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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806726/replication-fork-slowing-and-stalling-are-distinct-checkpoint-independent-consequences-of-replicating-damaged-dna
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Divya Ramalingam Iyer, Nicholas Rhind
In response to DNA damage during S phase, cells slow DNA replication. This slowing is orchestrated by the intra-S checkpoint and involves inhibition of origin firing and reduction of replication fork speed. Slowing of replication allows for tolerance of DNA damage and suppresses genomic instability. Although the mechanisms of origin inhibition by the intra-S checkpoint are understood, major questions remain about how the checkpoint regulates replication forks: Does the checkpoint regulate the rate of fork progression? Does the checkpoint affect all forks, or only those encountering damage? Does the checkpoint facilitate the replication of polymerase-blocking lesions? To address these questions, we have analyzed the checkpoint in the fission yeast Schizosaccharomyces pombe using a single-molecule DNA combing assay, which allows us to unambiguously separate the contribution of origin and fork regulation towards replication slowing, and allows us to investigate the behavior of individual forks...
August 14, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805959/fire-ecology-of-a-tree-glacial-refugium-on-a-nunatak-with-a-view-on-alpine-glaciers
#2
Christopher Carcaillet, Olivier Blarquez
In paleoecology, the function of biomass as a fire driver has become a focus of attention in cold ecosystems, and concerns have been raised about climate in this context. Little is known about the fire frequency and fire-plant relationships during glaciation when woodlands were limited and the climate was cold. Fire history and tree biomass were reconstructed from sedimentary charcoal and macroremains, respectively, archived in lake sediments from the western Alps. Two nunataks were investigated, both with lacustrine sediments covering the last 21 000 yr at least...
August 14, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805727/leaf-physiological-and-proteomic-analysis-to-elucidate-silicon-induced-adaptive-response-under-salt-stress-in-rosa-hybrida-rock-fire
#3
Prabhakaran Soundararajan, Abinaya Manivannan, Chung Ho Ko, Sowbiya Muneer, Byoung Ryong Jeong
Beneficial effects of silicon (Si) on growth and development have been witnessed in several plants. Nevertheless, studies on roses are merely reported. Therefore, the present investigation was carried out to illustrate the impact of Si on photosynthesis, antioxidant defense and leaf proteome of rose under salinity stress. In vitro-grown, acclimatized Rosa hybrida 'Rock Fire' were hydroponically treated with four treatments, such as control, Si (1.8 mM), NaCl (50 mM), and Si+NaCl. After 15 days, the consequences of salinity stress and the response of Si addition were analyzed...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805550/moving-toward-a-universal-digital-era-in-mass-casualty-incidents-and-disasters-emergency-personnel-s-perspective-in-romania
#4
Adrian Stănescu, Peter Eliot Gordon, Sanda Maria Copotoiu, Cristian Marius Boeriu
BACKGROUND: Despite a recognized need for improved communications and logistics in high acuity situations, the integration of telemedicine services into the mainstream health services has been difficult. This study reports on the opinions of Romanian professional responders to mass casualty incidents and disasters regarding the use and requirements of specific electronic medical documentation solutions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Doctors, nurses, paramedics, and fire department officers participated in a customized online structured questionnaire...
August 14, 2017: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802444/identifying-the-critical-physical-demanding-tasks-of-paramedic-work-towards-the-development-of-a-physical-employment-standard
#5
Steven L Fischer, Kathryn E Sinden, Renee S MacPhee
Public safety related occupations including police, fire and military commonly apply physical employment standard (PES) to facilitate job matching, an approach to evaluate if candidates demonstrate acceptable physical capabilities as required to perform the job safely and effectively. In Canada, paramedics remain as one of the few public safety occupations without an evidence-based, validated PES. The purpose of this study was to document and describe the physical demands of paramedic work and to identify the most physically demanding tasks...
