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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895153/characterization-of-an-antimicrobial-and-phytotoxic-ribonuclease-secreted-by-the-fungal-wheat-pathogen-zymoseptoria-tritici
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Graeme J Kettles, Carlos Bayon, Caroline A Sparks, Gail Canning, Kostya Kanyuka, Jason J Rudd
The fungus Zymoseptoria tritici is the causal agent of Septoria Tritici Blotch (STB) disease of wheat leaves. Zymoseptoria tritici secretes many functionally uncharacterized effector proteins during infection. Here, we characterized a secreted ribonuclease (Zt6) with an unusual biphasic expression pattern. Transient expression systems were used to characterize Zt6, and mutants thereof, in both host and non-host plants. Cell-free protein expression systems monitored the impact of Zt6 protein on functional ribosomes, and in vitro assays of cells treated with recombinant Zt6 determined toxicity against bacteria, yeasts and filamentous fungi...
September 12, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28882166/social-determinants-of-common-metabolic-risk-factors-high-blood-pressure-high-blood-sugar-high-body-mass-index-and-high-waist-hip-ratio-of-major-non-communicable-diseases-in-south-asia-region-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Sudesh Raj Sharma, Shiva Raj Mishra, Kusum Wagle, Rachel Page, Anna Matheson, Danielle Lambrick, James Faulkner, David Lounsbury, Abhinav Vaidya
BACKGROUND: Prevalence of non-communicable diseases has been increasing at a greater pace in developing countries and, in particular, the South Asia region. Various behavioral, social and environmental factors present in this region perpetuate common metabolic risk factors of non-communicable diseases. This study will identify social determinants of common metabolic risk factors of major non-communicable diseases in the context of the South Asian region and map their causal pathway. METHODS: A systematic review of selected articles will be carried out following Cochrane guidelines...
September 7, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869518/combining-theory-driven-evaluation-and-causal-loop-diagramming-for-opening-the-black-box-of-an-intervention-in-the-health-sector-a-case-of-performance-based-financing-in-western-uganda
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Dimitri Renmans, Nathalie Holvoet, Bart Criel
Increased attention on "complexity" in health systems evaluation has resulted in many different methodological responses. Theory-driven evaluations and systems thinking are two such responses that aim for better understanding of the mechanisms underlying given outcomes. Here, we studied the implementation of a performance-based financing intervention by the Belgian Technical Cooperation in Western Uganda to illustrate a methodological strategy of combining these two approaches. We utilized a systems dynamics tool called causal loop diagramming (CLD) to generate hypotheses feeding into a theory-driven evaluation...
September 3, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857169/structure-function-analysis-of-the-fusarium-oxysporum-avr2-effector-allows-uncoupling-of-its-immune-suppressing-activity-from-recognition
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Xiaotang Di, Lingxue Cao, Richard K Hughes, Nico Tintor, Mark J Banfield, Frank L W Takken
Plant pathogens employ effector proteins to manipulate their hosts. Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici (Fol), the causal agent of tomato wilt disease, produces effector protein Avr2. Besides being a virulence factor, Avr2 triggers immunity in I-2 carrying tomato (Solanum lycopersicum). Fol strains that evade I-2 recognition carry point mutations in Avr2 (e.g. Avr2(R45H) ), but retain full virulence. Here we investigate the virulence function of Avr2 and determine its crystal structure. Transgenic tomato and Arabidopsis expressing either wild-type ΔspAvr2 (deleted signal-peptide) or the ΔspAvr2(R45H) variant become hypersusceptible to fungal, and even bacterial infections, suggesting that Avr2 targets a conserved defense mechanism...
August 31, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851398/exploring-the-dynamics-of-food-related-policymaking-processes-and-evidence-use-in-fiji-using-systems-thinking
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Gade Waqa, Marj Moodie, Wendy Snowdon, Catherine Latu, Jeremaia Coriakula, Steven Allender, Colin Bell
BACKGROUND: Obesity and non-communicable diseases are significant public health issues globally and particularly in the Pacific. Poor diet is a major contributor to this issue and policy change is a powerful lever to improve food security and diet quality. This study aims to apply systems thinking to identify the causes and consequences of poor evidence use in food-related policymaking in selected government ministries in Fiji and to illicit strategies to strengthen the use of evidence in policymaking...
