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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092806/life-cycle-ultrastructure-and-phylogeny-of-parvilucifera-corolla-sp-nov-alveolata-perkinsozoa-a-parasitoid-of-dinoflagellates
#1
Albert Reñé, Elisabet Alacid, Rosa Isabel Figueroa, Francisco Rodríguez, Esther Garcés
Recent studies of marine protists have revealed parasites to be key components of marine communities. Here we describe a new species of the parasitoid genus Parvilucifera that was observed infecting the dinoflagellate Durinskia baltica in salt marshes of the Catalan coast (NW Mediterranean). In parallel, the same species was detected after the incubation of seawater from the Canary Islands (Lanzarote, NE Atlantic). The successful isolation of strains from both localities allowed description of the life cycle, ultrastructure, and phylogeny of the species...
December 13, 2016: European Journal of Protistology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092149/issues-in-nutrition-nutritional-assessment-of-adults
#2
Margaret E Thompson, Mary Barth Noel
The assessment of nutritional status in adults should begin with a complete history, including intake of fruits and vegetables, sources of fat, and added sugar (eg, sugar-sweetened beverages). The history should include social factors that may impede a patient's ability to obtain food, as well as any factors that might interfere with preparing, chewing, and digesting food and absorbing nutrients. The physical examination should include measurement of height and weight and calculation of body mass index. It also may include measurements of waist circumference and waist to hip ratio, and an evaluation of strength...
January 2017: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091740/controlling-eutrophication-in-a-mediterranean-shallow-reservoir-by-phosphorus-loading-reduction-the-need-for-an-integrated-management-approach
#3
Mikel Zaragüeta, Pablo Acebes
Increased nutrient enrichment in Mediterranean standing waters has enhanced the risk of being affected by cyanobacterial blooms. Because phosphorus abatement is shaped as a crucial strategy for controlling eutrophication, this study introduces a structural thinking, experiential learning laboratory with animation dynamic model elaborated for Cazalegas Reservoir (Spain) to assess the feasibility of implementing a set of internal and external control measures and hydromorphological adjustments to meet the goal of oligotrophication...
January 13, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090352/prevalence-of-obesity-in-malta
#4
REVIEW
S Cuschieri, J Vassallo, N Calleja, R Camilleri, A Borg, G Bonnici, Y Zhang, N Pace, J Mamo
BACKGROUND: Obesity is a global epidemic with the Mediterranean island of Malta being no exception. The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified Malta as one of the European countries with the highest obesity prevalence. METHOD: A cross-sectional study was conducted (2014-2016) under the auspices of the University of Malta. The prevalence of overweight-obesity in Malta was calculated and then age stratified for comparisons with previous studies. RESULTS: The study identified 69...
December 2016: Obesity Science & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089651/canine-tick-borne-pathogens-in-cyprus-and-a-unique-canine-case-of-multiple-co-infections
#5
Charalampos Attipa, Chelsea A E Hicks, Emily N Barker, Vasiliki Christodoulou, Kyriaki Neofytou, Mathios E Mylonakis, Victoria I Siarkou, Elpida I Vingopoulou, Francesca Soutter, Dimosthenis Chochlakis, Anna Psaroulaki, Kostas Papasouliotis, Séverine Tasker
Canine tick-borne pathogens such as Ehrlichia canis and Hepatozoon canis are widespread in the Mediterranean basin but have never been reported or investigated in Cyprus. We describe herein the presence of canine tick-borne pathogens in three dogs with clinical signs compatible with vector-borne diseases from Paphos area of Cyprus. Molecular and phylogenetic analysis revealed the presence of E. canis, Anaplasma platys, H. canis, Babesia vogeli and Mycoplasma haemocanis in Cyprus. One dog co-infected with E...
December 26, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089553/plastic-debris-straps-on-threatened-blue-shark-prionace-glauca
#6
Ana I Colmenero, Claudio Barría, Elisabetta Broglio, Salvador García-Barcelona
Juveniles of blue shark Prionace glauca caught in pelagic longlines targeting tuna and swordfish in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea were found entangled with plastic straps around their gill region. The plastic debris were identified as strapping bands and caused several degrees of injuries on the dorsal musculature and pectoral fins. They were also obstructing the gill slits probably causing breathing issues. These records were uploaded in the web site seawatchers.org, and highlight the potential of citizen science in revealing the occurrence of such problems which could help to measure the effects of plastic debris on marine life...
