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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646796/organic-matter-drives-high-interannual-variability-in-methylmercury-concentrations-in-a-subarctic-coastal-sea
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A L Soerensen, A T Schartup, A Skrobonja, E Björn
Levels of neurotoxic methylmercury (MeHg) in phytoplankton are strongly associated with water MeHg concentrations. Because uptake by phytoplankton is the first and largest step of bioaccumulation in aquatic food webs many studies have investigated factors driving seasonal changes in water MeHg concentrations. Organic matter (OM) is widely accepted as an important driver of MeHg production and uptake by phytoplankton but is also known for strong interannual variability in concentration and composition within systems...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646754/free-energy-analysis-of-cell-spreading
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Eóin McEvoy, Vikram S Deshpande, Patrick McGarry
In this study we present a steady-state adaptation of the thermodynamically motivated stress fiber (SF) model of Vigliotti et al. (2015). We implement this steady-state formulation in a non-local finite element setting where we also consider global conservation of the total number of cytoskeletal proteins within the cell, global conservation of the number of binding integrins on the cell membrane, and adhesion limiting ligand density on the substrate surface. We present a number of simulations of cell spreading in which we consider a limited subset of the possible deformed spread-states assumed by the cell in order to examine the hypothesis that free energy minimization drives the process of cell spreading...
June 7, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646708/piezoelectric-parametric-effects-on-wave-vibration-and-contact-mechanics-of-traveling-wave-ultrasonic-motor
#3
Dongsheng Zhang, Shiyu Wang, Jie Xiu
Elastic wave quality determines the operating performance of traveling wave ultrasonic motor (TWUM). The time-variant circumferential force from the shrink of piezoelectric ceramic is one of the factors that distort the elastic wave. The distorted waveshape deviates from the ideal standard sinusoidal fashion and affects the contact mechanics and driving performance. An analytical dynamic model of ring ultrasonic motor is developed. Based on this model, the piezoelectric parametric effects on the wave distortion and contact mechanics are examined...
May 25, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646641/do-large-mergers-increase-or-decrease-the-productivity-of-pharmaceutical-r-d
#4
Michael S Ringel, Michael K Choy
There is current uncertainty regarding the effects of mergers on pharmaceutical R&D productivity, with various mechanisms reported by which mergers could either help or harm R&D, and mixed empirical findings in prior analyses. Here, we present an analysis that is novel in several ways: we use downstream measures of R&D productivity, account for both inputs and outputs in our calculations, and use a self-controlled design. We find that recent large pharmaceutical mergers are associated with statistically significant increases in R&D productivity...
June 21, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646599/boldness-predicts-an-individual-s-position-along-an-exploration-exploitation-foraging-trade-off
#5
Samantha C Patrick, David Pinaud, Henri Weimerskirch
Individuals do not have complete information about the environment and therefore they face a trade-off between gathering information (exploration) and gathering resources (exploitation). Studies have shown individual differences in components of this trade-off but how stable these strategies are in a population and the intrinsic drivers of these differences is not well understood. Top marine predators are expected to experience a particularly strong trade-off as many species have large foraging ranges and their prey often have a patchy distribution...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646553/epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-emt-a-spectrum-of-states-role-in-lung-development-homeostasis-and-disease
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REVIEW
Mohit Kumar Jolly, Chris Ward, Mathew Suji Eapen, Stephen Myers, Oskar Hallgren, Herbert Levine, Sukhwinder Singh Sohal
Epithelial Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) plays key roles during lung development and many lung diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), lung cancer and pulmonary fibrosis. Here, integrating morphological observations with underlying molecular mechanisms, we highlight the functional role of EMT in lung development and injury repair, and discuss how it can contribute to pathogenesis of chronic lung disease. We discuss the evidence of manifestation of EMT and its potential driving role in COPD, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS), and lung cancer, while noting that all cells need not display a full EMT in any of these contexts, i...
June 24, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646551/prospero-related-homeobox-1-drives-angiogenesis-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-through-selectively-activating-il-8-expression
#7
Yanfeng Liu, Yonglong Zhang, Shenghao Wang, Qiong-Zhu Dong, Zhongliang Shen, Wei Wang, Shuai Tao, Chenjian Gu, Jing Liu, Youhua Xie, Lun-Xiu Qin
Angiogenesis has been proven to play an important role in the progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the molecular mechanism underlying HCC angiogenesis is not well understood. In this study, Prospero-related homeobox 1 (PROX1) was identified as a novel pro-angiogenic factor in HCC cell lines and tissues. A strong positive correlation was found between the levels of PROX1 and microvessel density in HCC tissues. Knockdown of PROX1 expression in HCC cells significantly inhibited the in vitro capillary tube formation by human vascular endothelial cells and in vivo angiogenesis of HCC, while overexpression of PROX1 in HCC cells induced the opposite effects...
