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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227567/a-method-to-assess-the-location-and-positional-stability-of-supra-choroidal-retinal-neuroprostheses
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Barry S Gow, Gregg J Suaning, Barry S Gow, Gregg J Suaning, Barry S Gow, Gregg J Suaning
Electrical stimulation of the retina is now firmly established as a means of restoration of rudimentary vision for blindness particularly that caused by retinitis pigmentosa. Of the various approaches, the novel positioning of an ultra-thin stimulating electrode array (SEA) posterior to the choroid has shown promising results. Following their implantation, reliable imaging methods are essential to establish the SEA's location relative to the optic disk and retinal vasculature. Because the opacity of the choroid precludes the use of conventional light-based fundus imaging, we developed an instrument (Wangiscope) that relies on infra-red illumination from LEDs...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225777/linear-mixed-effects-models-to-describe-length-weight-relationships-for-yellow-croaker-larimichthys-polyactis-along-the-north-coast-of-china
#2
Qiuyun Ma, Yan Jiao, Yiping Ren
In this study, length-weight relationships and relative condition factors were analyzed for Yellow Croaker (Larimichthys polyactis) along the north coast of China. Data covered six regions from north to south: Yellow River Estuary, Coastal Waters of Northern Shandong, Jiaozhou Bay, Coastal Waters of Qingdao, Haizhou Bay, and South Yellow Sea. In total 3,275 individuals were collected during six years (2008, 2011-2015). One generalized linear model, two simply linear models and nine linear mixed effect models that applied the effects from regions and/or years to coefficient a and/or the exponent b were studied and compared...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225773/whole-genome-duplication-and-molecular-evolution-in-cornus-l-cornaceae-insights-from-transcriptome-sequences
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Yan Yu, Qiuyun Xiang, Paul S Manos, Douglas E Soltis, Pamela S Soltis, Bao-Hua Song, Shifeng Cheng, Xin Liu, Gane Wong
The pattern and rate of genome evolution have profound consequences in organismal evolution. Whole-genome duplication (WGD), or polyploidy, has been recognized as an important evolutionary mechanism of plant diversification. However, in non-model plants the molecular signals of genome duplications have remained largely unexplored. High-throughput transcriptome data from next-generation sequencing have set the stage for novel investigations of genome evolution using new bioinformatic and methodological tools in a phylogenetic framework...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225766/marine-actinobacteria-as-a-source-of-compounds-for-phytopathogen-control-an-integrative-metabolic-profiling-bioactivity-and-taxonomical-approach
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Luz A Betancur, Sandra J Naranjo-Gaybor, Diana M Vinchira-Villarraga, Nubia C Moreno-Sarmiento, Luis A Maldonado, Zulma R Suarez-Moreno, Alejandro Acosta-González, Gillermo F Padilla-Gonzalez, Mónica Puyana, Leonardo Castellanos, Freddy A Ramos
Marine bacteria are considered as promising sources for the discovery of novel biologically active compounds. In this study, samples of sediment, invertebrate and algae were collected from the Providencia and Santa Catalina coral reef (Colombian Caribbean Sea) with the aim of isolating Actinobateria-like strain able to produce antimicrobial and quorum quenching compounds against pathogens. Several approaches were used to select actinobacterial isolates, obtaining 203 strains from all samples. According to their 16S rRNA gene sequencing, a total of 24 strains was classified within Actinobacteria represented by three genera: Streptomyces, Micromonospora, and Gordonia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224985/episodic-release-of-co2-from-the-high-latitude-north-atlantic-ocean-during-the-last-135%C3%A2-kyr
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Mohamed M Ezat, Tine L Rasmussen, Bärbel Hönisch, Jeroen Groeneveld, Peter deMenocal
Antarctic ice cores document glacial-interglacial and millennial-scale variability in atmospheric pCO2 over the past 800 kyr. The ocean, as the largest active carbon reservoir on this timescale, is thought to have played a dominant role in these pCO2 fluctuations, but it remains unclear how and where in the ocean CO2 was stored during glaciations and released during (de)glacial millennial-scale climate events. The evolution of surface ocean pCO2 in key locations can therefore provide important clues for understanding the ocean's role in Pleistocene carbon cycling...
