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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527362/mathematical-abilities-in-elementary-school-do-they-relate-to-number-space-associations
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Carrie Georges, Danielle Hoffmann, Christine Schiltz
Considering the importance of mathematics in Western societies, it is crucial to understand the cognitive processes involved in the acquisition of more complex mathematical skills. The current study, therefore, investigated how the quality of number-space mappings on the mental number line, as indexed by the parity SNARC (spatial-numerical association of response codes) effect, relates to mathematical performances in third- and fourth-grade elementary school children. Mathematical competencies were determined using the "Heidelberger Rechentest," a standardized German math test assessing both arithmetical and visuospatial math components...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525959/challenges-and-opportunities-in-targeting-the-cd28-ctla-4-pathway-in-transplantation-and-autoimmunity
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Rebecca L Crepeau, Mandy L Ford
Introduction T cell activation is a complex process that requires multiple cell signaling pathways, including a primary recognition signal and additional costimulatory signals. One of the best-characterized costimulatory pathways includes the Ig superfamily members CD28 and CTLA-4 and their ligands CD80 and CD86. Areas Covered This review discusses past, current and future biological therapies that have been utilized to block the CD28/CTLA-4 cosignaling pathway in the settings of autoimmunity and transplantation, as well the challenges facing successful implementation of these therapies...
May 19, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524866/succession-in-the-petroleum-reservoir-microbiome-through-an-oil-field-production-lifecycle
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Adrien Vigneron, Eric B Alsop, Bartholomeus P Lomans, Nikos C Kyrpides, Ian M Head, Nicolas Tsesmetzis
Subsurface petroleum reservoirs are an important component of the deep biosphere where indigenous microorganisms live under extreme conditions and in isolation from the Earth's surface for millions of years. However, unlike the bulk of the deep biosphere, the petroleum reservoir deep biosphere is subject to extreme anthropogenic perturbation, with the introduction of new electron acceptors, donors and exogenous microbes during oil exploration and production. Despite the fundamental and practical significance of this perturbation, there has never been a systematic evaluation of the ecological changes that occur over the production lifetime of an active offshore petroleum production system...
May 19, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524697/emerging-functions-of-multi-protein-complex-mediator-with-special-emphasis-on-plants
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Naveen Malik, Pinky Agarwal, Akhilesh Tyagi
Mediator is a multi-subunit protein complex which is involved in transcriptional regulation in yeast and other eukaryotes. As a co-activator, it connects information from transcriptional activators/repressors to transcriptional machinery including RNA polymerase II and general transcription factors. It is not only involved in transcription initiation but also has important roles to play in transcription elongation and termination. Functional attributes of different Mediator subunits have been largely defined in yeast and mammalian systems earlier, while such studies in plants have gained momentum recently...
May 19, 2017: Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521768/development-of-a-written-assessment-for-a-national-interprofessional-cardiotocography-education-program
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Line Thellesen, Thomas Bergholt, Morten Hedegaard, Nina Palmgren Colov, Karl Bang Christensen, Kristine Sylvan Andersen, Jette Led Sorensen
BACKGROUND: To reduce the incidence of hypoxic brain injuries among newborns a national cardiotocography (CTG) education program was implemented in Denmark. A multiple-choice question test was integrated as part of the program. The aim of this article was to describe and discuss the test development process and to introduce a feasible method for written test development in general. METHODS: The test development was based on the unitary approach to validity. The process involved national consensus on learning objectives, standardized item writing, pilot testing, sensitivity analyses, standard setting and evaluation of psychometric properties using Item Response Theory models...
May 18, 2017: BMC Medical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521747/insights-into-the-ancestral-organisation-of-the-mammalian-mhc-class-ii-region-from-the-genome-of-the-pteropid-bat-pteropus-alecto
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Justin H J Ng, Mary Tachedjian, Lin-Fa Wang, Michelle L Baker
BACKGROUND: Bats are an extremely successful group of mammals and possess a variety of unique characteristics, including their ability to co-exist with a diverse range of pathogens. The major histocompatibility complex (MHC) is the most gene dense and polymorphic region of the genome and MHC class II (MHC-II) molecules play a vital role in the presentation of antigens derived from extracellular pathogens and activation of the adaptive immune response. Characterisation of the MHC-II region of bats is crucial for understanding the evolution of the MHC and of the role of pathogens in shaping the immune system...
