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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236752/light-intensity-dependent-photosynthetic-electron-transport-in-eelgrass-zostera-marina-l
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Xiao Qi Yang, Quan Sheng Zhang, Di Zhang, Zi Tong Sheng
Responses of electron transport to three levels of irradiation (20, 200, and 1200 μmol photons m(-2) s(-1) PAR; exposures called LL, ML and HL, respectively) were investigated in eelgrass (Zostera marina L.) utilizing the chlorophyll a fluorescence technique. Exposure to ML and HL reduced the maximum quantum yield of photosystem II (PSII) (Fv/Fm) and the maximum slope decrease of MR/MRO (VPSI), indicating the occurrence of photoinhibition of both PSII and photosystem I (PSI). A comparatively slow recovery rate of Fv/Fm due to longer half-life recovery time of PSII and 40% lower descending amplitude compared to other higher plants implied the poor resilience of the PSII...
February 14, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235958/prehospital-emergency-care-in-childhood-arterial-ischemic-stroke
#2
Belinda Stojanovski, Paul T Monagle, Ian Mosley, Leonid Churilov, Fiona Newall, Grant Hocking, Mark T Mackay
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Immediately calling an ambulance is the key factor in reducing time to hospital presentation for adult stroke. Little is known about prehospital care in childhood arterial ischemic stroke (AIS). We aimed to determine emergency medical services call-taker and paramedic diagnostic sensitivity and to describe timelines of care in childhood AIS. METHODS: This is a retrospective study of ambulance-transported children aged <18 years with first radiologically confirmed AIS, from 2008 to 2015...
February 24, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231613/genetic-determinism-vs-phenotypic-plasticity-in-protist-morphology
#3
Matthieu Mulot, Katarzyna Marcisz, Lara Grandgirard, Enrique Lara, Anush Kosakyan, Bjorn J M Robroek, Mariusz Lamentowicz, Richard J Payne, Edward A D Mitchell
Untangling the relationships between morphology and phylogeny is key to building a reliable taxonomy, but is especially challenging for protists, where the existence of cryptic or pseudocryptic species makes finding relevant discriminant traits difficult. Here we use Hyalosphenia papilio (a testate amoeba) as a model species to investigate the contribution of phylogeny and phenotypic plasticity in its morphology. We study the response of Hyalosphenia papilio morphology (shape and pores number) to environmental variables in 1) a manipulative experiment with controlled conditions (water level), 2) an observational study of a withinsite natural ecological gradient (water level), and 3) an observational study across 37 European peatlands (climate)...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229109/interaction-between-circadian-rhythms-and-stress
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REVIEW
C E Koch, B Leinweber, B C Drengberg, C Blaum, H Oster
Life on earth has adapted to the day-night cycle by evolution of internal, so-called circadian clocks that adjust behavior and physiology to the recurring changes in environmental conditions. In mammals, a master pacemaker located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus receives environmental light information and synchronizes peripheral tissues and central non-SCN clocks to geophysical time. Regulatory systems such as the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and the autonomic nervous system (ANS), both being important for the regulation of stress responses, receive strong circadian input...
February 2017: Neurobiology of Stress
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222910/agents-of-the-father-s-law-in-a-society-of-brothers-a-philosophic-and-psychoanalytic-perspective-on-legitimate-use-of-violence
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Efrat Even-Tzur, Uri Hadar
This paper explores subjective processes of "Agents of Law" - individuals who the state grants the authority to use violence - and the dissonance stemming from the contradictory demands posed on them as legitimate users of violence despite the societal taboo against violence. A conceptual model will be offered based on two theoretical legs, Lacanian psychoanalysis and political theories of legitimacy. Specifically, psychoanalytic ideas would serve to examine unconscious processes, subject position and various identifications related to the question of "self-legitimacy" of Agents of Law...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222173/back-to-basics-the-effects-of-block-vs-interleaved-trial-administration-on-pro-and-anti-saccade-performance
#6
Liran Zeligman, Ari Z Zivotofsky
The pro and anti-saccade task (PAT) is a widely used tool in the study of overt and covert attention with promising potential role in neurocognitive and psychiatric assessment. However, specific PAT protocols can vary significantly between labs, potentially resulting in large variations in findings across studies. In light of recent calls towards a standardization of PAT the current study's objective was to systematically and purposely evaluate the effects of block vs. interleaved administration-a fundamental consideration-on PAT measures in a within subject design...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219244/an-alternative-route-to-nanoscale-aggregates-with-a-ph-responsive-random-copolymer
#7
Jonathan C Pegg, Adam Czajka, Christopher Hill, Craig James, Jocelyn Alice Peach, Sarah E Rogers, Julian Eastoe
A random copolymer, poly(methyl methacrylate-co-2-dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) (poly(MMA-co-DMAEMA)) is shown to form nano-scale aggregates (NAs) (~20 nm) at copolymer concentrations ≥ 10 % w/w, directly from the pre-formed surfactant-stabilised latex (~120 nm) in aqueous solution. The copolymer is prepared by a conventional emulsion polymerisation. Introducing a small mole fraction of DMAEMA (~10 %) allows the copolymer hydrophilicity to be adjusted by pH and external temperature, generating NAs with tuneable sizes and defined weight-average aggregation number, as observed by dynamic-light scattering (DLS) and small-angle neutron scattering (SANS)...
