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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433492/is-tavr-ready-for-the-global-aging-population
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REVIEW
Travis Bergmann, Partho P Sengupta, Jagat Narula
The emergence of the global pandemic of chronic diseases necessitates critical assessment of interventions that can be targeted at both the individual and population levels. Among cardiovascular diseases, the increasing prevalence of valvular heart diseases such as aortic stenosis parallels the rising burden of atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases. As an alternative to surgical aortic valve replacement, technological innovation has allowed development of minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)...
April 19, 2017: Global Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425923/connectivity-restoration-in-wireless-sensor-networks-via-space-network-coding
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Alfred Uwitonze, Jiaqing Huang, Yuanqing Ye, Wenqing Cheng
The problem of finding the number and optimal positions of relay nodes for restoring the network connectivity in partitioned Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) is Non-deterministic Polynomial-time hard (NP-hard) and thus heuristic methods are preferred to solve it. This paper proposes a novel polynomial time heuristic algorithm, namely, Relay Placement using Space Network Coding (RPSNC), to solve this problem, where Space Network Coding, also called Space Information Flow (SIF), is a new research paradigm that studies network coding in Euclidean space, in which extra relay nodes can be introduced to reduce the cost of communication...
April 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423210/intrinsic-incompatibilities-evolving-as-a-by-product-of-divergent-ecological-selection-considering-them-in-empirical-studies-on-divergence-with-gene-flow
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J Kulmuni, A M Westram
The possibility of intrinsic barriers to gene flow is often neglected in empirical research on local adaptation and speciation with gene flow, e.g. when interpreting patterns observed in genome scans. However, we draw attention to the fact that, even with gene flow, divergent ecological selection may generate intrinsic barriers involving both ecologically selected and other interacting loci. Mechanistically, the link between the two types of barriers may be generated by genes that have multiple functions (i...
April 18, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422138/abnormal-resting-state-functional-connectivity-in-the-orbitofrontal-cortex-of-heroin-users-and-its-relationship-with-anxiety-a-pilot-fnirs-study
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Hada Fong-Ha Ieong, Zhen Yuan
Drug addiction is widely linked to the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), which is essential for regulating reward-related behaviors, emotional responses, and anxiety. Over the past two decades, neuroimaging has provided significant contributions revealing functional and structural alternations in the brains of drug addicts. However, the underlying neural mechanism in the OFC and its correlates with drug addiction and anxiety still require further elucidation. We first presented a pilot investigation to examine local networks in OFC regions through resting-state functional connectivity (rsFC) using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) from eight abstinent addicts in a heroin-dependent group (HD) and seven subjects in a control group (CG)...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420977/development-and-training-of-a-neural-controller-for-hind-leg-walking-in-a-dog-robot
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Alexander Hunt, Nicholas Szczecinski, Roger Quinn
Animals dynamically adapt to varying terrain and small perturbations with remarkable ease. These adaptations arise from complex interactions between the environment and biomechanical and neural components of the animal's body and nervous system. Research into mammalian locomotion has resulted in several neural and neuro-mechanical models, some of which have been tested in simulation, but few "synthetic nervous systems" have been implemented in physical hardware models of animal systems. One reason is that the implementation into a physical system is not straightforward...
2017: Frontiers in Neurorobotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417976/revealing-inhibition-difference-between-pfi-2-enantiomers-against-setd7-by-molecular-dynamics-simulations-binding-free-energy-calculations-and-unbinding-pathway-analysis
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Yuzhen Niu, Danfeng Shi, Lanlan Li, Jingyun Guo, Huanxiang Liu, Xiaojun Yao
SETD7 is associated with multiple diseases related signaling pathways. (R)-PFI-2 is the first SETD7 inhibitor with nanomolar inhibitory potency. The activity of (R)-PFI-2 is about 500 times over that of (S)-PFI-2. Understanding the mechanism behind this difference will be helpful to discovery and design of more potent SETD7 inhibitors. A computational study combining molecular dynamics simulation, binding free energy calculations, and residue interaction network (RIN) was performed on the (S)-PFI-2/SETD7 and (R)-PFI-2/SETD7 complexes to explore the molecular mechanism behind the different inhibition activity...
April 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416388/human-grp78-affinity-towards-its-signaling-partners-ire1%C3%AE-and-perk-is-differently-modulated-by-an-unfolded-protein-client
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Razvan C Stan, Raissa L Silva, Maristela M de Camargo
Protein-folding stress is characteristic of specialized secretory cells and plays a dominant role in a multitude of diseases. The unfolded protein response (UPR) thus triggered is a proteostatic signaling network that adapts the protein-folding capacity of the endoplasmic reticulum to the cellular demands. We have measured the binding affinities between human GRP78, an essential chaperone located in ER, and two transmembrane UPR sensors (human PERK and Ire1α), with or without the addition of an unfolded protein client...
