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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087930/fungal-ecology-principles-and-mechanisms-of-colonization-and-competition-by-saprotrophic-fungi
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Lynne Boddy, Jennifer Hiscox
Decomposer fungi continually deplete the organic resources they inhabit, so successful colonization of new resources is a crucial part of their ecology. Colonization success can be split into (i) the ability to arrive at, gain entry into, and establish within a resource and (ii) the ability to persist within the resource until reproduction and dissemination. Fungi vary in their life history strategies, the three main drivers of which are stress (S-selected), disturbance (ruderal, or R-selected), and incidence of competitors (C-selected); however, fungi often have combinations of characteristics from different strategies...
December 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087658/are-winter-and-summer-dormancy-symmetrical-seasonal-adaptive-strategies-the-case-of-temperate-herbaceous-perennials
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REVIEW
Lauren M Gillespie, Florence A Volaire
BACKGROUND: Dormancy in higher plants is an adaptive response enabling plant survival during the harshest seasons and has been more explored in woody species than in herbaceous species. Nevertheless, winter and summer shoot meristem dormancy are adaptive strategies that could play a major role in enhancing seasonal stress tolerance and resilience of widespread herbaceous plant communities. SCOPE: This review outlines the symmetrical aspects of winter and summer dormancy in order to better understand plant adaptation to severe stress, and highlight research priorities in a changing climate...
January 13, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081193/environmental-factors-can-influence-mitochondrial-inheritance-in-the-saccharomyces-yeast-hybrids
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Yu-Yi Hsu, Jui-Yu Chou
Mitochondria play a critical role in the generation of metabolic energy and are crucial for eukaryotic cell survival and proliferation. In most sexual eukaryotes, mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is inherited from only one parent in non-Mendelian inheritance in contrast to the inheritance of nuclear DNA. The model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae is commonly used to study mitochondrial biology. It has two mating types: MATa and MATα. Previous studies have suggested that the mtDNA inheritance patterns in hybrid diploid cells depend on the genetic background of parental strains...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080987/ploidy-dynamics-and-evolvability-in-fungi
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REVIEW
Noa Blutraich Wertheimer, Neil Stone, Judith Berman
Rapid responses to acute stresses are essential for stress survival and are critical to the ability of fungal pathogens to adapt to new environments or hosts. The rapid emergence of drug resistance is used as a model for how fungi adapt and survive stress conditions that inhibit the growth of progenitor cells. Aneuploidy and loss of heterozygosity (LOH), which are large-scale genome shifts involving whole chromosomes or chromosome arms, occur at higher frequency than point mutations and have the potential to mediate stress survival...
December 5, 2016: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079728/surveying-resident-and-faculty-physician-knowledge-attitudes-and-experiences-in-response-to-public-lead-contamination
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D Kay Taylor, Brenda Lovegrove Lepisto, Nicolas Lecea, Ranine Ghamrawi, Ghassan Bachuwa, Jenny LaChance, Mona Hanna-Attisha
Environmental health crises can appear anywhere and without warning. After research revealed a significant incidence of elevated pediatric blood lead levels following a water source change, Genesee County declared a public health emergency in Flint, Michigan. Hospital patients and family members began approaching Hurley Medical Center's physicians with questions regarding the health implications of the lead contamination. Many of the physicians voiced concerns about responding appropriately to patient needs and increasing demands for information...
January 10, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079456/overexpression-of-tify-genes-promotes-plant-growth-in-rice-through-jasmonate-signaling
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Makoto Hakata, Masayuki Muramatsu, Hidemitsu Nakamura, Naho Hara, Miho Kishimoto, Keiko Iida-Okada, Mariko Kajikawa, Naoko Imai-Toki, Seiichi Toki, Yoshiaki Nagamura, Hiromoto Yamakawa, Hiroaki Ichikawa
Because environmental stress can reduce crop growth and yield, the identification of genes that enhance agronomic traits is increasingly important. Previous screening of full-length cDNA overexpressing (FOX) rice lines revealed that OsTIFY11b, one of 20 TIFY proteins in rice, affects plant size, grain weight, and grain size. Therefore, we analyzed the effect of OsTIFY11b and nine other TIFY genes on the growth and yield of corresponding TIFY-FOX lines. Regardless of temperature, grain weight and culm length were enhanced in lines overexpressing TIFY11 subfamily genes, except OsTIFY11e...
