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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922870/male-mutation-bias-is-the-main-force-shaping-chromosomal-substitution-rates-in-monotreme-mammals
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Vivian Link, Diana Aguilar-Gómez, Ciro Ramírez-Suástegui, Laurence D Hurst, Diego Cortez
In many species, spermatogenesis involves more cell divisions than oogenesis, and the male germline, therefore, accumulates more DNA replication errors, a phenomenon known as male mutation bias. The extent of male mutation bias (α) is estimated by comparing substitution rates of the X, Y, and autosomal chromosomes, as these chromosomes spend different proportions of their time in the germlines of the two sexes. Male mutation bias has been characterized in placental and marsupial mammals as well as birds, but analyses in monotremes failed to detect any such bias...
September 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922818/-if-i-ever-have-to-go-to-prison-i-hope-it-s-a-russian-prison-british-labour-social-democracy-and-soviet-communism-1919-25
#2
Max Hodgson
Through the inter-war period, the USSR became an example of 'socialism in action' that the British labour movement could both look towards and define itself against. British visitors both criticized and acclaimed aspects of the new Soviet state between 1919 and 1925, but a consistently exceptional finding was the Soviet prison. Analysing the visits and reports of British guests to Soviet prisons, the aims of this article are threefold. Using new material from the Russian archives, it demonstrates the development of an intense admiration for, and often a desire to replicate, the Soviet penal system on the part of Labour members, future Communists, and even Liberals who visited Soviet Russia...
September 1, 2017: 20 Century British History
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922811/a-programme-to-create-short-course-chemotherapy-for-pulmonary-mycobacterium-avium-disease-based-on-pharmacokinetics-pharmacodynamics-and-mathematical-forecasting
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Devyani Deshpande, Shashikant Srivastava, Tawanda Gumbo
Objectives: Pulmonary Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) prevalence is on the rise worldwide. The average therapy duration is 1.5 years, which is associated with poor cure rates. Our objective was to develop a programme to design a combination therapy regimen for pulmonary MAC to be administered for 6 months or less with efficacy in > 90% of patients. Methods: We performed a literature search for the following MeSH headings 'Mycobacterium avium' AND 'pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics' in PubMed up to 2016...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922667/integrated-strategy-for-mutagenicity-prediction-applied-to-food-contact-chemicals
#4
Serena Manganelli, Benoît Schilter, Emilio Benfenati, Alberto Manganaro, Elena Lo Piparo
Food contamination due to unintentional leakage of chemicals from food contact materials (FCM) is a source of increasing concern. Since for many of these substances, only limited or no toxicological data are available, the development of alternative methodologies to establish rapidly and cost-efficiently level of safety concern is critical to ensure adequate consumer protection. Computational toxicology methods are considered the most promising solutions to cope with this data gap. In particular, mutagenicity assessment has a particular relevance and is a mandatory requirement for all substances released from plastic FCM, regardless how low migration and exposure are...
September 18, 2017: ALTEX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922613/the-etiology-of-community-acquired-pneumonia-among-children-under-5%C3%A2-years-of-age-in-mainland-china-2001-2015-a-systematic-review
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Guijun Ning, Xuxia Wang, Dan Wu, Zundong Yin, Yixing Li, Huaqing Wang, Weizhong Yang
BACKGROUND: The aim of this systematic review was to examine the etiology of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) among Chinese children younger than 5 years and provide evidence for further cost-effectiveness analyses for vaccine development, diagnostic strategies and empirical treatments. METHODS: The literature review followed the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses statement. Data were obtained by searching PubMed, Embase, Web-of Science, and the Chinese databases Wanfang Data and China National Knowledge Infrastructure...
