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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352731/induced-cumulus-expansion-of-poor-quality-buffalo-cumulus-oocyte-complexes-by-interleukin-1beta-improves-their-developmental-ability
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Gaurav Kumar Chaubey, Sandeep Kumar, Manish Kumar, Parul Sarwalia, Arumugam Kumaresan, Sachinandan De, Rakesh Kumar, Tirtha Kumar Datta
The present study was conceived with the aim of modulating the cumulus expansion characteristics of poor quality (BCB-) buffalo oocyte complexes (COCs) in order to improve their fertilization outcomes. BCB- COCs were subjected to in vitro maturation (IVM) in presence of Interleukin - 1 beta (IL-1β) along with BCB- (control) and good quality (BCB +) COCs. Results were assessed morphologically, by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and by expression analysis of cumulus expansion related genes. Also, numbers of zona pellucida bound spermatozoa were counted and development rates of oocytes were monitored under different groups...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352501/predictors-of-beef-calf-temperament-at-weaning-and-its-impact-on-temperament-at-breeding-and-reproductive-performance
#2
V R Kasimanickam, R L Abdel Aziz, H M Williams, R K Kasimanickam
Two experiments were conducted to determine (i) factors influencing calf temperament at weaning, (ii) association between heifer-calf temperament at weaning and temperament at breeding and (iii) effect of heifer-calf temperament on pregnancy rate per artificial insemination (P/AI). In experiment 1, beef cows and their calves (n = 285) from three farms were used. Sire docility estimated progeny difference (EPD) score, birth type (normal or assisted), calf gender, calf behaviour (during 1st 4 weeks) and calf health status (until weaning) were recorded...
January 19, 2018: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352463/temperature-dependency-of-intraguild-predation-between-native-and-invasive-crabs
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Tanya L Rogers, Tarik C Gouhier, David L Kimbro
Environmental factors such as temperature can affect the geographical distribution of species directly by exceeding physiological tolerances, or indirectly by altering physiological rates that dictate the sign and strength of species interactions. Although the direct effects of environmental conditions are relatively well studied, the effects of environmentally-mediated species interactions have garnered less attention. In this study, we examined the temperature-dependency of size-structured intraguild predation (IGP) between native blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus, the IG predator) and invasive green crabs (Carcinus maenas, the IG prey) to evaluate how the effect of temperature on competitive and predatory rates may influence the latitudinal distribution of these species...
January 20, 2018: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352429/deciphering-the-environmental-impacts-on-rice-quality-for-different-rice-cultivated-areas
#4
Xiukun Li, Lian Wu, Xin Geng, Xiuhong Xia, Xuhong Wang, Zhengjin Xu, Quan Xu
BACKGROUND: Rice (Oryza sativa L.) is cultivated in a wide range of climatic conditions, and is one of mankind's major staple foods. The interaction of environmental factors with genotype effects major agronomic traits such as yield, quality, and resistance in rice. However, studies on the environmental factors affecting agronomic traits are often difficult to conduct because most environmental factors are dynamic and constantly changing. RESULTS: A series of recombinant inbred lines (RILs) derived from an indica/japonica cross were planted into four typical rice cultivated areas arranging from latitude N22° to N42°...
January 19, 2018: Rice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352416/point-of-care-ultrasound-in-pediatric-anesthesiology-and-critical-care-medicine
#5
REVIEW
Erik Su, Nicholas Dalesio, Aliaksei Pustavoitau
Ultrasound has increasingly become a clinical asset in the hands of the anesthesiologist and intensivist who cares for children. Though many applications for ultrasound parallel adult modalities, children as always are not simply small adults and benefit from the application of ultrasound to their management in various ways. Body composition and size are important factors that affect ultrasound performance in the child, as are the pathologies that may uniquely afflict children and aspects of procedures unique to this patient population...
