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Antoine Paccard, Ben A Wasserman, Dieta Hanson, Louis Astorg, Dan Durston, Sara Kurland, Travis M Apgar, Rana W El-Sabaawi, Eric P Palkovacs, Andrew P Hendry, Rowan D H Barrett
The evolutionary consequences of temporal variation in selection remain hotly debated. We explored these consequences by studying threespine stickleback in a set of bar-built estuaries along the central California coast. In most years, heavy rains induce water flow strong enough to break through isolating sand bars, connecting streams to the ocean. New sand bars typically re-form within a few weeks or months, thereby re-isolating populations within the estuaries. These breaching events cause severe and often extremely rapid changes in abiotic and biotic conditions, including shifts in predator abundance...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Steven Nagels, Wim Deferme
Stretchable electronics promise to naturalize the way that we are surrounded by and interact with our devices. Sensors that can stretch and bend furthermore have become increasingly relevant as the technology behind them matures rapidly from lab-based workflows to industrially applicable production principles. Regardless of the specific materials used, creating stretchable conductors involves either the implementation of strain reliefs through insightful geometric patterning, the dispersion of stiff conductive filler in an elastomeric matrix, or the employment of intrinsically stretchable conductive materials...
March 3, 2018: Materials
Mikhail E Sokolov, Farid V Bashirov, Vage A Markosyan, Tatyana V Povysheva, Filip O Fadeev, Andrey A Izmailov, Maxim S Kuztetsov, Zufar Z Safiullov, Maxim M Shmarov, Boris S Naroditskyi, András Palotás, Rustem R Islamov
Natural brain repair after stroke is extremely limited, and current therapeutic options are even more scarce with no clinical break-through in sight. Despite restricted regeneration in the central nervous system, we have previously proved that human umbilical cord blood mono-nuclear cells (UCB-MC) transduced with adenoviral vectors carrying genes encoding vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), and neural cell adhesion molecule (NCAM) successfully rescued neurons in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and spinal cord injury...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
Κ Flora
This article attempts an approach of madness by surrealism, as reflected in the pathway of the surrealist movement. In the light of enlargement of the concept of mental illness and the experience of madness, an approach is being attempted regarding the early surrealist views as they precursory appear e.g. from the case of Hieronymus Bosch to the meeting of the dominant psychiatry and the surrealist movement in the 19th and 20th century. Then, the paper attempts to present the main positions of representatives of the movement, such as Breton, Dali and Kalas...
October 2017: Psychiatrikē, Psychiatriki
Blanca Torroba, Antonio Herrera, Anghara Menendez, Sebastian Pons
Phosphatidylinositol 3-kinases (PI3Ks) are signal transducers of many biological processes. Class 1A PI3Ks are hetero dimers formed by a regulatory and a catalytic subunit. We have used the developing chicken neural tube (NT) to study the roles played by PI3K during the process of cell proliferation and differentiation. Notably, we have observed that in addition to its well characterized anti apoptotic activity, PI3K also plays a crucial role in intra epithelial cell positioning, and unlike its role in survival that mainly depends on AKT, the activity in cell positioning is mediated by Rho GTPase family members...
