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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538144/probing-the-potential-role-of-non-b-dna-structures-at-yeast-meiosis-specific-dna-double-strand-breaks
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Rucha Kshirsagar, Krishnendu Khan, Mamata V Joshi, Ramakrishna V Hosur, K Muniyappa
A plethora of evidence suggests that different types of DNA quadruplexes are widely present in the genome of all organisms. The existence of a growing number of proteins that selectively bind and/or process these structures underscores their biological relevance. Moreover, G-quadruplex DNA has been implicated in the alignment of four sister chromatids by forming parallel guanine quadruplexes during meiosis; however, the underlying mechanism is not well defined. Here we show that a G/C-rich motif associated with a meiosis-specific DNA double-strand break (DSB) in Saccharomyces cerevisiae folds into G-quadruplex, and the C-rich sequence complementary to the G-rich sequence forms an i-motif...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534924/very-large-scale-characterization-of-graphene-mechanical-devices-using-a-colorimetry-technique
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Santiago Jose Cartamil-Bueno, Alba Centeno, Amaia Zurutuza, Peter Gerard Steeneken, Herre Sjoerd Jan van der Zant, Samer Houri
We use a scalable optical technique to characterize more than 21 000 circular nanomechanical devices made of suspended single- and double-layer graphene on cavities with different diameters (D) and depths (g). To maximize the contrast between suspended and broken membranes we used a model for selecting the optimal color filter. The method enables parallel and automatized image processing for yield statistics. We find the survival probability to be correlated with a structural mechanics scaling parameter given by D(4)/g(3)...
May 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534816/roi-based-on-board-compression-for-hyperspectral-remote-sensing-images-on-gpu
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Rossella Giordano, Pietro Guccione
In recent years, hyperspectral sensors for Earth remote sensing have become very popular. Such systems are able to provide the user with images having both spectral and spatial information. The current hyperspectral spaceborne sensors are able to capture large areas with increased spatial and spectral resolution. For this reason, the volume of acquired data needs to be reduced on board in order to avoid a low orbital duty cycle due to limited storage space. Recently, literature has focused the attention on efficient ways for on-board data compression...
May 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534399/self-assembly-of-organic-ferroelectrics-by-evaporative-dewetting-a-case-of-%C3%AE-glycine
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Ensieh Seyedhosseini, Konstantin Romanyuk, Daria Vasileva, Semen Vasilev, Alla Nuraeva, Pavel Zelenovskiy, Maxim S Ivanov, Anna N Morozovska, Vladimir Ya Shur, Haidong Lu, Alexei Gruverman, Andrei Leonidovitch Kholkin
Self-assembly of ferroelectric materials attracts significant interest because it offers a promising fabrication route to novel structures useful for microelectronic devices such as non-volatile memories, integrated sensors/actuators, or energy harvesters. In this work, we demonstrate a novel approach for self-assembly of organic ferroelectrics (as exemplified by ferroelectric β-glycine) using evaporative dewetting, which allows forming quasi-regular arrays of nano- and microislands with preferred orientation of polarization axes...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533539/a-single-walker-approach-for-studying-quasi-nonergodic-systems
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Zilvinas Rimas, Sergei N Taraskin
The jump-walking Monte-Carlo algorithm is revisited and updated to study the equilibrium properties of systems exhibiting quasi-nonergodicity. It is designed for a single processing thread as opposed to currently predominant algorithms for large parallel processing systems. The updated algorithm is tested on the Ising model and applied to the lattice-gas model for sorption in aerogel at low temperatures, when dynamics of the system is critically slowed down. It is demonstrated that the updated jump-walking simulations are able to produce equilibrium isotherms which are typically hidden by the hysteresis effect characteristic of the standard single-flip simulations...
May 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533466/cultural-evolution-of-military-camouflage
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Laszlo Talas, Roland J Baddeley, Innes C Cuthill
While one has evolved and the other been consciously created, animal and military camouflage are expected to show many similar design principles. Using a unique database of calibrated photographs of camouflage uniform patterns, processed using texture and colour analysis methods from computer vision, we show that the parallels with biology are deeper than design for effective concealment. Using two case studies we show that, like many animal colour patterns, military camouflage can serve multiple functions...
July 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532681/resveratrol-protects-neuronal-like-cells-expressing-mutant-huntingtin-from-dopamine-toxicity-by-rescuing-atg4-mediated-autophagosome-formation
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Chiara Vidoni, Eleonora Secomandi, Andrea Castiglioni, Mariarosa A B Melone, Ciro Isidoro
Parkinsonian-like motor deficits in Huntington's Disease (HD) patients are associated with abnormal dopamine neurotransmission in the striatum. Dopamine metabolism leads to the formation of oxidized dopamine quinones that exacerbates mitochondrial dysfunction with production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that eventually lead to neuronal cell death. We have previously shown that dopamine-induced oxidative stress triggers apoptotic cell death in dopaminergic neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells hyper-expressing the mutant polyQ Huntingtin (polyQ-Htt) protein...
