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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743032/straf-a-convenient-online-tool-for-str-data-evaluation-in-forensic-genetics
#1
Alexandre Gouy, Martin Zieger
Population data in forensic genetics has to be checked for a variety of statistical parameters before it can be employed for case work. A lot of very powerful statistical tools are available for this task, most of them developed by labs having their research focus on population genetics or evolution. However, most of these programs require a substantial amount of experience. In addition, to our knowledge, none of the freely available programs calculates all the common parameters for a population study in forensic genetics at once, based on a single input file...
July 15, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742933/gene-expression-is-more-strongly-influenced-by-age-than-caste-in-the-ant-lasius-niger
#2
Eric R Lucas, Jonathan Romiguier, Laurent Keller
Phenotypic plasticity, where a single genome can give rise to different phenotypes, underlies many remarkable features of the natural world and occurs in a wide range of organisms. Understanding the transcriptional differences that underlie plastic phenotypes remains a major unsolved problem in biology. In many ants, females can develop into either queens or workers, two phenotypes with different morphology, behaviour and longevity. In comparison to workers, queens are larger, more fecund and longer-lived. Here, we study gene expression differences between queens and workers in the ant Lasius niger...
July 25, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742821/evolution-of-the-camp-dependent-protein-kinase-pka-catalytic-subunit-isoforms
#3
Kristoffer Søberg, Line Victoria Moen, Bjørn Steen Skålhegg, Jon Kristen Laerdahl
The 3',5'-cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP)-dependent protein kinase, or protein kinase A (PKA), pathway is one of the most versatile and best studied signaling pathways in eukaryotic cells. The two paralogous PKA catalytic subunits Cα and Cβ, encoded by the genes PRKACA and PRKACB, respectively, are among the best understood model kinases in signal transduction research. In this work, we explore and elucidate the evolution of the alternative 5' exons and the splicing pattern giving rise to the numerous PKA catalytic subunit isoforms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742696/transanal-versus-transabdominal-minimally-invasive-completion-proctectomy-with-ileal-pouch-anal-anastomosis-in-ulcerative-colitis-a-comparative-study
#4
Anthony de Buck van Overstraeten, Anders Mark-Christensen, Karin A Wasmann, Vivian P Bastiaenen, Christianne J Buskens, Albert M Wolthuis, Koen Vanbrabant, André D'hoore, Willem A Bemelman, Anders Tottrup, Pieter J Tanis
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to compare surgical outcome of transanal ileal pouch-anal anastomosis (ta-IPAA) with transabdominal minimal invasive approach in ulcerative colitis (UC), using the comprehensive complication index (CCI). BACKGROUND: Recent evolutions in rectal cancer surgery led to transanal dissection of the rectum resulting in a better exposure of the distal rectum and presumed better outcome. The same approach was introduced for patients with UC, resulting in decreased invasiveness...
July 24, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742251/evolution-of-volatile-emission-in-rhus-coriaria-organs-during-different-stages-of-growth-and-evaluation-of-the-essential-oil-composition
#5
Rose Vanessa Bandeira Reidel, Pier Luigi Cioni, Luigi Majo, Luisa Pistelli
Rhus coriaria, also known as sumac, have been traditionally used in many countries as spice, condiment, dying agent and medicinal herb. The chemical composition of essential oils and the volatile emissions from different organs of this species collected in Sicily (Italy) were analyzed by GC-FID and GC-MS. Monoterpene and sesquiterpene hydrocarbons were the most abundant class in the volatile emissions with β-caryophyllene and α-pinene were the main constituents in the majority of the examined samples. The EO composition was characterized by high amount of monoterpene and sesquiterpene hydrocarbons together with diterpenes...
