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Patric Schmitz, Julian Hildebrandt, Andre Calero Valdez, Leif Kobbelt, Martina Ziefle
In virtual environments, the space that can be explored by real walking is limited by the size of the tracked area. To enable unimpeded walking through large virtual spaces in small real-world surroundings, redirection techniques are used. These unnoticeably manipulate the user's virtual walking trajectory. It is important to know how strongly such techniques can be applied without the user noticing the manipulation-or getting cybersick. Previously, this was estimated by measuring a detection threshold (DT) in highly-controlled psychophysical studies, which experimentally isolate the effect but do not aim for perceived immersion in the context of VR applications...
April 2018: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Mariusz Puchalski, Jacek Komasa, Krzysztof Pachucki
The interaction between nuclear spins in a molecule is exceptionally sensitive to the physics beyond the standard model. However, all present calculations of the nuclear spin-spin coupling constant J are burdened by computational difficulties, which hinders the comparison to experimental results. Here, we present a variational approach and calculate the constant J in the hydrogen molecule with the controlled numerical precision, using the adiabatic approximation. The apparent discrepancy with experimental result is removed by an analysis of nonadiabatic effects based on the experimental values of the J constant for HD, HT, and DT molecules...
February 23, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Arnold Groehler, Stefan Kren, Qinglu Li, Maggie Robledo-Villafane, Joshua Schmidt, Mary Garry, Natalia Tretyakova
Myocardial infarction (MI) is a life-threatening condition that can occur when blood flow to the heart is interrupted due to a blockage in one or more of the coronary vessels. Current treatments of MI rapidly restore blood flow to the affected myocardium using thrombolytic agents or angioplasty. Adverse effects including inflammation, tissue necrosis, and ventricular dysfunction are, however, not uncommon following reperfusion therapy. These conditions are thought to be caused by a sudden influx of reactive oxygen species (ROS) to the affected myocardium...
March 11, 2018: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Laura Rosenberg, Charles H Yoon, Gaurav Sharma, Monica M Bertagnolli, Nancy L Cho
Desmoid tumors (DTs) are unusual neoplasms of mesenchymal origin that exhibit locally invasive behavior. Surgical resection is the initial treatment of choice for DTs. For patients with recurrent or unresectable disease, however, medical options are limited. Sorafenib is a multikinase inhibitor with known anti-tumor activity in various cancers via suppression of the PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathway. Here, we examined the effects of sorafenib on patient-derived DT cell lines, with the aim of characterizing the efficacy and molecular mechanism of action...
March 10, 2018: Carcinogenesis
X Zhang, S Tsuruta, S Andonov, D A L Lourenco, R L Sapp, C Wang, I Misztal
Four performance-related traits [growth trait (GROW), feed efficiency trait 1 (FE1) and trait 2 (FE2), and dissection trait (DT)] and 4 categorical traits [mortality (MORT) and 3 disorder traits (DIS1, DIS2, and DIS3)] were analyzed using linear and threshold single- and multi-trait models. Field data included 186,596 records of commercial broilers from Cobb-Vantress, Inc. Average-information restricted maximum likelihood and Gibbs sampling-based methods were used to obtain estimates of the (co)variance components, heritabilities, and genetic correlations in a traditional approach using best linear unbiased prediction (BLUP)...
February 24, 2018: Poultry Science
Virginia Carfora, Fabia Scarampella, Manuela Iurescia, Valentina Donati, Fiorentino Stravino, Serena Lorenzetti, Erika Menichini, Alessia Franco, Andrea Caprioli, Antonio Battisti
Corynebacterium ulcerans, an emerging pathogen related to C. diphtheriae and C. pseudotuberculosis, is able to cause disease in both human and animal hosts. C. ulcerans may harbor acquired virulence factors such as dermonecrotic exotoxin phospholipase D (PLD) and the prophage-encoded diphtheria toxin (DT). Infections typically occur in persons reporting close contact with animals. In pets, C. ulcerans has been isolated from both asymptomatic carriers and clinically affected dogs and cats. We describe the isolation and characterization of C...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Yili Hu, Xiaoyang Zhu, Ruifang Zhao, Jin Wang, Yipeng Song, Guangjun Nie, Huiru Tang, Yulan Wang
AIM: To evaluate the advantages of nanomaterial methoxy poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (mPEG-PLGA) encapsulated doxorubicin (D/DOX) and paclitaxel (T/TAX; mPEG-PLGA-DT) over free form of DOX and TAX (DOX/TAX). MATERIALS & METHODS: Metabonomics was conducted to characterize the systemic metabolic response of allograft breast cancer model mice to mPEG-PLGA-DT and DOX/TAX treatments. RESULTS: Breast tumor growth induced metabolic reprogram in serum and multiple organs...
