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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922901/localization-of-an-aldo-keto-reductase-akr2e4-in-the-silkworm-bombyx-mori-lepidoptera-bombycidae
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K Yamamoto, Y Ozakiya, T Uno
The aldo-keto reductase AKR2E4 reduces 3-dehydroecdysone to ecdysone in the silkworm Bombyx mori L. In this study, a quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis revealed that the level of AKR2E4 mRNA was higher in the testes than in other tissues, and a western immunoblot analysis revealed that the AKR2E4 content in the testes was stage-specific from the fifth larval instar to the pupal stage. Immunohistochemical analysis showed that the AKR2E4 protein was present in cyst cells associated with sperm cells and spermatocytes...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922886/intracranial-bypass-of-posterior-inferior-cerebellar-artery-aneurysms-indications-technical-aspects-and-clinical-outcomes
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David J Bonda, Mohamad Labib, Jeffrey M Katz, Rafael A Ortiz, David Chalif, Avi Setton, David J Langer, Amir R Dehdashti
BACKGROUND: For some posterior inferior cerebellar artery (PICA) aneurysms, there is no constructive endovascular or direct surgical clipping option. Intracranial bypass is an alternative to a deconstructive technique. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical features, surgical techniques, and outcome of PICA aneurysms treated with bypass and obliteration of the diseased segment. METHODS: Retrospective review of PICA aneurysms treated via intracranial bypass was performed...
October 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922885/patient-selection-and-clinical-efficacy-of-urgent-superficial-temporal-artery-middle-cerebral-artery-bypass-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-using-advanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-techniques
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Hyun-Seok Park, Sang-Hyeon Kim, Hyun-Wook Nah, Jae-Hyung Choi, Dae-Hyun Kim, Myong-Jin Kang, Jae-Kwan Cha, Jae-Taeck Huh
BACKGROUND: Selected patients with acute ischemic stroke might benefit from superficial temporal artery-middle cerebral artery (STA-MCA) bypass, but the indications for urgent STA-MCA bypass are unknown. OBJECTIVE: To report our experiences of urgent STA-MCA bypass in patients requiring urgent reperfusion who were ineligible for other reperfusion therapies, using advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques. METHODS: The inclusion criteria for urgent STA-MCA bypass were as follows: acute infarct volume <70 mL with a ratio of perfusion/diffusion lesion volume ≥1...
October 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922879/intraparenchymal-cysts-following-deep-brain-stimulation-variable-presentations-and-clinical-courses
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Kalman Katlowitz, Michael H Pourfar, Zvi Israel, Alon Y Mogilner
BACKGROUND: The development of cysts at the electrode lead is a rare complication of deep brain stimulation (DBS), with only 3 cases reported in the literature. A better understanding of the variable clinical presentations and courses of these cysts may help increase awareness of this potentially life-threatening complication. OBJECTIVE: To review the clinical presentation of patients with intraparenchymal cysts following DBS implantations. METHODS: We report 3 patients who developed a cyst along the course of the DBS lead...
October 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922875/stent-placement-for-disabling-pulsatile-tinnitus-caused-by-a-lateral-sinus-stenosis-a-retrospective-study
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Stéphanie Lenck, Marc-Antoine Labeyrie, Fabrice Vallee, Jean-Pierre Saint-Maurice, Antoine Guillonnet, Anne-Laure Bernat, Pierre Vironneau, Emmanuel Houdart
BACKGROUND: Lateral sinus stenosis is a little-known cause for pulsatile tinnitus (PT). In several small series, stenting has been described as an effective treatment for disabling PT linked with this type of stenosis. OBJECTIVES: To describe the clinical, radiological, and manometric characteristics of patients treated for disabling PT by lateral sinus stenosis. Assessment of the efficacy of stenting for this indication. METHODS: Retrospective study of patients treated for isolated PT by stenting of a lateral sinus stenosis in our institution, between 2009 and 2015...
