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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242630/heavy-rainfall-triggers-increased-nocturnal-flight-in-desert-populations-of-the-pacific-black-duck-anas-superciliosa
#1
J F McEvoy, R F H Ribot, J C Wingfield, A T D Bennett
Understanding of avian nocturnal flight comes mainly from northern hemisphere species in seasonal temperate ecosystems where nocturnal flight is often precisely timed and entrained by annual photoperiod. Here we investigate patterns of nocturnal flight in waterbirds of Australian desert ecosystems that fly considerable distances to find temporary water bodies formed from rainfall which is highly unpredictable seasonally and spatially, and when there is sufficient water, they then breed. How they perform these feats of navigation and physiology remain poorly known...
December 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227735/effect-of-8-weeks-of-concurrent-plyometric-and-running-training-on-spatiotemporal-and-physiological-variables-of-novice-runners
#2
Josué Gómez-Molina, Ana Ogueta-Alday, Jesus Camara, Christopher Stickley, Juan García-López
Concurrent plyometric and running training has the potential to improve running economy (RE) and performance through increasing muscle strength and power, but the possible effect on spatiotemporal parameters of running has not been studied yet. The aim of this study was to compare the effect of 8 weeks of concurrent plyometric and running training on spatiotemporal parameters and physiological variables of novice runners. Twenty-five male participants were randomly assigned into two training groups; running group (RG) (n = 11) and running + plyometric group (RPG) (n = 14)...
December 11, 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224161/quantitative-region-specific-dna-methylation-analysis-by-the-epityper%C3%A2-technology
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Sonja Kunze
DNA methylation plays a profound role in development and health as well as development and progression of disease. High-throughput quantitative DNA methylation analysis is therefore crucial for the study of the normal physiology of the epigenome and its dysregulation in disease. Many target areas are identified by a range of emerging genome-wide cytosine methylation techniques, but these whole genome scans usually only provide methylation data for a few individual CpG sites (CpGs) within a region. The EpiTYPER™ assay is a region-specific method for the detection and quantitative analysis of DNA methylation that allows performing a high-resolution scan of selected regions...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217478/identification-of-a-gene-encoding-a-flavoprotein-involved-in-bile-acid-metabolism-by-the-human-gut-bacterium-clostridium-scindens-atcc-35704
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Spencer C Harris, Saravanan Devendran, João M P Alves, Sean M Mythen, Phillip B Hylemon, Jason M Ridlon
BACKGROUND: The multi-step bile acid 7α-dehydroxylating pathway by which a few species of Clostridium convert host primary bile acids to toxic secondary bile acids is of great importance to gut microbiome structure and host physiology and disease. While genes in the oxidative arm of the 7α-dehydroxylating pathway have been identified, genes in the reductive arm of the pathway are still obscure. METHODS: We identified a candidate flavoprotein-encoding gene predicted to metabolize steroids...
December 4, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209177/a-new-behavioral-test-and-associated-genetic-tools-highlight-the-function-of-ventral-abdominal-muscles-in-adult-drosophila
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Marine Pons, Claire Soulard, Laurent Soustelle, Marie-Laure Parmentier, Yves Grau, Sophie Layalle
The function of the nervous system in complex animals is reflected by the achievement of specific behaviors. For years in Drosophila, both simple and complex behaviors have been studied and their genetic bases have emerged. The neuromuscular junction is maybe one of the prototypal simplest examples. A motor neuron establishes synaptic connections on its muscle cell target and elicits behavior: the muscle contraction. Different muscles in adult fly are related to specific behaviors. For example, the thoracic muscles are associated with flight and the leg muscles are associated with locomotion...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29172149/exposure-to-deltamethrin-induces-oxidative-stress-and-decreases-of-energy-reserve-in-tissues-of-the-neotropical-fruit-eating-bat-artibeus-lituratus
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Jerusa Maria Oliveira, Nicole Fontes Losano, Suellen Silva Condessa, Renata Maria Pereira de Freitas, Silvia Almeida Cardoso, Mariella Bontempo Freitas, Leandro Licursi de Oliveira
Deltamethrin (DTM) is a synthetic pyrethroid insecticide highly used by farmers and home users. This pesticide has lipophilic properties that facilitate a high absorption and can cause toxicity in non-target organisms. During foraging, the fruit-eating bats Artibeus lituratus are exposed to pesticides. However, the knowledge of the toxicity of pesticides on the physiology of bats is relatively scarce. This study aimed to check the toxicity of short-term exposure to low concentration of DTM on fruit-eating bat A...
November 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29166705/comprehensive-analysis-of-nine-monoamines-and-metabolites-in-small-amounts-of-peripheral-murine-c57bl-6j-tissues
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Joachim Nagler, Sonja C Schriever, Meri De Angelis, Paul T Pfluger, Karl-Werner Schramm
Monoamines, acting as hormones and neurotransmitters, play a critical role in multiple physiological processes ranging from cognitive function and mood to sympathetic nervous system activity, fight-or-flight response, or glucose homeostasis. In addition to brain and blood, monoamines are abundant in several tissues, and dysfunction in their synthesis or signaling is associated with various pathological conditions. It was our goal to develop a method to detect these compounds in peripheral murine tissues. In this study, we employed a high performance liquid chromatography method using electrochemical detection that allows not only detecting the catecholamines but a detailed analysis of nine monoamines and metabolites in murine tissues...
