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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647899/value-of-contrast-enhanced-mri-in-the-differentiation-between-nasopharyngeal-lymphoid-hyperplasia-and-t1-stage-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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Ming-Liang Wang, Xiao-Er Wei, Meng-Meng Yu, Wen-Bin Li
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the value of contrast-enhanced MRI in differentiation between benign nasopharyngeal lymphoid hyperplasia (NPLH) and T1 stage nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). METHODS: Eighty-six NPLH patients and 38 T1 stage NPC patients who underwent a contrast-enhanced MRI and an endoscopic biopsy were included. The patients' symptoms and MRI features of nasopharyngeal mucosal thickening like location, symmetry, nasopharyngeal bubble, superficial mucus, nasopharyngeal retention cysts, serrated protrusions, contrast-enhancement type were documented...
June 24, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647827/association-between-cd4-viral-load-and-pulmonary-function-in-hiv
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Marjan Islam, Navitha Ramesh, Samuel Kolman, Sanjana Koshy, Matthew Frank, Nadim Salomon, Albert Miller, Mary Harris
PURPOSE: The antiretroviral therapy era has shifted the epidemiology of HIV-associated diseases, increasing the recognition of non-infectious pulmonary complications secondary to HIV. We aimed to determine the association between CD4(+), viral load, and pulmonary function in individuals with uncontrolled HIV, and determine how changes in these parameters are associated with pulmonary function longitudinally. METHODS: This is a retrospective observational study of individuals with HIV who underwent pulmonary function testing in an urban medical center between August 1997 and November 2015...
June 24, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647826/numerical-simulation-of-a-glucose-sensitive-composite-membrane-closed-loop-insulin-delivery-system
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Shashi Bajaj Mukherjee, Debabrata Datta, Soumyendu Raha, Debnath Pal
Closed-loop insulin delivery system works on pH modulation by gluconic acid production from glucose, which in turn allows regulation of insulin release across membrane. Typically, the concentration variation of gluconic acid can be numerically modeled by a set of non-linear, non-steady state reaction diffusion equations. Here, we report a simpler numerical approach to time and position dependent diffusivity of species using finite difference and differential quadrature (DQ) method. The results are comparable to that obtained by analytical method...
June 24, 2017: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647772/diseases-of-the-esophagus-a-pattern-approach
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Marc S Levine, Stephen E Rubesin
The esophagus may be involved by a variety of morphologic abnormalities, including nodules and plaques, ulceration, distal esophageal strictures and rings, upper or midesophageal strictures, and diffuse narrowing (also known as a small-caliber esophagus). The use of a pattern approach for evaluating esophageal disease on barium studies facilitates diagnosis of a host of pathologic conditions associated with these morphologic abnormalities. This article therefore presents an approach for diagnosing esophageal disease on barium studies that emphasizes the radiographic and clinical features used to differentiate the underlying causes of disease and the diagnostic pitfalls associated with performing and interpreting these studies...
June 24, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647756/role-of-coronal-high-resolution-diffusion-weighted-imaging-in-acute-optic-neuritis-a-comparison-with-axial-orientation
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Ping Lu, Yan Sha, Hailin Wan, Feng Wang, Guohong Tian
PURPOSE: Through a comparison with the axial orientation, we aimed to evaluate the role of coronal high-resolution diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in acute optic neuritis based on diagnostic accuracy and the reproducibility of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) measurements. METHODS: Orbital DWI, using readout-segmented, parallel imaging, and 2D navigator-based reacquisition (RESOLVE-DWI), was performed on 49 patients with acute vision loss. The coronal (thickness = 3 mm) and axial (thickness = 2 mm) diffusion images were evaluated by two neuroradiologists retrospectively...
June 24, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647657/distribution-and-network-of-basal-temporal-language-areas-a-study-of-the-combination-of-electric-cortical-stimulation-and-diffusion-tensor-imaging
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Rei Enatsu, Aya Kanno, Satoshi Ookawa, Satoko Ochi, Sumio Ishiai, Takashi Nagamine, Nobuhiro Mikuni
OBJECTIVE: The basal temporal language area (BTLA) is considered to have several functions in language processing; however, its brain network is still unknown. This study investigated the distribution and networks of the BTLA using a combination of electric cortical stimulation and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). METHOD: Ten patients with intractable focal epilepsy who underwent presurgical evaluation with subdural electrodes were enrolled in this study (language dominant side: six patients, language non-dominant side: four patients)...
