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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931258/simulation-based-education-for-endoscopic-third-ventriculostomy-a-comparison-between-virtual-and-physical-training-models
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Gerben E Breimer, Faizal A Haji, Vivek Bodani, Melissa S Cunningham, Adriana-Lucia Lopez-Rios, Allan Okrainec, James M Drake
BACKGROUND: The relative educational benefits of virtual reality (VR) and physical simulation models for endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) have not been evaluated "head to head." OBJECTIVE: To compare and identify the relative utility of a physical and VR ETV simulation model for use in neurosurgical training. METHODS: Twenty-three neurosurgical residents and 3 fellows performed an ETV on both a physical and VR simulation model. Trainees rated the models using 5-point Likert scales evaluating the domains of anatomy, instrument handling, procedural content, and the overall fidelity of the simulation...
February 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931002/enhanced-proofreading-governs-crispr-cas9-targeting-accuracy
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Janice S Chen, Yavuz S Dagdas, Benjamin P Kleinstiver, Moira M Welch, Alexander A Sousa, Lucas B Harrington, Samuel H Sternberg, J Keith Joung, Ahmet Yildiz, Jennifer A Doudna
The RNA-guided CRISPR-Cas9 nuclease from Streptococcus pyogenes (SpCas9) has been widely repurposed for genome editing(1-4). High-fidelity (SpCas9-HF1) and enhanced specificity (eSpCas9(1.1)) variants exhibit substantially reduced off-target cleavage in human cells, but the mechanism of target discrimination and the potential to further improve fidelity are unknown(5-9). Using single-molecule Förster resonance energy transfer (smFRET) experiments, we show that both SpCas9-HF1 and eSpCas9(1.1) are trapped in an inactive state(10) when bound to mismatched targets...
September 20, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930296/the-verified-neighbor-approach-to-geoprivacy-an-improved-method-for-geographic-masking
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Wayne Richter
Geographic information adds a powerful component to environmental epidemiology studies but can compromise subject confidentiality. Although locations are often masked by perturbing spatial coordinates, existing masks do not ensure that the perturbation area contains a sufficient number of valid surrogates to prevent disclosure, nor are they designed to minimize perturbation while maintaining a specified level of privacy. I introduce a new approach to geoprivacy in which real property parcel data with information about land use are used to develop a pool of verified neighbors...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Exposure Science & Environmental Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929950/high-versus-low-theoretical-fidelity-pedometer-intervention-using-social-cognitive-theory-on-steps-and-self-efficacy
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Thomas D Raedeke, Deirdre Dlugonski
PURPOSE: This study was designed to compare a low versus high theoretical fidelity pedometer intervention applying social-cognitive theory on step counts and self-efficacy. METHOD: Fifty-six public university employees participated in a 10-week randomized controlled trial with 2 conditions that varied in theoretical fidelity. Participants in the high theoretical fidelity condition wore a pedometer and participated in a weekly group walk followed by a meeting to discuss cognitive-behavioral strategies targeting self-efficacy...
September 20, 2017: Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928742/a-streamlined-approach-to-antibody-novel-germline-allele-prediction-and-validation
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Ben S Wendel, Chenfeng He, Peter D Crompton, Susan K Pierce, Ning Jiang
Advancements in high-throughput sequencing and molecular identifier-based error correction have opened the door to antibody repertoire sequencing with single mutation precision, increasing both the breadth and depth of immune response characterization. However, improvements in sequencing technology cannot resolve one key aspect of antibody repertoire sequencing accuracy: the possibility of undocumented novel germline alleles. Somatic hypermutation (SHM) calling requires a reference germline sequence, and the antibody variable region gene alleles collected by the IMGT database, although large in number, are not comprehensive...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927527/dna-mismatch-repair-and-its-many-roles-in-eukaryotic-cells
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REVIEW
Dekang Liu, Guido Keijzers, Lene Juel Rasmussen
DNA mismatch repair (MMR) is an important DNA repair pathway that plays critical roles in DNA replication fidelity, mutation avoidance and genome stability, all of which contribute significantly to the viability of cells and organisms. MMR is widely-used as a diagnostic biomarker for human cancers in the clinic, and as a biomarker of cancer susceptibility in animal model systems. Prokaryotic MMR is well-characterized at the molecular and mechanistic level; however, MMR is considerably more complex in eukaryotic cells than in prokaryotic cells, and in recent years, it has become evident that MMR plays novel roles in eukaryotic cells, several of which are not yet well-defined or understood...
