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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434190/mixed-severity-fire-history-at-a-forest-grassland-ecotone-in-west-central-british-columbia-canada
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Jill E Harvey, Dan J Smith, Thomas T Veblen
This study examines spatially variable stand structure and fire-climate relationships at a low elevation forest-grassland ecotone in west central British Columbia, Canada. Fire history reconstructions were based on samples from 92 fire-scarred trees and stand demography from 27 plots collected over an area of about 7 km(2) . We documented historical chronologies of widespread fires and localized grassland fires between AD 1600 and 1900. Relationships between fire events, reconstructed values of the Palmer Drought Severity Index and annual precipitation were examined using superposed epoch and bivariate event analyses...
April 23, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434188/drivers-of-community-assembly-in-tropical-forest-restoration-sites-role-of-local-environment-landscape-and-space
#2
Lívia D Audino, Stephen J Murphy, Ludimila Zambaldi, Julio Louzada, Liza S Comita
There is increasing recognition that community assembly theory can offer valuable insights for ecological restoration. We studied community assembly processes following tropical forest restoration efforts, using dung beetles (Scarabaeidae) as a focal taxon to investigate taxonomic and functional patterns of biodiversity recovery. We evaluated the relative importance of the local environment (i.e., canopy cover, understory cover, tree basal area, and soil texture), landscape context (i.e., habitat patch proximity and availability and percentage of surrounding area classified as natural forest or Eucalyptus spp...
April 23, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434125/kidney-morphological-parameters-measured-using-noncontrast-enhanced-steady-state-free-precession-mri-with-spatially-selective-inversion-recovery-pulse-correlate-with-egfr-in-patients-with-advanced-ckd
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Tadashi Otsuka, Yoshikatsu Kaneko, Yuya Sato, Ryohei Kaseda, Ryuji Aoyagi, Suguru Yamamoto, Shin Goto, Ichiei Narita
BACKGROUND: It is well known that atrophic renal changes are associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD) progression, but conventional diagnostic imaging methods such as noncontrast-enhanced computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have been insufficient for precisely assessing kidney function because they cannot clearly distinguish between the medulla and cortex. Hence, here we used noncontrast-enhanced steady-state free precession (SSFP) MRI with a spatially selective inversion recovery (IR) pulse to improve visibility for renal corticomedullary differentiation and evaluated the association between morphological parameters and kidney function in patients with CKD...
April 22, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434030/spatial-and-temporal-distributions-of-air-pollutants-and-size-distribution-of-aerosols-over-central-and-eastern-china
#4
Honglei Wang, Lijuan Shen, Bin Zhu, Hanqing Kang, Xuewei Hou, Qing Miao, Yang Yang, Shuangshuang Shi
The origins and spatial and temporal distributions of air pollutants (PM2.5, PM10, CO, SO2, NO2 and O3) during May to June of 2015 were investigated using data from 1490 monitoring sites in China. Aerosol number concentrations and meteorological data from Shijiazhuang, Nanjing, and Suzhou were combined with the MIX Asian emission data and the HYSPLIT model. Furthermore, the diurnal variation, size distribution, and main sources of air pollutants and aerosols were selectively characterized in the North China Plain (NCP) and the Yangtze River Delta (YRD)...
April 22, 2017: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434022/effects-of-vestibular-disorders-on-vestibular-reflex-and-imagery
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B S Cohen, J Provasi, P Leboucher, I Israël
The aim of this study was to establish the effect of vestibular lesion on vestibular imagery. Subjects were required to estimate verbally their passively travelled rotation angles in complete darkness, i.e., to activate vestibular imagery. During motion, the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) was measured. Thus, we examined the coherence between the vestibulo-ocular reflex and self-rotation imagery, with vestibular-lesioned patients and healthy participants. Unilateral acute and chronic patients, bilateral patients, and healthy subjects were compared...
