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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222237/extreme-genetic-structure-in-a-social-bird-species-despite-high-dispersal-capacity
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Francisco Morinha, José A Dávila, Estela Bastos, João A Cabral, Óscar Frías, José L González, Paulo Travassos, Diogo Carvalho, Borja Milá, Guillermo Blanco
Social barriers have been shown to reduce gene flow and contribute to genetic structure among populations in species with high cognitive capacity and complex societies, such as cetaceans, apes and humans. In birds, high dispersal capacity is thought to prevent population divergence unless major geographic or habitat barriers induce isolation patterns by dispersal, colonization or adaptation limitation. We report that Iberian populations of the red-billed chough, a social, gregarious corvid with high dispersal capacity, show a striking degree of genetic structure composed of at least 15 distinct genetic units...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222170/biomechanical-investigation-of-two-plating-systems-for-medial-column-fusion-in-foot
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Paul Simons, Theresia Sommerer, Ivan Zderic, Dieter Wahl, Mark Lenz, Hristo Skulev, Matthias Knobe, Boyko Gueorguiev, R Geoff Richards, Kajetan Klos
BACKGROUND: Arthrodesis of the medial column (navicular, cuneiform I and metatarsal I) is performed for reasons such as Charcot arthropathy, arthritis, posttraumatic reconstruction or severe pes planus. However, the complication rate is still high and mainly resulting from inadequate fixation. Special plates, designed for medial column arthrodesis, seem to offer potential to reduce the complication rate. The aim of this study was to investigate biomechanically plantar and dorsomedial fusion of the medial column using two new plating systems...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222159/the-role-of-spatial-mobility-in-malaria-transmission-in-the-brazilian-amazon-the-case-of-porto-velho-municipality-rond%C3%A3-nia-brazil-2010-2012
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Jussara Rafael Angelo, Tony Hiroshi Katsuragawa, Paulo Chagastelles Sabroza, Lino Augusto Sander de Carvalho, Luiz Hildebrando Pereira da Silva, Carlos Afonso Nobre
BACKGROUND: This study aims to describe the role of mobility in malaria transmission by discussing recent changes in population movements in the Brazilian Amazon and developing a flow map of disease transmission in this region. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: This study presents a descriptive analysis using an ecological approach on regional and local scales. The study location was the municipality of Porto Velho, which is the capital of Rondônia state, Brazil...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220759/musculoskeletal-model-based-control-interface-mimics-physiologic-hand-dynamics-during-path-tracing-task
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Dustin Lee Crouch, Helen Huang
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the feasibility of a novel, customizable, simplified EMG-driven musculoskeletal model for estimating coordinated hand and wrist motions during a real-time path tracing task. APPROACH: A two-degree-of-freedom (DOF) computational musculoskeletal model was implemented for real-time EMG-driven control of a stick figure hand displayed on a computer screen. After 5 to 10 minutes of undirected practice, subjects were given 3 attempts to trace 10 straight paths, one at a time, with the fingertip of the virtual hand...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220573/a-comparison-of-two-types-of-ankle-supports-in-men-with-haemophilia-and-unilateral-ankle-pain-from-arthropathy
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D Oleson, L Fox, T Nguyen, P Sochacki, M McCarthy, E Adams, M Recht
INTRODUCTION: Adults with haemophilia frequently have a painful and disordered gait due to ankle arthropathy. AIM: The aim of this study was to determine if pain and gait parameters were affected by the use of different types of ankle bracing. METHODS: We investigated the gait patterns of 17 men with severe haemophilia without bracing, using a fracture boot (FB) and a carbon fibre floor reaction ankle foot orthosis (CF-AFO). Pain relief was determined in each condition...
February 20, 2017: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220429/stomatal-bioassay-to-characterize-bacterial-stimulated-pti-at-the-pre-invasion-phase-of-infection
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Jeanine Montano, Maeli Melotto
Bacterium-triggered stomatal closure is a functional output of plant immunity, also known as stomatal defense. This is an early response mediated by the recognition of pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) by the plant's pathogen recognition receptors (PRRs). Several approaches to analyzing stomatal movement in response to bacteria have been described, but difficulties in fine-tuning the experimental procedures still exist. Here we provide a detailed method for assessing stomatal defense via high-quality microscopic imaging and explain trouble-shooting steps to obtaining robust data...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219983/neural-representation-and-causal-models-in-motor-cortex
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Kris S Chaisanguanthum, Helen H Shen, Philip N Sabes
Dorsal premotor (PMd) and primary motor (M1) cortex play a central role in mapping sensation to movement. Many studies of these areas have focused on correlation-based tuning curves relating neural activity to task or movement parameters, but the link between tuning and movement generation is unclear. We recorded motor preparatory activity from populations of neurons in PMd/M1 as macaque monkeys performed a visually guided reaching task and show that tuning curves for sensory inputs (reach target direction) and motor outputs (initial movement direction) are not typically aligned...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219946/distinct-intracellular-ca-2-dynamics-regulate-apical-constriction-and-differentially-contribute-to-neural-tube-closure
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Makoto Suzuki, Masanao Sato, Hiroshi Koyama, Yusuke Hara, Kentaro Hayashi, Naoko Yasue, Hiromi Imamura, Toshihiko Fujimori, Takeharu Nagai, Robert E Campbell, Naoto Ueno
Early in the development of the central nervous system, progenitor cells undergo a shape change, called apical constriction, that triggers the neural plate to form a tubular structure. How apical constriction in the neural plate is controlled, and contributes to tissue morphogenesis, are not fully understood. In this study, we show that intracellular calcium ions (Ca(2+)) are required for Xenopus neural tube formation, and that there are two types of Ca(2+)-concentration changes, a single-cell and a multicellular wave-like fluctuation, in the developing neural plate...
