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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921404/genome-wide-profiling-of-genetic-variation-in-agrobacterium-transformed-rice-plants
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Wen-Xu Li, San-Ling Wu, Yan-Hua Liu, Gu-Lei Jin, Hai-Jun Zhao, Long-Jiang Fan, Qing-Yao Shu
Agrobacterium-mediated transformation has been widely used in producing transgenic plants, and was recently used to generate "transgene-clean" targeted genomic modifications coupled with the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated (Cas9) system. Although tremendous variation in morphological and agronomic traits, such as plant height, seed fertility, and grain size, was observed in transgenic plants, the underlying mechanisms are not yet well understood, and the types and frequency of genetic variation in transformed plants have not been fully disclosed...
2016: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917871/delivery-of-acetylthevetin-b-an-antitumor-cardiac-glycoside-using-polymeric-micelles-for-enhanced-therapeutic-efficacy-against-lung-cancer-cells
#2
Jing-Jing Zhu, Xin-Xin Zhang, Yun-Qiu Miao, Shu-Fang He, Dan-Mei Tian, Xin-Sheng Yao, Jin-Shan Tang, Yong Gan
Acetylthevetin B (ATB), a cardiac glycoside from the seed of Thevetia peruviana (Pers) K Schum (yellow oleander), exhibits not only antitumor activity but also potential cardiac toxicity. In the present study, we attempted to enhance its antitumor action and decrease its adverse effects via chitosan-Pluronic P123 (CP) micelle encapsulation. Two ATB-loaded CP micelles (ATB-CP1, ATB-CP2) were prepared using an emulsion/solvent evaporation technique. They were spherical in shape with a particle size of 40-50 nm, showed a neutral zeta potential, and had acceptable encapsulation efficiency (>90%)...
December 5, 2016: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917856/biogenic-synthesis-of-zinc-oxide-nanostructures-from-nigella-sativa-seed-prospective-role-as-food-packaging-material-inhibiting-broad-spectrum-quorum-sensing-and-biofilm
#3
Nasser A Al-Shabib, Fohad Mabood Husain, Faheem Ahmed, Rais Ahmad Khan, Iqbal Ahmad, Edreese Alsharaeh, Mohd Shahnawaz Khan, Afzal Hussain, Md Tabish Rehman, Mohammad Yusuf, Iftekhar Hassan, Javed Masood Khan, Ghulam Md Ashraf, Ali Mohammed Alsalme, Mohamed F Al-Ajmi, Vadim V Tarasov, Gjumrakch Aliev
Bacterial spoilage of food products is regulated by density dependent communication system called quorum sensing (QS). QS control biofilm formation in numerous food pathogens and Biofilms formed on food surfaces act as carriers of bacterial contamination leading to spoilage of food and health hazards. Agents inhibiting or interfering with bacterial QS and biofilm are gaining importance as a novel class of next-generation food preservatives/packaging material. In the present study, Zinc nanostructures were synthesised using Nigella sativa seed extract (NS-ZnNPs)...
December 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917577/inter-and-intra-specific-diversity-in-cistus-l-cistaceae-seeds-analyzed-by-computer-vision-techniques
#4
Marisol Lo Bianco, Oscar Grillo, Eva Cañadas, Gianfranco Venora, Gianluigi Bacchetta
This work aims to discriminate among different species of the genus Cistus, using seeds parameters and following the scientific plant names included as accepted in The Plant List. Also the intra-specific phenotypic differentiation of C. creticus, through the comparison of three subspecies (C. creticus subsp. creticus, C. c. subsp. eriocephalus and C. c. subsp. corsicus) and the inter-population variability among five C. creticus subsp. eriocephalus populations, were evaluated. Seed mean weight and 137 morpho-colorimetric quantitative variables, describing shape, size, color and textural seed traits, were measured using image analysis techniques...
