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Joanna Nowosad, Mateusz Sikora, Dariusz Kucharczyk
Embryonic development of lower vertebrates can be influenced by many factors, especially when outside of the mother's body and under the influence of variable abiotic and biotic factors. In this study, the effects of fertilization of post-ovulatory aged (overmature) oocytes of ide Leuciscus idus on the risk of developing anomalies in ide larvae were assessed under controlled conditions. There was a negative effect of delayed fertilization of post-ovulatory aged (overmature) oocytes in the ovary on the quality of offspring, which caused reduced survival 3 days post-fertilization and at the hatching stage (68...
March 5, 2018: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Wenhao Zhu, Tengjun Yao, Jianyue Ni, Baogang Wei, Zhiguo Lu
Textual representations play an important role in the field of natural language processing (NLP). The efficiency of NLP tasks, such as text comprehension and information extraction, can be significantly improved with proper textual representations. As neural networks are gradually applied to learn the representation of words and phrases, fairly efficient models of learning short text representations have been developed, such as the continuous bag of words (CBOW) and skip-gram models, and they have been extensively employed in a variety of NLP tasks...
2018: PloS One
Baojun Zhao, Boya Zhao, Linbo Tang, Yuqi Han, Wenzheng Wang
With the development of deep neural networks, many object detection frameworks have shown great success in the fields of smart surveillance, self-driving cars, and facial recognition. However, the data sources are usually videos, and the object detection frameworks are mostly established on still images and only use the spatial information, which means that the feature consistency cannot be ensured because the training procedure loses temporal information. To address these problems, we propose a single, fully-convolutional neural network-based object detection framework that involves temporal information by using Siamese networks...
March 4, 2018: Sensors
Kevin T Justus, Tamra C Mendelson
The higher energetic cost related to female gamete investment is classically considered the driving force behind sexual selection. This asymmetric cost of reproduction is thought to cause female preference for elaborate male ornamentation. Subsequent co-evolution of female preferences and male ornaments is thought then to lead to a greater preference for conspecific mates in females as compared to males. Thus, female choice is classically assumed to contribute more than male choice to behavioral isolation between sexually dimorphic species...
March 1, 2018: Behavioural Processes
Marieke Dubois, Katia Selden, Alexis Bediée, Gaëlle Rolland, Nicolas Baumberger, Sandra Noir, Lien Bach, Geneviève Lamy, Christine Granier, Pascal Genschik
The plant cell cycle is tightly regulated by factors that integrate endogenous cues and environmental signals to adapt plant growth to changing conditions. Under drought, cell division in young leaves is blocked by an active mechanism, reducing the evaporative surface and conserving energy resources. The molecular function of cyclin-dependent kinase-inhibitory proteins (CKIs) in regulating the cell cycle has already been well studied, but little is known about their involvement in cell cycle regulation under adverse growth conditions...
February 22, 2018: Plant Physiology
Luca Pazzini, Linda Mugnaini, Francesca Mancianti, Lorenzo Ressel
A 5-year-old indoor male neutered Siamese cat was presented with clinical signs of sneezing and chronic bilateral purulent nasal discharge. Multiple nasal cavity swabs were submitted for bacterial cultures, Mycoplasma felis-DNA qPCR, and cytology. M felisqPCR was positive and cytomorphologic diagnosis was severe, acute, purulent, rhinitis with intralesional protozoal microorganisms consistent with a Trichomonas spp. Nested PCR (nPCR) confirmed the diagnosis of Tritrichomonas foetus. Systemic therapy with doxycycline for M felis and metronidazole for T foetus was started with remission of clinical signs within 2 weeks; however, symptoms relapsed shortly after therapy was discontinued...
February 6, 2018: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
Wu Liu, Cheng Zhang, Huadong Ma, Shuangqun Li
The integration of the latest breakthroughs in bioinformatics technology from one side and artificial intelligence from another side, enables remarkable advances in the fields of intelligent security guard computational biology, healthcare, and so on. Among them, biometrics based automatic human identification is one of the most fundamental and significant research topic. Human gait, which is a biometric features with the unique capability, has gained significant attentions as the remarkable characteristics of remote accessed, robust and security in the biometrics based human identification...
