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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934481/automatic-identification-of-informative-regions-with-epigenomic-changes-associated-to-hematopoiesis
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Enrique Carrillo-de-Santa-Pau, David Juan, Vera Pancaldi, Felipe Were, Ignacio Martin-Subero, Daniel Rico, Alfonso Valencia
Hematopoiesis is one of the best characterized biological systems but the connection between chromatin changes and lineage differentiation is not yet well understood. We have developed a bioinformatic workflow to generate a chromatin space that allows to classify 42 human healthy blood epigenomes from the BLUEPRINT, NIH ROADMAP and ENCODE consortia by their cell type. This approach let us to distinguish different cells types based on their epigenomic profiles, thus recapitulating important aspects of human hematopoiesis...
September 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934320/household-costs-and-time-to-seek-care-for-pregnancy-related-complications-the-role-of-results-based-financing
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Jobiba Chinkhumba, Manuela De Allegri, Jacob Mazalale, Stephan Brenner, Don Mathanga, Adamson S Muula, Bjarne Robberstad
Results-based financing (RBF) schemes-including performance based financing (PBF) and conditional cash transfers (CCT)-are increasingly being used to encourage use and improve quality of institutional health care for pregnant women in order to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in low-income countries. While there is emerging evidence that RBF can increase service use and quality, little is known on the impact of RBF on costs and time to seek care for obstetric complications, although the two represent important dimensions of access...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934278/intercalated-disc-in-failing-hearts-from-patients-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy-its-role-in-the-depressed-left-ventricular-function
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Ana Ortega, Estefanía Tarazón, Carolina Gil-Cayuela, María García-Manzanares, Luis Martínez-Dolz, Francisca Lago, José Ramón González-Juanatey, Juan Cinca, Esther Jorge, Manuel Portolés, Esther Roselló-Lletí, Miguel Rivera
Alterations in myocardial structure and reduced cardiomyocyte adhesions have been previously described in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). We studied the transcriptome of cell adhesion molecules in these patients and their relationships with left ventricular (LV) function decay. We also visualized the intercalated disc (ID) structure and organization. The transcriptomic profile of 23 explanted LV samples was analyzed using RNA-sequencing (13 DCM, 10 control [CNT]), focusing on cell adhesion genes. Electron microscopy analysis to visualize ID structural differences and immunohistochemistry experiments of ID proteins was also performed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934236/automated-computer-assisted-quantitative-analysis-of-intact-murine-lungs-at-the-alveolar-scale
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Goran Lovric, Ioannis Vogiatzis Oikonomidis, Rajmund Mokso, Marco Stampanoni, Matthias Roth-Kleiner, Johannes C Schittny
Using state-of-the-art X-ray tomographic microscopy we can image lung tissue in three dimensions in intact animals down to a micrometer precision. The structural complexity and hierarchical branching scheme of the lung at this level of details, however, renders the extraction of biologically relevant quantities particularly challenging. We have developed a methodology for a detailed description of lung inflation patterns by measuring the size and the local curvature of the parenchymal airspaces. These quantitative tools for morphological and topological analyses were applied to high-resolution murine 3D lung image data, inflated at different pressure levels under immediate post mortem conditions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934161/improving-the-process-of-adjusting-the-parameters-of-finite-element-models-of-healthy-human-intervertebral-discs-by-the-multi-response-surface-method
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Fátima Somovilla Gómez, Rubén Lostado Lorza, Marina Corral Bobadilla, Rubén Escribano García
The kinematic behavior of models that are based on the finite element method (FEM) for modeling the human body depends greatly on an accurate estimate of the parameters that define such models. This task is complex, and any small difference between the actual biomaterial model and the simulation model based on FEM can be amplified enormously in the presence of nonlinearities. The current paper attempts to demonstrate how a combination of the FEM and the MRS methods with desirability functions can be used to obtain the material parameters that are most appropriate for use in defining the behavior of Finite Element (FE) models of the healthy human lumbar intervertebral disc (IVD)...
September 21, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934106/biosensor-technology-reveals-the-disruption-of-the-endothelial-barrier-function-and-the-subsequent-death-of-blood-brain-barrier-endothelial-cells-to-sodium-azide-and-its-gaseous-products
#6
Dan T Kho, Rebecca H Johnson, Simon J O'Carroll, Catherine E Angel, E Scott Graham
Herein we demonstrate the sensitive nature of human blood-brain barrier (BBB) endothelial cells to sodium azide and its gaseous product. Sodium azide is known to be acutely cytotoxic at low millimolar concentrations, hence its use as a biological preservative (e.g., in antibodies). Loss of barrier integrity was noticed in experiments using Electric Cell-substrate Impedance Sensing (ECIS) biosensor technology, to measure endothelial barrier integrity continuously in real-time. Initially the effect of sodium azide was observed as an artefact where it was present in antibodies being employed in neutralisation experiments...