August 29, 2017: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792900/dynamic-video-stitching-via-shakiness-removing
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Yongwei Nie, Tan Su, Zhensong Zhang, Hanqiu Sun, Guiqing Li
Stitching videos captured by hand-held mobile cameras can essentially enhance entertainment experience of ordinary users. However, such videos usually contain heavy shakiness and large parallax, which are challenging to stitch. In this paper, we propose a novel approach of video stitching and stabilization for videos captured by mobile devices. The main component of our method is a unified video stitching and stabilization optimization that computes stitching and stabilization simultaneously rather than does each one individually...
August 7, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728677/dynamically-timed-stimulation-of-corticolimbic-circuitry-activates-a-stress-compensatory-pathway
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David Carlson, Lisa K David, Neil M Gallagher, Mai-Anh T Vu, Matthew Shirley, Rainbo Hultman, Joyce Wang, Caley Burrus, Colleen A McClung, Sunil Kumar, Lawrence Carin, Stephen D Mague, Kafui Dzirasa
BACKGROUND: The prefrontal cortex plays a critical role in regulating emotional behaviors, and dysfunction of prefrontal cortex-dependent networks has been broadly implicated in mediating stress-induced behavioral disorders including major depressive disorder. METHODS: Here we acquired multicircuit in vivo activity from eight cortical and limbic brain regions as mice were subjected to the tail suspension test (TST) and an open field test. We used a linear decoder to determine whether cellular responses across each of the cortical and limbic areas signal movement during the TST and open field test...
June 15, 2017: Biological Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696338/black-holes-in-loop-quantum-gravity
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Alejandro Perez
This is a review of the results on black hole physics in the framework of loop quantum gravity. The key feature underlying the results is the discreteness of geometric quantities at the Planck scale predicted by this approach to quantum gravity. Quantum discreteness follows directly from the canonical quantization prescription when applied to the action of general relativity that is suitable for the coupling of gravity with gauge fields and specially with fermions. Planckian discreteness and causal considerations provide the basic structure for the understanding of the thermal properties of black holes close to equilibrium...
July 11, 2017: Reports on Progress in Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689981/thalamic-spindles-promote-memory-formation-during-sleep-through-triple-phase-locking-of-cortical-thalamic-and-hippocampal-rhythms
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Charles-Francois V Latchoumane, Hong-Viet V Ngo, Jan Born, Hee-Sup Shin
While the interaction of the cardinal rhythms of non-rapid-eye-movement (NREM) sleep-the thalamo-cortical spindles, hippocampal ripples, and the cortical slow oscillations-is thought to be critical for memory consolidation during sleep, the role spindles play in this interaction is elusive. Combining optogenetics with a closed-loop stimulation approach in mice, we show here that only thalamic spindles induced in-phase with cortical slow oscillation up-states, but not out-of-phase-induced spindles, improve consolidation of hippocampus-dependent memory during sleep...
July 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677747/mesp1-loss%C3%A2-of%C3%A2-function-mutation-contributes-to-double-outlet-right-ventricle
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Min Zhang, Fu-Xing Li, Xing-Yuan Liu, Ri-Tai Huang, Song Xue, Xiao-Xiao Yang, Yan-Jie Li, Hua Liu, Hong-Yu Shi, Xin Pan, Xing-Biao Qiu, Yi-Qing Yang
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common form of birth defect in humans, and remains a leading non‑infectious cause of infant mortality worldwide. An increasing number of studies have demonstrated that genetic defects serve a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of CHD, and mutations in >60 genes have been causally associated with CHD. CHD is a heterogeneous disease and the genetic basis of CHD in the majority of patients remains poorly understood. In the present study, the coding exons and flanking introns of the mesoderm posterior 1 (MESP1) gene, which encodes a basic helix‑loop‑helix transcription factor required for normal cardiovascular development, were sequenced in 178 unrelated patients with CHD...