July 25, 2017: Chemistry & Biodiversity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742220/dissecting-functions-of-sepallata-like-mads-box-genes-in-patterning-of-the-pseudanthial-inflorescence-of-gerbera-hybrida
#6
Teng Zhang, Yafei Zhao, Inka Juntheikki, Katriina Mouhu, Suvi K Broholm, Anneke S Rijpkema, Lisa Kins, Tianying Lan, Victor A Albert, Teemu H Teeri, Paula Elomaa
The pseudanthial inflorescences of the sunflower family, Asteraceae, mimic a solitary flower but are composed of multiple flowers. Our studies in Gerbera hybrida indicate functional diversification for SEPALLATA (SEP)-like MADS box genes that often function redundantly in other core eudicots. We conducted phylogenetic and expression analysis for eight SEP-like GERBERA REGULATOR OF CAPITULUM DEVELOPMENT (GRCD) genes, including previously unstudied gene family members. Transgenic gerbera plants were used to infer gene functions...
July 25, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742046/a-fast-algorithm-for-analysis-of-molecular-communication-in-artificial-synapse
#7
Bilgesu A Bilgin, Ozgur B Akan
In this paper we analyse molecular communications (MC) in a proposed artificial synapse (AS), whose main difference from biological synapses (BSs) is that it is closed, i.e., transmitter molecules cannot diffuse out from AS. Such a setup has both advantages and disadvantages. Besides higher structural stability, being closed, AS never runs out of transmitters. Thus, MC in AS is disconnected from outer environment, which is very desirable for possible intra-body applications. On the other hand, clearance of transmitters from AS has to be achieved by transporter molecules on the presynaptic membrane of AS...
July 21, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740612/3-hydroxykynurenine-a-tryptophan-metabolite-generated-during-the-infection-is-active-against-trypanosoma-cruzi
#8
Carolina P Knubel, Constanza Insfran, Fernando F Martinez, Cintia Diaz Lujan, Ricardo E Fretes, Martin G Theumer, Laura Cervi, Claudia C Motran
The antiparasitic activity of 3-hydroxykynurenine (3-HK), one of the major tryptophan catabolites of the kynurenine pathway, against both Trypanosoma cruzi evolutive forms that are important for human infection, trypomastigotes (Tps) and amastigotes (Am), possible targets in the parasite and the drug toxicity to mammalian cells have been investigated. 3-HK showed a potent activity against Am with IC50 values in the micromolar concentration range, while the IC50 values to cause Tps death was ∼6000-times higher, indicating that the replicative form present in the vertebrate hosts is much more susceptible to 3-HK than bloodstream Tps...
July 13, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740486/evolution-of-acinetobacter-baumannii-in-vivo-international-clone-ii-more-resistance-to-ceftazidime-mutation-in-ptk
#9
Xiaoting Hua, Zhihui Zhou, Qing Yang, Qiucheng Shi, Qingye Xu, Jianfeng Wang, Keren Shi, Feng Zhao, Long Sun, Zhi Ruan, Yan Jiang, Yunsong Yu
Acinetobacter baumannii is an important nosocomial pathogen worldwide. A more comprehensive understanding of the within-host genomic evolution of A. baumannii would provide a molecule basis for improving treatment of A. baumannii infection. To understand the evolutionary mechanism facilitating A. baumannii survived in human body, we here reported the genomic analysis of A. baumannii isolated sampled from Chinese patients. We used whole-genome sequence of A. baumannii isolates from the same patient to determine single-nucleotide variants, insertion sequence mapping, and gene change...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739732/reduced-expression-of-ranbpm-is-associated-with-poorer-survival-from-lung-cancer-and-increased-proliferation-and-invasion-of-lung-cancer-cells-in-vitro
#10
Zehang Zhao, Shan Cheng, Catherine Zabkiewicz, Jinfeng Chen, Lijiang Zhang, Lin Ye, Wen G Jiang
BACKGROUND/AIM: Ran binding protein microtubule-organizing centre (RanBPM), also known as RanBP9, is a scaffold protein conserved through evolution. We investigated the role of RanBPM in human lung cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Transcripts of RanBPM were determined in 56 human lung cancers along with paired normal lung tissues using real-time PCR. Association with prognosis was analyzed by online Kaplan-Meier survival analysis. In vitro lung cancer cell functional assays examined the impact of RanBPM-knockdown on cellular growth and invasion...
