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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106139/spatio-temporal-tolerance-of-visuo-tactile-illusions-in-artificial-skin-by-recurrent-neural-network-with-spike-timing-dependent-plasticity
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Alexandre Pitti, Ganna Pugach, Philippe Gaussier, Sotaro Shimada
Perceptual illusions across multiple modalities, such as the rubber-hand illusion, show how dynamic the brain is at adapting its body image and at determining what is part of it (the self) and what is not (others). Several research studies showed that redundancy and contingency among sensory signals are essential for perception of the illusion and that a lag of 200-300 ms is the critical limit of the brain to represent one's own body. In an experimental setup with an artificial skin, we replicate the visuo-tactile illusion within artificial neural networks...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104617/staphylococcus-aureus-pathogenesis-in-diverse-host-environments
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Divya Balasubramanian, Lamia Harper, Bo Shopsin, Victor J Torres
Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) is an eminent human pathogen that can colonize the human host and cause severe, life-threatening illnesses. This bacterium can reside in and infect a wide range of host tissues, ranging from superficial surfaces like the skin to deeper tissues such as in the gastrointestinal tract, heart and bones. Due to its multifaceted lifestyle, S. aureus uses complex regulatory networks to sense diverse signals that enable it to adapt to different environments and modulate virulence. In this mini-review, we explore well-characterized environmental and host cues that S...
January 18, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
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/28096192/integrated-physiological-proteomic-and-metabolomic-analysis-of-uv-stress-responses-and-adaptation-mechanisms-in-pinus-radiata
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Jesus Pascual, Maria Jesus Canal, Monica Escandon, Monica Meijon, Wolfram Weckwerth, Luis Valledor
Globally expected changes in environmental conditions, especially the increase of UV irradiation, necessitate extending our knowledge of the mechanisms mediating tree species adaptation to this stress. This is crucial for designing new strategies to maintain future forest productivity. Studies focused on environmentally realistic dosages of UV irradiation in forest species are scarce. Pinus sp. are commercially relevant trees and not much is known about their adaptation to UV. In this work, UV treatment and recovery of Pinus radiata plants with dosages mimicking future scenarios, based on current models of UV radiation, were performed in a time-dependent manner...
January 17, 2017: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092595/command-filter-based-adaptive-neural-tracking-controller-design-for-uncertain-switched-nonlinear-output-constrained-systems
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Ben Niu, Yanjun Liu, Guangdeng Zong, Zhaoyu Han, Jun Fu
In this paper, a new adaptive approximation-based tracking controller design approach is developed for a class of uncertain nonlinear switched lower-triangular systems with an output constraint using neural networks (NNs). By introducing a novel barrier Lyapunov function (BLF), the constrained switched system is first transformed into a new system without any constraint, which means the control objectives of the both systems are equivalent. Then command filter technique is applied to solve the so-called "explosion of complexity" problem in traditional backstepping procedure, and radial basis function NNs are directly employed to model the unknown nonlinear functions...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092579/cooperative-adaptive-output-regulation-for-second-order-nonlinear-multiagent-systems-with-jointly-connected-switching-networks
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Wei Liu, Jie Huang
This paper studies the cooperative global robust output regulation problem for a class of heterogeneous second-order nonlinear uncertain multiagent systems with jointly connected switching networks. The main contributions consist of the following three aspects. First, we generalize the result of the adaptive distributed observer from undirected jointly connected switching networks to directed jointly connected switching networks. Second, by performing a new coordinate and input transformation, we convert our problem into the cooperative global robust stabilization problem of a more complex augmented system via the distributed internal model principle...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090285/pulmonary-vascular-and-ventricular-dysfunction-in-the-susceptible-patient-2015-grover-conference-series
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Bradley A Maron, Roberto F Machado, Larissa Shimoda
Pulmonary blood vessel structure and tone are maintained by a complex interplay between endogenous vasoactive factors and oxygen-sensing intermediaries. Under physiological conditions, these signaling networks function as an adaptive interface between the pulmonary circulation and environmental or acquired perturbations to preserve oxygenation and maintain systemic delivery of oxygen-rich hemoglobin. Chronic exposure to hypoxia, however, triggers a range of pathogenetic mechanisms that include hypoxia-inducible factor 1α (HIF-1α)-dependent upregulation of the vasoconstrictor peptide endothelin 1 in pulmonary endothelial cells...
