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Greg Jensen, Yelda Alkan, Fabian Muñoz, Vincent P Ferrera, Herbert S Terrace
Transitive inference (TI) is a classic learning paradigm for which the relative contributions of experienced rewards and representation-based inference have been debated vigorously, particularly regarding the notion that animals are capable of logic and reasoning. Rhesus macaque subjects and human participants performed a TI task in which, prior to learning a 7-item list (ABCDEFG), a block of trials presented exclusively the pair FG. Contrary to the expectation of associative models, the high prior rate of reward for F did not disrupt subsequent learning of the entire list...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Comparative Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325594/assessment-of-multi-trophic-changes-in-a-shallow-boreal-lake-simultaneously-exposed-to-climate-change-and-aerial-deposition-of-contaminants-from-the-athabasca-oil-sands-region-canada
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Jamie C Summers, Joshua Kurek, Kathleen M Rühland, Erin E Neville, John P Smol
The Athabasca Oil Sands Region (AOSR) has been intensely developed for industrial bitumen extraction and upgrading since the 1980s. A paucity of environmental monitoring prior to development raises questions about baseline conditions in freshwater systems in the region and ecological responses to industrial activities. Further, climatic changes prompt questions about the relative roles of climate and industry in shaping aquatic ecosystems through time. We use aquatic bioindicators from multiple trophic levels, concentrations of petrogenic contaminants (dibenzothiophenes), and spectrally-inferred chlorophyll-a preserved in well-dated sediments of a closed-basin, shallow lake ~50km away from the main area of industry, in conjunction with climate observations, to assess how the biotic assemblages of a typical AOSR lake have changed during the past ~75years...
March 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321200/the-importance-of-metamemory-functioning-to-the-pathogenesis-of-psychosis
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REVIEW
Sarah Eisenacher, Mathias Zink
Many studies up to date have implied that biases in the metacognition of memory, so called metamemory, contribute to the development and maintenance of positive symptoms in schizophrenia. However, no study exists which has longitudinally followed patients experiencing positive symptoms. The present article therefore reviews cross-sectional studies on retrospective metamemory abilities in participants within different stages of a schizophrenia spectrum disorder, with heterogeneous symptom severities, creating a pseudo-longitudinal overview...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303943/increased-chemical-weathering-during-the-deglacial-to-mid-holocene-summer-monsoon-intensification
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Pavan Miriyala, N P Sukumaran, B Nagender Nath, P B Ramamurty, A V Sijinkumar, B Vijayagopal, V Ramaswamy, Tyson Sebastian
Chemical weathering and the ensuing atmospheric carbon dioxide consumption has long been considered to work on geological time periods until recently when some modelling and natural records have shown that the weathering-related CO2 consumption can change at century to glacial-interglacial time scale. Last glacial to interglacial transition period is a best test case to understand the interplay between Pco2-temperature-chemical weathering when a pulse of rapid chemical weathering was initiated. Here we show, from a high resolution 54 ka record from the Andaman Sea in the northern Indian Ocean, that the chemical weathering responds to deglacial to mid-Holocene summer monsoon intensification in the Myanmar watersheds...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298634/weaning-age-influences-the-severity-of-gastrointestinal-microbiome-shifts-in-dairy-calves
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S J Meale, S C Li, P Azevedo, H Derakhshani, T J DeVries, J C Plaizier, M A Steele, E Khafipour
Ruminants microbial consortium is responsible for ruminal fermentation, a process which converts fibrous feeds unsuitable for human consumption into desirable dairy and meat products, begins to establish soon after birth. However, it undergoes a significant transition when digestion shifts from the lower intestine to ruminal fermentation. We hypothesised that delaying the transition from a high milk diet to an exclusively solid food diet (weaning) would lessen the severity of changes in the gastrointestinal microbiome during this transition...
March 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297889/time-varying-coupling-functions-dynamical-inference-and-cause-of-synchronization-transitions
#6
Tomislav Stankovski
Interactions in nature can be described by their coupling strength, direction of coupling, and coupling function. The coupling strength and directionality are relatively well understood and studied, at least for two interacting systems; however, there can be a complexity in the interactions uniquely dependent on the coupling functions. Such a special case is studied here: synchronization transition occurs only due to the time variability of the coupling functions, while the net coupling strength is constant throughout the observation time...
February 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296636/discovering-sparse-transcription-factor-codes-for-cell-states-and-state-transitions-during-development
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Leon A Furchtgott, Samuel Melton, Vilas Menon, Sharad Ramanathan
Computational analysis of gene expression to determine both the sequence of lineage choices made by multipotent cells and to identify the genes influencing these decisions is challenging. Here we discover a pattern in the expression levels of a sparse subset of genes among cell types in B- and T-cell developmental lineages that correlates with developmental topologies. We develop a statistical framework using this pattern to simultaneously infer lineage transitions and the genes that determine these relationships...
