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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732402/characteristics-of-black-carbon-in-snow-from-laohugou-no-12-glacier-on-the-northern-tibetan-plateau
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Yulan Zhang, Shichang Kang, Chaoliu Li, Tanguang Gao, Zhiyuan Cong, Michael Sprenger, Yajun Liu, Xiaofei Li, Junming Guo, Mika Sillanpää, Kun Wang, Jizu Chen, Yang Li, Shiwei Sun
Black carbon (BC) emitted from the incomplete combustion of biomass and fossil fuel impacts the climate system, cryospheric change, and human health. This study documents black carbon deposition in snow from a benchmark glacier on the northern Tibetan Plateau. Significant seasonality of BC concentrations indicates different input or post-depositional processes. BC particles deposited in snow had a mass volume median diameter slightly larger than that of black carbon particles typically found in the atmosphere...
July 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732338/toxic-organic-substances-and-marker-compounds-in-size-segregated-urban-particulate-matter-implications-for-involvement-in-the-in%C3%A2-vitro-bioactivity-of-the-extractable-organic-matter
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Athanasios Besis, Alexandra Tsolakidou, Dimitra Balla, Constantini Samara, Dimitra Voutsa, Anastasia Pantazaki, Theodora Choli-Papadopoulou, Theodore S Lialiaris
Toxic organic substances and polar organic marker compounds, i.e. polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and their nitro-derivatives (N-PAHs), as well as dicarboxylic acids (DCAs) and sugars/sugar anhydrites (S/SAs) were analyzed in size-segregated PM samples (<0.49, 0.49-0.97, 0.97-3 and >3 μm) collected at two urban sites (urban traffic and urban background) during the cold and the warm season...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732332/heavy-metal-partitioning-of-suspended-particulate-matter-water-and-sediment-water-in-the-yangtze-estuary
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Chenghong Feng, Xiaoyu Guo, Su Yin, Chenhao Tian, Yangyang Li, Zhenyao Shen
The partitioning of ten heavy metals (As, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Hg, Ni, Pb, Sb, and Zn) between the water, suspended particulate matter (SPM), and sediments in seven channel sections during three hydrologic seasons in the Yangtze Estuary was comprehensively investigated. Special attention was paid to the role of tides, influential factors (concentrations of SPM and dissolved organic carbon, and particle size), and heavy metal speciation. The SPM-water and sediment-water partition coefficients (Kp) of the heavy metals exhibited similar changes along the channel sections, though the former were larger throughout the estuary...
July 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732014/association-of-time-serial-changes-in-ambient-particulate-matters-pms-with-respiratory-emergency-cases-in-taipei-s-wenshan-district
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Jer-Hwa Chang, Shih-Chang Hsu, Kuan-Jen Bai, Shau-Ku Huang, Chin-Wang Hsu
Ambient air pollution poses a significant risk for a group of common and often debilitating respiratory diseases, but its direct impact on cause-specific respiratory diseases using emergency room visit (ERV) as an indicator remains to be fully explored. In this study, we conducted a time-series study of ambient PM2.5, NO2, SO2 and their association with ERV for asthma, COPD and pneumonia in a four-year time span. Relative risks for ERV as per log increase in the level of ambient pollutants with time lags of up to 10 days were calculated, using a generalized additive model of Poisson regression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732012/multi-approach-metabolomics-analysis-and-artificial-simplified-phytocomplexes-reveal-cultivar-dependent-synergy-between-polyphenols-and-ascorbic-acid-in-fruits-of-the-sweet-cherry-prunus-avium-l
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Mauro Commisso, Martino Bianconi, Flavia Di Carlo, Stefania Poletti, Alessandra Bulgarini, Francesca Munari, Stefano Negri, Matteo Stocchero, Stefania Ceoldo, Linda Avesani, Michael Assfalg, Gianni Zoccatelli, Flavia Guzzo
Fruits of the sweet cherry (Prunus avium L.) accumulate a range of antioxidants that can help to prevent cardiovascular disease, inflammation and cancer. We tested the in vitro antioxidant activity of 18 sweet cherry cultivars collected from 12 farms in the protected geographical indication region of Marostica (Vicenza, Italy) during two growing seasons. Multiple targeted and untargeted metabolomics approaches (NMR, LC-MS, HPLC-DAD, HPLC-UV) as well as artificial simplified phytocomplexes representing the cultivars Sandra Tardiva, Sandra and Grace Star were then used to determine whether the total antioxidant activity reflected the additive effects of each compound or resulted from synergistic interactions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731886/collegiate-student-athletes-with-history-of-adhd-or-academic-difficulties-are-more-likely-to-produce-an-invalid-protocol-on-baseline-impact-testing
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Lisa Manderino, John Gunstad
OBJECTIVE: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other academically-relevant diagnoses have been suggested as modifiers of neurocognitive testing in sport-related concussion, such as Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT). These preexisting conditions may suppress ImPACT scores to the extent that they are indistinguishable from low scores because of poor effort. The present study hypothesized that student athletes with history of ADHD or academic difficulties produce lower ImPACT composite scores and are more likely to produce invalid protocols than those without such conditions...