March 12, 2018: Nanomedicine
Meiyan Wang, Dan Meng, Peng Zhang, Xiangxing Wang, Gang Du, Charles Brennan, Shiming Li, Chi-Tang Ho, Hui Zhao
Aging and oxidative-related events are closely associated with the oxidative damages induced by excess reactive oxygen species (ROS). The phytochemicals nobiletin (NBT) and tangeretin (TAN), and their 5-demethylated derivatives 5-demethylnobiletin (5-DN) and 5-demethyltangeretin (5-DT) are the representative polymethoxyflavones (PMFs) compounds found in aged citrus peel. Although the health benefits from PMFs due to their antioxidant activities have been well documented, a systematic assessment regarding the antioxidation process of PMFs is still lack of attention...
March 11, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Daniel C McFarland, Kelly M Shaffer, Amy Tiersten, Jimmie Holland
BACKGROUND: Physical symptom burden and psychologic symptoms are highly prevalent in women with breast cancer. The Distress Thermometer and Problem List (DT&PL) is commonly used in oncology clinics to screen for distress and its accompanying Physical Problem List (PPL) identifies pertinent physical symptoms. OBJECTIVE: We sought to identify physical symptoms found on the PPL and evaluate whether they are associated with psychologic symptoms in women with breast cancer...
January 31, 2018: Psychosomatics
Xianhua Wang, Jing Wu, Yingquan Chen, Adisak Pattiya, Haiping Yang, Hanping Chen
Wet torrefaction (WT) possesses some advantages over dry torrefaction (DT). In this study, a comparative analysis of torrefied corn stalk from WT and DT was conducted along with an investigation of their pyrolysis properties under optimal conditions for biomass pyrolysis polygeneration. Compared with DT, WT removed 98% of the ash and retained twice the amount of hydrogen. The impacts of DT and WT on the biomass macromolecular structure was also found to be different using two-dimensional perturbation correlation infrared spectroscopy (2D-PCIS)...
February 27, 2018: Bioresource Technology
Dong-Mei Wu, Yong-Jian Wang, Xin-Rui Han, Xin Wen, Lei Li, Lan Xu, Jun Lu, Yuan-Lin Zheng
In this study, we aim to investigate the role of tanshinone IIA in myocardial infarction (MI), especially in left ventricular remodelling (VR) and the underlying mechanism involving the TLR4/MyD88/NF-κB signalling pathway. Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats (n = 96) were selected, and 12 of them underwent sham surgery. The remaining 84 rats were subjected to MI modelling. HE and MT staining were carried out to estimate infract size, histopathological changes and fibrosis degree. Macrophage infiltration and cardiomyocyte apoptosis were evaluated by immunohistochemistry and TUNEL staining...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Jesse D Troy, Carlos M de Castro, Mary Ruth Pupa, Greg P Samsa, Amy P Abernethy, Thomas W LeBlanc
Background: NCCN defines distress as a multifactorial, unpleasant emotional experience of a psychological nature that may interfere with patients' ability to cope with cancer symptoms and treatment. Patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are at risk for distress due to the largely incurable nature of this hematopoietic malignancy and its symptom burden, yet associations with clinical outcomes are unknown. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed patient-reported distress data from adult ambulatory patients with MDS visiting a single, tertiary care medical center from July 2013 to September 2015...
March 2018: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network: JNCCN
Po-Chieh Lin, Kai-Hsiang Chen, Bing-Shiang Yang, Yu-Jung Chen
BACKGROUND: Spiral drawing on papers is a common tremor evaluation tool for diagnosing patients with essential tremor (ET) or Parkinson's disease (PD). No standard drawing methods and parameters that use graphic tablets are yet available for objective evaluation. METHODS: This study established a tremor assessment system for tremor severity by using graphic tablets. Twelve patients with ET and twelve patients with PD were tested to establish system algorithms, and six additional patients were tested with the developed system to evaluate its performance...
March 9, 2018: BMC Neurology
Bo Geng, Jian Dong, Winnie Jensen, Strahinja Dosen, Dario Farina, Ernest Nlandu Kamavuako
This paper evaluated the psychophysical properties of subdermal electrical stimulation to investigate its feasibility in providing sensory feedback for limb prostheses. The detection threshold (DT), pain threshold (PT), just noticeable difference (JND), as well as the elicited sensation quality, comfort, intensity, and location were assessed in 16 healthy volunteers during stimulation of the ventral and dorsal forearm with subdermal electrodes. Moreover, the results were compared with those obtained from transcutaneous electrical stimulation...
