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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633035/economy-and-endurance-in-human-evolution
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REVIEW
Herman Pontzer
The evolutionary pressures shaping humans' unique bipedal locomotion have been a focus of research since Darwin, but the origins of humans' economical walking gait and endurance running capabilities remain unclear. Here, I review the anatomical and physiological determinants of locomotor economy (e.g., limb length and posture) and endurance (e.g., muscle volume and fiber type) and investigate their development in the hominin fossil record. The earliest hominins were bipedal but retained ape-like features in the hind limb that would have limited their walking economy compared to living humans...
June 19, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631441/genetic-landscape-and-deregulated-pathways-in-b-cell-lymphoid-malignancies
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R Rosenquist, S Beà, M-Q Du, B Nadel, Q Pan-Hammarström
With the introduction of next-generation sequencing, the genetic landscape of the complex group of B-cell lymphoid malignancies has rapidly been unravelled in recent years. This has provided important information about recurrent genetic events and identified key pathways deregulated in each lymphoma subtype. In parallel, there has been intense search and development of novel types of targeted therapy that 'hit' central mechanisms in lymphoma pathobiology, such as BTK, PI3K or BCL2 inhibitors. In this review, we will outline the current view of the genetic landscape of selected entities: follicular lymphoma, diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, mantle cell lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and marginal zone lymphoma...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631149/vigor-of-survival-determinism-subtle-evolutionary-gradualism-interspersed-with-robust-phylogenetic-leaping
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Pavle Krsmanovic
Discussions of the survival determinism concept have previously focused on its primary role in the evolution of early unicellular organisms in the light of findings which have been reported on a number of diseases. The rationale for such parallel was in the view according to which multicellular organisms could be regarded as sophisticated colonies of semi-autonomous, single-celled entities, whereby various diseases were described as conditions arising upon the activation of the respective survival mechanisms in a milieu unsuitable for such robust stress response...
June 19, 2017: Theory in Biosciences, Theorie in Den Biowissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627786/the-north-african-middle-stone-age-and-its-place-in-recent-human-evolution
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Eleanor M L Scerri
The North African Middle Stone Age (NAMSA, ∼300-24 thousand years ago, or ka) features what may be the oldest fossils of our species as well as extremely early examples of technological regionalization and 'symbolic' material culture (d'Errico, Vanhaeren, Barton, Bouzouggar, Mienis, Richter, Hublin, McPherron, Louzouet, & Klein, ; Scerri, ; Richter, Grün, Joannes-Boyau, Steele, Amani, Rué, Fernandes, Raynal, Geraads, Ben-Ncer Hublin, McPherron, ). The geographic situation of North Africa and an increased understanding of the wet-dry climatic pulses of the Sahara Desert also show that North Africa played a strategic role in continental-scale evolutionary processes by modulating human dispersal and demographic structure (Drake, Blench, Armitage, Bristow, & White, ; Blome, Cohen, Tryon, Brooks, & Russell, )...
May 2017: Evolutionary Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626457/characterization-of-novel-integrons-in1085-and-in1086-and-the-surrounding-genes-in-plasmids-from-enterobacteriaceae-and-the-role-for-attcaada16-structural-features-during-atti1-%C3%A3-attc-integration
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Dongguo Wang, Wei Hou, Jiayu Chen, Linjun Yang, Zhihui Liu, Zhe Yin, Jiao Feng, Dongsheng Zhou
Novel class 1 integrons In1085 and In1086, containing the class D β-lactamase -encoding gene blaOXA, were identified in clinical enterobacterial strains. In this study, we aimed to characterize the genetic contexts of In1085 and In1086, with the goal of identifying putative mechanisms of integron mobilization. Four plasmids, approximately 5.3, 5.3, 5.7, and 6.6 kb, from 71 clinical Enterobacteriaceae strains were found to contain class 1 integrons (In37, In62, In1085, and In1086, respectively). Two of these plasmids, pEco336 and pNsa292, containing In1085 and In1086, respectively, were further characterized by antibiotic susceptibility testing, conjugation experiments, PCR, sequencing, and gene mapping...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625672/evolution-of-the-scientific-literature-on-drug-delivery-a-1974-2015-bibliometric-study
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REVIEW
C Robert, C S Wilson, A Venuta, M Ferrari, C-D Arreto
This study charts the growth of the drug delivery literature published during 1974-2015 from journals indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded database. The growth of publications on drug delivery paralleled the total scientific publications for three decades (1974-2003); however, from 2004 to 2015 it exploded fourfold, while the total increased only 1.75 fold. Industrialized countries (USA, UK, Germany, Japan, Italy, France and Canada) were the most prolific during the first decades, but in 2014-2015 China, India and South Korea ranked 1st, 3rd and 4th respectively among the productive countries...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625643/sequential-liquid-biopsies-reveal-dynamic-alterations-of-egfr-driver-mutations-and-indicate-egfr-amplification-as-a-new-mechanism-of-resistance-to-osimertinib-in-nsclc
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Franciele H Knebel, Fabiana Bettoni, Andrea K Shimada, Manoel Cruz, João Victor Alessi, Marcelo V Negrão, Luiz Fernando L Reis, Artur Katz, Anamaria A Camargo
Osimertinib is an EGFR-T790M-specific TKI, which has demonstrated impressive response rates in NSCLC, after failure to first-line anti-EGFR TKIs. However, acquired resistance to osimertinib is also observed and the molecular mechanisms of resistance are not yet fully understood. Monitoring and managing NSCLC patients who progressed on osimertinib is, therefore, emerging as an important clinical challenge. Sequential liquid biopsies were used to monitor a patient with EGFR-exon19del positive NSCLC, who received erlotinib and progressed through the acquisition of the EGFR-T790M mutation...
