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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938079/comparing-climate-sensitivity-past-and-present
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Eelco J Rohling, Gianluca Marino, Gavin L Foster, Philip A Goodwin, Anna S von der Heydt, Peter Köhler
Climate sensitivity represents the global mean temperature change caused by changes in the radiative balance of climate; it is studied for both present/future (actuo) and past (paleo) climate variations, with the former based on instrumental records and/or various types of model simulations. Paleo-estimates are often considered informative for assessments of actuo-climate change caused by anthropogenic greenhouse forcing, but this utility remains debated because of concerns about the impacts of uncertainties, assumptions, and incomplete knowledge about controlling mechanisms in the dynamic climate system, with its multiple interacting feedbacks and their potential dependence on the climate background state...
September 22, 2017: Annual Review of Marine Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937999/structures-of-foot-and-mouth-disease-virus-pentamers-insight-into-capsid-dissociation-and-unexpected-pentamer-reassociation
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Nayab Malik, Abhay Kotecha, Sarah Gold, Amin Asfor, Jingshan Ren, Juha T Huiskonen, Tobias J Tuthill, Elizabeth E Fry, David I Stuart
Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) belongs to the aphthovirus genus of the Picornaviridae, a family of small, icosahedral, non-enveloped, single-stranded RNA viruses. It is a highly infectious pathogen and is one of the biggest hindrances to the international trade of animals and animal products. FMDV capsids (which are unstable below pH6.5) release their genome into the host cell from an acidic compartment, such as that of an endosome, and in the process dissociate into pentamers. Whilst other members of the family (enteroviruses) have been visualized to form an expanded intermediate capsid with holes from which inner capsid proteins (VP4), N-termini (VP1) and RNA can be released, there has been no visualization of any such state for an aphthovirus, instead the capsid appears to simply dissociate into pentamers...
September 22, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937948/textures-as-probes-of-visual-processing
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Jonathan D Victor, Mary M Conte, Charles F Chubb
Visual textures are a class of stimuli with properties that make them well suited for addressing general questions about visual function at the levels of behavior and neural mechanism. They have structure across multiple spatial scales, they put the focus on the inferential nature of visual processing, and they help bridge the gap between stimuli that are analytically convenient and the complex, naturalistic stimuli that have the greatest biological relevance. Key questions that are well suited for analysis via visual textures include the nature and structure of perceptual spaces, modulation of early visual processing by task, and the transformation of sensory stimuli into patterns of population activity that are relevant to perception...
September 15, 2017: Annual Review of Vision Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937906/protein-activation-in-periapical-reaction-to-iodoform-containing-root-canal-sealer
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Nili Tickotsky, Moti Moskovitz
OBJECTIVES: An association between root canal sealers and periapical lesions in primary dentition has been suggested, yet the chemical-protein interactions that may be involved in it have not been studied. The present study explored root sealer components' effect on periapical tissue proteins using bioinformatics tools. STUDY DESIGN: For each chemical component of Endoflas F.S. root sealing material we identified the known and predicted target proteins, using STITCH (search tool for interactions of chemicals http://stitch...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937868/multi-day-adaptation-and-savings-in-manual-and-locomotor-tasks
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M F L Ruitenberg, Y E De Dios, N E Gadd, S J Wood, P A Reuter-Lorenz, I Kofman, J J Bloomberg, A P Mulavara, R D Seidler
Using an individual differences approach, we evaluated whether manual and locomotor adaptation are associated in terms of adaptation and savings across days, and whether they rely on shared underlying mechanisms involving visuospatial working memory or visual field dependence. Participants performed a manual and a locomotor adaptation task during 4 separate test sessions over a 3-month period. Reliable adaptation and savings were observed for both tasks. It was further found that higher visuospatial working memory performance and lower visual field dependence scores were associated with faster learning in the manual and locomotor tasks, respectively...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Motor Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937455/palliative-surgery-for-spinal-metastases-using-posterior-decompression-and-fixation-combined-with-intraoperative-vertebroplasty
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Liang Dong, Mingsheng Tan, Di Wu, Ping Yi, Feng Yang, Xiangsheng Tang, Qingying Hao
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical outcome of palliative surgery using posterior decompression and fixation combined with intraoperative vertebroplasty (PDFIV) for the treatment of spinal metastases, and analyze the indications for PDFIV using a neurological, oncologic, mechanical, and systemic framework. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Palliative surgery is widely used to spinal metastatic patients with poor condition for enough postoperative recovery...
October 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937045/carotid-atherosclerosis-and-cognitive-impairment-in-nonstroke-patients
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REVIEW
Wei-Hong Chen, Wei Jin, Pei-Yuan Lyu, Yang Liu, Rui Li, Ming Hu, Xiang-Jian Xiao
OBJECTIVE: As a vascular risk factor, carotid atherosclerosis is crucial to cognitive impairment. While carotid intima-media thickness, carotid artery plaque, and carotid stenosis can reflect carotid atherosclerosis in different stages, this review aimed to explore researches on the role of carotid intima-media thickness, carotid artery plaque, and carotid stenosis in the progress of cognitive impairment in nonstroke patients and tried to illustrate the possible mechanisms. DATA SOURCES: We searched the PubMed database for recently published research articles up to July 2017, with the key words of "carotid atherosclerosis," "carotid intima-media thickness," "carotid plaque," "carotid stenosis," "nonstroke," and "cognitive impairment...
