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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637223/millions-of-years-behind-slow-adaptation-of-ruminants-to-grasslands
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Olja Toljagic, Kjetil L Voje, Michael Matschiner, Lee Hsiang Liow, Thomas F Hansen
The Late-Cretaceous appearance of grasses, followed by the Cenozoic advancement of grasslands as dominant biomes, has contributed to the evolution of a range of specialized herbivores adapted to new diets, as well as to increasingly open and arid habitats. Many mammals including ruminants, the most diversified ungulate suborder, evolved high-crowned (hypsodont) teeth as an adaptation to tooth-wearing diets and habitats. The impact of different causes of tooth wear is still a matter of debate, and the temporal pattern of hypsodonty evolution in relation to the evolution of grasslands remains unclear...
June 20, 2017: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636875/effects-of-prenatal-binge-like-ethanol-exposure-and-maternal-stress-on-postnatal-morphological-development-of-hippocampal-neurons-in-rats
#2
Ewa Jakubowska-Dogru, Birsen Elibol, Ilknur Dursun, Sinan Yürüker
BACKGROUND: Alcohol is one of the most commonly used drugs of abuse negatively affecting human health and it is known as a potent teratogen responsible for fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which is characterized by cognitive deficits especially pronounced in juveniles but ameliorating in adults. Searching for the potential morphological correlates of these effects, in this study, we compared the course of developmental changes in the morphology of principal hippocampal neurons in fetal-alcohol (A group), intubated control (IC group), and intact control male rats (C group) over a protracted period of the first two postnatal months...
June 18, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631320/spatial-patterns-and-broad-scale-weather-cues-of-beech-mast-seeding-in-europe
#3
Giorgio Vacchiano, Andrew Hacket-Pain, Marco Turco, Renzo Motta, Janet Maringer, Marco Conedera, Igor Drobyshev, Davide Ascoli
Mast seeding is a crucial population process in many tree species, but its spatio-temporal patterns and drivers at the continental scale remain unknown . Using a large dataset (8000 masting observations across Europe for years 1950-2014) we analysed the spatial pattern of masting across the entire geographical range of European beech, how it is influenced by precipitation, temperature and drought, and the temporal and spatial stability of masting-weather correlations. Beech masting exhibited a general distance-dependent synchronicity and a pattern structured in three broad geographical groups consistent with continental climate regimes...
July 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626276/standing-and-travelling-waves-in-a-spherical-brain-model-the-nunez-model-revisited
#4
S Visser, R Nicks, O Faugeras, S Coombes
The Nunez model for the generation of electroencephalogram (EEG) signals is naturally described as a neural field model on a sphere with space-dependent delays. For simplicity, dynamical realisations of this model either as a damped wave equation or an integro-differential equation, have typically been studied in idealised one dimensional or planar settings. Here we revisit the original Nunez model to specifically address the role of spherical topology on spatio-temporal pattern generation. We do this using a mixture of Turing instability analysis, symmetric bifurcation theory, centre manifold reduction and direct simulations with a bespoke numerical scheme...
June 15, 2017: Physica D. Nonlinear Phenomena
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625785/cerebral-ischemia-repefusion-injury-from-bench-space-to-bedside
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REVIEW
Z Nagy, S Nardai
While stroke research represents the primary interface between circulation and brain research, the hemostasis system also carries a pivotal role in the mechanism of vascular brain injury. The complex interrelated events triggered by the energy crisis have a specific spatial and temporal pattern arching from the initial damage to the final events of brain repair. The complexity of the pathophysiology make it difficult to model this disease, therefore it is challenging to find appropriate therapeutic targets...
