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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110477/recognition-in-context-implications-for-trade-mark-law
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Michael S Humphreys, Kimberley A McFarlane, Jennifer S Burt, Sarah J Kelly, Kimberlee G Weatherall, Robert G Burrell
Context effects in recognition have played a major role in evaluating theories of recognition. Understanding how context impacts recognition is also important for making sound trade mark law. Consumers attempting to discriminate between the brand they are looking for and a look-alike product often have to differentiate products which share a great deal of common context: positioning on the supermarket shelf, the type of store, aspects of the packaging, or brand claims. Trade mark and related laws aim to protect brands and reduce consumer confusion, but courts assessing allegations of trade mark infringement often lack careful empirical evidence concerning the impact of brand and context similarity, and, in the absence of such evidence, make assumptions about how consumers respond to brands that downplay the importance of context and focus on the similarity of registered marks...
January 21, 2017: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110476/three-dimensional-texture-features-from-intensity-and-high-order-derivative-maps-for-the-discrimination-between-bladder-tumors-and-wall-tissues-via-mri
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Xiaopan Xu, Xi Zhang, Qiang Tian, Guopeng Zhang, Yang Liu, Guangbin Cui, Jiang Meng, Yuxia Wu, Tianshuai Liu, Zengyue Yang, Hongbing Lu
PURPOSE: This study aims to determine the three-dimensional (3D) texture features extracted from intensity and high-order derivative maps that could reflect textural differences between bladder tumors and wall tissues, and propose a noninvasive, image-based strategy for bladder tumor differentiation preoperatively. METHODS: A total of 62 cancerous and 62 wall volumes of interest (VOI) were extracted from T2-weighted MRI datasets of 62 patients with pathologically confirmed bladder cancer...
January 21, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110475/pattern-recognition-of-spectral-entropy-features-for-detection-of-alcoholic-and-control-visual-erp-s-in-multichannel-eegs
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T K Padma Shri, N Sriraam
This paper presents a novel ranking method to select spectral entropy (SE) features that discriminate alcoholic and control visual event-related potentials (ERP'S) in gamma sub-band (30-55 Hz) derived from a 64-channel electroencephalogram (EEG) recording. The ranking is based on a t test statistic that rejects the null hypothesis that the group means of SE values in alcoholics and controls are identical. The SE features with high ranks are indicative of maximal separation between their group means. Various sizes of top ranked feature subsets are evaluated by applying principal component analysis (PCA) and k-nearest neighbor (k-NN) classification...
January 21, 2017: Brain Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110431/a-report-on-identification-of-sequence-polymorphism-in-barcode-region-of-six-commercially-important-cymbopogon-species
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Ashok Kumar Bishoyi, Aarti Kavane, Anjali Sharma, K A Geetha
CYMBOPOGON: is an important member of grass family Poaceae, cultivated for essential oils which have greater medicinal and industrial value. Taxonomic identification of Cymbopogon species is determined mainly by morphological markers, odour of essential oils and concentration of bioactive compounds present in the oil matrices which are highly influenced by environment. Authenticated molecular marker based taxonomical identification is also lacking in the genus; hence effort was made to evaluate potential DNA barcode loci in six commercially important Cymbopogon species for their individual discrimination and authentication at the species level...
January 21, 2017: Molecular Biology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110353/a-role-for-sigma-receptors-in-stimulant-self-administration-and-addiction
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Jonathan L Katz, Takato Hiranita, Weimin C Hong, Martin O Job, Christopher R McCurdy
Sigma receptors (σRs) are structurally unique proteins that function intracellularly as chaperones. Historically, σRs have been implicated as modulators of psychomotor stimulant effects and have at times been proposed as potential avenues for modifying stimulant abuse. However, the influence of ligands for σRs on the effects of stimulants, such as cocaine or methamphetamine, in various preclinical procedures related to drug abuse has been varied. The present paper reviews the effects of σR agonists and antagonists in three particularly relevant procedures: stimulant discrimination, place conditioning, and self-administration...
