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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913338/intracardiac-vortex-dynamics-by-high-frame-rate-doppler-vortography-i-in-vivo-i-comparison-with-vector-flow-mapping-and-4-d-flow-mri
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Julia Faurie, Mathilde Baudet, Kondo Claude Assi, Dominique Auger, Guillaume Gilbert, Francois Tournoux, Damien Garcia
Recent studies have suggested that intracardiac vortex flow imaging could be of clinical interest to early diagnose the diastolic heart function. Doppler vortography has been intro-duced as a simple color Doppler method to detect and quantify intraventricular vortices. This method is able to locate a vortex core based on the recognition of an antisymmetric pattern in the Doppler velocity field. Because the heart is a fast-moving organ, high frame rates are needed to decipher the whole blood vortex dynamics during diastole...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913334/switchable-and-tunable-baw-duplexer-based-on-ferroelectric-material
#2
Almonir Abdulgader Mansour, Thottam S Kalkur
A switchable and tunable bulk acoustic wave (BAW) duplexer for RF applications is presented in this paper. The fabricated BAW duplexer was built on sapphire substrate using solidly mounted resonators. A metal-organic solution deposition technique was used to form resonators with barium strontium titanate (BST) thin film and six layers of silicon dioxide and tantalum oxide as Bragg reflector. By applying dc bias, the BST thin film shows an electrostrictive effect, and the two filter paths of the BAW duplexer switch to a bandpass response with center frequencies at 4...
December 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912786/circulation-of-dirofilaria-repens-and-dirofilaria-immitis-in-moldova
#3
Tatiana Șuleșco, Heidrun von Thien, Lidia Toderaș, Ion Toderaș, Renke Lühken, Egbert Tannich
BACKGROUND: Over the last two decades, a significant spread of dirofilariasis has been observed in eastern and central Europe. However, data on the circulation of Dirofilaria spp. in Moldova were absent although direct neighbor states reported high incidence rates of human dirofilariasis. METHODS: Daily mean temperature data were used to calculate Dirofilaria spp. development units, which were used to estimate the potential for complete extrinsic development in the mosquitoes (= sum of potential Dirofilaria spp...
December 3, 2016: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911894/head-lice-of-pygmies-reveal-the-presence-of-relapsing-fever-borreliae-in-the-republic-of-congo
#4
Nadia Amanzougaghene, Jean Akiana, Géor Mongo Ndombe, Bernard Davoust, Nardiouf Sjelin Nsana, Henri-Joseph Parra, Florence Fenollar, Didier Raoult, Oleg Mediannikov
BACKGROUND: Head lice, Pediculus humanus capitis, occur in four divergent mitochondrial clades (A, B, C and D), each having particular geographical distributions. Recent studies suggest that head lice, as is the case of body lice, can act as a vector for louse-borne diseases. Therefore, understanding the genetic diversity of lice worldwide is of critical importance to our understanding of the risk of louse-borne diseases. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Here, we report the results of the first molecular screening of pygmies' head lice in the Republic of Congo for seven pathogens and an analysis of lice mitochondrial clades...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911494/determining-functional-aptamer-protein-interaction-by-biolayer-interferometry
#5
Xinhui Lou, Martin Egli, Xianbin Yang
Short single-stranded nucleic acids called aptamers are widely being explored as recognition molecules of high affinity and specificity for binding a wide range of target molecules, particularly protein targets. In biolayer interferometry (BLI), a simple Dip-and-Read approach in which the aptamer-coated biosensors are dipped into microplate wells is used to study the interactions between an aptamer and its target protein. Here we describe the protocol for the analysis of the interaction between a well-characterized anti-thrombin RNA aptamer with thrombin (Basic Protocol)...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909845/a-fluorescence-sensor-for-lead-ii-ions-determination-based-on-label-free-gold-nanoparticles-gnps-dnazyme-using-time-gated-mode-in-aqueous-solution
#6
