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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668107/plant-cuticle-under-global-change-biophysical-implications
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José A Heredia-Guerrero, Susana Guzman-Puyol, José J Benítez, Athanassia Athanassiou, Antonio Heredia, Eva Domínguez
The climatic stressors that modify the chemical composition of plant tissues have been recently reviewed by Suseela and Tharayil (2017). In particular, the authors stated that the response of plants to global change effects (viz. increasing temperatures and frequent drought periods) can induce important modifications in plant cuticles such as an increase of the main cuticle components (cutin and polysaccharides), a preponderance of cutan, heavier wax loads, and changes in the chemical composition of waxes, mainly the accumulation of longer aliphatic compounds...
April 18, 2018: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668011/effective-population-size-and-the-genetic-consequences-of-commercial-whaling-on-the-humpback-whales-megaptera-novaeangliae-from-southwestern-atlantic-ocean
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Ana Lúcia Cypriano-Souza, Tiago Ferraz da Silva, Márcia H Engel, Sandro L Bonatto
Genotypes of 10 microsatellite loci of 420 humpback whales from the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean population were used to estimate for the first time its contemporary effective (Ne) and census (Nc) population sizes and to test the genetic effect of commercial whaling. The results are in agreement with our previous studies that found high genetic diversity for this breeding population. Using an approximate Bayesian computation approach, the scenario of constant Ne was significantly supported over scenarios with moderate to strong size changes during the commercial whaling period...
2018: Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667836/molecular-dynamics-simulations-are-redefining-our-view-of-peptides-interacting-with-biological-membranes
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Jakob P Ulmschneider, Martin B Ulmschneider
Ever since the first molecular mechanics computer simulations of biological molecules became possible, there has been the dream to study all complex biological phenomena in silico, simply bypassing the enormous experimental challenges and their associated costs. For this, two inherent requirements need to be met: First, the time scales achievable in simulations must reach up to the millisecond range and even longer. Second, the computational model must accurately reproduce what is measured experimentally. Despite some recent successes, the general consensus in the field to date has been that neither of these conditions have yet been met and that the dream will be realized, if at all, only in the distant future...
April 18, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667830/dynamics-of-contact-line-pinning-and-depinning-of-droplets-evaporating-on-micro-ribs
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Ali Mazloomi Moqaddam, Dominique Derome, Jan Carmeliet
The contact line dynamics of evaporating droplets deposited on a set of parallel micro-ribs is analyzed with the use of a recently developed entropic lattice Boltzmann model for two-phase flow. Upon deposition, part of the droplet penetrates into the space between ribs due to capillary action, while the remaining liquid of the droplet remains pinned on top of the micro-ribs. In a first stage, evaporation continues until the droplet undergoes a series of pinning-depinning events, showing alternatively constant contact radius and constant contact angle modes...
April 18, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667443/implications-of-structural-and-functional-brain-changes-in-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Thanuja Dharmadasa, William Huynh, Jun Tsugawa, Yoshimitsu Shimatani, Yan Ma, Matthew C Kiernan
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease that causes progressive muscle weakness and disability, eventually leading to death. Heterogeneity of disease has become a major barrier to understanding key clinical questions such as prognosis and disease spread, and has disadvantaged clinical trials in search of therapeutic intervention. Patterns of disease have been explored through recent advances in neuroimaging, elucidating structural, molecular and functional changes. Unique brain signatures have emerged that have lent a greater understanding of critical disease mechanisms, offering opportunities to improve diagnosis, guide prognosis, and establish candidate biomarkers to direct future therapeutic strategies...
April 19, 2018: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667345/recent-advances-on-porous-carbon-materials-for-electrochemical-energy-storage
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Libin Wang, Xianluo Hu
The climate change and energy crisis promote the rapid development of electrochemical energy-storage devices. Of many intriguing physicochemical properties such as excellent chemical stability, high electronic conductivity and large specific surface area, porous carbon materials have always been considering as a promising candidate for electrochemical energy storage. Up to date, a wide variety of porous carbon materials upon molecular design, pore control and compositional tailoring have been proposed for energy-storage applications...
April 17, 2018: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667260/tai-chi-improves-brain-metabolism-and-muscle-energetics-in-older-adults
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Min Zhou, Huijun Liao, Lasya P Sreepada, Joshua R Ladner, James A Balschi, Alexander P Lin
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Tai Chi is a mind-body exercise that has been shown to improve both mental and physical health. As a result, recent literature suggests the use of Tai Chi to treat both physical and psychological disorders. However, the underlying physiological changes have not been characterized. The aim of this pilot study is to assess the changes in brain metabolites and muscle energetics after Tai Chi training in an aging population using a combined brain-muscle magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) examination...
April 17, 2018: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667129/elevation-of-mmp-9-levels-promotes-epileptogenesis-after-traumatic-brain-injury
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Barbara Pijet, Marzena Stefaniuk, Agnieszka Kostrzewska-Ksiezyk, Photini-Effie Tsilibary, Athina Tzinia, Leszek Kaczmarek
Posttraumatic epilepsy (PTE) is a recurrent seizure disorder that often develops secondary to traumatic brain injury (TBI) that is caused by an external mechanical force. Recent evidence shows that the brain extracellular matrix plays a major role in the remodeling of neuronal connections after injury. One of the proteases that is presumably responsible for this process is matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9). The levels of MMP-9 are elevated in rodent brain tissue and human blood samples after TBI. However, no studies have described the influence of MMP-9 on the development of PTE...