January 22, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110250/detection-and-discrimination-of-maintenance-and-de-novo-cpg-methylation-events-using-methylbreak
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William Hsu, Augustus T Mercado, George Hsiao, Jui-Ming Yeh, Chung-Yung Chen
Understanding the principles governing the establishment and maintenance activities of DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) can help in the development of predictive biomarkers associated with genetic disorders and diseases. A detection system was developed that distinguishes and quantifies methylation events using methylation-sensitive endonucleases and molecular beacon technology. MethylBreak (MB) is a 22-mer oligonucleotide with one hemimethylated and two unmethylated CpG sites, which are also recognition sites for Sau96I and SacII, and is attached to a fluorophore and a quencher...
January 14, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110245/bipartite-network-analysis-reveals-metabolic-gene-expression-profiles-that-are-highly-associated-with-the-clinical-outcomes-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Fanfan Xie, Mingxiong He, Li He, Keqin Liu, Menglong Li, Guoquan Hu, Zhining Wen
Dysregulated and reprogrammed metabolism are one of the most important characteristics of cancer, and exploiting cancer cell metabolism can aid in understanding the diverse clinical outcomes for patients. To investigate the differences in metabolic pathways among patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and differential survival outcomes, we systematically conducted microarray data analysis of the metabolic gene expression profiles from 384 patients available from the Gene Expression Omnibus and Cancer Genome Atlas databases...
January 6, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110117/an-adaptive-method-for-determining-an-acquisition-parameter-t0-in-a-modified-cpmg-sequence
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Donghui Xing, Yiren Fan, Jianfei Hao, Xinmin Ge, Chaoliu Li, Yufeng Xiao, Fei Wu
The modified CPMG (Carr-Purcell-Meiboom-Gill) pulse sequence is a common sequence used for measuring the internal magnetic field gradient distribution of formation rocks, for which t0 (the duration of the first window) is a key acquisition parameter. In order to obtain the optimal t0, an adaptive method is proposed in this paper. By studying the factors influencing discriminant factor σ and its variation trend using T2-G forward numerical simulation, it is found that the optimal t0 corresponds to the maximum value of σ...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109993/epilepsy-associated-levels-of-perceived-stigma-their-associations-with-treatment-and-related-factors-a-cross-sectional-study-in-urban-and%C3%A2-rural-areas-in-ecuador
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Jaime Luna, Mandy Nizard, Danielle Becker, Daniel Gerard, Alejandro Cruz, Voa Ratsimbazafy, Michel Dumas, Marcelo Cruz, Pierre-Marie Preux
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is felt to be a stigmatizing condition. Stigma has been considered one of the major factors contributing to the burden of epilepsy and to the treatment gap. Stigma has a negative effect on the management of people with epilepsy (PWE). Furthermore, lack of information and inappropriate beliefs are still the factors that most contribute to stigma and discrimination. In this study, we assessed the level of perceived stigma in urban and rural areas and we report their association with in antiepileptic drug (AED) use, effects on seeking medical care, and stigma-associated factors...
January 18, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109962/endothelial-permeability-and-hemostasis-in-septic-shock-results-from-the-process-trial
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Peter Hou, Michael Filbin, Henry Wang, Long Ngo, David T Huang, William C Aird, Donald M Yealy, Derek C Angus, John A Kellum, Nathan I Shapiro
BACKGROUND: We studied patients from the Protocolized Care in Early Septic Shock (ProCESS) trial to determine: the effects of alternative resuscitation strategies on circulating markers of endothelial cell permeability and hemostasis, and; the association between biomarkers and mortality. METHODS: Prospective study of biomarkers of endothelial cell permeability (vegf, sflt-1, ang-2) and hemostasis (vwf, thrombomodulin, tpa) in 605 of the 1341 ProCESS participants in a derivation cohort and 305 in validation...
