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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353308/single-stage-autotrophic-nitrogen-removal-process-at-high-loading-rate-granular-reactor-performance-kinetics-and-microbial-characterization
#1
Feiyue Qian, Abebe Temesgen Gebreyesus, Jianfang Wang, Yaoliang Shen, Wenru Liu, Lulin Xie
For the possible highest performance of single-stage combined partial nitritation/anammox (PNA) process, a continuous complete-mix granular reactor was operated at progressively higher nitrogen loading rate. The variations in bacterial community structure of granules were also characterized using high-throughput pyrosequencing, to give a detail insight to the relationship between reactor performance and functional organism abundance within completely autotrophic nitrogen removal system. In 172 days of operation, a superior total nitrogen (TN) removal rate over 3...
January 20, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352679/inter-sexual-habitat-and-isotopic-niche-segregation-of-the-endangered-monteiro-s-storm-petrel-during-breeding
#2
V H Paiva, J A Ramos, C Nava, V Neves, J Bried, M Magalhães
At-sea distribution and trophic ecology of small seabird species (i.e.<100 g) is far less known when compared to their larger relatives. We studied the habitat use (spatial ecology) and isotopic niches (trophic ecology) of the endangered Monteiro's storm-petrel Hydrobates monteiroi during the incubation and chick-rearing periods of 2013. There was a sexual foraging segregation of Monteiro's storm-petrels during the breeding period (tracking data) but also during the non-breeding stage (stable isotope analysis)...
December 30, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352504/trophic-niche-capture-efficiency-and-venom-profiles-of-six-sympatric-ant-eating-spider-species-araneae-zodariidae
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Stano Pekár, Lenka Petráková, Ondrej Šedo, Stanislav Korenko, Zbyněk Zdráhal
The arms race between specialist predators and their prey has resulted in the evolution of a variety of specific adaptations. In venomous predators this can include venom composition, particularly if predators are specialised on dangerous prey. Here, we performed an integrative study using six species of highly specialised ant-eating spiders of the genus Zodarion in order to investigate their phylogeny, realised trophic niche, efficacy in the capture of various ant species, and venom composition. Data on natural diet obtained by next-generation sequencing and field observations showed that the six Zodarion species exploit different ant species...
January 19, 2018: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351905/cancer-treatment-in-childhood-and-testicular-function-the-role-of-the-somatic-environment
#4
Jan-Bernd Stukenborg, Kirsi Jahnukainen, Marsida Hutka, Rod T Mitchell
Testicular function and future fertility may be affected by cancer treatment during childhood. Whilst survival of the germ (stem) cells is critical for ensuring the potential for fertility in these patients, the somatic cell populations also play a crucial role in providing a suitable environment to support germ cell maintenance and subsequent development. Regulation of the spermatogonial stem cell niche involves many signaling pathways with hormonal influence from the hypothalamo-pituitary-gonadal axis. In this review, we describe the somatic cell populations that comprise the testicular germ stem cell niche in human and how they may be affected by cancer treatment during childhood...
January 19, 2018: Endocrine Connections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351902/targeting-the-sphk1-s1p-s1pr1-axis-that-links-obesity-chronic-inflammation-and-breast-cancer-metastasis
#5
Masayuki Nagahashi, Akimitsu Yamada, Eriko Katsuta, Tomoyoshi Aoyagi, Wei-Ching Huang, Krista P Terracina, Nitai C Hait, Jeremy C Allegood, Junko Tsuchida, Kizuki Yuza, Masato Nakajima, Manabu Abe, Kenji Sakimura, Sheldon Milstien, Toshifumi Wakai, Sarah Spiegel, Kazuaki Takabe
Although obesity with associated inflammation is now recognized as a risk factor for breast cancer and distant metastases, the functional basis for these connections remain poorly understood. Here we show that in breast cancer patients and in animal breast cancer models, obesity is a sufficient cause for increased expression of the bioactive sphingolipid mediator sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) which mediates cancer pathogenesis. A high fat diet was sufficient to upregulate expression of sphingosine kinase 1 (SphK1), the enzyme that produces S1P, along with its receptor S1PR1 in syngeneic and spontaneous breast tumors...
