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Amanda M West, Paul H Evangelista, Catherine S Jarnevich, Nicholas E Young, Thomas J Stohlgren, Colin Talbert, Marian Talbert, Jeffrey Morisette, Ryan Anderson
Early detection of invasive plant species is vital for the management of natural resources and protection of ecosystem processes. The use of satellite remote sensing for mapping the distribution of invasive plants is becoming more common, however conventional imaging software and classification methods have been shown to be unreliable. In this study, we test and evaluate the use of five species distribution model techniques fit with satellite remote sensing data to map invasive tamarisk (Tamarix spp.) along the Arkansas River in Southeastern Colorado...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Puneet Kaur Randhawa, Amteshwar Singh Jaggi
Remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) treatment strategy is a breakthrough in the field of cardiovascular pharmacology as it has the potential to attenuate myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury. However, the underlying intracellular pathways have not been widely explored. The present study intends to explore the possible role of TRPV1 channels in mediating remote hind limb preconditioning-induced cardioprotection. Remote hind limb preconditioning stimulus (4 cycles in succession) was delivered by tying the blood pressure cuff at the inguinal level of the rat...
October 17, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Kady Fischer, Dominik P Guensch, Nancy Shie, Julie Lebel, Matthias G Friedrich
BACKGROUND: Breathing maneuvers can elicit a similar vascular response as vasodilatory agents like adenosine; yet, their potential diagnostic utility in the presence of coronary artery stenosis is unknown. The objective of the study is to investigate if breathing maneuvers can non-invasively detect inducible ischemia in an experimental animal model when the myocardium is imaged with oxygenation-sensitive cardiovascular magnetic resonance (OS-CMR). METHODS AND FINDINGS: In 11 anesthetised swine with experimentally induced significant stenosis (fractional flow reserve <0...
2016: PloS One
Patricia A Fleming, Shannon J Dundas, Yvonne Y W Lau, John R Pluske
Outdoor pig operations are an alternative to intensive systems of raising pigs; however for the majority of outdoor pork producers, issues of biosecurity and predation control require significant management and (or) capital investment. Identifying and quantifying predation risk in outdoor pork operations has rarely been done, but such data would be informative for these producers as part of their financial and logistical planning. We quantified potential impact of fox predation on piglets bred on an outdoor pork operation in south-western Australia...
October 8, 2016: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
Marat R Talipov, Jaladhi Nayak, Michael Lepley, Robert D Bongard, Daniel S Sem, Ramani Ramchandran, Rajendra Rathore
DUSP5 is an inducible nuclear dual-specificity phosphatase that specifically interacts with and deactivates extracellular signal-regulated kinases ERK1 and ERK2, which are responsible for cell proliferation, differentiation, and survival. The phosphatase domain (PD) of DUSP5 has unique structural features absent in other nuclear DUSPs, such as presence of a secondary anion-binding site in the proximity to the reaction center and a glutamic acid E264 positioned next to the catalytic cysteine C263, as well as a remote intra-molecular disulfide linkage...
October 14, 2016: Biochemistry
Chenyan Zhao, Youchun Wang
Serological and nucleic acid tests for detecting hepatitis E virus (HEV) have been developed for both epidemiologic and diagnostic purposes. The laboratory diagnosis of HEV infection depends on the detection of HEV antigen, HEV RNA, and serum antibodies against HEV (immunoglobulin [Ig]A, IgM, and IgG). Anti-HEV IgM antibodies can be detected during the acute phase of the illness and can last approximately 4 or 5 months, representing recent exposure, whereas anti-HEV IgG antibodies can last more than 10 years, representing remote exposure...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Vladimir A Kuzmin, Tatiana D Nekipelova, Tatyana A Podrugina, Galina V Golovina, Alexey A Kostyukov, Viktor V Temnov, Irina A Doroshenko, Eugene V Radchenko, Vladimir A Palyulin, Nikolay S Zefirov
The spectral characteristics, binding constants with bovine (BSA) and human serum albumin (HSA) and lifetimes of fluorescence in PBS and EtOH solutions and in the presence of BSA in PBS were measured for novel indotricarbocyanine dyes bearing remote phosphonate groups. These parameters are close to those for indocyanine green (ICG) indicating that the Coulomb interaction does not play a significant role in complex formation, and the binding is determined by the interaction of the dye polymethine chain with albumin...
