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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442569/density-dependence-in-demography-and-dispersal-generates-fluctuating-invasion-speeds
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Lauren L Sullivan, Bingtuan Li, Tom E X Miller, Michael G Neubert, Allison K Shaw
Density dependence plays an important role in population regulation and is known to generate temporal fluctuations in population density. However, the ways in which density dependence affects spatial population processes, such as species invasions, are less understood. Although classical ecological theory suggests that invasions should advance at a constant speed, empirical work is illuminating the highly variable nature of biological invasions, which often exhibit nonconstant spreading speeds, even in simple, controlled settings...
April 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442568/direct-counterfactual-communication-via-quantum-zeno-effect
#2
Yuan Cao, Yu-Huai Li, Zhu Cao, Juan Yin, Yu-Ao Chen, Hua-Lei Yin, Teng-Yun Chen, Xiongfeng Ma, Cheng-Zhi Peng, Jian-Wei Pan
Intuition from our everyday lives gives rise to the belief that information exchanged between remote parties is carried by physical particles. Surprisingly, in a recent theoretical study [Salih H, Li ZH, Al-Amri M, Zubairy MS (2013) Phys Rev Lett 110:170502], quantum mechanics was found to allow for communication, even without the actual transmission of physical particles. From the viewpoint of communication, this mystery stems from a (nonintuitive) fundamental concept in quantum mechanics-wave-particle duality...
April 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442567/perfect-chemomechanical-coupling-of-fof1-atp-synthase
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Naoki Soga, Kazuya Kimura, Kazuhiko Kinosita, Masasuke Yoshida, Toshiharu Suzuki
FoF1-ATP synthase (FoF1) couples H(+) flow in Fo domain and ATP synthesis/hydrolysis in F1 domain through rotation of the central rotor shaft, and the H(+)/ATP ratio is crucial to understand the coupling mechanism and energy yield in cells. Although H(+)/ATP ratio of the perfectly coupling enzyme can be predicted from the copy number of catalytic β subunits and that of H(+) binding c subunits as c/β, the actual H(+)/ATP ratio can vary depending on coupling efficiency. Here, we report actual H(+)/ATP ratio of thermophilic Bacillus FoF1, whose c/β is 10/3...
April 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442566/bayesian-posteriors-for-arbitrarily-rare-events
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Drew Fudenberg, Kevin He, Lorens A Imhof
We study how much data a Bayesian observer needs to correctly infer the relative likelihoods of two events when both events are arbitrarily rare. Each period, either a blue die or a red die is tossed. The two dice land on side [Formula: see text] with unknown probabilities [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text], which can be arbitrarily low. Given a data-generating process where [Formula: see text], we are interested in how much data are required to guarantee that with high probability the observer's Bayesian posterior mean for [Formula: see text] exceeds [Formula: see text] times that for [Formula: see text] If the prior densities for the two dice are positive on the interior of the parameter space and behave like power functions at the boundary, then for every [Formula: see text] there exists a finite [Formula: see text] so that the observer obtains such an inference after [Formula: see text] periods with probability at least [Formula: see text] whenever [Formula: see text] The condition on [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] is the best possible...
April 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442565/mind-the-magnesium-in-dantrolene-suppression-of-malignant-hyperthermia
#5
Stephen C Cannon
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442564/on-the-permeation-of-large-organic-cations-through-the-pore-of-atp-gated-p2x-receptors
#6
Mahboubi Harkat, Laurie Peverini, Adrien H Cerdan, Kate Dunning, Juline Beudez, Adeline Martz, Nicolas Calimet, Alexandre Specht, Marco Cecchini, Thierry Chataigneau, Thomas Grutter
Pore dilation is thought to be a hallmark of purinergic P2X receptors. The most commonly held view of this unusual process posits that under prolonged ATP exposure the ion pore expands in a striking manner from an initial small-cation conductive state to a dilated state, which allows the passage of larger synthetic cations, such as N-methyl-d-glucamine (NMDG(+)). However, this mechanism is controversial, and the identity of the natural large permeating cations remains elusive. Here, we provide evidence that, contrary to the time-dependent pore dilation model, ATP binding opens an NMDG(+)-permeable channel within milliseconds, with a conductance that remains stable over time...
April 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442563/crossing-the-arterial-wall-with-cars
#7
Richard C Prince, Eric O Potma
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442562/ebv-germinates-lymphoma-from-the-germinal-center-in-a-battle-with-t-and-nk-cells
#8
Kamonwan Fish, Richard Longnecker
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442561/spread-of-zika-virus-in-the-americas
#9
Qian Zhang, Kaiyuan Sun, Matteo Chinazzi, Ana Pastore Y Piontti, Natalie E Dean, Diana Patricia Rojas, Stefano Merler, Dina Mistry, Piero Poletti, Luca Rossi, Margaret Bray, M Elizabeth Halloran, Ira M Longini, Alessandro Vespignani
We use a data-driven global stochastic epidemic model to analyze the spread of the Zika virus (ZIKV) in the Americas. The model has high spatial and temporal resolution and integrates real-world demographic, human mobility, socioeconomic, temperature, and vector density data. We estimate that the first introduction of ZIKV to Brazil likely occurred between August 2013 and April 2014 (90% credible interval). We provide simulated epidemic profiles of incident ZIKV infections for several countries in the Americas through February 2017...