November 2017: Applied Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802045/transcription-replication-conflict-orientation-modulates-r-loop-levels-and-activates-distinct-dna-damage-responses
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Stephan Hamperl, Michael J Bocek, Joshua C Saldivar, Tomek Swigut, Karlene A Cimprich
Conflicts between transcription and replication are a potent source of DNA damage. Co-transcriptional R-loops could aggravate such conflicts by creating an additional barrier to replication fork progression. Here, we use a defined episomal system to investigate how conflict orientation and R-loop formation influence genome stability in human cells. R-loops, but not normal transcription complexes, induce DNA breaks and orientation-specific DNA damage responses during conflicts with replication forks. Unexpectedly, the replisome acts as an orientation-dependent regulator of R-loop levels, reducing R-loops in the co-directional (CD) orientation but promoting their formation in the head-on (HO) orientation...
August 10, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802030/solenopsis-geminata-tropical-fire-ant-anaphylaxis-among-thai-patients-its-allergens-and-specific-ige-reactivity
#7
Rutcharin Potiwat, Sasipa Tanyaratsrisakul, Santi Maneewatchararangsri, Wiparat Manuyakorn, Ticha Rerkpattanapipat, Yudthana Samung, Chukiat Sirivichayakul, Wanpen Chaicumpa, Raweerat Sitcharungsi
BACKGROUND: Specific IgE against Solenopsis invicta (imported fire ant) remains the current diagnostic tool for allergy to ants worldwide. However, S. invicta may not be the only cause of ant anaphylaxis in Thai patients. OBJECTIVE: To characterize ant species causing anaphylaxis in Thai patients and to test allergenic reactivity to whole body extracts (WBE) of S. geminata (tropical fire ants) in patients with evidence of IgE-mediated ant anaphylaxis. METHODS: Thirty-two patients with ant anaphylaxis were identified...
August 8, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801915/manganese-and-1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium-mpp-induced-neurotoxicity-indicate-differences-in-morphological-electrophysiological-and-genome-wide-alterations-implications-for-idiopathic-parkinson-s-disease
#8
Rajeswara Babu Mythri, Narayana Reddy Raghunath, Santosh Chandrakant Narwade, Mirazkar DasharathaRao Pandareesh, Kollarkandi Rajesh Sabitha, Mohamad Aiyaz, Bipin Chand, Manas Sule, Krittika Ghosh, Senthil Kumar, Bhagyalakshmi Shankarappa, Soundarya Soundararajan, Phalguni Anand Alladi, Meera Purushottam, Narayanappa Gayathri, Deepti Dileep Deobagkar, Thenkanidiyoor Rao Laxmi, Srinivas Bharath Muchukunte Mukunda
Idiopathic Parkinson's disease (iPD) and manganese-induced atypical Parkinsonism are characterized by movement disorder and nigrostriatal pathology. Although clinical features, brain region involved and responsiveness to levodopa distinguish both, differences at the neuronal level are largely unknown. We studied the morphological, neurophysiological and molecular differences in dopaminergic neurons exposed to the PD toxin 1-methyl-4-phenylpyridinium ion (MPP(+) ) and manganese (Mn) followed by validation in the 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) and Mn mouse models...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Neurochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801508/intricate-and-cell-type-specific-populations-of-endogenous-circular-dna-eccdna-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-and-homo-sapiens
#9
Massa J Shoura, Idan Gabdank, Loren Hansen, Jason Merker, Jason Gotlib, Stephen D Levene, Andrew Z Fire
Investigations aimed at defining the 3-D configuration of eukaryotic chromosomes have consistently encountered an endogenous population of chromosome-derived circular genomic DNA, referred to as extrachromosomal circular DNA (eccDNA). While the production, distribution, and activities of eccDNAs remain understudied, eccDNA formation from specific regions of the linear genome has profound consequences on the regulatory and coding capabilities for these regions. Here, we define eccDNA distributions in C. elegans and in three human cell types, utilizing a set of DNA-topology dependent approaches for enrichment and characterization...
