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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324011/a-novel-fc-fgf21-with-improved-resistance-to-proteolysis-increased-affinity-towards-%C3%AE-klotho-and-enhanced-efficacy-in-mice-and-cynomolgus-monkeys
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Shanaka Stanislaus, Randy Hecht, Junming Yie, Todd Hager, Michael Hall, Chris Spahr, Wei Wang, Jennifer Weiszmann, Yang Li, Liying Deng, Dwight Winters, Stephen Smith, Lei Zhou, Yuesheng Li, Murielle M Véniant, Jing Xu
FGF21 is a natural hormone that modulates glucose, lipid, and energy metabolism. Previously, we engineered an Fc fusion FGF21 variant with two mutations, Fc-FGF21(RG), to extend the half-life and reduce aggregation and in vivo degradation of FGF21. We now describe a new variant developed to reduce the extreme C-terminal degradation and improve the binding affinity to β-Klotho. We demonstrate, by introducing one additional mutation located at the C-terminus of FGF21 (A180E) that the new molecule, Fc-FGF21(RGE), has gained many improved attributes...
January 26, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323532/comparing-three-regularization-methods-to-avoid-extreme-allocation-probability-in-response-adaptive-randomization
#2
Yining Du, John D Cook, J Jack Lee
We examine three variations of the regularization methods for response-adaptive randomization (RAR) and compare their operating characteristics. A power transformation (PT) is applied to refine the randomization probability. The clip method is used to bound the randomization probability within specified limits. A burn-in period of equal randomization (ER) can be added before adaptive randomization (AR). For each method, more patients are assigned to the superior arm and overall response rate increase as the scheme approximates simple AR, while statistical power increases as it approximates ER...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319468/the-impact-of-cage-dimensions-positioning-and-side-of-approach-in-extreme-lateral-interbody-fusion
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Marjan Alimi, Gernot Lang, Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, Moritz Perrech, Connor Berlin, Christoph P Hofstetter, Yu Moriguchi, Eric Elowitz, Roger Härtl
STUDY DESIGN: This is a retrospective single-center study. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the impact of cage characteristics and position toward clinical and radiographic outcome measures in patients undergoing extreme lateral interbody fusion (ELIF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: ELIF is utilized for indirect decompression and minimally invasive surgical treatment for various degenerative spinal disorders. However, evidence regarding the influence of cage characteristics in patient outcome is minimal...
March 17, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318144/eco-efficient-synthesis-of-highly-porous-coco3-anodes-for-li-and-na-storage-using-supercritical-co2-precursors
#4
Hui-Ying Li, Chuan-Ming Tseng, Cheng-Hsien Yang, Tai-Chou Lee, Ching-Yuan Su, Chien-Te Hsieh, Jeng-Kuei Chang
An eco-efficient synthesis route of high-performance carbonate anodes for Li+ and Na+ batteries is developed. With supercritical CO2 (SCCO2) as the precursor, which has gas-like diffusivity, extremely low viscosity, and near-zero surface tension, CoCO3 particles are uniformly formed and tightly connected on graphene nanosheets (GNSs). This synthesis can be conducted at 50 °C, which is considerably lower than the temperature required for conventional preparation methods, minimizing energy consumption. The obtained CoCO3 particles (~20 nm in diameter), which have a unique interpenetrating porous structure, can increase the number of electroactive sites, promote electrolyte accessibility, shorten ion diffusion length, and readily accommodate the strain generated upon charging/discharging...
March 20, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315731/evaluation-of-the-drug-loading-capacity-of-different-lipid-nanoparticle-dispersions-by-passive-drug-loading
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Karin M Rosenblatt, Heike Bunjes
When using lipid nanoparticles as drug carrier system it is important to know how much drug can be loaded to the nanoparticles. The mainly used drug loading procedure is an empirical approach dissolving the drug in the liquid lipid during preparation of the nanoparticles. This approach does not necessarily lead to the truly loadable amount, as the lipid can, e.g. be overloaded, in particular when it is processed in the heat. In this work, a different procedure, passive drug loading, was evaluated to determine the drug loading capacity of various lipid nanoparticles (supercooled trimyristin emulsion droplets, solid trimyristin nanoparticles, tristearin nanoparticles in the α-modification and cholesteryl myristate nanoparticles in the supercooled smectic as well as in the crystalline state)...
