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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213971/mass-turnover-and-recovery-dynamics-of-a-diverse-australian-continental-radiation
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Ian G Brennan, Paul M Oliver
Trends in global and local climate history have been linked to observed macroevolutionary patterns across a variety of organisms. These climatic pressures may unilaterally or asymmetrically influence the evolutionary trajectory of clades. To test and compare signatures of changing global (Eocene-Oligocene boundary cooling) and continental (Miocene aridification) environments on a continental fauna, we investigated the macroevolutionary dynamics of one of Australia's most diverse endemic radiations, pygopodoid geckos...
February 18, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213682/mathematical-modelling-of-cytokines-mmps-and-fibronectin-fragments-in-osteoarthritic-cartilage
#2
Michelle Baker, Bindi S Brook, Markus R Owen
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative disease which causes pain and stiffness in joints. OA progresses through excessive degradation of joint cartilage, eventually leading to significant joint degeneration and loss of function. Cytokines, a group of cell signalling proteins, present in raised concentrations in OA joints, can be classified into pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory groups. They mediate cartilage degradation through several mechanisms, primarily the up-regulation of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), a group of collagen-degrading enzymes...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213201/respiratory-load-perception-in-overweight-and-asthmatic-children
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Victoria MacBean, Lorna Wheatley, Alan C Lunt, Gerrard F Rafferty
Overweight asthmatic children report greater symptoms than normal weight asthmatics, despite comparable airflow obstruction. This has been widely assumed to be due to heightened perception of respiratory effort. Three groups of children (healthy weight controls, healthy weight asthmatics, overweight asthmatics) rated perceived respiratory effort throughout an inspiratory resistive loading protocol. Parasternal intercostal electromyogram was used as an objective marker of respiratory load; this was expressed relative to tidal volume and reported as a ratio of the baseline value (neuroventilatory activity ratio (NVEAR))...
February 14, 2017: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213059/multidisciplinary-team-learning-in-the-management-of-the-morbidly-adherent-placenta-outcome-improvements-over-time
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Alireza A Shamshirsaz, Karin A Fox, Hadi Erfani, Steven L Clark, Bahram Salmanian, B Wycke Baker, Michael Coburn, Amir A Shamshirsaz, Zhoobin H Bateni, Jimmy Espinoza, Ahmed A Nassr, Edwina J Popek, Shiu-Ki Hui, Jun Teruya, Celestine Shauching Tung, Jeffery A Jones, Martha Rac, Gary A Dildy, Michael A Belfort
BACKGROUND: Morbidly adherent placenta (MAP) is a serious obstetric complication causing mortality and morbidity. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether outcomes of patients with morbidly adherent placenta improve with increasing experience within a well-established multidisciplinary team at a single referral center. STUDY DESIGN: All singleton pregnancies with pathology-confirmed MAP (including placenta accreta, increta or percreta) managed by a multidisciplinary team between January 2011 and August 2016 were included in this retrospective study...
February 14, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212426/sustainability-of-common-pool-resources
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Raja Rajendra Timilsina, Koji Kotani, Yoshio Kamijo
Sustainability has become a key issue in managing natural resources together with growing concerns for capitalism, environmental and resource problems. We hypothesize that the ongoing modernization of competitive societies, which we refer to as "capitalism," affects human nature for utilizing common pool resources, thus compromising sustainability. To test this hypothesis, we design and implement a set of dynamic common pool resource games and experiments in the following two types of Nepalese areas: (i) rural (non-capitalistic) and (ii) urban (capitalistic) areas...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212283/the-effects-of-tocotrienol-and-lovastatin-co-supplementation-on-bone-dynamic-histomorphometry-and-bone-morphogenetic-protein-2-expression-in-rats-with-estrogen-deficiency
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Kok-Yong Chin, Saif Abdul-Majeed, Norazlina Mohamed, Soelaiman Ima-Nirwana
Both tocotrienol and statins are suppressors of the mevalonate pathway. Supplementation of tocotrienol among statin users could potentially protect them against osteoporosis. This study aimed to compare the effects of tocotrienol and lovastatin co-supplementation with individual treatments on bone dynamic histomorphometric indices and bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) gene expression in ovariectomized rats. Forty-eight female Sprague-Dawley rats were randomized equally into six groups. The baseline was sacrificed upon receipt...
February 15, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211134/effect-of-age-on-the-performance-of-bispectral-and-entropy-indices-during-sevoflurane-pediatric-anesthesia-a-pharmacometric-study
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Alberto Sciusco, Joseph F Standing, Yucheng Sheng, Pasquale Raimondo, Gilda Cinnella, Michele Dambrosio
BACKGROUND: Bispectral index (BIS) and entropy monitors have been proposed for use in children, but research has not supported their validity for infants. However, effective monitoring of young children may be even more important than for adults, to aid appropriate anesthetic dosing and reduce the chance of adverse consequences. This prospective study aimed to investigate the relationships between age and the predictive performance of BIS and entropy monitors in measuring the anesthetic drug effects within a pediatric surgery setting...
