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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339772/heterologous-desensitization-of-cardiac-%C3%AE-adrenergic-signal-via-hormone-induced-%C3%AE-ar-arrestin-pde4-complexes
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Qian Shi, Minghui Li, Delphine Mika, Qin Fu, Sungjin Kim, Jason Phan, Ao Shen, Gregoire Vandecasteele, Yang K Xiang
Aims: Cardiac β-adrenergic receptor (βAR) signaling is susceptible to heterologous desensitization by different neurohormonal stimuli in clinical conditions associated with heart failure. We aim to examine the underlying mechanism of cross talk between βARs and a set of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) activated by hormones/agonists. Methods and results: Rat ventricular cardiomyocytes were used to determine heterologous phosphorylation of βARs under a series of GPCR agonists...
February 21, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334963/three-and-four-dimensional-mapping-of-speech-and-language-in-patients-with-epilepsy
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Yasuo Nakai, Jeong-Won Jeong, Erik C Brown, Robert Rothermel, Katsuaki Kojima, Toshimune Kambara, Aashit Shah, Sandeep Mittal, Sandeep Sood, Eishi Asano
We have provided 3-D and 4D mapping of speech and language function based upon the results of direct cortical stimulation and event-related modulation of electrocorticography signals. Patients estimated to have right-hemispheric language dominance were excluded. Thus, 100 patients who underwent two-stage epilepsy surgery with chronic electrocorticography recording were studied. An older group consisted of 84 patients at least 10 years of age (7367 artefact-free non-epileptic electrodes), whereas a younger group included 16 children younger than age 10 (1438 electrodes)...
March 16, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332875/the-biologic-basis-of-transgender-identity-2d-4d-finger-length-ratios-implicate-a-role-for-prenatal-androgen-activity
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Matthew Leinung, Christina Wu
Objective The biologic basis for gender identity is unknown. Research has shown that the ratio of the length of the second and fourth digits (2D:4D) in mammals is influenced by gender in utero, but data on 2D:4D ratios in transgender individuals are scarce and contradictory. We sought an association with 2D:4D ratio and gender identity in our transgender clinic population in Albany, NY. Methods We prospectively recruited 118 transgender subjects undergoing hormonal therapy (50 female to male (FTM) and 68 male to female (MTF) for finger length measurement...
March 23, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332026/interpolating-and-extrapolating-with-hmsist-%C3%A2-seeking-a-tmax-for-optimal-sensitivity-resolution-and-frequency-accuracy
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Sven G Hyberts, Scott A Robson, Gerhard Wagner
Non-Uniform Sampling has the potential to exploit the optimal resolution of high-field NMR instruments. This is not possible in 3D and 4D NMR experiments when using traditional uniform sampling due to the long overall measurement time. Nominally, uniformly sampled time domain data acquired to a maximum evolution time tmax can be extended to high resolution via a virtual maximum evolution time t*max while extrapolating with linear prediction or iterative soft thresholding (IST). At the high resolution obtainable with extrapolation of US data, however, the accuracy of peak positions is compromised as observed when comparing inter- and intra-residue peaks in a 3D HNCA experiment...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular NMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327193/longitudinal-evaluation-of-aortic-hemodynamics-in-marfan-syndrome-new-insights-from-a-4d-flow-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-multi-year-follow-up-study
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Julia Geiger, Daniel Hirtler, Kristina Gottfried, Ozair Rahman, Emilie Bollache, Alex J Barker, Michael Markl, Brigitte Stiller
BACKGROUND: The aim of this 4D flow cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) follow-up study was to investigate longitudinal changes in aortic hemodynamics in adolescent patients with Marfan syndrome (MFS). METHODS: 4D flow CMR for the assessment of in-vivo 3D blood flow with full coverage of the thoracic aorta was performed twice (baseline scan t1/follow-up scan t2) in 19 adolescent MFS patients (age at t1: 12.7 ± 3.6 years, t2: 16.2 ± 4.3 years) with a mean follow-up duration of 3...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324674/osteoblast-osteoclast-interactions
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Xiao Chen, Zhongqiu Wang, Na Duan, Guoying Zhu, Edward M Schwarz, Chao Xie
Bone homeostasis depends on the resorption of bones by osteoclasts and formation of bones by the osteoblasts. Imbalance of this tightly coupled process can cause diseases such as osteoporosis. Thus, the mechanisms that regulate communication between osteoclasts and osteoblasts are critical to bone cell biology. It has been shown that osteoblasts and osteoclasts can communicate with each other through direct cell-cell contact, cytokines, and extracellular matrix interaction. Osteoblasts can affect osteoclast formation, differentiation, or apoptosis through several pathways, such as OPG/RANKL/RANK, RANKL/LGR4/RANK, Ephrin2/ephB4, and Fas/FasL pathways...
