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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646778/the-hydrological-functioning-of-a-constructed-fen-wetland-watershed
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Scott J Ketcheson, Jonathan S Price, Owen Sutton, George Sutherland, Eric Kessel, Richard M Petrone
Mine reclamation requires the reconstruction of entire landforms and drainage systems. The hydrological regime of reclaimed landscapes will be a manifestation of the processes operating within the individual landforms that comprise it. Hydrology is the most important process regulating wetland function and development, via strong controls on chemical and biotic processes. Accordingly, this research addresses the growing and immediate need to understand the hydrological processes that operate within reconstructed landscapes following resource extraction...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646777/predicting-improved-optical-water-quality-in-rivers-resulting-from-soil-conservation-actions-on-land
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J R Dymond, R J Davies-Colley, A O Hughes, C D Matthaei
Deforestation in New Zealand has led to increased soil erosion and sediment loads in rivers. Increased suspended fine sediment in water reduces visual clarity for humans and aquatic animals and reduces penetration of photosynthetically available radiation to aquatic plants. To mitigate fine-sediment impacts in rivers, catchment-wide approaches to reducing soil erosion are required. Targeting soil conservation for reducing sediment loads in rivers is possible through existing models; however, relationships between sediment loads and sediment-related attributes of water that affect both ecology and human uses of water are poorly understood...
June 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646754/free-energy-analysis-of-cell-spreading
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Eóin McEvoy, Vikram S Deshpande, Patrick McGarry
In this study we present a steady-state adaptation of the thermodynamically motivated stress fiber (SF) model of Vigliotti et al. (2015). We implement this steady-state formulation in a non-local finite element setting where we also consider global conservation of the total number of cytoskeletal proteins within the cell, global conservation of the number of binding integrins on the cell membrane, and adhesion limiting ligand density on the substrate surface. We present a number of simulations of cell spreading in which we consider a limited subset of the possible deformed spread-states assumed by the cell in order to examine the hypothesis that free energy minimization drives the process of cell spreading...
June 7, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646722/radiation-therapy-utilization-and-outcomes-for-older-women-with-breast-cancer-impact-of-molecular-subtype-and-tumor-grade
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Waqar Haque, Denley Ming Kee Yuan, Vivek Verma, E Brian Butler, Bin S Teh, Lee Wiederhold, Sandra Hatch
BACKGROUND: Radiation therapy (RT) utilization for elderly women with respect to human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2) receptor status has not been evaluated. Our purpose was to determine differences in RT utilization and breast cancer specific survival (BCSS) for elderly breast cancer patients with distinct molecular biomarkers. METHODS: The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results database was queried for women ≥70 years of age diagnosed with T1N0M0 breast cancer between 2010 and 2013 receiving breast conservation...
June 21, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646675/conformational-regulation-of-crispr-associated-nucleases
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Ryan N Jackson, Paul Bg van Erp, Samuel H Sternberg, Blake Wiedenheft
Adaptive immune systems in bacteria and archaea rely on small CRISPR-derived RNAs (crRNAs) to guide specialized nucleases to foreign nucleic acids. The activation of these nucleases is controlled by a series of molecular checkpoints that ensure precise cleavage of nucleic acid targets, while minimizing toxic off-target cleavage events. In this review, we highlight recent advances in understanding regulatory mechanisms responsible for controlling the activation of these nucleases and identify emerging regulatory themes conserved across diverse CRISPR systems...
June 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646672/transcranial-magnetic-stimulation-to-visual-cortex-induces-suboptimal-introspection
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Megan A K Peters, Jeremy Fesi, Namema Amendi, Jeffrey D Knotts, Hakwan Lau, Tony Ro
Blindsight patients with damage to the visual cortex can discriminate objects but report no conscious visual experience. This provides an intriguing opportunity to allow the study of subjective awareness in isolation from objective performance capacity. However, blindsight is rare, so one promising way to induce the effect in neurologically intact observers is to apply transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to the visual cortex. Here, we used a recently-developed criterion-free method to conclusively rule out an important alternative interpretation of TMS-induced performance without awareness: that TMS-induced blindsight may be just due to conservative reporting biases for conscious perception...
