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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628151/-assessment-and-comparison-of-hospital-operating-efficiency-under-different-management-systems
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OBJECTIVE: To assess and analyze the operation efficiency of 8 commission general public hospitals managed directly by National Health and Family Planning Commission and 8 municipal general hospitals managed directly by Beijing Municipal Administration of Hospitals in Beijing and to provide suggestions on improving service capacity and designing relevant health policy. METHODS: Input and output data of 8 commission hospitals and 8 municipal hospitals were obtained from Beijing Direct-Reported Health Statistics data from 2011 to 2014...
June 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625214/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-associated-with-sexual-assault-among-women-in-the-who-world-mental-health-surveys
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K M Scott, K C Koenen, A King, M V Petukhova, J Alonso, E J Bromet, R Bruffaerts, B Bunting, P de Jonge, J M Haro, E G Karam, S Lee, M E Medina-Mora, F Navarro-Mateu, N A Sampson, V Shahly, D J Stein, Y Torres, A M Zaslavsky, R C Kessler
BACKGROUND: Sexual assault is a global concern with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), one of the common sequelae. Early intervention can help prevent PTSD, making identification of those at high risk for the disorder a priority. Lack of representative sampling of both sexual assault survivors and sexual assaults in prior studies might have reduced the ability to develop accurate prediction models for early identification of high-risk sexual assault survivors. METHODS: Data come from 12 face-to-face, cross-sectional surveys of community-dwelling adults conducted in 11 countries...
June 19, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606835/identification-and-characterization-of-mobile-genetic-elements-lines-from-brassica-genome
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Faisal Nouroz, Shumaila Noreen, Muhammad Fiaz Khan, Shehzad Ahmed, J S Pat Heslop-Harrison
Among transposable elements (TEs), the LTR retrotransposons are abundant followed by non-LTR retrotransposons in plant genomes, the lateral being represented by LINEs and SINEs. Computational and molecular approaches were used for the characterization of Brassica LINEs, their diversity and phylogenetic relationships. Four autonomous and four non-autonomous LINE families were identified and characterized from Brassica. Most of the autonomous LINEs displayed two open reading frames, ORF1 and ORF2, where ORF1 is a gag protein domain, while ORF2 encodes endonuclease (EN) and a reverse transcriptase (RT)...
June 9, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605854/central-tibetan-plateau-atmospheric-trace-metals-contamination-a-500-year-record-from-the-puruogangri-ice-core
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Emilie Beaudon, Paolo Gabrielli, M Roxana Sierra-Hernández, Anna Wegner, Lonnie G Thompson
A ~500-year section of ice core (1497-1992) from the Puruogangri ice cap has been analyzed at high resolution for 28 trace elements (TEs: Ag, Al, As, Ba, Bi, Cd, Co, Cr, Cs, Cu, Fe, Ga, Li, Mg, Mn, Na, Nb, Ni, Pb, Rb, Sb, Sn, Sr, Ti, Tl, U, V and Zn) to assess different atmospheric contributions to the ice and provide a temporal perspective on the diverse atmospheric influences over the central Tibetan Plateau (TP). At least two volcanic depositions have significantly impacted the central TP over the past 500years, possibly originating from the Billy Mitchell (1580, Papua New Guinea) and the Parker Peak (1641, Philippines) eruptions...
June 7, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605523/retrotransposons-are-specified-as-dna-replication-origins-in-the-gene-poor-regions-of-arabidopsis-heterochromatin
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Zaida Vergara, Joana Sequeira-Mendes, Jordi Morata, Ramón Peiró, Elizabeth Hénaff, Celina Costas, Josep M Casacuberta, Crisanto Gutierrez
Genomic stability depends on faithful genome replication. This is achieved by the concerted activity of thousands of DNA replication origins (ORIs) scattered throughout the genome. The DNA and chromatin features determining ORI specification are not presently known. We have generated a high-resolution genome-wide map of 3230 ORIs in cultured Arabidopsis thaliana cells. Here, we focused on defining the features associated with ORIs in heterochromatin. In pericentromeric gene-poor domains ORIs associate almost exclusively with the retrotransposon class of transposable elements (TEs), in particular of the Gypsy family...
