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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637293/conserved-non-exonic-elements-a-novel-class-of-marker-for-phylogenomics
#1
Scott V Edwards, Alison Cloutier, Allan J Baker
Noncoding markers have a particular appeal as tools for phylogenomic analysis because, at least in vertebrates, they appear less subject to strong variation in GC content among lineages. Thus far, ultraconserved elements (UCEs) and introns have been the most widely used noncoding markers. Here we analyze and study the evolutionary properties of a new type of noncoding marker, conserved non-exonic elements (CNEEs), which consists of noncoding elements that are estimated to evolve slower than the neutral rate across a set of species...
June 16, 2017: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637216/qualitative-analysis-and-detection-of-the-pyrolytic-products-of-jwh-018-and-11-additional-synthetic-cannabinoids-in-the-presence-of-common-herbal-smoking-substrates
#2
Stephen Raso, Suzanne Bell
Synthetic cannabinoids have become a ubiquitous challenge in forensic toxicology and seized drug analysis. Thermal degradation products have yet to be identified and evaluated for toxicity in comparison to parent and metabolic compounds. An investigation into these pyrolytic products, as the major route of ingestion is inhalation, may produce additional insight to understand the toxicity of synthetic cannabinoids. The pyrolysis of JWH-018 and 11 additional synthetic cannabinoids and six herbal plant substrates were conducted using an in-house constructed smoking simulator...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637209/purification-and-characterization-of-two-new-cell-bound-bioactive-compounds-produced-by-wildlactococcus-lactisstrain
#3
Margarete Alice Fontes Saraiva, Dag Anders Brede, Ingolf Figved Nes, Maria Cristina Baracat-Pereira, Marisa Vieira de Queiroz, Célia Alencar de Moraes
Novel compounds and innovative methods are required considering that antibiotic resistance has reached a crisis point. In the study, two cell-bound antimicrobial compounds produced by L. lactis ID1.5 were isolated and partially characterized. Following purification by cationic exchange and a solid phase C18 column, antimicrobial activity was recovered after three runs of RPC using 60% (v/v) and 100% (v/v) of 2-propanol for elution, suggesting that more than one antimicrobial compound were produced by L. lactis ID1...
June 20, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636817/framework-for-optimizing-selection-of-interspecies-correlation-estimation-models-to-address-species-diversity-and-toxicity-gaps-in-an-aquatic-database
#4
Adriana C Bejarano, Sandy Raimondo, Mace G Barron
The Chemical Aquatic Fate and Effects (CAFE) database is a tool that facilitates assessments of accidental chemical releases into aquatic environments. CAFE contains aquatic toxicity data used in the development of species sensitivity distributions (SSDs) and the estimation of hazard concentrations (HCs). For many chemicals, gaps in species diversity and toxicity data limit the development of SSDs, which may be filled with Interspecies Correlation Estimation (ICE) models. Optimization of ICE model selection and integration ICE-predicted values into CAFE required a multistep process that involved the use of different types of data to assess their influence on SSDs and HC estimates...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636804/new-insights-into-global-biogeography-population-structure-and-natural-selection-from-the-genome-of-the-epipelagic-copepod-oithona
#5
Mohammed-Amin Madoui, Julie Poulain, Kevin Sugier, Marc Wessner, Benjamin Noel, Leo Berline, Karine Labadie, Astrid Cornils, Leocadio Blanco-Bercial, Lars Stemmann, Jean-Louis Jamet, Patrick Wincker
In the epipelagic ocean the genus Oithona is considered as one of the most abundant and widespread copepods and plays an important role in the trophic food web. Despite its ecological importance, little is known about the Oithona and cyclopoid copepods genomics. Therefore, we sequenced, assembled and annotated the genome of Oithona nana. The comparative genomic analysis integrating available copepod genomes highlighted the expansions of genes related to stress response, cell differentiation, and development, including genes coding Lin12-Notch-Repeat (LNR) domain proteins...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636677/contextual-imitation-of-intransitive-body-actions-in-a-beluga-whale-delphinapterus-leucas-a-do-as-other-does-study
