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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930562/alzheimer-s-disease-diagnostics-by-a-3d-deeply-supervised-adaptable-convolutional-network
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Ehsan Hosseini-Asl, Mohammed Ghazal, Ali Mahmoud, Ali Aslantas, Ahmed M Shalaby, Manual F Casanova, Gregory N Barnes, Georgy Gimel'farb, Robert Keynton, Ayman El-Baz
Early diagnosis is playing an important role in preventing progress of the Alzheimer's disease (AD). This paper proposes to improve the prediction of AD with a deep 3D Convolutional Neural Network (3D-CNN), which can show generic features capturing AD biomarkers extracted from brain images, adapt to different domain datasets, and accurately classify subjects with improved fine-tuning method. The 3D-CNN is built upon a convolutional autoencoder, which is pre-trained to capture anatomical shape variations in structural brain MRI scans for source domain...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926642/a-late-holocene-pollen-record-from-proglacial-oblong-tarn-mount-kenya
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Colin J Courtney Mustaphi, Konrad Gajewski, Rob Marchant, Gunhild Rosqvist
High-elevation ecosystems, such as those on Mount Kenya are undergoing significant changes, with accelerated glacial ice losses over the twentieth century creating new space for alpine plants to establish. These ecosystems respond rapidly to climatic variability and within decades of glacial retreat, Afroalpine pioneering taxa stabilize barren land and facilitate soil development, promoting complex patches of alpine vegetation. Periglacial lake sediment records can be used to examine centennial and millennial scale variations in alpine and montane vegetation compositions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924571/tracking-and-diameter-estimation-of-retinal-vessels-using-gaussian-process-and-radon-transform
#3
Masoud Elhami Asl, Navid Alemi Koohbanani, Alejandro F Frangi, Ali Gooya
Extraction of blood vessels in retinal images is an important step for computer-aided diagnosis of ophthalmic pathologies. We propose an approach for blood vessel tracking and diameter estimation. We hypothesize that the curvature and the diameter of blood vessels are Gaussian processes (GPs). Local Radon transform, which is robust against noise, is subsequently used to compute the features and train the GPs. By learning the kernelized covariance matrix from training data, vessel direction and its diameter are estimated...
July 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923528/arterial-spin-labeling-hyperperfusion-in-rasmussen-s-encephalitis-is-it-due-to-focal-brain-inflammation-or-a-post-ictal-phenomenon
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Savith Kumar, Chinmay P Nagesh, Bejoy Thomas, Ashalatha Radhakrishnan, Ramshekhar N Menon, Chandrasekharan Kesavadas
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The study evaluated the utility of Arterial spin labeling (ASL) perfusion imaging in Rasmussen's Encephalitis (RE). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The hospital electronic database was searched using the search words "encephalitis," "autoimmune encephalitis" and "Rasmussen's encephalitis" for the period of 1 Jan 2015 to 31 Jan 2017. Clinically diagnosed cases of RE for which epilepsy protocol magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with perfusion imaging (ASL) performed on a 3T scanner were retrieved...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Neuroradiology. Journal de Neuroradiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921847/n-n-methylenebis-acrylamide-crosslinked-poly-acrylic-acid-particles-as-doxorubicin-carriers-a-comparison-between-release-behavior-of-physically-loaded-drug-and-conjugated-drug-via-acid-labile-hydrazone-linkage
#5
Seyedeh Mahnaz Modarresi-Saryazdi, Vahid Haddadi-Asl, Mehdi Salami-Kalajahi
N,N'-methylenebis(acrylamide) (MBA)-crosslinked poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) particles with low degree of crosslinking were synthesized using distillation precipitation polymerization (DPP). Size and size distribution of particles were obtained using DLS and FE-SEM and results showed that microspheres had a narrow size dispersity. (1) H NMR results indicated that amount of crosslinker in structure of particles is a little more than the molar percentage of feeded MBA due to greater activity ratio of MBA than AA...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915185/updating-evidence-for-using-therapeutic-hypothermia-in-pediatric-severe-traumatic-brain-injury
#6
Robert C Tasker, Alireza Akhondi-Asl
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2017: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913838/simultaneous-acquisition-of-perfusion-image-and-dynamic-mr-angiography-using-time-encoded-pseudo-continuous-asl
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Yuriko Suzuki, Michael Helle, Peter Koken, Marc Van Cauteren, Matthias J P van Osch
PURPOSE: Both dynamic magnetic resonance angiography (4D-MRA) and perfusion imaging can be acquired by using arterial spin labeling (ASL). While 4D-MRA highlights large vessel pathology, such as stenosis or collateral blood flow patterns, perfusion imaging provides information on the microvascular status. Therefore, a complete picture of the cerebral hemodynamic condition could be obtained by combining the two techniques. Here, we propose a novel technique for simultaneous acquisition of 4D-MRA and perfusion imaging using time-encoded pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeling...
