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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814016/applying-a-soft-robotic-glove-as-assistive-device-and-training-tool-with-games-to-support-hand-function-after-stroke-preliminary-results-on-feasibility-and-potential-clinical-impact
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Gerdienke B Prange-Lasonder, Bob Radder, Anke I R Kottink, Alejandro Melendez-Calderon, Jaap H Buurke, Johan S Rietman
Recent technological developments regarding wearable soft-robotic devices extend beyond the current application of rehabilitation robotics and enable unobtrusive support of the arms and hands during daily activities. In this light, the HandinMind (HiM) system was developed, comprising a soft-robotic, grip supporting glove with an added computer gaming environment. The present study aims to gain first insight into the feasibility of clinical application of the HiM system and its potential impact. In order to do so, both the direct influence of the HiM system on hand function as assistive device and its therapeutic potential, of either assistive or therapeutic use, were explored...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812732/genome-of-the-pitcher-plant-cephalotus-reveals-genetic-changes-associated-with-carnivory
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Kenji Fukushima, Xiaodong Fang, David Alvarez-Ponce, Huimin Cai, Lorenzo Carretero-Paulet, Cui Chen, Tien-Hao Chang, Kimberly M Farr, Tomomichi Fujita, Yuji Hiwatashi, Yoshikazu Hoshi, Takamasa Imai, Masahiro Kasahara, Pablo Librado, Likai Mao, Hitoshi Mori, Tomoaki Nishiyama, Masafumi Nozawa, Gergő Pálfalvi, Stephen T Pollard, Julio Rozas, Alejandro Sánchez-Gracia, David Sankoff, Tomoko F Shibata, Shuji Shigenobu, Naomi Sumikawa, Taketoshi Uzawa, Meiying Xie, Chunfang Zheng, David D Pollock, Victor A Albert, Shuaicheng Li, Mitsuyasu Hasebe
Carnivorous plants exploit animals as a nutritional source and have inspired long-standing questions about the origin and evolution of carnivory-related traits. To investigate the molecular bases of carnivory, we sequenced the genome of the heterophyllous pitcher plant Cephalotus follicularis, in which we succeeded in regulating the developmental switch between carnivorous and non-carnivorous leaves. Transcriptome comparison of the two leaf types and gene repertoire analysis identified genetic changes associated with prey attraction, capture, digestion and nutrient absorption...
February 6, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812561/widespread-maintenance-of-genome-heterozygosity-in-schmidtea%C3%A2-mediterranea
#3
Longhua Guo, Shasha Zhang, Boris Rubinstein, Eric Ross, Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado
Loss of heterozygosity through inbreeding or mitotic errors leads to reductions in progeny survival and fertility. Loss of heterozygosity is particularly exacerbated in geographically isolated populations, which are prone to inbreeding depression and faster rates of extinction. The regenerative capacities of the hermaphroditic biotype of the planarian Schmidtea mediterranea allowed us to perform a systematic genetic test of Mendelian segregation and study the loss of heterozygosity in the Spiralian superclade in general and planarians in particular...
December 5, 2016: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812257/robotic-assisted-microvascular-surgery-skill-acquisition-in-a-rat-model
#4
Nicholas S Clarke, Johnathan Price, Travis Boyd, Stefano Salizzoni, Kenton J Zehr, Alejandro Nieponice, Pietro Bajona
Microsurgery is a technically demanding field with long learning curves. Robotic-assisted microsurgery has the ability to decrease these learning curves. We, therefore, sought to assess the feasibility of robotic-assisted microvascular surgery in a rat model, and whether this could be translated into a worthwhile skills acquisition exercise for residents. Twenty-eight rats underwent microvascular anastomosis. Procedures were performed by a trained microvascular surgeon with no robotic experience (n = 14), or a trained robotic surgeon with no microvascular experience (n = 14)...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Robotic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812190/diagnostic-value-of-the-stand-alone-synthetic-image-in-digital-breast-tomosynthesis-examinations
#5
Julia Garayoa, Margarita Chevalier, Maria Castillo, Ignacio Mahillo-Fernández, Najim Amallal El Ouahabi, Carmen Estrada, Alejandro Tejerina, Olivia Benitez, Julio Valverde
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate the non-inferiority of synthetic image (SI) mammography versus full-field digital mammography (FFDM) in breast tomosynthesis (DBT) examinations. METHODS: An observational, retrospective, single-centre, multireader blinded study was performed, using 2384 images to directly compare SI and FFDM based on Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BIRADS) categorisation and visibility of radiological findings. Readers had no access to digital breast tomosynthesis slices...
