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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535592/stream-salinization-and-fungal-mediated-leaf-decomposition-a-microcosm-study
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Cristina Canhoto, Sara Simões, Ana Lúcia Gonçalves, Lúcia Guilhermino, Felix Bärlocher
Salinization is of major global concern due to its effect on stream biota, and ecosystem functions and services. In small streams, litter decomposition is a key ecosystem-level process driven by decomposers, mainly fungi (aquatic hyphomycetes), which link litter and invertebrates. Here we assessed the effects of an environmentally relevant range of salt additions (0, 2, 4, 8, 16gL(-1) NaCl) on (1) fungal growth and species-specific reproductive output and (2) fungal mediated-decomposition of Quercus robur leaves...
May 19, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534650/functions-of-iqd-proteins-as-hubs-in-cellular-calcium-and-auxin-signaling-a-toolbox-for-shape-formation-and-tissue-specification-in-plants
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Katharina Bürstenbinder, Dipannita Mitra, Jakob Quegwer
Ca(2+) ions play pivotal roles as second messengers in intracellular signal transduction, and coordinate many biological processes. Changes in intracellular Ca(2+) levels are perceived by Ca(2+) sensors such as CaM/CML proteins, which transduce Ca(2+) signals into cellular responses by regulation of diverse target proteins. Insights into molecular functions of CaM targets are thus essential to understand the molecular and cellular basis of Ca(2+) signaling. During the last decade, IQD proteins emerged as the largest class of CaM targets in plants with mostly unknown functions...
May 23, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534419/correlation-between-hypoxic-area-in-primary-brain-tumors-and-who-grade-differentiation-from-malignancy-using-18f-fluoromisonidazole-positron-emission-tomography
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Masafumi Kanoto, Kazukuni Kirii, Toshitada Hiraka, Yuuki Toyoguchi, Yukio Sugai, Kenichiro Matsuda, Kaori Sakurada, Yukihiko Sonoda, Jun Hatazawa, Takaaki Hosoya
Background 18F-fluoromisonidazole positron emission tomography (FMISO-PET) has been used for identification of hypoxic areas in tumors, and since hypoxia causes hypoxia-inducible factor-1 and enhancement of tumor growth, identifying the hypoxic area in the tumor tissue is important. Purpose To evaluate the usefulness of FMISO-PET in the grading of primary brain tumors. Material and Methods FMISO-PET was performed preoperatively on 41 consecutive patients with pathologically confirmed brain tumor. A neuroradiologist retrospectively measured both maximum standardized uptake value (SUVmax) and mean SUV (SUVmean) in the tumor and normal cerebellar parenchyma...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534166/in-silico-identification-and-validation-of-potential-micrornas-in-kinnow-mandarin-citrus-reticulata-blanco
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Prashant Mohanpuria, Naveen Duhan, Navraj Kaur Sarao, Manvir Kaur, Mandip Kaur
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a large family of 19-25 nucleotides, regulatory, non-coding RNA molecules that control gene expression by cleaving or inhibiting the translation of target gene transcripts in animals and plants. Despite the important functions of miRNAs related to regulation of plant growth and development processes, metabolism, and abiotic and biotic stresses, little is known about the disease-related miRNA. Here, we present a new pipeline for miRNA analysis using expressed sequence tags (ESTs)-based bioinformatics approach in Kinnow mandarin, a commercially important citrus fruit crop...
May 22, 2017: Interdisciplinary Sciences, Computational Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534114/pediatric-hypothyroidism-diagnosis-and-treatment
#5
Ari J Wassner
Thyroid hormone has important physiologic functions in nearly every organ system. The critical role of thyroid hormone in growth and in physical and neurologic development lends particular importance to the prompt diagnosis and appropriate treatment of hypothyroidism in infants and children. Congenital hypothyroidism is common and has potentially devastating neurologic consequences. While the approach to diagnosis and treatment of severe congenital hypothyroidism is well established, data continue to emerge about the genetic causes, clinical significance, and prognosis of the milder forms of congenital hypothyroidism that are increasingly being diagnosed by newborn screening...
May 22, 2017: Paediatric Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533508/kinetic-interpretation-of-log-logistic-dose-time-response-curves
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Walter W Focke, Isbe van der Westhuizen, Ndeke Musee, Mattheüs Theodor Loots
A Hill-type time-response curve was derived using a single-step chemical kinetics approximation. The rate expression for the transformation is a differential equation that provides an interpolation formula between the logistic growth curve and second order kinetics. The solution is equivalent to the log-logistic cumulative distribution function with the time constant expressed in terms of a kinetic rate constant. This expression was extended to a full dose-time-response equation by postulating a concentration dependence for the rate constant...
May 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533477/a-summary-of-relationships-between-alternative-splicing-and-breast-cancer
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Zhang Xiping, Wei Qingshan, Zhao Shuai, Yang Hongjian, Ding Xiaowen
Alternative splicing (AS) is the process of combinatorial rearrangement of parts of exons, and/or parts of introns into mature RNA to result in a multitude of transcripts. AS is a biological process through which organisms produce as many protein variants as possible by a limited genetic resource. It plays an important role in growth and development of the organisms. Over the past few years, alternative splicing has been discovered to be critical for genesis and development of malignant tumors, including breast cancer...
