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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441780/pollen-grain-preservation-and-fertility-in-valuable-commercial-rose-cultivars
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Annalisa Giovannini, Anca Macovei, Matteo Caser, Andrea Mansuino, Gian Guido Ghione, Marco Savona, Daniela Carbonera, Valentina Scariot, Alma Balestrazzi
In the cut flower market, traditional breeding is still the best way to achieve new rose cultivars. The geographical delocalization of cultivar constitution (generally made in Europe and North America) and plant cultivation (large areas in Africa and South America) represents a limit point for crossing and selection. Rose breeders often need to overcome geographical distances, resulting in asynchrony in flowering among crossing parents, by storing and sending pollen. Hence, a key aspect in breeding programs is linked to pollen availability and conservation, jointly with the identification of parameters related to pollen fertility...
April 24, 2017: Plants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441729/the-influence-of-hydroxyapatite-nanoparticle-morphology-on-embryonic-development-in-a-zebrafish-exposure-model
#2
Shiuli Pujari-Palmer, Xi Lu, Marjam Karlsson Ott
Nanomaterials are used in many different industries such as cosmetics, food, clothing, and electronics. There is increasing concern that exposure to nanoparticles (NPs) during pregnancy can adversely affect fetal development. It is well known that the size, charge, and chemistry of a nanoparticle can modulate embryological development. The role that particle morphology plays on early development, however, is still widely unknown. The present study aims to investigate the effect of hydroxyapatite nanoparticle (HANP) morphology on embryological development in a zebrafish exposure model...
April 22, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441727/job-strain-and-casual-blood-pressure-distribution-looking-beyond-the-adjusted-mean-and-taking-gender-age-and-use-of-antihypertensives-into-account-results-from-elsa-brasil
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Leidjaira Lopes Juvanhol, Enirtes Caetano Prates Melo, Marilia Sá Carvalho, Dóra Chor, José Geraldo Mill, Rosane Härter Griep
Methodological issues are pointed to as the main sources of inconsistencies in studies about the association between job strain and blood pressure (BP)/hypertension. Our aim was to analyze the relationship between job strain and the whole BP distribution, as well as potential differences by gender, age, and use of antihypertensives. Additionally, we addressed issues relating to the operationalization of the exposure and outcome variables that influence the study of their inter-relations. We evaluated the baseline date of 12,038 participants enrolled in the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health (ELSA-Brasil) (2008-2010), a multicenter cohort study of 35-74-year-old civil servants...
April 22, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441712/virus-based-devices-prospects-for-allopoiesis
#4
Bogdan Dragnea
The assembly line is a commonly invoked example of allopoiesis, the process whereby a system produces a different system than itself. In this sense, virus production in plants is an instance of bio-enabled bottom-up allopoiesis because the plant host can be regarded as a programmable assembly line for the virus. Reprogramming this assembly line and integrating it into a larger lineup of chemical manipulations has seen a flurry of activity recently, with more sophisticated systems emerging every year. The field of virus nanomaterials now has several subdisciplines that focus on virus shells as assemblers, scaffolds for molecular circuitry, chemical reactors, magnetic and photonic beacons, and therapeutic carriers...
April 25, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441667/significance-of-user-participation-in-a-hospital-information-system-success-insights-from-a-case-study
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Naveed Saleem, Douglas Steel, Gokhan Gercek, Ashish Chandra
User participation in the development of a system is universally prescribed as an effective strategy to ensure the success of the resultant system. However, the existing literature on the merits of user participation only provides equivocal evidence. Various analyses of this literature point out that this equivocal evidence may be due to inconsistent operational measures of the user participation and system success constructs. Planned organizational change and participative decision making, the underlying paradigms of user participation construct, suggest that the development of some information systems may require blending of users' system-related functional expertise and developers' technical expertise to ensure system success...
