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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087658/are-winter-and-summer-dormancy-symmetrical-seasonal-adaptive-strategies-the-case-of-temperate-herbaceous-perennials
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REVIEW
Lauren M Gillespie, Florence A Volaire
BACKGROUND: Dormancy in higher plants is an adaptive response enabling plant survival during the harshest seasons and has been more explored in woody species than in herbaceous species. Nevertheless, winter and summer shoot meristem dormancy are adaptive strategies that could play a major role in enhancing seasonal stress tolerance and resilience of widespread herbaceous plant communities. SCOPE: This review outlines the symmetrical aspects of winter and summer dormancy in order to better understand plant adaptation to severe stress, and highlight research priorities in a changing climate...
January 13, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081359/benzoic-acid-enhances-embryo-implantation-through-lif-dependent-expression-of-integrin-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-3-and-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-5
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Hee-Jung Choi, Tae-Wook Chung, Mi-Ju Park, Hyung Sik Kim, Sooseong You, Myeong Soo Lee, Bo Sun Joo, Kyu Sup Lee, Keuk-Jun Kim, Gabbine Wee, Choong-Yong Kim, Cheorl-Ho Kim, Ki-Tae Ha
The embryo implantation is crucial step for successful pregnancy. Diverse factors including adhesion molecules, growth factors, and cytokines are important to the embryo implantation through improving endometrial receptivity. Benzoic acid (BA), a component of various plants, has been shown to have anti-fungal and anti-oxidant effects. However, the effect of BA on the embryo implantation remains unknown. Here, we showed the contribution of BA for the enhancement of endometrial receptivity through the leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF)-dependent increase of integrin αV, β3, and β5 expression...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080987/ploidy-dynamics-and-evolvability-in-fungi
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REVIEW
Noa Blutraich Wertheimer, Neil Stone, Judith Berman
Rapid responses to acute stresses are essential for stress survival and are critical to the ability of fungal pathogens to adapt to new environments or hosts. The rapid emergence of drug resistance is used as a model for how fungi adapt and survive stress conditions that inhibit the growth of progenitor cells. Aneuploidy and loss of heterozygosity (LOH), which are large-scale genome shifts involving whole chromosomes or chromosome arms, occur at higher frequency than point mutations and have the potential to mediate stress survival...
December 5, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080047/burden-of-disease-from-rising-coal-fired-power-plant-emissions-in-southeast-asia
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Shannon N Koplitz, Daniel J Jacob, Melissa P Sulprizio, Lauri Myllyvirta, Colleen Reid
Southeast Asia has a very high population density and is on a fast track to economic development, with most of the growth in electricity demand currently projected to be met by coal. From a detailed analysis of coal-fired power plants presently planned or under construction in Southeast Asia, we project in a business-as-usual scenario that emissions from coal in the region will triple to 2.6 Tg a(-1) SO2 and 2.6 Tg a(-1) NOx by 2030, with the largest increases occurring in Indonesia and Vietnam. Simulations with the GEOS-Chem chemical transport model show large resulting increases in surface air pollution, up to 11 μg m(-3) for annual mean fine particulate matter (PM2...
January 12, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078746/a-gly65val-substitution-in-an-actin-ghact_li1-disrupts-cell-polarity-and-f-actin-organization-resulting-in-dwarf-lintless-cotton-plants
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Gregory N Thyssen, David D Fang, Rickie B Turley, Christopher B Florane, Ping Li, Christopher P Mattison, Marina Naoumkina
Actin polymerizes to form part of the cytoskeleton and organize polar growth in all eukaryotic cells. Species with numerous actin genes are especially useful for the dissection of actin molecular function due to redundancy and neofunctionalization. Here, we investigated the role of a cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) actin gene in the organization of actin filaments in lobed cotyledon pavement cells and the highly-elongated single-celled trichomes that comprise cotton lint fibers. Using mapping-by-sequencing, virus-induced gene silencing, and molecular modeling, we identified the causative mutation of the dominant dwarf Ligon-lintless Li1 short fiber mutant as a single Gly65Val amino acid substitution in a polymerization domain of an actin gene, GhACT_LI1 (Gh_D04G0865)...
