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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324975/quantification-of-peripheral-and-central-blood-pressure-variability-using-a-time-frequency-method
#1
Z Kouchaki, M Butlin, A Qasem, A P Avolio
Systolic blood pressure variability (BPV) is associated with cardiovascular events. As the beat-to-beat variation of blood pressure is due to interaction of several cardiovascular control systems operating with different response times, assessment of BPV by spectral analysis using the continuous measurement of arterial pressure in the finger is used to differentiate the contribution of these systems in regulating blood pressure. However, as baroreceptors are centrally located, this study considered applying a continuous aortic pressure signal estimated noninvasively from finger pressure for assessment of systolic BPV by a time-frequency method using Short Time Fourier Transform (STFT)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324969/a-clinical-study-of-short-term-sternal-photoplethysmography-recordings-from-patients-with-obstructive-airways-diseases
#2
Shadi S Chreiteh, Dorthe B Saadi, Bo Belhage, Nassim Nabipour, Karsten Hoppe, Erik V Thomsen
Traditionally, measurements of the oxygen saturation (SpO2) has been confound to the extremities. In this study, we therefore investigated the possibility for reliable estimation of clinically relevant SpO2 levels from photoplethysmography (PPG) obtained on the sternum of patients with obstructive airway diseases. We initiated the study with a calibration of a prototype sternal PPG sensor. In accordance with the ISO 80601-2-61:2011 guidelines, the calibration was conducted as a controlled desaturation study...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324934/hand-rehabilitation-after-stroke-using-a-wearable-high-dof-spring-powered-exoskeleton
#3
Tianyao Chen, Peter S Lum
Stroke patients often have inappropriate finger flexor activation and finger extensor weakness, which makes it difficult to open their affected hand for functional grasp. The goal was to develop a passive, lightweight, wearable device to enable improved hand function during performance of activities of daily living. The device, HandSOME II, assists with opening the patient's hand using 11 elastic actuators that apply extension torques to finger and thumb joints. Device design and initial testing are described...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324719/negatively-charged-polysulfone-membranes-with-hydrophilicity-and-antifouling-properties-based-on-in-situ-cross-linked-polymerization
#4
Lijing Zhu, Haiming Song, Dawei Zhang, Gang Wang, Zhixiang Zeng, Qunji Xue
Polysulfone (PSf) membrane has been widely used in water separation and purification, although, membrane fouling is still a serious problem limiting its potential. We aim to improve the antifouling of PSf membranes via a very simple and efficient method. In this work, antifouling PSf membranes were fabricated via in situ cross-linked polymerization coupled with non-solvent induced phase separation. In brief, acrylic acid (AA) and vinyltriethoxysilane (VTEOS) were copolymerized in PSf solution, then directly casted into membranes without purification...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324176/bhlha9-regulates-apical-ectodermal-ridge-formation-during-limb-development
#5
Kensuke Kataoka, Takahide Matsushima, Yoshiaki Ito, Tempei Sato, Shigetoshi Yokoyama, Hiroshi Asahara
Split hand/foot malformation (SHFM) and SHFM combined with long-bone deficiency (SHFLD) are congenital dysgeneses of the limb. Although six different loci/mutations (SHFM1-SHFM6) have been found from studies on families with SHFM, the causes and associated pathogenic mechanisms for a large number of patients remain unidentified. On the basis of the identification of a duplicated gene region involving BHLHA9 in some affected families, BHLHA9 was identified as a novel SHFM/SHFLD-related gene. Although Bhlha9 is predicted to participate in limb development as a transcription factor, its precise function is unclear...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324045/ring-finger-protein-6-mediates-androgen-induced-granulosa-cell-proliferation-and-follicle-growth-via-modulation-of-androgen-receptor-signaling
#6
Jung Jin Lim, Chae Young Han, Dong Ryul Lee, Benjamin K Tsang
The destiny of the ovarian follicle (growth or atresia) is tightly regulated by actions and interactions of endocrine, paracrine and autocrine factors. Although androgens are known to be important in the regulation of folliculogenesis, whether they facilitate or suppress follicular growth has been controversial and the mechanisms involved are not fully understood. Moreover, the role and regulation of its receptor (AR) in mediating androgen signaling during follicular development is not clear. Here, we report that the active androgen dihydrotestosterone (DHT) up-regulates the expression of AR and its E3 ligase Ring Finger Protein 6 (RNF6), increasing site-specific AR polyubiquitination and AR transcriptional activity for sKit-L expression in preantral follicle growth...
