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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779257/linking-seed-germination-and-plant-height-a-case-study-of-a-wetland-community-on-the-eastern-tibet-plateau
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Kun Liu, Suzhen Cao, Guozhen Du, Jerry M Baskin, Carol C Baskin, Haiyan Bu, Wei Qi, Ting Liang
Seed germination is the earliest trait expressed in a plant's life history, and it can directly affect the expression of post germination traits. Plant height is central to plant ecological strategies, because it is a major determinant of the ability of a species to compete for light. Thus, linking seed germination and plant height at the community level is very important to understanding plant fitness and community structure. Here, we tested storage condition and temperature requirements for germination of 31 species from a wetland plant community on the eastern Tibet Plateau, and analyzed correlation of germination traits with plant height in relation to storage condition...
May 20, 2018: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779173/long-lasting-high-lysine-diet-aggravates-white-matter-injury-in-glutaryl-coa-dehydrogenase-deficient-gcdh-mice
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Silvia Olivera-Bravo, Bianca Seminotti, Eugenia Isasi, César A Ribeiro, Guilhian Leipnitz, Michael Woontner, Stephen I Goodman, Diogo Souza, Luis Barbeito, Moacir Wajner
Glutaric acidemia type I (GA-I) is a neurometabolic disease caused by deficient activity of glutaryl-CoA dehydrogenase (GCDH) that results in accumulation of metabolites derived from lysine (Lys), hydroxylysine, and tryptophan catabolism. GA-I patients typically develop encephalopatic crises with striatal degeneration and progressive white matter defects. However, late onset patients as well as Gcdh-/- mice only suffer diffuse myelinopathy, suggesting that neuronal death and white matter defects are different pathophysiological events...
May 19, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779114/general-sources-of-dopamine-as-a-potential-morphogenic-factor-in-the-developing-striatum-of-rats
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A I Kurtova, L K Dil'mukhametova, E R Mingazov, M V Ugrumov
In the striatum of rats at different stages of development, we determined the content of tyrosine hydroxylase and aromatic L-amino acids decarboxylase using double immunohistochemical labeling and estimated the expression level of their transcripts by real-time PCR. We found that, in different periods of development, there are three sources of dopamine in the striatum of rats: bienzymatic nerve fibers (throughout ontogeny), bienzymatic neurons (appear on day 18 of embryonic development), and monoenzymatic neurons (in adult animals)...
March 2018: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779101/the-role-of-epibionts-of-bacteria-of-the-genus-pseudoalteromonas-and-cellular-proteasomes-in-the-adaptive-plasticity-of-marine-cold-water-sponges
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O I Kravchuk, A I Lavrov, A D Finoshin, N G Gornostaev, A A Georgiev, S B Abaturova, V S Mikhailov, Yu V Lyupina
It was found that cells of different color morphs of the cold-water marine sponges Halichondria panicea (Pallas, 1766) of the class Demospongiae differ in the content of epibionts of bacteria of the genus Pseudoalteromonas. The sponge cells with elevated levels of epibionts of bacteria of the genus Pseudoalteromonas showed an increased expression of Hsp70 proteins but had a reduced level of the proteasomal catalytic beta 5 subunit, which was accompanied by a change in their activity. Probably, epibionts of bacteria of the genus Pseudoalteromonas may affect the ubiquitin-proteasome system in the cells of cold-water marine sponges and, thereby, ensure their adaptive plasticity...
March 2018: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778974/metabolic-plasticity-during-transition-to-na%C3%A3-ve-like-pluripotency-in-canine-embryo-derived-stem-cells
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I C Tobias, R R Isaac, J G Dierolf, R Khazaee, R C Cumming, D H Betts
Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) have been described in naïve or primed pluripotent states. Domestic dogs are useful translational models in regenerative medicine, but their embryonic stem cells (cESCs) remain narrowly investigated. Primed-like cESCs expanded in the presence of leukemia inhibitory factor and fibroblast growth factor 2 (LIF-FGF2) acquire features of naïve pluripotency when exposed to chemical inhibitors and LIF (2iL). However, proliferation of cESCs is influenced by the pluripotent state and is comparatively slower than human or mouse PSCs...
