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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921396/frequency-and-type-of-inheritable-mutations-induced-by-%C3%AE-rays-in-rice-as-revealed-by-whole-genome-sequencing
#1
Shan Li, Yun-Chao Zheng, Hai-Rui Cui, Hao-Wei Fu, Qing-Yao Shu, Jian-Zhong Huang
Mutation breeding is based on the induction of genetic variations; hence knowledge of the frequency and type of induced mutations is of paramount importance for the design and implementation of a mutation breeding program. Although γ ray irradiation has been widely used since the 1960s in the breeding of about 200 economically important plant species, molecular elucidation of its genetic effects has so far been achieved largely by analysis of target genes or genomic regions. In the present study, the whole genomes of six γ-irradiated M2 rice plants were sequenced; a total of 144-188 million high-quality (Q>20) reads were generated for each M2 plant, resulting in genome coverage of >45 times for each plant...
2016: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921067/parallel-pathways-from-whisker-and-visual-sensory-cortices-to-distinct-frontal-regions-of-mouse-neocortex
#2
Varun Sreenivasan, Alexandros Kyriakatos, Celine Mateo, Dieter Jaeger, Carl C H Petersen
The spatial organization of mouse frontal cortex is poorly understood. Here, we used voltage-sensitive dye to image electrical activity in the dorsal cortex of awake head-restrained mice. Whisker-deflection evoked the earliest sensory response in a localized region of primary somatosensory cortex and visual stimulation evoked the earliest responses in a localized region of primary visual cortex. Over the next milliseconds, the initial sensory response spread within the respective primary sensory cortex and into the surrounding higher order sensory cortices...
July 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920425/generation-of-mutation-hotspots-in-ageing-bacterial-colonies
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Agnieszka Sekowska, Sofie Wendel, Emil C Fischer, Morten H H Nørholm, Antoine Danchin
How do ageing bacterial colonies generate adaptive mutants? Over a period of two months, we isolated on ageing colonies outgrowing mutants able to use a new carbon source, and sequenced their genomes. This allowed us to uncover exquisite details on the molecular mechanism behind their adaptation: most mutations were located in just a few hotspots in the genome, and over time, mutations increasingly were consistent with the involvement of 8-oxo-guanosine, formed exclusively on the transcribed strand. This work provides strong support for retromutagenesis as a general process creating adaptive mutations during ageing...
December 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917960/a-vision-for-the-future-of-pastoralism
#4
J Zinsstag, B Bonfoh, G Zinsstag, L Crump, I O Alfaroukh, M F Abakar, J Kasymbekov, Z Baljinnyam, K Liechti, M A Seid, E Schelling
Pastoral regions are challenged by social and ecological changes. Yet, there is increasingly robust evidence that pastoralism is a viable and sustainable livelihood and that pastoralists play a role in attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this issue of the Scientific and Technical Review of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the authors take a broad view of pastoralism and pastoral livestock production from a number of different perspectives, taking into account societal and ecological viewpoints as well as issues of animal and human health...
November 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917045/a-biodiversity-hotspot-for-microgastrinae-hymenoptera-braconidae-in-north-america-annotated-species-checklist-for-ottawa-canada
#5
Jose Fernandez-Triana, Caroline Boudreault, Joel Buffam, Ronald Mclean
Microgastrinae wasps (Hymenoptera, Braconidae) from the city of Ottawa and its surroundings (a 50-km radius circle, ~7,800 km(2)) were studied based on 1,928 specimens collected between 1894 and 2010, and housed in the Canadian National Collection of Insects. A total of 158 species from 21 genera were identified, which is by far the highest number of species ever recorded for a locality in North America. An annotated checklist of species is provided. Choeras parasitellae (Bouché, 1834) and Pholetesor nanus (Reinhard, 1880) are recorded for the first time in the Nearctic (previously only known from the Palearctic region), Cotesia depressa (Viereck, 1912) is recorded for the first time in Canada (previously only known from the United States), and Cotesia hemileucae (Riley, 1881) and Protapanteles phlyctaeniae (Muesebeck, 1929) are recorded for the first time in the province of Ontario...
