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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228548/contact-guidance-requires-spatial-control-of-leading-edge-protrusion
#1
G R Ramirez-San Juan, P W Oakes, M L Gardel
In vivo, geometric cues from the extra-cellular matrix (ECM) are critical for the regulation of cell shape, adhesion and migration. During contact guidance, the fibrillar architecture of the ECM promotes an elongated cell shape and migration along the fibrils. The subcellular mechanisms by which cells sense ECM geometry and translate it into changes in shape and migration direction, are not understood. Here, we pattern linear fibronectin features to mimic fibrillar ECM and elucidate the mechanisms of contact guidance...
February 22, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227144/optimal-medication-dosing-from-suboptimal-clinical-examples-a-deep-reinforcement-learning-approach
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Shamim Nemati, Mohammad M Ghassemi, Gari D Clifford, Shamim Nemati, Mohammad M Ghassemi, Gari D Clifford, Gari D Clifford, Mohammad M Ghassemi
Misdosing medications with sensitive therapeutic windows, such as heparin, can place patients at unnecessary risk, increase length of hospital stay, and lead to wasted hospital resources. In this work, we present a clinician-in-the-loop sequential decision making framework, which provides an individualized dosing policy adapted to each patient's evolving clinical phenotype. We employed retrospective data from the publicly available MIMIC II intensive care unit database, and developed a deep reinforcement learning algorithm that learns an optimal heparin dosing policy from sample dosing trails and their associated outcomes in large electronic medical records...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227019/prediction-using-patient-comparison-vs-modeling-a-case-study-for-mortality-prediction
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Mark Hoogendoorn, Ali El Hassouni, Kwongyen Mok, Marzyeh Ghassemi, Peter Szolovits, Mark Hoogendoorn, Ali El Hassouni, Kwongyen Mok, Marzyeh Ghassemi, Peter Szolovits, Kwongyen Mok, Ali El Hassouni, Peter Szolovits, Marzyeh Ghassemi, Mark Hoogendoorn
Information in Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) can be used to generate accurate predictions for the occurrence of a variety of health states, which can contribute to more pro-active interventions. The very nature of EMRs does make the application of off-the-shelf machine learning techniques difficult. In this paper, we study two approaches to making predictions that have hardly been compared in the past: (1) extracting high-level (temporal) features from EMRs and building a predictive model, and (2) defining a patient similarity metric and predicting based on the outcome observed for similar patients...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226652/early-warnings-of-heart-rate-deterioration
#4
Vania G Almeida, Ian T Nabney, Vania G Almeida, Ian T Nabney, Ian T Nabney, Vania G Almeida
Hospitals can experience difficulty in detecting and responding to early signs of patient deterioration leading to late intensive care referrals, excess mortality and morbidity, and increased hospital costs. Our study aims to explore potential indicators of physiological deterioration by the analysis of vital-signs. The dataset used comprises heart rate (HR) measurements from MIMIC II waveform database, taken from six patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and diagnosed with severe sepsis. Different indicators were considered: 1) generic early warning indicators used in ecosystems analysis (autocorrelation at-1-lag (ACF1), standard deviation (SD), skewness, kurtosis and heteroskedasticity) and 2) entropy analysis (kernel entropy and multi scale entropy)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226613/using-demographic-and-time-series-physiological-features-to-classify-sepsis-in-the-intensive-care-unit
#5
Kristin Gunnarsdottir, Vijay Sadashivaiah, Matthew Kerr, Sabato Santaniello, Sridevi V Sarma, Kristin Gunnarsdottir, Vijay Sadashivaiah, Matthew Kerr, Sabato Santaniello, Sridevi V Sarma, Sridevi V Sarma, Sabato Santaniello, Kristin Gunnarsdottir, Matthew Kerr, Vijay Sadashivaiah