January 12, 2017: Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078853/oxidative-stress-in-asthma-a-distinct-clinical-and-pathologic-feature
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Y Li, G P Li
Asthma is a type of chronic airway inflammation. Corticosteroids are inadequate for asthma therapy. However, it remains unclear whether oxidative stress is a distinct clinical and pathologic feature in asthma. We reviewed the articles on asthma-associated oxidative stress. The exposures to airborne allergens, such as house dust mite (HDM) and birch pollen, may not only trigger innate and adaptive immune responses but also cause oxidative stress damage in the airways. Allergen-induced reactive oxygen species (ROS) is involved in p38 MAPK, phosphoinositide-3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt and nuclear factor erythroid 2-related factor (Nrf2) kinase pathway signaling...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077780/exposure-to-crvi-during-early-pregnancy-increases-oxidative-stress-and-disrupts-the-expression-of-antioxidant-proteins-in-placental-compartments
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Sakhila K Banu, Jone A Stanley, Kirthiram K Sivakumar, Robert J Taylor, Joe A Arosh, Robert C Burghardt
Epidemiologic studies document relationships between chromium VI (CrVI) exposure and increased risk of spontaneous abortion, stillbirth, preterm birth, and neonatal death in pregnant women. Environmental contamination with CrVI is a growing problem both in the United States and developing countries. CrVI is widely used in numerous industries. This study was designed to understand the mechanism of CrVI toxicity on placental oxidative stress and antioxidant (AOX) machinery. Pregnant mother rats were treated with or without CrVI (50 ppm K2Cr2O7) through drinking water from gestational day (GD) 9...
November 15, 2016: Toxicological Sciences: An Official Journal of the Society of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077765/acute-embryonic-anoxia-exposure-favours-the-development-of-a-dominant-and-aggressive-phenotype-in-adult-zebrafish
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Catherine M Ivy, Cayleih E Robertson, Nicholas J Bernier
Eutrophication and climate change are increasing the incidence of severe hypoxia in fish nursery habitats, yet the programming effects of hypoxia on stress responsiveness in later life are poorly understood. In this study, to investigate whether early hypoxia alters the developmental trajectory of the stress response, zebrafish embryos were exposed to 4 h of anoxia at 36 h post-fertilization and reared to adults when the responses to secondary stressors were assessed. While embryonic anoxia did not affect basal cortisol levels or the cortisol response to hypoxia in later life, it had a marked effect on the responses to a social stressor...
January 11, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077722/higher-heart-rate-variability-is-associated-with-ventromedial-prefrontal-cortex-activity-and-increased-resistance-to-temptation-in-dietary-self-control-challenges
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Silvia U Maier, Todd A Hare
: Higher levels of self-control in decision making have been linked to better psychosocial and physical health. A similar link to health outcomes has been reported for heart-rate variability (HRV), a marker of physiological flexibility. Here, we sought to link these two, largely separate, research domains by testing the hypothesis that greater HRV would be associated with better dietary self-control in humans. Specifically, we examined whether total HRV at sedentary rest (measured as the SD of normal-to-normal intervals) can serve as a biomarker for the neurophysiological adaptability that putatively underlies self-controlled behavior...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077398/mild-traumatic-brain-injury-is-associated-with-reduced-cortical-thickness-in-those-at-risk-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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Jasmeet P Hayes, Mark W Logue, Naomi Sadeh, Jeffrey M Spielberg, Mieke Verfaellie, Scott M Hayes, Andrew Reagan, David H Salat, Erika J Wolf, Regina E McGlinchey, William P Milberg, Annjanette Stone, Steven A Schichman, Mark W Miller
Moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury is one of the strongest environmental risk factors for the development of neurodegenerative diseases such as late-onset Alzheimer's disease, although it is unclear whether mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, also confers risk. This study examined mild traumatic brain injury and genetic risk as predictors of reduced cortical thickness in brain regions previously associated with early Alzheimer's disease, and their relationship with episodic memory. Participants were 160 Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans between the ages of 19 and 58, many of whom carried mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder diagnoses...
