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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431185/the-effect-of-interspecific-variation-in-photosynthetic-plasticity-on-4-year-growth-rate-and-8-year-survival-of-understorey-tree-seedlings-in-response-to-gap-formations-in-a-cool-temperate-deciduous-forest
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Riichi Oguchi, Tsutom Hiura, Kouki Hikosaka
Gap formation increases the light intensity in the forest understorey. The growth responses of seedlings to the increase in light availability show interspecific variation, which is considered to promote biodiversity in forests. At the leaf level, some species increase their photosynthetic capacity in response to gap formation, whereas others do not. Here we address the question of whether the interspecific difference in the photosynthetic response results in the interspecific variation in the growth response...
April 19, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430819/estimating-optimal-sparseness-of-developmental-gene-networks-using-a-semi-quantitative-model
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Natsuhiro Ichinose, Tetsushi Yada, Hiroshi Wada
To estimate gene regulatory networks, it is important that we know the number of connections, or sparseness of the networks. It can be expected that the robustness to perturbations is one of the factors determining the sparseness. We reconstruct a semi-quantitative model of gene networks from gene expression data in embryonic development and detect the optimal sparseness against perturbations. The dense networks are robust to connection-removal perturbation, whereas the sparse networks are robust to misexpression perturbation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430222/impact-of-partial-coherence-on-the-apparent-optical-transfer-function-derived-from-the-response-to-amplitude-edges
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S Mojtaba Shakeri, Lucas J van Vliet, Sjoerd Stallinga
We present an investigation of the impact of partial coherence on optical imaging systems with the focus on whole slide imaging (WSI) systems for digital pathology. The investigation is based on the analysis of the edge response of the optical system, which gives rise to an apparent optical transfer function (OTF) that can be linked to two elementary complex functions Q and U. The function Q is directly related to the transmission cross coefficient (TCC) and can be identified with the performance function first introduced by Kintner and Sillitto...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430208/illumination-data-transmission-and-energy-harvesting-the-threefold-advantage-of-vlc
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Harilaos G Sandalidis, Alexander Vavoulas, Theodoros A Tsiftsis, Nicholas Vaiopoulos
Visible light communication (VLC) is a promising technology that meets illumination and information transmission requirements in an indoor environment. Because light waves convey energy, a VLC link may exploit that fact for energy harvesting purposes. In this context, a single light emitting diode lamp located at a close distance over a tablet or laptop PC can potentially offer simultaneous lighting, Internet access, and battery recharging without cables. The present study introduces this threefold role of VLC systems by properly adapting some energy harvesting receiver architectures recently launched for usage in RF communications...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427783/a-trade-off-relationship-between-chest-compression-depth-and-chest-wall-recoil-during-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation
#5
Je Hyeok Oh
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 14, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425443/hybridization-of-strength-pareto-multiobjective-optimization-with-modified-cuckoo-search-algorithm-for-rectangular-array
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Khairul Najmy Abdul Rani, Mohamedfareq Abdulmalek, Hasliza A Rahim, Neoh Siew Chin, Alawiyah Abd Wahab
This research proposes the various versions of modified cuckoo search (MCS) metaheuristic algorithm deploying the strength Pareto evolutionary algorithm (SPEA) multiobjective (MO) optimization technique in rectangular array geometry synthesis. Precisely, the MCS algorithm is proposed by incorporating the Roulette wheel selection operator to choose the initial host nests (individuals) that give better results, adaptive inertia weight to control the positions exploration of the potential best host nests (solutions), and dynamic discovery rate to manage the fraction probability of finding the best host nests in 3-dimensional search space...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425158/sexual-colouration-and-sperm-performance-in-the-australian-painted-dragon-lizard-ctenophorus-pictus
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Callum S McDiarmid, Christopher R Friesen, Cissy Ballen, Mats Olsson
Theory predicts trade-offs between pre- and postcopulatory sexually selected traits. This relationship may be mediated by the degree to which males are able to monopolise access to females, as this will place an upper limit on the strength of postcopulatory selection. Furthermore, traits that aid in mate monopolization may be costly to maintain and may limit investment in postcopulatory traits, such as sperm performance. Australian painted dragons are polymorphic for the presence or absence of a yellow gular patch ('bibs'), which may aid them to monopolise access to females...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425060/positron-emission-tomography-assessment-of-cerebral-glucose-metabolic-rates-in-autism-spectrum-disorder-and-schizophrenia
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Serge A Mitelman, Marie-Cecile Bralet, M Mehmet Haznedar, Eric Hollander, Lina Shihabuddin, Erin A Hazlett, Monte S Buchsbaum
Several models have been proposed to account for observed overlaps in clinical features and genetic predisposition between schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorder. This study assessed similarities and differences in topological patterns and vectors of glucose metabolism in both disorders in reference to these models. Co-registered (18)fluorodeoxyglucose PET and MRI scans were obtained in 41 schizophrenia, 25 ASD, and 55 healthy control subjects. AFNI was used to map cortical and subcortical regions of interest...
