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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221161/morphology-directed-self-assembly-and-pattern-transfer-from-a-high-molecular-weight-polystyrene-block-poly-dimethylsiloxane-block-copolymer-film
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Li-Chen Cheng, Wubin Bai, Eduardo Martin, Kun-Hua Tu, Konstantinos Ntetsikas, George Liontos, Apostolos Avgeropoulos, Caroline Ross
The self-assembly of block copolymers with large feature sizes is inherently challenging as the large kinetic barrier arising from chain entanglement of high molecular weight polymers limits the extent over which long-range ordered microdomains can be achieved. Here, we illustrate the evolution of thin film morphology from a diblock copolymer of polystyrene-block-poly(dimethylsiloxane) exhibiting total number average molecular weight of 123 kg/mol, and demonstrate the formation of layers of well-ordered cylindrical microdomains under appropriate conditions of binary solvent mix ratio, commensurate film thickness, and solvent vapor annealing time...
February 21, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216419/seasonal-cycle-of-inbreeding-and-recombination-of-the-parasitic-mite-varroa-destructor-in-honeybee-colonies-and-its-implications-for-the-selection-of-acaricide-resistance
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Alexis L Beaurepaire, Klemens J Krieger, Robin F A Moritz
Varroa destructor is the most devastating parasite of the Western honeybee, Apis mellifera. In the light of the arm race opposing the host and its parasite, the population dynamics and genetic diversity of these organisms are key parameters. However, the life cycle of V. destructor is characterized by extreme inbreeding due to full sibling mating in the host brood cells. We here present an equation reflecting the evolution of inbreeding in such a clonal system, and compare our predictions with empirical data based on the analysis of seven microsatellite markers...
February 16, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214856/the-central-nervous-system-of-jawless-vertebrates-encephalization-in-lampreys-and-hagfishes
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Carlos A Salas, Kara E Yopak, Thomas J Lisney, Ian C Potter, Shaun P Collin
Lampreys and hagfishes are the sole surviving representatives of the early agnathan (jawless) stage in vertebrate evolution, which has previously been regarded as the least encephalized group of all vertebrates. Very little is known, however, about the extent of interspecific variation in relative brain size in these fishes, as previous studies have focused on only a few species, even though lampreys exhibit a variety of life history traits. While some species are parasitic as adults, with varying feeding behaviors, others (nonparasitic species) do not feed after completing their macrophagous freshwater larval phase...
February 18, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213433/chromosomal-instability-as-a-driver-of-tumor-heterogeneity-and-evolution
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Samuel F Bakhoum, Dan Avi Landau
Large-scale, massively parallel sequencing of human cancer samples has revealed tremendous genetic heterogeneity within individual tumors. Indeed, tumors are composed of an admixture of diverse subpopulations-subclones-that vary in space and time. Here, we discuss a principal driver of clonal diversification in cancer known as chromosomal instability (CIN), which complements other modes of genetic diversification creating the multilayered genomic instability often seen in human cancer. Cancer cells have evolved to fine-tune chromosome missegregation rates to balance the acquisition of heterogeneity while preserving favorable genotypes, a dependence that can be exploited for a therapeutic benefit...
February 17, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212437/the-nature-of-allometry-in-an-exaggerated-trait-the-postocular-flange-in-platyneuromus-weele-insecta-megaloptera
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Andrés Ramírez-Ponce, Gabriela Garfias-Lozano, Atilano Contreras-Ramos
The origin and function of exaggerated traits exhibited by a great number of species with sexual dimorphism remain largely unexplored. The usual model considered as the evolutionary mechanism for the development of these structures is sexual selection. The nature of growth of the postocular flange (POF) in three species of the dobsonfly genus Platyneuromus (Megaloptera, Corydalidae, Corydalinae) is analyzed to explore sexual size dimorphism and allometric scaling. Results involve positive allometry of POF in males of two species, and negative allometry in males of one species, in general with a female-biased sexual dimorphism...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211601/biogeography-of-nodulated-legumes-and-their-nitrogen-fixing-symbionts
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REVIEW
Janet I Sprent, Julie Ardley, Euan K James
Contents I. II. III. IV. V. VI. VII. VIII. References SUMMARY: In the last decade, analyses of both molecular and morphological characters, including nodulation, have led to major changes in our understanding of legume taxonomy. In parallel there has been an explosion in the number of genera and species of rhizobia known to nodulate legumes. No attempt has been made to link these two sets of data or to consider them in a biogeographical context. This review aims to do this by relating the data to the evolution of the two partners: it highlights both longitudinal and latitudinal trends and considers these in relation to the location of major land masses over geological time...
