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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092586/consensus-problem-over-high-order-multiagent-systems-with-uncertain-nonlinearities-under-deterministic-and-stochastic-topologies
#1
Hamed Rezaee, Farzaneh Abdollahi
The leaderless consensus problem over a class of high-order nonlinear multiagent systems (MASs) is studied. A robust protocol is proposed which guarantees achieving consensus in the network in the presences of uncertainties in agents models. Achieving consensus in the case of stochastic links failure is studied as well. Based on the concept super-martingales, it is shown that if the probability of the network connectivity is not zero, under some conditions, achieving almost sure consensus in the network can be guaranteed...
December 6, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092496/the-effect-of-contrast-material-on-radiation-dose-at-ct-part-i-incorporation-of-contrast-material-dynamics-in-anthropomorphic-phantoms
#2
Pooyan Sahbaee, W Paul Segars, Daniele Marin, Rendon C Nelson, Ehsan Samei
Purpose To develop a method to incorporate the propagation of contrast material into computational anthropomorphic phantoms for estimation of organ dose at computed tomography (CT). Materials and Methods A patient-specific physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model of the human cardiovascular system was incorporated into 58 extended cardiac-torso (XCAT) patient phantoms. The PBPK model comprised compartmental models of vessels and organs unique to each XCAT model. For typical injection protocols, the dynamics of the contrast material in the body were described according to a series of patient-specific iodine mass-balance differential equations, the solutions to which provided the contrast material concentration time curves for each compartment...
January 13, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092388/exploration-and-analysis-of-drug-modes-of-action-through-feature-integration
#3
Mingyuan Xin, Jun Fan, Mingyao Liu, Zhenran Jiang
Identifying drug modes of action (MoA) is of paramount importance for having a good grasp of drug indications in clinical tests. Anticipating MoA can help to discover new uses for approved drugs. Here we first used a drug-set enrichment analysis method to discover significant biological activities in every mode of action category. Then, we proposed a new computational model, a probability ensemble approach based on Bayesian network theory, which integrated chemical, therapeutic, genomic and phenotypic properties of over a thousand of FDA approved drugs to assist with the prediction of MoA...
January 16, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089499/the-stability-of-gadolinium-based-contrast-agents-in-human-serum-a-reanalysis-of-literature-data-and-association-with-clinical-outcomes
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John P Prybylski, Richard C Semelka, Michael Jay
PURPOSE: To reanalyze literature data of gadolinium (Gd)-based contrast agents (GBCAs) in plasma with a kinetic model of dissociation to provide a comprehensive assessment of equilibrium conditions for linear GBCAs. METHODS: Data for the release of Gd from GBCAs in human serum was extracted from a previous report in the literature and fit to a kinetic dissociation/association model. The conditional stabilities (logKcond) and percent intact over time were calculated using the model rate constants...
January 9, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089350/rickettsia-prowazekii-methionine-aminopeptidase-as-a-promising-target-for-the-development-of-antibacterial-agents
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Travis R Helgren, Congling Chen, Phumvadee Wangtrakuldee, Thomas E Edwards, Bart L Staker, Jan Abendroth, Banumathi Sankaran, Nicole A Housley, Peter J Myler, Jonathon P Audia, James R Horn, Timothy J Hagen
Methionine aminopeptidase (MetAP) is a class of ubiquitous enzymes essential for the survival of numerous bacterial species. These enzymes are responsible for the cleavage of N-terminal formyl-methionine initiators from nascent proteins to initiate post-translational modifications that are often essential to proper protein function. Thus, inhibition of MetAP activity has been implicated as a novel antibacterial target. We tested this idea in the present study by targeting the MetAP enzyme in the obligate intracellular pathogen Rickettsia prowazekii...