April 19, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424343/interactive-effects-of-temperature-food-and-skeletal-mineralogy-mediate-biological-responses-to-ocean-acidification-in-a-widely-distributed-bryozoan
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Daniel S Swezey, Jessica R Bean, Aaron T Ninokawa, Tessa M Hill, Brian Gaylord, Eric Sanford
Marine invertebrates with skeletons made of high-magnesium calcite may be especially susceptible to ocean acidification (OA) due to the elevated solubility of this form of calcium carbonate. However, skeletal composition can vary plastically within some species, and it is largely unknown how concurrent changes in multiple oceanographic parameters will interact to affect skeletal mineralogy, growth and vulnerability to future OA. We explored these interactive effects by culturing genetic clones of the bryozoan Jellyella tuberculata (formerly Membranipora tuberculata) under factorial combinations of dissolved carbon dioxide (CO2), temperature and food concentrations...
April 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424230/a-quiet-revolution-in-organ-transplant-ethics
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Arthur Caplan, Duncan Purves
A quiet revolution is occurring in the field of transplantation. Traditionally, transplants have involved solid organs such as the kidney, heart and liver which are transplanted to prevent recipients from dying. Now transplants are being done of the face, hand, uterus, penis and larynx that aim at improving a recipient's quality of life. The shift away from saving lives to seeking to make them better requires a shift in the ethical thinking that has long formed the foundation of organ transplantation. The addition of new forms of transplants requires doctors, patients, regulators and the public to rethink the risk and benefit ratio represented by trade-offs between saving life, extending life and risking the loss of life to achieve improvements in the quality of life...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423976/screening-for-dyslexia-in-french-speaking-university-students-an-evaluation-of-the-detection-accuracy-of-the-alouette-test
#11
Eddy Cavalli, Pascale Colé, Gilles Leloup, Florence Poracchia-George, Liliane Sprenger-Charolles, Abdessadek El Ahmadi
Developmental dyslexia is a lifelong impairment affecting 5% to 10% of the population. In French-speaking countries, although a number of standardized tests for dyslexia in children are available, tools suitable to screen for dyslexia in adults are lacking. In this study, we administered the Alouette reading test to a normative sample of 164 French university students without dyslexia and a validation sample of 83 students with dyslexia. The Alouette reading test is designed to screen for dyslexia in children, since it taps skills that are typically deficient in dyslexia (i...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Learning Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422992/the-evolution-of-cost-efficiency-in-neural-networks-during-recovery-from-traumatic-brain-injury
#12
Arnab Roy, Rachel A Bernier, Jianli Wang, Monica Benson, Jerry J French, David C Good, Frank G Hillary
A somewhat perplexing finding in the systems neuroscience has been the observation that physical injury to neural systems may result in enhanced functional connectivity (i.e., hyperconnectivity) relative to the typical network response. The consequences of local or global enhancement of functional connectivity remain uncertain and this is particularly true for the overall metabolic cost of the network. We examine the hyperconnectivity hypothesis in a sample of 14 individuals with TBI with data collected at approximately 3, 6, and 12 months following moderate and severe TBI...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421346/decoupling-of-behavioral-trait-correlation-across-life-stages-in-two-holometabolous-insects
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Kentarou Matsumura, Taro Fuchikawa, Takahisa Miyatake
Many animal behaviors have a genetic base, and behavioral traits often correlate with one another. In this study, we tested for a behavioral correlation between tonic immobility and walking distance in the larval and adult stages independently of two holometabolous insects. We confirmed a negative correlation of traits between strains in adults of both the species; however, we did not find it in larvae of either species. This suggests that the negative correlation between tonic immobility and walking is decoupled across life stages from larva to adult...
