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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107778/parabolic-variation-in-sexual-selection-intensity-across-the-range-of-a%C3%A2-cold-water-pipefish-implications-for-susceptibility-to-climate-change
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Nuno Monteiro, Mário Cunha, Lídia Ferreira, Natividade Vieira, Agostinho Antunes, David Lyons, Adam G Jones
While an understanding of evolutionary processes in shifting environments is vital in the context of rapid ecological change, one of the most potent selective forces, sexual selection, remains curiously unexplored. Variation in sexual selection across a species range, especially across a gradient of temperature regimes, has the potential to provide a window into the possible impacts of climate change on the evolution of mating patterns. Here, we investigated some of the links between temperature and indicators of sexual selection, using a cold-water pipefish as model...
January 20, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107776/activity-based-probes-for-the-multicatalytic-proteasome
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David S Hewings, John A Flygare, Ingrid E Wertz, Matthew Bogyo
Proteasomes are multisubunit protease complexes responsible for degrading most intracellular proteins. In addition to removing damaged proteins, they regulate many important cellular processes through the controlled degradation of transcription factors, cell cycle regulators and enzymes. Eukaryotic proteasomes have three catalytic subunits, β1, β2 and β5, that each have different substrate specificities. Additionally, although we know that diverse cell types express proteasome variants with distinct activity and specificity profiles, the functions of these different pools of proteasomes are not fully understood...
January 20, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107771/a-prospective-study-of-maternal-fetal-and-neonatal-outcomes-in-the-setting-of-cesarean-section-in-low-and-middle-income-countries
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Margo S Harrison, Omrana Pasha, Sarah Saleem, Sumera Ali, Elwyn Chomba, Waldemar A Carlo, Ana L Garces, Nancy F Krebs, K Michael Hambidge, Shivaprasad S Goudar, Bhala Kodkany, Sangappa Dhaded, Richard J Derman, Archana Patel, Patricia L Hibberd, Fabian Esamai, Edward A Liechty, Janet L Moore, Dennis Wallace, Elizabeth M McClure, Menachem Miodovnik, Marion Koso-Thomas, Jose Belizan, Robert L Goldenberg
Cesarean section (CS) rates are increasing globally with an unclear effect on pregnancy outcomes. The study objective was to quantify maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality in low- and middle-income countries associated with CS compared to vaginal delivery (VD) both within and across sites MATERIAL AND METHODS: A prospective population-based study including home and facility births in 337,153 women with a VD and 47,308 women with a CS from 2010 to 2015 was performed in Guatemala, India, Kenya, Pakistan, Zambia, and Democratic Republic of Congo...
January 20, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107752/genome-nuclear-lamina-interactions-from-cell-populations-to-single-cells
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J Omar Yáñez-Cuna, Bas van Steensel
Lamina-associated domains (LADs) are large genomic regions that interact with the nuclear lamina (NL) and help to guide the spatial folding of chromosomes in the interphase nucleus. LADs have been linked to gene repression and other functions. Recent studies have begun to uncover some of the molecular players that drive LAD-NL interactions. A picture emerges in which DNA sequence, chromatin components and nuclear lamina proteins play an important role. Complementary to this, imaging and single-cell genomics approaches have revealed that some LAD-NL interactions are variable from cell to cell, while others are very stable...
January 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107711/the-influence-of-dissolved-si-on-ni-precipitate-formation-at-the-kaolinite-water-interface-kinetics-drs-and-exafs-analysis
#5
Xiaoli Tan, Ge Liu, Huiyang Mei, Ming Fang, Xuemei Ren, Changlun Chen
Unraveling the formation process of Ni precipitates at molecular scale is important for understanding the fate and mobility of Ni species in the real environment. Dissolved Si presents in the natural environment ubiquitously, which can alter Ni sorption as well as incorporation into neoformed precipitates. Batch experiments show that the dissolved Si leads to a rapid increase in the Ni sorption rate and interferes with the formation of Ni precipitates. The results of diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy analyses suggest that the nucleation of a (Ni,Al) phyllosilicate phase involves a kaolinite-like local structure...