August 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739438/pathogenicity-of-the-egyptian-a-h5n1-avian-influenza-viruses-in-chickens
#11
A A Azab, A Arafa, A Selim, M K Hassan, A I Bazid, A H Sultan, H A Hussein, E M Abdelwhab
Long-term circulation of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 viruses of clade 2.2.1 in Egyptian poultry since February 2006 resulted in the evolution of two distinct clades: 2.2.1.1 represents antigenic-drift variants isolated from vaccinated poultry and 2.2.1.2 that caused the newest upsurge in birds and humans in 2014/2015. In the present study, nine isolates were collected from chickens, ducks and turkeys representing the commercial and backyard sectors during the period 2009-2015. The subtyping was confirmed by hemagglutination inhibition (HI) test, RT-qPCR and sequence analysis...
July 21, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739370/molecular-systematics-species-delimitation-and-diversification-patterns-of-the-phyllodactylus-lanei-complex-gekkota-phyllodactylidae-in-mexico
#12
Tonatiuh Ramírez-Reyes, Daniel Piñero, Oscar Flores-Villela, Ella Vázquez-Domínguez
The description of cryptic gecko species worldwide has revealed both that many putative species are, in fact, conformed by a complex of morphologically conserved species that are genetically distinct and highly divergent, and that gecko species diversity could be underestimated. The taxonomy and species delimitation of geckos belonging to the genus Phyllodactylus is still controversial, 16 of which are distributed in Mexico and 13 are endemic. Although the large morphological variation shown by the Phyllodactylus species from Mexico has been amply documented, little is known about their genetic diversity and evolutionary relationships, and much less regarding cryptic speciation...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739345/urine-specific-gravity-based-hydration-prevents-stroke-in-evolution-in-patients-with-acute-ischemic-stroke
#13
Chung-Jen Lin, Yen-Yun Tsai, Kuang-Yu Hsiao, Yuan-Hsiung Tsai, Ming-Hsueh Lee, Yen-Chu Huang, Meng Lee, Jen-Tsung Yang, Cheng-Ting Hsiao, Leng-Chieh Lin
BACKGROUND: Early neurological deterioration after ischemic stroke (stroke-in-evolution [SIE]) is associated with poorer outcomes. Previous studies have demonstrated a link between hydration status and the development of SIE. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that rehydration therapy, administered on the basis of urine-specific gravity (USG) findings, might reduce the development of SIE. METHODS: We conducted a single-arm prospective study of patients with acute ischemic stroke with historical controls...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738772/molecular-docking-and-drug-discovery-in-%C3%AE-adrenergic-receptors
#14
Santiago Vilar, Eduardo Sobarzo-Sánchez, Lourdes Santana, Eugenio Uriarte
Evolution in computer engineering, availability of increasing amounts of data and the development of new and fast docking algorithms and software have led to improved molecular simulations with crucial applications in virtual high-throughput screening and drug discovery. Moreover, analysis of protein-ligand recognition through molecular docking has become a valuable tool in drug design. In this review, we focus on the applicability of molecular docking on a particular class of G protein-coupled receptors: the β-adrenergic receptors, which are relevant targets in clinic for the treatment of asthma and cardiovascular diseases...
July 24, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738682/prototropically-allosteric-probe-for-superbly-selective-dna-analysis
#15
Fan Lin, Yufeng Zhou, Qiusha Li, Xiao-Shun Zhou, Yong Shao, Benoit Habermeyer, Hui Wang, Xinghua Shi, Zhiai Xu
Selective nucleotide recognition for biosensor evolution requires rational probe design towards the binding pattern-susceptible readout but without serious poison in selectivity from the context sequences. In this work, we synthesized a dual-function trihydroxyphenyl porphyrin (POH3) to target abasic site (AP site) in ds-DNA using the trihydroxyphenyl substituent and the tetrapyrrole macrocycle as the recognition unit (RU) and the fluorescent signal unit (SU), respectively. RU and SU are separated each other but are prototropically allosteric...
