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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443039/primary-emotional-systems-and-personality-an-evolutionary-perspective
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Christian Montag, Jaak Panksepp
The present article highlights important concepts of personality including stability issues from the perspective of situational demands and stability over the life-course. Following this more introductory section, we argue why individual differences in primary emotional systems may represent the phylogenetically oldest parts of human personality. Our argumentation leads to the need to increasingly consider individual differences in the raw affects/emotions of people to understand human personality in a bottom-up fashion, which can be coordinated with top-down perspectives...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424673/genome-scale-reconstruction-of-the-metabolic-network-in-oenococcus-oeni-to-assess-wine-malolactic-fermentation
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Sebastián N Mendoza, Pablo M Cañón, Ángela Contreras, Magdalena Ribbeck, Eduardo Agosín
Oenococcus oeni is the main responsible agent for malolactic fermentation in wine, an unpredictable and erratic process in winemaking. To address this, we have constructed and exhaustively curated the first genome-scale metabolic model of Oenococcus oeni, comprising 660 reactions, 536 metabolites and 454 genes. In silico experiments revealed that nutritional requirements are predicted with an accuracy of 93%, while 14 amino acids were found to be essential for the growth of this bacterial species. When the model was applied to determine the non-growth associated maintenance, results showed that O...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406389/the-informational-turn-in-food-politics-the-us-fda-s-nutrition-label-as-information-infrastructure
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Xaq Frohlich
This article traces the history of the US FDA regulation of nutrition labeling, identifying an 'informational turn' in the evolving politics of food, diet and health in America. Before nutrition labeling was introduced, regulators actively sought to segregate food markets from drug markets by largely prohibiting health information on food labels, believing such information would 'confuse' the ordinary food consumer. Nutrition labeling's emergence, first in the 1970s as consumer empowerment and then later in the 1990s as a solution to information overload, reflected the belief that it was better to manage markets indirectly through consumer information than directly through command-and-control regulatory architecture...
April 2017: Social Studies of Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399263/ecological-niche-model-for-predicting-distribution-of-disease-vector-mosquitoes-in-yucat%C3%A3-n-state-m%C3%A3-xico
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Carlos M Baak-Baak, David A Moo-Llanes, Nohemi Cigarroa-Toledo, Fernando I Puerto, Carlos Machain-Williams, Guadalupe Reyes-Solis, Yoshinori J Nakazawa, Armando Ulloa-Garcia, Julian E Garcia-Rejon
The majority of the Yucatán State, México, presents subtropical climate that is suitable for many species of mosquitoes that are known to be vectors of diseases, including those from the genera Aedes and Culex. The objective of this study is to identify the geographic distribution of five species from these two genera and estimate the human population at risk of coming in contact with them. We compiled distributional data for Aedes aegypti (L.), Aedes (Howardina) cozumelensis (Diaz Najera), Culex coronator Dyar and Knab, Culex quinquefasciatus Say, and Culex thriambus Dyar from several entomological studies in Yucatán between March 2010 and September 2014...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379961/mapping-black-panthers-macroecological-modeling-of-melanism-in-leopards-panthera-pardus
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Lucas G da Silva, Kae Kawanishi, Philipp Henschel, Andrew Kittle, Arezoo Sanei, Alexander Reebin, Dale Miquelle, Andrew B Stein, Anjali Watson, Laurence Bruce Kekule, Ricardo B Machado, Eduardo Eizirik
The geographic distribution and habitat association of most mammalian polymorphic phenotypes are still poorly known, hampering assessments of their adaptive significance. Even in the case of the black panther, an iconic melanistic variant of the leopard (Panthera pardus), no map exists describing its distribution. We constructed a large database of verified records sampled across the species' range, and used it to map the geographic occurrence of melanism. We then estimated the potential distribution of melanistic and non-melanistic leopards using niche-modeling algorithms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369608/differentiation-in-the-water-use-strategies-among-oak-species-from-central-mexico
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Rafael Aguilar-Romero, Fernando Pineda-Garcia, Horacio Paz, Antonio González-Rodríguez, Ken Oyama
Oak species (Fagaceae: Quercus) differ in their distribution at the landscape scale, specializing to a certain portion of environmental gradients. This suggests that functional differentiation favors habitat partitioning among closely related species. To elucidate the mechanisms of species coexistence in oak forests, we explored patterns of interspecific variation in functional traits involved in water-use strategies. We tested the hypothesis that oak species segregate along key trade-offs between xylem hydraulic efficiency and safety, and between hydraulic safety and drought avoidance capacity, leading to species niche partitioning across a gradient of aridity...
