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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107672/a-computational-model-of-conditioning-inspired-by-drosophila-olfactory-system
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Faramarz Faghihi, Ahmed A Moustafa, Ralf Heinrich, Florentin Wörgötter
Recent studies have demonstrated that Drosophila melanogaster (briefly Drosophila) can successfully perform higher cognitive processes including second order olfactory conditioning. Understanding the neural mechanism of this behavior can help neuroscientists to unravel the principles of information processing in complex neural systems (e.g. the human brain) and to create efficient and robust robotic systems. In this work, we have developed a biologically-inspired spiking neural network which is able to execute both first and second order conditioning...
November 23, 2016: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105719/allostatic-load-and-biological-anthropology
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Ashley N Edes, Douglas E Crews
Multiple stressors affect developing and adult organisms, thereby partly structuring their phenotypes. Determining how stressors influence health, well-being, and longevity in human and nonhuman primate populations are major foci within biological anthropology. Although much effort has been devoted to examining responses to multiple environmental and sociocultural stressors, no holistic metric to measure stress-related physiological dysfunction has been widely applied within biological anthropology. Researchers from disciplines outside anthropology are using allostatic load indices (ALIs) to estimate such dysregulation and examine life-long outcomes of stressor exposures, including morbidity and mortality...
January 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105701/climate-change-and-alpine-stream-biology-progress-challenges-and-opportunities-for-the-future
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Scott Hotaling, Debra S Finn, J Joseph Giersch, David W Weisrock, Dean Jacobsen
In alpine regions worldwide, climate change is dramatically altering ecosystems and affecting biodiversity in many ways. For streams, receding alpine glaciers and snowfields, paired with altered precipitation regimes, are driving shifts in hydrology, species distributions, basal resources, and threatening the very existence of some habitats and biota. Alpine streams harbour substantial species and genetic diversity due to significant habitat insularity and environmental heterogeneity. Climate change is expected to affect alpine stream biodiversity across many levels of biological resolution from micro- to macroscopic organisms and genes to communities...
January 20, 2017: Biological Reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104921/effects-of-gold-nanoparticles-on-lipid-packing-and-membrane-pore-formation
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Anupama Bhat, Lance W Edwards, Xiao Fu, Dillon L Badman, Samuel Huo, Albert J Jin, Qi Lu
Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have been increasingly integrated in biological systems, making it imperative to understand their interactions with cell membranes, the first barriers to be crossed to enter cells. Herein, liposomes composed of 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DMPC) as a model membrane system were treated with citrate stabilized AuNPs from 5 to 30 nm at various concentrations. The fluorescence shifts of Laurdan probes reveal that AuNPs in general made liposomes more fluidic. The increased fluidity is expected to result in an increased surface area, and thus liposome shape changes from circular to less circular, which was further confirmed with fluorescence microscopy...
December 26, 2016: Applied Physics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103461/-hashimoto-thyroiditis-and-periodontal-disease-a-narrative-review
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REVIEW
Ana Morais, Marta Resende, José Pereira
INTRODUCTION: Currently there is a growing interest in studying systemic conditions with impact on the periodontium. The aim of this article is to determinate if there is a relation between Hashimoto's thyroiditis and periodontal disease. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Founded on periodontology based on evidence and in the combination of the keywords: 'Hashimoto disease'; 'Hypothyroidism'; 'Periodontal disease'; 'Systemic Diseases'; a search and evaluation of articles was conducted in Medline, Scopus and Thomson Reuters databases, selecting 30 articles for integral analysis...
October 31, 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102262/scaling-single-cell-genomics-from-phenomenology-to-mechanism
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Amos Tanay, Aviv Regev
Three of the most fundamental questions in biology are how individual cells differentiate to form tissues, how tissues function in a coordinated and flexible fashion and which gene regulatory mechanisms support these processes. Single-cell genomics is opening up new ways to tackle these questions by combining the comprehensive nature of genomics with the microscopic resolution that is required to describe complex multicellular systems. Initial single-cell genomic studies provided a remarkably rich phenomenology of heterogeneous cellular states, but transforming observational studies into models of dynamics and causal mechanisms in tissues poses fresh challenges and requires stronger integration of theoretical, computational and experimental frameworks...
