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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212883/nonlinear-relationship-between-extreme-temperature-and-mortality-in-different-temperature-zones-a-systematic-study-of-122-communities-across-the-mainland-of-china
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Chenzhi Wang, Zhao Zhang, Maigeng Zhou, Lingyan Zhang, Peng Yin, Wan Ye, Yi Chen
BACKGROUND: Numerous previous studies have reported that human health risk is extremely sensitive to temperature. Very few studies, however, have characterized the relationship between temperature and mortality in different temperature zones due to the previous conclusions deduced from a regional or administrative division. A research covers different temperature zones was indispensable to have a comprehensive understanding of regional ambient temperature effect on public health. METHODS: Based on the mortality dataset and meteorological variables of 122 communities in China from 2007 to 2012, a distributed lag nonlinear model (DLNM) was utilized to estimate the temperature effect on non-accidental mortality at the community level...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212671/an-adaptive-variant-of-trib2-rs1057001-is-associated-with-higher-expression-levels-of-thermogenic-genes-in-human-subcutaneous-and-visceral-adipose-tissues
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Kazuhiro Nakayama, Sadahiko Iwamoto
BACKGROUND: An obesity-related single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) of the Tribbles pseudokinase 2 gene (TRIB2) was shown to have underwent adaptive evolution in the last glacial period, suggesting a selective advantage of this SNP in human populations in cold environments. In order to verify this hypothesis, the effect of the TRIB2 SNP on the expression of genes involved in adaptive thermogenesis was tested using messenger RNAs prepared from adipose tissues of Japanese adults. METHODS: Complementary DNA was prepared from subcutaneous adipose tissues (SAT) and visceral adipose tissues (VAT) obtained from 48 Japanese adults...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Physiological Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210076/potential-role-of-the-gut-microbiota-in-synthetic-torpor-and-therapeutic-hypothermia
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Claudia Sisa, Silvia Turroni, Roberto Amici, Patrizia Brigidi, Marco Candela, Matteo Cerri
Therapeutic hypothermia is today used in several clinical settings, among them the gut related diseases that are influenced by ischemia/reperfusion injury. This perspective paved the way to the study of hibernation physiology, in natural hibernators, highlighting an unexpected importance of the gut microbial ecosystem in hibernation and torpor. In natural hibernators, intestinal microbes adaptively reorganize their structural configuration during torpor, and maintain a mutualistic configuration regardless of long periods of fasting and cold temperatures...
January 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196526/the-genetic-architecture-of-low-temperature-adaptation-in-the-wine-yeast-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Estéfani García-Ríos, Miguel Morard, Leopold Parts, Gianni Liti, José M Guillamón
BACKGROUND: Low-temperature growth and fermentation of wine yeast can enhance wine aroma and make them highly desirable traits for the industry. Elucidating response to cold in Saccharomyces cerevisiae is, therefore, of paramount importance to select or genetically improve new wine strains. As most enological traits of industrial importance in yeasts, adaptation to low temperature is a polygenic trait regulated by many interacting loci. RESULTS: In order to unravel the genetic determinants of low-temperature fermentation, we mapped quantitative trait loci (QTLs) by bulk segregant analyses in the F13 offspring of two Saccharomyces cerevisiae industrial strains with divergent performance at low temperature...
February 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193867/genetic-signature-of-natural-selection-in-first-americans
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Carlos Eduardo G Amorim, Kelly Nunes, Diogo Meyer, David Comas, Maria Cátira Bortolini, Francisco Mauro Salzano, Tábita Hünemeier
When humans moved from Asia toward the Americas over 18,000 y ago and eventually peopled the New World they encountered a new environment with extreme climate conditions and distinct dietary resources. These environmental and dietary pressures may have led to instances of genetic adaptation with the potential to influence the phenotypic variation in extant Native American populations. An example of such an event is the evolution of the fatty acid desaturases (FADS) genes, which have been claimed to harbor signals of positive selection in Inuit populations due to adaptation to the cold Greenland Arctic climate and to a protein-rich diet...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193478/metabolic-cold-adaptation-contributes-little-to-the-interspecific-variation-in-metabolic-rates-of-65-species-of-drosophilidae
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Branwen Messamah, Vanessa Kellermann, Hans Malte, Volker Loeschcke, Johannes Overgaard
Metabolic cold adaptation (MCA) is a controversial hypothesis suggesting that cold adapted species display an elevated metabolic rate (MR) compared to their warm climate relatives. Here we test for the presence of MCA within 65 species of drosophilid flies reared under common garden conditions. MR was measured at both 10 and 20°C for both sexes and data was analyzed in relation to the natural thermal environment of these species. We found considerable interspecific variation in MR ranging from 1.34 to 8.99 µW mg(-1) at 10°C...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192428/a-comparative-study-of-cold-and-warm-adapted-endonucleases-a-using-sequence-analyses-and-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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Davide Michetti, Bjørn Olav Brandsdal, Davide Bon, Geir Villy Isaksen, Matteo Tiberti, Elena Papaleo
The psychrophilic and mesophilic endonucleases A (EndA) from Aliivibrio salmonicida (VsEndA) and Vibrio cholera (VcEndA) have been studied experimentally in terms of the biophysical properties related to thermal adaptation. The analyses of their static X-ray structures was no sufficient to rationalize the determinants of their adaptive traits at the molecular level. Thus, we used Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations to compare the two proteins and unveil their structural and dynamical differences. Our simulations did not show a substantial increase in flexibility in the cold-adapted variant on the nanosecond time scale...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188780/structural-insights-into-the-cold-adaptation-of-the-photosynthetic-pigment-protein-c-phycocyanin-from-an-arctic-cyanobacterium
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Hai-Nan Su, Qian-Min Wang, Chun-Yang Li, Kang Li, Wei Luo, Bo Chen, Xi-Ying Zhang, Qi-Long Qin, Bai-Cheng Zhou, Xiu-Lan Chen, Yu-Zhong Zhang, Bin-Bin Xie
The cold adaptation mechanism of phycobiliproteins, the major photosynthetic pigment-proteins in cyanobacteria and red algae, has rarely been studied. Here we reported the biochemical, structural, and molecular dynamics simulation study of the C-phycocyanin from Arctic cyanobacterial strain Pseudanabaena sp. LW0831. We characterized the phycobilisome components of LW0831 and obtained their gene sequences. Compared to the mesophilic counterpart from Arthrospira platensis (Ar-C-PC), LW0831 C-phycocyanin (Ps-C-PC) has a decreased thermostability (∆Tm of -16°C), one of the typical features of cold-adapted enzymes...
