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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331577/conservative-whole-organ-scaling-contrasts-with-highly-labile-suborgan-scaling-differences-among-compound-eyes-of-closely-related-formica-ants
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Craig D Perl, Sergio Rossoni, Jeremy E Niven
Static allometries determine how organ size scales in relation to body mass. The extent to which these allometric relationships are free to evolve, and how they differ among closely related species, has been debated extensively and remains unclear; changes in intercept appear common, but changes in slope are far rarer. Here, we compare the scaling relationships that govern the structure of compound eyes of four closely related ant species from the genus Formica. Comparison among these species revealed changes in intercept but not slope in the allometric scaling relationships governing eye area, facet number, and mean facet diameter...
March 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330923/allometric-growth-in-reef-building-corals
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Maria Dornelas, Joshua S Madin, Andrew H Baird, Sean R Connolly
Predicting demographic rates is a critical part of forecasting the future of ecosystems under global change. Here, we test if growth rates can be predicted from morphological traits for a highly diverse group of colonial symbiotic organisms: scleractinian corals. We ask whether growth is isometric or allometric among corals, and whether most variation in coral growth rates occurs at the level of the species or morphological group. We estimate growth as change in planar area for 11 species, across five morphological groups and over 5 years...
March 29, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323340/differential-scaling-patterns-of-vertebrae-and-the-evolution-of-neck-length-in-mammals
#3
Patrick Arnold, Eli Amson, Martin S Fischer
Almost all mammals have seven vertebrae in their cervical spines. This consistency represents one of the most prominent examples of morphological stasis in vertebrae evolution. Hence, the requirements associated with evolutionary modifications of neck length have to be met with a fixed number of vertebrae. It has not been clear whether body size influences the overall length of the cervical spine and its inner organization (i.e., if the mammalian neck is subject to allometry). Here, we provide the first large scale analysis of the scaling patterns of the cervical spine and its constituting cervical vertebrae...
March 21, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319153/a-general-model-for-metabolic-scaling-in-self-similar-asymmetric-networks
#4
Alexander Byers Brummer, Van M Savage, Brian J Enquist
How a particular attribute of an organism changes or scales with its body size is known as an allometry. Biological allometries, such as metabolic scaling, have been hypothesized to result from selection to maximize how vascular networks fill space yet minimize internal transport distances and resistances. The West, Brown, Enquist (WBE) model argues that these two principles (space-filling and energy minimization) are (i) general principles underlying the evolution of the diversity of biological networks across plants and animals and (ii) can be used to predict how the resulting geometry of biological networks then governs their allometric scaling...
March 20, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285792/new-allometric-scaling-laws-revealed-for-microorganisms
#5
Thomas L Kieft
Allometric scaling relationships based on microbial data sets are revealing novel biological principles; for example, the abundance and diversity of animal-associated microbes scale with individual animal mass. The global abundance of animal-associated microbes and biosphere species richness have also been estimated. The potential for further microbe-inclusive macroecological insights is high.
March 9, 2017: Trends in Ecology & Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284466/mitochondrial-function-and-cell-size-an-allometric-relationship
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Teemu P Miettinen, Mikael Björklund
Allometric scaling of metabolic rate results in lower total mitochondrial oxygen consumption with increasing organismal size. This is considered a universal law in biology. Here, we discuss how allometric laws impose size-dependent limits to mitochondrial activity at the cellular level. This cell-size-dependent mitochondrial metabolic activity results in nonlinear scaling of metabolism in proliferating cells, which can explain size homeostasis. The allometry in mitochondrial activity can be controlled through mitochondrial fusion and fission machinery, suggesting that mitochondrial connectivity can bypass transport limitations, the presumed biophysical basis for allometry...
March 8, 2017: Trends in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283654/a-model-based-personalized-cancer-screening-strategy-for-detecting-early-stage-tumors-using-blood-borne-biomarkers
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Sharon Seiko Hori, Amelie M Lutz, Ramasamy Paulmurugan, Sanjiv S Gambhir
An effective cancer blood biomarker screening strategy must distinguish aggressive from non-aggressive tumors at an early, intervenable time. However, for blood-based strategies to be useful, the quality and quantiy of the biomarker shed into the blood and its relationship to tumor growth or progression must be validated. To study how blood biomarker levels correlate with early-stage viable tumor growth in an mouse model of human cancer, we monitored early tumor growth of engineered human ovarian cancer cells (A2780) implanted orthotopically into nude mice...
