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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28234892/neurocomputational-mechanisms-underlying-subjective-valuation-of-effort-costs
#1
Trevor T-J Chong, Matthew Apps, Kathrin Giehl, Annie Sillence, Laura L Grima, Masud Husain
In everyday life, we have to decide whether it is worth exerting effort to obtain rewards. Effort can be experienced in different domains, with some tasks requiring significant cognitive demand and others being more physically effortful. The motivation to exert effort for reward is highly subjective and varies considerably across the different domains of behaviour. However, very little is known about the computational or neural basis of how different effort costs are subjectively weighed against rewards. Is there a common, domain-general system of brain areas that evaluates all costs and benefits? Here, we used computational modelling and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine the mechanisms underlying value processing in both the cognitive and physical domains...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231321/argonaute10-promotes-the-degradation-of-mir165-6-through-the-sdn1-and-sdn2-exonucleases-in-arabidopsis
#2
Yu Yu, Lijuan Ji, Brandon H Le, Jixian Zhai, Jiayi Chen, Elizabeth Luscher, Lei Gao, Chunyan Liu, Xiaofeng Cao, Beixin Mo, Jinbiao Ma, Blake C Meyers, Xuemei Chen
The degradation of small RNAs in plants and animals is associated with small RNA 3' truncation and 3' uridylation and thus relies on exonucleases and nucleotidyl transferases. ARGONAUTE (AGO) proteins associate with small RNAs in vivo and are essential for not only the activities but also the stability of small RNAs. AGO1 is the microRNA (miRNA) effector in Arabidopsis, and its closest homolog, AGO10, maintains stem cell homeostasis in meristems by sequestration of miR165/6, a conserved miRNA acting through AGO1...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231284/correction-tracking-career-outcomes-for-postdoctoral-scholars-a-call-to-action
#3
Elizabeth A Silva, Christine Des Jarlais, Bill Lindstaedt, Erik Rotman, Elizabeth S Watkins
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1002458.].
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225765/a-new-explanation-for-unexpected-evolution-in-body-size
#4
Loeske E B Kruuk
Bigger is apparently frequently fitter, and body size is typically heritable, so why don't animals in wild populations evolve towards larger sizes? Different explanations have been proposed for this apparent "paradox of stasis." A new study of snow voles in the Swiss Alps finds higher survival in animals with larger body mass and heritability of body mass, but, surprisingly, a genetic decline in body mass is also indicated. The authors suggest a novel explanation for this observation: the appearance of positive phenotypic selection is driven by a confounding variable of the age at which a juvenile is measured, whereas the evolutionarily relevant selection actually acts negatively on mass via its association with development time...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222121/putting-placebos-to-the-test
#5
Liza Gross
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207742/narciclasine-attenuates-diet-induced-obesity-by-promoting-oxidative-metabolism-in-skeletal-muscle
#6
Sofi G Julien, Sun-Yee Kim, Reinhard Brunmeir, Joanna R Sinnakannu, Xiaojia Ge, Hongyu Li, Wei Ma, Jadegoud Yaligar, Bhanu Prakash Kn, Sendhil S Velan, Pia V Röder, Qiongyi Zhang, Choon Kiat Sim, Jingyi Wu, Marta Garcia-Miralles, Mahmoud A Pouladi, Wei Xie, Craig McFarlane, Weiping Han, Feng Xu
Obesity develops when caloric intake exceeds metabolic needs. Promoting energy expenditure represents an attractive approach in the prevention of this fast-spreading epidemic. Here, we report a novel pharmacological strategy in which a natural compound, narciclasine (ncls), attenuates diet-induced obesity (DIO) in mice by promoting energy expenditure. Moreover, ncls promotes fat clearance from peripheral metabolic tissues, improves blood metabolic parameters in DIO mice, and protects these mice from the loss of voluntary physical activity...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207737/the-enteric-nervous-system-promotes-intestinal-health-by-constraining-microbiota-composition
#7
Annah S Rolig, Erika K Mittge, Julia Ganz, Josh V Troll, Ellie Melancon, Travis J Wiles, Kristin Alligood, W Zac Stephens, Judith S Eisen, Karen Guillemin
Sustaining a balanced intestinal microbial community is critical for maintaining intestinal health and preventing chronic inflammation. The gut is a highly dynamic environment, subject to periodic waves of peristaltic activity. We hypothesized that this dynamic environment is a prerequisite for a balanced microbial community and that the enteric nervous system (ENS), a chief regulator of physiological processes within the gut, profoundly influences gut microbiota composition. We found that zebrafish lacking an ENS due to a mutation in the Hirschsprung disease gene, sox10, develop microbiota-dependent inflammation that is transmissible between hosts...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207733/beyond-negative-valence-2-week-administration-of-a-serotonergic-antidepressant-enhances-both-reward-and-effort-learning-signals
#8
Jacqueline Scholl, Nils Kolling, Natalie Nelissen, Michael Browning, Matthew F S Rushworth, Catherine J Harmer
