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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428866/capture-efficiency-and-trophic-adaptations-of-a-specialist-and-generalist-predator-a-comparison
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Ondřej Michálek, Lenka Petráková, Stano Pekár
Specialist true predators are expected to exhibit higher capture efficiencies for the capture of larger and dangerous prey than generalist predators due to their possession of specialized morphological and behavioral adaptations. We used an araneophagous spider (Lampona murina) and a generalist spider (Drassodes lapidosus) as phylogenetically related model species and investigated their realized and fundamental trophic niches and their efficacy with respect to prey capture and prey handling. The trophic niche of both species confirmed that Lampona had a narrow trophic niche with a predominance of spider prey (including conspecifics), while the niche of Drassodes was wide, without any preference...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428767/social-cognitive-training-improves-emotional-processing-and-reduces-aggressive-attitudes-in-ex-combatants
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Sandra Trujillo, Natalia Trujillo, Jose D Lopez, Diana Gomez, Stella Valencia, Jorge Rendon, David A Pineda, Mario A Parra
Emotional processing (EP) is a complex cognitive function necessary to successfully adjust to social environments where we need to interpret and respond to cues that convey threat or reward signals. Ex-combatants have consistently shown atypical EP as well as poor social interactions. Available reintegration programs aim to facilitate the re-adaptation of ex-combatants to their communities. However, they do not incorporate actions to improve EP and to enhance cognitive-emotional regulation. The present study was aimed at evaluating the usefulness of an intervention focused on Social Cognitive Training (SCT), which was designed to equip ex-combatants enrolled in the Social Reintegration Route with EP and social cognition skills...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425091/marine-bioluminescence-measurement-by-a-classical-light-sensor-and-related-foraging-behaviour-of-a-deep-diving-predator
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Jade Vacquié-Garcia, Jérôme Mallefet, Frédéric Bailleul, Baptiste Picard, Christophe Guinet
Bioluminescence is produced by a broad range of organisms for defense, predation or communication purposes. Southern elephant seal (SES) vision is adapted to low intensity light with a peak sensitivity, matching the wavelength emitted by myctophid species, one of the main prey of female SES. A total of 11 satellite-tracked female SES were equipped with a Time-Depth-Light 3D-accelerometers (TDR10-X) in order to assess whether bioluminescence could be used by SES to locate their prey. First, we demonstrated experimentally that the TDR10-X light sensor was sensitive enough to detect natural bioluminescence; however, we highlighted a low distance detection of the sensor...
April 20, 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416245/a-simple-and-efficient-method-for-crispr-cas9-induced-mutant-screening
#4
Yufeng Hua, Chun Wang, Jian Huang, Kejian Wang
The clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated protein 9 (Cas9) system provides a technological breakthrough in mutant generation. Several methods such as the polymerase chain reaction (PCR)/restriction enzyme (RE) assay, T7 endonuclease I (T7EI) assay, Surveyor nuclease assay, PAGE-based genotyping assay, and high-resolution melting (HRM) analysis-based assay have been developed for screening CRISPR/Cas9-induced mutants. However, these methods are time- and labour-intensive and may also be sequence-limited or require very expensive equipment...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Genetics and Genomics, Yi Chuan Xue Bao
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411935/point-of-care-ultrasound-in-austere-environments-a-complete-review-of-its-utilization-pitfalls-and-technique-for-common-applications-in-austere-settings
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REVIEW
Laleh Gharahbaghian, Kenton L Anderson, Viveta Lobo, Rwo-Wen Huang, Cori McClure Poffenberger, Phi D Nguyen
With the advent of portable ultrasound machines, point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has proven to be adaptable to a myriad of environments, including remote and austere settings, where other imaging modalities cannot be carried. Austere environments continue to pose special challenges to ultrasound equipment, but advances in equipment design and environment-specific care allow for its successful use. This article describes the technique and illustrates pathology of common POCUS applications in austere environments...
May 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410301/dendritic-cell-strategies-for-eliciting-mutation-derived-tumor-antigen-responses-in-patients
#6
Sreekumar Balan, John Finnigan, Nina Bhardwaj
Dendritic cells (DCs) are equipped for sensing danger signals and capturing, processing, and presenting antigens to naive or effector cells and are critical in inducing humoral and adaptive immunity. Successful vaccinations are those that activate DCs to elicit both cellular and humoral responses, as well as long-lasting memory response against the target of interest. Recently, it has become apparent that tumor cells can provide new sources of antigens through nonsynonymous mutations or frame-shift mutations, leading to potentially hundreds of mutation-derived tumor antigens (MTAs) or neoantigens...
