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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229215/sequence-analysis-and-expression-of-a-blue-light-photoreceptor-gene-slwc-1-from-the-cauliflower-mushroom-sparassis-latifolia
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Chi Yang, Lu Ma, Zhenghe Ying, Xiaoling Jiang, Yanquan Lin
Light is a necessary environmental factor for fruit body formation and development of the cauliflower mushroom Sparassis latifolia, a well-known edible and medicinal fungus. In this study, we firstly characterized the SP-C strain, which belonged to S. latifolia. And then we cloned and sequenced a photoreceptor gene (Slwc-1) from S. latifolia. The product of Slwc-1, SlWC-1 (872 aa residues) contained a coiled-coil region, a LOV domain, and two PAS domains. Phylogenetic tree result showed that SLWC-1 was most close to GfWC-1 from Grifola frondosa in edible and medicinal fungus...
February 22, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229028/small-scale-spatial-variation-in-population-and-individual-level-reproductive-parameters-of-the-blue-legged-hermit-crab-clibanarius-tricolor
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J Antonio Baeza, Donald C Behringer
Management of the few regulated ornamental fisheries relies on inadequate information about the life history of the target species. Herein, we investigated the reproductive biology of the most heavily traded marine invertebrate in the western Atlantic; the blue-legged hermit crab Clibanarius tricolor. We report on density, individual-level, and population-level reproductive parameters in 14 populations spanning the Florida Keys. In C. tricolor, abundance, population-level, and individual-level reproductive parameters exhibited substantial small-scale spatial variation in the Florida Keys...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228168/luminescence-spectroscopical-properties-of-plagioclase-particles-from-the-hayabusa-sample-return-mission-an-implication-for-study-of-space-weathering-processes-in-the-asteroid-itokawa
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Arnold Gucsik, Tomoki Nakamura, Cornelia Jäger, Kiyotaka Ninagawa, Hirotsugu Nishido, Masahiro Kayama, Akira Tsuchiyama, Ulrich Ott, Ákos Kereszturi
We report a systematic spectroscopical investigation of three plagioclase particles (RB-QD04-0022, RA-QD02-0025-01, and RA-QD02-0025-02) returned by the Hayabusa spacecraft from the asteroid Itokawa, by means of scanning electron microscopy, cathodoluminescence microscopy/spectroscopy, and micro-Raman spectroscopy. The cathodoluminescence properties are used to evaluate the crystallization effects and the degree of space weathering processes, especially the shock-wave history of Itokawa. They provide new insights regarding spectral changes of asteroidal bodies due to space weathering processes...
February 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226573/a-preliminary-study-on-multi-wavelength-ppg-based-pulse-transit-time-detection-for-cuffless-blood-pressure-measurement
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Jing Liu, Yuan-Ting Zhang, Xiao-Rong Ding, Wen-Xuan Dai, Ni Zhao, Jing Liu, Yuan-Ting Zhang, Xiao-Rong Ding, Wen-Xuan Dai, Ni Zhao, Wen-Xuan Dai, Yuan-Ting Zhang, Xiao-Rong Ding, Ni Zhao, Jing Liu
Pulse transit time (PTT) has been widely studied as an index of blood pressure (BP) changes. In recent years, some prototypes of PTT-based wearable BP measurement devices have been developed, which can relieve users from the discomfort caused by the inflating cuff used in auscultatory and oscillometric BP measurement techniques. However, in the common practice for PTT detection, multi-site sensor implementation on human body is required, making it difficult for the integration of wearable devices. Since multi-wavelength (MW) photoplethysmogram (PPG) signals carry blood pulsation information of different blood vessels embedded in different skin depths, the time difference between different wavelength PPG signals collected at the same body site can be treated as a special PTT on a short length of blood vessels beneath the skin...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215352/photoreceptors-in-the-dark-a-functional-white-collar-like-complex-and-other-putative-light-sensing-components-encoded-by-the-genome-of-the-subterranean-fungus-tuber-melanosporum
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Raffaele Gerace, Barbara Montanini, Marco Proietto, Elisabetta Levati, Cristina De Luca, Andrea Brenna, Patrizia Filetici, Annegret Kohler, Simone Ottonello, Paola Ballario
Light is perceived and transduced by fungi, where it modulates processes as diverse as growth and morphogenesis, sexual development and secondary metabolism. A special case in point is that of fungi with a subterranean, light-shielded habitat such as Tuber spp. Using as reference the genome sequence of the black truffle Tuber melanosporum, we used bioinformatic prediction tools and expression data to gain insight on the photoreceptor systems of this hypogeous ectomycorrhizal fungus. These include a chromophore-less opsin, a putative red-light-sensing phytochrome not expressed at detectable levels in any of the examined lifecycle stages, and a nearly canonical two-component (WC-1/WC-2) photoreceptor system similar to the Neurospora white collar complex (WCC)...
