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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913454/the-anti-bat-strategy-of-ultrasound-absorption-the-wings-of-nocturnal-moths-bombycoidea-saturniidae-absorb-more-ultrasound-than-the-wings-of-diurnal-moths-chalcosiinae-zygaenoidea-zygaenidae
#1
Athanasios Ntelezos, Francesco Guarato, James F C Windmill
The selection pressure from echolocating bats has driven the development of a diverse range of anti-bat strategies in insects. For instance, several studies have proposed that the wings of some moths absorb a large portion of the sound energy contained in a bat's ultrasonic cry; as a result, the bat receives a dampened echo, and the moth becomes invisible to the bat. To test the hypothesis that greater exposure to bat predation drives the development of higher ultrasound absorbance, we used a small reverberation chamber to measure the ultrasound absorbance of the wings of nocturnal (Bombycoidea: Saturniidae) and diurnal moths (Chalcosiinae: Zygaenoidea: Zygaenidae)...
December 2, 2016: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913118/forces-controlling-organ-growth-and-size
#2
REVIEW
Dominik Eder, Christof Aegerter, Konrad Basler
One of the fundamental questions in developmental biology is what determines the final size and shape of an organ. Recent research strongly emphasizes that besides cell-cell communication, biophysical principals govern organ development. The architecture and mechanics of a tissue guide cellular processes such as movement, growth or differentiation. Furthermore, mechanical cues do not only regulate processes at a cellular level but also provide constant feedback about size and shape on a tissue scale. Here we review several models and experimental systems which are contributing to our understanding of the roles mechanical forces play during organ development...
November 29, 2016: Mechanisms of Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912776/improving-stroke-prevention-therapy-for-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-in-primary-care-protocol-for-a-pragmatic-cluster-randomized-trial
#3
Theresa M Lee, Noah M Ivers, Sacha Bhatia, Debra A Butt, Paul Dorian, Liisa Jaakkimainen, Kori Leblanc, Dan Legge, Dante Morra, Alissia Valentinis, Laura Wing, Jacqueline Young, Karen Tu
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) is growing as the population ages, and at least 15% of ischemic strokes are attributed to AF. However, many high-risk AF patients are not offered guideline-recommended stroke prevention therapy due to a variety of system, provider, and patient-level barriers. METHODS: We will conduct a pragmatic, cluster-randomized controlled trial randomizing primary care clinics to test a "toolkit" of quality improvement interventions in primary care...
December 3, 2016: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912054/inner-secrets-of-the-respirasome
#4
Andrew Melber, Dennis R Winge
Structure determination by cryo-electron microscopy has approached atomic resolution and helped solve structures of large membrane-protein complexes that resisted crystallography. The 4.0 Å cryo-EM structure of one of the most intricate enzyme systems, the respirasome, in the mitochondrial inner membrane is reported in this issue of Cell.
December 1, 2016: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911385/application-of-impermeable-barriers-combined-with-candidate-factor-soaked-beads-to-study-inductive-signals-in-the-chick
#5
Susan Wilde, Malcolm P Logan
The chick embryo provides a superb vertebrate model that can be used to dissect developmental questions in a direct way. Its accessibility and robustness following surgical intervention are key experimental strengths. Mica plates were the first barriers used to prevent chick limb bud initiation(1). Protocols that use aluminum foil as an impermeable barrier to wing bud or leg bud induction and or initiation are described. We combine this technique with bead placement lateral to the barrier to exogenously supply candidate endogenous factors that have been blocked by the barrier...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911094/production-traits-of-artificially-and-naturally-hatched-geese-in-intensive-and-free-range-systems-1-growth-traits
#6
M A Boz, M Sarica, U S Yamak
1. This study investigated the effect of incubation type and production system on geese growth traits. 2. A total of 216 geese that were either naturally (114) or artificially (102) hatched and reared in intensive or free-range production systems (4 replicates each) until 18 weeks of age. 3. Weights of naturally hatched goslings were significantly higher than artificially hatched goslings at 2 weeks (644 g vs. 536 g); however, weights of artificially hatched goslings were significantly higher than naturally hatched goslings at both 6 weeks (3245 g vs...
December 2, 2016: British Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909948/little-effect-of-hsp90-inhibition-on-the-quantitative-wing-traits-variation-in-drosophila-melanogaster
#7
Kazuo H Takahashi
Drosophila wings have been a model system to study the effect of HSP90 on quantitative trait variation. The effect of HSP90 inhibition on environmental buffering of wing morphology varies among studies while the genetic buffering effect of it was examined in only one study and was not detected. Variable results so far might show that the genetic background influences the environmental and genetic buffering effect of HSP90. In the previous studies, the number of the genetic backgrounds used is limited. To examine the effect of HSP90 inhibition with a larger number of genetic backgrounds than the previous studies, 20 wild-type strains of Drosophila melanogaster were used in this study...
