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Junjing Su, Charmilie C Logan, Alun D Hughes, Kim H Parker, Niti M Dhutia, Carl Christian Danielsen, Ulf Simonsen
Arterial stiffness and wave reflection are important components of the ventricular afterload. Therefore, we aimed to assess the arterial wave characteristics and mechanical properties of the proximal pulmonary arteries (PAs) in the hypoxic pulmonary hypertensive rat model. After 21 days in normoxic or hypoxic chambers (24 animals in each group), the animals underwent transthoracic echocardiography and pulmonary artery catheterization with a dual-tipped pressure and Doppler flow sensor wire. Wave intensity analysis (WIA) was performed...
March 16, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
Minah Han, Byeongjoon Kim, Jongduk Baek
We investigate the detectability of breast cone beam computed tomography images using human and model observers and the variations of exponent, ╬▓, of the inverse power-law spectrum for various reconstruction filters and interpolation methods in the Feldkamp-Davis-Kress (FDK) reconstruction. Using computer simulation, a breast volume with a 50% volume glandular fraction and a 2mm diameter lesion are generated and projection data are acquired. In the FDK reconstruction, projection data are apodized using one of three reconstruction filters; Hanning, Shepp-Logan, or Ram-Lak, and back-projection is performed with and without Fourier interpolation...
2018: PloS One
Zijian Zhang, Jinzhong Yang, Angela Ho, Wen Jiang, Jennifer Logan, Xin Wang, Paul D Brown, Susan L McGovern, Nandita Guha-Thakurta, Sherise D Ferguson, Xenia Fave, Lifei Zhang, Dennis Mackin, Laurence E Court, Jing Li
The original version of this article, published on 24 November 2017, unfortunately contained a mistake.
March 14, 2018: European Radiology
John L M Law, Michael Logan, Jason Wong, Juthika Kundu, Darren Hockman, Amir Landi, Chao Chen, Kevin Crawford, Mark Wininger, Janelle Johnson, Catalina Mesa Prince, Elzbieta Dudek, Ninad Mehta, D Lorne Tyrrell, Michael Houghton
Current evidence supports a protective role for virus neutralizing antibodies in immunity against HCV infection. Many cross-neutralizing monoclonal antibodies have been identified. These antibodies have been shown to protect or clear infection in animal models. Previous clinical trials have shown a gpE1/gpE2 vaccine can induce antibodies that neutralize the in vitro infectivity of all the major HCVcc genotypes around the world. However, cross-neutralization appeared to favour certain genotypes with significant but lower neutralization against others...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Virology
Logan S James, Jennifer B Dai, Jon T Sakata
Many important behaviours are socially learned. For example, the acoustic structure of courtship songs in songbirds is learned by listening to and interacting with conspecifics during a sensitive period in development. Signallers modify the spectral and temporal structures of their vocalizations depending on the social context, but the degree to which this modulation requires imitative social learning remains unknown. We found that male zebra finches ( Taeniopygia guttata ) that were not exposed to context-dependent song modulations throughout development significantly modulated their song in ways that were typical of socially reared birds...
March 2018: Biology Letters
Alfredo Perales-Puchalt, Jairo Perez-Sanz, Kyle K Payne, Nikolaos Svoronos, Michael J Allegrezza, Ricardo A Chaurio, Carmen Anadon, Joseph Calmette, Subir Biswas, Jessica A Mine, Tara Lee Costich, Logan Nickels, Jayamanna Wickramasinghe, Melanie R Rutkowski, Jose R Conejo-Garcia
Due to their cytotoxic activities, many anticancer drugs cause extensive damage to the intestinal mucosa and have antibiotic activities. Here, we show that cisplatin induces significant changes in the repertoire of intestinal commensal bacteria that exacerbate mucosal damage. Restoration of the microbiota through fecal-pellet gavage drives healing of cisplatin-induced intestinal damage. Bacterial translocation to the blood stream is correspondingly abrogated, resulting in a significant reduction in systemic inflammation, as evidenced by decreased serum IL-6 and reduced mobilization of granulocytes...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Logan W Thomas, Ashley Elsensohn, Terese Bergheim, Jessica Shiu, Anand Ganesan
IMPORTANCE: Intramuscular (IM) steroids can be used to treat a wide variety of dermatologic diseases. Although seemingly effective and safe, this form of corticosteroid therapy may be underused amongst dermatologists. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this review is to determine the evidence regarding the efficacy and side effect profile of intramuscular triamcinolone in the treatment of dermatologic disease. EVIDENCE REVIEW: A PubMed search engine was used for this study...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
Michael J Martens, Brent R Logan
Competing risks endpoints arise when patients can fail therapy from several causes. Analyzing these outcomes allows one to assess directly the benefit of treatment on a primary cause of failure in a clinical trial setting. Regression models can be used in clinical trials to adjust for residual imbalances in patient characteristics, improving the power to detect treatment differences. But, none of the competing risks methods currently available for use in group sequential trials adjust for covariates. We propose a group sequential test for treatment effect that, because it is based on the Fine-Gray model, permits adjustment for covariates...
