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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449392/osmotic-stress-decreases-complexity-underlying-the-electrophysiological-dynamic-in-soybean
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G F R Saraiva, A S Ferreira, G M Souza
Research rationale: Studies on plant electrophysiology are mostly focused on specific traits of single cells. Inspired by the complexity of the signaling network in plants and by analogies with neurons in human brains, we have sought for evidences of high complexity in the electrical dynamics of plant signaling and a likely relation with environmental cues. Central methods: An EEG-like standard protocol was adopted for high-resolution measurements of the electrical signal in Glycine max seedlings. The signals were continuously recorded in the same plants before and after the osmotic stimuli with a -2 MPa mannitol solution...
April 27, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449274/a-dna-barcode-library-for-germany-s-mayflies-stoneflies-and-caddisflies-ephemeroptera-plecoptera-trichoptera
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Jérôme Morinière, Lars Hendrich, Michael Balke, Arne J Beermann, Tobias König, Monika Hess, Stefan Koch, Reinhard Müller, Florian Leese, Paul D N Hebert, Axel Hausmann, Christoph F Schubart, Gerhard Haszprunar
Mayflies, stoneflies and caddisflies (Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera) are prominent representatives of aquatic macroinvertebrates, commonly used as indicator organisms for water quality and ecosystem assessments. However, unambiguous morphological identification of EPT species, especially their immature life stages, is a challenging, yet fundamental task. However, a comprehensive DNA barcode library based upon taxonomically well-curated specimens can overcome the problematic identification. Once available, this library will support the implementation of fast, cost-efficient, and reliable DNA-based identifications and assessments of ecological status...
April 27, 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448932/seasonal-changes-of-fructans-in-dimorphic-roots-of-ichthyothere-terminalis-spreng-blake-asteraceae-growing-in-cerrado
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Lorrayne Veloso de Almeida, Pedro Henrique Ferri, José Carlos Seraphin, Moemy Gomes de Moraes
Cerrado is a floristically rich savanna in Brazil, whose vegetation consists of a physiognomic mosaic, influenced by rainfall seasonality. In the dry season rainfall is substantially lower and reduces soil water supply, mainly for herbs and subshrubs. Climatic seasonal variations may well define phenological shifts and induce fluctuations of plant reserve pools. Some Cerrado native species have thickened underground organs that bear buds and store reserves, as adaptive features to enable plant survival following environmental stresses...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448868/protective-effects-of-teucrium-polium-aqueous-extract-and-ascorbic-acid-on-hematological-and-some-biochemical-parameters-against-carbon-tetrachloride-ccl4-induced-toxicity-in-rats
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Fatma Rahmouni, Latifa Hamdaoui, Riadh Badraoui, Tarek Rebai
Herbal drugs play a crucial function to protect organisms from the toxic effect of some compounds. The present study was designed to evaluate the protective effects of Teucrium Polium (TP) aqueous extract and vitamin C (Vit C) against carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) which induced toxicity in rats. Male albino Wistar rats were divided into six groups: group I was used as controls, group II received CCl4 in olive oil (0.5ml/kg) by gavage, and group III received CCl4 in olive oil (0.5ml/kg) by gavage after three days of receiving TP (5g/l), orally, for seven days; Group IV received TP (5g/l) alone, orally, for seven days, Group V received CCl4 in olive oil (0...
