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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722200/the-gibraltar-sign-an-anatomic-landmark-for-predicting-transverse-sinus-dominance-laterality-on-conventional-mri
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David R Pettersson, Joel D McLouth, Benjamin Addicott, Jeffrey M Pollock, Ramon F Barajas
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Physiologic asymmetry of transverse sinus (TS) caliber is common and can lead to misinterpretation of magnetic resonance venography (MRV) studies of the brain. This retrospective study assesses the ability of multiple anatomic features on axial noncontrast T1-weighted images (T1WIs) of the brain to predict congenital TS dominance. METHODS: One hundred consecutively acquired combined MRI-MRV studies of the brain were reviewed. On noncontrast axial T1WI, each reviewer measured (1) inclination of the groove for the superior sagittal sinus (SSS), (2) angulation of the posterior falx, (3) laterality of the SSS flow void, and (4) laterality of the inferior-most occipital lobe...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720186/flight-performance-during-exposure-to-acute-hypobaric-hypoxia
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Yuval Steinman, Marieke H A H van den Oord, Monique H W Frings-Dresen, Judith K Sluiter
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of the present study was to examine the influence of hypobaric hypoxia (HH) on a pilot's flight performance during exposure to simulated altitudes of 91, 3048, and 4572 m (300, 10,000, and 15,000 ft) and to monitor the pilot's physiological reactions. METHOD: In a single-blinded counter-balanced design, 12 male pilots were exposed to HH while flying in a flight simulator that had been placed in a hypobaric chamber. Flight performance of the pilots, pilot's alertness level, Spo2, heart rate (HR), minute ventilation (VE), and breathing frequency (BF) were measured...
August 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692323/identifying-inhibitors-of-inflammation-a-novel-high-throughput-maldi-tof-screening-assay-for-salt-inducible-kinases-siks
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Rachel E Heap, Anthony G Hope, Lesley-Anne Pearson, Kathleen M S E Reyskens, Stuart P McElroy, C James Hastie, David W Porter, J Simon C Arthur, David W Gray, Matthias Trost
Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI TOF) mass spectrometry has become a promising alternative for high-throughput drug discovery as new instruments offer high speed, flexibility and sensitivity, and the ability to measure physiological substrates label free. Here we developed and applied high-throughput MALDI TOF mass spectrometry to identify inhibitors of the salt-inducible kinase (SIK) family, which are interesting drug targets in the field of inflammatory disease as they control production of the anti-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-10 (IL-10) in macrophages...
July 1, 2017: SLAS Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689516/an-update-on-medium-and-low-abundant-blood-plasma-proteome-of-horse
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A Lepczyński, M Ożgo, A Dratwa-Chałupnik, P Robak, A Pyć, D Zaborski, A Herosimczyk
The main objectives of the study were to: (1) deeply analyse the serum protein composition of Equus caballus, (2) assess the effectiveness of the high-abundant protein depletion and improve the concentration of medium- and low-abundant proteins. The analysis were performed on the blood plasma of three healthy part-Arabian mares. The implementation of two-dimensional electrophoresis and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionisation - time of flight mass spectrometry allowed us to establish a horse plasma proteome map...
July 10, 2017: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680661/nutritional-imbalance-suppresses-migratory-phenotypes-of-the-mongolian-locust-oedaleus-asiaticus
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Arianne J Cease, Jon F Harrison, Shuguang Hao, Danielle C Niren, Guangming Zhang, Le Kang, James J Elser
For many species, migration evolves to allow organisms to access better resources. However, the proximate factors that trigger these developmental changes, and how and why these vary across species, remain poorly understood. One prominent hypothesis is that poor-quality food promotes development of migratory phenotypes and this has been clearly shown for some polyphenic insects. In other animals, particularly long-distance bird migrants, it is clear that high-quality food is required to prepare animals for a successful migration...
June 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679665/limitations-of-rotational-manoeuvrability-in-insects-and-hummingbirds-evaluating-the-effects-of-neuro-biomechanical-delays-and-muscle-mechanical-power
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Pan Liu, Bo Cheng
Flying animals ranging in size from fruit flies to hummingbirds are nimble fliers with remarkable rotational manoeuvrability. The degrees of manoeuvrability among these animals, however, are noticeably diverse and do not simply follow scaling rules of flight dynamics or muscle power capacity. As all manoeuvres emerge from the complex interactions of neural, physiological and biomechanical processes of an animal's flight control system, these processes give rise to multiple limiting factors that dictate the maximal manoeuvrability attainable by an animal...
July 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673913/relation-between-travel-strategy-and-social-organization-of-migrating-birds-with-special-consideration-of-formation-flight-in-the-northern-bald-ibis
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B Voelkl, J Fritz
A considerable proportion of the world's bird species undertake seasonal long-distance migrations. These journeys are energetically demanding. Two major behavioural means to reduce energy expenditure have been suggested: the use of thermal uplifts for a soaring-gliding migration style and travelling in echelon or V-shaped formation. Both strategies have immediate consequences for the social organization of the birds as they either cause large aggregations or require travelling in small and stable groups. Here, we first discuss those consequences, and second present an analysis of formation flight in a flock of northern bald ibis on their first southbound migration...