March 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304142/biomarkers-and-anastomotic-leakage-in-colorectal-surgery-c-reactive-protein-trajectory-is-the-gold-standard
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Stephen R Smith, Peter Pockney, Ryan Holmes, Fiona Doig, John Attia, Elizabeth Holliday, Rosemary Carroll, Brian Draganic
BACKGROUND: Anastomotic leakage is a feared complication following colorectal surgery. Early prediction results in improved clinical outcome, but accurate predictive factors remain elusive. Many biomarkers have been studied with respect to diagnosis of anastomotic leakage but the concept of trajectory testing, using biomarkers, has not been assessed with regards to early diagnosis of anastomotic leak. METHODS: C-reactive protein (CRP), procalcitonin (PCT), white cell count (WCC) and gamma-glutamyl transferase were assessed for predictive utility in diagnosing anastomotic leakage with emphasis on identifying an association with change in their levels or trajectory...
March 17, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303948/transparent-polycrystalline-cubic-silicon-nitride
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Norimasa Nishiyama, Ryo Ishikawa, Hiroaki Ohfuji, Hauke Marquardt, Alexander Kurnosov, Takashi Taniguchi, Byung-Nam Kim, Hidehiro Yoshida, Atsunobu Masuno, Jozef Bednarcik, Eleonora Kulik, Yuichi Ikuhara, Fumihiro Wakai, Tetsuo Irifune
Glasses and single crystals have traditionally been used as optical windows. Recently, there has been a high demand for harder and tougher optical windows that are able to endure severe conditions. Transparent polycrystalline ceramics can fulfill this demand because of their superior mechanical properties. It is known that polycrystalline ceramics with a spinel structure in compositions of MgAl2O4 and aluminum oxynitride (γ-AlON) show high optical transparency. Here we report the synthesis of the hardest transparent spinel ceramic, i...
March 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298033/diffusion-tractography-imaging-guided-frameless-linear-accelerator-stereotactic-radiosurgical-thalamotomy-for-tremor-case-report
#8
Won Kim, Justin Sharim, Stephen Tenn, Tania Kaprealian, Yvette Bordelon, Nzhde Agazaryan, Nader Pouratian
Essential tremor and Parkinson's disease-associated tremor are extremely prevalent within the field of movement disorders. The ventral intermediate (VIM) nucleus of the thalamus has been commonly used as both a neuromodulatory and neuroablative target for the treatment of these forms of tremor. With both deep brain stimulation and Gamma Knife radiosurgery, there is an abundance of literature regarding the surgical planning, targeting, and outcomes of these methodologies. To date, there have been no reports of frameless, linear accelerator (LINAC)-based thalomotomies for tremor...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295741/reactivity-patterns-of-protonated-compound-ii-and-compound-i-of-cytochrome-p450-what-is-the-better-oxidant
#9
Samuel de Visser, Xiao-Xi Li, Veronica Postils, Wei Sun, Abayomi Faponle, Miquel Sola, Yong Wang, Wonwoo Nam
The cytochromes P450 are versatile enzymes in human physiology that perform substrate hydroxylation reactions extremely efficient. In this work, we present results of a computational study on the reactivity patterns of Compound I, Compound II and protonated Compound II with model substrates and addresses the question, which of those is the most effective oxidant. All calculations, regardless of the substrate, implicate that Compound I is the superior oxidant of the three. However, Compound II and protonated Compound II are found to react with free energies of activation that are only a few kcal mol-1 higher in energy than those obtained with Compound I...
