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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109604/genome-wide-mapping-of-10-calving-and-fertility-traits-in-holstein-dairy-cattle-with-special-regard-to-chromosome-18
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M-P Müller, S Rothammer, D Seichter, I Russ, D Hinrichs, J Tetens, G Thaller, I Medugorac
Over the last decades, a dramatic decrease in reproductive performance has been observed in Holstein cattle and fertility problems have become the most common reason for a cow to leave the herd. The premature removal of animals with high breeding values results in both economic and breeding losses. For efficient future Holstein breeding, the identification of loci associated with low fertility is of major interest and thus constitutes the aim of this study. To reach this aim, a genome-wide combined linkage disequilibrium and linkage analysis (cLDLA) was conducted using data on the following 10 calving and fertility traits in the form of estimated breeding values: days from first service to conception of heifers and cows, nonreturn rate on d 56 of heifers and cows, days from calving to first insemination, days open, paternal and maternal calving ease, paternal and maternal stillbirth...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107664/safety-and-efficacy-of-cardiopoietic-stem-cells-in-the-treatment-of-post-infarction-left-ventricular-dysfunction-from-cardioprotection-to-functional-repair-in-a-translational-pig-infarction-model
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Maximilian Y Emmert, Petra Wolint, Andras Jakab, Sean P Sheehy, Francesco S Pasqualini, Thi Dan Linh Nguyen, Monika Hilbe, Burkhardt Seifert, Benedikt Weber, Chad E Brokopp, Dominika Macejovska, Etem Caliskan, Arnold von Eckardstein, Ruth Schwartlander, Viola Vogel, Volkmar Falk, Kevin Kit Parker, Mariann Gyöngyösi, Simon P Hoerstrup
To date, clinical success of cardiac cell-therapies remains limited. To enhance the cardioreparative properties of stem cells, the concept of lineage-specification through cardiopoietic-guidance has been recently suggested. However, so far, only results from murine studies and from a clinical pilot-trial in chronic heart-failure (CHF) are available, while systematic evidence of its therapeutic-efficacy is still lacking. Importantly, also no data from large animals or for other indications are available. Therefore, we here investigate the therapeutic-efficacy of human cardiopoietic stem cells in the treatment of post-infarction LV-dysfunction using a translational pig-model...
November 23, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107502/rnai-based-functional-genomics-identifies-new-virulence-determinants-in-mucormycosis
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Trung Anh Trieu, María Isabel Navarro-Mendoza, Carlos Pérez-Arques, Marta Sanchis, Javier Capilla, Patricia Navarro-Rodriguez, Loida Lopez-Fernandez, Santiago Torres-Martínez, Victoriano Garre, Rosa María Ruiz-Vázquez, Francisco E Nicolás
Mucorales are an emerging group of human pathogens that are responsible for the lethal disease mucormycosis. Unfortunately, functional studies on the genetic factors behind the virulence of these organisms are hampered by their limited genetic tractability, since they are reluctant to classical genetic tools like transposable elements or gene mapping. Here, we describe an RNAi-based functional genomic platform that allows the identification of new virulence factors through a forward genetic approach firstly described in Mucorales...
January 20, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105550/stable-isotope-labeling-for-improved-comparative-analysis-of-rna-digests-by-mass-spectrometry
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Mellie June Paulines, Patrick A Limbach
Even with the advent of high throughput methods to detect modified ribonucleic acids (RNAs), mass spectrometry remains a reliable method to detect, characterize, and place post-transcriptional modifications within an RNA sequence. Here we have developed a stable isotope labeling comparative analysis of RNA digests (SIL-CARD) approach, which improves upon the original (18)O/(16)O labeling CARD method. Like the original, SIL-CARD allows sequence or modification information from a previously uncharacterized in vivo RNA sample to be obtained by direct comparison with a reference RNA, the sequence of which is known...
January 19, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103570/an-extreme-learning-machine-approach-to-density-estimation-problems
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Cristiano Cervellera, Danilo Maccio
In this paper, we discuss how the extreme learning machine (ELM) framework can be effectively employed in the unsupervised context of multivariate density estimation. In particular, two algorithms are introduced, one for the estimation of the cumulative distribution function underlying the observed data, and one for the estimation of the probability density function. The algorithms rely on the concept of $F$-discrepancy, which is closely related to the Kolmogorov-Smirnov criterion for goodness of fit. Both methods retain the key feature of the ELM of providing the solution through random assignment of the hidden feature map and a very light computational burden...
January 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101730/concepts-for-studying-urban-environmental-justice
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REVIEW
Jason Corburn
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This paper offers research frameworks for understanding and acting to address urban environmental justice. Urban neighborhoods tend to concentrate and colocate vulnerable people and toxic environments. Cities are also where the poor and people of color tend to be disproportionately exposed to environmental hazards, such as air pollution, lead in paint and water, and polluting industries. RECENT FINDINGS: Researchers and government agencies are increasingly recognizing the need to document cumulative exposures that the urban poor and people of color experience in addition to environmental hazards...
