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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431105/extinction-vs-rapid-radiation-the-juxtaposed-evolutionary-histories-of-coelotine-spiders-support-the-eocene-oligocene-orogenesis-of-the-tibetan-plateau
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Zhe Zhao, Shuqiang Li
Evolutionary biology has long been concerned with how changing environments affect and drive the spatiotemporal development of organisms. Coelotine spiders (Agelenidae: Coelotinae) are common species in the temperate and subtropical areas of the Northern Hemisphere. Their long evolutionary history and the extremely imbalanced distribution of species richness suggest that Eurasian environments, especially since the Cenozoic, are the drivers of their diversification. We use phylogenetics, molecular dating, ancestral area reconstructions, diversity, and ecological niche analyses to investigate the spatiotemporal evolution of 286 coelotine species from throughout the region...
April 20, 2017: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430874/developmental-sall2-transcription-factor-a-new-player-in-cancer
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Viviana E Hermosilla, Matias I Hepp, David Escobar, Carlos Farlas, Elizabeth N Riffo, Ariel F Castro, Roxana Pincheira
SALL2, also known as Spalt-like transcription factor 2, is a member of the SALL family of transcription factors involved in development and conserved through evolution. Since its identification in 1996, findings indicate that SALL2 plays a role in neurogenesis, neuronal differentiation and eye development. Consistently, SALL2 deficiency associates with neural tube defects and coloboma, a congenital eye disease. Relevant to cancer, clinical studies indicate that SALL2 is deregulated in various cancers, and is a specific biomarker for Synovial Sarcoma...
April 18, 2017: Carcinogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430444/molecular-structuring-and-percolation-transition-in-hydrated-sulfonated-poly-ether-ether-ketone-membranes
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Madhusmita Tripathy, Sunil Kumar P B, Abhijit P Deshpande
The extent of phase separation and water percolation in sulfonated membranes are the key to their performance in fuel cells. Toward this, the effect of hydration on the morphology and transport characteristics of sulfonated poly(ether ether ketone), sPEEK, membrane is investigated using atomistic molecular dynamics simulation at various hydration levels($\lambda$: number of water molecules per sulfonate group). The evolution of local morphology is investigated using structural correlations and minimum pair distances...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430440/insights-on-the-physical-state-reached-by-an-active-pharmaceutical-ingredient-upon-high-energy-milling
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Benjamin Schammé, Xavier Monnier, Nicolas Couvrat, Laurent Delbreilh, Valérie Dupray, Eric Dargent, Gérard Coquerel
In this article, we study the physicochemical transformations of crystalline Quinidine upon high-energy milling. The investigations have been achieved by classical, high performance and fast scanning calorimetry combined with broadband dielectric spectroscopy and X-ray powder diffraction. As evolution of crystalline Quinidine with time of milling revealed a prominent sub-Tg cold-crystallization phenomenon, independent and complementary analytical techniques were implemented. Fast scanning calorimetry was performed for the first time on a milled pharmaceutical compound to postpone the crystallization event to higher temperatures...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430199/control-over-differentiation-of-a-metastable-supramolecular-assembly-in-one-and-two-dimensions
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Tomoya Fukui, Shinnosuke Kawai, Satoko Fujinuma, Yoshitaka Matsushita, Takeshi Yasuda, Tsuneaki Sakurai, Shu Seki, Masayuki Takeuchi, Kazunori Sugiyasu
Molecular self-assembly under kinetic control is expected to yield nanostructures that are inaccessible through the spontaneous thermodynamic process. Moreover, time-dependent evolution, which is reminiscent of biomolecular systems, may occur under such out-of-equilibrium conditions, allowing the synthesis of supramolecular assemblies with enhanced complexities. Here we report on the capacity of a metastable porphyrin supramolecular assembly to differentiate into nanofibre and nanosheet structures. Mechanistic studies of the relationship between the molecular design and pathway complexity in the self-assembly unveiled the energy landscape that governs the unique kinetic behaviour...
