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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902784/dynamic-in-vivo-mutations-within-the-ica-operon-during-persistence-of-staphylococcus-aureus-in-the-airways-of-cystic-fibrosis-patients
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Bianca Schwartbeck, Johannes Birtel, Janina Treffon, Lars Langhanki, Alexander Mellmann, Devika Kale, Janina Kahl, Nina Hirschhausen, Claudia Neumann, Jean C Lee, Friedrich Götz, Holger Rohde, Hanae Henke, Peter Küster, Georg Peters, Barbara C Kahl
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is associated with chronic bacterial airway infections leading to lung insufficiency and decreased life expectancy. Staphylococcus aureus is one of the most prevalent pathogens isolated from the airways of CF patients. Mucoid colony morphology has been described for Pseudomonas aeruginosa, the most common pathogen in CF, but not for S. aureus. From the airways of 8 of 313 CF patients (2.5%) mucoid S. aureus isolates (n = 115) were cultured with a mean persistence of 29 months (range 1 month, 126 months)...
November 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902368/coagulase-negative-staphylococci-pathogenesis-occurrence-of-antibiotic-resistance-genes-and-in-vitro-effects-of-antimicrobial-agents-on-biofilm-growing-bacteria
#2
Ewa Szczuka, Lucyna Jabłońska, Adam Kaznowski
Coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS) are opportunistic pathogens that particularly cause infections in patients with implanted medical devices. The present research was performed to study the virulence potential of 53 clinical isolates of Staphylococcus capitis, Staphylococcus auricularis, Staphylococcus lugdunensis, Staphylococcus simulans, Staphylococcus cohnii, and Staphylococcus caprae. All clinical strains were clonally unrelated. Isolates carried genes encoding resistance to β-lactam (mecA) (15%), aminoglycosides aac(6')/aph(2'') (11%), aph (3')-IIIa (15%), ant(4')-Ia (19%) and MLSB erm(A) (4%), erm(B) (13%), erm(C) (41%), msr(A) (11%) antibiotics...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900950/automated-selection-of-brain-regions-for-real-time-fmri-brain-computer-interfaces
#3
Michael Lührs, Bettina Sorger, Rainer Goebel, Fabrizio Esposito
OBJECTIVE: Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) implemented with real-time functional magnetic resonance imaging (rt-fMRI) use fMRI time-courses from predefined regions of interest (ROIs). To reach best performances, localizer experiments and on-site expert supervision are required for ROI definition. To automate this step, we developed two unsupervised computational techniques based on the general linear model (GLM) and independent component analysis (ICA) of rt-fMRI data, and compared their performances on a communication BCI...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900766/contemporary-management-of-carotid-blowout-syndrome-utilizing-endovascular-techniques
#4
Nauman F Manzoor, Rod P Rezaee, Abhishek Ray, Cameron C Wick, Kristine Blackham, David Stepnick, Pierre Lavertu, Chad A Zender
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To illustrate complex interdisciplinary decision making and the utility of modern endovascular techniques in the management of patients with carotid blowout syndrome (CBS). STUDY DESIGNS: Retrospective chart review. METHODS: Patients treated with endovascular strategies and/or surgical modalities were included. Control of hemorrhage, neurological, and survival outcomes were studied. RESULTS: Between 2004 and 2014, 33 patients had 38 hemorrhagic events related to head and neck cancer that were managed with endovascular means...
November 30, 2016: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899331/comparison-of-7t-and-3t-mri-in-patients-with-moyamoya-disease
#5
Byeong Ho Oh, Hyeong Cheol Moon, Hyeon Man Baek, Youn Joo Lee, Sang Woo Kim, Young Jai Jeon, Gun Seok Lee, Hong Rae Kim, Jai Ho Choi, Kyung Soo Min, Mou Seop Lee, Young Gyu Kim, Dong Ho Kim, Won Seop Kim, Young Seok Park
Magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic resonance angiography (MRI/MRA) are widely used for evaluating the moyamoya disease (MMD). This study compared the diagnostic accuracy of 7Tesla (T) and 3T MRI/MRA in MMD. In this case control study, 12 patients [median age: 34years; range (10-66years)] with MMD and 12 healthy controls [median age: 25years; range (22-59years)] underwent both 7T and 3T MRI/MRA. To evaluate the accuracy of MRI/MRA in MMD, five criteria were compared between imaging systems of 7T and 3T: Suzuki grading system, internal carotid artery (ICA) diameter, ivy sign, flow void of the basal ganglia on T2-weighted images, and high signal intensity areas of the basal ganglia on time-of-flight (TOF) source images...
