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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434207/maternal-rates-of-lipolysis-and-glucose-production-in-late-pregnancy-are-independently-related-to-fetal-weight
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Barbro Diderholm, Kathryn Beardsall, Peter Murgatroyd, Christoph Lees, Jan Gustafsson, David Dunger
OBJECTIVE: Associations between maternal glucose levels and increased fetal growth are well established and independent relationships with maternal weight, weight gain and insulin resistance are also observed. The relative roles of lipolysis and glucose production in the determination of these observations remain unclear. DESIGN: We examined, through detailed physiological studies, the relationship between maternal late gestational energy substrate production (glucose and glycerol), maternal weight and weight gain, and estimated fetal size in the third trimester...
April 23, 2017: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434200/land-use-for-animal-production-in-global-change-studies-defining-and-characterizing-a-framework
#2
Leanne N Phelps, Jed O Kaplan
Land use for animal production influences the earth system in a variety of ways, including local-scale modification to biodiversity, soils, and nutrient cycling; regional changes in albedo and hydrology; and global-scale changes in greenhouse gas and aerosol concentrations. Pasture is furthermore the single most extensive form of land cover, currently comprising about 22 - 26% of the earth's ice-free land surface. Despite the importance and variable expressions of animal production, distinctions among different systems are effectively absent from studies of land use and land cover change...
April 23, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434183/impacts-of-forestry-on-boreal-forests-an-ecosystem-services-perspective
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Tähti Pohjanmies, María Triviño, Eric Le Tortorec, Adriano Mazziotta, Tord Snäll, Mikko Mönkkönen
Forests are widely recognized as major providers of ecosystem services, including timber, other forest products, recreation, regulation of water, soil and air quality, and climate change mitigation. Extensive tracts of boreal forests are actively managed for timber production, but actions aimed at increasing timber yields also affect other forest functions and services. Here, we present an overview of the environmental impacts of forest management from the perspective of ecosystem services. We show how prevailing forestry practices may have substantial but diverse effects on the various ecosystem services provided by boreal forests...
April 22, 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434172/lactobacillus-paracasei-strain-06tca19-suppresses-inflammatory-chemokine-induced-by-helicobacter-pylori-in-human-gastric-epithelial-cells
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Shiro Takeda, Keiji Igoshi, Chuluunbat Tsend-Ayush, Tsendesuren Oyunsuren, Ryoichi Sakata, Yasuhiro Koga, Yuo Arima, Masahiko Takeshita
Helicobacter (H.) pylori infection is an important risk factor for gastric cancer that causes gastric inflammation. Inflammatory chemokines such as interleukin (IL)-8 and regulated on activation normal T cell expressed and secreted (RANTES) are elevated in the gastric mucosa by H. pylori. This study aimed to investigate the effects of Lactobacillus paracasei strain 06TCa19, a probiotic strain, on IL-8 and RANTES expression and production induced by H. pylori using human gastric epithelial cell lines. Strain 06TCa19 was shown to suppress H...
April 22, 2017: Human Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434155/nitrogen-fertility-and-abiotic-stresses-management-in-cotton-crop-a-review
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Aziz Khan, Daniel Kean Yuen Tan, Muhammad Zahir Afridi, Honghai Luo, Shahbaz Atta Tung, Mir Ajab, Shah Fahad
This review outlines nitrogen (N) responses in crop production and potential management decisions to ameliorate abiotic stresses for better crop production. N is a primary constituent of the nucleotides and proteins that are essential for life. Production and application of N fertilizers consume huge amounts of energy, and excess is detrimental to the environment. Therefore, increasing plant N use efficiency (NUE) is important for the development of sustainable agriculture. NUE has a key role in crop yield and can be enhanced by controlling loss of fertilizers by application of humic acid and natural polymers (hydrogels), having high water-holding capacity which can improve plant performance under field conditions...
