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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231324/a-framework-for-analyzing-contagion-in-assortative-banking-networks
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Thomas R Hurd, James P Gleeson, Sergey Melnik
We introduce a probabilistic framework that represents stylized banking networks with the aim of predicting the size of contagion events. Most previous work on random financial networks assumes independent connections between banks, whereas our framework explicitly allows for (dis)assortative edge probabilities (i.e., a tendency for small banks to link to large banks). We analyze default cascades triggered by shocking the network and find that the cascade can be understood as an explicit iterated mapping on a set of edge probabilities that converges to a fixed point...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228554/association-of-lyn-kinase-with-membrane-rafts-determines-its-negative-influence-on-lps-induced-signaling
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Kinga Borzęcka-Solarz, Justyna Dembińska, Aneta Hromada-Judycka, Gabriela Traczyk, Anna Ciesielska, Ewelina Ziemlińska, Anna Świątkowska, Katarzyna Kwiatkowska
Lipopolysaccharide (LPS) is the component of Gram-negative bacteria which activates Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) to trigger pro-inflammatory responses. We examined the involvement of Lyn tyrosine kinase in TLR4 signaling of macrophages, distinguishing its catalytic activity and intermolecular interactions. For this, a series of Lyn-GFP constructs bearing point mutations in particular domains of Lyn were overexpressed in RAW264 macrophage-like cells or murine peritoneal macrophages, and their influence on LPS-induced responses was analyzed...
February 22, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227001/mechanism-for-safe-remote-activation-of-networked-surgical-and-poc-devices-using-dynamic-assignable-controls
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Martin Kasparick, Max Rockstroh, Stefan Schlichting, Frank Golatowski, Dirk Timmermann, Martin Kasparick, Max Rockstroh, Stefan Schlichting, Frank Golatowski, Dirk Timmermann, Stefan Schlichting, Martin Kasparick, Max Rockstroh, Frank Golatowski, Dirk Timmermann
The number of devices within an operating room (OR) increases continuously as well as the complexity of the complete system. One key enabler to handle the complexity is an interoperable and vendor independent system of networked medical devices. To build up such an interoperable system we use the proposed IEEE 11073 SDC standards (IEEE P11073-10207, -20701, -20702) for networked point-of-care (PoC) and surgical devices. One of the major problems within the OR is that typically every device has its own control unit...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226574/a-temperature-controlled-glove-with-non-invasive-arterial-pulse-sensing-for-active-neuro-vascular-assessment
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Andrew M Carek, Omer T Inan, Andrew M Carek, Omer T Inan, Andrew M Carek, Omer T Inan
A non-invasive, active neuro-vascular assessment system was developed using a modified temperature-controlled glove and feedback techniques. The glove incorporates local heating and cooling of the hand using multi-point skin temperature measurements as feedback, and thereby induces local and central mechanisms involved in thermoregulation. Electrocardiogram (ECG), photoplethysmogram (PPG) and non-invasive finger-cuff based blood pressure (BP) measurements were used to monitor electrophysiology and hemodynamic changes in response to temperature modulation...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226503/serial-estimation-of-motor-unit-numbers-using-an-implantable-system-following-nerve-injury-and-repair-in-rats
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Michael P Willand, Joseph Catapano, Michael P Willand, Joseph Catapano, Michael P Willand, Joseph Catapano
Motor unit number estimation (MUNE) is an established technique to assess recovery following peripheral nerve injury. In rats, where the vast majority of peripheral nerve research is conducted, assessing motor units at various time points requires a terminal procedure due to the invasive nature of current techniques. Here, we present an implanted system that was used to serially assess MUNE after peripheral nerve injury and repair in rats. This system significantly increases the efficiency of peripheral nerve research by negating the need for terminal procedures, allowing for serial MUNE assessment over time in the same rat...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226401/natural-evolution-in-patients-with-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-induced-urticaria-angioedema
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Inmaculada Doña, Esther Barrionuevo, María Salas, José Antonio Cornejo-García, James R Perkins, Gádor Bogas, Ana Prieto, María José Torres
BACKGROUND: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the most frequent triggers of drug hypersensitivity with NSAIDs-induced urticaria/angioedema (NIUA) the most common phenotype. Loss of hypersensitivity has been reported for IgE-mediated reactions; however it has not been assessed in non-immunological reactions such as NIUA. We evaluated NSAID-hypersensitivity over time in NIUA patients. METHODS: Patients confirmed as NIUA by positive drug provocation test (DPT) with acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) during 2005-2012 (V1) were included (n=38)...