February 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224981/unusual-anti-allergic-diterpenoids-from-the-marine-sponge-hippospongia-lachne
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Li-Li Hong, Hao-Bing Yu, Jie Wang, Wei-Hua Jiao, Bao-Hui Cheng, Fan Yang, Yong-Jun Zhou, Bin-Bin Gu, Shao-Jiang Song, Hou-Wen Lin
Hipposponlachnins A (1) and B (2), possessing an unprecedented tetracyclo [9.3.0.0(2,8).0(3,7)] tetradecane ring system, and the probable biogenetic precursor [3, (1R*,2E,4R*,7E,10S*,11S*,12R*)-10, 18-diacetoxydolabella-2,7-dien-6-one] of 1‒2 were isolated from the South China Sea marine sponge Hippospongia lachne. The structures of the novel compounds were determined using integrated spectroscopic methods in combination with single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. Compounds 1‒2 showed potent inhibitory activity on the release of β-hexosaminidase, a biomarker for degranulation, as well as the production of pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-4 and lipid mediator LTB4 in DNP-IgE-stimulated RBL-2H3 cells...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223690/cytotoxic-rearranged-angucycline-glycosides-from-deep-sea-derived-streptomyces-lusitanus-scsio-lr32
#7
Xiangcheng Zhu, Yanwen Duan, Zhaomeng Cui, Zhen Wang, Zengxia Li, Yun Zhang, Jianhua Ju, Hongbo Huang
Two new rearranged linear angucycline glycosides, designated grincamycins G and H (1 and 2), together with three known congers P-1894B (vineomycin A1, 3), saquayamycin B (4) and vineomycin B2 (5), were obtained from marine-derived actinomycete Streptomyces lusitanus SCSIO LR32. The structures of 1 and 2 were elucidated by MS, 1D and 2D NMR techniques. Compounds 2-5 showed significant inhibitory effect on Jurkat T-cell proliferation with IC50 values of 3.0, 0.011, 0.037 and 0.3 μM, respectively.The Journal of Antibiotics advance online publication, 22 February 2017; doi:10...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223491/oogenesis-and-reproductive-investment-of-atlantic-herring-are-functions-of-not-only-present-but-long-ago-environmental-influences-as-well
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Thassya C Dos Santos Schmidt, Aril Slotte, James Kennedy, Svein Sundby, Arne Johannessen, Gudmundur J Óskarsson, Yutaka Kurita, Nils C Stenseth, Olav Sigurd Kjesbu
Following general life history theory, immediate reproductive investment (egg mass × fecundity/body mass) in oviparous teleosts is a consequence of both present and past environmental influences. This clarification questions the frequent use of season-independent (general) fecundity formulas in marine fish recruitment studies based on body metrics only. Here we test the underlying assumption of no lag effect on gametogenesis in the planktivorous, determinate-fecundity Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) displaying large plasticity in egg mass and fecundity, examining Norwegian summer-autumn spawning herring (NASH), North Sea autumn-spawning herring (NSAH), and Norwegian spring-spawning herring (NSSH)...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223483/seasonal-prediction-of-us-summertime-ozone-using-statistical-analysis-of-large-scale-climate-patterns
#9
Lu Shen, Loretta J Mickley
We develop a statistical model to predict June-July-August (JJA) daily maximum 8-h average (MDA8) ozone concentrations in the eastern United States based on large-scale climate patterns during the previous spring. We find that anomalously high JJA ozone in the East is correlated with these springtime patterns: warm tropical Atlantic and cold northeast Pacific sea surface temperatures (SSTs), as well as positive sea level pressure (SLP) anomalies over Hawaii and negative SLP anomalies over the Atlantic and North America...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223481/sustained-disruption-of-narwhal-habitat-use-and-behavior-in-the-presence-of-arctic-killer-whales
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Greg A Breed, Cory J D Matthews, Marianne Marcoux, Jeff W Higdon, Bernard LeBlanc, Stephen D Petersen, Jack Orr, Natalie R Reinhart, Steven H Ferguson
Although predators influence behavior of prey, analyses of electronic tracking data in marine environments rarely consider how predators affect the behavior of tracked animals. We collected an unprecedented dataset by synchronously tracking predator (killer whales, [Formula: see text] = 1; representing a family group) and prey (narwhal, [Formula: see text] = 7) via satellite telemetry in Admiralty Inlet, a large fjord in the Eastern Canadian Arctic. Analyzing the movement data with a switching-state space model and a series of mixed effects models, we show that the presence of killer whales strongly alters the behavior and distribution of narwhal...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222923/consumption-of-aquaculture-waste-affects-the-fatty-acid-metabolism-of-a-benthic-invertebrate
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Camille A White, Raymond J Bannister, Symon A Dworjanyn, Vivian Husa, Peter D Nichols, Tina Kutti, Tim Dempster
Trophic subsidies can drive widespread ecological change, thus knowledge of how keystone species respond to subsidies is important. Aquaculture of large carnivorous fish generates substantial waste as faeces and lost feed, providing a food source to mobile benthic invertebrates. We used a controlled feeding study combined with a field survey to better understand the interaction between salmon aquaculture and the sea urchin, Echinus acutus, a dominant mobile invertebrate in Norwegian fjords. We tested if diets affected urchin fatty acid composition by feeding them one of three diet treatments ("aquafeed", "composite" and "natural") for 10weeks...
