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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718039/a%C3%A2-decade-of-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-shifts-in-patient-characteristics-and-procedural-outcomes
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C Teunissen, N Clappers, R J Hassink, J F van der Heijden, F H Wittkampf, P Loh
BACKGROUND: Over the past decade, radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) of atrial fibrillation (AF) has evolved into a frequently performed procedure. The aim of this study was to monitor changes in patient characteristics, procedural characteristics, outcomes and complications over the past 10 years. METHODS: All consecutive patients who underwent primary RFCA treatment of AF in the University Medical Center Utrecht from 2005-2015 were included. In all patients, the primary ablation strategy was pulmonary vein (PV) antrum isolation without additional substrate modification...
July 17, 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716896/poor-prognosis-indicated-by-venous-circulating-tumor-cell-clusters-in-early-stage-lung-cancers
#2
Vasudha Murlidhar, Rishindra M Reddy, Shamileh Fouladdel, Lili Zhao, Martin K Ishikawa, Svetlana Grabauskiene, Zhuo Zhang, Jules Lin, Andrew C Chang, Philip W Carrott, William R Lynch, Mark B Orringer, Chandan Kumar-Sinha, Nallasivam Palanisamy, David G Beer, Max S Wicha, Nithya Ramnath, Ebrahim Azizi, Sunitha Nagrath
Early detection of metastasis can be aided by circulating tumor cells (CTCs), which also show potential to predict early relapse. Due to the limited CTC numbers in peripheral blood in early stages, we investigated CTCs in pulmonary vein blood accessed during surgical resection of tumors. Pulmonary vein (PV) and peripheral vein (Pe) blood specimens from patients with lung cancer were drawn during the perioperative period and assessed for CTC burden using a microfluidic device. From 108 blood samples analyzed from 36 patients, PV had significantly higher number of CTCs compared to pre-operative Pe (p<0...
July 17, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716054/combined-biotic-stresses-trigger-similar-transcriptomic-responses-but-contrasting-resistance-against-a-chewing-herbivore-in-brassica-nigra
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Christelle Bonnet, Steve Lassueur, Camille Ponzio, Rieta Gols, Marcel Dicke, Philippe Reymond
BACKGROUND: In nature, plants are frequently exposed to simultaneous biotic stresses that activate distinct and often antagonistic defense signaling pathways. How plants integrate this information and whether they prioritize one stress over the other is not well understood. RESULTS: We investigated the transcriptome signature of the wild annual crucifer, Brassica nigra, in response to eggs and caterpillars of Pieris brassicae butterflies, Brevicoryne brassicae aphids and the bacterial phytopathogen Xanthomonas campestris pv...
July 17, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714779/serum-free-placental-growth-factor-isoform-1-at-11-13-week-gestation-effects-of-maternal-factors-mean-arterial-pressure-placental-volume-and-uterine-artery-pulsatility-index
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Maolee Bhuwapathanapun, Busadee Pratumvinit, Piyaporn Lahfahroengron, Sithikan Hanyongyuth, Amprapha Phaophan, Julaporn Pooliam, Tuangsit Wataganara
INTRODUCTION: To define the effects of maternal factors, mean arterial pressure (MAP), placental volume (PV), and uterine artery Doppler pulsatility index (UtAPI) to serum level of free form of placental growth factor isoform 1 (free PlGF-1) measured with a novel automated assay. METHODS: We enrolled 200 Thai women singleton pregnancy from 11(+0) to 13(+6) weeks gestation with low prior risk maternal factors (age, parity, tobacco use, assisted reproductive technology, and body mass index)...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714715/the-development-of-perineuronal-nets-around-parvalbumin-gabaergic-neurons-in-the-medial-prefrontal-cortex-and-basolateral-amygdala-of-rats
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Kathryn D Baker, Arielle R Gray, Rick Richardson
Perineuronal nets (PNNs) are extracellular matrix structures that preferentially surround mature GABAergic neurons that express the calcium-binding protein parvalbumin (PV). It has been suggested that aberrant PNN formation in humans may contribute to psychological disorders, many of which emerge during childhood and adolescence. The present experiment investigated the normative developmental trajectory of PNN formation in the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and basolateral amygdala (BLA) in juvenile (P24), adolescent (P35-36), and adult (∼P70) rats...
