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Athanasios Ntelezos, Francesco Guarato, James F C Windmill
The selection pressure from echolocating bats has driven the development of a diverse range of anti-bat strategies in insects. For instance, several studies have proposed that the wings of some moths absorb a large portion of the sound energy contained in a bat's ultrasonic cry; as a result, the bat receives a dampened echo, and the moth becomes invisible to the bat. To test the hypothesis that greater exposure to bat predation drives the development of higher ultrasound absorbance, we used a small reverberation chamber to measure the ultrasound absorbance of the wings of nocturnal (Bombycoidea: Saturniidae) and diurnal moths (Chalcosiinae: Zygaenoidea: Zygaenidae)...
December 2, 2016: Biology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909837/simultaneous-intracochlear-pressure-measurements-from-two-cochlear-locations-propagation-of-distortion-products-in-gerbil
#2
Wei Dong
Sound energy propagates in the cochlea through a forward-traveling or slow wave supported by the cochlear partition and fluid inertia. Additionally, cochlear models support traveling wave propagation in the reverse direction as the expected mechanism for conveying otoacoustic emissions out of the cochlea. Recently, however, this hypothesis has been questioned, casting doubt on the process by which otoacoustic emissions travel back out through the cochlea. The proposed alternative reverse travel path for emissions is directly through the fluids of the cochlea as a compression pressure in the form of a fast wave...
December 1, 2016: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905469/selection-for-predation-not-female-fecundity-explains-sexual-size-dimorphism-in-the-orchid-mantises
#3
Gavin J Svenson, Sydney K Brannoch, Henrique M Rodrigues, James C O'Hanlon, Frank Wieland
Here we reconstruct the evolutionary shift towards floral simulation in orchid mantises and suggest female predatory selection as the likely driving force behind the development of extreme sexual size dimorphism. Through analysis of body size data and phylogenetic modelling of trait evolution, we recovered an ancestral shift towards sexual dimorphisms in both size and appearance in a lineage of flower-associated praying mantises. Sedentary female flower mantises dramatically increased in size prior to a transition from camouflaged, ambush predation to a floral simulation strategy, gaining access to, and visually attracting, a novel resource: large pollinating insects...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903871/decline-and-recovery-of-a-large-carnivore-environmental-change-and-long-term-trends-in-an-endangered-brown-bear-population
#4
Isabel Martínez Cano, Fernando González Taboada, Javier Naves, Alberto Fernández-Gil, Thorsten Wiegand
Understanding what factors drive fluctuations in the abundance of endangered species is a difficult ecological problem but a major requirement to attain effective management and conservation success. The ecological traits of large mammals make this task even more complicated, calling for integrative approaches. We develop a framework combining individual-based modelling and statistical inference to assess alternative hypotheses on brown bear dynamics in the Cantabrian range (Iberian Peninsula). Models including the effect of environmental factors on mortality rates were able to reproduce three decades of variation in the number of females with cubs of the year (Fcoy), including the decline that put the population close to extinction in the mid-nineties, and the following increase in brown bear numbers...
November 30, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902706/a-qualitative-study-of-medical-oncologists-experiences-of-their-profession-and-workforce-sustainability
#5
Alex Broom, W K Tim Wong, Emma Kirby, David Sibbritt, Deme Karikios, Rosemary Harrup, Zarnie Lwin
BACKGROUND: Medical oncology is a steadily evolving field of medical practice and professional pathway for doctors, offering value, opportunity and challenge to those who chose this medical specialty. This study examines the experiences of a group of Australian medical oncologists, with an emphasis on their professional practice, career experiences, and existing and emerging challenges across career stages. METHODS: In-depth qualitative interviews were conducted with 22 medical oncologists, including advanced trainees, early-career consultants and senior consultants, focusing on: professional values and experiences; career prospects and pathways; and, the nexus of the characteristics of the profession and delivery of care...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901546/poroelasticity-driven-lubrication-in-hydrogel-interfaces
#6
Erik R Reale, Alison C Dunn
It is widely accepted that hydrogel surfaces are slippery, and have low friction, but dynamic applied stresses alter the hydrogel composition at the interface as water is displaced. The induced osmotic imbalance of compressed hydrogel which cannot swell to equilibrium should drive the resistance to slip against it. This paper demonstrates the driving role of poroelasticity in the friction of hydrogel-glass interfaces, specifically how poroelastic relaxation of hydrogels increases adhesion. We translate the work of adhesion into an effective surface energy density that increases with the duration of applied pressure from 10 to 50 mJ m(-2), as measured by micro-indentation...
November 30, 2016: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894328/effect-of-driving-pressure-on-mortality-in-ards-patients-during-lung-protective-mechanical-ventilation%C3%A2-in-two-randomized-controlled-trials
#7
Claude Guérin, Laurent Papazian, Jean Reignier, Louis Ayzac, Anderson Loundou, Jean-Marie Forel
BACKGROUND: Driving pressure (ΔPrs) across the respiratory system is suggested as the strongest predictor of hospital mortality in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). We wonder whether this result is related to the range of tidal volume (VT). Therefore, we investigated ΔPrs in two trials in which strict lung-protective mechanical ventilation was applied in ARDS. Our working hypothesis was that ΔPrs is a risk factor for mortality just like compliance (Crs) or plateau pressure (Pplat,rs) of the respiratory system...
