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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053453/distributed-continuous-time-algorithms-for-resource-allocation-problems-over-weight-balanced-digraphs
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Zhenhua Deng, Shu Liang, Yiguang Hong
In this paper, a distributed resource allocation problem with nonsmooth local cost functions is considered, where the interaction among agents is depicted by strongly connected and weight-balanced digraphs. Here the decision variable of each agent is within a local feasibility constraint described as a convex set, and all the decision variables have to satisfy a network resource constraint, which is the sum of available resources. To solve the problem, a distributed continuous-time algorithm is developed by virtue of differentiated projection operations and differential inclusions, and its convergence to the optimal solution is proved via the set-valued LaSalle invariance principle...
October 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052006/risk-factors-for-and-the-prevention-of-acute-kidney-injury-after-abdominal-surgery
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REVIEW
Yongbo An, Kai Shen, Yingjiang Ye
Postoperative acute kidney injury in patients undergoing abdominal surgery is not rare and often results in bad outcomes for patients. The incidence of postoperative acute kidney injury is hard to evaluate reliably due to its non-unified definitions in different studies. Risk factors for acute kidney injury specific to abdominal surgery include preoperative renal insufficiency, intraabdominal hypertension, blood transfusion, bowel preparation, perioperative dehydration, contrast agent and nephrotoxic drug use...
October 19, 2017: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29048875/exploring-chemistry-in-micro-compartments-using-guided-droplet-collisions-in-a-branched-quadrupole-trap-coupled-to-a-single-droplet-paper-spray-mass-spectrometer
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Michael I Jacobs, James F Davies, Lance Lee, Ryan D Davis, Frances A Houle, Kevin R Wilson
Recent studies suggest that reactions in aqueous micro-compartments can occur at significantly different rates than those in the bulk. Most studies have used electrospray to generate a polydisperse source of highly charged microdroplets, leading to multiple confounding factors potentially influencing reaction rates (e.g., evaporation, charge, size). Thus, the underlying mechanism for the observed enhancement remains unclear. We present a new type of electrodynamic balance-the branched quadrupole trap (BQT)-which can be used to study reactions in microdroplets in a controlled environment...
October 19, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045875/the-effect-of-solutes-on-the-temperature-of-miscibility-transitions-in-multicomponent-membranes
#4
David W Allender, M Schick
We address questions posed by experiments that show small-chain alcohols reduce the miscibility transition temperature when added to giant plasma membrane vesicles (GPMVs), but increase that temperature when added to giant unilamellar vesicles. In giant unilamellar vesicles the change in temperature displays a definite minimum, between decanol and tetradecanol, as a function of alcohol chain length; in GPMVs there is no such minimum. To emphasize the competition between internal entropies of the components and the interactions between them, we model the system as consisting of three different linear polymers...
October 17, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29043081/effects-of-phospho-and-calciotropic-hormones-on-electrolyte-transport-in-the-proximal-tubule
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REVIEW
Justin J Lee, Allein Plain, Megan R Beggs, Henrik Dimke, R Todd Alexander
Calcium and phosphate are critical for a myriad of physiological and cellular processes within the organism. Consequently, plasma levels of calcium and phosphate are tightly regulated. This occurs through the combined effects of the phospho- and calciotropic hormones, parathyroid hormone (PTH), active vitamin D 3, and fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23). The organs central to this are the kidneys, intestine, and bone. In the kidney, the proximal tubule reabsorbs the majority of filtered calcium and phosphate, which amounts to more than 60% and 90%, respectively...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037599/neural-basis-of-ventromedial-hypothalamic-oxytocin-driven-decrease-in-appetite
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Oscar A Klockars, Joseph R Waas, Anica Klockars, Allen S Levine, Pawel K Olszewski
OBJECTIVES: Oxytocin (OT) administration in the ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus (VMH) reduces chow intake. The nature of VMH OT's anorexigenic action remains unclear. Here we provide insight into neural mechanisms underlying VMH OT-driven anorexia by (a) identifying feeding-related brain sites activated by VMH OT injection; (b) measuring VMH OT receptor (OTr) mRNA changes in response to hunger and palatability; and (c) examining how VMH OT affects episodic sweet solution intake in sated and hungry rats...
