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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163460/links-between-soil-fungal-diversity-and-plant-and-soil-properties-on-the-loess-plateau
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Yang Yang, Yanxing Dou, Yimei Huang, Shaoshan An
Previous studies have revealed inconsistent correlations between fungal diversity and plant/soil properties from local to global scales. Here, we investigated the internal relationships between soil fungal diversity and plant/soil properties on the Loess Plateau following vegetation restoration, using Illumina sequencing of the internal transcribed spacer 2 (ITS2) region for fungal identification. We found significant effects of land use types (Af, Artificial forest; Ns, Natural shrub; Ag, Artificial grassland; Ng, Natural grassland; Sc, slope cropland) on soil fungal communities composition, and the dominant phyla were Ascomycota, Basidiomycota, and Zygomycota, which transitioned from Basidiomycota-dominant to Ascomycota-dominant community due to vegetation restoration...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163423/microbial-community-composition-and-functional-capacity-in-a-terrestrial-ferruginous-sulfate-depleted-mud-volcano
#2
Tzu-Hsuan Tu, Li-Wei Wu, Yu-Shih Lin, Hiroyuki Imachi, Li-Hung Lin, Pei-Ling Wang
Terrestrial mud volcanoes (MVs) are an important natural source of methane emission. The role of microbial processes in methane cycling and organic transformation in such environments remains largely unexplored. In this study, we aim to uncover functional potentials and community assemblages across geochemical transitions in a ferruginous, sulfate-depleted MV of eastern Taiwan. Geochemical profiles combined with 16S rRNA gene abundances indicated that anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM) mediated by ANME-2a group coincided with iron/manganese reduction by Desulfuromonadales at shallow depths deprived of sulfate...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163195/members-of-bitter-taste-receptor-cluster-tas2r143-tas2r135-tas2r126-are-expressed-in-the-epithelium-of-murine-airways-and-other-non-gustatory-tissues
#3
Shuya Liu, Shun Lu, Rui Xu, Ann Atzberger, Stefan Günther, Nina Wettschureck, Stefan Offermanns
The mouse bitter taste receptors Tas2r143, Tas2r135, and Tas2r126 are encoded by genes that cluster on chromosome 6 and have been suggested to be expressed under common regulatory elements. Previous studies indicated that the Tas2r143/Tas2r135/Tas2r126 cluster is expressed in the heart, but other organs had not been systematically analyzed. In order to investigate the expression of this bitter taste receptor gene cluster in non-gustatory tissues, we generated a BAC (bacterial artificial chromosome) based transgenic mouse line, expressing CreERT2 under the control of the Tas2r143 promoter...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162445/the-neuromorphological-caudate-putaminal-clustering-of-neostriate-interneurons-kohonen-self-organizing-maps-and-supervised-artificial-neural-networks-with-multivariate-analysis
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Ivan Grbatinić, Nebojša Milošević, Bojana Krstonošić
AIMS: The objective of this study is to investigate the possibility of the neuromorphotopological clustering of neostriate interneurons (NSIN) and their consequent classification into caudate (CIN) and putaminal neuron type (PIN), according to the nuclear localization of the neurons. It tends to discover whether these two topological neuron types are morphologically different. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The binary images of adult human NSIN are used for the purposes of the analysis...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160686/human-hair-keratin-for-biocompatible-flexible-and-transient-electronic-devices
#5
Jieun Ko, Luong Thi Hieun Nguyen, Abhijith Surendran, Bee Yi Tan, Kee Woei Ng, Wei Lin Leong
Biomaterials have been attracting attention as a useful building block for biocompatible and bioresorbable electronics due to its non-toxic property and solution processabillity. In this work, we report the integration of biocompatible keratin from human hair as dielectric layer for organic thin-film transistors (TFTs), with high performance, flexibility and transient property. The keratin dielectric layer exhibited a high capacitance value above 1.27 μF/cm2 at 20 Hz due to the formation of electrical double layer...
