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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926985/tropical-rainforests-that-persisted-inferences-from-the-quaternary-demographic-history-of-eight-tree-species-in-the-guiana-shield
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Stéphanie Barthe, Giorgio Binelli, Bruno Hérault, Caroline Scotti-Saintagne, Daniel Sabatier, Ivan Scotti
How Quaternary climatic and geological disturbances influenced the composition of Neotropical forests is hotly debated. Rain fall and temperature changes during and/or immediately after the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) are thought to have strongly affected the geographical distribution and local abundance of tree species. The paucity of the fossil records in Neotropical forests prevents a direct reconstruction of such processes. To describe community-level historical trends in forest composition, we turned therefore to inferential methods based on the reconstruction of past demographic changes...
December 7, 2016: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926676/long-term-restoration-of-anterior-shoulder-stability-a-retrospective-analysis-of-arthroscopic-bankart-repair-versus-open-latarjet-procedure
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Stefan M Zimmermann, Max J Scheyerer, Mazda Farshad, Sabrina Catanzaro, Stefan Rahm, Christian Gerber
BACKGROUND: Various operative techniques are used for treating recurrent anterior shoulder instability, and good mid-term results have been reported. The purpose of this study was to compare shoulder stability after treatment with the 2 commonly performed procedures, the arthroscopic Bankart soft-tissue repair and the open coracoid transfer according to Latarjet. METHODS: A comparative, retrospective case-cohort analysis of 360 patients (364 shoulders) who had primary repair for recurrent anterior shoulder instability between 1998 and 2007 was performed...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926631/effect-of-pectoral-electrostimulation-on-reduction-of-mammary-ptosis-after-bariatric-surgery
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Jaime Ruiz-Tovar, Carolina Llavero
BACKGROUND: Over 90% of women report to be very dissatisfied with the aspect of their breast after bariatric surgery. Breast reconstructive surgeries are often not funded by the National Health Service or private health insurances in many countries and the patient must pay a high economic amount to undergo it. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A prospective randomized clinical trial of patients undergoing bariatric surgery was performed. Patients were randomly assigned into 3 groups: patients undergoing percutaneous electrostimulation of the pectoral muscle combined with specific training (group 1), patients doing the specific training alone (group 2), and patients without any specific treatment (group 3)...
December 2016: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926627/extrapleural-pneumonectomy-for-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma-a-novel-mini-invasive-technique
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Francesco Paolo Caronia, Alfonso Fiorelli, Mario Santini, Ettore Arrigo
We report a novel less-invasive extrapleural pneumonectomy for early-stage malignant pleural mesothelioma without rib spreading. Our approach is unique and differed from the previously reported cases, because we used one skin incision and two small intercostal incisions with videothoracoscopic viewing without rib spreading. The pleural dissection and approach to the hilum for pneumonectomy were performed through a 4- to 5-cm port incision in the sixth intercostal space. Another 4- to 5-cm port was made in the eight intercostal space through the same skin incision and was used for diaphragm resection and reconstruction...
December 6, 2016: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926558/postoperative-venous-thromboembolism-in-patients-undergoing-abdominal-surgery-for-ibd-a-common-but-rarely-addressed-problem
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Matthew T Brady, Gregory J Patts, Amy Rosen, George Kasotakis, Jeffrey J Siracuse, Teviah Sachs, Angela Kuhnen, Hiroko Kunitake
BACKGROUND: Venous thromboembolism after abdominal surgery occurs in 2% to 3% of patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. However, no evidence-based guidelines currently exist to guide postdischarge prophylactic anticoagulation. OBJECTIVE: We sought to determine the use of postoperative postdischarge venous thromboembolism chemical prophylaxis, 90-day venous thromboembolism rates, and factors associated with 90-day thromboembolic events in IBD patients following abdominal surgery...
January 2017: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925774/influence-of-backscatter-radiation-on-cranial-reconstruction-implants
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Yoshiaki Sakamoto, Naoyoshi Koike, Hideyuki Takei, Mari Ohno, Tomoru Miwa, Kazunari Yoshida, Naoyuki Shigematsu, Kazuo Kishi
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to evaluate backscatter dose variations in different cranial bone implant materials in an experimental model designed to simulate postoperative radiotherapy. METHODS: We assessed the radiation backscatter doses associated with sheet and mesh type titanium plates and hydroxyapatite (HAP) samples (porosity, 35%, 50%, and 85%). The samples were irradiated with 6 MV and 10 MV photon beams from a linear accelerator. Measurements were obtained using an ionization chamber and radiochromic films cut from the same batch...
