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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438488/whole-genome-sequencing-predicts-novel-human-disease-models-in-rhesus-macaques
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Benjamin N Bimber, Ranjani Ramakrishnan, Rita Cervera-Juanes, Ravi Madhira, Samuel M Peterson, Robert B Norgren, Betsy Ferguson
Rhesus macaques are an important pre-clinical model of human disease. To advance our understanding of genomic variation that may influence disease, we surveyed genome-wide variation in 21 rhesus macaques. We employed best-practice variant calling, validated with Mendelian inheritance. Next, we used alignment data from our cohort to detect genomic regions likely to produce inaccurate genotypes, potentially due to either gene duplication or structural variation between individuals. We generated a final dataset of >16 million high confidence variants, including 13 million in Chinese-origin rhesus macaques, an increasingly important disease model...
April 21, 2017: Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437068/observing-the-overgrowth-of-a-second-metal-on-silver-cubic-seeds-in-solution-by-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering
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Yun Zhang, Jingyue Liu, Jaewan Ahn, Ting-Hui Xiao, Zhi-Yuan Li, Dong Qin
We report the development of an isocyanide-based molecular probe for in situ characterizing the overgrowth of a second metal on silver nanocrystal seeds in solution by surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). As the first demonstration, we elucidate that the vibrational frequency of 2,6-dimethylphenyl isocyanide (2,6-DMPI) can serve as a distinctive reporter for capturing the nucleation of Pt on the edges of Ag nanocubes in the aqueous solution containing a Pt precursor, ascorbic acid, and poly(vinylpyrrolidone) under ambient condition...
April 24, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436469/a-novel-method-to-evaluate-ribosomal-performance-in-cell-free-protein-synthesis-systems
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Noémie Kempf, Cristina Remes, Ralph Ledesch, Tina Züchner, Henning Höfig, Ilona Ritter, Alexandros Katranidis, Jörg Fitter
Cell-free protein synthesis (CFPS) systems were designed to produce proteins with a minimal set of purified components, thus offering the possibility to follow translation as well as protein folding. In order to characterize the performance of the ribosomes in such a system, it is crucial to separately quantify the two main components of productivity, namely the fraction of active ribosomes and the number of synthesizing cycles. Here, we provide a direct and highly reliable measure of ribosomal activity in any given CFPS system, introducing an enhanced-arrest peptide variant...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433913/simultaneous-partial-nitrification-and-2-fluorophenol-biodegradation-with-aerobic-granular-biomass-reactor-performance-and-microbial-communities
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Carlos Ramos, Catarina L Amorim, Daniela P Mesquita, Eugénio C Ferreira, Julián Carrera, Paula M L Castro
An aerobic granular bioreactor was operated for over 4months, treating a synthetic wastewater with a high ammonium content (100mgNL(-1)). The inoculum was collected from a bioreactor performing simultaneous partial nitrification and aromatic compounds biodegradation. From day-56 onwards, 2-fluorophenol (2-FP) (12.4mgL(-1)) was added to the feeding wastewater and the system was bioaugmented with a 2-FP degrading bacteria (Rhodococcus sp. FP1). By the end of operation, complete 2-FP biodegradation and partial nitrification were simultaneously achieved...
March 30, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433729/comparative-vertical-transmission-of-rickettsia-by-dermacentor-variabilis-and-amblyomma-maculatum
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Emma K Harris, Victoria I Verhoeve, Kaikhushroo H Banajee, Jacqueline A Macaluso, Abdu F Azad, Kevin R Macaluso
The geographical overlap of multiple Rickettsia and tick species coincides with the molecular detection of a variety of rickettsial agents in what may be novel tick hosts. However, little is known concerning transmissibility of rickettsial species by various tick hosts. To examine the vertical transmission potential between select tick and rickettsial species, two sympatric species of ticks, Dermacentor variabilis and Amblyomma maculatum, were exposed to five different rickettsial species, including Rickettsia rickettsii, Rickettsia parkeri, Rickettsia montanensis, Rickettsia amblyommatis, or flea-borne Rickettsia felis...
April 6, 2017: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433445/parapapillary-choroidal-microvasculature-dropout-in-glaucoma-a-comparison-between-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-and-indocyanine-green-angiography
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Eun Ji Lee, Kyoung Min Lee, Seung Hyen Lee, Tae-Woo Kim
PURPOSE: To investigate whether the parapapillary choroidal microvasculature dropout (MvD) determined by optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) in glaucomatous eyes indicates a true perfusion defect and whether the MvD accurately represents the area of nonperfusion. DESIGN: Observational case series. PARTICIPANTS: Thirty primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) patients with choroidal MvD as determined by OCTA and 13 POAG patients without this dropout...
April 19, 2017: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427391/fish-with-red-fluorescent-eyes-forage-more-efficiently-under-dim-blue-green-light-conditions
#7
Ulrike Katharina Harant, Nicolaas Karel Michiels
BACKGROUND: Natural red fluorescence is particularly conspicuous in the eyes of some small, benthic, predatory fishes. Fluorescence also increases in relative efficiency with increasing depth, which has generated speculation about its possible function as a "light organ" to detect cryptic organisms under bluish light. Here we investigate whether foraging success is improved under ambient conditions that make red fluorescence stand out more, using the triplefin Tripterygion delaisi as a model system...