September 21, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933921/are-you-ready-to-have-fun-the-spanish-state-form-of-the-state-trait-cheerfulness-inventory
#7
Raúl López-Benítez, Alberto Acosta, Juan Lupiáñez, Hugo Carretero-Dios
Although cheerfulness, seriousness, and bad mood as traits have been widely studied as the basis of sense of humor, data are scarce regarding the same dimensions as states. In this study, we adapted the state form of the State-Trait-Cheerfulness Inventory (STCI-S) into Spanish. At the same time, we empirically tested new predictions. We assessed 5 independent samples accounting for 1,029 participants (647 women) with ages ranging from 18 to 78 years. We confirmed the 3-dimensional structure as well as a strong measurement invariance between men and women...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Personality Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933904/sequential-whole-report-accesses-different-states-in-visual-working-memory
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Benjamin Peters, Benjamin Rahm, Stefan Czoschke, Catherine Barnes, Jochen Kaiser, Christoph Bledowski
Working memory (WM) enables a rapid access to a limited number of items that are no longer physically present. WM studies usually involve the encoding and retention of multiple items, while probing a single item only. Hence, little is known about how well multiple items can be reported from WM. Here we asked participants to successively report each of up to 8 encoded Gabor patches from WM. Recall order was externally cued, and stimulus orientations had to be reproduced on a continuous dimension. Participants were able to sequentially report items from WM with an above-chance precision even at high set sizes...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory, and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933829/synthesis-crystal-structure-and-magnetic-properties-of-the-highly-frustrated-orthorhombic-li4mgreo6
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JoAnna Milam-Guerrero, Charles J Bloed, Phuong-Hieu T Nguyen, Gia T Tran, William P Martin, Demetrios V Papakostas, Jefferson Toro, Murray N Wilson, Jeremy P Carlo, Graeme M Luke, Brent C Melot, Jiyeong Gu, Shahab Derakhshan
In an effort to understand the structure-property relationship in magnetically frustrated systems, an orthorhombic analog of the S = 1/2 Re-based oxide Li4MgReO6 has been successfully synthesized and its physical properties were investigated. Li4MgReO6 had been previously synthesized in a monoclinic system in an ordered NaCl structure type. That system was shown to exhibit spin glass behavior below ∼12 K. The crystal structure of the latter phase was determined using powder X-ray diffraction data. A structural model was refined in the orthorhombic Fddd space group that resulted in cell dimensions of a = 5...
September 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933770/effects-of-land-use-cover-changes-and-urban-forest-configuration-on-urban-heat-islands-in-a-loess-hilly-region-case-study-based-on-yan-an-city-china
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Xinping Zhang, Dexiang Wang, Hongke Hao, Fangfang Zhang, Youning Hu
In this study Yan'an City, a typical hilly valley city, was considered as the study area in order to explain the relationships between the surface urban heat island (SUHI) and land use/land cover (LULC) types, the landscape pattern metrics of LULC types and land surface temperature (LST) and remote sensing indexes were retrieved from Landsat data during 1990-2015, and to find factors contributed to the green space cool island intensity (GSCI) through field measurements of 34 green spaces. The results showed that during 1990-2015, because of local anthropogenic activities, SUHI was mainly located in lower vegetation cover areas...
July 26, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933678/medicine-madness-and-murderers-the-context-of-english-forensic-psychiatric-hospitals
#11
Ruth McDonald, Vivek Furtado, Birgit Völlm
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to add to the understanding of context by shedding light on the relationship between context and organisational actors' abilities to resolve ongoing challenges. Design/methodology/approach The authors used qualitative data collection (interviews and focus groups with staff and site visits to English forensic psychiatry hospitals) and the analysis was informed by Lefebvre's writings on space. Findings Responses to ongoing challenges were both constrained and facilitated by the context, which was negotiated and co-produced by the actors involved...
August 21, 2017: Journal of Health Organization and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933148/frequency-selective-photobleaching-as-a-route-to-chromatic-control-in-supramolecular-oled-devices
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Yu-Tang Tsai, Hsiang-Fang Liu, Bo-Ji Peng, Kuo-Pi Tseng, Ming-Cheng Kuo, Ken-Tsung Wong, Guillaume Wantz, Lionel Hirsch, Guillaume Raffy, André Del Guerzo, Dario M Bassani
We report a series of molecules that spontaneously self-organize into small electroluminescent domains of sub-micrometer dimensions when dissolved in tetrahydrofuran. The self-assembled spherical aggregates have an average size of 300 nm in diameter and exhibit effient energy transfer from the blue to the green or red component. The aggregates can be chromatically addressed or patterned by selective bleaching the energy acceptor component using a laser source. This allows the fabrication of electroluminescence devices by directly photopatterning the active layer without the need of additional steps...
September 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933102/-resources-industrialization-channels-and-strategies-of-active-polysaccharide-from-lycii-fructus-based-on-analysis-of-domestic-and-foreign-intellectual-properties
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REVIEW
Fang Zhang, Sheng Guo, Da-Wei Qian, Xia Zhang, Xiao-Chun Yang, Yong-Jing Li, Jin-Ao Duan
Lycii Fructus is a traditional medicinal and edible herb, with the function of liver and kidney nourishing, blood and eyesight replenishing. As the most important active substance in the fruits of Lycium barbarum, Lycium barbarum polysaccharides (LBP) have been demonstrated to play multiple pharmacological activities, with broad prospects for development and utilization. Based on the comprehensive deep analysis of global LBP patent output, the current patent LBP features were explored from the perspective of development trend, technology field distribution, time dimension, technology life curve and patent applicant...
