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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920388/human-drivers-of-ecological-and-evolutionary-dynamics-in-emerging-and-disappearing-infectious-disease-systems
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Mary A Rogalski, Camden D Gowler, Clara L Shaw, Ruth A Hufbauer, Meghan A Duffy
Humans have contributed to the increased frequency and severity of emerging infectious diseases, which pose a significant threat to wild and domestic species, as well as human health. This review examines major pathways by which humans influence parasitism by altering (co)evolutionary interactions between hosts and parasites on ecological timescales. There is still much to learn about these interactions, but a few well-studied cases show that humans influence disease emergence every step of the way. Human actions significantly increase dispersal of host, parasite and vector species, enabling greater frequency of infection in naive host populations and host switches...
January 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920257/pkr-mediates-inflammatory-response-induced-by-hyperosmotic-stress
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Kenneth T Farabaugh, Mithu Majumder, Bo-Jhih Guan, Raul Jobava, Jing Wu, Dawid Krokowski, Xing-Huang Gao, Andrew Schuster, Michelle Longworth, Edward D Chan, Massimiliano Bianchi, Madhusudan Dey, Antonis E Koromilas, Parameswaran Ramakrishnan, Maria Hatzoglou
High extracellular osmolarity results in a switch from an adaptive to an inflammatory gene expression program. We show that hyperosmotic stress activates the protein kinase R (PKR) independently of its RNA binding domain. In turn, PKR stimulated nuclear accumulation of nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) p65 species phosphorylated at serine-536, which was paralleled by the induction of a subset of inflammatory NF-κB p65- responsive genes including inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), IL-6, and IL-1β. The PKR mediated-hyperinduction of iNOS decreased cell survival in mouse embryonic fibroblasts via mechanisms involving nitric oxide (NO) synthesis and post-translational modification of proteins...
December 5, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918612/generalized-semiparametric-varying-coefficient-model-for-longitudinal-data-with-applications-to-adaptive-treatment-randomizations
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Li Qi, Yanqing Sun, Peter B Gilbert
This article investigates a generalized semiparametric varying-coefficient model for longitudinal data that can flexibly model three types of covariate effects: time-constant effects, time-varying effects, and covariate-varying effects. Different link functions can be selected to provide a rich family of models for longitudinal data. The model assumes that the time-varying effects are unspecified functions of time and the covariate-varying effects are parametric functions of an exposure variable specified up to a finite number of unknown parameters...
December 5, 2016: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910941/rapid-mapping-of-polarization-switching-through-complete-information-acquisition
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Suhas Somnath, Alex Belianinov, Sergei V Kalinin, Stephen Jesse
Polarization switching in ferroelectric and multiferroic materials underpins a broad range of current and emergent applications, ranging from random access memories to field-effect transistors, and tunnelling devices. Switching in these materials is exquisitely sensitive to local defects and microstructure on the nanometre scale, necessitating spatially resolved high-resolution studies of these phenomena. Classical piezoresponse force microscopy and spectroscopy, although providing necessary spatial resolution, are fundamentally limited in data acquisition rates and energy resolution...
December 2, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909395/reversal-learning-in-humans-and-gerbils-dynamic-control-network-facilitates-learning
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Christian Jarvers, Tobias Brosch, André Brechmann, Marie L Woldeit, Andreas L Schulz, Frank W Ohl, Marcel Lommerzheim, Heiko Neumann
Biologically plausible modeling of behavioral reinforcement learning tasks has seen great improvements over the past decades. Less work has been dedicated to tasks involving contingency reversals, i.e., tasks in which the original behavioral goal is reversed one or multiple times. The ability to adjust to such reversals is a key element of behavioral flexibility. Here, we investigate the neural mechanisms underlying contingency-reversal tasks. We first conduct experiments with humans and gerbils to demonstrate memory effects, including multiple reversals in which subjects (humans and animals) show a faster learning rate when a previously learned contingency re-appears...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908782/adaptive-responses-of-neuronal-mitochondria-to-bioenergetic-challenges-roles-in-neuroplasticity-and-disease-resistance
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REVIEW
Sophia M Raefsky, Mark P Mattson
An important concept in neurobiology is "neurons that fire together, wire together" which means that the formation and maintenance of synapses is promoted by activation of those synapses. Very similar to the effects of the stress of exercise on muscle cells, emerging findings suggest that neurons respond to activity by activating signaling pathways (e.g., Ca(2+), CREB, PGC-1α, NF-κB) that stimulate mitochondrial biogenesis and cellular stress resistance. These pathways are also activated by aerobic exercise and food deprivation, two bioenergetic challenges of fundamental importance in the evolution of the brains of all mammals, including humans...