February 20, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219746/application-of-high-throughput-sequencing-to-whole-rabies-viral-genome-characterisation-and-its-use-for-phylogenetic-re-evaluation-of-a-raccoon-strain-incursion-into-the-province-of-ontario
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Susan A Nadin-Davis, Adam Colville, Hannah Trewby, Roman Biek, Leslie Real
Raccoon rabies remains a serious public health problem throughout much of the eastern seaboard of North America due to the urban nature of the reservoir host and the many challenges inherent in multi-jurisdictional efforts to administer co-ordinated and comprehensive wildlife rabies control programmes. Better understanding of the mechanisms of spread of rabies virus can play a significant role in guiding such control efforts. To facilitate a detailed molecular epidemiological study of raccoon rabies virus movements across eastern North America, we developed a methodology to efficiently determine whole genome sequences of hundreds of viral samples...
February 17, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218824/decreased-home-cage-movement-and-oromotor-impairments-in-adult-fmr1-ko-mice
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Stephen J Bonasera, Tammy R Chaudoin, Evan H Goulding, Mateusz Mittek, Anna Dunaevsky
Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a common inherited disorder that significantly impacts family and patient day-to-day living across the entire lifespan. The childhood and adolescent behavioral consequences of FXS are well-appreciated. However, there are significantly fewer studies (except those examining psychiatric comorbidities) assessing behavioral phenotypes seen in adults with FXS. Mice engineered with a genetic lesion of Fmr1 recapitulate important molecular and neuroanatomical characteristics of FXS, and provide a means to evaluate adult behavioral phenotypes associated with FXS...
February 20, 2017: Genes, Brain, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218613/first-experimental-comparison-between-the-cartesian-and-the-lissajous-trajectory-for-magnetic-particle-imaging
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Franziska Werner, Nadine Gdaniec, Tobias Knopp
Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) is a quantitative imaging modality that allows to determine the distribution of superparamagnetic nanoparticles. Sampling is achieved by moving a field-free point (FFP) along a specific trajectory through the volume of interest. The magnetic material that lies along the path or in the close vicinity of the FFP changes its magnetization and induces a voltage in surrounding receive coils. Various trajectories for the FFP are conceivable, but most experimental MPI scanners either use a Cartesian or a Lissajous sampling trajectory...
February 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217416/the-intra-and-inter-rater-reliability-of-the-soccer-injury-movement-screen-sims
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Robert McCunn, Karen Aus der Fünten, Andrew Govus, Ross Julian, Jan Schimpchen, Tim Meyer
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: The growing volume of movement screening research reveals a belief among practitioners and researchers alike that movement quality may have an association with injury risk. However, existing movement screening tools have not considered the sport-specific movement and injury patterns relevant to soccer. The present study introduces the Soccer Injury Movement Screen (SIMS), which has been designed specifically for use within soccer. Furthermore, the purpose of the present study was to assess the intra- and inter-rater reliability of the SIMS and determine its suitability for use in further research...
February 2017: International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216320/coordination-of-orofacial-motor-actions-into-exploratory-behavior-by-rat
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Anastasia Kurnikova, Jeffrey D Moore, Song-Mao Liao, Martin Deschênes, David Kleinfeld
The delineation of sensorimotor circuits that guide exploration begins with an understanding of the pattern of motor outputs [1]. These motor patterns provide a clue to the form of the underlying circuits [2-4] (but see [5]). We focus on the behaviors that rodents use to explore their peripersonal space through goal-directed positioning of their nose, head, and vibrissae. Rodents sniff in response to novel odors, reward expectation, and as part of social interactions [6-12]. Sniffing serves olfaction [13, 14], while whisking synchronized to sniffing serves vibrissa-based touch [6, 15, 16]...
