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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549824/the-hsp90-chaperone-network-modulates-candida-virulence-traits
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REVIEW
Teresa R O'Meara, Nicole Robbins, Leah E Cowen
Hsp90 is a conserved molecular chaperone that facilitates the folding and function of client proteins. Hsp90 function is dynamically regulated by interactions with co-chaperones and by post-translational modifications. In the fungal pathogen Candida albicans, Hsp90 enables drug resistance and virulence by stabilizing diverse signal transducers. Here, we review studies that have unveiled regulators of Hsp90 function, as well as downstream effectors that govern the key virulence traits of morphogenesis and drug resistance...
May 23, 2017: Trends in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549101/loneliness-and-objectively-measured-physical-capability-in-middle-aged-adults
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Rikke Lund, Jelena Laban, Gitte L Petersen, Agnete Dissing, Åse Marie Hansen, Naja H Rod
Loneliness is associated with poor functional ability in older people. Little is known about this association in the middle-aged. The aim is to investigate if perceived loneliness is associated with lower physical capability among middle-aged men and women and if the associations of loneliness with physical capability interact with socioeconomic position and cohabitation status. 5224 participants from Copenhagen Aging and Midlife Biobank (CAMB) aged 49-62 years (mean age 54) were included. Handgrip strength (measured by a dynamometer) and maximal number of chair rises in 30 s was recorded...
May 25, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548900/corticosterone-response-as-an-age-specific-mediator-of-nestling-body-mass-in-a-wild-passerine
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Vallo Tilgar, Marianne Lind, Jaanis Lodjak, Kadri Moks
The environment can affect individual performance directly via resource availability or indirectly through resource allocation among competing fitness components, such as body growth and maintenance activities related to short-term survival. Corticosterone (CORT), the main glucocorticoid in birds, may be an important mediator of energy allocation to different organismal functions, but its effect on the plasticity of fitness-related traits has rarely been investigated at different ontogenetic stages. Here, we evaluated the role of baseline and stress-induced CORT on nestling development of wild great tits (Parus major) under different growth conditions and at different developmental stages...
July 2017: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548604/quorum-sensing-systems-in-the-plant-growth-promoting-bacterium-paraburkholderia-phytofirmans-psjn-exhibit-cross-regulation-and-are-involved-in-biofilm-formation
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Ana Zúñiga, Raúl A Donoso, Daniela Ruiz, Gonzalo A Ruz, Bernardo González
Quorum-sensing systems play important roles in host colonization and host establishment of Burkholderiales species. Beneficial Paraburkholderia species share a conserved quorum-sensing (QS) system, designated BraI/R, that controls different phenotypes. In this context, the plant growth-promoting bacterium Paraburkholderia phytofirmans PsJN possesses two different homoserine lactone QS systems BpI.1/R.1 and BpI.2/R.2 (BraI/R-like QS system). The BpI.1/R.1 QS system was previously reported to be important to colonize and produce beneficial effects in Arabidopsis thaliana plants...
May 26, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548461/attending-learning-and-socioeconomic-disadvantage-developmental-cognitive-and-social-neuroscience-of-resilience-and-vulnerability
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REVIEW
Kylie Schibli, Kyle Wong, Nina Hedayati, Amedeo D'Angiulli
We review current findings associating socioeconomic status (SES), development of neurocognitive functions, and neurobiological pathways. A sizeable interdisciplinary literature was organized through a bifurcated developmental trajectory (BiDeT) framework, an account of the external and internal variables associated with low SES that may lead to difficulties with attention and learning, along with buffers that may protect against negative outcomes. A consistent neurocognitive finding is that low-SES children attend to information nonselectively, and engage in late filtering out of task-irrelevant information...
May 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548082/whole-genome-sequencing-and-imputation-in-isolated-populations-identify-genetic-associations-with-medically-relevant-complex-traits
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Lorraine Southam, Arthur Gilly, Dániel Süveges, Aliki-Eleni Farmaki, Jeremy Schwartzentruber, Ioanna Tachmazidou, Angela Matchan, Nigel W Rayner, Emmanouil Tsafantakis, Maria Karaleftheri, Yali Xue, George Dedoussis, Eleftheria Zeggini
Next-generation association studies can be empowered by sequence-based imputation and by studying founder populations. Here we report ∼9.5 million variants from whole-genome sequencing (WGS) of a Cretan-isolated population, and show enrichment of rare and low-frequency variants with predicted functional consequences. We use a WGS-based imputation approach utilizing 10,422 reference haplotypes to perform genome-wide association analyses and observe 17 genome-wide significant, independent signals, including replicating evidence for association at eight novel low-frequency variant signals...