January 30, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323585/feasibility-of-hypoxic-challenge-testing-in-children-and-adolescents-with-congenital-heart-and-lung-disease
#7
Mandy E Spoorenberg, Erik H J Hulzebos, Tim Takken
BACKGROUND: This is a cross-sectional observational study to investigate the safety and feasibility of integrating changing body positions and physical activity in a hypoxic challenge test (HCT). The secondary objective was to compare oxygen saturation (Spo2) in two different locations (forehead and finger). METHODS: Included were 12 pediatric to young adult patients with congenital heart (N = 7) or lung disease (N = 5). An HCT was performed using breathing room air (21% oxygen) while sitting and breathing a normobaric hypoxic gas mixture (15% oxygen) through a facemask while seated, lying supine, standing, walking 3 km/h, and walking 5 km/h in a nonrandomized order...
December 1, 2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320181/ataxic-form-of-autosomal-recessive-pex10-related-peroxisome-biogenesis-disorders-with-a-novel-compound-heterozygous-gene-mutation-and-characteristic-clinical-phenotype
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Toru Yamashita, Jun Mitsui, Nobuyuki Shimozawa, Shigeo Takashima, Hiroshi Umemura, Kota Sato, Mami Takemoto, Nozomi Hishikawa, Yasuyuki Ohta, Takashi Matsukawa, Hiroyuki Ishiura, Jun Yoshimura, Koichiro Doi, Shinichi Morishita, Shoji Tsuji, Koji Abe
Peroxisome biogenesis factor 10 (PEX10) is involved in the import of peroxisomal matrix proteins, and the mutation of this gene causes 3 subtypes of peroxisome biogenesis disorders, namely Zellweger syndrome (severe), neonatal adrenoleukodystrophy (moderate) and an ataxic form (mild). Here, we report 3 siblings of the ataxic form with cerebellar ataxia, mild mental retardation, and 3 additional characteristic features: mydriasis, hyperreflexia and involuntary head movement. All 3 siblings are compound heterozygous for a previously reported mutation, c...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320154/advances-in-assessing-myotonia-can-sensor-engineered-glove-have-a-role
#9
Simona Portaro, Margherita Russo, Antonino Naro, Alessia Bramanti, Placido Bramanti, Carmelo Rodolico, Rocco Salvatore Calabrò
Non-dystrophic (NDMs) and Dystrophic Myotonias (DMs) are diseases characterized by the presence of myotonia with or without muscle weakness. A standardized myotonia assessment is important to more objectively quantify the handgrip myotonia. We screened 10 patients affected by NDM and 10 patients with DM, using the sensor-engineered glove (SEG). The time required to perform a complete finger extension (grip myotonia time, GMT) at maximum velocity (MV) after maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) was evaluated through an ad hoc protocol including rest, exercise, and ice effects on handgrip myotonia...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320141/functional-magnetic-resonance-imaging-responses-in-cadasil
#10
Ikreet Cheema, Aaron R Switzer, Cheryl R McCreary, Michael D Hill, Richard Frayne, Bradley G Goodyear, Eric E Smith
OBJECTIVES: The magnitude of the blood oxygen dependent level (BOLD) functional MRI (fMRI) response to visual stimulation is reduced in the small vessel disease cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA), reflecting impaired vascular reactivity. We determined whether BOLD responses were reduced in another small vessel disease, cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy (CADASIL). METHODS: BOLD fMRI data were collected using a visual stimulus (contrast-reversing checkerboard) and motor task (finger-tapping)...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319298/diversity-in-gold-finger-structure-elucidated-by-traveling-wave-ion-mobility-mass-spectrometry
#11
Zhifeng Du, Raphael E F de Paiva, Kristina Nelson, Nicholas P Farrell
Traveling wave ion mobility (TWIM) mass spectrometry (MS) is a powerful method for the structural and conformational analysis of proteins and peptides, enabling the differentiation of isomeric peptides (or proteins) that have the same sequence but are modified at different residues. In this study, the TWIM-MS technique was used to separate isomeric Au(I) metallopeptide ions that were formed by Zn(II) displacement from the parent zinc fingers (ZFs). The synthetic gold finger peptides were derived from the C-terminus of the HIV nucleocapsid p7 protein (NCp7-F2) and finger 3 of the Sp1 transcription factor (Sp1-F3)...
