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Malgorzata A Gazda, Pedro Andrade, Sandra Afonso, Jolita Dilyte, John P Archer, Ricardo J Lopes, Rui Faria, Miguel Carneiro
Racing pigeons have been selectively bred to find their way home quickly over what are often extremely long distances. This breed is of substantial commercial value and is also an excellent avian model to gain empirical insights into the evolution of traits associated with flying performance and spatial orientation. Here, we investigate the molecular basis of the superior athletic and navigational capabilities of racing pigeons using whole-genome and RNA sequencing data. We inferred multiple signatures of positive selection distributed across the genome of racing pigeons...
March 13, 2018: Molecular Biology and Evolution
Andrew R Tee
Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR, now referred to as mechanistic target of rapamycin) is considered as the master regulator of cell growth. A definition of cell growth is a build-up of cellular mass through the biosynthesis of macromolecules. mTOR regulation of cell growth and cell size is complex, involving tight regulation of both anabolic and catabolic processes. Upon a growth signal input, mTOR enhances a range of anabolic processes that coordinate the biosynthesis of macromolecules to build cellular biomass, while restricting catabolic processes such as autophagy...
March 16, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Daniel A Rowlands, Austen Lamacraft
We study a system of spins (qubits) coupled to a common noisy environment, each precessing at its own frequency. The correlated noise experienced by the spins implies long-lived correlations that relax only due to the differing frequencies. We use a mapping to a non-Hermitian integrable Richardson-Gaudin model to find the exact spectrum of the quantum master equation in the high-temperature limit and, hence, determine the decay rate. Our solution can be used to evaluate the effect of inhomogeneous splittings on a system of qubits coupled to a common bath...
March 2, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Alexandre Chassouros, Alexandre Essakhi, Anis Khiat, Shirihane Kouadri, Aïda Tadjine, Nadia Tadjine, Pol Ubeda, Victorine Zhang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2018: Médecine Sciences: M/S
Sofie Vandormael, Alexander Meirschaert, Jan Steyaert, Jan De Lepeleire
For our master thesis in medicine, we aimed to determine how many deaths were caused by and with dementia in 2014 and we compared our results with figures from abroad. The mortality rates of 2014 in Flanders were used to determine the amount of deaths related to dementia. These figures are collected by Vlaams Agentschap Zorg & Gezondheid (VAZG) and coded per ICD-10 classification. Of all deaths in Flanders in 2014, 6.60% were caused by dementia and 4.29% were caused by another condition, while also suffering from dementia...
2018: Archives of Public Health, Archives Belges de Santé Publique
Zsofia Miskolczi, Michael P Smith, Emily J Rowling, Jennifer Ferguson, Jorge Barriuso, Claudia Wellbrock
Despite the general focus on an invasive and de-differentiated phenotype as main driver of cancer metastasis, in melanoma patients many metastatic lesions display a high degree of pigmentation, indicative for a differentiated phenotype. Indeed, studies in mice and fish show that melanoma cells switch to a differentiated phenotype at secondary sites, possibly because in melanoma differentiation is closely linked to proliferation through the lineage-specific transcriptional master regulator MITF. Importantly, while a lot of effort has gone into identifying factors that induce the de-differentiated/invasive phenotype, it is not well understood how the switch to the differentiated/proliferative phenotype is controlled...
March 16, 2018: Oncogene
Sébastien Gillotin, John D Davies, Anna Philpott
The proneural transcription factor Ascl1 is a master regulator of neurogenesis, coordinating proliferation and differentiation in the central nervous system. While its expression is well characterised, post-translational regulation is much less well understood. Here we demonstrate that a population of chromatin-bound Ascl1 can be found associated with short chains of ubiquitin while cytoplasmic Ascl1 harbours much longer ubiquitin chains. Only cytoplasmic ubiquitylation targets Ascl1 for destruction, which occurs by conjugation of ubiquitin to lysines in the basic helix-loop-helix domain of Ascl1 and requires the E3 ligase Huwe1...
March 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
Marie Madsen, Peter Riis Hansen, Lars Bo Nielsen, Renata Martins Cardoso, Miranda van Eck, Tanja Xenia Pedersen
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disorder associated with several comorbidities including atherosclerosis. Disease mechanisms that may affect both psoriasis and atherosclerosis include activation of T helper 1 and T helper 17 cells. Imiquimod application is an established mouse model of psoriasis-like skin inflammation. The cardiac glycoside digoxin inhibits the master transcription factor of T helper 17 differentiation, retinoid acid receptor-related orphan nuclear receptor γt, and attenuates interleukin-17-dependent pathologies in mice...
