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Saito K.,University of ShizuokaShizuoka | Kimura M.,Ryukoku University | Ohara K.,Aoyama Gakuin University | Motoda H.,Osaka UniversityIbaraki | Motoda H.,University of Tasmania
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2016

We address the problem of efficiently detecting critical links in a large network. Critical links are such links that their deletion exerts substantial effects on the network performance. Here in this paper, we define the performance as being the average node reachability. This problem is computationally very expensive because the number of links is an order of magnitude larger even for a sparse network. We tackle this problem by using bottom-k sketch algorithm and further by employing two new acceleration techniques: marginal-link updating (MLU) and redundant-link skipping (RLS). We tested the effectiveness of the proposed method using two real-world large networks and two synthetic large networks and showed that the new method can compute the performance degradation by link removal about an order of magnitude faster than the baseline method in which bottom-k sketch algorithm is applied directly. Further, we confirmed that the measures easily composed by well known existing centralities, e.g. in/out-degree, betweenness, PageRank, authority/hub, are not able to detect critical links. Those links detected by these measures do not reduce the average reachability at all, i.e. not critical at all. © Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.


Liu Q.,Nagoya University | Liu Q.,Osaka UniversityIbaraki | Jung J.,University of Ulsan | Jung J.,University of Seoul | And 14 more authors.
International Journal of Nanomedicine | Year: 2015

Bionanocapsules (BNCs) are hollow nanoparticles consisting of hepatitis B virus (HBV) envelope L proteins and have been shown to deliver drugs and genes specifically to human hepatic tissues by utilizing HBV-derived infection machinery. The complex of BNCs with liposomes (LPs), the BNC-LP complexes (a LP surrounded by BNCs in a rugged spherical form), could also become active targeting nanocarriers by the BNC function. In this study, under acidic conditions and high temperature, BNCs were found to fully fuse with LPs (smooth-surfaced spherical form), deploying L proteins with a membrane topology similar to that of BNCs (ie, virosomes displaying L proteins). Doxorubicin (DOX) was efficiently encapsulated via the remote loading method at 14.2%±1.0% of total lipid weight (mean ± SD, n=3), with a capsule size of 118.2±4.7 nm and a ζ-potential of -51.1±1.0 mV (mean ± SD, n=5). When mammalian cells were exposed to the virosomes, the virosomes showed strong cytotoxicity in human hepatic cells (target cells of BNCs), but not in human colon cancer cells (nontarget cells of BNCs), whereas LPs containing DOX and DOXOVES (structurally stabilized PEGylated LPs containing DOX) did not show strong cytotoxicity in either cell type. Furthermore, the virosomes preferentially delivered DOX to the nuclei of human hepatic cells. Xenograft mice harboring either target or nontarget cell-derived tumors were injected twice intravenously with the virosomes containing DOX at a low dose (2.3 mg/kg as DOX, 5 days interval). The growth of target cell-derived tumors was retarded effectively and specifically. Next, the combination of high dose (10.0 mg/kg as DOX, once) with tumor-specific radiotherapy (3 Gy, once after 2 hours) exhibited the most effective antitumor growth activity in mice harboring target cell-derived tumors. These results demonstrated that the HBV-based virosomes containing DOX could be an effective antitumor nanomedicine specific to human hepatic tissues, especially in combination with radiotherapy. © 2015 Liu et al.

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