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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734191/evolutionary-dynamics-of-recent-peste-des-petits-ruminants-virus-epidemic-in-china-during-2013-2014
#1
Jingyue Bao, Qinghua Wang, Lin Li, Chunju Liu, Zhicheng Zhang, Jinming Li, Shujuan Wang, Xiaodong Wu, Zhiliang Wang
Peste des petits ruminants virus (PPRV) causes a highly contagious disease, peste des petits ruminants (PPR), in sheep and goats which has been considered as a serious threat to the local economy in Africa and Asia. However, the in-depth evolutionary dynamics of PPRV during an epidemic is not well understood. We conducted phylogenetic analysis on genomic sequences of 25 PPRV strains from China 2013-2014 outbreaks. All these strains clustered into a novel clade in lineage 4. An evolutionary rate of 2.61 × 10(-6) nucleotide substitutions per site per day was estimated, dating the most recent common ancestor of PPRV China 2013-2014 strains to early August 2013...
July 19, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734161/evaluation-of-the-effect-of-extraction-solvent-and-organ-selection-on-the-chemical-profile-of-astragalus-spinosus-using-hptlc-multivariate-image-analysis
#2
Eman Shawky, Dina A Selim
The evaluation of extraction protocols for untargeted and targeted metabolomics was implemented for root and aerial organs of Astragalus spinosus in this work. The efficiency and complementarity of commonly used extraction solvents, namely petroleum ether, methylene chloride, ethyl acetate and n-butanol were considered for method evaluation using chemometric techniques in conjunction with new, simple, and fast high performance thin layer chromatography (HPTLC) method for fingerprint analysis by extracting information from a digitalized HPTLC plate using ImageJ software...
July 15, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734153/the-impact-of-youth-internalising-and-externalising-symptom-severity-on-the-effectiveness-of-brief-personality-targeted-interventions-for-substance-misuse-a-cluster-randomised-trial
#3
Eveline Perrier-Ménard, Natalie Castellanos-Ryan, Maeve O'Leary-Barrett, Alain Girard, Patricia J Conrod
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 14, 2017: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734139/%C3%AE-nfluenza-a-h3n2-genetic-variants-in-vaccinated-patients-in-northern-greece
#4
A Melidou, G Gioula, M Exindari, E Ioannou, K Gkolfinopoulou, T Georgakopoulou, S Tsiodras, A Papa
BACKGROUND: Influenza A(H3N2) viruses predominated during the influenza 2016/2017 season and showed extensive genetic diversification. A high vaccination failure rate was noticed during the 2016/17 season in Greece, especially among the elderly. OBJECTIVES: The scope of the study was to investigate the genetic characteristics of A(H3N2) circulating viruses and viruses detected in vaccinated patients. STUDY DESIGN: Virus samples originated from vaccinated and unvaccinated patients, obtained at the National Influenza Centre for northern Greece...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Virology: the Official Publication of the Pan American Society for Clinical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732345/multichannel-electroanalytical-devices-for-competitive-elisa-of-phenylethanolamine-a
#5
Yang Liu, Meng Cai, Weiping Wu, Yuting Fang, Pei She, Shouming Xu, Jianguo Li, Kang Zhao, Jingjuan Xu, Ning Bao, Anping Deng
Herein, we reported a disposable electroanalytical device for competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) of phenylethanolamine A (PA). Conductive carbon tape coated with gold cluster served as the working electrode, while the counter and reference electrodes were fabricated on the filter paper by the screen-printing technique. Separating fabrication of the working electrode from other electrodes could make it possible for full utilization of the working electrode modification in bulk and no contamination of the immune-reagents on the counter and reference electrodes...
