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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340398/proteomics-analysis-of-maize-zea-mays-l-grain-based-on-itraq-reveals-molecular-mechanisms-of-poor-grain-filling-in-inferior-grains
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Tao Yu, Geng Li, Peng Liu, Shuting Dong, Jiwang Zhang, Bin Zhao
In maize, inferior grains (IG) located on the upper part of the ear have poor grain filling process compared to superior grains (SG) located on the middle and lower parts of the ear. This difference limits satisfactory yield and quality; however, the underlying molecular mechanisms remain unknown. Here, using the isobaric tag for relative and absolute quantification (iTRAQ) technology, the proteomes of IG and SG during early and middle grain filling stages were investigated. In total, 4720 proteins were identified in maize grain and 305 differentially accumulated proteins (DiAPs) were detected between IG and SG...
March 11, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339869/alcohol-induces-cellular-senescence-and-impairs-osteogenic-potential-in-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#2
Xi Chen, Mao Li, Jinku Yan, Tao Liu, Guoqing Pan, Huilin Yang, Ming Pei, Fan He
Aims: Chronic and excessive alcohol consumption is a high-risk factor for osteoporosis. Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BM-MSCs) play an important role in bone formation; however, they are vulnerable to ethanol (EtOH). The purpose of this research was to investigate whether EtOH could induce premature senescence in BM-MSCs and subsequently impair their osteogenic potential. Methods: Human BM-MSCs were exposed to EtOH ranging from 10 to 250 mM. Senescence-associated β-galactosidase (SA-β-gal) activity, cell cycle distribution, cell proliferation and reactive oxygen species (ROS) were evaluated...
February 25, 2017: Alcohol and Alcoholism: International Journal of the Medical Council on Alcoholism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339862/a-new-insight-into-the-evolution-and-functional-divergence-of-sweet-transporters-in-chinese-white-pear-pyrus-bretschneideri
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Jiaming Li, Mengfan Qin, Xin Qiao, Yinsheng Cheng, Xiaolong Li, Huping Zhang, Jun Wu
SWEET genes are a recently identified plant gene family that play an indispensable role in sugar efflux. However, no systematic study has been performed in pear. In this research, 18 SWEET transporters identified in pear, almost twice the number found in woodland strawberry and Japanese apricot, were divided into four clades. Conserved motifs and six exons of the SWEET transporters were found in six species. SWEET transporters contained seven transmembrane segments (TMSs) that evolved from an internal duplication of an ancestral three-TMSs unit, connected by TMS4...
March 1, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339756/molecular-diagnosis-of-pneumocystis-pneumonia-in-dogs
#4
Patrizia Danesi, Silvia Ravagnan, Lynelle R Johnson, Tommaso Furlanello, Adelaide Milani, Patricia Martin, Susan Boyd, Matthew Best, Bradley Galgut, Peter Irwin, Paul J Canfield, Mark B Krockenberger, Catriona Halliday, Wieland Meyer, Richard Malik
Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) is a life-threatening fungal disease that can occur in dogs. The aim of this study was to provide a preliminary genetic characterisation of Pneumocystis carinii f.sp.'canis' (P. canis) in dogs and thereby develop a reliable molecular protocol to definitively diagnose canine PCP. We investigated P. canis in a variety of lung specimens from dogs with confirmed or strongly suspected PCP (Group 1, n = 16), dogs with non-PCP lower respiratory tract problems (Group 2, n = 65) and dogs not suspected of having PCP or other lower respiratory diseases (Group 3, n = 11)...
February 23, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339716/prevalence-antimicrobial-resistance-and-genetic-diversity-of-campylobacter-coli-and-campylobacter-jejuni-in-ecuadorian-broilers-at-slaughter-age
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Christian Vinueza-Burgos, Magali Wautier, Delphine Martiny, Marco Cisneros, Inge Van Damme, Lieven De Zutter
Thermotolerant Campylobacter spp. are a major cause of foodborne gastrointestinal infections worldwide. The linkage of human campylobacteriosis and poultry has been widely described. In this study we aimed to investigate the prevalence, antimicrobial resistance and genetic diversity of C. coli and C. jejuni in broilers from Ecuador. Caecal content from 379 randomly selected broiler batches originating from 115 farms were collected from 6 slaughterhouses located in the province of Pichincha during 1 year. Microbiological isolation was performed by direct plating on mCCDA agar...
