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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934592/getting-nervous-an-evolutionary-overhaul-for-communication
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Frederique Varoqueaux, Dirk Fasshauer
The evolution of a nervous system as a control system of the body's functions is a key innovation of animals. Its fundamental units are neurons, highly specialized cells dedicated to fast cell-cell communication. Neurons pass signals to other neurons, muscle cells, or gland cells at specialized junctions, the synapses, where transmitters are released from vesicles in a Ca(2+)-dependent fashion to activate receptors in the membrane of the target cell. Reconstructing the origins of neuronal communication out of a more simple process remains a central challenge in biology...
September 20, 2017: Annual Review of Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934475/in-vivo-probing-of-nascent-rna-structures-reveals-principles-of-cotranscriptional-folding
#2
Danny Incarnato, Edoardo Morandi, Francesca Anselmi, Lisa M Simon, Giulia Basile, Salvatore Oliviero
Defining the in vivo folding pathway of cellular RNAs is essential to understand how they reach their final native conformation. We here introduce a novel method, named Structural Probing of Elongating Transcripts (SPET-seq), that permits single-base resolution analysis of transcription intermediates' secondary structures on a transcriptome-wide scale, enabling base-resolution analysis of the RNA folding events. Our results suggest that cotranscriptional RNA folding in vivo is a mixture of cooperative folding events, in which local RNA secondary structure elements are formed as they get transcribed, and non-cooperative events, in which 5'-halves of long-range helices get sequestered into transient non-native interactions until their 3' counterparts have been transcribed...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932739/agonist-binding-to-chemosensory-receptors-a-systematic-bioinformatics-analysis
#3
Fabrizio Fierro, Eda Suku, Mercedes Alfonso-Prieto, Alejandro Giorgetti, Sven Cichon, Paolo Carloni
Human G-protein coupled receptors (hGPCRs) constitute a large and highly pharmaceutically relevant membrane receptor superfamily. About half of the hGPCRs' family members are chemosensory receptors, involved in bitter taste and olfaction, along with a variety of other physiological processes. Hence these receptors constitute promising targets for pharmaceutical intervention. Molecular modeling has been so far the most important tool to get insights on agonist binding and receptor activation. Here we investigate both aspects by bioinformatics-based predictions across all bitter taste and odorant receptors for which site-directed mutagenesis data are available...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932609/neuromyelitis-optica-in-a-nepalese-man
#4
Yogesh Subedi, Utsav Joshi, Sanjeeb Sudarshan Bhandari, Ashbina Pokharel, Ashbita Pokharel
BACKGROUND: Neuromyelitis optica is a severely disabling inflammatory disorder of the central nervous system of autoimmune etiology that mainly affects the optic nerves and spinal cord. Here, we present a case report detailing a patient with tingling and weakness of right upper and lower limbs who was neuromyelitis optica immunoglobulin G-positive. CASE PRESENTATION: A 46-year-old Nepalese man presented to the hospital with a history of tingling and weakness of right upper and lower limbs that developed over a period of two months...
2017: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930971/determination-of-the-optimal-chromosomal-location-s-for-a-dna-element-in-escherichia-coli-using-a-novel-transposon-mediated-approach
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Jakob Frimodt-Møller, Godefroid Charbon, Karen A Krogfelt, Anders Løbner-Olesen
The optimal chromosomal position(s) of a given DNA element was/were determined by transposon-mediated random insertion followed by fitness selection. In bacteria, the impact of the genetic context on the function of a genetic element can be difficult to assess. Several mechanisms, including topological effects, transcriptional interference from neighboring genes, and/or replication-associated gene dosage, may affect the function of a given genetic element. Here, we describe a method that permits the random integration of a DNA element into the chromosome of Escherichia coli and select the most favorable locations using a simple growth competition experiment...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930157/getting-more-power-from-your-flowers-multi-functional-flower-strips-enhance-pollinators-and-pest-control-agents-in-apple-orchards
#6
Alistair John Campbell, Andrew Wilby, Peter Sutton, Felix Wäckers
Flower strips are commonly recommended to boost biodiversity and multiple ecosystem services (e.g., pollination and pest control) on farmland. However, significant knowledge gaps remain regards the extent to which they deliver on these aims. Here, we tested the efficacy of flower strips that targeted different subsets of beneficial arthropods (pollinators and natural enemies) and their ecosystem services in cider apple orchards. Treatments included mixes that specifically targeted: (1) pollinators ('concealed-nectar plants'); (2) natural enemies ('open-nectar plants'); or (3) both groups concurrently (i...
