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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448935/analysis-of-the-synoptic-winter-mortality-climatology-in-five-regions-of-england-searching-for-evidence-of-weather-signals
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A K Paschalidou, P A Kassomenos, G R McGregor
Although heat-related mortality has received considerable research attention, the impact of cold weather on public health is less well-developed, probably due to the fact that physiological responses to cold weather can vary substantially among individuals, age groups, diseases etc., depending on a number of behavioral and physiological factors. In the current work we use the classification techniques provided by the COST-733 software to link synoptic circulation patterns with excess cold-related mortality in 5 regions of England...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448932/seasonal-changes-of-fructans-in-dimorphic-roots-of-ichthyothere-terminalis-spreng-blake-asteraceae-growing-in-cerrado
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Lorrayne Veloso de Almeida, Pedro Henrique Ferri, José Carlos Seraphin, Moemy Gomes de Moraes
Cerrado is a floristically rich savanna in Brazil, whose vegetation consists of a physiognomic mosaic, influenced by rainfall seasonality. In the dry season rainfall is substantially lower and reduces soil water supply, mainly for herbs and subshrubs. Climatic seasonal variations may well define phenological shifts and induce fluctuations of plant reserve pools. Some Cerrado native species have thickened underground organs that bear buds and store reserves, as adaptive features to enable plant survival following environmental stresses...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448631/biofortification-se-does-it-increase-the-content-of-phenolic-compounds-in-virgin-olive-oil-voo
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Roberto D'Amato, Primo Proietti, Andrea Onofri, Luca Regni, Sonia Esposto, Maurizio Servili, Daniela Businelli, Roberto Selvaggini
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is a fundamental component of the Mediterranean diet and it may contain several anti-oxidant substances, such as phenols. Previous research has shown that this food may be enriched in phenols by spraying a sodium-selenate solution (100 mg L-1 Se) onto the crop canopy before flowering. The aim of this research was to evaluate the effect of this Se-fertilization before flowering (cv. Leccino) on the phenolic profile of EVOOs, and test to what extent such effects depend on the weather pattern, as observed in two contrasting experimental seasons (2013 and 2014)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448621/biochar-from-kon-tiki-flame-curtain-and-other-kilns-effects-of-nutrient-enrichment-and-kiln-type-on-crop-yield-and-soil-chemistry
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Naba Raj Pandit, Jan Mulder, Sarah Elisabeth Hale, Hans Peter Schmidt, Gerard Cornelissen
Biochar application to soils has been investigated as a means of improving soil fertility and mitigating climate change through soil carbon sequestration. In the present work, the invasive shrub "Eupatorium adenophorum" was utilized as a sustainable feedstock for making biochar under different pyrolysis conditions in Nepal. Biochar was produced using several different types of kilns; four sub types of flame curtain kilns (deep-cone metal kiln, steel shielded soil pit, conical soil pit and steel small cone), brick-made traditional kiln, traditional earth-mound kiln and top lift up draft (TLUD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448039/surgical-ablation-assay-for-studying-eye-regeneration-in-planarians
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Jacob M Morton, Marwa A Saad, Wendy S Beane
In the study of adult stem cells and regenerative mechanisms, planarian flatworms are a staple in vivo model system. This is due in large part to their abundant pluripotent stem cell population and ability to regenerate all cell and tissue types after injuries that would be catastrophic for most animals. Recently, planarians have gained popularity as a model for eye regeneration. Their ability to regenerate the entire eye (comprised of two tissue types: pigment cells and photoreceptors) allows for the dissection of the mechanisms regulating visual system regeneration...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448037/cooling-an-optically-trapped-ultracold-fermi-gas-by-periodical-driving
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Jiaming Li, Leonardo F de Melo, Le Luo
We present a cooling method for a cold Fermi gas by parametrically driving atomic motions in a crossed-beam optical dipole trap (ODT). Our method employs the anharmonicity of the ODT, in which the hotter atoms at the edge of the trap feel the anharmonic components of the trapping potential, while the colder atoms in the center of the trap feel the harmonic one. By modulating the trap depth with frequencies that are resonant with the anharmonic components, we selectively excite the hotter atoms out of the trap while keeping the colder atoms in the trap, generating parametric cooling...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448025/novel-assay-for-cold-nociception-in-drosophila-larvae
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Heather N Turner, Christian Landry, Michael J Galko
How organisms sense and respond to noxious temperatures is still poorly understood. Further, the mechanisms underlying sensitization of the sensory machinery, such as in patients experiencing peripheral neuropathy or injury-induced sensitization, are not well characterized. The genetically tractable Drosophila model has been used to study the cells and genes required for noxious heat detection, which has yielded multiple conserved genes of interest. Little is known however about the cells and receptors important for noxious cold sensing...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448007/a-novel-biaxial-testing-apparatus-for-the-determination-of-forming-limit-under-hot-stamping-conditions
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Zhutao Shao, Nan Li
The hot stamping and cold die quenching process is increasingly used to form complex shaped structural components of sheet metals. Conventional experimental approaches, such as out-of-plane and in-plane tests, are not applicable to the determination of forming limits when heating and rapid cooling processes are introduced prior to forming for tests conducted under hot stamping conditions. A novel in-plane biaxial testing system was designed and used for the determination of forming limits of sheet metals at various strain paths, temperatures, and strain rates after heating and cooling processes in a resistance heating uniaxial testing machine...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447344/short-term-treatments-with-high-co2-and-low-o2-concentrations-on-quality-of-fresh-goji-berries-lycium-barbarum-l-during-cold-storage
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Mina Kafkaletou, Miltiadis V Christopoulos, Eleni Tsantili
BACKGROUND: Goji berries (Lycium barbarum L.) are functional fruits, but usually disposed to markets as dried. The aim, here, was to investigate the storability of fresh goji berries treated with high CO2 and low O2 concentrations before air storage at 1 °C for 21 d. RESULTS: Berries harvested without stems were exposed to air (controls) or treated for 2 d at 1 °C with the following controlled atmosphere (CA) treatments: 21% O2 + 0% CO2 (21 + 0), 5% O2 + 15% CO2 (5 + 15), 10% O2 + 10% CO2 (10 + 10) and 20% O2 + 20% CO2 (20 + 20)...