April 18, 2017: Behavior Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420880/balancing-speed-and-coverage-by-sequential-seeding-in-complex-networks
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Jarosław Jankowski, Piotr Bródka, Przemysław Kazienko, Boleslaw K Szymanski, Radosław Michalski, Tomasz Kajdanowicz
Information spreading in complex networks is often modeled as diffusing information with certain probability from nodes that possess it to their neighbors that do not. Information cascades are triggered when the activation of a set of initial nodes - seeds - results in diffusion to large number of nodes. Here, several novel approaches for seed initiation that replace the commonly used activation of all seeds at once with a sequence of initiation stages are introduced. Sequential strategies at later stages avoid seeding highly ranked nodes that are already activated by diffusion active between stages...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420877/proximate-effects-of-temperature-versus-evolved-intrinsic-constraints-for-embryonic-development-times-among-temperate-and-tropical-songbirds
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Riccardo Ton, Thomas E Martin
The relative importance of intrinsic constraints imposed by evolved physiological trade-offs versus the proximate effects of temperature for interspecific variation in embryonic development time remains unclear. Understanding this distinction is important because slow development due to evolved trade-offs can yield phenotypic benefits, whereas slow development from low temperature can yield costs. We experimentally increased embryonic temperature in free-living tropical and north temperate songbird species to test these alternatives...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419864/how-to-be-a-good-neighbour-facilitation-and-competition-between-two-co-flowering-species
#16
Mohsen B Mesgaran, Juliette Bouhours, Mark A Lewis, Roger D Cousens
Empirical evidence suggests that co-flowering species can facilitate each other through shared pollinators. However, the extent to which one co-flowering species can relieve pollination limitation of another while simultaneously competing for abiotic resource has rarely been examined. Using a deterministic model we explored the demographic outcome for one ("focal") species of its co-occurrence with a species that shares pollinators and competes for both pollinator visitation and abiotic resources. In this paper we showed how the overall impact can be positive or negative, depending on the balance between enhanced fertilization versus increased competition...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419597/growth-rate-correlates-negatively-with-protein-turnover-in-arabidopsis-accessions
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Hirofumi Ishihara, Thiago Alexandre Moraes, Eva-Theresa Pyl, Waltraud X Schulze, Toshihiro Obata, André Scheffel, Alisdair R Fernie, Ronan Sulpice, Mark Stitt
Previous studies with Arabidopsis accessions revealed biomass correlates negatively to dusk starch content and total protein, and positively to the maximum activities of enzymes in photosynthesis. We hypothesised that large accessions have lower ribosome abundance and lower rates of protein synthesis, and that this is compensated by lower rates of protein degradation. This would increase growth efficiency and allow more investment in photosynthetic machinery. We analysed ribosome abundance and polysome loading in 19 accessions, modelled the rates of protein synthesis and compared them with the observed rate of growth...
April 17, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419347/evolutionary-trade-offs-between-drought-resistance-mechanisms-across-a-precipitation-gradient-in-a-seasonally-dry-tropical-oak-quercus-oleoides
#18
Jose A Ramírez-Valiente, Jeannine Cavender-Bares
In seasonally dry tropical forest regions, drought avoidance during the dry season coupled with high assimilation rates in the wet season is hypothesized to be an advantageous strategy for forest trees in regions with severe and long dry seasons. In contrast, where dry seasons are milder, drought tolerance coupled with a conservative resource-use strategy is expected to maximize carbon assimilation throughout the year. Tests of this hypothesis, particularly at the intraspecific level, have been seldom conducted...
April 13, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417689/a-bayesian-hierarchical-model-for-discrete-choice-data-in-health-care
#19
Anna Liza M Antonio, Robert E Weiss, Christopher S Saigal, Ely Dahan, Catherine M Crespi
In discrete choice experiments, patients are presented with sets of health states described by various attributes and asked to make choices from among them. Discrete choice experiments allow health care researchers to study the preferences of individual patients by eliciting trade-offs between different aspects of health-related quality of life. However, many discrete choice experiments yield data with incomplete ranking information and sparsity due to the limited number of choice sets presented to each patient, making it challenging to estimate patient preferences...
January 1, 2017: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417150/torpor-patterns-in-common-hamsters-with-and-without-access-to-food-stores
#20
Carina Siutz, Eva Millesi
Hibernating species significantly reduce energy expenditure during winter by entering torpor. Nevertheless, the various benefits of hibernation might be counteracted by negative effects of torpor such as immune depression, oxidative stress, or neuronal impairment. Considering these trade-offs, adequate energy reserves could allow animals to reduce the time spent in torpor or the extent of metabolic depression. Common hamsters use food stores during hibernation and previously documented high individual variations in body temperature patterns during winter could, therefore, be related to differences in external energy reserves...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
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