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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055134/geographic-patterns-and-pollination-ecotypes-in-claytonia-virginica
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Alison J Parker, Neal M Williams, James D Thomson
Geographical variation in pollinators visiting a plant can produce plant populations adapted to local pollinator environments. We documented two markedly different pollinator climates for the spring ephemeral wildflower Claytonia virginica: in more northern populations, the pollen-specialist bee Andrena erigeniae dominated, but in more southern populations, A. erigeniae visited rarely and the bee-fly Bombylius major dominated. Plants in the northern populations experience faster pollen depletion than plants in southern populations...
October 21, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054324/protective-role-of-chrysin-on-6-hydroxydopamine-induced-neurodegeneration-a-mouse-model-of-parkinson-s-disease-involvement-of-neuroinflammation-and-neurotrophins
#2
André T R Goes, Cristiano R Jesse, Michelle S Antunes, Fernando Vagner Lobo Ladd, Aliny Antunes Barbosa Lobo Ladd, Cristiane Luchese, Natalia Paroul, Silvana Peterini Boeira
Chrysin is a natural flavonoid which is found in bee propolis, honey and various plants, and neuroprotective effect of chrysin in mice was previously demonstrated by our group. Neuroinflammation, neurotrophic factors and neuronal recovery factors associated with the neuroprotective effect of this flavonoid require further investigations. Thus, now we investigated the possible involvement of inflammatory cytokines, neurotrophic factors and neuronal recovery in the effect of chrysin in 6-hydroxidopamine (6-OHDA), a well-established model of Parkinson's disease, in striatum of mice...
October 17, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054119/pollinator-independent-orchid-attracts-biotic-pollinators-due-the-production-of-lipoidal-substances
#3
E R Pansarin, P J Bergamo, M J Ferreira-Caliman
● Flowering plants often depend on the attraction of biotic pollinators for sexual reproduction. Consequently, the emergence and maintenance of selected floral attributes related to pollinator attraction and rewarding are driven by pollinators pressures. ● In this paper we explore the effect of pollinators, rainfall, and temperature and air humidity on the reproduction of a Brazilian terrestrial orchid, Cranichis candida based on data of phenology, flower resources, olfactory and visual attraction cues, pollinators and breeding system...
October 20, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053876/blood-hematological-and-biochemical-constituents-antioxidant-enzymes-immunity-and-lymphoid-organs-of-broiler-chicks-supplemented-with-propolis-bee-pollen-and-mannan-oligosaccharides-continuously-or-intermittently
#4
Y A Attia, H Al-Khalaifah, M S Ibrahim, A E Abd Al-Hamid, M A Al-Harthi, A El-Naggar
This study investigate the effect of bee pollen (BP) and/or propolis (Pro) as an alternative to Mannan oligosaccharides (Bio-MOS, a hydrolyzed yeast with natural and artificial flavors Alltech Inc) when given continuously or intermittently on antioxidant enzymes, immunity, weight and morphology of lymphoid organs of broilers. Thus, 324 unsexed one-day-old Arbor Acres broilers were randomly distributed into nine treatment groups, each replicated 6 times of 6 birds per replicate. The chicks were kept in wire cages and fed the same basal diet and were submitted to the following treatments: control without supplementation (control) or supplemented with BP at 300 mg, Pro at 300 mg, BP+Pro at 300 mg each and Bio-MOS at 0...
October 10, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053686/empirical-metagenomic-and-computational-techniques-illuminate-the-mechanisms-by-which-fungicides-compromise-bee-health
#5
Shawn A Steffan, Prarthana S Dharampal, Luis Diaz-Garcia, Cameron R Currie, Juan Zalapa, Chris Todd Hittinger
Growers often use fungicide sprays during bloom to protect crops against disease, which exposes bees to fungicide residues. Although considered "bee-safe," there is mounting evidence that fungicide residues in pollen are associated with bee declines (for both honey and bumble bee species). While the mechanisms remain relatively unknown, researchers have speculated that bee-microbe symbioses are involved. Microbes play a pivotal role in the preservation and/or processing of pollen, which serves as nutrition for larval bees...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052646/blue-is-in-the-eye-of-the-bee-holder
#6
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October 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051632/preservation-of-orange-juice-using-propolis
#7
Wenchao Yang, Zhenhong Wu, Zachary Y Huang, Xiaoqing Miao
Orange juice is one of the most popular and the most consumed fruit juices all over the world, especially in Europe and the chemical food preservatives, such as sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate and their mixtures, have long been used in orange juice sold on the market. Excessive consumption of these preservatives may be hazardous to human health. Propolis, composed of resins collected from plant buds and exudates and mixed with salivary gland secretions and beeswax by honey bee workers, has been used as a human medicine and natural food preservative...
