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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912764/sbrt-for-centrally-localized-nsclc-what-is-too-central
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J Roesch, C Panje, F Sterzing, F Mantel, U Nestle, N Andratschke, M Guckenberger
PURPOSE: Current guidelines recommend stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) for stage I non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in medically inoperable patients. There are excellent outcome and toxicity data for SBRT of peripheral lung tumors. However, the discussion on SBRT for centrally located tumors is controversial. This study evaluated current clinical practice regarding SBRT of centrally located lung tumors, to identify common fractionation schedules and commonly accepted contraindications for SBRT...
December 3, 2016: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911981/asymmetric-ketone-reduction-by-imine-reductases
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Maike Lenz, Jan Meisner, Leann Quertinmont, Stefan Lutz, Johannes Kästner, Bettina Nestl
The rapidly growing area of asymmetric imine reduction by imine reductases (IREDs) has provided alternative routes to chiral amines. Here we report the expansion of the reaction scope of IREDs by showing the stereoselective reduction of 2,2,2-trifluoroacetophenone (1). Assisted by an in silico analysis of energy barriers, we evaluated asymmetric hydrogenations of carbonyls and imines considering the influence of substrate reactivity on the chemoselectivity of this novel class of reductases. We report on the asymmetric reduction of C=N as well as C=O bonds catalyzed by members of the IRED enzyme family...
December 2, 2016: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909798/the-loading-of-condensin-in-the-context-of-chromatin
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REVIEW
Xavier Robellet, Vincent Vanoosthuyse, Pascal Bernard
The packaging of DNA into chromosomes is a ubiquitous process that enables living organisms to structure and transmit their genome accurately through cell divisions. In the three kingdoms of life, the architecture and dynamics of chromosomes rely upon ring-shaped SMC (Structural Maintenance of Chromosomes) condensin complexes. To understand how condensin rings organize chromosomes, it is essential to decipher how they associate with chromatin filaments. Here, we use recent evidence to discuss the role played by nucleosomes and transcription factors in the loading of condensin at transcribed genes...
December 1, 2016: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892941/hatching-asynchrony-vs-foraging-efficiency-the-response-to-food-availability-in-specialist-vs-generalist-tit-species
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R Barrientos, J Bueno-Enciso, J J Sanz
Breeding mistiming is increasingly frequent in several ecosystems in the face of current climate change. Species belonging to higher trophic levels must employ mechanisms to reduce it. One of these mechanisms is hatching asynchrony, with the eggs in a clutch hatching over a period of several days. Some authors have suggested it to be adaptive when food is unpredictable. However, these birds can also suffer associated costs. We tested whether a species with higher foraging efficiency avoid hatching asynchrony compared to its sister species...
November 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891221/brood-size-moderates-associations-between-relative-size-telomere-length-and-immune-development-in-european-starling-nestlings
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Daniel Nettle, Clare Andrews, Sophie Reichert, Tom Bedford, Annie Gott, Craig Parker, Claire Kolenda, Carmen Martin-Ruiz, Pat Monaghan, Melissa Bateson
For young birds in a nest, body size may have implications for other aspects of development such as telomere length and immune function. However, it is possible to predict associations in either direction. On the one hand, there may be trade-offs between growth and telomere maintenance, and growth and investment in immune function, suggesting there will be negative correlations. On the other hand, relatively larger individuals might be advantaged in competition with their nest-mates, allowing them to garner more resources overall, leading to positive correlations...
November 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887566/the-common-redstart-as-a-suitable-model-to-study-cuckoo-host-coevolution-in-a-unique-ecological-context
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Peter Samaš, Jarkko Rutila, Tomáš Grim
BACKGROUND: Co-evolutionary arms-races result in spatio-temporally dynamic relationships between interacting species, e.g., brood parasites and their avian hosts. However, majority of avian co-evolutionary studies are limited to "snap-shots" of a single breeding season in an open-nesting host. In a long-term study (11 breeding seasons), we explored a unique system between the brood parasitic common cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) and its host, the common redstart (Phoenicurus phoenicurus) which is exceptional among all cuckoo hosts due to being a cavity nester...
