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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906131/the-mir-125-family-is-an-important-regulator-of-the-expression-and-maintenance-of-maternal-effect-genes-during-preimplantational-embryo-development
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Kyeoung-Hwa Kim, You-Mi Seo, Eun-Young Kim, Su-Yeon Lee, Jini Kwon, Jung-Jae Ko, Kyung-Ah Lee
Previously, we reported that Sebox is a new maternal effect gene (MEG) that is required for early embryo development beyond the two-cell (2C) stage because this gene orchestrates the expression of important genes for zygotic genome activation (ZGA). However, regulators of Sebox expression remain unknown. Therefore, the objectives of the present study were to use bioinformatics tools to identify such regulatory microRNAs (miRNAs) and to determine the effects of the identified miRNAs on Sebox expression. Using computational algorithms, we identified a motif within the 3'UTR of Sebox mRNA that is specific to the seed region of the miR-125 family, which includes miR-125a-5p, miR-125b-5p and miR-351-5p...
November 2016: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905073/critical-comments-on-eeg-sensor-space-dynamical-connectivity-analysis
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Frederik Van de Steen, Luca Faes, Esin Karahan, Jitkomut Songsiri, Pedro A Valdes-Sosa, Daniele Marinazzo
Many different analysis techniques have been developed and applied to EEG recordings that allow one to investigate how different brain areas interact. One particular class of methods, based on the linear parametric representation of multiple interacting time series, is widely used to study causal connectivity in the brain. However, the results obtained by these methods should be interpreted with great care. The goal of this paper is to show, both theoretically and using simulations, that results obtained by applying causal connectivity measures on the sensor (scalp) time series do not allow interpretation in terms of interacting brain sources...
November 30, 2016: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904246/noninvasive-imaging-of-the-biliary-system-relevant-to-percutaneous-interventions
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REVIEW
Stephen Thomas, Kayleen Jahangir
Clinical data such as history, physical examination, and laboratory tests are useful in identifying patients with biliary obstruction and biliary sources of infection. However, if intervention is planned, noninvasive imaging is needed to confirm the presence, location, and extent of the disease process. Currently, the most commonly available and used noninvasive modalities are ultrasound (US), computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR), and nuclear medicine hepatobiliary scintigraphy (HIDA). US is quick, portable, readily available, and is commonly the first imaging modality used when biliary pathology is suspected...
December 2016: Seminars in Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904162/impact-of-catheterization-lab-computer-software-settings-on-hemodynamic-assessment-of-aortic-stenosis
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Zaher Fanari, Anitha Rajamanickam, Mathew Grove, Sumaya Hammami, Cassie Walls, Paul Kolm, William Weintraub, Andrew J Doorey
BACKGROUND: Accurate assessment of Cardiac Output (CO) is a critical measurement in the calculation of aortic valve area (AVA). Due to the known inaccuracy of estimated Fick calculations, many measure thermodilution (TD) CO as well due to previous studies showing better correlation with the gold standard direct CO. Previous studies showed suboptimal correlation between both methods. Most physicians assume that the TD CO is chosen by catheterization laboratory software for AVA evaluation...
July 2016: Delaware Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904004/delayed-diagnosis-of-blunt-carotid-trauma-in-a-seat-belt-syndrome-with-associated-abdominal-wall-injury-a-case-report
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Savino Occhionorelli, Dario Andreotti, Daniela Tartarini, Lorenzo Cappellari, Rocco Stano, Lucia Morganti, Giorgio Vasquez
: The aim of this case report is to be aware of occult carotid lesions in thoracic- abdominal trauma because, carotid artery injury consequent to blunt trauma is rare, affecting less than 1% of patients as reported in literature. A 45-years-old female, involved in a traffic accident, arrived to Emergency Room hemodynamically stable, with a Glasgow Coma Scale of 15, complaining abdominal pain, without any neurological signs. She underwent Computed Tomography (CT) scan that showed a complete disruption of left abdominal wall muscles, associated with massive bowel loops herniation...
November 28, 2016: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903873/timing-of-head-movements-is-consistent-with-energy-minimization-in-walking-ungulates
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David M Loscher, Fiete Meyer, Kerstin Kracht, John A Nyakatura
Many ungulates show a conspicuous nodding motion of the head when walking. Until now, the functional significance of this behaviour remained unclear. Combining in vivo kinematics of quadrupedal mammals with a computer model, we show that the timing of vertical displacements of the head and neck is consistent with minimizing energy expenditure for carrying these body parts in an inverted pendulum walking gait. Varying the timing of head movements in the model resulted in increased metabolic cost estimate for carrying the head and neck of up to 63%...
