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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108951/physiological-links-of-circadian-clock-and-biological-clock-of-aging
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REVIEW
Fang Liu, Hung-Chun Chang
Circadian rhythms orchestrate biochemical and physiological processes in living organisms to respond the day/night cycle. In mammals, nearly all cells hold self-sustained circadian clocks meanwhile couple the intrinsic rhythms to systemic changes in a hierarchical manner. The suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus functions as the master pacemaker to initiate daily synchronization according to the photoperiod, in turn determines the phase of peripheral cellular clocks through a variety of signaling relays, including endocrine rhythms and metabolic cycles...
January 20, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108933/modelling-genome-wide-topological-associating-domains-in-mouse-embryonic-stem-cells
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REVIEW
Y Zhan, L Giorgetti, G Tiana
Chromosome conformation capture (3C)-based techniques such as chromosome conformation capture carbon copy (5C) and Hi-C revealed that the folding of mammalian chromosomes is highly hierarchical. A fundamental structural unit in the hierarchy is represented by topologically associating domains (TADs), sub-megabase regions of the genome within which the chromatin fibre preferentially interacts. 3C-based methods provide the mean contact probabilities between chromosomal loci, averaged over a large number of cells, and do not give immediate access to the single-cell conformations of the chromatin fibre...
January 20, 2017: Chromosome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108488/stimulus-tuned-structure-of-correlated-fmri-activity-in-human-visual-cortex
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Jungwon Ryu, Sang-Hun Lee
Processing units are interconnected in the visual system, where a sensory organ and downstream cortical regions communicate through hierarchical connections, and local sites within the regions communicate through horizontal connections. In such networks, neural activities at local sites are likely to influence one another in complex ways and thus are intricately correlated. Recognizing the functional importance of correlated activity in sensory representation, spontaneous activities have been studied via diverse local or global measures in various time scales...
January 19, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108345/reinstatement-after-human-feature-positive-discrimination-learning
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REVIEW
Mathijs Franssen, Nathalie Claes, Bram Vervliet, Tom Beckers, Dirk Hermans, Frank Baeyens
In two experiments, using an online conditioned suppression task, we investigated the possibility of reinstatement of extinguished feature-target compound presentations after sequential feature-positive discrimination training in humans. Furthermore, given a hierarchical account of Pavlovian modulation (e.g., Bonardi, 1998; Bonardi and Jennings, 2009), we predicted A-US reinstatement to be stronger than US-only reinstatement. In Experiment 1, participants learned a sequential feature-positive discrimination (X→A(+)|A(-)), which was subsequently extinguished (X→A(-))...
January 17, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107898/the-experience-of-pain-severity-and-pain-interference-in-vulvodynia-patients-the-role-of-cognitive-behavioural-factors-psychological-distress-and-fatigue
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Claudia Chisari, Joseph Chilcot
OBJECTIVE: Vulvodynia is a chronic pain condition characterised by severe pain affecting the vulva. Biopsychosocial models have revealed the importance of illness perceptions, cognitive-behavioural variables and psychological distress in explaining the experience of pain and disability across several conditions. These factors have never been collectively examined in vulvodynia. We predicted that distress, fatigue, illness perceptions, and cognitive-behavioural factors would be associated with pain severity and interference among women with vulvodynia...
February 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107875/risk-factors-associated-with-the-different-categories-of-piglet-perinatal-mortality-in-french-farms
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F Pandolfi, S A Edwards, F Robert, I Kyriazakis
We aimed to identify mortality patterns and to establish risk factors associated with different categories of piglet perinatal mortality in French farms. At farm level, the analyses were performed on data from 146 farms that experienced perinatal mortality problems. At piglet level, the analyses were performed on data from 155 farms (7761 piglets). All data were collected over a period of 10 years (2004-14) by a consulting company, using a non-probability sampling at farm level and a random sampling at sow level...
February 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107810/hierarchically-ordered-porous-and-high-volume-poly-caprolactone-pcl-microchannel-scaffolds-enhanced-axon-growth-in-transected-spinal-cords
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Dena Shahriari, Jacob Y Koffler, Mark H Tuszynski, Wendy M Campana, Jeff S Sakamoto
The goal of this work was to design nerve guidance scaffolds with a unique architecture to maximize the open volume available for nerve growth. Poly caprolactone (PCL) was selected as the scaffold material based on its biocompatibility and month-long degradation. Yet, dense PCL does not exhibit suitable properties such as porosity, stiffness, strength and cell adhesion to function as an effective nerve guidance scaffold. To address these shortcomings, PCL was processed using a modified salt-leaching technique to create uniquely controlled interconnected porosity...
