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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922830/ligand-receptor-binding-kinetics-in-surface-plasmon-resonance-cells-a-monte-carlo-analysis
#1
Jacob Carroll, Matthew Raum, Kimberly Forsten-Williams, Uwe C Täuber
Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) chips are widely used to measure association and dissociation rates for the binding kinetics between two species of chemicals, e.g., cell receptors and ligands. It is commonly assumed that ligands are spatially well mixed in the SPR region, and hence a mean-field rate equation description is appropriate. This approximation however ignores the spatial fluctuations as well as temporal correlations induced by multiple local rebinding events, which become prominent for slow diffusion rates and high binding affinities...
December 6, 2016: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922534/interventional-effects-for-mediation-analysis-with-multiple-mediators
#2
Stijn Vansteelandt, Rhian M Daniel
The mediation formula for the identification of natural (in)direct effects has facilitated mediation analyses that better respect the nature of the data, with greater consideration of the need for confounding control. The default assumptions on which it relies are strong, however. In particular, they are known to be violated when confounders of the mediator-outcome association are affected by the exposure. This complicates extensions of counterfactual-based mediation analysis to settings that involve repeatedly measured mediators, or multiple correlated mediators...
November 29, 2016: Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922230/consensus-statement-on-diagnosis-treatment-and-follow-up-of-cow-s-milk-protein-allergy-among-infants-and-children-in-turkey
#3
Aydan Kansu, Aysel Yüce, Buket Dalgıç, Bülent Enis Şekerel, Fügen Çullu-Çokuğraş, Haluk Çokuğraş
The present paper aims to provide experts' consensus on diagnosis and management of cow's milk protein allergy (CMPA) among infants and children in Turkey, based on review of available evidence-based guidelines, publications and experts' clinical experience. The experts agreed that CMPA diagnosis should be based on symptomatic evaluation and diagnostic elimination diet as followed by implementation of an open challenge test after disappearance of symptoms and confirmation of CMPA diagnosis in re-appearance of symptoms...
2016: Turkish Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922129/sonic-horizon-formation-for-oscillating-bose-einstein-condensates-in-isotropic-harmonic-potential
#4
Ying Wang, Yu Zhou, Shuyu Zhou
We study the sonic horizon phenomena of the oscillating Bose-Einstein condensates in isotropic harmonic potential. Based on the Gross-Pitaevskii equation model and variational method, we derive the original analytical formula for the criteria and lifetime of the formation of the sonic horizon, demonstrating pictorially the interaction parameter dependence for the occur- rence of the sonic horizon and damping effect of the system distribution width. Our analytical results corroborate quantitatively the particular features of the sonic horizon reported in previous numerical study...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922070/deep-sequencing-of-the-16s-ribosomal-rna-of-the-neonatal-oral-microbiome-a-comparison-of-breast-fed-and-formula-fed-infants
#5
S S Al-Shehri, E L Sweeney, D M Cowley, H G Liley, P D Ranasinghe, B G Charles, P N Shaw, D Vagenas, J A Duley, C L Knox
In utero and upon delivery, neonates are exposed to a wide array of microorganisms from various sources, including maternal bacteria. Prior studies have proposed that the mode of feeding shapes the gut microbiota and, subsequently the child's health. However, the effect of the mode of feeding and its influence on the development of the neonatal oral microbiota in early infancy has not yet been reported. The aim of this study was to compare the oral microbiota of healthy infants that were exclusively breast-fed or formula-fed using 16S-rRNA gene sequencing...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921133/-evaluation-of-correction-formulas-for-tonometry-the-goldmann-applanation-tonometry-in-approximation-to-dynamic-contour-tonometry
#6
J Wachtl, M Töteberg-Harms, S Frimmel, C Kniestedt
BACKGROUND: Accurate determination of intraocular pressure (IOP) is essential for correct management of glaucoma. Goldmann applanation tonometry (GAT) is the gold standard for measuring IOP despite its limitations due to its dependence on corneal properties. With the aim of improving the accuracy of GAT readings, several correction formulas have been developed. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the accuracy and clinical relevance of five correction equations for GAT...
December 5, 2016: Der Ophthalmologe: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921083/integrated-role-of-bifidobacterium-animalis-subsp-lactis-supplementation-in-gut-microbiota-immunity-and-metabolism-of-infant-rhesus-monkeys
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Xuan He, Carolyn M Slupsky, James W Dekker, Neill W Haggarty, Bo Lönnerdal
To investigate the impact of probiotic supplementation of infant formula on immune parameters, intestinal microbiota, and metabolism, five individually housed infant rhesus monkeys exclusively fed standard infant formula supplemented with probiotics (Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis HN019) from birth until 3 months of age were compared with five standard formula-fed and five breast-fed monkeys. Anthropometric measurements, serum insulin, immune parameters, fecal microbiota, and metabolic profiles of serum, urine, and feces were evaluated...
