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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346658/spatially-heterogeneous-selection-in-nature-favors-phenotypic-plasticity-in-anuran-larvae
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Josh Van Buskirk
Theory holds that adaptive phenotypic plasticity evolves under spatial or temporal variation in natural selection. I tested this prediction in a classic system of predator-induced plasticity: frog tadpoles (Rana temporaria) reacting to predaceous aquatic insects. An outdoor mesocosm experiment manipulating exposure to Aeshna dragonfly larvae revealed plasticity in most characters: growth, development, behavior, and external morphology. I measured selection by placing 1927 tadpoles into enclosures within natural ponds; photographs permitted identification of the survivors 6-9 days later...
March 27, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344543/chinese-immigrant-men-smokers-sources-of-cigarettes-in-canada-a-qualitative-study
#2
Aimei Mao, Joan L Bottorff, John L Oliffe, Gayl Sarbit, Mary T Kelly
BACKGROUND: Immigrants often experience economic hardship in their host country and tend to belong to economically disadvantaged groups. Individuals of lower socioeconomic status tend to be more sensitive to cigarette price changes. This study explores the cigarette purchasing patterns among Chinese Canadian male immigrants. METHODS: Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with 22 Chinese Canadian immigrants who were smoking or had quit smoking in the last five years...
2017: Tobacco Induced Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343561/locomotor-and-energetic-consequences-of-behavioral-thermoregulation-in-the-sanguivorous-leech-hirudo-verbana
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Amanda C Hitchcock, Erin M Connolly, Karin Darakananda, Janet W Jeong, Arbor J L Quist, Allison B Robbins, David J Ellerby
Medicinal leeches (Hirudo verbana) thermoregulate with respect to their sanguivorous feeding behavior. Immediate postprandial preferences are for warmer than their initial acclimation temperature (Ta, 21°C, Petersen et al. 2011), while unfed leeches have a lower preferred temperature (Tpref, 12.5°C). This may reduce energy expenditure and defer starvation if feeding opportunities are limited. Energetic benefits may have an associated cost if low temperatures reduce mobility and the ability to locate further hosts...
April 2017: Journal of Thermal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342211/the-molecular-behavior-of-a-single-%C3%AE-amyloid-inside-a-dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine-bilayer-at-three-different-temperatures-an-atomistic-simulation-study
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Faezeh Kargar, Saeed Emadi, Hossein Fazli
The behavior of a single Aβ40 molecule within a dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) bilayer was studied by all-atom molecular dynamics simulations. The effect of membrane structure was investigated on Aβ40 behavior, secondary structure and insertion depth. Simulations were performed at three temperatures (323, 310 and 300 K) to probe three different bilayer fluidities. Results show that at all above temperatures the peptide contains two short helices, coil, bend and turn structures. At 300 K, the peptide contains a region with β structure in C-terminal region...
March 25, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340511/quantitative-mapping-reveals-age-and-sex-differences-in-vasopressin-but-not-oxytocin-immunoreactivity-in-the-rat-social-behavior-neural-network
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Brett T DiBenedictis, Elizabeth R Nussbaum, Harry K Cheung, Alexa H Veenema
The neuropeptides vasopressin (AVP) and oxytocin (OT) have been implicated in the regulation of numerous social behaviors in adult and juvenile animals. AVP and OT signaling predominantly occur within a circuit of interconnected brain regions known collectively as the "social behavior neural network" (SBNN). Importantly, AVP and OT signaling within the SBNN has been shown to differentially regulate diverse social behaviors, depending on the age and/or sex of the animal. We hypothesized that variation in the display of these behaviors is due in part to age and sex differences in AVP and OT synthesis within the SBNN...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340505/afferent-and-efferent-connections-of-the-interpeduncular-nucleus-with-special-reference-to-circuits-involving-the-habenula-and-raphe-nuclei
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Leandro B Lima, Debora Bueno, Fernanda Leite, Stefani Souza, Luciano Gonçalves, Isadora C Furigo, Jose Donato, Martin Metzger
The habenula is an epithalamic structure differentiated into two nuclear complexes, medial (MHb) and lateral habenula (LHb). Recently, MHb together with its primary target, the interpeduncular nucleus (IP), have been identified as major players in mediating the aversive effects of nicotine. However, structures downstream of the MHb-IP axis, including the median (MnR) and caudal dorsal raphe nucleus (DRC), may contribute to the behavioral effects of nicotine. The afferent and efferent connections of the IP have hitherto not been systematically investigated with sensitive tracers...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337779/the-chemistry-function-patho-physiology-of-stratum-corneum-barrier-ceramides
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David J Moore, Anthony V Rawlings
Research on understanding of the chemistry, function and (patho)physiology of stratum corneum (SC) lipids and especially ceramides has evolved over the last two decades. This has been made successful through the application of separation techniques that have become increasingly more sophisticated and it has become increasingly evident that our understanding of these molecules remains in its infancy. Thirteen classes of ceramides with over 300 and possibly up to 1000 distinct ceramide species have been identified suggesting an exquisitely subtle relationship between the types of ceramides and physical and chemical behavior...
