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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924581/analyzing-erk-signal-dynamics-during-zebrafish-somitogenesis
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Takaaki Matsui, Yasumasa Bessho
During vertebrate development, Erk is activated and regulates multiple cellular processes such as cell growth, differentiation, migration, and adhesion in a spatiotemporal manner. Whole-mount immunohistochemistry using antibodies against diphosphorylated Erk (p-Erk; active form of Erk) is a very useful method for understanding the spatial and temporal patterns of Erk activity during embryonic development. However, the fixation step of this method stops embryo development at a certain time point, making it very difficult to observe and interpret Erk activity dynamics...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924579/reconstructing-erk-signaling-in-the-drosophila-embryo-from-fixed-images
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Bomyi Lim, Carmeline J Dsilva, Ioannis G Kevrekidis, Stanislav Y Shvartsman
The early Drosophila embryo provides unique opportunities for quantitative studies of ERK signaling. This system is characterized by simple anatomy, the ease of obtaining large numbers of staged embryos, and the availability of powerful tools for genetic manipulation of the ERK pathway. Here, we describe how these experimental advantages can be combined with recently developed microfluidic devices for high throughput imaging of ERK activation dynamics. We focus on the stage during the third hour of development, when ERK activation is essential for patterning of the future nerve cord...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918823/short-term-alteration-of-developmental-neural-activity-enhances-neurite-outgrowth-of-retinal-explants
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Meng-Jung Lee, Chuan-Chin Chiao
Purpose: It is well known that the gradual loss of axon growth ability of retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) during development is largely determined by extrinsic signals rather than being programmed intrinsically. Spontaneous retinal waves are the major neural activity during retinal development. Thus restoring the developmental environment by providing the proper neural activity may be able to help axon regeneration of RGCs. Methods: Retinal explants from P5 and P11 C57BL/6 mice were treated pharmacologically or stimulated electrically, and cultured with or without brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) on coverslips or a multielectrode array for 5 days to examine the neurite outgrowth capacity of RGCs...
December 1, 2016: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917120/analysis-of-nociceptive-information-encoded-in-the-temporal-discharge-patterns-of-cutaneous-c-fibers
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Kyeongwon Cho, Jun Ho Jang, Sung-Phil Kim, Sang Hoon Lee, Soon-Cheol Chung, In Young Kim, Dong Pyo Jang, Sung Jun Jung
The generation of pain signals from primary afferent neurons is explained by a labeled-line code. However, this notion cannot apply in a simple way to cutaneous C-fibers, which carry signals from a variety of receptors that respond to various stimuli including agonist chemicals. To represent the discharge patterns of C-fibers according to different agonist chemicals, we have developed a quantitative approach using three consecutive spikes. By using this method, the generation of pain in response to chemical stimuli is shown to be dependent on the temporal aspect of the spike trains...
2016: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917010/fragmented-patterns-of-flood-change-across-the-united-states
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S A Archfield, R M Hirsch, A Viglione, G Blöschl
Trends in the peak magnitude, frequency, duration, and volume of frequent floods (floods occurring at an average of two events per year relative to a base period) across the United States show large changes; however, few trends are found to be statistically significant. The multidimensional behavior of flood change across the United States can be described by four distinct groups, with streamgages experiencing (1) minimal change, (2) increasing frequency, (3) decreasing frequency, or (4) increases in all flood properties...
October 16, 2016: Geophysical Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914979/-lost-in-time-but-still-moving-to-the-beat
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Valentin Bégel, Charles-Etienne Benoit, Angel Correa, Diana Cutanda, Sonja A Kotz, Simone Dalla Bella
Motor synchronization to the beat of an auditory sequence (e.g., a metronome or music) is widespread in humans. However, some individuals show poor synchronization and impoverished beat perception. This condition, termed "beat deafness", has been linked to a perceptual deficit in beat tracking. Here we present single-case evidence (L.A. and L.C.) that poor beat tracking does not have to entail poor synchronization. In a first Experiment, L.A., L.C., and a third case (L.V.) were submitted to the Battery for The Assessment of Auditory Sensorimotor and Timing Abilities (BAASTA), which includes both perceptual and sensorimotor tasks...