#6
José Z Abramson, Mª Victoria Hernández-Lloreda, José-Antonio Esteban, Fernando Colmenares, Francisco Aboitiz, Josep Call
Cetaceans are remarkable for exhibiting group-specific behavioral traditions or cultures in several behavioral domains (e.g., calls, behavioral tactics), and the question of whether they can be acquired socially, for example through imitative processes, remains open. Here we used a "Do as other does" paradigm to experimentally study the ability of a beluga to imitate familiar intransitive (body-oriented) actions demonstrated by a conspecific. The participant was first trained to copy three familiar behaviors on command (training phase) and then was tested for her ability to generalize the learned "Do as the other does" command to a different set of three familiar behaviors (testing phase)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636672/metabolomic-profile-and-nucleoside-composition-of-cordyceps-nidus-sp-nov-cordycipitaceae-a-new-source-of-active-compounds
#7
Juan Chiriví, Giovanna Danies, Rocio Sierra, Nicolas Schauer, Sandra Trenkamp, Silvia Restrepo, Tatiana Sanjuan
Cordyceps sensu lato is a genus of arthropod-pathogenic fungi, which have been used traditionally as medicinal in Asia. Within the genus, Ophiocordyceps sinensis is the most coveted and expensive species in China. Nevertheless, harvesting wild specimens has become a challenge given that natural populations of the fungus are decreasing and because large-scale culture of it has not yet been achieved. The worldwide demand for products derived from cultivable fungal species with medicinal properties has increased recently...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636668/microbiota-in-anorexia-nervosa-the-triangle-between-bacterial-species-metabolites-and-psychological-tests
#8
Francesca Borgo, Alessandra Riva, Alberto Benetti, Maria Cristina Casiraghi, Sara Bertelli, Stefania Garbossa, Simona Anselmetti, Silvio Scarone, Antonio E Pontiroli, Giulia Morace, Elisa Borghi
Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a psychiatric disease with devastating physical consequences, with a pathophysiological mechanism still to be elucidated. Metagenomic studies on anorexia nervosa have revealed profound gut microbiome perturbations as a possible environmental factor involved in the disease. In this study we performed a comprehensive analysis integrating data on gut microbiota with clinical, anthropometric and psychological traits to gain new insight in the pathophysiology of AN. Fifteen AN women were compared with fifteen age-, sex- and ethnicity-matched healthy controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636496/the-genus-pulveroboletus-boletaceae-boletales-in-china
#9
Nian-Kai Zeng, Zhi-Qun Liang, Li-Ping Tang, Yan-Chun Li, Zhu L Yang
Species of Pulveroboletus (Boletaceae, Boletales) in China are investigated on the basis of morphology and molecular phylogenetic analyses of DNA sequences from nuc rDNA region encompassing the internal transcribed spacers 1 and 2, along with the 5.8S rDNA (ITS) and nuc 28S rDNA D1-D2 domains (28S) and sequences from the translation elongation factor 1-α gene (TEF1). Nine species are recognized in the country, three of them are described as new: P. flaviscabrosus, P. rubroscabrosus, and P. subrufus, five of them are previous described taxa: P...
May 17, 2017: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636469/ten-new-species-of-macalpinomyces-on-eriachne-in-northern-australia
#10
Ying-Ming Li, Roger G Shivas, Alistair R McTaggart, Peng Zhao, Lei Cai
Macalpinomyces was established in 1977, with the type species M. eriachnes described from a specimen collected in northern Australia on the grass Eriachne sp. in 1855. Subsequently, M. eriachnes has been reported on more than 21 species of Eriachne in northern Australia. In this study, a polyphasic approach was employed to determine whether M. eriachnes masked cryptic diversity. On the basis of morphology, multilocus phylogeny, and coalescent methods of generalized mixed Yule-coalescent (GMYC) and Poisson tree processes (PTP) models, 26 specimens of Macalpinomyces on 13 species of Eriachne held in Australian herbaria were studied...