Sepsis, a systemic inflammatory response to infection, is a major health care problem that affects millions of patients every year in the intensive care units (ICUs) worldwide. Despite the fact that ICU patients are heavily instrumented with physiological sensors, early sepsis detection remains challenging, perhaps because clinicians identify sepsis by (i) using static scores derived from bed-side measurements individually, and (ii) deriving these scores at a much slower rate than the rate for which patient data is collected...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226588/robust-estimation-of-respiratory-rate-via-ecg-and-ppg-derived-respiratory-quality-indices
#6
Drew A Birrenkott, Marco A F Pimentel, Peter J Watkinson, David A Clifton, Drew A Birrenkott, Marco A F Pimentel, Peter J Watkinson, David A Clifton, Peter J Watkinson, Marco A F Pimentel, Drew A Birrenkott, David A Clifton
Respiratory rate (RR) is one of the most informative indicators of a patient's health status. However, automated, non-invasive measurements of RR are insufficiently robust for use in clinical practice. A number of methods have been described in the literature to estimate RR from both photo-plethysmography (PPG) and electrocardiography (ECG) based on three physiological modulations of respiration: amplitude modulation (AM), frequency modulation (FM), and baseline wander (BW). However, the quality of the respiratory information acquired is highly patient-dependent and often too noisy to be used...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224273/over-expression-of-mir-196b-5p-is-significantly-associated-with-the-progression-of-myelodysplastic-syndrome
#7
Jing Wen, Ying Huang, Hongying Li, Xupai Zhang, Peng Cheng, Donghong Deng, Zhigang Peng, Jun Luo, Weihua Zhao, Yongrong Lai, Zhenfang Liu
Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) is a clonal stem cell disorder characterized by ineffective hematopoiesis with a high risk of transformation to acute myeloid leukemia (AML). miRNAs function as tumor suppressors and oncogenes in various cancers and regulate the differentiation potential of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells (HSPCs). It has been suggested that miRNAs may play an important role in progression of MDS. We analyzed bone marrow samples collected from MDS patients according to different risk stratification indicated by the International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS)...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214889/regulatory-role-of-mirna-375-in-expression-of-bmp15-gdf9-receptors-and-its-effect-on-proliferation-and-apoptosis-of-bovine-cumulus-cells
#8
Hongyan Chen, Chang Liu, Hao Jiang, Yan Gao, Mingqiang Xu, Jiawei Wang, Siyuan Liu, Yao Fu, Xulei Sun, Jiajun Xu, Jiabao Zhang, Lisheng Dai
BACKGROUND: Bone morphogenetic protein 15 (BMP15) and growth differentiation factor 9 (GDF9) are members of the transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) superfamily. Through autocrine and paracrine mechanisms, these two factors can regulate cell differentiation, proliferation, and other functions in the ovary locally. Furthermore, GDF9 and BMP15 play vital roles in follicular growth, atresia, ovulation, fertilization, reproduction, and maintenance. Numerous studies have demonstrated a synergy between BMP15 and GDF9...
January 27, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213330/drug-discovery-strategies-in-the-field-of-tumor-energy-metabolism-limitations-by-metabolic-flexibility-and-metabolic-resistance-to-chemotherapy
#9
REVIEW
N D Amoedo, E Obre, R Rossignol
The search for new drugs capable of blocking the metabolic vulnerabilities of human tumors has now entered the clinical evaluation stage, but several projects already failed in phase I or phase II. In particular, very promising in vitro studies could not be translated in vivo at preclinical stage and beyond. This was the case for most glycolysis inhibitors that demonstrated systemic toxicity. A more recent example is the inhibition of glutamine catabolism in lung adenocarcinoma that failed in vivo despite a strong addiction of several cancer cell lines to glutamine in vitro...
February 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209991/microrna-therapeutics-towards-a-new-era-for-the-management-of-cancer-and-other-diseases
#10
REVIEW
Rajesha Rupaimoole, Frank J Slack
In just over two decades since the discovery of the first microRNA (miRNA), the field of miRNA biology has expanded considerably. Insights into the roles of miRNAs in development and disease, particularly in cancer, have made miRNAs attractive tools and targets for novel therapeutic approaches. Functional studies have confirmed that miRNA dysregulation is causal in many cases of cancer, with miRNAs acting as tumour suppressors or oncogenes (oncomiRs), and miRNA mimics and molecules targeted at miRNAs (antimiRs) have shown promise in preclinical development...
