biopsies from older patients with torn tendons and from healthy, young controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539520/independent-evolution-of-baleen-whale-gigantism-linked-to-plio-pleistocene-ocean-dynamics
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Graham J Slater, Jeremy A Goldbogen, Nicholas D Pyenson
Vertebrates have evolved to gigantic sizes repeatedly over the past 250 Myr, reaching their extreme in today's baleen whales (Mysticeti). Hypotheses for the evolution of exceptionally large size in mysticetes range from niche partitioning to predator avoidance, but there has been no quantitative examination of body size evolutionary dynamics in this clade and it remains unclear when, why or how gigantism evolved. By fitting phylogenetic macroevolutionary models to a dataset consisting of living and extinct species, we show that mysticetes underwent a clade-wide shift in their mode of body size evolution during the Plio-Pleistocene...
May 31, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538812/climatically-mediated-landcover-change-impacts-on-brazilian-territory
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Marina Zanin, Geiziane Tessarolo, Nathália Machado, Ana Luisa M Albernaz
In the face of climate change threats, governments are drawing attention to policies for mitigating its effects on biodiversity. However, the lack of distribution data makes predictions at species level a difficult task, mainly in regions of higher biodiversity. To overcome this problem, we use native landcover as a surrogate biodiversity, because it can represent specialized habitat for species, and investigate the effects of future climate change on Brazilian biomes. We characterize the climatic niches of native landcover and use ecological niche modeling to predict the potential distribution under current and future climate scenarios...
May 22, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536585/exploring-niches-for-short-season-grain-legumes-in-semi-arid-eastern-kenya-coping-with-the-impacts-of-climate-variability
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Anne Sennhenn, Donald M G Njarui, Brigitte L Maass, Anthony M Whitbread
Climate variability is the major risk to agricultural production in semi-arid agroecosystems and the key challenge to sustain farm livelihoods for the 500 million people who inhabit these areas worldwide. Short-season grain legumes have great potential to address this challenge and help to design more resilient and productive farming systems. However, grain legumes display a great diversity and differ widely in growth, development, and resource use efficiency. Three contrasting short season grain legumes common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536565/piecewise-structural-equation-model-sem-disentangles-the-environmental-conditions-favoring-diatom-diazotroph-associations-ddas-in-the-western-tropical-north-atlantic-wtna
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Marcus Stenegren, Carlo Berg, Cory C Padilla, Stefan-Sebastian David, Joseph P Montoya, Patricia L Yager, Rachel A Foster
Diatom diazotroph associations (DDAs) are important components in the world's oceans, especially in the western tropical north Atlantic (WTNA), where blooms have a significant impact on carbon and nitrogen cycling. However, drivers of their abundances and distribution patterns remain unknown. Here, we examined abundance and distribution patterns for two DDA populations in relation to the Amazon River (AR) plume in the WTNA. Quantitative PCR assays, targeting two DDAs (het-1 and het-2) by their symbiont's nifH gene, served as input in a piecewise structural equation model (SEM)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536561/differences-in-microbiota-membership-along-the-gastrointestinal-tract-of-piglets-and-their-differential-alterations-following-an-early-life-antibiotic-intervention
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Chunlong Mu, Yuxiang Yang, Yong Su, Erwin G Zoetendal, Weiyun Zhu
Early-life antibiotic interventions can change the predisposition to disease by disturbing the gut microbiota. However, the impact of antibiotics on gut microbiota in the gastrointestinal tract is not completely understood, although antibiotic-induced alterations in the distal gut have been reported. Here, employing a piglet model, the microbial composition was analyzed by high-throughput 16S rRNA gene sequencing and PICRUSt predictions of metagenome function. The present study showed clear spatial variation of microbial communities in the stomach and intestine, and found that the administration of antibiotics (a mixture of olaquindox, oxytetracycline calcium, kitasamycin) in early life caused markedly differential alterations in the compartmentalized microbiota, with major alterations in their spatial variation in the lumen of the stomach and small intestine...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536321/-disruption-of-gut-immune-system-caused-by-damage-of-intestinal-stem-cells-and-their-niche-in-graft-versus-host-disease-after-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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Eiko Hayase, Takanori Teshima
Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation(allo-SCT)is curative therapy for various hematological diseases. Graft-versus-host disease(GVHD)and infection remain the main problems in allo-SCT. Gastrointestinal tract is targeted by GVHD. In intestinal GVHD, intestinal stem cells and Paneth cells reside at the base of crypts are damaged by donor T cells. These damage leads to disruption of intestinal mucosal barrier and intestinal dysbiosis, resulting in more exaggerated GVHD. Recently, we and others have reported that R-Spondin1 and interleukin-22 as factors regenerated intestinal tissue homeostasis in murine model of bone marrow transplantation...