March 2017: Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407455/construction-and-13-c-hyperpolarization-efficiency-of-a-180%C3%A2-ghz-dissolution-dynamic-nuclear-polarization-system
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Andhika Kiswandhi, Peter Niedbalski, Christopher Parish, Sarah Ferguson, David Taylor, George McDonald, Lloyd Lumata
Dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) via the dissolution method has become one of the rapidly emerging techniques to alleviate the low signal sensitivity in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and imaging (MRI). In this paper, we report on the development and (13) C hyperpolarization efficiency of a homebuilt dynamic nuclear polarization (DNP) system operating at 6.423 T and 1.4 K. The DNP hyperpolarizer system was assembled on a wide-bore superconducting magnet, equipped with a standard continuous-flow cryostat, and a 180 GHz microwave source with 120 mW power output and wide 4 GHz frequency tuning range...
April 13, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry: MRC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407379/epithelial-mesenchymal-plasticity-and-circulating-tumor-cells-travel-companions-to-metastases
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REVIEW
Marie-Emilie Francart, Justine Lambert, Aline M Vanwynsberghe, Erik W Thompson, Morgane Bourcy, Myriam Polette, Christine Gilles
Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transitions (EMT) associated with metastatic progression may contribute to the generation of hybrid phenotypes capable of plasticity. This cellular plasticity would provide tumor cells with an increased potential to adapt to the different microenvironments encountered during metastatic spread. Understanding how EMT may functionally equip Circulating Tumor Cells (CTCs) with an enhanced competence to survive in the blood stream and niche in the colonized organs has thus become a major cancer research axis...
April 13, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405691/-customised-early-mobilisation-how-about-a%C3%A2-little-bit-more
#9
S Nessizius
Early mobilisation of patients in intensive care starts in a multiprofessional team with passive techniques continuing with assistive measures and finally going on to active training including mobilisation leading to sitting and standing positions as well as walking. Positive effects regarding these procedures have been proved in numerous studies and can also be found in the revision of the S2e guideline "Positioning and early mobilisation in prophylaxis or therapy of pulmonary disorders". In order to work with regard to the resources of the patient in intensive care, of the multiprofessional team, of the ward-specific structures and of the used equipment it is vital to apply a customised mobilisation concept...
April 12, 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391196/energy-efficient-images
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Hadi Hadizadeh
In this paper, a novel method is presented for producing energy-efficient images, i.e., images that consume less electrical energy on energy-adaptive displays, yet have the same, or very similar perceptual quality to their original images. The proposed method relies on the fact the the energy consumption of pixels in modern energy-adaptive displays like OLED displays is directly proportional to the luminance of the pixels. Hence, in this paper to reduce the energy consumption of an image while at the same time preserving its perceptual quality, it is proposed to reduce the luminance of the pixels in the image by one just-noticeable-difference (JND) threshold...
April 3, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384003/qualifications-and-competencies-for-population-health-management-positions-a-content-analysis-of-job-postings
#11
Melanie Meyer
The need for population health management expertise has increased as the health care industry shifts toward value-based care. However, many organizations report hiring gaps as they seek to fill positions. The purpose of this study was to analyze the types of population health management positions for which health care organizations are hiring, including qualifications and competencies required for these positions. A content analysis was conducted on 271 job postings collected during a 2-month period. A typology of qualifications and competencies was developed based on the content analysis...
April 6, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380265/how-do-i-participate-in-t-cell-immunotherapy
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Megan M Suhoski Davis, David H McKenna, Philip J Norris
T cells play a key role in the adaptive immune response, and the ability to manipulate T cells for therapeutic uses has advanced in the past decade. Infusion of expanded or engineered T cells can potentially be used to treat cancer, viral infections, graft-versus-host disease, and organ transplant rejection. The role that blood banks play in the manufacture and distribution of T-cell therapeutics is still being defined. Given the regulatory framework of blood banks, they are well positioned to collect raw material for manufacture of T-cell therapies and to distribute finished product to hospitals in support of clinical trials or eventually for licensed products...
May 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377784/flowering-and-growth-responses-of-cultivated-lentil-and-wild-lens-germplasm-toward-the-differences-in-red-to-far-red-ratio-and-photosynthetically-active-radiation
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Hai Y Yuan, Shyamali Saha, Albert Vandenberg, Kirstin E Bett
Understanding environmental responses of pulse crop species and their wild relatives will play an important role in developing genetic strategies for crop improvement in response to changes in climate. This study examined how cultivated lentil and wild Lens germplasm responded to different light environments, specifically differences in red/far-red ratio (R/FR) and photosynthetically active radiation (PAR). Three genotypes of each the seven Lens species were grown in environmentally controlled growth chambers equipped to provide light treatments consisting of different R/FR ratios and PAR values...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364940/seizing-market-shaping-opportunities-for-vaccine-cold-chain-equipment
#14
REVIEW
Tara Azimi, Lauren Franzel, Nina Probst
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, supports immunisation programmes in eligible countries to reach children with lifesaving vaccines. Dramatic improvement in the scale and performance of current cold chain systems is required to extend the reach of immunisation services - especially for children living in remote locations - to advance progress towards full vaccine coverage. Achieving these improvements will require a healthier market for cold chain equipment where the products meet user needs, are sustainably priced, and are available in sufficient quantities to meet demand...