February 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222865/simulated-oil-release-from-oil-contaminated-marine-sediment-in-the-bohai-sea-china
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Lingling Yuan, Longxi Han, Wenjie Bo, Hua Chen, Wenshen Gao, Bo Chen
There is a high degree of heavy oil partitioning into marine sediments when an oil spill occurs. Contaminated sediment, as an endogenous pollution source, can re-pollute overlying water slowly. In this study, a static oil release process and its effects in marine sediment was investigated through a series of experiments with reproductive heavy oil-contaminated marine sediment. The oil release process was accurately simulated with a Lagergren first-order equation and reached equilibration after 48h. The fitted curve for equilibrium concentration (C0) and first-order rate constant (k1) for sediment pollution levels exhibited a first-order log relationship...
February 17, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222763/the-discovery-of-novel-lpmo-families-with-a-new-hidden-markov-model
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Gerben P Voshol, Erik Vijgenboom, Peter J Punt
BACKGROUND: Renewable biopolymers, such as cellulose, starch and chitin are highly resistance to enzymatic degradation. Therefore, there is a need to upgrade current degradation processes by including novel enzymes. Lytic polysaccharide mono-oxygenases (LPMOs) can disrupt recalcitrant biopolymers, thereby enhancing hydrolysis by conventional enzymes. However, novel LPMO families are difficult to identify using existing methods. Therefore, we developed a novel profile Hidden Markov model (HMM) and used it to mine genomes of ascomycetous fungi for novel LPMOs...
February 21, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222487/pyrrole-derivatives-and-diterpene-alkaloids-from-the-south-china-sea-sponge-agelas-nakamurai
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Mei-Jun Chu, Xu-Li Tang, Guo-Fei Qin, Yan-Ting Sun, Lei Li, Nicole J de Voogd, Ping-Lin Li, Guo-Qiang Li
Two pairs of new non-brominated racematic pyrrole derivatives, (±)-nakamurine D (1) and (±)-nakamurine E (2), two new diterpene alkaloids, iso-agelasine C (16), and iso-agelasidine B (21), together with fifteen known pyrrole derivatives((±)-3 - 15), five known diterpene alkaloids (17 - 20, 22) were isolated from the South China Sea sponge Agelas nakamurai. The racemic mixtures, compounds 1 - 4, were resolved into four pairs of enantiomers, (+)-1 and (-)-1, (+)-2 and (-)-2, (+)-3 and (-)-3, and (+)-4 and (-)-4, by chiral HPLC...
February 21, 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222366/alterations-of-tissue-metallothionein-and-vitellogenin-concentrations-in-tropical-cup-oysters-saccostrea-sp-following-short-term-96h-exposure-to-cadmium
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Angela M Moncaleano-Niño, Sergio A Barrios-Latorre, Javier F Poloche-Hernández, Vanessa Becquet, Valérie Huet, Luisa Villamil, Hélène Thomas-Guyon, Michael J Ahrens, Andrea Luna-Acosta
Metallothioneins and vitellogenins are low molecular weight proteins that have been used widely in environmental monitoring as biomarkers of exposure and damage to metals and estrogenic compounds, respectively. In the present study, the responses of metallothionein and vitellogenin tissue concentrations were measured following acute (96h) aqueous exposures to cadmium in Saccostrea sp., a tropical cup oyster native to the Western Pacific Ocean that has recently established itself in the Caribbean Sea. Adult oysters (1...