April 2017: Health Care Manager
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441661/defective-platelet-activation-and-bleeding-complications-upon-cholestasis-in-mice
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Nina Sarah Gowert, Meike Klier, Maria Reich, Friedrich Reusswig, Lili Donner, Verena Keitel, Dieter Häussinger, Margitta Elvers
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Platelets are essential mediators of hemostasis to avoid excessive blood loss. Cirrhosis and chronic liver diseases are characterized by alterations in hemostasis. Alterations in the secondary hemostasis have been well studied, while defects in primary hemostasis, especially the consequences of cholestatic liver disease on platelet function are not well defined. METHODS: After bile duct ligation (BDL) platelet activation and thrombus formation were analyzed in mice...
April 20, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441603/assessment-of-wastewater-treatment-facility-compliance-with-decreasing-ammonia-discharge-limits-using-a-regression-tree-model
#7
Bihu Suchetana, Balaji Rajagopalan, JoAnn Silverstein
A regression tree-based diagnostic approach is developed to evaluate factors affecting US wastewater treatment plant compliance with ammonia discharge permit limits using Discharge Monthly Report (DMR) data from a sample of 106 municipal treatment plants for the period of 2004-2008. Predictor variables used to fit the regression tree are selected using random forests, and consist of the previous month's effluent ammonia, influent flow rates and plant capacity utilization. The tree models are first used to evaluate compliance with existing ammonia discharge standards at each facility and then applied assuming more stringent discharge limits, under consideration in many states...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441602/fluoride-and-iodine-enrichment-in-groundwater-of-north-china-plain-evidences-from-speciation-analysis-and-geochemical-modeling
#8
Junxia Li, Hailing Zhou, Kun Qian, Xianjun Xie, Xiaobin Xue, Yijun Yang, Yanxin Wang
To better understand the enrichment of fluoride and iodine in groundwater at North China Plain (NCP), speciation analysis and geochemical modeling were conducted to identify the key hydrochemical processes controlling their mobilization in groundwater system. Groundwater fluoride and iodine concentrations ranged from 0.18 to 5.59mg/L and from 1.51 to 1106μg/L, respectively, and approximately 63% and 32.3% of groundwater fluoride and iodine were higher than the guidelines for drinking water (1.5mg/L and 150μg/L)...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441576/fate-and-redistribution-of-perfluoroalkyl-acids-through-afff-impacted-groundwater
#9
Jennifer Bräunig, Christine Baduel, Amy Heffernan, Anna Rotander, Eric Donaldson, Jochen F Mueller
Leaching of perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) from a local point source, a fire-fighting training area, has led to extensive contamination of a groundwater aquifer which has spread underneath part of a nearby town, Oakey, situated in the State of Queensland, Australia. Groundwater is extracted by residents from privately owned wells for daily activities such as watering livestock and garden beds. The concentration of 10 PFAAs in environmental and biological samples (water, soil, grass, chicken egg yolk, serum of horses, cattle and sheep), as well as human serum was investigated to determine the extent of contamination in the town and discuss fate and redistribution of PFAAs...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441574/surface-sediment-quality-relative-to-port-activities-a-contaminant-spectrum-assessment
#10
Shen Yu, Bing Hong, Jun Ma, Yongshan Chen, Xiuping Xi, Jingbo Gao, Xiuqin Hu, Xiangrong Xu, Yuxin Sun
Ports are facing increasing environmental concerns with their importance to the global economy. Numerous studies indicated sediment quality deterioration in ports; however, the deterioration is not discriminated for each port activity. This study investigated a spectrum of contaminants (metals and organic pollutants) in surface sediments at 20 sampling points in Port Ningbo, China, one of the top five world ports by volume. The spectrum of contaminants (metals and organic pollutants) was quantified following marine sediment quality guidelines of China and USA and surface sediment quality was assessed according to thresholds of the two guidelines...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441535/investigation-of-the-vertical-distribution-and-speciation-of-137-cs-in-soil-profiles-at-burnt-and-unburnt-forest-sites-in-the-belarusian-exclusion-zone
