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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318985/functional-disconnection-of-thalamic-and-cerebellar-dentate-nucleus-networks-in-progressive-supranuclear-palsy-and-corticobasal-syndrome
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Neeraj Upadhyay, Antonio Suppa, Maria Cristina Piattella, Costanza Giannì, Matteo Bologna, Flavio Di Stasio, Nikolaos Petsas, Francesca Tona, Giovanni Fabbrini, Alfredo Berardelli, Patrizia Pantano
AIM: To assess functional rearrangement following neurodegeneration in the thalamus and dentate nucleus in patients with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and corticobasal syndrome (CBS). METHODS: We recruited 19 patients with PSP, 11 with CBS and 14 healthy subjects. All the subjects underwent resting-state (rs) fMRI using a 3T system. Whole brain functional connectivity of the thalamus and dentate nucleus were calculated by means of a seed-based approach with FEAT script in FSL toolbox...
March 15, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317110/atlantic-frugivory-a-plant-frugivore-interaction-dataset-for-the-atlantic-forest
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Carolina Bello, Mauro Galetti, Denise Montan, Marco A Pizo, Tatiane C Mariguela, Laurence Culot, Felipe Bufalo, Fabio Labecca, Felipe Pedrosa, Rafaela Constantini, Carine Emer, Wesley R Silva, Fernanda R da Silva, Otso Ovaskainen, Pedro Jordano
The dataset provided here includes 8320 frugivory interactions (records of pairwise interactions between plant and frugivore species) reported for the Atlantic Forest. The dataset includes interactions between 331 vertebrate species (232 birds, 90 mammals, five fishes, one amphibian and three reptiles) and 788 plant species. We also present information on traits directly related to the frugivory process (endozoochory), such as the size of fruits and seeds and the body mass and gape size of frugivores. Data were extracted from 166 published and unpublished sources spanning from 1961 to 2016...
March 19, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316068/contribution-by-vertebrates-to-seed-dispersal-effectiveness-in-the-gal%C3%A3-pagos-islands-a-community-wide-approach
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M Nogales, A González-Castro, B Rumeu, A Traveset, P Vargas, P Jaramillo, J M Olesen, R Heleno
Seed dispersal and seedling recruitment are crucial phases in the life cycle of all spermatophyte plants. The net contribution of seed dispersers to plant establishment is known as seed dispersal effectiveness (SDE) and is defined as the product of a quantitative (number of seeds dispersed) and a qualitative (probability of recruitment) component. In Galápagos, we studied the direct contribution to SDE (number of seeds dispersed and effect on seedling emergence) provided by the five island groups of frugivores (giant tortoises, lizards, medium-sized passerine birds, small non-finch passerine birds and finches) in the two main habitats in this archipelago: the lowland and the highland zones, and found 16 vertebrate species dispersing 58 plant species...
March 17, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315320/controlled-ice-nucleation-using-freeze-dried-pseudomonas-syringae-encapsulated-in-alginate-beads
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Lindong Weng, Shannon N Tessier, Anisa Swei, Shannon L Stott, Mehmet Toner
The control of ice nucleation is of fundamental significance in many process technologies related to food and pharmaceutical science and cryobiology. Mechanical perturbation, electromagnetic fields and ice-nucleating agents (INAs) have been known to induce ice nucleation in a controlled manner. But these ice-nucleating methods may suffer from cumbersome manual operations, safety concerns of external fields, and biocompatibility and recovery issues of INA particles, especially when used in living systems. Given the automatic ice-seeding nature of INAs, a promising solution to overcome some of the above limitations is to engineer a biocomposite that accommodates the INA particles but minimizes their interactions with biologics, as well as enabling the recovery of used particles...
March 14, 2017: Cryobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314933/major-genes-determining-yield-related-traits-in-wheat-and-barley
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Anna Nadolska-Orczyk, Izabela K Rajchel, Wacław Orczyk, Sebastian Gasparis
Current development of advanced biotechnology tools allows us to characterize the role of key genes in plant productivity. The implementation of this knowledge in breeding strategies might accelerate the progress in obtaining high-yielding cultivars. The achievements of the Green Revolution were based on a specific plant ideotype, determined by a single gene involved in gibberellin signaling or metabolism. Compared with the 1950s, an enormous increase in our knowledge about the biological basis of plant productivity has opened new avenues for novel breeding strategies...