October 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936822/-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-triggerred-by-alcohol-withdrawal
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Tuğçe Mengi, Yaprak Seçil, Aysel Çoban, Yeşim Beckmann
INTRODUCTION: Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a clinico-radiological entity characterized by headache, altered mental status, epileptic seizures, visual disturbances and typically transient changes in posterior cerebral circulation areas. In this article, we present a case of alcohol withdrawal accompanied by PRES. CASE PRESENTATION: A 53-year-old male patient presented to the emergency department with visual hallucinations and meaningless speech...
2017: Türk Psikiyatri Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936276/microscopic-origin-of-wall-slip-during-flow-of-an-entangled-dna-solution-in-microfluidics-flow-induced-chain-stretching-versus-chain-desorption
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Orin Hemminger, Pouyan E Boukany
Despite the relevance and importance of slip, a fundamental understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms of wall slip in polymer flow is still missing. In this work, we investigate the slip behavior of an entangled DNA solution at a molecular scale using a confocal microscope coupled to a microfluidic device. From microscopic measurement, we obtain both the velocity profile and conformation of polymeric chains by visualizing DNA molecules during flow on various surfaces (ranging from weak to strong interactions with DNA molecules)...
July 2017: Biomicrofluidics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936191/mentalizing-another-s-visual-world-a-novel-exploration-via-motion-aftereffect
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Xuefei Yuan, Nanbo Wang, Haiyan Geng, Shen Zhang
Past research on level 2 visual perspective-taking (VPT) has mostly focused on understanding the mental rotation involved when one adopts others' perspective; the mechanisms underlying how the visual world of others is mentally represented remain unclear. In three studies, we addressed this question by adopting a novel VPT task with motion stimuli and exploring the aftereffect on motion discrimination from the self-perspective. Overall the results showed a facilitation aftereffect when participants were instructed to take the avatar's perspective...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935857/sensorimotor-computation-underlying-phototaxis-in-zebrafish
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Sébastien Wolf, Alexis M Dubreuil, Tommaso Bertoni, Urs Lucas Böhm, Volker Bormuth, Raphaël Candelier, Sophia Karpenko, David G C Hildebrand, Isaac H Bianco, Rémi Monasson, Georges Debrégeas
Animals continuously gather sensory cues to move towards favourable environments. Efficient goal-directed navigation requires sensory perception and motor commands to be intertwined in a feedback loop, yet the neural substrate underlying this sensorimotor task in the vertebrate brain remains elusive. Here, we combine virtual-reality behavioural assays, volumetric calcium imaging, optogenetic stimulation and circuit modelling to reveal the neural mechanisms through which a zebrafish performs phototaxis, i.e...
September 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935816/forces-to-pierce-cuticle-of-tarsi-and-material-properties-determined-by-nanoindentation-the-achilles-heel-of-bed-bugs
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Jorge Bustamante, Jason F Panzarino, Timothy J Rupert, Catherine Loudon
The mechanical properties of bed bug (Cimex lectularius L.) tarsi and pretarsi were investigated in order to evaluate their vulnerability to piercing by plant trichomes (sharp microscopic hairs). Nanoindentation was used to measure the force required to insert a sharp probe into the cuticle of these different regions, as well as to determine creep and reduced elastic moduli for the cuticle. Scanning electron microscopy was used to visualize the indents that had been generated by nanoindentation. The force required to insert a cube corner nanoindenter probe into the cuticle was determined for a range of displacements (1 to 9 µm) and strain rates (0...
September 21, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935166/mitochondrial-nanotunnels
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REVIEW
Amy E Vincent, Doug M Turnbull, Veronica Eisner, György Hajnóczky, Martin Picard
Insight into the regulation of complex physiological systems emerges from understanding how biological units communicate with each other. Recent findings show that mitochondria communicate at a distance with each other via nanotunnels, thin double-membrane protrusions that connect the matrices of non-adjacent mitochondria. Emerging evidence suggest that mitochondrial nanotunnels are generated by immobilized mitochondria and transport proteins. This review integrates data from the evolutionarily conserved structure and function of intercellular projections in bacteria with recent developments in mitochondrial imaging that permit nanotunnel visualization in eukaryotes...