February 17, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204969/convergent-evolution-of-the-osmoregulation-system-in-decapod-shrimps
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Jianbo Yuan, Xiaojun Zhang, Chengzhang Liu, Hu Duan, Fuhua Li, Jianhai Xiang
In adaptating to different aquatic environments, seawater (SW) and freshwater (FW) shrimps have exploited different adaptation strategies, which should generate clusters of genes with different adaptive features. However, little is known about the genetic basis of these physiological adaptations. Thus, in this study, we performed comparative transcriptomics and adaptive evolution analyses on SW and FW shrimps and found that convergent evolution may have happened on osmoregulation system of shrimps. We identified 275 and 234 positively selected genes in SW and FW shrimps, respectively, which enriched in the functions of ion-binding and membrane-bounded organelles...
February 15, 2017: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203112/bone-contusion-progression-from-traumatic-knee-injury-association-of-rate-of-contusion-resolution-with-injury-severity
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Douglas R Pedersen, Georges Y El-Khoury, Dan R Thedens, Mothana Saad-Eldine, Phinit Phisitkul, Annunziato Amendola
BACKGROUND: Bone contusions are frequently encountered in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) evaluation of knee anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries. Their role as indicators of injury severity remains unclear, primarily due to indeterminate levels of joint injury forces and to a lack of preinjury imaging. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to 1) quantify bone contusion pathogenesis following traumatic joint injuries using fixed imaging follow-ups, and 2) assess the feasibility of using longitudinal bone contusion volumes as an indicator of knee injury severity...
2017: Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202655/constraints-in-cancer-evolution
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REVIEW
Subramanian Venkatesan, Nicolai J Birkbak, Charles Swanton
Next-generation deep genome sequencing has only recently allowed us to quantitatively dissect the extent of heterogeneity within a tumour, resolving patterns of cancer evolution. Intratumour heterogeneity and natural selection contribute to resistance to anticancer therapies in the advanced setting. Recent evidence has also revealed that cancer evolution might be constrained. In this review, we discuss the origins of intratumour heterogeneity and subsequently focus on constraints imposed upon cancer evolution...
February 8, 2017: Biochemical Society Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193153/molecular-evolution-of-globin-genes-in-gymnotiform-electric-fishes-relation-to-hypoxia-tolerance
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Ran Tian, Mauricio Losilla, Ying Lu, Guang Yang, Harold Zakon
BACKGROUND: Nocturnally active gymnotiform weakly electric fish generate electric signals for communication and navigation, which can be energetically taxing. These fish mainly inhabit the Amazon basin, where some species prefer well-oxygenated waters and others live in oxygen-poor, stagnant habitats. The latter species show morphological, physiological, and behavioral adaptations for hypoxia-tolerance. However, there have been no studies of hypoxia tolerance on the molecular level. Globins are classic respiratory proteins...
February 13, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191927/foldectures-3d-molecular-architectures-from-self-assembly-of-peptide-foldamers
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Sung Hyun Yoo, Hee-Seung Lee
The wide range of fascinating supramolecular architectures found in nature, from DNA double helices to giant protein shells, inspires researchers to mimic the diverse shapes and functions of natural systems. Thus, a variety of artificial molecular platforms have been developed by assembling DNA-, peptide-, and protein-based building blocks for medicinal and biological applications. There has also been a significant interest in the research of non-natural oligomers (i.e., foldamers) that fold into well-defined secondary structures analogous to those found in proteins, because the assemblies of foldamers are expected not only to form biomimetic supramolecular architectures that resemble those of nature but also to display unique functions and unprecedented topologies at the same time due to their different folding propensities from those of natural building blocks...
February 13, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190640/divergent-hox-coding-and-evasion-of-retinoid-signaling-specifies-motor-neurons-innervating-digit-muscles
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Alana I Mendelsohn, Jeremy S Dasen, Thomas M Jessell
The establishment of spinal motor neuron subclass diversity is achieved through developmental programs that are aligned with the organization of muscle targets in the limb. The evolutionary emergence of digits represents a specialized adaptation of limb morphology, yet it remains unclear how the specification of digit-innervating motor neuron subtypes parallels the elaboration of digits. We show that digit-innervating motor neurons can be defined by selective gene markers and distinguished from other LMC neurons by the expression of a variant Hox gene repertoire and by the failure to express a key enzyme involved in retinoic acid synthesis...
February 3, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188640/rennet-induced-coagulation-of-raw-and-heated-camel-and-cow-milk-gels-determined-by-instrumental-techniques-effects-of-added-calcium-and-phosphate
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Romdhane Karoui, Mohammad Kamal
BACKGROUND: The potentiality of the front-face fluorescence spectroscopy and rheological measurements combined with chemometric tools to characterize the structure evolution during coagulation of raw and preheated camel and cow milk at 50 and 70 °C with/without added calcium and phosphate was evaluated. Tryptophan and vitamin A fluorescence spectra were collected during the gelation of milk at 0, 10, 20, 30, 40, and 45 min after the addition of rennet-induced coagulation. In parallel, the storage modulus (G'), loss modulus (G") and tan delta (tan δ) were determined using low amplitude oscillation shear analysis...
