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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344570/tanycytes-as-regulators-of-seasonal-cycles-in-neuroendocrine-function
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Jo E Lewis, Francis J P Ebling
Annual cycles of physiology and behavior are highly prevalent in organisms inhabiting temperate and polar regions. Examples in mammals include changes in appetite and body fat composition, hibernation and torpor, growth of antlers, pelage and horns, and seasonal reproduction. The timing of these seasonal cycles reflects an interaction of changing environmental signals, such as daylength, and intrinsic rhythmic processes: circannual clocks. As neuroendocrine signals underlie these rhythmic processes, the focus of most mechanistic studies has been on neuronal systems in the hypothalamus...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343395/investigation-of-the-spectroscopic-information-of-functional-groups-related-to-carbohydrate-in-different-morphological-fractions-of-corn-stover-and-their-relationship-to-nutrient-supply-and-biodegradation-characteristics
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Hangshu Xin, Xue Ding, Liyang Zhang, Xiaofan Wang, Yonggen Zhang, Fang Sun
The objectives of this study were to investigate 1) nutritive values and biodegradation characteristics and 2) mid-IR spectroscopic features within the regions associated with carbohydrate functional groups (including cellulosic component (CELC); structural carbohydrate (STCHO) and total carbohydrate (CHO)) in different morphological fractions of corn stover. Furthermore, correlation and regression analyses were also applied to find out the relationship between nutritional values and spectroscopic parameters...
March 25, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341956/improvement-on-the-neo-umbilicoplasty-technique-and-review-of-the-literature
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Valderi Vieira da Silva Júnior, Francis Régis Soares de Sousa
INTRODUCTION: The umbilicus is an important component of body esthetics, and its absence or dysmorphia may give rise to psychological discomfort, making it a common concern in surgical planning. Many techniques of umbilicus reconstruction have been proposed, each with its own limitations in terms of esthetics, risk of stenosis or final positioning. Reconstruction techniques may involve skin grafting, cartilage, purse-string suture and flaps. One of the most promising approaches is scarless neo-umbilicoplasty...
March 24, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337767/impact-of-drying-and-micronization-on-the-physico-chemical-properties-and-antioxidant-activities-of-celery-stalk
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Karna Ramachandraiah, Koo Bok Chin
BACKGROUND: The influence of convective drying and ball-mill treatment of celery stalk on particle size distribution, physicochemical properties, bioactive compounds and antioxidant activities were analyzed in this study. RESULTS: Ball-milling of celery stalk dried at the temperatures of 50, 75 and 100 °C resulted in decreasing average particle sizes of 48.8, 10.5 and 7.2 µm, respectively. Bulk density was increased with reduced particle size. Darker (L*) and reddish (a*) powders were formed at higher temperatures while ball-milling increased greenness (-a*) of powders dried at 50 and 75 °C...
March 23, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335714/testis-specific-atp-synthase-peripheral-stalk-subunits-required-for-tissue-specific-mitochondrial-morphogenesis-in-drosophila
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Eric M Sawyer, Elizabeth C Brunner, Yihharn Hwang, Lauren E Ivey, Olivia Brown, Megan Bannon, Dennis Akrobetu, Kelsey E Sheaffer, Oshauna Morgan, Conroy O Field, Nishita Suresh, M Grace Gordon, E Taylor Gunnell, Lindsay A Regruto, Cricket G Wood, Margaret T Fuller, Karen G Hales
BACKGROUND: In Drosophila early post-meiotic spermatids, mitochondria undergo dramatic shaping into the Nebenkern, a spherical body with complex internal structure that contains two interwrapped giant mitochondrial derivatives. The purpose of this study was to elucidate genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying the shaping of this structure. RESULTS: The knotted onions (knon) gene encodes an unconventionally large testis-specific paralog of ATP synthase subunit d and is required for internal structure of the Nebenkern as well as its subsequent disassembly and elongation...