May 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548036/systematics-of-haloarchaea-and-biotechnological-potential-of-their-hydrolytic-enzymes
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Mohammad Ali Amoozegar, Maryam Siroosi, Siavash Atashgahi, Hauke Smidt, Antonio Ventosa
Halophilic archaea, also referred to as haloarchaea, dominate hypersaline environments. To survive under such extreme conditions, haloarchaea and their enzymes have evolved to function optimally in environments with high salt concentrations and, sometimes, with extreme pH and temperatures. These features make haloarchaea attractive sources of a wide variety of biotechnological products, such as hydrolytic enzymes, with numerous potential applications in biotechnology. The unique trait of haloarchaeal enzymes, haloenzymes, to sustain activity under hypersaline conditions has extended the range of already-available biocatalysts and industrial processes in which high salt concentrations inhibit the activity of regular enzymes...
May 26, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547768/avian-brains-insights-from-development-behaviors-and-evolution
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Tadashi Nomura, Ei-Ichi Izawa
Birds are an extensively specialized animal group with unique anatomical, physiological and ecological characteristics. Sophisticated social behaviors and remarkable cognitive abilities are present in several avian lineages, driven by their enlarged brains and intricate neural networks. These unique traits could be a result of adaptive evolution under the wide range of environmental constraints; however, the intrinsic mechanisms of avian brain development and evolution remain unclear. Here, we introduce recent findings regarding developmental aspects of avian brain organization and neuronal networks for specific avian behaviors, which provide an insight into the link between the evolution of brain development and complex cognitive functions...
May 26, 2017: Development, Growth & Differentiation
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/28546557/multiple-trait-covariance-association-test-identifies-gene-ontology-categories-associated-with-chill-coma-recovery-time-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Izel Fourie Sørensen, Stefan M Edwards, Palle Duun Rohde, Peter Sørensen
The genomic best linear unbiased prediction (GBLUP) model has proven to be useful for prediction of complex traits as well as estimation of population genetic parameters. Improved inference and prediction accuracy of GBLUP may be achieved by identifying genomic regions enriched for causal genetic variants. We aimed at searching for patterns in GBLUP-derived single-marker statistics, by including them in genetic marker set tests, that could reveal associations between a set of genetic markers (genomic feature) and a complex trait...
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545797/the-local-reliability-of-the-15-item-version-of-the-geriatric-depression-scale-an-item-response-theory-irt-study
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Francesca Chiesi, Caterina Primi, Martina Pigliautile, Sara Ercolani, Manuela Conestabile Della Staffa, Annalisa Longo, Virginia Boccardi, Patrizia Mecocci
The 15-item version of the Geriatric Depression Scale (GDS-15) is a self-report screening instrument widely used. The current study aimed at providing evidence of the measurement precision of the GDS-15 applying Item Response Theory (IRT). The relative contribution of each item and the reliability of the whole scale in measuring the trait level around the cutoffs were investigated employing data collected from a sample consisting of 1344 old people (M=76.44years, SD=5.13; 58.7% women) involved in a large gerontological research project...
May 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545577/proanthocyanidin-accumulation-and-transcriptional-responses-in-the-seed-coat-of-cranberry-beans-phaseolus-vulgaris-l-with-different-susceptibility-to-postharvest-darkening
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José A Freixas Coutin, Seth Munholland, Anjali Silva, Sanjeena Subedi, Lewis Lukens, William L Crosby, K Peter Pauls, Gale G Bozzo
BACKGROUND: Edible dry beans (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) that darken during postharvest storage are graded lower and are less marketable than their non-darkened counterparts. Seed coat darkening in susceptible genotypes is dependent upon the availability of proanthocyanidins, and their subsequent oxidation to reactive quinones. Mature cranberry beans lacking this postharvest darkening trait tend to be proanthocyanidin-deficient, although the underlying molecular and biochemical determinants for this metabolic phenomenon are unknown...
May 25, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545396/transcriptomic-resources-for-the-medicinal-legume-mucuna-pruriens-de-novo-transcriptome-assembly-annotation-identification-and-validation-of-est-ssr-markers
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N Sathyanarayana, Ranjith Kumar Pittala, Pankaj Kumar Tripathi, Ratan Chopra, Heikham Russiachand Singh, Vikas Belamkar, Pardeep Kumar Bhardwaj, Jeff J Doyle, Ashley N Egan
BACKGROUND: The medicinal legume Mucuna pruriens (L.) DC. has attracted attention worldwide as a source of the anti-Parkinson's drug L-Dopa. It is also a popular green manure cover crop that offers many agronomic benefits including high protein content, nitrogen fixation and soil nutrients. The plant currently lacks genomic resources and there is limited knowledge on gene expression, metabolic pathways, and genetics of secondary metabolite production. Here, we present transcriptomic resources for M...
