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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230714/assessment-of-skeletal-tumour-burden-on-18f-naf-pet-ct-using-a-new-quantitative-method
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Paula Lapa, Margarida Marques, Gracinda Costa, Andrei Iagaru, João Pedroso de Lima
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to test a method of quantifying skeletal tumour burden with F-NaF PET/CT. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the charts of 117 patients who underwent F-NaF PET/CT for the detection of bone metastases, 68 women and 49 men, 16-82 years old (mean±SD: 62.9±10.7 years). Mean standardized uptake values (SUVmean) were measured in five anatomic sites to evaluate normal skeleton activity. The influence of sex and age was investigated...
February 22, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230127/theory-of-chaotic-orbital-variations-confirmed-by-cretaceous-geological-evidence
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Chao Ma, Stephen R Meyers, Bradley B Sageman
Variations in the Earth's orbit and spin vector are a primary control on insolation and climate; their recognition in the geological record has revolutionized our understanding of palaeoclimate dynamics, and has catalysed improvements in the accuracy and precision of the geological timescale. Yet the secular evolution of the planetary orbits beyond 50 million years ago remains highly uncertain, and the chaotic dynamical nature of the Solar System predicted by theoretical models has yet to be rigorously confirmed by well constrained (radioisotopically calibrated and anchored) geological data...
February 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229228/new-strains-of-chickpea-chlorotic-dwarf-virus-discovered-on-diseased-papaya-and-tomato-plants-in-burkina-faso
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Alassane Ouattara, Fidèle Tiendrébéogo, Pierre Lefeuvre, Murielle Hoareau, Sohini Claverie, Edgar Valentin Traoré, Nicolas Barro, Oumar Traoré, Arvind Varsani, Jean-Michel Lett
This is the first description of full genome sequences of chickpea chlorotic dwarf virus (CpCDV; genus Mastrevirus; family Geminiviridae) identified in papaya and tomato plants sampled in Burkina Faso. The CpCDV full genome sequences from papaya and tomato share the highest pairwise sequence identity (84% and 93.5%) with Sudanese isolates of the CpCDV-K and CpCDV-M strains, respectively. Based on the strain demarcation threshold (>94% identity) for mastreviruses, we propose two new strains, CpCDV-Q and CpCDV-R, identified in papaya and tomato, respectively...
February 22, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228482/physical-activity-aging-and-physiological-function
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REVIEW
Stephen D R Harridge, Norman R Lazarus
Human evolution suggests that the default position for health is to be physically active. Inactivity, by contrast, has serious negative effects on health across the lifespan. Therefore, only in physically active people can the inherent aging process proceed unaffected by disuse complications. In such individuals, although the relationship between age and physiological function remains complex, function is generally superior with health, well being, and the aging process optimized.
March 2017: Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228094/sfreemap-a-simulation-free-tool-for-stochastic-mapping
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Diego Pasqualin, Marcos Barbeitos, Fabiano Silva
BACKGROUND: Stochastic mapping is frequently used in comparative biology to simulate character evolution, enabling the probabilistic computation of statistics such as number of state transitions along a tree and distribution of states in its internal nodes. Common implementations rely on Continuous-time Markov Chain simulations whose parameters are difficult to adjust and subjected to inherent inaccuracy. Thus, researchers must run a large number of simulations in order to obtain adequate estimates...
February 22, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226401/natural-evolution-in-patients-with-non-steroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-induced-urticaria-angioedema
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Inmaculada Doña, Esther Barrionuevo, María Salas, José Antonio Cornejo-García, James R Perkins, Gádor Bogas, Ana Prieto, María José Torres
BACKGROUND: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the most frequent triggers of drug hypersensitivity with NSAIDs-induced urticaria/angioedema (NIUA) the most common phenotype. Loss of hypersensitivity has been reported for IgE-mediated reactions; however it has not been assessed in non-immunological reactions such as NIUA. We evaluated NSAID-hypersensitivity over time in NIUA patients. METHODS: Patients confirmed as NIUA by positive drug provocation test (DPT) with acetylsalicylic acid (ASA) during 2005-2012 (V1) were included (n=38)...
February 22, 2017: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226237/novel-insights-into-tree-biology-and-genome-evolution-as-revealed-through-genomics
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David B Neale, Pedro J Martínez-García, Amanda R De La Torre, Sara Montanari, Xiao-Xin Wei
Reference genome sequences are the key to the discovery of genes and gene families that determine traits of interest. Recent progress in sequencing technologies has enabled a rapid increase in genome sequencing of tree species, allowing the dissection of complex characters of economic importance, such as fruit and wood quality and resistance to biotic and abiotic stresses. Although the number of reference genome sequences for trees lags behind those for other plant species, it is not too early to gain insight into the unique features that distinguish trees from nontree plants...
