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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215009/why-geese-benefit-from-the-transition-from-natural-vegetation-to-agriculture
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Anthony D Fox, Kenneth F Abraham
The energy and nutrient content of most agricultural crops are as good as or superior to natural foods for wild geese and they tend to be available in agricultural landscapes in far greater abundance. Artificial grasslands (fertilised native swards and intensively managed reseeds) offer far superior quality forage and higher intake rates than seminatural or natural grasslands. The availability of such abundant artificial food explains the abandonment of traditional habitats for farmland by geese over the last 50-100 years and favours no reduction in current levels of exploitation of agriculture...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215006/balancing-ecosystem-function-services-and-disservices-resulting-from-expanding-goose-populations
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Ralph Buij, Theodorus C P Melman, Maarten J J E Loonen, Anthony D Fox
As goose populations increase in abundance, their influence on ecological processes is increasing. We review the evidence for key ecological functions of wild goose populations in Eurasia and North America, including aquatic invertebrate and plant propagule transport, nutrient deposition in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, the influence of goose populations on vegetation biomass, carbon storage and methane emission, species diversity and disease transmission. To estimate the implications of their growing abundance for humans, we explore how these functions contribute to the provision of ecosystem services and disservices...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214553/mimicking-oxygen-delivery-and-waste-removal-functions-of-blood
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Huaifa Zhang, Jake E Barralet
In addition to immunological and wound healing cell and platelet delivery, ion stasis and nutrient supply, blood delivers oxygen to cells and tissues and removes metabolic wastes. For decades researchers have been trying to develop approaches that mimic these two immediately vital functions of blood. Oxygen is crucial for the long-term survival of tissues and cells in vertebrates. Hypoxia (oxygen deficiency) and even at times anoxia (absence of oxygen) can occur during organ preservation, organ and cell transplantation, wound healing, in tumors and engineering of tissues...
February 15, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214542/several-hpept1-transported-drugs-are-substrates-of-the-e-coli-proton-coupled-oligopeptide-transporter-ydgr
#4
Bala K Prabhala, Nanda G Aduri, Mazhar Iqbal, Moazur Rahman, Michael Gajhede, Paul R Hansen, Osman Mirza
Proton-dependent oligopeptide transporters (POTs) are secondary active transporters found in all kingdoms of life. POTs utilize the proton electrochemical gradient for the uptake of nutrient dipeptides and tripeptides. The human POT hPepT1 is known to transport a number of drugs. As part of ongoing studies on substrate specificities of POTs from E. coli, our aim in this study was to investigate whether bacterial POTs could also transport these drugs. For this, we selected the common orally administered drugs sulpiride, bestatin, valacyclovir, ampicillin and oseltamivir, that are all transported by hPepT1...
February 15, 2017: Research in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214533/the-effect-and-mechanism-of-inhibiting-glucose-6-phosphate-dehydrogenase-activity-on-the-proliferation-of-plasmodium-falciparum
#5
Zhiqiang Zhang, Xiaodan Chen, Chengrui Jiang, Zishui Fang, Yi Feng, Weiying Jiang
We screened >40,000 patients with glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency and found that the G6PD Kaiping allele was under the most positive selection for fighting against malaria in the Chinese population. However, the mechanism is unknown. The current study was designed to investigate the anti-malarial effect and mechanism of G6PD deficiency. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) was utilised for inhibiting the G6PD activity of erythrocytes. Giemsa staining of blood smears and quantitative real-time PCR were used for the detection and quantification of Plasmodium falciparum infection...
February 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214518/potentiating-slc-transporter-activity-emerging-drug-discovery-opportunities
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Marie-Laure Rives, Jonathan A Javitch, Alan D Wickenden
Maintaining the integrity of cellular membranes is critical to protecting metabolic activities and genetic information from the environment. Regulation of transport across membranes of essential chemicals, including water, nutrients, hormones and many drugs, is therefore key to cellular homeostasis and physiological processes. The two main transporter superfamilies are ATP-binding cassette (ABC) transporters that primarily function as efflux transporters, and the solute carrier (SLC) transporters. SLC transporters encompass 52 gene families with almost 400 different human transporter genes...