March 23, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358926/genetically-engineered-rat-gliomas-pdgf-driven-tumor-initiation-and-progression-in-tv-a-transgenic-rats-recreate-key-features-of-human-brain-cancer
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Nina P Connolly, Jesse A Stokum, Craig S Schneider, Tatsuya Ozawa, Su Xu, Rebeca Galisteo, Rudolph J Castellani, Anthony J Kim, J Marc Simard, Jeffrey A Winkles, Eric C Holland, Graeme F Woodworth
Previously rodent preclinical research in gliomas frequently involved implantation of cell lines such as C6 and 9L into the rat brain. More recently, mouse models have taken over, the genetic manipulability of the mouse allowing the creation of genetically accurate models outweighed the disadvantage of its smaller brain size that limited time allowed for tumor progression. Here we illustrate a method that allows glioma formation in the rat using the replication competent avian-like sarcoma (RCAS) virus / tumor virus receptor-A (tv-a) transgenic system of post-natal cell type-specific gene transfer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358919/beware-batch-culture-seasonality-and-niche-construction-predicted-to-favor-bacterial-adaptive-diversification
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Charles Rocabert, Carole Knibbe, Jessika Consuegra, Dominique Schneider, Guillaume Beslon
Metabolic cross-feeding interactions between microbial strains are common in nature, and emerge during evolution experiments in the laboratory, even in homogeneous environments providing a single carbon source. In sympatry, when the environment is well-mixed, the reasons why emerging cross-feeding interactions may sometimes become stable and lead to monophyletic genotypic clusters occupying specific niches, named ecotypes, remain unclear. As an alternative to evolution experiments in the laboratory, we developed Evo2Sim, a multi-scale model of in silico experimental evolution, equipped with the whole tool case of experimental setups, competition assays, phylogenetic analysis, and, most importantly, allowing for evolvable ecological interactions...
March 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348225/origins-of-house-mice-in-ecological-niches-created-by-settled-hunter-gatherers-in-the-levant-15-000-y-ago
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Lior Weissbrod, Fiona B Marshall, François R Valla, Hamoudi Khalaily, Guy Bar-Oz, Jean-Christophe Auffray, Jean-Denis Vigne, Thomas Cucchi
Reductions in hunter-gatherer mobility during the Late Pleistocene influenced settlement ecologies, altered human relations with animal communities, and played a pivotal role in domestication. The influence of variability in human mobility on selection dynamics and ecological interactions in human settlements has not been extensively explored, however. This study of mice in modern African villages and changing mice molar shapes in a 200,000-y-long sequence from the Levant demonstrates competitive advantages for commensal mice in long-term settlements...
