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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109124/domestication-and-human-demographic-history-in-south-america
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S Ivan Perez, María Bárbara Postillone, Diego Rindel
OBJECTIVES: The early groups of hunter-gatherers who peopled South America faced significant ecological changes in their trophic niche for a relatively short period after the initial peopling. In particular, the incorporation of cultigens during the Holocene led to a wider trophic niche and probably to an increased carrying capacity of the environment. Here, we study the relationship between the incorporation of domestic resources during the Holocene and the demographic dynamics of human populations at a regional scale in South America...
January 21, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108429/toward-patient-centered-telerehabilitation-design-understanding-chronic-pain-patients-preferences-for-web-based-exercise-telerehabilitation-using-a-discrete-choice-experiment
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Karlijn Cranen, Catharina Gm Groothuis-Oudshoorn, Miriam Mr Vollenbroek-Hutten, Maarten J IJzerman
BACKGROUND: Patient-centered design that addresses patients' preferences and needs is considered an important aim for improving health care systems. At present, within the field of pain rehabilitation, patients' preferences regarding telerehabilitation remain scarcely explored and little is known about the optimal combination between human and electronic contact from the patients' perspective. In addition, limited evidence is available about the best way to explore patients' preferences...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108394/unsmoothed-functional-mri-of-the-human-amygdala-and-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-during-processing-of-emotional-faces
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Ronald Sladky, Nicole Geissberger, Daniela M Pfabigan, Christoph Kraus, Martin Tik, Michael Woletz, Katharina Paul, Thomas Vanicek, Bastian Auer, Georg S Kranz, Claus Lamm, Rupert Lanzenberger, Christian Windischberger
Functional neuroimaging of the human amygdala has been of great interest to uncover the neural underpinnings of emotions, mood, motivation, social cognition, and decision making, as well as their dysfunction in psychiatric disorders. Yet, several factors limit in vivo imaging of amygdalar function, most importantly its location deep within the temporal lobe adjacent to air-filled cavities that cause magnetic field inhomogeneities entailing signal dropouts. Additionally, the amygdala and the extended amygdalar region consist of several substructures, which have been assigned different functions and have important implications for functional and effective connectivity studies...
January 17, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107684/non-invasive-brain-stimulation-targeting-the-right-fusiform-gyrus-selectively-increases-working-memory-for-faces
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Tad T Brunyé, Joseph M Moran, Amanda Holmes, Caroline R Mahoney, Holly A Taylor
The human extrastriate cortex contains a region critically involved in face detection and memory, the right fusiform gyrus. The present study evaluated whether transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) targeting this anatomical region would selectively influence memory for faces versus non-face objects (houses). Anodal tDCS targeted the right fusiform gyrus (Brodmann's Area 37), with the anode at electrode site PO10, and cathode at FP2. Two stimulation conditions were compared in a repeated-measures design: 0...
January 17, 2017: Brain and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107435/peptide-targeted-by-human-antibodies-associated-with-hiv-vaccine-associated-protection-assumes-a-dynamic-%C3%AE-helical-structure
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Mohammed S Aiyegbo, Evgeny Shmelkov, Lorenzo Dominguez, Michael Goger, Shibani Battacharya, Allan C deCamp, Peter B Gilbert, Phillip W Berman, Timothy Cardozo
The only evidence of vaccine-induced protection from HIV acquisition in humans was obtained in the RV144 HIV vaccine clinical trial. One immune correlate of risk in RV144 was observed to be higher titers of vaccine-induced antibodies (Abs) reacting with a 23-mer non-glycosylated peptide with the same amino acid sequence as a segment in the second variable (V2) loop of the MN strain of HIV. We used NMR to analyze the dynamic 3D structure of this peptide. Distance restraints between spatially proximate inter-residue protons were calculated from NOE cross peak intensities and used to constrain a thorough search of all possible conformations of the peptide...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106716/tracking-and-classification-of-in-air-hand-gesture-based-on-thermal-guided-joint-filter
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Seongwan Kim, Yuseok Ban, Sangyoun Lee
The research on hand gestures has attracted many image processing-related studies, as it intuitively conveys the intention of a human as it pertains to motional meaning. Various sensors have been used to exploit the advantages of different modalities for the extraction of important information conveyed by the hand gesture of a user. Although many works have focused on learning the benefits of thermal information from thermal cameras, most have focused on face recognition or human body detection, rather than hand gesture recognition...