January 18, 2017: Current Environmental Health Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101260/tracking-the-resolution-of-student-misconceptions-about-the-central-dogma-of-molecular-biology
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Amy G Briggs, Stephanie K Morgan, Seth K Sanderson, Molly C Schulting, Laramie J Wieseman
The goal of our study was to track changes in student understanding of the central dogma of molecular biology before and after taking a genetics course. Concept maps require the ability to synthesize new information into existing knowledge frameworks, and so the hypothesis guiding this study was that student performance on concept maps reveals specific central dogma misconceptions gained, lost, and retained by students. Students in a genetics course completed pre- and posttest concept mapping tasks using terms related to the central dogma...
December 2016: Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education: JMBE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100044/conceptions-of-teaching-an-illustrated-review
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Michael Ross
BACKGROUND: Asking teachers what the term 'teaching' means to them can be a useful first activity in a faculty development session, as it typically leads to an engaging and enlightening discussion for participants and facilitators. Mapping their responses to 'conceptions of teaching' (sets of assumptions, knowledge and beliefs about teaching) in the literature seems particularly helpful in illuminating the inconsistencies, gaps and additional ways of thinking about teaching that participants may wish to consider...
February 2017: Clinical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098921/-does-less-seclusion-create-a-safer-environment-an-attempt-to-map-the-concept-of-feeling-safe
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C J Severs, A J K Hondius, A H Schene
The degree of restraint imposed by a psychiatrist seems to be influenced by the safety of the team. So far, there have been few attempts to map the concept of 'feeling safe'.<br/> AIM: To analyse, define and quantify the concept of 'feeling safe'.<br/> METHOD: Concept mapping involves combining, in a structured way, qualitative (item collection) and quantitative methods (multi-dimensional scaling and hierarchical clusteranalysis) with the knowledge of professionals from psychiatric practice (N=24), first on an individual basis and then as a group (N=8)...
2017: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092715/-family-a-challenge-for-the-future-of-our-earth
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Gilberto A Gamboa-Bernal
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes the family as the basic cell of society, highlighting its importance, the need to protect it, to promote it as a natural and fundamental group unit of society. To reflect on the effects that the actual culture is in the family is important from the situation as it is now presented, then move to raise the changes seen necessary to ensure their own future and that of their habitat that is Earth. To accomplish this first task some study results World Family Map 2015 is glossed...
September 2016: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092581/an-integrated-maximum-current-density-approach-for-noninvasive-detection-of-myocardial-infarction
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Chen Zhao, Shiqin Jiang, Yanhua Wu, Junjie Zhu, Dafang Zhou, Birgit Hailer, Dietrich Gronemeyer, Peter Van Leeuwen
We present a new approach of integrated maximum current density (IMCD) for the noninvasive detection of myocardial infarction (MI) using magnetocardiography (MCG) data acquired from a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) system. In this study, we investigated the relationship of the maximum current density (MCD) in the current density map and the underlying equivalent current dipole (ECD) based on a novel method of reconstructing the ECD in the extremum circle of the magnetic field map. The performance of IMCD and the integrated ECD (IECD) approaches were also evaluated by using 61-channel MCG data from 39 healthy subjects and 102 patients with ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)...
January 9, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088225/using-low-cost-drones-to-map-malaria-vector-habitats
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Andy Hardy, Makame Makame, Dónall Cross, Silas Majambere, Mwinyi Msellem
BACKGROUND: There is a growing awareness that if we are to achieve the ambitious goal of malaria elimination, we must compliment indoor-based vector control interventions (such as bednets and indoor spraying) with outdoor-based interventions such as larval source management (LSM). The effectiveness of LSM is limited by our capacity to identify and map mosquito aquatic habitats. This study provides a proof of concept for the use of a low-cost (< $1000) drone (DJI Phantom) for mapping water bodies in seven sites across Zanzibar including natural water bodies, irrigated and non-irrigated rice paddies, peri-urban and urban locations...
January 14, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088135/isomorphism-between-the-multi-state-hamiltonian-and-the-second-quantized-many-electron-hamiltonian-with-only-1-electron-interactions
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Jian Liu
We introduce the isomorphism between an multi-state Hamiltonian and the second-quantized many-electron Hamiltonian (with only 1-electron interactions). This suggests that all methods developed for the former can be employed for the latter, and vice versa. The resonant level (Landauer) model for nonequilibrium quantum transport is used as a proof-of-concept example. Such as the classical mapping models for the multi-state Hamiltonian proposed in our previous work [J. Liu, J. Chem. Phys. 145, 204105 (2016)] lead to exact results for this model problem...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079527/binary-moving-blocker-based-scatter-correction-in-cone-beam-computed-tomography-with-width-truncated-projections-proof-of-concept
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Ho Lee, Benjamin Fahimian, Lei Xing
This paper proposes a binary moving-blocker (BMB)-based technique for scatter correction in cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT). In concept, a beam blocker consisting of lead strips, mounted in front of the x-ray tube, moves rapidly in and out of the beam during a single gantry rotation. The projections are acquired in alternating phases of blocked and unblocked cone beams, where the blocked phase results in a stripe pattern in the width direction. To derive the scatter map from the blocked projections, one-dimensional B-Spline interpolation/extrapolation is applied by using the detected information in the shaded regions...