March 23, 2017: BMC Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334153/efficacy-of-insect-growth-regulators-and-diamide-insecticides-for-control-of-stem-borers-lepidoptera-crambidae-in-sugarcane
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B E Wilson, M T VanWeelden, J M Beuzelin, T E Reagan, J A Prado
Field experiments assessed control of the stem borers, Diatraea saccharalis (F.) and Eoreuma loftini (Dyar), in sugarcane (Saccharum spp.) with selected insect growth regulators and diamide insecticides. Tebufenozide, novaluron, chlorantraniliprole, and flubendiamide were evaluated for D. saccharalis control in four field experiments in Louisiana between 2009 and 2014. Aerial application of the same insecticides was evaluated for control of E. loftini in commercial sugarcane fields in southern Texas in 2012 and 2015...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331554/altered-functional-resting-state-hypothalamic-connectivity-and-abnormal-pituitary-morphology-in-children-with-prader-willi-syndrome
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Akvile Lukoshe, Suzanne E van Dijk, Gerbrich E van den Bosch, Aad van der Lugt, Tonya White, Anita C Hokken-Koelega
BACKGROUND: Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder, characterized by endocrine problems and hyperphagia, indicating hypothalamic-pituitary dysfunction. However, few studies have explored the underlying neurobiology of the hypothalamus and its functional connectivity with other brain regions. Thus, the aim of this study was to examine the anatomical differences of the hypothalamus, mammillary bodies, and pituitary gland as well as resting state functional connectivity of the hypothalamus in children with PWS...
2017: Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330307/effect-of-particle-size-moisture-content-and-supplements-on-selective-pretreatment-of-cotton-stalks-by-daedalea-flavida-and-enzymatic-saccharification
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Harmanpreet Meehnian, Asim K Jana, Mithu Maiti Jana
A large amount of cotton stalk waste biomass with high cellulose content are incinerated by the farmers causing air pollution. The high cellulose content of cotton stalks can be converted to fermentable sugars by fungal delignification pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass and enzymatic saccharification. The effect of particle size, moisture content, and media supplements was studied for delignification of cotton stalks by Daedalea flavida MTCC 145 (DF-2) in solid-state fermentation. The highest lignolytic enzyme activities, optimal lignin degradation 29...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330211/cellulase-production-using-natural-medium-and-its-application-on-enzymatic-hydrolysis-of-thermo-chemically-pretreated-biomass
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Shivani Sharma, Vinay Sharma, Arindam Kuila
Lignocellulosic bioethanol is an important renewable fuel for transportation purpose. Commercial production of lignocellulosic bioethanol mainly depends on cost of cellulase production, efficient pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis process. In the present study cellulase production from Aspergillus niger under submerged fermentation (SmF) was optimized using coconut water as natural medium. Maximum cellulase production (0.53 IU/mL) was achieved within 3 days of incubation using 8 % (w/v) waste paper and 0...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330103/profiling-and-production-of-hemicellulases-by-thermophilic-fungus-malbranchea-flava-and-the-role-of-xylanases-in-improved-bioconversion-of-pretreated-lignocellulosics-to-ethanol
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Manju Sharma, Chhavi Mahajan, Manpreet S Bhatti, Bhupinder Singh Chadha
This study reports thermophilic fungus Malbranchea flava as a potent source of xylanase and xylan-debranching accessory enzymes. M. flava produced high levels of xylanase on sorghum straw containing solidified culture medium. The optimization of culture conditions for production of hemicellulases was carried out using one factor at a time approach and Box-Behnken design of experiments with casein (%), inoculum age (h) and inoculum level (ml) as process variables and xylanase, β-xylosidase, acetyl esterases and arabinofuranosidase as response variables...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327603/first-evidence-for-temporary-and-permanent-adhesive-systems-in-the-stalked-barnacle-cyprid-octolasmis-angulata
