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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352498/autofocusing-based-phase-correction
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Alexander Loktyushin, Philipp Ehses, Bernhard Schölkopf, Klaus Scheffler
PURPOSE: Phase artifacts due to B0 inhomogeneity can severely degrade the quality of MR images. The artifacts are particularly prominent in long-TE scans and usually appear as ghosting and blur. We propose a retrospective phase correction method based on autofocusing. The proposed method uses raw data acquired with standard imaging sequences, and does not rely on navigators or external measures of field inhomogeneity. METHODS: We formulate and solve the optimization problem, where we seek the latent phase offsets that are associated with an optimal value of the image quality measure that is evaluated in the spatial domain...
January 19, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352397/bio-prospectus-of-cadmium-bioadsorption-by-lactic-acid-bacteria-to-mitigate-health-and-environmental-impacts
#2
REVIEW
Narendra Kumar, Vandna Kumari, Chand Ram, Kiran Thakur, Sudhir Kumar Tomar
Foodstuffs and water are the key sources of cadmium biomagnifiaction. The available strategies to mitigate this problem are unproductive and expensive for practical large-scale use. Biological decontamination of metals through environmental microbes has been known since long time, whereas lactic acid bacteria (LAB) have not been extensively studied for this purpose. The LAB are known for maintaining homeostasis and suppression of pathogens in humans and animals. They also play a vital role in bioremediation of certain heavy metals...
January 19, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352213/cucumber-mosaic-virus-coat-protein-induces-the-development-of-chlorotic-symptoms-through-interacting-with-the-chloroplast-ferredoxin-i-protein
#3
Yanhong Qiu, Yongjiang Zhang, Chaonan Wang, Rong Lei, Yupin Wu, Xinshi Li, Shuifang Zhu
Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) infection could induce mosaic symptoms on a wide-range of host plants. However, there is still limited information regarding the molecular mechanism underlying the development of the symptoms. In this study, the coat protein (CP) was confirmed as the symptom determinant by exchanging the CP between a chlorosis inducing CMV-M strain and a green-mosaic inducing CMV-Q strain. A yeast two-hybrid analysis and bimolecular fluorescence complementation revealed that the chloroplast ferredoxin I (Fd I) protein interacted with the CP of CMV-M both in vitro and in vivo, but not with the CP of CMV-Q...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352025/state-of-the-art-and-future-directions-for-extinction-as-a-translational-model-for-fear-and-anxiety
#4
REVIEW
Michelle G Craske, Dirk Hermans, Bram Vervliet
Through advances in both basic and clinical scientific research, Pavlovian fear conditioning and extinction have become an exemplary translational model for understanding and treating anxiety disorders. Discoveries in associative and neurobiological mechanisms underlying extinction have informed techniques for optimizing exposure therapy that enhance the formation of inhibitory associations and their consolidation and retrieval over time and context. Strategies that enhance formation include maximizing prediction-error correction by violating expectancies, deepened extinction, occasional reinforced extinction, attentional control and removal of safety signals/behaviours...
March 19, 2018: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351737/identifying-genome-wide-immune-gene-variation-underlying-infectious-disease-in-wildlife-populations-a-next-generation-sequencing-approach-in-the-gopher-tortoise
#5
Jean P Elbers, Mary B Brown, Sabrina S Taylor
BACKGROUND: Infectious disease is the single greatest threat to taxa such as amphibians (chytrid fungus), bats (white nose syndrome), Tasmanian devils (devil facial tumor disease), and black-footed ferrets (canine distemper virus, plague). Although understanding the genetic basis to disease susceptibility is important for the long-term persistence of these groups, most research has been limited to major-histocompatibility and Toll-like receptor genes. To better understand the genetic basis of infectious disease susceptibility in a species of conservation concern, we sequenced all known/predicted immune response genes (i...