June 10, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602845/silencing-of-transposable-elements-by-pirnas-in-drosophila-an-evolutionary-perspective
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REVIEW
Shiqi Luo, Jian Lu
Transposable elements (TEs) are DNA sequences that can move within the genome. TEs have greatly shaped the genomes, transcriptomes, and proteomes of the host organisms through a variety of mechanisms. However, TEs generally disrupt genes and destabilize the host genomes, which substantially reduce fitness of the host organisms. Understanding the genomic distribution and evolutionary dynamics of TEs will greatly deepen our understanding of the TE-mediated biological processes. Most TE insertions are highly polymorphic in Drosophila melanogaster, providing us a good system to investigate the evolution of TEs at the population level...
June 8, 2017: Genomics, Proteomics & Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597534/whole-genome-patterns-of-linkage-disequilibrium-across-flycatcher-populations-clarify-the-causes-and-consequences-of-fine-scale-recombination-rate-variation-in-birds
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Takeshi Kawakami, Carina F Mugal, Alexander Suh, Alexander Nater, Reto Burri, Linnéa Smeds, Hans Ellegren
Recombination rate is heterogeneous across the genome of various species, and so are genetic diversity and differentiation as a consequence of linked selection. However, we still lack a clear picture of the underlying mechanisms for regulating recombination. Here we estimated fine-scale population recombination rate based on the patterns of linkage disequilibrium (LD) across the genomes of multiple populations of two closely related flycatcher species (Ficedula albicollis and F. hypoleuca). This revealed an overall conservation of the recombination landscape between these species at the scale of 200-kb, but we also identified differences in the local rate of recombination despite their recent divergence (<1 million years)...
June 8, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592995/the-quest-for-epigenetic-regulation-underlying-unisexual-flower-development-in-cucumis-melo
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David Latrasse, Natalia Y Rodriguez-Granados, Alaguraj Veluchamy, Kiruthiga Gayathri Mariappan, Claudia Bevilacqua, Nicolas Crapart, Celine Camps, Vivien Sommard, Cécile Raynaud, Catherine Dogimont, Adnane Boualem, Moussa Benhamed, Abdelhafid Bendahmane
BACKGROUND: Melon (Cucumis melo) is an important vegetable crop from the Cucurbitaceae family and a reference model specie for sex determination, fruit ripening and vascular fluxes studies. Nevertheless, the nature and role of its epigenome in gene expression regulation and more specifically in sex determination remains largely unknown. RESULTS: We have investigated genome wide H3K27me3 and H3K9ac histone modifications and gene expression dynamics, in five melon organs...
2017: Epigenetics & Chromatin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591649/activation-of-lineage-regulators-and-transposable-elements-across-a%C3%A2-pluripotent-spectrum
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Jamie A Hackett, Toshihiro Kobayashi, Sabine Dietmann, M Azim Surani
Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) are characterized by the pluripotent capacity to generate all embryonic lineages. Here, we show that ESCs can occupy a spectrum of distinct transcriptional and epigenetic states in response to varied extrinsic conditions. This spectrum broadly corresponds to a developmental continuum of pluripotency and is coupled with a gradient of increasing global DNA methylation. Each pluripotent state is linked with activation of distinct classes of transposable elements (TEs), which in turn influence ESCs through generating chimeric transcripts...
June 6, 2017: Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588215/singlet-exciton-fraction-in-electroluminescence-from-conjugated-polymer
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Tzu-Hao Jen, Show-An Chen
The efficiency of electrofluorescent polymer light-emitting diodes is determined by singlet exciton fraction (χS) formation and its value still remains controversial. In this work, χS in spiropolyfluorene (SPF) is determined by analyzing transient emission of phosphor-dopant probe. The χS is found to range from 50% to 76%, depending on applied voltage. Higher applied voltage gives larger χS. Besides, more rapid increment in χS with applied voltage is observed in the higher-molecular-weight polymer. The voltage or molecular weight dependence of χS suggests the probability of singlet exciton (SE) generation through triplet-triplet annihilation (TTA) is enhanced due to higher triplet exciton (TE) concentration at higher applied voltage or accommodation of more TEs in a polymer chain with high molecular weight, thereby increasing probability of TTA...