January 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107654/examining-the-link-between-nonmedical-use-of-sedatives-tranquilizers-and-pain-relievers-with-dispositions-toward-impulsivity-among-college-students
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Brittany E Blanchard, Angela K Stevens, Andrew K Littlefield, Amelia E Talley, Jennifer L Brown
BACKGROUND: The association between impulsive dispositions and the use of the central nervous system (CNS) depressant alcohol has been examined extensively; however, the links between other depressant use (sedatives, tranquilizers, and pain relievers) and impulsivity have been less studied, and findings have been equivocal. This may be due, in part, to varying operationalizations of "impulsivity," as well as issues related to the lumping versus splitting of various depressant substances when assessing use...
January 6, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107548/mri-based-prostate-cancer-detection-with-high-level-representation-and-hierarchical-classification
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Yulian Zhu, Li Wang, Mingxia Liu, Chunjun Qian, Ambereen Yousuf, Aytekin Oto, Dinggang Shen
PURPOSE: Extracting the high-level feature representation by using deep neural networks for detection of prostate cancer, and then based on high-level feature representation for constructing hierarchical classification to refine the detection results. METHODS: High-level feature representation is first learned by a deep learning network, where multi-parametric MR images are used as the input data. Then, based on the learned high-level features, a hierarchical classification method is developed, where multiple random forest classifiers are iteratively constructed to refine the detection results of prostate cancer...
January 20, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107483/genetic-divergence-in-domestic-japanese-quail-inferred-from-mitochondrial-dna-d-loop-and-microsatellite-markers
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Mitsuo Nunome, Mikiharu Nakano, Ryo Tadano, Ryoka Kawahara-Miki, Tomohiro Kono, Shinji Takahashi, Takaharu Kawashima, Akira Fujiwara, Keijiro Nirasawa, Makoto Mizutani, Yoichi Matsuda
To assess the genetic diversity of domestic Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) populations, and their genetic relationships, we examined mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) D-loop sequences and microsatellite markers for 19 Japanese quail populations. The populations included nine laboratory lines established in Japan (LWC, Quv, RWN, WE, AWE, AMRP, rb-TKP, NIES-L, and W), six meat-type quail lines reimported from Western countries (JD, JW, Estonia, NIES-Br, NIES-Fr, and NIES-Hn), one commercial population in Japan, and three wild quail populations collected from three Asian areas...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106823/integrated-microrna-mrna-profiling-identifies-oncostatin-m-as-a-marker-of-mesenchymal-like-er-negative-her2-negative-breast-cancer
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Giulia Bottai, Lixia Diao, Keith A Baggerly, Laura Paladini, Balázs Győrffy, Carlotta Raschioni, Lajos Pusztai, George A Calin, Libero Santarpia
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) simultaneously modulate different oncogenic networks, establishing a dynamic system of gene expression and pathway regulation. In this study, we analyzed global miRNA and messenger RNA (mRNA) expression profiles of 17 cell lines representing different molecular breast cancer subtypes. Spearman's rank correlation test was used to evaluate the correlation between miRNA and mRNA expression. Hierarchical clustering and pathway analysis were also performed. Publicly available gene expression profiles (n = 699) and tumor tissues (n = 80) were analyzed to assess the relevance of key miRNA-regulated pathways in human breast cancer...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106806/uhf-signal-processing-and-pattern-recognition-of-partial-discharge-in-gas-insulated-switchgear-using-chromatic-methodology
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Xiaohua Wang, Xi Li, Mingzhe Rong, Dingli Xie, Dan Ding, Zhixiang Wang
The ultra-high frequency (UHF) method is widely used in insulation condition assessment. However, UHF signal processing algorithms are complicated and the size of the result is large, which hinders extracting features and recognizing partial discharge (PD) patterns. This article investigated the chromatic methodology that is novel in PD detection. The principle of chromatic methodologies in color science are introduced. The chromatic processing represents UHF signals sparsely. The UHF signals obtained from PD experiments were processed using chromatic methodology and characterized by three parameters in chromatic space (H, L, and S representing dominant wavelength, signal strength, and saturation, respectively)...
January 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106722/using-network-extracted-ontologies-to-identify-novel-genes-with-roles-in-appressorium-development-in-the-rice-blast-fungus-magnaporthe-oryzae
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Ryan M Ames
Magnaporthe oryzae is the causal agent of rice blast disease, the most important infection of rice worldwide. Half the world's population depends on rice for its primary caloric intake and, as such, rice blast poses a serious threat to food security. The stages of M. oryzae infection are well defined, with the formation of an appressorium, a cell type that allows penetration of the plant cuticle, particularly well studied. However, many of the key pathways and genes involved in this disease stage are yet to be identified...
