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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914056/parallel-computational-protein-design
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Yichao Zhou, Bruce R Donald, Jianyang Zeng
Computational structure-based protein design (CSPD) is an important problem in computational biology, which aims to design or improve a prescribed protein function based on a protein structure template. It provides a practical tool for real-world protein engineering applications. A popular CSPD method that guarantees to find the global minimum energy solution (GMEC) is to combine both dead-end elimination (DEE) and A* tree search algorithms. However, in this framework, the A* search algorithm can run in exponential time in the worst case, which may become the computation bottleneck of large-scale computational protein design process...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911926/international-collaboration-patterns-and-effecting-factors-of-emerging-technologies
#2
Xu Bai, Yun Liu
With the globalization of the world economy, international innovation collaboration has taken place all over the world. This study selects three emerging technologies (3D printing, big data and carbon nanotubes and graphene technology) among 20 countries as the research objects, using three patent-based indicators and network relationship analysis to reflect international collaboration patterns. Then we integrate empirical analyses to show effecting factors of international collaboration degrees by using panel data...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911822/urban-park-soil-microbiomes-are-a-rich-reservoir-of-natural-product-biosynthetic-diversity
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Zachary Charlop-Powers, Clara C Pregitzer, Christophe Lemetre, Melinda A Ternei, Jeffrey Maniko, Bradley M Hover, Paula Y Calle, Krista L McGuire, Jeanne Garbarino, Helen M Forgione, Sarah Charlop-Powers, Sean F Brady
Numerous therapeutically relevant small molecules have been identified from the screening of natural products (NPs) produced by environmental bacteria. These discovery efforts have principally focused on culturing bacteria from natural environments rich in biodiversity. We sought to assess the biosynthetic capacity of urban soil environments using a phylogenetic analysis of conserved NP biosynthetic genes amplified directly from DNA isolated from New York City park soils. By sequencing genes involved in the biosynthesis of nonribosomal peptides and polyketides, we found that urban park soil microbiomes are both rich in biosynthetic diversity and distinct from nonurban samples in their biosynthetic gene composition...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911489/palliative-care-interventions-in-advanced-dementia
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REVIEW
Edel Murphy, Katherine Froggatt, Sheelah Connolly, Eamon O'Shea, Elizabeth L Sampson, Dympna Casey, Declan Devane
BACKGROUND: Dementia is a chronic, progressive and ultimately fatal neurodegenerative disease. Advanced dementia is characterised by profound cognitive impairment, inability to communicate verbally and complete functional dependence. Usual care of people with advanced dementia is not underpinned universally by a palliative approach. Palliative care has focused traditionally on care of people with cancer but for more than a decade, there have been increased calls worldwide to extend palliative care services to include all people with life-limiting illnesses in need of specialist care, including people with dementia...
December 2, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910260/impact-of-small-quantity-lipid-based-nutrient-supplements-on-infant-and-young-child-feeding-practices-at-18%C3%A2-months-of-age-results-from-four-randomized-controlled-trials-in-africa
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Mary Arimond, Souheila Abbeddou, Chiza Kumwenda, Harriet Okronipa, Jaimie Hemsworth, Elizabeth Yakes Jimenez, Eugenia Ocansey, Anna Lartey, Ulla Ashorn, Seth Adu-Afarwuah, Stephen A Vosti, Sonja Y Hess, Kathryn G Dewey
Optimal infant and young child feeding (IYCF) practices can help ensure nutrient adequacy and support healthy growth and development. Small-quantity lipid-based nutrient supplements (SQ-LNS) have been proposed to help fill nutrient gaps, but little is known about the impact of provision of SQ-LNS on breastfeeding or complementary feeding practices. In the context of four coordinated randomized controlled nutrient supplementation trials in diverse sites in Africa, we compared IYCF practices at infant age 18 months (after 9-12 months of supplementation) between those receiving and not receiving SQ-LNS...
