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Anna Hojka-Osinska, Lucyna Budzko, Agnieszka Zmienko, Agnieszka Rybarczyk, Patrick Maillard, Agata Budkowska, Marek Figlerowicz, Paulina Jackowiak
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is one of the major causes of chronic liver diseases. Unfortunately, the mechanisms of HCV infection-induced liver injury and host-virus interactions are still not well recognized. To better understand these processes we determined the changes in the host gene expression that occur during HCV infection of Huh-7.5 cells. As a result, we identified genes that may contribute to the immune and metabolic cellular responses to infection. Pathway enrichment analysis indicated that HCV induced an increased expression of genes involved in mitogen-activated protein kinases signaling, adipocytokine signaling, cell cycle and nitrogen metabolism...
October 25, 2016: Acta Biochimica Polonica
Yiqian Cui, Junyou Shi, Zili Wang
The centers and radii of radial basis functions (RBFs) greatly affect the approximation capability of RBF networks (RBFNs). Traditional statistics-based approaches are widely used, but they may lack adaptivity to different data structures. Quantum clustering (QC), derived from quantum mechanics and the Schrödinger equation, demonstrates excellent capability in finding the structure and conformity toward data distribution. In this paper, a novel neural networks model called quantum local potential function networks (QLPFNs) is proposed...
October 20, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
Cheng-Gang Ou, Ji-Hua Mao, Li-Jie Liu, Cheng-Jiang Li, Huai-Fu Ren, Zhi-Wei Zhao, Fei-Yun Zhuang
Carrot is generally regarded as a biennial plant with an obligatory vernalization requirement. Early spring cultivation makes carrot plants vulnerable to premature bolting, which results in a loss of commercial value. However, our knowledge of flowering time genes and flowering mechanisms in carrot remain limited. We therefore performed transcriptome analysis to identify the major genes that regulate flowering time in carrot. The bolting behavior of carrot is influenced by low temperature, illumination intensity and photoperiod...
October 24, 2016: Plant Biology
Le Van Hien, Doan Thai Son, Hieu Trinh
This brief addresses the problem of global dissipativity analysis of nonautonomous neural networks with multiple proportional delays. By using a novel constructive approach based on some comparison techniques for differential inequalities, new explicit delay-independent conditions are derived using M-matrix theory to ensure the existence of generalized exponential attracting sets and the global dissipativity of the system. The method presented in this brief is also utilized to derive a generalized exponential estimate for a class of Halanay-type inequalities with proportional delays...
October 19, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
Qichao Zhang, Dongbin Zhao, Ding Wang
In this paper, the robust control problem for a class of continuous-time nonlinear system with unmatched uncertainties is investigated using an event-based control method. First, the robust control problem is transformed into a corresponding optimal control problem with an augmented control and an appropriate cost function. Under the event-based mechanism, we prove that the solution of the optimal control problem can asymptotically stabilize the uncertain system with an adaptive triggering condition. That is, the designed event-based controller is robust to the original uncertain system...
October 18, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
Dominique Duncan, Thomas Strohmer
The goal of this study is automated discrimination between early stage Alzheimer's disease (AD) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and healthy MRI data. Unsupervised Diffusion Component Analysis, a novel approach based on the diffusion mapping framework, reduces data dimensionality and provides pattern recognition that can be used to distinguish AD brains from healthy brains. The new algorithm constructs coordinates as an extension of diffusion maps and generates efficient geometric representations of the complex structure of the MRI data...
