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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036889/single-administration-of-melatonin-modulates-the-nitroxidergic-system-at-the-peripheral-level-and-reduces-thermal-nociceptive-hypersensitivity-in-neuropathic-rats
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Elisa Borsani, Barbara Buffoli, Veronica Bonazza, Russel J Reiter, Rita Rezzani, Luigi F Rodella
Neuropathic pain is a severe condition with unsatisfactory treatments. Melatonin, an indolamine, seems to be a promising molecule suitable for this purpose due to its well-known anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant effects, as well as its modulation of the nitroxidergic system. Nevertheless, the data on its mechanism of action and potentialities are currently insufficient in this pathology, especially at the peripheral level. Thus, this work evaluated the effect of a single administration of melatonin in an established mononeuropathy pain model that monitors the behaviour and the changes in the nitroxidergic system in dorsal root ganglia and skin, which are affected by nervous impairment...
October 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036875/three-novel-accurate-pixel-driven-projection-methods-for-2d-ct-and-3d-epr-imaging
#2
Zhiwei Qiao, Gage Redler, Zhiguo Gui, Yuhua Qian, Boris Epel, Howard Halpern
OBJECTIVES: This work aims to explore more accurate pixel-driven projection methods for iterative image reconstructions in order to reduce high-frequency artifacts in the generated projection image. METHODS: Three new pixel-driven projection methods namely, small-pixel-large-detector (SPLD), linear interpolation based (LIB) and distance anterpolation based (DAB), were proposed and applied to reconstruct images. The performance of these methods was evaluated in both two-dimensional (2D) computed tomography (CT) images via the modified FORBILD phantom and three-dimensional (3D) electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) images via the 6-spheres phantom...
October 10, 2017: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036658/dying-piece-by-piece-carbohydrate-dynamics-in-aspen-populus-tremuloides-seedlings-under-severe-carbon-stress
#3
Erin Wiley, Günter Hoch, Simon M Landhäusser
Carbon starvation as a mechanism of tree mortality is poorly understood. We exposed seedlings of aspen (Populus tremuloides) to complete darkness at 20 or 28 °C to identify minimum non-structural carbohydrate (NSC) concentrations at which trees die and to see if these levels vary between organs or with environmental conditions. We also first grew seedlings under different shade levels to determine if size affects survival time under darkness due to changes in initial NSC concentration and pool size and/or respiration rates...
September 27, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036648/coarse-roots-prevent-declines-in-whole-tree-non-structural-carbohydrate-pools-during-drought-in-an-isohydric-and-an-anisohydric-species
#4
Steven A Kannenberg, Kimberly A Novick, Richard P Phillips
Predicted increases in the frequency and severity of droughts have led to a renewed focus on how plants physiologically adjust to low water availability. A popular framework for understanding plant responses to drought characterizes species along a spectrum from isohydry to anisohydry based on their regulation of gas exchange and leaf water potential under drying conditions. One prediction that arises from this theory is that plant drought responses may hinge, in part, on their usage of non-structural carbohydrate (NSC) pools...
September 26, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036625/ospht1-8-a-phosphate-transporter-is-involved-in-auxin-and-phosphate-starvation-response-in-rice
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Hongfang Jia, Songtao Zhang, Lizhi Wang, Yongxia Yang, Hongying Zhang, Hong Cui, Huifang Shao, Guohua Xu
The responses of plants to auxin and phosphate (Pi) starvation are closely linked. However, the underlying mechanisms connecting the Pi starvation (-Pi) responses to auxin are largely unclear. Here, we show that OsPht1;8 (OsPT8), a phosphate transporter, functions in both the auxin and -Pi responses in rice (Oryza sativa L.) and tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum). The overexpression of OsPT8 (OsPT8-Oe) led to the loss of sensitivity to auxin and -Pi in adventitious roots, lateral roots, and root hairs in rice. The expression levels of OsPT8 and pOsPT8::GUS staining in roots, root-shoot junctions and leaves of rice were induced by IAA treatments...