November 26, 2016: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899270/limitations-in-electrophysiological-model-development-and-validation-caused-by-differences-between-simulations-and-experimental-protocols
#6
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Jesús Carro, José F Rodríguez-Matas, Violeta Monasterio, Esther Pueyo
Models of ion channel dynamics are usually built by fitting isolated cell experimental values of individual parameters while neglecting the interaction between them. Another shortcoming regards the estimation of ionic current conductances, which is often based on quantification of Action Potential (AP)-derived markers. Although this procedure reduces the uncertainty in the calculation of conductances, many studies evaluate electrophysiological AP-derived markers from single cell simulations, whereas experimental measurements are obtained from tissue preparations...
November 26, 2016: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895870/systolic-compression-of-a-myocardial-bridged-coronary-artery-and-its-morphologic-characteristics-a-combination-study-of-computed-tomography-angiography-and-invasive-angiography
#7
Abbas Arjmand Shabestari, Roxana Azma, Armin Nourmohammad, Madjid Shakiba
BACKGROUND: Myocardial bridging (MB) is a congenital anomaly in which a segment of a major epicardial coronary artery courses through the myocardium. This anomaly can lead to myocardial ischemia, arrhythmia, and even death. The effectiveness of coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) in the detection of MB and its morphological features, and the accuracy of invasive coronary angiography (ICA) in the evaluation of systolic compression have been shown in some prior studies. OBJECTIVES: The present study aimed to evaluate the correlation between the depth and the length of MB as determined using CCTA, and the degree of luminal narrowing of the involved tunneled segment as calculated using the ICA...
October 2016: Iranian Journal of Radiology: a Quarterly Journal Published By the Iranian Radiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893387/a-cca-and-ica-based-mixture-model-for-identifying-major-depression-disorder
#8
Wuhong Lin, Huawang Wu, Yishu Liu, Dongsheng Lv, Lihua Yang
The fMRI signals are usually filtered before processing and analyzing. This process can result in the loss of information carried by the higher frequency in the low frequency fluctuation. ICA and CCA are two classical methods in fMRI. ICA finds the statistically independent components of the observed data, however these components are usually physiologically uninterpretable without auxiliary procedures. CCA decomposes two sets of data into component pairs in some order, however these components may be mixtures of real signals and noise...
November 21, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889234/in-silico-and-in-vitro-anti-cancer-potential-of-a-curcumin-analogue-1e-6e-1-7-di-1h-indol-3-yl-hepta-1-6-diene-3-5-dione
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Shamim Akhtar Sufi, Lakshmi Narayana Adigopula, Safiulla Basha Syed, Victor Mukherjee, Mohane S Coumar, H Surya Prakash Rao, Rukkumani Rajagopalan
PURPOSE: Previously we showed that BDMC, an analogue of curcumin suppresses growth of human breast and laryngeal cancer cell line by causing apoptosis. Here, we demonstrate the enhanced anti-cancer activity of a heterocyclic ring (indole) incorporated curcumin analogue ((1E, 6E)-1, 7-di (1H-indol-3-yl) hepta-1, 6-diene-3, 5-Dione), ICA in short, in comparison to curcumin. METHOD: ICA was synthesized by a one pot condensation reaction. Anti-cancer potential of ICA was assessed in three human cancer cell lines of different origin (Lung adenocarcinoma (A549), leukemia (K562) and colon cancer (SW480)) by MTT assay...
November 23, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888641/carotid-artery-and-lower-cranial-nerve-exposure-with-increasing-surgical-complexity-to-the-parapharyngeal-space
#10
Ana M Lemos-Rodriguez, Satyan B Sreenath, Rounak B Rawal, Lewis J Overton, Zainab Farzal, Adam M Zanation
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: To investigate the extent of carotid artery exposure attained, including the identification of the external carotid branches and lower cranial nerves in five sequential external approaches to the parapharyngeal space, and to provide an anatomical algorithm. STUDY DESIGN: Anatomical study. METHODS: Six latex-injected adult cadaver heads were dissected in five consecutive approaches: transcervical approach with submandibular gland removal, posterior extension of the transcervical approach, transcervical approach with parotidectomy, parotidectomy with lateral mandibulotomy, and parotidectomy with mandibulectomy...