February 17, 2017: Paediatric Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211109/conformational-space-of-a-polyphilic-molecule-with-a-fluorophilic-side-chain-integrated-in-a-dppc-bilayer
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Guido F von Rudorff, Tobias Watermann, Xiang-Yang Guo, Daniel Sebastiani
We investigate the conformational space of a polyphilic molecule with hydrophilic, lipophilic and fluorophilic parts inserted as a transmembrane agent into a dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine bilayer by means of all-atom molecular dynamics simulations. Special focus is put on the competing structural driving forces arising from the hydrophilic, lipophilic and fluorophilic side chains and the aromatic backbone of the polyphile. We observe a significant difference between the lipophilic and the fluorophilic side chains regarding their intramembrane distribution...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211084/endothelial-cells-biophysical-biochemical-and-chromosomal-aberrancies-in-high-glucose-condition-within-the-diabetic-range
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Aysa Rezabakhsh, Elahe Nabat, Mina Yousefi, Soheila Montazersaheb, Omid Cheraghi, Amir Mehdizadeh, Farzaneh Fathi, Ali Akbar Movassaghpour, Nasrin Maleki-Dizaji, Reza Rahbarghazi, Alireza Garjani
To date, many studies have been conducted to find out the underlying mechanisms of hyperglycemia-induced complications in diabetes mellitus, attributed to the cellular pathologies of different cells-especially endothelial cells. However, there are still many ambiguities and unresolved issues to be clarified. Here, we investigated the alteration in biophysical and biochemical properties in human umbilical vein endothelial cells exposed to a high-glucose concentration (30mM), comparable to glucose content in type 2 diabetes mellitus, over a course of 120 hours...
February 17, 2017: Cell Biochemistry and Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210894/expansion-of-sugarcane-monoculture-associated-impacts-and-management-measures-in-the-semi-arid-east-african-rift-valley-ethiopia
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Solomon A Beza, Mohammed A Assen
The study examined the expansion of sugarcane monoculture over the period 1957-2010 and its implications for land degradation and land management measures in the semi-arid northern Main Ethiopian Rift Valley. It used multi-scale and multi-temporal imageries aided by qualitative surveying to investigate the dynamics of land use and cover changes. The study applied both a pixel-based supervised classification and feature extraction methods at subclass levels and merged them into major compatible and comparable land use and cover groups...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210443/evaluation-of-the-effect-of-adding-micro-hydroxyapatite-and-nano-hydroxyapatite-on-the-microleakage-of-conventional-and-resin-modified-glass-ionomer-cl-v-restorations
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Farahnaz Sharafeddin, Negar Feizi
BACKGROUND: Pulpal reaction to restorative materials depends on marginal microleakage, which is a dynamic phenomenon that allows bacteria and fluids to traverse across the tooth-restoration interface. Glass-ionomer cement (GIC) exhibits low microleakage due to direct bonding to tooth structures. Hydroxyapatite (HAP) based on the similarity with tooth structure may decrease the microleakage. The aim of this in vitro study was to evaluate marginal microleakage of a mixture of conventional and resin-modified glass-ionomer (RMGI) with micro- and nano-HAP...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210231/effects-of-agent-environment-symmetry-on-the-coordination-dynamics-of-triadic-jumping
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Akifumi Kijima, Hiroyuki Shima, Motoki Okumura, Yuji Yamamoto, Michael J Richardson
We investigated whether the patterns of coordination that emerged during a three-participant (triadic) jumping task were defined by the symmetries of the (multi) agent-environment task space. Triads were instructed to jump around different geometrical arrangements of hoops. The symmetry of the hoop geometry was manipulated to create two symmetrical and two asymmetrical participant-hoop configurations. Video and motion tracking recordings were employed to determine the frequencies of coordination misses (collisions or failed jumps) and during 20 successful jump sequences, the jump direction chosen (clockwise vs...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210096/interactive-data-exploration-with-smart-drill-down
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Manas Joglekar, Hector Garcia-Molina, Aditya Parameswaran
We present smart drill-down, an operator for interactively exploring a relational table to discover and summarize "interesting" groups of tuples. Each group of tuples is described by a rule. For instance, the rule (a, b, ⋆, 1000) tells us that there are a thousand tuples with value a in the first column and b in the second column (and any value in the third column). Smart drill-down presents an analyst with a list of rules that together describe interesting aspects of the table. The analyst can tailor the definition of interesting, and can interactively apply smart drill-down on an existing rule to explore that part of the table...
May 2016: Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210085/macro-and-microcirculation-patterns-of-intrahepatic-blood-flow-changes-in-patients-with-hereditary-hemorrhagic-telangiectasia
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Roland C Schelker, Ana P Barreiros, Christina Hart, Wolfgang Herr, Ernst-Michael Jung
AIM: To evaluated vascular dynamic processes in the liver of hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) patients by ultrasound (US) considering quantitative analytic methods. METHODS: The imaging features on US and contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) in 18 patients diagnosed with HHT were retrospectively analyzed. Regarding CEUS, real-time contrast harmonic imaging and sulfur hexafluoride-filled microbubbles were used. RESULTS: HVaMs were identified in all 18 patients...