May 19, 2017: Neurochemistry International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532213/what-do-structures-tell-us-about-chemokine-receptor-function-and-antagonism
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Irina Kufareva, Martin Gustavsson, Yi Zheng, Bryan S Stephens, Tracy M Handel
Chemokines and their cell surface G protein-coupled receptors are critical for cell migration, not only in many fundamental biological processes but also in inflammatory diseases and cancer. Recent X-ray structures of two chemokines complexed with full-length receptors provided unprecedented insight into the atomic details of chemokine recognition and receptor activation, and computational modeling informed by new experiments leverages these insights to gain understanding of many more receptor:chemokine pairs...
May 22, 2017: Annual Review of Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531344/citation-classics-in-neuro-oncology-assessment-of-historical-trends-and-scientific-progress
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Laureen D Hachem, Alireza Mansouri, Kyle Juraschka, Shervin Taslimi, Farhad Pirouzmand, Gelareh Zadeh
Background.: Citation classics represent the highest cited works in a field and are often regarded as the most influential literature. Analyzing thematic trends in citation classics across eras enables recognition of important historical advances within a field. We present the first analysis of the citation classics in neuro-oncology. Methods.: The Web of Science database was searched using terms relevant to "neuro-oncology." Articles with >400 citations were identified and the top 100 cited articles were evaluated...
May 20, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531159/a-family-of-aco-routing-protocols-for-mobile-ad-hoc-networks
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Delfín Rupérez Cañas, Ana Lucila Sandoval Orozco, Luis Javier García Villalba, Tai-Hoon Kim
In this work, an ACO routing protocol for mobile ad hoc networks based on AntHocNet is specified. As its predecessor, this new protocol, called AntOR, is hybrid in the sense that it contains elements from both reactive and proactive routing. Specifically, it combines a reactive route setup process with a proactive route maintenance and improvement process. Key aspects of the AntOR protocol are the disjoint-link and disjoint-node routes, separation between the regular pheromone and the virtual pheromone in the diffusion process and the exploration of routes, taking into consideration the number of hops in the best routes...
May 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530655/a-quantitative-and-multiplexed-approach-to-uncover-the-fitness-landscape-of-tumor-suppression-in-vivo
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Zoë N Rogers, Christopher D McFarland, Ian P Winters, Santiago Naranjo, Chen-Hua Chuang, Dmitri Petrov, Monte M Winslow
Cancer growth is a multistage, stochastic evolutionary process. While cancer genome sequencing has been instrumental in identifying the genomic alterations that occur in human tumors, the consequences of these alterations on tumor growth remain largely unexplored. Conventional genetically engineered mouse models enable the study of tumor growth in vivo, but they are neither readily scalable nor sufficiently quantitative to unravel the magnitude and mode of action of many tumor-suppressor genes. Here, we present a method that integrates tumor barcoding with ultradeep barcode sequencing (Tuba-seq) to interrogate tumor-suppressor function in mouse models of human cancer...
May 22, 2017: Nature Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529599/snail-homolog-1-is-involved-in-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-like-processes-in-human-glioblastoma-cells
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Caspar D Kühnöl, Carina Würfel, Martin S Staege, Christof Kramm
Despite advancements in neurosurgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, the outcome of patients with glioblastoma remains poor. The migration of tumor cells from the primary tumor site with subsequent invasion of these cells into the surrounding normal brain tissue is frequently responsible for relapse and treatment failure. The present study hypothesized that snail homolog 1 (SNAI1), a factor critically involved in the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of human carcinoma cells, may also contribute to an invasive EMT-like phenotype of glioblastoma cells...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529476/two-parallel-olfactory-pathways-for-processing-general-odors-in-a-cockroach
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Hidehiro Watanabe, Hiroshi Nishino, Makoto Mizunami, Fumio Yokohari
In animals, sensory processing via parallel pathways, including the olfactory system, is a common design. However, the mechanisms that parallel pathways use to encode highly complex and dynamic odor signals remain unclear. In the current study, we examined the anatomical and physiological features of parallel olfactory pathways in an evolutionally basal insect, the cockroach Periplaneta americana. In this insect, the entire system for processing general odors, from olfactory sensory neurons to higher brain centers, is anatomically segregated into two parallel pathways...
2017: Frontiers in Neural Circuits
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529177/senecio-brasiliensis-impairs-eclosion-rate-and-induces-apoptotic-cell-death-in-larvae-of-drosophila-melanogaster
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Giulianna Echeverria Macedo, Karen Kich Gomes, Nathane Rosa Rodrigues, Illana Kemmerich Martins, Gabriel da Luz Wallau, Nélson Rodrigues de Carvalho, Litiele Cezar da Cruz, Dennis Guilherme da Costa Silva, Aline Augusti Boligon, Jeferson Luis Franco, Thaís Posser
Senecio brasilienis (Spreng) Less., is a species native from Brazil, popularly known as "maria mole", and known to induce hepatotoxicity due to its high content of Pyrrolizidine alkaloids. Despite its toxicity, this plant is widely used in Brazilian folk medicine. Considering the antagonizing effects described for S. brasiliensis, we describe here molecular markers involved in the toxicity of hydroalcoholic extract from leaves of S. brasiliensis (HESB) in Drosophila melanogaster. Phytochemical analysis of HESB revealed the presence of phenolic acids and flavonoids...
