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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325027/identifying-the-effects-of-visceral-interoception-on-human-brain-connectome-a-multivariate-analysis-of-covariance-of-fmri-data
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Behnaz Jarrahi, Dante Mantini
Sources of variations in the neural circuitry of the human brain and interrelationship between intrinsic connectivity networks (ICNs) are still a matter of debate and ongoing research. Here, we applied a multivariate analysis of covariance (MANCOVA) based on high-dimensional independent component analysis (ICA) to identify the effects of interoception and related variables on human brain connectome. Fifteen healthy right-handed subjects (all females, age range 21 - 48 years; mean age = 30.3, SD = 8.7 years) underwent a blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) that included continuous intravesical saline infusion and drainage...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324950/a-preliminary-evaluation-of-myoelectrical-energy-distribution-of-the-front-neck-muscles-in-pharyngeal-phase-during-normal-swallowing
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Mingxing Zhu, Wanzhang Yang, Oluwarotimi Williams Samuel, Yun Xiang, Jianping Huang, Haiqing Zou, Guanglin Li
Pharyngeal phase is a central hub of swallowing in which food bolus pass through from the oral cavity to the esophageal. Proper understanding of the muscular activities in the pharyngeal phase is useful for assessing swallowing function and the occurrence of dysphagia in humans. In this study, high-density (HD) surface electromyography (sEMG) was used to study the muscular activities in the pharyngeal phase during swallowing tasks involving three healthy male subjects. The root mean square (RMS) of the HD sEMG data was computed by using a series of segmented windows as myoelectrical energy...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324925/non-invasive-imaging-of-ventricular-activation-during-pacing-and-arrhythmia-methods-and-validation
#3
Long Yu, Steven Pogwizd, Bin He
Cardiovascular disease continued to be a leading killer world widely. Each year, about 400,000 cases of sudden cardiac arrest are reported in the U.S. alone. Clinically, radio-frequency ablative procedure has become widely applied in the treatment of ventricular arrhythmia. Non-invasive approaches have been demonstrated to be able to provide important information on the arrhythmogenesis and potentially assist in the clinical practice. In this work, we develop and validate a novel temporal sparse based imaging method, Cardiac Electrical Sparse Imaging (CESI)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324881/optic-radiation-tractography-and-visual-field-deficits-in-laser-interstitial-thermal-therapy-for-amygdalohippocampectomy-in-patients-with-mesial-temporal-lobe-epilepsy
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Dali Yin, John A Thompson, Cornelia Drees, Steven G Ojemann, Lidia Nagae, Victoria S Pelak, Aviva Abosch
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Laser interstitial thermal therapy (LITT) has become an alternative to open-resective surgery for refractory mesial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE). Occurrence of visual field defects (VFDs) following open surgery for MTLE is reported at 52-100%. We examined the rate of VFDs following LITT for amygdalohippocampectomy (AHE) and correlated the occurrence of VFDs with damage to the optic radiations, assessed by diffusion tensor tractography (DTI). METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of 5 patients who underwent LITT-AHE for medically refractory MTLE...
March 22, 2017: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324608/two-color-total-internal-reflection-fluorescence-microscopy-of-exocytosis-in-endocrine-cells
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Adam J Trexler, Justin W Taraska
We describe a comprehensive method for imaging and analysis of local protein dynamics at single sites of exocytosis in living cultured endocrine cells. This method is well suited to quantitatively map the complex dynamics of individual molecules at single sites of vesicle fusion in live cells.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324319/white-matter-measures-are-near-normal-in-controlled-hiv-infection-except-in-those-with-cognitive-impairment-and-longer-hiv-duration
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Lucette A Cysique, James R Soares, Guangqiang Geng, Maia Scarpetta, Kirsten Moffat, Michael Green, Bruce J Brew, Roland G Henry, Caroline Rae
The objective of the current study was to quantify the degree of white matter (WM) abnormalities in chronic and virally suppressed HIV-infected (HIV+) persons while carefully taking into account demographic and disease factors. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) was conducted in 40 HIV- and 82 HIV+ men with comparable demographics and life style factors. The HIV+ sample was clinically stable with successful viral control. Diffusion was measured across 32 non-colinear directions with a b-value of 1000 s/mm(2); fractional anisotropy (FA) and mean diffusivity (MD) maps were quantified with Itrack IDL...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324264/reverse-locked-in-syndrome
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Pooja Raibagkar, Ram V Chavali, Tamara B Kaplan, Jennifer A Kim, Meaghan V Nitka, Sherry H-Y Chou, Brian L Edlow
BACKGROUND: Basilar artery occlusion can cause locked-in syndrome, which is characterized by quadriplegia, anarthria, and limited communication via eye movements. Here, we describe an uncommon stroke syndrome associated with endovascular recanalization of the top of the basilar artery: "reverse locked-in syndrome." METHODS: We report the case of a patient with atypical neurological deficits caused by acute ischemic stroke of the midbrain tegmentum. We perform neuroanatomic localization of the patient's infarcts by mapping the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data onto a brainstem atlas...