August 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673912/boldness-traits-not-dominance-predict-exploratory-flight-range-and-homing-behaviour-in-homing-pigeons
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Steven J Portugal, Rhianna L Ricketts, Jackie Chappell, Craig R White, Emily L Shepard, Dora Biro
Group living has been proposed to yield benefits that enhance fitness above the level that would be achieved through living as solitary individuals. Dominance hierarchies occur commonly in these social assemblages, and result, by definition, in resources not being evenly distributed between group members. Determinants of rank within a dominance hierarchy can be associated with morphological characteristics, previous experience of the individual, or personality traits such as exploration tendencies. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether greater exploration and positive responses to novel objects in homing pigeons (Columba livia) measured under laboratory conditions were associated with (i) greater initial exploration of the local area around the home loft during spontaneous exploration flights (SEF), (ii) faster and more efficient homing flights when released from further afield, and (iii) whether the traits of greater exploration and more positive responses to novel objects were more likely to be exhibited by the more dominant individuals within the group...
August 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668721/pde2-at-the-crossway-between-camp-and-cgmp-signalling-in-the-heart
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Silvio Weber, Miriam Zeller, Kaomei Guan, Frank Wunder, Michael Wagner, Ali El-Armouche
The cyclic nucleotides cAMP and cGMP are central second messengers in cardiac cells and critical regulators of cardiac physiology as well as pathophysiology. Consequently, subcellular compartmentalization allows for spatiotemporal control of cAMP/cGMP metabolism and subsequent regulation of their respective effector kinases PKA or PKG is most important for cardiac function in health and disease. While acute cAMP-mediated signalling is a mandatory prerequisite for the physiological fight-or-flight response, sustained activation of this pathway may lead to the progression of heart failure...
June 28, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666863/evaluating-the-molecular-physiological-and-behavioral-impacts-of-co2-narcosis-in-bumble-bees-bombus-impatiens
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Etya Amsalem, Christina M Grozinger
Exposure to carbon dioxide (CO2) has pleiotropic effects in many insect species, ranging from eliciting rapid behavioral responses such as attraction, to dramatic physiological changes, including ovary activation. In bumble bees, CO2 narcosis causes queens to bypass diapause and initiate egg laying, but its mode of action is not well-understood. Here, we evaluated the effects of CO2 narcosis on the behavior, physiology and immune function of virgin bumble bee queens (Bombus impatiens). We tested the hypothesis that CO2 induces these changes by stimulating oxidative stress response pathways...
June 27, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655496/mosquito-aging-modulates-the-heart-rate-and-the-proportional-directionality-of-heart-contractions
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Charlotte R Doran, Tania Y Estévez-Lao, Julián F Hillyer
Mosquito aging impacts a myriad of physiological processes, including digestion, flight, mating, reproductive success, and immunity. In the present study, we conducted intravital video imaging in 1, 3, 5, 10, 15 and 20-day-old Anopheles gambiae female adults to assess whether aging impacts mosquito heart physiology. We found that the heart contraction rate increases over the first 15days of adulthood and then decreases. These changes occur for both contraction directions, although aging results in a relative change in the anterograde versus retrograde contraction rates...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649626/investigation-of-simulated-microgravity-effects-on-streptococcus-mutans-physiology-and-global-gene-expression
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Silvia S Orsini, April M Lewis, Kelly C Rice
Astronauts have been previously shown to exhibit decreased salivary lysozyme and increased dental calculus and gingival inflammation in response to space flight, host factors that could contribute to oral diseases such as caries and periodontitis. However, the specific physiological response of caries-causing bacteria such as Streptococcus mutans to space flight and/or ground-based simulated microgravity has not been extensively investigated. In this study, high aspect ratio vessel S. mutans simulated microgravity and normal gravity cultures were assessed for changes in metabolite and transcriptome profiles, H2O2 resistance, and competence in sucrose-containing biofilm media...
2017: NPJ Microgravity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630705/physiological-effects-of-stress-related-to-helicopter-travel-in-federal-emergency-management-agency-search-and-rescue-canines
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E Perry, N Gulson, T-W Liu Cross, K S Swanson
Working canines are deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as part of a National Disaster Response Plan. Stress associated with helicopter flight and the resulting physical effects on the dog are unknown. Our objective was to test the hypotheses that (1) helicopter travel affects the physiology and faecal microbiota of working canines, but that (2) physiological consequences of helicopter travel will not negatively affect their work performance. A total of nine FEMA canines were loaded onto helicopters and flown for 30 min in July 2015...
2017: Journal of Nutritional Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630571/predictive-variables-of-half-marathon-performance-for-male-runners
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Josué Gómez-Molina, Ana Ogueta-Alday, Jesus Camara, Christoper Stickley, José A Rodríguez-Marroyo, Juan García-López
The aims of this study were to establish and validate various predictive equations of half-marathon performance. Seventy-eight half-marathon male runners participated in two different phases. Phase 1 (n = 48) was used to establish the equations for estimating half-marathon performance, and Phase 2 (n = 30) to validate these equations. Apart from half-marathon performance, training-related and anthropometric variables were recorded, and an incremental test on a treadmill was performed, in which physiological (VO2max, speed at the anaerobic threshold, peak speed) and biomechanical variables (contact and flight times, step length and step rate) were registered...
