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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928009/oropharyngeal-epignathus-with-partial-facial-duplication-report-of-a-rare-case
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M Herath, B S M S Siriwardena, R D Jayasinghe, D K Dias
Foetal oral teratoma or epignathus is a rare benign condition that originates in the oropharyngeal region. The term 'teratoma' refers to a mass composed of poorly organized tissues derived from each of the three germ layers. Epignathus may occur when one twin ceases development during gestation and becomes vestigial to the fully formed dominant twin. The reported incidence of epignathus is approximately 1:35,000 to 1:200,000 live births. A unique case of partial facial duplication with gross histological and radiological evidence of partial duplication of the facial elements and organs is presented herein...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919247/the-effect-of-directed-photic-stimulation-of-the-pineal-on-experimental-parkinson-s-disease
#2
Gregory L Willis, Christopher B Freelance
The role of the circadian system in Parkinson's disease (PD) is a topic of increasing scientific interest. This has emerged from recent studies demonstrating an altered response of PD patients to treatment in relation to the phase of the light/dark cycle and from other work defining the functional significance of melanocytes in PD: a cell type that the nigro-striatal dopamine (NSD) system and circadian system both contain. The present study was undertaken to determine the sensitivity of the pineal, as the final common pathway of the circadian system, to light delivered directly to the pineal via surgical implantation of LEDs...
September 15, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893003/spectrum-of-mri-appearance-of-mayer-rokitansky-kuster-hauser-mrkh-syndrome-in-primary-amenorrhea-patients
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Deb Kumar Boruah, Shantiranjan Sanyal, Bidyut Bikash Gogoi, Kangkana Mahanta, Arjun Prakash, Antony Augustine, Sashidhar Achar, Hiranya Baishya
INTRODUCTION: Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser (MRKH) synd-rome is a malformation in female genital tract due to interrupted embryonic development of para-mesonephric ducts leading to uterine and proximal vagina aplasia or hypoplasia. AIM: To analyse the MRI findings in females suspected of MRKH syndrome in a primary amenorrhea workup. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional study comprising of 11 patients of MRKH syndrome presented in a tertiary care centre from March 2016 to February 2017 evaluated in 1...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883413/the-ca-2-influx-through-the-mammalian-skeletal-muscle-dihydropyridine-receptor-is-irrelevant-for-muscle-performance
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Anamika Dayal, Kai Schrötter, Yuan Pan, Karl Föhr, Werner Melzer, Manfred Grabner
Skeletal muscle excitation-contraction (EC) coupling is initiated by sarcolemmal depolarization, which is translated into a conformational change of the dihydropyridine receptor (DHPR), which in turn activates sarcoplasmic reticulum (SR) Ca(2+) release to trigger muscle contraction. During EC coupling, the mammalian DHPR embraces functional duality, as voltage sensor and L-type Ca(2+) channel. Although its unique role as voltage sensor for conformational EC coupling is firmly established, the conventional function as Ca(2+) channel is still enigmatic...
September 7, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870996/vestigial-like-3-is-a-novel-ets1-interacting-partner-and-regulates-trigeminal-nerve-formation-and-cranial-neural-crest-migration
#5
Emilie Simon, Nadine Thézé, Sandrine Fédou, Pierre Thiébaud, Corinne Faucheux
Drosophila Vestigial is the founding member of a protein family containing a highly conserved domain, called Tondu that mediates their interaction with members of the TEAD family of transcription factors (Scalloped in Drosophila). In Drosophila, the Vestigial/Scalloped complex controls wing development by regulating the expression of target genes through binding to MCAT sequences. In vertebrates, there are four Vestigial-like genes whose functions are still not well understood. Here we describe the regulation and function of vestigial-like 3 (vgll3) during Xenopus early development...
September 4, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828570/the-cryptomonad-nucleomorph
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Geoffrey I McFadden
The cryptomonad nucleomorph is a vestigial nucleus of a eukaryotic red alga engulfed by a phagotrophic protist and retained as a photosynthetic endosymbiont. This review recounts the initial discovery and subsequent characterisation of the cryptomonad nucleomorph focusing on the key role of Peter Sitte and his protégés in our understanding of secondary endosymbiosis to create complex plastids, one of the major transition events in the evolution of life on Earth.
August 21, 2017: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816480/superior-olfactory-language-and-cognition-in-odor-color-synaesthesia
#7
Laura J Speed, Asifa Majid
Olfaction is often considered a vestigial sense in humans, demoted throughout evolution to make way for the dominant sense of vision. This perspective on olfaction is reflected in how we think and talk about smells in the West, with odor imagery and odor language reported to be difficult. In the present study we demonstrate odor cognition is superior in odor-color synaesthesia, where there are additional sensory connections to odor concepts. Synaesthesia is a neurological phenomenon in which input in 1 modality leads to involuntary perceptual associations...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812602/prenatal-development-supports-a-single-origin-of-laryngeal-echolocation-in-bats
#8
Zhe Wang, Tengteng Zhu, Huiling Xue, Na Fang, Junpeng Zhang, Libiao Zhang, Jian Pang, Emma C Teeling, Shuyi Zhang
Bat laryngeal echolocation is considered as one of the most complex and diverse modes of auditory sensory perception in animals and its evolutionary history has been the cause of many scientific controversies in the past two decades. To date, the majority of scientific evidence supports that bats (Chiroptera) are divided into two subordinal groups: Yinpterochiroptera, containing the laryngeal echolocating superfamily Rhinolophidae as sister taxa to the non-laryngeal echolocating family Pteropodidae; and Yangochiroptera, containing all other laryngeal echolocating lineages...