November 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921075/longitudinal-monitoring-of-reconstructed-activity-concentration-on-a-clinical-time-of-flight-pet-ct-scanner
#8
Lawrence R MacDonald, Amy E Perkins, Chi-Hua Tung
Positron emission tomography (PET) images are potential quantitative biomarkers. Understanding long-term (months/years) biomarker variability is important for establishing confidence intervals on studies using such biomarkers over these time frames. PET biomarkers are derived from activity concentration ([Formula: see text]) extracted from PET images. Over 30 months, we measured the stability of decay-normalized counts ([Formula: see text]) and [Formula: see text] by scanning the same 4.5-cm-diameter Ge-68 cylinder weekly, the same Na-22 point source daily, and a refilled 20-cm F-18 cylinder phantom monthly on a clinical TOF-PET/CT scanner...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921074/initial-performance-studies-of-a-wearable-brain-positron-emission-tomography-camera-based-on-autonomous-thin-film-digital-geiger-avalanche-photodiode-arrays
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Charles R Schmidtlein, James N Turner, Michael O Thompson, Krishna C Mandal, Ida Häggström, Jiahan Zhang, John L Humm, David H Feiglin, Andrzej Krol
Using analytical and Monte Carlo modeling, we explored performance of a lightweight wearable helmet-shaped brain positron emission tomography (PET), or BET camera, based on thin-film digital Geiger avalanche photodiode arrays with Lutetium-yttrium oxyorthosilicate (LYSO) or [Formula: see text] scintillators for imaging in vivo human brain function of freely moving and acting subjects. We investigated a spherical cap BET and cylindrical brain PET (CYL) geometries with 250-mm diameter. We also considered a clinical whole-body (WB) LYSO PET/CT scanner...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921073/evaluation-of-lesion-detectability-in-positron-emission-tomography-when-using-a-convergent-penalized-likelihood-image-reconstruction-method
#10
Kristen A Wangerin, Sangtae Ahn, Scott Wollenweber, Steven G Ross, Paul E Kinahan, Ravindra M Manjeshwar
We have previously developed a convergent penalized likelihood (PL) image reconstruction algorithm using the relative difference prior (RDP) and showed that it achieves more accurate lesion quantitation compared to ordered subsets expectation maximization (OSEM). We evaluated the detectability of low-contrast liver and lung lesions using the PL-RDP algorithm compared to OSEM. We performed a two-alternative forced choice study using a channelized Hotelling observer model that was previously validated against human observers...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921072/anatomy-based-algorithm-for-automatic-segmentation-of-human-diaphragm-in-noncontrast-computed-tomography-images
#11
Elham Karami, Yong Wang, Stewart Gaede, Ting-Yim Lee, Abbas Samani
In-depth understanding of the diaphragm's anatomy and physiology has been of great interest to the medical community, as it is the most important muscle of the respiratory system. While noncontrast four-dimensional (4-D) computed tomography (CT) imaging provides an interesting opportunity for effective acquisition of anatomical and/or functional information from a single modality, segmenting the diaphragm in such images is very challenging not only because of the diaphragm's lack of image contrast with its surrounding organs but also because of respiration-induced motion artifacts in 4-D CT images...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921071/validation-of-automatic-joint-space-width-measurements-in-hand-radiographs-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Olga Schenk, Yinghe Huo, Koen L Vincken, Mart A van de Laar, Ina H H Kuper, Kees C H Slump, Floris P J G Lafeber, Hein J Bernelot Moens
Computerized methods promise quick, objective, and sensitive tools to quantify progression of radiological damage in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Measurement of joint space width (JSW) in finger and wrist joints with these systems performed comparable to the Sharp-van der Heijde score (SHS). A next step toward clinical use, validation of precision and accuracy in hand joints with minimal damage, is described with a close scrutiny of sources of error. A recently developed system to measure metacarpophalangeal (MCP) and proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joints was validated in consecutive hand images of RA patients...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921070/accuracy-of-patient-specific-organ-dose-estimates-obtained-using-an-automated-image-segmentation-algorithm
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Taly Gilat Schmidt, Adam S Wang, Thomas Coradi, Benjamin Haas, Josh Star-Lack
The overall goal of this work is to develop a rapid, accurate, and automated software tool to estimate patient-specific organ doses from computed tomography (CT) scans using simulations to generate dose maps combined with automated segmentation algorithms. This work quantified the accuracy of organ dose estimates obtained by an automated segmentation algorithm. We hypothesized that the autosegmentation algorithm is sufficiently accurate to provide organ dose estimates, since small errors delineating organ boundaries will have minimal effect when computing mean organ dose...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921069/reaching-200-ps-timing-resolution-in-a-time-of-flight-and-depth-of-interaction-positron-emission-tomography-detector-using-phosphor-coated-crystals-and-high-density-silicon-photomultipliers
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Sun Il Kwon, Alessandro Ferri, Alberto Gola, Eric Berg, Claudio Piemonte, Simon R Cherry, Emilie Roncali
Current research in the field of positron emission tomography (PET) focuses on improving the sensitivity of the scanner with thicker detectors, extended axial field-of-view, and time-of-flight (TOF) capability. These create the need for depth-of-interaction (DOI) encoding to correct parallax errors. We have proposed a method to encode DOI using phosphor-coated crystals. Our initial work using photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) demonstrated the possibilities of the proposed method, however, a major limitation of PMTs for this application is poor quantum efficiency in yellow light, corresponding to the wavelengths of the converted light by the phosphor coating...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921068/voltage-sensitive-dye-imaging-of-mouse-neocortex-during-a-whisker-detection-task
#15
Alexandros Kyriakatos, Vijay Sadashivaiah, Yifei Zhang, Alessandro Motta, Matthieu Auffret, Carl C H Petersen
Sensorimotor processing occurs in a highly distributed manner in the mammalian neocortex. The spatiotemporal dynamics of electrical activity in the dorsal mouse neocortex can be imaged using voltage-sensitive dyes (VSDs) with near-millisecond temporal resolution and [Formula: see text] spatial resolution. Here, we trained mice to lick a water reward spout after a 1-ms deflection of the C2 whisker, and we imaged cortical dynamics during task execution with VSD RH1691. Responses to whisker deflection were highly dynamic and spatially highly distributed, exhibiting high variability from trial to trial in amplitude and spatiotemporal dynamics...