December 1, 2016: Genetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909722/expression-of-soluble-programmed-death-1-protein-in-peripheral-blood-regulatory-t-cells-and-its-effects-on-rheumatoid-arthritis-progression
#8
Chun-Feng Ren, Ya-Xin Zhao, Chun-Feng Hou, Luan Luan, Guo-Qing Duan, Shu-Jie Li, Jian-Hong Zhao
The present study aimed to investigate the role of the soluble programmed death‑1 (sPD-1) protein, which is released by peripheral blood regulatory T cells (Treg) during the progression of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). From October 2012 to May 2014, 82 RA patients (RA group) and 90 healthy volunteers (healthy controls; HC) were recruited. Cluster of differentiation (CD)4, CD25 and forkhead/winged helix transcription factor p3 (Foxp3) and expression of cytotoxic T lymphocyte associated antigen 4 (CTLA-4) and Foxp3 were detected by flow cytometry...
November 28, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909032/midterm-outcomes-of-polyvinyl-alcohol-hydrogel-hemiarthroplasty-of-the-first-metatarsophalangeal-joint-in-advanced-hallux-rigidus
#9
Timothy R Daniels, Alastair S E Younger, Murray J Penner, Kevin J Wing, Sara Lyn Miniaci-Coxhead, Ellie Pinsker, Mark Glazebrook
BACKGROUND: Hallux rigidus is the most common arthritic condition of the foot. A randomized clinical trial of first metatarsophalangeal (MTP) joint hemiarthroplasty with a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) hydrogel implant (Cartiva) demonstrated pain relief and functional outcomes equivalent to first MTP arthrodesis at 2 years postoperation, with no cases of implant fragmentation, wear, or bone loss. We prospectively determined 5-year outcomes of first MTP hemiarthroplasty with the PVA hydrogel implant...
November 30, 2016: Foot & Ankle International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908938/a-rare-case-of-extensive-cranial-langerhans-cell-histiocytosis-synchronously-presenting-as-otitis-externa-and-giant-cell-arteritis
#10
Adnan Darr, Zahir Mughal, Thomas Martin
Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a rare histiocytic disorder of unpredictable clinical course and varied modes of presentation. The spectrum of presentation is wide, ranging from isolated eosinophilic granulomas to multiple lesions and diffuse systemic involvement. We present the case of a 52-year-old man, who presented with an 8-week history of worsening otalgia and superficial temporal tenderness attributed to otitis externa within the community and subsequently giant cell arteritis. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging were undertaken due to atypical features, which demonstrated bony destruction within the right greater wing of the sphenoid, squamous part of temporal and mastoid bone, with middle cranial fossa communication...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908306/comparing-diffusion-weighted-imaging-with-clinical-and-blood-parameters-and-with-short-tau-inversion-recovery-sequence-in-detecting-spinal-and-sacroiliac-joint-inflammation-in-axial-spondyloarthritis
#11
Ho Yin Chung, Xiaopei Xu, Vince Wing Hang Lau, Grace Ho, Ka Lai Lee, Philip Hei Li, Helen Hoi Lun Tsang, Suet Kei Kwok, Chak Sing Lau, Chun Sing Wong
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the usefulness of diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) by comparing with clinical features, blood parameters and traditional short tau inversion recovery (STIR) sequence in detecting spinal and sacroiliac (SI) joint inflammation in axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) patients. METHODS: One hundred and ten axSpA patients were recruited. Clinical, radiological and blood parameters were recorded. DWI and STIR MRI were performed simultaneously and results were scored according to the Spondyloarthritis Research Consortium of Canada (SPARCC) for comparison...
November 13, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907116/rnai-mediated-functional-analysis-of-bursicon-genes-related-to-adult-cuticle-formation-and-tanning-in-the-honeybee-apis-mellifera
#12
Claudinéia Pereira Costa, Moysés Elias-Neto, Tiago Falcon, Rodrigo Pires Dallacqua, Juliana Ramos Martins, Marcia Maria Gentile Bitondi
Bursicon is a heterodimeric neurohormone that acts through a G protein-coupled receptor named rickets (rk), thus inducing an increase in cAMP and the activation of tyrosine hydroxylase, the rate-limiting enzyme in the cuticular tanning pathway. In insects, the role of bursicon in the post-ecdysial tanning of the adult cuticle and wing expansion is well characterized. Here we investigated the roles of the genes encoding the bursicon subunits during the adult cuticle development in the honeybee, Apis mellifera...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906984/balance-and-muscle-strength-in-elderly-women-who-dance-samba
#13
Marcos Maurício Serra, Angelica Castilho Alonso, Mark Peterson, Luis Mochizuki, Júlia Maria D'Andréa Greve, Luiz Eugênio Garcez-Leme
Considering the growth of the aging population, and the increasing risk for falls and related morbidity, it is vital to seek efficient, comprehensive, and culturally relevant prevention programs for elderly people to reduce risks for falls. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the postural balance and muscle strength among women participating in the "Wing of Baianas" in the carnival parades. One hundred and ten women, with an average age of 67.4±5.9 years, were divided into two groups: Baianas group-elderly participants of the carnival parades in the "Wing of Baianas", and a Control group of women who do not dance samba...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906813/truncation-of-in-situ-baerveldt-glaucoma-drainage-device-for-treatment-of-late-persistent-postoperative-hypotony
