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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092589/policy-iteration-for-h%C3%A2-optimal-control-of-polynomial-nonlinear-systems-via-sum-of-squares-programming
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Yuanheng Zhu, Dongbin Zhao, Xiong Yang, Qichao Zhang
Sum of squares (SOS) polynomials have provided a computationally tractable way to deal with inequality constraints appearing in many control problems. It can also act as an approximator in the framework of adaptive dynamic programming. In this paper, an approximate solution to the H∞ optimal control of polynomial nonlinear systems is proposed. Under a given attenuation coefficient, the Hamilton-Jacobi-Isaacs equation is relaxed to an optimization problem with a set of inequalities. After applying the policy iteration technique and constraining inequalities to SOS, the optimization problem is divided into a sequence of feasible semidefinite programming problems...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092357/risk-of-sinusoidal-obstruction-syndrome-in-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation-after-prior-gemtuzumab-ozogamicin-treatment-a-retrospective-study-from-the-acute-leukemia-working-party-of-the-ebmt
#2
G Battipaglia, M Labopin, A Candoni, R Fanin, J El Cheikh, D Blaise, M Michallet, A Ruggeri, N Contentin, J M Ribera, M Stadler, J Sierra, P A von dem Borne, A Bloor, G Socié, A Nagler, M Mohty
Gemtuzumab ozogamicin (GO) may increase the risk of sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (SOS) when used prior to allogeneic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). We assessed SOS incidence and outcomes after HSCT of 146 adults, with a median age of 50 years, previously receiving GO. SOS prophylaxis was used in 69 patients (heparin n=57, ursodeoxycholic acid n=8, defibrotide n=4). Cumulative incidence (CI) of SOS was 8% (n=11), with death in 3 patients. Median interval between last GO dose and HSCT was 130 days. Overall survival (OS) and SOS incidence did not differ for patients receiving GO ⩽3...
January 16, 2017: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091988/genotoxicity-and-cytotoxicity-reduction-of-the-polluted-urban-river-after-ecological-restoration-a-field-scale-study-of-jialu-river-in-northern-china
#3
Jie Sun, Rui Zhang, Long Qin, Haixiao Zhu, Yu Huang, Yingang Xue, Shuqing An, Xianchuan Xie, Aimin Li
To further treat the reclaimed municipal wastewater and rehabilitate the aquatic ecosystem of polluted urban rivers, an 18.5-km field-scale ecological restoration project was constructed along Jialu River, a polluted urban river which receives only reclaimed municipal wastewater from Zhengzhou City without natural upland water dilution. This study investigated the potential efficiency of water quality improvement, as well as genotoxicity and cytotoxicity reduction along the ecological restoration project of this polluted urban river...
January 13, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090675/cross-sectional-study-shows-that-impaired-bone-mineral-status-and-metabolism-are-found-in-non-mosaic-triple-x-syndrome
#4
Stefano Stagi, Mariarosaria Di Tommaso, Perla Scalini, Elena Sandini, Fabrizio Masoni, Francesco Chiarelli, Alberto Verrotti, Sabrina Giglio, Silvia Romano, Maurizio de Martino
AIM: The effect of a supernumerary X chromosome on bones has not been reported and this study evaluated bone mineral status and metabolism in non-mosaic triple X syndrome. METHODS: This cross-sectional study comprised 19 girls, with a median age of 10.9 years, with nonmosaic triple X syndrome and a control group matched for age and body size. We studied ionised and total calcium, phosphate, parathyroid hormone (PTH), 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D), 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D, osteocalcin, bone alkaline phosphatase levels and urinary deoxypyridinoline concentrations...