January 16, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107697/egcg-a-tea-polyphenol-as-a-potential-mitigator-of-hematopoietic-radiation-injury-in-mice
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Mrinalini Tiwari, Bhakti Dixit, Suhel Parvez, Paban K Agrawala
Agents capable of providing protection, mitigation or therapy against radiation injuries have long been of interest of radiation biologists owing to the ever expanding application of radiation in our day to day life despite the well reported ill effects of exposure. The current study investigates radiomitigating potential of EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), a tea polyphenol with known DNMT inhibitory property, in C57 Bl/6 mice model. Treatment with 0.1833mg/kg body weight EGCG, 1.5h post-irradiation to lethally whole body irradiated mice rendered 45% survival for 30days and also helped restoring the body weight of the animals...
January 17, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107688/sequencing-and-de-novo-assembly-of-visceral-mass-transcriptome-of-the-critically-endangered-land-snail-satsuma-myomphala-annotation-and-ssr-discovery
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Se Won Kang, Bharat Bhusan Patnaik, Hee-Ju Hwang, So Young Park, Jong Min Chung, Dae Kwon Song, Hongray Howrelia Patnaik, Jae Bong Lee, Changmu Kim, Soonok Kim, Young-Su Park, Hong Seog Park, Seung-Hwan Park, Yeon Soo Han, Jun Sang Lee, Yong Seok Lee
Satsuma myomphala is critically endangered through loss of natural habitats, predation by natural enemies, and indiscriminate collection. It is a protected species in Korea but lacks genomic resources for an understanding of varied functional processes attributable to evolutionary success under natural habitats. For assessing the genetic information of S. myomphala, we performed for the first time, de novo transcriptome sequencing and functional annotation of expressed sequences using Illumina Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) platform and bioinformatics analysis...
October 29, 2016: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107682/happy-faces-sad-faces-emotion-understanding-in-toddlers-and-preschoolers-with-language-impairments
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Carolien Rieffe, Carin H Wiefferink
BACKGROUND: The capacity for emotion recognition and understanding is crucial for daily social functioning. We examined to what extent this capacity is impaired in young children with a Language Impairment (LI). In typical development, children learn to recognize emotions in faces and situations through social experiences and social learning. Children with LI have less access to these experiences and are therefore expected to fall behind their peers without LI. METHOD: In this study, 89 preschool children with LI and 202 children without LI (mean age 3 years and 10 months in both groups) were tested on three indices for facial emotion recognition (discrimination, identification, and attribution in emotion evoking situations)...
January 17, 2017: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107678/nobiletin-and-its-colonic-metabolites-suppress-colitis-associated-colon-carcinogenesis-by-down-regulating-inos-inducing-antioxidative-enzymes-and-arresting-cell-cycle-progression
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Xian Wu, Mingyue Song, Zili Gao, Yue Sun, Minqi Wang, Fang Li, Jinkai Zheng, Hang Xiao
Nobiletin (NOB) is a major citrus polymethoxyflavone (PMF) with various beneficial biological activities. We reported previously that dietary NOB significantly inhibited colitis-associated colon carcinogenesis in azoxymethane (AOM)/dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-treated mice, and the chemopreventive effects were associated with NOB metabolites found in the mouse colonic tissues. In this study, to better understand the role of colonic metabolites of NOB, we determined the anti-inflammation and anticancer effects of a mixture of NOB and its major metabolites (NOB-Met) at the concentrations equivalent to those found in colonic tissues of NOB-fed mice...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107672/a-computational-model-of-conditioning-inspired-by-drosophila-olfactory-system
#10
Faramarz Faghihi, Ahmed A Moustafa, Ralf Heinrich, Florentin Wörgötter
Recent studies have demonstrated that Drosophila melanogaster (briefly Drosophila) can successfully perform higher cognitive processes including second order olfactory conditioning. Understanding the neural mechanism of this behavior can help neuroscientists to unravel the principles of information processing in complex neural systems (e.g. the human brain) and to create efficient and robust robotic systems. In this work, we have developed a biologically-inspired spiking neural network which is able to execute both first and second order conditioning...