October 2017: Journal of Food Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29050615/investigation-of-optimal-conditions-for-production-of-highly-crystalline-nanocellulose-with-increased-yield-via-novel-cr-iii-catalyzed-hydrolysis-response-surface-methodology
#8
You Wei Chen, Hwei Voon Lee, Sharifah Bee Abd Hamid
For the first time, a highly efficient Cr(NO3)3 catalysis system was proposed for optimization the yield and crystallinity of nanocellulose end product. A five-level three-factor central composite design coupled with response surface methodology was employed to elucidate parameters interactions between three design factors, namely reaction temperature (x1), reaction time (x2) and concentration of Cr(NO3)3 (x3) over a broad range of process conditions and determine the effect on crystallinity index and product yield...
December 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049960/lethal-effects-of-cr-iii-alone-and-in-combination-with-propiconazole-and-clothianidin-in-honey-bees
#9
Fabio Sgolastra, Sonia Blasioli, Teresa Renzi, Simone Tosi, Piotr Medrzycki, Roberto Molowny-Horas, Claudio Porrini, Ilaria Braschi
Several anthropogenic contaminants, including pesticides and heavy metals, can affect honey bee health. The effects of mixtures of heavy metals and pesticides are rarely studied in bees, even though bees are likely to be exposed to these contaminants in both agricultural and urban environments. In this study, the lethal toxicity of Cr alone and in combination with the neonicotinoid insecticide clothianidin and the ergosterol-biosynthesis-inhibiting fungicide propiconazole was assessed in Apis mellifera adults...
October 12, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049378/immune-modulatory-genomic-properties-differentiate-gut-microbiota-of-infants-with-and-without-eczema
#10
Seungdae Oh, Gaik Chin Yap, Pei-Ying Hong, Chiung-Hui Huang, Marion M Aw, Lynette Pei-Chi Shek, Wen-Tso Liu, Bee Wah Lee
Gut microbiota play an important role in human immunological processes, potentially affecting allergic diseases such as eczema. The diversity and structure of gut microbiota in infants with eczema have been previously documented. This study aims to evaluate by comparative metagenomics differences in genetic content in gut microbiota of infants with eczema and their matched controls. Stools were collected at the age of one month old from twelve infants from an at risk birth cohort in a case control manner. Clinical follow up for atopic outcomes were carried out at the age of 12 and 24 months...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049010/biofilm-related-diseases-and-omics-global-transcriptional-profiling-of-enterococcus-faecium-reveals-different-gene-expression-patterns-in-the-biofilm-and-planktonic-cells
#11
Shu Yong Lim, Cindy Shuan Ju Teh, Kwai Lin Thong
Enterococcus faecium is an opportunistic pathogen with a remarkable ability to acquire resistance toward multiple antibiotics, including those of last-resort drugs such as vancomycin and daptomycin. The occurrence of vancomycin-resistant E. faecium is on the rise and there is a need to understand the virulence of this organism. One of the factors that contributes to the virulence is the ability to form biofilms. Since bacteria in biofilm state are more resistant to antibiotics and host immune response, understanding the molecular mechanism of biofilm development is important to control biofilm-related diseases...
October 2017: Omics: a Journal of Integrative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048274/isolation-and-characterization-of-a-new-iflavirus-from-armigeres-spp-mosquitoes-in-the-philippines
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Daisuke Kobayashi, Haruhiko Isawa, Ryosuke Fujita, Katsunori Murota, Kentaro Itokawa, Yukiko Higa, Yukie Katayama, Toshinori Sasaki, Tetsuya Mizutani, Shiroh Iwanaga, Nobuo Ohta, Arlene Garcia-Bertuso, Kyoko Sawabe
During an entomological surveillance for arthropod-borne viruses in the Philippines, we isolated a previously unrecognized virus from female Armigeres spp. mosquitoes. Whole-genome sequencing, genetic characterization and phylogenetic analysis revealed that the isolated virus, designated Armigeres iflavirus (ArIFV), is a novel member of the iflaviruses (genus Iflavirus, family Iflaviridae) and phylogenetically related to Moku virus, Hubei odonate virus 4, slow bee paralysis virus and Graminella nigrifrons virus 1...
October 19, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045653/a-quality-improvement-project-to-reduce-hypothermia-in-preterm-infants-on-admission-to-the-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
#13
Wai Yan Yip, Bin Huey Quek, Mary Choi Wan Fong, Thilagamangai, Sally Siew Gim Ong, Bee Leong Lim, Bo Chu Lo, Pratibha Agarwal
Objective: To study effectiveness of quality improvement interventions in reducing hypothermia in preterm infants on admission to neonatal intensive care unit. Design: Quality improvement methodologies including multidisciplinary planning and implementation of evidence-based interventions. Data during and post-implementation were collected. Setting and participants: In total, 84 preterm infants with birth weights ≤ 1500 g delivered during implementation period (October 2008-April 2009) were compared with 168 historical controls and 947 infants in the subsequent 4 years...
October 17, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045387/photobiology-how-flowers-get-the-blues-to-lure-bees
#14
Dimitri D Deheyn
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045384/disorder-in-convergent-floral-nanostructures-enhances-signalling-to-bees
#15
Edwige Moyroud, Tobias Wenzel, Rox Middleton, Paula J Rudall, Hannah Banks, Alison Reed, Greg Mellers, Patrick Killoran, M Murphy Westwood, Ullrich Steiner, Silvia Vignolini, Beverley J Glover
Diverse forms of nanoscale architecture generate structural colour and perform signalling functions within and between species. Structural colour is the result of the interference of light from approximately regular periodic structures; some structural disorder is, however, inevitable in biological organisms. Is this disorder functional and subject to evolutionary selection, or is it simply an unavoidable outcome of biological developmental processes? Here we show that disordered nanostructures enable flowers to produce visual signals that are salient to bees...
