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Tsukushi Kamiya, Nicole Mideo, Samuel Alizon
Many components of host-parasite interactions have been shown to affect the way virulence (i.e., parasite-induced harm to the host) evolves. However, coevolution of multiple parasite traits is often neglected. We explore how an immunosuppressive mechanism of parasites affects and coevolves with virulence through multiple infections. Applying the adaptive dynamics framework to epidemiological models with coinfection, we show that immunosuppression is a double-edgedsword for the evolution of virulence. On one hand, it amplifies the adaptive benefit of virulence by increasing the abundance of coinfections through epidemiological feedbacks...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Rodrigo Fornel, Pedro Cordeiro-Estrela, Thales Renato O de Freitas
We tested the association between chromosomal polymorphism and skull shape and size variation in two groups of the subterranean rodent Ctenomys. The hypothesis is based on the premise that chromosomal rearrangements in small populations, as it occurs in Ctenomys, produce reproductive isolation and allow the independent diversification of populations. The mendocinus group has species with low chromosomal diploid number variation (2n=46-48), while species from the torquatus group have a higher karyotype variation (2n=42-70)...
2018: Genetics and Molecular Biology
Bibiana S O Fam, Pamela Paré, Aline B Felkl, Pedro Vargas-Pinilla, Vanessa R Paixão-Côrtes, Lucas Henriques Viscardi, Maria Cátira Bortolini
Domestication is of unquestionable importance to the technological revolution that has given rise to modern human societies. In this study, we analyzed the DNA and protein sequences of six genes of the oxytocin and arginine vasopressin systems (OXT-OXTR; AVP-AVPR1a, AVPR1b and AVPR2) in 40 placental mammals. These systems play an important role in the control of physiology and behavior. According to our analyses, neutrality does not explain the pattern of molecular evolution found in some of these genes. We observed specific sites under positive selection in AVPR1b (ω = 1...
2018: Genetics and Molecular Biology
Gilberto Cavalheiro Vieira, Marícia Fantinel D'Ávila, Rebeca Zanini, Maríndia Deprá, Vera Lúcia da Silva Valente
The DNA methyltransferase 2 (DNMT2) protein is the most conserved member of the DNA methyltransferase family. Nevertheless, its substrate specificity is still controversial and elusive. The genomic role and determinants of DNA methylation are poorly understood in invertebrates, and several mechanisms and associations are suggested. In Drosophila, the only known DNMT gene is Dnmt2. Here we present our findings from a wide search for Dnmt2 homologs in 68 species of Drosophilidae. We investigated its molecular evolution, and in our phylogenetic analyses the main clades of Drosophilidae species were recovered...
2018: Genetics and Molecular Biology
Claudia E Thompson, Loreta B Freitas, Francisco M Salzano
Alcohol dehydrogenases belong to the large superfamily of medium-chain dehydrogenases/reductases, which occur throughout the biological world and are involved with many important metabolic routes. We considered the phylogeny of 190 ADH sequences of animals, fungi, and plants. Non-class III Caenorhabditis elegans ADHs were seen closely related to tetrameric fungal ADHs. ADH3 forms a sister group to amphibian, reptilian, avian and mammalian non-class III ADHs. In fishes, two main forms are identified: ADH1 and ADH3, whereas in amphibians there is a new ADH form (ADH8)...
2018: Genetics and Molecular Biology
Xiuxia Zhao, Shaowei Zhang, Junqing Yan, Landong Li, Guangjun Wu, Wei Shi, Guangming Yang, Naijia Guan, Peng Cheng
Two stable 3D polyoxometalate-based metal-organic frameworks (PMOFs), [CuI 12 (trz)8 (H2 O)2 ][α-SiW12 O40 ]·2H2 O (1) and [CuI 12 (trz)8 Cl][α-PW12 O40 ] (2) (Htrz = 1- H-1,2,4-triazole) based on Keggin-type POMs were successfully obtained and fully characterized. The basic building units of the two PMOFs are [CuI 12 (trz)8 ], but polyoxoanion (POA) template effect leads to different structures and properties: 1 represents an interesting example that [α-SiW12 O40 ]4- locate in the nine-membered Cu-trz rings through Cu···O weak interactions to form a 3D framework, whereas 2 shows a 3D structure constructed from 2D bilayer cationic network [CuI 12 (trz)8 Cl]3+ and [α-PW12 O40 ]3- lying in the adjacent layers via Cu···O weak interactions...
