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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346560/aggregation-and-travelling-wave-dynamics-in-a-two-population-model-of-cancer-cell-growth-and-invasion
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Vasiliki Bitsouni, Dumitru Trucu, Mark A J Chaplain, Raluca Eftimie
Cells adhere to each other and to the extracellular matrix (ECM) through protein molecules on the surface of the cells. The breaking and forming of adhesive bonds, a process critical in cancer invasion and metastasis, can be influenced by the mutation of cancer cells. In this paper, we develop a nonlocal mathematical model describing cancer cell invasion and movement as a result of integrin-controlled cell-cell adhesion and cell-matrix adhesion, for two cancer cell populations with different levels of mutation...
January 15, 2018: Mathematical Medicine and Biology: a Journal of the IMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346415/acute-multi-sgrna-knockdown-of-keops-complex-genes-reproduces-the-microcephaly-phenotype-of-the-stable-knockout-zebrafish-model
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Tilman Jobst-Schwan, Johanna Magdalena Schmidt, Ronen Schneider, Charlotte A Hoogstraten, Jeremy F P Ullmann, David Schapiro, Amar J Majmundar, Amy Kolb, Kaitlyn Eddy, Shirlee Shril, Daniela A Braun, Annapurna Poduri, Friedhelm Hildebrandt
Until recently, morpholino oligonucleotides have been widely employed in zebrafish as an acute and efficient loss-of-function assay. However, off-target effects and reproducibility issues when compared to stable knockout lines have compromised their further use. Here we employed an acute CRISPR/Cas approach using multiple single guide RNAs targeting simultaneously different positions in two exemplar genes (osgep or tprkb) to increase the likelihood of generating mutations on both alleles in the injected F0 generation and to achieve a similar effect as morpholinos but with the reproducibility of stable lines...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346383/seasonally-timed-treatment-programs-for-ascaris-lumbricoides-to-increase-impact-an-investigation-using-mathematical-models
#3
Emma L Davis, Leon Danon, Joaquín M Prada, Sharmini A Gunawardena, James E Truscott, Johnny Vlaminck, Roy M Anderson, Bruno Levecke, Eric R Morgan, T Deirdre Hollingsworth
There is clear empirical evidence that environmental conditions can influence Ascaris spp. free-living stage development and host reinfection, but the impact of these differences on human infections, and interventions to control them, is variable. A new model framework reflecting four key stages of the A. lumbricoides life cycle, incorporating the effects of rainfall and temperature, is used to describe the level of infection in the human population alongside the environmental egg dynamics. Using data from South Korea and Nigeria, we conclude that settings with extreme fluctuations in rainfall or temperature could exhibit strong seasonal transmission patterns that may be partially masked by the longevity of A...
January 2018: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346370/structure-function-and-control-of-the-human-musculoskeletal-network
#4
Andrew C Murphy, Sarah F Muldoon, David Baker, Adam Lastowka, Brittany Bennett, Muzhi Yang, Danielle S Bassett
The human body is a complex organism, the gross mechanical properties of which are enabled by an interconnected musculoskeletal network controlled by the nervous system. The nature of musculoskeletal interconnection facilitates stability, voluntary movement, and robustness to injury. However, a fundamental understanding of this network and its control by neural systems has remained elusive. Here we address this gap in knowledge by utilizing medical databases and mathematical modeling to reveal the organizational structure, predicted function, and neural control of the musculoskeletal system...
January 2018: PLoS Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346109/endocardial-energy-harvesting-by-electromagnetic-induction
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Adrian Zurbuchen, Andreas Haeberlin, Lukas Bereuter, Alois Pfenniger, Simon Bosshard, Micha Kernen, Paul Philipp Heinisch, Juerg Fuhrer, Rolf Vogel
OBJECTIVE: cardiac pacemakers require regular medical follow-ups to ensure proper functioning. However, device replacements due to battery depletion are common and account for ∼25% of all implantation procedures. Furthermore, conventional pacemakers require pacemaker leads which are prone to fractures, dislocations or isolation defects. The ensuing surgical interventions increase risks for the patients and costs that need to be avoided. METHODS: in this study, we present a method to harvest energy from endocardial heart motions...