September 18, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922607/antdas-automatic-data-analysis-strategy-for-uplc-qtof-based-nontargeted-metabolic-profiling-analysis
#6
Hai-Yan Fu, Xiao-Ming Guo, Yue-Ming Zhang, Jing-Jing Song, Qing-Xia Zheng, Ping-Ping Liu, Peng Lu, Qian-Si Chen, Yong-Jie Yu, Yuanbin She
High-quality data analysis methodology remains a bottleneck for metabolic profiling analysis based on ultra-performance liquid chromatography-quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The present work aims to address this problem by proposing a novel data analysis strategy wherein (1) chromatographic peaks in the UPLC-QTOF dataset are automatically extracted by using an advanced multiscale Gaussian smoothing-based peak extraction strategy. (2) A peak annotation stage is used to cluster fragment ions that belong to the same compound...
September 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922603/semiconductor-plasmon-induced-upconversion-enhancement-in-mcu2-xs-sio2-y2o3-yb-3-er-3-core-shell-nanocomposites
#7
Donglei Zhou, Dongyu Li, Xiangyu Zhou, Wen Xu, Xu Chen, Dali Liu, Yongsheng Zhu, Hongwei Song
The ability to modulate the intensity of electromagnetic field by semiconductor plasmon nanoparticles is becoming attractive owing to its unique doping induced local surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) effect different from metals. Herein, we synthesized the mCu2-xS@SiO2@Y2O3:Yb(3+),Er(3+) core-shell composites and experimentally and theoretically studied the semiconductor plasmon induced upconversion (UC) enhancement, and obtained 30 folds UC enhancement compared to that of SiO2@Y2O3:Yb(3+),Er(3+) composites...
September 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922601/substrate-dependence-of-the-freezing-dynamics-of-supercooled-water-films-a-high-speed-optical-microscope-study
#8
Elzbieta Pach, Laura Rodríguez, Albert Verdaguer
The freezing of supercooled water films on silicon-based surfaces was investigated using a high-speed camera coupled to an optical microscope. We were able to study in detail the two phases or stages in during water freezing; the first stage, faster, when dendritic grow occurs co-planar with the cold surface of the substrate and the second stage, slower, when the ice formed on the surface grows vertically until all the film is frozen. Several differentiated processes were identified during the freezing: two dimensional dendrite growing on the substrate interface, vertical dendrite growing, formation and evolution of ice domains, trapping of air bubbles in ice and freezing of the water film surface...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922552/an-individualized-gene-expression-signature-for-prediction-of-lung-adenocarcinoma-metastases
#9
Lishuang Qi, Tianhao Li, Gengen Shi, Jiasheng Wang, Xin Li, Sainan Zhang, Libin Chen, Yuan Qin, Yunyan Gu, Wenyuan Zhao, Zheng Guo
Our laboratory previously reported an individual-level signature consisting of nine gene pairs, named 9-GPS. This signature was developed by training on microarray expression data and validated using three independent integrated microarray data sets, with samples of stage I non-small cell lung cancer after complete surgical resection. In this study, we first validated the cross-platform robustness of 9-GPS by demonstrating that 9-GPS could significantly stratify the overall survival of 213 stage I lung adenocarcinoma (LUAD) patients detected with RNA-sequencing platform in The Cancer Genome Atlas (log-rank p = 0...
September 18, 2017: Molecular Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922504/selective-remodeling-of-glutamatergic-transmission-to-striatal-cholinergic-interneurons-after-dopamine-depletion
#10
Jose de Jesus Aceves Buendia, Lior Tiroshi, Wei-Hua Chiu, Joshua A Goldberg
The widely-held view that the pathophysiology of Parkinson's disease arises from an under-activation of the direct pathway striatal spiny neurons (dSPNs) has gained support from a recently described weakening of the glutamatergic projection from the parafascicular nucleus (PfN) to dSPNs in experimental parkinsonism. However, the impact of the remodeling of the thalamostriatal projection cannot be fully appreciated without considering its impact on cholinergic interneurons (ChIs) that themselves preferentially activate indirect pathway spiny neurons (iSPNs)...