April 18, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Hui Yang, Siobhan J Bradley, Xin Wu, Andrew Chan, Geoffrey I N Waterhouse, Thomas Nann, Jian Zhang, Paul E Kruger, Shengqian Ma, Shane G Telfer
Nanoparticles comprising three or more different metals are challenging to prepare. General methods that tackle this challenge are highly sought after as multicomponent metal nanoparticles display favorable properties in applications such as catalysis, biomedicine, and imaging. Herein, we report a practical and versatile approach for the synthesis of nanoparticles composed of up to four different metals. This method relies on the thermal decomposition of nanostructured composite materials assembled from platinum nanoparticles, a metal-organic framework (ZIF-8), and a tannic acid coordination polymer...
April 18, 2018: ACS Nano
Zhuohao Xiao, Xin-Yuan Sun, Xiuying Li, Yongqing Wang, Zhiqiang Wang, Bowei Zhang, Xianglin Li, Ze Xiang Shen, Lingbing Kong, Yizhong Huang
Theoretically, the accomplishment of phase transformation requires sufficient energy to overcome the barriers of structure rearrangements. Transition of an amorphous to crystalline structure is implemented traditionally by heating at high temperatures. However, phase transformation under ambient condition without involving external energy has not been reported. Here, we demonstrate that phase transformation of GeO2 glass to nanocrystals can be triggered at ambient condition when subjected to aqueous environments...
April 18, 2018: Nano Letters
Hui Mei, Jen-Yu Liao, Randi M Jimenez, Yajun Wang, Saikat Bala, Cailen McCloskey, Christopher Switzer, John C Chaput
In vitro selection experiments carried out on artificial genetic polymers require robust and faithful methods for copying genetic information back and forth between DNA and xeno-nucleic acids (XNA). Previously, we have shown that Kod-RI, an engineered polymerase developed to transcribe DNA templates into threose nucleic acid (TNA), can function with high fidelity in the absence of manganese ions. However, the transcriptional efficiency of this enzyme diminishes greatly when individual templates are replaced with libraries of DNA sequences, indicating that manganese ions are still required for in vitro selection...
April 18, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Hyunsoo Kim, Makariy A Tanatar, Catalin Martin, Erick C Blomberg, Ni Ni, Sergey L Bud'ko, Paul C Canfield, Ruslan Prozorov
Doping evolution of the superconducting gap anisotropy was studied in single crystals of 4$d$-electron doped Ba(Fe$_{1-x}$Rh$_x$)$_2$As$_2$ using tunnel diode resonator measurements of the temperature variation of London penetration depth $\Delta\lambda(T)$. Single crystals with doping level representative of underdoped regime $x$ = 0.039 ($T_c=$ 15.5 K), close to optimal doping $x=$ 0.057 ($T_c=$ 24.4 K) and overdoped $x=$ 0.079 ($T_c=$ 21.5 K) and $x=$ 0.131($T_c=$ 4.9 K) were studied. Superconducting energy gap anisotropy was characterized by the exponent, $n$, by fitting the data to the power-law, $\Delta\lambda=AT^n$...
April 18, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Elena Jiménez Cubedo, Javier López Monclús, José Luis Lucena de la Poza, Natalia González Alcolea, Pablo Calvo Espino, Arturo García Pavia, Victor Sánchez Turrión
INTRODUCTION: endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) remains the gold standard in biliary and pancreatic pathology. Although the procedure has a significant morbidity and mortality rate. Algorithms are needed for the management and treatment of the associated complications. OBJECTIVE: to review the post-ERCP perforations treated in the Department of General Surgery of the Hospital Puerta de Hierro from 1999 to 2014. The results were evaluated according to the types of perforation and treatment...
April 18, 2018: Revista Española de Enfermedades Digestivas
Quan Quan, Shunji Xie, Bo Weng, Ye Wang, Yi-Jun Xu
Charge separation/transfer is generally believed to be the most key factor affecting the efficiency of photocatalysis, which however will be counteracted if not taking the active site engineering into account for a specific photoredox reaction. Here, a 3D heterostructure composite is designed consisting of MoS2 nanoplatelets decorated on reduced graphene oxide-wrapped TiO2 nanotube arrays (TNTAs@RGO/MoS2 ). Such a cascade configuration renders a directional migration of charge carriers and controlled immobilization of active sites, thereby showing much higher photoactivity for water splitting to H2 than binary TNTAs@RGO and TNTAs/MoS2 ...
April 18, 2018: Small
Liqi Sun, Yingying Xie, Xiao-Zhen Liao, Hong Wang, Guoqiang Tan, Zonghai Chen, Yang Ren, Jihyeon Gim, Wan Tang, Yu-Shi He, Khalil Amine, Zi-Feng Ma
O3-type NaNi1/3 Fe1/3 Mn1/3 O2 (NaNFM) is well investigated as a promising cathode material for sodium-ion batteries (SIBs), but the cycling stability of NaNFM still needs to be improved by using novel electrolytes or optimizing their structure with the substitution of different elements sites. To enlarge the alkali-layer distance inside the layer structure of NaNFM may benefit Na+ diffusion. Herein, the effect of Ca-substitution is reported in Na sites on the structural and electrochemical properties of Na1- x Cax /2 NFM (x = 0, 0...