October 13, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037138/n-acetyl-l-cysteine-in-the-presence-of-cu-2-induces-oxidative-stress-and-death-of-granule-neurons-in-dissociated-cultures-of-rat-cerebellum
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E V Stelmashook, E E Genrikhs, M R Kapkaeva, E A Zelenova, N K Isaev
Addition into the culture medium of the antioxidant N-acetylcysteine (NAC, 1 mM) in the presence of Cu2+ (0.0005-0.001 mM) induced intensive death of cultured rat cerebellar granule neurons, which was significantly decreased by the zinc ion chelator TPEN (N,N,N',N'-tetrakis(2-pyridylmethyl)ethylenediamine). However, the combined action of NAC and Zn2+ did not induce destruction of the neurons. Measurement of the relative intracellular concentration of Zn2+ with the fluorescent probe FluoZin-3 AM or of free radical production using a CellROX Green showed that incubation of the culture for 4 h with Cu2+ and NAC induced an intensive increase in the fluorescence of CellROX Green but not of FluoZin-3...
October 2017: Biochemistry. Biokhimii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036897/inhibition-of-starvation-triggered-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-autophagy-and-apoptosis-in-arpe-19-cells-by-taurine-through-modulating-the-expression-of-calpain-1-and-calpain-2
#8
Yuanyuan Zhang, Shu Ren, Yuci Liu, Kun Gao, Zheng Liu, Zhou Zhang
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a complex disease with multiple initiators and pathways that converge on death for retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells. In this study, effects of taurine on calpains, autophagy, endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress, and apoptosis in ARPE-19 cells (a human RPE cell line) were investigated. We first confirmed that autophagy, ER stress and apoptosis in ARPE-19 cells were induced by Earle's balanced salt solution (EBSS) through starvation to induce RPE metabolic stress...
October 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036856/informal-care-employment-and-quality-of-life-barriers-and-facilitators-to-combining-informal-care-and-work-participation-for-healthcare-professionals
#9
Eveline Heitink, Yvonne Heerkens, Josephine Engels
BACKGROUND: In The Netherlands, one out of six Dutch employees has informal care tasks; in the hospital and healthcare sector, this ratio is one out of four workers. Informal carers experience problems with the combination of work and informal care. In particular, they have problems with the burden of responsibility, a lack of independence and their health. These problems can reveal themselves in a variety of mental and physical symptoms that can result in absenteeism, reduction or loss of (work) participation, reduction of income, and even social isolation...
October 8, 2017: Work: a Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035925/acute-kidney-injury-in-trauma-patients
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Anatole Harrois, Nicolas Libert, Jacques Duranteau
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review epidemiology and pathophysiology of acute kidney injury (AKI) in trauma patients and propose strategies that aim at preventing AKI after trauma. RECENT FINDINGS: AKI in trauma patients has been reported to be as frequent as 50% with an association to a prolonged length of stay and a raise in mortality. Among the specific risk factors encountered in trauma patients, hemorrhagic shock, rhabdomyolysis severity, age, and comorbidities are independently associated with AKI occurrence...
October 14, 2017: Current Opinion in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035463/effect-of-balanced-crystalloid-gelatin-and-hydroxyethyl-starch-on-coagulation-detected-by-rotational-thromboelastometry-in-vitro
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Silvie Sevcikova, Tomas Vymazal, Miroslav Durila
BACKGROUND: Fluid resuscitation with crystalloid and colloid solutions is a common treatment in perioperative medicine. However, a variety of unbalanced or balanced solutions are used in clinical practice and there is still vivid debate going on regarding selection of optimal fluid with minimal negative effect on coagulation to minimize bleeding and blood transfusion requirements. The aim of the study was to investigate adverse effects of balanced crystalloids and colloids on coagulation measured by thromboelastometry in vitro...
