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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812745/hysteresis-and-bonding-reconstruction-in-the-pressure-induced-b3-b1-phase-transition-of-3c-sic
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Miguel A Salvadó, R Franco, Pilar Pertierra, T Ouahrani, J M Recio
The determination of kinetic factors affecting phase metastability is crucial for the design of materials out of the ambient conditions. At a given temperature, the kinetic barrier associated with the reconstruction of the bonding network of a pressure-induced phase transition can be only overcome at pressures where the available vibrational energy of the system is equal or higher than the corresponding activation energy. Our work demonstrates that these pressures provide boundaries to hysteresis cycles that can be evaluated following a three-step computational strategy: (i) total energy electronic structure calculations, (ii) determination of vibrational contributions by means of a simple Debye model, and (iii) description of the energetic profile along the transition path in the framework of the martensitic approximation...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812535/associating-mutations-causing-cystinuria-with-disease-severity-with-the-aim-of-providing-precision-medicine
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Henry J Martell, Kathie A Wong, Juan F Martin, Ziyan Kassam, Kay Thomas, Mark N Wass
BACKGROUND: Cystinuria is an inherited disease that results in the formation of cystine stones in the kidney, which can have serious health complications. Two genes (SLC7A9 and SLC3A1) that form an amino acid transporter are known to be responsible for the disease. Variants that cause the disease disrupt amino acid transport across the cell membrane, leading to the build-up of relatively insoluble cystine, resulting in formation of stones. Assessing the effects of each mutation is critical in order to provide tailored treatment options for patients...
August 11, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811929/dual-energy-computed-tomography-angiography-virtual-calcified-plaque-subtraction-in-a-vascular-phantom
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Kwang Nam Jin, Jin Wook Chung, Eun-Ah Park, Whal Lee
BACKGROUND: Material decomposition of dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) enables subtraction of calcified plaque. PURPOSE: To evaluate the accuracy of lumen area measurement in calcified plaque by subtraction of DECT and to determine the effect of contrast material concentration, lumen diameter, density, and thickness of calcified plaque for the measurement. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Vessel phantoms were made with six lumen diameters (5.7, 4...
July 2017: Acta Radiologica Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811883/effect-of-habitat-degradation-on-competition-carrying-capacity-and-species-assemblage-stability
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Edoardo Calizza, Maria Letizia Costantini, Giulio Careddu, Loreto Rossi
Changes in species' trophic niches due to habitat degradation can affect intra- and interspecific competition, with implications for biodiversity persistence. Difficulties of measuring species' interactions in the field limit our comprehension of competition outcomes along disturbance gradients. Thus, information on how habitat degradation can destabilize food webs is scarce, hindering predictions regarding responses of multispecies systems to environmental changes. Seagrass ecosystems are undergoing degradation...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811063/sperm-quality-variables-as-indicators-of-bull-fertility-may-be-breed-dependent
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Jane M Morrell, Thanapol Nongbua, Sabina Valeanu, Isabel Lima Verde, Katrin Lundstedt-Enkel, Anders Edman, Anders Johannisson
A means of discriminating among bulls of high fertility based on sperm quality is needed by breeding centers. The objective of the study was to examine parameters of sperm quality in bulls of known fertility to identify useful indicators of fertility. Frozen semen was available from bulls of known fertility (Viking Genetics, Skara, Sweden): Swedish Red (n=31), Holstein (n=25) and Others (one each of Charolais, Limousin, Blonde, SKB). After thawing, the sperm samples were analyzed for motility (computer assisted sperm analysis), plasma membrane integrity, chromatin integrity, acrosome status, mitochondrial activity and reactive oxygen species...
August 7, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810831/application-of-a-bayesian-non-linear-model-hybrid-scheme-to-sequence-data-for-genomic-prediction-and-qtl-mapping
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Tingting Wang, Yi-Ping Phoebe Chen, Iona M MacLeod, Jennie E Pryce, Michael E Goddard, Ben J Hayes
BACKGROUND: Using whole genome sequence data might improve genomic prediction accuracy, when compared with high-density SNP arrays, and could lead to identification of casual mutations affecting complex traits. For some traits, the most accurate genomic predictions are achieved with non-linear Bayesian methods. However, as the number of variants and the size of the reference population increase, the computational time required to implement these Bayesian methods (typically with Monte Carlo Markov Chain sampling) becomes unfeasibly long...
