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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934330/an-analysis-of-beak-shape-variation-in-two-ages-of-domestic-turkeys-meleagris-gallopavo-using-landmark-based-geometric-morphometrics
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Hillary A Dalton, Benjamin J Wood, Tina M Widowski, Michele T Guerin, Stephanie Torrey
The objective of this study was to assess beak shape variation in domestic turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) and determine the effects of age, sex, and beak size on beak shape variation using geometric morphometrics. Dorsal and right lateral images were taken of 2442 turkeys at 6 and 18.5 weeks of age. Landmarks were digitized in tpsDig in three analyses of the dorsal upper mandible, lateral upper mandible, and lateral lower mandible shape of each turkey at both ages. The coordinate data were then subjected to a principal components analysis (PCA), multivariate regression, and a canonical variates analysis (CVA) with a Procrustes ANOVA in MorphoJ...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933368/biomarkers-and-imaging-findings-of-anderson-fabry-disease-what-we-know-now
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REVIEW
Idalina Beirão, Ana Cabrita, Márcia Torres, Fernando Silva, Patrício Aguiar, Francisco Laranjeira, Ana Marta Gomes
Anderson-Fabry disease (AFD) is an X-linked lysosomal storage disorder, caused by deficiency or absence of the alpha-galactosidase A activity, with a consequent glycosphingolipid accumulation. Biomarkers and imaging findings may be useful for diagnosis, identification of an organ involvement, therapy monitoring and prognosis. The aim of this article is to review the current available literature on biomarkers and imaging findings of AFD patients. An extensive bibliographic review from PubMed, Medline and Clinical Key databases was performed by a group of experts from nephrology, neurology, genetics, cardiology and internal medicine, aiming for consensus...
June 11, 2017: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933340/renal-histology-and-mri-findings-in-a-%C3%A2-37-year-old-japanese-patient-with-autosomal-recessive-polycystic-kidney-disease%C3%A2
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Yusuke Ito, Akinari Sekine, Daisuke Takada, Junko Yabuuchi, Yuta Kogure, Toshiharu Ueno, Keiichi Sumida, Masayuki Yamanouchi, Noriko Hayami, Tatsuya Suwabe, Junichi Hoshino, Naoki Sawa, Kenmei Takaichi, Keiichi Kinowaki, Takeshi Fujii, Kenichi Ohashi, Hiroaki Kikuchi, Shintaro Mandai, Motoko Chiga, Takayasu Mori, Eisei Sohara, Shinichi Uchida, Yoshifumi Ubara
A 37-year-old Japanese man with a serum creatinine level of 2.5 mg/dL and hepatomegaly was admitted to our hospital for investigation of renal failure. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed hepatomegaly with small cystic lesions that had high signal intensity on T2-weighted images. There was no splenomegaly, and the kidneys were nearly normal in size with a few small cystic lesions. Renal biopsy revealed that interstitial fibrosis and tubular atrophy affected 60% of the cortex. There was cystic tubular dilation, mainly affecting the distal loop of Henle and distal tubules, since immunohistochemical staining of the dilated tubules was positive for cytokeratin 7 and Tamm-Horsfall protein but was negative for aquaporin 3 and CD10...
September 21, 2017: Clinical Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932809/aberrant-cortical-activity-in-multiple-gcamp6-expressing-transgenic-mouse-lines
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Nicholas A Steinmetz, Christina Buetfering, Jerome Lecoq, Christian R Lee, Andrew J Peters, Elina A K Jacobs, Philip Coen, Douglas R Ollerenshaw, Matthew T Valley, Saskia E J de Vries, Marina Garrett, Jun Zhuang, Peter A Groblewski, Sahar Manavi, Jesse Miles, Casey White, Eric Lee, Fiona Griffin, Joshua D Larkin, Kate Roll, Sissy Cross, Thuyanh V Nguyen, Rachael Larsen, Julie Pendergraft, Tanya Daigle, Bosiljka Tasic, Carol L Thompson, Jack Waters, Shawn Olsen, David J Margolis, Hongkui Zeng, Michael Hausser, Matteo Carandini, Kenneth D Harris
Transgenic mouse lines are invaluable tools for neuroscience but, as with any technique, care must be taken to ensure that the tool itself does not unduly affect the system under study. Here we report aberrant electrical activity, similar to interictal spikes, and accompanying fluorescence events in some genotypes of transgenic mice expressing GCaMP6 genetically encoded calcium sensors. These epileptiform events have been observed particularly, but not exclusively, in mice with Emx1-Cre and Ai93 transgenes, of either sex, across multiple laboratories...
