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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325032/limb-position-robust-classification-of-myoelectric-signals-for-prosthesis-control-using-sparse-representations
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Joseph L Betthauser, Christopher L Hunt, Luke E Osborn, Rahul R Kaliki, Nitish V Thakor
The fundamental objective in non-invasive myoelectric prosthesis control is to determine the user's intended movements from corresponding skin-surface recorded electromyographic (sEMG) activation signals as quickly and accurately as possible. Linear Discriminant Analysis (LDA) has emerged as the de facto standard for real-time movement classification due to its ease of use, calculation speed, and remarkable classification accuracy under controlled training conditions. However, performance of cluster-based methods like LDA for sEMG pattern recognition degrades significantly when real-world testing conditions do not resemble the trained conditions, limiting the utility of myoelectrically controlled prosthesis devices...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324928/design-of-a-dual-slot-antenna-for-small-animal-microwave-ablation-studies
#2
Tyler J Moon, Christopher L Brace
This study presents the development of a dual-slot antenna for small animal tumor ablation. By using a dual-slot design at 8 GHz, it was hypothesized that smaller and more spherical ablations can be produced. After computer-aided design optimization, antennas were fabricated and ablations performed at 5-20 W for 15-120 s with the objective of creating ablations with a diameter/length aspect ratio of at least 0.9. The new dual-slot design at 8 GHz created significantly more spherical ablations than a commercial antenna at 2...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324835/flexible-biological-arsenite-oxidation-utilizing-nox-and-o2-as-alternative-electron-acceptors
#3
Jie Wang, Junfeng Wan, Zihao Wu, Hongli Li, Haisong Li, Christophe Dagot, Yan Wang
The feasibility of flexible microbial arsenite (As(III)) oxidation coupled with the reduction of different electron acceptors was investigated. The results indicated the acclimated microorganisms could oxidize As(III) with oxygen, nitrate and nitrite as the alternative electron acceptors. A series of batch tests were conducted to measure the kinetic parameters of As(III) oxidation and to evaluate the effects of environmental conditions including pH and temperature on the activity of biological As(III) oxidation dependent on different electron acceptors...
March 18, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324730/inteins
#4
Christopher W Lennon, Marlene Belfort
Lennon and Belfort introduce inteins - protein introns - and describe how they escape host proteins, their uses in biotechnology, where they are found in nature, and their role in post-translational regulation.
March 20, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324675/arterial-stiffness-in-hiv-infected-youth-and-associations-with-hiv-related-variables
#5
Allison Ross Eckard, Paolo Raggi, Joshua H Ruff, Mary Ann O'Riordan, Julia C Rosebush, Danielle Labbato, Julie E Daniels, Monika Uribe-Leitz, Christopher T Longencker, Grace A McComsey
Children and young adults infected with HIV are at elevated risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, scarce data exist on the utility of non-invasive methods to diagnose subclinical CVD, such as pulse wave velocity (PWV), a non-invasive measure of arterial stiffness. The objectives of this study were to assess the relationship of carotid-femoral PWV with subclinical atherosclerosis measured by carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), compare measurements to healthy controls, and evaluate variables associated with PWV in HIV-infected youth...
March 21, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324661/improved-risk-stratification-in-pediatric-septic-shock-using-both-protein-and-mrna-biomarkers-persevere-xp
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Hector R Wong, Natalie Z Cvijanovich, Nick Anas, Geoffrey L Allen, Neal J Thomas, Michael T Bigham, Scott L Weiss, Julie C Fitzgerald, Paul A Checchia, Keith Meyer, Michael Quasney, Mark Hall, Rainer Gedeit, Robert J Freishtat, Jeffrey Nowak, Shekhar S Raj, Shira Gertz, Jocelyn R Grunwell, Christopher J Lindsell
RATIONALE: We previously derived and validated the Pediatric Sepsis Biomarker Risk Model (PERSEVERE) to estimate baseline mortality risk in children with septic shock. The PERSEVERE biomarkers are serum proteins, selected from among the proteins directly related to 80 mortality risk assessment genes. The initial approach to selecting the PERSEVERE biomarkers left 68 genes unconsidered. OBJECTIVE: Determine if the 68 previously unconsidered genes can improve upon the performance of PERSEVERE and provide biological information regarding the pathophysiology of septic shock...
