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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108406/berry-s-ligament-and-the-inferior-thyroid-artery-as-reliable-anatomical-landmarks-for-the-recurrent-laryngeal-nerve-a-fresh-cadaveric-study-of-the-cervical-spine-the-recurrent-laryngeal-nerve-rln-relevant-to-spine
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Ali Rajabian, Michael Walsh, Nasir A Quraishi
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Whilst most cadaveric studies of the RLN have focused on course variations, they have usually been done on preserved (fixed and embalmed) cadavers which renders the RLN immobile and of less surgical landmark value. PURPOSE: Our aim was to perform a thorough exposure in fresh cadavers with the intention of investigating inferior thyroid artery and Berry's ligament as reliable landmarks for the identification of the RLN in anterior cervical spine surgery...
January 17, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108378/the-pressure-induced-deformation-response-of-the-human-lamina-cribrosa-analysis-of-regional-variations
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Dan E Midgett, Mary E Pease, Joan L Jefferys, Mohak Patel, Christian Franck, Harry A Quigley, Thao D Nguyen
: The objective of this study was to measure the pressure-induced deformation response of the human lamina cribrosa (LC) and analyze for variations with age and anatomical region. The posterior scleral cup of 8 eyes from 6 human donors was mounted onto a custom inflation chamber. A laser-scanning microscope was used for second harmonic generation (SHG), imaging the collagen structure in the posterior volume of the LC at pressures from 5 mmHg to 45 mmHg. The SHG volumes were analyzed by the Fast-Fourier Iterative Digital Volume Correlation (DVC) algorithm for the three dimensional (3D) displacement field...
January 17, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108254/changes-in-pitch-height-elicit-both-language-universal-and-language-dependent-changes-in-neural-representation-of-pitch-in-the-brainstem-and-auditory-cortex
#3
Ananthanarayan Krishnan, Chandan H Suresh, Jackson T Gandour
Language experience shapes encoding of pitch-relevant information at both brainstem and cortical levels of processing. Pitch height is a salient dimension that orders pitch from low to high. Herein we investigate the effects of language experience (Chinese, English) in the brainstem and cortex on i) neural responses to variations in pitch height, ii) presence of asymmetry in cortical pitch representation, and iii) patterns of relative changes in magnitude of pitch height between these two levels of brain structure...
January 17, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107833/water-can-be-a-probe-for-sensing-glucose-in-aqueous-solutions-by-temperature-dependent-near-infrared-spectra
#4
Xiaoyu Cui, Xiuwei Liu, Xiaoming Yu, Wensheng Cai, Xueguang Shao
Near infrared (NIR) spectra are sensitive to the variation on water structure caused by perturbations, such as temperature and additives. In this work, water was applied as a probe to detect glucose in aqueous glucose solutions and human serum samples. Spectral changes of water were captured from the temperature dependent NIR spectra using multilevel simultaneous component analysis (MSCA). The first and second level model were established to describe the quantitative spectra-temperature relationship (QSTR) and the quantitative spectra-concentration relationship (QSCR), i...