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Fook Choy Yap, Wey-Lim Wong, Aaron G Maule, Gerard P Brennan, Ving Ching Chong, Lee Hong Susan Lim
Although there have been extensive studies on the larval adhesion of acorn barnacles over the past few decades, little is known about stalked barnacles. For the first time, we describe the larval adhesive systems in the stalked barnacle, Octolasmis angulata and the findings differ from previous reports of the temporary (antennulary) and cement glands in thoracican barnacles. We have found that the temporary adhesives of cyprid are produced by the clustered temporary adhesive glands located within the mantle, instead of the specialised hypodermal glands in the second antennular segment as reported in the acorn barnacles...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326739/a-case-of-pituitary-stalk-interruption-syndrome-with-intermittent-seizures-as-the-first-presentation
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Juan Li, Hongwei Jia, Anindita Chakraborty, Zhihong Gao
Pituitary stalk interruption syndrome (PSIS) is a congenital disease with isolated growth hormone deficiency (GHD) or multiple anterior pituitary hormone deficiencies (MPHD). The typical clinical manifestations of PSIS are growth retardation, hypoglycemia or delayed pubertal development. However, few reports showed cases of PSIS were diagnosed with acute epileptic seizures accompanied by hyponatremia. Here, we report an 18-year-old female presenting with episodes of intermittent seizures for 13 years. The electrolyte examination on many occasions has shown hyponatremia, even as low as 99...
December 2016: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325769/analysis-of-anti-influenza-virus-neuraminidase-antibodies-in-children-adults-and-the-elderly-by-elisa-and-enzyme-inhibition-evidence-for-original-antigenic-sin
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Madhusudan Rajendran, Raffael Nachbagauer, Megan E Ermler, Paul Bunduc, Fatima Amanat, Ruvim Izikson, Manon Cox, Peter Palese, Maryna Eichelberger, Florian Krammer
Antibody responses to influenza virus hemagglutinin provide protection against infection and are well studied. Less is known about the human antibody responses to the second surface glycoprotein, neuraminidase. Here, we assessed human antibody reactivity to a panel of N1, N2, and influenza B virus neuraminidases in different age groups, including children, adults, and the elderly. Using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA), we determined the breadth, magnitude, and isotype distribution of neuraminidase antibody responses to historic, current, and avian strains, as well as to recent isolates to which these individuals have not been exposed...
March 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323542/organized-abuse-in-adulthood-survivor-and-professional-perspectives
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Michael Salter
This paper reports on the preliminary findings of a qualitative study of Australian women disclosing organized abuse in adulthood and the mental health professionals who treat them. Drawing on interviews with survivors and mental health professionals, the paper analyses the fraught relationship between mental health and physical safety for adults subject to organized abuse. The therapeutic progress of adult organized abuse victims can be disrupted by ongoing threats, stalking, and group violence, which in turn reinforces the dissociative responses and pathological attachments that render them vulnerable to revictimization...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Trauma & Dissociation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319083/structures-of-human-o-glcnacase-and-its-complexes-reveal-a-new-substrate-recognition-mode
#15
Baobin Li, Hao Li, Lei Lu, Jiaoyang Jiang
Human O-GlcNAcase (hOGA) is the unique enzyme responsible for the hydrolysis of the O-linked β-N-acetyl glucosamine (O-GlcNAc) modification, an essential protein glycosylation event that modulates the function of numerous cellular proteins in response to nutrients and stress. Here we report crystal structures of a truncated hOGA, which comprises the catalytic and stalk domains, in apo form, in complex with an inhibitor, and in complex with a glycopeptide substrate. We found that hOGA forms an unusual arm-in-arm homodimer in which the catalytic domain of one monomer is covered by the stalk domain of the sister monomer to create a substrate-binding cleft...
