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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651336/safety-and-efficacy-of-a-repositionable-and-fully-retrievable-aortic-valve-used-in-routine-clinical-practice-the-respond-study
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Volkmar Falk, Jochen Wöhrle, David Hildick-Smith, Sabine Bleiziffer, Daniel J Blackman, Mohamed Abdel-Wahab, Ulrich Gerckens, Axel Linke, Hüseyin Ince, Peter Wenaweser, Dominic J Allocco, Keith D Dawkins, Nicolas M Van Mieghem
Aims: RESPOND is a prospective, open-label, single-arm study evaluating the outcomes following transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) with the repositionable and fully retrievable Lotus Valve used in routine clinical practice for the treatment of patients with aortic valve stenosis. Methods and results: RESPOND enrolled 1014 patients at sites across Europe, New Zealand, and Latin America; 996 patients received a Lotus Valve (mean age: 80.8 years; 50.8% female; Society of Thoracic Surgeons score: 6...
June 22, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651014/a-decade-of-haart-in-latin-america-long-term-outcomes-among-the-first-wave-of-hiv-patients-to-receive-combination-therapy
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Marcelo J Wolff, Mark J Giganti, Claudia P Cortes, Pedro Cahn, Beatriz Grinsztejn, Jean W Pape, Denis Padgett, Juan Sierra-Madero, Eduardo Gotuzzo, Stephany N Duda, Catherine C McGowan, Bryan E Shepherd
BACKGROUND: In Latin America, the first wave of HIV-infected patients initiated highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) 10 or more years ago. Characterizing their treatment experience and corresponding outcomes across a decade of HAART may yield insights relevant to the ongoing care of such patients and those initiating HAART more recently in similar clinical settings. METHODS: This retrospective study included adults initiating HAART before 2004 at 8 sites in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Haiti, Honduras, and Mexico...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650986/evolutionary-history-and-phylogeographic-relationships-of-shrews-from-sorex-araneus-group
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Paweł Mackiewicz, Magdalena Moska, Heliodor Wierzbicki, Przemysław Gagat, Dorota Mackiewicz
Shrews of the Sorex genus are an evolutionarily successful group that includes more than 77 species widely distributed in Eurasia and North America. The genus is one of the rare cases where karyotypic changes reflect well the evolutionary relationships among its species. The taxa showing the greatest variation in karyotype are usually classified into the Sorex araneus group. Its evolution was associated with chromosomal rearrangements, which could have promoted fast diversification of this group into many chromosomal races and species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650967/author-contributions-to-ecological-publications-what-does-it-mean-to-be-an-author-in-modern-ecological-research
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John M Logan, Sarah B Bean, Andrew E Myers
Authorship is a central element of scientific research carrying a variety of rewards and responsibilities, and while various guidelines exist, actual author contributions are often ambiguous. Inconsistent or limited contributions threaten to devalue authorship as intellectual currency and diminish authors' responsibility for published content. Researchers have assessed author contributions in the medical literature and other research fields, but similar data for the field of ecological research are lacking...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650735/evolution-made-to-order-plant-breeding-and-technological-innovation-in-twentieth-century-america
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Deborah Fitzgerald
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 26, 2017: Annals of Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650380/high-levels-of-post-migration-hiv-acquisition-within-nine-european-countries
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Debora Alvarez-Del Arco, Fakoya Ibidun, Christos Thomadakis, Nikos Pantazis, Giota Touloumi, Anne-Francoise Gennotte, Freke Zuure, Henrique Barros, Cornelia Staehelin, Siri Göpel, Christoph Boesecke, Tullio Prestileo, Alain Volny-Anne, Fiona Burns, Julia Del Amo
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to estimate the proportion of post-migration HIV acquisition among HIV-positive migrants in Europe. DESIGN: To reach HIV positive migrants we designed a cross sectional study performed in HIV clinics. METHODS: The study was conducted from July 2013-July 2015 in 57 clinics (9 European countries, targeting individuals over 18 years diagnosed in the preceding 5 years and born abroad. Electronic questionnaires supplemented with clinical data were completed in any of 15 languages...
