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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813106/first-record-of-scybalocanthon-nigriceps-harold-1868-coleoptera-scarabaeidae-scarabaeinae-in-rio-grande-do-sul-state-southern-brazil
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Sheila C Ferreira, Rocco A DI Mare, Pedro G DA Silva
The dung beetle, Scybalocanthon nigriceps (Harold, 1868), is recorded in Rio Grande do Sul state, Brazil, for the first time, at the Moreno Fortes Biological Reserve, municipality of Dois Irmãos das Missões, northwest region of the state, expanding the area of occurrence and distribution of this species in the country.
August 14, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813093/where-is-sugarcane-cropping-expanding-in-the-brazilian-cerrado-and-why-a-case-study
#2
Murilo R DE Arruda, Ken E Giller, Maja Slingerland
Sugarcane growing area in Brazil sharply expanded between 2000 and 2010 due to the increasing world demand for sugar and ethanol. Since this expansion of sugarcane is said to occur in areas covered by degraded pastures, it is likely not threatening the environment or food production. In order to verify this assumption, we investigate at farm and field levels which types of land use sugarcane cropping replaced between 2005 and 2010 and the reasons for farmers shifting or not shifting to sugarcane, as a case study in two counties in the state of Goiás...
August 14, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813088/cognitive-dysfunction-in-corticobasal-degeneration
#3
Laís Machado de Oliveira, Igor Barcellos, Hélio A G Teive, Renato Puppi Munhoz
Corticobasal degeneration (CBD) was originally described as a distinct clinicopathological entity in 1967. Since then, different phenotypic presentations have emerged as possible manifestations of CBD histopathological findings. In addition, pathophysiological findings and the molecular basis have been delineated and several aspects of its cognitive manifestations have been clarified. Thus, not only the spectrum of what is currently designated as CBD has expanded, but overlap with other degenerative and even secondary disorders has made clinical diagnostic certainty even more challenging in the absence of specific and readily-available markers...
August 2017: Arquivos de Neuro-psiquiatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812932/celebrating-wobble-decoding-half-a-century-and-still-much-is-new
#4
Paul F Agris, Emily R Eruysal, Amithi Narendran, Ville Y P Väre, Sweta Vangaveti, Srivathsan V Ranganathan
A simple post-transcriptional modification of tRNA, deamination of adenosine to inosine at the first, or wobble, position of the anticodon, inspired Francis Crick's Wobble Hypothesis 50 years ago. Many more naturally-occurring modifications have been elucidated and continue to be discovered. The post-transcriptional modifications of tRNA's anticodon domain are the most diverse and chemically complex of any RNA modifications. Their contribution with regards to chemistry, structure and dynamics reveal individual and combined effects on tRNA function in recognition of cognate and wobble codons...
August 16, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812911/isolated-orbital-mucoceles-in-the-absence-of-obstructive-sinus-disease
#5
M A Prendes, I Perszyk, D Horkey, J Sokol, P Timoney
Orbital surgeons are quite familiar with the diagnosis and management of paranasal sinus mucoceles due their frequent involvement of the orbit. These benign masses form and expand following sinus outflow obstruction secondary to various causes including trauma, inflammation and malignancy, amongst others. The authors present two cases of isolated orbital mucoceles without associated sinus outflow obstruction. There were notably no connections between the paranasal sinuses and the lesions. The mucoceles were diagnosed following orbitotomies and excisional biopsies with confirmatory histopathology...
August 16, 2017: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812906/recent-advances-in-ct-imaging-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#6
Sandeep Bodduluri, Joseph M Reinhardt, Eric A Hoffman, John D Newell, Surya P Bhatt
Lung imaging is increasingly being used to diagnose, quantify and phenotype chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Although spirometry is the gold standard for the diagnosis of COPD and for severity staging, the role of computed tomography (CT) imaging has expanded in both clinical practice and research. COPD is a heterogeneous disease with considerable variability in clinical features, radiographic disease, progression and outcomes. Recent studies have examined the utility of CT imaging in enhancing diagnostic certainty, improving phenotyping, predicting disease progression and prognostication, patient selection for intervention, and also in furthering our understanding of the complex pathophysiology of this disease...