March 10, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281401/a-novel-in-vitro-allometric-scaling-methodology-for-aldehyde-oxidase-substrates-to-enable-selection-of-appropriate-species-for-traditional-allometry
#8
Rachel D Crouch, J Matthew Hutzler, J Scott Daniels
1. Failure to predict human pharmacokinetics of aldehyde oxidase (AO) substrates using traditional allometry has been attributed to species differences in AO metabolism. 2. To identify appropriate species for predicting human in vivo clearance by single-species scaling (SSS) or multispecies allometry (MA), we scaled in vitro intrinsic clearance (CLint) of five AO substrates obtained from hepatic S9 of mouse, rat, guinea pig, monkey and minipig to human in vitro CLint. 3. When predicting human in vitro CLint, average absolute fold-error was ≤2...
March 10, 2017: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280887/brivaracetam-population-pharmacokinetics-in-children-with-epilepsy-aged-1%C3%A2-month-to-16%C3%A2-years
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Rik Schoemaker, Janet R Wade, Armel Stockis
PURPOSE: The aims of the study were to develop a population pharmacokinetic model of orally administered brivaracetam in paediatric patients and to provide dosing suggestions. METHODS: Analysis included 600 brivaracetam plasma concentrations from a phase 2a study (NCT00422422; N01263) in 96 paediatric patients with epilepsy aged 1 month to 16 years, taking one to three concomitant antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). Pharmacokinetic analysis was performed using non-linear mixed effects modelling, and a stepwise covariate search was used to determine factors influencing brivaracetam clearance...
March 9, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274094/calculation-of-a-first-in-man-dose-of-7-o-succinyl-macrolactin-a-based-on-allometric-scaling-of-data-from-mice-rats-and-dogs
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Keumhan Noh, Wonku Kang
7-O-succinyl macrolactin A (SMA) exerts several pharmacological effects including anti-bacterial, anti-inflammation, and anticancer activities. Recently, SMA has been extensively evaluated as an anti-cancer drug. Thus, the objectives of the present study were to characterise the pharmacokinetics of SMA via both non-compartmental and compartmental analysis in mice, rats, and dogs, and to derive an appropriate first-in-man dose based on allometric scaling of the animal data. The time courses of plasma SMA concentrations after intravenous administration to rats and dogs were analysed retrospectively, as were data collected after intraperitoneal SMA injection in mice...
March 10, 2017: Biomolecules & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271801/pediatric-aerobic-fitness-and-trainability
#11
Neil Armstrong
Three papers which between them raise controversial issues, apply laboratory measures to sport performance, and expose gaps in knowledge were selected for commentary. The first paper (Sports Med. 2016;46:1451-1460) reviews the literature on peak V̇O2 in relation to body size and recommends that peak V̇O2 in youth is best expressed via allometric scaling of lean body mass. The second paper (Pediatr Exerc Sci. 2016;28:456-465) reports that maturity status has no effect on peak V̇O2, respiratory compensation point, or ventilatory threshold in youth soccer players once data have been allometrically normalized by lower limb muscle volume...
February 2017: Pediatric Exercise Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28267162/multi-functional-scaling-methodology-for-translational-pharmacokinetic-and-pharmacodynamic-applications-using-integrated-microphysiological-systems-mps
#12
Christian Maass, Cynthia L Stokes, Linda G Griffith, Murat Cirit
Microphysiological systems (MPS) provide relevant physiological environments in vitro for studies of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and biological mechanisms for translational research. Designing multi-MPS platforms is essential to study multi-organ systems. Typical design approaches, including direct and allometric scaling, scale each MPS individually and are based on relative sizes not function. This study's aim was to develop a new multi-functional scaling approach for integrated multi-MPS platform design for specific applications...
March 7, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257285/population-pharmacokinetics-of-vancomycin-in-chinese-pediatric-patients%C3%A2
#13
Taotao Liu, Chen Deng, Daohai Cheng, Tianyan Zhou, Hua Lu, Wenxing Wei, Wei Lu
OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to develop a population pharmacokinetic (PopPK) model for vancomycin and to detect the significant covariates that influence the PopPKs to facilitate individualized therapy for Chinese pediatric patients. METHODS: Patients ≤ 10 years old who received vancomycin for ≥ 72 hours between 2007 and 2010 were analyzed using a nonlinear mixed-effects modeling approach (-NONMEM). A one-compartment model with first-order elimination was chosen to depict the data...
March 3, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250007/population-pharmacokinetics-of-intravenous-erwinia-asparaginase-in-pediatric-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-patients
#14
Sebastiaan D T Sassen, Ron A A Mathôt, Rob Pieters, Robin Q H Kloos, Valérie de Haas, Gertjan J L Kaspers, Cor van den Bos, Wim J E Tissing, Maroeska Te Loo, Marc B Bierings, Wouter J W Kollen, Christian M Zwaan, Inge M van der Sluis
Erwinia asparaginase is an important component in the treatment of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia. A large variability in serum concentrations has been observed after intravenous Erwinia asparaginase. Currently, Dutch Childhood Oncology Group protocols dose alterations are based on trough concentrations to ensure adequate asparaginase activity (≥100 IU/L). The aim of this study was to describe the population pharmacokinetics of intravenous Erwinia asparaginase to quantify and gather insight into inter-individual and inter-occasion variability...