January 19, 2018: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351009/life-history-traits-evolved-jointly-with-climatic-niche-and-disturbance-regime-in-the-genus-leucadendron-proteaceae
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Jeanne Tonnabel, Frank M Schurr, Florian Boucher, Wilfried Thuiller, Julien Renaud, Emmanuel J P Douzery, Ophélie Ronce
Organisms have evolved a diversity of life-history strategies to cope with variation in their environment. Persistence as adults and/or seeds across recruitment events allows species to dampen the effects of environmental fluctuations. The evolution of life cycles with overlapping generations should thus permit the colonization of environments with uncertain recruitment. We tested this hypothesis in Leucadendron (Proteaceae), a genus with high functional diversity native to fire-prone habitats in the South African fynbos...
February 2018: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350534/discovery-of-tetrahydroisoquinoline-containing-cxcr4-antagonists-with-improved-in-vitro-admet-properties
#7
Eric J Miller, Edgars Jecs, Valarie M Truax, Brooke M Katzman, Yesim A Tahirovic, Robert J Wilson, Katie M Kuo, Michelle B Kim, Huy H Nguyen, Manohar T Saindane, Huanyu Zhao, Tao Wang, Chi S Sum, Mary Ellen Cvijic, Gretchen M Schroeder, Lawrence J Wilson, Dennis C Liotta
CXCR4 is a 7-transmembrane receptor expressed by hematopoietic stem cells and progeny, as well as by ≥ 48 different cancers types. CXCL12, the only chemokine ligand of CXCR4, is secreted within the tumor microenvironment, providing sanctuary for CXCR4+ tumor cells from immune surveillance and chemotherapeutic elimination by 1) stimulating pro-survival signaling and 2) recruiting CXCR4+ immunosuppressive leukocytes. Additionally, distant CXCL12-rich niches attract and support CXCR4+ metastatic growths. Accordingly, CXCR4 antagonists can potentially obstruct CXCR4-mediated pro-survival signaling, recondition the CXCR4+ leukocyte infiltrate from immunosuppressive to immunoreactive, and inhibit CXCR4+ cancer cell metastasis...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350451/morphological-specializations-of-the-epidermis-of-an-angler-catfish-chaca-chaca-siluriformes-chacidae-in-relation-to-its-ecological-niche-a-scanning-electron-microscopic-investigation
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Arup Mistri, Usha Kumari, Swati Mittal, Ajay Kumar Mittal
The present work was undertaken with the aim to deduce morphological adaptations in skin of an angler catfish Chaca chaca by means of scanning electron microscopy. The fish is nocturnal, bottom dwelling, sluggish, ambush predator, lives in sand, mud, or soft substrates often buried and camouflaged for protection and to feed. The surface of the epidermis is covered with polygonal epithelial cells, each having surface relief of microridges forming intricate patterns. In between epithelial cells irregularly distributed mucous cell openings, randomly distributed epidermal specialized structures, taste buds, and neuromasts are discernible...
January 19, 2018: Microscopy Research and Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350284/a-positive-relationship-between-spring-temperature-and-productivity-in-20-songbird-species-in-the-boreal-zone
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Kalle Meller, Markus Piha, Anssi V Vähätalo, Aleksi Lehikoinen
Anthropogenic climate warming has already affected the population dynamics of numerous species and is predicted to do so also in the future. To predict the effects of climate change, it is important to know whether productivity is linked to temperature, and whether species' traits affect responses to climate change. To address these objectives, we analysed monitoring data from the Finnish constant effort site ringing scheme collected in 1987-2013 for 20 common songbird species together with climatic data. Warm spring temperature had a positive linear relationship with productivity across the community of 20 species independent of species' traits (realized thermal niche or migration behaviour), suggesting that even the warmest spring temperatures remained below the thermal optimum for reproduction, possibly due to our boreal study area being closer to the cold edge of all study species' distributions...
January 19, 2018: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350211/correction-a-niche-that-triggers-aggressiveness-within-brca1-iris-overexpressing-triple-negative-tumors-is-supported-by-reciprocal-interactions-with-the-microenvironment
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Daniel Ryan, Abhilasha Sinha, Danielle Bogan, Joanna Davies, Jim Koziol, Wael M ElShamy
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.18632/oncotarget.20892.].
