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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453864/-lpcat1-controls-phosphate-homeostasis-in-a-zinc-dependent-manner
#1
Mushtak Kisko, Nadia Bouain, Alaeddine Safi, Anna Medici, Robert C Akkers, David Secco, Gilles Fouret, Gabriel Krouk, Mark Gm Aarts, Wolfgang Busch, Hatem Rouached
All living organisms require a variety of essential elements for their basic biological functions. While the homeostasis of nutrients is highly intertwined, the molecular and genetic mechanisms of these dependencies remains poorly understood. Here, we report a discovery of a molecular pathway that control phosphate (Pi) accumulation plants in Zn deficiency. Using genome-wide association studies we first identified allelic variation of the Lyso-PhosphatidylCholine (PC) AcylTransferase 1 ( LPCAT1 ) gene as the key determinant of shoot Pi accumulation under Zn deficiency...
February 17, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453274/select-and-resequence-reveals-relative-fitness-of-bacteria-in-symbiotic-and-free-living-environments
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Liana T Burghardt, Brendan Epstein, Joseph Guhlin, Matt S Nelson, Margaret R Taylor, Nevin D Young, Michael J Sadowsky, Peter Tiffin
Assays to accurately estimate relative fitness of bacteria growing in multistrain communities can advance our understanding of how selection shapes diversity within a lineage. Here, we present a variant of the "evolve and resequence" approach both to estimate relative fitness and to identify genetic variants responsible for fitness variation of symbiotic bacteria in free-living and host environments. We demonstrate the utility of this approach by characterizing selection by two plant hosts and in two free-living environments (sterilized soil and liquid media) acting on synthetic communities of the facultatively symbiotic bacterium Ensifer meliloti We find ( i ) selection that hosts exert on rhizobial communities depends on competition among strains, ( ii ) selection is stronger inside hosts than in either free-living environment, and ( iii ) a positive host-dependent relationship between relative strain fitness in multistrain communities and host benefits provided by strains in single-strain experiments...
February 16, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453005/post-mortem-quetiapine-concentrations-in-hair-segments-of-psychiatric-patients-correlation-between-hair-concentration-dose-and-concentration-in-blood
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Kamilla Nyborg Günther, Sys Stybe Johansen, Marie Katrine Klose Nielsen, Petra Wicktor, Jytte Banner, Kristian Linnet
Drug analysis in hair is useful when seeking to establish drug intake over a period of months to years. Segmental hair analysis can also document whether psychiatric patients are receiving a stable intake of antipsychotics. This study describes segmental analysis of the antipsychotic drug quetiapine in post-mortem hair samples from long-term quetiapine users by ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS/MS) analysis. The aim was to obtain more knowledge on quetiapine concentrations in hair and to relate the concentration in hair to the administered dose and the post-mortem concentration in femoral blood...
February 3, 2018: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452882/synthesis-characterisation-and-dna-intercalation-studies-of-regioisomers-of-ruthenium-ii-polypyridyl-complexes
#4
Laura Perdisatt, Samar Moqadasi, Luke O'Neill, Gary Hessman, Alessandra Ghion, Muhammad Qasim Mushtaq Warraich, Alan Casey, Christine O'Connor
Regioisomers of the functional group of the main ligand (L) on a series of [Ru(phen) 2 L] 2+ and [Ru(bpy) 2 L] 2+ complexes, where phen is 1,10 phenanthroline and bpy is 2,2'-bipyridine, were synthesised to investigate the interaction with deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) as potential therapeutics. UV-Vis binding titrations, thermal denaturation and circular dichroism were used to evaluate their interaction with DNA. The conclusions indicated the significance of the auxiliary ligand; especially 1,10-phenanthroline has on the binding constants (K b )...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452359/convergent-amino-acid-signatures-in-polyphyletic-campylobacter-jejuni-sub-populations-suggest-human-niche-tropism
#5
Guillaume Méric, Alan McNally, Alberto Pessia, Evangelos Mourkas, Ben Pascoe, Leonardos Mageiros, Minna Vehkala, Jukka Corander, Samuel K Sheppard
Human infection with the gastrointestinal pathogen C. jejuni is dependent upon the opportunity for zoonotic transmission and the ability of strains to colonize the human host. Certain lineages of this diverse organism are more common in human infection but the factors underlying this overrepresentation are not fully understood. We analysed 601 isolate genomes from agricultural animals and human clinical cases, including isolates from the multi-host (ecological generalist) ST-21 and ST-45 clonal complexes (CCs)...
