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Caterina Gratton, Timothy O Laumann, Evan M Gordon, Babatunde Adeyemo, Steven E Petersen
Humans easily and flexibly complete a wide variety of tasks. To accomplish this feat, the brain appears to subtly adjust stable brain networks. Here, we investigate what regional factors underlie these modifications, asking whether networks are either altered at (1) regions activated by a given task or (2) hubs that interconnect different networks. We used fMRI "functional connectivity" (FC) to compare networks during rest and three distinct tasks requiring semantic judgments, mental rotation, and visual coherence...
October 25, 2016: Cell Reports
Karla A Mark, Kathleen J Dumas, Dipa Bhaumik, Birgit Schilling, Sonnet Davis, Tal Ronnen Oron, Dylan J Sorensen, Mark Lucanic, Rachel B Brem, Simon Melov, Arvind Ramanathan, Bradford W Gibson, Gordon J Lithgow
Vitamin D has multiple roles, including the regulation of bone and calcium homeostasis. Deficiency of 25-hydroxyvitamin D, the major circulating form of vitamin D, is associated with an increased risk of age-related chronic diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, cognitive impairment, and cancer. In this study, we utilized Caenorhabditis elegans to examine the mechanism by which vitamin D influences aging. We found that vitamin-D3-induced lifespan extension requires the stress response pathway genes skn-1, ire-1, and xbp-1...
October 25, 2016: Cell Reports
André David Kovac, Maximilian Koall, Gordon Pipa, Hazem Toutounji
Delays are ubiquitous in biological systems, ranging from genetic regulatory networks and synaptic conductances, to predator/pray population interactions. The evidence is mounting, not only to the presence of delays as physical constraints in signal propagation speed, but also to their functional role in providing dynamical diversity to the systems that comprise them. The latter observation in biological systems inspired the recent development of a computational architecture that harnesses this dynamical diversity, by delay-coupling a single nonlinear element to itself...
2016: PloS One
Gordon Chan, Benjamin G Neel
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 26, 2016: Nature
Mikhail A Chetvertkov, Farzan Siddiqui, Jinkoo Kim, Indrin Chetty, Akila Kumarasiri, Chang Liu, J James Gordon
PURPOSE: To develop standard (SPCA) and regularized (RPCA) principal component analysis models of anatomical changes from daily cone beam CTs (CBCTs) of head and neck (H&N) patients and assess their potential use in adaptive radiation therapy, and for extracting quantitative information for treatment response assessment. METHODS: Planning CT images of ten H&N patients were artificially deformed to create "digital phantom" images, which modeled systematic anatomical changes during radiation therapy...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Jacek Dziedzic, Yuezhi Mao, Yihan Shao, Jay Ponder, Teresa Head-Gordon, Martin Head-Gordon, Chris-Kriton Skylaris
We present a novel quantum mechanical/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) approach in which a quantum subsystem is coupled to a classical subsystem described by the AMOEBA polarizable force field. Our approach permits mutual polarization between the QM and MM subsystems, effected through multipolar electrostatics. Self-consistency is achieved for both the QM and MM subsystems through a total energy minimization scheme. We provide an expression for the Hamiltonian of the coupled QM/MM system, which we minimize using gradient methods...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Susi Lehtola, John Parkhill, Martin Head-Gordon
Novel implementations based on dense tensor storage are presented for the singlet-reference perfect quadruples (PQ) [J. A. Parkhill et al., J. Chem. Phys. 130, 084101 (2009)] and perfect hextuples (PH) [J. A. Parkhill and M. Head-Gordon, J. Chem. Phys. 133, 024103 (2010)] models. The methods are obtained as block decompositions of conventional coupled-cluster theory that are exact for four electrons in four orbitals (PQ) and six electrons in six orbitals (PH), but that can also be applied to much larger systems...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Sepidar Sayyar, Miina Bjorninen, Suvi Haimi, Susanna Miettinen, Kerry Gilmore, Dirk W Grijpma, Gordon G Wallace
Conductive, flexible graphene/poly(trimethylene carbonate)(PTMC) composites (PTMC-CCG) were prepared. Addition of just 3 wt.% graphene to PTMC oligomers functionalized with methacrylate end-groups followed by UV-crosslinking results in more than 100% improvement in tensile strength and enhanced electrical conductivity by orders of magnitude without altering the processability of the host material. The addition of graphene also enhances mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) attachment and proliferation. When electrical stimulation via the composite material is applied, MSC viability is not compromised and osteogenic markers are upregulated...