June 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581499/high-quality-de-novo-assembly-of-the-apple-genome-and-methylome-dynamics-of-early-fruit-development
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Nicolas Daccord, Jean-Marc Celton, Gareth Linsmith, Claude Becker, Nathalie Choisne, Elio Schijlen, Henri van de Geest, Luca Bianco, Diego Micheletti, Riccardo Velasco, Erica Adele Di Pierro, Jérôme Gouzy, D Jasper G Rees, Philippe Guérif, Hélène Muranty, Charles-Eric Durel, François Laurens, Yves Lespinasse, Sylvain Gaillard, Sébastien Aubourg, Hadi Quesneville, Detlef Weigel, Eric van de Weg, Michela Troggio, Etienne Bucher
Using the latest sequencing and optical mapping technologies, we have produced a high-quality de novo assembly of the apple (Malus domestica Borkh.) genome. Repeat sequences, which represented over half of the assembly, provided an unprecedented opportunity to investigate the uncharacterized regions of a tree genome; we identified a new hyper-repetitive retrotransposon sequence that was over-represented in heterochromatic regions and estimated that a major burst of different transposable elements (TEs) occurred 21 million years ago...
June 5, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580197/transposable-elements-in-drosophila
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REVIEW
Tabitha J McCullers, Mindy Steiniger
Transposable elements (TEs) are mobile genetic elements that can mobilize within host genomes. As TEs comprise more than 40% of the human genome and are linked to numerous diseases, understanding their mechanisms of mobilization and regulation is important. Drosophila melanogaster is an ideal model organism for the study of eukaryotic TEs as its genome contains a diverse array of active TEs. TEs universally impact host genome size via transposition and deletion events, but may also adopt unique functional roles in host organisms...
2017: Mobile Genetic Elements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578130/optimal-use-of-eeg-recordings-to-target-active-brain-areas-with-transcranial-electrical-stimulation
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Jacek P Dmochowski, Laurent Koessler, Anthony M Norcia, Marom Bikson, Lucas C Parra
To demonstrate causal relationships between brain and behavior, investigators would like to guide brain stimulation using measurements of neural activity. Particularly promising in this context are electroencephalography (EEG) and transcranial electrical stimulation (TES), as they are linked by a reciprocity principle which, despite being known for decades, has not led to a formalism for relating EEG recordings to optimal stimulation parameters. Here we derive a closed-form expression for the TES configuration that optimally stimulates (i...
May 31, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577791/plantenrichment-a-tool-for-enrichment-analysis-of-transposable-elements-in-plants
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Gökhan Karakülah, Aslı Suner
Transposable elements (TEs) are mobile DNA sequences that play roles in gene regulation, and have a potential to influence the expression of nearby genes by functioning as cis-regulatory sequences. However, bioinformatics tools facilitating analysis of the associations between TEs and nearby genes in plants are still lacking. We therefore reanalyzed the comprehensive annotation data of gene models and TEs of 11 plant species available in Ensembl Plants database, and built an up-to-date, unique tool called PlanTEnrichment, enabling enrichment analysis of TEs located within the upstream regions of a given gene list...
June 1, 2017: Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575160/dynamic-changes-in-methylome-and-transcriptome-patterns-in-response-to-methyltransferase-inhibitor-5-azacytidine-treatment-in-citrus
#15
Jidi Xu, Xia Wang, Hongbo Cao, Haidan Xu, Qiang Xu, Xiuxin Deng
DNA methylation is known to play an important role in various developmental processes in plants. However, there is a general lack of understanding about the possible functions of DNA methylation in fruit trees. Using callus as a model, methylome, transcriptome and metabolite changes were assessed after treatment with the DNA methyltransferase inhibitor 5-azacytidine (5azaC). Genome-wide methylome analysis revealed the demethylation of a diverse of genes, including many genes encoding transcription factors (TFs), genes involved in biological processes, and the up-regulation of a wide range of transposable elements (TEs)...