December 7, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925603/consensus-control-of-nonlinear-multiagent-systems-with-time-varying-state-constraints
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Wenchao Meng, Qinmin Yang, Jennie Si, Youxian Sun
In this paper, we present a novel adaptive consensus algorithm for a class of nonlinear multiagent systems with time-varying asymmetric state constraints. As such, our contribution is a step forward beyond the usual consensus stabilization result to show that the states of the agents remain within a user defined, time-varying bound. To prove our new results, the original multiagent system is transformed into a new one. Stabilization and consensus of transformed states are sufficient to ensure the consensus of the original networked agents without violating of the predefined asymmetric time-varying state constraints...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925590/modality-invariant-image-classification-based-on-modality-uniqueness-and-dictionary-learning
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Seungryong Kim, Rui Cai, Kihong Park, Sunok Kim, Kwanghoon Sohn
We present a unified framework for image classification of image sets taken under varying modality conditions. Our method is motivated by a key observation that the image feature distribution is simultaneously influenced by the semantic-class and the modality category label, which limits the performance of conventional methods for that task. With this insight, we introduce modality uniqueness as a discriminative weight that divides each modality cluster from all other clusters. By leveraging the modality uniqueness, our framework is formulated as unsupervised modality clustering and classifier learning based on modality-invariant similarity kernel...
December 2, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925466/a-prospective-evaluation-of-contrast-and-radiation-dose-and-image-quality-in-cardiac-ct-in-children-with-complex-congenital-heart-disease-using-low-concentration-iodinated-contrast-agent-and-low-tube-voltage-and-current
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Qiao-Ru Hou, Wei Gao, Yu Min Zhong, Ai Min Sun, Qian Wang, Hai Sheng Qiu, Fang Wang, Jian Ying Li, Liwei Hu
OBJECTIVE: To assess image quality, contrast dose and radiation dose in cardiac CT in children with congenital heart disease using low-concentration iodinated contrast agent and low tube voltage and current in comparison with standard-dose protocol. METHODS: 110 patients with congenital heart disease were randomized to one of the two scan protocols: Group A (n=45) with 120mA tube current and contrast agent of 270mgI/ml in concentration (Visipaque, GE Healthcare), and Group B (n=65) with the conventional 160mA and 370mgI/mL concentration contrast (Iopamiro, Bracco)...
December 7, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925439/surface-faceting-and-reconstruction-of-ceria-nanoparticles
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Chengwu Yang, Xiaojuan Yu, Stefan Heißler, Alexei Nefedov, Sara Colussi, Jordi Llorca, Alessandro Trovarelli, Yuemin Wang, Christof Wöll
The surface atomic arrangement of metal oxides determines their physical and chemical properties, and the ability to control and optimize structural parameters is of crucial importance for many applications, in particular in heterogeneous catalysis and photocatalysis. Whereas the structures of macroscopic single crystals can be determined with established methods, for nanoparticles (NPs), this is a challenging task. Herein, we describe the use of CO as a probe molecule to determine the structure of the surfaces exposed by rod-shaped ceria NPs...
December 7, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925229/plga-ptmc-cultured-bone-mesenchymal-stem-cell-scaffold-enhances-cartilage-regeneration-in-tissue-engineered-tracheal-transplantation
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Bingyang Yan, Zhipei Zhang, Xiaoping Wang, Yunfeng Ni, Yongshi Liu, Tao Liu, Wuping Wang, Hao Xing, Ying Sun, Jian Wang, Xiao-Fei Li
The treatment of long-segment tracheal defect requires the transplantation of effective tracheal substitute, and the tissue-engineered trachea (TET) has been proposed as an ideal tracheal substitute. The major cause of the failure of segmental tracheal defect reconstruction by TET is airway collapse caused by the chondromalacia of TET cartilage. The key to maintain the TET structure is the regeneration of chondrocytes in cartilage, which can secrete plenty of cartilage matrices. To address the problem of the chondromalacia of TET cartilage, this study proposed an improved strategy...
December 7, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925228/a-mock-circulatory-system-incorporating-a-compliant-3d-printed-anatomical-model-to-investigate-pulmonary-hemodynamics
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Paul G M Knoops, Giovanni Biglino, Alun D Hughes, Kim H Parker, Linzhang Xu, Silvia Schievano, Ryo Torii
A realistic mock circulatory system (MCS) could be a valuable in vitro testbed to study human circulatory hemodynamics. The objective of this study was to design a MCS replicating the pulmonary arterial circulation, incorporating an anatomically representative arterial model suitable for testing clinically relevant scenarios. A second objective of the study was to ensure the system's compatibility with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for additional measurements. A latex pulmonary arterial model with two generations of bifurcations was manufactured starting from a 3D-printed mold reconstructed from patient data...
