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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644804/global-time-delay-estimation-in-ultrasound-elastography
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Hoda S Hashemi, Hassan Rivaz
A critical step in quasi-static ultrasound elastography is estimation of time-delay between two frames of radiofrequency (RF) data that are obtained while the tissue is undergoing deformation. This paper presents a novel technique for timedelay estimation (TDE) of all samples of RF data simultaneously, thereby exploiting all the information in RF data for TDE. A nonlinear cost function that incorporates similarity of RF data intensity and prior information of displacement continuity is formulated. Optimization of this function involves searching for TDE of all samples of the RF data, rendering the optimization intractable with conventional techniques given that the number of variables can be approximately one million...
June 21, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622332/comparison-of-monocyte-gene-expression-among-patients-with-neurocysticercosis-associated-epilepsy-idiopathic-epilepsy-and-idiopathic-headaches-in-india
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Vasudevan Prabhakaran, Douglas A Drevets, Govindan Ramajayam, Josephine J Manoj, Michael P Anderson, Jay S Hanas, Vedantam Rajshekhar, Anna Oommen, Hélène Carabin
BACKGROUND: Neurocysticercosis (NCC), a neglected tropical disease, inflicts substantial health and economic costs on people living in endemic areas such as India. Nevertheless, accurate diagnosis using brain imaging remains poorly accessible and too costly in endemic countries. The goal of this study was to test if blood monocyte gene expression could distinguish patients with NCC-associated epilepsy, from NCC-negative imaging lesion-free patients presenting with idiopathic epilepsy or idiopathic headaches...
June 16, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621422/a-new-role-of-the-membrane-type-matrix-metalloproteinase-16-mmp16-mt3-mmp-in-neural-crest-cell-migration
#3
Lee Roth, Rotem Kalev-Altman, Efrat Monsonego-Ornan, Dalit Sela-Donenfeld
Neural crest cells (NCCs) are a transient population of neuroectodermal-originated cells that populate the dorsal neural tube (dNT), before migrating and giving rise to multiple cell lineages in the developing embryo. Prior to their migration, NCCs undergo epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition (EMT) through which they lose cell contacts and detach from the dNT to invade their surrounding environment. Multiple signals and transcription factors have been identified to regulate these events. Yet, less is known regarding effectors that act downstream to execute the actual NCC separation and migration...
2017: International Journal of Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606690/antiparasitic-treatment-of-neurocysticercosis-the-effect-of-cyst-destruction-in-seizure-evolution
#4
REVIEW
Hector H Garcia, Oscar H Del Brutto
Antiparasitic agents against Taenia solium cysticercosis have been in use since 1979, although its use has been questioned on the basis that cysts would die naturally and thus treatment-induced inflammation is unnecessary. In addition, isolated reports have also questioned whether neurocysticercosis (NCC) is a cause of epilepsy. After more than three and a half decades, a large body of evidence is available. Little if any doubt exists about NCC as a cause of seizures - NCC is consistently associated with seizures when appropriate groups are compared, and in a large subset of cases, seizure semiology correlates with the anatomical location of lesions...
June 9, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602983/box-behnken-design-for-extraction-optimization-of-crude-polysaccharides-from-tunisian-phormidium-versicolor-cyanobacteria-ncc-466-partial-characterization-in-vitro-antioxidant-and-antimicrobial-activities
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Dalel Belhaj, Donyez Frikha, Khaled Athmouni, Bouthaina Jerbi, Mohammad Boshir Ahmed, Zouhaier Bouallagui, Monem Kallel, Sami Maalej, John Zhou, Habib Ayadi
In this study, response surface methodology (RSM) based on Box-Behnken design (BBD) was employed to optimize the aqueous extraction of crude polysaccharides from Tunisian cyanobacteria Phormidium versicolor (NCC 466). The optimal extraction conditions with an extraction yield of 21.56±0.92% were as follows: extraction temperature at 81.05°C, extraction time of 3.99h, and water to raw material ratio of 21.52mLg(-1). Crude Phormidium versicolor polysaccharides (CPv-PS) are found to be a hetero-sulfated-anionic polysaccharides that contained carbohydrate (79...