November 30, 2016: Neuropsychologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912133/fate-of-tetracycline-resistance-in-synthetic-livestock-carcass-leachate-for-two-years
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Dennis Espineli Salcedo, Sungpyo Kim
To simulate the fate of antibiotic resistance in leachate from anaerobic carcass landfill site, anaerobic reactors were set-up and their antibiotic resistance activities were monitored for 2 years. Initially, Escherichia coli DH5α with tetracycline resistance pB10 plasmid was inoculated in nutrient rich anaerobic reactors. The fate of tetracycline resistant bacteria (TRB) was tracked by analysis using culture-based method, EC50 (half maximal effective concentration), and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR)...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906973/detecting-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-using-resting-state-magnetoencephalographic-connectivity
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Vasily A Vakorin, Sam M Doesburg, Leodante da Costa, Rakesh Jetly, Elizabeth W Pang, Margot J Taylor
Accurate means to detect mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) using objective and quantitative measures remain elusive. Conventional imaging typically detects no abnormalities despite post-concussive symptoms. In the present study, we recorded resting state magnetoencephalograms (MEG) from adults with mTBI and controls. Atlas-guided reconstruction of resting state activity was performed for 90 cortical and subcortical regions, and calculation of inter-regional oscillatory phase synchrony at various frequencies was performed...
December 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906962/population-density-climate-variables-and-poverty-synergistically-structure-spatial-risk-in-urban-malaria-in-india
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Mauricio Santos-Vega, Menno J Bouma, Vijay Kohli, Mercedes Pascual
BACKGROUND: The world is rapidly becoming urban with the global population living in cities projected to double by 2050. This increase in urbanization poses new challenges for the spread and control of communicable diseases such as malaria. In particular, urban environments create highly heterogeneous socio-economic and environmental conditions that can affect the transmission of vector-borne diseases dependent on human water storage and waste water management. Interestingly India, as opposed to Africa, harbors a mosquito vector, Anopheles stephensi, which thrives in the man-made environments of cities and acts as the vector for both Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodium falciparum, making the malaria problem a truly urban phenomenon...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903778/correction-to-violence-in-the-prehistoric-period-of-japan-the-spatio-temporal-pattern-of-skeletal-evidence-for-violence-in-the-jomon-period
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Hisashi Nakao, Kohei Tamura, Yui Arimatsu, Tomomi Nakagawa, Naoko Matsumoto, Takehiko Matsugi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Biology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903051/spatial-and-spatio-temporal-analysis-of-malaria-in-the-state-of-acre-western-amazon-brazil
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Leonardo Augusto Kohara Melchior, Francisco Chiaravalloti Neto
Since 2005, the State of Acre, western Amazon, Brazil, has reported the highest annual parasite incidence (API) of malaria among the Brazilian states. This study examines malaria incidence in Acre using spatial and spatio-temporal analysis based on an ecological time series study analyzing malaria cases and deaths for the time period 1992- 2014 and using secondary data. API indexes were calculated by age, sex, parasite species, ratio of Plasmodium vivax to P. falciparum malaria, malaria mortality rate and case fatality rate...
November 16, 2016: Geospatial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900950/automated-selection-of-brain-regions-for-real-time-fmri-brain-computer-interfaces
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Michael Lührs, Bettina Sorger, Rainer Goebel, Fabrizio Esposito
OBJECTIVE: Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) implemented with real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (rt-fMRI) use fMRI time-courses from predefined regions of interest (ROIs). To reach best performances, localizer experiments and on-site expert supervision are required for ROI definition. To automate this step, we developed two unsupervised computational techniques based on the general linear model (GLM) and independent component analysis (ICA) of rt-fMRI data, and compared their performances on a communication BCI...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900550/biogenesis-of-diverse-plant-phasirnas-involves-an-mirna-trigger-and-dicer-processing
#13
Reina Komiya
It has been almost 30 years since RNA interference (RNAi) was shown to silence genes via double-stranded RNAs (dsRNAs) in Caenorhabditis elegans (Fire et al. 1998). 20-30-nucleotide (nt) small non-coding RNAs are a key element of the RNAi machinery. Recently, phased small interfering RNAs (phasiRNAs), small RNAs that are generated from a long RNA precursor at intervals of 21 to 26-nt, have been identified in plants and animals. In Drosophila, phasiRNAs are generated by the endonuclease, Zucchini (Zuc), in germlines...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899753/temporal-evolution-of-poststroke-cognitive-impairment-using-the-montreal-cognitive-assessment
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Britta Nijsse, Johanna M A Visser-Meily, Maria L van Mierlo, Marcel W M Post, Paul L M de Kort, Caroline M van Heugten
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) is nowadays recommended for the screening of poststroke cognitive impairment. However, little is known about the temporal evolution of MoCA-assessed cognition after stroke. The objective of this study was to examine the temporal pattern of overall and domain-specific cognition at 2 and 6 months after stroke using the MoCA and to identify patient groups at risk for cognitive impairment at 6 months after stroke. METHODS: Prospective cohort study in which 324 patients were administered the MoCA at 2 and 6 months post stroke...
