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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432977/effect-of-short-term-zn-pb-or-long-term-multi-metal-stress-on-physiological-and-morphological-parameters-of-metallicolous-and-nonmetallicolous-echium-vulgare-l-populations
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Sławomir Dresler, Magdalena Wójciak-Kosior, Ireneusz Sowa, Grzegorz Stanisławski, Izabela Bany, Małgorzata Wójcik
The aim of the study was to determine the response of metallicolous and nonmetallicolous Echium vulgare L. populations to chronic multi-metal (Zn, Pb, Cd) and acute Zn (200, 400 μM) and Pb (30, 60 μM) stress. Three populations of E. vulgare, one from uncontaminated and two from metal-contaminated areas, were studied. Two types of experiments were performed - a short-term hydroponic experiment with acute Zn or Pb stress and a long-term manipulative soil experiment with the use of soils from the sites of origin of the three populations...
April 13, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432805/pitfalls-in-electrogram-interpretation-subcutaneous-cardioverter-defibrillator-malfunction-in-brugada-syndrome
#2
Giovanni Morani, Bruna Bolzan, Luca Tomasi, Ruggero Tomei, Corrado Vassanelli
A patient with Brugada Syndrome implanted with subcutaneous cardioverter defibrillator (S-ICD) had oversensing episodes treated with S-ICD shocks. Comparable artefacts weren't evocable with S-ICD pocket manipulation. The fluoroscopy excluded S-ICD macroscopic damage. The device extraction revealed undamaged pulse generator and connector, but the lead was inappropriately tunnelled under the sixth rib. Then the S-ICD malfunction was due to lead microscopic damage caused by lead rubbing the rib surface. This article is protected by copyright...
April 22, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432782/the-good-lies-altruistic-goals-modulate-processing-of-deception-in-the-anterior-insula
#3
Lijun Yin, Yang Hu, Dennis Dynowski, Jian Li, Bernd Weber
When it comes to lies, the beneficiaries of one's dishonesty play an important role in the decision-making process. Altruistic lies that are made with the intention of benefiting others are a specific type of lies and very common in real life. While it has been shown that altruistic goals influence (dis)honest behaviors, the neural substrates of this effect is still unknown. To reveal how the brain integrates altruistic goals into (dis)honest decisions, this study used functional magnetic resonance imaging to examine the neural activity of participants in a real incentivized context while they were making (dis)honest decisions...
April 22, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432448/resistance-to-radial-expansion-limits-muscle-strain-and-work
#4
E Azizi, A R Deslauriers, N C Holt, C E Eaton
The collagenous extracellular matrix (ECM) of skeletal muscle functions to transmit force, protect sensitive structures, and generate passive tension to resist stretch. The mechanical properties of the ECM change with age, atrophy, and neuromuscular pathologies, resulting in an increase in the relative amount of collagen and an increase in stiffness. Although numerous studies have focused on the effect of muscle fibrosis on passive muscle stiffness, few have examined how these structural changes may compromise contractile performance...
April 21, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432445/the-impact-of-transportation-and-translocation-on-dispersal-behaviour-in-the-invasive-cane-toad
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Lachlan Pettit, Matthew Greenlees, Richard Shine
Biological invasions transport organisms to novel environments; but how does the translocation process influence movement patterns of the invader? Plausibly, the stress of encountering a novel environment, or of the transport process, might induce rapid dispersal from the release site-potentially enhancing (or reducing) invader success and spread. We investigated the effect of transportation and release to novel environments on dispersal-relevant traits of one of the world's most notorious invaders, the cane toad (Rhinella marina)...
April 21, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432288/overexpression-of-human-nr2b-receptor-subunit-in-lman-causes-stuttering-and-song-sequence-changes-in-adult-zebra-finches
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Mukta Chakraborty, Liang-Fu Chen, Emma E Fridel, Marguerita E Klein, Rebecca A Senft, Abhra Sarkar, Erich D Jarvis
Zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata) learn to produce songs in a manner reminiscent of spoken language development in humans. One candidate gene implicated in influencing learning is the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) subtype 2B glutamate receptor (NR2B). Consistent with this idea, NR2B levels are high in the song learning nucleus LMAN (lateral magnocellular nucleus of the anterior nidopallium) during juvenile vocal learning, and decreases to low levels in adults after learning is complete and the song becomes more stereotyped...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432256/global-sensitivity-analysis-of-onguard-models-identifies-key-hubs-for-transport-interaction-in-stomatal-dynamics
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Silvere Rm Vialet-Chabrand, Adrian Hills, Yizhou Wang, Howard Griffiths, Virgilio Lew, Tracy Lawson, Mike R Blatt, Simon Rogers
The physical requirement for charge to balance across biological membranes means that transmembrane transport of each ionic species is inter-related, and manipulating solute flux through any one transporter will affect other transporters at the same membrane, often with unforeseen consequences. The OnGuard systems modelling platform has helped to resolve the mechanics of stomatal movements, uncovering previously unexpected behaviors of stomata. To date, however, the manual approach to exploring model parameter space has captured little formal information about the emergent connections between parameters that define the most interesting properties of the system as a whole...