May 12, 2017: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636253/estimation-of-vanadium-water-quality-benchmarks-for-the-protection-of-aquatic-life-with-relevance-to-the-athabasca-oil-sands-region-using-species-sensitivity-distributions
#11
Stephanie Schiffer, Karsten Liber
Elevated vanadium (V) concentrations in oil sands coke, which is produced and stored on the site of some major Athabasca Oil Sands companies, could pose a risk to aquatic ecosystems in northern Alberta, Canada, depending on its future storage and utilization. In the present study, V toxicity was determined in reconstituted Athabasca River water to various freshwater organisms, including 2 midge species (Chironomus dilutus and Chironomus riparius; 4-d and 30- to 40-d exposures) and 2 freshwater fish species (Oncorhynchus mykiss and Pimephales promelas; 4-d and 28-d exposures) to facilitate estimation of water quality benchmarks...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635968/sex-biased-dispersal-creates-spatial-genetic-structure-in-a-parthenogenetic-ant-with-a-dependent-lineage-reproductive-system
#12
A Kuhn, D Bauman, H Darras, S Aron
Reproduction and dispersal are key aspects of species life history that influence spatial genetic structure in populations. Several ant species in the genus Cataglyphis have evolved a unique breeding system in which new reproductives (that is, queens and males) are produced asexually by parthenogenesis; in contrast, non-reproductives (that is, workers) are produced via sexual reproduction by mates from distinct genetic lineages. We investigated how these two coexisting reproductive methods affect population-level spatial genetic structure using the ant Cataglyphis mauritanica as a model...
June 21, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635962/growth-of-organic-crystals-via-attachment-and-transformation-of-nanoscopic-precursors
#13
Yuan Jiang, Matthias Kellermeier, Denis Gebaue, Zihao Lu, Rose Rosenberg, Adrian Moise, Michael Przybylski, Helmut Cölfen
A key requirement for the understanding of crystal growth is to detect how new layers form and grow at the nanoscale. Multistage crystallization pathways involving liquid-like, amorphous or metastable crystalline precursors have been predicted by theoretical work and have been observed experimentally. Nevertheless, there is no clear evidence that any of these precursors can also be relevant for the growth of crystals of organic compounds. Herein, we present a new growth mode for crystals of DL-glutamic acid monohydrate that proceeds through the attachment of preformed nanoscopic species from solution, their subsequent decrease in height at the surface and final transformation into crystalline 2D nuclei that eventually build new molecular layers by further monomer incorporation...
June 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635663/assessing-genetic-diversity-and-population-differentiation-of-colored-calla-lily-zantedeschia-hybrid-for-an-efficient-breeding-program
#14
Zunzheng Wei, Huali Zhang, Yi Wang, Youli Li, Min Xiong, Xian Wang, Di Zhou
Plastome-genome incompatibility (PGI) is prevalent in several plants including the Zantedeschia species, a worldwide commercial flower crop native to South Africa. Generally, hybrids suffering from PGI appear less vigorous and more susceptible than normal plants. Previous reports revealed that the PGI level in interspecific hybrids is correlated with the relatedness of the parental species in the genus Zantedeschia. To provide a basis for utilizing and improving resources in breeding programs, a total of 117 accessions of colored calla lily (Zantedeschia hybrid), collected from New Zealand, the Netherlands and the United States, were genotyped using 31 transferable expressed sequence tags-simple sequence repeats (EST-SSR) markers from the white calla lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica)...
June 21, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635649/the-sea-urchin-arbacia-lixula-a-novel-natural-source-of-astaxanthin
#15
Paola Cirino, Christophe Brunet, Martina Ciaravolo, Christian Galasso, Luigi Musco, Tomás Vega Fernández, Clementina Sansone, Alfonso Toscano
Several echinoderms, including sea urchins, are valuable sources of bioactive compounds but their nutraceutical potential is largely unexplored. In fact, the gonads of some sea urchin species contain antioxidants including carotenoids and polyhydroxylated naphthoquinones (PHNQ's), such as echinochrome A. Astaxanthin is known to have particular bioactivity for the prevention of neurodegenerative diseases. This carotenoid is produced by microalgae, while several marine invertebrates can bioaccumulate or synthetize it from metabolic precursors...
