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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731347/integrated-venomics-and-venom-gland-transcriptome-analysis-of-juvenile-and-adult-mexican-rattlesnakes-crotalus-simus-c-tzabcan-and-c-culminatus-revealed-mirna-modulated-ontogenetic-shifts
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Jordi Durban, Libia Sanz, Dilza Trevisan-Silva, Edgar Neri-Castro, Alejandro Alagón, Juan Jose Calvete
Adult rattlesnakes within genus Crotalus express one of two distinct venom phenotypes, type I (haemorrhagic) and type II (neurotoxic). In Costa Rican Central American rattlesnake, ontogenetic changes in the concentration of miRNAs modulate venom type II to type I transition. Venomics and venom gland transcriptome analyses showed that adult C. simus and C. tzabcan expressed intermediate patterns between type II and type I venoms, whereas C. culminatus had a canonical type I venom. Neonate/juvenile and adult Mexican rattlesnakes showed notable inter- and intraspecific variability in the number, type, abundance and ontogenetic shifts of the transcriptional and translational venom gland activities...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725367/the-effect-of-seed-traits-on-geographic-variation-in-body-size-and-sexual-size-dimorphism-of-the-seed-feeding-beetle-acanthoscelides-macrophthalmus
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Eloísa B Haga, Marcelo N Rossi
Explaining large-scale patterns of variation in body size has been considered a central question in ecology and evolutionary biology because several life-history traits are directly linked to body size. For ectothermic organisms, little is known about what processes influence geographic variation in body size. Changes in body size and sexual size dimorphism (SSD) have been associated with environmental variables, particularly for Bruchinae insects, which feed exclusively on seeds during the larval stage. However, the effect of important seed traits on body size variation has rarely been investigated, and whether SSD varies substantially among populations within bruchine species is poorly known...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724783/intra-and-intersegmental-influences-among-central-pattern-generating-networks-in-the-walking-system-of-the-stick-insect
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Charalampos Mantziaris, Till Bockemühl, Philip Holmes, Anke Borgmann, Silvia Daun, Ansgar Bueschges
In order to efficiently move around, animals need to coordinate their limbs. Proper, context-dependent coupling among the neural networks underlying leg movement is necessary for generating intersegmental coordination. In the slow-walking stick insect local sensory information is very important for shaping coordination. However, central coupling mechanisms among segmental central pattern generators (CPGs) may also contribute to this. Here, we analyzed the interactions between contralateral networks that drive the depressor trochanteris muscle of the legs in both isolated and interconnected deafferented thoracic ganglia of the stick insect upon application of pilocarpine, a muscarinic acetylcholine receptor agonist...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724778/eupnea-tachypnea-and-autoresuscitation-in-a-closed-loop-respiratory-control-model
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Casey O Diekman, Peter J Thomas, Christopher G Wilson
How sensory information influences the dynamics of rhythm generation varies across systems, and general principles for understanding this aspect of motor control are lacking. Determining the origin of respiratory rhythm generation is challenging because the mechanisms in a central circuit considered in isolation may be different than those in the intact organism. We analyze a closed-loop respiratory control model incorporating a central pattern generator (CPG), the Butera-Rinzel-Smith (BRS) model, together with lung mechanics, oxygen handling, and chemosensory components...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722555/understanding-the-state-of-health-policy-and-systems-research-in-west-africa-and-capacity-strengthening-needs-scoping-of-peer-reviewed-publications-trends-and-patterns-1990-2015
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Selina Defor, Aku Kwamie, Irene Akua Agyepong
BACKGROUND: The need for locally-driven, locally-generated evidence to guide health policy and systems decision-making and implementation in West Africa remains urgent. Thus, health policy and systems research (HPSR) is a field with great potential for addressing many of the sub-region's intransigent health challenges. This paper presents an analysis of trends and patterns of peer-reviewed HPSR publications across the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to help understand trends and patterns of HPSR publication and the degree of involvement of West African researchers in HPSR evidence generation in the sub-region...
July 12, 2017: Health Research Policy and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720508/to-swim-or-not-to-swim-a-population-level-model-of-xenopus-tadpole-decision-making-and-locomotor-behaviour
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Roman Borisyuk, Robert Merrison-Hort, Steve R Soffe, Stella Koutsikou, Wen-Chang Li
We present a detailed computational model of interacting neuronal populations that mimic the hatchling Xenopus tadpole nervous system. The model includes four sensory pathways, integrators of sensory information, and a central pattern generator (CPG) network. Sensory pathways of different modalities receive inputs from an "environment"; these inputs are then processed and integrated to select the most appropriate locomotor action. The CPG populations execute the selected action, generating output in motor neuron populations...
