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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818371/assessment-of-molecular-and-epigenetic-changes-in-the-albinism-of-agave-angustifolia-haw
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Rosa Us-Camas, Eduardo Castillo-Castro, Margarita Aguilar-Espinosa, Verónica Limones-Briones, Renata Rivera-Madrid, Manuel L Robert-Díaz, Clelia De-la-Peña
Albinism in plants is a rare phenomenon that occurs in nature and is characterized by the total or partial loss of photosynthetic pigments. Although progress has been made in understanding the nature of this phenomenon, the precise causes and biological basis are still unexplored. Here, we study the genetic and epigenetic differences between green (G), variegated (V) and albino (A) A. angustifolia Haw. plantlets obtained by in vitro propagation in order to present new insights into albinism from a plant system that offers a unique set of biological phenotypic characteristics...
October 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780445/castasterone-and-citric-acid-treatment-restores-photosynthetic-attributes-in-brassica-juncea-l-under-cd-ii-toxicity
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Ravdeep Kaur, Poonam Yadav, Anket Sharma, Ashwani Kumar Thukral, Vinod Kumar, Sukhmeen Kaur Kohli, Renu Bhardwaj
Cadmium(II) toxicity is a serious environmental issue warranting effective measures for its mitigation. In the present study, ameliorative effects of a bioactive brassinosteroid, castasterone (CS) and low molecular weight organic acid, citric acid (CA) against the Cd(II) toxicity to Brassica juncea L. were evaluated. Seeds of B. juncea treated with CS (0, 0.01, 1 and 100nM) were sown in cadmium spiked soils (0 and 0.6mmolkg(-1) soil). CA (0.6mmolkg(-1)soil) was added to soil one week after sowing seeds. Plants were harvested 30 days after sowing...
August 3, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761150/single-genetic-locus-improvement-of-iron-zinc-and-%C3%AE-carotene-content-in-rice-grains
#3
Simrat Pal Singh, Wilhelm Gruissem, Navreet K Bhullar
Nearly half of the world's population obtains its daily calories from rice grains, which lack or have insufficient levels of essential micronutrients. The deficiency of micronutrients vital for normal growth is a global health problem, and iron, zinc and vitamin A deficiencies are the most prevalent ones. We developed rice lines expressing Arabidopsis NICOTIANAMINE SYNTHASE 1 (AtNAS1), bean FERRITIN (PvFERRITIN), bacterial CAROTENE DESATURASE (CRTI) and maize PHYTOENE SYNTHASE (ZmPSY) in a single genetic locus in order to increase iron, zinc and β-carotene content in the rice endosperm...
July 31, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680541/understanding-the-cellular-and-molecular-alterations-in-ptsd-brains-the-necessity-of-post-mortem-brain-tissue
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EDITORIAL
Geertje M de Lange
The personal, social and economic burden of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is high and therapeutic approaches are only partially effective. Therefore, there is an urgent need to understand the cellular and molecular alterations in PTSD brains in order to design more effective treatment strategies. Although brain imaging strategies have considerably improved our understanding of PTSD, these strategies cannot identify molecular and cellular changes. Post-mortem examination of the brain is a crucial strategy to advance our understanding of the underlying neuropathology, neurochemistry and molecular pathways of PTSD...
2017: European Journal of Psychotraumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657355/a-single-error-is-one-too-many-examining-alternative-cutoffs-on-trial-2-of-the-tomm
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Laszlo A Erdodi, Jaspreet K Rai
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the potential of alternative, more liberal cutoffs on Trial 2 of the Test of Memory Malingering (TOMM) to improve classification accuracy relative to the standard cutoffs (≤44). METHOD: The sample consisted of 152 patients (49.3% male) with psychiatric conditions (PSY) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) referred for neuropsychological assessment in a medico-legal setting (MAge = 44.4, MEducation = 11.9 years). Classification accuracy for various TOMM Trial 2 cutoffs was computed against three criterion measures...
