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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645204/when-homoplasy-is-not-homoplasy-dissecting-trait-evolution-by-contrasting-composite-and-reductive-coding
#1
Alejandro Torres-Montúfar, Thomas Borsch, Helga Ochoterena
The conceptualization and coding of characters is a difficult issue in phylogenetic systematics, no matter which inference method is used when reconstructing phylogenetic trees or if the characters are just mapped onto a specific tree. Complex characters are groups of features that can be divided into simpler hierarchical characters (reductive coding), although the implied hierarchical relational information may change depending on the type of coding (composite vs reductive). Up to now, there is no common agreement to either code characters as complex or simple...
June 22, 2017: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645200/prognostic-awareness-prognostic-communication-and-cognitive-function-in-patients-with-malignant-glioma
#2
Eli L Diamond, Holly G Prigerson, Denise C Correa, Anne Reiner, Katherine Panageas, Maria Kryza-Lacombe, Justin Buthorn, Elizabeth C Neil, Alex M Miller, Lisa M DeAngelis, Allison J Applebaum
Background: Malignant glioma (MG) is a devastating neuro-oncologic disease with almost invariably poor prognosis. Prognostic awareness (PA) is the awareness of incurable disease and shortened life-expectancy (LE). Accurate PA is associated with favorable psychological outcomes at the end-of-life (EOL) for patients with cancer, however little is known about PA or prognostic communication in MG. Moreover, research has yet to evaluate the impact of cognitive impairment on PA and preferred forms of communication...
June 22, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645191/how-effective-is-algorithm-guided-treatment-for-depressed-inpatients-results-from-the-randomized-controlled-multicenter-german-algorithm-project-3-trial
#3
Mazda Adli, Katja Wiethoff, Thomas C Baghai, Robert Fisher, Florian Seemüller, Gregor Laakmann, Peter Brieger, Joachim Cordes, Jaroslav Malevani, Gerd Laux, Iris Hauth, Hans-Jürgen Möller, Klaus-Thomas Kronmüller, Michael N Smolka, Peter Schlattmann, Maximilian Berger, Roland Ricken, Thomas J Stamm, Andreas Heinz, Michael Bauer
Background: Treatment algorithms are are considered as key to improve outcomes by enhancing the quality of care. This is the first randomized controlled study to evalutate the clinical effect of algorithm-guided treatment in inpatients with major depressive disorder (MDD). Methods: Inpatients, aged 18-70 years with MDD from 10 German psychiatric departments were randomized to 5 different treatment arms (from 2000 to 2005), three of which were standardized stepwise drug treatment algorithms (ALGO)...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645184/early-menarche-and-menstrual-problems-are-associated-with-sleep-disturbance-in-a-large-sample-of-chinese-adolescent-girls
#4
Xianchen Liu, Hua Chen, Zhen-Zhen Liu, Fang Fan, Cun-Xian Jia
Study Objectives: Little is known about the association between menstruation and sleep disturbance in adolescent girls. This study examined sleep duration, insomnia symptoms, and sleep quality in relation to age at menarche and menstrual problems in a large sample of Chinese adolescent girls. Methods: This report represents the baseline data of an ongoing longitudinal study of the Shandong Adolescent Behavior & Health Cohort (SABHC) in Shandong, China. 5,800 12 to 18-year-old girls (mean age= 15...
June 22, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645177/mobile-genetic-elements-in-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-movement-for-change
#5
Ana Cehovin, Steven B Lewis
Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the causative agent of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoeae, possesses several mobile genetic elements (MGEs). The MGEs such as transposable elements mediate intra-chromosomal rearrangements, while plasmids and the gonococcal genetic island are involved in inter-chromosomal gene transfer. Additionally, gonococcal MGEs serve as hotspots for recombination and integration of other genetic elements such as bacteriophages, contribute to gene regulation or spread genes through gonococcal populations by horizontal gene transfer...
June 22, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645164/differences-in-cardiac-structure-and-function-between-black-and-white-patients-another-step-in-the-evaluation-of-cardiovascular-risk-in-chronic-kidney-disease
#6
Emilio Nardi, Giuseppe Mulè, Chiara Nardi, Maurizio Averna
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 22, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645155/features-of-genomic-organization-in-a-nucleotide-resolution-molecular-model-of-the-escherichia-coli-chromosome
#7
William C Hacker, Shuxiang Li, Adrian H Elcock
We describe structural models of the Escherichia coli chromosome in which the positions of all 4.6 million nucleotides of each DNA strand are resolved. Models consistent with two basic chromosomal orientations, differing in their positioning of the origin of replication, have been constructed. In both types of model, the chromosome is partitioned into plectoneme-abundant and plectoneme-free regions, with plectoneme lengths and branching patterns matching experimental distributions, and with spatial distributions of highly-transcribed chromosomal regions matching recent experimental measurements of the distribution of RNA polymerases...
