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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646796/organic-matter-drives-high-interannual-variability-in-methylmercury-concentrations-in-a-subarctic-coastal-sea
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A L Soerensen, A T Schartup, A Skrobonja, E Björn
Levels of neurotoxic methylmercury (MeHg) in phytoplankton are strongly associated with water MeHg concentrations. Because uptake by phytoplankton is the first and largest step of bioaccumulation in aquatic food webs many studies have investigated factors driving seasonal changes in water MeHg concentrations. Organic matter (OM) is widely accepted as an important driver of MeHg production and uptake by phytoplankton but is also known for strong interannual variability in concentration and composition within systems...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646794/dexibuprofen-prevents-neurodegeneration-and-cognitive-decline-in-appswe-ps1de9-through-multiple-signaling-pathways
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Miren Ettcheto, Elena Sánchez-López, Laura Pons, Oriol Busquets, Jordi Olloquequi, Carlos Beas-Zarate, Merce Pallas, Maria Luisa García, Carme Auladell, Jaume Folch, Antoni Camins
The aim of the present study is to elucidate the neuronal pathways associated to NSAIDs causing a reduction of the risk and progression of Alzheimer's disease. The research was developed administering the active enantiomer of ibuprofen, dexibuprofen (DXI), in order to reduce associated gastric toxicity. DXI was administered from three to six-month-old female APPswe/PS1dE9 mice as a model of familial Alzheimer's disease. DXI treatment reduced the activation of glial cells and the cytokine release involved in the neurodegenerative process, especially TNFα...
June 15, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646734/investigating-articulated-heavy-vehicle-crashes-in-western-australia-using-a-spatial-approach
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Ori Gudes, Richard Varhol, Qian Chayn Sun, Lynn Meuleners
BACKGROUND: Recent developments in Western Australia's economy including widespread traffic congestion as well as road safety issues are increasingly becoming prominent. Previous studies relied on traditional statistical methods to investigate patterns and characteristics of motor vehicle crashes. Although useful, statistical analysis alone is incapable of providing a spatial context and is therefore unable to associate existing crash characteristics with a spatial distribution. AIMS: To identify concentrations or "hotspots" of articulated heavy vehicle crashes in WA between the years 2001-2013, by using a spatial analysis approach...
June 21, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646674/a-multimodal-spatiotemporal-cardiac-motion-atlas-from-mr-and-ultrasound-data
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Esther Puyol-Antón, Matthew Sinclair, Bernhard Gerber, Mihaela Silvia Amzulescu, Hélène Langet, Mathieu De Craene, Paul Aljabar, Paolo Piro, Andrew P King
Cardiac motion atlases provide a space of reference in which the motions of a cohort of subjects can be directly compared. Motion atlases can be used to learn descriptors that are linked to different pathologies and which can subsequently be used for diagnosis. To date, all such atlases have been formed and applied using data from the same modality. In this work we propose a framework to build a multimodal cardiac motion atlas from 3D magnetic resonance (MR) and 3D ultrasound (US) data. Such an atlas will benefit from the complementary motion features derived from the two modalities, and furthermore, it could be applied in clinics to detect cardiovascular disease using US data alone...
June 13, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646611/prediction-in-ecology-a-first-principles-framework
#5
Michael C Dietze
Quantitative predictions are ubiquitous in ecology, yet there is limited discussion on the nature of prediction in this field. Herein I derive a general quantitative framework for analyzing and partitioning the sources of uncertainty that control predictability. The implications of this framework are assessed conceptually and linked to classic questions in ecology, such as the relative importance of endogenous (density dependent) versus exogenous factors, stability versus drift, and the spatial scaling of processes...
June 24, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646574/a-novel-habitat-based-approach-to-predict-impacts-of-marine-protected-areas-on-fishers
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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/28646561/pathways-to-arithmetic-fact-retrieval-and-percentage-calculation-in-adolescents
#7
Ulf Träff, Kenny Skagerlund, Linda Olsson, Rickard Östergren
BACKGROUND: Developing sufficient mathematical skills is a prerequisite to function adequately in society today. Given this, an important task is to increase our understanding regarding the cognitive mechanisms underlying young people's acquisition of early number skills and formal mathematical knowledge. AIMS: The purpose was to examine whether the pathways to mathematics model provides a valid account of the cognitive mechanisms underlying symbolic-number processing and mathematics in adolescents...