June 28, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645985/a-study-protocol-for-a-randomised-controlled-trial-of-an-interactive-web-based-intervention-cancercope
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Suzanne K Chambers, Lee Ritterband, Frances Thorndike, Lisa Nielsen, Joanne F Aitken, Samantha Clutton, Paul Scuffham, Philippa Youl, Bronwyn Morris, Peter Baade, Jeffrey Dunn
INTRODUCTION: Approximately 35% of patients with cancer experience clinically significant distress, and unmet psychological supportive care needs are prevalent. This study describes the protocol for a randomised controlled trial (RCT) to assess the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of an internet-based psychological intervention for distressed patients with cancer. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: In phase I, the intervention was developed on an interactive web platform and pilot tested for acceptability using a qualitative methodology with 21 patients with cancer...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606503/optimizing-preoperative-expectations-leads-to-a-shorter-length-of-hospital-stay-in-cabg-patients-further-results-of-the-randomized-controlled-psy-heart-trial
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Charlotte J Auer, Johannes A C Laferton, Meike C Shedden-Mora, Stefan Salzmann, Rainer Moosdorf, Winfried Rief
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of a preoperative expectation-optimizing psychological intervention on length of stay in the hospital and time spent in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery. METHODS: In a randomized controlled trial, 124 patients prior to undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) or CABG combined with heart valve surgery were randomized to either a) standard medical care alone (SMC) or an additional preoperative intervention, b) an additional expectation manipulation intervention (EXPECT) to optimize patients' expectations, or c) an additional supportive therapy (SUPPORT), containing the same amount of therapeutic attention but without a specific focus...
June 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594631/the-role-of-dimensional-personality-psychopathology-in-a-forensic-inpatient-psychiatric-setting
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Jaime L Anderson, Mary E Wood, Anthony M Tarescavage, Danielle Burchett, David M Glassmire
The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 Restructured Form is a widely used measure of psychopathology and includes the Personality Psychopathology Five (PSY-5) scales, which measure dimensional maladaptive personality traits similar to those in the DSM-5 alternative model for personality disorder (PD) diagnosis. The current study evaluated the role of these dimensional personality psychopathology characteristics in a sample of 1,110 inpatients in a forensic psychiatric setting, where personality psychopathology plays a significant but understudied role...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Personality Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573602/cognitive-reserve-is-a-resilience-factor-for-cognitive-dysfunction-in-hepatic-encephalopathy
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Piero Amodio, Sara Montagnese, Giuseppe Spinelli, Sami Schiff, Daniela Mapelli
Cognitive Reserve (CR) modulates symptoms of brain disease. The aim of this study was: to evaluate the effect of CR on cognition in cirrhosis and on the mismatch between cognitive and neurophysiologic assessment of hepatic encephalopathy (HE). Eighty-two outpatient patients with cirrhosis without overt HE were studied [73% males; age: 62 (54-68) (median, interq. range) yrs.; education: 8 (6-13) yrs.]. The Psychometric Hepatic Encephalopathy Score (PHES) was used as cognitive measure of HE. The spectral analysis of the electroencephalogram (EEG) was used as neurophysiologic measure of HE...
August 2017: Metabolic Brain Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572941/effect-of-psyllium-and-gum-arabic-biopolymers-on-the-survival-rate-and-storage-stability-in-yogurt-of-enterococcus%C3%A2-duransiw3-encapsulated-in-alginate
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Yousef Nami, Babak Haghshenas, Ahmad Yari Khosroushahi
Different herbal biopolymers were used to encapsulate Enterococcus durans IW3 to enhance its storage stability in yogurt and subsequently its endurance in gastrointestinal condition. Nine formulations of encapsulation were performed using alginate (ALG), ALG-psyllium (PSY), and ALG-gum Arabic (GA) blends. The encapsulation efficiency of all formulations, tolerance of encapsulated E. durans IW3 against low pH/high bile salt concentration, storage lifetime, and release profile of cells in natural condition of yogurt were evaluated...
