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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936432/severity-of-premenstrual-symptoms-predicted-by-second-to-fourth-digit-ratio
#1
Yoshiki Kaneoke, Tomohiro Donishi, Akihiko Iwahara, Toshio Shimokawa
Women of reproductive age often experience a variety of unpleasant symptoms prior to the onset of menstruation. While genetics may influence the variability of these symptoms and their severity among women, the exact causes remain unknown. We hypothesized that symptom variability originates from differences in the embryonic environment and thus development caused by variation in exposure to sex hormones. We measured the second to fourth digit ratios (2D:4D) in 402 young women and investigated the potential relationships of this ratio premenstrual symptoms using a generalized linear model...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933676/bringing-humanity-into-view-action-research-with-qatar-s-ambulance-service
#2
Gill Coleman, Liz Wiggins
Purpose The purpose of this paper is to argue for the widening of attention in healthcare improvement efforts, to include an awareness of the humanity of people who work in the sector and an appreciation of the part human connection plays in engagement around good quality work. Theoretical frameworks and research approaches which draw on action-based, interpretive and systemic thinking are proposed, as a complement to current practices. Design/methodology/approach The paper describes the early stages of an action research (AR) project, which used the appreciative inquiry "4D" framework to conduct participative inquiry in Hamad Medical Corporation's ambulance service in Qatar, in which staff became co-researchers...
August 21, 2017: Journal of Health Organization and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931885/design-synthesis-and-structure-activity-relationship-of-3-6-diaryl-7h-1-2-4-triazolo-3-4-b-1-3-4-thiadiazines-as-novel-tubulin-inhibitors
#3
Qile Xu, Kai Bao, Maolin Sun, Jingwen Xu, Yueting Wang, Haiqiu Tian, Daiying Zuo, Qi Guan, Yingliang Wu, Weige Zhang
A novel series of 3,6-diaryl-7H-[1,2,4]triazolo[3,4-b][1,3,4]thiadiazines were designed, synthesized and biologically evaluated as vinylogous CA-4 analogues, which involved a rigid [1,2,4]triazolo[3,4-b][1,3,4]thiadiazine scaffold to fix the configuration of (Z,E)-butadiene linker of A-ring and B-ring. Among these rigidly vinylogous CA-4 analogues, compounds 4d, 5b, 5i, 6c, 6e, 6g, 6i and 6k showed excellent antiproliferative activities against SGC-7901, A549 and HT-1080 cell lines with IC50 values at the nanomolar level...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929446/new-imaging-tools-in-cardiovascular-medicine-computational-fluid-dynamics-and-4d-flow-mri
#4
Keiichi Itatani, Shohei Miyazaki, Tokoki Furusawa, Satoshi Numata, Sachiko Yamazaki, Kazuki Morimoto, Rina Makino, Hiroko Morichi, Teruyasu Nishino, Hitoshi Yaku
Blood flow imaging is a novel technology in cardiovascular medicine and surgery. Today, two types of blood flow imaging tools are available: measurement-based flow visualization including 4D flow MRI (or 3D cine phase-contrast magnetic resonance imaging), or echocardiography flow visualization software, and computer flow simulation modeling based on computational fluid dynamics (CFD). MRI and echocardiography flow visualization provide measured blood flow but have limitations in temporal and spatial resolution, whereas CFD flow calculates the flow according to assumptions instead of flow measurement, and it has sufficiently fine resolution up to the computer memory limit, and it enables even virtual surgery when combined with computer graphics...
