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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814027/challenges-in-using-compliant-ligaments-for-position-estimation-within-robotic-joints
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Felix Russell, Lei Gao, Peter Ellison, Ravi Vaidyanathan
The mechanical advantages of bio-inspired condylar robotic knee joints for use in prosthetics or rehabilitation has been argued extensively in literature. A common limitation of these designs is the difficulty of estimating joint angle and therefore accurately controlling the joint. Furthermore, the potential role of ligament-like structures in robotic knees is not very well established. In this work, we investigate the role of compliant stretch sensing ligaments and their integration into a condylar robotic knee...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813674/an-integrated-systems-biology-approach-identifies-trim25-as-a-key-determinant-of-breast-cancer-metastasis
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Logan A Walsh, Mariano J Alvarez, Erich Y Sabio, Marsha Reyngold, Vladimir Makarov, Suranjit Mukherjee, Ken-Wing Lee, Alexis Desrichard, Şevin Turcan, Martin G Dalin, Vinagolu K Rajasekhar, Shuibing Chen, Linda T Vahdat, Andrea Califano, Timothy A Chan
At the root of most fatal malignancies are aberrantly activated transcriptional networks that drive metastatic dissemination. Although individual metastasis-associated genes have been described, the complex regulatory networks presiding over the initiation and maintenance of metastatic tumors are still poorly understood. There is untapped value in identifying therapeutic targets that broadly govern coordinated transcriptional modules dictating metastatic progression. Here, we reverse engineered and interrogated a breast cancer-specific transcriptional interaction network (interactome) to define transcriptional control structures causally responsible for regulating genetic programs underlying breast cancer metastasis in individual patients...
August 15, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813618/whole-exome-sequencing-identifies-novel-variants-for-tooth-agenesis
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N Dinckan, R Du, L E Petty, Z Coban-Akdemir, S N Jhangiani, I Paine, E H Baugh, A P Erdem, H Kayserili, H Doddapaneni, J Hu, D M Muzny, E Boerwinkle, R A Gibbs, J R Lupski, Z O Uyguner, J E Below, A Letra
Tooth agenesis is a common craniofacial abnormality in humans and represents failure to develop 1 or more permanent teeth. Tooth agenesis is complex, and variations in about a dozen genes have been reported as contributing to the etiology. Here, we combined whole-exome sequencing, array-based genotyping, and linkage analysis to identify putative pathogenic variants in candidate disease genes for tooth agenesis in 10 multiplex Turkish families. Novel homozygous and heterozygous variants in LRP6, DKK1, LAMA3, and COL17A1 genes, as well as known variants in WNT10A, were identified as likely pathogenic in isolated tooth agenesis...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813498/phylogeography-of-bivalve-meretrix-petechialis-in-the-northwestern-pacific-indicated-by-mitochondrial-and-nuclear-dna-data
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Xiaoxuan Wang, Lingfeng Kong, Jun Chen, Akihiko Matsukuma, Qi Li
The marine clam Meretrix petechialis is an important economic shellfish species in Northwestern Pacific, but little is known about its phylogeographical pattern. Here, we analyzed 311 samples from 22 locations along the northwestern Pacific using combined profiling of one mitochondrial gene (the first subunit of cytochrome coxidase, COI) and one nuclear DNA marker (the internal transcribed spacer region 1, ITS-1) to investigate contemporary genetic structure and reconstruct phylogenetic history of this species...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813413/polylox-barcoding-reveals-haematopoietic-stem-cell-fates-realized-in-vivo
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Weike Pei, Thorsten B Feyerabend, Jens Rössler, Xi Wang, Daniel Postrach, Katrin Busch, Immanuel Rode, Kay Klapproth, Nikolaus Dietlein, Claudia Quedenau, Wei Chen, Sascha Sauer, Stephan Wolf, Thomas Höfer, Hans-Reimer Rodewald
Developmental deconvolution of complex organs and tissues at the level of individual cells remains challenging. Non-invasive genetic fate mapping has been widely used, but the low number of distinct fluorescent marker proteins limits its resolution. Much higher numbers of cell markers have been generated using viral integration sites, viral barcodes, and strategies based on transposons and CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing; however, temporal and tissue-specific induction of barcodes in situ has not been achieved. Here we report the development of an artificial DNA recombination locus (termed Polylox) that enables broadly applicable endogenous barcoding based on the Cre-loxP recombination system...