May 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533328/tendon-stem-progenitor-cells-regulate-inflammation-in-tendon-healing-via-jnk-and-stat3-signaling
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Solaiman Tarafder, Esther Chen, Yena Jun, Kristy Kao, Kun Hee Sim, Jungho Back, Francis Y Lee, Chang H Lee
Tendon stem/progenitor cells (TSCs) have been found in different anatomic locations and showed a promising regenerative potential. We identified a role of TSCs in the regulation of inflammation during healing of acute tendon injuries. Delivery of connective tissue growth factor (CTGF) into full-transected rat patellar tendons significantly increased the number of CD146(+) TSCs, leading to enhanced healing. In parallel, CTGF delivery significantly reduced the number of iNOS(+) M1 Mϕs and increased the expression of anti-inflammatory IL-10 at 2 d after surgery, with over 85% CD146(+) TSCs expressing IL-10...
May 22, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533252/national-trends-in-prescription-drug-expenditures-and-projections-for-2017
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Glen T Schumock, Edward C Li, Michelle D Wiest, Katie J Suda, JoAnn Stubbings, Linda M Matusiak, Robert J Hunkler, Lee C Vermeulen
PURPOSE: Historical trends and factors likely to influence future pharmaceutical expenditures are discussed, and projections are made for drug spending in 2017 in nonfederal hospitals, clinics, and overall (all sectors). METHODS: Drug expenditure data through calendar year 2016 were obtained from the QuintilesIMS National Sales Perspectives database and analyzed. Other factors that may influence drug spending in hospitals and clinics in 2017, including new drug approvals and patent expirations, were also reviewed...
May 22, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533212/primitive-auxin-response-without-tir1-and-aux-iaa-in-the-charophyte-alga-klebsormidium-nitens
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Kinuka Ohtaka, Koichi Hori, Yuri Kanno, Mitsunori Seo, Hiroyuki Ohta
The phytohormone auxin regulates many aspects of growth and development in land plants, but the origin and evolution of auxin signaling and response mechanisms remain largely unknown. Indeed, it remains to be investigated whether auxin-related pathways diverged before the emergence of land plants. To address this knowledge deficit, we analyzed auxin responses in the charophyte alga Klebsormidium nitens NIES-2285, whose ancestor diverged from a green algal ancestor during the evolution of land plants. This strain is the same as K...
May 22, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533030/core-shell-silica-particles-with-dendritic-pore-channels-impregnated-with-zeolite-imidazolate-framework-8-for-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-separation
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Qishu Qu, Han Xuan, Kehua Zhang, Xiaoming Chen, Yi Ding, Shaojie Feng, Qin Xu
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have been emerged as promising stationary phases for separations. However, the irregular shapes and wide size distribution of MOF particles have led to the high column backpressure and low column efficiency. We described here a kinetic controlling method to deposit zeolitic imidazolate framework (ZIF-8) onto the pore surface using core-shell silica spheres as support. By varying the volume ratio of N,N-dimethylformamide and methanol, the formation speed of ZIF-8 crystals were greatly suppressed, resulting in the growth of very thin layer (∼3...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532516/properties-of-realgar-bioleaching-using-an-extremely-acidophilic-bacterium-and-its-antitumor-mechanism-as-an-anticancer-agent
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REVIEW
Peng Chen, Ruixiang Xu, Lei Yan, Zhengrong Wu, Yan Wei, Wenbin Zhao, Xin Wang, Qinjian Xie, Hongyu Li
Realgar is a naturally occurring arsenic sulfide (or Xionghuang, in Chinese). It contains over 90% tetra-arsenic tetra-sulfide (As4S4). Currently, realgar has been confirmed the antitumor activities, both in vitro and in vivo, of realgar extracted using Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans (A. ferrooxidans). Bioleaching, a new technology to greatly improve the use rate of arsenic extraction from realgar using bacteria, is a novel methodology that addressed a limitation of the traditional method for realgar preparation...
May 22, 2017: Biological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532231/external-coincidence-model-for-hypocotyl-thermomorphogenesis
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Young-Joon Park, Chung-Mo Park
High but nonstressful temperatures profoundly affect plant growth and developmental processes, termed thermomorphogenesis. Thermo-induced hypocotyl elongation is a typical thermomorphogenic trait, which contributes to cooling plant organs. It is known that external light signals and the circadian clock coordinate rhythmic hypocotyl growth. However, it was unclear how light, temperature, and circadian rhythms are harmonized during hypocotyl thermomorphogenesis. We have recently demonstrated that the E3 ubiquitin ligase CONSTITUTIVE PHOTOMORPHOGENIC 1 (COP1) is activated at warm temperatures...