November 22, 2017: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163225/human-locomotion-in-hypogravity-from-basic-research-to-clinical-applications
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REVIEW
Francesco Lacquaniti, Yury P Ivanenko, Francesca Sylos-Labini, Valentina La Scaleia, Barbara La Scaleia, Patrick A Willems, Myrka Zago
We have considerable knowledge about the mechanisms underlying compensation of Earth gravity during locomotion, a knowledge obtained from physiological, biomechanical, modeling, developmental, comparative, and paleoanthropological studies. By contrast, we know much less about locomotion and movement in general under sustained hypogravity. This lack of information poses a serious problem for human space exploration. In a near future humans will walk again on the Moon and for the first time on Mars. It would be important to predict how they will move around, since we know that locomotion and mobility in general may be jeopardized in hypogravity, especially when landing after a prolonged weightlessness of the space flight...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162941/aerobic-performance-in-tinamous-is-limited-by-their-small-heart-a-novel-hypothesis-in-the-evolution-of-avian-flight
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Jordi Altimiras, Isa Lindgren, Lina María Giraldo-Deck, Alberto Matthei, Álvaro Garitano-Zavala
Some biomechanical studies from fossil specimens suggest that sustained flapping flight of birds could have appeared in their Mesozoic ancestors. We challenge this idea because a suitable musculoskeletal anatomy is not the only requirement for sustained flapping flight. We propose the "heart to fly" hypothesis that states that sustained flapping flight in modern birds required an enlargement of the heart for the aerobic performance of the flight muscles and test it experimentally by studying tinamous, the living birds with the smallest hearts...
November 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161391/an-overview-of-space-medicine
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P D Hodkinson, R A Anderton, B N Posselt, K J Fong
Space medicine is fundamental to the human exploration of space. It supports survival, function and performance in this challenging and potentially lethal environment. It is international, intercultural and interdisciplinary, operating at the boundaries of exploration, science, technology and medicine. Space medicine is also the latest UK specialty to be recognized by the Royal College of Physicians in the UK and the General Medical Council. This review introduces the field of space medicine and describes the different types of spaceflight, environmental challenges, associated medical and physiological effects, and operational medical considerations...
December 1, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159682/physiological-and-biomechanical-responses-of-highly-trained-distance-runners-to-lower-body-positive-pressure-treadmill-running
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Kyle R Barnes, Jessica N Janecke
BACKGROUND: As a way to train at faster running speeds, add training volume, prevent injury, or rehabilitate after an injury, lower-body positive pressure treadmills (LBPPT) have become increasingly commonplace among athletes. However, there are conflicting evidence and a paucity of data describing the physiological and biomechanical responses to LBPPT running in highly trained or elite caliber runners at the running speeds they habitually train at, which are considerably faster than those of recreational runners...
November 21, 2017: Sports Medicine—Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157222/comparative-proteomics-reveals-the-physiological-differences-between-winter-tender-shoots-and-spring-tender-shoots-of-a-novel-tea-camellia-sinensis-l-cultivar-evergrowing-in-winter
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Shengjie Liu, Jiadong Gao, Zhongjian Chen, Xiaoyan Qiao, Hualin Huang, Baiyuan Cui, Qingfeng Zhu, Zhangyan Dai, Hualing Wu, Yayan Pan, Chengwei Yang, Jun Liu
BACKGROUND: A recently discovered tea [Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze] cultivar can generate tender shoots in winter. We performed comparative proteomics to analyze the differentially accumulated proteins between winter and spring tender shoots of this clonal cultivar to reveal the physiological basis of its evergrowing character during winter. RESULTS: We extracted proteins from the winter and spring tender shoots (newly formed two leaves and a bud) of the evergrowing tea cultivar "Dongcha11" respectively...
November 20, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156538/combined-effects-of-simulated-microgravity-and-radiation-exposure-on-osteoclast-cell-fusion
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Srinivasan Shanmugarajan, Ye Zhang, Maria Moreno-Villanueva, Ryan Clanton, Larry H Rohde, Govindarajan T Ramesh, Jean D Sibonga, Honglu Wu
The loss of bone mass and alteration in bone physiology during space flight are one of the major health risks for astronauts. Although the lack of weight bearing in microgravity is considered a risk factor for bone loss and possible osteoporosis, organisms living in space are also exposed to cosmic radiation and other environmental stress factors. As such, it is still unclear as to whether and by how much radiation exposure contributes to bone loss during space travel, and whether the effects of microgravity and radiation exposure are additive or synergistic...