November 23, 2016: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107658/validation-of-a-personalized-curved-muscle-model-of-the-lumbar-spine-during-complex-dynamic-exertions
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Jaejin Hwang, Gregory G Knapik, Jonathan S Dufour, Thomas M Best, Safdar N Khan, Ehud Mendel, William S Marras
Previous curved muscle models have typically examined their robustness only under simple, single-plane static exertions. In addition, the empirical validation of curved muscle models through an entire lumbar spine has not been fully realized. The objective of this study was to empirically validate a personalized biologically-assisted curved muscle model during complex dynamic exertions. Twelve subjects performed a variety of complex lifting tasks as a function of load weight, load origin, and load height. Both a personalized curved muscle model as well as a straight-line muscle model were used to evaluate the model's fidelity and prediction of three-dimensional spine tissue loads under different lifting conditions...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107637/survival-predictions-of-ceramic-crowns-using-statistical-fracture-mechanics
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S Nasrin, N Katsube, R R Seghi, S I Rokhlin
This work establishes a survival probability methodology for interface-initiated fatigue failures of monolithic ceramic crowns under simulated masticatory loading. A complete 3-dimensional (3D) finite element analysis model of a minimally reduced molar crown was developed using commercially available hardware and software. Estimates of material surface flaw distributions and fatigue parameters for 3 reinforced glass-ceramics (fluormica [FM], leucite [LR], and lithium disilicate [LD]) and a dense sintered yttrium-stabilized zirconia (YZ) were obtained from the literature and incorporated into the model...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107620/chemical-interaction-of-protein-cysteine-residues-with-reactive-metabolites-of-methyleugenol
#13
Yukun Feng, Hui Wang, Qian Wang, Wenlin Huang, Ying Peng, Jiang Zheng
Methyleugenol (ME), an alkenylbenzene compound, is a natural ingredient of several herbs and is used as flavoring agent in foodstuffs and fragrance in cosmetics. The hepatotoxicity, cytotoxicity, and carcinogenesis of ME have been well documented, and metabolic activation has been suggested to involve in ME-induced toxicities. The objective of this study was to identify chemical identity of interactions of protein with reactive metabolites of ME. Modification of cysteine residues of protein was observed in microsomal incubations and mice after exposure to ME...
January 20, 2017: Chemical Research in Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107596/attrition-during-a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-reduced-nicotine-content-cigarettes-as-a-proxy-for-understanding-acceptability-of-nicotine-product-standards
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Melissa Mercincavage, E Paul Wileyto, Megan L Saddleson, Kirsten Lochbuehler, Eric C Donny, Andrew A Strasser
AIMS: To determine (1) if nicotine content affects study attrition - a potential behavioral measure of acceptability - in a trial that required compliance with three levels of reduced nicotine content (RNC) cigarettes, and (2) if attrition is associated with subjective and behavioral responses to RNC cigarettes. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of a 35-day, parallel design, open-label, randomized controlled trial. After a 5-day baseline period, participants were randomized to smoke for three, 10-day periods: their preferred brand (control group), or RNC cigarettes with three nicotine levels in a within-subject, stepdown (1 group: high-moderate-low) or non-stepdown (5 groups: high-low-moderate, low-moderate-high, low-high-moderate, moderate-low-high, moderate-high-low) fashion...
