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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428118/on-plant-roots-logical-gates
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Andrew Adamatzky, Georgios Ch Sirakoulis, Genaro J Martínez, Frantisek Baluška, Stefano Mancuso
Theoretical constructs of logical gates implemented with plant roots are morphological computing asynchronous devices. Values of Boolean variables are represented by plant roots. A presence of a plant root at a given site symbolises the logical True, an absence the logical False. Logical functions are calculated via interaction between roots. Two types of two-inputs-two-outputs gates are proposed: a gate 〈x, y〉→〈xy, x+y〉 where root apexes are guided by gravity and a gate 〈x,y〉→〈x¯y,x〉 where root apexes are guided by humidity...
April 17, 2017: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426669/a-dynamic-genetic-hormonal-regulatory-network-model-explains-multiple-cellular-behaviors-of-the-root-apical-meristem-of-arabidopsis-thalian
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Mónica L García-Gómez, Eugenio Azpeitia, Elena R Álvarez-Buylla
The study of the concerted action of hormones and transcription factors is fundamental to understand cell differentiation and pattern formation during organ development. The root apical meristem of Arabidopsis thaliana is a useful model to address this. It has a stem cell niche near its tip conformed of a quiescent organizer and stem or initial cells around it, then a proliferation domain followed by a transition domain, where cells diminish division rate before transiting to the elongation zone; here, cells grow anisotropically prior to their final differentiation towards the plant base...
April 20, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425122/mean-intercept-anisotropy-analysis-of-porous-media-ii-conceptual-shortcomings-of-the-mil-tensor-definition-and-minkowski-tensors-as-an-alternative
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Michael A Klatt, Gerd E Schröder-Turk, Klaus Mecke
PURPOSE: Structure-property relations, which relate the shape of the microstructure to physical properties such as transport or mechanical properties, need sensitive measures of structure. What are suitable fabric tensors to quantify the shape of anisotropic heterogeneous materials? The mean intercept length is among the most commonly used characteristics of anisotropy in porous media, e. g., of trabecular bone in medical physics. Yet, in this series of two papers we demonstrate that it has conceptual shortcomings that limit the validity of its results...
April 20, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425119/mean-intercept-anisotropy-analysis-of-porous-media-i-analytic-formulae-for-anisotropic-boolean-models
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Michael A Klatt, Gerd E Schröder-Turk, Klaus Mecke
PURPOSE: Structure-property relations, which relate the shape of the microstructure to physical properties such as transport or mechanical properties, need sensitive measures of structure. What are suitable fabric tensors to quantify the shape of anisotropic heterogeneous materials? The mean intercept length is among the most commonly used characteristics of anisotropy in porous media, for example, of trabecular bone in medical physics. METHODS: We analyze the orientation-biased Boolean model, a versatile stochastic model that represents microstructures as overlapping grains with an orientation bias towards a preferred direction...
April 20, 2017: Medical Physics
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/28411961/nutrition-in-the-first-1000-days-and-respiratory-health-a-descriptive-review-of-the-last-five-years-literature
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E Verduci, A Martelli, V L Miniello, M Landi, B Mariani, M Brambilla, L Diaferio, D G Peroni
The aim of this paper is to discuss the current evidence regarding short and long-term health respiratory effects of nutrients and dietary patterns during the first 1000 days from conception. Population of interest included children from birth to two years and their mothers (during pregnancy and lactation). Studies were searched on MEDLINE® and Cochrane database, inserting individually and using the Boolean ANDs and ORs, 'nutrients', 'micronutrients', 'LC-PUFA', 'Mediterranean Diet', 'human milk', 'complementary food', 'pregnancy', 'respiratory disease', 'pulmonary disease', 'asthma', 'epigenetics', 'first 1000 days', 'maternal diet' and 'respiratory health'...
April 12, 2017: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409298/modeling-asymmetric-cell-division-in-caulobacter-crescentus-using-a-boolean-logic-approach
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Ismael Sánchez-Osorio, Carlos A Hernández-Martínez, Agustino Martínez-Antonio
Caulobacter crescentus is a model organism for the study of asymmetric division and cell type differentiation, as its cell division cycle generates a pair of daughter cells that differ from one another in their morphology and behavior. One of these cells (called stalked) develops a structure that allows it to attach to solid surfaces and is the only one capable of dividing, while the other (called swarmer) develops a flagellum that allows it to move in liquid media and divides only after differentiating into a stalked cell type...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407816/automatic-identification-of-variables-in-epidemiological-datasets-using-logic-regression
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Matthias W Lorenz, Negin Ashtiani Abdi, Frank Scheckenbach, Anja Pflug, Alpaslan Bülbül, Alberico L Catapano, Stefan Agewall, Marat Ezhov, Michiel L Bots, Stefan Kiechl, Andreas Orth
BACKGROUND: For an individual participant data (IPD) meta-analysis, multiple datasets must be transformed in a consistent format, e.g. using uniform variable names. When large numbers of datasets have to be processed, this can be a time-consuming and error-prone task. Automated or semi-automated identification of variables can help to reduce the workload and improve the data quality. For semi-automation high sensitivity in the recognition of matching variables is particularly important, because it allows creating software which for a target variable presents a choice of source variables, from which a user can choose the matching one, with only low risk of having missed a correct source variable...