September 23, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036620/fe-controls-the-transcription-of-downstream-flowering-regulators-through-two-distinct-mechanisms-in-leaf-phloem-companion-cells
#6
Mio Shibuta, Mitsutomo Abe
In facultative long-day plant, Arabidopsis thaliana, FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) encoding a mobile hormone florigen plays an essential role in modulating the optimal timing of flowering to ensure reproductive success. Under inductive long-day conditions, the transcription of FT is activated by the CONSTANS (CO)/NUCLEAR FACTOR-Y (NF-Y) protein complex in leaf phloem companion cells. FT is transported to the shoot apical meristem through interaction with florigen transporters, such as SODIUM POTASSIUM ROOT DEFECTIVE 1 (NaKR1)...
September 25, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036599/carbon-allocation-and-partitioning-in-populus-tremuloides-are-modulated-by-ectomycorrhizal-fungi-under-phosphorus-limitation
#7
Shalaka Shinde, Dhiraj Naik, Jonathan R Cumming
The fate of carbon (C) captured by forest trees during photosynthesis is influenced by the supply of other resources. Fixed C may be partitioned among biomolecules within the leaf and/or allocated throughout the tree to growth, storage and maintenance activities. Phosphorus (P) availability often limits tree productivity due to its high biological demand and strong interactions with soil minerals. As ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi play critical roles in enhancing phosphate (Pi) acquisition by their hosts, these symbioses will influence the fate of C within trees and forested ecosystems...
September 28, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036594/impaired-defense-reactions-in-apple-replant-disease-affected-roots-of-malus-domestica-m26
#8
Stefan Weiß, Benye Liu, Dennis Reckwell, Ludger Beerhues, Traud Winkelmann
A soil- and site-dependent complex of diverse microbial populations causes apple replant disease (ARD), which leads to economic losses for tree nurseries and apple producers due to reduced plant growth and diminished fruit yields. Soil fumigation has been widely used to mitigate ARD, but the application of these chemicals is restricted in the European Union. Hence, other counteractions have to be developed. Genomics-based breeding may be used to select ARD-tolerant genotypes; however, molecular responses of ARD are not well understood...
September 19, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036552/using-foliar-spectral-properties-to-assess-the-effects-of-drought-on-plant-water-potential
#9
Lorenzo Cotrozzi, John J Couture, Jeannine Cavender-Bares, Clayton C Kingdon, Beth Fallon, George Pilz, Elisa Pellegrini, Cristina Nali, Philip A Townsend
Drought frequency is predicted to increase in future environments. Leaf water potential (ΨLW) is commonly used to evaluate plant water status, but traditional measurements can be logistically difficult and require destructive sampling. We used reflectance spectroscopy to characterize variation in ΨLW of Quercus oleoides Schltdl. & Cham. under differential water availability and tested the ability to predict pre-dawn ΨLW (PDΨLW) using spectral data collected hours after pressure chamber measurements on dark-acclimated leaves...
September 19, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036462/drought-effects-on-root-and-needle-terpenoid-content-of-a-coastal-and-an-interior-douglas-fir-provenance
#10
Anita Kleiber, Qiuxiao Duan, Kirstin Jansen, Laura Verena Junker, Bernd Kammerer, Heinz Rennenberg, Ingo Ensminger, Arthur Gessler, Jürgen Kreuzwieser
Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is a conifer species that stores large amounts of terpenoids, mainly monoterpenoids in resin ducts of various tissues. The effects of drought on stored leaf terpenoid concentrations in trees are scarcely studied and published data are partially controversial, since reduced, unaffected or elevated terpenoid contents due to drought have been reported. Even less is known on the effect of drought on root terpenoids. In the present work, we investigated the effect of reduced water availability on the terpenoid content in roots and needles of Douglas fir seedlings...