November 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153517/rapid-species-and-subspecies-specific-level-classification-and-identification-of-lactobacillus-casei-group-members-using-maldi-biotyper-combined-with-clinprotools
#14
Chien-Hsun Huang, Lina Huang
Using common taxonomic methods such as 16S rDNA sequencing and physiological and biochemical analysis to identify members of the Lactobacillus casei group (LCG) is time-consuming, expensive and inaccurate. In this study, we applied matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) to rapid discriminate LCG strains by creating an analytical in-house database (IHDB) and to develop a classification model for subspecies-level differentiation based on MS biomarkers using ClinProTools bioinformatics software (Bruker Daltonics, Billerica, MA)...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136391/effects-of-1-h-16-o-charged-particle-irradiation-on-short-term-memory-and-hippocampal-physiology-in-a-murine-model
#15
Frederico Kiffer, Hannah Carr, Thomas Groves, Julie E Anderson, Tyler Alexander, Jing Wang, John W Seawright, Vijayalakshmi Sridharan, Gwendolyn Carter, Marjan Boerma, Antiño R Allen
Radiation from galactic cosmic rays (GCR) poses a significant health risk for deep-space flight crews. GCR are unique in their extremely high-energy particles. With current spacecraft shielding technology, some of the predominant particles astronauts would be exposed to are (1)H + (16)O. Radiation has been shown to cause cognitive deficits in mice. The hippocampus plays a key role in memory and cognitive tasks; it receives information from the cortex, undergoes dendritic-dependent processing and then relays information back to the cortex...
November 14, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129275/how-micronutrients-influence-the-physiology-of-mosquitoes
#16
REVIEW
Crisalejandra Rivera-Pérez, Mark E Clifton, Fernando G Noriega
Micronutrients or non-energetic nutrients (NEN) are needed in reduced amounts, but are essential for many mosquito physiological processes that influence biological traits from vector competence to reproductive capacity. The NEN include amino acids (AA), vitamins, salts, metals and sterols. Free AA plays critical roles controlling most physiological processes, from digestion to reproduction. Particularly proline connects metabolic pathways in energy production, flight physiology and ammonia detoxification. Metal, in particular iron and calcium, salts, sterol and vitamin homeostasis are critical for cell signaling, respiration, metabolism and reproduction...
October 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122550/supply-and-demand-how-does-variation-in-atmospheric-oxygen-during-development-affect-insect-tracheal-and-mitochondrial-networks
#17
John M VandenBrooks, Gregory Gstrein, Jason Harmon, Jessica Friedman, Matthew Olsen, Anna Ward, Gregory Parker
Atmospheric oxygen is one of the most important atmospheric component for all terrestrial organisms. Variation in atmospheric oxygen has wide ranging effects on animal physiology, development, and evolution. This variation in oxygen has the potential to affect both respiratory systems (the supply side) and mitochondrial networks (the demand side) in animals. Insect respiratory systems supplying oxygen to tissues in the gas phase through blind ended tracheal systems are particularly susceptible to this variation...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111601/active-migration-is-associated-with-specific-and-consistent-changes-to-gut-microbiota-in-calidris-shorebirds
#18
Alice Risely, David Waite, Beata Ujvari, Bethany Hoye, Marcel Klaassen
1.Gut microbes are increasingly recognised for their role in regulating an animal's metabolism and immunity. However, identifying repeatable associations between host physiological processes and their gut microbiota has proved challenging, in part because microbial communities often respond stochastically to host physiological stress (e.g. fasting, forced exercise or infection). 2.Migratory birds provide a valuable system in which to test host-microbe interactions under physiological extremes because these hosts are adapted to predictable metabolic and immunological challenges as they undergo seasonal migrations, including temporary gut atrophy during long-distance flights...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29074388/functional-assessment-of-the-aqueous-humour-distal-outflow-pathways-in-bovine-eyes-using-time-of-flight-magnetic-resonance-tomography
#19
Thomas Wecker, Christian van Oterendorp, Wilfried Reichardt
The major part of the aqueous humor leaves the eye through the "conventional outflow pathway", consisting of the trabecular meshwork, Schlemm's canal, collector channels, an intrasceral plexus and the episcleral veins. While the trabecular meshwork is well characterized, little is known about anatomical and functional features of the peripheral outflow tract beyond Schlemm's canal. The emergence of minimally-invasive glaucoma surgery directly targeting the outflow resistance in the trabecular meshwork has elicited growing interest in these structures...
October 23, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29060369/wearable-bio-signal-monitoring-system-applied-to-aviation-safety
#20
Sungho Kim, Booyong Choi, Taehwan Cho, Yongkyun Lee, Hyojin Koo, Dongsoo Kim
Pilots are required to have the ability to evaluate their own physical and psychological status to operate high performance aircrafts effectively. Existing studies have lacked consideration of applying bio signal of pilots in real time flight situation. The purpose of this study is to develop a wearable bio signal monitoring system that can measure the condition of pilots under an extreme flight environment to ensure flight safety. The wearable bio signal monitoring system consists of an algorithm for evaluating pilots' physiological stability, algorithms for detecting Gravity-induced Loss of Consciousness (G-LOC) prognosis, pilots' interaction module, and pilots' context awareness platform...
July 2017: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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