January 21, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209723/functional-metabolic-and-dynamic-mitochondrial-changes-in-the-rat-cirrhosis-hepatocellular-carcinoma-model-and-the-protective-effect-of-ifc-305
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Enrique Chavez, Maria Guadalupe Lozano-Rosas, Mariana Dominguez-Lopez, Gabriela Velasco-Loyden, Jesus Rafael Rodriguez-Aguilera, Concepcion Jose-Nunez, Marietta Tuena de Gomez-Puyou, Victoria Chagoya de Sanchez
BACKGROUND: Mitochondrion is an important metabolic and energetic organelle which regulates several cellular processes. Mitochondrial dysfunction has been related with liver diseases including hepatocellular carcinoma. As a result, the energetic demand is not properly supplied and mitochondrial morphologic changes has been observed resulting in an altered metabolism. We previously demonstrated the chemopreventive effect of the hepatoprotector IFC-305. AIM: In this work we aimed to evaluate the functional, metabolic, and dynamic mitochondrial alterations in the sequential model of cirrhosis-hepatocellular carcinoma induced by diethylnitrosamine in rats and the possible beneficial effect of IFC-305...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209610/the-tumor-microenvironment-at-a-turning-point-knowledge-gained-over-the-last-decade-and-challenges-and-opportunities-ahead-a-white-paper-from-the-nci-tme-network
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Yves A DeClerck, Kenneth J Pienta, Elisa C Woodhouse, Dinah S Singer, Suresh Mohla
Over the past 10 years, the Tumor Microenvironment Network (TMEN), supported by the NCI (Bethesda, MD), has promoted collaborative research with the explicit goal of fostering multi-institutional and transdisciplinary groups that are capable of addressing complex issues involving the tumor microenvironment. The main goal of the TMEN was to generate novel information about the dynamic complexity of tumor-host interactions in different organ systems with emphasis on using human tissues and supplemented by experimental models...
February 16, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209181/de-novo-sequencing-and-comparative-transcriptome-analysis-of-adventitious-root-development-induced-by-exogenous-indole-3-butyric-acid-in-cuttings-of-tetraploid-black-locust
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Jine Quan, Seng Meng, Erhui Guo, Sheng Zhang, Zhong Zhao, Xitian Yang
BACKGROUND: Indole-3-butyric acid (IBA) is applied to the cuttings of various plant species to induce formation of adventitious roots (ARs) in commercial settings. Tetraploid black locust is an attractive ornamental tree that is drought resistant, sand tolerant, can prevent sand erosion and has various commercial uses. To further elucidate the mechanisms of AR formation, we used Illumina sequencing to analyze transcriptome dynamics and differential gene expression at four developmental stages in control (CK) and IBA-treated groups...
February 16, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208760/mdaral-a-multi-radio-version-for-the-daral-routing-algorithm
#18
Francisco José Estévez, José María Castillo-Secilla, Jesús González, Joaquín Olivares, Peter Glösekötter
Smart Cities are called to change the daily life of human beings. This concept permits improving the efficiency of our cities in several areas such as the use of water, energy consumption, waste treatment, and mobility both for people as well as vehicles throughout the city. This represents an interconnected scenario in which thousands of embedded devices need to work in a collaborative way both for sensing and modifying the environment properly. Under this scenario, the majority of devices will use wireless protocols for communicating among them, representing a challenge for optimizing the use of the electromagnetic spectrum...
February 9, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208588/depicting-binding-mediated-translocation-of-hiv-1-tat-peptides-in-living-cells-with-nanoscale-pens-of-tat-conjugated-quantum-dots
#19
Chien Y Lin, Jung Y Huang, Leu-Wei Lo
Cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) can translocate across cell membranes, and thus have great potential for the cellular delivery of macromolecular cargoes. However, the mechanism of this cellular uptake process is not yet fully understood. In this study, a time-lapse single-particle light-sheet microscopy technique was implemented to obtain a parallel visualization of the translocating process of individual human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) transactivator of transcription (Tat) peptide conjugated quantum dots (TatP-QDs) in complex cellular terrains...
February 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208463/frequency-regulators-for-the-nonperturbative-renormalization-group-a-general-study-and-the-model-a-as-a-benchmark
#20
Charlie Duclut, Bertrand Delamotte
We derive the necessary conditions for implementing a regulator that depends on both momentum and frequency in the nonperturbative renormalization-group flow equations of out-of-equilibrium statistical systems. We consider model A as a benchmark and compute its dynamical critical exponent z. This allows us to show that frequency regulators compatible with causality and the fluctuation-dissipation theorem can be devised. We show that when the principle of minimal sensitivity (PMS) is employed to optimize the critical exponents η, ν, and z, the use of frequency regulators becomes necessary to make the PMS a self-consistent criterion...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
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