April 26, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447342/maintaining-postharvest-quality-of-cold-stored-hass-avocados-by-altering-the-fatty-acids-content-and-composition-with-the-use-of-natural-volatile-compounds-methyl-jasmonate-and-methyl-salicylate
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Marcin Glowacz, Malick Bill, Peter P Tinyane, Dharini Sivakumar
BACKGROUND: Low temperature is often used to reduce metabolic processes and extend the storage of fruit, however, in the case of avocado the temperature below 3 °C would often result in development of physiological disorders associated with chilling injury. The objective of this study was to investigate the ability of methyl jasmonate (MeJA) and methyl salicylate (MeSA) vapours to alleviate the chilling injury in 'Hass' avocado fruit kept at 2 °C for 21 d followed by 6-7 d shelf-life at 20 °C, simulating supply chain conditions...
April 26, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445814/comprehensive-profiling-and-characterization-of-coumarins-from-roots-stems-leaves-branches-and-seeds-of-chimonanthus-nitensoliv-using-ultra-performance-liquid-chromatography-quadrupole-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry-combined-with-modified-mass-defect-filter
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Ting Tan, Yun Luo, Chen-Cong Zhong, Xu Xu, Yulin Feng
Chimonanthus nitensOliv. (CNO), having been studied and developed as the tea beverages, tea raw materials and preparations, an unique species in China, have been extensively used for treating colds and influenza for centuries. In the present study, a method based on the modified mass defect filter (MDF) was firstly developed and validated for comprehensive profiling of coumarins in the different parts of CNO via ultra-performance liquid chromatography tandem quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-QTOF/MS)...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445533/influence-of-temperature-on-daily-locomotor-activity-in-the-crab-uca-pugilator
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Audrey M Mat, Gideon P Dunster, Valerio Sbragaglia, Jacopo Aguzzi, Horacio O de la Iglesia
Animals living in the intertidal zone are exposed to prominent temperature changes. To cope with the energetic demands of environmental thermal challenges, ectotherms rely mainly on behavioral responses, which may change depending on the time of the day and seasonally. Here, we analyze how temperature shapes crabs' behavior at 2 different times of the year and show that a transition from constant cold (13.5°C) to constant warm (17.5°C) water temperature leads to increased locomotor activity levels throughout the day in fiddler crabs (Uca pugilator) collected during the summer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445422/bioactive-components-from-qingwen-baidu-decoction-against-lps-induced-acute-lung-injury-in-rats
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Qi Zhang, Hai-Min Lei, Peng-Long Wang, Zhi-Qiang Ma, Yan Zhang, Jing-Jing Wu, Jing Nie, Su-Juan Chen, Wen-Jie Han, Qing Wang, Dan-Yang Chen, Cheng-Ke Cai, Qiang Li
Qingwen Baidu Decoction (QBD) is an extraordinarily "cold" formula. It was traditionally used to cure epidemic hemorrhagic fever, intestinal typhoid fever, influenza, sepsis and so on. The purpose of this study was to discover relationships between the change of the constituents in different extracts of QBD and the pharmacological effect in a rat model of acute lung injury (ALI) induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS). The study aimed to discover the changes in constituents of different QBD extracts and the pharmacological effects on acute lung injury (ALI) induced by LPS...