February 19, 2018: Developmental Biology
Liping Li, Rui Wang, Yan Huang, Ting Huang, Fuguang Luo, Weiyi Huang, Xiuying Yang, Aiying Lei, Ming Chen, Xi Gan
Group B streptococcus (GBS) is the major pathogen causing diseases in neonates, pregnant/puerperal women, cows and fish. Recent studies have shown that GBS may be infectious across hosts and some fish GBS strain might originate from human. The purpose of this study is to investigate the genetic relationship of CC103 strains that recently emerged in cows and humans, and explore the pathogenicity of clinical GBS isolates from human to tilapia. Ninety-two pathogenic GBS isolates were identified from 19 patients with different diseases and their evolution and pathogenicity to tilapia were analyzed...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Young-In Yoon, Gi-Won Song, Sung-Gyu Lee, Shin Hwang, Ki-Hun Kim, Seok-Hwan Kim, Woo-Hyoung Kang, Hwui-Dong Cho, Eun-Kyoung Jwa, Jae-Hyun Kwon, Eun-Young Tak, Varvara A Kirchner
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Living-donor liver transplantation (LDLT) can simultaneously cure hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and underlying liver cirrhosis, improving long-term results in patients with HCC. ABO-incompatible LDLT could expand the living-donor pool, reduce waiting times for deceased-donor liver transplantation, and improve long-term survival for some patients with HCC. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of patients undergoing LDLT for HCC from November 2008 to December 2015 at a single institution in Korea...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
T P Hou, K M Wu, W M Liu, M J Peet, C N Hulme-Smith, L Guo, L Zhuang
Understanding the nature of the magnetic-field-induced precipitation behaviors represents a major step forward towards unravelling the real nature of interesting phenomena in Fe-based alloys and especially towards solving the key materials problem for the development of fusion energy. Experimental results indicate that the applied high magnetic field effectively promotes the precipitation of M 23 C 6 carbides. We build an integrated method, which breaks through the limitations of zero temperature and zero external field, to concentrate on the dependence of the stability induced by the magnetic effect, excluding the thermal effect...
February 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Bassel M Elfokery, Sahar A Tawfic, Abdelrahman M Abdelrahman, Dina N Abbas, Ikramy M Abdelghaffar
INTRODUCTION: Acute ipsilateral shoulder pain (ISP) is a common complaint in patients after thoracotomy. The incidence ranges from 21% to 97%. Unfortunately, clinical studies did not put enough focus on ISP post thoracic surgery. AIM OF THE WORK: This study was designed to compare the effectiveness of suprascapular nerve block (SNB) and phrenic nerve infiltration (PNI) for controlling ISP. PATIENTS AND METHODS: One hundred and thirty-five lung cancer patients (135) scheduled for open-lung surgery were randomly allocated into three equal groups; control group: received thoracic epidural with general anesthesia, suprascapular group: (SNB) one hour before the operation with 10 ml bupivacaine plus thoracic epidural with general anesthesia and phrenic nerve group: (PNI) was performed by the operating surgeon with 10 ml bupivacaine plus thoracic epidural with general anesthesia...
February 7, 2018: Journal of the Egyptian National Cancer Institute
Kyra Campbell, Gaëlle Lebreton, Xavier Franch-Marro, Jordi Casanova
Several transcription factors have been identified that activate an epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT), which endows cells with the capacity to break through basement membranes and migrate away from their site of origin. A key program in development, in recent years it has been shown to be a crucial driver of tumour invasion and metastasis. However, several of these EMT-inducing transcription factors are often expressed long before the initiation of the invasion-metastasis cascade as well as in non-invasive tumours...
February 8, 2018: PLoS Genetics
Tahar Amari, Aurélien Canou, Jean-Jacques Aly, Francois Delyon, Fréderic Alauzet
Solar flares are spectacular coronal events that release large amounts of energy. They are classified as either eruptive or confined, depending on whether they are associated with a coronal mass ejection. Two types of model have been developed to identify the mechanism that triggers confined flares, although it has hitherto not been possible to decide between them because the magnetic field at the origin of the flares could not be determined with the required accuracy. In the first type of model, the triggering is related to the topological complexity of the flaring structure, which implies the presence of magnetically singular surfaces...
February 7, 2018: Nature
Pam Goldberg-Smith
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2, 2018: Circulation Research
Judit Lazary
Although genetic studies have improved a lot in recent years, without clinical relevance sometimes their significance is devalued. Reviewing the major milestones of psychogenomics it can be seen that break-through success is just a question of time. Investigations of direct effect of genetic variants on phenotypes have not yielded positive findings. However, an important step was taken by adapting the gene-environment interaction model. In this model genetic vulnerability stepped into the place of "stone craved" pathology...
December 2017: Neuropsychopharmacologia Hungarica
Jordi Cabana, Bob Jin Kwon, Linhua Hu
Undesired reactions at the interface between a transition metal oxide cathode and a nonaqueous electrolyte bring about challenges to the performance of Li-ion batteries in the form of compromised durability. These challenges are especially severe in extreme conditions, such as above room temperature or at high potentials. The ongoing push to increase the energy density of Li-ion batteries to break through the existing barriers of application in electric vehicles creates a compelling need to address these inefficiencies...