April 20, 2017: BMC Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427044/on-the-reverse-micelle-effect-in-liquid-scintillation-counting
#8
Youcef Nedjadi, Jean-Pascal Laedermann, François Bochud, Claude Bailat
This work looks into the tracks of electrons in nanoemulsive scintillating media using the Monte Carlo Geant4-DNA code which simulates event-by-event interactions of electrons in liquid water down to the eV, without resorting to the condensed history method. It demonstrates that the average number of micelles in which electrons deposit energy is quite large, increasing with their emission energy, decreasing with micelle size, and rising with micelle concentration. The probability of an electron ending its track in a micelle is found to be rather large and micelle size-dependent below 1keV, and approximating the aqueous fraction at higher energies...
April 12, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423428/aggregation-behavior-and-a-putative-aggregation-pheromone-in-sugar-beet-root-maggot-flies-diptera-ulidiidae
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Erik J Wenninger, Susan Y Emmert, Kelly Tindall, Hongjian Ding, Mark A Boetel, D Rajabaskar, Sanford D Eigenbrode
Male-biased aggregations of sugar beet root maggot, Tetanops myopaeformis (Röder) (Diptera: Ulidiidae), flies were observed on utility poles near sugar beet (Beta vulgaris L. [Chenopodiaceae]) fields in southern Idaho; this contrasts with the approximately equal sex ratio typically observed within fields. Peak observation of mating pairs coincided with peak diurnal abundance of flies. Volatiles released by individual male and female flies were sampled from 08:00 to 24:00 hours in the laboratory using solid-phase microextraction and analyzed using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420337/right-aortic-arch-analysis-anatomical-variant-or-serious-vascular-defect
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Agata Arazińska, Michał Polguj, Konrad Szymczyk, Magdalena Kaczmarska, Łukasz Trębiński, Ludomir Stefańczyk
BACKGROUND: The right-sided aortic arch (RAA) is a rare congenital defect of the aorta. The aim of the study was to assess the occurrence of RAA in diagnoses performed by the University Radiology Department and analyze the frequency of concomitant vascular abnormalities. METHODS: The database of the Radiology Department was retrospectively analyzed between January 2008 and May 2016 with the keyword "right aortic arch". Twenty patients with this diagnosis were identified from a total of 11,690 CT examinations of the chest area, 19,623 CT examinations of brain-supplying vessels, and 1863 MRI examinations of the heart and aortic arch or brain-supplying arteries...
April 19, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418218/regulation-of-salt-marsh-mosquito-populations-by-the-18-6-year-lunar-nodal-cycle
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Ilia Rochlin, James T Morris
The 18.6-year lunar-nodal cycle drives changes in tidal amplitude globally, affecting coastal habitat formation, species and communities inhabiting rocky shores, and salt marsh vegetation. However, the cycle's influence on salt marsh fauna lacked sufficient long-term data for testing its effect. We circumvented this problem by using salt marsh mosquito records obtained over a period of over four decades in two estuaries in the northeastern USA. Salt marsh mosquito habitat is near the highest tide level where the impact of the nodal cycle on flood frequency is greatest...
April 18, 2017: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418018/neurodevelopmental-changes-in-excitatory-synaptic-structure-and-function-in-the-cerebral-cortex-of-sanfilippo-syndrome-iiia-mice
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Chrissa A Dwyer, Samantha L Scudder, Ying Lin, Lara E Dozier, Dustin Phan, Nicola J Allen, Gentry N Patrick, Jeffrey D Esko
Sanfilippo syndrome, MPS IIIA-D, results from deficits in lysosomal enzymes that specifically degrade heparan sulfate, a sulfated glycosaminoglycan. The accumulation of heparan sulfate results in neurological symptoms, culminating in extensive neurodegeneration and early death. To study the impact of storage in postnatal neurodevelopment, we examined murine models of MPS IIIA, which lack the enzyme sulfamidase. We show that changes occur in excitatory postsynaptic structure and function in the somatosensory cortex prior to signs of neurodegeneration...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417842/blood-injection-injury-b-i-i-specific-phobia-affects-the-outcome-of-hypoxic-challenge-testing
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Kristofer J Spurling, Veronica P McGoldrick
BACKGROUND: Blood-injection-injury (B-I-I) phobia is capable of producing inaccurate hypoxic challenge testing results due to anxiety-induced hyperventilation. CASE REPORT: A 69-yr-old woman with a history of hypersensitivity pneumonitis, restrictive spirometry, exercise desaturation requiring supplementary oxygen on mobilizing, reduced DLco, and B-I-I phobia was referred for hypoxic challenge testing (HCT) to assess in-flight oxygen requirements. HCT was performed by breathing a 15% FIo2 gas mixture, simulating the available oxygen in ambient air onboard aircraft pressurized to an equivalent altitude of 8000 ft...