December 2, 2016: Maternal & Child Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907819/giant-primary-malignant-mesothelioma-of-the-liver-a-case-report
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Ruba Haji Ali, Mohamad Khalife, Ghina El Nounou, Ruba Zuhri Yafi, Hussein Nassar, Zeinab Aidibe, Randa Raad, Rania Abou Eid, Walid Faraj
INTRODUCTION: Malignant mesothelioma is a rare neoplasm of mesothelial cells arising most frequently in the pleura or peritoneum and less frequently in the liver. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a case of primary hepatic mesothelioma of 41year old woman. She had no history of asbestos exposure or cancer. Abdominal computed tomography (CT) showed 21cm intrahepatic mass in the right lobe with many cystic lesions and few small calcifications. Pathology showed a biphasic cellular pattern...
November 11, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907101/economic-and-environmental-impact-of-rice-blast-pathogen-magnaporthe-oryzae-alleviation-in-the-united-states
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Lawton Nalley, Francis Tsiboe, Alvaro Durand-Morat, Aaron Shew, Greg Thoma
Rice blast (Magnaporthe oryzae) is a key concern in combating global food insecurity given the disease is responsible for approximately 30% of rice production losses globally-the equivalent of feeding 60 million people. These losses increase the global rice price and reduce consumer welfare and food security. Rice is the staple crop for more than half the world's population so any reduction in rice blast would have substantial beneficial effects on consumer livelihoods. In 2012, researchers in the US began analyzing the feasibility of creating blast-resistant rice through cisgenic breeding...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906093/microrna-140-5p-inhibits-colorectal-cancer-invasion-and-metastasis-by-targeting-adamts5-and-igfbp5
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Lihui Yu, Ying Lu, Xiaocui Han, Wenyue Zhao, Jiazhi Li, Jun Mao, Bo Wang, Jie Shen, Shujun Fan, Lu Wang, Mei Wang, Lianhong Li, Jianwu Tang, Bo Song
BACKGROUND: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the most common malignancies in the world. microRNA-140-5p (miR-140) has been shown to be involved in cartilage development and osteoarthritis (OA) pathogenesis. Some contradictions still exist concerning the role of miR-140 in tumor progression and metastasis, and the underlying mechanism is uncertain. METHODS: Immunohistochemistry was performed to determine the expressions of ADAMTS5 and IGFBP5 in CRC tissues. Human CRC cell lines HCT116 and RKO were transfected with miR-140 mimic, inhibitor, or small interfering RNA (siRNA) against ADAMTS5 or IGFBP5, respectively, using oligofectamine or lipofectamine 2000...
December 1, 2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905285/the-current-status-of-ticks-in-turkey-a-100-year-period-review-from-1916-to-2016
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Abdullah İnci, Alparslan Yıldırım, Önder Düzlü
Environmental and bio-ecological changes, some administrative and political mistakes, and global warming seriously affect the behaviors of ticks in Turkey and globally. The global public sensitivity toward tick infestations has increased along with increases in tick-borne diseases (TBDs). Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) developed a new political concept, "One Health," for specific struggle strategies against tick infestations and TBDs. To highlight the importance of the issue, the WHO had declared the year 2015 for vector-borne diseases and adopted the slogan "small bites big threat"...
September 2016: Türkiye Parazitolojii Dergisi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904972/the-influence-of-preoperative-symptoms-on-the-death-of-patients-with-small-intestinal-neuroendocrine-tumors
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John Eriksson, Hans Garmo, Per Hellman, Catharina Ihre-Lundgren
BACKGROUND: Small intestinal neuroendocrine tumors (SI-NETs) are uncommon tumors with an annual incidence of about 1 per 100,000. Usually, SI-NETs have a slow progression, and patients often present with generalized disease. Many patients do well, and the disease has a relatively favorable 5-year survival rate. Some SI-NETs, however, have a more negative prognosis. This study aimed to establish prognostic factors for death identifiable at primary surgery. METHODS: A nested case-control study investigated 1150 patients from the cohort of all patients with a diagnosis of SI-NETs in Sweden between 1961 and 2001...