December 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933001/redefining-aging-in-hiv-infection-using-phenotypes
#14
REVIEW
David M Stoff, Karl Goodkin, Dilip Jeste, Maria Marquine
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article critically reviews the utility of "phenotypes" as behavioral descriptors in aging/HIV research that inform biological underpinnings and treatment development. We adopt a phenotypic redefinition of aging conceptualized within a broader context of HIV infection and of aging. Phenotypes are defined as dimensions of behavior, closely related to fundamental mechanisms, and, thus, may be more informative than chronological age. Primary emphasis in this review is given to comorbid aging and cognitive aging, though other phenotypes (i...
September 20, 2017: Current HIV/AIDS Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932911/a-review-of-the-relationship-between-the-gut-microbiota-and-amino-acid-metabolism
#15
REVIEW
Rui Lin, Wentian Liu, Meiyu Piao, Hong Zhu
New evidence has emerged in recent years to suggest a strong link between the human gut microbiota, its metabolites, and various physiological aspects of hosts along with important pathophysiological dimensions of diseases. The research indicates that the gut microbiota can facilitate metabolite production in two ways: first, the resident species of the gut microbiota use the amino acids produced from food or the host as elements for protein synthesis, and second, conversion or fermentation are used to drive nutrient metabolism...
September 20, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932284/acromial-j-bone-graft-on-the-acromion-for-surgical-treatment-of-glenohumeral-instability-an-anatomical-study
#16
Matthieu Sanchez, Shahnaz Klouche, Bruno Faivre, Thomas Bauer, Philippe Hardy
BACKGROUND: Anterior glenohumeral instability is frequently associated with anteroinferior glenoid bone defects. One original technique has been described in the literature that incorporates a J-shaped graft from the iliac crest into the anterior glenoid rim. The main goal of the present study was to evaluate the feasibility of harvesting a J-shaped graft from the acromion that corresponds to previously described dimensions. The secondary goal was to determine the ideal harvesting site...
October 2017: Shoulder & Elbow
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932218/alleviation-of-heavy-metal-stress-in-plants-and-remediation-of-soil-by-rhizosphere-microorganisms
#17
REVIEW
Jitendra Mishra, Rachna Singh, Naveen K Arora
Increasing concentration of heavy metals (HM) due to various anthropogenic activities is a serious problem. Plants are very much affected by HM pollution particularly in contaminated soils. Survival of plants becomes tough and its overall health under HM stress is impaired. Remediation of HM in contaminated soil is done by physical and chemical processes which are costly, time-consuming, and non-sustainable. Metal-microbe interaction is an emerging but under-utilized technology that can be exploited to reduce HM stress in plants...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932103/a-modified-mean-gray-wolf-optimization-approach-for-benchmark-and-biomedical-problems
#18
Narinder Singh, S B Singh
A modified variant of gray wolf optimization algorithm, namely, mean gray wolf optimization algorithm has been developed by modifying the position update (encircling behavior) equations of gray wolf optimization algorithm. The proposed variant has been tested on 23 standard benchmark well-known test functions (unimodal, multimodal, and fixed-dimension multimodal), and the performance of modified variant has been compared with particle swarm optimization and gray wolf optimization. Proposed algorithm has also been applied to the classification of 5 data sets to check feasibility of the modified variant...
2017: Evolutionary Bioinformatics Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932061/epidermal-cysts-a-clinicopathological-analysis-with-emphasis-on-unusual-findings
#19
Jitendra Singh Nigam, Jyotsna Naresh Bharti, Vivek Nair, Chitrawati Bal Gargade, Archana Hemant Deshpande, Biswajit Dey, Ashok Singh
BACKGROUND: Epidermoid cysts, one of the common benign intradermal or subcutaneous tumors commonly result from the trauma to the pilosebaceous unit in the hair bearing area. In areas without hair, these cysts are considered implantation and proliferation of squamous epithelium into the dermis due to injury. AIMS: The aim is to evaluate the clinicopathological details with emphasis on unusual findings related to epidermoid cysts. STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective cross-sectional study carried out over 2 years...
July 2017: International Journal of Trichology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931956/measuring-five-dimensions-of-religiosity-across-adolescence
#20
Lisa D Pearce, George M Hayward, Jessica A Pearlman
This paper theorizes and tests a latent variable model of adolescent religiosity in which five dimensions of religiosity are interrelated: religious beliefs, religious exclusivity, external religiosity, private practice, and religious salience. Research often theorizes overlapping and independent influences of single items or dimensions of religiosity on outcomes such as adolescent sexual behavior, but rarely operationalizes the dimensions in a measurement model accounting for their associations with each other and across time...
September 2017: Review of Religious Research
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