March 24, 2017: International Journal of Cosmetic Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337747/structure-dependent-effects-of-amyloid-%C3%AE-on-long-term-memory-in-lymnaea-stagnalis
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Lenzie Ford, Michael Crossley, Devkee M Vadukul, György Kemenes, Louise C Serpell
Amyloid-β (Aβ) peptides are implicated in the causation of memory loss, neuronal impairment, and neurodegeneration in Alzheimer's disease. Our recent work revealed that Aβ 1-42 and Aβ 25-35 inhibit long-term memory (LTM) recall in Lymnaea stagnalis (pond snail) in the absence of cell death. Here, we report the characterization of the active species prepared under different conditions, describe which Aβ species is present in brain tissue during the behavioral recall time point and relate the sequence and structure of the oligomeric species to the resulting neuronal properties and effect on LTM...
March 24, 2017: FEBS Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337693/the-role-of-norms-in-marijuana-use-among-american-indian-adolescents
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Linda R Stanley, Randall C Swaim, Sara E Dieterich
American Indian adolescents residing on reservations report high levels of marijuana use. Understanding the relationships between normative mechanisms and marijuana use in this group can be especially important in designing effective strategies to prevent use. Participants were 3446 students identifying as American Indian in grades 7-12 across four academic years (2009-2012) from 45 schools. Multilevel logistic analysis was used to examine the relationships between lifetime, last month, and frequent marijuana use and measures of the normative environment...
March 24, 2017: Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335085/modifications-in-dietary-and-alcohol-intakes-between-before-and-after-cancer-diagnosis-results-from-the-prospective-population-based-nutrinet-sant%C3%A3-cohort
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Philippine Fassier, Laurent Zelek, Lucie Lécuyer, Patrick Bachmann, Marina Touillaud, Nathalie Druesne-Pecollo, Pilar Galan, Patrice Cohen, Hélène Hoarau, Paule Latino-Martel, Emmanuelle Kesse-Guyot, Julia Baudry, Serge Hercberg, Mélanie Deschasaux, Mathilde Touvier
Post-diagnosis diet and alcohol consumption may be associated with cancer prognosis, recurrence and mortality. Our aim was to investigate food, nutrient and alcohol intake variations between before and after cancer diagnosis and their determinants in a prospective cohort. Subjects (n=696) were incident cancer cases diagnosed in the NutriNet-Santé cohort between 2009 and 2016. Food, nutrient and alcohol intakes were prospectively collected using repeated non-consecutive 24-h dietary records since subjects' inclusion (i...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334485/pollinator-identity-and-spatial-isolation-influence-multiple-paternity-in-an-annual-plant
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Matthew K Rhodes, Jeremie B Fant, Krissa A Skogen
The occurrence and extent of multiple paternity is an important component of variation in plant mating dynamics. However, links between pollinator activity and multiple paternity are generally lacking, especially for plant species that attract functionally diverse floral visitors. In this study, we separated the influence of two functionally distinct floral visitors (hawkmoths and solitary bees) and characterized their impacts on multiple paternity in a self-incompatible, annual forb, Oenothera harringtonii (Onagraceae)...
March 23, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334416/mate-choice-copying-a-fitness-enhancing-behavior-that-evolves-by-indirect-selection
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Mauro Santos, Manuel Sapage, Margarida Matos, Susana A M Varela
A spatially explicit, individual-based simulation model is used to study the spread of an allele for mate-choice copying (MCC) through horizontal cultural transmission when female innate preferences do or do not coevolve with a male viability-increasing trait. Evolution of MCC is unlikely when innate female preferences coevolve with the trait, as copier females cannot express a higher preference than non-copier females for high-fitness males. However, if a genetic polymorphism for innate preference persists in the population, MCC can evolve by indirect selection through hitchhiking: the copying allele hitchhikes on the male trait...
March 23, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333395/small-molecules-belowground-the-role-of-specialized-metabolites-in-the-rhizosphere
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Hassan Massalha, Elisa Korenblum, Dorothea Tholl, Asaph Aharoni
Soil communities are diverse taxonomically and functionally. This ecosystem experiences highly complex networks of interactions, but may also present functionally independent entities. Plant roots, a metabolically active hotspot in the soil, take an essential part in belowground interactions. While plants are known to release an extremely high portion of the fixated carbon to the soil, less is known about the composition and role of C-containing compounds in the rhizosphere, in particular those involved in chemical communication...
March 23, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329413/physical-activity-muscular-strength-and-polypharmacy-among-older-multimorbid-persons-results-from-the-kora-age-study
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K A Volaklis, B Thorand, A Peters, M Halle, M Heier, B Strasser, U Amann, K H Ladwig, H Schulz, W Koenig, C Meisinger
The purpose of this study was to examine if physical activity (PA) and muscular strength (MS) are related to polypharmacy. Our cross-sectional analysis was based on 711 patients with multimorbidity (ΜΜΒ), aged 65-94 years, who participated in the KORA-Age study. Participants underwent a face to face interview and extensive physical examinations including anthropometric measurements, registration of chronic diseases, determination of health-related behaviors (smoking, alcohol intake, physical activity, etc), collection of blood samples and measurement of hand-grip strength...
