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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447150/anatomical-status-of-the-human-palatopharyngeal-sphincter-and-its-functional-implications
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Kaori Sumida, Yoshinori Ando, Shinichiro Seki, Kikuji Yamashita, Akira Fujimura, Otto Baba, Seiichiro Kitamura
PURPOSE: The transition muscle between the palatopharyngeus (PP) and the superior constrictor of the pharynx (SCP) encircles the pharyngeal isthmus from behind and is designated as the palatopharyngeal sphincter (PPS). The PPS is inferred to play important roles for velopharyngeal closure, but its existence remains controversial and its roles have been regarded as being played by the SCP. The present study aimed to clarify the anatomical status and functional implications of the PPS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Macroscopic and microscopic examinations were performed on 39 and 4 cadavers, respectively...
April 26, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442597/the-emergence-evolution-and-diversification-of-the-mir390-tas3-arf-pathway-in-land-plants
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Rui Xia, Jing Xu, Blake C Meyers
In plants, miR390 directs the production of tasiRNAs from TRANS-ACTING SIRNA 3 (TAS3) transcripts to regulate AUXIN RESPONSIVE FACTOR (ARF) genes, critical for auxin signaling; these tasiRNAs are known as tasiARFs. To understand the evolution of this miR390-TAS3-ARF pathway, we characterized homologs of these three genes from thousands of plant species, from bryophytes to angiosperms. We found the lower-stem region of MIR390 genes, critical for accurate DCL1 (DICER-LIKE 1) processing, is conserved in sequence in seed plants...
April 24, 2017: Plant Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440371/role-of-uncrosslinked-chains-in-droplets-dynamics-on-silicone-elastomers
#3
Aurélie Hourlier-Fargette, Arnaud Antkowiak, Antoine Chateauminois, Sébastien Neukirch
We report an unexpected behavior in wetting dynamics on soft silicone substrates: the dynamics of aqueous droplets deposited on vertical plates of such elastomers exhibits two successive speed regimes. This macroscopic observation is found to be closely related to microscopic phenomena occurring at the scale of the polymer network: we show that uncrosslinked chains found in most widely used commercial silicone elastomers are responsible for this surprising behavior. A direct visualization of the uncrosslinked oligomers collected by water droplets is performed, evidencing that a capillarity-induced phase separation occurs: uncrosslinked oligomers are extracted from the silicone elastomer network by the water-glycerol mixture droplet...
April 25, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439147/a-semi-parametric-transformation-frailty-model-for-semi-competing-risks-survival-data
#4
Fei Jiang, Sebastien Haneuse
In the analysis of semi-competing risks data interest lies in estimation and inference with respect to a so-called non-terminal event, the observation of which is subject to a terminal event. Multi-state models are commonly used to analyse such data, with covariate effects on the transition/intensity functions typically specified via the Cox model and dependence between the non-terminal and terminal events specified, in part, by a unit-specific shared frailty term. To ensure identifiability, the frailties are typically assumed to arise from a parametric distribution, specifically a Gamma distribution with mean 1...
March 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Statistics, Theory and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439014/brain-networks-for-confidence-weighting-and-hierarchical-inference-during-probabilistic-learning
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Florent Meyniel, Stanislas Dehaene
Learning is difficult when the world fluctuates randomly and ceaselessly. Classical learning algorithms, such as the delta rule with constant learning rate, are not optimal. Mathematically, the optimal learning rule requires weighting prior knowledge and incoming evidence according to their respective reliabilities. This "confidence weighting" implies the maintenance of an accurate estimate of the reliability of what has been learned. Here, using fMRI and an ideal-observer analysis, we demonstrate that the brain's learning algorithm relies on confidence weighting...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437107/multiple-state-nonadiabatic-dynamics-simulation-of-photoisomerization-of-acetylacetone-with-the-direct-ab-initio-qtmf-approach
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Binbin Xie, Ganglong Cui, Wei-Hai Fang
In the present work, quantum trajectory mean-field (QTMF) approach is numerically implemented by ab initio calculation at the level of the complete active space self-consistent field, which is used to simulate photoisomerization of acetylacetone at ~265 nm. The simulated results shed light on the possible nonadiabatic pathways from the S2 state and mechanism of the photoisomerization. The in-plane proton transfer and the subsequent S2-S1 transition through the E-S2/S1-1 intersection region are the predominant route to the S1 state...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430462/fuzzy-dark-matter-from-infrared-confining-dynamics
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Hooman Davoudiasl, Christopher W Murphy
A very light boson of mass O(10^{-22})  eV may potentially be a viable dark matter (DM) candidate, which can avoid phenomenological problems associated with cold DM. Such "fuzzy DM (FDM)" may naturally be an axion with a decay constant f_{a}∼10^{16}-10^{18}  GeV and a mass m_{a}∼μ^{2}/f_{a} with μ∼10^{2}  eV. Here, we propose a concrete model, where μ arises as a dynamical scale from infrared confining dynamics, analogous to QCD. Our model is an alternative to the usual approach of generating μ through string theoretic instanton effects...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424413/the-snail-mir-128-axis-regulated-growth-invasion-metastasis-and-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-of-gastric-cancer
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Wei-Wei Yu, Hong Jiang, Cun-Tai Zhang, Yang Peng
miR-128 is expressed in various tumors, but its expression and function in gastric cancer have not been defined. Thus, the goal of this study was to characterize miR-128 in gastric cancer. We found first that miR-128 is down-regulated in gastric cancer cell lines and tissues, and this dysregulation is correlated with DNA methylation and the transcription factor SNAIL. Using prediction tools, western blotting, and luciferase reporter assays, we found that Bmi-1 was the direct target of miR-128. Additionally, overexpression of miR-128 inhibited gastric cancer cell migration, invasion, and proliferation by targeting Bmi-1 in vitro and in vivo...
