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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783117/changes-in-soil-nitrogen-dynamics-caused-by-prescribed-fires-in-dense-gorse-lands-in-sw-pyrenees
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Leire Múgica, Rosa M Canals, Leticia San Emeterio
Rural depopulation, abandonment of traditional land uses and decrease of extensive stockfarming is accelerating shrub encroachment in mountain areas. In NW Spain, gorse (Ulex gallii Planch.) is expanding, developing dense shrublands that accumulate high fuel-loads, ignite easily and persist during long periods as alternate stable states. Under this scenario, traditional bush-to-bush farming fires are being replaced by high fuel-load burnings performed by specialised teams to reduce fuels and promote mosaic landscapes...
May 18, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782951/clinical-consequences-of-toxic-envenomations-by-hymenoptera
#2
Justin O Schmidt
Many familiar Hymenoptera are brightly colored and can sting painfully-thus, their threat and clinical importance may be exaggerated. Most stinging insects only sting to defend themselves or their colonies from predators. The clinical nature of Hymenoptera envenomations contrasts that of other venomous animals, including other arthropods, primarily because allergic reaction, not direct intoxication, is the usual main concern. This review focuses mainly on the clinical features of direct toxicity to Hymenoptera envenomations, which can induce a high incidence of acute renal failure, liver failure, multiple organ failures, and death...
May 18, 2018: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782925/the-developmental-genetics-of-canalization
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REVIEW
Benedikt Hallgrimsson, Rebecca M Green, David Katz, Jennifer L Fish, Francois P J Bernier, Charles C Roseman, Nathan M Young, James M Cheverud, Ralph S Marcucio
Canalization, or robustness to genetic or environmental perturbations, is fundamental to complex organisms. While there is strong evidence for canalization as an evolved property that varies among genotypes, the developmental and genetic mechanisms that produce this phenomenon are very poorly understood. For evolutionary biology, understanding how canalization arises is important because, by modulating the phenotypic variation that arises in response to genetic differences, canalization is a determinant of evolvability...
May 18, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782831/mapping-cellular-polarity-networks-using-mass-spectrometry-based-strategies
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REVIEW
Avais M Daulat, Tania M Puvirajesinghe, Luc Camoin, Jean-Paul Borg
Cell polarity is a vital biological process involved in the building, maintenance and normal functioning of tissues in invertebrates and vertebrates. Unsurprisingly, molecular defects affecting polarity organization and functions have a strong impact on tissue homeostasis, embryonic development and adult life, and may directly or indirectly lead to diseases. Genetic studies have demonstrated the causative effect of several polarity genes in diseases, however much remains to be clarified before a comprehensive view of the molecular organization and regulation of the protein networks associated with polarity proteins is obtained...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782690/stable-carboxylate-terminated-gold-surfaces-produced-by-spontaneous-grafting-of-an-alkyl-tin-compound
#5
Mayreli Ortiz, Ahmed Mehdi, Christophe Methivier, Serge Thorimbert, Bernold Hasenknopf, Ciara K O'Sullivan
Self-assembled monolayers formed by chemisorption of thiolated molecules on gold surfaces are widely applied for biosensing. Moreover, and due to the low stability of thiol-gold chemistry, contributions to the functionalisation of gold substrates with linkers that provide a more stable platform for the immobilisation of electroactive or biological molecules are highly appreciated. In the work reported here, we demonstrate that a carboxylated organotin compound can be successfully grafted onto gold substrates to form a highly stable organic layer with reactivity for subsequent binding to an aminated molecule...
May 21, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782390/suspecting-hyperferritinemic-sepsis-in-iron-deficient-population-do-we-need-a-lower-plasma-ferritin-threshold
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Swarup Ghosh, Arun K Baranwal, Prateek Bhatia, Karthi Nallasamy
OBJECTIVES: Hyperferritinemia is being suggested to identify patients with sepsis-induced macrophage activation syndrome for early intervention. However, data among iron-deficient children are scarce. This study was planned to explore the biological behavior of plasma ferritin in children from communities with a high frequency of iron deficiency with septic shock and its association with the outcome. DESIGN: Prospective observational study. SETTING: Tertiary care teaching hospital in a low-middle income economy of South Asia...
May 18, 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782142/projection-based-3d-printing-of-cell-patterning-scaffolds-with-multi-scale-channels
#7
Dai Xue, Yancheng Wang, Jiaxin Zhang, Deqing Mei, Yue Wang, Shaochen Chen
To fully actualize artificial, cell-laden biological models in tissue engineering, such as 3D organoids and organs-on-a-chip systems, cells need to be patterned such that they can precisely mimic natural microenvironments in vitro. Despite increasing interest in this area, patterning cells at multiscales (~10 μm - 10 mm) remains a significant challenge in bioengineering. Here we report a projection-based 3D printing system that achieves rapid and high-resolution fabrication of hydrogel scaffolds featuring intricate channels for multi-scale cell patterning...