June 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623580/selex-seq-a-method-to-determine-dna-binding-specificities-of-plant-transcription-factors
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Cezary Smaczniak, Gerco C Angenent, Kerstin Kaufmann
Systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment (SELEX) is a method that allows isolating specific nucleotide sequences that interact with a DNA binding protein of choice. By using a transcription factor (TF) and a randomized pool of double-stranded DNA, this technique can be used to characterize TF DNA binding specificities and affinities. The method is based on protein-DNA complex immunoprecipitation with protein-specific antibodies and subsequent DNA selection and amplification. Application of massively parallel sequencing (-seq) at each cycle of SELEX allows determining the relative affinities to any DNA sequence for any transcription factor or TF complex...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621462/evidence-for-convergent-evolution-of-a-neocortex-like-structure-in-a-late-permian-therapsid
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Michael Laaß, Anders Kaestner
The special sensory, motor, and cognitive capabilities of mammals mainly depend upon the neocortex, which is the six-layered cover of the mammalian forebrain. The origin of the neocortex is still controversial and the current view is that larger brains with neocortex first evolved in late Triassic Mammaliaformes. Here, we report the earliest evidence of a structure analogous to the mammalian neocortex in a forerunner of mammals, the fossorial anomodont Kawingasaurus fossilis from the late Permian of Tanzania...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621432/regulatory-heterochronies-and-loose-temporal-scaling-between-sea-star-and-sea-urchin-regulatory-circuits
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Tsvia Gildor, Veronica Hinman, Smadar Ben-Tabou-De-Leon
It has long been argued that heterochrony, a change in relative timing of a developmental process, is a major source of evolutionary innovation. Heterochronic changes of regulatory gene activation could be the underlying molecular mechanism driving heterochronic changes through evolution. Here, we compare the temporal expression profiles of key regulatory circuits between sea urchin and sea star, representative of two classes of Echinoderms that shared a common ancestor about 500 million years ago. The morphologies of the sea urchin and sea star embryos are largely comparable, yet, differences in certain mesodermal cell types and ectodermal patterning result in distinct larval body plans...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620447/photoelectrochemistry-by-design-tailoring-the-nanoscale-structure-of-pt-nio-composites-leads-to-enhanced-photoelectrochemical-hydrogen-evolution-performance
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András Sápi, András Varga, Gergely F Samu, Dorina Dobó, Koppány L Juhász, Bettina Takács, Erika Varga, Ákos Kukovecz, Zoltán Kónya, Csaba Janáky
Photoelectrochemical hydrogen evolution is a promising avenue to store the energy of sunlight in the form of chemical bonds. The recent rapid development of new synthetic approaches enables the nanoscale engineering of semiconductor photoelectrodes, thus tailoring their physicochemical properties toward efficient H2 formation. In this work, we carried out the parallel optimization of the morphological features of the semiconductor light absorber (NiO) and the cocatalyst (Pt). While nanoporous NiO films were obtained by electrochemical anodization, the monodisperse Pt nanoparticles were synthesized using wet chemical methods...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. C, Nanomaterials and Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619023/potential-for-adaptation-to-climate-change-family-level-variation-in-fitness-related-traits-and-their-responses-to-heat-waves-in-a-snail-population
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Katja Leicht, Katri Seppälä, Otto Seppälä
BACKGROUND: On-going global climate change poses a serious threat for natural populations unless they are able to evolutionarily adapt to changing environmental conditions (e.g. increasing average temperatures, occurrence of extreme weather events). A prerequisite for evolutionary change is within-population heritable genetic variation in traits subject to selection. In relation to climate change, mainly phenological traits as well as heat and desiccation resistance have been examined for such variation...
June 15, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617637/how-parallel-is-parallel-evolution-a-comparative-analysis-in-fishes
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Krista B Oke, Gregor Rolshausen, Caroline LeBlond, Andrew P Hendry
Evidence of phenotypic parallelism is often used to infer the deterministic role played by natural selection. However, variation in the extent or direction of divergence is often evident among independent evolutionary replicates, raising the following question: just how parallel, overall, is parallel evolution? We answer this question through a comparative analysis of studies of fishes, a taxon where parallel evolution has been much discussed. We first ask how much of the among-population variance in phenotypic traits can be explained by different "environment" types, such as high predation versus low predation or benthic versus limnetic...
