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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109190/qtl-mapping-and-candidate-genes-for-resistance-to-fusarium-ear-rot-and-fumonisin-contamination-in-maize
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Valentina Maschietto, Cinzia Colombi, Raul Pirona, Giorgio Pea, Francesco Strozzi, Adriano Marocco, Laura Rossini, Alessandra Lanubile
BACKGROUND: Fusarium verticillioides is a common maize pathogen causing ear rot (FER) and contamination of the grains with the fumonisin B1 (FB1) mycotoxin. Resistance to FER and FB1 contamination are quantitative traits, affected by environmental conditions, and completely resistant maize genotypes to the pathogen are so far unknown. In order to uncover genomic regions associated to reduced FER and FB1 contamination and identify molecular markers for assisted selection, an F2:3 population of 188 progenies was developed crossing CO441 (resistant) and CO354 (susceptible) genotypes...
January 21, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108852/missing-the-target-the-neural-processing-underlying-the-omission-error
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Rinaldo Livio Perri, Donatella Spinelli, Francesco Di Russo
The omissions are infrequent errors consisting in missing responses to the target stimuli. This is the first study aimed at investigating the brain activities associated with omissions in a decision-making task. We recorded event-related potentials (ERPs) in 12 subjects which reported a suitable number of omissions in a visual go/no-go task. We investigated both the pre- and post-stimulus brain activities associated with correct and omitted trials. The electrical neuroimaging technique (BESA) was adopted to extract the anterior insula (aIns) activity associated with the prefrontal P2 component (pP2) peaking about 300 ms after the stimulus and reflecting the stimulus-response mapping process...
January 20, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108832/beat-by-beat-assessment-of-cardiac-afterload-using-descending-aortic-velocity-pressure-loop-during-general-anesthesia-a-pilot-study
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Fabrice Vallée, Arthur Le Gall, Jona Joachim, Olivier Passouant, Joaquim Matéo, Arnaud Mari, Sandrine Millasseau, Alexandre Mebazaa, Etienne Gayat
Continuous cardiac afterload evaluation could represent a useful tool during general anesthesia (GA) to titrate vasopressor effect. Using beat to beat descending aortic pressure(P)/flow velocity(U) loop obtained from esophageal Doppler and femoral pressure signals might allow to track afterload changes. Methods We defined three angles characterizing the PU loop (alpha, beta and Global After-Load Angle (GALA)). Augmentation index (AIx) and total arterial compliance (Ctot) were measured via radial tonometry. Peripheral Vascular Resistances (PVR) were also calculated...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108801/phosphorylation-implications-in-cancer
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Vishakha Singh, Mahendra Ram, Rajesh Kumar, Raju Prasad, Birendra Kumar Roy, Kaushal Kumar Singh
Post translational modifications (PTMs) are involved in variety of cellular activities and phosphorylation is one of the most extensively studied PTM, which regulates a number of cellular functions like cell growth, differentiation, apoptosis and cell signaling in healthy condition. However, alterations in phosphorylation pathways result in serious outcomes in the form of diseases, especially cancer. Many signalling pathways including Tyrosine kinase, MAP kinase, Cadherin-catenin complex, Cyclin-dependent kinase etc...
January 20, 2017: Protein Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108645/whole-body-hyperthermia-but-not-skin-hyperthermia-accelerates-brain-and-locomotor-limb-circulatory-strain-and-impairs-exercise-capacity-in-humans
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Steven J Trangmar, Scott T Chiesa, Kameljit K Kalsi, Niels H Secher, José González-Alonso
Cardiovascular strain and hyperthermia are thought to be important factors limiting exercise capacity in heat-stressed humans, however, the contribution of elevations in skin (Tsk) versus whole body temperatures on exercise capacity has not been characterized. To ascertain their relationships with exercise capacity, blood temperature (TB), oxygen uptake (V̇O2), brain perfusion (MCA Vmean), locomotor limb hemodynamics, and hematological parameters were assessed during incremental cycling exercise with elevated skin (mild hyperthermia; HYPmild), combined core and skin temperatures (moderate hyperthermia; HYPmod), and under control conditions...