November 29, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907004/in-vitro-variant-surface-antigen-expression-in-plasmodium-falciparum-parasites-from-a-semi-immune-individual-is-not-correlated-with-var-gene-transcription
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Ellen Inga Bruske, Sandra Dimonte, Corinna Enderes, Serena Tschan, Matthias Flötenmeyer, Iris Koch, Jürgen Berger, Peter Kremsner, Matthias Frank
Plasmodium falciparum erythrocyte membrane protein 1 (PfEMP1) is considered to be the main variant surface antigen (VSA) of Plasmodium falciparum and is mainly localized on electron-dense knobs in the membrane of the infected erythrocyte. Switches in PfEMP1 expression provide the basis for antigenic variation and are thought to be critical for parasite persistence during chronic infections. Recently, strain transcending anti-PfEMP1 immunity has been shown to develop early in life, challenging the role of PfEMP1 in antigenic variation during chronic infections...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895163/g-protein-coupled-receptor-kinase-2-grk2-as-a-potential-modulator-of-the-hallmarks-of-cancer
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Laura Nogues, Clara Reglero, Veronica Rivas, Maria Neves, Petronila Penela, Federico Mayor
Malignant features such as sustained proliferation, refractoriness to growth suppressors, resistance to cell death or aberrant motility and metastasis can be triggered by a variety of mutations and signaling adaptations. Signaling nodes can act as cancer-associated factors by cooperating with oncogene-governed pathways or participating in compensatory transduction networks to strengthen tumor properties. G-protein-coupled receptor kinase 2 (GRK2) is arising as one of such nodes. Via its complex network of connections with other cellular proteins, GRK2 contributes to the modulation of basic cellular functions such as cell proliferation, survival or motility, and is involved in metabolic homeostasis, inflammation or angiogenic processes...
November 28, 2016: Molecular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894226/adaptation-of-oral-medication-in-people-institutionalized-in-nursing-homes-for-whom-medication-is-crushed-the-adecua-study
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Francisco Apolo Carvajal, María González Martínez, Elena Capilla Santamaría, Betsabé Cáliz Hernández, Icíar Cañamares Orbis, Nuria Martínez Casanova, Eugenia Martínez Sánchez, Ainhoa Aranguren Oyarzábal, María José Calvo Alcántara, Encarnación Cruz Martos
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effect of pharmacist interventions in the adaptation of pharmaceutical forms in elders institutionalized in nursing homes whose medicines are crushed, which may have a clinical relevance. METHODS: Quasi-experimental, multicenter, transversal and prospective study carried out in 10 nursing homes. Subjects for whom drugs were being crushed were identified. Their treatments were reviewed in order to identify drugs that should not be crushed...
November 1, 2016: Farmacia Hospitalaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887661/biochemical-and-proteomic-analyses-of-the-physiological-response-induced-by-individual-housing-in-gilts-provide-new-potential-stress-markers
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Anna Marco-Ramell, Laura Arroyo, Raquel Peña, Raquel Pato, Yolanda Saco, Lorenzo Fraile, Emøke Bendixen, Anna Bassols
BACKGROUND: The objective assessment of animal stress and welfare requires proper laboratory biomarkers. In this work, we have analyzed the changes in serum composition in gilts after switching their housing, from pen to individual stalls, which is generally accepted to cause animal discomfort. RESULTS: Blood and saliva samples were collected a day before and up to four days after changing the housing system. Biochemical analyses showed adaptive changes in lipid and protein metabolism after the housing switch, whereas cortisol and muscular markers showed a large variability between animals...
