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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434199/repeated-evolution-of-digital-adhesion-in-geckos-a-reply-to-harrington-and-reeder
#1
Tony Gamble, Eli Greenbaum, Todd R Jackman, Anthony P Russell, Aaron M Bauer
We published a phylogenetic comparative analysis that found geckos had gained and lost adhesive toepads multiple times over their long evolutionary history (Gamble et al. 2012). This was consistent with decades of morphological studies showing geckos had evolved adhesive toepads on multiple occasions and that the morphology of geckos with ancestrally padless digits can be distinguished from secondarily padless forms. Recently, Harrington and Reeder (2017) reanalyzed data from Gamble et al. (2012) and found little support for the multiple origins hypothesis...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434197/multi-modal-signalling-in-estrildid-finches-song-dance-and-colour-are-associated-with-different-ecological-and-life-history-traits
#2
Ana Cristina R Gomes, Caterina Funghi, Masayo Soma, Michael D Sorenson, Gonçalo C Cardoso
Sexual traits (e.g., visual ornaments, acoustic signals, courtship behaviour) are often displayed together as multi-modal signals. Some hypotheses predict joint evolution of different sexual signals (e.g., to increase the efficiency of communication), or that different signals trade-off with each other (e.g., due to limited resources). Alternatively, multiple signals may evolve independently for different functions, or to communicate different information (multiple message hypothesis). We evaluated these hypotheses with a comparative study in the family Estrildidae, one of the largest songbird radiations, and one that includes many model species for research in sexual selection and communication...
April 23, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433051/insect-specific-viruses-a-historical-overview-and-recent-developments
#3
Christopher M Roundy, Sasha R Azar, Shannan L Rossi, Scott C Weaver, Nikos Vasilakis
Arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) have in recent years become a tremendous global health concern resulting in substantial human morbidity and mortality. With the widespread utilization of molecular technologies such as next-generation sequencing and the advancement of bioinformatics tools, a new age of viral discovery has commenced. Many of the novel agents being discovered in recent years have been isolated from mosquitoes and exhibit a highly restricted host range. Strikingly, these insect-specific viruses have been found to be members of viral families traditionally associated with human arboviral pathogens, including but not limited to the families Flaviviridae, Togaviridae, Reoviridae, and Bunyaviridae...
2017: Advances in Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432262/quantitative-imaging-of-cerebral-thromboemboli-in-vivo-the-effects-of-tissue-type-plasminogen-activator
#4
Dong-Eog Kim, Jeong-Yeon Kim, Dawid Schellingerhout, Ju Hee Ryu, Su-Kyoung Lee, Sangmin Jeon, Ji Sung Lee, Jiwon Kim, Hee Jeong Jang, Jung E Park, Eo Jin Kim, Ick Chan Kwon, Cheol-Hee Ahn, Matthias Nahrendorf, Kwangmeyung Kim
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Quantitative imaging for the noninvasive assessment of thrombolysis is needed to advance basic and clinical thrombosis-related research and tailor tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) treatment for stroke patients. We quantified the evolution of cerebral thromboemboli using fibrin-targeted glycol chitosan-coated gold nanoparticles and microcomputed tomography, with/without tPA therapy. METHODS: We injected thrombi into the distal internal carotid artery in mice (n=50)...
April 21, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431021/patterns-of-genome-wide-diversity-and-population-structure-in-the-drosophila-athabasca-species-complex
#5
Karen M Wong Miller, Ryan R Bracewell, Michael B Eisen, Doris Bachtrog
The Drosophila athabasca species complex contains three recently diverged, prezygotically isolated semispecies (Western-Northern, Eastern-A, and Eastern-B) that are distributed across North America and share zones of sympatry. Inferences based on a handful of loci suggest that this complex might be an ideal system for studying the genetics of incipient speciation and the evolution of prezygotic isolating mechanisms, but patterns of differentiation have not been characterized systematically. Here, we assembled a draft genome for D...
