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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647935/evaluation-of-patients-with-acute-chest-pain-using-spect-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-prognostic-implications-of-mildly-abnormal-scans
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Ronen Goldkorn, Alexey Naimushin, Roy Beigel, Ekaterina Naimushin, Michael Narodetski, Shlomi Matetzky
BACKGROUND: While patients presenting to emergency departments (ER) with chest pain are increasingly managed in chest pain units (CPU) that utilize accelerated diagnostic protocols for risk stratification, such as single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), data are lacking regarding the prognostic implications of mildly abnormal scans in this population. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the prognostic implications of mildly abnormal SPECT MPI results in patients with acute chest pain...
June 2017: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645144/increased-alignment-sensitivity-improves-the-usage-of-genome-alignments-for-comparative-gene-annotation
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Virag Sharma, Michael Hiller
Genome alignments provide a powerful basis to transfer gene annotations from a well-annotated reference genome to many other aligned genomes. The completeness of these annotations crucially depends on the sensitivity of the underlying genome alignment. Here, we investigated the impact of the genome alignment parameters and found that parameters with a higher sensitivity allow the detection of thousands of novel alignments between orthologous exons that have been missed before. In particular, comparisons between species separated by an evolutionary distance of >0...
June 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644801/magnetic-particle-imaging-for-quantification-of-vascular-stenoses-a-phantom-study
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S Herz, P Vogel, T Kampf, M A Ruckert, S Veldhoen, V C Behr, T A Bley
Magnetic particle imaging (MPI) is a promising new tomographic imaging method to detect the spatial distribution of superparamagnetic iron-oxide nanoparticles (SPIOs). The aim of this study was to investigate the potential of MPI to quantify artificial stenoses in vessel phantoms. Custom-made stenosis phantoms (length 40 mm; inner diameter 8 mm) with different degrees of stenosis (0 %, 25 %, 50 %, 75 % and 100 %) were scanned in a custom-built MPI scanner (in-plane resolution: ~ 1-1.5 mm, field of view: 65 × 29 × 29 mm3)...
June 21, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644127/mpi-depletion-enhances-o-glcnacylation-of-p53-and-suppresses-the-warburg-effect
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Charles DeRossi, Nataly Shtraizent, Shikha Nayar, Ravi Sachidanandam, Liora S Katz, Adam Prince, Anna P Koh, Adam Vincek, Yoav Hadas, Yujin Hoshida, Donald K Scott, Efrat Eliyahu, Hudson H Freeze, Kirsten C Sadler, Jaime Chu
Rapid cellular proliferation in early development and cancer depends on glucose metabolism to fuel macromolecule biosynthesis. Metabolic enzymes are presumed regulators of this glycolysis-driven metabolic program, known as the Warburg effect, however few have been identified. We uncover a previously unappreciated role for Mannose phosphate isomerase (MPI) as a metabolic enzyme required to maintain Warburg metabolism in zebrafish embryos and in both primary and malignant mammalian cells. The functional consequences of MPI loss are striking: glycolysis is blocked and cells die...
June 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639945/pulmonary-arterial-hemodynamic-assessment-by-a-novel-index-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-patients-pulmonary-pulse-transit-time
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Tolga Han Efe, Mehmet Doğan, Cem Özişler, Tolga Çimen, Mehmet Ali Felekoğlu, Ahmet Göktuğ Ertem, Engin Algül, Sadık Açıkel
OBJECTIVE: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic, inflammatory, and autoimmune connective tissue disease. One of the leading causes of mortality among SLE patients is pulmonary hypertension. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between echocardiographic findings, including the pulmonary pulse transit time and pulmonary hypertension parameters, in SLE patients. METHODS: Thirty SLE patients (aged 39.9±11 years, 28 females) as the study group and 34 age- and sex-matched healthy volunteers (aged 37...
