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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445916/brain-regions-essential-for-word-comprehension-drawing-inferences-from-patients
#1
Argye E Hillis, Christopher Rorden, Julius Fridriksson
Lesion-deficit association studies are important as they can reveal brain regions essential for specific functions, but sometimes appear to yield conflicting results. We aimed to show how pitfalls of lesions studies can be avoided, and converging results obtained, illustrating from studies of the role of posterior superior temporal gyrus in auditory word comprehension. We review published lesion studies on auditory comprehension and present new data from both acute and chronic stroke that address weaknesses in some previous studies...
April 26, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445887/use-of-phosphorus-binders-among-non-dialysis-chronic-kidney-disease-patients-and-mortality-outcomes
#2
Simran K Bhandari, In-Lu A Liu, Dean A Kujubu, Trung Huynh, Hind Behayaa, Csaba P Kovesdy, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, Steven J Jacobsen, John J Sim
BACKGROUND: Whether the benefits of phosphorus binders extend to those without end stage renal disease is uncertain. Among a large diverse non-dialysis chronic kidney disease (CKD) population with hyperphosphatemia, we sought to evaluate phosphorus binder use and compare mortality risk between patients prescribed and not prescribed binders. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study within an integrated health system (January 1, 1998 - December 31, 2012) among CKD patients (age ≥18) was performed...
April 27, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445836/a-forensic-multiplex-of-nine-novel-pentameric-repeat-strs
#3
M de la Puente, C Phillips, M Fondevila, M Gelabert-Besada, Á Carracedo, M V Lareu
Pentameric-repeat short tandem repeats (STRs), consisting of loci with repeat units of five base-pairs, have the advantage of reduced stutter products compared to their tetrameric-repeat STR counterparts. This characteristic potentially helps the interpretation of mixed DNA profiles when minor component alleles may coincide with stutter peaks from the major components. To develop a simple but informative forensic multiplex with the capability to aid mixture interpretation, we designed an 11-plex assay of nine pentameric STRs new to forensic analysis plus two male- specific markers: DYS391 and the Y-Indel rs2032678 used in GlobalFiler™ (Life Technologies)...
April 15, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445834/light-harvesting-antenna-complexes-in-the-moss-physcomitrella-patens-implications-for-the-evolutionary-transition-from-green-algae-to-land-plants
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REVIEW
Masakazu Iwai, Makio Yokono
Plants have successfully adapted to a vast range of terrestrial environments during their evolution. To elucidate the evolutionary transition of light-harvesting antenna proteins from green algae to land plants, the moss Physcomitrella patens is ideally placed basally among land plants. Compared to the genomes of green algae and land plants, the P. patens genome codes for more diverse and redundant light-harvesting antenna proteins. It also encodes Lhcb9, which has characteristics not found in other light-harvesting antenna proteins...
April 23, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445785/staphylococcus-aureus-pore-forming-toxins-the-interface-of-pathogen-and-host-complexity
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REVIEW
E Sachiko Seilie, Juliane Bubeck Wardenburg
Staphylococcus aureus is a prominent human pathogen capable of infecting a variety of host species and tissue sites. This versatility stems from the pathogen's ability to secrete diverse host-damaging virulence factors. Among these factors, the S. aureus pore-forming toxins (PFTs), α-toxin and the bicomponent leukocidins, have garnered much attention for their ability to lyse cells at low concentrations and modulate disease severity. Although many of these toxins were discovered nearly a century ago, their host cell specificity has only been elucidated over the past five to six years, starting with the discovery of the eukaryotic receptor for α-toxin and rapidly followed by identification of the leukocidin receptors...