August 15, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810784/molecular-simulation-of-homogeneous-crystal-nucleation-of-ab2-solid-phase-from-a-binary-hard-sphere-mixture
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Praveen Kumar Bommineni, Sudeep N Punnathanam
Co-crystal formation from fluid-mixtures is quite common in a large number of systems. The simplest systems that show co-crystal (also called substitutionally ordered solids) formation are binary hard sphere mixtures. In this work, we study the nucleation of AB2 type solid compounds using Monte Carlo molecular simulations in binary hard sphere mixtures with the size ratio of 0.55. The conditions chosen for the study lie in the region where nucleation of an AB2 type solid competes with that of a pure A solid with a face-centered-cubic structure...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809669/muscle-activation-and-inertial-motion-data-for-non-invasive-classification-of-activities-of-daily-living
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Michael S Totty, Eric Wade
OBJECTIVE: Remote monitoring of physical activity using body-worn sensors provides an objective alternative to current functional assessment tools. The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility of classifying categories of activities of daily living from the Functional Arm Activity Behavioral Observation System (FAABOS) using muscle activation and motion data. METHODS: Ten non-disabled, healthy adults were fitted with a Myo armband on the upper forearm...
August 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809631/-comparison-between-the-range-of-movement-canine-real-cervical-spine-and-numerical-simulation-computer-model-validation
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R Srnec, Z Horák, R Sedláček, M Sedlinská, M Krbec, A Nečas
PURPOSE OF THE STUDY In developing new or modifying the existing surgical treatment methods of spine conditions an integral part of ex vivo experiments is the assessment of mechanical, kinematic and dynamic properties of created constructions. The aim of the study is to create an appropriately validated numerical model of canine cervical spine in order to obtain a tool for basic research to be applied in cervical spine surgeries. For this purpose, canine is a suitable model due to the occurrence of similar cervical spine conditions in some breeds of dogs and in humans...
2017: Acta Chirurgiae Orthopaedicae et Traumatologiae Cechoslovaca
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809582/iodixanol-versus-iopromide-at-coronary-ct-angiography-lumen-opacification-and-effect-on-heart-rhythm-the-randomized-isocor-trial
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Marisa M Lubbers, Marc Kock, André Niezen, Tjebbe Galema, Marcel Kofflard, Tobias Bruning, Henriette S Kooij, Hanneke van Valen, Marcel Dijkshoorn, Ronald Booij, Anthony Padmos, Alain Vogels, Ricardo P J Budde, Koen Nieman
Purpose To show that equal coronary lumen opacification can be achieved with iso- and low-osmolar contrast media when it is injected at the same iodine delivery rate with contemporary cardiac computed tomographic (CT) protocols and to investigate the cardiovascular effect of iso-osmolar contrast media and the image quality achieved. Materials and Methods Institutional review board approval and written informed consent were obtained for the Effect of Iso-osmolar Contrast Medium on Coronary Opacification and Heart Rhythm in Coronary CT Angiography, or IsoCOR, trial...
August 15, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808846/age-related-changes-in-morphology-of-left-atrial-appendage-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Yukina Hirata, Kenya Kusunose, Hirotsugu Yamada, Rikuto Shimizu, Yuta Torii, Susumu Nishio, Yoshihito Saijo, Shoichiro Takao, Takeshi Soeki, Masataka Sata
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between age and frequency of left atrial appendage (LAA) morphology in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) compared with sinus rhythm (SR). We enrolled 145 AF patients, and 199 SR patients for the control group without any cardiovascular disease. LAA volume index (LAAVi) and morphology were assessed by electrocardiogram-gated computed tomography angiography. LAA morphology was classified into "chicken wing" or "non-chicken wing" according to the previously described classification...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808472/successful-ultra-conservative-management-of-a-mandibular-premolar-with-dens-invaginatus
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Ramin Abazarpour, Masoud Parirokh, Aida Farhadi, Zahra Jalali, Nasir Kheirabadi
Dens invaginatus is one of the most common anomalies of tooth structure. It is caused by the invagination of the crown surface during odontogenesis that enters the pulp chamber of the affected tooth. Depending on the complexity of invagination, the tooth might present with pulp necrosis, open apex and a complicated root canal system. This case report presents an Oehlers' type 2 dens-invaginatus in a mandibular premolar with chronic apical abscess. In most cases, dens invaginatus is removed during treatment...
2017: Iranian Endodontic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807866/brca1-2-missense-mutations-and-the-value-of-in-silico-analyses
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Carolin E Sadowski, Daniela Kohlstedt, Cornelia Meisel, Katja Keller, Kerstin Becker, Luisa Mackenroth, Andreas Rump, Evelin Schröck, Pauline Wimberger, Karin Kast
INTRODUCTION: The clinical implications of genetic variants in BRCA1/2 in healthy and affected individuals are considerable. Variant interpretation, however, is especially challenging for missense variants. The majority of them are classified as variants of unknown clinical significance (VUS). Computational (in-silico) predictive programs are easy to access, but represent only one tool out of a wide range of complemental approaches to classify VUS. With this single-center study, we aimed to evaluate the impact of in-silico analyses in a spectrum of different BRCA1/2 missense variants...
August 11, 2017: European Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807504/bone-up-craniomandibular-development-and-hard-tissue-biomineralization-in-neonate-mice
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Khari D Thompson, Holly E Weiss-Bilka, Elizabeth B McGough, Matthew J Ravosa
The presence of regional variation in the osteogenic abilities of cranial bones underscores the fact that the mechanobiology of the mammalian skull is more complex than previously recognized. However, the relationship between patterns of cranial bone formation and biomineralization remains incompletely understood. In four strains of mice, micro-computed tomography was used to measure tissue mineral density during perinatal development in three skull regions (calvarium, basicranium, mandible) noted for variation in loading environment, embryological origin, and ossification mode...