March 8, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107530/broad-scale-genetic-diversity-of-cannabis-for-forensic-applications
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Christophe Dufresnes, Catherine Jan, Friederike Bienert, Jérôme Goudet, Luca Fumagalli
Cannabis (hemp and marijuana) is an iconic yet controversial crop. On the one hand, it represents a growing market for pharmaceutical and agricultural sectors. On the other hand, plants synthesizing the psychoactive THC produce the most widespread illicit drug in the world. Yet, the difficulty to reliably distinguish between Cannabis varieties based on morphological or biochemical criteria impedes the development of promising industrial programs and hinders the fight against narcotrafficking. Genetics offers an appropriate alternative to characterize drug vs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107413/improving-the-conservation-of-mediterranean-chondrichthyans-the-elasmomed-dna-barcode-reference-library
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Alessia Cariani, Silvia Messinetti, Alice Ferrari, Marco Arculeo, Juan J Bonello, Leanne Bonnici, Rita Cannas, Pierluigi Carbonara, Alessandro Cau, Charis Charilaou, Najib El Ouamari, Fabio Fiorentino, Maria Cristina Follesa, Germana Garofalo, Daniel Golani, Ilaria Guarniero, Robert Hanner, Farid Hemida, Omar Kada, Sabrina Lo Brutto, Cecilia Mancusi, Gabriel Morey, Patrick J Schembri, Fabrizio Serena, Letizia Sion, Marco Stagioni, Angelo Tursi, Nedo Vrgoc, Dirk Steinke, Fausto Tinti
Cartilaginous fish are particularly vulnerable to anthropogenic stressors and environmental change because of their K-selected reproductive strategy. Accurate data from scientific surveys and landings are essential to assess conservation status and to develop robust protection and management plans. Currently available data are often incomplete or incorrect as a result of inaccurate species identifications, due to a high level of morphological stasis, especially among closely related taxa. Moreover, several diagnostic characters clearly visible in adult specimens are less evident in juveniles...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107365/parenclitic-network-analysis-of-methylation-data-for-cancer-identification
#7
Alexander Karsakov, Thomas Bartlett, Artem Ryblov, Iosif Meyerov, Mikhail Ivanchenko, Alexey Zaikin
We make use of ideas from the theory of complex networks to implement a machine learning classification of human DNA methylation data, that carry signatures of cancer development. The data were obtained from patients with various kinds of cancers and represented as parenclictic networks, wherein nodes correspond to genes, and edges are weighted according to pairwise variation from control group subjects. We demonstrate that for the 10 types of cancer under study, it is possible to obtain a high performance of binary classification between cancer-positive and negative samples based on network measures...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107358/modeling-an-excitable-biosynthetic-tissue-with-inherent-variability-for-paired-computational-experimental-studies
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Tanmay A Gokhale, Jong M Kim, Robert D Kirkton, Nenad Bursac, Craig S Henriquez
To understand how excitable tissues give rise to arrhythmias, it is crucially necessary to understand the electrical dynamics of cells in the context of their environment. Multicellular monolayer cultures have proven useful for investigating arrhythmias and other conduction anomalies, and because of their relatively simple structure, these constructs lend themselves to paired computational studies that often help elucidate mechanisms of the observed behavior. However, tissue cultures of cardiomyocyte monolayers currently require the use of neonatal cells with ionic properties that change rapidly during development and have thus been poorly characterized and modeled to date...
January 20, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107356/integrity-of-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-ipsc-derived-megakaryocytes-as-assessed-by-genetic-and-transcriptomic-analysis
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Kai Kammers, Margaret A Taub, Ingo Ruczinski, Joshua Martin, Lisa R Yanek, Alyssa Frazee, Yongxing Gao, Dixie Hoyle, Nauder Faraday, Diane M Becker, Linzhao Cheng, Zack Z Wang, Jeff T Leek, Lewis C Becker, Rasika A Mathias
Previously, we have described our feeder-free, xeno-free approach to generate megakaryocytes (MKs) in culture from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). Here, we focus specifically on the integrity of these MKs using: (1) genotype discordance between parent cell DNA to iPSC cell DNA and onward to the differentiated MK DNA; (2) genomic structural integrity using copy number variation (CNV); and (3) transcriptomic signatures of the derived MK lines compared to the iPSC lines. We detected a very low rate of genotype discordance; estimates were 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107347/whole-genome-amplification-and-reduced-representation-genome-sequencing-of-schistosoma-japonicum-miracidia
#10
Jonathan A Shortt, Daren C Card, Drew R Schield, Yang Liu, Bo Zhong, Todd A Castoe, Elizabeth J Carlton, David D Pollock
BACKGROUND: In areas where schistosomiasis control programs have been implemented, morbidity and prevalence have been greatly reduced. However, to sustain these reductions and move towards interruption of transmission, new tools for disease surveillance are needed. Genomic methods have the potential to help trace the sources of new infections, and allow us to monitor drug resistance. Large-scale genotyping efforts for schistosome species have been hindered by cost, limited numbers of established target loci, and the small amount of DNA obtained from miracidia, the life stage most readily acquired from humans...