June 2, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646648/natural-history-of-a-viral-cohesive-end-site-cosn-of-the-%C3%AE-like-phages
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Nicole Vahanian, Choon Seok Oh, Jean Sippy, Michael Feiss
The base pairs of cosN, the site where the 12 base-long cohesive ends are generated in λ-like phages, show partial-two fold rotational symmetry. In a bioinformatic survey, we found that the cosN changes in 12 natural cosN variants are restricted to bp 6-to-12 of the cohesive end sequence. In contrast, bp 1-5 of the cohesive end sequence are strictly conserved (13/13), as are the two bp flanking the left nicking site (bp -2 and -1). The bp flanking the right nick site (bp 13 and 14) are conserved in 12 of 13 variants...
June 21, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646574/a-novel-habitat-based-approach-to-predict-impacts-of-marine-protected-areas-on-fishers
#8
João B Teixeira, Rodrigo L Moura, Morena Mills, Carissa Klein, Christopher J Brown, Vanessa M Adams, Hedley Grantham, Matthew Watts, Deborah Faria, Gilberto M Amado-Filho, Alex C Bastos, Reinaldo Lourival, Hugh P Possingham
While marine protected areas (MPAs) can simultaneously contribute to biodiversity conservation and fisheries management, the global network is biased towards particular ecosystem types, as it was largely established in an ad hoc fashion. The optimization of trade-offs between biodiversity benefits and socio-economic values increases implementation success and minimizes enforcement costs in the long run, but is often neglected in marine spatial planning (MSP). Although the acquisition of spatially explicit socioeconomic data is often perceived as a costly/secondary step in MSP, it is critical to account for lost opportunities by people whose activities will be restricted, especially fishers...
June 24, 2017: Conservation Biology: the Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646525/preliminary-characterization-of-putative-structural-cuticular-proteins-in-the-malaria-vector-anopheles-sinensis
#9
Dan Zhou, Baiyun Duan, Yan Sun, Lei Ma, Changliang Zhu, Bo Shen
BACKGROUND: The insect cuticle protects against environmental stresses such as insecticides, physical injury, dehydration and pathogenic microorganisms. Structural cuticular proteins (CPs) are the primary components, and are of interest for physiology-based pest management methods. Anopheles sinensis CPs are poorly characterised at present, therefore we performed whole genome sequence analysis and re-analysed available transcriptome data to identify potential insecticide resistance-associated CPs...
June 23, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646465/delayed-complications-of-deep-brain-stimulation-16-year-experience-in-249-patients
#10
Gustavo Fernández-Pajarín, A Sesar, B Ares, J L Relova, E Arán, M Gelabert-González, A Castro
BACKGROUND: Over the years, most of the deep brain stimulation (DBS) complications described have been mainly related to the surgery itself or the stimulation. Only a few authors have dealt with chronic complications or complications due to implanted material. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed complications beyond the 1st month after surgery in 249 patients undergoing DBS at our site for 16 years, with 321 interventions overall. RESULTS: Our results show that infection is the most frequent delayed complication (12...
June 24, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646345/increasing-utilization-of-regional-nodal-irradiation-in-elderly-node-positive-women-and-declining-emphasis-on-demographic-factors
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Jason K Molitoris, Tejan Diwanji, James W Snider, Emily C Bellavance, Susan B Kesmodel, Paula Rosenblatt, Katherine Tkaczuk, Soren M Bentzen, Randi J Cohen, Elizabeth M Nichols, Sally B Cheston, Steven J Feigenberg
PURPOSE: To evaluate the practice patterns for the use of regional nodal irradiation (RNI) in treatment of elderly women with low volume node-positive breast cancer in the setting of breast conservation surgery (BCS). METHODS: Women aged 70-89 diagnosed with unilateral, pathologic T1-2N1M0 breast cancer from 2004 to 2013, who underwent BCS and received radiotherapy were identified from the National Cancer Database. In 2011, two major trials were presented that helped define indications for RNI...
