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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549619/a-mechanical-model-for-diversified-insect-wing-margin-shapes
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Yukitaka Ishimoto, Kaoru Sugimura
The wings in different insect species are morphologically distinct with regards to their size, outer contour (margin) shape, venation, and pigmentation. The basis of the diversity of wing margin shapes remains unknown, despite the fact that gene networks governing the Drosophila wing development have been well characterised. Among the different types of wing margin shapes, smoothly curved contour is the most frequently found and implies the existence of a highly organised, multicellular mechanical structure...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548454/corema-album-unbiased-dioecy-in-a-competitive-environment
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Ana Martins, Helena Freitas, Sofia Costa
1.Corema album is a dioecious coastal shrub. Dioecious plants growing in these resource-limited habitats may present spatial segregation of the sexes (SSS) or demographic biases because of the different reproductive effort between sexes. In these environments facilitation is a more common interaction between plants than competition. To assess factors determining the distribution of C. album male and female plants, we investigated the influence of habitat type (sand dunes and coastal woodlands), assessed the occurrence of SSS or demographic biases, and also a possible role of these shrubs as nurse plants...
May 26, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548249/m%C3%A3-ller-glial-cell-reactivation-in-xenopus-models-of-retinal-degeneration
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Rahul Langhe, Albert Chesneau, Gabriele Colozza, Magdalena Hidalgo, Divya Ail, Morgane Locker, Muriel Perron
A striking aspect of tissue regeneration is its uneven distribution among different animal classes, both in terms of modalities and efficiency. The retina does not escape the rule, exhibiting extraordinary self-repair properties in anamniote species but extremely limited ones in mammals. Among cellular sources prone to contribute to retinal regeneration are Müller glial cells, which in teleosts have been known for a decade to re-acquire a stem/progenitor state and regenerate retinal neurons following injury...
May 26, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547211/sheldon-spectrum-and-the-plankton-paradox-two-sides-of-the-same-coin-a-trait-based-plankton-size-spectrum-model
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José A Cuesta, Gustav W Delius, Richard Law
The Sheldon spectrum describes a remarkable regularity in aquatic ecosystems: the biomass density as a function of logarithmic body mass is approximately constant over many orders of magnitude. While size-spectrum models have explained this phenomenon for assemblages of multicellular organisms, this paper introduces a species-resolved size-spectrum model to explain the phenomenon in unicellular plankton. A Sheldon spectrum spanning the cell-size range of unicellular plankton necessarily consists of a large number of coexisting species covering a wide range of characteristic sizes...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546079/pioneer-study-of-population-genetics-of-rhodnius-ecuadoriensis-hemiptera-reduviidae-from-the-central-coast-and-southern-andean-regions-of-ecuador
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Anita G Villacís, Paula L Marcet, César A Yumiseva, Ellen M Dotson, Michel Tibayrenc, Simone Frédérique Brenière, Mario J Grijalva
Effective control of Chagas disease vector populations requires a good understanding of the epidemiological components, including a reliable analysis of the genetic structure of vector populations. Rhodnius ecuadoriensis is the most widespread vector of Chagas disease in Ecuador, occupying domestic, peridomestic and sylvatic habitats. It is widely distributed in the central coast and southern highlands regions of Ecuador, two very different regions in terms of bio-geographical characteristics. To evaluate the genetic relationship among R...
May 22, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545386/evolutionary-radiations-in-the-species-rich-mountain-genus-saxifraga-l
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J Ebersbach, J Schnitzler, A Favre, A N Muellner-Riehl
BACKGROUND: A large number of taxa have undergone evolutionary radiations in mountainous areas, rendering alpine systems particularly suitable to study the extrinsic and intrinsic factors that have shaped diversification patterns in plants. The species-rich genus Saxifraga L. is widely distributed throughout the Northern Hemisphere, with high species numbers in the regions adjacent to the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP) in particular the Hengduan Mountains and the Himalayas. Using a dataset of 297 taxa (representing at least 60% of extant Saxifraga species), we explored the variation of infrageneric diversification rates...
May 25, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545086/cancer-cell-spheroids-are-a-better-screen-for-the-photodynamic-efficiency-of-glycosylated-photosensitizers
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Patrícia M R Pereira, Naxhije Berisha, N V S Dinesh K Bhupathiraju, Rosa Fernandes, João P C Tomé, Charles Michael Drain
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) relies on the use of non-toxic photosensitizers that are locally and selectively activated by light to induce cell death or apoptosis through reactive oxygen species generation. The conjugation of porphyrinoids with sugars that target cancer is increasingly viewed as an effective way to increase the selectivity of PDT. To date, in vitro PDT efficacy is mostly screened using two-dimensional monolayer cultures. Compared to monolayer cultures, three-dimensional spheroid cultures have unique spatial distributions of nutrients, metabolites, oxygen and signalling molecules; therefore better mimic in vivo conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544897/size-resolved-aerosol-water-soluble-ions-during-the-summer-and-winter-seasons-in-beijing-formation-mechanisms-of-secondary-inorganic-aerosols
#8
Zirui Liu, Yuzhu Xie, Bo Hu, Tianxue Wen, Jinyuan Xin, Xingru Li, Yuesi Wang
Size-segregated water-soluble ionic species (WSIs) were measured using an Anderson cascade impactor from Jul. to Aug. 2008 and from Dec. 2009 to Feb. 2010 in urban Beijing. The results showed that fine particles (PM2.1, Dp < 2.1 μm) accounted for ∼49% (summer) and ∼34% (winter) of the total particulate mass, and WSIs accounted for 23-82% of the mass concentration of PM2.1. Secondary inorganic aerosols (SIAs, the sum of SO4(2-), NO3(-) and NH4(+)) accounted for more than 30% of the fine particles, which were greatly elevated during particle pollution events (PM events), thereby leading to an alteration of the size distributions of SO4(2-) and NO3(-) to nearly single fine-mode distributions peaking at 0...