June 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645153/defective-mitochondrial-rna-processing-due-to-pnpt1-variants-causes-leigh-syndrome
#8
Sanna Matilainen, Christopher J Carroll, Uwe Richter, Liliya Euro, Max Pohjanpelto, Anders Paetau, Pirjo Isohanni, Anu Suomalainen
Leigh syndrome is a severe infantile encephalopathy with an exceptionally variable genetic background. We studied the exome of a child manifesting with Leigh syndrome at one month of age and progressing to death by the age of 2.4 years, and identified novel compound heterozygous variants in PNPT1, encoding the polynucleotide phosphorylase (PNPase). Expression of the wild type PNPT1 in the subject's myoblasts functionally complemented the defects, and the pathogenicity was further supported by structural predictions and protein and RNA analyses...
June 22, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645149/structural-determinants-of-apobec3b-non-catalytic-domain-for-molecular-assembly-and-catalytic-regulation
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Xiao Xiao, Hanjing Yang, Vagan Arutiunian, Yao Fang, Guillaume Besse, Cherie Morimoto, Brett Zirkle, Xiaojiang S Chen
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 22, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645148/a-soft-environmental-control-effect-of-apatite-doped-with-mineral-traces-in-the-fowl-droppings
#10
M Minamisawa, T Taniai, S Yoshida
Fowl-dropping apatite (Ca10-z[PO4]6-z[OH]2-z) synthesized from carbonized, incinerated fowl droppings contains PO4 and OH groups that are partially substituted by CO32- ions. It shows stronger ion conductivity than commercially available hydroxyapatite in a wide range of temperatures from 23°C to 800°C. Fowl-dropping apatite readily adsorbs NO2 and SO2 gases and, without re-releasing these gases, slowly decomposes them at room temperature under sunlight via ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) irradiation. A limited amount of minerals and organics contained in fowl droppings causes light-induced activities in fowl-dropping apatite with a crystal structure that has a developed c face; this initiates excitation-induced atomic transfer on the solid surface derived from PO4 exposed on the c face, which then advances the decomposition reaction...
June 21, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645141/does-the-seed-bank-contribute-to-the-build-up-of-a-genetic-extinction-debt-in-the-grassland-perennial-campanula-rotundifolia
#11
Jan Plue, Katrien Vandepitte, Olivier Honnay, Sara A O Cousins
Background and Aims: Habitat fragmentation threatens global biodiversity. Many plant species persist in habitat fragments via persistent life cycle stages such as seed banks, generating a species extinction debt. Here, seed banks are hypothesized to cause a temporal delay in the expected loss of genetic variation, which can be referred to as a genetic extinction debt, as a possible mechanism behind species extinction debts. Methods: Fragmented grassland populations of Campanula rotundifolia were examined for evidence of a genetic extinction debt, investigating if the seed bank contributed to the extinction debt build-up...
June 21, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645125/-epidemiology-of-parkinson-s-disease-and-current-concepts%C3%A2-of-outpatient-care-in-germany
#12
Lars Tönges, Reinhard Ehret, Michael Lorrain, Peter Riederer, Martina Müngersdorf
The ambulatory care of patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) in Germany has been established for a long time. As the prevalence of Parkinson's disease continues to increase, the outpatient neurological sector is becoming more and more important and needs to adapt itself to current needs. This includes an optimization of the care structures for Parkinson's patients as well as adequate concepts for the execution of differentiated diagnostics and therapy. For many patients care is provided by non-specialized neurological practices or general practitioners, without exchange of views with neurologists or a specialized university outpatient clinic for movement disorders...
June 2017: Fortschritte der Neurologie-Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645117/diagnosis-of-nonexophytic-nasopharyngeal-lesion-with-endoscopy-guided-core-needle-biopsy-after-narrow-band-imaging
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Min Li, Shenhong Qu, Yangda Qin, Jinlong Lu, Shuilian Yu, Guiping Lan, Jingjin Wen, Yong Yang, Yongfeng Si
BACKGROUND: Due to the obstruction of the surrounding structures or stiff mucosa, the primary and recurrent nonexophytic nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NE-NPC) patients are difficult to be diagnosed histologically by traditional forceps biopsy. RESULTS: All the 15 cases had adequate biopsy for histological diagnosis. There were 5 cases of primary and 7 cases of recurrent NE-NPC, and 3 cases of inflammatory lesion. The histopathological diagnosis was consistent with the follow-up visit...
June 14, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645111/intersecting-transcriptomic-profiling-technologies-and-long-non-coding-rna-function-in-lung-adenocarcinoma-discovery-mechanisms-and-therapeutic-applications
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Jonathan Castillo, Theresa R Stueve, Crystal N Marconett
Previously thought of as junk transcripts and pseudogene remnants, long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have come into their own over the last decade as an essential component of cellular activity, regulating a plethora of functions within multicellular organisms. lncRNAs are now known to participate in development, cellular homeostasis, immunological processes, and the development of disease. With the advent of next generation sequencing technology, hundreds of thousands of lncRNAs have been identified. However, movement beyond mere discovery to the understanding of molecular processes has been stymied by the complicated genomic structure, tissue-restricted expression, and diverse regulatory roles lncRNAs play...
