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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352655/legume-consumption-and-risk-of-all-cause-cardiovascular-and-cancer-mortality-in-the-predimed-study
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Christopher Papandreou, Nerea Becerra-Tomás, Mònica Bulló, Miguel Ángel Martínez-González, Dolores Corella, Ramon Estruch, Emilio Ros, Fernando Arós, Helmut Schroder, Montserrat Fitó, Lluís Serra-Majem, José Lapetra, Miquel Fiol, Miguel Ruiz-Canela, Jose V Sorli, Jordi Salas-Salvadó
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Limited prospective studies have examined the association between legumes consumption and mortality, whereas scarce, if at all, previous studies have evaluated such associations taking into consideration specific grain legumes. We aimed to investigate the association between total legumes consumption and grain legumes species (dry beans, chickpeas, lentils, and fresh peas) with all-cause, cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer and other-cause mortality among elderly Mediterranean individuals at high CVD risk...
January 9, 2018: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352511/draft-genome-and-reference-transcriptomic-resources-for-the-urticating-pine-defoliator-thaumetopoea-pityocampa-lepidoptera-notodontidae
#2
B Gschloessl, F Dorkeld, H Berges, G Beydon, O Bouchez, M Branco, A Bretaudeau, C Burban, E Dubois, P Gauthier, E Lhuillier, J Nichols, S Nidelet, S Rocha, L Sauné, R Streiff, M Gautier, C Kerdelhué
The pine processionary moth Thaumetopoea pityocampa (Lepidoptera: Notodontidae) is the main pine defoliator in the Mediterranean region. Its urticating larvae cause severe human and animal health concerns in the invaded areas. This species shows a high phenotypic variability for various traits, such as phenology, fecundity, and tolerance to extreme temperatures. This study presents the construction and analysis of extensive genomic and transcriptomic resources, which are an obligate prerequisite to understand their underlying genetic architecture...
January 20, 2018: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352350/groundwater-quality-assessment-in-semi-arid-regions-using-integrated-approaches-the-case-of-grombalia-aquifer-ne-tunisia
#3
Siwar Kammoun, Rim Trabelsi, Viviana Re, Kamel Zouari, Jihed Henchiri
As many arid and semi-arid regions in the Mediterranean Basin, the Grombalia coastal aquifer (NE Tunisia) is affected by severe groundwater exploitation and contamination. Therefore, quality assessments are becoming increasingly important as the long-term protection of water resources is at stake. Multidisciplinary investigations, like the one presented in this paper, are particularly effective in identifying the different origins of mineralization within an aquifer and investigating the impact of anthropogenic activities on groundwater quality...
January 19, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352160/the-forma-specialis-issue-in-fusarium-a-case-study-in-fusarium-solani-f-sp-pisi
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Adnan Šišić, Jelena Baćanović-Šišić, Abdullah M S Al-Hatmi, Petr Karlovsky, Sarah A Ahmed, Wolfgang Maier, G Sybren de Hoog, Maria R Finckh
The Fusarium solani species complex (FSSC) has been studied intensively but its association with legumes, particularly under European agro-climatic conditions, is still poorly understood. In the present study, we investigated phylogenetic relationships and aggressiveness of 79 isolates of the FSSC collected from pea, subterranean clover, white clover and winter vetch grown under diverse agro-climatic and soil conditions within Temperate and Mediterranean Europe. The isolates were characterized by sequencing tef1 and rpb2 loci and by greenhouse aggressiveness assays...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351799/effect-of-the-replacement-of-dietary-vegetable-oils-with-a-low-dose-of-extravirgin-olive-oil-in-the-mediterranean-diet-on-cognitive-functions-in-the-elderly
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Elisa Mazza, Antonietta Fava, Yvelise Ferro, Stefania Rotundo, Stefano Romeo, Domenico Bosco, Arturo Pujia, Tiziana Montalcini
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies have investigated the role of the monounsaturated fatty acid and other dietary factors in the prevention of cognitive decline but the short-term effect of a low dose of extravirgin olive oil on cognitive performances in the elderly have not still been investigated. Our aim was to investigate whether the replacement of all vegetable oils with a lower amount of extravirgin olive oil, in the contest of a Mediterranean Diet, would improve cognitive performances, among elderly Italian individuals...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351194/involvement-of-bax-and-bcl-2-in-induction-of-apoptosis-by-essential-oils-of-three-lebanese-salvia-species-in-human-prostate-cancer-cells
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Alessandra Russo, Venera Cardile, Adriana C E Graziano, Rosanna Avola, Maurizio Bruno, Daniela Rigano
Prostate cancer is one of the most common forms of cancer in men, and research to find more effective and less toxic drugs has become necessary. In the frame of our ongoing program on traditionally used Salvia species from the Mediterranean Area, here we report the biological activities of Salvia aurea, S. judaica and S. viscosa essential oils against human prostate cancer cells (DU-145). The cell viability was measured by 3(4,5-dimethyl-thiazol-2-yl)2,5-diphenyl-tetrazolium bromide (MTT) test and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) release was used to quantify necrosis cell death...