September 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666445/challenges-for-gatekeeping-a-qualitative-systems-analysis-of-a-pilot-in-rural-china
#11
Jin Xu, Anne Mills
BACKGROUND: Gatekeeping involves a generalist doctor who controls patients' access to specialist care, and has been discussed as an important policy option to rebalance the primary care and hospital sectors in low- and middle-income countries, despite thin evidence. A gatekeeping pilot in a Chinese rural setting launched in 2013 has offered an opportunity to study the functioning of gatekeeping under such conditions. METHODS: In this qualitative study within a mixed-method evaluation of the gatekeeping pilot, we developed an innovative systems analysis method, combining the World Health Organisation categorisation of health system building blocks, the "Framework" approach of policy analysis and causal loop analysis...
July 1, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649287/regulating-role-of-fetal-thyroid-hormones-on-placental-mitochondrial-dna-methylation-epidemiological-evidence-from-the-environage-birth-cohort-study
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Bram G Janssen, Hyang-Min Byun, Harry A Roels, Wilfried Gyselaers, Joris Penders, Andrea A Baccarelli, Tim S Nawrot
BACKGROUND: Fetal development largely depends on thyroid hormone availability and proper placental function with an important role played by placental mitochondria. The biological mechanisms by which thyroid hormones exert their effects on mitochondrial function are not well understood. We investigated the role of fetal thyroid hormones on placental mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) content and mtDNA methylation. We collected placental tissue and cord blood from 305 mother-child pairs that were enrolled between February 2010 and June 2014 in the ENVIRONAGE (ENVIRonmental influence ON early AGEing) birth cohort (province of Limburg, Belgium)...
2017: Clinical Epigenetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646149/crucial-role-of-4-deoxy-l-erythro-5-hexoseulose-uronate-reductase-for-alginate-utilization-revealed-by-adaptive-evolution-in-engineered-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Fumiya Matsuoka, Makoto Hirayama, Takayuki Kashihara, Hideki Tanaka, Wataru Hashimoto, Kousaku Murata, Shigeyuki Kawai
In brown macroalgae, alginate and D-mannitol are promising carbohydrates for biorefinery. Saccharomyces cerevisiae is widely used as a microbial cell factory, but this budding yeast is unable to utilize either alginate or D-mannitol. Alginate can be depolymerized by both endo-type and exo-type alginate lyases, yielding a monouronate, 4-deoxy-L-erythro-5-hexoseulose uronate (DEH), a key intermediate in the metabolism of alginate. Here, we constructed engineered two S. cerevisiae strains that are able to utilize both DEH and D-mannitol on two different strain backgrounds, and we also improved their aerobic growth in a DEH liquid medium through adaptive evolution...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622530/brain-network-dynamics-in-the-human-articulatory-loop
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Masaaki Nishida, Anna Korzeniewska, Nathan E Crone, Goichiro Toyoda, Yasuo Nakai, Noa Ofen, Erik C Brown, Eishi Asano
OBJECTIVE: The articulatory loop is a fundamental component of language function, involved in the short-term buffer of auditory information followed by its vocal reproduction. We characterized the network dynamics of the human articulatory loop, using invasive recording and stimulation. METHODS: We measured high-gamma activity70-110 Hz recorded intracranially when patients with epilepsy either only listened to, or listened to and then reproduced two successive tones by humming...
August 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619664/nailfold-capillaroscopic-changes-in-patients-with-idiopathic-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-and-systemic-sclerosis-related-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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A Corrado, M Correale, N Mansueto, I Monaco, A Carriero, A Mele, R Colia, M Di Biase, F P Cantatore
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) represents one of the main clinical expressions of the vascular changes in systemic sclerosis (SSc). Lung microvascular changes can play a role in the pathogenesis of idiopathic PAH (IPAH) also. The aim of this study is to investigate the presence of capillaroscopic abnormalities in patients with IPAH and to evaluate the differences in capillary nailfold changes between patients with IPAH and patients with SSc with and without PAH. METHODS: 39 SSc patients (19 with PAH - SSc-PAH and 20 without - SSc-noPAH), 21 subjects with IPAH and 20 healthy subjects were recruited...