August 15, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810184/design-and-evaluation-of-a-parametric-model-for-cardiac-sounds
#6
Roilhi F Ibarra-Hernández, Miguel A Alonso-Arévalo, Alejandro Cruz-Gutiérrez, Ana L Licona-Chávez, Salvador Villarreal-Reyes
Heart sound analysis plays an important role in the auscultative diagnosis process to detect the presence of cardiovascular diseases. In this paper we propose a novel parametric heart sound model that accurately represents normal and pathological cardiac audio signals, also known as phonocardiograms (PCG). The proposed model considers that the PCG signal is formed by the sum of two parts: one of them is deterministic and the other one is stochastic. The first part contains most of the acoustic energy. This part is modeled by the Matching Pursuit (MP) algorithm, which performs an analysis-synthesis procedure to represent the PCG signal as a linear combination of elementary waveforms...
August 9, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810142/control-of-metastasis-by-nk-cells
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Alejandro López-Soto, Segundo Gonzalez, Mark J Smyth, Lorenzo Galluzzi
The metastatic spread of malignant cells to distant anatomical locations is a prominent cause of cancer-related death. Metastasis is governed by cancer-cell-intrinsic mechanisms that enable neoplastic cells to invade the local microenvironment, reach the circulation, and colonize distant sites, including the so-called epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition. Moreover, metastasis is regulated by microenvironmental and systemic processes, such as immunosurveillance. Here, we outline the cancer-cell-intrinsic and -extrinsic factors that regulate metastasis, discuss the key role of natural killer (NK) cells in the control of metastatic dissemination, and present potential therapeutic approaches to prevent or target metastatic disease by harnessing NK cells...
August 14, 2017: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809732/validation-of-the-simplified-criteria-for-the-diagnosis-of-autoimmune-hepatitis-in-chilean-hispanic-patients
#8
Roberto Candia, Blanca Norero, Carlos Agu Ero, Luis Díaz, Juan Pablo Ortega, Rodrigo Wolff, Cristian Hernández-Rocha, Ignacio Duarte, Alejandro Soza, Carlos Benítez, Marco Arrese
INTRODUCTION AND AIM: In 2008 the International autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) Group proposed the simplified diagnostic criteria for this disease. The original cohort study was performed in 11 international centers, but validation studies are scarce in Latin-America. The aim of this study is validate these criteria in Hispanic patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A retrospective cohort of patients undergoing percutaneous liver biopsy and follow-up of at least 12 months was recruited from a Chilean University hospital...
August 8, 2017: Annals of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809708/on-multiple-aer-handshaking-channels-over-high-speed-bit-serial-bidirectional-lvds-links-with-flow-control-and-clock-correction-on-commercial-fpgas-for-scalable-neuromorphic-systems
#9
Amirreza Yousefzadeh, Miroslaw Jablonski, Taras Iakymchuk, Alejandro Linares-Barranco, Alfredo Rosado, Luis A Plana, Steve Temple, Teresa Serrano-Gotarredona, Steve B Furber, Bernabe Linares-Barranco
Address event representation (AER) is a widely employed asynchronous technique for interchanging "neural spikes" between different hardware elements in neuromorphic systems. Each neuron or cell in a chip or a system is assigned an address (or ID), which is typically communicated through a high-speed digital bus, thus time-multiplexing a high number of neural connections. Conventional AER links use parallel physical wires together with a pair of handshaking signals (request and acknowledge). In this paper, we present a fully serial implementation using bidirectional SATA connectors with a pair of low-voltage differential signaling (LVDS) wires for each direction...
August 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809143/bacillus-swezeyi-sp-nov-and-bacillus-haynesii-sp-nov-isolated-from-desert-soil
#10
Christopher A Dunlap, David A Schisler, Elizabeth B Perry, Nora Connor, Frederick M Cohan, Alejandro P Rooney
Two isolates of Gram-reaction-positive, facultatively anaerobic, motile, rod-shaped, endospore-forming bacteria were identified during a survey of the diversity of strains belonging to the genus Bacillus deposited in the Agriculture Research Service Culture Collection. These strains were originally isolated from soil in Evolution Canyon III (Israel) in a survey of ecological diversification. Phylogenetic analysis of the 16S rRNA gene of strains NRRL B-41294T and NRRL B-41327T determined they were closely related to members of the Bacillus licheniformis clade...