August 11, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798718/vestibular-modulation-of-sympathetic-nerve-activity-to-muscle-and-skin-in-humans
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REVIEW
Elie Hammam, Vaughan G Macefield
We review the existence of vestibulosympathetic reflexes in humans. While several methods to activate the human vestibular apparatus have been used, galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS) is a means of selectively modulating vestibular afferent activity via electrodes over the mastoid processes, causing robust vestibular illusions of side-to-side movement. Sinusoidal GVS (sGVS) causes partial entrainment of sympathetic outflow to muscle and skin. Modulation of muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) from vestibular inputs competes with baroreceptor inputs, with stronger temporal coupling to the vestibular stimulus being observed at frequencies remote from the cardiac frequency; "super entrainment" was observed in some individuals...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798669/receptor-mechanisms-mediating-the-pro-nociceptive-action-of-hydrogen-sulfide-in-rat-trigeminal-neurons-and-meningeal-afferents
#11
Kseniya Koroleva, Alsu Mustafina, Aleksey Yakovlev, Anton Hermann, Rashid Giniatullin, Guzel Sitdikova
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S), a well-established member of the gasotransmitter family, is involved in a variety of physiological functions, including pro-nociceptive action in the sensory system. Although several reports have shown that H2S activates sensory neurons, the molecular targets of H2S action in trigeminal (TG) nociception, implicated in migraine, remains controversial. In this study, using suction electrode recordings, we investigate the effect of the H2S donor, sodium hydrosulfide (NaHS), on nociceptive firing in rat meningeal TG nerve fibers...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798662/prefrontal-contribution-to-decision-making-under-free-choice-conditions
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Shintaro Funahashi
Executive function is thought to be the coordinated operation of multiple neural processes and allows to accomplish a current goal flexibly. The most important function of the prefrontal cortex is the executive function. Among a variety of executive functions in which the prefrontal cortex participates, decision-making is one of the most important. Although the prefrontal contribution to decision-making has been examined using a variety of behavioral tasks, recent studies using fMRI have shown that the prefrontal cortex participates in decision-making under free-choice conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798342/nanoparticle-based-plasmonic-transduction-for-modulation-of-electrically-excitable-cells
#13
Parveen Bazard, Robert D Frisina, Joseph P Walton, Venkat R Bhethanabotla
There is a compelling need for the development of new sensory and neural prosthetic devices which are capable of more precise point stimulation. Current prosthetic devices suffer from the limitation of low spatial resolution due to the non-specific stimulation characteristics of electrical stimulation, i.e., the spread of electric fields generated. We present a visible light stimulation method for modulating the firing patterns of electrically-excitable cells using surface plasmon resonance phenomena. In in-vitro studies using gold (Au) nanoparticle-coated nanoelectrodes, we show that this method (substrate coated with nanoparticles) has the potential for incorporating this new technology into neural stimulation prosthetics, such as cochlear implants for the deaf, with very high spatial resolution...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797601/effect-of-acute-and-subchronic-stress-on-electrical-activity-of-basolateral-amygdala-neurons-in-conditioned-place-preference-paradigm-an-electrophysiological-study
#14
Zahra Fatahi, Mohammad Ismail Zibaii, Abbas Haghparast
The basolateral amygdala (BLA) plays a critical role in the neural circuitry of stress and mediates the effects of stress on memory related processes. Moreover, this area has an important role in drug-seeking and relapse of approach behavior to drug-associated cues. Therefore, in the present study, we aimed to investigate the effects of acute and subchronic stress in saline- and/or morphine-treated rats in conditioned place preference paradigm on the neural activity in the BLA. Male Wistar rats were divided into two saline- and morphine-treated supergroups...
