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Elena Boto, Niall Holmes, James Leggett, Gillian Roberts, Vishal Shah, Sofie S Meyer, Leonardo Duque Muñoz, Karen J Mullinger, Tim M Tierney, Sven Bestmann, Gareth R Barnes, Richard Bowtell, Matthew J Brookes
Imaging human brain function with techniques such as magnetoencephalography typically requires a subject to perform tasks while their head remains still within a restrictive scanner. This artificial environment makes the technique inaccessible to many people, and limits the experimental questions that can be addressed. For example, it has been difficult to apply neuroimaging to investigation of the neural substrates of cognitive development in babies and children, or to study processes in adults that require unconstrained head movement (such as spatial navigation)...
March 21, 2018: Nature
Sreenivasan Ramaswami, Joachim Behrendt, Ralf Otterpohl
Reverse osmosis (RO) and nanofiltration (NF) are among the state-of-the-art technologies for treating landfill leachates. Due to the complexity and variance in the composition of leachates, numerous combinations of multiple technologies are used for their treatment. One process chain for the treatment of raw leachate is RO followed by further concentration of RO-retentate using NF (RO-NF scheme). The aptness of this process train used by some landfill sites around the world (usually with the aim of volume reduction so as to re-inject the concentrate into the landfill) is questionable...
March 21, 2018: Membranes
Andrea I Guaricci, Delia De Santis, Mark G Rabbat, Gianluca Pontone
: Implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) have proven to be the most effective preventive therapy of sudden cardiac death (SCD). Based on current guidelines, the indication for prophylactic ICD therapy is primarily based on a left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) less than 35%. However, patients with low LVEF may never have an arrhythmic event while patients with normal to moderately reduced LVEF, who are traditionally felt to be at lower risk, can experience SCD. Therefore, LVEF alone is not an ideal risk stratification parameter to determine ICD therapy...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Sungjoon Park, Jung Min Kim, Wonho Shin, Sung Won Han, Minji Jeon, Hyun Jin Jang, Ik-Soon Jang, Jaewoo Kang
BACKGROUND: Identifying gene regulatory networks is an important task for understanding biological systems. Time-course measurement data became a valuable resource for inferring gene regulatory networks. Various methods have been presented for reconstructing the networks from time-course measurement data. However, existing methods have been validated on only a limited number of benchmark datasets, and rarely verified on real biological systems. RESULTS: We first integrated benchmark time-course gene expression datasets from previous studies and reassessed the baseline methods...
March 19, 2018: BMC Systems Biology
Minji Jeon, Sunkyu Kim, Sungjoon Park, Heewon Lee, Jaewoo Kang
BACKGROUND: Drug combination therapy, which is considered as an alternative to single drug therapy, can potentially reduce resistance and toxicity, and have synergistic efficacy. As drug combination therapies are widely used in the clinic for hypertension, asthma, and AIDS, they have also been proposed for the treatment of cancer. However, it is difficult to select and experimentally evaluate effective combinations because not only is the number of cancer drug combinations extremely large but also the effectiveness of drug combinations varies depending on the genetic variation of cancer patients...
March 19, 2018: BMC Systems Biology
Guangxue Feng, Jie Liu, Chong-Jing Zhang, Bin Liu
Cell organelle targeting is a promising approach for cancer therapy. Herein, we report a mitochondria-targeted light-up probe (TPETH-Mito-1ART) to co-deliver artemisinin (ART) and an AIE photosensitizer (PS) to mitochondria for image-guided combination cancer cell ablation. This probe contains an AIEgen core of TPETH, two mitochondria targeting arms with ART on one arm, which could be internalized into cancer cells over normal ones, and show predominant accumulation and fluorescence turn-on in mitochondria...
March 21, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Roberta Venturella, Paola Quaresima, Mariella Micieli, Erika Rania, Annarita Palumbo, Federica Visconti, Fulvio Zullo, Costantino Di Carlo
PURPOSE: To propose an evidence-based review on the most frequent indications for Cesarean section (CS) given by specialists in disciplines other than Obstetrics and Gynecology, with the aim of increasing consciousness about the available data in the literature and the guidelines recommendations about topics that are not frequently managed by obstetricians and gynecologists. METHODS: We analyzed hospital discharge data regarding deliveries occurred in a 10-year study period in our department to obtain the prevalence and the list of the most recurrent non-obstetrical indications for CS...