December 1, 2016: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering: MBE
Xuewu Li, Tian Shi, Cong Liu, Qiaoxin Zhang, Xingjiu Huang
Aluminum alloys are vulnerable to penetrating and peeling failures in seawater and preparing a barrier coating to isolate the substrate from corrosive medium is an effective anticorrosion method. Inspired by the lotus leaves effect, a wetting alloy surface with enhanced anticorrosion behavior has been prepared via etch, deposition, and low-surface-energy modification. Results indicate that excellent superamphiphobicity has been achieved after the modification of the constructed hierarchical labyrinth-like microstructures and dendritic nanostructures...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Katsumi Sakata, Toshiyuki Saito, Hajime Ohyanagi, Jun Okumura, Kentaro Ishige, Harukazu Suzuki, Takuji Nakamura, Setsuko Komatsu
Soybean (Glycine max) is sensitive to flooding stress, and flood damage at the seedling stage is a barrier to growth. We constructed two mathematical models of the soybean metabolic network, a control model and a flooded model, from metabolic profiles in soybean plants. We simulated the metabolic profiles with perturbations before and after the flooding stimulus using the two models. We measured the variation of state that the system could maintain from a state-space description of the simulated profiles. The results showed a loss of variation of state during the flooding response in the soybean plants...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
C I Fiedler, E A Aisenbrey, J A Wahlquist, C M Heveran, V L Ferguson, S J Bryant, R R McLeod
Current hydrogels used for tissue engineering are limited to a single range of mechanical properties within the replicated tissue construct. We show that repeated in-swelling by a single hydrogel pre-cursor solution into an existing polymerized hydrogel followed by photo-exposure increases hydrogel mechanical properties. The process is demonstrated with a photo-clickable thiol-ene hydrogel using a biocompatible precursor solution of poly(ethylene glycol) dithiol and 8-arm poly(ethylene glycol) functionalized with norbornene...
October 24, 2016: Soft Matter
Jia Zhao, Jiangang Liu, Xin Jiang, Guifei Zhou, Guowei Chen, Xiao P Ding, Genyue Fu, Kang Lee
Executive function (EF) plays vital roles in our everyday adaptation to the ever-changing environment. However, limited existing studies have linked EF to the resting-state brain activity. The functional connectivity in the resting state between the sub-regions of the brain can reveal the intrinsic neural mechanisms involved in cognitive processing of EF without disturbance from external stimuli. The present study investigated the relations between the behavioral executive function (EF) scores and the resting-state functional network topological properties in the Prefrontal Cortex (PFC)...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Luiz Paulo Andrioli, Wesley Silva Dos Santos, Francisco Dos Santos Aguiar, Luciano Antonio Digiampietri
We investigated the hypothesis that several transcriptional repressors are necessary to set the boundaries of anterior pair-rule stripes in Drosophila. Specifically, we tested whether Tailless (Tll) is part of a repression mechanism that correctly sets the anterior boundaries of hairy 1 (h 1) and even-skipped 1 (eve 1) stripes. Single mutant tll embryos displayed subtle deviations from the normal positions of h 1 and eve 1 stripes. Moreover, we observed stronger stripe deviations in embryos lacking both Tll and Sloppy-paired 1 (Slp 1), a common repressor for anterior pair-rule stripes...
October 20, 2016: Mechanisms of Development
Lisa I Iezzoni, Amy J Wint, Suzanne C Smeltzer, Jeffrey L Ecker
BACKGROUND: Although growing numbers of women with mobility disability are becoming pregnant and desiring motherhood, relatively little is known about their pregnancy experiences or what they might recommend to other women with mobility disability contemplating pregnancy. METHODS: Using a semistructured, open-ended interview protocol, we conducted 2-hour telephone interviews with 22 women who had a significant mobility disability before becoming pregnant and had delivered babies within the prior 10 years...
October 20, 2016: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
Baptiste Brossard, Normand Carpentier
Contemporary research into health and mental health treats diagnosis as a central step in understanding illness management and trajectory; consequently, in the last two decades, sociology of diagnosis has attained increasing influence within medical sociology. Deeply embedded in social constructionism, the set of research divides between those who focus on the social and historical construction of diagnoses as categories, and those who see diagnosis as a process. Regarding the latter, this approach explores the constitution of the medical production, highlighting how it constitutes a starting point for entering a 'sick role', for being labelled, for naming one's problem and by extension, for framing one's illness narrative...