June 8, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600880/klotho-lacks-a-fgf23-independent-role-in-mineral-homeostasis
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Olena Andrukhova, Jessica Bayer, Christiane Schüler, Ute Zeitz, Sathish K Murali, Sibel Ada, Jose M Alvarez-Pez, Alina Smorodchenko, Reinhold G Erben
Fibroblast growth factor-23 (FGF23) is a bone-derived hormone regulating vitamin D hormone production and renal handling of minerals by signaling through a FGF receptor/αKlotho (Klotho) receptor complex. Whether Klotho has FGF23-independent effects on mineral homeostasis is a controversial issue. Here, we aimed to shed more light on this controversy by comparing male and female triple knockout mice with simultaneous deficiency in Fgf23 and Klotho and a nonfunctioning vitamin D receptor (VDR) (Fgf23/Klotho/VDR) with double (Fgf23/VDR, Klotho/VDR, and Fgf23/Klotho) and single Fgf23, Klotho and VDR mutants...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591836/focal-cortical-anomalies-and-language-impairment-in-16p11-2-deletion-and-duplication-syndrome
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Karen Blackmon, Thomas Thesen, Sophie Green, Emma Ben-Avi, Xiuyuan Wang, Benjamin Fuchs, Ruben Kuzniecky, Orrin Devinsky
Individuals with copy number variants (CNV) in the 16p11.2 chromosomal region are at high risk for language disorders. We investigate whether the extent and location of focal cortical anomalies are associated with language impairment in individuals with 16p11.2 CNVs. High-resolution T1-weighted MRI scans from 30 16p11.2 deletion (16p-del), 25 16p11.2 duplication (16p-dup), and 90 noncarrier controls (NCC) were analyzed to derive personalized cortical anomaly maps through single-case cortical thickness (CT) comparison to age-matched normative samples...
June 7, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588014/different-approaches-for-catheter-ablation-of-para-hisian-accessory-pathways-implications-for-mapping-and-ablation
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Ming Liang, Zulu Wang, Yanchun Liang, Guitang Yang, Zhiqing Jin, Mingyu Sun, Yaling Han
BACKGROUND: Catheter ablation of para-Hisian accessory pathways (APs) can be challenging because of adjacent conduction tissue. Some different approaches for ablation, including the inferior vena cava approach (IVC-A), the noncoronary cusp approach (NCC-A), or the superior vena cava approach (SVC-A), have been reported. However, when should para-Hisian APs be mapped and ablated by the IVC-A, NCC-A, or SVC-A is not well established. METHODS AND RESULTS: This study included 55 consecutive patients (mean age, 53±11 years, 36 males) with para-Hisian APs...
June 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587598/methodologic-considerations-in-the-design-and-analysis-of-nested-case-control-studies-association-between-cytokines-and-postoperative-delirium
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Long H Ngo, Sharon K Inouye, Richard N Jones, Thomas G Travison, Towia A Libermann, Simon T Dillon, George A Kuchel, Sarinnapha M Vasunilashorn, David C Alsop, Edward R Marcantonio
BACKGROUND: The nested case-control study (NCC) design within a prospective cohort study is used when outcome data are available for all subjects, but the exposure of interest has not been collected, and is difficult or prohibitively expensive to obtain for all subjects. A NCC analysis with good matching procedures yields estimates that are as efficient and unbiased as estimates from the full cohort study. We present methodological considerations in a matched NCC design and analysis, which include the choice of match algorithms, analysis methods to evaluate the association of exposures of interest with outcomes, and consideration of overmatching...
June 6, 2017: BMC Medical Research Methodology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577072/regulation-of-renal-na-k-cl-cotransporters-by-vasopressin
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REVIEW
Sebastian Bachmann, Kerim Mutig
Vasopressin (AVP) induces antidiuresis, thus playing an essential role in body water and electrolyte homeostasis. Its antidiuretic effects are mediated chiefly by V2 vasopressin receptors (V2R) expressed along the distal nephron and collecting duct epithelia. NaCl reabsorption in the distal nephron, which includes the thick ascending limb (TAL) and distal convoluted tubule (DCT), largely depends on the activity of two structurally related Na-(K)-Cl cotransporters, NKCC2 in TAL and NCC in DCT. AVP-induced activation of these transporters contributes to urine concentration and renal electrolyte reabsorption...