August 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714231/a-highly-versatile-and-adaptable-artificial-leaf-with-floatability-and-planar-compact-design-applicable-in-various-natural-environments
#6
Sangkuk Kim, Taewan Kim, Seunghyup Lee, Seunghyeon Baek, Taiho Park, Kijung Yong
As a promising means of solar energy conversion, photovoltaic (PV) cell-based electrolysis has recently drawn considerable attention for its effective solar fuel generation; especially the generation of hydrogen by solar water splitting. Inspired by remarkable accomplishments in enhancing the solar-to-hydrogen conversion efficiency, various efforts have aimed at fostering convenient and practical uses of PV electrolysis to make this technology ubiquitous, manageable, and efficient. Here, the design and function of a monolithic photoelectrolysis system-a so-called artificial leaf-for use in various environments are highlighted...
July 17, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713567/genetically-engineered-bananas-resistant-to-xanthomonas-wilt-disease-and-nematodes
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Leena Tripathi, Howard Atkinson, Hugh Roderick, Jerome Kubiriba, Jaindra N Tripathi
Banana is an important staple food crop feeding more than 100 million Africans, but is subject to severe productivity constraints due to a range of pests and diseases. Banana Xanthomonas wilt caused by Xanthomonas campestris pv. musacearum is capable of entirely destroying a plantation while nematodes can cause losses up to 50% and increase susceptibility to other pests and diseases. Development of improved varieties of banana is fundamental in order to tackle these challenges. However, the sterile nature of the crop and the lack of resistance in Musa germplasm make improvement by traditional breeding techniques either impossible or extremely slow...
May 2017: Food and energy security
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712654/activity-dependent-gating-of-parvalbumin-interneuron-function-by-the-perineuronal-net-protein-brevican
#8
Emilia Favuzzi, André Marques-Smith, Rubén Deogracias, Christian M Winterflood, Alberto Sánchez-Aguilera, Laura Mantoan, Patricia Maeso, Cathy Fernandes, Helge Ewers, Beatriz Rico
Activity-dependent neuronal plasticity is a fundamental mechanism through which the nervous system adapts to sensory experience. Several lines of evidence suggest that parvalbumin (PV+) interneurons are essential in this process, but the molecular mechanisms underlying the influence of experience on interneuron plasticity remain poorly understood. Perineuronal nets (PNNs) enwrapping PV+ cells are long-standing candidates for playing such a role, yet their precise contribution has remained elusive. We show that the PNN protein Brevican is a critical regulator of interneuron plasticity...
July 10, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710371/lattice-thermal-conductivity-of-mgsio3-perovskite-from-first-principles
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Nahid Ghaderi, Dong-Bo Zhang, Huai Zhang, Jiawei Xian, Renata M Wentzcovitch, Tao Sun
We investigate lattice thermal conductivity κ of MgSiO3 perovskite (pv) by ab initio lattice dynamics calculations combined with exact solution of linearized phonon Boltzmann equation. At room temperature, κ of pristine MgSiO3 pv is found to be 10.7 W/(m · K) at 0 GPa. It increases linearly with pressure and reaches 59.2 W/(m · K) at 100 GPa. These values are close to multi-anvil press measurements whereas about twice as large as those from diamond anvil cell experiments. The increase of k with pressure is attributed to the squeeze of weighted phase-spaces phonons get emitted or absorbed...
July 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710306/ruxolitinib-treatment-in-an-infant-with-jak2-polycythaemia-vera-associated-budd-chiari-syndrome
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Mehmet Enes Coskun, Sue Height, Anil Dhawan, Nedim Hadzic
Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) is caused by hepatic venous outflow obstruction commonly seen with myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). Polycythaemia vera (PV) is a very rare MPN in childhood. This is the youngest reported patient diagnosed with PV and BCS secondary to JAK V617F mutation.A 26-month-old girl was admitted with a 5-month history of abdominal distension, hepatosplenomegaly and ascites. Imaging studies revealed occlusion of the right hepatic vein and marked attenuation of the middle and left hepatic veins...
