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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823079/mechanobiological-model-of-arterial-growth-and-remodeling
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Maziyar Keshavarzian, Clark A Meyer, Heather N Hayenga
A coupled agent-based model (ABM) and finite element analysis (FEA) computational framework is developed to study the interplay of bio-chemo-mechanical factors in blood vessels and their role in maintaining homeostasis. The agent-based model implements the power of REPAST Simphony libraries and adapts its environment for biological simulations. Coupling a continuum-level model (FEA) to a cellular-level model (ABM) has enabled this computational framework to capture the response of blood vessels to increased or decreased levels of growth factors, proteases and other signaling molecules (on the micro scale) as well as altered blood pressure...
August 19, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823053/identification-of-a-ron-tyrosine-kinase-receptor-binding-peptide-using-phage-display-technique-and-computational-modeling-of-its-binding-mode
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Omid Zarei, Silvia Benvenuti, Fulya Ustun-Alkan, Maryam Hamzeh-Mivehroud, Siavoush Dastmalchi
RON (Recepteur d'Origine Nantais) tyrosine kinase receptor is a promising target for therapeutic intervention in cancer therapy. The aim of this work was identification of RON-binding peptides using phage display and computational modeling their mode of binding. A 12-mer peptide phage library was utilized to perform biopanning against RON. The RON-binding ability of the selected peptide-displaying phage and their possible binding sites were examined by ELISA. Binding modes and affinities were also predicted by docking and molecular dynamics (MD) simulation...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823052/sensitivity-analysis-of-ventricular-activation-and-electrocardiogram-in-tailored-models-of-heart-failure-patients
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C Sánchez, G D'Ambrosio, F Maffessanti, E G Caiani, F W Prinzen, R Krause, A Auricchio, M Potse
Cardiac resynchronization therapy is not effective in a variable proportion of heart failure patients. An accurate knowledge of each patient's electroanatomical features could be helpful to determine the most appropriate treatment. The goal of this study was to analyze and quantify the sensitivity of left ventricular (LV) activation and the electrocardiogram (ECG) to changes in 39 parameters used to tune realistic anatomical-electrophysiological models of the heart. Electrical activity in the ventricles was simulated using a reaction-diffusion equation...
August 19, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822813/reinforcement-learning-based-control-of-drug-dosing-for-cancer-chemotherapy-treatment
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Regina Padmanabhan, Nader Meskin, Wassim M Haddad
The increasing threat of cancer to human life and the improvement in survival rate of this disease due to effective treatment has promoted research in various related fields. This research has shaped clinical trials and emphasized the necessity to properly schedule cancer chemotherapy to ensure effective and safe treatment. Most of the control methodologies proposed for cancer chemotherapy scheduling treatment are model-based. In this paper, a reinforcement learning (RL)-based, model-free method is proposed for the closed-loop control of cancer chemotherapy drug dosing...
August 16, 2017: Mathematical Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822784/a-novel-model-for-the-pharmacokinetic-studies-of-bevacizumab-and-etanercept-in-healthy-volunteers-and-patients
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Meizhen Li, Wei Qiang, Li Hu, Lei Wang, Zeneng Cheng
Therapeutic monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) have been successfully applied to treat various diseases and shown a promising prospect in medical treatment. MAbs have some unique characteristics comparing with small chemical drugs, and their pharmacokinetic (PK) properties are much more complex than those of small chemical drugs, whose eliminations are usually linear. In this study, a new model was established through taking into account the mechanisms of the elimination of mAbs. The proposed model was applied to the modeling and simulation of two kinds of mAbs, including bevacizumab and etanercept, in PK studies of healthy volunteers and eligible patients, and the classical linear compartment model was set as control...
August 16, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822739/experimental-characterization-and-model-identification-of-the-nonlinear-compressible-material-behavior-of-lung-parenchyma
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Anna M Birzle, Christian Martin, Lena Yoshihara, Stefan Uhlig, Wolfgang A Wall
The mechanical properties of lung parenchyma are essential both in lung function and biology; consequently, experimental methods are developed to describe the mechanical behavior of lung parenchyma. During breathing and mechanical ventilation, volume change is the physiologically dominating deformation mode of lung parenchyma; nevertheless, most studies examine lung tissue in mainly isochoric tension tests. In this paper, a novel experimental method for the quantification of the compressible material behavior at high volume changes of viable lung parenchyma is proposed...
August 5, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822738/a-study-of-the-damage-behaviour-of-porcine-intervertebral-discs-in-a-bioreactor-environment
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M Azarnoosh, M Stoffel, B Markert
The intervertebral discs are cartilaginous, articulating structures that lie between vertebral bodies, allowing flexibility, transmission, modification, and also distribution of the forces to the spinal column. Disc degeneration is characterised by progressive loss of disc height and exaggerated radial bulging. Therefore, the spine becomes shorter, stiffer, and less mobile. In the last several decades, there is a strong need for a tissue engineering strategy that alleviates pain and restores spine function by directly addressing the underlying biological causes of disc degeneration...
