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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342997/the-author-s-reply-to-n-r-haddaway
#1
M Cristina Mangano, G Sarà
In this reply we respond to the commentary of Dr. Haddaway addressed in searching for pitfalls in our systematic mapping exercise "Collating science-based evidence to inform public opinion on the environmental effects of marine drilling platforms in the Mediterranean Sea" recently published in Journal of Environmental Management (Mangano, M.C. and Sarà, G. 2017. Journal of Environmental Management 188: 195-202). We discussed each so called "pitfalls" and, in our opinion, the main cornerstones of systematic map - SM (repeatability, comprehensiveness, transparency, traceability, quality, generalizability) are safe guaranteeing the "gold standard" required by this technique...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342932/changes-in-hba2-and-hbf-in-alpha-thalassemia-carriers-with-klf1-mutation
#2
Stefania Satta, Maria Elisabetta Paglietti, Maria Carla Sollaino, Susanna Barella, Paolo Moi, Maria Franca Desogus, Franca Rosa Demartis, Laura Manunza, Raffaella Origa
α-thalassemia carriers are common in Mediterranean regions, particularly in the Sardinian population. Their haematological phenotype is characterized by reduced MCV and/or MCH with normal or slightly reduced HbA2 levels and normal HbF. Krüppel-like factor 1 (KLF1) is a pleiotropic erythroid transcription factor that is essential for haematopoiesis. Mutations in the KLF1 gene trigger a series of benign human red blood phenotypes, such as an increase in HbA2 and HBF. Recently, it has been found that KLF1 mutations were a frequent cause of borderline HbA2 levels in a group of Sardinian subjects...
March 18, 2017: Blood Cells, Molecules & Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342915/redd1-links-stress-with-il-1%C3%AE-mediated-familial-mediterranean-fever-attack-through-autophagy-driven-neutrophil-extracellular-traps
#3
Panagiotis Skendros, Akrivi Chrysanthopoulou, François Rousset, Konstantinos Kambas, Athanasios Arampatzioglou, Alexandros Mitsios, Veronique Bocly, Theocharis Konstantinidis, Philippe Pellet, Iliana Angelidou, Eirini Apostolidou, Dimitrios Ritis, Victoria Tsironidou, Sotiris Galtsidis, Charalampos Papagoras, Dimitrios Stakos, Georgios Kouklakis, Vasiliki Dalla, Maria Koffa, Ioannis Mitroulis, Ioannis Theodorou, Konstantinos Ritis
BACKGROUND: Familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) is an IL-1β-dependent autoinflammatory disease caused by mutations of MEFV encoding pyrin, and characterised by inflammatory attacks, induced by physical or psychological stress. OBJECTIVE: We investigate the underlying mechanism that links stress-induced inflammatory attacks with neutrophil activation and release of IL-1β-bearing neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) in FMF. METHODS: RNA-seq was performed in peripheral neutrophils from 3 FMF patients, isolated both during attack and remission, 8 patients in remission and 8 healthy individuals...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342740/the-development-of-a-real-time-reverse-transcription-polymerase-chain-reaction-rrt-pcr-assay-using-taqman-technology-for-the-pan-detection-of-bluetongue-virus-btv
#4
Catherine Mulholland, Michael J McMenamy, Bernd Hoffmann, Bernadette Earley, Bryan Markey, Joseph Cassidy, Gordon Allan, Michael D Welsh, John McKillen
Bluetongue virus (BTV) is an infectious, non-contagious viral disease of domestic and wild ruminants that is transmitted by adult females of certain Culicoides species. Since 2006, several serotypes including BTV-1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9 and 16, have spread from the Mediterranean basin into Northern Europe for the first time. BTV-8 in particular, caused a major epidemic in northern Europe. As a result, it is evident that most European countries are at risk of BTV infection. The objective of this study was to develop and validate a real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) assay based on TaqMan technology for the detection of representative strains of all BTV serotypes...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342612/can-by-products-replace-conventional-ingredients-in-concentrate-of-dairy-goat-diet
#5
M Romero-Huelva, M A Ramírez-Fenosa, R Planelles-González, P García-Casado, E Molina-Alcaide