November 10, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088651/limitations-in-biexponential-fitting-of-nmr-inversion-recovery-curves
#6
Mohammed Salman Shazeeb, Christopher H Sotak
NMR relaxation agents have long been employed as contrast agents in MRI. In many cases, the contrast agent is confined to either (i) the vascular and/or extracellular compartment (EC), as is the case with gadolinium(III)-based agents, or (ii) the intracellular compartment (IC), as is the case with manganese(II) ions. The compartmentalization of contrast agents often results in tissue-water (1)H relaxation profiles that are well modeled as biexponential. It has long been recognized that water exchange between compartments modifies the biexponential relaxation parameters (amplitudes and rate constants) from those that would be found in the absence of exchange...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088623/a-novel-role-of-topical-iodine-in-skin-activation-of-the-nrf2-pathway
#7
Maya Ben-Yehuda Greenwald, Marina Frušić-Zlotkin, Yoram Soroka, Shmuel Ben-Sasson, Havazelet Bianco-Peled, Ron Kohen
For a long time iodine has been used as an active dermal agent in the treatment of inflammatory, immune-mediated and infectious diseases. Moreover, topical iodine application has been reported to provide protection against sulfur-mustard-induced skin lesions, heat-induced and acid-induced skin burns in both haired guinea-pigs and mouse ear swelling models. However, the exact mechanism of action underlying these benefits of iodine has not yet been elucidated. In the current study, a novel mechanism of action by which iodine provides skin protection and relief, based on its electrophilic nature, is suggested...
January 11, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088015/transferrin-gated-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-for-redox-responsive-and-targeted-drug-delivery
#8
Xiaolu Chen, Hui Sun, Jun Hu, Xia Han, Honglai Liu, Ying Hu
This work reports on a targeted and controlled drug delivery system based on protein decorated mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs). In this system, transferrin (Tf), a naturally existing protein, is grafted on the surfaces of MSNs via redox-cleavable disulfide bonds, serving as both a capping agent and a targeting ligand simultaneously. The uniform particles with ordered mesoporous structures and the successful construction of the Tf/MSN hybrid nanocarriers can be confirmed through combined techniques. It is found that the model anticancer drug doxorubicin (DOX) can be efficiently encapsulated in the MSNs in the absence of glutathione (GSH), and a burst release of DOX is observed when the system is exposed to GSH, indicating good capping efficiency of Tf and redox-responsive release of DOX...
January 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087739/tnf-signaling-through-rip1-kinase-enhances-sn38-induced-death-in-colon-adenocarcinoma
#9
Lucia Cabal-Hierro, Peter J O'Dwyer
: Elucidation of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-directed mechanisms for cell death induction and maintenance of tumor growth has revealed a role for receptor-interacting protein kinases 1 and 3 (RIPK1/RIP1 and RIPK3/RIP3), components of the necrosome complex, as determinants of cell fate. Here the participation of TNF signaling was analyzed with regard to the cytotoxic action of different DNA damaging agents in a panel of colon cancer cells. While most of these cell lines were insensitive to TNF, combination with these drugs increased sensitivity by inducing cell death and DNA damage, especially in the case of the topoisomerase inhibitor SN38...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087272/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-5-1h-indol-3-yl-n-aryl-1-3-4-oxadiazol-2-amines-as-bcl-2-inhibitory-anticancer-agents
#10
Rania Hamdy, Noha I Ziedan, Samia Ali, Cinzia Bordoni, Mohamed El-Sadek, Elsaid Lashin, Andrea Brancale, Arwyn T Jones, Andrew D Westwell
A series of 5-(1H-indol-3-yl)-N-aryl-1,3,4-oxadiazol-2-amines 8a-j has been designed, synthesized and tested in vitro as potential pro-apoptotic Bcl-2-inhibitory anticancer agents based on our previous lead compound 8a. Synthesis of the target compounds was readily accomplished through a cyclisation reaction between indole-3-carboxylic acid hydrazide (5) and substituted isothiocyanates 6a-j, followed by oxidative cyclodesulfurization of the corresponding thiosemicarbazide 7a-j using 1,3-dibromo-5,5-dimethylhydantoin...