June 2, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575043/radiological-evolution-of-porcine-neurocysticercosis-after-combined-antiparasitic-treatment-with-praziquantel-and-albendazole
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Carla Cangalaya, Javier A Bustos, Juan Calcina, Ana Vargas-Calla, Javier Mamani, Diego Suarez, Gianfranco Arroyo, Armando E Gonzalez, Juan Chacaltana, Cristina Guerra-Giraldez, Siddhartha Mahanty, Theodore E Nash, Héctor H García
BACKGROUND: The onset of anthelmintic treatment of neurocysticercosis (NCC) provokes an acute immune response of the host, which in human cases is associated with exacerbation of neurological symptoms. This inflammation can occur at the first days of therapy. So, changes in the brain cysts appearance may be detected by medical imaging. We evaluated radiological changes in the appearance of brain cysts (enhancement and size) on days two and five after the onset of antiparasitic treatment using naturally infected pigs as a model for human NCC...
June 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569501/protonated-mil-125-nh2-remarkable-adsorbent-for-the-removal-of-quinoline-and-indole-from-liquid-fuel
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Imteaz Ahmed, Nazmul Abedin Khan, Ji Woong Yoon, Jong-San Chang, Sung Hwa Jhung
The removal of nitrogen-containing compounds (NCCs) from fossil fuels prior to combustion is currently of particular importance, and so we investigated an adsorptive method using metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) for the removal of indole (IND) and quinoline (QUI), which are two of the main NCCs present in fossil fuels. We herein employed an amino (-NH2)-functionalized MIL-125 (MIL-125-NH2) MOF, which was further modified by protonation (P-MIL-125-NH2). These modified MOFs exhibited extraordinary performance in the adsorption of both IND (as representative neutral NCC) and QUI (as representative basic NCC)...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567665/severe-hyperkalemia-is-rescued-by-low-potassium-diet-in-renal-%C3%AE-enac-deficient-mice
#13
Emilie Boscardin, Romain Perrier, Chloé Sergi, Marc Maillard, Johannes Loffing, Dominique Loffing-Cueni, Robert Koesters, Bernard Claude Rossier, Edith Hummler
In adulthood, an induced nephron-specific deficiency of αENaC (Scnn1a) resulted in pseudohypoaldosteronism type 1 (PHA-1) with sodium loss, hyperkalemia, and metabolic acidosis that is rescued through high-sodium/low-potassium (HNa(+)/LK(+)) diet. In the present study, we addressed whether renal βENaC expression is required for sodium and potassium balance or can be compensated by remaining (α and γ) ENaC subunits using adult nephron-specific knockout (Scnn1b(Pax8/LC1)) mice. Upon induction, these mice present a severe PHA-1 phenotype with weight loss, hyperkalemia, and dehydration, but unlike the Scnn1a(Pax8/LC1) mice without persistent salt wasting...
May 31, 2017: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566500/gender-difference-in-electrolyte-transport-i-role-of-at1a-receptor-in-thiazide-sensitive-na-cl-cotransporter-activity-and-expression-in-male-and-female-mice
#14
Jing Li, Ryo Hatano, Shuhua Xu, Laxiang Wan, Lei Yang, Alan M Weinstein, Lawrence G Palmer, Tong Wang
We studied gender differences in NCC activity and expression in wild-type (WT) and AT1a receptor knockout (KO) mice. In renal clearance experiments, urine volume (UV), GFR, absolute Na and K (ENa; EK) and fractional Na and K (FENa; FEK) excretion were measured and compared at peak changes after bolus iv injection of hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ; 30mg/kg). In WT, females responded more strongly than males to HCTZ, with larger fractional increases of UV (7.8- vs. 3.4-fold), ENa (11.7- vs. 5.7-fold), FENa (7.9-vs...
May 31, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566208/development-of-wnk-signaling-inhibitors-as-a-new-class-of-antihypertensive-drugs
#15
Mari Ishigami-Yuasa, Yuko Watanabe, Takayasu Mori, Hiroyuki Masuno, Shinya Fujii, Eriko Kikuchi, Shinichi Uchida, Hiroyuki Kagechika
Pseudohypoaldosteronism type II (PHAII) is characterized by hyperkalemia and hypertension despite a normal glomerular filtration rate. Abnormal activation of the signal cascade of with-no-lysine kinase (WNK) with OSR1 (oxidative stress-responsive kinase 1)/SPAK (STE20/SPS1-related proline/alanine-rich kinase) and NCC (NaCl cotransporter) results in characteristic salt-sensitive hypertension. Thus, inhibitors of the WNK-OSR1/SPAK-NCC cascade are candidates for a new class of antihypertensive drugs. In this study, we developed novel inhibitors of this signal cascade from the 9-aminoacridine lead compound 1, one of the hit compounds obtained by screening our chemical library for WNK-SPAK binding inhibitors...
