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Natalia Proskura, Joanna Podlasińska, Lidia Skopicz-Radkiewicz
: The aim of the study was to determine content of 17 elements (Co, Cd, Cu, Cr, Ni, Pb, Zn, Mn, Fe, Mg, Na, Ca, K, N, C, S and P) and their bioaccumulation factors (BCF) in bay bolete (Boletus badius (Fr.) Fr.) fruiting bodies (caps and stalks) and underneath soil samples collected from forest sites in lubuskie voivodeship in Poland. Forty-eight samples of Boletus badius (Fr.) Fr. fruiting bodies and the same number of underneath soil substrate samples were collected in forest sites of Sulęcin Forest District in western Poland...
October 21, 2016: Chemosphere
Anshuk Sarkar, Markus Pech, Matthias Thoms, Roland Beckmann, Ed Hurt
Nuclear export of preribosomal subunits is a key step during eukaryotic ribosome formation. To efficiently pass through the FG-repeat meshwork of the nuclear pore complex, the large pre-60S subunit requires several export factors. Here we describe the mechanism of recruitment of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae RNA-export receptor Mex67-Mtr2 to the pre-60S subunit at the proper time. Mex67-Mtr2 binds at the premature ribosomal-stalk region, which later during translation serves as a binding platform for translational GTPases on the mature ribosome...
October 24, 2016: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
Alfred Maroyi
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Crinum macowanii is a deciduous bulbous plant which grows in east, central and southern Africa. Crinum macowanii has been used as herbal medicine by the indigenous people of east and southern Africa has for several centuries. The bulb, leaves and roots of C. macowanii are reported to possess diverse medicinal properties and used to treat or manage various human and animal diseases and ailments throughout its distributional range. Crinum macowanii is used traditionally as a remedy for boils, diarrhoea, fever, inflammation, respiratory system problems, skin rashes, tuberculosis, wounds and urinary tract problems...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Oscar Heredia Díaz, José Luis Aldaba Meza, Baltazar M Baltazar, Germán Bojórquez Bojórquez, Luciano Castro Espinoza, José Luis Corrales Madrid, Juan Manuel de la Fuente Martínez, Héctor Abel Durán Pompa, José Alonso Escobedo, Armando Espinoza Banda, José Antonio Garzón Tiznado, Juvencio González García, José Luis Guzmán Rodríguez, Jesús Ignacio Madueño Martínez, José Luis Martínez Carrillo, Chen Meng, Francisco Javier Quiñones Pando, Enrique Rosales Robles, Ignacio Ruiz Hernández, José Elías Treviño Ramírez, Hugo Raúl Uribe Montes, Francisco Zavala García
Environmental risk assessment (ERA) of genetically modified (GM) crops is a process to evaluate whether the biotechnology trait(s) in a GM crop may result in increased pest potential or harm to the environment. In this analysis, two GM insect-resistant (IR) herbicide-tolerant maize hybrids (MON-89Ø34-3 × MON-88Ø17-3 and MON-89Ø34-3 × MON-ØØ6Ø3-6) and one herbicide-tolerant GM hybrid (MON-ØØ6Ø3-6) were compared with conventional maize hybrids of similar genetic backgrounds. Two sets of studies, Experimental Phase and Pilot Phase, were conducted across five ecological regions (ecoregions) in Mexico during 2009-2013, and data were subject to meta-analysis...
October 22, 2016: Transgenic Research
Hongwu Wang, Kun Li, Xiaojiao Hu, Zhifang Liu, Yujin Wu, Changling Huang
BACKGROUND: Plant digestibility of silage maize (Zea mays L.) has a large influence on nutrition intake for animal feeding. Improving forage quality will enhance the utilization efficiency and feeding value of forage maize. Dissecting the genetic basis of forage quality will improve our understanding of the complex nature of cell wall biosynthesis and degradation, which is also helpful for breeding good quality silage maize. RESULTS: Acid detergent fiber (ADF), neutral detergent fiber (NDF) and in vitro dry matter digestibility (IVDMD) of stalk were evaluated in a diverse maize population, which is comprised of 368 inbred lines and planted across seven environments...
October 21, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
Claire Peghaire, Marie Lise Bats, Raj Sewduth, Sylvie Jeanningros, Beatrice Jaspard, Thierry Couffinhal, Cécile Duplàa, Pascale Dufourcq
OBJECTIVE: Vessel formation requires precise orchestration of a series of morphometric and molecular events controlled by a multitude of angiogenic factors and morphogens. Wnt/frizzled signaling is required for proper vascular formation. In this study, we investigated the role of the Fzd7 (frizzled-7) receptor in retinal vascular development and its relationship with the Wnt/β-catenin canonical pathway and Notch signaling. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Using transgenic mice, we demonstrated that Fzd7 is required for postnatal vascular formation...