January 12, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089552/plankton-resting-stages-in-recent-sediments-of-haifa-port-israel-eastern-mediterranean-distribution-viability-and-potential-environmental-consequences
#7
Fernando Rubino, Manuela Belmonte, Bella S Galil
Resting stages of plankton were sampled in the surficial sediments in the port of Haifa, Israel, on the eve of a major port enlargement project. We recorded the structure of the assemblages and examined their relationship with different environments within the port. Our findings reveal a remarkably high diversity coupled with low density and the highest number of oligotrich ciliate cyst types recorded from marine sediments. Near the eutrophic and highly polluted zone of the Kishon estuary ciliates were more abundant than elsewhere in the port, whereas dinoflagellates' abundance was reduced, and these trends held true both for full and empty cysts...
January 12, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088544/off-site-impacts-of-wildfires-on-aquatic-systems-biomarker-responses-of-the-mosquitofish-gambusia-holbrooki
#8
Bruno Nunes, Vera Silva, Isabel Campos, Joana Luísa Pereira, Patrícia Pereira, Jan Jacob Keizer, Fernando Gonçalves, Nelson Abrantes
The number of wildfires has markedly increased in Mediterranean Europe, including in Portugal. Wildfires are environmentally concerning, not only due to the loss of biodiversity and forest area, but also as a consequence of environmental contamination by specific compounds including metals and polycyclic aromatic compounds (PAHs). These contaminants, mostly bound to ashes, can reach downstream water bodies, namely through surface runoff, being ultimately dispersed by vast areas and contacting with aquatic biota...
January 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078388/high-stocking-density-controls-phillyrea-angustifolia-in-mediterranean-grasslands
#9
François Mesléard, Nicole Yavercovski, Gaétan Lefebvre, Loic Willm, Anne Bonis
Extensive grazing applied in the form of low instantaneous pressure over a long period is a widespread management practice in protected areas. However this kind of stocking method does not always achieve the expected results, in particular because it fails to limit colonization by woody plants.This is the case in the relict xero-halophytic grasslands of the northern Mediterranean coastal region, subjected to widespread colonization by the shrub Phillyrea angustifolia despite the presence of extensive grazing...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077910/the-first-mediterranean-seminar-on-science-writing-editing-and-publishing-sarajevo-december-2-3-2016
#10
REVIEW
Izet Masic, Doncho Donev, Osman Sinanovic, Miro Jakovljevic, Enver Zerem, Dejan B Milosevic, Srecko Gajovic, Armen Yuri Gasparyan, Sekib Sokolovic, Nermin Salkic, Selma Uzunovic, Silva Dobric, Floreta Kurti, Edin Begic, Admir Kurtcehajic
The First Mediterranean Seminar on Science Writing, Editing & Publishing (SWEP 2016) was held in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina from 2nd to 3rd December 2016. It was organized by Academy of Medical Sciences of Bosnia and Herzegovina, running concurrent sessions as part of its Annual Meeting titled " "Days of AMNuBiH - Theory and Practice in Science Communication and Scientometrics". Hotel Bosnia in the city centre was the chosen venue. On the first day, nineteen presentations on various issues of science writing and publication ethics were delivered by speakers from Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina and the UK (Asim Kurjak, Milivoj Boranić, Doncho Donev, Osman Sinanović, Miro Jakovljević, Enver Zerem, Dejan Milošević, Silva Dobrić, Srećko Gajović, Izet Mašić, Armen Yuri Gasparyan, Šekib Sokolović, Nermin Salkić, Selma Uzunović, Admir Kurtčehajić, Edin Begić and Floreta Kurti)...
