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Min Woo Lee, Rira Seo, Yu Jeong Lee, Ju Hye Bae, Jung-Kwon Park, Joung-Hahn Yoon, Jei Wan Lee, Ho Won Jung
An Arabidopsis thaliana ALTERED MERISTEM PROGRAM1 (AtAMP1), which encodes a putative glutamate carboxypeptidase, not only controls shoot apical meristem development, but also is involved in tolerance response to abiotic stresses. Here, we introduce a novel mutant; named amp1-32 that is a phenocopier to previously isolated different amp1 mutant alleles. Interestingly, tiny leaves were continuously developed at the bottom of pre-emerged leaves in the amp1-32. The amp1-32 mutant was less sensitive to heat shock treatment lasting for 3 h, whereas disease symptoms were severely developed in the mutant after Pseudomonas syringae infection...
October 12, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Monica Perkins, Marien de Bruyne, Melita J Giummarra
There is growing evidence that enhanced sensitivity to painful clinical procedures and chronic pain are related to greater sensitivity to other sensory inputs, such as bitter taste. We examined cross-modal sensitivities in two studies. Study 1 assessed associations between bitter taste sensitivity, pain tolerance, and fear of pain in 48 healthy young adults. Participants were classified as non-tasters, tasters and super-tasters using a bitter taste test (6-n-propythiouracil; PROP). The latter group had significantly higher fear of pain (Fear of Pain Questionnaire) than tasters (p=...
October 14, 2016: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
Margarida Rocheta, João L Coito, Miguel J N Ramos, Luísa Carvalho, Jörg D Becker, Pablo Carbonell-Bejerano, Sara Amâncio
BACKGROUND: Predicted climate changes announce an increase of extreme environmental conditions including drought and excessive heat and light in classical viticultural regions. Thus, understanding how grapevine responds to these conditions and how different genotypes can adapt, is crucial for informed decisions on accurate viticultural actions. Global transcriptome analyses are useful for this purpose as the response to these abiotic stresses involves the interplay of complex and diverse cascades of physiological, cellular and molecular events...
October 12, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
Vitor Antunes Oliveira, Gaia Favero, Alessandra Stacchiotti, Lorena Giugno, Barbara Buffoli, Claudia Sirlene de Oliveira, Antonio Lavazza, Massimo Albanese, Luigi Fabrizio Rodella, Maria Ester Pereira, Rita Rezzani
This work investigated the effects of mercury chloride (HgCl2 ) acute exposure on virgin, pregnant and lactating rats by determination of renal and hepatic morphological and ultrastructural parameters and the expression of oxidative stress and stress tolerance markers, due to kidney and liver are the organs that more accumulate inorganic mercury. Adult Wistar rats virgin (90 days old), pregnant (18(th) gestation day) and lactating (7(th) lactation day) were injected once with HgCl2 (5 mg/kg) or saline (controls)...
October 11, 2016: Environmental Toxicology
Dr Merel van Elk, Dr Bruce P Murphy, Tatiane Eufrásio-da-Silva, Daniel P O'Reilly, Dr Tina Vermonden, Prof Wim E Hennink, Dr Garry P Duffy, Dr Eduardo Ruiz-Hernández
The development of nanomedicines for the treatment of cancer focuses on the local targeted delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs to enhance drug efficacy and reduce adverse effects. The nanomedicines which are currently approved for clinical use are mainly successful in terms of improved bioavailability and tolerability but do not necessarily increase drug performance. Therefore, there is a need for improved drug carrier systems which are able to deliver high doses of anti-cancer drugs to the tumor. Stimuli responsive carriers are promising candidates since drug release can be triggered locally in the tumor via internal (i...
October 7, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Sara Houlihan, Diane Decarie, Cindy Benes, Richard Cleve, Marianne Vidler, Laura A Magee, Mary H H Ensom, Peter von Dadelszen
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the physical compatibility and chemical stability of mixtures of magnesium sulphate and lidocaine in order to determine the feasibility of manufacturing a prefilled syringe combining these two drugs for use as an intramuscular (IM) loading dose for eclampsia prevention and/or treatment. This ready-to-use mixture will provide a more tolerable and accessible route of administration appropriate for widespread use. METHODS: Physical compatibility (pH, colour, and formation of precipitate) and chemical stability (maintaining > 90% of initial concentrations) of mixtures of MgSO4, using both commercially available MgSO4 (50%) and MgSO4 reconstituted from salt (61%), with lidocaine hydrochloride (2%) were evaluated every 14 days over six months...
