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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092838/development-and-validation-of-the-stigma-scale-for-epilepsy-in-turkey
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Sevim Baybaş, Zerrin Yıldırım, Harika Ertem Özhan, Ayten Dirican, Ahmet Dirican
OBJECTIVE: Epilepsy is a chronic disease with an increased risk of stigma. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of a scale developed by the authors to determine the level of stigma in Turkish patients with epilepsy and their relatives. METHODS: In this pilot study, two scales were developed, one consisting of 32 questions for the patients and one of 20 questions for the patients' relatives. Initially, a total of 30 patients with epilepsy and 30 relatives of the patients were included...
January 13, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092829/enhancing-4-propylheptane-dissociation-with-nickel-nanocluster-based-on-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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Margarita G Ilyina, Edward M Khamitov, Rail N Galiakhmetov, Ildar A Mustafin, Akhat G Mustafin
In the present work, a 0.4nm nickel cluster has been theoretically studied. Its equilibrium structural parameters have been calculated by the DFT method based on the PBEH1PBE hybrid functional and split-valence basis set Lanl2DZ including effective core potentials. We have systematically considered diverse spin states of this cluster and find out its ground state. The relative stability of these states depends on the HOMO-LUMO gap. The interaction of the Ni6 with 4-propylheptane С10Н22 has been studied to simulate the process of catalytic cracking of hydrocarbons...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092818/heterostructured-znfe2o4-tio2-nanotube-arrays-with-remarkable-visible-light-photoelectrocatalytic-performance-and-stability
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Shan Xie, Ke Ouyang, Yueming Lao, Peihao He, Qun Wang
A series of heterostructured ZnFe2O4/TiO2-nanotube arrays (NTAs) with remarkable visible-light photoelectrocatalytic (PEC) activity were successfully prepared via a two-step process of anodization and impregnation, followed by annealing. The structure and morphology of the as-prepared ZnFe2O4/TiO2-NTAs samples, PEC degradation abilities and photoelectrochemical performances, as well as long-term stabilities toward degradation of methyl orange (MO) solution under visible-light irradiation were deeply investigated...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092679/genome-wide-analysis-of-p53-regulated-transcription-in-myc-driven-lymphomas
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C Tonelli, M J Morelli, A Sabò, A Verrecchia, L Rotta, T Capra, S Bianchi, S Campaner, B Amati
The tumour suppressor p53 is a transcription factor that controls cellular stress responses. Here, we dissected the transcriptional programmes triggered upon restoration of p53 in Myc-driven lymphomas, based on the integrated analysis of p53 genomic occupancy and gene regulation. p53 binding sites were identified at promoters and enhancers, both characterized by the pre-existence of active chromatin marks. Only a small fraction of these sites showed the 20 base-pair p53 consensus motif, suggesting that p53 recruitment to genomic DNA was primarily mediated through protein-protein interactions in a chromatin context...
January 16, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092632/the-tilt-dependent-potential-of-mean-force-of-a-pair-of-dna-oligomers-from-all-atom-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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Ruggero Cortini, Xiaolin Cheng, Jeremy C Smith
Electrostatic interactions between DNA molecules have been extensively studied experimentally and theoretically, but several aspects (e.g. its role in determining the pitch of the cholesteric DNA phase) still remain unclear. Here, we performed large-scale all-atom molecular dynamics simulations in explicit water and 150 mM sodium chloride, to reconstruct the potential of mean force (PMF) of two DNA oligomers 24 base pairs long as a function of their interaxial angle and intermolecular distance. We find that the potential of mean force is dominated by total DNA charge, and not by the helical geometry of its charged groups...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092574/dynamics-in-epistasis-analysis
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Aseel Awdeh, Hilary Phenix, Mads Kaern, Theodore Perkins
Finding regulatory relationships between genes, including the direction and nature of influence between them, is a fundamental challenge in the field of molecular genetics. One classical approach to this problem is epistasis analysis. Broadly speaking, epistasis analysis infers the regulatory relationships between a pair of genes in a genetic pathway by considering the patterns of change in an observable trait resulting from single and double deletion of genes. While classical epistasis analysis has yielded deep insights on numerous genetic pathways, it is not without limitations...