January 9, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769032/vestigial-like-2-contributes-to-normal-muscle-fiber-type-distribution-in-mice
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Masahiko Honda, Kyoko Hidaka, So-Ichiro Fukada, Ryo Sugawa, Manabu Shirai, Masahito Ikawa, Takayuki Morisaki
Skeletal muscle is composed of heterogeneous populations of myofibers that are classified as slow- and fast-twitch fibers. The muscle fiber-type is regulated in a coordinated fashion by multiple genes, including transcriptional factors and microRNAs (miRNAs). However, players involved in this regulation are not fully elucidated. One of the members of the Vestigial-like factors, Vgll2, is thought to play a pivotal role in TEA domain (TEAD) transcription factor-mediated muscle-specific gene expression because of its restricted expression in skeletal muscles of adult mice...
August 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762509/vertebral-column-regionalisation-in-chinook-salmon-oncorhynchus-tshawytscha
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A De Clercq, M R Perrott, P S Davie, M A Preece, B Wybourne, N Ruff, A Huysseune, P E Witten
Teleost vertebral centra are often similar in size and shape, but vertebral-associated elements, i.e. neural arches, haemal arches and ribs, show regional differences. Here we examine how the presence, absence and specific anatomical and histological characters of vertebral centra-associated elements can be used to define vertebral column regions in juvenile Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). To investigate if the presence of regions within the vertebral column is independent of temperature, animals raised at 8 and 12 °C were studied at 1400 and 1530 degreedays, in the freshwater phase of the life cycle...
July 31, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762500/myology-of-the-forelimb-of-majungasaurus-crenatissimus-theropoda-abelisauridae-and-the-morphological-consequences-of-extreme-limb-reduction
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Sara H Burch
Forelimb reduction occurred independently in multiple lineages of theropod dinosaurs. Although tyrannosaurs are renowned for their tiny, two-fingered forelimbs, the degree of their reduction in length is surpassed by abelisaurids, which possess an unusual morphology distinct from that of other theropods. The forelimbs of abelisaurids are short but robust and exhibit numerous crests, tubercles, and scars that allow for inferences of muscle attachment sites. Phylogenetically based reconstructions of the musculature were used in combination with close examination of the osteology in the Malagasy abelisaurid Majungasaurus to create detailed muscle maps of the forelimbs, and patterns of the muscular and bony morphology were compared with those of extant tetrapods with reduced or vestigial limbs...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28744739/perforated-meckel-s-diverticulitis
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Robert W Colvin, Sayf Al-Katib, John Ebersole
A Meckel's diverticulum is a vestigial remnant present in approximately 2% of the population. Fewer than 10% of patients with a Meckel's diverticulum develop clinical complications, and such findings are exceedingly rare in the geriatric population. We present a case of perforated Meckel's diverticulitis with a fistulous tract involving the anterior abdominal wall in an 85-year-old male.
July 25, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743862/co-option-of-the-cardiac-transcription-factor-nkx2-5-during-development-of-the-emu-wing
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Peter G Farlie, Nadia M Davidson, Naomi L Baker, Mai Raabus, Kelly N Roeszler, Claire Hirst, Andrew Major, Mylene M Mariette, David M Lambert, Alicia Oshlack, Craig A Smith
The ratites are a distinctive clade of flightless birds, typified by the emu and ostrich that have acquired a range of unique anatomical characteristics since diverging from basal Aves at least 100 million years ago. The emu possesses a vestigial wing with a single digit and greatly reduced forelimb musculature. However, the embryological basis of wing reduction and other anatomical changes associated with loss of flight are unclear. Here we report a previously unknown co-option of the cardiac transcription factor Nkx2...