September 2017: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932744/unilateral-aplasia-versus-bilateral-aplasia-of-the-vertebral-artery-a-review-of-associated-abnormalities
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REVIEW
L Vasović, M Trandafilović, S Vlajković, G Djordjević, M Daković-Bjelaković, M Pavlović
Morphological characteristics of 108 cases of uni- and bilateral aplasia of the vertebral artery (VA) in reports or images of retrospective studies, including one recent case, published between 1967 and 2016 are analyzed. Incidence, gender, persistence of carotid-vertebrobasilar anastomosis (CVBA), associated with other vascular variants, and vascular pathology in each group of uni- and bilateral VA aplasia are mutually compared. Most of the cases of VA aplasia in ages 31 to 80 were discovered in USA, Japan, and India...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932243/sensitive-wavelengths-selection-in-identification-of-ophiopogon-japonicus-based-on-near-infrared-hyperspectral-imaging-technology
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Zhengyan Xia, Chu Zhang, Haiyong Weng, Pengcheng Nie, Yong He
Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) technology has increasingly been applied as an analytical tool in fields of agricultural, food, and Traditional Chinese Medicine over the past few years. The HSI spectrum of a sample is typically achieved by a spectroradiometer at hundreds of wavelengths. In recent years, considerable effort has been made towards identifying wavelengths (variables) that contribute useful information. Wavelengths selection is a critical step in data analysis for Raman, NIRS, or HSI spectroscopy. In this study, the performances of 10 different wavelength selection methods for the discrimination of Ophiopogon japonicus of different origin were compared...
2017: International Journal of Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931571/sublaminar-subdivision-of-mouse-auditory-cortex-layer-2-3-based-on-functional-translaminar-connections
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Xiangying Meng, Daniel E Winkowski, Joseph P Y Kao, Patrick O Kanold
The cerebral cortex is subdivided into 6 layers based on morphological features. The supragranular layers 2/3 (L2/3) contain morphologically and genetically diverse populations of neurons, suggesting the existence of discrete classes of cells. In primates and carnivores L2/3 can be subdivided morphologically, but cytoarchitectonic divisions are less clear in rodents. Nevertheless, discrete classes of cells could exist based on their computational requirement, which might be linked to their associated functional microcircuits...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931182/-primary-open-angle-glaucoma
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Esther M Hoffmann, Verena Prokosch-Willing
Glaucoma leads to blindness but there are diagnostic and therapeutic developments that aid ophthalmologists in the improved mangement of the disease compared to the past. Known risk factors such as age, myopia, dark pigmented skin, genetics, and elevated intraocular pressure play an important role for the individual patient's prognosis, and many yet unknown or not sufficiently investigated risk factors come along. The structured examination of the optic nerve head is crucial for the clincial diagnosis by the ophthalmologist...
September 20, 2017: Klinische Monatsblätter Für Augenheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931001/an-automated-rapid-iterative-negative-geotaxis-assay-for-analyzing-adult-climbing-behavior-in-a-drosophila-model-of-neurodegeneration
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Wenze Cao, Li Song, Jingjing Cheng, Na Yi, Luyi Cai, Fu-de Huang, Margaret Ho
Neurodegenerative diseases are frequently associated with a progressive loss of movement ability, reduced life span, and age-dependent neurodegeneration. To understand the mechanism of these cellular events, and their causal relationships with each other, Drosophila melanogaster, with its sophisticated genetic tools and diverse behavioral features, are used as disease models for assessing neurodegenerative phenotypes. Here we describe a high-throughput method to analyze Drosophila adult negative geotaxis behavior, as an indication for possible motor defects associated with neurodegeneration...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930996/assessment-of-the-anticoagulant-and-anti-inflammatory-properties-of-endothelial-cells-using-3d-cell-culture-and-non-anticoagulated-whole-blood
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Riccardo Sfriso, Anjan Bongoni, Yara Banz, Nikolai Klymiuk, Eckhard Wolf, Robert Rieben
In vivo, endothelial cells are crucial for the natural anticoagulation of circulating blood. Consequently, endothelial cell activation leads to blood coagulation. This phenomenon is observed in many clinical situations, like organ transplantation in the presence of pre-formed anti-donor antibodies, including xenotransplantation, as well as in ischemia/reperfusion injury. In order to reduce animal experimentation according to the 3R standards (reduction, replacement and refinement), in vitro models to study the effect of endothelial cell activation on blood coagulation would be highly desirable...