May 18, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521404/silencing-tak1-alters-gene-expression-signatures-in-bladder-cancer-cells
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Jimin Chen, Nan Zhang, Jiaming Wen, Zhewei Zhang
The aim of the present study was to identify the differentially expressed genes (DEGs) that are induced by the silencing of transforming growth factor-β-activated kinase 1 (TAK1) in bladder cancer cells and to analyze the potential biological effects. Dataset GSE52452 from mutant fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (FGFR3) bladder cancer cells transfected with control siRNA or TAK1-specific siRNA was downloaded from Gene Expression Omnibus. The DEGs between the two groups were identified using Limma package following data pre-processing by Affy in Bioconductor...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516343/therapeutic-dormancy-to-delay-postsurgical-glioma-recurrence-the-past-present-and-promise-of-focal-hypothermia
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Didier Wion
Surgery precedes both radiotherapy and chemotherapy as the first-line therapy for glioma. However, despite multimodal treatment, most glioma patients die from local recurrence in the resection margin. Glioma surgery is inherently lesional, and the response of brain tissue to surgery includes hemostasis, angiogenesis, reactive gliosis and inflammation. Unfortunately, these processes are also associated with tumorigenic side-effects. An increasing amount of evidence indicates that the response to a surgery-related brain injury is hijacked by residual glioma cells and participates in the local regeneration of tumor tissues at the resection margin...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516117/reconstruction-of-the-mouse-inflammasome-system-in-hek293t-cells
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Hexin Shi, Anne Murray, Bruce Beutler
The NLRP3 (NLR family, Pyrin domain containing 3) inflammasome is a multiprotein complex comprised of NLRP3, pro-caspase-1, the adaptor protein apoptosis-associated speck-like protein containing a CARD (ASC), and the protein kinase NIMA related kinase 7 (NEK7) (Shi et al., 2016; He et al., 2016; Schmid-Burgk et al., 2016). When cells are exposed to microbes and/or danger signals, the inflammasome assembles and serves as a platform for the activation of caspase-1. Caspase-1 activation promotes the processing and secretion of the pro-inflammatory cytokines interleukin-1β (IL-1β), IL-18, and IL-33 as well as pyroptosis induction (Gross et al...
November 5, 2016: Bio-protocol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515867/the-evolution-of-the-major-histocompatibility-complex-in-upstream-versus-downstream-river-populations-of-the-longnose-dace
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Erika Crispo, Haley R Tunna, Noreen Hussain, Silvia S Rodriguez, Scott A Pavey, Leland J Jackson, Sean M Rogers
Populations in upstream versus downstream river locations can be exposed to vastly different environmental and ecological conditions and can thus harbor different genetic resources due to selection and neutral processes. An interesting question is how upstream-downstream directionality in rivers affects the evolution of immune response genes. We used next-generation amplicon sequencing to identify eight alleles of the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class II β exon 2 in the cyprinid longnose dace (Rhinichthys cataractae) from three rivers in Alberta, upstream and downstream of municipal and agricultural areas along contaminant gradients...
May 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509845/metabolic-portraits-of-breast-cancer-by-hr-mas-mr-spectroscopy-of-intact-tissue-samples
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REVIEW
Tonje H Haukaas, Leslie R Euceda, Guro F Giskeødegård, Tone F Bathen
Despite progress in early detection and therapeutic strategies, breast cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer-related death among women globally. Due to the heterogeneity and complexity of tumor biology, breast cancer patients with similar diagnosis might have different prognosis and response to treatment. Thus, deeper understanding of individual tumor properties is necessary. Cancer cells must be able to convert nutrients to biomass while maintaining energy production, which requires reprogramming of central metabolic processes in the cells...
May 16, 2017: Metabolites
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507559/the-dnaj-gene-family-in-pepper-capsicum-annuum-l-comprehensive-identification-characterization-and-expression-profiles
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FangFei Fan, Xian Yang, Yuan Cheng, Yunyan Kang, Xirong Chai
The DnaJ proteins which function as molecular chaperone played critical roles in plant growth and development and response to heat stress (HS) and also called heat shock protein 40 based on molecular weight. However, little was reported on this gene family in pepper. Recently, the release of the whole pepper genome provided an opportunity for identifying putative DnaJ homologous. In this study, a total of 76 putative pepper DnaJ genes (CaDnaJ01 to CaDnaJ76) were identified using bioinformatics methods and classified into five groups by the presence of the complete three domains (J-domain, zinc finger domain, and C-terminal domain)...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506891/viral-mechanisms-for-docking-and-delivering-at-nuclear-pore-complexes
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Justin W Flatt, Urs F Greber
Some viruses possess the remarkable ability to transport their genomes across nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) for replication inside the host cell's intact nuclear compartment. Viral mechanisms for crossing the restrictive NPC passageway are highly complex and astonishingly diverse, requiring in each case stepwise interaction between incoming virus particles and components of the nuclear transport machinery. Exactly how a large viral genome loaded with accessory proteins is able to pass through the relatively narrow central channel of the NPC without causing catastrophic structural damage is not yet fully understood...
