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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215012/threatened-species-to-super-abundance-the-unexpected-international-implications-of-successful-goose-conservation
#1
Anthony D Fox, Jesper Madsen
Wild geese wintering in western Europe were declining by the 1930s probably due to loss of natural habitat and over exploitation through hunting, although the causes will never be known. Refuge provision and hunting restrictions from the 1950s enabled numbers to recover. Improved monitoring systems enabled the description of progressive increases and extensions of wintering range since that time, especially amongst those goose populations that increasingly exploited agricultural landscapes. This introductory article sets the scene for the special issue on the increasing interactions and conflicts created by recent increases in the range and abundance of wild geese throughout the northern hemisphere, especially with regard to agricultural damage, but including issues associated with air flight safety, human and animal health, ecosystem effects and conflicts with other biodiversity objectives...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214919/grapevine-acclimation-to-water-deficit-the-adjustment-of-stomatal-and-hydraulic-conductance-differs-from-petiole-embolism-vulnerability
#2
Uri Hochberg, Andrea Giulia Bonel, Rakefet David-Schwartz, Asfaw Degu, Aaron Fait, Hervé Cochard, Enrico Peterlunger, Jose Carlos Herrera
Drought-acclimated vines maintained higher gas exchange compared to irrigated controls under water deficit; this effect is associated with modified leaf turgor but not with improved petiole vulnerability to cavitation. A key feature for the prosperity of plants under changing environments is the plasticity of their hydraulic system. In the present research we studied the hydraulic regulation in grapevines (Vitis vinifera L.) that were first acclimated for 39 days to well-watered (WW), sustained water deficit (SD), or transient-cycles of dehydration-rehydration-water deficit (TD) conditions, and then subjected to varying degrees of drought...
February 18, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214831/p38-mapk-pharmacological-inhibitor-sb203580-alleviates-total-parenteral-nutrition-induced-loss-of-intestinal-barrier-function-but-promotes-hepatocyte-lipoapoptosis
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Yong-Tao Xiao, Wei-Hui Yan, Yi Cao, Jun-Kai Yan, Wei Cai
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Our previous studies have provided evidence that p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) is involved in total parenteral nutrition (TPN)-associated complications, but its exact effects and mechanisms have not been fully understood. This study aimed to evaluate the roles of p38 MAPK inhibitor SB203580 in the TPN-induced loss of intestinal barrier function and liver disease. METHODS: A rodent model of TPN was used to analyze the roles of SB203580 in TPN-associated complications...
February 8, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214712/epidemiological-study-of-mortality-in-epilepsy-in-a-spanish-population
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María Isabel Chamorro-Muñoz, Guillermina García-Martín, Francisco Pérez-Errazquin, Manuel Romero-Acebal, Antonio García-Rodríguez, Mario Gutiérrez-Bedmar
PURPOSE: Studies concerning mortality in epilepsy have been performed primarily in Northern-Central Europe and US. The aim of this study was to provide information about mortality in people with epilepsy in Southern European countries. METHOD: We studied a Spanish prevalence and incidence cohort of 2309 patients aged ≥14 years with epilepsy who were treated in an outpatient epilepsy clinic between 2000 and 2013. The deceased were identified through Civil Registries...
