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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215045/a-generalized-partially-linear-mean-covariance-regression-model-for-longitudinal-proportional-data-with-applications-to-the-analysis-of-quality-of-life-data-from-cancer-clinical-trials
#1
Xueying Zheng, Guoyou Qin, Dongsheng Tu
Motivated by the analysis of quality of life data from a clinical trial on early breast cancer, we propose in this paper a generalized partially linear mean-covariance regression model for longitudinal proportional data, which are bounded in a closed interval. Cholesky decomposition of the covariance matrix for within-subject responses and generalized estimation equations are used to estimate unknown parameters and the nonlinear function in the model. Simulation studies are performed to evaluate the performance of the proposed estimation procedures...
February 19, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215013/crowded-skies-conflicts-between%C3%A2-expanding%C3%A2-goose-populations-and-aviation-safety
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David R Bradbeer, Camilla Rosenquist, Thomas Kjær Christensen, Anthony D Fox
We here review the collision risks posed by large-bodied, flocking geese to aircraft, exacerbated by recent major increases in northern hemisphere goose populations and air traffic volume. Mitigation of goose-aircraft strike risks requires knowledge of local goose movements, global goose population dynamics and ecology. Airports can minimise goose strikes by managing habitats within the airport property, applying deterrents to scare geese away and lethal control, but goose migration and movements at greater spatial scales present greater challenges...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215007/combining-modelling-tools-to-evaluate-a-goose-management-scheme
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Johannes M Baveco, Anne-Kari Bergjord, Jarle W Bjerke, Magda E Chudzińska, Loïc Pellissier, Caroline E Simonsen, Jesper Madsen, Ingunn M Tombre, Bart A Nolet
Many goose species feed on agricultural land, and with growing goose numbers, conflicts with agriculture are increasing. One possible solution is to designate refuge areas where farmers are paid to leave geese undisturbed. Here, we present a generic modelling tool that can be used to designate the best locations for refuges and to gauge the area needed to accommodate the geese. With a species distribution model, locations are ranked according to goose suitability. The size of the area to be designated as refuge can be chosen by including more or less suitable locations...
March 2017: Ambio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214974/interaction-of-scots-pine-defensin-with-model-membrane-by-coarse-grained-molecular-dynamics
#4
Elena Ermakova, Yuriy Zuev
Plant defensins are a part of the innate immune system of plants that acts against a broad range of pathogens. Many plant defensins, including pine defensins, show strong antifungal activity that is associated with their ability to penetrate into the fungal cell membrane. However, the exact molecular mechanism of their action remains poorly defined. To obtain insight into the mechanism of protein-membrane interaction, we applied a coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulation to study the interaction of pine defensin with two model membranes: the first consisted of zwitterion-neutral POPC molecules and the second was composed of combined anionic POPG and POPC...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214945/characterization-of-tunneling-nanotubes-in-wharton-s-jelly-mesenchymal-stem-cells-an-intercellular-exchange-of-components-between-neighboring-cells
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Viviana Sanchez, Nerina Villalba, Luciano Fiore, Carlos Luzzani, Santiago Miriuka, Alberto Boveris, Ricardo J Gelpi, Alicia Brusco, Juan José Poderoso
Intercellular communication is one of the most important events in cell population behavior. In the last decade, tunneling nanotubes (TNTs) have been recognized as a new form of long distance intercellular connection. TNT function is to allow molecular and subcellular structure exchange between neighboring cells via the transfer of molecules and organelles such as calcium ions, prions, viral and bacterial pathogens, small lysosomes and mitochondria. New findings support the concept that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can affect cell microenvironment by the release of soluble factors or the transfer of cellular components to neighboring cells, in a way which significantly contributes to cell regulation and tissue repair, although the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood...
February 18, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214932/theoretical-and-experimental-study-of-polycyclic-aromatic-compounds-as-%C3%AE-tubulin-inhibitors
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Fabian E Olazarán, Carlos A García-Pérez, Debasish Bandyopadhyay, Isaias Balderas-Rentería, Angel D Reyes-Figueroa, Lars Henschke, Gildardo Rivera
In this work, through a docking analysis of compounds from the ZINC chemical library on human β-tubulin using high performance computer cluster, we report new polycyclic aromatic compounds that bind with high energy on the colchicine binding site of β-tubulin, suggesting three new key amino acids. However, molecular dynamic analysis showed low stability in the interaction between ligand and receptor. Results were confirmed experimentally in in vitro and in vivo models that suggest that molecular dynamics simulation is the best option to find new potential β-tubulin inhibitors...
March 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214899/therapeutic-targeting-of-epithelial-plasticity-programs-focus-on-the-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition
#7
Reem Malek, Hailun Wang, Kekoa Taparra, Phuoc T Tran
Mounting data points to epithelial plasticity programs such as the epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) as clinically relevant therapeutic targets for the treatment of malignant tumors. In addition to the widely realized role of EMT in increasing cancer cell invasiveness during cancer metastasis, the EMT has also been implicated in allowing cancer cells to avoid tumor suppressor pathways during early tumorigenesis. In addition, data linking EMT to innate and acquired treatment resistance further points towards the desire to develop pharmacological therapies to target epithelial plasticity in cancer...
