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Bin Liang, Yongbao Li, Bo Liu, Fugen Zhou, Shouping Xu, Qiuwen Wu
PURPOSE: CyberKnife system is initially equipped with fixed circular cones for stereotactic radiosurgery. Two dose calculation algorithms, Ray-Tracing and Monte Carlo, are available in the supplied treatment planning system. A multileaf collimator system was recently introduced in the latest generation of system, capable of arbitrarily shaped treatment field. The purpose of this study is to develop a model based dose calculation algorithm to better handle the lateral scatter in an irregularly shaped small field for the CyberKnife system...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Ximin Zhu, Yongliang Cao, Lixiang Wei, Ping Cai, Haochen Xu, Haiyu Luo, Xiaofei Bai, Lu Lu, Jian-Ren Liu, Wenying Fan, Bing-Qiao Zhao
Spontaneous intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH) is the most devastating stroke subtype and has no proven treatment. von Willebrand factor (VWF) has recently been demonstrated to promote inflammation processes. The present study investigated the pathophysiological role of VWF after experimental ICH. Functional outcomes, brain edema, blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability, cerebral inflammation and levels of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) and matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) were measured in a mouse model of ICH induced by autologous blood injection...
October 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
Shuangxi Liu, Yan Gao, Xiaoli Yu, Baoming Zhao, Lu Liu, Yin Zhao, Zhenzhao Luo, Jing Shi
Annexin-1 (ANXA1) has shown neuroprotective effects and microglia play significant roles during central nervous system injury, yet the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. This study sought to determine whether ANXA1 regulates microglial response to oxygen-glucose deprivation/reperfusion (OGD/R) treatment and to clarify the downstream molecular mechanism. In rat hippocampal slices, OGD/R treatment enhanced the ANXA1 expression in neuron, the formyl peptide receptor (FPRs) expression in microglia, and the microglial activation in the CA1 region (cornu ammonis 1)...
October 22, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
He Ci, Andre van Graan, Gloria Gonzálvez, Pamela Thompson, Andrea Hill, John S Duncan
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to implement convenient, fast, and accurate Mandarin task paradigms for functional MRI, and to locate the Chinese language functional areas in frontal and temporal lobes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Nineteen healthy Chinese volunteers participated in this study, which utilized a block design with four language tasks: auditory naming (AN), picture naming (PN), verbal fluency-character (VFC), and verbal fluency-letter (VFL). All functional images were preprocessed by SPM 8, followed by first- and second-level analyses and lateralization index calculation...
October 2016: Brain and Behavior
Christen L Mumaw, Michael Surace, Shannon Levesque, Urmila P Kodavanti, Prasada Rao S Kodavanti, Joyce E Royland, Michelle L Block
Accumulating evidence suggests a deleterious role for urban air pollution in central nervous system (CNS) diseases and neurodevelopmental disorders. Microglia, the resident innate immune cells and sentinels in the brain, are a common source of neuroinflammation and are implicated in air pollution-induced CNS effects. While renewable energy, such as soy-based biofuel, is of increasing public interest, there is little information on how soy biofuel may affect the brain, especially in people with preexisting disease conditions...
October 21, 2016: Neurotoxicology
Maria Unwin, Leigh Kinsman, Scott Rigby
[Background] Emergency departments world-wide report service demands which exceed resource availability. Themes such as crowding, non-urgent presentations, ambulance diversion and access block have been linked to complications in care, poorer patient outcomes, increased morbidity and staff burnout. People attending the emergency department with problems perceived as non-urgent are frequently attributed blame for increased service demand, yet little is known from the patients' perspective. [Method] This project utilised a descriptive cross-sectional waiting room survey of non-urgent patients to identify factors contributing to their decision making process to access ED services at a regional hospital in Tasmania, Australia...
October 21, 2016: International Emergency Nursing
Kyle J Seamon, Namandje N Bumpus, James T Stivers
Sterile Alpha Motif and HD Domain Protein 1 (SAMHD1) is a unique enzyme that has important roles in nucleic acid metabolism, viral restriction, and the pathogenesis of autoimmune diseases and cancer. Although much attention has been focused on its dNTP triphosphohydrolase activity in viral restriction and disease, SAMHD1 also binds to single-stranded RNA and DNA. Here we utilize a UV crosslinking method using 5-bromodeoxyuridine-substituted oligonucleotides coupled with high-resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) to identify the binding site for single-stranded nucleic acids (ssNA) on SAMHD1...