June 12, 2017: Microvascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605971/impaired-baroreflex-function-during-orthostatic-challenge-in-patients-after-spinal-cord-injury
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Katarina Ondrusova, Jana Svacinova, Michal Javorka, Jan Novak, Marie Novakova, Zuzana Novakova
The level of spinal cord injury (SCI) affects baroreflex regulation of blood pressure. While a parasympathetic cardiac chronotropic effect is preserved, baroreflex response could be impaired by sympathetic dysfunction under the SCI level. This study was aimed to evaluate the baroreflex function in SCI patients by the analysis of causal interaction between systolic blood pressure (SBP) and inter-beat intervals (IBI). Blood pressure was continuously recorded in 13 cervical SCI patients (CSCI), nine thoracic SCI (ThSCI) and 13 able-bodied controls (Con) during two phases: sitting (PS) and orthostatic challenge (PO)...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593374/chromatin-loops-and-causality-loops-the-influence-of-rna-upon-spatial-nuclear-architecture
#17
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Iain A Sawyer, Miroslav Dundr
An intrinsic and essential trait exhibited by cells is the properly coordinated and integrated regulation of an astoundingly large number of simultaneous molecular decisions and reactions to maintain biochemical homeostasis. This is especially true inside the cell nucleus, where the recognition of DNA and RNA by a vast range of nucleic acid-interacting proteins organizes gene expression patterns. However, this dynamic system is not regulated by simple "on" or "off" signals. Instead, transcription factor and RNA polymerase recruitment to DNA are influenced by the local chromatin and epigenetic environment, a gene's relative position within the nucleus and the action of noncoding RNAs...
June 7, 2017: Chromosoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578130/optimal-use-of-eeg-recordings-to-target-active-brain-areas-with-transcranial-electrical-stimulation
#18
Jacek P Dmochowski, Laurent Koessler, Anthony M Norcia, Marom Bikson, Lucas C Parra
To demonstrate causal relationships between brain and behavior, investigators would like to guide brain stimulation using measurements of neural activity. Particularly promising in this context are electroencephalography (EEG) and transcranial electrical stimulation (TES), as they are linked by a reciprocity principle which, despite being known for decades, has not led to a formalism for relating EEG recordings to optimal stimulation parameters. Here we derive a closed-form expression for the TES configuration that optimally stimulates (i...
May 31, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504021/the-theory-of-dyadic-morality-reinventing-moral-judgment-by-redefining-harm
#19
Chelsea Schein, Kurt Gray
The nature of harm-and therefore moral judgment-may be misunderstood. Rather than an objective matter of reason, we argue that harm should be redefined as an intuitively perceived continuum. This redefinition provides a new understanding of moral content and mechanism-the constructionist Theory of Dyadic Morality (TDM). TDM suggests that acts are condemned proportional to three elements: norm violations, negative affect, and-importantly-perceived harm. This harm is dyadic, involving an intentional agent causing damage to a vulnerable patient (A→P)...
May 1, 2017: Personality and Social Psychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402698/hypervirulence-and-hypermucoviscosity-two-different-but-complementary-klebsiella-spp-phenotypes
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Juan Carlos Catalán-Nájera, Ulises Garza-Ramos, Humberto Barrios-Camacho
Since the hypermucoviscous variants of Klebsiella pneumoniae were first reported, many cases of primary liver abscesses and other invasive infections caused by this pathogen have been described worldwide. Hypermucoviscosity is a phenotypic feature characterized by the formation of a viscous filament ≥5 mm when a bacterial colony is stretched by a bacteriological loop; this is the so-called positive string test. Hypermucoviscosity appears to be associated with this unusual and aggressive type of infection, and therefore, the causal strains are considered hypervirulent...
April 12, 2017: Virulence
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