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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938055/photosynthetic-phenological-variation-may-promote-coexistence-among-co-dominant-tree-species-in-a-madrean-sky-island-mixed-conifer-forest
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D L Potts, R L Minor, Z Braun, G A Barron-Gafford
Across much of western North America, forests are predicted to experience a transition from snow- to rain-dominated precipitation regimes due to anthropogenic climate warming. Madrean sky island mixed conifer forests receive a large portion of their precipitation from summertime convective storms and may serve as a lens into the future for snow-dominated forests after prolonged warming. To better understand the linkage between physiological traits, climate variation, and the structure and function of mixed conifer forests, we measured leaf photosynthetic (A) responses to controlled variation in internal CO2 concentration (Ci) to quantify interspecific phenological variation in A/Ci-derived ecophysiological traits among ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa Lawson and C...
September 1, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937758/monomeric-huntingtin-exon-1-has-similar-overall-structural-features-for-wild-type-and-pathological-polyglutamine-lengths
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John B Warner, Kiersten Ruff, Piau Siong Tan, Edward A Lemke, Rohit V Pappu, Hilal A Lashuel
Huntington's disease is caused by expansion of a polyglutamine (polyQ) domain within exon 1 of the huntingtin gene (Httex1). A popular hypothesis is that the Httex1 protein undergoes sharp conformational changes as the polyQ length exceeds a threshold of 36 residues. We test this hypothesis by combining novel semi-synthesis strategies with state-of-the-art single molecule Förster resonance energy transfer measurements on biologically relevant Httex1 proteins of five different polyQ lengths. Our results, integrated with atomistic simulations, negate the hypothesis of a sharp, polyQ length-dependent change in the structure of monomeric Httex1...
September 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937720/revised-statement-on-sharps-safety
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October 2016: Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937677/synthesis-and-materialization-of-a-reaction-diffusion-french-flag-pattern
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Anton S Zadorin, Yannick Rondelez, Guillaume Gines, Vadim Dilhas, Georg Urtel, Adrian Zambrano, Jean-Christophe Galas, André Estevez-Torres
During embryo development, patterns of protein concentration appear in response to morphogen gradients. These patterns provide spatial and chemical information that directs the fate of the underlying cells. Here, we emulate this process within non-living matter and demonstrate the autonomous structuration of a synthetic material. First, we use DNA-based reaction networks to synthesize a French flag, an archetypal pattern composed of three chemically distinct zones with sharp borders whose synthetic analogue has remained elusive...
October 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937493/adaptive-statistical-iterative-reconstruction-v-versus-adaptive-statistical-iterative-reconstruction-impact-on-dose-reduction-and-image-quality-in-body-computed-tomography
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Marco Gatti, Filippo Marchisio, Marco Fronda, Osvaldo Rampado, Riccardo Faletti, Laura Bergamasco, Roberto Ropolo, Paolo Fonio
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact on dose reduction and image quality of the new iterative reconstruction technique: adaptive statistical iterative reconstruction (ASIR-V). METHODS: Fifty consecutive oncologic patients acted as case controls undergoing during their follow-up a computed tomography scan both with ASIR and ASIR-V. Each study was analyzed in a double-blinded fashion by 2 radiologists. Both quantitative and qualitative analyses of image quality were conducted...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937316/age-dependent-responses-of-brain-myelin-integrity-and-behavioral-performance-to-radiation-in-mice
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Zhimeng Fu, Yunfei Zhao, Kaixiang Zhang, Jian Wang, Min Zhang, Xianghui Zhao
Radiation therapy is widely used to treat primary and metastatic brain tumors, but it may also lead to delayed neurological complications. Oligodendrocytes in the central nervous system produce myelin, and myelin integrity becomes highly vulnerable after brain irradiation. In this study, mice at different developmental stages were used to test the age-dependent sensitivity of myelin formation and maintenance, as well as behavioral performance after whole-brain irradiation (WBI). Mice at postnatal days 21 and 28 and at 2 months received a single dose of 25 Gy WBI...
September 22, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937224/thermocapillary-droplet-actuation-effect-of-solid-structure-and-wettability
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George Karapetsas, Nikolaos T Chamakos, Athanasios G Papathanasiou
We examine the thermocapillary-driven flow of a droplet on a non-uniformly heated patterned surface. Using a sharp-interface scheme, capable of efficiently modelling the flow over complex surfaces, we perform 2D and 3D finite element simulations for a wide range of substrate wettabilities, i.e. from hydrophilic to super-hydrophobic surfaces. Our results demonstrate that the contact angle hysteresis, due to the presence of the solid structures, is responsible for the appearance of a critical thermal gradient beyond which droplet migration is possible that has been reported by experimental observations...