June 1, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571411/a-practical-superconducting-microcalorimeter-x-ray-spectrometer-for-beamline-and-laboratory-science
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W B Doriese, P Abbamonte, B K Alpert, D A Bennett, E V Denison, Y Fang, D A Fischer, C P Fitzgerald, J W Fowler, J D Gard, J P Hays-Wehle, G C Hilton, C Jaye, J L McChesney, L Miaja-Avila, K M Morgan, Y I Joe, G C O'Neil, C D Reintsema, F Rodolakis, D R Schmidt, H Tatsuno, J Uhlig, L R Vale, J N Ullom, D S Swetz
We describe a series of microcalorimeter X-ray spectrometers designed for a broad suite of measurement applications. The chief advantage of this type of spectrometer is that it can be orders of magnitude more efficient at collecting X-rays than more traditional high-resolution spectrometers that rely on wavelength-dispersive techniques. This advantage is most useful in applications that are traditionally photon-starved and/or involve radiation-sensitive samples. Each energy-dispersive spectrometer is built around an array of several hundred transition-edge sensors (TESs)...
May 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555273/effects-of-transcutaneous-electrical-stimulation-on-vocal-folds-adduction
#17
Sadegh Seifpanahi, Farzad Izadi, Ali-Ashraf Jamshidi, Nasrin Shirmohammadi
According to most previous studies, inducing movements in internal laryngeal muscles by transcutaneous electrical stimulation (TES) was impossible. However, the movements have been reported after using needle electrodes inserted into the internal superior laryngeal nerve (ISLN). Herein, we aimed to apply an innovative TES protocol to cause movements in vocal folds. A short duration and high frequency electrical current was applied by two surface electrodes just above the entrance of ISLN to larynx. The subjects were 32 normal participants (mean age = 23...
May 29, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543101/immunoglobulin-m-antibodies-are-not-specific-for-serodiagnosis-of-human-toxocariasis
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William Henry Roldán, Guita Rubinsky Elefant, Antonio Walter Ferreira
Serodiagnosis of human toxocariasis is established by detecting serum anti-Toxocara IgG antibodies, but there is little knowledge regarding the reactivity of human IgM antibodies against the Toxocara antigens. In this study, we have evaluated the reactivity of IgM antibodies in sera from patients with toxocariasis, patients with other helminth infections, and healthy individuals, against Toxocara larval excretory-secretory (TES) antigens by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and western-blot (WB). Anti-Toxocara IgM were detected in 91...
May 25, 2017: Parasite Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536590/miniature-inverted-repeat-transposable-element-insertions-provide-a-source-of-intron-length-polymorphism-markers-in-the-carrot-daucus-carota-l
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Katarzyna Stelmach, Alicja Macko-Podgórni, Gabriela Machaj, Dariusz Grzebelus
The prevalence of non-autonomous class II transposable elements (TEs) in plant genomes may serve as a tool for relatively rapid and low-cost development of gene-associated molecular markers. Miniature inverted-repeat transposable element (MITE) copies inserted within introns can be exploited as potential intron length polymorphism (ILP) markers. ILPs can be detected by PCR with primers anchored in exon sequences flanking the target introns. Here, we designed primers for 209 DcSto (Daucus carota Stowaway-like) MITE insertion sites within introns along the carrot genome and validated them as candidate ILP markers in order to develop a set of markers for genotyping the carrot...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536194/wild-tobacco-genomes-reveal-the-evolution-of-nicotine-biosynthesis
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Shuqing Xu, Thomas Brockmöller, Aura Navarro-Quezada, Heiner Kuhl, Klaus Gase, Zhihao Ling, Wenwu Zhou, Christoph Kreitzer, Mario Stanke, Haibao Tang, Eric Lyons, Priyanka Pandey, Shree P Pandey, Bernd Timmermann, Emmanuel Gaquerel, Ian T Baldwin
Nicotine, the signature alkaloid of Nicotiana species responsible for the addictive properties of human tobacco smoking, functions as a defensive neurotoxin against attacking herbivores. However, the evolution of the genetic features that contributed to the assembly of the nicotine biosynthetic pathway remains unknown. We sequenced and assembled genomes of two wild tobaccos, Nicotiana attenuata (2.5 Gb) and Nicotiana obtusifolia (1.5 Gb), two ecological models for investigating adaptive traits in nature. We show that after the Solanaceae whole-genome triplication event, a repertoire of rapidly expanding transposable elements (TEs) bloated these Nicotiana genomes, promoted expression divergences among duplicated genes, and contributed to the evolution of herbivory-induced signaling and defenses, including nicotine biosynthesis...
June 6, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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