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Eildert Groeneveld, Helmut Lichtenberg
The fast development of high throughput genotyping has opened up new possibilities in genetics while at the same time producing considerable data handling issues. TheSNPpit is a database system for managing large amounts of multi panel SNP genotype data from any genotyping platform. With an increasing rate of genotyping in areas like animal and plant breeding as well as human genetics, already now hundreds of thousand of individuals need to be managed. While the common database design with one row per SNP can manage hundreds of samples this approach becomes progressively slower as the size of the data sets increase until it finally fails completely once tens or even hundreds of thousands of individuals need to be managed...
2016: PloS One
Raphael Kaplan, Daniel Bush, James A Bisby, Aidan J Horner, Sofie S Meyer, Neil Burgess
Hippocampal-medial prefrontal interactions are thought to play a crucial role in mental simulation. Notably, the frontal midline/medial pFC (mPFC) theta rhythm in humans has been linked to introspective thought and working memory. In parallel, theta rhythms have been proposed to coordinate processing in the medial temporal cortex, retrosplenial cortex (RSc), and parietal cortex during the movement of viewpoint in imagery, extending their association with physical movement in rodent models. Here, we used noninvasive whole-head MEG to investigate theta oscillatory power and phase-locking during the 18-sec postencoding delay period of a spatial working memory task, in which participants imagined previously learned object sequences either on a blank background (object maintenance), from a first-person viewpoint in a scene (static imagery), or moving along a path past the objects (dynamic imagery)...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
Yutaka Maeda, Yuya Takehana, Jing-Shuang Dang, Mitsuaki Suzuki, Michio Yamada, Shigeru Nagase
Alkylated SWNTs were thermally treated to determine the influence of the substituents and the degree of functionalization on their thermal stability and photoluminescence (PL) properties. Alkylated SWNTs were prepared using sodium naphthalenide and alkyl bromide. The defunctionalization of alkylated SWNTs was monitored by absorption and Raman spectra. A selective recovery of the characteristic absorption and RBM peaks were observed during the thermal treatment, which indicates that the thermal stability of alkylated SWNTs decreased with an increase in SWNT diameter and with an increase in the degree of functionalization...
October 24, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Junmin Zhang, Juan Yao, Shoujiao Peng, Xinming Li, Jianguo Fang
Thioredoxin reductase (TrxR) and thioredoxin (Trx) are two major components of the thioredoxin system, which plays essential roles in regulating cellular redox signaling. Mammalian TrxRs are essential seleno-flavoenzymes with a conserved penultimate selenocysteine (Sec) residue at the C-terminus, and have attracted considerable interests as promising targets for anticancer drugs. Securinine (SCR), a major active alkaloid lactone from the Chinese herbal medicine Securinega suffruticosa, has been established clinical success in treatment of neurological disorders...
October 21, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Imane El Sanharawi, Jean-Michel Correas, Ludivine Glas, Sophie Ferlicot, Vincent Izard, Béatrice Ducot, Marie-France Bellin, Gérard Benoît, Laurence Rocher
PURPOSE: To evaluate qualitative, semi-quantitative, and quantitative parameters obtained by dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE)-MRI for the characterization of histologically proven, non-palpable, incidentally found intratesticular tumors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From 2006 to 2014, we included men with non-palpable, incidentally found testicular tumors on ultrasound, normal tumoral marker levels,referred for surgery. DCE-MRI data were analyzed retrospectively and independently by two radiologists blinded to the histological diagnosis...
November 2016: European Journal of Radiology
Leticia Gomez-Sanchez, Luis Garcia-Ortiz, M Carmen Patino-Alonso, Jose I Recio-Rodriguez, Rigo Fernando, Ruth Marti, Cristina Agudo-Conde, Emiliano Rodriguez-Sanchez, Jose A Maderuelo-Fernandez, Rafel Ramos, Manuel A Gomez-Marcos
BACKGROUND: The cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI) and brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) can reflect both central and peripheral arterial stiffness. Metabolic syndrome (MetS) and its components may increase arterial stiffness and the risk of cardiovascular diseases. However, the correlation of MetS and its components with arterial stiffness is still not clear. The primary aim of this study is thus the relationship using baPWV and CAVI in Caucasian adults with intermediate cardiovascular risk...
