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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215020/climate-change-and-national-crop-wild-relative-conservation-planning
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Jade Phillips, Joana Magos Brehm, Bob van Oort, Åsmund Asdal, Morten Rasmussen, Nigel Maxted
Climate change is likely to be one of the most important factors affecting our future food security. To mitigate negative impacts, we will require our crops to be more genetically diverse. Such diversity is available in crop wild relatives (CWRs), the wild taxa relatively closely related to crops and from which diverse traits can be transferred to the crop. Conservation of such genetic resources resides within the nation where they are found; therefore, national-level conservation recommendations are fundamental to global food security...
February 18, 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215009/why-geese-benefit-from-the-transition-from-natural-vegetation-to-agriculture
#2
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/28214999/e6-associated-protein-dependent-estrogen-receptor-regulation-of-protein-kinase-a-regulatory-subunit-r2a-expression-in-neuroblastoma
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Jean-Pierre Obeid, Youssef H Zeidan, Nawal Zafar, Jimmy El Hokayem
E6ap is a known transcriptional coregulator for estrogen receptor alpha (Er, Erα) in the presence of estrogen. Protein kinase A (PKA) contains two regulatory subunits derived from four genes. Recent evidence demonstrates that PKA regulates E6ap activity. Data generated in our lab indicated estrogen dependent regulation of Pkar2a levels. Our project sets to investigate a possible feedback mechanism constituting of Erα and E6ap transcriptional regulation of Pkar2a expression. Western blot evaluated protein regulation correlations with E2 in mouse neuroblastoma lines...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214778/thiol-disulfide-homeostasis-in-untreated-schizophrenia-patients
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Canan Topcuoglu, Abdurrahim Bakirhan, Fatma Meric Yilmaz, Salim Neselioglu, Ozcan Erel, Safak Yalcin Sahiner
BACKROUND: The aim of the study was to investigate dynamic thiol/disulfide (SH/SS) homeostasis in untreated schizophrenia. METHODS: Blood thiol/disulfide homeostasis status, which reflects native thiol-disulfide exchanges, was investigated in 87 untreated patients (52 males, 35 females), and the obtained results were compared with 86 healthy controls. Blood serum native thiol and total thiol (ToSH) concentrations were measured in a paired test. The half value of the difference between native thiol and ToSH concentrations was calculated as the disulfide bond amount...
February 7, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214676/chiral-aminoquinoline-based-fluorescent-ph-probe-with-large-stokes-shift-for-bioimaging
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Yong-Sheng Xie, Xin-Ling Zhang, Kun Xie, Yanmei Zhao, Huan Wu, Jidong Yang
The aminoquinoline derivatives, (R)- and (S)-2-phenyl-2-(quinolin-6-ylamino)ethan-1-ol (R-PEO and S-PEO), were synthesized by a tandem one-pot three-step CN coupling method where Smiles rearrangement was the key procedure. The selected compound R-PEO showed a significant fluorescence enhancement with a turn-on ratio over 98-fold and enabled the real time determination of proton concentration in acidic solution. The fluorescence intensity of R-PEO exhibited strong pH-dependent performance with a large Stokes shift (115nm) and responded linearly to minor pH change within the range of 3...
February 12, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214665/when-are-night-shifts-effective-for-nursing-student-clinical-learning-findings-from-a-mixed-method-study-design
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Alvisa Palese, Felix Basso, Elena Del Negro, Illarj Achil, Annamaria Ferraresi, Marzia Morandini, Renzo Moreale, Irene Mansutti
BACKGROUND: Some nursing programmes offer night shifts for students while others do not, mainly due to the lack of evidence regarding their effectiveness on clinical learning. OBJECTIVES: The principal aims of the study were to describe nursing students' perceptions and to explore conditions influencing effectiveness on learning processes during night shifts. DESIGN: An explanatory mixed-method study design composed of a cross-sectional study (primary method, first phase) followed by a descriptive phenomenological study design (secondary method, second phase) in 2015...
February 11, 2017: Nurse Education Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214605/the-effect-of-sitting-and-calf-activity-on-leg-fluid-and-snoring
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Bhajan Singh, Azadeh Yadollahi, Owen Lyons, Hisham Alshaer, TDouglas Bradley
Prolonged sitting may promote leg fluid retention that redistributes to the neck during sleep and contributes to snoring. This could be attenuated by calf activity while sitting. In 16 healthy non-obese subjects we measured leg fluid volume (LFV) below the knees using bioelectrical impedance while sitting for 4hours, snoring using a portable BresoDx™ device, and Mallampati grade. Using a double cross-over study design, subjects were randomized to one of two arms and crossed-over one week later: control arm - no calf exercise while sitting; intervention arm - calf contraction against a pedal resistance while sitting...