September 18, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922500/total-synthesis-of-the-diglycosidic-tetramic-acid-ancorinoside-a
#11
Markus Petermichl, Rainer Schobert
Ancorinoside A, a metabolite of a sponge Ancorina sp., was prepared in 18 steps as the first derivative of this class of glycosylated 3-acyltetramic acids. It features a β-D-glucopyranosyl-(1→4)-β-D-galacturonic acid linked to a D-aspartic acid derived tetramic acid via a 3-docosanoyl spacer. The diglycoside was built up by connecting the protected monosaccharides D-galactose and D-glucose via a thioglycoside glycosylation. Attachment of the spacer by a subsequent Schmidt glycosylation of this diglycoside, TEMPO oxidation to the uronic acid, functionalisation of the spacer terminus with an N-(β-ketoacyl)aspartate, and a final Dieckmann cyclisation of the latter were the key steps leading to ancorinoside A...
September 18, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922473/children-s-theories-of-the-self
#12
Christina Starmans
This article provides a theoretical review of the developmental origins of children's "folk theories" about the nature of the self, linking theoretical developments in philosophy with empirical discoveries from developmental psychology. The article first reviews children's views about the material nature of the self, outlining evidence that children naturally think about the self as distinct from the body. It then discusses children's understanding of the persistence of the self over time and, finally, explores children's views about conflict within the self...
September 18, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922453/disruption-of-human-stratum-corneum-lipid-structure-by-sodium-dodecyl-sulfate
#13
Kaori Yanase, Ichiro Hatta
OBJECTIVE: Surfactants are major ingredients of body soaps and cleansers. Among them, harsh ones have been demonstrated to damage the skin. Stratum corneum (SC), the outermost barrier of skin layer, is rich in intercellular lipids. This lipid structure can be disrupted by surfactants, impairing the barrier function of the skin. Thus, we investigated the surfactant-induced disruption of the intercellular lipid structure of human SC at the molecular level using synchrotron X-ray diffraction...
September 18, 2017: International Journal of Cosmetic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922438/endocan-serum-levels-in-patients-with-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-with-or-without-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-a-pilot-study
#14
Marcello Dallio, Mario Masarone, Giuseppe Gerardo Caprio, Rosa Di Sarno, Concetta Tuccillo, Ferdinando Carlo Sasso, Marcello Persico, Carmela Loguercio, Alessandro Federico
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is emerging as an independent cardiovascular risk factor. Recently, Endocan has been studied as an early marker of endothelial dysfunction. Our aim was to evaluate Endocan serum levels in patients with NAFLD with or without type 2 diabetes mellitus. METHOD: We enrolled 56 patients: 19 with NAFLD and 37 with type 2 diabetes mellitus with or without NAFLD, and compared them to 25 healthy controls. Endocan serum level was measured by using the ELISA EndoMark assay...
