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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911122/an-update-on-the-use-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-analysis-as-a-diagnostic-tool-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Matteo Gastaldi, Elisabetta Zardini, Diego Franciotta
Intrathecal B-lymphocyte activation is a hallmark of multiple sclerosis (MS), a multi-factorial inflammatory-demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. Such activation has a counterpart in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) oligoclonal IgG bands (OCB), whose diagnostic role in MS has been downgraded within the current McDonald's criteria. With a theoretico-practical approach, the authors review the physiopathological basis of the CSF dynamics, and the state-of-the-art of routine CSF analysis and CSF biomarkers in MS...
December 2, 2016: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911037/decoding-the-molecular-basis-for-the-population-mechanism-of-the-triplet-phototoxic-precursors-in-uva-light-activated-pyrimidine-anticancer-drugs
#2
Lara Martínez-Fernández, Giovanni Granucci, Marvin Pollum, Carlos Crespo-Hernández, Maurizio Persico, Ines Corral Perez
Photosensitization of DNA by thionucleosides is a promising photo-chemotherapeutic treatment option for a variety of malignancies. DNA metabolization of thiated prodrugs can lead to cell death upon exposure to a low dose of UVA light. The exact mechanisms of thionucleoside phototoxicity are still not fully understood. In this work, we have combined femtosecond broadband transient absorption experiments with state-of-the-art molecular simulations to provide mechanistic insights for the ultrafast and efficient population of the triplet-state in the UVA-activated pyrimidine anticancer drug: 4-thiothymine...
December 2, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911036/properties-of-embryoid-bodies
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REVIEW
Joshua M Brickman, Palle Serup
Embryoid bodies (EBs) have been popular in vitro differentiation models for pluripotent stem cells for more than five decades. Initially, defined as aggregates formed by embryonal carcinoma cells, EBs gained more prominence after the derivation of karyotypically normal embryonic stem cells from early mouse blastocysts. In many cases, formation of EBs constitutes an important initial step in directed differentiation protocols aimed at generated specific cell types from undifferentiated stem cells. Indeed state-of-the-art protocols for directed differentiation of cardiomyocytes still rely on this initial EB step...
December 2, 2016: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910941/rapid-mapping-of-polarization-switching-through-complete-information-acquisition
#4
Suhas Somnath, Alex Belianinov, Sergei V Kalinin, Stephen Jesse
Polarization switching in ferroelectric and multiferroic materials underpins a broad range of current and emergent applications, ranging from random access memories to field-effect transistors, and tunnelling devices. Switching in these materials is exquisitely sensitive to local defects and microstructure on the nanometre scale, necessitating spatially resolved high-resolution studies of these phenomena. Classical piezoresponse force microscopy and spectroscopy, although providing necessary spatial resolution, are fundamentally limited in data acquisition rates and energy resolution...
December 2, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910905/magnitude-and-pattern-of-arctic-warming-governed-by-the-seasonality-of-radiative-forcing
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R Bintanja, F Krikken
Observed and projected climate warming is strongest in the Arctic regions, peaking in autumn/winter. Attempts to explain this feature have focused primarily on identifying the associated climate feedbacks, particularly the ice-albedo and lapse-rate feedbacks. Here we use a state-of-the-art global climate model in idealized seasonal forcing simulations to show that Arctic warming (especially in winter) and sea ice decline are particularly sensitive to radiative forcing in spring, during which the energy is effectively 'absorbed' by the ocean (through sea ice melt and ocean warming, amplified by the ice-albedo feedback) and consequently released to the lower atmosphere in autumn and winter, mainly along the sea ice periphery...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910886/sequential-information-in-a-great-ape-utterance
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Pawel Fedurek, Klaus Zuberbühler, Christoph D Dahl
Birdsong is a prime example of acoustically sophisticated vocal behaviour, but its complexity has evolved mainly through sexual selection to attract mates and repel sexual rivals. In contrast, non-human primate calls often mediate complex social interactions, but are generally regarded as acoustically simple. Here, we examine arguably the most complex call in great ape vocal communication, the chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) 'pant hoot'. This signal consists of four acoustically distinct phases: introduction, build-up, climax and let-down...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910841/incommensurate-density-modulation-in-a-na-rich-plagioclase-feldspar-z-contrast-imaging-and-single-crystal-x-ray-diffraction-study
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Huifang Xu, Shiyun Jin, Bruce C Noll
Plagioclase feldspars are the most abundant mineral in the Earth's crust. Intermediate plagioclase feldspars commonly display incommensurately modulated or aperiodic structures. Z-contrast images show both Ca-Na ordering and density modulation. The local structure of lamellae domains has I1-like symmetry. The neighboring lamellae domains are in an inversion twinning relationship. With a state-of-the-art X-ray diffraction unit, second-order satellite reflections (f-reflections) are observed for the first time in andesine (An45), a Na-rich e-plagioclase...
