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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088729/new-insights-into-aox2-transcriptional-regulation-in-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
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Mariya Ostroukhova, Zhanneta Zalutskaya, Elena Ermilova
A feature of the mitochondrial electron transport chain in plants, some protists and many fungi is the presence of two terminal oxidases, the energy-conserving cytochrome oxidase and another termed alternative oxidase (AOX). AOX branches from the main respiratory chain, directly coupling the oxidation of ubiquinol with reduction of oxygen to water. The AOX genes can be divided into two discrete subfamilies, AOX1 and AOX2. Although AOX has been proposed to play essential roles in stress tolerance of organisms, the role of subfamily AOX2 is largely unknown...
December 13, 2016: European Journal of Protistology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088485/semantic-attributes-are-encoded-in-human-electrocorticographic-signals-during-visual-object-recognition
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Kyle Rupp, Matthew Roos, Griffin Milsap, Carlos Caceres, Christopher Ratto, Mark Chevillet, Nathan E Crone, Michael Wolmetz
Non-invasive neuroimaging studies have shown that semantic category and attribute information are encoded in neural population activity. Electrocorticography (ECoG) offers several advantages over non-invasive approaches, but the degree to which semantic attribute information is encoded in ECoG responses is not known. We recorded ECoG while patients named objects from 12 semantic categories and then trained high-dimensional encoding models to map semantic attributes to spectral-temporal features of the task-related neural responses...
January 11, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087984/challenges-in-detecting-substances-for-equine-anti-doping
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A G Fragkaki, N Kioukia-Fougia, P Kiousi, M Kioussi, M Tsivou
The artificial increase of the physical capability of horses using drugs is well-known in racing and in other equine sports. Both illicit and therapeutic substances are regarded as prohibited substances in competition in most countries. Some countries do make distinctions for a few, specific drugs which are, however, allowed for use in other countries. The primary objective in the case of doping control is the detection of any trace of drug exposure, either parent drug or any of its metabolites, using the most powerful analytical methods which generally are based on chromatographic/mass spectrometric techniques...
January 14, 2017: Drug Testing and Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081141/could-a-neuroscientist-understand-a-microprocessor
#4
Eric Jonas, Konrad Paul Kording
There is a popular belief in neuroscience that we are primarily data limited, and that producing large, multimodal, and complex datasets will, with the help of advanced data analysis algorithms, lead to fundamental insights into the way the brain processes information. These datasets do not yet exist, and if they did we would have no way of evaluating whether or not the algorithmically-generated insights were sufficient or even correct. To address this, here we take a classical microprocessor as a model organism, and use our ability to perform arbitrary experiments on it to see if popular data analysis methods from neuroscience can elucidate the way it processes information...
January 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077925/artificial-cells-from-basic-science-to-applications
#5
Can Xu, Shuo Hu, Xiaoyuan Chen
Artificial cells have attracted much attention as substitutes for natural cells. There are many different forms of artificial cells with many different definitions. They can be integral biological cell imitators with cell-like structures and exhibit some of the key characteristics of living cells. Alternatively, they can be engineered materials that only mimic some of the properties of cells, such as surface characteristics, shapes, morphology, or a few specific functions. These artificial cells can have applications in many fields from medicine to environment, and may be useful in constructing the theory of the origin of life...
November 2016: Materials Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077775/dung-odours-signal-sex-age-territorial-and-oestrous-state-in-white-rhinos
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Courtney Marneweck, Andreas Jürgens, Adrian M Shrader
Mammals commonly communicate olfactorily via urine. However, the extent to which they communicate via dung, another waste product, is unknown. Behavioural studies suggest that mammals can obtain information from dung odours but are unclear about the information transmitted. Moreover, an understanding of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released from dung is limited. To address this, we analysed the odours emitted from the dung of free-ranging white rhinos, and found that 2,3-dimethylundecane signalled an individual's sex, heptanal discriminated age class, nonane defined male territorial status and 2,6-dimethylundecane indicated female oestrous state...
January 11, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077208/aerobic-denitrification-and-biomineralization-by-a-novel-heterotrophic-bacterium-acinetobacter-sp-h36
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Jun Feng Su, Jing Xin Shi, Fang Ma
A novel aerobic denitrification and biomineralization strain H36 was isolated from the Qu Jiang artificial lake. Based on phylogenetic characteristics, the isolated strain was identified as Acinetobacter species. Strain H36 was confirmed to have the ability to perform simultaneous denitrification and biomineralization. Results showed the strain H36 had the capability to completely reduce 96.29% of NO3(-)-N and 78.59% of Ca(2+) over 112h under aerobic condition. Response surface methodology (RSM) analysis demonstrated the highest removal ratio of Ca(2+) was 74...
