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Andreas Baumann, Nikolaus Ritt
Language acquisition and change are thought to be causally connected. We demonstrate a method for quantifying the strength of this connection in terms of the 'basic reproductive ratio' of linguistic constituents. It represents a standardized measure of reproductive success, which can be derived both from diachronic and from acquisition data. By analyzing phonotactic English data, we show that the results of both types of derivation correlate, so that phonotactic acquisition indeed predicts phonotactic change, and vice versa...
March 17, 2018: Cognition
Shahid Khan, Jonathan M Scholey
Cells from all three domains of life on Earth utilize motile macromolecular devices that protrude from the cell surface to generate forces that allow them to swim through fluid media. Research carried out on archaea during the past decade or so has led to the recognition that, despite their common function, the motility devices of the three domains display fundamental differences in their properties and ancestry, reflecting a striking example of convergent evolution. Thus, the flagella of bacteria and the archaella of archaea employ rotary filaments that assemble from distinct subunits that do not share a common ancestor and generate torque using energy derived from distinct fuel sources, namely chemiosmotic ion gradients and FlaI motor-catalyzed ATP hydrolysis, respectively...
March 19, 2018: Current Biology: CB
Jong-Min Chae, Keun-Oh Lee, Auezhan Amanov
Microstructural evolution and wear performance of Tantalum (Ta) treated by ultrasonic nanocrystalline surface modification (UNSM) at 25 and 1000 °C were reported. The UNSM treatment modified a surface along with subsurface layer with a thickness in the range of 20 to 150 µm, which depends on the UNSM treatment temperature, via the surface severe plastic deformation (S²PD) method. The cross-sectional microstructure of the specimens was observed by electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) in order to confirm the microstructural alteration in terms of effective depth and refined grain size...
March 20, 2018: Materials
Li Bao, Zhaoyang Qian, Maria B Lyng, Ling Wang, Yuan Yu, Ting Wang, Xiuqing Zhang, Huanming Yang, Nils Brünner, Jun Wang, Henrik J Ditzel
Single cancer cell sequencing studies currently use randomly-selected cells, limiting correlations between genomic aberrations, morphology and spatial localization. We laser-captured microdissected single cells from morphologically-distinct areas of primary breast cancer and corresponding lymph node metastasis and performed whole-exome or deep-target sequencing of greater than 100 such cells. Two major subclones co-existed in different areas of the primary tumor, and the lymph node metastasis originated from a minor subclone in the invasive front of the primary tumor with additional copy number changes including 8q gain, but no additional point mutations in driver genes...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Clinical Investigation
D B Krupp, Thomas R Cook
Inequality is widely believed to incite conflict, but the evidence is inconsistent. We argue that the spatial scale of competition-the extent to which individuals compete locally, with their interaction partners, or globally, with the entire population-can help settle the question. We built a mathematical model of the evolution of conflict under inequality and tested its predictions in an experimental game with 1,205 participants. We found that inequality increases conflict, destroys wealth, and engenders risk taking...
March 1, 2018: Psychological Science
Zewdu Hora, Solomon Zewdu Altaye, Abebe Jenberie Wubie, Jianke Li
The honeybee is one of the most valuable insect pollinators, which plays a key role in pollinating wild vegetation and agricultural crops, with significant contribution to world food production. Although honeybees have long been studied as model for social evolution, the molecular level of honeybee biology remained poorly understood until the year 2006. With the available honeybee genome sequence, technological advancements in protein separation, mass spectrometry, and bioinformatics, wide ranges of honeybee biology such as developmental biology, physiology, behavior, neurobiology, and immunology are explored to a new depth at molecular and biochemical levels...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Lan Hui, Dianzeng Jia, Huidi Yu, Yurui Xue, Yuliang Li
We employed a two-step strategy for preparing ultrathin graphdiyne-wrapped iron carbonate hydroxide nanosheets on nickel foam (FeCH@GDY/NF) as the efficient catalysts toward the electrical splitting water. The introduction of naturally porous GDY nanolayers on FeCH surface endows the pristine catalyst with structural advantages for boosting catalytic performances. Benefited from the protection of robust GDY nanolayers with intimate contact between GDY and FeCH, the combined material exhibits high long-term durability of 10 000 cycles for oxygen-evolution reaction (OER) and 9000 cycles for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in 1...