March 13, 2018: Biometrics
Lisa J Hill, Valentina Di Pietro, Jon Hazeldine, David Davies, Emma Toman, Ann Logan, Antonio Belli
A correction to this article has been published and is linked from the HTML and PDF versions of this paper. The error has been fixed in the paper.
March 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Logan T Dowdle, Truman R Brown, Mark S George, Colleen A Hanlon
BACKGROUND: In the 20 years since our group established the feasibility of performing interleaved TMS/fMRI, no studies have reported direct comparisons of active prefrontal stimulation with a matched sham. Thus, for all studies there is concern about what is truly the TMS effect on cortical neurons. OBJECTIVE: After developing a sham control for use within the MRI scanner, we used fMRI to test the hypothesis of greater regional BOLD responses for active versus control stimulation...
February 24, 2018: Brain Stimulation
Rasha Elmghirbi, Tavarekere N Nagaraja, Stephen L Brown, Kelly A Keenan, Swayamprava Panda, Glauber Cabral, Hassan Bagher-Ebadian, George W Divine, Ian Y Lee, James R Ewing
PURPOSE: This study demonstrates a DCE-MRI estimate of tumor interstitial fluid pressure (TIFP) and hydraulic conductivity in a rat model of glioblastoma, with validation against an invasive wick-in-needle (WIN) technique. An elevated TIFP is considered a mark of aggressiveness, and a decreased TIFP a predictor of response to therapy. METHODS: The DCE-MRI studies were conducted in 36 athymic rats (controls and posttreatment animals) with implanted U251 cerebral tumors, and with TIFP measured using a WIN method...
March 9, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Victor Mittelst├Ądt, Jeff Miller, Andrea Kiesel
In the present study, we introduce a novel, self-organized task-switching paradigm that can be used to study more directly the determinants of switching. Instead of instructing participants to randomly switch between tasks, as in the classic voluntary task-switching paradigm (Arrington & Logan, 2004), we instructed participants to optimize their task performance in a voluntary task-switching environment in which the stimulus associated with the previously selected task appeared in each trial after a delay...
March 9, 2018: Memory & Cognition
Zhen Fan, Melanie Dani, Grazia D Femminella, Melanie Wood, Valeria Calsolaro, Mattia Veronese, Federico Turkheimer, Steve Gentleman, David J Brooks, Rainer Hinz, Paul Edison
PURPOSE: Neuroinflammation and microglial activation play an important role in amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease. In this study, we investigated the spatial distribution of neuroinflammation in MCI subjects, using spectral analysis (SA) to generate parametric maps and quantify11 C-PBR28 PET, and compared these with compartmental and other kinetic models of quantification. METHODS: Thirteen MCI and nine healthy controls were enrolled in this study...
March 9, 2018: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Yan Weng, Tetsuya Ishino, Annette Sievers, Saswata Talukdar, Jeffrey R Chabot, Amy Tam, Weili Duan, Kelvin Kerns, Eric Sousa, Tao He, Alison Logan, Darwin Lee, Dongmei Li, Yingjiang Zhou, Barbara Bernardo, Alison Joyce, Mania Kavosi, Denise M O'Hara, Tracey Clark, Jie Guo, Craig Giragossian, Mark Stahl, Roberto A Calle, Ron Kriz, Will Somers, Laura Lin
Pharmacological administration of FGF21 analogues has shown robust body weight reduction and lipid profile improvement in both dysmetabolic animal models and metabolic disease patients. Here we report the design, optimization, and characterization of a long acting glyco-variant of FGF21. Using a combination of N-glycan engineering for enhanced protease resistance and improved solubility, Fc fusion for further half-life extension, and a single point mutation for improving manufacturability in Chinese Hamster Ovary cells, we created a novel FGF21 analogue, Fc-FGF21[R19V][N171] or PF-06645849, with substantially improved solubility and stability profile that is compatible with subcutaneous (SC) administration...
