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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806833/-dynamic-correction-of-scapholunate-instability-using-an-ecrl-tendon-strip-and-a-free-pl-interponat
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Evelin Soleman, Lukas Fatzer, Tomas Sanchez
The present article describes our technique of correction of static reduceable scapholunate instability.
August 2017: Handchirurgie, Mikrochirurgie, Plastische Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806786/an-economic-evaluation-of-vector-control-in-the-age-of-a-dengue-vaccine
#2
Christopher Fitzpatrick, Alexander Haines, Mathieu Bangert, Andrew Farlow, Janet Hemingway, Raman Velayudhan
INTRODUCTION: Dengue is a rapidly emerging vector-borne Neglected Tropical Disease, with a 30-fold increase in the number of cases reported since 1960. The economic cost of the illness is measured in the billions of dollars annually. Environmental change and unplanned urbanization are conspiring to raise the health and economic cost even further beyond the reach of health systems and households. The health-sector response has depended in large part on control of the Aedes aegypti and Ae...
August 14, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806767/hydrodynamic-repulsion-of-spheroidal-microparticles-from-micro-rough-surfaces
#3
Aleksey V Belyaev
Isolation of microparticles and biological cells from mixtures and suspensions is a central problem in a variety of biomedical applications. This problem, for instance, is of an immense importance for microfluidic devices manipulating with whole blood samples. It is instructive to know how the mobility and dynamics of rigid microparticles is altered by the presence of micrometer-size roughness on walls. The presented theoretical study addresses this issue via computer simulations. The approach is based on a combination of the Lattice Boltzmann method for calculating hydrodynamics and the Lagrangian Particle dynamics method to describe the dynamics of cell membranes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806761/transcriptome-analysis-of-pdgfr%C3%AE-cells-identifies-t-type-ca2-channel-cacna1g-as-a-new-pathological-marker-for-pdgfr%C3%AE-cell-hyperplasia
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Se Eun Ha, Moon Young Lee, Masaaki Kurahashi, Lai Wei, Brian G Jorgensen, Chanjae Park, Paul J Park, Doug Redelman, Kent C Sasse, Laren S Becker, Kenton M Sanders, Seungil Ro
Platelet-derived growth factor receptor alpha (PDGFRα)+ cells are distributed into distinct morphological groups within the serosal, muscular, and submucosal layers as well as the myenteric and deep muscular plexi. PDGFRα+ cells directly interact with interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) and smooth muscle cells (SMC) in gastrointestinal smooth muscle tissue. These three cell types, SMC, ICC, and PDGFRα+ cells (SIP cells), form an electrical syncytium, which dynamically regulates gastrointestinal motility. We have previously reported the transcriptomes of SMC and ICC...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806738/partial-igf-1-deficiency-is-sufficient-to-reduce-heart-contractibility-angiotensin-ii-sensibility-and-alter-gene-expression-of-structural-and-functional-cardiac-proteins
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José Luis González-Guerra, Inma Castilla-Cortazar, Gabriel A Aguirre, Úrsula Muñoz, Irene Martín-Estal, Elena Ávila-Gallego, Miriam Granado, Juan E Puche, Ángel Luis García-Villalón
Circulating levels of IGF-1 may decrease under several circumstances like ageing, metabolic syndrome, and advanced cirrhosis. This reduction is associated with insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, progression to type 2 diabetes, and increased risk for cardiovascular diseases. However, underlying mechanisms between IGF-1 deficiency and cardiovascular disease remain elusive. The specific aim of the present work was to study whether the partial IGF-1 deficiency influences heart and/or coronary circulation, comparing vasoactive factors before and after of ischemia-reperfusion (I/R)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806716/efficient-hardware-implementation-of-the-subthalamic-nucleus-external-globus-pallidus-oscillation-system-and-its-dynamics-investigation
#6
Shuangming Yang, Xile Wei, Jiang Wang, Bin Deng, Chen Liu, Haitao Yu, Huiyan Li
Modeling and implementation of the nonlinear neural system with physiologically plausible dynamic behaviors are considerably meaningful in the field of computational neuroscience. This study introduces a novel hardware platform to investigate the dynamical behaviors within the nonlinear subthalamic nucleus-external globus pallidus system. In order to reduce the implementation complexities, a hardware-oriented conductance-based subthalamic nucleus (STN) model is presented, which can reproduce accurately the dynamical characteristics of biological conductance-based STN cells...
July 26, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806715/recurrent-networks-with-soft-thresholding-nonlinearities-for-lightweight-coding
#7
MohammadMehdi Kafashan, ShiNung Ching
A long-standing and influential hypothesis in neural information processing is that early sensory networks adapt themselves to produce efficient codes of afferent inputs. Here, we show how a nonlinear recurrent network provides an optimal solution for the efficient coding of an afferent input and its history. We specifically consider the problem of producing lightweight codes, ones that minimize both ℓ1 and ℓ2 constraints on sparsity and energy, respectively. When embedded in a linear coding paradigm, this problem results in a non-smooth convex optimization problem...