Xiao-Yu Wang, Cheng-Gang Niu, Li-Juan Guo, Liu-Yin Hu, Sheng-Quan Wu, Guang-Ming Zeng, Fei Li
This paper describes a label-free 17E DNAzyme-based time-gated fluorescence sensor for Pb(2+) detection by unmodified gold nanoparticles (GNPs) and a terbium ternary complex. The fluorophore that used in this paper is a terbium ternary complex. Its signal can be measured in a time-gated manner which could eliminate most of the unspecific fluorescent background. It is well known that unfolded single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) could be adsorbed on GNPs while double-stranded DNA could not. The cleavage of the substrate by the 17E DNAzyme in the presence of Pb(2+) causes the release of ssDNA from the 17E-17S duplex to be absorbed onto GNPs, preventing the aggregation of GNPs and then leading to a fluorescence decrease of terbium ternary complex...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907041/carotid-atherosclerosis-cerebrospinal-fluid-pressure-and-retinal-vessel-diameters-the-asymptomatic-polyvascular-abnormalities-in-community-study
#7
Jing Yan Yang, Xuan Yang, Yang Li, Jie Xu, Yong Zhou, An Xin Wang, Xiang Gao, Liang Xu, Shou Ling Wu, Wen Bin Wei, Xing Quan Zhao, Jost B Jonas
PURPOSE: To assess relationships between carotid artery atherosclerosis and retinal arteriolar and venular diameters. METHODS: The community-based longitudinal Asymptomatic Polyvascular Abnormalities Community Study (APAC) included a sub-population of the Kailuan study which consisted of 101,510 employees and retirees of a coal mining industry. Based on the Chinese National Census 2010 and excluding individuals with history of cerebrovascular ischemic events, 4004 individuals were included into the APAC...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904883/interactions-of-respiratory-viruses-and-the-nasal-microbiota-during-the-first-year-of-life-in-healthy-infants
#8
Insa Korten, Moana Mika, Shkipe Klenja, Elisabeth Kieninger, Ines Mack, Maria Teresa Barbani, Meri Gorgievski, Urs Frey, Markus Hilty, Philipp Latzin
Traditional culture techniques have shown that increased bacterial colonization is associated with viral colonization; however, the influence of viral colonization on the whole microbiota composition is less clear. We thus aimed to understand the interaction of viral infections and the nasal microbiota in early life to appraise their roles in disease development. Thirty-two healthy, unselected infants were included in this prospective longitudinal cohort study within the first year of life. Biweekly nasal swabs (n = 559) were taken, and the microbiota was analyzed by 16S rRNA pyrosequencing, and 10 different viruses and 2 atypical bacteria were characterized by real-time PCR (combination of seven duplex samples)...
November 2016: MSphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904277/herpes-zoster-duplex-unilateralis-two-cases-and-brief-literature-review
#9
Jee Hee Son, Bo Young Chung, Hye One Kim, Hee Jin Cho, Chun Wook Park
Cases involving dermatomal herpes zoster in two or more locations are rare, especially in immunocompetent patients. When two noncontiguous dermatomes are involved, if affected unilaterally, it is called herpes zoster duplex unilateralis; if bilaterally, bilateralis. Here, we report two cases of herpes zoster duplex unilateralis. A 66-year-old man presented with painful erythematous grouped vesicles on his left scalp, forehead, trunk, and back (left [Lt.] V1, Lt. T8). Histologic findings were consistent with herpetic infection...
December 2016: Annals of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904146/the-correlation-between-high-sensitivity-c-reactive-protein-and-erectile-dysfunction-patients-with-hypertension-treated-with-vardenafil
#10
S Azab, H Aoud, N Nabil
We evaluate the correlation between the plasma level of C-reactive protein (CRP) in patients with erectile dysfunction (ED) and hypertension and to set up whether the CRP level affected by the treatment of vardenafil 10 mg orally once daily. A total of 116 male patients with ED and hypertension were enrolled in this prospective study. The patients were divided into two groups, group 1 (ED patients with Not controlled hypertension) and group 2 (ED patients with controlled hypertension). All patients completed the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) scores, performed a penile color Doppler ultrasound examination and high sensitivity (hs-CRP) levels...