May 16, 2018: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778954/ionizing-radiation-and-taxonomic-functional-and-evolutionary-diversity-of-bird-communities
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Federico Morelli, Yanina Benedetti, Timothy A Mousseau, Anders Pape Møller
Ionizing radiation from nuclear accidents at Chernobyl, Fukushima and elsewhere has reduced the abundance, species richness and diversity of ecosystems. Here we analyzed the taxonomic, functional and evolutionary diversity of bird communities in forested areas around Chernobyl. Species richness decreased with increasing radiation, mainly in 2007. Functional richness, but not functional evenness and divergence, decreased with increasing level of ionizing radiation. Evolutionary distinctiveness of bird communities was higher in areas with higher levels of ionizing radiation...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778918/cognitive-mechanisms-of-sleep-outcomes-in-a-randomized-clinical-trial-of-internet-based-cognitive-behavioral-therapy-for-insomnia
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Philip I Chow, Karen S Ingersoll, Frances P Thorndike, Holly R Lord, Linda Gonder-Frederick, Charles M Morin, Lee M Ritterband
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate in a randomized clinical trial the role of sleep-related cognitive variables in the long-term efficacy of an online, fully automated cognitive behavioral therapy intervention for insomnia (CBT-I) (Sleep Healthy Using the Internet [SHUTi]). METHOD: Three hundred and three participants (Mage  = 43.3 years; SD = 11.6) were randomly assigned to SHUTi or an online patient education condition and assessed at baseline, postintervention (nine weeks after baseline), and six and 12 months after the intervention period...
December 20, 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778896/formation-and-transformation-of-calcium-phosphate-phases-under-biologically-relevant-conditions-experiments-and-modelling
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Agnese Carino, Christian Ludwig, Antonio Cervellino, Elisabeth Müller, Andrea Testino
The experimental data on calcium phosphates formation were collected in dilute solution at constant pH (7.40) and temperature (37.0 °C) at different levels of ionic strength (IS). The evolution of the solid phase formation is described in detail using a thermodynamic-kinetic model. The thermodynamic model takes into account all relevant chemical species as well as Posner's clusters; the kinetic model, based on the discretized population balance approach, accounts for the solid formation from solution. The experimental data are consistent with an initial formation of dicalcium phosphate dihydrate (DCPD, brushite), which dominates the nucleation rate, and its rapid transformation into octacalcium phosphate (OCP) or hydroxyapatite (HA), which dominates the growth rate...
May 17, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778832/glucocorticoid-metabolites-in-newborns-a-marker-for-traffic-noise-related-stress
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Manuella Lech Cantuaria, Jakob Usemann, Elena Proietti, Victoria Blanes-Vidal, Bernhard Dick, Christa E Flück, Simone Rüedi, Harris Héritier, Jean-Marc Wunderli, Philipp Latzin, Urs Frey, Martin Röösli, Danielle Vienneau
BACKGROUND: Traffic noise has been associated with an increased risk for several non-auditory health effects, which may be explained by a noise-induced release of stress hormones (e.g. glucocorticoids). Although several studies in children and adults have indicated an increased secretion of glucocorticoids after exposure to noise, information regarding newborns is scarce. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association between residential exposure to road traffic noise and postnatal stress response, as assessed by the concentration of glucocorticoids at five weeks of age...
May 17, 2018: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778792/valproic-acid-attenuates-manganese-induced-reduction-in-expression-of-glt-1-and-glast-with-concomitant-changes-in-murine-dopaminergic-neurotoxicity
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James Johnson, Edward Pajarillo, Pratap Karki, Judong Kim, Deok-Soo Son, Michael Aschner, Eunsook Lee
Exposure to elevated levels of manganese (Mn) causes manganism, a neurological disorder with similar characteristics to those of Parkinson's disease (PD). Valproic acid (VPA), an antiepileptic, is known to inhibit histone deacetylases and exert neuroprotective effects in many experimental models of neurological disorders. In the present study, we investigated if VPA attenuated Mn-induced dopaminergic neurotoxicity and the possible mechanisms involved in VPA's neuroprotection, focusing on modulation of astrocytic glutamate transporters (glutamate aspartate transporter, GLAST and glutamate transporter 1, GLT-1) and histone acetylation in H4 astrocyte culture and mouse models...