March 20, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318780/surface-electromyogram-and-muscle-ultrasonography-for-detection-of-muscle-fasciculations-in-pediatric-peripheral-neuropathy
#12
Masayoshi Oguri, Yoshiaki Saito, Tetsuya Okazaki, Wataru Matsumura, Koyo Ohno, Masami Togawa, Chisako Fukuda, Yuko Saito, Ichizo Nishino, Yoshihiro Maegaki
A 12-year-old girl presented with talipes equinus of both legs, attenuation of upper and lower limb tendon reflexes, thermal hyperalgesia, and reduction of vibratory sensation. On clinical examination, muscle twitches of fingers of both hands, as well as the abductor halluces and the dorsal interossei muscles of the right foot were observed. Nerve conduction velocity was significantly declined in the upper and lower extremities. Needle electromyography (EMG) was not performed; however, ultrasonography revealed repetitive, semi-regular muscle twitches lasting 0...
March 16, 2017: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318247/metalized-nanocellulose-composites-as-a-feasible-material-for-membrane-supports-design-and-applications-for-water-treatment
#13
Perla Cruz-Tato, Edwin O Ortiz-Quiles, Karlene Vega-Figueroa, Liz Noemi Santiago-Martoral, Michael Flynn, Liz M Diaz-Vazquez, Eduardo Nicolau
Herein, we study the feasibility of using nanocellulose (NC)-based composites with silver and platinum nanoparticles as additive materials to fabricate the support layer of thin film composite (TFC) membranes for water purification applications. In brief, the NC surface was chemically modified and then was decorated with silver and platinum nanoparticles, respectively by chemical reduction. These metalized nanocellulose composites (MNC) were characterized by several techniques including: FTIR, XPS, TGA, XRD and XANES to probe their integrity...
March 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317656/the-sensory-function-of-the-uninjured-nerve-in-patients-after-median-and-ulnar-nerve-injury
#14
Marcin Ceynowa, Rafał Pankowski, Marek Rocławski, Tomasz Mazurek
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective cohort study. INTRODUCTION: Some patients after median or ulnar nerve injury report a diminished sensibility in the fingers that are supplied by the uninjured nerve. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the function of the uninjured nerve in patients after peripheral nerve injury to assess the presence and degree of its functional impairment. METHODS: There were 28 patients with median and 29 patients with ulnar nerve injury examined for sensory disturbances in the injured and uninjured nerves, using several tests assessing touch, temperature, and vibration sensibility...
January 2017: Journal of Hand Therapy: Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317165/dermoscopic-findings-of-an-unusual-acral-nevus-on-the-hand-of-a-child
#15
Tracey N Liebman, Marla N Diakow, Sharon A Glick
Distinguishing benign acral nevi from small early acral melanomas may be challenging in certain cases. Dermoscopy is a noninvasive imaging technique that can help clinicians better visualize deeper lesion structures and thus more easily differentiate benign nevi from melanoma. We report the case of a 13-year-old girl with a changing dark brown to black macule with a central papular component on the volar surface of the right third finger. Dermoscopy revealed asymmetrically distributed irregular black blotches on a bluish-black background...