April 26, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445050/involvement-of-wrky-transcription-factors-in-aba-induced-cold-tolerance-of-banana-fruit
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Dong-Lan Luo, Liang-Jie Ba, Wei Shan, Jian-Fei Kuang, Wang-Jin Lu, Jian-Ye Chen
Phytohormone abscisic acid (ABA) and plant-specific WRKY transcription factors (TFs) have been implicated to play important roles in various stress responses. The involvement of WRKY TFs in ABA-mediated cold tolerance of economical fruits, such as banana fruit, however remains largely unknown. Here, we reported that ABA application could induce expressions of ABA biosynthesis-related genes MaNCED1 and MaNCED2, increase endogenous ABA contents and thereby enhance cold tolerance in banana fruit. Four banana fruit WRKY TFs, designated as MaWRKY31, MaWRKY33, MaWRKY60, and MaWRKY71, were identified and characterized...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444904/a-bell-pepper-cultivar-tolerant-to-chilling-enhanced-nitrogen-allocation-and-stress-related-metabolite-accumulation-in-the-roots-in-response-to-low-root-zone-temperature
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Moses Kwame Aidoo, Tal Sherman, Naftali Lazarovitch, Aaron Fait, Shimon Rachmilevitch
Two bell pepper (Capsicum annuum) cultivars, differing in their response to chilling, were exposed to three levels of root zone temperatures. Gas exchange, shoot and root phenology, and the pattern of change of the central metabolites and secondary metabolites caffeate and benzoate in the leaves and roots were profiled. Low root zone temperature significantly inhibited gaseous exchange, with a greater effect on the sensitive commercial pepper hybrid (Canon) than on the new hybrid bred to enhance abiotic stress tolerant (S103)...
April 26, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444903/electrospray-ionization-mass-spectrometry-for-the-hydrolysis-complexes-of-cisplatin-implications-for-the-hydrolysis-process-of-platinum-complexes
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Feifan Xie, Pieter Colin, Jan Van Bocxlaer
Non-enzyme dependent hydrolysis of the drug cisplatin is important for its mode of action and toxicity. However, up until today, the hydrolysis process of cisplatin is still not completely understood. In the present study, the hydrolysis of cisplatin in an aqueous solution was systematically investigated using electrospray ionization mass spectrometry coupled to liquid chromatography. A variety of previously unreported hydrolysis complexes corresponding to mono-, di-, and trimeric species were detected and identified...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Mass Spectrometry: JMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444877/identification-and-measurement-of-staphylococcal-enterotoxin-m-sem-from-staphylococcus-aureus-isolate-associated-with-staphylococcal-food-poisoning
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Yanying Zhao, Anni Zhu, Junni Tang, Cheng Tang, Juan Chen
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) produces a wide variety of staphylococcal enterotoxins (SEs, SEA to SEX), which are responsible for staphylococcal food poisoning. This study is aimed to establish a system to detect SEM protein in food matrixes. In the present study, sem gene was characterized in a S. aureus isolate H4 associated with food poisoning. The amino acid sequence of the deduced SEM protein was same as that of previously identified SEM from S. aureus 04-02981. Subsequently, mature SEM protein was expressed in E...
April 26, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444847/complement-dependence-of-murine-costimulatory-blockade-resistant-cellular-cardiac-allograft-rejection
#18
Nicholas Chun, Robert L Fairchild, Yansui Li, Jinhua Liu, Ming Zhang, William M Baldwin, Peter S Heeger
Building upon studies showing that ischemia/reperfusion-(IR)-injury is complement-dependent, we tested links among complement activation, transplant associated ischemia-reperfusion injury, and murine cardiac allograft rejection. We transplanted BALB/c hearts subjected to 8h cold ischemic storage (CIS) into CTLA4Ig-treated WT or c3(-/-) B6 recipients. Whereas allografts subjected to 8h CIS rejected in WT recipients with a median survival time (MST) of 37d, identically treated hearts survived >60d in c3(-/-) mice (p<0...
April 26, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444836/ephedra-alkaloid-contents-of-chinese-herbal-formulae-sold-in-taiwan
#19
Chih-Wei Chang, Szu-Yun Hu, Guan-Qian Huang, Mei-Chich Hsu
Consumption of Ephedra alkaloids has been prohibited in-competition by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). In Taiwan, colds are often treated with Chinese herbal formulae containing Herba Ephedrae. We screened the products sold in Taiwan and preliminarily assessed their relationships with WADA threshold violations. Fifty-six concentrated powder products, including 19 Chinese herbal formulae that contained Herba Ephedrae, were collected. The content of Ephedra alkaloids, namely ephedrine (E), methylephedrine (ME), norpseudoephedrine (NPE; cathine), pseudoephedrine (PE), and norephedrine (NE; phenylpropanolamine), was determined using a validated high-performance liquid chromatography method...
April 25, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444833/chronic-stress-induced-mechanical-hyperalgesia-is-controlled-by-capsaicin-sensitive-neurones-in-the-mouse
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B Scheich, P Vincze, É Szőke, É Borbély, Á Hunyady, J Szolcsányi, Á Dénes, Zs Környei, B Gaszner, Zs Helyes
BACKGROUND: Clinical studies demonstrated peripheral nociceptor deficit in stress-related chronic pain states, such as fibromyalgia. The interactions of stress and nociceptive systems have special relevance in chronic pain, but the underlying mechanisms including the role of specific nociceptor populations remain unknown. We investigated the role of capsaicin-sensitive neurones in chronic stress-related nociceptive changes. METHOD: Capsaicin-sensitive neurones were desensitized by the capsaicin analogue resiniferatoxin (RTX) in CD1 mice...
April 25, 2017: European Journal of Pain: EJP
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