May 17, 2018: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778791/evolutionary-transitions-in-controls-reconcile-adaptation-with-continuity-of-evolution
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Alexander V Badyaev
Evolution proceeds by accumulating functional solutions, necessarily forming an uninterrupted lineage from past solutions of ancestors to the current design of extant forms. At the population level, this process requires an organismal architecture in which the maintenance of local adaptation does not preclude the ability to innovate in the same traits and their continuous evolution. Representing complex traits as networks enables us to visualize a fundamental principle that resolves tension between adaptation and continuous evolution: phenotypic states encompassing adaptations traverse the continuous multi-layered landscape of past physical, developmental and functional associations among traits...
May 17, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778664/gestational-diabetes-mellitus-modulates-cholesterol-homeostasis-in-human-fetoplacental-endothelium
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Yidan Sun, Susanne Kopp, Jasmin Strutz, Chaitanya Chakravarthi Gali, Martina Zandl-Lang, Elham Fanaee-Danesh, Andrijana Kirsch, Silvija Cvitic, Saša Frank, Richard Saffery, Ingemar Björkhem, Gernot Desoye, Christian Wadsack, Ute Panzenboeck
Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is associated with excessive oxidative stress which may affect placental vascular function. Cholesterol homeostasis is crucial for maintaining fetoplacental endothelial function. We aimed to investigate whether and how GDM affects cholesterol metabolism in human fetoplacental endothelial cells (HPEC). HPEC were isolated from fetal term placental arterial vessels of GDM or control subjects. Cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) were detected by H2 DCFDA fluorescent dye. Oxysterols were quantified by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis...
May 17, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778644/a-trichostatin-a-tsa-sp1-mediated-mechanism-for-the-regulation-of-sall2-tumor-suppressor-in-jurkat-t-cells
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Matías I Hepp, David Escobar, Carlos Farkas, Viviana Hermosilla, Claudia Álvarez, Roberto Amigo, José L Gutiérrez, Ariel F Castro, Roxana Pincheira
SALL2 is a transcription factor involved in development and disease. Deregulation of SALL2 has been associated with cancer, suggesting that it plays a role in the disease. However, how SALL2 is regulated and why is deregulated in cancer remain poorly understood. We previously showed that the p53 tumor suppressor represses SALL2 under acute genotoxic stress. Here, we investigated the effect of Histone Deacetylase Inhibitor (HDACi) Trichostatin A (TSA), and involvement of Sp1 on expression and function of SALL2 in Jurkat T cells...
May 17, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778550/the-factors-associated-with-negative-colonoscopy-in-screening-subjects-with-positive-immunochemical-stool-occult-blood-test-outcomes
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Po-Hsiang Ting, Xi-Hsuan Lin, Jeng-Kai Jiang, Jiing-Chyuan Luo, Ping-Hsien Chen, Yen-Po Wang, I-Fang Hsin, Chin Lin Perng, Ming-Chih Hou, Fa-Yauh Lee
BACKGROUND: The immunochemical fecal occult blood test (iFOBT) is an alternative method to colonoscopy that can be used for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening. If the iFOBT result is positive, a colonoscopy is recommended. In this retrospective study, we identify factors associated with negative colonoscopy and positive iFOBT results obtained during CRC screening. METHODS: We collected data for subjects who received a colonoscopy at Taipei Veterans General Hospital after receiving a positive iFOBT result during CRC screening from January 2015 to December 2015...
May 16, 2018: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778547/relation-of-inflammatory-markers-with-symptoms-of-psychotic-disorders-a-large-cohort-study
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E J Liemburg, I M Nolte, H C Klein, H Knegtering, R Bruggeman, E Visser, A A Bartels-Velthuis, W Veling
AIMS: Immunological mechanisms may play a role in symptomatology of patients with a psychotic disorder. Besides metabolic problems and medication use, inflammatory processes that may occur due to the disorder may cause increased inflammatory markers and concurrent psychiatric symptoms. The aim of this study is to investigate whether levels of C-reactive protein (CRP) and white blood cell count (WBC) are related to positive and negative symptoms of psychotic disorders, and whether age, gender, duration of illness, smoking behavior, haloperidol equivalents, mediation use, body mass, and metabolic syndrome affect this relation...
