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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346018/the-tortoise-and-the-hare-interactions-between-reinforcement-learning-and-working-memory
#1
Anne G E Collins
Learning to make rewarding choices in response to stimuli depends on a slow but steady process, reinforcement learning, and a fast and flexible, but capacity-limited process, working memory. Using both systems in parallel, with their contributions weighted based on performance, should allow us to leverage the best of each system: rapid early learning, supplemented by long-term robust acquisition. However, this assumes that using one process does not interfere with the other. We use computational modeling to investigate the interactions between the two processes in a behavioral experiment and show that working memory interferes with reinforcement learning...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345635/genetic-risk-dysbiosis-and-treatment-stratification-using-host-genome-and-gut-microbiome-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease
#2
Ahmed Moustafa, Weizhong Li, Ericka L Anderson, Emily H M Wong, Parambir S Dulai, William J Sandborn, William Biggs, Shibu Yooseph, Marcus B Jones, J Craig Venter, Karen E Nelson, John T Chang, Amalio Telenti, Brigid S Boland
OBJECTIVES: Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), comprised of Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), are characterized by a complex pathophysiology that is thought to result from an aberrant immune response to a dysbiotic luminal microbiota in genetically susceptible individuals. New technologies support the joint assessment of host-microbiome interaction. METHODS: Using whole genome sequencing and shotgun metagenomics, we studied the clinical features, host genome, and stool microbial metagenome of 85 IBD patients, and compared the results to 146 control individuals...
January 18, 2018: Clinical and Translational Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343185/exploring-protein-protein-intermolecular-recognition-between-meprin-%C3%AE-and-endogenous-protease-regulator-cystatinc-coupled-with-pharmacophore-elucidation
#3
Ankur Chaudhuri, Sampa Biswas, Sibani Chakraborty
Meprins are a group of zinc metalloproteases of the astacin family which play pivotal role in several physiological and pathologocal diseases. The inhibition of the meprins by various inhibitors; macromolecular and small molecules are crucial in the control of several diseases. Human cystatinC, an amyloidogenic protein is reported to be an endogenous inhibitor of meprin-α. In this computational study, we elucidate a rational model for meprinα-cystatinC complex by using protein-protein docking. The complex model as well as the unbound form was evaluated by molecular dynamics simulation...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342158/real-time-community-detection-in-full-social-networks-on-a-laptop
#4
Benjamin Paul Chamberlain, Josh Levy-Kramer, Clive Humby, Marc Peter Deisenroth
For a broad range of research and practical applications it is important to understand the allegiances, communities and structure of key players in society. One promising direction towards extracting this information is to exploit the rich relational data in digital social networks (the social graph). As global social networks (e.g., Facebook and Twitter) are very large, most approaches make use of distributed computing systems for this purpose. Distributing graph processing requires solving many difficult engineering problems, which has lead some researchers to look at single-machine solutions that are faster and easier to maintain...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340732/-electronic-decision-support-to-promote-medication-safety
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REVIEW
Walter E Haefeli, Hanna M Seidling
Because of its inherent complexity, it is a considerable challenge to tailor drug treatment to a prevalent disease and its subgroups, which are increasingly defined by genomic variability (personalized medicine) and require consideration of context information such as co-morbidity, co-medication, patient preferences, and the specific characteristics of the healthcare sector. Thus, optimum treatment decisions might not be taken intuitively any longer, because decisions must be made both rapidly and increasingly based on analyses of complex relations of numerous variables that exceed the processing performance of a human brain...
January 16, 2018: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336266/design-synthesis-evaluation-and-computational-studies-of-nipecotic-acid-acetonaphthone-hybrids-as-potential-antiepileptic-agents
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Ankit Seth, Piyoosh A Sharma, Avanish Tripathi, Priyanka K Choubey, Pavan Srivastava, Prabhash N Tripathi, Sushant Kumar Shrivastava
BACKGROUND: Nipecotic acid is considered to be one of the most potent inhibitors of neuronal and glial γ- aminobutyric acid (GABA) uptake in vitro. However nipecotic acid does not readily cross the blood-brain barrier (BBB) following peripheral administration, owing to its hydrophilic nature. OBJECTIVE: A series of substituted acetonaphthones tethered nipecotic acid derivatives were designed and synthesized with an aim to improve the lipophilicity and the blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeation...
January 15, 2018: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335027/fungi-stabilize-connectivity-in-the-lung-and-skin-microbial-ecosystems
#7
Laura Tipton, Christian L Müller, Zachary D Kurtz, Laurence Huang, Eric Kleerup, Alison Morris, Richard Bonneau, Elodie Ghedin
BACKGROUND: No microbe exists in isolation, and few live in environments with only members of their own kingdom or domain. As microbiome studies become increasingly more interested in the interactions between microbes than in cataloging which microbes are present, the variety of microbes in the community should be considered. However, the majority of ecological interaction networks for microbiomes built to date have included only bacteria. Joint association inference across multiple domains of life, e...