January 12, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077967/integrated-omics-analyses-reveal-the-details-of-metabolic-adaptation-of-clostridium-thermocellum-to-lignocellulose-derived-growth-inhibitors-released-during-the-deconstruction-of-switchgrass
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Suresh Poudel, Richard J Giannone, Miguel Rodriguez, Babu Raman, Madhavi Z Martin, Nancy L Engle, Jonathan R Mielenz, Intawat Nookaew, Steven D Brown, Timothy J Tschaplinski, David Ussery, Robert L Hettich
BACKGROUND: Clostridium thermocellum is capable of solubilizing and converting lignocellulosic biomass into ethanol. Although much of the work-to-date has centered on characterizing this microbe's growth on model cellulosic substrates, such as cellobiose, Avicel, or filter paper, it is vitally important to understand its metabolism on more complex, lignocellulosic substrates to identify relevant industrial bottlenecks that could undermine efficient biofuel production. To this end, we have examined a time course progression of C...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077618/mechanism-of-nuclear-movements-in-a-multinucleated-cell
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Romain Gibeaux, Antonio Z Politi, Peter Philippsen, François Nédélec
Multinucleated cells are important in many organisms but the mechanisms governing the movements of nuclei sharing a common cytoplasm are not understood. In the hyphae of the plant pathogenic fungus Ashbya gossypii, nuclei move back and forth, occasionally bypassing each other, and, preventing the formation of nuclear clusters, this is essential for genetic stability. These movements depend on cytoplasmic microtubules emanating from the nuclei, that are pulled by dynein motors anchored at the cortex. Using 3D stochastic simulations with parameters constrained by the literature, we predict the cortical anchors density from the characteristics of nuclear movements...
January 11, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072820/p-cymene-promotes-its-catabolism-through-the-p-cymene-and-the-p-cumate-pathways-activates-a-stress-response-and-reduces-the-biofilm-formation-in-burkholderia-xenovorans-lb400
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Loreine Agulló, María José Romero-Silva, Mirian Domenech, Michael Seeger
p-Cymene is an aromatic terpene that is present in diverse plant species. The aims of this study were to study the p-cymene metabolism in the model aromatic-degrading bacterium Burkholderia xenovorans LB400, and its response to p-cymene. The catabolic p-cymene (cym) and p-cumate (cmt) genes are clustered on the LB400 major chromosome. B. xenovorans LB400 was able to grow on p-cymene as well as on p-cumate as a sole carbon and energy sources. LB400 growth attained higher cell concentration at stationary phase on p-cumate than on p-cymene...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072458/liana-effects-on-biomass-dynamics-strengthen-during-secondary-forest-succession
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Hao Ran Lai, Jefferson S Hall, Benjamin L Turner, Michiel van Breugel
Secondary forests are important carbon sinks, but their biomass dynamics vary markedly within and across landscapes. The biotic and abiotic drivers of this variation are still not well understood. We tested the effects of soil resource availability and competition by lianas on the biomass dynamics of young secondary tropical forests in Panama and assessed the extent to which liana effects were mediated by soil resource availability. Over a five year period, growth, mortality, and recruitment of woody plants of ≥1 cm diameter were monitored in 84 plots in 3-30 y-old secondary forests across the Agua Salud site in central Panama...
January 10, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069595/diverging-temperature-responses-of-co2-assimilation-and-plant-development-explain-the-overall-effect-of-temperature-on-biomass-accumulation-in-wheat-leaves-and-grains
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Nicholas C Collins, Boris Parent
There is a growing consensus in the literature that rising temperatures influence the rate of biomass accumulation by shortening the development of plant organs and the whole plant and by altering rates of respiration and photosynthesis. A model describing the net effects of these processes on biomass would be useful, but would need to reconcile reported differences in the effects of night and day temperature on plant productivity. In this study, the working hypothesis was that the temperature responses of CO2 assimilation and plant development rates were divergent, and that their net effects could explain observed differences in biomass accumulation...