January 17, 2017: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106439/facilitation-of-ferroelectric-switching-via-mechanical-manipulation-of-hierarchical-nanoscale-domain-structures
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Zibin Chen, Liang Hong, Feifei Wang, Simon P Ringer, Long-Qing Chen, Haosu Luo, Xiaozhou Liao
Heterogeneous ferroelastic transition that produces hierarchical 90° tetragonal nanodomains via mechanical loading and its effect on facilitating ferroelectric domain switching in relaxor-based ferroelectrics were explored. Combining in situ electron microscopy characterization and phase-field modeling, we reveal the nature of the transition process and discover that the transition lowers by 40% the electrical loading threshold needed for ferroelectric domain switching. Our results advance the fundamental understanding of ferroelectric domain switching behavior...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106214/copper-nanoparticle-interspersed-mos2-nanoflowers-with-enhanced-efficiency-for-co2-electrochemical-reduction-to-fuel
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Guodong Shi, Luo Yu, Xin Ba, Xiaoshu Zhang, Jianqing Zhou, Ying Yu
Electrocatalytic conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) has been considered as an ideal method to simultaneously solve the energy crisis and environmental issue around the world. In this work, ultrasmall Cu nanoparticle interspersed flower-like MoS2 was successfully fabricated via a facile microwave hydrothermal method. The designed optimal hierarchical Cu/MoS2 composite not only exhibited remarkably enhanced electronic conductivity and specific surface area but also possessed improved CO2 adsorption capacity, resulting in a significant increase in overall faradaic efficiency and a 7-fold augmentation of the faradaic efficiency of CH4 in comparison with bare MoS2...
January 20, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106192/electrospun-metal-organic-framework-derived-hierarchical-carbon-nanofibers-with-high-performance-for-supercapacitors
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Chaohai Wang, Chao Liu, Jiansheng Li, Xiuyun Sun, Jinyou Shen, Weiqing Han, Lianjun Wang
A novel N-doped MOF-based hierarchical carbon fiber (NPCF) towards supercapacitors was prepared by the pyrolysis of MOF nanofibers. Due to its unique 1D hollow structures, the NPCF exhibits better energy storage capacity than the other previously reported MOF-derived carbon materials.
January 20, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106140/gradient-hierarchic-aligned-porosity-sioc-ceramics
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Cekdar Vakifahmetoglu, Damla Zeydanli, Murilo Daniel de Mello Innocentini, Fernanda Dos Santos Ribeiro, Paulo Renato Orlandi Lasso, Gian Domenico Soraru
This work describes a simple technique to produce porous ceramics with aligned porosity having very high permeability and specific surface area. SiOC-based compositions were processed from blends of three types of preceramic polymer and a catalyst, followed by curing and pyrolysis. The heating applied from the bottom of molds promoted the nucleation, expansion and rising of gas bubbles, and the creation of a ceramic matrix with axially oriented channels interconnected by small round pores. The samples were analyzed by SEM, tomography, BET, water immersion porosimetry and permeation to gas flow...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106087/dynamical-states-possibilities-and-propagation-of-stress-signal
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Md Zubbair Malik, Shahnawaz Ali, Soibam Shyamchand Singh, Romana Ishrat, R K Brojen Singh
The stress driven dynamics of Notch-Wnt-p53 cross-talk is subjected to a few possible dynamical states governed by simple fractal rules, and allowed to decide its own fate by choosing one of these states which are contributed from long range correlation with varied fluctuations due to active molecular interaction. The topological properties of the networks corresponding to these dynamical states have hierarchical features with assortive structure. The stress signal driven by nutlin and modulated by mediator GSK3 acts as anti-apoptotic signal in this system, whereas, the stress signal driven by Axin and modulated by GSK3 behaves as anti-apoptotic for a certain range of Axin and GSK3 interaction, and beyond which the signal acts as favor-apoptotic signal...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106047/scale-dependent-diffusion-anisotropy-in-nanoporous-silicon
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Daria Kondrashova, Alexander Lauerer, Dirk Mehlhorn, Hervé Jobic, Armin Feldhoff, Matthias Thommes, Dipanjan Chakraborty, Cedric Gommes, Jovana Zecevic, Petra de Jongh, Armin Bunde, Jörg Kärger, Rustem Valiullin
Nanoporous silicon produced by electrochemical etching of highly B-doped p-type silicon wafers can be prepared with tubular pores imbedded in a silicon matrix. Such materials have found many technological applications and provide a useful model system for studying phase transitions under confinement. This paper reports a joint experimental and simulation study of diffusion in such materials, covering displacements from molecular dimensions up to tens of micrometers with carefully selected probe molecules. In addition to mass transfer through the channels, diffusion (at much smaller rates) is also found to occur in directions perpendicular to the channels, thus providing clear evidence of connectivity...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105880/nursing-home-care-quality-a-cluster-analysis
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Vigdis Abrahamsen Grøndahl, Liv Berit Fagerli
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore potential differences in how nursing home residents rate care quality and to explore cluster characteristics. Design/methodology/approach A cross-sectional design was used, with one questionnaire including questions from quality from patients' perspective and Big Five personality traits, together with questions related to socio-demographic aspects and health condition. Residents ( n=103) from four Norwegian nursing homes participated (74.1 per cent response rate)...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
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