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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214777/utility-of-long-term-video-eeg-monitoring-for-children-with-staring
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Anup D Patel, Babitha Haridas, Zachary M Grinspan, Jack Stevens
OBJECTIVE: Staring spells are a common reason for referral to overnight epilepsy monitoring unit (EMU) evaluation. However, inpatient EMU admissions are expensive and time consuming. This study determined what percentage of those referred for staring had a confirmed epileptic seizure on long-term video-EEG monitoring (LTM) and developed a scoring system to help prioritize which patients should undergo this procedure. METHODS: We performed a four-year retrospective chart review of all children at a tertiary pediatric hospital who received LTM (long-term monitoring) for the purposes of characterizing staring...
February 16, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213928/problem-solving-phase-transitions-during-team-collaboration
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Travis J Wiltshire, Jonathan E Butner, Stephen M Fiore
Multiple theories of problem-solving hypothesize that there are distinct qualitative phases exhibited during effective problem-solving. However, limited research has attempted to identify when transitions between phases occur. We integrate theory on collaborative problem-solving (CPS) with dynamical systems theory suggesting that when a system is undergoing a phase transition it should exhibit a peak in entropy and that entropy levels should also relate to team performance. Communications from 40 teams that collaborated on a complex problem were coded for occurrence of problem-solving processes...
February 18, 2017: Cognitive Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213880/detection-of-digestive-malignancies-and-post-gastrectomy-complications-via-gastrointestinal-fluid-examination
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REVIEW
Lei Huang, Aman Xu
To date, gastric carcinoma (GC) is one of the common and fatal digestive malignancies worldwide. The prognosis of GC is not always satisfactory because of late diagnosis. Scholars are keen on discovering novel accurate and economical biomarkers in body liquids for GC screening to detect and evaluate the lesion before the results of imaging techniques are obtained. While traditional serum assays have limited sensitivity and specificity, gastrointestinal juice may provide relevant specific biomarkers because of its close contact with the tumor...
February 17, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213644/circulating-micrornas-and-diabetes-mellitus-a-novel-tool-for-disease-prediction-diagnosis-and-staging
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REVIEW
G Sebastiani, L Nigi, G E Grieco, F Mancarella, G Ventriglia, F Dotta
Diabetes is a complex, multifactorial group of metabolic diseases characterized by chronic hyperglycaemia due to pancreatic beta-cell dysfunction and/or loss. It is characterized by an asymptomatic and highly variable prodromic phase, which renders diabetes mellitus difficult to be predicted with sufficient accuracy. Despite several efforts in the identification and standardization of newly trustable. Biomarkers able to predict and follow-up diabetes and to specifically subtype its different forms, few of them have proven of clinical utility...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Endocrinological Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213571/mir-146a-b-a-family-with-shared-seeds-and-different-roots
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Mark Paterson, Alison J Kriegel
MicroRNAs are small, non-coding, RNAs known for their powerful modulation of molecular processes, making them a major focus for studying pathological mechanisms. The human miR-146 family of microRNAs consists of two member genes - MIR146A and MIR146B These two miRNAs are located on different chromosomes and exhibit differential regulation in many cases. However, they are nearly identical in sequence and share a seed sequence, thus they are predicted to target the same set of genes. A large proportion of the miR-146 literature focuses on its role in regulating the innate immune response in the context of various pathologies by modulating two widely studied target genes in the toll-like receptor signaling cascade...
February 17, 2017: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213543/functional-characterization-of-a-28-kb-catabolic-island-from-pseudomonas-sp-m1-involved-in-biotransformation-of-%C3%AE-myrcene-and-related-plant-derived-volatiles
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Pedro Soares-Castro, Pedro Montenegro-Silva, Hermann J Heipieper, Pedro M Santos
Pseudomonas sp. M1 is able to mineralize highly hydrophobic and recalcitrant compounds such as benzene, phenol and their methylated/halogenated derivatives, as well as the backbone of several monoterpenes. The ability to use such spectrum of compounds as sole carbon source is, most probably, associated with a genetic background evolved under different environmental constraints. The outstanding performance of M1 strain regarding β-myrcene catabolism was elucidated in this work, with focus on the biocatalytical potential of β-myrcene-associated core-code, comprised in a 28-kb genomic island (GI), predicted to be organized in 8 transcriptional units...
February 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213088/personalized-medicine-genetic-risk-prediction-of-drug-response
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REVIEW
Ge Zhang, Daniel W Nebert
Pharmacogenomics (PGx), a substantial component of "personalized medicine", seeks to understand each individual's genetic composition to optimize drug therapy -- maximizing beneficial drug response, while minimizing adverse drug reactions (ADRs). Drug responses are highly variable because innumerable factors contribute to ultimate phenotypic outcomes. Recent genome-wide PGx studies have provided some insight into genetic basis of variability in drug response. These can be grouped into three categories. [a] Monogenic (Mendelian) traits include early examples mostly of inherited disorders, and some severe (idiosyncratic) ADRs typically influenced by single rare coding variants...
