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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317835/reducing-cascading-failure-risk-by-increasing-infrastructure-network-interdependence
#1
Mert Korkali, Jason G Veneman, Brian F Tivnan, James P Bagrow, Paul D H Hines
Increased interconnection between critical infrastructure networks, such as electric power and communications systems, has important implications for infrastructure reliability and security. Others have shown that increased coupling between networks that are vulnerable to internetwork cascading failures can increase vulnerability. However, the mechanisms of cascading in these models differ from those in real systems and such models disregard new functions enabled by coupling, such as intelligent control during a cascade...
March 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315072/direct-myosin-activation-by-omecamtiv-mecarbil-for-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction
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Mitchell A Psotka, John R Teerlink
Myosin is the indispensable molecular motor that utilizes chemical energy to produce force for contraction within the cardiac myocyte. Myosin activity is gated by intracellular calcium levels which are regulated by multiple upstream signaling cascades that can be altered for clinical utility using inotropic medications. In contrast to clinically available cardiac inotropes, omecamtiv mecarbil is a novel direct myosin activator developed to augment left ventricular systolic function without the undesirable secondary effects of altered calcium homeostasis...
March 18, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297942/modeling-structure-and-resilience-of-the-dark-network
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Manlio De Domenico, Alex Arenas
While the statistical and resilience properties of the Internet are no longer changing significantly across time, the Darknet, a network devoted to keep anonymous its traffic, still experiences rapid changes to improve the security of its users. Here we study the structure of the Darknet and find that its topology is rather peculiar, being characterized by a nonhomogeneous distribution of connections, typical of scale-free networks; very short path lengths and high clustering, typical of small-world networks; and lack of a core of highly connected nodes...
February 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296902/multi-vehicle-detection-with-identity-awareness-using-cascade-adaboost-and-adaptive-kalman-filter-for-driver-assistant-system
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Baofeng Wang, Zhiquan Qi, Sizhong Chen, Zhaodu Liu, Guocheng Ma
Vision-based vehicle detection is an important issue for advanced driver assistance systems. In this paper, we presented an improved multi-vehicle detection and tracking method using cascade Adaboost and Adaptive Kalman filter(AKF) with target identity awareness. A cascade Adaboost classifier using Haar-like features was built for vehicle detection, followed by a more comprehensive verification process which could refine the vehicle hypothesis in terms of both location and dimension. In vehicle tracking, each vehicle was tracked with independent identity by an Adaptive Kalman filter in collaboration with a data association approach...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290983/total-biosynthesis-of-the-cyclic-amp-booster-forskolin-from-coleus-forskohlii
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Irini Pateraki, Johan Andersen-Ranberg, Niels Bjerg Jensen, Sileshi Gizachew Wubshet, Allison Maree Heskes, Victor Forman, Björn Hallström, Britta Hamberger, Mohammed Saddik Motawia, Carl Erik Olsen, Dan Staerk, Jørgen Hansen, Birger Lindberg Møller, Bjoern Hamberger
Forskolin is a unique structurally complex labdane type diterpenoid used in the treatment of glaucoma and heart failure based on its activity as a cyclic AMP booster. Commercial production of forskolin relies exclusively on extraction from its only known natural source, the plant Coleus forskohlii, in which forskolin accumulates in the root cork. Here we report the discovery of five cytochrome P450s and two acetyltransferases which catalyze a cascade of reactions converting the forskolin precursor 13R-manoyl oxide into forskolin and a diverse array of additional labdane-type diterpenoids...
March 14, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285860/a-discussion-about-public-health-lead-and-legionella-pneumophila-in-drinking-water-supplies-in-the-united-states
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Michael B Rosen, Lok R Pokhrel, Mark H Weir
Lead (Pb) in public drinking water supplies has garnered much attention since the outset of the Flint water crisis. Pb is a known hazard in multiple environmental matrices, exposure from which results in long-term deleterious health effects in humans. This discussion paper aims to provide a succinct account of environmental Pb exposures with a focus on water Pb levels (WLLs) in the United States. It is understood that there is a strong correlation between WLLs and blood Pb levels (BLLs), and the associated health effects...
March 9, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283674/endometrial-transcriptome-in-recurrent-miscarriage-and-recurrent-implantation-failure
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Jin Huang, Hao Qin, Yihua Yang, Xiaoyan Chen, Jiamiao Zhang, Susan Laird, Chi Chiu Wang, Ting Fung Chan, Tin Chiu Li
The endometrium becomes receptive to the embryo only in the mid-luteal phase, but not other stages of the menstrual cycle. Endometrial factors play an important role in implantation. Women with recurrent miscarriage and recurrent implantation failure have both been reported to have altered expression of receptivity markers during the window of implantation. We aimed to compare the gene expression profiles of the endometrium in the window of implantation among women with unexplained recurrent implantation failures (RIF) and unexplained recurrent miscarriages (RM) by RNA sequencing (RNA-Seq)...