February 14, 2018: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449864/seasonal-variation-in-circulating-group-2-innate-lymphoid-cells-in-mugwort-allergic-asthmatics-during-and-outside-pollen-season
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Qing Miao, Yan Wang, Yong-Ge Liu, Yi-Xin Ren, Hui Guan, Zhen Li, Wei Xu, Li Xiang
Background: Group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) are a newly identified cell population with the potent capability to produce Th2-type cytokines in a non-antigen specific manner. Previous study demonstrated that enhanced circulating ILC2s in cat-allergic patient after experimental allergen challenge, whereas the effects of natural allergen exposure on peripheral ILC2s are still unclear. We therefore examined the variations in circulating ILC2s among asthmatic patients sensitized to different allergens in- and outside- pollen season...
2018: Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29449087/two-dimensional-correlation-spectroscopic-studies-on-coordination-between-organic-ligands-and-ni-2-ions
#7
Ya-Nan Bao, Yi-Wei Zeng, Ran Guo, Mesude Ablikim, Hai-Fang Shi, Li-Min Yang, Zhan-Lan Yang, Yi-Zhuang Xu, Isao Noda, Jin-Guang Wu
3 A 2g → 3 T 1g (P) transition band of Ni 2+ is used to probe the coordination of Ni 2+ . Two-dimensional asynchronous spectra (2DCOS) are generated using the Double Asynchronous Orthogonal Sample Design (DAOSD), Asynchronous Spectrum with Auxiliary Peaks (ASAP) and Two-Trace Two-Dimensional (2T2D) approaches. Cross peaks relevant to the 3 A 2g → 3 T 1g (P) transition band of Ni 2+ are utilized to probe coordination between Ni 2+ and various ligands. We studied the spectral behavior of the 3 A 2g → 3 T 1g (P) transition band when Ni 2+ is coordinated with ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid disodium salt (EDTA)...
December 7, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448818/managing-in-hospital-quality-improvement-an-importance-performance-analysis-to-set-priorities-for-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-care
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Daan Aeyels, Deborah Seys, Peter R Sinnaeve, Marc J Claeys, Sofie Gevaert, Danny Schoors, Walter Sermeus, Massimiliano Panella, Luk Bruyneel, Kris Vanhaecht
BACKGROUND: A focus on specific priorities increases the success rate of quality improvement efforts for broad and complex-care processes. Importance-performance analysis presents a possible approach to set priorities around which to design and implement effective quality improvement initiatives. Persistent variation in hospital performance makes ST-elevation myocardial infarction care relevant to consider for importance-performance analysis. AIMS: The purpose of this study was to identify quality improvement priorities in ST-elevation myocardial infarction care...
February 1, 2018: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448368/disentangling-the-role-of-athermal-walls-on-the-knudsen-paradox-in-molecular-and-granular-gases
#9
Ronak Gupta, Meheboob Alam
The nature of particle-wall interactions is shown to have a profound impact on the well-known "Knudsen paradox" [or the "Knudsen minimum" effect, which refers to the decrease of the mass-flow rate of a gas with increasing Knudsen number Kn, reaching a minimum at Kn∼O(1) and increasing logarithmically with Kn as Kn→∞] in the acceleration-driven Poiseuille flow of rarefied gases. The nonmonotonic variation of the flow rate with Kn occurs even in a granular or dissipative gas in contact with thermal walls...