March 10, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294165/enabling-time-resolved-microscopy-with-random-raman-lasing
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Brett H Hokr, Jonathan V Thompson, Joel N Bixler, Dawson T Nodurft, Gary D Noojin, Brandon Redding, Robert J Thomas, Hui Cao, Benjamin A Rockwell, Marlan O Scully, Vladislav V Yakovlev
Optical imaging of fast events and processes is essential for understanding dynamics of complex systems. A bright flash of illuminating light is required to acquire sufficient number of photons for superior image quality. Laser pulses can provide extreme brightness and are typically employed to achieve high temporal resolution; however, the high degree of coherence associated with the lasing process degrades the image quality with speckle formation. Random lasers are low-coherence sources of stimulated emission and do not suffer from speckle, but are rather broadband and have a relatively low output power limiting the scope of their potential applications...
March 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292752/fascicular-ventricular-tachycardia-originating-from-papillary-muscles-purkinje-network-involvement-in-the-reentrant-circuit
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Yuki Komatsu, Akihiko Nogami, Kenji Kurosaki, Itsuro Morishima, Keita Masuda, Tomoya Ozawa, Takashi Kaneshiro, Yuichi Hanaki, Yasutoshi Shinoda, Ahmed Karim Talib, Shinya Kowase, Yukio Sekiguchi, Kazutaka Aonuma
BACKGROUND: Verapamil-sensitive fascicular ventricular tachycardia (FVT) has been demonstrated to be a reentrant mechanism using the Purkinje network as a part of its reentrant circuit. Although the papillary muscles (PMs) are implicated in arrhythmogenic structure, reentrant FVT originating from the PMs has not been well defined. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 13 patients in whom FVT was successfully eliminated by ablation at the posterior PMs (n=8; PPM-FVT) and anterior PMs (n=5; APM-FVT)...
March 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291229/optimizing-ultrathin-ag-films-for-high-performance-oxide-metal-oxide-flexible-transparent-electrodes-through-surface-energy-modulation-and-template-stripping-procedures
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Xi Yang, Pingqi Gao, Zhenhai Yang, Juye Zhu, Feng Huang, Jichun Ye
Among new flexible transparent conductive electrode (TCE) candidates, ultrathin Ag film (UTAF) is attractive for its extremely low resistance and relatively high transparency. However, the performances of UTAF based TCEs critically depend on the threshold thickness for growth of continuous Ag films and the film morphologies. Here, we demonstrate that these two parameters could be strongly altered through the modulation of substrate surface energy. By minimizing the surface energy difference between the Ag film and substrate, a 9 nm UTAF with a sheet resistance down to 6...
March 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291142/lower-extremity-avulsion-fractures-in-the-pediatric-and-adolescent-athlete
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Jonathan Schiller, Steven DeFroda, Travis Blood
Lower extremity avulsion fractures are uncommon in the pediatric population and can be misdiagnosed without proper imaging and/or clinical suspicion for these injuries. The most common locations of avulsion injuries are the ischial tuberosity, anterior superior iliac spine, and anterior inferior iliac spine. Less often, avulsion fractures occur in the tibial tubercle, calcaneus, and greater and lesser trochanters. When treated properly with rest and altered weight bearing, most of these injuries heal without complication...
April 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290071/structural-connectivity-in-spatial-attention-network-reconstruction-from-left-hemispatial-neglect
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Takaaki Hattori, Kenji Ito, Chika Nakazawa, Yoshiyuki Numasawa, Mayumi Watanabe, Shigeki Aoki, Hidehiro Mizusawa, Sumio Ishiai, Takanori Yokota
Left hemispatial neglect (neglect) is an impaired state of spatial attention. We aimed to reconstruct structural connectivity in the spatial attention network and to identify disconnection patterns underlying neglect. We enrolled 59 right-handed patients who had their first-ever infarction in the right hemisphere and classified them into neglect group (34 patients with neglect) and control group (25 patients without neglect). The neglect group was further subcategorized into 6 subgroups based on infarcted vascular territories...
March 13, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287970/dct-regularized-extreme-visual-recovery
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Yunhe Wang, Chang Xu, Shan You, Chao Xu, Dacheng Tao
Here we study the extreme visual recovery problem, in which over 90% of pixel values in a given image are missing. Existing low rank-based algorithms are only effective for recovering data with at most 90% missing values. Thus, we exploit visual data's smoothness property to help solve this challenging extreme visual recovery problem. Based on the Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT), we propose a novel DCT regularizer that involves all pixels and produces smooth estimations in any view. Our theoretical analysis shows that the total variation (TV) regularizer, which only achieves local smoothness, is a special case of the proposed DCT regularizer...