June 23, 2017: British Journal of Educational Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646189/heterogeneous-environments-shape-invader-impacts-integrating-environmental-structural-and-functional-effects-by-isoscapes-and-remote-sensing
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Christine Hellmann, André Große-Stoltenberg, Jan Thiele, Jens Oldeland, Christiane Werner
Spatial heterogeneity of ecosystems crucially influences plant performance, while in return plant feedbacks on their environment may increase heterogeneous patterns. This is of particular relevance for exotic plant invaders that transform native ecosystems, yet, approaches integrating geospatial information of environmental heterogeneity and plant-plant interaction are lacking. Here, we combined remotely sensed information of site topography and vegetation cover with a functional tracer of the N cycle, δ(15)N...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
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/28645845/the-feature-weighted-receptive-field-an-interpretable-encoding-model-for-complex-feature-spaces
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Ghislain St-Yves, Thomas Naselaris
We introduce the feature-weighted receptive field (fwRF), an encoding model designed to balance expressiveness, interpretability and scalability. The fwRFis organized around the notion of a feature map-a transformation of visual stimuli into visual features that preserves the topology of visual space (but not necessarily the native resolution of the stimulus). The key assumption of the fwRFmodel is that activity in each voxel encodes variation in a spatially localized region across multiple feature maps. This region is fixed for all feature maps; however, the contribution of each feature map to voxel activity is weighted...
June 20, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645746/cortical-aquaporin-4-in-relation-to-brain-oedema-and-neurological-function-of-cortical-cryo-injured-mice
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Edmond Jonathan Gandham, Prabhakaran Vasudevan, Ranjith K Moorthy, Kesavan Narasimhan, Muthukumar Murthy, Grace Rebekah, Vedantam Rajshekhar
To estimate the spatial and temporal expression of Aquaporin-4 (AQP-4) in a murine model of automated cerebral cryoinjury and correlate AQP-4 expression with development of brain oedema and neurological function. AQP-4 levels were determined quantitatively by Western blots at site of injury and at sites adjacent to and distant from injury in brains of cryoinjured (experimental) (n=18), sham injured (n=18) & normal mice at 24, 48, 72h post injury. AQP-4 expression was correlated with percentage water content of brain, Neurological Severity Score (NSS) and rotarod scores...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645697/clinical-high-resolution-mapping-of-the-proteoglycan-bound-water-fraction-in-articular-cartilage-of-the-human-knee-joint
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Mustapha Bouhrara, David A Reiter, Kyle W Sexton, Christopher M Bergeron, Linda M Zukley, Richard G Spencer
PURPOSE: We applied a recently introduced method to achieve clinically-feasible in-vivo mapping of the proteoglycan water fraction (PgWF) of human knee cartilage with improved spatial resolution and stability as compared to existing methods. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Multicomponent driven equilibrium single-pulse observation of T1 and T2 (mcDESPOT) datasets were acquired from the knees of two healthy young subjects and one older subject with previous knee injury. Each dataset was processed using Bayesian Monte Carlo (BMC) analysis incorporating a two-component tissue model...
June 20, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645186/igf-i-gene-therapy-in-aging-rats-modulates-hippocampal-genes-relevant-to-memory-function
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Joaquín Pardo, Martin C Abba, Ezequiel Lacunza, Olalekan M Ogundele, Isabel Paiva, Gustavo R Morel, Tiago F Outeiro, Rodolfo G Goya
In rats, learning and memory performance decline during normal aging, which makes this rodent species a suitable model to evaluate therapeutic strategies. In aging rats, insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I), is known to significantly improve spatial memory accuracy as compared to control counterparts. A constellation of gene expression changes underlie the hippocampal phenotype of aging but no studies on the effects of IGF-I on the hippocampal transcriptome of old rodents have been documented. Here, we assessed the effects of IGF-I gene therapy on spatial memory performance in old female rats and compared them with changes in the hippocampal transcriptome...
June 22, 2017: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645155/features-of-genomic-organization-in-a-nucleotide-resolution-molecular-model-of-the-escherichia-coli-chromosome
#14
William C Hacker, Shuxiang Li, Adrian H Elcock
We describe structural models of the Escherichia coli chromosome in which the positions of all 4.6 million nucleotides of each DNA strand are resolved. Models consistent with two basic chromosomal orientations, differing in their positioning of the origin of replication, have been constructed. In both types of model, the chromosome is partitioned into plectoneme-abundant and plectoneme-free regions, with plectoneme lengths and branching patterns matching experimental distributions, and with spatial distributions of highly-transcribed chromosomal regions matching recent experimental measurements of the distribution of RNA polymerases...
