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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339800/the-dark-cloud-of-recreational-drugs-and-vaping
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M S Blundell, P I Dargan, D M Wood
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are increasing in popularity with 19% of UK smokers reporting to have used them. The ability to regulate the evaporation temperature in newer electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) facilitates the potential for use of these devices to 'vape' cannabis, novel psychoactive substances (NPS) and other recreational drugs. Vaping cannabis does have the potential to reduce tobacco use and combustible cannabis/tobacco-related disease, but with over one-third of UK adults reporting life-time use of recreational drugs and increasing e-cigarette uptake in adolescent groups the misuse of these devices poses a serious potential public health risk...
March 9, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339719/the-pepper-wpp-domain-protein-cawdp1-acts-as-a-novel-negative-regulator-of-drought-stress-via-aba-signaling
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Chanmi Park, Chae Woo Lim, Woonhee Baek, Jung-Hyun Kim, Sohee Lim, Sang Hyon Kim, Kyung-Nam Kim, Sung Chul Lee
Plants are constantly challenged by various environmental stresses, including high salinity and drought, and they have evolved defense mechanisms to counteract the deleterious effects of these stresses. The plant hormone abscisic acid (ABA) regulates plant growth and developmental processes and mediates abiotic stress responses. Here, we report the identification and characterization of a novel CaWDP1 (Capsicum annuumWPP Domain Protein 1) protein. The expression of CaWDP1 in pepper leaves was induced by ABA, drought, and NaCl treatments, suggesting its role in the abiotic stress response...
February 22, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335028/defining-the-5%C3%AE-and-3%C3%AE-landscape-of-the-drosophila-transcriptome-with-exo-seq-and-rnaseh-seq
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Shaked Afik, Osnat Bartok, Maxim N Artyomov, Alexander A Shishkin, Sabah Kadri, Mor Hanan, Xiaopeng Zhu, Manuel Garber, Sebastian Kadener
Cells regulate biological responses in part through changes in transcription start sites (TSS) or cleavage and polyadenylation sites (PAS). To fully understand gene regulatory networks, it is therefore critical to accurately annotate cell type-specific TSS and PAS. Here we present a simple and straightforward approach for genome-wide annotation of 5΄- and 3΄-RNA ends. Our approach reliably discerns bona fide PAS from false PAS that arise due to internal poly(A) tracts, a common problem with current PAS annotation methods...
February 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335026/melting-temperature-highlights-functionally-important-rna-structure-and-sequence-elements-in-yeast-mrna-coding-regions
#4
Fei Qi, Dmitrij Frishman
Secondary structure elements in the coding regions of mRNAs play an important role in gene expression and regulation, but distinguishing functional from non-functional structures remains challenging. Here we investigate the dependence of sequence-structure relationships in the coding regions on temperature based on the recent PARTE data by Wan et al. Our main finding is that the regions with high and low thermostability (high Tm and low Tm regions) are under evolutionary pressure to preserve RNA secondary structure and primary sequence, respectively...
March 7, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334819/comparative-analyses-of-the-thermodynamic-rna-binding-signatures-of-different-types-of-rna-recognition-motifs
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Brighton Samatanga, Antoine Cléry, Pierre Barraud, Frédéric H-T Allain, Ilian Jelesarov
RNA recognition motifs (RRMs) are structurally versatile domains important in regulation of alternative splicing. Structural mechanisms of sequence-specific recognition of single-stranded RNAs (ssRNAs) by RRMs are well understood. The thermodynamic strategies are however unclear. Therefore, we utilized microcalorimetry and semi-empirical analyses to comparatively analyze the cognate ssRNA binding thermodynamics of four different RRM domains, each with a different RNA binding mode. The different binding modes are: canonical binding to the β-sheet surface; canonical binding with involvement of N- and C-termini; binding to conserved loops; and binding to an α-helix...