May 2017: Food Science & Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556915/a-microbially-derived-tyrosine-sulfated-peptide-mimics-a-plant-peptide-hormone
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Rory N Pruitt, Anna Joe, Weiguo Zhang, Wei Feng, Valley Stewart, Benjamin Schwessinger, José R Dinneny, Pamela C Ronald
The biotrophic pathogen Xanthomonas oryzae pv. oryzae (Xoo) produces a sulfated peptide named RaxX, which shares similarity to peptides in the PSY (plant peptide containing sulfated tyrosine) family. We hypothesize that RaxX mimics the growth-stimulating activity of PSY peptides. Root length was measured in Arabidopsis and rice treated with synthetic RaxX peptides. We also used comparative genomic analyses and reactive oxygen species burst assays to evaluate the activity of RaxX and PSY peptides. Here we found that a synthetic sulfated RaxX derivative comprising 13 residues (RaxX13-sY), highly conserved between RaxX and PSY, induces root growth in Arabidopsis and rice in a manner similar to that triggered by PSY...
May 30, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548241/-making-better-use-of-u-s-women-psychology-sex-roles-and-womanpower-in-post-wwii-america
#12
Alexandra Rutherford
The relationship between American psychology and gender ideologies in the two decades following World War II was complicated and multivalent. Although many psy-professionals publicly contributed to the cult of domesticity that valorized women's roles as wives and mothers, other psychologists, many of them women, reimagined traditional sex roles to accommodate and deproblematize the increasing numbers of women at work, especially working mothers. In this article, I excavate and highlight the contributions of several of these psychologists, embedding their efforts in the context of the paradoxical expectations for women that colored the postwar and increasingly Cold War landscape of the United States...
May 26, 2017: Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533983/comparative-transcriptome-analyses-of-a-late-maturing-mandarin-mutant-and-its-original-cultivar-reveals-gene-expression-profiling-associated-with-citrus-fruit-maturation
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Lu Wang, Qingzhu Hua, Yuewen Ma, Guibing Hu, Yonghua Qin
Characteristics of late maturity in fruit are good agronomic traits for extending the harvest period and marketing time. However, underlying molecular basis of the late-maturing mechanism in fruit is largely unknown. In this study, RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq) technology was used to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs) related to late-maturing characteristics from a late-maturing mutant 'Huawan Wuzishatangju' (HWWZSTJ) (Citrus reticulata Blanco) and its original line 'Wuzishatangju' (WZSTJ). A total of approximately 17...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532221/antiphospholipid-antibodies-are-associated-with-positive-screening-for-common-mental-disorders-in-women-with-previous-pregnancy-loss-the-noha-psy-observational-study
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Jean-Christophe Gris, Fabienne Cyprien, Sylvie Bouvier, Eva Cochery-Nouvellon, Géraldine Lavigne-Lissalde, Erick Mercier, Jean-Pierre Balducchi
OBJECTIVES: Case reports describe neuropsychiatric manifestations associated with antiphospholipid antibodies (aPlAbs). In patients sharing the same symptoms fulfilling the antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) clinical criteria, the prevalence of common mental disorders has, however, never been studied. METHODS: We observed women with three consecutive abortions before the 10th week of gestation or one foetal loss at or beyond the 10th week. We compared the prevalence of common psychiatric disorders detected through screening using the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview, 10 years after inclusion, in women with APS (n = 506), women negative for aPlAbs but carrying the F5rs6025 or F2rs1799963 thrombogenic polymorphism (n = 269), and women with negative thrombophilia screening results as controls (n = 764)...
June 19, 2017: World Journal of Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498273/effects-of-preoperative-psychological-interventions-on-catecholamineand-cortisol-levels-after-surgery-in-coronary-artery-bypass-graft-patients-the-randomized-controlled-psy-heart-trial
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Stefan Salzmann, Frank Euteneuer, Johannes A C Laferton, Charlotte J Auer, Meike C Shedden-Mora, Manfred Schedlowski, Rainer Moosdorf, Winfried Rief
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether preoperative psychological interventions targeting patients' expectations are capable of influencing the biological stress response after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery and could thus improve recovery after heart surgery. METHODS: Randomized controlled trial with assessments 10 days before surgery, post-psychological intervention (day of hospital admission, but before surgery), postoperative (6-8 days later) and at follow-up (6 months after surgery)...