April 23, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445781/mitochondrial-ros-control-of-cancer
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REVIEW
María Del Pilar Sosa Idelchik, Ulrike Begley, Thomas J Begley, J Andrés Melendez
Mitochondria serve a primary role in energy maintenance but also function to govern levels of mitochondria-derived reactive oxygen species (mROS). ROS have long been established to play a critical role in tumorigenesis and are now considered to be integral to the regulation of diverse signaling networks that drive proliferation, tumor cell survival and malignant progression. mROS can damage DNA, activate oncogenes, block the function of tumor suppressors and drive migratory signaling. The mitochondrion's oxidant scavenging systems including SOD2, Grx2, GPrx, Trx and TrxR are key of the cellular redox tone...
April 23, 2017: Seminars in Cancer Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445744/nmrbox-a-resource-for-biomolecular-nmr-computation
#7
Mark W Maciejewski, Adam D Schuyler, Michael R Gryk, Ion I Moraru, Pedro R Romero, Eldon L Ulrich, Hamid R Eghbalnia, Miron Livny, Frank Delaglio, Jeffrey C Hoch
Advances in computation have been enabling many recent advances in biomolecular applications of NMR. Due to the wide diversity of applications of NMR, the number and variety of software packages for processing and analyzing NMR data is quite large, with labs relying on dozens, if not hundreds of software packages. Discovery, acquisition, installation, and maintenance of all these packages is a burdensome task. Because the majority of software packages originate in academic labs, persistence of the software is compromised when developers graduate, funding ceases, or investigators turn to other projects...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445724/quantification-of-the-impact-of-the-hiv-1-glycan-shield-on-antibody-elicitation
#8
Tongqing Zhou, Nicole A Doria-Rose, Cheng Cheng, Guillaume B E Stewart-Jones, Gwo-Yu Chuang, Michael Chambers, Aliaksandr Druz, Hui Geng, Krisha McKee, Young Do Kwon, Sijy O'Dell, Mallika Sastry, Stephen D Schmidt, Kai Xu, Lei Chen, Rita E Chen, Mark K Louder, Marie Pancera, Timothy G Wanninger, Baoshan Zhang, Anqi Zheng, S Katie Farney, Kathryn E Foulds, Ivelin S Georgiev, M Gordon Joyce, Thomas Lemmin, Sandeep Narpala, Reda Rawi, Cinque Soto, John-Paul Todd, Chen-Hsiang Shen, Yaroslav Tsybovsky, Yongping Yang, Peng Zhao, Barton F Haynes, Leonidas Stamatatos, Michael Tiemeyer, Lance Wells, Diana G Scorpio, Lawrence Shapiro, Adrian B McDermott, John R Mascola, Peter D Kwong
While the HIV-1-glycan shield is known to shelter Env from the humoral immune response, its quantitative impact on antibody elicitation has been unclear. Here, we use targeted deglycosylation to measure the impact of the glycan shield on elicitation of antibodies against the CD4 supersite. We engineered diverse Env trimers with select glycans removed proximal to the CD4 supersite, characterized their structures and glycosylation, and immunized guinea pigs and rhesus macaques. Immunizations yielded little neutralization against wild-type viruses but potent CD4-supersite neutralization (titers 1: >1,000,000 against four-glycan-deleted autologous viruses with over 90% breadth against four-glycan-deleted heterologous strains exhibiting tier 2 neutralization character)...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445723/mosquitoes-transmit-unique-west-nile-virus-populations-during-each-feeding-episode
#9
Nathan D Grubaugh, Joseph R Fauver, Claudia Rückert, James Weger-Lucarelli, Selene Garcia-Luna, Reyes A Murrieta, Alex Gendernalik, Darci R Smith, Doug E Brackney, Gregory D Ebel
Arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses), such as Zika virus, chikungunya virus, and West Nile virus (WNV), pose continuous threats to emerge and cause large epidemics. Often, these events are associated with novel virus variants optimized for local transmission that first arise as minorities within a host. Thus, the conditions that regulate the frequency of intrahost variants are important determinants of emergence. Here, we describe the dynamics of WNV genetic diversity during its transmission cycle. By temporally sampling saliva from individual mosquitoes, we demonstrate that virus populations expectorated by mosquitoes are highly diverse and unique to each feeding episode...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445722/genomic-analyses-reveal-the-influence-of-geographic-origin-migration-and-hybridization-on-modern-dog-breed-development