March 20, 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316926/apert-syndrome-with-s252w-fgfr2-mutation-and-characterization-using-phenomizer-an-indian-case-report
#16
Fulesh Kunwar, Shikha Tewari, Sonal R Bakshi
Human genetic disease needs differential diagnosis to optimize clinical management, enable prenatal detection, and genetic counselling. The current methods of robust DNA sequencing also require next generation phenotyping to match with for better interpretation of genotypic and phenotypic heterogeneity commonly observed. We report use of human ontology based phenotypic characterization with Phenomizer that gives statistical score for possible diagnoses based on which, the gene mutation was studied. A case of craniosynostosis which refers to a group of syndromes characterized by a premature fusion of skull was studied...
January 2017: Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316078/5-ht3a-driven-gfp-delineates-gustatory-fibers-innervating-sour-responsive-taste-cells-a-labeled-line-for-sour-taste
#17
J M Stratford, E D Larson, R Yang, E Salcedo, T E Finger
Taste buds contain multiple cell types with each type expressing receptors and transduction components for a subset of taste qualities. The sour sensing cells, Type III cells, release serotonin (5-HT) in response to the presence of sour (acidic) tastants and this released 5-HT activates 5-HT3 receptors on the gustatory nerves. We show here, using 5-HT3A GFP mice, that 5-HT3 -expressing nerve fibers preferentially contact and receive synaptic contact from Type III taste cells. Further, these 5-HT3 -expressing nerve fibers terminate in a restricted central-lateral portion of the nucleus of the solitary tract (nTS) - the same area that shows increased c-Fos expression upon presentation of a sour tastant (30 mM citric acid)...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315946/changing-the-size-of-a-mirror-reflected-hand-moderates-the-experience-of-embodiment-but-not-proprioceptive-drift-a-repeated-measures-study-on-healthy-human-participants
#18
Priscilla G Wittkopf, Donna M Lloyd, Mark I Johnson
Mirror visual feedback is used for reducing pain and visually distorting the size of the reflection may improve efficacy. The findings of studies investigating size distortion are inconsistent. The influence of the size of the reflected hand on embodiment of the mirror reflection is not known. The aim of this study was to compare the effect of magnifying and minifying mirror reflections of the hand on embodiment measured using an eight-item questionnaire and on proprioceptive drift. During the experiment, participants (n = 45) placed their right hand behind a mirror and their left hand in front of a mirror...
March 18, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315393/tumor-necrosis-factor-receptor-associated-factor-6-traf6-participates-in-peroxinectin-gene-expression-in-fenneropenaeus-penicillatus
#19
Shuanghu Cai, Yucong Huang, Bei Wang, Jichang Jian, Youhou Xu
Tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor 6 (TRAF6) is an important cytoplasm signal adaptor that mediates signals activated by tumor necrosis factor receptor (TNFR) superfamily and the Interleukin-1 receptor/Toll-like receptor (IL-1/TLR) superfamily. In the study, the full-length cDNA of a TRAF6 homolog (FpTRAF6) was identified from Fenneropenaeus penicillatus. The full-length cDNA of FpTRAF6 is 2033 bp long, with an open reading frame (ORF) encoding a putative protein of 594 amino acids, including a RING type Zinc finger, two TRAF-type Zinc fingers, and a conserved C-terminal meprin and TRAF homology (MATH) domain...
March 14, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315390/quantifying-the-dynamic-density-driven-convection-in-high-permeability-packed-beds
#20
Ying Teng, Lanlan Jiang, Yingting Fan, Yu Liu, Dayong Wang, Abuliti Abudula, Yongchen Song
The density driven convection phenomenon is expected to have a significant and positive role in CO2 geological storage capacity and safety. The onset and development of density-driven convective on the core scale is critical to understand the mass transfer mechanism. In this paper, laboratory experiments were conducted to investigate the density-driven convective in a vertical tube. The deuterium oxide (D2O)/manganese chloride (MnCl2) water solution in water or brine were as an analog for CO2-rich brine in original brine...
March 14, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
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