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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811878/magellanic-penguin-telomeres-do-not-shorten-with-age-with-increased-reproductive-effort-investment-and-basal-corticosterone
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Jack A Cerchiara, Rosa Ana Risques, Donna Prunkard, Jeffrey R Smith, Olivia J Kane, P Dee Boersma
All species should invest in systems that enhance longevity; however, a fundamental adult life-history trade-off exists between the metabolic resources allocated to maintenance and those allocated to reproduction. Long-lived species will invest more in reproduction than in somatic maintenance as they age. We investigated this trade-off by analyzing correlations among telomere length, reproductive effort and output, and basal corticosterone in Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus). Telomeres shorten with age in most species studied to date, and may affect adult survival...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806150/the-puncta-enigma
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Daniel J Klionsky
This Editor's Corner may sound like the title of a mystery novel, but it actually reflects a question I have about the puncta articles that appear in Autophagy. In particular, I am surprised by the number of solicitations sent out for puncta that are either ignored, or, less frequently, declined. It is not that I expect the principal investigator (PI) to find the invitation to write a punctum undeniably attractive. Rather, it is the unilateral decision that it is not worthwhile for graduate students or postdocs who performed the work---and likely wrote at least the first draft of the paper---to write the punctum...
August 14, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803937/annual-variation-in-the-reproductive-hormone-and-behavior-rhythm-in-a-population-of-the-asian-short-toed-lark-can-spring-temperature-influence-activation-of-the-hpg-axis-of-wild-birds
#3
Shuping Zhang, Xianglong Xu, Weiwei Wang, Lidan Zhao, Lijun Gao, Wenyu Yang
Although a number of studies have demonstrated a correlation between ambient temperature and the timing of reproductive behavior in many bird species, the relationships between temperature, activation of the hypothalamus-pituitary-gonad (HPG) axis, laying, and hatching in free-living birds, remain unclear. We investigated the relationships between spring temperature, reproductive hormones, and behavior, in a population of the Asian short-toed lark (Calandrella cheleensis) on the Inner Mongolian Grasslands in 2014, 2015 and 2016...
August 10, 2017: Hormones and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797137/stay-at-home-strategy-brings-fitness-benefits-to-migrants
#4
James J Gilroy
In Focus: Lok, T., Veldhoen, L., Overdijk, O., Tinbergen, J. M., & Piersma, T. (2017). An age-dependent fitness cost of migration? Old trans-Saharan migrating spoonbills breed later than those staying in Europe, and late breeders have lower recruitment. Journal of Animal Ecology, 86, 998-1009. In Focus: Grist, H., Daunt, F., Wanless, S., Burthe, S. J., Newell, M. A., Harris, M. P., & Reid, J. M. (2017). Reproductive performance of resident and migrant males, females and pairs in a partially migratory bird. Journal of Animal Ecology, 86, 1010-1021...
September 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791156/mismatch-between-the-eye-and-the-optic-lobe-in-the-giant-squid
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Yung-Chieh Liu, Tsung-Han Liu, Chun-Chieh Yu, Chia-Hao Su, Chuan-Chin Chiao
Giant squids (Architeuthis) are a legendary species among the cephalopods. They live in the deep sea and are well known for their enormous body and giant eyes. It has been suggested that their giant eyes are not adapted for the detection of either mates or prey at distance, but rather are best suited for monitoring very large predators, such as sperm whales, at distances exceeding 120 m and at a depth below 600 m (Nilsson et al. 2012 Curr. Biol.22, 683-688. (doi:10.1016/j.cub.2012.02.031)). However, it is not clear how the brain of giant squids processes visual information...
July 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770927/n-versus-p-doping-of-graphite-what-drives-its-wet-chemical-exfoliation
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Bingzhe Wang, Verena Engelhardt, Alexandra Roth, Rüdiger Faust, Dirk M Guldi
We have performed the syntheses of a novel pyrene-porphyrazine conjugate (ZnPzPy) and a reference porphyrazine (ZnPz) to promote the wet-chemical exfoliation of graphite based on the synergetic use of ultrasonication, centrifugation, and doping. ZnPzPy features, on one hand, a hydrophobic pyrene to anchor onto the basal plane of graphene, and, on the other hand, an amphoteric porphyrazine to either p- or n-dope graphene. To this end, we have characterized individual building blocks, that is, ZnPzPy and exfoliated graphite, and the resulting electron donor-acceptor nanohybrid, that is, ZnPzPy/graphene (ZnPzPy-G), by means of an arsenal of microscopic and spectroscopic techniques...