October 26, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Ali Saber Abdelhameed, Gordon A Morris, Fahad Almutairi, Gary G Adams, Pierre Duvivier, Karel Conrath, Stephen E Harding
The structural integrity of meningococcal native, micro-fluidized and activated capsular polysaccharides and their glycoconjugates - in the form most relevant to their potential use as vaccines (dilute solution) - have been investigated with respect to their homogeneity, conformation and flexibility. Sedimentation velocity analysis showed that the polysaccharide size distributions were generally bimodal with some evidence for higher molar mass forms at higher concentration. Weight average molar masses Mw where lower for activated polysaccharides...
October 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
M R Smith, F Hong, H Li, L I Gordon, R D Gascoyne, E M Paietta, R H Advani, A Forero-Torres, S J Horning, B S Kahl
Leukemia accepted article preview online, 26 October 2016. doi:10.1038/leu.2016.305.
October 26, 2016: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
Alice Kizny Gordon, Christopher McIver, Minhee Kim, Dedee F Murrell, Peter Taylor
The dermatophytoses are the most common superficial fungal infections worldwide. Clinical diagnosis is not reliable as there are many differentials, and laboratory diagnosis is required to gain access to treatment in more severe disease. Traditional diagnostic methods are limited by suboptimal sensitivity, specificity and prolonged turnaround times. Molecular methods are being used increasingly in the diagnostic algorithm in the clinical microbiology laboratory. The aim of this study was to evaluate a real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) targeting the chitin synthase 1 gene (CHS1) of dermatophytes for analytical specificity, and to assess its clinical application by comparing it to the current methods of microscopy and culture...
October 22, 2016: Pathology
Nsabimana A Uwumugambi, Vaishali Sanchorawala, Anthony C Shelton, Lauren Stern, Craig E Gordon
Nephrogenic diabetes insipidus is a condition characterized by polyuria with dilute urine due to the inability of the principal cells of the renal collecting ducts to respond to antidiuretic hormone and concentrate urine. Nephrogenic diabetes insipidus can be drug induced, and several chemotherapeutic agents have been reported to cause it. Bendamustine is a traditional chemotherapeutic agent being studied for treatment for relapsed systemic AL amyloidosis. We report a case of a 59-year-old man with AL amyloidosis who developed partial nephrogenic diabetes insipidus after receiving bendamustine for treatment of AL amyloidosis...
October 22, 2016: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Arvind R Murali, Carlos Romero-Marrero, Charles Miller, Federico Aucejo, Abraham Levitin, Amanjit Gill, Gordon McLennan, Karunakaravel Karuppasamy, Nizar N Zein, Rocio Lopez, K V Narayanan Menon
BACKGROUND: Patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) outside Milan criteria (MC) may be candidates for liver transplantation (LT) after successful downstaging. Factors that predict successful downstaging are unclear. We aimed to identify the predictors of successful downstaging of HCC in patients outside MC. METHODS: We performed a retrospective cohort study on consecutive patients with HCC outside MC who received downstaging with locoregional therapy. Clinical and laboratory variables, tumor characteristics including total tumor volume (TTV) and up-to-7 criteria were recorded...
November 2016: Transplantation
Gordon D Brown, Paul R Crocker
Lectins recognize a diverse array of carbohydrate structures and perform numerous essential biological functions. Here we focus on only two families of lectins, the Siglecs and C-type lectins. Triggering of intracellular signaling cascades following ligand recognition by these receptors can have profound effects on the induction and modulation of immunity. In this chapter, we provide a brief overview of each family and then focus on selected examples that highlight how these lectins can influence myeloid cell functioning in health and disease...
