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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925252/the-gpu-enabled-divide-expand-consolidate-ri-mp2-method-dec-ri-mp2
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Dmytro Bykov, Thomas Kjaergaard
We report porting of the Divide-Expand-Consolidate Resolution of the Identity second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation (DEC-RI-MP2) method to the graphic processing units (GPUs) using OpenACC compiler directives. It is shown that the OpenACC compiler directives implementation efficiently accelerates the rate-determining step of the DEC-RI-MP2 method with minor implementation effort. Moreover, the GPU acceleration results in a better load balance and thus in an overall scaling improvement of the DEC algorithm...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914377/evaluating-multipulse-integration-as-a-neural-health-correlate-in-human-cochlear-implant-users-relationship-to-spatial-selectivity
#2
Ning Zhou, Bryan E Pfingst
The decrease of psychophysical detection thresholds as a function of pulse rate for a fixed-duration electrical pulse train is referred to as multipulse integration (MPI). The MPI slopes correlate with anatomical and physiological indices of cochlear health in guinea pigs with cochlear implants. The aim of the current study was to assess whether the MPI slopes were related to the spatial spread of activation by electrical stimulation. The hypothesis was that MPI is dependent on the total number of excitable neurons at the stimulation site, with broader neural excitation producing a steeper threshold decrease as a function of stimulation rate...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908971/13n-ammonia-pet-ct-detection-of-myocardial-perfusion-abnormalities-in-beagle-dogs-after-local-heart-irradiation
#3
Jianbo Song, Rui Yan, Zhifang Wu, Jianguo Li, Min Yan, Xinzhong Hao, Jianzhong Liu, Sijin Li
: To determine the potential value of (13)N-ammonia positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) for detection of myocardial perfusion changes at early stage induced by radiation damage. METHODS: Thirty-six Beagle dogs were randomly divided into the control (n = 18) or the irradiation groups (n = 18). The irradiation group underwent local irradiation to the left ventricular anterior cardiac wall with a single dose of 20 Gy, whereas the control group received sham irradiation...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902894/the-first-detection-of-ornithobacterium-rhinotracheale-in-new-zealand
#4
H J Ha, N Christensen, S Humphrey, T Haydon, G Bernardi, T Rawdon
Ornithobacterium rhinotracheale (ORT) has been considered exotic to New Zealand and thus, any samples from poultry suspected of ORT infection are submitted as part of an exotic disease investigation managed by Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and subjected to standardized test protocols carried out in the physical containment level 3+ laboratory at MPI's Animal Health Laboratory (AHL). All previous exotic disease investigations concerning ORT produced negative results by bacterial culture and conventional PCR...
December 2016: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900727/antimicrobial-activity-and-stability-of-the-d-amino-acid-substituted-derivatives-of-antimicrobial-peptide-polybia-mpi
#5
Yanyan Zhao, Min Zhang, Shuai Qiu, Jiayi Wang, Jinxiu Peng, Ping Zhao, Ranran Zhu, Hailin Wang, Yuan Li, Kairong Wang, Wenjin Yan, Rui Wang
Antimicrobial peptide has the potential to be developed as new kind of antimicrobial agents with novel action mechanism. However, the susceptibility to protease is a drawback for potential peptides to be clinical used. D-amino acid substitution can be one way to increase the proteolytic stability of peptides. In the present study, we synthesized the D-lysines substituted analog (D-lys-MPI) and the D-enantiomer of polybia-MPI (D-MPI) to improve the proteolytic resistance of polybia-MPI. Our results showed that, the stability of its D-amino acid partially substituted analog D-lys-MPI was increased...
