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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821399/timed-knickkopf-function-is-essential-for-wing-cuticle-formation-in-drosophila-melanogaster
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Kaixia Li, Xubo Zhang, Ying Zuo, Weimin Liu, Jianzhen Zhang, Bernard Moussian
The insect cuticle is an extracellular matrix that consists of the polysaccharide chitin, proteins, lipids and organic molecules that are arranged in distinct horizontal layers. In Drosophila melanogaster, these layers are not formed sequentially, but, at least partially, at the same time. Timing of the underlying molecular mechanisms is conceivably crucial for cuticle formation. To study this issue, we determined the time period during which the function of Knickkopf (Knk), a key factor of chitin organization, is required for wing cuticle differentiation in D...
August 15, 2017: Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821249/erratum-to-charged-residues-next-to-transmembrane-regions-revisited-positive-inside-rule-is-complemented-by-the-negative-inside-depletion-outside-enrichment-rule
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James Alexander Baker, Wing-Cheong Wong, Birgit Eisenhaber, Jim Warwicker, Frank Eisenhaber
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 18, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820844/a-new-method-for-reconstruction-of-vermilion-deficiency-in-cleft-lip-deformity-the-bi-winged-myomucosa-switch-flap
#3
KyungHoon Chung, Lun-Jou Lo
BACKGROUND: This study reviewed the method of using "Bi-winged myomucosa switch flap" for correction of secondary cleft lip deformity in patients with vermilion mucosa deficiency, lack of the central tubercle and disproportionate lip projection, obviating the conventional Abbé flap when the prolabium has acceptable philtrum and Cupid's bow definition. METHODS: The technique was applied to adult patients with secondary vermilion deficiency after primary bilateral cleft lip repair...
August 8, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820446/towards-scalable-strain-gauge-based-joint-torque-sensors
#4
Hamza Khan, Mariapaola D'Imperio, Ferdinando Cannella, Darwin G Caldwell, Alfred Cuschieri, Claudio Semini
During recent decades, strain gauge-based joint torque sensors have been commonly used to provide high-fidelity torque measurements in robotics. Although measurement of joint torque/force is often required in engineering research and development, the gluing and wiring of strain gauges used as torque sensors pose difficulties during integration within the restricted space available in small joints. The problem is compounded by the need for a scalable geometric design to measure joint torque. In this communication, we describe a novel design of a strain gauge-based mono-axial torque sensor referred to as square-cut torque sensor (SCTS), the significant features of which are high degree of linearity, symmetry, and high scalability in terms of both size and measuring range...
August 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820108/nakamurella-intestinalis-sp-nov-isolated-from-the-faeces-of-pseudorhynchus-japonicus
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Soo-Jin Kim, Hayoung Cho, Jae-Ho Joa, Moriyuki Hamada, Jae-Hyung Ahn, Hang-Yeon Weon, Soon-Wo Kwon
One strain, designated 63MJ-1T, was isolated from fresh faeces of broad-winged katydids collected in Jinan-gun, Jeollabuk-do, the Republic of Korea. The organism stained Gram-positive and was an aerobic, non-flagellated and short-rod-shaped bacterium. The organism grew in the range of 4-35 °C (optimum, 28-30 °C) and pH 6.0-9.0 (optimum, pH 7.0), and in the presence of 5 % NaCl (w/v), but not in media containing 7 % NaCl. According to the 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis, strain 63MJ-1T showed the highest sequence similarities with Nakamurella panacisegetis P4-7T (95...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815867/baseline-susceptibility-of-spotted-wing-drosophila-drosophila-suzukii-to-four-key-insecticide-classes
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Steven Van Timmeren, David Mota-Sanchez, John C Wise, Rufus Isaacs
BACKGROUND: The invasive drosophilid pest, Drosophila suzukii Matsumura, is affecting berry production in most fruit-producing regions of the world. Chemical control is the dominant management approach, creating concern for insecticide resistance in this pest. We compared the insecticide susceptibility of D. suzukii populations collected from conventional, organic, or insecticide-free blueberry sites. RESULTS: The sensitivity of D. suzukii to malathion and spinetoram declined slightly across the three years of monitoring, whereas it was more consistent for methomyl and zeta-cypermethrin...