February 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216034/the-vitiligo-working-group-recommendations-for-narrowband-ultraviolet-b-light-phototherapy-treatment-of-vitiligo
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Tasneem F Mohammad, Mohammed Al-Jamal, Iltefat H Hamzavi, John E Harris, Giovanni Leone, Raúl Cabrera, Henry W Lim, Amit G Pandya, Samia M Esmat
BACKGROUND: Treatment of vitiligo with narrowband ultraviolet B light (NBUVB) is an important component of the current standard of care. However, there are no consistent guidelines regarding the dosing and administration of NBUVB in vitiligo, reflected by varied treatment practices around the world. OBJECTIVE: To create phototherapy recommendations to facilitate clinical management and identify areas requiring future research. METHODS: The Vitiligo Working Group (VWG) Phototherapy Committee addressed 19 questions regarding the administration of phototherapy over 3 conference calls...
February 15, 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215285/perspectives-on-perspective-taking-how-children-think-about-the-minds-of-others
#9
S A J Birch, V Li, T Haddock, S E Ghrear, P Brosseau-Liard, A Baimel, M Whyte
Perspective taking, or "theory of mind," involves reasoning about the mental states of others (e.g., their intentions, desires, knowledge, beliefs) and is called upon in virtually every aspect of human interaction. Our goals in writing this chapter were to provide an overview of (a) the research questions developmental psychologists ask to shed light on how children think about the inner workings of the mind, and (b) why such research is invaluable in understanding human nature and our ability to interact with, and learn from, one another...
2017: Advances in Child Development and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213397/regional-differences-in-the-preferred-e-vector-orientation-of-honeybee-ocellar-photoreceptors
#10
Yuri Ogawa, Willi Ribi, Jochen Zeil, Jan M Hemmi
In addition to compound eyes, honeybees (Apis mellifera) possess three single lens eyes called ocelli located on the top of the head. Ocelli are involved in head-attitude control and in some insects have been shown to provide celestial compass information. Anatomical and early electrophysiological studies have suggested that UV and blue-green photoreceptors in ocelli are polarization sensitive. However, their retinal distribution and receptor characteristics have not been documented. Here, we used intracellular electrophysiology to determine the relationship between the spectral and polarization sensitivity of photoreceptors and their position within the visual field of the ocelli...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212113/age-and-gender-dependency-of-physiological-networks-in-sleep
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Dagmar Krefting, Christoph Jansen, Thomas Penzel, Fang Han, Jan Kantelhardt
Recently, time delay stability analysis of biosignals has been successfully applied as a multivariate time series analysis method to assess the human physiological network in young adults. The degree of connectivity between different network nodes is described by the so-called link strength. Based on polysomnographic recordings (PSGs), it could be shown that the network changes with the sleep stage. Here, we apply the method to a large set of healthy controls spanning six decades of age. As it is well known, that the overall sleep architecture is dependent both on age and on gender, we particularly address the question, if these changes are also found in the network dynamics...
February 17, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210880/can-fe-3-and-al-3-ions-serve-as-cationic-bridges-to-facilitate-the-adsorption-of-anionic-as-v-species-on-humic-acids-a-density-functional-theory-study
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Leonid Gorb, Manoj K Shukla
A computational chemistry investigation was undertaken to shed light on the facilitatory role played by Fe(3+) and Al(3+) cations in the adsorption of anionic As(V) species by humic acids through the formation of so-called cationic bridges. Geometric and energetic parameters were obtained using density functional theory at the B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) level in conjunction with the polarizable continuum model (to account for the influence of bulk water). We found that, despite their similar molecular geometries, the adsorption energies of the As(V) species AsO4(3-) and H2AsO(4-) differ when Fe(3+), FeOH(2+), Al(3+), and AlOH(2+) participate in the bridge...
March 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208846/a-rare-case-of-multiple-myeloma-with-biclonal-gammopathy
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Abhik Banerjee, Kshama Pimpalgaonkar, Alap Lukiyas Christy
Multiple myeloma is a debilitating malignancy arising from plasma cells. These malignant plasma cells called myeloma cells proliferate and infiltrate the bone marrow. The disease is characterized by the presence of a monoclonal protein in plasma and/or the urine. In this report, we present a case of biclonal multiple myeloma which showed two M bands on serum protein electrophoresis. The patient had elevated serum IgA and IgG levels. To reveal the nature of M bands or clonality, serum Immunofixation study was performed which revealed IgA with Lambda and IgG with Kappa light chains...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208246/combined-proteome-and-eicosanoid-profiling-approach-for-revealing-implications-of-human-fibroblasts-in-chronic-inflammation
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Ammar Tahir, Andrea Bileck, Besnik Muqaku, Laura Niederstaetter, Dominique Kreutz, Rupert L Mayer, Denise Wolrab, Samuel M Meier, Astrid Slany, Christopher Gerner
During inflammation, proteins and lipids act in a concerted fashion, calling for combined analyses. Fibroblasts are powerful mediators of chronic inflammation. However, little is known about eicosanoid formation by human fibroblasts. The aim of this study was to analyze the formation of the most relevant inflammation mediators including proteins and lipids in human fibroblasts upon inflammatory stimulation and subsequent treatment with dexamethasone, a powerful antiphlogistic drug. Label-free quantification was applied for proteome profiling, while an in-house established data-dependent analysis method based on high-resolution mass spectrometry was applied for eicosadomics...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208141/the-phonetics-and-phonology-of-the-polish-calling-melodies
#15
Amalia Arvaniti, Marzena Żygis, Marek Jaskuła
Two calling melodies of Polish were investigated, the routine call, used to call someone for an everyday reason, and the urgent call, which conveys disapproval of the addressee's actions. A Discourse Completion Task was used to elicit the two melodies from Polish speakers using twelve names from one to four syllables long; there were three names per syllable count, and speakers produced three tokens of each name with each melody. The results, based on eleven speakers, show that the routine calling melody consists of a low F0 stretch followed by a rise-fall-rise; the urgent calling melody, on the other hand, is a simple rise-fall...
