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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647618/genetic-and-ecological-processes-promoting-early-diversification-in-the-lowland-mesoamerican-bat-sturnira-parvidens-chiroptera-phyllostomidae
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Giovani Hernández-Canchola, Livia León-Paniagua
With 22 species, Sturnira is the most speciose genus of frugivorous Neotropical bats. Sturnira parvidens inhabits lowland tropical areas from Mexico to Central America. The elevation of this taxon to species level was recent, and discrepancies with respect to its geographic limits and phylogenetic position continue to exist. In order to identify genetic and ecological processes likely involved in the diversification and current distribution of S. parvidens, we evaluated relationships, researched phylogeographic and demographic history, and tested the divergence/conservatism of the climatic niche of this bat...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645146/analysis-of-in-vitro-evolution-reveals-the-underlying-distribution-of-catalytic-activity-among-random-sequences
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Abe Pressman, Janina E Moretti, Gregory W Campbell, Ulrich F Müller, Irene A Chen
The emergence of catalytic RNA is believed to have been a key event during the origin of life. Understanding how catalytic activity is distributed across random sequences is fundamental to estimating the probability that catalytic sequences would emerge. Here, we analyze the in vitro evolution of triphosphorylating ribozymes and translate their fitnesses into absolute estimates of catalytic activity for hundreds of ribozyme families. The analysis efficiently identified highly active ribozymes and estimated catalytic activity with good accuracy...
June 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643894/do-implicit-and-explicit-belief-processing-share-neural-substrates
#3
Claire K Naughtin, Kristina Horne, Dana Schneider, Dustin Venini, Ashley York, Paul E Dux
Humans rely on their ability to infer another person's mental state to understand and predict others' behavior ("theory of mind," ToM). Multiple lines of research suggest that not only are humans able to consciously process another person's belief state, but also are able to do so implicitly. Here we explored how general implicit belief states are represented in the brain, compared to those substrates involved in explicit ToM processes. Previous work on this topic has yielded conflicting results, and thus, the extent to which the implicit and explicit ToM systems draw on common neural bases is unclear...
June 23, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643280/effect-of-oxidative-stress-from-nanoscale-tio2-particles-on-a-physarum-polycephalum-macroplasmodium-under-dark-conditions
#4
Zhi Zhang, Jianhua Zhang, Caixia Shi, Heng Guo, RuiYang Ni, Junle Qu, Jiaoning Tang, Shide Liu
Information regarding the effect of nanoscale titanium dioxide particles (nTiO2) on the environment under dark conditions is scarce, and the effect of nTiO2 on fungi is largely unknown. Due to its huge size and high sensitivity to external stimuli, the slime mold fungi cell, Physarum polycephalum macroplasmodium, was utilized as a novel subject for the toxicity investigations in the present study, and oxidative stress from nTiO2 on the macroplasmodium was assessed under dark conditions. Short exposure (2-3 h) caused an intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) imbalance, and an anti-oxidative mechanism was activated from intermediate doses of nTiO2 (5-18 mg/mL)...
June 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643181/promoting-acid-resistance-and-nisin-yield-of-lactococcus-lactis-f44-by-genetically-increasing-d-asp-amidation-level-inside-cell-wall
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Panlong Hao, Dongmei Liang, Lijie Cao, Bin Qiao, Hao Wu, Qinggele Caiyin, Hongji Zhu, Jianjun Qiao
Nisin fermentation by Lactococcus lactis requires a low pH to maintain a relatively higher nisin activity. However, the acidic environment will result in cell arrest, and eventually decrease the relative nisin production. Hence, constructing an acid-resistant L. lactis is crucial for nisin harvest in acidic nisin fermentation. In this paper, the first discovery of the relationship between D-Asp amidation-associated gene (asnH) and acid resistance was reported. Overexpression of asnH in L. lactis F44 (F44A) resulted in a sevenfold increase in survival capacity during acid shift (pH 3) and enhanced nisin desorption capacity compared to F44 (wild type), which subsequently contributed to higher nisin production, reaching 5346 IU/mL, 57...