September 14, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906516/a-highly-fluorinated-lithium-iron-phosphate-with-interpenetrating-lattices-electrochemistry-and-ionic-conductivity
#8
Hooman Yaghoobnejad Asl, Kartik Ghosh, Amitava Choudhury
Li5Fe2PO4F8, a new member of the family of alkali transition metal fluorophosphates, has been synthesized and characterized using single-crystal X-ray diffraction, (57)Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy and magnetic susceptibility measurements. The existence of an infinite {-[PO4(FeF4)2]-}∞ tetrahedral network in an inter-penetrated diamond lattice, along with the presence of seven unique Li sites, presents interesting structural features of this structure-type for energy storage applications. The initial results of (de)lithiation reveal that a relatively low fraction of theoretical capacity may be utilized reversibly (0...
September 14, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904950/quantitative-changes-in-cerebral-perfusion-during-urinary-urgency-in-women-with-overactive-bladder
#9
Nisha G Arya, Steven J Weissbart, Sihua Xu, Rupal Bhavsar, Hengyi Rao
PURPOSE: To quantitatively measure changes in cerebral perfusion in select regions of interest in the brain during urinary urgency in women with overactive bladder (OAB) using arterial spin labeling (ASL). METHODS: Twelve women with OAB and 10 controls underwent bladder filling and rated urinary urgency (scale 0-10). ASL fMRI scans were performed (1) in the low urgency state after voiding and (2) high urgency state after drinking oral fluids. Absolute regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) in select regions of interest was compared between the low and high urgency states...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903891/health-information-national-trends-survey-in-american-sign-language-hints-asl-protocol-for-the-cultural-adaptation-and-linguistic-validation-of-a-national-survey
#10
Poorna Kushalnagar, Raychelle Harris, Raylene Paludneviciene, TraciAnn Hoglind
BACKGROUND: The Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) collects nationally representative data about the American's public use of health-related information. This survey is available in English and Spanish, but not in American Sign Language (ASL). Thus, the exclusion of ASL users from these national health information survey studies has led to a significant gap in knowledge of Internet usage for health information access in this underserved and understudied population. OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this study are (1) to culturally adapt and linguistically translate the HINTS items to ASL (HINTS-ASL); and (2) to gather information about deaf people's health information seeking behaviors across technology-mediated platforms...
September 13, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902765/low-dose-90y-pet-ct-imaging-optimized-for-lesion-detectability-and-quantitative-accuracy-a-phantom-study-to-assess-the-feasibility-of-pretherapy-imaging-to-plan-the-therapeutic-dose
#11
Maryam Khazaee, Alireza Kamali-Asl, Parham Geramifar, Arman Rahmim
OBJECTIVE: The overall aim of this work is to optimize the reconstruction parameters for low-dose yttrium-90 (Y) PET/computed tomography (CT) imaging, and to determine Y minimum detectable activity, in an endeavor to investigate the feasibility of performing low-dose Y imaging in-vivo to plan the therapeutic dose in radioembolization. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was carried out using a Siemens Biograph 6 True Point PET/CT scanner. A Jaszczak phantom containing five hot syringes was imaged serially over 15 days...
