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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646775/consequences-of-intensive-forest-harvesting-on-the-recovery-of-swedish-lakes-from-acidification-and-on-critical-load-exceedances
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Filip Moldan, Johanna Stadmark, Jens Fölster, Sara Jutterström, Martyn N Futter, Bernard J Cosby, Richard F Wright
Across much of the northern hemisphere, lakes are at risk of re-acidification due to incomplete recovery from historical acidification and pressures associated with more intensive forest biomass harvesting. Critical load (CL) calculations aimed at estimating the amount of pollutants an ecosystem can receive without suffering adverse consequences are dependent on these factors. Here, we present a modelling study of the potential effects of intensified forest harvesting on re-acidification of a set of 3239 Swedish lakes based on scenarios with varying intensities of forest biomass harvest and acid deposition...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646188/mitochondrial-haplotypes-influence-metabolic-traits-across-bovine-inter-and-intra-species-cybrids
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Jikun Wang, Hai Xiang, Langqing Liu, Minghua Kong, Tao Yin, Xingbo Zhao
In bovine species, mitochondrial DNA polymorphisms and their correlation to productive or reproductive performances have been widely reported across breeds and individuals. However, experimental evidence of this correlation has never been provided. In order to identify differences among bovine mtDNA haplotypes, transmitochondrial cybrids were generated, with the nucleus from MAC-T cell line, derived from a Holstein dairy cow (Bos taurus) and mitochondria from either primary cell line derived from a domestic Chinese native beef Luxi cattle breed or central Asian domestic yak (Bos grunniens)...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642608/ocean-acidification-as-a-driver-of-community-simplification-via-the-collapse-of-higher-order-and-rise-of-lower-order-consumers
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S Vizzini, B Martínez-Crego, C Andolina, A Massa-Gallucci, S D Connell, M C Gambi
Increasing oceanic uptake of CO2 is predicted to drive ecological change as both a resource (i.e. CO2 enrichment on primary producers) and stressor (i.e. lower pH on consumers). We use the natural ecological complexity of a CO2 vent (i.e. a seagrass system) to assess the potential validity of conceptual models developed from laboratory and mesocosm research. Our observations suggest that the stressor-effect of CO2 enrichment combined with its resource-effect drives simplified food web structure of lower trophic diversity and shorter length...
June 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641894/carbon-assimilation-and-losses-during-an-ocean-acidification-mesocosm-experiment-with-special-reference-to-algal-blooms
#4
Nana Liu, Shanying Tong, Xiangqi Yi, Yan Li, Zhenzhen Li, Hangbin Miao, Tifeng Wang, Futian Li, Dong Yan, Ruiping Huang, Yaping Wu, David A Hutchins, John Beardall, Minhan Dai, Kunshan Gao
A mesocosm experiment was conducted in Wuyuan Bay (Xiamen), China, to investigate the effects of elevated pCO2 on bloom formation by phytoplankton species previously studied in laboratory-based ocean acidification experiments, to determine if the indoor-grown species performed similarly in mesocosms under more realistic environmental conditions. We measured biomass, primary productivity and particulate organic carbon (POC) as well as particulate organic nitrogen (PON). Phaeodactylum tricornutum outcompeted Thalassiosira weissflogii and Emiliania huxleyi, comprising more than 99% of the final biomass...
May 27, 2017: Marine Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639032/case-study-microbial-ecology-and-forensics-of-chinese-drywall-elemental-sulfur-disproportionation-as-primary-generator-of-hydrogen-sulfide
#5
Francisco A Tomei Torres
Drywall manufactured in China released foul odors attributed to volatile sulfur compounds. These included hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan, and sulfur dioxide. Given that calcium sulfate is the main component of drywall, one would suspect bacterial reduction of sulfate to sulfide as the primary culprit. However, when the forensics, i.e., the microbial and chemical signatures left in the drywall, are studied, the evidence suggests that, rather than dissimilatory sulfate reduction, disproportionation of elemental sulfur to hydrogen sulfide and sulfate was actually the primary cause of the malodors...