November 29, 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897971/transformation-of-temporal-sequences-in-the-zebra-finch-auditory-system
#15
Yoonseob Lim, Ryan Lagoy, Barbara G Shinn-Cunningham, Timothy J Gardner
This study examines how temporally patterned stimuli are transformed as they propagate from primary to secondary zones in the thalamo-recipient auditory pallium in zebra finches. Using a new class of synthetic click stimuli, we find a robust mapping from temporal sequences in the primary zone to distinct population vectors in secondary auditory areas. We tested whether songbirds could discriminate synthetic click sequences in an operant setup and found that a robust behavioral discrimination is present for click sequences composed of intervals ranging from 11-40ms, but breaks down for stimuli composed of longer inter-click intervals...
November 29, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896299/basement-membrane-ultrastructure-and-component-localization-data-from-uterine-tissues-during-early-mouse-pregnancy
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Celestial R Jones-Paris, Sayan Paria, Taloa Berg, Juan Saus, Gautam Bhave, Bibhash C Paria, Billy G Hudson
Basement membranes (BMs) are specialized extracellular scaffolds that provide architecture and modulate cell behaviors in tissues, such as fat, muscle, endothelium, endometrium, and decidua. Properties of BMs are maintained in homeostasis for most adult tissues. However, BM ultrastructure, composition, and localization are rapidly altered in select uterine tissues that are reprogrammed during pregnancy to enable early maternal-embryo interactions. Here, our data exhibit both static and dynamic BMs that were tracked in mouse uterine tissues during pre-, peri-, and postimplantation periods of pregnancy...
December 2016: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895284/spatial-and-temporal-dynamics-of-agricultural-residue-resources-in-the-last-30-years-in-china
#17
Yanli Yang, Peidong Zhang, Xutong Yang, Xiaoning Xu
The availability and distribution of biomass resources are important for the development of the bioenergy industry in a region. Biomass resources are abundant in China; however, the raw material is severely deficient, which makes the Chinese bioenergy industry an embarrassment and a contradiction. Unclear reserves and distribution and changing trends of biomass resources are the reason for this situation. A collection coefficient model of Chinese agricultural residue resources was established and the spatial and temporal pattern dynamics of agricultural residue resources in the last 30 years were analyzed...
December 2016: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894806/genetic-divergence-in-the-transcriptional-engram-of-chronic-alcohol-abuse-a-laser-capture-rna-seq-study-of-the-mouse-mesocorticolimbic-system
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Megan K Mulligan, Khyobeni Mozhui, Ashutosh K Pandey, Maren L Smith, Suzhen Gong, Jesse Ingels, Michael F Miles, Marcelo F Lopez, Lu Lu, Robert W Williams
Genetic factors that influence the transition from initial drinking to dependence remain enigmatic. Recent studies have leveraged chronic intermittent ethanol (CIE) paradigms to measure changes in brain gene expression in a single strain at 0, 8, 72 h, and even 7 days following CIE. We extend these findings using LCM RNA-seq to profile expression in 11 brain regions in two inbred strains - C57BL/6J (B6) and DBA/2J (D2) - 72 h following multiple cycles of ethanol self-administration and CIE. Linear models identified differential expression based on treatment, region, strain, or interactions with treatment...
October 15, 2016: Alcohol
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893826/macro-scale-patterns-in-upwelling-downwelling-activity-at-north-american-west-coast
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Romeo Saldívar-Lucio, Emanuele Di Lorenzo, Miguel Nakamura, Héctor Villalobos, Daniel Lluch-Cota, Pablo Del Monte-Luna
The seasonal and interannual variability of vertical transport (upwelling/downwelling) has been relatively well studied, mainly for the California Current System, including low-frequency changes and latitudinal heterogeneity. The aim of this work was to identify potentially predictable patterns in upwelling/downwelling activity along the North American west coast and discuss their plausible mechanisms. To this purpose we applied the min/max Autocorrelation Factor technique and time series analysis. We found that spatial co-variation of seawater vertical movements present three dominant low-frequency signals in the range of 33, 19 and 11 years, resembling periodicities of: atmospheric circulation, nodal moon tides and solar activity...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893309/acarological-risk-of-borrelia-burgdorferi-sensu-lato-infections-across-space-and-time-in-the-netherlands
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Willem Takken, Arnold J H van Vliet, Niels O Verhulst, Frans H H Jacobs, Fedor Gassner, Nienke Hartemink, Sara Mulder, Hein Sprong
A longitudinal investigation on tick populations and their Borrelia infections in the Netherlands was undertaken between 2006 and 2011 with the aim to assess spatial and temporal patterns of the acarological risk in forested sites across the country and to assess variations in Borrelia genospecies diversity. Ticks were collected monthly in 11 sites and nymphs were examined for Borrelia infections. Tick populations expressed strong seasonal variations, with consistent and significant differences in mean tick densities between sites...
November 28, 2016: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
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