March 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296635/dynamics-of-embryonic-stem-cell-differentiation-inferred-from-single-cell-transcriptomics-show-a-series-of-transitions-through-discrete-cell-states
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Sumin Jang, Sandeep Choubey, Leon Furchtgott, Ling-Nan Zou, Adele Doyle, Vilas Menon, Ethan B Loew, Anne-Rachel Krostag, Refugio A Martinez, Linda Madisen, Boaz P Levi, Sharad Ramanathan
The complexity of gene regulatory networks that lead multipotent cells to acquire different cell fates makes a quantitative understanding of differentiation challenging. Using a statistical framework to analyze single-cell transcriptomics data, we infer the gene expression dynamics of early mouse embryonic stem (mES) cell differentiation, uncovering discrete transitions across nine cell states. We validate the predicted transitions across discrete states using flow cytometry. Moreover, using live-cell microscopy, we show that individual cells undergo abrupt transitions from a naïve to primed pluripotent state...
March 15, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296507/lncrna-pvt1-epigenetically-silences-mir-195-and-modulates-emt-and-chemoresistance-in-cervical-cancer-cells
#9
Ching-Ju Shen, Ya-Min Cheng, Chiu-Lin Wang
The plasmacytoma variant translocation 1 gene (PVT1) is an oncogenic lncRNA with regulative effect on chemosensitivity in cervical cancer. However, the underlying mechanisms were not fully understood. In this study, HPV16 positive CaSki and SiHa cells were used as in-vitro cell model. Knockdown of HPV16 E7 significantly inhibited PVT1 and restored miR-195 expression. PVT1 directly interacts with EZH2 and the complex anchors in the promoter region of miR-195. PVT1 overexpression resulted in increased H3K27me3 levels in the miR-195 promoter region, while PVT1 knockdown decreased H3K27me3 levels in the promoter region...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Drug Targeting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292312/comprehensive-discovery-of-subsample-gene-expression-components-by-information-explanation-therapeutic-implications-in-cancer
#10
Shirley Pepke, Greg Ver Steeg
BACKGROUND: De novo inference of clinically relevant gene function relationships from tumor RNA-seq remains a challenging task. Current methods typically either partition patient samples into a few subtypes or rely upon analysis of pairwise gene correlations that will miss some groups in noisy data. Leveraging higher dimensional information can be expected to increase the power to discern targetable pathways, but this is commonly thought to be an intractable computational problem. METHODS: In this work we adapt a recently developed machine learning algorithm for sensitive detection of complex gene relationships...
March 15, 2017: BMC Medical Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291617/blood-pressure-before-initiation-of-maintenance-dialysis-and-subsequent-mortality
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Keiichi Sumida, Miklos Z Molnar, Praveen K Potukuchi, Fridtjof Thomas, Jun Ling Lu, Vanessa A Ravel, Melissa Soohoo, Connie M Rhee, Elani Streja, John J Sim, Kunihiro Yamagata, Kamyar Kalantar-Zadeh, Csaba P Kovesdy
BACKGROUND: Mortality is extremely high immediately after the transition to dialysis therapy, but the association of blood pressure (BP) before dialysis therapy initiation with mortality after dialysis therapy initiation remains unknown. STUDY DESIGN: Observational study. SETTING & PARTICIPANTS: 17,729 US veterans transitioning to dialysis therapy in October 2007 to September 2011, with a median follow-up of 2.0 years. PREDICTOR: Systolic (SBP) and diastolic BP (DBP) averaged over the last 1-year predialysis transition period as 6 (<120 to ≥160mmHg in 10-mmHg increments) and 5 (<60 to ≥90mmHg in 10-mmHg increments) categories, respectively, and as continuous measures...
March 10, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290581/deconvolution-of-heterogeneous-wound-tissue-samples-into-relative-macrophage-phenotype-composition-via-models-based-on-gene-expression
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Nicole M Ferraro, Will Dampier, Michael S Weingarten, Kara L Spiller
Macrophages, the primary cell of the innate immune system, act on a spectrum of phenotypes that correspond to diverse functions. Dysregulation of macrophage phenotype is associated with many diseases. In particular, defective transition from pro-inflammatory (M1) to anti-inflammatory (M2) behavior has been implicated as a potential source of sustained inflammation that prevents healing of chronic wounds such as diabetic ulcers. In order to design effective treatments, an understanding of the relative presence of macrophage phenotypes during tissue repair is necessary...
March 14, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289251/the-evolution-of-transmission-mode
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REVIEW
Janis Antonovics, Anthony J Wilson, Mark R Forbes, Heidi C Hauffe, Eva R Kallio, Helen C Leggett, Ben Longdon, Beth Okamura, Steven M Sait, Joanne P Webster
This article reviews research on the evolutionary mechanisms leading to different transmission modes. Such modes are often under genetic control of the host or the pathogen, and often in conflict with each other via trade-offs. Transmission modes may vary among pathogen strains and among host populations. Evolutionary changes in transmission mode have been inferred through experimental and phylogenetic studies, including changes in transmission associated with host shifts and with evolution of the unusually complex life cycles of many parasites...