October 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922872/ancient-occasional-host-switching-of-maternally-transmitted-bacterial-symbionts-of-chemosynthetic-vesicomyid-clams
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Genki Ozawa, Shigeru Shimamura, Yoshihiro Takaki, Kiyotaka Takishita, Tetsuro Ikuta, James P Barry, Tadashi Maruyama, Katsunori Fujikura, Takao Yoshida
Vesicomyid clams in deep-sea chemosynthetic ecosystems harbor sulfur-oxidizing bacteria in their gill epithelial cells. These symbionts, which are vertically transmitted, are species-specific and thought to have cospeciated with their hosts. However, recent studies indicate incongruent phylogenies between some vesicomyid clams and their symbionts, suggesting that symbionts are horizontally transmitted. To more precisely understand the evolution of vesicomyid clams and their symbionts, we compared the evolution of vesicomyid clams and their symbionts through phylogenetic analyses using multi-gene data sets...
September 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922871/divergence-of-the-venom-exogene-repertoire-in-two-sister-species-of-turriconus
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Qing Li, Neda Barghi, Aiping Lu, Alexander E Fedosov, Pradip K Bandyopadhyay, Arturo O Lluisma, Gisela P Concepcion, Mark Yandell, Baldomero M Olivera, Helena Safavi-Hemami
The genus Conus comprises approximately 700 species of venomous marine cone snails that are highly efficient predators of worms, snails, and fish. In evolutionary terms, cone snails are relatively young with the earliest fossil records occurring in the Lower Eocene, 55 Ma. The rapid radiation of cone snail species has been accompanied by remarkably high rates of toxin diversification. To shed light on the molecular mechanisms that accompany speciation, we investigated the toxin repertoire of two sister species, Conus andremenezi and Conus praecellens, that were until recently considered a single variable species...
September 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922859/spatial-embryonic-origin-delineates-gabaergic-hub-neurons-driving-network-dynamics-in-the-developing-entorhinal-cortex
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Laura Mòdol, Vitor Hugo Sousa, Arnaud Malvache, Thomas Tressard, Agnes Baude, Rosa Cossart
Coordinated neuronal activity is essential for the development of cortical circuits. GABAergic hub neurons that function in orchestrating early neuronal activity through a widespread net of postsynaptic partners are therefore critical players in the establishment of functional networks. Evidence for hub neurons was previously found in the hippocampus, but their presence in other cortical regions remains unknown. We examined this issue in the entorhinal cortex, an initiation site for coordinated activity in the neocortex and for the activity-dependent maturation of the entire entorhinal-hippocampal network...
September 1, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922858/contributions-of-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-to-social-influence-in-economic-decision-making
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M A J Apps, N Ramnani
Economic decisions are guided by highly subjective reward valuations (SVs). Often these SVs are over-ridden when individuals conform to social norms. Yet, the neural mechanisms that underpin the distinct processing of such normative reward valuations (NVs) are poorly understood. The dorsomedial and ventromedial portions of the prefrontal cortex (dmPFC/vmPFC) are putatively key regions for processing social and economic information respectively. However, the contribution of these regions to economic decisions guided by social norms is unclear...
September 1, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922847/germline-msh6-mutation-in-a-patient-with-two-independent-primary-glioblastomas
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Linda M Forsström, Koichiro Sumi, Markus J Mäkinen, Ji Eun Oh, Riitta Herva, Paul Kleihues, Hiroko Ohgaki, Lauri A Aaltonen
We previously reported a patient who had developed 2 glioblastomas at the age of 54 and 64 years, respectively. The first glioblastoma in the right frontal lobe was treated with surgery and radiotherapy. Ten years later, the patient developed a second, left frontal glioblastoma. Discordant patterns of TP53 and PTEN mutations suggested that the second tumor was not a recurrence but an independently developed glioblastoma. To determine the molecular mechanism underlying this enigmatic case with 10-year survival, we performed whole-exome sequencing...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922830/connectivity-neurofeedback-training-can-differentially-change-functional-connectivity-and-cognitive-performance
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Ayumu Yamashita, Shunsuke Hayasaka, Mitsuo Kawato, Hiroshi Imamizu
Advances in functional magnetic resonance imaging have made it possible to provide real-time feedback on brain activity. Neurofeedback has been applied to therapeutic interventions for psychiatric disorders. Since many studies have shown that most psychiatric disorders exhibit abnormal brain networks, a novel experimental paradigm named connectivity neurofeedback, which can directly modulate a brain network, has emerged as a promising approach to treat psychiatric disorders. Here, we investigated the hypothesis that connectivity neurofeedback can induce the aimed direction of change in functional connectivity, and the differential change in cognitive performance according to the direction of change in connectivity...