January 19, 2018: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351711/-beck-anxiety-inventory-german-version-a-reliable-valid-patientfriendly-instrument-for-measuring-clinical-anxiety
#6
Edgar Geissner, Anne Huetteroth
The Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) is available in German. Apart from data in its manual, there are no further reports on the psychometric properties of this questionnaire and on its suitability for clinical use in Germany. This study therefore offers an independent investigation into the psychometrics as well as the clinical characteristics of the BAI. Three samples with n=145, n=90, and n=174 comprised inpatients diagnosed with anxiety disorders and treated in a large psychosomatic hospital. In addition to the BAI, the clinician rating Hamilton Anxiety Scale (HamA), the State-Trait-Anxiety Inventory (STAI) as well as the two anxiety subscales of the Symptom Checklist 90 (SCL 90) were used to establish convergent validity...
January 19, 2018: Psychotherapie, Psychosomatik, Medizinische Psychologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351663/mini-review-can-non-human-leucocyte-antigen-genes-determine-susceptibility-to-severe-dengue-syndromes
#7
Dorothy Ng, Aparna Ghosh, Mark Jit, Suranjith L Seneviratne
Dengue viral infections are endemic or epidemic in virtually all tropical countries. Among individuals infected with the dengue virus, severe dengue syndromes (i.e., dengue haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndromes) tend to affect only some and this may be due to a combination of host genetic susceptibility and viral factors. In this review article we analyse and discuss the present knowledge of non-human leucocyte antigen host genetic susceptibility to severe dengue syndromes. The relevance of genetic polymorphisms in the pathways of antigen recognition, uptake, processing and presentation, activation of interferon α responses, mast cell and complement activation and T cell activation and dengue disease severity has been reviewed and analysed...
January 17, 2018: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351587/heat-exposure-induces-oxidative-stress-and-dna-damage-in-the-male-germ-line
#8
Brendan J Houston, Brett Nixon, Jacinta H Martin, Geoffry N D E Iuliis, Elizabeth G Bromfield, Kristen E McEwen, R John Aitkena
The reproductive consequences of global warming are not currently understood. In order to address this issue we have examined the reproductive consequences of exposing male mice to a mild heat stress. For this purpose, adult male mice were exposed to an elevated ambient temperature of 35°C under two exposure models. The first involved acute exposure for 24 hours, followed by recovery periods of between 1 day and 6 weeks. The alternative heating regimen involved a daily exposure of 8 hours for periods of 1 or 2 weeks...
January 17, 2018: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351565/sumo-targeting-of-a-stress-tolerant-ulp1-sumo-protease
#9
Jennifer Peek, Catherine Harvey, Dreux Gray, Danny Rosenberg, Likhitha Kolla, Reuben Levy-Myers, Rui Yin, Jonathan L McMurry, Oliver Kerscher
SUMO proteases of the SENP/Ulp family are master regulators of both sumoylation and desumoylation and regulate SUMO homeostasis in eukaryotic cells. SUMO conjugates rapidly increase in response to cellular stress, including nutrient starvation, hypoxia, osmotic stress, DNA damage, heat shock, and other proteotoxic stressors. Nevertheless, little is known about the regulation and targeting of SUMO proteases during stress. To this end we have undertaken a detailed comparison of the SUMO-binding activity of the budding yeast protein Ulp1 (ScUlp1) and its ortholog in the thermotolerant yeast Kluyveromyces marxianus, KmUlp1...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351512/physiology-of-astroglia
#10
Alexei Verkhratsky, Maiken Nedergaard
Astrocytes are neural cells of ectodermal, neuroepithelial origin that provide for homeostasis and defense of the central nervous system (CNS). Astrocytes are highly heterogeneous in morphological appearance; they express a multitude of receptors, channels, and membrane transporters. This complement underlies their remarkable adaptive plasticity that defines the functional maintenance of the CNS in development and aging. Astrocytes are tightly integrated into neural networks and act within the context of neural tissue; astrocytes control homeostasis of the CNS at all levels of organization from molecular to the whole organ...