January 19, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350475/water-deficit-disrupts-male-gametophyte-development-in-quercus-ilex
#7
Olga Bykova, Jean-Marc Limousin, Jean-Marc Ourcival, Isabelle Chuine
Tree species distribution, and hence forest biodiversity, rely on the reproductive capacity of trees which is currently affected by climate change. Drought-induced pollen sterility could increase as a consequence of more intense and more frequent droughts projected for temperate and Mediterranean regions and threaten the sexual regeneration of trees in these regions. To evaluate this possibility, we examined the effect of long-term partial rainfall exclusion (-27% of precipitation) on male reproductive development in holm oak, Quercus ilex, one of the most important and widespread tree species of the Mediterranean region...
January 19, 2018: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350452/anatomical-and-phenological-implications-between-schinus-polygama-cav-cabrera-anacardiaceae-and-the-galling-insect-calophya-rubra-blanchard-hemiptera-psylloidea
#8
Lubia M Guedes, Narciso Aguilera, Bruno G Ferreira, José Becerra, Victor Hernández, Rosy Ms Isaias
The success of galling insects could be determined by synchronization with host plant phenology and climatic conditions, ensuring suitable oviposition sites for gall induction and food resources for their survivorship. The anatomical, histochemical and phenological synchronization strategies between Calophya rubra (Blanchard) (Hemiptera: Psylloidea) and its host, the evergreen plant Schinus polygama (Cav.) (Cabrera) (Anacardiaceae), in the Mediterranean climate of southern Chile was herein evaluated, and was compared to that of the congeneric C...
January 19, 2018: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348994/the-association-of-mediterranean-diet-and-exercise-modifications-with-anthropometric-parameters-in-a-psychiatric-community-population-a-pilot-study
#9
Rosaria Di Lorenzo, Jessica Pedretti, Letizia Grossi, Benedetta Cuoghi, Cinzia Varni, Giulia Landi, Ludovica Spattini, Chiara Visentini, Paola Ferri, Francesca Carubbi
Weight gain and related metabolic syndrome (MS) are major current issues in public health. MS consists of abdominal fat, atherogenic dyslipidemia, hypertension, hyperglycemia, insulin resistance, pro-inflammatory and pro-thrombotic state, and accounts for both cardiovascular diseases and type II diabetes mellitus risk factors. Patients affected by psychiatric illness present a prevalence of 35-40% of MS. Many studies have shown that Mediterranean diet is associated with the reduction of mortality due to cardiovascular and malignant diseases, potentially preventing both obesity and type II diabetes mellitus...
March 2018: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348516/evidence-of-the-zanclean-megaflood-in-the-eastern-mediterranean-basin
#10
Aaron Micallef, Angelo Camerlenghi, Daniel Garcia-Castellanos, Daniel Cunarro Otero, Marc-André Gutscher, Giovanni Barreca, Daniele Spatola, Lorenzo Facchin, Riccardo Geletti, Sebastian Krastel, Felix Gross, Morelia Urlaub
The Messinian salinity crisis (MSC) - the most abrupt, global-scale environmental change since the end of the Cretaceous - is widely associated with partial desiccation of the Mediterranean Sea. A major open question is the way normal marine conditions were abruptly restored at the end of the MSC. Here we use geological and geophysical data to identify an extensive, buried and chaotic sedimentary body deposited in the western Ionian Basin after the massive Messinian salts and before the Plio-Quaternary open-marine sedimentary sequence...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348107/report-regional-variation-in-the-chemical-composition-and-antioxidant-activity-of-rosmarinus-officinalis-l-from-china-and-the-mediterranean-region
#11
Bing Wang, Ling Ma, Lei Yin, Jing Chen, Yuanbin Zhang, Lin Dong, Xinhui Zhang, Xueyan Fu
Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen shrubby herb that is native to the Mediterranean region. This herb is now widely cultivated in many regions of the world. Rosemary is widely used in traditional Chinese medicines, foods, nutraceuticals and cosmetics. Hydro distilled essential oils, obtained from rosemary in China and the Mediterranean region, were analysed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Thirty-seven compounds accounting for 94.97%-99.72% of the oils were identified. The majority of the compounds in the essential oils exhibited no significant differences (table 1 and fig...