2017: Clinical Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536277/3d-mathematical-modeling-of-glioblastoma-suggests-that-transdifferentiated-vascular-endothelial-cells-mediate-resistance-to-current-standard-of-care-therapy
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Huaming Yan, Mónica Romero-López, Lesly I Benitez, Kaijun Di, Hermann B Frieboes, Christopher C W Hughes, Daniela A Bota, John S Lowengrub
Glioblastoma (GBM), the most aggressive brain tumor in human patients, is decidedly heterogeneous and highly vascularized. Glioma stem/initiating cells (GSC) are found to play a crucial role by increasing cancer aggressiveness and promoting resistance to therapy. Recently, crosstalk between GSC and vascular endothelial cells has been shown to significantly promote GSC self-renewal and tumor progression. Further, GSC also transdifferentiate into bona-fide vascular endothelial cells (GEC), which inherit mutations present in GSC and are resistant to traditional anti-angiogenic therapies...
May 23, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536035/seasonality-can-induce-coexistence-of-multiple-bet-hedging-strategies-in-dictyostelium-discoideum-via-storage-effect
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Ricardo Martínez-García, Corina E Tarnita
The social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum has been recently suggested as an example of bet-hedging in microbes. In the presence of resources, amoebae reproduce as unicellular organisms. Resource depletion, however, leads to a starvation phase in which the population splits between aggregators, which form a fruiting body made of a stalk and resistant spores, and non-aggregators, which remain as vegetative cells. Spores are favored when starvation periods are long, but vegetative cells can exploit resources in environments where food replenishes quickly...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534283/cell-type-specific-extracellular-matrix-guided-the-differentiation-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-3d-polymeric-scaffolds
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Yong Mao, Tyler Hoffman, Amy Wu, Ritu Goyal, Joachim Kohn
The tissue microenvironment has profound effects on tissue-specific regeneration. The 3-dimensional extracellular matrix (ECM) niche influences the linage-specific differentiation of stem cells in tissue. To understand how ECM guides tissue-specific regeneration, we established a series of 3D composite scaffolds containing ECMs derived from different primary cells isolated from a single animal species and assessed their impact on the differentiation of human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs). Synthetic microfiber scaffolds (fiber mats) were fabricated by electrospinning tyrosine-derived polycarbonates (pDTEC)...
July 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534273/tauroursodeoxycholic-acid-enhances-mitochondrial-biogenesis-neural-stem-cell-pool-and-early-neurogenesis-in-adult-rats
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Rita Soares, Filipa F Ribeiro, Sara Xapelli, Tânia Genebra, Maria F Ribeiro, Ana M Sebastião, Cecília M P Rodrigues, Susana Solá
Although neurogenesis occurs in restricted regions of the adult mammalian brain, neural stem cells (NSCs) produce very few neurons during ageing or after injury. We have recently discovered that the endogenous bile acid tauroursodeoxycholic acid (TUDCA), a strong inhibitor of mitochondrial apoptosis and a neuroprotective in animal models of neurodegenerative disorders, also enhances NSC proliferation, self-renewal, and neuronal conversion by improving mitochondrial integrity and function of NSCs. In the present study, we explore the effect of TUDCA on regulation of NSC fate in neurogenic niches, the subventricular zone (SVZ) of the lateral ventricles and the hippocampal dentate gyrus (DG), using rat postnatal neurospheres and adult rats exposed to the bile acid...
May 22, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533976/phylogenetic-climatic-niche-conservatism-and-evolution-of-climatic-suitability-in-neotropical-angraecinae-vandeae-orchidaceae-and-their-closest-african-relatives
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Marta Kolanowska, Elżbieta Grochocka, Kamil Konowalik
In the present study we investigate the concept of phylogenetic niche conservatism (PNC) within the American species of angraecoid orchids (Campylocentrum and Dendrophylax) and their closest relatives in the Old World (Angraecum) using ecological niche modelling (ENM). The predicted niche occupancy profiles were matched with the outcomes of previous phylogenetic studies to reconstruct the evolution of climatic suitability within the orchid group studied and evaluate the role of niche differentiation in the speciation of Angraecinae...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532845/characterization-of-undifferentiated-spermatogonia-and-the-spermatogonial-niche-in-the-lambari-fish-astyanax-altiparanae
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Marília de Paiva Camargo, Mônica Cassel, Lázaro Wender Oliveira de Jesus, Rafael Henrique Nóbrega, Maria Inês Borella
Undifferentiated type A spermatogonia are the foundation of fish spermatogenesis. This cell population includes the spermatogonial stem cell population, which is able to either self-renew or differentiate into cells that will generate the male gamete - the spermatozoa. Spermatogonia stem cells are located in a specific region of the testes known as the spermatogonial niche, which regulates spermatogonial stem cell function. This study characterizes undifferentiated type A spermatogonia and their S-phase label-retaining cell properties in Astyanax altiparanae testes...