October 3, 2016: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
Jens G Klinzing, Björn Rasch, Jan Born, Susanne Diekelmann
Sleep is known to support the consolidation of newly encoded and initially labile memories. Once consolidated, remote memories can return to a labile state upon reactivation and need to become reconsolidated in order to persist. Here we asked whether sleep also benefits the reconsolidation of remote memories after their reactivation and how reconsolidation during sleep compares to sleep-dependent consolidation processes. In three groups, participants were trained on a visuo-spatial learning task in the presence of a contextual odor...
October 6, 2016: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Wim G M Bastiaanssen, Pasquale Steduto
Scarce water resources are one of the major constraints to achieve more food production. Food production needs therefore also to be evaluated in terms of water consumption, besides the conventional unit of land. Crop Water Productivity (CWP) is defined as the crop yield per unit of water evaporated. Contrary to crop yield, local benchmark values for CWP do not exist. This paper shows how operational earth observation satellites can measure CWP indirectly on a pixel-by-pixel basis, which provides an opportunity to define local, regional and global benchmark values...
October 3, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Hideyuki Nukaga, Tomotaka Takeda, Kazunori Nakajima, Keishiro Narimatsu, Takamitsu Ozawa, Keiichi Ishigami, Kazuo Funato
Teeth clenching has been shown to improve remote muscle activity (by augmentation of the Hoffmann reflex), and joint fixation (by decreased reciprocal inhibition) in the entire body. Clenching could help maintain balance, improve systemic function, and enhance safety. Teeth clenching from a sports dentistry viewpoint was thought to be important and challenging. Therefore, it is quite important to investigate mastication muscles' activity and function during sports events for clarifying a physiological role of the mastication muscle itself and involvement of mastication muscle function in whole body movement...
2016: Open Dentistry Journal
Hamed Asadi, Hong Kuan Kok, Seamus Looby, Paul Brennan, Alan O'Hare, John Thornton
PURPOSE: This study aims to identify factors influencing outcome in brain arteriovenous malformations (BAVM) treated with endovascular embolisation. We also assessed the feasibility of using machine learning techniques to prognosticate and predict outcome and compared this to conventional statistical analyses. METHODS: A retrospective study of patients undergoing endovascular treatment of BAVM over a 22-year period in a national neuroscience centre was performed...
September 28, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Yoko Shigeno-Nakazawa, Takuma Kasai, Sewon Ki, Elina Kostyanovskaya, Jana Pawlak, Junya Yamagishi, Noriaki Okimoto, Makoto Taiji, Mariko Okada, Jody Westbrook, Yoko Satta, Takanori Kigawa, Akira Imamoto
CRK and CRKL adapter proteins play essential roles in development and cancer through their SRC homology 2 and 3 (SH2 and SH3) domains. To gain insight into the origin of their shared functions, we have investigated their evolutionary history. We propose a term, crk/crkl ancestral (crka), for orthologs in invertebrates before the divergence of CRK and CRKL in the vertebrate ancestor. We have isolated two orthologs expressed in the choanoflagellate Monosiga brevicollis, a unicellular relative to the metazoans...
September 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
Catarina Maia, Ana Raquel Moreira, Tânia Lopes, Cecília Martins
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the first episode of unprovoked epileptic seizure in children and assess recurrence risk factors. METHODS: This was a retrospective observational study, based on the analysis of medical records of patients admitted between 2003 and 2014, with first epileptic seizure, at the pediatric service of a secondary hospital. The data were analyzed using the SPSS 20.0 program. RESULTS: Of the 103 patients, 52...
October 7, 2016: Jornal de Pediatria
Anat Galor, Roy C Levitt, Katherine T McManus, Jerry P Kalangara, Benjamin E Seiden, Jasmine J Park, Derek B Covington, Constantine D Sarantopoulos, Elizabeth R Felix
Importance: Somatosensory dysfunction likely underlies dry eye (DE) symptoms in many individuals yet remains an understudied component of the disease. Its presence has important diagnostic and therapeutic implications. Objective: To assess the integrity of nociceptive system processes in persons with DE and ocular pain using quantitative sensory testing (QST) techniques applied at a site remote from the eye. Design, Setting, and Participants: A cross-sectional study conducted at Miami Veterans Affairs Hospital included 118 individuals with a wide variety of DE symptoms and signs...