April 24, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448590/significant-changes-in-circulating-microrna-by-dietary-supplementation-of-selenium-and-coenzyme-q10-in-healthy-elderly-males-a-subgroup-analysis-of-a-prospective-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial-among-elderly-swedish-citizens
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Urban Alehagen, Peter Johansson, Jan Aaseth, Jan Alexander, Dick Wågsäter
BACKGROUND: Selenium and coenzyme Q10 is essential for important cellular functions. A low selenium intake is reported from many European countries, and the endogenous coenzyme Q10 production is decreasing in the body with increasing age. Supplementation with selenium and coenzyme Q10 in elderly have shown reduced cardiovascular mortality and reduced levels of markers of inflammation. However, microRNA analyses could give important information on the mechanisms behind the clinical effects of supplementation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447976/method-of-direct-segmental-intra-hepatic-delivery-using-a-rat-liver-hilar-clamp-model
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Eliza W Beal, Curtis Dumond, Jung-Lye Kim, Khalid Mumtaz, Don Hayes, Ken Washburn, Bryan A Whitson, Sylvester M Black
Major hepatic surgery with inflow occlusion, and liver transplantation, necessitate a period of warm ischemia, and a period of reperfusion leading to ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury with myriad negative consequences. Potential I/R injury in marginal organs destined for liver transplantation contributes to the current donor shortage secondary to a decreased organ utilization rate. A significant need exists to explore hepatic I/R injury in order to mediate its impact on graft function in transplantation. Rat liver hilar clamp models are used to investigate the impact of different molecules on hepatic I/R injury...
April 2, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447935/host-selected-mutations-converging-on-a-global-regulator-drive-an-adaptive-leap-by-bacteria-to-symbiosis
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Molly Sabrina Pankey, Randi L Foxall, Ian M Ster, Lauren A Perry, Brian M Schuster, Rachel A Donner, Matthew Coyle, Vaughn S Cooper, Cheryl A Whistler
Host immune and physical barriers protect against pathogens but also impede the establishment of essential symbiotic partnerships. To reveal mechanisms by which beneficial organisms adapt to circumvent host defenses, we experimentally evolved ecologically distinct bioluminescent Vibrio fischeri through Euprymna scolopes squid light organs. Serial squid passaging of bacteria produced eight distinct mutations in the binK sensor kinase gene that conferred an exceptional selective advantage demonstrated through both empirical and theoretical analysis...
April 27, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447782/does-waterborne-exposure-explain-effects-caused-by-neonicotinoid-contaminated-plant-material-in-aquatic-systems
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Dominic Englert, Jochen Peter Zubrod, Moritz Link, Saskia Mertins, Ralf Schulz, Mirco Bundschuh
Neonicotinoids are increasingly applied on trees as protection measure against insect pests. Consequently, neonicotinoids are inevitably transferred into aquatic environments either via spray drift, surface runoff or - due to neonicotinoids' systemic nature - via senescent leaves. There particularly leaf-shredding invertebrates may be exposed to neonicotinoids through both the water phase and the consumption of contaminated leaves. In 7-d-bioassays (n=30) we examined ecotoxicological differences between these two exposure scenarios for an amphipod and an insect nymph with their feeding rate as the response variable...
April 27, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447766/supervised-dosing-with-a-long-acting-opioid-medication-in-the-management-of-opioid-dependence
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REVIEW
Rosella Saulle, Simona Vecchi, Linda Gowing
BACKGROUND: Opioid dependence (OD) is an increasing clinical and public health problem worldwide. International guidelines recommend opioid substitution treatment (OST), such as methadone and buprenorphine, as first-line medication treatment for OD. A negative aspect of OST is that the medication used can be diverted both through sale on the black market, and the unsanctioned use of medications. Daily supervised administration of medications used in OST has the advantage of reducing the risk of diversion, and may promote therapeutic engagement, potentially enhancing the psychosocial aspect of OST, but costs more and is more restrictive on the client than dispensing for off-site consumption...
April 27, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447711/alleviative-effect-of-grape-seed-proanthocyanidin-extract-on-small-artery-vascular-remodeling-in-spontaneous-hypertensive-rats-via-inhibition-of-collagen-hyperplasia
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Ying Liang, Haiqing Gao, Jian Wang, Quanzhen Wang, Shaohua Zhao, Jun Zhang, Jie Qiu
Vascular remodeling is a primary contributor to the initiation and development of hypertension, which has a pathological association with subsequent multi-organ damage. Grape seed proanthocyanidin extracts (GSPE) exhibit protective cardiovascular effects, resulting from their anti‑oxidant and anti‑inflammatory properties. However, the function and mechanism underlying the effect of GSPE on small artery remodeling remain to be elucidated. The present study investigated the effect of GSPE on vascular remodeling in the mesenteric small arteries of spontaneous hypertensive rats (SHR)...