January 1, 2018: Physiological Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350922/computing-curvature-sensitivity-of-biomolecules-in-membranes-by-simulated-buckling
#11
Federico Elias-Wolff, Martin Lindén, Alexander P Lyubartsev, Erik G Brandt
Membrane curvature sensing, where the binding free energies of membrane-associated molecules depend on the local membrane curvature, is a key factor to modulate and maintain the shape and organization of cell membranes. However, the microscopic mechanisms are not well understood, partly due to absence of efficient simulation methods. Here, we describe a method to compute the curvature dependence of the binding free energy of a membrane-associated probe molecule that interacts with a buckled membrane, which has been created by lateral compression of a flat bilayer patch...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350842/from-grey-to-green-efficacy-of-eco-engineering-solutions-for-nature-based-coastal-defence
#12
Rebecca L Morris, Teresa M Konlechner, Marco Ghisalberti, Stephen E Swearer
Climate change is increasing the threat of erosion and flooding along coastlines globally. Engineering solutions (e.g. seawalls and breakwaters) in response to protecting coastal communities and associated infrastructure are increasingly becoming economically and ecologically unsustainable. This has led to recommendations to create or restore natural habitats, such as sand dunes, saltmarsh, mangroves, seagrass and kelp beds, and coral and shellfish reefs, to provide coastal protection in place of (or to complement) artificial structures...
January 19, 2018: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350626/high-mobility-in-sub-0-75-sub-ga-sub-0-25-sub-as-quantum-wells-in-an-inas-phonon-lattice
#13
Chong Chen, Stuart N Holmes, Ian Farrer, Harvey E Beere, David A Ritchie
InGaAs based devices are great complements to silicon for CMOS, as they provide an increased carrier saturation velocity, lower operating voltage and reduced power dissipation. In this work we show that In0.75Ga0.25As quantum wells with a high mobility, 15 000 to 20 000 cm2/V.s at ambient temperature, show an InAs-like phonon with an energy of 28.8 meV, frequency of 232 cm-1 that dominates the polar-optical mode scattering from ∼ 70 K to 300 K. The optical phonon frequency is insensitive to the carrier density modulated with a surface gate or LED illumination...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350445/application-of-computer-aided-sperm-analysis-casa-for-detecting-sperm-immobilizing-antibody
#14
Yu Wakimoto, Atsushi Fukui, Teruhito Kojima, Akiko Hasegawa, Minoru Shigeta, Hiroaki Shibahara
PROBLEM: Since the 1970s, anti-sperm antibodies have been studied as a pathogenic factor contributing to infertility. The complement-dependent sperm-immobilization test (SIT) and quantitative SIT have been used as effective tools for detecting anti-sperm antibodies in clinical settings. These tests have been carried out traditionally by manually counting the number of motile sperm through eye estimation. METHOD OF STUDY: In this study, we developed a novel method using computer-aided sperm analysis...
January 19, 2018: American Journal of Reproductive Immunology: AJRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350441/ultrasensitive-detection-of-shiga-toxin-2-and-its-variants-in-shiga-toxin-producing-escherichia-coli-strains-by-a-time-resolved-fluorescence-immunoassay
#15
Tian Wen, Chao Huang, Yi Zhang, Xiaoyan Zeng, Wendong Liu, Zhenbang Jiao, Xiling Guo, Yongjun Jiao
A rapid and sensitive two-step time-resolved fluorescence immunoassay (TRFIA) was developed for the detection of Shiga toxin 2 (Stx2) and its variants in Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) strains. In sandwich mode, a monoclonal antibody against Stx2 was coated on a microtiter plate as a capture antibody. A tracer antibody against Stx2 labeled with europium(III) (Eu3+ ) chelate was then used as a detector, followed by fluorescence measurements using time-resolved fluorescence. The sensitivity of Stx2 detection was 0...