April 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415719/endosomal-sorting-and-c-cbl-targeting-of-paxillin-to-autophagosomes-regulate-cell-matrix-adhesion-turnover-in-human-breast-cancer-cells
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Chia-Hao Chang, Krikor Bijian, Dinghong Qiu, Jie Su, Amine Saad, Michael S Dahabieh, Wilson H Miller, Moulay A Alaoui-Jamali
Post-translational mechanisms regulating cell-matrix adhesion turnover during cell locomotion are not fully elucidated. In this study, we uncovered an essential role of Y118 site-specific tyrosine phosphorylation of paxillin, an adapter protein of focal adhesion complexes, in paxillin recruitment to autophagosomes to trigger turnover of peripheral focal adhesions in human breast cancer cells. We demonstrate that the Rab-7 GTPase is a key upstream regulator of late endosomal sorting of tyrosine118-phosphorylated paxillin, which is subsequently recruited to autophagosomes via the cargo receptor c-Cbl...
March 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415302/generalized-three-dimensional-lattice-boltzmann-color-gradient-method-for-immiscible-two-phase-pore-scale-imbibition-and-drainage-in-porous-media
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Sébastien Leclaire, Andrea Parmigiani, Orestis Malaspinas, Bastien Chopard, Jonas Latt
This article presents a three-dimensional numerical framework for the simulation of fluid-fluid immiscible compounds in complex geometries, based on the multiple-relaxation-time lattice Boltzmann method to model the fluid dynamics and the color-gradient approach to model multicomponent flow interaction. New lattice weights for the lattices D3Q15, D3Q19, and D3Q27 that improve the Galilean invariance of the color-gradient model as well as for modeling the interfacial tension are derived and provided in the Appendix...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412223/bioengineered-robust-hybrid-hydrogels-enrich-the-stability-and-efficacy-of-biological-drugs
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Moon Soo Gil, Jinhwan Cho, Thavasyappan Thambi, V H Giang Phan, Inchan Kwon, Doo Sung Lee
Biological drugs are exquisitely tailored components offering the advantages of high specificity and efficacy that are considered safe for treating diseases. Nevertheless, the effectiveness of biological drugs is limited by their inherent short biological half-life and poor stability in vivo. Herein, we engineered a novel delivery platform based on hybrid injectable hydrogels, in which pH- and temperature-responsive biodegradable copolymers were site-specifically coupled to the sulfhydryl group of human serum albumin, which effectively enhances the stability and circulation half-life of the biological drug, recombinant uricase enzyme (Uox)...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410373/parallel-reorganization-of-protein-function-in-the-spindle-checkpoint-pathway-through-evolutionary-paths-in-the-fitness-landscape-that-appear-neutral-in-laboratory-experiments
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Alex N Nguyen Ba, Bob Strome, Selma Osman, Elizabeth-Ann Legere, Taraneh Zarin, Alan M Moses
Regulatory networks often increase in complexity during evolution through gene duplication and divergence of component proteins. Two models that explain this increase in complexity are: 1) adaptive changes after gene duplication, such as resolution of adaptive conflicts, and 2) non-adaptive processes such as duplication, degeneration and complementation. Both of these models predict complementary changes in the retained duplicates, but they can be distinguished by direct fitness measurements in organisms with short generation times...
April 14, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408878/reward-based-motor-adaptation-mediated-by-basal-ganglia
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Taegyo Kim, Khaldoun C Hamade, Dmitry Todorov, William H Barnett, Robert A Capps, Elizaveta M Latash, Sergey N Markin, Ilya A Rybak, Yaroslav I Molkov
It is widely accepted that the basal ganglia (BG) play a key role in action selection and reinforcement learning. However, despite considerable number of studies, the BG architecture and function are not completely understood. Action selection and reinforcement learning are facilitated by the activity of dopaminergic neurons, which encode reward prediction errors when reward outcomes are higher or lower than expected. The BG are thought to select proper motor responses by gating appropriate actions, and suppressing inappropriate ones...
2017: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407562/synaptic-patterning-and-the-timescales-of-cortical-dynamics
#13
REVIEW
Renato Duarte, Alexander Seeholzer, Karl Zilles, Abigail Morrison
Neocortical circuits, as large heterogeneous recurrent networks, can potentially operate and process signals at multiple timescales, but appear to be differentially tuned to operate within certain temporal receptive windows. The modular and hierarchical organization of this selectivity mirrors anatomical and physiological relations throughout the cortex and is likely determined by the regional electrochemical composition. Being consistently patterned and actively regulated, the expression of molecules involved in synaptic transmission constitutes the most significant source of laminar and regional variability...