December 5, 2016: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915029/cytotoxicity-study-of-piper-nigrum-seed-mediated-synthesized-sno2-nanoparticles-towards-colorectal-hct116-and-lung-cancer-a549-cell-lines
#5
Sai Kumar Tammina, Badal Kumar Mandal, Shivendu Ranjan, Nandita Dasgupta
Different sized tetragonal tin oxide nanoparticles (SnO2 NPs) were synthesized using Piper nigrum seed extract at three different calcination temperatures (300, 500, 900°C) and these nanoparticles (NPs) were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometry (FT-IR). The optical properties were studied using UV-Vis and photoluminescence (PL) spectrophotometers. The generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) was monitored by using a fluorescence spectrophotometer and fluorescence microscope...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912160/successful-group-psychotherapy-of-depression-in-adolescents-alters-fronto-limbic-resting-state-connectivity
#6
J Straub, C D Metzger, P L Plener, M G Koelch, G Groen, B Abler
BACKGROUND: Current resting state imaging findings support suggestions that the neural signature of depression and therefore also its therapy should be conceptualized as a network disorder rather than a dysfunction of specific brain regions. In this study, we compared neural connectivity of adolescent patients with depression (PAT) and matched healthy controls (HC) and analysed pre-to-post changes of seed-based network connectivities in PAT after participation in a cognitive behavioral group psychotherapy (CBT)...
November 20, 2016: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912139/repair-of-calvarial-bone-defects-in-mice-using-electrospun-polystyrene-scaffolds-combined-with-%C3%AE-tcp-or-gold-nanoparticles
#7
Lisa Terranova, Diana Maria Dragusin, Romain Mallet, Eugeniu Vasile, Izabela-Cristina Stancu, Catherine Behets, Daniel Chappard
Non-biodegradable porous polystyrene (PS) scaffolds, composed of microfibers, have been prepared by electrospinning for the reconstruction of large bone defects. PS microfibers were prepared by incorporating β-TCP grains inside the polymer or grafting gold nanoparticles surface functionalized with mercaptosuccinic acid. Cytocompatibility of the three types of scaffolds (PS, β-TCP-PS and Au-PS) was studied by seeding human mesenchymal stem cells. Biocompatibility was evaluated by implanting β-TCP-PS and Au-PS scaffolds into a critical size (4mm) calvarial defect in mice...
November 8, 2016: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912026/how-mammalian-predation-contributes-to-tropical-tree-community-structure
#8
C E Timothy Paine, Harald Beck, John Terborgh
The recruitment of seedlings from seeds is the key demographic transition for rain forest trees. Though tropical forest mammals are known to consume many seeds, their effects on tree community structure remain little known. To evaluate their effects, we monitored 8,000 seeds of 24 tree species using exclosure cages that were selectively permeable to three size classes of mammals for up to 4.4 years. Small and medium-bodied mammals removed many more seeds than did large mammals, and they alone generated beta diversity and negative density dependence, whereas all mammals reduced diversity and shaped local species composition...
December 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911823/continuous-flow-synthesis-of-zsm-5-zeolite-on-the-order-of-seconds
#9
Zhendong Liu, Kotatsu Okabe, Chokkalingam Anand, Yasuo Yonezawa, Jie Zhu, Hiroki Yamada, Akira Endo, Yutaka Yanaba, Takeshi Yoshikawa, Koji Ohara, Tatsuya Okubo, Toru Wakihara
The hydrothermal synthesis of zeolites carried out in batch reactors takes a time so long (typically, on the order of days) that the crystallization of zeolites has long been believed to be very slow in nature. We herein present a synthetic process for ZSM-5, an industrially important zeolite, on the order of seconds in a continuous flow reactor using pressurized hot water as a heating medium. Direct mixing of a well-tuned precursor (90 °C) with the pressurized water preheated to extremely high temperature (370 °C) in the millimeter-sized continuous flow reactor resulted in immediate heating to high temperatures (240-300 °C); consequently, the crystallization of ZSM-5 in a seed-free system proceeded to completion within tens of or even several seconds...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905514/seagrass-posidonia-oceanica-seedlings-in-a-high-co2-world-from-physiology-to-herbivory
#10
Gema Hernán, Laura Ramajo, Lorena Basso, Antonio Delgado, Jorge Terrados, Carlos M Duarte, Fiona Tomas
Under future increased CO2 concentrations, seagrasses are predicted to perform better as a result of increased photosynthesis, but the effects in carbon balance and growth are unclear and remain unexplored for early life stages such as seedlings, which allow plant dispersal and provide the potential for adaptation under changing environmental conditions. Furthermore, the outcome of the concomitant biochemical changes in plant-herbivore interactions has been poorly studied, yet may have important implications in plant communities...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903827/effects-of-auricular-acupressure-on-constipation-in-patients-with-breast-cancer-receiving-chemotherapy-a-randomized-control-trial
#11
Jeongran Shin, Hyojung Park
The purpose was to examine the effects of auricular acupressure to relieve constipation in patients with breast cancer who were undergoing chemotherapy. Participants were 52 patients with breast cancer receiving chemotherapy at E University Hospital, Seoul, Korea, randomized into two groups of equal size. For the experimental group, auricular acupressure was applied to seven auricular acupoints for 6 weeks using vaccaria seeds, whereas the control group received the usual care. Constipation-assessment scores of the experimental group were significantly lower compared with the control group (p < ...
