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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731859/air-pollution-and-parkinson-s-disease-evidence-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Natalia Palacios
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease of unknown etiology that is thought to be caused by a complex combination of environmental and/or genetic factors. Air pollution exposure is linked to numerous adverse effects on human health, including brain inflammation and oxidative stress, processes that are believed to contribute to the development and progression of PD. This review provides an overview of recent advances in the epidemiology of air pollution and PD, including evidence of the effects of various pollutants (ozone, PM10, PM2...
July 21, 2017: Reviews on Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731308/lead-toxicity-in-plants
#2
Hendrik Küpper
This review looks critically at the relevance of lead (Pb2+) toxicity and proposed mechanisms of Pb2+ -induced stress in algae and higher plants. As a basis, the current main sources of Pb2+ contamination in the environment are presented, which include agriculture, industry, and road traffic. Further, bioavailability of lead is discussed as a basis for evaluating the environmental relevance of the many studies on lead toxicity that have been published in the past decades. These studies suggest three main mechanisms of toxicity of Pb2+: inhibition of photosynthesis, oxidative stress, and "genotoxicity" including DNA damage and defects in mitosis...
April 10, 2017: Metal Ions in Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730837/molecular-basis-of-trpa1-regulation-in-nociceptive-neurons-a-review
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A Kádková, V Synytsya, J Krusek, L Zímová, V Vlachová
Transient receptor potential A1 (TRPA1) is an excitatory ion channel that functions as a cellular sensor, detecting a wide range of proalgesic agents such as environmental irritants and endogenous products of inflammation and oxidative stress. Topical application of TRPA1 agonists produces an acute nociceptive response through peripheral release of neuropeptides, purines and other transmitters from activated sensory nerve endings. This, in turn, further regulates TRPA1 activity downstream of G-protein and phospholipase C-coupled signaling cascades...
July 18, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730489/identification-of-plant-kinase-substrates-based-on-kinase-assay-linked-phosphoproteomics
#4
Chuan-Chih Hsu, Justine V Arrington, Liang Xue, W Andy Tao
Protein phosphorylation is one of the key events in the regulation of plant physiological responses to diverse environmental stimuli. As crucial regulators of phosphorylation, protein kinases have been linked to the control of seed germination, flowering, and stress responses. Identifying downstream substrates of kinases is important for dissecting kinase-substrate networks as well as delineating the underlying defense mechanisms in response to extracellular stimulation. Despite the fact that thousands of kinase-substrate networks have been identified in mammalian cells, the downstream substrates of important plant kinases are still elusive...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730461/low-salinity-affects-cellularity-dna-methylation-and-mrna-expression-of-igf1-in-the-liver-of-half-smooth-tongue-sole-cynoglossus-semilaevis
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Siping Li, Feng He, Haishen Wen, Jifang Li, Yufeng Si, Mingyuan Liu, Yajuan Huang, Lingcai Meng
Animal growth depends on feedback regulation of hormone levels and environmental conditions. Insulin-like growth factor-1 (Igf1) promotes cell growth and differentiation and represses apoptosis and is highly regulated by the environment. Moreover, animals modify physiological homeostasis under stressful conditions through epigenetics and genetic regulatory mechanisms. Therefore, a comprehensive understanding of the effects of salt on fish growth is needed. In this study, half smooth tongue sole (Cynoglossus semilaevis) were subjected to 15‰ salinity for 0, 7, and 60 days (D) to assess the effects of low salinity on liver cellularity and growth...
July 21, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730416/quality-of-life-coping-styles-stress-levels-and-time-use-in-mothers-of-children-with-autism-spectrum-disorders-comparing-single-versus-coupled-households
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Tomomi McAuliffe, Reinie Cordier, Sharmila Vaz, Yvonne Thomas, Torbjorn Falkmer
This study aimed to examine the influence of differences in household status on the parental stress, coping, time use and quality of life (QoL) among mothers of children with autism spectrum disorders. Forty-three single and 164 coupled mothers completed the survey. Data were analysed using multivariate logistic regression. We found that single mothers were 1.05 times more likely to report lower levels of environmental QoL. Whilst they were 1.73 times more likely to use acceptance coping style, this association did not persist after adjusting for total number of children, household income and employment status...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729898/draft-genome-sequences-of-strains-salinicola-socius-smb35-t-salinicola-sp-mh3r3-1-and-chromohalobacter-sp-smb17-from-the-verkhnekamsk-potash-mining-region-of-russia
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Björn E Olsson, Ekaterina S Korsakova, Lyudmila N Anan'ina, Anna A Pyankova, Olga V Mavrodi, Elena G Plotnikova, Dmitri V Mavrodi
Halomonads are moderately halophilic bacteria that are studied as models of prokaryotic osmoadaptation and sources of enzymes and chemicals for biotechnological applications. Despite the progress in understanding the diversity of these organisms, our ability to explain ecological, metabolic, and biochemical traits of halomonads at the genomic sequence level remains limited. This study addresses this gap by presenting draft genomes of Salinicola socius SMB35(T), Salinicola sp. MH3R3-1 and Chromohalobacter sp...