July 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611798/a-transcriptomics-and-comparative-genomics-analysis-reveals-gene-families-with-a-role-in-body-plan-complexity
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Eric M Kramer, Wanying Li
We analyzed tissue-specific transcriptomes of Arabidopsis thaliana and identified 66 gene families with a high frequency of "gradient genes" - genes showing a significant expression gradient between tissues. Gradient gene families include many with roles in hormone and peptide signaling, cell wall synthesis and remodeling, secondary metabolism, transcriptional regulation, and transport between cells. We compared the size of the gradient gene families among the genomes of four plant species with radically different body plans - a single-celled algae, a moss, a eudicot, and a monocot - and found that most of the gradient gene families (58/66) expanded in parallel with the evolution of morphological complexity...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606625/-terrorism-and-human-behavior
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S J Leistedt
OBJECTIVES: Theories of religion are essential for understanding current trends in terrorist activities. The aim of this work is to clarify religion's role in facilitating terror and outline in parallel with recent theoretical developments on terrorism and human behaviour. METHODS: Several databases were used such as PubCentral, Scopus, Medline and Science Direct. The search terms "terrorism", "social psychology", "religion", "evolution", and "cognition" were used to identify relevant studies in the databases...
June 9, 2017: L'Encéphale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606351/ultrastructural-characterization-of-the-host-parasite-interface-between-allomyces-anomalus-blastocladiomycota-and-rozella-allomycis-cryptomycota
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Martha J Powell, Peter M Letcher, Timothy Y James
Rozella allomycis is an obligate endoparasite of the water mold Allomyces and a member of a clade (= Opisthosporidia) sister to the traditional Fungi. Gaining insights into Rozella's development as a phylogenetically pivotal endoparasite can aid our understanding of structural adaptations and evolution of the Opisthosporidia clade, especially within the context of genomic information. The purpose of this study is to characterize the interface between R. allomycis and Allomyces anomalus. Electron microscopy of developing plasmodia of R...
June 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603898/getting-to-the-root-of-scales-feather-and-hair-as-deep-as-odontodes
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Danielle Dhouailly, Pascal Godefroit, Thomas Martin, Stefan Nonchev, Flavien Caraguel, Olav Oftedal
While every jawed vertebrate, or its recent ancestor, possesses teeth, skin appendages are characteristic of the living clades: skin denticles (odontodes) in chondrichthyians, dermal scales in teleosts, ducted multicellular glands in amphibians, epidermal scales in squamates, feathers in birds, and hair-gland complexes in mammals, all of them showing a dense periodic patterning. While the odontode origin of teleost scales is generally accepted, the origin of both feather and hair is still debated. They appear long before mammals and birds, at least in Jurassic in mammaliaforms and in ornithodires (pterosaurs and dinosaurs), and are contemporary to scales of early squamates...
June 11, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602971/new-developments-in-hepatorenal-syndrome
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Ayse L Mindikoglu, Stephen C Pappas
Hepatorenal Syndrome (HRS) continues to be one of the major complications of decompensated cirrhosis leading to death in the absence of liver transplantation. Challenges in precisely evaluating renal function in the patient with cirrhosis remain due to the limitations of serum creatinine (Cr) alone in estimating glomerular filtration rate (GFR); current GFR estimating models appear to underestimate renal function. Newer models incorporating renal biomarkers, such as the Cr-Cystatin C GFR Equation for Cirrhosis appear to more accurately estimate true GFR...
June 7, 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595327/parallel-evolution-of-metazoan-mitochondrial-proteins
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Galya V Klink, Georgii A Bazykin
Amino acid propensities at amino acid sites change with time due to epistatic interactions or changing environment, affecting the probabilities of fixation of different amino acids. Such changes should lead to an increased rate of homoplasies (reversals, parallelisms, and convergences) at closely related species. Here, we reconstruct the phylogeny of twelve mitochondrial proteins from several thousand metazoan species, and measure the phylogenetic distances between branches at which either the same allele originated repeatedly due to homoplasies, or different alleles originated due to divergent substitutions...
May 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594658/total-percutaneous-cardiopulmonary-bypass-for-robotic-and-endoscopic-atrioventricular-valve-surgery
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Johan van der Merwe, Filip Casselman, Roel Beelen, Frank Van Praet
Continuous technological advances in endoscopic-, robotic- and catheter-based cardiac interventions are paralleled by rapid evolution in cannulation strategies for circulatory support. The recent introduction of suture-based percutaneous vascular closure devices resulted in innovative strategies to deliver peripheral endovascular therapeutic devices through the iliac and femoral arteries. Percutaneous access allows rapid postoperative mobilization and potentially avoids the devastating neuro-lympho-vascular- and wound infection morbidities associated with conventional open surgical exposure...
June 7, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
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