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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335261/nanomaterials-for-cardiac-myocyte-tissue-engineering
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Rodolfo Amezcua, Ajay Shirolkar, Carolyn Fraze, David A Stout
Since their synthesizing introduction to the research community, nanomaterials have infiltrated almost every corner of science and engineering. Over the last decade, one such field has begun to look at using nanomaterials for beneficial applications in tissue engineering, specifically, cardiac tissue engineering. During a myocardial infarction, part of the cardiac muscle, or myocardium, is deprived of blood. Therefore, the lack of oxygen destroys cardiomyocytes, leaving dead tissue and possibly resulting in the development of arrhythmia, ventricular remodeling, and eventual heart failure...
July 19, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335032/allele-specific-ablation-rescues-electrophysiological-abnormalities-in-a-human-ips-cell-model-of-long-qt-syndrome-with-a-calm2-mutation
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Yuta Yamamoto, Takeru Makiyama, Takeshi Harita, Kenichi Sasaki, Yimin Wuriyanghai, Mamoru Hayano, Suguru Nishiuchi, Hirohiko Kohjitani, Sayako Hirose, Jiarong Chen, Fumika Yokoi, Taisuke Ishikawa, Seiko Ohno, Kazuhisa Chonabayashi, Hideki Motomura, Yoshinori Yoshida, Minoru Horie, Naomasa Makita, Takeshi Kimura
Background: Calmodulin is a ubiquitous Ca 2+ sensor molecule encoded by three distinct calmodulin genes, CALM1-3 . Recently, mutations in CALM1-3 have been reported to be associated with severe early-onset long-QT syndrome (LQTS). However, the underlying mechanism through which heterozygous calmodulin mutations lead to severe LQTS remains unknown, particularly in human cardiomyocytes. Objectives: We aimed to establish an LQTS disease model associated with a CALM2 mutation (LQT15) using human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) and to assess mutant allele-specific ablation by genome editing for the treatment of LQT15...
March 1, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334417/pharmacovigilance-database-search-discloses-clc-k-channels-as-a-novel-target-of-the-at1-receptor-blockers-valsartan-and-olmesartan
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Paola Imbrici, Domenico Tricarico, Giuseppe Felice Mangiatordi, Orazio Nicolotti, Marcello Diego Lograno, Diana Conte, Antonella Liantonio
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Human ClC-K chloride channels are highly attractive targets for drug discovery for their physiological role and association with genetic disorders. These channels are pivotal in the kidney as they control chloride reabsorption and water diuresis. In addition, loss-of-function mutations of CLCKNB and BSND genes cause Bartter's syndrome (BS), whereas CLCNKA and CLCKNB gain-of-function polymorphisms predispose to a rare form of salt sensitive hypertension. Both disorders lack a personalized therapy that is in most cases only symptomatic...
March 23, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334404/calcium-homeostasis-modulator-1-like-currents-in-rat-fungiform-taste-cells-expressing-amiloride-sensitive-sodium-currents
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Albertino Bigiani
Salt reception by taste cells is still the less understood transduction process occurring in taste buds, the peripheral sensory organs for the detection of food chemicals. Although there is evidence suggesting that the epithelial sodium channel (ENaC) works as sodium receptor, yet it is not clear how salt-detecting cells signal the relevant information to nerve endings. Taste cells responding to sweet, bitter, and umami substances release ATP as neurotransmitter through a nonvesicular mechanism. Three different channel proteins have been proposed as conduit for ATP secretion: pannexin channels, connexin hemichannels, and calcium homeostasis modulator 1 (CALHM1) channels...
March 10, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334383/a-critical-role-of-inhibition-in-temporal-processing-maturation-in-the-primary-auditory-cortex
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Dongqin Cai, Rongrong Han, Miaomiao Liu, Fenghua Xie, Ling You, Yi Zheng, Limin Zhao, Jun Yao, Yiwei Wang, Yin Yue, Christoph E Schreiner, Kexin Yuan
Faithful representation of sound envelopes in primary auditory cortex (A1) is vital for temporal processing and perception of natural sounds. However, the emergence of cortical temporal processing mechanisms during development remains poorly understood. Although cortical inhibition has been proposed to play an important role in this process, direct in-vivo evidence has been lacking. Using loose-patch recordings in rat A1 immediately after hearing onset, we found that stimulus-following ability in fast-spiking neurons was significantly better than in regular-spiking (RS) neurons...
March 1, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334188/climate-extremes-vegetation-change-and-decoupling-of-interactive-fire-grazing-processes-exacerbate-fly-parasitism-of-cattle
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John D Scasta, Justin L Talley, David M Engle, Diane M Debinski
We assessed local horn fly (Haematobia irritans L.) and face fly (Musca autumnalis De Geer) communities on cattle in 2012 and 2013 relative to vegetation and climate data to understand how parasitism of cattle is influenced by change in climate and vegetation structure. We compared heterogeneity management using spatially and temporally discrete fires (i.e., patch-burning one-third of a pasture annually) to homogeneity management (i.e., burning entire pasture in 2012 then no burning in 2013), with cattle grazing all years in both treatments...