April 19, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28362591/preconditioned-stochastic-gradient-descent
#15
Xi-Lin Li
Stochastic gradient descent (SGD) still is the workhorse for many practical problems. However, it converges slow, and can be difficult to tune. It is possible to precondition SGD to accelerate its convergence remarkably. But many attempts in this direction either aim at solving specialized problems, or result in significantly more complicated methods than SGD. This paper proposes a new method to adaptively estimate a preconditioner, such that the amplitudes of perturbations of preconditioned stochastic gradient match that of the perturbations of parameters to be optimized in a way comparable to Newton method for deterministic optimization...
March 9, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358919/beware-batch-culture-seasonality-and-niche-construction-predicted-to-favor-bacterial-adaptive-diversification
#16
Charles Rocabert, Carole Knibbe, Jessika Consuegra, Dominique Schneider, Guillaume Beslon
Metabolic cross-feeding interactions between microbial strains are common in nature, and emerge during evolution experiments in the laboratory, even in homogeneous environments providing a single carbon source. In sympatry, when the environment is well-mixed, the reasons why emerging cross-feeding interactions may sometimes become stable and lead to monophyletic genotypic clusters occupying specific niches, named ecotypes, remain unclear. As an alternative to evolution experiments in the laboratory, we developed Evo2Sim, a multi-scale model of in silico experimental evolution, equipped with the whole tool case of experimental setups, competition assays, phylogenetic analysis, and, most importantly, allowing for evolvable ecological interactions...
March 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350341/new-particle-filter-based-on-ga-for-equipment-remaining-useful-life-prediction
#17
Ke Li, Jingjing Wu, Qiuju Zhang, Lei Su, Peng Chen
Remaining useful life (RUL) prediction of equipment has important significance for guaranteeing production efficiency, reducing maintenance cost, and improving plant safety. This paper proposes a novel method based on an new particle filter (PF) for predicting equipment RUL. Genetic algorithm (GA) is employed to improve the particle leanness problem that arises in traditional PF algorithms, and a time-varying auto regressive (TVAR) model and Akaike Information Criterion (AIC) are integrated to establish the dynamic model for PF...
March 28, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340242/insertion-of-miniaturized-cardiac-monitors-outside-the-catheter-operating-room-experience-and-practical-advice
#18
Jan Steffel, David Jay Wright, Harald Schäfer, Tabinda Rashid-Fadel, Thorsten Lewalter
Minor surgical procedures are increasingly being performed as outpatient procedures in settings outside hospital operating rooms (ORs). In electrophysiology, the recent miniaturization of insertable cardiac monitors (ICMs) has enabled the routine insertion of the device as a minimally invasive procedure without the need of a catheter OR. However, a shift to office-based environments for minor surgical procedures is associated with some concerns, particularly with respect to patient- and procedure-related safety in the new setting...
March 17, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338564/studying-the-retinal-source-of-photophobia-by-facial-electroretinography
#19
Christopher W Tyler, Lora T Likova
PURPOSE: Photophobia is a debilitating clinical condition that disrupts the ability to use vision for everyday tasks in bright lighting conditions. The goal of the study is to develop a methodology to study the neural basis of photophobia and the contribution of the melanopic pathway to its etiology with differential chromatic responses by means of standard electroencephalographic recording equipment. METHODS: We introduce and validate the approach of recording wavelength-specific electroretinographic (ERG) responses from the face electrodes of the high-density whole-head electroencephalography recording system under light-adapted conditions...
April 2017: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333321/preconception-and-early-pregnancy-maternal-haemodynamic-changes-in-healthy-women-in-relation-to-pregnancy-viability
#20
F L Foo, A Collins, C M McEniery, P R Bennett, I B Wilkinson, C C Lees
STUDY QUESTION: Are there differences in preconception cardiovascular function between women who have a viable pregnancy and those who have a first trimester miscarriage? SUMMARY ANSWER: Preconception cardiovascular function of central haemodynamics and arterial function are similar between women who have a viable pregnancy and those who have a first trimester miscarriage. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Miscarriages have been associated with increased long-term cardiovascular disease risk, and arterial and cardiovascular dysfunction has been hypothesised as the common link...
May 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
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