#10
Heidi G Parker, Dayna L Dreger, Maud Rimbault, Brian W Davis, Alexandra B Mullen, Gretchen Carpintero-Ramirez, Elaine A Ostrander
There are nearly 400 modern domestic dog breeds with a unique histories and genetic profiles. To track the genetic signatures of breed development, we have assembled the most diverse dataset of dog breeds, reflecting their extensive phenotypic variation and heritage. Combining genetic distance, migration, and genome-wide haplotype sharing analyses, we uncover geographic patterns of development and independent origins of common traits. Our analyses reveal the hybrid history of breeds and elucidate the effects of immigration, revealing for the first time a suggestion of New World dog within some modern breeds...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445721/nacho-mediates-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-function-throughout-the-brain
#11
Jose A Matta, Shenyan Gu, Weston B Davini, Brian Lord, Edward R Siuda, Anthony W Harrington, David S Bredt
Neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) participate in diverse aspects of brain function and mediate behavioral and addictive properties of nicotine. Neuronal nAChRs derive from combinations of α and β subunits, whose assembly is tightly regulated. NACHO was recently identified as a chaperone for α7-type nAChRs. Here, we find NACHO mediates assembly of all major classes of presynaptic and postsynaptic nAChR tested. NACHO acts at early intracellular stages of nAChR subunit assembly and then synergizes with RIC-3 for receptor surface expression...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445572/suggestions-for-increasing-diversity-in-clinical-trials
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Ajay Kailas, Morgan Dawkins, Susan C Taylor
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 26, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445554/correction-integrating-the-effects-of-latitude-and-altitude-on-the-spatial-differentiation-of-plant-community-diversity-in-a-mountainous-ecosystem-in-china
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[This corrects the article DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0174231.].
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445544/pressure-flaking-to-serrate-bifacial-points-for-the-hunt-during-the-mis5-at-sibudu-cave-south-africa
#14
Veerle Rots, Carol Lentfer, Viola C Schmid, Guillaume Porraz, Nicholas J Conard
Projectile technology is considered to appear early in the southern African Middle Stone Age (MSA) and the rich and high resolution MSA sequence of Sibudu Cave in KwaZulu-Natal has provided many new insights about the use and hafting of various projectile forms. We present the results of a functional and technological analysis on a series of unpublished serrated bifacial points recently recovered from the basal deposits of Sibudu Cave. These serrated tools, which only find equivalents in the neighbouring site of Umhlatuzana, precede the Still Bay techno-complex and are older than 77 ka BP...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445532/use-of-molecular-markers-in-identification-and-characterization-of-resistance-to-rice-blast-in-india
#15
Manoj Kumar Yadav, Aravindan S, Umakanta Ngangkham, H N Shubudhi, Manas Kumar Bag, Totan Adak, Sushmita Munda, Sanghamitra Samantaray, Mayabini Jena
Rice blast disease caused by Magnaporthe oryzae is one of the most destructive disease causing huge losses to rice yield in different parts of the world. Therefore, an attempt has been made to find out the resistance by screening and studying the genetic diversity of eighty released rice varieties by National Rice Research Institute, Cuttack (NRVs) using molecular markers linked to twelve major blast resistance (R) genes viz Pib, Piz, Piz-t, Pik, Pik-p, Pikm Pik-h, Pita/Pita-2, Pi2, Pi9, Pi1 and Pi5. Out of which, nineteen varieties (23...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445526/biosynthesis-of-the-oxygenated-diterpene-nezukol-in-the-medicinal-plant-isodon-rubescens-is-catalyzed-by-a-pair-of-diterpene-synthases