August 16, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813258/the-added-value-of-rodent-models-in-studying-parental-influence-on-offspring-development-opportunities-limitations-and-future-perspectives
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Jelle Knop, Marian Joëls, Rixt van der Veen
Over the past decades, the influence of parental care on offspring development has been a topic of extensive research in both human and animal models. Rodent models offer several unique advantages over human studies, allowing for higher levels of environmental control, exploration of interventions, genetic control and examination of underlying neurobiological mechanisms in greater spatiotemporal detail. Although exploitation of these opportunities has led to increased understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms underlying susceptibility to the early-life environment, translation of results to human parenting and child development appears to be challenging...
June 2017: Current Opinion in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813039/comparative-assessment-of-ssr-and-snp-markers-for-inferring-the-population-genetic-structure-of-the-common-fungus-armillaria-cepistipes
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T Tsykun, C Rellstab, C Dutech, G Sipos, S Prospero
During the last years, simple sequence repeats (SSRs, also known as microsatellites) and single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have become the most popular molecular markers for describing neutral genetic variation in populations of a wide range of organisms. However, only a limited number of studies has focused on comparing the performance of these two types of markers for describing the underlying genetic structure of wild populations. Moreover, none of these studies targeted fungi, the group of organisms with one of the most complex reproductive strategies...
August 16, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812990/human-leukocyte-antigen-c-12-02-02-and-killer-immunoglobulin-like-receptor-2dl5-are-distinctly-associated-with-ankylosing-spondylitis-in-the-taiwanese
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Chin-Man Wang, Sheng-Hung Wang, Yeong-Jian Jan Wu, Jing-Chi Lin, Jianming Wu, Ji-Yih Chen
Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class I ligands and Killer immunoglobulin-like receptors (KIRs) regulate the cytolytic activity of natural killer (NK) cells and certain T cells. We examined their genetic predisposition to disease susceptibility and clinical phenotypes in Taiwanese ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients. KIR genotyping and Human Leucocyte Antigen C (HLA-C) sequencing were performed in 653 Taiwanese AS patients and 952 healthy controls. KIR genotype distributions and HLA-C allele frequencies were compared in patients and controls and among patients with and without HLA-B27 positivity, early age onset and spinal syndesmophytes...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812709/adaptation-to-deep-sea-chemosynthetic-environments-as-revealed-by-mussel-genomes
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Jin Sun, Yu Zhang, Ting Xu, Yang Zhang, Huawei Mu, Yanjie Zhang, Yi Lan, Christopher J Fields, Jerome Ho Lam Hui, Weipeng Zhang, Runsheng Li, Wenyan Nong, Fiona Ka Man Cheung, Jian-Wen Qiu, Pei-Yuan Qian
Hydrothermal vents and methane seeps are extreme deep-sea ecosystems that support dense populations of specialized macro-benthos such as mussels. But the lack of genome information hinders the understanding of the adaptation of these animals to such inhospitable environments. Here we report the genomes of a deep-sea vent/seep mussel (Bathymodiolus platifrons) and a shallow-water mussel (Modiolus philippinarum). Phylogenetic analysis shows that these mussel species diverged approximately 110.4 million years ago...
April 3, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812679/meckel-s-cartilage-breakdown-offers-clues-to-mammalian-middle-ear-evolution
#10
Neal Anthwal, Daniel J Urban, Zhe-Xi Luo, Karen E Sears, Abigail S Tucker
A key transformation in mammalian ear evolution was incorporation of the primary jaw joint of premammalian synapsids into the definitive mammalian middle ear of living mammals. This evolutionary transition occurred in two steps, starting with a partial or 'transitional' mammalian middle ear in which the ectotympanic and malleus were still connected to the mandible by an ossified Meckel's cartilage (MC), as observed in many Mesozoic mammals. This was followed by MC breakdown, freeing the ectotympanic and the malleus from the mandible and creating the definitive mammalian middle ear...