April 11, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732339/aryl-and-alkyl-phosphorus-containing-flame-retardants-induced-mitochondrial-impairment-and-cell-death-in-chinese-hamster-ovary-cho-k1-cells
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Chao Huang, Na Li, Shengwu Yuan, Xiaoya Ji, Mei Ma, Kaifeng Rao, Zijian Wang
Phosphorus-containing flame retardants (PFRs) are increasingly in demand worldwide as replacements for brominated flame retardants (BFRs), but insufficient available toxicological information on PFRs makes assessing their health risks challenging. Mitochondria are important targets of various environmental pollutants, and mitochondrial dysfunction may lead to many common diseases. In the present study, mitochondria impairment-related endpoints were measured by a high content screening (HCS) assay for 11 selected non-halogen PFRs in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO-k1) cells...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732175/genome-wide-identification-functional-prediction-and-evolutionary-analysis-of-r2r3-myb-superfamily-in-brassica-napus
#7
Ali Hajiebrahimi, Hajar Owji, Shiva Hemmati
R2R3-MYBs are important transcription factors (TFs) in planta, involved in development and various stress conditions. Phylogenetic analysis showed the presence of 249 R2R3-MYB TFs in Brassica napus called BnaR2R3-MYBs, clustered into 38 clades. BnaR2R3-MYBs were distributed on 19 chromosomes of B. napus. Sixteen gene clusters were identified. BnaR2R3-MYBs were characterized by motif prediction, gene structure analysis and gene ontology. Evolutionary analysis revealed that BnaR2R3-MYBs are mainly formed as a result of whole genome duplication...
July 21, 2017: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732163/diamines-can-initiate-new-particle-formation-in-the-atmosphere
#8
Jonas Elm, Monica Passananti, Theo Kurtén, Hanna Vehkamaki
Recent experimental evidence suggests that diamines can enhance atmospheric new particle formation more efficiently compared to monoamines such as dimethylamine. Here we investigate the molecular interactions between sulfuric acid (sa) and the di- amine putrescine (put) using computational methods. The molecular structure of up to four sulfuric acid molecules and up to four putrescine molecules were obtained at the ωB97X-D/6-31++G(d,p) level of theory. We utilized a domain local pair natural orbital coupled cluster method - DLPNO-CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVTZ - to obtain highly accurate binding energies of the clusters...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732033/spatial-and-simultaneous-representative-seroprevalence-of-anti-toxoplasma-gondii-antibodies-in-owners-and-their-domiciled-dogs-in-a-major-city-of-southern-brazil
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Aline do Nascimento Benitez, Felippe Danyel Cardoso Martins, Marcelle Mareze, Nelson Jessé Rodrigues Santos, Fernanda Pinto Ferreira, Camila Marinelli Martins, João Luis Garcia, Regina Mitsuka-Breganó, Roberta Lemos Freire, Alexander Welker Biondo, Italmar Teodorico Navarro
Toxoplasmosis, caused by Toxoplasma gondii, has traditionally been considered an important water and foodborne protozoonosis with important public health considerations. Although felids play a well-established role as definitive hosts, canine epidemiological involvement in the parasite's life cycle remains questionable and controversial. The increasing closeness of the human-dog bond, particularly seen in urban settings, has been recognized as a historically unprecedented worldwide movement. Sharing daily lives in the same households, dogs may be exposed to similar associated risks of T...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732020/setting-strategy-of-delay-optimization-oriented-smac-contention-window-size
#10
Yuan Rao, Cheng Deng, Jun Su, Yan Qiao, Jun Zhu, Ru-Chuan Wang
Some frame components, such as SYNC (frame synchronization) and RTS/CTS (Ready to Send/Clear to Send), are not taken into consideration when the traditional setting strategies conduct the optimization of SMAC (Sensor MAC) contention window size. This paper proposes mathematical models that allow the analysis of data packets forwarding delay within one SMAC virtual cluster. Simulation results in OMNeT++ show good agreements with the proposed mathematical models, validating the models' correctness. The curve analyses of the models confirm the existence of delay-optimization-oriented contention window size that is closely related to the number of simultaneously contending nodes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732013/the-kp1_4563-gene-is-regulated-by-the-camp-receptor-protein-and-controls-type-3-fimbrial-function-in-klebsiella-pneumoniae-ntuh-k2044