May 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429898/subclassification-of-the-molecular-types-of-breast-cancer-based-on-the-expression-of-immunohistochemical-markers-and-evolution
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Aldo Reigosa, David Hardisson, Francisco Sanzi, Eduardo Caleiras, Felipe Saldivia, Angel Fernández
Breast carcinomas have been classified from the molecular point of view into four major groups (Luminal A, Luminal B, HER2 and triple negative). However, these groups are not homogeneous and there is a need to establish subcategories that can be identified by immunohistochemistry (IHC), to better predict prognosis and carry out treatments that are more effective. This study was conducted in 354 patients diagnosed with invasive ductal breast carci- noma. The expression of 22 molecules was analyzed by tissue matrices and the results obtained were compared with molecular classes defined by IHC, according to the expression of estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR) and HER2, and the overall survival...
June 2016: Investigación Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429538/finding-a-partner-in-the-ocean-molecular-and-evolutionary-bases-of-the-response-to-sexual-cues-in-a-planktonic-diatom
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Swaraj Basu, Shrikant Patil, Daniel Mapleson, Monia Teresa Russo, Laura Vitale, Cristina Fevola, Florian Maumus, Raffaella Casotti, Thomas Mock, Mario Caccamo, Marina Montresor, Remo Sanges, Maria Immacolata Ferrante
Microalgae play a major role as primary producers in aquatic ecosystems. Cell signalling regulates their interactions with the environment and other organisms, yet this process in phytoplankton is poorly defined. Using the marine planktonic diatom Pseudo-nitzschia multistriata, we investigated the cell response to cues released during sexual reproduction, an event that demands strong regulatory mechanisms and impacts on population dynamics. We sequenced the genome of P. multistriata and performed phylogenomic and transcriptomic analyses, which allowed the definition of gene gains and losses, horizontal gene transfers, conservation and evolutionary rate of sex-related genes...
April 21, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428851/screening-mitochondrial-dna-sequence-variation-as-an-alternative-method-for-tracking-established-and-outbreak-populations-of-queensland-fruit-fly-at-the-species-southern-range-limit
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Mark J Blacket, Mali B Malipatil, Linda Semeraro, Peter S Gillespie, Bernie C Dominiak
Understanding the relationship between incursions of insect pests and established populations is critical to implementing effective control. Studies of genetic variation can provide powerful tools to examine potential invasion pathways and longevity of individual pest outbreaks. The major fruit fly pest in eastern Australia, Queensland fruit fly Bactrocera tryoni (Froggatt), has been subject to significant long-term quarantine and population reduction control measures in the major horticulture production areas of southeastern Australia, at the species southern range limit...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428544/strain-softening-of-nano-scale-fuzzy-interfaces-causes-mullins-effect-in-thermoplastic-polyurethane
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T Sui, E Salvati, S Ying, G Sun, I P Dolbnya, K Dragnevski, C Prisacariu, A M Korsunsky
The strain-induced softening of thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers (TPUs), known as the Mullins effect, arises from their multi-phase structure. We used the combination of small- and wide- angle X-ray scattering (SAXS/WAXS) during in situ repeated tensile loading to elucidate the relationship between molecular architecture, nano-strain, and macro-scale mechanical properties. Insights obtained from our analysis highlight the importance of the 'fuzzy interface' between the hard and soft regions that governs the structure evolution at nanometre length scales and leads to macroscopic stiffness reduction...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428422/quantitative-3d-evolution-of-colloidal-nanoparticle-oxidation-in-solution
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Yugang Sun, Xiaobing Zuo, Subramanian K R S Sankaranarayanan, Sheng Peng, Badri Narayanan, Ganesh Kamath
Real-time tracking of the three-dimensional (3D) evolution of colloidal nanoparticles in solution is essential for understanding complex mechanisms involved in nanoparticle growth and transformation. We used time-resolved small-angle and wide-angle x-ray scattering simultaneously to monitor oxidation of highly uniform colloidal iron nanoparticles, enabling the reconstruction of intermediate 3D morphologies of the nanoparticles with a spatial resolution of ~5 angstroms. The in situ observations, combined with large-scale reactive molecular dynamics simulations, reveal the details of the transformation from solid metal nanoparticles to hollow metal oxide nanoshells via a nanoscale Kirkendall process-for example, coalescence of voids as they grow and reversal of mass diffusion direction depending on crystallinity...