January 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448130/optimized-slice-selective-1-h-nmr-experiments-combined-with-highly-accurate-quantitative-13-c-nmr-using-an-internal-reference-method
#10
Tangi Jézéquel, Virginie Silvestre, Katy Dinis, Patrick Giraudeau, Serge Akoka
Isotope ratio monitoring by 13 C NMR spectrometry (irm- 13 C NMR) provides the complete 13 C intramolecular position-specific composition at natural abundance. It represents a powerful tool to track the (bio)chemical pathway which has led to the synthesis of targeted molecules, since it allows Position-specific Isotope Analysis (PSIA). Due to the very small composition range (which represents the range of variation of the isotopic composition of a given nuclei) of 13 C natural abundance values (50‰), irm- 13 C NMR requires a 1‰ accuracy and thus highly quantitative analysis by 13 C NMR...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448025/remote-sensing-of-the-urban-heat-island-effect-in-a-highly-populated-urban-agglomeration-area-in-east-china
#11
Decheng Zhou, Stefania Bonafoni, Liangxia Zhang, Ranghui Wang
Increasingly urban agglomeration, representing a group of cities with a compact spatial organization and close economic links, can rise surface temperature in a continuous area due to decreasing distance between cities. Significant progress has been made in elucidating surface urban heat island intensity (SUHII) of a single city or a few big cities, but the SUHII's patterns remain poorly understood in urban agglomeration regions. Using Aqua/Terra MODIS data over 2010-2015, we examined the SUHII variations and their drivers in Yangtze River Delta Urban Agglomeration (YRDUA) of east China...
February 12, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29448019/recovery-of-black-necked-swans-macrophytes-and-water-quality-in-a-ramsar-wetland-of-southern-chile-assessing-resilience-following-sudden-anthropogenic-disturbances
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Eduardo Jaramillo, Nelson A Lagos, Fabio A Labra, Enrique Paredes, Emilio Acuña, Daniel Melnick, Mario Manzano, Carlos Velásquez, Cristian Duarte
In 2004 migration and mortality for unknown reasons of the herbivorous Black necked swan (Cygnus melancorhyphus (Molina, 1782)) occurred within the Río Cruces wetland (southern Chile), a Ramsar Site and nature sanctuary. Before 2004, this wetland hosted the largest breeding population of this water bird in the Neotropic Realm. The concurrent decrease in the spatial occurrence of the aquatic plant Egeria densa Planch. 1849 - the main food source of swans - was proposed as a cause for swan migration and mortality...
February 12, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447959/effects-of-maturation-and-advanced-glycation-on-tensile-mechanics-of-collagen-fibrils-from-rat-tail-and-achilles-tendons
#13
Rene B Svensson, Stuart T Smith, Patrick J Moyer, S Peter Magnusson
Connective tissues are ubiquitous throughout the body and consequently affect the function of many organs. In load bearing connective tissues like tendon, the mechanical functionality is provided almost exclusively by collagen fibrils that in turn are stabilized by covalent cross-links. Functionally distinct tendons display different cross-link patterns, which also change with maturation, but these differences have not been studied in detail at the fibril level. In the present study, a custom built nanomechanical test platform was designed and fabricated to measure tensile mechanics of individual fibrils from rat tendons...
February 12, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447760/climatic-controls-on-later-stone-age-human-adaptation-in-africa-s-southern-cape
#14
Brian M Chase, J Tyler Faith, Alex Mackay, Manuel Chevalier, Andrew S Carr, Arnoud Boom, Sophak Lim, Paula J Reimer
Africa's southern Cape is a key region for the evolution of our species, with early symbolic systems, marine faunal exploitation, and episodic production of microlithic stone tools taken as evidence for the appearance of distinctively complex human behavior. However, the temporally discontinuous nature of this evidence precludes ready assumptions of intrinsic adaptive benefit, and has encouraged diverse explanations for the occurrence of these behaviors, in terms of regional demographic, social and ecological conditions...
January 2018: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29447663/prenatal-diagnosis-by-chromosomal-microarray-analysis
#15
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Brynn Levy, Ronald Wapner
Chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA) is performed either by array comparative genomic hybridization or by using a single nucleotide polymorphism array. In the prenatal setting, CMA is on par with traditional karyotyping for detection of major chromosomal imbalances such as aneuploidy and unbalanced rearrangements. CMA offers additional diagnostic benefits by revealing sub-microscopic imbalances or copy number variations that are too small to be seen on a standard G-banded chromosome preparation. These submicroscopic imbalances are also referred to as microdeletions and microduplications, particularly when they include specific genomic regions that are associated with clinical sequelae...