August 16, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812848/the-elephants-in-the-room-sex-hiv-and-lgbt-populations-in-mena-intersectionality-in-lebanon-comment-on-improving-the-quality-and-quantity-of-hiv-data-in-the-middle-east-and-north-africa-key-challenges-and-ways-forward
#7
Rachel L Kaplan, Cynthia El Khoury
In response to this insightful editorial, we wish to provide commentary that seeks to highlight recent successes and illuminate the often unspoken hurdles at the intersections of culture, politics, and taboo. We focus on sexual transmission and draw examples from Lebanon, where the pursuit of data in quality and quantity is teaching us lessons about the way forward and where we are experiencing many of the challenges referenced in the editorial such as discrepancies between national statistics and rates derived via research as well as the impact of protracted political conflict and displacement...
December 4, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812826/a-policy-analysis-on-the-proactive-prevention-of-chronic-disease-learnings-from-the-initial-implementation-of-integrated-measurement-for-early-detection-mido
#8
Roberto Tapia-Conyer, Rodrigo Saucedo-Martínez, Ricardo Mújica-Rosales, Héctor Gallardo-Rincón, Evan Lee, Craig Waugh, Lucía Guajardo, Braulio Torres-Beltrán, Úrsula Quijano-González, Mauricio López-Mendez, Elena Rose Atkinson
Mexico, like many low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), faces an epidemic of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs), specifically diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and lipid disorders. Many people with these NCDs may not be aware that they have a disease, pointing to the need for broader screening programs. The traditional prevention policy in Mexico was based on screening with a paper-based risk factor questionnaire. However, this was used to screen patients already seeking healthcare services at facilities, and screening goals were set as a function of the number of questionnaires applied, not number of individuals screened...
February 20, 2017: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812818/assessing-the-health-impact-of-trade-a-call-for-an-expanded-research-agenda-comment-on-the-trans-pacific-partnership-is-it-everything-we-feared-for-health
#9
Courtney McNamara
Labonté et al provide an insightful analysis of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and its impact on a selection of important health determinants. Their work confirms concerns raised by previous analyses of leaked drafts and offers governments serious and timely reasons to carefully consider provisions of the agreement prior to moving forward with ratification. It also contributes more generally to a growing literature focused on identifying the health impacts of trade. This commentary uses the authors' analysis as a starting point to reflect on two interrelated issues relevant both for taking seriously one of the article's main recommendations and future work in the area of trade and health...
September 14, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812816/the-challenges-of-projecting-the-public-health-impacts-of-marijuana-legalization-in-canada-comment-on-legalizing-and-regulating-marijuana-in-canada-review-of-potential-economic-social-and-health-impacts
#10
Stephanie Lake, Thomas Kerr
A recent editorial in this journal provides a summary of key economic, social, and public health considerations of the forthcoming legislation to legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana in Canada. As our government plans to implement an evidence-based public health framework for marijuana legalization, we reflect and expand on recent discussions of the public health implications of marijuana legalization, and offer additional points of consideration. We select two commonly cited public concerns of marijuana legalization - adolescent usage and impaired driving - and discuss how the underdeveloped and equivocal body of scientific literature surrounding these issues limits the ability to predict the effects of legalization...
September 10, 2016: International Journal of Health Policy and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812751/hydrogen-bonded-rosettes-comprising-%C3%AF-conjugated-systems-as-building-blocks-for-functional-one-dimensional-assemblies
#11
Bimalendu Adhikari, Xu Lin, Mitsuaki Yamauchi, Hayato Ouchi, Keisuke Aratsu, Shiki Yagai
Hydrogen-bonded supermacrocycles (rosettes) are attractive disk-shaped noncovalent synthons for extended functional columnar nanoassemblies. They can serve not only as noncovalent monomer units for supramolecular polymers and discrete oligomers in a dilute solution but also as constituent entities for soft matters such as gels and lyotropic/thermotropic liquid crystals. However, what are the merits of using supramolecular rosettes instead of using expanded π-conjugated covalent molecules? This review covers the self-assembly of photochemically and electrochemically active π-conjugated molecules through the formation of supramolecular rosettes via directional complementary multiple hydrogen-bonding interactions...
