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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646812/oral-consumption-of-vitamin-k2-for-8-weeks-associated-with-increased-maximal-cardiac-output-during-exercise
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Brian K McFarlin, Andrea L Henning, Adam S Venable
Background • Vitamin K1 and K2 are not typically common in a Western diet because they are found in a variety of fermented foods. Vitamin K2 in particular has been demonstrated to restore mitochondrial function and has a key role in production of mitochondrial adenosine triphosphate. Thus, it is reasonable to speculate that dietary supplementation with vitamin K2 could increase the function of muscle with high mitochondrial content (ie, skeletal and cardiac muscle). Objective • The purpose of this study was to determine if 8 wk of dietary supplementation with Vitamin K2 could alter cardiovascular responses to a graded cycle ergometer test...
July 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646648/natural-history-of-a-viral-cohesive-end-site-cosn-of-the-%C3%AE-like-phages
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Nicole Vahanian, Choon Seok Oh, Jean Sippy, Michael Feiss
The base pairs of cosN, the site where the 12 base-long cohesive ends are generated in λ-like phages, show partial-two fold rotational symmetry. In a bioinformatic survey, we found that the cosN changes in 12 natural cosN variants are restricted to bp 6-to-12 of the cohesive end sequence. In contrast, bp 1-5 of the cohesive end sequence are strictly conserved (13/13), as are the two bp flanking the left nicking site (bp -2 and -1). The bp flanking the right nick site (bp 13 and 14) are conserved in 12 of 13 variants...
June 21, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646326/transposable-elements-mediate-adaptive-debilitation-of-flagella-in-experimental-escherichia-coli-populations
#3
Gordon R Plague, Krystal S Boodram, Kevin M Dougherty, Sandar Bregg, Daniel P Gilbert, Hira Bakshi, Daniel Costa
Although insertion sequence (IS) elements are generally considered genomic parasites, they can mediate adaptive genetic changes in bacterial genomes. We discovered that among 12 laboratory-evolved Escherichia coli populations, three had experienced at least six different IS1-mediated deletions of flagellar genes. These deletions all involved the master flagellar regulator flhDC, and as such completely incapacitate motility. Two lines of evidence strongly suggest that these deletions were adaptive in our evolution experiment: (1) parallel evolution in three independent populations is highly unlikely just by chance, and (2) one of these deletion mutations swept to fixation within ~1000 generations, which is over two million times faster than expected if this deletion was instead selectively neutral and thus evolving by genetic drift...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645696/exercise-training-improves-functional-status-in-hypertensive-older-adults-under-angiotensin-converting-enzymes-inhibitors-medication
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Liliana C Baptista, Aristides M Machado-Rodrigues, Manuel Teixeira Veríssimo, Raul A Martins
BACKGROUND: The study aims to analyze the effect of three types of treatment on functional status, and cardiovascular risk outcomes in hypertensive older adults with comorbidities. METHODS: Participants (n=418) underwent one of the following 3 conditions: i) multicomponent exercise training 3times/week (MEX; n=116); ii) angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors used mono-dose daily (ACEi; n=70); iii) combined exercise and ACEi drugs (ACEiMEX; n=232). The trial was completed by 82% of the participants (n=342): MEX (n=90); ACEi (n=66); ACEiMEX (n=186)...
June 20, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645330/screen-based-sedentary-behavior-during-adolescence-and-pulmonary-function-in-a-birth-cohort
#5
Bruna Gonçalves C da Silva, Ana M B Menezes, Fernando C Wehrmeister, Fernando C Barros, Michael Pratt
BACKGROUND: Adolescents spend many hours in sitting activities as television viewing, video game playing and computer use. The relationship between sedentary behavior and respiratory health remains poorly elucidated. To date there have been no studies evaluating the relationship between sedentary behavior and pulmonary function in young populations. The purpose of this study is to examine the association between the trajectory of screen-based sedentary behavior from 11 to 18 years and pulmonary function at 18 years in a Brazilian birth cohort...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645318/detecting-consistent-patterns-of-directional-adaptation-using-differential-selection-codon-models
#6
Sahar Parto, Nicolas Lartillot
BACKGROUND: Phylogenetic codon models are often used to characterize the selective regimes acting on protein-coding sequences. Recent methodological developments have led to models explicitly accounting for the interplay between mutation and selection, by modeling the amino acid fitness landscape along the sequence. However, thus far, most of these models have assumed that the fitness landscape is constant over time. Fluctuations of the fitness landscape may often be random or depend on complex and unknown factors...
June 23, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645249/comparative-transcriptomic-analysis-of-the-evolution-and-development-of-flower-size-in-saltugilia-polemoniaceae
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Jacob B Landis, Douglas E Soltis, Pamela S Soltis
BACKGROUND: Flower size varies dramatically across angiosperms, representing innovations over the course of >130 million years of evolution and contributing substantially to relationships with pollinators. However, the genetic underpinning of flower size is not well understood. Saltugilia (Polemoniaceae) provides an excellent non-model system for extending the genetic study of flower size to interspecific differences that coincide with variation in pollinators. RESULTS: Using targeted gene capture methods, we infer phylogenetic relationships among all members of Saltugilia to provide a framework for investigating the genetic control of flower size differences via RNA-Seq de novo assembly...