October 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044873/unbiased-random-mutagenesis-contributes-to-a-better-understanding-of-the-virulent-behaviour-of-paenibacillus-larvae
#16
Tine Descamps, Lina De Smet, Paul De Vos, Dirk C de Graaf
AIMS: American foulbrood, caused by the gram-positive bacteria Paenibacillus larvae, is one of the most severe bacterial diseases of the European honey bee. The bacterium has been known for long, but only the last decade the mechanisms used by the pathogen to cause disease in its host are starting to unravel. In this study the knowledge of this virulent behavior is expanded and several possible virulence factors are suggested. METHODS AND RESULTS: Identification of possible virulence factors has been done by random mutagenesis to ensure an unbiased approach...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043489/comparative-transcriptome-analysis-of-apis-mellifera-antennae-of-workers-performing-different-tasks
#17
Hongyi Nie, Shupeng Xu, Cuiqin Xie, Haiyang Geng, Yazhou Zhao, Jianghong Li, Wei-Fone Huang, Yan Lin, Zhiguo Li, Songkun Su
Honey bee is a social insect. Its colony is mainly coordinated by the chemical signals such as pheromones produced by queen or brood. Correspondingly, the worker bee developed numerous complicated olfactory sensilla in antennae for detection of these colony chemical signals and nectar/pollen signals in foraging. With the normal development of new emerged workers, young adults (nurse bee) worked in colony at the first 2-3 weeks and then followed by the foraging activity outside of the hive, which give rise to great change of the surrounding chemical signals...
October 17, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043057/flower-resource-and-land-management-drives-hoverfly-communities-and-bee-abundance-in-seminatural-and-agricultural-grasslands
#18
Andrew Lucas, James C Bull, Natasha de Vere, Penelope J Neyland, Dan W Forman
Pollination is a key ecosystem service, and appropriate management, particularly in agricultural systems, is essential to maintain a diversity of pollinator guilds. However, management recommendations frequently focus on maintaining plant communities, with the assumption that associated invertebrate populations will be sustained. We tested whether plant community, flower resources, and soil moisture would influence hoverfly (Syrphidae) abundance and species richness in floristically-rich seminatural and floristically impoverished agricultural grassland communities in Wales (U...
October 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042861/corrigendum-natural-killer-cells-from-patients-with-recombinase-activating-gene-and-non-homologous-end-joining-gene-defects-comprise-a-higher-frequency-of-cd56-bright-nkg2a-cells-and-yet-display-increased-degranulation-and-higher-perforin-content
#19
Kerry Dobbs, Giovanna Tabellini, Enrica Calzoni, Ornella Patrizi, Paula Martinez, Silvia Clara Giliani, Daniele Moratto, Waleed Al-Herz, Caterina Cancrini, Morton Cowan, Jacob Bleesing, Claire Booth, David Buchbinder, Siobhan O Burns, Talal A Chatila, Janet Chou, Vanessa Daza-Cajigal, Lisa M Ott de Bruin, Maite Teresa de la Morena, Gigliola Di Matteo, Andrea Finocchi, Raif Geha, Rakesh K Goyal, Anthony Hayward, Steven Holland, Chiung-Hui Huang, Maria G Kanariou, Alejandra King, Blanka Kaplan, Anastasiya Kleva, Taco W Kuijpers, Bee Wah Lee, Vassilios Lougaris, Michel Massaad, Isabelle Meyts, Megan Morsheimer, Benedicte Neven, Sung-Yun Pai, Nima Parvaneh, Alessandro Plebani, Susan Prockop, Ismail Reisli, Jian Yi Soh, Raz Somech, Troy R Torgerson, Yae-Jean Kim, Jolan E Walter, Andrew R Gennery, Sevgi Keles, John P Manis, Emanuela Marcenaro, Alessandro Moretta, Silvia Parolini, Luigi D Notarangelo
[This corrects the article on p. 798 in vol. 8, PMID: 28769923.].
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042255/comparison-of-raw264-7-human-whole-blood-and-pbmc-assays-to-screen-for-immunomodulators
#20
Ingrid Elisia, Han Bee Pae, Vivian Lam, Rachel Cederberg, Elyse Hofs, Gerald Krystal
The RAW264.7 mouse macrophage cell line is used extensively to carry out in vitro screens for immunomodulators. Compounds that are effective at reducing the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines or nitric oxide (NO) from lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-stimulated RAW264.7 cells are often considered candidate anti-inflammatory agents for humans. There is, however, very little data on the reliability of this screen to identify bona fide human immunomodulators. We compared the efficacy of 37 purported immunomodulators to modulate LPS or E...
October 14, 2017: Journal of Immunological Methods
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