December 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086798/genome-wide-association-analysis-of-seedling-traits-in-diverse-sorghum-germplasm-under-thermal-stress
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Ratan Chopra, Gloria Burow, John J Burke, Nicholas Gladman, Zhanguo Xin
BACKGROUND: Climate variability due to fluctuation in temperature is a worldwide concern that imperils crop production. The need to understand how the germplasm variation in major crops can be utilized to aid in discovering and developing breeding lines that can withstand and adapt to temperature fluctuations is more necessary than ever. Here, we analyzed the genetic variation associated with responses to thermal stresses in a sorghum association panel (SAP) representing major races and working groups to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that are associated with resilience to temperature stress in a major cereal crop...
January 13, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071851/preprogramming-complex-hydrogel-responses-using-enzymatic-reaction-networks
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Sjoerd G J Postma, Ilia N Vialshin, Casper Y Gerritsen, Min Bao, Wilhelm T S Huck
The creation of adaptive matter is heavily inspired by biological systems. However, it remains challenging to design complex material responses that are governed by reaction networks, which lie at the heart of cellular complexity. The main reason for this slow progress is the lack of a general strategy to integrate reaction networks with materials. Herein we use a systematic approach to preprogram the response of a hydrogel to a trigger, in this case the enzyme trypsin, which activates a reaction network embedded within the hydrogel...
January 10, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070992/molecular-signal-networks-and-regulating-mechanisms-of-the-unfolded-protein-response
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Jing Gong, Xing-Zhi Wang, Tao Wang, Jiao-Jiao Chen, Xiao-Yuan Xie, Hui Hu, Fang Yu, Hui-Lin Liu, Xing-Yan Jiang, Han-Dong Fan
Within the cell, several mechanisms exist to maintain homeostasis of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). One of the primary mechanisms is the unfolded protein response (UPR). In this review, we primarily focus on the latest signal webs and regulation mechanisms of the UPR. The relationships among ER stress, apoptosis, and cancer are also discussed. Under the normal state, binding immunoglobulin protein (BiP) interacts with the three sensors (protein kinase RNA-like ER kinase (PERK), activating transcription factor 6 (ATF6), and inositol-requiring enzyme 1α (IRE1α))...
2017: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066132/resilience-and-the-population-history-of-the-kuril-islands-northwest-pacific-a-study-in-complex-human-ecodynamics
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Ben Fitzhugh, Erik Gjesfjeld, William Brown, Mark J Hudson, Jennie D Shaw
Living in remote places can strain the adaptive capacities of human settlers. It can also protect communities from external social, political and economic forces. In this paper, we present an archaeological population history of the Kuril Islands. This string of small volcanic islands on the margins of the Northwest Pacific was occupied by maritime hunting, fishing and gathering communities from the mid-Holocene to recent centuries. We bring together (1) 380 new and previously published archaeological radiocarbon dates, (2) a new paleodemographic model based on a radiocarbon-timestamped temporal frequency distribution of archaeological deposits, (3) recently published paleoclimate trends, and (4) recently published archaeological proxy evidence for changes in the extent of social networks...
October 17, 2016: Quaternary International: the Journal of the International Union for Quaternary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063173/identification-of-highly-connected-hub-genes-in-the-protective-response-program-of-human-macrophages-and-microglia-activated-by-alpha-b-crystallin
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Inge R Holtman, Malika Bsibsi, Wouter H Gerritsen, Hendrikus W G M Boddeke, Bart J L Eggen, Paul van der Valk, Markus Kipp, Johannes M van Noort, Sandra Amor
The glial stress protein alpha B-crystallin (HSPB5) is an endogenous agonist for Toll-like receptor 2 in CD14(+) cells. Following systemic administration, HSPB5 acts as a potent inhibitor of neuroinflammation in animal models and reduces lesion development in multiple sclerosis patients. Here, we show that systemically administered HSPB5 rapidly crosses the blood-brain barrier, implicating microglia as additional targets for HSPB5 along with peripheral monocytes and macrophages. To compare key players in the HSPB5-induced protective response of human macrophages and microglia, we applied weighted gene co-expression network analysis on transcript expression data obtained 1 and 4 h after activation...
January 7, 2017: Glia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062516/systems-thinking-in-public-health-a-bibliographic-contribution-to-a-meta-narrative-review
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Saad Chughtai, Karl Blanchet
BACKGROUND: Research across the formal, natural and social sciences has greatly expanded our knowledge about complex systems in recent decades, informing a broadly inclusive, cross-disciplinary conceptual framework referred to as Systems Thinking (ST). Its use in public health is rapidly increasing, although there remains a poor understanding of how these ideas have been imported, adapted and elaborated by public health research networks worldwide. METHOD: This review employed a mixed methods approach to narrate the development of ST in public health...