December 1, 2016: International Journal of Impotence Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903913/functional-rnas-combined-assembly-and-packaging-in-vlps
#11
Po-Yu Fang, Lizzette M Gómez Ramos, Stefany Y Holguin, Chiaolong Hsiao, Jessica C Bowman, Hung-Wei Yang, Loren Dean Williams
We describe here a one pot RNA production, packaging and delivery system based on bacteriophage Qβ. We demonstrate a method for production of a novel RNAi scaffold, packaged within Qβ virus-like particles (VLPs). The RNAi scaffold is a general utility chimera that contains a functional RNA duplex with paired silencing and carrier sequences stabilized by a miR-30 stem-loop. The Qβ hairpin on the 5' end confers affinity for the Qβ coat protein (CP). Silencing sequences can include mature miRNAs and siRNAs, and can target essentially any desired mRNA...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903485/endovascular-repair-of-thoraco-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-in-high-surgical-risk-patients-fenestrated-and-branched-endografts
#12
E Gallitto, M Gargiulo, A Freyrie, C Bianchini Massoni, R Pini, C Mascoli, G L Faggioli, S Ancetti, A Stella
AIM: To report early and mid-term results of endovascular repair of thoraco-abdominal aneurysms (TAAA) by using of Cook-Zenith fenestrated/branched endografts (FB-EVAR) in high-surgical risk patients unfit for open repair (OR). METHODS: Between January 2012 and April 2015, all the patients with TAAA, considered at high-surgical risk for OR and treated by Cook-Zenith FB-EVAR, were prospectively enrolled. Patients were studied using a thoraco-abdominal computer tomography angiography (CTA) and dedicated software for advanced vessels analysis...
November 26, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903480/long-term-outcomes-of-common-femoral-artery-stenting
#13
Bahaa Nasr, Adrien Kaladji, Pierre-Alexandre Vent, Philippe Chaillou, Alain Costargent, Thibault Quillard, Yann Gouëffic
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to report the 5-years outcome relative to endovascular repair of the common femoral artery for occlusive disease. MATERIALS/METHODS: 36 consecutive patients (40 limbs) underwent stenting for common femoral artery lesions. Patients were followed up systematically within a prospectively maintained database over 5 years. Follow-up included clinical examination, duplex scan and biplane x-ray at 1, 6, 12 months and yearly thereafter...
November 26, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903478/the-clinical-efficacy-of-balloon-assisted-maturation-of-autogenous-arteriovenous-fistulae
#14
Syed Ali Rizvi, Fred Usoh, Anil Hingorani, Eleanor Iadgarova, Pamela Boniscavage, Justin Eisenberg, Enrico Ascher, Natalie Marks
OBJECTIVE: Delayed maturation of arteriovenous fistulae (AVF) among patients who require hemodialysis (HD) can lead to catheter sepsis with its resultant morbidity and mortality. Some have proposed that sequential balloon-assisted maturation (BAM) may accelerate the maturation times of these accesses. On the other hand, serial balloon angioplasty of normal vein may result in stenosis and delay maturation. Although the safety of BAM has been shown, direct comparison to non-matured AVF has not been explored...
November 26, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903467/arterio-cutaneous-fistula-associated-with-bilateral-femoral-pseudoaneurysms-caused-by-bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-apropos-of-a-case-and-review-of-literature
#15
Álvaro Torres-Blanco, Francisco Gómez-Palonés, Gemma Edo-Fleta
Vascular complications of intravesical instillation of bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) are rare. BCG is an attenuated strain of Mycobacterium bovis (M. Bovis) that was initially developed for vaccination against tuberculosis, but it has also been used as an adjuvant treatment for bladder transitional carcinoma. We report a patient with a history of instillation of BCG two years before, who underwent surgical treatment of 2 pseudoaneurysms. The first, located in the left superficial femoral artery (SFA), was resected and the artery was ligated because he had a history of femoropopliteal occlusion...