Intensive dairy goat production in the Mediterranean basin is based on imported conventional ingredients to be included in concentrates. Fourteen Murciano-Granadina goats in the middle of the third lactation were allocated into 2 groups of 7 animals each fed, respectively, a control diet based on alfalfa hay and concentrate in a 40:60 ratio, and a diet in which the concentrate included tomato fruits, citrus pulp, brewer's grain and brewer's yeast (T100CBY) to study the effect of diet on nutrient utilization, ruminal fermentation, purine derivatives excretion in urine, milk yield and composition, and methane emissions...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342343/plant-uptake-of-238-u-235-u-232-th-226-ra-210-pb-and-40-k-from-a-coal-ash-and-slag-disposal-site-and-control-soil-under-field-conditions-a-preliminary-study
#6
Božena Skoko, Gordana Marović, Dinko Babić, Marko Šoštarić, Mirela Jukić
The aim of this study was to investigate the uptake of (238)U, (235)U, (232)Th, (226)Ra, (210)Pb and (40)K by plants that grow on a coal ash and slag disposal site known for its higher content of naturally occurring radionuclides. Plant species that were sampled are common for the Mediterranean flora and can be divided as follows: grasses & herbs, shrubs and trees. To compare the activity concentrations and the resultant concentration ratios of the disposal site with those in natural conditions, we used control data specific for the research area, obtained for plants growing on untreated natural soil...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338908/metabolite-profiling-of-barley-flag-leaves-under-drought-and-combined-heat-and-drought-stress-reveals-metabolic-qtls-for-metabolites-associated-with-antioxidant-defense
#7
Sven Eduard Templer, Alexandra Ammon, David Pscheidt, Otilia Ciobotea, Christian Schuy, Christopher McCollum, Uwe Sonnewald, Anja Hanemann, Jutta Förster, Frank Ordon, Maria von Korff, Lars Matthias Voll
Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) is among the most stress-tolerant crops; however, not much is known about the genetic and environmental control of metabolic adaptation of barley to abiotic stresses. We have subjected a genetically diverse set of 81 barley accessions, consisting of Mediterranean landrace genotypes and German elite breeding lines, to drought and combined heat and drought stress at anthesis. Our aim was to (i) investigate potential differences in morphological, physiological, and metabolic adaptation to the two stress scenarios between the Mediterranean and German barley genotypes and (ii) identify metabolic quantitative trait loci (mQTLs)...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338840/differences-in-functional-and-xylem-anatomical-features-allow-cistus-species-to-co-occur-and-cope-differently-with-drought-in-the-mediterranean-region
#8
José M Torres-Ruiz, Hervé Cochard, Elsa Fonseca, Eric Badel, Luiz Gazarini, Margarida Vaz
A significant increase in drought events frequency is predicted for the next decades induced by climate change, potentially affecting plant species mortality rates and distributions worldwide. The main trigger of plant mortality is xylem hydraulic failure due to embolism and induced by the low pressures at which water is transported through xylem. As the Mediterranean basin will be severely affected by climate change, the aim of this study was to provide novel information about drought resistance and tolerance of one of its most widely distributed and common genera as a case study: the genus Cistus...
February 27, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338766/a-multi-proxy-assessment-of-dieback-causes-in-a-mediterranean-oak-species
#9
Michele Colangelo, J Julio Camarero, Giovanna Battipaglia, Marco Borghetti, Veronica De Micco, Tiziana Gentilesca, Francesco Ripullone
Drought stress causes forest dieback that is often explained by two interrelated mechanisms, namely hydraulic failure and carbon starvation. However, it is still unclear which functional and structural alterations, related to these mechanisms, predispose to dieback. Here we apply a multi-proxy approach for the characterization of tree structure (radial growth, wood anatomy) and functioning (δ13C, δ18O and non-structural carbohydrates (NSCs)) in tree rings before and after drought-induced dieback. We aim to discriminate which is the main mechanism and to assess which variables can act as early-warning proxies of drought-triggered damage...