September 29, 2016: JAMA Ophthalmology
Mickaël Dinomais
Long-term motor performances after unilateral neonatal stroke are variable. The presence of motor deficits may be related to structural characteristic (size and location) of the infarct site but also in brain area remote from this injury (cerebellum and thalamus). Analyzing in functional MRI and structural MRI the relationship between long-term motor performance and motor system after neonatal stroke could provide cerebral target for therapy.
September 2016: Annals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Jordan Lestina, Maxwell Cook, Sunil Kumar, Jeffrey Morisette, Paul J Ode, Frank Peairs
Wheat stem sawfly (Cephus cinctus Norton, Hymenoptera: Cephidae) has long been a significant insect pest of spring, and more recently, winter wheat in the northern Great Plains. Wheat stem sawfly was first observed infesting winter wheat in Colorado in 2010 and, subsequently, has spread rapidly throughout wheat production regions of the state. Here, we used maximum entropy modeling (MaxEnt) to generate habitat suitability maps in order to predict the risk of crop damage as this species spreads throughout the winter wheat-growing regions of Colorado...
September 22, 2016: Environmental Entomology
Julius R Dewald, Douglas O Fuller, Günter C Müller, John C Beier
BACKGROUND: Knowledge of Anopheles resting habitats is needed to advance outdoor malaria vector control. This study presents a technique to map locations of resting habitats using high-resolution satellite imagery (world view 2) and probabilistic Dempster-Shafer (D-S) modelling, focused on a rural village in southern Mali, West Africa where field sampling was conducted to determine outdoor habitat preferences of Anopheles gambiae, the main vector in the study area. METHODS: A combination of supervised and manual image classification was used to derive an accurate land-cover map from the satellite image that provided classes (i...
2016: Malaria Journal
Kara E Marsac, Pamela C Burnley, Christopher T Adcock, Daniel A Haber, Russell L Malchow, Elisabeth M Hausrath
This study compares high resolution forward models of natural gamma-ray background with that measured by high resolution aerial gamma-ray surveys. The ability to predict variations in natural background radiation levels should prove useful for those engaged in measuring anthropogenic contributions to background radiation for the purpose of emergency response and homeland security operations. The forward models are based on geologic maps and remote sensing multi-spectral imagery combined with two different sources of data: 1) bedrock geochemical data (uranium, potassium and thorium concentrations) collected from national databases, the scientific literature and private companies, and 2) the low spatial resolution NURE (National Uranium Resource Evaluation) aerial gamma-ray survey...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Kimberly-Anne Tan, Mathew D Sewell, Andrew J Clarke, Daniel Chan, Oliver M Stokes, Shahid N Khan, Michael Hutton
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: Pacemakers are currently identified as a contraindication for the use of magnetic growth rods (MGRs). This arises from concern that magnetic fields generated by the MGR external remote controller (ERC) during lengthening procedures may induce pacemaker dysfunction. We investigated (1) whether MGR lengthening affects pacemaker function, and (2) if the magnetic field of a pacemaker affects MGR lengthening. METHODS: MGRs were tested in conjunction with an magnetic resonance imaging-compatible pacemaker, which was connected to a virtual patient under continuous cardiac monitoring...
September 15, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
Ioulietta Lazarou, Anastasios Karakostas, Thanos G Stavropoulos, Theodoros Tsompanidis, Georgios Meditskos, Ioannis Kompatsiaris, Magda Tsolaki
BACKGROUND: Assistive technology, in the form of a smart home environment, is employed to support people with dementia. OBJECTIVES: To propose a system for continuous and objective remote monitoring of problematic daily living activity areas and design personalized interventions based on system feedback and clinical observations for improving cognitive function and health-related quality of life. METHODS: The assistive technology of the proposed system, including wearable, sleep, object motion, presence, and utility usage sensors, was methodically deployed at four different home installations of people with cognitive impairment...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
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