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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316896/vector-competence-of-anopheles-and-culex-mosquitoes-for-zika-virus
#1
Brittany L Dodson, Jason L Rasgon
Zika virus is a newly emergent mosquito-borne flavivirus that has caused recent large outbreaks in the new world, leading to dramatic increases in serious disease pathology including Guillain-Barre syndrome, newborn microcephaly, and infant brain damage. Although Aedes mosquitoes are thought to be the primary mosquito species driving infection, the virus has been isolated from dozens of mosquito species, including Culex and Anopheles species, and we lack a thorough understanding of which mosquito species to target for vector control...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316895/interacting-effects-of-early-dietary-conditions-and-reproductive-effort-on-the-oxidative-costs-of-reproduction
#2
Jose Carlos Noguera
The hypothesis that oxidative damage accumulation can mediate the trade-off between reproduction and lifespan has recently been questioned. However, in captive conditions, studies reporting no evidence in support of this hypothesis have usually provided easy access to food which may have mitigated the cost of reproduction. Here, I test the hypothesis that greater investment in reproduction should lead to oxidative damage accumulation and telomere loss in domestic zebra finches Taeniopygia guttata. Moreover, since the change or fluctuation in diet composition between early and late postnatal period can impair the ability to produce antioxidant defences in zebra finches, I also tested if early nutritional conditions (constant vs fluctuating early diet) influenced the magnitude of any subsequent costs of reproduction (e...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316894/maxent-s-parameter-configuration-and-small-samples-are-we-paying-attention-to-recommendations-a-systematic-review
#3
Narkis S Morales, Ignacio C Fernández, Victoria Baca-González
Environmental niche modeling (ENM) is commonly used to develop probabilistic maps of species distribution. Among available ENM techniques, MaxEnt has become one of the most popular tools for modeling species distribution, with hundreds of peer-reviewed articles published each year. MaxEnt's popularity is mainly due to the use of a graphical interface and automatic parameter configuration capabilities. However, recent studies have shown that using the default automatic configuration may not be always appropriate because it can produce non-optimal models; particularly when dealing with a small number of species presence points...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316893/contrasting-determinants-for-the-introduction-and-establishment-success-of-exotic-birds-in-taiwan-using-decision-trees-models
#4
Shih-Hsiung Liang, Bruno Andreas Walther, Bao-Sen Shieh
BACKGROUND: Biological invasions have become a major threat to biodiversity, and identifying determinants underlying success at different stages of the invasion process is essential for both prevention management and testing ecological theories. To investigate variables associated with different stages of the invasion process in a local region such as Taiwan, potential problems using traditional parametric analyses include too many variables of different data types (nominal, ordinal, and interval) and a relatively small data set with too many missing values...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316892/from-big-data-to-diagnosis-and-prognosis-gene-expression-signatures-in-liver-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#5
Hong Yang, Xin Zhang, Xiao-Yong Cai, Dong-Yue Wen, Zhi-Hua Ye, Liang Liang, Lu Zhang, Han-Lin Wang, Gang Chen, Zhen-Bo Feng
BACKGROUND: Liver hepatocellular carcinoma accounts for the overwhelming majority of primary liver cancers and its belated diagnosis and poor prognosis call for novel biomarkers to be discovered, which, in the era of big data, innovative bioinformatics and computational techniques can prove to be highly helpful in. METHODS: Big data aggregated from The Cancer Genome Atlas and Natural Language Processing were integrated to generate differentially expressed genes...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316891/urban-forests-sustain-diverse-carrion-beetle-assemblages-in-the-new-york-city-metropolitan-area
#6
Nicole A Fusco, Anthony Zhao, Jason Munshi-South
Urbanization is an increasingly pervasive form of land transformation that reduces biodiversity of many taxonomic groups. Beetles exhibit a broad range of responses to urbanization, likely due to the high functional diversity in this order. Carrion beetles (Order: Coleoptera, Family: Silphidae) provide an important ecosystem service by promoting decomposition of small-bodied carcasses, and have previously been found to decline due to forest fragmentation caused by urbanization. However, New York City (NYC) and many other cities have fairly large continuous forest patches that support dense populations of small mammals, and thus may harbor relatively robust carrion beetle communities in city parks...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316890/computer-modelling-reveals-new-conformers-of-the-atp-binding-loop-of-na-k-atpase-involved-in-the-transphosphorylation-process-of-the-sodium-pump
#7
Gracian Tejral, Bruno Sopko, Alois Necas, Wilhelm Schoner, Evzen Amler