June 23, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644997/first-episode-psychosis-moderates-the-effect-of-gray-matter-volume-on-cognition
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Luis F S Castro-de-Araujo, Richard A A Kanaan
Patients with first episode psychosis (FEP) present with cognitive deficits and volume differences in certain brain areas. Brain volumetric information further correlates with cognitive testing, and multiple brain areas shows different strengths of correlation with the cognitive functions being tested. Traditionally, these cognitive functions are independently related to volumetric differences, but these functions share variance. Failing to account for this aspect of cognition hinders the proper representation of cognition in neuroimaging studies...
June 15, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644242/effects-of-participation-in-sports-programs-on-walking-ability-and-endurance-over-time-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy
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Sandy A Ross, Morgan Yount, Sara Ankarstad, Samantha Bock, Britta Orso, Kimberly Perry, Jennifer Miros, Janice E Brunstrom-Hernandez
OBJECTIVE: Children with cerebral palsy may benefit from maintaining a high level of physical fitness similar to typically developing children especially in terms of long-term physical performance, although in practice this is often difficult. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of participation in sports programs on walking ability and endurance over time. DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study included participants with cerebral palsy, aged 6 to 20 yrs, who attended a summer sports program from 2004 to 2012...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644125/exploiting-crispr-cas-to-manipulate-enterococcus-faecalis-populations
#10
Karthik Hullahalli, Marinelle Rodrigues, Kelli L Palmer
CRISPR-Cas provides a barrier to horizontal gene transfer in prokaryotes. It was previously observed that functional CRISPR-Cas systems are absent from multidrug-resistant (MDR) Enterococcus faecalis, which only possess an orphan CRISPR locus, termed CRISPR2, lacking cas genes. It was of interest to investigate how the interplay between CRISPR-Cas genome defense and antibiotic selection for mobile genetic elements shapes E. faecalis populations. Here, we demonstrate that CRISPR2 can be reactivated for genome defense in MDR strains...
June 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642842/the-tick-microbiome-why-non-pathogenic-microorganisms-matter-in-tick-biology-and-pathogen-transmission
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REVIEW
Sarah I Bonnet, Florian Binetruy, Angelica M Hernández-Jarguín, Olivier Duron
Ticks are among the most important vectors of pathogens affecting humans and other animals worldwide. They do not only carry pathogens however, as a diverse group of commensal and symbiotic microorganisms are also present in ticks. Unlike pathogens, their biology and their effect on ticks remain largely unexplored, and are in fact often neglected. Nonetheless, they can confer multiple detrimental, neutral, or beneficial effects to their tick hosts, and can play various roles in fitness, nutritional adaptation, development, reproduction, defense against environmental stress, and immunity...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642786/signatures-of-selection-for-environmental-adaptation-and-zebu-%C3%A3-taurine-hybrid-fitness-in-east-african-shorthorn-zebu
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Hussain Bahbahani, Abdulfatai Tijjani, Christopher Mukasa, David Wragg, Faisal Almathen, Oyekanmi Nash, Gerald N Akpa, Mary Mbole-Kariuki, Sunir Malla, Mark Woolhouse, Tad Sonstegard, Curtis Van Tassell, Martin Blythe, Heather Huson, Olivier Hanotte
The East African Shorthorn Zebu (EASZ) cattle are ancient hybrid between Asian zebu × African taurine cattle preferred by local farmers due to their adaptability to the African environment. The genetic controls of these adaptabilities are not clearly understood yet. Here, we genotyped 92 EASZ samples from Kenya (KEASZ) with more than 770,000 SNPs and sequenced the genome of a pool of 10 KEASZ. We observe an even admixed autosomal zebu × taurine genomic structure in the population. A total of 101 and 165 candidate regions of positive selection, based on genome-wide SNP analyses (meta-SS, Rsb, iHS, and ΔAF) and pooled heterozygosity (Hp) full genome sequence analysis, are identified, in which 35 regions are shared between them...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642758/time-and-antigen-stimulation-history-influence-memory-cd8-t-cell-bystander-responses
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Matthew D Martin, Qiang Shan, Hai-Hui Xue, Vladimir P Badovinac
Memory CD8 T cells can be activated and induced to produce cytokines and increase stores of cytolytic proteins not only in response to cognate antigen (Ag) but also in response to inflammatory cytokines (bystander responses). Importantly, bystander memory CD8 T cell functions have been shown to be dependent upon memory CD8 T cell fitness, since exhausted CD8 T cells have diminished capacity to respond to inflammatory cues. While it is known that memory CD8 T cell functional abilities, including ability to produce cytokines in response to cognate Ag, change with time after initial Ag encounter and upon multiple Ag stimulations (e...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642371/electrostatic-interactions-between-the-ctx-phage-minor-coat-protein-and-the-bacterial-host-receptor-tola-drives-the-pathogenic-conversion-of-vibrio-cholerae
#14
Laetitia Houot, Romain Navarro, Matthieu Nouailler, Denis Duché, Françoise Guerlesquin, Roland Lloubes
Vibrio cholerae is a natural inhabitant of aquatic environments and converts to a pathogen upon infection by a filamentous phage, CTXφ, that transmits the cholera toxin encoding genes. This toxigenic conversion of V. cholerae has evident implication in both genome plasticity and epidemic risk, but the early stages of the infection have not been thoroughly studied. CTXφ transit across the bacterial periplasm requires binding between the minor coat protein named pIII and a bacterial inner-membrane receptor, TolA, which is part of the conserved Tol-Pal molecular motor...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642340/cardiovascular-and-cerebral-hemodynamics-during-exercise-and-recovery-in-obese-individuals-as-a-function-of-their-fitness-status
#15
Mathieu Gayda, Gabriel Lapierre, Olivier Dupuy, Sarah Fraser, Louis Bherer, Martin Juneau, Vincent Gremeaux, Anil Nigam
The aim of this study was to compare cardiovascular hemodynamics and cerebral oxygenation/perfusion (COP) during and after maximal incremental exercise in obese individuals according to their aerobic fitness versus age-matched healthy controls (AMHC). Fifty-four middle-aged obese (OB) and 16 AMHC were recruited. Maximal cardiopulmonary function (gas exchange analysis), cardiac hemodynamics (impedance cardiography), and left frontal COP (near-infrared spectroscopy: NIRS) were measured continuously during a maximal incremental ergocycle test...
