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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646764/adaptive-near-optimal-neuro-controller-for-continuous-time-nonaffine-nonlinear-systems-with-constrained-input
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Kasra Esfandiari, Farzaneh Abdollahi, Heidar Ali Talebi
In this paper, an identifier-critic structure is introduced to find an online near-optimal controller for continuous-time nonaffine nonlinear systems having saturated control signal. By employing two Neural Networks (NNs), the solution of Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman (HJB) equation associated with the cost function is derived without requiring a priori knowledge about system dynamics. Weights of the identifier and critic NNs are tuned online and simultaneously such that unknown terms are approximated accurately and the control signal is kept between the saturation bounds...
June 21, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646763/deep-neural-mapping-support-vector-machines
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Yujian Li, Ting Zhang
The choice of kernel has an important effect on the performance of a support vector machine (SVM). The effect could be reduced by NEUROSVM, an architecture using multilayer perceptron for feature extraction and SVM for classification. In binary classification, a general linear kernel NEUROSVM can be theoretically simplified as an input layer, many hidden layers, and an SVM output layer. As a feature extractor, the sub-network composed of the input and hidden layers is first trained together with a virtual ordinary output layer by backpropagation, then with the output of its last hidden layer taken as input of the SVM classifier for further training separately...
June 21, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646754/free-energy-analysis-of-cell-spreading
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Eóin McEvoy, Vikram S Deshpande, Patrick McGarry
In this study we present a steady-state adaptation of the thermodynamically motivated stress fiber (SF) model of Vigliotti et al. (2015). We implement this steady-state formulation in a non-local finite element setting where we also consider global conservation of the total number of cytoskeletal proteins within the cell, global conservation of the number of binding integrins on the cell membrane, and adhesion limiting ligand density on the substrate surface. We present a number of simulations of cell spreading in which we consider a limited subset of the possible deformed spread-states assumed by the cell in order to examine the hypothesis that free energy minimization drives the process of cell spreading...
June 7, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646746/variable-spontaneous-mutation-rate-in-clinical-strains-of-multidrug-resistant-acinetobacter-baumannii-and-differentially-expressed-proteins-in-a-hypermutator-strain
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Morteza Karami-Zarandi, Masoumeh Douraghi, Behrouz Vaziri, Habibeh Adibhesami, Mohammad Rahbar, Mehdi Yaseri
BACKGROUND: The emergence of multidrug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii within hospitals poses a significant threat to patients. The inherent rate of mutation of these strains has not been described nor has the mechanism by which drug resistance arises. METHODS: Here, we determined the spontaneous mutation rates in 93 clinical strains of A. baumannii using fluctuation analysis. To rule out the clonal relatedness of hypermutator strains, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) was conducted...
June 8, 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646731/the-adaptive-decision-making-risky-decision-and-decision-making-style-of-internet-gaming-disorder
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C-H Ko, P-W Wang, T-L Liu, C-S Chen, C-F Yen, J-Y Yen
BACKGROUND: Persistent gaming, despite acknowledgment of its negative consequences, is a major criterion for individuals with Internet gaming disorder (IGD). This study evaluated the adaptive decision-making, risky decision, and decision-making style of individuals with IGD. METHODS: We recruited 87 individuals with IGD and 87 without IGD (matched controls). All participants underwent an interview based on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th Edition) diagnostic criteria for IGD and completed an adaptive decision-making task; the Preference for Intuition and Deliberation Scale, Chen Internet Addiction Scale, and Barratt Impulsivity Scale were also assessed on the basis of the information from the diagnostic interviews...
May 25, 2017: European Psychiatry: the Journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646675/conformational-regulation-of-crispr-associated-nucleases
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Ryan N Jackson, Paul Bg van Erp, Samuel H Sternberg, Blake Wiedenheft
Adaptive immune systems in bacteria and archaea rely on small CRISPR-derived RNAs (crRNAs) to guide specialized nucleases to foreign nucleic acids. The activation of these nucleases is controlled by a series of molecular checkpoints that ensure precise cleavage of nucleic acid targets, while minimizing toxic off-target cleavage events. In this review, we highlight recent advances in understanding regulatory mechanisms responsible for controlling the activation of these nucleases and identify emerging regulatory themes conserved across diverse CRISPR systems...