June 21, 2017: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635961/hypoxia-induced-mobilization-of-nhe6-to-the-plasma-membrane-triggers-endosome-hyperacidification-and-chemoresistance
#6
Fabrice Lucien, Pierre-Paul Pelletier, Roxane R Lavoie, Jean-Michel Lacroix, Sébastien Roy, Jean-Luc Parent, Dominique Arsenault, Kelly Harper, Claire M Dubois
The pH-dependent partitioning of chemotherapeutic drugs is a fundamental yet understudied drug distribution mechanism that may underlie the low success rates of current approaches to counter multidrug resistance (MDR). This mechanism is influenced by the hypoxic tumour microenvironment and results in selective trapping of weakly basic drugs into acidified compartments such as the extracellular environment. Here we report that hypoxia not only leads to acidification of the tumour microenvironment but also induces endosome hyperacidification...
June 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635619/on-the-importance-of-accurate-quantification-of-individual-volatile-metabolites-in-exhaled-breath
#7
David Smith, Patrik Spanel
It is argued that shortcomings of certain approaches to breath analysis research based on superficial interpretation of non-quantitative data are inadvertently inhibiting the progression of non-invasive breath analysis into clinical practice. The objective of this perspective is to suggest more clinically profitable approaches to breath research. Thus, following a discourse on the challenges and expectations in breath research, a brief indication is given of the analytical techniques currently used for the analysis of very humid exhaled breath...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631600/inhibition-of-carbonic-anhydrase-ix-by-ureidosulfonamide-inhibitor-u104-reduces-prostate-cancer-cell-growth-but-does-not-modulate-daunorubicin-or-cisplatin-cytotoxicity
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Anne Riemann, Antje Güttler, Verena Haupt, Henri Wichmann, Sarah Reime, Matthias Bache, Dirk Vordermark, Oliver Thews
Carbonic anhydrase IX has emerged as a promising target for cancer therapy. It is highly up-regulated in hypoxic regions and mediates pH regulation critical for tumor cell survival as well as extracellular acidification of the tumor microenvironment which promotes tumor aggressiveness via various mechanisms, such as augmenting metastatic potential. Therefore, the aim of this study was to analyze the complex interdependency between CA IX and the tumor microenvironment in prostate tumor cells in concern of potential therapeutic implications...
June 19, 2017: Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630706/effects-of-feeding-untreated-pasteurized-and-acidified-waste-milk-and-bunk-tank-milk-on-the-performance-serum-metabolic-profiles-immunity-and-intestinal-development-in-holstein-calves
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Yang Zou, Yajing Wang, Youfei Deng, Zhijun Cao, Shengli Li, Jiufeng Wang
BACKGROUND: The present experiment was performed to assess the effects of different sources of milk on the growth performance, serum metabolism, immunity, and intestinal development of calves. Eighty-four Holstein male neonatal calves were assigned to one of the following four treatment groups: those that received bunk tank milk (BTM), untreated waste milk (UWM), pasteurized waste milk (PWM), and acidified waste milk (AWM) for 21 d. RESULTS: Calves in the BTM and AWM groups consumed more starter (P < 0...
2017: Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629701/a-polymethoxyflavone-mixture-extracted-from-orange-peels-mainly-containing-nobiletin-3-3-4-5-6-7-8-heptamethoxyflavone-and-tangeretin-suppresses-melanogenesis-through-the-acidification-of-cell-organelles-including-melanosomes
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Norihiro Yoshizaki, Ron Hashizume, Hitoshi Masaki
BACKGROUND: Skin color is determined by melanin contents and its distribution. Melanin is synthesized in melanosomes of melanocytes, catalyzed by tyrosinase, melanogenic enzymes. Regarding the process of melanin synthesis, melanosomal pH is considered to play an important role, because it has been reported to differ between Caucasian and Black melanocytes. OBJECTIVE: Although polymethoxyflavone (PMF) has many beneficial effects, it has not been reported which PMF suppresses melanogenesis...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629111/volatile-fatty-acid-production-dynamics-during-the-acidification-of-pretreated-olive-mill-wastewater
#11
Canan Can Yarimtepe, Nilgün Ayman Oz, Orhan Ince
This study focuses on the dynamics of VFA production from pretreated olive mill wastewater (OMW). Acidogenic anaerobic sequencing batch reactors (AcASBR) were operated with the pretreated OMW at hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 2days and pH of 5,5 for different organic loading rates (OLRs) ranging from 5gCOD/L.d to 40gCOD/L.d. VFA production reached to the highest value of about 27,000mg/L with the increase in the organic load applied (20gCOD/L.d). The highest acidification rate was calculated as 68%. Acetic acid was found to be as the dominant VFA compound for all stage of the study...