March 20, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Massimo Zimbone, Annalinda Contino, Giuseppe Maccarrone, Paolo Musumeci, Maria Josè Josè Lo Faro, Lucia Calcagno
The stability of silver nanoplatelet suspensions prepared with different concentrations of Trisodium Citrate (TSC) was studied by depolarized dynamic light scattering and UV-vis spectrometry. The morphology of the nanoparticles, as well as the color and stability of the sols, are tuned by the concentration of the capping agent. The nanoparticles prepared with high TSC concentration (> 10-4 M) are blue triangular nanoplatelets showing a slight truncation of the tips with aging. When low TSC concentrations are used, the color of the sols changes from blue to yellow with aging time and a strong modification of the morphology occurs: the nanoparticle shape changes from triangular to spherical...
March 20, 2018: Nanotechnology
Mariana Verdelho Machado, Anna Mae Diehl
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) encompasses a spectrum of obesity-associated liver diseases and it has become the major cause of cirrhosis in the Western world. The high prevalence of NAFLD-associated advanced liver disease reflects both the high prevalence of obesity-related fatty liver (hepatic steatosis) and the lack of specific treatments to prevent hepatic steatosis from progressing to more serious forms of liver damage, including nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), cirrhosis, and primary liver cancer...
March 20, 2018: Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Jing Jin, Megan K Moore, William K Wilson, Seiichi P T Matsuda
The Brassica rapa oxidosqualene cyclase Bra032185 makes 60% astertarone A (1) and 20 minor triterpenes (0.1-11%). Mechanistic analysis indicates the absence of an enol intermediate to generate the 4 S epimer of 1, unless workup involves saponification. Bra032185 and its closest Arabidopsis thaliana homologue diverged markedly in product profiles over a short evolutionary distance, while developing opposite C18 configurations. Active-site residue comparison of Bra032185 with friedelin and shionone synthases suggests convergent evolution to 3-ketotriterpenes...
March 20, 2018: Organic Letters
Min Zhou, Qunhong Weng, Zakhar I Popov, Yijun Yang, Liubov Yu Antipina, Pavel B Sorokin, Xi Wang, Yoshio Bando, Dmitri Golberg
Electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in alkaline solution is hindered by its sluggish kinetics toward water dissociation. Nickel-based catalysts, as low-cost and effective candidates, show great potentials to replace platinum (Pt)-based materials in the alkaline media. The main challenge regarding this type of catalysts is their relatively poor durability. In this work, we conceive and construct a charge-polarized carbon layer derived from carbon quantum dots (CQDs) on Ni3 N nanostructure (Ni3 N@CQDs) surfaces, which simultaneously exhibit durable and enhanced catalytic activity...
March 20, 2018: ACS Nano
Mercedes G Vázquez, Pablo N Affranchino, Andrea Schon, Eduardo Otero, Pablo Young, Patricia Breyter
Goldbloom syndrome is a rare clinical entity, of unknown etiology that happens almost exclusively in pediatric population. It is a prolonged febrile syndrome with periosteal hyperostosis and dysproteinemia, and often simulates an hematooncology or lymphoproliferative disease. The diagnosis is to rule out the different causes of bone pain associated with hypergammaglobulinemia, hypoalbuminemia, high erythrocyte sedimentation rate and periostitis at the radiographies. Symptomatology, radiology and laboratory parameters refer in a variable time, usually from 3 to 12 months...
April 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Elisa Vaiani, Cintia Morales, Florencia Soto, Yeny Blanco, Carlos Rugilo, Marta Ciaccio, Alicia Belgorosky
Giant prolactinomas are rare pituitary adenomas characterized by their great local invasion. In this paper, we report a 15-year-old male with left retro-ocular pain and ipsilateral exophthalmos of 4 months of evolution, secondary to a tumour in the base of the skull that invaded the orbit. Hormonal studies revealed serum prolactin of 6913,7 ng/ml (normal value < 20), confirming the diagnosis of giant prolactinoma. The patient started treatment with the dopaminergic agonist cabergoline in increasing doses...