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M Dowdall, Y Bondar, L Skipperud, V Zabrotski, M Nandrup Pettersen, Ø G Selnæs, J E Brown
The effects of fire events on contaminant radionuclides within soils of the Belarusian Exclusion Zone were investigated. A number of cores were taken from locations known to have been subject to fire events in the past as well as a series of cores from nearby unburnt locations. Both burnt and unburnt cores were analyzed for contaminant radionuclides as well as a range of relevant soil parameters. The distribution of (137)Cs between various fractions (reversibly bound, irreversibly bound and insoluble) was analyzed...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441523/carbohydrates-and-gibberellins-relationship-in-potato-tuberization
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Hana Ševčíková, Petra Mašková, Danuše Tarkowská, Tomáš Mašek, Helena Lipavská
Potato represents the third most important crop worldwide and therefore to understand regulations of tuber onset is crucial from both theoretical and practical points of view. Photosynthesis and related carbohydrate status along with phytohormone balance belong to the essential factors in regulation of plant development including storage organ formation. In our work we used potato (Solanum tuberosum) cv. Lada and its spontaneously tuberizing mutant (ST plants) grown in vitro under low carbohydrate availability (non-inductive conditions)...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441493/systematic-study-on-hydrated-arginine-clear-theoretical-evidence-for-the-canonical-to-zwitterionic-structure-transition
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Hongbao Li, Andong Hu, Jun Jiang, Yi Luo
Extensive ab initio investigations have been performed to characterize the stable conformers of hydrated arginine (Arg-H2O). Many new low-energy canonical Arg-H2O conformers were identified and they are more stable than previous results. The large energy differences (more than 5.00 kcal mol(-1)) between the canonical and zwitterionic Arg-H2O isomers calculated by the composite CBS-QB3 method confirmed the dominance of the zwitterions. The micro effects of corrections of the zero-point energy and the basis set superposition error on the stability of hydrated isomers were carefully examined for the first time...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441439/hemodynamics-and-gas-exchange-during-chest-compressions-in-neonatal-resuscitation
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Payam Vali, Praveen Chandrasekharan, Munmun Rawat, Sylvia Gugino, Carmon Koenigsknecht, Justin Helman, Bobby Mathew, Sara Berkelhamer, Jayasree Nair, Myra Wyckoff, Satyan Lakshminrusimha
PURPOSE: Current knowledge about pulmonary/systemic hemodynamics and gas exchange during neonatal resuscitation in a model of transitioning fetal circulation with fetal shunts and fluid-filled alveoli is limited. Using a fetal lamb asphyxia model, we sought to determine whether hemodynamic or gas-exchange parameters predicted successful return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC). METHODS: The umbilical cord was occluded in 22 lambs to induce asphyxial cardiac arrest...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441414/regional-early-and-progressive-loss-of-brain-pericytes-but-not-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-in-adult-mice-with-disrupted-platelet-derived-growth-factor-receptor-%C3%AE-signaling
#15
Angeliki Maria Nikolakopoulou, Zhen Zhao, Axel Montagne, Berislav V Zlokovic
Pericytes regulate key neurovascular functions of the brain. Studies in pericyte-deficient transgenic mice with aberrant signaling between endothelial-derived platelet-derived growth factor BB (PDGF-BB) and platelet-derived growth factor receptor β (PDGFRβ) in pericytes have contributed to better understanding of the role of pericytes in the brain. Here, we studied PdgfrβF7/F7 mice, which carry seven point mutations that disrupt PDGFRβ signaling causing loss of pericytes and vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) in the developing brain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441412/the-role-of-climate-and-environmental-variables-in-structuring-bird-assemblages-in-the-seasonally-dry-tropical-forests-sdtfs
#16