January 16, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092561/realistic-data-driven-traffic-flow-animation-using-texture-synthesis
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Qianwen Chao, Zhigang Deng, Jiaping Ren, Qianqian Ye, Xiaogang Jin
We present a novel data-driven approach to populate virtual road networks with realistic traffic flows. Specifically, given a limited set of vehicle trajectories as the input samples, our approach first synthesizes a large set of vehicle trajectories. By taking the spatio-temporal information of traffic flows as a 2D texture, the generation of new traffic flows can be formulated as a texture synthesis process, which is solved by minimizing a newly developed traffic texture energy. The synthesized output captures the spatio-temporal dynamics of the input traffic flows, and the vehicle interactions in it strictly follow traffic rules...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092555/progressive-shape-distribution-encoder-for-3d-shape-retrieval
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Jin Xie, Fan Zhu, Guoxian Dai, Ling Shao, Yi Fang
Since there are complex geometric variations with 3D shapes, extracting efficient 3D shape features is one of the most challenging tasks in shape matching and retrieval. In this paper, we propose a deep shape descriptor by learning shape distributions at different diffusion time via a progressive shape-distribution-encoder (PSDE). First, we develop a shape distribution representation with the kernel density estimator to characterize the intrinsic geometry structures of 3D shapes. Then, we propose to learn a deep shape feature through an unsupervised PSDE...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092551/hierarchical-image-segmentation-based-on-iterative-contraction-and-merging
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Jia-Hao Syu, Sheng-Jyh Wang, Li-Chun Wang
In this paper, we propose a new framework for hierarchical image segmentation based on iterative contraction and merging (ICM). In the proposed framework, we treat the hierarchical image segmentation problem as a sequel of optimization problems, with each optimization process being realized by a contraction-and-merging process to identify and merge the most similar data pairs at the current resolution. At the beginning, we perform pixel-based contraction and merging to quickly combine image pixels into initial region-elements with visually indistinguishable intra-region color difference...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092535/super-resolution-person-re-identification-with-semi-coupled-low-rank-discriminant-dictionary-learning
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Xiao-Yuan Jing, Xiaoke Zhu, Fei Wu, Ruimin Hu, Xinge You, Yunhong Wang, Hui Feng, Jing-Yu Yang
Person re-identification has been widely studied due to its importance in surveillance and forensics applications. In practice, gallery images are high-resolution (HR) while probe images are usually low-resolution (LR) in the identification scenarios with large variation of illumination, weather or quality of cameras. Person re-identification in this kind of scenarios, which we call super-resolution (SR) person re-identification, has not been well studied. In this paper, we propose a semi-coupled low-rank discriminant dictionary learning (SLD2L) approach for SR person re-identification task...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092499/nanoparticles-for-sirna-based-gene-silencing-in-tumor-therapy
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Anish Babu, Ranganayaki Muralidharan, Narsireddy Amreddy, Meghna Mehta, Anupama Munshi, Rajagopal Ramesh
Gene silencing through RNA interference (RNAi) has emerged as a potential strategy in manipulating cancer causing genes by complementary base-pairing mechanism. Small interfering RNA (siRNA) is an important RNAi tool that has found significant application in cancer therapy. However due to lack of stability, poor cellular uptake and high probability of loss-of-function due to degradation, siRNA therapeutic strategies seek safe and efficient delivery vehicles for in vivo applications. The current review discusses various nanoparticle systems currently used for siRNA delivery for cancer therapy, with emphasis on liposome based gene delivery systems...
December 2016: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092496/the-effect-of-contrast-material-on-radiation-dose-at-ct-part-i-incorporation-of-contrast-material-dynamics-in-anthropomorphic-phantoms
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Pooyan Sahbaee, W Paul Segars, Daniele Marin, Rendon C Nelson, Ehsan Samei
Purpose To develop a method to incorporate the propagation of contrast material into computational anthropomorphic phantoms for estimation of organ dose at computed tomography (CT). Materials and Methods A patient-specific physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model of the human cardiovascular system was incorporated into 58 extended cardiac-torso (XCAT) patient phantoms. The PBPK model comprised compartmental models of vessels and organs unique to each XCAT model. For typical injection protocols, the dynamics of the contrast material in the body were described according to a series of patient-specific iodine mass-balance differential equations, the solutions to which provided the contrast material concentration time curves for each compartment...
January 13, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092459/toward-high-throughput-and-multiplexed-imaging-of-genome-organization
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Eric F Joyce
Dr. Eric Joyce from the Department of Genetics at the University of Pennsylvania was awarded The President's Innovation award at the annual Society of Biomolecular Imaging and Informatics meeting held in Boston, September 2016. Chromosome interactions are a fundamental aspect of nuclear organization that can activate and silence genes or even direct chromosome rearrangements. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying how chromosomal segments find each other and form stable interactions within cells remain unknown...
