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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230344/fully-automatic-in-syringe-magnetic-stirring-assisted-dispersive-liquid-liquid-microextraction-hyphenated-to-high-temperature-torch-integrated-sample-introduction-system-inductively-coupled-plasma-spectrometer-with-direct-analysis-of-the-organic-phase
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Raquel Sanchez, Burkhard Horstkotte, Katerina Fikarova, Hana Sklenářová, Salvador Maestre, Manuel Miró, José Luis Todoli
A proof of concept study involving the on-line coupling of automatic dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) to ICP OES with direct introduction and analysis of the organic extract is herein reported for the first time. The flow-based analyzer features a Lab-In-Syringe (LIS) setup with an integrated stirring system, a Meinhard® nebulizer in combination with a heated single-pass spray chamber, and a rotary injection valve, used as on-line interface between the microextraction system and the detection instrument...
February 23, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230214/antioxidant-response-is-a-protective-mechanism-against-nutrient-deprivation-in-c-elegans
#2
Jun Tao, Qin-Yi Wu, Yi-Cheng Ma, Yuan-Li Chen, Cheng-Gang Zou
Animals often experience periods of nutrient deprivation; however, the molecular mechanisms by which animals survive starvation remain largely unknown. In the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, the nuclear receptor DAF-12 acts as a dietary and environmental sensor to orchestrate diverse aspects of development, metabolism, and reproduction. Recently, we have reported that DAF-12 together with co-repressor DIN-1S is required for starvation tolerance by promoting fat mobilization. In this report, we found that genetic inactivation of the DAF-12 signaling promoted the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) during starvation...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229287/role-of-neurochemicals-in-the-interaction-between-the-microbiota-and-the-immune-and-the-nervous-system-of-the-host-organism
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Alexander V Oleskin, Boris A Shenderov, Vladimir S Rogovsky
This work is concerned with the role of evolutionary conserved substances, neurotransmitters, and neurohormones, within the complex framework of the microbial consortium-immune system-nervous system axis in the human or animal organism. Although the operation of each of these systems per se is relatively well understood, their combined effects on the host organism still await further research. Drawing on recent research on host-produced and microbial low-molecular-weight neurochemicals such as biogenic amines, amino acids, and short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs), we suggest that these mediators form a part of a universal neurochemical "language...
February 22, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228754/proofreading-of-peptide-mhc-complexes-through-dynamic-multivalent-interactions
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REVIEW
Christoph Thomas, Robert Tampé
The adaptive immune system is able to detect and destroy cells that are malignantly transformed or infected by intracellular pathogens. Specific immune responses against these cells are elicited by antigenic peptides that are presented on major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC I) molecules and recognized by cytotoxic T lymphocytes at the cell surface. Since these MHC I-presented peptides are generated in the cytosol by proteasomal protein degradation, they can be metaphorically described as a window providing immune cells with insights into the state of the cellular proteome...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228478/an-engineered-tgf-%C3%AE-monomer-that-functions-as-a-dominant-negative-to-block-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling
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Sun Kyung Kim, Lindsey Barron, Cynthia S Hinck, Elyse M Petrunak, Kristin E Cano, Avinash Thangirala, Brian Iskra, Molly Brothers, Machell Vonberg, Belinda Leal, Blair Richter, Ravindra Kodali, Alex B Taylor, Shoucheng Du, Christopher O Barnes, Traian Sulea, Guillermo Calero, P John Hart, Matthew J Hart, Borries Demeler, Andrew P Hinck
The transforming growth factor beta isoforms, TGF-β1, -β2, and -β3 are small secreted homodimeric signaling proteins with essential roles in regulating the adaptive immune system and maintaining the extracellular matrix. However, dysregulation of the TGF-β pathway is responsible for promoting the progression of several human diseases, including cancer and fibrosis. In spite of the known importance of TGF-βs in promoting disease progression, no inhibitors have been approved for use in humans. Herein, we describe an engineered TGF-β monomer, lacking the heel helix, a structural motif essential for binding the TGF-β type I receptor, TβRI, but dispensible for binding the other receptor required for TGF-β signaling, the TGF-β type II receptor, TβRII, as an alternative therapeutic modality for blocking TGF-β signaling in humans...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228092/variation-in-rates-of-spontaneous-male-production-within-the-nematode-species-pristionchus-pacificus-supports-an-adaptive-role-for-males-and-outcrossing
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Katy Morgan, Angela McGaughran, Christian Rödelsperger, Ralf J Sommer
BACKGROUND: The nematode species Pristionchus pacificus has an androdioecious mating system in which populations consist of self-fertilizing hermaphrodites and relatively few males. The prevalence of males in such a system is likely to depend on the relative pros and cons of outcrossing. While outcrossing generates novel allelic combinations and can therefore increase adaptive potential, it may also disrupt the potentially beneficial consequences of repeated generations of selfing. These include purging of deleterious alleles, inheritance of co-adapted allele complexes, improved hermaphrodite fitness and increased population growth...