June 21, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635630/development-of-a-high-density-snp-based-linkage-map-and-detection-of-qtl-for-%C3%AE-glucans-protein-content-grain-yield-per-spike-and-heading-time-in-durum-wheat
#16
Ilaria Marcotuli, Agata Gadaleta, Giacomo Mangini, Antonio Massimo Signorile, Silvana Addolorata Zacheo, Antonio Blanco, Rosanna Simeone, Pasqualina Colasuonno
High-density genetic linkage maps of crop species are particularly useful in detecting qualitative and quantitative trait loci for important agronomic traits and in improving the power of classical approaches to identify candidate genes. The aim of this study was to develop a high-density genetic linkage map in a durum wheat recombinant inbred lines population (RIL) derived from two elite wheat cultivars and to identify, characterize and correlate Quantitative Trait Loci (QTL) for β-glucan, protein content, grain yield per spike and heading time...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635550/peptide-grafted-and-self-assembled-poly-%C3%AE-glutamic-acid-phenylalanine-nanoparticles-targeting-camptothecin-to-glioma
#17
Hitesh Kulhari, Srinivasa R Telukutla, Deep Pooja, Ravi Shukla, Ramakrishna Sistla, Vipul Bansal, David J Adams
AIM: To synthesize cRGDfK peptide conjugated poly(γ-glutamic acid)-phenylalanine nanoparticles to improve the therapeutic efficacy of camptothecin (CPT) against glioblastoma multiforme. METHODS: Peptide-conjugated, drug-loaded nanoparticles (cRGDfK-conjugated camptothecin-loaded PGA-PA nanoparticles [RCPN]) were prepared and physico-chemically characterized using different techniques. Nanoparticles were evaluated for in vitro anticancer activity, cellular uptake, induction of apoptosis and wound healing cell migration against U87MG human glioblastoma cells...
June 21, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635326/encapsulins-molecular-biology-of-the-shell
#18
Robert J Nichols, Caleb Cassidy-Amstutz, Thawatchai Chaijarasphong, David F Savage
Compartmentalization is both a fundamental principle of cellular organization and an emerging theme in prokaryotic biology. Work in the past few decades has shown that protein-based organelles called microcompartments enhance the function of encapsulated cargo proteins. More recently, the repertoire of known prokaryotic organelles has expanded beyond microcompartments to include a new class of smaller proteinaceous compartments, termed nanocompartments (also known as encapsulins). Nanocompartments are icosahedral capsids that are smaller and less complex than microcompartments...
June 21, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634799/assessment-of-heat-inactivated-marine-aspergillus-flavus-as-a-novel-biosorbent-for-removal-of-cd-ii-hg-ii-and-pb-ii-from-water
#19
Mohamed E Mahmoud, Gehan M El Zokm, Aida E M Farag, Mohamed S Abdelwahab
A novel marine fungus was isolated and classified as Aspergillus flavus strain EGY11. The heat-inactivated form of isolated Aspergillus flavus was investigated and evaluated as a new eco-friendly and highly efficient biosorbent for removal of toxic heavy metals such as Cd(II), Hg(II), and Pb(II) from aqueous solutions. The SEM morphological studies of biosorbent-loaded metal ions confirmed their direct binding on the surface of heat-inactivated Aspergillus flavus. The metal biosorption capacity values were determined and optimized by the batch technique in the presence of various experimental controlling factors such as pH, contact time, biosorbent dosage, initial metal ion concentration, and coexisting species...
June 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634620/new-data-on-neodiplostomum-americanum-chandler-and-rausch-1947-digenea-diplostomidae-in-the-great-horned-owl-bubo-virginianus-gmelin-1788-and-the-eastern-screech-owl-megascops-asio-linnaeus-1758-in-mississippi-usa
#20
Ethan T Woodyard, Thomas G Rosser, Matt J Griffin
Neodiplostomum americanum Chandler and Rausch, 1947 has been reported from six species of owls in North America. At present, there are no molecular data for this species and gene sequence data from Neodiplostomum Railliet, 1919 are limited. A freshly deceased specimen of the Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus Gmelin, 1788 and a freshly deceased specimen of the Eastern Screech Owl Megascops asio Linnaeus, 1758 were collected in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi in 2014 and 2016, respectively. Neodiplostomum americanum were recovered from both hosts...
June 20, 2017: Parasitology Research
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