August 9, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822588/characterization-of-reactive-flow-induced-evolution-of-carbonate-rocks-using-digital-core-analysis-part-2-calculation-of-the-evolution-of-percolation-and-transport-properties
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Jafar Qajar, Christoph H Arns
Percolation of reactive fluids in carbonate rocks affects the rock microstructure and hence changes the rock macroscopic properties. In Part 1 paper, we examined the voxel-wise evolution of microstructure of the rock in terms of mineral dissolution/detachment, mineral deposition, and unchanged regions. In the present work, we investigate the relationships between changes in two characteristic transport properties, i.e. permeability and electrical conductivity and two critical parameters of the pore phase, i...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822582/antibiofilm-properties-of-model-composites-containing-quaternary-ammonium-methacrylates-after-surface-texture-modification
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Guilherme Ferreira Rego, Marina Lermen Vidal, Gil Mendes Viana, Lucio Mendes Cabral, Luis Felipe Jochims Schneider, Maristela Barbosa Portela, Larissa Maria Cavalcante
OBJECTIVE: Investigate antimicrobial properties and surface texture of model composites with different concentration and alkyl chain length of quaternary ammonium monomers (QAS). METHODS: Monomers derived from QAS salts with alkyl chain lengths of 12 carbons ((dimethylaminododecyl methacrylate) DMADDM) and 16 carbons (dimethylaminohexadecyl methacrylate-DMAHDM) were obtained from the reactions of their respective organo-halides with the tertiary amine 2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA)...
August 16, 2017: Dental Materials: Official Publication of the Academy of Dental Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822579/facilitation-and-debriefing-in-simulation-education
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Sarah N Bowe, Kaalan Johnson, Liana Puscas
Successful simulation requires effective facilitation and debriefing to achieve educational goals. Simulation educational methods are diverse, ranging from partial task training to complicated, interdisciplinary team training. Various debriefing models have emerged based on method of instruction, learner experience, time and equipment capability, and physical facilities. The general structure of most debriefing sessions focuses on participant reactions, followed by analysis, and ending with a discussion of lessons learned...
August 16, 2017: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822323/discriminative-clustering-on-manifold-for-adaptive-transductive-classification
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Zhao Zhang, Lei Jia, Min Zhang, Bing Li, Li Zhang, Fanzhang Li
In this paper, we mainly propose a novel adaptive transductive label propagation approach by joint discriminative clustering on manifolds for representing and classifying high-dimensional data. Our framework seamlessly combines the unsupervised manifold learning, discriminative clustering and adaptive classification into a unified model. Also, our method incorporates the adaptive graph weight construction with label propagation. Specifically, our method is capable of propagating label information using adaptive weights over low-dimensional manifold features, which is different from most existing studies that usually predict the labels and construct the weights in the original Euclidean space...
August 1, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822141/applicability-of-quantitative-optical-imaging-techniques-for-intraoperative-perfusion-diagnostics-a-comparison-of-laser-speckle-contrast-imaging-sidestream-dark-field-microscopy-and-optical-coherence-tomography
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Sanne M Jansen, Daniel M de Bruin, Dirk J Faber, Iwan J G G Dobbe, Erik Heeg, Dan M J Milstein, Simon D Strackee, Ton G van Leeuwen
Patient morbidity and mortality due to hemodynamic complications are a major problem in surgery. Optical techniques can image blood flow in real-time and high-resolution, thereby enabling perfusion monitoring intraoperatively. We tested the feasibility and validity of laser speckle contrast imaging (LSCI), optical coherence tomography (OCT), and sidestream dark-field microscopy (SDF) for perfusion diagnostics in a phantom model using whole blood. Microvessels with diameters of 50, 100, and 400  μm were constructed in a scattering phantom...
August 2017: Journal of Biomedical Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822076/studies-of-the-benzopyran-class-of-selective-cox-2-inhibitors-using-3d-qsar-and-molecular-docking
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Dharmendra K Yadav, Saloni, Praveen Sharma, Sanjeev Misra, Harpreet Singh, Ricardo L Mancera, Kang Kim, Cheongyun Jang, Mi-Hyun Kim, Horacio Pérez-Sánchez, Eun Ha Choi, Surendra Kumar
The Gaussian-based 3D-QSAR studies for 58 selective COX-2 (cyclooxygenase-2) inhibitors belonging to benzopyran chemical class were performed. Partial least squares analysis produced statistically significant model with (R training(2)  = 0.866) and predictability (Q training(2)  = 0.66, Q test(2)  = 0.846). The 3D-QSAR model includes steric, electrostatic, hydrophobic, and hydrogen bond acceptor field indicators, whereas the potential field contributions indicate that the steric and hydrophobic features of the molecules play an important role in governing their biological activity...
