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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535339/ecophysiological-examination-of-the-lake-erie-microcystis-bloom-in-2014-linkages-between-biology-and-the-water-supply-shutdown-of-toledo-ohio
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Morgan Michelle Steffen, Timothy W Davis, Robert Michael McKay, George S Bullerjahn, Lauren E Krausfeldt, Joshua M A Stough, Michelle L Neitzey, Naomi E Gilbert, Gregory L Boyer, Thomas H Johengen, Duane C Gossiaux, Ashley M Burtner, Danna Palladino, Mark Rowe, Gregory J Dick, Kevin Meyer, Shawn Levy, Braden Boone, Richard Stumpf, Timothy Wynne, Paul V Zimba, Danielle B Gutierrez, Steven W Wilhelm
Annual cyanobacterial blooms dominated by Microcystis have occurred in western Lake Erie (USA/Canada) during summer months since 1995. The production of toxins by bloom-forming cyanobacteria can lead to drinking water crises, such as the one experienced by the city of Toledo in August of 2014, when the city was rendered without drinking water for > 2 days. It is important to understand the conditions and environmental cues that were driving this specific bloom to provide a scientific framework for management of future bloom events...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535306/examination-of-psychosocial-and-physiological-risk-for-bulimic-symptoms-in-youth-with-type-1-diabetes-transitioning-to-an-insulin-pump-a-pilot-study
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Claire M Peterson, Deborah Young-Hyman, Sarah Fischer, Jessica T Markowitz, Andrew B Muir, Lori M Laffel
This study tested hypotheses drawn from a risk model positing that psychosocial risk plus disease-related and treatment factors contribute to bulimic symptoms in youth with type 1 diabetes (T1D) transitioning to an insulin pump. The goal of this study was to examine whether disease-related factors, particularly disease- and treatment-based disruption in hunger and satiety, contribute to report of bulimic symptoms in youth with T1D after accounting for psychosocial risk factors. 43 youth (ages 10-17, 54% female) with established T1D were recruited before transition from multiple daily injections to insulin-pump therapy from three tertiary pediatric diabetes centers...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534933/cuedc2-suppresses-glioma-tumorigenicity-by-inhibiting-the-activation-of-stat3-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
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Feng Li, Chuanxi Tang, Dan Jin, Li Guan, Yue Wu, Xinfeng Liu, Xiuxiang Wu, Qing Yun Wu, Dianshuai Gao
CUEDC2, a CUE domain containing 2 protein, plays critical roles in many biological processes, such as cell cycle, inflammation and tumorigenesis. However, whether CUEDC2 was involved in tumorigenesis of glioma and the possible mechanism remains to be elucidated. In the present study, our results implied that the expression of CUEDC2 was lower in the glioma tissue and glioma cell lines than that of normal tissue and asctrocyte cells. Downregulation of endogenous CUEDC2 in glioma U251 cell lines by RNAi promoted the tumor cells proliferation, migration, invasion and glioma neurosphere formation, while, overexpression of CUEDC2 showed the opposite effect...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534911/cellular-orientation-is-guided-by-strain-gradients
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Sophie Chagnon-Lessard, Hubert Jean-Ruel, Michel Godin, Andrew E Pelling
The strain-induced reorientation response of cyclically stretched cells has been well characterized in uniform strain fields. In the present study, we comprehensively analyse the behaviour of human fibroblasts subjected to a highly non-uniform strain field within a polymethylsiloxane microdevice. Our results indicate that the strain gradient amplitude and direction regulate cell reorientation through a coordinated gradient avoidance response. We provide critical evidence that strain gradient is a key physical cue that can guide cell organization...
May 23, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534776/globally-consistent-wrinkle-aware-shading-of-line-drawings
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Pradeep Kumar Jayaraman, Chi-Wing Fu, Jianmin Zheng, Xueting Liu, Tien-Tsin Wong
Shading is a tedious process for artists involved in 2D cartoon and manga production given the volume of contents that the artists have to prepare regularly over tight schedule. While we can automate shading production with the presence of geometry, it is impractical for artists to model the geometry for every single drawing. In this work, we aim to automate shading generation by analyzing the local shapes, connections, and spatial arrangement of wrinkle strokes in a clean line drawing. By this, artists can focus more on the design rather than the tedious manual editing work, and experiment with different shading effects under different conditions...