January 11, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077287/iron-oxide-nanoparticles-modulate-heat-shock-proteins-and-organ-specific-markers-expression-in-mice-male-accessory-organs
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Kiruthika Sundarraj, Azhwar Raghunath, Lakshmikanthan Panneerselvam, Ekambaram Perumal
With increased industrial utilization of iron oxide nanoparticles (Fe2O3-NPs), concerns on adverse reproductive health effects following exposure have been immensely raised. In the present study, the effects of Fe2O3-NPs exposure in the seminal vesicle and prostate gland were studied in mice. Mice were exposed to two different doses (25 and 50 mg/kg) of Fe2O3-NPs along with the control and analyzed the expressions of heat shock proteins (HSP60, HSP70 and HSP90) and organ specific markers (Caltrin, PSP94, and SSLP1)...
January 7, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077245/a-systematic-review-of-adrenarche-as-a-sensitive-period-in-neurobiological-development-and-mental-health
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REVIEW
Michelle L Byrne, Sarah Whittle, Nandita Vijayakumar, Meg Dennison, Julian G Simmons, Nicholas B Allen
Substantial hormonal and neurobiological changes occur during puberty, and are widely argued to render this period of life a sensitive period in terms of risk for mental health problems. However, there is a paucity of research focusing on adrenarche, the earlier phase of pubertal development. Furthermore, there is a limited understanding of the association between adrenarche and neural development during this phase of life. We systematically reviewed research examining human adrenarcheal development as operationalized by hormonal levels of DHEA and DHEA-S, in relation to indices of mental health (Systematic Review 1)...
December 21, 2016: Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077082/the-arabidopsis-paralogs-pub46-and-pub48-encoding-u-box-e3-ubiquitin-ligases-are-essential-for-plant-response-to-drought-stress
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Guy Adler, Zvia Konrad, Lyad Zamir, Amit Kumar Mishra, Dina Raveh, Dudy Bar-Zvi
BACKGROUND: Plants respond to abiotic stress on physiological, biochemical and molecular levels. This includes a global change in their cellular proteome achieved by changes in the pattern of their protein synthesis and degradation. The ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) is a key player in protein degradation in eukaryotes. Proteins are marked for degradation by the proteasome by coupling short chains of ubiquitin polypeptides in a three-step pathway. The last and regulatory stage is catalyzed by a member of a large family of substrate-specific ubiquitin ligases...
