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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351591/could-seasonally-deteriorating-environments-favour-the-evolution-of-autogamous-selfing-and-a-drought-escape-physiology-through-indirect-selection-a-test-of-the-time-limitation-hypothesis-using-artificial-selection-in-clarkia
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Simon K Emms, Alisa A Hove, Leah S Dudley, Susan J Mazer, Amy S Verhoeven
Background and Aims: The evolution of selfing from outcrossing may be the most common transition in plant reproductive systems and is associated with a variety of ecological circumstances and life history strategies. The most widely discussed explanation for these associations is the reproductive assurance hypothesis - the proposition that selfing is favoured because it increases female fitness when outcross pollen receipt is limited. Here an alternative explanation, the time limitation hypothesis, is addressed, one scenario of which proposes that selfing may evolve as a correlated response to selection for a faster life cycle in seasonally deteriorating environments...
January 17, 2018: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351468/gabaergic-contribution-to-the-muscle-mechanoreflex-mediated-heart-rate-responses-at-the-onset-of-exercise-in-humans
#2
André L Teixeira, Plinio Santos Ramos, Milena Samora, Jeann L Sabino-Carvalho, Djalma Rabelo Ricardo, Eduardo Colombari, Lauro C Vianna
Previous studies indicated that central GABAergic mechanisms are involved in the heart rate (HR) responses at the onset of exercise. Based on previous research that showed similar increases in HR during passive and active cycling, we reasoned that the GABAergic mechanisms involved in the HR responses at the exercise onset is primarily mediated by muscle mechanoreceptors afferents. Therefore, in this study we sought to determine if central GABA mechanisms are involved in the muscle mechanoreflex-mediated HR responses at the onset of exercise in humans...
December 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351394/bile-acid-profiles-within-the-enterohepatic-circulation-in-a-diabetic-rat-model-after-bariatric-surgeries
#3
Meng Wei, Yi Shao, Qiao-Ran Liu, Qun-Zheng Wu, Xiang Zhang, Ming-Wei Zhong, Shao-Zhuang Liu, Guang-Yong Zhang, San-Yuan Hu
Bile acids (BAs), which are synthesized in the liver and cycled in the enterohepatic circulation, have been recognized as signaling molecules by activating their receptors in the intestine and liver. Serum taurine-conjugated BAs have been shown to be elevated after bariatric surgeries, although the postoperative BA profiles within the enterohepatic circulation have not been investigated. Clarification of these profiles could help explain the mechanisms by which bariatric surgery leads to BA profile alterations and subsequent metabolic effects...
December 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351306/an-approach-to-localization-for-ensemble-based-data-assimilation
#4
Bin Wang, Juanjuan Liu, Li Liu, Shiming Xu, Wenyu Huang
Localization techniques are commonly used in ensemble-based data assimilation (e.g., the Ensemble Kalman Filter (EnKF) method) because of insufficient ensemble samples. They can effectively ameliorate the spurious long-range correlations between the background and observations. However, localization is very expensive when the problem to be solved is of high dimension (say 106 or higher) for assimilating observations simultaneously. To reduce the cost of localization for high-dimension problems, an approach is proposed in this paper, which approximately expands the correlation function of the localization matrix using a limited number of principal eigenvectors so that the Schür product between the localization matrix and a high-dimension covariance matrix is reduced to the sum of a series of Schür products between two simple vectors...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351161/effects-of-contrast-strength-vs-plyometric-training-on-lower-limb-explosive-performance-ability-to-change-direction-and-neuromuscular-adaptation-in-soccer-players
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Mehrez Hammami, Nawel Gaamouri, Roy J Shephard, Mohamed Souhaiel Chelly
