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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330322/de-novo-transcriptome-sequencing-in-monsonia-burkeana-revealed-putative-genes-for-key-metabolic-pathways-involved-in-tea-quality-and-medicinal-value
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Adugna A Woldesemayat, Khayalethu Ntushelo, David M Modise
Monsonia (Monsonia burkeana Planch. ex Harv) is one of the most valuable tea and traditional medicinal plants used in Southern Africa. In spite of this, there is no sequence information regarding this plant in literature. To provide understanding of the naturally occurring tea and drug-specific products and the key pathways for the biosynthesis of these molecules, we sequenced the leaf transcriptome using Illumina MiSeq platform and generated 2,590,652 paired-end reads that were assembled de novo into 45,450 high-quality transcripts...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329792/types-of-non-kin-networks-and-their-association-with-survival-in-late-adulthood-a-latent-class-approach
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Lea Ellwardt, Marja Aartsen, Theo van Tilburg
Objectives: Integration into social networks is an important determinant of health and survival in late adulthood. We first identify different types of non-kin networks among older adults and second, investigate the association of these types with survival rates. Method: Official register information on mortality is combined with data from the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam (LASA). The sample includes 2,440 Dutch respondents aged 54-85 at baseline in 1992 and six follow-ups covering a time span of 20 years...
October 17, 2016: Journals of Gerontology. Series B, Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329785/beet-root-juice-an-ergogenic-aid-for-exercise-and-the-aging-brain
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Meredith Petrie, W Jack Rejeski, Swati Basu, Paul J Laurienti, Anthony P Marsh, James L Norris, Daniel B Kim-Shapiro, Jonathan H Burdette
Background: Exercise has positive neuroplastic effects on the aging brain. It has also been shown that ingestion of beet root juice (BRJ) increases blood flow to the brain and enhances exercise performance. Here, we examined whether there are synergistic effects of BRJ and exercise on neuroplasticity in the aging brain. Methods: Peak metabolic equivalent (MET) capacity and resting-state magnetic resonance imaging functional brain network organization are reported on 26 older (mean age = 65...
November 9, 2016: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329704/the-ifn-%C3%AE-ifn-%C3%AE-r1-il-10r%C3%AE-complex-reveals-structural-features-underlying-type-iii-ifn-functional-plasticity
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Juan L Mendoza, William M Schneider, Hans-Heinrich Hoffmann, Koen Vercauteren, Kevin M Jude, Anming Xiong, Ignacio Moraga, Tim M Horton, Jeffrey S Glenn, Ype P de Jong, Charles M Rice, K Christopher Garcia
Type III interferons (IFN-λs) signal through a heterodimeric receptor complex composed of the IFN-λR1 subunit, specific for IFN-λs, and interleukin-10Rβ (IL-10Rβ), which is shared by multiple cytokines in the IL-10 superfamily. Low affinity of IL-10Rβ for cytokines has impeded efforts aimed at crystallizing cytokine-receptor complexes. We used yeast surface display to engineer a higher-affinity IFN-λ variant, H11, which enabled crystallization of the ternary complex. The structure revealed that IL-10Rβ uses a network of tyrosine residues as hydrophobic anchor points to engage IL-10 family cytokines that present complementary hydrophobic binding patches, explaining its role as both a cross-reactive but cytokine-specific receptor...
March 21, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329687/impact-of-dietary-interventions-on-noncoding-rna-networks-and-mrnas-encoding-chromatin-related-factors
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Christopher D Green, Yi Huang, Xiaoyang Dou, Liu Yang, Yong Liu, Jing-Dong J Han
Dietary interventions dramatically affect metabolic disease and lifespan in various aging models. Here, we profiled liver microRNA (miRNA), coding, and long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) expression by high-throughput deep sequencing in mice across multiple energy intake and expenditure interventions. Strikingly, three dietary intervention network design patterns were uncovered: (1) lifespan-extending interventions largely repressed the expression of miRNAs, lncRNAs, and transposable elements; (2) protein-coding mRNAs with expression positively correlated with long lifespan are highly targeted by miRNAs; and (3) miRNA-targeting interactions mainly target chromatin-related functions...
March 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329679/mammalian-diaphanous-1-mediates-a-pathway-for-e-cadherin-to-stabilize-epithelial-barriers-through-junctional-contractility
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Bipul R Acharya, Selwin K Wu, Zi Zhao Lieu, Robert G Parton, Stephan W Grill, Alexander D Bershadsky, Guillermo A Gomez, Alpha S Yap
Formins are a diverse class of actin regulators that influence filament dynamics and organization. Several formins have been identified at epithelial adherens junctions, but their functional impact remains incompletely understood. Here, we tested the hypothesis that formins might affect epithelial interactions through junctional contractility. We focused on mDia1, which was recruited to the zonula adherens (ZA) of established Caco-2 monolayers in response to E-cadherin and RhoA. mDia1 was necessary for contractility at the ZA, measured by assays that include a FRET-based sensor that reports molecular-level tension across αE-catenin...