2017: Cells, Tissues, Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214887/liquid-biopsy-for-cancer-circulating-tumor-cells-circulating-free-dna-or-exosomes
#8
Wei Zhang, Wenjie Xia, Zhengye Lv, Chao Ni, Yin Xin, Liu Yang
Precision medicine and personalized medicine are based on the development of biomarkers, and liquid biopsy has been reported to be able to detect biomarkers that carry information on tumor development and progression. Compared with traditional 'solid biopsy', which cannot always be performed to determine tumor dynamics, liquid biopsy has notable advantages in that it is a noninvasive modality that can provide diagnostic and prognostic information prior to treatment, during treatment and during progression. In this review, we describe the source, characteristics, technology for detection and current situation of circulating tumor cells, circulating free DNA and exosomes used for diagnosis, recurrence monitoring, prognosis assessment and medication planning...
February 13, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214827/potential-regulators-driving-the-transition-in-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-a-stage-based-view
#9
Yi Lou, Yi-Dan Chen, Fu-Rong Sun, Jun-Ping Shi, Yu Song, Jin Yang
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The incidence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), ranging from mild steatosis to hepatocellular injury and inflammation, increases with the rise of obesity. However, the implications of transcription factors network in progressive NAFLD remain to be determined. METHODS: A co-regulatory network approach by combining gene expression and transcription influence was utilized to dissect transcriptional regulators in different NAFLD stages...
January 30, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214787/sparse-and-dense-hybrid-representation-via-subspace-modeling-for-dynamic-mri
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Qiegen Liu, Shanshan Wang, Dong Liang
Recent theoretical results on compressed sensing and low-rank matrix recovery have inspired significant interest in joint sparse and low rank modeling of dynamic magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI). Existing approaches usually describe these two respective prior information with different formulations. In this paper, we present a novel sparse and dense hybrid representation (SDR) model which describes the sparse plus low rank properties by a unified way. More specifically, under the learned dictionary consisting of temporal basis functions, SDR models the spatial coefficients in two subspaces with Laplacian and Gaussian prior distributions, respectively...
February 5, 2017: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214778/thiol-disulfide-homeostasis-in-untreated-schizophrenia-patients
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Canan Topcuoglu, Abdurrahim Bakirhan, Fatma Meric Yilmaz, Salim Neselioglu, Ozcan Erel, Safak Yalcin Sahiner
BACKROUND: The aim of the study was to investigate dynamic thiol/disulfide (SH/SS) homeostasis in untreated schizophrenia. METHODS: Blood thiol/disulfide homeostasis status, which reflects native thiol-disulfide exchanges, was investigated in 87 untreated patients (52 males, 35 females), and the obtained results were compared with 86 healthy controls. Blood serum native thiol and total thiol (ToSH) concentrations were measured in a paired test. The half value of the difference between native thiol and ToSH concentrations was calculated as the disulfide bond amount...
February 7, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214766/direct-and-generative-retrieval-of-autobiographical-memories-the-roles-of-visual-imagery-and-executive-processes
#12
Rachel J Anderson, Stephen A Dewhurst, Graham M Dean
Two experiments used a dual task methodology to investigate the role of visual imagery and executive resources in the retrieval of specific autobiographical memories. In Experiment 1, dynamic visual noise led to a reduction in the number of specific memories retrieved in response to both high and low imageability cues, but did not affect retrieval times. In Experiment 2, irrelevant pictures reduced the number of specific memories but only in response to low imageability cues. Irrelevant pictures also increased response times to both high and low imageability cues...
February 16, 2017: Consciousness and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214736/breaking-the-population-barrier-by-single-cell-analysis-one-host-against-one-pathogen
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REVIEW
Erez Mills, Roi Avraham
Most of our understanding of the host-bacterium interaction has come from studies of bulk populations. In reality, highly adaptable and dynamic host cells and bacteria engage in complex, diverse interactions. This complexity necessarily limits the depth of understanding that can be gained with bulk population measurements. Here, we will review the merit of single cell analysis to characterize this diversity that can trigger heterogeneous outcomes. We will discuss heterogeneity of bacterial and host populations, differences in host microenvironments, technological advances that facilitate the analysis of rare subpopulations, and the potential relevance of these subpopulations to infection outcomes...
February 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214731/jumping-species-a-mechanism-for-coronavirus-persistence-and-survival
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REVIEW
Vineet D Menachery, Rachel L Graham, Ralph S Baric
Zoonotic transmission of novel viruses represents a significant threat to global public health and is fueled by globalization, the loss of natural habitats, and exposure to new hosts. For coronaviruses (CoVs), broad diversity exists within bat populations and uniquely positions them to seed future emergence events. In this review, we explore the host and viral dynamics that shape these CoV populations for survival, amplification, and possible emergence in novel hosts.
