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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914408/block-sparse-beamforming-for-spatially-extended-sources-in-a-bayesian-formulation
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Angeliki Xenaki, Efren Fernandez-Grande, Peter Gerstoft
Direction-of-arrival (DOA) estimation refers to the localization of sound sources on an angular grid from noisy measurements of the associated wavefield with an array of sensors. For accurate localization, the number of angular look-directions is much larger than the number of sensors, hence, the problem is underdetermined and requires regularization. Traditional methods use an ℓ2-norm regularizer, which promotes minimum-power (smooth) solutions, while regularizing with ℓ1-norm promotes sparsity. Sparse signal reconstruction improves the resolution in DOA estimation in the presence of a few point sources, but cannot capture spatially extended sources...
September 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912032/pain-input-impairs-recovery-after-spinal-cord-injury-treatment-with-lidocaine
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Joel D Turtle, Misty M Strain, Miriam Aceves, Yung-Jen Huang, Joshua A Reynolds, Michelle A Hook, James W Grau
More than 90% of spinal cord injuries are caused by traumatic accidents and are often associated with other tissue damage (polytrauma) that can provide a source of continued pain input during recovery. In a clinically relevant spinal cord contusion injury model, prior work has shown that noxious stimulation at an intensity that engages pain (C) fibers soon after injury augments secondary injury and impairs functional recovery. Noxious input increases the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines (interleukin 1β and 18), cellular signals associated with cell death (caspase 3 and 8), and physiological signs of hemorrhage...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911757/local-and-use-dependent-effects-of-%C3%AE-amyloid-oligomers-on-nmda-receptor-function-revealed-by-optical-quantal-analysis
#3
Brooke L Sinnen, Aaron B Bowen, Emily S Gibson, Matthew J Kennedy
: Beta amyloid (Aβ) triggers the elimination of excitatory synaptic connections in the CNS, an early manifestation of Alzheimer's disease. Oligomeric assemblies of Aβ peptide associate with excitatory synapses resulting in synapse elimination through a process that requires NMDA-type glutamate receptor activation. Whether Aβ affects synaptic NMDA receptor (NMDAR) function directly and acts locally at synapses to which it has bound and whether synaptic activity influences Aβ synaptic binding and synaptotoxicity have remained fundamental questions...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909693/unfractionated-and-low-molecular-weight-heparin-and-the-phosphodiesterase-inhibitors-ibmx-and-cilostazol-block-ex-vivo-equid-herpesvirus-type-1-induced-platelet-activation
#4
Tracy Stokol, Priscila B D Serpa, Muhammad N Zahid, Marjory B Brooks
Equid herpes virus type-1 (EHV-1) is a major pathogen of horses, causing abortion storms and outbreaks of herpes virus myeloencephalopathy. These clinical syndromes are partly attributed to ischemic injury from thrombosis in placental and spinal vessels. The mechanism of thrombosis in affected horses is unknown. We have previously shown that EHV-1 activates platelets through virus-associated tissue factor-initiated thrombin generation. Activated platelets participate in thrombus formation by providing a surface to localize coagulation factor complexes that amplify and propagate thrombin generation...
2016: Frontiers in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906937/transversus-abdominis-plane-block-in-the-management-of-acute-postoperative-pain-syndrome-after-caesarean-section-a-randomized-controlled-clinical-trial
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Pierfrancesco Fusco, Vincenza Cofini, Emiliano Petrucci, Paolo Scimia, Tullio Pozone, Giuseppe Paladini, Gaspare Carta, Stefano Necozione, Battista Borghi, Franco Marinangeli
BACKGROUND: The international literature is unclear regarding the analgesic efficacy of the transversus abdominis plane block (TAPB) after a Caesarean section (CS). OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to determine whether a correctly performed ultrasound-guided TAPB (USG-TAPB) could provide better control of acute postoperative pain during the first 72 hours after CS and if it could provide a faster postoperative recovery. STUDY DESIGN: A double-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial on pregnant women who underwent CS...
