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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429798/sensory-system-plasticity-in-a-visually-specialized-nocturnal-spider
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Jay A Stafstrom, Peter Michalik, Eileen A Hebets
The interplay between an animal's environmental niche and its behavior can influence the evolutionary form and function of its sensory systems. While intraspecific variation in sensory systems has been documented across distant taxa, fewer studies have investigated how changes in behavior might relate to plasticity in sensory systems across developmental time. To investigate the relationships among behavior, peripheral sensory structures, and central processing regions in the brain, we take advantage of a dramatic within-species shift of behavior in a nocturnal, net-casting spider (Deinopis spinosa), where males cease visually-mediated foraging upon maturation...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425498/a-new-phenomenon-sub-tg-solid-state-plasticity-induced-bonding-in-polymers
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Nikhil Padhye, David M Parks, Bernhardt L Trout, Alexander H Slocum
Polymer self-adhesion due to the interdiffusion of macromolecules has been an active area of research for several decades. Here, we report a new phenomenon of sub-Tg, solid-state, plasticity-induced bonding; where amorphous polymeric films were bonded together in a period of time on the order of a second in the solid-state at ambient temperatures, up to 60 K below their glass transition temperature (Tg), by subjecting them to active plastic deformation. Despite the glassy regime, the bulk plastic deformation triggered the requisite molecular mobility of the polymer chains, causing interpenetration across the interfaces held in contact...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424773/septins-focus-cellular-growth-for-host-infection-by-pathogenic-fungi
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Michelle Momany, Nicholas J Talbot
One of the key challenges faced by microbial pathogens is invasion of host tissue. Fungal pathogens adopt a number of distinct strategies to overcome host cell defenses, including the development of specialized infection structures, the secretion of proteins that manipulate host responses or cellular organization, and the ability to facilitate their own uptake by phagocytic mechanisms. Key to many of these adaptations is the considerable morphogenetic plasticity displayed by pathogenic species. Fungal pathogens can, for example, shift their growth habit between non-polarized spores, or yeast-like cells, and highly polarized hyphal filaments...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424512/human-umbilical-cord-plasma-proteins-revitalize-hippocampal-function-in-aged-mice
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Joseph M Castellano, Kira I Mosher, Rachelle J Abbey, Alisha A McBride, Michelle L James, Daniela Berdnik, Jadon C Shen, Bende Zou, Xinmin S Xie, Martha Tingle, Izumi V Hinkson, Martin S Angst, Tony Wyss-Coray
Ageing drives changes in neuronal and cognitive function, the decline of which is a major feature of many neurological disorders. The hippocampus, a brain region subserving roles of spatial and episodic memory and learning, is sensitive to the detrimental effects of ageing at morphological and molecular levels. With advancing age, synapses in various hippocampal subfields exhibit impaired long-term potentiation, an electrophysiological correlate of learning and memory. At the molecular level, immediate early genes are among the synaptic plasticity genes that are both induced by long-term potentiation and downregulated in the aged brain...
April 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422972/challenges-in-enumeration-of-ctcs-in-breast-cancer-using-techniques-independent-of-cytokeratin-expression
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John Castle, Karen Morris, Susan Pritchard, Cliona C Kirwan
INTRODUCTION: Given the current postulated plasticity between epithelial and mesenchymal states of migratory cancer cells the detection of non-epithelial CTCs is an important scientific and clinical goal. METHODS: We used the filtration-based ISET technology to enrich circulating tumour cells (CTCs) in early breast cancer blood samples and identify them using a morphology-based immunocytochemistry (ICC) approach. RESULTS: We found greater numbers of putative CTCs by this approach than by the cytokeratin-based CellSearch technology, but a high number of CTC false positives were identified in healthy volunteer samples which were not reduced in successive blood draws...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422010/synaptic-input-sequence-discrimination-on-behavioral-time-scales-mediated-by-reaction-diffusion-chemistry-in-dendrites
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Upinder Singh Bhalla
Sequences of events are ubiquitous in sensory, motor, and cognitive function. Key computational operations, including pattern recognition, event prediction, and plasticity, involve neural discrimination of spatio-temporal sequences. Here we show that synaptically-driven reaction-diffusion pathways on dendrites can perform sequence discrimination on behaviorally relevant time-scales. We used abstract signaling models to show that selectivity arises when inputs at successive locations are aligned with, and amplified by, propagating chemical waves triggered by previous inputs...
