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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777828/mutual-connectivity-analysis-of-resting-state-functional-mri-data-with-local-models
#1
Adora M DSouza, Anas Z Abidin, Udaysankar Chockanathan, Giovanni Schifitto, Axel Wismüller
Functional connectivity analysis of functional MRI (fMRI) can represent brain networks and reveal insights into interactions amongst different brain regions. However, most connectivity analysis approaches adopted in practice are linear and non-directional. In this paper, we demonstrate the advantage of a data-driven, directed connectivity analysis approach called Mutual Connectivity Analysis using Local Models (MCA-LM) that approximates connectivity by modeling nonlinear dependencies of signal interaction, over more conventionally used approaches, such as Pearson's and partial correlation, Patel's conditional dependence measures, etcetera...
May 16, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777772/improving-maraviroc-oral-bioavailability-by-formation-of-solid-drug-nanoparticles
#2
Alison C Savage, Lee M Tatham, Marco Siccardi, Trevor Scott, Manoli Vourvahis, Andrew Clark, Steve P Rannard, Andrew Owen
Oral drug administration remains the preferred approach for treatment of HIV in most patients. Maraviroc (MVC) is the first in class co-receptor antagonist, which blocks HIV entry into host cells. MVC has an oral bioavailability of approximately 33%, which is limited by poor permeability as well as affinity for CYP3A and several drug transporters. While once-daily doses are now the favoured option for HIV therapy, dose-limiting postural hypotension has been of theoretical concern when administering doses high enough to achieve this for MVC (particularly during coadministration of enzyme inhibitors)...
May 16, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776132/universality-and-correlations-in-individuals-wandering-through-an-online-extremist-space
#3
Z Cao, M Zheng, Y Vorobyeva, C Song, N F Johnson
The "out of the blue" nature of recent terror attacks and the diversity of apparent motives highlight the importance of understanding the online trajectories that individuals follow prior to developing high levels of extremist support. Here we show that the physics of stochastic walks, with and without temporal correlation, provides a unifying description of these online trajectories. Our unique data set comprising all users of a global social media site reveals universal characteristics in individuals' online lifetimes...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773887/varacin-1-a-novel-analog-of-varacin-c-induces-p53-independent-apoptosis-in-cancer-cells-through-ros-mediated-reduction-of-xiap
#4
Jing Zhou, Wen-Li Li, Zi-Xuan Wang, Nai-Yuan Chen, Yue Tang, Xiao-Xiao Hu, Jing-Huan Deng, Yixin Lu, Guo-Dong Lu
Varacin C is a promising anticancer agent and possesses acid-promoted and photo-induced DNA-damaging activities. In this study, we synthesized an analog varacin-1 (VCA-1) and examined its anticancer potentials. The results demonstrated that VCA-1 caused dose-dependent apoptotic cell death in cancer cells. Note that this action is independent of p53 status, because VCA-1 induced similar levels of apoptosis in two different panels of cell lines (HCT116 p53- wild-type vs. HCT116 p53-knockout colon cancer cells, and p53-expressing U2OS vs...
May 17, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772896/protein-self-assemblies-that-can-generate-hold-and-discharge-electric-potential-in-response-to-changes-in-relative-humidity
#5
Nathan A Carter, Tijana Z Grove
Generation of electric potential upon external stimulus has attracted much attention for the development of highly functional sensors and devices. Herein, we report large-displacement, fast actuation in the self-assembled engineered repeat protein Consensus Tetratricopeptide Repeat protein (CTPR18) materials. The ionic nature of the CTPR18 protein coupled to the long-range alignment upon self-assembly results in the measured conductivity of 7.1 × 10-2 S cm-1, one of the highest reported for protein materials...