February 23, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334271/a-temperature-dependent-phenology-model-for-liriomyza-huidobrensis-diptera-agromyzidae
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Norma Mujica, Marc Sporleder, Pablo Carhuapoma, Jürgen Kroschel
Liriomyza huidobrensis (Blanchard) is an economically important and highly polyphagous worldwide pest. To establish a temperature-dependent phenology model, essential for understanding the development and growth of the pest population under a variety of climates and as part of a pest risk analysis, L. huidobrensis life-table data were collected under laboratory conditions at seven constant temperatures on its host faba bean (Vicia faba L.). Several nonlinear equations were fitted to each life stage to model the temperature-dependent population growth and species life history and finally compile an overall temperature-dependent pest phenology model using the Insect Life Cycle Modeling (ILCYM) software...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332706/jasmonic-acid-dependent-regulation-of-seed-dormancy-following-maternal-herbivory-in-arabidopsis
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Prashant Singh, Anuja Dave, Fabian E Vaistij, Dawn Worrall, Geoff H Holroyd, Jonathan G Wells, Filip Kaminski, Ian A Graham, Michael R Roberts
Maternal experience of abiotic environmental factors such as temperature and light are well known to control seed dormancy in many plant species. Maternal biotic stress alters offspring defence phenotypes, but whether it also affects seed dormancy remains unexplored. We exposed Arabidopsis thaliana plants to herbivory and investigated plasticity in germination and defence phenotypes in their offspring, along with the roles of phytohormone signalling in regulating maternal effects. Maternal herbivory resulted in the accumulation of jasmonic acid-isoleucine and loss of dormancy in seeds of stressed plants...
March 23, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332601/trpm8-in-the-negative-regulation-of-tnf%C3%AE-expression-during-cold-stress
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Xin-Pei Wang, Xuan Yu, Xiao-Jin Yan, Fan Lei, Yu-Shuang Chai, Jing-Fei Jiang, Zhi-Yi Yuan, Dong-Ming Xing, Li-Jun Du
Transient Receptor Potential Melastatin-8 (TRPM8) reportedly plays a fundamental role in a variety of processes including cold sensation, thermoregulation, pain transduction and tumorigenesis. However, the role of TRPM8 in inflammation under cold conditions is not well known. Since cooling allows the convergence of primary injury and injury-induced inflammation, we hypothesized that the mechanism of the protective effects of cooling might be related to TRPM8. We therefore investigated the involvement of TRPM8 activation in the regulation of inflammatory cytokines...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331598/differential-expression-patterns-of-two-delta-9-acyl-coa-desaturases-in-thitarodes-pui-lepidoptera-hepialidae-during-different-seasons-and-cold-exposure
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Qiang Min, Shiyu Cheng, Jianfei Xi, Tianrong Xin, Bin Xia, Zhiwen Zou
Thitarodes pui larvae have a limited distribution in the Tibetan Plateau and are the host of a parasitic fungus, Ophiocordyceps sinensis. Low temperature is a main environmental stress. However, understanding of T. pui cold adaptation mechanisms is insufficient. Delta-9-acyl-CoA desaturase (D9D) is closely correlated with cold adaptation for many organisms. To further understand the cold adaptation processes in T. pui larvae, two D9Ds, TpdesatA and TpdesatB were sequenced, and expression patterns were investigated during different seasons and cold exposure (under 0°C) in the laboratory...