February 8, 2017: Connective Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324612/quantitative-image-analysis-of-single-molecule-mrna-dynamics-in-living-cells
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José Rino, Ana C de Jesus, Maria Carmo-Fonseca
Single mRNA molecules can be imaged in living cells by a method that consists in genetically inserting binding sites for a bacteriophage protein in the gene of interest. The resulting reporter transgene is then integrated in the genome of cells that express the phage protein fused to a fluorescent tag. Upon transcription, binding of the fluorescent protein to its target sequence makes the RNA visible. With this approach it is possible to track, in real time, the life cycle of a precursor mRNA at the site of transcription in the nucleus and transport of mature mRNA to the cytoplasm...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322313/the-epidemic-dynamics-of-hepatitis-c-virus-subtypes-4a-and-4d-in-saudi-arabia
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Ahmed A Al-Qahtani, Guy Baele, Nisreen Khalaf, Marc A Suchard, Mashael R Al-Anazi, Ayman A Abdo, Faisal M Sanai, Hamad I Al-Ashgar, Mohammed Q Khan, Mohammed N Al-Ahdal, Philippe Lemey, Bram Vrancken
The relatedness between viral variants sampled at different locations through time can provide information pertinent to public health that cannot readily be obtained through standard surveillance methods. Here, we use virus genetic data to identify the transmission dynamics that drive the hepatitis C virus subtypes 4a (HCV4a) and 4d (HCV4d) epidemics in Saudi Arabia. We use a comprehensive dataset of newly generated and publicly available sequence data to infer the HCV4a and HCV4d evolutionary histories in a Bayesian statistical framework...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321915/acceleration-of-asl-based-time-resolved-mr-angiography-by-acquisition-of-control-and-labeled-images-in-the-same-shot-actress
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Yuriko Suzuki, Noriyuki Fujima, Tetsuo Ogino, James Alastair Meakin, Akira Suwa, Hiroyuki Sugimori, Marc Van Cauteren, Matthias J P van Osch
PURPOSE: Noncontrast 4D-MR-angiography (MRA) using arterial spin labeling (ASL) is beneficial because high spatial and temporal resolution can be achieved. However, ASL requires acquisition of labeled and control images for each phase. The purpose of this study is to present a new accelerated 4D-MRA approach that requires only a single control acquisition, achieving similar image quality in approximately half the scan time. METHODS: In a multi-phase Look-Locker sequence, the first phase was used as the control image and the labeling pulse was applied before the second phase...
March 20, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321441/electronic-properties-of-reduced-molybdenum-oxides
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K Inzani, M Nematollahi, F Vullum-Bruer, T Grande, T W Reenaas, S M Selbach
The electronic properties of MoO3 and reduced molybdenum oxide phases are studied by density functional theory (DFT) alongside characterization of mixed phase MoOx films. Molybdenum oxide is utilized in compositions ranging from MoO3 to MoO2 with several intermediary phases. With increasing degree of reduction, the lattice collapses and the layered MoO3 structure is lost. This affects the electronic and optical properties, which range from the wide band gap semiconductor MoO3 to metallic MoO2. DFT is used to determine the stability of the most relevant molybdenum oxide phases, in comparison to oxygen vacancies in the layered MoO3 lattice...