January 15, 2018: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333592/3d-models-of-female-pelvis-structures-reconstructed-and-represented-in-combination-with-anatomical-and-radiological-sections
#8
L Asensio Romero, M Asensio Gómez, A Prats-Galino, J A Juanes Méndez
We present a computer program designed to visualize and interact with three-dimensional models of the main anatomical structures of the female pelvis. They are reconstructed from serial sections of corpse, from the Visible Human project of the Medical Library of the United States and from serial sections of high-resolution magnetic resonance. It is possible to represent these three-dimensional structures in any spatial orientation, together with sectional images of corpse and magnetic resonance imaging, in the three planes of space (axial, coronal and sagittal) that facilitates the anatomical understanding and the identification of the set of visceral structures of this body region...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332823/a-combination-of-computational-experimental-study-on-metal-organic-frameworks-mil-53-al-as-sorbent-for-simultaneous-determination-of-estrogens-and-glucocorticoids-in-water-and-urine-samples-by-dispersive-micro-solid-phase-extraction-coupled-to-uplc-ms-ms
#9
Guihua Gao, Sijia Li, Shuo Li, Yudan Wang, Pan Zhao, Xiangyu Zhang, Xiaohong Hou
In this work, computational and experimental methods were used to study the adsorption of estrogens and glucocorticoids on metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Computer-aided molecular simulation was applied to predict the adsorption of eight analytes on four MOFs (MIL-101(Cr), MIL-100(Fe), MIL-53(Al), and UiO-66(Zr)) by examining molecular interactions and calculating free binding energies. Subsequently, the four water-stable MOFs were synthesized and evaluated as adsorbents for the target hormones in aqueous solution...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329394/analysis-of-the%C3%A2-aedes-albopictus%C3%A2-c6-36-genome-provides-insight-into-cell-line-utility-for-viral-propagation
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Jason R Miller, Sergey Koren, Kari A Dilley, Vinita Puri, David M Brown, Derek M Harkins, Françoise Thibaud-Nissen, Benjamin Rosen, Xiao-Guang Chen, Zhijian Tu, Igor V Sharakhov, Maria V Sharakhova, Robert Sebra, Timothy B Stockwell, Nicholas H Bergman, Granger G Sutton, Adam M Phillippy, Peter M Piermarini, Reed S Shabman
Background: The 50-year old Aedes albopictus C6/36 cell line is a resource for the detection, amplification, and analysis of mosquito-borne viruses including Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. The cell line is derived from an unknown number of larvae from an unspecified strain of Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. Toward improved utility of the cell line for research in virus transmission, we present an annotated assembly of the C6/36 genome. Results: The C6/36 genome assembly has the largest contig N50 (3...
January 10, 2018: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324768/identifying-human-diamine-sensors-for-death-related-putrescine-and-cadaverine-molecules
#11
Cristina Izquierdo, José C Gómez-Tamayo, Jean-Christophe Nebel, Leonardo Pardo, Angel Gonzalez
Pungent chemical compounds originating from decaying tissue are strong drivers of animal behavior. Two of the best-characterized death smell components are putrescine (PUT) and cadaverine (CAD), foul-smelling molecules produced by decarboxylation of amino acids during decomposition. These volatile polyamines act as 'necromones', triggering avoidance or attractive responses, which are fundamental for the survival of a wide range of species. The few studies that have attempted to identify the cognate receptors for these molecules have suggested the involvement of the seven-helix trace amine-associated receptors (TAARs), localized in the olfactory epithelium...
January 11, 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321125/efficacy-of-a-web-based-safety-decision-aid-for-women-experiencing-intimate-partner-violence-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jane Koziol-McLain, Alain C Vandal, Denise Wilson, Shyamala Nada-Raja, Terry Dobbs, Christine McLean, Rose Sisk, Karen B Eden, Nancy E Glass
BACKGROUND: Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a human rights violation and leading health burden for women. Safety planning is a hallmark of specialist family violence intervention, yet only a small proportion of women access formal services. A Web-based safety decision aid may reach a wide audience of women experiencing IPV and offer the opportunity to prioritize and plan for safety for themselves and their families. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to test the efficacy of a Web-based safety decision aid (isafe) for women experiencing IPV...
January 10, 2018: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320554/a-census-of-p-longum-s-phytochemicals-and-their-network-pharmacological-evaluation-for-identifying-novel-drug-like-molecules-against-various-diseases-with-a-special-focus-on-neurological-disorders
#13
Neha Choudhary, Vikram Singh
Piper longum (P. longum, also called as long pepper) is one of the common culinary herbs that has been extensively used as a crucial constituent in various indigenous medicines, specifically in traditional Indian medicinal system known as Ayurveda. For exploring the comprehensive effect of its constituents in humans at proteomic and metabolic levels, we have reviewed all of its known phytochemicals and enquired about their regulatory potential against various protein targets by developing high-confidence tripartite networks consisting of phytochemical-protein target-disease association...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316670/integrated-giant-magnetoresistance-technology-for-approachable-weak-biomagnetic-signal-detections
#14
REVIEW
Hui-Min Shen, Liang Hu, Xin Fu
With the extensive applications of biomagnetic signals derived from active biological tissue in both clinical diagnoses and human-computer-interaction, there is an increasing need for approachable weak biomagnetic sensing technology. The inherent merits of giant magnetoresistance (GMR) and its high integration with multiple technologies makes it possible to detect weak biomagnetic signals with micron-sized, non-cooled and low-cost sensors, considering that the magnetic field intensity attenuates rapidly with distance...