September 19, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036459/the-multiple-facets-of-root-iron-reduction
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Louis Grillet, Wolfgang Schmidt
The biological significance of iron (Fe) is based on its propensity to oscillate between the ferric and ferrous forms, a transition that also affects its phyto-availability in soils. With the exception of grasses, Fe3+ is unavailable to plants. Most angiosperms employ a reduction-based Fe uptake mechanism, which relies on enzymatic reduction of ferric iron as an obligatory, rate-limiting step prior to uptake. This system functions optimally in acidic soils. Calcicole plants are, however, exposed to environments that are alkaline and/or have suboptimal availability of phosphorous, conditions under which the enzymatic reduction mechanism ceases to work effectively...
September 25, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036449/resveratrol-attenuates-bone-cancer-pain-through-regulating-the-expression-levels-of-asic3-and-activating-cell-autophagy
#12
Haili Zhu, Jieqiong Ding, J Wu, Tingting Liu, Jing Liang, Qiong Tang, Ming Jiao
Bone cancer pain (BCP) is one of the most common pains in patients with malignant cancers. The mechanism underlying BCP is largely unknown. Our previous studies and the increasing evidence both have shown that acid-sensing ion channels 3 (ASIC3) is an important protein in the pathological pain state in some pain models. We hypothesized that the expression change of ASIC3 might be one of the factors related to BCP. In this study, we established the BCP model through intrathecally injecting rat mammary gland carcinoma cells (MRMT-1) into the left tibia of Sprague-Dawley female rats, and found that the BCP rats showed bone destruction, increased mechanical pain sensitivities and up-regulated ASIC3 protein expression levels in L4-L6 dorsal root ganglion...
October 3, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036435/the-wuschel-related-homeobox-5a-ptowox5a-is-involved-in-adventitious-root-development-in-poplar
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Jianbo Li, Jin Zhang, Huixia Jia, Bobin Liu, Pei Sun, Jianjun Hu, Lijuan Wang, Mengzhu Lu
Adventitious rooting is an essential step in vegetative propagation. Currently, the mechanism that regulates adventitious root (AR) development in woody plants is poorly understood. This work demonstrates that Populus tomentosa WUSCHEL-related homeobox 5a (PtoWOX5a) transcription factor is involved in AR development in poplar. PtoWOX5a was specifically expressed in the AR tip and lateral root tip during AR and lateral root regeneration from the stem segment. Phenotypic complementation experiments indicated that the PtoWOX5a can functionally complement AtWOX5 in quiescent center (QC) cells...
September 26, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036413/smooth-quantile-normalization
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Stephanie C Hicks, Kwame Okrah, Joseph N Paulson, John Quackenbush, Rafael A Irizarry, Héctor Corrada Bravo
Between-sample normalization is a critical step in genomic data analysis to remove systematic bias and unwanted technical variation in high-throughput data. Global normalization methods are based on the assumption that observed variability in global properties is due to technical reasons and are unrelated to the biology of interest. For example, some methods correct for differences in sequencing read counts by scaling features to have similar median values across samples, but these fail to reduce other forms of unwanted technical variation...
July 10, 2017: Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036408/physiological-differences-between-root-suckers-and-saplings-enlarge-the-regeneration-niche-in-eucryphia-cordifolia-cav
#15
Antonio B Escandón, Roke Rojas, Loreto V Morales, Luis J Corcuera, Rafael E Coopman, Susana Paula
Many clonal plants produce vegetative recruits that remain connected to the parent plant. Such connections permit resource sharing among ramets, explaining the high survival rates of vegetative recruits during establishment under suboptimal conditions for sexual regeneration. We propose that differences in the regeneration niches of sexual and vegetative recruits reflect different physiological adjustments caused by parental supply of resources to the ramets. We conducted ecophysiological measurements in saplings and root suckers of Eucryphia cordifolia Cav...