June 23, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646231/inter-annual-variability-of-transparent-exopolymer-particles-in-the-arctic-ocean-reveals-high-sensitivity-to-ecosystem-changes
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Anja Engel, Judith Piontek, Katja Metfies, Sonja Endres, Pim Sprong, Ilka Peeken, Steffi Gäbler-Schwarz, Eva-Maria Nöthig
Transparent exopolymer particles (TEP) are a class of marine gel particles and important links between surface ocean biology and atmospheric processes. Derived from marine microorganisms, these particles can facilitate the biological pumping of carbon dioxide to the deep sea, or act as cloud condensation and ice nucleation particles in the atmosphere. Yet, environmental controls on TEP abundance in the ocean are poorly known. Here, we investigated some of these controls during the first multiyear time-series on TEP abundance for the Fram Strait, the Atlantic gateway to the Central Arctic Ocean...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646228/coronal-mass-ejections-are-not-coherent-magnetohydrodynamic-structures
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M J Owens, M Lockwood, L A Barnard
Coronal mass ejections (CMEs) are episodic eruptions of solar plasma and magnetic flux that travel out through the solar system, driving extreme space weather. Interpretation of CME observations and their interaction with the solar wind typically assumes CMEs are coherent, almost solid-like objects. We show that supersonic radial propagation of CMEs away from the Sun results in geometric expansion of CME plasma parcels at a speed faster than the local wave speed. Thus information cannot propagate across the CME...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646225/a-high-power-broadband-terahertz-source-enabled-by-three-dimensional-light-confinement-in-a-plasmonic-nanocavity
#10
Nezih Tolga Yardimci, Semih Cakmakyapan, Soroosh Hemmati, Mona Jarrahi
The scope and potential uses of time-domain terahertz imaging and spectroscopy are mainly limited by the low optical-to-terahertz conversion efficiency of photoconductive terahertz sources. State-of-the-art photoconductive sources utilize short-carrier-lifetime semiconductors to recombine carriers that cannot contribute to efficient terahertz generation and cause additional thermal dissipation. Here, we present a novel photoconductive terahertz source that offers a significantly higher efficiency compared with terahertz sources fabricated on short-carrier-lifetime substrates...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646091/stress-specific-p38-map-kinase-activation-is-sufficient-to-drive-egf-receptor-endocytosis-but-not-nuclear-translocation
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Alejandra Tomas, Sylwia Jones, Simon O Vaughan, Daniel Hochhauser, Clare E Futter
P38 MAP kinase-dependent EGF receptor (EGFR) endocytosis is induced by stress. Ligand and stresses like X-rays, reportedly promote nuclear traffic of endocytosed EGFR for regulation of gene transcription and DNA repair. We fail to detect EGFR endocytosis or nuclear transport following X-ray treatment of HeLa or head and neck cancer cells, despite extensive DNA damage induction. Apparent nuclear staining with EGFR extracellular domain antibody remained present despite reduced/absent EGFR expression and so did not represent nuclear EGFR...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646090/cellular-functions-of-wasp-family-proteins-at-a-glance
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REVIEW
Olga Alekhina, Ezra Burstein, Daniel D Billadeau
Proteins of the Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (WASP) family function as nucleation-promoting factors for the ubiquitously expressed Arp2/3 complex, which drives the generation of branched actin filaments. Arp2/3-generated actin regulates diverse cellular processes, including the formation of lamellipodia and filopodia, endocytosis and/or phagocytosis at the plasma membrane, and the generation of cargo-laden vesicles from organelles including the Golgi, endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and the endo-lysosomal network...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646043/an-efficient-flp-based-toolkit-for-spatiotemporal-control-of-gene-expression-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Celia María Muñoz-Jiménez, Cristina Ayuso, Agnieszka Dobrzynska, Antonio Torres, Patricia de la Cruz Ruiz, Peter Askjaer
Site-specific recombinases are potent tools to regulate gene expression. In particular, the Cre and FLP enzymes are widely used to either activate or inactivate genes in a precise spatiotemporal manner. Both recombinases work efficiently in the popular model organism Caenorhabditis elegans but their use in this nematode is still only sporadic. To increase the utility of the FLP system in C. elegans we have generated a series of single-copy transgenic strains that stably express an optimized version of FLP in specific tissues or by heat induction...