April 25, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439031/explaining-negative-kin-discrimination-in-a-cooperative-mammal-society
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Faye J Thompson, Michael A Cant, Harry H Marshall, Emma I K Vitikainen, Jennifer L Sanderson, Hazel J Nichols, Jason S Gilchrist, Matthew B V Bell, Andrew J Young, Sarah J Hodge, Rufus A Johnstone
Kin selection theory predicts that, where kin discrimination is possible, animals should typically act more favorably toward closer genetic relatives and direct aggression toward less closely related individuals. Contrary to this prediction, we present data from an 18-y study of wild banded mongooses, Mungos mungo, showing that females that are more closely related to dominant individuals are specifically targeted for forcible eviction from the group, often suffering severe injury, and sometimes death, as a result...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439030/epithelial-ezh2-serves-as-an-epigenetic-determinant-in-experimental-colitis-by-inhibiting-tnf%C3%AE-mediated-inflammation-and-apoptosis
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Yongfeng Liu, Junjie Peng, Tongyu Sun, Ni Li, Le Zhang, Jiale Ren, Huairui Yuan, Shan Kan, Qiang Pan, Xiang Li, Yufeng Ding, Min Jiang, Xiaoji Cong, Minjia Tan, Yushui Ma, Da Fu, Sanjun Cai, Yichuan Xiao, Xiaoming Wang, Jun Qin
Epithelial barrier disruption is a major cause of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD); however, the mechanism through which epigenetic regulation modulates intestinal epithelial integrity remains largely undefined. Here we show that EZH2, the catalytic subunit of polycomb repressive complex (PRC2), is indispensable for maintaining epithelial cell barrier integrity and homeostasis under inflammatory conditions. In accordance with reduced EZH2 expression in patients, the inactivation of EZH2 in IECs sensitizes mice to DSS- and TNBS-induced experimental colitis...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439029/melvin-m-grumbach-1925-2016
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Shlomo Melmed
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439028/bgp-15-prevents-the-death-of-neurons-in-a-mouse-model-of-familial-dysautonomia
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Sarah B Ohlen, Magdalena L Russell, Michael J Brownstein, Frances Lefcort
Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type III, or familial dysautonomia [FD; Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) 223900], affects the development and long-term viability of neurons in the peripheral nervous system (PNS) and retina. FD is caused by a point mutation in the gene IKBKAP/ELP1 that results in a tissue-specific reduction of the IKAP/ELP1 protein, a subunit of the Elongator complex. Hallmarks of the disease include vasomotor and cardiovascular instability and diminished pain and temperature sensation caused by reductions in sensory and autonomic neurons...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439027/biochemical-and-structural-characterization-of-oxygen-sensitive-2-thiouridine-synthesis-catalyzed-by-an-iron-sulfur-protein-ttua
#14
Minghao Chen, Shin-Ichi Asai, Shun Narai, Shusuke Nambu, Naoki Omura, Yuriko Sakaguchi, Tsutomu Suzuki, Masao Ikeda-Saito, Kimitsuna Watanabe, Min Yao, Naoki Shigi, Yoshikazu Tanaka
Two-thiouridine (s(2)U) at position 54 of transfer RNA (tRNA) is a posttranscriptional modification that enables thermophilic bacteria to survive in high-temperature environments. s(2)U is produced by the combined action of two proteins, 2-thiouridine synthetase TtuA and 2-thiouridine synthesis sulfur carrier protein TtuB, which act as a sulfur (S) transfer enzyme and a ubiquitin-like S donor, respectively. Despite the accumulation of biochemical data in vivo, the enzymatic activity by TtuA/TtuB has rarely been observed in vitro, which has hindered examination of the molecular mechanism of S transfer...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439026/the-sp100-component-of-nd10-enhances-accumulation-of-pml-and-suppresses-replication-and-the-assembly-of-hsv-replication-compartments
#15
Pei Xu, Bernard Roizman
Nuclear domain 10 (ND10) bodies are small (0.1-1 μM) nuclear structures containing both constant [e.g., promyelocytic leukemia protein (PML), SP100, death domain-associated protein (Daxx)] and variable proteins, depending on the function of the cells or the stress to which they are exposed. In herpes simplex virus (HSV)-infected cells, ND10 bodies assemble at the sites of DNA entering the nucleus after infection. In sequence, the ND10 bodies become viral replication compartments, and ICP0, a viral E3 ligase, degrades both PML and SP100...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439025/endocrine-network-essential-for-reproductive-success-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#16