January 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107227/structural-level-differences-in-the-mother-to-child-hiv-transmission-rate-in-south-africa-a-multilevel-assessment-of-individual-health-facility-and-provincial-level-predictors-of-infant-hiv-transmission
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S Woldesenbet, D J Jackson, C J Lombard, T H Dinh, V Ramokolo, T Doherty, G G Sherman, Y Pillay, A E Goga
OBJECTIVES: In 2010, South Africa reported an early mother to child transmission (MTCT) rate of 3.5% at 4-8 weeks postpartum. Provincial early MTCT rates ranged from 1.4% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 0.1-3.4%) to 5.9% (95% CI: 3.8-8.0%). We sought to determine reasons for these geographic differences in MTCT rates. METHODS: This study employed multilevel modelling using 2010 South African PMTCT evaluation (SAPMTCTE) data from 530 facilities. Interview data and infant blood samples were collected from 3085 mother-infant pairs at 4-8 weeks postpartum...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107035/determination-of-the-zinc-concentration-in-human-fingernails-using-laser-induced-breakdown-spectroscopy
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Vlora A Riberdy, Christopher J Frederickson, Steven J Rehse
The absolute concentration of Zn in human fingernail clippings was determined ex vivo using 1064 nm laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy and confirmed by speciated isotope dilution mass spectrometry. A nail testing protocol that sampled across the nail (perpendicular to the direction of growth) was developed and validated by scanning electron microscopy energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometry. Using this protocol, a partial least squares (PLS) regression model predicted the Zn concentration in the fingernails of five people to within an average of 7 ppm...
January 1, 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106978/variations-of-polymer-porous-surface-structures-via-the-time-sequenced-dosing-of-mixed-solvents
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Erik Wrzecionko, Antonín Minařík, Petr Smolka, Martin Minařík, Petr Humpolíček, Petra Rejmontová, Aleš Mráček, Magda Minaříková, Lenka Gřundělová
A new approach to polystyrene surface treatment via the time-sequenced dispensing of a good / poor solvent mixture on the rotating surface of treated substrate is presented in this study. It is demonstrated that the variation of the sequencing, together with other variables (e.g., temperature and solvent concentration), affects the size and depth of pores evolving on the polystyrene surface. A model of the surface pore creation, associated with the viscoelastic phase separation, surface tension and secondary flows caused by temperature variations and the rapid evaporation of the good solvent is proposed...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106385/substituent-effects-on-the-ph-sensitivity-of-acetals-and-ketals-and-their-correlation-with-encapsulation-stability-in-polymeric-nanogels
#14
Bin Liu, Sankaran Thayumanavan
Effect of structural variations in acetal- and ketal- based linkers upon their degradation kinetics is studied through the design, synthesis and study of six series of molecules, comprising a total of eighteen different molecules. Through this systematic study, we show that the structural fine-tuning of the linkers allow access to variations in kinetics of degradation of more than six orders of magnitude. Hammett correlations show that the ρ value for the hydrolysis of benzylidene acetals is about -4.06, which is comparable to an SN1-like process...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106222/digestibility-and-supramolecular-structural-changes-of-maize-starch-by-non-covalent-interactions-with-gallic-acid
#15
Chengdeng Chi, Xiaoxi Li, Yiping Zhang, Ling Chen, Lin Li, Zhijiang Wang
The effects of non-covalent interactions between gallic acid (GA) and starch on starch digestibility and supramolecular structural changes (short-range ordered molecular structure, crystalline structure, lamellar structure and fractal structure) were investigated. The results indicated that the digestibility of both starches was substantially reduced in the rapidly digestible starch (RDS) content, but resistant starch (RS) was increased after interacting with GA. The RS content of starch-GA complexes ranged from 17...