April 22, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433982/acute-on-chronic-gastrointestinal-bleeding-a-unique-clinical-entity
#6
Don C Rockey, Adam C Hafemeister, Joan S Reisch
Gastrointestinal bleeding is defined in temporal-spatial terms-as acute or chronic, and/or by its location in the gastrointestinal tract. Here, we define a distinct type of bleeding, which we have coined 'acute on chronic' gastrointestinal bleeding. We prospectively identified all patients who underwent endoscopic evaluation for any form of gastrointestinal bleeding at a University Hospital. Acute on chronic bleeding was defined as the presence of new symptoms or signs of acute bleeding in the setting of chronic bleeding, documented as iron deficiency anemia...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433947/maximum-likelihood-estimation-of-cardiac-fiber-bundle-orientation-from-arbitrarily-spaced-diffusion-weighted-images
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Andreas Nagler, Cristóbal Bertoglio, Christian T Stoeck, Sebastian Kozerke, Wolfgang A Wall
We propose an estimation scheme for local fiber bundle direction in the left ventricle directly from gray values of arbitrarily spaced cardiac diffusion weighted images (DWI). The approach is based on a parametric and space-dependent mathematical representation of the myocardial fiber bundle orientation and hence the diffusion tensor (DT) for the ventricular geometry. By solving a nonlinear inverse problem derived from a maximum likelihood estimator, the degrees of freedom of the fiber and DT model can be estimated from the measured gray values of the DWIs...
April 4, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433835/the-relationship-between-pre-verbal-event-representations-and-semantic-structures-the-case-of-goal-and-source-paths
#8
Laura Lakusta, Danielle Spinelli, Kathryn Garcia
We explored the nature of infants' concepts for goal path and source path in motion events (e.g., the duck moved into the bowl/out of the bowl), specifically asking how infants' representations could support the acquisition of the semantic roles of goal path and source path in language. The results showed that 14.5-month-old infants categorized goal paths across different motion events (moving to X, moving on Y), and they also categorized source paths if the source reference objects were highly salient (relatively large in size and colorful)...
April 20, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433818/spatial-temporal-variability-and-transportation-mechanism-of-polychlorinated-biphenyls-in-the-yangtze-river-estuary
#9
Lei Chen, Ye Yang, Jing Chen, Shuohan Gao, Shasha Qi, Cheng Sun, Zhenyao Shen
Although the variability of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) is strongly dependent on the hydro-sediment pattern, the quantification of this interaction is still not well described, especially for estuary areas. In this study, both chemical analyses and numerical simulation were conducted to explain the temporal-spatial variability and transportation mechanism of PCBs in the Yangtze River Estuary (YRE). The impacts of the upstream Three Gorges Dam (TGD) on estuarine PCBs were also addressed with a simulated scenario...
April 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433817/climate-change-risks-extinction-debt-and-conservation-implications-for-a-threatened-freshwater-fish-carmine-shiner-notropis-percobromus
#10
Shubha N Pandit, Bryan M Maitland, Laxmi K Pandit, Mark S Poesch, Eva C Enders
Climate change is affecting many freshwater species, particularly fishes. Predictions of future climate change suggest large and deleterious effects on species with narrow dispersal abilities due to limited hydrological connectivity. In turn, this creates the potential for population isolation in thermally unsuitable habitats, leading to physiological stress, species declines or possible extirpation. The current extent of many freshwater fish species' spatio-temporal distribution patterns and their sensitivity to thermal impacts from climate change - critical information for conservation planning - are often unknown...
April 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433816/l-carnitine-prevents-memory-impairment-induced-by-chronic-rem-sleep-deprivation
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Karem H Alzoubi, Abeer M Rababah, Amani Owaisi, Omar F Khabour
Sleep deprivation (SD) negatively impacts memory, which was related to oxidative stress induced damage. L-carnitine is a naturally occurring compound, synthesized endogenously in mammalian species and known to possess antioxidant properties. In this study, the effect of L-carnitine on learning and memory impairment induced by rapid eye movement sleep (REM-sleep) deprivation was investigated. REM-sleep deprivation was induced using modified multiple platform model (8hrs/day, for 6 weeks). Simultaneously, L-carnitine was administered (300mg/kg/day) intraperitoneally for 6 weeks...
