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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774944/can-traits-predict-individual-growth-performance-a-test-in-a-hyperdiverse-tropical-forest
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Lourens Poorter, Carolina V Castilho, Juliana Schietti, Rafael S Oliveira, Flávia R C Costa
The functional trait approach has, as a central tenet, that plant traits are functional and shape individual performance, but this has rarely been tested in the field. Here, we tested the individual-based trait approach in a hyperdiverse Amazonian tropical rainforest and evaluated intraspecific variation in trait values, plant strategies at the individual level, and whether traits are functional and predict individual performance. We evaluated > 1300 tree saplings belonging to > 383 species, measured 25 traits related to growth and defense, and evaluated the effects of environmental conditions, plant size, and traits on stem growth...
May 18, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774825/dietary-zinc-modulates-matrix-metalloproteinases-in-traumatic-brain-injury
#2
Angus Scrimgeour, Christopher Carrigan, Michelle Lynn Condlin, Maria L Urso, Roland M van den Berg, Herman P M van Helden, Scott J Montain, Marloes J A Joosen
Animal models of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) provide opportunity to examine the extent to which dietary interventions can be used to improve recovery after injury. Animal studies also suggest that matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) play a role in tissue remodeling post-TBI. Because dietary zinc (Zn) improved recovery in non-blast mTBI models, and the MMPs are Zn-requiring enzymes, we evaluated the effects of low- and adequate Zn diets on MMP expression and behavioral responses, following exposure to a single blast...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774565/local-and-systemic-regulation-of-psii-efficiency-in-triticale-infected-by-the-hemibiotrophic-pathogen-microdochium-nivale
#3
Mateusz Dyda, Iwona Wąsek, Mirosław Tyrka, Maria Wędzony, Magdalena Szechyńska-Hebda
Microdochium nivale is a fungal pathogen that causes yield losses of cereals during winter. Cold hardening under light conditions induces genotype-dependent resistance of a plant to infection. We aim to show how photosystem II (PSII) regulation contributes to plant resistance. Using mapping population of triticale doubled haploid lines, three M. nivale strains and different infection assays, we demonstrate that plants that maintain a higher maximum quantum efficiency of PSII show less leaf damage upon infection...
May 17, 2018: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774466/rs2227982-and-rs2227981-in-pdcd1-gene-are-functional-snps-associated-with-t1d-risk-in-east-asian
#4
Yong Gu, Lei Xiao, Wei Gu, Shu Chen, Yingjie Feng, Jian Wang, Zhixiao Wang, Yun Cai, Heng Chen, Xinyu Xu, Yun Shi, Mei Zhang, Kuanfeng Xu, Tao Yang
AIMS: To investigate whether PDCD1 gene polymorphisms are functional, and their associations with T1D risk and related clinical characteristics. METHODS: A total of 3060 Chinese Han individuals (1019 T1D patients and 2041 healthy controls) were genotyped for 4 tag single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within the PDCD1 region (rs2227982, rs7421861, rs10204525, and rs6710479) and another most studied synonymous SNP, rs2227981. In addition, 251 healthy individuals underwent an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT); measures of insulin release and sensitivity were estimated from insulinogenic, BIGTT, Matsuda...
May 17, 2018: Acta Diabetologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774426/plant-physical-and-chemical-defence-variation-along-elevation-gradients-a-functional-trait-based-approach
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Alan Kergunteuil, Patrice Descombes, Gaetan Glauser, Loïc Pellissier, Sergio Rasmann
Predicting variation in plant functional traits related to anti-herbivore defences remains a major challenge in ecological research, considering that multiple traits have evolved in response to both abiotic and biotic conditions. Therefore, understanding variation in plant anti-herbivore defence traits requires studying their expression along steep environmental gradients, such as along elevation, where multiple biotic and abiotic factors co-vary. We expand on plant defence theory and propose a novel conceptual framework to address the sources of variations of plant resistance traits at the community level...