January 19, 2018: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352412/management-regime-is-the-most-important-factor-influencing-ectomycorrhizal-species-community-in-norway-spruce-forests-after-windthrow
#6
Martina Vašutová, Magda Edwards-Jonášová, Petra Veselá, Lenka Effenberková, Peter Fleischer, Pavel Cudlín
Ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi, as symbionts of many tree species in temperate forests, are thought to play an important role in forest regeneration processes after large disturbances. Their reaction to different disturbance and management regimes was studied in spruce forests (Lariceto-Piceetum) 10 years after a severe windthrow in the Tatra National Park (Slovak Republic). ECM community structure was compared between different "management types″-cleared area (EXT), area affected by wildfire (FIRE), uncleared area left for natural development (NEX), and mature forest as a control (REF)...
January 19, 2018: Mycorrhiza
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352409/recent-perspectives-on-the-molecular-basis-of-biofilm-formation-by-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-and-approaches-for-treatment-and-biofilm-dispersal
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REVIEW
Sinosh Skariyachan, Vaishnavi Sneha Sridhar, Swathi Packirisamy, Supreetha Toplar Kumargowda, Sneha Basavaraj Challapilli
Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a Gram-negative, rod-shaped bacterium causes widespread diseases in humans. This bacterium is frequently related to nosocomial infections such as pneumonia, urinary tract infections (UTIs) and bacteriaemia especially in immunocompromised patients. The current review focuses on the recent perspectives on biofilms formation by these bacteria. Biofilms are communities of microorganisms in which cells stick to each other and often adhere to a surface. These adherent cells are usually embedded within a self-produced matrix of extracellular polymeric substance (EPS)...
January 19, 2018: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352394/scarce-evidence-of-ozone-effect-on-recent-health-and-productivity-of-alpine-forests-a-case-study-in-trentino-n-italy
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Marco Ferretti, Giovanni Bacaro, Giorgio Brunialti, Mauro Confalonieri, Fabiana Cristofolini, Antonella Cristofori, Luisa Frati, Angelo Finco, Giacomo Gerosa, Simona Maccherini, Elena Gottardini
We investigated the significance of tropospheric ozone as a factor explaining recent tree health (in terms of defoliation) and productivity (in terms of basal area increment, BAI) in 15 ICP Forests level I and one level II plots in alpine forests in Trentino (N. Italy). Mean daily ozone summer concentrations varied between 30 and 72 parts per billion (ppb) leading to large exceedance of concentration-based critical levels set to protect forest trees. Phytoxic ozone dose (POD0) estimated at the level II plot over the period 1996-2009 was 31-61 mmol m-2 projected leaf area (PLA)...
January 20, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352391/functional-recovery-by-application-of-human-dedifferentiated-fat-cells-on-cerebral-infarction-mice-model
#9
Tomoki Kakudo, Naotaka Kishimoto, Tomohiro Matsuyama, Yoshihiro Momota
Elderly people whose daily activities have declined due to a cerebrovascular disorder may suffer from dysphagia and may find oral hygiene difficult. Therefore, it is important to establish an effective therapy for the underlying cerebrovascular disorder. Dedifferentiated fat cells (DFAT) were obtained from mature adipocytes isolated from human buccal adipose pads in a ceiling culture. DFAT expressed the neural markers Nestin and SOX2. Flow cytometric analysis revealed that the cells had properties similar to mesenchymal stem cells...
January 19, 2018: Cytotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352299/bunyavirus-requirement-for-endosomal-k-reveals-new-roles-of-cellular-ion-channels-during-infection
#10
Samantha Hover, Becky Foster, Juan Fontana, Alain Kohl, Steve A N Goldstein, John N Barr, Jamel Mankouri
In order to multiply and cause disease a virus must transport its genome from outside the cell into the cytosol, most commonly achieved through the endocytic network. Endosomes transport virus particles to specific cellular destinations and viruses exploit the changing environment of maturing endocytic vesicles as triggers to mediate genome release. Previously we demonstrated that several bunyaviruses, which comprise the largest family of negative sense RNA viruses, require the activity of cellular potassium (K+) channels to cause productive infection...
