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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202934/the-food-industry-and-conflicts-of-interest-in-nutrition-research-a-latin-american-perspective
#1
Joaquin Barnoya, Marion Nestle
Conflicts of interest arise when corporations marketing harmful products establish financial relationships with research institutions, researchers, or public health organizations. As obesity becomes a worldwide epidemic, such relationships threaten to jeopardize the integrity of scientific research. Latin America, a region undergoing rapid development, is particularly vulnerable to such conflicts. Here, we provide examples of how food and beverage companies are funding nutrition-focused research and institutions in Latin America, putting their credibility at risk...
December 2016: Journal of Public Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202814/early-mortality-saves-energy-estimating-the-energetic-cost-of-excess-offspring-in-a-seabird
#2
Oscar Vedder, He Zhang, Sandra Bouwhuis
Offspring are often produced in excess as insurance against stochastic events or unpredictable resources. This strategy may result in high early-life mortality, yet age-specific mortality before offspring independence and its associated costs have rarely been quantified. In this study, we modelled age-specific survival from hatching to fledging using 24 years of data on hatching order (HO), growth and age of mortality of more than 15 000 common tern (Sterna hirundo) chicks. We found that mortality peaked directly after hatching, after which it declined rapidly...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187938/occurrence-of-veterinary-pharmaceuticals-in-golden-eagle-nestlings-unnoticed-scavenging-on-livestock-carcasses-and-other-potential-exposure-routes
#3
Guillermo Blanco, Alexandra Junza, Dolores Barrón
Wildlife exposure to pharmaceuticals can occur through contaminated water, and through the excreta and carcasses of medicated livestock, with potential for bioaccumulation and transfer through food webs. We evaluated whether nestling exposure to pharmaceuticals can occur from food delivered to nests in the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), a top predator and facultative scavenger. Despite the fact that diet analysis suggests an apparently low dependence on livestock carcasses reduced to two piglets remains (1...
February 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151077/an-atypical-enteropathogenic-escherichia-coli-isolate-with-possible-human-and-domestic-animal-origin-from-a-free-living-lear-s-macaw-anodorhynchus-leari
#4
André B S Saidenberg, Terezinha Knöbl, Priscilla A Melville, Eveline Zuniga, Sandra R S Salaberry, Nilson R Benites, Paulo E Brandão
An atypical enteropathogenic Escherichia coli was isolated from an asymptomatic nestling of the endangered Lear's Macaw. Phylogenetically, it was identical to bovine and human strains and highly similar to other human and domestic animal isolates. We discuss potential routes of transmission and risks to conservation of this species.
February 2, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138949/stereotactic-body-radiotherapy-sbrt-in-recurrent-or-oligometastatic-pancreatic-cancer-a%C3%A2-toxicity-review-of-simultaneous-integrated-protection-sip-versus-conventional-sbrt
#5
E Gkika, S Adebahr, S Kirste, T Schimek-Jasch, R Wiehle, R Claus, U Wittel, U Nestle, D Baltas, A L Grosu, T B Brunner
BACKGROUND: Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) in pancreatic cancer can be limited by its proximity to organs at risk (OAR). In this analysis, we evaluated the toxicity and efficacy of two different treatment approaches in patients with locally recurrent or oligometastatic pancreatic cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: According to the prescription method, patients were divided in two cohorts (C1 and C2). The planning target volume (PTV) was created through a 4 mm expansion of the internal target volume...
January 30, 2017: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137535/an-experimental-test-of-the-effect-of-brood-size-on-glucocorticoid-responses-parental-investment-and-offspring-phenotype
#6
Maren N Vitousek, Brittany R Jenkins, Joanna K Hubbard, Sara A Kaiser, Rebecca J Safran
Because elevated glucocorticoid levels can impair reproduction, populations or species that engage in particularly valuable reproductive attempts may down-regulate the glucocorticoid stress response during reproduction (the brood value hypothesis). It is not clear, however, whether individuals rapidly modulate glucocorticoid responses based on shifting cues about the likelihood of reproductive success. By manipulating brood size to create broods that differed in potential value, we tested whether female barn swallows (Hirundo rustica) rapidly modulated the glucocorticoid stress response to promote investment in high-value broods, and whether nestling phenotype was influenced by treatment...