May 17, 2018: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778538/naringenin-exhibits-the-protective-effect-on-cardiac-hypertrophy-via-eets-ppars-activation-in-streptozocin-induced-diabetic-mice
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Jie Zhang, Hongmei Qiu, Jiajun Huang, Shumei Ding, Bo Huang, Qin Wu, Qingsong Jiang
Cardiac hypertrophy is one of the key structural changes in diabetic cardiomyopathy. Naringenin, a dihydroflavonoid extracted from citrus plants with multiple pharmacological activities, yet the underlying effects on diabetic cardiac hypertrophy remain unclear. This study aimed to evaluate the potential effects of naringenin on cardiac hypertrophy in diabetic mice. Long-term high-fat feeding combined with streptozotocin resulted in cardiac hypertrophy after a diabetic model has been established for 4 weeks in mice, which were improved by naringenin supplementation (25 or 75 mg/kg/day, i...
May 17, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778462/altered-mitochondrial-acetylation-profiles-in-a-kainic-acid-model-of-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Lindsey B Gano, Li-Ping Liang, Kristen Ryan, Cole R Michel, Joe Gomez, Athanassios Vassilopoulos, Nichole Reisdorph, Kristofer S Fritz, Manisha Patel
Impaired bioenergetics and oxidative damage in the mitochondria are implicated in the etiology of temporal lobe epilepsy, and hyperacetylation of mitochondrial proteins has recently emerged as a critical negative regulator of mitochondrial functions. However, the roles of mitochondrial acetylation and activity of the primary mitochondrial deacetylase, SIRT3, have not been explored in acquired epilepsy. We investigated changes in mitochondrial acetylation and SIRT3 activity in the development of chronic epilepsy in the kainic acid rat model of TLE...
May 17, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778434/implementation-of-multimodal-infection-control-and-hand-hygiene-strategies-in-acute-care-hospitals-in-greece-a-cross-sectional-benchmarking-survey
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Evangelos I Kritsotakis, Eirini Astrinaki, Argyri Messaritaki, Achilleas Gikas
BACKGROUND: In this first attempt to suggest achievable standards for improvement in hospital infection prevention and control (IPC) in Greece, we assessed main IPC structure and process indicators emphasizing hand hygiene. METHODS: Acute-care hospitals across the country participated in a cross-sectional survey by completing the World Health Organization Hand Hygiene Self-assessment Framework (HHSAF) and by providing hospital-level IPC indicators. RESULTS: Seventeen hospitals completed the survey, comprising 14% of the country's public hospitals...
May 16, 2018: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778426/germline-cytoskeletal-and-extra-cellular-matrix-related-single-nucleotide-variations-associated-with-distinct-cancer-survival-rates
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Shayan Falasiri, Tasnif Rahman, Yaping N Tu, Timothy J Fawcett, George Blanck
BACKGROUND: Human mutagenesis has a large stochastic component. Thus, large coding regions, especially cytoskeletal and extra-cellular matrix protein (CECMP) coding regions are particularly vulnerable to mutations. Recent results have verified a high level of somatic mutations in the CECMP coding regions in the cancer genome atlas (TCGA), and a relatively common occurrence of germline, deleterious mutations in the TCGA breast cancer dataset. METHODS: The objective of this study was to determine the correlations of CECMP coding region, germline nucleotide variations with both overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS)...
May 17, 2018: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778401/high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-the-fundamentals-clinical-applications-and-research-trends
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I A Shehata Elhelf, H Albahar, U Shah, A Oto, E Cressman, M Almekkawy
Diagnostic ultrasound has been clinically used for decades. More recently, high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) has been developed for therapeutic use as a non-invasive technique for tissue ablation. HIFU is also being investigated for advanced applications at the cellular level. Under guidance by magnetic resonance or ultrasound imaging, HIFU can achieve precise biological effects in tissue with a high safety profile. In this article, we discuss the basic principles, advantages and limitations of HIFU...
May 17, 2018: Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging
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