The aim was to compare the effects of two differing 8-week in-season strength training programs (contrast strength training [CST] vs. plyometric training [PT]) on selected performance tests (5 and 40m sprints, S 4 X 5 m change of direction test, squat (SJ) and countermovement (CMJ) jumps , leg peak power on a cycle ergometer force-velocity test, 1-repetition maximal (1-RM) half squat, and electromyographic [EMG] activity of the vastus lateralis, vastus medialis and rectus femoris muscles during vertical jump tests)...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351130/comparative-effectiveness-of-low-volume-time-efficient-resistance-training-versus-endurance-training-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Gregers Winding Munch, Jaya Birgitte Rosenmeier, Morten Petersen, Anders Rasmussen Rinnov, Ulrik Winning Iepsen, Bente Klarlund Pedersen, Stefan Peter Mortensen
PURPOSE: Cardiorespiratory fitness is positively related to heart failure (HF) prognosis, but lack of time and low energy are barriers for adherence to exercise. We, therefore, compared the effect of low-volume time-based resistance exercise training (TRE) with aerobic moderate-intensity cycling (AMC) on maximal and submaximal exercise capacity, health-related quality of life, and vascular function. METHODS: Twenty-eight HF patients (New York Heart Association class I-II) performed AMC (n = 14) or TRE (n = 14)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351124/feasibility-assessment-of-yttrium-90-liver-radioembolization-imaging-using-amplitude-based-gated-pet-ct
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Dustin R Osborne, Shelley N Acuff, Melissa L Neveu, Mumtaz Syed, Austin D Kaman, Yitong Fu
PURPOSE: The usage of PET/computed tomography (CT) to monitor hepatocellular carcinoma patients following yttrium-90 (Y) radioembolization has increased. Respiratory motion causes liver movement, which can be corrected using gating techniques at the expense of added noise. This work examines the use of amplitude-based gating on Y-PET/CT and its potential impact on diagnostic integrity. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients were imaged using PET/CT following Y radioembolization...
January 18, 2018: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351018/the-behavior-and-reproductive-physiology-of-a-solitary-progressive-provisioning-vespid-wasp-evidence-for-a-solitary-cycle-origin-of-reproductive-castes
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Hans C Kelstrup, Klaus Hartfelder, Tiago Falcon Lopes, Theresa C Wossler
The emergence of queens and workers from solitary antecedents mark a major evolutionary transition in the history of life. The solitary progressive provisioning wasp Synagris cornuta, a member of the subfamily Eumeninae (basal to eusocial vespid wasps), alternates between behavioral states characterized as queenlike and worker-like. Akin to a queen in eusocial wasps, a S. cornuta female initiates construction of a cell into which she oviposits and then, similar to a worker, cares for the brood as it develops...
February 2018: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350759/extreme-rainfall-affects-assembly-of-the-root-associated-fungal-community
#9
Christopher J Barnes, Christopher J van der Gast, Niall P McNamara, Rebecca Rowe, Gary D Bending
Global warming is resulting in increased frequency of weather extremes. Root-associated fungi play important roles in terrestrial biogeochemical cycling processes, but the way in which they are affected by extreme weather is unclear. Here, we performed long-term field monitoring of the root-associated fungus community of a short rotation coppice willow plantation, and compared community dynamics before and after a once in 100 yr rainfall event that occurred in the UK in 2012. Monitoring of the root-associated fungi was performed over a 3-yr period by metabarcoding the fungal internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region...
January 19, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350681/aav-9-mediated-phosphatase-1-inhibitor-1-overexpression-improves-cardiac-contractility-in-unchallenged-mice-but-is-deleterious-in-pressure-overload
#10
D M Schwab, L Tilemann, R Bauer, M Heckmann, A Jungmann, M Wagner, J Burgis, C Vettel, H A Katus, A El-Armouche, O J Müller
The downregulation of β-adrenergic receptors (β-AR) and decreased cAMP-dependent protein kinase activity in failing hearts results in decreased phosphorylation and inactivation of phosphatase-inhibitor-1 (I-1), a distal amplifier element of β-adrenergic signaling, leading to increased protein phosphatase 1 activity and dephosphorylation of key phosphoproteins, including phospholamban. Downregulated and hypophosphorylated I-1 likely contributes to β-AR desensitization; therefore its modulation is a promising approach in heart failure treatment...