May 17, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772883/development-of-the-first-georeferenced-map-of-rhipicephalus-boophilus-spp-in-mexico-from-1970-to-date-and-prediction-of-its-spatial-distribution
#6
Yazmin Alcala-Canto, Juan Antonio Figueroa-Castillo, Froylán Ibarra-Velarde, Yolanda Vera-Montenegro, María Eugenia Cervantes-Valencia, Abdelfattah Z M Salem, Jorge Alfredo Cuéllar-Ordaz
The tick genus Ripicephalus (Boophilus), particularly R. microplus, is one of the most important ectoparasites that affects livestock health and considered an epidemiological risk because it causes significant economic losses due, mainly, to restrictions in the export of infested animals to several countries. Its spatial distribution has been tied to environmental factors, mainly warm temperatures and high relative humidity. In this work, we integrated a dataset consisting of 5843 records of Rhipicephalus spp...
May 7, 2018: Geospatial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771918/a-hybrid-q-learning-sine-cosine-based-strategy-for-addressing-the-combinatorial-test-suite-minimization-problem
#7
Kamal Z Zamli, Fakhrud Din, Bestoun S Ahmed, Miroslav Bures
The sine-cosine algorithm (SCA) is a new population-based meta-heuristic algorithm. In addition to exploiting sine and cosine functions to perform local and global searches (hence the name sine-cosine), the SCA introduces several random and adaptive parameters to facilitate the search process. Although it shows promising results, the search process of the SCA is vulnerable to local minima/maxima due to the adoption of a fixed switch probability and the bounded magnitude of the sine and cosine functions (from -1 to 1)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769642/high-resolution-imaging-of-myeloperoxidase-activity-sensors-in-human-cerebrovascular-disease
#8
Youssef Z Wadghiri, Dung Minh Hoang, Anita Leporati, Matthew J Gounis, Aurora Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Mary L Mazzanti, John P Weaver, Ajay K Wakhloo, Peter Caravan, Alexei A Bogdanov
Progress in clinical development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) substrate-sensors of enzymatic activity has been slow partly due to the lack of human efficacy data. We report here a strategy that may serve as a shortcut from bench to bedside. We tested ultra high-resolution 7T MRI (µMRI) of human surgical histology sections in a 3-year IRB approved, HIPAA compliant study of surgically clipped brain aneurysms. µMRI was used for assessing the efficacy of MRI substrate-sensors that detect myeloperoxidase activity in inflammation...
May 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766125/trauma-early-mortality-prediction-tool-tempt-for-assessing-28-day-mortality
#9
Ryan C Kunitake, Lucy Z Kornblith, Mitchell Jay Cohen, Rachael A Callcut
Background: Prior mortality prediction models have incorporated severity of anatomic injury quantified by Abbreviated Injury Severity Score (AIS). Using a prospective cohort, a new score independent of AIS was developed using clinical and laboratory markers present on emergency department presentation to predict 28-day mortality. Methods: All patients (n=1427) enrolled in an ongoing prospective cohort study were included. Demographic, laboratory, and clinical data were recorded on admission...
2018: Trauma surgery & acute care open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765510/correlation-between-metabolic-syndrome-and-sleep-apnea
#10
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Alejandro Castaneda, Edgar Jauregui-Maldonado, Iqbal Ratnani, Joseph Varon, Salim Surani
The so-called "metabolic syndrome" (MS), constitutes a cluster of metabolic and cardiovascular abnormalities, including fasting glucose, blood pressure, triglycerides, high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), and waist circumference that arise from insulin resistance. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) syndrome is characterized by recurrent episodes of partial or complete obstruction of the upper airway, involving cessation or significant decreased airflow, with intermittent hypoxemia, frequent arousals from sleep and recurrent oxyhemoglobin desaturations that interfere with normal sleep patterns generating difficulty falling asleep, unrefreshing sleep and loud snoring...
April 15, 2018: World Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765309/computer-vision-evidence-supporting-craniometric-alignment-of-rat-brain-atlases-to-streamline-expert-guided-first-order-migration-of-hypothalamic-spatial-datasets-related-to-behavioral-control
#11
Arshad M Khan, Jose G Perez, Claire E Wells, Olac Fuentes
The rat has arguably the most widely studied brain among all animals, with numerous reference atlases for rat brain having been published since 1946. For example, many neuroscientists have used the atlases of Paxinos and Watson ( PW , first published in 1982) or Swanson ( S , first published in 1992) as guides to probe or map specific rat brain structures and their connections. Despite nearly three decades of contemporaneous publication, no independent attempt has been made to establish a basic framework that allows data mapped in PW to be placed in register with S , or vice versa...