May 21, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782020/whole-mount-immunofluorescence-and-follicle-quantification-of-cultured-mouse-ovaries
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Vera D Rinaldi, Jordana C Bloom, John C Schimenti
Research in the field of mammalian reproductive biology often involves evaluating the overall health of ovaries and testes. Specifically, in females, ovarian fitness is often assessed by visualizing and quantifying follicles and oocytes. Because the ovary is an opaque three-dimensional tissue, traditional approaches require laboriously slicing the tissue into numerous serial sections in order to visualize cells throughout the entire organ. Furthermore, because quantification by this method typically entails scoring only a subset of the sections separated by the approximate diameter of an oocyte, it is prone to inaccuracy...
May 2, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782018/novel-method-of-plasmid-dna-delivery-to-mouse-bladder-urothelium-by-electroporation
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Chuan Yu, Ofir Stefanson, Yueli Liu, Zhu A Wang
Genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMs) are extremely valuable in revealing novel biological insights into the initiation and progression mechanisms of human diseases such as cancer. Transgenic and conditional knockout mice have been frequently used for gene overexpression or ablation in specific tissues or cell types in vivo. However, generating germline mouse models can be time-consuming and costly. Recent advancements in gene editing technologies and the feasibility of delivering DNA plasmids by viral infection have enabled rapid generation of non-germline autochthonous mouse cancer models for several organs...
May 3, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781706/launch-of-an-infrastructure-for-health-research-bbmri-eric
#10
Jan-Eric Litton
Biobanking and BioMolecular resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI)- European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) is the largest infrastructure launched in Europe in health research. By nature it is a distributed infrastructure, in which biological samples and data are hosted by the European Member States biobanks. As of today, BBMRI-ERIC consists of 19 European Member States and 1 international organization, the International Agency for Research on Cancer. This means that BBMRI-ERIC has a population of >500 million individuals in Europe...
May 21, 2018: Biopreservation and Biobanking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781092/assimilation-of-nitrogen-and-carbon-isotopes-from-fish-diets-to-otoliths-as-measured-by-nanoscale-secondary-ion-mass-spectrometry
#11
Jen-Chieh Shiao, Kotaro Shirai, Kentaro Tanaka, Naoto Takahata, Yuji Sano, Sung-Yun Hsiao, Der-Chuen Lee, Yung-Che Tseng
RATIONALE: Nitrogen and carbon stable isotope ratios (δ15 N and δ13 C values) of carbonate-bound organic materials in otoliths can provide information to address the biological and ecological functions of fish. Correct interpretation of otolith δ15 N and δ13 C profiles requires knowledge of the metabolic routes of nitrogen and carbon isotopes. However, the isotopic assimilation of δ15 N and δ13 C compositions from diets to otoliths has rarely been investigated. METHODS: This study traced the daily nitrogen and carbon isotopic assimilation between diets and otoliths using nanoscale secondary ion mass spectrometry (NanoSIMS)...
May 21, 2018: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780764/gender-differences-in-the-relationship-between-built-environment-and-non-communicable-diseases-a-systematic-review
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Joanna Sara Valson, V Raman Kutty
Non-communicable diseases are on the rise globally. Risk factors of non-communicable diseases continue to be a growing concern in both developed and developing countries. With significant rise in population and establishment of buildings, rapid changes have taken place in the built environment. Relationship between health and place, particularly with non-communicable diseases has been established in previous literature. This systematic review assesses the current evidence on influence of gender in the relationship between built environment and non-communicable diseases...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Public Health Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780418/biological-and-clinical-effects-of-calciprotein-particles-on-chronic-kidney-disease-mineral-and-bone-disorder
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REVIEW
Kenichi Akiyama, Takaaki Kimura, Kazuhiro Shiizaki
Calciprotein particles (CPPs) are a new biological marker of chronic kidney disease-mineral and bone disorder (CKD-MBD). CPPs consist of phosphate, calcium, and some proteins, with phosphate being the major contributor to the level and biological activity of CPPs. Recent studies have shown the physiological and pathological significance of CPPs, including contributions to bone and mineral metabolism, and to tissue and organ impairments such as cardiovascular damage and inflammatory responses. These actions are well known as important aspects of CKD-MBD...
2018: International Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780405/quercetin-induced-lifespan-extension-in-podospora-anserina-requires-methylation-of-the-flavonoid-by-the-o-methyltransferase-pamth1
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Verena Warnsmann, Saskia Hainbuch, Heinz D Osiewacz
Quercetin is a flavonoid that is ubiquitously found in vegetables and fruits. Like other flavonoids, it is active in balancing cellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels and has a cyto-protective function. Previously, a link between ROS balancing, aging, and the activity of O -methyltransferases was reported in different organisms including the aging model Podospora anserina. Here we describe a role of the S -adenosylmethionine-dependent O -methyltransferase PaMTH1 in quercetin-induced lifespan extension...