May 25, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545218/temporal-variability-in-taxonomic-and-trait-compositions-of-invertebrate-assemblages-in-two-climatic-regions-with-contrasting-flow-regimes
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Sylvain Dolédec, Jessica Tilbian, Núria Bonada
CONTEXT: Understanding natural temporal changes in Mediterranean rivers with contrasting flow regimes in relation to those of temperate rivers may prove helpful in predicting effects of climate change on aquatic biodiversity. GOAL: We aimed to compare temporal variability in taxonomic and trait compositions of nearly natural rivers in two climatic regions with varying flow regimes to address the effects of future climate changes on aquatic biodiversity in reference conditions...
May 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545144/quantitative-descriptions-of-rice-plant-architecture-and-their-application
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Xumeng Li, Xiaohui Wang, Yulin Peng, Hailin Wei, Xinguang Zhu, Shuoqi Chang, Ming Li, Tao Li, Huang Huang
Plant architecture is an important agronomic trait, and improving plant architecture has attracted the attention of scientists for decades, particularly studies to create desirable plant architecture for high grain yields through breeding and culture practices. However, many important structural phenotypic traits still lack quantitative description and modeling on structural-functional relativity. This study defined new architecture indices (AIs) derived from the digitalized plant architecture using the virtual blade method...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544664/to-reproduce-or-work-insect-castes-emerge-from-socially-induced-changes-in-nutrition-related-genes
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Amy L Toth
In social species, there is a fundamental trade-off between 'me' and 'we'; that is, should I reproduce, or should I work to help others to reproduce? In this issue of Molecular Ecology, Okada et al. () delve into the evolution and genetic mechanisms of this core question, focusing on social caste formation in insects. The authors take advantage of a unique ant in the genus Diacamma, which has secondarily lost the classic, highly different queens and workers found in many other ants, bees and wasps. Instead, Diacamma ant castes are decided via aggressive dominance interactions among adult females, similar to dominance hierarchies seen in primitively social insects and many social vertebrates...
June 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544615/suppressing-inflammation-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-does-patient-global-assessment-blur-the-target-a-practice-based-call-for-a-paradigm-change
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Ricardo J O Ferreira, Cátia Duarte, Mwidimi Ndosi, Maarten de Wit, Laure Gossec, J A P da Silva
OBJECTIVES: In current management paradigms of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), patient global assessment (PGA) is crucial to decide whether a patient has attained remission (target) or needs reinforced therapy. We investigated whether the clinical and psychological determinants of PGA are appropriate to support this important role. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional, single centre study including consecutive ambulatory RA patients. Data collection comprised swollen (SJC28) and tender joint counts (TJC28), C-Reactive protein (CRP), PGA, pain, fatigue, function, anxiety, depression, happiness, personality traits, and comorbidities...
May 23, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544076/challenges-in-measuring-individual-differences-in-functional-connectivity-using-fmri-the-case-of-healthy-aging
#18
Linda Geerligs, Kamen A Tsvetanov, Cam-Can, Richard N Henson
Many studies report individual differences in functional connectivity, such as those related to age. However, estimates of connectivity from fMRI are confounded by other factors, such as vascular health, head motion and changes in the location of functional regions. Here, we investigate the impact of these confounds, and pre-processing strategies that can mitigate them, using data from the Cambridge Centre for Ageing & Neuroscience (www.cam-can.com). This dataset contained two sessions of resting-state fMRI from 214 adults aged 18-88...
May 23, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543995/the-effects-of-restoring-logged-tropical-forests-on-avian-phylogenetic-and-functional-diversity
#19
Cindy C P Cosset, David P Edwards
Selective logging is the most prevalent land-use change in the tropics. Despite the resulting degradation of forest structure, selectively logged forests still harbour a substantial amount of biodiversity leading to suggestions that their protection is the next best alternative to conserving primary, old-growth forests. Restoring carbon stocks under Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) schemes is a potential method for obtaining funding to protect logged forests, via enrichment planting and liberation cutting of vines...
May 24, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543754/validating-the-european-health-literacy-survey-questionnaire-in-people-with-type-2-diabetes-latent-trait-analyses-applying-multidimensional-rasch-modelling-and-confirmatory-factor-analysis
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Hanne Søberg Finbråten, Kjell Sverre Pettersen, Bodil Wilde-Larsson, Gun Nordström, Anne Trollvik, Øystein Guttersrud
AIM: To validate the European Health Literacy Survey Questionnaire (HLS-EU-Q47) in people with type 2 diabetes mellitus. BACKGROUND: The HLS-EU-Q47 latent variable is outlined in a framework with four cognitive domains integrated in three health domains, implying 12 theoretically defined subscales. Valid and reliable health literacy measurers are crucial to effectively adapt health communication and education to individuals and groups of patients. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study applying confirmatory latent trait analyses...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
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