February 15, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214187/microbiological-analysis-antimicrobial-activity-and-heavy-metals-content-of-jordanian-ma-in-hot-springs-water
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Muhamad Ali K Shakhatreh, Jacob H Jacob, Emad I Hussein, Majed M Masadeh, Safwan M Obeidat, Abdul-Salam F Juhmani, Mutaz A Abd Al-Razaq
Ma'in hot springs are known as sites of balneotherapy. However, little is known about their microbiology and chemistry. In this study, we aim at evaluating the antimicrobial activity of Ma'in hot-springs water (MHSW), studying its microbiology, and determining its physicochemical properties including the heavy metals content. Therefore, water samples were collected from Ma'in hot springs and tested for antimicrobial activity using agar diffusion method. Water was then cultivated on nutrient agar to isolate and identify the dominant bacteria by chemical and molecular methods...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Infection and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214124/increasing-agricultural-land-use-is-associated-with-the-spread-of-an-invasive-fish-gambusia-affinis
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Finnbar Lee, Kevin S Simon, George L W Perry
Land-use change and invasive species pose major threats to ecosystems globally. These stressors can act together, with disturbance due to changes in land-use facilitating invasion. We examined the potential for agricultural land use to facilitate the establishment and population growth (abundance) of a globally invasive fish (Gambusia affinis). To achieve this we examined Gambusia presence, abundance, and life history traits in 31 streams spanning an agricultural land use gradient in the North Island of New Zealand...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214122/anaerobic-co-digestion-of-recalcitrant-agricultural-wastes-characterizing-of-biochemical-parameters-of-digestate-and-its-impacts-on-soil-ecosystem
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Adele Muscolo, Giovanna Settineri, Teresa Papalia, Emilio Attinà, Carmelo Basile, Maria Rosaria Panuccio
Anaerobic digestion (AD) of organic wastes is a promising alternative to landfilling for reducing Greenhouse Gas Emission (GHG) and it is encouraged by current regulation in Europe. Biogas-AD produced, represents a useful source of green energy, while its by-product (digestate) is a waste, that needs to be safely disposal. The sustainability of anaerobic digestion plants partly depends on the management of their digestion residues. This study has been focused on the environmental and economic benefits of co-digest recalcitrant agricultural wastes such olive wastes and citrus pulp, in combination with livestock wastes, straw and cheese whey for biogas production...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214118/optimizing-peri-urban-ecosystems-pure-to-re-couple-urban-rural-symbiosis
#10
REVIEW
Yong-Guan Zhu, Brian J Reid, Andrew A Meharg, Steve A Banwart, Bo-Jie Fu
Globally, rapid urbanization, along with economic development, is dramatically changing the balance of biogeochemical cycles, impacting upon ecosystem services and impinging on United Nation global sustainability goals (inter alia: sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; good health and well-being; clean water and sanitation, and; to protect and conserve life on land and below water). A key feature of the urban ecosystems is that nutrient stocks, carbon (C), nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P), are being enriched...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214113/classification-and-assessment-models-of-first-year-byproducts-nitrogen-plant-availability-from-literature-data
#11
Claude-Alla Joseph, Lotfi Khiari, Jacques Gallichand, Sidki Bouslama
Byproducts can provide an important amount of nutrients for crops and improve soils properties. According to their C/N, nitrogen (N) mineralization or immobilization may be observed after their application onto agricultural land. Therefore, an indicator is needed to assess byproducts N availability for crops. Thirty-seven studies from the scientific literature on N mineralization or immobilization after application to agricultural land under a wide range of climatic and experimental conditions were collected in order to elaborate models assessing non-composted byproducts N availability during the first growing season according to the C/N ratio...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213735/microalgae-based-advanced-municipal-wastewater-treatment-for-reuse-in-water-bodies
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REVIEW
Jing-Han Wang, Tian-Yuan Zhang, Guo-Hua Dao, Xue-Qiao Xu, Xiao-Xiong Wang, Hong -Ying Hu
Reuse of secondary municipal effluent from wastewater treatment plants in water bodies could effectively alleviate freshwater resource shortage. However, excessive nutrients must be efficiently removed to prevent eutrophication. Compared with other means of advanced wastewater treatment, microalgae-based processes display overwhelming advantages including efficient and simultaneous N and P removal, no requirement of additional chemicals, O2 generation, CO2 mitigation, and potential value-added products from harvested biomass...
February 17, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213731/fungi-based-treatment-of-brewery-wastewater-biomass-production-and-nutrient-reduction
#13
M Hultberg, H Bodin
The beer-brewing process produces high amounts of nutrient-rich wastewater, and the increasing number of microbreweries worldwide has created a need for innovative solutions to deal with this waste. In the present study, fungal biomass production and the removal of organic carbon, phosphorus and nitrogen from synthetic brewery wastewater were studied. Different filamentous fungi with a record of safe use were screened for growth, and Trametes versicolor, Pleurotus ostreatus and Trichoderma harzianum were selected for further work...
