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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212052/proton-density-fat-fraction-measurements-at-1-5-and-3-t-hepatic-mr-imaging-same-day-agreement-among-readers-and-across-two-imager-manufacturers
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Suraj D Serai, Jonathan R Dillman, Andrew T Trout
Purpose To determine the agreement of proton density fat fraction (PDFF) measurements obtained with hepatic magnetic resonance (MR) imaging among readers, imager manufacturers, and field strengths. Materials and Methods This HIPAA-compliant study was approved by the institutional review board. After providing informed consent, 24 adult volunteers underwent imaging with one 1.5-T MR unit (Ingenia; Philips Healthcare, Best, the Netherlands) and two different 3.0-T units (750 W [GE Healthcare, Waukesha, Wis] and Ingenia) on the same day to estimate hepatic PDFF...
February 24, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211459/gravitational-body-forces-focus-north-american-intraplate-earthquakes
#2
Will Levandowski, Mark Zellman, Rich Briggs
Earthquakes far from tectonic plate boundaries generally exploit ancient faults, but not all intraplate faults are equally active. The North American Great Plains exemplify such intraplate earthquake localization, with both natural and induced seismicity generally clustered in discrete zones. Here we use seismic velocity, gravity and topography to generate a 3D lithospheric density model of the region; subsequent finite-element modelling shows that seismicity focuses in regions of high-gravity-derived deviatoric stress...
February 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210860/a-heat-vulnerability-index-to-improve-urban-public-health-management-in-san-juan-puerto-rico
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Pablo Méndez-Lázaro, Frank E Muller-Karger, Daniel Otis, Matthew J McCarthy, Ernesto Rodríguez
Increased frequency and length of high heat episodes are leading to more cardiovascular issues and asthmatic responses among the population of San Juan, the capital of the island of Puerto Rico, USA. An urban heat island effect, which leads to foci of higher temperatures in some urban areas, can raise heat-related mortality. The objective of this research is to map the risk of high temperature in particular locations by creating heat maps of the city of San Juan. The heat vulnerability index (HVI) maps were developed using images collected by satellite-based remote sensing combined with census data...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210735/the-dehydrogenation-mechanism-during-the-incubation-period-in-nanocrystalline-mgh2
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Apurva Shantilal Gangrade, Akhil Aditya Varma, Nikhil Kishor Gor, Sweta Shriniwasan, Sankara Sarma V Tatiparti
The dehydrogenation mechanism during the incubation period in nanocrystalline MgH2 (low α: converted metal fraction and dα/dt) and the reasons for the occurrence of the incubation period at 320, 350, and 400 °C were investigated. Pre-existing Mg crystallites can enhance Mg nucleation during the incubation period, as suggested by the estimated activation energy for nucleation (12 ± 2 kJ per mol H). The released H-atoms enter MgH2 as interstitials, as indicated by the MgH2 unit-cell contraction, resulting in increased equatorial Mg-H bond length, decreased charge-density distribution in the interstitial region, as observed from the charge-density maps, and decreased H-H distance in the {001} plane up to the midway of the incubation period...
February 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208330/heterogeneous-out-of-equilibrium-nonlinear-q-voter-model-with-zealotry
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Andrew Mellor, Mauro Mobilia, R K P Zia
We study the dynamics of the out-of-equilibrium nonlinear q-voter model with two types of susceptible voters and zealots, introduced in Mellor et al. [Europhys. Lett. 113, 48001 (2016)EULEEJ0295-507510.1209/0295-5075/113/48001]. In this model, each individual supports one of two parties and is either a susceptible voter of type q_{1} or q_{2}, or is an inflexible zealot. At each time step, a q_{i}-susceptible voter (i=1,2) consults a group of q_{i} neighbors and adopts their opinion if all group members agree, while zealots are inflexible and never change their opinion...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205251/multishot-echo-planar-mreit-for-fast-imaging-of-conductivity-current-density-and-electric-field-distributions
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Munish Chauhan, Rohini Vidya Shankar, Neeta Ashok Kumar, Vikram D Kodibagkar, Rosalind Sadleir
PURPOSE: Magnetic resonance electrical impedance tomography (MREIT) sequences typically use conventional spin or gradient echo-based acquisition methods for reconstruction of conductivity and current density maps. Use of MREIT in functional and electroporation studies requires higher temporal resolution and faster sequences. Here, single and multishot echo planar imaging (EPI) based MREIT sequences were evaluated to see whether high-quality MREIT phase data could be obtained for rapid reconstruction of current density, conductivity, and electric fields...