October 24, 2016: Cardiovascular Diabetology
Duy Dao, S M A Salehizadeh, Yeon Noj, Jo Woon Chong, Chae Cho, Dave Mcmanus, Chad E Darling, Yitzhak Mendelson, Ki H Chon
Motion and noise artifacts (MNAs) impose limits on the usability of the photoplethysmogram (PPG), particularly in the context of ambulatory monitoring. MNAs can distort PPG, causing erroneous estimation of physiological parameters such as heart rate (HR) and arterial oxygen saturation (SpO2). In this study we present a novel approach, "TifMA," based on using the Time-frequency spectrum of PPG to first detect the MNA-corrupted data and next discard the non-usable part of the corrupted data. The term "non-usable" refers to segments of PPG data from which the HR signal cannot be recovered accurately...
October 21, 2016: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
Douglas Powell, Anburaj Muthumani, RuiPing Xia
OBJECTIVE: Quantify the effect of a continuous compared to discontinuous movement trajectory on parkinsonian rigidity and reflex responses to passive stretch and shortening. METHODS: Eighteen participants with Parkinson's disease (PD) performed passive wrist flexion and extension movements through a 90° range of motion at 50 °/sec using continuous (CONT) and discontinuous (DISC) movement trajectories. Participants were tested in both the OFF-MED and ON-MED states...
2016: Journal of Nature and Science
Sheila Fleischhacker, Gowri Ramachandran
This article briefly explains the food and nutrition implications of the new standards, tax penalties and reporting requirements for non-profit hospitals and healthcare systems to maintain a tax-exempt or charitable status under section 501(c)(3) of the Federal Internal Revenue Code set forth in The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148, Sec. 9007). The newly created 501(r) of the Internal Revenue Code requires, beginning with the first tax year on or after March 23, 2012, that such hospitals demonstrate community benefit by conducting a community health needs assessment (CHNA) at least once every three years and annually file information by means of a Schedule H (Form 990) regarding progress towards addressing identified needs...
July 2016: Nutrition Today
Yi Yong, Ammar Saleem, José A Guerrero-Analco, Pierre S Haddad, Alain Cuerrier, John T Arnason, Cory S Harris, Tim Johns
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Larix laricina, a native tree of North America, is a highly respected medicinal plant used for generations by Indigenous Peoples across its range, including the Cree of northern Québec who use the bark to treat symptoms of diabetes. This study investigates the antioxidant capacity and bioavailability of active constituents identified in L. laricina bark extracts. MATERIALS AND METHODS: (1) Oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) assay was employed to test antioxidant capacity of organic extracts (80% ethanol) from bark of L...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
A P Cádiz Bedini, S Muthmann, J Allgaier, K Bittkau, F Finger, R Carius
We report on a liquid hydridosilane precursor ink prepared via the ultrasonically induced ring-opening polymerisation of cyclopentasilane (Si5H10) without irradiation by ultraviolet light. The sonication is carried out in N2 atmosphere at temperatures between 20 and 75°C. We use size exclusion chromatography (SEC) to show polymer growth and estimate molecular mass with increasing sonication time. In combination with UV-vis transmission measurements, further SEC analysis is used to compare solutions subjected to either purely thermal or ultrasonic treatment at the same process temperature and for the same duration...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Beatriz Gomez Gomez, M Teresa Perez-Corona, Yolanda Madrid
Zinc bioaccessibility from infant formula was estimated by in vitro methods (solubility and dialyzability) and size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) coupled to inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Infant formula samples were first characterized in terms of Zn bound to lipids and proteins and Zn distribution in the aqueous soluble protein fraction. We found that Zn is not incorporated into the lipid fraction of the samples, being mainly associated with the protein fraction (around 100%). Fractionation of Zn-containing proteins in the soluble protein fraction was achieved by SEC-ICP-MS after performing protein extraction with a solution of 100 mM (pH 6...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Dairy Science
Ting Hu, Qilin Huang, Kahing Wong, Hong Yang
Four polysaccharide fractions, LRP-1, LRP-2, LRP-3 and LRP-4 were extracted stepwise from Lignosus rhinocerotis sclerotia with distilled water at 25, 95, 120°C and 1.0M NaOH solution at 4°C. Their structure, molecular size and chain conformation were clarified using SEC-MALLS-RI, GC, FT-IR and UV-VIS. Furthermore, their immunomodulatory activities were evaluated by the model of cyclophosphamide (Cy)-induced immunosuppression. The LRP-1 and LRP-2 were polysaccharide-protein complexes (46-68% β-D-glucan and 27-48% protein), while LRP-3 and LRP-4 were absolutely composed of β-D-glucose...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Roy M John, Sunil Kapur, Kenneth A Ellenbogen, Jayanthi N Koneru
BACKGROUND: Collateral damage has been reported with the use of the cryoballon for pulmonary vein isolation. OBJECTIVES: To determine the incidence and characteristics associated with atrioesophageal fistula (AEF) following the use of cryoballoon. METHODS: Cases of AEF reported with the cryoballoon since 2011 were collected from the MAUDE database, publications and the manufacturer's database. Lowest balloon temperatures were compared with matched control patients undergoing cryoballoon ablation without AEF formation...