July 15, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554797/juxtaposing-the-real-time-unfolding-of-subjective-experience-and-erp-neuromarker-dynamics
#16
Renate Rutiku, Talis Bachmann
Electroencephalographic (EEG) potentials have remained a valuable source of data and theories concerning neural correlates of consciousness (NCC). The EEG based methods are far from being exhausted and are continually valuable in the quest for the markers of NCC. To set the background for the research presented in this issue, we review the published work on EEG-based markers of NCC. The article is organized according to the principle of the time-course aspect of brain potentials with regard to the stimuli for which subject's awareness is experimentally measured and/or manipulated...
May 26, 2017: Consciousness and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552103/needs-of-exploring-the-burden-of-recent-onset-seizures-due-to-neurocysticercosis-and-challenges-in-southeast-asia-focusing-on-scenario-in-malaysia
#17
REVIEW
Priyadarshi S Sahu, Yvonne A L Lim, Rohela Mahmud, Sushela D Somanath, Chong T Tan, C P Ramachandran
Seizures due to neurocysticercosis (NCC) is a neglected human-to-human transmitted disorder and an emerging problem worldwide. A substantial portion of recent onset seizures is known to be attributed to NCC in Taenia solium (T. solium) endemic areas where populations which neither raise pigs nor eat pig meat are also at risk. High prevalence of NCC causing epilepsy has been reported in the underdeveloped areas of Southeast Asia (SEA) however, only fragmentary information on its incidence is available in countries like Malaysia...
April 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541636/survival-outcomes-after-extensive-cytoreductive-surgery-and-selective-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-according-to-institutional-criteria-in-bulky-stage-iiic-and-iv-epithelial-ovarian-cancer
#18
Myong Cheol Lim, Heong Jong Yoo, Yong Jung Song, Sang Soo Seo, Sokbom Kang, Sun Ho Kim, Chong Woo Yoo, Sang Yoon Park
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the survival outcomes in patients with bulky stage IIIC and IV ovarian cancer, treated by primary debulking surgery (PDS) and selective use of neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) according to institutional criteria. METHODS: Medical records for advanced ovarian cancer patients who were treated at National Cancer Center (NCC) between December 2000 and March 2009 were retrospectively reviewed in the comprehensive cancer center. Bulky stage IIIC and IV ovarian cancer cases were included...
July 2017: Journal of Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526213/epidemiology-of-neurocysticercosis-and-epilepsy-is-everything-described
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REVIEW
Jose F Tellez-Zenteno, Lizbeth Hernandez-Ronquillo
In recent years clinical and epidemiological research on cysticercosis has gained significant interest in some countries, especially in Latin American countries and some countries in Asia and Africa. For many years it has been proposed that the higher prevalence of epilepsy seen in some regions such as Latin-America could be explained by parasitic infections, particularly neurocysticercosis (NCC). In this review we discussed selected epidemiological topics of the association of NCC and epilepsy, such as global distribution around the world, identification of NCC in developed countries, drug resistant epilepsy and NCC...
May 16, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522431/wnk1-and-p38-mapk-distribution-in-ionocytes-and-accessory-cells-of-euryhaline-teleost-fish-implies-ionoregulatory-function
#20
W S Marshall, R R F Cozzi, M Spieker
Ionocytes of euryhaline teleost fish secrete NaCl, under regulation by serine and threonine kinases, including with-no-lysine kinase (WNK1) and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK). Mummichogs (Fundulus heteroclitus L.) were acclimated to freshwater (FW), full strength seawater (SW) and hypersaline conditions (2SW). Immunocytochemistry of ionocytes in opercular epithelia of fish acclimated to SW and 2SW revealed that WNK1-anti-pT58 phosphoantibody localized strongly to accessory cells and was present in the cytosol of ionocytes close to, cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) in the apical membrane and sodium, potassium, 2 chloride cotransporter (NKCC) in basolateral membrane...
May 18, 2017: Biology Open
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