June 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646659/analysis-of-recombinant-monoclonal-antibodies-in-hydrophilic-interaction-chromatography-a-generic-method-development-approach
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Balázs Bobály, Valentina D'Atri, Alain Beck, Davy Guillarme, Szabolcs Fekete
Hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) is a well-established technique for the separation and analysis of small polar compounds. A recently introduced widepore stationary phase expanded HILIC applications to larger molecules, such as therapeutic proteins. In this paper, we present some generic HILIC conditions adapted for a wide range of FDA and EMA approved recombinant monoclonal antibody (mAb) species and for an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC). Seven approved mAbs possessing various isoelectric point (pI) and hydrophobicity as well as a cysteine conjugated ADC were used in this study...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646647/successful-maintenance-of-key-physiological-parameters-in-preterm-lambs-treated-with-ex%C3%A2-vivo-uterine-environment-therapy-for-a-period-of-1-week
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Haruo Usuda, Shimpei Watanabe, Yuichiro Miura, Masatoshi Saito, Gabrielle C Musk, Judith Rittenschober-Böhm, Hideyuki Ikeda, Shinichi Sato, Takushi Hanita, Tadashi Matsuda, Alan H Jobe, John P Newnham, Sarah J Stock, Matthew W Kemp
BACKGROUND: Extremely preterm infants born at the border of viability (22-24 weeks' gestation) have high rates of death and lasting disability. Ex vivo uterine environment therapy is an experimental neonatal intensive care strategy that provides gas exchange using parallel membranous oxygenators connected to the umbilical vessels, sparing the extremely preterm cardiopulmonary system from ventilation-derived injury. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we aimed to refine our ex vivo uterine environment therapy platform to eliminate fetal infection and inflammation, while simultaneously extending the duration of hemodynamically stable ex vivo uterine environment therapy to 1 week...
June 20, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646643/pathways-to-competence-in-sexual-and-reproductive-health-care-for-advanced-practice-nurses
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Katherine Simmonds, Caroline M Hewitt, E Angel Aztlan-James, Emily Skinner
Sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care is often overlooked in advanced practice nursing educational programs, but advanced practice registered nurses are expected to provide care in this sensitive area. Competencies for SRH care were developed by the World Health Organization, and individual countries including the United States have adapted them to their unique health systems and populations. In this article, we discuss extant and future pathways for advanced practice registered nurses to develop competence in SRH care...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing: JOGNN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646582/comprehensive-mathematical-model-of-oxidative-phosphorylation-valid-for-physiological-up-to-pathological-conditions
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Margit Heiske, Thierry Letellier, Edda Klipp
We developed a mathematical model of oxidative phosphorylation (OXPHOS) that allows for a precise description of mitochondrial function with respect to the respiratory flux and the ATP production. The model reproduced flux-force relationships under various experimental conditions (state 3 and 4, uncoupling, shortage of respiratory substrate) as well as time courses, exhibiting correct P/O ratios. The model was able to reproduce experimental threshold curves for perturbations of the respiratory chain complexes, the F1 F0 -ATP synthase, the ADP/ATP carrier, the phosphate/OH carrier, and the proton leak...
June 24, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646549/inhibition-of-jnk-signaling-mediates-ppar%C3%AE-dependent-protection-against-intrahepatic-cholestasis-by-fenofibrate
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Manyun Dai, Julin Yang, Minzhu Xie, Jiao Lin, Min Luo, Huiying Hua, Gangming Xu, Hante Lin, Danjun Song, Yuqing Cheng, Bin Guo, Jinshun Zhao, Frank J Gonzalez, Aiming Liu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Fenofibrate, a PPARα agonist, is the most widely prescribed drug for the treatment of hyperlipidemia. Although fibrate drugs were reported to be beneficial for cholestasis, the underlying mechanism has not been determined. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: Wild-type mice and Pparα-null mice were orally pretreated with fenofibrate for three days, following which ANIT was administered to induce cholestasis. The potent experimental PPARα agonist WY14643 was used to validate the role of PPARα, and the JNK inhibitor SP600125 was employed to explore the role of the JNK pathway in cholestatic liver injury...
June 23, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646511/control-of-autoimmune-inflammation-using-liposomes-to-deliver-positive-allosteric-modulators-of-metabotropic-glutamate-receptors
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Joshua M Gammon, Arjun R Adapa, Christopher M Jewell
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease where myelin is incorrectly recognized as foreign and attacked by the adaptive immune system. Dendritic cells (DCs) direct adaptive immunity by presenting antigens to T cells, therefore serving as a target for autoimmune therapies. N-Phenyl-7-(hydroxyimino)cyclopropa[b]chromen-1a-carboxamide (PHCCC), a positive allosteric modulator of metabotropic glutamate receptor 4 (mGluR4), can promote regulatory T cells by altering cytokine secretion to bias T cell differentiation...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646507/influences-of-placental-growth-factor-on-mouse-retinal-vascular-development
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Vanessa R Kay, Chandrakant Tayade, Peter Carmeliet, B Anne Croy
BACKGROUND: Placental Growth Factor (PGF) is important for wound-healing and vascular collaterogenesis. PGF deficiency is associated with preeclampsia, a hypertensive disease of human pregnancy. Offspring born to preeclamptic mothers display cognitive impairments and brain vascular and neurostructural deviations. Low PGF production during development may contribute to alterations in offspring cerebrovascular beds. Retina is a readily accessible part of the central nervous system with a well-described pattern of vascular development in mice...
June 24, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646491/sickle-cells-produce-functional-immune-modulators-and-cytotoxics
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Chiao-Wang Sun, Li-Chen Wu, Peter L Knopick, David S Bradley, Tim Townes, David S Terman
Sickle erythrocytes' (SSRBCs) unique physical adaptation to hypoxic conditions renders them able to home to hypoxic tumor niches in vivo, shut down tumor blood flow and induce tumoricidal responses. SSRBCs are also useful vehicles for transport of encapsulated drugs and oncolytic virus into hypoxic tumors with enhanced anti-tumor effects. In search of additional modes for arming sickle cells with cytotoxics, we turned to a lentiviral β-globin vector with optimized Locus Control Region/β-globin coding region/promoter/enhancers...