April 21, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432130/do-the-microbiota-influence-vaccines-and-protective-immunity-to-pathogens-engaging-our-endogenous-adjuvants
#8
Nicholas Collins, Yasmine Belkaid
The reliance of the immune system on constitutive microbial stimulation support the idea that both responsiveness to vaccines and vaccine design need to be considered in the context of host-microbiota interactions. Manipulation of microbe function or composition via diet alteration or microbiota engraftment may soon become a viable approach to control immunity and, as such, vaccine responses. Learning from our endogenous original adjuvants could be critical in overcoming the enormous hurdle of vaccine design against the numerous pathogens that cause chronic infection...
April 21, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432122/dual-regulation-of-stat1-and-stat3-by-the-tumor-suppressor-protein-pml-contributes-to-ifn%C3%AE-mediated-inhibition-of-angiogenesis
#9
Kuo-Sheng Hsu, Xuan Zhao, Xiwen Cheng, Dongyin Guan, Ganapati H Mahabeleshwar, Yu Liu, Ernest Borden, Mukesh K Jain, Hung-Ying Kao
IFNs are effective in inhibiting angiogenesis in preclinical models and in treating several angio-proliferative disorders. However, the detailed mechanisms of IFNα-mediated anti-angiogenesis are not completely understood. Stat1/2/3 and PML are IFNα downstream effectors and are pivotal regulators of angiogenesis. Here, we investigated PML's role in the regulation of Stat1/2/3 activity. In Pml knockout (KO) mice, ablation of Pml largely reduces IFNα angiostatic ability in Matrixgel plug assays. This suggested an essential role for PML in IFNα's anti-angiogenic function...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431947/a-bout-analysis-of-operant-response-disruption
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Ryan J Brackney, Timothy H Cheung, Federico Sanabria
Operant behavior appears to be organized in bouts of responses, whose parameters are differentially sensitive to various manipulations. This study investigated potential differential effects of three forms of operant response disruption-extinction (EXT), non-contingent reinforcement (NCR), and prefeeding (PRE)-on response bouts. In Experiment 1, Wistar Kyoto rats (WKY) were trained on a tandem variable-time (VT) 120s fixed-ratio (FR) 5 schedule of reinforcement; after stability was established, their responding was disrupted for three sessions with one of the three disrupters (EXT, NCR, or PRE)...
April 18, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431774/limited-compensation-at-the-following-meal-for-protein-and-energy-intake-at-a-lunch-meal-in-healthy-free-living-older-adults
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K M Appleton
Various interventions have previously been found to increase protein intakes in older adults, but in free-living individuals, compensation for increased intakes at one meal may easily negate these effects resulting in limited long term benefit. This study investigated the impact of adding sauce to an older person's lunch meal on intakes at that meal, at the following meal and overall (lunch + evening meal). Using a repeated measures design, 52 participants consumed both a lunch meal with sauce and the same lunch meal without sauce on two separate occasions, and intake at this meal and at the following meal were measured...
April 7, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431740/getting-a-grip-on-reality-grasping-movements-directed-to-real-objects-and-images-rely-on-dissociable-neural-representations
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Erez Freud, Scott N Macdonald, Juan Chen, Derek J Quinlan, Melvyn A Goodale, Jody C Culham
In the current era of touchscreen technology, humans commonly execute visually guided actions directed to two-dimensional (2D) images of objects. Although real, three-dimensional (3D), objects and images of the same objects share high degree of visual similarity, they differ fundamentally in the actions that can be performed on them. Indeed, previous behavioral studies have suggested that simulated grasping of images relies on different representations than actual grasping of real 3D objects. Yet the neural underpinnings of this phenomena have not been investigated...
March 18, 2017: Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431482/nanozyme-applications-in-biology-and-medicine-an-overview
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Jafar Golchin, Kazem Golchin, Neda Alidadian, Shahrooz Ghaderi, Sajjad Eslamkhah, Masoud Eslamkhah, Abolfazl Akbarzadeh
Nanozymes, in nature, are artificial enzymes. Innovated by Ronald Breslow to mimic enzymes. Nanozymes have widespread applications including targeted cancer therapy, diagnostic medicine and bio-sensing even environmental toxicology. However, these applications are a novel research field in biomedicine, but are growing fast. Enzyme-based applications such as immune-absorbent assay (ELIZA) are expensive because of the complexity of producing enzymes and antibodies. Not only, some nanoparticles can mimic these enzymes such as superoxides, but also they can manipulate biological pathways directly like autophagy...
