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Jiafa Chen, Rosemary Shrestha, Junqiang Ding, Hongjian Zheng, Chunhua Mu, Jianyu Wu, George Mahuku
Fusarium ear rot (FER) incited by Fusarium verticillioides is a major disease of maize that reduces grain quality globally. Host resistance is the most suitable strategy for managing the disease. We report the results of genome-wide association study (GWAS) to detect alleles associated with increased resistance to FER in a set of 818 tropical maize inbred lines evaluated in three environments. Association tests performed using 43,424 single-nucleotide polymorphic (SNPs) markers identified 45 SNPs and 15 haplotypes that were significantly associated with FER resistance...
October 14, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
T Kumagai, S Liu, A Shiotari, D Baugh, S Shaikhutdinov, M Wolf
Using combined low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy and Kelvin probe force microscopy we studied the local electronic structure and work function change of the (0 0 0 1)-oriented epitaxial ZnO layers on a Ag(1 1 1) substrate. Scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) revealed that the conduction band minimum monotonically downshifts as the number of the ZnO layers increases up to 4 monolayers (ML). However, it was found by field emission resonance (FER) spectroscopy that the local work function of Ag(1 1 1) slightly decreases for 2 ML thick ZnO but it dramatically changes and drops by about 1...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Maryam Ataeian, Justus Tegha-Dunghu, Donna G Curtis, Ellen M E Sykes, Ashkan Nozohourmehrabad, Megha Bajaj, Karen Cheung, Martin Srayko
In most animals, female meiosis completes only after fertilization. Sperm entry has been implicated in providing a signal for the initiation of the final meiotic processes, however, a maternal component required for this process has not been previously identified. We report the characterization of a novel family of three highly similar paralogs (memi-1, memi-2, memi-3) that encode oocyte-specific proteins. A hypermorphic mutation memi-1(sb41) results in failure to exit female meiosis II properly, however, loss of all three paralogs results in a "skipped meiosis II" phenotype...
October 11, 2016: Genetics
Hans-Jörg Mai, Stéphanie Pateyron, Petra Bauer
BACKGROUND: FIT (FER-LIKE IRON DEFICIENCY-INDUCED TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR) is the central regulator of iron uptake in Arabidopsis thaliana roots. We performed transcriptome analyses of six day-old seedlings and roots of six week-old plants using wild type, a fit knock-out mutant and a FIT over-expression line grown under iron-sufficient or iron-deficient conditions. We compared genes regulated in a FIT-dependent manner depending on the developmental stage of the plants. We assembled a high likelihood dataset which we used to perform co-expression and functional analysis of the most stably iron deficiency-induced genes...
October 3, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
Jailane de Souza Aquino, Maria Helena de Araújo Vasconcelos, Débora Catarine Nepomuceno de Pontes Pessoa, Juliana Késsia Barbosa Soares, João Paulo de Sousa Prado, Robson de Jesus Mascarenhas, Marciane Magnani, Tânia Lúcia Montenegro Stamford
The oil extracted from Mauritia flexuosa (buriti) is rich in vitamin A, tocopherols and unsaturated fatty acids. This study evaluated the retinol status, blood glucose levels, lipid profiles, food efficiency rates (FERs), food conversion rates (FCRs) and murine anthropometric parameters of Wistar rats fed cookies made with buriti oil (BOC). The content of β-carotene and monounsaturated fatty acids in the cookies was enhanced (p < 0.05) using buriti oil. Rats fed BOC showed an increase (p < 0.05) in serum and hepatic retinol levels compared to rats fed cookies made with soy oil (SOC - control)...
October 12, 2016: Food & Function
F Belva, M Bonduelle, M Roelants, D Michielsen, A Van Steirteghem, G Verheyen, H Tournaye
STUDY QUESTION: What is the semen quality of young adult men who were conceived 18-22 years ago by ICSI for male infertility? SUMMARY ANSWER: In this cohort of 54 young adult ICSI men, median sperm concentration, total sperm count and total motile sperm count were significantly lower than in spontaneously conceived peers. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: The oldest ICSI offspring cohort worldwide has recently reached adulthood. Hence, their reproductive health can now be investigated...
