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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166670/age-related-differences-in-the-respiratory-microbiota-of-chickens
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Laura Glendinning, Gerry McLachlan, Lonneke Vervelde
In this era of next generation sequencing technologies it is now possible to characterise the chicken respiratory microbiota without the biases inherent to traditional culturing techniques. However, little research has been performed in this area. In this study we characterise and compare buccal, nasal and lung microbiota samples from chickens in three different age groups using 16S rRNA gene analysis. Buccal and nasal swabs were taken from birds aged 2 days (n = 5), 3 weeks (n = 5) and 30 months (n = 6). Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) samples were also collected alongside reagent only controls...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166661/ultraconserved-elements-uces-resolve-the-phylogeny-of-australasian-smurf-weevils
#2
Matthew H Van Dam, Athena W Lam, Katayo Sagata, Bradley Gewa, Raymond Laufa, Michael Balke, Brant C Faircloth, Alexander Riedel
Weevils (Curculionoidea) comprise one of the most diverse groups of organisms on earth. There is hardly a vascular plant or plant part without its own species of weevil feeding on it and weevil species diversity is greater than the number of fishes, birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals combined. Here, we employ ultraconserved elements (UCEs) designed for beetles and a novel partitioning strategy of loci to help resolve phylogenetic relationships within the radiation of Australasian smurf-weevils (Eupholini)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166626/non-covalent-interactions-between-thio-caffeine-derivatives-and-water-soluble-porphyrin-in-ethanol-water-environment
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Agnieszka Lipke, Magdalena Makarska-Bialokoz, Arleta Sierakowska, Beata Jasiewicz
To determine the binding interactions and ability to form the non-covalent systems, the association process between 5,10,15,20-tetrakis[4-(trimethylammonio)phenyl]-21H,23H-porphine tetra-p-tosylate (H2TTMePP) and a series of five structurally diverse thio-caffeine analogues has been studied in ethanol and ethanol-water solutions, analyzing its absorption and steady-state fluorescence spectra. The porphyrin fluorescence lifetimes in the systems studied were established as well. During the titration with thio-caffeine compounds the slight bathochromic effect and considerable hypochromicity of the porphyrin Soret band maximum can be noted...
November 19, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166619/extensive-homeostatic-t-cell-phenotypic-variation-within-the-collaborative-cross
#4
Jessica B Graham, Jessica L Swarts, Michael Mooney, Gabrielle Choonoo, Sophia Jeng, Darla R Miller, Martin T Ferris, Shannon McWeeney, Jennifer M Lund
The Collaborative Cross (CC) is a panel of reproducible recombinant inbred mouse strains with high levels of standing genetic variation, affording an unprecedented opportunity to perform experiments in a small animal model containing controlled genetic diversity while allowing for genetic replicates. Here, we advance the utility of this unique mouse resource for immunology research because it allows for both examination and genetic dissection of mechanisms behind adaptive immune states in mice with distinct and defined genetic makeups...
November 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166592/hiv-envelope-glycoform-heterogeneity-and-localized-diversity-govern-the-initiation-and-maturation-of-a-v2-apex-broadly-neutralizing-antibody-lineage
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Elise Landais, Ben Murrell, Bryan Briney, Sasha Murrell, Kimmo Rantalainen, Zachary T Berndsen, Alejandra Ramos, Lalinda Wickramasinghe, Melissa Laird Smith, Kemal Eren, Natalia de Val, Mengyu Wu, Audrey Cappelletti, Jeffrey Umotoy, Yolanda Lie, Terri Wrin, Paul Algate, Po-Ying Chan-Hui, Etienne Karita, Andrew B Ward, Ian A Wilson, Dennis R Burton, Davey Smith, Sergei L Kosakovsky Pond, Pascal Poignard
Understanding how broadly neutralizing antibodies (bnAbs) to HIV envelope (Env) develop during natural infection can help guide the rational design of an HIV vaccine. Here, we described a bnAb lineage targeting the Env V2 apex and the Ab-Env co-evolution that led to development of neutralization breadth. The lineage Abs bore an anionic heavy chain complementarity-determining region 3 (CDRH3) of 25 amino acids, among the shortest known for this class of Abs, and achieved breadth with only 10% nucleotide somatic hypermutation and no insertions or deletions...
November 21, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166586/the-broad-spectrum-of-human-natural-killer-cell-diversity
#6
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Aharon G Freud, Bethany L Mundy-Bosse, Jianhua Yu, Michael A Caligiuri
Natural killer (NK) cells provide protection against infectious pathogens and cancer. For decades it has been appreciated that two major NK cell subsets (CD56(bright) and CD56(dim)) exist in humans and have distinct anatomical localization patterns, phenotypes, and functions in immunity. In light of this traditional NK cell dichotomy, it is now clear that the spectrum of human NK cell diversity is much broader than originally appreciated as a result of variegated surface receptor, intracellular signaling molecule, and transcription factor expression; tissue-specific imprinting; and foreign antigen exposure...
