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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213940/estimating-mating-rates-in-wild-drosophila-melanogaster-females-by-decay-rates-of-male-reproductive-proteins-in-their-reproductive-tracts
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Thomas J Giardina, Andrew G Clark, Anthony C Fiumera
Female Drosophila melanogaster frequently mate with multiple males in nature as shown through parentage analysis. Although polyandry is well documented, we know little about the timing between mating events in wild Drosophila populations due to the challenge of following behaviors of individual females. In this study we used the presence of a male reproductive protein that is transferred to the female during mating (Sex Peptide, SP) to determine whether she had recently mated. We sampled females throughout the day, conducted control matings to determine the decay rate of SP within the female reproductive tract and performed computer simulations to fit the observed proportion of mated females to a non-homogenous Poisson process that defined the expected time between successive matings for a given female...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212667/assessing-the-interruption-of-the-transmission-of-human-helminths-with-mass-drug-administration-alone-optimizing-the-design-of-cluster-randomized-trials
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Roy Anderson, Sam Farrell, Hugo Turner, Judd Walson, Christl A Donnelly, James Truscott
BACKGROUND: A method is outlined for the use of an individual-based stochastic model of parasite transmission dynamics to assess different designs for a cluster randomized trial in which mass drug administration (MDA) is employed in attempts to eliminate the transmission of soil-transmitted helminths (STH) in defined geographic locations. The hypothesis to be tested is: Can MDA alone interrupt the transmission of STH species in defined settings? Clustering is at a village level and the choice of clusters of villages is stratified by transmission intensity (low, medium and high) and parasite species mix (either Ascaris, Trichuris or hookworm dominant)...
February 17, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212396/plants-promote-mating-and-dispersal-of-the-human-pathogenic-fungus-cryptococcus
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Deborah J Springer, Rajinikanth Mohan, Joseph Heitman
Infections due to Cryptococcus are a leading cause of fungal infections worldwide and are acquired as a result of environmental exposure to desiccated yeast or spores. The ability of Cryptococcus to grow, mate, and produce infectious propagules in association with plants is important for the maintenance of the genetic diversity and virulence factors important for infection of animals and humans. In the Western United States and Canada, Cryptococcus has been associated with conifers and tree species other than Eucalyptus; however, to date Cryptococcus has only been studied on live Arabidopsis thaliana, Eucalyptus sp...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211207/social-amoebae-mating-types-do-not-invest-unequally-in-sexual-offspring
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Tracy E Douglas, David C Queller, Joan E Strassmann
Unequal investment by different sexes in their progeny is common and includes differential investment in the zygote and differential care of the young. The social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum has a sexual stage in which isogamous cells of any two of the three mating types fuse to form a zygote which then attracts hundreds of other cells to the macrocyst. The latter cells are cannibalized and so make no genetic contribution to reproduction. Previous literature suggests that this sacrifice may be induced in cells of one mating type by cells of another, resulting in a higher than expected production of macrocysts when the inducing type is rare and a giving a reproductive advantage to this social cheat...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210973/renal-drug-transporters-and-drug-interactions
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REVIEW
Anton Ivanyuk, Françoise Livio, Jérôme Biollaz, Thierry Buclin
Transporters in proximal renal tubules contribute to the disposition of numerous drugs. Furthermore, the molecular mechanisms of tubular secretion have been progressively elucidated during the past decades. Organic anions tend to be secreted by the transport proteins OAT1, OAT3 and OATP4C1 on the basolateral side of tubular cells, and multidrug resistance protein (MRP) 2, MRP4, OATP1A2 and breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP) on the apical side. Organic cations are secreted by organic cation transporter (OCT) 2 on the basolateral side, and multidrug and toxic compound extrusion (MATE) proteins MATE1, MATE2/2-K, P-glycoprotein, organic cation and carnitine transporter (OCTN) 1 and OCTN2 on the apical side...
February 16, 2017: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209763/revisiting-suppression-of-interspecies-hybrid-male-lethality-in-caenorhabditis-nematodes
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Lauren E Ryan, Eric S Haag
Within the nematode genus Caenorhabditis, C. briggsae and C. nigoni are among the most closely related species known. They differ in sexual mode, with C. nigoni retaining the ancestral XO male-XX female outcrossing system, while C. briggsae recently evolved self-fertility and an XX-biased sex ratio. Wild-type C. briggsae and C. nigoni can produce fertile hybrid XX female progeny, but XO progeny are either 100% inviable (when C. briggsae is the mother) or viable but sterile (when C. nigoni is the mother). A recent study provided evidence suggesting that loss of the Cbr-him-8 meiotic regulator in C...