July 15, 2017: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718049/good-things-in-small-packages-an-innovative-delivery-approach-for-inhaled-insulin
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James B Fink, Lisa Molloy, John S Patton, Valdecir Castor Galindo-Filho, Jacqueline de Melo Barcelar, Luciana Alcoforado, Simone Cristina Soares Brandão, Armèle Dornelas de Andrade
PURPOSE: The design development of a small, hand held, battery operated, breath actuated inhaler as a drug/device platform for inhaled insulin posed a number of technical challenges. Our goal was to optimize lung deposition and distribution with aerosol generators producing 3-6 μm particle size distribution. METHODS: In silico modeling with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and in vitro testing of device components were assessed using an Alberta idealized adult airway (Copley, UK) to optimize mouthpiece and aerosol path design for dose delivered distal to the trachea...
July 17, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717156/patterned-arrangements-of-olfactory-receptor-gene-expression-in-zebrafish-are-established-by-radial-movement-of-specified-olfactory-sensory-neurons
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Xalid Bayramli, Yiğit Kocagöz, Uğurcan Sakizli, Stefan H Fuss
Spatial restriction of olfactory receptor (OR) gene expression in peripheral sense organs is a common phenomenon across species, suggesting that zonal OR expression somehow contributes to olfactory function. In zebrafish OR expression patterns reminiscent of zones occur as concentric domains with preferred diameters for different ORs. However, the function and the developmental origin of the pattern are unknown. Here we investigate olfactory sensory neuron (OSN) neurogenesis in the adult zebrafish olfactory epithelium (OE) to understand how the zonally organized OR pattern is established and maintained during the lifetime of the animal...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713368/the-sptransformer-gene-family-formerly-sp185-333-in-the-purple-sea-urchin-and-the-functional-diversity-of-the-anti-pathogen-rsptransformer-e1-protein
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L Courtney Smith, Cheng Man Lun
The complex innate immune system of sea urchins is underpinned by several multigene families including the SpTransformer family (SpTrf; formerly Sp185/333) with estimates of ~50 members, although the family size is likely variable among individuals of Strongylocentrotus purpuratus. The genes are small with similar structure, are tightly clustered, and have several types of repeats in the second of two exons and that surround each gene. The density of repeats suggests that the genes are positioned within regions of genomic instability, which may be required to drive sequence diversification...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713305/sequential-modulations-in-a-combined-horizontal-and-vertical-simon-task-is-there-erp-evidence-for-feature-integration-effects
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Katharina Hoppe, Kristina Küper, Edmund Wascher
In the Simon task, participants respond faster when the task-irrelevant stimulus position and the response position are corresponding, for example on the same side, compared to when they have a non-corresponding relation. Interestingly, this Simon effect is reduced after non-corresponding trials. Such sequential effects can be explained in terms of a more focused processing of the relevant stimulus dimension due to increased cognitive control, which transfers from the previous non-corresponding trial (conflict adaptation effects)...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712796/electrosurgery-induced-damage-to-ti-6al-4v-and-cocrmo-alloy-surfaces-in-orthopedic-implants-in%C3%A2-vivo-and-in%C3%A2-vitro
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Gregory W Kubacki, Shiril Sivan, Jeremy L Gilbert
BACKGROUND: Recent observations of specific metal damage patterns on retrieved total joint implants implied a cellular origin and was termed inflammatory cell-induced (ICI) corrosion. Although ICI corrosion continues to present a potential damage source for metallic biomaterials surfaces, an alternate source of some damage patterns may arise from electrosurgery instruments in total joint arthroplasty. METHODS: To characterize electrosurgically-induced damage patterns on metal implants, a model system of highly polished CoCrMo and Ti-6Al-4V disks and commercial electrosurgical generator was evaluated in various modes and power settings using monopolar and bipolar configurations...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Arthroplasty
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711343/innexin-expression-in-electrically-coupled-motor-circuits
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Adriane Otopalik, Brian Lane, David J Schulz, Eve Marder
The many roles of innexins, the molecules that form gap junctions in invertebrates, have been explored in numerous species. Here, we present a summary of innexin expression and function in two small, central pattern generating circuits found in crustaceans: the stomatogastric ganglion and the cardiac ganglion. The two ganglia express multiple innexin genes, exhibit varying combinations of symmetrical and rectifying gap junctions, as well as gap junctions within and across different cell types. Past studies have revealed correlations in ion channel and innexin expression in coupled neurons, as well as intriguing functional relationships between ion channel conductances and electrical coupling...
