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Michael D Nevarez, Johanna C Malone, Dorene M Rentz, Robert J Waldinger
OBJECTIVE: Identifying adaptive ways to cope with extreme stress is essential to promoting long-term health. Memory systems are highly sensitive to stress, and combat exposure during war has been shown to have deleterious effects on cognitive processes, such as memory, decades later. No studies have examined coping styles used by combat veterans and associations with later-life cognitive functioning. Defenses are coping mechanisms that manage difficult memories and feelings, with some more closely related to memory processes (e...
October 7, 2016: Comprehensive Psychiatry
Julio Vargas, Vincenzo Landi, Amparo Martínez, Mayra Gómez, María Esperanza Camacho, Luz Ángela Álvarez, Lenin Aguirre, Juan Vicente Delgado
Macabea cattle are the only Bos taurus breed that have adapted to the wet tropical conditions of the Amazon. This breed has integrated into the culture of the indigenous Shuar-Asuar nations probably since its origins, being one of the few European zoogenetic resources assimilated by the deep-jungle Amazon communities. Despite its potential for local endogenous sustainable development, this breed is currently endangered. The present study used molecular genetics tools to investigate the within- and between-breeds diversity, in order to characterize the breed population, define its associations with other breeds, and infer its origin and evolution...
2016: PloS One
R Barrois, Th Gregory, L Oudre, Th Moreau, Ch Truong, A Aram Pulini, A Vienne, Ch Labourdette, N Vayatis, S Buffat, A Yelnik, C de Waele, S Laporte, P P Vidal, D Ricard
For diagnosis and follow up, it is important to be able to quantify limp in an objective, and precise way adapted to daily clinical consultation. The purpose of this exploratory study was to determine if an inertial sensor-based method could provide simple features that correlate with the severity of lower limb osteoarthritis evaluated by the WOMAC index without the use of step detection in the signal processing. Forty-eight patients with lower limb osteoarthritis formed two severity groups separated by the median of the WOMAC index (G1, G2)...
2016: PloS One
Pedro J Alcolea, Ana Alonso, Francisco García-Tabares, María C Mena, Sergio Ciordia, Vicente Larraga
Leishmania amazonensis is one of the major etiological agents of the neglected, stigmatizing disease termed american cutaneous leishmaniasis (ACL). ACL is a zoonosis and rodents are the main reservoirs. Most cases of ACL are reported in Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia and Peru. The biological cycle of the parasite is digenetic because sand fly vectors transmit the motile promastigote stage to the mammalian host dermis during blood meal intakes. The amastigote stage survives within phagocytes of the mammalian host...
2016: PloS One
Mary A M Cleaton, Claire L Dent, Mark Howard, Jennifer A Corish, Isabelle Gutteridge, Ulla Sovio, Francesca Gaccioli, Nozomi Takahashi, Steven R Bauer, D Steven Charnock-Jones, Theresa L Powell, Gordon C S Smith, Anne C Ferguson-Smith, Marika Charalambous
Pregnancy is a state of high metabolic demand. Fasting diverts metabolism to fatty acid oxidation, and the fasted response occurs much more rapidly in pregnant women than in non-pregnant women. The product of the imprinted DLK1 gene (delta-like homolog 1) is an endocrine signaling molecule that reaches a high concentration in the maternal circulation during late pregnancy. By using mouse models with deleted Dlk1, we show that the fetus is the source of maternal circulating DLK1. In the absence of fetally derived DLK1, the maternal fasting response is impaired...
October 24, 2016: Nature Genetics
Adewale L Oyeyemi, Terry L Conway, Rufus A Adedoyin, Kingsley K Akinroye, Richmond Aryeetey, Felix Assah, Kelli L Cain, Kavita A Gavand, Sandra S Kasoma, Tracy L Kolbe-Alexander, Estelle V Lambert, Richard Larouche, Sarah J Mos, Reginald Ocansey, Vincent O Onywera, Antonio Prista, Mark S Tremblay, James F Sallis
PURPOSE: Development of valid measures of built environments relevant for physical activity is an important step toward controlling the global epidemic of physical inactivity-related non-communicable diseases and deaths. This study assessed the construct validity of a self-report neighborhood environment walkability scale adapted for Africa (NEWS-Africa), by examining relationships with self-reported walking for transportation and recreation using pooled data from six sub-Saharan African countries...