February 21, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339608/inhibition-of-arachidonate-15-lipoxygenase-prevents-4-hydroxynonenal-induced-protein-damage-in-male-germ-cells%C3%A2
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Elizabeth G Bromfield, Bettina P Mihalas, Matthew D Dun, R John Aitken, Eileen A McLaughlin, Jessica L H Walters, Brett Nixon
Lipid peroxidation products, such as 4-hydroxynonenal (4HNE), are causative agents responsible for extensive protein damage within the male and female germlines. Recently, we have demonstrated that 4HNE production can initiate the proteolytic degradation of the molecular chaperone Heat Shock Protein A2 (HSPA2) in male germ cells. These events may be partially responsible for HSPA2 deficiency in the spermatozoa of patients that repeatedly fail in vitro fertilization. Given this, mechanisms that limit the production of 4HNE will be highly advantageous for the preservation of male fertility...
February 2, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339501/mapping-global-biodiversity-connections-with-dna-barcodes-lepidoptera-of-pakistan
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Muhammad Ashfaq, Saleem Akhtar, Muhammad Athar Rafi, Shahid Mansoor, Paul D N Hebert
Sequences from the DNA barcode region of the mitochondrial COI gene are an effective tool for specimen identification and for the discovery of new species. The Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD) (www.boldsystems.org) currently hosts 4.5 million records from animals which have been assigned to more than 490,000 different Barcode Index Numbers (BINs), which serve as a proxy for species. Because a fourth of these BINs derive from Lepidoptera, BOLD has a strong capability to both identify specimens in this order and to support studies of faunal overlap...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339479/mouse-newborn-cells-allow-highly-productive-mouse-cytomegalovirus-replication-constituting-a-novel-convenient-primary-cell-culture-system
#8
Vu Thuy Khanh Le-Trilling, Mirko Trilling
Mammalian cell culture is indispensable for most aspects of current biomedical research. Immortalized cell lines are very convenient, but transforming principles (e.g. oncogenic viruses or their oncogenes) can heavily influence the experimental outcome. Primary cells do not share this apparent disadvantage but are more laborious to generate. Certain viruses (e.g. mouse cytomegalovirus) do not replicate efficiently in most transformed cell lines. In the past, such viruses have been routinely propagated on primary mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEF) established around day 17 (d17) of gestation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339472/vector-status-of-aedes-species-determines-geographical-risk-of-autochthonous-zika-virus-establishment
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Lauren Gardner, Nan Chen, Sahotra Sarkar
BACKGROUND: The 2015-16 Zika virus pandemic originating in Latin America led to predictions of a catastrophic global spread of the disease. Since the current outbreak began in Brazil in May 2015 local transmission of Zika has been reported in over 60 countries and territories, with over 750 thousand confirmed and suspected cases. As a result of its range expansion attention has focused on possible modes of transmission, of which the arthropod vector-based disease spread cycle involving Aedes species is believed to be the most important...
March 24, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339132/formation-of-endohedral-metallofullerene-emf-ions-of-mnc2m-m%C3%A2-%C3%A2-la-y-n%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-6-50%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-2%C3%A2-m%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-194-in-the-laser-ablation-process-with-graphene-as-precursor
#10
Xianglei Kong, Xiaodi Bao
RATIONALE: Graphene has been found to be a versatile precursor for the generation of mono-endohedral metallofullerenes (EMFs) of alkali and alkali earth metal atoms. Thus, it is important to investigate whether graphene is also a good precursor for the generation of EMFs including multi-metal atoms or some transition metal atoms. METHODS: Experiments were performed on a 7.0 T Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FT ICR) mass spectrometer. Laser ablation mass spectra were obtained by laser irradiation on mixtures of graphene and LaCl3 , YCl3 or HAuCl4 on a stainless steel plate...