September 19, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927892/cd100-plexin-b2-promotes-the-inflammation-in-psoriasis-by-activating-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-inflammasome-in-keratinocytes
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Chen Zhang, Chunying Xiao, Erle Dang, Jiao Cao, Zhenlai Zhu, Meng Fu, Xu Yao, Yufeng Liu, Boquan Jin, Gang Wang, Wei Li
Plexin-B2 (PlxnB2) and its ligand, CD100 (Semaphorin 4D), are originally identified as axon-guidance molecules that function during neuronal development; however, studies also showed that CD100-Plexins participate in various immune responses. In the present study, we found that the expression of PlxnB2 on keratinocytes was specifically increased in lesional skin of psoriasis patients, but not atopic dermatitis. Levels of soluble CD100 (sCD100) and membrane CD100 (mCD100) were elevated in sera of psoriasis patients and on keratinocytes of psoriatic skin, respectively...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927255/innate-immune-response-of-bovine-mammary-epithelial-cells-to-mycoplasma-bovis
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Satoshi Gondaira, Hidetoshi Higuchi, Hidetomo Iwano, Koji Nishi, Takanori Nebu, Keiichi Nakajima, Hajime Nagahata
Mycoplasma species are contagious bacteria and Mycoplasma bovis mastitis is a serious productivity problem on dairy farms. Bovine mammary epithelial cells (bMEC) play an important role in the elimination of pathogens, but the effect of M. bovis on bMEC has not been fully clarified. To better understand the immune response against intramammary infection by M. bovis, we used microarray analysis to examine and profile mRNA expression in bMEC after stimulation with M. bovis. We also compared the effects of M. bovis, Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli on immune-related mRNA expression in bMEC...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926238/toward-chemical-accuracy-in-ab-initio-thermochemistry-and-spectroscopy-of-lanthanide-compounds-assessing-core-valence-correlation-second-order-spin-orbit-coupling-and-higher-order-effects-in-lanthanide-diatomics
#7
Victor G Solomonik, Alexander N Smirnov
The higher order (HO) correlation beyond the coupled-cluster single double (triple) CCSD(T) level of theory, second-order spin-orbit coupling (SOC), and core-valence (CV) correlation effects on bond length, re, vibrational frequency, ωe, and dissociation energy, De, are studied for a set of 17 lanthanide containing diatomics, including lanthanum, europium, ytterbium and lutetium oxides and halides. Convergence in the magnitudes of the SOC, CV, and HO corrections with respect to basis set size is examined using a sequence of double, triple, and quadruple-zeta basis sets, with the complete basis set (CBS) limit estimates provided in most cases...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926132/prenatal-diagnosis-of-total-and-partial-anomalous-pulmonary-venous-connection-multicentre-cohort-study-and-meta-analysis
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Dario Paladini, Angela Pistorio, L H Wu, Gabriella Meccariello, Ting Lei, Giulia Tuo, Gloria Donarini, Maurizio Marasini, Hong-Ning Xie
OBJECTIVES: Aim of this study is to describe the sonographic features and associations of Total and Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection (TAPVC, PAPVC) and scimitar syndrome (SS) and to review the relevant literature systematically in order to underline the associations and the sonographic features more frequently associated with these conditions. METHODOLOGY: Retrospective cohort study. Assessed variables include: TAPVC subtype, gestational age at diagnosis, area behind LA, ventricular disproportion, vertical vein, pulmonary venous obstruction, mode of diagnosis, association with cardiac and extra-cardiac conditions, pregnancy and feto-neonatal outcome...
September 19, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925047/voxel-by-voxel-4d-flow-mri-based-assessment-of-regional-reverse-flow-in-the-aorta
#9
Xin Shen, Susanne Schnell, Alex J Barker, Kenichiro Suwa, Lingzi Tashakkor, Kelly Jarvis, James C Carr, Jeremy D Collins, Shyam Prabhakaran, Michael Markl
BACKGROUND: Complex and reverse flow in the aorta has been implicated in aneurysm development and stroke via retrograde embolization. PURPOSE: To evaluate global and regional differences between standard 2D plane-based and volumetric voxel-based quantification of regional forward/reverse flow, and reverse flow fraction (RFF) in the aorta. STUDY TYPE: Retrospective. SUBJECTS: In all, 35 subjects: 10 healthy controls (age: 57 ± 7 years, nine male), nine patients without aortic valve regurgitation (AR) (age: 63 ± 10 years, seven male), six patients with mild AR (age: 66 ± 6 years, five male), and 10 with moderate or severe AR (age: 60 ± 16 years, eight male)...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921052/in-vitro-evaluation-of-flow-patterns-and-turbulent-kinetic-energy-in-trans-catheter-aortic-valve-prostheses
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Daniel Giese, Kilian Weiss, Bettina Baeßler, Navid Madershahian, Yeong-Hoon Choi, David Maintz, Alexander C Bunck
OBJECTIVES: The objective of the current work was to evaluate flow and turbulent kinetic energy in different transcatheter aortic valve implants using highly undersampled time-resolved multi-point 3-directional phase-contrast measurements (4D Flow MRI) in an in vitro setup. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A pulsatile flow setup was used with a compliant tubing mimicking a stiff left ventricular outflow tract and ascending aorta. Five different implants were measured using a highly undersampled multi-point 4D Flow MRI sequence...