June 22, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642114/%C3%AE-d-glucan-from-antrodia-camphorata-ameliorates-lps-induced-inflammation-and-ros-production-in-human-hepatocytes
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Qiuli Chen, Huiling Tang, Zhengqi Zha, Hongping Yin, Ying Wang, Yufeng Wang, Haitao Li, Long Yue
A water soluble Antrodia Camphorata polysaccharide was composed of β-D-glucan, coded as ACP1. ACP1 was derived from cultured Antrodia Camphorata powder, which was extracted, separated and purified by DEAE-52 column and Sephadex G-100 chromatography. The molecular weight of ACP1 was 1.72×10(4)Da, and ACP1 consisted of glucose and galactose in the mole ratio of 2.21:1. Structural identification by FTIR, GC-MS and NMR, inferred that ACP1 consisted of →1,3)-linked-β-D-Glcp-(6→, →3)-linked-β-D-Glcp-(1→, and →6)-linked-α-D-Galp-(1→, with terminal β-D-Glcp and β-D-Galp...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641247/modeling-task-fmri-data-via-deep-convolutional-autoencoder
#7
Heng Huang, Xintao Hu, Yu Zhao, Milad Makkie, Qinglin Dong, Shijie Zhao, Lei Guo, Tianming Liu
Task-based fMRI (tfMRI) has been widely used to study functional brain networks under task performance. Modeling tfMRI data is challenging due to at least two problems: the lack of the ground truth of underlying neural activity and the highly complex intrinsic structure of tfMRI data. To better understand brain networks based on fMRI data, data-driven approaches have been proposed, for instance, Independent Component Analysis (ICA) and Sparse Dictionary Learning (SDL). However, both ICA and SDL only build shallow models, and they are under the strong assumption that original fMRI signal could be linearly decomposed into time series components with their corresponding spatial maps...
June 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641207/ros-and-calcium-signaling-mediated-pathways-involved-in-stress-responses-of-the-marine-microalgae-dunaliella-salina-to-enhanced-uv-b-radiation
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Xinxin Zhang, Xuexi Tang, Ming Wang, Wei Zhang, Bin Zhou, You Wang
UV-B ray has been addressed to trigger common metabolic responses on marine microalgae, however, the upstream events responsible for these changes in marine microalgae are poorly understood. In the present study, a species of marine green microalgae Dunaliella salina was exposed to a series of enhanced UV-B radiation ranging from 0.25 to 1.00 KJ·m(-2) per day. The role of ROS and calcium signaling in the D. salina responses to UV-B was discussed. Results showed that enhanced UV-B radiation markedly decreased the cell density in a dose-dependent manner, but the contents of protein and glycerol that were essential for cell growth increased...
May 28, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640774/the-difference-between-countermovement-and-squat-jump-performances-a-review-of-underlying-mechanisms-with-practical-applications
#9
Bas Van Hooren, Julia Zolotarjova
Van Hooren, B and Zolotarjova, J. The difference between countermovement and squat jump performances: a review of underlying mechanisms with practical applications. J Strength Cond Res 31(7): 2011-2020, 2017-Two movements that are widely used to monitor athletic performance are the countermovement jump (CMJ) and squat jump (SJ). Countermovement jump performance is almost always better than SJ performance, and the difference in performance is thought to reflect an effective utilization of the stretch-shortening cycle...
July 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637913/predicting-green-really-radical-plant-predictive-processing
#10
Paco Calvo, Karl Friston
In this article we account for the way plants respond to salient features of their environment under the free-energy principle for biological systems. Biological self-organization amounts to the minimization of surprise over time. We posit that any self-organizing system must embody a generative model whose predictions ensure that (expected) free energy is minimized through action. Plants respond in a fast, and yet coordinated manner, to environmental contingencies. They pro-actively sample their local environment to elicit information with an adaptive value...