March 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324649/sulfonamides-as-selective-nav1-7-inhibitors-optimizing-potency-pharmacokinetics-and-metabolic-properties-to-obtain-atropisomeric-quinolinone-am-0466-that-affords-robust-in-vivo-activity
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Russell F Graceffa, Alessandro A Boezio, Jessica Able, Steven Altmann, Loren M Berry, Christiane M Boezio, John R Butler, Margaret Y Chu-Moyer, Melanie Cooke, Erin F DiMauro, Thomas A Dineen, Elma Feric Bojic, Robert S Foti, Robert T Fremeau, Angel Guzman-Perez, Hua Gao, Hakan Gunaydin, Hongbing Huang, Liyue Huang, Christopher Ilch, Michael Jarosh, Thomas Kornecook, Charles R Kreiman, Daniel S La, Joseph Ligutti, Benjamin Charles Milgram, Min-Hwa Jasmine Lin, Isaac E Marx, Hanh Nho Nguyen, Emily A Peterson, Gwen Rescourio, John Roberts, Laurie B Schenkel, Roman Shimanovich, Brian Andrew Sparling, John Stellwagen, Kristin Taborn, Karina R Vaida, Jean Wang, John T S Yeoman, Violeta L Yu, Dawn Zhu, Bryan D Moyer, Matthew M Weiss
Due to its strong genetic validation, NaV1.7 has attracted significant interest as a target for the treatment of pain. We have previously reported on a number of structurally distinct bicyclic heteroarylsulfonamides as NaV1.7 inhibitors that demonstrate high levels of selectivity over other NaV isoforms. Herein, we report the discovery and optimization of a novel series of atropisomeric quinolinone sulfonamide inhibitors of NaV1.7, which demonstrate nanomolar inhibition of NaV1.7 and exhibit high levels of selectivity over other sodium channel isoforms...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324508/in-vitro-preparation-and-crystallization-of-vertebrate-telomerase-subunits
#8
Jing Huang, Christopher J Bley, Dustin P Rand, Julian J L Chen, Ming Lei
Telomerase is a unique reverse transcriptase that replicates the telomeric DNA at most eukaryotic chromosomal ends. The telomerase consists of the catalytic protein subunit TERT and the RNA component TR that provides the template for telomeric DNA synthesis. In vitro reconstitution of telomerase core components in large quantity is the prerequisite to studying the catalytic mechanisms of telomerase at the structural level; however, large-scale preparation of recombinant telomerase, especially that of higher eukaryotes, has been a big challenge for a long time...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324469/stem-cells-in-cardiovascular-medicine-the-road-to-regenerative-therapies
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REVIEW
Christopher W Anderson, Nicole Boardman, Jiesi Luo, Jinkyu Park, Yibing Qyang
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to provide a broad overview of current trends in stem cell research and its applications in cardiovascular medicine. Researches on different stem cell sources, their inherent characteristics, and the limitations they have in medical applications are discussed. Additionally, uses of stem cells for both modeling and treating cardiovascular disease are discussed, taking note of the obstacles these engineered interventions must overcome to be clinically viable...
April 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324140/surgical-management-of-iatrogenic-perforation-of-the-gastrointestinal-tract-15%C3%A2-years-of-experience-in-a-single-center
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Christoph Holmer, Christoph A Mallmann, Marlis A Musch, Martin E Kreis, Jörn Gröne
BACKGROUND: Gastrointestinal (GI) tract perforation during endoscopy is a rare but severe complication. The aim of this study was to determine predictors of morbidity and mortality after iatrogenic endoscopic perforation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All cases with iatrogenic endoscopic perforation receiving surgery at a tertiary referral center in a 15-year period (2000-2015) were retrospectively analyzed. Demographics, type of endoscopy, site of perforation, operative procedure, morbidity and mortality were analyzed...