December 2016: Acta Informatica Medica: AIM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075490/soluble-transferrin-receptor-and-risk-of-type-2-diabetes-in-the-obese-and-non-obese
#11
Jose C Fernández-Cao, Victoria Arija, Núria Aranda, Josep Basora, Javier Diez-Espino, Ramón Estruch, Montse Fitó, Dolores Corella D Pharm, Jordi Salas-Salvadó
BACKGROUND: Studies evaluating the relationship between soluble transferrin receptor (sTfR), a biomarker inversely related to body iron stores, and risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are scarce and inconclusive. Furthermore, sTfR concentrations have been observed to be significantly higher in obese than in non-obese individuals. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to assess the relationship between sTfR and the risk of T2DM in obese and non-obese subjects. DESIGN: A nested case-control study of 153 cases of newly diagnosed diabetic subjects, 73 obese and 80 non-obese, and 306 individually matched-controls, 138 obese and 166 non-obese, who did not develop T2DM for a median 6-year follow-up (interquartile range: 3...
January 11, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075236/first-serological-evidence-of-west-nile-virus-in-horses-and-dogs-from-corsica-island-france
#12
Marianne Maquart, Mustapha Dahmani, Jean-Lou Marié, Patrick Gravier, Isabelle Leparc-Goffart, Bernard Davoust
West Nile virus (WNV) is widely distributed over the world, including Europe, Africa, and Asia and spread over the past two decades to North and South America. In the south of France, sporadic cases are frequently described and the virus is endemic in Italy with frequent cases and outbreaks. The aim of this study was to identify a possible WNV circulation in Corsica (French island in the Mediterranean Sea) in sheep, horses, and dogs as sentinel animals for the virus surveillance. In 2014, 386 blood samples were collected from 219 sheep, 96 horses, and 71 dogs, in 12 localities in Corsica, in the oriental coast of Corsica...
January 11, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074923/bacterial-community-composition-in-costal-dunes-of-the-mediterranean-along-a-gradient-from-the-sea-shore-to-the-inland
#13
Haggai Wasserstrom, Susanne Kublik, Rachel Wasserstrom, Stefanie Schulz, Michael Schloter, Yosef Steinberger
Sand dunes are unique ecosystems with distinct features which limited the accumulation of biomass. The distance from seashore affects both the physical properties of the sand dunes and the biota living above- and below ground. The goal of the present study was to determine the effects of the distance from shore to inland on soil bacterial community composition during wet and dry season. We studied a chronosequence of sites close to the eastern Mediterranean coast. Bacterial diversity was assessed using directly extracted DNA from soil samples and 16 S ribosomal RNA gene fingerprinting...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074304/evaluation-of-endothelial-dysfunction-in-patients-with-familial-mediterranean-fever-the-relationship-between-the-levels-of-asymmetric-dimethylarginine-and-endocan-with-carotid-intima-media-thickness-and-endothelium-dependent-vasodilation
#14
Veysel Ozalper, Muammer Kara, Alpaslan Tanoglu, Ibrahim Cetındaglı, Coskun Ozturker, Yusuf Hancerlı, Serdar Hıra, Kemal Kara, Yavuz Beyazıt, Yusuf Yazgan
It has been suggested that there is an ongoing subclinical inflammation in familial Mediterranean fever (FMF) patients also in attack-free periods as well. Due to this ongoing inflammation, endothelial dysfunction (ED) may develop. Previously, ED has been suggested to increase the risk of the atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Endocan is recognized as a specific molecule of the endothelium and has been shown to increase in some cases associated with inflammation. However, there is not sufficient data whether those with FMF could develop ED in the early period of life...
January 10, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074247/trends-in-taxonomic-and-functional-composition-of-soil-microbiome-along-a-precipitation-gradient-in-israel
#15
Binu M Tripathi, Itumeleng Moroenyane, Chen Sherman, Yoo Kyung Lee, Jonathan M Adams, Yosef Steinberger
The soil microbiome is important for the functioning of terrestrial ecosystems. However, the impacts of climate on taxonomic and functional diversity of soil microbiome are not well understood. A precipitation gradient along regional scale transects may offer a model setting for understanding the effect of climate on the composition and function of the soil microbiome. Here, we compared taxonomic and functional attributes of soil microorganisms in arid, semiarid, Mediterranean, and humid Mediterranean climatic conditions of Israel using shotgun metagenomic sequencing...
