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  1. Content type: Research

    Crop management systems influence plant productivity and nutrient use efficiency, as well as plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR), which are known to influence the growth of plants via phytohormone prod...

    Authors: Juliana Melo, Manuela Carolino, Luís Carvalho, Patrícia Correia, Rogério Tenreiro, Sandra Chaves, Ana I. Meleiro, Sávio B. de Souza, Teresa Dias, Cristina Cruz and Alessandro C. Ramos

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1574

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  2. Content type: Research

    Vitis vinifera L. varieties were spread through cuttings following historic migrations of people, trades, or after biological crises due to pests outbreaks. Some today’s varieties could b...

    Authors: C. Bergamini, R. Perniola, M. F. Cardone, M. Gasparro, R. Pepe, A. R. Caputo and D. Antonacci

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1562

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  3. Content type: Short report

    The main goal of the work was to analyse intraspecific variation in Elettaria cardamomum Maton (cardamom) using genome size, cytological studies and molecular marker data. Nuclear DNA content and molecular marker...

    Authors: N. Anjali, K. M. Ganga, F. Nadiya, S. Shefeek and K. K. Sabu

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1560

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  4. Content type: Research

    This study aims to evaluate the effects of supplementing golden apple snail (Pomacea canaliculata) eggs powder (EP) in the diet as a source of natural carotenoids on survival, pigmentation and antioxidant activit...

    Authors: Song Yang, Qiao Liu, Yue Wang, Liu-lan Zhao, Yan Wang, Shi-yong Yang, Zong-jun Du and Jia-en Zhang

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1556

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in SpringerPlus 2016 5:1698

  5. Content type: Research

    Mature embryo is an excellent explant for tissue culture as it is convenient to be obtained without limitation of growing seasons and development stages. However, regeneration ability of the calli from wheat m...

    Authors: Jian Ma, Mei Deng, Si-Yu Lv, Qiang Yang, Qian-Tao Jiang, Peng-Fei Qi, Wei Li, Guo-Yue Chen, Xiu-Jin Lan and Yu-Ming Wei

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1552

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  6. Content type: Short report

    The red palm weevil, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus, is a lethal pest of the palms. The identification of odorant binding protein (OBP) genes will be helpful for clarifing the mechanism of odorant detection of this pe...

    Authors: Wei Yan, Li Liu, Weiquan Qin, Youqing Luo, Xuezhong Ma, Nabil Haider and Muhanad Inayeh

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1542

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  7. Content type: Research

    Biofilm provides a bacterial hiding place by forming a physical barrier and causing physiological changes in cells. The elimination of biofilm is the main goal of hygiene. Chemicals that are inhibitory to biof...

    Authors: Youngseok Ham and Tae-Jong Kim

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1526

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  8. Content type: Research

    Natural products, including those derived from higher plants have, over the years, contributed greatly to the development of modern therapeutic drugs. Due to the medicinal importance in traditional practice an...

    Authors: Rosine D. K. Chougouo, Yves M. M. Nguekeu, Jean P. Dzoyem, Maurice D. Awouafack, Jonas Kouamouo, Pierre Tane, Lyndy J. McGaw and Jacobus N. Eloff

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1525

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  9. Content type: Research

    Organotin compounds are a versatile group of organometallic chemicals that are used in a variety of industrial and agricultural applications. Tributyltin (TBT), a common organotin, brings about severe spermato...

    Authors: V. Kanimozhi, K. Palanivel, M. A. Akbarsha and B. Kadalmani

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1523

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  10. Content type: Research

    Hepatitis B virus (HBV) is highly contagious and causes liver diseases. Globally more than 350 million people are chronically infected and among them above 80 % are from developing countries like Bangladesh. R...

    Authors: Modhusudon Shaha, Sheikh Ariful Hoque and Sabita Rezwana Rahman

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1513

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  11. Content type: Research

    Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells are the current industry standard for production of therapeutic monoclonal antibodies at commercial scales. Production optimisation in CHO cells hinges on analytical technolo...

    Authors: Alexander Templar, Douglas Marsh and Darren N. Nesbeth

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1510

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  12. Content type: Review

    Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) is a proinflammatory cytokine with an important role in the pathogenesis of several diseases. Its encoding gene is located in the short arm of chromosome 6 in the major hist...

    Authors: Radwa R. El-Tahan, Ahmed M. Ghoneim and Noha El-Mashad

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1508

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  13. Content type: Research

    Intramuscular fat (intramuscular fat, IMF) is one of the important traits of pork quality. How to reasonably improve the intramuscular fat content is the most focus researchers. Some possible regulation of int...