July 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920929/crystal-structure-of-methyl-4-4-hy-droxy-phen-yl-6-methyl-2-oxo-1-2-3-4-tetra-hydro-pyrimidine-5-carboxyl-ate-monohydrate
#16
Keshab M Bairagi, Katharigatta N Venugopala, Pradip Kumar Mondal, Bharti Odhav, Susanta K Nayak
The title hydrate, C13H14N2O4·H2O, crystallizes with two formula units in the asymmetric unit (Z' = 2). The dihedral angles between the planes of the tetra-hydro-pyrimidine ring and the 4-hy-droxy-phenyl ring and ester group are 86.78 (4) and 6.81 (6)°, respectively, for one mol-ecule and 89.35 (4) and 3.02 (4)° for the other. In the crystal, the organic mol-ecules form a dimer, linked by a pair of N-H⋯O hydrogen bonds. The hydroxy groups of the organic mol-ecules donate O-H⋯O hydrogen bonds to water mol-ecules...
September 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920541/the-effect-of-body-mass-index-on-perioperative-thermoregulation
#17
Ayşe Belin Özer, Aysun Yildiz Altun, Ömer Lütfi Erhan, Tuba Çatak, Ümit Karatepe, İsmail Demirel, Gonca Çağlar Toprak
PURPOSE: We evaluated the effects of body mass index (BMI) on thermoregulation in obese patients scheduled to undergo laparoscopic abdominal surgery. METHODS: Sixty patients scheduled to undergo laparoscopic abdominal surgery with no pre-medication were included in the study. The patients were classified into 4 groups according to BMI <24.9, 25-39.9, 40-49.9, and >50. Anesthesia was provided with routine techniques. Tympanic and peripheral temperatures were recorded every 5 minutes starting with the induction of anesthesia...
2016: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920364/an-optimal-wilcoxon-mann-whitney-test-of-mortality-and-a-continuous-outcome
#18
Roland A Matsouaka, Aneesh B Singhal, Rebecca A Betensky
We consider a two-group randomized clinical trial, where mortality affects the assessment of a follow-up continuous outcome. Using the worst-rank composite endpoint, we develop a weighted Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney test statistic to analyze the data. We determine the optimal weights for the Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney test statistic that maximize its power. We derive a formula for its power and demonstrate its accuracy in simulations. Finally, we apply the method to data from an acute ischemic stroke clinical trial of normobaric oxygen therapy...
December 5, 2016: Statistical Methods in Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919254/anti-inflammatory-and-in-vitro-antibacterial-activities-of-traditional-chinese-medicine-formula-qingdaisan
#19
Xinghua Zhao, Xin He, Xiuhui Zhong
BACKGROUND: Qingdaisan (Formulated Indigo powder, QDS) are widely used for treatment of aphtha, sore throat and bleeding gums in China. The aim of the study is to evaluate the anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and dental ulcer therapeutic effects of QDS. METHODS: Dimethylbenzene-induced ear edema test and cotton pellet-induced granuloma test were used to evaluate anti-inflammatory activities of QDS on acute and chronic inflammatory. The healing time and local pathologic changes were used to assess the therapeutic effects of QDS on dental ulcer...
December 5, 2016: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918612/generalized-semiparametric-varying-coefficient-model-for-longitudinal-data-with-applications-to-adaptive-treatment-randomizations
#20
Li Qi, Yanqing Sun, Peter B Gilbert
This article investigates a generalized semiparametric varying-coefficient model for longitudinal data that can flexibly model three types of covariate effects: time-constant effects, time-varying effects, and covariate-varying effects. Different link functions can be selected to provide a rich family of models for longitudinal data. The model assumes that the time-varying effects are unspecified functions of time and the covariate-varying effects are parametric functions of an exposure variable specified up to a finite number of unknown parameters...
December 5, 2016: Biometrics
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