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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732137/prevalence-of-sacroiliitis-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-using-a-standardized-ct-scoring-system
#1
Jonathan Chan, Ismail Sari, David Salonen, Mark S Silverberg, Nigil Haroon, Robert D Inman
OBJECTIVES: There is an increasing emphasis on early identification and treatment of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) of which the hallmark is sacroiliitis. Patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are at increased risk of AS and often receive CT scans of their abdomen affording clinicians the opportunity to determine the presence of sacroiliitis. Previous studies using CT have relied only on radiologist's gestalt or a non-validated adaptation of the mNY criteria. Our aim is to assess the prevalence of sacroiliitis in IBD using a validated screening tool and to determine how frequently these patients are referred for rheumatologic evaluation...
July 21, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731616/inversion-recovery-ultrashort-echo-time-imaging-of-ultrashort-t2-tissue-components-in-ovine-brain-at-3%C3%A2-t-a-sequential-d2-o-exchange-study
#2
Shu-Juan Fan, Yajun Ma, Eric Y Chang, Graeme M Bydder, Jiang Du
Inversion recovery ultrashort echo time (IR-UTE) imaging holds the potential to directly characterize MR signals from ultrashort T2 tissue components (STCs), such as collagen in cartilage and myelin in brain. The application of IR-UTE for myelin imaging has been challenging because of the high water content in brain and the possibility that the ultrashort T2 * signals are contaminated by water protons, including those associated with myelin sheaths. This study investigated such a possibility in an ovine brain D2 O exchange model and explored the potential of IR-UTE imaging for the quantification of ultrashort T2 * signals in both white and gray matter at 3 T...
July 21, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721360/technical-data-for-concentrated-solar-power-plants-in-operation-under-construction-and-in-project
#3
Ugo Pelay, Lingai Luo, Yilin Fan, Driss Stitou, Mark Rood
This article presents technical data for concentrated solar power (CSP) plants in operation, under construction and in project all over the world in the form of tables. These tables provide information about plants (e.g., name of the CSP plant, country of construction, owner of the plant, aim of the plant) and their technical characteristics (e.g., CSP technology, solar power, area of the plant, presence and type of hybridization system, electricity cost, presence and type of TES, power cycle fluid, heat transfer fluid, operating temperature, operating pressure, type of turbine, type and duration of storage, etc...
August 2017: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716680/three-dimensional-adiabatic-inversion-recovery-prepared-ultrashort-echo-time-cones-3d-ir-ute-cones-imaging-of-cortical-bone-in-the-hip
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Amin Nazaran, Michael Carl, Yajun Ma, Saeed Jerban, Yanchun Zhu, Xing Lu, Jiang Du, Eric Y Chang
PURPOSE: We present three-dimensional adiabatic inversion recovery prepared ultrashort echo time Cones (3D IR-UTE-Cones) imaging of cortical bone in the hip of healthy volunteers using a clinical 3T scanner. METHODS: A 3D IR-UTE-Cones sequence, based on a short pulse excitation followed by a 3D Cones trajectory, with a nominal TE of 32μs, was employed for high contrast morphological imaging of cortical bone in the hip of heathy volunteers. Signals from soft tissues such as muscle and marrow fat were suppressed via adiabatic inversion and signal nulling...
July 14, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715998/detection-of-active-transposable-elements-in-arabidopsis-thaliana-using-oxford-nanopore-sequencing-technology
#5
Emilie Debladis, Christel Llauro, Marie-Christine Carpentier, Marie Mirouze, Olivier Panaud
BACKGROUND: Transposables elements (TEs) contribute to both structural and functional dynamics of most eukaryotic genomes. Because of their propensity to densely populate plant and animal genomes, the precise estimation of the impact of transposition on genomic diversity has been considered as one of the main challenges of today's genomics. The recent development of NGS (next generation sequencing) technologies has open new perspectives in population genomics by providing new methods for high throughput detection of Transposable Elements-associated Structural Variants (TEASV)...