January 18, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109890/sunlight-damage-to-cellular-dna-focus-on-oxidatively-generated-lesions
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André Passaglia Schuch, Natália Cestari Moreno, Natielen Jacques Schuch, Carlos Frederico Martins Menck, Camila Carrião Machado Garcia
The routine and often unavoidable exposure to solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation makes it one of the most significant environmental DNA-damaging agents to which humans are exposed. Sunlight, specifically UVB and UVA, triggers various types of DNA damage. Although sunlight, mainly UVB, is necessary for the production of vitamin D, which is necessary for human health, DNA damage may have several deleterious consequences, such as cell death, mutagenesis, photoaging and cancer. UVA and UVB photons can be directly absorbed not only by DNA, which results in lesions, but also by the chromophores that are present in skin cells...
January 18, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109843/development-of-a-molecular-assay-for-the-detection-of-cucumber-mosaic-virus-and-the-discrimination-of-its-subgroups-i-and-ii
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N Bald-Blume, J H W Bergervoet, E Maiss
A nucleic acid based test for the detection of the economically important plant virus Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) based on the Luminex xTAG technology was developed. This technology has the advantage of allowing the simultaneous detection of various targets. Applying this method, we prove the presence of CMV in general and differentiate between its two subgroups I and II for which significant differences concerning severity of symptoms and virulence have been reported. For the development of the test procedure the coat protein gene sequences of 29 CMV isolates were cloned, sequenced and classified into subgroups...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Virological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109729/comparison-of-the-effects-of-nasal-steroids-and-montelukast-on-olfactory-functions-in-patients-with-allergic-rhinitis
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A Dalgic, M E Dinc, S Ulusoy, D Dizdar, A Is, M Topak
OBJECTIVE: Olfactory dysfunction is one of the comorbidities associated with allergic rhinitis (AR) and AR is one of the common causes of olfactory problems. We aimed to evaluate by the Sniffin' Sticks test the effects on olfactory functions of nasal steroids and leukotriene antagonists used for allergic rhinitis. METHODS: Thirty patients with seasonal rhinitis were included in this study. Patients were randomly divided into three groups of 10 patients; group 1 received montelukast sodium and mometasone furoate (MF) therapy, group 2 received only montelukast, and group 3 only MF...
January 18, 2017: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109703/investigation-of-anogenital-distance-as-a-diagnostic-tool-in-endometriosis
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Maria L Sánchez-Ferrer, Jaime Mendiola, Raquel Jiménez-Velázquez, Laura Cánovas-López, Shiana Corbalán-Biyang, Ana I Hernández-Peñalver, Ana Carmona-Barnosi, Ana B Maldonado-Cárceles, Maria T Prieto-Sánchez, Francisco Machado-Linde, Anibal Nieto, Alberto M Torres-Cantero
An association between anogenital distance (AGD) and endometriosis has been reported, suggesting that AGD may be a useful clinical tool in endometriosis. The predictive ability of AGD of women in discriminating presence and type of endometriosis was examined. A case-control study was conducted at the University Hospital 'Virgen de la Arrixaca', Murcia, Spain, between 2014 and 2015. A total of 114 participants diagnosed with endometriosis using ultrasound findings and 105 controls were recruited. Two AGD measurements were obtained: one from the anterior clitoral surface to the upper verge of the anus (AGDAC), and another one from the posterior fourchette to the upper verge of the anus (AGDAF)...