Gabriela Silva Ribeiro Gonçalves, Pablo Vieira Cerqueira, Leandro Schlemmer Brasil, Marcos Pérsio Dantas Santos
Understanding the processes that influence species diversity is still a challenge in ecological studies. However, there are two main theories to discuss this topic, the niche theory and the neutral theory. Our objective was to understand the importance of environmental and spatial processes in structuring bird communities within the hydrological seasons in dry forest areas in northeastern Brazil. The study was conducted in two National Parks, the Serra da Capivara and Serra das Confusões National Parks, where 36 areas were sampled in different seasons (dry, dry/rainy transition, rainy, rainy/dry transition), in 2012 and 2013...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441407/changes-in-secondary-metabolites-in-the-halophytic-putative-crop-species-crithmum-maritimum-l-triglochin-maritima-l-and-halimione-portulacoides-l-aellen-as-reaction-to-mild-salinity
#17
Christian Boestfleisch, Jutta Papenbrock
It is assumed that salinity enhances the concentration of valuable metabolites in halophytes. The objective was to find a salt concentration and a point in time at which the yield for the valuable metabolites was maximal. Therefore, three different halophyte species were grown under different salinities and harvested over a period from shortly after stress induction up to three weeks. Various reaction patterns were found in the metabolite composition of the analyzed plant material. Halimione portulacoides showed a "short term response", indicated by an increase in all metabolites analyzed after a few hours, whereas Crithmum maritimum showed a "long term response" through accumulation of proline starting after days...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441383/the-oral-vegf-receptor-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitor-pazopanib-in-combination-with-the-mek-inhibitor-trametinib-in-advanced-cholangiocarcinoma
#18
Rachna T Shroff, Mark Yarchoan, Ashley O'Connor, Denise Gallagher, Marianna L Zahurak, Gary Rosner, Chimela Ohaji, Susan Sartorius-Mergenthaler, Vivek Subbiah, Ralph Zinner, Nilofer S Azad
BACKGROUND: Cholangiocarcinoma is an aggressive malignancy with limited therapeutic options. MEK inhibition and antiangiogenic therapies have individually shown modest activity in advanced cholangiocarcinoma, whereas dual inhibition of these pathways has not been previously evaluated. We evaluated the safety and efficacy of combination therapy with the oral VEGF receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor pazopanib plus the MEK inhibitor trametinib in patients with advanced cholangiocarcinoma...
April 25, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441373/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-interventions-to-reduce-risk-of-aspiration-in-elderly-cancer-survivors-residing-in-skilled-nursing-facilities
#19
S Mantravadi
BACKGROUND: Aspiration can occur in patients of any age group, but it can be prevented. The primary population at risk is made up of survivors of cancer because of their increased risk of mucositis, mucosal atrophy, and dysphagia associated with chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and the disease process itself. The rate of incidence of aspiration cannot be quantified, because minor cases of aspiration often go unreported. Sequelae ensuing from aspirations can include pneumonia, end-stage kidney disease, dialysis, and death...
April 2017: Cancer Control: Journal of the Moffitt Cancer Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441348/deoxynucleoside-salvage-in-fission-yeast-allows-rescue-of-ribonucleotide-reductase-deficiency-but-not-spd1-mediated-inhibition-of-replication
#20
Oliver Fleck, Ulrik Fahnøe, Katrine Vyff Løvschal, Marie-Fabrice Uwamahoro Gasasira, Irina N Marinova, Birthe B Kragelund, Antony M Carr, Edgar Hartsuiker, Christian Holmberg, Olaf Nielsen
In fission yeast, the small, intrinsically disordered protein S-phase delaying protein 1 (Spd1) blocks DNA replication and causes checkpoint activation at least in part, by inhibiting the enzyme ribonucleotide reductase, which is responsible for the synthesis of DNA. The CRL4(Cdt2) E3 ubiquitin ligase mediates degradation of Spd1 and the related protein Spd2 at S phase of the cell cycle. We have generated a conditional allele of CRL4(Cdt2), by expressing the highly unstable substrate-recruiting protein Cdt2 from a repressible promoter...
April 25, 2017: Genes
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