February 9, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222201/linkage-and-mapping-of-quantitative-trait-loci-associated-with-angular-leaf-spot-and-powdery-mildew-resistance-in-common-beans
#16
Denis Bassi, Boris Briñez, Juliana Santa Rosa, Paula Rodrigues Oblessuc, Caléo Panhoca de Almeida, Stella Maris Nucci, Larissa Chariel Domingos da Silva, Alisson Fernando Chiorato, Rosana Pereira Vianello, Luis Eduardo Aranha Camargo, Matthew Wohlgemuth Blair, Luciana Lasry Benchimol-Reis
Angular leaf spot (ALS) and powdery mildew (PWM) are two important fungi diseases causing significant yield losses in common beans. In this study, a new genetic linkage map was constructed using single sequence repeats (SSRs) and single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), in a segregating population derived from the AND 277 x SEA 5 cross, with 105 recombinant inbred lines. Phenotypic evaluations were performed in the greenhouse to identify quantitative trait loci (QTLs) associated with resistance by means of the composite interval mapping analysis...
February 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222124/modelling-the-effects-of-environmental-conditions-on-the-acoustic-occurrence-and-behaviour-of-antarctic-blue-whales
#17
Fannie W Shabangu, Dawit Yemane, Kathleen M Stafford, Paul Ensor, Ken P Findlay
Harvested to perilously low numbers by commercial whaling during the past century, the large scale response of Antarctic blue whales Balaenoptera musculus intermedia to environmental variability is poorly understood. This study uses acoustic data collected from 586 sonobuoys deployed in the austral summers of 1997 through 2009, south of 38°S, coupled with visual observations of blue whales during the IWC SOWER line-transect surveys. The characteristic Z-call and D-call of Antarctic blue whales were detected using an automated detection template and visual verification method...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221875/inactivation-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-and-aerobic-microorganisms-in-romaine-lettuce-packaged-in-a-commercial-polyethylene-terephthalate-container-using-atmospheric-cold-plasma
#18
Sea C Min, Si Hyeon Roh, Glenn Boyd, Joseph E Sites, Joseph Uknalis, Xuetong Fan, Brendan A Niemira
The effects of dielectric barrier discharge atmospheric cold plasma (DACP) treatment on the inactivation of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and aerobic microorganisms in romaine lettuce packaged in a conventional commercial plastic container were evaluated during storage at 4°C for 7 days. Effects investigated included the color, carbon dioxide (CO2) generation, weight loss, and surface morphology of the lettuce during storage. Romaine lettuce pieces, with or without inoculation with a cocktail of three strains of E...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221831/behavioral-hypervolumes-of-predator-groups-and-predator-predator-interactions-shape-prey-survival-rates-and-selection-on-prey-behavior
#19
Jonathan N Pruitt, Kimberly A Howell, Shaniqua J Gladney, Yusan Yang, James L L Lichtenstein, Michelle Elise Spicer, Sebastian A Echeverri, Noa Pinter-Wollman
Predator-prey interactions often vary on the basis of the traits of the individual predators and prey involved. Here we examine whether the multidimensional behavioral diversity of predator groups shapes prey mortality rates and selection on prey behavior. We ran individual sea stars (Pisaster ochraceus) through three behavioral assays to characterize individuals' behavioral phenotype along three axes. We then created groups that varied in the volume of behavioral space that they occupied. We further manipulated the ability of predators to interact with one another physically via the addition of barriers...
March 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221708/improved-management-of-small-pelagic-fisheries-through-seasonal-climate-prediction
#20
Désirée Tommasi, Charles A Stock, Kathleen Pegion, Gabriel A Vecchi, Richard D Methot, Michael A Alexander, David M Checkley
Populations of small pelagic fish are strongly influenced by climate. The inability of managers to anticipate environment-driven fluctuations in stock productivity or distribution can lead to overfishing and stock collapses, inflexible management regulations inducing shifts in the functional response to human predators, lost opportunities to harvest populations, bankruptcies in the fishing industry, and loss of resilience in the human food supply. Recent advances in dynamical global climate prediction systems allow for sea surface temperature (SST) anomaly predictions at a seasonal scale over many shelf ecosystems...
October 12, 2016: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
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