To make good decisions, humans need to learn about and integrate different sources of appetitive and aversive information. While serotonin has been linked to value-based decision-making, its role in learning is less clear, with acute manipulations often producing inconsistent results. Here, we show that when the effects of a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI, citalopram) are studied over longer timescales, learning is robustly improved. We measured brain activity with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in volunteers as they performed a concurrent appetitive (money) and aversive (effort) learning task...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199335/ecological-networks-to-unravel-the-routes-to-horizontal-transposon-transfers
#9
Samuel Venner, Vincent Miele, Christophe Terzian, Christian Biémont, Vincent Daubin, Cédric Feschotte, Dominique Pontier
Transposable elements (TEs) represent the single largest component of numerous eukaryotic genomes, and their activity and dispersal constitute an important force fostering evolutionary innovation. The horizontal transfer of TEs (HTT) between eukaryotic species is a common and widespread phenomenon that has had a profound impact on TE dynamics and, consequently, on the evolutionary trajectory of many species' lineages. However, the mechanisms promoting HTT remain largely unknown. In this article, we argue that network theory combined with functional ecology provides a robust conceptual framework and tools to delineate how complex interactions between diverse organisms may act in synergy to promote HTTs...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199324/establishing-a-reliable-framework-for-harnessing-the-creative-power-of-the-scientific-crowd
#10
Adrian J Carter, Amy Donner, Wen Hwa Lee, Chas Bountra
Discovering new medicines is difficult and increasingly expensive. The pharmaceutical industry has responded to this challenge by embracing open innovation to access external ideas. Historically, partnerships were usually bilateral, and the drug discovery process was shrouded in secrecy. This model is rapidly changing. With the advent of the Internet, drug discovery has become more decentralised, bottom-up, and scalable than ever before. The term open innovation is now accepted as just one of many terms that capture different but overlapping levels of openness in the drug discovery process...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187128/neural-mechanisms-of-rhythm-based-temporal-prediction-delta-phase-locking-reflects-temporal-predictability-but-not-rhythmic-entrainment
#11
Assaf Breska, Leon Y Deouell
Predicting the timing of upcoming events enables efficient resource allocation and action preparation. Rhythmic streams, such as music, speech, and biological motion, constitute a pervasive source for temporal predictions. Widely accepted entrainment theories postulate that rhythm-based predictions are mediated by synchronizing low-frequency neural oscillations to the rhythm, as indicated by increased phase concentration (PC) of low-frequency neural activity for rhythmic compared to random streams. However, we show here that PC enhancement in scalp recordings is not specific to rhythms but is observed to the same extent in less periodic streams if they enable memory-based prediction...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182735/chrna2-martinotti-cells-synchronize-layer-5-type-a-pyramidal-cells-via-rebound-excitation
#12
Markus M Hilscher, Richardson N Leão, Steven J Edwards, Katarina E Leão, Klas Kullander
Martinotti cells are the most prominent distal dendrite-targeting interneurons in the cortex, but their role in controlling pyramidal cell (PC) activity is largely unknown. Here, we show that the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor α2 subunit (Chrna2) specifically marks layer 5 (L5) Martinotti cells projecting to layer 1. Furthermore, we confirm that Chrna2-expressing Martinotti cells selectively target L5 thick-tufted type A PCs but not thin-tufted type B PCs. Using optogenetic activation and inhibition, we demonstrate how Chrna2-Martinotti cells robustly reset and synchronize type A PCs via slow rhythmic burst activity and rebound excitation...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182734/how-to-use-a-chemotherapeutic-agent-when-resistance-to-it-threatens-the-patient
#13
Elsa Hansen, Robert J Woods, Andrew F Read
When resistance to anticancer or antimicrobial drugs evolves in a patient, highly effective chemotherapy can fail, threatening patient health and lifespan. Standard practice is to treat aggressively, effectively eliminating drug-sensitive target cells as quickly as possible. This prevents sensitive cells from acquiring resistance de novo but also eliminates populations that can competitively suppress resistant populations. Here we analyse that evolutionary trade-off and consider recent suggestions that treatment regimens aimed at containing rather than eliminating tumours or infections might more effectively delay the emergence of resistance...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170393/correction-the-leukemia-associated-mllt10-af10-dot1l-are-tcf4-%C3%AE-catenin-coactivators-essential-for-intestinal-homeostasis
#14
Tokameh Mahmoudi, Sylvia F Boj, Pantelis Hatzis, Vivian S W Li, Nadia Taouatas, Robert G J Vries, Hans Teunissen, Harry Begthel, Jeroen Korving, Shabaz Mohammed, Albert J R Heck, Hans Clevers
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1000539.].