January 8, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075572/effect-of-protein-corona-on-silver-nanoparticle-stabilization-and-ion-release-kinetics-in-artificial-seawater
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Maja Levak, Petra Burić, Maja Dutour Sikirić, Darija Domazet Jurašin, Nevenka Mikac, Niko Bačić, Roland Drexel, Florian Meier, Željko Jakšić, Daniel Mark Lyons
In parallel with the growing use of nanoparticle-containing products, their release into the environment over the coming years is expected to increase significantly. With many large population centers located in near-coastal areas, and increasing evidence that various nanoparticles may be toxic to a range of organisms, biota in estuarine and coastal waters may be particularly vulnerable. While size effects may be important in cases, silver nanoparticles have been found to be toxic in large part due to their release of silver ions...
January 11, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074955/total-synthesis-and-biological-activity-of-dolastatin-16
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Loida O Casalme, Arisa Yamauchi, Akinori Sato, Julie G Petitbois, Yasuyuki Nogata, Erina Yoshimura, Tatsufumi Okino, Taiki Umezawa, Fuyuhiko Matsuda
The total synthesis of dolastatin 16, a macrocyclic depsipeptide first isolated from the sea hare Dolabella auricularia as a potential antineoplastic metabolite by Pettit et al., was achieved in a convergent manner. Dolastatin 16 was reported by Tan to exhibit strong antifouling activity, and thus shows promise for inhibiting the attachment of marine benthic organisms such as Amphibalanus amphitrite to ships and submerged artificial structures. Therefore, dolastatin 16 is a potential compound for a new, environmentally friendly antifouling material to replace banned tributyltin-based antifouling paints...
January 11, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074528/respiratory-motion-prediction-and-prospective-correction-for-free-breathing-arterial-spin-labeled-perfusion-mri-of-the-kidneys
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Hao Song, Dan Ruan, Wenyang Liu, V Andrew Stenger, Rolf Pohmann, Maria A Fernandez Seara, Tejas Nair, Sungkyu Jung, Jingqin Luo, Yuichi Motai, Jingfei Ma, John D Hazle, H Michael Gach
PURPOSE: Respiratory motion prediction using an artificial neural network (ANN) was integrated with pseudocontinuous arterial spin labeling (pCASL) MRI to allow free-breathing perfusion measurements in the kidney. In this study, we evaluated the performance of the ANN to accurately predict the location of the kidneys during image acquisition. METHODS: A pencil-beam navigator was integrated with a pCASL sequence to measure lung/diaphragm motion during ANN training and the pCASL transit delay...
January 11, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071885/transparent-superhydrophobic-surface-with-varied-surface-tension-responsiveness-in-wettability-based-on-tunable-porous-silica-structure-for-gauging-liquid-surface-tension
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Yan Wang, Yingjie Zhu, Chunyang Zhang, Jun Li, Zisheng Guan
Any solid surface can spontaneously exhibit variational wettability toward liquids with varied surface tension (γ). However, this correspondence has seldom been proposed or used on an artificial superhydrophobic surface, which should be more remarkable and peculiar. Herein, we fabricated robust, transparent superhydrophobic surfaces, utilizing acid-catalyzed/base-catalyzed silica (AC-silica and BC-silica) particles combined with candle soot template for structural construction and CVD process for chemical modifi-cation...
January 10, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068401/advantages-of-synthetic-noise-and-machine-learning-for-analyzing-radioecological-data-sets
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Igor Shuryak
The ecological effects of accidental or malicious radioactive contamination are insufficiently understood because of the hazards and difficulties associated with conducting studies in radioactively-polluted areas. Data sets from severely contaminated locations can therefore be small. Moreover, many potentially important factors, such as soil concentrations of toxic chemicals, pH, and temperature, can be correlated with radiation levels and with each other. In such situations, commonly-used statistical techniques like generalized linear models (GLMs) may not be able to provide useful information about how radiation and/or these other variables affect the outcome (e...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068148/element-cycling-and-energy-flux-responses-in-ecosystem-simulations-conducted-at-the-chinese-lunar-palace-1
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Chen Dong, Yuming Fu, Beizhen Xie, Minjuan Wang, Hong Liu
Bioregenerative life-support systems (BLSS) address interactions between organisms and their environment as an integrated system through the study of factors that regulate the pools and fluxes of materials and energy through ecological systems. As a simple model, using BLSS is very important in the investigation of element cycling and energy flux for sustainable development on Earth. A 105-day experiment with a high degree of closure was carried out in this system from February to May, 2014, with three volunteers...
January 9, 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067915/histone-degradation-in-response-to-dna-damage-enhances-chromatin-dynamics-and-recombination-rates
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Michael H Hauer, Andrew Seeber, Vijender Singh, Raphael Thierry, Ragna Sack, Assaf Amitai, Mariya Kryzhanovska, Jan Eglinger, David Holcman, Tom Owen-Hughes, Susan M Gasser
Nucleosomes are essential for proper chromatin organization and the maintenance of genome integrity. Histones are post-translationally modified and often evicted at sites of DNA breaks, facilitating the recruitment of repair factors. Whether such chromatin changes are localized or genome-wide is debated. Here we show that cellular levels of histones drop 20-40% in response to DNA damage. This histone loss occurs from chromatin, is proteasome-mediated and requires both the DNA damage checkpoint and the INO80 nucleosome remodeler...