June 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637584/decreased-tim-3-expression-of-peripheral-blood-natural-killer-cells-in-patients-with-severe-aplastic-anemia
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Tian Zhang, Xin Yuan, Chunyan Liu, Yi Li, Hui Liu, Lijuan Li, Kai Ding, Ting Wang, Honglei Wang, Zonghong Shao, Rong Fu
Severe aplastic anemia (SAA) is an autoimmune disease characterized by severe pancytopenia and bone marrow failure. In our previous studies, we found natural killer (NK) cells were aberrant in SAA patients. T cell immunoglobulin mucin-3 (TIM-3), an important regulator of immunity, is widely detected on NK cells and may contribute as a marker of activation and maturation of NK cells. In this study, we found that SAA untreated patients had lower TIM-3 expression on NK cells and CD56(dim) NK subsets compared with normal controls, and were correlated with the severity of pancytopenia of SAA...
April 24, 2017: Cellular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637390/isolation-structural-elucidation-and-antiplasmodial-activity-of-fucosterol-compound-from-brown-seaweed-sargassum%C3%A2-linearifolium-against-malarial-parasite-plasmodium-falciparum
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Pachiappan Perumal, Rajamani Sowmiya, Sundaram Prasanna Kumar, Sundaram Ravikumar, Paramasivam Deepak, Govindasamy Balasubramani
The brown seaweed, Sargassum linearifolium (Turner) C. Agardh, 1820 is commonly available along the south-east coast of India. Its compound fucosterol was isolated and confirmed through spectral characterisation and chemical transformation methods. The antiplasmodial effect of the isolated fucosterol was investigated against the 3D7 chloroquine sensitive Plasmodium falciparum strain, parasitaemia percentage was determined at 48 h and morphological change was studied through microscopic examination after Giemsa staining...
June 21, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636924/epithelial-folding-driven-by-apical-or-basal-lateral-modulation-geometric-features-mechanical-inference-and-boundary-effects
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Fu-Lai Wen, Yu-Chiun Wang, Tatsuo Shibata
During embryonic development, epithelial sheets fold into complex structures required for tissue and organ functions. Although substantial efforts have been devoted to identifying molecular mechanisms underlying epithelial folding, far less is understood about how forces deform individual cells to sculpt the overall sheet morphology. Here we describe a simple and general theoretical model for the autonomous folding of monolayered epithelial sheets. We show that active modulation of intracellular mechanics along the basal-lateral as well as the apical surfaces is capable of inducing fold formation in the absence of buckling instability...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634307/prefrontal-neurons-encode-a-solution-to-the-credit-assignment-problem
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Wael F Asaad, Peter M Lauro, János A Perge, Emad N Eskandar
To adapt successfully to our environments, we must use the outcomes of our choices to guide future behavior. Critically, we must be able to correctly assign credit for any particular outcome to the causal features which preceded it. In some cases, the causal features may be immediately evident, whereas in others they may be separated in time or intermingled with irrelevant environmental stimuli, creating a potentially nontrivial credit assignment problem. We examined the neuronal representation of information relevant for credit assignment in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (dPFC) of two male rhesus macaques performing a task that elicited key aspects of this problem...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634178/ascorbate-protects-the-di-heme-enzyme-maug-against-self-inflicted-oxidative-damage-by-an-unusual-antioxidant-mechanism
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Zhongxin Ma, Victor L Davidson
Ascorbate protects MauG from self-inactivation that occurs during the autoreduction of the reactive bis -Fe(IV) state of its diheme cofactor. The mechanism of protection does not involve direct reaction with reactive oxygen species in solution. Instead it binds to MauG and mitigates oxidative damage that occurs via internal transfer of electrons from amino acid residues within the protein to the high-valent hemes. The presence of ascorbate does not inhibit the natural catalytic reaction of MauG which catalyzes oxidative posttranslational modifications of a substrate protein that binds to the surface of MauG, and is oxidized by the high-valent hemes via long range electron transfer...