February 23, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227848/motion-noise-cancellation-in-seismocardiogram-of-ambulant-subjects-with-dual-sensors
#7
Chenxi Yang, Negar Tavassolian, Chenxi Yang, Negar Tavassolian, Negar Tavassolian, Chenxi Yang
This paper presents a dual-sensor method of extracting seismocardiographic (SCG) data from moving adult subjects using chest-worn wireless MEMS accelerometers. A digital signal processing (DSP) system including a normalized least means square (NLMS) adaptive filter is designed and tested in MATLAB. Data results from 10 subjects indicate a detection rate of 98.72% which outperforms our previously-proposed single-sensor scheme. Various sensor positons and possible failure mechanisms are also investigated to further evaluate the system performance...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226715/adaptive-segmentation-and-mask-specific-sobolev-inpainting-of-specular-highlights-for-endoscopic-images
#8
Samar M Alsaleh, Angelica I Aviles, Pilar Sobrevilla, Alicia Casals, James K Hahn, Samar M Alsaleh, Angelica I Aviles, Pilar Sobrevilla, Alicia Casals, James K Hahn, Angelica I Aviles, Samar M Alsaleh, Alicia Casals, Pilar Sobrevilla, James K Hahn
Minimally invasive surgical and diagnostic systems rely on endoscopic images of internal organs to assist medical tasks. Specular highlights are common on those images due to the strong reflectivity of the mucus layer on the organs and the relatively high intensity of the light source. This is a significant source of error that can affect the systems' performance. In this paper, we propose a segmentation method of the specular regions based on an automatic color-adaptive threshold and a gradient-based edge detector...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225764/cynomolgus-macaques-naturally-infected-with-trypanosoma-cruzi-i-exhibit-an-overall-mixed-pro-inflammatory-modulated-cytokine-signature-characteristic-of-human-chagas-disease
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Danielle Marquete Vitelli-Avelar, Renato Sathler-Avelar, Armanda Moreira Mattoso-Barbosa, Nicolas Gouin, Marcelo Perdigão-de-Oliveira, Leydiane Valério-Dos-Reis, Ronaldo Peres Costa, Silvana Maria Elói-Santos, Matheus de Souza Gomes, Laurence Rodrigues do Amaral, Andréa Teixeira-Carvalho, Olindo Assis Martins-Filho, Edward J Dick, Gene B Hubbard, Jane F VandeBerg, John L VandeBerg
BACKGROUND: Non-human primates have been shown to be useful models for Chagas disease. We previously reported that natural T. cruzi infection of cynomolgus macaques triggers clinical features and immunophenotypic changes of peripheral blood leukocytes resembling those observed in human Chagas disease. In the present study, we further characterize the cytokine-mediated microenvironment to provide supportive evidence of the utility of cynomolgus macaques as a model for drug development for human Chagas disease...