April 21, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428200/the-evolution-of-aluminum-accumulation-in-ferns-and-lycophytes
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Marco Schmitt, Klaus Mehltreter, Michael Sundue, Weston Testo, Toshihiro Watanabe, Steven Jansen
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: This paper investigates the occurrence and evolution of aluminum (Al) accumulation within ferns and lycophytes, which is characterized by Al concentrations above 1000 mg·kg(-1) in aboveground plant tissues. We hypothesize that this feature is more common in ferns than in angiosperms, and potentially correlated with growth form and other chemical elements. METHODS: Aluminum concentrations were obtained from novel analyses and literature for a total of 354 specimens and 307 species...
April 20, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427862/molecular-evolution-of-pancreatic-ribonuclease-gene-rnase1-in-rodentia
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Da-Tian Lang, Xiao-Ping Wang, Lei Wang, Li Yu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 19, 2017: Journal of Genetics and Genomics, Yi Chuan Xue Bao
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427478/morphological-and-molecular-characteristics-of-malayfilaria-sofiani-uni-mat-udin-takaoka-n-g-n-sp-nematoda-filarioidea-from-the-common-treeshrew-tupaia-glis-diard-duvaucel-mammalia-scandentia-in-peninsular-malaysia
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Shigehiko Uni, Ahmad Syihan Mat Udin, Takeshi Agatsuma, Weerachai Saijuntha, Kerstin Junker, Rosli Ramli, Hasmahzaiti Omar, Yvonne Ai-Lian Lim, Sinnadurai Sivanandam, Emilie Lefoulon, Coralie Martin, Daicus Martin Belabut, Saharul Kasim, Muhammad Rasul Abdullah Halim, Nur Afiqah Zainuri, Subha Bhassu, Masako Fukuda, Makoto Matsubayashi, Masashi Harada, Van Lun Low, Chee Dhang Chen, Narifumi Suganuma, Rosli Hashim, Hiroyuki Takaoka, Mohd Sofian Azirun
BACKGROUND: The filarial nematodes Wuchereria bancrofti (Cobbold, 1877), Brugia malayi (Brug, 1927) and B. timori Partono, Purnomo, Dennis, Atmosoedjono, Oemijati & Cross, 1977 cause lymphatic diseases in humans in the tropics, while B. pahangi (Buckley & Edeson, 1956) infects carnivores and causes zoonotic diseases in humans in Malaysia. Wuchereria bancrofti, W. kalimantani Palmieri, Pulnomo, Dennis & Marwoto, 1980 and six out of ten Brugia spp. have been described from Australia, Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka and India...
April 20, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426792/no-evidence-for-the-radiation-time-lag-model-after-whole-genome-duplications-in-teleostei
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Sacha Laurent, Nicolas Salamin, Marc Robinson-Rechavi
The short and long term effects of polyploidization on the evolutionary fate of lineages is still unclear despite much interest. First recognized in land plants, it has become clear that polyploidization is widespread in eukaryotes, notably at the origin of vertebrates and teleost fishes. Many hypotheses have been proposed to link the species richness of lineages and whole genome duplications. For instance, the radiation time lag model suggests that paleopolyploidy would favour the apparition of new phenotypic traits, although the radiation of the lineage would not occur before a later dispersion event...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426692/what-is-adaptation-by-natural-selection-perspectives-of-an-experimental-microbiologist
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Richard E Lenski
Ever since Darwin, the role of natural selection in shaping the morphological, physiological, and behavioral adaptations of animals and plants across generations has been central to understanding life and its diversity. New discoveries have shown with increasing precision how genetic, molecular, and biochemical processes produce and express those organismal features during an individual's lifetime. When it comes to microorganisms, however, understanding the role of natural selection in producing adaptive solutions has historically been, and sometimes continues to be, contentious...