November 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156230/transport-of-a-neonicotinoid-pesticide-thiamethoxam-from-artificial-seed-coatings
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Jesse Radolinski, Junxue Wu, Kang Xia, Ryan Stewart
Neonicotinoid insecticides coat the seeds of major crops worldwide; however, the high solubility of these compounds, combined with their toxicity to non-target organisms, makes it critical to decipher the processes by which they are transported through soils and into aquatic environments. Transport and distribution of a neonicotinoid (thiamethoxam, TMX) were investigated by growing TMX-coated corn seeds in coarse-textured and fine-textured soil columns (20 and 60cm lengths). To understand the influence of living plants, corn plants were terminated in half of the columns (no plant treatment) and allowed to grow to the V5 growth stage (33days of growth) in the other half (with plant treatment)...
November 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151886/optogenetic-regulation-of-artificial-microrna-improves-h2-production-in-green-alga-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
#7
Yuting Wang, Xinqin Jiang, Changxing Hu, Ting Sun, Zhiyong Zeng, Xiaoqi Cai, Hui Li, Zhangli Hu
Background: Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is an ideal model organism not only for the study of basic metabolic processes in both plants and animals but also the production of biofuels including hydrogen. Transgenic analysis of C. reinhardtii is now well established and very convenient, but inducible exogenous gene expression systems remain under-studied. The most commonly used heat shock-inducible system has serious effects on algal cell growth and is difficult and costly to control in large-scale culture...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151347/simultaneous-speciation-analysis-of-as-cr-and-se-in-the-bio-accessible-fraction-for-realistic-risk-assessment-of-food-safety
#8
Nausheen Waheed Sadiq, Diane Beauchemin
A simple and fast method was developed for risk assessment of As, Cr and Se in food, which is demonstrated here using three cooked and uncooked rice samples (basmati as well as organic white and brown rice). The bio-accessible fraction was first determined through on-line leaching of rice mini-columns (maintained at 37 ºC) sequentially with artificial saliva, gastric juice and intestinal juice while continuously monitoring potentially toxic elements (As, Cr and Se) by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS)...
November 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151341/sequestration-of-u-vi-from-acidic-alkaline-and-high-ion-strength-aqueous-media-by-functionalized-magnetic-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-capacity-and-binding-mechanisms
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Dien Li, Shani Nirasha Egodawatte, Daniel I Kaplan, Sarah C Larsen, Steven M Serkiz, John Seaman, Kirk G Scheckel, Jinru Lin, Yuanming Pan
Uranium(VI) exhibits little adsorption onto sediment minerals in acidic, alkaline or high ion-strength aqueous media that often occur in U mining or contaminated sites, which makes U(VI) very mobile and difficult to sequester. In this work, magnetic mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MMSNs) were functionalized with several organic ligands. The functionalized MMSNs were highly effective and had large binding capacity for U sequestration from high salt water (HSW) simulant (54 mg U/g sorbent). The functionalized MMSNs, after U exposure in HSW simulant, pH 3...