November 21, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166569/breastfeeding-among-women-with-physical-disabilities-in-the-united-states
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Robyn M Powell, Monika Mitra, Suzanne C Smeltzer, Linda M Long-Bellil, Lauren D Smith, Eliana Rosenthal, Lisa I Iezzoni
BACKGROUND: The benefits of breastfeeding are well established, and breastfeeding is now widely practiced in the United States. Although increasing numbers of women with physical disabilities are having children, little information is available about breastfeeding practices among these women. Nonetheless, the children of women with physical disabilities should benefit from breastfeeding just as children of nondisabled mothers do. Research aim: This study aimed to explore the facilitators and barriers to breastfeeding among women with physical disabilities...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Human Lactation: Official Journal of International Lactation Consultant Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166564/optical-control-of-dopamine-receptors-using-a-photoswitchable-tethered-inverse-agonist
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Prashant Donthamsetti, Nils Winter, Matthias Schönberger, Joshua Levitz, Cherise Stanley, Jonathan A Javitch, Ehud Y Isacoff, Dirk Trauner
Family A G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) control diverse biological processes and are of great clinical relevance. Their archetype rhodopsin becomes naturally light sensitive by binding covalently to the photoswitchable tethered ligand (PTL) retinal. Other GPCRs, however, neither bind covalently to ligands nor are light sensitive. We sought to impart the logic of rhodopsin to light-insensitive Family A GPCRs in order to enable their remote control in a receptor-specific, cell-type-specific and spatio-temporally precise manner...
November 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166560/analytical-challenges-and-recent-advances-in-mass-spectrometry-based-lipidomics
#9
Yepy Hardi Rustam, Gavin Edmund Reid
Although no internationally accepted consensus definition exists, lipids can be broadly defined as "fatty acids and their derivatives, and substances related biosynthetically or functionally to these compounds". Lipids play critical roles as (i) the major structural components of biological membranes, and as functional and regulatory components of membrane protein signaling, (ii) bioactive intra- and inter-cellular signaling molecules, and (iii) energy storage molecules for the maintenance of energy homeostasis...
November 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166541/photochemcad-3-diverse-modules-for-photophysical-calculations-with-multiple-spectral-databases
#10
Masahiko Taniguchi, Hai Du, Jonathan S Lindsey
The PhotochemCAD program, developed over 30 years, is described comprehensively with focus on features of the most recent version (PhotochemCAD 3). The program is equipped with a streamlined user interface and provisions for handling multiple spectral databases. Eight modules enable calculations to be performed on the basis of the spectra in the databases. The calculational modules provide results concerning properties of individual compounds (oscillator strength, transition dipole moment, natural radiative lifetime), interactions of multiple compounds (Förster energy transfer, Dexter energy transfer, analysis of energy transfer among an array of chromophores), and composition of mixtures (multicomponent analysis)...
November 22, 2017: Photochemistry and Photobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166448/meta-evaluation-of-a-participatory-process-in-the-strengthening-of-municipal-management
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Cristiane Andrea Locatelli de Almeida, Oswaldo Yoshimi Tanaka
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate, with a focus on participation, an evaluation process developed by municipal managers and administrators of a health region in the state of São Paulo, considering the need for theoretical reflection on participatory health practices in the Brazilian context. METHODS: Qualitative research that used the framework developed by Daigneault and Jacob (2009) to analyze the empirical material, encompassing three dimensions of participation: control of the evaluation process, diversity of participants, and extent of their involvement...
2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166413/comprehensive-molecular-profiling-of-718-multiple-myelomas-reveals-significant-differences-in-mutation-frequencies-between-african-and-european-descent-cases
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Zarko Manojlovic, Austin Christofferson, Winnie S Liang, Jessica Aldrich, Megan Washington, Shukmei Wong, Daniel Rohrer, Scott Jewell, Rick A Kittles, Mary Derome, Daniel Auclair, David Wesley Craig, Jonathan Keats, John D Carpten
Multiple Myeloma (MM) is a plasma cell malignancy with significantly greater incidence and mortality rates among African Americans (AA) compared to Caucasians (CA). The overall goal of this study is to elucidate differences in molecular alterations in MM as a function of self-reported race and genetic ancestry. Our study utilized somatic whole exome, RNA-sequencing, and correlated clinical data from 718 MM patients from the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation CoMMpass study Interim Analysis 9. Somatic mutational analyses based upon self-reported race corrected for ancestry revealed significant differences in mutation frequency between groups...