February 14, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216058/sca13-causes-dominantly-inherited-non-progressive-myoclonus-ataxia
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Solveig Montaut, Emmanuelle Apartis, Jean-Baptiste Chanson, Claire Ewenczyk, Mathilde Renaud, Claire Guissart, Jean Muller, André Pierre Legrand, Alexandra Durr, Vincent Laugel, Michel Koenig, Christine Tranchant, Mathieu Anheim
INTRODUCTION: Spinocerebellar ataxia 13 (SCA13) is a rare autosomal dominant cerebellar ataxia. To our knowledge, its association to movement disorders has never been described. We aimed at reporting 8 new SCA13 cases with a focus on movement disorders especially myoclonus. METHODS: We performed a detailed neurological examination and neurophysiological recording in 8 patients consecutively diagnosed with SCA13 between December 2013 and October 2015 and followed up in two French tertiary centers...
February 11, 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215990/neural-mechanisms-of-single-corrective-steps-evoked-in-the-standing-rabbit
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L-J Hsu, P V Zelenin, V F Lyalka, M G Vemula, G N Orlovsky, T G Deliagina
Single steps in different directions are often used for postural corrections. However, our knowledge about the neural mechanisms underlying their generation is scarce. This study was aimed to characterize the corrective steps generated in response to disturbances of the basic body configuration caused by forward, backward or outward displacement of the hindlimb, as well as to reveal location in the CNS of the corrective step generating mechanisms. Video recording of the motor response to translation of the supporting surface under the hindlimb along with contact forces and activity of back and limb muscles was performed in freely standing intact and in fixed postmammillary rabbits...
February 12, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215685/effects-of-female-bovine-plasma-collected-at-different-days-of-the-estrous-cycle-on-epididymal-spermatozoa-motility
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M Nait Mouloud, F Ouennoughi, L Yaiche, R Kaidi, M Iguer-Ouada
The aim of this study was to assess the effects of female bovine plasma collected at different days of the reproductive cycle on epididymal spermatozoa motility and to test hypothesis that the subpopulations pattern of motile spermatozoa is affected by this treatment. Blood plasma samples were collected from five Holstein Friesian cows at different stages of the estrous cycle (days 0, 5, 10, 12 and 18), one pregnant cow and one adult bull and were diluted 1:9 (V/V) with normal saline. Female charcoal-treated plasma, Bull plasma and saline were used as controls...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215013/crowded-skies-conflicts-between%C3%A2-expanding%C3%A2-goose-populations-and-aviation-safety
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David R Bradbeer, Camilla Rosenquist, Thomas Kjær Christensen, Anthony D Fox
We here review the collision risks posed by large-bodied, flocking geese to aircraft, exacerbated by recent major increases in northern hemisphere goose populations and air traffic volume. Mitigation of goose-aircraft strike risks requires knowledge of local goose movements, global goose population dynamics and ecology. Airports can minimise goose strikes by managing habitats within the airport property, applying deterrents to scare geese away and lethal control, but goose migration and movements at greater spatial scales present greater challenges...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214372/canonical-and-cellular-pathways-timing-gamete-release-in-acropora-digitifera-okinawa-japan
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Y Rosenberg, T Doniger, S Harii, F Sinniger, O Levy
Natural light cycles are important for synchronizing behavioral and physiological rhythms over varying time-periods in both plants and animals. An endogenous clock, regulated by positive and negative elements, interacting in feedback loops, control these rhythms. Many corals exhibit diel cycles of polyp expansion and contraction entrained by solar light patterns and monthly cycles of spawning or planulation that correspond to nocturnal lunar light cycles. However, despite considerable interest in studies of coral reproduction, there is currently not enough molecular information about the cellular pathways involved with synchronizing spawning/planulation in broadcast spawners and brooders...
February 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212641/local-constraints-to-access-appropriate-malaria-treatment-in-the-context-of-parasite-resistance-in-cambodia-a-qualitative-study
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Jesse Verschuere, Tom Decroo, Dara Lim, Jean-Marie Kindermans, Chea Nguon, Rekol Huy, Yasmine Alkourdi, Koen Peeters Grietens, Charlotte Gryseels
BACKGROUND: Despite emerging drug resistance in Cambodia, artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) is still the most efficacious therapy. ACT is available free of charge in the Cambodian public sector and at a subsidized rate in the private sector. However, un- and mistreated cases in combination with population movements may lead to the further spread of resistant parasites, stressing the importance of understanding how the perceived aetiology of malaria and associated health-seeking behaviour may delay access to appropriate treatment...
February 17, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211791/motor-control-of-drosophila-feeding-behavior
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Olivia Schwarz, Ali Asgar Bohra, Xinyu Liu, Heinrich Reichert, Krishnaswamy VijayRaghavan, Jan Pielage
The precise coordination of body parts is essential for survival and behavior of higher organisms. While progress has been made towards the identification of central mechanisms coordinating limb movement, only limited knowledge exists regarding the generation and execution of sequential motor action patterns at the level of individual motoneurons. Here we use Drosophila proboscis extension as a model system for a reaching-like behavior. We first provide a neuroanatomical description of the motoneurons and muscles contributing to proboscis motion...
February 17, 2017: ELife
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