June 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645069/controlled-single-bubble-cavitation-collapse-results-in-jet-induced-injury-in-brain-tissue
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Saranya Canchi, Karen Kelly, Yu Hong, Michael A King, Ghatu Subhash, Malisa Sarntinoranont
Multiscale damage due to cavitation is considered as a potential mechanism of traumatic brain injury (TBI) associated with explosion. In this study, we employed a TBI relevant hippocampal ex vivo slice model to induce bubble cavitation. Placement of single reproducible seed bubbles allowed control of size, number, and tissue location to visualize and measure deformation parameters. Maximum strain value was measured at 45 µs after bubble collapse, presented with a distinct contour and coincided temporally and spatially with the liquid jet...
June 15, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644998/olfactory-identification-deficit-predicts-white-matter-tract-impairment-in-alzheimer-s-disease
#16
Matthew R Woodward, Michael G Dwyer, Niels Bergsland, Jesper Hagemeier, Robert Zivadinov, Ralph Hb Benedict, Kinga Szigeti
Olfactory identification deficit (OID) has been associated with both aging and Alzheimer's disease (AD). In the context of an amnestic disorders, OID predicts conversion to AD. Neuroanatomical correlates could increase specificity and sensitivity and elucidate the mechanistic differences between OID in AD and aging. Cross-sectional analysis of white matter microstructural changes was performed using diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and tract-based-spatial-statistics in amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI), AD and normal controls (NC) in 66 subjects (26 AD, 15 aMCI, 25 NC)...
June 9, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644882/a-spatially-explicit-risk-assessment-approach-cetaceans-and-marine-traffic-in-the-pelagos-sanctuary-mediterranean-sea
#17
Maria Grazia Pennino, Antonella Arcangeli, Vinícius Prado Fonseca, Ilaria Campana, Graham J Pierce, Andrea Rotta, Jose Maria Bellido
Spatially explicit risk assessment is an essential component of Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), which provides a comprehensive framework for managing multiple uses of the marine environment, minimizing environmental impacts and conflicts among users. In this study, we assessed the risk of the exposure to high intensity vessel traffic areas for the three most abundant cetacean species (Stenella coeruleoalba, Tursiops truncatus and Balaenoptera physalus) in the southern area of the Pelagos Sanctuary, which is the only pelagic Marine Protected Area (MPA) for marine mammals in the Mediterranean Sea...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644797/spatiotemporal-gmm-for-background-subtraction-with-superpixel-hierarchy
#18
Mingliang Chen, Xing Wei, Qingxiong Yang, Qing Li, Gang Wang, Ming-Hsuan Yang
We propose a background subtraction algorithm using hierarchical superpixel segmentation, spanning trees and optical flow. First, we generate superpixel segmentation trees using a number of Gaussian Mixture Models (GMMs) by treating each GMM as one vertex to construct spanning trees. Next, we use the M-smoother to enhance the spatial consistency on the spanning trees and estimate optical flow to extend the M-smoother to the temporal domain. Experimental results on synthetic and real-world benchmark datasets show that the proposed algorithm performs favorably for background subtraction in videos against the state-of-the-art methods in spite of frequent and sudden changes of pixel values...
June 21, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644670/effective-forces-between-quantum-bound-states
#19
Alexander Rokash, Evgeny Epelbaum, Hermann Krebs, Dean Lee
Recent ab initio lattice studies have found that the interactions between alpha particles (^{4}He nuclei) are sensitive to seemingly minor details of the nucleon-nucleon force, such as interaction locality. In order to uncover the essential physics of this puzzling phenomenon without unnecessary complications, we study a simple model involving two-component fermions in one spatial dimension. We probe the interaction between two bound dimers for several different particle-particle interactions and measure an effective potential between the dimers using external point potentials which act as numerical tweezers...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644579/pairing-field-methods-to-improve-inference-in-wildlife-surveys-while-accommodating-detection-covariance
#20
John Clare, Shawn T McKinney, John E DePue, Cynthia S Loftin
It is common to use multiple field sampling methods when implementing wildlife surveys to compare method efficacy or cost-efficiency, integrate distinct pieces of information provided by separate methods, or evaluate method-specific biases and misclassification error. Existing models that combine information from multiple field methods or sampling devices permit rigorous comparison of method-specific detection parameters, enable estimation of additional parameters such as false-positive detection probability, and improve occurrence or abundance estimates, but with the assumption that the separate sampling methods produce detections independently of one another...
June 23, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
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