June 22, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631496/echocardiographic-evaluation-of-cardiac-functions-in-newborns-of-mildly-preeclamptic-pregnant-women-within-postnatal-24-48%C3%A2-hours
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Kadir Mutlu, Ulas Karadas, Yilmaz Yozgat, Timur Meşe, Mustafa Demirol, Senay Coban, Cem Karadeniz, Rahmi Özdemir, Dilek Orbatu, Utku Karaarslan, Vedide Tavli
The aim of this study is to detect preeclampsia-related cardiac dysfunction within 24-48 hours of delivery in newborns born from preeclamptic mothers. Forty newborns from mildly preeclamptic mothers formed the study group and the control group was formed by 40 healthy newborns. Cardiac function for the groups were evaluated using conventional echocardiography and myocardial performance index (MPI) within the first 24-48 hours of their lifetime and the results of both groups were compared. A significant difference between the groups was observed especially in the PW Doppler MPI measurements (the left ventricle MPI 0...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology: the Journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628742/acceleration-of-semiempirical-qm-mm-methods-through-mpi-hybrid-mpi-openmp-and-scf-accelerator-implementations
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Pedro Ojeda-May, Kwangho Nam
The present manuscript describes the strategy and implementation of scalable and efficient semiempirical (SE) QM/MM methods in CHARMM. The serial version of the code was first profiled to identify routines that require parallelization. Afterwards, the code was parallelized and accelerated with three approaches. The first approach was the parallelization of the entire QM/MM routines, including the Fock matrix diagonalization routines, using the CHARMM MPI machinery. In the second approach, two different self-consistent field (SCF) energy convergence accelerators were implemented using density and Fock matrices as targets for their extrapolations in the SCF procedure...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622946/estimation-of-myocardial-flow-reserve-utilizing-an-ultrafast-cardiac-spect-comparison-with-coronary-angiography-fractional-flow-reserve-and-the-syntax-score
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Masao Miyagawa, Yoshiko Nishiyama, Teruyoshi Uetani, Akiyoshi Ogimoto, Shuntaro Ikeda, Hayato Ishimura, Emiri Watanabe, Rami Tashiro, Yuki Tanabe, Teruhito Kido, Akira Kurata, Teruhito Mochizuki
BACKGROUND: Quantitative assessment of myocardial flow reserve (MFR) by single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is challenging but may facilitate evaluation of multi-vessel coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: We enrolled 153 patients with suspected or known CAD, referred for pharmacological stress MPI. They underwent a (99m)Tc-perfusion stress/rest SPECT with an ultrafast cadmium-zinc-telluride (CZT) camera. Dynamic data were acquired and time-activity curves fitted to a 1-tissue compartment analysis with input function...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622166/quantitative-analysis-of-iodine-image-of-dual-energy-computed-tomography-at-rest-comparison-with-99mtc-tetrofosmin-stress-rest-single-photon-emission-computed-tomography-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-as-the-reference-standard
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Takehiro Nakahara, Takuji Toyama, Masahiro Jinzaki, Ryotaro Seki, Yuichiro Saito, Tetsuya Higuchi, Minoru Yamada, Masashi Arai, Yoshito Tsushima, Sachio Kuribayashi, Masahiko Kurabayashi
PURPOSE: Dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) can be used for visual determination of iodine distribution in the myocardium (iodine image); however, the accuracy and reproducibility of the process remains debatable. Because of the low contrast-to-noise ratio of CT, we hypothesized that quantitative measurement may be more accurate for detecting myocardial ischemia. In this study, we evaluated our quantitative method by comparing it with visual analysis using Tc-tetrofosmin (TF) stress-rest single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) as the reference standard...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621156/pilot-study-use-of-contrast-enhanced-ultrasonography-in-feline-renal-transplant-recipients
#10
Esther H Greenbarg, David A Jiménez, Lucas A Nell, Chad W Schmiedt
Objectives The study aims were to evaluate the feasibility of contrast-enhanced ultrasonography in feline renal transplant recipients in the post-transplantation period and to report findings in a case with presumptive delayed allograft ischemia. Methods Cats were imaged postoperatively using contrast harmonic ultrasonography after a bolus injection of a microbubble contrast medium. Time/mean pixel intensity curves were generated for cortical and medullary regions of interest in the renal allograft in each cat...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614833/use-of-the-myocardial-performance-index-in-decreased-fetal-movement-assessment-a-case-control-study
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Daphne Ho, Jingjing Wang, Yvette Homann, Jennifer Alphonse, Geraldene Beirne, Alec W Welsh, Amanda Henry
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether there are any fetal cardiac function changes, as measured by the myocardial performance index (MPI), in pregnancies complicated by decreased fetal movement (DFM). METHODS: We performed a prospective cross-sectional case-control study of 50 DFM and 50 uncomplicated third-trimester pregnancies matched within 2 gestational weeks. Routine ultrasound growth and well-being parameters as well as MPI were measured. Average MPI measurements and its component values were compared between the DFM and the control group, as were demographics, other ultrasound data, and perinatal outcomes...