May 18, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Toxicology & Pharmacology: CBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528848/temporal-expectancies-driven-by-self-and-externally-generated-rhythms
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Alexander Jones, Yi-Fang Hsu, Lionel Granjon, Florian Waszak
The dynamic attending theory proposes that rhythms entrain periodic fluctuations of attention which modulate the gain of sensory input. However, temporal expectancies can also be driven by the mere passage of time (foreperiod effect). It is currently unknown how these two types of temporal expectancy relate to each other, i.e. whether they work in parallel and have distinguishable neural signatures. The current research addresses this issue. Participants either tapped a 1Hz rhythm (active task) or were passively presented with the same rhythm using tactile stimulators (passive task)...
May 18, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528242/efficacy-and-safety-of-celecoxib-monotherapy-for-mild-to-moderate-depression-in-patients-with-colorectal-cancer-a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial
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Maryam Alamdarsaravi, Alireza Ghajar, Ahmad-Ali Noorbala, Mohammad Arbabi, Amirhossein Emami, Farhad Shahei, Mehrzad Mirzania, Morteza Jafarinia, Mohsen Afarideh, Shahin Akhondzadeh
Cancer-related inflammation is an essential process in malignancies. Celecoxib, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that acts via the selective inhibition of cyclooxygenase (COX)-2, has shown favorable effects in several psychiatric disorders. The present study aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of celecoxib single therapy on depressive symptoms of patients with colorectal cancer who underwent chemotherapy. The study was conducted as a 6-week, parallel-group, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial...
May 17, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527789/neural-processes-underlying-cultural-differences-in-cognitive-persistence
#17
Eva H Telzer, Yang Qu, Lynda C Lin
Self-improvement motivation, which occurs when individuals seek to improve upon their competence by gaining new knowledge and improving upon their skills, is critical for cognitive, social, and educational adjustment. While many studies have delineated the neural mechanisms supporting extrinsic motivation induced by monetary rewards, less work has examined the neural processes that support intrinsically motivated behaviors, such as self-improvement motivation. Because cultural groups traditionally vary in terms of their self-improvement motivation, we examined cultural differences in the behavioral and neural processes underlying motivated behaviors during cognitive persistence in the absence of extrinsic rewards...
May 17, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526936/fingerprint-of-long-non-coding-rna-regulated-by-cyclic-mechanical-stretch-in-human-aortic-smooth-muscle-cells-implications-for-hypertension
#18
Laura-Eve Mantella, Krishna K Singh, Paul Sandhu, Crystal Kantores, Azza Ramadan, Nadiya Khyzha, Adrian Quan, Mohammed Al-Omran, Jason E Fish, Robert P Jankov, Subodh Verma
Emerging evidence suggests that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) represent a cellular hub coordinating various cellular processes that are critical in health and disease. Mechanical stress triggers changes in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) that in turn contribute to pathophysiological changes within the vasculature. We sought to evaluate the role that lncRNAs play in mechanical stretch-induced alterations of human aortic smooth muscle cells (HASMCs). RNA (lncRNA and mRNA) samples isolated from HASMCs that had been subjected to 10 or 20% elongation (1 Hz) for 24 h were profiled with the Arraystar Human LncRNA Microarray V3...
May 19, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526645/carotid-falciform-optic-neuropathy-microsurgical-treatment
#19
M Neil Woodall, Cargill H Alleyne
BACKGROUND: Several recent reports have implicated vascular ectasia and vessel contact with dysfunction of the visual apparatus. A subset of patients with pre-chiasmatic visual deterioration have an ectatic internal carotid artery (ICA) that displaces and flattens the optic nerve (ON) rostrally as the ON exits the skull base. We will offer a proposed pathophysiological mechanism and describe a straightforward surgical technique for dealing with this interesting problem. METHODS: Via an ipsilateral pterional craniotomy, the bony roof of the optic canal is removed...
May 16, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526082/proof-of-concept-non-invasive-estimation-of-peripheral-venous-oxygen-saturation
#20
Musabbir Khan, Chris G Pretty, Alexander C Amies, Joel Balmer, Houda E Banna, Geoffrey M Shaw, J Geoffrey Chase
BACKGROUND: Pulse oximeters continuously monitor arterial oxygen saturation. Continuous monitoring of venous oxygen saturation (SvO2) would enable real-time assessment of tissue oxygen extraction (O2E) and perfusion changes leading to improved diagnosis of clinical conditions, such as sepsis. METHODS: This study presents the proof of concept of a novel pulse oximeter method that utilises the compliance difference between arteries and veins to induce artificial respiration-like modulations to the peripheral vasculature...
May 19, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
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