January 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108378/the-pressure-induced-deformation-response-of-the-human-lamina-cribrosa-analysis-of-regional-variations
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Dan E Midgett, Mary E Pease, Joan L Jefferys, Mohak Patel, Christian Franck, Harry A Quigley, Thao D Nguyen
: The objective of this study was to measure the pressure-induced deformation response of the human lamina cribrosa (LC) and analyze for variations with age and anatomical region. The posterior scleral cup of 8 eyes from 6 human donors was mounted onto a custom inflation chamber. A laser-scanning microscope was used for second harmonic generation (SHG), imaging the collagen structure in the posterior volume of the LC at pressures from 5 mmHg to 45 mmHg. The SHG volumes were analyzed by the Fast-Fourier Iterative Digital Volume Correlation (DVC) algorithm for the three dimensional (3D) displacement field...
January 17, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107713/bioaccessibility-of-as-and-pb-in-orchard-and-urban-soils-amended-with-phosphate-fe-oxide-and-organic-matter
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Meifang Cai, Murray B McBride, Kaiming Li, Zhian Li
Soils historically contaminated in urban and orchard environments by Pb and As were amended separately with organic matter, soluble Ca phosphate, and Fe oxide to determine whether these materials could lower Pb or As bioaccessibility. After 5 years of equilibration in the laboratory, the amended soils and control were tested for bioaccessibility using the standard physiologically based extraction test (PBET). Bioaccessibilities of Pb and As were not substantially reduced relative to the unamended controls after the 5-year period by any of the soil amendments...
January 11, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107441/fine-mapping-and-candidate-gene-analysis-of-the-tiller-suppression-gene-ts1-in-rice
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Lei Liu, Fen Meng, Yonggang He, Menghao Zhu, Yanhao Shen, Zhihong Zhang
Tiller number is one of the key factors that influences rice plant type and yield components. In this study, an EMS-induced rice tiller suppression mutant ts1 was characterized. Morphological and histological observations revealed that, in the ts1 plants, the tiller buds were abnormally formed and therefore cannot outgrow into tillers. With an F2 population derived from a cross between ts1 and an indica cultivar Wushansimiao, a major gene, tiller suppression 1 (ts1) was fine-mapped to a 108.5 kb genomic region between markers ID8378 and SSR6884 on the short arm of rice chromosome 2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107386/regulation-of-pi-2b-pilus-expression-in-hypervirulent-streptococcus-agalactiae-st-17-bm110
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Bruno Périchon, Noémi Szili, Laurence du Merle, Isabelle Rosinski-Chupin, Myriam Gominet, Samuel Bellais, Claire Poyart, Patrick Trieu-Cuot, Shaynoor Dramsi
The widely spread Streptococcus agalactiae (also known as Group B Streptococcus, GBS) "hypervirulent" ST17 clone is strongly associated with neonatal meningitis. The PI-2b locus is mainly found in ST17 strains but is also present in a few non ST17 human isolates such as the ST-7 prototype strain A909. Here, we analysed the expression of the PI-2b pilus in the ST17 strain BM110 as compared to the non ST17 A909. Comparative genome analyses revealed the presence of a 43-base pair (bp) hairpin-like structure in the upstream region of PI-2b operon in all 26 ST17 genomes, which was absent in the 8 non-ST17 strains carrying the PI-2b locus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107357/vasopressor-use-for-severe-hypotension-a-multicentre-prospective-observational-study
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Francois Lamontagne, Deborah J Cook, Maureen O Meade, Andrew Seely, Andrew G Day, Emmanuel Charbonney, Karim Serri, Yoanna Skrobik, Paul Hebert, Charles St-Arnaud, Hector Quiroz-Martinez, Michaël Mayette, Daren K Heyland
BACKGROUND: The optimal approach to titrate vasopressor therapy is unclear. Recent sepsis guidelines recommend a mean arterial pressure (MAP) target of 65 mmHg and higher for chronic hypertensive patients. As data emerge from clinical trials comparing blood pressure targets for vasopressor therapy, an accurate description of usual care is required to interpret study results. Our aim was to measure MAP values during vasopressor therapy in Canadian intensive care units (ICUs) and to compare these with stated practices and guidelines...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106849/a-reinforcement-learning-model-equipped-with-sensors-for-generating-perception-patterns-implementation-of-a-simulated-air-navigation-system-using-ads-b-automatic-dependent-surveillance-broadcast-technology
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Santiago Álvarez de Toledo, Aurea Anguera, José M Barreiro, Juan A Lara, David Lizcano
Over the last few decades, a number of reinforcement learning techniques have emerged, and different reinforcement learning-based applications have proliferated. However, such techniques tend to specialize in a particular field. This is an obstacle to their generalization and extrapolation to other areas. Besides, neither the reward-punishment (r-p) learning process nor the convergence of results is fast and efficient enough. To address these obstacles, this research proposes a general reinforcement learning model...
