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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926985/tropical-rainforests-that-persisted-inferences-from-the-quaternary-demographic-history-of-eight-tree-species-in-the-guiana-shield
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Stéphanie Barthe, Giorgio Binelli, Bruno Hérault, Caroline Scotti-Saintagne, Daniel Sabatier, Ivan Scotti
How Quaternary climatic and geological disturbances influenced the composition of Neotropical forests is hotly debated. Rain fall and temperature changes during and/or immediately after the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) are thought to have strongly affected the geographical distribution and local abundance of tree species. The paucity of the fossil records in Neotropical forests prevents a direct reconstruction of such processes. To describe community-level historical trends in forest composition, we turned therefore to inferential methods based on the reconstruction of past demographic changes...
December 7, 2016: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926944/targeting-neutrophils-to-prevent-malaria-associated-acute-lung-injury-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-in-mice
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Michelle K Sercundes, Luana S Ortolan, Daniela Debone, Paulo V Soeiro-Pereira, Eliane Gomes, Elizabeth H Aitken, Antonio Condino Neto, Momtchilo Russo, Maria R D' Império Lima, José M Alvarez, Silvia Portugal, Claudio R F Marinho, Sabrina Epiphanio
Malaria remains one of the greatest burdens to global health, causing nearly 500,000 deaths in 2014. When manifesting in the lungs, severe malaria causes acute lung injury/acute respiratory distress syndrome (ALI/ARDS). We have previously shown that a proportion of DBA/2 mice infected with Plasmodium berghei ANKA (PbA) develop ALI/ARDS and that these mice recapitulate various aspects of the human syndrome, such as pulmonary edema, hemorrhaging, pleural effusion and hypoxemia. Herein, we investigated the role of neutrophils in the pathogenesis of malaria-associated ALI/ARDS...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926928/an-interactome-centered-protein-discovery-approach-reveals-novel-components-involved-in-mitosome-function-and-homeostasis-in-giardia-lamblia
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Samuel Rout, Jon Paulin Zumthor, Elisabeth M Schraner, Carmen Faso, Adrian B Hehl
Protozoan parasites of the genus Giardia are highly prevalent globally, and infect a wide range of vertebrate hosts including humans, with proliferation and pathology restricted to the small intestine. This narrow ecological specialization entailed extensive structural and functional adaptations during host-parasite co-evolution. An example is the streamlined mitosomal proteome with iron-sulphur protein maturation as the only biochemical pathway clearly associated with this organelle. Here, we applied techniques in microscopy and protein biochemistry to investigate the mitosomal membrane proteome in association to mitosome homeostasis...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926926/a-robust-design-capture-recapture-analysis-of-abundance-survival-and-temporary-emigration-of-three-odontocete-species-in-the-gulf-of-corinth-greece
#4
Nina Luisa Santostasi, Silvia Bonizzoni, Giovanni Bearzi, Lavinia Eddy, Olivier Gimenez
While the Mediterranean Sea has been designated as a Global Biodiversity Hotspot, assessments of cetacean population abundance are lacking for large portions of the region, particularly in the southern and eastern basins. The challenges and costs of obtaining the necessary data often result in absent or poor abundance information. We applied capture-recapture models to estimate abundance, survival and temporary emigration of odontocete populations within a 2,400 km2 semi-enclosed Mediterranean bay, the Gulf of Corinth...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926916/elevated-temperature-and-allelopathy-impact-coral-recruitment
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Raphael Ritson-Williams, Cliff Ross, Valerie J Paul
As climate change continues to alter seawater temperature and chemistry on a global scale, coral reefs show multiple signs of degradation. One natural process that could facilitate the recovery of reef ecosystems is coral recruitment, which can be influenced by the benthic organisms in a local habitat. We experimentally tested both a global stressor (increased seawater temperature) and a local stressor (exposure to microcolin A, a natural product from a common marine benthic cyanobacterium) to determine how these stressors impacted coral larval sublethal stress, survival and settlement...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926893/erratum-global-estimates-on-the-number-of-people-blind-or-visually-impaired-by-diabetic-retinopathy-a-meta-analysis-from-1990-2010-diabetes-care-2016-39-1643-1649
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Janet L Leasher, Rupert R A Bourne, Seth R Flaxman, Jost B Jonas, Jill Keeffe, Novin Naidoo, Konrad Pesudovs, Holly Price, Richard A White, Tien Y Wong, Serge Resnikoff, Hugh R Taylor
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926854/structural-characterization-and-statistical-mechanical-model-of-epidermal-patterns
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Duyu Chen, Wen Yih Aw, Danelle Devenport, Salvatore Torquato
