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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429381/the-structural-connectome-of-children-with-traumatic-brain-injury
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Marsh Königs, L W Ernest van Heurn, Roel Bakx, R Jeroen Vermeulen, J Carel Goslings, Bwee Tien Poll-The, Marleen van der Wees, Coriene E Catsman-Berrevoets, Jaap Oosterlaan, Petra J W Pouwels
This study aimed to investigate the impact of mild to severe pediatric TBI on the structural connectome. Children aged 8-14 years with trauma control (TC) injury (n = 27) were compared to children with mild TBI and risk factors for complicated TBI (mild(RF+) , n = 20) or moderate/severe TBI (n = 16) at 2.8 years post-injury. Probabilistic tractography on diffusion tensor imaging data was used in combination with graph theory to study structural connectivity. Functional outcome was measured using neurocognitive tests and parent and teacher questionnaires for behavioral functioning...
April 21, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424457/vertex-coloring-of-graphs-via-phase-dynamics-of-coupled-oscillatory-networks
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Abhinav Parihar, Nikhil Shukla, Matthew Jerry, Suman Datta, Arijit Raychowdhury
While Boolean logic has been the backbone of digital information processing, there exist classes of computationally hard problems wherein this paradigm is fundamentally inefficient. Vertex coloring of graphs, belonging to the class of combinatorial optimization, represents one such problem. It is well studied for its applications in data sciences, life sciences, social sciences and technology, and hence, motivates alternate, more efficient non-Boolean pathways towards its solution. Here we demonstrate a coupled relaxation oscillator based dynamical system that exploits insulator-metal transition in Vanadium Dioxide (VO2) to efficiently solve vertex coloring of graphs...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421267/potential-distribution-of-mountain-cloud-forest-in-michoac%C3%A3-n-mexico-prioritization-for-conservation-in-the-context-of-landscape-connectivity
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Camilo A Correa Ayram, Manuel E Mendoza, Andrés Etter, Diego R Pérez Salicrup
Landscape connectivity is essential in biodiversity conservation because of its ability to reduce the effect of habitat fragmentation; furthermore is a key property in adapting to climate change. Potential distribution models and landscape connectivity studies have increased with regard to their utility to prioritizing areas for conservation. The objective of this study was to model the potential distribution of Mountain cloud forests in the Transversal Volcanic System, Michoacán and to analyze the role of these areas in maintaining landscape connectivity...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416779/neuronal-network-models-of-epileptogenesis
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Aminu T Abdullahi, Lawan H Adamu
Epilepsy is a chronic neurological condition, following some trigger, transforming a normal brain to one that produces recurrent unprovoked seizures. In the search for the mechanisms that best explain the epileptogenic process, there is a growing body of evidence suggesting that the epilepsies are network level disorders. In this review, we briefly describe the concept of neuronal networks and highlight 2 methods used to analyse such networks. The first method, graph theory, is used to describe general characteristics of a network to facilitate comparison between normal and abnormal networks...
April 2017: Neurosciences: the Official Journal of the Pan Arab Union of Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414908/an-experimental-computational-study-of-carbon-nanotubes-effects-on-mitochondrial-respiration-in-silico-nano-qspr-machine-learning-models-based-on-new-raman-spectra-transform-with-markov-shannon-entropy-invariants
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Michael González-Durruthy, Luciane Carla Alberici, Zeki Naal, David T Atique-Sawazaki, Carlos Curti, José Manuel Vázquez-Naya, Humbert Gonzalez-Diaz, Cristian Robert Munteanu
The study of selective toxicity of carbon nanotubes (CNT) on mitochondria (CNT-mitotoxicity) is of major interest for future biomedical applications. In the current work, the mitochondrial oxygen consumption (E3) is measured under three experimental conditions by exposure to pristine and oxidized CNTs (hydroxylated and carboxylated). Respiratory functional assays showed that the information of the CNT-Raman spectroscopy could be useful to predict structural parameters of mitotoxicity induced by CNTs. The in vitro functional assays show that the mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation by ATP-synthase (or state V3 of respiration) was not perturbed in isolated rat-liver mitochondria...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414370/semi-automated-localization-of-dermal-epidermal-junction-in-optical-coherence-tomography-images-of-skin
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Adeleh Taghavikhalilbad, Saba Adabi, Anne Clayton, Hadi Soltanizadeh, Darius Mehregan, Mohammad R N Avanaki
Identifying the location of the dermal epidermal junction (DEJ) in skin images is essential in several clinical applications of dermatology such as epidermal thickness determination in healthy versus unhealthy skins, such as basal cell carcinoma. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) facilitates the visual detection of DEJ in vivo. However, due to the granular texture of speckle and a low contrast between dermis and epidermis, a skin border detection method is required for DEJ localization. Current DEJ algorithms work well for skins with a visible differentiable epidermal layer but not for the skins of different body sites...
