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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449121/tri-directional-anaphases-as-a-novel-chromosome-segregation-defect-in-human-oocytes
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Jenna Haverfield, Nicola L Dean, Diana Nöel, Gaudeline Rémillard-Labrosse, Veronique Paradis, Isaac-Jacques Kadoch, Greg FitzHarris
STUDY QUESTION: What are the chromosome segregation errors in human oocyte meiosis-I that may underlie oocyte aneuploidy? SUMMARY ANSWER: Multiple modes of chromosome segregation error were observed, including tri-directional anaphases, which we attribute to loss of bipolar spindle structure at anaphase-I. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Oocyte aneuploidy is common and associated with infertility, but mechanistic information on the chromosome segregation errors underlying these defects is scarce...
April 25, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449108/poly-a-clickseq-click-chemistry-for-next-generation-3%C3%AE-end-sequencing-without-rna-enrichment-or-fragmentation
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Andrew Routh, Ping Ji, Elizabeth Jaworski, Zheng Xia, Wei Li, Eric J Wagner
The recent emergence of alternative polyadenylation (APA) as an engine driving transcriptomic diversity has stimulated the development of sequencing methodologies designed to assess genome-wide polyadenylation events. The goal of these approaches is to enrich, partition, capture and ultimately sequence poly(A) site junctions. However, these methods often require poly(A) enrichment, 3΄ linker ligation steps, and RNA fragmentation, which can necessitate higher levels of starting RNA, increase experimental error and potentially introduce bias...
April 26, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449010/excess-of-a-rassf1-targeting-microrna-mir-193a-3p-perturbs-cell-division-fidelity
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Sofia Pruikkonen, Marko J Kallio
BACKGROUND: Several microRNA (miRNA) molecules have emerged as important post-transcriptional regulators of tumour suppressor and oncogene expression. Ras association domain family member 1 (RASSF1) is a critical tumour suppressor that controls multiple aspects of cell proliferation such as cell cycle, cell division and apoptosis. The expression of RASSF1 is lost in a variety of cancers due to the promoter hypermethylation. METHODS: miR-193a-3p was identified as a RASSF1-targeting miRNA by a dual screening approach...
April 27, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448851/accurate-3d-reconstruction-of-bony-surfaces-using-ultrasonic-synthetic-aperture-techniques-for-robotic-knee-arthroplasty
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William Kerr, Philip Rowe, Stephen Gareth Pierce
Robotically guided knee arthroplasty systems generally require an individualized, preoperative 3D model of the knee joint. This is typically measured using Computed Tomography (CT) which provides the required accuracy for preoperative surgical intervention planning. Ultrasound imaging presents an attractive alternative to CT, allowing for reductions in cost and the elimination of doses of ionizing radiation, whilst maintaining the accuracy of the 3D model reconstruction of the joint. Traditional phased array ultrasound imaging methods, however, are susceptible to poor resolution and signal to noise ratios (SNR)...
April 19, 2017: Computerized Medical Imaging and Graphics: the Official Journal of the Computerized Medical Imaging Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447848/spatial-biases-in-motion-extrapolation-for-manual-interception
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Sinéad A Reid, Joost C Dessing
The exact mechanisms by which humans control the manual interception of moving targets are currently unknown. Here, the authors explored the behaviors associated with the spatial control for manual interception. The examined task required controlling a cursor to intercept moving targets on a touch screen. They explored the effects of target motion direction, curvature and occlusion on manual interception. They observed occlusion-dependent spatial errors and arrival times for curved and diagonal trajectories (larger errors and earlier arrival of the finger at its final position with longer occlusion)...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446264/hacettepe-cartilage-slicer-a-novel-cartilage-slicer-and-its-performance-test-results
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O Ergun, M D Bajin, M F Sargon, L Sennaroglu
OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the performance of a cartilage slicer device referred to as the 'Hacettepe cartilage slicer'. METHODS: Forty-one cartilage pieces were harvested from eight fresh frozen human ears and measured in thickness with a digital micrometer. These pieces were randomly sliced using four different thickness settings and two different types of blades. The thicknesses of the slices and remaining pieces were measured also. Scanning electron microscopy was utilised to determine the surface smoothness of the slices...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442047/increased-frequency-of-chromosome-congression-defects-and-aneuploidy-in-mouse-oocytes-cultured-at-lower-temperature
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Jitka Danadova, Natalie Matijescukova, Anna Mac Gillavry Danylevska, Martin Anger
Optimal culture conditions are essential for successful IVM of mammalian oocytes and for their further development into an embryo. In the present study we used live cell imaging microscopy to assess the effects of suboptimal culture temperature on various aspects of IVM, including duration of meiosis I, dynamics of polar body extrusion, chromosome congression, anaphase-promoting complex/cyclosome (APC/C) activation and aneuploidy. The data showed that even a small deviation from the optimal incubation temperature causes marked changes in the duration and synchronicity of meiosis, APC/C activity and the frequency of chromosome congression and segregation errors...