June 23, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646039/monocyte-adhesion-migration-and-extracellular-matrix-breakdown-is-regulated-by-integrin-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-3-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-infection
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Sara Brilha, Riccardo Wysoczanski, Ashley M Whittington, Jon S Friedland, Joanna C Porter
In tuberculosis (TB), the innate inflammatory immune response drives tissue destruction, morbidity, and mortality. Monocytes secrete matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), which have key roles in local tissue destruction and cavitation. We hypothesized that integrin signaling might regulate monocyte MMP secretion in pulmonary TB during cell adhesion to the extracellular matrix (ECM). Adhesion to type I collagen and fibronectin by Mycobacterium tuberculosis-stimulated monocytes increased MMP-1 gene expression by 2...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645909/fut8-promotes-melanoma-invasion-and-metastasis
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FUT8-mediated core fucosylation of L1CAM drives melanoma metastasis.
June 23, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645891/health-app-use-among-individuals-with-symptoms-of-depression-and-anxiety-a-survey-study-with-thematic-coding
#16
Caryn Kseniya Rubanovich, David C Mohr, Stephen M Schueller
BACKGROUND: Researchers have largely turned to commercial app stores, randomized trials, and systematic reviews to make sense of the mHealth landscape. Few studies have approached understanding by collecting information from target end users. The end user perspective is critical as end user interest in and use of mHealth technologies will ultimately drive the efficacy of these tools. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to obtain information from end users of mHealth technologies to better understand the physical and mental health apps people use and for what purposes...
June 23, 2017: JMIR Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645693/male-mice-ultrasonic-vocalizations-enhance-female-sexual-approach-and-hypothalamic-kisspeptin-neuron-activity
#17
Akari Asaba, Takuya Osakada, Kazushige Touhara, Masahiro Kato, Kazutaka Mogi, Takefumi Kikusui
Vocal communication in animals is important for ensuring reproductive success. Male mice emit song-like "ultrasonic vocalizations (USVs)" when they encounter female mice, and females show approach to the USVs. However, it is unclear whether USVs of male mice trigger female behavioral and endocrine responses in reproduction. In this study, we first investigated the relationship between the number of deliveries in breeding pairs for 4months and USVs syllables emitted from those paired males during 3min of sexual encounter with unfamiliar female mice...
June 20, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645565/from-the-outside-from-within-biological-and-therapeutic-relevance-of-signal-transduction-in-t-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#18
REVIEW
Mariana L Oliveira, Padma Akkapeddi, Isabel Alcobia, Afonso R Almeida, Bruno A Cardoso, Rita Fragoso, Teresa L Serafim, João T Barata
T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is an aggressive hematological cancer that arises from clonal expansion of transformed T-cell precursors. In this review we summarize the current knowledge on the external stimuli and cell-intrinsic lesions that drive aberrant activation of pivotal, pro-tumoral intracellular signaling pathways in T-cell precursors, driving transformation, leukemia expansion, spread or resistance to therapy. In addition to their pathophysiological relevance, receptors and kinases involved in signal transduction are often attractive candidates for targeted drug development...
June 20, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645367/base-excision-repair-variants-in-cancer
#19
Carolyn G Marsden, Julie A Dragon, Susan S Wallace, Joann B Sweasy
Base excision repair (BER) is a key genome maintenance pathway that removes endogenously damaged DNA bases that arise in cells at very high levels on a daily basis. Failure to remove these damaged DNA bases leads to increased levels of mutagenesis and chromosomal instability, which have the potential to drive carcinogenesis. Next-generation sequencing of the germline and tumor genomes of thousands of individuals has uncovered many rare mutations in BER genes. Given that BER is critical for genome maintenance, it is important to determine whether BER genomic variants have functional phenotypes...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645211/akr1c3-mediated-adipose-androgen-generation-drives-lipotoxicity-in-women-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome
#20
Michael W O'Reilly, Punith Kempegowda, Mark Walsh, Angela E Taylor, Konstantinos N Manolopoulos, J William Allwood, Robert K Semple, Daniel Hebenstreit, Warwick B Dunn, Jeremy W Tomlinson, Wiebke Arlt
Context: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is a prevalent metabolic disorder, occurring in up to 10% of women of reproductive age. PCOS is associated with insulin resistance and cardiovascular risk. Androgen excess is a defining feature of PCOS and has been suggested as causally associated with insulin resistance; however, mechanistic evidence linking both is lacking. We hypothesized that adipose tissue is an important site linking androgen activation and metabolic dysfunction in PCOS...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
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