January 15, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089889/myc-drives-progression-of-small-cell-lung-cancer-to-a-variant-neuroendocrine-subtype-with-vulnerability-to-aurora-kinase-inhibition
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Gurkan Mollaoglu, Matthew R Guthrie, Stefanie Böhm, Johannes Brägelmann, Ismail Can, Paul M Ballieu, Annika Marx, Julie George, Christine Heinen, Milind D Chalishazar, Haixia Cheng, Abbie S Ireland, Kendall E Denning, Anandaroop Mukhopadhyay, Jeffery M Vahrenkamp, Kristofer C Berrett, Timothy L Mosbruger, Jun Wang, Jessica L Kohan, Mohamed E Salama, Benjamin L Witt, Martin Peifer, Roman K Thomas, Jason Gertz, Jane E Johnson, Adi F Gazdar, Robert J Wechsler-Reya, Martin L Sos, Trudy G Oliver
Loss of the tumor suppressors RB1 and TP53 and MYC amplification are frequent oncogenic events in small cell lung cancer (SCLC). We show that Myc expression cooperates with Rb1 and Trp53 loss in the mouse lung to promote aggressive, highly metastatic tumors, that are initially sensitive to chemotherapy followed by relapse, similar to human SCLC. Importantly, MYC drives a neuroendocrine-low "variant" subset of SCLC with high NEUROD1 expression corresponding to transcriptional profiles of human SCLC. Targeted drug screening reveals that SCLC with high MYC expression is vulnerable to Aurora kinase inhibition, which, combined with chemotherapy, strongly suppresses tumor progression and increases survival...
December 31, 2016: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076240/effects-of-bariatric-surgery-on-gout-incidence-in-the-swedish-obese-subjects-study-a-non-randomised-prospective-controlled-intervention-trial
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Cristina Maglio, Markku Peltonen, Martin Neovius, Peter Jacobson, Lennart Jacobsson, Anna Rudin, Lena M S Carlsson
OBJECTIVES: To assess the long-term effect of bariatric surgery on the incidence of gout and hyperuricaemia in participants of the Swedish Obese Subjects (SOS) study. METHODS: This report includes 1982 subjects who underwent bariatric surgery and 1999 obese controls from the SOS study, a prospective intervention trial designed to assess the effect of bariatric surgery compared with conventional treatment. None of the subjects had gout at baseline. An endpoint on gout incidence was created based on information on gout diagnosis and use of gout medications through national registers and questionnaires...
October 8, 2016: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072576/ultrasonic-computed-tomography-imaging-of-iron-oxide-nanoparticles
#7
Or Perlman, Haim Azhari
Iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) are becoming increasingly used and intensively investigated in the field of medical imaging. They are currently FDA approved for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and it would be highly desirable to visualize them by ultrasound as well. Previous reports using the conventional ultrasound B-scan (pulse-echo) imaging technique have shown very limited detectability of these particles. The aim of this study is to explore the feasibility of imaging IONPs using the through-transmission ultrasound methodology and demonstrate their detectability using ultrasonic computed tomography (UCT)...
February 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070277/distinct-patterns-of-natural-selection-in-na-h-antiporter-genes-in-populus-euphratica-and-populus-pruinosa
#8
Yuxia Wu, Kuibin Meng, Xiaohui Liang
Salt tolerance genes constitute an important class of loci in plant genomes. Little is known about the extent to which natural selection in saline environments has acted upon these loci, and what types of nucleotide diversity such selection has given rise to. Here, we surveyed genetic diversity in three types of Na(+)/H(+) antiporter gene (SOS, NhaD, and NHX, belonging to the cation/proton antiporter 1 family), which have well-characterized essential roles in plant salt tolerance. Ten Na(+)/H(+) antiporter genes and 16 neutral loci randomly selected as controls were sequenced from 17 accessions of two closely related members of the genus Populus, Populus euphratica and Populus pruinosa, section Turanga, which are native to northwest China...
January 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064431/the-prevalence-and-clinical-significance-of-sleep-disorders-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-patients-a-questionnaire-study
#9
Keun Tae Kim, Hye-Jin Moon, Jun-Gyu Yang, Sung-Ii Sohn, Jeong-Ho Hong, Yong Won Cho
PURPOSE: Sleep disturbances are frequently reported in stroke patients and associated with the outcome of strokes. Using sleep questionnaires, we investigated the prevalence of classified sleep disturbance and the influence of sleep disorders upon a stroke prognosis. METHODS: Patients with acute ischemic strokes or transient ischemic attacks (TIA) were included. We investigated the prevalence of sleep disturbance and the association of outcomes resulting from strokes...