January 2018: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347867/the-mediterranean-diet-its-definition-and-evaluation-of-a-priori-dietary-indexes-in-primary-cardiovascular-prevention
#12
Annunziata D'Alessandro, Giovanni De Pergola
We have analysed the definition of Mediterranean Diet in 28 studies included in six meta-analyses evaluating the relation between the Mediterranean Diet and primary prevention of cardiovascular disease. Some typical food of this dietary pattern like whole cereals, olive oil and red wine were taken into account only in a few a priori indexes, and the dietary pattern defined as Mediterranean showed many differences among the studies and compared to traditional Mediterranean Diet of the early 1960s. Altogether, the analysed studies show a protective effect of the Mediterranean Diet against cardiovascular disease but present different effects against specific conditions as cerebrovascular disease and coronary heart disease...
January 18, 2018: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346658/potential-for-diet-to-prevent-and-remediate-cognitive-deficits-in-neurological-disorders
#13
Heather M Francis, Richard J Stevenson
The pathophysiology of many neurological disorders involves oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, and mitochondrial dysfunction. There is now substantial evidence that diet can decrease these forms of pathophysiology, and an emerging body of literature relatedly suggests that diet can also prevent or even remediate the cognitive deficits observed in neurological disorders that exhibit such pathology (eg, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, age-related cognitive decline, epilepsy). The current review summarizes the emerging evidence in relation to whole diets prominent in the scientific literature-ketogenic, caloric restriction, high polyphenol, and Mediterranean diets-and provides a discussion of the possible underlying neurophysiological mechanisms...
January 15, 2018: Nutrition Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346453/yearly-fluctuations-of-flower-landscape-in-a-mediterranean-scrubland-consequences-for-floral-resource-availability
#14
Víctor Flo, Jordi Bosch, Xavier Arnan, Clara Primante, Ana M Martín González, Helena Barril-Graells, Anselm Rodrigo
Species flower production and flowering phenology vary from year to year due to extrinsic factors. Inter-annual variability in flowering patterns may have important consequences for attractiveness to pollinators, and ultimately, plant reproductive output. To understand the consequences of flowering pattern variability, a community approach is necessary because pollinator flower choice is highly dependent on flower context. Our objectives were: 1) To quantify yearly variability in flower density and phenology; 2) To evaluate whether changes in flowering patterns result in significant changes in pollen/nectar composition...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345845/atypical-familial-mediterranean-fever-developed-in-a-long-term-hemodialysis-patient
#15
Toshiyuki Makino, Yoshitatsu Ohara, Namiko Kobayashi, Yohei Kono, Ayumu Nomizu, Mariko Ichijo, Yutaro Mori, Noriaki Matsui, Dai Kishida, Takayuki Toda
Familial Mediterranean Fever (FMF) is usually an autosomal recessive autoinflammatory disease characterized by recurrent attacks of fever and serositis. FMF develops before the age of 20 years in 90% of patients. It has intervals of 1 week to several years between attacks, which leads to renal dysfunction-amyloidosis. We report a case of atypical FMF that developed in a long-term hemodialysis patient. A 65-year-old Japanese female undergoing hemodialysis for 32 years was referred to our hospital with a fever of unknown origin (FUO) following cervical laminoplasty...