November 25, 2016: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882411/mercury-concentrations-in-feathers-of-adult-and-nestling-osprey-pandion-haliaetus-from-coastal-and-freshwater-environments-of-florida
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Darren G Rumbold, Karl E Miller, Timothy A Dellinger, Nicole Haas
We determined mercury (Hg) concentrations in feathers of osprey (Pandion haliaetus), both nestlings (n = 95) and adults (n = 110), across peninsular Florida and the Florida Keys during February-August 2014. Feathers plucked from nestlings, aged 3-7 weeks, contained Hg concentrations that ranged from 0.338 to 45.79 mg/kg and averaged 6.92 ± 7.58 mg/kg (mean ± 1SD). Feathers shed from adults contained significantly higher concentrations ranging from 0.375 to 93.65 mg/kg, with an average of 17.8 ± 16...
November 23, 2016: Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875351/pathogenesis-and-immunotherapy-in-cutaneous-psoriasis-what-can-rheumatologists-learn
#8
Helen Alexander, Frank O Nestle
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review presents our current understanding of the pathogenesis and treatment of psoriasis with a particular focus on recent areas of research and emerging concepts. RECENT FINDINGS: Psoriasis arises in genetically predisposed individuals who have an abnormal innate and adaptive immune response to environmental factors. Recent studies have identified novel genetic, epigenetic and immunological factors that play a role in the disease pathogenesis...
January 2017: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859132/spring-temperatures-influence-selection-on-breeding-date-and-the-potential-for-phenological-mismatch-in-a-migratory-bird
#9
E Keith Bowers, Jennifer L Grindstaff, Sheryl Swartz Soukup, Nancy E Drilling, Kevin P Eckerle, Scott K Sakaluk, Charles F Thompson
Climate change has affected the seasonal phenology of a variety of taxa, including that of migratory birds and their critical food resources. However, whether climate-induced changes in breeding phenology affect individual fitness, and how these changes might therefore influence selection on breeding date remain unresolved. Here, we use a 36-yr dataset from a long-term, individual-based study of House Wrens (Troglodytes aedon) to test whether the timing of avian breeding seasons is associated with annual changes in temperature, which have increased to a small but significant extent locally since the onset of the study in 1980...
October 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856580/genome-sequence-of-lactobacillus-fermentum-strain-ncc2970-cncm-i-5068
#10
Caroline Barretto, Catherine Ngom-Bru, Alienor Genevaz, Coralie Fournier, Deborah Moine, Mohamed Kassam, Agnes Iltis, Pierre Sagory-Zalkind, Pierre-Emmanuel Ciron, Gilles Faucherand, Patrick Descombes, Stephane Duboux
Lactobacillus fermentum NCC2970 (CNCM I-5068) is a lactic acid bacterium originating from the Nestle Culture Collection. Here, we disclose its full 1.9-Gb genome sequence comprising one chromosome with no plasmid.
November 17, 2016: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27853561/sex-roles-parental-care-and-offspring-growth-in-two-contrasting-coucal-species
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Wolfgang Goymann, Ignas Safari, Christina Muck, Ingrid Schwabl
The decision to provide parental care is often associated with trade-offs, because resources allocated to parental care typically cannot be invested in self-maintenance or mating. In most animals, females provide more parental care than males, but the reason for this pattern is still debated in evolutionary ecology. To better understand sex differences in parental care and its consequences, we need to study closely related species where the sexes differ in offspring care. We investigated parental care in relation to offspring growth in two closely related coucal species that fundamentally differ in sex roles and parental care, but live in the same food-rich habitat with a benign climate and have a similar breeding phenology...
