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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088010/challenges-and-opportunities-for-improving-food-quality-and-nutrition-through-plant-biotechnology
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REVIEW
David Francis, John J Finer, Erich Grotewold
Plant biotechnology has been around since the advent of humankind, resulting in tremendous improvements in plant cultivation through crop domestication, breeding and selection. The emergence of transgenic approaches involving the introduction of defined DNA sequences into plants by humans has rapidly changed the surface of our planet by further expanding the gene pool used by plant breeders for plant improvement. Transgenic approaches in food plants have raised concerns on the merits, social implications, ecological risks and true benefits of plant biotechnology...
January 11, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087770/article-discoveries
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Anke Konrad, Owen Thompson, Robert H Waterston, Donald G Moerman, Peter D Keightley, Ulfar Bergthorsson, Vaishali Katju
Mitochondrial genomes of metazoans, given their elevated rates of evolution, have served as pivotal markers for phylogeographic studies and recent phylogenetic events. In order to determine the dynamics of spontaneous mitochondrial mutations in small populations in the absence and presence of selection, we evolved mutation accumulation (MA) lines of Caenorhabditis elegans in parallel over 409 consecutive generations at three varying population sizes of N = 1, 10 and 100 hermaphrodites. The N =1 populations should have a minimal influence of natural selection to provide the spontaneous mutation rate and the expected rate of neutral evolution, whereas larger population sizes should experience increasing intensity of selection...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087691/imaging-proteins-at-the-single-molecule-level
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Jean-Nicolas Longchamp, Stephan Rauschenbach, Sabine Abb, Conrad Escher, Tatiana Latychevskaia, Klaus Kern, Hans-Werner Fink
Imaging single proteins has been a long-standing ambition for advancing various fields in natural science, as for instance structural biology, biophysics, and molecular nanotechnology. In particular, revealing the distinct conformations of an individual protein is of utmost importance. Here, we show the imaging of individual proteins and protein complexes by low-energy electron holography. Samples of individual proteins and protein complexes on ultraclean freestanding graphene were prepared by soft-landing electrospray ion beam deposition, which allows chemical- and conformational-specific selection and gentle deposition...
January 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087587/association-between-dietary-intake-and-school-valued-outcomes-a-scoping-review
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H S K Chan, C Knight, M Nicholson
Approximately one in four Australian children aged 5-17 years are overweight or obese. Most of the health effects of overweight and obesity in childhood do not eventuate until into adulthood; therefore, motivation for children to have a healthy diet may be low. This scoping review examined the literature for associations between diet quality in 5-18 year olds and 'school-valued' outcomes including student attendance, academic performance, behaviour at school and mental health. A literature search for studies that assessed dietary intake and at least one 'school-valued' outcome in schoolchildren, in highly developed countries was conducted...
January 13, 2017: Health Education Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087440/an-overlooked-horticultural-crop-smyrnium-olusatrum-as-a-potential-source-of-compounds-effective-against-african-trypanosomiasis
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Riccardo Petrelli, Farahnaz Ranjbarian, Stefano Dall'Acqua, Fabrizio Papa, Romilde Iannarelli, Stephane L Ngahang Kamte, Sauro Vittori, Giovanni Benelli, Filippo Maggi, Anders Hofer, Loredana Cappellacci
Among natural products, sesquiterpenes have showed promising inhibitory effects against bloodstream forms of Trypanosoma brucei, the protozoan parasite causing the human African trypanosomiasis (HAT). Smyrnium olusatrum (Apiaceae), also known as Alexanders or wild celery, is a neglected horticultural crop characterized by oxygenated sesquiterpenes containing a furan ring. In the present work we explored the potential of its essential oils obtained from different organs and the main oxygenated sesquiterpenes, namely isofuranodiene, germacrone and β-acetoxyfuranoeudesm-4(15)-ene, as inhibitors of Trypanosoma brucei...
January 10, 2017: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087272/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-5-1h-indol-3-yl-n-aryl-1-3-4-oxadiazol-2-amines-as-bcl-2-inhibitory-anticancer-agents
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Rania Hamdy, Noha I Ziedan, Samia Ali, Cinzia Bordoni, Mohamed El-Sadek, Elsaid Lashin, Andrea Brancale, Arwyn T Jones, Andrew D Westwell
A series of 5-(1H-indol-3-yl)-N-aryl-1,3,4-oxadiazol-2-amines 8a-j has been designed, synthesized and tested in vitro as potential pro-apoptotic Bcl-2-inhibitory anticancer agents based on our previous lead compound 8a. Synthesis of the target compounds was readily accomplished through a cyclisation reaction between indole-3-carboxylic acid hydrazide (5) and substituted isothiocyanates 6a-j, followed by oxidative cyclodesulfurization of the corresponding thiosemicarbazide 7a-j using 1,3-dibromo-5,5-dimethylhydantoin...