April 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342879/stable-subcutaneous-cartilage-regeneration-of-bone-marrow-stromal-cells-directed-by-chondrocyte-sheet
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Dan Li, Lian Zhu, Yu Liu, Zongqi Yin, Yi Liu, Fangjun Liu, Aijuan He, Shaoqing Feng, Yixin Zhang, Zhiyong Zhang, Wenjie Zhang, Wei Liu, Yilin Cao, Guangdong Zhou
In vivo niche plays an important role in regulating differentiation fate of stem cells. Due to lack of proper chondrogenic niche, stable cartilage regeneration of bone marrow stromal cells (BMSCs) in subcutaneous environments is always a great challenge. This study explored the feasibility that chondrocyte sheet created chondrogenic niche retained chondrogenic phenotype of BMSC engineered cartilage (BEC) in subcutaneous environments. Porcine BMSCs were seeded into biodegradable scaffolds followed by 4 weeks of chondrogenic induction in vitro to form BEC, which were wrapped with chondrocyte sheets (Sheet group), acellular small intestinal submucosa (SIS, SIS group), or nothing (Blank group) respectively and then implanted subcutaneously into nude mice to trace the maintenance of chondrogenic phenotype...
March 22, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321883/higher-photosynthesis-nutrient-and-energy-use-efficiencies-contribute-to-invasiveness-of-exotic-plants-in-a-nutrient-poor-habitat-in-northeast-china
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Ming-Chao Liu, De-Liang Kong, Xiu-Rong Lu, Kai Huang, Shuo Wang, Wei-Bin Wang, Bo Qu, Yu-Long Feng
The roles of photosynthesis-related traits in invasiveness of introduced plant species are still not well elucidated, especially in nutrient-poor habitats. In addition, little effort has been made to determine the physiological causes and consequences of the difference in these traits between invasive and native plants. To address these problems, we compared the differences in 16 leaf functional traits related to light-saturated photosynthetic rate (Pmax ) between 22 invasive and native plants in a nutrient-poor habitat in northeast China...
March 20, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299667/runx3-and-cell-fate-decisions-in-pancreas-cancer
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Martin C Whittle, Sunil R Hingorani
The RUNX family transcription factors are critical regulators of development and frequently dysregulated in cancer. RUNX3, the least well characterized of the three family members, has been variously described as a tumor promoter or suppressor, sometimes with conflicting results and opinions in the same cancer and likely reflecting a complex role in oncogenesis. We recently identified RUNX3 expression as a crucial determinant of the predilection for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) cells to proliferate locally or promulgate throughout the body...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299575/phylogenetic-constrains-on-mycorrhizal-specificity-in-eight-dendrobium-orchidaceae-species
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Xiaoke Xing, Xueting Ma, Jinxin Men, Yanhong Chen, Shunxing Guo
Plant phylogeny constrains orchid mycorrhizal (OrM) fungal community composition in some orchids. Here, we investigated the structures of the OrM fungal communities of eight Dendrobium species in one niche to determine whether similarities in the OrM fungal communities correlated with the phylogeny of the host plants and whether the Dendrobium-OrM fungal interactions are phylogenetically conserved. A phylogeny based on DNA data was constructed for the eight coexisting Dendrobium species, and the OrM fungal communities were characterized by their roots...
March 13, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276582/ecological-factors-in-human-development
#14
William E Cross
Urie Bronfenbrenner (1992) helped developmental psychologists comprehend and define "context" as a rich, thick multidimensional construct. His ecological systems theory consists of five layers, and within each layer are developmental processes unique to each layer. The four articles in this section limit the exploration of context to the three innermost systems: the individual plus micro- and macrolayers. Rather than examine both the physical features and processes, the articles tend to focus solely on processes associated with a niche...