January 20, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107570/efficacy-and-safety-of-interleukin-17-antagonists-in-patients-with-plaque-psoriasis-a-meta-analysis-from-phase-3-randomized-controlled-trails
#15
Dan Wu, Si-Yuan Hou, Shuai Zhao, Lin-Xin Hou, Ting Jiao, Nan-Nan Xu, Ning Zhang
BACKGROUND: The interleukin-17 (IL-17) cytokine pathway plays a key role in the development of psoriasis. Antibodies targeting IL-17 or blocking its receptor may be a new therapeutic approach for psoriasis. To assist treatment selection in daily practice it is essential to understand the benefit and risk profile of IL-17 antagonists. OBJECTIVE: We performed a meta-analysis to evaluate the efficacy and safety of IL-17 antagonists in patients with psoriasis. METHODS: We searched a number of databases for relevant randomized clinical trials (RCTs) published before May 2016...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107566/recent-advances-in-understanding-clonal-haematopoiesis-in-aplastic-anaemia
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REVIEW
Natasha Stanley, Timothy S Olson, Daria V Babushok
Acquired aplastic anaemia (AA) is an immune-mediated bone marrow failure disorder inextricably linked to clonal haematopoiesis. The majority of AA patients have somatic mutations and/or structural chromosomal abnormalities detected as early as at diagnosis. In contrast to other conditions linked to clonal haematopoiesis, the clonal signature of AA reflects its immune pathophysiology. The most common alterations are clonal expansions of cells lacking glycophosphotidylinositol-anchored proteins, loss of human leucocyte antigen alleles, and mutations in BCOR/BCORL1, ASXL1 and DNMT3A...
January 20, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107539/towards-cost-effective-operational-monitoring-systems-for-complex-waters-analyzing-small-scale-coastal-processes-with-optical-transmissometry
#17
Marta Ramírez-Pérez, Rafael Gonçalves-Araujo, Sonja Wiegmann, Elena Torrecilla, Raul Bardaji, Rüdiger Röttgers, Astrid Bracher, Jaume Piera
The detection and prediction of changes in coastal ecosystems require a better understanding of the complex physical, chemical and biological interactions, which involves that observations should be performed continuously. For this reason, there is an increasing demand for small, simple and cost-effective in situ sensors to analyze complex coastal waters at a broad range of scales. In this context, this study seeks to explore the potential of beam attenuation spectra, c(λ), measured in situ with an advanced-technology optical transmissometer, for assessing temporal and spatial patterns in the complex estuarine waters of Alfacs Bay (NW Mediterranean) as a test site...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107517/high-emigration-propensity-and-low-mortality-on-transfer-drives-female-biased-dispersal-of-pyriglena-leucoptera-in-fragmented-landscapes
#18
Marcelo Awade, Carlos Candia-Gallardo, Cintia Cornelius, Jean Paul Metzger
Dispersal is a biological process performed in three stages: emigration, transfer and immigration. Intra-specific variation on dispersal behavior, such as sex-bias, is very common in nature, particularly in birds and mammals. However, dispersal is difficult to measure in the field and many hypotheses concerning the causes of sex-biased dispersal remain without empirical confirmation. An important limitation of most empirical studies is that inferences about sex-biased dispersal are based only on emigration proneness or immigration success data...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107514/karyopherin-alpha-proteins-regulate-oligodendrocyte-differentiation
#19
Benjamin M Laitman, John N Mariani, Chi Zhang, Setsu Sawai, Gareth R John
Proper regulation of the coordinated transcriptional program that drives oligodendrocyte (OL) differentiation is essential for central nervous system myelin formation and repair. Nuclear import, mediated in part by a group of karyopherin alpha (Kpna) proteins, regulates transcription factor access to the genome. Understanding how canonical nuclear import functions to control genomic access in OL differentiation may aid in the creation of novel therapeutics to stimulate myelination and remyelination. Here, we show that members of the Kpna family regulate OL differentiation, and may play distinct roles downstream of different pro-myelinating stimuli...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107513/the-zebrafish-anillin-egfp-reporter-marks-late-dividing-retinal-precursors-and-stem-cells-entering-neuronal-lineages
#20
Meret Cepero Malo, Anne-Laure Duchemin, Luca Guglielmi, Eva Patzel, Saadettin Sel, Gerd U Auffarth, Matthias Carl, Lucia Poggi
Monitoring cycling behaviours of stem and somatic cells in the living animal is a powerful tool to better understand tissue development and homeostasis. The tg(anillin:anillin-eGFP) transgenic line carries the full-length zebrafish F-actin binding protein Anillin fused to eGFP from a bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC) containing Anillin cis-regulatory sequences. Here we report the suitability of the Anillin-eGFP reporter as a direct indicator of cycling cells in the late embryonic and post-embryonic retina...
2017: PloS One
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