The novel Natural Sciences Bibliographic Web Portal aims to provide comprehensive bibliographic information on the basic and applied life, earth and health sciences. While the site was released to the public one week ago it has and has just included the two new sections Lipopolysaccharide and Muscle. While the publishers target to publish a total of over 21 million references until 2014, the site currently contains 225,000 posts, increasing by 25,000 items every day. These references contain a minimum of bibliographic information including title, author(s), publication year and source and almost 50% of these references additionally contain a summary of the publication's scientific content. July 30, 2012
The aim of the Natural Sciences Bibliographic Web Portal including its two new Lipopolysaccharide and Muscle References sections is to provide comprehensive bibliographic information on the basic and applied life, earth and health sciences. The information contains a minimum of bibliographic information consisting of title, author(s), publication year and source while expanded references provide an additional summary of the publication's scientific content. All references are grouped into eleven main sections which are subdivided into ten categories each. The site as well as every section and category provides RSS feeds alerting the site's users of newly published content. Every bibliographic reference is tagged with up to twenty scientific keywords which cross-connects them beyond sections and categories.
The section Bacteria contains information on these unicellular microorganisms. Bacteria lack organelles and an organized nucleus and many of them can cause disease. The latest content in this category is also available through a Bacteria RSS feed. The section currently contains circa 2,210 posts and is subdivided into ten categories including Bacillus, Lipopolysaccharide, Muscle, Necrosis, Pathogen, Plasmid, Pneumoniae, Pseudomonas, Streptococcus and Vaginosis.
Within this section, the category Lipopolysaccharide covers this compound in which a lipid molecule is bound to a polysaccharide by a covalent bond. Lipopolysaccharides are also known as lipoglycans and are commonly found as a major constituent of the cell walls of some bacteria. Their function is to stabilize the membrane structure and to protect cells from certain chemicals. Lipopolysaccharides are, consequently, highly immunogenic and stimulate the production of endogenous pyrogen interleukin-1 and tumor necrosis factor. The latest content in this category is also available through a Lipopolysaccharide RSS feed. This category currently contains a post on the inhibition of gastric motility by endotoxin (bacterial lipopolysaccharide) in conscious goats and modification of this response by splanchectomy, adrenalectomy or adrenergic blocking agents. Another bibliographic resource covers genetic control of response to bacterial lipopolysaccharides in mice. This post provides evidence for a single gene that influences mitogenic and immunogenic responses to lipopolysaccharides. Another article which was published in the journal "Acta Veterinaria Scandinavica" describes serological cross-reactions between different Brucella species and Yersinia enterocolitica as identified by immunodiffusion and immunoelectrophoresis.
The new category Muscle covers a tissue in a human or animal body which is composed of cells or fibers. This band or bundle of fibrous tissue has the ability to contract and thereby producing movement in or maintaining the position of parts of the body. Muscle cells contain protein filaments that slide past one another, producing such a contraction that changes both the length and the shape of the cell, producing force and causing motion. Muscles can also be defined as contractile organs consisting of a special bundle of muscle tissue, which moves a particular bone, part, or substance of the body. The latest content in this category is also available through a Muscle RSS feed. This category currently contains a reference covering research into equine infertility of bacterial origin. It deals with effects of hormonally active substances on bacteria which are often associated with non-specific metritis.
While the publishers of the web portal have a stock of 21,238,124 references of which 10,564,269 (50%) contain a summary, this information will be made successively available to the public until 2014. While the site has presently published a total of 225,000 posts online, the number of published bibliographic resources increases by 25,000 every day. This status is reflected in the site's tagline which currently states "200,000 References and More".
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