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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638399/recent-genetic-gains-in-nitrogen-use-efficiency-in-oilseed-rape
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Andreas Stahl, Mara Pfeifer, Matthias Frisch, Benjamin Wittkop, Rod J Snowdon
Nitrogen is essential for plant growth, and N fertilization allows farmers to obtain high yields and produce sufficient agricultural commodities. On the other hand, nitrogen losses potentially cause adverse effects to ecosystems and to human health. Increasing nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) is vital to solve the conflict between productivity, to secure the demand of a growing world population, and the protection of the environment. To ensure this, genetic improvement is considered to be a paramount aspect toward ecofriendly crop production...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534145/alterations-in-gene-expression-after-gamma-hydroxybutyric-acid-intake-a-pilot-study
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Lena-Maria Mehling, Annika Spottke, Anna Heidbreder, Peter Young, Burkhard Madea, Cornelius Hess, Cornelius Courts
Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) acts as an agonist of the GABAB receptor, where GHB induces a depressant effect in the central nervous system. Besides its therapeutic application, GHB is also used as a date rape drug. However, the detection of GHB ingestion proves to be difficult due to its narrow detection window. The aim of this pilot study was to assess differential gene expressions after GHB intake to identify potential biomarkers for the detection of GHB intake. To this aim, alteration in gene expression of ALDH5A1, AKR7A2, EREG, and PEA15 was investigated via quantitative PCR (qPCR)...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405304/reduced-abundance-and-earlier-collection-of-bumble-bee-workers-under-intensive-cultivation-of-a-mass-flowering-prairie-crop
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Paul Galpern, Sarah A Johnson, Jennifer L Retzlaff, Danielle Chang, John Swann
One of the most commonly seeded crops in Canada is canola, a cultivar of oilseed rape (Brassica napus). As a mass-flowering crop grown intensively throughout the Canadian Prairies, canola has the potential to influence pollinator success across tens of thousands of square kilometers of cropland. Bumble bees (Bombus sp.) are efficient pollinators of many types of native and crop plants. We measured the influence of this mass-flowering crop on the abundance and phenology of bumble bees, and on another species of social bee (a sweat bee; Halictus rubicundus), by continuously deploying traps at different levels of canola cultivation intensity, spanning the start and end of canola bloom...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348571/population-structure-and-phylogenetic-relationships-in-a-diverse-panel-of-brassica-rapa-l
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Kevin A Bird, Hong An, Elodie Gazave, Michael A Gore, J Chris Pires, Larry D Robertson, Joanne A Labate
The crop species Brassica rapa L. has significant economic importance around the world. However, the global distribution and complex evolutionary history of the species has made investigating its genetic population structure difficult. Crop domestication and improvement has resulted in extreme phenotypic diversity and subspecies that are used for oilseed, food for human consumption, and fodder for livestock. These subspecies include the oilseed morphotypes. oleifera (turnip rape), ssp. dichotoma (brown sarson/toria), ssp...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284121/a-global-epidemiological-perspective-on-the-toxicology-of-drug-facilitated-sexual-assault-a-systematic-review
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Laura Jane Anderson, Asher Flynn, Jennifer Lucinda Pilgrim
PURPOSE: A systematic review was undertaken to determine the current global prevalence of drug-facilitated sexual assault (DFSA) reported in adults in order to identify trends in the toxicology findings in DFSA around the world over the past 20 years. METHODS: Databases PubMed, PsycINFO and Scopus were systematically searched using the terms: "drug-facilitated sexual assault", "chemical submission", "date rape", "rape drugs" and "drink-spiking" to identify relevant studies for inclusion in the review...