July 2017: Mutation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924607/autogenic-geomorphic-processes-determine-the-resolution-and-fidelity-of-terrestrial-paleoclimate-records
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Brady Z Foreman, Kyle M Straub
Terrestrial paleoclimate records rely on proxies hosted in alluvial strata whose beds are deposited by unsteady and nonlinear geomorphic processes. It is broadly assumed that this renders the resultant time series of terrestrial paleoclimatic variability noisy and incomplete. We evaluate this assumption using a model of oscillating climate and the precise topographic evolution of an experimental alluvial system. We find that geomorphic stochasticity can create aliasing in the time series and spurious climate signals, but these issues are eliminated when the period of climate oscillation is longer than a key time scale of internal dynamics in the geomorphic system...
September 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922922/growing-membranes-in-vitro-by-continuous-phospholipid-biosynthesis-from-free-fatty-acids
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Marten Exterkate, Antonella Caforio, Marc C A Stuart, Arnold J M Driessen
One of the key aspects that defines a cell as a living entity is its ability to self-reproduce. In this process, membrane biogenesis is an essential element. Here, we developed an in vitro phospholipid biosynthesis pathway based on a cascade of eight enzymes, starting from simple fatty acid building blocks and glycerol 3-phosphate. The reconstituted system yields multiple phospholipid species that vary in acyl-chain and polar head group compositions. Due to the high fidelity and versatility, complete conversion of the fatty acid substrates into multiple phospholipid species is achieved simultaneously, leading to membrane expansion as a first step towards a synthetic minimal cell...
September 18, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922664/patchy-particles-made-by-colloidal-fusion
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Zhe Gong, Theodore Hueckel, Gi-Ra Yi, Stefano Sacanna
Patches on the surfaces of colloidal particles provide directional information that enables the self-assembly of the particles into higher-order structures. Although computational tools can make quantitative predictions and can generate design rules that link the patch motif of a particle to its internal microstructure and to the emergent properties of the self-assembled materials, the experimental realization of model systems of particles with surface patches (or 'patchy' particles) remains a challenge. Synthetic patchy colloidal particles are often poor geometric approximations of the digital building blocks used in simulations and can only rarely be manufactured in sufficiently high yields to be routinely used as experimental model systems...
September 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922309/quantifying-the-physiological-stress-response-to-simulated-maritime-pilotage-tasks-the-influence-of-task-complexity-and-pilot-experience
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Luana C Main, Alexander Wolkow, Timothy P Chambers
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to quantify the stress associated with performing maritime pilotage tasks in a high-fidelity simulator. METHODS: Eight trainee and 13 maritime pilots completed two simulated pilotage tasks of varying complexity. Salivary cortisol samples were collected pre- and post-simulation for both trials. Heart rate was measured continuously throughout the study. RESULTS: Significant changes in salivary cortisol (P = 0...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922120/motion-estimation-in-echocardiography-using-sparse-representation-and-dictionary-learning
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Nora Ouzir, Adrian Basarab, Herve Liebgott, Brahim Harbaoui, Jean-Yves Tourneret
This paper introduces a new method for cardiac motion estimation in 2D ultrasound images. The motion estimation problem is formulated as an energy minimization, whose data fidelity term is built using the assumption that the images are corrupted by multiplicative Rayleigh noise. In addition to a classical spatial smoothness constraint, the proposed method exploits the sparse properties of the cardiac motion to regularize the solution via an appropriate dictionary learning step. The proposed method is evaluated on one dataset with available ground-truth, including four sequences of highly realistic simulations...
September 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922116/iterative-low-dose-ct-reconstruction-with-priors-trained-by-artificial-neural-network
#12
Dufan Wu, Kyungsang Kim, Georges El Fakhri, Quanzheng Li
Dose reduction in computed tomography (CT) is essential for decreasing radiation risk in clinical applications. Iterative reconstruction algorithms are one of the most promising way to compensate for the increased noise due to reduction of photon flux. Most iterative reconstruction algorithms incorporate manually designed prior functions of the reconstructed image to suppress noises while maintaining structures of the image. These priors basically rely on smoothness constraints and cannot exploit more complex features of the image...
September 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921631/validation-of-highly-accelerated-real-time-cardiac-cine-mri-with-radial-k-space-sampling-and-compressed-sensing-in-patients-at-1-5t-and-3t
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Hassan Haji-Valizadeh, Amir A Rahsepar, Jeremy D Collins, Elwin Bassett, Tamara Isakova, Tobias Block, Ganesh Adluru, Edward V R DiBella, Daniel C Lee, James C Carr, Daniel Kim
PURPOSE: To validate an optimal 12-fold accelerated real-time cine MRI pulse sequence with radial k-space sampling and compressed sensing (CS) in patients at 1.5T and 3T. METHODS: We used two strategies to reduce image artifacts arising from gradient delays and eddy currents in radial k-space sampling with balanced steady-state free precession readout. We validated this pulse sequence against a standard breath-hold cine sequence in two patient cohorts: a myocardial infarction (n = 16) group at 1...