August 7, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797055/an-experimental-study-on-the-thermal-characteristics-and-heating-effect-of-arc-fault-from-cu-core-in-residential-electrical-wiring-fires
#15
Jian-Hua Du, Ran Tu, Yi Zeng, Leng Pan, Ren-Cheng Zhang
The characteristics of a series direct current (DC) arc-fault including both electrical and thermal parameters were investigated based on an arc-fault simulator to provide references for multi-parameter electrical fire detection method. Tests on arc fault behavior with three different initial circuit voltages, resistances and arc gaps were conducted, respectively. The influences of circuit conditions on arc dynamic image, voltage, current or power were interpreted. Also, the temperature rises of electrode surface and ambient air were studied...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797038/plant-diversity-and-structure-describe-the-presence-of-a-new-threatened-australian-marsupial-within-its-highly-restricted-post-fire-habitat
#16
Eugene D Mason, Jennifer Firn, Harry B Hines, Andrew M Baker
Management of critical habitat for threatened species with small ranges requires location-specific, fine-scale survey data. The silver-headed antechinus (Antechinus argentus) is known from only two isolated, fire-prone locations. At least one of these populations, at Kroombit Tops National Park in central-eastern Queensland, Australia, possesses a very small range. Here, we present detailed vegetation species diversity and structure data from three sites comprising the known habitat of A. argentus at Kroombit Tops and relate it to capture data obtained over two years...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797034/unsupervised-learning-of-temporal-features-for-word-categorization-in-a-spiking-neural-network-model-of-the-auditory-brain
#17
Irina Higgins, Simon Stringer, Jan Schnupp
The nature of the code used in the auditory cortex to represent complex auditory stimuli, such as naturally spoken words, remains a matter of debate. Here we argue that such representations are encoded by stable spatio-temporal patterns of firing within cell assemblies known as polychronous groups, or PGs. We develop a physiologically grounded, unsupervised spiking neural network model of the auditory brain with local, biologically realistic, spike-time dependent plasticity (STDP) learning, and show that the plastic cortical layers of the network develop PGs which convey substantially more information about the speaker independent identity of two naturally spoken word stimuli than does rate encoding that ignores the precise spike timings...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796972/shooter-system-performance-variability-as-a-function-of-recoil-dynamics
#18
Frank Morelli, Jennifer M Neugebauer, Courtney A Haynes, Thomas C Fry, Samson V Ortega, Douglas J Struve, Michael E LaFiandra, Gabriella B Larkin
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to quantify shooter performance relative to subtle variations in recoil energy. BACKGROUND: Marksmanship performance remains undefined for subtle distinctions in weapon recoil energy across common small-arms platforms. METHOD: Weapons were customized using multiple components and ammunition types. Firing scenarios were designed to examine the effect of recoil energy on shooter timing and accuracy. RESULTS: The results suggest that recoil condition does not affect timing during firing sequences designed to elicit differences in timed-fire performance...
September 2017: Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795396/synaptic-excitation-by-climbing-fibre-collaterals-in-the-cerebellar-nuclei-of-juvenile-and-adult-mice
#19
Marion Najac, Indira M Raman
The inferior olive conveys instructive signals to the cerebellum that drive sensorimotor learning. Inferior olivary neurons transmit their signals via climbing fibres, which powerfully excite Purkinje cells, evoking complex spikes and depressing parallel fibre synapses. Additionally, however, these climbing fibres send collaterals to the cerebellar nuclei (CbN). In vivo and in vitro data suggest that climbing fibre collateral excitation is weak in adult mice, raising the question of whether the primary role of this pathway may be developmental...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795172/change-point-detection-method-for-clinical-decision-support-system-rule-monitoring
#20
Siqi Liu, Adam Wright, Milos Hauskrecht
A clinical decision support system (CDSS) and its components can malfunction due to various reasons. Monitoring the system and detecting its malfunctions can help one to avoid any potential mistakes and associated costs. In this paper, we investigate the problem of detecting changes in the CDSS operation, in particular its monitoring and alerting subsystem, by monitoring its rule firing counts. The detection should be performed online, that is whenever a new datum arrives, we want to have a score indicating how likely there is a change in the system...
June 2017: Artif Intell Med (2017)
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