2016: ZooKeys
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916528/repeated-inactivation-of-the-first-committed-enzyme-underlies-the-loss-of-benzaldehyde-emission-after-the-selfing-transition-in-capsella
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Claudia Sas, Frank Müller, Christian Kappel, Tyler V Kent, Stephen I Wright, Monika Hilker, Michael Lenhard
The enormous species richness of flowering plants is at least partly due to floral diversification driven by interactions between plants and their animal pollinators [1, 2]. Specific pollinator attraction relies on visual and olfactory floral cues [3-5]; floral scent can not only attract pollinators but also attract or repel herbivorous insects [6-8]. However, despite its central role for plant-animal interactions, the genetic control of floral scent production and its evolutionary modification remain incompletely understood [9-13]...
November 23, 2016: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914716/replication-stalling-and-dna-microsatellite-instability
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M Leffak, R Gadgil, J Barthelemy, T Lewis
Microsatellites are short, tandemly repeated DNA motifs of 1-6 nucleotides, also termed simple sequence repeats (SRSs) or short tandem repeats (STRs). Collectively, these repeats comprise approximately 3% of the human genome Subramanian et al. (2003), Lander and Lander (2001) [1,2], and represent a large reservoir of loci highly prone to mutations Sun et al. (2012), Ellegren (2004) [3,4] that contribute to human evolution and disease. Microsatellites are known to stall and reverse replication forks in model systems Pelletier et al...
November 22, 2016: Biophysical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914666/reprint-of-spatial-modeling-of-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-in-iran-from-1983-to-2013
#8
Kourosh Holakouie-Naieni, Ehsan Mostafavi, Ali Darvishi Boloorani, Mehdi Mohebali, Reza Pakzad
INTRODUCTION: Cutaneous Leshmaniasis (CL), a parasitic skin infection caused by Leishmania species, is endemic in some regions of Iran. In this study, the effect of location on the incidence and distribution of CL in Iran was studied. METHODS: We collected datas including the number of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis cases and populations at-risk of disease in Iran's different provinces reported by the Iranian ministry of health and the National Bureau of Statistics, respectively...
November 30, 2016: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913827/intra-lesional-spatial-correlation-of-static-and-dynamic-fet-pet-parameters-with-mri-based-cerebral-blood-volume-in-patients-with-untreated-glioma
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Jens Göttler, Mathias Lukas, Anne Kluge, Stephan Kaczmarz, Jens Gempt, Florian Ringel, Mona Mustafa, Bernhard Meyer, Claus Zimmer, Markus Schwaiger, Stefan Förster, Christine Preibisch, Thomas Pyka
PURPOSE: (18)F-fluorethyltyrosine-(FET)-PET and MRI-based relative cerebral blood volume (rCBV) have both been used to characterize gliomas. Recently, inter-individual correlations between peak static FET-uptake and rCBV have been reported. Herein, we assess the local intra-lesional relation between FET-PET parameters and rCBV. METHODS: Thirty untreated glioma patients (27 high-grade) underwent simultaneous PET/MRI on a 3 T hybrid scanner obtaining structural and dynamic susceptibility contrast sequences...
December 2, 2016: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913435/idh2-mutations-define-a-unique-subtype-of-breast-cancer-with-altered-nuclear-polarity
#10
Sarah Chiang, Britta Weigelt, Huei-Chi Wen, Fresia Pareja, Ashwini Raghavendra, Luciano G Martelotto, Kathleen A Burke, Thais Basili, Anqi Li, Felipe C Geyer, Salvatore Piscuoglio, Charlotte K Y Ng, Achim A Jungbluth, Jörg Balss, Stefan Pusch, Gabrielle M Baker, Kimberly S Cole, Andreas von Deimling, Julie M Batten, Jonathan D Marotti, Hwei-Choo Soh, Benjamin L McCalip, Jonathan Serrano, Raymond S Lim, Kalliopi P Siziopikou, Song Lu, Xiaolong Liu, Tarek Hammour, Edi Brogi, Matija Snuderl, A John Iafrate, Jorge S Reis-Filho, Stuart J Schnitt
Solid papillary carcinoma with reverse polarity (SPCRP) is a rare breast cancer subtype with an obscure etiology. In this study, we sought to describe its unique histopathologic features and to identify the genetic alterations that underpin SPCRP using massively parallel whole-exome and targeted sequencing. The morphologic and immunohistochemical features of SPCRP support the invasive nature of this subtype. Ten of 13 (77%) SPCRPs harbored hotspot mutations at R172 of the isocitrate dehydrogenase IDH2, of which 8 of 10 displayed concurrent pathogenic mutations affecting PIK3CA or PIK3R1 One of the IDH2 wild-type SPCRPs harbored a TET2 Q548* truncating mutation coupled with a PIK3CA H1047R hotspot mutation...