June 15, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613009/independent-risk-factors-for-a-small-placenta-and-a-small-for-gestational-age-infant-at-35-41%C3%A2-weeks-of-gestation-an-association-with-circulating-angiogenesis-related-factor-levels-at-19-31%C3%A2-weeks-of-gestation
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Chikako Hirashima, Akihide Ohkuchi, Kayo Takahashi, Hirotada Suzuki, Koumei Shirasuna, Shigeki Matsubara
AIM: Our aim was to investigate the effects of angiogenesis-related factor levels at 19-25 and 26-31 weeks of gestation (WG) on the later occurrence of a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) placenta (small placenta) or an SGA infant delivered at 35-41 WG. METHODS: We measured plasma levels of soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt-1) and placental growth factor (PlGF), and the serum level of soluble endoglin (sEng) in 679 pregnant women with blood sampling at both 19-25 and 26-31 WG in a prospective study...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611231/validation-of-the-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-with-iq-spect-system-in-small-heart-patients
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Hiroto Yoneyama, Takayuki Shibutani, Takahiro Konishi, Asuka Mizutani, Hashimoto Ryosuke, Masahisa Onoguchi, Koichi Okuda, Shinro Matsuo, Kenichi Nakajima, Kinuya Seigo
The IQ-SPECT system equipped with a multifocal (SMARTZOOM) collimator using an ordered subset conjugate gradient minimization (OSCGM) algorithm reduces the acquisition time of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) compared to conventional gamma cameras equipped with low-energy high-resolution (LEHR) collimators. We compared IQ-SPECT with a conventional single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) system for estimating the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) in small-heart patients. Methods: The study group consisted of 98 consecutive patients who underwent a 1-day stress-rest MPI study with a (99m)Tc-labeled agent for preoperative risk assessment...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609171/myocardial-performance-index-in-hypertensive-disorders-of-pregnancy-the-relationship-between-blood-pressures-and-angiogenic-factors
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Hadi Ramadan, Sarosh Rana, Ariel Mueller, Surichhya Bajracharya, Dongsheng Zhang, Saira Salahuddin, Rabab Nasim, Joana Lopes Perdigao, Mohammed Minhaj, Avery Tung, Zolt Arany, Sajid Shahul
OBJECTIVE: To study the association between cardiac function measured by myocardial performance index (MPI), blood pressures and angiogenic factors measured at the time of echocardiography in patients with and without hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP). METHODS: We prospectively studied 189 pregnant women and evaluated whether changes in cardiac function observed on echocardiography were correlated with higher blood pressures and whether higher blood pressures were associated with antiangiogenic proteins (soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase, sFlt1; soluble endoglin, sEng)...