July 17, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715472/a-novel-isoform-of-il-33-revealed-by-screening-for-transposable-element-promoted-genes-in-human-colorectal-cancer
#6
Frances E Lock, Artem Babaian, Ying Zhang, Liane Gagnier, Sabrina Kuah, Antonia Weberling, Mohammad M Karimi, Dixie L Mager
Remnants of ancient transposable elements (TEs) are abundant in mammalian genomes. These sequences contain multiple regulatory motifs and hence are capable of influencing expression of host genes. TEs are known to be released from epigenetic repression and can become transcriptionally active in cancer. Such activation could also lead to lineage-inappropriate activation of oncogenes, as previously described in lymphomas. However, there are few reports of this mechanism occurring in non-blood cancers. Here, we re-analyzed whole transcriptome data from a large cohort of patients with colon cancer, compared to matched normal colon control samples, to detect genes or transcripts ectopically expressed through activation of TE promoters...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711738/phase-properties-of-transcranial-electrical-stimulation-artifacts-in-electrophysiological-recordings
#7
Nima Noury, Markus Siegel
Monitoring brain activity during transcranial electric stimulation (tES) is an attractive approach for causally studying healthy and diseased brain activity. Yet, stimulation artifacts complicate electrophysiological recordings during tES. Design and evaluation of artifact removal methods require a through characterization of artifact features, i.e. characterization of the transfer function that defines the relationship between the tES stimulation current and tES artifacts. Here we characterize the phase relationship between stimulation current and tES artifacts in EEG and MEG...
July 12, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711000/ecosystem-services-response-to-urbanization-in-metropolitan-areas-thresholds-identification
#8
Jian Peng, Lu Tian, Yanxu Liu, Mingyue Zhao, Yi'na Hu, Jiansheng Wu
Ecosystem service is the key comprehensive indicator for measuring the ecological effects of urbanization. Although various studies have found a causal relationship between urbanization and ecosystem services degradation, the linear or non-linear characteristics are still unclear, especially identifying the impact thresholds in this relationship. This study quantified four ecosystem services (i.e. soil conservation, carbon sequestration and oxygen production, water yield, and food production) and total ecosystem services (TES), and then identified multiple advantageous area of ecosystem services in the peri-urban area of Beijing City...
July 11, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710663/a-multi-train-electrical-stimulation-protocol-facilitates-transcranial-electrical-motor-evoked-potentials-and-increases-induction-rate-and-reproducibility-even-in-patients-with-preoperative-neurological-deficits
#9
Shuta Ushio, Shigenori Kawabata, Satoshi Sumiya, Tsuyoshi Kato, Toshitaka Yoshii, Tsuyoshi Yamada, Mitsuhiro Enomoto, Atsushi Okawa
This study sought to evaluate the facilitation effect of repetitive multi-train transcranial electrical stimulation (mt-TES) at 2 repetition rates on transcranial electrical motor evoked potential (Tc-MEP) monitoring during spinal surgery, and to assess the induction rate in patients with impaired motor function from a compromised spinal cord or spinal nerve. We studied 32 consecutive patients with impaired motor function undergoing cervical or thoracic spinal surgery (470 muscles). A series of 10 TESs with 5 pulse trains were preoperatively delivered at 2 repetition rates (1 and 5 Hz)...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709880/low-intensity-transcranial-electric-stimulation-safety-ethical-legal-regulatory-and-application-guidelines
#10
REVIEW
A Antal, I Alekseichuk, M Bikson, J Brockmöller, A R Brunoni, R Chen, L G Cohen, G Dowthwaite, J Ellrich, A Flöel, F Fregni, M S George, R Hamilton, J Haueisen, C S Herrmann, F C Hummel, J P Lefaucheur, D Liebetanz, C K Loo, C D McCaig, C Miniussi, P C Miranda, V Moliadze, M A Nitsche, R Nowak, F Padberg, A Pascual-Leone, W Poppendieck, A Priori, S Rossi, P M Rossini, J Rothwell, M A Rueger, G Ruffini, K Schellhorn, H R Siebner, Y Ugawa, A Wexler, U Ziemann, M Hallett, W Paulus
Low intensity transcranial electrical stimulation (TES) in humans, encompassing transcranial direct current (tDCS), transcutaneous spinal Direct Current Stimulation (tsDCS), transcranial alternating current (tACS), and transcranial random noise (tRNS) stimulation or their combinations, appears to be safe. No serious adverse events (SAEs) have been reported so far in over 18,000 sessions administered to healthy subjects, neurological and psychiatric patients, as summarized here. Moderate adverse events (AEs), as defined by the necessity to intervene, are rare, and include skin burns with tDCS due to suboptimal electrode-skin contact...