October 1, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922804/hunting-for-agile-prey-trophic-specialisation-in-leptophryid-amoebae-vampyrellida-rhizaria-revealed-by-two-novel-predators-of-planktonic-algae
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Sebastian Hess
Vampyrellid amoebae (Vampyrellida, Rhizaria) are widespread in freshwater, marine and terrestrial ecosystems and consume a wide range of eukaryotes, e.g. algae, fungi and micrometazoa. Environmental sequences indicate that only a small fraction of their genetic diversity is phenotypically characterised, emphasising the need to further explore unknown vampyrellids and their interactions with prey organisms. This study tests the prey range specificity of three vampyrellid amoebae with 49 strains of three common groups of freshwater algae (Zygnematophyceae, Euglenophyceae and Volvocales), and documents specific interactions by time-lapse microscopy...
September 1, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922778/circulating-folate-vitamin-b6-and-methionine-in-relation-to-lung-cancer-risk-in-the-lung-cancer-cohort-consortium-lc3
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Anouar Fanidi, David C Muller, Jian-Min Yuan, Victoria L Stevens, Stephanie J Weinstein, Demetrius Albanes, Ross Prentice, Cynthia A Thomsen, Mary Pettinger, Qiuyin Cai, William J Blot, Jie Wu, Alan A Arslan, Anne Zeleniuch-Jacquotte, Marjorie L McCullough, Loic Le Marchand, Lynne R Wilkens, Christopher A Haiman, Xuehong Zhang, Jiali Han, Meir J Stampfer, Stephanie A Smith-Warner, Edward Giovannucci, Graham G Giles, Allison M Hodge, Gianluca Severi, Mikael Johansson, Kjell Grankvist, Arnulf Langhammer, Steinar Krokstad, Marit Næss, Renwei Wang, Yu-Tang Gao, Lesley M Butler, Woon-Puay Koh, Xiao-Ou Shu, Yong-Bing Xiang, Honglan Li, Wei Zheng, Qing Lan, Kala Visvanathan, Judith Hoffman Bolton, Per Magne Ueland, Øivind Midttun, Arve Ulvik, Neil E Caporaso, Mark Purdue, Regina G Ziegler, Neal D Freedman, Julie E Buring, I-Min Lee, Howard D Sesso, J Michael Gaziano, Jonas Manjer, Ulrika Ericson, Caroline Relton, Paul Brennan, Mattias Johansson
Background: Circulating concentrations of B vitamins and factors related to one-carbon metabolism have been found to be strongly inversely associated with lung cancer risk in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study. The extent to which these associations are present in other study populations is unknown. Methods: Within 20 prospective cohorts from the National Cancer Institute Cohort Consortium, a nested case-control study was designed including 5364 incident lung cancer case patients and 5364 control subjects who were individually matched to case patients by age, sex, cohort, and smoking status...
January 1, 2018: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922773/crop-model-assisted-phenomics-and-genome-wide-association-study-for-climate-adaptation-of-indica-rice-2-thermal-stress-and-spikelet-sterility
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Michael Dingkuhn, Richard Pasco, Julie Mae Pasuquin, Jean Damo, Jean-Christophe Soulié, Louis-Marie Raboin, Julie Dusserre, Abdoulaye Sow, Baboucarr Manneh, Suchit Shrestha, Tobias Kretzschmar
Low night and high day temperatures during sensitive reproductive stages cause spikelet sterility in rice. Phenotyping of tolerance traits in the field is difficult because of temporal interactions with phenology and organ temperature differing from ambient. Physiological models can be used to separate these effects. A 203-accession indica rice diversity panel was phenotyped for sterility in ten environments in Senegal and Madagascar and climate data were recorded. Here we report on sterility responses while a companion study reported on phenology...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922772/plasmolysis-deplasmolysis-causes-changes-in-endoplasmic-reticulum-form-movement-flow-and-cytoskeletal-association
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Xiaohang Cheng, Ingeborg Lang, Opeyemi Samson Adeniji, Lawrence Griffing
Plasmolysis of hypocotyl cells of transgenic Arabidopsis thaliana and Nicotiana benthamiana diminishes the dynamics of the remodeling of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) in the central protoplast, namely that withdrawn from the cell wall, and more persistent cisternae are formed, yet little change in the actin network in the protoplast occurs. Also, protein flow within the ER network in the protoplast, as detected with fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP), is not affected by plasmolysis. After plasmolysis, another network of strictly tubular ER remains attached to the plasma membrane-wall interface and is contained within the Hechtian strands and reticulum...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922763/chicory-r2r3-myb-transcription-factors-cimyb5-and-cimyb3-regulate-fructan-1-exohydrolase-expression-in-response-to-abiotic-stress-and-hormonal-cues