December 27, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086846/stochastic-agent-based-modeling-of-tuberculosis-in-canadian-indigenous-communities
#11
Ashleigh R Tuite, Victor Gallant, Elaine Randell, Annie-Claude Bourgeois, Amy L Greer
BACKGROUND: In Canada, active tuberculosis (TB) disease rates remain disproportionately higher among the Indigenous population, especially among the Inuit in the north. We used mathematical modeling to evaluate how interventions might enhance existing TB control efforts in a region of Nunavut. METHODS: We developed a stochastic, agent-based model of TB transmission that captured the unique household and community structure. Evaluated interventions included: (i) rapid treatment of active cases; (ii) rapid contact tracing; (iii) expanded screening programs for latent TB infection (LTBI); and (iv) reduced household density...
January 13, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079609/mesenchymal-stem-cells-induce-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-melanoma-by-paracrine-secretion-of-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE
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Chuan Lv, Haiying Dai, Mengyan Sun, Hui Zhao, Kai Wu, Ji Zhu, Yuchong Wang, Xian Cao, Zhaofan Xia, Chunyu Xue
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are considered for potential use as an ideal vehicle to efficiently deliver therapeutic agents in treatment against cancers including melanoma. However, emerging evidence indicates that MSCs promote tumor growth and progression. Therefore, a comprehensive understanding of the role of MSCs is very important to evaluate the MSCs-based therapy in melanoma. B16 melanoma cells treated by MSC conditioned medium (CM), showed significantly enhanced migration and invasion, which was also confirmed in a lung metastasis mice model in vivo...
January 5, 2017: Melanoma Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079361/controllable-synthesis-of-smart-multifunctional-nanoscal-metal-organic-framework-for-magnetic-resonance-optical-imaging-and-targeted-drug-delivery
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Xuechuan Gao, Manjue Zhai, Weihua Guan, Jingjuan Liu, Zhiliang Liu, Alatangaole Damirin
As a result of their extraordinarily large surfaces and well-defined pores, the design of multifunctional metal-organic framework (MOF) is crucial for drug delivery while has been rarely reported. In this paper, a novel drug delivery system (DDS) based on nanoscale metal-organic framework (MOF) was developed for using in cancer diagnosis and therapy. This MOF based tumour targeting DDS was fabricated by a simple post-synthetic surface modification process. Firstly, magnetic mesoporous nanomaterial Fe-MIL-53-NH2 was devoted for encapsulating the drug and served as a magnetic resonance (MR) contrast agent...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078985/designing-isoform-selective-inhibitors-against-classical-hdacs-for-effective-anticancer-therapy-insight-and-perspectives-from-in-silico
#14
Shabir Ahmad Ganai
Histone deacetylase inhibitors, the small molecules modulating the biological activity of histone deacetylases are emerging as potent chemotherapeutic agents. Despite their considerable therapeutic benefits in disease models, the lack of isoform specificity culminates in debilitating off target effects, raising serious concerns regarding their applicability. This emphasizes the pressing and unmet medical need of designing isoform selective inhibitors for safe and effective anticancer therapy. Keeping these grim facts in view, the current article sheds light on structural basis of off-targeting...
12, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078871/anti-plaque-and-antimicrobial-efficiency-of-different-oral-rinses-in-a-3-day-plaque-accumulation-model
#15
S Cantore, A Ballini, G Mori, V Dibello, M Marrelli, R Mirgaldi, D De Vito, M Tatullo
The idea of incorporating a mouthrinse with normal tooth brushing could be a useful adjunct to oral hygiene. Despite the principle nature of the toothpaste vehicle, most alcohol-based chemical plaque-control agents have been evaluated and later formulated in the mouthrinse vehicle. The current study was aimed to investigate the persistence of antimicrobial action and plaque inhibitory properties of a new alcohol-free mouthrinse when compared with positive control, chlorhexidine 0.12% and placebo control, physiologic saline solution mouthrinses...