2017: Standards in Genomic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729858/toxin-antitoxin-systems-in-estuarine-synechococcus-strain-cb0101-and-their-transcriptomic-responses-to-environmental-stressors
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David Marsan, Allen Place, Daniel Fucich, Feng Chen
Bacterial toxin-antitoxin (TA) systems are genetic elements composed of a toxin gene and its cognate antitoxin, with the ability to regulate growth. TA systems have not previously been reported in marine Synechococcus or Prochlorococcus. Here we report the finding of seven TA system pairs (Type II) in the estuarine Synechococcus CB0101, and their responses of these TA genes to under different stress conditions, which include; nitrogen and phosphate starvation, phage infection, zinc toxicity, and photo-oxidation...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729423/protection-of-the-general-stress-response-%C3%AF-s-by-crsr-allows-a-rapid-and-efficient-adaptation-of-shewanella-oneidensis
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Sophie Bouillet, Olivier Genest, Vincent Méjean, Chantal Iobbi-Nivol
To cope with environmental stresses, bacteria have evolved various strategies, including the general stress response (GSR). GSR is governed by an alternative transcriptional sigma factor named σ(S) (RpoS) that associates with RNA polymerase and controls the expression of numerous genes. Previously, we have reported that posttranslational regulation of σ(S) in the aquatic bacterium Shewanella oneidensis involves the CrsR-CrsA partner-switching regulatory system, but the exact mechanism by which CrsR and CrsA control σ(S) activity is not completely unveiled...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729344/exogenous-stress-hormones-alter-energetic-and-nutrient-costs-of-development-and-metamorphosis
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Lucas J Kirschman, Marshall D McCue, Justin G Boyles, Robin W Warne
Variation in environmental conditions during larval life stages can shape development during critical windows and have lasting effects on the adult organism. Changes in larval developmental rates in response to environmental conditions, for example, can trade-off with growth to determine body size and condition at metamorphosis, which can affect adult survival and fecundity. However, it is unclear how use of energy and nutrients shape trade-offs across life stage transitions because no studies have quantified these costs of larval development and metamorphosis...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728884/glucocorticoid-programming-of-neuroimmune-function
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REVIEW
David J Walker, Karen A Spencer
Throughout life physiological systems strive to maintain homeostasis and these systems are susceptible to exposure to maternal or environmental perturbations, particularly during embryonic development. In some cases, these perturbations may influence genetic and physiological processes that permanently alter the functioning of these physiological systems; a process known as developmental programming. In recent years, the neuroimmune system has garnered attention for its fundamental interactions with key hormonal systems, such as the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis...
July 17, 2017: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728814/a-tour-de-force-the-discovery-properties-and-function-of-piezo-channels
#12
P A Gottlieb
Mechanical transducers appear throughout cell biology and are used to convert mechanical stress into chemical or electrical signals that allow the cell to respond to environmental changes. In the past six years, a eukaryotic mechanical channel family with two members, Piezo1 and Piezo2, has been identified. Piezo1 was shown to be a cation-selective channel that does not require ancillary proteins for activity. Mouse Piezo1 is large, with over 2500 amino acids, and is not homologous to other ion channels. Both piezo channels have rapid voltage-dependent inactivation with a reversal potential near 0mV...
2017: Current Topics in Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728125/assessment-and-prediction-of-joint-algal-toxicity-of-binary-mixtures-of-graphene-and-ionic-liquids
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Zhuang Wang, Fan Zhang, Se Wang, Willie J G M Peijnenburg
Graphene and ionic liquids (ILs) released into the environment will interact with each other. So far however, the risks associated with the concurrent exposure of biota to graphene and ILs in the environment have received little attention. The research reported here focused on observing and predicting the joint toxicity effects in the green alga Scenedesmus obliquus exposed to binary mixtures of intrinsic graphene (iG)/graphene oxide (GO) and five ILs of varying anionic and cationic types. The isolated ILs in the binary mixtures were the main contributors to toxicity...
July 8, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728048/accumulation-and-detoxification-dynamics-of-chromium-and-antioxidant-responses-in-juvenile-rare-minnow-gobiocypris-rarus
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Cong Yuan, Meng Li, Yao Zheng, Ying Zhou, Feili Wu, Zaizhao Wang
Hexavalent chromium (Cr(6+)) compounds are hazardous via all exposure routes. To explore the dynamics of Cr accumulation and elimination and to reveal the mechanisms underlying detoxification and antioxidation in juvenile Gobiocypris rarus, one-month old G. rarus larvae were exposed to 0.1mgL(-1) Cr(6+) for four weeks for accumulation and subsequently placed to clean water for another week for depuration. The contents of Cr were measured weekly in the whole body of G. rarus juveniles. The activities of catalase (CAT), glutathione peroxidase (GPx), superoxide dismutase (SOD), glutathione S-transferase (GST) and glutathione reductase (GR), and contents of glutathione (GSH) and malonaldehyde (MDA), and transcripts of cat, Cu/Zn-sod, Mn-sod, gpx1, gstpi, gr, mt1, nrf2 and uba52 were determined...