February 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202815/covariation-in-levels-of-nucleotide-diversity-in-homologous-regions-of-the-avian-genome-long-after-completion-of-lineage-sorting
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Ludovic Dutoit, Nagarjun Vijay, Carina F Mugal, Christen M Bossu, Reto Burri, Jochen Wolf, Hans Ellegren
Closely related species may show similar levels of genetic diversity in homologous regions of the genome owing to shared ancestral variation still segregating in the extant species. However, after completion of lineage sorting, such covariation is not necessarily expected. On the other hand, if the processes that govern genetic diversity are conserved, diversity may potentially covary even among distantly related species. We mapped regions of conserved synteny between the genomes of two divergent bird species-collared flycatcher and hooded crow-and identified more than 600 Mb of homologous regions (66% of the genome)...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197685/test-retest-measurements-of-dopamine-d1-type-receptors-using-simultaneous-pet-mri-imaging
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Simon Kaller, Michael Rullmann, Marianne Patt, Georg-Alexander Becker, Julia Luthardt, Johanna Girbardt, Philipp M Meyer, Peter Werner, Henryk Barthel, Anke Bresch, Thomas H Fritz, Swen Hesse, Osama Sabri
PURPOSE: The role of dopamine D1-type receptor (D1R)-expressing neurons in the regulation of motivated behavior and reward prediction has not yet been fully established. As a prerequisite for future research assessing D1-mediated neuronal network regulation using simultaneous PET/MRI and D1R-selective [(11)C]SCH23390, this study investigated the stability of central D1R measurements between two independent PET/MRI sessions under baseline conditions. METHODS: Thirteen healthy volunteers (7 female, age 33 ± 13 yrs) underwent 90-min emission scans, each after 90-s bolus injection of 486 ± 16 MBq [(11)C]SCH23390, on two separate days within 2-4 weeks using a PET/MRI system...
February 14, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197153/genetic-dissection-of-novel-qtls-for-resistance-to-leaf-spots-and-tomato-spotted-wilt-virus-in-peanut-arachis-hypogaea-l
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Manish K Pandey, Hui Wang, Pawan Khera, Manish K Vishwakarma, Sandip M Kale, Albert K Culbreath, C Corley Holbrook, Xingjun Wang, Rajeev K Varshney, Baozhu Guo
Peanut is an important crop, economically and nutritiously, but high production cost is a serious challenge to peanut farmers as exemplified by chemical spray to control foliar diseases such as leaf spots and thrips, the vectors of tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV). The objective of this research was to map the quantitative trait loci (QTLs) for resistance to leaf spots and TSWV in one recombinant inbred line (RIL) mapping population of "Tifrunner × GT-C20" for identification of linked markers for marker-assisted breeding...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196502/regional-variation-in-suicide-rates-in-sri-lanka-between-1955-and-2011-a-spatial-and-temporal-analysis
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Duleeka W Knipe, Prianka Padmanathan, Lal Muthuwatta, Chris Metcalfe, David Gunnell
BACKGROUND: Between 1955 and 2011 there were marked fluctuations in suicide rates in Sri Lanka; incidence increased six-fold between 1955 and the 1980s, and halved in the early 21st century. Changes in access to highly toxic pesticides are thought to have influenced this pattern. This study investigates variation in suicide rates across Sri Lanka's 25 districts between 1955 and 2011. We hypothesised that changes in the incidence of suicide would be most marked in rural areas due to the variation in availability of highly toxic pesticides in these locations during this time period...