April 2017: Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27821044/comparative-transcriptome-profiling-of-two-brassica-napus-cultivars-under-chromium-toxicity-and-its-alleviation-by-reduced-glutathione
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Rafaqat A Gill, Basharat Ali, Peng Cui, Enhui Shen, Muhammad A Farooq, Faisal Islam, Shafaqat Ali, Bizeng Mao, Weijun Zhou
BACKGROUND: Chromium (Cr) being multifarious industrial used element, is considered a potential environmental threat. Cr found to be a prospective water and soil pollutant, and thus it is a current area of concern. Oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.) is well known as a major source of edible oil around the globe. Due to its higher growth, larger biomass and capability to uptake toxic materials B. napus is considered a potential candidate plant against unfavorable conditions. To date, no study has been done that described the Cr and GSH mechanism at RNA-Seq level...
November 7, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771572/d-cycloserine-does-not-enhance-the-effects-of-in%C3%A2-vivo-exposure-among-young-people-with-broad-based-anxiety-disorders
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Ronald M Rapee, Michael P Jones, Jennifer L Hudson, Gin S Malhi, Heidi J Lyneham, Sophie C Schneider
Use of the partial NMDA receptor agonist d-Cycloserine (DCS) to increase extinction to feared cues among anxious adults has shown mixed, although overall positive effects. Few studies have extended this effect to youth and none have addressed young people with broad-based anxiety such as separation anxiety, social anxiety, or generalised anxiety. In the current trial 51 children and adolescents with diagnosed anxiety disorders, aged 7-14 years received four sessions of graduated, experimenter-led, in vivo exposure to a hierarchy of feared cues relevant to their primary fear...
October 18, 2016: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27730503/exploratory-study-on-the-presence-of-gm-oilseed-rape-near-german-oil-mills
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J Franzaring, K Wedlich, A Fangmeier, S Eckert, J Zipperle, I Krah-Jentgens, C Hünig, W Züghart
Seed losses from imported oilseed rape (OSR) and the genetically modified (GM) admixtures therein may potentially lead to the establishment of transgenic plants and their hybridization with wild crucifers. The post-market environmental monitoring (PMEM) must therefore also address problems related to seed spillages of GM OSR. Since detailed information on imported commodity flows, GM contents, means of transport, downstream users and efficient containment of GM OSR was lacking, we performed a field study in the vicinity of large oil mills and seed processing industries at the harbours along the river Rhine...
November 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27660997/are-children-or-adolescents-more-at-risk-for-posttraumatic-stress-reactions-following-exposure-to-violence-evidence-from-post-genocide-rwanda
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Richard Neugebauer, Allana Forde, Kinga E Fodor, Prudence W Fisher, J Blake Turner, Tasha Stehling-Ariza, Saori Yamabe
Whether children or adolescents exhibit higher levels of posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) in response to violence is an unresolved research question. We examine this issue in UNICEF's 1995 National Trauma Survey (NTS) of 8-19-year-olds (n = 942) who survived the Rwandan Genocide and lived and attended schools in the community. PTSS were assessed with a symptom checklist based on DSM-IV indexed using an overall score comprising the sum of scores on all items and mean item scores of each of five distinct factors identified in a factor analysis within this sample...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27570055/point-of-care-with-micro-fluidic-paper-based-device-integrated-with-nano-zeolite-graphene-oxide-nanoflakes-for-electrochemical-sensing-of-ketamine
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Jagriti Narang, Nitesh Malhotra, Chaitali Singhal, Ashish Mathur, Dhritiman Chakraborty, Anusree Anil, Aviraj Ingle, Chandra S Pundir
The present study was aimed to develop an ultrasensitive technique for electroanalysis of ketamine; a date rape drug. It involved the fabrication of nano-hybrid based electrochemical micro fluidic paper-based analytical device (EμPADs) for electrochemical sensing of ketamine. A paper chip was developed using zeolites nanoflakes and graphene-oxide nanocrystals (Zeo-GO). EμPAD offers many advantages such as facile approach, economical and potential for commercialization. Nanocrystal modified EμPAD showed wide linear range 0...