May 17, 2018: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774040/-oligocellula1-high-expression-of-osmotically-responsive-genes15-promotes-cell-proliferation-with-histone-deacetylase9-and-powerdress-during-leaf-development-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Marina Suzuki, Nanae Shinozuka, Tomohiro Hirakata, Miyuki T Nakata, Taku Demura, Hirokazu Tsukaya, Gorou Horiguchi
Organ size regulation is dependent on the precise spatial and temporal regulation of cell proliferation and cell expansion. A number of transcription factors have been identified that play a key role in the determination of aerial lateral organ size, but their functional relationship to various chromatin modifiers has not been well understood. To understand how leaf size is regulated, we previously isolated the oligocellula1 ( oli1 ) mutant of Arabidopsis thaliana that develops smaller first leaves than the wild type (WT) mainly due to a reduction in the cell number...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774039/a-membrane-bound-nac-like-transcription-factor-osntl5-represses-the-flowering-in-oryza-sativa
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Siyi Guo, Shaojun Dai, Prashant K Singh, Hongyan Wang, Yanan Wang, Jeanie L H Tan, Wanyi Wee, Toshiro Ito
In spite of short-day (SD) nature, rice ( Oryza sativa ) shares a conserved photoperiodic network for flowering control with long-day plants like Arabidopsis thaliana. Flowering or heading is an important agronomic trait in rice. NAC transcription factors (TFs) are well-conserved and one of the largest families of plant TFs. However, their function in flowering or heading time is not well-known yet. A preferential expression of a membrane-bound NAC-like TF OsNTL5 in developing leaves and panicles of rice indicated to us its putative role in flowering...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774036/the-pattern-and-distribution-of-induced-mutations-in-j-curcas-using-reduced-representation-sequencing
#8
Fatemeh Maghuly, Stephan Pabinger, Julie Krainer, Margit Laimer
Mutagenesis in combination with Genotyping by Sequencing (GBS) is a powerful tool for introducing variation, studying gene function and identifying causal mutations underlying phenotypes of interest in crop plant genomes. About 400 million paired-end reads were obtained from 82 ethylmethane sulfonate (EMS) induced mutants and 14 wild-type accessions of Jatropha curcas for the detection of Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs) and Insertion/Deletions (InDels) by two different approaches (nGBS and ddGBS) on an Illumina HiSeq 2000 sequencer...
2018: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773850/comparative-genomic-analysis-of-acinetobacter-spp-plasmids-originating-from-clinical-settings-and-environmental-habitats
#9
Ileana P Salto, Gonzalo Torres Tejerizo, Daniel Wibberg, Alfred Pühler, Andreas Schlüter, Mariano Pistorio
Bacteria belonging to the genus Acinetobacter have become of clinical importance over the last decade due to the development of a multi-resistant phenotype and their ability to survive under multiple environmental conditions. The development of these traits among Acinetobacter strains occurs frequently as a result of plasmid-mediated horizontal gene transfer. In this work, plasmids from nosocomial and environmental Acinetobacter spp. collections were separately sequenced and characterized. Assembly of the sequenced data resulted in 19 complete replicons in the nosocomial collection and 77 plasmid contigs in the environmental collection...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771388/gwas4d-multidimensional-analysis-of-context-specific-regulatory-variant-for-human-complex-diseases-and-traits
#10
Dandan Huang, Xianfu Yi, Shijie Zhang, Zhanye Zheng, Panwen Wang, Chenghao Xuan, Pak Chung Sham, Junwen Wang, Mulin Jun Li
Genome-wide association studies have generated over thousands of susceptibility loci for many human complex traits, and yet for most of these associations the true causal variants remain unknown. Tissue/cell type-specific prediction and prioritization of non-coding regulatory variants will facilitate the identification of causal variants and underlying pathogenic mechanisms for particular complex diseases and traits. By leveraging recent large-scale functional genomics/epigenomics data, we develop an intuitive web server, GWAS4D (http://mulinlab...