December 2016: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900642/ischemia-burden-on-stress-spect-mpi-predicts-long-term-outcomes-after-revascularization-in-stable-coronary-artery-disease
#6
Hendrik J Boiten, Jan C van den Berge, Roelf Valkema, Ron T van Domburg, Felix Zijlstra, Arend F L Schinkel
BACKGROUND: It is not entirely clear whether ischemia burden on stress single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) effectively identifies patients who have a long-term benefit from coronary revascularization. METHODS: The study population consisted of 719 patients with ischemia on stress SPECT. Early coronary revascularization was defined as percutaneous coronary intervention or coronary artery bypass grafting ≤90 days after SPECT. Patients who underwent late revascularization (>90 days after SPECT) were excluded (n = 164)...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896702/safety-of-regadenoson-stress-testing-in-patients-with-pulmonary-hypertension
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Victor M Moles, Thomas Cascino, Ashraf Saleh, Krasimira Mikhova, John J Lazarus, Michael Ghannam, Hong J Yun, Matthew Konerman, Richard L Weinberg, Edward P Ficaro, James R Corbett, Vallerie V McLaughlin, Venkatesh L Murthy
OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine the safety of regadenoson stress testing in patients with PH. BACKGROUND: PH is increasingly recognized at more advanced ages. As many as one-third of patients with PH have coronary artery disease. Because of their physical limitations, patients with PH are unable to adequately exercise. Regadenoson can potentially have an adverse impact due to their tenuous hemodynamics. Current guidelines suggest performing a coronary angiography in patients with PH who have angina or multiple coronary risk factors...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896227/stress-first-single-photon-emission-computed-myocardial-perfusion-imaging
#8
C I Aquino, M Scarano, F Squame, G Casaburi, S L Nori, L Pace
BACKGROUND: Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) with single photon emission tomography (SPET) is widely used in coronary artery disease evaluation. Recently major dosimetric concerns have arisen. The aim of this study was to evaluate if a pre-test scoring system could predict the results of stress SPET MPI, thus avoiding two radionuclide injections. METHODS: All consecutive patients (n=309) undergoing SPET MPI during the first 6 months of 2014 constituted the study group...
November 2016: Translational Medicine @ UniSa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893830/mechanistic-studies-and-modeling-reveal-the-origin-of-differential-inhibition-of-gag-polymorphic-viruses-by-hiv-1-maturation-inhibitors
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Zeyu Lin, Joseph Cantone, Hao Lu, Beata Nowicka-Sans, Tricia Protack, Tian Yuan, Hong Yang, Zheng Liu, Dieter Drexler, Alicia Regueiro-Ren, Nicholas A Meanwell, Mark Cockett, Mark Krystal, Max Lataillade, Ira B Dicker
HIV-1 maturation inhibitors (MIs) disrupt the final step in the HIV-1 protease-mediated cleavage of the Gag polyprotein between capsid p24 capsid (CA) and spacer peptide 1 (SP1), leading to the production of infectious virus. BMS-955176 is a second generation MI with improved antiviral activity toward polymorphic Gag variants compared to a first generation MI bevirimat (BVM). The underlying mechanistic reasons for the differences in polymorphic coverage were studied using antiviral assays, an LC/MS assay that quantitatively characterizes CA/SP1 cleavage kinetics of virus like particles (VLPs) and a radiolabel binding assay to determine VLP/MI affinities and dissociation kinetics...
November 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27878627/right-ventricular-dysfunction-as-an-echocardiographic-measure-of-acute-rejection-following-heart-transplantation-in-children
#10
Sanjeev Aggarwal, Jennifer Blake, Swati Sehgal
Noninvasive biomarkers of acute allograft rejection (AAR) following orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT) are needed. The aim of this study was to investigate the accuracy of echocardiographic (ECHO) right ventricular (RV) global functional and resistance indices in the detection of AAR. This retrospective chart review included children with biopsy-proven AAR (grade ≥ 2R cellular or CD4 + antibody-mediated rejection) following OHT and an ECHO within 12 h of the biopsy. ECHO measures: (a) ratio of systolic to diastolic duration (S/D), (b) RV myocardial performance index (MPI) and (c) tricuspid regurgitant gradient to RV outflow tract velocity time integral ratio (TRG/VTI), were derived at baseline, during AAR and at two follow-ups...