August 16, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814652/evolution-of-plasticity-and-adaptive-responses-to-climate-change-along-climate-gradients
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Joel G Kingsolver, Lauren B Buckley
The relative contributions of phenotypic plasticity and adaptive evolution to the responses of species to recent and future climate change are poorly understood. We combine recent (1960-2010) climate and phenotypic data with microclimate, heat balance, demographic and evolutionary models to address this issue for a montane butterfly, Colias eriphyle, along an elevational gradient. Our focal phenotype, wing solar absorptivity, responds plastically to developmental (pupal) temperatures and plays a central role in thermoregulatory adaptation in adults...
August 16, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813674/an-integrated-systems-biology-approach-identifies-trim25-as-a-key-determinant-of-breast-cancer-metastasis
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Logan A Walsh, Mariano J Alvarez, Erich Y Sabio, Marsha Reyngold, Vladimir Makarov, Suranjit Mukherjee, Ken-Wing Lee, Alexis Desrichard, Şevin Turcan, Martin G Dalin, Vinagolu K Rajasekhar, Shuibing Chen, Linda T Vahdat, Andrea Califano, Timothy A Chan
At the root of most fatal malignancies are aberrantly activated transcriptional networks that drive metastatic dissemination. Although individual metastasis-associated genes have been described, the complex regulatory networks presiding over the initiation and maintenance of metastatic tumors are still poorly understood. There is untapped value in identifying therapeutic targets that broadly govern coordinated transcriptional modules dictating metastatic progression. Here, we reverse engineered and interrogated a breast cancer-specific transcriptional interaction network (interactome) to define transcriptional control structures causally responsible for regulating genetic programs underlying breast cancer metastasis in individual patients...
August 15, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813575/subclinical-decrease-in-central-inner-retinal-activity-is-associated-with-myopia-development-in-children
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Serena Zhe-Chuang Li, Wing-Yan Yu, Kai-Yip Choi, Christie Hang-I Lam, Yamunadevi Lakshmanan, Francisca Siu-Yin Wong, Henry Ho-Lung Chan
Purpose: To investigate the characteristics of retinal electrophysiological activity in relation to early myopia development in children. Methods: Fifty-six children aged 6 to 9 years with emmetropic refractive error (defined as ≥ -0.5 diopter [D] and ≤ +0.5 D) were recruited. Cycloplegic refraction, axial length, and global flash multifocal electroretinogram (MOFO mfERG) at 49% and 96% contrast levels were recorded in all children at their first visit. The refraction and axial length measurements were repeated after 1 year...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813141/weavable-conductive-yarn-based-nico-zn-textile-battery-with-high-energy-density-and-rate-capability
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Yan Huang, Wing Shan Ip, Yuen Ying Lau, Jinfeng Sun, Jie Zeng, Nga Sze Sea Yeung, Wing Sum Ng, Hongfei Li, Zengxia Pei, Qi Xue, Yukun Wang, Jie Yu, Hong Hu, Chunyi Zhi
With intrinsic safety and much higher energy densities than supercapacitors, rechargeable nickel/cobalt-zinc-based textile batteries are promising power sources for next generation personalized wearable electronics. However, high-performance wearable nickel/cobalt-zinc-based batteries are rarely reported because there is a lack of industrially weavable and knittable highly conductive yarns. Here, we use scalably produced highly conductive yarns uniformly covered with zinc (as anode) and nickel cobalt hydroxide nanosheets (as cathode) to fabricate rechargeable yarn batteries...
August 18, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812729/complex-modular-architecture-around-a-simple-toolkit-of-wing-pattern-genes
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Steven M Van Belleghem, Pasi Rastas, Alexie Papanicolaou, Simon H Martin, Carlos F Arias, Megan A Supple, Joseph J Hanly, James Mallet, James J Lewis, Heather M Hines, Mayte Ruiz, Camilo Salazar, Mauricio Linares, Gilson R P Moreira, Chris D Jiggins, Brian A Counterman, W Owen McMillan, Riccardo Papa
Identifying the genomic changes that control morphological variation and understanding how they generate diversity is a major goal of evolutionary biology. In Heliconius butterflies, a small number of genes control the development of diverse wing colour patterns. Here, we used full-genome sequencing of individuals across the Heliconius erato radiation and closely related species to characterize genomic variation associated with wing pattern diversity. We show that variation around colour pattern genes is highly modular, with narrow genomic intervals associated with specific differences in colour and pattern...