June 23, 2017: AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649696/amaryllidaceae-alkaloids-absolute-configuration-and-biological-activity
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REVIEW
Alessio Cimmino, Marco Masi, Marco Evidente, Stefano Superchi, Antonio Evidente
Plants belonging to the Amaryllidaceae family are well known for their ornamental and medicinal use. Plant members of this group are distributed through both tropical and subtropical regions of the world and are dominant in Andean South America, the Mediterranean basin, and southern Africa. Amaryllidaceae plants have been demonstrated to be a good source of alkaloids with a large spectrum of biological activities, the latter being strictly related to the absolute stereochemistry of the alkaloid scaffold. Among them, great importance for practical applications in medicine has galanthamine, which has already spawned an Alzheimer's prescription drug as a potent and selective inhibitor of the enzyme acetylcholinesterase...
June 26, 2017: Chirality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649619/variable-frequency-of-lrrk2-variants-in-the-latin-american-research-consortium-on-the-genetics-of-parkinson-s-disease-large-pd-a-case-of-ancestry
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Mario Cornejo-Olivas, Luis Torres, Mario R Velit-Salazar, Miguel Inca-Martinez, Pilar Mazzetti, Carlos Cosentino, Federico Micheli, Claudia Perandones, Elena Dieguez, Victor Raggio, Vitor Tumas, Vanderci Borges, Henrique B Ferraz, Carlos R M Rieder, Artur Shumacher-Schuh, Carlos Velez-Pardo, Marlene Jimenez-Del-Rio, Francisco Lopera, Jorge Chang-Castello, Brennie Andreé-Munoz, Sarah Waldherr, Dora Yearout, Cyrus P Zabetian, Ignacio F Mata
Mutations in Leucine-Rich Repeat Kinase 2 (LRRK2), primarily located in codons G2019 and R1441, represent the most common genetic cause of Parkinson's disease in European-derived populations. However, little is known about the frequency of these mutations in Latin American populations. In addition, a prior study suggested that a LRRK2 polymorphism (p.Q1111H) specific to Latino and Amerindian populations might be a risk factor for Parkinson's disease, but this finding requires replication. We screened 1734 Parkinson's disease patients and 1097 controls enrolled in the Latin American Research Consortium on the Genetics of Parkinson's disease (LARGE-PD), which includes sites in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Uruguay...
2017: NPJ Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649370/leishmaniasis-a-review
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REVIEW
Edoardo Torres-Guerrero, Marco Romano Quintanilla-Cedillo, Julieta Ruiz-Esmenjaud, Roberto Arenas
Leishmaniasis is caused by an intracellular parasite transmitted to humans by the bite of a sand fly. It is endemic in Asia, Africa, the Americas, and the Mediterranean region. Worldwide, 1.5 to 2 million new cases occur each year, 350 million are at risk of acquiring the disease, and leishmaniasis causes 70,000 deaths per year. Clinical features depend on the species of Leishmania involved and the immune response of the host. Manifestations range from the localized cutaneous to the visceral form with potentially fatal outcomes...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649353/genetic-identification-of-source-and-likely-vector-of-a-widespread-marine-invader
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Stacy A Krueger-Hadfield, Nicole M Kollars, Allan E Strand, James E Byers, Sarah J Shainker, Ryuta Terada, Thomas W Greig, Mareike Hammann, David C Murray, Florian Weinberger, Erik E Sotka
The identification of native sources and vectors of introduced species informs their ecological and evolutionary history and may guide policies that seek to prevent future introductions. Population genetics provides a powerful set of tools to identify origins and vectors. However, these tools can mislead when the native range is poorly sampled or few molecular markers are used. Here, we traced the introduction of the Asian seaweed Gracilaria vermiculophylla (Rhodophyta) into estuaries in coastal western North America, the eastern United States, Europe, and northwestern Africa by genotyping more than 2,500 thalli from 37 native and 53 non-native sites at mitochondrial cox1 and 10 nuclear microsatellite loci...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649347/factors-restricting-the-range-expansion-of-the-invasive-green-anole-anolis-carolinensis-on-okinawa-island-japan