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349719/shifts-in-the-importance-of-the-species-pool-and-environmental-controls-of-epiphytic-bryophyte-richness-across-multiple-scales
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Nagore G Medina, Matthew A Bowker, Joaquín Hortal, Vicente Mazimpaka, Francisco Lara
Species richness is influenced by a nested set of environmental factors, but how do these factors interact across several scales? Our main aim is to disentangle the relative importance of environmental filters and the species pool on the richness of epiphytic bryophytes across spatial scales. To do so, we sampled epiphytic bryophytes in 43 oak forests across the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula. As predictors we used climate, descriptors of forest structure and micro-environment. We applied structural equation modeling to relate these variables with richness and cover at three scales: locality (forest), stand (three stands per forest), and sample (a quadrate in a tree)...
January 18, 2018: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348641/refined-control-of-cell-stemness-allowed-animal-evolution-in-the-oxic-realm
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REVIEW
Emma U Hammarlund, Kristoffer von Stedingk, Sven Påhlman
Animal diversification on Earth has long been presumed to be associated with the increasing extent of oxic niches. Here, we challenge that view. We start with the fact that hypoxia (<1-3% O2) maintains cellular immaturity (stemness), whereas adult stem cells continuously-and paradoxically-regenerate animal tissue in oxygenated settings. Novel insights from tumour biology illuminate how cell stemness nevertheless can be achieved through the action of oxygen-sensing transcription factors in oxygenated, regenerating tissue...
January 18, 2018: Nature Ecology & Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348441/sdf1-gradient-associates-with-the-distribution-of-c-kit-cardiac-cells-in-the-heart
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Outi Renko, Anna-Maria Tolonen, Jaana Rysä, Johanna Magga, Erja Mustonen, Heikki Ruskoaho, Raisa Serpi
Identification of the adult cardiac stem cells (CSCs) has offered new therapeutic possibilities for treating ischemic myocardium. CSCs positive for the cell surface antigen c-Kit are known as the primary source for cardiac regeneration. Accumulating evidence shows that chemokines play important roles in stem cell homing. Here we investigated molecular targets to be utilized in modulating the mobility of endogenous CSCs. In a four week follow-up after experimental acute myocardial infarction (AMI) with ligation of the left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery of Sprague-Dawley rats c-Kit+ CSCs redistributed in the heart...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346765/characterization-of-endothelial-cells-associated-with-hematopoietic-niche-formation-in-humans-identifies-il-33-as-an-anabolic-factor
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Keane Jared Guillaume Kenswil, Adrian Christopher Jaramillo, Zhen Ping, Si Chen, Remco Michiel Hoogenboezem, Maria Athina Mylona, Maria Niken Adisty, Eric Moniqué Johannes Bindels, Pieter Koen Bos, Hans Stoop, King Hong Lam, Bram van Eerden, Tom Cupedo, Marc Hermanus Gerardus Petrus Raaijmakers
Bone marrow formation requires an orchestrated interplay between osteogenesis, angiogenesis, and hematopoiesis that is thought to be mediated by endothelial cells. The nature of the endothelial cells and the molecular mechanisms underlying these events remain unclear in humans. Here, we identify a subset of endoglin-expressing endothelial cells enriched in human bone marrow during fetal ontogeny and upon regeneration after chemotherapeutic injury. Comprehensive transcriptional characterization by massive parallel RNA sequencing of these cells reveals a phenotypic and molecular similarity to murine type H endothelium and activation of angiocrine factors implicated in hematopoiesis, osteogenesis, and angiogenesis...