February 2018: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446712/measures-of-sympathetic-and-parasympathetic-autonomic-outflow-from-heartbeat-dynamics
#16
Gaetano Valenza, Luca Citi, J Phillip Saul, Riccardo Barbieri
Reliable and effective non-invasive measures of sympathetic and parasympathetic peripheral outflow are of crucial importance in cardiovascular physiology. Although many techniques have been proposed to take up this long-lasting challenge, none has proposed a satisfying discrimination of the dynamics of the two separate branches. Spectral analysis of heart rate variability is the most currently used technique for such assessment. Despite its widespread use, it has been demonstrated that the subdivision in the low frequency (LF) and high frequency (HF) bands does not fully reflect separate influences of the sympathetic and parasympathetic branches, respectively, mainly due to their simultaneous action in the LF...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446560/less-of-a-bird-s-song-than-a-hard-rock-ensemble
#17
Robert Hosfield, James Cole, John McNabb
Corbey et al. (2016) propose that the Acheulean handaxe was, at least in part, under genetic control. An alternative perspective is offered here, focusing on the nature of the Acheulean handaxe and the archaeological record, and re-emphasizing their status as cultural artefacts. This is based on four main arguments challenging the proposals of Corbey et al. Firstly, handaxes do not have to track environmental variation to be a cultural artefact, given their role as a hand-held butchery knife or multi-purpose tool...
January 2018: Evolutionary Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29446094/experimental-evidence-that-density-mediates-negative-frequency-dependent-selection-on-aggression
#18
R J Kilgour, A G McAdam, G S Betini, D R Norris
1.Aggression can be beneficial in competitive environments if aggressive individuals are more likely to access resources than non-aggressive individuals. However, variation in aggressive behaviour persists within populations, suggesting that high levels of aggression might not always be favoured. 2.The goal of this study was to experimentally assess the effects of population density and phenotypic frequency on selection on aggression in a competitive environment. 3.We compared survival of two strains of Drosophila melanogaster that differ in aggression across three density treatments and five frequency treatments (single strain groups, equal numbers of each strain, and strains mixed at 3:1 and 1:3 ratios) during a period of limited resources...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445888/addressing-molecular-diagnosis-of-occupational-allergies
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REVIEW
Monika Raulf, Santiago Quirce, Olivier Vandenplas
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Numerous clinically relevant allergenic molecules enhance the performance of specific (s) IgE tests and improve the specificity of allergy diagnosis. This review aimed to summarize our current knowledge of the high-molecular-weight allergens involved in the development of occupational asthma and rhinitis and to critically analyze the contribution of component-resolved diagnosis in the management of these conditions. RECENT FINDINGS: There is a lack of standardization and validation for most available extracts of occupational agents, and assessment of sIgE reactivity to occupational allergen components has been poorly investigated, with the notable exception of natural rubber latex (NRL) and wheat flour...
February 14, 2018: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29445820/a-drastic-influence-of-the-anion-nature-and-concentration-on-high-pressure-intrusion-extrusion-of-electrolyte-solutions-in-silicalite-1
#20
A Ryzhikov, H Nouali, T J Daou, J Patarin
High pressure intrusion-extrusion of concentrated solutions of sodium salts in a pure-silica MFI-type zeolite (Silicalite-1) was studied for potential applications in mechanical energy absorption and storage. It was discovered that the anion nature has a drastic influence on the behavior and the energetic performances of "Silicalite-1 - concentrated Na + X - solution" systems, where X = Cl - , Br - , I - , NO 2 - , NO 3 - , ClO 4 - and CrO 4 2- . In the case of NaNO 2 , NaClO 4 , Na 2 CrO 4 , and NaI a combination of bumper and shock-absorber behaviors with a partial irreversible solution intrusion was observed, whereas a fully reversible spring behavior is demonstrated for the intrusion-extrusion of NaBr, NaCl and NaNO 3 solutions...
February 15, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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