January 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102119/glutathione-and-glutathione-transferase-omega-1-as-key-posttranslational-regulators-in-macrophages
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Mark M Hughes, Anne F McGettrick, Luke A J O'Neill
Macrophage activation during phagocytosis or by pattern recognition receptors, such as Toll-like receptor 4, leads to the accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). ROS act as a microbicidal defense mechanism, promoting clearance of infection, allowing for resolution of inflammation. Overproduction of ROS, however, overwhelms our cellular antioxidant defense system, promoting oxidation of protein machinery, leading to macrophage dysregulation and pathophysiology of chronic inflammatory conditions, such as atherosclerosis...
January 2017: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101733/3d-absorbed-dose-distribution-estimated-by-monte-carlo-simulation-in-radionuclide-therapy-with-a-monoclonal-antibody-targeting-synovial-sarcoma
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David Sarrut, Jean-Noël Badel, Adrien Halty, Gwenaelle Garin, David Perol, Philippe Cassier, Jean-Yves Blay, David Kryza, Anne-Laure Giraudet
BACKROUND: Radiolabeled OTSA101, a monoclonal antibody targeting synovial sarcoma (SS) developed by OncoTherapy Science, was used to treat relapsing SS metastases following a theranostic procedure: in case of significant (111)In-OTSA101 tumor uptake and favorable biodistribution, patient was randomly treated with 370/1110 MBq (90)Y-OTSA101. Monte Carlo-based 3D dosimetry integrating time-activity curves in VOI was performed on (111)In-OTSA101 repeated SPECT/CT. Estimated absorbed doses (AD) in normal tissues were compared to biological side effects and to the admitted maximal tolerated absorbed dose (MTD) in normal organs...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098904/identification-of-biomarkers-of-intrahepatic-cholangiocarcinoma-via-integrated-analysis-of-mrna-and-mirna-microarray-data
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Yaqing Chen, Dan Liu, Pengfei Liu, Yajing Chen, Huiling Yu, Quan Zhang
The present study aimed to identify potential therapeutic targets of intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (ICC) via integrated analysis of gene (transcript version) and microRNA (miRNA/miR) expression. The miRNA microarray dataset GSE32957 contained miRNA expression data from 16 ICC, 7 mixed type of combined hepatocellular‑cholangiocarcinoma (CHC), 2 hepatic adenoma, 3 focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH) and 5 healthy liver tissue samples, and 2 cholangiocarcinoma cell lines. In addition, the mRNA microarray dataset GSE32879 contained mRNA expression data from 16 ICC, 7 CHC, 2 hepatic adenoma, 5 FNH and 7 healthy liver tissue samples...