August 15, 2017: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808543/exploiting-opportunistic-observations-to-estimate-changes-in-seasonal-site-use-an-example-with-wetland-birds
#11
Alejandro Ruete, Tomas Pärt, Åke Berg, Jonas Knape
Nonsystematically collected, a.k.a. opportunistic, species observations are accumulating at a high rate in biodiversity databases. Occupancy models have arisen as the main tool to reduce effects of limited knowledge about effort in analyses of opportunistic data. These models are generally using long closure periods (e.g., breeding season) for the estimation of probability of detection and occurrence. Here, we use the fact that multiple opportunistic observations in biodiversity databases may be available even within days (e...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808240/micro-epidemiology-and-spatial-heterogeneity-of-p-vivax-parasitaemia-in-riverine-communities-of-the-peruvian-amazon-a-multilevel-analysis
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Gabriel Carrasco-Escobar, Dionicia Gamboa, Marcia C Castro, Shrikant I Bangdiwala, Hugo Rodriguez, Juan Contreras-Mancilla, Freddy Alava, Niko Speybroeck, Andres G Lescano, Joseph M Vinetz, Angel Rosas-Aguirre, Alejandro Llanos-Cuentas
Malaria has steadily increased in the Peruvian Amazon over the last five years. This study aimed to determine the parasite prevalence and micro-geographical heterogeneity of Plasmodium vivax parasitaemia in communities of the Peruvian Amazon. Four cross-sectional active case detection surveys were conducted between May and July 2015 in four riverine communities in Mazan district. Analysis of 2785 samples of 820 individuals nested within 154 households for Plasmodium parasitaemia was carried out using light microscopy and qPCR...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807908/activity-of-the-%C3%AE-lactamase-inhibitor-ln-1-255-against-carbapenem-hydrolyzing-class-d-%C3%AE-lactamases-from-acinetobacter-baumannii
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Juan Carlos Vázquez-Ucha, María Maneiro, Marta Martínez-Guitián, John Buynak, Christopher R Bethel, Robert A Bonomo, Germán Bou, Margarita Poza, Concepción González-Bello, Alejandro Beceiro
The number of infections caused by Gram-negative pathogens carrying carbapenemases is increasing, and the group of carbapenem-hydrolyzing class D β-lactamases (CHDLs) is especially problematic. Several clinically important CHDLs have been identified in A. baumannii, including OXA-23, OXA-24/40, OXA-58, OXA-143, OXA-235, and the chromosomally encoded OXA-51. The selection and dissemination of carbapenem-resistant A. baumannii strains constitutes a serious global threat. Carbapenems have been successfully utilized as last resort antibiotics for the treatment of multi-drug-resistant A...
August 14, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807895/the-mir-124-family-of-micrornas-is-critical-for-regeneration-of-the-brain-and-visual-system-in-the-planarian-schmidtea-mediterranea
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Sasidharan Vidyanand, Srujan Marepally, Sarah A Elliott, Srishti Baid, Vairavan Lakshmanan, Nishtha Nayyar, Dhiru Bansal, Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado, Praveen Kumar Vemula, Dasaradhi Palakodeti
Brain regeneration in planarians is mediated by precise spatiotemporal control of gene expression and is critical for multiple aspects of neurogenesis. However, the mechanisms underpinning the gene regulation essential for brain regeneration are largely unknown. Here, we investigated the role of the miR-124 family of microRNAs in planarian brain regeneration. The miR-124 family (miR-124) is highly conserved in animals and it regulates neurogenesis by facilitating neural differentiation. Yet, its role in neural wiring and brain organization is not known...
August 14, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807342/accuracy-and-interobserver-agreement-of-retroareolar-frozen-sections-in-nipple-sparing-mastectomies
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David A Suarez-Zamora, Luis E Barrera-Herrera, Mauricio A Palau-Lazaro, Fabio Torres-Franco, Alejandro Orozco-Plazas, Lisette Barreto-Hauzeur, Paula A Rodriguez-Urrego
In the last decades, surgical treatment of breast cancer has enormously changed. As a result, nipple-sparing mastectomy (NSM) has evolved as an oncologically safe and cosmetic approach. NSM includes a subareolar frozen section to evaluate malignancy. We determined the accuracy of subareolar frozen section diagnosis, analyzed the discrepancy factor, and estimated the interobserver agreement of frozen section in NSM. A retrospective review of all NSMs at our institution from 2009 to 2015 was performed. Frozen sections were compared to the final diagnoses to analyze the accuracy of subareolar frozen sections...