September 18, 2017: Trends in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934887/somatosensory-cortex-excitability-changes-due-to-differences-in-instruction-conditions-of-motor-imagery
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Takashi Hasegawa, Hironori Miyata, Keita Nishi, Akira Sagari, Takefumi Moriuchi, Takashi Matsuo, Takayuki Tabira, Toshio Higashi
Purpose Vivid motor imagery appears to be associated with improved motor learning efficiency. However, the practical difficulties in measuring vivid motor imagery warrant new analytical approaches. The present study aimed to determine the instruction conditions for which vividness in motor imagery could be more easily seen and the excitability of the sensory cortex as it relates to the motor image. Materials and methods In total, 15 healthy, right-handed volunteers were instructed to imagine grasping a rubber ball under a verbal-only instruction condition (verbal condition), a verbal + visual instruction condition (visual condition), and a verbal + execution (physically grasping a real ball) condition (execution condition)...
September 21, 2017: Somatosensory & Motor Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934291/emotional-metacontrol-of-attention-top-down-modulation-of-sensorimotor-processes-in-a-robotic-visual-search-task
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Marwen Belkaid, Nicolas Cuperlier, Philippe Gaussier
Emotions play a significant role in internal regulatory processes. In this paper, we advocate four key ideas. First, novelty detection can be grounded in the sensorimotor experience and allow higher order appraisal. Second, cognitive processes, such as those involved in self-assessment, influence emotional states by eliciting affects like boredom and frustration. Third, emotional processes such as those triggered by self-assessment influence attentional processes. Last, close emotion-cognition interactions implement an efficient feedback loop for the purpose of top-down behavior regulation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934261/light-entrainment-of-the-murine-intraocular-pressure-circadian-rhythm-utilizes-non-local-mechanisms
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Shunsuke Tsuchiya, Ethan D Buhr, Tomomi Higashide, Kazuhisa Sugiyama, Russell N Van Gelder
PURPOSE: Intraocular pressure (IOP) is known to have a strong circadian rhythm, yet how light/dark cycles entrain this rhythm is unknown. The purpose of this study was to assess whether, like the retina, the mammalian ciliary body and IOP clocks have an intrinsic ability to entrain to light/dark cycles. METHODS: Iris-ciliary body complexes were obtained from period2:luciferase (PER2::LUC) mice and cultured to measure bioluminescence rhythmicity. Pairs of the iris-ciliary body complex were exposed to antiphasic 9:15 h light/dark cycle in vitro...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933220/elucidation-of-gene-expression-patterns-in-the-brain-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Ahreum Baek, Sung-Rae Cho, Sung Hoon Kim
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a devastating neurological disease. The pathophysiological mechanisms of SCI have been reported to be relevant to central nervous system injury such as brain injury. In this study, gene expression of the brain after SCI was elucidated using transcriptome analysis to characterize the temporal changes in global gene expression patterns in a SCI mouse model. Subjects were randomly classified into 3 groups: sham control, acute (3 h post-injury), and subacute (2 wk post-injury) groups...
July 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933070/variations-in-the-endogenous-fluorescence-of-rabbit-corneas-after-mechanical-property-alterations
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Antonio Ortega-Martinez, Genna Touchette, Hong Zhu, Irene E Kochevar, Walfre Franco
Keratoconus is an eye disease in which the cornea progressively deforms due to loss of cornea mechanical rigidity, and thus causes deterioration of visual acuity. Techniques to characterize the mechanical characteristics of the cornea are important to better monitor changes and response to treatments. To investigate the feasibility of using the endogenous fluorescence of cornea for monitoring alterations of its mechanical rigidity, linear tensiometry was used to quantitate stiffness and Young's modulus (YM) after treatments that increase cornea stiffness (collagen photocross-linking) or decrease stiffness (enzymatic digestion)...
September 2017: Journal of Biomedical Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932664/strong-electro-optic-effect-and-spontaneous-domain-formation-in-self-assembled-peptide-structures
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Barak Gilboa, Clément Lafargue, Amir Handelman, Linda J W Shimon, Gil Rosenman, Joseph Zyss, Tal Ellenbogen
Short peptides made from repeating units of phenylalanine self-assemble into a remarkable variety of micro- and nanostructures including tubes, tapes, spheres, and fibrils. These bio-organic structures are found to possess striking mechanical, electrical, and optical properties, which are rarely seen in organic materials, and are therefore shown useful for diverse applications including regenerative medicine, targeted drug delivery, and biocompatible fluorescent probes. Consequently, finding new optical properties in these materials can significantly advance their practical use, for example, by allowing new ways to visualize, manipulate, and utilize them in new, in vivo, sensing applications...
September 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932341/pathophysiology-of-keratoconus-what-do-we-know-today
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Uri Soiberman, James W Foster, Albert S Jun, Shukti Chakravarti
Keratoconus is a common corneal ectasia that leads to progressive visual impairment. Numerous studies have shown abnormal protein expression patterns in keratoconic corneas. However, the specific mechanisms causing this disease remain ambiguous. This review aims to provide an update on morphological studies of the keratoconic cornea, relate these early studies with current findings from proteomic, biochemical and cell culture studies and to postulate possible pathogenic pathways.
2017: Open Ophthalmology Journal
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