March 10, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280861/a-growing-role-for-the-hippo-signaling-pathway-in-the-heart
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Yu Zhang, Dominic P Del Re
Heart disease is a major cause of clinical morbidity and mortality, and a significant health and economic burden worldwide. The loss of functional cardiomyocytes, often a result of myocardial infarction, leads to impaired cardiac output and ultimately heart failure. Therefore, efforts to improve cardiomyocyte viability and stimulate cardiomyocyte proliferation remain attractive therapeutic goals. Originally identified in Drosophila, the Hippo signaling pathway is highly conserved from flies to humans and regulates organ size through modulation of both cell survival and proliferation...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275697/a-robust-biomarker-of-large-scale-network-failure-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Daniela A Wiepert, Val J Lowe, David S Knopman, Bradley F Boeve, Jonathan Graff-Radford, Ronald C Petersen, Clifford R Jack, David T Jones
INTRODUCTION: Biomarkers for Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathophysiology have been developed that focus on various levels of brain organization. However, no robust biomarker of large-scale network failure has been developed. Using the recently introduced cascading network failure model of AD, we developed the network failure quotient (NFQ) as a biomarker of this process. METHODS: We developed and optimized the NFQ using our recently published analyses of task-free functional magnetic resonance imaging data in clinically normal (n = 43) and AD dementia participants (n = 28) from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative...
2017: Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247051/oocyte-activation-and-fertilisation-crucial-contributors-from-the-sperm-and-oocyte
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Marc Yeste, Celine Jones, Siti Nornadhirah Amdani, Kevin Coward
This chapter intends to summarise the importance of sperm- and oocyte-derived factors in the processes of sperm-oocyte binding and oocyte activation. First, we describe the initial interaction between sperm and the zona pellucida, with particular regard to acrosome exocytosis. We then describe how sperm and oocyte membranes fuse, with special reference to the discovery of the sperm protein IZUMO1 and its interaction with the oocyte membrane receptor JUNO. We then focus specifically upon oocyte activation, the fundamental process by which the oocyte is alleviated from metaphase II arrest by a sperm-soluble factor...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246552/decreased-tissue-cox5b-expression-and-mitochondrial-dysfunction-during-sepsis-induced-kidney-injury-in-rats
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Jochen Hinkelbein, Lennert Böhm, Stefan Braunecker, Christoph Adler, Edoardo De Robertis, Fabrizio Cirillo
Background. Sepsis is defined as a life-threatening organ dysfunction due to a dysregulated host response to infection. Sepsis is the dominant cause of acute kidney injury (AKI), accounting for nearly 50% of episodes of acute renal failure. Signaling cascades and pathways within the kidney are largely unknown and analysis of these molecular mechanisms may enhance knowledge on pathophysiology and possible therapeutic options. Material and Methods. 26 male Wistar rats were assigned to either a sham group (control, N = 6) or sepsis group (N = 20; cecal ligature and puncture model, 24 and 48 hours after CLP)...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238802/phoneutria-nigriventer-spider-toxin-tx2-6-induces-priapism-in-mice-even-after-cavernosal-denervation
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Katherine Garcia Ravelli, Adriana de Toledo Ramos, Luana Baracho Gonçalves, Fábio Carlos Magnoli, Lanfranco Ranieri Paolo Troncone
The Phoneutria nigriventer spider toxin Tx2-6 causes priapism in humans and mice. This toxin produces a delay in Sodium channel inactivation, generalized vascular congestion and death by respiratory failure. NO-Synthase inhibitors seem to abolish toxin-induced priapism. The understanding of the ultimate molecular mechanism involved in toxin-induced priapism may shed light on aspects of erectile function/dysfunction. This study investigates if cavernosal denervation can abolish the toxin-induced priapism. Surgical cavernosal nerve excision/denervation was performed in mice and confirmed by infertility, histological assessment of fibrosis and immunohistochemical staining for synaptophysin...