June 20, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633855/nanocomposites-synthesis-characterization-and-its-application-to-removal-azo-dyes-using-ultrasonic-assisted-method-modeling-and-optimization
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Sima Porhemmat, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Ali Reza Rezvani, Mohammad Hossein Ahmadi Azqhandi, Ali Akbar Bazrafshan
S-doped and Cu- and Co-doped TiO2 was synthesized by a sol-gel method and characterized by FE-SEM, XRD, EDX and FTIR. The Co/Cu/S-TiO2 nanocomposite loaded on the activated carbon as new nanoadsorbent was used for simultaneous removal of methylene blue (MB) and sunset yellow (SY) from aqueous solution by ultrasonic-assisted adsorption method. In this work, central composite design (CCD) and adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS) as a support tool for examining data and making prediction are used to recognize and predict the removal percentage in MB and SY dye solution of different concentrations...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633567/endogenous-bioelectric-signaling-networks-exploiting-voltage-gradients-for-control-of-growth-and-form
#17
Michael Levin, Giovanni Pezzulo, Joshua M Finkelstein
Living systems exhibit remarkable abilities to self-assemble, regenerate, and remodel complex shapes. How cellular networks construct and repair specific anatomical outcomes is an open question at the heart of the next-generation science of bioengineering. Developmental bioelectricity is an exciting emerging discipline that exploits endogenous bioelectric signaling among many cell types to regulate pattern formation. We provide a brief overview of this field, review recent data in which bioelectricity is used to control patterning in a range of model systems, and describe the molecular tools being used to probe the role of bioelectrics in the dynamic control of complex anatomy...
June 21, 2017: Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631370/microbial-manganese-iii-reduction-fueled-by-anaerobic-acetate-oxidation
#18
Nadia Szeinbaum, Hui Lin, Jay A Brandes, Martial Taillefert, Jennifer B Glass, Thomas J DiChristina
Soluble manganese in the intermediate +III oxidation state (Mn(3+) ) is a newly identified oxidant in anoxic environments, whereas acetate is a naturally abundant substrate that fuels microbial activity. Microbial populations coupling anaerobic acetate oxidation to Mn(3+) reduction, however, have yet to be identified. We isolated a Shewanella strain capable of oxidizing acetate anaerobically with Mn(3+) as the electron acceptor, and confirmed this phenotype in other strains,. This metabolic connection between acetate and soluble Mn(3+) represents a new biogeochemical link between carbon and manganese cycles...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630437/phylogenetic-analysis-of-f-bzip-transcription-factors-indicates-conservation-of-the-zinc-deficiency-response-across-land-plants
#19
Pedro Humberto Castro, Grmay H Lilay, Antonio Muñoz-Mérida, Jan K Schjoerring, Herlânder Azevedo, Ana G L Assunção
Basic leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factors control important developmental and physiological processes in plants. In Arabidopsis thaliana, the three gene F-bZIP subfamily has been associated with zinc deficiency and salt stress response. Benefiting from the present abundance of plant genomic data, we performed an evolutionary and structural characterization of plant F-bZIPs. We observed divergence during seed plant evolution, into two groups and inferred different selective pressures for each. Group 1 contains AtbZIP19 and AtbZIP23 and appears more conserved, whereas Group 2, containing AtbZIP24, is more prone to gene loss and expansion events...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630203/bactericidal-and-sterilizing-activity-of-a-novel-regimen-with-bedaquiline-pretomanid-moxifloxacin-and-pyrazinamide-in-a-murine-model-of-tuberculosis
#20
Si-Yang Li, Rokeya Tasneen, Sandeep Tyagi, Heena Soni, Paul J Converse, Khisimuzi Mdluli, Eric L Nuermberger
New regimens based on two or more novel agents are sought to shorten or simplify treatment of tuberculosis (TB), including drug-resistant forms. Prior studies showed that the novel combinations of bedaquiline (BDQ) + pretomanid (PMD) + pyrazinamide (PZA) and of PMD + moxifloxacin (MXF) + PZA shorten the treatment duration necessary to prevent relapse by 2-3 and 1-2 months, respectively, compared with the current first-line regimen in a murine TB model. These 3-drug combinations are now being studied in clinical trials...
June 19, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
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