May 22, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532145/mini-photobioreactors-for-in-vivo-real-time-characterization-and-evolutionary-tuning-of-bacterial-optogenetic-circuit
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Hsinkai Wang, Ya-Tang Yang
The current standard protocols for characterizing the optogenetic circuit of bacterial cells using flow cytometry in light tubes and light exposure of culture plates are tedious, labor-intensive, and cumbersome. In this work, we engineer a bioreactor with working volume of ~10 mL for in vivo real-time optogenetic characterization of E. coli with a CcaS-CcaR light-sensing system. In the bioreactor, optical density measurements, reporter protein fluorescence detection, and light input stimuli are provided by four light-emitting diode sources and two photodetectors...
May 22, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532093/electrophoretic-deposition-of-organic-inorganic-composite-coatings-containing-zno-nanoparticles-exhibiting-antibacterial-properties
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Joanna Karbowniczek, Luis Cordero-Arias, Sannakaisa Virtanen, Superb K Misra, Eugenia Valsami-Jones, Lorena Tuchscherr, Bogdan Rutkowski, Kamil Górecki, Piotr Bała, Aleksandra Czyrska-Filemonowicz, Aldo R Boccaccini
To address one of the serious problems associated with permanent implants, namely bacterial infections, novel organic/inorganic coatings containing zinc oxide nanoparticles (nZnO) are proposed. Coatings were obtained by electrophoretic deposition (EPD) on stainless steel 316L. Different deposition conditions namely: deposition times in the range 60-300s and applied voltage in the range 5-30V as well as developing a layered coating approach were studied. Antibacterial tests against gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus and gram-negative Salmonella enteric bacteria confirmed the activity of nZnO to prevent bacterial growth...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531974/biomimetic-collagen-phospholipid-coatings-improve-formation-of-hydroxyapatite-nanoparticles-on-titanium
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Gilia C M Ruiz, Marcos A E Cruz, Amanda N Faria, Daniela C Zancanela, Pietro Ciancaglini, Ana P Ramos
Osseointegration between the surface of a certain material and the host tissue helps to evaluate the potential use of biomaterials in bone replacement. The physicochemical properties and biochemical composition of the material's surface regulates osseointegration. This study investigates how collagen into biomimetic matrixes affects hydroxyapatite (HAp) growth. Collagen was inserted into insoluble Langmuir monolayers containing either 1,2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphatidylcholine (DPPC) or octadecylphosphonic acid (OPA) and transferred to titanium (Ti) supports by means of the Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531195/livestock-metabolomics-and-the-livestock-metabolome-a-systematic-review
#17
Seyed Ali Goldansaz, An Chi Guo, Tanvir Sajed, Michael A Steele, Graham S Plastow, David S Wishart
Metabolomics uses advanced analytical chemistry techniques to comprehensively measure large numbers of small molecule metabolites in cells, tissues and biofluids. The ability to rapidly detect and quantify hundreds or even thousands of metabolites within a single sample is helping scientists paint a far more complete picture of system-wide metabolism and biology. Metabolomics is also allowing researchers to focus on measuring the end-products of complex, hard-to-decipher genetic, epigenetic and environmental interactions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531172/experimental-evaluation-of-cryopreservative-solutions-to-maintain-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-infectivity-of-p-berghei-sporozoites
#18
Naresh Singh, Samantha J Barnes, Sandra Kennedy, John H Adams
The rodent malaria parasite Plasmodium berghei is an excellent model organism for laboratory-based experimental evaluation of anti-malarial therapeutics prior to studies with human malaria parasites. The rodent model is especially important for evaluation of pre-erythrocytic (PE) stage therapies, especially as current efforts to develop new PE vaccines and drugs is limited by access to P. falciparum and P. vivax sporozoites. Developing a more effective method for cryopreservation of sporozoites would help improve access to sporozoites for laboratories lacking suitable insectary facilities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531098/increase-in-weight-in-low-birth-weight-and-very-low-birth-weight-infants-fed-fortified-breast-milk-versus-formula-milk-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#19
Kris Yuet Wan Lok, Pui Hing Chau, Heidi Sze Lok Fan, Kam Ming Chan, Bill H Chan, Genevieve P C Fung, Marie Tarrant
There has been a dramatic rise in preterm births in developed countries owing to changes in clinical practices and greater use of assisted reproductive techniques. However, few studies have examined the growth and outcomes of preterm infants according to the type of feeding (with fortified breast milk or formula). The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of breast milk feedings and formula on the growth and short-term outcomes of preterm infants in Hong Kong. In a single-center retrospective cohort study, we included 642 preterm infants at gestational age <37 weeks with birth weights <2200 g...
May 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530804/characterization-of-growth-patterns-of-nanoscale-organic-films-on-carbon-electrodes-by-surface-enhanced-raman-spectroscopy
#20
Mustafa Supur, Scott R Smith, Richard L McCreery
Electrochemical deposition of aromatic organic molecules by reduction of diazonium reagents enables formation of molecular layers with sufficient integrity for use in molecular electronic junctions of interest to microelectronics. Characterization of organic films with thicknesses in the 1-10 nm range is difficult with Raman spectroscopy, since most molecular structures of electronic interest have Raman cross sections which are too small to observe as either thin films on solid electrodes or within intact molecular junctions...
May 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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