January 2017: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092428/reproducibility-of-clinical-events-adjudications-in-a-trial-of-venous-thromboembolism-prevention
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P Girard, A Penaloza, F Parent, B Gable, O Sanchez, P Durieux, P Hausfater, S Dambrine, G Meyer, P-M Roy
BACKGROUND: When clinical trials use clinical endpoints, establishing independent Clinical Events Committees (CEC) is recommended to homogenize the interpretation of investigators data. However, the reproducibility of CEC adjudications is almost unexplored. OBJECTIVES: To assess the reproducibility of CEC adjudications in a trial of venous thromboembolism (VTE) prevention. METHODS: The PREVENU study, a multicenter trial of VTE prevention, included 15,351 hospitalized medical patients...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092388/exploration-and-analysis-of-drug-modes-of-action-through-feature-integration
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Mingyuan Xin, Jun Fan, Mingyao Liu, Zhenran Jiang
Identifying drug modes of action (MoA) is of paramount importance for having a good grasp of drug indications in clinical tests. Anticipating MoA can help to discover new uses for approved drugs. Here we first used a drug-set enrichment analysis method to discover significant biological activities in every mode of action category. Then, we proposed a new computational model, a probability ensemble approach based on Bayesian network theory, which integrated chemical, therapeutic, genomic and phenotypic properties of over a thousand of FDA approved drugs to assist with the prediction of MoA...
January 16, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092144/exergaming-boxing-versus-heavy-bag-boxing-are-these-equipotent-for-individuals-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Maziah Mat Rosly, Hadi Mat Rosly, Nazirah Hasnan, Glen M Davis, Ruby Husain
BACKGROUND: Current strategies for increased physical activity and exercise in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) face many challenges with regards to maintaining their continuity of participation. Barriers cited often include problems with accessing facilities, mundane, monotonous or boring exercises and expensive equipment that is often not adapted for wheelchair users. AIM: To compare the physiological responses and user preferences between conventional heavy bag boxing against a novel form of video game boxing, known as exergaming boxing...
January 13, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092104/quantitative-proteomic-analysis-of-gingival-crevicular-fluids-from-deciduous-and-permanent-teeth
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Yumi Moriya, Takashi Obama, Toshihiro Aiuchi, Tomomi Sugiyama, Yumiko Endo, Yoko Koide, Emiko Noguchi, Motonori Ishizuka, Mitsuko Inoue, Hiroyuki Itabe, Matsuo Yamamoto
AIM: Gingivitis commonly progresses to periodontitis in permanent dentition but rarely in deciduous teeth. Little is known about the biochemical differences between gingiva of deciduous and permanent teeth. Here we compared the protein profiles of gingival crevicular fluids (GCF) from the gingiva of deciduous and permanent teeth. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty children with mixed dentition (Hellman's dental age IIIA) were selected and GCF samples were collected from deciduous cuspids and central incisors in the maxilla...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092100/comparing-human-resource-planning-models-in-dentistry-a-case-study-using-canadian-armed-forces-dental-clinics
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Jodi L Shaw, Julie W Farmer, Peter C Coyte, Herenia P Lawrence
OBJECTIVES: To compare two methods of allocating general dentists to Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) dental detachments: a dentist-to-population ratio model and a needs-based model. METHODS: Data obtained from CAF sources were analysed to compare models. Times assigned to treatment plan procedures were used as a proxy for treatment needs. Full-time equivalents (FTEs) were used as an indicator for the number of dentists allocated to each detachment. FTE values were adjusted for military dentists to account for time spent on compulsory nonclinical duties...
January 16, 2017: Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092091/preliminary-results-on-long-term-potentiation-like-cortical-plasticity-and-cholinergic-dysfunction-after-miglustat-treatment-in-niemann-pick-disease-type-c
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Alberto Benussi, Maria Sofia Cotelli, Maura Cosseddu, Valeria Bertasi, Marinella Turla, Ettore Salsano, Andrea Dardis, Alessandro Padovani, Barbara Borroni
Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) is a rare autosomal recessive lysosomal storage disorder, which manifests clinically with a wide range of neurological signs and symptoms. We assessed multiple neurological, neuropsychological and neurophysiological biomarkers using a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) multi-paradigm approach in two patients with NPC carrying a homozygous mutation in the NPC1 gene, and in two heterozygous family members.We assessed short-interval intracortical inhibition (SICI), intracortical facilitation (ICF), long-interval intracortical inhibition (LICI), short-latency afferent inhibition (SAI) and long-term potentiation (LTP)-like cortical plasticity with a paired associative stimulation (PAS) protocol...
January 17, 2017: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092076/determination-of-trace-elements-in-cow-placenta-by-tungsten-coil-atomic-emission-spectrometry
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Daniel A Gonçalves, Ana C Soncin, George L Donati, Mirian C Dos Santos
Tungsten coil atomic emission spectrometry (WCAES) is used to determine trace levels of Mn (403.1 nm) and Cr (425.5 nm) in cow placenta. All samples were collected in Ilha Solteira, SP, Brazil. The instrumental setup is based on a tungsten filament extracted from 150 W, 15 V microscope light bulbs, a solid state power supply, fused silica lens, crossed Czerny-Turner spectrograph, and a thermoelectrically cooled charge-coupled device detector. The limits of detection (LOD) and quantification (LOQ) for Cr are 2 and 8 μg L(-1), and 20 and 60 μg L(-1) for Mn, respectively...
January 16, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
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