February 16, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209629/burden-of-musculoskeletal-disorders-in-the-eastern-mediterranean-region-1990-2013-findings-from-the-global-burden-of-disease-study-2013
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Maziar Moradi-Lakeh, Mohammad H Forouzanfar, Stein Emil Vollset, Charbel El Bcheraoui, Farah Daoud, Ashkan Afshin, Raghid Charara, Ibrahim Khalil, Hideki Higashi, Mohamed Magdy Abd El Razek, Aliasghar Ahmad Kiadaliri, Khurshid Alam, Nadia Akseer, Nawal Al-Hamad, Raghib Ali, Mohammad AbdulAziz AlMazroa, Mahmoud A Alomari, Abdullah A Al-Rabeeah, Ubai Alsharif, Khalid A Altirkawi, Suleman Atique, Alaa Badawi, Lope H Barrero, Mohammed Basulaiman, Shahrzad Bazargan-Hejazi, Neeraj Bedi, Isabela M Bensenor, Rachelle Buchbinder, Hadi Danawi, Samath D Dharmaratne, Faiez Zannad, Maryam S Farvid, Seyed-Mohammad Fereshtehnejad, Farshad Farzadfar, Florian Fischer, Rahul Gupta, Randah Ribhi Hamadeh, Samer Hamidi, Masako Horino, Damian G Hoy, Mohamed Hsairi, Abdullatif Husseini, Mehdi Javanbakht, Jost B Jonas, Amir Kasaeian, Ejaz Ahmad Khan, Jagdish Khubchandani, Ann Kristin Knudsen, Jacek A Kopec, Raimundas Lunevicius, Hassan Magdy Abd El Razek, Azeem Majeed, Reza Malekzadeh, Kedar Mate, Alem Mehari, Michele Meltzer, Ziad A Memish, Mojde Mirarefin, Shafiu Mohammed, Aliya Naheed, Carla Makhlouf Obermeyer, In-Hwan Oh, Eun-Kee Park, Emmanuel Kwame Peprah, Farshad Pourmalek, Mostafa Qorbani, Anwar Rafay, Vafa Rahimi-Movaghar, Rahman Shiri, Sajjad Ur Rahman, Rajesh Kumar Rai, Saleem M Rana, Sadaf G Sepanlou, Masood Ali Shaikh, Ivy Shiue, Abla Mehio Sibai, Diego Augusto Santos Silva, Jasvinder A Singh, Jens Christoffer Skogen, Abdullah Sulieman Terkawi, Kingsley N Ukwaja, Ronny Westerman, Naohiro Yonemoto, Seok-Jun Yoon, Mustafa Z Younis, Zoubida Zaidi, Maysaa El Sayed Zaki, Stephen S Lim, Haidong Wang, Theo Vos, Mohsen Naghavi, Alan D Lopez, Christopher J L Murray, Ali H Mokdad
OBJECTIVES: We used findings from the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013 to report the burden of musculoskeletal disorders in the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR). METHODS: The burden of musculoskeletal disorders was calculated for the EMR's 22 countries between 1990 and 2013. A systematic analysis was performed on mortality and morbidity data to estimate prevalence, death, years of live lost, years lived with disability and disability-adjusted life years (DALYs)...
February 16, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209193/up601-a-standardized-botanical-composition-composed-of-morus-alba-yerba-mate-and-magnolia-officinalis-for-weight-loss
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Mesfin Yimam, Ping Jiao, Mei Hong, Lidia Brownell, Young-Chul Lee, Eu-Jin Hyun, Hyun-Jin Kim, Jeong-Bum Nam, Mi-Ran Kim, Qi Jia
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of obesity is surging in an alarming rate all over the world. Pharmaceutical drugs are considered potential adjunctive therapy to lifestyle modification. However, for most, besides being too expensive, their long term usages are hindered by their severe adverse effects. Here we describe the effect of UP601, a standardized blend of extracts from Morus alba, Yerba mate and Magnolia officinalis, in modulating a number of obesity-related phenotypic and biochemical markers in a high-fat high-fructose (HFF)-induced C57BL/6J mouse model of obesity...
