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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922063/design-and-mechanistic-insight-into-ultrafast-calcium-indicators-for-monitoring-intracellular-calcium-dynamics
#1
Nordine Helassa, Borbala Podor, Alan Fine, Katalin Török
Calmodulin-based genetically encoded fluorescent calcium indicators (GCaMP-s) are powerful tools of imaging calcium dynamics from cells to freely moving animals. High affinity indicators with slow kinetics however distort the temporal profile of calcium transients. Here we report the development of reduced affinity ultrafast variants of GCaMP6s and GCaMP6f. We hypothesized that GCaMP-s have a common kinetic mechanism with a rate-limiting process in the interaction of the RS20 peptide and calcium-calmodulin...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921288/objective-evaluation-of-subclass-characteristics-on-breech-face-marks
#2
Fabiano Riva, Rob Hermsen, Erwin Mattijssen, Pascal Pieper, Christophe Champod
Subclass characteristics can be found on the breech face marks left on spent cartridge cases. Even if they are assumed to be rare and their reported number is small, they can potentially lead to false associations. Subclass characteristics have been studied empirically allowing examiners to recognize them and to understand in which conditions they are produced. Until now, however, their influence on the identification process has not been studied from a probabilistic point of view. In this study, we aim at measuring the effect of these features on the strength of association derived from examinations involving subclass characteristics...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919831/neural-representation-of-cost-benefit-selections-in-rat-anterior-cingulate-cortex-in-self-paced-decision-making
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Shuai Wang, Yi Shi, Bao-Ming Li
The anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) is crucial for decision making which involves the processing of cost-benefit information. Our previous study has shown that ACC is essential for self-paced decision making. However, it is unclear how ACC neurons represent cost-benefit selections during the decision-making process. In the present study, we trained rats on the same "Do More Get More" (DMGM) task as in our previous work. In each trial, the animals stand upright and perform a sustained nosepoke of their own will to earn a water reward, with the amount of reward positively correlated to the duration of the nosepoke (i...
December 2, 2016: Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919573/fire-proneness-as-a-prerequisite-for-the-evolution-of-fire-adapted-traits
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REVIEW
Byron B Lamont, Tianhua He
Fire as a major evolutionary force has been disputed because it is considered to lack supporting evidence. If a trait has evolved in response to selection by fire then the environment of the plant must have been fire-prone before the appearance of that trait. Using outcomes of trait assignments applied to molecular phylogenies for fire-stimulated flowering, seed-release, and germination, in this Opinion article we show that fire-proneness precedes, or rarely coincides with, the evolution of these fire-adapted traits...
December 2, 2016: Trends in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919294/heantos-4-a-natural-plant-extract-used-in-the-treatment-of-drug-addiction-modulates-t-type-calcium-channels-and-thalamocortical-burst-firing
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Stuart M Cain, Soyon Ahn, Esperanza Garcia, Yiming Zhang, Zeina Waheed, John R Tyson, Yi Yang, Tran Van Sung, Anthony G Phillips, Terrance P Snutch
Heantos-4 is a refined combination of plant extracts currently approved to treat opiate addiction in Vietnam. In addition to its beneficial effects on withdrawal and prevention of relapse, reports of sedation during clinical treatment suggest that arousal networks in the brain may be recruited during Heantos administration. T-type calcium channels are implicated in the generation of sleep rhythms and in this study we examined whether a Heantos-4 extraction modulates T-type calcium channel currents generated by the Cav3...
December 5, 2016: Molecular Brain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919115/febrile-infection-related-epilepsy-syndrome-clinical-review-and-hypotheses-of-epileptogenesis
#6
Andreas van Baalen, Annamaria Vezzani, Martin Häusler, Gerhard Kluger
Febrile infection-related epilepsy syndrome (FIRES, AERRPS, or DESC) is one of the most severe, mostly irreversible, and presumably immune-mediated epileptic encephalopathies affecting healthy children. Refractory status epilepticus or a cluster of seizures start a few days after the onset of an acute febrile illness; however, encephalitis cannot be proved. Sequelae of FIRES are drug-resistant epilepsy and neuropsychological impairments occurring without latency. Clinical knowledge is limited because FIRES is sporadic and extremely rare...
December 5, 2016: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918863/ems-providers-beliefs-regarding-spinal-precautions-for-pediatric-trauma-transport
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Cindy D Chang, Remle P Crowe, Melissa A Bentley, Alyssa R Janezic, Julie C Leonard
OBJECTIVE: Describe prehospital Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers' beliefs regarding spinal precautions for pediatric trauma transport. METHODS: We randomly surveyed nationally certified EMS providers. We assessed providers' beliefs about specific precautions, and preferred precautions given a child's age (0-4 or 5-18 years) and presence of specific cervical spine injury (CSI) risk factors. RESULTS: We received 5,400 responses (17%)...
