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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221374/climate-change-perils-for-dioecious-plant-species
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Kevin R Hultine, Kevin C Grady, Troy E Wood, Stephen M Shuster, John C Stella, Thomas G Whitham
Climate change, particularly increased aridity, poses a significant threat to plants and the biotic communities they support. Dioecious species may be especially vulnerable to climate change given that they often exhibit spatial segregation of the sexes, reinforced by physiological and morphological specialization of each sex to different microhabitats. In dimorphic species, the overexpression of a trait by one gender versus the other may become suppressed in future climates. Data suggest that males will generally be less sensitive to increased aridity than co-occurring females and, consequently, extreme male-biased sex ratios are possible in a significant number of populations...
August 2, 2016: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220989/global-and-local-mechanisms-sustain-axonal-proteostasis-of-transmembrane-proteins
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Víctor Hugo Cornejo, Alejandro Luarte, Andrés Couve
The control of neuronal protein homeostasis or proteostasis is tightly regulated both spatially and temporally, assuring accurate and integrated responses to external or intrinsic stimuli. Local or autonomous responses in dendritic and axonal compartments are crucial to sustain function during development, physiology and in response to damage or disease. Axons are responsible for generating and propagating electrical impulses in neurons, and the establishment and maintenance of their molecular composition are subject to extreme constraints exerted by length and size...
February 21, 2017: Traffic
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220759/musculoskeletal-model-based-control-interface-mimics-physiologic-hand-dynamics-during-path-tracing-task
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Dustin Lee Crouch, Helen Huang
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the feasibility of a novel, customizable, simplified EMG-driven musculoskeletal model for estimating coordinated hand and wrist motions during a real-time path tracing task. APPROACH: A two-degree-of-freedom (DOF) computational musculoskeletal model was implemented for real-time EMG-driven control of a stick figure hand displayed on a computer screen. After 5 to 10 minutes of undirected practice, subjects were given 3 attempts to trace 10 straight paths, one at a time, with the fingertip of the virtual hand...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220187/-emergency-medical-training-through-simulation-always-the-same-for-everyone
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A Schaumberg, T Schröder, M Sander
Simulation assumes a growing importance in the field of emergency medical education. Many rescue service schools work with simulators or even have their own simulation center. Classic resuscitation training in the classroom is increasingly being replaced by realistic case scenarios. But simulators themselves do not train! Using a simulator in emergency medical training does not necessarily mean achieving sustained learning success among the participants. Depending on the skills, abilities or competences being taught, there seems to be different requirements for simulation...
February 20, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216474/the-long-term-effect-of-transradial-coronary-catheterisation-on-upper-limb-function
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Maarten A H van Leeuwen, Dirk J van der Heijden, Jailen Hermie, Mattie J Lenzen, Ruud W Selles, Marco J P F Ritt, Ferdinand Kiemeneij, Felix Zijlstra, Nicolas M Van Mieghem, Niels van Royen
AIMS: Anatomic and physiologic changes that are induced by radial access may lead to a decrease of upper limb function at long-term follow-up; however, this has never been studied. We aimed to study the long-term effect of transradial catheterisation on upper limb function. METHODS AND RESULTS: Between January 2013 and April 2014, upper limb function was assessed in a total of 348 patients with complete one-year follow-up after coronary catheterisation. Upper limb function was assessed with the self-reported shortened version of the DASH questionnaire...
February 20, 2017: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215555/intertidal-pool-fish-girella-laevifrons-kyphosidae-shown-strong-physiological-homeostasis-but-shy-personality-the-cost-of-living-in-hypercapnic-habitats
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S Benítez, C Duarte, T Opitz, N A Lagos, J M Pulgar, C A Vargas, M A Lardies
Tide pools habitats are naturally exposed to a high degree of environmental variability. The consequences of living in these extreme habitats are not well established. In particular, little it is known about of the effects of hypercanic seawater (i.e. high pCO2 levels) on marine vertebrates such as intertidal pool fish. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of increased pCO2 on the physiology and behavior in juveniles of the intertidal pool fish Girella laevifrons. Two nominal pCO2 concentrations (400 and 1600μatm) were used...
February 16, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211795/a-murine-model-of-a-novel-surgical-architecture-for-proprioceptive-muscle-feedback-and-its-potential-application-to-control-of-advanced-limb-prostheses
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Tyler R Clites, Matthew Carty, Shriya Srinivasan, Anthony Zorzos, Hugh Herr
<i>Objective:</i> Proprioceptive mechanisms play a critical role in both reflexive and volitional lower extremity control. Significant strides have been made in the development of bionic limbs that are capable of bi-directional communication with the peripheral nervous system, but none of these systems have been capable of providing physiologically-relevant muscle-based proprioceptive feedback through natural neural pathways. In this study, we present the Agonist-antagonist Myoplastic Interface (AMI), a surgical approach with the capacity to provide graded kinesthetic feedback from a prosthesis through mechanical activation of native mechanoreceptors within residual agonist-antagonist muscle pairs...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207738/testing-the-limits-of-gradient-sensing
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Vinal Lakhani, Timothy C Elston
The ability to detect a chemical gradient is fundamental to many cellular processes. In multicellular organisms gradient sensing plays an important role in many physiological processes such as wound healing and development. Unicellular organisms use gradient sensing to move (chemotaxis) or grow (chemotropism) towards a favorable environment. Some cells are capable of detecting extremely shallow gradients, even in the presence of significant molecular-level noise. For example, yeast have been reported to detect pheromone gradients as shallow as 0...