2016: Phonetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207158/integration-of-chlorophyll-a-fluorescence-and-photorespirometry-techniques-to-understand-production-dynamics-in-macroaglal-communities
#16
Leigh W Tait, Ian Hawes, David R Schiel
Global declines of macroalgal beds in coastal waters have prompted a plethora of studies attempting to understand the drivers of change within dynamic nearshore ecosystems. Photosynthetic measurements are good tools for assessing the consequences of numerous stressors of macroalgae, but there is somewhat of a disconnection between studies that focus on organism-specific ecophysiological responses and those that address causes and consequences of shifts in macroalgal productivity. Our goal is to highlight the applications of two complementary tools for measuring photosynthesis - variable chlorophyll-a fluorescence and photorespirometry - and provide guidance for the integration of physiology and ecology to understand the drivers of change in macroalgal communities...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205521/genetically-encoded-bioluminescent-voltage-indicator-for-multi-purpose-use-in-wide-range-of-bioimaging
#17
Shigenori Inagaki, Hidekazu Tsutsui, Kazushi Suzuki, Masakazu Agetsuma, Yoshiyuki Arai, Yuka Jinno, Guirong Bai, Matthew J Daniels, Yasushi Okamura, Tomoki Matsuda, Takeharu Nagai
We report development of the first genetically encoded bioluminescent indicator for membrane voltage called LOTUS-V. Since it is bioluminescent, imaging LOTUS-V does not require external light illumination. This allows bidirectional optogenetic control of cellular activity triggered by Channelrhodopsin2 and Halorhodopsin during voltage imaging. The other advantage of LOTUS-V is the robustness of a signal-to-background ratio (SBR) wherever it expressed, even in the specimens where autofluorescence from environment severely interferes fluorescence imaging...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205400/design-features-for-optimization-of-tetrapyrrole-macrocycles-as-antimicrobial-and-anticancer-photosensitizers
#18
EDITORIAL
Alejandra Martinez De Pinillos Bayona, Pawel Mroz, Connor Thunshelle, Michael R Hamblin
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses non-toxic dyes called photosensitizers (PS) and harmless visible light that combine to form highly toxic reactive oxygen species that kill cells. Originally, a cancer therapy, PDT, now includes applications for infections. The most widely studied PS are tetrapyrrole macrocycles including porphyrins, chlorins, bacteriochlorins, and phthalocyanines. The present review covers the design features in PS that can work together to maximize the PDT activity for various disease targets...
February 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204875/repression-of-blade-on-petiole-genes-by-knox-homeodomain-protein-brevipedicellus-is-essential-for-differentiation-of-secondary-xylem-in-arabidopsis-root
#19
Natalie Woerlen, Gamalat Allam, Adina Popescu, Laura Corrigan, Véronique Pautot, Shelley R Hepworth
Repression of boundary genes by KNOTTED1-like homeodomain transcription factor BREVIPEDICELLUS promotes the differentiation of phase II secondary xylem in Arabidopsis roots. Plant growth and development relies on the activity of meristems. Boundaries are domains of restricted growth that separate forming organs and the meristem. Class I KNOX homeodomain transcription factors are important regulators of meristem maintenance. Members of this class including BREVIDICELLUS also called KNOTTED-LIKE FROM ARABIDOPSIS THALIANA1 (BP/KNAT1) fulfill this function in part by spatially regulating boundary genes...
February 15, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203032/icelandic-herring-eating-killer-whales-feed-at-night
#20
Gaëtan Richard, Olga A Filatova, Filipa I P Samarra, Ivan D Fedutin, Marc Lammers, Patrick J Miller
Herring-eating killer whales debilitate herring with underwater tail slaps and likely herd herring into tighter schools using a feeding-specific low-frequency pulsed call ('herding' call). Feeding on herring may be dependent upon daylight, as the whales use their white underside to help herd herring; however, feeding at night has not been investigated. The production of feeding-specific sounds provides an opportunity to use passive acoustic monitoring to investigate feeding behaviour at different times of day...
2017: Marine Biology
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