February 16, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207738/testing-the-limits-of-gradient-sensing
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Vinal Lakhani, Timothy C Elston
The ability to detect a chemical gradient is fundamental to many cellular processes. In multicellular organisms gradient sensing plays an important role in many physiological processes such as wound healing and development. Unicellular organisms use gradient sensing to move (chemotaxis) or grow (chemotropism) towards a favorable environment. Some cells are capable of detecting extremely shallow gradients, even in the presence of significant molecular-level noise. For example, yeast have been reported to detect pheromone gradients as shallow as 0...
February 16, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207295/competent-geometric-semantic-genetic-programming-for-symbolic-regression-and-boolean-function-synthesis
#10
Tomasz P Pawlak, Krzysztof Krawiec
Program semantics is a promising recent research thread in Genetic Programming (GP). Over a dozen of semantic-aware search, selection, and initialization operators for GP have been proposed to date. Some of those operators are designed to exploit the geometric properties of semantic space, while some others focus on making offspring effective, i.e., semantically different from their parents. Only a small fraction of previous works aimed at addressing both these features simultaneously. In this paper, we propose a suite of competent operators that combine effectiveness with geometry for population initialization, mate selection, mutation and crossover...
February 16, 2017: Evolutionary Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207173/sensitivity-analysis-of-effective-population-size-to-demographic-parameters-in-house-sparrow-populations
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Marlene Waege Stubberud, Ane Marlene Myhre, Håkon Holand, Thomas Kvalnes, Thor Harald Ringsby, Bernt-Erik Saether, Henrik Jensen
The ratio between the effective and the census population size, Ne/N, is an important measure of the long-term viability and sustainability of a population. Understanding which demographic processes that affect Ne/N most will improve our understanding of how genetic drift and the probability of fixation of alleles is affected by demography. This knowledge may also be of vital importance in management of endangered populations and species. Here, we use data from 13 natural populations of house sparrow (Passer domesticus) in Norway to calculate the demographic parameters that determine Ne/N...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205508/global-dynamics-of-non-equilibrium-gliding-in-animals
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Isaac Yeaton, Jake Socha, Shane Ross
Gliding flight - moving horizontally downward through the air without power - has evolved in a broad diversity of taxa and serves numerous ecologically relevant functions such as predator escape, expanding foraging locations, and finding mates, and has been suggested as an evolutionary pathway to powered flight. Historically, gliding has been conceptualized using the idealized conditions of equilibrium, in which the net aerodynamic force on the glider balances its weight. While this assumption is appealing for its simplicity, recent studies of glide trajectories have shown that equilibrium gliding is not the norm for most species...
February 16, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205222/strong-amerindian-mitonuclear-discordance-in-puerto-rican-genomes-suggests-amerindian-mitochondrial-benefit
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Steven E Massey
A large discrepancy between the Amerindian contribution to the mitochondrial and nuclear genetic components of 55 Puerto Rican (PR) genomes from the 1000 Genomes Project is identified, with Amerindian mitochondrial haplotypes being highly represented (67.3%), in strong contrast to the Amerindian autosomal contribution (12.9%). I examine the potential causes behind this strong mitonuclear discordance. The Amerindian contribution to the X chromosome is 19.8%, implying assortative mating with Amerindian females during the establishment of the PR population...
March 2017: Annals of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205120/establishment-of-legal-paternity-for-children-of-unmarried-american-women-trade-offs-in-male-commitment-to-paternal-investment
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Kermyt G Anderson
The establishment of a legal father for children of unmarried parents reflects both high paternity confidence and male willingness to commit to paternal investment. Whether an unmarried man voluntarily acknowledges paternity after a child is born has important consequences for both the mother and child. This paper brings to bear a life history perspective on paternity establishment, noting that men face trade-offs between mating and parental effort and that women will adjust their investment in children based on expected male investment...