March 9, 2017: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250160/glucose-dependent-insulinotropic-polypeptide-receptor-deficiency-leads-to-impaired-bone-marrow-hematopoiesis
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Fernanda Dana Mantelmacher, Sigal Fishman, Keren Cohen, Metsada Pasmanik Chor, Yuichiro Yamada, Isabel Zvibel, Chen Varol
The bone marrow (BM) contains controlled specialized microenvironments, or niches, that regulate the quiescence, proliferation, and differentiation of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPC). The glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP) is a gut-derived incretin hormone that mediates postprandial insulin secretion and has anabolic effects on adipose tissue. Previous studies demonstrated altered bone microarchitecture in mice deficient for GIP receptor (Gipr(-/-) ), as well as the expression of high-affinity GIP receptor by distinct cells constructing the BM HSPC niche...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249898/defining-cancer-subpopulations-by-adaptive-strategies-rather-than-molecular-properties-provides-novel-insights-into-intratumoral-evolution
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Arig Ibrahim-Hashim, Mark Robertson-Tessi, Pedro Enrizues-Navas, Mehdi Damaghi, Yoganand Balagurunathan, Jonathan W Wojtkowiak, Shonagh Russell, Kam Yoonseok, Mark C Lloyd, Marilyn M Bui, Joel S Brown, Alexander Ra Anderson, Robert J Gillies, Robert A Gatenby
Ongoing intratumoral evolution is apparent in molecular variations among cancer cells from different regions of the same tumor, but genetic data alone provide little insight into environmental selection forces and cellular phenotypic adaptations that govern the underlying Darwinian dynamics. In three spontaneous murine cancers (prostate cancers in TRAMP and PTEN mice, pancreatic cancer in KPC mice), we identified two subpopulations with distinct niche-construction adaptive strategies that remained stable in culture: (1) Invasive cells that produce an acidic environment via upregulated aerobic glycolysis, and (2) Non-invasive cells that were angiogenic and metabolically near-normal...
March 1, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240417/engineering-photocrosslinkable-bicomponent-hydrogel-constructs-for-creating-3d-vascularized-bone
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Mehdi Kazemzadeh-Narbat, Jeroen Rouwkema, Nasim Annabi, Hao Cheng, Masoumeh Ghaderi, Byung-Hyun Cha, Mansi Aparnathi, Akbar Khalilpour, Batzaya Byambaa, Esmaiel Jabbari, Ali Tamayol, Ali Khademhosseini
Engineering bone tissue requires the generation of a highly organized vasculature. Cellular behavior is affected by the respective niche. Directing cellular behavior and differentiation for creating mineralized regions surrounded by vasculature can be achieved by controlling the pattern of osteogenic and angiogenic niches. This manuscript reports on engineering vascularized bone tissues by incorporating osteogenic and angiogenic cell-laden niches in a photocrosslinkable hydrogel construct. Two-step photolithography process is used to control the stiffness of the hydrogel and distribution of cells in the patterned hydrogel...
February 27, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223405/stromal-cell-niches-in-the-inflamed-central-nervous-system
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Natalia B Pikor, Jovana Cupovic, Lucas Onder, Jennifer L Gommerman, Burkhard Ludewig
Inflammation in the CNS must be tightly regulated to respond efficiently to infection with neurotropic pathogens. Access of immune cells to the CNS and their positioning within the tissue are controlled by stromal cells that construct the barriers of the CNS. Although the role of the endothelium in regulating the passage of leukocytes and small molecules into the CNS has been studied extensively, the contribution of fibroblastic stromal cells as portals of entry into the CNS was only recently uncovered. We review the critical immune-stimulating role of meningeal fibroblasts in promoting recruitment and retention of lymphocytes during CNS inflammation...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221776/the-horizon-of-materiobiology-a-perspective-on-material-guided-cell-behaviors-and-tissue-engineering
#19
Yulin Li, Yin Xiao, Changsheng Liu
Although the biological functions of cell and tissue can be regulated by biochemical factors (e.g., growth factors, hormones), the biophysical effects of materials on the regulation of biological activity are receiving more attention. In this Review, we systematically summarize the recent progress on how biomaterials with controllable properties (e.g., compositional/degradable dynamics, mechanical properties, 2D topography, and 3D geometry) can regulate cell behaviors (e.g., cell adhesion, spreading, proliferation, cell alignment, and the differentiation or self-maintenance of stem cells) and tissue/organ functions...
February 21, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214260/autism-its-cultural-modulation-and-niche-construction-in-societies-reply-to-comments-on-implications-of-the-idea-of-neurodiversity-for-understanding-the-origins-of-developmental-disorders
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