October 24, 2016: Biochemistry
Cong Wang, Yibo Gao, Xinghua Gao, Hua Wang, Jingxuan Tian, Li Wang, Bingpu Zhou, Ziran Ye, Jun Wan, Weijia Wen
A highly efficient photochromic hydrogel was successfully fabricated via casting precursor, which is based on amorphous tungsten oxide and poly (ethylene oxide)-block-poly (propylene oxide)-block-poly (ethylene oxide). Under simulated solar illumination, the hydrogel has a rapid and controlled temperature increasing ratio as its coloration degree. Localized electrons in the amorphous tungsten oxide play a vital role in absorption over a broad range of wavelengths from 400 nm to 1100 nm, encompassing the entire visible light and infrared regions in the solar spectrum...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Mark N Wallace, Matthew J Cronin, Richard W Bowtell, Ian S Scott, Alan R Palmer, Penny A Gowland
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies of the auditory region of the temporal lobe would benefit from the availability of image contrast that allowed direct identification of the primary auditory cortex, as this region cannot be accurately located using gyral landmarks alone. Previous work has suggested that the primary area can be identified in magnetic resonance (MR) images because of its relatively high myelin content. However, MR images are also affected by the iron content of the tissue and in this study we sought to confirm that different MR image contrasts did correlate with the myelin content in the gray matter and were not primarily affected by iron content as is the case in the primary visual and somatosensory areas...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Javier Gonzalez-Castillo, Gang Chen, Thomas E Nichols, Peter A Bandettini
Here we report an exploratory within-subject variance decomposition analysis conducted on a task-based fMRI dataset with an unusually large number of repeated measures (i.e., 500 trials in each of three different subjects) distributed across 100 functional scans and 9 to 10 different sessions. Within-subject variance was segregated into four primary components: variance across-sessions, variance across-runs within a session, variance across-blocks within a run, and residual measurement/modeling error. Our results reveal inhomogeneous and distinct spatial distributions of these variance components across significantly active voxels in grey matter...
October 20, 2016: NeuroImage
Yuan Wang, Fuquan Chen, Man Zhao, Zhe Yang, Shuqin Zhang, Lihong Ye, Hongwei Gao, Xiaodong Zhang
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Aberrant expression of miR-107 is involved in the development of several human cancers. However, the role of miR-107 in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is not well documented. In the present study, we aim to explore the function of miR-107 in hepatocarcinogenesis. METHODS: Bioinformatics analysis was applied to predict the target genes of miR-107. Luciferase reporter gene assay was performed to verify the miR-107 binding sites in 3'-untranslated region (3'UTR) of high mobility group A2 (HMGA2) mRNA...
October 20, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Célia Jeronimo, Marie-France Langelier, Alain R Bataille, John M Pascal, B Franklin Pugh, François Robert
Mediator is a highly conserved transcriptional coactivator organized into four modules, namely Tail, Middle, Head, and Kinase (CKM). Previous work suggests regulatory roles for Tail and CKM, but an integrated model for these activities is lacking. Here, we analyzed the genome-wide distribution of Mediator subunits in wild-type and mutant yeast cells in which RNA polymerase II promoter escape is blocked, allowing detection of transient Mediator forms. We found that although all modules are recruited to upstream activated regions (UAS), assembly of Mediator within the pre-initiation complex is accompanied by the release of CKM...
October 18, 2016: Molecular Cell
Abhijeet B Shelke, Rajeev Menon, Anuj Kapadiya, Sachin Yalagudri, Daljeet Saggu, Sandeep Nair, C Narasimhan
OBJECTIVE: Alcohol septal ablation (ASA) is a therapeutic alternative to surgical myectomy in patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM). However, the anatomical variability of the septal branch, risk of complete heart block, and late onset ventricular arrhythmias are limitations to its therapeutic usage. There is recent interest in the use of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) as a therapeutic option in HOCM. We aimed to assess the safety and efficacy of RFCA in the treatment of symptomatic HOCM...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Michał Książkiewicz, Sandra Rychel, Matthew N Nelson, Katarzyna Wyrwa, Barbara Naganowska, Bogdan Wolko
BACKGROUND: The Arabidopsis FLOWERING LOCUS T (FT) gene, a member of the phosphatidylethanolamine binding protein (PEBP) family, is a major controller of flowering in response to photoperiod, vernalization and light quality. In legumes, FT evolved into three, functionally diversified clades, FTa, FTb and FTc. A milestone achievement in narrow-leafed lupin (Lupinus angustifolius L.) domestication was the loss of vernalization responsiveness at the Ku locus. Recently, one of two existing L...