January 28, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28132106/reproductive-consequences-of-farmland-heterogeneity-in-little-owls-athene-noctua
#7
Vanja T Michel, Beat Naef-Daenzer, Herbert Keil, Martin U Grüebler
The amount of high-quality habitat patches, their distribution, and the resource accessibility therein play a key role in regulating habitat effects on reproductive success. Heterogeneous habitats offer non-substitutable resources (e.g. nest sites and food) and substitutable resources (e.g. different types of food) in close proximity, thereby facilitating landscape complementation and supplementation. However, it remains poorly understood how spatial resource separation in homogeneous agricultural landscapes affects reproductive success...
January 28, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120467/classification-and-evaluation-strategies-of-auto-segmentation-approaches-for-pet-report-of-aapm-task-group-no-211
#8
Mathieu Hatt, John Lee, Charles R Schmidtlein, Issam El Naqa, Curtis Caldwell, Elisabetta De Bernardi, Wei Lu, Shiva Das, Xavier Geets, Vincent Gregoire, Robert Jeraj, Michael P MacManus, Osama R Mawlawi, Ursula Nestle, Andrei B Pugachev, Heiko Schöder, Tony Shepherd, Emiliano Spezi, Dimitris Visvikis, Habib Zaidi, Assen S Kirov
PURPOSE: The purpose of this educational report is to provide an overview of the present state-of-the-art PET auto-segmentation (PET-AS) algorithms and their respective validation, with an emphasis on providing the user with help in understanding the challenges and pitfalls associated with selecting and implementing a PET-AS algorithm for a particular application. APPROACH: A brief description of the different types of PET-AS algorithms is provided using a classification based on method complexity and type...
January 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113548/visualization-of-deformable-image-registration-quality-using-local-image-dissimilarity
#9
Matthias Schlachter, Tobias Fechter, Miro Jurisic, Tanja Schimek-Jasch, Oliver Oehlke, Sonja Adebahr, Wolfgang Birkfellner, Ursula Nestle, Katja Buhler
Deformable image registration (DIR) has the potential to improve modern radiotherapy in many aspects, including volume definition, treatment planning and image-guided adaptive radiotherapy. Studies have shown its possible clinical benefits. However, measuring DIR accuracy is difficult without known ground truth, but necessary before integration in the radiotherapy workflow. Visual assessment is an important step towards clinical acceptance. We propose a visualization framework which supports the exploration and the assessment of DIR accuracy...
April 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107063/hematologic-and-biochemical-values-of-wild-red-tailed-amazon-parrot-amazona-brasiliensis-nestlings-with-abnormal-clinical-examination-in-rasa-island-brazil
#10
Frederico Fontanelli Vaz, Rosangela Locatelli-Dittrich, Olair Carlos Beltrame, Elenise Angelotti Bastos Sipinski, Maria Cecília Abbud, Rafael Meirelles Sezerban
The red-tailed Amazon parrot (Amazona brasiliensis) is an endangered psittacine species, but little information is available about abnormal clinical findings and hematologic and biochemical values of this species, which are important for monitoring the health of this population. To determine hematologic and biochemical values for wild red-tailed parrot nestlings exhibiting abnormal clinical findings, 31 nestlings from the Rasa Island (Paraná State, Southern Brazil) were physically restrained for clinical examination and blood sample collection...
December 2016: Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102440/thyroid-hormones-retinol-and-clinical-parameters-in-relation-to-mercury-and-organohalogen-contaminants-in-great-blue-heron-ardea-herodias-nestlings-from-the-st-lawrence-river-qu%C3%A3-bec-canada
#11
Louise Champoux, Monique Boily, Guy Fitzgerald
The exposure and effects of persistent environmental contaminants were investigated in great blue heron (Ardea herodias) nestlings sampled in 2001, 2002, 2006, and 2007 in freshwater and estuarine heronries along the St. Lawrence River, Québec (Canada). Biomarkers (retinoids, thyroid hormones, and clinical parameters) and contaminants (organochlorine contaminants, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), brominated flame retardants (BFRs), and mercury (Hg)) were analyzed in blood, and Hg was analyzed in feathers (generally 9 nestlings per colony and 4 colonies per year)...