March 21, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324111/arap1-deficiency-causes-photoreceptor-degeneration-in-mice
#11
Ala Moshiri, Devin Humpal, Brian C Leonard, Denise M Imai, Addy Tham, Lynette Bower, Dave Clary, Thomas M Glaser, K C Kent Lloyd, Christopher J Murphy
Purpose: Small guanosine triphosphatase (GTPase) ADP-ribosylation factors (Arfs) regulate membrane traffic and actin reorganization under the control of GTPase-activating proteins (GAPs). Arap1 is an Arf-directed GAP that inhibits the trafficking of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) to the early endosome, but the diversity of its functions is incompletely understood. The aim of this study was to determine the role of Arap1 in the mammalian retina. Methods: Genetically engineered Arap1 knockout mice were screened for ocular abnormalities in the National Institutes of Health Knockout Mouse Production and Phenotyping (KOMP2) Project...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323992/quantification-of-thyroid-cancer-and-multinodular-goiter-risk-in-the-dicer1-syndrome-a-family-based-cohort-study
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Nicholas E Khan, Andrew J Bauer, Kris Ann P Schultz, Leslie Doros, Rosamma M Decastro, Alexander Ling, Maya B Lodish, Laura A Harney, Ron G Kase, Ann G Carr, Christopher T Rossi, Amanda Field, Anne K Harris, Gretchen M Williams, Louis P Dehner, Yoav H Messinger, D Ashley Hill, Douglas R Stewart
Context: The risk of thyroid cancer and multinodular goiter (MNG) in the DICER1 syndrome, a rare tumor-predisposition disorder, is unknown. Objective: To quantify the risk of thyroid cancer and MNG in individuals with the DICER1 syndrome. Design: Family-based cohort study. Setting: National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center (CC). Participants: The National Cancer Institute DICER1 syndrome cohort consisted of 145 individuals with a DICER1 germline mutation and 135 family controls from 48 families...
February 2, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323986/chronic-intranasal-insulin-does-not-affect-hepatic-lipids-but-lowers-circulating-bcaas-in-healthy-male-subjects
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Thomas Scherer, Peter Wolf, Sabina Smajis, Melania Gaggini, Martina Hackl, Amalia Gastaldelli, Peter Klimek, Elisa Einwallner, Rodrig Marculescu, Anton Luger, Clemens Fürnsinn, Siegfried Trattnig, Christoph Buettner, Martin Krššák, Michael Krebs
Context: Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and elevated circulating branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) are common characteristics of obesity and type 2 diabetes. In rodents, brain insulin signaling controls both hepatic triglyceride secretion and BCAA catabolism. Whether brain insulin signaling controls similar metabolic pathways in humans is unknown. Objective: Here we assessed if intranasal insulin, a method to preferentially deliver insulin to the central nervous system, is able to modulate hepatic lipid content and plasma BCAAs in humans...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323982/versican-proteolysis-by-adamts-proteases-and-its-influence-on-sex-steroid-receptor-expression-in-uterine-leiomyoma
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Ndeye-Aicha Gueye, Timothy J Mead, Christopher D Koch, Charles V Biscotti, Tommaso Falcone, Suneel S Apte
Context: Leiomyomas have abundant extracellular matrix (ECM), with upregulation of versican, a large proteoglycan. Objective: To investigate ADAMTS protease-mediated versican cleavage in myometrium and leiomyoma and the effect of versican knockdown in leiomyoma cells. Design: We used qRT-PCR, western blotting, immunohistochemistry and RNA in situ hybridization for analysis of myometrium, leiomyoma, and immortalized myometrium and leiomyoma cells...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323947/effects-of-mixed-carotenoids-on-adipokines-and-abdominal-adiposity-in-children-a-pilot-study
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J Atilio Canas, Amanda Lochrie, Amy Galena McGowan, Jobayer Hossain, Christopher Schettino, P Babu Balagopal
Context: Carotenoids have been implicated in the regulation of adipocyte metabolism. Objective: To compare the effects of mixed-carotenoid supplementation (MCS) vs. placebo on adipokines and the accrual of abdominal adiposity in children with obesity. Design and Setting: Randomized (1:1) double-blind, placebo-controlled intervention trial to evaluate the effects of MCS over 6 months in a subspecialty clinic. Participants: Twenty (6 male and 14 female) children with simple obesity (BMI > 90%); age: 10...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323891/characterization-of-baff-and-april-subfamily-receptors-in-rainbow-trout-oncorhynchus-mykiss-potential-role-of-the-baff-april-axis-in-the-pathogenesis-of-proliferative-kidney-disease
#16
Aitor G Granja, Jason W Holland, Jaime Pignatelli, Christopher J Secombes, Carolina Tafalla