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Yukari Suzuki-Ohno, Kenjiro Morita, Nobuaki Nagata, Hideaki Mori, Shintaro Abe, Takashi Makino, Masakado Kawata
The green anole Anolis carolinensis invaded the Ogasawara Islands in Japan, drove various native species to extinction, and its distribution expanded 14 years after initial establishment. A. carolinensis invaded Okinawa Island, but it has not expanded its distribution in more than 25 years, although its density is extremely high in the southern region. To determine whether A. carolinensis has the potential to expand its distribution on Okinawa Island, we performed phylogenetic analysis of mitochondrial ND2 DNA sequences to study the origin of A...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649338/estimating-and-interpreting-migration-of-amazonian-forests-using-spatially-implicit-and-semi-explicit-neutral-models
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Edwin Pos, Juan Ernesto Guevara Andino, Daniel Sabatier, Jean-François Molino, Nigel Pitman, Hugo Mogollón, David Neill, Carlos Cerón, Gonzalo Rivas-Torres, Anthony Di Fiore, Raquel Thomas, Milton Tirado, Kenneth R Young, Ophelia Wang, Rodrigo Sierra, Roosevelt García-Villacorta, Roderick Zagt, Walter Palacios Cuenca, Milton Aulestia, Hans Ter Steege
With many sophisticated methods available for estimating migration, ecologists face the difficult decision of choosing for their specific line of work. Here we test and compare several methods, performing sanity and robustness tests, applying to large-scale data and discussing the results and interpretation. Five methods were selected to compare for their ability to estimate migration from spatially implicit and semi-explicit simulations based on three large-scale field datasets from South America (Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and Ecuador)...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649336/phylogeography-of-a-widespread-small-carnivore-the-western-spotted-skunk-spilogale-gracilis-reveals-temporally-variable-signatures-of-isolation-across-western-north-america
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Adam W Ferguson, Molly M McDonough, Gema I Guerra, Margaret Rheude, Jerry W Dragoo, Loren K Ammerman, Robert C Dowler
We analyzed phylogeographic patterns in the western spotted skunk, Spilogale gracilis Merriam, 1890 (Carnivora: Mephitidae) in relation to historical events associated with Pre-Pleistocene Divergence (PPD) and Quaternary climate change (QCC) using mitochondrial DNA from 97 individuals distributed across Western North America. Divergence times were generated using BEAST to estimate when isolation in putative refugia occurred. Patterns and timing of demographic expansion was performed using Bayesian skyline plot...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649335/early-events-in-speciation-cryptic-species-of%C3%A2-drosophila-aldrichi
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Cynthia Castro Vargas, Maxi Polihronakis Richmond, Mariana Ramirez Loustalot Laclette, Therese Ann Markow
Understanding the earliest events in speciation remains a major challenge in evolutionary biology. Thus identifying species whose populations are beginning to diverge can provide useful systems to study the process of speciation. Drosophila aldrichi, a cactophilic fruit fly species with a broad distribution in North America, has long been assumed to be a single species owing to its morphological uniformity. While previous reports either of genetic divergence or reproductive isolation among different D. aldrichi strains have hinted at the existence of cryptic species, the evolutionary relationships of this species across its range have not been thoroughly investigated...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649334/population-structure-in-chicory-cichorium-intybus-a-successful-u-s-weed-since-the-american-revolutionary-war
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Tomáš Závada, Rondy J Malik, Rick V Kesseli
Plant invasions are recognized as major drivers of ecosystem change, yet the precise cause of these invasions remains unknown for many species. Frequency and modes of introductions during the first, transport and colonization, stages of the invasion process as well as phenotypic changes due to plasticity or changing genetic diversity and adaptation during later establishment and expansion stages can all influence the "success" of invasion. Here, we examine some of these factors in, and the origin of, a very successful weed, Cichorium intybus (chicory) which was introduced to North America in the 18th century and which now can be found in all 48 continental U...