February 22, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223543/role-of-caspases-in-cd95-induced-biphasic-activation-of-acid-sphingomyelinase
#7
Mario Stephan, Bärbel Edelmann, Supandi Winoto-Morbach, Ottmar Janssen, Uwe Bertsch, Cristiana Perrotta, Stefan Schütze, Jürgen Fritsch
Acid sphingomyelinase (A-SMase) plays an important role in the initiation of CD95 signaling by forming ceramide-enriched membrane domains that enable clustering and activation of the death receptors. In TNF-R1 and TRAIL-R1/R2 signaling, A-SMase also contributes to the lysosomal apoptosis pathway triggered by receptor internalization. Here, we investigated the molecular mechanism of CD95-mediated A-SMase activation, demonstrating that A-SMase is located in internalized CD95-receptosomes and is activated by the CD95/CD95L complex in a biphasic manner...
February 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223314/attenuation-of-epidermal-growth-factor-egf-signaling-by-growth-hormone-gh
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Lorena Gonzalez, Johanna Gabriela Miquet, Pablo E Irene, María Eugenia Díaz, Soledad P Rossi, Ana Isabel Sotelo, Mónica B Frungieri, Cristal M Hill, Andrzej Bartke, Daniel Turyn
Transgenic mice overexpressing growth hormone (GH) show increased hepatic protein content of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), which is broadly associated with cell proliferation and oncogenesis. However, chronically elevated levels of GH result in desensitization of STAT-mediated EGF signal and similar response of Erk1/2 and Akt signaling to EGF compared to normal mice. To ascertain the mechanisms involved in GH attenuation of EGF signaling and the consequences on cell cycle promotion, phosphorylation of signaling mediators was studied at different time points after EGF stimulation, and induction of proteins involved in cell cycle progression was assessed in normal and GH-overexpressing transgenic mice...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222982/ecotoxicological-assessment-of-cobalt-using-hydra-model-ros-oxidative-stress-dna-damage-cell-cycle-arrest-and-apoptosis-as-mechanisms-of-toxicity
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Mohammed Zeeshan, Anbazhagan Murugadas, Surendra Ghaskadbi, Babu Rajendran Ramaswamy, Mohammad Abdulkader Akbarsha
The mechanisms underlying cobalt toxicity in aquatic species in general and cnidarians in particular remain poorly understood. Herein we investigated cobalt toxicity in a Hydra model from morphological, histological, developmental, and molecular biological perspectives. Hydra, exposed to cobalt (0-60 mg/L), were altered in morphology, histology, and regeneration. Exposure to standardized sublethal doses of cobalt impaired feeding by affecting nematocytes, which in turn affected reproduction. At the cellular level, excessive ROS generation, as the principal mechanism of action, primarily occurred in the lysosomes, which was accompanied by the upregulation of expression of the antioxidant genes SOD, GST, GPx, and G6PD...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222493/mobilising-culture-against-domestic-violence-in-migrant-and-ethnic-communities-practitioner-perspectives-from-aotearoa-new-zealand
#10
Rachel Simon-Kumar, Priya A Kurian, Faith Young-Silcock, Nirmala Narasimhan
Studies on domestic violence in ethnic minority communities highlight that social norms, family structures and cultural practices are among the key triggers of violence against women. Not surprisingly, most anti-violence interventions in these communities aim to redeem women from the oppressive features of these cultures. More recently, however, emergent scholarship advocates mobilising, rather than erasing, culture within existing anti-violence strategies. This paper explores the nature of culturally informed interventions used by front-line workers...