January 16, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098205/reliable-and-efficient-solution-of-genome-scale-models-of-metabolism-and-macromolecular-expression
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Ding Ma, Laurence Yang, Ronan M T Fleming, Ines Thiele, Bernhard O Palsson, Michael A Saunders
Constraint-Based Reconstruction and Analysis (COBRA) is currently the only methodology that permits integrated modeling of Metabolism and macromolecular Expression (ME) at genome-scale. Linear optimization computes steady-state flux solutions to ME models, but flux values are spread over many orders of magnitude. Data values also have greatly varying magnitudes. Standard double-precision solvers may return inaccurate solutions or report that no solution exists. Exact simplex solvers based on rational arithmetic require a near-optimal warm start to be practical on large problems (current ME models have 70,000 constraints and variables and will grow larger)...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096400/defining-recovery-neurobiology-of-injured-spinal-cord-by-synthetic-matrix-assisted-hmsc-implantation
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Alexander E Ropper, Devang K Thakor, InBo Han, Dou Yu, Xiang Zeng, Jamie E Anderson, Zaid Aljuboori, Soo-Woo Kim, Hongjun Wang, Richard L Sidman, Ross D Zafonte, Yang D Teng
Mesenchymal stromal stem cells (MSCs) isolated from adult tissues offer tangible potential for regenerative medicine, given their feasibility for autologous transplantation. MSC research shows encouraging results in experimental stroke, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and neurotrauma models. However, further translational progress has been hampered by poor MSC graft survival, jeopardizing cellular and molecular bases for neural repair in vivo. We have devised an adult human bone marrow MSC (hMSC) delivery formula by investigating molecular events involving hMSCs incorporated in a uniquely designed poly(lactic-co-glycolic) acid scaffold, a clinically safe polymer, following inflammatory exposures in a dorsal root ganglion organotypic coculture system...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096391/network-based-integration-of-systems-genetics-data-reveals-pathways-associated-with-lignocellulosic-biomass-accumulation-and-processing
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Eshchar Mizrachi, Lieven Verbeke, Nanette Christie, Ana C Fierro, Shawn D Mansfield, Mark F Davis, Erica Gjersing, Gerald A Tuskan, Marc Van Montagu, Yves Van de Peer, Kathleen Marchal, Alexander A Myburg
As a consequence of their remarkable adaptability, fast growth, and superior wood properties, eucalypt tree plantations have emerged as key renewable feedstocks (over 20 million ha globally) for the production of pulp, paper, bioenergy, and other lignocellulosic products. However, most biomass properties such as growth, wood density, and wood chemistry are complex traits that are hard to improve in long-lived perennials. Systems genetics, a process of harnessing multiple levels of component trait information (e...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095177/integrated-colony-imaging-analysis-and-selection-device-for-regenerative-medicine
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Edward Kwee, Edward E Herderick, Thomas Adams, James Dunn, Robert Germanowski, Frank Krakosh, Cynthia Boehm, James Monnich, Kimerly Powell, George Muschler
Stem and progenitor cells derived from human tissues are being developed as cell sources for cell-based assays and therapies. However, tissue-derived stem and progenitor cells are heterogeneous. Differences in observed clones of stem cells likely reflect important aspects of the underlying state of the source cells, as well as future potency for cell therapies. This paper describes a colony analysis and picking device that provides quantitative analysis of heterogeneous cell populations and precise tools for cell picking for research or biomanufacturing applications...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Laboratory Automation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094982/bacterial-genome-editing-via-a-designed-toxin-antitoxin-cassette
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Jie Wu, Aihua Deng, Qinyun Sun, Hua Bai, Zhaopeng Sun, Xiuling Shang, Yun Zhang, Qian Liu, Yong Liang, Shuwen Liu, Yongsheng Che, Tingyi Wen
Manipulating the bacterial genomes in an efficient manner is essential to biological and biotechnological research. Despite usage of various modules for genomic editing with counter-selectable markers including the toxin genes, an easy-to-use and highly designable toxin-antitoxin (TA) cassette without causing any leakages is urgently needed for efficient genome editing of the Gram-positive bacteria. Here, we reprogramed the bacterial TA systems as a toxin counter-selectable cassette regulated by an antitoxin switch (TCCRAS) for genetic modifications in the extensively studied and utilized Gram-positive bacteria, B...
January 17, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093365/vitamin-b3-metal-organic-frameworks-as-potential-delivery-vehicles-for-therapeutic-nitric-oxide
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Rosana V Pinto, Fernando Antunes, João Pires, Vanessa Graça, Paula Brandão, Moisés L Pinto
: The synthesis and structural characterization of two isostructural metal (M=Ni, Co) 3D framework structure that integrate vitamin B3 building blocks with NO delivery capabilities and low toxicity is presented. The compounds with a formula [M2(μ2-H2O)(μ-vitamin B3)4]·2H2O contain two crystallographic distinct divalent metal centers connected by a bridging water and carboxylate group from vitamin B3. The porous compounds have the capability of storing and releasing nitric oxide (NO) in a slow and reversible manner, with released amounts of 2...
