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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339423/spherically-symmetric-volume-elements-as-basis-functions-for-image-reconstructions-in-computed-laminography
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Patrick Trampert, Jonas Vogelgesang, Christian Schorr, Michael Maisl, Sviatoslav Bogachev, Nico Marniok, Alfred Louis, Tim Dahmen, Philipp Slusallek
BACKGROUND: Laminography is a tomographic technique that allows three-dimensional imaging of flat and elongated objects that stretch beyond the extent of a reconstruction volume. Laminography images can be reconstructed using iterative algorithms based on the Kaczmarz method. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to develop and demonstrate a new reconstruction algorithm that may provide superior image reconstruction quality for this challenged imaging application. METHODS: The images are initially represented using the coefficients over basis functions, which are typically piecewise constant functions (voxels)...
March 21, 2017: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338677/integrated-metabolism-in-sponge-microbe-symbiosis-revealed-by-genome-centered-metatranscriptomics
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Lucas Moitinho-Silva, Cristina Díez-Vives, Giampiero Batani, Ana Is Esteves, Martin T Jahn, Torsten Thomas
Despite an increased understanding of functions in sponge microbiomes, the interactions among the symbionts and between symbionts and host are not well characterized. Here we reconstructed the metabolic interactions within the sponge Cymbastela concentrica microbiome in the context of functional features of symbiotic diatoms and the host. Three genome bins (CcPhy, CcNi and CcThau) were recovered from metagenomic data of C. concentrica, belonging to the proteobacterial family Phyllobacteriaceae, the Nitrospira genus and the thaumarchaeal order Nitrosopumilales...
March 24, 2017: ISME Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338471/generalized-psf-modelling-for-optimized-quantitation-in-pet-imaging
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Saeed Ashrafinia, Hassan Mohy-Ud-Din, Nicolas Karakatsanis, Abhinav Jha, Michael Casey, Dan Kadrmas, Arman Rahmim
Point-Spread Function (PSF) modelling offers the capability to account for resolution degrading phenomena within the PET reconstruction framework. PSF modelling improves resolution and enhances contrast, but at the same time significantly alters image noise properties and induces edge overshoot effect. Thus, studying the effect of PSF modelling on quantitation task performance can be very important. Frameworks explored in the past involve a dichotomy of PSF vs. no-PSF modelling. By contrast, the present work focuses on quantitative performance evaluation of standard uptake value (SUV) PET images, while incorporating a wide spectrum of PSF models, including those that under- and over-estimate the true PSF, for the potential of enhanced quantitation of standardized uptake values (SUVs)...
March 24, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337874/the-biomedical-aspects-of-oral-mucosal-epithelial-cell-culture-in-mammals
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A Bryja, M Dyszkiewicz-Konwińska, J Budna, W Kranc, A Chachuła, S Borys, S Ciesiółka, J Sokalski, M Prylinski, D Bukowska, P Antosik, M Bruska, M Nowicki, M Zabel, B Kempisty
In recent years, there has been a growing interest in epithelial cell tissue culture, particularly oral mucosa and its application utilizing in vitro cell culture in medicine. This involves tests using animal models to better understand oral mucosa function, and the differences in its construction in various animal models. The use of buccal pouch mucosal cell culture provides insight into the processes of trans mucosal transport and regeneration of the oral epithelium. The processes associated with epithelium regeneration is the base for stem cell research and/or oral cancer investigation...
January 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337675/an-ontology-based-search-engine-for-digital-reconstructions-of-neuronal-morphology
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Sridevi Polavaram, Giorgio A Ascoli
Neuronal morphology is extremely diverse across and within animal species, developmental stages, brain regions, and cell types. This diversity is functionally important because neuronal structure strongly affects synaptic integration, spiking dynamics, and network connectivity. Digital reconstructions of axonal and dendritic arbors are thus essential to quantify and model information processing in the nervous system. NeuroMorpho.Org is an established repository containing tens of thousands of digitally reconstructed neurons shared by several hundred laboratories worldwide...
March 23, 2017: Brain Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337590/acl-reconstructed-and-acl-deficient-individuals-show-differentiated-trunk-hip-and-knee-kinematics-during-vertical-hops-more-than-20%C3%A2-years-post-injury
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Jonas L Markström, Eva Tengman, Charlotte K Häger
PURPOSE: Little is known regarding movement strategies in the long term following injury of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), and even less about comparisons of reconstructed and deficient knees in relation to healthy controls. The present purpose was to compare trunk, hip, and knee kinematics during a one-leg vertical hop (VH) ~20 years post-ACL injury between persons treated with surgery and physiotherapy (ACLR), solely physiotherapy (ACLPT), and controls (CTRL). Between-leg kinematic differences within groups were also investigated...
