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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29160808/interplay-between-colistin-resistance-virulence-and-fitness-in-acinetobacter-baumannii
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REVIEW
Gabriela Jorge Da Silva, Sara Domingues
Acinetobacter baumannii is an important opportunistic nosocomial pathogen often resistant to multiple antibiotics classes. Colistin, an "old" antibiotic, is now considered a last-line treatment option for extremely resistant isolates. In the meantime, resistance to colistin has been reported in clinical A. baumannii strains. Colistin is a cationic peptide that disrupts the outer membrane (OM) of Gram-negative bacteria. Colistin resistance is primarily due to post-translational modification or loss of the lipopolysaccharide (LPS) molecules inserted into the outer leaflet of the OM...
November 21, 2017: Antibiotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158338/genes-integral-to-the-reproductive-function-of-male-reproductive-tissues-drive-heterogeneity-in-evolutionary-rates-in-japanese-quail
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Findley R Finseth, Richard G Harrison
Early comparative genomics studies originally uncovered a non-intuitive pattern - genes involved in reproduction appeared to evolve more rapidly than other classes of genes.  Currently, however, the emerging consensus is that genes encoding reproductive proteins evolve under variable selective pressures, producing more heterogeneous divergence patterns than previously appreciated.  We investigate a facet of that heterogeneity and explore the factors that drive male reproductive tissue-based heterogeneity in evolutionary rates...
November 20, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156107/hemodynamic-force-triggers-rapid-netosis-within-sterile-thrombotic-occlusions
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X Yu, J Tan, S L Diamond
BACKGROUND: Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are released when neutrophils encounter infectious pathogens, especially during sepsis. Additionally, NETosis occurs during venous and arterial thrombosis, disseminated intravascular coagulation, and trauma. OBJECTIVE: We tested if hemodynamic forces trigger NETosis during sterile thrombosis. METHODS: NETs were imaged with Sytox-green during microfluidic perfusion of Factor XIIa-inhibited or thrombin-inhibited human whole blood over fibrillar collagen (± tissue factor)...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155883/admixture-mapping-in-the-hispanic-community-health-study-study-of-latinos-reveals-regions-of-genetic-associations-with-blood-pressure-traits
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Tamar Sofer, Leslie J Baier, Sharon R Browning, Timothy A Thornton, Gregory A Talavera, Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Martha L Daviglus, Robert Hanson, Sayuko Kobes, Richard S Cooper, Jianwen Cai, Daniel Levy, Alex P Reiner, Nora Franceschini
Admixture mapping can be used to detect genetic association regions in admixed populations, such as Hispanics/Latinos, by estimating associations between local ancestry allele counts and the trait of interest. We performed admixture mapping of the blood pressure traits systolic and diastolic blood pressure (SBP, DBP), mean arterial pressure (MAP), and pulse pressure (PP), in a dataset of 12,116 participants from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). Hispanics/Latinos have three predominant ancestral populations (European, African, and Amerindian), for each of which we separately tested local ancestry intervals across the genome...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155841/habitat-and-soil-related-drivers-of-the-root-associated-fungal-community-of-quercus-suber-in-the-northern-moroccan-forest
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Fatima Zahra Maghnia, Younes Abbas, Frédéric Mahé, Benaissa Kerdouh, Estelle Tournier, Mohamed Ouadji, Pierre Tisseyre, Yves Prin, Naïma El Ghachtouli, Salah Eddine Bakkali Yakhlef, Robin Duponnois, Hervé Sanguin
Soil fungi associated with plant roots, notably ectomycorrhizal (EcM) fungi, are central in above- and below-ground interactions in Mediterranean forests. They are a key component in soil nutrient cycling and plant productivity. Yet, major disturbances of Mediterranean forests, particularly in the Southern Mediterranean basin, are observed due to the greater human pressures and climate changes. These disturbances highly impact forest cover, soil properties and consequently the root-associated fungal communities...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153983/perceptions-intentions-and-behavioral-norms-that-affect-pre-license-driving-among-arab-youth-in-israel
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Anat Gesser-Edelsburg, Mina Zemach, Tsippy Lotan, Wafa Elias, Einat Grimberg
The present study examines reported pre-license driving among youth from the population of Arab citizens of Israel. The purpose of the present study is to examine which sociodemographic variables, attitudes and perceptions about safe driving and individual and societal behavioral norms are associated with pre-license driving. The research distinguished between the factors that actually contribute to pre-license driving (reported behavior, peer norms, gender and parents' messages) and the factors that explain the intention (parental authority, social norms, parents' messages and fear of road crashes)...
