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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933674/heterosis-in-hybrids-within-and-between-yeast-species
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Joana Bernardes, Rike B Stelkens, Duncan Greig
The performance of hybrids relative to their parents is an important factor in speciation research. We measured the growth of 46 Saccharomyces yeast F1 inter-specific and intra-specific hybrids, relative to the growth of each of their parents, in pairwise competition assays. We found that the growth of a hybrid relative to the average of its parents, a measure of mid-parent heterosis, correlated with the difference in parental growth relative to their hybrid, a measure of phenotypic divergence, which is consistent with simple complementation of low fitness alleles in one parent by high fitness alleles in the other...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933315/immunogenicity-of-self-tumor-associated-proteins-is-enhanced-through-protein-truncation
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Tim Kottke, Kevin G Shim, Vanesa Alonso-Camino, Shane Zaidi, Rosa Maria Diaz, Jose Pulido, Jill Thompson, Karishma R Rajani, Laura Evgin, Elizabeth Ilett, Hardev Pandha, Kevin Harrington, Peter Selby, Alan Melcher, Richard Vile
We showed previously that therapy with Vesicular Stomatitis Virus (VSV) expressing tumor-associated proteins eradicates established tumors. We show here that when cellular cDNA were cloned into VSV which retained their own poly-A signal, viral species emerged in culture which had deleted the cellular poly-A signal and also contained a truncated form of the protein coding sequence. Typically, the truncation occurred such that a Tyrosine-encoding codon was converted into a STOP codon. We believe that the truncation of tumor-associated proteins expressed from VSV in this way occurred to preserve the ability of the virus to replicate efficiently...
2016: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933305/robust-generation-of-transgenic-mice-by-simple-hypotonic-solution-mediated-delivery-of-transgene-in-testicular-germ-cells
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Abul Usmani, Nirmalya Ganguli, Subodh K Jain, Nilanjana Ganguli, Rajesh Kumar Sarkar, Mayank Choubey, Mansi Shukla, Hironmoy Sarkar, Subeer S Majumdar
Our ability to decipher gene sequences has increased enormously with the advent of modern sequencing tools, but the ability to divulge functions of new genes have not increased correspondingly. This has caused a remarkable delay in functional interpretation of several newly found genes in tissue and age specific manner, limiting the pace of biological research. This is mainly due to lack of advancements in methodological tools for transgenesis. Predominantly practiced method of transgenesis by pronuclear DNA-microinjection is time consuming, tedious, and requires highly skilled persons for embryo-manipulation...
2016: Molecular Therapy. Methods & Clinical Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933299/strategy-to-prime-the-host-and-cells-to-augment-therapeutic-efficacy-of-progenitor-cells-for-patients-with-myocardial-infarction
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REVIEW
Jeehoon Kang, Tae-Won Kim, Jin Hur, Hyo-Soo Kim
Cell therapy in myocardial infarction (MI) is an innovative strategy that is regarded as a rescue therapy to repair the damaged myocardium and to promote neovascularization for the ischemic border zone. Among several stem cell sources for this purpose, autologous progenitors from bone marrow or peripheral blood would be the most feasible and safest cell-source. Despite the theoretical benefit of cell therapy, this method is not widely adopted in the actual clinical practice due to its low therapeutic efficacy...