July 14, 2017: Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine: Official Journal of the Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731827/convergence-consilience-and-the-evolution-of-temperate-deciduous-forests
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Erika J Edwards, David S Chatelet, Bo-Chang Chen, Jin Yao Ong, Shuichiro Tagane, Hironobu Kanemitsu, Kazuki Tagawa, Kentaro Teramoto, Brian Park, Kuo-Fang Chung, Jer-Ming Hu, Tetsukazu Yahara, Michael J Donoghue
The deciduous habit of northern temperate trees and shrubs provides one of the most obvious examples of convergent evolution, but how did it evolve? Hypotheses based on the fossil record posit that deciduousness evolved first in response to drought or darkness and preadapted certain lineages as cold climates spread. An alternative is that evergreens first established in freezing environments and later evolved the deciduous habit. We monitored phenological patterns of 20 species of Viburnum spanning tropical, lucidophyllous (subtropical montane and warm temperate), and cool temperate Asian forests...
August 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731727/incidence-of-gastrointestinal-infections-among-u-s-active-component-service-members-stationed-in-the-u-s-compared-to-u-s-civilians-2012-2014
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Sarah E Hill, Daniela E Poss, Stic Harris
Gastrointestinal (GI) infections in the U.S. Armed Forces have consistently been among the most frequent disease and non-battle injury diagnoses. A retrospective analysis of surveillance data categorized as GI infections among active component service members during 2012-2014 was performed. During the study period, 99% of inpatient and outpatient GI encounters were reported as nonspecific GI infection (13,331 cases per 100,000 people), leaving only a small percentage of cases attributed to specific causes. The five most common organisms associated with GI infections were Campylobacter (10...
July 2017: MSMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731479/marine-archaeal-dynamics-and-interactions-with-the-microbial-community-over-5-years-from-surface-to-seafloor
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Alma E Parada, Jed A Fuhrman
Marine archaea are critical contributors to global carbon and nitrogen redox cycles, but their temporal variability and microbial associations across the water column are poorly known. We evaluated seasonal variability of free living (0.2-1 μm size fraction) Thaumarchaea Marine Group I (MGI) and Euryarchaea Marine Group II (MGII) communities and their associations with the microbial community from surface to seafloor (890 m) over 5 years by 16S rRNA V4-V5 gene sequencing. MGI and MGII communities demonstrated distinct compositions at different depths, and seasonality at all depths...
July 21, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731219/daylight-effect-on-melatonin-secretion-in-adult-female-guanacos-lama-guanicoe
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J L Riveros, L M Correa, G Schuler
The wild South American camelids developed a strategy of seasonal reproduction during spring and summer with singleton birth. The photoperiod is one of the factors that may modulate this seasonality where light would be translated into a hormonal signal. This study evaluated the influence of changes in daily light intensity on melatonin concentration in captive guanacos under a long-day photoperiod (16 hr light/8 hr dark; 33 '28'S). Mean melatonin concentration was 28.3 ± 20.3 pg/ml, with a maximum of 52...