June 23, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646214/structural-and-biochemical-studies-of-sulphotransferase-18-from-arabidopsis-thaliana-explain-its-substrate-specificity-and-reaction-mechanism
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Felix Hirschmann, Florian Krause, Petra Baruch, Igor Chizhov, Jonathan Wolf Mueller, Dietmar J Manstein, Jutta Papenbrock, Roman Fedorov
Sulphotransferases are a diverse group of enzymes catalysing the transfer of a sulfuryl group from 3'-phosphoadenosine 5'-phosphosulphate (PAPS) to a broad range of secondary metabolites. They exist in all kingdoms of life. In Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh. twenty-two sulphotransferase (SOT) isoforms were identified. Three of those are involved in glucosinolate (Gl) biosynthesis, glycosylated sulphur-containing aldoximes containing chemically different side chains, whose break-down products are involved in stress response against herbivores, pathogens, and abiotic stress...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646210/identification-of-introns-harboring-functional-sequence-elements-through-positional-conservation
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Michal Chorev, Alan Joseph Bekker, Jacob Goldberger, Liran Carmel
Many human introns carry out a function, in the sense that they are critical to maintain normal cellular activity. Their identification is fundamental to understanding cellular processes and disease. However, being noncoding elements, such functional introns are poorly predicted based on traditional approaches of sequence and structure conservation. Here, we generated a dataset of human functional introns that carry out different types of functions. We showed that functional introns share common characteristics, such as higher positional conservation along the coding sequence and reduced loss rates, regardless of their specific function...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646169/improving-dialysis-adherence-for-high-risk-patients-using-automated-messaging-proof-of-concept
#14
A Som, J Groenendyk, T An, K Patel, R Peters, G Polites, W R Ross
Comorbidities and socioeconomic barriers often limit patient adherence and self-management with hemodialysis. Missed sessions, often associated with communication barriers, can result in emergency dialysis and avoidable hospitalizations. This proof of concept study explored using a novel digital-messaging platform, EpxDialysis, to improve patient-to-dialysis center communication via widely available text messaging and telephone technology. A randomized controlled trial was conducted through Washington University-affiliated hemodialysis centers involving ESRD patients with poor attendance, defined as missing 2-6 sessions over the preceding 12 weeks...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646110/the-mcm2-7-interacting-domain-of-human-mini-chromosome-maintenance-10-mcm10-protein-is-important-for-stable-chromatin-association-and-origin-firing
#15
Masako Izumi, Takeshi Mizuno, Ken-Ichiro Yanagi, Kazuto Sugimura, Katsuzumi Okumura, Naoko Imamoto, Tomoko Abe, Fumio Hanaoka
The protein mini-chromosome maintenance 10 (Mcm10) was originally identified as an essential yeast protein in the maintenance of mini-chromosome plasmids. Subsequently, Mcm10 has been shown to be required for both initiation and elongation during chromosomal DNA replication. However, it is not fully understood how the multiple functions of Mcm10 are coordinated or how Mcm10 interacts with other factors at replication forks. Here, we identified and characterized the Mcm2-7-interacting domain in human Mcm10. The interaction with Mcm2-7 required the Mcm10 domain that contained amino acids 530-655, which overlapped with the domain required for the stable retention of Mcm10 on chromatin...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646074/divergence-of-the-floral-a-function-between-an-asterid-and-a-rosid-species
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Patrice Morel, Klaas Heijmans, Frederique Rozier, Jan Zethof, Sophy Chamot, Suzanne Rodrigues Bento, Aurelie Vialette-Guiraud, Pierre Chambrier, Trehin Christophe, Michiel Vandenbussche
The ABC model is widely used as a genetic framework for understanding floral development and evolution. In this model, the A-function is required for the development of sepals and petals and to antagonize the C-function in the outer floral whorls. In the rosid species Arabidopsis thaliana, the AP2-type AP2 transcription factor represents a major A-function protein, but how the A-function is encoded in other species is not well understood. Here we show that in the asterid species petunia (Petunia hybrida), AP2B/BLIND ENHANCER (BEN) confines the C-function to the inner petunia floral whorls, in parallel with the microRNA BLIND...