May 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288157/modelling-t-cell-proliferation-dynamics-heterogeneity-depending-on-cell-differentiation-age-and-genetic-background
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Julien Vibert, Véronique Thomas-Vaslin
Cell proliferation is the common characteristic of all biological systems. The immune system insures the maintenance of body integrity on the basis of a continuous production of diversified T lymphocytes in the thymus. This involves processes of proliferation, differentiation, selection, death and migration of lymphocytes to peripheral tissues, where proliferation also occurs upon antigen recognition. Quantification of cell proliferation dynamics requires specific experimental methods and mathematical modelling...
March 13, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280830/tuning-the-electronic-and-vibrational-properties-of-sn2p2se6-and-pb2p2s6-crystals-and-their-metallization-under-high-pressure
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Sergey V Ovsyannikov, Natalia V Morozova, Igor V Korobeinikov, Vasyl Haborets, Ruslan Yevych, Yulian Vysochanskii, Vladimir V Shchennikov
External stimuli enabling either a continuous tuning or an abrupt switching of the basic properties of materials that are utilized in various industrial appliances could significantly extend their range of use. The key characteristics of semiconductors are basically linked to their electronic and optical properties. In this study, we experimentally demonstrated that two kindred wide-band-gap semiconductors, ferroelectric Sn2P2Se6 and paraelectric Pb2P2S6, which are commonly used in optical technologies, have remarkably different and unusual responses in their electronic band structures to applied moderate pressures...
March 10, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269404/a-feasibility-study-of-depth-image-based-intent-recognition-for-lower-limb-prostheses
#16
Huseyin Atakan Varol, Yerzhan Massalin
This paper presents our preliminary work on a depth camera based intent recognition system intended for future use in robotic prosthetic legs. The approach infers the activity mode of the subject for standing, walking, running, stair ascent and stair descent modes only using data from the depth camera. Depth difference images are also used to increase the performance of the approach by discriminating between static and dynamic instances. After confidence map based filtering, simple features such as mean, maximum, minimum and standard deviation are extracted from rectangular regions of the frames...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265329/the-transition-process-of-spina-bifida-patients-to-adult-centred-care-an-assessment-of-the-canadian-urology-landscape
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REVIEW
Amy Wajchendler, Peter Anderson, Martin A Koyle
INTRODUCTION: Due to medical advances over the past three decades, the vast majority of children with spina bifida (SB) now survive into adulthood. As a result, there is a need to implement a well-defined urological transition process for these patients from the pediatric to adult environment. The objective of this study was to identify and analyze the current medical practices employed and the attitudes regarding transition by Canadian pediatric urologists caring for the SB population...
January 2017: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252149/a-modified-wenzel-model-for-water-wetting-on-van-der-waals-layered-materials-with-topographic-surfaces
#18
Peng Zhao, Yongfeng Huang, Yutian Shen, Shuo Yang, Lan Chen, Kehui Wu, Hui Li, Sheng Meng
A modified Wenzel model is proposed for describing the wetting behavior of van der Waals layered materials with topographic surfaces, based on the measured linear relationship between water wetting and surface roughness for high quality Bi2Se3 thin films, synthesized using molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) in the optimized temperature window of 180-200 °C. The water contact angles are found to have apparent dependence on the nanoscale surface morphology, enabling film wettability as a new tool to quickly characterize the quality of atomically thin films...
March 2, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251534/do-rainfalls-wash-out-anthropogenic-airborne-magnetic-particulates
#19
Amarjargal Baatar, Raegyung Ha, Yongjae Yu
We separated dust particles from the mesh-filtered sets of rainwaters collected on rainy days with daily precipitations exceeding 10 mm per day. A total of 136 rainwaters (or snow during the winter season) samples collected from February 2009 to February 2013 were analyzed. In particular, 33 out of 136 rainwaters were collected during or just after the Asian dust storm (ADS) events. Values of pH were relatively higher during warmer seasons. During ADS events, precipitations were alkaline, possibly due to abundant supply of alkaline minerals from the deserts source area to the precipitation...
March 1, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251305/evolution-of-bidirectional-sex-change-and-gonochorism-in-fishes-of-the-gobiid-genera-trimma-priolepis-and-trimmatom
#20
Tomoki Sunobe, Tetsuya Sado, Kiyoshi Hagiwara, Hisaya Manabe, Toshiyuki Suzuki, Yasuhisa Kobayashi, Makoto Sakurai, Shin-Ichi Dewa, Midori Matsuoka, Akihiko Shinomiya, Kazuya Fukuda, Masaki Miya
Size-advantage and low-density models have been used to explain how mating systems favor hermaphroditism or gonochorism. However, these models do not indicate historical transitions in sexuality. Here, we investigate the evolution of bidirectional sex change and gonochorism by phylogenetic analysis using the mitochondrial gene of the gobiids Trimma (31 species), Priolepis (eight species), and Trimmatom (two species). Trimma and Priolepis formed a clade within the sister group Trimmatom. Gonadal histology and rearing experiments revealed that Trimma marinae, Trimma nasa, and Trimmatom spp...
April 2017: Die Naturwissenschaften
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