November 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150628/artificial-topography-changes-the-growth-strategy-of-spartina-alterniflora-case-study-with-wave-exposure-as-a-comparison
#10
Hualong Hong, Minyue Dai, Haoliang Lu, Jingchun Liu, Jie Zhang, Chaoqi Chen, Kang Xia, Chongling Yan
This paper reports findings about the growth of Spartina alterniflora (Loisel.) near an engineered coastal protection defences to discover the potential influences on vegetation growth from the artificial topography. Impacts of the artificial topography on the sediment element composition were detected by comparing the fixed effects caused by artificial topography and wave exposure using linear mixed models. Surficial sediments under the impacts of artificial topography contain elevated levels of biogenic elements and heavy metals, including C (and organic carbon), N, S, Al, Fe, Mn, Cu, Zn, As, Cd, Cr, Ni, and Pb...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149978/perioperative-prophylaxis-for-total-artificial-heart-transplantation
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H E Chambers, P Pelish, F Qiu, D F Florescu
BACKGROUND: Practice variation regarding perioperative antimicrobial prophylaxis in total artificial heart transplantations (TAH-t) across institutions is unknown. The aim of our survey was to assess the current practices for prevention of infection in TAH-t recipients among different programs. METHODS: An electronic survey was sent to programs that implant Syncardia TAH (Syncardia Systems, Tuscon, Ariz, USA). Proportions were analyzed for categorical variables; means and SDs were analyzed for continuous variables...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145859/singapore-s-anopheles-sinensis-form-a-is-susceptible-to-plasmodium-vivax-isolates-from-the-western-thailand-myanmar-border
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Sook-Cheng Pang, Chiara Andolina, Benoit Malleret, Peter R Christensen, Sai-Gek Lam-Phua, Muhammad Aliff Bin Abdul Razak, Chee-Seng Chong, Daiqin Li, Cindy S Chu, Bruce Russell, Laurent Rénia, Lee-Ching Ng, Francois Nosten
BACKGROUND: Singapore has been certified malaria-free by the World Health Organization since November 1982. However, sporadic autochthonous malaria outbreaks do occur. In one of the most recent outbreaks of vivax malaria, an entomological investigation identified Anopheles sinensis as the most probable vector. As metaphase karyotype studies divided An. sinensis into two forms, A and B, with different vector competence: the investigation of vector competence of An. sinensis found in Singapore was thus pursued using Plasmodium vivax field isolates from the Thailand-Myanmar border...
November 16, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144723/inorganic-strengthened-hydrogel-membrane-as-regenerative-periosteum
#13
Tianwen Xin, Yong Gu, Ruoyu Cheng, Jincheng Tang, Zhiyong Sun, Wenguo Cui, Liang Chen
Periosteum plays the pivotal role in neomineralization, vascularization and protection during bone tissue regeneration. However, many artificial periosteum focused only on protection and lacked of the osteogenesis and angiogenesis functional capacity. In this study, we developed a novelty inorganic strengthened gelatin hydrogel membrane via inorganic and organic co-cross-linked double network as artificial periosteum for enhancing the durable angiogenesis and osteogenesis in bone reconstruction. Mesoporous bioactive glass nanoparticles (MBGNs) chemically modified with photo-cross-linkable gelatin derivative (GelMA) were further incorporated into GelMA to fabricate an organic/inorganic co-cross-linked hydrogel membrane (GelMA-G-MBGNs)...
November 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144022/collagen-a-review-on-its-sources-and-potential-cosmetic-applications
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María Isabela Avila Rodríguez, Laura G Rodríguez Barroso, Mirna Lorena Sánchez
Collagen is a fibrillar protein that conforms the conjunctive and connective tissues in the human body, essentially skin, joints, and bones. This molecule is one of the most abundant in many of the living organisms due to its connective role in biological structures. Due to its abundance, strength and its directly proportional relation with skin aging, collagen has gained great interest in the cosmetic industry. It has been established that the collagen fibers are damaged with the pass of time, losing thickness and strength which has been strongly related with skin aging phenomena [Colágeno para todo...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143725/thalassotalea-atypica-sp-nov-isolated-from-seawater-and-emended-description-of-thalassotalea-eurytherma
#15
Yan Wang, Tingwei Liu, Hong Ming, Pengyang Sun, Chenxi Cao, Menglong Guo, Junran Du, Chenyan Zhou, Wuling Zhu
A novel Gram-stain-negative, straight or slightly curved rod-shaped, non-spore-forming, non-flagellated, strictly aerobic strain, designated RZG4-3-1(T), was isolated from coastal seawater of Rizhao, China (119.625° E 35.517° N). The organism grew optimally at 24-28 °C, at pH 7.0 and in the presence of 2.0 % (w/v) NaCl. The strain required seawater or artificial seawater for growth, and NaCl alone did not support growth. Strain RZG4-3-1(T) contained ubiquinone 8 (Q-8) as the major respiratory quinone and contained C16 : 1ω7c and/or C16 : 1ω6c and C16 : 0 as the dominant fatty acids...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137648/lesr-is-a-novel-upstream-regulator-that-controls-downstream-clp-expression-to-modulate-antibiotic-hsaf-biosynthesis-and-cell-aggregation-in-lysobacter-enzymogenes-oh11
#16
Huiyong Xu, Ruping Wang, Yangyang Zhao, Zheng Qing Fu, Guoliang Qian, Fengquan Liu
BACKGROUND: Heat-stable antifungal factor (HSAF) is a polycyclic tetramate macrolactam secondary metabolite that exhibits broad-spectrum inhibitory activities against filamentous fungal pathogens. The native yield of this chemical is low. It is also a great challenge to synthesize HSAF artificially, due to its complex structure. Understanding the regulatory mechanism underlying HSAF biosynthesis could provide genetic basis for engineering high HSAF-producing strain. The transcription factor Clp is a global regulator that controls bacterial pathogenicity and the expression of one hundred related genes in the phytopathogenic bacterium Xanthomonas campestris pv...