September 20, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926565/a-snp-panel-and-online-tool-for-checking-genotype-concordance-through-comparing-qr-codes
#7
Yonghong Du, Joshua S Martin, John McGee, Yuchen Yang, Eric Yi Liu, Yingrui Sun, Matthias Geihs, Xuejun Kong, Eric Lingfeng Zhou, Yun Li, Jie Huang
In the current precision medicine era, more and more samples get genotyped and sequenced. Both researchers and commercial companies expend significant time and resources to reduce the error rate. However, it has been reported that there is a sample mix-up rate of between 0.1% and 1%, not to mention the possibly higher mix-up rate during the down-stream genetic reporting processes. Even on the low end of this estimate, this translates to a significant number of mislabeled samples, especially over the projected one billion people that will be sequenced within the next decade...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923479/neuralrepresentation-of-cost-benefit-selectionsin-medial-prefrontal-cortex-of-rats
#8
Hua Tang, Xuan Sun, Bao-Ming Li, Fei Luo
Decision making refers to the process that subjects use to choose between competing courses of action based on the expected costs and benefits of their consequences. However, few studies have addressed the neuronal mechanisms behind the processes of howcosts and benefits influence decision making. Here we investigated the neuronal representation of costs and benefitstowards a goal-directed action under a differential reward schedule by training rats to perform a "Do more, get more" (DM-GM) task utilizinga nosepoke operandum, where longer nosepoke durations resulted in correspondingly larger rewards...
September 15, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922585/climatic-and-anthropogenic-drivers-of-northern-amazon-fires-during-the-2015-2016-el-ni%C3%A3-o-event
#9
Marisa G Fonseca, Liana O Anderson, Egidio Arai, Yosio E Shimabukuro, Haron A M Xaud, Maristela R Xaud, Nima Madani, Fabien H Wagner, Luiz E O C Aragão
The strong El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) event that occurred in 2015/2016 caused extreme drought in the northern Brazilian Amazon, especially in the state of Roraima, increasing fire occurrence. Here we map the extent of precipitation and fire anomalies and quantify the effects of climatic and anthropogenic drivers on fire occurrence during the 2015/2016 dry season (from December 2015 to March 2016) in the state of Roraima. To achieve these objectives we first estimated the spatial pattern of precipitation anomalies, based on long-term data from the TRMM (Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission), and the fire anomaly, based on MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) active fire detections during the referred period...
September 18, 2017: Ecological Applications: a Publication of the Ecological Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921830/trends-application-and-future-prospectives-of-microbial-carbonic-anhydrase-mediated-carbonation-process-for-ccus
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REVIEW
Chintan Bhagat, Pravin Dudhagara, Shantilal Tank
Growing industrialisation and desire for better economy of countries accelerated the emission of greenhouse gasses, more than the buffering capacity of earth atmosphere. Among, various Green House Gasses (GHGs), CO2 occupies the first position in anthroposphere and has detrimental effects on the ecosystem. For decarbonization, several non-biological methods of carbon capture, utilisation, and storage (CCUS) are in use from last few decades, but they are suffering from narrow applicability. Recently, CO2 emission and its disposal related problem encourage for implementation of bioprocessing to achieve zero waste economy for a sustainable environment...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920666/a-softoxometalate-k6-5cu-oh-8-5-h2o-7-5-0-5-k3pw12o40-n-n-1348-2024-as-an-efficient-inorganic-material-for-co2-reduction-with-concomitant-water-oxidation
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Santu Das, Saurabh Kumar, Somenath Garai, Ramudu Pochamoni, Shounik Paul, Soumyajit Roy
An immediate challenge for chemists is to devise different methods to trap chemical energy using light by reduction of carbon dioxide to a transportable fuel. To reach this goal the major obstacle lies in finding a suitable material that is abundant and possesses catalytic power to effect such reduction reaction and perform this reduction reaction without using any external photosensitizer. Here we report first time a softoxometalate, based on {[K6.5Cu(OH)8.5(H2O)7.5]0.5[K3PW12O40]} metal oxide framework which is stable in reaction condition that effectively performs photochemical CO2 reduction reaction in water with a very high turnover number of 613 and TOF of 47...
September 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917984/multi-objective-optimization-of-asymmetric-acoustic-transmission-with-periodical-structure
#12
Jiu-Jiu Chen, Jian-Cheng Zhang, Shao-Yong Huo
Asymmetric acoustic wave propagation is important for control and manipulation of the acoustic wave signals in various devices. However, previous approach to find optimal asymmetric acoustic transmission (AAT) is through repeatedly adjusting the geometrical parameters, thus causing time-consuming. Here we propose a study on the multi-objective optimization of the AAT, aiming to achieve the widest working frequency range (fr) and the highest transmittance peak (η) with regard to the design variables. For this purpose, the Radial Basis Function (RBF) neural work and finite element (FE) method are applied to obtain the valuable data in the procedure...
September 8, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916003/genetic-diversity-and-antibiotic-susceptibility-of-staphylococcus-aureus-isolates-from-wild-boars
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D Seinige, A Von Altrock, C Kehrenberg
We here report the occurrence of S. aureus in wild boars and characterize isolates genotypically and phenotypically in order to get knowledge about the occurrence of clonal lineages and genotypes in free-living wild animals. Forty-one S. aureus isolates obtained from 111 wild boars hunted in Lower Saxony, Germany, were investigated and compared to human and livestock isolates. The S. aureus belonged to multilocus sequence types ST1, ST7, ST30, ST133, ST425, ST804, ST890 and to the new ST3237, ST3238, ST3255 and ST3369...