May 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542457/genet-specific-dna-methylation-probabilities-detected-in-a-spatial-epigenetic-analysis-of-a-clonal-plant-population
#9
Kiwako S Araki, Takuya Kubo, Hiroshi Kudoh
In sessile organisms such as plants, spatial genetic structures of populations show long-lasting patterns. These structures have been analyzed across diverse taxa to understand the processes that determine the genetic makeup of organismal populations. For many sessile organisms that mainly propagate via clonal spread, epigenetic status can vary between clonal individuals in the absence of genetic changes. However, fewer previous studies have explored the epigenetic properties in comparison to the genetic properties of natural plant populations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541905/inferring-gene-species-assignments-in-the-presence-of-horizontal-gene-transfer
#10
Agnieszka Mykowiecka, Pawel Szczesny, Pawel Gorecki
BACKGROUND: Microbial communities from environmental samples show great diversity as bacteria quickly response to changes in their ecosystems. To assess the scenario of the actual changes, metagenomics experiments aimed at sequencing genomic DNA from such samples are performed. These new obtained sequences together with already known are used to infer phylogenetic trees assessing the taxonomic groups the species with these genes belong to. Here we propose the first approach to the gene-species assignment problem by using reconciliation with horizontal gene transfer...
May 24, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541415/transcriptome-wide-identification-and-expression-analysis-of-divaricata-and-radialis-like-genes-of-the-mediterranean-orchid-orchis-italica
#11
Maria Carmen Valoroso, Sofia De Paolo, Giovanni Iazzetti, Serena Aceto
Bilateral symmetry of flowers is a relevant novelty that has occurred many times throughout the evolution of flowering plants. In Antirrhinum majus, establishment of flower dorso-ventral asymmetry is mainly due to interaction of TCP (CYC and DICH) and MYB (DIV, RAD and DRIF) transcription factors. In the present study, we characterized 8 DIV-, 4 RAD- and 2 DRIF-like genes from the transcriptome of Orchis italica, an orchid species with bilaterally symmetric and resupinate flowers. We found a similar number of DIV- and RAD-like genes within the genomes of Phalaenopsis equestris and Dendrobium catenatum orchids...
May 25, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540491/a-temperature-dependent-physiologically-based-model-for-the-invasive-apple-snail-pomacea-canaliculata
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Gianni Gilioli, Sara Pasquali, Pablo R Martín, Nils Carlsson, Luigi Mariani
In order to set priorities in management of costly and ecosystem-damaging species, policymakers and managers need accurate predictions not only about where a specific invader may establish but also about its potential abundance at different geographical scales. This is because density or biomass per unit area of an invasive species is a key predictor of the magnitude of environmental and economic impact in the invaded habitat. Here, we present a physiologically based demographic model describing and explaining the population dynamics of a widespread freshwater invader, the golden apple snail Pomacea canaliculata, which is causing severe environmental and economic impacts in invaded wetlands and rice fields in Southeastern Asia and has also been introduced to North America and Europe...
May 24, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538812/climatically-mediated-landcover-change-impacts-on-brazilian-territory
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Marina Zanin, Geiziane Tessarolo, Nathália Machado, Ana Luisa M Albernaz
In the face of climate change threats, governments are drawing attention to policies for mitigating its effects on biodiversity. However, the lack of distribution data makes predictions at species level a difficult task, mainly in regions of higher biodiversity. To overcome this problem, we use native landcover as a surrogate biodiversity, because it can represent specialized habitat for species, and investigate the effects of future climate change on Brazilian biomes. We characterize the climatic niches of native landcover and use ecological niche modeling to predict the potential distribution under current and future climate scenarios...