December 5, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918474/hazard-management-dealt-by-safety-professionals-in-colleges-the-impact-of-individual-factors
#8
Tsung-Chih Wu, Chi-Hsiang Chen, Nai-Wen Yi, Pei-Chen Lu, Shan-Chi Yu, Chien-Peng Wang
Identifying, evaluating, and controlling workplace hazards are important functions of safety professionals (SPs). The purpose of this study was to investigate the content and frequency of hazard management dealt by safety professionals in colleges. The authors also explored the effects of organizational factors/individual factors on SPs' perception of frequency of hazard management. The researchers conducted survey research to achieve the objective of this study. The researchers mailed questionnaires to 200 SPs in colleges after simple random sampling, then received a total of 144 valid responses (response rate = 72%)...
December 3, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918070/shrub-encroachment-is-linked-to-extirpation-of-an-apex-predator
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Christopher E Gordon, David J Eldridge, William J Ripple, Mathew S Crowther, Ben D Moore, Mike Letnic
The abundance of shrubs has increased throughout Earth's arid lands. This 'shrub encroachment' has been linked to livestock grazing, fire-suppression and elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations facilitating shrub recruitment. Apex predators initiate trophic cascades which can influence the abundance of many species across multiple trophic levels within ecosystems. Extirpation of apex predators is linked inextricably to pastoralism, but has not been considered as a factor contributing to shrub encroachment. Here, we ask if trophic cascades triggered by the extirpation of Australia's largest terrestrial predator, the dingo (Canis dingo), could be a driver of shrub encroachment in the Strzelecki Desert, Australia...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918061/serotonin-modifies-the-spontaneous-spiking-activity-of-gracile-nucleus-neurons-in-rats-role-of-5-ht1a-and-5-ht2-receptors
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C Grasso, G Li Volsi, M Barresi
We tested the effects of microiontophoretic application of serotonin (5-HT) on the firing rate of neurons located in the gracile nucleus (GN) of rats. Application of 5-HT1A and 5-HT2 agonists and antagonists respectively mimicked/ modulated and blocked the effects produced by the amine, respectively. Among the tested neurons, 88.2% modified their background firing activity in the presence of 5-HT. Responsive neurons decreased their mean firing activity (MFA) in 56.7% of cases and increased it in the remaining 43...
June 1, 2016: Archives Italiennes de Biologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917981/the-role-of-pastoralism-in-regulating-ecosystem-services
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M A Seid, N J Kuhn, T Z Fikre
Pastoralism is rarely viewed as a major future form of land use, because of well-documented cases of rangeland degradation, attributed to irrational overstocking by pastoralists, and the subsequent losses of ecosystem services. However, pastoralists were actually encouraged to settle and adopt such strategies, copied from rangelands with higher and more reliable rainfall. This curtailed mobility resulted in a shift from opportunistic and extensive land use to more intensive and settled forms of use. The purpose of this review is to examine the link between pastoralism and the provision of ecosystem services by rangelands, focusing on biodiversity conservation and carbon sequestration...
November 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917839/characterization-and-1-57%C3%A2-%C3%A3-resolution-structure-of-the-key-fire-blight-phosphatase-amsi-from-erwinia-amylovora
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Marco Salomone-Stagni, Francesco Musiani, Stefano Benini
AmsI is a low-molecular-weight protein tyrosine phosphatase that regulates the production of amylovoran in the Gram-negative bacterium Erwinia amylovora, a specific pathogen of rosaceous plants such as apple, pear and quince. Amylovoran is an exopolysaccharide that is necessary for successful infection. In order to shed light on AmsI, its structure was solved at 1.57 Å resolution at the same pH as its highest measured activity (pH 5.5). In the active site, a water molecule, bridging between the catalytic Arg15 and the reaction-product analogue sulfate, might be representative of the water molecule attacking the phospho-cysteine intermediate in the second step of the reaction mechanism...
December 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica. Section F, Structural Biology Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917185/fire-and-brimstone-molecular-interactions-between-sulfur-and-glucosinolate-biosynthesis-in-model-and-crop-brassicaceae
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REVIEW
Priyakshee Borpatragohain, Terry J Rose, Graham J King
Glucosinolates (GSLs) represent one of the most widely studied classes of plant secondary metabolite, and have a wide range of biological activities. Their unique properties also affect livestock and human health, and have been harnessed for food and other end-uses. Since GSLs are sulfur (S)-rich there are many lines of evidence suggesting that plant S status plays a key role in determining plant GSL content. However, there is still a need to establish a detailed knowledge of the distribution and remobilization of S and GSLs throughout the development of Brassica crops, and to represent this in terms of primary and secondary sources and sinks...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917114/differential-responses-of-thalamic-reticular-neurons-to-nociception-in-freely-behaving-mice
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Yeowool Huh, Jeiwon Cho
Pain serves an important protective role. However, it can also have debilitating adverse effects if dysfunctional, such as in pathological pain conditions. As part of the thalamocortical circuit, the thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN) has been implicated to have important roles in controlling nociceptive signal transmission. However studies on how TRN neurons, especially how TRN neuronal subtypes categorized by temporal bursting firing patterns-typical bursting, atypical bursting and non-bursting TRN neurons-contribute to nociceptive signal modulation is not known...