March 6, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812622/species-rich-networks-and-eco-evolutionary-synthesis-at-the-metacommunity-level
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Hirokazu Toju, Masato Yamamichi, Paulo R Guimarães, Jens M Olesen, Akihiko Mougi, Takehito Yoshida, John N Thompson
Understanding how ecological and evolutionary processes interdependently structure biosphere dynamics is a major challenge in the era of worldwide ecosystem degradation. However, our knowledge of 'eco-evolutionary feedbacks' depends largely on findings from simple systems representing limited spatial scales and involving few species. Here we review recent conceptual developments for the understanding of multispecies coevolutionary processes and then discuss how new lines of concepts and methods will accelerate the integration of ecology and evolutionary biology...
January 24, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812561/widespread-maintenance-of-genome-heterozygosity-in-schmidtea%C3%A2-mediterranea
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Longhua Guo, Shasha Zhang, Boris Rubinstein, Eric Ross, Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado
Loss of heterozygosity through inbreeding or mitotic errors leads to reductions in progeny survival and fertility. Loss of heterozygosity is particularly exacerbated in geographically isolated populations, which are prone to inbreeding depression and faster rates of extinction. The regenerative capacities of the hermaphroditic biotype of the planarian Schmidtea mediterranea allowed us to perform a systematic genetic test of Mendelian segregation and study the loss of heterozygosity in the Spiralian superclade in general and planarians in particular...
December 5, 2016: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812556/coupling-phenotypic-persistence-to-dna-damage-increases-genetic-diversity-in-severe-stress
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Gilad Yaakov, David Lerner, Kajetan Bentele, Joseph Steinberger, Naama Barkai
Mutation rate balances the need to protect genome integrity with the advantage of evolutionary innovations. Microorganisms increase their mutation rate when stressed, perhaps addressing the growing need for evolutionary innovation. Such a strategy, however, is only beneficial under moderate stresses that allow cells to divide and realize their mutagenic potential. In contrast, severe stresses rapidly kill the majority of the population with the exception of a small minority of cells that are in a phenotypically distinct state termed persistence...
January 4, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812536/edgar-a-database-of-disease-gene-associations-with-annotated-relationships-among-genes
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Giulia Babbi, Pier Luigi Martelli, Giuseppe Profiti, Samuele Bovo, Castrense Savojardo, Rita Casadio
BACKGROUND: Genetic investigations, boosted by modern sequencing techniques, allow dissecting the genetic component of different phenotypic traits. These efforts result in the compilation of lists of genes related to diseases and show that an increasing number of diseases is associated with multiple genes. Investigating functional relations among genes associated with the same disease contributes to highlighting molecular mechanisms of the pathogenesis. RESULTS: We present eDGAR, a database collecting and organizing the data on gene/disease associations as derived from OMIM, Humsavar and ClinVar...
August 11, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812535/associating-mutations-causing-cystinuria-with-disease-severity-with-the-aim-of-providing-precision-medicine
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Henry J Martell, Kathie A Wong, Juan F Martin, Ziyan Kassam, Kay Thomas, Mark N Wass
BACKGROUND: Cystinuria is an inherited disease that results in the formation of cystine stones in the kidney, which can have serious health complications. Two genes (SLC7A9 and SLC3A1) that form an amino acid transporter are known to be responsible for the disease. Variants that cause the disease disrupt amino acid transport across the cell membrane, leading to the build-up of relatively insoluble cystine, resulting in formation of stones. Assessing the effects of each mutation is critical in order to provide tailored treatment options for patients...
