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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342805/phosphoethanolamine-addition-to-the-heptose-i-of-the-lipopolysaccharide-modifies-the-inner-core-structure-and-has-an-impact-on-the-binding-of-polymyxin-b-to-the-escherichia-coli-outer-membrane
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Javier Salazar, Mackarenna Alarcon, Jaime Huerta, Belén Navarro, Daniel Aguayo
Phosphoethanolamine (pEtN) decoration of E. coli Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) provides resistance to the antimicrobial Polymyxin B (PolB). While EptA and EptB enzymes catalyze the addition of pEtN to the Lipid A and Kdo (pEtN-Kdo-Lipid A), EptC catalyzes the pEtN addition to the Heptose I (pEtN-HeptI). In this study, we investigated the contribution of pEtN-HeptI to PolB resistance using eptA/eptB and eptC deficient E. coli K12 and its wild-type parent strains. These mutations were shown to decrease the antimicrobial activity of PolB on cells grown under pEtN-addition inducing conditions...
March 22, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342549/stream-aquifer-and-in-stream-processes-affecting-nitrogen-along-a-major-river-and-contributing-tributary
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Alexander Huizenga, Ryan T Bailey, Timothy K Gates
This study assesses the spatio-temporal patterns of water and nutrient mass exchange in a stream-riparian system of a major river and a contributing tributary in an irrigated semi-arid region. Field monitoring is performed along reaches of the Arkansas River (4.7km) and Timpas Creek (2.0km) in southeastern Colorado during the 2014 growing season, with water quantity and water quality data collected using a network of in-stream sampling sites and groundwater monitoring wells. Mass balance approaches were used to identify temporal and spatial trends in flow, nitrogen (N), and salinity in stream-aquifer exchange...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342418/dynamics-of-runoff-and-sediment-trapping-performance-of-vegetative-filter-strips-run-on-experiments-and-modeling
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Daili Pan, Xiaodong Gao, Miles Dyck, Yaqian Song, Pute Wu, Xining Zhao
Vegetative filter strips (VFSs) are a labor-saving and cost-effective agricultural best management practice to trap water runoff and sediment from the source areas. They also provide forage and/or fuel and are therefore potentially profitable for land owners. VFSs are however a dynamic system: the runoff delivery ratio (RDR) and sediment delivery ratio (SDR) vary with growth stage and vegetation types. The impacts of vegetation characteristics as well as soil physical properties modified by vegetation growth, on the RDR and SDR of VFS were evaluated by a flume experiment...
March 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339924/the-trans-golgi-network-and-the-golgi-stacks-behave-independently-during-regeneration-after-brefeldin-a-treatment-in-tobacco-by-2-cells
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Yoko Ito, Kiminori Toyooka, Masaru Fujimoto, Takashi Ueda, Tomohiro Uemura, Akihiko Nakano
The trans-Golgi network (TGN) plays an essential role in intracellular membrane trafficking. In plant cells, recent live-cell imaging studies have revealed the dynamic behavior of the TGN independent from the Golgi apparatus. In order to better understand the relationships between the two organelles, we examined their dynamic responses to the reagent brefeldin A (BFA) and their recovery after BFA removal. Golgi markers responded to BFA similarly over a range of concentrations, whereas the behavior of the TGN was BFA concentration dependent...
February 21, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339503/rat-retinal-vasomotion-assessed-by-laser-speckle-imaging
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Anastasiia Y Neganova, Dmitry D Postnov, Olga Sosnovtseva, Jens Christian B Jacobsen
Vasomotion is spontaneous or induced rhythmic changes in vascular tone or vessel diameter that lead to rhythmic changes in flow. While the vascular research community debates the physiological and pathophysiological consequence of vasomotion, there is a great need for experimental techniques that can address the role and dynamical properties of vasomotion in vivo. We apply laser speckle imaging to study spontaneous and drug induced vasomotion in retinal network of anesthetized rats. The results reveal a wide variety of dynamical patterns...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339428/does-conservative-treatment-change-the-brain-in-patients-with-chronic-musculoskeletal-pain-a-systematic-review
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Jeroen Kregel, Iris Coppieters, Robby DePauw, Anneleen Malfliet, Lieven Danneels, Jo Nijs, Barbara Cagnie, Mira Meeus
BACKGROUND: Chronic musculoskeletal pain is characterized by maladaptive central neuroplastic changes. Many observational studies have demonstrated that chronic pain states are associated with brain alterations regarding structure and/or function. Rehabilitation of patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain may include cognitive, exercise, or multimodal therapies. OBJECTIVE: The current review aims to provide a constructive overview of the existing literature reporting neural correlates, based on brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques, following conservative treatment in chronic musculoskeletal pain patients...