December 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica Section B, Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910820/4d-bioprinting-the-next-generation-technology-for-biofabrication-enabled-by-stimuli-responsive-materials
#8
Yi-Chen Li, Yu Shrike Zhang, Ali Akpek, Su Ryon Shin, Ali Khademhosseini
Four-dimensional (4D) bioprinting, encompassing a wide range of disciplines including bioengineering, materials science, chemistry, and computer sciences, is emerging as the next-generation biofabrication technology. By utilizing stimuli-responsive materials and advanced three-dimensional (3D) bioprinting strategies, 4D bioprinting aims to create dynamic 3D patterned biological structures that can transform their shapes or behavior under various stimuli. In this review, we highlight the potential use of various stimuli-responsive materials for 4D printing and their extension into biofabrication...
December 2, 2016: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910444/synthetic-diagnostics-platform-for-fusion-plasmas-invited
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L Shi, E J Valeo, B J Tobias, G J Kramer, L Hausammann, W M Tang, M Chen
A Synthetic Diagnostics Platform (SDP) for fusion plasmas has been developed which provides state of the art synthetic reflectometry, beam emission spectroscopy, and Electron Cyclotron Emission (ECE) diagnostics. Interfaces to the plasma simulation codes GTC, XGC-1, GTS, and M3D-C(1) are provided, enabling detailed validation of these codes. In this paper, we give an overview of SDP's capabilities, and introduce the synthetic diagnostic modules. A recently developed synthetic ECE Imaging module which self-consistently includes refraction, diffraction, emission, and absorption effects is discussed in detail...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910350/optimization-and-application-of-cooled-avalanche-photodiodes-for-spectroscopic-fluctuation-measurements-with-ultra-fast-charge-exchange-recombination-spectroscopy
#10
D D Truong, R J Fonck, G R McKee
The Ultra-Fast Charge Exchange Recombination Spectroscopy (UF-CHERS) diagnostic is a highly specialized spectroscopic instrument with 2 spatial channels consisting of 8 spectral channels each and a resolution of ∼0.25 nm deployed at DIII-D to measure turbulent ion temperature fluctuations. Charge exchange emissions are obtained between 528 and 530 nm with 1 μs time resolution to study plasma instabilities. A primary challenge of extracting fluctuation measurements from raw UF-CHERS signals is photon and electronic noise...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910331/next-generation-gamma-ray-cherenkov-detectors-for-the-national-ignition-facility
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H W Herrmann, Y H Kim, A M McEvoy, A B Zylstra, C S Young, F E Lopez, J R Griego, V E Fatherley, J A Oertel, W Stoeffl, H Khater, J E Hernandez, A Carpenter, M S Rubery, C J Horsfield, S Gales, A Leatherland, T Hilsabeck, J D Kilkenny, R M Malone, J D Hares, J Milnes, W T Shmayda, C Stoeckl, S H Batha
The newest generation of Gas Cherenkov Detector (GCD-3) employed in Inertial Confinement Fusion experiments at the Omega Laser Facility has provided improved performance over previous generations. Comparison of reaction histories measured using two different deuterium-tritium fusion products, namely gamma rays using GCD and neutrons using Neutron Temporal Diagnostic (NTD), have provided added credibility to both techniques. GCD-3 is now being brought to the National Ignition Facility (NIF) to supplement the existing Gamma Reaction History (GRH-6m) located 6 m from target chamber center (TCC)...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909957/adaptive-radiation-therapy-in-head-and-neck-cancer-for-clinical-practice-state-of-the-art-and-practical-challenges
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REVIEW
Ovidiu Veresezan, Idriss Troussier, Alexis Lacout, Sarah Kreps, Sophie Maillard, Aude Toulemonde, Pierre-Yves Marcy, Florence Huguet, Juliette Thariat
Modern radiation therapy techniques are characterized by high conformality to tumor volumes and steep dose gradients to spare normal organs. These techniques require accurate clinical target volume definitions and rigorous assessment of set up uncertainties using image guidance, a concept called image-guided radiation therapy. Due to alteration of patient anatomy, changes in tissue density/volumes and tumor shrinkage over the course of treatment, treatment accuracy may be challenged. This may result in excessive irradiation of organs at risk/healthy tissues and undercoverage of target volumes with a significant risk of locoregional failure...
December 1, 2016: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909725/lipoprotein-redox-status-evaluation-as-a-marker-of-cardiovascular-disease-risk-in-patients-with-inflammatory-disease
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Anca Ungurianu, Denisa Margină, Daniela Grădinaru, Claudia Băcanu, Mihaela Ilie, Christina Tsitsimpikou, Konstantinos Tsarouhas, Demetrios A Spandidos, Aristides M Tsatsakis
Patients with chronic inflammatory disorders (ID) have an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease, and routinely determined parameters do not reveal the real metabolic status of specific subgroups, such as patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In this study, in order to evaluate state of the art markers for the assessment of cardiometabolic risk, abnormalities in lipoprotein levels in patients with a low‑grade inflammatory status [diabetes mellitus (DM) subgroup] and in patients with a high systemic inflammatory burden (RA subgroup) was determined...