November 25, 2016: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27883088/meta-adaptation-in-the-auditory-midbrain-under-cortical-influence
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Benjamin L Robinson, Nicol S Harper, David McAlpine
Neural adaptation is central to sensation. Neurons in auditory midbrain, for example, rapidly adapt their firing rates to enhance coding precision of common sound intensities. However, it remains unknown whether this adaptation is fixed, or dynamic and dependent on experience. Here, using guinea pigs as animal models, we report that adaptation accelerates when an environment is re-encountered-in response to a sound environment that repeatedly switches between quiet and loud, midbrain neurons accrue experience to find an efficient code more rapidly...
November 24, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881075/modelling-microbial-metabolic-rewiring-during-growth-in-a-complex-medium
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Marco Fondi, Emanuele Bosi, Luana Presta, Diletta Natoli, Renato Fani
BACKGROUND: In their natural environment, bacteria face a wide range of environmental conditions that change over time and that impose continuous rearrangements at all the cellular levels (e.g. gene expression, metabolism). When facing a nutritionally rich environment, for example, microbes first use the preferred compound(s) and only later start metabolizing the other one(s). A systemic re-organization of the overall microbial metabolic network in response to a variation in the composition/concentration of the surrounding nutrients has been suggested, although the range and the entity of such modifications in organisms other than a few model microbes has been scarcely described up to now...
November 24, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879329/phenotypic-profiling-reveals-that-candida-albicans-opaque-cells-represent-a-metabolically-specialized-cell-state-compared-to-default-white-cells
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Iuliana V Ene, Matthew B Lohse, Adrian V Vladu, Joachim Morschhäuser, Alexander D Johnson, Richard J Bennett
: The white-opaque switch is a bistable, epigenetic transition affecting multiple traits in Candida albicans including mating, immunogenicity, and niche specificity. To compare how the two cell states respond to external cues, we examined the fitness, phenotypic switching, and filamentation properties of white cells and opaque cells under 1,440 different conditions at 25°C and 37°C. We demonstrate that white and opaque cells display striking differences in their integration of metabolic and thermal cues, so that the two states exhibit optimal fitness under distinct conditions...
November 22, 2016: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27877016/clinical-utility-of-antimicrobial-susceptibility-measurement-plate-covering-formulated-concentrations-of-various-ophthalmic-antimicrobial-drugs
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Norihiko Tou, Ryohei Nejima, Yoshifumi Ikeda, Yuichi Hori, Kaoru Araki-Sasaki, Kazunori Miyata, Yoshitsugu Inoue, Akihiko Tawara
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical utility of SG17, an ophthalmic antimicrobial susceptibility measurement plate. DESIGN: This was a multicenter, retrospective, observational study. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Using clinical isolates from patients with ocular infections, drug susceptibility testing using the Clinical Laboratory and Standards Institute standards was routinely conducted at five facilities. The minimum inhibitory concentrations of the isolated strains were determined using SG17 at the Research Foundation for Microbial Diseases of Osaka University...
2016: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875937/operator-adaptation-to-changes-in-system-reliability-under-adaptable-automation
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Alain Chavaillaz, Juergen Sauer
This experiment examined how operators coped with a change in system reliability between training and testing. 40 participants were trained for 3h on a complex process control simulation modelling six levels of automation (LOA). In training, participants either experienced a high- (100%) or low-reliability system (50%). The impact of training experience on operator behaviour was examined during a 2.5h testing session, in which participants either experienced a high- (100%) or low-reliability system (60%). The results showed that most operators did not often switch between LOA...