May 16, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771288/sex-differences-in-the-adult-human-brain-evidence-from-5216-uk-biobank-participants
#11
Stuart J Ritchie, Simon R Cox, Xueyi Shen, Michael V Lombardo, Lianne M Reus, Clara Alloza, Mathew A Harris, Helen L Alderson, Stuart Hunter, Emma Neilson, David C M Liewald, Bonnie Auyeung, Heather C Whalley, Stephen M Lawrie, Catharine R Gale, Mark E Bastin, Andrew M McIntosh, Ian J Deary
Sex differences in the human brain are of interest for many reasons: for example, there are sex differences in the observed prevalence of psychiatric disorders and in some psychological traits that brain differences might help to explain. We report the largest single-sample study of structural and functional sex differences in the human brain (2750 female, 2466 male participants; mean age 61.7 years, range 44-77 years). Males had higher raw volumes, raw surface areas, and white matter fractional anisotropy; females had higher raw cortical thickness and higher white matter tract complexity...
May 16, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771197/emerging-insights-into-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-in-head-and-neck-cancer
#12
K A Alamoud, M A Kukuruzinska
Head and neck cancer presents primarily as head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), a debilitating malignancy fraught with high morbidity, poor survival rates, and limited treatment options. Mounting evidence indicates that the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway plays important roles in the pathobiology of HNSCC. Wnt/β-catenin signaling affects multiple cellular processes that endow cancer cells with the ability to maintain and expand immature stem-like phenotypes, proliferate, extend survival, and acquire aggressive characteristics by adopting mesenchymal traits...
June 2018: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770183/colour-for-behavioural-success
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Birgitta Dresp-Langley, Adam Reeves
Colour information not only helps sustain the survival of animal species by guiding sexual selection and foraging behaviour but also is an important factor in the cultural and technological development of our own species. This is illustrated by examples from the visual arts and from state-of-the-art imaging technology, where the strategic use of colour has become a powerful tool for guiding the planning and execution of interventional procedures. The functional role of colour information in terms of its potential benefits to behavioural success across the species is addressed in the introduction here to clarify why colour perception may have evolved to generate behavioural success...
March 2018: I-Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769298/induced-expression-of-a-vestigial-sexual-signal
#14
David A Gray, Scherezade Hormozi, Fritz R Libby, Randy W Cohen
Vestigial morphological traits are common and well known in a variety of taxa. Identification of vestigial genes has illustrated the potential for evolutionary reversals and the re-expression of atavistic traits. Here we induce expression of a behavioural sexual signal, male calling song, in a cricket species, Gryllus ovisopis, which lacks a functional calling song. We successfully used acetylcholine injections in the frontal space of the head of male crickets to activate cerebral command neurons for cricket calling, and we recorded calling songs with a temporal chirp pattern similar to that of G...
May 2018: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768952/meta-analysis-of-the-association-between-rumination-and-reduced-autobiographical-memory-specificity
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Connie P Y Chiu, James W Griffith, Bert Lenaert, Filip Raes, Dirk Hermans, Tom J Barry
The CaRFAX model, proposed by Williams J. M. G. (2006. Capture and rumination, functional avoidance, and executive control (CaRFAX): Three processes that underlie overgeneral memory. Cognition and Emotion, 20, 548-568. doi: 10.1080/02699930500450465 ; Williams, J. M. G., Barnhofer, T., Crane, C., Herman, D., Raes, F., Watkins, E., & Dalgleish, T. (2007). Autobiographical memory specificity and emotional disorder. Psychological Bulletin, 133(1), 122-148. doi: 10.1037/0033-2909.133.1.122 ) posits that reduced autobiographical memory specificity, a key factor associated with the emergence and maintenance of emotional disorders, may result from heightened rumination...