July 25, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733631/vgll4-selectively-represses-yap-dependent-gene-induction-and-tumorigenic-phenotypes-in-breast-cancer
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Yinglong Zhang, He Shen, Henry G Withers, Nuo Yang, Kayla E Denson, Ashley L Mussell, Alexander Truskinovsky, Qingyu Fan, Irwin H Gelman, Costa Frangou, Jianmin Zhang
Members of the mammalian Vestigial-like (VGLL) family of transcriptional cofactors activate genes in response to a wide variety of environmental cues. Recently, VGLL proteins have been proposed to regulate key signaling networks involved in cancer development and progression. However, the biological and clinical significance of VGLL dysregulation in human breast cancer pathogenesis remains unknown. Here, we report that diminished VGLL4 expression, but not VGLL1-3, correlated with both shorter relapse-free survival and shorter disease-specific survival of cancer patients with different molecular subtypes of breast cancer...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730538/spectrum-of-lesions-derived-from-branchial-arches-occurring-in-the-thyroid-from-solid-cell-nests-to-tumors
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Kristyna Srbecka, Kvetoslava Michalova, Radmila Curcikova, Michael Michal, Magdalena Dubova, Marian Svajdler, Michal Michal, Ondrej Daum
There is a group of lesions in the head and neck region derived from branchial arches and related structures which, when inflamed, are characterized by the formation of cysts lined by squamous or glandular epithelium and surrounded by a heavy inflammatory infiltrate rich in germinal centers. In the thyroid, the main source of various structures which may cause diagnostic dilemma is the ultimobranchial body. To investigate the spectrum of such thyroid lesions, the consultation files were reviewed for thyroid samples containing pathological structures regarded to arise from the ultimobranchial body...
July 20, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729899/evolutionary-loss-of-melanogenesis-in-the-tunicate-molgula-occulta
#16
Claudia Racioppi, Maria Carmen Valoroso, Ugo Coppola, Elijah K Lowe, C Titus Brown, Billie J Swalla, Lionel Christiaen, Alberto Stolfi, Filomena Ristoratore
BACKGROUND: Analyzing close species with diverse developmental modes is instrumental for investigating the evolutionary significance of physiological, anatomical and behavioral features at a molecular level. Many examples of trait loss are known in metazoan populations living in dark environments. Tunicates are the closest living relatives of vertebrates and typically present a lifecycle with distinct motile larval and sessile adult stages. The nervous system of the motile larva contains melanized cells associated with geotactic and light-sensing organs...
2017: EvoDevo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706321/cryptaphelenchus-varicaudatus-n-sp-rhabditida-ektaphelenchinae-from-tehran-province-iran
#17
Majid Pedram
Cryptaphelenchus varicaudatus n. sp. is described and illustrated. It was isolated from bark samples of dead or dying pine (Pinus spp.) trees with bark beetle frass and galleries, in Tehran province. The new species has 275- to 367-µm-long females (a medium-sized species) with distinctly annulated cuticle having three bands in lateral fields, lip region continuous with body contour, delicate knobbed stylet, monodelphic-prodelphic reproductive system with distinct spermatheca, short postvulval uterine sac (PUS), transverse vulval slit with raised posterior lip and body narrowing behind it, sclerotized vagina, simple intestine ending in a blind sac, having no rectum but vestigial anus in some specimens, and distal body end tip (tail tip) with variation in morphology (shape), from sharply or slightly pointed to bluntly rounded...
June 2017: Journal of Nematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636618/de-novo-transcriptome-of-the-mayfly-cloeon-viridulum-and-transcriptional-signatures-of-prometabola
#18
Qin Si, Juan-Yan Luo, Ze Hu, Wei Zhang, Chang-Fa Zhou
Mayflies (Ephemeroptera) display many primitive characters and a unique type of metamorphosis (Prometabola). However, information on the genomes and transcriptomes of this insect group is limited. The RNA sequencing study presented here generated the first de novo transcriptome assembly of Cloeon viridulum (Ephemeroptera: Baetidae), and compared gene expression signatures among the young larva (YL), mature larva (ML), subimago (SI), and imago (IM) stages of this mayfly. The transcriptome, based on 88 Gb of sequence data, comprised a set of 81,185 high quality transcripts...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633988/a-cross-clade-h5n1-influenza-a-virus-neutralizing-monoclonal-antibody-binds-to-a-novel-epitope-within-the-vestigial-esterase-domain-of-hemagglutinin
#19
Subha Sankar Paul, Chee-Keng Mok, Tze-Minn Mak, Oi-Wing Ng, James Odame Aboagye, Teddy John Wohlbold, Florian Krammer, Yee-Joo Tan
The sporadic outbreaks of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus have raised public health concerns. Monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) against hemagglutinin (HA) have been increasingly used successfully for therapeutic purposes. Previously, MAb 9F4, generated against clade 1 H5N1 HA, was observed to have cross-clade neutralizing efficacy and inhibited viral entry by preventing the pH-mediated conformational change of HA. Furthermore, mouse-human chimeric MAb 9F4 was found to retain high degrees of neutralizing activity...
June 19, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620997/morphology-and-evolution-of-the-oral-shield-in-marsupial-neonates-including-the-newborn-monito-del-monte-dromiciops-gliroides-marsupialia-microbiotheria-pouch-young
#20
Nanette Y Schneider, Yamila Gurovich
Newborn marsupials can be arranged into three grades of developmental complexity based on their external form, as well as based on their organ systems and their cytology. The dasyurids are considered the least developed marsupials at birth, while didelphids and peramelids are intermediate, and macropods are the most developed. Currently there is still little information on caenolestid and microbiotherid development at birth. Developmental stages can be graded as G1, G2 and G3, with G1 being the least developed at birth, and G3 the most developed...
July 2017: Journal of Anatomy
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