July 12, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702846/characterization-of-the-encoding-properties-of-intraspinal-mechanosensory-neurons-in-the-lamprey
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Nicole Massarelli, Allan L Yau, Kathleen A Hoffman, Tim Kiemel, Eric D Tytell
Proprioceptive sensory inputs are an integral part of the closed-loop system of locomotion. In the lamprey, a model organism for vertebrate locomotion, such sensory inputs come from intraspinal mechanosensory cells called "edge cells". These edge cells synapse directly onto interneurons in the spinal central pattern generator (CPG) circuit and allow the CPG to adjust the motor output according to how the body is bending. However, the encoding properties of the edge cells have never been fully characterized...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701912/brain-responses-to-a-6-hz-binaural-beat-effects-on-general-theta-rhythm-and-frontal-midline-theta-activity
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Nantawachara Jirakittayakorn, Yodchanan Wongsawat
A binaural beat is a beat phenomenon that is generated by the dichotic presentation of two almost equivalent pure tones but with slightly different frequencies. The brain responses to binaural beats remain controversial; therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate theta activity responses to a binaural beat by controlling factors affecting localization, including beat frequency, carrier tone frequency, exposure duration, and recording procedure. Exposure to a 6-Hz binaural beat on a 250 Hz carrier tone for 30 min was utilized in this study...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692445/normal-cerebral-vascular-pulsations-in-humans-changes-with-age-and-implications-for-microvascular-disease
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Mi O Kim, Yan Li, Fangfei Wei, Jiguang Wang, Michael F O'Rourke, Audrey Adji, Alberto P Avolio
BACKGROUND: Cerebral syndromes in older humans, secondary stroke in younger persons following trauma, and sickle cell anaemia in children, are linked by unexplained microvascular damage and high cerebral pressure or flow pulsations. The aim of this study was to characterize age-related pressure and flow waveforms patterns entering the brain, to explain these in terms of disturbed physiological function, and to consider clinical implications. METHOD: Blood flow velocity waves were measured in four cerebral vascular territories by transcranial Doppler of 1020 apparently normal patients (497 men, 21-78 years)...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684380/quantum-gravity-and-taoist-cosmology-exploring-the-ancient-origins-of-phenomenological-string-theory
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REVIEW
Steven M Rosen
This paper carries forward the author's contribution to PBMP's previous special issue on Integral Biomathics (Rosen 2015). In the earlier paper, the crisis in contemporary theoretical physics was described and it was demonstrated that the problem can be addressed effectively only by shifting the foundations of physics from objectivist Cartesian philosophy to phenomenological philosophy. To that end, a phenomenological string theory was proposed based on qualitative topology and hypercomplex numbers. The current presentation takes this further by delving into the ancient Chinese origin of phenomenological string theory...
July 3, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682271/multiobjective-evolution-of-biped-robot-gaits-using-advanced-continuous-ant-colony-optimized-recurrent-neural-networks
#17
Chia-Feng Juang, Yen-Ting Yeh
This paper proposes the optimization of a fully connected recurrent neural network (FCRNN) using advanced multiobjective continuous ant colony optimization (AMO-CACO) for the multiobjective gait generation of a biped robot (the NAO). The FCRNN functions as a central pattern generator and is optimized to generate angles of the hip roll and pitch, the knee pitch, and the ankle pitch and roll. The performance of the FCRNN-generated gait is evaluated according to the walking speed, trajectory straightness, oscillations of the body in the pitch and yaw directions, and walking posture, subject to the basic constraints that the robot cannot fall down and must walk forward...
June 30, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681947/speech-like-orofacial-oscillations-in-stump-tailed-macaque-macaca-arctoides-facial-and-vocal-signals
#18
Aru Toyoda, Tamaki Maruhashi, Suchinda Malaivijitnond, Hiroki Koda
OBJECTIVES: Speech is unique to humans and characterized by facial actions of ∼5 Hz oscillations of lip, mouth or jaw movements. Lip-smacking, a facial display of primates characterized by oscillatory actions involving the vertical opening and closing of the jaw and lips, exhibits stable 5-Hz oscillation patterns, matching that of speech, suggesting that lip-smacking is a precursor of speech. We tested if facial or vocal actions exhibiting the same rate of oscillation are found in wide forms of facial or vocal displays in various social contexts, exhibiting diversity among species...
July 6, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680656/the-weierstrassian-movement-patterns-of-snails
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Andy Reynolds, Giacomo Santini, Guido Chelazzi, Stefano Focardi
Weierstrassian Lévy walks are the archetypical form of random walk that do not satisfy the central limit theorem and are instead characterized by scale invariance. They were originally regarded as a mathematical abstraction but subsequent theoretical studies showed that they can, in principle, at least, be generated by chaos. Recently, Weierstrassian Lévy walks have been found to provide accurate representations of the movement patterns of mussels (Mytilus edulis) and mud snails (Hydrobia ulvae) recorded in the laboratory under controlled conditions...
June 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677174/a-qualitative-study-exploring-how-pharmacist-and-nurse-independent-prescribers-make-clinical-decisions
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Aseel S Abuzour, Penny J Lewis, Mary P Tully
AIM: To explore how secondary care pharmacist and nurse independent prescribers clinically reason when making prescribing decisions. BACKGROUND: Clinical reasoning is a central component of prescribers' competence and professional autonomy when reaching a clinically appropriate decision. Like doctors, pharmacist and nurse independent prescribers in the United Kingdom have extensive prescribing rights, but little is known about their clinical reasoning. DESIGN: A qualitative approach using a think-aloud methodology and semi-structured interviews...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Advanced Nursing
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