October 6, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
Stefanie Memmer, Sandra Weil, Steffen Beyer, Tobias Zöller, Eike Peters, Jessica Hartmann, Alexander Steinle, Joachim Koch
The natural cytotoxicity receptor (NCR) NKp30 (CD337) is a key player for NK cell immunosurveillance of infections and cancer. The molecular details of ligand recognition and its connection to CD3ζ signaling remain unsolved. Here, we show that the stalk domain (K129EHPQLGAGTVLLLR143) of NKp30 is very sensitve to sequence alterations, as mutations lead to impaired ligand binding and/or signaling capacity. Surprisingly, the stalk domains of NKp30 and NKp46, another NCR employing CD3ζ for signaling, were not exchangeable without drastic deficiencies in folding, plasma membrane targeting and/or ligand induced receptor signaling...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Wei-Wei Shi, Yun-Sang Tang, See-Yuen Sze, Zhen-Ning Zhu, Kam-Bo Wong, Pang-Chui Shaw
Ricin is a type 2 ribosome-inactivating protein (RIP), containing a catalytic A chain and a lectin-like B chain. It inhibits protein synthesis by depurinating the N-glycosidic bond at α-sarcin/ricin loop (SRL) of the 28S rRNA, which thereby prevents the binding of elongation factors to the GTPase activation center of the ribosome. Here, we present the 1.6 Å crystal structure of Ricin A chain (RTA) complexed to the C-terminal peptide of the ribosomal stalk protein P2, which plays a crucial role in specific recognition of elongation factors and recruitment of eukaryote-specific RIPs to the ribosomes...
October 13, 2016: Toxins
Xu Han, Zhihui Cheng, Huanwen Meng
BACKGROUND: Garlic (Allium sativum L.) stalk is a byproduct of garlic production that is normally thought of as waste but is now considered to be a useful biological resource. It is necessary to utilise this resource efficiently and reasonably to reduce environmental pollution and achieve sustainable agricultural development. RESULTS: The effect of decomposed garlic stalk for different durations was investigated in this study using wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and lettuce (Lactuca sativa var...
October 17, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Prakash Aroor Sarvotham Rao, S N Nagendra Prakash, Somanath Vasudev, M Girish, Arun Srinivas, H P Guru Prasad, P Jayakumar, Venu Gopal Anandaswamy
We present a 62-year-old lady admitted in our hospital with two episodes of acute ischemic stroke about 2 weeks apart. She was evaluated for acute ischemic stroke and was thrombolysed for recent stroke in right MCA territory first time. On further evaluation, she was found to have a RVOT mass. A transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiogram revealed a PFO and a large, 5.1cm×2.3cm, ovoid, well circumscribed, echogenic mass in the right ventricle outflow tract attached by small pedicle to the ventricular side of anterior tricuspid leaflet, partly obstructing the right ventricular outflow tract and protruding through the pulmonic valve during systole...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Wenjun Hu, Lin Chen, Xiaoyun Qiu, Hongling Lu, Jia Wei, Yueqing Bai, Ningjia He, Rongbin Hu, Li Sun, Hong Zhang, Guoxin Shen
Ricinus communis displays a broad range of phenotypic diversity in size, with dwarf, common, and large-sized varieties. To better understand the differences in plant productivity between a high-stalk variety and a dwarf variety under normal growth conditions, we carried out a comparative proteomic study between Zhebi 100 (a high stalk variety) and Zhebi 26 (a dwarf variety) combined with agronomic and physiological analyses. Over 1000 proteins were detected, 38 of which differed significantly between the two varieties and were identified by mass spectrometry...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Dennis E Reidy, Joanne P Smith-Darden, Poco D Kernsmith
INTRODUCTION: Although recognized as a public health problem, little attention has been paid to the problem of stalking among youth. Latent profile analysis was used to identify latent groups of adolescent stalking victims and their behavioral and mental health correlates. METHODS: A cross-sectional sample of 1,236 youths were randomly selected from 13 schools stratified by community risk level (i.e., low, moderate, and high risk) and gender. Students completed surveys assessing behavioral indicators of stalking victimization, as well as substance use, sexual behavior, dating violence, and psychiatric symptoms...
October 12, 2016: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Kazuya Akahoshi, Masaru Kubokawa, Junya Gibo, Shigeki Osada, Kayo Tokumaru, Yuki Shiratsuchi, Masafumi Oya, Eikichi Ihara, Kazuhiko Nakamura
Background and study aims: Endoscopic snare polypectomy with prophylactic detachable snare of large pedunculated colonic polyps (PCPs) is technically demanding. To facilitate removal of such polyps, we developed endoscopic resection using the Clutch Cutter and a detachable snare (ERCCDS). This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the procedure. Patients and methods: From April 2010 to July 2015, 14 consecutive patients who had PCPs with head > 10 mm, stalk width > 5 mm, and stalk length > 10 mm were enrolled in this single-center prospective uncontrolled study...