December 27, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087257/calcium-regulates-cell-death-in-cancer-roles-of-the-mitochondria-and-mitochondria-associated-membranes-mams
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REVIEW
Alberto Danese, Simone Patergnani, Massimo Bonora, Mariusz R Wieckowski, Maurizio Previati, Carlotta Giorgi, Paolo Pinton
Until 1972, the term 'apoptosis' was used to differentiate the programmed cell death that naturally occurs in organismal development from the acute tissue death referred to as necrosis. Many studies on cell death and programmed cell death have been published and most are, at least to some degree, related to cancer. Some key proteins and molecular pathways implicated in cell death have been analyzed, whereas others are still being actively researched; therefore, an increasing number of cellular compartments and organelles are being implicated in cell death and cancer...
January 10, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086941/diversity-in-breeding-sites-and-distribution-of-anopheles-mosquitoes-in-selected-urban-areas-of-southern-ghana
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Precious A Dzorgbe Mattah, Godfred Futagbi, Leonard K Amekudzi, Memuna M Mattah, Dziedzorm K de Souza, Worlasi D Kartey-Attipoe, Langbong Bimi, Michael D Wilson
BACKGROUND: Anopheles vectors of malaria are supposedly less common in urban areas as a result of pollution, but there is increasing evidence of their adaptation to organically polluted water bodies. This study characterized the breeding habitats of Anopheles mosquitoes in the two major urban areas in southern Ghana; Accra (AMA) and Sekondi-Takoradi (STMA) Metropolitan Areas, during dry and wet seasons. METHODS: Anopheles mosquito larvae were sampled using standard dipping methods to determine larval densities...
January 13, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086816/rationale-description-and-baseline-findings-of-a-community-based-prospective-cohort-study-of-kidney-function-amongst-the-young-rural-population-of-northwest-nicaragua
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Marvin González-Quiroz, Armando Camacho, Dorien Faber, Aurora Aragón, Catharina Wesseling, Jason Glaser, Jennifer Le Blond, Liam Smeeth, Dorothea Nitsch, Neil Pearce, Ben Caplin
BACKGROUND: An epidemic of Mesoamerican Nephropathy (MeN) is killing thousands of agricultural workers along the Pacific coast of Central America, but the natural history and aetiology of the disease remain poorly understood. We have recently commenced a community-based longitudinal study to investigate Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in Nicaragua. Although logistically challenging, study designs of this type have the potential to provide important insights that other study designs cannot...
January 13, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081277/comparative-genomic-hybridization-analysis-of-rice-dwarf-mutants-induced-by-gamma-irradiation
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J E Hwang, S-H Kim, I J Jung, S M Han, J-W Ahn, S-J Kwon, S H Kim, S-Y Kang, D S Kim, J-B Kim
Comparative genomic hybridization (CGH) is a powerful tool used to analyze changes in copy number, polymorphisms, and structural variations in the genome. Gene copy number variation (CNV) is a common form of natural diversity in the genome, which can create new genes and alter gene structure. Thus, CNVs may influence phenotypic variation and gene expression. In this study, to detect CNVs, we irradiated rice seeds with gamma rays (300 Gy) and selected two dwarf mutagenized plants, GA-III-189 and -1052, in the M3 generation...
December 23, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081272/individual-plasticity-of-the-shade-response-of-the-invasive-solidago-canadensis-in-china
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Leshan Du, Haiyan Liu, Ming Yan, Junmin Li, Junsheng Li
To evaluate the population variation, individual plasticity, and local adaptability of Solidago canadensis in response to shade treatment, we conducted a common pots experiment with a total of 150 ramets (5 genets, 15 populations, and 2 treatments) subjected to both control (natural light) and shady treatment (10% of natural light). Shade treatment significantly reduced growth and content of defense metabolites in S. canadensis. Compared to control, shading led to increased height, decreased basal diameter, increased leaf width, increased leaf length, increased chlorophyll content, stronger photosynthetic rate (Pn), stronger stomatal conductance (gs), and lower root to shoot ratio...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081241/cd25-cd127-foxp3-cells-represent-a-major-subpopulation-of-cd8-t-cells-in-the-eye-chambers-of-normal-mice
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Tomasz Maślanka, Natalia Ziółkowska, Hubert Ziółkowski, Joanna Małaczewska
The aim of this study has been to determine whether eye chambers constitute part of the normal migratory pathway of naive CD4+ and CD8+ T cells in mouse and if natural CD4+CD25+Foxp3+ and CD8+CD25+Foxp3+ regulatory T cells are present within these eye compartments. To this aim, the cells obtained from aqueous humor (AH) of normal mice were phenotyped in terms of the expression CD4, CD8, CD25, CD127 and transcription factor Foxp3. The mean percentage of CD8+ T cells in the total AH lymphocyte population was as high as 28...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081060/erratum-vol-65-nos-50-51
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In the report "Increases in Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths - United States, 2010-2015" in both "TABLE 1. Number and age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths* involving natural and semisynthetic opioids(†) and methadone,(§,¶) by sex, age group, race/ethnicity,** U.S. Census region, and selected states(††) - United States, 2014 and 2015," and in "TABLE 2. Number and age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths* involving synthetic opioids other than methadone(†) and heroin,(§,¶) by sex, age group, race/ethnicity,** U...