2016: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916956/functional-diversity-of-neurotrophin-actions-on-the-oculomotor-system
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REVIEW
Beatriz Benítez-Temiño, María A Davis-López de Carrizosa, Sara Morcuende, Esperanza R Matarredona, Rosa R de la Cruz, Angel M Pastor
Neurotrophins play a principal role in neuronal survival and differentiation during development, but also in the maintenance of appropriate adult neuronal circuits and phenotypes. In the oculomotor system, we have demonstrated that neurotrophins are key regulators of developing and adult neuronal properties, but with peculiarities depending on each neurotrophin. For instance, the administration of NGF (nerve growth factor), BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) or NT-3 (neurotrophin-3) protects neonatal extraocular motoneurons from cell death after axotomy, but only NGF and BDNF prevent the downregulation in ChAT (choline acetyltransferase)...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916810/is-the-geographic-range-of-mangrove-forests-in-the-conterminous-united-states-really-expanding
#16
Chandra Giri, Jordan Long
Changes in the distribution and abundance of mangrove species within and outside of their historic geographic range can have profound consequences in the provision of ecosystem goods and services they provide. Mangroves in the conterminous United States (CONUS) are believed to be expanding poleward (north) due to decreases in the frequency and severity of extreme cold events, while sea level rise is a factor often implicated in the landward expansion of mangroves locally. We used ~35 years of satellite imagery and in situ observations for CONUS and report that: (i) poleward expansion of mangrove forest is inconclusive, and may have stalled for now, and (ii) landward expansion is actively occurring within the historical northernmost limit...
November 28, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916763/demographic-and-occupational-determinants-of-the-work-ability-of-firemen
#17
Marjan Firoozeh, Mahnaz Saremi, Amir Kavousi, Azam Maleki
OBJECTIVES: Firefighters tackle various stressors that affect their health and job performance; therefore, assessment of their work ability is necessary. This study aimed to investigate the demographic and occupational determinants of the work ability of firemen. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, 375 firemen working in Tehran Fire Department were randomly selected. Demographic, occupational, and work ability index (WAI) questionnaires were applied as research tools...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914882/representation-of-the-body-in-the-lateral-striatum-of-the-freely-moving-rat-fast-spiking-interneurons-respond-to-stimulation-of-individual-body-parts
#18
Julianna Kulik, Anthony Pawlak, Manraj Kalkat, Kevin Coffey, Mark O West
: Numerous studies have shown that certain types of striatal interneurons play a crucial role in selection and regulation of striatal output. Striatal Fast-Spiking Interneurons (FSIs) are parvalbumin positive, GABAergic interneurons that constitute less than 1% of the total striatal population. It is becoming increasingly evident that these sparsely distributed neurons exert a strong inhibitory effect on Medium Spiny projection Neurons (MSNs). MSNs in lateral striatum receive direct synaptic input from regions of cortex representing discrete body parts, and show phasic increases in activity during touch or movement of specific body parts...
November 30, 2016: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913657/cost-benefit-analysis-of-telehealth-in-pre-hospital-care
#19
James R Langabeer, Tiffany Champagne-Langabeer, Diaa Alqusairi, Junghyun Kim, Adria Jackson, David Persse, Michael Gonzalez
OBJECTIVE: There has been very little use of telehealth in pre-hospital emergency medical services (EMS), yet the potential exists for this technology to transform the current delivery model. In this study, we explore the costs and benefits of one large telehealth EMS initiative. METHODS: Using a case-control study design and both micro- and gross-costing data from the Houston Fire Department EMS electronic patient care record system, we conducted a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) comparing costs with potential savings associated with patients treated through a telehealth-enabled intervention...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911849/scalable-manufacturing-of-biomimetic-moldable-hydrogels-for-industrial-applications
#20
Anthony C Yu, Haoxuan Chen, Doreen Chan, Gillie Agmon, Lyndsay M Stapleton, Alex M Sevit, Mark W Tibbitt, Jesse D Acosta, Tony Zhang, Paul W Franzia, Robert Langer, Eric A Appel
Hydrogels are a class of soft material that is exploited in many, often completely disparate, industrial applications, on account of their unique and tunable properties. Advances in soft material design are yielding next-generation moldable hydrogels that address engineering criteria in several industrial settings such as complex viscosity modifiers, hydraulic or injection fluids, and sprayable carriers. Industrial implementation of these viscoelastic materials requires extreme volumes of material, upwards of several hundred million gallons per year...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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