October 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
Xiang He, Lihua Li, Hong Xu, Jiang Xi, Xufeng Cao, Haoran Xu, Songhao Rong, Yilun Dong, Chuan Wang, Rongjun Chen, Jinghong Xu, Xiaoling Gao, Zhengjun Xu
Abiotic stresses have a significant impact on plant productivity and crop quality. Although plant lectins are thought to play important roles in plant defense signaling during pathogen attack, little is known about the contribution of plant lectins to stress resistance. We cloned and functionally characterized a rice jacalin-related mannose-binding lectin gene, OsJRL, from rice 'Nipponbare'. The cDNA of OsJRL contained a 438 bp open reading frame, which encodes a polypeptide of 145 amino acids. OsJRL was localized in the nucleus and cytoplasm...
October 8, 2016: Plant Biology
Mauro Commisso, Ketti Toffali, Pamela Strazzer, Matteo Stocchero, Stefania Ceoldo, Barbara Baldan, Marisa Levi, Flavia Guzzo
The phenylpropanoid and flavonoid families include thousands of specialized metabolites that influence a wide range of processes in plants, including seed dispersal, auxin transport, photoprotection, mechanical support and protection against insect herbivory. Such metabolites play a key role in the protection of plants against abiotic stress, in many cases through their well-known ability to inhibit the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). However, the precise role of specific phenylpropanoid and flavonoid molecules is unclear...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Chao Wu, Kehui Cui, Wencheng Wang, Qian Li, Shah Fahad, Qiuqian Hu, Jianliang Huang, Lixiao Nie, Shaobing Peng
Heat stress causes morphological and physiological changes and reduces crop yield in rice (Oryza sativa). To investigate changes in phytohormones and their relationships with yield and other attributes under heat stress, four rice varieties (Nagina22, Huanghuazhan, Liangyoupeijiu, and Shanyou 63) were grown in pots and subjected to three high temperature treatments plus control in temperature-controlled greenhouses for 15 d during the early reproductive phase. Yield reductions in Nagina22, Huanghuazhan, and Liangyoupeijiu were attributed to reductions in spikelet fertility, spikelets per panicle, and grain weight...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
Yuan Zhou, Yan Yang, Xinjian Zhou, Yingjun Chi, Baofang Fan, Zhixiang Chen
Proteins containing the FxxxVQxhTG or VQ motif interact with WRKY transcription factors. Although VQ proteins have been reported in several plants, knowledge about their structures, functions and evolution is still very limited. Here, we report structural and functional analysis of the VQ protein family from soybean. Like Arabidopsis homologues, soybean VQ proteins bind only Group I and IIc WRKY proteins and a substantial number of their genes are responsive to stress-associated phytohormones. Overexpression of some soybean VQ genes in Arabidopsis had strong effects on plant growth, development, disease resistance and heat tolerance...
October 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
R Martinez, J F Rocha, D Bejarano, Y Gomez, Y Abuabara, J Gallego
Colombian creole cattle have important adaptation traits related to heat tolerance and reproductive and productive efficiency. Romosinuano (ROMO) and Blanco Orejinegro (BON) are the most common breeds used by Colombian cattle breeders. Growth traits are of prime importance in these animals, which are mainly raised for beef production. Genes encoding growth hormone, growth hormone receptor, homeobox protein, insulin growth factor binding protein 3, leptin, and myostatin have been associated with physiological growth pathways in cattle and other species...
September 19, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Mar Fernández-Gutiérrez, Marta Rodriguez-Mancheño, Bárbara Pérez-Köhler, Gemma Pascual, Juan Manuel Bellón, Julio San Román
The article deals with a comparative analysis of the parameters of the polymerization in physiological conditions of three commercially available alkyl cyanoacrylates, n-butyl cyanoacrylate (GLUBRAN 2), n-hexyl cyanoacrylate (IFABOND), and n-octyl cyanoacrylate (EVOBOND), the cell behavior of the corresponding polymers and the application of these adhesives in the fixation of surgical polypropylene meshes for hernia repair in an animal model of rabbits. The results obtained demonstrate that the curing process depends on the nature of the alkyl residue of the ester group of cyanoacrylate molecules, being the heat of polymerization lower for the octyl derivative in comparison with the hexyl and butyl, and reaching a maximum temperature of 35 °C after a time of mixing with physiological fluids of 60-70 s...
October 5, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
C Corbin, E R Heyworth, J Ferrari, G D D Hurst
Heritable microbes represent an important component of the biology, ecology and evolution of many plants, animals and fungi, acting as both parasites and partners. In this review, we examine how heritable symbiont-host interactions may alter host thermal tolerance, and how the dynamics of these interactions may more generally be altered by thermal environment. Obligate symbionts, those required by their host, are considered to represent a thermally sensitive weak point for their host, associated with accumulation of deleterious mutations...