June 15, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625623/mesothelioma-continues-to-increase-even-40-years-after-exposure-evidence-from-long-term-epidemiological-observation
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B Świątkowska, N Szeszenia-Dąbrowska
BACKGROUND: Because asbestos dust is considered one of the most dangerous types of dust for people's health, issues related to the effects of asbestos exposure still remain questions about the role of cessation of exposure. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to determine the importance of temporal patterns, especially the time since the end of exposure in the risk of pleural mesothelioma. METHODS: A total of 131 patients with pleural mesothelioma and 655 frequency matched by gender and year of birth controls enrolled in the health surveillance programme for asbestos-related diseases over the years 2000-2014, were included in the analysis...
June 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625616/modelling-explicit-tides-in-the-indonesian-seas-an-important-process-for-surface-sea-water-properties
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Dwiyoga Nugroho, Ariane Koch-Larrouy, Philippe Gaspar, Florent Lyard, Guillaume Reffray, Benoit Tranchant
Very intense internal tides take place in Indonesian seas. They dissipate and affect the vertical distribution of temperature and currents, which in turn influence the survival rates and transports of most planktonic organisms at the base of the whole marine ecosystem. This study uses the INDESO physical model to characterize the internal tides spatio-temporal patterns in the Indonesian Seas. The model reproduced internal tide dissipation in agreement with previous fine structure and microstructure observed in-situ in the sites of generation...
June 16, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624139/applying-rigor-and-reproducibility-standards-to-assay-donor-derived-cell-free-dna-as-a-non-invasive-method-for-detection-of-acute-rejection-and-graft-injury-after-heart-transplantation
#8
Sean Agbor-Enoh, Ilker Tunc, Iwijn De Vlaminck, Ulgen Fideli, Andrew Davis, Karen Cuttin, Kenneth Bhatti, Argit Marishta, Michael A Solomon, Annette Jackson, Grace Graninger, Bonnie Harper, Helen Luikart, Jennifer Wylie, Xujing Wang, Gerald Berry, Charles Marboe, Kiran Khush, Jun Zhu, Hannah Valantine
BACKGROUND: Use of new genomic techniques in clinical settings requires that such methods are rigorous and reproducible. Previous studies have shown that quantitation of donor-derived cell-free DNA (%ddcfDNA) by unbiased shotgun sequencing is a sensitive, non-invasive marker of acute rejection after heart transplantation. The primary goal of this study was to assess the reproducibility of %ddcfDNA measurements across technical replicates, manual vs automated platforms, and rejection phenotypes in distinct patient cohorts...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623451/neighborhood-inequalities-in-hepatitis-c-mortality-spatial-and-temporal-patterns-and-associated-factors
#9
Mary M Ford, Payal S Desai, Gil Maduro, Fabienne Laraque
Deaths attributable to hepatitis C (HCV) infection are increasing in the USA even as highly effective treatments become available. Neighborhood-level inequalities create barriers to care and treatment for many vulnerable populations. We seek to characterize citywide trends in HCV mortality rates over time and identify and describe neighborhoods in New York City (NYC) with disproportionately high rates and associated factors. We used a multiple cause of death (MCOD) definition for HCV mortality. Cases identified between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2014, were geocoded to NYC census tracts (CT)...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623330/assessing-spatial-and-temporal-patterns-of-observed-ground-level-ozone-in-china
#10
Wan-Nan Wang, Tian-Hai Cheng, Xing-Fa Gu, Hao Chen, Hong Guo, Ying Wang, Fang-Wen Bao, Shuai-Yi Shi, Bin-Ren Xu, Xin Zuo, Can Meng, Xiao-Chuan Zhang
Elevated ground-level ozone (O3), which is an important aspect of air quality related to public health, has been causing increasing concern. This study investigated the spatiotemporal distribution of ground-level O3 concentrations in China using a dataset from the Chinese national air quality monitoring network during 2013-2015. This research analyzed the diurnal, monthly and yearly variation of O3 concentrations in both sparsely and densely populated regions. In particular, 6 major Chinese cities were selected to allow a discussion of variations in O3 levels in detail, Beijing, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Lanzhou, Shanghai, and Urumchi, located on both sides of the Heihe-Tengchong line...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619765/early-termination-of-cardiovascular-trials-as-a-consequence-of-poor-accrual-analysis-of-clinicaltrials-gov-2006-2015
#11
Ileana Baldi, Corrado Lanera, Paola Berchialla, Dario Gregori
OBJECTIVES: To present a snapshot of experimental cardiovascular research with a focus on geographical and temporal patterns of early termination due to poor accrual. SETTING: The Aggregate Analysis of ClinicalTrials.gov (AACT) database, reflecting ClinicalTrials.gov as of 27 March 2016. DESIGN: The AACT database was searched for all cardiovascular clinical trials that started from January 2006 up to December 2015. RESULTS: Thirteen thousand and seven hundred twenty-nine cardiovascular trials were identified...