May 22, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536593/molecular-characterization-and-expression-profiling-of-brachypodium-distachyon-l-cystatin-genes-reveal-high-evolutionary-conservation-and-functional-divergence-in-response-to-abiotic-stress
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Saminathan Subburaj, Dong Zhu, Xiaohui Li, Yingkao Hu, Yueming Yan
Cystatin is a class of proteins mainly involved in cysteine protease inhibition and plant growth and development, as well as tolerance under various abiotic stresses. In this study, we performed the first comprehensive analysis of the molecular characterization and expression profiling in response to various abiotic stresses of the cystatin gene family in Brachypodium distachyon, a novel model plant for Triticum species with huge genomes. Comprehensive searches of the Brachypodium genome database identified 25 B...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536080/a-genome-wide-identification-and-analysis-of-basic-helix-loop-helix-transcription-factors-in-cattle
#15
Debao Zhang, Guanying Li, Yong Wang
Basic helix-loop-helix (BHLH) transcription factors comprise a large family of regulatory proteins and play critical roles in the developmental processes of higher organisms. Complete lists of BHLH family members have been identified in about 50 organisms, including fruit fly, zebrafish, mouse, giant panda, worm, yeast, rice and apple. Cattle, Bos taurus, is important for agriculture and animal nutrition, and is also a good model organism for health research. In the present study, 116 putative BHLHs were identified in the cattle genome...
May 20, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535845/phylogenetic-distribution-of-the-euryarchaeal-archaellum-regulator-eara-and-complementation-of-a-methanococcus-maripaludis-%C3%A2-eara-mutant-with-heterologous-eara-homologues
#16
Yan Ding, Alison Berezuk, Cezar M Khursigara, Ken F Jarrell
Archaella are the swimming organelles in the Archaea. Recently, the first archaellum regulator in the Euryarchaeota, EarAMma, was identified in Methanococcus maripaludis, one of the model organisms used for archaellum studies. EarAMma binds to 6 bp consensus sequences upstream of the fla promoter to activate the transcription of the fla operon, which encodes most of the proteins required for archaella synthesis. In this study, synteny analysis showed that earA homologues are widely distributed in the phylum of Euryarchaeota, with the notable exception of extreme halophiles...
May 23, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535826/the-distribution-of-digenean-metacercariae-within-bream-abramis-brama-gill-apparatus-preferences-co-occurrence-and-interactions-of-parasites
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M Zolovs, J Kanto, I Jakubāne
Species-specific microenvironmental preferences and interactions between parasite species have been the focus of many ecological studies. Here, we studied the distribution of ectoparasite species within the gill apparatus of bream (Abramis brama) from Lake Lubāns (Latvia) to establish whether digenean metacercariae: (1) prefer specific patches within the gill apparatus; (2) co-occur in the same patches with monogeneans and copepods within a host individual; and (3) interact with monogeneans and copepods. We recorded all parasites on gill arches of the same host species and used null models to analyse co-occurrences of digenean metacercariae, monogeneans and copepods...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535070/polarity-control-of-heteroepitaxial-gan-nanowires-on-diamond
#18
Martin Hetzl, Max Kraut, Theresa Hoffmann, Martin Stutzmann
Group III-nitride materials such as GaN nanowires are characterized by a spontaneous polarization within the crystal. The sign of the resulting sheet charge at the top and bottom facet of a GaN nanowire is determined by the orientation of the wurtzite bilayer of the different atomic species, called N and Ga polarity. We investigate the polarity distribution of heteroepitaxial GaN nanowires on different substrates and demonstrate polarity control of GaN nanowires on diamond. Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy is used to determine the polarity of individual selective area-grown and self-assembled nanowires over a large scale...
May 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534494/airborne-observations-reveal-elevational-gradient-in-tropical-forest-isoprene-emissions
#19
Dasa Gu, Alex B Guenther, John E Shilling, Haofei Yu, Maoyi Huang, Chun Zhao, Qing Yang, Scot T Martin, Paulo Artaxo, Saewung Kim, Roger Seco, Trissevgeni Stavrakou, Karla M Longo, Julio Tóta, Rodrigo Augusto Ferreira de Souza, Oscar Vega, Ying Liu, Manish Shrivastava, Eliane G Alves, Fernando C Santos, Guoyong Leng, Zhiyuan Hu
Isoprene dominates global non-methane volatile organic compound emissions, and impacts tropospheric chemistry by influencing oxidants and aerosols. Isoprene emission rates vary over several orders of magnitude for different plants, and characterizing this immense biological chemodiversity is a challenge for estimating isoprene emission from tropical forests. Here we present the isoprene emission estimates from aircraft eddy covariance measurements over the Amazonian forest. We report isoprene emission rates that are three times higher than satellite top-down estimates and 35% higher than model predictions...
May 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533979/a-genome-wide-assessment-of-stages-of-elevational-parapatry-in-bornean-passerine-birds-reveals-no-introgression-implications-for-processes-and-patterns-of-speciation
#20
Robert G Moyle, Joseph D Manthey, Peter A Hosner, Mustafa Rahman, Maklarin Lakim, Frederick H Sheldon
Topographically complex regions often contain the close juxtaposition of closely related species along elevational gradients. The evolutionary causes of these elevational replacements, and thus the origin and maintenance of a large portion of species diversity along elevational gradients, are usually unclear because ecological differentiation along a gradient or secondary contact following allopatric diversification can produce the same pattern. We used reduced representation genomic sequencing to assess genetic relationships and gene flow between three parapatric pairs of closely related songbird taxa (Arachnothera spiderhunters, Chloropsis leafbirds, and Enicurus forktails) along an elevational gradient in Borneo...
2017: PeerJ
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