#16
Kyle A Pelot, David M Hagelthorn, J Bennett Addison, Philipp Zerbe
Plants produce an immense diversity of natural products (i.e. secondary or specialized metabolites) that offer a rich source of known and potentially new pharmaceuticals and other desirable bioproducts. The Traditional Chinese Medicinal plant Isodon rubescens (Lamiaceae) contains an array of bioactive labdane-related diterpenoid natural products. Of these, the ent-kauranoid oridonin is the most prominent specialized metabolite that has been extensively studied for its potent antimicrobial and anticancer efficacy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445499/fine-scale-population-genetic-structure-of-the-bengal-tiger-panthera-tigris-tigris-in-a-human-dominated-western-terai-arc-landscape-india
#17
Sujeet Kumar Singh, Jouni Aspi, Laura Kvist, Reeta Sharma, Puneet Pandey, Sudhanshu Mishra, Randeep Singh, Manoj Agrawal, Surendra Prakash Goyal
Despite massive global conservation strategies, tiger populations continued to decline until recently, mainly due to habitat loss, human-animal conflicts, and poaching. These factors are known to affect the genetic characteristics of tiger populations and decrease local effective population sizes. The Terai Arc Landscape (TAL) at the foothills of the Himalaya is one of the 42 source sites of tigers around the globe. Therefore, information on how landscape features and anthropogenic factors affect the fine-scale spatial genetic structure and variation of tigers in TAL is needed to develop proper management strategies for achieving long-term conservation goals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445493/polyphyly-of-the-extinct-family-oviparosiphidae-and-its-implications-for-inferring-aphid-evolution-hemiptera-sternorrhyncha
#18
Dagmara Żyła, Agnieszka Homan, Piotr Wegierek
Aphidoidea, the so-called "true aphids" are one of the most challenging groups in terms of solving the phylogenetic relationships. Morphology-based analyses were strongly affected by widespread homoplasy, while the molecular-based attempts struggled with the lack of sufficient phylogenetic signal. Despite significant improvements, the higher classification still remains unresolved and rather controversial. However, the use of the fossil record, one of the most valuable sources of information, was mainly limited to calibration of a phylogenetic tree, without a direct inclusion into the analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445483/community-barcoding-reveals-little-effect-of-ocean-acidification-on-the-composition-of-coastal-plankton-communities-evidence-from-a-long-term-mesocosm-study-in-the-gullmar-fjord-skagerrak
#19
Julia A F Langer, Rahul Sharma, Susanne I Schmidt, Sebastian Bahrdt, Henriette G Horn, María Algueró-Muñiz, Bora Nam, Eric P Achterberg, Ulf Riebesell, Maarten Boersma, Marco Thines, Klaus Schwenk
The acidification of the oceans could potentially alter marine plankton communities with consequences for ecosystem functioning. While several studies have investigated effects of ocean acidification on communities using traditional methods, few have used genetic analyses. Here, we use community barcoding to assess the impact of ocean acidification on the composition of a coastal plankton community in a large scale, in situ, long-term mesocosm experiment. High-throughput sequencing resulted in the identification of a wide range of planktonic taxa (Alveolata, Cryptophyta, Haptophyceae, Fungi, Metazoa, Hydrozoa, Rhizaria, Straminipila, Chlorophyta)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445464/burgess-shale-fossils-illustrate-the-origin-of-the-mandibulate-body-plan
#20
Cédric Aria, Jean-Bernard Caron
Retracing the evolutionary history of arthropods has been one of the greatest challenges in biology. During the past decade, phylogenetic analyses of morphological and molecular data have coalesced towards the conclusion that Mandibulata, the most diverse and abundant group of animals, is a distinct clade from Chelicerata, in that its members possess post-oral head appendages specialized for food processing, notably the mandible. The origin of the mandibulate body plan, however, which encompasses myriapods, crustaceans and hexapods, has remained poorly documented...
April 26, 2017: Nature
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