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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437572/nearly-a-decade-long-repeatable-seasonal-diversity-patterns-of-bacterioplankton-communities-in-the-eutrophic-lake-donghu-wuhan-china
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Qingyun Yan, James C Stegen, Yuhe Yu, Ye Deng, Xinghao Li, Shu Wu, LilI Dai, Xiang Zhang, Jinjin Li, Chun Wang, Jiajia Ni, Xuemei Li, Hongjuan Hu, Fanshu Xiao, Weisong Feng, Daliang Ning, Zhili H E, Joy D Van Nostrand, Liyou Wu, Jizhong Zhou
Uncovering which environmental factors govern community diversity patterns and how ecological processes drive community turnover are key questions related to understand the community assembly. However, the ecological mechanisms regulating long-term variations of bacterioplankton communities in lake ecosystems remains poorly understood. Here we present nearly a decade-long study of bacterioplankton communities from the eutrophic Lake Donghu (Wuhan, China) using 16S rRNA gene amplicon sequencing with MiSeq platform...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437092/facile-quenching-and-spatial-patterning-of-cylooctynes-via-strain-promoted-alkyne-azide-cycloaddition-of-inorganic-azides
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Matthew Bjerknes, Hazel Cheng, Christopher D McNitt, Vladimir V Popik
Little is known about the reactivity of strain-promoted alkyne-azide cycloaddition (SPAAC) reagents with inorganic azides. We explore the reactions of a variety of popular SPAAC reagents with sodium azide and hydrozoic acid. We find that the reactions proceed in water at rates comparable to those with organic azides, yielding in all cases a triazole adduct. The azide ion's utility as a cyclooctyne quenching reagent is demonstrated by using it to spatially pattern uniformly-doped hydrogels. The facile quenching of cyclooctynes demonstrated here should be useful in other bioorthogonal ligation techniques in which cyclooctynes are employed, including SPANC, Diels-Alder, and thiol-yne...
April 24, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436450/definition-of-fractal-topography-to-essential-understanding-of-scale-invariance
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Yi Jin, Ying Wu, Hui Li, Mengyu Zhao, Jienan Pan
Fractal behavior is scale-invariant and widely characterized by fractal dimension. However, the cor-respondence between them is that fractal behavior uniquely determines a fractal dimension while a fractal dimension can be related to many possible fractal behaviors. Therefore, fractal behavior is independent of the fractal generator and its geometries, spatial pattern, and statistical properties in addition to scale. To mathematically describe fractal behavior, we propose a novel concept of fractal topography defined by two scale-invariant parameters, scaling lacunarity (P) and scaling coverage (F)...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435052/neurovascular-neuroenergetic-coupling-axis-in-the-brain-master-regulation-by-nitric-oxide-and-consequences-in-aging-and-neurodegeneration
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Cátia F Lourenço, Ana Ledo, Rui M Barbosa, João Laranjinha
The strict energetic demands of the brain require that nutrient supply and usage be fine-tuned in accordance with the specific temporal and spatial patterns of ever-changing levels of neuronal activity. This is achieved by adjusting local cerebral blood flow (CBF) as a function of activity level - neurovascular coupling - and by changing how energy substrates are metabolized and shuttled amongst astrocytes and neurons - neuroenergetic coupling. Both activity-dependent increase of CBF and O2 and glucose utilization by active neural cells are inextricably linked, establishing a functional metabolic axis in the brain, the neurovascular-neuroenergetic coupling axis...
April 20, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433392/quantifying-rates-of-cell-migration-and-cell-proliferation-in-co-culture-barrier-assays-reveals-how-skin-and-melanoma-cells-interact-during-melanoma-spreading-and-invasion
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Parvathi Haridas, Catherine J Penington, Jacqui A McGovern, D L Sean McElwain, Matthew J Simpson
Malignant spreading involves the migration of cancer cells amongst other native cell types. For example, in vivo melanoma invasion involves individual melanoma cells migrating through native skin, which is composed of several distinct subpopulations of cells. Here, we aim to quantify how interactions between melanoma and fibroblast cells affect the collective spreading of a heterogeneous population of these cells in vitro. We perform a suite of circular barrier assays that includes: (i) monoculture assays with fibroblast cells; (ii) monoculture assays with SK-MEL-28 melanoma cells; and (iii) a series of co-culture assays initiated with three different ratios of SK-MEL-28 melanoma cells and fibroblast cells...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430289/evidence-from-spatial-pattern-analysis-for-the-anatomical-spread-of-%C3%AE-synuclein-pathology-in-parkinson-s-disease-dementia
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Richard A Armstrong
<i>The objective of this study was to determine whether there is evidence from quantitative morphometry and spatial pattern analysis to support the hypothesis of anatomical spread of -synuclein in Parkinson's disease dementia (PDD). Hence, clustering of -synuclein-immunoreactive Lewy bodies (LB), Lewy neurites (LN), and Lewy grains (LG) was studied in -synuclein-immunolabeled sections of cortical and limbic regions in 12 cases of PDD. The data suggested that: (1) LB, LN, and LG occurred in clusters which in 63% of regions were regularly distributed parallel to the tissue boundary, (2) in approximately 30% of cortical regions, the estimated cluster size of LB, LN, and LG was within the size range of cellular columns associated with the cortico-cortical pathways, (3) regularly distributed clusters were present in anatomically connected regions, and (4) the clustering pattern was similar to that of prion protein (PrPsc) deposits in Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease (CJD)...