November 15, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153095/circulating-cell-free-dna-mutation-patterns-in-early-and-late-stage-colon-and-pancreatic-cancer
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Eveline E Vietsch, Garrett T Graham, Justine N McCutcheon, Aamir Javaid, Giuseppe Giaccone, John L Marshall, Anton Wellstein
Cancer is a heterogeneous disease harboring diverse subclonal populations that can be discriminated by their DNA mutations. Environmental pressure selects subclones that ultimately drive disease progression and tumor relapse. Circulating cell-free DNA (ccfDNA) can be used to approximate the mutational makeup of cancer lesions and can serve as a marker for monitoring disease progression at the molecular level without the need for invasively acquired samples from primary or metastatic lesions. This potential for molecular analysis makes ccfDNA attractive for the study of clonal evolution and for uncovering emerging therapeutic resistance or sensitivity...
December 2017: Cancer Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152888/the-sensitivity-of-breeding-songbirds-to-changes-in-seasonal-timing-is-linked-to-population-change-but-cannot-be-directly-attributed-to-the-effects-of-trophic-asynchrony-on-productivity
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Samantha E Franks, James W Pearce-Higgins, Sian Atkinson, James R Bell, Marc S Botham, Tom M Brereton, Richard Harrington, David I Leech
A consequence of climate change has been an advance in the timing of seasonal events. Differences in the rate of advance between trophic levels may result in predators becoming mismatched with prey availability, reducing fitness and potentially driving population declines. Such "trophic asynchrony" is hypothesized to have contributed to recent population declines of long-distance migratory birds in particular. Using spatially extensive survey data from 1983 to 2010 to estimate variation in spring phenology from 280 plant and insect species and the egg-laying phenology of 21 British songbird species, we explored the effects of trophic asynchrony on avian population trends and potential underlying demographic mechanisms...
November 20, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152153/molecular-determinants-of-prostate-cancer-metastasis
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REVIEW
Kiera Rycaj, Dean G Tang
Metastatic cancer remains largely incurable and fatal. The general course of cancer, from the initiation of primary tumor formation and progression to metastasis, is a multistep process wherein tumor cells at each step must display specific phenotypic features. Distinctive capabilities required for primary tumor initiation and growth form the foundation, and sometimes may remain critical, for subsequent metastases. These phenotypic features must remain easily malleable during the acquisition of additional capabilities unique and essential to the metastatic process such as dissemination to distant tissues wherein tumor cells interact with foreign microenvironments...
October 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151822/new-actuation-mechanism-for-actively-cooled-sma-springs-in-a-neurosurgical-robot
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Shing Shin Cheng, Yeongjin Kim, Jaydev P Desai
The paper presents the use of shape memory alloy (SMA) spring actuators with real-time cooling to control the motion of the MINIR-II robot. A new actuation mechanism involving the passage of water as the cooling medium and air as the medium to drive out the water has been developed to facilitate real-time control of the springs. Control parameters, such as current, water flow rates, SMA pre-displacement, and gauge pressure of the compressed air, are identified from the SMA thermal model and from the actuation mechanism...