June 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645083/graphene-oxide-nanosheets-induce-dna-damage-and-activate-the-base-excision-repair-ber-signaling-pathway-both-in%C3%A2-vitro-and-in%C3%A2-vivo
#15
Chun-Jiao Lu, Xue-Feng Jiang, Muhammad Junaid, Yan-Bo Ma, Pan-Pan Jia, Hua-Bin Wang, De-Sheng Pei
Graphene oxide (GO) has widespread concerns in the fields of biological sciences and medical applications. Currently, studies have reported that excessive GO exposure can cause cellular DNA damage through reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation. However, DNA damage mediated response of the base excision repair (BER) pathway due to GO exposure is not elucidated yet. Therefore, we exposed HEK293T cells and zebrafish embryos to different concentrations of GO for 24 h, and transcriptional profiles of BER pathway genes, DNA damage, and cell viability were analyzed both in vitro and in vivo...
June 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645082/local-populations-and-inaccuracies-determining-the-relevant-mitochondrial-haplotype-distributions-for-north-west-european-cats
#16
Monique Wesselink, Stijn Desmyter, Irene Kuiper
Typing of different portions of the feline mitochondrial control region has illustrated pronounced differences in haplotype distributions between cats from the Netherlands and other parts of the world. To gain a better understanding of the haplotype distribution of North West Continental Europe, 605bp of mitochondrial DNA was typed from randomly selected cats from the Netherlands (N=146), Belgium (N=64) and South West Germany (N=128). The genetic differences between these randomly sampled European populations correlate to the geographical distances, with the Dutch and the South West German populations furthest apart and the Belgian population as an intermediate (Fst values 0...
June 4, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645079/desire-thinking-as-a-confounder-in-the-relationship-between-mindfulness-and-craving-evidence-from-a-cross-cultural-validation-of-the-desire-thinking-questionnaire
#17
Nadia Chakroun-Baggioni, Maya Corman, Marcantonio M Spada, Gabriele Caselli, Fabien Gierski
Desire thinking and mindfulness have been associated with craving. The aim of the present study was to validate the French version of the Desire Thinking Questionnaire (DTQ) and to investigate the relationship between mindfulness, desire thinking and craving among a sample of university students. Four hundred and ninety six university students completed the DTQ and measures of mindfulness, craving and alcohol use. Results from confirmatory factor analyses showed that the two-factor structure proposed in the original DTQ exhibited suitable goodness-of-fit statistics...
June 15, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645069/controlled-single-bubble-cavitation-collapse-results-in-jet-induced-injury-in-brain-tissue
#18
Saranya Canchi, Karen Kelly, Yu Hong, Michael A King, Ghatu Subhash, Malisa Sarntinoranont
Multiscale damage due to cavitation is considered as a potential mechanism of traumatic brain injury (TBI) associated with explosion. In this study, we employed a TBI relevant hippocampal ex vivo slice model to induce bubble cavitation. Placement of single reproducible seed bubbles allowed control of size, number, and tissue location to visualize and measure deformation parameters. Maximum strain value was measured at 45 µs after bubble collapse, presented with a distinct contour and coincided temporally and spatially with the liquid jet...
June 15, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645066/hydrothermal-co-carbonization-of-sewage-sludge-and-pinewood-sawdust-for-nutrient-rich-hydrochar-production-synergistic-effects-and-products-characterization
#19
Xiaojuan Zhang, Lei Zhang, Aimin Li
The aim of this study is to explore the synergistic effects of hydrothermal co-carbonization of sewage sludge and pinewood sawdust on hydrochar production. Firstly, the effects of mixing ratios on hydrothermal carbonization were investigated, and then, the hydrochar was characterized by diverse analytical techniques. The mass balance results indicated that a significant synergistic enhancement occurred in terms of the increased hydrochar yield, organic and carbon retentions. By combining sewage sludge and pinewood sawdust at the mass ratio of 1:1, 58...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645040/longitudinal-effects-of-religious-involvement-on-religious-coping-and-health-behaviors-in-a-national-sample-of-african-americans
#20
Cheryl L Holt, David L Roth, Jin Huang, Crystal L Park, Eddie M Clark
Many studies have examined associations between religious involvement and health, linking various dimensions of religion with a range of physical health outcomes and often hypothesizing influences on health behaviors. However, far fewer studies have examined explanatory mechanisms of the religion-health connection, and most have overwhelmingly relied on cross-sectional analyses. Given the relatively high levels of religious involvement among African Americans and the important role that religious coping styles may play in health, the present study tested a longitudinal model of religious coping as a potential mediator of a multidimensional religious involvement construct (beliefs; behaviors) on multiple health behaviors (e...
June 15, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
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