April 10, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410488/understanding-the-potency-of-fatty-acids-with-the-amino-acid-side-chains-of-bovine-%C3%AE-lactoglobulin-a-quantum-chemical-approach
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Deepa Palanisamy, B Vijaya Pandiyan, Thirumeignanam Duraisamy, Ponmalai Kolandaivel
The present study aims to spotlight on the strength of interaction between different fatty acids with the Bovine-lactoglobulin (LGB) protein side chains along with the crystal water molecules at M062X/def2-QZVP level of theory. To analyse the role of carboxylic acid and its interaction with side chains and to reveal the significance of carboxylic acid, it was replaced by Acyl chloride (COCl), Acyl Bromide (COBr) and Acyl-Fluorine (COF) group and COS group. The ligands are linear with a straight and branched chain of carbon atoms, but extended methyl group make the ligand bend resulting in non-planar geometry...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406055/graph-theory-and-brain-connectivity-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Jon delEtoile, Hojjat Adeli
This article presents a review of recent advances in neuroscience research in the specific area of brain connectivity as a potential biomarker of Alzheimer's disease with a focus on the application of graph theory. The review will begin with a brief overview of connectivity and graph theory. Then resent advances in connectivity as a biomarker for Alzheimer's disease will be presented and analyzed.
April 1, 2017: Neuroscientist: a Review Journal Bringing Neurobiology, Neurology and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396264/causal-pathways-from-enteropathogens-to-environmental-enteropathy-findings-from-the-mal-ed-birth-cohort-study
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Margaret N Kosek
BACKGROUND: Environmental enteropathy (EE), the adverse impact of frequent and numerous enteric infections on the gut resulting in a state of persistent immune activation and altered permeability, has been proposed as a key determinant of growth failure in children in low- and middle-income populations. A theory-driven systems model to critically evaluate pathways through which enteropathogens, gut permeability, and intestinal and systemic inflammation affect child growth was conducted within the framework of the Etiology, Risk Factors and Interactions of Enteric Infections and Malnutrition and the Consequences for Child Health and Development (MAL-ED) birth cohort study that included children from eight countries...
March 8, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393879/constructing-ecological-networks-based-on-habitat-quality-assessment-a-case-study-of-changzhou-china
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Yu Gao, Lei Ma, Jiaxun Liu, Zhuzhou Zhuang, Qiuhao Huang, Manchun Li
Fragmentation and reduced continuity of habitat patches threaten the environment and biodiversity. Recently, ecological networks are increasingly attracting the attention of researchers as they provide fundamental frameworks for environmental protection. This study suggests a set of procedures to construct an ecological network. First, we proposed a method to construct a landscape resistance surface based on the assessment of habitat quality. Second, to analyze the effect of the resistance surface on corridor simulations, we used three methods to construct resistance surfaces: (1) the method proposed in this paper, (2) the entropy coefficient method, and (3) the expert scoring method...
April 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378705/comparison-of-connectivity-analyses-for-resting-state-eeg-data
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Elzbieta Olejarczyk, Laura Marzetti, Vittorio Pizzella, Filippo Zappasodi
OBJECTIVE: In the present work, a nonlinear measure (transfer entropy, TE) was used in a multivariate approach for the analysis of effective connectivity in high density resting state EEG data in eyes open and eyes closed. Advantages of the multivariate approach in comparison to the bivariate one were tested. Moreover, the multivariate TE was compared to an effective linear measure, i.e. directed transfer function (DTF). Finally, the existence of a relationship between the information transfer and the level of brain synchronization as measured by phase synchronization value (PLV) was investigated...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377606/a-longitudinal-study-of-the-effect-of-short-term-meditation-training-on-functional-network-organization-of-the-aging-brain
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Francesca A Cotier, Ruibin Zhang, Tatia M C Lee
The beneficial effects of meditation on preserving age-related changes in cognitive functioning are well established. Yet, the neural underpinnings of these positive effects have not been fully unveiled. This study employed a prospective longitudinal design, and graph-based analysis, to study how an eight-week meditation training vs. relaxation training shaped network configuration at global, intermediate, and local levels using graph theory in the elderly. At the intermediate level, meditation training lead to decreased intra-connectivity in the default mode network (DMN), salience network (SAN) and somatomotor network (SMN) modules post training...
April 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375650/emerging-frontiers-of-neuroengineering-a-network-science-of-brain-connectivity
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Danielle S Bassett, Ankit N Khambhati, Scott T Grafton
Neuroengineering is faced with unique challenges in repairing or replacing complex neural systems that are composed of many interacting parts. These interactions form intricate patterns over large spatiotemporal scales and produce emergent behaviors that are difficult to predict from individual elements. Network science provides a particularly appropriate framework in which to study and intervene in such systems by treating neural elements (cells, volumes) as nodes in a graph and neural interactions (synapses, white matter tracts) as edges in that graph...
March 27, 2017: Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370780/higher-serum-cholesterol-is-associated-with-intensified-age-related-neural-network-decoupling-and-cognitive-decline-in-early-to-mid-life
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Jeffrey M Spielberg, Naomi Sadeh, Elizabeth C Leritz, Regina E McGlinchey, William P Milberg, Jasmeet P Hayes, David H Salat
Mounting evidence indicates that serum cholesterol and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease intensify normative trajectories of age-related cognitive decline. However, the neural mechanisms by which this occurs remain largely unknown. To understand the impact of cholesterol on brain networks, we applied graph theory to resting-state fMRI in a large sample of early- to mid-life Veterans (N = 206, Meanage  = 32). A network emerged (centered on the banks of the superior temporal sulcus) that evidenced age-related decoupling (i...