2016: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933251/robust-image-hashing-using-ring-partition-pgnmf-and-local-features
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Ram Kumar Karsh, R H Laskar, Bhanu Bhai Richhariya
BACKGROUND: Image authentication is one of the challenging research areas in the multimedia technology due to the availability of image editing tools. Image hash may be used for image authentication which should be invariant to perceptually similar image and sensitive to content changes. The challenging issue in image hashing is to design a system which simultaneously provides rotation robustness, desirable discrimination, sensitivity and localization of forged area with minimum hash length...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933100/genome-and-methylome-of-the-oleaginous-diatom-cyclotella-cryptica-reveal-genetic-flexibility-toward-a-high-lipid-phenotype
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Jesse C Traller, Shawn J Cokus, David A Lopez, Olga Gaidarenko, Sarah R Smith, John P McCrow, Sean D Gallaher, Sheila Podell, Michael Thompson, Orna Cook, Marco Morselli, Artur Jaroszewicz, Eric E Allen, Andrew E Allen, Sabeeha S Merchant, Matteo Pellegrini, Mark Hildebrand
BACKGROUND: Improvement in the performance of eukaryotic microalgae for biofuel and bioproduct production is largely dependent on characterization of metabolic mechanisms within the cell. The marine diatom Cyclotella cryptica, which was originally identified in the Aquatic Species Program, is a promising strain of microalgae for large-scale production of biofuel and bioproducts, such as omega-3 fatty acids. RESULTS: We sequenced the nuclear genome and methylome of this oleaginous diatom to identify the genetic traits that enable substantial accumulation of triacylglycerol...
2016: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933082/rna-seq-transcriptome-response-of-flax-linum-usitatissimum-l-to-the-pathogenic-fungus-fusarium-oxysporum-f-sp-lini
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Leonardo Galindo-González, Michael K Deyholos
Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lini is a hemibiotrophic fungus that causes wilt in flax. Along with rust, fusarium wilt has become an important factor in flax production worldwide. Resistant flax cultivars have been used to manage the disease, but the resistance varies, depending on the interactions between specific cultivars and isolates of the pathogen. This interaction has a strong molecular basis, but no genomic information is available on how the plant responds to attempted infection, to inform breeding programs on potential candidate genes to evaluate or improve resistance across cultivars...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933079/small-rnas-from-bemisia-tabaci-are-transferred-to-solanum-lycopersicum-phloem-during-feeding
#8
Paula J M van Kleeff, Marc Galland, Robert C Schuurink, Petra M Bleeker
The phloem-feeding whitefly Bemisia tabaci is a serious pest to a broad range of host plants, including many economically important crops such as tomato. These insects serve as a vector for various devastating plant viruses. It is known that whiteflies are capable of manipulating host-defense responses, potentially mediated by effector molecules in the whitefly saliva. We hypothesized that, beside putative effector proteins, small RNAs (sRNA) are delivered by B. tabaci into the phloem, where they may play a role in manipulating host plant defenses...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933060/regulators-of-tfh-cell-differentiation
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REVIEW
Gajendra M Jogdand, Suchitra Mohanty, Satish Devadas
The follicular helper T (Tfh) cells help is critical for activation of B cells, antibody class switching, and germinal center (GC) formation. The Tfh cells are characterized by the expression of CXC chemokine receptor 5 (CXCR5), ICOS, programed death 1 (PD-1), B cell lymphoma 6 (BCL-6), and IL-21. They are involved in clearing infections and are adversely linked with autoimmune diseases and also have a role in viral replication as well as clearance. On the one hand, Tfh cells are generated from naive CD4(+) T cells with sequential steps involving cytokine signaling (IL-21, IL-6, IL-12, activin A), migration, and positioning in the GC by CXCR5, surface receptors (ICOS/ICOSL, signaling lymphocyte activation molecule-associated protein/signaling lymphocyte activation molecule) as well as transcription factor (BCL-6, c-Maf, and signal transducer and activator of transcription 3) signaling and repressor miR155...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933026/fitness-costs-predict-emotional-moral-and-attitudinal-inbreeding-aversion
#10
Florence Lespiau, Gwenaël Kaminski