2018: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762674/available-energy-and-amino-acid-digestibility-of-defatted-rice-bran-fed-to-growing-pigs
#12
B B Huang, C F Huang, Z Q Lyu, Y F Chen, P L Li, L Liu, C H Lai
This study was conducted to determine and compare available energy and apparent ileal digestibility (AID) and standardized ileal digestibility (SID) of CP and AA in 9 samples of defatted rice bran (DFRB) fed to growing pigs and to generate prediction equations for DE and ME based on chemical analysis. In Exp. 1, sixty crossbred growing pigs (Duroc × Landrace × Yorkshire; 40.7 ± 3.5 kg BW) were fed 1 of 10 diets in a completely randomized design to determine the available energy of DFRB. The diets included a corn-soybean meal basal diet and 9 experimental diets formulated by replacing the corn and soybean meal with 29...
May 12, 2018: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762502/molecular-mechanisms-of-apoptosis-in-heparg-cell-line-induced-by-polyphyllin-vi-via-the-fas-death-pathway-and-mitochondrial-dependent-pathway
#13
Yi Liu, Xiaoxv Dong, Wenping Wang, Longtai You, Xingbin Yin, Chunjing Yang, Na Sai, Xin Leng, Jian Ni
Polyphyllin VI, which is an active saponin, is mainly isolated from traditional medicinal plant Paris polyphylla , which causes liver damage in rats. In the present study, we aimed to explore the potential cytotoxicity of polyphyllin VI on the growth of HepaRG cells and to determine the molecular mechanism. The results revealed that polyphyllin VI changed cell morphology and induced apoptosis in HepaRG cells. Flow cytometric assay displayed that polyphyllin VI promoted the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), depolarized the mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), and induced S phase cell cycle arrest by decreasing the expression of cyclin A2 and CDK2, while significantly increasing the expression of p21 protein...
May 15, 2018: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760546/thiopurines-are-negatively-associated-with-anthropometric-parameters-in-pediatric-crohn-s-disease
#14
Neera Gupta, Robert H Lustig, Cewin Chao, Eric Vittinghoff, Howard Andrews, Cheng-Shiun Leu
AIM: To determine the distribution of anthropometric parameter (AP)- z -scores and characterize associations between medications/serum biomarkers and AP- z -scores in pediatric Crohn's disease (CD). METHODS: CD patients [< chronological age (CA) 21 years] were enrolled in a cross-sectional study. Descriptive statistics were generated for participants' demographic characteristics and key variables of interest. Paired t -tests were used to compare AP- z -scores calculated based on CA (CA z -scores) and bone age (BA) (BA z -scores) for interpretation of AP's...
May 14, 2018: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759649/using-pattern-recognition-entropy-to-select-mass-chromatograms-to-prepare-total-ion-current-chromatograms-from-raw-liquid-chromatography-mass-spectrometry-data
#15
Shiladitya Chatterjee, George H Major, Brett Paull, Estrella Sanz Rodriguez, Massoud Kaykhaii, Matthew R Linford
The total ion current chromatogram (TICC) obtained by liquid-chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS) is often extremely complex and 'noisy' in appearance, particularly when an electrospray ionization source is used. Accordingly, meaningful qualitative and quantitative information can be obtained in LC-MS by data mining processes. Here, one or more higher-quality mass chromatograms can be identified/extracted/isolated and combined to form a TICC, wherein much of the background mass noise is eliminated, and quantitative data for chromatographic peaks can be obtained...