October 5, 2016: Human Reproduction
Di Yan, Christian Domes, Robert Domes, Timea Frosch, Jürgen Popp, Mathias W Pletz, Torsten Frosch
Fiber enhanced resonance Raman spectroscopy (FERS) is introduced for chemically selective and ultrasensitive analysis of the biomolecules hematin, hemoglobin, biliverdin, and bilirubin. The abilities for analyzing whole intact, oxygenated erythrocytes are proven, demonstrating the potential for the diagnosis of red blood cell related diseases, such as different types of anemia and hemolytic disorders. The optical fiber enables an efficient light-guiding within a miniaturized sample volume of only a few micro-liters and provides a tremendously improved analytical sensitivity (LODs of 0...
October 17, 2016: Analyst
Anthony Fers-Lidou, Olivier Berger, Jean-Luc Montchamp
The Pd-catalyzed direct alkylation of H-phosphinic acids and hypophosphorous acid with allylic/benzylic alcohols has been described previously. Here, the extension of this methodology to H-phosphinate esters is presented. The new reaction appears general, although its scope is narrower than with the acids, and its mechanism is likely different. Various alcohols are examined in their reaction with phosphinylidene compounds R¹R²P(O)H.
2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Klaus-Gerhard Heller, Horst Bohn, Fabian Haas, Fer Willemse, Yde de Jong
Fauna Europaea provides a public web-service with an index of scientific names (including important synonyms) of all extant European terrestrial and freshwater animals, their geographical distribution at the level of countries and major islands (west of the Urals and excluding the Caucasus region), and some additional information. The Fauna Europaea project comprises about 230,000 taxonomic names, including 130,000 accepted species and 14,000 accepted subspecies, which is much more than the originally projected number of 100,000 species...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
Muhammad Hameed Siddiqi, Md Golam Rabiul Alam, Choong Seon Hong, Adil Mehmood Khan, Hyunseung Choo
Research in video based FER systems has exploded in the past decade. However, most of the previous methods work well when they are trained and tested on the same dataset. Illumination settings, image resolution, camera angle, and physical characteristics of the people differ from one dataset to another. Considering a single dataset keeps the variance, which results from differences, to a minimum. Having a robust FER system, which can work across several datasets, is thus highly desirable. The aim of this work is to design, implement, and validate such a system using different datasets...
2016: PloS One
Jasmin Dächert, Hannah Schoeneberger, Katharina Rohde, Simone Fulda
Redox mechanisms play an important role in the control of various signaling pathways. Here, we report that Second mitochondrial activator of caspases (Smac) mimetic-induced cell death is regulated by redox signaling. We show that RSL3, a glutathione (GSH) peroxidase (GPX) 4 inhibitor, or Erastin, an inhibitor of the cystine/glutamate antiporter, cooperate with the Smac mimetic BV6 to induce reactive oxygen species (ROS)-dependent cell death in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) cells. Addition of the caspase inhibitor N-benzyloxycarbonyl-Val-Ala-Asp-fluoromethylketone (zVAD...
August 29, 2016: Oncotarget
Robert Vaser, Dario Pavlović, Mile Šikić
MOTIVATION: Protein database search is one of the fundamental problems in bioinformatics. For decades, it has been explored and solved using different exact and heuristic approaches. However, exponential growth of data in recent years has brought significant challenges in improving already existing algorithms. BLAST has been the most successful tool for protein database search, but is also becoming a bottleneck in many applications. Due to that, many different approaches have been developed to complement or replace it...
September 1, 2016: Bioinformatics
Jia Chen, Feng Yu, Ying Liu, Changqing Du, Xiushan Li, Sirui Zhu, Xianchun Wang, Wenzhi Lan, Pedro L Rodriguez, Xuanming Liu, Dongping Li, Liangbi Chen, Sheng Luan
Receptor-like kinase FERONIA (FER) plays a crucial role in plant response to small molecule hormones [e.g., auxin and abscisic acid (ABA)] and peptide signals [e.g., rapid alkalinization factor (RALF)]. It remains unknown how FER integrates these different signaling events in the control of cell growth and stress responses. Under stress conditions, increased levels of ABA will inhibit cell elongation in the roots. In our previous work, we have shown that FER, through activation of the guanine nucleotide exchange factor 1 (GEF1)/4/10-Rho of Plant 11 (ROP11) pathway, enhances the activity of the phosphatase ABA Insensitive 2 (ABI2), a negative regulator of ABA signaling, thereby inhibiting ABA response...