January 10, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073975/modeling-environmental-influences-in-the-psyllaephagus-bliteus-hymenoptera-encyrtidae-glycaspis-brimblecombei-hemiptera-aphalaridae-parasitoid-host-system
#16
M Margiotta, S Bella, F Buffa, V Caleca, I Floris, V Giorno, G Lo Verde, C Rapisarda, R Sasso, P Suma, F Tortorici, S Laudonia
Glycaspis brimblecombei Moore (Hemiptera: Aphalaridae) is an invasive psyllid introduced into the Mediterranean area, where it affects several species of Eucalyptus Psyllaephagus bliteus Riek (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae) is a specialized parasitoid of this psyllid that was accidentally introduced into Italy in 2011. We developed a model of this host-parasitoid system that accounts for the influence of environmental conditions on the G. brimblecombei population dynamics and P. bliteus parasitism rates in the natural ecosystem...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073540/phylogenetic-structure-of-bacterial-assemblages-co-occurring-with-ostreopsis-cf-ovata-bloom
#17
Silvana Vanucci, Flavio Guidi, Rossella Pistocchi, Richard A Long
Extensive blooms of the toxic epiphytic/benthic dinoflagellate Ostreopsis cf. ovata are being reported with increasing frequency and spatial distribution in temperate coastal regions including the Mediterranean. These blooms are of human and environmental health concern due to the production of isobaric palytoxin and a wide range of ovatoxins by Ostreopsis cf. ovata. Bacterial-microalgal interactions are important regulators in algal bloom dynamics and potentially toxin dynamics. This study investigated the bacterial assemblages co-occurring with O...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073535/new-oxylipins-produced-at-the-end-of-a-diatom-bloom-and-their-effects-on-copepod-reproductive-success-and-gene-expression-levels
#18
Chiara Lauritano, Giovanna Romano, Vittoria Roncalli, Angela Amoresano, Carolina Fontanarosa, Mauro Bastianini, Federica Braga, Ylenia Carotenuto, Adrianna Ianora
Diatoms are dominant photosynthetic organisms in the world's oceans and are considered essential in the transfer of energy to higher trophic levels. However, these unicellular organisms produce secondary metabolites deriving from the oxidation of fatty acids, collectively termed oxylipins, with negative effects on predators, such as copepods, that feed on them (e.g. reduction in survival, egg production and hatching success) and, indirectly, on higher trophic levels. Here, a multidisciplinary study (oxylipin measurements, copepod fitness, gene expression analyses, chlorophyll distribution, phytoplankton composition, physico-chemical characteristics) was carried out at the end of the spring diatom bloom in April 2011 in the Northern Adriatic Sea (Mediterranean Sea) in order to deeply investigate copepod-diatom interactions, chemical communication and response pathways...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073532/toxigenic-algae-and-associated-phycotoxins-in-two-coastal-embayments-in-the-ebro-delta-nw-mediterranean
#19
Julia A Busch, Karl B Andree, Jorge Diogène, Margarita Fernández-Tejedor, Kerstin Toebe, Uwe John, Bernd Krock, Urban Tillmann, Allan D Cembella
Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) surveillance is complicated by high diversity of species and associated phycotoxins. Such species-level information on taxonomic affiliations and on cell abundance and toxin content is, however, crucial for effective monitoring, especially of aquaculture and fisheries areas. The aim addressed in this study was to determine putative HAB taxa and related phycotoxins in plankton from aquaculture sites in the Ebro Delta, NW Mediterranean. The comparative geographical distribution of potentially harmful plankton taxa was established by weekly field sampling throughout the water column during late spring-early summer over two years at key stations in Alfacs and Fangar embayments within the Ebro Delta...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073485/spatial-distribution-and-sources-of-organic-matter-and-pollutants-in-the-se-mediterranean-levantine-basin-deep-water-sediments
#20
P Astrahan, J Silverman, Y Gertner, B Herut
A study of deep sea sediment quality was conducted at 52 stations off the Mediterranean coast of Israel (50-1900m depth). Total Organic Carbon (TOC), Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (∑PAHs), Poly Chlorinated Biphenyls (∑PCBs) ranged between 0.58 and 1.44%, 12-190 and <0.3-7.7μgkg(-1), respectively. The TOC distribution indicated the Nile delta as an important source of organic matter and the important effect of topography on deposition patterns in this region. PCBs and PAHs quantitative levels were associated with nearby gas well drilling and dredge-material dumping sites...
January 8, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
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