November 26, 2016: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888307/monitoring-doxorubicin-cellular-uptake-and-trafficking-using-in-vitro-raman-microspectroscopy-short-and-long-time-exposure-effects-on-lung-cancer-cell-lines
#11
Zeineb Farhane, Franck Bonnier, Hugh J Byrne
Raman microspectroscopy is a non-invasive, in vitro analytical tool which is being increasingly explored for its potential in clinical applications and monitoring the uptake, mechanism of action and cellular interaction at a molecular level of chemotherapeutic drugs, ultimately as a potential label-free preclinical screening and companion diagnostic tool. In this study, doxorubicin (DOX), a "gold standard" chemotherapeutic drug, is employed as a model in the in vitro lung cancer cell line A549 in order to demonstrate the potential of Raman microspectroscopy to screen and identify spectroscopic markers of its trafficking and mechanism of action...
November 25, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888087/coiling-of-a-ruptured-large-internal-carotid-aneurysm-via-extracranial-intracranial-saphenous-vein-bypass-graft-just-after-proximal-ligation-of-the-internal-carotid-artery
#12
Hayato Tajima, Yoshio Araki, Takashi Izumi, Masahiro Nishihori, Sho Okamoto, Toshihiko Wakabayashi
BACKGROUND: Direct and endovascular combined surgery has been performed to treat large to giant internal carotid artery (ICA) aneurysms. This report describes successful treatment of the large ICA aneurysm by coiling of the aneurysm via extracranial-intracranial (EC-IC) saphenous vein graft (SVG) just after bypass and ICA proximal ligation. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 66-year-old woman presented with left ICA supraclinoid aneurysm with progressive visual field defect and impaired visual acuity in the left eye...
November 22, 2016: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887791/cryptogenic-stroke-and-nonstenosing-intracranial-calcified-atherosclerosis
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Hooman Kamel, Gino Gialdini, Hediyeh Baradaran, Ashley E Giambrone, Babak B Navi, Michael P Lerario, James K Min, Costantino Iadecola, Ajay Gupta
OBJECTIVE: Because some cryptogenic strokes may result from large-artery atherosclerosis that goes unrecognized as it causes <50% luminal stenosis, we compared the prevalence of nonstenosing intracranial atherosclerotic plaques ipsilateral to cryptogenic cerebral infarcts versus the unaffected side using imaging biomarkers of calcium burden. METHODS: In a prospective stroke registry, we identified patients with cerebral infarction limited to the territory of one internal carotid artery (ICA)...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886158/recanalization-and-rupture-after-intracranial-aneurysm-treatment
#14
Emmanuel Costa, Geraldo R Vaz, Patrice Finet, Pierre Goffette, Marie A Docquier, Christian Raftopoulos
BACKGROUND: Treatment of intra cranial aneurysm (ICA) can sometimes required several procedures. The aim of this study is to analyze the risk of recanalization and rupture recurrence after ICA treatment by endovascular coiling (EVC) or surgical clipping (SC) on a very long follow-up. METHODS: Clinical data of 373 consecutive patients treated in our group between January 1996 and December 2006 as well by EVC as by SC for ruptured (RIA) or unruptured intracranial aneurysm (UIA), were reviewed...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885414/clinical-implementation-of-an-emergency-department-coronary-computed-tomographic-angiography-protocol-for-triage-of-patients-with-suspected-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Brian B Ghoshhajra, Richard A P Takx, Pedro V Staziaki, Harshna Vadvala, Phillip Kim, Tomas G Neilan, Nandini M Meyersohn, Daniel Bittner, Sumbal A Janjua, Thomas Mayrhofer, Jeffrey L Greenwald, Quyhn A Truong, Suhny Abbara, David F M Brown, James L Januzzi, Sanjeev Francis, John T Nagurney, Udo Hoffmann
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficiency and safety of emergency department (ED) coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) during a 3-year clinical experience. METHODS: Single-center registry of coronary CTA in consecutive ED patients with suspicion of acute coronary syndrome (ACS). The primary outcome was efficiency of coronary CTA defined as the length of hospitalization. Secondary endpoints of safety were defined as the rate of downstream testing, normalcy rates of invasive coronary angiography (ICA), absence of missed ACS, and major adverse cardiac events (MACE) during follow-up, and index radiation exposure...