December 7, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924941/progressive-muscle-cell-delivery-as-a-solution-for-volumetric-muscle-defect-repair
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Ji Hyun Kim, In Kap Ko, Anthony Atala, James J Yoo
Reconstructing functional volumetric tissue in vivo following implantation remains a critical challenge facing cell-based approaches. Several pre-vascularization approaches have been developed to increase cell viability following implantation. Structural and functional restoration was achieved in a preclinical rodent tissue defect; however, the approach used in this model fails to repair larger (>mm) defects as observed in a clinical setting. We propose an effective cell delivery system utilizing appropriate vascularization at the site of cell implantation that results in volumetric and functional tissue reconstruction...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924867/constraints-and-spandrels-of-interareal-connectomes
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Mikail Rubinov
Interareal connectomes are whole-brain wiring diagrams of white-matter pathways. Recent studies have identified modules, hubs, module hierarchies and rich clubs as structural hallmarks of these wiring diagrams. An influential current theory postulates that connectome modules are adequately explained by evolutionary pressures for wiring economy, but that the other hallmarks are not explained by such pressures and are therefore less trivial. Here, we use constraint network models to test these postulates in current gold-standard vertebrate and invertebrate interareal-connectome reconstructions...
December 7, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924608/a-method-to-isolate-purify-and-characterize-human-periodontal-ligament-stem-cells
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Krzysztof Mrozik, Stan Gronthos, Songtao Shi, P Mark Bartold
Human periodontal ligament stem cells (PDLSCs) are a unique population of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) that demonstrate the capacity to generate cementum- and periodontal ligament-like structures in vivo. As such, PDLSCs represent a promising cell-based therapy in reconstructive dentistry for the treatment of periodontal disease. The present chapter describes two methods for isolating PDLSCs from human PDL tissue including traditional plastic adherence, and immunomagnetic selection based on the expression of MSC-associated surface markers STRO-1 antigen, CD146 (MUC-18), CD29 (Integrin β-1), CD44, and CD106 (VCAM-1)...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924581/analyzing-erk-signal-dynamics-during-zebrafish-somitogenesis
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Takaaki Matsui, Yasumasa Bessho
During vertebrate development, Erk is activated and regulates multiple cellular processes such as cell growth, differentiation, migration, and adhesion in a spatiotemporal manner. Whole-mount immunohistochemistry using antibodies against diphosphorylated Erk (p-Erk; active form of Erk) is a very useful method for understanding the spatial and temporal patterns of Erk activity during embryonic development. However, the fixation step of this method stops embryo development at a certain time point, making it very difficult to observe and interpret Erk activity dynamics...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924579/reconstructing-erk-signaling-in-the-drosophila-embryo-from-fixed-images
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Bomyi Lim, Carmeline J Dsilva, Ioannis G Kevrekidis, Stanislav Y Shvartsman
The early Drosophila embryo provides unique opportunities for quantitative studies of ERK signaling. This system is characterized by simple anatomy, the ease of obtaining large numbers of staged embryos, and the availability of powerful tools for genetic manipulation of the ERK pathway. Here, we describe how these experimental advantages can be combined with recently developed microfluidic devices for high throughput imaging of ERK activation dynamics. We focus on the stage during the third hour of development, when ERK activation is essential for patterning of the future nerve cord...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924424/rgta-%C3%A2-or-regenerating-agents-mimic-heparan-sulfate-in-regenerative-medicine-from-concept-to-curing-patients
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REVIEW
Denis Barritault, Marie Gilbert-Sirieix, Kim Lee Rice, Fernando Siñeriz, Dulce Papy-Garcia, Christophe Baudouin, Pascal Desgranges, Gilbert Zakine, Jean-Louis Saffar, Johan van Neck
The importance of extracellular matrix (ECM) integrity in maintaining normal tissue function is highlighted by numerous pathologies and situations of acute and chronic injury associated with dysregulation or destruction of ECM components. Heparan sulfate (HS) is a key component of the ECM, where it fulfils important functions associated with tissue homeostasis. Its degradation following tissue injury disrupts this delicate equilibrium and may impair the wound healing process. ReGeneraTing Agents (RGTA(®)s) are polysaccharides specifically designed to replace degraded HS in injured tissues...
December 7, 2016: Glycoconjugate Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924396/-reconstructive-procedures-on-the-thumb
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December 2016: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924274/metabolic-pathway-reconstruction-strategies-for-central-metabolism-and-natural-product-biosynthesis
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REVIEW
Masaaki Kotera, Susumu Goto
Metabolic pathway reconstruction presents a challenge for understanding metabolic pathways in organisms of interest. Different strategies, i.e., reference-based vs. de novo, must be used for pathway reconstruction depending on the availability of well-characterized enzymatic reactions. If at least one enzyme is already known to catalyze a reaction, its amino acid sequence can be used as a reference for identifying homologous enzymes in the genome of an organism of interest. Where there is no known enzyme able to catalyze a corresponding reaction, however, the reaction and the corresponding enzyme must be predicted de novo from chemical transformations of the putative substrate-product pair...
2016: Biophysics and Physicobiology
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