May 31, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623674/cathepsin-k-in-lymphangioleiomyomatosis-lam-cell-fibroblast-interactions-enhance-protease-activity-by-extracellular-acidification
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Arundhati Dongre, Debbie Clements, Andrew J Fisher, Simon R Johnson
Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is a rare disease in which clonal LAM cells infiltrate the lungs and lymphatics. In association with recruited fibroblasts, LAM cells form nodules adjacent to lung cysts. It is hypothesized that LAM nodule-derived proteases lead to cyst formation. On protease gene-expression profiling in whole-lung tissue, cathepsin K was 40-fold overexpressed in LAM compared with control lungs (P ≤ 0.0001). Immunohistochemistry confirmed cathepsin K protein in LAM nodules but not in control lungs...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619729/characterization-and-mechanisms-of-the-supragastric-belch-in-the-cat
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Ivan M Lang, Bidyut K Medda, Reza Shaker
A response, i.e., the supragastric belch (SGB), in which a belch occurs without gastric involvement has been characterized in humans. The aims of this study were to determine whether animals have an SGB and if so to determine its mechanisms. Studies were conducted in decerebrate cats (N=30) with EMG electrodes on hyoid, pharyngeal, esophageal, and diaphragm muscles. The effects of distending different regions of the esophagus in different manners using a balloon were quantified to determine the most appropriate stimulus for activating the cat SGB...
June 15, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616949/monitoring-atpase-induced-ph-changes-in-single-proteoliposomes-with-the-lipid-coupled-fluorophore-oregon-green-488
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Miriam Schwamborn, Johannes Schumacher, Jeremias Sibold, Nikolas K Teiwes, Claudia Steinem
Monitoring the proton pumping activity of proteins such as ATPases in reconstituted single proteoliposomes is key to quantify the function of proteins as well as potential proton pump inhibitors. However, most pH-detecting assays available are either not quantitative, require well-adapted reconstitution protocols or are not appropriate for single vesicle studies. Here, we describe the quantitative and time-resolved detection of F-type ATPase-induced pH changes across vesicular membranes doped with the commercially available pH sensitive fluorophore Oregon Green 488 DHPE...
