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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317921/self-renewal-and-phenotypic-conversion-are-the-main-physiological-responses-of-macrophages-to-the-endogenous-estrogen-surge
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Giovanna Pepe, Daniele Braga, Tiziana A Renzi, Alessandro Villa, Chiara Bolego, Francesca D'Avila, Cristina Barlassina, Adriana Maggi, Massimo Locati, Elisabetta Vegeto
Beyond the physiology of reproduction, estrogen controls the homeostasis of several tissues. Although macrophages play a key role in tissue remodeling, the interplay with estrogen is still ill defined. Using a transcriptomic approach we first obtained a comprehensive list of genes that are differentially expressed in peritoneal macrophages in response to physiological levels of 17β-estradiol (E2) injected in intact female mice. Our data also showed the dynamic nature of the macrophage response to E2 and pointed to specific biological programs induced by the hormone, with cell proliferation, immune response and wound healing being the most prominent functional categories...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316893/contrasting-determinants-for-the-introduction-and-establishment-success-of-exotic-birds-in-taiwan-using-decision-trees-models
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Shih-Hsiung Liang, Bruno Andreas Walther, Bao-Sen Shieh
BACKGROUND: Biological invasions have become a major threat to biodiversity, and identifying determinants underlying success at different stages of the invasion process is essential for both prevention management and testing ecological theories. To investigate variables associated with different stages of the invasion process in a local region such as Taiwan, potential problems using traditional parametric analyses include too many variables of different data types (nominal, ordinal, and interval) and a relatively small data set with too many missing values...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316047/exogenous-application-of-plant-growth-regulators-pgrs-induces-chilling-tolerance-in-short-duration-hybrid-maize
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Muhammad Ahmed Waqas, Imran Khan, Muhammad Javaid Akhter, Mehmood Ali Noor, Umair Ashraf
Chilling stress hampers the optimal performance of maize under field conditions precipitously by inducing oxidative stress. To confer the damaging effects of chilling stress, the present study aimed to investigate the effects of some natural and synthetic plant growth regulators, i.e., salicylic acid (SA), thiourea (TU), sorghum water extract (SWE), and moringa leaf extract (MLE) on chilling stress tolerance in autumn maize hybrid. Foliar application of growth regulators at low concentrations was carried out at six leaf (V6) and tasseling stages...
March 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315349/diethylstilbestrol-induces-oxidative-dna-damage-resulting-in-apoptosis-of-spermatogonial-stem-cells-in-vitro
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Khaled Habas, Martin H Brinkworth, Diana Anderson
The spermatogonial stem cells (SSCs) are the only germline stem cells in adults that are responsible for the transmission of genetic information from mammals to the next generation. SSCs play a very important role in the maintenance of progression of spermatogenesis and help provide an understanding of the reproductive biology of future gametes and a strategy for diagnosis and treatment of infertility and male reproductive toxicity. Androgens/oestrogens are very important for the suitable maintenance of male germ cells...
March 14, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306729/a-cooperative-function-for-multisensory-stimuli-in-the-induction-of-approach-behavior-of-a-potential-mate
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Anders Ågmo, Eelke M S Snoeren
Intrasexual competition is an important element of natural selection in which the most attractive conspecific has a considerable reproductive advantage over the others. The conspecifics that are approached first often become the preferred mate partners, and could thus from a biological perspective have a reproductive advantage. This underlines the importance of the initial approach and raises the question of what induces this approach, or what makes a conspecific attractive. Identification of the sensory modalities crucial for the activation of approach is necessary for elucidating the central nervous processes involved in the activation of sexual motivation and eventually copulatory behavior...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301564/temperature-dependent-phenology-of-plutella-xylostella-lepidoptera-plutellidae-simulation-and-visualization-of-current-and-future-distributions-along-the-eastern-afromontane
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Benignus V Ngowi, Henri E Z Tonnang, Evans M Mwangi, Tino Johansson, Janet Ambale, Paul N Ndegwa, Sevgan Subramanian
There is a scarcity of laboratory and field-based results showing the movement of the diamondback moth (DBM) Plutella xylostella (L.) across a spatial scale. We studied the population growth of the diamondback moth (DBM) Plutella xylostella (L.) under six constant temperatures, to understand and predict population changes along altitudinal gradients and under climate change scenarios. Non-linear functions were fitted to continuously model DBM development, mortality, longevity and oviposition. We compiled the best-fitted functions for each life stage to yield a phenology model, which we stochastically simulated to estimate the life table parameters...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299587/how-sex-selection-undermines-reproductive-autonomy
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Tamara Kayali Browne
Non-medical sex selection is premised on the notion that the sexes are not interchangeable. Studies of individuals who undergo sex selection for non-medical reasons, or who have a preference for a son or daughter, show that they assume their child will conform to the stereotypical roles and norms associated with their sex. However, the evidence currently available has not succeeded in showing that the gender traits and inclinations sought are caused by a "male brain" or a "female brain". Therefore, as far as we know, there is no biological reason why parents cannot have the kind of parenting experience they seek with a child of any sex...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298639/benzyl-butyl-phthalate-decreases-myogenic-differentiation-of-endometrial-mesenchymal-stem-stromal-cells-through-mir-137-mediated-regulation-of-pitx2
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Hung-Sheng Chen, Chia-Yi Hsu, Yu-Chia Chang, Hui-Yu Chuang, Cheng-Yu Long, Tsung-Hua Hsieh, Eing-Mei Tsai
Phthalate, an environmental toxin, has been considered as an endocrine-disrupting chemical. Growing evidence has demonstrated links between endocrine-disrupting chemicals, tissue development, and reproductive physiology, but the mechanisms of gene expression regulation by environmental factors that affect cell differentiation are unclear. Herein, we investigated the effects of butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) on human endometrial mesenchymal stem/stromal cell (EN-MSC) differentiation and identified a novel signaling pathway...