February 14, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211005/resequencing-and-annotation-of-the-nostoc-punctiforme-attc-29133-genome-facilitating-biofuel-and-high-value-chemical-production
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Luis E Moraes, Matthew J Blow, Erik R Hawley, Hailan Piao, Rita Kuo, Jennifer Chiniquy, Nicole Shapiro, Tanja Woyke, James G Fadel, Matthias Hess
Cyanobacteria have the potential to produce bulk and fine chemicals and members belonging to Nostoc sp. have received particular attention due to their relatively fast growth rate and the relative ease with which they can be harvested. Nostoc punctiforme is an aerobic, motile, Gram-negative, filamentous cyanobacterium that has been studied intensively to enhance our understanding of microbial carbon and nitrogen fixation. The genome of the type strain N. punctiforme ATCC 29133 was sequenced in 2001 and the scientific community has used these genome data extensively since then...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209827/first-complete-genome-sequence-of-marinilactibacilluspiezotolerans-strain-15r-a-marine-lactobacillus-isolated-from-coal-bearing-sediment-2-0-kilometers-below-the-seafloor-determined-by-pacbio-single-molecule-real-time-technology
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Yuli Wei, Junwei Cao, Jiasong Fang, Chiaki Kato, Weicheng Cui
Marinilactibacillus piezotolerans strain 15R is a facultatively anaerobic heterotrophic lactobacillus isolated from deep marine subsurface sediment nearly 2 km below the seafloor in the northwestern Pacific. We report here the first whole-genome sequence of strain 15R. The identified genome sequence has 2,767,908 bp, 35.4% G+C content, and predicted 2,552 candidate protein-coding sequences, with no identified plasmids.
February 16, 2017: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209129/orthograph-a-versatile-tool-for-mapping-coding-nucleotide-sequences-to-clusters-of-orthologous-genes
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Malte Petersen, Karen Meusemann, Alexander Donath, Daniel Dowling, Shanlin Liu, Ralph S Peters, Lars Podsiadlowski, Alexandros Vasilikopoulos, Xin Zhou, Bernhard Misof, Oliver Niehuis
BACKGROUND: Orthology characterizes genes of different organisms that arose from a single ancestral gene via speciation, in contrast to paralogy, which is assigned to genes that arose via gene duplication. An accurate orthology assignment is a crucial step for comparative genomic studies. Orthologous genes in two organisms can be identified by applying a so-called reciprocal search strategy, given that complete information of the organisms' gene repertoire is available. In many investigations, however, only a fraction of the gene content of the organisms under study is examined (e...
February 16, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208418/mixing-with-applications-to-inertial-confinement-fusion-implosions
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V Rana, H Lim, J Melvin, J Glimm, B Cheng, D H Sharp
Approximate one-dimensional (1D) as well as 2D and 3D simulations are playing an important supporting role in the design and analysis of future experiments at National Ignition Facility. This paper is mainly concerned with 1D simulations, used extensively in design and optimization. We couple a 1D buoyancy-drag mix model for the mixing zone edges with a 1D inertial confinement fusion simulation code. This analysis predicts that National Ignition Campaign (NIC) designs are located close to a performance cliff, so modeling errors, design features (fill tube and tent) and additional, unmodeled instabilities could lead to significant levels of mix...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208343/collective-colloid-diffusion-under-soft-two-dimensional-confinement
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S Panzuela, Raúl P Peláez, R Delgado-Buscalioni
This work presents a numerical and theoretical investigation of the collective dynamics of colloids in an unbounded solution but trapped in a harmonic potential. Under strict two-dimensional confinement (infinitely stiff trap) the collective colloidal diffusion is enhanced and diverges at zero wave number (like k^{-1}), due to the hydrodynamic propagation of the confining force across the layer. The analytic solution for the collective diffusion of colloids under a Gaussian trap of width δ still shows enhanced diffusion for large wavelengths kδ<1, while a gradual transition to normal diffusion for kδ>1...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206970/genetic-variation-in-long-noncoding-rnas-and-the-risk-of-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Silvia Sookoian, Cristian Rohr, Adrián Salatino, Hernán Dopazo, Tomas Fernandez Gianotti, Gustavo O Castaño, Carlos J Pirola
: The human transcriptome comprises a myriad of non protein-coding RNA species, including long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs), which have a remarkable role in transcriptional and epigenetic regulation. We hypothesized that variants in lncRNAs influence the susceptibility to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Using next generation sequencing, we performed a survey of genetic variation associated with randomly selected lncRNA-genomic regions located within both experimentally validated and computationally predicted regulatory elements...