March 21, 2017: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324252/spatial-interpolation-methods-and-geostatistics-for-mapping%C3%A2-groundwater-contamination-in-a-coastal-area
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Vetrimurugan Elumalai, K Brindha, Bongani Sithole, Elango Lakshmanan
Mapping groundwater contaminants and identifying the sources are the initial steps in pollution control and mitigation. Due to the availability of different mapping methods and the large number of emerging pollutants, these methods need to be used together in decision making. The present study aims to map the contaminated areas in Richards Bay, South Africa and compare the results of ordinary kriging (OK) and inverse distance weighted (IDW) interpolation techniques. Statistical methods were also used for identifying contamination sources...
March 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324217/rare-slc1a1-variants-in-hot-water-epilepsy
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Kalpita Rashimi Karan, P Satishchandra, Sanjib Sinha, Anuranjan Anand
Hot water epilepsy is sensory epilepsy, wherein seizures are triggered by an unusual stimulus: contact with hot water. Although genetic factors contribute to the etiology of hot water epilepsy, molecular underpinnings of the disorder remain largely unknown. We aimed to identify the molecular genetic basis of the disorder by studying families with two or more of their members affected with hot water epilepsy. Using a combination of genome-wide linkage mapping and whole exome sequencing, a missense variant was identified in SLC1A1 in a three-generation family...
March 21, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324174/combining-climatic-and-soil-properties-better-predicts-covers-of-brazilian-biomes
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Daniel M Arruda, Elpídio I Fernandes-Filho, Ricardo R C Solar, Carlos E G R Schaefer
Several techniques have been used to model the area covered by biomes or species. However, most models allow little freedom of choice of response variables and are conditioned to the use of climate predictors. This major restriction of the models has generated distributions of low accuracy or inconsistent with the actual cover. Our objective was to characterize the environmental space of the most representative biomes of Brazil and predict their cover, using climate and soil-related predictors. As sample units, we used 500 cells of 100 km(2) for ten biomes, derived from the official vegetation map of Brazil (IBGE 2004)...
April 2017: Die Naturwissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324122/mr-imaging-differentiation-of-fe-2-and-fe-3-based-on-relaxation-and-magnetic-susceptibility-properties
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Olaf Dietrich, Johannes Levin, Seyed-Ahmad Ahmadi, Annika Plate, Maximilian F Reiser, Kai Bötzel, Armin Giese, Birgit Ertl-Wagner
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the MR imaging behavior of ferrous (Fe(2+)) and ferric (Fe(3+)) iron ions in order to develop a noninvasive technique to quantitatively differentiate between both forms of iron. METHODS: MRI was performed at 3 T in a phantom consisting of 21 samples with different concentrations of ferrous and ferric chloride solutions (between 0 and 10 mmol/L). A multi-echo spoiled gradient-echo pulse sequence with eight echoes was used for both T 2* and quantitative susceptibility measurements...
March 21, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324114/novel-25-kb-deletion-of-mertk-causes-retinitis-pigmentosa-with-severe-progression
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Daniel R Evans, Jane S Green, Gordon J Johnson, Jeremy Schwartzentruber, Jacek Majewski, Chandree L Beaulieu, Wen Qin, Christian R Marshall, Tara A Paton, Nicole M Roslin, Andrew D Paterson, Somayyeh Fahiminiya, Justin French, Kym M Boycott, Michael O Woods
Purpose: Retinitis pigmentosa (RP) describes a complex group of inherited retinal dystrophies with almost 300 reported genes and loci. We investigated the genetic etiology of autosomal recessive RP (arRP) in a large kindred with 5 affected family members, who reside on the island of Newfoundland, Canada. Methods: Genetic linkage analysis was performed on 12 family members (Infinium HumanOmni2.5-8 BeadChip). Whole exome sequencing analysis (Illumina HiSeq) was performed on one affected individual...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324054/ccdc141-mutations-in-idiopathic-hypogonadotropic-hypogonadism
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Ihsan Turan, B Ian Hutchins, Bulent Hacihamdioglu, L Damla Kotan, Fatih Gurbuz, Ayca Ulubay, Eda Mengen, Bilgin Yuksel, Susan Wray, A Kemal Topaloglu
Context: GnRH neurons originate outside the central nervous system in the olfactory placode and migrate into the CNS, becoming integral components of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. Failure of this migration can lead to Idiopathic Hypogonadotropic Hypogonadism (IHH)/Kallmann Syndrome (KS). We have previously shown that CCDC141 knockdown leads to impaired migration of GnRH neurons but not of olfactory receptor neurons. Objective: The aim of this study was to further describe the phenotype and prevalence of CCDC141 mutations in IHH/KS...