March 7, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447466/results-of-a-randomized-trial-on-an-intervention-promoting-adoption-of-occupational-sun-protection-policies
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David B Buller, Barbara J Walkosz, Mary Klein Buller, Allan Wallis, Peter A Andersen, Michael D Scott, Rachel Eye, Xia Liu, Gary Cutter
PURPOSE: To evaluate an intervention promoting adoption of occupational sun protection policies by employers in a randomized trial. DESIGN: A randomized pretest-posttest controlled design with 2-year follow-up was conducted in 2010 to 2013. SETTING: Local government organizations in Colorado who had outdoor workers in public works, public safety, and/or parks and recreation. PARTICIPANTS: Ninety-eight local government organizations (n = 51 municipalities, 10 counties, and 37 special districts)...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Health Promotion: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447436/role-of-no-vasp-signaling-pathway-against-obesity-related-inflammation-and-insulin-resistance
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REVIEW
Yu Mi Kang, Francis Kim, Woo Je Lee
Obesity has quickly become a worldwide pandemic, causing major adverse health outcomes such as dyslipidemia, type 2 diabetes mellitus, cardiovascular disease and cancers. Obesity-induced insulin resistance is the key for developing these metabolic disorders, and investigation to understand the molecular mechanisms involved has been vibrant for the past few decades. Of these, low-grade chronic inflammation is suggested as a critical concept in the development of obesity-induced insulin resistance, and the anti-inflammatory effect of nitric oxide (NO) signaling has been reported to be linked to improvement of insulin resistance in multiple organs involved in glucose metabolism...
April 2017: Diabetes & Metabolism Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447381/land-use-influences-phosphatase-gene-microdiversity-in-soils
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Andrew L Neal, Maike Rossmann, Charles Brearley, Elsy Akkari, Cervin Guyomar, Ian M Clark, Elisa Allen, Penny R Hirsch
Phosphorus cycling exerts significant influence upon soil fertility and productivity - processes largely controlled by microbial activity. We adopted phenotypic and metagenomic approaches to investigate phosphatase genes within soils. Microbial communities in bare fallowed soil showed a marked capacity to utilise phytate for growth compared to arable or grassland soil communities. Bare fallowed soil contained lowest concentrations of orthophosphate. Analysis of metagenomes indicated phoA, phoD and phoX, and histidine acid and cysteine phytase genes were most abundant in grassland soil which contained the greatest amount of NaOH-EDTA extractable orthophosphate...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447378/soil-aggregation-and-associated-microbial-communities-modify-the-impact-of-agricultural-management-on-carbon-content
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Pankaj Trivedi, Manuel Delgado-Baquerizo, Thomas C Jeffries, Chanda Trivedi, Ian C Anderson, Matthew McNee, Kenneth Flower, Bhupinder Pal Singh, David Minkey, Brajesh K Singh
Soil carbon (C) stabilization is known to depend in part on its distribution in structural aggregates, and upon soil microbial activity within the aggregates. However, the mechanisms and relative contributions of different microbial groups to C turnover in different aggregates under various management practices remain unclear. The aim of this study was to determine the role of soil aggregation and their associated microbial communities in driving the responses of soil organic matter (SOM) to multiple management practices...
April 26, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447016/deriving-meaningful-insights-from-clinical-trial-and-postmarketing-safety-data-perspectives-from-india
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REVIEW
Anand Harugeri, Vineet Shastri, Chanakya Patel
Today, drug safety data collection in India is both manual and electronic with reporting of potential overlapping and duplicate data, which is likely incomplete for further review and analysis. Furthermore, standardized data collection and timelines are not aligned with international standards. Complete coverage of safety data from all sources throughout the life of the drug cannot be ensured. There is no requirement to submit periodic safety data in clinical trials to regulatory authority. There is clearly a lack of emphasis on deriving meaningful safety data insights for ensuring patient safety...