    Authors: Jingxiang Cui, Wei Chen, Jie Liu, Tao Xu and Yongqing Zeng

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1501

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  14. Content type: Research

    This study is the first comprehensive investigation of enzyme-producing bacteria isolated from four sludge samples (primary, secondary, press and machine) collected in a Kraft paper mill. Overall, 41 strains e...

    Authors: Manel Ghribi, Fatma Meddeb-Mouelhi and Marc Beauregard

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1492

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  15. Content type: Research

    Molecular docking is a bioinformatics tool used to study and analyse ligand receptor interactions. This helps in identifying the receptors (molecular targets) for different ligands. Using these technologies, c...

    Authors: Bhavaniamma Vijayakumari, Venkatachalam Sasikala, Singanallur Ramu Radha and Hiranmai Yadav Rameshwar

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1486

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  16. Content type: Research

    The synthetic oral cleansing and teeth whitening products like mouthwashes exert adverse effects on teeth, gums and mucous membrane of oral cavity and their extensive use is being criticized. Determining the e...

    Authors: Ghulam Zahara Jahangir, Durre Shahwar Ashraf, Idrees Ahmad Nasir, Madeha Sadiq, Sobia Shahzad, Farah Naz, Muhammad Iqbal and Afifa Saeed

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1481

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  17. Content type: Research

    The black-footed tree-rat (Mesembriomys gouldii) and greater stick-nest rat (Leporillus conditor) are near threatened and vulnerable native Australian murids. There is a paucity of health and welfare knowledge fo...

    Authors: Melissa L. Tulk, Hayley J. Stannard and Julie M. Old

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1479

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  18. Content type: Research

    Golden pompano Trachinotus ovatus larvae were kept at 26, 29 and 33 °C for 15 days from 3-day post hatching (DPH) to 18 DPH to test temperature-dependent growth and jaw malformation. The growth, survival, jaw def...

    Authors: Zhenhua Ma, Nan Zhang, Jian G. Qin, Mingjun Fu and Shigui Jiang

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1475

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  19. Content type: Research

    Lumbar intervertebral disc degeneration (LDD) frequently occurs in athletes. Associations between LDD and trunk muscles still remain unclear.

    Authors: Kazunori Iwai, Koji Koyama, Takashi Okada, Koichi Nakazato, Ray Takahashi, Shingo Matsumoto, Yosuke Yamamoto and Kenji Hiranuma

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1474

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  20. Content type: Research

    Cymbidium faberi is a traditional orchid flower in China that is highly appreciated for its fragrant aroma from its zygomorphic flowers. One bottleneck of the commercial production of C.

    Authors: Yuying Sun, Guangdong Wang, Yuxia Li, Li Jiang, Yuxia Yang and Shuangxue Guan

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1458

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  21. Content type: Research

    Single bouts of muscle damaging eccentric exercise (EE) affect glucose metabolism negatively while single bouts of concentric (CE) and not muscle damaging eccentric exercise have positive acute short-term effe...

    Authors: Marc Philippe, Georg Junker, Hannes Gatterer, Andreas Melmer and Martin Burtscher

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1455

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  22. Content type: Research

    Fast and economical means of assaying SNP’s are important in diagnostic assays, especially when a large number of animals have to be screened for a genetic disease. This study was aimed at the development of a...

    Authors: Rafeeque R. Alyethodi, Umesh Singh, Sushil Kumar, Rajib Deb, Rani Alex, Sheetal Sharma, Gyanendra S. Sengar and B. Prakash

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1442

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  23. Content type: Research

    Frequent use of antibiotics to stimulate growth and health of animals leads to the development of antibiotic-resistant populations of microorganisms. In this context, alternatives like herbs and spices to anti...

    Authors: Kassa Shawle, Mengistu Urge and Getachew Animut

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1441

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  24. Content type: Research

    This study reported a comprehensive approach (comparing the extraction yields, chemical profiles, antioxidant properties and CYP450-inhibitory effects) to evaluated the effectiveness of various extraction meth...

    Authors: Xuelin Zhou, Pou Seng Choi, Jia-Ming Yang, Penelope M. Y. Or, Pui Man Hoi, Simon M. Y. Lee, George P. H. Leung, Sai Ming Ngai, Siu Kai Kong, Ho Pui Ho, Melody Y. M. Wong, Shun Wan Chan, John H. K. Yeung and Yiu Wa Kwan

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1438

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  25. Content type: Case study

    The authors here present a rare case of a 3-month-old infant with unilateral Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS) who had excellent seizure control and no aggravation of previous existed neurological deficits after ver...

