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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549292/globally-supported-radial-basis-function-based-collocation-method-for-evolution-of-level-set-in-mass-segmentation-using-mammograms
#1
Kanchan Lata Kashyap, Manish Kumar Bajpai, Pritee Khanna
Computer-aided detection systems play an important role for the detection of breast abnormalities using mammograms. Global segmentation of mass in mammograms is a complex process due to low contrast mammogram images, irregular shape of mass, speculated margins, and the presence of intensity variations of pixels. This work presents a new approach for mass detection in mammograms, which is based on the variational level set function. Mesh-free based radial basis function (RBF) collocation approach is employed for the evolution of level set function for segmentation of breast as well as suspicious mass region...
May 15, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549246/the-usage-of-data-compression-for-the-background-estimation-of-electron-energy-loss-spectra
#2
Jakob Spiegelberg, Ján Rusz, Klaus Leifer, Thomas Thersleff
Quantitative analysis of noisy electron spectrum images requires a robust estimation of the underlying background signal. We demonstrate how modern data compression methods can be used as a tool for achieving an analysis result less affected by statistical errors or to speed up the background estimation. In particular, we demonstrate how a multilinear singular value decomposition (MLSVD) can be used to enhance elemental maps obtained from a complex sample measured with energy electron loss spectroscopy. Furthermore, the usage of vertex component analysis (VCA) for a basis vector centered estimation of the background is demonstrated...
May 20, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549173/incidental-mosquitocidal-effect-of-an-ivermectin-mass-drug-administration-on-anopheles-farauti-conducted-for-scabies-control-in-the-solomon-islands
#3
Christian Kositz, Jeptah Talina, Jason Diau, Rowena Asugeni, Cheryl Whitehorn, David Mabey, Carlos Chaccour, Michael Marks
Background: The Solomon Islands is targeting elimination of malaria by 2030. The dominant vector is the predominantly exophagic, exophilic Anopheles farauti sensu strictu. This biting behaviour limits the efficacy of conventional vector control tools and highlights the need for new strategies. When administered to humans ivermectin has been shown to have a mosquitocidal effect. Mass drug administration (MDA) with ivermectin is an emerging strategy in the control of scabies. In this study we explored any incidental effect of ivermectin MDA conducted for scabies control on mosquitoes...
May 26, 2017: Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549151/borrelia-species-detected-in-ticks-feeding-on-wild-korean-water-deer-hydropotes-inermis-using-molecular-and-genotypic-analyses
#4
D VanBik, S H Lee, M G Seo, B R Jeon, Y K Goo, S J Park, M H Rhee, O D Kwon, T H Kim, P J L Geraldino, D Kwak
Lyme borreliosis is a vector-borne disease transmitted through the bite of ticks infected by Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato group, including B. burgdorferi sensu stricto, B. afzelii, and B. garinii. The goal of the present study was to detect Borrelia species in ticks infesting wild Korean water deer (KWD; Hydropotes inermis Swinhoe), using molecular and genotypic analyses. In total, 48 ticks were collected from KWD, all of which were morphologically identified as Haemaphysalis longicornis Neumann that is dominant in Korea...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549090/sigma-1-receptor-regulates-mitochondrial-function-in-glucose-and-oxygen-deprived-retinal-ganglion-cells
#5
Dorette Z Ellis, Linya Li, Yong Park, Shaoqing He, Brett Mueller, Thomas Yorio
Purpose: Understanding the role of mitochondria in retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) is relevant to human disease as studies have shown mitochondrial abnormalities in primary open-angle glaucoma patients. This study seeks to determine the effects of the sigma-1 receptor (σ-1r) and its agonists on mitochondrial function in oxygen- and glucose- deprived (OGD) purified neonatal RGCs. Methods: Retinal ganglion cells were isolated from rat pups and subjected to OGD in varying conditions in the presence or absence of σ-1r agonist and antagonist and following addition of an AAV2-σ-1r vector that was used to increase σ-1r expression...