February 2018: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346094/reweighted-low-rank-matrix-analysis-with-structural-smoothness-for-image-denoising
#6
Hengyou Wang, Yigang Cen, Zhiquan He, Zhihai He, Ruizhen Zhao, Fengzhen Zhang
In this paper, we develop a new low-rank matrix recovery algorithm for image denoising. We incorporate the total variation (TV) norm and the pixel range constraint into the existing reweighted low-rank matrix analysis to achieve structural smoothness and to significantly improve quality in the recovered image. Our proposed mathematical formulation of the low-rank matrix recovery problem combines the nuclear norm, TV norm, and norm, thereby allowing us to exploit the low-rank property of natural images, enhance the structural smoothness, and detect and remove large sparse noise...
April 2018: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345847/characterizing-the-temporal-evolution-of-the-hepatitis-c-virus-epidemic-in-pakistan
#7
Houssein H Ayoub, Zaina Al Kanaani, Laith J Abu-Raddad
Pakistan has the second largest number of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections in the world. We assessed past, present, and future levels and trends of the HCV epidemic in Pakistan. An age-structured mathematical model was developed and analyzed to describe transmission dynamics over 1980-2050. The model was fitted to a nationally-representative survey and a comprehensive database of systematically-gathered HCV antibody (Ab) prevalence data. HCV Ab and chronic infection prevalences peaked at 5.3% and 3.9% in 2000, but were projected to decline to 4...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345488/risky-business-correlation-and-causation-in-longitudinal-studies-of-skill-development
#8
Drew H Bailey, Greg J Duncan, Tyler Watts, Doug H Clements, Julie Sarama
Developmental theories often posit that changes in children's early psychological characteristics will affect much later psychological, social, and economic outcomes. However, tests of these theories frequently yield results that are consistent with plausible alternative theories that posit a much smaller causal role for earlier levels of these psychological characteristics. Our article explores this issue with empirical tests of skill-building theories, which predict that early boosts to simpler skills (e...
January 2018: American Psychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344935/progressive-topological-disorganization-of-brain-network-in-focal-epilepsy
#9
K M Park, B I Lee, K J Shin, S Y Ha, J Park, T H Kim, C W Mun, S E Kim
OBJECTIVE: Increasing evidence has suggested that epilepsy is a network disease. Graph theory is a mathematical tool that allows for the analysis and quantification of the brain network. We aimed to evaluate the influences of duration of epilepsy on the topological organization of brain network in focal epilepsy patients with normal MRI using the graph theoretical analysis based on diffusion tenor imaging. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 66 patients with focal epilepsy (18/66 patients were newly diagnosed) and 84 healthy subjects...
January 17, 2018: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344932/mothers-early-mind-mindedness-predicts-educational-attainment-in-socially-and-economically-disadvantaged-british-children
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Elizabeth Meins, Charles Fernyhough, Luna C M Centifanti
Relations between mothers' mind-mindedness (appropriate and nonattuned mind-related comments) at 8 months (N = 206), and children's educational attainment at ages 7 (n = 158) and 11 (n = 156) were investigated in a British sample. Appropriate mind-related comments were positively correlated with reading and mathematics performance at both ages but only in the low-socioeconomic status (SES) group. Path analyses showed that in the low-SES group, appropriate mind-related comments directly predicted age-11 reading performance, with age-4 verbal ability mediating the relation between appropriate mind-related comments and age-7 reading...