February 8, 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214660/enhancer-of-zeste-homologue-2-plays-an-important-role-in-neuroblastoma-cell-survival-independent-of-its-histone-methyltransferase-activity
#5
Laurel T Bate-Eya, Hinco J Gierman, Marli E Ebus, Jan Koster, Huib N Caron, Rogier Versteeg, M Emmy M Dolman, Jan J Molenaar
Neuroblastoma is predominantly characterised by chromosomal rearrangements. Next to V-Myc Avian Myelocytomatosis Viral Oncogene Neuroblastoma Derived Homolog (MYCN) amplification, chromosome 7 and 17q gains are frequently observed. We identified a neuroblastoma patient with a regional 7q36 gain, encompassing the enhancer of zeste homologue 2 (EZH2) gene. EZH2 is the histone methyltransferase of lysine 27 of histone H3 (H3K27me3) that forms the catalytic subunit of the polycomb repressive complex 2. H3K27me3 is commonly associated with the silencing of genes involved in cellular processes such as cell cycle regulation, cellular differentiation and cancer...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214649/evaluation-of-dioxins-and-dioxin-like-compounds-from-a-cement-plant-using-carbide-slag-from-chlor-alkali-industry-as-the-major-raw-material
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Yuyang Zhao, Jiayu Zhan, Guorui Liu, Minghui Zheng, Rong Jin, Lili Yang, Liwei Hao, Xiaolin Wu, Xian Zhang, Pu Wang
Carbide slag produced from chlor-alkali industry contains high amounts of calcium compounds and can potentially be used as raw material for cement production; however, it contains large amounts of chlorine so it is essential to evaluate the emissions of chlorinated organic pollutants, including polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs). A field study of the emission profiles of these pollutants in a cement plant using such slag was performed...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214591/hyperglycemia-is-associated-with-reduced-testicular-function-and-activin-dysregulation-in-the-ins2-akita-mouse-model-of-type-1-diabetes
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Constanze C Maresch, Dina C Stute, Helen Ludlow, Hans-Peter Hammes, David M de Kretser, Mark P Hedger, Thomas Linn
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is associated with subfertility in men. We hypothesised that this results from inhibitory effects of chronic hyperglycemia on testicular function and used the Ins2(Akita ±) mouse model to investigate this. Diabetic mice exhibited progressive testicular dysfunction, with a 30% reduction in testis weight at 24 weeks of age. Diabetic mice showed significantly reduced seminiferous tubule diameters and increased spermatogenic disruption, although testes morphology appeared grossly normal. Unexpectedly, serum LH and intra-testicular testosterone were similar in all groups...
February 15, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214338/sciatic-neuropathy-due-to-popliteal-fossa-nerve-block
#8
Adam Aubuchon, W David Arnold, Anna Bracewell, J Chad Hoyle
INTRODUCTION: Sciatic neuropathy following popliteal nerve block (PNB) for regional anesthesia is considered uncommon but has been increasingly recognized in the literature. We identified a case of sciatic neuropathy that occurred after bunionectomy during which a PNB had been performed. METHODS: To understand the frequency of PNB-related sciatic neuropathy we performed a retrospective review of sciatic neuropathies at our center over a five year period. RESULTS: Forty-five cases of sciatic neuropathy were reviewed...
February 18, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214119/persistent-organic-pollutants-in-the-olifants-river-basin-south-africa-bioaccumulation-and-trophic-transfer-through-a-subtropical-aquatic-food-web
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Vera Verhaert, Nadine Newmark, Wendy D'Hollander, Adrian Covaci, Wynand Vlok, Victor Wepener, Abraham Addo-Bediako, Antoinette Jooste, Johannes Teuchies, Ronny Blust, Lieven Bervoets
This study investigates the trophic transfer of persistent organic pollutants (POPs: PCBs, PBDEs, OCPs and PFASs) in the subtropical aquatic ecosystem of the Olifants River Basin (South Africa) by means of trophic magnification factors (TMFs). Relative trophic levels were determined by stable isotope analysis. POP levels in surface water, sediment and biota were low. Only ∑DDTs levels in fish muscle (<LOQ-61ng/g ww) were comparable or higher than values from other temperate and tropical regions. Significant positive relationships between relative trophic level and PCB, DDT and HCH concentrations were observed so trophic levels play an important role in the movement of contaminants through the food web...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213825/pyrophosphate-hydrolysis-in-the-extremely-halophilic-archaeon-haloarcula-japonica-is-catalyzed-by-a-single-enzyme-with-a-broad-ionic-strength-range
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Satoshi Wakai, Akihiro Abe, Sotaro Fujii, Kaoru Nakasone, Yoshihiro Sambongi
The soluble protein fraction of the extremely halophilic archaeon Haloarcula japonica exhibits substantial inorganic pyrophosphate (PPi) hydrolysis activity in the presence of 2-4 M NaCl (Wakai et al, J Biol Chem 288:29247-29251, 2013), which provides high ionic strength (2-4). In this study, much higher PPi hydrolysis activity was unexpectedly detected, even with 0 M NaCl in the presence of 100-200 mM MgSO4, providing a much lower ionic strength of 0.4-0.8, in the same protein fraction. Na(+) and Mg(2+) ions were required for activity under high and low ionic strength conditions, respectively...