May 16, 2018: Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768699/near-infrared-spectrometry-allows-fast-and-extensive-predictions-of-functional-traits-from-dry-leaves-and-branches
#16
Flávia R C Costa, Carla Lang, Danilo R A Almeida, Carolina V Castilho, Lourens Poorter
The linking of individual functional traits to ecosystem processes is the basis for making generalizations in ecology, but the measurement of individual values is laborious and time consuming, preventing large-scale trait mapping. Also, in hyper-diverse systems, errors occur because identification is difficult, and species level values ignore intra-specific variation. To allow extensive trait mapping at the individual level, we evaluated the potential of Fourrier-Transformed Near Infra-Red Spectrometry (FT-NIR) to adequately describe 14 traits that are key for plant carbon, water, and nutrient balance...
May 16, 2018: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768682/vestibulo-cortical-hemispheric-dominance-the-link-between-anxiety-and-the-vestibular-system
#17
Nadja F Bednarczuk, Marta Casanovas Ortega, Anne-Sophie Fluri, Qadeer Arshad
Vestibular processing and anxiety networks are functionally intertwined, as demonstrated by reports of reciprocal influences upon each other. Yet whether there is an underlying link between these two systems remains unknown Previous findings have highlighted the involvement of hemispheric lateralisation in processing of both anxiety and vestibular signals. Accordingly, we explored the interaction between vestibular cortical processing and anxiety by assessing the relationship between anxiety levels and the degree of hemispheric lateralisation of vestibulo-cortical processing in 64 right-handed, healthy individuals...
May 16, 2018: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768135/seeing-the-light-the-roles-of-red-and-blue-light-sensing-in-plant-microbes
#18
Gwyn A Beattie, Bridget M Hatfield, Haili Dong, Regina S McGrane
Plants collect, concentrate, and conduct light throughout their tissues, thus enhancing light availability to their resident microbes. This review explores the role of photosensing in the biology of plant-associated bacteria and fungi, including the molecular mechanisms of red-light sensing by phytochromes and blue-light sensing by LOV (light-oxygen-voltage)-domain proteins in these microbes. Bacteriophytochromes function as major drivers of the bacterial transcriptome and mediate light-regulated suppression of virulence, motility, and conjugation in some phytopathogens and light-regulated induction of the photosynthetic apparatus in a stem-nodulating symbiont...
May 16, 2018: Annual Review of Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767841/lignin-composition-is-related-to-xylem-embolism-resistance-and-leaf-life-span-in-trees-in-a-tropical-semiarid-climate
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Taysla R A Lima, Ellen C D Carvalho, Fernando R Martins, Rafael S Oliveira, Rafael S Miranda, Caroline S Müller, Luciano Pereira, Paulo R L Bittencourt, Jullyana C M S M Sobczak, Enéas Gomes-Filho, Rafael C Costa, Francisca S Araújo
Wood properties influence the leaf life span (LL) of tree crowns. As lignin is an important component of wood and the water transport system, we investigated its relationship with embolism resistance and the LL of several tree species in a seasonally dry tropical ecosystem. We determined total lignin and the monomer contents of guaiacyl (G) and syringyl (S) and related them to wood traits and xylem vulnerability to embolism (Ψ50 ) for the most common species of the Brazilian semiarid, locally known as Caatinga...
May 16, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767457/suicidal-behavior-and-personality-traits-contribute-to-disability-in-first-episode-psychosis-a-1-year-follow-up-study
#20
Manuel Canal-Rivero, Javier-David Lopez-Moriñigo, Maria-Luisa Barrigón, Rosa Ayesa-Arriola, Benedicto Crespo-Facorro, Miguel Ruiz-Veguilla, Jordi E Obiols-Llandrich
BACKGROUND: Disability encompasses impairments, activity limitations, and restrictions on participation. Improvement in functioning has therefore become a crucial outcome of treatment in psychosis. OBJECTIVE: The main aim of this study was to analyze the potential relationship between suicidal behavior after first episode of psychosis (FEP) and family disability. The second aim was to find out whether personality traits are associated with disability dimensions...
May 16, 2018: Suicide & Life-threatening Behavior
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