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J B Hinrichs, T Werncke, T Kaireit, M M Hoeper, K M Olsson, J C Kamp, F K Wacker, F Bengel, C von Falck, I Schatka, B C Meyer
Purpose: To determine if C-Arm computed tomography (CACT) has added diagnostic value in patients suffering from chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) with a positive mismatch pattern in ventilation/perfusion single photon emission computed tomography (V/Q SPECT). Materials and Methods: 28 patients (23 men, 5 women, 62 ± 18 years) with CTEPH who had undergone SPECT, followed by CACT and right heart catheterization (RHC) were included. Two independent readers reviewed SPECT and CACT. Findings indicating CTEPH and their location (segmental or sub-segmental) were identified (V/Q mismatch in SPECT and vascular pathologies in CACT)...
October 26, 2016: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
Shuiqing Zhou, Changchuan Guo, Feng Shi, Wei Jiang, Lei Wang
In this work, the ultrahigh-performance liquid chromatography quadrupole orbitrap high resolution mass spectrometry (UHPLC-Q-Orbitrap HRMS) was applied to the rapid screening, identification and quantification of the illegal adulterated glucocorticoids in herbal medicines. The mass spectrometer was operated in positive ion mode and Full MS/dd-MS(2) (data-dependent MS(2)) mode, where selected ions were subjected to a dd-MS(2) scan with given fragmentation energy following a Full MS scan. The application of 70 000 FWHM mass resolution and narrow mass windows (5ppm) effectively improve the selectivity of the method, and a single injection was sufficient to perform the simultaneous screening and identification/quantification of 14 glucocorticoids in 15min...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
Michael A White, Jamie C Kwasnieski, Connie A Myers, Susan Q Shen, Joseph C Corbo, Barak A Cohen
Transcription factors often activate and repress different target genes in the same cell. How activation and repression are encoded by different arrangements of transcription factor binding sites in cis-regulatory elements is poorly understood. We investigated how sites for the transcription factor CRX encode both activation and repression in photoreceptors by assaying thousands of genomic and synthetic cis-regulatory elements in wild-type and Crx(-/-) retinas. We found that sequences with high affinity for CRX repress transcription, whereas sequences with lower affinity activate...
October 25, 2016: Cell Reports
Desiree Hensel
BACKGROUND: Undergraduate research is a high-impact educational practice that fosters deep learning. Study design is an important factor to consider when planning for student success. METHOD: Q-methodology uses statistical principles to study subjectivity and can be successfully used by undergraduate nursing students to build research skills and foster deep learning. RESULTS: Authentic assessments evidencing attainment of the desired learning outcomes in student studies include well-written literature reviews, successful institutional review board submissions, completed projects, and dissemination of findings...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Nursing Education
Y Zhang, F Zhang, D Chen, Q Lü, L Tang, C Yang, M Lei, N Tong
Loss of function of mutated solute carrier family 12 member 3 (SLC12A3) gene is the most frequent etiology for Gitelman syndrome (GS), which is mainly manifested by hypokalemia, hypomagnesemia and hypocalciuria. We report the genetic characteristics of one suspicious Chinese GS pedigree by gene sequencing. Complete sequencing analysis of the SLC12A3 gene revealed that both the proband and his elder sister had a novel homozygous SLC12A3 mutation: c.2099T>C and p.Leu700Pro. Moreover, the SLC12A3 genes of his mother and daughter encoded the same mutated heterozygote...
October 24, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
A T Oliveira, M L G Araújo, J R G Lemos, M Q C Santos, J Pantoja-Lima, P H R Aride, M Tavares-Dias, J L Marcon
The objective of this study was to compare and correlate the ecology of neonates and young individuals of Potamotrygon wallacei, Potamotrygon motoro and Paratrygon aiereba with regard to their hematological profile and the physicochemical parameters of the water that they inhabit. Principal component analysis (PCA) on the complete blood count revealed total variation of 72.92%, thus demonstrating a differentiation system for oxygen demand. On the other hand, P. motoro was considered to be an intermediate species, given that its complete blood count characteristics interacted with both P...