October 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031578/short-term-exposure-to-bisphenol-a-affects-water-and-salt-intakes-differently-in-male-and-ovariectomised-female-rats
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Paula Nuñez, Juan Arguelles, Carmen Perillan
Thirst and sodium appetite are motivational states that lead to the search for and ingestion of water and sodium, thus contributing to maintenance of hydromineral balance. Oestrogens affect fluid intake and sodium preference. Bisphenol A (BPA) is an environmental endocrine-disrupting substance with oestrogenic activity. Whether there are sex differences in the ingestive effects of BPA is unknown. Therefore, the aim of the present work was to determine the effect of short-term treatment of low doses of BPA on thirst and sodium appetite in adult male and ovariectomised Wistar rats...
October 12, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031155/the-effect-of-nanoparticle-aggregation-on-surfactant-foam-stability
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Zuhair A AlYousef, Mohammed A Almobarky, David S Schechter
The combination of nanoparticles (NPs) and surfactant may offer a novel technique of generating stronger foams for gas mobility control. This study evaluates the potential of silica NPs to enhance the foam stability of three nonionic surfactants. Results showed that the concentration of surfactant and NPs is a crucial parameter for foam stability and that there is certain concentrations for strong foam generation. A balance in concentration between the nonionic surfactants and the NPs can enhance the foam stability as a result of forming flocs in solutions...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028763/effects-of-hyperoxia-during-resuscitation-from-hemorrhagic-shock-in-swine-with-preexisting-coronary-artery-disease
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Clair Hartmann, Maurizio Loconte, Elena Antonucci, Michael Holzhauser, Tobias Hölle, David Katzsch, Tamara Merz, Oscar McCook, Ulrich Wachter, Josef A Vogt, Andrea Hoffmann, Martin Wepler, Michael Gröger, Martin Matejovic, Enrico Calzia, Michael Georgieff, Pierre Asfar, Peter Radermacher, Benedikt L Nussbaum
OBJECTIVES: Investigation of the effects of hyperoxia during resuscitation from hemorrhagic shock in swine with preexisting coronary artery disease. DESIGN: Prospective, controlled, randomized trial. SETTING: University animal research laboratory. SUBJECTS: Nineteen hypercholesterolemic pigs with preexisting coronary artery disease. INTERVENTIONS: Anesthetized, mechanically ventilated, and surgically instrumented pigs underwent 3 hours of hemorrhagic shock (removal of 30% of the calculated blood volume and subsequent titration of mean arterial blood pressure ≈40 mm Hg)...
October 12, 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028541/tuning-the-structure-of-aminoferrocene-based-anticancer-prodrugs-to-prevent-their-aggregation-in-aqueous-solution
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Steffen Daum, Svetlana Babiy, Helen Konovalova, Walter Hofer, Alexander Shtemenko, Natalia Shtemenko, Christina Janko, Christoph Alexiou, Andriy Mokhir
Aminoferrocene-based prodrugs are activated in cancer cells by reactive oxygen species (ROS). They were shown to exhibit high cytotoxicity towards a variety of cancer cell lines and primary cancer cells, but remain not toxic towards non-malignant cells. However, these prodrugs have rather high lipophilicity leading to relatively low water solubility. In particular, an n-octanol/water partition coefficient for the best aminoferrocene-based prodrug (2) was found to be 4.51±0.03. Though the approaches for decreasing lipophilicity are straightforward and include the addition of polar residues to the drug structure, these modifications also lead to dramatic decrease of cell permeability and, correspondingly, lower the activity of the drug...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028315/nanoparticles-of-short-cationic-peptidopolysaccharide-self-assembled-by-hydrogen-bonding-with-antibacterial-effect-against-multi-drug-resistant-bacteria
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Zheng Hou, Yogesh Vikhe Shankar, Yang Liu, Feiqing Ding, Jothy Lachumy Subramanion, Vikashini Ravikumar, Rubí Zamudio-Vázquez, Damien Keogh, Huiwen Lim, Moon Yue Feng Tay, Surajit Bhattacharjya, Scott A Rice, Jian Shi, Hongwei Duan, Xue-Wei Liu, Yuguang Mu, Nguan Soon Tan, Kam Michael Chiu Tam, Kevin Pethe, Mary B Chan-Park
Cationic antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) and polymers are active against many multi-drug resistant (MDR) bacteria but only a limited number of these compounds are in clinical use due to their unselective toxicity. The typical strategy for achieving selective antibacterial efficacy with low mammalian cell toxicity is through balancing the ratio of cationicity to hydrophobicity. Herein, we report a cationic nanoparticle self-assembled from chitosan-graft-oligolysine (CSM5-K5) chains with ultra-low molecular weight (1450 Daltons) that selectively kills bacteria...