March 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331545/metabolic-engineering-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-to-produce-a-reduced-viscosity-oil-from-lignocellulose
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Tam N T Tran, Rebecca J Breuer, Ragothaman Avanasi Narasimhan, Lucas S Parreiras, Yaoping Zhang, Trey K Sato, Timothy P Durrett
BACKGROUND: Acetyl-triacylglycerols (acetyl-TAGs) are unusual triacylglycerol (TAG) molecules that contain an sn-3 acetate group. Compared to typical triacylglycerol molecules (here referred to as long chain TAGs; lcTAGs), acetyl-TAGs possess reduced viscosity and improved cold temperature properties, which may allow direct use as a drop-in diesel fuel. Their different chemical and physical properties also make acetyl-TAGs useful for other applications such as lubricants and plasticizers...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330724/treatment-effects-and-mechanisms-of-yujin-powder-on-rat-model-of-large-intestine-dampness-heat-syndrome
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Wanling Yao, Chaoxue Yang, Yanqiao Wen, Wangdong Zhang, Xiaosong Zhang, Qi Ma, Peng Ji, Yongli Hua, Yanming Wei
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Yujin Powder (YJP), an old prescription, is one of the most classical prescription for treating the large intestine dampness-heat syndrome (LIDHS). However, its potential modern pharmacological mechanisms remain unclear. AIM OF THE STUDY: The present study was designed to explore the essence of LIDHS and treatment mechanisms of the YJP on the LIDHS. METHODS: The rat model of LIDHS was established by such complex factors as high-sugar and high-fat diet, improper diet, high temperature and humidity environment (HTHE), drinking and intraperitoneal injection of Escherichia coli...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330561/functional-characterization-of-a-novel-brassica-leafy-homolog-from-indian-mustard-expression-pattern-and-gain-of-function-studies
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Priyanka Dhakate, Shikha Tyagi, Anupama Singh, Anandita Singh
LEAFY plays a central role in regulation of flowering time and floral meristem identity in plants. Unfortunately, LFY function remains uncharacterized in agronomicaly important Brassicas. Herein, we illustrate fine-mapping of expression domains of LFY in 15 cultivars of 6 Brassica species and describe gain-of-function phenotypes in Arabidopsis and Brassica. We depict early flowering and altered fatty-acid composition in transgenic seed. The cDNA encoding BjuLFY (417aa) shared only 85% identity with reported homolog of B...
May 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330557/loss-of-anthocyanins-and-modification-of-the-anthocyanin-profiles-in-grape-berries-of-malbec-and-bonarda-grown-under-high-temperature-conditions
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Inés de Rosas, María Teresa Ponce, Emiliano Malovini, Leonor Deis, Bruno Cavagnaro, Pablo Cavagnaro
Malbec and Bonarda are the two most widely cultivated grape varieties in Argentina, and their derived red wines are recognized worldwide, being their intense color a major quality trait. The temperature during fruit ripening conditions berries color intensity. In the main viticulture region of Malbec and Bonarda a 2-3°C increase in temperature has been predicted for the upcoming years as consequence of the global climate change. In the present study, this predicted temperature raise was simulated under field-crop conditions, and its effect on anthocyanin pigmentation in berries of Malbec and Bonarda was monitored by HPLC analysis throughout the ripening process, in two growing seasons...
May 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330142/an-overview-of-physico-chemical-mechanisms-of-biogas-production-by-microbial-communities-a-step-towards-sustainable-waste-management
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Ramansu Goswami, Pritam Chattopadhyay, Arunima Shome, Sambhu Nath Banerjee, Amit Kumar Chakraborty, Anil K Mathew, Shibani Chaudhury
Biogas is a combination of methane, CO2, nitrogen, H2S and traces of few other gases. Almost any organic waste can be biologically transformed into biogas and other energy-rich organic compounds through the process of anaerobic digestion (AD) and thus helping in sustainable waste management. Although microbes are involved in each step of AD, knowledge about those microbial consortia is limited due to the lack of phylogenetic and metabolic data of predominantly unculturable microorganisms. However, culture-independent methods like PCR-based ribotyping has been successfully employed to get information about the microbial consortia involved in AD...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324160/regulation-of-blood-oxygen-transport-in-hibernating-mammals
#15
Inge G Revsbech, Angela Fago