January 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104804/the-n-terminus-specifies-the-switch-between-transport-modes-of-the-human-serotonin-transporter
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Carina Kern, Fatma Asli Erdem, Ali El-Kasaby, Walter Sandtner, Michael Freissmuth, Sonja Sucic
The serotonin transporter (SERT) and other monoamine transporters operate in either a forward transport mode, where the transporter undergoes a full transport cycle, or an exchange mode, where the transporter seesaws through half-cycles. Amphetamines trigger the exchange-mode leading to substrate efflux. This efflux was proposed to rely on the N-terminus, which was suggested to adopt different conformations in the inward-, outward-facing and amphetamine-bound states. This prediction was verified by tryptic digestion of SERT-expressing membranes: in the absence of Na+, the N-terminus was rapidly digested...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103555/robust-head-pose-estimation-based-on-partially-latent-mixture-of-linear-regressions
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Vincent Drouard, Radu Horaud, Antoine Deleforge, Sileye Ba, Georgios Evangelidis
Head-pose estimation has many applications, such as social event analysis, human-robot and human-computer interaction, driving assistance, and so forth. Head-pose estimation is challenging because it must cope with changing illumination conditions, variabilities in face orientation and in appearance, partial occlusions of facial landmarks, as well as bounding-box-to- face alignment errors. We propose tu use a mixture of linear regressions with partially-latent output. This regression method learns to map high-dimensional feature vectors (extracted from bounding boxes of faces) onto the joint space of head-pose angles and bounding-box shifts, such that they are robustly predicted in the presence of unobservable phenomena...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103269/wildlife-population-dynamics-in-human-dominated-landscapes-under-community-based-conservation-the-example-of-nakuru-wildlife-conservancy-kenya
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Joseph O Ogutu, Bernard Kuloba, Hans-Peter Piepho, Erustus Kanga
Wildlife conservation is facing numerous and mounting challenges on private and communal lands in Africa, including in Kenya. We analyze the population dynamics of 44 common wildlife species in relation to rainfall variation in the Nakuru Wildlife Conservancy (NWC), located in the Nakuru-Naivasha region of Kenya, based on ground total counts carried out twice each year from March 1996 to May 2015. Rainfall in the region was quasi-periodic with cycle periods dependent on the rainfall component and varying from 2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101411/simultaneous-multimodal-ophthalmic-imaging-using-swept-source-spectrally-encoded-scanning-laser-ophthalmoscopy-and-optical-coherence-tomography
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Joseph D Malone, Mohamed T El-Haddad, Ivan Bozic, Logan A Tye, Lucas Majeau, Nicolas Godbout, Andrew M Rollins, Caroline Boudoux, Karen M Joos, Shriji N Patel, Yuankai K Tao
Scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (SLO) benefits diagnostic imaging and therapeutic guidance by allowing for high-speed en face imaging of retinal structures. When combined with optical coherence tomography (OCT), SLO enables real-time aiming and retinal tracking and provides complementary information for post-acquisition volumetric co-registration, bulk motion compensation, and averaging. However, multimodality SLO-OCT systems generally require dedicated light sources, scanners, relay optics, detectors, and additional digitization and synchronization electronics, which increase system complexity...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100844/phospholipids-and-products-of-their-hydrolysis-as-dietary-preventive-factors-for-civilization-diseases
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Karol Parchem, Agnieszka Bartoszek
The results of numerous epidemiological studies indicate that phospholipids play an important role in the prevention of chronic diseases faced by contemporary society. Firstly, these compounds are responsible for the proper functioning of cell membranes, by ensuring liquidity and permeability, which is pivotal for normal activity of membrane proteins, including receptors. These mechanisms are at the core of prevention of cancer, autoimmune or neurological disorders. Secondly, structure and properties of phospholipids cause that they are highly available source of biologically active fatty acids...
December 31, 2016: Postȩpy Higieny i Medycyny Doświadczalnej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100746/end-stopping-predicts-curvature-tuning-along-the-ventral-stream
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Carlos R Ponce, Till S Hartmann, Margaret S Livingstone
: Neurons in primate inferotemporal cortex (IT) are clustered into patches of shared image preferences. Functional imaging has shown that these patches are activated by natural categories (e.g., faces, body parts, and places), artificial categories (numerals, words) and geometric features (curvature and real-world size). These domains develop in the same cortical locations across monkeys and humans, which raises the possibility of common innate mechanisms. Although these commonalities could be high-level template-based categories, it is alternatively possible that the domain locations are constrained by low-level properties such as end-stopping, eccentricity, and the shape of the preferred images...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100742/visual-sampling-predicts-hippocampal-activity
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Zhong-Xu Liu, Kelly Shen, Rosanna K Olsen, Jennifer D Ryan
: Eye movements serve to accumulate information from the visual world, contributing to the formation of coherent memory representations that support cognition and behavior. The hippocampus and the oculomotor network are well connected anatomically through an extensive set of polysynaptic pathways. However, the extent to which visual sampling behavior is related to functional responses in the hippocampus during encoding has not been studied directly in human neuroimaging. In the current study, participants engaged in a face processing task while brain responses were recorded with fMRI and eye movements were monitored simultaneously...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099611/norwegian-scabies-rare-case-of-atypical-manifestation
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Karina Corrêa Ebrahim, Júlia Barazetti Alves, Lísias de Araújo Tomé, Carlos Floriano de Moraes, Arianne Ditzel Gaspar, Karin Fernanda Franck, Mohamad Ali Hussein, Lucas Raiser da Cruz, Leonardo Duque Ebrahim, Luis Felipe de Oliveira Sidney
Human scabies affects all social classes and different races around the world. It is highly contagious, but the exact figures on its prevalence are unknown. A 19-year-old male patient was admitted to the emergency room reporting fever (38°C) and multiple lesions throughout the body, except face, soles, and palms. Lesions were non-pruritic, which hampered the initial diagnostic suspicion. Skin biopsy was performed, and the final diagnosis was crusted scabies (Norwegian). It was concluded that human scabies is a significant epidemic disease, due to its different clinical manifestations, and because it is extremely contagious...