February 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214728/lipid-signalling-mediated-by-pld-pa-modulates-proline-and-h2o2-levels-in-barley-seedlings-exposed-to-short-and-long-term-chilling-stress
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Micaela Peppino Margutti, Matias Reyna, María Verónica Meringer, Graciela E Racagni, Ana Laura Villasuso
Phospholipase D (PLD) hydrolyses phospholipids to yield phosphatidic acid (PA) and a head group, and is involved in responses to a variety of environmental stresses, including chilling and freezing stress. Barley responses to chilling stress (induced by incubating seedlings at 4 °C) are dynamic and the duration of stress, either short (0-180 min) or long-term (24-36 h) had a significant impact on the response. We investigated the roles of PLD/PA in responses of barley (Hordeum vulgare) seedlings to short and long-term chilling stress, based on regulation of proline and reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels...
February 10, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214715/metal-bioaccumulation-and-detoxification-processes-in-cephalopods-a-review
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REVIEW
Virginie Penicaud, Thomas Lacoue-Labarthe, Paco Bustamante
In recent decades, cephalopods have been shown to have very high capacities to accumulate most trace elements, regardless of whether they are essential (e.g., Cu and Zn) or non-essential (e.g., Ag and Cd). Among the different pathways of exposure to trace elements, the trophic pathway appears to be the major route of assimilation for numerous metals, including Cd, Co, Hg and Zn. Once assimilated, trace elements are distributed in the organism, accumulating in storage organs. The digestive gland is the main organ in which many trace elements accumulate, whichever of the exposure pathway...
February 16, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214623/rheology-and-microstructure-of-aqueous-suspensions-of-nanocrystalline-cellulose-rods
#17
Yuan Xu, Aleks D Atrens, Jason R Stokes
HYPOTHESIS: Nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC) is a negatively charged rod-like colloid obtained from the hydrolysis of plant material. It is thus expected that NCC suspensions display a rich set of phase behaviour with salt and pH because of its anisotropic shape and electrical double layer that gives rise to liquid crystallinity and self-assembly respectively. It should thus be possible to tune the rheological properties of NCC suspensions for a wide variety of end-use applications. EXPERIMENTS: Rheology and structural analysis techniques are used to characterise surface-sulphated NCC suspensions as a function of pH, salinity (NaCl) and NCC concentration...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214618/deep-neck-flexor-endurance-in-the-adolescent-and-young-adult-normative-data-and-associated-attributes
#18
Nathan F Jarman, Toby Brooks, C Roger James, Troy Hooper, Mark Wilhelm, Jean-Michel Brismée, Manuel A Domenech, Stanley J Kotara, Phillip S Sizer
BACKGROUND: Deep neck flexor (DNF) muscles stabilize the neck and contribute to head acceleration control. The function of DNF in cervical spine dynamic stabilization has not been examined in athletes of any age group, including adolescents. This investigation was necessary prior to studying the DNF muscles' role in cervical spine injury patterns. OBJECTIVES: (1) To determine average Deep Neck Flexor Endurance Test (DNFET) time scores in high school and university-aged subjects (ages 14-22); and (2) To establish the relationship between gender and age for adolescent DNFET time scores...
February 15, 2017: PM & R: the Journal of Injury, Function, and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214612/dynamic-organization-of-mitotic-chromosomes
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REVIEW
Kazuhisa Kinoshita, Tatsuya Hirano
The assembly of rod-shaped chromosomes during mitosis is an essential prerequisite for faithful segregation of genetic information into daughter cells. Despite the long history of chromosome research, it is only recently that we have acquired powerful approaches and crucial tools that help to unlock the secret of this seemingly complex process. In particular, in vitro assays, mammalian genetics, Hi-C analyses and computer simulations have provided valuable information during the past two years. These studies are now beginning to elucidate how the core components of mitotic chromosomes, namely, histones, topoisomerase IIα and condensins, cooperate with each other to convert very long stretches of DNA into rod-shaped chromosomes...
February 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214582/structural-changes-induced-by-l50p-and-i61t-single-mutations-of-ubiquitin-affect-cell-cycle-progression-while-impairing-its-regulatory-and-degradative-functions-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#20
Ankita Doshi, Mrinal Sharma, C Ratna Prabha
Posttranslational conjugation of ubiquitin to proteins either regulates their function directly or concentration through ubiquitination dependent degradation. High degree of conservation of ubiquitin's sequence implies structural and functional importance of the conserved residues. Ubiquitin gene of Saccharomyces cerevisiae was evolved in vitro by us to study the significance of conserved residues. Present study investigates the structural changes in the protein resulting from the single mutations UbS20F, UbA46S, UbL50P, UbI61T and their functional consequences in the SUB60 strain of S...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
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