Along with the periodic reductions in O2 requirements of mammalian hibernators during winter, the O2 affinity of the blood of mammalian hibernators is seasonally regulated to help match O2 supply to consumption, contributing to limit tissue oxidative stress, particularly at arousals. Specifically, mammalian hibernators consistently show an overall increase in the blood-O2 affinity, which causes a decreased O2 unloading to tissues, while having similar or lower tissue O2 tensions during hibernation. This overview explores how the decreased body temperature and concentration of red blood cell 2,3-diphosphoglycerate (DPG) that occur in hibernation contribute separately or in combination to the concurrent increase in the O2 affinity of the hemoglobin, the O2 carrier protein of the blood...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324157/water-fat-mri-in-a-hibernator-reveals-seasonal-growth-of-white-and-brown-adipose-tissue-without-cold-exposure
#16
Amanda MacCannell, Kevin Sinclair, Lannette Friesen-Waldner, Charles A McKenzie, James F Staples
Obligate hibernators, such as ground squirrels, display circannual patterns which persist even under constant laboratory conditions, suggesting that they are regulated by endogenous rhythms. Brown adipose tissue (BAT) is important for thermogenesis during periodic arousals from hibernation when core body temperature rises spontaneously from 5 to 37 °C. In most small eutherians BAT growth requires several weeks of cold exposure. We hypothesized that in the thirteen-lined ground squirrel (Ictidomys tridecemlineatus), a hibernator, BAT growth is regulated, in part, by an endogenous rhythm and we predicted that this growth would precede the hibernation season without cold exposure...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324048/demonstration-of-a-functional-kiss-kissr-system-in-amphioxus-with-implications-for-origin-of-neuroendocrine-regulation
#17
Peng Wang, Meng Wang, Guangdong Ji, Shuangshuang Yang, Shicui Zhang, Zhenhui Liu
Amphioxus belongs to the Cephalochordata, which is the most basal subphylum of the chordates. Despite many studies on the endocrine system of amphioxus, key information about its regulation remains ambiguous. Here we clearly demonstrated the presence of a functional kisspeptin/kisspeptin receptor (Kiss-Kissr) system, which is involved in the regulation of reproduction in amphioxus. Evolutionary analyses revealed large expansion of Kiss and Kissr (gpr54) genes in amphioxus and they might represent the ancestral type of the Kiss/gpr54 genes in chordates...
January 24, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323252/layer-controlled-precise-fabrication-of-ultrathin-mos2-films-by-atomic-layer-deposition
#18
Lei Liu, Yazhou Huang, Jingjie Sha, Yunfei Chen
Monolayer and/or atomically thin transition metal dichalcogenides cover a wide range of two-dimensional (2-D) materials, whose fascinating semiconducting and optical properties have made them being promising candidate materials for optoelectronic device. Controllable growth of these materials is critical for their device applications. By using MoCl5 and H2S as precursors, monolayer and ultrathin molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) films with controlled lamellar structure have been directly built layer by layer on SiO2 substrates without followed high-temperature annealing...
March 21, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322928/a-temperature-responsive-gene-in-sorghum-encodes-a-glycine-rich-protein-that-interacts-with-calmodulin
#19
Supreet Singh, Amardeep Singh Virdi, Rajdeep Jaswal, Mrinalini Chawla, Sanjay Kapoor, Samar B Mohapatra, Narayanan Manoj, Ashwani Pareek, Sanjay Kumar, Prabhjeet Singh
Imposition of different biotic and abiotic stress conditions results in an increase in intracellular levels of Ca(2+) which is sensed by various sensor proteins. Calmodulin (CaM) is one of the best studied transducers of Ca(2+) signals. CaM undergoes conformational changes upon binding to Ca(2+) and interacts with different types of proteins, thereby, regulating their activities. The present study reports the cloning and characterization of a sorghum cDNA encoding a protein (SbGRBP) that shows homology to glycine-rich RNA-binding proteins...
March 18, 2017: Biochimie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321526/effects-of-fasting-temperature-and-photoperiod-on-preproghrelin-mrna-expression-in-chinese-perch
#20
Yi Song, Cheng Zhao, Xu-Fang Liang, Shan He, Changxu Tian, Xiaoyan Cheng, Xiaochen Yuan, Liyuan Lv, Wenjie Guo, Min Xue, Ya-Xiong Tao
Preproghrelin, a gut/brain peptide, plays an important role in the regulation of food intake and energy homeostasis in teleost and mammals. In the present study, we obtained the full-length preproghrelin cDNA in Chinese perch. The preproghrelin messenger RNA (mRNA) tissue expression showed that level was much higher in stomach and pituitary than in other tissues. The fasting study showed, after gastric emptying (3-6 h), short-term fasting (6-12 h) increased preproghrelin expression in the stomach. While in the pituitary, fasting reduced preproghrelin expression at 1, 3, 12, and 48 h, presenting state fluctuation of self-adjustment...
March 20, 2017: Fish Physiology and Biochemistry
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