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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645141/does-the-seed-bank-contribute-to-the-build-up-of-a-genetic-extinction-debt-in-the-grassland-perennial-campanula-rotundifolia
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Jan Plue, Katrien Vandepitte, Olivier Honnay, Sara A O Cousins
Background and Aims: Habitat fragmentation threatens global biodiversity. Many plant species persist in habitat fragments via persistent life cycle stages such as seed banks, generating a species extinction debt. Here, seed banks are hypothesized to cause a temporal delay in the expected loss of genetic variation, which can be referred to as a genetic extinction debt, as a possible mechanism behind species extinction debts. Methods: Fragmented grassland populations of Campanula rotundifolia were examined for evidence of a genetic extinction debt, investigating if the seed bank contributed to the extinction debt build-up...
June 21, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645069/controlled-single-bubble-cavitation-collapse-results-in-jet-induced-injury-in-brain-tissue
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Saranya Canchi, Karen Kelly, Yu Hong, Michael A King, Ghatu Subhash, Malisa Sarntinoranont
Multiscale damage due to cavitation is considered as a potential mechanism of traumatic brain injury (TBI) associated with explosion. In this study, we employed a TBI relevant hippocampal ex vivo slice model to induce bubble cavitation. Placement of single reproducible seed bubbles allowed control of size, number, and tissue location to visualize and measure deformation parameters. Maximum strain value was measured at 45 µs after bubble collapse, presented with a distinct contour and coincided temporally and spatially with the liquid jet...
June 15, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644976/biomaterials-that-promote-cell-cell-interactions-enhance-the-paracrine-function-of-mscs
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Taimoor H Qazi, David J Mooney, Georg N Duda, Sven Geissler
Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) secrete paracrine factors that play crucial roles during tissue regeneration. Whether this paracrine function is influenced by the properties of biomaterials in general, and those used for cell delivery in particular, largely remains unexplored. Here, we investigated if three-dimensional culture in distinct microenvironments - nanoporous hydrogels (mean pore size ∼5 nm) and macroporous scaffolds (mean pore size ∼120 μm) - affects the secretion pattern of MSCs, and consequently leads to differential paracrine effects on target progenitor cells such as myoblasts...
June 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644743/sarcocystis-jamaicensis-n-sp-from-red-tailed-hawks-buteo-jamaicensis-definitive-host-and-ifn-%C3%AE-gene-knockout-mice-as-experimental-intermediate-host
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Shiv Verma, Alexa Rosypal Von Dohlen, J Mowery, D Scott, B Rosenthal, J P Dubey, David Lindsay
Here, we report a new species of Sarcocystis with red-tailed hawk (RTH) as the natural definitive host and IFN-γ gene knockout (KO) mice as an experimental intermediate host in which sarcocysts form in muscle. Two RTHs submitted to the Carolina Raptor Center, Huntersville, North Carolina, were euthanized because they could not be rehabilitated and released. Fully sporulated 12.5 x 9.9 m sized sporocysts were found in intestinal scrapings of both hawks. Sporocysts were orally fed to laboratory-reared outbred Swiss Webster mice (SW) (Mus musculus) and also to KO mice...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642785/potassium-starvation-limits-soybean-growth-more-than-the-photosynthetic-processes-across-co2-levels
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Shardendu K Singh, Vangimalla R Reddy
Elevated carbon dioxide (eCO2) often enhances plant photosynthesis, growth, and productivity. However, under nutrient-limited conditions the beneficial effects of high CO2 are often diminished. To evaluate the combined effects of potassium (K) deficiency and eCO2 on soybean photosynthesis, growth, biomass partitioning, and yields, plants were grown under controlled environment conditions with an adequate (control, 5.0 mM) and two deficient (0.50 and 0.02 mM) levels of K under ambient CO2 (aCO2; 400 μmol mol(-1)) and eCO2 (800 μmol mol(-1))...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641554/future-of-spermatogonial-stem-cell-culture-application-of-nanofiber-scaffolds
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Azar Shams, Neda Eslahi, Mansoureh Movahedin, Fariborz Izadyar, Hamidreza Asgari, Morteza Koruji
The spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) are unique in mammals because they can transmit genetic information from generation to generation and it is of significant importance. In testes, Sertoli cells, peritubular myoid cells, Leydig cells and other interstitial cells contribute to the spermatogonial stem cell "niche". So, creation of niche in in vitro condition that mimics in vivo environment is essential to maintain functional characteristic of SSCs. Nanofiber matrices mimic the architecture and size scale of the natural extracellular matrix (ECM)...
June 22, 2017: Current Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641306/a-new-perspective-on-isotretinoin-treatment-of-hidradenitis-suppurativa-a-retrospective-chart-review-of-patient-outcomes
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Christina M Huang, Mark G Kirchhof
BACKGROUND: Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a disease characterized by the development of painful, deep-seeded nodules and abscesses. Treatment guidelines include a combination of lifestyle, surgical, and medical interventions. Isotretinoin has not been included in the treatment guidelines due to the limited number of studies and conflicting reports of efficacy. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the clinical response to isotretinoin in HS patients and to determine whether there is a particular patient population that may benefit more from this treatment...