June 21, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647572/adsorption-of-solophenyl-red-3bl-polyazo-dye-onto-amine-functionalized-mesoporous-carbons
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Joanna Goscianska, Nady A Fathy, Reham M M Aboelenin
Mesoporous carbon of cubic structure was functionalized with ethylamine, ethylenediamine, diethylenetriamine and triethylenetetramine at 40°C for 8h. The mesostructure and textural parameters of the new materials were determined by X-ray diffraction and low-temperature nitrogen sorption techniques. The functional groups present on the surface of the samples were identified by FT-IR and thermogravimetric studies. Functionalization of the mesoporous carbon led to reduction of the surface area and pore volume as well as to an increase in the mean pore diameter...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647426/age-related-changes-in-structural-connectivity-are-improved-using-subject-specific-thresholding
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Corinna M Bauer, Lauren E Zajac, Bang-Bon Koo, Ronald J Killiany, Lotfi B Merabet
BACKGROUND: Deterministic diffusion tractography obtained from high angular resolution diffusion imaging (HARDI) requires user-defined quantitative anisotropy (QA) thresholds. Most studies employ a common threshold across all subjects even though there is a strong degree of individual variation within groups. We sought to explore whether it would be beneficial to use individual thresholds in order to accommodate individual variance. To do this, we conducted two independent experiments...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647399/quantitative-imaging-outperforms-molecular-markers-when-predicting-response-to-chemoradiotherapy-for-rectal-cancer
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Ines Joye, Annelies Debucquoy, Christophe M Deroose, Vincent Vandecaveye, Eric Van Cutsem, Albert Wolthuis, André D'Hoore, Xavier Sagaert, Mu Zhou, Olivier Gevaert, Karin Haustermans
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To explore the integration of imaging and molecular data for response prediction to chemoradiotherapy (CRT) for rectal cancer. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Eighty-five rectal cancer patients underwent preoperative CRT. (18)F-FDG PET/CT and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) were acquired before (TP1) and during CRT (TP2) and prior to surgery (TP3). Inflammatory cytokines and gene expression were analysed. Tumour response was defined as ypT0-1N0. Multivariate models were built combining the obtained parameters...
June 21, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647357/biophysical-characterization-of-histone-h3-3-k27%C3%A2-m-point-mutation
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Szabolcs Hetey, Beáta Boros-Oláh, Tímea Kuik-Rózsa, Qiuzhen Li, Zsolt Karányi, Zoltán Szabó, Jason Roszik, Nikoletta Szalóki, György Vámosi, Katalin Tóth, Lóránt Székvölgyi
Lysine 27 to methionine (K27 M) mutation of the histone variant H3.3 drives the formation of an aggressive glioblastoma multiforme tumor in infants. Here we analyzed how the methionine substitution alters the stability of H3.3 nucleosomes in vitro and modifies its kinetic properties in live cells. We also determined whether the presence of mutant nucleosomes perturbed the mobility of the PRC2 subunit Ezh2 (enhancer-of-zeste homolog 2). We found that K27 M nucleosomes maintained the wild-type molecular architecture both at the level of bulk histones and single nucleosomes and followed similar diffusion kinetics to wild-type histones in live cells...
June 21, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647268/adsorption-of-ca-2-on-single-layer-graphene-oxide
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Amalia Terracciano, Jianfeng Zhang, Christos Christodoulatos, Fengchang Wu, Xiaoguang Meng
Graphene oxide (GO) holds great promise for a broad array of applications in many fields, but also poses serious potential risks to human health and the environment. In this study, the adsorptive properties of GO toward Ca(2+) and Na(+) were investigated using batch adsorption experiments, zeta potential measurements, and spectroscopic analysis. When pH increased from 4 to 9, Ca(2+) adsorption by GO and the zeta potential of GO increased significantly. Raman spectra suggest that Ca(2+) was strongly adsorbed on the GO via -COOCa(+) formation...
July 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647251/pet-modified-red-mud-as-catalysts-for-oxidative-desulfurization-reactions
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Nayara T do Prado, Ana P Heitmann, Herman S Mansur, Alexandra A Mansur, Luiz C A Oliveira, Cinthia S de Castro
This work describes the synthesis of catalysts based on red mud/polyethylene terephthalate (PET) composites and their subsequent heat treatment under N2 atmosphere. The materials were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), temperature programmed reduction (TPR), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermogravimetric (TG) analysis and N2 adsorption/desorption. The catalysts were evaluated in the oxidative desulfurization reaction of dibenzothiophene (DBT) in a biphasic system...
July 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647061/vesicle-fusion-mediated-by-solanesol-anchored-dna
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Kristina M Flavier, Steven G Boxer
Fusion between two lipid bilayers is one of the central processes in cell biology, playing a key role in endocytosis, exocytosis, and vesicle transport. We have previously developed a model system that uses the hybridization of complementary DNA strands to model the formation of the SNARE four-helix bundle that mediates synaptic vesicle fusion and used it to study vesicle fusion to a tethered lipid bilayer. Using single vesicle assays, 70% of observed fusion events in the DNA-lipid system are arrested at the hemifusion stage, whereas only 5% eventually go to full fusion...
