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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437634/convolutional-neural-network-regression-for-short-axis-left-ventricle-segmentation-in-cardiac-cine-mr-sequences
#1
Li Kuo Tan, Yih Miin Liew, Einly Lim, Robert A McLaughlin
Automated left ventricular (LV) segmentation is crucial for efficient quantification of cardiac function and morphology to aid subsequent management of cardiac pathologies. In this paper, we parameterize the complete (all short axis slices and phases) LV segmentation task in terms of the radial distances between the LV centerpoint and the endo- and epicardial contours in polar space. We then utilize convolutional neural network regression to infer these parameters. Utilizing parameter regression, as opposed to conventional pixel classification, allows the network to inherently reflect domain-specific physical constraints...
April 12, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436714/a-hemorrhagic-complication-after-onyx-embolization-of-a-tentorial-dural-arteriovenous-fistula-a-caution-about-subdural-extension-with-pial-arterial-supply
#2
Kenichi Sato, Yasushi Matsumoto, Hidenori Endo, Teiji Tominaga
We report a case of tentorial dural arteriovenous fistula (DAVF) with a severe intracranial hemorrhage occurring after Onyx embolization. A 40-year-old man presented with an asymptomatic tentorial DAVF on angiography. Transarterial embolization with Onyx was performed via the middle meningeal artery, and the cast filled the fistula itself and its proximal draining vein. Postoperative angiography confirmed complete occlusion of the DAVF. A computed tomography scan performed immediately after the procedure demonstrated an acute subdural hematoma with the temporal hemorrhage...
January 1, 2017: Interventional Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436014/a-critical-assessment-of-the-synthesis-and-biological-activity-of-p53-hdm2-stapled-peptide-inhibitors
#3
Rike Wallbrecher, Patrick Chène, Stephan Ruetz, Therese Stachyra, Thomas Vorherr, Roland Brock
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Helix stapling enhances the activity of peptides that interact with a target protein in a helical conformation. These staples are also supposed to change the pharmacokinetics of the molecules and promote cytoplasmic targeting. We scrutinized to which degree the pharmacokinetic characteristics are a function of the staple and differ from those of the standard cationic cell-penetrating peptide nonaarginine for a peptide inhibiting the interaction of p53 with the human double minute 2 (Hdm2) protein...
April 23, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435462/a-programmed-nanoparticle-with-self-adapting-for-accurate-cancer-cell-eradication-and-therapeutic-self-reporting
#4
Yingping Luo, Liwei Huang, Ye Yang, Xianfei Zhuang, Siyao Hu, Huangxian Ju, Bo-Yang Yu, Jiangwei Tian
To achieve the best therapeutic efficacy and good prognosis, the drugs necessitate tailored profiles of excellent spatiotemporal control and therapeutic monitoring. Here we introduce a programmed theranostic nanoparticle with self-adapting properties for tumor-specific systemic treatment, including stealthy surface to prolong circulation time in blood, surface charge-reversion for tumor targeting, receptor-mediated internalization to increase intracellular accumulation, "proton sponge effect" for controllable drug release and escape from endo/lysosome...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435130/intramyometrial-injection-of-vasopressin-a-novel-method-for-hemostasis-at-laparoscopic-management-of-cornual-ectopic
#5
Ramesh Bettaiah, Shwetha Sudhakar Kamath
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Injection of vasopressin into the uterus , significantly reduces the vascularity of the cornual ectopic, thereby resulting in bloodless surgery. DESIGN: A step by step demonstration of the surgical procedure. Canadian task force classification III SETTING: while all ectopics are associated with risk of hemorrhage, cornual pregnancies are feared for catastrophic hemorrhage and uncontrollable bleeding. The maternal mortality rate can be as high as 2...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435055/cloning-and-characterization-of-a-new-cold-adapted-and-thermo-tolerant-%C3%AE-carrageenase-from-marine-bacterium-flavobacterium-sp-ys-80-122
#6
Shangyong Li, Jianhua Hao, Mi Sun
ι-Carrageenases play a role in marine ι-carrageenan degradation, and their enzymatic hydrolysates are thought to be excellent antioxidants. In this study, we identified a new ι-carrageenase, encoded by cgiF, in psychrophilic bacterium Flavobacterium sp. YS-80-122. The deduced ι-carrageenase, CgiF, belongs to glycoside hydrolase family 82 and shows less than 40% amino acid identity with characterized ι-carrageenases. The activity of recombinant CgiF peaked at 30°C (1,207.8U/mg). Notably, CgiF is a cold-adapted ι-carrageenase, which showed 36...