March 12, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
Che-Wei Lin, Elizabeth H Chang, Daniel L Clinciu, Yun-Ting Peng, Wen-Chen Huang, Chien-Chih Wu, Jen-Chieh Wu, Yu-Chuan Li
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) has been used in many areas of healthcare training over the years. However, it constantly needs to be upgraded and enhanced due to technological and teaching changes. We aim at implementing an integrative OSCE method which employs informatics via the virtual patient within the pharmacy education curriculum at Taipei Medical University to enhance the pharmacy students' competence for using and disseminating information and to also improve critical thinking and clinical reasoning...
May 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Júlia Perera-Bel, Barbara Hutter, Christoph Heining, Annalen Bleckmann, Martina Fröhlich, Stefan Fröhling, Hanno Glimm, Benedikt Brors, Tim Beißbarth
BACKGROUND: A comprehensive understanding of cancer has been furthered with technological improvements and decreasing costs of next-generation sequencing (NGS). However, the complexity of interpreting genomic data is hindering the implementation of high-throughput technologies in the clinical context: increasing evidence on gene-drug interactions complicates the task of assigning clinical significance to genomic variants. METHODS: Here we present a method that automatically matches patient-specific genomic alterations to treatment options...
March 15, 2018: Genome Medicine
Wenjie Dou, Christian Schinabeck, Michael Thoss, Joseph E Subotnik
We extend the broadened classical master equation (bCME) approach [W. Dou and J. E. Subotnik, J. Chem. Phys. 144, 024116 (2016)] to the case of two electrodes, such that we may now calculate non-equilibrium transport properties when molecules come near metal surfaces and there is both strong electron-nuclear and strong metal-molecule coupling. By comparing against a numerically exact solution, we show that the bCME usually works very well, provided that the temperature is high enough that a classical treatment of nuclear motion is valid...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Chemical Physics
Nika Abdollahi, Alexandre Albani, Eric Anthony, Agnes Baud, Mélissa Cardon, Robert Clerc, Dariusz Czernecki, Romain Conte, Laurent David, Agathe Delaune, Samia Djerroud, Pauline Fourgoux, Nadège Guiglielmoni, Jeanne Laurentie, Nathalie Lehmann, Camille Lochard, Rémi Montagne, Vasiliki Myrodia, Vaitea Opuu, Elise Parey, Lélia Polit, Sylvain Privé, Chloé Quignot, Maria Ruiz-Cuevas, Mariam Sissoko, Nicolas Sompairac, Audrey Vallerix, Violaine Verrecchia, Marc Delarue, Raphael Guérois, Yann Ponty, Sophie Sacquin-Mora, Alessandra Carbone, Christine Froidevaux, Stéphane Le Crom, Olivier Lespinet, Martin Weigt, Samer Abboud, Juliana Bernardes, Guillaume Bouvier, Chloé Dequeker, Arnaud Ferré, Patrick Fuchs, Gaëlle Lelandais, Pierre Poulain, Hugues Richard, Hugo Schweke, Elodie Laine, Anne Lopes
We present a new educational initiative called Meet-U that aims to train students for collaborative work in computational biology and to bridge the gap between education and research. Meet-U mimics the setup of collaborative research projects and takes advantage of the most popular tools for collaborative work and of cloud computing. Students are grouped in teams of 4-5 people and have to realize a project from A to Z that answers a challenging question in biology. Meet-U promotes "coopetition," as the students collaborate within and across the teams and are also in competition with each other to develop the best final product...