March 23, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337459/maxillofacial-prosthesis-in-dentofacial-traumas-a-retrospective-clinical-study-and-introduction-of-new-classification-method
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Edoardo Brauner, Giorgio Pompa, Alessandro Quarato, Sara Jamshir, Francesca De Angelis, Stefano Di Carlo, Valentino Valentini
Background. Maxillofacial trauma represents a field of common interest as regards both the maxillofacial surgery and prosthodontics, especially for the functional and aesthetic stomatognathic rehabilitation. This condition necessitates relationship between maxillofacial surgeon and prosthodontist, to achieve the ultimate treatment goal. Purpose. The purpose of this study is to make predictable patients outcomes classifying their clinical data, using certain parameters and introducing a new classification method...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336738/single-stage-osseointegrated-reconstruction-and-rehabilitation-of-lower-limb-amputees-the-osseointegration-group-of-australia-accelerated-protocol-2-ogaap-2-for-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Munjed Al Muderis, William Lu, Kevin Tetsworth, Belinda Bosley, Jiao Jiao Li
INTRODUCTION: Lower limb amputations have detrimental influences on the quality of life, function and body image of the affected patients. Following amputation, prolonged rehabilitation is required for patients to be fitted with traditional socket prostheses, and many patients experience symptomatic socket-residuum interface problems which lead to reduced prosthetic use and quality of life. Osseointegration has recently emerged as a novel approach for the reconstruction of amputated limbs, which overcomes many of the socket-related problems by directly attaching the prosthesis to the skeletal residuum...
March 22, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336306/efficacy-of-acellular-nerve-allografts-in-trigeminal-nerve-reconstruction
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Andrew Yampolsky, Vincent Ziccardi, Sung-Kiang Chuang
PURPOSE: During trigeminal nerve repair, a gap is sometimes encountered that prevents the tension-free apposition of nerve endings. The use of a processed acellular nerve allograft is a novel technique that shows promise in overcoming this problem. The goal of the present study was to support the slowly evolving body of evidence that acellular processed nerve allografts (Avance; Axogen, Alachua, FL) are a viable alternative to autogenous nerve grafting and the use of conduits for reconstructing defects of the trigeminal nerve...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336256/nose-burns-4-dimensional-analysis
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J Bouguila, C Ho Quoc, R Viard, A Brun, D Voulliaume, J-P Comparin, J-L Foyatier
The nose is the central organ of the face. It has two essential roles, aesthetic and breathing. It is often seriously damaged in the context of facial burns, causing grotesque facial disfigurement. As this disfigurement is visible on frontal and profile views, the patient suffers both socially and psychologically. The nose is a three-dimensional organ. Reconstruction is therefore more difficult and needs to be more precise than in other parts of the face. Maintaining symmetry, contour and function are essential for successful nasal reconstruction...
March 20, 2017: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336099/direct-fixation-of-fractures-of-the-posterior-pilon-via-a-posteromedial-approach
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Harm Hoekstra, Wouter Rosseels, Stefan Rammelt, Stefaan Nijs
The treatment of fractures of the posterior pilon is a timely issue. Restoration of the integrity of the incisura fibularis and subsequent anatomic reduction of the fibula are essential for reconstruction of the ankle mortise after trauma, and syndesmotic stability. Inappropriate treatment ultimately will lead to a poor functional outcome and quality of life. Open reduction and direct internal fixation through a posterolateral or posteromedial approach are increasingly preferred over indirect reduction and anteroposterior screw fixation...
March 19, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336047/posttraumatic-reconstruction-of-the-foot-and-ankle-in-the-face-of-active-infection
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Brandon Jonard, Erin Dean
Posttraumatic infection of the foot and ankle is a challenging issue for orthopedic surgeons. Making the diagnosis often requires combining laboratory and radiologic testing, patient examination, and history. Patient comorbidities should be identified and optimized whenever possible. Treatment must combine effective antibiotic therapy with thorough debridement of the infected zone. Reconstruction often requires a 2-staged approach using antibiotic spacers and temporary external fixation, with the goal of obtaining a functional, pain-free limb that is free of infection...
April 2017: Orthopedic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335719/enhanced-construction-of-gene-regulatory-networks-using-hub-gene-information
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Donghyeon Yu, Johan Lim, Xinlei Wang, Faming Liang, Guanghua Xiao
BACKGROUND: Gene regulatory networks reveal how genes work together to carry out their biological functions. Reconstructions of gene networks from gene expression data greatly facilitate our understanding of underlying biological mechanisms and provide new opportunities for biomarker and drug discoveries. In gene networks, a gene that has many interactions with other genes is called a hub gene, which usually plays an essential role in gene regulation and biological processes. In this study, we developed a method for reconstructing gene networks using a partial correlation-based approach that incorporates prior information about hub genes...
March 23, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335487/electromagnetic-vortex-based-radar-imaging-using-a-single-receiving-antenna-theory-and-experimental-results
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Tiezhu Yuan, Hongqiang Wang, Yongqiang Cheng, Yuliang Qin
Radar imaging based on electromagnetic vortex can achieve azimuth resolution without relative motion. The present paper investigates this imaging technique with the use of a single receiving antenna through theoretical analysis and experimental results. Compared with the use of multiple receiving antennas, the echoes from a single receiver cannot be used directly for image reconstruction using Fourier method. The reason is revealed by using the point spread function. An additional phase is compensated for each mode before imaging process based on the array parameters and the elevation of the targets...