April 13, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394729/a-systematic-review-of-the-mhealth-interventions-to-prevent-alcohol-and-substance-abuse
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Donna M Kazemi, Brian Borsari, Maureen J Levine, Shaoyu Li, Katie A Lamberson, Laura A Matta
Substance abuse in young adults is a public health issue with costs to the individual and society. There is mounting evidence that the increased uses of mHealth approaches have promise as a way to facilitate reductions in substance use. This systematic review evaluated the recent body of research on mHealth-based interventions for substance use, with aims of (a) examining the functionality and effectiveness of these interventions, (b) evaluating the available research on the effectiveness of these interventions for substance use, and (c) evaluating the design, methodology, results, theoretical grounding, limitations, and implications of each study...
May 2017: Journal of Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386100/petri-net-computational-modelling-of-langerhans-cell-interferon-regulatory-factor-network-predicts-their-role-in-t-cell-activation
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Marta E Polak, Chuin Ying Ung, Joanna Masapust, Tom C Freeman, Michael R Ardern-Jones
Langerhans cells (LCs) are able to orchestrate adaptive immune responses in the skin by interpreting the microenvironmental context in which they encounter foreign substances, but the regulatory basis for this has not been established. Utilising systems immunology approaches combining in silico modelling of a reconstructed gene regulatory network (GRN) with in vitro validation of the predictions, we sought to determine the mechanisms of regulation of immune responses in human primary LCs. The key role of Interferon regulatory factors (IRFs) as controllers of the human Langerhans cell response to epidermal cytokines was revealed by whole transcriptome analysis...
April 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367832/optical-modulator-based-on-propagating-surface-plasmon-coupled-fluorescent-thin-film-proof-of-concept-studies
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Shuo-Hui Cao, Zheng-Chuang Wang, Yu-Hua Weng, Kai-Xin Xie, Min Chen, Yan-Yun Zhai, Yao-Qun Li
We demonstrate that the propagating surface plasmon coupled fluorescent thin film can be utilized as a fluorescence modulator to mimic multiple representative Boolean logic operations. Surface plasmon mediated fluorescence presents characteristic properties including directional and polarized emission, which hold the feasibility in creating a universal optical modulator. In this work, through constructing the thin layer with the specific thickness, surface plasmon mediated fluorescence can be modulated with an ON-OFF ratio by more than 5-fold, under a series of coupling configurations...
April 21, 2017: Methods and Applications in Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361666/towards-targeted-combinatorial-therapy-design-for-the-treatment-of-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
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Osama Ali Arshad, Aniruddha Datta
BACKGROUND: Prostate cancer is one of the most prevalent cancers in males in the United States and amongst the leading causes of cancer related deaths. A particularly virulent form of this disease is castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC), where patients no longer respond to medical or surgical castration. CRPC is a complex, multifaceted and heterogeneous malady with limited standard treatment options. RESULTS: The growth and progression of prostate cancer is a complicated process that involves multiple pathways...