April 19, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421537/satb2-ablation-impairs-hippocampus-based-long-term-spatial-memory-and-short-term-working-memory-and-immediate-early-genes-iegs-mediated-hippocampal-synaptic-plasticity
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Ying Li, Qiang-Long You, Sheng-Rong Zhang, Wei-Yuan Huang, Wen-Jun Zou, Wei Jie, Shu-Ji Li, Ji-Hong Liu, Chuang-Ye Lv, Jin Cong, Yu-Ying Hu, Tian-Ming Gao, Jian-Ming Li
Special AT-rich sequence-binding protein 2 (Satb2) is a protein binding to the matrix attachment regions of DNA and important for gene regulation. Patients with SATB2 mutation usually suffer moderate to severe mental retardation. However, the mechanisms for the defects of intellectual activities in patients with SATB2 mutation are largely unclear. Here we established the heterozygous Satb2 mutant mice and Satb2 conditional knockout mice to mimic the patients with SATB2 mutation and figured out the role of Satb2 in mental activities...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419571/characterization-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-bovine-endometrium-during-follicular-phase-of-oestrous-cycle
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E Lara, N Rivera, D Rojas, L L Rodríguez-Alvarez, F O Castro
Stem cells have been postulated as responsible for cell regeneration in highly and continuously regenerative tissues such as the endometrium. Few studies in cattle have identified and specified the presence of stem cells in the endometrium during the oestrous cycle. The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in the bovine endometrium during the follicular phase (FP) of the oestrous cycle. Uterine tissue was collected in the time-frame comprising day 18 of the cycle and ovulation (day 0)...
April 16, 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416460/regional-distribution-of-cholinergic-catecholaminergic-serotonergic-and-orexinergic-neurons-in-the-brain-of-two-carnivore-species-the-feliform-banded-mongoose-mungos-mungo-and-the-caniform-domestic-ferret-mustela-putorius-furo
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Sashrika Pillay, Adhil Bhagwandin, Mads F Bertelsen, Nina Patzke, Gerhard Engler, Andreas K Engel, Paul R Manger
The nuclear organization of the cholinergic, catecholaminergic, serotonergic and orexinergic neurons in the brains of two species of carnivore, the banded mongoose (Mungos mungo) and domestic ferret (Mustela putorius furo), is presented. The banded mongoose belongs to the feliform suborder and the domestic ferret to the caniform suborder, having last shared a common ancestor approximately 53 million years ago; however, they have a very similar overall morphology and life history, presenting an interesting opportunity to examine the extent of evolutionary plasticity in these systems...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415468/characterization-of-the-surface-physico-chemistry-of-plasticized-pvc-used-in-blood-bag-and-infusion-tubing
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H Al Salloum, J Saunier, A Dazzi, J Vigneron, A Etcheberry, C Marlière, C Aymes-Chodur, J M Herry, M Bernard, E Jubeli, N Yagoubi
Commercial infusion tubing and blood storage devices (tubing, blood and platelets bags) made of plasticized PVC were analyzed by spectroscopic, chromatographic and microscopic techniques in order to identify and quantify the additives added to the polymer (lubricants, thermal stabilizers, plasticizers) and to put into evidence their blooming onto the surface of the devices. For all the samples, deposits were observed on the surface but with different kinds of morphologies. Ethylene bis amide lubricant and metallic stearate stabilizers were implicated in the formation of these layers...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415387/dextrose-modified-flexible-tasar-and-muga-fibroin-films-for-wound-healing-applications
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Chandra Mohan Srivastava, Roli Purwar, Anuradha Gupta, Deepak Sharma