May 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412219/medicinal-plant-uses-and-names-from-the-herbarium-of-francesc-bol%C3%A3-s-1773-1844
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Airy Gras, Teresa Garnatje, Neus Ibàñez, Jordi López-Pujol, Neus Nualart, Joan Vallè
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Ethnobotany takes into account past uses to be projected into the present and future. Most current ethnobotanical research is focused, especially in industrialised countries, on obtaining information of plant uses from elderly people. Historical ethnobotany is less cultivated, although papers have demonstrated its interest. Particularly poor, but potentially very relevant, is the attention paid to historical herbaria as a source of data on useful plants...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404017/dna-testing-of-pancreatic-cyst-fluid-is-it-ready-for-prime-time
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Aatur D Singhi, Marina N Nikiforova, Kevin McGrath
Pancreatic cysts are a clinical quandary in both diagnosis and management. Although many cysts, such as pseudocysts and serous cystadenomas, are benign and can be monitored clinically, mucinous cysts, such as intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms and mucinous cystic neoplasms, have the potential to progress to pancreatic cancer. Considering the poor prognosis of pancreatic cancer, the detection of a pancreatic cyst can be a source of anxiety for both the patient and physician. This diagnosis in turn can lead to expensive, invasive, and even harmful surveillance and treatment options...
January 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404012/a-non-endoscopic-device-to-sample-the-oesophageal-microbiota-a-case-control-study
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Daffolyn R Fels Elliott, Alan W Walker, Maria O'Donovan, Julian Parkhill, Rebecca C Fitzgerald
BACKGROUND: The strongest risk factor for oesophageal adenocarcinoma is reflux disease, and the rising incidence of this coincides with the eradication of Helicobacter pylori, both of which might alter the oesophageal microbiota. We aimed to profile the microbiota at different stages of Barrett's carcinogenesis and investigate the Cytosponge as a minimally invasive tool for sampling the oesophageal microbiota. METHODS: In this case-control study, 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing was done on 210 oesophageal samples from 86 patients representing the Barrett's oesophagus progression sequence (normal squamous controls [n=20], non-dysplastic [n=24] and dysplastic Barrett's oesophagus [n=23], and oesophageal adenocarcinoma [n=19]), relevant negative controls, and replicates on the Illumina MiSeq platform...
January 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402782/ecology-and-pathology-of-phytophthora-its-clade-3-species-in-forests-in-western-oregon-usa
#17
Everett M Hansen, Paul W Reeser, Wendy Sutton
Phytophthora species are widespread and diverse in forest ecosystems, but little is known about their ecology. We explore ecological attributes of the closely related clade 3 species that occur sympatrically in western North American forests. We address the population structure, pathology, and epidemiology of P. ilicis, P. nemorosa, P. pluvialis, P. pseudosyringae, and P. psychrophila. Phytophthora species were isolated from plant tissues, rainwater falling through the forest canopy, streams, and soils in forests in western Oregon...
2017: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400357/health-care-professionals-evidence-based-medicine-internet-searches-closely-mimic-the-known-seasonal-variation-of-lyme-borreliosis-a-register-based-study
#18
Samuli Pesälä, Mikko J Virtanen, Jussi Sane, Jukkapekka Jousimaa, Outi Lyytikäinen, Satu Murtopuro, Pekka Mustonen, Minna Kaila, Otto Helve
BACKGROUND: Both health care professionals and nonprofessionals seek medical information on the Internet. Using Web-based search engine searches to detect epidemic diseases has, however, been problematic. Physician's databases (PD) is a chargeable evidence-based medicine (EBM) portal on the Internet for health care professionals and is available throughout the entire health care system in Finland. Lyme borreliosis (LB), a well-defined disease model, shows temporal and regional variation in Finland...
April 11, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390225/persistent-irregular-activity-is-a-result-of-rebound-and-coincident-detection-mechanisms-a-computational-study
#19
Mustafa Zeki, Ahmed A Moustafa
Persistent irregular activity is defined as elevated irregular neural discharges in the brain in such a way that while the average network activity displays high frequency oscillations, the participating neurons display irregular and low frequency oscillations. This type of activity is observed in many brain regions like prefrontal cortex that plays a role in working memory. Previous studies have shown that large networks with sparse connections, networks with strong noise and persistent inhibition and networks with structured synaptic connections display persistent-irregular activity...
March 22, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390096/copy-number-increases-of-transposable-elements-and-protein-coding-genes-in-an-invasive-fish-of-hybrid-origin
#20
Stefan Dennenmoser, Fritz J Sedlazeck, Elzbieta Iwaszkiewicz, Xiang-Yi Li, Janine Altmüller, Arne W Nolte
Evolutionary dynamics of structural genetic variation in lineages of hybrid origin is not well explored, although structural mutations may increase in controlled hybrid crosses. We therefore tested whether structural variants accumulate in a fish of recent hybrid origin, invasive Cottus, relative to both parental species Cottus rhenanus and Cottus perifretum. Copy number variation in exons of 10,979 genes was assessed using comparative genome hybridization arrays. Twelve genes showed significantly higher copy numbers in invasive Cottus compared to both parents...
April 8, 2017: Molecular Ecology
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