February 9, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337351/a-rare-form-of-brucella-bursitis-with-negative-serology-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#10
F M Almajid
Brucellosis is still endemic in certain parts of the world including the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Latin America, and African regions. Osteoarticular manifestations are common presenting features. Brucellosis presenting as prepatellar bursitis has already been reported. We present a case of seronegative olecranon bursitis with positive blood and aspirate cultures. The patient improved remarkably by treatment with streptomycin and doxycycline with no evidence or relapse.
2017: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336417/demonstrating-the-value-and-importance-of-combining-dna-barcodes-and-discriminant-morphological-characters-for-polystome-taxonomy-platyhelminthes-monogenea
#11
Laurent Héritier, Olivier Verneau, Kevin G Smith, Carina Coetzer, Louis H Du Preez
Polystomes are monogenean parasites that infest mainly semi aquatic vertebrates, such as amphibians and chelonians. Owing to the lack of discriminative morphological characters and because polystomes are considered to be strictly host- and site-specific, host identity is often used as an additional character for parasite identification. Recent genetic studies, however, show that polystomes infecting freshwater turtles in outdoor turtle enclosures and natural environments, are not strictly host-specific. Therefore, we proposed a new procedure for turtle polystome taxonomy based on the combination of Cytochrome c Oxydase I sequences and two discriminant morphological characters, namely the number of genital spines and the testis shape...
March 20, 2017: Parasitology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335639/a-teachers-training-program-accompanying-the-school-fruit-scheme-fruit-distribution-improves-children-s-adherence-to-the-mediterranean-diet-an-italian-trial
#12
Romana Roccaldo, Laura Censi, Laura D'Addezio, Sibilla Berni Canani, Laura Gennaro
The effects of a nutrition education program, led by trained teachers within the Italian School Fruit Scheme, were evaluated. Pre-post intervention children's adherence to the Mediterranean diet (MD) was assessed by the KIDMED test. A representative cluster sample of 494 fourth grade students from thirteen Italian schools in the three areas of low (North), medium (Centre) and high (South) prevalence of overweight and obesity was investigated. Within the same schools, the intervention group (n = 395) received the program, the control group (n = 99) did not...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335517/state-of-the-art-on-functional-virgin-olive-oils-enriched-with-bioactive-compounds-and-their-properties
#13
REVIEW
Patricia Reboredo-Rodríguez, María Figueiredo-González, Carmen González-Barreiro, Jesús Simal-Gándara, María Desamparados Salvador, Beatriz Cancho-Grande, Giuseppe Fregapane
Virgin olive oil, the main fat of the Mediterranean diet, is per se considered as a functional food-as stated by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)-due to its content in healthy compounds. The daily intake of endogenous bioactive phenolics from virgin olive oil is variable due to the influence of multiple agronomic and technological factors. Thus, a good strategy to ensure an optimal intake of polyphenols through habitual diet would be to produce enriched virgin olive oil with well-known bioactive polyphenols...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335507/hydroxytyrosol-in-the-prevention-of-the-metabolic-syndrome-and-related-disorders
#14
REVIEW
Julien Peyrol, Catherine Riva, Marie Josèphe Amiot
Virgin olive oil (VOO) constitutes the main source of fat in the Mediterranean diet. VOO is rich in oleic acid, displaying health-promoting properties, but also contains minor bioactive components, especially phenolic compounds. Hydroxytyrosol (HT), the main polyphenol of olive oil, has been reported to be the most bioactive component. This review aims to compile the results of clinical, animal and cell culture studies evaluating the effects of HT on the features of Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) (body weight/adiposity, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and hyperglycemia/insulin resistance) and associated complications (oxidative stress and inflammation)...
March 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335489/effects-of-the-mediterranean-diet-before-and-after-weight-loss-on-eating-behavioral-traits-in-men-with-metabolic-syndrome
#15
Élise Carbonneau, Marie-Michelle Royer, Caroline Richard, Patrick Couture, Sophie Desroches, Simone Lemieux, Benoît Lamarche
The objective of this study was to investigate the impact of the Mediterranean diet (MedDiet) consumed before and after weight loss on eating behavioral traits as measured by the Three-Factor Eating Questionnaire (TFEQ) in men with metabolic syndrome (MetS). In this fixed sequence study, 19 men with MetS (National Cholesterol Education Program-Adult Treatment Panel III (NCEP-ATPIII) criteria), aged between 24 and 62 years, first consumed a five-week standardized North American control diet followed by a five-week MedDiet, both under weight-maintaining controlled-feeding conditions...