July 14, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708954/pneumococcal-and-influenza-vaccination-status-of-hospitalized-adults-with-community-acquired-pneumonia-and-the-effects-of-vaccination-on-clinical-presentation
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Ezgi Demirdogen Cetinoglu, Esra Uzaslan, Abdullah Sayıner, Aykut Cilli, Oguz Kılınc, Aysın Sakar Coskun, Armağan Hazar, Nurdan Kokturk, Ayten Filiz, Mehmet Polatli
Background Previous reports have shown that vaccination rates of adult at-risk populations are low in Turkey. There are differing reports with regards to the effectiveness of the influenza and the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) on the clinical outcomes of community acquired pneumonia (CAP). The purpose of this study was to analyse the influenza (FV) and pneumococcal vaccination (PV) status, the factors that influence the receipt of influenza/pneumococcal vaccine and the effects of prior vaccination on the clinical outcomes in adults hospitalized with CAP...
July 14, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708599/assessing-right-ventricular-function-in-pulmonary-hypertension-patients-and-the-correlation-with-the-new-york-heart-association-nyha-classification
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Xiaoke Shang, Shuna Xiao, Nianguo Dong, Rong Lu, Lijun Wang, Bin Wang, Yousan Chen, Liang Zhong, Mei Liu
This investigation aimed to compare the pressure-volume loop (PV loop) measurements in three less symptomatic categories (New York Heart Association classes , NYHA I, II, and III) of pulmonary hypertension (PH) patients since NYHA classification system performance is limited by the shortcomings discussed above.Thirty-six patients were enrolled in this study with PV loop measurement acquisition via micro-conductance catheters. Functional classification according to NYHA was determined with comprehensive assessing function and activity...
July 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708155/adaptive-aberration-correction-of-a-5%C3%A2-%C3%A2-j-6-6%C3%A2-%C3%A2-ns-200%C3%A2-%C3%A2-hz-solid-state-nd-yag-laser
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Xin Yu, Lizhi Dong, Boheng Lai, Ping Yang, Shanqiu Chen, Wenjin Liu, Shuai Wang, Guomao Tang, Jisi Qiu, Zhijun Kang, Yueliang Liu, Hao Liu, Yong Liu, Zhongwei Fan, Bing Xu
In this Letter, we present an adaptive aberration correction system to simultaneously compensate for aberrations and reshaping the beams. A low-order aberration corrector is adapted. In this corrector, four lenses are mounted on a motorized rail, whose positions can be obtained using a ray tracing method based on the beam parameters detected by a wavefront sensor. After automatic correction, the PV value of the wavefront is reduced from 26.47 to 1.91 μm, and the beam quality β is improved from 18.42 to 2...
July 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706525/functional-marker-assisted-improvement-of-stable-cytoplasmic-male-sterile-lines-of-rice-for-bacterial-blight-resistance
#14
Jegadeesan Ramalingam, Palanisamy Savitha, Ganesh Alagarasan, Ramasamy Saraswathi, Ranganathan Chandrababu
Bacterial blight (BB), caused by Xanthomonas oryzae pv.oryzae is one among the major diseases in rice, which in severe condition cause losses up to 60% in total yield. Marker assisted pyramiding of three broad spectrum BB resistance genes (xa5, xa13, and Xa21) in prominent rice varieties is the most economical and effective strategy for the management of the BB disease. We report here the pyramiding of three genes (xa5, xa13, and Xa21) in maintainer lines (CO 2B, CO 23B, and CO 24B) of three promising wild abortive cytoplasmic male sterile lines (CO 2A, CO 23A, and CO 24A) through functional markers assisted back cross breeding...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706290/dramatically-enhanced-spin-dynamo-with-plasmonic-diabolo-cavity
#15
Peng Gou, Jie Qian, Fuchun Xi, Yuexin Zou, Jun Cao, Haochi Yu, Ziyi Zhao, Le Yang, Jie Xu, Hengliang Wang, Lijian Zhang, Zhenghua An
The applications of spin dynamos, which could potentially power complex nanoscopic devices, have so far been limited owing to their extremely low energy conversion efficiencies. Here, we present a unique plasmonic diabolo cavity (PDC) that dramatically improves the spin rectification signal (enhancement of more than three orders of magnitude) under microwave excitation; further, it enables an energy conversion efficiency of up to ~0.69 mV/mW, compared with ~0.27 μV/mW without a PDC. This remarkable improvement arises from the simultaneous enhancement of the microwave electric field (~13-fold) and the magnetic field (~195-fold), which cooperate in the spin precession process generates photovoltage (PV) efficiently under ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) conditions...