September 11, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900317/evaluation-of-cytotoxicity-effects-of-oleo-gum-resin-and-its-essential-oil-of-ferula-assa-foetida-and-ferulic-acid-on-4t1-breast-cancer-cells
#12
Seyyed Majid Bagheri, Amir Abdian Asl, Ali Shams, Seyyed Ali Mirghanizadeh-Bafghi, Zeynab Hafizibarjin
BACKGROUND: Cancer causes significant morbidity and mortality and is a major public health problem worldwide. Breast cancer is a leading cause of cancer-associated mortality in women, and the incidence is also on the rise in the entire world. Medicinal plants have been an important source of several clinically useful anticancer agents. AIM: In this study, we studied the growth inhibitory effect of asafoetida and its essential oil and ferulic acid on antitumor activity using mouse breast cancer cell line...
April 2017: Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894898/effective-collateral-circulation-may-indicate-improved-perfusion-territory-restoration-after-carotid-endarterectomy
#13
Tianye Lin, Zhichao Lai, Yuelei Lv, Jianxun Qu, Zhentao Zuo, Hui You, Bing Wu, Bo Hou, Changwei Liu, Feng Feng
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the relationship between the level of collateral circulation and perfusion territory normalisation after carotid endarterectomy (CEA). METHODS: This study enrolled 22 patients with severe carotid stenosis that underwent CEA and 54 volunteers without significant carotid stenosis. All patients were scanned with ASL and t-ASL within 1 month before and 1 week after CEA. Collateral circulation was assessed on preoperative ASL images based on the presence of ATA...
September 11, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892894/low-rate-of-baba2-genotype-among-iranian-helicobacter-pylori-clinical-isolates
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Maryam Sohrabi, Reza Khashei, Mahvash Alizadeh, Mohammad-Kazem Hosseini Asl, Mohammad-Ali Nejati, Mahintaj Dara, Abdollah Bazargani
INTRODUCTION: The Blood Group Antigen-Binding Adhesion (babA), Outer Inflammatory Protein (oipA) and Sialic Acid-Binding Adhesin (sabA) as outer membrane proteins involved in Helicobacter pylori adherence to gastric mucosa have been suggested to have a role in the pathogenesis. AIM: To investigate the frequency of H. pylori isolates babA2, oipA and sabA genes in Iranian dyspeptic patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: DNAs were extracted from H...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891247/synthesis-of-dual-thermo-and-ph-sensitive-poly-n-isopropylacrylamide-co-acrylic-acid-grafted-cellulose-nanocrystals-by-reversible-addition-fragmentation-chain-transfer-polymerization
#15
Elnaz Zeinali, Vahid Haddadi-Asl, Hossein Roghani-Mamaqani
Free and cellulose nanocrystals (CNC)-grafted block copolymers of acrylic acid and N-isopropylacrylamide with various poly (N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAAm) block lengths as dual temperature- and pH-sensitive materials were synthesized by RAFT polymerization via an R-approach method. Controlling LCST of the products by changing the PNIPAAm block length, addition of CNC, and variation of pH was studied. The free and CNC-grafted block copolymers were analyzed by Fourier transform infrared and proton nuclear magnetic resonance...