March 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215076/polymer-stabilization-of-liquid-crystal-blue-phase-ii-toward-photonic-crystals
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Seong-Yong Jo, Sung-Wook Jeon, Byeong-Cheon Kim, Jae-Hyun Bae, Fumito Araoka, Suk-Won Choi
The temperature ranges where a pure simple-cubic blue phase (BPII) emerges are quite narrow compared to the body-centered-cubic BP (BPI) such that the polymer stabilization of BPII is much more difficult. Hence, a polymer-stabilized BPII possessing a wide temperature range has been scarcely reported. Here, we fabricate a polymer-stabilized BPII over a temperature range of 50 °C including room temperature. The fabricated polymer-stabilized BPII is confirmed via polarized optical microscopy, Bragg reflection, and Kossel diagram observations...
February 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214320/indocyanine-green-assisted-sentinel-lymph-node-biopsy-in-melanoma-using-the-fovis-system
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Daniela Göppner, Stephan Nekwasil, Anne Jellestad, Alexander Sachse, Karl-Heinz Schönborn, Harald Gollnick
BACKGROUND: Metastatic involvement of the sentinel lymph node (SLN) represents a key prognostic factor in melanoma. The combined use of a radiocolloid (technetium-99m) and blue dye is the gold standard in sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB). In this context, near-infrared (NIR) fluorescence imaging with indocyanine green (ICG) has been suggested as an alternative. The objective of the present study was to examine the potential advantages of fluorescence-guided SLNB - compared to the conventional method - with respect to the visualization of lymphatic drainage pathways and the SLN...
February 2017: Journal der Deutschen Dermatologischen Gesellschaft, Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: JDDG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211029/influence-of-segmental-body-composition-and-adiposity-hormones-on-resting-metabolic-rate-and-substrate-utilization-in-overweight-and-obese-adults
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K R Hirsch, A E Smith-Ryan, M N M Blue, M G Mock, E T Trexler
PURPOSE: Low resting metabolic rate (RMR) and high carbohydrate reliance at rest are associated with weight gain, but are highly variable in obese individuals. This study determined the relationship of total and segmental body composition and adiposity hormones with RMR and respiratory exchange ratio (RER) in overweight and obese adults. METHODS: In 49 men (n = 23) and premenopausal women (n = 26) [mean ± SD; age = 35.0 ± 8.9 years; body mass index (BMI) = 33...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199953/evaluation-of-single-and-stack-membraneless-enzymatic-fuel-cells-based-on-ethanol-in-simulated-body-fluids
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J Galindo-de-la-Rosa, N Arjona, A Moreno-Zuria, E Ortiz-Ortega, M Guerra-Balcázar, J Ledesma-García, L G Arriaga
The purpose of this work is to evaluate single and double-cell membraneless microfluidic fuel cells (MMFCs) that operate in the presence of simulated body fluids SBF, human serum and blood enriched with ethanol as fuels. The study was performed using the alcohol dehydrogenase enzyme immobilised by covalent binding through an array composed of carbon Toray paper as support and a layer of poly(methylene blue)/tetrabutylammonium bromide/Nafion and glutaraldehyde (3D bioanode electrode). The single MMFC was tested in a hybrid microfluidic fuel cell using Pt/C as the cathode...