November 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166410/devario-in-bangladesh-species-diversity-sibling-species-and-introgression-within-danionin-cyprinids-teleostei-cyprinidae-danioninae
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Sven O Kullander, Md Mizanur Rahman, Michael Norén, Abdur Rob Mollah
Four species of Devario are recorded from Bangladesh: D. aequipinnatus, D. anomalus, D. coxi, new species, and D. devario. Devario aequipinnatus has a wide distribution in northern India and Bangladesh. Devario coxi, from southeastern Bangladesh near Cox's Bazar, differs from D. aequipinnatus in mtDNA (COI, p-distance 1.8%), colouration, proportional measurements, and meristics. The minor morphological differences and low frequency of overlapping meristics suggest relatively recent separation of D. coxi from other D...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166404/species-specific-signatures-of-the-microbiome-from-camponotus-and-colobopsis-ants-across-developmental-stages
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Manuela Oliveira Ramalho, Odair Correa Bueno, Corrie Saux Moreau
Symbiotic relationships between hosts and bacteria are common in nature, and these may be responsible for the evolutionary success of various groups of animals. Among ants, these associations have been well studied in some genera of the Camponotini, but several questions remain regarding the generality of the previous findings across all the members of this ant tribe and if bacterial communities change across development in these hosts. This study is the first to characterize the bacterial community associated with a colony of the recently recognized genus Colobopsis and three colonies of Camponotus (two distinct species) and show how different the composition of the bacterial community is when compared across the different genera...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166320/exercise-alters-gut-microbiota-composition-and-function-in-lean-and-obese-humans
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Jacob M Allen, Lucy J Mailing, Grace M Niemiro, Rachel Moore, Mark D Cook, Bryan A White, Hannah D Holscher, Jeffrey A Woods
PURPOSE: Exercise is associated with altered gut microbial composition, but studies have not investigated whether the gut microbiota and associated metabolites are modulated by exercise training in humans. We explored the impact of six weeks of endurance exercise on the composition, functional capacity, and metabolic output of the gut microbiota in lean and obese adults with multiple-day dietary controls prior to outcome variable collection. METHODS: Thirty-two lean (n=18 [9 female]) and obese (n=14 [11 female]), previously sedentary subjects participated in six weeks of supervised, endurance-based exercise training (3 days/wk) that progressed from 30 to 60 minutes/day and from moderate (60% of heart rate reserve [HRR]) to vigorous intensity (75% HRR)...
November 20, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166227/the-impact-of-attachment-style-on-sexual-satisfaction-and-sexual-desire-in-a-sexually-diverse-sample
#16
Kristen P Mark, Laura M Patrick, Sarah H Murray
Research has indicated that adult romantic attachment is influential and important to sexual and relationship satisfaction. Sexual desire, although not a direct focus of attachment literature, is highly related to sexual and relationship satisfaction, suggesting it may also be impacted by attachment style in romantic couples. However, the research conducted on sexual desire, sexual satisfaction, and attachment has been largely heterocentric, making it difficult to determine whether the findings documented in the literature thus far are relevant in a sexually diverse group of individuals...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166225/big-five-personality-factors-and-facets-as-predictors-of-openness-to-diversity
#17
Suejung Han, M Carole Pistole
Openness to diversity is a crucial component of cultural competence needed in the increasingly diversified modern society and a necessary condition for benefitting from diversity contacts and interventions (e.g., diversity training, cultural courses). Responding to the recent call for more research on personality and its relation to diversity outcomes, we examined the associations between Big Five personality (i.e., Openness to Experience, Agreeableness, Extraversion, Neuroticism, and Conscientiousness) higher order factors and lower order facets and universal-diverse orientation (i...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166176/microbiological-quality-assessment-of-game-meats-at-retail-in-japan
#18
Hiroshi Asakura, Jun Kawase, Tetsuya Ikeda, Mioko Honda, Yoshimasa Sasaki, Masashi Uema, Hidenori Kabeya, Hiromu Sugiyama, Shizunobu Igimi, Shinji Takai
In this study, we examined the prevalence of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp. and the distribution of indicator bacteria in 248 samples of game meats (120 venison and 128 wild boar) retailed between November 2015 and March 2016 in Japan. No Salmonella spp. were detected in any of the samples, whereas Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli serotype OUT:H25 (stx2d(+), eae(-)) was isolated from one deer meat sample, suggesting a possible source for human infection. Plate count assays indicated greater prevalence of coliforms and E...
November 22, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166166/coevolution-between-mutualists-and-parasites-in-symbiotic-communities-may-lead-to-the-evolution-of-lower-virulence
#19
Paul G Nelson, Georgiana May
Most eukaryotes harbor a diverse community of parasitic, mutualistic, and commensal microbial symbionts. Although the diversity of these microbial symbiotic communities has recently drawn considerable attention, theory regarding the evolution of interactions among symbionts and with the host is still in its nascent stages. Here we evaluate the role of interactions among coinfecting symbionts in the evolution of symbiont virulence toward the host. To do so, we place the virulence-transmission trade-off into a community context and model the evolution of symbiont trophic modes along the continuum from parasitism (virulence) to mutualism (negative virulence)...
December 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166157/rapid-diversification-and-time-explain-amphibian-richness-at-different-scales-in-the-tropical-andes-earth-s-most-biodiverse-hotspot
#20
Carl R Hutter, Shea M Lambert, John J Wiens
The Tropical Andes make up Earth's most species-rich biodiversity hotspot for both animals and plants. Nevertheless, the ecological and evolutionary processes underlying this extraordinary richness remain uncertain. Here, we examine the processes that generate high richness in the Tropical Andes relative to other regions in South America and across different elevations within the Andes, using frogs as a model system. We combine distributional data, a newly generated time-calibrated phylogeny for 2,318 frog species, and phylogenetic comparative methods to test the relative importance of diversification rates and colonization times for explaining Andean diversity at different scales...
December 2017: American Naturalist
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