April 21, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757368/the-long-noncoding-rna-landscape-of-neuroendocrine-prostate-cancer-and-its-clinical-implications
#16
Varune Rohan Ramnarine, Mohammed Alshalalfa, Fan Mo, Noushin Nabavi, Nicholas Erho, Mandeep Takhar, Robert Shukin, Sonal Brahmbhatt, Alexander Gawronski, Maxim Kobelev, Mannan Nouri, Dong Lin, Harrison Tsai, Tamara L Lotan, R Jefferey Karnes, Mark A Rubin, Amina Zoubeidi, Martin E Gleave, Cenk Sahinalp, Alexander W Wyatt, Stanislav V Volik, Himisha Beltran, Elai Davicioni, Yuzhuo Wang, Colin C Collins
Background: Treatment induced neuroendocrine prostate cancer (tNEPC) is an aggressive variant of late-stage metastatic castrate resistant (mCRPC) prostate cancer that commonly arises through neuroendocrine transdifferentiation (NEtD). Treatment options are limited, ineffective, and for most patients, results in death in less than a year. We previously developed a first-in-field patient-derived xenograft (PDX) model of NEtD. Longitudinal deep transcriptome profiling of this model enabled monitoring of dynamic transcriptional changes during NEtD and in the context of androgen deprivation...
May 10, 2018: GigaScience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757011/thermal-inactivation-of-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-in-ground-beef-with-varying-fat-content
#17
Jagpinder S Brar, Jolena N Waddell, Matthew Bailey, Sydney Corkran, Carmen Velasquez, Vijay K Juneja, Manpreet Singh
Decimal reduction time ( D-value) was calculated for six non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) in a laboratory medium and ground beef. For the laboratory medium, an overnight culture of each strain of STEC was divided into 10-mL sample bags and heated in a water bath for a specific time on the basis of the temperatures. Survival curves were generated by plotting the surviving bacterial population against time, and a linear-log primary model was used to estimate the D-values from survival curves...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756933/qudit-basis-universal-quantum-computation-using-%C3%AF-2-interactions
#18
Murphy Yuezhen Niu, Isaac L Chuang, Jeffrey H Shapiro
We prove that universal quantum computation can be realized-using only linear optics and χ^{(2)} (three-wave mixing) interactions-in any (n+1)-dimensional qudit basis of the n-pump-photon subspace. First, we exhibit a strictly universal gate set for the qubit basis in the one-pump-photon subspace. Next, we demonstrate qutrit-basis universality by proving that χ^{(2)} Hamiltonians and photon-number operators generate the full u(3) Lie algebra in the two-pump-photon subspace, and showing how the qutrit controlled-Z gate can be implemented with only linear optics and χ^{(2)} interactions...
April 20, 2018: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756355/development-and-validation-of-a-high-quality-composite-real-world-mortality-endpoint
#19
Melissa D Curtis, Sandra D Griffith, Melisa Tucker, Michael D Taylor, William B Capra, Gillis Carrigan, Ben Holzman, Aracelis Z Torres, Paul You, Brandon Arnieri, Amy P Abernethy
OBJECTIVE: To create a high-quality electronic health record (EHR)-derived mortality dataset for retrospective and prospective real-world evidence generation. DATA SOURCES/STUDY SETTING: Oncology EHR data, supplemented with external commercial and US Social Security Death Index data, benchmarked to the National Death Index (NDI). STUDY DESIGN: We developed a recent, linkable, high-quality mortality variable amalgamated from multiple data sources to supplement EHR data, benchmarked against the highest completeness U...
May 14, 2018: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753211/lc-ms-ms-method-for-determination-of-cyclin-dependent-kinase-inhibitors-bp-14-and-bp-20-and-its-application-in-pharmacokinetic-study-in-rat
#20
Jitka Široká, Martina Čečková, Lubor Urbánek, Vladimír Kryštof, Tomáš Gucký, Jakub Hofman, Miroslav Strnad, František Štaud
N2 -(4-Amino-cyclohexyl)-9-cyclopentyl-N6 -(6-furan-2-yl-pyridine-3-ylmethyl)-9H-purine-2,6-diamine (BP-14) and 2-(5-{[2-(4-amino-cyclohexylamino)-9-cyclopentyl-9H-purine-6-ylamino]-methyl}-pyridine-2-yl)-phenol (BP-20) are novel cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors, structurally related to roscovitine, with significant biological activity. A simple, selective and sensitive liquid chromatography - tandem mass spectrometry method for determining them in rat plasma, using roscovitine as an internal standard, was developed and validated...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
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