February 16, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206708/physiological-metabolic-and-biotechnological-features-of-extremely-thermophilic-microorganisms
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James A Counts, Benjamin M Zeldes, Laura L Lee, Christopher T Straub, Michael W W Adams, Robert M Kelly
The current upper thermal limit for life as we know it is approximately 120°C. Microorganisms that grow optimally at temperatures of 75°C and above are usually referred to as 'extreme thermophiles' and include both bacteria and archaea. For over a century, there has been great scientific curiosity in the basic tenets that support life in thermal biotopes on earth and potentially on other solar bodies. Extreme thermophiles can be aerobes, anaerobes, autotrophs, heterotrophs, or chemolithotrophs, and are found in diverse environments including shallow marine fissures, deep sea hydrothermal vents, terrestrial hot springs-basically, anywhere there is hot water...
February 16, 2017: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Systems Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203208/changes-in-heart-rate-variability-recorded-in-natural-situation-with-t-shirt-integrated-sensors-and-level-of-observed-behavioral-excitation-a-pilot-study-of-patients-with-intellectual-disabilities-and-psychiatric-disorders
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Julie Palix, Michel Akselrod, Charly Cungi, Fabienne Giuliani, Jérôme Favrod
BACKGROUND: The present study investigates the possibilities of using heart rate variability (HRV) parameters as physiological markers that precede increase in observed behavioral excitation of intellectually disabled individuals. The ability to recognize or predict such patterns, especially in patients showing unpredictable reactions and language deficiencies, might be a major step forward in clinical research. METHOD: Thirteen volunteers with intellectual disabilities, who had suffered of at least one event of overt aggression in the preceding 3 months, participated to the study...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202600/neoteny-prolongation-of-youth-from-naked-mole-rats-to-naked-apes-humans
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Vladimir P Skulachev, Susanne Holtze, Mikhail Y Vyssokikh, Lora E Bakeeva, Maxim V Skulachev, Alexander V Markov, Thomas B Hildebrandt, Viktor A Sadovnichii
It has been suggested that highly social mammals, such as naked mole rats and humans, are long-lived due to neoteny (the prolongation of youth). In both species, aging cannot operate as a mechanism facilitating natural selection because the pressure of this selection is strongly reduced due to 1) a specific social structure where only the "queen" and her "husband(s)" are involved in reproduction (naked mole rats) or 2) substituting fast technological progress for slow biological evolution (humans). Lists of numerous traits of youth that do not disappear with age in naked mole rats and humans are presented and discussed...
April 2017: Physiological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202597/histone-lysine-to-methionine-mutations-reduce-histone-methylation-and-cause-developmental-pleiotropy
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Dean Sanders, Shuiming Qian, Rachael Fieweger, Li Lu, James A Dowell, John M Denu, Xuehua Zhong
Epigenetic modifications play critical roles in diverse biological processes. Histone lysine to methionine (K-to-M) mutations act as gain-of-function mutations to inhibit a wide range of histone methyltransferases and are thought to promote tumorigenesis. However, it is largely unknown whether K-to-M mutations impact development at the whole organismal level. Using Arabidopsis as a model system, we discovered that a transgene exogenously expressing histone 3 lysine 36 to methionine mutation (K36M) acts in a dominant negative manner to cause global reduction of H3K36 methylation...
February 15, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202583/acoustic-measurements-of-post-dive-cardiac-responses-in-southern-elephant-seals-mirounga-leonina-during-surfacing-at-sea
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Louise Day, Joffrey Jouma'a, Julien Bonnel, Christophe Guinet
Measuring physiological data in free-ranging marine mammals remains challenging, owing to their far-ranging foraging habitat. Yet, it is important to understand how these divers recover from effort expended underwater, as marine mammals can perform deep and recurrent dives. Among them, southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) are one of the most extreme divers, diving continuously at great depth and for long duration while travelling over large distances within the Southern Ocean. To determine how they manage post-dive recovery, we deployed hydrophones on four post-breeding female southern elephant seals...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197128/drivers-of-bacterial-maintenance-and-minimal-energy-requirements
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Christopher P Kempes, Peter M van Bodegom, David Wolpert, Eric Libby, Jan Amend, Tori Hoehler
Microbes maintain themselves through a variety of processes. Several of these processes can be reduced or shut down entirely when resource availability declines. In pure culture conditions with ample substrate supply, a relationship between the maximum growth rate and the energy invested in maintenance has been reported widely. However, at the other end of the resources spectrum, bacteria are so extremely limited by energy that no growth occurs and metabolism is constrained to the most essential functions only...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196547/validation-of-a-mathematical-model-of-the-bovine-estrous-cycle-for-cows-with-different-estrous-cycle-characteristics
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H M T Boer, S T Butler, C Stötzel, M F W Te Pas, R F Veerkamp, H Woelders
A recently developed mechanistic mathematical model of the bovine estrous cycle was parameterized to fit empirical data sets collected during one estrous cycle of 31 individual cows, with the main objective to further validate the model. The a priori criteria for validation were (1) the resulting model can simulate the measured data correctly (i.e. goodness of fit), and (2) this is achieved without needing extreme, probably non-physiological parameter values. We used a least squares optimization procedure to identify parameter configurations for the mathematical model to fit the empirical in vivo measurements of follicle and corpus luteum sizes, and the plasma concentrations of progesterone, estradiol, FSH and LH for each cow...