June 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642270/heritable-micro-environmental-variance-covaries-with-fitness-in-an-outbred-population-of-drosophila-serrata
#16
Jacqueline L Sztepanacz, Katrina McGuigan, Mark W Blows
The genetic basis of stochastic variation within a defined environment, and the consequences of such micro-environmental variance for fitness are poorly understood. Using a multigenerational breeding design in Drosophila serrata, we demonstrated that the micro-environmental variance in a set of morphological wing traits in a randomly mating population had significant additive genetic variance in most single wing traits. Although heritability was generally low (< 1%), coefficients of additive genetic variance were of a magnitude typical of other morphological traits, indicating that the micro-environmental variance is an evolvable trait...
June 22, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642134/mitochondrial-potassium-channels-in-cell-death
#17
Vanessa Checchetto, Michele Azzolini, Roberta Peruzzo, Paola Capitanio, Luigi Leanza
Mitochondria are intracellular organelles involved in several processes from bioenergetics to cell death. In the latest years, ion channels are arising as new possible targets in controlling several cellular functions. The discovery that several plasma membrane located ion channels have intracellular counterparts, has now implemented this consideration and the number of studies enforcing the understanding of their role in different metabolic pathways. In this review, we will discuss the recent updates in the field, focusing our attention on the involvement of potassium channels during mitochondrial mediated apoptotic cell death...
June 19, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641528/drug-design-synthesis-and-in-vitro-evaluation-of-substituted-benzofurans-as-hsp90-inhibitors
#18
Sundeep Kadasi, Thadeu E M M Costa, Neha Arukala, Mallika Toshakani, Chaitanya Duggineti, Sreekanth Thota, Sayan Dutta Gupta, Shiva Raj, Carmen Penido, Maria G Henriques, Nulgumnalli Manjunathaiah Raghavendra
BACKGROUND: Heat shock protein 90 is a molecular chaperone required for the stability and function of several client proteins that promote cancer cell growth and/or survival. Discovery of Hsp90 inhibitors has emerged as an attractive target of research in cancer therapeutics. Natural products like geldanamycin and radicicol are established Hsp90 inhibitors, but face limitations with toxicity and inactivity, by in vivo studies respectively. However, they lay the logical starting point for the design of novel synthetic or semi-synthetic congeners as Hsp90 inhibitors...
June 22, 2017: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641499/a-comprehensive-model-for-heat-induced-radio-sensitization
#19
Sarah Catharina Brüningk, Jannat Ijaz, Ian Rivens, Simeon Nill, Gail Ter Haar, Uwe Oelfke
Combined radiotherapy (RT) and hyperthermia (HT) treatments may improve treatment outcome by heat induced radio-sensitization. We propose an empirical cell survival model (AlphaR model) to describe this multimodality therapy. The model is motivated by the observation that heat induced radio-sensitization may be explained by a reduction in the DNA damage repair capacity of heated cells. We assume that this repair is only possible up to a threshold level above which survival will decrease exponentially with dose...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Hyperthermia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641260/nested-conjugate-gradient-algorithm-with-nested-preconditioning-for-non-linear-image-restoration
#20
Deepak G Skariah, Muthuvel Arigovindan
We develop a novel optimization algorithm, which we call Nested Non-Linear Conjugate Gradient algorithm (NNCG), for image restoration based on quadratic data fitting and smooth non-quadratic regularization. The algorithm is constructed as a nesting of two conjugate gradient (CG) iterations. The outer iteration is constructed as a preconditioned non-linear CG algorithm; the preconditioning is performed by the inner CG iteration that is linear. The inner CG iteration, which performs preconditioning for outer CG iteration, itself is accelerated by an another FFT based non-iterative preconditioner...
June 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
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