October 21, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Isabel Ortuño-Lizarán, Guillermo Vilariño-Feltrer, Cristina Martínez-Ramos, Manuel Monleón Pradas, Ana Vallés-Lluch
Hydrogels have widely been proposed lately as strategies for neural tissue regeneration, but there are still some issues to be solved before their efficient use in tissue engineering of trauma, stroke or the idiopathic degeneration of the nervous system. In a previous work of the authors a novel Schwann-cell structure with the shape of a hollow cylinder was obtained using a three-dimensional conduit based in crosslinked hyaluronic acid as template. This original engineered tissue of tightly joined Schwann cells obtained in a conduit lumen having 400 μm in diameter is a consequence of specific cell-material interactions...
October 24, 2016: Biofabrication
Yiqian Cui, Junyou Shi, Zili Wang
The centers and radii of radial basis functions (RBFs) greatly affect the approximation capability of RBF networks (RBFNs). Traditional statistics-based approaches are widely used, but they may lack adaptivity to different data structures. Quantum clustering (QC), derived from quantum mechanics and the Schrödinger equation, demonstrates excellent capability in finding the structure and conformity toward data distribution. In this paper, a novel neural networks model called quantum local potential function networks (QLPFNs) is proposed...
October 20, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
Saad Mohamad, Abdelhamid Bouchachia, Moamar Sayed-Mouchaweh
Active learning (AL) is a promising way to efficiently build up training sets with minimal supervision. A learner deliberately queries specific instances to tune the classifier's model using as few labels as possible. The challenge for streaming is that the data distribution may evolve over time, and therefore the model must adapt. Another challenge is the sampling bias where the sampled training set does not reflect the underlying data distribution. In the presence of concept drift, sampling bias is more likely to occur as the training set needs to represent the whole evolving data...
October 21, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
Fabrizio Leo, Elena Cocchi, Luca Brayda
Vision loss has severe impacts on physical, social and emotional well-being. The education of blind children poses issues as many scholar disciplines (e.g. geometry, mathematics) are normally taught by heavily relying on vision. Touch-based assistive technologies are potential tools to provide graphical contents to blind users, improving learning possibilities and social inclusion. Raised-lines drawings are still the golden standard, but stimuli cannot be reconfigured or adapted and the blind person constantly requires assistance...
October 20, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
Araceli Oropeza-Aburto, Alfredo Cruz-Ramírez, Javier Mora-Macías, Luis Herrera-Estrella
Phosphate (Pi) deficient soils are a major limitant factor for crop production in many regions in the world. Despite that plants have innovated several developmental and biochemical strategies to deal with this stress, there are still massive extensions of land which combine several abiotic stresses, including phosphate starvation, that limit their use for plant growth and food production. In several plant species a genetic program underlies the biochemical and developmental responses of the organism to cope with low phosphate (Pi) availability...
October 24, 2016: Plant Biotechnology Journal
Ryan K Robison, Ashley G Anderson, James G Pipe
PURPOSE: Three-dimensional ultrashort echo-time (UTE) imaging commonly makes use of an isotropic 3D radial projection acquisition. The FLORET sequence is proposed and evaluated as a more efficient alternative. METHODS: The properties of the FLORET trajectory are contrasted with those of a 3D radial projection trajectory. The theoretical advantages of FLORET, including greater sampling and SNR efficiency, are evaluated based upon experimental data. The effect of T2* decay on FLORET is analyzed in comparison to the 3D radial, Cones, and Density Adapted Radial trajectories...
October 24, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Thomas B Atherholt, Nicholas A Procopio, Sandra M Goodrow
It is important that indicators of fecal pollution are reliable. Coliform bacteria are a commonly used indicator of fecal pollution. As other investigators have reported elsewhere, we observed a seasonal pattern of coliform bacteria detections in domestic wells in New Jersey. Examination of a statewide database of 10 years of water quality data from 93,447 samples, from 78,207 wells, generated during real estate transactions, revealed that coliform bacteria were detected in a higher proportion of wells during warm weather months...
October 24, 2016: Ground Water
Xiaolei Song, Guanyang Zou, Wen Chen, Siqi Han, Xia Zou, Li Ling
OBJECTIVE: To describe the self-reported health status and service utilization of employed, retired and unemployed migrants in Guangzhou, a mega-city in southern China. METHODS: Cross-sectional study adapted from National Health Service Survey between September and December in 2014. Based on the distribution of occupation of migrants, multi-stage sampling was used to recruit individuals. Logistic regression was applied to explore the factors influencing their service utilization...