November 30, 2016: Western Journal of Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901555/osteoblast-seeded-bioglass-gelatin-nanocomposite-a-promising-bone-substitute-in-critical-size-calvarial-defect-repair-in-rat
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Behrooz Johari, Mehdi Kadivar, Shirin Lak, Mazaher Gholipourmalekabadi, Aleksandra M Urbanska, Masoud Mozafari, Maryam Ahmadzadehzarajabad, Asaad Azarnezhad, Samane Afshari, Jamil Zargan, Saeid Kargozar
INTRODUCTION: Amid the plethora of methods to repair critical bone defects, there is no one perfect approach. In this study, we sought to evaluate a potent 3-dimensional (3D) bioactive SiO2-CaO-P2O5 glasses (bioglass)/gelatin (gel) scaffold for its biocompatibility by seeding cells as well as for its regenerative properties by animal implantation. METHODS: Osteoblast cells were seeded onto nanocomposite scaffolds to investigate the process of critical-size calvarial defect via new bone formation...
November 29, 2016: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898823/genome-wide-association-studies-of-grain-yield-components-in-diverse-sorghum-germplasm
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Richard E Boyles, Elizabeth A Cooper, Matthew T Myers, Zachary Brenton, Bradley L Rauh, Geoffrey P Morris, Stephen Kresovich
Grain yield and its primary determinants, grain number and weight, are important traits in cereal crops that have been well studied; however, the genetic basis of and interactions between these traits remain poorly understood. Characterization of grain yield per primary panicle (YPP), grain number per primary panicle (GNP), and 1000-grain weight (TGW) in sorghum [ (L.) Moench], a hardy C cereal with a genome size of ∼730 Mb, was implemented in a diversity panel containing 390 accessions. These accessions were genotyped to obtain 268,830 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)...
July 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898807/identification-and-validation-of-candidate-genes-associated-with-domesticated-and-improved-traits-in-soybean
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Ling Zhou, Longhai Luo, Jian-Fang Zuo, Linfeng Yang, Li Zhang, Xuanmin Guang, Yuan Niu, Jianbo Jian, Qing-Chun Geng, Liping Liang, Qijian Song, Jim M Dunwell, Zhenzhen Wu, Jia Wen, Yu-Qin Liu, Yuan-Ming Zhang
Soybean, an important source of vegetable oils and proteins for humans, has undergone significant phenotypic changes during domestication and improvement. However, there is limited knowledge about genes related to these domesticated and improved traits, such as flowering time, seed development, alkaline-salt tolerance, and seed oil content (SOC). In this study, more than 106,000 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were identified by restriction site associated DNA sequencing of 14 wild, 153 landrace, and 119 bred soybean accessions, and 198 candidate domestication regions (CDRs) were identified via multiple genetic diversity analyses...
July 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898770/the-amaranth-genome-genome-transcriptome-and-physical-map-assembly
#15
J W Clouse, D Adhikary, J T Page, T Ramaraj, M K Deyholos, J A Udall, D J Fairbanks, E N Jellen, P J Maughan
Amaranth ( L.) is an emerging pseudocereal native to the New World that has garnered increased attention in recent years because of its nutritional quality, in particular its seed protein and more specifically its high levels of the essential amino acid lysine. It belongs to the Amaranthaceae family, is an ancient paleopolyploid that shows disomic inheritance (2 = 32), and has an estimated genome size of 466 Mb. Here we present a high-quality draft genome sequence of the grain amaranth. The genome assembly consisted of 377 Mb in 3518 scaffolds with an N of 371 kb...