March 17, 2017: TAG. Theoretical and Applied Genetics. Theoretische und Angewandte Genetik
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314115/genome-wide-identification-and-evolution-of-the-pin-formed-pin-gene-family-in-glycine-max
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Yuan Liu, Haichao Wei
Soybean is one of the most important crop plants, wild and cultivated soybean varieties have significant differences worth further investigation, such as plant morphology, seed size, seed coat development, these characters may be related to auxin biology. The PIN family is an essential auxin polar transport gene, but little research on soybean PINs (GmPINs) has been done, especially with respect to evolution and the differences between wild and cultivated soybean. In this study, we retrieved 23 GmPINs from the latest updated G...
March 17, 2017: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303636/variation-in-seed-packaging-of-a-fleshy-fruited-conifer-provides-insights-into-the-ecology-and-evolution-of-multi-seeded-fruits
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Lucía DeSoto, Rubén Torices, Susana Rodríguez-Echeverría, Cristina Nabais
The study of intraspecific seed packaging (i.e. seed size/number strategy) variation across different populations may allow a better understanding of the ecological forces that drive seed evolution in plants. Juniperus thurifera (Cupressaceae) provides a good model to study this due to the existence of two subspecies differentiated by phenotypic traits, such as seed size and cone seediness (number of seeds inside a cone) across its range. The aim of this study was to analyse seed packaging (seed mass and cone seediness) variation at different scales (subspecies, populations and individuals) and the relationship between cone and seed traits in European and African J...
March 17, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303339/evidence-for-post-zygotic-self-incompatibility-in-handroanthus-impetiginosus-bignoniaceae
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Nelson Sabino Bittencourt Júnior
Late-acting self-incompatibility (LSI) has been defined as a genetically controlled self-sterility mechanism that prevents seed set by selfing, despite normal pollen tube growth and ovule penetration in self-pollinated pistils. In species of the Bignoniaceae with LSI, such as Handroanthus impetiginosus, the selfed pistils are characterized by a marked delay in ovule penetration, fertilization, and endosperm initiation, followed by uniform pistil abscission. This highlights the contentious possibility of a post-zygotic self-incompatibility system...
March 16, 2017: Plant Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302994/effect-of-hypoxia-on-self-renewal-capacity-and-differentiation-in-human-tendon-derived-stem-cells
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Yang Yu, Lixiang Lin, Yifei Zhou, Xiaolang Lu, Xiwen Shao, Chuanlu Lin, Kehe Yu, Xiaolei Zhang, Jianjun Hong, Ying Chen
BACKGROUND Hypoxic conditions play roles in functioning of human tendon-derived stem cells (hTSCs). The goal of this study was to investigate the effect of various hypoxic conditions in self-renewal capacity and differentiation of TSCs. MATERIAL AND METHODS hTSCs was obtain from supraspinatus tendon donors. Colony formation and cell proliferation assay were used to assess the self-renewal of hTSCs. qRT-PCT and Western blot analysis were used to examine stemness and multi-differentiation potential of hTSCs. RESULTS We found that culturing at 5% O2 is more beneficial for the self-renewal of hTSCs than the other 3 culture conditions, with larger colony size and numbers...
March 17, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302670/modelling-pulmonary-microthrombosis-coupled-to-metastasis-distinct-effects-of-thrombogenesis-on-tumorigenesis
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Colin E Evans, Asis Palazon, Jingwei Sim, Petros A Tyrakis, Alice Prodger, Xiao Lu, Saria Chan, Pär-Ola Bendahl, Mattias Belting, Love Von Euler, Helene Rundqvist, Randall S Johnson, Cristina Branco
Thrombosis can cause localized ischemia and tissue hypoxia, and both of these are linked to cancer metastasis. Vascular micro-occlusion can occur as a result of arrest of circulating tumor cells in small capillaries, giving rise to microthrombotic events that affect flow, creating localized hypoxic regions. To better understand the association between metastasis and thrombotic events, we generated an experimental strategy whereby we model the effect of microvascular occlusion in metastatic efficiency, by using inert microbeads to obstruct lung microvasculature before, during and after intravenous tumor cell injection...