March 19, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334323/interspecific-competition-between-ceratitis-capitata-and-two-bactrocera-spp-diptera-tephritidae-evaluated-via-adult-behavioral-interference-under-laboratory-conditions
#16
Hui Liu, Can Zhang, Bo-Hua Hou, Ge-Cheng Ou-Yang, Jun Ma
The Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann), is considered one of the most invasive tephritid species. It has spread and established populations successfully throughout many of the tropical temperate regions, partially owing to the increase in global trading activity that facilitates diffusion of species. However, C. capitata has never been detected in China, even though some areas of the country have favorable climate and ample food resources. Historically, some researchers have hypothesized that the principal reasons for its absence are the defenses mounted by native Bactrocera species against C...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334085/environmental-niche-divergence-among-three-dune-shrub-sister-species-with-parapatric-distributions
#17
Sergio Chozas, Rosa M Chefaoui, Otília Correia, Raúl Bonal, Joaquín Hortal
Background and Aims: The geographical distributions of species are constrained by their ecological requirements. The aim of this work was to analyse the effects of environmental conditions, historical events and biogeographical constraints on the diversification of the three species of the western Mediterranean shrub genus Stauracanthus , which have a parapatric distribution in the Iberian Peninsula. Methods: Ecological niche factor analysis and generalized linear models were used to measure the response of all Stauracanthus species to the environmental gradients and map their potential distributions in the Iberian Peninsula...
February 20, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333081/hyperspectral-monitoring-of-green-roof-vegetation-health-state-in-sub-mediterranean-climate-preliminary-results
#18
Patrizia Piro, Michele Porti, Simone Veltri, Emanuela Lupo, Monica Moroni
In urban and industrial environments, the constant increase of impermeable surfaces has produced drastic changes in the natural hydrological cycle. Decreasing green areas not only produce negative effects from a hydrological-hydraulic perspective, but also from an energy point of view, modifying the urban microclimate and generating, as shown in the literature, heat islands in our cities. In this context, green infrastructures may represent an environmental compensation action that can be used to re-equilibrate the hydrological and energy balance and reduce the impact of pollutant load on receiving water bodies...
March 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332760/cytotoxic-essential-oils-from-eryngium-campestre-and-eryngium-amethystinum-apiaceae-growing-in-central-italy
#19
Kevin Cianfaglione, Evy E Blomme, Luana Quassinti, Massimo Bramucci, Giulio Lupidi, Stefano Dall'Acqua, Filippo Maggi
Eryngium campestre and E. amethystinum are thorny herbs belonging to the Apiaceae family and spontaneously growing in stony pastures and dry meadows, preferentially on calcareous substrates. In the Mediterranean countries, these plants have been used as a food or traditional remedies to treat various ailments. In the present work, we have analysed the chemical composition of the essential oils distilled from the aerial parts by GC-FID and GC-MS, and evaluated their cytotoxic effects on a panel of human cancer cells, namely A375 (human malignant melanoma), MDA-MB 231 cells (human breast adenocarcinoma) and HCT116 cells (human colon carcinoma), by the MTT assay...
March 23, 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332653/review-of-the-foot-and-mouth-disease-situation-in-north-africa-and-the-risk-of-introducing-the-disease-into-europe
#20
R Bouguedour, A Ripani
Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious disease of cloven-hoofed animals, including cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, and certain wildlife species. The disease can cause massive economic losses when introduced into countries that were free from the infection, generating negative effects due to reduced animal productivity and restrictions on international livestock trade. Following 15 years of FMD absence, Tunisia and Algeria experienced an incursion of the disease in 2014. The epidemiological situation and disease control measures in operation for FMD in the North African region are not homogeneous...
December 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
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