March 21, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329018/a-unique-microrna-profile-in-end-stage-heart-failure-indicates-alterations-in-specific-cardiovascular-signaling-networks
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Sathyamangla V Naga Prasad, Manveen K Gupta, Zhong-Hui Duan, Venkata Suresh K Surampudi, Chang-Gong Liu, Ashwin Kotwal, Christine S Moravec, Randall C Starling, Dianne M Perez, Subha Sen, Qingyu Wu, Edward F Plow, Sadashiva Karnik
It is well established that the gene expression patterns are substantially altered in cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure, however, less is known about the reasons behind such global differences. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short non-coding RNAs that can target multiple molecules to regulate wide array of proteins in diverse pathways. The goal of the study was to profile alterations in miRNA expression using end-stage human heart failure samples with an aim to build signaling network pathways using predicted targets for the altered miRNA and to determine nodal molecules regulating individual networks...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328993/agreement-between-functional-connectivity-and-cortical-thickness-driven-correlation-maps-of-the-medial-frontal-cortex
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Hyunjin Park, Yeong-Hun Park, Jungho Cha, Sang Won Seo, Duk L Na, Jong-Min Lee
Parcellation of the human cortex has important implications in neuroscience. Parcellation is often a crucial requirement before meaningful regional analysis can occur. The human cortex can be parcellated into distinct regions based on structural features, such as gyri and sulci. Brain network patterns in a given region with respect to its neighbors, known as connectional fingerprints, can be used to parcellate the cortex. Distinct imaging modalities might provide complementary information for brain parcellation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328746/cross-talk-between-insulin-signaling-and-gpcrs
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Qin Fu, Qian Shi, Toni M West, Yang K Xiang
Diabetes is a major risk factor for the development of heart failure. One of the hallmarks of diabetes is insulin resistance associated with hyperinsulinemia. The literature shows that insulin and adrenergic signaling is intimately linked to each other; however, whether and how insulin may modulate cardiac adrenergic signaling and cardiac function remains unknown. Notably, recent studies have revealed that insulin receptor and β2 adrenergic receptor (β2AR) forms a membrane complex in animal hearts, bringing together the direct contact between two receptor signaling systems, and forming an integrated and dynamic network...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328579/resting-state-functional-connectivity-predicts-longitudinal-pain-symptom-change-in-urologic-chronic-pelvic-pain-syndrome-a-mapp-network-study
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Jason J Kutch, Jennifer S Labus, Richard E Harris, Katherine T Martucci, Melissa A Farmer, Sonja Fenske, Connor Fling, Eric Ichesco, Scott Peltier, Bogdan Petre, Wensheng Guo, Xiaoling Hou, Alisa J Stephens, Chris Mullins, Daniel J Clauw, Sean C Mackey, A Vania Apkarian, J Richard Landis, Emeran A Mayer
Chronic pain symptoms often change over time, even in individuals who have had symptoms for years. Studying biological factors that predict trends in symptom change in chronic pain may uncover novel pathophysiological mechanisms and potential therapeutic targets. In this study, we investigated whether brain functional connectivity measures obtained from resting-state functional MRI (rs-fMRI) at baseline can predict longitudinal symptom change (3, 6, and 12 months post-scan) in urologic chronic pelvic pain syndrome (UCPPS)...
March 17, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328518/application-of-lms-based-nn-structure-for-power-quality-enhancement-in-a-distribution-network-under-abnormal-conditions
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Rahul Kumar Agarwal, Ikhlaq Hussain, Bhim Singh
This paper proposes an application of a least mean-square (LMS)-based neural network (NN) structure for the power quality improvement of a three-phase power distribution network under abnormal conditions. It uses a single-layer neuron structure for the control in a distribution static compensator (DSTATCOM) to attenuate the harmonics such as noise, bias, notches, dc offset, and distortion, injected in the grid current due to connection of several nonlinear loads. This admittance LMS-based NN structure has a simple architecture which reduces the computational complexity and burden which makes it easy to implement...
March 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328517/convolution-in-convolution-for-network-in-network
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Yanwei Pang, Manli Sun, Xiaoheng Jiang, Xuelong Li
Network in network (NiN) is an effective instance and an important extension of deep convolutional neural network consisting of alternating convolutional layers and pooling layers. Instead of using a linear filter for convolution, NiN utilizes shallow multilayer perceptron (MLP), a nonlinear function, to replace the linear filter. Because of the powerfulness of MLP and 1 x 1 convolutions in spatial domain, NiN has stronger ability of feature representation and hence results in better recognition performance...
March 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328397/age-dependent-diastolic-heart-failure-in-an-in-vivo-drosophila-model
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Matthew P Klassen, Christian J Peters, Shiwei Zhou, Hannah H Williams, Lily Yeh Jan, Yuh Nung Jan
While the signals and complexes that coordinate the heartbeat are well established, how the heart maintains its electromechanical rhythm over a lifetime remains an open question with significant implications to human health. Reasoning that this homeostatic challenge confronts all pulsatile organs, we developed a high resolution imaging and analysis toolset for measuring cardiac function in intact, unanesthetized Drosophila melanogaster. We demonstrate that, as in humans, normal aging primarily manifests as defects in relaxation (diastole) while preserving contractile performance...