June 24, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646374/item-usage-in-a-multidimensional-computerized-adaptive-test-mcat-measuring-health-related-quality-of-life
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Muirne C S Paap, Karel A Kroeze, Caroline B Terwee, Job van der Palen, Bernard P Veldkamp
PURPOSE: Examining item usage is an important step in evaluating the performance of a computerized adaptive test (CAT). We study item usage for a newly developed multidimensional CAT which draws items from three PROMIS domains, as well as a disease-specific one. METHODS: The multidimensional item bank used in the current study contained 194 items from four domains: the PROMIS domains fatigue, physical function, and ability to participate in social roles and activities, and a disease-specific domain (the COPD-SIB)...
June 23, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646327/an-adapted-measure-of-sibling-attachment-factor-structure-and-internal-consistency-of-the-sibling-attachment-inventory-in-youth
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Valerie A Noel, Sarah E Francis, Micah A Tilley
Parent-youth and peer relationship inventories based on attachment theory measure communication, trust, and alienation, yet sibling relationships have been overlooked. We developed the Sibling Attachment Inventory and evaluated its psychometric properties in a sample of 172 youth ages 10-14 years. We adapted the 25-item Sibling Attachment Inventory from the Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment-Revised peer measure. Items loaded onto three factors, identified as communication, trust, and alienation, α = 0...
June 23, 2017: Child Psychiatry and Human Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646326/transposable-elements-mediate-adaptive-debilitation-of-flagella-in-experimental-escherichia-coli-populations
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Gordon R Plague, Krystal S Boodram, Kevin M Dougherty, Sandar Bregg, Daniel P Gilbert, Hira Bakshi, Daniel Costa
Although insertion sequence (IS) elements are generally considered genomic parasites, they can mediate adaptive genetic changes in bacterial genomes. We discovered that among 12 laboratory-evolved Escherichia coli populations, three had experienced at least six different IS1-mediated deletions of flagellar genes. These deletions all involved the master flagellar regulator flhDC, and as such completely incapacitate motility. Two lines of evidence strongly suggest that these deletions were adaptive in our evolution experiment: (1) parallel evolution in three independent populations is highly unlikely just by chance, and (2) one of these deletion mutations swept to fixation within ~1000 generations, which is over two million times faster than expected if this deletion was instead selectively neutral and thus evolving by genetic drift...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Molecular Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646223/regular-exercise-participation-improves-genomic-stability-in-diabetic-patients-an-exploratory-study-to-analyse-telomere-length-and-dna-damage
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Ivan Dimauro, Antonella Sgura, Monica Pittaluga, Fiorenza Magi, Cristina Fantini, Rosa Mancinelli, Antonio Sgadari, Stefania Fulle, Daniela Caporossi
Physical activity has been demonstrated to be effective in the prevention and treatment of different chronic conditions, including type 2 diabetes (T2D). In particular, several studies highlighted how the beneficial effects of physical activity may be related to the stability of the DNA molecule, such as longer telomeric ends. Here we analyze the effect of exercise training on telomere length, spontaneous and H2O2-induced DNA damage, as well as the apoptosis level in leukocytes from untrained or trained T2D patients vs...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646149/crucial-role-of-4-deoxy-l-erythro-5-hexoseulose-uronate-reductase-for-alginate-utilization-revealed-by-adaptive-evolution-in-engineered-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
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Fumiya Matsuoka, Makoto Hirayama, Takayuki Kashihara, Hideki Tanaka, Wataru Hashimoto, Kousaku Murata, Shigeyuki Kawai
In brown macroalgae, alginate and D-mannitol are promising carbohydrates for biorefinery. Saccharomyces cerevisiae is widely used as a microbial cell factory, but this budding yeast is unable to utilize either alginate or D-mannitol. Alginate can be depolymerized by both endo-type and exo-type alginate lyases, yielding a monouronate, 4-deoxy-L-erythro-5-hexoseulose uronate (DEH), a key intermediate in the metabolism of alginate. Here, we constructed engineered two S. cerevisiae strains that are able to utilize both DEH and D-mannitol on two different strain backgrounds, and we also improved their aerobic growth in a DEH liquid medium through adaptive evolution...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646145/the-calmodulin-fused-kinase-novel-gene-family-is-the-major-system-in-plants-converting-ca-2-signals-to-protein-phosphorylation-responses
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Fei Chen, Liangsheng Zhang, Zong-Ming Max Cheng
Eukaryotes utilize Ca(2+) as a universal second messenger to convert and multiply environmental and developmental signals to downstream protein phosphorylation responses. However, the phylogenetic relationships of the genes that convert Ca(2+) signal (CS) to protein phosphorylation responses (PPRs) remain highly controversial, and their origin and evolutionary trajectory are unclear, which greatly hinders functional studies. Here we examined the deep phylogeny of eukaryotic CS converter gene families and identified a phylogenetically and structurally distinctive monophyly in Archaeplastida...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
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