February 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223930/event-and-time-driven-techniques-using-parallel-cpu-gpu-co-processing-for-spiking-neural-networks
#10
Francisco Naveros, Jesus A Garrido, Richard R Carrillo, Eduardo Ros, Niceto R Luque
Modeling and simulating the neural structures which make up our central neural system is instrumental for deciphering the computational neural cues beneath. Higher levels of biological plausibility usually impose higher levels of complexity in mathematical modeling, from neural to behavioral levels. This paper focuses on overcoming the simulation problems (accuracy and performance) derived from using higher levels of mathematical complexity at a neural level. This study proposes different techniques for simulating neural models that hold incremental levels of mathematical complexity: leaky integrate-and-fire (LIF), adaptive exponential integrate-and-fire (AdEx), and Hodgkin-Huxley (HH) neural models (ranged from low to high neural complexity)...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222363/very-short-term-reactive-forecasting-of-the-solar-ultraviolet-index-using-an-extreme-learning-machine-integrated-with-the-solar-zenith-angle
#11
Ravinesh C Deo, Nathan Downs, Alfio V Parisi, Jan F Adamowski, John M Quilty
Exposure to erythemally-effective solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) that contributes to malignant keratinocyte cancers and associated health-risk is best mitigated through innovative decision-support systems, with global solar UV index (UVI) forecast necessary to inform real-time sun-protection behaviour recommendations. It follows that the UVI forecasting models are useful tools for such decision-making. In this study, a model for computationally-efficient data-driven forecasting of diffuse and global very short-term reactive (VSTR) (10-min lead-time) UVI, enhanced by drawing on the solar zenith angle (θs) data, was developed using an extreme learning machine (ELM) algorithm...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219429/engaging-with-complexity-to-improve-the-health-of-indigenous-people-a-call-for-the-use-of-systems-thinking-to-tackle-health-inequity
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EDITORIAL
Alison Hernández, Ana Lorena Ruano, Bruno Marchal, Miguel San Sebastián, Walter Flores
The 400 million indigenous people worldwide represent a wealth of linguistic and cultural diversity, as well as traditional knowledge and sustainable practices that are invaluable resources for human development. However, indigenous people remain on the margins of society in high, middle and low-income countries, and they bear a disproportionate burden of poverty, disease, and mortality compared to the general population. These inequalities have persisted, and in some countries have even worsened, despite the overall improvements in health indicators in relation to the 15-year push to meet the Millennium Development Goals...
February 21, 2017: International Journal for Equity in Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218747/mhc-i-peptides-get-out-of-the-groove-and-enable-a-novel-mechanism-of-hiv-1-escape
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Phillip Pymm, Patricia T Illing, Sri H Ramarathinam, Geraldine M O'Connor, Victoria A Hughes, Corinne Hitchen, David A Price, Bosco K Ho, Daniel W McVicar, Andrew G Brooks, Anthony W Purcell, Jamie Rossjohn, Julian P Vivian
Major histocompatibility complex class I (MHC-I) molecules play a crucial role in immunity by capturing peptides for presentation to T cells and natural killer (NK) cells. The peptide termini are tethered within the MHC-I antigen-binding groove, but it is unknown whether other presentation modes occur. Here we show that 20% of the HLA-B*57:01 peptide repertoire comprises N-terminally extended sets characterized by a common motif at position 1 (P1) to P2. Structures of HLA-B*57:01 presenting N-terminally extended peptides, including the immunodominant HIV-1 Gag epitope TW10 (TSTLQEQIGW), showed that the N terminus protrudes from the peptide-binding groove...
February 20, 2017: Nature Structural & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218293/plasma-exosome-profiling-of-cancer-patients-by-a-next-generation-systems-biology-approach
#14
Valeriy Domenyuk, Zhenyu Zhong, Adam Stark, Nianqing Xiao, Heather A O'Neill, Xixi Wei, Jie Wang, Teresa T Tinder, Sonal Tonapi, Janet Duncan, Tassilo Hornung, Andrew Hunter, Mark R Miglarese, Joachim Schorr, David D Halbert, John Quackenbush, George Poste, Donald A Berry, Günter Mayer, Michael Famulok, David Spetzler
Technologies capable of characterizing the full breadth of cellular systems need to be able to measure millions of proteins, isoforms, and complexes simultaneously. We describe an approach that fulfils this criterion: Adaptive Dynamic Artificial Poly-ligand Targeting (ADAPT). ADAPT employs an enriched library of single-stranded oligodeoxynucleotides (ssODNs) to profile complex biological samples, thus achieving an unprecedented coverage of system-wide, native biomolecules. We used ADAPT as a highly specific profiling tool that distinguishes women with or without breast cancer based on circulating exosomes in their blood...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217849/how-long-bones-grow-children-mechanistic-paths-to-variation-in-human-height-growth
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REVIEW
Michelle Lampl, Meriah Schoen
OBJECTIVES: Eveleth and Tanner's descriptive documentation of worldwide variability in human growth provided evidence of the interaction between genetics and environment during development that has been foundational to the science of human growth. There remains a need, however, to describe the mechanistic foundations of variability in human height growth patterns. METHODS: A review of research documenting cellular activities at the endochondral growth plate aims to show how the unique microenvironment and cell functions during the sequential phases of the chondrocyte lifecycle affect long bone elongation, a fundamental source of height growth...