September 22, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936656/optimization-of-cell-spreading-and-image-quality-for-the-study-of-chromosomes-in-plant-tissues
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Laksana Kantama, Erik Wijnker, Hans de Jong
High-quality chromosome images of mitotic and meiotic cell divisions in plant tissues are inextricably connected with the technical control of cell spread preparations. Superb chromosome slides are the best for studying chromosome morphology and making karyotypes; they also are the best start for a successful fluorescent in situ hybridization experiment. In this study, we describe the essentials for fixation, enzymatic digestion, squash, spread, and dropping protocols for clean and well-differentiated nuclei and chromosome complements...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936399/rising-rate-of-liver-transplantation-in-the-baby-boomer-generation-with-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-in-the-united-states
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Osama Siddique, Mairin Joseph-Talreja, Eric R Yoo, Ryan B Perumpail, George Cholankeril, Stephen A Harrison, Zobair M Younossi, Robert J Wong, Aijaz Ahmed
Background and Aims: Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is the most rapidly growing indication for liver transplantation (LT) in the United States and is on a trajectory to become the leading indication for LT in the next decade. We aimed to study the trends in NASH-related LT among persons born between 1945 and 1965, the baby boomer (BB) generation. Methods: We performed a retrospective cohort analysis using population-based data from the United Network for Organ Sharing/Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network registry from 2004-2015 to evaluate the birth cohort-specific trends in liver transplant waitlist registrations and liver transplant surgeries in patients with NASH...
September 28, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Translational Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935816/forces-to-pierce-cuticle-of-tarsi-and-material-properties-determined-by-nanoindentation-the-achilles-heel-of-bed-bugs
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Jorge Bustamante, Jason F Panzarino, Timothy J Rupert, Catherine Loudon
The mechanical properties of bed bug (Cimex lectularius L.) tarsi and pretarsi were investigated in order to evaluate their vulnerability to piercing by plant trichomes (sharp microscopic hairs). Nanoindentation was used to measure the force required to insert a sharp probe into the cuticle of these different regions, as well as to determine creep and reduced elastic moduli for the cuticle. Scanning electron microscopy was used to visualize the indents that had been generated by nanoindentation. The force required to insert a cube corner nanoindenter probe into the cuticle was determined for a range of displacements (1 to 9 µm) and strain rates (0...
September 21, 2017: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935683/synaptic-activation-of-putative-sensory-neurons-by-hexamethonium-sensitive-nerve-pathways-in-mouse-colon
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Timothy James Hibberd, Lee Travis, Lukasz Wiklendt, Marcello C Costa, Simon J H Brookes, Hongzhen Hu, Damien John Keating, Nick J Spencer
The gastrointestinal tract contains its own independent population of sensory neurons within the gut wall. These sensory neurons have been referred to as intrinsic primary afferent neurons (IPANs) and can be identified by immunoreactivity to calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP) in mice. A common feature of IPANs is a paucity of fast synaptic inputs observed during sharp microelectrode recordings. Whether this is observed using different recording techniques is of particular interest for understanding the physiology of these neurons and neural circuit modelling...
September 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935667/upregulation-of-herv-k-is-linked-to-immunity-and-inflammation-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Toshie Saito, Kazuya Miyagawa, Shih-Yu Chen, Rasa Tamosiuniene, Lingli Wang, Orr Sharp, Erik Samayoa, Daisuke Harada, Jan-Renier A J Moonen, Aiqin Cao, Pin-I Chen, Jan K Hennigs, Mingxia Gu, Caiyun G Li, Ryan D Leib, Dan Li, Christopher M Adams, Patricia A Del Rosario, Matthew A Bill, Francois Haddad, Jose G Montoya, William Robinson, Wendy J Fantl, Garry P Nolan, Roham T Zamanian, Mark R Nicolls, Charles Y Chiu, Maria E Ariza, Marlene Rabinovitch
Background -Immune dysregulation has been linked to occlusive vascular remodeling in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) that is hereditary, idiopathic or associated with other conditions. Circulating autoantibodies, lung perivascular lymphoid tissue and elevated cytokines have been related to PAH pathogenesis but without clear understanding of how these abnormalities are initiated, perpetuated and connected in the progression of disease. We therefore set out to identify specific target antigens in PAH lung immune complexes as a starting point toward resolving these issues to better inform future application of immunomodulatory therapies...
September 21, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934953/increased-prevalence-of-renal-cysts-in-patients-with-sickle-cell-disease
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Daveena Meeks, Arunraj Navaratnarajah, Emma Drasar, Ounali Jaffer, C Jason Wilkins, Swee Lay Thein, Claire C Sharpe
BACKGROUND: Early detection and interventions have enabled patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) to live well into adulthood. Consequently, the chronicity of SCD allows for the insidious manifestation of multisystem complications, including renal damage. Cystic renal lesions are commonly incidentally discovered on ultrasound and computerised tomography (CT) imaging of the abdomen. Most are benign simple cysts, however, difficulties may be encountered if infection, rupture, haemorrhage or cancerous changes develop...