Matthew Meiselman, Sang Soo Lee, Raymond-Tan Tran, Hongjiu Dai, Yike Ding, Crisalejandra Rivera-Perez, Thilini P Wijesekera, Brigitte Dauwalder, Fernando Gabriel Noriega, Michael E Adams
Ecdysis-triggering hormone (ETH) was originally discovered and characterized as a molt termination signal in insects through its regulation of the ecdysis sequence. Here we report that ETH persists in adult Drosophila melanogaster, where it functions as an obligatory allatotropin to promote juvenile hormone (JH) production and reproduction. ETH signaling deficits lead to sharply reduced JH levels and consequent reductions of ovary size, egg production, and yolk deposition in mature oocytes. Expression of ETH and ETH receptor genes is in turn dependent on ecdysone (20E)...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439024/nip1-2-is-a-plasma-membrane-localized-transporter-mediating-aluminum-uptake-translocation-and-tolerance-in-arabidopsis
#17
Yuqi Wang, Ruihong Li, Demou Li, Xiaomin Jia, Dangwei Zhou, Jianyong Li, Sangbom M Lyi, Siyu Hou, Yulan Huang, Leon V Kochian, Jiping Liu
Members of the aquaporin (AQP) family have been suggested to transport aluminum (Al) in plants; however, the Al form transported by AQPs and the roles of AQPs in Al tolerance remain elusive. Here we report that NIP1;2, a plasma membrane-localized member of the Arabidopsis nodulin 26-like intrinsic protein (NIP) subfamily of the AQP family, facilitates Al-malate transport from the root cell wall into the root symplasm, with subsequent Al xylem loading and root-to-shoot translocation, which are critical steps in an internal Al tolerance mechanism in Arabidopsis We found that NIP1;2 transcripts are expressed mainly in the root tips, and that this expression is enhanced by Al but not by other metal stresses...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439023/superconductivity-and-non-fermi-liquid-behavior-near-a-nematic-quantum-critical-point
#18
Samuel Lederer, Yoni Schattner, Erez Berg, Steven A Kivelson
Using determinantal quantum Monte Carlo, we compute the properties of a lattice model with spin [Formula: see text] itinerant electrons tuned through a quantum phase transition to an Ising nematic phase. The nematic fluctuations induce superconductivity with a broad dome in the superconducting [Formula: see text] enclosing the nematic quantum critical point. For temperatures above [Formula: see text], we see strikingly non-Fermi liquid behavior, including a "nodal-antinodal dichotomy" reminiscent of that seen in several transition metal oxides...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439022/structure-of-a-protective-epitope-of-group-b-streptococcus-type-iii-capsular-polysaccharide
#19
Filippo Carboni, Roberto Adamo, Monica Fabbrini, Riccardo De Ricco, Vittorio Cattaneo, Barbara Brogioni, Daniele Veggi, Vittoria Pinto, Irene Passalacqua, Davide Oldrini, Rino Rappuoli, Enrico Malito, Immaculada Y Ros Margarit, Francesco Berti
Despite substantial progress in the prevention of group B Streptococcus (GBS) disease with the introduction of intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis, this pathogen remains a leading cause of neonatal infection. Capsular polysaccharide conjugate vaccines have been tested in phase I/II clinical studies, showing promise for further development. Mapping of epitopes recognized by protective antibodies is crucial for understanding the mechanism of action of vaccines and for enabling antigen design. In this study, we report the structure of the epitope recognized by a monoclonal antibody with opsonophagocytic activity and representative of the protective response against type III GBS polysaccharide...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439021/differences-between-measured-and-reported-volatile-organic-compound-emissions-from-oil-sands-facilities-in-alberta-canada
#20
Shao-Meng Li, Amy Leithead, Samar G Moussa, John Liggio, Michael D Moran, Daniel Wang, Katherine Hayden, Andrea Darlington, Mark Gordon, Ralf Staebler, Paul A Makar, Craig A Stroud, Robert McLaren, Peter S K Liu, Jason O'Brien, Richard L Mittermeier, Junhua Zhang, George Marson, Stewart G Cober, Mengistu Wolde, Jeremy J B Wentzell
Large-scale oil production from oil sands deposits in Alberta, Canada has raised concerns about environmental impacts, such as the magnitude of air pollution emissions. This paper reports compound emission rates (E) for 69-89 nonbiogenic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) for each of four surface mining facilities, determined with a top-down approach using aircraft measurements in the summer of 2013. The aggregate emission rate (aE) of the nonbiogenic VOCs ranged from 50 ± 14 to 70 ± 22 t/d depending on the facility...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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