This paper is focused on preparation and characterization of regenerated muga and tasar fibroin flexible films from cocoon using ionic liquid. These flexible muga and tasar fibroin films were prepared by incorporating dextrose (5 to 15% w/w) as plasticizer. The mechanical, thermal, physical, morphological and biological properties of dextrose plasticized muga and tasar fibroin films were characterized. These plasticized films showed higher elongation at break as well as water holding capacity as compared to the un-plasticized films...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415221/dynamic-phases-of-active-matter-systems-with-quenched-disorder
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Cs Sándor, A Libál, C Reichhardt, C J Olson Reichhardt
Depinning and nonequilibrium transitions within sliding states in systems driven over quenched disorder arise across a wide spectrum of size scales ranging from atomic friction at the nanoscale, flux motion in type II superconductors at the mesoscale, colloidal motion in disordered media at the microscale, and plate tectonics at geological length scales. Here we show that active matter or self-propelled particles interacting with quenched disorder under an external drive represents a class of system that can also exhibit pinning-depinning phenomena, plastic flow phases, and nonequilibrium sliding transitions that are correlated with distinct morphologies and velocity-force curve signatures...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406081/ecotoxicological-analysis-of-acrylamide-using-a-microalga-as-an-indicator-organism
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Bárbara Werle Nunes Keila Fernanda Hedlund Maria Angelica Oliveira And Elvis Carissimi
Aquatic ecosystems are very prone to contamination. The fast and accurate assessment of the toxicity of the water is animportant tool for environmental safety. The aim of this study was to assess the possible toxic effects of acrylamide on physiological parameters of the ChlorophyceaeandDesmodesmus quadricauda. Cells in exponential growth phase were exposed for 72 hours to different concentrations of acrylamide. Light microscopy analysis documented cell density, number of cells per coenobia, cell dimensions, and biovolume; chlorophyll "a" concentration was also determined...
April 12, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402693/heparan-sulfate-proteoglycans-regulate-autophagy-in-drosophila
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Claire E Reynolds-Peterson, Na Zhao, Jie Xu, Taryn M Serman, Jielin Xu, Scott B Selleck
Heparan sulfate-modified proteoglycans (HSPGs) are important regulators of signaling and molecular recognition at the cell surface and in the extracellular space. Disruption of HSPG core proteins, HS-synthesis, or HS-degradation can have profound effects on growth, patterning, and cell survival. The Drosophila neuromuscular junction provides a tractable model for understanding the activities of HSPGs at a synapse that displays developmental and activity-dependent plasticity. Muscle cell-specific knockdown of HS biosynthesis disrupted the organization of a specialized postsynaptic membrane, the subsynaptic reticulum (SSR), and affected the number and morphology of mitochondria...
April 12, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402054/no-evidence-of%C3%A2-contemporary-interploidy-gene-flow-between-the-closely-related-european-woodland-violets-viola-reichenbachiana-and-v-riviniana-sect-viola-violaceae
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Grzegorz Migdałek, Justyna Nowak, Marta Saługa, Elżbieta Cieślak, Magdalena Szczepaniak, Michał Ronikier, Thomas Marcussen, Aneta Słomka, Elżbieta Kuta
Viola reichenbachiana (2n = 4x = 20) and V. riviniana (2n = 8x = 40) are closely related species widely distributed in Europe, often sharing the same habitat throughout their overlapping ranges. It has been suggested in numerous studies that their high intraspecific morphological variability and plasticity might have been further increased by interspecific hybridization in contact zones, given the sympatry of the species and the incomplete sterility of their hybrid. The aims of this study were to (i) confirm that V...
