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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212706/sclerostin-antibody-inhibits-skeletal-deterioration-in-mice-exposed-to-partial-weight-bearing
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J M Spatz, R Ellman, A M Cloutier, L Louis, M van Vliet, D Dwyer, M Stolina, H Z Ke, M L Bouxsein
Whereas much is known regarding the musculoskeletal responses to full unloading, little is known about the physiological effects and response to pharmacological agents in partial unloading (e.g. Moon and Mars) environments. To address this, we used a previously developed ground-based model of partial weight-bearing (PWB) that allows chronic exposure to reduced weight-bearing in mice to determine the effects of murine sclerostin antibody (SclAbII) on bone microstructure and strength across different levels of mechanical unloading...
February 2017: Life Sciences in Space Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212631/anti-malarial-effect-of-novel-chloroquine-derivatives-as-agents-for-the-treatment-of-malaria
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Seon-Ju Yeo, Dong-Xu Liu, Hak Sung Kim, Hyun Park
BACKGROUND: The widespread emergence of anti-malarial drug resistance has necessitated the discovery of novel anti-malarial drug candidates. In this study, chloroquine derivatives were evaluated for the improved anti-malarial activity. RESULTS: Novel two derivatives (SKM13 and SKM14) were synthesized based on the chloroquine (CQ) template containing modified side chains such as α,β-unsaturated amides and phenylmethyl group. The selective index indicated that SKM13 was 1...
February 17, 2017: Malaria Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212440/emergent-inequality-and-self-organized-social-classes-in-a-network-of-power-and-frustration
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Benoit Mahault, Avadh Saxena, Cristiano Nisoli
We propose a simple agent-based model on a network to conceptualize the allocation of limited wealth among more abundant expectations at the interplay of power, frustration, and initiative. Concepts imported from the statistical physics of frustrated systems in and out of equilibrium allow us to compare subjective measures of frustration and satisfaction to collective measures of fairness in wealth distribution, such as the Lorenz curve and the Gini index. We find that a completely libertarian, law-of-the-jungle setting, where every agent can acquire wealth from or lose wealth to anybody else invariably leads to a complete polarization of the distribution of wealth vs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212093/predicting-antimicrobial-peptides-by-using-increment-of-diversity-with-quadratic-discriminant-analysis-method
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Pengmian Feng, Zhenyi Wang, Xiaoyu Yu
Antimicrobial peptides are crucial components of the innate host defense system of most living organisms and promising candidates for antimicrobial agents. Accurate classification of antimicrobial peptides will be helpful to the discovery of new therapeutic targets. In this work, the Increment of Diversity with Quadratic Discriminant analysis (IDQD) was presented to classify antifungal and antibacterial peptides based on primary sequence information. In the jackknife test, the proposed IDQD model yields an accuracy of 86...
February 14, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211963/a-parametric-model-of-the-brain-vascular-system-for-estimation-of-the-arterial-input-function-aif-at-the-tissue-level
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Siamak P Nejad-Davarani, Hassan Bagher-Ebadian, James R Ewing, Douglas C Noll, Tom Mikkelsen, Michael Chopp, Quan Jiang
In this paper, we introduce a novel model of the brain vascular system, which is developed based on laws of fluid dynamics and vascular morphology. This model is used to address dispersion and delay of the arterial input function (AIF) at different levels of the vascular structure and to estimate the local AIF in DCE images. We developed a method based on the simplex algorithm and Akaike information criterion to estimate the likelihood of the contrast agent concentration signal sampled in DCE images belonging to different layers of the vascular tree or being a combination of different signal levels from different nodes of this structure...