October 2017: Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911984/a-multiplex-protein-free-lateral-flow-assay-for-detection-of-micrornas-based-on-unmodified-molecular-beacons
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Atefeh Javani, Fatemeh Javadi-Zarnaghi, Mohammad Javad Rasaee
Lateral flow assays (LFAs) have promising potentials for point-of-care applications. Recently, many LFAs have been reported that are based on hybridization of oligonucleotide strands. Mostly, biotinylated capture DNAs are immobilized on the surface of a nitrocellulose membrane via streptavidin interactions. During the assay, stable colorful complexes get formed that are visible by naked eyes. Here, we present an inexpensive and unique design of LFA that applies unmodified oligonucleotides at capture lines. The presented LFA do not utilize streptavidin or any other affinity protein...
September 11, 2017: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910577/subnuclear-distribution-of-proteins-links-with-genome-architecture
#15
Fouziya R Shah, Younus A Bhat, Ajazul H Wani
Metazoan genomes have a hierarchal 3-dimensional (3D) organization scaling from nucleosomes, loops, topologically associating domains (TADs), compartments, to chromosome territories. The 3D organization of genome has been linked with development, differentiation and disease. However, the principles governing the 3D chromatin architecture are just beginning to get unraveled. The nucleus has very high concentration of proteins and these proteins are either diffusely distributed throughout the nucleus, or aggregated in the form of foci/bodies/clusters/speckles or in combination of both...
September 14, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902225/optical-tracking-of-relaxation-dynamics-in-semi-dilute-hydroxypropylcellulose-solutions-as-a-precise-phase-transition-probe
#16
Hernan Garate, King-Wo Li, Denis Bouyer, Patrick Guenoun
Phase separation of thermo-responsive polymers in solution is a complex process, whose understanding is essential to screen and design materials with diverse technological applications. Here we report on a method based on dynamic light scattering (DLS) experiments to investigate the phase separation of thermo-responsive polymer solutions and precisely define the transition temperature (TPS). Our results are applied on hydroxypropylcellulose (HPC) solutions as an important biosourced green water-soluble polymer...
September 13, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901190/transcriptome-analysis-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-ipsc-derived-pancreatic-%C3%AE-like-cell-differentiation
#17
Yan Huang, Jian Wan, Yibing Guo, Shajun Zhu, Yao Wang, Lei Wang, Qingsong Guo, Yuhua Lu, Zhiwei Wang
Diabetes affects millions of people worldwide, and β-cell replacement is one of the promising new strategies for treatment. Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) can differentiate into any cell type, including pancreatic β cells, providing a potential treatment for diabetes. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the differentiation of iPSC-derived β cells have not yet been fully elucidated. Here, we generated pancreatic β-like cells from mouse iPSCs using a 3-step protocol and performed deep RNA sequencing to get a transcriptional landscape of iPSC-derived pancreatic β-like cells during the selective differentiation period...
August 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899855/a-simple-method-of-measuring-the-wear-of-explanted-acetabular-component-inserts
#18
L Krakow, A Klockow, E Roehner, S Brodt, H Eijer, J Bossert, G Matziolis
AIMS: The determination of the volumetric polyethylene wear on explanted material requires complicated equipment, which is not available in many research institutions. Our aim in this study was to present and validate a method that only requires a set of polyetheretherketone balls and a laboratory balance to determine wear. METHODS: The insert to be measured was placed on a balance, and a ball of the appropriate diameter was inserted. The cavity remaining between the ball and insert caused by wear was filled with contrast medium and the weight of the contrast medium was recorded...
September 2017: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895065/structural-characterization-of-the-trimerization-of-traf6-protein-through-molecular-dynamics-simulations
#19
Ria Biswas, Angshuman Bagchi
The tumour necrosis factor (TNF) receptor-associated factor (TRAF) family of proteins having E3 ligase activity are the key molecules involved in cellular immune response pathways. TRAF6 is a unique member of the TRAF superfamily differing from other members of the family, owing to its specific interactions with molecules outside the TNF receptor superfamily. The C-terminal domain of TRAF proteins contains the catalytic residues and are known to be involved in self-oligomerization forming a mushroom-shaped trimeric structure, which is the functional form of the protein...
September 11, 2017: Interdisciplinary Sciences, Computational Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894984/multifidelity-cma-a-multifidelity-approach-for-efficient-personalisation-of-3d-cardiac-electromechanical-models
#20
Roch Molléro, Xavier Pennec, Hervé Delingette, Alan Garny, Nicholas Ayache, Maxime Sermesant
Personalised computational models of the heart are of increasing interest for clinical applications due to their discriminative and predictive abilities. However, the simulation of a single heartbeat with a 3D cardiac electromechanical model can be long and computationally expensive, which makes some practical applications, such as the estimation of model parameters from clinical data (the personalisation), very slow. Here we introduce an original multifidelity approach between a 3D cardiac model and a simplified "0D" version of this model, which enables to get reliable (and extremely fast) approximations of the global behaviour of the 3D model using 0D simulations...
September 11, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
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