March 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321205/sexual-dimorphism-in-digit-ratios-derived-from-dorsal-digit-length-among-adults-and-children
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Sanjay Kumar, Martin Voracek, Maharaj Singh
Sexual dimorphism in ventrally measured digit ratios (2D:4D and other) has been related to prenatal sex-hormone levels. In the present series of three studies, we measured all digit lengths (excluding the thumb) on the dorsal, rather than the ventral, side of left and right hands and investigated the sexual dimorphism in digit ratios in three independent samples, two of them comprising adults (Study I, N = 104; Study II, N = 154), and one further, comprising kindergarten children (Study III, N = 64)...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320682/deformable-registration-based-super-resolution-for-isotropic-reconstruction-of-4d-mri-volumes
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Geetha Soujanya Chilla, Cher Heng Tan, Chueh Loo Poh
Multi-plane super-resolution (SR) has been widely employed for resolution improvement of MR images. However, this has mostly been limited to MRI acquisitions with rigid motion. In cases of non-rigid motion, volumes are usually pre-registered using deformable registration methods before SR reconstruction. The pre-registered images are then used as input for the SR reconstruction. Since deformable registration involves smoothening of the inputs, using pre-registered inputs could lead to loss in information in SR reconstructions...
March 13, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317968/ag-induced-photoluminescence-enhancement-in-lanthanide-post-functionalized-mofs-and-ag-sensing
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Nana Sun, Bing Yan
The robust gallium carboxylate Ga(OH)(btec)·0.5H2O (MIL-61) is selected as a parent MOF to prepare Ln-MIL-61 by PSM. This work investigates the luminescence of Ln-doped MIL-61 (Ln = Eu(3+), Tb(3+), Sm(3+), Dy(3+)) in the visible light region. Upon 314 nm excitation, the emission spectra of Eu-MIL-61, Tb-MIL-61 and Eu/Tb-MIL-61 all exhibit their respective strong sharp emission bands. However, Sm-MIL-61 and Dy-MIL-61 show very similar emission to MIL-61 and almost no luminescence of Sm(3+) and Dy(3+). In this work, the weak fluorescence of Sm(3+) or Dy(3+) doped MIL-61 is effectively sensitized by Ag(+)...
March 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317480/novel-insights-into-complex-cardiovascular-pathologies-using-4d-flow-analysis-by-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Adam James Lewandowski, Betty Raman, Rajarshi Banerjee, Matteo Milanesi
BACKGROUND: It is essential that we are able to assess variations in blood flow in order to fully understand cardiovascular function in disease pathologies and for identification of individuals at long-term risk of cardiovascular disease development. Qualitative and quantitative assessments of blood flow by imaging modalities have been limited, and much of the accurate quantification has relied on invasive measures. METHODS: This review discusses how four-dimensional velocity cardiovascular magnetic resonance (4D flow CMR) offers increasing potential for the non-invasive assessment of blood flow in the heart and major blood vessels such as the aorta...