April 2017: Reproduction, Fertility, and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441889/insight-on-the-impacts-of-free-amino-acids-and-their-metabolites-on-the-immune-system-from-a-perspective-of-inborn-errors-of-amino-acid-metabolism
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Malgorzata M Pakula, Thorsten J Maier, Thomas Vorup-Jensen
Amino acids (AAs) support a broad range of functions in living organisms, including several that affect the immune system. The functions of the immune system are affected when free AAs are depleted or in excess because of external factors, such as starvation, or because of genetic factors, such as inborn errors of metabolism. Areas covered: In this review, we discuss the current insights into how free AAs affect immune responses. When possible, we make comparisons to known disease states resulting from inborn errors of metabolism, in which changed levels of AAs or AA metabolites provide insight into the impact of AAs on the human immune system in vivo...
April 26, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441505/error-detection-based-model-to-assess-educational-outcomes-in-crisis-resource-management-training-a-pilot-study
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Sarah Bouhabel, Emily Kay-Rivest, Carol Nhan, Ilana Bank, Peter Nugus, Rachel Fisher, Lily Hp Nguyen
Otolaryngology-head and neck surgery (OTL-HNS) residents face a variety of difficult, high-stress situations, which may occur early in their training. Since these events occur infrequently, simulation-based learning has become an important part of residents' training and is already well established in fields such as anesthesia and emergency medicine. In the domain of OTL-HNS, it is gradually gaining in popularity. Crisis Resource Management (CRM), a program adapted from the aviation industry, aims to improve outcomes of crisis situations by attempting to mitigate human errors...
April 1, 2017: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438968/neural-mechanisms-of-cognitive-dissonance-revised-an-eeg-study
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Marco Colosio, Anna Shestakova, Vadim V Nikulin, Evgeny Blagovechtchenski, Vasily Klucharev
Cognitive dissonance theory suggests that our preferences are modulated by the mere act of choosing. A choice between two similarly valued alternatives creates psychological tension (cognitive dissonance) that is reduced by a post-decisional reevaluation of the alternatives. We measured EEG of human subjects during rest and free-choice paradigm. Our study demonstrates that choices associated with stronger cognitive dissonance trigger a larger negative fronto-central evoked response similar to error-related negativity (ERN), which has in turn been implicated in general performance monitoring...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438217/a-powerful-microbiome-based-association-test-and-a-microbial-taxa-discovery-framework-for-comprehensive-association-mapping
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Hyunwook Koh, Martin J Blaser, Huilin Li
BACKGROUND: The role of the microbiota in human health and disease has been increasingly studied, gathering momentum through the use of high-throughput technologies. Further identification of the roles of specific microbes is necessary to better understand the mechanisms involved in diseases related to microbiome perturbations. METHODS: Here, we introduce a new microbiome-based group association testing method, optimal microbiome-based association test (OMiAT). OMiAT is a data-driven testing method which takes an optimal test throughout different tests from the sum of powered score tests (SPU) and microbiome regression-based kernel association test (MiRKAT)...
April 24, 2017: Microbiome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437440/synthesizer-expediting-synthesis-studies-from-context-free-data-with-information-retrieval-techniques
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Lisa M Gandy, Jordan Gumm, Benjamin Fertig, Anne Thessen, Michael J Kennish, Sameer Chavan, Luigi Marchionni, Xiaoxin Xia, Shambhavi Shankrit, Elana J Fertig
Scientists have unprecedented access to a wide variety of high-quality datasets. These datasets, which are often independently curated, commonly use unstructured spreadsheets to store their data. Standardized annotations are essential to perform synthesis studies across investigators, but are often not used in practice. Therefore, accurately combining records in spreadsheets from differing studies requires tedious and error-prone human curation. These efforts result in a significant time and cost barrier to synthesis research...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437161/randomized-phase-iii-trial-of-trastuzumab-plus-capecitabine-with-or-without-pertuzumab-in-patients-with-human-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-2-positive-metastatic-breast-cancer-who-experienced-disease-progression-during-or-after-trastuzumab-based-therapy
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Ander Urruticoechea, Mohammed Rizwanullah, Seock-Ah Im, Antonio Carlos Sánchez Ruiz, István Láng, Gianluca Tomasello, Hannah Douthwaite, Tanja Badovinac Crnjevic, Sarah Heeson, Jennifer Eng-Wong, Montserrat Muñoz
Purpose To assess the efficacy and safety of trastuzumab plus capecitabine with or without pertuzumab in patients with human epidermal growth factor receptor 2-positive metastatic breast cancer who experienced disease progression during or after trastuzumab-based therapy and received a prior taxane. Patients and Methods Patients were randomly assigned to arm A: trastuzumab 8 mg/kg → 6 mg/kg once every 3 weeks plus capecitabine 1,250 mg/m(2) twice a day (2 weeks on, 1 week off, every 3 weeks); or arm B: pertuzumab 840 mg → 420 mg once every 3 weeks plus trastuzumab at the same dose and schedule as arm A plus capecitabine 1,000 mg/m(2) on the same schedule as arm A...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436746/penetration-time-profiles-for-two-class-3b-lasers-in-in-situ-human-achilles-at-rest-and-stretched
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Daniel Huseby Bordvik, Sturla Haslerud, Ingvill Fjell Naterstad, Rodrigo Alvaro Brandão Lopes-Martins, Ernesto Cesar Pinto Leal Junior, Jan Magnus Bjordal, Jon Joensen
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The majority of studies investigating penetration of laser light are performed in vitro on skin flaps, with measures of immediate penetration depth and energy loss. The aim of this study was to investigate the penetration time profiles for two different lasers used in low-level laser therapy, during 150 sec of exposure both in stretched and relaxed human Achilles in situ. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-four Achilles tendons from 17 healthy volunteers were irradiated by an 810 nm, 200 mW, continuous- and a 904 nm, 60 mW, super-pulsed laser...