November 2016: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098082/occupational-health-profile-of-workers-employed-in-the-manufacturing-sector-of-india
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REVIEW
Shivali Suri, Ranjan Das
BACKGROUND: The occupational health scenario of workers engaged in the manufacturing sector in India deserves attention for their safety and increasing productivity. We reviewed the status of the manufacturing sector, identified hazards faced by workers, and assessed the existing legislations and healthcare delivery mechanisms. METHODS: From October 2014 to March 2015, we did a literature review by manual search of pre-identified journals, general electronic search, electronic search of dedicated websites/databases and personal communication with experts of occupational health...
September 2016: National Medical Journal of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096461/differential-contribution-of-transmembrane-domains-iv-v-vi-and-vii-to-human-angiotensin-ii-type-1-receptor-homomer-formation
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Brent M Young, Elaine Nguyen, Matthew A J Chedrawe, Jan K Rainey, Denis J Dupré
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) play an important role in drug therapy, and represent one of the largest families of drug targets. The angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R) is notable as it has a central role in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Blockade of AT1R signaling has been shown to alleviate hypertension and improve outcomes in patients with heart failure. Despite this, it has become apparent that our initial understanding of AT1R signaling is over-simplified. There is considerable evidence to suggest that AT1R signaling is highly modified in the presence of receptor-receptor interactions, but there is very little structural data available to explain this phenomenon even with the recent elucidation of the AT1R crystal structure...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096460/occupancy-of-the-zinc-binding-site-by-transition-metals-decreases-the-substrate-affinity-of-the-human-dopamine-transporter-by-an-allosteric-mechanism
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Yang Li, Felix P Mayer, Peter S Hasenhuetl, Verena Burtscher, Klaus Schicker, Harald H Sitte, Michael Freissmuth, Walter Sandtner
The human dopamine transporter (DAT) has a tetrahedral Zn(2+)-binding site. Zn(2+)-binding sites are also recognized by other first row transition metals. Excessive accumulation of manganese or of copper can lead to Parkinsonism due to dopamine deficiency. Accordingly, we examined the effect of Mn(2+), Co(2+), Ni(2+) and Cu(2+)on transport-associated currents through DAT and DAT-H193K, a mutant with a disrupted Zn(2+)-binding site. All transition metals - but Mn(2+) - modulated the transport cycle of wild type DAT with affinities in the low µM range...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095835/antimicrobial-activity-of-some-plant-materials-used-in-armenian-traditional-medicine
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Mikayel Ginovyan, Margarit Petrosyan, Armen Trchounian
BACKGROUND: Antibiotic resistance has become one of the major problems facing humanity. The need for new antimicrobials has been increased dramatically. Plants are considered as one of the most promising sources for new antimicrobials discovery. Despite relatively small area, Armenia has large diversity of flora with many endemic species. In Armenian folk medicine plant materials have been used to treat various microbial diseases since ancient times. The goal of our research was to evaluate antimicrobial efficiency of different parts of five wild plants species which are commonly used in Armenian traditional medicine...
January 17, 2017: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094254/describing-polyhedral-tilings-and-higher-dimensional-polytopes-by-sequence-of-their-two-dimensional-components
#19
Kengo Nishio, Takehide Miyazaki
Polyhedral tilings are often used to represent structures such as atoms in materials, grains in crystals, foams, galaxies in the universe, etc. In the previous paper, we have developed a theory to convert a way of how polyhedra are arranged to form a polyhedral tiling into a codeword (series of numbers) from which the original structure can be recovered. The previous theory is based on the idea of forming a polyhedral tiling by gluing together polyhedra face to face. In this paper, we show that the codeword contains redundant digits not needed for recovering the original structure, and develop a theory to reduce the redundancy...
January 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093975/molecular-modeling-and-dynamics-simulation-analysis-of-katnal1-for-identification-of-novel-inhibitor-of-sperm-maturation
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Kishore Sarma, Shubhadeep Roychoudhury, Sudipta Sankar Bora, Budheswar Dehury, Pratap Parida, Saurav Das, Robin Das, Chandrajit Dohutia, Sangeeta Nath, Bibhas Deb, Mahendra K Modi
Rapid growth of world population is one of the biggest challenges faced by the human race. Hormone based birth control often causes various side effects, as such development of non-hormonal based contraceptives is the need of the hour. A recent study revealed that temporary infertility without changing hormone levels can be attained by inhibiting Katanin p60 ATPase-containing subunit A-like 1 protein (KATNAL1) which is critical in sperm maturation in the testes. This study revealed that, KATNAL1 is a soluble protein retained in the cytoplasm having molecular weight of 55,392 Dalton...
January 16, 2017: Combinatorial Chemistry & High Throughput Screening
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