February 14, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193175/genome-wide-association-mapping-for-milk-fat-composition-and-fine-mapping-of-a-qtl-for-de-novo-synthesis-of-milk-fatty-acids-on-bovine-chromosome-13
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Hanne Gro Olsen, Tim Martin Knutsen, Achim Kohler, Morten Svendsen, Lars Gidskehaug, Harald Grove, Torfinn Nome, Marte Sodeland, Kristil Kindem Sundsaasen, Matthew Peter Kent, Harald Martens, Sigbjørn Lien
BACKGROUND: Bovine milk is widely regarded as a nutritious food source for humans, although the effects of individual fatty acids on human health is a subject of debate. Based on the assumption that genomic selection offers potential to improve milk fat composition, there is strong interest to understand more about the genetic factors that influence the biosynthesis of bovine milk and the molecular mechanisms that regulate milk fat synthesis and secretion. For this reason, the work reported here aimed at identifying genetic variants that affect milk fatty acid composition in Norwegian Red cattle...
February 13, 2017: Genetics, Selection, Evolution: GSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193168/genome-wide-snp-identification-linkage-map-construction-and-qtl-mapping-for-seed-mineral-concentrations-and-contents-in-pea-pisum-sativum-l
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Yu Ma, Clarice J Coyne, Michael A Grusak, Michael Mazourek, Peng Cheng, Dorrie Main, Rebecca J McGee
BACKGROUND: Marker-assisted breeding is now routinely used in major crops to facilitate more efficient cultivar improvement. This has been significantly enabled by the use of next-generation sequencing technology to identify loci and markers associated with traits of interest. While rich in a range of nutritional components, such as protein, mineral nutrients, carbohydrates and several vitamins, pea (Pisum sativum L.), one of the oldest domesticated crops in the world, remains behind many other crops in the availability of genomic and genetic resources...
February 13, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191303/alma-observations-of-the-water-fountain-pre-planetary-nebula-iras-16342-3814-high-velocity-bipolar-jets-and-an-expanding-torus
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R Sahai, W H T Vlemmings, T Gledhill, C Sánchez Contreras, E Lagadec, L-Å Nyman, G Quintana-Lacaci
We have mapped (12)CO J=3-2 and other molecular lines from the "water-fountain" bipolar pre-planetary nebula (PPN) IRAS 16342-3814 with [Formula: see text] resolution using ALMA. We find (i) two very high-speed knotty, jet-like molecular outflows, (ii) a central high-density (> few × 10(6) cm(-3)), expanding torus of diameter 1300 AU, and (iii) the circumstellar envelope of the progenitor AGB, generated by a sudden, very large increase in the mass-loss rate to > 3.5 × 10(-4)M⊙ yr(-1) in the past ~455 yr...
January 20, 2017: Astrophysical Journal. Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185355/catheter-ablation-of-ventricular-tachycardia-in-patients-with-mitraclip-device-preliminary-findings
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Laurent M Haegeli, Giuseppe D'Angelo, Nicola Trevisi, Stefano Stella, Alexander Breitenstein, Firat Duru, Corinna Brunckhorst, Paolo Della Bella
INTRODUCTION: Patients with mitral regurgitation are increasingly treated by percutaneous implantation of a MitraClip device. We investigate the feasibility and safety of the transmitral catheter route for catheter ablation of VT (ventricular tachycardia) in these patients. METHODS: The mitral valve with the MitraClip in situ was crossed under transesophageal three-dimensional echocardiographic and fluoroscopic guidance using a steerable sheath for ablation of the left ventricle...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181439/cryoem-structure-refinement-by-integrating-nmr-chemical-shifts-with-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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Juan R Perilla, Gongpu Zhao, Manman Lu, Jiying Ning, Guangjin Hou, In-Ja L Byeon, Angela M Gronenborn, Tatyana Polenova, Peijun Zhang
Single particle cryoEM has emerged as a powerful method for structure determination of proteins and complexes, complementing X-ray crystallography and NMR spectroscopy. Yet, for many systems, the resolution of cryoEM density map has been limited to 4-6 Å, which only allows for resolving bulky amino acids side chains, thus hindering accurate model building from the density map. On the other hand, experimental chemical shifts (CS) from solution and solid state MAS NMR spectra provide atomic level data for each amino acid within a molecule or a complex; however, structure determination of large complexes and assemblies based on NMR data alone remains challenging...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167041/phenotypic-characterization-and-genetic-dissection-of-nine-agronomic-traits-in-tokachi-nagaha-and-its-derived-cultivars-in-soybean-glycine-max-l-merr