March 9, 2018: Scientific Reports
Alpesh N Amin, Vamsi Bollu, Michael D Stensland, Logan Netzer, Vaidyanathan Ganapathy
PURPOSE: Medication treatment patterns for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in inpatient settings were examined, as were the characteristics of patients treated with long-acting bronchodilators (LABDs) during hospitalization. METHODS: This retrospective study was conducted using inpatient administrative data from hospitals and medical centers nationwide. All patients discharged from the hospital from January 1, 2010, through December 31, 2012, who were at least 40 years of age, had a primary discharge diagnosis of COPD or a secondary diagnosis of COPD with a primary diagnosis of a respiratory condition, and treatment with a bronchodilator were included...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Heather A Feldner, Samuel W Logan, James C Galloway
AIM: Rehabilitation professionals are increasingly recognizing mobility as a basic human right and endorsing the efficacy of early powered mobility for children with mobility impairments to foster independence, promote socialization with peers and facilitate participation in family and community life. However, the relationship between mobility and technology provision, when considered in the context of lived experiences of children with mobility impairments and their families, is complex and understudied...
March 9, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
Tarini Singh, Birte Moeller, Iring Koch, Christian Frings
The feature codes of stimuli and responses can be integrated, and if a stimulus is repeated it can retrieve the previously integrated response. Furthermore, even irrelevant features can be integrated and, upon repetition, retrieve the response. Yet the role of attention in feature integration and retrieval is not clearly understood. Some theories assume a central role of attention (e.g., Logan, 1988; Treisman & Gelade, 1980), but other studies have shown no influence of attention on feature binding (e.g...
March 8, 2018: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
Pauline M Hilt, Pasquale Cardellicchio
Motor inhibition and attentional processing are tightly linked. Recent neurophysiological studies have shown that both processes might rely on similar cognitive and neural mechanisms (Wessel and Aron, Neuron 93:259-280, 2017). However, it remains unclear whether attentional reorientation influences inhibition of a subsequent action. Therefore, we combined two tasks that are commonly used in the motor inhibition and visual attention reorientation field [respectively: the stop-signal task (Logan and Cowan, Psychol Rev 91:295-327, 1984) and the Posner endogenous cueing paradigm (Posner, Q J Exp Psychol 32(1):3-25, 1980)] to investigate how different aspects of visual attention modulate subsequent voluntary inhibition...
March 8, 2018: Psychological Research
Kathryn B Moore, Mary A Logan, Issam Al Diri, Jacqueline M Roberts, Michael Steele, Monica L Vetter
Neural basic helix-loop helix (bHLH) transcription factors promote progenitor cell differentiation by activation of downstream target genes that coordinate neuronal differentiation. Here we characterize a neural bHLH target gene in Xenopus laevis, vexin (vxn; previously sbt1), that is homologous to human c8orf46 and is conserved across vertebrate species. C8orf46 has been implicated in cancer progression, but its function is unknown. Vxn is transiently expressed in differentiating progenitors in the developing central nervous system (CNS), and is required for neurogenesis in the neural plate and retina...
March 5, 2018: Developmental Biology
Zhenhu Liang, Cheng Huang, Yongwang Li, Darren F Hight, Logan J Voss, Jamie W Sleigh, Xiaoli Li, Yang Bai

 Objective. Significant spectral characteristics of electroencephalogram (EEG) patterns exist in individual patients during re-establishing consciousness after general anesthesia. However, these EEG patterns cannot be quantitatively identified using commercially available depth of anesthesia (DoA) monitors. This study proposed an effective classification method and indices to classify these patterns among patients.
 Approach. Four types of emergence EEG patterns were identified based on EEG data set from 52patients undergoing sevoflurane general anesthesia from two hospitals...
March 7, 2018: Physiological Measurement
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