February 8, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188015/sensitivity-and-negative-predictive-value-for-sentinel-lymph-node-biopsy-in-women-with-early-stage-cervical-cancer
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Gloria Salvo, Pedro T Ramirez, Charles F Levenback, Mark F Munsell, Elizabeth D Euscher, Pamela T Soliman, Michael Frumovitz
OBJECTIVE: The role of sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy alone for staging of early-stage cervical cancer remains controversial. We aimed to determine the validity of this technique in women with early-stage cervical cancer. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed women with early-stage cervical cancer who underwent SLN mapping followed by complete pelvic lymphadenectomy as part of initial surgical management from August 1997 through October 2015. All modes of surgical approach were included...
February 7, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187674/a-new-species-of-poison-dart-frog-anura-dendrobatidae-from-manu-province-amazon-region-of-southeastern-peru-with-notes-on-its-natural-history-bioacoustics-phylogenetics-and-recommended-conservation-status
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Shirley J Serrano-Rojas, Andrew Whitworth, Jaime Villacampa, Rudolf VON May, Roberto C Gutiérrez, José M Padial, Juan C Chaparro
We describe and name a new species of poison-dart frog from the Amazonian slopes of the Andes in Manu Province, Madre de Dios Department, Peru; specifically within the Amarakaeri Communal Reserve and the buffer zone of Manu National Park. Ameerega shihuemoy sp. nov. is supported by a unique combination of characters: black dorsum with cream to light orange dorsolateral lines, blue belly reticulated with black, and the lack of axillary, thigh and calf flash marks. Within Ameerega, it shares the general appearance of A...
January 16, 2017: Zootaxa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155158/staining-of-lipid-droplets-with-monodansylpentane
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Bo-Hua Chen, Huei-Jiun Yang, He-Yen Chou, Guang-Chao Chen, Wei Yuan Yang
Monodansylpentane (MDH) is a fluorophore that displays selective labeling of lipid droplets (LDs). The dye preferentially segregates into the neutral lipid cores of LDs and emits blue fluorescence, compatible with the simultaneous use of green and red fluorescent reporters in multi-color live-cell imaging. MDH can be used for visualizing LDs not only in cell cultures, but also in fixed tissues such as the fat body and ovaries from Drosophila. MDH is therefore a versatile marker for LDs in fluorescence microscopy...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155156/staining-methods-for-normal-and-regenerative-myelin-in-the-nervous-system
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Víctor Carriel, Antonio Campos, Miguel Alaminos, Stefania Raimondo, Stefano Geuna
Histochemical techniques enable the specific identification of myelin by light microscopy. Here we describe three histochemical methods for the staining of myelin suitable for formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded materials. The first method is conventional luxol fast blue (LFB) method which stains myelin in blue and Nissl bodies and mast cells in purple. The second method is a LBF-based method called MCOLL, which specifically stains the myelin as well the collagen fibers and cells, giving an integrated overview of the histology and myelin content of the tissue...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154949/differential-gene-expression-associated-with-honey-bee-grooming-behavior-in-response-to-varroa-mites
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Mollah Md Hamiduzzaman, Berna Emsen, Greg J Hunt, Subhashree Subramanyam, Christie E Williams, Jennifer M Tsuruda, Ernesto Guzman-Novoa
Honey bee (Apis mellifera) grooming behavior is an important mechanism of resistance against the parasitic mite Varroa destructor. This research was conducted to study associations between grooming behavior and the expression of selected immune, neural, detoxification, developmental and health-related genes. Individual bees tested in a laboratory assay for various levels of grooming behavior in response to V. destructor were also analyzed for gene expression. Intense groomers (IG) were most efficient in that they needed significantly less time to start grooming and fewer grooming attempts to successfully remove mites from their bodies than did light groomers (LG)...
February 3, 2017: Behavior Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28142351/epidemiology-of-surgically-managed-anterior-cruciate-ligament-ruptures-in-a-sports-surgery-practice
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Andrew Arjun Sayampanathan, Bryan Koh Thean Howe, Hamid Rahmatullah Bin Abd Razak, Chong Hwei Chi, Andrew Hwee Chye Tan
INTRODUCTION: Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are common knee injuries, especially among sportsmen and sportswomen. The aim of this study is to better understand the epidemiology of surgically managed ACL tears sustained in our institution. METHODS: All patients who underwent arthroscopic ACL reconstruction by the senior author of this article in Singapore from 2008 to 2013 were studied. Patients who were diagnosed clinically and/or radiologically to have a complete tear of the ACL and subsequently underwent arthroscopic ACL reconstruction were included...