April 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424352/chromatin-module-inference-on-cellular-trajectories-identifies-key-transition-points-and-poised-epigenetic-states-in-diverse-developmental-processes
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Sushmita Roy, Rupa Sridharan
Changes in chromatin state play important roles in cell fate transitions. Current computational approaches to analyze chromatin modifications across multiple cell types do not model how the cell types are related on a lineage or over time. To overcome this limitation, we have developed a method called CMINT (Chromatin Module INference on Trees), a probabilistic clustering approach to systematically capture chromatin state dynamics across multiple cell types. Compared to existing approaches, CMINT can handle complex lineage topologies, capture higher quality clusters, and reliably detect chromatin transitions between cell types...
April 19, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417061/rates-of-morphological-evolution-in-captorhinidae-an-adaptive-radiation-of-permian-herbivores
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Neil Brocklehurst
The evolution of herbivory in early tetrapods was crucial in the establishment of terrestrial ecosystems, although it is so far unclear what effect this innovation had on the macro-evolutionary patterns observed within this clade. The clades that entered this under-filled region of ecospace might be expected to have experienced an "adaptive radiation": an increase in rates of morphological evolution and speciation driven by the evolution of a key innovation. However such inferences are often circumstantial, being based on the coincidence of a rate shift with the origin of an evolutionary novelty...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416414/deep-temporal-models-and-active-inference
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REVIEW
Karl J Friston, Richard Rosch, Thomas Parr, Cathy Price, Howard Bowman
How do we navigate a deeply structured world? Why are you reading this sentence first - and did you actually look at the fifth word? This review offers some answers by appealing to active inference based on deep temporal models. It builds on previous formulations of active inference to simulate behavioural and electrophysiological responses under hierarchical generative models of state transitions. Inverting these models corresponds to sequential inference, such that the state at any hierarchical level entails a sequence of transitions in the level below...
April 14, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414386/detecting-phase-transitions-in-a-cacl-sub-2-sub-h-sub-2-sub-o-system-at-low-temperatures-using-a-fiber-optic-fresnel-reflection-sensor
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Mani Priyadarshini, Venkata Rajanikanth Machavaram, Akella Sivaramakrishna, Pachiyappan Arulmozhivarman
Temperature-induced crystallization events in an aqueous calcium chloride solution in the concentration range of 15-40 mass% are monitored using an optical fiber Fresnel reflection sensor in the temperature range of 30°C to -200°C. The deviation of the phase boundary from equilibrium and the formation of an eutectic mixture followed by its densification during rapid cooling are inferred from the distinct signatures of the optical fiber sensor via the changes in refractive index. During the natural heating at laboratory ambient conditions, the optical signals impart the completion of dissolution of ice and CaCl<sub>2</sub>·6H<sub>2</sub>O...
April 10, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412966/tfap2a-is-a-component-of-the-zeb1-2-network-that-regulates-tgfb1-induced-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition
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Yoana Dimitrova, Andreas J Gruber, Nitish Mittal, Souvik Ghosh, Beatrice Dimitriades, Daniel Mathow, William Aaron Grandy, Gerhard Christofori, Mihaela Zavolan
BACKGROUND: The transition between epithelial and mesenchymal phenotypes (EMT) occurs in a variety of contexts. It is critical for mammalian development and it is also involved in tumor initiation and progression. Master transcription factor (TF) regulators of this process are conserved between mouse and human. METHODS: From a computational analysis of a variety of high-throughput sequencing data sets we initially inferred that TFAP2A is connected to the core EMT network in both species...