February 15, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214602/impact-of-fill-level-in-twin-screw-granulation-on-critical-quality-attributes-of-granules-and-tablets
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Robin Meier, Klaus-Peter Moll, Markus Krumme, Peter Kleinebudde
In a previous study a change of the fill-level in the barrel exerted a huge influence on the twin-screw granulation (TSG) process of a high drug loaded, simplified formulation. The present work investigated this influence systematically. The specific feed load (SFL) indicating the mass per revolution as surrogate parameter for the fill-level was applied and the correlation to the real volumetric fill level of an extruder could be demonstrated by a newly developed method. A design of experiments was conducted to examine the combined influence of SFL and screw speed on the process and on critical quality attributes of granules and tablets...
February 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214594/association-between-light-at-night-melatonin-secretion-sleep-deprivation-and-the-internal-clock-health-impacts-and-mechanisms-of-circadian-disruption
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REVIEW
Yvan Touitou, Alain Reinberg, David Touitou
Exposure to Artificial Light At Night (ALAN) results in a disruption of the circadian system, which is deleterious to health. In industrialized countries, 75% of the total workforce is estimated to have been involved in shift work and night work. Epidemiologic studies, mainly of nurses, have revealed an association between sustained night work and a 50-100% higher incidence of breast cancer.The potential and multifactorial mechanisms of the effects include the suppression of melatonin secretion by ALAN, sleep deprivation, and circadian disruption...
February 15, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214516/saturation-of-long-term-potentiation-in-the-dorsal-cochlear-nucleus-and-its-pharmacological-reversal-in-an-experimental-model-of-tinnitus
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Thomas Tagoe, Daniel Deeping, Martine Hamann
Animal models have demonstrated that tinnitus is a pathology of dysfunctional excitability in the central auditory system, in particular in the dorsal cochlear nucleus (DCN) of the brainstem. We used a murine model and studied whether acoustic over-exposure leading to hearing loss and tinnitus, affects long-term potentiation (LTP) at DCN multisensory synapses. Whole cell and field potential recordings were used to study the effects on release probability and synaptic plasticity, respectively in brainstem slices...
February 15, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214440/achieving-short-cut-nitrification-and-denitrification-in-modified-intermittently-aerated-constructed-wetland
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Jie Hou, Ling Xia, Tao Ma, Yiqing Zhang, Yiyong Zhou, Xugang He
This study aim to enhance nitrogen removal performance via shifting nitrogen removal pathway from nitrate to nitrite pathway. It was demonstrated that nitrite pathway was successfully and stably achieved in CWs by using modified intermittent aeration control with aeration 20min/non-aeration 100min and reducing DO concentration during aeration, nitrite in the effluent could accumulate to over 70% of the total oxidized nitrogen. Q-PCR analysis showed that nitrifying microbial communities were optimized under the alternating anoxic and aerobic conditions, ammonia oxidizing bacteria increased from 7...
February 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214431/simulation-in-undergraduate-paediatric-nursing-curriculum-evaluation-of-a-complex-ward-for-a-day-education-program
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Andree S Gamble
Simulation in health education has been shown to increase confidence, psychomotor and professional skills, and thus positively impact on student preparedness for clinical placement. It is recognised as a valuable tool to expose and engage students in realistic patient care encounters without the potential to cause patient harm. Although inherent challenges exist in the development and implementation of simulation, variability in clinical placement time, availability and quality dictates the need to provide students with learning opportunities they may otherwise not experience...
February 4, 2017: Nurse Education in Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214127/functionalized-superparamagnetic-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-provide-highly-efficient-iron-labeling-in-macrophages-for-magnetic-resonance-based-detection-in-vivo
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Jack Sharkey, Philip J Starkey Lewis, Michael Barrow, Salamah M Alwahsh, June Noble, Eilidh Livingstone, Ross J Lennen, Maurits A Jansen, Jaime Garcia Carrion, Neill Liptrott, Shareen Forbes, Dave J Adams, Amy E Chadwick, Stuart J Forbes, Patricia Murray, Matthew J Rosseinsky, Christopher E Goldring, B Kevin Park
BACKGROUND AIMS: Tracking cells during regenerative cytotherapy is crucial for monitoring their safety and efficacy. Macrophages are an emerging cell-based regenerative therapy for liver disease and can be readily labeled for medical imaging. A reliable, clinically applicable cell-tracking agent would be a powerful tool to study cell biodistribution. METHODS: Using a recently described chemical design, we set out to functionalize, optimize and characterize a new set of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) to efficiently label macrophages for magnetic resonance imaging-based cell tracking in vivo...
February 15, 2017: Cytotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213928/problem-solving-phase-transitions-during-team-collaboration
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Travis J Wiltshire, Jonathan E Butner, Stephen M Fiore
Multiple theories of problem-solving hypothesize that there are distinct qualitative phases exhibited during effective problem-solving. However, limited research has attempted to identify when transitions between phases occur. We integrate theory on collaborative problem-solving (CPS) with dynamical systems theory suggesting that when a system is undergoing a phase transition it should exhibit a peak in entropy and that entropy levels should also relate to team performance. Communications from 40 teams that collaborated on a complex problem were coded for occurrence of problem-solving processes...