April 20, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434701/upregulated-interleukins-il-6-il-10-and-il-13-in-immunoglobulin-g4-related-aortic-aneurysm-patients
#7
Satomi Kasashima, Atsuhiro Kawashima, Yoh Zen, Satoru Ozaki, Fuminori Kasashima, Masamitsu Endo, Yasushi Matsumoto, Kengo Kawakami
OBJECTIVE: Immunoglobulin (Ig) G4-related aortic aneurysms (IgG4-AAs) are a special aortic aneurysm among IgG4-related diseases (IgG4-RDs), which are inflammatory and fibrous conditions characterized by tumorous swelling of affected organs and high serum IgG4 concentrations. Recently, IgG4-RD pathogenesis was shown to be associated with T-helper-2 (Th2) and regulatory T (Treg) dominant cytokine production, such as interleukin (IL)-4, IL-10, and IL-13. IL-6 is a key proinflammatory cytokine contributing to lymphocyte and plasmacyte maturation and to atherosclerosis and aneurysm development...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433752/serotonergic-transmission-and-gap-junctional-coupling-in-proventricular-muscle-cells-in-the-american-cockroach-periplaneta-americana
#8
Ryoichi Yoshimura, Taeko Suetsugu, Yasuhisa Endo
The visceral muscle tissues of insects consist of striated muscle cells. The mechanisms responsible for delivering signals to the contractile muscles in the insect digestive tract remain unclear. We found that serotonergic nerves innervate the hemocoel surfaces of foregut and midgut muscles in the American cockroach. Electron microscopy of the neuromuscular junctions in the proventriculus (gizzard) revealed typical synaptic structures, the accumulation of large core/cored vesicles (neuropeptides) and small clear vesicle (neurotransmitter) at presynapses, and synaptic clefts...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433724/whole-genome-de-novo-sequencing-of-wood-rot-fungus-fomitopsis-palustris-atcc62978-with-both-a-cellulolytic-and-ligninolytic-enzyme-system
#9
Chang-Young Hong, Su-Yeon Lee, Sun-Hwa Ryu, Myungkil Kim
Fomitopsis palustris is a model brown rot fungus causing destructive wood decay based on the cellulase system. Endoglucanase secreted by F. palustris hydrolyzes cellulose in both the crystalline and amorphous form. In this study, whole-genome sequencing was conducted to identify genes related to F. palustris cellulose degradation and their functions. We determined the 43-Mb complete draft genome of F. palustris (ATCC 62978), comprising 14,592 predicted gene models. Gene annotation provided crucial information about the location and function of protein-encoding genes...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431091/suppression-of-oral-sweet-taste-sensation-with-gymnema-sylvestre-affects-postprandial-gastrointestinal-blood-flow-and-gastric-emptying-in-humans
#10
Hideaki Kashima, Kohei Eguchi, Kanae Miyamoto, Masaki Fujimoto, Masako Yamaoka Endo, Nami Aso-Someya, Toshio Kobayashi, Naoyuki Hayashi, Yoshiyuki Fukuba
An oral sweet taste sensation (OSTS) exaggerates digestive activation transiently, but whether it has a role after swallowing a meal is not known. Gymnema sylvestre (GS) can inhibit the OSTS in humans. We explored the effect of the OSTS of glucose intake on gastrointestinal blood flow, gastric emptying, blood-glucose, and plasma-insulin responses during the postprandial phase. Eight participants ingested 200 g (50 g × 4 times) of 15% glucose solution containing 100 mg of 13C-sodium acetate after rinsing with 25 mL of 2...