November 24, 2016: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885406/abnormal-connectivity-in-the-sensorimotor-network-predicts-attention-deficits-in-traumatic-brain-injury
#16
Elena Shumskaya, Marcel A J van Gerven, David G Norris, Pieter E Vos, Roy P C Kessels
The aim of this study was to explore modifications of functional connectivity in multiple resting-state networks (RSNs) after moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and evaluate the relationship between functional connectivity patterns and cognitive abnormalities. Forty-three moderate/severe TBI patients and 34 healthy controls (HC) underwent resting-state fMRI. Group ICA was applied to identify RSNs. Between-subject analysis was performed using dual regression. Multiple linear regressions were used to investigate the relationship between abnormal connectivity strength and neuropsychological outcome...
November 24, 2016: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884956/regional-effects-of-streptozotocin-induced-diabetes-on-shortening-and-calcium-transport-in-epicardial-and-endocardial-myocytes-from-rat-left-ventricle
#17
Manal M A Smail, Muhammad A Qureshi, Anatoliy Shmygol, Murat Oz, Jaipaul Singh, Vadym Sydorenko, Alya Arabi, Frank C Howarth, Lina Al Kury
In the heart, the left ventricle pumps blood at higher pressure than the right ventricle. Within the left ventricle, the electromechanical properties of ventricular cardiac myocytes vary transmurally and this may be related to the gradients of stress and strain experienced in vivo across the ventricular wall. Diabetes is also associated with alterations in hemodynamic function. The aim of this study was to investigate shortening and Ca(2+) transport in epicardial (EPI) and endocardial (ENDO) left ventricular myocytes in the streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rat...
November 2016: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881961/functional-connectivity-of-child-and-adolescent-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-patients-correlation-with-iq
#18
Bo-Yong Park, Jisu Hong, Seung-Hak Lee, Hyunjin Park
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a pervasive neuropsychological disorder that affects both children and adolescents. Child and adolescent ADHD patients exhibit different behavioral symptoms such as hyperactivity and impulsivity, but not much connectivity research exists to help explain these differences. We analyzed openly accessible resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) data on 112 patients (28 child ADHD, 28 adolescent ADHD, 28 child normal control (NC), and 28 adolescent NC)...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879165/eahfe-tropica2-study-prognostic-value-of-troponin-in-patients-with-acute-heart-failure-treated-in-spanish-hospital-emergency-departments
#19
Javier Jacob, Alex Roset, Òscar Miró, Aitor Alquézar, Pablo Herrero, Francisco Javier Martín-Sanchez, Martin Möckel, Christian Müller, Pere Llorens
OBJECTIVE: Evaluate the use of different cardiac troponin (cTn) immunoassays and the prognostic value of increased cTn values in patients diagnosed with acute heart failure (AHF) in the emergency department (ED). METHOD: The EAHFE-TROPICA2 is a retrospective study including patients with AHF admitted in 34 Spanish EDs with cTn values determined in the ED. We studied the prevalence of elevated troponin (value above the established reference limit) for the different types of troponin...
November 23, 2016: Biomarkers: Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, and Susceptibility to Chemicals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879036/fmri-single-trial-discovery-of-spatio-temporal-brain-activity-patterns
#20
Michele Allegra, Shima Seyed-Allaei, Fabrizio Pizzagalli, Fahimeh Baftizadeh, Marta Maieron, Carlo Reverberi, Alessandro Laio, Daniele Amati
There is growing interest in the description of short-lived patterns in the spatiotemporal cortical activity monitored via neuroimaging. Most traditional analysis methods, designed to estimate relatively long-term brain dynamics, are not always appropriate to capture these patterns. Here we introduce a novel data-driven approach for detecting short-lived fMRI brain activity patterns. Exploiting Density Peak Clustering (Rodriguez and Laio [2014]), our approach reveals well localized clusters by identifying and grouping together voxels whose time-series are similar, irrespective of their brain location, even when very short time windows (∼10 volumes) are used...
November 23, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
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