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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229085/folate-receptor-alpha-is-more-than-just-a-folate-transporter
#1
Vineet Mohanty, M Rizwan Siddiqui, Tadanori Tomita, Chandra Shekhar Mayanil
Until recently folate receptor alpha (FRα) has only been considered as a folate transporter. However, a novel role of FRα as a transcription factor was reported by our lab. More recently our lab showed a novel pleiotropic role of FRα: (a) direct transcriptional activation of Oct4, Sox2, and Klf4 genes; and (b) repression of biogenesis of miRNAs that target these genes or their effector molecules. These observations beg a question: "Can a simple molecule such as folate be used to manipulate the production and/or differentiation of endogenous neural stem cells (NSCs), which may hold promise for future therapies?" Conditions such as spinal cord injury, motor neuron diseases, Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis may benefit from increasing stem cell pool and promoting specific pathways of differentiation...
2017: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227404/evaluation-of-the-effect-of-doubling-atlases-using-midsagittal-plane-on-multi-atlas-based-segmentation-of-brain-structures
#2
Subrahmanyam Gorthi, Subrahmanyam Gorthi, Subrahmanyam Gorthi
Normal human brain exhibits approximately bi-fold symmetry with respect to its midsagittal plane (MSP). The objective of this work is to investigate the effect of doubling atlases (i.e., reference images) used in multi-atlas fusion methods by exploiting the inherent bilateral symmetry of human brain. To this end, we perform automated segmentation of 15 subcortical structures using Local Weighted Voting (LWV) fusion method with varying number of atlases. We consider three specific scenarios for atlases while performing fusion: (i) fusion with original OASIS atlases, (ii) with atlases obtained by flipping the original atlases based on their MSP, and (iii) with both original and flipped atlases...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226915/miniaturized-force-torque-sensor-for-in-vivo-measurements-of-tissue-characteristics
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M Hessinger, T Pilic, R Werthschutzky, P P Pott, M Hessinger, T Pilic, R Werthschutzky, P P Pott, R Werthschutzky, M Hessinger, T Pilic, P P Pott
This paper presents the development of a surgical instrument to measure interaction forces/torques with organic tissue during operation. The focus is on the design progress of the sensor element, consisting of a spoke wheel deformation element with a diameter of 12 mm and eight inhomogeneous doped piezoresistive silicon strain gauges on an integrated full-bridge assembly with an edge length of 500 μm. The silicon chips are contacted to flex-circuits via flip chip and bonded on the substrate with a single component adhesive...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226828/a-mathematical-model-of-ultradian-sleep-wake-regulation-in-rodents
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Hao Wang, Farid Yaghouby, Sridhar Sunderam, Hao Wang, Farid Yaghouby, Sridhar Sunderam, Sridhar Sunderam, Farid Yaghouby, Hao Wang
Rodent models are widely used for the experimental analysis of sleep. While this is motivated by similarities in brain circuitry and electrophysiological rhythms, unlike the circadian sleep-wake cycle in humans, rodent sleep is polyphasic, containing multiple bouts of sleep and wake minutes to hours in duration over the course of a day. Each sleep bout is punctuated by several brief arousals several seconds to minutes long. Physiologically motivated mathematical models replicate the shorter timescale of arousal within sleep, but not the longer one representing prolonged wakefulness...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226533/optimal-experiment-design-for-magnetic-resonance-fingerprinting
#5
Bo Zhao, Justin P Haldar, Kawin Setsompop, Lawrence L Wald, Bo Zhao, Justin P Haldar, Kawin Setsompop, Lawrence L Wald, Bo Zhao, Lawrence L Wald, Justin P Haldar, Kawin Setsompop
Magnetic resonance (MR) fingerprinting is an emerging quantitative MR imaging technique that simultaneously acquires multiple tissue parameters in an efficient experiment. In this work, we present an estimation-theoretic framework to evaluate and design MR fingerprinting experiments. More specifically, we derive the Cramér-Rao bound (CRB), a lower bound on the covariance of any unbiased estimator, to characterize parameter estimation for MR fingerprinting. We then formulate an optimal experiment design problem based on the CRB to choose a set of acquisition parameters (e...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220925/slow-relaxation-of-the-magnetization-observed-in-an-antiferromagnetically-ordered-phase-for-scm-based-two-dimensional-layered-compounds
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Koichi Kagesawa, Yuki Nishimura, Hiroki Yoshida, Brian K Breedlove, Masahiro Yamashita, Hitoshi Miyasaka
Two-dimensional layered compounds with different counteranions, [{Mn(salen)}4C6](BF4)2·2(CH3OH) (1) and [{Mn(salen)}4C6](PF6)2·2(CH3OH) (2) (salen(2-) = N,N'-bis(salicylideneiminato), C6(2-) = C6H12(COO)2(2-)), were synthesized by assembling [Mn(salen)(H2O)]X (X(-) = BF4(-) and PF6(-)) and C6H12(CO2(-))2 (C6(2-)) in a methanol/2-propanol medium. The compounds have similar structures, which are composed of Mn(salen) out-of-plane dimers bridged by μ(4)-type C6(2-) ions, forming a brick-wall-type network of [-{Mn2}-OCO-] chains alternately connected via C6H12 linkers of C6(2-) moieties...