March 16, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301580/deep-roots-delay-flowering-and-relax-the-impact-of-floral-traits-and-associated-pollinators-in-steppe-plants
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Rachda Berrached, Leila Kadik, Hocine Ait Mouheb, Andreas Prinzing
Strong seasonality in abiotic harshness and pollinator availability shape the reproductive success of plants. Plant species can avoid or can tolerate harsh abiotic conditions and can attract different pollinators, but it remains unknown (i) which of these capacities is most important for flowering phenology, (ii) whether tolerance/avoidance of abiotic harshness reinforces or relaxes the phenological differentiation of species attracting different pollinators. We assembled possibly the first functional trait database for a North African steppe covering 104 species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300023/optimization-and-validation-of-a-residue-analysis-method-for-glyphosate-glufosinate-and-their-metabolites-in-plant-matrixes-by-liquid-chromatography-with-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Dasharath P Oulkar, Sandip Hingmire, Arnab Goon, Manjusha Jadhav, Bharat Ugare, Ahammed Shabeer Thekkumpurath, Kaushik Banerjee
A sensitive and accurate LC with tandem MS (MS/MS)-based method was developed and validated for the analysis of the herbicide glyphosate, its metabolite aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA), and glufosinate after derivatization with 9-fluorenylmethyl chloroformate (FMOC-Cl) in various plant matrixes. The method also covers direct analysis of the glufosinate metabolites 3-methylphosphinicopropionic acid (3-MPPA) and N-acetyl-glufosinate (NAG). The homogenized samples were extracted with 0.1% formic acid in water-dichloromethane (50 + 50)...
March 23, 2017: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297964/mixed-order-phase-transition-in-a-two-step-contagion-model-with-a-single-infectious-seed
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Wonjun Choi, Deokjae Lee, B Kahng
Percolation is known as one of the most robust continuous transitions, because its occupation rule is intrinsically local. As one of the ways to break the robustness, occupation is allowed to more than one species of particles and they occupy cooperatively. This generalized percolation model undergoes a discontinuous transition. Here we investigate an epidemic model with two contagion steps and characterize its phase transition analytically and numerically. We find that even though the order parameter jumps at a transition point r_{c}, then increases continuously, it does not exhibit any critical behavior: the fluctuations of the order parameter do not diverge at r_{c}...
February 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297708/ultra-selective-high-flux-membranes-from-directly-synthesized-zeolite-nanosheets
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Mi Young Jeon, Donghun Kim, Prashant Kumar, Pyung Soo Lee, Neel Rangnekar, Peng Bai, Meera Shete, Bahman Elyassi, Han Seung Lee, Katabathini Narasimharao, Sulaiman Nasir Basahel, Shaeel Al-Thabaiti, Wenqian Xu, Hong Je Cho, Evgenii O Fetisov, Raghuram Thyagarajan, Robert F DeJaco, Wei Fan, K Andre Mkhoyan, J Ilja Siepmann, Michael Tsapatsis
A zeolite with structure type MFI is an aluminosilicate or silicate material that has a three-dimensionally connected pore network, which enables molecular recognition in the size range 0.5-0.6 nm. These micropore dimensions are relevant for many valuable chemical intermediates, and therefore MFI-type zeolites are widely used in the chemical industry as selective catalysts or adsorbents. As with all zeolites, strategies to tailor them for specific applications include controlling their crystal size and shape...
March 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297061/bioengineered-hemodialysis-access-grafts
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Shawn M Gage, Jeffrey H Lawson
There is a need for bioengineered therapies to improve the overall health of the growing and aging world population. Patients with renal failure have a life-long requirement for a durable form of hemodialysis vascular access. In this article, we review the history of tissue engineering as it pertains to bioengineered grafts and vessels for hemodialysis access. Over the years, various strategies have been utilized to develop ideal, humanized vessels for vascular replacement such as fixation of animal or human vessels, cell seeding of synthetic materials, and the synthesis of completely autologous or allogeneic bioengineered vessels...