October 18, 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
Stefan Reers, Tolga Agdirlioglu, Michael Kellner, Matthias Borowski, Holger Thiele, Johannes Waltenberger, Michael Reppel
BACKGROUND: Non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) such as dabigatran or rivaroxaban are alternatives to vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) for prevention of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and atrial flutter (AFL). Incidences of risk factors for left atrium (LA) and left atrial appendage (LAA) thrombus formation, such as dense spontaneous echo contrast (SEC), low LAA velocity (LAAV) <20 cm/s under treatment with dabigatran and rivaroxaban in comparison with VKAs are unknown...
October 21, 2016: European Journal of Medical Research
Suhitha Veeravelli, Bijan Najafi, Ivan Marin, Fernando Blumenkron, Shannon Smith, Stephen A Klotz
Approximately 1.2 million people in the United States live with HIV infection. Medical advancements have increased the life expectancy and this cohort is aging. HIV-positive individuals have a high incidence of frailty (~20%) characterized by depression and sedentary behavior. Exercise would be healthy, but due to the frail status of many HIV-positive individuals, conventional exercise is too taxing. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness and acceptability of a novel game-based training program (exergame) in ameliorating some aspects of frailty in HIV-infected individuals...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Michael D Witting, Siamak Moayedi, Kathy Dunning, Lisa S Babin, Brad M Cogan
BACKGROUND: After an index case of contrast-associated compartment syndrome, an urban hospital instituted a protocol limiting high-speed injection to intravenous (IV) lines started proximal to the forearm and testing those lines before contrast injection. OBJECTIVE: In this article, we estimate the safety and efficacy of high-speed injection using this protocol in patients with IV lines inserted under ultrasound guidance. METHODS: In an ambispective study, we enrolled prospective cohorts of ED patients requiring high-speed radiographic contrast media injection (≥3...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
J T Oberlerchner, P Vejdovszky, T Zweckmair, A Kindler, S Koch, T Rosenau, A Potthast
Degraded celluloses are becoming increasingly important as part of product streams coming from various biorefinery scenarios. Analysis of the molar mass distribution of such fractions is a challenge, since neither established methods for mono- or disaccharides nor common methods for polysaccharide characterization cover the intermediate oligomer range appropriately. Size exclusion chromatography (SEC) with multi-angle laser light scattering (MALLS), the standard approach for celluloses, suffers from decreased scattering intensities in the lower-molar mass range...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
Yong Fang, Zi Xu, Yi Shi, Fei Pei, Wenjian Yang, Ning Ma, Benard Muinde Kimatu, Kunlun Liu, Weifen Qiu, Qiuhui Hu
This study aimed to investigate the protection mechanism of Se-containing protein hydrolysates (SPH) from Se-enriched rice on Pb(2+)-induced apoptosis in PC12 and RAW264.7 cells. Results showed that SPHs could alleviate Pb(2+)-induced morphological changes of apoptosis and the loss of mitochondrial transmembrane potential in both cell types. Besides this, SPHs could significantly reduce the activation of caspase-3, -8, -9 induced by Pb(2+), reverse the Pb(2+)-induced upregulation of Bax and release of cytochrome C, and downregulate Bcl-2 in cells...
March 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Vincenza Granata, Roberta Fusco, Orlando Catalano, Benedetta Guarino, Francesco Granata, Fabiana Tatangelo, Antonio Avallone, Mauro Piccirillo, Raffaele Palaia, Francesco Izzo, Antonella Petrillo
PURPOSE: To assess the correlation between DWI diffusion parameters obtained using Intravoxel Incoherent Motion Method (IVIM) and histological grade of Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). RESULTS: According to Edmondson-Steiner grade lesions were classified with grade 1 (14), grade 2 (30), grade 3 (18), and grade 4 (0). Apparent Diffusion Coefficient (ADC), perfusion fraction (fp), tissue diffusion coefficient (Dt) median values were statistically different in HCC groups with 1, 2, 3 histological grade (p<0...
October 15, 2016: Oncotarget
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