February 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204848/nonsyndromic-oligodontia-does-the-tooth-agenesis-code-tac-enable-prediction-of-the-causative-mutation
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Niko C Bock, Sarah Lenz, Gisela Ruiz-Heiland, Sabine Ruf
OBJECTIVES: The literature suggests an association between phenotype and causative mutation in nonsyndromic oligodontia. Thus, the present study was designed to verify this hypothesis in a consecutive cohort of patients. METHODS: All patients with nonsyndromic oligodontia who had been treated at the study center (Department of Orthodontics, University of Giessen, Germany) over the period 1986-2013 were contacted. Candidates were included only if at least one more family member had hypo- or oligodontia (i...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics, Fortschritte der Kieferorthopädie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203635/grounded-understanding-of-abstract-concepts-the-case-of-stem-learning
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REVIEW
Justin C Hayes, David J M Kraemer
Characterizing the neural implementation of abstract conceptual representations has long been a contentious topic in cognitive science. At the heart of the debate is whether the "sensorimotor" machinery of the brain plays a central role in representing concepts, or whether the involvement of these perceptual and motor regions is merely peripheral or epiphenomenal. The domain of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning provides an important proving ground for sensorimotor (or grounded) theories of cognition, as concepts in science and engineering courses are often taught through laboratory-based and other hands-on methodologies...
2017: Cogn Res Princ Implic
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202815/covariation-in-levels-of-nucleotide-diversity-in-homologous-regions-of-the-avian-genome-long-after-completion-of-lineage-sorting
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Ludovic Dutoit, Nagarjun Vijay, Carina F Mugal, Christen M Bossu, Reto Burri, Jochen Wolf, Hans Ellegren
Closely related species may show similar levels of genetic diversity in homologous regions of the genome owing to shared ancestral variation still segregating in the extant species. However, after completion of lineage sorting, such covariation is not necessarily expected. On the other hand, if the processes that govern genetic diversity are conserved, diversity may potentially covary even among distantly related species. We mapped regions of conserved synteny between the genomes of two divergent bird species-collared flycatcher and hooded crow-and identified more than 600 Mb of homologous regions (66% of the genome)...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202786/dopamine-modulates-adaptive-prediction-error-coding-in-the-human-midbrain-and-striatum
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Kelly M J Diederen, Hisham Ziauddeen, Martin D Vestergaard, Tom Spencer, Wolfram Schultz, Paul C Fletcher
Learning to optimally predict rewards requires agents to account for fluctuations in reward value. Recent work suggests that individuals can efficiently learn about variable rewards through adaptation of the learning rate, and coding of prediction errors relative to reward variability. Such adaptive coding has been linked to midbrain dopamine neurons in nonhuman primates, and evidence in support for a similar role of the dopaminergic system in humans is emerging from fMRI data. Here, we sought to investigate the effect of dopaminergic perturbations on adaptive prediction error coding in humans, using a between-subject, placebo-controlled pharmacological fMRI study with a dopaminergic agonist (bromocriptine) and antagonist (sulpiride)...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202729/synchronous-spikes-are-necessary-but-not-sufficient-for-a-synchrony-code-in-populations-of-spiking-neurons
#18
Jan Grewe, Alexandra Kruscha, Benjamin Lindner, Jan Benda
Synchronous activity in populations of neurons potentially encodes special stimulus features. Selective readout of either synchronous or asynchronous activity allows formation of two streams of information processing. Theoretical work predicts that such a synchrony code is a fundamental feature of populations of spiking neurons if they operate in specific noise and stimulus regimes. Here we experimentally test the theoretical predictions by quantifying and comparing neuronal response properties in tuberous and ampullary electroreceptor afferents of the weakly electric fish Apteronotus leptorhynchus These related systems show similar levels of synchronous activity, but only in the more irregularly firing tuberous afferents a synchrony code is established, whereas in the more regularly firing ampullary afferents it is not...
February 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202573/alteration-of-the-microsaccadic-velocity-amplitude-main-sequence-relationship-after-visual-transients-implications-for-models-of-saccade-control
#19
Antimo Buonocore, Chih-Yang Chen, Xiaoguang Tian, Saad Idrees, Thomas Muench, Ziad M Hafed
Microsaccades occur during gaze fixation in order to correct for miniscule foveal motor errors. The mechanisms governing such fine oculomotor control are still not fully understood. In this study, we explored microsaccade control by analyzing the impacts of transient visual stimuli on these movements' kinematics. We found that such kinematics can be altered in systematic ways depending on the timing and spatial geometry of visual transients relative to the movement goals. In two male rhesus macaques, we presented peripheral or foveal visual transients during an otherwise stable period of fixation...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202153/dyad-vs-network-effects-modeling-relationships-in-personal-networks-using-contextual-effects
#20
E C Hedberg
This paper proposes using contextual models to disentangle the effects of dyad characteristics from the effects of characteristics of the networks in which they reside. Multilevel models that nest dyads in personal networks can be coded for contextual analysis by entering both the dyad value of a predictor and the network mean of that predictor into the prediction equation. These models can then be used to measure a within-network effect for dyads and a network contextual effect. This paper conducts an example analysis of how dyad redundancy, and the network's average dyad redundancy, impact discussions of job opportunities...
March 2017: Social Science Research
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