2018: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780374/insight-into-the-variation-of-bacterial-structure-in-atrazine-contaminated-soil-regulating-by-potential-phytoremediator-pennisetum-americanum-l-k-schum
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Bo Cao, Ying Zhang, Ziyi Wang, Mengyuan Li, Feng Yang, Duo Jiang, Zhao Jiang
Although plants of the genus Pennisetum can accelerate the removal of atrazine from its rhizosphere, the roles played by this plant in adjusting the soil environment and soil microorganism properties that might contribute to pollutant removal are incompletely understood. We selected Pennisetum americanum (L.) K. Schum ( P. americanum ) as the test plant and investigated the interaction between P. americanum and atrazine-contaminated soil, focusing on the adjustment of the soil biochemical properties as well as bacterial functional and community diversity in the rhizosphere using Biolog EcoPlates and high-throughput sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780273/ectopic-ring-zinc-finger-gene-from-hot-pepper-induces-totally-different-genes-in-lettuce-and-tobacco
#16
Mahipal Singh Kesawat, Dong Kyun Kim, Naheed Zeba, Mi Chung Suh, Xinli Xia, Choo Bong Hong
Advances in molecular biology have improved crops through transferring genes from one organism to new hosts, and these efforts have raised concerns about potential unexpected outcomes. Here, we provide evidence that a gene with a specific function in one organism can yield completely different effects in a new host. CaRZFP1 is a C3HC4-type RING zinc finger protein gene previously isolated from a cDNA library for heat-stressed hot pepper. In our previous work investigating in vivo CaRZFP1 function, we transferred CaRZFP1 into tobacco; transgenic tobacco exhibited enhanced growth and tolerance to abiotic stresses...
2018: Molecular Breeding: New Strategies in Plant Improvement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29780250/partial-stereotactic-ablative-boost-radiotherapy-in-bulky-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-retrospective-study
#17
Yun Bai, Xian-Shu Gao, Shang-Bin Qin, Jia-Yan Chen, Meng-Meng Su, Qing Liu, Xiu-Bo Qin, Ming-Wei Ma, Bo Zhao, Xiao-Bin Gu, Mu Xie, Ming Cui, Xin Qi, Xiao-Ying Li
Purpose: Bulky non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is difficult to achieve effective local control by conventionally fractionated radiotherapy (CRT). The present work aims to evaluate the safety and efficacy of partial stereotactic ablative boost radiotherapy (P-SABR) in bulky NSCLC. Patients and methods: From December 2012 through August 2017, 30 patients with bulky NSCLC treated with P-SABR technique were analyzed. The P-SABR plan consisted of one partial SABR plan (5-9 Gy/f, 3-6 fractions) to gross tumor boost (GTVb), followed by one CRT plan to the planning target volume (PTV)...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779865/gmf-as-an-actin-network-remodeling-factor
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REVIEW
Bruce L Goode, Meredith O Sweeney, Julian A Eskin
Glia maturation factor (GMF) has recently been established as a regulator of the actin cytoskeleton with a unique role in remodeling actin network architecture. Conserved from yeast to mammals, GMF is one of five members of the ADF-H family of actin regulatory proteins, which includes ADF/cofilin, Abp1/Drebrin, Twinfilin, and Coactosin. GMF does not bind actin, but instead binds the Arp2/3 complex with high affinity. Through this association, GMF catalyzes the debranching of actin filament networks and inhibits actin nucleation by Arp2/3 complex...
May 18, 2018: Trends in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779797/the-function-of-the-heart-is-historically-contingent
#19
Nicholas Binney
Some philosophers of medicine argue that there are objective facts about the biological function of organs, and that these facts are used to objectively define diseases. The function of the heart is taken to be particularly obvious and well established. Contrary to this, I argue that the function of the heart is not fixed by nature, but rather that it is historically contingent. The disease heart failure results from the dysfunction of the heart. In opposition to the common-sense intuitions of philosophers, medics do not define heart failure simply as a reduced cardiac output, and up to half of patients with heart failure have a normal cardiac output...
May 17, 2018: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779709/a-mutation-in-transcription-factor-mafb-causes-focal-segmental-glomerulosclerosis-with-duane-retraction-syndrome
#20
Yoshinori Sato, Hiroyasu Tsukaguchi, Hiroyuki Morita, Koichiro Higasa, Mai Thi Nhu Tran, Michito Hamada, Toshiaki Usui, Naoki Morito, Shoichiro Horita, Takao Hayashi, Junko Takagi, Izumi Yamaguchi, Huan Thanh Nguyen, Masayo Harada, Kiyoko Inui, Yuichi Maruta, Yoshihiko Inoue, Fumihiko Koiwa, Hiroshi Sato, Fumihiko Matsuda, Shinya Ayabe, Seiya Mizuno, Fumihiro Sugiyama, Satoru Takahashi, Ashio Yoshimura
Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) is a leading cause of end-stage renal disease in children and adults. Genetic factors significantly contribute to early-onset FSGS, but the etiologies of most adult cases remain unknown. Genetic studies of monogenic syndromic FSGS exhibiting extra-renal manifestations have uncovered an unexpected biological role for genes in the development of both podocytes and other cellular lineages. To help define these roles, we studied two unrelated families with FSGS associated with Duane Retraction Syndrome, characterized by impaired horizontal eye movement due to cranial nerve malformation...
May 17, 2018: Kidney International
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