August 2017: Annals of Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807318/application-of-a-specific-quantitative-real-time-pcr-qpcr-to-identify-leishmania-infantum-dna-in-spleen-skin-and-hair-samples-of-wild-leporidae
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María Victoria Ortega, Inmaculada Moreno, Mercedes Domínguez, María Luisa de la Cruz, Ana Belén Martín, Antonio Rodríguez-Bertos, Raúl López, Alejandro Navarro, Sergio González, María Mazariegos, Joaquín Goyache, Lucas Domínguez, Nerea García
The aim of this study was to compare a quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) validated for the detection of Leishmania infantum in dogs with a nested PCR but in wild Leporidae. Additionally, L. infantum results from indirect immunofluorescent antibody test (IFAT) and in vitro culture were also compared with qPCR. Different samples (spleen, skin and hair) recovered from 224 European rabbits and 70 Iberian hares from two green areas of Madrid Council were analysed for the detection of L. infantum. The presence of Leishmania kDNA was detected by qPCR in 58 out of 221 (26...
August 30, 2017: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807144/regulation-of-l-type-cav1-3-channel-activity-and-insulin-secretion-by-the-cgmp-pkg-signaling-pathway
#17
Alejandro Sandoval, Paz Duran, María A Gandini, Arturo Andrade, Angélica Almanza, Simon Kaja, Ricardo Felix
cGMP is a second messenger widely used in the nervous system and other tissues. One of the major effectors for cGMP is the serine/threonine protein kinase, cGMP-dependent protein kinase (PKG), which catalyzes the phosphorylation of a variety of proteins including ion channels. Previously, it has been shown that the cGMP-PKG signaling pathway inhibits Ca(2+) currents in rat vestibular hair cells and chromaffin cells. This current allegedly flow through voltage-gated CaV1.3L-type Ca(2+) channels, and is important for controlling vestibular hair cell sensory function and catecholamine secretion, respectively...
September 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806301/risk-adjustment-in-alpps-is-associated-with-a-dramatic-decrease-in-early-mortality-and-morbidity
#18
Michael Linecker, Bergthor Björnsson, Gregor A Stavrou, Karl J Oldhafer, Georg Lurje, Ulf Neumann, René Adam, Francois-René Pruvot, Stefan A Topp, Jun Li, Ivan Capobianco, Silvio Nadalin, Marcel Autran Machado, Sergey Voskanyan, Deniz Balci, Roberto Hernandez-Alejandro, Fernando A Alvarez, Eduardo De Santibañes, Ricardo Robles-Campos, Massimo Malagó, Michelle L de Oliveira, Mickael Lesurtel, Pierre-Alain Clavien, Henrik Petrowsky
OBJECTIVE: To longitudinally assess whether risk adjustment in Associating Liver Partition and Portal Vein Ligation for Staged Hepatectomy (ALPPS) occurred over time and is associated with postoperative outcome. BACKGROUND: ALPPS is a novel 2-stage hepatectomy enabling resection of extensive hepatic tumors. ALPPS has been criticized for its high mortality, which is reported beyond accepted standards in liver surgery. Therefore, adjustments in patient selection and technique have been performed but have not yet been studied over time in relation to outcome...
August 11, 2017: Annals of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805177/evaluation-of-the-efficacy-safety-and-acceptability-of-a-fish-protein-isolate-in-the-nutrition-of-children-under-36-months-of-age
#19
Theresa J Ochoa, Nelly Baiocchi, Gladys Valdiviezo, Vanessa Bullon, Miguel Campos, Alejandro Llanos-Cuentas
OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of a fish protein isolate (FPi), administered over 6 months, on the growth of children aged 6-36 months, measured by Z-scores of height-for-age (HAZ) and weight-for-height (WHZ), compared with the standard meal without FPi; and to determine the safety and acceptability of FPi daily consumption. DESIGN: Cluster-randomized community-based controlled trial. For 6 months, the centres received either FPi replacing 50 % of total proteins in the diet or standard protein...
August 14, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803001/continuation-of-comprehensive-quality-control-of-the-itg-68-ge-68-ga-generator-and-production-of-68-ga-dotatoc-and-68-ga-psma-hbed-cc-for-clinical-research-studies
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Alejandro Amor-Coarasa, James M Kelly, Monika Gruca, Anastasia Nikolopoulou, Shankar Vallabhajosula, John W Babich
Performance of a second itG (68)Ge/(68)Ga generator system and production of (68)Ga-DOTATOC and (68)Ga-PSMA-HBED-CC were tested over one year as an accompaniment to a previously published study (J Nucl Med. 2016;57:1402-1405). METHODS: Performance of a 1951MBq (68)Ge/(68)Ga generator was characterized and the eluate used for preparation of (68)Ga-DOTATOC and (68)Ga-PSMA-HBED-CC. Weekly elution profiles of (68)Ga elution yield and (68)Ge breakthrough were determined. RESULTS: (68)Ga elution yields averaged 82% (61...
July 14, 2017: Nuclear Medicine and Biology
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