March 24, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339123/desolution-of-cd-and-cb-macrocycles
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Jade A McCune, Susanna Kunz, Magdalena Olesińska, Oren A Scherman
Supramolecular chemistry utilizing the macrocyclic hosts cyclodextrins (CDs) and cucurbit[n]urils (CB[n]s) is traditionally carried out in aqueous media, however, their solubility is typically poor, especially the family of cucurbit[n]urils. Through derivitization of these macrocycles their solubility can be augmented to enable enhanced solubility in water and in some organic solvents. The increase in solubility of these derivitized macrocycles allows for their use in a wider range of chemical environments and giving rise to myriad potential applications...
March 24, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338988/phylogenetics-of-lophotrochozoan-bhlh-genes-and-the-evolution-of-lineage-specific-gene-duplicates
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Yongbo Bao, Fei Xu, Sebastian M Shimeld
The gain and loss of genes encoding transcription factors is of importance to understanding the evolution of gene regulatory complexity. The basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) genes encode a large superfamily of transcription factors. We systematically classify the bHLH genes from five mollusc, two annelid and one brachiopod genomes, tracing the pattern of bHLH gene evolution across these poorly-studied Phyla. 56 to 88 bHLH genes were identified in each genome, with most identifiable as members of previously described bilaterian families, or of new families we define...
March 11, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338964/relationship-between-fine-root-exudation-and-respiration-of-two-quercus-species-in-a-japanese-temperate-forest
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Lijuan Sun, Mioko Ataka, Yuji Kominami, Kenichi Yoshimura
Plants allocate a considerable amount of carbon (C) to fine roots as respiration and exudation. Fine-root exudation could stimulate microbial activity, which further contributes to soil heterotrophic respiration. Although both root respiration and exudation are important components of belowground C cycling, how they relate to each other is less well known. In this study, we aimed to explore this relationship on mature trees growing in the field. The measurements were performed on two canopy species, Quercus serrata Thunb...
March 17, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338931/evolutionary-dynamics-of-pathoadaptation-revealed-by-three-independent-acquisitions-of-the-virb-d4-type-iv-secretion-system-in-bartonella
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Alexander Harms, Francisca H I D Segers, Maxime Quebatte, Claudia Mistl, Pablo Manfredi, Jonas Körner, Bruno B Chomel, Michael Kosoy, Soichi Maruyama, Philipp Engel, Christoph Dehio
The α-proteobacterial genus Bartonella comprises a group of ubiquitous mammalian pathogens that are studied as a model for the evolution of bacterial pathogenesis. Vast abundance of two particular phylogenetic lineages of Bartonella had been linked to enhanced host adaptability enabled by lineage-specific acquisition of a VirB/D4 type IV secretion system (T4SS) and parallel evolution of complex effector repertoires. However, the limited availability of genome sequences from one of those lineages as well as other, remote branches of Bartonella has so far hampered comprehensive understanding of how the VirB/D4 T4SS and its effectors called Beps have shaped Bartonella evolution...
March 7, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338834/comparative-genomics-of-microsporidian-genomes-reveals-a-minimal-non-coding-rna-set-and-new-insights-for-transcription-in-minimal-eukaryotic-genomes
#15
Abdel Belkorchia, Jean-François Pombert, Valérie Polonais, Nicolas Parisot, Frédéric Delbac, Jean-François Brugère, Pierre Peyret, Christine Gaspin, Eric Peyretaillade
Microsporidia are ubiquitous intracellular pathogens whose opportunistic nature led to their increased recognition with the rise of the AIDS pandemic. As the RNA world was largely unexplored in this parasitic lineage, we developed a dedicated in silico methodology to carry out exhaustive identification of ncRNAs across the Encephalitozoon and Nosema genera. Thus, the previously missing U1 small nuclear RNA (snRNA) and small nucleolar RNAs (snoRNAs) targeting only the LSU rRNA were highlighted and were further validated using 5' and 3'RACE-PCR experiments...