August 16, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812709/adaptation-to-deep-sea-chemosynthetic-environments-as-revealed-by-mussel-genomes
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Jin Sun, Yu Zhang, Ting Xu, Yang Zhang, Huawei Mu, Yanjie Zhang, Yi Lan, Christopher J Fields, Jerome Ho Lam Hui, Weipeng Zhang, Runsheng Li, Wenyan Nong, Fiona Ka Man Cheung, Jian-Wen Qiu, Pei-Yuan Qian
Hydrothermal vents and methane seeps are extreme deep-sea ecosystems that support dense populations of specialized macro-benthos such as mussels. But the lack of genome information hinders the understanding of the adaptation of these animals to such inhospitable environments. Here we report the genomes of a deep-sea vent/seep mussel (Bathymodiolus platifrons) and a shallow-water mussel (Modiolus philippinarum). Phylogenetic analysis shows that these mussel species diverged approximately 110.4 million years ago...
April 3, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812646/the-energy-expansions-of-evolution
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Olivia P Judson
The history of the life-Earth system can be divided into five 'energetic' epochs, each featuring the evolution of life forms that can exploit a new source of energy. These sources are: geochemical energy, sunlight, oxygen, flesh and fire. The first two were present at the start, but oxygen, flesh and fire are all consequences of evolutionary events. Since no category of energy source has disappeared, this has, over time, resulted in an expanding realm of the sources of energy available to living organisms and a concomitant increase in the diversity and complexity of ecosystems...
April 28, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812606/global-marine-protected-areas-to-prevent-extinctions
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Lindsay N K Davidson, Nicholas K Dulvy
One goal of global marine protected areas (MPAs) is to ensure they represent a breadth of taxonomic biodiversity. Ensuring representation of species in MPAs, however, would require protecting vast areas of the global oceans and does not explicitly prioritize species of conservation concern. When threatened species are considered, a recent study found that only a small fraction of their geographic ranges are within the global MPA network. Which global marine areas, and what conservation actions beyond MPAs could be prioritized to prevent marine extinctions (Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi Target 12), remains unknown...
January 23, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812582/control-of-intestinal-stem-cell-function-and-proliferation-by-mitochondrial-pyruvate-metabolism
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John C Schell, Dona R Wisidagama, Claire Bensard, Helong Zhao, Peng Wei, Jason Tanner, Aimee Flores, Jeffrey Mohlman, Lise K Sorensen, Christian S Earl, Kristofor A Olson, Ren Miao, T Cameron Waller, Don Delker, Priyanka Kanth, Lei Jiang, Ralph J DeBerardinis, Mary P Bronner, Dean Y Li, James E Cox, Heather R Christofk, William E Lowry, Carl S Thummel, Jared Rutter
Most differentiated cells convert glucose to pyruvate in the cytosol through glycolysis, followed by pyruvate oxidation in the mitochondria. These processes are linked by the mitochondrial pyruvate carrier (MPC), which is required for efficient mitochondrial pyruvate uptake. In contrast, proliferative cells, including many cancer and stem cells, perform glycolysis robustly but limit fractional mitochondrial pyruvate oxidation. We sought to understand the role this transition from glycolysis to pyruvate oxidation plays in stem cell maintenance and differentiation...