April 17, 2017: Biology Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407469/electronic-levels-of-excess-electrons-in-liquid-water
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Francesco Ambrosio, Giacomo Miceli, Alfredo Pasquarello
We provide a consistent description of the electronic levels associated with localized and delocalized excess electrons in liquid water by combining hybrid-functional molecular dynamics simulations with a grand canonical formulation of solutes in aqueous solution. The excess electron localizes in a cavity with an average radius of 1.8 Å and a majority coordination of five water molecules. The vertical binding energy, the optical s-p transitions, and the adiabatic redox level are found to agree closely with their experimental counterparts...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405390/the-wing-pattern-of-moerarchis-durrant-1914-lepidoptera-tineidae-clarifies-transitions-between-predictive-models
#15
Sandra R Schachat
The evolution of wing pattern in Lepidoptera is a popular area of inquiry but few studies have examined microlepidoptera, with fewer still focusing on intraspecific variation. The tineid genus Moerarchis Durrant, 1914 includes two species with high intraspecific variation of wing pattern. A subset of the specimens examined here provide, to my knowledge, the first examples of wing patterns that follow both the 'alternating wing-margin' and 'uniform wing-margin' models in different regions along the costa. These models can also be evaluated along the dorsum of Moerarchis, where a similar transition between the two models can be seen...
March 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405026/the-earliest-bird-line-archosaurs-and-the-assembly-of-the-dinosaur-body-plan
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Sterling J Nesbitt, Richard J Butler, Martín D Ezcurra, Paul M Barrett, Michelle R Stocker, Kenneth D Angielczyk, Roger M H Smith, Christian A Sidor, Grzegorz Niedźwiedzki, Andrey G Sennikov, Alan J Charig
The relationship between dinosaurs and other reptiles is well established, but the sequence of acquisition of dinosaurian features has been obscured by the scarcity of fossils with transitional morphologies. The closest extinct relatives of dinosaurs either have highly derived morphologies or are known from poorly preserved or incomplete material. Here we describe one of the stratigraphically lowest and phylogenetically earliest members of the avian stem lineage (Avemetatarsalia), Teleocrater rhadinus gen. et sp...
April 12, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404776/dry-habitats-were-crucibles-of-domestication-in-the-evolution-of-agriculture-in-ants
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Michael G Branstetter, Ana Ješovnik, Jeffrey Sosa-Calvo, Michael W Lloyd, Brant C Faircloth, Seán G Brady, Ted R Schultz
The evolution of ant agriculture, as practised by the fungus-farming 'attine' ants, is thought to have arisen in the wet rainforests of South America about 55-65 Ma. Most subsequent attine agricultural evolution, including the domestication event that produced the ancestor of higher attine cultivars, is likewise hypothesized to have occurred in South American rainforests. The 'out-of-the-rainforest' hypothesis, while generally accepted, has never been tested in a phylogenetic context. It also presents a problem for explaining how fungal domestication might have occurred, given that isolation from free-living populations is required...
April 12, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402339/rapid-crystallization-during-recycling-of-basaltic-andesite-tephra-timescales-determined-by-reheating-experiments
#18
Nicholas Deardorff, Katharine Cashman
Microcrystalline inclusions within microlite-poor matrix are surprisingly common in low intensity eruptions around the world, yet their origin is poorly understood. Inclusions are commonly interpreted as evidence of crystallization along conduit margins. Alternatively, these clasts may be recycled from low level eruptions where they recrystallize by heating within the vent. We conducted a series of experiments heating basaltic andesite lapilli from temperatures below the glass transition (~690 °C) to above inferred eruption temperatures (>1150 °C) for durations of 2 to >60 minutes...
April 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400424/increased-taxon-sampling-reveals-thousands-of-hidden-orthologs-in-flatworms
#19
Jose M Martin-Duran, Joseph F Ryan, Bruno Vellutini, Kevin Pang, Andreas Hejnol
Gains and losses shape the gene complement of animal lineages and are a fundamental aspect of genomic evolution. Acquiring a comprehensive view of the evolution of gene repertoires is limited by the intrinsic limitations of common sequence similarity searches and available databases. Thus, a subset of the gene complement of an organism consists of hidden orthologs, i.e., those with no apparent homology to sequenced animal lineages - mistakenly considered new genes - but actually representing rapidly evolving orthologs or undetected paralogs...
April 11, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397859/an-optimized-transit-peptide-for-effective-targeting-of-diverse-foreign-proteins-into-chloroplasts-in-rice
#20
Bo-Ran Shen, Cheng-Hua Zhu, Zhen Yao, Li-Li Cui, Jian-Jun Zhang, Cheng-Wei Yang, Zheng-Hui He, Xin-Xiang Peng
Various chloroplast transit peptides (CTP) have been used to successfully target some foreign proteins into chloroplasts, but for other proteins these same CTPs have reduced localization efficiencies or fail completely. The underlying cause of the failures remains an open question, and more effective CTPs are needed. In this study, we initially observed that two E.coli enzymes, EcTSR and EcGCL, failed to be targeted into rice chloroplasts by the commonly-used rice rbcS transit peptide (rCTP) and were subsequently degraded...
April 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
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