January 19, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352272/nuclear-p53-mediated-repression-of-autophagy-involves-pink1-transcriptional-down-regulation
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Thomas Goiran, Eric Duplan, Lila Rouland, Wejdane El Manaa, Inger Lauritzen, Julie Dunys, Han You, Frédéric Checler, Cristine Alves da Costa
p53 is a transcription factor that is implicated in the control of both apoptotic and autophagic cell death. This tumor suppressor elicits both pro-autophagic and anti-autophagic phenotypes depending of its intracellular localization. The ability of p53 to repress autophagy has been exclusively associated to its cytoplasmic localization. Here, we show that transcriptional activity of p53 also contributes to autophagy down-regulation. Thus, nuclear p53 controls PINK1, a key protein involved in the control of mitophagy, by repressing its promoter activity, protein and mRNA levels, ex-vivo and in vivo...
January 19, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352252/towards-an-experimental-classification-system-for-membrane-active-peptides
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G D Brand, M H S Ramada, T C Genaro-Mattos, C Bloch
Mature proteins can act as potential sources of encrypted bioactive peptides that, once released from their parent proteins, might interact with diverse biomolecular targets. In recent work we introduced a systematic methodology to uncover encrypted intragenic antimicrobial peptides (IAPs) within large protein sequence libraries. Given that such peptides may interact with membranes in different ways, resulting in distinct observable outcomes, it is desirable to develop a predictive methodology to categorize membrane active peptides and establish a link to their physicochemical properties...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352247/high-content-analysis-identifies-unique-morphological-features-of-reprogrammed-cardiomyocytes
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Matthew D Sutcliffe, Philip M Tan, Antonio Fernandez-Perez, Young-Jae Nam, Nikhil V Munshi, Jeffrey J Saucerman
Direct reprogramming of fibroblasts into cardiomyocytes is a promising approach for cardiac regeneration but still faces challenges in efficiently generating mature cardiomyocytes. Systematic optimization of reprogramming protocols requires scalable, objective methods to assess cellular phenotype beyond what is captured by transcriptional signatures alone. To address this question, we automatically segmented reprogrammed cardiomyocytes from immunofluorescence images and analyzed cell morphology. We also introduce a method to quantify sarcomere structure using Haralick texture features, called SarcOmere Texture Analysis (SOTA)...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352143/ribosomal-protein-us7-rps5-serine-223-in-protein-kinase-mediated-phosphorylation-and-ribosomal-small-subunit-maturation
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Makoto Tomioka, Mitsugu Shimobayashi, Makoto Kitabatake, Mutsuhito Ohno, Yasunori Kozutsumi, Shogo Oka, Hiromu Takematsu
Cellular translation should be precisely controlled in response to extracellular cues. However, knowledge is limited concerning signal transduction-regulated translation. In the present study, phosphorylation was identified in the 40S small subunit ribosomal protein uS7 (Yjr123w/previously called as Rps5) by Ypk1 and Pkc1, AGC family protein kinases in yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Serine residue 223 (Ser223) of uS7 in the conserved C-terminal region was crucial for this phosphorylation event. S223A mutant uS7 caused severe reduction of small ribosomal subunit production, likely due to compromised interaction with Rio2, resulting in both reduced translation and reduced cellular proliferation...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352131/early-impoverished-environment-delays-the-maturation-of-cerebral-cortex
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Roberta Narducci, Laura Baroncelli, Gabriele Sansevero, Tatjana Begenisic, Concetta Prontera, Alessandro Sale, Maria Cristina Cenni, Nicoletta Berardi, Lamberto Maffei
The influence of exposure to impoverished environments on brain development is unexplored since most studies investigated how environmental impoverishment affects adult brain. To shed light on the impact of early impoverishment on developmental trajectories of the nervous system, we developed a protocol of environmental impoverishment in which dams and pups lived from birth in a condition of reduced sensory-motor stimulation. Focusing on visual system, we measured two indexes of functional development, that is visual acuity, assessed by using Visual Evoked Potentials (VEPs), and VEP latency...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352112/direct-cell-cell-contact-between-mature-osteoblasts-and-osteoclasts-dynamically-controls-their-functions-in-vivo
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Masayuki Furuya, Junichi Kikuta, Sayumi Fujimori, Shigeto Seno, Hiroki Maeda, Mai Shirazaki, Maki Uenaka, Hiroki Mizuno, Yoriko Iwamoto, Akito Morimoto, Kunihiko Hashimoto, Takeshi Ito, Yukihiro Isogai, Masafumi Kashii, Takashi Kaito, Shinsuke Ohba, Ung-Il Chung, Alexander C Lichtler, Kazuya Kikuchi, Hideo Matsuda, Hideki Yoshikawa, Masaru Ishii
Bone homeostasis is regulated by communication between bone-forming mature osteoblasts (mOBs) and bone-resorptive mature osteoclasts (mOCs). However, the spatial-temporal relationship and mode of interaction in vivo remain elusive. Here we show, by using an intravital imaging technique, that mOB and mOC functions are regulated via direct cell-cell contact between these cell types. The mOBs and mOCs mainly occupy discrete territories in the steady state, although direct cell-cell contact is detected in spatiotemporally limited areas...