April 18, 2018: Small
Michael Daneshvar, Michael Hughes, Dmitriy Nikolavsky
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Urethral reconstruction has evolved in the last several decades with the introduction of various techniques including fasciocutaneous skin flaps and buccal mucosal grafts. However, distal urethral strictures have continued to be a reconstructive challenge due to tendency for adverse cosmetic outcomes, risks of glans dehiscence or fistula formation, and stricture recurrence. RECENT FINDINGS: The surgical options for treatment of distal urethral strictures have changed throughout the years; however, there is no one universally accepted technique for their treatment...
April 17, 2018: Current Urology Reports
Marcin Ceynowa, Marek Rocławski, Rafał Pankowski, Tomasz Mazurek
PURPOSE: Biphalangealism of the toes is an exclusively human phenomenon. The aim of this study was to evaluate the development of the lateral toes in childhood by following the ossification pattern of the phalanges. METHODS: Foot radiographs of 913 adults have been evaluated for biphalangealism of 3rd to 5th toe. The pediatric group, aged 6-15 years of age, was assessed for the number of ossification centers in the foot. RESULTS: In adults, the mean prevalence of biphalangealism in the 5th toe was 41...
April 17, 2018: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
Thomas Cavalier-Smith, Ema E Chao, Rhodri Lewis
Infrakingdom Rhizaria is one of four major subgroups with distinct cell body plans that comprise eukaryotic kingdom Chromista. Unlike other chromists, Rhizaria are mostly heterotrophic flagellates, amoebae or amoeboflagellates, commonly with reticulose (net-like) or filose (thread-like) feeding pseudopodia; uniquely for eukaryotes, cilia have proximal ciliary transition-zone hub-lattices. They comprise predominantly flagellate phylum Cercozoa and reticulopodial phylum Retaria, whose exact phylogenetic relationship has been uncertain...
April 17, 2018: Protoplasma
James L Mohler
This mini-review describes the evolution of the concept of intracrine androgen metabolism by prostate cancer during androgen deprivation therapy. Persistence of androgen receptor protein in the face of castrate circulating levels of testosterone could not be explained fully by hypersensitization or mutation of the androgen receptor. The hypothesis that castration-recurrent prostate cancer produced its own testosterone was proven using radioimmunoassay and mass spectrometry methods adopted for use in prostate tissue...
2018: American Journal of Clinical and Experimental Urology
Qingqing Zhang, Jinghua Huang, Feinan Hu, Na Huo, Yingni Shang, Wenqian Chang, Shiwei Zhao
Background: The loess-paleosol sequence on the Loess Plateau has been considered an important paleoclimatic archive to study global climatic and environmental changes in the Quaternary. So far, little attention has been paid to the characteristics of soil organic carbon fractions in loess-paleosol sequences, which may provide valuable information for exploring the evolution of climate and environment in the Quaternary on the Loess Plateau. Methods: In order to explore the significance of mineral-associated organic carbon to total organic carbon (MOC/TOC) ratios in the loess-paleosol sequence for reconstructing paleoenvironmental and paleoclimatic evolution in the Quaternary on the Loess Plateau, we selected a typical loess-paleosol profile in Chunhua county, Xianyang city, Shaanxi province, as the research object...
2018: PeerJ
Isaure Scavezzoni, Valentin Fischer
Modern marine turtles (chelonioids) are the remnants of an ancient radiation that roots in the Cretaceous. The oldest members of that radiation are first recorded from the Early Cretaceous and a series of species are known from the Albian-Cenomanian interval, many of which have been allocated to the widespread but poorly defined genus Rhinochelys , possibly concealing the diversity and the evolution of early marine turtles. In order to better understand the radiation of chelonioids, we redescribe the holotype and assess the taxonomy of Rhinochelys amaberti Moret (1935) (UJF-ID...
2018: PeerJ
Juan C Opazo, Kattina Zavala, Soledad Miranda-Rottmann, Roberto Araya
Dopamine receptors are integral membrane proteins whose endogenous ligand is dopamine. They play a fundamental role in the central nervous system and dysfunction of dopaminergic neurotransmission is responsible for the generation of a variety of neuropsychiatric disorders. From an evolutionary standpoint, phylogenetic relationships among the DRD1 class of dopamine receptors are still a matter of debate as in the literature different tree topologies have been proposed. In contrast, phylogenetic relationships among the DRD 2 group of receptors are well understood...
2018: PeerJ
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