April 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426155/insect-transmission-of-plant-viruses-multilayered-interactions-optimize-viral-propagation
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Beatriz Dáder, Christiane Then, Edwige Berthelot, Marie Ducousso, James C K Ng, Martin Drucker
By serving as vectors of transmission, insects play a key role in the infection cycle of many plant viruses. Viruses use sophisticated transmission strategies to overcome the spatial barrier separating plants and the impediment imposed by the plant cell wall. Interactions among insect vectors, viruses and host plants mediate transmission by integrating all organizational levels, from molecules to populations. Best-examined on the molecular scale are two basic transmission modes wherein virus-vector interactions have been well characterized...
April 20, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426091/distinguishing-between-homogeneous-and-heterogeneous-hydrogen-evolution-catalysis-with-molecular-cobalt-complexes
#17
David J Sconyers, James D Blakemore
Molecular proton-reduction catalysts can decompose under the acidic conditions required for hydrogen evolution, resulting in formation of secondary metal-containing materials. Using an electrochemical quartz crystal microbalance (EQCM), we report a new method for probing electrodeposition of catalytically active heterogeneous material from molecular precursors. The data collected suggest that EQCM can provide a direct measure of the homogeneity of molecular proton-reduction catalysts over short timescales.
April 20, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425927/hepatitis-e-virus-genotypes-and-evolution-emergence-of-camel-hepatitis-e-variants
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REVIEW
Siddharth Sridhar, Jade L L Teng, Tsz-Ho Chiu, Susanna K P Lau, Patrick C Y Woo
Hepatitis E virus (HEV) is a major cause of viral hepatitis globally. Zoonotic HEV is an important cause of chronic hepatitis in immunocompromised patients. The rapid identification of novel HEV variants and accumulating sequence information has prompted significant changes in taxonomy of the family Hepeviridae. This family includes two genera: Orthohepevirus, which infects terrestrial vertebrates, and Piscihepevirus, which infects fish. Within Orthohepevirus, there are four species, A-D, with widely differing host range...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425754/immunotherapy-and-targeted-therapy-in-brain-metastases-emerging-options-in-precision-medicine
#19
Tyler Lazaro, Priscilla K Brastianos
Brain metastases (BM) continue to represent an unmet clinical need in oncology. Immunotherapy and targeted therapy hold great promise in the treatment of BM. Emerging data are confirming the activity of these agents in patients with BM. Genomic studies have confirmed that clinically actionable mutations are present in BM and they can be used in clinical studies to link targeted therapies with their genetic targets. Furthermore, as molecular signatures associated with sensitivity and resistance to immunotherapies are developed, we will better be able to select BM patients who will most benefit from these therapies...
April 2017: CNS Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425474/invasion-of-ancestral-mammals-into-dim-light-environments-inferred-from-adaptive-evolution-of-the-phototransduction-genes
#20
Yonghua Wu, Haifeng Wang, Elizabeth A Hadly
Nocturnality is a key evolutionary innovation of mammals that enables mammals to occupy relatively empty nocturnal niches. Invasion of ancestral mammals into nocturnality has long been inferred from the phylogenetic relationships of crown Mammalia, which is primarily nocturnal, and crown Reptilia, which is primarily diurnal, although molecular evidence for this is lacking. Here we used phylogenetic analyses of the vision genes involved in the phototransduction pathway to predict the diel activity patterns of ancestral mammals and reptiles...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
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