April 14, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431014/the-draft-genome-of-ruellia-speciosa-beautiful-wild-petunia-acanthaceae
#6
Yongbin Zhuang, Erin A Tripp
The genus Ruellia (Wild Petunias; Acanthaceae) is characterized by an enormous diversity of floral shapes and colours manifested among closely related species. Using Illumina platform, we reconstructed the draft genome of Ruellia speciosa, with a scaffold size of 1,021 Mb (or ∼1.02 Gb) and an N50 size of 17,908 bp, spanning ∼93% of the estimated genome (∼1.1 Gb). The draft assembly predicted 40,124 gene models and phylogenetic analyses of four key enzymes involved in anthocyanin colour production [flavanone 3-hydroxylase (F3H), flavonoid 3'-hydroxylase (F3'H), flavonoid 3',5'-hydroxylase (F3'5'H), and dihydroflavonol 4-reductase (DFR)] found that most angiosperms here sampled harboured at least one copy of F3H, F3'H, and DFR...
April 1, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430996/asymmetric-hybridization-in-cattails-typha-spp-and-its-implications-for-the-evolutionary-maintenance-of-native-typha-latifolia
#7
Sara J Pieper, Allison A Nicholls, Joanna R Freeland, Marcel E Dorken
Cattails (Typha spp.) have become an increasingly dominant component of wetlands in eastern North America and this dominance is largely attributable to the high frequency of Typha × glauca, the hybrid of native T. latifolia and putatively introduced T. angustifolia. Hybridization in this group is asymmetric, with T. angustifolia nearly always the maternal parent of F1 hybrids. However, the magnitude of hybrid infertility and whether mating asymmetries extend to the formation of advanced-generation hybrids have not been examined...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430520/wind-generated-rogue-waves-in-an-annular-wave-flume
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A Toffoli, D Proment, H Salman, J Monbaliu, F Frascoli, M Dafilis, E Stramignoni, R Forza, M Manfrin, M Onorato
We investigate experimentally the statistical properties of a wind-generated wave field and the spontaneous formation of rogue waves in an annular flume. Unlike many experiments on rogue waves where waves are mechanically generated, here the wave field is forced naturally by wind as it is in the ocean. What is unique about the present experiment is that the annular geometry of the tank makes waves propagating circularly in an unlimited-fetch condition. Within this peculiar framework, we discuss the temporal evolution of the statistical properties of the surface elevation...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430481/ultimate-limit-in-the-spectral-resolution-of-extreme-ultraviolet-frequency-combs
#9
C Corsi, I Liontos, M Bellini, S Cavalieri, P Cancio Pastor, M Siciliani de Cumis, R Eramo
We present the results of direct interferometric measurements on the pulse-to-pulse phase jitter of a metrological, fiber-based, infrared (IR) frequency comb. We show that the short-time evolution of such phase fluctuations, which cannot be actively controlled by any feedback system, imposes a stringent limit on the tooth linewidth of extreme ultraviolet (XUV) combs produced by high-order harmonic conversion, thus explaining the difference of 9 orders of magnitude between the coherence times of state-of-the-art IR and XUV frequency combs...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430182/evolution-of-choroidal-thickness-over-time-and-effect-of-early-and-sustained-therapy-in-birdshot-retinochoroiditis
#10
N Skvortsova, A Gasc, B Jeannin, C P Herbort
PurposeTo follow choroidal thickness (ChT) over time in birdshot retinochoroiditis (BRC) using enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography (EDI-OCT) and study the effect of early and sustained treatment on ChT.Patients and methodsEighteen patients were included and EDI-OCT measurements of ChT were analyzed retrospectively in five groups of patients with follow-up times ranging from 1 year to ≥15 years. The OCT images were evaluated and ChT was calculated under the foveola and 1500 μm temporal, nasal, superior, and inferior to the foveola...