February 17, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334184/mild-traumatic-brain-injury-induces-structural-and-functional-disconnection-of-local-neocortical-inhibitory-networks-via-parvalbumin-interneuron-diffuse-axonal-injury
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Michal Vascak, Xiaotao Jin, Kimberle M Jacobs, John T Povlishock
Diffuse axonal injury (DAI) plays a major role in cortical network dysfunction posited to cause excitatory/inhibitory imbalance after mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Current thought holds that white matter (WM) is uniquely vulnerable to DAI. However, clinically diagnosed mTBI is not always associated with WM DAI. This suggests an undetected neocortical pathophysiology, implicating GABAergic interneurons. To evaluate this possibility, we used mild central fluid percussion injury to generate DAI in mice with Cre-driven tdTomato labeling of parvalbumin (PV) interneurons...
March 4, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333989/street-trees-reduce-the-negative-effects-of-urbanization-on-birds
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João Carlos de Castro Pena, Felipe Martello, Milton Cezar Ribeiro, Richard A Armitage, Robert J Young, Marcos Rodrigues
The effects of streets on biodiversity is an important aspect of urban ecology, but it has been neglected worldwide. Several vegetation attributes (e.g. street tree density and diversity) have important effects on biodiversity and ecological processes. In this study, we evaluated the influences of urban vegetation-represented by characteristics of street trees (canopy size, proportion of native tree species and tree species richness)-and characteristics of the landscape (distance to parks and vegetation quantity), and human impacts (human population size and exposure to noise) on taxonomic data and functional diversity indices of the bird community inhabiting streets...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333974/interaction-between-allee-effects-caused-by-organism-environment-feedback-and-by-other-ecological-mechanisms
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Lijuan Qin, Feng Zhang, Wanxiong Wang, Weixin Song
Understanding Allee effect has crucial importance for ecological conservation and management because it is strongly related to population extinction. Due to various ecological mechanisms accounting for Allee effect, it is necessary to study the influence of multiple Allee effects on the dynamics and persistence of population. We here focus on organism-environment feedback which can incur strong, weak, and fatal Allee effect (AE-by-OEF), and further examine their interaction with the Allee effects caused by other ecological mechanisms (AE-by-OM)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333851/contralateral-vision-loss-after-endonasal-dacryocystorhinostomy-a-case-report-of-purtscher-like-retinopathy-and-treatment-with-intravitreal-tissue-plasminogen-activator
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Hulya Gungel, Cigdem Altan, Belma Karini, Fatma E Ozdemir, Ozlem O Celebi
PURPOSE: To present a case of a patient with contralateral vision loss as a result of Purtscher-like retinopathy after an endonasal dacryocystorhinostomy and treatment with intravitreal tissue plasminogen activator injection. METHODS AND RESULTS: A 51-year-old woman who underwent a left endonasal dacryocystorhinostomy was referred with a complaint of decreased vision 1 day after surgery in her right eye. At the initial examination, the visual acuity of her right eye was hand motion...
March 22, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333842/review-article-sexuality-and-risk-reducing-salpingo-oophorectomy
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Paige E Tucker, Paul A Cohen
INTRODUCTION: Women with familial cancer syndromes such as hereditary breast and ovarian cancer syndrome (BRCA1 and BRCA2) and Lynch syndrome are at a significantly increased risk of developing ovarian cancer and are advised to undergo prophylactic removal of their ovaries and fallopian tubes at age 35 to 40 years, after childbearing is complete. METHODS: A comprehensive literature search of studies on risk-reducing salpingo-oophorectomy (RRSO), sexuality, and associated issues was conducted in MEDLINE databases...
March 23, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333649/multi-scale-rotation-invariant-convolutional-neural-networks-for-lung-texture-classification
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Qiangchang Wang, Yuanjie Zheng, Gongping Yang, Weidong Jin, Xinjian Chen, Yilong Yin
We propose a new Multi-scale Rotation-invariant Convolutional Neural Network (MRCNN) model for classifying various lung tissue types on high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT). MRCNN employs Gabor-local binary pattern (Gabor-LBP) which introduces a good property in image analysis - invariance to image scales and rotations. In addition, we offer an approach to deal with the problems caused by imbalanced number of samples between different classes in most of the existing works, accomplished by changing the overlapping size between the adjacent patches...
March 21, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333637/multi-scale-multi-feature-context-modeling-for-scene-recognition-in-the-semantic-manifold
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Xinhang Song, Shuqiang Jiang, Luis Herranz
Before the big data era, scene recognition was often approached with two-step inference using localized intermediate representations (objects, topics, etc). One of such approaches is the semantic manifold (SM), in which patches and images are modeled as points in a semantic probability simplex. Patch models are learned resorting to weak supervision via image labels, which leads to the problem of scene categories co-occurring in this semantic space. Fortunately, each category has its own cooccurrence patterns that are consistent across the images in that category...