September 21, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934684/scientific-evidence-for-the-identification-of-an-aboriginal-massacre-at-the-sturt-creek-sites-on-the-kimberley-frontier-of-north-western-australia
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Pamela A Smith, Mark D Raven, Keryn Walshe, Robert W Fitzpatrick, F Donald Pate
Archival research into episodes of frontier violence in the Kimberley region of Western Australia indicate that the bodies of Aboriginal victims of massacres were frequently incinerated following the event. This paper presents the results of a scientific investigation of a reported massacre at Sturt Creek where burnt bone fragments were identified in two adjacent sites and documents the archaeological signatures associated with the sites. The methodology used to undertake the project brought together three systems of knowledge: the oral testimonies of the descent group originating from a sole adult survivor of the massacre; archival, historical and scientific research...
August 31, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934597/the-recent-atlantic-cold-anomaly-causes-consequences-and-related-phenomena
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Simon A Josey, Joel J-M Hirschi, Bablu Sinha, Aurélie Duchez, Jeremy P Grist, Robert Marsh
Cold ocean temperature anomalies have been observed in the mid- to high-latitude North Atlantic on interannual to centennial timescales. Most notably, a large region of persistently low surface temperatures accompanied by a sharp reduction in ocean heat content was evident in the subpolar gyre from the winter of 2013-2014 to 2016, and the presence of this feature at a time of pervasive warming elsewhere has stimulated considerable debate. Here, we review the role of air-sea interaction and ocean processes in generating this cold anomaly and place it in a longer-term context...
September 15, 2017: Annual Review of Marine Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934479/targeted-reconstruction-of-t-cell-receptor-sequence-from-single-cell-rna-seq-links-cdr3-length-to-t-cell-differentiation-state
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Shaked Afik, Kathleen B Yates, Kevin Bi, Samuel Darko, Jernej Godec, Ulrike Gerdemann, Leo Swadling, Daniel C Douek, Paul Klenerman, Eleanor J Barnes, Arlene H Sharpe, W Nicholas Haining, Nir Yosef
The T cell compartment must contain diversity in both T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire and cell state to provide effective immunity against pathogens. However, it remains unclear how differences in the TCR contribute to heterogeneity in T cell state. Single cell RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq) can allow simultaneous measurement of TCR sequence and global transcriptional profile from single cells. However, current methods for TCR inference from scRNA-seq are limited in their sensitivity and require long sequencing reads, thus increasing the cost and decreasing the number of cells that can be feasibly analyzed...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934276/enhanced-pyruvate-dehydrogenase-activity-improves-cardiac-outcomes-in-a-murine-model-of-cardiac-arrest
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Lin Piao, Yong-Hu Fang, Manfred M Kubler, Michael W Donnino, Willard W Sharp
RATIONALE: Post-ischemic changes in cellular metabolism alter myocardial and neurological function. Pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH), the limiting step in mitochondrial glucose oxidation, is inhibited by increased expression of PDH kinase (PDK) during ischemia/reperfusion injury. This results in decreased utilization of glucose to generate cellular ATP. Post-cardiac arrest (CA) hypothermia improves outcomes and alters metabolism, but its influence on PDH and PDK activity following CA are unknown...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934263/temporal-dynamics-and-leishmania-infantum-infection-prevalence-of-phlebotomus-perniciosus-diptera-phlebotominae-in-highly-endemic-areas-of-visceral-leishmaniasis-in-tunisia
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Meriem Benabid, Jamila Ghrab, Adel Rhim, Rania Ben-Romdhane, Karim Aoun, Aïda Bouratbine
Phlebotomus perniciosus is one of the major vectors of Leishmania infantum in the Mediterranean basin. The aim of this work was (i) to provide information about abundance and temporal dynamics of this Larroussius species in a hot spot area of visceral leishmaniasis in Tunisia, (ii) to detect L. infantum DNA in wild caught female sandflies and (iii) to measure Phlebotomus perniciosus infection rate throughout the active season. Sandflies were collected monthly during one year using CDC miniature light-traps in house and in animal shelters...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933885/cognition-emotion-interaction-as-a-predictor-of-adolescent-depressive-symptoms
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Karen D Rudolph, Megan M Davis, Jennifer D Monti
Given the sharp increase in rates of depression during adolescence, especially in girls, it is important to identify which youth are at greatest risk across this critical developmental transition. During the present research, we examined whether (a) individual differences in cognition-emotion interaction, as reflected in cognitive control (CC) deficits and trait negative emotionality (NE), predict depression levels across a 1-year period (sixth-seventh grades); and (b) these temperamental traits create a particularly strong risk in girls...
September 21, 2017: Developmental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933812/superior-b-doped-sic-nanowire-flexible-field-emitters-ultra-low-turn-on-fields-and-robust-stabilities-against-harsh-environments
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Shanliang Chen, Minghui Shang, Lin Wang, Zuobao Yang, Fengmei Gao, Jinju Zheng, Weiyou Yang
Low turn-on fields together with boosted stabilities are recognized as two key factors for pushing forward the implementations of the field emitters in electronic units. In current work, we explored superior flexible field emitters based on single-crystalline 3C-SiC nanowires, which had numbers of sharp edges as well as corners surrounding the wire body and B dopants. The as-constructed field emitters behaved exceptional field emission (FE) behaviors with ultra-low turn-on fields (Eto) of 0.94-0.68 V/μm and current emission fluctuations of ±1...
September 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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