January 18, 2018: Child Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344897/modeling-of-interactions-between-cancer-stem-cells-and-their-microenvironment-predicting-clinical-response
#11
Mary E Sehl, Max S Wicha
Mathematical models of cancer stem cells are useful in translational cancer research for facilitating the understanding of tumor growth dynamics and for predicting treatment response and resistance to combined targeted therapies. In this chapter, we describe appealing aspects of different methods used in mathematical oncology and discuss compelling questions in oncology that can be addressed with these modeling techniques. We describe a simplified version of a model of the breast cancer stem cell niche, illustrate the visualization of the model, and apply stochastic simulation to generate full distributions and average trajectories of cell type populations over time...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344891/stochastic-and-deterministic-models-for-the-metastatic-emission-process-formalisms-and-crosslinks
#12
Christophe Gomez, Niklas Hartung
Although the detection of metastases radically changes prognosis of and treatment decisions for a cancer patient, clinically undetectable micrometastases hamper a consistent classification into localized or metastatic disease. This chapter discusses mathematical modeling efforts that could help to estimate the metastatic risk in such a situation. We focus on two approaches: (1) a stochastic framework describing metastatic emission events at random times, formalized via Poisson processes, and (2) a deterministic framework describing the micrometastatic state through a size-structured density function in a partial differential equation model...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344785/laparoscopic-intracorporeal-rectus-aponeuroplasty-lira-technique-a-step-forward-in-minimally-invasive-abdominal-wall-reconstruction-for-ventral-hernia-repair-lvhr
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Julio Gómez-Menchero, Juan Francisco Guadalajara Jurado, Juan Manuel Suárez Grau, Juan Antonio Bellido Luque, Joaquin Luis García Moreno, Isaías Alarcón Del Agua, Salvador Morales-Conde
BACKGROUND: Closing the defect (CD) during laparoscopic ventral hernia repair began to be performed in order to decrease seroma, to improve the functionality of the abdominal wall, and to decrease the bulging effect. However, tension at the incision after CD in large defects is related to an increased rate of pain and recurrence. We present the preliminary results of a new technique for medium midline hernias as an alternative to conventional CD. METHODS: A prospective controlled study was conducted from January 2015 to January 2017 to evaluate an elective new procedure (LIRA) performed on patients with midline ventral hernias (4-10 cm width)...
January 17, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344775/new-saliva-secretion-model-based-on-the-expression-of-na-k-pump-and-k-channels-in-the-apical-membrane-of-parotid-acinar-cells
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János Almássy, Elias Siguenza, Marianna Skaliczki, Klara Matesz, James Sneyd, David I Yule, Péter P Nánási
The plasma membrane of parotid acinar cells is functionally divided into apical and basolateral regions. According to the current model, fluid secretion is driven by transepithelial ion gradient, which facilitates water movement by osmosis into the acinar lumen from the interstitium. The osmotic gradient is created by the apical Cl- efflux and the subsequent paracellular Na+ transport. In this model, the Na+-K+ pump is located exclusively in the basolateral membrane and has essential role in salivary secretion, since the driving force for Cl- transport via basolateral Na+-K+-2Cl- cotransport is generated by the Na+-K+ pump...
January 17, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344759/mathematical-model-of-contractile-ring-driven-cytokinesis-in-a-three-dimensional-domain
#15
Seunggyu Lee
In this paper, a mathematical model of contractile ring-driven cytokinesis is presented by using both phase-field and immersed-boundary methods in a three-dimensional domain. It is one of the powerful hypotheses that cytokinesis happens driven by the contractile ring; however, there are only few mathematical models following the hypothesis, to the author's knowledge. I consider a hybrid method to model the phenomenon. First, a cell membrane is represented by a zero-contour of a phase-field implicitly because of its topological change...