June 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618586/pattern-of-a-confined-chemical-garden-controlled-by-injection-speed
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Shu Wagatsuma, Takuro Higashi, Yutaka Sumino, Ayumi Achiwa
Pattern of confined chemical garden was controlled by the speed of injected fluid, and their mechanism is discussed. A confined chemical garden system was constructed where an aqueous solution of cobalt chloride was injected into a cell filled with sodium silicate solution. The reaction of these two solutions resulted in the formation of precipitation. The viscosities of the prepared aqueous solutions were set to be similar in order to rule out the possibility of Saffman-Taylor instability. The injection front showed three distinctive patterns: algaes, shells, and filaments, which were dependent on injection speed...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618000/in-vivo-analysis-of-synaptic-activity-in-cerebellar-nuclei-neurons-unravels-the-efficacy-of-excitatory-inputs
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Yasmin Yarden-Rabinowitz, Yosef Yarom
It is commonly agreed that the main function of the cerebellar system is to provide well-timed signals used for the execution of motor commands or prediction of sensory inputs. This function is manifested as a temporal sequence of spiking that should be expressed in the cerebellar nuclei projection neurons (CN). Whether spiking activity is generated by excitation or release from inhibition is still a hotly debated issue. In an attempt to resolve this debate, we recorded intracellularly from CN neurons in anaesthetized mice and performed an analysis of synaptic activity that yielded a number of important observations...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617218/multi-scale-visual-analysis-of-time-varying-electrocorticography-data-via-clustering-of-brain-regions
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Sugeerth Murugesan, Kristofer Bouchard, Edward Chang, Max Dougherty, Bernd Hamann, Gunther H Weber
BACKGROUND: There exists a need for effective and easy-to-use software tools supporting the analysis of complex Electrocorticography (ECoG) data. Understanding how epileptic seizures develop or identifying diagnostic indicators for neurological diseases require the in-depth analysis of neural activity data from ECoG. Such data is multi-scale and is of high spatio-temporal resolution. Comprehensive analysis of this data should be supported by interactive visual analysis methods that allow a scientist to understand functional patterns at varying levels of granularity and comprehend its time-varying behavior...
June 6, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616668/shunt-age-related-complications-in-adult-patients-with-suspected-shunt-dysfunction-a-recommended-diagnostic-workup
#15
José M Spirig, Melanie N Frank, Luca Regli, Lennart H Stieglitz
BACKGROUND: Patients admitted for suspicion of shunt dysfunction (SD) often show unspecific symptoms and require time-consuming, expensive and even invasive diagnostics involving significant radiation exposure. The purpose of this retrospective study was to analyse the current diagnostic procedures and to propose a process optimisation. METHOD: As all patients admitted for suspicion of SD receive imaging studies, we searched for adult patients receiving neuroimaging in the period from January 2010 to July 2013, analysing referring diagnosis, clinical signs, products, diagnostic process and final diagnosis...