March 20, 2017: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315605/green-synthesis-of-bacterial-cellulose-via-acetic-acid-pre-hydrolysis-liquor-of-agricultural-corn-stalk-used-as-carbon-source
#16
Zheng Cheng, Rendang Yang, Xu Liu, Xiao Liu, Hua Chen
Herein, bacterial cellulose (BC) was synthesized by acetobacter xylinum via organic acid pre-hydrolysis liquor of agricultural corn stalk used as carbon source. Acetic acid was applied to pretreat the corn stalk, then, the prehydrolysate was detoxified by sequential steps of activated carbon and ion exchange resin treatment prior to use as carbon source to cultivate acetobacter xylinum. Moreover, the recovery of acetic acid was achieved for facilitating the reduction of cost. The results revealed that the combination method of detoxification treatment was very effective for synthesis of BC, yield could be up to 2...
March 2, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303575/isoform-localization-of-dectin-1-regulates-the-signaling-quality-of-anti-fungal-immunity
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Mike Fischer, Jörg P Müller, Bärbel Spies-Weisshart, Christine Gräfe, Oliver Kurzai, Kerstin Hünniger, Andreas Hochhaus, Sebastian Scholl, Ulf Schnetzke
Dectin-1 is recognized as a major receptor for fungal ß-glucans and contributes to anti-fungal immunity. Human monocyte populations express Dectin-1 isoforms A and B, which differ by the presence of a stalk region and its N-linked glycosylation site. Here, we analyzed the expression of both isoforms in human monocyte-derived cells. The cellular localization on cell lines stably expressing either Dectin-1 isoform A or B was studied by flow cytometry and confocal laser scanning microscopy. Intracellular protein signaling and cytokine production was analyzed by immunoblotting and cytometric bead arrays, respectively...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301673/comparison-between-different-selection-indices-in-energy-cane-breeding
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A A C de Azeredo, L L Bhering, B P Brasileiro, C D Cruz, L C I Silveira, R A Oliveira, J C Bespalhok Filho, E Daros
Sugarcane breeding programs have been adapting to a new market demand: aside from high sucrose yield per hectare, the sector needs new cultivars with higher fiber percentages. The selection of sugarcane clones based on phenotype alone is a complex task. The selected clones should display high performance in a series of yield- and quality-related traits. Selection indices can provide information about which clones can best combine the traits of agronomic interest. In this study, different selection indices were evaluated in a population of 220 clones...
March 15, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300055/mycophagous-rove-beetles-highlight-diverse-mushrooms-in-the-cretaceous
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Chenyang Cai, Richard A B Leschen, David S Hibbett, Fangyuan Xia, Diying Huang
Agaricomycetes, or mushrooms, are familiar, conspicuous and morphologically diverse Fungi. Most Agaricomycete fruiting bodies are ephemeral, and their fossil record is limited. Here we report diverse gilled mushrooms (Agaricales) and mycophagous rove beetles (Staphylinidae) from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber, the latter belonging to Oxyporinae, modern members of which exhibit an obligate association with soft-textured mushrooms. The discovery of four mushroom forms, most with a complete intact cap containing distinct gills and a stalk, suggests evolutionary stasis of body form for ∼99 Myr and highlights the palaeodiversity of Agaricomycetes...
March 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297650/rotation-mechanism-of-molecular-motor-v1-atpase-studied-by-multiscale-molecular-dynamics-simulation
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Yuta Isaka, Toru Ekimoto, Yuichi Kokabu, Ichiro Yamato, Takeshi Murata, Mitsunori Ikeguchi
Enterococcus hirae V1-ATPase is a molecular motor composed of the A3B3 hexamer ring and the central stalk. In association with ATP hydrolysis, three catalytic AB pairs in the A3B3 ring undergo conformational changes, which lead to a 120° rotation of the central stalk. To understand how the conformational changes of three catalytic pairs induce the 120° rotation of the central stalk, we performed multiscale molecular dynamics (MD) simulations in which coarse-grained and all-atom MD simulations were combined using a fluctuation matching methodology...
March 14, 2017: Biophysical Journal
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