February 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099076/extension-of-the-avian-host-range-of-collyriclosis-in-europe
#12
Stamatios A Tahas, Anastasia Diakou, Monika Dressel, Samuel Frei, Fábia M Pinto Azevedo, Maria V Mena Casero, Carla Maia, Paula Grest, Felix Grimm, Jiljí Sitko, Ivan Literak
We describe cases of collyriclosis in apodiform and passeriform birds in Portugal, Switzerland, and Germany. We extend the host range of Collyriculm faba to include apodiform birds ( Apus apus , Apus melba , and Apus pallidus ) and the passerine Sitta europaea (Eurasian Nuthatch). Infections varied in severity from an incidental finding to severe debilitation and death. The infection route remains unclear with the apparent absence from Germany, Portugal, and Switzerland of the first intermediate host of C. faba, the aquatic gastropod Bythinella austriaca, implying that other organisms might be involved in the parasite's life cycle...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096174/anti-folate-receptor-%C3%AE-ige-but-not-igg-recruits-macrophages-to-attack-tumors-via-tnf-%C3%AE-mcp-1-signaling
#13
Debra H Josephs, Heather J Bax, Tihomir Dodev, Mirella Georgouli, Mano Nakamura, Giulia Pellizzari, Louise Saul, Panagiotis Karagiannis, Anthony Cheung, Cecilia Herraiz, Kristina M Ilieva, Isabel Correa, Matthew Fittall, Silvia Crescioli, Patrycja Gazinska, Natalie Woodman, Silvia Mele, Giulia Chiaruttini, Amy E Gilbert, Alexander Koers, Marguerite Bracher, Christopher Selkirk, Heike Lentfer, Claire Barton, Elliott Lever, Gareth Muirhead, Sophia Tsoka, Silvana Canevari, Mariangela Figini, Ana Montes, Noel Downes, David Dombrowicz, Christopher Corrigan, Andrew J Beavil, Frank O Nestle, Paul S Jones, Hannah J Gould, Victoria Sanz-Moreno, Philip J Blower, James Spicer, Sophia N Karagiannis
IgE antibodies are key mediators of anti-parasitic immune responses, but their potential for cancer treatment via antibody-directed cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) has been little studied. Recently, tumor antigen-specific IgEs were reported to restrict cancer cell growth by engaging high-affinity Fc receptors on monocytes and macrophages, however, the underlying therapeutic mechanisms were undefined and in vivo proof-of-concept was limited. Here, an immunocompetent rat model was designed to recapitulate the human IgE-Fcε receptor system for cancer studies...
January 17, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094324/early-life-adversity-accelerates-cellular-ageing-and-affects-adult-inflammation-experimental-evidence-from-the-european-starling
#14
Daniel Nettle, Clare Andrews, Sophie Reichert, Tom Bedford, Claire Kolenda, Craig Parker, Carmen Martin-Ruiz, Pat Monaghan, Melissa Bateson
Early-life adversity is associated with accelerated cellular ageing during development and increased inflammation during adulthood. However, human studies can only establish correlation, not causation, and existing experimental animal approaches alter multiple components of early-life adversity simultaneously. We developed a novel hand-rearing paradigm in European starling nestlings (Sturnus vulgaris), in which we separately manipulated nutritional shortfall and begging effort for a period of 10 days. The experimental treatments accelerated erythrocyte telomere attrition and increased DNA damage measured in the juvenile period...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091884/pre-mining-trace-element-and-radiation-exposure-to-biota-from-a-breccia-pipe-uranium-mine-in-the-grand-canyon-arizona-usa-watershed
#15
Jo Ellen Hinck, Danielle Cleveland, William G Brumbaugh, Greg Linder, Julia Lankton
The risks to wildlife and humans from uranium (U) mining in the Grand Canyon watershed are largely unknown. In addition to U, other co-occurring ore constituents contribute to risks to biological receptors depending on their toxicological profiles. This study characterizes the pre-mining concentrations of total arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), nickel (Ni), selenium (Se), thallium (Tl), U, and zinc (Zn); radiation levels; and histopathology in biota (vegetation, invertebrates, amphibians, birds, and mammals) at the Canyon Mine...