February 28, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338777/the-chlamydia-suis-genome-exhibits-high-levels-of-diversity-plasticity-and-mobile-antibiotic-resistance-comparative-genomics-of-a-recent-livestock-cohort-shows-influence-of-treatment-regimes
#16
Helena M B Seth-Smith, Sabrina Wanninger, Nathan Bachmann, Hanna Marti, Weihong Qi, Manuela Donati, Antonietta di Francesco, Adam Polkinghorne, Nicole Borel
Chlamydia suis is an endemic pig pathogen, belonging to a fascinating genus of obligate intracellular pathogens. Of particular interest, this is the only chlamydial species to have naturally acquired genes encoding for tetracycline resistance. To date, the distribution and mobility of the Tet-island is not well understood. Our study focused on whole genome sequencing of 29 C. suis isolates from a recent porcine cohort within Switzerland, combined with data from USA tetracycline-resistant isolates. Our findings show that the genome of C...
March 2, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338722/dissecting-the-transcriptional-patterns-of-social-dominance-across-teleosts
#17
Suzy C P Renn, Cynthia F O'Rourke, Nadia Aubin-Horth, Eleanor J Fraser, Hans A Hofmann
In many species, under varying ecological conditions, social interactions among individuals result in the formation of dominance hierarchies. Despite general similarities, there are robust differences among dominance hierarchies across species, populations, environments, life stages, sexes, and individuals. Understanding the proximate mechanisms underlying the variation is an important step toward understanding the evolution of social behavior. However, physiological changes associated with dominance, such as gonadal maturation and somatic growth, often complicate efforts to identify the specific underlying mechanisms...
December 16, 2016: Integrative and Comparative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338709/relationship-between-leaf-functional-traits-and-productivity-in-aquilaria-crassna-thymelaeaceae-plantations-a-tool-to-aid-in-the-early-selection-of-high-yielding-trees
#18
Arlene López-Sampson, Lucas A Cernusak, Tony Page
Physiological traits are frequently used as indicators of tree productivity. Aquilaria species growing in a research planting were studied to investigate relationships between leaf-productivity traits and tree growth. Twenty-eight trees were selected to measure isotopic composition of carbon (δ13C) and nitrogen (δ15N) and monitor six leaf attributes. Trees were sampled randomly within each of four diametric classes (at 150 mm above ground level) ensuring the variability in growth of the whole population was represented...
February 15, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338686/an-iron-catalysed-c-c-bond-forming-spirocyclization-cascade-providing-sustainable-access-to-new-3d-heterocyclic-frameworks
#19
Kirsty Adams, Anthony K Ball, James Birkett, Lee Brown, Ben Chappell, Duncan M Gill, P K Tony Lo, Nathan J Patmore, Craig R Rice, James Ryan, Piotr Raubo, Joseph B Sweeney
Heterocyclic architectures offer powerful creative possibilities to a range of chemistry end-users. This is particularly true of heterocycles containing a high proportion of sp(3)-carbon atoms, which confer precise spatial definition upon chemical probes, drug substances, chiral monomers and the like. Nonetheless, simple catalytic routes to new heterocyclic cores are infrequently reported, and methods making use of biomass-accessible starting materials are also rare. Here, we demonstrate a new method allowing rapid entry to spirocyclic bis-heterocycles, in which inexpensive iron(III) catalysts mediate a highly stereoselective C-C bond-forming cyclization cascade reaction using (2-halo)aryl ethers and amines constructed using feedstock chemicals readily available from plant sources...
April 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338141/structurally-related-hydrazone-based-metal-complexes-with-different-antitumor-activities-variably-induce-apoptotic-cell-death
#20
Dominik A Megger, Kristin Rosowski, Christian Radunsky, Jutta Kösters, Barbara Sitek, Jens Müller
Three new complexes bearing the tridentate hydrazone-based ligand 2-(2-(1-(pyridin-2-yl)ethylidene)hydrazinyl)pyridine (L) were synthesized and structurally characterized. Biological tests indicate that the Zn(ii) complex [ZnCl2(L)] is of low cytotoxicity against the hepatocellular carcinoma cell line HepG2. In contrast, the Cu(ii) and Mn(ii) complexes [CuCl2(L)] and [MnCl2(L)] are highly cytotoxic with EC50 values of 1.25 ± 0.01 μM and 20 ± 1 μM, respectively. A quantitative proteome analysis reveals that treatment of the cells with the Cu(ii) complex leads to a significantly altered abundance of 102 apoptosis-related proteins, whereas 38 proteins were up- or down-regulated by the Mn(ii) complex...
March 24, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
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