March 22, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328087/endophytic-fungi-alter-sucking-bug-responses-to-cotton-reproductive-structures
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Gregory A Sword, Ashley Tessnow, Maria Julissa Ek-Ramos
All plants including cotton host a wide range of microorganisms as endophytes. There is a growing appreciation of the prevalence, ecological significance and management potential of facultative fungal endophytes in protecting plants from pests, pathogens and environmental stressors. Hemipteran sucking bugs have emerged as major pests across the US cotton belt, reducing yields directly by feeding on developing reproductive structures and indirectly by vectoring plant pathogens. We used no-choice and simultaneous choice assays to examine the host selection behavior of western tarnished plant bugs (Lygus hesperus) and southern green stink bugs (Nezara viridula) in response to developing flower buds and fruits from cotton plants colonized by one of two candidate beneficial fungal endophytes, Phialemonium inflatum or Beauveria bassiana...
March 22, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327577/metabolic-profiling-of-idh-mutation-and-malignant-progression-in-infiltrating-glioma
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Llewellyn E Jalbert, Adam Elkhaled, Joanna J Phillips, Evan Neill, Aurelia Williams, Jason C Crane, Marram P Olson, Annette M Molinaro, Mitchel S Berger, John Kurhanewicz, Sabrina M Ronen, Susan M Chang, Sarah J Nelson
Infiltrating low grade gliomas (LGGs) are heterogeneous in their behavior and the strategies used for clinical management are highly variable. A key factor in clinical decision-making is that patients with mutations in the isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 and 2 (IDH1/2) oncogenes are more likely to have a favorable outcome and be sensitive to treatment. Because of their relatively long overall median survival, more aggressive treatments are typically reserved for patients that have undergone malignant progression (MP) to an anaplastic glioma or secondary glioblastoma (GBM)...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324646/from-snapshots-to-movies-understanding-early-tooth-development-in-four-dimensions
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Rebecca Kim, Jeremy B A Green, Ophir D Klein
The developing tooth offers a model for the study of ectodermal appendage organogenesis. The signaling networks that regulate tooth development have been intensively investigated, but how cell biological responses to signaling pathways regulate dental morphogenesis remains an open question. The increasing use of ex vivo imaging techniques has enabled live tracking of cell behaviors over time in high resolution. While recent studies using these techniques have improved our understanding of tooth morphogenesis, important gaps remain that require additional investigation...
March 21, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322031/consensus-based-comparison-of-chromatographic-and-computationally-estimated-lipophilicity-of-benzothiepino-3-2-c-pyridine-derivatives-as-potential-antifungal-drugs
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Sandra Šegan, Nina Božinović, Igor Opsenica, Filip Andrić
Lipophilicity is one of the essential properties influencing drug absorption, excretion and metabolism. It is used for screening of viable drug candidates. Chromatographic behavior of thiepino[3,2-c:6,7-c']dipyridine and 16 benzothiepino[3,2-c]pyridine derivatives as potential antifungal drugs was studied using thin-layer chromatography under typical reversed-phase conditions and two microemulsion chromatographic systems. Seventeen chromatographic and nine in silico lipophilicity measures were estimated. They were compared by classical multivariate approaches: principal component analysis, hierarchical cluster analysis, and ranked and grouped by the non-parametric method-Sum of ranking differences...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321984/reciprocity-to-increase-participation-of-compatible-living-donor-and-recipient-pairs-in-kidney-paired-donation
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John S Gill, Kathryn Tinckam, Marie Chantal Fortin, Caren Rose, Kara Shick-Makaroff, Kimberly Young, Julie Lesage, Edward H Cole, Maeghan Toews, David N Landsberg, Jagbir Gill
Inclusion of compatible living donor and recipient pairs (CPs) in kidney paired donation (KPD) programs could increase living donor transplantation. We introduce the concept of a reciprocity based strategy in which the recipient of a CP that participates in KPD receives priority for a repeat deceased donor transplant in the event their primary living donor KPD transplant fails, and review the practical and ethical considerations of this strategy. The strategy limits prioritization to CPs already committed to living donation, minimizing the risk of unduly influencing donor behavior...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320350/views-of-somali-women-and-men-on-the-use-of-faith-based-messages-promoting-breast-and-cervical-cancer-screening-for-somali-women-a-focus-group-study
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Rebekah Pratt, Sharif Mohamed, Wali Dirie, Nimo Ahmed, Michael VanKeulen, Huda Ahmed, Nancy Raymond, Kola Okuyemi
BACKGROUND: Screening rates for breast and cervical cancer for Muslim women in the United States are low, particularly for first-generation immigrants. Interpretations of the Muslim faith represent some of the barriers for breast and cervical cancer screening. Working to understand how faith influences breast and cervical screening for Somali women, and working with the community to identify and utilize faith-based assets for promoting screening, may lead to life-saving changes in screening behaviors...
March 20, 2017: BMC Public Health
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