October 13, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028181/unbiased-taxonomic-annotation-of-metagenomic-samples
#17
Bruno Fosso, Graziano Pesole, Francesc Rosselló, Gabriel Valiente
The classification of reads from a metagenomic sample using a reference taxonomy is usually based on first mapping the reads to the reference sequences and then classifying each read at a node under the lowest common ancestor of the candidate sequences in the reference taxonomy with the least classification error. However, this taxonomic annotation can be biased by an imbalanced taxonomy and also by the presence of multiple nodes in the taxonomy with the least classification error for a given read. In this article, we show that the Rand index is a better indicator of classification error than the often used area under the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve and F-measure for both balanced and imbalanced reference taxonomies, and we also address the second source of bias by reducing the taxonomic annotation problem for a whole metagenomic sample to a set cover problem, for which a logarithmic approximation can be obtained in linear time and an exact solution can be obtained by integer linear programming...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Computational Biology: a Journal of Computational Molecular Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024858/motion-modes-of-two-self-propelled-camphor-boats-on-the-surface-of-a-surfactant-containing-solution
#18
Yuichiro Karasawa, Tomonori Nomoto, Luca Chiari, Taro Toyota, Masanori Fujinami
HYPOTHESIS: The existence of a surface tension difference and a surface flow around self-propelled objects, such as camphor boats, has been confirmed by many studies. However, the interactions in the collective motion of several camphor boats have not been explicitly discussed. Here, a model system of two camphor boats was investigated for the first time from the viewpoint of surface tension and surface flow. EXPERIMENTS: The behavior of one fixed boat and one movable boat on a sodium dodecylsulfate aqueous solution in an oval track has been studied as a model system of two-body interactions...
September 28, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024597/significant-chondrocyte-viability-is-present-in-acetabular-chondral-flaps-associated-with-femoroacetabular-impingement
#19
Vonda J Wright, Christopher Laurence McCrum, Hongshuai Li, Michael J Tranovich, Johnny Huard
BACKGROUND: Patients presenting with cam deformity of the femoral head and neck sustain repeated trauma to the articular cartilage of the superior acetabulum, with chondral delamination injuries found during hip arthroscopy. Two previous studies reveal conflicting chondrocyte viability data in these traumatic cartilage injuries. The full-thickness nature of flaps may suggest that chondrocytes residing in the cartilage flap matrix in the joint environment would remain viable despite shear trauma...
October 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29023967/copper-toxicity-and-date-palm-seedling-tolerance-monitoring-of-related-biomarkers
#20
Zayneb ChaÂBene, Imen Rekik Hakim, Agnieszka Rorat, Amine Elleuch, Hafedh Mejdoub, Franck Vandenbulcke
Date palm seeds were exposed to different copper solutions to examine plant stress responses. Low Cu concentrations (0.02 and 0.2 mM) caused an increase of seed germination, whereas, higher Cu amount (2 mM) significantly inhibited seeds germination, delayed hypocotyl elongation, increased seedling mortality and reduced germination index by more than 90 %. Metal-related toxicity symptoms appeared after 15 days of 2 mM Cu exposure. Biochemical activities, like amylase activity and redox balance elements were examined in order to study the relationship between external Cu amount and internal plant response...
October 12, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
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