May 2017: Hypertension in Pregnancy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608184/assessment-of-left-ventricular-contraction-patterns-using-gated-spect-mpi-to-predict-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-response
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Ningchao Tao, Yuanhao Qiu, Haipeng Tang, Zhiyong Qian, Hongping Wu, Rui Zhu, Yao Wang, Xiaofeng Hou, Weihua Zhou, Jiangang Zou
BACKGROUND: The U-shaped left ventricular (LV) contraction pattern, identified by MRI or echocardiography, is associated with improved CRT response. Gated SPECT MPI can measure both myocardial viability and mechanical dyssynchrony in a single scan. The aim of this study is to examine the relationship of the LV contraction pattern and the response of CRT in patients with left bundle branch block (LBBB). METHODS: Fifty-eight patients who met CRT guidelines and who had pre-CRT MPI were enrolled...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605664/soy-compared-with-milk-protein-in-a-western-diet-changes-fecal-microbiota-and-decreases-hepatic-steatosis-in-obese-oletf-rats
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Matthew R Panasevich, Colin M Schuster, Kathryn E Phillips, Grace M Meers, Sree V Chintapalli, Umesh D Wankhade, Kartik Shankar, Dustie N Butteiger, Elaine S Krul, John P Thyfault, R Scott Rector
Soy protein is effective at preventing hepatic steatosis; however, the mechanisms are poorly understood. We tested the hypothesis that soy vs. dairy protein-based diet would alter microbiota and attenuate hepatic steatosis in hyperphagic Otsuka Long-Evans Tokushima fatty (OLETF) rats. Male OLETF rats were randomized to "Western" diets containing milk protein isolate (MPI), soy protein isolate (SPI) or 50:50 MPI/SPI (MS) (n=9-10/group; 21% kcal protein) for 16 weeks. SPI attenuated (P<.05) fat mass and percent fat by ~10% compared with MS, but not compared with MPI...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605592/arbitrary-angular-momentum-electron-repulsion-integrals-with-graphical-processing-units-application-to-the-resolution-of-identity-hartree-fock-method
#17
Jaroslaw Kalinowski, Frank Wennmohs, Frank Neese
A resolution-of-identity based implementation of the Hartree-Fock method on graphical processing units (GPU) is presented that is capable of handling basis functions with arbitrary angular momentum. For practical reasons, only functions up to (ff|f) angular momentum are presently calculated on the GPU, thus leaving the calculation of higher angular momenta integrals on the CPU of the hybrid CPU-GPU environment. Speed-ups of up to a factor of 30 are demonstrated relative to state-of-the-art serial and parallel CPU implementations...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600243/robust-non-local-tv-l1-optical-flow-estimation-with-occlusion-detection
#18
Congxuan Zhang, Zhen Chen, Mingrun Wang, Ming Li, Shaofeng Jiang
In this paper, we propose a robust non-local TV-L1 optical flow method with occlusion detection to address the problem of weak robustness of optical flow estimation with motion occlusion. Firstly, a TV-L1 form for flow estimation is defined using a combination of the brightness constancy and gradient constancy assumptions in the data term and by varying the weight under the Charbonnier function in the smoothing term. Secondly, to handle the potential risk of the outlier in the flow field, a general non-local term is added in the TV-L1 optical flow model to engender the typical non-local TV-L1 form...
June 5, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597120/long-term-prognostic-implications-of-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-in-octogenarians-an-all-comer-cohort-study
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Athanasios Katsikis, Athanasios Theodorakos, Vassiliki Manira, Spyridon Papaioannou, Genovefa Kolovou, Vassilios Voudris, Maria Koutelou
PURPOSE: Evaluation of the long-term prognostic value of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in octogenarians. METHODS: Six hundred and twenty-nine octogenarians [51% previous myocardial infarction (MI) or revascularization] who underwent single-isotope MPI (78% (201)Tl, 22% (99m)Tc-tetrofosmin) with exercise (38% Bruce, 2% leg ergometry) or pharmacologic (58% adenosine, 2% dobutamine) stress were studied. All patients had LVEF determined by echocardiography within 1 month from MPI...
June 8, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585034/myocardial-perfusion-imaging-in-women-for-the-evaluation-of-stable-ischemic-heart-disease-state-of-the-evidence-and-clinical-recommendations
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Viviany R Taqueti, Sharmila Dorbala, David Wolinsky, Brian Abbott, Gary V Heller, Timothy M Bateman, Jennifer H Mieres, Lawrence M Phillips, Nanette K Wenger, Leslee J Shaw
This document from the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology represents an updated consensus statement on the evidence base of stress myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), emphasizing new developments in single-photon emission tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET) in the clinical evaluation of women presenting with symptoms of stable ischemic heart disease (SIHD). The clinical evaluation of symptomatic women is challenging due to their varying clinical presentation, clinical risk factor burden, high degree of comorbidity, and increased risk of major ischemic heart disease events...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
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