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158308/inefficiencies-and-patient-burdens-in-the-development-of-the-targeted-cancer-drug-sorafenib-a-systematic-review
#15
James Mattina, Benjamin Carlisle, Yasmina Hachem, Dean Fergusson, Jonathan Kimmelman
Failure in cancer drug development exacts heavy burdens on patients and research systems. To investigate inefficiencies and burdens in targeted drug development in cancer, we conducted a systematic review of all prelicensure trials for the anticancer drug, sorafenib (Bayer/Onyx Pharmaceuticals). We searched Embase and MEDLINE databases on October 14, 2014, for prelicensure clinical trials testing sorafenib against cancers. We measured risk by serious adverse event rates, benefit by objective response rates and survival, and trial success by prespecified primary endpoint attainment with acceptable toxicity...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28158184/seeking-goldilocks-during-evolution-of-drug-resistance
#16
Gavin Sherlock, Dmitri A Petrov
Speciation can occur when a population is split and the resulting subpopulations evolve independently, accumulating mutations over time that make them incompatible with one another. It is thought that such incompatible mutations, known as Bateson-Dobzhansky-Muller (BDM) incompatibilities, may arise when the two populations face different environments, which impose different selective pressures. However, a new study in PLOS Biology by Ono et al. finds that the first-step mutations selected in yeast populations evolving in parallel in the presence of the antifungal drug nystatin are frequently incompatible with one another...
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146553/correction-the-rsf1-histone-remodelling-factor-facilitates-dna-double-strand-break-repair-by-recruiting-centromeric-and-fanconi-anaemia-proteins
#17
Fabio Pessina, Noel F Lowndes
[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001856.].
February 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141803/brain-computer-interface-based-communication-in-the-completely-locked-in-state
#18
Ujwal Chaudhary, Bin Xia, Stefano Silvoni, Leonardo G Cohen, Niels Birbaumer
Despite partial success, communication has remained impossible for persons suffering from complete motor paralysis but intact cognitive and emotional processing, a state called complete locked-in state (CLIS). Based on a motor learning theoretical context and on the failure of neuroelectric brain-computer interface (BCI) communication attempts in CLIS, we here report BCI communication using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and an implicit attentional processing procedure. Four patients suffering from advanced amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)-two of them in permanent CLIS and two entering the CLIS without reliable means of communication-learned to answer personal questions with known answers and open questions all requiring a "yes" or "no" thought using frontocentral oxygenation changes measured with fNIRS...
January 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125611/lung-basal-stem-cells-rapidly-repair-dna-damage-using-the-error-prone-nonhomologous-end-joining-pathway
#19
Clare E Weeden, Yunshun Chen, Stephen B Ma, Yifang Hu, Georg Ramm, Kate D Sutherland, Gordon K Smyth, Marie-Liesse Asselin-Labat
Lung squamous cell carcinoma (SqCC), the second most common subtype of lung cancer, is strongly associated with tobacco smoking and exhibits genomic instability. The cellular origins and molecular processes that contribute to SqCC formation are largely unexplored. Here we show that human basal stem cells (BSCs) isolated from heavy smokers proliferate extensively, whereas their alveolar progenitor cell counterparts have limited colony-forming capacity. We demonstrate that this difference arises in part because of the ability of BSCs to repair their DNA more efficiently than alveolar cells following ionizing radiation or chemical-induced DNA damage...
January 2017: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125583/bigger-is-fitter-quantitative-genetic-decomposition-of-selection-reveals-an-adaptive-evolutionary-decline-of-body-mass-in-a-wild-rodent-population
#20
Timothée Bonnet, Peter Wandeler, Glauco Camenisch, Erik Postma
In natural populations, quantitative trait dynamics often do not appear to follow evolutionary predictions. Despite abundant examples of natural selection acting on heritable traits, conclusive evidence for contemporary adaptive evolution remains rare for wild vertebrate populations, and phenotypic stasis seems to be the norm. This so-called "stasis paradox" highlights our inability to predict evolutionary change, which is especially concerning within the context of rapid anthropogenic environmental change...
January 2017: PLoS Biology
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