May 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534459/differences-in-neural-response-to-extinction-recall-in-young-adults-with-or-without-history-of-behavioral-inhibition
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Tomer Shechner, Nathan A Fox, Jamie A Mash, Johanna M Jarcho, Gang Chen, Ellen Leibenluft, Daniel S Pine, Jennifer C Britton
Behavioral inhibition (BI) is a temperament identified in early childhood that is associated with risk for anxiety disorders, yet only about half of behaviorally inhibited children manifest anxiety later in life. We compared brain function and behavior during extinction recall in a sample of nonanxious young adults characterized in childhood with BI (n = 22) or with no BI (n = 28). Three weeks after undergoing fear conditioning and extinction, participants completed a functional magnetic resonance imaging extinction recall task assessing memory and threat differentiation for conditioned stimuli...
May 23, 2017: Development and Psychopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534263/n-acetylaspartylglutamate-inhibits-heroin-self-administration-and-heroin-seeking-behaviors-induced-by-cue-or-priming-in-rats
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Huaqiang Zhu, Miaojun Lai, Weisheng Chen, Disen Mei, Fuqiang Zhang, Huifeng Liu, Wenhua Zhou
Activation of presynaptic group II metabotropic glutamate receptors (mGluR2/3) inhibits drug reward and drug-seeking behavior, but the role of N-acetylaspartylglutamate (NAAG), an agonist of endogenous mGluR2/3, in heroin reward and heroin-seeking behavior remained unclear. Here, we aimed to explore the effects of exogenous NAAG on heroin self-administration and heroin-seeking behavior. First, rats were trained to self-administer heroin under a fixed ratio 1 (FR1) schedule for 10 days, then received NAAG (50 or 100 μg/10 μL in each nostril) in the absence or presence of LY341495 (1 mg/kg, i...
May 22, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534068/trust-in-haptic-assistance-weighting-visual-and-haptic-cues-based-on-error-history
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Tricia L Gibo, Winfred Mugge, David A Abbink
To effectively interpret and interact with the world, humans weight redundant estimates from different sensory cues to form one coherent, integrated estimate. Recent advancements in physical assistance systems, where guiding forces are computed by an intelligent agent, enable the presentation of augmented cues. It is unknown, however, if cue weighting can be extended to augmented cues. Previous research has shown that cue weighting is determined by the reliability (inversely related to uncertainty) of cues within a trial, yet augmented cues may also be affected by errors that vary over trials...
May 22, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534042/loss-of-the-habenula-intrinsic-neuromodulator-kisspeptin1-affects-learning-in-larval-zebrafish
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Charlotte Lupton, Mohini Sengupta, Ruey-Kuang Cheng, Joanne Chia, Vatsala Thirumalai, Suresh Jesuthasan
Learning how to actively avoid a predictable threat involves two steps: recognizing the cue that predicts upcoming punishment and learning a behavioral response that will lead to avoidance. In zebrafish, ventral habenula (vHb) neurons have been proposed to participate in both steps by encoding the expected aversiveness of a stimulus. vHb neurons increase their firing rate as expectation of punishment grows but reduce their activity as avoidance learning occurs. This leads to changes in the activity of raphe neurons, which are downstream of the vHb, during learning...
