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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330260/impact-of-forest-vegetation-on-soil-characteristics-a-correlation-between-soil-biological-and-physico-chemical-properties
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L R Chandra, S Gupta, V Pande, N Singh
Temperate and dry deciduous forest covers major portion of terrestrial ecosystem in India. The two forest types with different dominant tree species differ in litter quality and root exudates, thereby exerting species-specific impact on soil properties and microbial activity. This study aims to examine the influence of forest type or dominant tree species on soil physico-chemical properties and its relationship with microbial characters in temperate and dry deciduous forest types. We assessed soil physico-chemical properties among five different sites located within the selected forest stand covered by different dominant species...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330194/exploited-application-of-sulfate-reducing-bacteria-for-concomitant-treatment-of-metallic-and-non-metallic-wastes-a-mini-review
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REVIEW
Ali Hussain, Ali Hasan, Arshad Javid, Javed Iqbal Qazi
A variety of multidimensional anthropogenic activities, especially of industrial level, are contaminating our aquatic and terrestrial environments with a variety of metallic and non-metallic pollutants. The metallic and non-metallic pollutants addressed specifically in this review are heavy metals and various compound forms of sulfates, respectively. Direct and indirect deleterious effects of the both types of pollutants to all forms of life are well-known. The treatment of such pollutants is therefore much necessary before their final discharge into the environment...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329460/model-based-comparison-of-the-normal-and-fontan-circulatory-systems-part-iii
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Raymond L Watrous, Alvin J Chin
BACKGROUND: For patients with the Fontan circulatory arrangement, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibition, guanylate cyclase activation, phosphodiesterase 5 inhibition, and endothelin receptor antagonism have so far resulted in little or no improvement in [Formula: see text] or peak cardiac index (CI), suggesting that our understanding of the factors that most impact the exercise hemodynamics is incomplete. METHODS: To facilitate comparisons with clinical reports of the exercise performance of preadolescent Fontan patients, we rescaled our previously reported computational models of a two-year-old normal child and similarly aged Fontan patient, extended our Fontan model to capture the nonlinear relationship between flow and resistance quantified from previous computational fluid dynamic analyses of the total cavopulmonary connection (TCPC), and added respiration as well as skeletal muscle contraction...
March 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327645/a-novel-point-of-care-smartphone-based-system-for-monitoring-the-cardiac-and-respiratory-systems
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Kwanghyun Sohn, Faisal M Merchant, Omid Sayadi, Dheeraj Puppala, Rajiv Doddamani, Ashish Sahani, Jagmeet P Singh, E Kevin Heist, Eric M Isselbacher, Antonis A Armoundas
Cardio-respiratory monitoring is one of the most demanding areas in the rapidly growing, mobile-device, based health care delivery. We developed a 12-lead smartphone-based electrocardiogram (ECG) acquisition and monitoring system (called "cvrPhone"), and an application to assess underlying ischemia, and estimate the respiration rate (RR) and tidal volume (TV) from analysis of electrocardiographic (ECG) signals only. During in-vivo swine studies (n = 6), 12-lead ECG signals were recorded at baseline and following coronary artery occlusion...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327410/mitochondria-control-acute-and-chronic-responses-to-hypoxia
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G S McElroy, N S Chandel
There are numerous mechanisms by which mammals respond to hypoxia. These include acute changes in pulmonary arterial tone due to smooth muscle cell contraction, acute increases in respiration triggered by the carotid body chemosensory cells, and chronic changes such as induction of red blood cell proliferation and angiogenesis by hypoxia inducible factor targets erythropoietin and vascular endothelial growth factor, respectively. Mitochondria account for the majority of oxygen consumption in the cell and have recently been appreciated to serve as signaling organelles required for the initiation or propagation of numerous homeostatic mechanisms...