November 29, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893220/is-body-dissatisfaction-changing-across-time-a-cross-temporal-meta-analysis
#8
Bryan T Karazsia, Sarah K Murnen, Tracy L Tylka
It remains unclear whether body dissatisfaction, a widely recognized predictor of eating-related pathologies and depressive symptomatology, is consistent across cohorts and time. This question is important to investigate because dominant theories propose that sociocultural influences, which may fluctuate, play an important role in the development of body dissatisfaction. Previous efforts for tracking body dissatisfaction across cohorts and time are limited by relying on data from a single institution or using assessments that lack psychometric support across genders...
November 28, 2016: Psychological Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889641/increased-mitochondrial-superoxide-in-the-brain-but-not-periphery-sensitizes-mice-to-angiotensin-ii-mediated-hypertension
#9
Adam J Case, Jun Tian, Matthew C Zimmerman
Angiotensin II (AngII) elicits the production of superoxide (O2(•-)) from mitochondria in numerous cell types within peripheral organs and in the brain suggesting a role for mitochondrial-produced O2(•-) in the pathogenesis of hypertension. However, it remains unclear if mitochondrial O2(•-) is causal in the development of AngII-induced hypertension, or if mitochondrial O2(•-) in the absence of elevated AngII is sufficient to increase blood pressure. Further, the tissue specific (i.e. central versus peripheral) redox regulation of AngII hypertension remains elusive...
November 20, 2016: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887754/meticillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-mrsa-acquisition-risk-in-an-endemic-neonatal-intensive-care-unit-with-an-active-surveillance-culture-and-decolonization-programme
#10
R Pierce, J Lessler, V O Popoola, A M Milstone
BACKGROUND: Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a leading cause of healthcare-associated infection in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Decolonization may eliminate bacterial reservoirs that drive MRSA transmission. AIM: To measure the association between colonization pressure from decolonized and non-decolonized neonates and MRSA acquisition to inform use of this strategy for control of endemic MRSA. METHODS: An eight-year retrospective cohort study was conducted in a level-4 NICU that used active surveillance cultures and decolonization for MRSA control...
November 4, 2016: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886504/controlling-rayleigh-taylor-instabilities-in-magnetically-driven-solid-metal-shells-by-means-of-a-dynamic-screw-pinch
#11
P F Schmit, A L Velikovich, R D McBride, G K Robertson
Magnetically driven implosions of solid metal shells are an effective vehicle to compress materials to extreme pressures and densities. Rayleigh-Taylor instabilities (RTI) are ubiquitous, yet typically undesired features in all such experiments where solid materials are rapidly accelerated to high velocities. In cylindrical shells ("liners"), the magnetic field driving the implosion can exacerbate the RTI. We suggest an approach to implode solid metal liners enabling a remarkable reduction in the growth of magnetized RTI (MRTI) by employing a magnetic drive with a tilted, dynamic polarization, forming a dynamic screw pinch...
November 11, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880955/long-term-angiotensin-ii-receptor-blockade-limits-hypertension-aortic-dysfunction-and-structural-remodeling-in-a-rat-model-of-chronic-kidney-disease
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Omar Z Ameer, Mark Butlin, Elena Kaschina, Manuela Sommerfeld, Alberto P Avolio, Jacqueline K Phillips
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with large artery remodeling, endothelial dysfunction and calcification, with angiotensin II (Ang II) a known driver of these pathologies. We investigated long-term Ang II type 1 receptor inhibition with valsartan on aortic function and structure in the Lewis polycystic kidney (LPK) rat model of CKD. METHODS: Mixed sex LPK and Lewis control (total n = 28) treated (valsartan 60 mg/kg/day p.o. from 4 to 18 weeks) and vehicle groups were studied...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880786/effects-of-pile-driving-on-the-residency-and-movement-of-tagged-reef-fish
#13
Joseph D Iafrate, Stephanie L Watwood, Eric A Reyier, Douglas M Scheidt, Georges A Dossot, Steven E Crocker
The potential effects of pile driving on fish populations and commercial fisheries have received significant attention given the prevalence of pile driving occurring in coastal habitats throughout the world. Behavioral impacts of sound generated from these activities on fish typically have a greater area of influence than physical injury, and may therefore adversely affect a greater portion of the local population. This study used acoustic telemetry to assess the movement, residency, and survival of 15 sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus) and 10 grey snapper (Lutjanus griseus) in Port Canaveral, Florida, USA, in response to 35 days of pile driving at a wharf complex...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875410/should-we-use-driving-pressure-to-set-tidal-volume
#14
Domenico L Grieco, Lu Chen, Martin Dres, Laurent Brochard
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Ventilator-induced lung injury (VILI) can occur despite use of tidal volume (VT) limited to 6 ml/kg of predicted body weight, especially in patients with a smaller aerated compartment (i.e. the baby lung) in which, indeed, tidal ventilation takes place. Because respiratory system static compliance (CRS) is mostly affected by the volume of the baby lung, the ratio VT/CRS (i.e. the driving pressure, ΔP) may potentially help tailoring interventions on VT setting. RECENT FINDINGS: Driving pressure is the ventilatory variable most strongly associated with changes in survival and has been shown to be the key mediator of the effects of mechanical ventilation on outcome in the acute respiratory distress syndrome...