April 10, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407150/dissociable-patterns-of-brain-activity-for-mentalizing-about-known-others-a-role-for-attachment
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Anne C Laurita, Cindy Hazan, R Nathan Spreng
The human brain tracks dynamic changes within the social environment, forming and updating representations of individuals in our social milieu. This mechanism of social navigation builds an increasingly complex map of persons with whom we are familiar and form attachments to guide adaptive social behaviors. We examined the neural representation of known others along a continuum of attachment using fMRI. Heterosexual adults (N = 29, 16 females), in romantic relationships for more than two years, made trait judgments for a romantic partner, parent, close friend, familiar acquaintance, and self during scanning...
April 12, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404872/synthetic-associative-learning-in-engineered-multicellular-consortia
#15
Javier Macia, Blai Vidiella, Ricard V Solé
Associative learning (AL) is one of the key mechanisms displayed by living organisms in order to adapt to their changing environments. It was recognized early as a general trait of complex multicellular organisms but is also found in 'simpler' ones. It has also been explored within synthetic biology using molecular circuits that are directly inspired in neural network models of conditioning. These designs involve complex wiring diagrams to be implemented within one single cell, and the presence of diverse molecular wires become a challenge that might be very difficult to overcome...
April 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404828/interaction-of-compass-sensing-and-object-motion-detection-in-the-locust-central-complex
#16
Tobias Bockhorst, Uwe Homberg
Goal-directed behavior is often complicated by unpredictable events, such as the appearance of a predator during directed locomotion. This situation requires adaptive responses like evasive maneuvers followed by subsequent reorientation and course correction. Here we study the possible neural underpinnings of such a situation in an insect, the desert locust. As in other insects, its sense of spatial orientation strongly relies on the central complex, a group of midline brain neuropils. The central complex houses sky compass cells that signal the polarization plane of skylight and thus indicate the animal's steering direction relative to the sun...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398072/the-reactive-species-interactome-evolutionary-emergence-biological-significance-and-opportunities-for-redox-metabolomics-and-personalized-medicine
#17
Miriam Margherita Cortese-Krott, Anne Koning, Gunter Georg Kuhnle, Peter Nagy, Christopher Bianco, Andreas Pasch, David A Wink, Jon Fukuto, Alan A Jackson, Harry van Goor, Kenneth R Olson, Martin Feelisch
SIGNIFICANCE: Oxidative stress is thought to account for aberrant redox homeostasis and contribute to aging and disease. However, more often than not administration of antioxidants is ineffective, suggesting our current understanding of the underlying regulatory processes is incomplete. Recent Advances. Similar to reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS, RNS), reactive sulfur species (RSS) are now emerging as important signaling molecules, targeting regulatory cysteine redox switches in proteins, affecting gene regulation, ion transport, intermediary metabolism and mitochondrial function...
April 11, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395011/metabolism-in-cardiomyopathy-every-substrate-matters
#18
Julia Ritterhoff, Rong Tian
Cardiac metabolism is highly adaptive to changes in fuel availability and the energy demand of the heart. This metabolic flexibility is key for the heart to maintain its output during the development and in response to stress. Alterations in substrate preference have been observed in multiple disease states; a clear understanding of their impact on cardiac function in the long term is critical for the development of metabolic therapies. In addition, the contribution of cellular metabolism to growth, survival, and other signalling pathways through the generation of metabolic intermediates has been increasingly noted, adding another layer of complexity to the impact of metabolism on cardiac function...
March 15, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394333/a-heart-brain-kidney-network-controls-adaptation-to-cardiac-stress-through-tissue-macrophage-activation
#19
Katsuhito Fujiu, Munehiko Shibata, Yukiteru Nakayama, Fusa Ogata, Sahohime Matsumoto, Koji Noshita, Shingo Iwami, Susumu Nakae, Issei Komuro, Ryozo Nagai, Ichiro Manabe
Heart failure is a complex clinical syndrome characterized by insufficient cardiac function. In addition to abnormalities intrinsic to the heart, dysfunction of other organs and dysregulation of systemic factors greatly affect the development and consequences of heart failure. Here we show that the heart and kidneys function cooperatively in generating an adaptive response to cardiac pressure overload. In mice subjected to pressure overload in the heart, sympathetic nerve activation led to activation of renal collecting-duct (CD) epithelial cells...
April 10, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391345/new-approaches-to-trials-in-glomerulonephritis
#20
Jonathan C Craig, Allison Tong, Giovanni F M Strippoli
Randomized controlled trials are required to reliably identify interventions to improve the outcomes for people with glomerulonephritis (GN). Unfortunately, although easier, observational studies are inherently unreliable even though the findings of both study designs agree most of the time. Currently there are ∼790 trials in GN, but suboptimal design and reporting, together with small sample sizes, mean that they may not be reliable for decision making. If the history is somewhat bleak, the future looks bright, with recent initiatives to improve the quality, size and relevance of clinical trials in nephrology, including greater patient engagement, trial networks, core outcome sets, registry-based trials and adaptive designs...
January 1, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
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