February 20, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215878/neuroactive-steroids-and-ptsd-treatment
#16
REVIEW
Ann M Rasmusson, Christine E Marx, Suzanne L Pineles, Andrea Locci, Erica R Scioli-Salter, Yael I Nillni, Jennifer J Liang, Graziano Pinna
This review highlights early efforts to translate pre-clinical and clinical findings regarding the role of neuroactive steroids in stress adaptation and PTSD into new therapeutics for PTSD. Numerous studies have demonstrated PTSD-related alterations in resting levels or the reactivity of neuroactive steroids and their targets. These studies also have demonstrated substantial variability in the dysfunction of specific neuroactive steroid systems among PTSD subpopulations. These variabilities have been related to the developmental timing of trauma, severity and type of trauma, genetic background, sex, reproductive state, lifestyle influences such as substance use and exercise, and the presence of comorbid conditions such as depression and chronic pain...
February 12, 2017: Neuroscience Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215399/restoring-standing-capabilities-with-feedback-control-of-functional-neuromuscular-stimulation-following-spinal-cord-injury
#17
REVIEW
Raviraj Nataraj, Musa L Audu, Ronald J Triolo
This paper reviews the field of feedback control for neuroprosthesis systems that restore advanced standing function to individuals with spinal cord injury. Investigations into closed-loop control of standing by functional neuromuscular stimulation (FNS) have spanned three decades. The ultimate goal for FNS standing control systems is to facilitate hands free standing and enabling the user to perform manual functions at self-selected leaning positions. However, most clinical systems for home usage currently only provide basic upright standing using preprogrammed stimulation patterns...
February 15, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215352/photoreceptors-in-the-dark-a-functional-white-collar-like-complex-and-other-putative-light-sensing-components-encoded-by-the-genome-of-the-subterranean-fungus-tuber-melanosporum
#18
Raffaele Gerace, Barbara Montanini, Marco Proietto, Elisabetta Levati, Cristina De Luca, Andrea Brenna, Patrizia Filetici, Annegret Kohler, Simone Ottonello, Paola Ballario
Light is perceived and transduced by fungi, where it modulates processes as diverse as growth and morphogenesis, sexual development and secondary metabolism. A special case in point is that of fungi with a subterranean, light-shielded habitat such as Tuber spp. Using as reference the genome sequence of the black truffle Tuber melanosporum, we used bioinformatic prediction tools and expression data to gain insight on the photoreceptor systems of this hypogeous ectomycorrhizal fungus. These include a chromophore-less opsin, a putative red-light-sensing phytochrome not expressed at detectable levels in any of the examined lifecycle stages, and a nearly canonical two-component (WC-1/WC-2) photoreceptor system similar to the Neurospora white collar complex (WCC)...
March 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212392/what-s-in-a-game-a-systems-approach-to-enhancing-performance-analysis-in-football
#19
Scott McLean, Paul M Salmon, Adam D Gorman, Gemma J M Read, Colin Solomon
PURPOSE: Performance analysis (PA) in football is considered to be an integral component of understanding the requirements for optimal performance. Despite vast amounts of research in this area key gaps remain, including what comprises PA in football, and methods to minimise research-practitioner gaps. The aim of this study was to develop a model of the football match system in order to better describe and understand the components of football performance. Such a model could inform the design of new PA methods...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212072/neural-network-based-solutions-for-stochastic-optimal-control-using-path-integrals
#20
Karthikeyan Rajagopal, Sivasubramanya Nadar Balakrishnan, Jerome R Busemeyer
In this paper, an offline approximate dynamic programming approach using neural networks is proposed for solving a class of finite horizon stochastic optimal control problems. There are two approaches available in the literature, one based on stochastic maximum principle (SMP) formalism and the other based on solving the stochastic Hamilton-Jacobi-Bellman (HJB) equation. However, in the presence of noise, the SMP formalism becomes complex and results in having to solve a couple of backward stochastic differential equations...
March 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
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