June 19, 2017: Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707990/clinical-usefulness-of-the-mdixon-quant-the-method-for-estimation-of-the-salivary-gland-fat-fraction-comparison-with-mr-spectroscopy
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Yoshitaka Kise, Toru Chikui, Yasuo Yamashita, Koji Kobayashi, Kazunori Yoshiura
OBJECTIVES: To estimate the fat fraction (FF) in the salivary glands (SGs) by the mDIXON method and the MRS method, and to compared the results. METHODS: Sixteen healthy volunteers were enrolled. mDIXON Quant and MRS (point-resolved spectroscopy: PRESS) with a single TE were employed to measure the FF in the parotid gland (PG) and submandibular gland (SMG). Multiple TEs were applied in 10 volunteers to correct for T2 decay. In addition, we assumed that the 1.3 ppm peak accounted for 60% of the total fat peak and estimated the FF (MRS all) as a gold standard...
July 14, 2017: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699187/does-transcranial-electrical-stimulation-enhance-corticospinal-excitability-of-the-motor-cortex-in-healthy-individuals-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#12
Thusharika Dissanayaka, Maryam Zoghi, Michael Farrell, Gary F Egan, Shapour Jaberzadeh
Numerous studies have explored the effects of transcranial electrical stimulation (tES) - including anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (a-tDCS), cathodal transcranial direct current stimulation (c-tDCS), transcranial alternative current stimulation (tACS), transcranial random noise stimulation (tRNS) and transcranial pulsed current stimulation (tPCS) - on corticospinal excitability (CSE) in healthy populations. However, the efficacy of these techniques and their optimal parameters for producing robust results have not been studied...
July 12, 2017: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695823/pervasive-epigenetic-effects-of-drosophila-euchromatic-transposable-elements-impact-their-evolution
#13
Yuh Chwen G Lee, Gary H Karpen
Transposable elements (TEs) are widespread genomic parasites, and their evolution has remained a critical question in evolutionary genomics. Here, we study the relatively unexplored epigenetic impacts of TEs and provide the first genome-wide quantification of such effects in D. melanogaster and D. simulans. Surprisingly, the spread of repressive epigenetic marks (histone H3K9me2) to nearby DNA occurs at >50% of euchromatic TEs, and can extend up to 20 kb. This results in differential epigenetic states of genic alleles and, in turn, selection against TEs...
July 11, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28688701/basic-and-functional-effects-of-transcranial-electrical-stimulation-tes-an-introduction
#14
REVIEW
Fatemeh Yavari, Asif Jamil, Mohsen Mosayebi Samani, Liliane Pinto Vidor, Michael A Nitsche
Non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) has been gaining increased popularity in human neuroscience research during the last years. Among the emerging NIBS tools is transcranial electrical stimulation (tES), whose main modalities are transcranial direct, and alternating current stimulation (tDCS, tACS). In tES, a small current (usually less than 3mA) is delivered through the scalp. Depending on its shape, density, and duration, the applied current induces acute or long-lasting effects on excitability and activity of cerebral regions, and brain networks...