March 22, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361242/optimal-resource-allocation-enables-mathematical-exploration-of-microbial-metabolic-configurations
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Laurent Tournier, Anne Goelzer, Vincent Fromion
Central to the functioning of any living cell, the metabolic network is a complex network of biochemical reactions. It may also be viewed as an elaborate production system, integrating a diversity of internal and external signals in order to efficiently produce the energy and the biochemical precursors to ensure all cellular functions. Even in simple organisms like bacteria, it shows a striking level of coordination, adapting to very different growth media. Constraint-based models constitute an efficient mathematical framework to compute optimal metabolic configurations, at the scale of a whole genome...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28348533/clinical-characteristics-of-diabetes-mellitus-and-suicide-risk
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REVIEW
Chiara Conti, Chiara Mennitto, Giulia Di Francesco, Federica Fraticelli, Ester Vitacolonna, Mario Fulcheri
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a chronic illness with impaired health-related quality of life and a high risk of psychiatric disorders. We carried out a systematic review analyzing the relationship between DM and suicide by providing a qualitative data synthesis of the studies. METHODS: We conducted, in accordance with Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines, a systematic search of the literature in PubMed, Scopus, ISI Web of Science, PsycINFO, Google Scholar, and ScienceDirect...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346402/large-scale-design-of-robust-genetic-circuits-with-multiple-inputs-and-outputs-for-mammalian-cells
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Benjamin H Weinberg, N T Hang Pham, Leidy D Caraballo, Thomas Lozanoski, Adrien Engel, Swapnil Bhatia, Wilson W Wong
Engineered genetic circuits for mammalian cells often require extensive fine-tuning to perform as intended. We present a robust, general, scalable system, called 'Boolean logic and arithmetic through DNA excision' (BLADE), to engineer genetic circuits with multiple inputs and outputs in mammalian cells with minimal optimization. The reliability of BLADE arises from its reliance on recombinases under the control of a single promoter, which integrates circuit signals on a single transcriptional layer. We used BLADE to build 113 circuits in human embryonic kidney and Jurkat T cells and devised a quantitative, vector-proximity metric to evaluate their performance...
March 27, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344029/herbal-remedies-for-urinary-stones-used-in-india-and-china-a-review
#16
REVIEW
Deepak M Kasote, Suresh D Jagtap, Dinesh Thapa, Mahendra S Khyade, Wendy R Russell
ETHANOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The process of formation or appearance of a urinary stone anywhere in the renal tract is known as urolithiasis. It is a longstanding health problem, known to exist since early age of civilization. Records about symptoms, signs and treatment strategies of urinary stones diseases are found in the several ancient texts of traditional medicines such as Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Siddha and Unani. In Ayurveda, urolithiasis has been considered as one of the eight most troublesome diseases...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343113/how-four-u-s-states-are-regulating-recreational-marijuana-edibles
#17
Camille Gourdet, Kristen C Giombi, Katherine Kosa, Jenny Wiley, Sheryl Cates
BACKGROUND: Sales of edible marijuana products have been strong in Colorado and Washington State since the legalization of recreational marijuana. Initially, these states did not have comprehensive labelling or packaging requirements in place. In response to increases in marijuana-related emergency room visits and poison control centre calls, additional regulations were implemented. Currently, Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington each have passed into law various labelling and packaging requirements for edibles...
March 23, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343028/epidemiology-of-penetrating-injuries-in-the-united-kingdom-a-systematic-review
#18
REVIEW
G Whittaker, J Norton, J Densley, D Bew
INTRODUCTION: Penetrating injuries account for a significant number of deaths in the United Kingdom (UK) annually. Numerous articles have examined the epidemiology of penetrating trauma in various areas of the UK. This article aimed to systematically review the current literature and evaluate the incidence and mortality of penetrating injury according to region in the UK. METHODS: A systematic literature search was performed using MEDLINE(®) (1946 to June 2016), EMBASE(®) (1974 to June 2016), and PsycINFO(®) (1806 to June 2016) databases...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337734/diffusion-tensor-imaging-dti-findings-in-adult-civilian-military-and-sport-related-mild-traumatic-brain-injury-mtbi-a-systematic-critical-review
#19
Breton Michael Asken, Steven T DeKosky, James R Clugston, Michael S Jaffee, Russell M Bauer
This review seeks to summarize diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) studies that have evaluated structural changes attributed to the mechanisms of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in adult civilian, military, and athlete populations. Articles from 2002 to 2016 were retrieved from PubMed/MEDLINE, EBSCOhost, and Google Scholar, using a Boolean search string containing the following terms: "diffusion tensor imaging", "diffusion imaging", "DTI", "white matter", "concussion", "mild traumatic brain injury", "mTBI", "traumatic brain injury", and "TBI"...
March 24, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334482/minimising-central-line-associated-bloodstream-infections-clabsis-rate-in-inserting-central-venous-catheters-cvcs-in-the-adult-intensive-care-units-aicus
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REVIEW
Hedaya Hina, Joan McDowell
AIM: To investigate the procedural aspects in inserting central venous catheters that minimise central line associated bloodstream infections rates in adult intensive care units through a structured literature review. BACKGROUND: In adult intensive care units (AICU), central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) are a major cause of high mortality rates and increased in costs due to the consequences of complications. METHODS: Eligible articles were identified by combining indexed keywords using Boolean operator of "AND" under databases of Ovid and CINAHL...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
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