January 7, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062853/antibacterial-and-antivirulence-effect-of-6-n-hydroxylaminopurine-in-listeria-monocytogenes
#10
Stefanie Sandra Krajewski, Isabelle Isoz, Jörgen Johansson
The emerging development of antibiotic resistant bacteria calls for novel types of antibacterial agents. In this work we examined the putative antibacterial effect of purine analogs in Listeria monocytogenes We show that, among several tested purine analogs, only 6-N-hydroxylaminopurine (6-N-HAP) reduces the viability of the Gram-positive pathogen Listeria monocytogenes As in Bacillus subtilis, 6-N-HAP terminates expression at guanine riboswitches in L. monocytogenes hence preventing expression of their downstream genes...
January 6, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061766/chemotherapy-induced-sinusoidal-injury-csi-score-a-novel-histologic-assessment-of-chemotherapy-related-hepatic-sinusoidal-injury-in-patients-with-colorectal-liver-metastasis
#11
Heather L Stevenson, Mariana M Prats, Eizaburo Sasatomi
BACKGROUND: Preoperative neoadjuvant therapy for colorectal liver metastases (CRLM) is increasing in use and can lead to chemotherapy-induced damage to sinusoidal integrity, namely sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (SOS). SOS has been associated with an increased need for intraoperative blood transfusions, increased length of hospitalization post-surgery, decreased tumor response, and a shorter overall survival after resection due to liver insufficiency. It is critical for clinicians and pathologists to be aware of this type of liver injury, and for pathologists to include the status of the background, non-neoplastic liver parenchyma in their pathology reports...
January 7, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052999/a-causal-role-for-hyperinsulinemia-in-obesity
#12
Nicole M Templeman, Søs Skovsø, Melissa M Page, Gareth E Lim, James D Johnson
Insulin modulates the biochemical pathways controlling lipid uptake, lipolysis and lipogenesis at multiple levels. Elevated insulin levels are associated with obesity, and conversely, dietary and pharmacological manipulations that reduce insulin have occasionally been reported to cause weight loss. However, the causal role of insulin hypersecretion in the development of mammalian obesity remained controversial in the absence of direct loss-of-function experiments. Here, we discuss theoretical considerations around the causal role of excess insulin and obesity, as well as recent studies employing mice that are genetically incapable of the rapid and sustained hyperinsulinemia that normally accompanies a high fat diet...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052848/pseudomonas-aeruginosa-oligoribonuclease-contributes-to-tolerance-to-ciprofloxacin-by-regulating-pyocin-biosynthesis
#13
Fei Chen, Gukui Chen, Yiwei Liu, Yongxin Jin, Zhihui Cheng, Yang Liu, Liang Yang, Shouguang Jin, Weihui Wu
Bacterial oligoribonuclease (Orn) is a conserved 3' to 5' exonuclease. In Pseudomonas aeruginosa, it has been demonstrated that Orn plays a major role in the hydrolysis of pGpG which is required for c-di-GMP homeostasis. Meanwhile, Orn is involved in the degradation of nanoRNAs which can alter global gene expression by serving as transcription initiation primers. Previously, we found that Orn is required for the type III secretion system and pathogenesis of P. aeruginosa, indicating a role of Orn in bacterial response to environmental stimuli...
January 4, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046219/th-ef-bra-07-evaluation-of-internal-target-volume-derived-from-a-prototype-4d-mri-sequence-with-3d-radial-stack-of-stars-trajectory-and-k-space-self-gating
#14
W Yang, Z Fan, Z Deng, J Pang, X Bi, M Fenchel, D Li, B Fraass, B Hakimian, R Reznik, M Bryant, H Sandler, R Tuli
PURPOSE: 4D-MRI based on resorting of 2D-cine-MRI images shows great potential to assess tumor motion more accurately compared to 4D-CT, however, it suffers from low through-plane resolution and stitching artifacts. 4D-MRI based on 3D acquisition results in stitching-artifact-free images with high in-plane and through-plane resolutions. In this study, we report our early clinical experience of a prototype 4D-MRI sequence with 3D stack-of-stars (SOS) trajectory for internal target volume (ITV) definition...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045581/overexpression-of-the-pp2a-c5-gene-confers-increased-salt-tolerance-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
#15
Rongbin Hu, Yinfeng Zhu, Guoxin Shen, Hong Zhang
Protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) was shown to play important roles in biotic and abiotic stress signaling pathways in plants. PP2A is made of three subunits: a scaffolding subunit A, a regulatory subunit B, and a catalytic subunit C. It is believed that the B subunit recognizes specific substrates and the C subunit directly acts on the selected substrates, whereas the A subunit brings a B subunit and a C subunit together to form a specific PP2A holoenzyme. Because there are multiple isoforms for each PP2A subunit, there could be hundreds of novel PP2A holoenzymes in plants...