November 30, 2016: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903626/a-unified-perspective-on-ankle-push-off-in-human-walking
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REVIEW
Karl E Zelik, Peter G Adamczyk
Muscle-tendon units about the ankle joint generate a burst of positive power during the step-to-step transition in human walking, termed ankle push-off, but there is no scientific consensus on its functional role. A central question embodied in the biomechanics literature is: does ankle push-off primarily contribute to leg swing, or to center of mass (COM) acceleration? This question has been debated in various forms for decades. However, it actually presents a false dichotomy, as these two possibilities are not mutually exclusive...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903520/visceral-adiposity-and-metabolic-syndrome-after-very-high-fat-and-low-fat-isocaloric-diets-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Vivian L Veum, Johnny Laupsa-Borge, Øyvin Eng, Espen Rostrup, Terje H Larsen, Jan Erik Nordrehaug, Ottar K Nygård, Jørn V Sagen, Oddrun A Gudbrandsen, Simon N Dankel, Gunnar Mellgren
BACKGROUND: Different aspects of dietary pattern, including macronutrient and food profiles, may affect visceral fat mass and metabolic syndrome. OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that consuming energy primarily from carbohydrate or fat in diets with similar food profiles would differentially affect the ability to reverse visceral adiposity and metabolic syndrome. DESIGN: Forty-six men (aged 30-50 y) with body mass index (in kg/m(2)) >29 and waist circumference >98 cm were randomly assigned to a very high-fat, low-carbohydrate (VHFLC; 73% of energy fat and 10% of energy carbohydrate) or low-fat, high-carbohydrate (LFHC; 30% of energy fat and 53% of energy carbohydrate) diet for 12 wk...
November 30, 2016: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903485/endovascular-repair-of-thoraco-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-in-high-surgical-risk-patients-fenestrated-and-branched-endografts
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E Gallitto, M Gargiulo, A Freyrie, C Bianchini Massoni, R Pini, C Mascoli, G L Faggioli, S Ancetti, A Stella
AIM: To report early and mid-term results of endovascular repair of thoraco-abdominal aneurysms (TAAA) by using of Cook-Zenith fenestrated/branched endografts (FB-EVAR) in high-surgical risk patients unfit for open repair (OR). METHODS: Between January 2012 and April 2015, all the patients with TAAA, considered at high-surgical risk for OR and treated by Cook-Zenith FB-EVAR, were prospectively enrolled. Patients were studied using a thoraco-abdominal computer tomography angiography (CTA) and dedicated software for advanced vessels analysis...
November 26, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903406/morphology-of-the-posteromedial-fragment-in-pertrochanteric-fractures-a-three-dimensional-computed-tomography-analysis
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Gaurav Sharma, Kiran Kumar Gn, Kavin Khatri, Ravijot Singh, Shivanand Gamanagatti, Vijay Sharma
BACKGROUND: In this study we describe the morphology of the posteromedial fragment in pertrochanteric fractures using 3D CT scans and answer two questions 1) Do differences exist between the 3D CT appearances of posteromedial fragments and the depictions made in the AO classification 2) Does the posteromedial fragment affect stability in pertrochanteric fractures, in terms of fracture collapse? METHODS: Preoperative CT scans of eight 31-A1 and fifty 31-A2 fractures were analysed...
November 17, 2016: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902841/dynamical-effects-of-calcium-sensitive-potassium-currents-on-voltage-and-calcium-alternans
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Matthew Kennedy, Donald M Bers, Nipavan Chiamvimonvat, Daisuke Sato
Cardiac alternans is a precursor to life-threatening arrhythmias. Alternans can be caused by instability of the membrane voltage (Vm ), instability of the intracellular Ca (Cai ) cycling, or both. Vm dynamics and Cai dynamics are coupled via Ca-sensitive currents. In cardiac myocytes, there are several Ca-sensitive potassium (K) currents such as the slowly activating delayed rectifier current (IKs ) and the small conductance Ca-activated potassium (SK) current (ISK ). However, the role of these currents in the development of arrhythmias is not well understood...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901295/nonparametric-de-noising-filter-optimization-using-structure-based-microscopic-image-classification
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Samsad Beagum, Nilanjan Dey, Amira S Ashour, Dimitra Sifaki-Pistolla, Valentina E Balas
The Local Polynomial Approximation (LPA) is a nonparametric filter that performs pixel-wise polynomial fit on a certain neighborhood. This filter can be supported by the Intersection of Confidence Interval rule (ICI) as an adaptation algorithm to identify the most suited neighborhood at which the polynomial assumptions provide superior fit for the observations. However, the LPA-ICI is considered to be a near-optimal de-noising filter. Moreover, the ICI rule has several parameters that affect its performance...
November 30, 2016: Microscopy Research and Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901293/live-birth-sex-ratios-and-father-s-geographic-origins-in-jerusalem-1964-1976
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J Groeger, M Opler, K Kleinhaus, M C Perrin, R Calderon-Margalit, O Manor, O Paltiel, D Conley, S Harlap, D Malaspina
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether ancestry influenced sex ratios of offspring in a birth cohort before parental antenatal sex selection influenced offspring sex. METHODS: We measured the sex ratio as the percent of males according to countries of birth of paternal and maternal grandfathers in 91,459 live births from 1964 to 1976 in the Jerusalem Perinatal Study. Confidence limits (CI) were computed based on an expected sex ratio of 1.05, which is 51.4% male. RESULTS: Of all live births recorded, 51...