February 11, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182418/translation-of-ligand-centered-hydrogen-evolution-reaction-activity-and-mechanism-of-a-rhenium-thiolate-from-solution-to-modified-electrodes-a-combined-experimental-and-density-functional-theory-study
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Wuyu Zhang, Andrew Z Haddad, Brady D Garabato, Pawel M Kozlowski, Robert M Buchanan, Craig A Grapperhaus
The homogeneous, nonaqueous catalytic activity of the rhenium-thiolate complex ReL3 (L = diphenylphosphinobenzenethiolate) for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) has been transferred from nonaqueous homogeneous to aqueous heterogeneous conditions by immobilization on a glassy carbon electrode surface. A series of modified electrodes based on ReL3 and its oxidized precursor [ReL3][PF6] were fabricated by drop-cast methods, yielding catalytically active species with HER overpotentials for a current density of 10 mA/cm(2), ranging from 357 to 919 mV...
February 20, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178700/genetic-profiling-of-cancers-of-the-digestive-system-biological-insights-and-clinical-implications
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Albrecht Stenzinger, Wilko Weichert
Massive parallel sequencing technologies (next-generation sequencing) have enabled us to draw a comprehensive landscape of the genomic aberrations underlying common cancers of the digestive system, and they have thus revolutionized our understanding of the genomic makeup and biology of these tumors. Apart from the commonly mutated founder genes, e.g., KRAS and TP53, we now have detailed information on additional and less frequent genomic events for every major digestive system cancer. However, many challenging issues remain when it comes to translating these findings into clinical applications...
February 9, 2017: Pathobiology: Journal of Immunopathology, Molecular and Cellular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176784/innovation-and-constraint-leading-to-complex-multicellularity-in-the-ascomycota
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Tu Anh Nguyen, Ousmane H Cissé, Jie Yun Wong, Peng Zheng, David Hewitt, Minou Nowrousian, Jason E Stajich, Gregory Jedd
The advent of complex multicellularity (CM) was a pivotal event in the evolution of animals, plants and fungi. In the fungal Ascomycota, CM is based on hyphal filaments and arose in the Pezizomycotina. The genus Neolecta defines an enigma: phylogenetically placed in a related group containing mostly yeasts, Neolecta nevertheless possesses Pezizomycotina-like CM. Here we sequence the Neolecta irregularis genome and identify CM-associated functions by searching for genes conserved in Neolecta and the Pezizomycotina, which are absent or divergent in budding or fission yeasts...
February 8, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174018/evolving-plastic-responses-to-external-and-genetic-environments
#17
Max Reuter, M Florencia Camus, Mark S Hill, Filip Ruzicka, Kevin Fowler
Phenotypic plasticity can mitigate adaptive trade-offs in fluctuating environments but how plasticity arises is little known. New research documents this process in a bacterial system. We highlight remarkable parallels to the evolution of sexual dimorphism and argue that their approach can aid our understanding of adaptive conflicts between the sexes.
February 4, 2017: Trends in Genetics: TIG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168103/in-situ-morphometric-survey-elucidates-the-evolutionary-systematics-of-the-eurasian-himantoglossum-clade-orchidaceae-orchidinae
#18
Richard M Bateman, Attila Molnár V, Gábor Sramkó
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The charismatic Himantoglossum s.l. clade of Eurasian orchids contains an unusually large proportion of taxa that are of controversial circumscriptions and considerable conservation concern. Whereas our previously published study addressed the molecular phylogenetics and phylogeography of every named taxon within the clade, here we use detailed morphometric data obtained from the same populations to compare genotypes with associated phenotypes, in order to better explore taxonomic circumscription and character evolution within the clade...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166844/parasite-life-cycle-studies-a-plea-to-resurrect-an-old-parasitological-tradition
#19
I Blasco-Costa, R Poulin
Many helminth taxa have complex life cycles, involving different life stages infecting different host species in a particular order to complete a single generation. Although the broad outlines of these cycles are known for any higher taxon, the details (morphology and biology of juvenile stages, specific identity of intermediate hosts) are generally unknown for particular species. In this review, we first provide quantitative evidence that although new helminth species are described annually at an increasing rate, the parallel effort to elucidate life cycles has become disproportionately smaller over time...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Helminthology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164863/nanoporous-fep-nanorods-grown-on-ti-plate-as-an-enhanced-binder-free-hydrogen-evolution-cathode
#20
J J Gao, P Luo, H-J Qiu, Y Wang
A porous and interconnected nanorod-like FeP structure on titanium plate has been fabricated by a simple hydrothermal method and followed by a calcination process. The nanorod is assembled by many paralleled FeP nanowires with a porous structure. With the porous surface structure of FeP nanorods and the synergetic effect from the electronic conductive Ti support, this binder-free FeP electrode brings about a desirable electrocatalytic activity for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), showing a low onset overpotential of 23 mV and a small Tafel slope of 39 mV dec(-1)...
March 10, 2017: Nanotechnology
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