July 21, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731216/indigenous-food-ingredients-for-complementary-food-formulations-to-combat-infant-malnutrition-in-benin-a-review
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Flora J Chadare, Yann E Madode, Nadia Fanou-Fogny, Janvier M Kindossi, Juvencio O Ayosso, Hermann S Honfo, Polycarpe Kayode, Anita R Linnemann, Joseph D Hounhouigan
This paper reviews indigenous Beninese food resources as potential ingredients for complementary infant foods with the aim to develop affordable formulations for low-income households in each agro-ecological zone of the country. Potential ingredients were selected on their documented nutritional value. The selected foods encompass 347 food resources, namely 297 plant products from home gardens or collected from natural vegetation and 50 animals, either domesticated or from the wild. The compiled data reveal that the distribution of the available food resources was unbalanced between agro-ecological zones...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730814/persistent-urban-influence-on-surface-water-quality-via-impacted-groundwater
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Rachel S Gabor, Steven J Hall, David Eiriksson, Yusuf Jameel, Mallory Millington, Trinity Stout, Michelle L Barnes, Andrew Gelderloos, Hyrum Tennant, Gabriel J Bowen, Bethany T Neilson, Paul D Brooks
Growing urban environments stress hydrologic systems and impact downstream water quality. We examined a third-order catchment that transitions from an undisturbed mountain environment into urban Salt Lake City, Utah. We performed synoptic surveys during a range of seasonal baseflow conditions and utilized multiple lines of evidence to identify mechanisms by which urbanization impacts water quality. Surface water chemistry did not change appreciably until several kilometers into the urban environment, where concentrations of solutes such as chloride and nitrate increase quickly in a gaining reach...
July 21, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730379/vaccine-effectiveness-against-influenza-in-2015-16-in-hospital-and-ambulatory-medical-care-facilities-polish-results-of-the-european-i-move-multicenter-study
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Iwona Paradowska-Stankiewicz, Monika R Korczyńska, Katarzyna Cieślak, Dorota Kowalczyk, Karol Szymański, Lidia B Brydak
Influenza vaccination is the best measure available to prevent seasonal influenza infection. The majority of studies on vaccine effectiveness in the 2015/16 season conducted in the European I-MOVE+ Project, show that a match between the circulating influenza strains in the general public and those included in the vaccine for the Northern Hemisphere was low to moderate. As part of I-MOVE+, Poland has implemented a case control negative study design and molecular biology methods, such as real time RT-PCR, to assess the vaccine match and effectiveness...
July 21, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730358/hydrogeochemical-characterization-and-groundwater-quality-assessment-in-intruded-coastal-brine-aquifers-laizhou-bay-china
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Xiaoying Zhang, Jinjie Miao, Bill X Hu, Hongwei Liu, Hanxiong Zhang, Zhen Ma
The aquifer in the coastal area of the Laizhou Bay is affected by salinization processes related to intense groundwater exploitation for brine resource and for agriculture irrigation during the last three decades. As a result, the dynamic balances among freshwater, brine, and seawater have been disturbed and the quality of groundwater has deteriorated. To fully understand the groundwater chemical distribution and evolution in the regional aquifers, hydrogeochemical and isotopic studies have been conducted based on the water samples from 102 observation wells...
July 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730356/seasonal-variation-of-chemical-composition-and-source-apportionment-of-pm2-5-in-pune-india
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Ranjeeta D Gawhane, Pasumarthi Surya Prakasa Rao, Krishnakant B Budhavant, Vinayak Waghmare, Dhananjay C Meshram, Pramod D Safai
Particulate matter with size less than or equal to 2.5 μm (PM2.5) samples were collected from an urban site Pune, India, during April 2015 to April 2016. The samples were analyzed for various chemical constituents, including water soluble inorganic ions, organic carbon (OC), and elemental carbon (EC). The yearly mean total mass concentration of PM2.5 at Pune was 37.3 μg/m(3), which is almost four times higher than the annual WHO standard (10 μg/m(3)), and almost equal to that recommended by the Central Pollution Control Board, India (40 μg/m(3))...