March 22, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333635/blind-facial-image-quality-enhancement-using-non-rigid-semantic-patches
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Ester Hait, Guy Gilboa
We propose a new way to solve a very general blind inverse problem of multiple simultaneous degradations such as blur, resolution reduction, noise and contrast changes, without explicitly estimating the degradation. The proposed concept is based on combining semantic non-rigid patches, problem-specific high quality prior data and non-rigid registration tools. We show how a significant quality enhancement can be achieved, both visually and quantitatively, in the case of facial images. The method is demonstrated on the problem of cellular photography quality enhancement of dark facial images for different identities, expressions and poses, and is compared to state-of-the-art denoising, deblurring, super-resolution and colorcorrection methods...
March 22, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333627/ultrasound-image-despeckling-using-stochastic-distance-based-bm3d
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Cid Santos, Diego Martins, Nelson Mascarenhas
Ultrasound image despeckling is an important research field since it can improve the interpretability of one of the main categories of medical imaging. Many techniques have been tried over the years for ultrasound despeckling, and more recently, a great deal of attention has been focused on patch-based methods, such as non-local means (NLM) and block-matching collaborative filtering (BM3D). A common idea in these recent methods is the measure of distance between patches, originally proposed as the Euclidean distance, for filtering additive white Gaussian noise...
March 21, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333620/binary-online-learned-descriptors
#16
Vassileios Balntas, Lilian Tang, Krystian Mikolajczyk
We propose a novel approach to generate a binary descriptor optimized for each image patch independently. The approach is inspired by the linear discriminant embedding that simultaneously increases inter and decreases intra class distances. A set of discriminative and uncorrelated binary tests is established from all possible tests in an offline training process. The patch adapted descriptors are then efficiently built online from a subset of features which lead to lower intra-class distances and thus, to a more robust descriptor...
March 20, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333338/drug-discovery-for-male-subfertility-using-high-throughput-screening-a-new-approach-to-an-unsolved-problem
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Sarah J Martins da Silva, Sean G Brown, Keith Sutton, Louise V King, Halil Ruso, David W Gray, Paul G Wyatt, Mark C Kelly, Christopher L R Barratt, Anthony G Hope
STUDY QUESTION: Can pharma drug discovery approaches be utilized to transform investigation into novel therapeutics for male infertility? SUMMARY ANSWER: High-throughput screening (HTS) is a viable approach to much-needed drug discovery for male factor infertility. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: There is both huge demand and a genuine clinical need for new treatment options for infertile men. However, the time, effort and resources required for drug discovery are currently exorbitant, due to the unique challenges of the cellular, physical and functional properties of human spermatozoa and a lack of appropriate assay platform...
March 16, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333088/multi-view-structural-local-subspace-tracking
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Jie Guo, Tingfa Xu, Guokai Shi, Zhitao Rao, Xiangmin Li
In this paper, we propose a multi-view structural local subspace tracking algorithm based on sparse representation. We approximate the optimal state from three views: (1) the template view; (2) the PCA (principal component analysis) basis view; and (3) the target candidate view. Then we propose a unified objective function to integrate these three view problems together. The proposed model not only exploits the intrinsic relationship among target candidates and their local patches, but also takes advantages of both sparse representation and incremental subspace learning...
March 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332813/competitive-adsorption-of-polyelectrolytes-onto-and-into-pellicle-coated-hydroxyapatite-investigated-by-qcm-d-and-force-spectroscopy
#19
Hyun-Su Lee, Carl Myers, Lynette Zaidel, Prathima Chandra Nalam, Matthew Alexander Caporizzo, Carlo Daep, David M Eckmann, James G Masters, Russell J Composto
A current effort in preventive dentistry is to inhibit surface attachment of bacteria using antibacterial polymer coatings on the tooth surface. For the antibacterial coatings, the physisorption of anionic and cationic polymers directly onto hydroxyapatite (HA) and saliva treated HA surfaces was studied using quartz crystal microbalance, force spectroscopy and atomic force microscopy. First, single species adsorption is shown to be stronger on HA surfaces than on silicon oxide surfaces for all polymers (i.e...
March 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332211/a-multi-channel-block-matching-denoising-algorithm-for-spectral-photon-counting-ct-images
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Adam P Harrison, Ziyue Xu, David A Bluemke, Amir Pourmorteza, Daniel J Mollura
PURPOSE: We present a denoising algorithm designed for a whole-body prototype photon-counting computed tomography (PCCT) scanner with up to 4 energy thresholds and associated energy-binned images. METHODS: Spectral PCCT images can exhibit low signal to noise ratios (SNRs) due to the limited photon counts in each simultaneously-acquired energy bin. To help address this, our denoising method exploits the correlation and exact alignment between energy bins, adapting the highly-effective block-matching 3D (BM3D) denoising algorithm for PCCT...
March 23, 2017: Medical Physics
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