January 10, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109592/short-communication-limitations-of-glucose-tolerance-tests-in-the-assessment-of-peripheral-tissue-insulin-sensitivity-during-pregnancy-and-lactation-in-dairy-heifers
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J De Koster, M Van Eetvelde, K Hermans, W Van den Broeck, M Hostens, G Opsomer
The aim of the present study was to point at the limitations of glucose tolerance tests (GTT) to assess peripheral tissue insulin sensitivity in dairy heifers in different physiological states (pregnancy and lactation). Intravenous GTT were performed in 5 nonpregnant, nonlactating heifers, 5 heifers at the end of pregnancy (12-7 d before calving), and 5 lactating primiparous cows (11-14 d after calving). Glucose and insulin concentrations were determined and area under the curve (AUC) and clearance rate of glucose and insulin were calculated...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109581/external-histopathological-validation-of-the-surface-intermediate-base-margin-score
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Alessandro Antonelli, Maria Furlan, Mario Sodano, Francesca Carobbio, Regina Tardanico, Simona Fisogni, Claudio Simeone
PURPOSE: The surface, intermediate, and basis (SIB) is a system based on surgeon׳s visual assessment of the thickness of healthy parenchyma remaining on the intrarenal portion of the tumor. This system has been proposed to standardize the nomenclature of the resection technique (RT) during partial nephrectomy (PN). Our study aims at evaluating whether the SIB score visually assigned is related to the thickness of parenchyma measured by microscopy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Data of 52 patients submitted to PN from April to October 2015 were perspectively collected...
January 18, 2017: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109550/rapid-detection-of-high-risk-enterococcus-faecium-clones-by-matrix-assisted-laser-desorption-ionization-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry
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Ana R Freitas, Clara Sousa, Carla Novais, Liliana Silva, Helena Ramos, Teresa M Coque, João Lopes, Luísa Peixe
We aimed to explore the potential of matrix assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) for early identification of dominant Enterococcus faecium (Efm) clones involved in human infections. Well-characterized Efm isolates (n=77), analyzed by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis and multilocus sequence typing(eBURST and BAPS [Bayesian analysis of population structure] algorithms), and belonging to different hospital (n=53) and community (n=24) phylogenomic groups, were tested...
December 14, 2016: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109548/comparison-between-high-frequency-ultrasonography-and-histological-assessment-reveals-weak-correlation-for-measurements-of-scar-tissue-thickness
#18
Natacha A Agabalyan, Samuel Su, Sarthak Sinha, Vincent Gabriel
OBJECTIVE: Current methods for evaluating scar tissue volume following burns have shortcomings. The Vancouver Burn Scar scale is subjective, leading to a high variability in assessment. Although histological assessment via punch biopsy can discriminate between the different layers of skin, such an approach is invasive, inefficient, and detrimental to patient experience and wound healing. This study investigates the accuracy of high-frequency ultrasonography, a non-invasive alternative to histology, for measuring dermal and epidermal thickness in scar tissue...
January 18, 2017: Burns: Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109476/a-three-lncrna-signature-derived-from-the-atlas-of-ncrna-in-cancer-tanric-database-predicts-the-survival-of-patients-with-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Wei Cao, Jian-Nan Liu, Zeqi Liu, Xu Wang, Ze-Guang Han, Tong Ji, Wan-Tao Chen, Xin Zou
OBJECTIVE: Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) have important biological functions and can be used as prognostic biomarkers in cancer. To identify a lncRNA prognostic signature for head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). METHOD: We analysed RNA-seq data derived from the TANRIC database to identify a lncRNA prognostic signature model using the orthogonal partial least squares discrimination analysis (OPLS-DA) and 1.5-fold expression change criterion methods. The prognosis prediction model based on the lncRNA signatures and clinical parameters were evaluated using the 5-fold cross validation method...
February 2017: Oral Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109326/from-the-evolution-of-protein-sequences-able-to-resist-self-assembly-to-the-prediction-of-aggregation-propensity
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F Bemporad, M Ramazzotti
Folding of polypeptide chains into biologically active entities is an astonishingly complex process, determined by the nature and the sequence of residues emerging from ribosomes. While it has been long believed that evolution has pressed genomes so that specific sequences could adopt unique, functional three-dimensional folds, it is now clear that complex protein machineries act as quality control system and supervise folding. Notwithstanding that, events such as erroneous folding, partial folding, or misfolding are frequent during the life of a cell or a whole organism, and they can escape controls...
2017: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
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