May 1, 2017: Chemical Senses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431066/limited-left-atrial-surgical-ablation-effectively-treats-atrial-fibrillation-but-decreases-left-atrial-function
#11
Marieke G Compier, Laurens F Tops, Jerry Braun, Katja Zeppenfeld, Robert J Klautz, Martin J Schalij, Serge A Trines
Aims: Limited left atrial (LA) surgical ablation with bipolar radiofrequency is considered to be an effective procedure for treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF). We studied whether limited LA surgical ablation concomitant to cardiac surgery is able to maintain LA function. Methods and Results: Thirty-six consecutive patients (age 66 ± 12 years, 53% male, 78% persistent AF) scheduled for valve surgery and/or coronary revascularization and concomitant LA surgical ablation were included...
April 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430717/multilateral-functional-alterations-of-human-neutrophils-in-sepsis-from-the-point-of-diagnosis-to-the-seventh-day
#12
Akira Endo, Miko Okamura, Shunsuke Yoshikawa, Yasuhiro Otomo, Tomohiro Morio
Neutrophil functional changes caused by sepsis itself and their time-course variation have not been fully elucidated because previous studies targeted patients who had received therapeutic interventions. We explored the multilateral functions of circulating neutrophils in patients with severe sepsis or septic shock who had not yet undergone interventions, and followed their changes. Patients were treated based on the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines 2012. Neutrophil functions were evaluated on days 0 (before therapeutic intervention), 3, and 7 in fifty-nine sepsis patients...
April 20, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430402/a-removable-virus-vector-suitable-for-plant-genome-editing
#13
Tetsuya Chujo, Manabu Yoshikawa, Hirotaka Ariga, Masaki Endo, Seiichi Toki, Kazuhiro Ishibashi
Plant genome editing is achieved by expression of sequence-specific nucleases (SSNs). RNA virus vector-mediated expression of SSNs is a promising approach for transgene integration-free targeted mutagenesis in plants. However, removal of virus vectors from infected plants is challenging because no antiviral drugs against plant viruses are available. Here, we developed a removable RNA virus vector that carries the target site of tobacco microRNA398 (miR398) whose expression is induced during shoot regeneration...
April 21, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429111/impact-of-serum-albumin-levels-on-long-term-outcomes-in-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
#14
Hideki Wada, Tomotaka Dohi, Katsumi Miyauchi, Jun Shitara, Hirohisa Endo, Shinichiro Doi, Ryo Naito, Hirokazu Konishi, Shuta Tsuboi, Manabu Ogita, Takatoshi Kasai, Shinya Okazaki, Kikuo Isoda, Satoru Suwa, Hiroyuki Daida
Epidemiological studies have demonstrated an association between low serum albumin levels and both coronary artery disease (CAD) and mortality. However, the long-term clinical impact of low serum albumin level in patients with CAD undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has not yet been fully investigated. We studied 2860 all-comer patients with CAD who underwent their first PCI and had data available for pre-procedural serum albumin between 2000 and 2011. Patients were assigned to tertiles based on pre-procedural albumin levels...
April 20, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428715/impact-of-interferon-free-antivirus-therapy-on-lipid-profiles-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-genotype-1b
#15
Daisuke Endo, Kenichi Satoh, Noritomo Shimada, Atsushi Hokari, Yoshio Aizawa
AIM: To investigate the influence of interferon-free antivirus therapy on lipid profiles in chronic hepatitis C virus genotype 1b (HCV1b) infection. METHODS: Interferon-free antiviral agents were used to treat 276 patients with chronic HCV1b infection, and changes in serum lipids of those who achieved sustained virologic response (SVR) were examined. The treatment regimen included 24 wk of daclatasvir plus asunaprevir (DCV + ASV) or 12 wk of sofosbuvir plus ledipasvir (SOF + LDV)...