October 2016: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851816/human-disturbance-during-early-life-impairs-nestling-growth-in-birds-inhabiting-a-nature-recreation-area
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Carolina Remacha, Juan Antonio Delgado, Mateja Bulaic, Javier Pérez-Tris
Nature recreation conflicts with conservation, but its impacts on wildlife are not fully understood. Where recreation is not regulated, visitors to natural areas may gather in large numbers on weekends and holidays. This may increase variance in fitness in wild populations, if individuals whose critical life cycle stages coincide with periods of high human disturbance are at a disadvantage. We studied nestling development of blue tits (Cyanistes caeruleus) in a natural area where recreation activities intensify during weekends and other public holidays at picnic and leisure facilities, but not in the surrounding woods...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834643/visualization-of-deformable-image-registration-quality-using-local-image-dissimilarity
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Matthias Schlachter, Tobias Fechter, Miro Jurisic, Tanja Schimek-Jasch, Oliver Oehlke, Sonja Adebahr, Wolfgang Birkfellner, Ursula Nestle, Katja Bu Hler
Deformable image registration (DIR) has the potential to improve modern radiotherapy in many aspects, including volume definition, treatment planning and image-guided adaptive radiotherapy. Studies have shown its possible clinical benefits. However, measuring DIR accuracy is difficult without known ground truth, but necessary before integration in the radiotherapy workflow. Visual assessment is an important step towards clinical acceptance. We propose a visualization framework which supports the exploration and the assessment of DIR accuracy...
October 2016: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798153/t-cell-independent-mechanisms-associated-with-neutrophil-extracellular-trap-formation-and-selective-autophagy-in-il-17a-mediated-epidermal-hyperplasia
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Erika Suzuki, Emanual Maverakis, Ritu Sarin, Laura Bouchareychas, Vijay K Kuchroo, Frank O Nestle, Iannis E Adamopoulos
IL-17A has been strongly associated with epidermal hyperplasia in many cutaneous disorders. However, because IL-17A is mainly produced by αβ and γδT cells in response to IL-23, the role of T cells and IL-23 has overshadowed any IL-17A-independent actions. In this article, we report that IL-17A gene transfer induces epidermal hyperplasia in Il23r(-/-)Rag1(-/-)- and Tcrδ-deficient mice, which can be prevented by neutrophil depletion. Moreover, adoptive transfer of CD11b(+)Gr-1(hi) cells, after IL-17A gene transfer, was sufficient to phenocopy the disease...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27796689/an-assessment-of-exposure-and-effects-of-persistent-organic-pollutants-in-an-urban-cooper-s-hawk-accipiter-cooperii-population
#15
Jason M Brogan, David J Green, France Maisonneuve, John E Elliott
Among the stressors confronting urban wildlife, chemical contaminants pose a particular problem for high trophic feeding species. Previous data from fortuitous carcass collections revealed surprisingly high levels of persistent organic pollutants in raptor species, including the Cooper's hawk (Accipiter cooperii), from urbanized areas of southwestern British Columbia, Canada. Thus, in 2012 and 2013, we followed up on that finding by measuring POPs in blood samples from 21 adult and 15 nestling Cooper's hawks in Vancouver, a large urban area in southwestern Canada...
October 28, 2016: Ecotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27793722/maternal-thyroid-hormones-enhance-hatching-success-but-decrease-nestling-body-mass-in-the-rock-pigeon-columba-livia
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Bin-Yan Hsu, Cor Dijkstra, Veerle M Darras, Bonnie de Vries, Ton G G Groothuis
Thyroid hormones (THs) - triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) - are essential for embryonic development in vertebrates. All vertebrate embryos are exposed to THs from maternal origin. As maternal TH levels are known to be essential to embryonic development, the natural variation of maternal THs probably represents a pathway of maternal effects that can modify offspring phenotype. However, potential fitness consequences of variation of maternal TH exposure within the normal physiological range and without confounding effects of the mother have never been experimentally investigated...