February 24, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223916/the-emerging-roles-of-early-protein-folding-events-in-the-secretory-pathway-in-the-development-of-neurodegenerative-maladies
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REVIEW
Tatyana Dubnikov, Ehud Cohen
Although, protein aggregation and deposition are unifying features of various neurodegenerative disorders, recent studies indicate that different mechanisms can lead to the development of the same malady. Among these, failure in early protein folding and maturation emerge as key mechanistic events that lead to the manifestation of a myriad of illnesses including Alzheimer's disease and prion disorders. Here we delineate the cascade of maturation steps that nascent polypeptides undergo in the secretory pathway to become functional proteins, and the chaperones that supervise and assist this process, focusing on the subgroup of proline cis/trans isomerases...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222984/index-complications-predict-secondary-complications-after-infrainguinal-lower-extremity-bypass-for-critical-limb-ischemia
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Matthew R Peacock, Nishant K Shah, Alik Farber, Su Yeon Lee, Jeffrey A Kalish, Denis Rybin, Gheorghe Doros, Jeffrey J Siracuse
OBJECTIVE: Patients undergoing lower extremity bypass (LEB) are at high risk of perioperative complications that can lead to a cascade of secondary complications. Our goal was to understand the association of index complications with secondary complications after LEB. METHODS: The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) database from 2005 to 2012 was used to analyze secondary complications after five index complications after LEB: deep/organ space surgical site infection, urinary tract infection (UTI), myocardial infarction (MI), pneumonia, and acute renal failure (ARF)...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220840/coupling-effect-of-nodes-popularity-and-similarity-on-social-network-persistence
#15
Xiaogang Jin, Cheng Jin, Jiaxuan Huang, Yong Min
Network robustness represents the ability of networks to withstand failures and perturbations. In social networks, maintenance of individual activities, also called persistence, is significant towards understanding robustness. Previous works usually consider persistence on pre-generated network structures; while in social networks, the network structure is growing with the cascading inactivity of existed individuals. Here, we address this challenge through analysis for nodes under a coevolution model, which characterizes individual activity changes under three network growth modes: following the descending order of nodes' popularity, similarity or uniform random...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214509/haplodeficiency-of-activin-receptor-like-kinase-4-alleviates-myocardial-infarction-induced-cardiac-fibrosis-and-preserves-cardiac-function
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Yi-He Chen, Qian Wang, Chang-Yi Li, Jian-Wen Hou, Xiao-Meng Chen, Qing Zhou, Jie Chen, Yue-Peng Wang, Yi-Gang Li
Cardiac fibrosis (CF), a repairing process following myocardial infarction (MI), is characterized by abnormal proliferation of cardiac fibroblasts and excessive deposition of extracellular matrix (ECM) resulting in inevitable resultant heart failure. TGF-β (transforming growth factor-β)/ALK5 (Activin receptor-like kinase 5)/Smad2/3/4 pathways have been reported to be involved in the process. Recent studies have implicated both activin and its specific downstream component ALK4 in stimulating fibrosis in non-cardiac organs...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207932/detecting-signals-of-chronic-shedding-to-explain-pathogen-persistence-leptospira-interrogans-in-california-sea-lions
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M G Buhnerkempe, K C Prager, C C Strelioff, D J Greig, J L Laake, S R Melin, R L DeLong, F M D Gulland, J O Lloyd-Smith
Identifying mechanisms driving pathogen persistence is a vital component of wildlife disease ecology and control. Asymptomatic, chronically infected individuals are an oft-cited potential reservoir of infection but demonstrations of the importance of chronic shedding to pathogen persistence at the population level remain scarce. Studying chronic shedding using commonly collected disease data is hampered by numerous challenges, including short-term surveillance that focuses on single epidemics and acutely ill individuals, the subtle dynamical influence of chronic shedding relative to more obvious epidemic drivers, and poor ability to differentiate between the effects of population prevalence of chronic shedding versus intensity and duration of chronic shedding in individuals...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197914/sumoylation-in-development-and-differentiation
#18
Adeline F Deyrieux, Van G Wilson
Tissue morphogenesis is a fascinating aspect of both developmental biology and regeneration of certain adult organs, and timely control of cellular differentiation is a key to these processes. During development, events interrupting cellular differentiation and leading to organ failure are embryonic lethal; likewise, perturbation of differentiation in regenerating tissues leads to dysfunction and disease. At the molecular level, cellular differentiation is orchestrated by a well-coordinated cascade of transcription factors (TFs) and chromatin remodeling complexes that drive gene expression...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186802/vulnerability-and-cosusceptibility-determine-the-size-of-network-cascades
#19
Yang Yang, Takashi Nishikawa, Adilson E Motter
In a network, a local disturbance can propagate and eventually cause a substantial part of the system to fail in cascade events that are easy to conceptualize but extraordinarily difficult to predict. Here, we develop a statistical framework that can predict cascade size distributions by incorporating two ingredients only: the vulnerability of individual components and the cosusceptibility of groups of components (i.e., their tendency to fail together). Using cascades in power grids as a representative example, we show that correlations between component failures define structured and often surprisingly large groups of cosusceptible components...
January 27, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134712/diagnosis-and-monitoring-of-hiv-programmes-to-support-treatment-initiation-and-follow-up-and-improve-programme-quality
#20
Willem Daniel Francois Venter, Nathan Ford, Marco Vitoria, Wendy Stevens
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The HIV 'cascade of care' breaks down at several points, with delayed HIV diagnosis, late treatment initiation, or interruption, leading to new morbidity and mortality and loss of prevention effects. New approaches are needed at each step. RECENT FINDINGS: HIV testing is still not reaching certain communities, resulting in late presentation. Creative ways to reach these communities is being explored, including with self-testing. HIV misdiagnosis is increasingly recognized as undermining testing programmes, highlighting the need for better quality control...
March 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
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