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Mei Luo, Shiya Yang, Xuan Li, Pin Liu, Jian Xue, Xipeng Zhou, Kewen Su, Xuan Xu, Ying Qing, Jingfu Qiu, Yingli Li
Klebsiella pneumoniae (K. pneumoniae) is an opportunistic pathogen that can adhere to host cells or extracellular matrix via type 1 and type 3 fimbriae. KP1_4563 is a gene encoding a hypothetical protein in K. pneumoniae NTUH-K2044. KP1_4563 is located between the type 1 and type 3 fimbrial gene clusters and is likely associated with fimbrial function given its putative conserved domains of unknown function (DUF1471). Cyclic AMP receptor protein (CRP) regulates virulence-related gene expression and is a crucial transcriptional regulator in many bacteria...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731985/accelerated-dna-methylation-age-associations-with-ptsd-and-mortality
#12
Erika J Wolf, Mark W Logue, Tawni B Stoop, Steven A Schichman, Annjanette Stone, Naomi Sadeh, Jasmeet P Hayes, Mark W Miller
OBJECTIVE: Recently-developed indices of cellular age based on DNA methylation (DNAm) data, referred to as DNAm age, are being used to study factors that influence the rate of aging and the health correlates of these metrics of the epigenetic clock. This study evaluated associations between trauma exposure, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, and accelerated versus decelerated DNAm age among military veterans. We also examined if accelerated DNAm age predicted mortality over the course of a 6...
July 20, 2017: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731799/multispecies-coexistence-without-diffuse-competition-or-why-phylogenetic-signal-and-trait-clustering-weaken-coexistence
#13
Simon Maccracken Stump
Related and phenotypically similar species often compete more strongly than unrelated and dissimilar species. Much is unknown about the community-level implications of such complex interactions. Here, we study how they affect community dynamics differently from diffuse interactions (competing equally with all heterospecifics). We derive results for a model that applies to many forms of density dependence and also examine specific cases using a site-occupancy model of forest dynamics. The results indicate that nondiffuse competition produces three effects that will not occur under diffuse competition: first, the central niche effect-if a species has high niche overlap with several competitors, then its average fitness is reduced; second, the common competitor effect-if a species has high niche overlap with more common species, then its average fitness is reduced (these two effects are usually equalizing, because more favorable niches are likely to contain more species and more abundant species); and, finally, the community redistribution effect-when a species falls to low density, the relative abundance of its competitors will change, altering its ability to recover...
August 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731793/phylogeny-traits-and-biodiversity-of-a-neotropical-bat-assemblage-close-relatives-show-similar-responses-to-local-deforestation
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Hannah K Frank, Luke O Frishkoff, Chase D Mendenhall, Gretchen C Daily, Elizabeth A Hadly
If species' evolutionary pasts predetermine their responses to evolutionarily novel stressors, then phylogeny could predict species survival in an increasingly human-dominated world. To understand the role of phylogenetic relatedness in structuring responses to rapid environmental change, we focused on assemblages of Neotropical bats, an ecologically diverse and functionally important group. We examined how taxonomic and phylogenetic diversity shift between tropical forest and farmland. We then explored the importance of evolutionary history by ascertaining whether close relatives share similar responses to environmental change and which species traits might mediate these trends...