February 15, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195969/acute-mesenteric-ischemia-among-postcardiac-surgery-patients-presenting-with-multiple-organ-failure
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Alexis Guillaume, Sébastien Pili-Floury, Sidney Chocron, Eric Delabrousse, Bénédicte De Parseval, Stephane Koch, Emmanuel Samain, Gilles Capellier, Gaël Piton
BACKGROUND: Acute mesenteric ischemia (AMI) is a rare but severe complication after cardiac surgery. However, AMI is likely to be more frequent in the subgroup of patients presenting with multiple organ failure after a cardiac surgery. The primary objective of this study was to identify AMI risk factors among patients requiring intensive care unit (ICU) admission after cardiac surgery. METHODS: Retrospective observational study of all the patients requiring admission to two ICUs in a large university hospital after a cardiac surgery procedure...
March 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194139/1-10-phenanthroline-5-6-dione-based-compounds-are-effective-in-disturbing-crucial-physiological-events-of-phialophora-verrucosa
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Marcela Queiroz Granato, Diego de Souza Gonçalves, Sergio Henrique Seabra, Malachy McCann, Michael Devereux, André Luis Souza Dos Santos, Lucimar Ferreira Kneipp
Phialophora verrucosa is a dematiaceous fungus able to cause chromoblastomycosis, phaeohyphomycosis and mycetoma. All these fungal diseases are extremely difficult to treat and often refractory to the current therapeutic approaches. Therefore, there is an urgent necessity to develop new antifungal agents to combat these mycoses. In this context, the aim of the present work was to investigate the effect of 1,10-phenanthroline-5,6-dione (phendione) and its metal-based derivatives [Ag(phendione)2]ClO4 = ([Ag(phendione)2](+)) and [Cu(phendione)3](ClO4)2...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193891/mapping-evaporative-water-loss-in-desert-passerines-reveals-an-expanding-threat-of-lethal-dehydration
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Thomas P Albright, Denis Mutiibwa, Alexander R Gerson, Eric Krabbe Smith, William A Talbot, Jacqueline J O'Neill, Andrew E McKechnie, Blair O Wolf
Extreme high environmental temperatures produce a variety of consequences for wildlife, including mass die-offs. Heat waves are increasing in frequency, intensity, and extent, and are projected to increase further under climate change. However, the spatial and temporal dynamics of die-off risk are poorly understood. Here, we examine the effects of heat waves on evaporative water loss (EWL) and survival in five desert passerine birds across the southwestern United States using a combination of physiological data, mechanistically informed models, and hourly geospatial temperature data...
February 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193445/endovascular-management-for-peripheral-arterial-trauma-the-new-norm
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Anand Ganapathy, Ahmed F Khouqeer, S Robb Todd, Joseph L Mills, Ramyar Gilani
BACKGROUND: Endovascular therapy is well studied in atraumatic conditions; and there appears to be a growing interest in its application to traumatic injuries. The objective of this study is to compare open and endovascular techniques in the management of peripheral arterial trauma. METHODS: This is a retrospective review of patients admitted to a Level I Trauma Center sustaining injuries to the subclavian, axillary, superficial femoral, and popliteal arteries. Demographics, surgical interventions, complications, and clinical outcomes were evaluated in patients requiring open or endovascular repair between 2009 and 2015...
February 4, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193013/highly-specific-and-ultrasensitive-two-photon-fluorescence-imaging-of-native-hocl-in-lysosomes-and-tissues-based-on-thiocarbamate-derivatives
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Baocun Zhu, Ping Li, Wei Shu, Xin Wang, Caiyun Liu, Yue Wang, Zuokai Wang, Yawei Wang, Bo Tang
Hypochlorous acid (HOCl) acts as a weak acid distributed mainly in acidic organelle lysosomes of phagocytes and plays a crucial role in the immune defense. The elaborate interrelation between the variations of HOCl levels in lysosomes and different physiological and pathological processes remains unclear. Thus, the accurate determination of lysosomal HOCl in living cells and in vivo is very important. Because of extremely low concentration and difficulty in distinguishing HOCl from OCl(-) under the physiological environment, it is still a great challenge to specifically monitor the intracellular intrinsic HOCl levels without exogenous stimulation, which impedes an exact understanding of its biological roles...
December 20, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
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