February 18, 2017: Cognitive Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213793/automation-of-peak-tracking-analysis-of-stepwise-perturbed-nmr-spectra
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Tommaso Banelli, Marco Vuano, Federico Fogolari, Andrea Fusiello, Gennaro Esposito, Alessandra Corazza
We describe a new algorithmic approach able to automatically pick and track the NMR resonances of a large number of 2D NMR spectra acquired during a stepwise variation of a physical parameter. The method has been named Trace in Track (TINT), referring to the idea that a gaussian decomposition traces peaks within the tracks recognised through 3D mathematical morphology. It is capable of determining the evolution of the chemical shifts, intensity and linewidths of each tracked peak.The performances obtained in term of track reconstruction and correct assignment on realistic synthetic spectra were high above 90% when a noise level similar to that of experimental data were considered...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular NMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213787/the-influence-of-femoral-tunnel-length-on-graft-rupture-after-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction
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Luiz Gabriel Betoni Guglielmetti, Leandro Girardi Shimba, Leonardo Cantarelli do Santos, Fabrício Roberto Severino, Nilson Roberto Severino, Patrícia Maria de Moraes Barros Fucs, Ricardo de Paula Leite Cury
BACKGROUND: For ACL reconstruction, the minimum length of the femoral tunnel and the flexor tendon graft length needed within the tunnel for proper integration have not been defined. The aim of this study was to assess whether a short tunnel is a risk factor for poor prognosis and re-rupture by comparing the outcomes of patients with short femoral tunnels to those of patients with longer tunnels. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective observational study of 80 patients who underwent ACL reconstruction using flexor tendons via the medial transportal or transtibial technique was performed...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology: Official Journal of the Italian Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213690/anticipatory-postural-adjustments-associated-with-reaching-movements-are-programmed-according-to-the-availability-of-visual-information
#17
Roberto Esposti, Carlo Bruttini, Francesco Bolzoni, Paolo Cavallari
During goal-directed arm movements, the eyes, head, and arm are coordinated to look at and reach the target. We examined whether the expectancy of visual information about the target modifies Anticipatory Postural Adjustments (APAs). Ten standing subjects had to (1) move the eyes, head and arm, so as to reach, with both gaze and index-finger, a target of known position placed outside their visual field (Gaze-Reach); (2) look at the target while reaching it (Reach in Full Vision); (3) keep the gaze away until having touched it (Reach then Gaze) and (4) just Gaze without Reach the target...
February 17, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213610/prebiotic-inulin-type-fructans-induce-specific-changes-in-the-human-gut-microbiota
#18
Doris Vandeputte, Gwen Falony, Sara Vieira-Silva, Jun Wang, Manuela Sailer, Stephan Theis, Kristin Verbeke, Jeroen Raes
OBJECTIVE: Contrary to the long-standing prerequisite of inducing selective (ie, bifidogenic) effects, recent findings suggest that prebiotic interventions lead to ecosystem-wide microbiota shifts. Yet, a comprehensive characterisation of this process is still lacking. Here, we apply 16S rDNA microbiota profiling and matching (gas chromatography mass spectrometry) metabolomics to assess the consequences of inulin fermentation both on the composition of the colon bacterial ecosystem and faecal metabolites profiles...
February 17, 2017: Gut
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213523/identification-of-regions-in-the-spt5-subunit-of-dsif-that-are-involved-in-promoter-proximal-pausing
#19
Yijun Qiu, David S Gilmour
DRB-sensitivity inducing factor (DSIF(2), or Spt4/5) is a conserved transcription elongation factor that both inhibits and stimulates transcription elongation in metazoans. In Drosophila and vertebrates, DSIF together with negative elongation factor (NELF) associates with RNA polymerase II (Pol II) during early elongation and causes Pol II to pause in the promoter proximal region of genes. The mechanism of how DSIF establishes pausing is not known. We constructed Spt5 mutant forms of DSIF and tested their capacity to restore promoter proximal pausing to DSIF-depleted Drosophila nuclear extracts...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213406/mitochondria-regulated-formation-of-endothelial-extracellular-vesicles-shifts-the-mediator-of-flow-induced-vasodilation
#20
Julie K Freed, Matthew J Durand, Brian Robert Hoffmann, John C Densmore, Andrew S Greene, David D Gutterman
In order to examine the effect of endothelial-derived extracellular vesicles (eEVs) on the mechanism of flow-induced dilation (FID) composition, formation, and functional effects on the mechanism of FID were examined from two different eEV subtypes, one produced from ceramide, the other from plasminogen-activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1). Using videomicroscopy, internal diameter changes in response to increases in flow were measured in human adipose resistance arteries acutely exposed (30min) to eEVs derived from cultured endothelial cells exposed to ceramide or PAI-1...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
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