October 20, 2016: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912135/attenuating-the-surface-urban-heat-island-within-the-local-thermal-zones-through-land-surface-modification
#11
Jiong Wang, Wanlu Ouyang
Inefficient mitigation of excessive heat is attributed to the discrepancy between the scope of climate research and conventional planning practice. This study approaches this problem at both domains. Generally, the study, on one hand, claims that the climate research of the temperature phenomenon should be at local scale, where implementation of planning and design strategies can be more feasible. On the other hand, the study suggests that the land surface factors should be organized into zones or patches, which conforms to the urban planning and design manner...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910566/hotspot-electron-temperature-from-x-ray-continuum-measurements-on-the-nif
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L C Jarrott, L R Benedetti, H Chen, N Izumi, S F Khan, T Ma, S R Nagel, O L Landen, A Pak, P K Patel, M Schneider, H A Scott
We report on measurements of the electron temperature in the hotspot of inertially confined, layered, spherical implosions on the National Ignition Facility using a differential filtering diagnostic. Measurements of the DT and DD ion temperatures using neutron time-of-flight detectors are complicated by the contribution of hot spot motion to the peak width, which produce an apparent temperature higher than the thermal temperature. The electron temperature is not sensitive to this non-thermal velocity and is thus a valuable input to interpreting the stagnated hot spot conditions...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910487/combined-neutron-and-x-ray-imaging-at-the-national-ignition-facility-invited
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C R Danly, K Christensen, V E Fatherley, D N Fittinghoff, G P Grim, R Hibbard, N Izumi, D Jedlovec, F E Merrill, D W Schmidt, R A Simpson, K Skulina, P L Volegov, C H Wilde
X-ray and neutrons are commonly used to image inertial confinement fusion implosions, providing key diagnostic information on the fuel assembly of burning deuterium-tritium (DT) fuel. The x-ray and neutron data provided are complementary as the production of neutrons and x-rays occurs from different physical processes, but typically these two images are collected from different views with no opportunity for co-registration of the two images. Neutrons are produced where the DT fusion fuel is burning; X-rays are produced in regions corresponding to high temperatures...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910467/the-magnetic-recoil-spectrometer-mrst-for-time-resolved-measurements-of-the-neutron-spectrum-at-the-national-ignition-facility-nif
#14
J A Frenje, T J Hilsabeck, C W Wink, P Bell, R Bionta, C Cerjan, M Gatu Johnson, J D Kilkenny, C K Li, F H Séguin, R D Petrasso
The next-generation magnetic recoil spectrometer for time-resolved measurements of the neutron spectrum has been conceptually designed for the National Ignition Facility. This spectrometer, called MRSt, represents a paradigm shift in our thinking about neutron spectrometry for inertial confinement fusion applications, as it will provide simultaneously information about the burn history and time evolution of areal density (ρR), apparent ion temperature (Ti), yield (Yn), and macroscopic flows during burn. From this type of data, an assessment of the evolution of the fuel assembly, hotspot, and alpha heating can be made...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910388/fluence-compensated-down-scattered-neutron-imaging-using-the-neutron-imaging-system-at-the-national-ignition-facility
#15
D T Casey, P L Volegov, F E Merrill, D H Munro, G P Grim, O L Landen, B K Spears, D N Fittinghoff, J E Field, V A Smalyuk
The Neutron Imaging System at the National Ignition Facility is used to observe the primary ∼14 MeV neutrons from the hotspot and down-scattered neutrons (6-12 MeV) from the assembled shell. Due to the strong spatial dependence of the primary neutron fluence through the dense shell, the down-scattered image is convolved with the primary-neutron fluence much like a backlighter profile. Using a characteristic scattering angle assumption, we estimate the primary neutron fluence and compensate the down-scattered image, which reveals information about asymmetry that is otherwise difficult to extract without invoking complicated models...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907836/implications-of-adopting-a-biodiversity-based-vulnerability-index-versus-a-shoreline-environmental-sensitivity-index-on-management-and-policy-planning-along-coastal-areas