July 25, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738272/evolution-of-corresponding-resistance-genes-in-the-water-of-fish-tanks-with-multiple-stresses-of-antibiotics-and-heavy-metals
#16
Xiaolin He, Yanbin Xu, Jinliang Chen, Jiayin Ling, Yafei Li, Lu Huang, Xiao Zhou, Li Zheng, Guangyan Xie
Abuse of antibiotics and heavy metals in aquaculture has been widely concerned and might aggravate the spread of resistance genes in environment. To investigate the occurrence and proliferation of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) and heavy metal resistance genes (HMRGs), three commonly used antibiotics (tetracycline, sulfanilamide, cefotaxime) and two heavy metals (Zn and Cu) were designed to add individually or jointly in nine fish tanks including five individual exposure tanks of tetracycline (tet), sulfanilamide (sul), cefotaxime (cef), Cu, Zn and four combination exposure tanks of tetracycline + sulfanilamide (tet + sul), tetracycline + sulfanilamide + cefotaxime (tet + sul + cef), tetracycline + sulfanilamide + Cu (tet + sul + Cu), tetracycline + sulfanilamide + Zn (tet + sul + Zn) as well as the control during the experiment period of 180 days...
July 19, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738087/exercise-physiology-with-a-left-ventricular-assist-device-analysis-of-heart-pump-interaction-with-a-computational-simulator
#17
Libera Fresiello, Frank Rademakers, Piet Claus, Gianfranco Ferrari, Arianna Di Molfetta, Bart Meyns
Patients with a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) are hemodynamically stable but show an impaired exercise capacity. Aim of this work is to identify and to describe the limiting factors of exercise physiology with a VAD. We searched for data concerning exercise in heart failure condition and after VAD implantation from the literature. Data were analyzed by using a cardiorespiratory simulator that worked as a collector of inputs coming from different papers. As a preliminary step the simulator was used to reproduce the evolution of hemodynamics from rest to peak exercise (ergometer cycling) in heart failure condition...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738023/cluster-assembly-route-to-a-novel-octagonal-two-dimensional-zno-monolayer
#18
Prashant V Gaikwad, Pradeep K Pujari, Sudip Chakroborty, Anjali Kshirsagar
To explore the possibility of cluster assembly resulting in a two-dimensional (2D) stable monolayer of ZnO, a systematic study is performed on the structural evolution of bare and passivated stoichiometric clusters of [Formula: see text] [Formula: see text], [Formula: see text], using density-functional-theory-based first principles electronic structure calculations. The changes in hybridization are investigated with the aid of the site-projected partial density of states and partial charge density, while the effect of passivation and size on the ionicity of the cluster is studied using Bader charge analysis...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737797/cation-distribution-dependent-magnetic-properties-in-cocr2-xfexo4-x-0-1-to-0-5-exafs-m%C3%A3-ssbauer-and-magnetic-measurements
#19
D Kumar, A Banerjee, A Mahmoud, Chandana Rath
In this report, we have examined the evolution of the structure and rich magnetic transitions such as a paramagnetic to ferrimagnetic phase transition at the Curie temperature (TC), spiral ordering temperature (TS) and lock-in temperature (TL) observed in the CoCr2O4 spinel multiferroic after substituting Fe. The crystal structure, microstructure and cation distribution among the tetrahedral (A) and octahedral (B) sites in the spinel lattice are characterised by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) and Mössbauer spectroscopy...
July 24, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737792/ferromagnetic-resonance-of-nicofe2o4-nanoparticles-and-microwave-absorption-properties-of-flexible-nicofe2o4-carbon-black-poly-vinyl-alcohol-composites
#20
Gopal Datt, Chetan Kotabage, A C Abhyankar
The effect of cationic disorder and particle morphology on the ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) of NiCoFe2O4 nanoparticles (NPs) and the electromagnetic shielding effectiveness of flexible composites (wherein the nanoparticles are used as fillers) has been presented. Upon annealing at 1000 °C, spherical, ∼25 nm, single crystalline (as-prepared) NPs are transformed into octahedral, ∼200 nm, polycrystalline (annealed) NPs and change the cationic distribution significantly. The effect of shape, size and cationic distribution on the resonance properties has been discussed using the randomly-oriented anisotropic-axis model...
July 24, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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