April 21, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430108/a-network-physiology-approach-to-the-assessment-of-the-link-between-sinoatrial-and-ventricular-cardiac-controls
#11
Alberto Porta, Vlasta Bari, Beatrice De Maria, Mathias Baumert
A network physiology approach to evaluate the strength of the directed interactions among cardiac controls at sinoatrial and ventricular levels and respiration (R) is proposed. The network is composed of three nodes (i.e. sinoatrial and ventricular cardiac controls and R) and their activity is exemplified by the variability of heart period (HP), the variability of the duration of the electrical activity of the heart approximated as the temporal distance between Q-wave onset and T-wave end or apex (i.e. QTe or QTa) and thoracic movements respectively...
April 21, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428869/rapid-maximum-likelihood-ancestral-state-reconstruction-of-continuous-characters-a-rerooting-free-algorithm
#12
Eric W Goolsby
Ancestral state reconstruction is a method used to study the evolutionary trajectories of quantitative characters on phylogenies. Although efficient methods for univariate ancestral state reconstruction under a Brownian motion model have been described for at least 25 years, to date no generalization has been described to allow more complex evolutionary models, such as multivariate trait evolution, non-Brownian models, missing data, and within-species variation. Furthermore, even for simple univariate Brownian motion models, most phylogenetic comparative R packages compute ancestral states via inefficient tree rerooting and full tree traversals at each tree node, making ancestral state reconstruction extremely time-consuming for large phylogenies...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428422/quantitative-3d-evolution-of-colloidal-nanoparticle-oxidation-in-solution
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Yugang Sun, Xiaobing Zuo, Subramanian K R S Sankaranarayanan, Sheng Peng, Badri Narayanan, Ganesh Kamath
Real-time tracking of the three-dimensional (3D) evolution of colloidal nanoparticles in solution is essential for understanding complex mechanisms involved in nanoparticle growth and transformation. We used time-resolved small-angle and wide-angle x-ray scattering simultaneously to monitor oxidation of highly uniform colloidal iron nanoparticles, enabling the reconstruction of intermediate 3D morphologies of the nanoparticles with a spatial resolution of ~5 angstroms. The in situ observations, combined with large-scale reactive molecular dynamics simulations, reveal the details of the transformation from solid metal nanoparticles to hollow metal oxide nanoshells via a nanoscale Kirkendall process-for example, coalescence of voids as they grow and reversal of mass diffusion direction depending on crystallinity...
April 21, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427661/sono-dispersion-of-tio2-nanoparticles-over-clinoptilolite-used-in-photocatalytic-hydrogen-production-effect-of-ultrasound-irradiation-during-conventional-synthesis-methods
#14
Rojiar Akbari Sene, G R Moradi, S Sharifnia
Hydrogen evolution via water splitting was investigated over the sonochemically synthesized TiO2-clinoptilolite photocomposites. To this aim, a series of photocatalysts containing 10wt% titania were prepared by impregnation and solid state dispersion (SSD) methods in the presence and absence of ultrasound irradiation. The samples were characterized by XRD, FESEM, EDX, BET, FTIR, PL and UV-vis techniques and tested for the water splitting. The characterization results indicated that ultrasound irradiation endowed the photocatalysts with uniform morphology, higher surface area and more homogenous dispersion...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427314/capturing-complexity-in-pulmonary-system-modelling
#15
Alys R Clark, Haribalan Kumar, Kelly Burrowes
Respiratory disease is a significant problem worldwide, and it is a problem with increasing prevalence. Pathology in the upper airways and lung is very difficult to diagnose and treat, as response to disease is often heterogeneous across patients. Computational models have long been used to help understand respiratory function, and these models have evolved alongside increases in the resolution of medical imaging and increased capability of functional imaging, advances in biological knowledge, mathematical techniques and computational power...