January 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132411/a-case-report-of-disappearing-pigmented-skin-lesions-associated-with-pembrolizumab-treatment-for-metastatic-melanoma
#16
Z J Wolner, A A Marghoob, M P Pulitzer, M A Postow, M A Marchetti
Pembrolizumab is an immune checkpoint inhibitor that targets the programmed cell death (PD)-1 receptor. Common cutaneous adverse side effects of PD-1 inhibitors include maculopapular rash, pruritus, vitiligo, and lichenoid skin and mucosal reactions. Here, we describe a man in his sixties with metastatic melanoma treated with pembrolizumab who subsequently developed fading or disappearance of pigmented skin lesions, lightening of the skin, and poliosis of the eyebrows, eyelashes, and scalp and body hair. Compared to baseline high-resolution three-dimensional total body photography, we observed fading or disappearing of solar lentigines, seborrheic keratoses, and melanocytic naevi, suggesting that PD-1 inhibitors may affect the evolution of these benign skin lesions...
January 28, 2017: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28129782/cord-blood-cell-derived-ipscs-as-a-new-candidate-for-chondrogenic-differentiation-and-cartilage-regeneration
#17
Yoojun Nam, Yeri Alice Rim, Seung Min Jung, Ji Hyeon Ju
BACKGROUND: The native articular cartilage lacks the ability to heal. Currently, ex vivo expanded chondrocytes or bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells are used to regenerate the damaged cartilage. With unlimited self-renewal ability and multipotency, human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) have been highlighted as a new replacement cell source for cartilage repair. Still, further research is needed on cartilage regeneration using cord blood mononuclear cell-derived hiPSCs (CBMC-hiPSCs)...
January 28, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118390/anesthesia-induced-hypothermia-attenuates-early-phase-blood-brain-barrier-disruption-but-not-infarct-volume-following-cerebral-ischemia
#18
Yu-Cheng Liu, Yu-Da Lee, Hwai-Lee Wang, Kate Hsiurong Liao, Kuen-Bao Chen, Kin-Shing Poon, Yu-Ling Pan, Ted Weita Lai
Blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption is thought to facilitate the development of cerebral infarction after a stroke. In a typical stroke model (such as the one used in this study), the early phase of BBB disruption reaches a peak 6 h post-ischemia and largely recovers after 8-24 h, whereas the late phase of BBB disruption begins 48-58 h post-ischemia. Because cerebral infarct develops within 24 h after the onset of ischemia, and several therapeutic agents have been shown to reduce the infarct volume when administered at 6 h post-ischemia, we hypothesized that attenuating BBB disruption at its peak (6 h post-ischemia) can also decrease the infarct volume measured at 24 h...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106259/selection-on-parental-performance-opposes-selection-for-larger-body-mass-in-a-wild-population-of-blue-tits
#19
Caroline E Thomson, Florian Bayer, Nicholas Crouch, Samantha Farrell, Elizabeth Heap, Elizabeth Mittell, Mar Zurita-Cassinello, Jarrod D Hadfield
There is abundant evidence in many taxa for positive directional selection on body size, and yet little evidence for microevolutionary change. In many species, variation in body size is partly determined by the actions of parents, so a proposed explanation for stasis is the presence of a negative genetic correlation between direct and parental effects. Consequently, selecting genes for increased body size would result in a correlated decline in parental effects, reducing body size in the following generation...
January 20, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097667/comparative-morphology-of-the-scales-of-roundscale-spearfish-tetrapturus-georgii-and-white-marlin-kajikia-albida
#20
E L Loose, E J Hilton, J E Graves
The comparative morphology of the scales of roundscale spearfish Tetrapturus georgii and white marlin Kajikia albida was investigated. In addition, variation in scale morphology across different body regions within each species was analysed. Although considerable morphological variation was observed among scales from different body regions in both species, scales of K. albida generally have pointed anterior ends, fewer posterior points and are more heavily imbricated than those of T. georgii, which are frequently rounded anteriorly, often have many posterior points and are separated farther within the skin...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
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