March 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28245519/pharmacokinetics-of-tranexamic-acid-in-neonates-and-infants-undergoing-cardiac-surgery
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Ralph Gertler, Michael Gruber, Stanislas Grassin-Delyle, Saïk Urien, Klaus Martin, Peter Tassani-Prell, Siegmund Braun, Simon Burg, Gunther Wiesner
AIM: Tranexamic acid (TXA) continues to be one of the antifibrinolytics of choice during paediatric cardiac surgery. However, in infants less than one year of age, the optimal dosing based on pharmacokinetic (PK) considerations is still under discussion. METHODS: 43 children less than one year of age were enrolled. 37 required the use of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) while 6 were operated on without CPB. 50 mg kg(-1) TXA i.v. at the induction of anaesthesia was followed by 50 mg kg(-1) into the CPB prime in the CPB group...
February 28, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243682/an-allometric-pharmacokinetic-pharmacodynamics-model-for-bi-893923-a-novel-igf-1-receptor-inhibitor
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Melanie I Titze, Otmar Schaaf, Marco H Hofmann, Michael P Sanderson, Stephan K Zahn, Jens Quant, Thorsten Lehr
PURPOSE: BI 893923 is a novel IGF1R/INSR inhibitor with promising anti-tumor efficacy. Dose-limiting hyperglycemia has been observed for other IGF1R/INSR inhibitors in clinical trials. To counterbalance anti-tumor efficacy with the risk of hyperglycemia and to determine the therapeutic window, we aimed to develop a translational pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamics model for BI 893923. This aimed to translate pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics from animals to humans by an allometrically scaled semi-mechanistic model...
February 27, 2017: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243529/how-patch-size-and-refuge-availability-change-interaction-strength-and-population-dynamics-a-combined-individual-and-population-based-modeling-experiment
#17
Yuanheng Li, Ulrich Brose, Katrin Meyer, Björn C Rall
Knowledge on how functional responses (a measurement of feeding interaction strength) are affected by patch size and habitat complexity (represented by refuge availability) is crucial for understanding food-web stability and subsequently biodiversity. Due to their laborious character, it is almost impossible to carry out systematic empirical experiments on functional responses across wide gradients of patch sizes and refuge availabilities. Here we overcame this issue by using an individual-based model (IBM) to simulate feeding experiments...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241131/ontogenetic-shifts-in-brain-organization-in-the-bluespotted-stingray-neotrygon-kuhlii-chondrichthyes-dasyatidae
#18
Thomas J Lisney, Kara E Yopak, Victoria Camilieri-Asch, Shaun P Collin
Fishes exhibit lifelong neurogenesis and continual brain growth. One consequence of this continual growth is that the nervous system has the potential to respond with enhanced plasticity to changes in ecological conditions that occur during ontogeny. The life histories of many teleost fishes are composed of a series of distinct stages that are characterized by shifts in diet, habitat, and behavior. In many cases, these shifts correlate with changes in overall brain growth and brain organization, possibly reflecting the relative importance of different senses and locomotor performance imposed by the new ecological niches they encounter throughout life...
February 28, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230619/population-pharmacokinetics-of-topiramate-in-japanese-pediatric-and-adult-patients-with-epilepsy-using-routinely-monitored-data
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Masato Takeuchi, Ikuko Yano, Satoko Ito, Mitsuhiro Sugimoto, Shota Yamamoto, Atsushi Yonezawa, Akio Ikeda, Kazuo Matsubara
BACKGROUND: Topiramate is a second-generation antiepileptic drug used as monotherapy and adjunctive therapy in adults and children with partial seizures. A population pharmacokinetic (PPK) analysis was performed to improve the topiramate dosage adjustment for individualized treatment. METHODS: Patients whose steady-state serum concentration of topiramate was routinely monitored at Kyoto University Hospital from April 2012 to March 2013 were included in the model-building data...
April 2017: Therapeutic Drug Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228514/differentiating-causality-and-correlation-in-allometric-scaling-ant-colony-size-drives-metabolic-hypometry
#20
James S Waters, Alison Ochs, Jennifer H Fewell, Jon F Harrison
Metabolic rates of individual animals and social insect colonies generally scale hypometrically, with mass-specific metabolic rates decreasing with increasing size. Although this allometry has wide ranging effects on social behaviour, ecology and evolution, its causes remain controversial. Because it is difficult to experimentally manipulate body size of organisms, most studies of metabolic scaling depend on correlative data, limiting their ability to determine causation. To overcome this limitation, we experimentally reduced the size of harvester ant colonies (Pogonomyrmex californicus) and quantified the consequent increase in mass-specific metabolic rates...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
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