April 2017: Perspectives in Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446517/a-novel-%C3%AE-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-analogue-protects-against-end-organ-damage-in-experimental-hypertension-cardiac-hypertrophy-and-heart-failure
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Aisah A Aubdool, Pratish Thakore, Fulye Argunhan, Sarah-Jane Smillie, Moritz Schnelle, Salil Srivastava, Khadija M Alawi, Elena Wilde, Jennifer Mitchell, Keith Farrell-Dillon, Daniel A Richards, Giuseppe Maltese, Richard C Siow, Manasi Nandi, James E Clark, Ajay M Shah, Anette Sams, Susan D Brain
Background -Research into the therapeutic potential of α-calcitonin gene-related peptide (α-CGRP) has been limited due to its peptide nature and short half-life. Here, we evaluate whether a novel potent and long lasting (t½ ≥ 7h) acylated α-CGRP analogue (αAnalogue) could alleviate and reverse cardiovascular disease in two distinct murine models of hypertension and heart failure in vivoMethods -The ability of the αAnalogue to act selectively via the CGRP pathway was shown in skin using a CGRP receptor antagonist...
April 26, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445825/physico-chemical-protection-rather-than-biochemical-composition-governs-the-responses-of-soil-organic-carbon-decomposition-to-nitrogen-addition-in-a-temperate-agroecosystem
#17
Wenbing Tan, Guoan Wang, Caihong Huang, Rutai Gao, Beidou Xi, Biao Zhu
The heterogeneous responses of soil organic carbon (SOC) decomposition in different soil fractions to nitrogen (N) addition remain elusive. In this study, turnover rates of SOC in different aggregate fractions were quantified based on changes in δ(13)C following the conversion of C3 to C4 vegetation in a temperate agroecosystem. The turnover of both total organic matter and specific organic compound classes within each aggregate fraction was inhibited by N addition. Moreover, the intensity of inhibition increases with decreasing aggregate size and increasing N addition level, but does not vary among chemical compound classes within each aggregate fraction...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445599/growth-engineering-of-synechococcus-elongatus-pcc-7942-for-mixotrophy-under-natural-light-conditions-for-improved-feedstock-production
#18
Aditya Sarnaik, Reena Pandit, Arvind Lali
Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942 has been widely explored as cyanobacterial cell factory through genetic modifications for production of various value-added compounds. However, successful industrial scale-ups have not been reported for the system predominantly due to its obligate photoautotrophic metabolism and use of artificial light in photobioreactors. Hence, engineering the organism to perform mixotrophy under natural light could serve as an effective solution. Thus, we applied a genetically engineered strain of Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942 expressing heterologous hexose transporter gene (galP) to perform mixotrophy under natural light in a temperature controlled environmental chamber (EC)...
April 26, 2017: Biotechnology Progress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445586/predictors-of-outcome-among-patients-on-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-as-a-bridge-to-lung-transplantation
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Amit Banga, Elizabeth Batchelor, Manish Mohanka, Srinivas Bollineni, Vaidehi Kaza, Jessica Mullins, Melissa Tran, Pietro Bajona, Matthias Peltz, Michael Wait, Fernando Torres
BACKGROUND: There is a lack of data regarding clinical variables associated with successful bridge to lung transplantation (LT) using extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support. METHODS: We reviewed the institutional database for patients supported with veno-venous (VV) or veno-arterial ECMO as a bridge to LT (n=25; mean age:50.6±14.2 years). We recorded clinical and laboratory variables, findings on echocardiogram and development of organ dysfunction along with hospital and one-year survival...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445427/small-rna-pathways-that-protect-the-somatic-genome
#20
REVIEW
Seogang Hyun
Transposable elements (TEs) are DNA elements that can change their position within the genome, with the potential to create mutations and destabilize the genome. As such, special molecular systems have been adopted in animals to control TE activity in order to protect the genome. PIWI proteins, in collaboration with PIWI-interacting RNAs (piRNAs), are well known to play a critical role in silencing germline TEs. Although initially thought to be germline-specific, the role of PIWI-piRNA pathways in controlling TEs in somatic cells has recently begun to be explored in various organisms, together with the role of endogenous small interfering RNAs (endo-siRNAs)...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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