November 30, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903179/gamma-knife-radiosurgery-for-brain-metastases-from-pulmonary-large-cell-neuroendocrine-carcinoma-a-japanese-multi-institutional-cooperative-study-jlgk1401
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Takuya Kawabe, Masaaki Yamamoto, Yasunori Sato, Shoji Yomo, Takeshi Kondoh, Osamu Nagano, Toru Serizawa, Takahiko Tsugawa, Hisayo Okamoto, Atsuya Akabane, Kazuyasu Aita, Manabu Sato, Hidefumi Jokura, Jun Kawagishi, Takashi Shuto, Hideya Kawai, Akihito Moriki, Hiroyuki Kenai, Yoshiyasu Iwai, Masazumi Gondo, Toshinori Hasegawa, Soichiro Yasuda, Yasuhiro Kikuchi, Yasushi Nagatomo, Shinya Watanabe, Naoya Hashimoto
OBJECTIVE In 1999, the World Health Organization categorized large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (LCNEC) of the lung as a variant of large cell carcinoma, and LCNEC now accounts for 3% of all lung cancers. Although LCNEC is categorized among the non-small cell lung cancers, its biological behavior has recently been suggested to be very similar to that of a small cell pulmonary malignancy. The clinical outcome for patients with LCNEC is generally poor, and the optimal treatment for this malignancy has not yet been established...
December 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902865/small-world-properties-changes-in-mild-traumatic-brain-injury
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Yongxia Zhou
PURPOSE: To investigate local and global efficiency changes characterized by small-world properties based on resting-state functional MRI, such as centrality and clustering coefficient, in mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) patients; and to associate these findings with axonal injury as measured by diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) as well as with post-concussive symptom (PCS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty patients (mean age 35 ± 13 years) with clinically defined MTBI and 45 age-matched healthy controls (mean age 37 ± 10 years) participated in the experiments...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898668/the-long-term-safety-public-health-impact-and-cost-effectiveness-of-routine-vaccination-with-a-recombinant-live-attenuated-dengue-vaccine-dengvaxia-a-model-comparison-study
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Stefan Flasche, Mark Jit, Isabel Rodríguez-Barraquer, Laurent Coudeville, Mario Recker, Katia Koelle, George Milne, Thomas J Hladish, T Alex Perkins, Derek A T Cummings, Ilaria Dorigatti, Daniel J Laydon, Guido España, Joel Kelso, Ira Longini, Jose Lourenco, Carl A B Pearson, Robert C Reiner, Luis Mier-Y-Terán-Romero, Kirsten Vannice, Neil Ferguson
BACKGROUND: Large Phase III trials across Asia and Latin America have recently demonstrated the efficacy of a recombinant, live-attenuated dengue vaccine (Dengvaxia) over the first 25 mo following vaccination. Subsequent data collected in the longer-term follow-up phase, however, have raised concerns about a potential increase in hospitalization risk of subsequent dengue infections, in particular among young, dengue-naïve vaccinees. We here report predictions from eight independent modelling groups on the long-term safety, public health impact, and cost-effectiveness of routine vaccination with Dengvaxia in a range of transmission settings, as characterised by seroprevalence levels among 9-y-olds (SP9)...
November 2016: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898355/gallstone-ileus-presenting-as-intussusception-a-case-report
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Rahul M Prasad, Katrina M Weimer, Arunkumar Baskara
BACKGROUND: Gallstone ileus is a complication of acute cholecystitis that accounts for 25% of bowel obstruction cases in the elderly. To our knowledge, only one other case of gallstone ileus presenting as intussusception has been reported in the literature, and involved non-operative management with an unfavorable outcome. CASE PRESENTATION: Here we report the case of 69year old woman presenting with symptoms of acute small bowel obstruction with a surgical history significant for cholecystectomy 30 years prior...