June 21, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646767/enhanced-photodegradation-of-2-4-dichlorophenoxyacetic-acid-using-a-novel-tio2-mgfe2o4-core-shell-structure
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Bui The Huy, Da-Som Jung, Nguyen Thi Kim Phuong, Yong-Ill Lee
A novel TiO2@MgO-Fe2O3 core-shell structure has been synthesized via a hydrolysis and co-precipitation method followed by calcination at 500 °C and has proven to be an efficient photocatalyst. The obtained TiO2@MgO-Fe2O3 core-shell was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and UV-Vis diffused reflectance techniques. Its photocatalytic activity toward 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) was investigated in aqueous solutions with and without visible light irradiation in the presence and absence of hydrogen peroxide...
June 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646751/an-attentional-drift-diffusion-model-over-binary-attribute-choice
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Geoffrey Fisher
In order to make good decisions, individuals need to identify and properly integrate information about various attributes associated with a choice. Since choices are often complex and made rapidly, they are typically affected by contextual variables that are thought to influence how much attention is paid to different attributes. I propose a modification of the attentional drift-diffusion model, the binary-attribute attentional drift diffusion model (baDDM), which describes the choice process over simple binary-attribute choices and how it is affected by fluctuations in visual attention...
June 21, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646748/the-influence-of-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-upon-the-adsorption-of-organic-matter-on-magnetic-powdered-activated-carbon
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Kim Maren Lompe, David Menard, Benoit Barbeau
Combining powdered activated carbon (PAC) with magnetic iron oxides has been proposed in the past to produce adsorbents for natural organic matter (NOM) removal that can be easily separated using a magnetic field. However, the trade-off between the iron oxides' benefits and the reduced carbon content, porosity, and surface area has not yet been investigated systematically. We produced 3 magnetic powdered activated carbons (MPAC) with mass fractions of 10%, 38% and 54% maghemite nanoparticles and compared them to bare PAC and pure nanoparticles with respect to NOM adsorption kinetics and isotherms...
June 17, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646474/correlation-between-braf-v600e-mutation-and-clinicopathological-features-in-pediatric-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma
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Jiangqiao Geng, Huanmin Wang, Yuanhu Liu, Jun Tai, Yaqiong Jin, Jie Zhang, Lejian He, Libing Fu, Hong Qin, Yingluan Song, Jinzhu Su, Aiying Zhang, Xin Wen, Yongli Guo, Xin Ni
In adults, the presence of the BRAF (V600E) mutation in papillary thyroid cancer (PTC) has been demonstrated to be strongly associated with aggressive cancer-cell characteristics and poor patient prognosis. In contrast, the frequency of this mutation in pediatric PTC has undergone limited study, and the few available estimates range from 0 to 63%. Furthermore, the role of the BRAF (V600E) mutation in pediatric PTC is controversial; thus, the present study aimed to investigate the prevalence and role of the BRAF (V600E) mutation in 48 pediatric patients with PTC, aged 3-13 years...
June 15, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646414/dynamic-meso-scale-anchorage-of-gpi-anchored-receptors-in-the-plasma-membrane-prion-protein-vs-thy1
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Yuri L Nemoto, Roger J Morris, Hiroko Hijikata, Taka A Tsunoyama, Akihiro C E Shibata, Rinshi S Kasai, Akihiro Kusumi, Takahiro K Fujiwara
The central mechanism for the transmission of the prion protein misfolding is the structural conversion of the normal cellular prion protein to the pathogenic misfolded prion protein, by the interaction with misfolded prion protein. This process might be enhanced due to the homo-dimerization/oligomerization of normal prion protein. However, the behaviors of normal prion protein in the plasma membrane have remained largely unknown. Here, using single fluorescent-molecule imaging, we found that both prion protein and Thy1, a control glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored protein, exhibited very similar intermittent transient immobilizations lasting for a few seconds within an area of 24...
June 24, 2017: Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646350/abnormal-rich-club-organization-associated-with-compromised-cognitive-function-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-and-their-unaffected-parents
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Xin Zhao, Lin Tian, Jun Yan, Weihua Yue, Hao Yan, Dai Zhang
Schizophrenia is considered to be a disorder of brain connectivity, which might result from a disproportionally impaired rich-club organization. The rich-club is composed of highly interconnected hub regions that play crucial roles in integrating information between different brain regions. Few studies have yet investigated whether the structural rich-club organization is impaired in patients and their first-degree relatives. In this study, we established a weighted network model of white matter connections using diffusion tensor imaging of 19 patients and 39 unaffected parents, 22 young healthy controls for the patients, and 25 old healthy controls for the parents...
June 23, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646241/never-forget-a-name-white-matter-connectivity-predicts-person-memory
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Athanasia Metoki, Kylie H Alm, Yin Wang, Chi T Ngo, Ingrid R Olson
Through learning and practice, we can acquire numerous skills, ranging from the simple (whistling) to the complex (memorizing operettas in a foreign language). It has been proposed that complex learning requires a network of brain regions that interact with one another via white matter pathways. One candidate white matter pathway, the uncinate fasciculus (UF), has exhibited mixed results for this hypothesis: some studies have shown UF involvement across a range of memory tasks, while other studies report null results...
June 23, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
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