January 18, 2018: Hemodialysis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345102/the-mycobiota-of-the-sand-fly-phlebotomus-perniciosus-involvement-of-yeast-symbionts-in-uric-acid-metabolism
#16
Elena Martin, Ilaria Varotto Boccazzi, Leone De Marco, Gioia Bongiorno, Matteo Montagna, Luciano Sacchi, Priscilla Mensah, Irene Ricci, Luigi Gradoni, Claudio Bandi, Sara Epis
The knowledge of the fungal mycobiota of arthropods, including the vectors of human and animal diseases, is still limited. Here, we investigated the mycobiota associated with the sand fly Phlebotomus perniciosus, the main vector of leishmaniasis in the western Mediterranean area, by a culture-dependent approach (microbiological analyses and sequencing of the 26S rRNA gene), internal transcribed spacer (ITS) rRNA amplicon-based next-generation sequencing, fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH), and genome sequencing of the dominant yeast species...
January 18, 2018: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344826/phytochemical-analysis-and-evaluation-of-the-antioxidant-anti-inflammatory-and-antinociceptive-potential-of-phlorotannin-rich-fractions-from-three-mediterranean-brown-seaweeds
#17
Amal Abdelhamid, Meriem Jouini, Haifa Bel Haj Amor, Zeineb Mzoughi, Mehdi Dridi, Rafik Ben Said, Abderrahman Bouraoui
Phlorotannins, phenolic compounds produced exclusively by seaweeds, have been reported to possess various pharmacological properties. However, there have been few works on these compounds from Mediterranean seaweeds. In this study, we investigated the phytochemical analysis and pharmacological potential of phlorotannin-rich fractions from three brown seaweeds collected along the Tunisia coast: Cystoseira sedoides (PHT-SED), Cladostephus spongeosis (PHT-CLAD), and Padina pavonica (PHT-PAD). Phytochemical determinations showed considerable differences in total phenolic content (TPC) and phlorotannin content (PHT)...
January 18, 2018: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344801/toxoplasma-gondii-in-sympatric-domestic-and-wild-ungulates-in-the-mediterranean-ecosystem
#18
S Almería, O Cabezón, J Paniagua, D Cano-Terriza, S Jiménez-Ruiz, A Arenas-Montes, J P Dubey, I García-Bocanegra
Toxoplasma gondii is a zoonotic protozoan of worldwide distribution. The present study provides information on risk factors affecting T. gondii infection in domestic and free-ranging wild ungulates sharing habitats in Mediterranean ecosystems in Spain. Serum samples from 482 extensively reared domestic ruminants and 2351 wild ungulates were tested for T. gondii antibodies using the modified agglutination test (MAT, cut-off 1:25). Toxoplasma gondii seroprevalence was 41.2% of 194 sheep, 18.6% of 199 cattle and 5...
January 17, 2018: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342916/coffee-intake-and-liver-steatosis-a-population-study-in-a-mediterranean-area
#19
Nicola Veronese, Maria Notarnicola, Anna Maria Cisternino, Rosa Reddavide, Rosa Inguaggiato, Vito Guerra, Ornella Rotolo, Iris Zinzi, Gioacchino Leandro, Mario Correale, Valeria Tutino, Giovanni Misciagna, Alberto Ruben Osella, Caterina Bonfiglio, Gianluigi Giannelli, Maria Gabriella Caruso For The Micol Group
Coffee drinking seems to have several beneficial effects on health outcomes. However, the effect on hepatic steatosis, depending on a high alcohol consumption (AFLD, alcoholic fatty liver disease) or on metabolic factors (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, NAFLD), is still equivocal. Thus, we aimed to explore the potential association between coffee consumption and the presence and severity of hepatic steatosis in people with NAFLD or AFLD. In this cross-sectional study, coffee drinking was recorded using a semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire, and categorized as yes vs...
January 15, 2018: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342197/molecular-discrimination-of-tall-fescue-morphotypes-in-association-with-festuca-relatives
#20
Shyamal K Talukder, Perumal Azhaguvel, Konstantin Chekhovskiy, Malay C Saha
Tall fescue (Festuca arundinacea Schreb.) is an important cool-season perennial grass species used as forage and turf, and in conservation plantings. There are three morphotypes in hexaploid tall fescue: Continental, Mediterranean and Rhizomatous. This study was conducted to develop morphotype-specific molecular markers to distinguish Continental and Mediterranean tall fescues, and establish their relationships with other species of the Festuca genus for genomic inference. Chloroplast sequence variation and simple sequence repeat (SSR) polymorphism were explored in 12 genotypes of three tall fescue morphotypes and four Festuca species...
2018: PloS One
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