February 21, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220865/symmetry-breaking-of-counter-propagating-light-in-a-nonlinear-resonator
#7
Leonardo Del Bino, Jonathan M Silver, Sarah L Stebbings, Pascal Del'Haye
Spontaneous symmetry breaking is a concept of fundamental importance in many areas of physics, underpinning such diverse phenomena as ferromagnetism, superconductivity, superfluidity and the Higgs mechanism. Here we demonstrate nonreciprocity and spontaneous symmetry breaking between counter-propagating light in dielectric microresonators. The symmetry breaking corresponds to a resonance frequency splitting that allows only one of two counter-propagating (but otherwise identical) states of light to circulate in the resonator...
February 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215244/driving-home-from-the-night-shift-a-bright-light-intervention-study
#8
Denise M Weisgerber, Maria Nikol, Ralph E Mistlberger
: Sleep deprivation (SD) impairs vigilance and increases the risk of driving accidents during the commute home after night work. Bright light (BL) can enhance alertness and cognitive performance. We examined the effects of BL (5600 lux) versus dim light (DL, 35 lux) at the end of a night awake on driving performance. METHODS: Subjects (N = 19, 22.8 ± 4 ya) completed three conditions, counterbalanced for order at >1 week intervals. The two overnight SD conditions began in the lab at usual bedtime...
February 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215074/metal-controlled-magnetoresistance-at-room-temperature-in-single-molecule-devices
#9
Albert C Aragones, Daniel Aravena, Francisco J Valverde-Muñoz, Jose Antonio Real, Fausto Sanz, Ismael Díez-Pérez, Eliseo Ruiz
The appropriate choice of the transition metal complex and metal surface electronic structure opens the possibility to control the spin of the charge carriers through the resulting hybrid molecule/metal spinterface in a single-molecule electrical contact at room temperature. The single-molecule conductance of a Au/molecule/Ni junction can be switched by flipping the magnetization direction of the ferromagnetic electrode. The requirements of the molecule are not just the presence of unpaired electrons, the electronic configuration of the metal centre have to provide occupied or empty orbitals that strongly interact with the junction metal electrodes and that are close in energy to their Fermi levels for one of the electronic spins only...
February 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214020/serum-uric-acid-concentrations-and-fructose-consumption-are-independently-associated-with-nash-in-children-and-adolescents
#10
Antonella Mosca, Valerio Nobili, Rita De Vito, Annalisa Crudele, Eleonora Scorletti, Alberto Villani, Anna Alisi, Christopher D Byrne
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Recent research has suggested that dietary fructose intake may increase serum uric acid (UA) concentrations. Both UA concentration and fructose consumption maybe also increase in NAFLD. It is not known whether dietary fructose consumption and UA concentration are independently associated with non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). Our aim was to investigate the factors associated with NASH in children and adolescents with proven NAFLD, and to test whether UA concentrations and fructose consumption are independently associated with NASH...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213509/ventricular-microanatomy-arrhythmias-and-the-electrochemical-driving-force-for-na-is-there-a-need-for-flipped-learning
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EDITORIAL
Luiz Belardinelli, Mary M Maleckar, Wayne R Giles
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212976/functional-lumen-imaging-probe-for-the-management-of-esophageal-disorders-expert-review-from-the-clinical-practice-updates-committee-of-the-aga-institute
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REVIEW
Ikuo Hirano, John E Pandolfino, Guy E Boeckxstaens
The functional luminal imaging probe is a Food and Drug Administration-approved measurement tool used to measure simultaneous pressure and diameter to guide management of various upper gastrointestinal disorders. Additionally, this tool is also approved to guide therapy during bariatric procedures and specialized esophageal surgery. Although it has been commercially available since 2009 as the endolumenal functional lumen imaging probe (EndoFLIP), the functional luminal imaging probe has had limited penetrance into clinical settings outside of specialized centers...
March 2017: Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212099/high-density-high-radiance-%C3%AE-led-matrix-for-optogenetic-retinal-prostheses-and-planar-neural-stimulation
#13
Ahmed Soltan, Brian McGovern, Emmanuel Drakakis, Mark Neil, Pleun Maaskant, Mahbub Akhter, Jun Su Lee, Patrick Degenaar
Optical neuron stimulation arrays are important for both in-vitro biology and retinal prosthetic biomedical applications. Hence, in this work, we present an 8100 pixel high radiance photonic stimulator. The chip module vertically combines custom made gallium nitride μLEDs with a CMOS application specific integrated circuit. This is designed with active pixels to ensure random access and to allow continuous illumination of all required pixels. The μLEDs have been assembled on the chip using a solder ball flip-chip bonding technique which has allowed for reliable and repeatable manufacture...