March 20, 2018: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Wolfram Wiest, Alexander Rack, Simon Zabler, Alex Schaer, Michael Swain, Katja Nelson
State-of-the art, two-piece dental implants made from titanium alloys exhibit a complex micromechanical behavior under dynamical load. Its understanding, especially the formation of microgaps, is of crucial importance in order to predict and improve the long-term performance of such implants. Microgap formation in a loaded dental implant with a conical implant-abutment connection can be studied and quantified by synchrotron radiography with micrometer accuracy. Due to the high costs and limited access to synchrotron radiation sources, alternative approaches are needed in order to depict the microgap formation...
February 2018: Heliyon
Lucas Pinto, Sue A Koay, Ben Engelhard, Alice M Yoon, Ben Deverett, Stephan Y Thiberge, Ilana B Witten, David W Tank, Carlos D Brody
The gradual accumulation of sensory evidence is a crucial component of perceptual decision making, but its neural mechanisms are still poorly understood. Given the wide availability of genetic and optical tools for mice, they can be useful model organisms for the study of these phenomena; however, behavioral tools are largely lacking. Here, we describe a new evidence-accumulation task for head-fixed mice navigating in a virtual reality (VR) environment. As they navigate down the stem of a virtual T-maze, they see brief pulses of visual evidence on either side, and retrieve a reward on the arm with the highest number of pulses...
2018: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
Charles M Denby, Rachel A Li, Van T Vu, Zak Costello, Weiyin Lin, Leanne Jade G Chan, Joseph Williams, Bryan Donaldson, Charles W Bamforth, Christopher J Petzold, Henrik V Scheller, Hector Garcia Martin, Jay D Keasling
Flowers of the hop plant provide both bitterness and "hoppy" flavor to beer. Hops are, however, both a water and energy intensive crop and vary considerably in essential oil content, making it challenging to achieve a consistent hoppy taste in beer. Here, we report that brewer's yeast can be engineered to biosynthesize aromatic monoterpene molecules that impart hoppy flavor to beer by incorporating recombinant DNA derived from yeast, mint, and basil. Whereas metabolic engineering of biosynthetic pathways is commonly enlisted to maximize product titers, tuning expression of pathway enzymes to affect target production levels of multiple commercially important metabolites without major collateral metabolic changes represents a unique challenge...
March 20, 2018: Nature Communications
Bo-Young Hong, Joseph N Paulson, O Colin Stine, George M Weinstock, Jorge L Cervantes
The lung microbiota has received less attention compared to other body sites, in part because its study carries special technological difficulties related to obtaining reliable samples as compared to other body niches. The limited number of studies on the sputum microbiota on TB patients and controls available so far have reported inconsistent, and sometimes, contradictory results. Aiming to clarify if changes in the lung microbiota composition are associated with pulmonary TB, we performed a meta-analysis of available data on microbiota of the lower respiratory tract in TB patients and healthy controls...
March 2018: Tuberculosis
Tomoki Tokuda
We propose a novel method to test the existence of community structure in undirected, real-valued, edge-weighted graphs. The method is based on the asymptotic behavior of extreme eigenvalues of a real symmetric edge-weight matrix. We provide a theoretical foundation for this method and report on its performance using synthetic and real data, suggesting that this new method outperforms other state-of-the-art methods.
2018: PloS One
Małgorzata Mulak, Wojciech A Czak, Małgorzata Mimier, Radosław Kaczmarek
BACKGROUND: Despite the development of various methods of intraocular pressure (IOP) measurement, Goldmann applanation tonometry (GAT) is still the most popular. The measurement using GAT depends on the biomechanical properties of the cornea, such as the thickness, the radius of curvature, as well as the amount of the fluorescein used. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to compare IOP values measured by GAT with those measured by applanation resonance tonometry (ART)...