April 17, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667032/contrast-opacification-difference-of-mural-artery-and-the-transluminal-attenuation-gradient-on-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-for-detection-of-systolic-compression-of-myocardial-bridge
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Yuanliang Xie, Xiang Wang, Wei Xie, Faxiang Chen, Shubo Gao, Yikai Xu
PURPOSE: Myocardial bridges (MB) have traditionally been considered a benign condition, but recent studies have demonstrated that the clinical complications can be dangerous. The transluminal attenuation gradient (TAG) obtained from coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) data (Retrospective ECG-triggered method) has been used in detecting significant stenosis in coronary artery caused by atherosclerosis. Contrast opacification difference (COD) was the parameters calculated as the change between attenuation of mural artery and the median attenuation of presumptive vessel segment; it was evaluated along with TAGstandardized (TAGs) and MB length for predicting MB with systolic compression (MB-SC) in patients diagnosed as MB in left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) by CCTA or invasive coronary angiograph (ICA)...
April 17, 2018: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29667012/bone-marrow-adipocyte-developmental-origin-and-biology
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REVIEW
Joanna Bukowska, Trivia Frazier, Stanley Smith, Theodore Brown, Robert Bender, Michelle McCarthy, Xiying Wu, Bruce A Bunnell, Jeffrey M Gimble
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review explores how the relationships between bone marrow adipose tissue (BMAT) adipogenesis with advancing age, obesity, and/or bone diseases (osteopenia or osteoporosis) contribute to mechanisms underlying musculoskeletal pathophysiology. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies have re-defined adipose tissue as a dynamic, vital organ with functions extending beyond its historic identity restricted solely to that of an energy reservoir or sink. "State of the art" methodologies provide novel insights into the developmental origin, physiology, and function of different adipose tissue depots...
April 18, 2018: Current Osteoporosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666999/post-mortem-chemical-excitability-of-the-iris-should-not-be-used-for-forensic-death-time-diagnosis
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Katja Koehler, Susanne Sehner, Martin Riemer, Axel Gehl, Tobias Raupach, Sven Anders
Post-mortem chemical excitability of the iris is one of the non-temperature-based methods in forensic diagnosis of the time since death. Although several authors reported on their findings, using different measurement methods, currently used time limits are based on a single dissertation which has recently been doubted to be applicable for forensic purpose. We investigated changes in pupil-iris ratio after application of acetylcholine (n = 79) or tropicamide (n = 58) and in controls at upper and lower time limits that are suggested in the current literature, using a digital photography-based measurement method with excellent reliability...
April 18, 2018: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666928/implications-of-esr1-mutations-in-hormone-receptor-positive-breast-cancer
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REVIEW
Tomás Reinert, Rodrigo Gonçalves, José Bines
Endocrine treatment resistance eventually develops during adjuvant and even more often during hormonal treatment for advanced breast cancer (ABC). An ESR1 gene mutation, which encodes for the estrogen receptor (ER) protein, is one of the potential mechanisms of therapy resistance. The ESR1 mutations result in conformational changes in the ER leading to subsequent estrogen-independent transcriptional activity. These mutations are found at a lower level in early stage when compared to metastatic BC, more often through selective pressure after aromatase inhibitor (AI) treatment...
April 17, 2018: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666897/-fixed-cervical-high-grade-kyphosis-chin-on-chest-deformity-treatment-plan
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REVIEW
H Koller, S Hartmann
BACKGROUND: Surgical correction of severe and rigid cervical kyphosis with chin-on-chest deformity poses significant challenges to both the patient and surgeon once surgery is considered as the treatment of choice. OBJECTIVES: This article presents the current concepts of corrective surgery for patients with severe and rigid cervical kyphosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Narrative review and report of clinical experience. RESULTS: The treatment of severe cervical kyphosis indicates a dedicated deformity assessment, the analysis of regional and global imbalance, the identification of spinal sagittal plane compensation mechanisms, detailed radiographic and clinical planning of corrective surgery, and the meticulous performance of surgical correction...
April 17, 2018: Der Orthopäde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666699/electrochemical-and-afm-characterization-of-g-quadruplex-electrochemical-biosensors-and-applications
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REVIEW
Ana-Maria Chiorcea-Paquim, Ramon Eritja, Ana Maria Oliveira-Brett
Guanine-rich DNA sequences are able to form G-quadruplexes, being involved in important biological processes and representing smart self-assembling nanomaterials that are increasingly used in DNA nanotechnology and biosensor technology. G-quadruplex electrochemical biosensors have received particular attention, since the electrochemical response is particularly sensitive to the DNA structural changes from single-stranded, double-stranded, or hairpin into a G-quadruplex configuration. Furthermore, the development of an increased number of G-quadruplex aptamers that combine the G-quadruplex stiffness and self-assembling versatility with the aptamer high specificity of binding to a variety of molecular targets allowed the construction of biosensors with increased selectivity and sensitivity...