May 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427009/early-in-life-dietary-zinc-deficiency-and-supplementation-and-mammary-tumor-development-in-adulthood-female-rats
#16
Flávia R M da Silva, Tony F Grassi, Joyce R Zapaterini, Lucas T Bidinotto, Luis F Barbisan
Zinc deficiency during pregnancy and postnatal life can adversely increase risk of developing human diseases at adulthood. The present study was designed to evaluate whether dietary zinc deficiency or supplementation during the pregnancy, lactation and juvenile stages interferes in the development of mammary tumors induced by 7,12-dimethylbenzanthracene (DMBA) in female Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats. Pregnant female SD rats were allocated into three groups: zinc-adequate diet (ZnA - 35-mg/kg chow), zinc-deficient diet (ZnD - 3-mg/kg chow) or zinc-supplemented diet (ZnS - 180-mg/kg chow) during gestational day 10 (GD 10) until the litters' weaning...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426907/frontal-fibrosing-alopecia-clinical-and-prognostic-classification
#17
O M Moreno-Arrones, D Saceda-Corralo, P Fonda-Pascual, A R Rodrigues-Barata, D Buendía-Castaño, A Alegre-Sánchez, C Pindado-Ortega, M Molins, D Perosanz, G Segurado-Miravalles, P Jaén, S Vañó-Galván
BACKGROUND: Frontal fibrosing alopecia (FFA) is a chronic scarring alopecia with an unpredictable evolution. There are no current classifications of this disease that may predict its prognosis. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the differences in clinical presentation and evolution of FFA patients and to create a clinical and prognostic classification METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analytical study of FFA patients. Clinical characteristics of frontal hairline recession were used as the sorting variable between patterns of presentation...
April 20, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425150/genetic-basis-for-soma-is-present-in-undifferentiated-volvocine-green-algae
#18
Zachariah I Grochau-Wright, Erik R Hanschen, Patrick J Ferris, Takashi Hamaji, Hisayoshi Nozaki, Bradley J S C Olson, Richard E Michod
Somatic cellular differentiation plays a critical role in the transition from unicellular to multicellular life, but the evolution of its genetic basis remains poorly understood. By definition somatic cells do not reproduce to pass on genes and so constitute an extreme form of altruistic behavior. The volvocine green algae provide an excellent model system to study the evolution of multicellularity and somatic differentiation. In Volvox carteri, somatic cell differentiation is controlled by the regA gene, which is part of a tandem duplication of genes known as the reg cluster...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424494/predictable-phenotypic-but-not-karyotypic-evolution-of-populations-with-contrasting-initial-history
#19
Pedro Simões, Inês Fragata, Sofia G Seabra, Gonçalo S Faria, Marta A Santos, Michael R Rose, Mauro Santos, Margarida Matos
The relative impact of selection, chance and history will determine the predictability of evolution. There is a lack of empirical research on this subject, particularly in sexual organisms. Here we use experimental evolution to test the predictability of evolution. We analyse the real-time evolution of Drosophila subobscura populations derived from contrasting European latitudes placed in a novel laboratory environment. Each natural population was sampled twice within a three-year interval. We study evolutionary responses at both phenotypic (life-history, morphological and physiological traits) and karyotypic levels for around 30 generations of laboratory culture...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424161/response-and-progression-on-midostaurin-in-advanced-systemic-mastocytosis-kit-d816v-and-other-molecular-markers
#20
Mohamad Jawhar, Juliana Schwaab, Nicole Naumann, Hans-Peter Horny, Karl Sotlar, Torsten Haferlach, Georgia Metzgeroth, Alice Fabarius, Peter Valent, Wolf-Karsten Hofmann, Nicholas C P Cross, Manja Meggendorfer, Andreas Reiter
In advanced systemic mastocytosis (advSM), disease evolution is often triggered by activating KIT mutations (D816V in >80% of cases) and by additional mutations, e.g. in SRSF2, ASXL1 and/or RUNX1 (S/A/R(pos), >60% of cases). In a recently reported phase-II-study, midostaurin, a multikinase/KIT inhibitor, demonstrated an overall response rate (ORR) of 60% in advSM but biomarkers predictive of response are lacking. We evaluated the impact of molecular markers (KIT D816V, S/A/R(pos)) at baseline and during follow-up in 38 midostaurin-treated advSM patients...
April 19, 2017: Blood
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