February 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074936/hygroscopic-motions-of-fossil-conifer-cones
#16
Simon Poppinga, Nikolaus Nestle, Andrea Šandor, Bruno Reible, Tom Masselter, Bernd Bruchmann, Thomas Speck
Conifer cones represent natural, woody compliant structures which move their scales as passive responses to changes in environmental humidity. Here we report on water-driven opening and closing motions in coalified conifer cones from the Eemian Interglacial (approx. 126,000-113,000 years BP) and from the Middle Miocene (approx. 16.5 to 11.5 million years BP). These cones represent by far the oldest documented evidence of plant parts showing full functionality of such passive hydraulically actuated motion. The functional resilience of these structures is far beyond the biological purpose of seed dispersal and protection and is because of a low level of mineralization of the fossils...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070333/corticosterone-inflammation-immune-status-and-telomere-length-in-frigatebird-nestlings-facing-a-severe-herpesvirus-infection
#17
Manrico Sebastiano, Marcel Eens, Frederic Angelier, Kévin Pineau, Olivier Chastel, David Costantini
Herpesvirus outbreaks are common in natural animal populations, but little is known about factors that favour the infection and its consequences for the organism. In this study, we examined the pathophysiological consequences of a disease probably attributable to herpesvirus infection for several markers of immune function, corticosterone, telomere length and inflammation. In addition, we assessed whether any markers used in this study might be associated with the occurrence of visible clinical signs of the disease and its impact on short-term survival perspectives...
2017: Conservation Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068581/vitamin-profiles-in-two-free-living-passerine-birds-under-a-metal-pollution-gradient-a-calcium-supplementation-experiment
#18
Sandra R Ruiz, Silvia Espín, Pablo Sánchez-Virosta, Juha-Pekka Salminen, Thomas M Lilley, Tapio Eeva
Vitamin and carotenoid deficiency may impair development in free-living vertebrates, because of the importance of these micronutrients to growth, antioxidant defense and calcium regulation. Micronutrient and calcium insufficiency can be intensified by metal pollution which can interfere with nutrient homeostasis or indirectly reduce food availability. Furthermore, absorption of dietary heavy metals is dependent on food calcium and vitamin levels. We investigated the effect of calcium on plasma vitamin and carotenoid profiles and how these affected growth and survival in two passerine birds with different calcium turnover living along a metal pollution gradient...
April 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068311/structural-and-functional-insights-into-asymmetric-enzymatic-dehydration-of-alkenols
#19
Bettina M Nestl, Christopher Geinitz, Stephanie Popa, Sari Rizek, Robert J Haselbeck, Rosary Stephen, Michael A Noble, Max-Philipp Fischer, Erik C Ralph, Hoi Ting Hau, Henry Man, Muhiadin Omar, Johan P Turkenburg, Stephen van Dien, Stephanie J Culler, Gideon Grogan, Bernhard Hauer
The asymmetric dehydration of alcohols is an important process for the direct synthesis of alkenes. We report the structure and substrate specificity of the bifunctional linalool dehydratase isomerase (LinD) from the bacterium Castellaniella defragrans that catalyzes in nature the hydration of β-myrcene to linalool and the subsequent isomerization to geraniol. Enzymatic kinetic resolutions of truncated and elongated aromatic and aliphatic tertiary alcohols (C5-C15) that contain a specific signature motif demonstrate the broad substrate specificity of LinD...
March 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054551/innate-and-adaptive-immune-traits-are-differentially-affected-by-genetic-and-environmental-factors
#20
Massimo Mangino, Mario Roederer, Margaret H Beddall, Frank O Nestle, Tim D Spector
The diversity and activity of leukocytes is controlled by genetic and environmental influences to maintain balanced immune responses. However, the relative contribution of environmental compared with genetic factors that affect variations in immune traits is unknown. Here we analyse 23,394 immune phenotypes in 497 adult female twins. 76% of these traits show a predominantly heritable influence, whereas 24% are mostly influenced by environment. These data highlight the importance of shared childhood environmental influences such as diet, infections or microbes in shaping immune homeostasis for monocytes, B1 cells, γδ T cells and NKT cells, whereas dendritic cells, B2 cells, CD4(+) T and CD8(+) T cells are more influenced by genetics...
January 5, 2017: Nature Communications
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