January 3, 2017: Plant Signaling & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045041/relaxation-oscillations-and-hierarchy-of-feedbacks-in-mapk-signaling
#16
Marek Kochańczyk, Paweł Kocieniewski, Emilia Kozłowska, Joanna Jaruszewicz-Błońska, Breanne Sparta, Michael Pargett, John G Albeck, William S Hlavacek, Tomasz Lipniacki
We formulated a computational model for a MAPK signaling cascade downstream of the EGF receptor to investigate how interlinked positive and negative feedback loops process EGF signals into ERK pulses of constant amplitude but dose-dependent duration and frequency. A positive feedback loop involving RAS and SOS, which leads to bistability and allows for switch-like responses to inputs, is nested within a negative feedback loop that encompasses RAS and RAF, MEK, and ERK that inhibits SOS via phosphorylation. This negative feedback, operating on a longer time scale, changes switch-like behavior into oscillations having a period of 1 hour or longer...
January 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040043/relationships-of-linear-and-nonlinear-ultrasound-parameters-with-porosity-and-trabecular-spacing-in-trabecular-bone-mimicking-phantoms
#17
Kang Il Lee
The speed of sound (SOS), the normalized broadband ultrasound attenuation (nBUA), and the nonlinear parameter (B/A) were measured in 18 trabecular-bone-mimicking phantoms consisting of water-saturated aluminum foams. The strong slow wave and the very weak fast wave were consistently observed in the signals transmitted through all of the phantoms. It was found that the SOS increased as the porosity and the trabecular spacing increased. In contrast, both the nBUA and the B/A showed opposite dependences on the porosity and the trabecular spacing...
December 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039812/fast-non-aqueous-reversed-phase-liquid-chromatography-separation-of-triacylglycerol-regioisomers-with-isocratic-mobile-phase-application-to-different-oils-and-fats
#18
Arnaud W G Tamba Sompila, Sylvie Héron, Dorra Hmida, Alain Tchapla
The distribution of fatty acid species at the sn-1/3 position or the sn-2 position of triacylglycerols (TAGs) in natural fats and oils affects their physical and nutritional properties. In fats and oils, determining the presence of one or two regioisomers and the identification of structure, where they do have one, as well as their separation, became a problem of fundamental importance to solve. A variety of instrumental technics has been proposed, such as MS, chromatography-MS or pure chromatography. A number of studies deal with the optimization of the separation, but very often, they are expensive in time...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039103/itraq-based-proteome-analysis-of-fluoroquinolone-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
#19
Van Chi Thai, Teck Kwang Lim, Kim Phuong Uyen Le, Qingsong Lin, Thi Thu Hoai Nguyen
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare global protein expression changes during fluoroquinolone (FQ) exposure of Staphylococcus aureus. METHODS: Total protein extracts of wild-type S. aureus ATCC 29213 and six multidrug-resistant (MDR) strains derived from the wild-type under different FQ exposures were analysed using the 8-plex isobaric tag for relative and absolute quantitation (iTRAQ) method combined with LC-MS/MS analysis. Differentially expressed proteins were searched for their Gene Ontology (GO) annotation (UniProt database) and protein-protein interaction network (STRING v...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039045/impact-of-age-gender-and-body-composition-on-bone-quality-in-an-adult-population-from-the-middle-areas-of-china
#20
Zenghui Ding, Yanyan Chen, Yang Xu, Xu Zhou, Yubing Xu, Zuchang Ma, Yining Sun
Identifying modifiable factors that influence bone status during adulthood to maximize bone quality is a potential primary strategy in the prevention of osteoporosis in later life. We investigated the impact of body height, body weight, body mass index, and body composition on calcaneal bone characteristics as measured with quantitative ultrasound in 441 Chinese adults (238 women) aged 20-55 yr from the middle areas of China. Body composition, including fat-free mass (FFM), muscle mass, and fat mass were obtained by bioelectrical impedance analysis...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Clinical Densitometry
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