In terms of sexual intercourse, the very last people we think about are our kin. Imagining inbreeding intercourse, whether it involves our closest kin or not, induces aversion in most people who invoke inbreeding depression problems or cultural considerations. Research has focused on the disgust felt when facing inbreeding intercourse between close kin but little is known about other responses. In this study, we considered the influence of fitness costs on aversive reactions by including disgust and emotional reaction as well as moral judgment and attitudes toward inbreeding: higher costs should induce a stronger aversive reaction...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932963/distinct-neural-substrates-for-maintaining-locations-and-spatial-relations-in-working-memory
#11
Kara J Blacker, Susan M Courtney
Previous work has demonstrated a distinction between maintenance of two types of spatial information in working memory (WM): spatial locations and spatial relations. While a body of work has investigated the neural mechanisms of sensory-based information like spatial locations, little is known about how spatial relations are maintained in WM. In two experiments, we used fMRI to investigate the involvement of early visual cortex in the maintenance of spatial relations in WM. In both experiments, we found less quadrant-specific BOLD activity in visual cortex when a single spatial relation, compared to a single spatial location, was held in WM...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932952/evaluating-tools-for-live-imaging-of-structural-plasticity-at-the-axon-initial-segment
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Adna S Dumitrescu, Mark D Evans, Matthew S Grubb
The axon initial segment (AIS) is a specialized neuronal compartment involved in the maintenance of axo-dendritic polarity and in the generation of action potentials. It is also a site of significant structural plasticity-manipulations of neuronal activity in vitro and in vivo can produce changes in AIS position and/or size that are associated with alterations in intrinsic excitability. However, to date all activity-dependent AIS changes have been observed in experiments carried out on fixed samples, offering only a snapshot, population-wide view of this form of plasticity...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932950/amyloid-precursor-proteins-are-dynamically-trafficked-and-processed-during-neuronal-development
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Jenna M Ramaker, Robert S Cargill, Tracy L Swanson, Hanil Quirindongo, Marlène Cassar, Doris Kretzschmar, Philip F Copenhaver
Proteolytic processing of the Amyloid Precursor Protein (APP) produces beta-amyloid (Aβ) peptide fragments that accumulate in Alzheimer's Disease (AD), but APP may also regulate multiple aspects of neuronal development, albeit via mechanisms that are not well understood. APP is a member of a family of transmembrane glycoproteins expressed by all higher organisms, including two mammalian orthologs (APLP1 and APLP2) that have complicated investigations into the specific activities of APP. By comparison, insects express only a single APP-related protein (APP-Like, or APPL) that contains the same protein interaction domains identified in APP...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932907/optimized-r-functions-for-analysis-of-ecological-community-data-using-the-r-virtual-laboratory-rvlab
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Constantinos Varsos, Theodore Patkos, Anastasis Oulas, Christina Pavloudi, Alexandros Gougousis, Umer Zeeshan Ijaz, Irene Filiopoulou, Nikolaos Pattakos, Edward Vanden Berghe, Antonio Fernández-Guerra, Sarah Faulwetter, Eva Chatzinikolaou, Evangelos Pafilis, Chryssoula Bekiari, Martin Doerr, Christos Arvanitidis
BACKGROUND: Parallel data manipulation using R has previously been addressed by members of the R community, however most of these studies produce ad hoc solutions that are not readily available to the average R user. Our targeted users, ranging from the expert ecologist/microbiologists to computational biologists, often experience difficulties in finding optimal ways to exploit the full capacity of their computational resources. In addition, improving performance of commonly used R scripts becomes increasingly difficult especially with large datasets...
2016: Biodiversity Data Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932865/statistical-modeling-methods-to-analyze-the-impacts-of-multiunit-process-variability-on-critical-quality-attributes-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-tablets
#15
Fei Sun, Bing Xu, Yi Zhang, Shengyun Dai, Chan Yang, Xianglong Cui, Xinyuan Shi, Yanjiang Qiao
The quality of Chinese herbal medicine tablets suffers from batch-to-batch variability due to a lack of manufacturing process understanding. In this paper, the Panax notoginseng saponins (PNS) immediate release tablet was taken as the research subject. By defining the dissolution of five active pharmaceutical ingredients and the tablet tensile strength as critical quality attributes (CQAs), influences of both the manipulated process parameters introduced by an orthogonal experiment design and the intermediate granules' properties on the CQAs were fully investigated by different chemometric methods, such as the partial least squares, the orthogonal projection to latent structures, and the multiblock partial least squares (MBPLS)...