January 30, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812690/young-inversion-with-multiple-linked-qtls-under-selection-in-a-hybrid-zone
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Cheng-Ruei Lee, Baosheng Wang, Julius P Mojica, Terezie Mandáková, Kasavajhala V S K Prasad, Jose Luis Goicoechea, Nadeesha Perera, Uffe Hellsten, Hope N Hundley, Jenifer Johnson, Jane Grimwood, Kerrie Barry, Stephen Fairclough, Jerry W Jenkins, Yeisoo Yu, Dave Kudrna, Jianwei Zhang, Jayson Talag, Wolfgang Golser, Kathryn Ghattas, M Eric Schranz, Rod Wing, Martin A Lysak, Jeremy Schmutz, Daniel S Rokhsar, Thomas Mitchell-Olds
Fixed chromosomal inversions can reduce gene flow and promote speciation in two ways: by suppressing recombination and by carrying locally favoured alleles at multiple loci. However, it is unknown whether favoured mutations slowly accumulate on older inversions or if young inversions spread because they capture pre-existing adaptive quantitative trait loci (QTLs). By genetic mapping, chromosome painting and genome sequencing, we have identified a major inversion controlling ecologically important traits in Boechera stricta...
April 3, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810394/adapting-evidence-based-behavioral-weight-loss-programs-for-emerging-adults-a-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jessica Gokee LaRose, Deborah F Tate, Autumn Lanoye, Joseph L Fava, Elissa Jelalian, Megan Blumenthal, Laura J Caccavale, Rena R Wing
Emerging adults are at high risk of obesity but behavioral weight loss programs do not meet their needs. Emerging adults ( N = 52, age = 22.3 ± 2 years, body mass index = 34.2 ± 5.5 kg/m(2), 46.2% non-Hispanic White) were randomly assigned to one of three behavioral weight loss programs adapted based on formative work: face-to-face behavioral weight loss, web-based behavioral weight loss, or web plus optional community sessions (Hybrid). Assessments occurred at 0 and 3 months. Engagement and self-monitoring were highest in Hybrid...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809196/health-informatics-and-technology-for-integrated-elderly-care-in-the-context-of-hong-kong-a-case-study
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Cheuk Wing Chau, Eman Leung
The aging population creates tremendous pressure to healthcare. To resolve, scholars recognized the solution to this challenge is integrated care. To facilitate integrated care, health information technologies (HIT) is a critical enabler. This paper will first review how technology enhanced integrated care, and review on the existing literatures in system effective use and the three key external factors that enable HIT implementation. Applying Burton-Jones and Volkoff's contextualized theories of effective use of HIT to understand the role of health informatics and technology in the unique context of Hong Kong, we have conducted a case study research to identify the levers for improving HK integration of care through HIT...
2017: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808846/age-related-changes-in-morphology-of-left-atrial-appendage-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Yukina Hirata, Kenya Kusunose, Hirotsugu Yamada, Rikuto Shimizu, Yuta Torii, Susumu Nishio, Yoshihito Saijo, Shoichiro Takao, Takeshi Soeki, Masataka Sata
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between age and frequency of left atrial appendage (LAA) morphology in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) compared with sinus rhythm (SR). We enrolled 145 AF patients, and 199 SR patients for the control group without any cardiovascular disease. LAA volume index (LAAVi) and morphology were assessed by electrocardiogram-gated computed tomography angiography. LAA morphology was classified into "chicken wing" or "non-chicken wing" according to the previously described classification...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808799/transorbital-endoscopic-approach-for-exposure-of-the-sylvian-fissure-middle-cerebral-artery-and-crural-cistern-an-anatomical-study
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João Paulo Almeida, Armando S Ruiz-Treviño, Sathwik R Shetty, Sacit B Omay, Vijay K Anand, Theodore H Schwartz
BACKGROUND: The availability of minimal access instrumentation and endoscopic visualization has revolutionized the field of minimally invasive skull base surgery. The transorbital endoscopic approach using an eyelid incision has been proposed as a new minimally invasive technique for the treatment of skull base pathology, mostly extradural tumors. Our study aims to evaluate the anatomical aspects and potential role of the transorbital endoscopic approach for exposure of the sylvian fissure, middle cerebral artery and crural cistern...