January 13, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092712/-global-bioethics-and-biocultural-ethics
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Ricardo Rozzi
The biocultural ethic recovers an understanding of the vital links between the life habits of the coinhabitants (humans and other-than-human) that share a habitat. The ″3Hs″ formal framework of the biocultural ethics provides a conceptual and methodological tool to understand and to better manage complex eco-social or biocultural systems in heterogeneous regions of the planet. From the global bioethics originally proposed by V.R. Potter, the integration of theory and praxis promoted by Alfredo Pradenas in the Bioethics Society of Chile, and the conceptual framework of biocultural ethics (including traditions of philosophical thought, scientific and Amerindians), I develop a comparative analysis of: 1...
September 2016: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092569/discovery-of-micrornas-and-transcription-factors-co-regulatory-modules-by-integrating-multiple-types-of-genomic-data
#17
Jiawei Luo, Gen Xiang, Chu Pan
It is well known that regulators known as microRNA (miRNA) and transcription factor (TF) have been found to play an important role in gene regulation. However, there are few researches of collaborative regulatory (co-regulatory) mechanism between miRNA and TF on system level (function level). Meanwhile, recent advances in high-throughput genomic technologies have enabled researchers to collect diverse large-scale genomic data, which can be used to study the co-regulatory mechanism between miRNA and TF. In this paper, we propose a novel method called SNCoNMF (Sparse Network regularized non-negative matrix factorization for Co-regulatory modules identification) which adopts multiple non-negative matrix factorization framework to identify co-regulatory modules including miRNAs, TFs and genes...
January 9, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092253/-mexican-treatment-goals-for-plaque-psoriasis
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Lorena Estrada-Aguilar, Mario Amaya-Guerra, Minerva Gómez-Flores, Esther Guevara-Sanginés, Fermín Jurado-Santacruz, Adriana Lopeztello-Santillán, César Maldonado-García, Mónica Rivera-Gómez, Norma Rodríguez-Martínez, Luis Vega-González
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease with a worldwide prevalence between 6 and 39% in moderate to severe forms. In European countries like Germany and England was identified that only one third of patients with moderate to severe forms will receive systemic management, this fact motivated to integrate into Europe an international consensus on treatment goals with the aim of providing support to the dermatologist by algorithms that serve as a therapeutic guide that allows you to gain control short and long term effects of this disease...
January 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091627/development-of-a-single-step-immunoassay-microdevice-based-on-a-graphene-oxide-containing-hydrogel-possessing-fluorescence-quenching-and-size-separation-functions
#19
Akihiro Shirai, Kaho Nakashima, Kenji Sueyoshi, Tatsuro Endo, Hideaki Hisamoto
An immunoassay, which is an indispensable analytical method both in biological research and in medical fields was successfully integrated into a "single-step" by developing a microdevice composed of a graphene oxide (GO)-containing hydrogel and a poly (dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) microchannel array with a polyethylene glycol (PEG) coating containing a fluorescently-labelled antibody. Here we used 2-hydroxyethylmethacrylate (HEMA) as a monomer that is easily, and homogeneously, mixed with GO to synthesize the hydrogel...
January 16, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090513/an-update-and-review-of-cell-based-wound-dressings-and-their-integration-into-clinical-practice
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REVIEW
Austin Pourmoussa, Daniel J Gardner, Maxwell B Johnson, Alex K Wong
Chronic wounds affect over 4 million individuals and pose a significant burden to the US healthcare system. Diabetes, venous stasis, radiation or paralysis are common risk factors for chronic wounds. Unfortunately, the current standard of care (SOC) has a high relapse rate and these wounds continue to adversely affect patients' quality of life. Fortunately, advances in tissue engineering have allowed for the development of cell-based wound dressings that promote wound healing by improving cell migration and differentiation...
December 2016: Annals of Translational Medicine
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