September 18, 2017: Magma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917721/low-levels-of-the-immunoregulator-semaphorin-4d-cd100-in-sera-of-hiv-patients
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Z Vadas, D Elbirt, S Radian, S Bezalel-Rosenberg, K Mahlab-Guri, E Toubi, I Asher, Z Sthoeger
INTRODUCTION: Semaphorin-4D (CD100), generated by CD4/CD8 cells, plays an important role in T cells activation. It also regulates B cell differentiation via its receptor the CD72. Both have soluble forms - sCD100/sCD72. METHODS: sCD100 and sCD72 levels were determined by ELISA (MyBioSource, USA). RESULTS: 28 chronic HIV patients and 50 matched healthy volunteers participated in our study. Before treatment, CD4 cell counts were 267±216cells/mcl and viral load (VL) was 586,675±1,897,431copies/ml...
September 13, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916338/structure-activity-relationship-study-of-small-molecule-inhibitors-of-the-deptor-mtor-interaction
#12
Jihye Lee, Yijiang Shi, Mario Vega, Yonghui Yang, Joseph Gera, Michael E Jung, Alan Lichtenstein
DEPTOR is a 48kDa protein that binds to mTOR and inhibits this kinase within mTORC1 and mTORC2 complexes. Over-expression of DEPTOR specifically occurs in the multiple myeloma (MM) tumor model and DEPTOR knockdown is cytotoxic to MM cells, suggesting it is a potential therapeutic target. Since mTORC1 paralysis protects MM cells against DEPTOR knockdown, it indicates that the protein-protein interaction between DEPTOR and mTOR is key to MM viability vs death. In a previous study, we used a yeast two-hybrid screen of a small inhibitor library to identify a compound that inhibited DEPTOR/mTOR binding in yeast...
September 6, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915120/ultrasound-study-of-fetal-movements-in-singleton-and-twin-pregnancies-at-12-19-weeks
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Mohamed Ahmed Mostafa AboEllail, Kenji Kanenishi, Nobuhiro Mori, Junko Noguchi, Genzo Marumo, Toshiyuki Hata
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate fetal behavioral differences between singleton and twin fetuses before 20 weeks of gestation using four-dimensional (4D) ultrasound. METHODS: 4D ultrasound was used to examine fetal movements in 58 singleton and 48 twin normal fetuses at 12-19 weeks. The frequencies of eight fetal movements were assessed through 15-min recordings. The fetuses were divided into two gestational age groups (12-13 and 14-19 weeks) to evaluate the changes with advancing gestation in twin versus singleton fetuses...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915044/real-space-bonding-indicator-analysis-of-the-donor-acceptor-complexes-x3bny3-x3alny3-x3bpy3-x3alpy3-x-y-h-me-cl
#14
Stefan Mebs, Jens Beckmann
Calculations of real-space bonding indicators (RSBI) derived from Atoms-In-Molecules (AIM), Electron-Localizability-Indicator (ELI-D), Non-Covalent-Interactions index (NCI), and Density-Overlap-Regions-Indicator (DORI) toolkits for a set of 36 donor acceptor complexes X3BNY3 (1, 1a-1h), X3AlNY3 (2, 2a-2h), X3BPY3 (3, 3a-3h) and X3AlPY3 (4, 4a-4h) reveal that the donor-acceptor bonds are comprised of covalent and ionic interactions in varying extents (X = Y = H for 1-4; X = H, Y = Me for 1a-4a; X = H, Y = Cl for 1b-4b; X = Me, Y = H for 1c-4c; X, Y = Me for 1d-4d; X = Me, Y = Cl for 1e-4e; X = Cl, Y = H for 1f-4f; X = Cl, Y = Me for 1g-4g; X, Y = Cl for 1h-4h)...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914779/simultaneous-recognition-and-relative-pose-estimation-of-3d-objects-using-4d-orthonormal-moments
#15
Sergio Dominguez
Both three-dimensional (3D) object recognition and pose estimation are open topics in the research community. These tasks are required for a wide range of applications, sometimes separately, sometimes concurrently. Many different algorithms have been presented in the literature to solve these problems separately, and some to solve them jointly. In this paper, an algorithm to solve them simultaneously is introduced. It is based on the definition of a four-dimensional (4D) tensor that gathers and organizes the projections of a 3D object from different points of view...