October 14, 2016: Endoscopy
Sebastian Bachmann, Björn Gernert, Dietmar Stalke
In this paper we present the aggregational motifs of the widely used alkali-metal cyclopentadienides (CpLi, CpNa, CpK, CpRb, CpCs) in THF-d8 solution estimated by ECC-DOSY NMR spectroscopy. They form monomeric contact ion pairs (CIPs) in THF-d8 solution, whereas in NH3 solvent-separated ion pairs (SSIPs) are observed. The applicability of ECC-DOSY is further advanced by introducing ECC-MW estimation software.
October 12, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Bert Nitzsche, Elzbieta Dudek, Lukasz Hajdo, Andrzej A Kasprzak, Andrej Vilfan, Stefan Diez
Single-molecule experiments have been used with great success to explore the mechanochemical cycles of processive motor proteins such as kinesin-1, but it has proven difficult to apply these approaches to nonprocessive motors. Therefore, the mechanochemical cycle of kinesin-14 (ncd) is still under debate. Here, we use the readout from the collective activity of multiple motors to derive information about the mechanochemical cycle of individual ncd motors. In gliding motility assays we performed 3D imaging based on fluorescence interference contrast microscopy combined with nanometer tracking to simultaneously study the translation and rotation of microtubules...
October 11, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Hua-Ying Fu, Sheng-Ren Sun, Jin-Da Wang, Kashif Ahmad, Heng-Bo Wang, Ru-Kai Chen, San-Ji Gao
Ratoon stunting disease (RSD) of sugarcane, one of the most important diseases seriously affecting the productivity of sugarcane crops, was caused by the bacterial agent Leifsonia xyli subsp. xyli (Lxx). A TaqMan probe-based real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) assay was established in this study for the quantification of Lxx detection in sugarcane stalk juice. A pair of PCR primers (Pat1-QF/Pat1-QR) and a fluorogenic probe (Pat1-QP) targeting the Part1 gene of Lxx were used for the qPCR assay...
2016: BioMed Research International
Minjung Seong, Eun Young Ko, Boo-Kyung Han, Soo Youn Cho, Eun Yoon Cho, Se Kyung Lee, Jeong Eon Lee
Primary mucinous cystadenocarcinoma (MCA) of the breast is a rare but pathologically distinct breast tumor. There have been some case reports on primary MCA of the breast; however, they have all focused on pathologic findings. Here, we report the radiologic findings of two cases of MCA along with a review of the literature. Breast MCA shows a circumscribed mass with some calcifications on mammography, an intracystic solid mass without increased vascularity or a vascular stalk on ultrasound, and a heterogeneously enhancing mass within a rim-enhancing cyst with intermediate signal intensity on T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging...
September 2016: Journal of Breast Cancer
Yubin Zhao, Jiadong Yu, Jingjing Liu, HongYan Yang, Lijuan Gao, XuFeng Yuan, Zong-Jun Cui, Xiaofen Wang
Silage efficiency is crucial for corn stalk storage in methane production. This study investigated characteristics of dynamic changes in materials and microbes during the silage process of corn stalks from the initial to stable state. We conducted laboratory-scale study of different silage corn stalks, and optimized silage time (0, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 30days) for methane production and the endogenous microbial community. The volatile fatty acid concentration increased to 3.00g/L on Day 10 from 0.42g/L on Day 0, and the pH remained below 4...
September 30, 2016: Bioresource Technology
Kishore K Bokka, Edwin C Jesudason, David Warburton, Sharon R Lubkin
Peristalsis begins in the lung as soon as the smooth muscle (SM) forms, and persists until birth. As the prenatal lung is filled with liquid, SM action can, through lumen pressure, deform tissues far from the immediately adjacent tissues. Stretching of embryonic tissues has been shown to have potent morphogenetic effects. We hypothesize that these effects are at work in lung morphogenesis. In order to refine that broad hypothesis in a quantitative framework, we geometrically analyse cell shapes in an epithelial tissue, and individual cell deformations resulting from peristaltic waves that completely occlude the airway...
October 6, 2016: Interface Focus
Siddhartha N Borah, Debahuti Goswami, Hridip K Sarma, Swaranjit S Cameotra, Suresh Deka
Antifungal activity of rhamnolipids (RLs) has been widely studied against many plant pathogenic fungi, but not against Fusarium verticillioides, a major pathogen of maize (Zea mays L.). F. verticillioides causes stalk and ear rot of maize or asymptomatically colonizes the plant and ears resulting in moderate to heavy crop loss throughout the world. F. verticillioides produces fumonisin mycotoxins, reported carcinogens, which makes the contaminated ears unsuitable for consumption. In this study, the RL produced using glucose as sole carbon source was characterized by FTIR and LCMS analyses and its antifungal activity against F...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
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