May 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533947/ungulates-rely-less-on-visual-cues-but-more-on-adapting-movement-behaviour-when-searching-for-forage
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Jan A Venter, Herbert H T Prins, Alla Mashanova, Rob Slotow
Finding suitable forage patches in a heterogeneous landscape, where patches change dynamically both spatially and temporally could be challenging to large herbivores, especially if they have no a priori knowledge of the location of the patches. We tested whether three large grazing herbivores with a variety of different traits improve their efficiency when foraging at a heterogeneous habitat patch scale by using visual cues to gain a priori knowledge about potential higher value foraging patches. For each species (zebra (Equus burchelli), red hartebeest (Alcelaphus buselaphus subspecies camaa) and eland (Tragelaphus oryx)), we used step lengths and directionality of movement to infer whether they were using visual cues to find suitable forage patches at a habitat patch scale...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533900/control-of-gene-expression-through-the-nonsense-mediated-rna-decay-pathway
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Andrew Nickless, Julie M Bailis, Zhongsheng You
Nonsense-mediated RNA decay (NMD) was originally discovered as a cellular surveillance pathway that safeguards the quality of mRNA transcripts in eukaryotic cells. In its canonical function, NMD prevents translation of mutant mRNAs harboring premature termination codons (PTCs) by targeting them for degradation. However, recent studies have shown that NMD has a much broader role in gene expression by regulating the stability of many normal transcripts. In this review, we discuss the function of NMD in normal physiological processes, its dynamic regulation by developmental and environmental cues, and its association with human disease...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533810/tc003132-is-essential-for-the-follicle-stem-cell-lineage-in-telotrophic-tribolium-oogenesis
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Matthias Teuscher, Nadi Ströhlein, Markus Birkenbach, Dorothea Schultheis, Michael Schoppmeier
BACKGROUND: Stem cells are undifferentiated cells with a potential for self-renewal, which are essential to support normal development and homeostasis. To gain insight into the molecular mechanisms underlying adult stem cell biology and organ evolution, we use the telotrophic ovary of the beetle Tribolium. To this end, we participated in a large-scale RNAi screen in the red flour beetle Tribolium, which identified functions in embryonic and postembryonic development for more than half of the Tribolium genes...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533759/changes-in-the-relative-balance-of-approach-and-avoidance-inclinations-to-use-alcohol-following-cue-exposure-vary-in-low-and-high-risk-drinkers
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Ross C Hollett, Werner G K Stritzke, Phoebe Edgeworth, Michael Weinborn
According to the ambivalence model of craving, alcohol craving involves the dynamic interplay of separate approach and avoidance inclinations. Cue-elicited increases in approach inclinations are posited to be more likely to result in alcohol consumption and risky drinking behaviors only if unimpeded by restraint inclinations. Current study aims were (1) to test if changes in the net balance between approach and avoidance inclinations following alcohol cue exposure differentiate between low and high risk drinkers, and (2) if this balance is associated with alcohol consumption on a subsequent taste test...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533550/coral-larvae-are-poor-swimmers-and-require-fine-scale-reef-structure-to-settle
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Tom Hata, Joshua S Madin, Vivian R Cumbo, Mark Denny, Joanna Figueiredo, Saki Harii, Christopher J Thomas, Andrew H Baird
Reef coral assemblages are highly dynamic and subject to repeated disturbances, which are predicted to increase in response to climate change. Consequently there is an urgent need to improve our understanding of the mechanisms underlying different recovery scenarios. Recent work has demonstrated that reef structural complexity can facilitate coral recovery, but the mechanism remains unclear. Similarly, experiments suggest that coral larvae can distinguish between the water from healthy and degraded reefs, however, whether or not they can use these cues to navigate to healthy reefs is an open question...