May 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548685/detection-methods-of-cyprinid-herpesvirus-2-infection-in-silver-crucian-carp-carassius-auratus-gibelio-via-a-porf72-monoclonal-antibody
#6
S Y Kong, Y S Jiang, Q Wang, J F Lu, D Xu, L Q Lu
Cyprinid herpesvirus 2 (CyHV-2) is the main pathogen responsible for causing haematopoietic necrosis disease in Carassius auratus gibelio. Although many nucleic acid-based diagnostic methods have been applied, no stable and sensitive immunological diagnostic approaches have been reported. In this study, to detect CyHV-2 in clinical samples using immunological methods, recombinant ORF72 protein (pORF72), encoded by the CyHV-2 ORF72 gene, was used as a capture antigen to identify blood and tissues infected with CyHV-2...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548637/high-infection-rates-for-adult-macaques-after-intravaginal-or-intrarectal-inoculation-with-zika-virus
#7
Andrew D Haddow, Aysegul Nalca, Franco D Rossi, Lynn J Miller, Michael R Wiley, Unai Perez-Sautu, Samuel C Washington, Sarah L Norris, Suzanne E Wollen-Roberts, Joshua D Shamblin, Adrienne E Kimmel, Holly A Bloomfield, Stephanie M Valdez, Thomas R Sprague, Lucia M Principe, Stephanie A Bellanca, Stephanie S Cinkovich, Luis Lugo-Roman, Lisa H Cazares, William D Pratt, Gustavo F Palacios, Sina Bavari, M Louise M Pitt, Farooq Nasar
Unprotected sexual intercourse between persons residing in or traveling from regions with Zika virus transmission is a risk factor for infection. To model risk for infection after sexual intercourse, we inoculated rhesus and cynomolgus macaques with Zika virus by intravaginal or intrarectal routes. In macaques inoculated intravaginally, we detected viremia in 75% of macaques and virus RNA in 100%, followed by seroconversion. In macaques inoculated intrarectally, we detected viremia, virus RNA, or both, in 100% of both species, followed by seroconversion...
August 17, 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548370/current-state-of-a-dual-behavior-of-antimicrobial-peptides-therapeutic-agents-and-promising-delivery-vectors
#8
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Urszula Piotrowska, Marcin Sobczak, Ewa Oledzka
Microorganism resistance is an important challenge in modern medicine due to the global uncontrolled use of antibiotics. Natural and synthetic antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) symbolize a new family of antibiotics, which have stimulated research and clinical interest as new therapeutic options for infections. They represent one of the most promising antimicrobial substances, due to their broad spectrum of biological activity, against bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses, yeast and even tumour cells. Besides, being antimicrobial, AMPs have been shown to bind and neutralize bacterial endotoxins, as well as possess immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory, wound-healing, angiogenic and antitumour properties...
May 26, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548103/an-aavp-based-solid-phase-transducing-matrix-for-transgene-delivery-potential-for-translational-applications
#9
T L Smith, G R Souza, R L Sidman, W Arap, R Pasqualini
A hybrid vector of adeno-associated virus and phage (termed AAVP) has been introduced as a platform for systemic ligand-directed delivery of transgenes to tumors over the past decade. A series of studies have evaluated the AAVP platform for potential theranostic or purely therapeutic applications in several tumor models. Sufficient ligand-directed tumor targeting consistently resulted in specific molecular-genetic imaging and/or anti-tumor responses to 'suicide' transgene delivery. However, efforts to optimize transduction efficiency are still ongoing...
May 26, 2017: Cancer Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548102/replicating-viral-vector-platform-exploits-alarmin-signals-for-potent-cd8-t-cell-mediated-tumour-immunotherapy
#10
Sandra M Kallert, Stephanie Darbre, Weldy V Bonilla, Mario Kreutzfeldt, Nicolas Page, Philipp Müller, Matthias Kreuzaler, Min Lu, Stéphanie Favre, Florian Kreppel, Max Löhning, Sanjiv A Luther, Alfred Zippelius, Doron Merkler, Daniel D Pinschewer
Viral infections lead to alarmin release and elicit potent cytotoxic effector T lymphocyte (CTL(eff)) responses. Conversely, the induction of protective tumour-specific CTL(eff) and their recruitment into the tumour remain challenging tasks. Here we show that lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV) can be engineered to serve as a replication competent, stably-attenuated immunotherapy vector (artLCMV). artLCMV delivers tumour-associated antigens to dendritic cells for efficient CTL priming. Unlike replication-deficient vectors, artLCMV targets also lymphoid tissue stroma cells expressing the alarmin interleukin-33...