November 2016: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906936/analgesic-effect-of-nalbuphine-when-added-to-intravenous-regional-anesthesia-a-randomized-control-trial
#6
Mohamed Hassan Bakri, Eman Ahmed Ismail, Sayed Kaoud Abd-Elshafy
BACKGROUND: Different adjuvant drugs are currently added to lidocaine for intravenous regional anesthesia (IVRA) to decrease tourniquet and postoperative pain. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to examine the effect of nalbuphine when added toIVRA. STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, double-blind, controlled clinical trial. SETTING: Assiut University Hospitals. METHODS: One hundred-six adult patients scheduled for unilateral hand surgery under IVRA were randomized into 2 equal groups...
November 2016: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906453/syk-inhibition-blocks-airway-constriction-and-protects-from-th2-induced-airway-inflammation-and-remodeling-in-mice
#7
Christoph Tabeling, Julia Herbert, Andreas C Hocke, David Lamb, Lutz Wollin, Klaus Erb, Ekaterina Boiarina, Hesam Movassagh, Jörg Scheffel, Jan M Doehn, Stefan Hippenstiel, Marcus Maurer, Abdelilah S Gounni, Wolfgang M Kuebler, Norbert Suttorp, Martin Witzenrath
BACKGROUND: Spleen tyrosine kinase (Syk) is an intracellular non-receptor tyrosine kinase, which has been implicated as central immune modulator promoting allergic airway inflammation. Syk inhibition has been proposed as a new therapeutic approach in asthma. However, the direct effects of Syk inhibition on airway constriction independent of allergen sensitization remain elusive. METHODS: Spectral confocal microscopy of human and murine lung tissue was performed to localize Syk expression...
December 1, 2016: Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906326/improving-the-luminescence-enhancement-of-hybrid-au-nanoparticle-monolayer-mos-sub-2-sub-by-focusing-radially-polarized-beams
#8
Di Liu, Le Yu, Xiao Xiong, Lei Yang, Yan Li, Ming Li, Hai-Ou Li, Gang Cao, Ming Xiao, Bin Xiang, Chang-Jun Min, Guang-Can Guo, Xi-Feng Ren, Guo-Ping Guo
Monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have grown as fantastic building blocks for optoelectronic applications, owing to their direct band gap, transparency, and mechanical flexibility. Since the luminescence of monolayer TMDs suffers from low light absorption and emission, surface plasmons, which confine light at subwavelength and enhance the local electric field, are utilized to boost both excitation and emission fields of TMDs, enabling strong light-matter interaction at the nano-scale. Meanwhile, radially-polarized beams (RPBs) as new and attractive excitation source have found many applications in surface plasmon polaritons, optical tweezer and so on...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905976/comparative-approaches-for-assessing-access-to-alcohol-outlets-exploring-the-utility-of-a-gravity-potential-approach
#9
Tony H Grubesic, Ran Wei, Alan T Murray, William Alex Pridemore
BACKGROUND: A growing body of research recommends controlling alcohol availability to reduce harm. Various common approaches, however, provide dramatically different pictures of the physical availability of alcohol. This limits our understanding of the distribution of alcohol access, the causes and consequences of this distribution, and how best to reduce harm. The aim of this study is to introduce both a gravity potential measure of access to alcohol outlets, comparing its strengths and weaknesses to other popular approaches, and an empirically-derived taxonomy of neighborhoods based on the type of alcohol access they exhibit...
August 2, 2016: Population Health Metrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904694/soluble-flt-1-improves-the-repair-of-ankle-joint-injury-in-rats
#10
Jing Tian, Bing Xie, Liangbi Xiang, Yong Zhao, Dapeng Zhou
The ankle injuries create great pain to a great number of patients worldwide. Past studies have focused on the development of practical treatments to relieve pain and improve recovery, but the molecular mechanisms underlying the ankle injuries, especially the local inflammation in the damaged ankle joint, have been rarely studied. Moreover, although reduction of production and secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines may reduce the pain and promote the recovery, a practical approach is currently lacking. Here, we detected significantly higher levels of placental growth factor (PLGF) and pro-inflammatory cytokines in the joint fluid from the patients of acute ankle joint injury (AAJI)...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904211/post-operative-pain-management-in-shoulder-surgery-suprascapular-and-axillary-nerve-block-by-arthroscope-assisted-catheter-placement
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H Çağdaş Basat, D Hakan Uçar, Mehmet Armangil, Berk Güçlü, Mehmet Demirtaş
BACKGROUND: Postoperative pain management is the part of shoulder surgery to improve patient satisfaction, start rehabilitation process rapidly and decrease for hospital stay. Various treatment modalities have been used for pain management, but they have some limitations, side effects and risks. Throughout intraoperative and postoperative period, nerve blocks have been used more popularly than others because of efficacy. For the regional nerve block, local anesthetic should be infiltrated close to the nerve for maximum effect...