July 20, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730344/bearing-fruit-flower-removal-reveals-the-trade-offs-associated-with-high-reproductive-effort-for-lowbush-blueberry
#16
Alex W Bajcz, Francis A Drummond
Past studies have shown that taxa from disparate groups often respond similarly to reduced reproductive effort. These common responses imply that high reproductive effort trades off with a consistent set of other life functions for most angiosperms, albeit modulated by their growth form and life history. However, many questions remain about reproductive trade-offs in plants, including just how many other life functions they involve, how diverse these functions may be, and how the severity of these trade-offs may vary through time...
July 20, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730155/surveillance-study-of-influenza-occurrence-and-immunity-in-a-wisconsin-cohort-during-the-2009-pandemic
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Chia-Yun Lo, Susan L Strobl, Kimberly Dunham, Wei Wang, Lucy Stewart, Julia A Misplon, Mayra Garcia, Jin Gao, Tatsuhiko Ozawa, Graeme E Price, Jose Navidad, Steve Gradus, Sanjib Bhattacharyya, Cecile Viboud, Maryna C Eichelberger, Carol D Weiss, Jack Gorski, Suzanne L Epstein
BACKGROUND: Antibody and T-cell immunity to conserved influenza virus antigens can protect animals against infection with diverse influenza strains. Although immunity against conserved antigens occurs in humans, whether such responses provide cross-protection in humans and could be harnessed as the basis for universal influenza vaccines is controversial. The 2009 pandemic provided an opportunity to investigate whether pre-existing cross-reactive immunity affected susceptibility to infection...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730143/long-term-temporal-trends-of-nosema-spp-infection-prevalence-in-northeast-germany-continuous-spread-of-nosema-ceranae-an-emerging-pathogen-of-honey-bees-apis-mellifera-but-no-general-replacement-of-nosema-apis
#18
Sebastian Gisder, Vivian Schüler, Lennart L Horchler, Detlef Groth, Elke Genersch
The Western honey bee (Apis mellifera) is widely used as commercial pollinator in worldwide agriculture and, therefore, plays an important role in global food security. Among the parasites and pathogens threatening health and survival of honey bees are two species of microsporidia, Nosema apis and Nosema ceranae. Nosema ceranae is considered an emerging pathogen of the Western honey bee. Reports on the spread of N. ceranae suggested that this presumably highly virulent species is replacing its more benign congener N...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729959/shot-gun-proteome-and-transcriptome-mapping-of-the-jujube-floral-organ-and-identification-of-a-pollen-specific-s-locus-f-box-gene
#19
Ruihong Chen, Guoliang Chen, Jian Huang
The flower is a plant reproductive organ that forms part of the fruit produced as the flowering season ends. While the number and identity of proteins expressed in a jujube (Ziziphus jujuba Mill.) flower is currently unknown, integrative proteomic and transcriptomic analyses provide a systematic strategy of characterizing the floral biology of plants. We conducted a shotgun proteomic analysis on jujube flowers by using a filter-aided sample preparation tryptic digestion, followed by liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729902/high-tolerance-to-high-light-conditions-for-the-protected-species-ariocarpus-kotschoubeyanus-cactaceae
#20
Erika Arroyo-Pérez, Joel Flores, Claudia González-Salvatierra, María L Matías-Palafox, Cecilia Jiménez-Sierra
We determined the seasonal ecophysiological performance under perennial plants and under high solar radiation for adult individuals from the 'living rock' cactus Ariocarpus kotschoubeyanus, which occurs equally under nurse plants and in open spaces. We evaluated the effective quantum yield of photosystem II (ΦPSII) and the dissipation of thermal energy [non-photochemical quenching (NPQ)] thorough the year. The maximum apparent electron transport rate (ETRmax) and the saturating photosynthetically active photon flux density for PSII (PFDsat) were also determined from rapid light curves...
2017: Conservation Physiology
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