January 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106289/the-involvement-of-corin-in-the-progression-of-diabetic-erectile-dysfunction-in-a-rat-model-by-down-regulating-anp-no-cgmp-signal-pathway
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Jian Wang, Yuanyuan Mi, Fenglai Yuan, Sheng Wu, Xiaoming You, Feng Dai, Yi Huang, Jia Cao, Jin Zhu, Boxin Xue, Lijie Zhu
This study was aimed to analyze the potential role of Corin in the procession of diabetic ED and to explore the underlying mechanism. Diabetic ED rat model was constructed and the characteristics of diabetic ED and control rats were recorded at 4, 8, 12 and 16 weeks. qRT-PCR and Western bloting were used to detected the mRNA and protein levels. Intracellular cGMP detection was accomplished using a commercial radioimmunoassay method. Vascular endothelial cell from rat corpus cavernosum spiral artery was isolated and transfected with si- Corin to analyzed the potential role of Corin...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106280/erk1-directly-interacts-with-jnk1-leading-to-regulation-of-jnk1-c-jun-activity-and-cell-transformation
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Bong Seok Kang, Yoon Jin Hwang, Zigang Dong
ERK1 and ERK2 share a great deal of homology and have been presumed to have similar functions. Available antibodies recognize both isoforms making the elucidation of functional differences challenging. Mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase networks are commonly depicted in the literature as linear and sequential phosphorylation cascades; however, the activation of these pathways is not mutually exclusive. Little doubt exists that MAP kinases engage in crosstalk, but the extent or the direct effect of these "conversations" is unclear...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106139/spatio-temporal-tolerance-of-visuo-tactile-illusions-in-artificial-skin-by-recurrent-neural-network-with-spike-timing-dependent-plasticity
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Alexandre Pitti, Ganna Pugach, Philippe Gaussier, Sotaro Shimada
Perceptual illusions across multiple modalities, such as the rubber-hand illusion, show how dynamic the brain is at adapting its body image and at determining what is part of it (the self) and what is not (others). Several research studies showed that redundancy and contingency among sensory signals are essential for perception of the illusion and that a lag of 200-300 ms is the critical limit of the brain to represent one's own body. In an experimental setup with an artificial skin, we replicate the visuo-tactile illusion within artificial neural networks...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106001/impact-of-femoral-artery-puncture-using-digital-subtraction-angiography-and-road-mapping-on-vascular-and-bleeding-complications-after-transfemoral-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Mohamed El-Mawardy, Bettina Schwarz, Martin Landt, Dmitriy Sulimov, Julia Kebernik, Abdelhakim Allali, Bjoern Becker, Ralph Toelg, Gert Richardt, Mohamed Abdel-Wahab
AIMS: The use of large-diameter sheaths carries the risk of significant vascular and bleeding complications after transfemoral transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). In this analysis, we sought to assess the impact of a modified femoral artery puncture technique using digital subtraction angiography (DSA) and road mapping during transfemoral TAVI on periprocedural vascular and bleeding events. METHODS AND RESULTS: This is a retrospective analysis of transfemoral TAVI patients included in a prospective institutional database...