January 19, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352086/temporal-and-spatial-distribution-of-the-acetic-acid-bacteria-communities-throughout-the-wooden-casks-used-for-the-fermentation-and-maturation-of-lambic-beer-underlines-their-functional-role
#17
J De Roos, M Verce, M Aerts, P Vandamme, L De Vuyst
Few data have been published on the occurrence and functional role of acetic acid bacteria (AAB) in lambic beer production processes, mainly due to their difficult recovery and possibly unknown role. Therefore, a novel aseptic sampling method, spanning both the spatial and temporal distribution of AAB and their substrates and metabolites, was combined with a highly selective medium and matrix-assisted laser desorption time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI TOF MS) as a high-throughput dereplication method followed by comparative gene sequencing for their isolation and identification, respectively...
January 19, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351846/dual-strategies-for-argonaute2-mediated-biogenesis-of-erythroid-mirnas-underlie-conserved-requirements-for-slicing-in-mammals
#18
David Jee, Jr-Shiuan Yang, Sun-Mi Park, D'Juan T Farmer, Jiayu Wen, Timothy Chou, Arthur Chow, Michael T McManus, Michael G Kharas, Eric C Lai
While Slicer activity of Argonaute is central to RNAi, conserved roles of slicing in endogenous regulatory biology are less clear, especially in mammals. Biogenesis of erythroid Dicer-independent mir-451 involves Ago2 catalysis, but mir-451-KO mice do not phenocopy Ago2 catalytic-dead (Ago2-CD) mice, suggesting other needs for slicing. Here, we reveal mir-486 as another dominant erythroid miRNA with atypical biogenesis. While it is Dicer dependent, it requires slicing to eliminate its star strand. Thus, in Ago2-CD conditions, miR-486-5p is functionally inactive due to duplex arrest...
January 18, 2018: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351841/no-excess-baggage-new-life-starts-with-a-clean-slate
#19
Netta Shemesh, Anat Ben-Zvi
A new mechanism for clearing protein damage from maturing oocytes has been described in a recent study by Bohnert and Kenyon (2017), who demonstrated that sperm-secreted hormones activate a vascular H+-ATPase pump that acidifies lysosomes and thus restores protein homeostasis.
January 18, 2018: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351755/bone-mineral-density-at-the-hip-and-its-relation-to-fat-mass-and-lean-mass-in-adolescents-the-troms%C3%A3-study-fit-futures
#20
Anne Winther, Lone Jørgensen, Luai Awad Ahmed, Tore Christoffersen, Anne-Sofie Furberg, Guri Grimnes, Rolf Jorde, Ole Andreas Nilsen, Elaine Dennison, Nina Emaus
BACKGROUND: Positive association between body weight and bone mass is well established, and the concept of body mass index (BMI) is associated with higher areal bone mineral density (aBMD) and reduced fracture risk. BMI, that comprises both fat mass (FM) and lean mass (LM) may contribute to peak bone mass achievement in different ways. This study explored the influence of body composition in terms of total body LM and FM on hip aBMD-values in adolescence. METHODS: In 2010/2011, 93% of the region's first-year upper-secondary school students (15-17 years old) in Tromsø, Norway attended the Tromsø Study, Fit Futures...
January 19, 2018: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
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