August 18, 2017: Archives of Pharmacal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822069/characterization-of-ofloxacin-interaction-with-mutated-a91v-quinolone-resistance-determining-region-of-dna-gyrase-in-mycobacterium-leprae-through-computational-simulation
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J Nisha, V Shanthi
Mycobacterium leprae, the causal agent of leprosy is non-cultivable in vitro. Thus, the assessment of antibiotic activity against Mycobacterium leprae depends primarily upon the time-consuming mouse footpad system. The GyrA protein of Mycobacterium leprae is the target of the antimycobacterial drug, Ofloxacin. In recent times, the GyrA mutation (A91V) has been found to be resistant to Ofloxacin. This phenomenon has necessitated the development of new, long-acting antimycobacterial compounds. The underlying mechanism of drug resistance is not completely known...
August 18, 2017: Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822043/industrial-pollution-and-the-management-of-river-water-quality-a-model-of-kelani-river-sri-lanka
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Asha Gunawardena, E M S Wijeratne, Ben White, Atakelty Hailu, Ram Pandit
Water quality of the Kelani River has become a critical issue in Sri Lanka due to the high cost of maintaining drinking water standards and the market and non-market costs of deteriorating river ecosystem services. By integrating a catchment model with a river model of water quality, we developed a method to estimate the effect of pollution sources on ambient water quality. Using integrated model simulations, we estimate (1) the relative contribution from point (industrial and domestic) and non-point sources (river catchment) to river water quality and (2) pollutant transfer coefficients for zones along the lower section of the river...
August 19, 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822005/a-supply-model-for-nurse-workforce-projection-in-malaysia
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Zuraida Abal Abas, Mohamad Raziff Ramli, Mohamad Ishak Desa, Nordin Saleh, Ainul Nadziha Hanafiah, Nuraini Aziz, Zaheera Zainal Abidin, Abdul Samad Shibghatullah, Ahmad Fadzli Nizam Abdul Rahman, Haslinda Musa
The paper aims to provide an insight into the significance of having a simulation model to forecast the supply of registered nurses for health workforce planning policy using System Dynamics. A model is highly in demand to predict the workforce demand for nurses in the future, which it supports for complete development of a needs-based nurse workforce projection using Malaysia as a case study. The supply model consists of three sub-models to forecast the number of registered nurses for the next 15 years: training model, population model and Full Time Equivalent (FTE) model...
August 18, 2017: Health Care Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821971/multiscale-mechanics-of-the-cervical-facet-capsular-ligament-with-particular-emphasis-on-anomalous-fiber-realignment-prior-to-tissue-failure
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Sijia Zhang, Vahhab Zarei, Beth A Winkelstein, Victor H Barocas
The facet capsular ligaments encapsulate the bilateral spinal facet joints and are common sources of painful injury due to afferent innervation. These ligaments exhibit architectural complexity, which is suspected to contribute to the experimentally observed lack of co-localization between macroscopic strain and microstructural tissue damage. The heterogeneous and multiscale nature of this ligament, combined with challenges in experimentally measuring its microscale mechanics, hinders the ability to understand sensory mechanisms under normal or injurious loading...
August 18, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821802/dispersive-regimes-of-the-dicke-model
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Diego Barberena, Lucas Lamata, Enrique Solano
We study two dispersive regimes of the Dicke model in the dynamics of N two-level atoms interacting with a bosonic mode for long interaction times. Firstly, we analyze the model for the regime in which the qubit frequencies are equal and smaller than the mode frequency, and for values of the coupling strength similar or larger than the mode frequency, namely, the deep strong coupling regime. Secondly, we address an interaction that is dependent on the photon number, where the coupling strength is comparable to the geometric mean of the qubit and mode frequencies...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821741/predicting-the-murine-enterocyte-metabolic-response-to-diets-that-differ-in-lipid-and-carbohydrate-composition
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Neeraj Sinha, Maria Suarez-Diez, Evert M van Schothorst, Jaap Keijer, Vitor A P Martins Dos Santos, Guido J E J Hooiveld
The small intestine serves as gatekeeper at the interface between body and diet and is thought to play an important role in the etiology of obesity and associated metabolic disorders. A computational modelling approach was used to improve our understanding of the metabolic responses of epithelial cells to different diets. A constraint based, mouse-specific enterocyte metabolic model (named mmu_ENT717) was constructed to describe the impact of four fully characterized semi-purified diets, that differed in lipid and carbohydrate composition, on uptake, metabolism, as well as secretion of carbohydrates and lipids...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821650/feedback-signal-from-motoneurons-influences-a-rhythmic-pattern-generator
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Horacio G Rotstein, Elisa Schneider, Lidia Szczupak
Motoneurons are not mere output units of neuronal circuits that control motor behavior, but participate in pattern generation. Research on the circuit that controls the crawling motor behavior in leeches indicated that motoneurons participate as modulators of this rhythmic motor pattern. Crawling results from successive bouts of elongation and contraction of the whole leech body. In the isolated segmental ganglia dopamine can induce a rhythmic antiphasic activity of the motoneurons that control contraction (DE-3 motoneurons) and elongation (CV motoneurons)...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
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