In proliferating epithelia of mammalian skin, cells of irregular polygon-like shapes pack into complex, nearly flat two-dimensional structures that are pliable to deformations. In this work, we employ various sensitive correlation functions to quantitatively characterize structural features of evolving packings of epithelial cells across length scales in mouse skin. We find that the pair statistics in direct space (correlation function) and Fourier space (structure factor) of the cell centroids in the early stages of embryonic development show structural directional dependence (statistical anisotropy), which is a reflection of the fact that cells are stretched, which promotes uniaxial growth along the epithelial plane...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926837/the-significance-of-the-location-of-mutations-for-the-native-state-dynamics-of-human-lysozyme
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Minkoo Ahn, Christine L Hagan, Ana Bernardo-Gancedo, Erwin De Genst, Francisco N Newby, John Christodoulou, Anne Dhulesia, Mireille Dumoulin, Carol V Robinson, Christopher M Dobson, Janet R Kumita
The conversion of human lysozyme into amyloid fibrils is associated with a rare but fatal hereditary form of nonneuropathic systemic amyloidosis. The accumulation of large amounts of aggregated protein is thought to be initiated by the formation of transient intermediate species of disease-related lysozyme variants, essentially due to the loss of global cooperativity under physiologically relevant conditions. Interestingly, all five naturally occurring, amyloidogenic, single-point mutations are located in the β-domain of lysozyme, the region that is predominantly unfolded during the formation of the transient intermediate species...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926733/high-resolution-mapping-of-global-surface-water-and-its-long-term-changes
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Jean-François Pekel, Andrew Cottam, Noel Gorelick, Alan S Belward
The location and persistence of surface water (inland and coastal) is both affected by climate and human activity and affects climate, biological diversity and human wellbeing. Global data sets documenting surface water location and seasonality have been produced from inventories and national descriptions, statistical extrapolation of regional data and satellite imagery, but measuring long-term changes at high resolution remains a challenge. Here, using three million Landsat satellite images, we quantify changes in global surface water over the past 32 years at 30-metre resolution...
December 7, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926732/electric-field-stimulated-protein-mechanics
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Doeke R Hekstra, K Ian White, Michael A Socolich, Robert W Henning, Vukica Šrajer, Rama Ranganathan
The internal mechanics of proteins-the coordinated motions of amino acids and the pattern of forces constraining these motions-connects protein structure to function. Here we describe a new method combining the application of strong electric field pulses to protein crystals with time-resolved X-ray crystallography to observe conformational changes in spatial and temporal detail. Using a human PDZ domain (LNX2(PDZ2)) as a model system, we show that protein crystals tolerate electric field pulses strong enough to drive concerted motions on the sub-microsecond timescale...
December 7, 2016: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926656/what-is-new-in-global-women-s-health-part-1-best-articles-from-the-past-year
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Amy M Autry, Scott M Petersen
This month we focus on current research in global women's health in obstetrics and gynecology. Drs. Autry and Petersen discuss six recent publications, which are concluded with a "bottom line" that is the take-home message. The complete reference for each can be found in Box 1 on this page, along with direct links to the abstracts.
December 2, 2016: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926557/long-term-quality-of-life-of-patients-with-permanent-end-ileostomy-results-of-a-nationwide-cross-sectional-survey
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Tobias S Schiergens, Verena Hoffmann, Tamara N Schobel, Gerhard H Englert, Martin E Kreis, Wolfgang E Thasler, Jens Werner, Michael S Kasparek
BACKGROUND: Patients with permanent end ileostomy are at high risk for detrimental stomal effects on their quality of life. However, little is known about the long-term quality of life of these patients. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess long-term quality of life in patients with permanent end ileostomy. DATA SOURCES: Registration at the German self-help organization ILCO was used for this study. STUDY SELECTION: Selection included a cross-sectional survey of 1434 patients with permanent end ileostomy...
January 2017: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926486/novel-epstein-barr-virus-like-particles-incorporating-gh-gl-ebna1-or-gb-lmp2-induce-high-neutralizing-antibody-titers-and-ebv-specific-t-cell-responses-in-immunized-mice
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Elizabeth M Perez, Joslyn Foley, Timelia Tison, Rute Silva, Javier Gordon Ogembo
Previous Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) prophylactic vaccines based on the major surface glycoprotein gp350/220 as an immunogen have failed to block viral infection in humans, suggesting a need to target other viral envelope glycoproteins. In this study, we reasoned that incorporating gH/gL or gB, critical glycoproteins for viral fusion and entry, on the surface of a virus-like particle (VLP) would be more immunogenic than gp350/220 for generating effective neutralizing antibodies to prevent viral infection of both epithelial and B cell lines...