February 21, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220135/differential-gene-expression-analysis-in-polygonum-minus-leaf-upon-24-h-of-methyl-jasmonate-elicitation
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Reyhaneh Rahnamaie-Tajadod, Kok-Keong Loke, Hoe-Han Goh, Normah M Noor
Polygonum minus is an herbal plant that grows in Southeast Asian countries and traditionally used as medicine. This plant produces diverse secondary metabolites such as phenolic compounds and their derivatives, which are known to have roles in plant abiotic and biotic stress responses. Methyl jasmonate (MeJA) is a plant signaling molecule that triggers transcriptional reprogramming in secondary metabolism and activation of defense responses against many biotic and abiotic stresses. However, the effect of MeJA elicitation on the genome-wide expression profile in the leaf tissue of P...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219249/enhanced-photoelectrochemical-method-for-sensitive-detection-of-protein-kinase-a-activity-using-tio2-g-c3n4-pamam-dendrimer-and-alkaline-phosphatase
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Xue Li, Lusheng Zhu, Yunlei Zhou, Huanshun Yin, Shiyun Ai
A novel photoelectrochemical (PEC) assay is developed for sensitive detection of protein kinase A (PKA) activity based on PKA-catalyzed phosphorylation reaction in solution and signal amplification strategy triggered by PAMAM dendrimer and alkaline phosphatase (ALP). In this strategy, it is noteworthy at this point that PKA phosphorylation was achieved in solution instead of on the surface of the electrode, which has advantages of the good contact in reactants and simple experimental procedure. For immobilizing the phosphorylated peptide (P-peptide) on electrode surface, graphite-like carbon nitride (g-C3N4) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) complex is synthesized and characterized, which plays a significant role for TiO2 conjugating phosphate groups and g-C3N4 providing PEC signal...
February 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216098/potential-influences-of-complement-factor-h-in-autoimmune-inflammatory-and-thrombotic-disorders
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Janez Ferluga, Lubna Kouser, Valarmathy Murugaiah, Robert B Sim, Uday Kishore
Complement system homeostasis is important for host self-protection and anti-microbial immune surveillance, and recent research indicates roles in tissue development and remodelling. Complement also appears to have several points of interaction with the blood coagulation system. Deficiency and altered function due to gene mutations and polymorphisms in complement effectors and regulators, including Factor H, have been associated with familial and sporadic autoimmune inflammatory - thrombotic disorders, in which autoantibodies play a part...
February 16, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215812/indoor-air-pollutants-ventilation-rate-determinants-and-potential-control-strategies-in-chinese-dwellings-a-literature-review
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Wei Ye, Xu Zhang, Jun Gao, Guangyu Cao, Xiang Zhou, Xing Su
After nearly twenty years of rapid modernization and urbanization in China, huge achievements have transformed the daily lives of the Chinese people. However, unprecedented environmental consequences in both indoor and outdoor environments have accompanied this progress and have triggered public awareness and demands for improved living standards, especially in residential environments. Indoor pollution data measured for >7000 dwellings (approximately 1/3 were newly decorated and were tested for volatile organic compound (VOC) measurements, while the rest were tested for particles, phthalates and other semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), moisture/mold, inorganic gases and radon) in China within the last ten years were reviewed, summarized and compared with indoor concentration recommendations based on sensory or health end-points...
February 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211003/an-easy-to-build-low-budget-point-of-care-ultrasound-simulator-from-linux-to-a-web-based-solution
#15
Domagoj Damjanovic, Ulrich Goebel, Benedikt Fischer, Martin Huth, Hartmut Breger, Hartmut Buerkle, Axel Schmutz
BACKGROUND: Hands-on training in point-of-care ultrasound (POC-US) should ideally comprise bedside teaching, as well as simulated clinical scenarios. High-fidelity phantoms and portable ultrasound simulation systems are commercially available, however, at considerable costs. This limits their suitability for medical schools. A Linux-based software for Emergency Department Ultrasound Simulation (edus2TM) was developed by Kulyk and Olszynski in 2011. Its feasibility for POC-US education has been well-documented, and shows good acceptance...