March 31, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370719/brain-structure-and-organization-five-decades-after-childhood-onset-epilepsy
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Camille Garcia-Ramos, Sam Bobholz, Kevin Dabbs, Bruce Hermann, Juho Joutsa, Juha O Rinne, Mira Karrasch, Vivek Prabhakaran, Shlomo Shinnar, Matti Sillanpää
The purpose of this project was to characterize brain structure and organization in persons with active and remitted childhood onset epilepsy 50 years after diagnosis compared with healthy controls. Participants from a population-based investigation of uncomplicated childhood onset epilepsy were followed up 5 decades later. Forty-one participants had a history of childhood onset epilepsy (mean age of onset = 5.2 years, current chronological age = 56.0 years) and were compared with 48 population-based controls (mean age = 55...
April 3, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368839/necessary-and-sufficient-conditions-for-consensus-of-fractional-order-multiagent-systems-via-sampled-data-control
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Zhiyong Yu, Haijun Jiang, Cheng Hu, Juan Yu
In this paper, the consensus of fractional-order multiagent systems (FOMASs) is considered via sampled-data control over directed communication topology with the order 0 < α < 1. Two cases are considered. One is FOMASs without leader, and the other is FOMASs with a leader. For each case, by applying matrix theory and algebraic graph theory, some algebraic-type necessary and sufficient conditions based on the sampling period, the fractional-order, the coupling gain, and the structure of the network are established for achieving consensus of the system...
March 27, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365983/engineering-pak1-allosteric-switches
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Onur Dagliyan, Andrei V Karginov, Sho Yagishita, Madeline E Gale, Hui Wang, Celine DerMardirossian, Claire M Wells, Nikolay V Dokholyan, Haruo Kasai, Klaus M Hahn
P21-activated kinases (PAKs) are important regulators of cell motility and morphology. It has been challenging to interrogate their functions because cells adapt to genetic manipulation of PAK, and because inhibitors act on multiple PAK isoforms. Here we describe genetically encoded PAK1 analogues that can be selectively activated by the membrane-permeable small molecule rapamycin. An engineered domain inserted away from the active site responds to rapamycin to allosterically control activity of the PAK1 isoform...
April 6, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364759/clustering-coefficient-and-periodic-orbits-in-flow-networks
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Victor Rodríguez-Méndez, Enrico Ser-Giacomi, Emilio Hernández-García
We show that the clustering coefficient, a standard measure in network theory, when applied to flow networks, i.e., graph representations of fluid flows in which links between nodes represent fluid transport between spatial regions, identifies approximate locations of periodic trajectories in the flow system. This is true for steady flows and for periodic ones in which the time interval τ used to construct the network is the period of the flow or a multiple of it. In other situations, the clustering coefficient still identifies cyclic motion between regions of the fluid...
March 2017: Chaos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361870/associations-between-daily-affective-instability-and-connectomics-in-functional-subnetworks-in-remitted-patients-with-recurrent-major-depressive-disorder
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Michelle N Servaas, Harriëtte Riese, Remco J Renken, Marieke Wichers, Jojanneke A Bastiaansen, Caroline A Figueroa, Hanneke Geugies, Roel Jt Mocking, Linda Geerligs, Jan-BernardC Marsman, André Aleman, Aart H Schene, Robert A Schoevers, Henricus G Ruhé
Remitted patients with major depressive disorder (rMDD) often report more fluctuations in mood as residual symptomatology. It is unclear how this affective instability is associated with information processing related to the default mode (DMS), salience/reward (SRS) and fronto-parietal (FPS) subnetworks in rMDD patients at high risk of recurrence (rrMDD). Sixty-two unipolar, drug-free rrMDD patients (⩾2 MDD-episodes) and 41 HC (HC) were recruited. We used Experience Sampling Methodology (ESM) to monitor mood/cognitions (10 times a day for 6 days) and calculated affective instability using the mean adjusted absolute successive difference...
March 31, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361345/altered-structural-connectivity-of-pain-related-brain-network-in-burning-mouth-syndrome-investigation-by-graph-analysis-of-probabilistic-tractography
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Akihiko Wada, Takashi Shizukuishi, Junko Kikuta, Haruyasu Yamada, Yusuke Watanabe, Yoshiki Imamura, Takahiro Shinozaki, Ko Dezawa, Hiroki Haradome, Osamu Abe
PURPOSE: Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is a chronic intraoral pain syndrome featuring idiopathic oral pain and burning discomfort despite clinically normal oral mucosa. The etiology of chronic pain syndrome is unclear, but preliminary neuroimaging research has suggested the alteration of volume, metabolism, blood flow, and diffusion at multiple brain regions. According to the neuromatrix theory of Melzack, pain sense is generated in the brain by the network of multiple pain-related brain regions...
March 30, 2017: Neuroradiology
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