June 15, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616177/the-effects-of-elevated-temperature-and-dissolved-%C3%AF-co2-on-a-marine-foundation-species
#15
Cori J Speights, Brian R Silliman, Michael W McCoy
Understanding how climate change and other environmental stressors will affect species is a fundamental concern of modern ecology. Indeed, numerous studies have documented how climate stressors affect species distributions and population persistence. However, relatively few studies have investigated how multiple climate stressors might affect species. In this study, we investigate the impacts of how two climate change factors affect an important foundation species. Specifically, we tested how ocean acidification from dissolution of CO 2 and increased sea surface temperatures affect multiple characteristics of juvenile eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica)...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615486/acid-base-physiology-neurobiology-and-behaviour-in-relation-to-co2-induced-ocean-acidification
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Martin Tresguerres, Trevor J Hamilton
Experimental exposure to ocean and freshwater acidification affects the behaviour of multiple aquatic organisms in laboratory tests. One proposed cause involves an imbalance in plasma chloride and bicarbonate ion concentrations as a result of acid-base regulation, causing the reversal of ionic fluxes through GABAA receptors, which leads to altered neuronal function. This model is exclusively based on differential effects of the GABAA receptor antagonist gabazine on control animals and those exposed to elevated CO2 However, direct measurements of actual chloride and bicarbonate concentrations in neurons and their extracellular fluids and of GABAA receptor properties in aquatic organisms are largely lacking...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614601/genome-wide-transcriptional-reprogramming-in-the-seagrass-cymodocea-nodosa-under-experimental-ocean-acidification
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Miriam Ruocco, Francesco Musacchia, Irene Olivé, Monya M Costa, Isabel Barrote, Rui Santos, Remo Sanges, Gabriele Procaccini, João Silva
Here we report the first use of massive scale RNA-Sequencing to explore seagrass response to CO2 -driven ocean acidification (OA). Large-scale gene expression changes in the seagrass Cymodocea nodosa occurred at CO2 levels projected by the end of the century. C. nodosa transcriptome was obtained using Illumina RNA-Seq technology and de novo assembly, and differential gene expression was explored in plants exposed to short-term high CO2 / low pH conditions. At high pCO2 , there was a significant increased expression of transcripts associated to photosynthesis, including light reaction functions and CO2 fixation, and also to respiratory pathways, specifically for enzymes involved in glycolysis, in the tricarboxylic acid cycle and in the energy metabolism of the mitochondrial electron transport...
June 14, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611379/transfer-behavior-of-odorous-pollutants-in-wastewater-sludge-system-under-typical-chemical-conditioning-processes-for-dewaterability-enhancement
#18
Hongyu Gao, Weijun Zhang, Zhenzhen Song, Xiaofang Yang, Lian Yang, Mengdi Cao, Dongsheng Wang, Guiying Liao
Chemical conditioning has been used for enhancing wastewater sludge dewaterability for many years, but the characteristics of odorous pollutants emission in sludge conditioning were still unclear. In this work, the transfer behavior of different odorous pollutants between air, liquid and solid phases under typical chemical conditioning processes for high-pressure dewatering was systematically investigated. The results indicated that that besides hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and ammonia (NH3), 21 kinds of volatile organic contaminants (VOCs) were identified and quantified by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), while the concentrations and composition of odorous pollutants varied greatly for different conditioning processes...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610663/eculizumab-c5-complexes-express-a-c5a-neoepitope-in-vivo-consequences-for-interpretation-of-patient-complement-analyses
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Per H Nilsson, Anub Mathew Thomas, Grethe Bergseth, Alice Gustavsen, Elena B Volokhina, Lambertus P van den Heuvel, Andreas Barratt-Due, Tom E Mollnes
The complement system has obtained renewed clinical focus due to increasing number of patients treated with eculizumab, a monoclonal antibody inhibiting cleavage of C5 into C5a and C5b. The FDA approved indications are paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria and atypical haemolytic uremic syndrome, but many other diseases are candidates for complement inhibition. It has been postulated that eculizumab does not inhibit C5a formation in vivo, in contrast to what would be expected since it blocks C5 cleavage. We recently revealed that this finding was due to a false positive reaction in a C5a assay...
June 10, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609549/non-random-species-loss-in-a-forest-herbaceous-layer-following-nitrogen-addition
#20
Christopher A Walter, Mary Beth Adams, Frank S Gilliam, William T Peterjohn
Nitrogen (N) additions have decreased species richness (S) in hardwood forest herbaceous layers, yet the functional mechanisms for these decreases have not been explicitly evaluated. We tested two hypothesized mechanisms - random species loss (RSL) and non-random species loss (NRSL) - in the hardwood forest herbaceous layer of a long-term, plot-scale fertilization experiment in the central Appalachian Mountains, USA. Using a random thinning algorithm, we simulated changes in species densities under RSL and compared the simulated densities to the observed densities among N-fertilized (+N), N-fertilized and limed (+N+L), and reference (REF) plots in regenerating forest stands...
June 13, 2017: Ecology
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