September 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913838/simultaneous-acquisition-of-perfusion-image-and-dynamic-mr-angiography-using-time-encoded-pseudo-continuous-asl
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Yuriko Suzuki, Michael Helle, Peter Koken, Marc Van Cauteren, Matthias J P van Osch
PURPOSE: Both dynamic magnetic resonance angiography (4D-MRA) and perfusion imaging can be acquired by using arterial spin labeling (ASL). While 4D-MRA highlights large vessel pathology, such as stenosis or collateral blood flow patterns, perfusion imaging provides information on the microvascular status. Therefore, a complete picture of the cerebral hemodynamic condition could be obtained by combining the two techniques. Here, we propose a novel technique for simultaneous acquisition of 4D-MRA and perfusion imaging using time-encoded pseudo-continuous arterial spin labeling...
September 14, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906570/probing-novel-microstructural-evolution-mechanisms-in-aluminum-alloys-using-4d-nanoscale-characterization
#17
C Shashank Kaira, V De Andrade, Sudhanshu S Singh, C Kantzos, Antony Kirubanandham, F De Carlo, Nikhilesh Chawla
Dispersions of nanoscale precipitates in metallic alloys have been known to play a key role in strengthening, by increasing their strain hardenability and providing resistance to deformation. Although these phenomena have been extensively investigated in the last century, the traditional approaches employed in the past have not rendered an authoritative microstructural understanding in such materials. The effect of the precipitates' inherent complex morphology and their 3D spatial distribution on evolution and deformation behavior have often been precluded...
September 14, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906493/rapid-curation-of-gene-disruption-collections-using-knockout-sudoku
#18
Isao A Anzai, Lev Shaket, Oluwakemi Adesina, Michael Baym, Buz Barstow
Knockout Sudoku is a method for the construction of whole-genome knockout collections for a wide range of microorganisms with as little as 3 weeks of dedicated labor and at a cost of ∼$10,000 for a collection for a single organism. The method uses manual 4D combinatorial pooling, next-generation sequencing, and a Bayesian inference algorithm to rapidly process and then accurately annotate the extremely large progenitor transposon insertion mutant collections needed to achieve saturating coverage of complex microbial genomes...
October 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905911/the-4d-nucleome-project
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Job Dekker, Andrew S Belmont, Mitchell Guttman, Victor O Leshyk, John T Lis, Stavros Lomvardas, Leonid A Mirny, Clodagh C O'Shea, Peter J Park, Bing Ren, Joan C Ritland Politz, Jay Shendure, Sheng Zhong
The 4D Nucleome Network aims to develop and apply approaches to map the structure and dynamics of the human and mouse genomes in space and time with the goal of gaining deeper mechanistic insights into how the nucleus is organized and functions. The project will develop and benchmark experimental and computational approaches for measuring genome conformation and nuclear organization, and investigate how these contribute to gene regulation and other genome functions. Validated experimental technologies will be combined with biophysical approaches to generate quantitative models of spatial genome organization in different biological states, both in cell populations and in single cells...
September 13, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905268/fluid-and-biomechanical-analysis-of-ascending-thoracic-aorta-aneurysm-with-concomitant-aortic-insufficiency
#20
F Condemi, S Campisi, M Viallon, T Troalen, G Xuexin, A J Barker, M Markl, P Croisille, O Trabelsi, C Cavinato, A Duprey, S Avril
We present a comprehensive and original framework for the biomechanical analysis of patients affected by ascending thoracic aorta aneurysm and aortic insufficiency. Our aim is to obtain crucial indications about the role played by deranged hemodynamics on the ATAAs risk of rupture. Computational fluid dynamics analysis was performed using patient-specific geometries and boundary conditions derived from 4D MRI. Blood flow helicity and wall shear stress descriptors were assessed. A bulge inflation test was carried out in vitro on the 4 ATAAs after surgical repair...
September 13, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
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