May 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533402/behavioral-and-neural-correlates-to-multisensory-detection-of-sick-humans
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Christina Regenbogen, John Axelsson, Julie Lasselin, Danja K Porada, Tina Sundelin, Moa G Peter, Mats Lekander, Johan N Lundström, Mats J Olsson
Throughout human evolution, infectious diseases have been a primary cause of death. Detection of subtle cues indicating sickness and avoidance of sick conspecifics would therefore be an adaptive way of coping with an environment fraught with pathogens. This study determines how humans perceive and integrate early cues of sickness in conspecifics sampled just hours after the induction of immune system activation, and the underlying neural mechanisms for this detection. In a double-blind placebo-controlled crossover design, the immune system in 22 sample donors was transiently activated with an endotoxin injection [lipopolysaccharide (LPS)]...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533384/changes-in-perceptual-sensitivity-related-to-spatial-cues-depends-on-subcortical-activity
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Lee P Lovejoy, Richard J Krauzlis
Spatial cues allow animals to selectively attend to relevant visual stimuli while ignoring distracters. This process depends on a distributed neuronal network, and an important current challenge is to understand the functional contributions made by individual brain regions within this network and how these contributions interact. Recent findings point to a possible anatomical segregation, with cortical and subcortical brain regions contributing to different functional components of selective attention. Cortical areas, especially visual cortex, may be responsible for implementing changes in perceptual sensitivity by changing the signal-to-noise ratio, whereas other regions, such as the superior colliculus, may be involved in processes that influence selection between competing stimuli without regulating perceptual sensitivity...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533383/mechanosensing-of-shear-by-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-leads-to-increased-levels-of-the-cyclic-di-gmp-signal-initiating-biofilm-development
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Christopher A Rodesney, Brian Roman, Numa Dhamani, Benjamin J Cooley, Ahmed Touhami, Vernita D Gordon
Biofilms are communities of sessile microbes that are phenotypically distinct from their genetically identical, free-swimming counterparts. Biofilms initiate when bacteria attach to a solid surface. Attachment triggers intracellular signaling to change gene expression from the planktonic to the biofilm phenotype. For Pseudomonas aeruginosa, it has long been known that intracellular levels of the signal cyclic-di-GMP increase upon surface adhesion and that this is required to begin biofilm development. However, what cue is sensed to notify bacteria that they are attached to the surface has not been known...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533367/data-driven-modeling-reveals-cell-behaviors-controlling-self-organization-during-myxococcus-xanthus-development
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Christopher R Cotter, Heinz-Bernd Schüttler, Oleg A Igoshin, Lawrence J Shimkets
Collective cell movement is critical to the emergent properties of many multicellular systems, including microbial self-organization in biofilms, embryogenesis, wound healing, and cancer metastasis. However, even the best-studied systems lack a complete picture of how diverse physical and chemical cues act upon individual cells to ensure coordinated multicellular behavior. Known for its social developmental cycle, the bacterium Myxococcus xanthus uses coordinated movement to generate three-dimensional aggregates called fruiting bodies...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532900/combinatorial-screening-of-3d-biomaterial-properties-that-promote-myofibrogenesis-for-mesenchymal-stromal-cell-based-heart-valve-tissue-engineering
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Jenna Usprech, David A Romero, Cristina H Amon, Craig A Simmons
The physical and chemical properties of a biomaterial integrate with soluble cues in the cell microenvironment to direct cell fate and function. Predictable biomaterial-based control of integrated cell responses has been investigated with two-dimensional (2D) screening platforms, but integrated responses in 3D have largely not been explored systematically. To address this need, we developed a screening platform using polyethylene glycol norbornene (PEG-NB) as a model biomaterial with which the polymer wt% (to control elastic modulus) and adhesion peptide types (RGD, DGEA, YIGSR) and densities could be controlled independently and combinatorially in arrays of 3D hydrogels...
May 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532787/evolution-of-avian-encephalomyelitis-virus-during-embryo-adaptation
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Rüdiger Hauck, C Gabriel Sentíes-Cué, Ying Wang, Colin Kern, H L Shivaprasad, Huaijun Zhou, Rodrigo A Gallardo
Wild-type avian encephalomyelitis virus (AEV) causes neurological signs in young chicks but no disease in pullets after oral or intracutaneous infection. However, if the virus gets embryo-adapted by serial passaging in chicken embryos, it will cause AE after intracutaneous infection in chickens of all ages. Recently, several cases of AE in layer pullets occurring shortly after intracutaneous vaccination were described. The present investigation was initiated to determine if vaccines that had inadvertently been embryo-adapted were responsible for these outbreaks...
May 2017: Veterinary Microbiology
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