February 6, 2018: Neuroinformatics
Martina Gregorovičová, Alena Kvasilová, David Sedmera
Crocodylians have highly derived elongated carpus, which is related to their use of forelimbs in many types of gaits as well as in burrowing. The objective of present study was to describe the ossification of the forelimb in five stages of Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis). The ossification begins approximately at stage 20 in arm and forearm bones moving sequentially to the metacarpal elements. The first carpal elements with ossification centers are radiale+intermedium and ulnare (stage 22 - 23), and their ossification mode is typical of long bones...
January 30, 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
Aleksei Tiulpin, Jérôme Thevenot, Esa Rahtu, Petri Lehenkari, Simo Saarakkala
Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common musculoskeletal disorder. OA diagnosis is currently conducted by assessing symptoms and evaluating plain radiographs, but this process suffers from subjectivity. In this study, we present a new transparent computer-aided diagnosis method based on the Deep Siamese Convolutional Neural Network to automatically score knee OA severity according to the Kellgren-Lawrence grading scale. We trained our method using the data solely from the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study and validated it on randomly selected 3,000 subjects (5,960 knees) from Osteoarthritis Initiative dataset...
January 29, 2018: Scientific Reports
Mayra Lizeth Nava-Martínez, Enriqueta Macias-Miranda, Karla Guadalupe Lozada-Rosete, Juan José Dosta-Herrera
BACKGROUND: Conjoined twins are among the most rare and challenging congenital malformations. The incidence varies from 1:30 000 to 1:200 000 live births. Pygopagus twins account for about 10 to 18% of all conjoined twins. CLINICAL CASE: We report the case of male conjoined pygopagus twins. They shared medullary canal, anal canal and sacrococcygeal region, without any degree of cross circulation. At the moment of the surgery, twin 1 had congenital heart disease without medical treatment...
January 2018: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
Teresa L Dzieweczynski, Kelley B Portrais, Megan A Stevens, Jessica L Kane, Jaslynn M Lawrence
Components of boldness, such as activity level and locomotion, influence an individual's ability to avoid predators and acquire resources, generating fitness consequences. The presence of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in the aquatic environment may affect fitness by changing morphology or altering behaviors like courtship and exploration. Most research on EDC-generated behavioral effects has focused on estrogen mimics and reproductive endpoints. Far fewer studies have examined the effects of other types of EDCs or measured non-reproductive behaviors...
January 20, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Sofia Ira Ktena, Sarah Parisot, Enzo Ferrante, Martin Rajchl, Matthew Lee, Ben Glocker, Daniel Rueckert
Graph representations are often used to model structured data at an individual or population level and have numerous applications in pattern recognition problems. In the field of neuroscience, where such representations are commonly used to model structural or functional connectivity between a set of brain regions, graphs have proven to be of great importance. This is mainly due to the capability of revealing patterns related to brain development and disease, which were previously unknown. Evaluating similarity between these brain connectivity networks in a manner that accounts for the graph structure and is tailored for a particular application is, however, non-trivial...
December 23, 2017: NeuroImage
Laura Bataller, Alice Tamborini, Henry L'Eplattenier, Slavka Necova, Elise Robertson
Case summary: An 8-year-old female spayed Siamese indoor cat presented with a 3 week history of inspiratory dyspnoea, stridor and open-mouth breathing after exercise. Laryngoscopy, tracheoscopy, bronchoscopy and retroflexed nasopharyngoscopy were performed, and identified a multilobulated intraluminal mass within the trachea. Brush cytology was performed on the mass but was inconclusive in providing a definitive diagnosis. A CT scan of the neck failed to identify an obvious intraluminal mass and was negative to contrast uptake...
July 2017: JFMS Open Reports
Ivan Mikšík, Statis Paradis, Adam Eckhardt, David Sedmera
The proteins and pigment of the eggshell of the Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) were analysed. For proteomic analysis, various decalcification methods were used when the two main surface layers were analyzed. These layers are important for antimicrobial defense of egg (particularly the cuticle). We found 58 proteins in both layers, of which 4 were specific for the cuticle and 26 for the palisade (honeycomb) layer. Substantial differences between proteins in the eggshell of crocodile and previously described birds' eggshells exist (both in terms of quality and quantity), however, the entire proteome of Crocodilians has not been described yet...