July 22, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806712/association-between-background-parenchymal-enhancement-and-pathologic-complete-remission-throughout-the-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-in-breast-cancer-patients
#8
Chao You, Weijun Peng, Wenxiang Zhi, Min He, Guangyu Liu, Li Xie, Luan Jiang, Xiaoxin Hu, Xuxia Shen, Yajia Gu
PURPOSE: To retrospectively investigate the quantitative background parenchymal enhancement (BPE) of the contralateral normal breast in patients with unilateral invasive breast cancer throughout multiple monitoring points of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) and to further determine whether BPE is associated with tumor response, especially at the early stage of NAC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 90 patients with unilateral breast cancer who then received six or eight cycles of NAC before surgery were analyzed retrospectively...
August 11, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806683/asymmetric-polyplex-nanocapsules-loaded-with-photosentisizer-for-light-assisted-gene-transfer
#9
Xuemin Lu, Li Liu
Inefficient intracellular gene delivery is still a limitation for the clinical translation of gene therapy. Recently, photochemical internalization (PCI) has emerged with the opportunity to overcome endo-lysosomal sequestration in gene delivery, which utilizes photosensitizer (PS) plus light generating reactive oxygen species (ROS) at sub-lethal level to facilitate intracellularly targeted drug delivery. In this work, asymmetric polyplex-nanocapsules were prepared based on the triblock copolymers of PEG-PCL-PEI by using the simple solvent-injection method...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806670/transmission-surface-plasmon-resonance-techniques-and-their-potential-biosensor-applications
#10
REVIEW
Chutiparn Lertvachirapaiboon, Akira Baba, Sanong Ekgasit, Kazunari Shinbo, Keizo Kato, Futao Kaneko
Transmission surface plasmon resonance (TSPR) is an unusual extraordinary optical transmission that is more transparent at certain wavelengths than expected by classical theory. The three main plasmonic structures that providing this phenomenon are nanohole arrays, diffraction gratings, and nanoslit arrays. This extraordinary optical transmission phenomenon is produced as a result of surface plasmon excitations. The shifting in TSPR responses upon changing of dielectric environment at the surface of a metallic film was observed...
August 1, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806659/single-step-method-to-fabricate-durable-superliquiphobic-coating-on-aluminum-surface-with-self-cleaning-and-anti-fogging-properties
#11
D Nanda, P Varshney, M Satapathy, S S Mohapatra, B Bhushan, A Kumar
The development of self-cleaning and anti-fogging durable superliquiphobic coatings for aluminum surfaces has raised tremendous interest in materials science. In this study, a superliquiphobic coating is fabricated on an aluminum surface by a single-step dip-coating method using 1H,1H,2H,2H-Perfluorooctyltrichlorosilane-modified SiO2 nanoparticles. The successful implementation of the aforesaid coating in different applications requires extensive investigations of its characteristics and stability. To understand the properties of the coating, surface morphology, contact angle, self-cleaning, anti-fogging, and water repellency were investigated under perturbation conditions...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806649/firm-performance-and-the-role-of-environmental-management
#12
Tommy Lundgren, Wenchao Zhou
This paper analyzes the interactions between three dimensions of firm performance - productivity, energy efficiency, and environmental performance - and especially sheds light on the role of environmental management. In this context, environmental management is investments to reduce environmental impact, which may also affect firm competitiveness, in terms of change in productivity, and spur more (or less) efficient use of energy. We apply data envelopment analysis (DEA) technique to calculate the Malmquist firm performance indexes, and a panel vector auto-regression (VAR) methodology is utilized to investigate the dynamic and causal relationship between the three dimensions of firm performance and environmental investment...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806624/bcl-2-bax-protein-and-mrna-expression-in-yak-bos-grunniens-placentomes
#13
JiangFeng Fan, SiJiu Yu, Yan Cui, Gengquan Xu, Libin Wang, Yangyang Pan, Honghong He
Placental function is complex and influenced by various factors; furthermore, it depends on a delicate balance between cell proliferation, cell differentiation, and cell death. Bcl-2 and Bax proteins are key apoptosis regulators and are considered to play an important role in the maintenance of both dynamic balance and integrity of many tissues. Changes in Bcl-2 and Bax expressions have been described during different developmental stages in normal human placentas. Studies furthermore indicated several pathological placental changes to be related to abnormal Bcl-2 and Bax expressions...
July 29, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806591/immediate-mechanical-stability-of-threaded-and-porous-implant-systems
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Do-Gyoon Kim, Yong-Hoon Jeong, Hua-Hong Chien, Amanda M Agnew, Jin Whan Lee, Hai Bo Wen
BACKGROUND: Primary stability of a dental implant system is an essential factor to maintain its long-term success. Thus, the objective of this study was to examine whether primary stability is different between threaded and porous dental implant systems placed in artificial bone blocks and human cadaveric mandibular bone. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-two threaded and 42 highly porous dental implants were placed in artificial polyurethane bone foams with 7 different thicknesses (3...