March 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335186/ex-vivo-tissues-engineering-modeling-for-reconstructive-surgery-using-human-adult-adipose-stem-cells-and-polymeric-nanostructured-matrix
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Francesco Morena, Chiara Argentati, Eleonora Calzoni, Marino Cordellini, Carla Emiliani, Francesco D'Angelo, Sabata Martino
The major challenge for stem cell translation regenerative medicine is the regeneration of damaged tissues by creating biological substitutes capable of recapitulating the missing function in the recipient host. Therefore, the current paradigm of tissue engineering strategies is the combination of a selected stem cell type, based on their capability to differentiate toward committed cell lineages, and a biomaterial, that, due to own characteristics (e.g., chemical, electric, mechanical property, nano-topography, and nanostructured molecular components), could serve as active scaffold to generate a bio-hybrid tissue/organ...
March 31, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334883/selective-impairment-of-hippocampus-and-posterior-hub-areas-in-alzheimer-s-disease-an-meg-based-multiplex-network-study
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Meichen Yu, Marjolein M A Engels, Arjan Hillebrand, Elisabeth C W van Straaten, Alida A Gouw, Charlotte Teunissen, Wiesje M van der Flier, Philip Scheltens, Cornelis J Stam
Although frequency-specific network analyses have shown that functional brain networks are altered in patients with Alzheimer's disease, the relationships between these frequency-specific network alterations remain largely unknown. Multiplex network analysis is a novel network approach to study complex systems consisting of subsystems with different types of connectivity patterns. In this study, we used magnetoencephalography to integrate five frequency-band specific brain networks in a multiplex framework...
March 16, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334407/organismal-and-spatial-partitioning-of-energy-and-macronutrient-transformations-within-a-hypersaline-mat
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Jennifer M Mobberley, Stephen R Lindemann, Hans C Bernstein, James J Moran, Ryan S Renslow, Jerome Babauta, Dehong Hu, Haluk Beyenal, William C Nelson
Phototrophic mat communities are model ecosystems for studying energy cycling and elemental transformations because complete biogeochemical cycles occur over millimeter-to-centimeter scales. Characterization of energy and nutrient capture within hypersaline phototrophic mats has focused on specific processes and organisms, however little is known about community-wide distribution of and linkages between these processes. To investigate energy and macronutrient capture and flow through a structured community, the spatial and organismal distribution of metabolic functions within a compact hypersaline mat community from Hot Lake have been broadly elucidated through species-resolved metagenomics and geochemical, microbial diversity, and metabolic gradient measurements...
March 15, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334371/comparative-study-of-functional-nasal-reconstruction-using-structural-reinforcement
#18
Waleed H Ezzat, Sara W Liu
Importance: Nasal reconstruction after Mohs surgery is a unique challenge in that it must satisfy both functional and aesthetic goals. Despite some advocacy in the literature for using structural reinforcement to achieve both functional and aesthetic outcomes in soft-tissue reconstruction, no study has validated this claim by comparing reconstruction with and without structural support. Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of and need for structural reinforcement when reconstructing the nasal alar and sidewall subunits...
March 23, 2017: JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333967/reconstructing-spectral-cues-for-sound-localization-from-responses-to-rippled-noise-stimuli
#19
A John Van Opstal, Joyce Vliegen, Thamar Van Esch
Human sound localization in the mid-saggital plane (elevation) relies on an analysis of the idiosyncratic spectral shape cues provided by the head and pinnae. However, because the actual free-field stimulus spectrum is a-priori unknown to the auditory system, the problem of extracting the elevation angle from the sensory spectrum is ill-posed. Here we test different spectral localization models by eliciting head movements toward broad-band noise stimuli with randomly shaped, rippled amplitude spectra emanating from a speaker at a fixed location, while varying the ripple bandwidth between 1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333344/probing-the-evolutionary-history-of-human-bitter-taste-receptor-pseudogenes-by-restoring-their-function
#20
Davide Risso, Maik Behrens, Eduardo Sainz, Wolfgang Meyerhof, Dennis Drayna
Lineage-specific gene losses can be driven by selection or environmental adaptations. However, a lack of studies on the original function of species-specific pseudogenes leaves a gap in our understanding of their role in evolutionary histories. Pseudogenes are of particular relevance for taste perception genes, which encode for receptors that confer the ability to both identify nutritionally valuable substances and avoid potentially harmful substances. To explore the role of bitter taste pseudogenization events in human origins, we restored the open reading frames of the three human-specific pseudogenes and synthesized the reconstructed functional hTAS2R2, hTAS2R62 and hTAS2R64 receptors...
March 13, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
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