November 26, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902494/an-ultrasound-look-at-korotkoff-sounds-the-role-of-pulse-wave-velocity-and-flow-turbulence
#16
Amir Benmira, Antonia Perez-Martin, Iris Schuster, Florent Veye, Jean Triboulet, Nicolas Berron, Isabelle Aichoun, Sarah Coudray, Jérémy Laurent, Fethi Bereksi-Reguig, Michel Dauzat
AIMS: The aim of this study was to analyze the temporal relationships between pressure, flow, and Korotkoff sounds, providing clues for their comprehensive interpretation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: When measuring blood pressure in a group of 23 volunteers, we used duplex Doppler ultrasonography to assess, under the arm-cuff, the brachial artery flow, diameter changes, and local pulse wave velocity (PWV), while recording Korotkoff sounds 10 cm downstream together with cuff pressure and ECG...
November 29, 2016: Blood Pressure Monitoring
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901530/noncovalent-and-site-directed-spin-labeling-of-duplex-rna
#17
Nilesh R Kamble, Markus Gränz, Thomas F Prisner, Snorri Th Sigurdsson
An isoindoline-nitroxide derivative of guanine (Ǵ, "G-spin") was shown to bind specifically and effectively to abasic sites in duplex RNAs. Distance measurements on a Ǵ-labeled duplex RNA with PELDOR (DEER) showed a strong orientation dependence. Thus, Ǵ is a readily synthesized, orientation-selective spin label for "mix and measure" PELDOR experiments.
November 30, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901308/relative-strand-orientation-in-a-dna-duplex-controls-the-nuclearity-of-a-metal-mediated-base-pair
#18
Soham Mandal, Marian Hebenbrock, Jens Müller
1,N6-Ethenoadenine (eA) and cytosine (C) are able to form two different metal-mediated base pairs. When the glycosidic bonds are arranged in a cisoid manner (i.e. in antiparallel-stranded DNA), the eA:C mispair binds one Ag(I) ion, leading to a mononuclear eA-Ag(I)-C base pair that contains a synergistic hydrogen bond. In contrast, a transoid orientation of the glycosidic bonds (as found in parallel-stranded DNA) results in the formation of a dinuclear metal-mediated base pair eA-Ag(I)2-C.
November 30, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901082/full-duplex-bidirectional-data-transmission-link-using-twisted-lights-multiplexing-over-1-1-km-orbital-angular-momentum-fiber
#19
Shi Chen, Jun Liu, Yifan Zhao, Long Zhu, Andong Wang, Shuhui Li, Jing Du, Cheng Du, Qi Mo, Jian Wang
We present a full-duplex bidirectional data transmission link using twisted lights multiplexing over 1.1-km orbital angular momentum (OAM) fiber. OAM+1 and OAM-1 modes carrying 20-Gbit/s quadrature phase-shift keying (QPSK) signals are employed in the downlink and uplink transmission experiments. The observed mode crosstalks are less than -15.2 dB, and the full-duplex crosstalks are less than -12.7 dB. The measured full-duplex optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) penalties at a bit-error rate (BER) of 2 × 10(-3) are ~2...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900730/understanding-the-interactions-of-high-mobility-group-of-protein-domain-b1-with-dna-adducts-generated-by-platinum-anticancer-molecules-using-in-silico-approaches
#20
Gauri Misra, Shipra Gupta, Neetu Jabalia
Platinum coordination compounds having cis geometry are frequently prescribed for various types of cancers. Protein dysregulation is one of the major factors contributing towards cancer metastasis. Head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) is one of the cancers where platinum-based compounds are used either alone or in combination with radiation as therapy. The underlying interactions of these compounds with both DNA and proteins are crucial for the drug response. The compounds forms DNA adducts which are recognized by conserved, non-chromosomal high-mobility group box 1 (HMGB1) proteins...
November 30, 2016: Interdisciplinary Sciences, Computational Life Sciences
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