August 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731739/prethermalization-at-low-temperature-the-scent-of-long-range-order
#15
Vincenzo Alba, Maurizio Fagotti
Nonequilibrium time evolution in isolated many-body quantum systems generally results in thermalization. However, the relaxation process can be very slow, and quasistationary nonthermal plateaux are often observed at intermediate times. The paradigmatic example is a quantum quench in an integrable model with weak integrability breaking; for a long time, the state cannot escape the constraints imposed by the approximate integrability. We unveil a new mechanism of prethermalization, based on the presence of a symmetry of the prequench Hamiltonian, which is spontaneously broken at zero temperature and is explicitly broken by the postquench Hamiltonian...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731687/intramolecular-c-h-and-c-f-bond-oxygenation-by-site-differentiated-tetranuclear-manganese-models-of-the-oec
#16
Kurtis M Carsch, Graham de Ruiter, Theodor Agapie
The dangler manganese center in the oxygen-evolving complex (OEC) of photosystem II plays an important role in the oxidation of water to dioxygen. Inspired by the structure of the OEC, we synthesized a series of site-differentiated tetra-manganese clusters [LMn3(PhPz)3OMn][OTf]x (2: x = 2; 3: x = 1) that features an apical manganese ion-distinct from the others-that is appended to a trinuclear manganese core through an μ4-oxygen atom bridge. This cluster design was targeted to facilitate studies of high-valent Mn-oxo formation, which is a proposed step in the mechanism for water oxidation by the OEC...
July 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731683/synthesis-and-optical-properties-of-cu6e6-snph-2-pph2et-6-e-s-se-te-cluster-molecules
#17
Andreas Eichhöfer, Michael Kühn, Sergei Lebedkin, Max Kehry, Manfred M Kappes, Florian Weigend
A homologous series of three copper-tin-chalcogenide cluster molecules [Cu6E6(SnPh)2(PPh2Et)6] (E = S, Se, Te) was synthesized by reactions of CuO(O)CCH3 and PhSnCl3 with E(SiMe3)2 in the presence of PPh2Et. The cluster cage structures are similar, with slight differences in the bridging modes of the respective chalcogenide ligands E. The onset of the optical absorption displays a significant decrease of ca. 1.1 eV on going from sulfur to tellurium. The differences in bonding and electronic excitations can be rationalized by DFT and TDDFT calculations...
July 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731630/improved-pks-gene-expression-with-strong-endogenous-promoter-resulted-in-geldanamycin-yield-increase
#18
Xinran Wang, Xinjuan Ning, Qinqin Zhao, Qianjin Kang, Linquan Bai
The type I polyketide geldanamycin is a potent anti-tumor reagent. Its biosynthesis includes three steps: the biosynthesis of precursors, such as 3-amino-5-hydroxybenzoic acid (AHBA), the PKS chain extension, and the post-PKS modifications. According to the genomic and transcriptomic analysis, the PKS chain extension was deduced to be the rate-limiting step for geldanamycin production in Streptomyces hygroscopicus XM201. in order to improve the expression of PKS genes, a strong endogenous promoter 5063p was obtained based on the transcriptomic analysis and XylE enzymatic assay...
July 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731541/demography-and-genome-divergence-of-lake-and-stream-populations-of-an-east-african-cichlid-fish
#19
Bernd Egger, Marius Rösti, Astrid Böhne, Olivia Roth, Walter Salzburger
Disentangling the processes and mechanisms underlying divergent selection in diversification is facilitated by the comparative study of replicate population pairs that have diverged along a similar environmental gradient. Such a setting is realized in a cichlid fish from southern Lake Tanganyika, Astatotilapia burtoni, which occurs both within the lake proper as well as in various affluent rivers. Previous studies demonstrated that independent lake and stream populations show respectively similar adaptations to the two habitat regimes...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731497/the-effect-of-frailty-on-short-term-outcomes-after-head-and-neck-cancer-surgery
#20
Carrie L Nieman, Karen T Pitman, Anthony P Tufaro, David W Eisele, Kevin D Frick, Christine G Gourin
OBJECTIVE: To determine the relationship between frailty and comorbidity, in-hospital mortality, postoperative complications, length of hospital stay (LOS), and costs in head and neck cancer (HNCA) surgery. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional analysis. METHODS: Discharge data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample for 159,301 patients who underwent ablative surgery for a malignant oral cavity, laryngeal, hypopharyngeal, or oropharyngeal neoplasm in 2001 to 2010 was analyzed using cross-tabulations and multivariate regression modeling...
July 21, 2017: Laryngoscope
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