March 2018: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
Paulo Giusti Rossi, Larissa Pires de Andrade, Juliana Hotta Ansai, Ana Claudia Silva Farche, Leticia Carnaz, Daniela Dalpubel, Eduardo Ferriolli, Francisco Assis Carvalho Vale, Anielle Cristhine de Medeiros Takahashi
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Cognition and level of physical activity have been associated with frailty syndrome. The development of tools that assess deficits related to physical and cognitive frailties simultaneously are of common interest. However, little is known about how much these aspects influence the performance of dual-task tests. Our aims were (a) to verify the influence of frailty syndrome and objectively measured physical activity and cognition on the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test and Timed Up and Go associated with dual-task (TUG-DT) performances; and (b) to compare TUG and TUG-DT performances between older adults who develop frailty syndrome...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy
Steven D Briscoe, Clifton W Ragsdale
The evolutionary relationships of the mammalian neocortex and avian dorsal telencephalon (DT) nuclei have been debated for more than a century. Despite their central importance to this debate, non-avian reptiles remain underexplored with modern molecular techniques. Reptile studies harbor great potential for understanding the changes in DT organization that occurred in the early evolution of amniotes. They may also help clarify the specializations in the avian DT, which comprises a massive, cell-dense dorsal ventricular ridge (DVR) and a nuclear dorsal-most structure, the Wulst...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Comparative Neurology
Satyanarayan T Shanbhag, Bernard Choong, Maxim Petrov, Brett Delahunt, John A Windsor, Anthony R J Phillips
BACKGROUND: Critical illness including severe acute pancreatitis is associated with the multiple organ dysfunction syndrome. The "gut-lymph" hypothesis states that multiple organ dysfunction syndrome is due to release of toxic factors from the intestine into the mesenteric lymph. The aims of this study were to determine the effect of normotensive acute pancreatitis conditioned mesenteric lymph on cardiac function and whether external drainage of mesenteric lymph would protect the heart...
March 5, 2018: Surgery
Judit Danis, Luca Janovák, Barbara Gubán, Anikó Göblös, Kornélia Szabó, Lajos Kemény, Zsuzsanna Bata-Csörgő, Márta Széll
Keratinocytes are non-professional immune cells contributing actively to innate immune responses partially by reacting to a wide range of molecular patterns by activating pattern recognition receptors. Cytosolic nucleotide fragments as pathogen- or self-derived trigger factors are activating inflammasomes and inducing anti-viral signal transduction pathways as well as inducing expression of inflammatory cytokines. We aimed to compare the induced inflammatory reactions in three keratinocyte cell types-normal human epidermal keratinocytes, the HaCaT cell line and the HPV-KER cell line-upon exposure to the synthetic RNA and DNA analogues poly(I:C) and poly(dA:dT) to reveal the underlying signaling events...
March 8, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Sudeep Chenna Narendra, Jaya Prakash Chalise, Sophie Biggs, Ulrich Kalinke, Mattias Magnusson
Objective: CD4+ FoxP3+ CD25+ regulatory T-cells (Tregs ) are important for preventing tissue destruction. Here, we investigate the role of Tregs for protection against experimental arthritis by IFN-α. Methods: Arthritis was triggered by intra-articular injection of methylated bovine serum albumin (mBSA) in wild-type mice, Foxp3DTReGFP+/- mice [allowing selective depletion of Tregs by diphtheria toxin (DT)] and CD4-Cre+/- IFNA1R flox/flox mice (devoid of IFNAR signaling in T-cells) earlier immunized with mBSA, with or without treatment with IFN-α or the indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO)-metabolite kynurenine...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Mohamad Forouzanfar, Fiona C Baker, Massimiliano de Zambotti, Corey McCall, Laurent Giovangrandi, Gregory T A Kovacs
Impedance cardiography is the most common clinically validated, noninvasive method for determining the timing of the opening of the aortic valve, an important event used for measuring preejection period, which reflects sympathetic beta-adrenergic influences on the heart. Automatic detection of the exact time of the opening of the aortic valve (B point on the impedance cardiogram) has proven to be challenging as its appearance varies between and within individuals and may manifest as a reversal, inflection, or rapid slope change of the thoracic impedance derivative's (dZ/dt) rapid rise...
March 7, 2018: Psychophysiology
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