August 11, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812221/multimodal-neuroimaging-in-schizophrenia-description-and-dissemination
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C J Aine, H J Bockholt, J R Bustillo, J M Cañive, A Caprihan, C Gasparovic, F M Hanlon, J M Houck, R E Jung, J Lauriello, J Liu, A R Mayer, N I Perrone-Bizzozero, S Posse, J M Stephen, J A Turner, V P Clark, Vince D Calhoun
In this paper we describe an open-access collection of multimodal neuroimaging data in schizophrenia for release to the community. Data were acquired from approximately 100 patients with schizophrenia and 100 age-matched controls during rest as well as several task activation paradigms targeting a hierarchy of cognitive constructs. Neuroimaging data include structural MRI, functional MRI, diffusion MRI, MR spectroscopic imaging, and magnetoencephalography. For three of the hypothesis-driven projects, task activation paradigms were acquired on subsets of ~200 volunteers which examined a range of sensory and cognitive processes (e...
August 15, 2017: Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812206/differences-in-femoral-neck-structure-between-elderly-caucasian-and-chinese-populations-a-cross-sectional-study-of-perth-beijing-cohorts
#17
L Wang, B C C Khoo, X G Cheng, K Brown, J R Lewis, Y B Su, Z Guo, K Li, R L Prince
Structural skeletal differences of the femoral neck of older Beijing-Chinese and Perth-Caucasian women were compared; adjusting for frame size-related differences, Beijing-Chinese have lower periosteal width; however, indices of internal bone distribution suggest that Beijing-Chinese may exhibit increased resistance to fracture that may relate to the reduced hip fracture incidence. INTRODUCTION: Ethnic differences in skeletal structure may relate to differences in hip fracture risk in Chinese and Caucasian populations...
August 15, 2017: Archives of Osteoporosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811895/long-term-rearrangement-of-retinal-structures-in-a-novel-mutation-of-x-linked-retinoschisis
#18
Stefano Piermarocchi, Stefania Miotto, Davide Colavito, Elda Del Giudice, Alberta Leon, Veronica Maritan, Rita Piermarocchi, Alma Patrizia Tormene
The aim of the present study was to report a novel mutation in the retinoschisin 1 (RS1) gene in a Caucasian family affected by X-linked juvenile retinoschisis (XLRS) and to describe the long-term modification of retinal structure. Two brothers with an early onset maculopathy were diagnosed with XLRS. Fundus photography, fluorescein angiography, spectral domain optical coherence tomography and electroretinogram analyses were performed. Their sister was also examined. All subjects were screened for mutations in the RS1 gene...
September 2017: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811880/population-genetic-structure-in-six-sympatric-and-widespread-aquatic-plants-inhabiting-diverse-lake-environments-in-china
#19
Qian-Jin Cao, Fang-Fang Mei, Ling Wang
Many aquatic plant species are distributed over large areas and diverse environments with populations interconnected by abiotic and biotic mediators. Here, we examined differences and similarities in the population genetic structure of six sympatric and widespread aquatic plant species. We sampled the aquatic species from six Chinese lakes found on plateaus, plains, and different river systems and analyzed them using inter-simple sequence repeat (ISSR) markers. Samples originating from each lake tended to cluster together...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811339/heritable-bovine-rumen-bacteria-are-phylogenetically-related-and-correlated-with-the-cow-s-capacity-to-harvest-energy-from-its-feed
#20
Goor Sasson, Sheerli Kruger Ben-Shabat, Eyal Seroussi, Adi Doron-Faigenboim, Naama Shterzer, Shamay Yaacoby, Margret E Berg Miller, Bryan A White, Eran Halperin, Itzhak Mizrahi
Ruminants sustain a long-lasting obligatory relationship with their rumen microbiome dating back 50 million years. In this unique host-microbiome relationship, the host's ability to digest its feed is completely dependent on its coevolved microbiome. This extraordinary alliance raises questions regarding the dependent relationship between ruminants' genetics and physiology and the rumen microbiome structure, composition, and metabolism. To elucidate this relationship, we examined the association of host genetics with the phylogenetic and functional composition of the rumen microbiome...
August 15, 2017: MBio
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