November 14, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134460/enzyme-based-electrobiotechnological-synthesis
#17
Lisa Marie Schmitz, Katrin Rosenthal, Stephan Lütz
Oxidoreductases are enzymes with a high potential for organic synthesis, as their selectivity often exceeds comparable chemical syntheses. The biochemical cofactors of these enzymes need regeneration during synthesis. Several regeneration methods are available but the electrochemical approach offers an efficient and quasi mass-free method for providing the required redox equivalents. Electron transfer systems involving direct regeneration of natural and artificial cofactors, indirect electrochemical regeneration via a mediator, and indirect electroenzymatic cofactor regeneration via enzyme and mediator have been investigated...
November 14, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132294/artificial-selection-for-odor-guided-behavior-in-drosophila-reveals-changes-in-food-consumption
#18
Elizabeth B Brown, Cody Patterson, Rayanne Pancoast, Stephanie M Rollmann
BACKGROUND: The olfactory system enables organisms to detect chemical cues in the environment and can signal the availability of food or the presence of a predator. Appropriate behavioral responses to these chemical cues are therefore important for organismal survival and can influence traits such as organismal life span and food consumption. However, understanding the genetic mechanisms underlying odor-guided behavior, correlated responses in other traits, and how these constrain or promote their evolution, remain an important challenge...
November 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132002/brassica-napus-has-a-key-role-in-the-recovery-of-the-health-of-soils-contaminated-with-metals-and-diesel-by-rhizoremediation
#19
Rafael G Lacalle, María T Gómez-Sagasti, Unai Artetxe, Carlos Garbisu, José M Becerril
Contaminated soils are frequently characterized by the simultaneous presence of organic and inorganic contaminants, as well as a poor biological and nutritional status. Rhizoremediation, the combined use of phytoremediation and bioremediation, has been proposed as a Gentle Remediation Option to rehabilitate multi-contaminated soils. Recently, newer techniques, such as the application of metallic nanoparticles, are being deployed in an attempt to improve traditional remediation options. In order to implement a phytomanagement strategy on calcareous alkaline peri-urban soils simultaneously contaminated with several metals and diesel, we evaluated the effectiveness of Brassica napus L...
November 10, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131973/investigation-of-the-photocatalytic-transformation-of-acesulfame-k-in-the-presence-of-different-tio2-based-materials
#20
M J López-Muňoz, A Daniele, M Zorzi, C Medana, P Calza
The photocatalytic transformation of acesulfame K - an artificial sweetener that has gained popularity over the last decades for being a calorie-free additive in food, beverages and several pharmaceutical products - was studied using three different photocatalysts, the benchmark TiO2-P25 and two other forms of synthetized titanium oxides named TiO2-SG1 and TiO2-SG2. The two latter materials were synthesized by a sol gel process in which the hydrolysis rate of titanium n-butoxide was controlled by the water formed in situ through an esterification reaction between ethanol and acetic acid...
November 4, 2017: Chemosphere
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