March 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338970/woody-plant-ecosystems-under-climate-change-and-air-pollution-response-consistencies-across-zonobiomes
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R Matyssek, A R Kozovits, G Wieser, J King, H Rennenberg
Forests store the largest terrestrial pools of carbon (C), helping to stabilize the global climate system, yet are threatened by climate change (CC) and associated air pollution (AP, highlighting ozone (O3) and nitrogen oxides (NOx)). We adopt the perspective that CC-AP drivers and physiological impacts are universal, resulting in consistent stress responses of forest ecosystems across zonobiomes. Evidence supporting this viewpoint is presented from the literature on ecosystem gross/net primary productivity and water cycling...
March 14, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338969/the-cascade-of-stress-a-network-approach-to-explore-differential-dynamics-in-populations-varying-in-risk-for-psychosis
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Annelie Klippel, Wolfgang Viechtbauer, Ulrich Reininghaus, Johanna Wigman, Claudia van Borkulo, Inez Myin-Germeys, Marieke Wichers
Stress plays a central role in the development and persistence of psychosis. Network analysis may help to reveal mechanisms at the level of the micro-dynamic effects between stress, other daily experiences and symptomatology. This is the first study to examine time-lagged networks of the relations between minor daily stress, momentary affect/thoughts, psychotic experiences, and other potentially relevant daily life contexts in individuals varying in risk for psychosis. Intensive longitudinal data were obtained through 6 studies...
March 17, 2017: Schizophrenia Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338632/a-polynomial-subset-based-efficient-multi-party-key-management-system-for-lightweight-device-networks
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Zahid Mahmood, Huansheng Ning, AtaUllah Ghafoor
Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) consist of lightweight devices to measure sensitive data that are highly vulnerable to security attacks due to their constrained resources. In a similar manner, the internet-based lightweight devices used in the Internet of Things (IoT) are facing severe security and privacy issues because of the direct accessibility of devices due to their connection to the internet. Complex and resource-intensive security schemes are infeasible and reduce the network lifetime. In this regard, we have explored the polynomial distribution-based key establishment schemes and identified an issue that the resultant polynomial value is either storage intensive or infeasible when large values are multiplied...
March 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338091/intermediate-filament-reorganization-dynamically-influences-cancer-cell-alignment-and-migration
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Andrew W Holle, Melih Kalafat, Adria Sales Ramos, Thomas Seufferlein, Ralf Kemkemer, Joachim P Spatz
The interactions between a cancer cell and its extracellular matrix (ECM) have been the focus of an increasing amount of investigation. The role of the intermediate filament keratin in cancer has also been coming into focus of late, but more research is needed to understand how this piece fits in the puzzle of cytoskeleton-mediated invasion and metastasis. In Panc-1 invasive pancreatic cancer cells, keratin phosphorylation in conjunction with actin inhibition was found to be sufficient to reduce cell area below either treatment alone...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338015/simultaneously-measuring-multiple-protein-interactions-and-their-correlations-in-a-cell-by-protein-interactome-footprinting
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Si-Wei Luo, Zhi Liang, Jia-Rui Wu
Quantitatively detecting correlations of multiple protein-protein interactions (PPIs) in vivo is a big challenge. Here we introduce a novel method, termed Protein-interactome Footprinting (PiF), to simultaneously measure multiple PPIs in one cell. The principle of PiF is that each target physical PPI in the interactome is simultaneously transcoded into a specific DNA sequence based on dimerization of the target proteins fused with DNA-binding domains. The interaction intensity of each target protein is quantified as the copy number of the specific DNA sequences bound by each fusion protein dimers...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337996/protein-interaction-evolution-from-promiscuity-to-specificity-with-reduced-flexibility-in-an-increasingly-complex-network
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T Alhindi, Z Zhang, P Ruelens, H Coenen, H Degroote, N Iraci, K Geuten
A key question regarding protein evolution is how proteins adapt to the dynamic environment in which they function and how in turn their evolution shapes the protein interaction network. We used extant and resurrected ancestral plant MADS-domain transcription factors to understand how SEPALLATA3, a protein with hub and glue properties, evolved and takes part in network organization. Although the density of dimeric interactions was saturated in the network, many new interactions became mediated by SEPALLATA3 after a whole genome triplication event...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337675/an-ontology-based-search-engine-for-digital-reconstructions-of-neuronal-morphology
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Sridevi Polavaram, Giorgio A Ascoli
Neuronal morphology is extremely diverse across and within animal species, developmental stages, brain regions, and cell types. This diversity is functionally important because neuronal structure strongly affects synaptic integration, spiking dynamics, and network connectivity. Digital reconstructions of axonal and dendritic arbors are thus essential to quantify and model information processing in the nervous system. NeuroMorpho.Org is an established repository containing tens of thousands of digitally reconstructed neurons shared by several hundred laboratories worldwide...