February 6, 2017: Annual Review of Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225713/the-development-and-evolution-of-physical-medicine-and-rehabilitation-in-taiwan-from-1958-to-2016
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I-Nan Lien, Pei-Shen Wu, Tyng-Guey Wang, Ssu-Yuan Chen, Henry L Lew
The field of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) began its development in Taiwan since 1958, and has gradually evolved into a profession that provides a diversity of clinical services and educational activities. The objectives of this brief report were to (1) review its background and milestones in the past 6 decades, (2) describe the current role and function of its Academy of PM&R, (3) present the content and format of its board certification process, focusing on (a) residency training requirements, (b) self-assessment examination, board certification process, and (c) maintenance of certification through continued education...
March 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225587/compms2miner-an-automatable-metabolite-identification-visualization-and-data-sharing-r-package-for-high-resolution-lc-ms-datasets
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William Matthew Bell Edmands, Lauren M Petrick, Dinesh Kumar Barupal, Augustin Scalbert, Mark Wilson, Jeffrey Wickliffe, Stephen M Rappaport
A long-standing challenge of untargeted metabolomic profiling by ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry (UHPLC-HRMS) is efficient transition from unknown mass spectral features to confident metabolite annotations. The compMS2Miner (Comprehensive MS2 Miner) package was developed in the R language to facilitate rapid, comprehensive feature annotation using a peak-picker-output and MS2 data files as inputs. The number of MS2 spectra that can be collected during a metabolomic profiling experiment far outweigh the amount of time required for pain-staking manual interpretation, therefore a degree of software workflow autonomy is required for broad-scale metabolite annotation...
February 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225131/modification-of-n-doped-tio2-photocatalysts-using-noble-metals-pt-pd-a-combined-xps-and-dft-study
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K Batalović, N Bundaleski, J Radaković, N Abazović, M Mitrić, R A Silva, M Savić, J Belošević-Čavor, Z Rakočević, C M Rangel
Nitrogen-doped TiO2 (N-TiO2) is considered as one of the most promising materials for various photocatalytic applications, while noble metals Pd and Pt are known as good catalysts for hydrogen evolution. This work focuses on the determination of structural and electronic modifications of N-TiO2, achieved by noble metal deposition at the surface, as a starting indicator for potential applications. We focus on the properties of easily synthesized nanocrystalline nitrogen-doped anatase TiO2, modified by depositing small amounts of Pd (0...
February 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224158/chaotic-variations-of-electrical-conductance-in-powdered-pd-correlating-with-oscillatory-sorption-of-d2
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E Lalik, G Mordarski, R P Socha, A Drelinkiewicz
A microcalorimetric method has been combined with a potentiostatic method to measure simultaneously the rate of heat evolution and the electrical current in a powdered sample of palladium during thermokinetic oscillations accompanying the sorption of deuterium in the metal. Deterministic chaos has been confirmed in the temporal variations in current (of ca. 1-4 mA) on the onset of both the sorption and the desorption of deuterium from Pd. It has been found that the first derivative of the current in time, dI/dt, turns out to be correlated precisely with the periodicity of thermokinetic oscillations...
February 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224142/sequential-elucidation-of-the-%C3%AE-ca3-po4-2-tio2-composite-development-from-the-solution-precursors
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P Nandha Kumar, S Kannan
The sequential formation of β-Ca3(PO4)2/TiO2 composites with assorted ratios synthesized from the solution precursors is described. The phase evolution of the synthesized powders to yield a composite during progressive heat treatments is determined through a set of analytical techniques. Investigation reveals the initial crystallization of apatite and anatase TiO2 (a-TiO2) mixtures at <800 °C. β-Ca3(PO4)2 crystallizes at ∼800 °C and its subsequent stability is retained until 1300 °C. Besides, a gradual phase transition of a- → rutile TiO2 (r-TiO2) transpires in the range of 800-1000 °C before the complete r-TiO2 transformation accomplishes at 1100 °C...
February 22, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224050/exoskeletons-of-bougainvilliidae-and-other-hydroidolina-cnidaria-hydrozoa-structure-and-composition
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María A Mendoza-Becerril, José Eduardo A R Marian, Alvaro Esteves Migotto, Antonio Carlos Marques
The exoskeleton is an important source of characters for the taxonomy of Hydroidolina. It originates as epidermal secretions and, among other functions, protects the coenosarc of the polypoid stage. However, comparative studies on the exoskeletal tissue origin, development, chemical, and structural characteristics, as well as its evolution and homology, are few and fragmented. This study compares the structure and composition of the exoskeleton and underlying coenosarc in members of "Anthoathecata" and some Leptothecata, but does so mainly in bougainvilliid polyps histological analyses...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223534/designing-allostery-inspired-response-in-mechanical-networks
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Jason W Rocks, Nidhi Pashine, Irmgard Bischofberger, Carl P Goodrich, Andrea J Liu, Sidney R Nagel
Recent advances in designing metamaterials have demonstrated that global mechanical properties of disordered spring networks can be tuned by selectively modifying only a small subset of bonds. Here, using a computationally efficient approach, we extend this idea to tune more general properties of networks. With nearly complete success, we are able to produce a strain between any two target nodes in a network in response to an applied source strain on any other pair of nodes by removing only ∼1% of the bonds...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223392/streptococcus-mitis-and-s-oralis-lack-a-requirement-for-cdsa-the-enzyme-required-for-synthesis-of-major-membrane-phospholipids-in-bacteria
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Hannah M Adams, Luke R Joyce, Ziqiang Guan, Ronda L Akins, Kelli L Palmer
Synthesis and integrity of the cytoplasmic membrane is fundamental to cellular life. Experimental evolution studies have hinted at unique physiology in the Gram-positive bacteria Streptococcus mitis and S. oralis These organisms commonly cause bacteremia and infectious endocarditis (IE) but are rarely investigated in mechanistic studies of physiology and evolution. Unlike other Gram-positive pathogens, high-level (MIC ≥ 256 μg/mL) daptomycin resistance rapidly emerges in S. mitis and S. oralis after a single drug exposure...