March 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297645/on-the-mechanism-of-homology-search-by-reca-protein-filaments
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Maria P Kochugaeva, Alexey A Shvets, Anatoly B Kolomeisky
Genetic stability is a key factor in maintaining, survival, and reproduction of biological cells. It relies on many processes, but one of the most important is a homologous recombination, in which the repair of breaks in double-stranded DNA molecules is taking place with a help of several specific proteins. In bacteria, this task is accomplished by RecA proteins that are active as nucleoprotein filaments formed on single-stranded segments of DNA. A critical step in the homologous recombination is a search for a corresponding homologous region on DNA, which is called a homology search...
March 14, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295771/analysis-of-17%C3%AE-estradiol-estriol-and-estrone-in-american-eel-anguilla-rostrata-tissue-samples-using-liquid-chromatography-coupled-to-electrospray-differential-ion-mobility-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Alejandro Cohen, Neil W Ross, Paul M Smith, James P Fawcett
RATIONALE: 17β-Estradiol (E2), estrone (E1) and estriol (E3) are steroid hormones responsible for the regulation of the female reproductive system. Estradiol is planned to be used to feminize eels in aquaculture in order to improve their size and marketability. The residual levels of these hormones in fish tissue must be monitored to meet the requirements of food regulatory agencies. Few studies have studied these hormones on complex biological matrices such as fish tissue. METHODS: We developed a method to analyze E1, E2 and E3 in fish tissue using liquid chromatography in combination with differential ion mobility spectrometry (DMS) and tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS)...
March 11, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295311/molecular-phylogeny-and-taxonomic-revision-of-the-genus-wittrockiella-pithophoraceae-cladophorales-including-the-descriptions-of-w-australis-sp-nov-and-w-zosterae-sp-nov
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Christian Boedeker, Charles J O'Kelly, John A West, Takeaki Hanyuda, Adele Neale, Isamu Wakana, Mike D Wilcox, Ulf Karsten, Giuseppe C Zuccarello
Wittrockiella is a small genus of filamentous green algae that occurs in habitats with reduced or fluctuating salinities. Many aspects of the basic biology of these algae are still unknown and the phylogenetic relationships within the genus have not been fully explored. We provide a phylogeny based on three ribosomal markers (ITS, LSU and SSU rDNA) of the genus, including broad intraspecific sampling for W. lyallii and W. salina, recommendations for the use of existing names are made, and highlight aspects of their physiology and life cycle...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294170/exploring-inter-organ-crosstalk-to-uncover-mechanisms-that-regulate-%C3%AE-cell-function-and-mass
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J Shirakawa, D F De Jesus, R N Kulkarni
Impaired β-cell function and insufficient β-cell mass compensation are twin pathogenic features that underlie type 2 diabetes (T2D). Current therapeutic strategies continue to evolve to improve treatment outcomes in different ethnic populations and include approaches to counter insulin resistance and improve β-cell function. Although the effects of insulin secretion on metabolic organs such as liver, skeletal muscle and adipose is directly relevant for improving glucose uptake and reduce hyperglycemia, the ability of pancreatic β-cells to crosstalk with multiple non-metabolic tissues is providing novel insights into potential opportunities for improving β-cell function and/or mass that could have beneficial effects in patients with diabetes...
March 15, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293863/reproductive-biology-of-leptocybe-invasa-fisher-la-salle-hymenoptera-eulophidae
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X-L Zheng, Z-Y Huang, J Li, Z-D Yang, X-H Yang, W Lu
Leptocybe invasa Fisher & La Salle (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) is an invasive pest in Eucalyptus plantations around the world. The successful colonization of L. invasa is possibly related to its reproductive biology. The objective of this study was to examine the reproductive biology of L. invasa. In Guangxi Province, the sex ratio (proportion of female, 0.99) of L. invasa was female-dominant throughout the year based on natural and artificial infestation. This result was similar to the ratios observed for other geographic populations in China, including those in Fujian (0...