October 24, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Biology, Revista Brasleira de Biologia
Dária Neves, Meritxell Sabidó, Camila Bôtto-Menezes, Nina Schwartz Benzaken, Lucília Jardim, Cynthia Ferreira, André Leturiondo, Camila Gurgel Dos Santos, Adele Schwartz Benzaken
Screening for Chlamydia trachomatis is not routinely offered to young asymptomatic women in Brazil. This study evaluated the performance, usefulness, and operational suitability of the Digene Hybrid Capture II (HCII) CT-ID DNA-test as an opportunistic screening tool to detect C. trachomatis in the public health system in Manaus, Amazonas State. Women aged 14-25 years who attended primary health care services were interviewed and one cervical specimen was collected during cytological screening. The HCII CT test was evaluated for its ability to detect the presence of C...
October 20, 2016: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Stefania Perticaroli, Georg Ehlers, Christopher B Stanley, Eugene Mamontov, Hugh M O'Neill, Qiu Zhang, Xiaolin Cheng, Dean A A Myles, John Katsaras, Jonathan D Nickels
The structurally and dynamically perturbed hydration shells that surround proteins and biomolecules have a substantial influence upon their function and stability. This makes the extent and degree of water perturbation of practical interest for general biological study and industrial formulation. We present an experimental description of the dynamical perturbation of hydration water around green fluorescent protein in solution. Less than two shells (~5.5 Å) were perturbed, with dynamics a factor of 2‒10 times slower than bulk water, depending on their distance from the protein surface and the probe length of the measurement...
October 26, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
H Chen, W Qiu, Q Zhang, J Wang, Z Shi, J Liu, Z Lian, H Feng, X Miao, H Zhou
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To research and compare the efficacy and tolerability of mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) and azathioprine (AZA) in neuromyelitis optica (NMO) and NMO spectrum disorder (NMOSD). METHODS: In this observational study, we enrolled patients with NMO/NMOSD who received either MMF or AZA for 6 months or more. We compared the efficacy and tolerability of MMF and AZA as preventive treatments in patients with NMO/NMOSD. RESULTS: Baseline variables between groups were not significantly different...
October 26, 2016: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
Daniel Summer Gareau, Joel Correa da Rosa, Sarah Yagerman, John A Carucci, Nicholas Gulati, Ferran Hueto, Jennifer L DeFazio, Mayte Suárez-Farinas, Ashfaq Marghoob, James G Krueger
We developed an automated approach for generating quantitative image analysis metrics (imaging biomarkers) that are then analyzed with a set of thirteen machine-learning algorithms to generate an overall risk score that is called a Q-score. These methods were applied to a set of 120 "difficult" dermoscopy images of dysplastic nevi and melanomas that were subsequently excised/classified. This approach yielded 98% sensitivity and 36% specificity for melanoma detection, approaching sensitivity/specificity of expert lesion evaluation...
October 26, 2016: Experimental Dermatology
Andriy Shevchenko, Maksym Barabash
It was established that at low temperatures, quantum oscillations of a pair of interacting nanoscale structural inhomogeneities (vertical Bloch lines) occur in a domain wall of stripe domain in uniaxial ferromagnetic film. The effective mass of vertical Bloch line and conditions for this effect were determined. The effect can be used in the hybrid storage devices bit + q-bit.
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
Feng Q He, Markus Ollert
Identification of key genes for a given physiological or pathological process is an essential but still very challenging task for the entire biomedical research community. Statistics-based approaches, such as genome-wide association study (GWAS)- or quantitative trait locus (QTL)-related analysis have already made enormous contributions to identifying key genes associated with a given disease or phenotype, the success of which is however very much dependent on a huge number of samples. Recent advances in network biology, especially network inference directly from genome-scale data and the following-up network analysis, opens up new avenues to predict key genes driving a given biological process or cellular function...
October 26, 2016: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
David Salido-Monzú, Francisco J Meca-Meca, Ernesto Martín-Gorostiza, José L Lázaro-Galilea
A wide range of measuring applications rely on phase estimation on sinusoidal signals. These systems, where the estimation is mainly implemented in the digital domain, can generally benefit from the use of undersampling to reduce the digitizer and subsequent digital processing requirements. This may be crucial when the application characteristics necessarily imply a simple and inexpensive sensor. However, practical limitations related to the phase stability of the band-pass filter prior digitization establish restrictions to the reduction of noise bandwidth...