January 31, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
Anette Szczepny, Kirstyn Carey, Lisa McKenzie, W Samantha N Jayasekara, Fernando Rossello, Alvaro Gonzalez-Rajal, Andrew S McCaw, Dean Popovski, Die Wang, Anthony J Sadler, Annabelle Mahar, Prudence A Russell, Gavin Wright, Rachael A McCloy, Daniel J Garama, Daniel J Gough, Stephen B Baylin, Andrew Burgess, Jason E Cain, D Neil Watkins
Hypermethylated-in-Cancer 1 (Hic1) is a tumor suppressor gene frequently inactivated by epigenetic silencing and loss-of-heterozygosity in a broad range of cancers. Loss of HIC1, a sequence-specific zinc finger transcriptional repressor, results in deregulation of genes that promote a malignant phenotype in a lineage-specific manner. In particular, upregulation of the HIC1 target gene SIRT1, a histone deacetylase, can promote tumor growth by inactivating TP53. An alternate line of evidence suggests that HIC1 can promote the repair of DNA double strand breaks through an interaction with MTA1, a component of the nucleosome remodeling and deacetylase (NuRD) complex...
January 25, 2018: Oncogene
Harold Fellermann, Shinpei Tanaka, Steen Rasmussen
Template-directed replication of nucleic acids is at the essence of all living beings and a major milestone for any origin of life scenario. We present an idealized model of prebiotic sequence replication, where binary polymers act as templates for their autocatalytic replication, thereby serving as each others reactants and products in an intertwined molecular ecology. Our model demonstrates how autocatalysis alters the qualitative and quantitative system dynamics in counterintuitive ways. Most notably, numerical simulations reveal a very strong intrinsic selection mechanism that favors the appearance of a few population structures with highly ordered and repetitive sequence patterns when starting from a pool of monomers...
December 2017: Physical Review. E
Zhenjie Ni, Huanli Dong, Hanlin Wang, Shang Ding, Ye Zou, Qiang Zhao, Yonggang Zhen, Feng Liu, Lang Jiang, Wenping Hu
Herein, the design and synthesis of novel π-extended quinoline-flanked diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) [abbreviated as QDPP] motifs and corresponding copolymers named PQDPP-T and PQDPP-2FT for high performing n-type organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) in flexible organic thin film devices are reported. Serving as DPP-flankers in backbones, quinoline is found to effectively tune copolymer optoelectric properties. Compared with TDPP and pyridine-flanked DPP (PyDPP) analogs, widened bandgaps and strengthened electron deficiency are achieved...
January 18, 2018: Advanced Materials
Lucilla Steinaa, Nicholas Svitek, Elias Awino, Rosemary Saya, Philip Toye
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to assess whether cytotoxic T cells (CTL) generated by the live vaccine, known as "ITM Muguga cocktail", which is used for the cattle disease East Cost fever (ECF) in Sub-Saharan Africa, showed a broad reactivity against many different strains of the causative parasite Theileria parva. We also assessed whether immune responses were similar in cattle expressing the same MHC class I haplotypes. RESULTS: The antigenic specificity of CTL from MHC class I-matched cattle vaccinated with the Muguga cocktail were different...
January 17, 2018: BMC Research Notes
J A Koudstaal, G Schout, R H B Simons-Van Alphen, R R J M Vermeiren
A risk factor among suicidal adolescents is generally their inability to form and maintain relationships with other people. In the case that we investigated, the technique known as Family Group Conference (FGC) was used successfully to break through the adolescent's passivity and social isolation. The FGC also helped to alter the adolescent's conviction of being a burden to relatives, friends and other people. The results are in line with additional studies that used FGC with other target groups. This case study suggests that FGC is a promising type of intervention that can reduce the passivity and isolation of suicidal adolescents, strengthening their relationships and boosting a feeling of belonging...
2018: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
Ding Zhu, Chao Zhang, Huahao Shen, Songmin Ying
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2017: Journal of Translational Internal Medicine
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