March 19, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325789/sex-specific-differences-in-mitochondria-biogenesis-morphology-respiratory-function-and-ros-homeostasis-in-young-mouse-heart-and-brain
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Abdel Rahman M Khalifa, Engy A Abdel-Rahman, Ali M Mahmoud, Mohamed H Ali, Maha Noureldin, Saber H Saber, Mahmoud Mohsen, Sameh S Ali
Sex-specific differences in mitochondrial function and free radical homeostasis are reported in the context of aging but not well-established in pathogeneses occurring early in life. Here, we examine if sex disparity in mitochondria function, morphology, and redox status starts early and hence can be implicated in sexual dimorphism in cardiac as well as neurological disorders prevalent at young age. Although mitochondrial activity in the heart did not significantly vary between sexes, female brain exhibited enhanced respiration and higher reserve capacity...
March 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325762/a-genetic-screen-reveals-that-synthesis-of-1-4-dihydroxy-2-naphthoate-dhna-but-not-full-length-menaquinone-is-required-for-listeria-monocytogenes-cytosolic-survival
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Grischa Y Chen, Courtney E McDougal, Marc A D'Antonio, Jonathan L Portman, John-Demian Sauer
Through unknown mechanisms, the host cytosol restricts bacterial colonization; therefore, only professional cytosolic pathogens are adapted to colonize this host environment. Listeria monocytogenes is a Gram-positive intracellular pathogen that is highly adapted to colonize the cytosol of both phagocytic and nonphagocytic cells. To identify L. monocytogenes determinants of cytosolic survival, we designed and executed a novel screen to isolate L. monocytogenes mutants with cytosolic survival defects. Multiple mutants identified in the screen were defective for synthesis of menaquinone (MK), an essential molecule in the electron transport chain...
March 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325097/regaining-water-swallowing-function-in-the-rehabilitation-of-critically-ill-patients-with-intensive-care-unit-acquired-muscle-weakness
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Simone Thomas, Wolfgang Sauter, Ulrike Starrost, Marcus Pohl, Jan Mehrholz
PURPOSE: Treatment in intensive care units (ICUs) often results in swallowing dysfunction. Recent longitudinal studies have described the recovery of critically ill people, but we are not aware of studies of the recovery of swallowing function in patients with ICU-acquired muscle weakness. This paper aims to describe the time course of regaining water swallowing function in patients with ICU-acquired weakness in the post-acute phase and to describe the risks of regaining water swallowing function and the risk factors involved...
March 21, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324683/thermal-stress-impacts-reproductive-development-and-grain-yield-in-rice
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REVIEW
Muhammad Shakeel Arshad, Muhammad Farooq, Folkard Asch, Jagadish S V Krishna, P V Vara Prasad, Kadambot H M Siddique
Rice is highly sensitive to temperature stress (cold and heat), particularly during the reproductive and grain-filling stages. In this review, we discuss the effects of low- and high-temperature sensitivity in rice at various reproductive stages (from meiosis to grain development) and propose strategies for improving the tolerance of rice to terminal thermal stress. Cold stress impacts reproductive development through (i) delayed heading, due to its effect on anther respiration, which increases sucrose accumulation, protein denaturation and asparagine levels, and decreases proline accumulation, (ii) pollen sterility owing to tapetal hypertrophy and related nutrient imbalances, (iii) reduced activity of cell wall bound invertase in the tapetum of rice anthers, (iv) impaired fertilization due to inhibited anther dehiscence, stigma receptivity and ability of the pollen tube to germinate through the style towards the ovary, and (v) floret sterility, which increases grain abortion, restricts grain size, and thus reduces grain yield...
March 16, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324658/mitochondrial-respiration-links-tor-complex-2-signaling-to-calcium-regulation-and-autophagy
#10
Ariadne Vlahakis, Nerea Lopez Muniozguren, Ted Powers
The Target of Rapamycin (TOR) kinase is a conserved regulator of cell growth and functions within 2 different protein complexes, TORC1 and TORC2, where TORC2 positively controls macroautophagy/autophagy during amino acid starvation. Under these conditions, TORC2 signaling inhibits the activity of the calcium-regulated phosphatase calcineurin and promotes the general amino acid control (GAAC) response and autophagy. Here we demonstrate that TORC2 regulates calcineurin by controlling the respiratory activity of mitochondria...