October 5, 2016: Heredity
C A Sevillano, H A Mulder, H Rashidi, P K Mathur, E F Knol
Seasonal infertility is often observed as anestrus and a lower conception rate resulting in a reduced farrowing rate (FR) during late summer and early autumn. This is often regarded as an effect of heat stress; however, we observed a reduction in the FR of sows even after correcting for ambient temperature in our data. Therefore, we added change in photoperiod in the analysis of FR considering its effect on sow fertility. Change in photoperiod was modeled using the cosine of the day of first insemination within a year...
August 2016: Journal of Animal Science
Morgan W Kelly, Melissa B DeBiasse, Vidal A Villela, Hope L Roberts, Colleen F Cecola
Trade-offs may influence both physiological and evolutionary responses to co-occurring stressors, but their effects on both plastic and adaptive responses to climate change are poorly understood. To test for genetic and physiological trade-offs incurred in tolerating multiple stressors, we hybridized two populations of the intertidal copepod Tigriopus californicus that were divergent for both heat and salinity tolerance. Starting in the F2 generation, we selected for increased tolerance of heat, low salinity, and high salinity in replicate lines...
October 2016: Evolutionary Applications
Christelle Haziza, Guillaume de La Bourdonnaye, Sarah Merlet, Muriel Benzimra, Jacek Ancerewicz, Andrea Donelli, Gizelle Baker, Patrick Picavet, Frank Lüdicke
Smoking conventional cigarettes (CCs) exposes smokers to harmful and potentially harmful constituents (HPHCs). The Tobacco Heating System 2.2 (THS 2.2), a candidate modified risk tobacco product, was developed to reduce or eliminate the formation of HPHCs, while preserving as much as possible the taste, sensory experience, nicotine delivery profile and ritual characteristics of CC. This randomized, controlled, open-label study in confinement for 5 days aimed to demonstrate the reduction in exposure to selected HPHCs, to assess nicotine uptake and subjective effects, in subjects switching to THS 2...
September 29, 2016: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
Khadiza Khatun, Arif Hasan Khan Robin, Jong-In Park, Chang Kil Kim, Ki-Byung Lim, Min-Bae Kim, Do-Jin Lee, Ill Sup Nou, Mi-Young Chung
The actin depolymerizing factor (ADF) proteins have growth, development, defense-related and growth regulatory functions in plants. The present study used genome-wide analysis to investigate ADF family genes in tomato. Eleven tomato ADF genes were identified and differential expression patterns were found in different organs. SlADF6 was preferentially expressed in roots, suggesting its function in root development. SlADF1, SlADF3 and SlADF10 were predominately expressed in the flowers compared to the other organs and specifically in the stamen compared to other flower parts, indicating their potential roles in pollen development...
2016: Genes
J B Garner, M L Douglas, S R O Williams, W J Wales, L C Marett, T T T Nguyen, C M Reich, B J Hayes
Dairy products are a key source of valuable proteins and fats for many millions of people worldwide. Dairy cattle are highly susceptible to heat-stress induced decline in milk production, and as the frequency and duration of heat-stress events increases, the long term security of nutrition from dairy products is threatened. Identification of dairy cattle more tolerant of heat stress conditions would be an important progression towards breeding better adapted dairy herds to future climates. Breeding for heat tolerance could be accelerated with genomic selection, using genome wide DNA markers that predict tolerance to heat stress...
September 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
Hee Jun Kim, Gee Su Yang, Joel D Greenspan, Katherine D Downton, Kathleen A Griffith, Cynthia L Renn, Meg Johantgen, Susan G Dorsey
Our objective was to describe the racial and ethnic differences in experimental pain sensitivity. Four databases (PubMed, EMBASE, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, and PsycINFO) were searched for studies examining racial/ethnic differences in experimental pain sensitivity. Thermal-heat, cold-pressor, pressure, ischemic, mechanical cutaneous, electrical, and chemical experimental pain modalities were assessed. Risk of bias was assessed using the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality guideline...
September 24, 2016: Pain
Ko-Onn Lee, Chin-Meng Khoo, Balram Chowbay, Yiong-Huak Chan, Meng-Kwoon Sim
Des-aspartate-angiotensin I (DAA-I) is an endogenous angiotensin peptide and a prototype angiotensin receptor agonist (ARA). It acts on the angiotensin AT1 receptor and antagonises the deleterious actions of angiotensin II. DAA-I attenuates animal models of human disease in which angiotensin II has been implicated, such as cardiac hypertrophy, neointima formation, arteriosclerosis, renal failure, post-infarction injuries, diabetes, viral infection, chemical-induced inflammation, heat stroke, cancer, and gamma radiation lethality...
September 28, 2016: Drugs in R&D
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