May 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547728/the-protective-effect-of-a-novel-antioxidant-gene-from-mycobacterium-avium-against-nitrosative-and-oxidative-stress-in-e-coli
#11
Shiyi He, Aiyan Wang, Xueping Ning, Dongjun Yang, Min Ling
The production of reactive oxygen intermediates (ROI) and reactive nitrogen intermediates (RNI) is an important host defense mechanism in response to infection by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. A variety of genes have been implicated in resistance to ROI and RNI, including noxR1. However, studies in Mycobacterium avium, an important pathogen among nontuberculous mycobacteria, are limited. We aim to investigate the role of a novel gene cloned from M. avium with high similarity to noxR1, noA, in resistance against RNI and ROI in M...
June 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546526/molecular-signature-for-lymphatic-invasion-associated-with-survival-of-epithelial-ovarian-cancer
#12
E Sun Paik, Hyun Jin Choi, Tae-Joong Kim, Jeong-Won Lee, Byoung-Gie Kim, Duk-Soo Bae, Chel Hun Choi
Purpose: We aimed to develop molecular classifier that can predict lymphatic invasion and their clinical significance in epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) patients. Materials and Methods: We analyzed gene expression (mRNA, methylated DNA) in data from The Cancer Genome Atlas. To identify molecular signatures for lymphatic invasion, we found differentially expressed genes. The performance of classifier was validated by receiver operating characteristics analysis, logistic regression, linear discriminant analysis (LDA), and support vector machine (SVM)...
May 22, 2017: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546518/safety-immunogenicity-and-cross-species-protection-of-a-plasmid-dna-encoding-plasmodium-falciparum-sera5-polypeptide-microbial-epitopes-and-chemokine-genes-in-mice-and-olive-baboons
#13
Nyamongo Onkoba, Ruth M Mumo, Horace Ochanda, Charles Omwandho, Hastings S Ozwara, Thomas G Egwang
Incorporation of biomolecular epitopes to malarial antigens should be explored in the development of strain-transcending malarial vaccines. The present study sought to determine safety, immunogenicity and cross-species efficacy ofPlasmodium falciparum serine repeat antigen 5 polypeptide co-expressed with epitopes of Bacille-Calmette Guerin (BCG), tetanus toxoid (TT) and a chemokine gene. Olive baboons and BALB/c mice were randomly assigned into vaccine and control groups. The vaccine group animals were primed and boosted twice with pIRES plasmids encoding the SERA5+ BCG+ TT alone, or with either CCL5 or CCL20 and the control group with pIRES plasmid vector backbone...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546470/ocular-changes-over-60-minutes-in-supine-and-prone-postures
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Allison P Anderson, Gautam Babu, Jacob G Swan, Scott D Phillips, Darin A Knaus, Christine M Toutain-Kidd, Michael E Zegans, Abigail M Fellows, Jiang Gui, Jay C Buckey
Some astronauts are returning from long duration spaceflight with structural ocular and visual changes. We investigated both the transient and sustained effects of changes in the direction of the gravity vector acting on the eye using changes in body posture. Intraocular pressure (IOP-Perkins tonometer), ocular geometry (axial length, corneal thickness, and aqueous depth-noncontact biometer), and the choroidal (volume and subfoveal thickness optical coherence tomography) was measured in 10 subjects (5M, 5F)...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546229/mir-182-5p-improves-the-viability-mitosis-migration-and-invasion-ability-of-human-gastric-cancer-cells-by-down-regulating-rab27a
#15
Yuling Li, Shudong Chen, Zhengfei Shan, Liyan Bi, Shengqiang Yu, Yongwei Li, Sen Xu
We investigated the effect of miR-182-5p on the viability, proliferation, invasion and migration ability of human gastric cells by regulating the expression of RAB27A. Real-time PCR assay was used to detect the expression of miR-182-5 and RAB27A in human gastric carcinoma tissues, para-carcinoma tissues and different cell lines. Western blotting was also used to determine the RAB27A expression in both tissues and cell lines. We chose the HGC-27 cell line as experiment subject as it demonstrated the highest miR-182-5p level...