November 28, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908711/cerebral-blood-flow-measured-by-arterial-spin-labeling-mri-at-resting-state-in-normal-aging-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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REVIEW
Nan Zhang, Marc L Gordon, Terry E Goldberg
Arterial spin labeling (ASL) magnetic resonance imaging uses arterial blood water as an endogenous tracer to measure cerebral blood flow (CBF). In this review, based on ASL studies in the resting state, we discuss state-of-the-art technical and data processing improvements in ASL, and ASL CBF changes in normal aging, mild cognitive impairment (MCI), Alzheimer's disease (AD), and other types of dementia. We propose that vascular and AD risk factors should be considered when evaluating CBF changes in aging, and that other validated biomarkers should be used as inclusion criteria or covariates when evaluating CBF changes in MCI and AD...
November 28, 2016: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908266/is-metformin-a-perfect-drug-updates-in-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics
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Magdalena Markowicz-Piasecka, Kristiina Maria Huttunen, Łukasz Mateusiak, Elżbieta Mikiciuk-Olasik, Joanna Sikora
Metformin, a synthetic biguanide, is currently one of the most frequently recommended medications for type 2 diabetes treatment around the world. In this review, we present the latest discoveries in the pharmacokinetics of metformin, especially the role of transporters (e.g. Organic Cation Transporters OCTs, Multidrug and Toxin Extrusion transporters MATE) in oral absorption, distribution, elimination and biochemical effects of metformin in humans. We also review the associations between genetic variations of metformin transporters, their pharmacokinetics and drug efficacy or drug responses...
December 1, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908177/automatic-segmentation-of-right-ventricle-in-cardiac-cine-mr-images-using-a-saliency-analysis
#16
Angélica Atehortúa, Maria A Zuluaga, Juan D García, Eduardo Romero
PURPOSE: Accurate measurement of the right ventricle (RV) volume is important for the assessment of the ventricular function and a biomarker of the progression of any cardiovascular disease. However, the high RV variability makes difficult a proper delineation of the myocardium wall. This paper introduces a new automatic method for segmenting the RV volume from short axis cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) images by a salient analysis of temporal and spatial observations. METHODS: The RV volume estimation starts by localizing the heart as the region with the most coherent motion during the cardiac cycle...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908163/learning-based-3t-brain-mri-segmentation-with-guidance-from-7t-mri-labeling
#17
Minghui Deng, Renping Yu, Li Wang, Feng Shi, Pew-Thian Yap, Dinggang Shen
PURPOSE: Segmentation of brain magnetic resonance (MR) images into white matter (WM), gray matter (GM), and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is crucial for brain structural measurement and disease diagnosis. Learning-based segmentation methods depend largely on the availability of good training ground truth. However, the commonly used 3T MR images are of insufficient image quality and often exhibit poor intensity contrast between WM, GM, and CSF. Therefore, they are not ideal for providing good ground truth label data for training learning-based methods...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908158/similarity-measurement-of-lung-masses-for-medical-image-retrieval-using-kernel-based-semisupervised-distance-metric
#18
Guohui Wei, He Ma, Wei Qian, Min Qiu
PURPOSE: To develop a new algorithm to measure the similarity between the query lung mass and reference lung mass data set for content-based medical image retrieval (CBMIR). METHODS: A lung mass data set including 746 mass regions of interest (ROIs) was assembled. Among them, 375 ROIs depicted malignant lesions and 371 depicted benign lesions. Each mass ROI is represented by a vector of 26 texture features. A kernel function was employed to map the original data in input space to a feature space...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908127/experimental-and-molecular-dynamics-simulation-study-of-structure-of-liquid-and-amorphous-ni62nb38-alloy
#19
Y Zhang, R Ashcraft, M I Mendelev, C Z Wang, K F Kelton
The state-of-the-art experimental and atomistic simulation techniques were utilized to study the structure of the liquid and amorphous Ni62Nb38 alloy. First, the ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulation was performed at rather high temperature where the time limitations of the AIMD do not prevent to reach the equilibrium liquid structure. A semi-empirical potential of the Finnis-Sinclair (FS) type was developed to almost exactly reproduce the AIMD partial pair correlation functions (PPCFs) in a classical molecular dynamics simulation...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908075/the-relationship-between-perceptual-disturbances-in-dysarthric-speech-and-automatic-speech-recognition-performance
#20
Ming Tu, Alan Wisler, Visar Berisha, Julie M Liss
State-of-the-art automatic speech recognition (ASR) engines perform well on healthy speech; however recent studies show that their performance on dysarthric speech is highly variable. This is because of the acoustic variability associated with the different dysarthria subtypes. This paper aims to develop a better understanding of how perceptual disturbances in dysarthric speech relate to ASR performance. Accurate ratings of a representative set of 32 dysarthric speakers along different perceptual dimensions are obtained and the performance of a representative ASR algorithm on the same set of speakers is analyzed...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
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