January 12, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077097/what-patients-really-think-about-asthma-guidelines-barriers-to-guideline-implementation-from-the-patients-perspective
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H Lingner, B Burger, P Kardos, C P Criée, H Worth, E Hummers-Pradier
BACKGROUND: Treatment of asthma does not always comply with asthma guidelines (AG). This may be rooted in direct or indirect resistance on the doctors' and/or patients' side or be caused by the healthcare system. To assess whether patients' concepts and attitudes are really an implementation barrier for AG, we analysed the patients' perspective of a "good asthma therapy" and contrasted their wishes with current recommendations. METHODS: Using a qualitative exploratory design, topic centred focus group (FG) discussions were performed until theoretical saturation was reached...
January 11, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075621/key-principles-in-quality-and-safety-in-radiology
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Hani Abujudeh, Rathachai Kaewlai, Khalid Shaqdan, Michael A Bruno
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to introduce the reader to basic concepts of quality and safety in radiology. CONCLUSION: Concepts are introduced that are keys to identifying, understanding, and utilizing certain quality tools with the aim of making process improvements. Challenges, opportunities, and change drivers can be mapped from the radiology quality perspective. Best practices, informatics, and benchmarks can profoundly affect the outcome of the quality improvement initiative we all aim to achieve...
January 11, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073538/margalef-revisited-a-new-phytoplankton-mandala-incorporating-twelve-dimensions-including-nutritional-physiology
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Patricia M Glibert
Building on the classic depiction of the progression from a diatom to a dinoflagellate bloom as a function of nutrients and turbulence, known as the "Margalef mandala", a new conceptual model or mandala is presented here. The new mandala maps twelve response or effects traits, or environmental characteristics, related to different phytoplankton functional types: (1) relative preference for chemically reduced vs chemically oxidized forms of nitrogen; (2) relative availability of inorganic nitrogen and phosphorus; (3) adaptation to high vs low light and the tendency to be autotrophic vs mixotrophic; (4) cell motility; (5) environmental turbulence; (6) pigmentation quality; (7) temperature; (8) cell size; (9) relative growth rate; (10) relative production of bioactive compounds such as toxins or reactive oxygen species (ROS); (11) r vs K strategy; and (12) fate of the production in terms of grazing...
May 2016: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072912/temperature-mapping-in-hydrogel-matrices-using-unmodified-digital-camera
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Ghinwa H Darwish, Hassan H Fakih, Pierre Karam
We report a simple, generally applicable and noninvasive fluorescent method for mapping thermal fluctuations in hydrogel matrices using an unmodified commercially available digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR). The nanothermometer is based on the complexation of short conjugated polyelectrolytes, poly-(phenylene ethynylene) carboxylate, with an amphiphilic polymer, polyvinylpyrrolidone, which is in turn trapped within the porous network of a gel matrix. Changes in the temperature lead to a fluorescent ratiometric response with a maximum relative sensitivity of 2...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070687/predicting-chromatin-architecture-from-models-of-polymer-physics
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REVIEW
Simona Bianco, Andrea M Chiariello, Carlo Annunziatella, Andrea Esposito, Mario Nicodemi
We review the picture of chromatin large-scale 3D organization emerging from the analysis of Hi-C data and polymer modeling. In higher mammals, Hi-C contact maps reveal a complex higher-order organization, extending from the sub-Mb to chromosomal scales, hierarchically folded in a structure of domains-within-domains (metaTADs). The domain folding hierarchy is partially conserved throughout differentiation, and deeply correlated to epigenomic features. Rearrangements in the metaTAD topology relate to gene expression modifications: in particular, in neuronal differentiation models, topologically associated domains (TADs) tend to have coherent expression changes within architecturally conserved metaTAD niches...
January 9, 2017: Chromosome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069780/a-chlorophyll-fluorescence-based-method-for-the-integrated-characterization-of-the-photophysiological-response-to-light-stress
#20
João Serôdio, William Schmidt, Silja Frankenbach
This work introduces a new experimental method for the comprehensive description of the physiological responses to light of photosynthetic organisms. It allows the integration in a single experiment of the main established manipulative chlorophyll fluorescence-based protocols. It enables the integrated characterization of the photophysiology of samples regarding photoacclimation state (generating non-sequential light-response curves of effective PSII quantum yield, electron transport rate or non-photochemical quenching), photoprotection capacity (running light stress-recovery experiments, quantifying non-photochemical quenching components) and the operation of photoinactivation and photorepair processes (measuring rate constants of photoinactivation and repair for different light levels and the relative quantum yield of photoinactivation)...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
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