March 6, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283867/postoperative-neuroimaging-analysis-of-drt-deep-brain-stimulation-revision-surgery-for-complicated-essential-tremor
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Volker Arnd Coenen, Balint Varkuti, Yaroslav Parpaley, Sabine Skodda, Thomas Prokop, Horst Urbach, Meng Li, Peter Christoph Reinacher
BACKGROUND: We report a patient who received conventional bilateral deep brain stimulation of the ventral intermediate nucleus of thalamus (Vim) for the treatment of medication refractory essential tremor (ET). After initial beneficial effects, therapeutic efficacy was lost due to a loss of control of his proximal trunkal and extremity tremor. The patient received successful diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging fiber tractographic (DTI FT)-assisted DBS revision surgery targeting the dentato-rubro-thalamic tract (DRT) in the subthalamic region (STR)...
March 10, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275563/neonatal-cranial-sonography-ultrasound-findings-in-neonatal-meningitis-a-pictorial-review
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Nishant Gupta, Hemal Grover, Itisha Bansal, Kusum Hooda, Joshua M Sapire, Rama Anand, Yogesh Kumar
Neonatal bacterial meningitis is a common manifestation of late onset neonatal sepsis. Cranial sonography (CRS) has a crucial role in assessment of infants with clinical suspicion of bacterial meningitis as well as follows up of its complications. CRS is performed with high frequency transducer through anterior fontanelle in both coronal and sagittal planes. Various sonographic findings range from echogenic and widened sulci, ventriculomegaly, ventriculitis, hydrocephalus, extra-axial fluid collections, cerebritis and brain abscess...
February 2017: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269296/upper-extremity-post-stroke-motion-quality-estimation-with-decision-trees-and-bagging-forests
#18
Sarvenaz Chaeibakhsh, Elissa Phillips, Amanda Buchanan, Eric Wade
Stroke is one of the leading causes of long-term disability. Approximately two thirds of stroke survivors require long-term rehabilitation, which suggests the importance of understanding movement quality in real-world settings. To address this need, we have developed an approach that quantifies physical activity and also evaluates performance quality. Accelerometer and gyroscope sensor data are used to measure upper extremity movements and to develop a mathematical framework to relate objective sensor data to clinical performance metrics...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268659/comparison-of-mean-frequency-and-median-frequency-in-evaluating-muscle-fiber-type-selection-in-varying-gait-speed-across-healthy-young-adult-individuals
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C K Chan, G Fu Timothy, C H Yeow
The preferential slow and fast twitches fiber involvement in varying gait speed has not been thoroughly investigated. Attempt to classify fiber type in changing speed should be closely investigated and scrutinized as the histochemical-related experiments are cumbersome and time consuming. In addressing this issue, electromyography (EMG) is utilized to extract the muscle fiber type features by altering the muscle fatigue indices, namely mean frequency (MNF) and median frequency (MDF). Recently, there are no universal indices to determine the muscle type...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265363/comparison-of-proximate-composition-and-sensory-attributes-of-clariid-catfish-species-of-clarias-gariepinus-heterobranchus-bidorsalis-and-their-hybrids
#20
Wasiu A Olaniyi, Olukayode A Makinde, Ofelia G Omitogun
Clariid catfish are favorite food fish especially in African and Asian continents. Recently there has been preference for particular species or hybrids of these species based on quality assurance and value addition. Consequently, this study aimed to evaluate the possible effect of different catfish species and their hybrids on proximate composition and sensory attributes. Catfish species, Clarias gariepinus (CC), Heterobranchus bidorsalis (HH), with their hybrid (CH), and reciprocal hybrid (HC) were evaluated for sensory variables - cognitive (sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and recent characteristic taste 'umami') and qualitative (texture, aroma, flavor, and color) tests; and nutritional variables - proximate composition (moisture, protein, ether/fat, and ash)...
March 2017: Food Science & Nutrition
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