August 2017: IEEE Transactions on Robotics: a Publication of the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150661/morphological-differentiation-of-brachionus-calyciflorus-caused-by-predation-and-coal-ash-pollution
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Ying-Hao Xue, Xiao-Xue Yang, Gen Zhang, Yi-Long Xi
Different rotifer stains exhibited remarkably morphological differences which could not be eliminated under laboratory conditions. In the present study, we hypothesized that predation pressure and pollution might be two forces driving morphological differentiation of rotifer. To test this hypothesis, rotifers (Brachionus calyciflorus) belonging to two sibling species were collected from three special lakes (with coal ash pollution, high predation pressure or neither) and cultured for more than three months to investigate their potential differentiation in morphology...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149229/van-t-hoff-s-law-for-active-suspensions-the-role-of-the-solvent-chemical-potential
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Jeroen Rodenburg, Marjolein Dijkstra, René van Roij
We extend Van't Hoff's law for the osmotic pressure to a suspension of active Brownian particles. The propelled particles exert a net reaction force on the solvent, and thereby either drive a measurable solvent flow from the connecting solvent reservoir through the semipermeable membrane, or increase the osmotic pressure and cause the suspension to rise to heights as large as micrometers for experimentally realized microswimmers described in the literature. The increase in osmotic pressure is caused by the background solvent being, in contrast to passive suspensions, no longer at the chemical potential of the solvent reservoir...
November 17, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146825/toroidal-plasmoid-generation-via-extreme-hydrodynamic-shear
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Morteza Gharib, Sean Mendoza, Moshe Rosenfeld, Masoud Beizai, Francisco J Alves Pereira
Saint Elmo's fire and lightning are two known forms of naturally occurring atmospheric pressure plasmas. As a technology, nonthermal plasmas are induced from artificially created electromagnetic or electrostatic fields. Here we report the observation of arguably a unique case of a naturally formed such plasma, created in air at room temperature without external electromagnetic action, by impinging a high-speed microjet of deionized water on a dielectric solid surface. We demonstrate that tribo-electrification from extreme and focused hydrodynamic shear is the driving mechanism for the generation of energetic free electrons...
November 16, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143823/salt-responsive-gut-commensal-modulates-th17-axis-and-disease
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Nicola Wilck, Mariana G Matus, Sean M Kearney, Scott W Olesen, Kristoffer Forslund, Hendrik Bartolomaeus, Stefanie Haase, Anja Mähler, András Balogh, Lajos Markó, Olga Vvedenskaya, Friedrich H Kleiner, Dmitry Tsvetkov, Lars Klug, Paul I Costea, Shinichi Sunagawa, Lisa Maier, Natalia Rakova, Valentin Schatz, Patrick Neubert, Christian Frätzer, Alexander Krannich, Maik Gollasch, Diana A Grohme, Beatriz F Côrte-Real, Roman G Gerlach, Marijana Basic, Athanasios Typas, Chuan Wu, Jens M Titze, Jonathan Jantsch, Michael Boschmann, Ralf Dechend, Markus Kleinewietfeld, Stefan Kempa, Peer Bork, Ralf A Linker, Eric J Alm, Dominik N Müller
A Western lifestyle with high salt consumption can lead to hypertension and cardiovascular disease. High salt may additionally drive autoimmunity by inducing T helper 17 (TH17) cells, which can also contribute to hypertension. Induction of TH17 cells depends on gut microbiota; however, the effect of salt on the gut microbiome is unknown. Here we show that high salt intake affects the gut microbiome in mice, particularly by depleting Lactobacillus murinus. Consequently, treatment of mice with L. murinus prevented salt-induced aggravation of actively induced experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis and salt-sensitive hypertension by modulating TH17 cells...
November 15, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143302/convergent-selection-pressures-drive-the-evolution-of-rhodopsin-kinetics-at-high-altitudes-via-non-parallel-mechanisms
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Gianni M Castiglione, Ryan K Schott, Frances E Hauser, Belinda S W Chang
Convergent evolution in response to similar selective pressures is a well-known phenomenon in evolutionary biology. Less well understood is how selection drives convergence in protein function, and the underlying mechanisms by which this can be achieved. Here we investigate functional convergence in the visual system of two distantly related lineages of high-altitude adapted Andean and Himalayan catfishes. Statistical analyses revealed in the two high-altitude lineages, a parallel acceleration of evolutionary rates in rhodopsin, the dim-light visual pigment...