April 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434149/solvent-dependent-transformation-of-aflatoxin-b1-in-soil
#6
James M Starr, Blake R Rushing, Mustafa I Selim
To date, all studies of aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) transformation in soil or in purified mineral systems have identified aflatoxins B2 (AFB2) and G2 (AFG2) as the primary transformation products. However, identification in these studies was made using thin layer chromatography which has relatively low resolution, and these studies did not identify a viable mechanism by which such transformations would occur. Further, the use of methanol as the solvent delivery vehicle in these studies may have contributed to formation of artifactual transformation products...
April 22, 2017: Mycotoxin Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434137/cholesterol-hydroperoxide-generation-translocation-and-reductive-turnover-in-biological-systems
#7
Albert W Girotti, Witold Korytowski
Cholesterol is like other unsaturated lipids in being susceptible to peroxidative degradation upon exposure to strong oxidants like hydroxyl radical or peroxynitrite generated under conditions of oxidative stress. In the eukaryotic cell plasma membrane, where most of the cellular cholesterol resides, peroxidation leads to membrane structural and functional damage from which pathological states may arise. In low density lipoprotein, cholesterol and phospholipid peroxidation have long been associated with atherogenesis...
April 22, 2017: Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434136/facial-expressions-and-speech-acts-experimental-evidences-on-the-role-of-the-upper-face-as-an-illocutionary-force-indicating-device-in-language-comprehension
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Filippo Domaneschi, Marcello Passarelli, Carlo Chiorri
Language scientists have broadly addressed the problem of explaining how language users recognize the kind of speech act performed by a speaker uttering a sentence in a particular context. They have done so by investigating the role played by the illocutionary force indicating devices (IFIDs), i.e., all linguistic elements that indicate the illocutionary force of an utterance. The present work takes a first step in the direction of an experimental investigation of non-verbal IFIDs because it investigates the role played by facial expressions and, in particular, of upper-face action units (AUs) in the comprehension of three basic types of illocutionary force: assertions, questions, and orders...
April 22, 2017: Cognitive Processing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434130/characterization-of-extracellular-membrane-vesicles-of-an-antarctic-bacterium-shewanella-livingstonensis-ac10-and-their-enhanced-production-by-alteration-of-phospholipid-composition
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Fumiaki Yokoyama, Jun Kawamoto, Tomoya Imai, Tatsuo Kurihara
A cold-adapted bacterium, Shewanella livingstonensis Ac10, which produces eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) as a component of its membrane phospholipids, is useful as a model to study the function of EPA and as a host for heterologous production of thermolabile proteins at low temperatures. In this study, we characterized extracellular membrane vesicles (EMVs) of this bacterium to examine the involvement of EPA in the biogenesis of EMVs and for the future application of EMVs to extracellular protein production. We found that this strain produced EMVs from the cell surface...
April 22, 2017: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434120/involvement-of-fas-fasl-pathway-in-the-murine-model-of-atopic-dermatitis
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Karolina Bień, Magdalena Żmigrodzka, Piotr Orłowski, Aleksandra Fruba, Łukasz Szymański, Wanda Stankiewicz, Zuzanna Nowak, Tadeusz Malewski, Małgorzata Krzyżowska
OBJECTIVE AND DESIGN: The aim of this study was to elucidate the role of apoptosis mediated through Fas/FasL pathway using the mouse model of atopic dermatitis (AD). MATERIALS AND TREATMENT: AD was induced by epicutaneous application of ovalbumin (OVA) in wild-type C57BL/6, B6. MRL-Faslpr/J (Fas-) and B6Smn.C3-Faslgld/J (FasL-) mouse strains. METHODS: Skin samples were subjected to staining for Fas/FasL expression, M30 epitope and assessment of inflammatory response via immunohistochemical staining...