June 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649318/zooplankton-communities-and-bythotrephes-longimanus-in-lakes-of-the-montane-region-of-the-northern-alps
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Zsófia Horváth, Csaba F Vad, Christian Preiler, Julia Birtel, Blake Matthews, Radka Ptáčníková, Robert Ptacnik
Lakes in the Alps represent a considerable fraction of nutrient-poor lakes in Central Europe, with unique biodiversity and ecosystem properties. Although some individual lakes are well-studied, less knowledge is available on large-scale patterns essential to generalise the understanding of their functioning. Here, we aimed to describe crustacean zooplankton communities (Cladocera, Copepoda) and identify their environmental drivers in the pelagic zone of 54 oligotrophic lakes in the montane region of the Alps (400-1200 m) in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, covering a spatial scale of 650 km...
May 2, 2017: Inland Waters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649264/genome-wide-analysis-of-the-pvhsp20-family-in-switchgrass-motif-genomic-organization-and-identification-of-stress-or-developmental-related-hsp20s
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Haidong Yan, Ailing Zhang, Jing Chen, Xiaoyan He, Bin Xu, Guanqi Xie, Zhiming Miao, Xinquan Zhang, Linkai Huang
Hsp20 proteins exist in all plant species and represent the most abundant small heat shock proteins (sHSPs) in plants. Hsp20s were known as chaperones maintaining cellular homeostasis during heat or other kinds of abiotic stresses. The objective of this study was to understand the phylogenetic relationship, genomic organization, diversification of motif modules, genome localization, expression profiles, and interaction networks of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) Hsp20s (PvHsp20s). A total of 63 PvHsp20s were identified with their consensus as well as unique ACD motifs and gene structures analyzed...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649158/implementation-of-material-decomposition-using-an-emccd-and-cmos-based-micro-ct-system
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Alexander R Podgorsak, Sv Setlur Nagesh, Daniel R Bednarek, Stephen Rudin, Ciprian N Ionita
This project assessed the effectiveness of using two different detectors to obtain dual-energy (DE) micro-CT data for the carrying out of material decomposition. A micro-CT coupled to either a complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) or an electron multiplying CCD (EMCCD) detector was used to acquire image data of a 3D-printed phantom with channels filled with different materials. At any instance, materials such as iohexol contrast agent, water, and platinum were selected to make up the scanned object...
February 11, 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649148/origins-and-genetic-diversity-of-introduced-populations-of-the-puerto-rican-red-eyed-coqu%C3%A3-eleutherodactylus-antillensis-in-saint-croix-u-s-virgin-islands-and-panam%C3%A3
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Brittany S Barker, Javier A Rodríguez-Robles
The Red-eyed Coquí, Eleutherodactylus antillensis, is a terrestrial frog endemic to the Puerto Rican Bank (Puerto Rico and numerous islands and cays off its eastern coast), in the eastern Caribbean Sea. The species was likely introduced in Saint Croix, an island c. 100 km southeast of Puerto Rico, in the late 1930s, and in Panamá City, Panamá, in the late 1950s or early 1960s, but the source(s) of these introductions are unknown. We analyzed sequence data from one mtDNA locus and four nuDNA introns to infer the origin(s) of the Saint Croix and Panamá City populations and quantify their genetic diversity...
July 2017: Copeia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649118/numbers-for-the-innumerate-everyday-arithmetic-and-atlantic-capitalism
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Caitlin Rosenthal
In nineteenth-century America and the Atlantic world, the "rule of three" was usually regarded as the endpoint of a basic mathematics education. This essay considers the importance of the rule as a technology that enabled broader access to the calculations necessary to participate in the increasingly global market economy. Used by workmen, women, and even the enslaved, the rule and related tools translated basic literacy into practical numeracy. By doing so, it offered a diverse range of people the ability to negotiate more effectively...
2017: Technology and Culture
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