May 12, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505379/analysis-of-cfb-a-cytokinin-responsive-gene-of-arabidopsis-thaliana-encoding-a-novel-f-box-protein-regulating-sterol-biosynthesis
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Wolfram G Brenner, Jan Erik Leuendorf, Anne Cortleven, Laetitia B B Martin, Hubert Schaller, Thomas Schmülling
Protein degradation by the ubiquitin-26S proteasome pathway is important for the regulation of cellular processes, but the function of most F-box proteins relevant to substrate recognition is unknown. We describe the analysis of the gene Cytokinin-induced F-box encoding (CFB, AT3G44326), identified in a meta-analysis of cytokinin-related transcriptome studies as one of the most robust cytokinin response genes. F-box domain-dependent interaction with the E3 ubiquitin ligase complex component ASK1 classifies CFB as a functional F-box protein...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505212/disentangling-niche-competition-from-grazing-mortality-in-phytoplankton-dilution-experiments
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Stephen J Beckett, Joshua S Weitz
The dilution method is the principal tool used to infer in situ microzooplankton grazing rates. However, grazing is the only mortality process considered in the theoretical model underlying the interpretation of dilution method experiments. Here we evaluate the robustness of mortality estimates inferred from dilution experiments when there is concurrent niche competition amongst phytoplankton. Using a combination of mathematical analysis and numerical simulations, we find that grazing rates may be overestimated-the degree of overestimation is related to the importance of niche competition relative to microzooplankton grazing...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498870/brg1-chromatin-remodeling-atpase-balances-germ-layer-patterning-by-amplifying-the-transcriptional-burst-at-midblastula-transition
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Gabriele Wagner, Nishant Singhal, Dario Nicetto, Tobias Straub, Elisabeth Kremmer, Ralph A W Rupp
Zygotic gene expression programs control cell differentiation in vertebrate development. In Xenopus, these programs are initiated by local induction of regulatory genes through maternal signaling activities in the wake of zygotic genome activation (ZGA) at the midblastula transition (MBT). These programs lay down the vertebrate body plan through gastrulation and neurulation, and are accompanied by massive changes in chromatin structure, which increasingly constrain cellular plasticity. Here we report on developmental functions for Brahma related gene 1 (Brg1), a key component of embyronic SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling complexes...
May 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495996/extracellular-vesicles-in-angiogenesis
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REVIEW
Dilyana Todorova, Stéphanie Simoncini, Romaric Lacroix, Florence Sabatier, Françoise Dignat-George
During the past decade, extracellular vesicles (EVs), which include apoptotic bodies, microvesicles, and exosomes, have emerged as important players in cell-to-cell communication in normal physiology and pathological conditions. EVs encapsulate and convey various bioactive molecules that are further transmitted to neighboring or more distant cells, where they induce various signaling cascades. The message delivered to the target cells is dependent on EV composition, which, in turn, is determined by the cell of origin and the surrounding microenvironment during EV biogenesis...
May 12, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492275/the-transcriptional-repressor-complex-frs7-frs12-regulates-flowering-time-and-growth-in-arabidopsis
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Andrés Ritter, Sabrina Iñigo, Patricia Fernández-Calvo, Ken S Heyndrickx, Stijn Dhondt, Hua Shi, Liesbeth De Milde, Robin Vanden Bossche, Rebecca De Clercq, Dominique Eeckhout, Mily Ron, David E Somers, Dirk Inzé, Kris Gevaert, Geert De Jaeger, Klaas Vandepoele, Laurens Pauwels, Alain Goossens
Most living organisms developed systems to efficiently time environmental changes. The plant-clock acts in coordination with external signals to generate output responses determining seasonal growth and flowering time. Here, we show that two Arabidopsis thaliana transcription factors, FAR1 RELATED SEQUENCE 7 (FRS7) and FRS12, act as negative regulators of these processes. These proteins accumulate particularly in short-day conditions and interact to form a complex. Loss-of-function of FRS7 and FRS12 results in early flowering plants with overly elongated hypocotyls mainly in short days...
May 11, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484983/ischemic-preconditioning-in-the-intensive-care-unit
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REVIEW
Maranatha Ayodele, Sebastian Koch
Preconditioning is the premise that controlled preemptive exposure to sub-lethal doses of a stressor and can condition an organism or organ to later withstand a lethal dose. This process relies on marshaling endogenous survival resources that have evolved as part of an organism's evolutionary struggle to overcome at times harsh environmental conditions. This preconditioning response occurs through activation of myriad complex mechanisms that run the gamut from alterations in gene expression to the de novo synthesis and post-translational modification of proteins, and it may occur across exposure to a wide variety of stressors (i...
June 2017: Current Treatment Options in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483866/extreme-weather-and-climate-events-with-ecological-relevance-a-review
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REVIEW
Caroline C Ummenhofer, Gerald A Meehl
Robust evidence exists that certain extreme weather and climate events, especially daily temperature and precipitation extremes, have changed in regard to intensity and frequency over recent decades. These changes have been linked to human-induced climate change, while the degree to which climate change impacts an individual extreme climate event (ECE) is more difficult to quantify. Rapid progress in event attribution has recently been made through improved understanding of observed and simulated climate variability, methods for event attribution and advances in numerical modelling...
June 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
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