January 9, 2017: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068923/domestication-of-rice-has-reduced-the-occurrence-of-transposable-elements-within-gene-coding-regions
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Xukai Li, Kai Guo, Xiaobo Zhu, Peng Chen, Ying Li, Guosheng Xie, Lingqiang Wang, Yanting Wang, Staffan Persson, Liangcai Peng
BACKGROUND: Transposable elements (TEs) are prominent features in many plant genomes, and patterns of TEs in closely related rice species are thus proposed as an ideal model to study TEs roles in the context of plant genome evolution. As TEs may contribute to improved rice growth and grain quality, it is of pivotal significance for worldwide food security and biomass production. RESULTS: We analyzed three cultivated rice species and their closest five wild relatives for distribution and content of TEs in their genomes...
January 9, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068355/a-methodology-for-cancer-therapeutics-by-systems-pharmacology-based-analysis-a-case-study-on-breast-cancer-related-traditional-chinese-medicines
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Yan Li, Jinghui Wang, Feng Lin, Yinfeng Yang, Su-Shing Chen
Breast cancer is the most common carcinoma in women. Comprehensive therapy on breast cancer including surgical operation, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, endocrinotherapy, etc. could help, but still has serious side effect and resistance against anticancer drugs. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) may avoid these problems, in which traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been highlighted. In this section, to analyze the mechanism through which TCM act on breast cancer, we have built a virtual model consisting of the construction of database, oral bioavailability prediction, drug-likeness evaluation, target prediction, network construction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068148/element-cycling-and-energy-flux-responses-in-ecosystem-simulations-conducted-at-the-chinese-lunar-palace-1
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Chen Dong, Yuming Fu, Beizhen Xie, Minjuan Wang, Hong Liu
Bioregenerative life-support systems (BLSS) address interactions between organisms and their environment as an integrated system through the study of factors that regulate the pools and fluxes of materials and energy through ecological systems. As a simple model, using BLSS is very important in the investigation of element cycling and energy flux for sustainable development on Earth. A 105-day experiment with a high degree of closure was carried out in this system from February to May, 2014, with three volunteers...
January 9, 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065921/plant-carnivory-beyond-bogs-reliance-on-prey-feeding-in-drosophyllum-lusitanicum-drosophyllaceae-in-dry-mediterranean-heathland-habitats
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M Paniw, E Gil-Cabeza, F Ojeda
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: In a cost-benefit framework, plant carnivory is hypothesized to be an adaptation to nutrient-poor soils in sunny, wetland habitats. However, apparent exceptions to this cost-benefit model exist, although they have been rarely studied. One of these exceptions is the carnivorous subshrub Drosophyllum lusitanicum, which thrives in Mediterranean heathlands on dry sandstone soils and has relatively well-developed, xeromorphic roots. Here, the roles of leaf (carnivory) and root (soil) nutrient uptake in growth promotion of this particular species were assessed...
January 8, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065919/force-of-habit-shrubs-trees-and-contingent-evolution-of-wood-anatomical-diversity-using-croton-euphorbiaceae-as-a-model-system
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Rafael Arévalo, Benjamin W van Ee, Ricarda Riina, Paul E Berry, Alex C Wiedenhoeft
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Wood is a major innovation of land plants, and is usually a central component of the body plan for two major plant habits: shrubs and trees. Wood anatomical syndromes vary between shrubs and trees, but no prior work has explicitly evaluated the contingent evolution of wood anatomical diversity in the context of these plant habits. METHODS: Phylogenetic comparative methods were used to test for contingent evolution of habit, habitat and wood anatomy in the mega-diverse genus Croton (Euphorbiaceae), across the largest and most complete molecular phylogeny of the genus to date...