September 10, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28891231/development-and-characterization-of-electrosprayed-nanoparticles-for-encapsulation-of-curcumin
#16
Zahra Esmaili, Samaneh Bayrami, Farid Abedin Dorkoosh, Hamid Akbari Javar, Ehsan Seyedjafari, Seyed Shahrooz Zargarian, Vahid Haddadi-Asl
Curcumin has been proven to be an effective herbal derived anti-inflammatory and antioxidant biocompatible agent. In this research PLGA (as a biocompatible and GRAS polymer) nanoparticles containing Curcumin were electrospryed from different polymeric solutions with different concentrations for the first time. Morphology of these nanoparticles in the absence/presence of Curcumin was evaluated by SEM, TEM and XPS analyses. Perfectly shaped nanoparticles with an average size of 300 and 320 nanometers were observed for neat and Curcumin loaded PLGA, respectively...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888854/quantitation-of-phenylbutyrate-metabolites-by-uplc-ms-ms-demonstrates-inverse-correlation-of-phenylacetate-phenylacetylglutamine-ratio-with-plasma-glutamine-levels
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Yi Jiang, Mohammed Almannai, V Reid Sutton, Qin Sun, Sarah H Elsea
Urea cycle disorders (UCDs) are genetic conditions characterized by nitrogen accumulation in the form of ammonia and caused by defects in the enzymes required to convert ammonia to urea for excretion. UCDs include a spectrum of enzyme deficiencies, namely n-acetylglutamate synthase deficiency (NAGS), carbamoyl phosphate synthetase I deficiency (CPS1), ornithine transcarbamylase deficiency (OTC), argininosuccinate lyase deficiency (ASL), citrullinemia type I (ASS1), and argininemia (ARG). Currently, sodium phenylbutyrate and glycerol phenylbutyrate are primary medications used to treat patients with UCDs, and long-term monitoring of these compounds is critical for preventing drug toxic levels...
August 31, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887534/phylogeographic-studies-of-schizothoracine-fishes-on-the-central-qinghai-tibet-plateau-reveal-the-highest-known-glacial-microrefugia
#18
Yangyang Liang, Dekui He, Yintao Jia, Heying Sun, Yifeng Chen
Pleistocene climatic oscillations have greatly influenced the evolutionary history and distribution pattern of most extant species. However, their effects on species on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (QTP) are not well understood. To investigate the effects of past climatic shifts, particularly the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), on plateau fish, we analysed the phylogeographic structure and demographic history of five closely related taxa of the subfamily Schizothoracinae, a representative endemic taxon of the QTP, from nine endorheic lakes on the central QTP and three peripheral exorheic rivers using the mitochondrial control region (D-loop) sequence and 12 microsatellite (SSR) markers...
September 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887087/a-systematic-study-of-the-sensitivity-of-partial-volume-correction-methods-for-the-quantification-of-perfusion-from-pseudo-continuous-arterial-spin-labeling-mri
#19
Moss Y Zhao, Melvin Mezue, Andrew R Segerdahl, Thomas W Okell, Irene Tracey, Yingyi Xiao, Michael A Chappell
Arterial spin labeling (ASL) MRI is a non-invasive technique for the quantification of cerebral perfusion, and pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeling (PCASL) has been recommended as the standard implementation by a recent consensus of the community. Due to the low spatial resolution of ASL images, perfusion quantification is biased by partial volume effects. Consequently, several partial volume correction (PVEc) methods have been developed to reduce the bias in gray matter (GM) perfusion quantification. The efficacy of these methods relies on both the quality of the ASL data and the accuracy of partial volume estimates...
September 5, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886318/new-insights-into-the-expression-profile-of-microrna-34c-and-p53-in-infertile-men-spermatozoa-and-testicular-tissue
#20
S Rahbar, M G Novin, E Alizadeh, V Shahnazi, F Pashaei-Asl, Y A AsrBadr, L Farzadi, E Ebrahimie, M Pashaiasl
Spermatogenesis is proliferation and differentiation processes of stem spermatogonia into mature spermatozoa controlled by the genes responsible for transcription and post transcription levels. MicroRNAs (miRNA) are  the key factors during gene expression in RNA silencing and post-transcriptional regulation. They play main roles in regulation of early and late spermatogenesis, and reproduction. In this study, we investigate the role of miRNAs in infertile males.The patients were assigned to five groups based on semen analysis (n=55), including normozoospermic (N), moderate oligoasthenoteratozoospermic (MOAT), severe oligoasthenoteratozoospermic (SOAT), obstructive azoospermia (OA) and non-obstructive azoospermia (NOA)...
August 30, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Biology
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