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Hongbin Wei, Hongbo Zhao, Tao Su, Anja Bausewein, Steffen Greiner, Karsten Harms, Thomas Rausch
In the biennial Cichorium intybus, inulin-type fructans accumulate in the taproot during the first year. Upon cold or drought exposure, fructans are degraded by fructan exohydrolases, affecting inulin yield and degree of polymerization. While stress-induced expression of 1-FEH genes has been thoroughly explored, the transcriptional network mediating these responses has remained unknown. In this study, several R2R3-MYB transcriptional regulators were analysed for their possible involvement in 1-FEH regulation via transient transactivation of 1-FEH target promoters and for in vivo co-expression with target genes under different stress and hormone treatments...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922759/transcriptomic-and-metabolomics-responses-to-elevated-cell-wall-invertase-activity-during-tomato-fruit-set
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Lei Ru, Sonia Osorio, Lu Wang, Alisdair R Fernie, John W Patrick, Yong-Ling Ruan
Fruit set is a developmental transition from ovaries to fruitlets that determines yield potential. Cell wall invertase (CWIN) is essential for fruit and seed set, but the underlying molecular basis remains elusive. We addressed this issue by using CWIN-elevated transgenic tomato, focusing on ovaries and fruitlets at 2 d before and after anthesis, respectively. RNAseq analyses revealed that ovaries and fruitlets exhibited remarkable differences in their transcriptomic responses to elevated CWIN activity. Ovaries 2 d before anthesis were far more responsive to elevated CWIN activity compared with the fruitlets...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922758/the-role-of-arabidopsis-aldehyde-dehydrogenase-genes-in-response-to-high-temperature-and-stress-combinations
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Junyi Zhao, Tagnon D Missihoun, Dorothea Bartels
Aldehyde dehydrogenases (ALDH) are a family of enzymes that are involved in plant metabolism and contribute to aldehyde homeostasis to eliminate toxic aldehydes. The ALDH enzymes produce NADPH and NADH in their enzymatic reactions and thus contribute to balancing redox equivalents. Previous studies showed that Arabidopsis ALDH genes are expressed in response to high salinity, dehydration, oxidative stress, or heavy metals, suggesting important roles in environmental adaptation. However, the role of ALDH genes in high temperature and stress combinations (heat stress combined with dehydration, wounding, or salt stress) is unclear...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922755/root-transcriptomic-responses-of-grafted-grapevines-to-heterogeneous-nitrogen-availability-depend-on-rootstock-genotype
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Noé Cochetel, Frédéric Escudié, Sarah Jane Cookson, Zhanwu Dai, Philippe Vivin, Pierre-François Bert, Mindy Stephania Muñoz, Serge Delrot, Christophe Klopp, Nathalie Ollat, Virginie Lauvergeat
In many fruit species, including grapevine, grafting is used to improve scion productivity and quality and to adapt the plant to environmental conditions. However, the mechanisms underlying the rootstock control of scion development are still poorly understood. The ability of rootstocks to regulate nitrogen uptake and assimilation may contribute to this control. A split-root system was used to grow heterografted grapevines and to investigate the molecular responses to changes in nitrate availability of two rootstocks known to affect scion growth differently...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922753/effects-of-periodic-photoinhibitory-light-exposure-on-physiology-and-productivity-of-arabidopsis-plants-grown-under-low-light
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Yonglan Tian, Joanna Sacharz, Maxwell A Ware, Huayong Zhang, Alexander V Ruban
This work examined the long-term effects of periodic high light stress on photosynthesis, morphology, and productivity of low-light-acclimated Arabidopsis plants. Significant photoinhibition of Arabidopsis seedlings grown under low light (100 μmol photons m-2 s-1) was observed at the beginning of the high light treatment (three times a day for 30 min at 1800 μmol photons m-2 s-1). However, after 2 weeks of treatment, similar photosynthesis yields (Fv/Fm) to those of control plants were attained. The daily levels of photochemical quenching measured in the dark (qPd) indicated that the plants recovered from photoinhibition within several hours once transferred back to low light conditions, with complete recovery being achieved overnight...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
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