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Zhangxiong Liu, Huihui Li, Xuhong Fan, Wen Huang, Jiyu Yang, Zixiang Wen, Yinghui Li, Rongxia Guan, Yong Guo, Ruzhen Chang, Dechun Wang, Pengyin Chen, Shuming Wang, Li-Juan Qiu
By using the soybean founder parent Tokachi nagaha and its 137 derived cultivars as materials, a genome-wide association analysis was performed to identify the single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) underlying soybean yield and quality related traits at two planting densities. Results of ANOVA showed that genotype, environment, and genotype by environment interaction effects were all significant for each trait. The Tokachi nagaha-derived soybean population could be divided into two subpopulations based on molecular data, and accessions in each subpopulation were almost all from the same Chinese province...
March 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166059/systematic-exploration-of-unsupervised-methods-for-mapping-behavior
#17
Jeremy G Todd, Jamey S Kain, Benjamin L de Bivort
To fully understand the mechanisms giving rise to behavior, we need to be able to precisely measure it. When coupled with large behavioral data sets, unsupervised clustering methods offer the potential of unbiased mapping of behavioral spaces. However, unsupervised techniques to map behavioral spaces are in their infancy, and there have been few systematic considerations of all the methodological options. We compared the performance of seven distinct mapping methods in clustering a wavelet-transformed data set consisting of the x- and y-positions of the six legs of individual flies...
February 6, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165334/sensitivity-of-simulated-transcranial-ultrasound-fields-to-acoustic-medium-property-maps
#18
James L B Robertson, Eleanor Martin, Ben Cox, Bradley Treeby
High intensity transcranial focused ultrasound is an FDA approved treatment for essential tremor, while low-intensity applications such as neurostimulation and opening the blood brain barrier are under active research. Simulations of transcranial ultrasound propagation are used both for focusing through the skull, and predicting intracranial fields. Maps of the skull acoustic properties are necessary for accurate simulations, and can be derived from medical images using a variety of methods. The skull maps range from segmented, homogeneous models, to fully heterogeneous models derived from medical image intensity...
February 6, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161786/quantification-of-masking-risk-in-screening-mammography-with-volumetric-breast-density-maps
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Katharina Holland, Carla H van Gils, Ritse M Mann, Nico Karssemeijer
PURPOSE: Fibroglandular tissue may mask breast cancers, thereby reducing the sensitivity of mammography. Here, we investigate methods for identification of women at high risk of a masked tumor, who could benefit from additional imaging. METHODS: The last negative screening mammograms of 111 women with interval cancer (IC) within 12 months after the examination and 1110 selected normal screening exams from women without cancer were used. From the mammograms, volumetric breast density maps were computed, which provide the dense tissue thickness for each pixel location...
February 4, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160079/development-and-dissection-of-diagnostic-snp-markers-for-the-downy-mildew-resistance-genes-pl-arg-and-pl-8-and-maker-assisted-gene-pyramiding-in-sunflower-helianthus-annuus-l
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L L Qi, Z I Talukder, B S Hulke, M E Foley
Diagnostic DNA markers are an invaluable resource in breeding programs for successful introgression and pyramiding of disease resistance genes. Resistance to downy mildew (DM) disease in sunflower is mediated by Pl genes which are known to be effective against the causal fungus, Plasmopara halstedii. Two DM resistance genes, Pl Arg and Pl 8 , are highly effective against P. halstedii races in the USA, and have been previously mapped to the sunflower linkage groups (LGs) 1 and 13, respectively, using simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers...
February 3, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
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