November 30, 2016: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901100/imaging-analysis-of-parkinson-s-disease-patients-using-spect-and-tractography
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Seong-Jin Son, Mansu Kim, Hyunjin Park
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a degenerative disorder that affects the central nervous system. PD-related alterations in structural and functional neuroimaging have not been fully explored. This study explored multi-modal PD neuroimaging and its application for predicting clinical scores on the Movement Disorder Society-sponsored Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (MDS-UPDRS). Multi-modal imaging that combined (123)I-Ioflupane single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) were adopted to incorporate complementary brain imaging information...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900005/fluoro-edenite-induces-fibulin-3-overexpression-in-non-malignant-human-mesothelial-cells
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Venerando Rapisarda, Rossella Salemi, Andrea Marconi, Carla Loreto, Adriana C Graziano, Venera Cardile, Maria S Basile, Saverio Candido, Luca Falzone, Demetrios A Spandidos, Concettina Fenga, Massimo Libra
Exposure to asbestos is associated with the development of mesothelioma. In addition to asbestos, other fibers have been identified as risk factors for malignant and non-malignant diseases of the lungs. Among these, fluoro-edenite (FE) was found in patients from Biancavilla (Sicily, Italy) with pleural and lung disease, suggesting its role for tumor expansion. In this context, the identification of early biomarkers useful for the diagnosis of cancer is mandatory. Fibulin-3 represents an important marker for the diagnosis of mesothelioma...
November 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899941/influence-of-increased-epicardial-adipose-tissue-volume-on-1-year-in-stent-restenosis-in-patients-who-received-coronary-stent-implantation
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Ying Zhou, Hua-Wei Zhang, Feng Tian, Jin-Song Chen, Tian-Wen Han, Ya-Hang Tan, Jia Zhou, Tao Zhang, Jing Jing, Yun-Dai Chen
BACKGROUND: Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) is significantly associated with the formation and composition of coronary atherosclerotic plaque, cardiac events and the clinical prognosis of coronary heart disease. But, whether increased EAT deposition may affect the incidence of in-stent restenosis (ISR) is currently unclear. This study used coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) as a mean to investigate whether increased EAT volume was associated with ISR. METHODS: A total of 364 patients who underwent 64-slice CCTA examination for the evaluation of suspected coronary artery disease, and subsequently underwent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for the first time, and then accepted coronary angiography (CA) follow-up for ISR examination in one year, were retrospectively included in this study...
September 2016: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899579/snp2tfbs-a-database-of-regulatory-snps-affecting-predicted-transcription-factor-binding-site-affinity
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Sunil Kumar, Giovanna Ambrosini, Philipp Bucher
SNP2TFBS is a computational resource intended to support researchers investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying regulatory variation in the human genome. The database essentially consists of a collection of text files providing specific annotations for human single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), namely whether they are predicted to abolish, create or change the affinity of one or several transcription factor (TF) binding sites. A SNP's effect on TF binding is estimated based on a position weight matrix (PWM) model for the binding specificity of the corresponding factor...
November 28, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898525/characterization-of-hcv-ns3-protease-variants-in-hcv-hiv-coinfected-patients-by-ultra-deep-sequence-analysis-relationship-to-hepatic-fibrosis
#18
Enass A Abdel-Hameed, Susan D Rouster, Xiang Zhang, Jing Chen, Mario Medvedovic, Zachary D Goodman, Kenneth E Sherman
BACKGROUND: Treatment of HCV/HIV coinfection is now largely based upon utilization of direct acting agents. Pre-treatment viral resistant-associated variants (RAVs) and host liver condition may affect the sustained virological response. In this study, we explored relative prevalence of protease resistance-associated mutations, the evolution of those RAVs following 12 weeks of pegylated interferon alfa exposure, and the role hepatic fibrosis might have on RAV display. METHODS: Thirty nonresponder HCV/ HIV coinfected subjects were evaluated pre- and post- 12 weeks of pegIFN treatment...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898297/a-novel-pfib-sample-preparation-protocol-for-correlative-3d-x-ray-cnt-and-fib-tof-sims-tomography
#19
Agnieszka Priebe, Guillaume Audoit, Jean-Paul Barnes
We present a novel sample preparation method that allows correlative 3D X-ray Computed Nano-Tomography (CNT) and Focused Ion Beam Time-Of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (FIB-TOF-SIMS) tomography to be performed on the same sample. In addition, our invention ensures that samples stay unmodified structurally and chemically between the subsequent experiments. The main principle is based on modifying the topography of the X-ray CNT experimental setup before FIB-TOF-SIMS measurements by incorporating a square washer around the sample...
November 19, 2016: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898161/reliability-and-validity-of-the-inertial-sensor-based-timed-up-and-go-test-in-individuals-affected-by-stroke
#20
Seline Wüest, Fabien Massé, Kamiar Aminian, Roman Gonzenbach, Eling D de Bruin
The instrumented Timed "Up and Go" test (iTUG) has the potential for playing an important role in providing clinically useful information regarding an individual's balance and mobility that cannot be derived from the original single-outcome Timed "Up and Go" test protocol. The purpose of this study was to determine the reliability and validity of the iTUG using body-fixed inertial sensors in people affected by stroke. For test-retest reliability analysis, 14 individuals with stroke and 25 nondisabled elderly patients were assessed...
2016: Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development
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