November 23, 2016: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867219/finite-magnetic-relaxation-in-x-space-magnetic-particle-imaging-comparison-of-measurements-and-ferrohydrodynamic-models
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R Dhavalikar, D Hensley, L Maldonado-Camargo, L R Croft, S Ceron, P W Goodwill, S M Conolly, C Rinaldi
Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) is an emerging tomographic imaging technology that detects magnetic nanoparticle tracers by exploiting their non-linear magnetization properties. In order to predict the behavior of nanoparticles in an imager, it is possible to use a non-imaging MPI relaxometer or spectrometer to characterize the behavior of nanoparticles in a controlled setting. In this paper we explore the use of ferrohydrodynamic magnetization equations for predicting the response of particles in an MPI relaxometer...
August 3, 2016: Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865485/comparison-of-the-effectiveness-of-stress-echocardiography-versus-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-in-patients-presenting-to-the-emergency-department-with-low-risk-chest-pain
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Rhian Davies, Guodong Liu, Christopher Sciamanna, William R Davidson, Douglas L Leslie, Andrew J Foy
The aim of this study was to compare clinically relevant cardiovascular outcomes and downstream resource utilization associated with stress echocardiography (SE) and myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in emergency department patients with low-risk chest pain. This was a retrospective analysis of health insurance claims data for a national sample of privately insured patients over the period January 1 to December 31, 2011. Subjects were selected who presented to the emergency department with a primary or secondary diagnosis of chest pain and underwent either SE or MPI...
December 15, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862741/assessment-of-fetal-myocardial-performance-index-in-women-with-pregestational-and-gestational-diabetes-mellitus
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Cem Yasar Sanhal, Halil Korkut Daglar, Ozgur Kara, Dilek Uygur, Aykan Yucel
AIM: Fetal cardiac left ventricular function in pregnant women with pregestational or gestational diabetes mellitus was investigated by exploring fetal myocardial performance index (MPI) and E wave/A wave peak velocity (E/A) ratio. METHODS: Seventy pregnant women with either pregestational or gestational diabetes mellitus and with no other systemic or pregnancy related disorders were compared with 70 gestational age matched healthy controls by means of fetal left ventricular MPI and E/A ratio...
November 12, 2016: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862239/quantitative-echocardiographic-measures-in-the-assessment-of-single-ventricle-function-post-fontan-incorporation-into-routine-clinical-practice
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Rodrigo Rios, Salil Ginde, David Saudek, Rohit S Loomba, Jessica Stelter, Peter Frommelt
BACKGROUND: Quantitative echocardiographic measurements of single ventricular (SV) function have not been incorporated into routine clinical practice. METHODS: A clinical protocol, which included quantitative measurements of SV deformation (global circumferential and longitudinal strain and strain rate), standard deviation of time to peak systolic strain, myocardial performance index (MPI), dP/dT from an atrioventricular valve regurgitant jet, and superior mesenteric artery resistance index, was instituted for all patients with a history of Fontan procedure undergoing echocardiography...
November 16, 2016: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858346/single-ct-for-attenuation-correction-of-rest-stress-cardiac-spect-perfusion-imaging
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R Glenn Wells, Mikael Trottier, Manuja Premaratne, Karen Vanderwerf, Terrence D Ruddy
Common practice is to use separate CT scans acquired during rest and stress for attenuation correction of SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). We evaluated using a single CT scan to correct both rest and stress SPECT scans. Studies from 154 patients were reprocessed using one CT acquired at stress to correct both rest and stress scans (1CT) and compared to correction of each scan with its own CT (2CT). Two expert readers independently read the images and determined summed stress (SSS), rest (SRS), and difference (SDS) scores...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858344/association-between-non-perfusion-parameters-and-presence-of-ischemia-in-gated-spect-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-studies
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Amalia Peix, Lázaro O Cabrera, Kenia Padrón, Lydia Rodríguez, Jesús Fernández, Giselle López, Regla Carrillo, Erick Mena, Yoel Fernández, Maurizio Dondi, Diana Páez
BACKGROUND: Combined assessment of perfusion and function improves diagnostic and prognostic power of gated-SPECT in patients with coronary artery disease. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the presence of stress-induced ischemia is associated with abnormal resting left ventricular (LV) function and intraventricular dyssynchrony. METHODS AND RESULTS: Gated-SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) at rest and 15 min post-stress was performed in 101 patients, who were divided into three groups: those with stress-induced ischemia (Group 1, n = 58), those with normal scans (Group 2, n = 28), and those with scar but no ischemia (Group 3, n = 15)...