November 23, 2016: Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875338/an-image-domain-contrast-material-extraction-method-for-dual-energy-computed-tomography
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Jack W Lambert, Yuxin Sun, Robert G Gould, Michael A Ohliger, Zhixi Li, Benjamin M Yeh
OBJECTIVES: Conventional material decomposition techniques for dual-energy computed tomography (CT) assume mass or volume conservation, where the CT number of each voxel is fully assigned to predefined materials. We present an image-domain contrast material extraction process (CMEP) method that preferentially extracts contrast-producing materials while leaving the remaining image intact. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Image processing freeware (Fiji) is used to perform consecutive arithmetic operations on a dual-energy ratio map to generate masks, which are then applied to the original images to generate material-specific images...
November 22, 2016: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27874033/influence-of-combined-fundamental-potentials-in-a-nonlinear-vibration-energy-harvester
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Pranay Podder, Dhiman Mallick, Andreas Amann, Saibal Roy
Ambient mechanical vibrations have emerged as a viable energy source for low-power wireless sensor nodes aiming the upcoming era of the 'Internet of Things'. Recently, purposefully induced dynamical nonlinearities have been exploited to widen the frequency spectrum of vibration energy harvesters. Here we investigate some critical inconsistencies between the theoretical formulation and applications of the bistable Duffing nonlinearity in vibration energy harvesting. A novel nonlinear vibration energy harvesting device with the capability to switch amidst individually tunable bistable-quadratic, monostable-quartic and bistable-quartic potentials has been designed and characterized...
November 22, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872867/bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-enhance-the-differentiation-of-human-switched-memory-b-lymphocytes-into-plasma-cells-in-serum-free-medium
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Guillaume Bonnaure, Catherine Gervais-St-Amour, Sonia Néron
The differentiation of human B lymphocytes into plasma cells is one of the most stirring questions with regard to adaptive immunity. However, the terminal differentiation and survival of plasma cells are still topics with much to be discovered, especially when targeting switched memory B lymphocytes. Plasma cells can migrate to the bone marrow in response to a CXCL12 gradient and survive for several years while secreting antibodies. In this study, we aimed to get closer to niches favoring plasma cell survival...
2016: Journal of Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871367/conformational-control-of-cascade-interference-and-priming-activities-in-crispr-immunity
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Chaoyou Xue, Natalie R Whitis, Dipali G Sashital
During type I-E CRISPR-Cas immunity, the Cascade surveillance complex utilizes CRISPR-derived RNAs to target complementary invasive DNA for destruction. When invader mutation blocks this interference activity, Cascade instead triggers rapid primed adaptation against the invader. The molecular basis for this dual Cascade activity is poorly understood. Here we show that the conformation of the Cse1 subunit controls Cascade activity. Using FRET, we find that Cse1 exists in a dynamic equilibrium between "open" and "closed" conformations, and the extent to which the open conformation is favored directly correlates with the attenuation of interference and relative increase in priming activity upon target mutation...
November 17, 2016: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861164/microstructure-and-dynamics-of-vacancy-induced-nanofilamentary-switching-network-in-donor-doped-srtio3-x-memristors
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Hussein Nili, Taimur Ahmed, Sumeet Walia, Rajesh Ramanathan, Ahmad Esmaielzadeh Kandjani, Sergey Rubanov, Jeeson Kim, Omid Kavehei, Vipul Bansal, Madhu Bhaskaran, Sharath Sriram
Donor doping of perovskite oxides has emerged as an attractive technique to create high performance and low energy non-volatile analog memories. Here, we examine the origins of improved switching performance and stable multi-state resistive switching in Nb-doped oxygen-deficient amorphous SrTiO3 (Nb:a-STO x ) metal-insulator-metal (MIM) devices. We probe the impact of substitutional dopants (i.e., Nb) in modulating the electronic structure and subsequent switching performance. Temperature stability and bias/time dependence of the switching behavior are used to ascertain the role of substitutional dopants and highlight their utility to modulate volatile and non-volatile behavior in a-STO x devices for adaptive and neuromorphic applications...
December 16, 2016: Nanotechnology
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