September 5, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930985/visualizing-angiogenesis-by-multiphoton-microscopy-in-vivo-in-genetically-modified-3d-plga-nhap-scaffold-for-calvarial-critical-bone-defect-repair
#11
Jian Li, Holger Jahr, Wei Zheng, Pei-Gen Ren
The reconstruction of critically sized bone defects remains a serious clinical problem because of poor angiogenesis within tissue-engineered scaffolds during repair, which gives rise to a lack of sufficient blood supply and causes necrosis of the new tissues. Rapid vascularization is a vital prerequisite for new tissue survival and integration with existing host tissue. The de novo generation of vasculature in scaffolds is one of the most important steps in making bone regeneration more efficient, allowing repairing tissue to grow into a scaffold...
September 7, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930702/gcamp-expression-in-retinal-ganglion-cells-characterized-using-a-low-cost-fundus-imaging-system
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Yao-Chuan Chang, Steven T Walston, Robert H Chow, James D Weiland
OBJECTIVE: Virus-transduced, intracellular-calcium indicators are effective reporters of neural activity, offering the advantage of cell-specific labeling. Due to the existence of an optimal time window for the expression of calcium indicators, a suitable tool for tracking GECI expression in vivo following transduction is highly desirable. APPROACH: We developed a noninvasive imaging approach based on a custom-modified, low-cost fundus viewing system that allowed us to monitor and characterize in vivo bright-field and fluorescence images of the mouse retina...
October 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929417/a-metaheuristically-tuned-interval-type-2-fuzzy-system-to-reduce-segmentation-uncertainty-in-brain-mri-images
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Abolfazl Taghribi, Saeed Sharifian
Precise segmentation of magnetic resonance image (MRI) seems challenging because of the complex structure of the brain, non-uniform field in images, and noise. As a result, decision-making is associated with uncertainty. Fuzzy based approaches have been developed to overcome this problem, though most of them use fuzzy type 1 method, and sometimes contain a pre-processing step. This paper "modified type 2 fuzzy system" (MT2FS) declares a state-of-the-art method to segment MRI images using interval fuzzy type-2...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928740/microbiome-derived-lipopolysaccharide-enriched-in-the-perinuclear-region-of-alzheimer-s-disease-brain
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Yuhai Zhao, Lin Cong, Vivian Jaber, Walter J Lukiw
Abundant clinical, epidemiological, imaging, genetic, molecular, and pathophysiological data together indicate that there occur an unusual inflammatory reaction and a disruption of the innate-immune signaling system in Alzheimer's disease (AD) brain. Despite many years of intense study, the origin and molecular mechanics of these AD-relevant pathogenic signals are still not well understood. Here, we provide evidence that an intensely pro-inflammatory bacterial lipopolysaccharide (LPS), part of a complex mixture of pro-inflammatory neurotoxins arising from abundant Gram-negative bacilli of the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract, are abundant in AD-affected brain neocortex and hippocampus...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927378/genome-wide-imaging-association-study-implicates-functional-activity-and-glial-homeostasis-of-the-caudate-in-smoking-addiction
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David C Qian, David L Molfese, Jennifer L Jin, Alexander J Titus, Yixuan He, Yafang Li, Maxime Vaissié, Humsini Viswanath, Philip R Baldwin, Ralf Krahe, Ramiro Salas, Christopher I Amos
BACKGROUND: Nearly 6 million deaths and over a half trillion dollars in healthcare costs worldwide are attributed to tobacco smoking each year. Extensive research efforts have been pursued to elucidate the molecular underpinnings of smoking addiction and facilitate cessation. In this study, we genotyped and obtained both resting state and task-based functional magnetic resonance imaging from 64 non-smokers and 42 smokers. Smokers were imaged after having smoked normally ("sated") and after having not smoked for at least 12 h ("abstinent")...