March 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898759/establishment-and-optimization-of-genomic-selection-to-accelerate-the-domestication-and-improvement-of-intermediate-wheatgrass
#16
Xiaofei Zhang, Ahmad Sallam, Liangliang Gao, Traci Kantarski, Jesse Poland, Lee R DeHaan, Donald L Wyse, James A Anderson
Intermediate wheatgrass (IWG) is a perennial species and has edible and nutritious grain and desirable agronomic traits, including large seed size, high grain yield, and biomass. It also has the potential to provide ecosystem services and an economic return to farmers. However, because of its allohexaploidy and self-incompatibility, developing molecular markers for genetic analysis and molecular breeding has been challenging. In the present study, using genotyping-by-sequencing (GBS) technology, 3436 genome-wide markers discovered in a biparental population with 178 genets, were mapped to 21 linkage groups (LG) corresponding to 21 chromosomes of IWG...
March 2016: Plant Genome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893844/the-florida-harvester-ant-pogonomyrmex-badius-relies-on-germination-to-consume-large-seeds
#17
Walter R Tschinkel, Christina L Kwapich
The Florida harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex badius, is one of many ant species and genera that stores large numbers of seeds in damp, underground chambers for later consumption. A comparison of the sizes of seeds recovered from storage chambers with those of seed husks discarded following consumption revealed that the used seeds are far smaller than stored seeds. This difference in use-rate was confirmed in field and laboratory colonies by offering marked seeds of various sizes and monitoring the appearance of size-specific chaff...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886345/estimation-of-genetic-parameters-and-selection-of-high-yielding-upright-common-bean-lines-with-slow-seed-coat-darkening
#18
R C Alvares, F C Silva, L C Melo, P G S Melo, H S Pereira
Slow seed coat darkening is desirable in common bean cultivars and genetic parameters are important to define breeding strategies. The aims of this study were to estimate genetic parameters for plant architecture, grain yield, grain size, and seed-coat darkening in common bean; identify any genetic association among these traits; and select lines that associate desirable phenotypes for these traits. Three experiments were set up in the winter 2012 growing season, in Santo Antônio de Goiás and Brasília, Brazil, including 220 lines obtained from four segregating populations and five parents...
November 21, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884196/palliative-treatment-of-pelvic-bone-tumors-using-radioiodine-125-i-brachytherapy
#19
Chongren Wang, Zhengqi Chen, Wei Sun, Yisilamu Yasin, Chuanyin Zhang, Xiaojun Ma, Jian Chen, Jiakang Shen, Yingqi Hua, Zhengdong Cai
BACKGROUND: Complete resection of pelvic bone tumors, especially recurrent and metastatic ones, is often impossible to achieve using conventional surgery. This study aimed to assess the benefits and adverse effects of computed tomography (CT)-guided radioiodine ((125)I) brachytherapy for inoperable recurrent and metastatic bone tumors of the pelvis. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of 22 patients with confirmed pelvic bone tumors (10 females and 12 males; 15-84 years; 21 with primary pelvic tumor and one with pelvic metastasis)...
November 25, 2016: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882557/laboratory-scale-milling-of-whole-durum-flour-quality-effect-of-mill-configuration-and-seed-conditioning
#20
Lingzhu Deng, Frank A Manthey
BACKGROUND: Research was conducted to develop a laboratory milling procedure to make whole-durum flour. An ultra-centrifugal mill was evaluated by determining the effect of mill configuration and seed conditioning on particle size distribution and quality of whole-wheat flour. RESULTS: Particle size of whole-wheat flour decreased as screen aperture decreased from 1,000 to 250 µm; as rotor speed increased from 6,000 to 18,000 rpm; and as seed conditioning moisture content decreased from 150 to 90 g kg(-1) ...
November 23, 2016: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
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