February 7, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180061/kinase-suppressor-of-ras-2-ksr2-expression-in-the-brain-regulates-energy-balance-and-glucose-homeostasis
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Lili Guo, Diane L Costanzo-Garvey, Deandra R Smith, Beth K Neilsen, Richard G MacDonald, Robert E Lewis
OBJECTIVE: Kinase Suppressor of Ras 2 (KSR2) is a molecular scaffold coordinating Raf/MEK/ERK signaling that is expressed at high levels in the brain. KSR2 disruption in humans and mice causes obesity and insulin resistance. Understanding the anatomical location and mechanism of KSR2 function should lead to a better understanding of physiological regulation over energy balance. METHODS: Mice bearing floxed alleles of KSR2 (KSR2(fl/fl)) were crossed with mice expressing the Cre recombinase expressed by the Nestin promoter (Nes-Cre) to produce Nes-CreKSR2(fl/fl) mice...
February 2017: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179395/molecular-physiology-of-freeze-tolerance-in-vertebrates
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REVIEW
Kenneth B Storey, Janet M Storey
Freeze tolerance is an amazing winter survival strategy used by various amphibians and reptiles living in seasonally cold environments. These animals may spend weeks or months with up to ∼65% of their total body water frozen as extracellular ice and no physiological vital signs, and yet after thawing they return to normal life within a few hours. Two main principles of animal freeze tolerance have received much attention: the production of high concentrations of organic osmolytes (glucose, glycerol, urea among amphibians) that protect the intracellular environment, and the control of ice within the body (the first putative ice-binding protein in a frog was recently identified), but many other strategies of biochemical adaptation also contribute to freezing survival...
April 2017: Physiological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178573/enhancement-of-cold-and-salt-tolerance-of-arabidopsis-by-transgenic-expression-of-the-s-adenosylmethionine-decarboxylase-gene-from-leymus-chinensis
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Zhujiang Liu, Panpan Liu, Dongmei Qi, Xianjun Peng, Gongshe Liu
Leymus chinensis is an important perennial forage grass natively distributed in the Eurasian Steppe. However, little is known about the molecular mechanism of its adaptation to extreme environmental conditions. Based on L. chinensis cold-treated sequence database, a highly expressed S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylase gene (LcSAMDC1) was isolated from L. chinensis. Gene structure analysis showed that LcSAMDC1 has two introns and three exons as well as three non-overlapping ORFs in its mRNA sequence. One hour of cold exposure caused a significant up-regulation of LcSAMDC1, while abscisic acid (ABA), salt, and osmotic stresses slightly induced its expression...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176135/parallel-n-and-c-terminal-truncations-facilitate-purification-and-analysis-of-a-155-kda-cold-adapted-type-i-pullulanase
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Skander Elleuche, Alina Krull, Ute Lorenz, Garabed Antranikian
The cold-adapted pullulanase Pul13A is an industrial useful amylolytic enzyme, but its low solubility is the major bottleneck to produce the protein in recombinant form. In a previous approach, a complex and time-consuming purification strategy including a step-wise dialysis procedure using decreasing concentrations of urea to renature the insoluble protein from inclusion bodies had been established. In this study, a truncation strategy was developed to facilitate the purification and handling of the type-I pullulanase...