April 22, 2017: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434086/the-inability-of-bacillus-licheniformis-perr-mutant-to-grow-is-mainly-due-to-the-lack-of-perr-mediated-fur-repression
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Jung-Hoon Kim, Yoon-Mo Yang, Chang-Jun Ji, Su-Hyun Ryu, Young-Bin Won, Shin-Yeong Ju, Yumi Kwon, Yeh-Eun Lee, Hwan Youn, Jin-Won Lee
PerR, a member of Fur family protein, is a metal-dependent H2O2 sensing transcription factor that regulates genes involved in peroxide stress response. Industrially important bacterium Bacillus licheniformis contains three PerR-like proteins (PerRBL, PerR2, and PerR3) compared to its close relative Bacillus subtilis. Interestingly, unlike other bacteria including B. subtilis, no authentic perR BL null mutant could be established for B. licheniformis. Thus, we constructed a conditional perR BL mutant using a xylose-inducible promoter, and investigated the genes under the control of PerRBL...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Microbiology / the Microbiological Society of Korea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434044/faulty-rna-splicing-consequences-and-therapeutic-opportunities-in-brain-and-muscle-disorders
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REVIEW
Vittoria Pagliarini, Piergiorgio La Rosa, Claudio Sette
Alternative splicing is a powerful mechanism that largely expands the coding potential of eukaryotic genomes. Indeed, its complex and flexible regulation is exploited by cells to adapt to various environmental conditions, through production of protein variants displaying different functions. Such flexibility, however, is accompanied by high risk of errors, and dysregulation of splicing is now recognized as an important factor in human diseases. Notably, the RNA-based nature of splicing, which involves high specificity through base pair recognition, offers a remarkable therapeutic opportunity by allowing design of tools with elevated target selectivity...
April 22, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434033/the-gut-microbiome-as-a-target-for-prevention-and-treatment-of-hyperglycaemia-in-type-2-diabetes-from-current-human-evidence-to-future-possibilities
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REVIEW
Louise Brunkwall, Marju Orho-Melander
The totality of microbial genomes in the gut exceeds the size of the human genome, having around 500-fold more genes that importantly complement our coding potential. Microbial genes are essential for key metabolic processes, such as the breakdown of indigestible dietary fibres to short-chain fatty acids, biosynthesis of amino acids and vitamins, and production of neurotransmitters and hormones. During the last decade, evidence has accumulated to support a role for gut microbiota (analysed from faecal samples) in glycaemic control and type 2 diabetes...
April 22, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434032/diabetes-bone-and-glucose-lowering-agents-basic-biology
#14
REVIEW
Beata Lecka-Czernik
Skeletal fragility often accompanies diabetes and does not appear to correlate with low bone mass or trauma severity in individuals with diabetes. Instead (and in contrast to those with osteoporotic bone disease), bone remodelling and bone turnover are compromised in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, contributing to defective bone material quality. This review is one of a pair discussing the relationship between diabetes, bone and glucose-lowering agents; an accompanying review is provided in this issue of Diabetologia by Ann Schwartz (DOI: 10...
April 22, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434003/cytotoxic-effects-of-transthyretin-aggregates-in-an-epidermoid-cell-line
#15
Vai Hong Fong, Amandio Vieira
OBJECTIVE: Skin amyloid deposits can occur as part of systemic amyloidoses including those involving misfolded- aggregated transthyretins (agTTR). Pathological effects of agTTR on the skin are not well understood. The main objective of the current study was to examine the toxicity of agTTR upon a human keratinocyte cell line. METHODS: Cells were analyzed for indicators of oxidative stress after treatment with normal soluble TTR or the same pre-aggregation concentration of agTTR...