December 2017: Critical Ultrasound Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210626/osteogenic-differentiation-capacity-of-in-vitro-cultured-human-skeletal-muscle-for-expedited-bone-tissue-engineering
#16
Chunlei Miao, Lulu Zhou, Lufeng Tian, Yingjie Zhang, Wei Zhang, Fanghong Yang, Tianyi Liu, Shengjian Tang, Fangjun Liu
Expedited bone tissue engineering employs the biological stimuli to harness the intrinsic regenerative potential of skeletal muscle to trigger the reparative process in situ to improve or replace biological functions. When genetically modified with adenovirus mediated BMP2 gene transfer, muscle biopsies from animals have demonstrated success in regenerating bone within rat bony defects. However, it is uncertain whether the human adult skeletal muscle displays an osteogenic potential in vitro when a suitable biological trigger is applied...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209577/feasibility-of-flat-panel-detector-ct-in-perfusion-assessment-of-brain-arteriovenous-malformations-initial-clinical-experience
#17
M Garcia, T W Okell, M Gloor, M A Chappell, P Jezzard, O Bieri, J V Byrne
The different results from flat panel detector CT in various pathologies have provoked some discussion. Our aim was to assess the role of flat panel detector CT in brain arteriovenous malformations, which has not yet been assessed. Five patients with brain arteriovenous malformations were studied with flat panel detector CT, DSC-MR imaging, and vessel-encoded pseudocontinuous arterial spin-labeling. In glomerular brain arteriovenous malformations, perfusion was highest next to the brain arteriovenous malformation with decreasing values with increasing distance from the lesion...
February 16, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207191/cysteine-proteases-in-atherosclerosis
#18
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Tommy Weiss Sadan, Israel Gotsman, Galia Blum
Atherosclerosis predisposes patients to cardiovascular diseases, such as myocardial infarction and stroke. Instigation of vascular injury is triggered by retention of lipids and inflammatory cells in the vascular endothelium. Whereas these vascular lesions develop in young adults and are mostly considered harmless, over time persistent inflammatory and remodeling processes will ultimately damage the arterial wall and cause a thrombotic event due to exposure of tissue factors into the lumen. Evidence from human tissues and pre-clinical animal models have clearly established the role of cathepsin cysteine proteases in the development and progression of vascular lesions...
February 16, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203649/increased-iron-export-by-ferroportin-induces-restriction-of-hiv-1-infection-in-sickle-cell-disease
#19
Namita Kumari, Tatiana Ammosova, Sharmin Diaz, Xionghao Lin, Xiaomei Niu, Andrey Ivanov, Marina Jerebtsova, Subhash Dhawan, Patricia Oneal, Sergei Nekhai
The low incidence of HIV-1 infection in patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) and inhibition of HIV-1 replication in vitro under the conditions of low intracellular iron or heme treatment suggests a potential restriction of HIV-1 infection in SCD. We investigated HIV-1 ex vivo infection of SCD peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) and found that HIV-1 replication was inhibited at the level of reverse transcription (RT) and transcription. We observed increased expression of heme and iron-regulated genes, previously shown to inhibit HIV-1, including ferroportin, IKBα, HO-1, p21, and SAM domain and HD domain-containing protein 1 (SAMHD1)...
December 27, 2016: Blood Adv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203208/changes-in-heart-rate-variability-recorded-in-natural-situation-with-t-shirt-integrated-sensors-and-level-of-observed-behavioral-excitation-a-pilot-study-of-patients-with-intellectual-disabilities-and-psychiatric-disorders
#20
Julie Palix, Michel Akselrod, Charly Cungi, Fabienne Giuliani, Jérôme Favrod
BACKGROUND: The present study investigates the possibilities of using heart rate variability (HRV) parameters as physiological markers that precede increase in observed behavioral excitation of intellectually disabled individuals. The ability to recognize or predict such patterns, especially in patients showing unpredictable reactions and language deficiencies, might be a major step forward in clinical research. METHOD: Thirteen volunteers with intellectual disabilities, who had suffered of at least one event of overt aggression in the preceding 3 months, participated to the study...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
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