January 7, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29312626/optimizing-prognosis-related-key-mirna-target-interactions-responsible-for-cancer-metastasis
#15
Hongying Zhao, Huating Yuan, Jing Hu, Chaohan Xu, Gaoming Liao, Wenkang Yin, Liwen Xu, Li Wang, Xinxin Zhang, Aiai Shi, Jing Li, Yun Xiao
Increasing evidence suggests that the abnormality of microRNAs (miRNAs) and their downstream targets is frequently implicated in the pathogenesis of human cancers, however, the clinical benefit of causal miRNA-target interactions has been seldom studied. Here, we proposed a computational method to optimize prognosis-related key miRNA-target interactions by combining transcriptome and clinical data from thousands of TCGA tumors across 16 cancer types. We obtained a total of 1,956 prognosis-related key miRNA-target interactions between 112 miRNAs and 1,443 their targets...
December 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29309875/drug-likeness-prediction-of-5-hydroxy-substituted-coumarins-with-high-affinity-to-5-ht1a-and-5-ht2a-receptors
#16
Teresa Żołek, Éva A Enyedy, Kinga Ostrowska, Vivien Pósa, Dorota Maciejewska
One of the latest trends is search for the new anti-psychotic drugs among coumarin derivatives with piperazine moiety. Their therapeutic potential can be hampered by poor physico-chemical parameters as low brain penetration or limited transport in the body fluid. Herein, we predicted the drug likeness of six coumarins with high affinity towards 5-HT1A and 5-HT2A receptors. Subsequent experimental determination of their binding constants to human serum albumin (HSA) revealed the binding with a moderate strength (logK=4...
January 5, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300353/computational-insights-into-the-interactions-between-calmodulin-and-the-c-nsh2-domains-of-p85%C3%AE-regulatory-subunit-of-pi3k%C3%AE-implication-for-pi3k%C3%AE-activation-by-calmodulin
#17
Duan Ni, Dingyu Liu, Jian Zhang, Shaoyong Lu
Calmodulin (CaM) and phosphatidylinositide-3 kinase (PI3Kα) are well known for their multiple roles in a series of intracellular signaling pathways and in the progression of several human cancers. Crosstalk between CaM and PI3Kα has been an area of intensive research. Recent experiments have shown that in adenocarcinoma, K-Ras4B is involved in the CaM-PI3Kα crosstalk. Based on experimental results, we have recently put forward a hypothesis that the coordination of CaM and PI3Kα with K-Ras4B forms a CaM-PI3Kα-K-Ras4B ternary complex, which leads to the formation of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma...
January 4, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29298192/helping-older-adults-improve-their-medication-experience-home-by-addressing-medication-regimen-complexity-in-home-healthcare
#18
Orla C Sheehan, Hadi Kharrazi, Kimberly J Carl, Bruce Leff, Jennifer L Wolff, David L Roth, Jennifer Gabbard, Cynthia M Boyd
In skilled home healthcare (SHHC), communication between nurses and physicians is often inadequate for medication reconciliation and needed changes to the medication regimens are rarely made. Fragmentation of electronic health record (EHR) systems, transitions of care, lack of physician-nurse in-person contact, and poor understanding of medications by patients and their families put patients at risk for serious adverse outcomes. The aim of this study was to develop and test the HOME tool, an informatics tool to improve communication about medication regimens, share the insights of home care nurses with physicians, and highlight to physicians and nurses the complexity of medication schedules...
January 2018: Home Healthcare Now
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297379/constructing-an-integrated-gene-similarity-network-for-the-identification-of-disease-genes
#19
Zhen Tian, Maozu Guo, Chunyu Wang, LinLin Xing, Lei Wang, Yin Zhang
BACKGROUND: Discovering novel genes that are involved human diseases is a challenging task in biomedical research. In recent years, several computational approaches have been proposed to prioritize candidate disease genes. Most of these methods are mainly based on protein-protein interaction (PPI) networks. However, since these PPI networks contain false positives and only cover less half of known human genes, their reliability and coverage are very low. Therefore, it is highly necessary to fuse multiple genomic data to construct a credible gene similarity network and then infer disease genes on the whole genomic scale...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Semantics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297304/novel-human-microbe-disease-association-prediction-using-network-consistency-projection
#20
Wenzheng Bao, Zhichao Jiang, De-Shuang Huang
BACKGROUND: Accumulating biological and clinical reports have indicated that imbalance of microbial community is closely associated with occurrence and development of various complex human diseases. Identifying potential microbe-disease associations, which could provide better understanding of disease pathology and further boost disease diagnostic and prognostic, has attracted more and more attention. However, hardly any computational models have been developed for large scale microbe-disease association prediction...
December 28, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
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