February 8, 2017: Protein Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28175949/lipid-accumulation-in-prokaryotic-microorganisms-from-arid-habitats
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REVIEW
Philippa Hauschild, Annika Röttig, Mohamed H Madkour, Ahmed M Al-Ansari, Naief H Almakishah, Alexander Steinbüchel
This review shall provide support for the suitability of arid environments as preferred location to search for unknown lipid-accumulative bacteria. Bacterial lipids are attracting more and more attention as sustainable replacement for mineral oil in fuel and plastic production. The development of prokaryotic microorganisms in arid desert habitats is affected by its harsh living conditions. Drought, nutrient limitation, strong radiation, and extreme temperatures necessitate effective adaption mechanisms. Accumulation of storage lipids as energy reserve and source of metabolic water represents a common adaption in desert animals and presumably in desert bacteria and archaea as well...
February 7, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169522/entropy-and-enzyme-catalysis
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Johan Åqvist, Masoud Kazemi, Geir Villy Isaksen, Bjørn Olav Brandsdal
The role played by entropy for the enormous rate enhancement achieved by enzymes has been debated for many decades. There are, for example, several confirmed cases where the activation free energy is reduced by around 10 kcal/mol due to entropic effects, corresponding to a rate enhancement of ∼10(7) compared to the uncatalyzed reaction. However, despite substantial efforts from both the experimental and theoretical side, no real consensus has been reached regarding the origin of such large entropic contributions to enzyme catalysis...
February 7, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169358/physiological-and-transcriptomic-analyses-reveal-a-response-mechanism-to-cold-stress-in-santalum-album-l-leaves
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Xinhua Zhang, Jaime A Teixeira da Silva, Meiyun Niu, Mingzhi Li, Chunmei He, Jinhui Zhao, Songjun Zeng, Jun Duan, Guohua Ma
Santalum album L. (Indian sandalwood) is an economically important plant species because of its ability to produce highly valued perfume oils. Little is known about the mechanisms by which S. album adapts to low temperatures. In this study, we obtained 100,445,724 raw reads by paired-end sequencing from S. album leaves. Physiological and transcriptomic changes in sandalwood seedlings exposed to 4 °C for 0-48 h were characterized. Cold stress induced the accumulation of malondialdehyde, proline and soluble carbohydrates, and increased the levels of antioxidants...
February 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168096/transcriptomic-response-of-maize-primary-roots-to-low-temperatures-at-seedling-emergence
#16
Mauro Di Fenza, Bridget Hogg, Jim Grant, Susanne Barth
BACKGROUND: Maize (Zea mays) is a C4 tropical cereal and its adaptation to temperate climates can be problematic due to low soil temperatures at early stages of establishment. METHODS: In the current study we have firstly investigated the physiological response of twelve maize varieties, from a chilling condition adapted gene pool, to sub-optimal growth temperature during seedling emergence. To identify transcriptomic markers of cold tolerance in already adapted maize genotypes, temperature conditions were set below the optimal growth range in both control and low temperature groups...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166943/cold-adaptive-thermogenesis-following-consumption-of-certain-pungent-spice-principles-a-validation-study
#17
Chaitanya Pandit, K R Anilakumar
Identifying a means to activate or potentiate thermogenic mechanisms through ingestion of dietary compounds have important implications in cold endurance and survival. Although many reports discuss the thermogenic potential of spices, it is surprising that none of the studies verify whether consumption of spices can improve cold endurance. In this study, we have attempted to evaluate if ingestion of certain spices can activate heat-generating mechanisms in the body such that a fall in. core body temperature (CBT) can be delayed or prevented when faced with a cold challenge...
February 2017: Journal of Thermal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162589/-347-failure-to-translate-unexpected-side-effects-discovered-when-adapting-the-mouse-cold-plantar-assay-for-use-in-healthy-human-volunteers
#18
B Kolber, W Melissa, K Sadler
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2016: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161737/structural-characterization-of-an-all-aminosugar-containing-capsular-polysaccharide-from-colwellia-psychrerythraea-34h
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Angela Casillo, Jonas Ståhle, Ermenegilda Parrilli, Filomena Sannino, Daniel E Mitchell, Giuseppina Pieretti, Matthew I Gibson, Gennaro Marino, Rosa Lanzetta, Michelangelo Parrilli, Göran Widmalm, Maria L Tutino, Maria M Corsaro
Colwellia psychrerythraea strain 34H, a Gram-negative bacterium isolated from Arctic marine sediments, is considered a model to study the adaptation to cold environments. Recently, we demonstrated that C. psychrerythraea 34H produces two different extracellular polysaccharides, a capsular polysaccharide and a medium released polysaccharide, which confer cryoprotection to the bacterium. In this study, we report the structure of an additional capsular polysaccharide produced by Colwellia grown at a different temperature...
February 4, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160059/finger-cold-induced-vasodilation-of-older-korean-female-divers-haenyeo-effects-of-chronic-cold-exposure-and-aging
#20
Joo-Young Lee, Joonhee Park, Eunsook Koh, Seongwon Cha
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the local cold tolerance of older Korean female divers, haenyeo (N = 22) in terms of cold acclimatization and ageing. As control groups, older non-diving females (N = 25) and young females from a rural area (N = 15) and an urban area (N = 51) participated in this study. To evaluate local cold tolerance, finger cold-induced vasodilation (CIVD) during finger immersion of 4 °C water was examined. As a result, older haenyeos showed greater minimum finger temperature and recovery finger temperature than older non-diving females (P < 0...
February 3, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
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