March 14, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293248/a-strategy-for-screening-monoclonal-antibodies-for-arabidopsis-flowers
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Qian Shi, Lian Zhou, Yingxiang Wang, Hong Ma
The flower is one of the most complex structures of angiosperms and is essential for sexual reproduction. Current studies using molecular genetic tools have made great advances in understanding flower development. Due to the lack of available antibodies, studies investigating the localization of proteins required for flower development have been restricted to use commercial antibodies against known antigens such as GFP, YFP, and FLAG. Thus, knowledge about cellular structures in the floral organs is limited due to the scarcity of antibodies that can label cellular components...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292306/fertility-and-hiv-following-universal-access-to-art-in-rwanda-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-demographic-and-health-survey-data
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Eric Remera, Kimberly Boer, Stella M Umuhoza, Bethany L Hedt-Gauthier, Dana R Thomson, Patrick Ndimubanzi, Eugenie Kayirangwa, Salomon Mutsinzi, Alice Bayingana, Placidie Mugwaneza, Jean Baptiste T Koama
BACKGROUND: HIV infection is linked to decreased fertility and fertility desires in sub-Saharan Africa due to biological and social factors. We investigate the relationship between HIV infection and fertility or fertility desires in the context of universal access to antiretroviral therapy introduced in 2004 in Rwanda. METHODS: We used data from 3532 and 4527 women aged 20-49 from the 2005 and 2010 Rwandan Demographic and Health Surveys (RDHS), respectively. The RDHSs included blood-tests for HIV, as well as detailed interviews about fertility, demographic and behavioral outcomes...
March 14, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289567/hard-time-to-be-parents-sea-urchin-fishery-shifts-potential-reproductive-contribution-of-population-onto-the-shoulders-of-the-young-adults
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Barbara Loi, Ivan Guala, Rodrigo Pires da Silva, Gianni Brundu, Maura Baroli, Simone Farina
BACKGROUND: In Sardinia, as in other regions of the Mediterranean Sea, sustainable fisheries of the sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus have become a necessity. At harvesting sites, the systematic removal of large individuals (diameter ≥ 50 mm) seriously compromises the biological and ecological functions of sea urchin populations. Specifically, in this study, we compared the reproductive potential of the populations from Mediterranean coastal areas which have different levels of sea urchin fishing pressure...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288562/genetic-diversity-and-signatures-of-selection-in-various-goat-breeds-revealed-by-genome-wide-snp-markers
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Luiz F Brito, James W Kijas, Ricardo V Ventura, Mehdi Sargolzaei, Laercio R Porto-Neto, Angela Cánovas, Zeny Feng, Mohsen Jafarikia, Flávio S Schenkel
BACKGROUND: The detection of signatures of selection has the potential to elucidate the identities of genes and mutations associated with phenotypic traits important for livestock species. It is also very relevant to investigate the levels of genetic diversity of a population, as genetic diversity represents the raw material essential for breeding and has practical implications for implementation of genomic selection. A total of 1151 animals from nine goat populations selected for different breeding goals and genotyped with the Illumina Goat 50K single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNP) Beadchip were included in this investigation...
March 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288194/the-aromatic-amino-acid-hydroxylase-genes-aah1-and-aah2-in-toxoplasma-gondii-contribute-to-transmission-in-the-cat
#18
Zi T Wang, Shiv K Verma, Jitender P Dubey, L David Sibley
The Toxoplasma gondii genome contains two aromatic amino acid hydroxylase genes, AAH1 and AAH2, which encode proteins that produce L-DOPA, which can serve as a precursor of catecholamine neurotransmitters. It has been suggested that this pathway elevates host dopamine levels thus making infected rodents less fearful of their definitive Felidae hosts. However, L-DOPA is also a structural precursor of melanins, secondary quinones, and dityrosine protein crosslinks, which are produced by many species. For example, dityrosine crosslinks are abundant in the oocyst walls of Eimeria and T...
March 13, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287438/isolating-spermathecae-and-determining-mating-status-of-drosophila-suzukii-a-protocol-for-tissue-dissection-and-its-applications
#19
Alina Avanesyan, Benjamin D Jaffe, Christelle Guédot
The spotted wing drosophila, Drosophila suzukii (Diptera: Drosophilidae), is an emerging invasive pest, which attacks a wide variety of fruits and berries. Although previous studies have focused on different aspects of D. suzukii reproductive biology, there are no protocols available for determining the mating status of D. suzukii females and drosophilids in general. In this study, a step-by-step protocol for tissue dissection, isolating spermathecae, and determining the mating status of females was developed specifically for D...
March 10, 2017: Insects
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
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