March 21, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324037/autotaxin-is-regulated-by-glucose-and-insulin-in-adipocytes
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Kenneth D'Souza, Daniel A Kane, Mohamed Touaibia, Erin E Kershaw, Thomas Pulinilkunnil, Petra C Kienesberger
Autotaxin (ATX) is an adipokine that generates the bioactive lipid, lysophosphatidic acid. Despite recent studies implicating adipose-derived ATX in metabolic disorders including obesity and insulin resistance, the nutritional and hormonal regulation of ATX in adipocytes remains unclear. The present study examined the regulation of ATX in adipocytes by glucose and insulin and the role of ATX in adipocyte metabolism. Induction of insulin resistance in adipocytes with high glucose and insulin concentrations increased ATX secretion, whereas co-incubation with the insulin sensitizer, rosiglitazone, prevented this response...
January 16, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322699/markers-of-disease-severity-in-patients-with-spanish-influenza-in-the-japanese-armed-forces-1919-1920
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Koichiro Kudo, Toshie Manabe, Shinyu Izumi, Jin Takasaki, Yuji Fujikura, Akihiko Kawana, Kenji Yamamoto
We examined preserved medical charts of 470 Spanish influenza patients (8 with fatal cases) hospitalized at former army hospitals in Japan during 1919-1920. The following factors were associated with longer periods of hospitalization: adventitious discontinuous lung sounds, maximum respiration rate, continuation of high fever after hospital admission, and diphasic fever.
April 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322218/remineralization-of-particulate-organic-carbon-in-an-ocean-oxygen-minimum-zone
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E L Cavan, M Trimmer, F Shelley, R Sanders
Biological oceanic processes, principally the surface production, sinking and interior remineralization of organic particles, keep atmospheric CO2 lower than if the ocean was abiotic. The remineralization length scale (RLS, the vertical distance over which organic particle flux declines by 63%, affected by particle respiration, fragmentation and sinking rates) controls the size of this effect and is anomalously high in oxygen minimum zones (OMZ). Here we show in the Eastern Tropical North Pacific OMZ 70% of POC remineralization is due to microbial respiration, indicating that the high RLS is the result of lower particle fragmentation by zooplankton, likely due to the almost complete absence of zooplankton particle interactions in OMZ waters...
March 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321934/multi-layered-control-of-peroxisomal-activity-upon-salt-stress-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Sara Manzanares-Estreder, Joan Espí-Bardisa, Benito Alarcón, Amparo Pascual-Ahuir, Markus Proft
Peroxisomes are dynamic organelles and the sole location for fatty acid β-oxidation in yeast cells. Here we report that peroxisomal function is crucial for the adaptation to salt stress, especially upon sugar limitation. Upon stress, multiple layers of control regulate the activity and the number of peroxisomes. Activated Hog1 MAP kinase triggers the induction of genes encoding enzymes for fatty acid activation, peroxisomal import and β-oxidation through the Adr1 transcriptional activator, which transiently associates with genes encoding fatty acid metabolic enzymes in a stress- and Hog1-dependent manner...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321901/a-pneumatic-phantom-for-mimicking-respiration-induced-artifacts-in-spinal-mri
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Philippe De Tillieux, Ryan Topfer, Alexandru Foias, Iris Leroux, Imanne El Maâchi, Hugues Leblond, Nikola Stikov, Julien Cohen-Adad
PURPOSE: To design a phantom capable of mimicking human respiration to serve as a testing platform for correction of the static and time-evolving magnetic field distortions typically encountered in MRI of the spinal cord. METHODS: An inflation system to mimic the air variation of the human lungs was constructed. The inflation system was linked to a phantom containing synthetic lungs and an ex vivo human spine. The relationship between air pressure and phantom lung volume was evaluated via imaging experiment...