October 24, 2016: Sensors
Giovanni D Tebala, Sean Keane, Abdelsalam Osman, Mina Ip, Abdul Q Khan, Luciano Perrone
BACKGROUND: Enhanced recovery (ER) programs are policies and protocols meant to improve postoperative recovery after surgery. As a consequence of a smoother recovery, patients can be discharged early. This paper describes the impact of an ER program in colorectal surgery in a rural hospital. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In total, 132 patients had colorectal resection within the ER program. Data were collected prospectively. The ER pathway affects perioperative management in the following ways in order to: (1) improve patient's general condition before surgery, (2) minimize intraoperative surgical trauma by using a laparoscopic approach in all cases, and (3) facilitation of a quicker postoperative return of physiological function...
October 25, 2016: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
Fangzuo Li, Zhiguo Liu, Tianxi Sun
Energy-dispersive small-angle X-ray scattering (ED-SAXS) with an innovative design of cone collimation based on an ellipsoidal single-bounce capillary (ESBC) and a polycapillary parallel X-ray lens (PPXRL) had been explored. Using this new cone collimation system, scattering angle 2θ has a theoretical minimum angle related to the mean half-opening angle of the hollow cone beam of 1.42 mrad, and with the usable X-ray energy ranging from 4 to 30 keV, the resulting observable scattering vector q is down to a minimum value of about 0...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Hee-Jo Lee, Jong-Gwan Yook
In this paper, we demonstrate the sensing feasibility of the proposed high-Q resonator using a phosphate-buffered saline droplet at microwave frequencies. In the experimental results, the resonant frequency, signal level, and Q-factor of the S21-parameter with and without a 1-μl droplet were changed to about 230 MHz, 32 dB, and 1500, respectively. The resonator system was found to be suitable for droplet sensing with a small volume due to its small and compact scheme. This resonator system is expected to play an important role in droplet sensing with different dielectric constants...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
C Y Chen, D L Yu, B B Feng, L H Yao, X M Song, L G Zang, X Y Gao, Q W Yang, X R Duan
On HL-2A tokamak, supersonic molecular beam injection (SMBI) has been developed as a routine refueling method. The key components of the system are an electromagnetic valve and a conic nozzle. The valve and conic nozzle are assembled to compose the simplified Laval nozzle for generating the pulsed beam. The appurtenance of the system includes the cooling system serving the cooled SMBI generation and the in situ calibration component for quantitative injection. Compared with the conventional gas puffing, the SMBI features prompt response and larger fueling flux...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
N C Carvalho, Y Fan, M E Tobar
In the context of engineered quantum systems, there is a demand for superconducting tunable devices, able to operate with high-quality factors at power levels equivalent to only a few photons. In this work, we developed a 3D microwave re-entrant cavity with such characteristics ready to provide a very fine-tuning of a high-Q resonant mode over a large dynamic range. This system has an electronic tuning mechanism based on a mechanically amplified piezoelectric actuator, which controls the resonator dominant mode frequency by changing the cavity narrow gap by very small displacements...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
E Villa, J Cagigas, B Aja, L de la Fuente, E Artal
A 30% bandwidth phase shifter with four phase states is designed to be integrated in a radio astronomy receiver. The circuit has two 90° out-of-phase microwave phase-shifting branches which are combined by Wilkinson power dividers. Each branch is composed of a 180° phase shifter and a band-pass filter. The 180° phase shifter is made of cascaded hybrid rings with microwave PIN diodes as switching devices. The 90° phase shift is achieved with the two band-pass filters. Experimental characterization has shown significant results, with average phase shift values of -90...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Adam B Phillips, Zhaoning Song, Jonathan L DeWitt, Jon M Stone, Patrick W Krantz, John M Royston, Ryan M Zeller, Meghan R Mapes, Paul J Roland, Mark D Dorogi, Syed Zafar, Gary T Faykosh, Randy J Ellingson, Michael J Heben
We have developed a laser beam induced current imaging tool for photovoltaic devices and modules that utilizes diode pumped Q-switched lasers. Power densities on the order of one sun (100 mW/cm(2)) can be produced in a ∼40 μm spot size by operating the lasers at low diode current and high repetition rate. Using galvanostatically controlled mirrors in an overhead configuration and high speed data acquisition, large areas can be scanned in short times. As the beam is rastered, focus is maintained on a flat plane with an electronically controlled lens that is positioned in a coordinated fashion with the movements of the mirrors...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
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