June 2017: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619089/light-manipulation-of-mosquito-behaviour-acute-and-sustained-photic-suppression-of-biting-activity-in-the-anopheles-gambiae-malaria-mosquito
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Aaron D Sheppard, Samuel S C Rund, Gary F George, Erin Clark, Dominic J Acri, Giles E Duffield
BACKGROUND: Host-seeking behaviours in anopheline mosquitoes are time-of-day specific, with a greater propensity for nocturnal biting. We investigated how a short exposure to light presented during the night or late day can inhibit biting activity and modulate flight activity behaviour. RESULTS: Anopheles gambiae (s.s.), maintained on a 12:12 LD cycle, were exposed transiently to white light for 10-min at the onset of night and the proportion taking a blood meal in a human biting assay was recorded every 2 h over an 8-h duration...
June 16, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612235/bio-logging-new-technologies-to-study-conservation-physiology-on-the-move-a-case-study-on-annual-survival-of-himalayan-vultures
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Sherub Sherub, Wolfgang Fiedler, Olivier Duriez, Martin Wikelski
Bio-logging, the on-animal deployment of miniaturised electronic data recorders, allows for the study of location, body position, and physiology of individuals throughout their ontogeny. For terrestrial animals, 1 Hz GPS-position, 3D-body acceleration, and ambient temperature provide standard data to link to the physiology of life histories. Environmental context is added at ever finer scales using remote sensing earth observation data. Here we showcase the use of such bio-logging approaches in a conservation physiology study on endangered Himalayan vultures (Gyps himalayensis)...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. A, Neuroethology, Sensory, Neural, and Behavioral Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611162/a-large-chronic-pericardial-effusion-in-an-ultramarathon-runner-with-anti-ccp-positive-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Thomas J McClelland, Rose Penfold, Stefan Kluzek, Navraj S Nagra
Pericardial effusions arise as an extra-articular manifestation of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Pericardial effusions are often asymptomatic, particularly in the early phase, but patients are at risk of cardiac tamponade as the effusion progresses. We discuss the case of a 40-year-old male ultramarathon runner with RA who presented with mild pleuritic chest pain and exertional dyspnoea after a recent long-haul flight. Despite a relative tachycardia, his observations were otherwise unremarkable. His blood tests revealed a C-reactive protein (CRP) of 86 mg/L and an anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) titre of 360 units/mL...
June 13, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597244/seasonal-and-flight-related-variation-of-galectin-expression-in-heart-liver-and-flight-muscles-of-yellow-rumped-warblers-setophaga-coronata
#18
Stefanie S Bradley, Morag F Dick, Christopher G Guglielmo, Alexander V Timoshenko
Galectins, a family of multifunctional glycan-binding proteins, are proposed as biomarkers of cellular stress responses. Avian migration is an energetically challenging physical stress, which represents a physiological model of muscular endurance exercises. This study assesses change in galectin gene expression profiles associated with seasonal variation in migratory state and endurance flight in yellow-rumped warblers (Setophaga coronata). Bioinformatics analysis and real-time qPCR were used to analyse the expression of galectins in flight muscle, heart and liver tissues of 15 warblers separated into three groups of winter unflown, and fall migratory flown/unflown birds...
June 8, 2017: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586192/selenium-functionalized-graphene-oxide-that-can-modulate-the-balance-of-reactive-oxygen-species
#19
Jiahao Xia, Feng Li, Shaobo Ji, Huaping Xu
Graphene oxide (GO) is an important two-dimensional material since it is water-soluble and can be functionalized to adapt to different applications. However, the current covalent functionalization methods usually require hash conditions, long duration, and sometimes even multiple steps, while noncovalent functionalization is inevitably unstable, especially under a physiological environment where competing species exist. Diselenide bond is a dynamic covalent bond and can respond to both redox conditions and visible light irradiation in a sensitive manner...
June 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28581019/identification-by-using-maldi-tof-mass-spectrometry-of-lactic-acid-bacteria-isolated-from-non-commercial-yogurts-in-southern-anatolia-turkey
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Ayse Karaduman, Mehmet Ozaslan Ozaslan, Ibrahim H Kilic, Sibel Bayil-Oguzkan, Bekir S Kurt, Nese Erdogan
Yogurt is a dairy product obtained by bacterial fermentation of milk. Commercial yogurts are produced using standard starters while, in the production of non-commercial yogurt, the microbiota is quite different since yogurts are used as starter for years. To determine the final characteristics of the fermented product it is necessary to know the biochemical properties of the starter cultures, such as acidity, aroma and flavor. This can only be achieved by identifying and characterizing the bacteria in starter cultures...
March 2017: International Microbiology: the Official Journal of the Spanish Society for Microbiology
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