May 12, 2017: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428817/prevalence-and-correlates-of-adhd-among-adolescents-in-a-beirut-community-sample-results-from-the-bei-psy-study
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Elias Ghossoub, Lilian A Ghandour, Fadi Halabi, Pia Zeinoun, Al Amira Safa Shehab, Fadi T Maalouf
BACKGROUND: This study aims to investigate the prevalence, correlates and treatment seeking behavior related to ADHD among adolescents from Lebanon. METHODS: Five hundred and ten adolescents were recruited through multistage stratified cluster sampling of households in Beirut, and separately interviewed along with one parent/legal guardian, using the DAWBA. All adolescents completed the PRQ and the SDQ; the parent/legal guardian also completed the SDQ and provided basic demographic information, including attitudes towards seeking mental health services...
2017: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425726/comparisons-between-the-minnesota-multiphasic-personality-inventory-adolescent-restructured-form-mmpi-a-rf-and-mmpi-a-in-adolescent-psychiatric-inpatients
#17
John M Stokes, David L Pogge, Robert P Archer
This study explored the association between the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI)-Adolescent-Restructured Form (MMPI-A-RF) and the MMPI-Adolescent (MMPI-A) form in a sample of 3,516 adolescents receiving inpatient psychiatric treatment, including 2,798 adolescents meeting validity inclusion cutoffs for both measures. There was 92.5% agreement rate with respect to global identification of cases as valid or invalid and some empirical support for lowering interpretive cutoffs for validity scales on the MMPI-A-RF...
April 20, 2017: Psychological Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421096/regulation-of-banana-phytoene-synthase-mapsy-expression-characterization-and-their-modulation-under-various-abiotic-stress-conditions
#18
Navneet Kaur, Ashutosh Pandey, Shivani, Prateek Kumar, Pankaj Pandey, Atul K Kesarwani, Shrikant S Mantri, Praveen Awasthi, Siddharth Tiwari
Phytoene synthase (PSY) is a key regulatory enzyme of carotenoid biosynthesis pathway in plants. The present study examines the role of PSY in carotenogenesis and stress management in banana. Germplasm screening of 10 Indian cultivars showed that Nendran (3011.94 μg/100 g dry weight) and Rasthali (105.35 μg/100 g dry weight) contained the highest and lowest amounts of β-carotene, respectively in ripe fruit-pulp. Nendran ripe pulp also showed significantly higher antioxidant activity as compared to Rasthali...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412921/synthetic-cannabinoids-psychopharmacology-clinical-aspects-and-psy-chotic-onset
#19
Giovanni Martinotti, Rita Santacroce, Duccio Papanti, Yasmine Elgharably, Mariya Prilutskaya, Ornella Corazza
Synthetic Cannabinoids (SC) are the widest and most diffused class of Novel Psychoactive Substances. SC are chemically heterogeneous and structurally dissimilar from delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, being full agonists of the endocannabinoid system receptors CB1 and CB2. Desired effects include euphoria, talkativeness, feelings of joy and laughter, relaxation. With respect to cannabis, SC intake may also be associated with quicker arise of the effects, shorter duration of action, and larger levels of hangover...
April 13, 2017: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406667/b-f-skinner-and-technology-s-nation-technocracy-social-engineering-and-the-good-life-in-20th-century-america
#20
Alexandra Rutherford
Psychologist B. F. Skinner developed and promoted a technology of behavior as the basis for widespread social reform over much of his career. In 1948, he published his behaviorally engineered vision of the good life in his utopian novel Walden Two (Skinner, 1948). Skinner's efforts were part of a much larger social engineering tradition that received one of its fullest expressions in the Technocracy Movement of the 1930s. Fifteen years before Skinner's Walden Two, at the height of the Technocracy Movement's public visibility in the United States, technocrat Harold Loeb (1933/1996) published his utopia, Life in a Technocracy: What It Might Be Like...
August 2017: History of Psychology
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