April 21, 2017: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435432/foundation-and-methodologies-in-computer-aided-diagnosis-systems-for-breast-cancer-detection
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REVIEW
Afsaneh Jalalian, Syamsiah Mashohor, Rozi Mahmud, Babak Karasfi, M Iqbal B Saripan, Abdul Rahman B Ramli
Breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer that affects women all over the world. Early detection and treatment of breast cancer could decline the mortality rate. Some issues such as technical reasons, which related to imaging quality and human error, increase misdiagnosis of breast cancer by radiologists. Computer-aided detection systems (CADs) are developed to overcome these restrictions and have been studied in many imaging modalities for breast cancer detection in recent years. The CAD systems improve radiologists' performance in finding and discriminating between the normal and abnormal tissues...
2017: EXCLI journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434044/faulty-rna-splicing-consequences-and-therapeutic-opportunities-in-brain-and-muscle-disorders
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REVIEW
Vittoria Pagliarini, Piergiorgio La Rosa, Claudio Sette
Alternative splicing is a powerful mechanism that largely expands the coding potential of eukaryotic genomes. Indeed, its complex and flexible regulation is exploited by cells to adapt to various environmental conditions, through production of protein variants displaying different functions. Such flexibility, however, is accompanied by high risk of errors, and dysregulation of splicing is now recognized as an important factor in human diseases. Notably, the RNA-based nature of splicing, which involves high specificity through base pair recognition, offers a remarkable therapeutic opportunity by allowing design of tools with elevated target selectivity...
April 22, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433431/application-of-structured-support-vector-machine-backpropagation-to-a-convolutional-neural-network-for-human-pose-estimation
#17
Peerajak Witoonchart, Prabhas Chongstitvatana
In this study, for the first time, we show how to formulate a structured support vector machine (SSVM) as two layers in a convolutional neural network, where the top layer is a loss augmented inference layer and the bottom layer is the normal convolutional layer. We show that a deformable part model can be learned with the proposed structured SVM neural network by backpropagating the error of the deformable part model to the convolutional neural network. The forward propagation calculates the loss augmented inference and the backpropagation calculates the gradient from the loss augmented inference layer to the convolutional layer...
February 16, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433375/mosaicism-between-trophectoderm-and-inner-cell-mass
#18
REVIEW
Antonio Capalbo, Laura Rienzi
Defining the actual incidence and prevalence of mosaicism in human blastocysts still remains a difficult task. The small amount of evidence generated by animal and human studies does not support the existence of mechanisms involved in developmental arrest, clonal depletion, or aneuploidy rescue for abnormal cells in euploid/aneuploid embryos during preimplantation development. However, studies in humans are mainly descriptive and lack functional evidence. Understanding the biological mechanisms that beset preimplantation differentiation holds the potential to reveal the role of aneuploidies and gene dosage imbalances in cell fate decision, providing important clues on the origin and evolution of embryonic mosaicism...
April 19, 2017: Fertility and Sterility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432784/contributions-of-imprecision-in-pet-mri-rigid-registration-to-imprecision-in-amyloid-pet-suvr-measurements
#19
Christopher G Schwarz, David T Jones, Jeffrey L Gunter, Val J Lowe, Prashanthi Vemuri, Matthew L Senjem, Ronald C Petersen, David S Knopman, Clifford R Jack
Quantitative measurement of β-amyloid from amyloid PET scans typically relies on localizing target and reference regions by image registration to MRI. In this work, we present a series of simulations where 50 small random perturbations of starting location and orientation were applied to each subject's PET scan, and rigid registration using spm_coreg was performed between each perturbed PET scan and its corresponding MRI. We then measured variation in the output PET-MRI registrations and how this variation affected the resulting SUVR measurements...
April 22, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432384/the-probability-of-object-scene-co-occurrence-influences-object-identification-processes
#20
Geneviève Sauvé, Mariane Harmand, Léa Vanni, Mathieu B Brodeur
Contextual information allows the human brain to make predictions about the identity of objects that might be seen and irregularities between an object and its background slow down perception and identification processes. Bar and colleagues modeled the mechanisms underlying this beneficial effect suggesting that the brain stocks information about the statistical regularities of object and scene co-occurrence. Their model suggests that these recurring regularities could be conceptualized along a continuum in which the probability of seeing an object within a given scene can be high (probable condition), moderate (improbable condition) or null (impossible condition)...
April 21, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
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