June 23, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645977/vitamin-d-status-and-associated-factors-among-portuguese-older-adults-results-from-the-nutrition-up-65-cross-sectional-study
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Alejandro Santos, Teresa F Amaral, Rita S Guerra, Ana S Sousa, Luisa Álvares, Pedro Moreira, Patrícia Padrão, Cláudia Afonso, Nuno Borges
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate vitamin D status and its associated factors in Portuguese older adults from the Nutrition UP 65 study. DESIGN: Cross-sectional observational study. PARTICIPANTS AND METHODS: Nationwide cluster sample of 1500 Portuguese subjects ≥65 years old. Participants were classified, according to US Institute of Medicine cut-offs, as presenting normal 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) levels (≥50.0 nmol/L), at risk of inadequacy (30...
June 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645976/a-combined-randomised-and-observational-study-of-surgery-for-fractures-in-the-distal-radius-in-the-elderly-crossfire-a-study-protocol
#18
Ian A Harris, Justine M Naylor, Andrew Lawson, Rachelle Buchbinder, Rebecca Ivers, Zsolt Balogh, Paul Smith, Rajat Mittal, Wei Xuan, Kirsten Howard, Arezoo Vafa, Piers Yates, Bertram Rieger, Geoff Smith, Ilia Elkinson, Woosung Kim, Mellick Chehade, Jai Sungaran, Kim Latendresse, James Wong, Sameer Viswanathan, Martin Richardson, Kush Shrestha, Herwig Drobetz, Phong Tran, Jeremy Loveridge, Richard Page, Raphael Hau, Roger Bingham, Jonathan Mulford, Ian Incoll
Fractures of the distal radius are common and occur in all age groups. The incidence is high in older populations due to osteoporosis and increased falls risk. Considerable practice variation exists in the management of distal radius fractures in older patients ranging from closed reduction with cast immobilisation to open reduction with plate fixation. Plating is currently the most common surgical treatment. While there is evidence showing no significant advantage for some forms of surgical fixation over conservative treatment, and no difference between different surgical techniques, there is a lack of evidence comparing two of the most common treatments used: closed reduction and casting versus plating...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645918/phosphorylation-of-argonaute-proteins-affects-mrna-binding-and-is-essential-for-microrna-guided-gene-silencing-in%C3%A2-vivo
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Miguel Quévillon Huberdeau, Daniela M Zeitler, Judith Hauptmann, Astrid Bruckmann, Lucile Fressigné, Johannes Danner, Sandra Piquet, Nicholas Strieder, Julia C Engelmann, Guillaume Jannot, Rainer Deutzmann, Martin J Simard, Gunter Meister
Argonaute proteins associate with microRNAs and are key components of gene silencing pathways. With such a pivotal role, these proteins represent ideal targets for regulatory post-translational modifications. Using quantitative mass spectrometry, we find that a C-terminal serine/threonine cluster is phosphorylated at five different residues in human and Caenorhabditis elegans In human, hyper-phosphorylation does not affect microRNA binding, localization, or cleavage activity of Ago2. However, mRNA binding is strongly affected...
June 23, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645886/uterovaginal-anastomosis-for-cases-of-cryptomenorrhea-due-to-cervical-atresia-with-vaginal-aplasia-benefits-and-risks
#20
M A Zayed, R F Khalil, K A Elsetohy, A T Hashem, A A AbdAllah, A I Fathi
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to assess short term benefits and risks of utero-vaginal anastomosis done for cases of cryptomenorrhea due to cervical atresia with vaginal aplasia. DESIGN: prospective study SETTING: Surgical operations were done between December 2013 and September 2015 at the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cairo University Hospital. PARTICIPANTS: Five patients who had cryptomenorrhea due to cervical atresia associated with vaginal aplasia were included...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology
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