September 19, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925940/zebrafish-as-a-model-for-the-study-of-microvascular-complications-of-diabetes-and-their-mechanisms
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REVIEW
Karl Heckler, Jens Kroll
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a crucial metabolic disease that leads to severe disorders. These include macrovascular complications such as myocardial infarction, stroke, and peripheral artery disease and microvascular complications including diabetic nephropathy, neuropathy, and retinopathy. Diabetes mellitus, along with its associated organ pathologies, is one of the key problems in today's medicine. Zebrafish is an upcoming disease model organism in diabetes research. Its glucose metabolism and the pathways of reactive metabolite formation are very similar to those of humans...
September 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925935/technical-advances-in-the-measurement-of-residual-disease-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#17
REVIEW
Gregory W Roloff, Catherine Lai, Christopher S Hourigan, Laura W Dillon
Outcomes for those diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) remain poor. It has been widely established that persistent residual leukemic burden, often referred to as measurable or minimal residual disease (MRD), after induction therapy or at the time of hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) is highly predictive for adverse clinical outcomes and can be used to identify patients likely to experience clinically evident relapse. As a result of inherent genetic and molecular heterogeneity in AML, there is no uniform method or protocol for MRD measurement to encompass all cases...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925392/atypical-e2fs-inhibit-tumor-angiogenesis
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B G M W Weijts, B Westendorp, B T Hien, L M Martínez-López, M Zijp, I Thurlings, R E Thomas, S Schulte-Merker, W J Bakker, A de Bruin
Atypical E2F transcription factors (E2F7 and E2F8) function as key regulators of cell cycle progression and their inactivation leads to spontaneous cancer formation in mice. However, the mechanism of the tumor suppressor functions of E2F7/8 remain obscure. In this study we discovered that atypical E2Fs control tumor angiogenesis, one of the hallmarks of cancer. We genetically inactivated atypical E2Fs in epithelial and mesenchymal neoplasm and analyzed blood vessel formation in three different animal models of cancer...
September 18, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925066/beyond-the-androgen-receptor-ii-new-approaches-to-understanding-and-treating-metastatic-prostate-cancer-report-from-the-2017-coffey-holden-prostate-cancer-academy-meeting
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REVIEW
Andrea K Miyahira, Heather H Cheng, Wassim Abida, Leigh Ellis, Lauren C Harshman, Daniel E Spratt, Jonathan W Simons, Kenneth J Pienta, Howard R Soule
INTRODUCTION: The 2017 Coffey-Holden Prostate Cancer Academy (CHPCA) Meeting, "Beyond the Androgen Receptor II: New Approaches to Understanding and Treating Metastatic Prostate Cancer," was held in Carlsbad, California from June 14-17, 2017. METHODS: The CHPCA is an annual scientific conference hosted by the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) that is uniquely designed to produce extensive and constructive discussions on the most urgent and impactful topics concerning research into the biology and treatment of metastatic prostate cancer...
September 18, 2017: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924668/synthesis-of-janelia-fluor-halotag-and-snap-tag-ligands-and-their-use-in-cellular-imaging-experiments
#20
Jonathan B Grimm, Timothy A Brown, Brian P English, Timothée Lionnet, Luke D Lavis
The development of genetically encoded self-labeling protein tags such as the HaloTag and SNAP-tag has expanded the utility of chemical dyes in microscopy. Intracellular labeling using these systems requires small, cell-permeable dyes with high brightness and photostability. We recently discovered a general method to improve the properties of classic fluorophores by replacing N,N-dimethylamino groups with four-membered azetidine rings to create the "Janelia Fluor" dyes. Here, we describe the synthesis of the HaloTag and SNAP-tag ligands of Janelia Fluor 549 and Janelia Fluor 646 as well as standard labeling protocols for use in ensemble and single-molecule cellular imaging...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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