April 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Ying-Liang Gong, Yu-Feng Li
We present a case of acute post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis (APSGN) with autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA). Along with the classic findings of APSGN, the patient had a positive direct antiglobulin test and an anticardiolipin antibody without any typical clinical manifestations of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). This case raises questions of the relationship between Streptococcus and the development of autoimmune hemolytic anemia in children. Our case highlights the possibility that the streptococcal infections in this patient might be responsible for her anemia, either in setting of underlying antiphospholipid antibodies, or in having triggered the development of pathogenic antibodies, which subsequently leads to the clinical evolution of hemolysis...
April 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Alma V Huidobro-Chávez, Gianmarco D Vigo Pareja, Carlos Pachas-Peña, Karina Patiño-Calla
The Langerhans cell histiocytosis is a rare disease characterized by the clonal proliferation of CD1a + myeloid dendritic cells associated with a significant inflammatory component. The localized form of the disease is called eosinophilic granuloma. Bone involvement is common; in children, lytic lesions are most frequently found in the cranial dome being rare in the orbit. We present an 18-month-old infant who consulted due to periorbital edema and proptosis of the right eye, with two months of evolution. The computed tomography and the magnetic resonance imaging showed a maxillary sinus tumor mass of expansive growth and erosion of the roof of the orbit...
April 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
M Angeles Tejero Hernández, Elena García Martínez, M José Arroyo Marin, Elena Gómez Guzmán
The cardiorenal syndrome has been defined as a situation in which therapy to relieve congestive symptoms of heart failure is limited by a decreased renal function. The resistance to conventional diuretic treatment makes difficult managing these patients. Tolvaptan, a selective vasopressin-2 receptor antagonist, has been used successfully in adults with this pathology but the experience with children is very limited. A five-year-old girl with renal failure waiting for a heart transplant is presented. Tolvaptan (0...
April 1, 2018: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
Edoardo Sciatti, Enrico Vizzardi, Dario S Cani, Assunta Castiello, Ivano Bonadei, Daria Savoldi, Marco Metra, Antonio D'Aloia
The case deals with an anaphylactoid reaction to intravenous ampicillin/sulbactam resulting in cardiogenic syncope and myocardial damage. Symptoms and ECG modifications promptly disappeared after corticosteroids administration. The Kounis syndrome is an acute coronary syndrome, including coronary spasm, acute myocardial infarction and stent thrombosis, resulting from an anaphylactic or anaphylactoid or allergic or hypersensitivity insult. First described in 1991, it can be caused by a lot of substances, particularly antibiotics...
March 16, 2018: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
Fen Qiu, René H J Vervuurt, Marcel A Verheijen, Edmond W Zaia, Erin B Creel, Youngsang Kim, Jeffrey J Urban, Ageeth A Bol
Supported catalysts are widely used in industry and can be optimized by tuning the composition, chemical structure, and interface of the nanoparticle catalyst and oxide support. Here we firstly combine a bottom up colloidal synthesis method with a top down atomic layer deposition (ALD) process to achieve a raspberry-like Pt-decorated Fe3O4 (Fe3O4-Pt) nanoparticle superlattices. This nanocomposite ensures the precision of the catalyst/support interface, improving the catalytic efficiency of the Fe3O4-Pt nanocomposite system...
March 20, 2018: Nanoscale
Yazhou Qin, Wufan Pan, Dongdong Yu, Yuxiang Lu, Wanghua Wu, Jianguang Zhou
Shape transformation of Au crystals from a {111}-bounded octahedron to a {730}-bounded tetrahexahedron (THH) and then to a {310}-bounded truncated ditetragonal prism (TDP) was achieved by a one pot synthesis method. The transformation of the crystal morphology is the result of the synergistic effect of Ag+ and O2/Cl-. This work not only provides a way to prepare high-index faceted Au micro/nanocrystals, but also provides new insights into the crystal growth habit.
March 20, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Maziar Derakhshandeh, Brandy K Pilapil, Ben Workman, Milana Trifkovic, Steven L Bryant
Emulsions are widely used in industrial applications, including in food sciences, cosmetics, and enhanced oil recovery. For these industries, an in depth understanding of the stability and rheological properties of emulsions under both static and dynamic conditions is vital to their successful application. Presented here is a thorough assessment of a model nanoparticle (NP) stabilized dodecane-in-water emulsion as a route to improved understanding of the relationship between NP properties, microstructure and droplet-droplet interactions on the stability and rheological properties of emulsions...
March 20, 2018: Soft Matter
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