November 16, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140616/comparisons-of-agricultural-seating-for-paraplegia
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Carla Sue Wilhite, William E Field, Mark Jaramillo, Kevin Sullivan
People with spinal cord injury/paraplegia are operating agricultural machinery despite the lack of research evidence to support seating interventions. These operators represent a vulnerable population in the agricultural workforce, and information to support their health in the workplace is urgently warranted. This research compared a group of subjects with paraplegia on different intervention cushion conditions during a simulated tractor driving task. Numerical data acquired from a pressure-mapping instrument were explored for statistical relationships within a small cohort of people with paraplegia participating in a feasibility study that was previously reported for clinical results...
January 26, 2017: Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138765/sizing-sub-diffraction-limit-electrosprayed-droplets-by-structured-illumination-microscopy
#17
Adam Hollerbach, David Logsdon, Kiran Iyer, Anyin Li, J Andy Schaber, R Graham Cooks
Electrosprayed droplets are widely studied for their role in the formation of ions at atmospheric pressure. Most droplet measurement methods used today employ light scattering to infer information about an electrosprayed droplet's size. However, these methods fail to measure droplets smaller than about 400 nm in diameter due to constraints imposed by the diffraction limit of light. To overcome this limitation, a super resolution fluorescence microscopy-based method for determining the sizes of electrosprayed droplets has been developed...
November 15, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137778/the-use-of-ultrasound-to-reduce-internal-concentration-polarization-in-forward-osmosis
#18
Yongjun Choi, Tae-Mun Hwang, Sanghyun Jeong, Sangho Lee
Unlike reverse osmosis (RO) that is dominated by the hydraulic pressure differential, forward osmosis (FO) uses the osmotic pressure gradient as the driving force between a dilute feed solution and a concentrated draw solution across a membrane. High pressure is not required in FO, which means that FO can be used as an alternative to RO as an energy-saving separation process in desalination technology. However, a major limiting factor of the FO process is the internal concentration polarization (ICP). Because of the stagnant environment inside the porous supporting layer of a FO membrane, it is difficult to mitigate the ICP by simply increasing the shear stress or promoting turbulence...
March 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136124/what-is-the-clinical-significance-of-ventricular-mural-antagonism
#19
Paul P Lunkenheimer, Peter Niederer, Robert S Stephenson, Klaus Redmann, Randas V Batista, Morten Smerup, Robert H Anderson
Recent morphological studies provide evidence that the ventricular walls are arranged as a 3D meshwork of aggregated cardiomyocyte chains, exhibiting marked local structural variations. In contrary to previous findings, up to two-fifths of the chains are found to have a partially transmural alignment, thus deviating from the prevailing tangential orientation. Upon contraction, they produce, in addition to a tangential force, a radial force component that counteracts ventricular constriction and aids widening of the ventricular cavity...
November 9, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135500/association-of-driving-pressure-with-mortality-among-ventilated-patients-with-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#20
Hiroko Aoyama, Tommaso Pettenuzzo, Kazuyoshi Aoyama, Ruxandra Pinto, Marina Englesakis, Eddy Fan
OBJECTIVES: A recent post hoc analysis suggested that driving pressure may be more important than traditional ventilatory variables in determining outcome in mechanically ventilated patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to summarize the risk of mortality for higher versus lower driving pressure. DATA SOURCES: MEDLINE, EMBASE, PubMed, CINAHL, and Cochrane CENTRAL from inception to February 10, 2017. STUDY SELECTION: Studies including mechanically ventilated adult patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome, reporting driving pressure and mortality...
November 10, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
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