March 20, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321894/light-respiration-by-subtropical-seaweeds
#16
Matheus C Carvalho, Bradley D Eyre
Here we report the first-ever measurements of light CO2 respiration rate (CRR) by seaweeds. We measured the influence of temperature (15 to 25°C) and light (irradiance from 60 to 670 μmol · m(-2) · s(-1) ) on the light CCR of two subtropical seaweed species, and measured the CRR of seven different seaweed species under the same light (150 μmol · m(-2) · s(-1) ) and temperature (25°C). There was little effect of irradiance on light CRR, but there was an effect of temperature. Across the seven species light CRR was similar to OCR (oxygen consumption rate in the dark), with the exception of a single species...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320861/recycling-of-iron-via-autophagy-is-critical-for-the-transition-from-glycolytic-to-respiratory-growth
#17
Tetsuro Horie, Tomoko Kawamata, Miou Matsunami, Yoshinori Ohsumi
Autophagy is a bulk degradation process conserved from yeast to mammals. To examine the roles of autophagy in cellular metabolism, we generated autophagy-defective (atg) mutants in the X2180-1B strain background. We compared the growth of wild type (WT) and atg cells in minimal (synthetic dextrose, SD) and rich (yeast extract-peptone-dextrose, YEPD) medium, and found that mutations in the core autophagy machinery results in defects in the diauxic shift, the transition from fermentation to respiratory growth upon glucose depletion, specifically in SD...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320772/mechanism-for-microbial-population-collapse-in-a-fluctuating-resource-environment
#18
Serdar Turkarslan, Arjun V Raman, Anne W Thompson, Christina E Arens, Mark A Gillespie, Frederick von Netzer, Kristina L Hillesland, Sergey Stolyar, Adrian López García de Lomana, David J Reiss, Drew Gorman-Lewis, Grant M Zane, Jeffrey A Ranish, Judy D Wall, David A Stahl, Nitin S Baliga
Managing trade-offs through gene regulation is believed to confer resilience to a microbial community in a fluctuating resource environment. To investigate this hypothesis, we imposed a fluctuating environment that required the sulfate-reducer Desulfovibrio vulgaris to undergo repeated ecologically relevant shifts between retaining metabolic independence (active capacity for sulfate respiration) and becoming metabolically specialized to a mutualistic association with the hydrogen-consuming Methanococcus maripaludis Strikingly, the microbial community became progressively less proficient at restoring the environmentally relevant physiological state after each perturbation and most cultures collapsed within 3-7 shifts...
March 20, 2017: Molecular Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320189/tempol-4-hydroxy-tempo-inhibits-anoxia-induced-progression-of-mitochondrial-dysfunction-and-associated-neurobehavioral-impairment-in-neonatal-rats
#19
Puneet K Samaiya, Gopeshwar Narayan, Ashok Kumar, Sairam Krishnamurthy
BACKGROUND: Anoxia leads to a robust generation of reactive oxygen species/nitrogen species which can result in mitochondrial dysfunction and associated cell death in the cerebral cortex of neonates. AIM: The present study investigated the pharmacological role of tempol in the treatment of rat neonatal cortical mitochondrial dysfunction induced insult progression (day-1 to day-7) and associated neurobehavioral alterations post-anoxia. METHODS: Rat pups of 30h age or postnatal day 2 (PND2) were randomly divided into 5 groups (n=5 per group): (1) Control; (2) Anoxia; (3) Anoxia+Tempol 75mg/kg; (4) Anoxia+Tempol 150mg/kg; and (5) Anoxia+Tempol 300mg/kg, and subjected to two episode of anoxia (10min each) at 24h of time interval in an enclosed chamber supplied with 100% N2...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319892/mitochondrial-hyperpolarization-in-ipsc-derived-neurons-from-patients-of-ftdp-17-with-10-16-mapt-mutation-leads-to-oxidative-stress-and-neurodegeneration
#20
Noemí Esteras, Jonathan D Rohrer, John Hardy, Selina Wray, Andrey Y Abramov
Tau protein inclusions are a frequent hallmark of a variety of neurodegenerative disorders. The 10+16 intronic mutation in MAPT gene, encoding tau, causes frontotemporal dementia and parkinsonism linked to chromosome 17 (FTDP-17), by altering the splicing of the gene and inducing an increase in the production of 4R tau isoforms, which are more prone to aggregation. However, the molecular mechanisms linking increased 4R tau to neurodegeneration are not well understood. Here, we have used iPSC-derived neurons from patients of FTDP-17 carrying the 10+16 mutation to study the molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration...
March 10, 2017: Redox Biology
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