April 19, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433683/municipal-wastewater-sludge-as-a-sustainable-bioresource-in-the-united-states
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Timothy E Seiple, André M Coleman, Richard L Skaggs
Within the United States and Puerto Rico, publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) process 130.5 Gl/d (34.5 Bgal/d) of wastewater, producing sludge as a waste product. Emerging technologies offer novel waste-to-energy pathways through whole sludge conversion into biofuels. Assessing the feasibility, scalability and tradeoffs of various energy conversion pathways is difficult in the absence of highly spatially resolved estimates of sludge production. In this study, average wastewater solids concentrations and removal rates, and site specific daily average influent flow are used to estimate site specific annual sludge production on a dry weight basis for >15,000 POTWs...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433664/ovaries-of-the-white-worm-enchytraeus-albidus-annelida-clitellata-are-composed-of-16-celled-meroistic-germ-line-cysts
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Anna Z Urbisz, Łukasz Chajec, Agnieszka Brąszewska-Zalewska, Janusz Kubrakiewicz, Piotr Świątek
The paired ovaries of E. albidus are like a bunch of grapes and are composed of clearly separated units, syncytial germ cysts (clusters), which are surrounded by a thin layer of somatic cells. Each cyst maintains the connection with the ovary by an extended stalk that is composed of somatic cells. The spatial architecture of the germ-line cysts found in E. albidus is the same as in other clitellate annelids that have been studied to date. As a rule, germ cells are located at the cyst periphery and each has only one ring canal that connects it to the common and centrally located cytoplasmic mass, the cytophore...
April 19, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433658/molecular-cloning-of-esr2-and-gene-expression-analysis-of-esr1-and-esr2-in-the-pituitary-gland-of-the-chinese-alligator-alligator-sinensis-during-female-reproductive-cycle
#14
Ruidong Zhang, Yanan Yin, Long Sun, Peng Yan, Yongkang Zhou, Rong Wu, Xiaobing Wu
Estrogens play critical roles in reproductive physiology via estrogen receptors (ESRs) in vertebrates, including reptiles. Chinese alligator (Alligator sinensis) is an endemic and endangered reptile species in China. In the present study, we cloned ESR2 gene from the ovary using rapid amplification of cDNA ends (RACE), investigated the spatial expression of ESRs in various tissues and temporal expression of ESRs in the pituitary glands during the reproductive cycle in Chinese alligators by quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR)...
April 19, 2017: Gene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433624/temporal-slice-registration-and-robust-diffusion-tensor-reconstruction-for-improved-fetal-brain-structural-connectivity-analysis
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Bahram Marami, Seyed Sadegh Mohseni Salehi, Onur Afacan, Benoit Scherrer, Caitlin K Rollins, Edward Yang, Judy A Estroff, Simon K Warfield, Ali Gholipour
Diffusion weighted magnetic resonance imaging, or DWI, is one of the most promising tools for the analysis of neural microstructure and the structural connectome of the human brain. The application of DWI to map early development of the human connectome in-utero, however, is challenged by intermittent fetal and maternal motion that disrupts the spatial correspondence of data acquired in the relatively long DWI acquisitions. Fetuses move continuously during DWI scans. Reliable and accurate analysis of the fetal brain structural connectome requires careful compensation of motion effects and robust reconstruction to avoid introducing bias based on the degree of fetal motion...