February 15, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27474899/different-waves-of-effector-genes-with-contrasted-genomic-location-are-expressed-by-leptosphaeria-maculans-during-cotyledon-and-stem-colonisation-of-oilseed-rape
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Julie Gervais, Clémence Plissonneau, Juliette Linglin, Michel Meyer, Karine Labadie, Corinne Cruaud, Isabelle Fudal, Thierry Rouxel, Marie-Hélène Balesdent
Leptosphaeria maculans, causal agent of stem canker disease, colonises oilseed rape (Brassica napus) in two stages: a short and early colonisation stage corresponding to cotyledon or leaf colonisation, and a late colonisation stage during which the fungus colonises systemically and symptomlessly the plant during several months before stem canker appears. To date, determinants of the late colonisation stage are poorly understood; L. maculans may either successfully escape plant defences leading to the stem canker development, or the plant can develop an "adult-stage" resistance reducing canker incidence...
July 30, 2016: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27302901/introducing-the-date-and-acquaintance-rape-avoidance-scale
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Josephine R Resendez, Jamie S Hughes
We present the Date and Acquaintance Rape Avoidance Scale (DARAS). The DARAS is a measure of a woman's behaviors used to avoid date and acquaintance rape. Three factor structures were possible. The DARAS may have measured several factors related to alcohol and drug use, self-defense, and date behaviors; 2 factors related to behaviors to avoid acquaintance versus date rape; or a single factor that represented general vigilance. The data revealed a highly reliable, 63 item single factor that was correlated with stranger rape avoidance, rejection of rape myths, hostile sexist beliefs about men, and benevolent sexist beliefs about women...
2016: Violence and Victims
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27296051/rape-myth-acceptance-efficacy-and-heterosexual-scripts-in-men-s-magazines-factors-associated-with-intentions-to-sexually-coerce-or-intervene
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Stacey J T Hust, Kathleen Boyce Rodgers, Stephanie Ebreo, Whitney Stefani
Sexual coercion has gained researchers' attention as an underreported form of sexual abuse or harm. The percentage of male and female college students who reported engaging in sexual coercion was as high as 82% for verbally coercive behaviors over the course of a year. Guided by heterosexual scripting theory and the integrated model of behavioral prediction, we examine potential factors associated with college students' intentions to sexually coerce or to intervene when friends plan to sexually coerce (bystander intention)...
June 12, 2016: Journal of Interpersonal Violence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27290837/-prenatal-diagnosis-of-meckel-gruber-syndrome-case-report-and-literature-review
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J Audifred-Salomón, Barrita-Domínguez I J, de Zárate-Alarcón Ortiz, H Sánchez-Hernández, A Camacho-Cervantes
BACKGROUND: Meckel-Gruber syndrome is a ciliopathy, a lethal autosomal recessive disorder that occurs in all races and ethnicities; it is characterized by central nervous system abnormalities, resulting in mental retardation, bilateral renal cystic dysplasia and malformations of hands and feet. To date there have been only about 200 cases reported worldwide. It is a disease with a recurrence rate of 25% whose most reliable method for diagnosis is prenatal ultrasound. The mortality rate is 100% and in view of the high index of recurrence, subsequent pregnancies should be investigated appropriately with genetic counseling...
February 2016: Ginecología y Obstetricia de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27278255/measuring-individual-differences-in-responses-to-date-rape-vignettes-using-latent-variable-models
#15
Antover P Tuliao, Lesa Hoffman, Dennis E McChargue
Vignette methodology can be a flexible and powerful way to examine individual differences in response to dangerous real-life scenarios. However, most studies underutilize the usefulness of such methodology by analyzing only one outcome, which limits the ability to track event-related changes (e.g., vacillation in risk perception). The current study was designed to illustrate the dynamic influence of risk perception on exit point from a date-rape vignette. Our primary goal was to provide an illustrative example of how to use latent variable models for vignette methodology, including latent growth curve modeling with piecewise slopes, as well as latent variable measurement models...