September 13, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Hakan Yarali, Mehtap Polat, Sezcan Mumusoglu, Irem Yarali, Gurkan Bozdag
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the best protocol to prepare endometrium for frozen embryo replacement (FER) cycles. METHODS: This study is a systematic review and meta-analysis. Following PubMed and OvidSP search, a total of 1166 studies published after 1990 were identified following removal of duplicates. Following exclusion of studies not matching our inclusion criteria, a total of 33 studies were analyzed. Primary outcome measure was live birth...
October 2016: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Adam Bierut, Jadwiga Dowgiałło-Smolarczyk, Izabela Pieniążek, Jarosław Stelmachowski, Kinga Pacocha, Maciej Sobkowski, Oleg R Baev, Jacek Walczak
INTRODUCTION: The present study aimed to assess the costs and consequences of using an innovative medical technology, misoprostol vaginal insert (MVI), for the induction of labor (IOL), in place of alternative technologies used as a standard of care. METHODS: This was a retrospective study on cost and resource utilization connected with economic model development. Target population were women with an unfavorable cervix, from 36 weeks of gestation, for whom IOL is clinically indicated...
October 2016: Advances in Therapy
Yong Ke
OBJECTIVE: To study the clinical significance of serum protein expression level in patients with megaloblastic anemia(MA). METHODS: A total of 47 patients with MA were enrolled in this study between November 2013 and November 2015, and 50 healthy people in the same period were selected as controls. The levels of total protein (TP), albumin (Alb), ferritin (FER), transferrin (TRF) and soluble transferrin receptor (sTfR) were compared between 2 groups, and the serum protein expression levels in different types of MA, varous anemia degrees of MA were analyzed...
August 2016: Zhongguo Shi Yan Xue Ye Xue za Zhi
Anna K Farquhar, Christopher M Fitchett, Haidee M Dykstra, Mark R Waterland, Paula A Brooksby, Alison J Downard
Methods that reliably yield monolayers of covalently anchored modifiers on graphene and other planar graphitic materials are in demand. Covalently bonded groups can add functionality to graphitic carbon for applications ranging from sensing to supercapacitors and can tune the electronic and optical properties of graphene. Limiting modification to a monolayer gives a layer with well-defined concentration and thickness providing a minimum barrier to charge transfer. Here we investigate the use of anthranilic acid derivatives for grafting aryl groups to few layer graphene and pyrolyzed photoresist film (PPF)...
September 7, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
A C de Kat, W M M Verschuren, M J C Eijkemans, Y T van der Schouw, F J M Broekmans
STUDY QUESTION: Is there a relationship between serum anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) level and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in premenopausal women? SUMMARY ANSWER: There are indications that premenopausal women with very low ovarian reserve may have an unfavorable CVD risk profile. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Age at menopause is frequently linked to CVD occurrence. AMH is produced by ovarian antral follicles and provides a measure of remaining ovarian reserve Literature on whether AMH is related to CVD risk is still scarce and heterogeneous...
August 2016: Human Reproduction
C Calhaz-Jorge, C de Geyter, M S Kupka, J de Mouzon, K Erb, E Mocanu, T Motrenko, G Scaravelli, C Wyns, V Goossens
STUDY QUESTION: The 16th European IVF-monitoring (EIM) report presents the data of the treatments involving assisted reproductive technology (ART) and intrauterine insemination (IUI) initiated in Europe during 2012: are there any changes compared with previous years? SUMMARY ANSWER: Despite some fluctuations in the number of countries reporting data, the overall number of ART cycles has continued to increase year by year, the pregnancy rates (PRs) in 2012 remained stable compared with those reported in 2011, and the number of transfers with multiple embryos (3+) and the multiple delivery rates were lower than ever before...
August 2016: Human Reproduction
Ana Catalan, Maider Gonzalez de Artaza, Sonia Bustamante, Pablo Orgaz, Luis Osa, Virxinia Angosto, Cristina Valverde, Amaia Bilbao, Arantza Madrazo, Jim van Os, Miguel Angel Gonzalez-Torres
BACKGROUND: Facial emotion recognition (FER) is essential to guide social functioning and behaviour for interpersonal communication. FER may be altered in severe mental illness such as in psychosis and in borderline personality disorder patients. However, it is unclear if these FER alterations are specifically related to psychosis. Awareness of FER alterations may be useful in clinical settings to improve treatment strategies. The aim of our study was to examine FER in patients with severe mental disorder and their relation with psychotic symptomatology...
2016: PloS One
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