2017: Folia Neuropathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429773/evaluation-of-the-precision-of-contrast-sensitivity-function-assessment-on-a-tablet-device
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Michael Dorr, Luis A Lesmes, Tobias Elze, Hui Wang, Zhong-Lin Lu, Peter J Bex
The contrast sensitivity function (CSF) relates the visibility of a spatial pattern to both its size and contrast, and is therefore a more comprehensive assessment of visual function than acuity, which only determines the smallest resolvable pattern size. Because of the additional dimension of contrast, estimating the CSF can be more time-consuming. Here, we compare two methods for rapid assessment of the CSF that were implemented on a tablet device. For a single-trial assessment, we asked 63 myopes and 38 emmetropes to tap the peak of a "sweep grating" on the tablet's touch screen...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425424/spatial-distribution-of-batrachochytrium-dendrobatidis-in-south-american-caecilians
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Carolina Lambertini, C Guilherme Becker, Cecilia Bardier, Domingos da Silva Leite, Luís Felipe Toledo
The amphibian-killing fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) is linked to population declines in anurans and salamanders globally. To date, however, few studies have attempted to screen Bd in live caecilians; Bd-positive caecilians have only been reported in Africa and French Guiana. Here, we performed a retrospective survey of museum preserved specimens to (1) describe spatial patterns of Bd infection in Gymnophiona across South America and (2) test whether areas of low climatic suitability for Bd in anurans predict Bd spatial epidemiology in caecilians...
April 20, 2017: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425288/tracking-nitrogen-sources-transformation-and-transport-at-a-basin-scale-with-complex-plain-river-networks
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Qitao Yi, Qiuwen Chen, Liuming Hu, Wenqing Shi
This research developed an innovative approach to reveal nitrogen sources, transformation and transport in large and complex river networks in the Taihu Lake basin using measurement of dual stable isotopes of nitrate. The spatial patterns of δ15N corresponded to the urbanization level, and the nitrogen cycle was associated with the hydrological regime at the basin level. During the high flow season of summer, nonpoint sources from fertilizer/soils and atmospheric deposition constituted the highest proportion of the total nitrogen load...
April 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417528/attribution-of-seasonal-leaf-area-index-trends-in-the-northern-latitudes-with-optimally-integrated-ecosystem-models
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Zaichun Zhu, Shilong Piao, Xu Lian, Ranga B Myneni, Shushi Peng, Hui Yang
Significant increases in remotely sensed vegetation indices in the northern latitudes since the 1980s have been detected and attributed at annual and growing season scales. However, we presently lack a systematic understanding of how vegetation responds to asymmetric seasonal environmental changes. In this study, we first investigated trends in the seasonal mean leaf area index (LAI) at northern latitudes (north of 30°N) between 1982 and 2009 using three remotely sensed long-term LAI data sets. The most significant LAI increases occurred in summer (0...
April 17, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416001/assessing-environmental-factors-associated-with-regional-schistosomiasis-prevalence-in-anhui-province-peoples-republic-of-china-using-a-geographical-detector-method
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Yi Hu, Congcong Xia, Shizhu Li, Michael P Ward, Can Luo, Fenghua Gao, Qizhi Wang, Shiqing Zhang, Zhijie Zhang
BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis is a water-borne disease caused by trematode worms belonging to genus Schistosoma, which is prevalent most of the developing world. Transmission of the disease is usually associated with multiple biological characteristics and social factors but also factors can play a role. Few studies have assessed the exact and interactive influence of each factor promoting schistosomiasis transmission. METHODS: We used a series of different detectors (i...
April 17, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415261/robustness-of-spatial-patterns-in-buffered-reaction-diffusion-systems-and-its-reciprocity-with-phase-plasticity
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Tetsuhiro S Hatakeyama, Kunihiko Kaneko
The robustness of spatial patterns against perturbations is an indispensable property of developmental processes for organisms, which need to adapt to changing environments. Although specific mechanisms for this robustness have been extensively investigated, little is known about a general mechanism for achieving robustness in reaction-diffusion systems. Here, we propose a buffered reaction-diffusion system, in which active states of chemicals mediated by buffer molecules contribute to reactions, and demonstrate that robustness of the pattern wavelength is achieved by the dynamics of the buffer molecule...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415219/role-separating-ordering-in-social-dilemmas-controlled-by-topological-frustration
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Marco A Amaral, Matjaž Perc, Lucas Wardil, Attila Szolnoki, Elton J da Silva Júnior, Jafferson K L da Silva
''Three is a crowd" is an old proverb that applies as much to social interactions as it does to frustrated configurations in statistical physics models. Accordingly, social relations within a triangle deserve special attention. With this motivation, we explore the impact of topological frustration on the evolutionary dynamics of the snowdrift game on a triangular lattice. This topology provides an irreconcilable frustration, which prevents anticoordination of competing strategies that would be needed for an optimal outcome of the game...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414632/analysis-of-the-spatial-pattern-of-strawberry-angular-leaf-spot-in-california-nursery-production
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Christophe Gigot, William W Turechek, Neil McRoberts
In California, angular leaf spot (ALS) is a common disease in strawberry nursery production, and a major concern for nurseries wishing to export plants. As the spatial pattern of a disease can offer insight into pathogen source, mode of dissemination, and how current crop management practices affect epidemic development, an understanding of the spatial pattern of ALS would allow nursery growers to make informed decisions regarding disease management. Ninety seven field assessments of disease incidence were performed at different nursery locations in 2014 and 2015 to quantify ALS spatial pattern under commercial conditions...