Proliferative kidney disease (PKD) is a parasitic infection of salmonid fish characterized by hyper-secretion of immunoglobulins in response to the presence of the myxozoan parasite, Tetracapsuloides bryosalmonae. In this context, we hypothesized that the BAFF/APRIL axis, known to play a major role in B cell differentiation and survival in mammals, could be affected by the parasite and consequently be involved in the apparent shift in normal B cell activity. To regulate B cell activity, BAFF and APRIL bind to transmembrane activator and calcium modulator and cyclophilin ligand interactor (TACI) and B cell maturation antigen (BCMA), whereas BAFF also binds to BAFF receptor (BAFF-R)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323871/power-considerations-for-the-application-of-detrended-fluctuation-analysis-in-gait-variability-studies
#17
Nikita A Kuznetsov, Christopher K Rhea
The assessment of gait variability using stochastic signal processing techniques such as detrended fluctuation analysis (DFA) has been shown to be a sensitive tool for evaluation of gait alterations due to aging and neuromuscular disease. However, previous studies have suggested that the application of DFA requires relatively long recordings (600 strides), which is difficult when working with clinical populations or older adults. In this paper we propose a model for predicting DFA variance in experimental data and conduct a Monte Carlo simulation to estimate the sample size and number of trials required to detect a change in DFA scaling exponent...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323853/afm-tirf-force-clamp-measurements-of-neurosecretory-vesicle-tethers-reveal-characteristic-unfolding-steps
#18
Mark C Harris, Dillon Cislo, Joan S Lenz, Christopher Umbach, Manfred Lindau
Although several proteins have been implicated in secretory vesicle tethering, the identity and mechanical properties of the components forming the physical vesicle-plasma membrane link remain unknown. Here we present the first experimental measurements of nanomechanical properties of secretory vesicle-plasma membrane tethers using combined AFM force clamp and TIRF microscopy on membrane sheets from PC12 cells expressing the vesicle marker ANF-eGFP. Application of pulling forces generated tether extensions composed of multiple steps with variable length...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323831/genetic-assessment-of-age-associated-alzheimer-disease-risk-development-and-validation-of-a-polygenic-hazard-score
#19
Rahul S Desikan, Chun Chieh Fan, Yunpeng Wang, Andrew J Schork, Howard J Cabral, L Adrienne Cupples, Wesley K Thompson, Lilah Besser, Walter A Kukull, Dominic Holland, Chi-Hua Chen, James B Brewer, David S Karow, Karolina Kauppi, Aree Witoelar, Celeste M Karch, Luke W Bonham, Jennifer S Yokoyama, Howard J Rosen, Bruce L Miller, William P Dillon, David M Wilson, Christopher P Hess, Margaret Pericak-Vance, Jonathan L Haines, Lindsay A Farrer, Richard Mayeux, John Hardy, Alison M Goate, Bradley T Hyman, Gerard D Schellenberg, Linda K McEvoy, Ole A Andreassen, Anders M Dale
BACKGROUND: Identifying individuals at risk for developing Alzheimer disease (AD) is of utmost importance. Although genetic studies have identified AD-associated SNPs in APOE and other genes, genetic information has not been integrated into an epidemiological framework for risk prediction. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Using genotype data from 17,008 AD cases and 37,154 controls from the International Genomics of Alzheimer's Project (IGAP Stage 1), we identified AD-associated SNPs (at p < 10-5)...
March 2017: PLoS Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323823/clustering-of-cardiovascular-risk-factors-and-carotid-intima-media-thickness-the-use-imt-study
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Xin Wang, Geertje W Dalmeijer, Hester M den Ruijter, Todd J Anderson, Annie R Britton, Jacqueline Dekker, Gunnar Engström, Greg W Evans, Jacqueline de Graaf, Diederick E Grobbee, Bo Hedblad, Suzanne Holewijn, Ai Ikeda, Jussi Kauhanen, Kazuo Kitagawa, Akihiko Kitamura, Sudhir Kurl, Eva M Lonn, Matthias W Lorenz, Ellisiv B Mathiesen, Giel Nijpels, Shuhei Okazaki, Joseph F Polak, Jacqueline F Price, Christopher M Rembold, Maria Rosvall, Tatjana Rundek, Jukka T Salonen, Matthias Sitzer, Coen D A Stehouwer, Tomi-Pekka Tuomainen, Sanne A E Peters, Michiel L Bots
BACKGROUND: The relation of a single risk factor with atherosclerosis is established. Clinically we know of risk factor clustering within individuals. Yet, studies into the magnitude of the relation of risk factor clusters with atherosclerosis are limited. Here, we assessed that relation. METHODS: Individual participant data from 14 cohorts, involving 59,025 individuals were used in this cross-sectional analysis. We made 15 clusters of four risk factors (current smoking, overweight, elevated blood pressure, elevated total cholesterol)...
2017: PloS One
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