June 23, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641151/%C3%AE-tip-aquaporin-distribution-and-size-tonoplast-variation-in-storage-cells-of-vicia-faba-cotyledons-at-seed-maturation-and-germination-stages
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Emile Béré, Karima Lahbib, Bruno Merceron, Pierrette Fleurat-Lessard, Néziha Ghanem Boughanmi
Vacuoles have been shown to undergo deep modifications in relation to plant developmental stages and in the maintaining the cellular homeostasis. In this context, we studied the variations of the vacuolar membrane size and α-TIP aquaporin distribution at early and advanced seed stages of maturation, germination and embryo growth in Vicia faba cotyledon storage cells.
June 1, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640939/global-transcriptome-and-co-expression-network-analyses-reveal-cultivar-specific-molecular-signatures-associated-with-seed-development-and-seed-size-weight-determination-in-chickpea
#9
Rohini Garg, Vikash K Singh, Mohan Singh Rajkumar, Vinay Kumar, Mukesh Jain
Seed development is an intricate process regulated via a complex transcriptional regulatory network. To understand the molecular mechanisms governing seed development and seed size/weight in chickpea, we performed a comprehensive analysis of transcriptome dynamics during seed development in two cultivars with contrasting seed size/weight (small seeded, Himchana 1 and large-seeded, JGK 3). Our analysis identified stage-specific expression for a significant proportion (>13%) of the genes. About one-fourth of total genes exhibited significant differential expression in JGK 3 as compared to Himchana 1...
June 22, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638865/some-engineering-properties-of-shelled-and-kernel-tea-camellia-sinensis-seeds
#10
Ebubekir Altuntas, Merve Yildiz
BACKGROUND: Camellia sinensis is the source of tea leaves and it is an economic crop now grown around the World. Tea seed oil has been used for cooking in China and other Asian countries for more than a thousand years. Tea is the most widely consumed beverages after water in the world. It is mainly produced in Asia, central Africa, and exported throughout the World. Some engineering properties (size dimensions, sphericity, volume, bulk and true densities, friction coefficient, colour characteristics and mechanical behaviour as rupture force of shelled and kernel tea (Camellia sinensis) seeds were determined in this study...
2017: African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicines: AJTCAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637930/towards-a-consistent-quantitative-evaluation-of-microrna-evolution
#11
Ali M Yazbeck, Kifah R Tout, Peter F Stadler, Jana Hertel
The miRBase currently reports more than 25,000 microRNAs in several hundred genomes that belong to more than 1000 families of homologous sequences. Quantitative investigations of miRNA gene evolution requires the construction of data sets that are consistent in their coverage and include those genomes that are of interest in a given study. Given the size and structure of data, this can be achieved only with the help of a fully automatic pipeline that improves the available seed alignments, extends the set of available sequences by homology search, and reliably identifies true positive homology search results...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Integrative Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633633/utilization-and-farmers-knowledge-on-pigeonpea-diversity-in-benin-west-africa
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Mathieu Anatole Tele Ayenan, Agyemang Danquah, Léonard Essehou Ahoton, Kwadwo Ofori
BACKGROUND: Understanding factors driving farmers' uses of crop genetic resources is a key component not only to design appropriate conservation strategies but also to promote sustainable production. However, in Benin, limited information is available on farmers' knowledge related to pigeonpea uses and conservation. This study aimed at i) identifying and investigating the different uses of pigeonpea in relation with socio-cultural factors, namely age, gender, ethnic group and respondents' residence, ii) assessing pigeonpea varieties richness at household level and iii) evaluating the extent and distribution of pigeonpea varieties...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633349/colchicine-application-significantly-affects-plant-performance-in-the-second-generation-of-synthetic-polyploids-and-its-effects-vary-between-populations
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Zuzana Münzbergová
Background and Aims: Understanding the direct consequences of polyploidization is necessary for assessing the evolutionary significance of this mode of speciation. Previous studies have not studied the degree of between-population variation that occurs due to these effects. Although it is assumed that the effects of the substances that create synthetic polyploids disappear in second-generation synthetic polyploids, this has not been tested. Methods: The direct consequences of polyploidization were assessed and separated from the effects of subsequent evolution in Vicia cracca , a naturally occurring species with diploid and autotetraploid cytotypes...
June 14, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629134/fabrication-of-circuits-on-flexible-substrates-using-conductive-su-8-for-sensing-applications
#14
Carlos D Gerardo, Edmond Cretu, Robert Rohling
This article describes a new low-cost rapid microfabrication technology for high-density interconnects and passive devices on flexible substrates for sensing applications. Silver nanoparticles with an average size of 80 nm were used to create a conductive SU-8 mixture with a concentration of wt 25%. The patterned structures after hard baking have a sheet resistance of 11.17 Ω /□. This conductive SU-8 was used to pattern planar inductors, capacitors and interconnection lines on flexible Kapton film. The conductive SU-8 structures were used as a seed layer for a subsequent electroplating process to increase the conductivity of the devices...