February 15, 2017: Human Nature: An Interdisciplinary Biosocial Perspective
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202817/adaptive-shaping-of-the-behavioural-and-neuroendocrine-phenotype-during-adolescence
#15
Tobias D Zimmermann, Sylvia Kaiser, Michael B Hennessy, Norbert Sachser
Environmental conditions during early life can adaptively shape the phenotype for the prevailing environment. Recently, it has been suggested that adolescence represents an additional temporal window for adaptive developmental plasticity, though supporting evidence is scarce. Previous work has shown that male guinea pigs living in large mixed-sex colonies develop a low-aggressive phenotype as part of a queuing strategy that is adaptive for integrating into large unfamiliar colonies. By contrast, males living in pairs during adolescence become highly aggressive towards strangers...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202813/female-fecundity-variation-affects-reproducibility-of-experiments-on-host-plant-preference-and-acceptance-in-a-phytophagous-insect
#16
Alexander Schäpers, Hampus Petrén, Christopher W Wheat, Christer Wiklund, Magne Friberg
Reproducibility is a scientific cornerstone. Many recent studies, however, describe a reproducibility crisis and call for assessments of reproducibility across scientific domains. Here, we explore the reproducibility of a classic ecological experiment-that of assessing female host plant preference and acceptance in phytophagous insects, a group in which host specialization is a key driver of diversification. We exposed multiple cohorts of Pieris napi butterflies from the same population to traditional host acceptance and preference tests on three Brassicaceae host species...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202807/the-genetics-of-mate-preferences-in-hybrids-between-two-young-and-sympatric-lake-victoria-cichlid-species
#17
Ola Svensson, Katie Woodhouse, Cock van Oosterhout, Alan Smith, George F Turner, Ole Seehausen
The genetic architecture of mate preferences is likely to affect significant evolutionary processes, including speciation and hybridization. Here, we investigate laboratory hybrids between a pair of sympatric Lake Victoria cichlid fish species that appear to have recently evolved from a hybrid population between similar predecessor species. The species demonstrate strong assortative mating in the laboratory, associated with divergent male breeding coloration (red dorsum versus blue). We show in a common garden experiment, using DNA-based paternity testing, that the strong female mate preferences among males of the two species are fully recovered in a large fraction of their F2 hybrid generation...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202726/two-tonoplast-mate-proteins-function-as-turgor-regulating-chloride-channels-in-arabidopsis
#18
Haiwen Zhang, Fu-Geng Zhao, Ren-Jie Tang, Yuexuan Yu, Jiali Song, Yuan Wang, Legong Li, Sheng Luan
The central vacuole in a plant cell occupies the majority of the cellular volume and plays a key role in turgor regulation. The vacuolar membrane (tonoplast) contains a large number of transporters that mediate fluxes of solutes and water, thereby adjusting cell turgor in response to developmental and environmental signals. We report that two tonoplast Detoxification efflux carrier (DTX)/Multidrug and Toxic Compound Extrusion (MATE) transporters, DTX33 and DTX35, function as chloride channels essential for turgor regulation in Arabidopsis Ectopic expression of each transporter in Nicotiana benthamiana mesophyll cells elicited a large voltage-dependent inward chloride current across the tonoplast, showing that DTX33 and DTX35 each constitute a functional channel...
February 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202628/effects-of-upgrade-versus-de-novo-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-on-clinical-response-and-long-term-survival-results-from-a-multicenter-study
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Mate Vamos, Julia W Erath, Zsolt Bari, Denes Vagany, Sven P Linzbach, Tatsiana Burmistrava, Carsten W Israel, Gabor Z Duray, Stefan H Hohnloser
BACKGROUND: Benefits of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) on morbidity and mortality in selected patients are well known. Although the number of upgrade procedures from single- or dual-chamber devices to CRT is increasing, there are only sparse data on the outcomes of upgrade procedures compared with de novo CRT. This study aimed to evaluate clinical response and survival in patients receiving de novo versus upgrade CRT defibrillator therapy. METHODS AND RESULTS: Prospectively collected outcome data were compared in patients undergoing de novo or upgrade CRT defibrillator implantation at 3 implant centers in Germany and Hungary...
February 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202469/establishment-and-maintenance-of-sexual-preferences-that-cause-a-reproductive-isolation-between-medaka-strains-in-close-association
#20
Mayuka Ikawa, Emi Ohya, Hiroka Shimada, Makiko Kamijo, Shoji Fukamachi
Animals choose reproductive partners based on their sexual preferences which are established at a certain time point before, during, or after sexual maturation. The preferences are often divergent within a species, which suppresses gene flow between populations and may promote speciation. There are two strains of medaka (Oryzias latipes) that differ by a single transgene and mate assortatively depending on skin color. Here, we demonstrate that symmetrically biased (mutually exclusive) sexual preferences are (1) gradually established during growth depending on skin color and the color of surrounding fish, (2) strong enough to minimize gene flow between the strains at a population level, and (3) inflexibly retained after sexual maturation, even after weeks of daily mating with partners of the other strain...
February 15, 2017: Biology Open
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