January 19, 2018: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350621/electrodeposited-binder-free-nico2o4-carbon-nanofiber-as-high-performance-anode-for-lithium-ion-batteries
#11
Jie Zhang, Ruixia Chu, Yanli Chen, Heng Jiang, Ying Zhang, Nay Ming Huang, Hang Guo
Binder-free nickle cobaltite on carbon nanofiber (NiCo2O4@CNF) anode for lithium ion batteries was prepared via a two-step procedure of electrospinning and electrodeposition. The CNF was obtained by annealing the electrospun poly-acrylonitrile (PAN) in the nitrogen (N2). The NiCo2O4 nanostructures were then grown on the CNF by electrodeposition, followed by annealing in the air. Experimental results showed vertically aligned NiCo2O4 nanosheets were uniformly grown on the surface of CNF, forming an interconnected network...
January 19, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350527/shuttle-suppression-by-polymer-sealed-graphene-coated-polypropylene-separator
#12
Xuewu Ou, Yanzi Yu, Ruizhe Wu, Abhishek Tyagi, Minghao Zhuang, Yao Ding, Irfan Haider Abidi, Heng-An Wu, Feng-Chao Wang, Zhengtang Luo
"Shuttle effect" of lithium polysulfides (LiPS) leads to poor performance and short cycle life of Li-S battery, thus limiting their practical application. We demonstrate here that after coating polypropylene (PP) separator with a continuous monolayer graphene, the "shuttle effect" can be significantly suppressed by limiting the passage of long chain LiPS. The graphene/PP separator can be further modified by sealing the big holes or pores on graphene with in situ polymerized nylon-66, via an interfacial polymerization reaction between diamine and adipoyl chloride supplied by the aqueous and oil phase, respectively from each side of the membrane...
January 19, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350486/inflammatory-response-and-treatment-tolerance-of-long-term-infusion-of-the-anti-gd2-antibody-ch14-18-cho-in-combination-with-interleukin-2-in-patients-with-high-risk-neuroblastoma
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Kiraz Ceylan, Luciana J Jahns, Bjoern N Lode, Karoline Ehlert, Silke Kietz, Sascha Troschke-Meurer, Nikolai Siebert, Holger N Lode
BACKGROUND: The monoclonal anti-GD2 antibody ch14.18/CHO in combination with IL-2 is active and effective in high-risk neuroblastoma (NB) patients. Here, we investigated the inflammatory response and treatment tolerance of long-term infusion (LTI) of ch14.18/CHO (10 × 10 mg/m2 ; 24 hr) in combination with subcutaneous (s.c.) IL-2 in a single center program. METHODS: Fifty-three NB patients received up to six cycles of 100 mg/m2 ch14.18/CHO (d8-18, where d represents day(s)) as LTI combined with 6 × 106 IU/m2 s...
January 19, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350264/linking-muscle-metabolism-and-functional-variation-to-field-swimming-performance-in-bluegill-sunfish-lepomis-macrochirus
#14
David J Ellerby, Shauna Cyr, Angela X Han, Mika Lin, Lloyd A Trueblood
Skeletal muscle has diverse mechanical roles during locomotion. In swimming fish, power-producing muscles work in concert with the accessory muscles of the fins which augment and control power transfer to the water. Although fin muscles represent a significant proportion of the locomotor muscle mass, their physiological properties are poorly characterized. To examine the relationship between muscle metabolism and the differing mechanical demands placed on distinct muscle groups, we quantified the aerobic and glycolytic capacities of the myotomal, pectoral and caudal muscles of bluegill sunfish...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350193/layer-structured-bismuth-selenides-bi2se3-and-bi3se4-for-high-energy-and-flexible-all-solid-state-micro-supercapacitors
#15
Chunxue Hao, Lidan Wang, Fusheng Wen, Jianyong Xiang, Lei Li, Wentao Hu, Zhongyuan Liu
In this work, bismuth selenides (Bi2Se3 and Bi3Se4), both of which have a layered rhombohedral crystal structure, have been found to be useful as electrode materials for supercapacitor applications. In a liquid electrolyte system (6M KOH), Bi2Se3 nanoplates exhibit much better performance as an electrode material than Bi3Se4 nanoparticles do, delivering a higher specific capacitance (272.9 F g-1) than that of Bi3Se4 (193.6 F g-1) at 5 mV s-1. This result may be attributed to the fact that Bi2Se3 nanoplates possess more active electrochemical surfaces for the reversible surface redox reactions owing to their planar quintuple stacked layers (septuple layers for Bi3Se4)...