January 11, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076898/characterization-of-the-hog1-mapk-pathway-in-the-entomopathogenic-fungus-beauveria-bassiana
#15
Jing Liu, Zhi-Kang Wang, Huan-Huan Sun, Sheng-Hua Ying, Ming-Guang Feng
High-osmolarity glycerol (HOG) pathway required for yeast osmoregulation relies upon the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) Hog1 cascade that comprise the MAPKKKs Ssk2/Ssk22 and Ste11 converging on the MAPKK Pbs2. Here we show a Hog1 cascade with the unique MAPKKK Ssk2 acting in Beauveria bassiana. Hypersensitivity to high osmolarity and high resistance to fludioxonil fungicide appeared in Δssk2, Δpbs2 and Δhog1 mutants whereas the two hallmark phenotypes were reversed in Δste11. Increased sensitivity to heat shock and decreased sensitivity to cell wall perturbation also occurred in the three mutants but not in Δste11 although antioxidant phenotypes were different in all deletion mutants...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076359/environmental-factors-affecting-survival-of-immature-ixodes-scapularis-and-implications-for-geographical-distribution-of-lyme-disease-the-climate-behavior-hypothesis
#16
Howard S Ginsberg, Marisa Albert, Lixis Acevedo, Megan C Dyer, Isis M Arsnoe, Jean I Tsao, Thomas N Mather, Roger A LeBrun
Recent reports suggest that host-seeking nymphs in southern populations of Ixodes scapularis remain below the leaf litter surface, while northern nymphs seek hosts on leaves and twigs above the litter surface. This behavioral difference potentially results in decreased tick contact with humans in the south, and fewer cases of Lyme disease. We studied whether north-south differences in tick survival patterns might contribute to this phenomenon. Four month old larvae resulting from a cross between Wisconsin males and South Carolina females died faster under southern than under northern conditions in the lab, as has previously been reported for ticks from both northern and southern populations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075072/use-of-erythrocyte-indicators-of-health-and-condition-in-vertebrate-ecophysiology-a-review-and-appraisal
#17
Christopher P Johnstone, Alan Lill, Richard D Reina
We review evidence for and against the use of erythrocyte indicators of health status and condition, parasite infection level and physiological stress in free-living vertebrates. The use of indicators that are measured directly from the blood, such as haemoglobin concentration, haematocrit and erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and parameters that are calculated from multiple measured metrics, such as mean cell volume, mean cell haemoglobin content or mean cell haemoglobin concentration is evaluated. The evidence for or against the use of any given metric is equivocal when the relevant research is considered in total, although there is sometimes strong support for using a particular metric in a particular taxon...
February 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074918/regulation-of-plasma-histamine-levels-by-the-mast-cell-clock-and-its-modulation-by-stress
#18
Yuki Nakamura, Kayoko Ishimaru, Shigenobu Shibata, Atsuhito Nakao
At steady state, plasma histamine levels exhibit circadian variations with nocturnal peaks, which is implicated in the nighttime exacerbation of allergic symptoms. However, the regulatory mechanisms are largely unexplored. This study determined how steady-state plasma histamine levels are regulated and affected by environmental factors. We found that plasma histamine levels decreased in mast cell-deficient mice and their circadian variations were lost in mast cell-deficient mice reconstituted with bone marrow-derived mast cells (BMMCs) harboring a mutation in the circadian gene Clock...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074873/the-nac-type-transcription-factor-osnac2-regulates-aba-dependent-genes-and-abiotic-stress-tolerance-in-rice
#19
Jiabin Shen, Bo Lv, Liqiong Luo, Jianmei He, Chanjuan Mao, Dandan Xi, Feng Ming
Plants can perceive environmental changes and respond to external stressors. Here, we show that OsNAC2, a member of the NAC transcription factor family, was strongly induced by ABA and osmotic stressors such as drought and high salt. With reduced yields under drought conditions at the flowering stage, OsNAC2 overexpression lines had lower resistance to high salt and drought conditions. RNAi plants showed enhanced tolerance to high salinity and drought stress at both the vegetative and flowering stages. Furthermore, RNAi plants had improved yields after drought stress...
January 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074740/what-goes-around-can-come-around-an-unexpected-deleterious-effect-of-using-mouse-running-wheels-for-environmental-enrichment
#20
Renee Y
Environmental enrichment items such as running wheels can promote the wellbeing of laboratory mice. Growing evidencesuggests that wheel running simulates exercise effects in many mouse models of human conditions, but this activityalso might change other aspects of mouse behavior. In this case study, we show that the presence of running wheels leadsto pronounced and permanent circling behavior with route-tracing in a proportion of the male mice of a genetically distinctcohort. The genetic background of this cohort includes a mutation in Arhgap19, but genetic crosses showed that an unknownsecond-site mutation likely caused the induced circling behavior...
January 10, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
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