April 22, 2017: Pathobiology: Journal of Immunopathology, Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433998/interferon-%C3%AE-1a-modulates-expression-of-rage-but-not-s100a12-and-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-in-multiple-sclerosis-patients
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Gholamreza Asadikaram, Saam Noroozi, Hossein Ali Ebrahimi Meimand, Mojgan Sanjari, Nahid Zainodini, Hossein Khoramdelazad, Nader Shahrokhi, Mohammad Kazemi Arababadi
OBJECTIVES: Interferon-β 1a (IFN-β 1a) is a common strategy therapy for multiple sclerosis (MS) with unknown mechanisms. S100A12 (S100 calcium-binding protein A12) is a damage-associated molecular pattern molecule which binds to its receptor, RAGE (receptor for advanced glycation end products), and activates nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB). NF-κB is transcribed from proinflammatory molecules, which may participate in the pathogenesis of MS. Therefore, the aims of this study were to compare mRNA levels of S100A12, RAGE, and NF-κB in newly diagnosed MS patients with healthy controls and determine whether IFN-β 1a therapy affects the expression of the molecules...
April 22, 2017: Neuroimmunomodulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433945/cqmuh-011-a-novel-adamantane-sulfonamide-compound-inhibits-lipopolysaccharide-and-d-galactosamine-induced-fulminant-hepatic-failure-in-mice
#17
Liping Yan, Xiangnan Hu, Qihong Wu, Rong Jiang, Sisi Zhang, Qiao Ling, Hailin Liu, Xuejun Jiang, Jingyuan Wan, Yingju Liu
CQMUH-011, a novel adamantane sulfonamide compound, was shown to suppress macrophage activation and proliferation in our previous study. However, it is unknown whether CQMUH-011 has anti-inflammatory and hepatoprotective properties. In this study, we investigated the potential effects and mechanisms of CQMUH-011 on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced RAW264.7 cell activation in vitro and LPS- and D-galactosamine (D-GalN)-induced fulminant hepatic failure (FHF) in vivo. The results showed that in RAW264.7 cells challenged by LPS, CQMUH-011 inhibited cell proliferation and induced cell cycle arrest and apoptosis...
April 20, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433932/the-unseen-rhizosphere-root-soil-microbe-interactions-for-crop-production
#18
REVIEW
Ruifu Zhang, Jorge M Vivanco, Qirong Shen
The underground root-soil-microbe interactions are extremely complex, but vitally important for aboveground plant growth, health and fitness. The pressure to reduce our reliance on agrochemicals, and sustainable efforts to develop agriculture makes rhizosphere interactions' research a hotspot. Recent advances provide new insights about the signals, pathways, functions and mechanisms of these interactions. In this review, we provide an overview about recent progress in rhizosphere interaction networks in crops...
April 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433915/stimulation-of-the-anaerobic-digestion-of-the-dry-organic-fraction-of-municipal-solid-waste-ofmsw-with-carbon-based-conductive-materials
#19
Yan Dang, Dezhi Sun, Trevor L Woodard, Li-Ying Wang, Kelly P Nevin, Dawn E Holmes
Growth of bacterial and archaeal species capable of interspecies electron exchange was stimulated by addition of conductive materials (carbon cloth or granular activated carbon (GAC)) to anaerobic digesters treating dog food (a substitute for the dry-organic fraction of municipal solid waste (OFMSW)). Methane production (772-1428mmol vs <80mmol), volatile solids removal (78%-81% vs 54%-64%) and COD removal efficiencies (∼80% vs 20%-30%) were all significantly higher in reactors amended with GAC or carbon cloth than controls...
April 9, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433914/accumulation-of-sugar-from-pulp-and-xylitol-from-xylose-by-pyruvate-decarboxylase-negative-white-rot-fungus-phlebia-sp-mg-60
#20
Taku Tsuyama, Megumi Yamaguchi, Ichiro Kamei
Phlebia sp. MG-60 is a white-rot fungus that produces ethanol with high efficiency from lignocellulosic biomass without additional enzymes. Through engineering of this powerful metabolic pathway for fermentation in Phlebia sp. MG-60, chemical compounds other than ethanol could be produced. Here, we demonstrate sugar accumulation from unbleached hardwood kraft pulp and conversion of xylose to xylitol by pyruvate decarboxylase (pdc)-negative Phlebia sp. MG-60. We isolated Phlebia sp. strain MG-60-P2 from protoplasts to unify the protoplast phenotypes of the regenerated strains...
April 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
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