February 21, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222808/detection-and-genome-characterization-of-four-novel-bat-hepadnaviruses-and-a-hepevirus-in-china
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Bo Wang, Xing-Lou Yang, Wen Li, Yan Zhu, Xing-Yi Ge, Li-Biao Zhang, Yun-Zhi Zhang, Claus-Thomas Bock, Zheng-Li Shi
BACKGROUND: In recent years, novel hepadnaviruses, hepeviruses, hepatoviruses, and hepaciviruses have been discovered in various species of bat around the world, indicating that bats may act as natural reservoirs for these hepatitis viruses. In order to further assess the distribution of hepatitis viruses in bat populations in China, we tested the presence of these hepatitis viruses in our archived bat liver samples that originated from several bat species and various geographical regions in China...
February 22, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222655/a-cytologic-diagnosis-of-braf-v600e-erdheim-chester-disease-on-pericardial-fluid
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P Chasseur, M Kyriakopoulou, B Vokaer, I Beukinga, R Casado Arroyo, E Cogan, B Couturier
We report the case of a 74-year-old woman admitted to the emergency unit for resting dyspnea. Clinical presentation, cardiac MRI and echocardiography were consistent with cardiac tamponade requiring emergency pericardiocentesis. Cytologic examination of the pericardial fluid revealed the presence of CD68(pos) CD1a(neg) S100(neg) foamy histiocytes (Fig. 1). Additional investigations complied with the diagnosis of Erdheim-Chester histiocytosis. Treatment with αIFN was initiated but the patient developed severe neutropenia that contraindicated further administration...
February 22, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220755/ribosomal-mutations-promote-the-evolution-of-antibiotic-resistance-in-a-multidrug-environment
#18
James E Gomez, Benjamin B Kaufmann-Malaga, Carl N Wivagg, Peter B Kim, Melanie R Silvis, Nikolai Renedo, Thomas R Ioerger, Rushdy Ahmad, Jonathan Livny, Skye Fishbein, James C Sacchettini, Steven A Carr, Deborah T Hung
Antibiotic resistance arising via chromosomal mutations is typically specific to a particular antibiotic or class of antibiotics. We have identified mutations in genes encoding ribosomal components in Mycobacterium smegmatis that confer resistance to several structurally and mechanistically unrelated classes of antibiotics and enhance survival following heat shock and membrane stress. These mutations affect ribosome assembly and cause large-scale transcriptomic and proteomic changes, including the downregulation of the catalase KatG, an activating enzyme required for isoniazid sensitivity, and upregulation of WhiB7, a transcription factor involved in innate antibiotic resistance...
February 21, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220351/two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-demonstrates-no-effect-of-active-acromegaly-on-left-ventricular-strain
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I C M Volschan, L Kasuki, C M S Silva, M L Alcantara, R M Saraiva, S S Xavier, M R Gadelha
BACKGROUND: Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) allows for the study of myocardial strain (ε), a marker of early and subclinical ventricular systolic dysfunction. Cardiac disease may be present in patients with acromegaly; however, STE has never been used to evaluate these patients. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain in patients with active acromegaly with normal LV systolic function. DESIGN: Cross-sectional clinical study...
February 20, 2017: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218960/evolutionary-genetics-of-host-shifts-in-herbivorous-insects-insights-from-the-age-of-genomics
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Kim L Vertacnik, Catherine R Linnen
Adaptation to different host taxa is a key driver of insect diversification. Herbivorous insects are classic models for ecological and evolutionary research, but it is recent advances in sequencing, statistics, and molecular technologies that have cleared the way for investigations into the proximate genetic mechanisms underlying host shifts. In this review, we discuss how genome-scale data are revealing-at resolutions previously unimaginable-the genetic architecture of host-use traits, the causal loci underlying host shifts, and the predictability of host-use evolution...
February 2017: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
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