March 19, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Junjie Yan, Yue Lu, Guojun Chen, Min Yang, Zhen Gu
To date, liquid metals have been widely applied in many fields such as electronics, mechanical engineering and energy. In the last decade, with a better understanding of the physicochemical properties such as low viscosity, good fluidity, high thermal/electrical conductivity and good biocompatibility, gallium and gallium-based low-melting-point (near or below physiological temperature) alloys have attracted considerable attention in bio-related applications. This tutorial review introduces the common performances of liquid metals, highlights their featured properties, as well as summarizes various state-of-the-art bio-applications involving carriers for drug delivery, molecular imaging, cancer therapy and biomedical devices...
March 20, 2018: Chemical Society Reviews
Ingrid L Bakker, Sandra T van Tiel, Joost Haeck, Gabriela N Doeswijk, Erik de Blois, Marcel Segbers, Theodosia Maina, Berthold A Nock, Marion de Jong, Simone U Dalm
PURPOSE: The gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPR), overexpressed on various tumor types, is an attractive target for receptor-mediated imaging and therapy. Another interesting approach would be the use of GRPR radioligands for pre-operative imaging and subsequent radio-guided surgery, with the goal to improve surgical outcome. GRPR radioligands were successfully implemented in clinical studies, especially Sarabesin 3 (SB3) is an appealing GRPR antagonist with high receptor affinity...
March 19, 2018: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
Xuanang Xu, Fugen Zhou, Bo Liu
PURPOSE: Automatic approach for bladder segmentation from computed tomography (CT) images is highly desirable in clinical practice. It is a challenging task since the bladder usually suffers large variations of appearance and low soft-tissue contrast in CT images. In this study, we present a deep learning-based approach which involves a convolutional neural network (CNN) and a 3D fully connected conditional random fields recurrent neural network (CRF-RNN) to perform accurate bladder segmentation...
March 19, 2018: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
Alexander B Christ, Andrew D Pearle, David J Mayman, Steven B Haas
BACKGROUND: Unicompartmental knee arthroplasty is a successful treatment for unicompartmental knee osteoarthritis that has lower complication rates, faster recovery, and a more natural feeling knee compared to total knee arthroplasty. However, long-term survival has been a persistent concern. As more surgeon-controlled variables have been linked to survival, interest in robotic-assisted surgery has continued to grow. Robotic-assisted surgery has demonstrated the ability. METHODS: A review and synthesis of the literature on the subject of robotic-assisted unicompartmental knee arthroplasty was performed...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
Evan S Nielsen, Albert Hsu, Shantanu Patil, Clifford W Colwell, Darryl D D'Lima
BACKGROUND: Knee instability is emerging as a major complication after total knee arthroplasty (TKA), with ligament laxity and component alignment listed as important contributory factors. Knee balancing remains an art and is largely dependent on the surgeon's subjective "feel." The objectives were to measure the accuracy of an electronic balancing device to document the magnitude of correction in knee balance after soft-tissue releases and measure change in knee laxity after medial release...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Arthroplasty
Sameer Khurana, Reda Rawi, Khalid Kunji, Gwo-Yu Chuang, Halima Bensmail, Raghvendra Mall
Motivation: Protein solubility plays a vital role in pharmaceutical research and production yield. For a given protein, the extent of its solubility can represent the quality of its function, and is ultimately defined by its sequence. Thus, it is imperative to develop novel, highly accurate in silico sequence-based protein solubility predictors. Methods: In this work we propose, DeepSol, a novel Deep Learning based protein solubility predictor. The backbone of our framework is a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) that exploits k-mer structure and additional sequence and structural features extracted from the protein sequence...
March 15, 2018: Bioinformatics
Yadong Dong, Yongqi Sun, Chao Qin
The existing protein complex detection methods can be broadly divided into two categories: unsupervised and supervised learning methods. Most of the unsupervised learning methods assume that protein complexes are in dense regions of protein-protein interaction (PPI) networks even though many true complexes are not dense subgraphs. Supervised learning methods utilize the informative properties of known complexes; they often extract features from existing complexes and then use the features to train a classification model...
2018: PloS One
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