January 29, 2017: Zoology: Analysis of Complex Systems, ZACS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807009/adverse-mental-health-outcomes-in-breast-cancer-survivors-compared-to-women-who-did-not-have-cancer-systematic-review-protocol
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Helena Carreira, Rachael Williams, Martin Müller, Rhea Harewood, Krishnan Bhaskaran
BACKGROUND: Recent increasing trends in breast cancer incidence and survival have resulted in unprecedented numbers of cancer survivors in the general population. A cancer diagnosis may have a profound psychological impact, and breast cancer treatments often cause long-term physical sequelae, potentially affecting women's mental health. The aim of this systematic review is to identify and summarise all studies that have compared mental health outcomes in breast cancer survivors, versus women who did not have cancer...
August 14, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806754/short-term-prediction-of-solar-energy-in-saudi-arabia-using-automated-design-fuzzy-logic-systems
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Majid Almaraashi
Solar energy is considered as one of the main sources for renewable energy in the near future. However, solar energy and other renewable energy sources have a drawback related to the difficulty in predicting their availability in the near future. This problem affects optimal exploitation of solar energy, especially in connection with other resources. Therefore, reliable solar energy prediction models are essential to solar energy management and economics. This paper presents work aimed at designing reliable models to predict the global horizontal irradiance (GHI) for the next day in 8 stations in Saudi Arabia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806245/gorham-stout-disease-affecting-the-mandible-bone-scintigraphy-and-computed-tomography-findings
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Soo Bin Park, Joon Young Choi, Soo Jeong Kim
We present images of a 13-year-old boy with Gorham-Stout disease affecting the mandible. Initial bone scintigraphy showed poor visualization of Tc-methylene diphosphonate (Tc-MDP) uptake in the mandible body. However, abnormally increased Tc-MDP uptake was noted in the bilateral mandibular rami. In the follow-up examination a year later, bone scintigraphy indicated that the disease had progressed to the bilateral mandibular rami with no uptake. In addition, massive osteolysis of the mandible was noted that had progressed since the initial computed tomography...
August 12, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805917/technical-note-impact-of-pedigree-depth-on-convergence-of-single-step-genomic-blup-in-a-purebred-swine-population
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I Pocrnic, D A L Lourenco, H L Bradford, C Y Chen, I Misztal
In genomic evaluations, it is desirable to have low computing cost while retaining high accuracy of evaluation for young animals. When the population is large but only few animals have phenotypes, especially for low heritability traits, the convergence rate of BLUP or single-step genomic BLUP (ssGBLUP) can be very slow. This study investigates the effect of pedigree truncation on convergence rate and solutions of ssGBLUP for data exhibiting slow convergence. The data consisted of 216,000, 221,000, 732,000, and 579,000 phenotypes on 4 traits...
August 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805850/dispersible-oxygen-microsensors-map-oxygen-gradients-in-three-dimensional-cell-cultures
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Sasha Cai Lesher-Pérez, Ge-Ah Kim, Chuan-Hsien Kuo, Brendan M Leung, Sanda Mong, Taisuke Kojima, Christopher Moraes, M D Thouless, Gary D Luker, Shuichi Takayama
Phase fluorimetry, unlike the more commonly used intensity-based measurement, is not affected by differences in light paths from culture vessels or by optical attenuation through dense 3D cell cultures and hydrogels thereby minimizing dependence on signal intensity for accurate measurements. This work describes the use of phase fluorimetry on oxygen-sensor microbeads to perform oxygen measurements in different microtissue culture environments. In one example, cell spheroids were observed to deplete oxygen from the cell-culture medium filling the bottom of conventional microwells within minutes, whereas oxygen concentrations remained close to ambient levels for several days in hanging-drop cultures...
August 14, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805449/stallion-sperm-cryopreservation-using-various-permeating-agents-interplay-between-concentration-and-cooling-rate
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Harriëtte Oldenhof, Judith Bigalk, Christiane Hettel, Lawrence de Oliveira Barros, Bulat Sydykov, Árpád Cs Bajcsy, Harald Sieme, Willem F Wolkers
In this study, modeling and experimental approaches were used to investigate the interplay between cooling rate and protectant concentration for cryopreservation of stallion sperm. Glycerol (GLY), ethylene glycol (EG), dimethylformamide (DMF), propylene glycol (PG), and dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) were tested as cryoprotective agents (CPAs), using concentrations up to 1500 mM and cooling rates ranging from 5°C to 55°C min(-1). Modeling of the extent of sperm dehydration during freezing was done using previously determined values of the sperm membrane permeability to water to predict optimal cooling rates for cryopreservation...
August 14, 2017: Biopreservation and Biobanking
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