February 17, 2017: Extremophiles: Life Under Extreme Conditions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213760/endocrine-regulation-of-fueling-by-hyperphagia-in-migratory-birds
#11
Cas Eikenaar
To support migratory endurance flight, birds accumulate large amounts of fat by hyperphagia (fueling). Whereas the factors influencing migrants' motivation to fuel are well described, the physiological mechanism regulating fueling is largely unknown. Hormones are likely involved and arguably the best studied with respect to food intake and fueling is corticosterone. Corticosterone has a permissive effect, as blocking the hormone's actions prohibits efficient fueling. There are no indications, though that corticosterone stimulates fueling, and some studies even observed negative correlations between corticosterone level and food intake and speed of fueling...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213499/geometry-and-network-connectivity-govern-the-mechanics-of-stress-fibers
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Elena Kassianidou, Christoph A Brand, Ulrich S Schwarz, Sanjay Kumar
Actomyosin stress fibers (SFs) play key roles in driving polarized motility and generating traction forces, yet little is known about how tension borne by an individual SF is governed by SF geometry and its connectivity to other cytoskeletal elements. We now address this question by combining single-cell micropatterning with subcellular laser ablation to probe the mechanics of single, geometrically defined SFs. The retraction length of geometrically isolated SFs after cutting depends strongly on SF length, demonstrating that longer SFs dissipate more energy upon incision...
February 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213315/focal-adhesion-kinase-signaling-in-unexpected-places
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REVIEW
Elizabeth G Kleinschmidt, David D Schlaepfer
Focal adhesion kinase (FAK) is a cytoplasmic protein-tyrosine kinase first identified at extracellular matrix and integrin receptor cell adhesion sites and is a key regulator of cell movement. FAK is activated by a variety of stimuli. Herein, we discuss advances in conformational-associated FAK activation and dimerization mechanisms. Additionally, new roles have emerged for FAK signaling at cell adhesions, adherens junctions, endosomes, and the nucleus. In light of these new findings, we review how FAK activation at these sites is connected to the regulation of integrin recycling-activation, vascular permeability, cell survival, and transcriptional regulation, respectively...
February 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213148/interface-tuning-and-stabilization-of-monoglyceride-mesophase-dispersions-food-emulsifiers-and-mixtures-efficiency
#14
Sébastien Serieye, Fabienne Méducin, Irena Milošević, Ling Fu, Samuel Guillot
Several food surfactants were examined as possible efficient emulsifiers for liquid crystalline monolinolein-based particles and as alternative choices to the non-food-grade emulsifier conventionally used Pluronic® F127. We described a food emulsifiers' toolbox, investigating their ability to emulsify mesophases (stabilization capacity, particle size, zeta potential) and their impact on internal nanostructures (from swelling to drastic modifications). Among the selected surfactants, sucrose stearate (S1670) was found to be the best candidate for replacing in a long term F127 as an efficient stabilizer of lipid particles...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212874/multilocus-phylogeny-of-alligator-lizards-elgaria-anguidae-testing-mtdna-introgression-as-the-source-of-discordant-molecular-phylogenetic-hypotheses
#15
Dean H Leavitt, Angela B Marion, Bradford D Hollingsworth, Tod W Reeder
The increased availability of nuclear DNA sequence data has led to a better appreciation of the role and frequency of introgressive hybridization and subsequent mitochondrial capture in misleading phylogenetic hypotheses based on mtDNA sequence data alone. Relationships among members of the alligator lizard genus Elgaria have been addressed with morphology, allozyme and mtDNA sequence data with discordant results. In this study, we use seven nuclear loci (total of 5.9 kb) and ∼3 kb of mtDNA to infer the phylogenetic relationships among Elgaria species and test whether the discordance among previous phylogenetic hypotheses is due to introgression and mtDNA capture...