January 20, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105966/a-novel-approach-for-pathway-analysis-of-gwas-data-highlights-role-of-bmp-signaling-and-muscle-cell-differentiation-in-colorectal-cancer-susceptibility
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Aniket Mishra, Stuart MacGregor
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have revolutionized the field of gene mapping. As the GWAS field matures, it is becoming clear that for many complex traits, a proportion of the missing heritability is attributable to common variants of individually small effect. Detecting these small effects individually can be difficult, and statistical power would be increased if relevant variants could be grouped together for testing. Here, we propose a VEGAS2Pathway approach that aggregates association strength of individual markers into pre-specified biological pathways...
February 2017: Twin Research and Human Genetics: the Official Journal of the International Society for Twin Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105932/genes-of-susceptibility-to-early-neurodegenerative-changes-in-the-rat-retina-and-brain-analysis-by-means-of-congenic-strains
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Elena E Korbolina, Anna A Zhdankina, Anzhela Zh Fursova, Oyuna S Kozhevnikova, Natalia G Kolosova
BACKGROUND: There has been considerable interest in discovery of the genetic architecture of complex traits, particularly age-related neurodegenerative disorders. To predict disease risk and to understand its genetic basis in humans, it is necessary to study animal models. Our previous research on the accelerated-senescence OXYS strain has revealed two quantitative trait loci (QTLs) on rat chromosome 1 that are associated with early cataract and/or retinopathy as well as with behavioral abnormalities...
December 22, 2016: BMC Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105923/mosaic-structure-of-mycobacterium-bovis-bcg-genomes-as-a-representation-of-phage-sequences-mobility
#18
Olga L Voronina, Marina S Kunda, Ekaterina I Aksenova, Andrey N Semenov, Natalia N Ryzhova, Vladimir G Lunin, Alexandr L Gintsburg
BACKGROUND: The control of genome stability is relevant for the worldwide BCG vaccine preventing the acute forms of childhood tuberculosis. BCG sub-strains whole genome comparative analysis and revealing the triggers of sub-strains transition were the purpose of our investigation. RESULTS: Whole genome sequencing of three BCG Russia seed lots (1963, 1982, 2006 years) confirmed the stability of vaccine sub-strain genome. Comparative analysis of three Mycobacteruim bovis and nine M...
December 28, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105853/identification-of-potential-molecular-associations-between-chikungunya-virus-non-structural-protein-2-and-human-host-proteins
#19
J Rana, S Gulati, S Rajasekharan, A Gupta, V Chaudhary, S Gupta
Chikungunya virus (CHIKV) non-structural protein 2 (nsP2) is considered to be the master regulator of viral RNA replication and host responses generated during viral infection. This protein has two main functional domains: an N-terminal domain which exhibits NTPase, RNA triphosphatase and helicase activities and a C-terminal protease domain. Understanding how CHIKV nsP2 interacts with its host proteins is essential for elucidating all the required processes for viral replication and pathogenesis along with the identification of potential targets for antiviral therapy...
January 19, 2017: Acta Virologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105698/characterization-and-in-vivo-regulon-determination-of-an-ecf-sigma-factor-and-its-cognate-anti-sigma-factor-in-nostoc-punctiforme
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Nicole Bell, Jamie J Lee, Michael L Summers
Based on primary sequence comparisons and genomic context, Npun_F4153 (SigG)/Npun_F4154 (SapG) of the cyanobacterium Nostoc punctiforme were hypothesized to encode an ECF sigma factor/anti-sigma factor pair. Transcription of sigG increased in heterocysts and akinetes, and after EDTA treatment. Interaction between SigG and the predicted cytoplasmic domain of SapG was observed in vitro. A SigG-GFP translational fusion protein localized to the periphery of vegetative cells in vivo, but lost this association following heat stress...
January 20, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
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