November 22, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896474/worldwide-prevalence-of-adverse-pregnancy-outcomes-among-singleton-pregnancies-after-in-vitro-fertilization-intracytoplasmic-sperm-injection-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Jia-Bi Qin, Xiao-Qi Sheng, Di Wu, Shi-You Gao, Yi-Ping You, Tu-Bao Yang, Hua Wang
PURPOSE: The worldwide prevalence of adverse pregnancy outcomes (APOs) in singleton pregnancies after in vitro fertilization (IVF)/intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) is suggested to vary; however, a complete overview is missing. The aim of this review is to estimate the worldwide prevalence of APOs associated with IVF/ICSI singleton pregnancies. METHODS: PubMed, Google Scholar, Cochrane Libraries, and Chinese databases were searched for studies assessing APOs among IVF/ICSI singleton births through March 2016...
November 28, 2016: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893798/diversity-and-impacts-of-mining-on-the-non-volant-small-mammal-communities-of-two-vegetation-types-in-the-brazilian-amazon
#16
Natália Carneiro Ardente, Átilla Colombo Ferreguetti, Donald Gettinger, Pricila Leal, Ana Cristina Mendes-Oliveira, Fernanda Martins-Hatano, Helena Godoy Bergallo
The Carajás National Forest contains some of the largest iron ore deposits in the world. The majority of the minerals are found below a plant community known as Savana Metalófila, or "Canga", which represents only 3% of the landscape within the Carajás National Forest (CNF). The aim of our study was to understand the diversity of community of non-volant small mammals in the two predominant vegetation types: Ombrophilous Forest and Canga, and to examine how mining impacts these communities. Sampling was conducted from January 2010 to August 2011 in 11 sampling sites divided by the total area of Canga and 12 sampling sites in the forest, totalizing 23 sites...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892846/a-global-overview-of-male-escort-websites
#17
Navin Kumar, Victor Minichiello, John Scott, Taylor Harrington
This paper details a preliminary dataset of global male escort sites in order to give insight into the scale of the online market. We conducted a content analysis of 499 websites and also measured traffic to these sites. Our analysis examined the structural characteristics of escort services, geographical and regulatory contexts along with resilience of such services. Results suggest that most sites are independent and not affiliated to escort agencies, and the majority cater to male escorts soliciting male clients, with a number of sites for female clientele and couples...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Homosexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892773/real-world-data-on-nivolumab-treatment-of-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#18
O T Brustugun, M Sprauten, Å Helland
BACKGROUND: Checkpoint inhibitors have proven effectiveness in clinical trials for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients, but if this is congruent with routine patient care is discussed. We present real-world experience with the PD1-inhibitor nivolumab in NSCLC. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with NSCLC were considered eligible for nivolumab treatment after one or more lines of chemotherapy, and when in reasonable performance status (PS) [Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) < 3]...
November 28, 2016: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892501/a-social-contagious-model-of-the-obesity-epidemic
#19
He Huang, Zhijun Yan, Yahong Chen, Fangyan Liu
Obesity has been recognized as a global epidemic by WHO, followed by many empirical evidences to prove its infectiousness. However, the inter-person spreading dynamics of obesity are seldom studied. A distinguishing feature of the obesity epidemic is that it is driven by a social contagion process which cannot be perfectly described by the infectious disease models. In this paper, we propose a novel belief decision model based on the famous Dempster-Shafer theory of evidence to model obesity epidemic as the competing spread of two obesity-related behaviors: physical inactivity and physical activity...
November 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890141/how-to-assess-driver-s-interaction-with-partially-automated-driving-systems-a-framework-for-early-concept-assessment
#20
Arie P van den Beukel, Mascha C van der Voort
The introduction of partially automated driving systems changes the driving task into supervising the automation with an occasional need to intervene. To develop interface solutions that adequately support drivers in this new role, this study proposes and evaluates an assessment framework that allows designers to evaluate driver-support within relevant real-world scenarios. Aspects identified as requiring assessment in terms of driver-support within the proposed framework are Accident Avoidance, gained Situation Awareness (SA) and Concept Acceptance...
March 2017: Applied Ergonomics
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