November 22, 2017: Protein Journal
Jiraporn Lueangsakulthai, Santi Phosri, Tinnakorn Theansungnoen, Nisachon Jangpromma, Theeranan Temsiripong, John E Mckendrick, Watcharee Khunkitti, Sompong Klaynongsruang
Novel antioxidant and anti-inflammatory peptides were isolated from hydrolysates of Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) hemoglobin. Crocodylus siamensis hemoglobin hydrolysates (CHHs) were obtained by pepsin digestion at different incubation times (2, 4, 6 and 8 H) at 37 °C and subjected to antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity assessment. CHH obtained by 2-H hydrolysis (2H-CHH) showed the highest anti-inflammatory activity with respect to decreasing nitric oxide (NO) production, while the strongest antioxidant activity was found for 6-H hydrolysis (6H-CHH) against nitric oxide radicals...
November 22, 2017: Biotechnology and Applied Biochemistry
Ângelo Cássio Magalhães Horn, Alberto A Rasia-Filho
Teleostean fish brains are useful models to study cellular and functional specializations along the phylogenesis. The Betta splendens Regan 1910 (Siamese fighting fish; Perciformes:Anabantoidei) is known for its aggressive display, courtship behavior, nest building, and offspring care. Here, we present novel and detailed data about the cytoarchitecture of the olfactory bulb and the telencephalic hemispheres of this fish. The hematoxylin-eosin and Nissl techniques served to identify brain nuclei (n = 19 males and n = 21 females) and for the stereological evaluation of the numerical density of cells and the proportion of neurons and glial cells in the ventral telencephalon supracommissural (Vs) and postcommissural (Vp) nuclei of adult males and females...
October 10, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
Laura Bree, Chiara Bergamino, Ronan Mullins, Pamela Kelly, Robert Shiel
CASE SUMMARY: A 14-year-old neutered male Siamese cat was presented with a 3 month history of lethargy, inappetence, dehydration, hindlimb ataxia and intermittent proprioceptive deficits in the hindlimbs. Physical examination revealed low body condition score (1.75/5), pallor and bilateral basilar grade II/VI systolic heart murmur. Neurological examination revealed hindlimb ataxia, severe atrophy of the hindlimb musculature, intermittent hindlimb proprioceptive deficits and normoreflexia...
July 2017: JFMS Open Reports
Sorravis Lapbenjakul, Watcharaporn Thapana, Panupon Twilprawat, Narongrit Muangmai, Thiti Kanchanaketu, Yosapong Temsiripong, Sasimanas Unajak, Surin Peyachoknagul, Kornsorn Srikulnath
The Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) and Saltwater crocodile (C. porosus) are two of the most endangered animals in Thailand. Their numbers have been reduced severely by hunting and habitat fragmentation. A reintroduction plan involving captive-bred populations that are used commercially is important and necessary as a conservation strategy to aid in the recovery of wild populations. Here, the genetic diversity and population structure of 69 individual crocodiles, mostly members of captive populations, were analyzed using both mitochondrial D-loop DNA and microsatellite markers...
2017: PloS One
Nur Karyatee Kassim, Munirah Mohd Adnan, Chew Wei Wern, Lim Zheng Ru, Muhammad Hafiz Hanafi, Azizah Yusoff
INTRODUCTION: Oral cancer is a life-threatening disease. Lack of public awareness is a potent barrier for the early detection of oral cancer, especially for high-risk populations. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine the awareness and knowledge of the signs, symptoms and risk factors of oral cancer among a Siamese ethnic group in Tumpat, Kelantan. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted, using a guided questionnaire on sociodemography, habits, awareness and knowledge of the signs, symptoms and risk factors of oral cancer...
August 2017: Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences: MJMS
Kärt Must, Marjo K Hytönen, Toomas Orro, Hannes Lohi, Pikka Jokelainen
Toxoplasma gondii is a widespread zoonotic parasite that is relevant for veterinary and public health. The domestic cat, the definitive host species with the largest worldwide population, has become evolutionarily and epidemiologically the most important host of T. gondii. The outcome of T. gondii infection is influenced by congenital and acquired host characteristics. We detected differences in T. gondii seroprevalence by cat breed in our previous studies. The aims of this study were to estimate T. gondii seroprevalence in selected domestic cat breeds, and to evaluate whether being of a certain breed is associated with T...
2017: PloS One
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