January 2017: Aggressive Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27263468/chalcone-based-selective-inhibitors-of-a-c4-plant-key-enzyme-as-novel-potential-herbicides
#16
G T T Nguyen, G Erlenkamp, O Jäck, A Küberl, M Bott, F Fiorani, H Gohlke, G Groth
Weeds are a challenge for global food production due to their rapidly evolving resistance against herbicides. We have identified chalcones as selective inhibitors of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPC), a key enzyme for carbon fixation and biomass increase in the C4 photosynthetic pathway of many of the world's most damaging weeds. In contrast, many of the most important crop plants use C3 photosynthesis. Here, we show that 2',3',4',3,4-Pentahydroxychalcone (IC50 = 600 nM) and 2',3',4'-Trihydroxychalcone (IC50 = 4...
2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27200054/brassica-napus-genome-possesses-extraordinary-high-number-of-camta-genes-and-camta3-contributes-to-pamp-triggered-immunity-and-resistance-to-sclerotinia-sclerotiorum
#17
Hafizur Rahman, You-Ping Xu, Xuan-Rui Zhang, Xin-Zhong Cai
Calmodulin-binding transcription activators (CAMTAs) play important roles in various plant biological processes including disease resistance and abiotic stress tolerance. Oilseed rape (Brassica napus L.) is one of the most important oil-producing crops worldwide. To date, compositon of CAMTAs in genomes of Brassica species and role of CAMTAs in resistance to the devastating necrotrophic fungal pathogen Sclerotinia sclerotiorum are still unknown. In this study, 18 CAMTA genes were identified in oilseed rape genome through bioinformatics analyses, which were inherited from the nine copies each in its progenitors Brassica rapa and Brassica oleracea and represented the highest number of CAMTAs in a given plant species identified so far...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27148751/psychological-health-and-academic-success-in-rural-appalachian-adolescents-exposed-to-physical-and-sexual-interpersonal-violence
#18
Denise M Martz, John Paul Jameson, Amy Dellinger Page
Interpersonal violence (IPV) in adolescence is a serious public health concern and may have lasting behavioral effects and implications for adult relationships. Adolescents from 2 rural Appalachian high schools in 2011/2012 were surveyed using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance (YRBS) survey, which assessed (a) physical IPV within a dating relationship, (b) sexual IPV (defined as forced sex/rape), and (c) those who experienced both. We present baseline rates of each form of IPV for these rural male and female adolescents and assessed the strength and statistical significance of these associations between physical and sexual IPV and other risk factors using χ2 tests and relative risk ratios...
2016: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27143233/the-effect-of-flunitrazepam-rohypnol-%C3%A2-on-the-development-of-chrysomya-megacephala-fabricius-1794-diptera-calliphoridae-and-its-implications-for-forensic-entomology
#19
Tainá Costa Baia, Alessandra Campos, Bruno Mattos Silva Wanderley, Renata Antonaci Gama
This study investigated the potential effects of flunitrazepam (known as "date rape drug") on the developmental cycle of Chrysomya megacephala, an important forensic species, and their possible implications for the calculation of the PMI. A 1050 C. megacephala eggs were divided into five groups with seven replications each. The eggs were placed on artificial diet prepared with four drug concentrations of flunitrazepam (4, 8, 16, and 32 ng/g), besides the control group (prepared with water). Were evaluated the potential effects on development time, weight gain, and mortality during the cycles...
July 2016: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27107852/simultaneous-analysis-method-for-ghb-ketamine-norketamine-phenobarbital-thiopental-zolpidem-zopiclone-and-phenytoin-in-urine-using-c18-poroshell-column
#20
Beril Anilanmert, Fatma Çavuş, Ibrahim Narin, Salih Cengiz, Şefika Sertler, Ali Acar Özdemir, Münevver Açikkol
Date-rape drugs have the potential to be used in drug-facilitated sexual assault, organ theft and property theft. Since they are colorless, tasteless and odorless, victims can drink without noticing, when added to the beverages. These drugs must be detected in time, before they are cleared up from the biofluids. A simultaneous extraction and determination method in urine for GHB, ketamine, norketamine, phenobarbital, thiopental, zolpidem, zopiclone and phenytoin (an anticonvulsant and antiepileptic drug) with LC-MS/MS was developed for the first time with analytically acceptable recoveries and validated...
June 1, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
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