#14
Philip P Chen
PURPOSE: To describe a new technique to treat late persistent hypotony after Baerveldt glaucoma drainage device surgery. METHODS: Review of 2 cases treated with in situ truncation of one or both wings of the Baerveldt device, combined with permanent but releasable tube occlusion. RESULTS: Two eyes with persistent hypotony underwent in situ truncation of one or both wings of the Baerveldt device with resolution of hypotony. Recurrence of elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) in both cases required reversal of tube occlusion, after which the IOP has remained both well controlled and sufficiently elevated to avoid complications of hypotony over 13 and 43 months...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903629/bristles-reduce-the-force-required-to-fling-wings-apart-in-the-smallest-insects
#15
Shannon K Jones, Young J J Yun, Tyson L Hedrick, Boyce E Griffith, Laura A Miller
The smallest flying insects commonly possess wings with long bristles. Little quantitative information is available on the morphology of these bristles, and their functional importance remains a mystery. In this study, we (1) collected morphological data on the bristles of 23 species of Mymaridae by analyzing high-resolution photographs and (2) used the immersed boundary method to determine via numerical simulation whether bristled wings reduced the force required to fling the wings apart while still maintaining lift...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903621/bristly-wings-give-fairyflies-the-edge
#16
Kathryn Knight
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 1, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900367/whole-genome-sequencing-of-two-probands-with-hereditary-spastic-paraplegia-reveals-novel-splice-donor-region-variant-and-known-pathogenic-variant-in-spg11
#17
Allen Chi-Shing Yu, Anne Yin-Yan Chan, Wing Chi Au, Yun Shen, Ting Fung Chan, Ho-Yin Edwin Chan
Hereditary spastic paraplegias (HSPs) are a group of heterogeneous neurodegenerative disorders, which are often presented with overlapping phenotypes such as progressive paraparesis and spasticity. To assist the diagnosis of HSP subtypes, next-generation sequencing is often used to provide supporting evidence. In this study, we report the case of two probands from the same family with HSP symptoms, including bilateral lower limb weakness, unsteady gait, cognitive decline, dysarthria, and slurring of speech since the age of 14...
November 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900221/grafted-tubularised-incised-plate-urethroplasty-an-objective-assessment-of-outcome-with-lessons-learnt-from-surgical-experience-with-263-cases
#18
Vipul Gupta, Sunil Kumar Yadav, Talal Alanzi, Islam Amer, Mohmmad Salah, Mamdouh Ahmed
OBJECTIVE: Snodgrass urethroplasty remains the preferred technique in primary distal hypospadias but development of meatal stenosis often limits distal extension of the midline incision of the urethral plate (MIUP), which remains a limiting factor in reconstructing an apical neomeatus (NM). We here-in assess the cosmetic and functional outcome with distal extension of the MIUP in grafted tubularised incised-plate urethroplasty (G-TIP) repair. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This prospective study included the surgical experience of 263 cases of primary hypospadias operated upon between 2012 and 2015...
December 2016: Arab Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899667/rice-snp-seek-database-update-new-snps-indels-and-queries
#19
Locedie Mansueto, Roven Rommel Fuentes, Frances Nikki Borja, Jeffery Detras, Juan Miguel Abriol-Santos, Dmytro Chebotarov, Millicent Sanciangco, Kevin Palis, Dario Copetti, Alexandre Poliakov, Inna Dubchak, Victor Solovyev, Rod A Wing, Ruaraidh Sackville Hamilton, Ramil Mauleon, Kenneth L McNally, Nickolai Alexandrov
We describe updates to the Rice SNP-Seek Database since its first release. We ran a new SNP-calling pipeline followed by filtering that resulted in complete, base, filtered and core SNP datasets. Besides the Nipponbare reference genome, the pipeline was run on genome assemblies of IR 64, 93-11, DJ 123 and Kasalath. New genotype query and display features are added for reference assemblies, SNP datasets and indels. JBrowse now displays BAM, VCF and other annotation tracks, the additional genome assemblies and an embedded VISTA genome comparison viewer...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899532/long-term-management-for-ventilator-assisted-children-in-hong-kong-2-decades-experience
#20
Shuk-Kuen Chau, Ada Wing-Yan Yung, So-Lun Lee
BACKGROUND: The population of children receiving long-term mechanical ventilation is growing worldwide, but only limited data exist in Asian regions. The objective of the study was to review the management of these children in Hong Kong over the past 2 decades. METHODS: This was a retrospective cohort study. Hospital records from subjects receiving mechanical ventilation for >3 months were retrieved. Demographic characteristics and medical information of subjects (≤21 y old) under the care of the ventilator program at the Duchess of Kent Children's Hospital between 1997 and 2015 were reviewed...
November 29, 2016: Respiratory Care
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