July 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703944/low-dimensional-organic-inorganic-halide-perovskite-structure-properties-and-applications
#16
Ravi K Misra, Bat-El Cohen, Lior Iagher, Lioz Etgar
Three-dimensional (3D) perovskite has attracted a lot of attention due to its success in photovoltaic (PV) solar cells. However, one the major crucial issues lies in its stability, which has limited its commercialization. An important property of organic-inorganic perovskite is the possibility of forming a layered material using long organic cations that do not fit into the octahedral cage. The long organic cation acts as a "barrier" that "caps" the 3D perovskite forming the layered material. Controlling the number of perovskite layers could provide a confined structure with different chemical and physical properties than 3D perovskite has...
July 13, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703028/the-sal-pap-chloroplast-retrograde-pathway-contributes-to-plant-immunity-by-regulating-glucosinolate-pathway-and-phytohormone-signaling
#17
Yasuhiro Ishiga, Mutsumi Watanabe, Takako Ishiga, Takayuki Tohge, Takakazu Matsuura, Yoko Ikeda, Rainer Hofgen, Alisdair R Fernie, Kirankumar S Mysore
Chloroplasts have a crucial role in plant immunity against pathogens. Increasing evidence suggests that phytopathogens target chloroplast homeostasis as a pathogenicity mechanism. In order to regulate the performance of chloroplasts under stress conditions, chloroplasts produce retrograde signals to alter nuclear gene expression. Many signals for the chloroplast retrograde pathway have been identified including chlorophyll intermediates, reactive oxygen species (ROS), and metabolic retrograde signals. Although there is reasonably a good understanding of chloroplast retrograde signaling in plant immunity, some signals are not well understood...
July 13, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702412/megakaryocytic-morphology-in-janus-kinase-2-v617f-positive-myeloproliferative-neoplasm
#18
Shuchi Ghai, Sharada Rai
CONTEXT: Alterations in megakaryocyte morphology are the hallmark of myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). These neoplasm are also associated with Janus kinase 2 (JAK2) V617F mutation in nearly 95% patients with polycythemia vera (PV), 40% patients of essential thrombocythemia (ET) and 50% patients of myelofibrosis (MF). The utility of megakaryocyte morphology in these disorders in correlation with JAK2 V617F remains unresolved. AIMS: The aim of the study was to assess the morphology of megakaryocytes in bone marrow aspirates (BMAs) and bone marrow biopsies of patients of BCR-ABL negative MPNs with JAK2 V617F mutation...
April 2017: South Asian Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702181/the-major-thoracic-vascular-invasion-of-lung-cancer
#19
Soichi Oka, Shuichi Shinohara, Taiji Kuwata, Masaru Takenaka, Yasuhiro Chikaishi, Ayako Hirai, Yoshinobu Ichiki, Shohei Shimajiri, Takatoshi Aoki, Fumihiro Tanaka
BACKGROUND: We actually investigated the surgical and pathological findings in cases which tumor invasion of the major thoracic vessels was suspected based on the preoperative Computed tomography (CT) findings. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed our prospective database of all patients, who underwent lung resection for lung cancer from 2012 to 2014. 387 patients underwent lung cancer surgery. Among these patients, we analyzed 30 patients in whom pulmonary artery (PA) invasion was suspected and 11 patients in whom pulmonary vein (PV) or left atrium (LA) invasion was suspected based on the preoperative CT findings...
August 2017: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702051/random-forest-based-approach-for-maximum-power-point-tracking-of-photovoltaic-systems-operating-under-actual-environmental-conditions
#20
Hussain Shareef, Ammar Hussein Mutlag, Azah Mohamed
Many maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithms have been developed in recent years to maximize the produced PV energy. These algorithms are not sufficiently robust because of fast-changing environmental conditions, efficiency, accuracy at steady-state value, and dynamics of the tracking algorithm. Thus, this paper proposes a new random forest (RF) model to improve MPPT performance. The RF model has the ability to capture the nonlinear association of patterns between predictors, such as irradiance and temperature, to determine accurate maximum power point...
2017: Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
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