2016: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932633/agents-of-reconciliation-agency-affirmation-promotes-constructive-tendencies-following-transgressions-in-low-commitment-relationships
#16
Ilanit SimanTov-Nachlieli, Nurit Shnabel, Anael Mori-Hoffman
Conflicting parties experience threats to both their agency and morality, but the experience of agency-threat exerts more influence on their behavior, leading to relationship-destructive tendencies. Whereas high-commitment relationships facilitate constructive tendencies despite the conflict, we theorized that in low-commitment relationships, affirming the adversary's agency is a prerequisite for facilitating more constructive tendencies. Focusing on sibling conflicts, Study 1 found that when commitment was low (rather than high), agency-affirmation increased participants' constructive tendencies toward their brother/sister compared with a control/no-affirmation condition...
December 8, 2016: Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932422/significance-of-low-mtorc1-activity-in-defining-the-characteristics-of-brain-tumor-stem-cells
#17
Yi-Peng Han, Atsushi Enomoto, Yukihiro Shiraki, Shen-Qi Wang, Xiaoze Wang, Shinya Toyokuni, Naoya Asai, Kaori Ushida, Hosne Ara, Fumiharu Ohka, Toshihiko Wakabayashi, Jie Ma, Atsushi Natsume, Masahide Takahashi
BACKGROUND: The significance of mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) activity in the maintenance of cancer stem cells (CSCs) remains controversial. Previous findings showed that mTORC1 activation depleted the population of leukemia stem cells in leukemia, while maintaining the stemness in pancreatic CSCs. The purpose of this study was to examine the currently unknown role and significance of mTORC1 activity in brain tumor stem cells (BTSCs). METHODS: Basal mTORC1 activity and its kinetics were investigated in BTSC clones isolated from patients with glioblastoma and their differentiated progenies (DIFFs)...
December 8, 2016: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932164/retzius-space-preservation-technique-for-robotic-assisted-laparoscopic-radical-prostatectomy-in-a-kidney-transplant-patient-first-case-in-thailand-and-our-first-experience
#18
P Jenjitranant, P Sangkum, P Sirisreetreerux, W Viseshsindh, S Patcharatrakul, W Kongcharoensombat
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this work was to report our experience in robotic-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy for the treatment of localized prostate cancer in a kidney transplant recipient. METHODS: A 73-year-old man with chronic renal failure underwent living-donor kidney transplantation (KT) in 1993. His baseline creatinine after KT was ∼1.2 mg/dL. He developed lower urinary tract symptoms in 1999. He was diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia and treated accordingly...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931947/transection-of-the-omohyoid-muscle-as-an-aid-during-vagal-nerve-stimulator-implantation
#19
June Yowtak, Patrick Jenkins, Cole Giller
BACKGROUND: Exposure of the carotid sheath during VNS implantation is usually straightforward, but can be difficult for patients with a large body habitus. In addition, the exposure must be done with care if the surgeon wishes to keep the vagus nerve in situ without using retractors that might impair access. OBJECTIVE: To describe the use of the omohyoid muscle as a landmark for the jugular vein, and to report how transection of the omohyoid can facilitate a rapid and wide exposure of the carotid sheath...
December 5, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931868/a-critical-review-of-the-potential-impacts-of-marine-seismic-surveys-on-fish-invertebrates
#20
REVIEW
A G Carroll, R Przeslawski, A Duncan, M Gunning, B Bruce
Marine seismic surveys produce high intensity, low-frequency impulsive sounds at regular intervals, with most sound produced between 10 and 300Hz. Offshore seismic surveys have long been considered to be disruptive to fisheries, but there are few ecological studies that target commercially important species, particularly invertebrates. This review aims to summarise scientific studies investigating the impacts of low-frequency sound on marine fish and invertebrates, as well as to critically evaluate how such studies may apply to field populations exposed to seismic operations...
December 5, 2016: Marine Pollution Bulletin
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