August 3, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764713/non-iterative-geometric-approach-for-inverse-kinematics-of-redundant-lead-module-in-a-radiosurgical-snake-like-robot
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Olatunji Mumini Omisore, Shipeng Han, Lingxue Ren, Nannan Zhang, Kamen Ivanov, Ahmed Elazab, Lei Wang
BACKGROUND: Snake-like robot is an emerging form of serial-link manipulator with the morphologic design of biological snakes. The redundant robot can be used to assist medical experts in accessing internal organs with minimal or no invasion. Several snake-like robotic designs have been proposed for minimal invasive surgery, however, the few that were developed are yet to be fully explored for clinical procedures. This is due to lack of capability for full-fledged spatial navigation. In rare cases where such snake-like designs are spatially flexible, there exists no inverse kinematics (IK) solution with both precise control and fast response...
August 1, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736461/behavioral-plasticity-in-response-to-perceived-predation-risk-in-breeding-house-wrens
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Erin E Dorset, Scott K Sakaluk, Charles F Thompson
Predation is a significant cause of nest failure in passerine birds, and, thus, natural selection is expected to favor behavioral plasticity to allow birds to respond to perceived changes in predation risk. However, behavioral plasticity in response to perceived predation risk, and its potential fitness-related costs, are understudied. In a wild population of breeding house wrens (Troglodytes aedon), we tested the hypotheses that (1) birds show behavioral plasticity in response to perceived nest-predation risk to reduce self-risk or risk to offspring, but (2) this plasticity incurs fitness-related costs...
June 2017: Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723099/fledging-critical-zone-science-for-environmental-sustainability
#9
Yihe Lü, Ting Li, Kun Zhang, Bojie Fu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 19, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714819/an-institutional-repository-experience-at-a-large-health-care-system
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Brenda Fay, Jennifer Deal, Vicki Budzisz
Institutional repositories (IRs) collect, preserve, and disseminate the scholarly output of an organization. Though common in academic settings, they are less so in hospitals or health care systems. The librarians for Aurora Health Care decided to create a primarily citation-level IR to organize and promote the scholarly output of Aurora faculty, residents, and fellows using the proprietary software Digital Commons, a product of the company bepress. The repository also hosts a newly published peer-reviewed journal and includes digitized historical images and institutional memorabilia...
July 2017: Medical Reference Services Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690792/the-most-common-diet-results-in-low-reproduction-in-a-generalist-seabird
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Susanne van Donk, Kees C J Camphuysen, Judy Shamoun-Baranes, Jaap van der Meer
Dietary specialization has been described across a wide range of taxa in the animal kingdom. Fitness consequences are, however, not well documented. We examined the reproductive consequences of different dietary specializations in the herring gull Larus argentatus, an omnivorous seabird, using an extensive dataset which includes breeding and dietary data of 10 successive years. We hypothesized that pairs that focused on prey of higher energetic value would yield higher fledging rates. An alternative hypothesis is that pairs that relied on more resources simultaneously would reproduce better...
July 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671216/cellulose-nanocrystals-by-acid-vapour-towards-more-effortless-isolation-of-cellulose-nanocrystals
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Marcel Lorenz, Stefan Sattler, Mehedi Reza, Alexander Bismarck, Eero Kontturi
Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) are topical in materials science but their full potential is yet to be fulfilled because of bottlenecks in the production: the process consumes huge amounts of water, recycling the strong acid catalyst is difficult, and purification steps are cumbersome, particularly with lengthy dialysis. Production of CNCs with HCl vapour overcomes many of these difficulties but the dispersion of CNCs from the already hydrolysed fibre matrix is a formidable challenge. This study is a fundamental effort to explore very basic means to facilitate CNC dispersion from cotton linter fibres (filter paper), hydrolysed to levelling off degree of polymerization by HCl vapour...
July 3, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668317/assessment-and-management-of-cervico-mediastinal-goiter
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E Brenet, X Dubernard, J C Mérol, M A Louges, M Labrousse, M Makeieff
Cervico-mediastinal goiter is a particular entity from the point of view of thyroid surgery. Its volume, hardness and intrathoracic extension require the surgeon to adapt technique and perform a painstaking preoperative work-up, so as to draw up fully-fledged plan. CT is now indispensable, to anticipate risks and determine whether sternotomy is needed. Surgery seems to induce more postoperative complications than in conventional surgery, although they can be reduced by retrograde dissection of the inferior laryngeal nerve and downward dissection of the posterior side of the lobe to optimize control of adjacent structures...
June 28, 2017: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651260/the-cdd-system-in-computed-tomographic-diagnosis-of%C3%A2-diverticular-disease
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REVIEW
Daniel Pustelnik, Fabian Henry Jürgen Elsholtz, Christian Bojarski, Bernd Hamm, Stefan Markus Niehues
Purpose This overview sums up the Classification of Diverticular Disease (CDD) with regard to its application in computed tomographic diagnosis and briefly recapitulates its targeted advantages over preliminary systems. Primarily, application of the CDD in computed tomography diagnostics is described. Differences with respect to the categories of the older systems are pointed out on the level of each CDD type using imaging examples. Materials and Methods The presented images are derived from our institute according to the S2k criteria...