January 6, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061408/coupling-ecological-and-social-network-models-to-assess-transmission-and-contagion-of-an-aquatic-invasive-species
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Danielle M Haak, Brian D Fath, Valery E Forbes, Dustin R Martin, Kevin L Pope
Network analysis is used to address diverse ecological, social, economic, and epidemiological questions, but few efforts have been made to combine these field-specific analyses into interdisciplinary approaches that effectively address how complex systems are interdependent and connected to one another. Identifying and understanding these cross-boundary connections improves natural resource management and promotes proactive, rather than reactive, decisions. This research had two main objectives; first, adapt the framework and approach of infectious disease network modeling so that it may be applied to the socio-ecological problem of spreading aquatic invasive species, and second, use this new coupled model to simulate the spread of the invasive Chinese mystery snail (Bellamya chinensis) in a reservoir network in Southeastern Nebraska, USA...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056744/nucleotide-second-messenger-signaling-as-a-target-for-the-control-of-bacterial-biofilm-formation
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Alberto J Martín-Rodríguez, Ute Römling
Bacterial biofilm formation and associated phenotypes are the major cause of chronic infection in humans. The major regulator of biofilm formation in Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria are nucleotide-based second messenger signaling pathways. Nucleotide-based signaling is a ubiquitous signal transduction mechanism in all domains of life that relay changes in the extracellular or intracellular milieu to protein or RNA effectors, leading to adaptive physiological responses. To date, six bona fide nucleotide signaling pathways, (p)ppGpp, cAMP, cGMP, c-di-AMP, c-di-GMP and cGAMP, have been characterized with respect to basic pathway modules and phenotypic and physiological output...
January 5, 2017: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053046/properties-of-human-disease-genes-and-the-role-of-genes-linked-to-mendelian-disorders-in-complex-disease-aetiology
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Nino Spataro, Juan Antonio Rodríguez, Arcadi Navarro, Elena Bosch
Do genes presenting variation that has been linked to human disease have different biological properties than genes that have never been related to disease? What is the relationship between disease and fitness? Are the evolutionary pressures that affect genes linked to Mendelian diseases the same to those acting on genes whose variation contributes to complex disorders? The answers to these questions could shed light on the architecture of human genetic disorders and may have relevant implications when designing mapping strategies in future genetic studies...
January 4, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052105/wsn-based-space-charge-density-measurement-system
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Dawei Deng, Haiwen Yuan, Jianxun Lv, Yong Ju
It is generally acknowledged that high voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line endures the drawback of large area, because of which the utilization of cable for space charge density monitoring system is of inconvenience. Compared with the traditional communication network, wireless sensor network (WSN) shows advantages in small volume, high flexibility and strong self-organization, thereby presenting great potential in solving the problem. Additionally, WSN is more suitable for the construction of distributed space charge density monitoring system as it has longer distance and higher mobility...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046721/su-f-t-100-development-and-implementation-of-a-treatment-planning-tracking-system-into-the-radiation-oncology-clinic
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C Kabat, K Cline, Y Li, C Ha, S Stathakis
PURPOSE: With increasing numbers of cancer patients being diagnosed and the complexity of radiotherapy treatments rising it's paramount that patient plan development continues to stay fluid within the clinic. In order to maintain a high standard of care and clinical efficiency the establishment of a tracking system for patient plan development allows healthcare providers to view real time plan progression and drive clinical workflow. In addition, it provides statistical datasets which can further identify inefficiencies within the clinic...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046110/network-centrality-analysis-in-fungi-reveals-complex-regulation-of-lost-and-gained-genes
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Jasmin Coulombe-Huntington, Yu Xia
Gene gain and loss shape both proteomes and the networks they form. The increasing availability of closely related sequenced genomes and of genome-wide network data should enable a better understanding of the evolutionary forces driving gene gain, gene loss and evolutionary network rewiring. Using orthology mappings across 23 ascomycete fungi genomes, we identified proteins that were lost, gained or universally conserved across the tree, enabling us to compare genes across all stages of their life-cycle. Based on a collection of genome-wide network and gene expression datasets from baker's yeast, as well as a few from fission yeast, we found that gene loss is more strongly associated with network and expression features of closely related species than that of distant species, consistent with the evolutionary modulation of gene loss propensity through network rewiring...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039779/reaction-times-in-visual-search-can-be-explained-by-a-simple-model-of-neural-synchronization
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Yakov Kazanovich, Roman Borisyuk
We present an oscillatory neural network model that can account for reaction times in visual search experiments. The model consists of a central oscillator that represents the central executive of the attention system and a number of peripheral oscillators that represent objects in the display. The oscillators are described as generalized Kuramoto type oscillators with adapted parameters. An object is considered as being included in the focus of attention if the oscillator associated with this object is in-phase with the central oscillator...
December 10, 2016: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
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