July 5, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686667/quantitative-assessments-of-water-use-efficiency-in-temperate-eurasian-steppe-along-an-aridity-gradient
#15
Yizhao Chen, Jianlong Li, Weimin Ju, Honghua Ruan, Zhihao Qin, Yiye Huang, Nasreen Jeelani, José Padarian, Pavel Propastin
Water-use efficiency (WUE), defined as the ratio of net primary productivity (NPP) to evapotranspiration (ET), is an important indicator to represent the trade-off pattern between vegetation productivity and water consumption. Its dynamics under climate change are important to ecohydrology and ecosystem management, especially in the drylands. In this study, we modified and used a late version of Boreal Ecosystem Productivity Simulator (BEPS), to quantify the WUE in the typical dryland ecosystems, Temperate Eurasian Steppe (TES)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685430/influence-of-free-radicals-on-the-intrinsic-mri-relaxation-properties
#16
Rong-Wen Tain, Alessandro M Scotti, Weiguo Li, Xiaohong Joe Zhou, Kejia Cai
Free radicals are critical contributors in various conditions including normal aging, Alzheimer's disease, cancer, and diabetes. Currently there is no non-invasive approach to image tissue free radicals based on endogenous contrast due to their extremely short lifetimes and low in vivo concentrations. In this study we aim at characterizing the influence of free radicals on the MRI relaxation properties. Phantoms containing free radicals were created by treating egg white with various H 2 O 2 concentrations and scanned on a 9...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684456/optimization-of-dsc-mri-echo-times-for-cbv-measurements-using-error-analysis-in-a-pilot-study-of-high-grade-gliomas
#17
L C Bell, M D Does, A M Stokes, L C Baxter, K M Schmainda, A C Dueck, C C Quarles
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The optimal TE must be calculated to minimize the variance in CBV measurements made with DSC MR imaging. Simulations can be used to determine the influence of the TE on CBV, but they may not adequately recapitulate the in vivo heterogeneity of precontrast T2*, contrast agent kinetics, and the biophysical basis of contrast agent-induced T2* changes. The purpose of this study was to combine quantitative multiecho DSC MRI T2* time curves with error analysis in order to compute the optimal TE for a traditional single-echo acquisition...
July 6, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683762/segmental-duplications-evolution-and-impact-among-the-current-lepidoptera-genomes
#18
Qian Zhao, Dongna Ma, Liette Vasseur, Minsheng You
BACKGROUND: Structural variation among genomes is now viewed to be as important as single nucleoid polymorphisms in influencing the phenotype and evolution of a species. Segmental duplication (SD) is defined as segments of DNA with homologous sequence. RESULTS: Here, we performed a systematic analysis of segmental duplications (SDs) among five lepidopteran reference genomes (Plutella xylostella, Danaus plexippus, Bombyx mori, Manduca sexta and Heliconius melpomene) to understand their potential impact on the evolution of these species...
July 6, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681105/chimeras-linked-to-tandem-repeats-and-transposable-elements-in-tetraploid-hybrid-fish
#19
Lihai Ye, Ni Jiao, Xiaojun Tang, Yiyi Chen, Xiaolan Ye, Li Ren, Fangzhou Hu, Shi Wang, Ming Wen, Chun Zhang, Min Tao, Shaojun Liu
The formation of the allotetraploid hybrid lineage (4nAT) encompasses both distant hybridization and polyploidization processes. The allotetraploid offspring have two sets of sub-genomes inherited from both parental species, and therefore, it is important to explore its genetic structure. Herein, we construct a bacterial artificial chromosome library of allotetraploids, and then sequence and analyze the full-length sequences of 19 bacterial artificial chromosomes. Sixty-eight DNA chimeras are identified, which are divided into four models according to the distribution of the genomic DNA derived from the parents...
July 5, 2017: Marine Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673235/comparative-analysis-of-lincrna-in-insect-species
#20
Alberto Lopez-Ezquerra, Mark C Harrison, Erich Bornberg-Bauer
BACKGROUND: The ever increasing availability of genomes makes it possible to investigate and compare not only the genomic complements of genes and proteins, but also of RNAs. One class of RNAs, the long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) and, in particular, their subclass of long intergenic noncoding RNAs (lincRNAs) have recently gained much attention because of their roles in regulation of important biological processes such as immune response or cell differentiation and as possible evolutionary precursors for protein coding genes...
July 3, 2017: BMC Evolutionary Biology
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