March 6, 2017: Journal of Vascular Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295376/both-maternally-and-paternally-imprinted-genes-regulate-seed-development-in-rice
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Jingya Yuan, Sushu Chen, Wu Jiao, Longfei Wang, Limei Wang, Wenxue Ye, Jie Lu, Delin Hong, Siliang You, Zhukuan Cheng, Dong-Lei Yang, Z Jeffrey Chen
Genetic imprinting refers to the unequal expression of paternal and maternal alleles of a gene in sexually reproducing organisms, including mammals and flowering plants. Although many imprinted genes have been identified in plants, the functions of these imprinted genes have remained largely uninvestigated. We report genome-wide analysis of gene expression, DNA methylation and small RNAs in the rice endosperm and functional tests of five imprinted genes during seed development using Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats/CRISPR-associated gene9 (CRISPR/Cas9) gene editing technology...
March 13, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289421/preliminary-studies-of-the-performance-of-quinoa-chenopodium-quinoa-willd-genotypes-under-irrigated-and-rainfed-conditions-of-central-malawi
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Moses F A Maliro, Veronica F Guwela, Jacinta Nyaika, Kevin M Murphy
The goal of sustainable intensification of agriculture in Malawi has led to the evaluation of innovative, regionally novel or under-utilized crop species. Quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.) has the potential to provide a drought tolerant, nutritious alternative to maize. We evaluated 11 diverse varieties of quinoa for their yield and agronomic performance at two locations, Bunda and Bembeke, in Malawi. The varieties originated from Ecuador, Chile and Bolivia in South America; the United States and Canada in North America; and, Denmark in Europe, and were chosen based on their variation in morphological and agronomic traits, and their potential for adaptation to the climate of Malawi...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286354/how-did-the-domestication-of-fertile-crescent-grain-crops-increase-their-yields
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Catherine Preece, Alexandra Livarda, Pascal-Antoine Christin, Michael Wallace, Gemma Martin, Michael Charles, Glynis Jones, Mark Rees, Colin P Osborne
The origins of agriculture, 10 000 years ago, led to profound changes in the biology of plants exploited as grain crops, through the process of domestication. This special case of evolution under cultivation led to domesticated cereals and pulses requiring humans for their dispersal, but the accompanying mechanisms causing higher productivity in these plants remain unknown. The classical view of crop domestication is narrow, focusing on reproductive and seed traits including the dispersal, dormancy and size of seeds, without considering whole-plant characteristics...
February 2017: Functional Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285133/modification-of-atgrdp1-gene-expression-affects-silique-and-seed-development-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Aída Araceli Rodríguez-Hernández, Carlos Vladimir Muro-Medina, Jocelin Itzel Ramírez-Alonso, Juan Francisco Jiménez-Bremont
Glycine Rich Proteins (GRPs) are induced at different developmental stages and in specific plant tissues. Recently, we described a novel Arabidopsis gene encoding a short glycine-rich domain protein (AtGRDP1). This gene is involved in abiotic stress responsiveness; the Atgrdp1-null mutant seeds were more sensitive to stress, while the opposite phenotype was achieved by AtGRDP1 overexpression. In this study, we analyzed the phenotype of the fruits produced by Arabidopsis Atgrdp1 mutants and 35S::AtGRDP1 overexpression lines...
March 8, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285053/co2-responsive-polyacrylamide-microspheres-with-interpenetrating-networks
#20
Meng Mu, Hongyao Yin, Yujun Feng
HYPOTHESIS: CO2-responsive microspheres fabricated via co-polymerization protocol are attractive due to their promising applications. However, the inevitable particles-agglomeration restrained their further utilizations. Towards this challenge, interpenetrating network (IPN) protocol would be a potential choice to construct the "intelligent" microspheres, which presents superiority in comparison with co-polymerization mode. EXPERIMENTS: A series of CO2-responsive microspheres with polyacrylamide (PAM)/poly(dimethyl aminopropyl methacrylamide) (PDMAPMA) IPN-structure were fabricated via inverse seed suspension polymerization by adjusting DMAPMA loading and crosslinking-degree of seeds...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
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