February 17, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210221/pharmacogenomic-characterization-and-isobologram-analysis-of-the-combination-of-ascorbic-acid-and-curcumin-two-main-metabolites-of-curcuma-longa-in-cancer-cells
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Edna Ooko, Onat Kadioglu, Henry J Greten, Thomas Efferth
Curcuma longa has long been used in China and India as anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions and also as a spice for varied curry preparations. The chemoprofile of the Curcuma species exhibits the presence of varied phytochemicals with curcumin being present in all three species but AA only being shown in C. longa. This study explored the effect of a curcumin/AA combination on human cancer cell lines. The curcumin/AA combination was assessed by isobologram analysis using the Loewe additivity drug interaction model...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210205/the-atp-gated-p2x7-receptor-as-a-target-for-the-treatment-of-drug-resistant-epilepsy
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Edward Beamer, Wolfgang Fischer, Tobias Engel
Despite the progress made in the development of new antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), the biggest challenges that epilepsy presents to drug development have remained unchanged for the last 80 years: finding a treatment with potential for modifying disease progression and reducing the percentage of patients resistant to all pharmacological interventions. The mechanism of action of the majority of AEDs is based on blocking Na(+) and/or Ca(2+) channels, promotion of GABA or inhibition of glutamate signaling. In order for further progress to be made, however, a fuller picture of epilepsy will need to be considered, including changes to blood-brain barrier permeability, synaptic plasticity, network reorganization, and gliosis...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209913/rapid-imaging-of-tumor-cell-death-in-vivo-using-the-c2a-domain-of-synaptotagmin-i
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André A Neves, Bangwen Xie, Sarah Fawcett, Israt S Alam, Timothy H Witney, Maaike M de Backer, Julia Summers, William Hughes, Sarah McGuire, Dmitry Soloviev, Jodie Miller, William J Howat, De-En Hu, Tiago B Rodrigues, David Y Lewis, Kevin M Brindle
Cell death is an important target for imaging the early response of tumors to treatment. We describe here validation of a phosphatidylserine-binding agent for detecting tumor cell death in vivo based on the C2A domain of Synaptotagmin-I. Methods: The capability of near infrared fluorophore-labeled and 99mTechnetium- and (111)Indium-labeled derivatives of C2Am for imaging tumor cell death, using planar near infrared fluorescence (NIRF) imaging and single photon computed tomography (SPECT) respectively, was evaluated in implanted and genetically engineered mouse models of lymphoma and in a human colorectal xenograft...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209745/platinum-fluoropyrimidine-and-paclitaxel-based-chemotherapy-in-the-treatment-of-advanced-anal-cancer-patients
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Francesco Sclafani, Federica Morano, David Cunningham, Chiara Baratelli, Eleftheria Kalaitzaki, David Watkins, Naureen Starling, Ian Chau, Sheela Rao
BACKGROUND: Although treatment of localized anal cancer (AC) is well established, very little evidence is available to inform the management of advanced tumors, and the prognosis of these patients remains poor. We have analyzed treatment pathways and outcomes of a single-institution series of advanced AC patients in order to provide insight into the management of this rare condition. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Inclusion criteria included epidermoid histology, inoperable locally recurrent or metastatic disease, and availability of full medical records...
February 16, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208447/influence-of-trust-in-the-spreading-of-information
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Hongrun Wu, Alex Arenas, Sergio Gómez
The understanding and prediction of information diffusion processes on networks is a major challenge in network theory with many implications in social sciences. Many theoretical advances occurred due to stochastic spreading models. Nevertheless, these stochastic models overlooked the influence of rational decisions on the outcome of the process. For instance, different levels of trust in acquaintances do play a role in information spreading, and actors may change their spreading decisions during the information diffusion process accordingly...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205649/comparative-studies-of-oxaliplatin-based-platinum-iv-complexes-in-different-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-tumor-models
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Simone Göschl, Ekaterina Schreiber-Brynzak, Verena Pichler, Klaudia Cseh, Petra Heffeter, Ute Jungwirth, Michael A Jakupec, Walter Berger, Bernhard K Keppler
Using platinum(iv) prodrugs of clinically established platinum(ii) compounds is a strategy to overcome side effects and acquired resistances. We studied four oxaliplatin-derived platinum(iv) complexes with varying axial ligands in various in vitro and in vivo settings. The ability to interfere with DNA (pUC19) in the presence and absence of a reducing agent (ascorbic acid) was investigated in cell-free experiments. Cytotoxicity was compared under normoxic and hypoxic conditions in monolayer cultures and multicellular spheroids of colon carcinoma cell lines...
February 16, 2017: Metallomics: Integrated Biometal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205617/an-empirical-analysis-of-the-ebola-outbreak-in-west-africa
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Abdul Khaleque, Parongama Sen
The data for the Ebola outbreak that occurred in 2014-2016 in three countries of West Africa are analysed within a common framework. The analysis is made using the results of an agent based Susceptible-Infected-Removed (SIR) model on a Euclidean network, where nodes at a distance l are connected with probability P(l) ∝ l(-δ), δ determining the range of the interaction, in addition to nearest neighbors. The cumulative (total) density of infected population here has the form , where the parameters depend on δ and the infection probability q...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205558/plant-based-vaccines-for-oral-delivery-of-type-1-diabetes-related-autoantigens-evaluating-oral-tolerance-mechanisms-and-disease-prevention-in-nod-mice
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Amanda L Posgai, Clive H Wasserfall, Kwang-Chul Kwon, Henry Daniell, Desmond A Schatz, Mark A Atkinson
Autoantigen-specific immunological tolerance represents a central objective for prevention of type 1 diabetes (T1D). Previous studies demonstrated mucosal antigen administration results in expansion of Foxp3(+) and LAP(+) regulatory T cells (Tregs), suggesting oral delivery of self-antigens might represent an effective means for modulating autoimmune disease. Early preclinical experiments using the non-obese diabetic (NOD) mouse model reported mucosal administration of T1D-related autoantigens [proinsulin or glutamic acid decarboxylase 65 (GAD)] delayed T1D onset, but published data are conflicting regarding dose, treatment duration, requirement for combinatorial agents, and extent of efficacy...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202327/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-anticonvulsant-properties-of-new-n-mannich-bases-derived-from-pyrrolidine-2-5-dione-and-its-3-methyl-3-isopropyl-and-3-benzhydryl-analogs
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Sabina Rybka, Jolanta Obniska, Anna Rapacz, Barbara Filipek, Paweł Żmudzki
The aim of this paper was to describe the synthesis of a library of 28 new 1,3-substituted pyrrolidine-2,5-dione as potential anticonvulsant agents. The anticonvulsant activity was evaluated using three acute models of seizures in mice (MES-maximal electroshock, scPTZ-subcutaneous pentylenetetrazole, and 6Hz-psychomotor seizure tests). The neurotoxicity was determined by rotarod test. The most promising compound was found to be N-[{morpholin-1-yl}-methyl]-3-benzhydryl-pyrrolidine-2,5-dione (15), as it was active in the MES (ED50=41...