February 17, 2017: Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202806/signals-cues-and-the-nature-of-mimicry
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REVIEW
Gabriel A Jamie
'Mimicry' is used in the evolutionary and ecological literature to describe diverse phenomena. Many are textbook examples of natural selection's power to produce stunning adaptations. However, there remains a lack of clarity over how mimetic resemblances are conceptually related to each other. The result is that categories denoting the traditional subdivisions of mimicry are applied inconsistently across studies, hindering attempts at conceptual unification. This review critically examines the logic by which mimicry can be conceptually organized and analysed...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198439/miat-is-a-pro-fibrotic-long-non-coding-rna-governing-cardiac-fibrosis-in-post-infarct-myocardium
#12
Xuefeng Qu, Yue Du, You Shu, Ming Gao, Fei Sun, Shenjian Luo, Ti Yang, Linfeng Zhan, Yin Yuan, Wenfeng Chu, Zhenwei Pan, Zhiguo Wang, Baofeng Yang, Yanjie Lu
A long non-coding RNA (lncRNA), named myocardial infarction associated transcript (MIAT), has been documented to confer risk of myocardial infarction (MI). The aim of this study is to elucidate the pathophysiological role of MIAT in regulation of cardiac fibrosis. In a mouse model of MI, we found that MIAT was remarkably up-regulated, which was accompanied by cardiac interstitial fibrosis. MIAT up-regulation in MI was accompanied by deregulation of some fibrosis-related regulators: down-regulation of miR-24 and up-regulation of Furin and TGF-β1...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195245/ependymoma-with-diffuse-signet-ring-features-report-of-a-case-and-review-of-the-literature
#13
L Cima, S Beccari, C Ghimenton, G Pinna, A Beltramello, M Chilosi, M Brunelli, A Eccher
Signet-ring cell ependymoma is a rare variant of ependymoma with only seven cases described in literature. Biological behavior and prognosis of this entity are not well-known until now. We present a case of a 49-year-old female with a history of headache and gait instability. Magnetic resonance imaging showed an upper cervical tumor with cystic component and mural nodule. The patient underwent surgery. Microscopically some cells displayed an eccentric nucleus compressed to the periphery by vacuolated cytoplasm...
March 2016: Pathologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182574/rapidnam-generative-manufacturing-approach-of-nasoalveolar-molding-devices-for-presurgical-cleft-lip-and-palate-treatment
#14
Franz Xaver Bauer, Markus Schönberger, Johannes Gattinger, Markus Eblenkamp, Erich Wintermantel, Andrea Rau, Florian Dieter Güll, Klaus-Dietrich Wolff, Denys J Loeffelbein
Nasoalveolar molding (NAM) is an accepted treatment strategy in presurgical cleft therapy. The major drawbacks of the treatment listed in the literature relate to the time of the treatment and the coordination of the required interdisciplinary team of therapists, parents, and patients. To overcome these limitations, we present the automated RapidNAM concept that facilitates the design and manufacturing process of NAM devices, and that allows the virtual modification and subsequent manufacture of the devices in advance, with a growth prediction factor adapted to the patient's natural growth...
February 9, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178799/deposition-of-copper-from-cu-i-and-cu-ii-precursors-onto-hopg-surface-role-of-surface-defects-and-choice-of-a-precursor
#15
Yichen Duan, Andrew V Teplyakov
The surface reactivity of two copper-containing precursors, (Cu(hfac)2 and Cu(hfac)VTMS, where hfac is hexafluoroacetyloacetonate and VTMS is vinyltrimethylsilane), was investigated by dosing the precursors onto a surface of highly ordered pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) at room temperature. The behavior of these precursors on a pristine HOPG was compared to that on a surface activated by ion sputtering and subsequent oxidation to induce controlled surface defects. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy were used to confirm copper deposition and its surface distribution, and to compare with the results of scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy investigations...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178612/dietary-soy-protein-improves-adipose-tissue-dysfunction-by-modulating-parameters-related-with-oxidative-stress-in-dyslipidemic-insulin-resistant-rats
#16
Paola G Illesca, Silvina M Álvarez, Dante A Selenscig, María Del R Ferreira, María S Giménez, Yolanda B Lombardo, María E D'Alessandro
The present study investigates the benefits of the dietary intake of soy protein on adipose tissue dysfunction in a rat model that mimics several aspects of the human metabolic syndrome. Wistar rats were fed a sucrose-rich diet (SRD) for 4 months. After that, half of the animals continued with SRD until month 8 while in the other half, casein protein was replaced by isolated soy protein for 4 months (SRD-S). A reference group consumed a control diet all the time. In adipose tissue we determined: i) the activities of antioxidant enzymes, gene expression of Mn-superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GPx), and glutathione redox state ii) the activity of xanthine oxidase (XO), ROS levels and the gene expression of NAD(P)H oxidase iii) the expression of the nuclear factor erythroid-2 related factor-2 (Nrf2)...