October 21, 2016: BMC Genomics
Caitlin D Allen, A James Link
Lasso peptides exist naturally in a threaded state as [1]rotaxanes, and we reasoned that lasso peptides cleaved in their loop region could serve as building blocks for catenanes. Mutagenesis of the lasso peptide microcin J25 (MccJ25) with two cysteine residues followed by cleavage of the peptide with trypsin led to a [2]rotaxane structure that self-assembled into a [3]catenane and [4]catenanes at room temperature in aqueous solution. The [3]catenane represents the smallest ring size of a catenane composed solely of polypeptide segments...
October 21, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Natarajan Suganthy, Dicson Sheeja Malar, Kasi Pandima Devi
OBJECTIVE: Amyloid hypothesis states that endogenous β-amyloid peptides (Aβ), especially its aggregated oligomers and fibrils are the key pathogenic factors leading to Alzheimer's disease (AD). Therefore, inhibition of Aβ fibrillation rather than blocking its production is considered promising therapeutic intervention. Hence, the present study was carried out to assess the effect of methanolic leaf extract of R. mucronata (MERM) and its bioactive compound catechin on in vitro fibrillation of Aβ (25-35)...
October 21, 2016: Neurological Research
Abdul Akbar, Ananya Kuanar, Raj K Joshi, I S Sandeep, Sujata Mohanty, Pradeep K Naik, Antaryami Mishra, Sanghamitra Nayak
The drug yielding potential of turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) is largely due to the presence of phyto-constituent 'curcumin.' Curcumin has been found to possess a myriad of therapeutic activities ranging from anti-inflammatory to neuroprotective. Lack of requisite high curcumin containing genotypes and variation in the curcumin content of turmeric at different agro climatic regions are the major stumbling blocks in commercial production of turmeric. Curcumin content of turmeric is greatly influenced by environmental factors...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Thomas Günther Lesser, Carsten Boltze, Harald Schubert, Frank Wolfram
Background: In recent years, high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) has gained increasing clinical interest as a non-invasive method for local therapy of liver malignancies. HIFU treatment of tumours and metastases in the liver dome is limited due to the adjacent ultrasound blocking lung. One-lung flooding (OLF) enables complete sonography of lung and adjoining organs including liver. HIFU liver ablation passing through the flooded lung could enable a direct intercostal beam path and thus improve dose deposition in liver...
2016: International Journal of Medical Sciences
Paul R Territo, Jill A Meyer, Jonathan S Peters, Amanda A Riley, Brian P McCarthy, Mingzhang Gao, Min Wang, Mark A Green, Qi-Huang Zheng, Gary D Hutchins
BACKGROUND: The P2X7 receptor represents a novel molecular target for imaging neuroinflammation via PET. GSK1482160, a potent P2X7 receptor antagonist, has high receptor affinity, blood-brain barrier penetration, and has been recently radiolabel ((11)C-GSK1482160). Therefore, we report the initial physical and biological characterization of this novel ligand. METHODS: (11)C-GSK1482160 synthesis was according to published methods. Cell density studies were performed in human embryonic kidney cell lines expressing human P2X7 receptors (HEK293-hP2X7R) and analyzed by western blot analysis, immuno-fluorescence assay (IFA), and radiologic-immunohistochemistry (RIHC) using P2X7R polyclonal antibodies...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Astrid Escudero-Esparza, Michael Bartoschek, Chrysostomi Gialeli, Marcin Okroj, Sioned Owen, Karin Jirström, Akira Orimo, Wen G Jiang, Kristian Pietras, Anna M Blom
Human CUB and Sushi multiple domains 1 (CSMD1) is a membrane-bound complement inhibitor suggested to act as a putative tumor suppressor gene, since allelic loss of this region encompassing 8p23 including CSMD1 characterizes various malignancies. Here, we assessed the role of CSMD1 as a tumor suppressor gene in the development of breast cancer in vitro and in vivo. We found that human breast tumor tissues expressed CSMD1 at lower levels compared to that in normal mammary tissues. The decreased expression of CSMD1 was linked to a shorter overall survival of breast cancer patients...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
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