January 8, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064439/eugenol-specialty-chemical-production-in-transgenic-poplar-populus-tremula-%C3%A3-p-alba-field-trials
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Da Lu, Xianghe Yuan, Sung-Jin Kim, Joaquim V Marques, P Pawan Chakravarthy, Syed G A Moinuddin, Randi Luchterhand, Barri Herman, Laurence B Davin, Norman G Lewis
A foundational study assessed effects of biochemical pathway introduction into poplar to produce eugenol, chavicol, p-anol, isoeugenol, and their sequestered storage products, from potentially available substrates, coniferyl and p-coumaryl alcohols. At the onset, it was unknown whether significant carbon flux to monolignols vs other phenylpropanoid (acetate) pathway metabolites would be kinetically favored. Various transgenic poplar lines generated eugenol and chavicol glucosides in ca. 0.45% (~0.35 and ~0...
January 8, 2017: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060827/extraction-of-sensitive-bands-for-monitoring-the-winter-wheat-triticum-aestivum-growth-status-and-yields-based-on-the-spectral-reflectance
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Chao Wang, Meichen Feng, Wude Yang, Guangwei Ding, Lujie Xiao, Guangxin Li, Tingting Liu
To extract the sensitive bands for estimating the winter wheat growth status and yields, field experiments were conducted. The crop variables including aboveground biomass (AGB), soil and plant analyzer development (SPAD) value, yield, and canopy spectra were determined. Statistical methods of correlation analysis, partial least squares (PLS), and stepwise multiple linear regression (SMLR) were used to extract sensitive bands and estimate the crop variables with calibration set. The predictive model based on the selected bands was tested with validation set...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060523/anti-inflammatory-effects-of-pelargonidin-on-tgfbip-induced-responses
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Seongdo Jeong, Sae-Kwang Ku, Jong-Sup Bae
Transforming growth factor β induced protein (TGFBIp) is an extracellular matrix protein expressed in several cell types in response to TGF-β. TGFBIp is released by human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) and functions as a mediator of experimental sepsis. Pelargonidin (PEL) is a well-known red pigment found in plants, and has been reported as having important biological activities that are potentially beneficial for human health. This study was undertaken to investigate whether PEL can modulate TGFBIp-mediated inflammatory responses in HUVECs and in mice...
November 1, 2016: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056785/determination-of-dosage-compensation-and-comparison-of-gene-expression-in-a-triploid-hybrid-fish
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Li Ren, Chenchen Tang, Wuhui Li, Jialin Cui, Xingjun Tan, Yafeng Xiong, Jie Chen, Jun Wang, Jun Xiao, Yi Zhou, Jing Wang, Min Tao, Chun Zhang, Shaojun Liu
BACKGROUND: Polyploidy and hybridization are both recognized as major forces in evolution. Most of our current knowledge about differences in gene regulation in polyploid hybrids comes from plant studies. The gene expression of diverged genomes and regulatory interactions are still unclear in lower vertebrates. RESULTS: We generated 229 million cleaned reads (42.23 Gbp) from triploid of maternal grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idellus, Cyprininae, 2n = 48) × paternal blunt snout bream (Megalobrama amblycephala, Cultrinae, 2n = 48) and their diploid parents using next-generation sequencing...
January 5, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054449/drought-responses-phenotypic-plasticity-and-survival-of-mediterranean-species-in-two-different-microclimatic-sites
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Franca J Bongers, Manuel Olmo, Barbara Lopez-Iglesias, Niels P R Anten, Rafael Villar
Climate models predict a further drying of the Mediterranean summer. One way for plant species to persist during such climatic changes is through acclimation. Here, we determine the extent to which trait plasticity in response to drought differs between species and between sites, and address the question whether there is a trade-off between drought survival and phenotypic plasticity. Through the summer we measured physiological traits (Photosynthesis - Amax , stomatal conductance - gs , transpiration - E, leaf water potential - ψl) and structural traits (specific leaf area - SLA, leaf density - LD, leaf dry matter content - LDMC, leaf relative water content - LRWC) of leaves of eight woody species in two sites with slightly different microclimate (north versus south-facing slopes) in southern Spain...
January 5, 2017: Plant Biology
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