October 24, 2016: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
Wentian Guo, Yuan Ji, Daniel V T Catenacci
In precision medicine, a patient is treated with targeted therapies that are predicted to be effective based on the patient's baseline characteristics such as biomarker profiles. Oftentimes, patient subgroups are unknown and must be learned through inference using observed data. We present SCUBA, a Subgroup ClUster-based Bayesian Adaptive design aiming to fulfill two simultaneous goals in a clinical trial, 1) to treatments enrich the allocation of each subgroup of patients to their precision and desirable treatments and 2) to report multiple subgroup-treatment pairs (STPs)...
October 24, 2016: Biometrics
Matthew Jacobs, Martin Lopez-Garcia, O-Phart Phrathep, Tracy Lawson, Ruth Oulton, Heather M Whitney
Enhanced light harvesting is an area of interest for optimizing both natural photosynthesis and artificial solar energy capture(1,2). Iridescence has been shown to exist widely and in diverse forms in plants and other photosynthetic organisms and symbioses(3,4), but there has yet to be any direct link demonstrated between iridescence and photosynthesis. Here we show that epidermal chloroplasts, also known as iridoplasts, in shade-dwelling species of Begonia(5), notable for their brilliant blue iridescence, have a photonic crystal structure formed from a periodic arrangement of the light-absorbing thylakoid tissue itself...
October 24, 2016: Nature Plants
Peter R Wiecha, Arnaud Arbouet, Christian Girard, Aurélie Lecestre, Guilhem Larrieu, Vincent Paillard
The rational design of photonic nanostructures consists of anticipating their optical response from systematic variations of simple models. This strategy, however, has limited success when multiple objectives are simultaneously targeted, because it requires demanding computational schemes. To this end, evolutionary algorithms can drive the morphology of a nano-object towards an optimum through several cycles of selection, mutation and cross-over, mimicking the process of natural selection. Here, we present a numerical technique that can allow the design of photonic nanostructures with optical properties optimized along several arbitrary objectives...
October 24, 2016: Nature Nanotechnology
Neil Garrett, Stephanie C Lazzaro, Dan Ariely, Tali Sharot
Dishonesty is an integral part of our social world, influencing domains ranging from finance and politics to personal relationships. Anecdotally, digressions from a moral code are often described as a series of small breaches that grow over time. Here we provide empirical evidence for a gradual escalation of self-serving dishonesty and reveal a neural mechanism supporting it. Behaviorally, we show that the extent to which participants engage in self-serving dishonesty increases with repetition. Using functional MRI, we show that signal reduction in the amygdala is sensitive to the history of dishonest behavior, consistent with adaptation...
October 24, 2016: Nature Neuroscience
Kelly D Moynihan, Cary F Opel, Gregory L Szeto, Alice Tzeng, Eric F Zhu, Jesse M Engreitz, Robert T Williams, Kavya Rakhra, Michael H Zhang, Adrienne M Rothschilds, Sudha Kumari, Ryan L Kelly, Byron H Kwan, Wuhbet Abraham, Kevin Hu, Naveen K Mehta, Monique J Kauke, Heikyung Suh, Jennifer R Cochran, Douglas A Lauffenburger, K Dane Wittrup, Darrell J Irvine
Checkpoint blockade with antibodies specific for cytotoxic T lymphocyte-associated protein (CTLA)-4 or programmed cell death 1 (PDCD1; also known as PD-1) elicits durable tumor regression in metastatic cancer, but these dramatic responses are confined to a minority of patients. This suboptimal outcome is probably due in part to the complex network of immunosuppressive pathways present in advanced tumors, which are unlikely to be overcome by intervention at a single signaling checkpoint. Here we describe a combination immunotherapy that recruits a variety of innate and adaptive immune cells to eliminate large tumor burdens in syngeneic tumor models and a genetically engineered mouse model of melanoma; to our knowledge tumors of this size have not previously been curable by treatments relying on endogenous immunity...
October 24, 2016: Nature Medicine
Ursula N Broder, Tina Jaeger, Urs Jenal
Virulence of pathogenic bacteria is a tightly controlled process to facilitate invasion and survival in host tissues. Although pathways controlling virulence have been defined in detail, signals modulating these processes are poorly understood. The opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes acute and chronic infections in humans. Disease progression is typically associated with a loss of acute virulence and the emergence of biofilms and chronic behaviour. The acute-to-chronic switch is governed by the global Gac/Rsm pathway...
October 24, 2016: Nature Microbiology
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