October 26, 2016: General and Comparative Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27792533/sex-difference-in-condition-dependence-of-carotenoid-gapes-in-the-eurasian-roller-coracias-garrulus
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Jesús M Avilés, Deseada Parejo
In altricial birds, sex differentiation can start early in the ontogeny in the form of color, physiology, and/or growth and may potentially result in sex-specific condition dependence of traits mediating parent-offspring communication. Carotenoids have long been hypothesized to modulate the expression of gape coloration, but their sex-specific role enforcing honesty of gape coloration remains poorly studied. In a within-nest design, we provided carotenoid supplementation to nestlings of the Eurasian roller (Coracias garrulus) and measured the response in circulating carotenoids, coloration of the gape, cutaneous immune responsiveness to phytohemagglutinin, and growth while accounting for the sex of nestlings...
November 2016: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27768705/urbanized-white-ibises-eudocimus-albus-as-carriers-of-salmonella-enterica-of-significance-to-public-health-and-wildlife
#18
Sonia M Hernandez, Catharine N Welch, Valerie E Peters, Erin K Lipp, Shannon Curry, Michael J Yabsley, Susan Sanchez, Andrea Presotto, Peter Gerner-Smidt, Kelley B Hise, Elizabeth Hammond, Whitney M Kistler, Marguerite Madden, April L Conway, Tiffany Kwan, John J Maurer
Worldwide, Salmonella spp. is a significant cause of disease for both humans and wildlife, with wild birds adapted to urban environments having different opportunities for pathogen exposure, infection, and transmission compared to their natural conspecifics. Food provisioning by people may influence these factors, especially when high-density mixed species flocks aggregate. White Ibises (Eudocimus albus), an iconic Everglades species in decline in Florida, are becoming increasingly common in urbanized areas of south Florida where most are hand-fed...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27765920/pak4-suppresses-pdz-rhogef-activity-to-drive-invadopodia-maturation-in-melanoma-cells
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Nicole S Nicholas, Aikaterini Pipili, Michaela S Lesjak, Simon M Ameer-Beg, Jenny L C Geh, Ciaran Healy, Alistair D MacKenzie Ross, Maddy Parsons, Frank O Nestle, Katie E Lacy, Claire M Wells
Cancer cells are thought to use actin rich invadopodia to facilitate matrix degradation. Formation and maturation of invadopodia requires the co-ordained activity of Rho-GTPases, however the molecular mechanisms that underlie the invadopodia lifecycle are not fully elucidated. Previous work has suggested a formation and disassembly role for Rho family effector p-21 activated kinase 1 (PAK1) however, related family member PAK4 has not been explored. Systematic analysis of isoform specific depletion using in vitro and in vivo invasion assays revealed there are differential invadopodia-associated functions...
September 27, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27763551/the-snake-with-the-scorpion-s-sting-novel-three-finger-toxin-sodium-channel-activators-from-the-venom-of-the-long-glanded-blue-coral-snake-calliophis-bivirgatus
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Daryl C Yang, Jennifer R Deuis, Daniel Dashevsky, James Dobson, Timothy N W Jackson, Andreas Brust, Bing Xie, Ivan Koludarov, Jordan Debono, Iwan Hendrikx, Wayne C Hodgson, Peter Josh, Amanda Nouwens, Gregory J Baillie, Timothy J C Bruxner, Paul F Alewood, Kelvin Kok Peng Lim, Nathaniel Frank, Irina Vetter, Bryan G Fry
Millions of years of evolution have fine-tuned the ability of venom peptides to rapidly incapacitate both prey and potential predators. Toxicofera reptiles are characterized by serous-secreting mandibular or maxillary glands with heightened levels of protein expression. These glands are the core anatomical components of the toxicoferan venom system, which exists in myriad points along an evolutionary continuum. Neofunctionalisation of toxins is facilitated by positive selection at functional hotspots on the ancestral protein and venom proteins have undergone dynamic diversification in helodermatid and varanid lizards as well as advanced snakes...
October 18, 2016: Toxins
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