August 5, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806521/determination-of-caspase-3-activity-and-its-inhibition-constant-by-combination-of-fluorescence-correlation-spectroscopy-with-a-microwell-chip
#15
Di Su, Xiaocai Hu, Chaoqing Dong, Jicun Ren
Caspase-3 is a key enzyme executing apoptosis during ontogenesis and homeostasis of multicellular organisms, and is a very important and potential drug target in treatment of apoptosis disturbance. So far, no commercial drugs for caspase-3 are available, and it is urgently necessitated to develop an effective method for caspase-3 activity assay and its inhibitor screening. In this paper, we propose a new method for determination of caspase-3 activity and its inhibition constant by combining single molecule fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) with a microwell chip...
August 14, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806520/tailoring-the-doping-mechanisms-at-oxide-interfaces-in-nanoscale
#16
Weitao Dai, Ming Yang, Hyungwoo Lee, Jung-Woo Lee, Chang-Beom Eom, Cheng Cen
Here, we demonstrate the nanoscale manipulations of two types of charge transfer to the LaAlO3/SrTiO3 interfaces: one from surface adsorbates and another from oxygen vacancies inside LaAlO3 films. This method can be used to produce multiple insulating and metallic interface states with distinct carrier properties that are highly stable in air. By reconfiguring the patterning and comparing interface structures formed from different doping sources, effects of extrinsic and intrinsic material characters on the transport properties can be distinguished...
August 16, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806330/nanoci-nanotechnology-based-cochlear-implant-with-gapless-interface-to-auditory-neurons
#17
Pascal Senn, Marta Roccio, Stefan Hahnewald, Claudia Frick, Monika Kwiatkowska, Masaaki Ishikawa, Peter Bako, Hao Li, Fredrik Edin, Wei Liu, Helge Rask-Andersen, Ilmari Pyykkö, Jing Zou, Marika Mannerström, Herbert Keppner, Alexandra Homsy, Edith Laux, Miguel Llera, Jean-Paul Lellouche, Stella Ostrovsky, Ehud Banin, Aharon Gedanken, Nina Perkas, Ute Wank, Karl-Heinz Wiesmüller, Pavel Mistrík, Heval Benav, Carolyn Garnham, Claude Jolly, Filippo Gander, Peter Ulrich, Marcus Müller, Hubert Löwenheim
: Cochlear implants (CI) restore functional hearing in the majority of deaf patients. Despite the tremendous success of these devices, some limitations remain. The bottleneck for optimal electrical stimulation with CI is caused by the anatomical gap between the electrode array and the auditory neurons in the inner ear. As a consequence, current devices are limited through 1) low frequency resolution, hence sub-optimal sound quality and 2), large stimulation currents, hence high energy consumption (responsible for significant battery costs and for impeding the development of fully implantable systems)...
September 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806329/physiological-mechanisms-in-combined-electric-acoustic-stimulation
#18
Mika Sato, Peter Baumhoff, Jochen Tillein, Andrej Kral
OBJECTIVE: Electrical stimulation is normally performed on ears that have no hearing function, i.e., lack functional hair cells. The properties of electrically-evoked responses in these cochleae were investigated in several previous studies. Recent clinical developments have introduced cochlear implantation (CI) in residually-hearing ears to improve speech understanding in noise. The present study documents the known physiological differences between electrical stimulation of hair cells and of spiral ganglion cells, respectively, and reviews the mechanisms of combined electric and acoustic stimulation in the hearing ears...
September 2017: Otology & Neurotology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806317/quantitative-evaluation-of-diffusion-and-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-differentiation-between-primary-central-nervous-system-lymphoma-and-glioblastoma
#19
Shanshan Lu, Siqi Wang, Qianqian Gao, Minlin Zhou, Yang Li, Peng Cao, Xunning Hong, Haibin Shi
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the utility of diffusion and permeability parameters derived from diffusion-weighted imaging and dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) for differentiating primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL) and glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and to assess the correlation among these parameters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-two patients with GBM and 18 patients with PCNSL underwent conventional 3.0-T MRI, diffusion-weighted imaging, and DCE-MRI before surgery...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806299/the-dynamic-and-transient-immune-microenvironment-in-locally-advanced-esophageal-adenocarcinoma-post-chemoradiation
#20
Ronan J Kelly, Ali H Zaidi, Matthew A Smith, Ashten N Omstead, Juliann E Kosovec, Daisuke Matsui, Samantha A Martin, Christina DiCarlo, E Day Werts, Jan F Silverman, David H Wang, Blair A Jobe
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the impact of chemoradiation on the immune microenvironment to influence and optimally design future neoadjuvant clinical trials. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: Programmed death (PD)-1 inhibitors in metastatic gastroesophageal cancer have demonstrated response rates of approximately 25% in programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1+) tumors. Unfortunately, the majority of patients do not respond. Therefore, a rationale strategy of combining immunotherapeutic agents with chemoradiation in earlier stage esophageal cancer may prevent metastatic disease in patients...
August 10, 2017: Annals of Surgery
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