August 14, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812572/population-characteristics-of-a-large-whale-shark-aggregation-inferred-from-seawater-environmental-dna
#16
Eva Egelyng Sigsgaard, Ida Broman Nielsen, Steffen Sanvig Bach, Eline D Lorenzen, David Philip Robinson, Steen Wilhelm Knudsen, Mikkel Winther Pedersen, Mohammed Al Jaidah, Ludovic Orlando, Eske Willerslev, Peter Rask Møller, Philip Francis Thomsen
Population genetics is essential for understanding and managing marine ecosystems, but sampling remains challenging. We demonstrate that high-throughput sequencing of seawater environmental DNA can provide useful estimates of genetic diversity in a whale shark (Rhincodon typus) aggregation. We recover similar mitochondrial haplotype frequencies in seawater compared to tissue samples, reliably placing the studied aggregation in a global genetic context and expanding the applications of environmental DNA to encompass population genetics of aquatic organisms...
November 21, 2016: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812527/cytokine-concentrations-measured-by-multiplex-assays-in-canine-peripheral-blood-samples
#17
Kristen R Richter, Amirah N Nasr, Angela M Mexas
Cytokines are known to play important roles in a wide range of pathologic conditions spanning all organ systems in every species studied. As our knowledge of the physiology of individual cytokines expands and our ability to measure multiple cytokines in smaller biological samples increases, we gain more insight into the significance and function of each cytokine and the importance of cytokine networks. Previous studies that reported measurements of cytokine concentrations from serum or plasma in dogs with infectious, autoimmune, metabolic, endocrine, and neoplastic diseases yield an appreciation for the complexity of cytokine control and potential applications for cytokine measurements in the diagnosis, prognosis, and therapy of a variety of disease conditions...
January 1, 2017: Veterinary Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812460/myopathic-mtdna-depletion-syndrome-due-to-mutation-in-tk2-gene
#18
Elena Martín-Hernández, María Teresa García-Silva, Pilar Quijada-Fraile, María Elena Rodríguez-García, Henry Rivera, Aurelio Hernández-Laín, David Coca-Robinot, Joaquín Fernández-Toral, Joaquín Arenas, Miguel A Martín, Francisco Martínez-Azorín
Whole-exome sequencing was used to identify the disease gene(s) in a Spanish girl with failure to thrive, muscle weakness, mild facial weakness, elevated creatine kinase, deficiency of mitochondrial complex III and depletion of mtDNA. With whole-exome sequencing data, it was possible to get the whole mtDNA sequencing and discard any pathogenic variant in this genome. The analysis of whole exome uncovered a homozygous pathogenic mutation in thymidine kinase 2 gene ( TK2; NM_004614.4:c.323 C>T, p.T108M)...
September 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812309/murine-pulmonary-imaging-at-7t-t2-and-t1-with-anisotropic-ute
#19
Jinbang Guo, Xuefeng Cao, Zackary I Cleveland, Jason C Woods
PURPOSE: To measure the T2* and T1 of mouse lung at 7T via anisotropic-resolution radial ultrashort echo-time imaging with ellipsoidal k-space coverage. METHODS: Ellipsoidal field-of-view was created by expanding uniform spherical k-space coverage. The effects of T2* and ellipsoidal sampling on image resolution were investigated by using point-spread-function analysis and resolution phantoms. Finally, this ellipsoidal sampling approach was used to measure the lung T2* and T1 of healthy C57BL/6 mice at the increasingly common preclinical field strength of 7T...
August 15, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812241/plasma-glycoproteomic-study-of-therapeutic-hypothermia-reveals-novel-markers-predicting-neurologic-outcome-post-cardiac-arrest
#20
Wenjun Deng, Jing Cao, Lei Chen, David McMullin, James L Januzzi, Ferdinando S Buonanno, Eng H Lo, MingMing Ning
Therapeutic hypothermia (TH) is a neuroprotective treatment post-cardiac arrest but is grossly underutilized. After TH induction, traditional biomarkers and parameters can no long predict clinical outcome due to a lack of understanding of hypothermic response. Innovative approaches to better understand the clinical effect of TH will help to prognosticate outcome and expand beneficial population. Protein glycosylation is an important extracellular post-translational modification, regulating various extracellular signaling pathways...
August 15, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
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