November 2016: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903651/t-cells-encountering-myeloid-cells-programmed-for-amino-acid-dependent-immunosuppression-use-rictor-mtorc2-for-proliferative-checkpoint-decisions
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Lee-Ann Van de Velde, Chitra Subramanian, Amber M Smith, Luke Barron, Joseph E Qualls, Geoffrey Neale, Adolfo Alfonso-Pecchio, Suzanne Jackowski, Charles O Rock, Thomas A Wynn, Peter J Murray
Modulation of T cell proliferation and function by immunoregulatory myeloid cells is an essential means of preventing self-reactivity and restoring tissue homeostasis. Consumption of amino acids such as arginine and tryptophan by immunoregulatory macrophages is one pathway that suppresses local T cell proliferation. Using a reduced complexity in vitro macrophage: T cell co-culture system, we show that macrophage Arginase-1 (Arg1) is the only factor required by M2 macrophages to block T cells in G1, and this effect is mediated by L-arginine elimination rather than metabolite generation...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903338/-ultrasound-imaging-increases-first-attempt-success-rate-of-neuraxial-block-in-elderly-patients
#13
J Geng, X L Chen, X D Wang, X Y Guo, M Li
Objective: To verify whether preprocedural ultrasound of the lumbar spine could improve first-attempt success rate (defined as a successful neuraxial anesthesia with only one skin puncture) of neuraxial block in elderly patients. Methods: From septemble 2015 to February 2016, 200 elderly patients undergoing lower-limb surgery with neuraxial block at the Peking Universty Third Hospital were enrolled in this study.RandA 1.0 software was used to randomize patients into two groups: conventional surface landmark-guided group (group LM) and ultrasound-assisted group (group US)...
November 22, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902567/dorsal-root-ganglion-neurons-become-hyperexcitable-and-increase-expression-of-voltage-gated-t-type-calcium-channels-cav3-2-in-paclitaxel-induced-peripheral-neuropathy
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Yan Li, Claudio Esteves Tatsui, Laurence D Rhines, Robert Y North, Daniel S Harrison, Ryan M Cassidy, Caj A Johansson, Alyssa K Kosturakis, Denaya D Edwards, Hongmei Zhang, Patrick M Dougherty
Here it is shown that paclitaxel induced neuropathy is associated with the development of spontaneous activity (SA) and hyperexcitability in DRG neurons that is paralleled by increased expression of low-voltage-activated calcium channels (T-type; Cav3.2). The percentage of DRG neurons showing SA and the overall mean rate of SA were significantly higher at day 7 of paclitaxel treatment than in rats receiving vehicle. Cav3.2 expression was increased in L4-6 DRG and spinal cord segments in paclitaxel-treated rats, localized to small calcitonin gene-related peptide expressing and isolectin B4 expressing DRG neurons and to glial fibrillary acidic protein-positive spinal cord cells...
November 24, 2016: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902479/identification-of-a-novel-polo-like-kinase-1-inhibitor-that-specifically-blocks-the-functions-of-polo-box-domain
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Yunyu Chen, Jing Zhang, Dongsheng Li, Jiandong Jiang, Yanchang Wang, Shuyi Si
Polo-like kinase 1 (Plk1) is a promising target for cancer therapy due to its essential role in cell division. In addition to a highly conserved kinase domain, Plk1 also contains a Polo-Box domain (PBD), which is essential for Plk1's subcellular localization and mitotic functions. We adopted a fluorescence polarization assay and identified a new Plk1 PBD inhibitor T521 from a small-molecule compound library. T521 specifically inhibits the PBD of Plk1, but not those of Plk2-3. T521 exhibits covalent binding to some lysine residues of Plk1 PBD, which causes significant changes in the secondary structure of Plk1 PBD...