January 19, 2018: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350437/diffusion-tensor-imaging-mri-of-sickle-cell-kidney-disease-initial-results-and-comparison-with-iron-deposition
#16
Shannon B Donnola, Connie M Piccone, Lan Lu, Joshua Batesole, Jane Little, Katherine M Dell, Chris A Flask
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) occurs in over one-third of patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) and can progress to end-stage renal disease. Unfortunately, current clinical assessments of kidney function are insensitive to early-stage CKD. Previous studies have shown that diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can sensitively detect regional renal microstructural changes associated with early-stage CKD. However, previous MRI studies in patients with SCD have been largely limited to the detection of renal iron deposition assessed by T2 * relaxometry...
January 19, 2018: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350282/neutrophil-chemotaxis
#17
REVIEW
Björn Petri, Maria-Jesús Sanz
Neutrophils are the primary cells recruited to inflamed sites during an innate immune response to tissue damage and/or infection. They are finely sensitive to inciting stimuli to reach in great numbers and within minutes areas of inflammation and tissue insult. For this effective response, they can detect extracellular chemical gradients and move towards higher concentrations, the so-called chemotaxis process or guided cell migration. This directed neutrophil recruitment is orchestrated by chemoattractants, a chemically diverse group of molecular guidance cues (e...
January 19, 2018: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350259/diminished-expression-of-%C3%AE-2-gpi-is-associated-with-a-reduced-ability-to-mitigate-complement-activation-in-anti-gpiib-iiia-mediated-immune-thrombocytopenia
#18
Xiaolu Zhu, Jiamin Zhang, Qianming Wang, Haixia Fu, Yingjun Chang, Yuan Kong, Meng Lv, Lanping Xu, Kaiyan Liu, Xiaojun Huang, Xiaohui Zhang
Anti-GPIIb/IIIa-mediated complement activation has been reported to be important in the pathogenesis of immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). However, the role of the complement system and the involved regulatory mechanism remain equivocal. Beta2-glycoprotein I (β2-GPI), known as the main target for antiphospholipid autoantibodies, has been demonstrated as a complement regulator. Here, we investigated the complement-regulatory role of β2-GPI in anti-GPIIb/IIIa-mediated ITP. Plasma complement activation and enhanced complement activation capacity (CAC) were found in ITP patients with anti-GPIIb/IIIa antibodies in vivo and in vitro...
December 29, 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350026/steric-and-acidity-control-in-hydrogen-bonding-and-proton-transfer-to-trans-w-n2-2-dppe-2
#19
Nikolay V Kireev, Oleg A Filippov, Alexander A Pavlov, Lina M Epstein, Victor D Makhaev, Victor P Dyadchenko, Elena S Shubina, Natalia V Belkova
The interaction of trans-W(N2)2(dppe)2 (1; dppe = 1,2-bis(diphenylphosphino)ethane) with relatively weak acids (p-nitrophenol, fluorinated alcohols, CF3COOH) was studied by means of variable temperature IR and NMR spectroscopy and complemented by DFT/B3PW91-D3 calculations. The results show, for the first time, the formation of a hydrogen bond to the coordinated dinitrogen, W-N≡N···H-O, that is preferred over H-bonding to the metal atom, W···H-O, despite the higher proton affinity of the latter. Protonation of the core metal-the undesirable side step in the conversion of N2 to NH3-can be avoided by using weaker and, more importantly, bulkier acids...
January 19, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350016/biomarkers-of-treatment-efficacy-in-patients-with-chronic-spontaneous-urticaria
#20
M Sánchez-Borges, A Capriles-Hulett, F Caballero-Fonseca, L González-Aveledo
Background. Currently there are no biomarkers useful to predict the future evolution and the therapeutic response in patients with chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU). Objective. To review the available information on biomarkers that might be applied for the follow up of the response to guideline recommended therapies for CSU. Methods. A review of the medical literature on CSU potential clinical and laboratory biomarkers in PubMed and MEDLINE including the terms urticaria, chronic urticaria, chronic idiopathic urticaria, chronic spontaneous urticaria, antihistamines (AHs), omalizumab (OMA), cyclosporine (CyA), and treatment...
January 2018: European Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
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