October 2016: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078795/a-continuous-infusion-dynamic-mri-model-at-3-0-tesla-for-the-serial-quantitative-evaluation-of-microvascular-proliferation-in-an-animal-model-of-glioblastoma-multiforme
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Hunter R Underhill
PURPOSE: To develop a continuous-infusion dynamic MRI technique to characterize tumor-associated microvascular proliferation (MVP) in a rat brain model of glioblastoma multiforme. METHODS: The proposed model assumes effects due to tumor-associated MVP (eg, vascular permeability, K(trans) ; intravascular plasma fraction, vp ) cannot be individually separated and solves for a single parameter (k(vasc) ) that quantifies the T1 -weighted contrast enhancement from dynamic images acquired during continuous contrast agent (CA) infusion...
January 12, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078601/inhibition-of-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-and-metastasis-by-combined-tgfbeta-knockdown-and-metformin-treatment-in-a-canine-mammary-cancer-xenograft-model
#17
Camila Leonel, Thaiz Ferraz Borin, Lívia de Carvalho Ferreira, Marina Gobbe Moschetta, Marcio Chaim Bajgelman, Alicia M Viloria-Petit, Debora Aparecida Pires de Campos Zuccari
Epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a process by which epithelial cells acquire mesenchymal properties, generating metastases. Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) is associated with this malignancy by having the ability to induce EMT. Metformin, has been shown to inhibit EMT in breast cancer cells. Based on this evidence we hypothesize that treatment with metformin and the silencing of TGF-β, inhibits the EMT in cancer cells. Canine metastatic mammary tumor cell line CF41 was stably transduced with a shRNA-lentivirus, reducing expression level of TGF-β1...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078600/net-budgetary-impact-of-ferric-citrate-as-a-first-line-phosphate-binder-for-the-treatment-of-hyperphosphatemia-a-markov-microsimulation-model
#18
Steven M Brunelli, Scott P Sibbel, David Van Wyck, Amit Sharma, Andrew Hsieh, Glenn M Chertow
Ferric citrate (FC) has demonstrated efficacy as a phosphate binder and reduces the requirements for erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) and intravenous (IV) iron in dialysis patients. We developed a net budgetary impact model to evaluate FC vs. other phosphate binders from the vantage of a large dialysis provider. We used a Markov microsimulation model to simulate mutually referential longitudinal effects between serum phosphate and phosphate binder dose; categories of these defined health states. Health states probabilistically determined treatment attendance and utilization of ESA and IV iron...
January 11, 2017: Drugs in R&D
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078511/intra-individual-comparison-of-different-gadolinium-based-contrast-agents-in-the-quantitative-evaluation-of-c6-glioma-with-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#19
Ying Li, Gang Liu, Xin Lou, Zhiye Chen, Lin Ma
This experiment aimed to compare the ionic (Gadodiamide, Gd-DTPA-BMA) and non-ionic (Gadopentetate dimeglumine, Gd-DTPA) gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCA) in the quantitative evaluation of C6 glioma with dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI). A C6 glioma model was established in 12 Wistar rats, and magnetic resonance (MR) scans were performed six days after tumor implantation. Imaging was performed using a 3.0-T MR scanner with a 7-inch handmade circular coil. Pre-contrast T1 mapping and dynamic contrast-enhanced T1WI after a bolus injection (0...
January 4, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078379/chitosan-sodium-tetradecyl-sulfate-hydrogel-characterization-and-preclinical-evaluation-of-a-novel-sclerosing-embolizing-agent-for-the-treatment-of-endoleaks
#20
Fatemeh Zehtabi, Vincent Dumont-Mackay, Ahmed Fatimi, Antony Bertrand-Grenier, Hélène Héon, Gilles Soulez, Sophie Lerouge
PURPOSE: To compare the efficacy of an embolization agent with sclerosing properties (made of chitosan and sodium tetradecyl sulfate, CH-STS) with a similar embolization agent but without sclerosing properties (made of chitosan, CH) in treating endoleaks in a canine endovascular aneurysm repair model. METHODS: Two chitosan-based radiopaque hydrogels were prepared, one with STS and one without STS. Their rheological, injectability, and embolizing properties were assessed in vitro; afterwards, their efficacy in occluding endoleaks was compared in a canine bilateral aneurysm model reproducing type I endoleaks (n = 9 each)...
January 11, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
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