Hydrolysis of ATP by Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase, a P-Type ATPase, catalyzing active Na(+) and K(+) transport through cellular membranes leads transiently to a phosphorylation of its catalytical α-subunit. Surprisingly, three-dimensional molecular structure analysis of P-type ATPases reveals that binding of ATP to the N-domain connected by a hinge to the P-domain is much too far away from the Asp(369) to allow the transfer of ATP's terminal phosphate to its aspartyl-phosphorylation site. In order to get information for how the transfer of the γ-phosphate group of ATP to the Asp(369) is achieved, analogous molecular modeling of the M4-M5 loop of ATPase was performed using the crystal data of Na(+)/K(+)-ATPase of different species...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316889/functional-and-health-promoting-inherent-attributes-of-enterococcus-hirae-f2-as-a-novel-probiotic-isolated-from-the-digestive-tract-of-the-freshwater-fish-catla-catla
#8
Mohd Adnan, Mitesh Patel, Sibte Hadi
BACKGROUND: Probiotic microorganisms are gaining global importance because of their use in the preparation of a nutraceutical or in the treatment of infections. As per the health industry demand, there is an urgent need for exploring new indigenous probiotic strains with its specific origin due to variation in gut microflora, different food habits and specific host-microbial interactions. The main objective of the present study was to isolate and identify a novel probiotic Enterococcus strain from the gut of Catla catla fish and evaluate its potentiality as a potent probiotic...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316888/quantitative-and-correlation-analysis-of-the-dna-methylation-and-expression-of-dapk-in-breast-cancer
#9
Youzhi Zhu, Shuiqin Li, Qingshui Wang, Ling Chen, Kunlin Wu, Yide Huang, Xiangjin Chen, Yao Lin
BACKGROUND: Death-associated protein kinase 1 (DAPK) is an important tumor suppressor kinase involved in the regulation of multiple cellular activities such as apoptosis and autophagy. DNA methylation of DAPK gene was found in various types of cancers and often correlated with the clinicopathological characteristics. However, the mRNA and protein expression of DAPK in the same sample was rarely measured. Thus, it was unclear if the correlation between DAPK gene methylation and clinicopathological parameters was due to the loss of DAPK expression...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316887/comparison-of-methods-of-alert-acknowledgement-by-critical-care-clinicians-in-the-icu-setting
#10
Andrew M Harrison, Charat Thongprayoon, Christopher A Aakre, Jack Y Jeng, Mikhail A Dziadzko, Ognjen Gajic, Brian W Pickering, Vitaly Herasevich
BACKGROUND: Electronic Health Record (EHR)-based sepsis alert systems have failed to demonstrate improvements in clinically meaningful endpoints. However, the effect of implementation barriers on the success of new sepsis alert systems is rarely explored. OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis time to severe sepsis alert acknowledgement by critical care clinicians in the ICU setting would be reduced using an EHR-based alert acknowledgement system compared to a text paging-based system...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316886/identification-of-dysregulated-genes-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-based-on-bioinformatics-analysis
#11
Ruihu Hao, Haiwei Du, Lin Guo, Fengde Tian, Ning An, Tiejun Yang, Changcheng Wang, Bo Wang, Zihao Zhou
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic auto-inflammatory disorder of joints. The present study aimed to identify the key genes in RA for better understanding the underlying mechanisms of RA. METHODS: The integrated analysis of expression profiling was conducted to identify differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in RA. Moreover, functional annotation, protein-protein interaction (PPI) network and transcription factor (TF) regulatory network construction were applied for exploring the potential biological roles of DEGs in RA...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316885/the-neotropical-land-snails-mollusca-gastropoda-collected-by-the-comisi%C3%A3-n-cient%C3%A3-fica-del-pac%C3%A3-fico
#12
Abraham S H Breure, Rafael Araujo
The land snails collected by the 'Comisión Científica del Pacifíco' (CCP), a Spanish expedition to South and Central America from 1862-1866, are restudied and revised. The historical context of the expedition and the study of its collected material are described. Biographical data is given for the main persons involved. The land snails were previously studied by Joaquin Hidalgo between 1867 and 1893. A total of 3,470 specimens belonging to 211 species are treated in this paper. Of 34 species mentioned by Hidalgo is his catalogue, the corresponding material could not be located...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316884/three-dimensional-visualisation-of-the-internal-anatomy-of-the-sparrowhawk-accipiter-nisus-forelimb-using-contrast-enhanced-micro-computed-tomography
#13
Fernanda Bribiesca-Contreras, William I Sellers
BACKGROUND: Gross dissection is a widespread method for studying animal anatomy, despite being highly destructive and time-consuming. X-ray computed tomography (CT) has been shown to be a non-destructive alternative for studying anatomical structures. However, in the past it has been limited to only being able to visualise mineralised tissues. In recent years, morphologists have started to use traditional X-ray contrast agents to allow the visualisation of soft tissue elements in the CT context...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316883/middle-pleistocene-protein-sequences-from-the-rhinoceros-genus-stephanorhinus-and-the-phylogeny-of-extant-and-extinct-middle-late-pleistocene-rhinocerotidae
#14