February 14, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212198/forensic-nursing-provides-closure-in-workplace-fatality
#16
Colin Harris
The Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia in Canada is the provincial agency mandated to investigate workplace injuries and fatalities. In 2012, the Fatal and Serious Injuries Investigation section of this organization initiated the integration of forensic nursing expertise into the investigation of workplace incidents. The goals were to improve investigative outcomes and aid in prevention initiatives by achieving a more accurate understanding of incident causation through the application of forensic nursing science...
January 2017: Journal of Forensic Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212020/a-new-reaction-pathway-induced-by-plasmon-for-selective-benzyl-alcohol-oxidation-on-biocl-possessing-oxygen-vacancies
#17
Hao Li, Feng Qin, Zhiping Yang, Ximin Cui, Jianfang Wang, Lizhi Zhang
Selective organic transformation under mild conditions constitutes a challenge in green chemistry, especially for alcohol oxidation, which typically requires environmentally unfriendly oxidants. Here, we report a new plasmonic catalyst of Au supported on BiOCl containing oxygen vacancies. It photocatalyzes selective benzyl alcohol oxidation with O2 under visible light through synergistic action of plasmonic hot electrons and holes. Oxygen vacancies on BiOCl facilitate the trapping and transfer of plasmonic hot electrons to adsorbed O2, producing •O2(‒) radicals, while plasmonic hot holes remaining on the Au surface mildly oxidize benzyl alcohol to corresponding carbon-centered radicals...
February 17, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211801/effect-of-shear-induced-platelet-activation-on-red-blood-cell-aggregation
#18
Hoyoon Lee, Kisung Lee, Byoung-Kwon Lee, Alexander V Priezzhev, Sehyun Shin
Mechanical shear stress is one of the important factors for platelet activation. Although shear stress has been frequently utilized in many applications of diagnostic bio-equipment, there has been little consideration as to whether shear stress induces platelet activation and consequently alters hemorheological characteristics. Therefore, we investigated the effect of shear-induced platelet activation on red blood cell (RBC) aggregation. The hypothesis of the present research is as follows: Platelets activated by high shear stress secrete substances, which can affect hemorheological characteristics to promote RBC aggregation...
February 17, 2017: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211736/short-time-behavior-and-criticality-of-driven-lattice-gases
#19
Urna Basu, Valerio Volpati, Sergio Caracciolo, Andrea Gambassi
The nonequilibrium short-time critical behaviors of driven and undriven lattice gases are investigated via Monte Carlo simulations in two spatial dimensions starting from a fully disordered initial configuration. In particular, we study the time evolution of suitably defined order parameters, which account for the strong anisotropy introduced by the homogeneous drive. We demonstrate that, at short times, the dynamics of all these models is unexpectedly described by an effective continuum theory in which transverse fluctuations, i...
February 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211694/topochemical-approach-for-transition-metal-exchange-assisted-by-copper-extrusion-from-cu2febo5-to-fe3bo5
#20
Christine Martin, Antoine Maignan, Anne Guesdon, Fabien Lainé, Oleg I Lebedev
All fields of today's technology are concerned with multifunctional materials, the subject of constantly expanding research. Among them, metal transition oxides occupy a strategic place because of the properties directly correlated with metal valence linked with oxygen stoichiometry. To enhance or induce new properties, knowledge of the relationships between the structural and physical characteristics is of prime importance, but a design at low scale also appears to be a powerful tool to increase the chemical reactivity and stabilize new compounds...
February 17, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
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