January 17, 2018: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344755/mathematical-modelling-of-bone-adaptation-of-the-metacarpal-subchondral-bone-in-racehorses
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Peta L Hitchens, Peter Pivonka, Fatemeh Malekipour, R Chris Whitton
In Thoroughbred racehorses, fractures of the distal limb are commonly catastrophic. Most of these fractures occur due to the accumulation of fatigue damage from repetitive loading, as evidenced by microdamage at the predilection sites for fracture. Adaptation of the bone in response to training loads is important for fatigue resistance. In order to better understand the mechanism of subchondral bone adaptation to its loading environment, we utilised a square root function defining the relationship between bone volume fraction [Formula: see text] and specific surface [Formula: see text] of the subchondral bone of the lateral condyles of the third metacarpal bone (MCIII) of the racehorse, and using this equation, developed a mathematical model of subchondral bone that adapts to loading conditions observed in vivo...
January 17, 2018: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343913/comparison-of-renal-padua-and-c-index-scoring-systems-in-predicting-perioperative-outcomes-after-nephron-sparing-surgery
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Aditya P Sharma, Ravimohan Suryanarayana Mavuduru, Girdhar Singh Bora, Sudheer K Devana, Kiruthika Palani, Anupam Lal, Nandita Kakkar, Shrawan K Singh, Arup K Mandal
Introduction and Objective: The RENAL, PADUA and centrality index (C-index) nephrometry scoring systems (SS) have been individually evaluated for their role in predicting trifecta outcomes after nephron-sparing surgery (NSS). However, there is little data on their comparative superiority. The present study was designed to evaluate the predictive value of three SS and to assess interobserver reliability. Materials and Methods: Fifty patients undergoing NSS at our center between January 2014 and April 2016 were included in the study...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Urology: IJU: Journal of the Urological Society of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343785/a-patient-specific-lumped-parameter-model-of-coronary-circulation
#18
Zheng Duanmu, Min Yin, Xueling Fan, Xilan Yang, Xiaoyu Luo
A new lumped-parameter model for coronary hemodynamics is developed. This model is developed for the whole coronary network based on CT scans of a patient-specific geometry including the right coronary tree, which is absent in many previous mathematical models. The model adopts the structured tree model boundary conditions similar to the work of Olufsen et al., thus avoiding the necessity of invasive perfusion measurements. In addition, we also incorporated the effects of the head loss at the two inlets of the large coronary arteries for the first time...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343747/computational-trans-omics-approach-characterised-methylomic-and-transcriptomic-involvements-and-identified-novel-therapeutic-targets-for-chemoresistance-in-gastrointestinal-cancer-stem-cells
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Masamitsu Konno, Hidetoshi Matsui, Jun Koseki, Ayumu Asai, Yoshihiro Kano, Koichi Kawamoto, Naohiro Nishida, Daisuke Sakai, Toshihiro Kudo, Taroh Satoh, Yuichiro Doki, Masaki Mori, Hideshi Ishii
We investigated the relationship between methylomic [5-methylation on deoxycytosine to form 5-methylcytosine (5mC)] and transcriptomic information in response to chemotherapeutic 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) exposure and cisplatin (CDDP) administration using the ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) degron-positive cancer stem cell model of gastrointestinal tumour. The quantification of 5mC methylation revealed various alterations in the size distribution and intensity of genomic loci for each patient. To summarise these alterations, we transformed all large volume data into a smooth function and treated the area as a representative value of 5mC methylation...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343635/combining-radiation-with-hyperthermia-a-multiscale-model-informed-by-in-vitro-experiments
#20
S Brüningk, G Powathil, P Ziegenhein, J Ijaz, I Rivens, S Nill, M Chaplain, U Oelfke, G Ter Haar
Combined radiotherapy and hyperthermia offer great potential for the successful treatment of radio-resistant tumours through thermo-radiosensitization. Tumour response heterogeneity, due to intrinsic, or micro-environmentally induced factors, may greatly influence treatment outcome, but is difficult to account for using traditional treatment planning approaches. Systems oncology simulation, using mathematical models designed to predict tumour growth and treatment response, provides a powerful tool for analysis and optimization of combined treatments...
January 2018: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
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