January 19, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350034/probing-the-complexities-of-structural-changes-in-layered-oxide-cathode-materials-for-li-ion-batteries-during-fast-charge-discharge-cycling-and-heating
#16
Enyuan Hu, Xuelong Wang, Xiqian Yu, Xiao-Qing Yang
The rechargeable lithium-ion battery (LIB) is the most promising energy storage system to power electric vehicles with high energy density and long cycling life. However, in order to meet customers' demands for fast charging, the power performances of current LIBs need to be improved. From the cathode aspect, layer-structured cathode materials are widely used in today's market and will continue to play important roles in the near future. The high rate capability of layered cathode materials during charging and discharging is critical to the power performance of the whole cell and the thermal stability is closely related to the safety issues...
January 19, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349502/a-biomechanical-comparison-of-different-fixation-techniques-for-fractures-of-the-acetabular-posterior-wall
#17
Xinbao Wu
PURPOSE: This study aimed to evaluate the biomechanical stability of different fixation techniques for fractures of the acetabular posterior wall. The hypothesis was that a reconstruction plate, combined with compression screw fixation and a plate placed lateral to the screws, would achieve a higher peak load to failure and stiffness and reduced gapping during cycle loading than other fixation techniques. METHODS: A total of 24 Sawbone pelvis models were created with simulated fractures at the posterior wall of the acetabulum...
January 18, 2018: International Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348128/pevonedistat-a-first-in-class-nedd8-activating-enzyme-nae-inhibitor-combined-with-azacitidine-in-patients-with-aml
#18
Ronan T Swords, Steven Coutre, Michael B Maris, Joshua F Zeidner, James M Foran, Jose Cruz, Harry P Erba, Jesus G Berdeja, Wayne Tam, Saran Vardhanabhuti, Iwona Pawlikowska-Dobler, Hélène M Faessel, Ajeeta B Dash, Farhad Sedarati, Bruce J Dezube, Douglas V Faller, Michael R Savona
Pevonedistat (TAK-924/MLN4924) is a novel inhibitor of NEDD8-activating enzyme (NAE) with single-agent activity in relapsed/refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML). We performed a phase 1b study (NCT01814826) of pevonedistat (PEV) with azacitidine (AZA) based on synergistic activity seen preclinically. Primary objectives included safety and tolerability, and secondary objectives included pharmacokinetics (PK) and disease response. Patients ≥60 years with treatment-naïve AML, unfit for standard induction therapy, received PEV 20 or 30 mg/m2 IV on days 1, 3, and 5, combined with fixed-dose AZA (75 mg/m2 IV/SC) on days 1-5, 8, and 9, every 28 days...
January 18, 2018: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348095/estimation-of-simvastatin-and-cetirizine-by-rp-lc-method-application-to-freeze-and-thaw-ft-stability-studies
#19
Safila Naveed, Khan Usmanghani, Aisha Sana, Huma Ali, Farya Zafar, Fatima Qamar, Ghulam Sarwer, Sarah Abbas, M Tanweer Alam, Muhammad Ibrar Shinwari
Sensitive, simple, reliable and rapid HPLC technique for the estimation of simvastatin (SMV) and cetirizine has been designed in this study. The chromatographic conditions were set using Shimadzu LC-10 AT VP pump, with UV detector (SPD-10 AV-VP). System integration was performed with CBM-102 (Bus Module). Partitioning of components was attained with pre-packed C-18 column of Purospher Star (5 μm, 250 x 4.6 mm) at ambient conditions. Injected volume of sample was 10 μl. Mobile phase was composed of 50:50 v/v ratio of Acetonitrile/water (pH 3...
January 2018: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347002/work-and-power-fluctuations-in-a-critical-heat-engine
#20
Viktor Holubec, Artem Ryabov
We investigate fluctuations of output work for a class of Stirling heat engines with working fluid composed of interacting units and compare these fluctuations to an average work output. In particular, we focus on engine performance close to a critical point where Carnot's efficiency may be attained at a finite power as reported by M. Campisi and R. Fazio [Nat. Commun. 7, 11895 (2016)2041-172310.1038/ncomms11895]. We show that the variance of work output per cycle scales with the same critical exponent as the heat capacity of the working fluid...
September 2017: Physical Review. E
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