Frido Welker, Geoff M Smith, Jarod M Hutson, Lutz Kindler, Alejandro Garcia-Moreno, Aritza Villaluenga, Elaine Turner, Sabine Gaudzinski-Windheuser
BACKGROUND: Ancient protein sequences are increasingly used to elucidate the phylogenetic relationships between extinct and extant mammalian taxa. Here, we apply these recent developments to Middle Pleistocene bone specimens of the rhinoceros genus Stephanorhinus. No biomolecular sequence data is currently available for this genus, leaving phylogenetic hypotheses on its evolutionary relationships to extant and extinct rhinoceroses untested. Furthermore, recent phylogenies based on Rhinocerotidae (partial or complete) mitochondrial DNA sequences differ in the placement of the Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis)...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316882/sympathy-for-the-devil-a-conservation-strategy-for-devil-and-manta-rays
#15
Julia M Lawson, Sonja V Fordham, Mary P O'Malley, Lindsay N K Davidson, Rachel H L Walls, Michelle R Heupel, Guy Stevens, Daniel Fernando, Ania Budziak, Colin A Simpfendorfer, Isabel Ender, Malcolm P Francis, Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara, Nicholas K Dulvy
BACKGROUND: International trade for luxury products, medicines, and tonics poses a threat to both terrestrial and marine wildlife. The demand for and consumption of gill plates (known as Peng Yu Sai, "Fish Gill of Mobulid Ray") from devil and manta rays (subfamily Mobulinae, collectively referred to as mobulids) poses a significant threat to these marine fishes because of their extremely low productivity. The demand for these gill plates has driven an international trade supplied by largely unmonitored and unregulated catches from target and incidental fisheries around the world...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316881/occurrence-of-concurrent-infections-with-multiple-serotypes-of-dengue-viruses-during-2013-2015-in-northern-kerala-india
#16
Manchala Nageswar Reddy, Ranjeet Dungdung, Lathika Valliyott, Rajendra Pilankatta
BACKGROUND: Dengue is a global human public health threat, causing severe morbidity and mortality. The occurrence of sequential infection by more than one serotype of dengue virus (DENV) is a major contributing factor for the induction of Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever (DHF) and Dengue Shock Syndrome (DSS), two major medical conditions caused by DENV infection. However, there is no specific drug or vaccine available against dengue infection. There are reports indicating the increased incidence of concurrent infection of dengue in several tropical and subtropical regions...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316880/optimizing-the-use-of-a-sensor-resource-for-opponent-polarization-coding
#17
Francisco J H Heras, Simon B Laughlin
Flies use specialized photoreceptors R7 and R8 in the dorsal rim area (DRA) to detect skylight polarization. R7 and R8 form a tiered waveguide (central rhabdomere pair, CRP) with R7 on top, filtering light delivered to R8. We examine how the division of a given resource, CRP length, between R7 and R8 affects their ability to code polarization angle. We model optical absorption to show how the length fractions allotted to R7 and R8 determine the rates at which they transduce photons, and correct these rates for transduction unit saturation...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289571/differential-bicodon-usage-in-lowly-and-highly-abundant-proteins
#18
Luis A Diambra
Degeneracy in the genetic code implies that different codons can encode the same amino acid. Usage preference of synonymous codons has been observed in all domains of life. There is much evidence suggesting that this bias has a major role on protein elongation rate, contributing to differential expression and to co-translational folding. In addition to codon usage bias, other preference variations have been observed such as codon pairs. In this paper, I report that codon pairs have significant different frequency usage for coding either lowly or highly abundant proteins...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289570/frequent-discordance-between-morphology-and-mitochondrial-dna-in-a-species-group-of-european-water-beetles-coleoptera-dytiscidae
#19
David T Bilton, Lucy Turner, Garth N Foster
The Hydroporus memnonius species group includes both widespread and range restricted diving beetle taxa in the western Palaearctic, some of which have been divided into a number of geographical subspecies. Of these, Hydroporus necopinatus is distributed in the far west of Europe, from central Spain to southern Britain, and has been split into three subspecies, occurring in Iberia (necopinatus sst.), France (robertorum) and England (roni) respectively-the last of these being a rare example of an insect taxon apparently endemic to northern Europe...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289569/diverse-bacterial-communities-exist-on-canine-skin-and-are-impacted-by-cohabitation-and-time
#20
Sheila Torres, Jonathan B Clayton, Jessica L Danzeisen, Tonya Ward, Hu Huang, Dan Knights, Timothy J Johnson
It has previously been shown that domestic dogs and their household owners share bacterial populations, and that sharing of bacteria between humans is facilitated through the presence of dogs in the household. However, less is known regarding the bacterial communities of dogs, how these communities vary by location and over time, and how cohabitation of dogs themselves influences their bacterial community. Furthermore, the effects of factors such as breed, hair coat length, sex, shedding, and age on the canine skin microbiome is unknown...
2017: PeerJ
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