January 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324000/trh-action-is-impaired-in-pituitaries-of-male-igsf1-deficient-mice
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Marc-Olivier Turgeon, Tanya L Silander, Denica Doycheva, Xiao-Hui Liao, Marc Rigden, Luisina Ongaro, Xiang Zhou, Sjoerd D Joustra, Jan M Wit, Mike G Wade, Heike Heuer, Samuel Refetoff, Daniel J Bernard
Loss-of-function mutations in the X-linked immunoglobulin superfamily, member 1 (IGSF1) gene cause central hypothyroidism. IGSF1 is a transmembrane glycoprotein of unknown function expressed in TSH-producing thyrotrope cells of the anterior pituitary gland. The protein is co-translationally cleaved, with only its C-terminal domain (CTD) being trafficked to the plasma membrane. Most intragenic IGSF1 mutations in humans map to the CTD. Here, we used CRISPR-Cas9 to introduce a loss-of-function mutation into the IGSF1-CTD in mice...
January 13, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323936/the-steroid-metabolome-in-the-isolated-ovarian-follicle-and-its-response-to-androgen-exposure-and-antagonism
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Marie Lebbe, Angela E Taylor, Jenny A Visser, Jackson Kirkman-Brown, Teresa K Woodruff, Wiebke Arlt
The ovarian follicle is a major site of steroidogenesis, crucially required for normal ovarian function and female reproduction. Our understanding of androgen synthesis and metabolism in the developing follicle has been limited by sensitivity and specificity issues of previously used assays. Here we used liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry to map the stage-dependent endogenous steroid metabolome in an encapsulated in vitro follicle growth system, from murine secondary through antral follicles. Furthermore, follicles were cultured in the presence of androgen precursors, non-aromatizable active androgen and androgen receptor (AR) antagonist to assess effects on steroidogenesis and follicle development...
February 23, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323882/mir-181-interacts-with-signaling-adaptor-molecule-denn-madd-and-enhances-tnf-induced-cell-death
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Samira Ghorbani, Farideh Talebi, Sedigheh Ghasemi, Ali Jahanbazi Jahan Abad, Mohammed Vojgani, Farshid Noorbakhsh
MicroRNAs are small noncoding RNAs, which regulate the expression of protein coding transcripts through mRNA degradation or translational inhibition. Numerous reports have highlighted the role of miRNAs in regulating cell death pathways including the expression of genes involved in the induction of apoptosis. Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) is a proinflammatory cytokine which can send pro-death signals through its receptor TNFR1. Diverse adaptor molecules including DENN/MADD adaptor protein have been shown to modulate TNF-α pro-death signaling via recruitment of MAP kinases to TNFR1 and activation of pro-survival NFκB signaling...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323880/randomized-controlled-trials-in-central-vascular-access-devices-a-scoping-review
#17
Mari Takashima, Gillian Ray-Barruel, Amanda Ullman, Samantha Keogh, Claire M Rickard
BACKGROUND: Randomized controlled trials evaluate the effectiveness of interventions for central venous access devices, however, high complication rates remain. Scoping reviews map the available evidence and demonstrate evidence deficiencies to focus ongoing research priorities. METHOD: A scoping review (January 2006-December 2015) of randomized controlled trials evaluating the effectiveness of interventions to improve central venous access device outcomes; including peripherally inserted central catheters, non-tunneled, tunneled and totally implanted venous access catheters...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323839/on-dna-numerical-representations-for-genomic-similarity-computation
#18
Gerardo Mendizabal-Ruiz, Israel Román-Godínez, Sulema Torres-Ramos, Ricardo A Salido-Ruiz, J Alejandro Morales
Genomic signal processing (GSP) refers to the use of signal processing for the analysis of genomic data. GSP methods require the transformation or mapping of the genomic data to a numeric representation. To date, several DNA numeric representations (DNR) have been proposed; however, it is not clear what the properties of each DNR are and how the selection of one will affect the results when using a signal processing technique to analyze them. In this paper, we present an experimental study of the characteristics of nine of the most frequently-used DNR...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323658/changing-face-of-metastatic-prostate-cancer-the-law-of-diminishing-returns-holds-true
#19
Ulka N Vaishampayan
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Prostate cancer presents with a multitude of faces. It ranges from localized cancers staying quiescent for many years during active surveillance to the raging diffuse liver metastases causing terminal disease. The incidence of metastatic disease is increasing. This review will highlight some of the recent developments as well as ongoing challenges of managing advanced prostate cancer. RECENT FINDINGS: Significant strides are being made in managing metastatic prostate cancer...
March 18, 2017: Current Opinion in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323638/fast-lesion-mapping-during-hifu-treatment-using-harmonic-motion-imaging-guided-focused-ultrasound-hmigfus-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#20
Yang Han, Shutao Wang, Thomas Payen, Elisa Konofagou
The successful clinical application of high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) ablation depends on reliable monitoring of the lesion formation. Harmonic motion imaging guided focused ultrasound (HMIgFUS) is an ultrasound-based elasticity imaging technique, which monitors HIFU ablation based on the stiffness change of the tissue instead of the echo intensity change in conventional B-mode monitoring, rendering it potentially more sensitive to lesion development. Our group has shown that predicting the lesion location based on the radiation force-excited region is feasible during HMIgFUS...
March 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
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