March 23, 2017: Brain Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337650/on-the-influence-of-a-network-on-optically-isotropic-fluid-phases-with-tetrahedral-octupolar-order
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Helmut R Brand, Harald Pleiner
We investigate the influence of transient or permanent elasticity on liquid phases with octupolar (tetrahedral) order, a question that has never been addressed before. The focus will be on optically isotropic liquid phases with tetrahedral order including the T d phase and the chiral T phase introduced by Fel. It turns out that the presence of both, a network as well as tetrahedral order can lead to the formation of chiral domains of both hands in an optically isotropic fluid due to a completely novel mechanism, thus providing a possible macroscopic explanation for recent experimental observations...
March 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337138/motor-skill-learning-in-an-insect-inspired-neuro-computational-control-system
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Eleonora Arena, Paolo Arena, Roland Strauss, Luca Patané
In nature, insects show impressive adaptation and learning capabilities. The proposed computational model takes inspiration from specific structures of the insect brain: after proposing key hypotheses on the direct involvement of the mushroom bodies (MBs) and on their neural organization, we developed a new architecture for motor learning to be applied in insect-like walking robots. The proposed model is a nonlinear control system based on spiking neurons. MBs are modeled as a nonlinear recurrent spiking neural network (SNN) with novel characteristics, able to memorize time evolutions of key parameters of the neural motor controller, so that existing motor primitives can be improved...
2017: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336925/prosocial-orientation-alters-network-dynamics-and-fosters-cooperation
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David Melamed, Brent Simpson, Ashley Harrell
Dynamic networks have been shown to increase cooperation, but prior findings are compatible with two different mechanisms for the evolution of cooperation. It may be that dynamic networks promote cooperation even in networks composed entirely of egoists, who strategically cooperate to attract and maintain profitable interaction partners. Alternatively, drawing on recent insights into heterogeneous social preferences, we expect that dynamic networks will increase cooperation only when nodes are occupied by persons with more prosocial preferences, who tend to attract and keep more cooperative partners relative to egoists...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336800/the-ethics-of-big-data-as-a-public-good-which-public-whose-good
#17
Linnet Taylor
International development and humanitarian organizations are increasingly calling for digital data to be treated as a public good because of its value in supplementing scarce national statistics and informing interventions, including in emergencies. In response to this claim, a 'responsible data' movement has evolved to discuss guidelines and frameworks that will establish ethical principles for data sharing. However, this movement is not gaining traction with those who hold the highest-value data, particularly mobile network operators who are proving reluctant to make data collected in low- and middle-income countries accessible through intermediaries...
December 28, 2016: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336748/the-sweet-side-of-ampk-signaling-regulation-of-gfat1
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John W Scott, Jonathan S Oakhill
Maintaining a steady balance between nutrient supply and energy demand is essential for all living organisms and is achieved through the dynamic control of metabolic processes that produce and consume adenosine-5'-triphosphate (ATP), the universal currency of energy in all cells. A key sensor of cellular energy is the adenosine-5'-monophosphate (AMP)-activated protein kinase (AMPK), which is the core component of a signaling network that regulates energy and nutrient metabolism. AMPK is activated by metabolic stresses that decrease cellular ATP, and functions to restore energy balance by orchestrating a switch in metabolism away from anabolic pathways toward energy-generating catabolic processes...
March 23, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336062/integrated-strategies-to-gain-a-systems-level-view-of-dynamic-signaling-networks
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Robert H Newman, Jin Zhang
In order to survive and function properly in the face of an ever changing environment, cells must be able to sense changes in their surroundings and respond accordingly. Cells process information about their environment through complex signaling networks composed of many discrete signaling molecules. Individual pathways within these networks are often tightly integrated and highly dynamic, allowing cells to respond to a given stimulus (or, as is typically the case under physiological conditions, a combination of stimuli) in a specific and appropriate manner...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335595/ligand-exchange-dynamics-on-gold-nanocrystals-direct-monitoring-of-nanoscale-polyvinylpyrrolidone-thiol-domain-surface-morphology
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Shuaidi Zhang, Sunghan Kim, Vladimir V Tsukruk
We report direct high-resolution monitoring of an evolving mixed nanodomain surface morphology during thiol adsorption on polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP)-stabilized single crystal gold nanocrystals. The thiol adsorption and replacement dynamics are found to be much more complex than a simple complete substitution of the initial polymer ligand. We observed that during ligand exchange with linear thiol, the nanocrystal surface evolved from an initial 1 nm uniform PVP coating into a remarkably stable network of globular PVP domains 20-100 nm in size and ~4 nm in height surrounded by thiol self-assembled monolayers (SAMs)...
March 24, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
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