September 17, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921306/brief-report-feasibility-and-preliminary-efficacy-of-individual-mindfulness-therapy-for-adults-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Caitlin M Conner, Susan W White
Intervention research on adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is sparse. Many adults with ASD experience impaired emotion regulation (ER), which is thought to contribute to higher rates of psychiatric comorbidities among adults with ASD and indirect effects upon adaptive functioning, interpersonal relationships, and vocational status. The purpose of this study was to investigate feasibility and initial efficacy of an adapted mindfulness-based individual therapy targeting ER difficulties for adults with ASD...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919002/x-linked-adrenoleukodystrophy-in-a-chimpanzee-due-to-an-abcd1-mutation-reported-in-multiple-unrelated-humans
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Julian Curiel, Steven Jeffrey Steinberg, Sarah Bright, Ann Snowden, Ann B Moser, Florian Eichler, Holly A Dubbs, Joseph G Hacia, John J Ely, Jocelyn Bezner, Alisa Gean, Adeline Vanderver
BACKGROUND: X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy (X-ALD) is a genetic disorder leading to the accumulation of very long chain fatty acids (VLCFA) due to a mutation in the ABCD1 gene. ABCD1 mutations lead to a variety of phenotypes, including cerebral X-ALD and adrenomyeloneuropathy (AMN) in affected males and 80% of carrier females. There is no definite genotype-phenotype correlation with intrafamilial variability. Cerebral X-ALD typically presents in childhood, but can also present in juveniles and adults...
September 1, 2017: Molecular Genetics and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918056/the-therapeutic-potential-of-crispr-cas9-systems-in-oncogene-addicted-cancer-types-virally-driven-cancers-as-a-model-system
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REVIEW
Luqman Jubair, Nigel A J McMillan
The field of gene editing is undergoing unprecedented growth. The first ex vivo human clinical trial in China started in 2016, more than 1000 US patents have been filed, and there is exponential growth in publications. The ability to edit genes with high fidelity is promising for the development of new treatments for a range of diseases, particularly inherited conditions, infectious diseases, and cancers. For cancer, a major issue is the identification of driver mutations and oncogenes to target for therapeutic effect, and this requires the development of robust models with which to prove their efficacy...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917963/an-efficient-computational-fluid-particle-dynamics-method-to-predict-deposition-in-a-simplified-approximation-of-the-deep-lung
#17
P G Koullapis, P Hofemeier, J Sznitman, S C Kassinos
High-fidelity simulations of the complete airway tree are still largely beyond current computational capabilities. Towards large-scale simulations of the human lung, the current study introduces a numerical methodology to predict particle deposition in a simplified approximation of the deep lung during a full breathing cycle. The geometrical model employed consists of an idealised bronchial tree that represents generations 10 to 19 of the conducting zone and an heterogeneous acinar model created using a space-filling algorithm...
September 13, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917659/sonification-of-scalp-recorded-frequency-following-responses-ffrs-offers-improved-response-detection-over-conventional-statistical-metrics
#18
Gavin M Bidelman
BACKGROUND: The human frequency-following response (FFR) is a neurophonic potential used to examine the brain's encoding of complex sounds (e.g., speech) and monitor neuroplastic changes in auditory processing. Given the FFR's low amplitude (order of nanovolts), current conventions in literature recommend collecting several thousand trials to obtain a robust evoked response with adequate signal-to-noise ratio. NEW METHOD: By exploiting the spectrotemporal fidelity of the response, we examined whether auditory playbacks (i...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917058/lineage-tracing-of-genome-edited-alleles-reveals-high-fidelity-axolotl-limb-regeneration
#19
Grant Parker Flowers, Lucas D Sanor, Craig M Crews
Salamanders are unparalleled among tetrapods in their ability to regenerate many structures, including entire limbs, and the study of this ability may provide insights into human regenerative therapies. The complex structure of the limb poses challenges to the investigation of the cellular and molecular basis of its regeneration. Using CRISPR/Cas, we genetically labelled unique cell lineages within the developing axolotl embryo and tracked the frequency of each lineage within amputated and fully regenerated limbs...
September 16, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915923/season-but-not-symbiont-state-drives-microbiome-structure-in-the-temperate-coral-astrangia-poculata
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Koty H Sharp, Zoe A Pratte, Allison H Kerwin, Randi D Rotjan, Frank J Stewart
BACKGROUND: Understanding the associations among corals, their photosynthetic zooxanthella symbionts (Symbiodinium), and coral-associated prokaryotic microbiomes is critical for predicting the fidelity and strength of coral symbioses in the face of growing environmental threats. Most coral-microbiome associations are beneficial, yet the mechanisms that determine the composition of the coral microbiome remain largely unknown. Here, we characterized microbiome diversity in the temperate, facultatively symbiotic coral Astrangia poculata at four seasonal time points near the northernmost limit of the species range...
September 15, 2017: Microbiome
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