April 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428536/real-time-observation-of-interfacial-ions-during-electrocrystallization
#16
Masashi Nakamura, Takahiro Banzai, Yuto Maehata, Osamu Endo, Hiroo Tajiri, Osami Sakata, Nagahiro Hoshi
Understanding the electrocrystallization mechanisms of metal cations is of importance for many industrial and scientific fields. We have determined the transitional structures during underpotential deposition (upd) of various metal cations on Au(111) electrode using time-resolved surface X-ray diffraction and step-scan IR spectroscopy. At the initial stage of upd, a characteristic intensity transient appears in the time-resolved crystal truncation rod depending on metal cations. Metal cations with relatively high coordination energies of hydration water are deposited in two steps: first, the hydrated metal cations approached the surface and are metastably located at the outer Helmholtz plane, then they are deposited via the destruction of the hydration shell...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428515/-a-case-of-rhabdomyolysis-related-to-sox-therapy-for-liver-metastasis-of-gastric-cancer
#17
Kei Sato, Hirotoshi Akiyama, Yuu Kogure, Yusuke Suwa, Masashi Momiyama, Atsushi Ishibe, Itaru Endo
We report a case of rhabdomyolysis related to S-1 plus oxaliplatin(SOX)therapy for liver metastasis of gastric cancer. A 76- year-old man who had received SOX therapy for metastatic gastric cancer was admitted to our hospital for a chief complaint of fatigue and weakness. He diagnosed with rhabdomyolysis related to SOX therapy because of his symptoms and because his laboratory studies showed significant elevation of his serum creatine kinase(CK)level. The symptoms disappeared and the CK level normalized following large-volume transfusions...
April 2017: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426790/lethality-of-mice-bearing-a-knockout-of-the-ngly1-gene-is-partially-rescued-by-the-additional-deletion-of-the-engase-gene
#18
Haruhiko Fujihira, Yuki Masahara-Negishi, Masaru Tamura, Chengcheng Huang, Yoichiro Harada, Shigeharu Wakana, Daisuke Takakura, Nana Kawasaki, Naoyuki Taniguchi, Gen Kondoh, Tadashi Yamashita, Yoko Funakoshi, Tadashi Suzuki
The cytoplasmic peptide:N-glycanase (Ngly1 in mammals) is a de-N-glycosylating enzyme that is highly conserved among eukaryotes. It was recently reported that subjects harboring mutations in the NGLY1 gene exhibited severe systemic symptoms (NGLY1-deficiency). While the enzyme obviously has a critical role in mammals, its precise function remains unclear. In this study, we analyzed Ngly1-deficient mice and found that they are embryonic lethal in C57BL/6 background. Surprisingly, the additional deletion of the gene encoding endo-β-N-acetylglucosaminidase (Engase), which is another de-N-glycosylating enzyme but leaves a single GlcNAc at glycosylated Asn residues, resulted in the partial rescue of the lethality of the Ngly1-deficient mice...
April 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426214/calix-5-arene-through-the-annulus-threading-of-dialkylammonium-guests-weakly-paired-to-the-tfpb-anion
#19
Margherita De Rosa, Carmen Talotta, Carmine Gaeta, Annunziata Soriente, Placido Neri, Sebastiano Pappalardo, Giuseppe Gattuso, Anna Notti, Melchiorre F Parisi, Ilenia Pisagatti
The through-the-annulus threading of calix[5]arene penta-O-ethers by dialkylammonium cations coupled to the loosely coordinating superweak TFPB- anion has been successfully accomplished. 1H NMR titration data show that the preorganization of the calix[5]arene scaffold leads to great thermodynamic stability of the pseudorotaxane complexes as well as to a favorable kinetic of threading. Accordingly, calix[5]arene 1c, bearing tert-butyl groups at the wide rim, was threaded by all the cations under study (with the exception of the dibenzylammonium 2b+) more tightly than the other derivatives under investigation (Kas up to 2...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425662/feasibility-of-colorectal-endoscopic-submucosal-dissection-esd-carried-out-by-endoscopists-with-no-or-little-experience-in-gastric-esd
#20
Hisashi Shiga, Reina Ohba, Tamotsu Matsuhashi, Mario Jin, Masatake Kuroha, Katsuya Endo, Rintaro Moroi, Shoichi Kayaba, Katsunori Iijima
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Colorectal endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) is recommended to be carried out only by endoscopists with sufficient experience in gastric ESD. However, early gastric carcinoma is less common in Western countries than in Japan, and endoscopic maneuverability differs between the stomach and colorectum. We assessed the feasibility of colorectal ESD carried out by endoscopists with no or little experience in gastric ESD. METHODS: We analyzed en bloc resection, R0 resection and perforation rates in 180 consecutive colorectal ESD carried out by three endoscopists who had no or <5 cases of experience in gastric ESD...
April 2017: Digestive Endoscopy: Official Journal of the Japan Gastroenterological Endoscopy Society
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