October 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
Wendy M Gordon
Midwifery associations are increasing awareness and commitment to racial equity in the profession and in the communities we serve. Moving these commitments from words into action may be facilitated by a racial equity toolkit to help guide midwifery organizations to consider all policies, initiatives, and actions with a racial equity lens. Racial equity impact analyses have been used in recent years by various governmental agencies in the United States and abroad with positive results, and emerging literature indicates that nonprofit organizations are having similarly positive results...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Midwifery & Women's Health
Yoonja Kang, Ying-Zhong Tang, Gordon T Taylor, Christopher J Gobler
To date, the life stages of pelagophytes have been poorly described. This study describes the ability of Aureoumbra lagunensis to enter a resting stage in response to environmental stressors including high temperature, nutrient depletion, and darkness as well as their ability to revert from resting cells back to vegetative cells after exposure to optimal light, temperature, and nutrient conditions. Resting cells became round in shape and larger in size, filled with red accumulation bodies, had smaller and fewer plastids, more vacuolar space, contained lower concentrations of chlorophyll a and RNA, displayed reduced photosynthetic efficiency, and lower respiration rates relative to vegetative cells...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Phycology
M Frías, D Rodríguez-Cano, F Cuenca-López, J Macías, A Gordon, B Manzanares-Martín, J A Pineda, Á Camacho, J Torre-Cisneros, J Peña, A Rivero-Juárez, A Rivero
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 25, 2016: Pharmacogenomics Journal
Kyle Joshua Fortinsky, David Kevans, Judy Qiang, Wei Xu, Felipe Bellolio, Hillary Steinhart, Raquel Milgrom, Gordon Greenberg, Zane Cohen, Helen Macrae, Joanne Stempak, Robin McLeod, Mark S Silverberg
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The utility of postoperative medical prophylaxis (POMP) and the treatment of mild endoscopic recurrence remain controversial. METHODS: This study is a retrospective review of patients undergoing a primary ileocolic resection for CD at a single academic center. Endoscopic recurrence (ER) was defined using the Rutgeerts score (RS), and clinical recurrence (CR) was defined as symptoms of CD with endoscopic or radiologic evidence of neo-terminal ileal disease...
October 24, 2016: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
Lauren Van Der Kraak, Gaurav Goel, Krishnaveni Ramanan, Christof Kaltenmeier, Lin Zhang, Daniel P Normolle, Gordon J Freeman, Daolin Tang, Katie S Nason, Jon M Davison, James D Luketich, Rajeev Dhupar, Michael T Lotze
BACKGROUND: Resistance to chemotherapy is a major obstacle in the effective treatment of cancer patients. B7-homolog 1, also known as programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1), is an immunoregulatory protein that is overexpressed in several human cancers. Interaction of B7-H1 with programmed death 1 (PD-1) prevents T-cell activation and proliferation, sequestering the T-cell receptor from the cell membrane, inducing T-cell apoptosis, thereby leading to cancer immunoresistance. B7-H1 upregulation contributes to chemoresistance in several types of cancer, but little is known with respect to changes associated with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) or gastrointestinal cancers...
2016: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
Doug MacNearney, Karine Pigeon, Gordon Stenhouse, Wiebe Nijland, Nicholas C Coops, Laura Finnegan
Anthropogenic landscape change (i.e., disturbance) is recognized as an important factor in the decline and extirpation of wildlife populations. Understanding and monitoring the relationship between wildlife distribution and disturbance is necessary for effective conservation planning. Many studies consider disturbance as a covariate explaining wildlife behavior. However, we propose that there are several advantages to considering the spatial relationship between disturbance and wildlife directly using utilization distributions (UDs), including objective assessment of the spatially explicit overlap between wildlife and disturbance, and the ability to track trends in this relationship over time...
September 2016: Ecology and Evolution
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