January 20, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106040/the-effects-of-prior-stress-on-anxiety-like-responding-to-intra-bnst-pituitary-adenylate-cyclase-activating-polypeptide-pacap-in-male-and-female-rats
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S Bradley King, Kim R Lezak, Micaela O'Reilly, Donna J Toufexis, William A Falls, Karen Braas, Victor May, Sayamwong E Hammack
Chronic or repeated exposure to stressful stimuli can result in several maladaptive consequences, including increased anxiety-like behaviors and altered peptide expression in anxiety-related brain structures. Among these structures, the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) has been implicated in emotional behaviors as well as regulation of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity. In male rodents, chronic variate stress (CVS) has been shown to increase BNST pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) and its cognate PAC1 receptor transcript, and BNST PACAP signaling may mediate the maladaptive changes associated with chronic stress...
January 20, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105865/lower-extremity-variability-changes-with-drop-landing-height-manipulations
#17
Andrew D Nordin, Janet S Dufek
Landing is a common lower extremity injury mechanism in sport, with potential connections to movement control accessed through variability measures. We investigated intra-subject lower extremity variability changes following drop-landing height manipulations using standard deviation (SD) and coefficient of variation (CV) among lower extremity peak sagittal joint angles and moments. Fourteen healthy participants completed five drop-landing trials from five heights 20%, 60%, 100%, 140% and 180% maximum vertical jump height (MVJH)...
January 20, 2017: Research in Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105719/allostatic-load-and-biological-anthropology
#18
Ashley N Edes, Douglas E Crews
Multiple stressors affect developing and adult organisms, thereby partly structuring their phenotypes. Determining how stressors influence health, well-being, and longevity in human and nonhuman primate populations are major foci within biological anthropology. Although much effort has been devoted to examining responses to multiple environmental and sociocultural stressors, no holistic metric to measure stress-related physiological dysfunction has been widely applied within biological anthropology. Researchers from disciplines outside anthropology are using allostatic load indices (ALIs) to estimate such dysregulation and examine life-long outcomes of stressor exposures, including morbidity and mortality...
January 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105677/lesser-devil-rays-mobula-cf-hypostoma-from-venezuela-are-almost-twice-their-previously-reported-maximum-size-and-may-be-a-new-sub-species
#19
N R Ehemann, L V González-González, A W Trites
Three rays opportunistically obtained near Margarita Island, Venezuela, were identified as lesser devil rays Mobula cf. hypostoma, but their disc widths were between 207 and 230 cm, which is almost double the reported maximum disc width of 120 cm for this species. These morphometric data suggest that lesser devil rays are either larger than previously recognized or that these specimens belong to an unknown sub-species of Mobula in the Caribbean Sea. Better data are needed to describe the distribution, phenotypic variation and population structure of this poorly known species...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105509/variation-in-metabolite-profiles-of-amphibian-skin-bacterial-communities-across-elevations-in-the-neotropics
#20
Daniel Medina, Myra C Hughey, Matthew H Becker, Jenifer B Walke, Thomas P Umile, Elizabeth A Burzynski, Anthony Iannetta, Kevin P C Minbiole, Lisa K Belden
Both the structure and function of host-associated microbial communities are potentially impacted by environmental conditions, just as the outcomes of many free-living species interactions are context-dependent. Many amphibian populations have declined around the globe due to the fungal skin pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), but enivronmental conditions may influence disease dynamics. For instance, in Panamá, the most severe Bd outbreaks have occurred at high elevation sites. Some amphibian species harbor bacterial skin communities that can inhibit the growth of Bd, and therefore, there is interest in understanding whether environmental context could also alter these host-associated microbial communities in a way that might ultimately impact Bd dynamics...
January 19, 2017: Microbial Ecology
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