March 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
Kenzie A Cameron, Elaine R Cohen, Joelle R Hertz, Diane B Wayne, Debi Mitra, Jeffrey H Barsuk
OBJECTIVES: The aims of the study were to identify perceived barriers and facilitators to central venous catheter (CVC) insertion among healthcare providers and to understand the extent to which an existing Simulation-Based Mastery Learning (SBML) program may address barriers and leverage facilitators. METHODS: Providers participating in a CVC insertion SBML train-the-trainer program, in addition to intensive care unit nurse managers, were purposively sampled from Veterans Administration Medical Centers located in geographically diverse areas...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Patient Safety
Andrea Torchi, Davide Bochicchio, Giovanni M Pavan
The rational design of supramolecular polymers that can adapt or respond in time to specific stimuli in controlled way is interesting for many applications, but this requires understanding the molecular factors that make the material faster or slower in responding to the stimulus. To this end, it is necessary to study the dynamic adaptive properties at submolecular resolution, which is difficult at experimental level. Here we show coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations (<5Å resolution) demonstrating how the dynamic adaptivity and stimuli responsiveness of a supramolecular polymer is controlled by the intrinsic dynamics of the assembly, which is in turn determined by the structure of the monomers...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Manaka Okuyama, Masayuki Ohzeki
The quantum speed limit (QSL), or the energy-time uncertainty relation, describes the fundamental maximum rate for quantum time evolution and has been regarded as being unique in quantum mechanics. In this study, we obtain a classical speed limit corresponding to the QSL using Hilbert space for the classical Liouville equation. Thus, classical mechanics has a fundamental speed limit, and the QSL is not a purely quantum phenomenon but a universal dynamical property of Hilbert space. Furthermore, we obtain similar speed limits for the imaginary-time Schrödinger equations such as the classical master equation...
February 16, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Nzar Rauf Abdullah, Thorsten Arnold, Chi-Shung Tang, Andrei Manolescu, Vidar Gudmundsson
The goal of this work is to show how the thermospin polarization current in a quantum ring changes in the presence of Rashba spin-orbit coupling and a quantized single photon mode of a cavity the ring is placed in. Employing the reduced density operator and a general master equation formalism, we find that both the Rashba interaction and the photon field can significantly modulate the spin polarization and the thermospin polarization current. Tuning the Rashba coupling constant, degenerate energy levels are formed corresponding to the Aharonov-Casher destructive phase interference in the quantum ring system...
April 11, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Eiki Yoshida, Takafumi Suzuki, Masanobu Morita, Keiko Taguchi, Kohei Tsuchida, Hozumi Motohashi, Minoru Doita, Masayuki Yamamoto
Keap1 is a negative regulator of Nrf2, a master transcription factor that regulates cytoprotection against oxidative and electrophilic stresses. Although several studies have suggested that the Keap1-Nrf2 system contributes to bone formation besides the maintenance of redox homeostasis, how Nrf2 hyperactivation by Keap1 deficiency affects the bone formation remains to be explored, as the Keap1-null mice are juvenile lethal. To overcome this problem, we used viable Keap1-deficient mice that we have generated by deleting the esophageal Nrf2 in Keap1-null mice (NEKO mice)...
March 15, 2018: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
Lars Kullmann, Michael P Krahn
The tumor suppressor LKB1 is an essential serine/threonine kinase, which regulates various cellular processes such as cell metabolism, cell proliferation, cell polarity, and cell migration. Germline mutations in the STK11 gene (encoding LKB1) are the cause of the Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, which is characterized by benign polyps in the intestine and a higher risk for the patients to develop intestinal and extraintestinal tumors. Moreover, mutations and misregulation of LKB1 have been reported to occur in most types of tumors and are among the most common aberrations in lung cancer...
March 15, 2018: Oncogene
Yanchen Tian, Min Fan, Zhaoxia Qin, Hongjun Lv, Minmin Wang, Zhe Zhang, Wenying Zhou, Na Zhao, Xiaohui Li, Chao Han, Zhaojun Ding, Wenfei Wang, Zhi-Yong Wang, Ming-Yi Bai
Hydrogen peroxide (H2 O2 ) is an important signaling molecule in plant developmental processes and stress responses. However, whether H2 O2 -mediated signaling crosstalks with plant hormone signaling is largely unclear. Here, we show that H2 O2 induces the oxidation of the BRASSINAZOLE-RESISTANT1 (BZR1) transcription factor, which functions as a master regulator of brassinosteroid (BR) signaling. Oxidative modification enhances BZR1 transcriptional activity by promoting its interaction with key regulators in the auxin-signaling and light-signaling pathways, including AUXIN RESPONSE FACTOR6 (ARF6) and PHYTOCHROME INTERACTING FACTOR4 (PIF4)...
March 14, 2018: Nature Communications
Natalia Mitrofanova, Marit Westergaard
This paper focuses on the acquisition of locative prepositional phrases in L1 Norwegian. We report on two production experiments with children acquiring Norwegian as their first language and compare the results to similar experiments conducted with Russian children. The results of the experiments show that Norwegian children at age 2 regularly produce locative utterances lacking overt prepositions, with the rate of preposition omission decreasing significantly by age 3. Furthermore, our results suggest that phonologically strong and semantically unambiguous locative items appear earlier in Norwegian children's utterances than their phonologically weak and semantically ambiguous counterparts...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Child Language
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