August 14, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807998/immunogenicity-and-structures-of-a-rationally-designed-prefusion-mers-cov-spike-antigen
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Jesper Pallesen, Nianshuang Wang, Kizzmekia S Corbett, Daniel Wrapp, Robert N Kirchdoerfer, Hannah L Turner, Christopher A Cottrell, Michelle M Becker, Lingshu Wang, Wei Shi, Wing-Pui Kong, Erica L Andres, Arminja N Kettenbach, Mark R Denison, James D Chappell, Barney S Graham, Andrew B Ward, Jason S McLellan
Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is a lineage C betacoronavirus that since its emergence in 2012 has caused outbreaks in human populations with case-fatality rates of ∼36%. As in other coronaviruses, the spike (S) glycoprotein of MERS-CoV mediates receptor recognition and membrane fusion and is the primary target of the humoral immune response during infection. Here we use structure-based design to develop a generalizable strategy for retaining coronavirus S proteins in the antigenically optimal prefusion conformation and demonstrate that our engineered immunogen is able to elicit high neutralizing antibody titers against MERS-CoV...
August 14, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807645/a-behavioral-weight-loss-program-and-non-urinary-incontinence-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms-in-overweight-and-obese-women-with-urinary-incontinence-a-secondary-data-analysis-of-the-program-to-reduce-incontinence-by-diet-and-exercise-pride
#18
Benjamin N Breyer, Jennifer M Creasman, Holly E Richter, Deborah Myers, Kathryn L Burgio, Rena R Wing, Delia Smith West, John W Kusek, Leslee L Subak
AIMS: To determine whether a behavioral weight reduction intervention improves non-urinary incontinence (UI) lower urinary tract storage symptoms (LUTS) including urinary frequency, nocturia, urgency, at 6 months compared to a structured education program (control group) among overweight and obese women with UI. METHODS: The Program to Reduce Incontinence by Diet and Exercise (PRIDE) was a randomized clinical trial of 338 overweight or obese women with UI. Participants were randomized to 6-month behavioral weight loss intervention (N=226) or control (N=112)...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807570/albumin-bilirubin-grade-predicts-the-outcomes-of-liver-resection-versus-radiofrequency-ablation-for-very-early-early-stage-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Charing Ching-Ning Chong, Anthony Wing-Hung Chan, John Wong, Cheuk-Man Chu, Stephen Lam Chan, Kit-Fai Lee, Simon Chun-Ho Yu, Ka-Fai To, Philip Johnson, Paul Bo-San Lai
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Whether liver resection or ablation should be the first-line treatment for very early/early hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in patients who are candidates for both remains controversial. The aim of this study was to determine if the newly-developed Albumin-Bilirubin (ALBI) grade might help in treatment selections and to evaluate the survival of patients treated with liver resection and radiofrequency ablation (RFA). METHODS: Patients with BCLC stage 0/A HCC who were treated with curative liver resection and RFA from 2003 to 2013 were included...
August 11, 2017: Surgeon: Journal of the Royal Colleges of Surgeons of Edinburgh and Ireland
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806064/conditional-displacement-hybridization-assay-for-multiple-snp-phasing
#20
Tsz Wing Fan, Henson L Lee Yu, I-Ming Hsing
The two chromosomal copies of the human genome are highly polymorphic, and the allelic content on each strand can dictate a person's biological outcomes. While many of the current diagnostic tools are able to detect the presence of multiple mutations at the same time, most cannot determine the phase of these mutations unless long-range PCR or sequencing techniques are used or if templates are compartmentalized into single copies prior to amplification. Here, an enzyme-coupled hybridization assay, named Conditional Displacement Hybridization Assay (CDHA), is described for the concurrent and rapid determination of the presence and phase of SNP variants...
August 14, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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