#16
G Harik, I Alameddine, R Maroun, G Rachid, D Bruschi, D Astiaso Garcia, M El-Fadel
In this study, a multi-criteria index was developed to assess anthropogenic stressors along the Mediterranean coastline. The index aimed at geo-locating pollution hotspots for informed decision making related to coastal zone management. The index was integrated in a Geographical Information System based geodatabase implemented at several pilot areas along the Northern (Italy and France), Eastern (Lebanon), and Southern (Tunisia) Mediterranean coastlines. The generated stressor maps were coupled with a biodiversity richness index and an environmental sensitivity index to produce vulnerability maps that can form the basis for prioritizing management and mitigation interventions towards the identification of pollution hotspots and the promotion of sustainable coastal zone management...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907265/conservation-hotspots-for-marine-turtle-nesting-in-the-united-states-based-on-coastal-development
#17
Mariana M P B Fuentes, Christian Gredzens, Brooke L Bateman, Ruth Boettcher, Simona A Ceriani, Matthew H Godfrey, David Helmers, Dianne K Ingram, Ruth L Kamrowski, Michelle Pate, Robert L Pressey, Volker C Radeloff
Coastal areas provide nesting habitat for marine turtles that is critical for the persistence of their populations. However, many coastal areas are highly affected by coastal development, which affects the reproductive success of marine turtles. Knowing the extent to which nesting areas are exposed to these threats is essential to guide management initiatives. This information is particularly important for coastal areas with both high nesting density and dense human development, a combination that is common in the United States...
December 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907121/environmental-and-geographical-factors-structure-soil-microbial-diversity-in-new-caledonian-ultramafic-substrates-a-metagenomic-approach
#18
Véronique Gourmelon, Laurent Maggia, Jeff R Powell, Sarah Gigante, Sara Hortal, Claire Gueunier, Kelly Letellier, Fabian Carriconde
Soil microorganisms play key roles in ecosystem functioning and are known to be influenced by biotic and abiotic factors, such as plant cover or edaphic parameters. New Caledonia, a biodiversity hotspot located in the southwest Pacific, is one-third covered by ultramafic substrates. These types of soils are notably characterised by low nutrient content and high heavy metal concentrations. Ultramafic outcrops harbour diverse vegetation types and remarkable plant diversity. In this study, we aimed to assess soil bacterial and fungal diversity in New Caledonian ultramafic substrates and to determine whether floristic composition, edaphic parameters and geographical factors affect this microbial diversity...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906962/population-density-climate-variables-and-poverty-synergistically-structure-spatial-risk-in-urban-malaria-in-india
#19
Mauricio Santos-Vega, Menno J Bouma, Vijay Kohli, Mercedes Pascual
BACKGROUND: The world is rapidly becoming urban with the global population living in cities projected to double by 2050. This increase in urbanization poses new challenges for the spread and control of communicable diseases such as malaria. In particular, urban environments create highly heterogeneous socio-economic and environmental conditions that can affect the transmission of vector-borne diseases dependent on human water storage and waste water management. Interestingly India, as opposed to Africa, harbors a mosquito vector, Anopheles stephensi, which thrives in the man-made environments of cities and acts as the vector for both Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum, making the malaria problem a truly urban phenomenon...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906395/regioselective-plasmonic-nano-assemblies-for-bimodal-sub-femtomolar-dopamine-detection
#20
Fengli Gao, Liqiang Liu, Gang Cui, Liguang Xu, Xiaoling Wu, Hua Kuang, Chuanlai Xu
Reliable and ultrasensitive quantification of dopamine (DA) is essential in the precise diagnotherapy of neurological diseases. In this study, dual mode counterpropagating-responsive gold@silver nanoparticle-gold nanorod (Au@AgNP-AuNR) nano-assemblies were fabricated for the precise quantification of DA. The plasmonic Au@AgNP-AuNR assemblies possessed high surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) activity and strong fluorescence quenching, due to the prominent electromagnetic enhancement between the hotspots of the assemblies...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
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