March 22, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328313/in-search-for-a-robust-design-of-environmental-sensor-networks
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Setia Budi, Ferry Susanto, Paulo de Souza, Greg Timms, Vishv Malhotra, Paul Turner
This paper presents an approach to the design of Environmental Sensor Networks (ESN) which aims at providing a robust, fit-for-purpose network with minimum redundancy. A set of near optimum ESN designs is sought using an Evolutionary Algorithm, which incorporates redundancy and robustness as fitness functions. This work can assist the decision making process when determining the number of sensor nodes and how the nodes are going to be deployed in the region of interest.
March 22, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328240/insights-on-cryopreserved-sheep-fibroblasts-by-cryomicroscopy-and-gene-expression-analysis
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Antonella Idda, Daniela Bebbere, Giuseppina Corona, Laura Masala, Elisa Casula, Alberto Cincotti, Sergio Ledda
Cryopreservation includes a set of techniques aimed at storing biological samples and preserving their biochemical and functional features without any significant alterations. This study set out to investigate the effects induced by cryopreservation on cultured sheepskin fibroblasts (CSSF) through cryomicroscopy and gene expression analysis after subsequent in vitro culture. CSSF cells were cryopreserved in a cryomicroscope (CM) or in a straw programmable freezer (SPF) using a similar thermal profile (cooling rate -5°C/min to -120°C, then -150°C/min to -196°C)...
March 22, 2017: Biopreservation and Biobanking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328228/reversible-morphological-control-of-cholecystokinin-tetrapeptide-amyloid-assemblies-as-a-function-of-ph
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Frédéric Gobeaux, Florence Porcher, Rajeev Dattani
Most amyloid assemblies are seen as irreversible and exhibit polymorphism because their assembly is kinetically controlled and different structures are trapped during the aggregation process. However, in the specific case of peptide hormones, formation of amyloid assemblies for storage purposes has been reported. This suggests a strict control of assembly and the ability to disassemble upon hormone secretion. In the present work, we have sought to test these assertions with a short peptide, the cholecystokinin (or gastrin) tetrapeptide (CCK-4), that has been found in both gastrointestinal tract and central nervous system, and whose sequence is shared by a large number of hormones...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328215/synthesis-and-mechanical-character-of-hexagonal-phase-%C3%AE-wn
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Changchun Wang, Qiang Tao, Shushan Dong, Xin Wang, Pinwen Zhu
In this work, high-quality bulk WC-structured WN (δ-WN) was synthesized via an untraditional method and the structure was accurately determined by X-ray diffraction and Rietveld refinement. In the process of synthesizing δ-WN, W2N3 and melamine were used as tungsten source and nitrogen source, respectively. The result of successfully synthesized high-quality δ-WN indicates that our method is an effective route for synthesizing high-quality bulk δ-WN and melamine is a pure nitrogen source for introducing the nitrogen to the metal precursor...
March 22, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327916/multilayer-modeling-and-analysis-of-human-brain-networks
#18
Manlio De Domenico
Understanding how the human brain is structured, and how its architecture is related to the function, is of paramount importance for a variety of applications, including, but not limited to, new ways to prevent, deal with and cure brain diseases, such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's, and psychiatric disorders, such as Schizophrenia. The recent advances in structural and functional neuroimaging, together with the increasing attitude to interdisciplinary approaches involving computer science, mathematics and physics, are fostering interesting results from computational neuroscience, that are quite often based on the analysis of complex network representation of human brain...
February 6, 2017: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327650/erratum-the-combination-of-the-functionalities-of-feedback-circuits-is-determinant-for-the-attractors-number-and-size-in-pathway-like-boolean-networks
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Eugenio Azpeitia, Stalin Muñoz, Daniel González-Tokman, Mariana Esther Martínez-Sánchez, Nathan Weinstein, Aurélien Naldi, Elena R Álvarez-Buylla, David A Rosenblueth, Luis Mendoza
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327647/microrna-expression-profiles-during-cotton-gossypium-hirsutum-l-fiber-early-development
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Min Wang, Runrun Sun, Chao Li, Qinglian Wang, Baohong Zhang
The role of microRNAs (miRNAs) during cotton fiber development remains unclear. Here, a total of 54 miRNAs belonging to 39 families were selected to characterize miRNA regulatory mechanism in eight different fiber development stages in upland cotton cv BM-1. Among 54 miRNAs, 18 miRNAs were involved in cotton fiber initiation and eight miRNAs were related to fiber elongation and secondary wall biosynthesis. Additionally, 3,576 protein-coding genes were candidate target genes of these miRNAs, which are potentially involved in cotton fiber development...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
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