April 17, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411270/short-term-facilitation-at-a-detonator-synapse-requires-the-distinct-contribution-of-multiple-types-of-voltage-gated-calcium-channels
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Simon Chamberland, Alesya Evstratova, Katalin Tóth
Neuronal calcium elevations are shaped by several key parameters, including the properties, density, and the spatial location of voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs). These features allow presynaptic terminals to translate complex firing frequencies and tune the amount of neurotransmitter released. While synchronous neurotransmitter release relies on both P/Q- and N-type VGCCs at hippocampal MF-CA3 synapses, the specific contribution of VGCCs to calcium dynamics, neurotransmitter release and short-term facilitation remains unknown...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410463/vegf-treatment-during-status-epilepticus-attenuates-long-term-seizure-associated-alterations-in-astrocyte-morphology
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Janice R Lenzer-Fanara, Thomas Li, Elisa A Salerni, Firmause Payen, Susan D Croll
Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) treatment during pilocarpine-induced status epilepticus (SE) causes sustained preservation of behavioral function in rats in the absence of enduring neuroprotection (Nicoletti et al., 2010), suggesting the possibility that other cells or mechanisms could be involved in the beneficial effects of VEGF during SE. Astrocytes have been reported to contribute to epileptiform discharges in the hippocampus (Tian et al., 2005; Kang et al., 1998) and to express VEGF receptors (Krum & Rosenstein, 2002)...
April 11, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410432/patterns-of-orchid-bee-species-diversity-and-turnover-among-forested-plateaus-of-central-amazonia
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Yasmine Antonini, Carolina de Barros Machado, Pedro Manoel Galetti, Marcio Oliveira, Rodolfo Dirzo, Geraldo Wilson Fernandes
The knowledge of spatial pattern and geographic beta-diversity is of great importance for biodiversity conservation and interpreting ecological information. Tropical forests, especially the Amazon Rainforest, are well known for their high species richness and low similarity in species composition between sites, both at local and regional scales. We aimed to determine the effect and relative importance of area, isolation and climate on species richness and turnover in orchid bee assemblages among plateaus in central Brazilian Amazonia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406963/historical-and-ecological-drivers-of-the-spatial-pattern-of-chondrichthyes-species-richness-in-the-mediterranean-sea
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María José Meléndez, José Carlos Báez, José Miguel Serna-Quintero, Juan Antonio Camiñas, Ignacio de Loyola Fernández, Raimundo Real, David Macías
Chondrichthyes, which include Elasmobranchii (sharks and batoids) and Holocephali (chimaeras), are a relatively small group in the Mediterranean Sea (89 species) playing a key role in the ecosystems where they are found. At present, many species of this group are threatened as a result of anthropogenic effects, including fishing activity. Knowledge of the spatial distribution of these species is of great importance to understand their ecological role and for the efficient management of their populations, particularly if affected by fisheries...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403677/spatial-temporal-variations-of-crime-a-routine-activity-theory-perspective
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Silas Nogueira de Melo, Débora V S Pereira, Martin A Andresen, Lindon Fonseca Matias
Temporal and spatial patterns of crime in Campinas, Brazil, are analyzed considering the relevance of routine activity theory in a Latin American context. We use geo-referenced criminal event data, 2010-2013, analyzing spatial patterns using census tracts and temporal patterns considering seasons, months, days, and hours. Our analyses include difference in means tests, count-based regression models, and Kulldorff's scan test. We find that crime in Campinas, Brazil, exhibits both temporal and spatial-temporal patterns...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401981/changes-in-richness-and-community-composition-of-ectomycorrhizal-fungi-among-altitudinal-vegetation-types-on-mount-kinabalu-in-borneo
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József Geml, Luis N Morgado, Tatiana A Semenova-Nelsen, Menno Schilthuizen
The distribution patterns of tropical ectomycorrhizal (ECM) fungi along altitudinal gradients remain largely unknown. Furthermore, despite being an iconic site for biodiversity research, virtually nothing is known about the diversity and spatial patterns of fungi on Mt Kinabalu and neighbouring mountain ranges. We carried out deep DNA sequencing of soil samples collected between 425 and 4000 m above sea level to compare richness and community composition of ECM fungi among altitudinal forest types in Borneo...
April 12, 2017: New Phytologist
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