2018: Journal of Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666636/modulating-brain-connectivity-by-simultaneous-dual-mode-stimulation-over-bilateral-primary-motor-cortices-in-subacute-stroke-patients
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Jungsoo Lee, Eunhee Park, Ahee Lee, Won Hyuk Chang, Dae-Shik Kim, Yong-Il Shin, Yun-Hee Kim
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) or transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) has been used for the modulation of stroke patients' motor function. Recently, more challenging approaches have been studied. In this study, simultaneous stimulation using both rTMS and tDCS (dual-mode stimulation) over bilateral primary motor cortices (M1s) was investigated to compare its modulatory effects with single rTMS stimulation over the ipsilesional M1 in subacute stroke patients. Twenty-four patients participated; 12 participants were assigned to the dual-mode stimulation group while the other 12 participants were assigned to the rTMS-only group...
2018: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666625/dying-to-be-noticed-epigenetic-regulation-of-immunogenic-cell-death-for-cancer-immunotherapy
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REVIEW
Brianne Cruickshank, Michael Giacomantonio, Paola Marcato, Sherri McFarland, Jonathan Pol, Shashi Gujar
Immunogenic cell death (ICD) activates both innate and adaptive arms of the immune system during apoptotic cancer cell death. With respect to cancer immunotherapy, the process of ICD elicits enhanced adjuvanticity and antigenicity from dying cancer cells and consequently, promotes the development of clinically desired antitumor immunity. Cancer ICD requires the presentation of various "hallmarks" of immunomodulation, which include the cell-surface translocation of calreticulin, production of type I interferons, and release of high-mobility group box-1 and ATP, which through their compatible actions induce an immune response against cancer cells...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666588/increased-insular-cortical-thickness-associated-with-symptom-severity-in-male-youths-with-internet-gaming-disorder-a-surface-based-morphometric-study
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Shuai Wang, Jing Liu, Lin Tian, Limin Chen, Jun Wang, Qunfeng Tang, Fuquan Zhang, Zhenhe Zhou
With the rising increase in Internet-usage, Internet gaming disorder (IGD) has gained massive attention worldwide. However, detailed cerebral morphological changes remain unclear in youths with IGD. In the current study, our aim was to investigate cortical morphology and further explore the relationship between the cortical morphology and symptom severity in male youths with IGD. Forty-eight male youths with IGD and 32 age- and education-matched normal controls received magnetic resonance imaging scans. We employed a recently proposed surface-based morphometric approach for the measurement of cortical thickness (CT)...
2018: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666508/intrinsic-mechanisms-of-neuronal-axon-regeneration
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REVIEW
Marcus Mahar, Valeria Cavalli
Permanent disabilities following CNS injuries result from the failure of injured axons to regenerate and rebuild functional connections with their original targets. By contrast, injury to peripheral nerves is followed by robust regeneration, which can lead to recovery of sensory and motor functions. This regenerative response requires the induction of widespread transcriptional and epigenetic changes in injured neurons. Considerable progress has been made in recent years in understanding how peripheral axon injury elicits these widespread changes through the coordinated actions of transcription factors, epigenetic modifiers and, to a lesser extent, microRNAs...
April 17, 2018: Nature Reviews. Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666477/single-cell-analysis-of-pyroptosis-dynamics-reveals-conserved-gsdmd-mediated-subcellular-events-that-precede-plasma-membrane-rupture
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Nathalia M de Vasconcelos, Nina Van Opdenbosch, Hanne Van Gorp, Eef Parthoens, Mohamed Lamkanfi
Pyroptosis is rapidly emerging as a mechanism of anti-microbial host defense, and of extracellular release of the inflammasome-dependent cytokines interleukin (IL)-1β and IL-18, which contributes to autoinflammatory pathology. Caspases 1, 4, 5 and 11 trigger this regulated form of necrosis by cleaving the pyroptosis effector gasdermin D (GSDMD), causing its pore-forming amino-terminal domain to oligomerize and perforate the plasma membrane. However, the subcellular events that precede pyroptotic cell lysis are ill defined...
April 17, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29666464/an-adolescence-onset-male-leukoencephalopathy-with-remarkable-cerebellar-atrophy-and-novel-compound-heterozygous-aars2-gene-mutations-a-case-report
#20
Qing Dong, Ling Long, Yan-Yu Chang, Yan-Jun Lin, Mei Liu, Zheng-Qi Lu
Mutations in the mitochondrial alanyl-transfer (t)RNA synthetase 2 (AARS2; OMIM 612035) have been linked to leukoencephalopathy recently. Until now, there have been only 13 cases reported in the literature. Hence, the clinical and genetic characteristics of this disease are not fully understood. Here, we reported an adolescence-onset male leukoencephalopathy patient characterized by progressive limb tremor at the age of 17 years. He had no signs of a cardiomyopathy. Magnetic resonance imaging scanning demonstrated severe cerebellar atrophy and white matter abnormalities involving descending tracts...
April 17, 2018: Journal of Human Genetics
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