February 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199115/efficient-spin-flip-excitation-of-a-nickelocene-molecule
#14
Maider Ormaza, Nicolas Bachellier, Marisa N Faraggi, Benjamin Verlhac, Paula Abufager, Philippe Ohresser, Loïc Joly, Michelangelo Romeo, Fabrice Scheurer, Marie-Laure Bocquet, Nicolás Lorente, Laurent Limot
Inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy (IETS) within the junction of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) uses current-driven spin-flip excitations for an all-electrical characterization of the spin state of a single object. Usually decoupling layers between the single object, atom or molecule, and the supporting surface are needed to observe these excitations. Here we study the surface magnetism of a sandwich nickelocene molecule (Nc) adsorbed directly on Cu(100) by means of X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations and show with IETS that it exhibits an exceptionally efficient spin-flip excitation...
February 22, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199052/the-flipped-classroom-approach-stimulating-positive-learning-attitudes-and-improving-mastery-of-histology-among-medical-students
#15
Xin Cheng, Kenneth Ka Ho Lee, Eric Y Chang, Xuesong Yang
Traditional medical education methodologies have been dramatically impacted by the introduction of new teaching approaches over the past few decades. In particular, the "flipped classroom" format has drawn a great deal of attention. However, evidence regarding the effectiveness of the flipped model remains limited due to a lack of outcome-based studies. In the present study, a pilot histology curriculum of the organ systems was implemented among 24 Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) students in a flipped classroom format at Jinan University...
November 4, 2016: Anatomical Sciences Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198470/mechanistic-insight-into-the-substrate-specificity-of-1-2-%C3%AE-oligoglucan-phosphorylase-from-lachnoclostridium-phytofermentans
#16
Masahiro Nakajima, Nobukiyo Tanaka, Nayuta Furukawa, Takanori Nihira, Yuki Kodutsumi, Yuta Takahashi, Naohisa Sugimoto, Akimasa Miyanaga, Shinya Fushinobu, Hayao Taguchi, Hiroyuki Nakai
Glycoside phosphorylases catalyze the phosphorolysis of oligosaccharides into sugar phosphates. Recently, we found a novel phosphorylase acting on β-1,2-glucooligosaccharides with degrees of polymerization of 3 or more (1,2-β-oligoglucan phosphorylase, SOGP) in glycoside hydrolase family (GH) 94. Here, we characterized SOGP from Lachnoclostridium phytofermentans (LpSOGP) and determined its crystal structure. LpSOGP is a monomeric enzyme that contains a unique β-sandwich domain (Ndom1) at its N-terminus. Unlike the dimeric GH94 enzymes possessing catalytic pockets at their dimer interface, LpSOGP has a catalytic pocket between Ndom1 and the catalytic domain...
February 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195967/procedural-learning-perspectives-of-pulmonary-fellows-and-practitioners
#17
Hans J Lee, Briana Coleman, Andrew D Lerner, David Feller-Kopman, Roy Semaan, Bernice Frimpong, Lonny Yarmus
BACKGROUND: Procedural learning requires both didactic knowledge and motor skills. Optimal teaching styles and techniques remain to be defined for pulmonary procedural learning. We investigated the preferences of learners at 2 different points in a pulmonary career; as pulmonary fellows and as clinical practitioners. METHODS: A perception survey was conducted among pulmonary fellows and practitioners from multiple institutions throughout the United States. Fellows and practitioners were immediately surveyed on procedural learning factors after completing a procedural learning course using low/high-fidelity and/or cadaver simulators...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195684/extended-rf-shimming-sequence-level-parallel-transmission-optimization-applied-to-steady-state-free-precession-mri-of-the-heart
#18
Arian Beqiri, Anthony N Price, Francesco Padormo, Joseph V Hajnal, Shaihan J Malik
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at high field presents challenges because of the high specific absorption rate and significant transmit field (B1(+) ) inhomogeneities. Parallel transmission MRI offers the ability to correct for both issues at the level of individual radiofrequency (RF) pulses, but must operate within strict hardware and safety constraints. The constraints are themselves affected by sequence parameters, such as the RF pulse duration and TR, meaning that an overall optimal operating point exists for a given sequence...
February 14, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188282/efficacy-of-a-meiosis-learning-module-developed-for-the-virtual-cell-animation-collection
#19
Eric E Goff, Katie M Reindl, Christina Johnson, Phillip McClean, Erika G Offerdahl, Noah L Schroeder, Alan R White
Recent reports calling for change in undergraduate biology education have resulted in the redesign of many introductory biology courses. Reports on one common change to course structure, the active-learning environment, have placed an emphasis on student preparation, noting that the positive outcomes of active learning in the classroom depend greatly on how well the student prepares before class. As a possible preparatory resource, we test the efficacy of a learning module developed for the Virtual Cell Animation Collection...
2017: CBE Life Sciences Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183938/flipping-nanoscopy-on-its-head
#20
Jie Xiao, Taekjip Ha
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 10, 2017: Science
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