January 16, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346400/the-mechanisms-how-heparin-affects-the-tumor-cell-induced-vegf-and-chemokine-release-from-platelets-to-attenuate-the-early-metastatic-niche-formation
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Jan Moritz Ponert, Svenja Schwarz, Reza Haschemi, Jens Müller, Bernd Pötzsch, Gerd Bendas, Martin Schlesinger
Metastasis is responsible for the majority of cancer associated fatalities. Tumor cells leaving the primary tumor and entering the blood flow immediately interact with platelets. Activated platelets contribute in different ways to cancer cell survival and proliferation, e.g. in formation of the early metastatic niche by release of different growth factors and chemokines. Here we show that a direct interaction between platelets and MV3 melanoma or MCF7 breast cancer cells induces platelet activation and a VEGF release in citrated plasma that cannot be further elevated by the coagulation cascade and generated thrombin...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346326/lipid-membrane-nanosensors-for-environmental-monitoring-the-art-the-opportunities-and-the-challenges
#16
REVIEW
Georgia-Paraskevi Nikoleli, Dimitrios Nikolelis, Christina G Siontorou, Stephanos Karapetis
The advent of nanotechnology has brought along new materials, techniques, and concepts, readily adaptable to lipid membrane-based biosensing. The transition from micro-sensors to nano-sensors is neither straightforward nor effortless, yet it leads to devices with superior analytical characteristics: ultra-low detectability, small sample volumes, better capabilities for integration, and more available bioelements and processes. Environmental monitoring remains a complicated field dealing with a large variety of pollutants, several decomposition products, or secondary chemicals produced ad hoc in the short- or medium term, many sub-systems affected variously, and many processes largely unknown...
January 18, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345582/is-the-impact-of-starvation-on-the-gut-microbiota-specific-or-unspecific-to-anorexia-nervosa-a-narrative-review-based-on-a-systematic-literature-search
#17
Isabelle Mack, John Penders, Jessica Cook, Jaslyn Dugmore, Nazar Mazurak, Paul Enck
BACKGROUND: The role of the gut microbiota in Anorexia nervosa (AN) has long been neglected by researchers, although the former is known to play an important role in health, disease and weight regulation. Overweight and underweight due to natural states of starvation and refeeding are normal in many vertebrates in their ecological niches. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review was to compare the similarities and differences between the gut microbiota in eating disorders with conditions of fasting and refeeding in other vertebrates...
January 17, 2018: Current Neuropharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345307/competitive-ability-stress-tolerance-and-plant-interactions-along-stress-gradients
#18
Man Qi, Tao Sun, SuFeng Xue, Wei Yang, DongDong Shao, Javier Martínez-López
Exceptions to the generality of the stress-gradient hypothesis (SGH) may be reconciled by considering species-specific traits and stress tolerance strategies. Studies have tested stress tolerance and competitive ability in mediating interaction outcomes, but few have incorporated this to predict how species interactions shift between competition and facilitation along stress gradients. We used field surveys, salt tolerance and competition experiments to develop a predictive model interspecific interaction shifts across salinity stress gradients...
January 18, 2018: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345293/s100b-expression-in-breast-cancer-as-a-predictive-marker-for-cancer-metastasis
#19
Meng-Chi Yen, Yung-Chi Huang, Jung-Yu Kan, Po-Lin Kuo, Ming-Feng Hou, Ya-Ling Hsu
In the tumor microenvironment, soluble molecules play important role in the establishment of a pre-metastatic niche. The S100 calcium-binding protein family are inflammatory molecules that contribute to the development of a pro-inflammatory tumor microenvironment. S100B belongs to the S100 family and serum S100B (also known as S100beta) serves as a marker for metastasis in lung cancer, ovarian cancer and melanoma. However, the association between S100B and the metastasis of breast cancer is not yet well understood...
February 2018: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345200/distinct-niches-within-the-extracellular-matrix-dictate-fibroblast-function-in-cell-free-3d-lung-tissue-cultures
#20
Gerald Burgstaller, Arunima Sengupta, Sarah Vierkotten, Gerhard Preissler, Michael Lindner, Jürgen Behr, Melanie Königshoff, Oliver Eickelberg
Instructive cues from the extracellular matrix (ECM) and their functional interplay with cells play pivotal roles for development, tissue repair, and disease. However, the precise nature of this interplay remains elusive. We used an innovative 3D cell culture ECM model by decellularizing ex vivo lung tissue scaffolds (d3D-LTCs) derived from diseased and healthy mouse lungs, which widely mimics the native (patho)physiological in vivo microenvironment. We successfully repopulated all d3D-LTCs with primary human and murine fibroblasts...
January 18, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
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