June 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627335/effects-of-exposure-pathways-on-the-accumulation-and-phytotoxicity-of-silver-nanoparticles-in-soybean-and-rice
#15
Cheng-Cheng Li, Fei Dang, Min Li, Min Zhu, Huan Zhong, Holger Hintelmann, Dong-Mei Zhou
The widespread use of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) raises concerns both about their accumulation in crops and human exposure via crop consumption. Plants take up AgNPs through their leaves and roots, but foliar uptake has been largely ignored. To better understand AgNPs-plant interactions, we compared the uptake, phytotoxicity, and size distribution of AgNPs in soybean and rice following root versus foliar exposure. At similar AgNP application levels, foliar exposure led to 17-200 times more Ag bioaccumulation than root exposure...
June 19, 2017: Nanotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624968/do-cancer-cell-lines-have-fixed-or-fluctuating-stem-cell-phenotypes-studies-with-the-ntera2-cell-line
#16
Zachariah P Sellers, Gabriela Schneider, Kamila Bujko, Malwina Suszynska, Daniel Pedziwiatr
One of the important questions when studying established cancer cell lines is whether such cells contain a subpopulation of primitive cancer stem cells that maintains the expansion of the cell line. To address this issue, we performed studies on the established human embryonal carcinoma cell line NTera2 by evaluating the potential stemness of cells sorted according to their expression of the cell surface stem cell markers CD133 and SSEA4. By performing in vitro and in vivo assays, we observed different properties of cells expressing both, one, or neither of these antigens...
June 17, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624671/radiation-exposure-of-barley-seeds-can-modify-the-early-stages-of-plants-development
#17
Stanislav Geras'kin, Roman Churyukin, Polina Volkova
The reactions of barley seeds (Nur and Grace varieties) in terms of the root and sprout lengths, germination and root mass were studied after γ-irradiation with doses in the range of 2-50 Gy. The dose range in which plants' growth stimulation occurs (16-20 Gy) was identified. It was shown that increased size of seedlings after irradiation with stimulating doses was due to the enhancing pace of development rather than an earlier germination. The activity of the majority of the enzymes studied increased in the range of doses that cause stimulation of seedlings development...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624656/strontium-and-cobalt-substituted-bioactive-glasses-seeded-with-human-umbilical-cord-perivascular-cells-to-promote-bone-regeneration-via-enhanced-osteogenic-and-angiogenic-activities
#18
Saeid Kargozar, Nasrin Lotfibakhshaiesh, Jafar Ai, Masoud Mozafari, Peiman Brouki Milan, Sepideh Hamzehlou, Mahmoud Barati, Francesco Baino, Robert G Hill, Mohammad Taghi Joghataei
Designing and developing new biomaterials to accelerate bone healing are currently under progress. In this study, we attempted to promote osteogenesis using strontium- and cobalt- substituted bioactive glasses (BGs) seeded with human umbilical cord perivascular cells (HUCPVCs) in a critical size defect in the distal femur of rabbit animal model. The BG particles were successfully synthesized in the form of granules using the melt-derived route. After being isolated, HUCPVCs were expanded and then characterized to use during in vitro and in vivo procedures...
June 14, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623819/the-texture-structure-and-nutrient-availability-of-artificial-soil-on-cut-slopes-restored-with-osss-influence-of-restoration-time
#19
Zhiyu Huang, Jiao Chen, Xiaoyan Ai, Ruirui Li, Yingwei Ai, Wei Li
Outside soil spray seeding (OSSS) is widely used to restore cut slopes in southwest of China, and artificial soil is often sprayed onto cut slopes to establish a soil layer for revegetation. The stability of artificial soil layer and its supply of water and nutrients for plants is crucial for successful restoration. To evaluate the long-term effectiveness of OSSS, the texture, structure and nutrient availability of artificial soil were studied, various soil samples were obtained from three cut slopes with different restoration time (restored with OSSS in 1996, 2003 and 2007 respectively) and one natural developed slope (NS)...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612368/crystal-structure-of-non-specific-lipid-transfer-protein-from-solanum-melongena
#20
Abha Jain, Dinakar M Salunke
Lipids are considered to protect protein allergens from proteolysis and are generally seen to exist in a bound form. One of the well-known plant protein families with bound lipids is non-specific lipid transfer proteins (nsLTPs). Structure-function relationships in the case of the members of non-specific lipid transfer protein family are not clearly understood. As part of exploring the seed proteome, we have analyzed the proteome of a member of Solanaceae family, Solanum melongena (eggplant) and a non-specific lipid transfer protein from S...
June 13, 2017: Proteins
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