    Authors: Xiangyu Liu, Taisuke Otsuki, Akio Takahashi and Takanobu Kaido

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1434

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  26. Content type: Research

    TAK-475 (lapaquistat acetate) and its active metabolite-I (TAK-475 M-I) inhibit squalene synthase, which catalyzes the conversion of farnesyl diphosphate (FPP) to squalene. FPP is a substrate for synthesis of ...

    Authors: Nobutaka Suzuki, Tatsuo Ito, Hisanori Matsui and Masayuki Takizawa

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1429

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  27. Content type: Short report

    Human mesenchymal stem cells (MSC), during in vitro expansion, undergo a progressive loss of proliferative potential that leads to the senescent state, associated with a reduction of their “medicinal” properti...

    Authors: Chiara Bellotti, Cristina Capanni, Giovanna Lattanzi, Davide Donati, Enrico Lucarelli and Serena Duchi

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1427

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  28. Content type: Research

    Phytases are enzymes that hydrolyze the ester linkage of phytic acid, releasing inositol and inorganic phosphate. The phytic acid (phytate) is a major form of phosphorus in plant foods. Knowing that diet for a...

    Authors: Alexandre Maller, Thays Cristina Oliveira de Quadros, Otto M. Junqueira, Alfredo Lora Graña, Ana Paula de Lima Montaldi, Ricardo Fernandes Alarcon, João Atílio Jorge and Maria de Lourdes T. M. Polizeli

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1418

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  29. Content type: Research

    Pelibuey sheep is the main breed in the tropical and subtropical regions of Mexico, and high demand of sheep meat has favored the finishing of lambs in feedlots with diets containing high levels of grains. The...

    Authors: Daniel López-Aguirre, Javier Hernández-Meléndez, Rolando Rojo, Fernando Sánchez-Dávila, Nicolás López-Villalobos, Abdel-Fattah Z. M. Salem, Juan Carlos Martínez-González, José Fernando Vázquez-Armijo and Salomón Ruíz

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1399

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  30. Content type: Research

    Previous experiments have demonstrated positive effect of Acadian® extract of Ascophyllum nodosum on plant stress-resistance, however the mode of action is not fully understood. The aim of this study was to under...

    Authors: Alex Martynenko, Katy Shotton, Tessema Astatkie, Gerry Petrash, Christopher Fowler, Will Neily and Alan T. Critchley

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1393

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  31. Content type: Research

    Multidrug resistant organisms (MDROs) constitute a major public health threat globally. Clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa remains one of the most studied MDROs however there is paucity of information re...

    Authors: Bamidele Tolulope Odumosu, Olabayo Ajetunmobi, Hannah Dada-Adegbola and Idowu Odutayo

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1381

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  32. Content type: Research

    Brown adipose tissue (BAT) contributes to the regulation of non-shivering thermogenesis and adiposity. Increasing BAT has recently attracted much attention as a countermeasure to obesity. Animal studies have s...

    Authors: Shinsuke Nirengi, Shiho Amagasa, Toshiyuki Homma, Takeshi Yoneshiro, Saori Matsumiya, Yuko Kurosawa, Naoki Sakane, Kumiko Ebi, Masayuki Saito and Takafumi Hamaoka

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1363

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  33. Content type: Short report

    The duck hepatitis B virus (DHBV) strain, designated SCP01, was isolated and identified from a Sichuan Cherry Valley duck in Southwestern China. To determine the origination and evolution of this isolated stra...

    Authors: Qingqing Li, Renyong Jia, Siyang Liu, Mingshu Wang, Dekang Zhu, Shun Chen, Mafeng Liu, Zhongqiong Yin, Bo Jing and Anchun Cheng

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1353

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  34. Content type: Research

    In humans, prolonged sedations with propofol or using high doses have been associated with propofol infusion syndrome. The main objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of prolonged high-dose admini...

    Authors: Sónia Campos, Luís Félix, Carlos Venâncio, Maria de Lurdes Pinto, Francisco Peixoto, Paula Guedes de Pinho and Luís Antunes

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1349

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  35. Content type: Research

    Vegetal BM 297 ATO is a food grade lipid based material extracted from vegetables, and certified for human consumption. In this study, Bifidobacterium longum LMG 13197 was encapsulated in Vegetal BM 297 ATO-inuli...

    Authors: Andreal Chioma Amakiri and Mapitsi Silvester Thantsha

    Citation: SpringerPlus 2016 5:1343

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