January 9, 2017: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065350/preoperative-urine-culture-results-correlate-poorly-with-bacteriology-of-urologic-prosthetic-device-infections
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Nicholas L Kavoussi, Jordan A Siegel, Boyd R Viers, Travis J Pagliara, Matthias D Hofer, Billy H Cordon, Nabeel Shakir, Jeremy M Scott, Allen F Morey
INTRODUCTION: Although preoperative negative urine culture results and treatment of urinary tract infections are generally advised before artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) and penile prosthesis (PP) surgery to prevent device infection, limited evidence exists to support this practice. AIM: To evaluate the relation between preoperative urine culture results and the bacteriology of prosthetic device infections. METHODS: Men undergoing AUS and/or PP placement at a tertiary referral center from 2007 through 2015 were analyzed...
January 2017: Journal of Sexual Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065319/xenopus-extract-approaches-to-studying-microtubule-organization-and-signaling-in-cytokinesis
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C M Field, J F Pelletier, T J Mitchison
We report optimized methods for preparing actin-intact Xenopus egg extract. This extract is minimally perturbed, undiluted egg cytoplasm where the cell cycle can be experimentally controlled. It contains abundant organelles and glycogen and supports active metabolism and cytoskeletal dynamics that closely mimic egg physiology. The concentration of the most abundant ∼11,000 proteins is known from mass spectrometry. Actin-intact egg extract can be used for analysis of actin dynamics and interaction of actin with other cytoplasmic systems, as well as microtubule organization...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063520/zeta-potential-of-artificial-and-natural-calcite-in-aqueous-solution
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REVIEW
Dawoud Al Mahrouqi, Jan Vinogradov, Matthew D Jackson
Despite the broad range of interest and applications, controls on calcite surface charge in aqueous solution, especially at conditions relevant to natural systems, remain poorly understood. The primary data source to understand calcite surface charge comprises measurements of zeta potential. Here we collate and review previous measurements of zeta potential on natural and artificial calcite and carbonate as a resource for future studies, compare and contrast the results of these studies to determine key controls on zeta potential and where uncertainties remain, and report new measurements of zeta potential relevant to natural subsurface systems...
December 26, 2016: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063296/biodegradation-of-the-artificial-sweetener-acesulfame-in-biological-wastewater-treatment-and-sandfilters
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Sandro Castronovo, Arne Wick, Marco Scheurer, Karsten Nödler, Manoj Schulz, Thomas A Ternes
A considerable removal of the artificial sweetener acesulfame (ACE) was observed during activated sludge processes at 13 wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) as well as in a full-scale sand filter of a water works. A long-term sampling campaign over a period of almost two years revealed that ACE removal in WWTPs can be highly variable over time. Nitrifying/denitrifying sequencing batch reactors (SBR) as well as aerobic batch experiments with activated sludge and filter sand from a water works confirmed that both activated sludge as well as filter sand can efficiently remove ACE and that the removal can be attributed to biologically mediated degradation processes...
November 17, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060880/accelerated-wound-closure-differently-organized-nanofibers-affect-cell-migration-and-hence-the-closure-of-artificial-wounds-in-a-cell-based-in-vitro-model
#19
Maximilian Ottosson, Albin Jakobsson, Fredrik Johansson
Nanofiber meshes holds great promise in wound healing applications by mimicking the topography of extracellular matrix, hence providing guidance for crucial cells involved in the regenerative processes. Here we explored the influence of nanofiber alignment on fibroblast behavior in a novel in vitro wound model. The model included electrospun poly-ε-caprolactone scaffolds with different nanofiber orientation. Fibroblasts were cultured to confluency for 24h before custom-made inserts were removed, creating cell-free zones serving as artificial wounds...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059241/binary-coded-identification-of-industrial-chemical-vapors-with-an-optofluidic-nose
#20
Abubakar Isa Adamu, Fahri Emre Ozturk, Mehmet Bayindir
An artificial nose system for the recognition and classification of gas-phase analytes and its application in identifying common industrial gases is reported. The sensing mechanism of the device comprises the measurement of infrared absorption of volatile analytes inside the hollow cores of optofluidic Bragg fibers. An array of six fibers is used, where each fiber targets a different region of the mid-infrared in the range of 2-14 μm with transmission bandwidths of about 1-3 μm. The quenching in the transmission of each fiber due to the presence of analyte molecules in the hollow core is measured separately and the cross response of the array allows the identification of virtually any volatile organic compound (VOC)...
December 20, 2016: Applied Optics
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