February 5, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167522/decreased-expression-of-stable-rna-can-alleviate-the-lethality-associated-with-rnase-e-deficiency-in-escherichia-coli
#17
P Himabindu, K Anupama
The endoribonuclease RNase E participates in mRNA degradation, rRNA processing and tRNA maturation in Escherichia coli, but the precise reasons for its essentiality are unclear and much debated. The enzyme is most active on RNA substrates with a 5' -terminal monophosphate, which is sensed by a domain in the enzyme that includes residue R169; E. coli also possesses a 5' -pyrophosphohydrolase RppH that catalyses conversion of 5' -terminal-triphosphate to -monophosphate on RNAs. Although the C-terminal half (CTH), beyond residue approximately 500, of RNase E is dispensable for viability, the ΔCTH mutation is lethal when combined with an R169Q mutation or with deletion of rppH In this work, we show that both these lethalities can be rescued in derivatives in which four, or five, of the seven rrn operons in the genome have been deleted...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Bacteriology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164758/angiotensin-peptides-as-at2-receptor-agonists
#18
Mathias Hallberg, Jonas Sävmarker, Anders Hallberg
In 2004, the first nonpeptide selective angiotensin II type 2 receptor (AT2R) agonist was reported. This nonpeptide (C21), which, exerts anti-inflammatory and antifibrotic actions in vivo, has been extensively explored and is currently in clinical trials. Subsequently, a large number of related drug-like AT2R agonists have been disclosed. Reviews that summarize known structure-activity relationships (SAR) of nonpeptide AT2R agonists have recently appeared in the literature; however, very few reviews discuss the role of angiotensin peptides as AT2R agonists...
February 3, 2017: Current Protein & Peptide Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159682/development-of-an-injectable-pseudo-bone-thermo-gel-for-application-in-small-bone-fractures
#19
Pariksha J Kondiah, Yahya E Choonara, Pierre P D Kondiah, Pradeep Kumar, Thashree Marimuthu, Lisa C du Toit, Viness Pillay
A pseudo-bone thermo-gel was synthesized and evaluated for its physicochemical, mechanical and rheological properties, with its application to treat small bone fractures. The pseudo-bone thermo-gel was proven to have thermo-responsive properties, behaving as a solution in temperatures below 25°C, and forming a gelling technology when maintained at physiological conditions. Poly propylene fumerate (PPF), Pluronic F127 and PEG-PCL-PEG were strategically blended, obtaining a thermo-responsive delivery system, to mimic the mechanical properties of bone with sufficient matrix hardness and resilience...
January 31, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159460/antimicrobial-effects-of-novel-peptides-cot2-and-sot2-derived-from-crocodylus-siamensis-and-pelodiscus-sinensis-ovotransferrins
#20
Bung-On Prajanban, Nisachon Jangpromma, Tomohiro Araki, Sompong Klaynongsruang
In light of the increasing threat of bacterial drug resistance to human health on a global scale, research and development of antimicrobial peptides as a novel class of potent antibiotics has gained considerable attention. The present study focuses on the structural evaluation and membrane interaction of two new cationic antimicrobial peptides, cOT2 and sOT2, derived from Siamese crocodile (Crocodylus siamensis) and Chinese softshell turtle (Pelodiscus sinensis) ovotransferrins. Here, cOT1 (+3) and sOT1 (+3) were derived from reptile ovotransferrins by chromatographic purification and characterized by mass spectrometry and N-terminal sequencing analysis...
February 1, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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