August 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649976/efficiency-of-analytical-and-sampling-based-uncertainty-propagation-in-intensity-modulated-proton-therapy
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N Wahl, P Hennig, H P Wieser, M Bangert
The sensitivity of intensity-modulated proton therapy (IMPT) treatment plans to uncertainties can be quantified and mitigated with robust/min-max and stochastic/probabilistic treatment analysis and optimization techniques. Those methods usually rely on sparse random, importance, or worst-case sampling. Inevitably, this imposes a trade-off between computational speed and accuracy of the uncertainty propagation. Here, we investigate analytical probabilistic modeling (APM) as an alternative for uncertainty propagation and minimization in IMPT that does not rely on scenario sampling...
June 26, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639989/use-of-expenditure-analysis-to-enhance-returns-on-investments-in-hiv-services
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Brian Honermann, Richael O'Hagan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Globally, the response to the HIV epidemic is at a crisis point. International investments in the HIV response have been essentially flat for 8 years and domestic budgets in low and middle-income countries - still recovering from the global recession - have not been able to fill the resource gap to drive a full-fledged HIV response. Still, efficiencies and prioritization of evidence-based interventions enable a significant scale-up of treatment, but millions more people remain without treatment...
September 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629794/uncoupling-effect-of-palmitate-is-exacerbated-in-skeletal-muscle-mitochondria-of-sea-acclimatized-king-penguins-aptenodytes-patagonicus
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Benjamin Rey, Claude Duchamp, Damien Roussel
In king penguin juveniles, the environmental transition from a terrestrial to a marine habitat, occurring at fledging, drastically stimulates lipid catabolism and the remodelling of muscle mitochondria to sustain extensive swimming activity and thermoregulation in the cold circumpolar oceans. However, the exact nature of these mechanisms remains only partially resolved. Here we investigated, in vitro, the uncoupling effect of increasing doses of fatty acids in pectoralis muscle intermyofibrillar mitochondria isolated, either from terrestrial never-immersed or experimentally cold water immersed pre-fledging king penguins or from sea-acclimatized fledged penguins...
September 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625618/low-incidence-of-plastics-in-food-loads-delivered-to-nestlings-by-a-zooplanktivorous-seabird-over-a-21-year-period
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J M Hipfner, K R Studholme, M Galbraith
We quantified the amount of plastic found in food loads delivered to nestlings in Cassin's Auklet (Ptychoramphus aleuticus), a small, zooplanktivorous seabird, on Triangle Island, British Columbia, in 1996-2016. The density of plastic in surrounding waters is moderately high, yet few food loads contained any plastic (3 of 850), and none more than two pieces. That result accords well with previous observations on the other four North Pacific auklets (Aethia spp.), leading us to conclude that true auklets rarely transfer plastic to nestlings...
June 15, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623803/oxidative-status-in-relation-to-metal-pollution-and-calcium-availability-in-pied-flycatcher-nestlings-a-calcium-manipulation-experiment
#19
Silvia Espín, Sandra Ruiz, Pablo Sánchez-Virosta, Thomas Lilley, Tapio Eeva
Metal exposure can produce oxidative stress by disrupting the prooxidant/antioxidant balance. It has been suggested that calcium (Ca) may provide protection against metal toxicity in the organism. The objective of this study is to explore the effects of Ca availability and metal pollution on oxidative stress biomarkers in pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca) nestlings. For this purpose, we performed a Ca-supplementation experiment with birds inhabiting a Ca-poor and metal-polluted area in SW Finland. An array of oxidative stress biomarkers (GSH, GSH:GSSG ratio, GPx, GST, CAT, SOD, lipid peroxidation and protein carbonylation) was measured in red blood cells...
June 14, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584946/post-procedural-care-in-interventional-radiology-what-every-interventional-radiologist-should-know-part-ii-catheter-care-and-management-of-common-systemic-post-procedural-complications
#20
Bedros Taslakian, Divya Sridhar
Interventional radiology (IR) has evolved into a full-fledged clinical specialty with attendant comprehensive patient care responsibilities. Providing excellent and thorough clinical care is as essential to the practice of IR as achieving technical success in procedures. Basic clinical skills that every interventional radiologist should learn include routine management of percutaneously inserted drainage and vascular catheters and rapid effective management of common systemic post-procedural complications. A structured approach to post-procedural care, including routine follow-up and early identification and management of complications, facilitates efficient and thorough management with an emphasis on quality and patient safety...
June 5, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
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