November 17, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854396/maternal-cardiac-function-after-hellp-syndrome-an-echocardiographic-study
#17
Rossana Orabona, Enrico Vizzardi, Edoardo Sciatti, Federico Prefumo, Ivano Bonadei, Adriana Valcamonico, Marco Metra, Tiziana Frusca
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate maternal hemodynamics in asymptomatic women with a pregnancy complicated by hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelets (HELLP) syndrome, and compare it with patients with a previous preeclampsia (PE) and controls with uncomplicated pregnancies. METHODS: Women with a history of PE (n = 60) or HELLP syndrome (n = 49) and matched healthy controls (n = 60) underwent an echocardiographic examination 6 months-4 years after delivery, recording left ventricular (LV) dimensions, ejection fraction (LVEF) and mass, right ventricular (RV) tricuspid annular plane systolic movement (TAPSE) and fractional area changing (FAC)...
November 10, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847513/an-analytical-approach-for-fast-recovery-of-the-lsi-properties-in-magnetic-particle-imaging
#18
Hamed Jabbari Asl, Jungwon Yoon
Linearity and shift invariance (LSI) characteristics of magnetic particle imaging (MPI) are important properties for quantitative medical diagnosis applications. The MPI image equations have been theoretically shown to exhibit LSI; however, in practice, the necessary filtering action removes the first harmonic information, which destroys the LSI characteristics. This lost information can be constant in the x-space reconstruction method. Available recovery algorithms, which are based on signal matching of multiple partial field of views (pFOVs), require much processing time and a priori information at the start of imaging...
2016: International Journal of Biomedical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843277/assessment-of-severity-of-peritonitis-using-mannheim-peritonitis-index
#19
Sanjeev Sharma, Sumitoj Singh, Nikhil Makkar, Ashok Kumar, Mandeep Singh Sandhu
INTRODUCTION: Peritonitis is one of the most common problems in general surgery practice with high mortality rate. One of the reasons for high mortality is that peritonitis affects the general condition and leads to complications causing multiple organ failure, renal failure, sepsis, and postoperative ventilatory support. Early prognostic evaluation of patients with peritonitis is desirable to select high-risk patients for intensive management and also to provide a reliable objective classification of severity and operative risk...
July 2016: Nigerian Journal of Surgery: Official Publication of the Nigerian Surgical Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27834642/magnetic-particle-imaging-a-resovist-based-marking-technology-for-guide-wires-and-catheters-for-vascular-interventions
#20
Julian Haegele, Nikolaos Panagiotopoulos, Sjef Cremers, Ju Rgen Rahmer, Jochen Franke, Robert L Duschka, Sarah Vaalma, Michael Heidenreich, Jo Rn Borgert, Paul Borm, Jo Rg Barkhausen, Florian M Vogt
Magnetic particle imaging (MPI) is able to provide high temporal and good spatial resolution, high signal to noise ratio and sensitivity. Furthermore, it is a truly quantitative method as its signal strength is proportional to the concentration of its tracer, superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIOs), over a wide range practically relevant concentrations. Thus, MPI is proposed as a promising future method for guidance of vascular interventions. To implement this, devices such as guide wires and catheters have to be discernible in MPI, which can be achieved by coating already commercially available devices with SPIOs...
October 2016: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
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