November 25, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899122/endocytosed-nanoparticles-hold-endosomes-and-stimulate-binucleated-cells-formation
#16
Lin Xia, Weihong Gu, Mingyi Zhang, Ya-Nan Chang, Kui Chen, Xue Bai, Lai Yu, Juan Li, Shan Li, Gengmei Xing
BACKGROUND: Nanotechnology developed rapidly in cellular diagnosis and treatment, the endocytic system was an important pathway for targeting cell. In the research of developing macrophages as drug carriers or important therapeutic targets, an interesting phenomenon, internalized nanoparticles induced to form binucleated macrophages, was found although the particles dose did not cause obvious cytotoxicity. RESULTS: Under 25 μg/ml, internalized 30 nm polystyrene beads(30 nm Ps nanoparticles) induced the formation of binucleated macrophages when they entered into endosomes via the endocytic pathway...
November 29, 2016: Particle and Fibre Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898006/immobilization-of-neutral-protease-from-bacillus-subtilis-for-regioselective-hydrolysis-of-acetylated-nucleosides-application-to-capecitabine-synthesis
#17
Teodora Bavaro, Giulia Cattaneo, Immacolata Serra, Ilaria Benucci, Massimo Pregnolato, Marco Terreni
This paper describes the immobilization of the neutral protease from Bacillus subtilis and its application in the regioselective hydrolysis of acetylated nucleosides, including building blocks useful for the preparation of anticancer products. Regarding the immobilization study, different results have been obtained depending on the immobilization procedure. Epoxy hydrophobic carriers gave a poorly stable derivative that released almost 50% of the immobilized protein under the required reaction conditions. On the contrary, covalent immobilization on a differently activated hydrophilic carrier (agarose) resulted in very stable enzyme derivatives...
November 25, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896314/graph-theoretic-and-motif-analyses-of-the-hippocampal-neuron-type-potential-connectome
#18
Christopher L Rees, Diek W Wheeler, David J Hamilton, Charise M White, Alexander O Komendantov, Giorgio A Ascoli
We computed the potential connectivity map of all known neuron types in the rodent hippocampal formation by supplementing scantly available synaptic data with spatial distributions of axons and dendrites from the open-access knowledge base Hippocampome.org. The network that results from this endeavor, the broadest and most complete for a mammalian cortical region at the neuron-type level to date, contains more than 3200 connections among 122 neuron types across six subregions. Analyses of these data using graph theory metrics unveil the fundamental architectural principles of the hippocampal circuit...
November 2016: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895130/metq-of-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-is-a-surface-expressed-antigen-that-elicits-bactericidal-and-functional-blocking-antibodies
#19
Evgeny A Semchenko, Christopher J Day, Kate L Seib
Neisseria gonorrhoeae, the causative agent of the sexually transmitted infection (STI) gonorrhoea, is a growing public health threat for which a vaccine is urgently needed. We have characterized the functional role of the gonococcal MetQ protein, which is the methionine binding component of an ABC transporter system, and assessed its potential as a candidate antigen for inclusion in a gonococcal vaccine. MetQ is highly conserved in all strains investigated to date, it is localized on the bacterial surface, and it binds L-methionine with high affinity...
November 28, 2016: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893992/prediction-of-myocardial-infarction-by-assessing-regional-cardiac-wall-in-cmr-images-through-active-mesh-modeling
#20
Hossein Yousefi-Banaem, Saeed Kermani, Sasan Asiaei, Hamid Sanei
Myocardial infarction is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. In this study, using Cine MRI images, the infarct region was precisely determined by examining the local migration path length of critical points on myocardium borders and the fractional thickening effects. First, MRI Cine images of Epi/Endocardium were processed in 3D for all slices, and then incorporated in all frames to build a dynamic model. Epi/Endocardium images were segmented using Heiberg algorithm, and then by a robust restricted block matching algorithm, the sparse points were tracked...
November 14, 2016: Computers in Biology and Medicine
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