September 19, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036367/phenylalanine-as-a-nitrogen-source-induces-root-growth-and-nitrogen-use-efficiency-in-populus-%C3%A3-canescens
#16
Yu Jiao, Yinghao Chen, Chaofeng Ma, Jingjing Qin, Thi Hong Nhung Nguyen, Di Liu, Honghao Gan, Shen Ding, Zhi-Bin Luo
To investigate the physiological responses of poplars to amino acids as sole nitrogen (N) sources, Populus × canescens (Ait.) Smith plants were supplied with one of three nitrogen fertilizers (NH4NO3, phenylalanine (Phe) or the mixture of NH4NO3 and Phe) in sand culture. A larger root system, and decreased leaf size and CO2 assimilation rate was observed in Phe- versus NH4NO3-treated poplars. Consistently, a greater root biomass and a decreased shoot growth were detected in Phe-supplied poplars. Decreased enzymatic activities of nitrate reductase (NR), glutamate synthase (GOGAT) and glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) and elevated activities of nitrite reductase (NiR), phenylalanine ammonia lyase (PAL), glutamine synthetase (GS) and asparagine synthase (AS) were found in Phe-treated roots...
September 19, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036337/a-collection-of-mutants-for-cle-peptide-encoding-genes-in-arabidopsis-generated-by-crispr-cas9-mediated-gene-targeting
#17
Yasuka L Yamaguchi, Takashi Ishida, Mika Yoshimura, Yuko Imamura, Chie Shimaoka, Shinichiro Sawa
The ligand-receptor-mediated intercellular communication system plays important roles in coordinating developmental and physiological events in multicellular organisms. In plants, CLE peptides and their cognate receptors are thought to be involved in various aspects of the plant life cycle. Although the importance of this communication is broadly recognized, most CLE peptides are yet to be functionally characterized. A major problem in research on small signaling peptide-encoding genes is the limited number of loss-of-function mutants available due to their small gene size...
September 25, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036290/comparative-genomics-of-apomictic-root-knot-nematodes-hybridization-ploidy-and-dynamic-genome-change
#18
Amir Szitenberg, Laura Salazar-Jaramillo, Vivian C Blok, Dominik R Laetsch, Soumi Joseph, Valerie M Williamson, Mark L Blaxter, David H Lunt
The Root-Knot Nematodes (RKN; genus Meloidogyne) are important plant parasites causing substantial agricultural losses. The Meloidogyne incognita group (MIG) of species, most of which are obligatory apomicts (mitotic parthenogens), are extremely polyphagous and important problems for global agriculture. While understanding the genomic basis for their variable success on different crops could benefit future agriculture, analyses of their genomes are challenging due to complex evolutionary histories that may incorporate hybridization, ploidy changes, and chromosomal fragmentation...
September 25, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036235/-medicaments-and-oral-healthcare-5-adverse-effects-of-medications-and-over-the-counter-drugs-on-teeth
#19
C de Baat, P G M A Zweers, C van Loveren, A Vissink
Intrinsic tooth discoloration may occur as an adverse effect of fluoride and tetracyclines. Extrinsic tooth discoloration may occur as superficial staining or as discoloration of the superficial pellicle and/or biofilm due to chlorhexidine, liquid iron salts, essential oils, some antibiotics and stannous fluoride. Inhibition of orthodontic tooth movement has been reported due to the use of prostaglandin synthetase inhibitors. If medications or over-the-counter drugs induce hyposalivation or contain much sucrose, caries may develop...
October 2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Tandheelkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036169/developing-a-dengue-forecast-model-using-machine-learning-a-case-study-in-china
#20
Pi Guo, Tao Liu, Qin Zhang, Li Wang, Jianpeng Xiao, Qingying Zhang, Ganfeng Luo, Zhihao Li, Jianfeng He, Yonghui Zhang, Wenjun Ma
BACKGROUND: In China, dengue remains an important public health issue with expanded areas and increased incidence recently. Accurate and timely forecasts of dengue incidence in China are still lacking. We aimed to use the state-of-the-art machine learning algorithms to develop an accurate predictive model of dengue. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Weekly dengue cases, Baidu search queries and climate factors (mean temperature, relative humidity and rainfall) during 2011-2014 in Guangdong were gathered...
October 16, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
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