April 19, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433558/spatial-relationship-of-organized-rotational-and-focal-sources-in-human-atrial-fibrillation-to-autonomic-ganglionated-plexi
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Tina Baykaner, Theodoros A Zografos, Junaid A B Zaman, Ioannis Pantos, Mahmood Alhusseini, Rachita Navara, David E Krummen, Sanjiv M Narayan, Demosthenes G Katritsis
BACKGROUND: One approach to improve ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) is to focus on physiological targets including focal or rotational sources or ganglionic plexi (GP). However, the spatial relationship between these potential mechanisms has never been studied. We tested the hypothesis that rotors and focal sources for AF may co-localize with ganglionated plexi (GP). METHODS: We prospectively identified locations of AF rotors and focal sources, and correlated these to GP sites in 97 consecutive patients (age 59...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433457/spatial-and-temporal-expression-patterns-of-genes-around-nine-neuroticism-associated-loci
#17
Kazutaka Ohi, Takamitsu Shimada, Toshiki Yasuyama, Kohei Kimura, Takashi Uehara, Yasuhiro Kawasaki
Neuroticism is a high-order personality trait. Individuals with higher neuroticism have increased risks of various psychiatric disorders and physical health outcomes. Neuroticism is related to physiological differences in the brain. A recent genome-wide association study identified nine distinct genomic loci that contribute to neuroticism. Brain development and function depend on the precise regulation of gene expression, which is differentially regulated across brain regions and developmental stages. Using multiple publicly available human post-mortem databases, we investigated, in brain and non-brain tissues and across several developmental life stages, the spatial and temporal expression patterns of genes arising from nine neuroticism-associated loci...
April 19, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433440/spatial-compounding-technique-to-obtain-rotation-elastogram-a-feasibility-study
#18
AliArshad Kothawala, Sowmiya Chandramoorthi, N Ravi Kiran Reddy, Arun Kumar Thittai
The perception of stiffness and slipperiness of a breast mass on palpation is used by physicians to assess the level of suspicion of a lesion as being malignant or benign. However, most current ultrasound elastography imaging methods provide only stiffness-related information. There is no existing approach that provides information about the local rigid body rotation undergone by only a loosely bonded, asymmetrically oriented lesion subjected to a small quasi-static compression. The inherent poor lateral resolution in ultrasound imaging poses a limitation in estimating the local rigid body rotation...
April 19, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433392/quantifying-rates-of-cell-migration-and-cell-proliferation-in-co-culture-barrier-assays-reveals-how-skin-and-melanoma-cells-interact-during-melanoma-spreading-and-invasion
#19
Parvathi Haridas, Catherine J Penington, Jacqui A McGovern, D L Sean McElwain, Matthew J Simpson
Malignant spreading involves the migration of cancer cells amongst other native cell types. For example, in vivo melanoma invasion involves individual melanoma cells migrating through native skin, which is composed of several distinct subpopulations of cells. Here, we aim to quantify how interactions between melanoma and fibroblast cells affect the collective spreading of a heterogeneous population of these cells in vitro. We perform a suite of circular barrier assays that includes: (i) monoculture assays with fibroblast cells; (ii) monoculture assays with SK-MEL-28 melanoma cells; and (iii) a series of co-culture assays initiated with three different ratios of SK-MEL-28 melanoma cells and fibroblast cells...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433010/about-the-nature-of-halogen-bond-interaction-under-the-spatial-confinement
#20
Agnieszka Roztoczyńska, Paweł Lipkowski, Justyna Kozłowska, Wojciech Bartkowiak
Nowadays, much attention is put toward the description of noncovalent complexes exposed to the high pressure or embedded in confining environments. Such conditions may strongly modify the physical and chemical properties of molecular systems. This study focuses on the theoretical description of the confinement induced changes in geometry and energetic parameters of the halogen bonded FCl⋯CNF complex. A model analytical potential is applied to render the effect of orbital compression. In order to analyze the nature of halogen bond interaction, in the presence of spatial confinement, the supermolecular approach together with the symmetry-adapted perturbation theory is used...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
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