July 1, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531184/bacarena-individual-based-metabolic-modeling-of-heterogeneous-microbes-in-complex-communities
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Eugen Bauer, Johannes Zimmermann, Federico Baldini, Ines Thiele, Christoph Kaleta
Recent advances focusing on the metabolic interactions within and between cellular populations have emphasized the importance of microbial communities for human health. Constraint-based modeling, with flux balance analysis in particular, has been established as a key approach for studying microbial metabolism, whereas individual-based modeling has been commonly used to study complex dynamics between interacting organisms. In this study, we combine both techniques into the R package BacArena (https://cran.r-project...
May 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530167/biofilm-community-succession-a-neutral-perspective
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Stephen Woodcock, William T Sloan
Although biofilms represent one of the dominant forms of life in aqueous environments, our understanding of the assembly and development of their microbial communities remains relatively poor. In recent years, several studies have addressed this and have extended the concepts of succession theory in classical ecology into microbial systems. From these datasets, niche-based conceptual models have been developed explaining observed biodiversity patterns and their dynamics. These models have not, however, been formulated mathematically and so remain untested...
May 22, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529154/habitat-heterogeneity-hypothesis-and-edge-effects-in-model-metacommunities-marked-manuscript
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Michaela Hamm, Barbara Drossel
Spatial heterogeneity is an inherent property of any living environment and is expected to favour biodiversity due to a broader niche space. Furthermore, edges between different habitats can provide additional possibilities for species coexistence. Using computer simulations, this study examines metacommunities consisting of several trophic levels in heterogeneous environments in order to explore the above hypotheses on a community level. We model heterogeneous landscapes by using two different sized resource pools and evaluate the combined effect of dispersal and heterogeneity on local and regional species diversity...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528650/the-role-of-intermetal-competition-and-mis-metalation-in-metal-toxicity
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Anna Barwinska-Sendra, Kevin J Waldron
The metals manganese, iron, cobalt, nickel, copper and zinc are essential for almost all bacteria, but their precise metal requirements vary by species, by ecological niche and by growth condition. Bacteria thus must acquire each of these essential elements in sufficient quantity to satisfy their cellular demand, but in excess these same elements are toxic. Metal toxicity has been exploited by humanity for centuries, and by the mammalian immune system for far longer, yet the mechanisms by which these elements cause toxicity to bacteria are not fully understood...
2017: Advances in Microbial Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525610/searching-for-clues-for-eighteen-years-deciphering-the-ecological-determinants-of-cryptococcus-gattii-on-vancouver-island-british-columbia
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Emily Sohanna Acheson, Eleni Galanis, Karen Bartlett, Sunny Mak, Brian Klinkenberg
Cryptococcus gattii emerged on Vancouver Island in 1999 for unknown reasons, causing human and animal fatalities and illness. The apparent emergence of this fungus in another temperate area, this time in the Pacific Northwest, suggests the fungus may have expanded its ecological niche. Yet studies that directly examine the potential roles of climatic and land use changes on C. gattii are still lacking. We aim to summarize the existing global literature on the ecology of C. gattii, with particular focus on the gap in knowledge surrounding the potential effects of climatic and land use changes...
May 19, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523139/an-overview-of-the-use-of-artificial-neural-networks-in-lung-cancer-research
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EDITORIAL
Luca Bertolaccini, Piergiorgio Solli, Alessandro Pardolesi, Antonello Pasini
The artificial neural networks (ANNs) are statistical models where the mathematical structure reproduces the biological organisation of neural cells simulating the learning dynamics of the brain. Although definitions of the term ANN could vary, the term usually refers to a neural network used for non-linear statistical data modelling. The neural models applied today in various fields of medicine, such as oncology, do not aim to be biologically realistic in detail but just efficient models for nonlinear regression or classification...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
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