January 13, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080057/identification-of-binding-modes-for-amino-naphthalene-2-cyanoacrylate-anca-probes-to-amyloid-fibrils-from-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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Huan He, Juan Xu, Dan-Yang Cheng, Li Fu, Yu-Shu Ge, Feng-Lei Jiang, Yi Liu
Amino naphthalene 2-Cyanoacrylate (ANCA) probe is a kind of fluorescent amyloid binding probe that can report a different fluorescence emission when bound to different types of amyloid deposits in tissue, while their interactions with amyloid fibrils remain unclear due to the insoluble nature of amyloid fibrils. Here, all atom molecular dynamics simulations were used to investigate the interaction between ANCA probes with three different amyloid fibrils. Two common binding modes of ANCA probes on Aβ40 amyloid fibrils were identified by cluster analysis of multiple simulations...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079964/bab-random-c-monomer-sequence-via-radical-terpolymerization-of-limonene%C3%A2-a-maleimide%C3%A2-b-and-methacrylate%C3%A2-c-terpene-polymers-with-randomly-distributed-periodic-sequences
#15
Masataka Ojika, Kotaro Satoh, Masami Kamigaito
A naturally abundant terpene, limonene (A), was radically polymerized with a maleimide derivative (B) and methacrylate (C) in a fluorinated alcohol to give terpolymers with unprecedented BAB-random-C sequences in which the BAB monomer sequence was randomly copolymerized with a C unit. In each binary system, limonene was hardly copolymerized with methacrylate while it was efficiently copolymerized with maleimide to result in a 1:2-alternating BAB periodic sequence, in part due to the penultimate effects and hydrogen-bonding interactions with fluoroalcohol...
January 12, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079908/hot-off-the-press
#16
Robert A Hill, Andrew Sutherland
A personal selection of 32 recent papers is presented covering various aspects of current developments in bioorganic chemistry and novel natural products such as hitorin A from Chloranthus japonicus.
January 12, 2017: Natural Product Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079400/dysphagia-therapy-post-stroke-an-exploration-of-the-practices-and-clinical-decision-making-of-speech-language-pathologists-in-australia
#17
Olivia Jones, Jade Cartwright, Anne Whitworth, Naomi Cocks
PURPOSE: A variety of dysphagia management options are available for the treatment of dysphagia following a stroke, however, it is unknown which of these approaches are most commonly utilised by Australian speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and whether particular factors influence decision-making. METHOD: The aim of this study was to investigate, through an online survey, the treatment practices of SLPs in Australia for the treatment of dysphagia post-stroke and identify the factors influencing treatment decisions...
January 12, 2017: International Journal of Speech-language Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079286/design-synthesis-biological-evaluation-and-3d-qsar-analysis-of-podophyllotoxin-dioxazole-combination-as-tubulin-targeting-anticancer-agents
#18
Zi-Zhen Wang, Wen-Xue Sun, Xue Wang, Ya-Han Zhang, Han-Yue Qiu, Jin-Liang Qi, Yan-Jun Pang, Gui-Hua Lu, Xiao-Ming Wang, Fu-Gen Yu, Yong-Hua Yang
The advancement of cancer fighting drugs has never been a simple linear process. Those drugs design professionals begin to find inspiration from the nature after failing to find the ideal products by creative drugs design and high-throughput screening. To obtain new molecules for inhibiting tubulin, podophyllotoxin was adopted as the leading compound and 1,3,4-oxadiazole was brought in to the C-4 site of podophyllotoxin in this research. A series of seventeen podophyllotoxin derived esters have been achieved and then evaluated their antitumor activities against four different cancer cell lines: A549, MCF-7, HepG2 and HeLa...
January 12, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078840/mast-cell-and-cancer-with-special-emphasis-on-il-37-an-anti-inflammatory-and-inhibitor-of-innate-immunity-new-frontiers
#19
F Carinci, G Lessiani, E Spinas, S K Kritas, G Ronconi, Al Caraffa, P Conti
Mast cells (MCs) are mediators of allergy and inflammation and participate in the growth of cancer cells. MCs can promote both neoangiogenesis and tumor growth. They increase in the stroma of certain tumors where they can be recruited by tumor-derived chemoattractants, such as monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1), RANTES and stem cell factor (SCF) to selectively secrete inflammatory molecules including chemical mediators and cytokines (TNF, IL-6 and IL-1). However, MC differentiation pathways and heterogeneity in cancer are still poorly understood...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078499/carbonaceous-chondrite-meteorites-the-chronicle-of-a-potential-evolutionary-path-between-stars-and-life
#20
Sandra Pizzarello, Everett Shock
The biogenic elements, H, C, N, O, P and S, have a long cosmic history, whose evolution can still be observed in diverse locales of the known universe, from interstellar clouds of gas and dust, to pre-stellar cores, nebulas, protoplanetary discs, planets and planetesimals. The best analytical window into this cosmochemical evolution as it neared Earth has been provided so far by the small bodies of the Solar System, some of which were not significantly altered by the high gravitational pressures and temperatures that accompanied the formation of larger planets and may carry a pristine record of early nebular chemistry...
January 11, 2017: Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere
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