June 14, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616660/arenavirus-dynamics-in-experimentally-and-naturally-infected-rodents
#16
Joachim Mariën, Benny Borremans, Sophie Gryseels, Bram Vanden Broecke, Beate Becker-Ziaja, Rhodes Makundi, Apia Massawe, Jonas Reijniers, Herwig Leirs
Infectious diseases of wildlife are typically studied using data on antibody and pathogen levels. In order to interpret these data, it is necessary to know the course of antibodies and pathogen levels after infection. Such data are typically collected using experimental infection studies in which host individuals are inoculated in the laboratory and sampled over an extended period, but because laboratory conditions are controlled and much less variable than natural conditions, the immune response and pathogen dynamics may differ...
June 14, 2017: EcoHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614385/adaptive-and-non-adaptive-models-of-depression-a-comparison-using-register-data-on-antidepressant-medication-during-divorce
#17
Tom Rosenström, Tim W Fawcett, Andrew D Higginson, Niina Metsä-Simola, Edward H Hagen, Alasdair I Houston, Pekka Martikainen
Divorce is associated with an increased probability of a depressive episode, but the causation of events remains unclear. Adaptive models of depression propose that depression is a social strategy in part, whereas non-adaptive models tend to propose a diathesis-stress mechanism. We compare an adaptive evolutionary model of depression to three alternative non-adaptive models with respect to their ability to explain the temporal pattern of depression around the time of divorce. Register-based data (304,112 individuals drawn from a random sample of 11% of Finnish people) on antidepressant purchases is used as a proxy for depression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607068/how-temporal-patterns-in-rainfall-determine-the-geomorphology-and-carbon-fluxes-of-tropical-peatlands
#18
Alexander R Cobb, Alison M Hoyt, Laure Gandois, Jangarun Eri, René Dommain, Kamariah Abu Salim, Fuu Ming Kai, Nur Salihah Haji Su'ut, Charles F Harvey
Tropical peatlands now emit hundreds of megatons of carbon dioxide per year because of human disruption of the feedbacks that link peat accumulation and groundwater hydrology. However, no quantitative theory has existed for how patterns of carbon storage and release accompanying growth and subsidence of tropical peatlands are affected by climate and disturbance. Using comprehensive data from a pristine peatland in Brunei Darussalam, we show how rainfall and groundwater flow determine a shape parameter (the Laplacian of the peat surface elevation) that specifies, under a given rainfall regime, the ultimate, stable morphology, and hence carbon storage, of a tropical peatland within a network of rivers or canals...
June 12, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606117/investigating-the-impact-of-electrical-stimulation-temporal-distribution-on-cortical-network-responses
#19
Francesca Scarsi, Jacopo Tessadori, Michela Chiappalone, Valentina Pasquale
BACKGROUND: The brain is continuously targeted by a wealth of stimuli with complex spatio-temporal patterns and has presumably evolved in order to cope with those inputs in an optimal way. Previous studies investigating the response capabilities of either single neurons or intact sensory systems to external stimulation demonstrated that stimuli temporal distribution is an important, if often overlooked, parameter. RESULTS: In this study we investigated how cortical networks plated over micro-electrode arrays respond to different stimulation sequences in which inter-pulse intervals followed a 1/f (β) distribution, for different values of β ranging from 0 to ∞...
June 12, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605522/seasonality-and-temperature-dependent-flight-dispersal-of-triatoma-infestans-hemiptera-reduviidae-and-other-vectors-of-chagas-disease-in-western-argentina
#20
Osvaldo Di Iorio, Ricardo E Gürtler
Flight dispersal of Triatominae is affected by climatic conditions and determines the spatiotemporal patterns of house invasion and transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi Chagas (Kinetoplastida: Trypanosomatidae). We investigated the detailed time structure and temperature dependencies of flight occurrence of Triatoma infestans Klug (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) and other triatomine species in a rural village of western Argentina by taking advantage of the attraction of adult triatomines to artificial light sources. Most of the village's streetlight posts were systematically inspected for triatomines twice between sunset and midnight over 425 nights in the spring-summer seasons of 1999-2002, an unprecedented light-trap sampling effort for any triatomine species...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
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