December 1, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926435/brain-correlates-of-the-intrinsic-subjective-cost-of-effort-in-sedentary-volunteers
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J Bernacer, I Martinez-Valbuena, M Martinez, N Pujol, E Luis, D Ramirez-Castillo, M A Pastor
One key aspect of motivation is the ability of agents to overcome excessive weighting of intrinsic subjective costs. This contribution aims to analyze the subjective cost of effort and assess its neural correlates in sedentary volunteers. We recruited a sample of 57 subjects who underwent a decision-making task using a prospective, moderate, and sustained physical effort as devaluating factor. Effort discounting followed a hyperbolic function, and individual discounting constants correlated with an indicator of sedentary lifestyle (global physical activity questionnaire; R=-0...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926429/biologically-produced-methane-as-a-renewable-energy-source
#15
D E Holmes, J A Smith
Methanogens are a unique group of strictly anaerobic archaea that are more metabolically diverse than previously thought. Traditionally, it was thought that methanogens could only generate methane by coupling the oxidation of products formed by fermentative bacteria with the reduction of CO2. However, it has recently been observed that many methanogens can also use electrons extruded from metal-respiring bacteria, biocathodes, or insoluble electron shuttles as energy sources. Methanogens are found in both human-made and natural environments and are responsible for the production of ∼71% of the global atmospheric methane...
2016: Advances in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926378/automated-segmentation-of-white-matter-fiber-bundles-using-diffusion-tensor-imaging-data-and-a-new-density-based-clustering-algorithm
#16
Tahereh Kamali, Daniel Stashuk
OBJECTIVE: Robust and accurate segmentation of brain white matter (WM) fiber bundles assists in diagnosing and assessing progression or remission of neuropsychiatric diseases such as schizophrenia, autism and depression. Supervised segmentation methods are infeasible in most applications since generating gold standards is too costly. Hence, there is a growing interest in designing unsupervised methods. However, most conventional unsupervised methods require the number of clusters be known in advance which is not possible in most applications...
October 2016: Artificial Intelligence in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926355/characteristics-of-us-travelers-to-zika-virus-affected-countries-in-the-americas-march-2015-october-2016
#17
Sara Lammert, Allison Taylor Walker, Stefanie Erskine, Sowmya R Rao, Douglas H Esposito, Edward T Ryan, Gregory K Robbins, Regina C LaRocque
Zika virus has recently been introduced to the Americas and is spreading rapidly. We evaluated the characteristics of US travelers to Zika virus-affected countries who were seen at Global TravEpiNet sites during March 2015-October 2016. Nearly three quarters of travelers were men or women of reproductive age.
February 15, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925807/ajph-global-news
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925745/equivalent-resistance-from-the-quantum-to-the-classical-transport-limit
#19
Saheli Sarkar, Damaris Kröber, Dirk K Morr
We generalize the concept of equivalent resistance to the entire range from coherent quantum to diffusive classical transport by introducing the notion of transport equivalent networks. We show that this novel concept presents us with a platform to simplify the structure of quantum networks while preserving their global and local transport properties, even in the presence of electron-phonon or electron-electron interactions. This allows us to describe the evolution of equivalent quantum networks to equivalent classical resistor networks with increasing interaction strength...
November 25, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925739/static-einstein-maxwell-black-holes-with-no-spatial-isometries-in-ads-space
#20
Carlos A R Herdeiro, Eugen Radu
We explicitly construct static black hole solutions to the fully nonlinear, D=4, Einstein-Maxwell-anti-de Sitter (AdS) equations that have no continuous spatial symmetries. These black holes have a smooth, topologically spherical horizon (section), but without isometries, and approach, asymptotically, global AdS spacetime. They are interpreted as bound states of a horizon with the Einstein-Maxwell-AdS solitons recently discovered, for appropriate boundary data. In sharp contrast to the uniqueness results for a Minkowski electrovacuum, the existence of these black holes shows that single, equilibrium, black hole solutions in an AdS electrovacuum admit an arbitrary multipole structure...
November 25, 2016: Physical Review Letters
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