September 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922427/knowledge-evolution-in-physics-research-an-analysis-of-bibliographic-coupling-networks
#15
Wenyuan Liu, Andrea Nanetti, Siew Ann Cheong
Even as we advance the frontiers of physics knowledge, our understanding of how this knowledge evolves remains at the descriptive levels of Popper and Kuhn. Using the American Physical Society (APS) publications data sets, we ask in this paper how new knowledge is built upon old knowledge. We do so by constructing year-to-year bibliographic coupling networks, and identify in them validated communities that represent different research fields. We then visualize their evolutionary relationships in the form of alluvial diagrams, and show how they remain intact through APS journal splits...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922396/biochemical-and-immunological-characterization-of-a-novel-monoclonal-antibody-against-mouse-leukotriene-b4-receptor-1
#16
Fumiyuki Sasaki, Tomoaki Koga, Kazuko Saeki, Toshiaki Okuno, Saiko Kazuno, Tsutomu Fujimura, Yasuyuki Ohkawa, Takehiko Yokomizo
Leukotriene B4 (LTB4) receptor 1 (BLT1) is a G protein-coupled receptor expressed in various leukocyte subsets; however, the precise expression of mouse BLT1 (mBLT1) has not been reported because a mBLT1 monoclonal antibody (mAb) has not been available. In this study, we present the successful establishment of a hybridoma cell line (clone 7A8) that produces a high-affinity mAb for mBLT1 by direct immunization of BLT1-deficient mice with mBLT1-overexpressing cells. The specificity of clone 7A8 was confirmed using mBLT1-overexpressing cells and mouse peripheral blood leukocytes that endogenously express BLT1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922394/sequence-features-of-viral-and-human-internal-ribosome-entry-sites-predictive-of-their-activity
#17
Alexey A Gritsenko, Shira Weingarten-Gabbay, Shani Elias-Kirma, Ronit Nir, Dick de Ridder, Eran Segal
Translation of mRNAs through Internal Ribosome Entry Sites (IRESs) has emerged as a prominent mechanism of cellular and viral initiation. It supports cap-independent translation of select cellular genes under normal conditions, and in conditions when cap-dependent translation is inhibited. IRES structure and sequence are believed to be involved in this process. However due to the small number of IRESs known, there have been no systematic investigations of the determinants of IRES activity. With the recent discovery of thousands of novel IRESs in human and viruses, the next challenge is to decipher the sequence determinants of IRES activity...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922392/facial-thermal-variations-a-new-marker-of-emotional-arousal
#18
Vladimir Kosonogov, Lucas De Zorzi, Jacques Honoré, Eduardo S Martínez-Velázquez, Jean-Louis Nandrino, José M Martinez-Selva, Henrique Sequeira
Functional infrared thermal imaging (fITI) is considered a promising method to measure emotional autonomic responses through facial cutaneous thermal variations. However, the facial thermal response to emotions still needs to be investigated within the framework of the dimensional approach to emotions. The main aim of this study was to assess how the facial thermal variations index the emotional arousal and valence dimensions of visual stimuli. Twenty-four participants were presented with three groups of standardized emotional pictures (unpleasant, neutral and pleasant) from the International Affective Picture System...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922389/comprehensive-metabolic-characterization-of-serum-osteocalcin-action-in-a-large-non-diabetic-sample
#19
Lukas Entenmann, Maik Pietzner, Anna Artati, Anke Hannemann, Ann-Kristin Henning, Gabi Kastenmüller, Henry Völzke, Matthias Nauck, Jerzy Adamski, Henri Wallaschofski, Nele Friedrich
Recent research suggested a metabolic implication of osteocalcin (OCN) in e.g. insulin sensitivity or steroid production. We used an untargeted metabolomics approach by analyzing plasma and urine samples of 931 participants using mass spectrometry to reveal further metabolic actions of OCN. Several detected relations between OCN and metabolites were strongly linked to renal function, however, a number of associations remained significant after adjustment for renal function. Intermediates of proline catabolism were associated with OCN reflecting the implication in bone metabolism...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922373/dynein-light-chain-regulates-adaptive-and-innate-b-cell-development-by-distinctive-genetic-mechanisms
#20
Ashleigh King, Lingli Li, David M Wong, Rui Liu, Rebecca Bamford, Andreas Strasser, David M Tarlinton, Jörg Heierhorst
Mechanistic differences in the development and function of adaptive, high-affinity antibody-producing B-2 cells and innate-like, "natural" antibody-producing B-1a cells remain poorly understood. Here we show that the multi-functional dynein light chain (DYNLL1/LC8) plays important roles in the establishment of B-1a cells in the peritoneal cavity and in the ongoing development of B-2 lymphoid cells in the bone marrow of mice. Epistasis analyses indicate that Dynll1 regulates B-1a and early B-2 cell development in a single, linear pathway with its direct transcriptional activator ASCIZ (ATMIN/ZNF822), and that the two genes also have complementary functions during late B-2 cell development...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Genetics
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