November 19, 2016: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875409/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-beyond-rescue-therapy-for-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
#15
Alain Combes, Nicolas Bréchot, Charles-Edouard Luyt, Matthieu Schmidt
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article summarizes the results of past and more recent series on venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV-ECMO) and discusses its potential indications beyond the rescue of patients with lung failure refractory to conventional mechanical ventilation. RECENT FINDINGS: Successful VV-ECMO treatment in patients with extremely severe influenza A(H1N1)-associated acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and positive results of the CESAR trial have led to an exponential use of the technology in recent years...
November 19, 2016: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27871118/earlier-nesting-by-generalist-predatory-bird-is-associated-with-human-responses-to-climate-change
#16
Shawn H Smith, Karen Steenhof, Christopher J W McClure, Julie A Heath
Warming temperatures cause temporal changes in growing seasons and prey abundance that drive earlier breeding by birds, especially dietary specialists within homogeneous habitat. Less is known about how generalists respond to climate-associated shifts in growing seasons or prey phenology, which may occur at different rates across land cover types. We studied whether breeding phenology of a generalist predator, the American kestrel (Falco sparverius), was associated with shifts in growing seasons and, presumably, prey abundance, in a mosaic of non-irrigated shrub/grasslands and irrigated crops/pastures...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867147/evolution-of-krab-containing-zinc-finger-proteins-and-their-roles-in-species-evolution
#17
Wang Jinlong, Wang Jian, Tian Chunyan
The C2H2 zinc finger protein family, one of the largest families of transcription factor/transcriptional regulator in mammal, arose from a small ancestral group of eukaryotic zinc finger transcription factors through many repeated gene duplications accompanied by functional divergence. As the biggest subfamily of C2H2 zinc finger protein family, Kruppel-associated box-containing zinc finger proteins (KRAB-ZFPs) appeared at the period oftetrapod, expand rapidly along with species evolution, and take about 60% of the total C2H2 zinc finger proteins in human...
November 20, 2016: Yi Chuan, Hereditas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862532/spatio-temporal-genetic-structure-and-the-effects-of-long-term-fishing-in-two-partially-sympatric-offshore-demersal-fishes
#18
Romina Henriques, Sophie von der Heyden, Marek R Lipinski, Nina du Toit, Paulus Kainge, Paulette Bloomer, Conrad A Matthee
Environmental gradients have been shown to disrupt gene flow in marine species, yet their influence in structuring populations at depth remains poorly understood. The Cape hakes (Merluccius paradoxus and M. capensis) are demersal species co-occurring in the Benguela Current system, where decades of intense fishing resulted in severely depleted stocks in the past. Previous studies identified conflicting mtDNA genetic substructuring patterns and thus contrasting evolutionary trajectories for both species. Using 10 microsatellite loci, the control region of mtDNA and employing a seascape genetics approach, we investigated genetic connectivity and the impact of prolonged exploitation in the two species, which are characterized by different patterns of fishing pressure...
December 2016: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861175/transient-receptor-potential-vanilloid-4-and-serum-glucocorticoid-regulated-kinase-1-are-critical-mediators-of-lung-injury-in-overventilated-mice-in-vivo
#19
Laura Michalick, Lasti Erfinanda, Ulrike Weichelt, Markus van der Giet, Wolfgang Liedtke, Wolfgang M Kuebler
BACKGROUND: Mechanical ventilation can cause lung endothelial barrier failure and inflammation cumulating in ventilator-induced lung injury. Yet, underlying mechanotransduction mechanisms remain unclear. Here, the authors tested the hypothesis that activation of the mechanosensitive Ca channel transient receptor potential vanilloid (TRPV4) by serum glucocorticoid-regulated kinase (SGK) 1 may drive the development of ventilator-induced lung injury. METHODS: Mice (total n = 54) were ventilated for 2 h with low (7 ml/kg) or high (20 ml/kg) tidal volumes and assessed for signs of ventilator-induced lung injury...
November 18, 2016: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860007/a-neural-network-prediction-of-environmental-determinants-of-anopheles-sinensis-knockdown-resistance-mutation-to-pyrethroids-in-china
#20
Xing Wei, Guiyun Yan, Guofa Zhou, Daibin Zhong, Qiang Fang, Xiaodi Yang, Dehua Hu, Xuelian Chang
Selection pressure caused by long-term intensive use of insecticides is the key driving force in resistance development. Additional parameters such as environmental conditions may affect both the mosquito response to insecticides and the selection of resistance mechanisms. In this context, we analyzed the environmental determinants of kdr prevalence in Anopheles sinensis across China. We collected kdr frequency from 48 sites across central and southern China, together with key environmental factors including long-term climatic data, topographic features, main crops, and land cover types...
December 2016: Journal of Vector Ecology: Journal of the Society for Vector Ecology
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