April 21, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431332/sperm-morphology-of-the-leafhopper-diaphorina-citri-kuwayama-hemiptera-sternorrhyncha-psylloidea-liviidae
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Marcelo Silva Barcellos, Jamile Fernanda Silva Cossolin, Glenda Dias, José Lino-Neto
In this study, by using light and electron microscopy, we describe the sperm morphology of the leafhopper Diaphorina citri, a serious pest of citrus throughout the world. In this species the sperm measures 538.49±8.75μm in length, and as observed in psylloids, the sperm, when manipulated, opens into two filaments, one of which is attached to the nuclear base and the other becomes free. Along the flagellum, and only of it, there are lateral projections, about 2μm in length. Furthermore, at the end of the flagellum three appendages, with approximately 7μm in length, are observed...
April 8, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431253/crispr-based-technologies-for-the-manipulation-of-eukaryotic-genomes
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Alexis C Komor, Ahmed H Badran, David R Liu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431245/host-microbe-co-metabolism-dictates-cancer-drug-efficacy-in-c-%C3%A2-elegans
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Timothy A Scott, Leonor M Quintaneiro, Povilas Norvaisas, Prudence P Lui, Matthew P Wilson, Kit-Yi Leung, Lucia Herrera-Dominguez, Sonia Sudiwala, Alberto Pessia, Peter T Clayton, Kevin Bryson, Vidya Velagapudi, Philippa B Mills, Athanasios Typas, Nicholas D E Greene, Filipe Cabreiro
Fluoropyrimidines are the first-line treatment for colorectal cancer, but their efficacy is highly variable between patients. We queried whether gut microbes, a known source of inter-individual variability, impacted drug efficacy. Combining two tractable genetic models, the bacterium E. coli and the nematode C. elegans, we performed three-way high-throughput screens that unraveled the complexity underlying host-microbe-drug interactions. We report that microbes can bolster or suppress the effects of fluoropyrimidines through metabolic drug interconversion involving bacterial vitamin B6, B9, and ribonucleotide metabolism...
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431239/resident-macrophages-near-and-dear-to-your-heart
#17
Nikhil V Munshi
In this issue of Cell, Hulsmans et al. identify a subset of macrophages residing within the cardiac conduction system, which orchestrates cardiac rhythm. Macrophages directly couple with cardiomyocytes, and their perturbation alters cardiac conduction, suggesting that pharmacological manipulation of resident macrophages might represent a new strategy to combat cardiac arrhythmias.
April 20, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431179/mirna-regulation-in-gliomas-usual-suspects-in-glial-tumorigenesis-and-evolving-clinical-applications
#18
Heather Ames, Marc K Halushka, Fausto J Rodriguez
In recent years, an increasing role for noncoding small RNAs (miRNA) has been uncovered in carcinogenesis. These oligonucleotides can promote degradation and/or inhibit translation of key mRNAs. Recent studies have also highlighted a possible role for miRNAs in adult and pediatric brain tumors, including high- and low-grade gliomas, medulloblastoma, ependymoma, and neoplasms associated with neurofibromatosis type 1. Gliomas represent the most common category of primary intraparenchymal brain tumors, and, for example, manipulation of signaling pathways, through inhibition of PTEN transcription appears to be an important function of miRNA dysregulation through miR-21, miR-106b, and miR-26a...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430787/feedback-and-efficient-behavior
#19
Sandro Casal, Nives DellaValle, Luigi Mittone, Ivan Soraperra
Feedback is an effective tool for promoting efficient behavior: it enhances individuals' awareness of choice consequences in complex settings. Our study aims to isolate the mechanisms underlying the effects of feedback on achieving efficient behavior in a controlled environment. We design a laboratory experiment in which individuals are not aware of the consequences of different alternatives and, thus, cannot easily identify the efficient ones. We introduce feedback as a mechanism to enhance the awareness of consequences and to stimulate exploration and search for efficient alternatives...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430671/elevated-production-of-nociceptive-cc-chemokines-and-se-selectin-in-patients-with-low-back-pain-and-the-effects-of-spinal-manipulation-a-non-randomized-clinical-trial
#20
Julita A Teodorczyk-Injeyan, Marion McGregor, John J Triano, H Stephen Injeyan
BACKGROUND: The involvement of inflammatory components in the pathophysiology of low back pain is poorly understood. It has been suggested that spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) may exert anti-inflammatory effects. PURPOSE: To determine the involvement of inflammation-associated chemokines (CC series) in the pathogenesis of non-specific low back pain and to evaluate the effect of SMT on that process. METHODS: Patients presenting with non-radicular, non-specific low back pain (minimum pain score 3 on 10 point visual analogue scale, VAS) were recruited according to stringent inclusion criteria...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Journal of Pain
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