March 17, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315254/live-cell-imaging-of-protease-activity-assays-to-screen-therapeutic-approaches
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Anita Chalasani, Kyungmin Ji, Mansoureh Sameni, Samia H Mazumder, Yong Xu, Kamiar Moin, Bonnie F Sloane
Methodologies to image and quantify the activity of proteolytic enzymes have been developed in an effort to identify protease-related druggable pathways that are involved in malignant progression of cancer. Our laboratory has pioneered techniques for functional live-cell imaging of protease activity in pathomimetic avatars for breast cancer. We analyze proteolysis in the context of proliferation and formation of structures by tumor cells in 3-D cultures over time (4D). In order to recapitulate the cellular composition and architecture of tumors in the pathomimetic avatars, we include other tumor-associated cells (e...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306540/4d-assessment-of-fetal-brain-function-in-diabetic-patients
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Panagiotis Antsaklis, Selma Porovic, George Daskalakis, Asim Kurjak
OBJECTIVE: To assess whether there is a difference in the behavior of fetuses of pregnant women with diabetes under treatment with insulin, compared to fetuses of pregnant women without diabetes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Kurjak's antenatal neurodevelopmental test (KANET) - a method that, by application of four-dimensional (4D) ultrasound, assesses fetal behavior in a similar way that neonatologists perform a neurological assessment in newborns - was applied from 28 to 38 weeks of gestation to 40 pregnancies with pre-existing diabetes mellitus or gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) requiring insulin (diabetic group) and to 40 non-diabetic cases, with otherwise low-risk pregnancies (non-diabetic group)...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302143/altered-aortic-3d-hemodynamics-and-geometry-in-pediatric-marfan-syndrome-patients
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Roel L F van der Palen, Alex J Barker, Emilie Bollache, Julio Garcia, Michael J Rose, Pim van Ooij, Luciana T Young, Arno A W Roest, Michael Markl, Joshua D Robinson, Cynthia K Rigsby
BACKGROUND: Blood flow dynamics make it possible to better understand the development of aortopathy and cardiovascular events in patients with Marfan syndrome (MFS). Aortic 3D blood flow characteristics were investigated in relation to aortic geometry in children and adolescents with MFS. METHODS: Twenty-five MFS patients (age 15.6 ± 4.0 years; 11 females) and 21 healthy controls (age 16.0 ± 2.6 years; 12 females) underwent magnetic resonance angiography and 4D flow CMR for assessment of thoracic aortic size and 3D blood flow velocities...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300743/four-dimensional-microscope-integrated-optical-coherence-tomography-to-enhance-visualization-in-glaucoma-surgeries
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Neel Dave Pasricha, Paramjit Kaur Bhullar, Christine Shieh, Christian Viehland, Oscar Mijail Carrasco-Zevallos, Brenton Keller, Joseph Adam Izatt, Cynthia Ann Toth, Pratap Challa, Anthony Nanlin Kuo
We report the first use of swept-source microscope-integrated optical coherence tomography (SS-MIOCT) capable of live four-dimensional (4D) (three-dimensional across time) imaging intraoperatively to directly visualize tube shunt placement and trabeculectomy surgeries in two patients with severe open-angle glaucoma and elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) that was not adequately managed by medical intervention or prior surgery. We performed tube shunt placement and trabeculectomy surgery and used SS-MIOCT to visualize and record surgical steps that benefitted from the enhanced visualization...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300367/4d-vmat-planning-and-verification-technique-for-dynamic-tracking-using-a-direct-aperture-deformation-dad-method
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Yongqian Zhang, Yong Yang, Weihua Fu, Xiang Li, Tianfang Li, Dwight E Heron, M Saiful Huq
We developed a four-dimensional volumetric modulated arc therapy (4D VMAT) planning technique for moving targets using a direct aperture deformation (DAD) method and investigated its feasibility for clinical use. A 3D VMAT plan was generated on a reference phase of a 4D CT dataset. The plan was composed of a set of control points including the beam angle, MLC apertures and weights. To generate the 4D VMAT plan, these control points were assigned to the closest respiratory phases using the temporal information of the gantry angle and respiratory curve...
March 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298895/two-phase-modulation-of-formula-see-text-entry-and-cl-formula-see-text-exchanger-in-submandibular-glands-cells-by-dexmedetomidine
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Minjeong Ji, Chul-Kyu Park, Jin Woo Lee, Kook Yang Park, Kuk Hui Son, Jeong Hee Hong
Dexmedetomidine (Dex), a highly selective α2-adrenoceptor agonist, attenuates inflammatory responses induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and induces sedative and analgesic effects. Administration of Dex also reduces salivary secretion in human subjects and inhibits osmotic water permeability in rat cortical collecting ducts. However, little is known about the mechanisms underlying the effects of Dex on salivary glands fluid secretion. We demonstrated the α2-adrenoceptor expression in the basolateral membrane of mouse submandibular glands (SMG)...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
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