October 22, 2016: Sociology of Health & Illness
Jianjun Niu, Yong Lin, Pingguo Liu, Yiwen Yu, Chenghao Su, Xiaomin Wang
Long non-coding RNAs are involved with development and progression of cancer, and the advance of microarray technology allows the researchers to investigate the complete expression profile of lncRNA in various kinds of sample. We enrolled 5 male primary HCC cases with chronic HBV infection and the HCC and normal tissues have been obtained during the resection surgery. After total RNA extraction, the lncRNA microarray analysis was conducted to determine the lncRNA and mRNA expression signals. 612 lncRNAs and 1,064 mRNAs were significantly up-regulated in HCC tissue while 656 lncRNAs and 1,532 mRNAs were down-regulated in HCC tissues...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Sanna Rönkä, Anu Katainen
BACKGROUND: The non-medical use of prescription drugs is a growing phenomenon associated with increasing health-related harms. However, little is known about the drivers of this process among illicit drug users. Our aim is to show how the qualities of pharmaceutical drugs, pharmaceutical related knowledge, online communities sharing this knowledge and medical professionals mediate and transform the consumption behaviour related to pharmaceutical drugs. METHODS: The data consist of discussion threads from an online drug use forum...
October 18, 2016: International Journal on Drug Policy
Peter G Alexander, Karen L Clark, Rocky S Tuan
Limb congenital defects afflict approximately 0.6:1000 live births. In addition to genetic factors, prenatal exposure to drugs and environmental toxicants, represents a major contributing factor to limb defects. Examples of well-recognized limb teratogenic agents include thalidomide, warfarin, valproic acid, misoprostol, and phenytoin. While the mechanism by which these agents cause dymorphogenesis is increasingly clear, prediction of the limb teratogenicity of many thousands of as yet uncharacterized environmental factors (pollutants) remains inexact...
October 21, 2016: Birth Defects Research. Part C, Embryo Today: Reviews
Yajie Hu, Jie Song, Longding Liu, Jing Li, Beibei Tang, Jingjing Wang, Xiaolong Zhang, Ying Zhang, Lichun Wang, Yun Liao, Zhanlong He, Qihan Li
Enterovirus 71 (EV71) and Coxsackievirus A16 (CA16) are the predominant pathogens of hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). Although these viruses exhibit genetic homology, the clinical manifestations caused by the two viruses have some discrepancies. In addition, the underlying mechanisms leading to these differences remain unclear. microRNAs (miRNAs) participate in numerous biological or pathological processes, including host responses to viral infections. Here, we focused on differences in miRNA expression patterns in rhesus monkey peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) infected with EV71 and CA16 at various time points using high-throughput sequencing...
October 17, 2016: International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology
J Trent Magruder, Joshua C Grimm, Todd C Crawford, Ryan J Tedford, Stuart D Russell, Christopher M Sciortino, Glenn J R Whitman, Ashish S Shah
BACKGROUND: Our objective was to determine whether the choice of a HeartWare HVAD as opposed to a Heartmate II left ventricular assist device (HMII LVAD), impacts survival after heart transplantation after controlling for patient, donor, and center characteristics. METHODS: We queried the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) database, which has recently made pretransplantation device duration available, for all adult patients undergoing bridge to transplantation (BTT) between January 2011 and March 2016...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
J Y Wang, Y Xia, C C Yang, Z Wang
Objective: To analysis the important genes and functions of cochlear hair cells with oxidative stress injury, by the construction of gene regulatory network which based on different miRNA in cochlear hair cells in vitro with oxidative stress injury, and to explore the molecular mechanisms of deafness based on oxidative stress injury. Method: The oxidative stress damage cochlear hair cell model was induced by 200 μmol/L t-BHP exposure in vitro. Small RNA deep sequencing analyzed the difference expression of miRNA and contructed gene regulatory network by 6 most significant difference miRNA...
October 7, 2016: Zhonghua Er Bi Yan Hou Tou Jing Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Otorhinolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
Lijun Liu, Yongfeng Yin, Zenghu Zhang, Yashwant K Malaiya
Modern infrastructure networks are often coupled together and thus could be modeled as interdependent networks. Overload and interdependent effect make interdependent networks more fragile when suffering from attacks. Existing research has primarily concentrated on the cascading failure process of interdependent networks without load, or the robustness of isolated network with load. Only limited research has been done on the cascading failure process caused by overload in interdependent networks. Redundant design is a primary approach to enhance the reliability and robustness of the system...
2016: PloS One
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