April 12, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400058/the-snk-and-spar-signaling-pathway-changes-in-hippocampal-neurons-treated-with-amyloid-beta-peptide-in-vitro
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Hua Sui, Libin Zhan, Xinping Niu, Lina Liang, Xin Li
Amyloid-β peptide (Aβ) is believed to be a primary cause of Alzheimer's disease. Many studies have demonstrated that Aβ causes morphological and functional alterations of dendritic spines, leading to synaptic dysfunction, but the effect of Aβ on damage to synaptic functions is not fully understood. Spine-associated Rap guanosine triphosphatase-activating protein (SPAR) is an important regulator of activity-dependent remodeling of synapses and is critically involved in both mature dendritic spine formation and the maintenance of spine maturity...
March 22, 2017: Neuropeptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399991/in-package-inhibition-of-e-%C3%A2-coli-o157-h7-on-bulk-romaine-lettuce-using-cold-plasma
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Sea C Min, Si Hyeon Roh, Brendan A Niemira, Glenn Boyd, Joseph E Sites, Joseph Uknalis, Xuetong Fan
Dielectric barrier discharge atmospheric cold plasma (DACP) treatment was evaluated for the inactivation of Escherichia coli O157:H7, surface morphology, color, carbon dioxide generation, and weight loss of bulk Romaine lettuce in a commercial plastic clamshell container. The lettuce samples were packed in a model bulk packaging configuration (three rows with either 1, 3, 5, or 7 layers) in the container and treated by DACP (42.6 kV, 10 min). DACP treatment reduced the number of E. coli O157:H7 in the leaf samples in the 1-, 3-, and 5-layer configurations by 0...
August 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399261/seedlings-of-subtropical-rainforest-species-from-similar-successional-guild-show-different-photosynthetic-and-morphological-responses-to-varying-light-levels
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D Puji Lestari, J Doland Nichols
Restoration using rainforest species in Australia and elsewhere has been limited to a small number of widely known species, mainly pioneer or early successional species, Using the presumed successional status as a guideline for species selection in reforestation should be taken with a caveat since a species' capacity to adjust to light gradients is not easily predicted. This study examined the photosynthetic and growth responses of four Australian subtropical rainforest species in the context of using late successional species in restoration programs...
February 1, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396268/understanding-alzheimer-s-disease-by-global-quantification-of-protein-phosphorylation-and-sialylated-n-linked-glycosylation-profiles-a-chance-for-new-biomarkers-in-neuroproteomics
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Pernille S Lassen, Camilla Thygesen, Martin R Larsen, Stefan J Kempf
Phosphorylation and glycosylation are important protein modifications in the mammalian brain acting as drivers of neural development, neurotransmission signalling and neurite elongation as well as synaptic morphology. Despite their important functional roles in the brain, only a few studies have elucidated them in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. Here, we comprehensively review Alzheimer's pathology in relation to protein phosphorylation and glycosylation on synaptic plasticity from neuroproteomics data...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394013/intermittent-theta-burst-stimulation-rescues-dopamine-dependent-corticostriatal-synaptic-plasticity-and-motor-behavior-in-experimental-parkinsonism-possible-role-of-glial-activity
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Fabrizio Cacace, Desirèe Mineo, Maria Teresa Viscomi, Emanuele Claudio Latagliata, Maria Mancini, Valeria Sasso, Anna Vannelli, Tiziana Pascucci, Valentina Pendolino, Elena Marcello, Silvia Pelucchi, Stefano Puglisi-Allegra, Marco Molinari, Barbara Picconi, Paolo Calabresi, Veronica Ghiglieri
BACKGROUND: Recent studies support the therapeutic utility of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in Parkinson's disease (PD), whose progression is correlated with loss of corticostriatal long-term potentiation and long-term depression. Glial cell activation is also a feature of PD that is gaining increasing attention in the field because astrocytes play a role in chronic neuroinflammatory responses but are also able to manage dopamine (DA) levels. METHODS: Intermittent theta-burst stimulation protocol was applied to study the effect of therapeutic neuromodulation on striatal DA levels measured by means of in vivo microdialysis in 6-hydroxydopamine-hemilesioned rats...
April 10, 2017: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
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