February 17, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213469/insulin-signaling-via-the-pi3k-akt-pathway-regulates-airway-glucose-uptake-and-barrier-function-in-a-cftr-dependent-manner
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Samuel A Molina, Hannah K Moriarty, Danny T Infield, Barry R Imhoff, Rachel J Vance, Agnes H Kim, Jason M Hansen, William R Hunt, Michael Koval, Nael A McCarty
Cystic fibrosis-related diabetes (CFRD) is the most common co-morbidity associated with cystic fibrosis (CF) and correlates with increased rates of lung function decline. Since glucose is a nutrient present in the airways of patients with bacterial airway infections and since insulin controls glucose metabolism, the effect of insulin on CF airway epithelia was investigated to determine the role of insulin receptors and glucose transport in regulating glucose availability in the airway. The response to insulin by human airway epithelial cells was characterized by qPCR, immunoblot, immunofluorescence, and glucose uptake assays...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213348/the-plant-economic-spectrum-in-bryophytes-a-comparative-study-in-subalpine-forest
#15
Zhe Wang, Xin Liu, Maaike Y Bader, Defeng Feng, Weikai Bao
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Tradeoffs among functional traits of vascular plants are starting to be better understood, but it is unclear whether bryophytes possess similar tradeoffs or how trait relationships, or the 'economic spectrum', differ between the two groups. METHODS: We determined functional-trait values [including shoot mass per area (SMA), light-saturated assimilation rate (Amass), dark respiration rate (Rdmass), N and P concentrations (Nmass and Pmass), and photosynthetic N and P use efficiency (PNUE and PPUE)] and their bivariate relationships for 28 bryophytes growing in a subalpine old-growth fir forest on the eastern Tibetan Plateau...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212811/polymorphisms-of-blood-forms-and-in-vitro-metacyclogenesis-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-i-ii-and-iv
#16
Camila Piva Abegg, Ana Paula de Abreu, Juliane Lopes da Silva, Silvana Marques de Araújo, Mônica Lúcia Gomes, Érika Cristina Ferreira, Max Jean de Ornelas Toledo
Trypanosoma cruzi is the etiologic agent of American trypanosomiasis has broad biological and genetic diversity. Remaining to be studied are polymorphisms of the blood forms and metacyclogenesis of different T. cruzi discrete typing units (DTUs). Our goal was to evaluate the relationship between T. cruzi DTUs, the morphology of blood trypomastigotes, and in vitro metacyclogenesis. T. cruzi strains that pertained to DTUs TcI, TcII, and TcIV from different Brazilian states were used. Parameters that were related to the morphology of eight strains were assessed in thin blood smears that were obtained from mice that were inoculated with blood or culture forms, depending on strain...
February 14, 2017: Experimental Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212786/interplay-between-microbial-trait-dynamics-and-population-dynamics-revealed-by-the-combination-of-laboratory-experiment-and-computational-approaches
#17
Kenta Suzuki, Yuji Yamauchi, Takehito Yoshida
Filament formation is a common bacterial defense mechanism and possibly has a broad impact on microbial community dynamics. In order to examine the impact of filament formation on population dynamics, we developed an experimental system with a filamentous bacterium Flectobacillus sp. MWH38 and a ciliate predator Tetrahymena pyriformis. In this system, the effective defense of Flectobacillus resulted in the extinction of Tetrahymena by allowing almost no population growth. The result of a kairomone experiment suggested the existence of chemical signals for filament formation...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212669/understanding-trophic-interactions-in-host-parasite-associations-using-stable-isotopes-of-carbon-and-nitrogen
#18
Milen Nachev, Maik A Jochmann, Friederike Walter, J Benjamin Wolbert, S Marcel Schulte, Torsten C Schmidt, Bernd Sures
BACKGROUND: Stable isotope analysis of carbon and nitrogen can deliver insights into trophic interactions between organisms. While many studies on free-living organisms are available, the number of those focusing on trophic interactions between hosts and their associated parasites still remains scarce. In some cases information about taxa (e.g. acanthocephalans) is completely missing. Additionally, available data revealed different and occasionally contrasting patterns, depending on the parasite's taxonomic position and its degree of development, which is most probably determined by its feeding strategy (absorption of nutrients through the tegument versus active feeding) and its localization in the host...
February 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212609/exogenous-glutamate-rapidly-induces-the-expression-of-genes-involved-in-metabolism-and-defense-responses-in-rice-roots
#19
Chia-Cheng Kan, Tsui-Yun Chung, Hsin-Yu Wu, Yan-An Juo, Ming-Hsiun Hsieh
BACKGROUND: Glutamate is an active amino acid. In addition to protein synthesis and metabolism, increasing evidence indicates that glutamate may also function as a signaling molecule in plants. Still, little is known about the nutritional role of glutamate and genes that are directly regulated by glutamate in rice. RESULTS: Exogenous glutamate could serve as a nitrogen nutrient to support the growth of rice seedlings, but it was not as effective as ammonium nitrate or glutamine...
February 17, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212511/arsenic-hyperaccumulator-pteris-vittata-efficiently-solubilized-phosphate-rock-to-sustain-plant-growth-and-as-uptake
#20
Jing-Wei Fu, Xue Liu, Yong-He Han, Hanyi Mei, Yue Cao, Letuzia M de Oliveira, Yungen Liu, Bala Rathinasabapathi, Yanshan Chen, Lena Q Ma
Phosphorus (P) is one of the most important nutrients for phytoremediation of arsenic (As)-contaminated soils. In this study, we demonstrated that As-hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata was efficient in acquiring P from insoluble phosphate rock (PR). When supplemented with PR as the sole P source in hydroponic systems, P. vittata accumulated 49% and 28% higher P in the roots and fronds than the -P treatment. In contrast, non-hyperaccumulator Pteris ensiformis was unable to solubilize P from PR. To gain insights into PR solubilization by plants, organic acids in plant root exudates were analyzed by HPLC...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
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