February 4, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202007/diffusible-substances-from-lactic-acid-bacterial-cultures-exert-strong-inhibitory-effects-on-listeria-monocytogenes-and-salmonella-enterica-serovar-enteritidis-in-a-co-culture-model
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Solomon H Mariam, Nigus Zegeye, Abraham Aseffa, Rawleigh Howe
BACKGROUND: Food-borne infections cause huge economic and human life losses. Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis are among the top ranking pathogens causing such losses. Control of such infections is hampered by persistent contamination of foods and food-processing environments, resistance of pathogens to sanitizing agents, existence of heterogeneous populations of pathogens (including culturable and viable but non-culturable cells) within the same food items, and inability to detect all such pathogens by culture-based methods...
February 15, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199368/secondary-structure-prediction-revisited-theoretical-%C3%AE-sheet-propensity-and-coil-propensity-represent-structures-of-amyloids-and-aid-in-elucidating-phenomena-involved-in-interspecies-transmission-of-prions
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Yuzuru Taguchi, Noriyuki Nishida
Prions are unique infectious agents, consisting solely of abnormally-folded prion protein (PrPSc). However, they possess virus-like features, including strain diversity, the ability to adapt to new hosts and to be altered evolutionarily. Because prions lack genetic material (DNA and RNA), these biological phenomena have been attributed to the structural properties of PrPSc. Therefore, many structural models of the structure of PrPSc have been proposed based on the limited structural information available, regardless of the incompatibility with high-resolution structural analysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196492/long-term-microfluidic-tracking-of-coccoid-cyanobacterial-cells-reveals-robust-control-of-division-timing
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Feiqiao Brian Yu, Lisa Willis, Rosanna Man Wah Chau, Alessandro Zambon, Mark Horowitz, Devaki Bhaya, Kerwyn Casey Huang, Stephen R Quake
BACKGROUND: Cyanobacteria are important agents in global carbon and nitrogen cycling and hold great promise for biotechnological applications. Model organisms such as Synechocystis sp. and Synechococcus sp. have advanced our understanding of photosynthetic capacity and circadian behavior, mostly using population-level measurements in which the behavior of individuals cannot be monitored. Synechocystis sp. cells are small and divide slowly, requiring long-term experiments to track single cells...
February 14, 2017: BMC Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196372/resilience-through-adaptation
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Guus A Ten Broeke, George A K van Voorn, Arend Ligtenberg, Jaap Molenaar
Adaptation of agents through learning or evolution is an important component of the resilience of Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS). Without adaptation, the flexibility of such systems to cope with outside pressures would be much lower. To study the capabilities of CAS to adapt, social simulations with agent-based models (ABMs) provide a helpful tool. However, the value of ABMs for studying adaptation depends on the availability of methodologies for sensitivity analysis that can quantify resilience and adaptation in ABMs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194866/pseudomonas-protegens-cs1-from-the-lemon-phyllosphere-as-a-candidate-for-citrus-canker-biocontrol-agent
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G Michavila, C Adler, P R De Gregorio, M J Lami, M C Caram Di Santo, A M Zenoff, R E de Cristobal, P A Vincent
Citrus canker is a worldwide-distributed disease caused by Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri. One of the most used strategies to control the disease is centered on copper-based compounds that cause environmental problems. Therefore, it is of interest to develop new strategies to manage the disease. Previously, we reported the ability of the siderophore pyochelin, produced by the opportunistic human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa, to inhibit in vitro several bacterial species including X. citri subsp. citri. The action mechanism, addressed with the model bacterium Escherichia coli, was connected to the generation of reactive oxygen species...
February 14, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194627/fragment-based-in-silico-modeling-of-multi-target-inhibitors-against-breast-cancer-related-proteins
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Alejandro Speck-Planche, M Natália D S Cordeiro
Breast cancer is the most frequent cancer reported in women, being responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths. Chemotherapy has proven to be effective against this malignant neoplasm depending on different biological factors such as the histopathology, grade, and stage, among others. However, breast cancer cells have become resistant to current chemotherapeutic regimens, urging the discovery of new anti-breast cancer drugs. Computational approaches have the potential to offer promising alternatives to accelerate the search for potent and versatile anti-breast cancer agents...
February 13, 2017: Molecular Diversity
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