July 11, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727759/use-of-a-microfluidic-platform-to-uncover-basic-features-of-energy-and-environmental-stress-responses-in-individual-cells-of-bacillus-subtilis
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Matthew T Cabeen, Jonathan R Russell, Johan Paulsson, Richard Losick
Bacteria use a variety of stress-sensing systems to sense and respond to diverse stressors and to ensure their survival under adverse conditions. The gram-positive bacterium Bacillus subtilis responds to energy stress (ATP depletion) and to environmental stressors using two distinct stress-sensing pathways that converge on the alternative sigma factor σB to provoke a general stress response. Past efforts to study the σB stress response in bulk culture and on agarose pads were unable to visualize the responses of individual cells under tightly controlled conditions for extended periods of time...
July 20, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727205/drivers-of-woody-canopy-water-content-responses-to-drought-in-a-mediterranean-type-ecosystem
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Tarin Paz-Kagan, Gregory P Asner
Severe droughts increase physiological stress in woody plant species, which can lead to mortality, fundamentally altering the composition, structure, and biogeography of forests in many regions. Little is known, however, about the factors determining the physiological response of woody plants to drought at landscape scales. Our objective was to understand woody plant species responses to ongoing changes in climate, using remotely sensed canopy water content (CWC) as an indicator of plant physiological and phenological status...
July 20, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727118/technical-note-assessment-of-an-alternative-technique-for-measuring-body-temperature-in-pigs
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A Petry, W McGilvray, A R Rakhshandeh, A Rakhshandeh
Core body temperature (CBT) is one of the main vital signs that is used to evaluate the health status of pigs. The most common and feasible method for assessing CBT in pigs is rectal temperature (RT). Obtaining RT is stressful for animals, may generate inaccurate results, and has the risk of spreading disease. Infrared imaging (IR) thermography of the body of pigs may be a safer and less stressful alternative to RT. The objective of the current study was to evaluate the efficacy of using IR as an alternative for monitoring CBT in pigs...
July 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726732/characterization-of-the-dioscorin-gene-family-in-dioscorea-alata-reveals-a-role-in-tuber-development-and-environmental-response
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Linya Liu, Yacheng Huang, Xiaolong Huang, Jianghua Yang, Wenqiang Wu, Yun Xu, Ziwen Cong, Jun Xie, Wei Xia, Dongyi Huang
Dioscorin is one of the major soluble proteins in yam tubers. Unlike other well-known plant storage proteins, such as patatin and sporamin, dioscorin is argued for its function as storage proteins, and the molecular mechanisms underlying its expressional complexity are little understood. In this study, we isolated five dioscorin genes from Dioscorea alata L., comprising three class A (Da-dio1, -3 and -4) and two class B (Da-dio2 and -5) isoforms. Expressions of all dioscorin genes gradually decreased in mother tubers during yam sprouting and regrowth...
July 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726305/myb30-transcription-factor-regulates-oxidative-and-heat-stress-responses-through-annexin-mediated-cytosolic-calcium-signaling-in-arabidopsis
#19
Chancan Liao, Yuan Zheng, Yan Guo
Cytosolic calcium signaling is critical for regulating downstream responses in plants encountering unfavorable environmental conditions. In a genetic screen for Arabidopsis thaliana mutants defective in stress-induced cytosolic free Ca(2+) ([Ca(2+) ]cyt ) elevations, we identified the R2R3-MYB transcription factor MYB30 as a regulator of [Ca(2+) ]cyt in response to H2 O2 and heat stresses. Plants lacking MYB30 protein exhibited greater elevation of [Ca(2+) ]cyt in response to oxidative and heat stimuli. Real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) results indicated that the expression of a number of ANNEXIN (ANN) genes, which encode Ca(2+) -regulated membrane-binding proteins modulating cytosolic calcium signatures, were upregulated in myb30 mutants...
July 20, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725848/exploring-inpatients-experiences-of-healing-and-healing-spaces-a-mixed-methods-study
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Lorissa MacAllister, Dawn Bellanti, Bonnie R Sakallaris
In order to understand a patient's healing experience it is essential to understand the elements that they, the patient, believes contributed to their healing. Previous research has focused on symptom reducers or contributors through environment such as stress. A person's experience of healing happens over time not instantaneous. Therefore, in this study, the interviews with patients happened after forty-eight hours of hospitalization. This mixed methods study describes the experiences of seventeen inpatients from two healthcare systems using a phenomenological approach combined with evidence based design evaluation methods to document the setting...
December 2016: Journal of patient experience
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