May 25, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546132/identification-of-direct-target-genes-of-mir-7-mir-9-mir-96-and-mir-182-in-the-human-breast-cancer-cell-lines-mcf-7-and-mda-mb-231
#16
Hamidreza Moazzeni, Ali Najafi, Marzieh Khani
Some microRNAs have carcinogenic or tumor suppressive effects in breast cancer, which is the most common cancer in women worldwide. MiR-7 and miR-9 are tumor suppressor microRNAs, which induce apoptosis and inhibit proliferation in breast cancer cells. Moreover, miR-96 and miR-182 are onco-microRNAs that increase proliferation, migration, and tumorigenesis in breast cancer cells. This study aimed to identify the direct target genes of these four microRNAs in the human breast cancer cell lines MCF-7 and MDA-MB-231...
May 22, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Probes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546079/pioneer-study-of-population-genetics-of-rhodnius-ecuadoriensis-hemiptera-reduviidae-from-the-central-coast-and-southern-andean-regions-of-ecuador
#17
Anita G Villacís, Paula L Marcet, César A Yumiseva, Ellen M Dotson, Michel Tibayrenc, Simone Frédérique Brenière, Mario J Grijalva
Effective control of Chagas disease vector populations requires a good understanding of the epidemiological components, including a reliable analysis of the genetic structure of vector populations. Rhodnius ecuadoriensis is the most widespread vector of Chagas disease in Ecuador, occupying domestic, peridomestic and sylvatic habitats. It is widely distributed in the central coast and southern highlands regions of Ecuador, two very different regions in terms of bio-geographical characteristics. To evaluate the genetic relationship among R...
May 22, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545836/symptom-severity-classification-with-gradient-tree-boosting
#18
Yang Liu, Yu Gu, John Chu Nguyen, Haodan Li, Jiawei Zhang, Yuan Gao, Yang Huang
In this paper, we present our system as submitted in the CEGS N-GRID 2016 task 2 RDoC classification competition. The task was to determine symptom severity (0-3) in a domain for a patient based on the text provided in his/her initial psychiatric evaluation. We first preprocessed the psychiatry notes into a semi-structured questionnaire and transformed the short answers into either numerical, binary, or categorical features. We further trained weak Support Vector Regressors (SVR) for each verbose answer and combined regressors' output with other features to feed into the final gradient tree boosting classifier with resampling of individual notes...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545520/the-abundance-of-the-lyme-disease-pathogen-borrelia-afzelii-declines-over-time-in-the-tick-vector-ixodes-ricinus
#19
Maxime Jacquet, Dolores Genné, Alessandro Belli, Elodie Maluenda, Anouk Sarr, Maarten J Voordouw
BACKGROUND: The population dynamics of vector-borne pathogens inside the arthropod vector can have important consequences for vector-to-host transmission. Tick-borne spirochete bacteria of the Borrelia burgdorferi (sensu lato) species complex cause Lyme borreliosis in humans and spend long periods of time (>12 months) in their Ixodes tick vectors. To date, few studies have investigated the dynamics of Borrelia spirochete populations in unfed Ixodes nymphal ticks. METHODS: Larval ticks from our laboratory colony of I...
May 25, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545480/effects-of-hepatitis-c-virus-core-protein-and-nonstructural-protein-4b-on-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway
#20
Xiao-Hua Jiang, Yu-Tao Xie, Ya-Ping Cai, Jing Ren, Tao Ma
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) core protein and nonstructural protein 4B (NS4B) are potentially oncogenic. Aberrant activation of the Wnt/β-catenin signaling pathway is closely associated with hepatocarcinogenesis. We investigated the effects of HCV type 1b core protein and NS4B on Wnt/β-catenin signaling in various liver cells, and explored the molecular mechanism underlying HCV-related hepatocarcinogenesis. RESULTS: Compared with the empty vector control, HCV core protein and NS4B demonstrated the following characteristics in the Huh7 cells: significantly enhanced β-catenin/Tcf-dependent transcriptional activity (F = 40...
May 25, 2017: BMC Microbiology
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