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Daoyi Dong, Chengzhi Wu, Chunlin Chen, Bo Qi, Ian R Petersen, Franco Nori
Constructing a set of universal quantum gates is a fundamental task for quantum computation. The existence of noises, disturbances and fluctuations is unavoidable during the process of implementing quantum gates for most practical quantum systems. This paper employs a sampling-based learning method to find robust control pulses for generating a set of universal quantum gates. Numerical results show that the learned robust control fields are insensitive to disturbances, uncertainties and fluctuations during the process of realizing universal quantum gates...
October 26, 2016: Scientific Reports
A Gabriella Wernicke, Stefanie P Lazow, Shoshana Taube, Menachem Z Yondorf, Ilhami Kovanlikaya, Dattatreyudu Nori, Paul Christos, John A Boockvar, Susan Pannullo, Philip E Stieg, Theodore H Schwartz
BACKGROUND: Cesium-131 (Cs-131) brachytherapy is used to reduce local recurrence of resected brain metastases. In order to ensure dose homogeneity and reduce risk of radiation necrosis, inter-seed distance and cavity volume must remain stable during delivery. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the efficacy of the "seeds-on-a-string" technique with intracavitary fibrin glue in achieving cavity volume stability. METHODS: We placed intra-operative Cs-131 brachytherapy in 30 cavities post-resection of brain metastases...
March 2016: Oper Neurosurg (Hagerstown)
Kei Takayama, Hiroki Kaneko, Keiko Kataoka, Reona Kimoto, Shiang-Jyi Hwang, Fuxiang Ye, Yosuke Nagasaka, Taichi Tsunekawa, Toshiyuki Matsuura, Norie Nonobe, Yasuki Ito, Hiroko Terasaki
Purpose. It is a matter of increasing concern that exposure to light-emitting diodes (LED), particularly blue light (BL), damages retinal cells. This study aimed to investigate the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) damage caused by BL and to elucidate the role of nuclear factor (erythroid-derived)-related factor 2 (Nrf2) in the pathogenesis of BL-induced RPE damage. Methods. ARPE-19, a human RPE cell line, and mouse primary RPE cells from wild-type and Nrf2 knockout (Nrf2(-/-)) mice were cultured under blue LED exposure (intermediate wavelength, 450 nm)...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Esther Alhelí Hernández-Tobías, Luisa Torres-Sánchez, Gino Noris, Carla Santana, María Reyna Samano, José Arellano-Galindo, María de la Luz Arenas-Sordo, Daniel Brooks, Ana Lilia Rodríguez-Ventura, Marco Antonio Meraz-Ríos, Rocío Gómez
OBJECTIVE: We studied multi-loci variants to identify the contribution of six candidate genes (ADIPOQ, CDH13, LYPLAL1, MC4R, PPARG and PGC1A) in the development of obesity and overweight. DESIGN: We genotyped 404 chromosomes with eleven SNPs in Mexican female adolescents, who were subdivided into two groups (obesity-overweight and normal-weight) using the World Health Organization parameters. Genomic (800 chromosomes) and ancestral (208 chromosomes) controls were included to reduce the population bias...
October 20, 2016: Ethnicity & Disease
Norie Ito, Hidetoshi Takei, Susumu Chiba, Kikuro Fukushima
We reported recently that during a memory-based smooth-pursuit task, most Parkinson's disease (PD) patients exhibited normal cue-information memory but impaired smooth-pursuit preparation and execution. A minority of PD patients had abnormal cue-information memory or difficulty in understanding the task. To further examine differences between these two groups, we assigned an anti-saccade task and compared correct rates with various neuropsychological and motor symptom evaluations. The anti-saccade task requires voluntary saccades in the opposite direction to a visual stimulus, and patients with frontal cortical impairments are known to exhibit reflexive saccades (errors)...
October 21, 2016: Rinshō Shinkeigaku, Clinical Neurology
Tomonobu Toyomasu, Koji Miyamoto, Matthew R Shenton, Arisa Sakai, Chizu Sugawara, Kiyotaka Horie, Hiroshi Kawaide, Morifumi Hasegawa, Masaru Chuba, Wataru Mitsuhashi, Hisakazu Yamane, Nori Kurata, Kazunori Okada
Cultivated rice (Oryza sativa) possesses various labdane-related diterpene synthase genes, homologs of ent-copalyl diphosphate synthase (CPS) and ent-kaurene synthase (KS) that are responsible for the biosynthesis of phytohormone gibberellins. The CPS homologs and KS like (KSL) homologs successively converted geranylgeranyl diphosphate to cyclic diterpene hydrocarbons via ent-copalyl diphosphate or syn-copalyl diphosphate in O. sativa. Consequently, a variety of labdane-related diterpenoids, including phytoalexin phytocassanes, momilactones and oryzalexins, have been identified from cultivated rice...
October 19, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Tsuyoshi Goto, Toshinori Sakai, Tetsuya Enishi, Nori Sato, Koji Komatsu, Koichi Sairyo, Shinsuke Katoh
Neurogenic intermittent claudication is a main symptom in lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS), and postural change is often observed during walking. This study aimed to identify the changes in posture and muscle activity in the trunk and legs during walking in patients with LSS by examining 6 patients who had undergone decompression surgery. None of them had significant paralysis. Gait analysis using Vicon motion capture system(®) with electromyographic recordings of the paravertebral muscles (PVM) and vastus lateralis muscle (VL) was performed preoperatively and 2 weeks postoperatively...
October 6, 2016: Gait & Posture
I Mancini, I Ricaño-Ponce, E Pappalardo, A Cairo, M M Gorski, G Casoli, B Ferrari, M Alberti, D Mikovic, M Noris, C Wijmenga, F Peyvandi
BACKGROUND: Acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a rare, life-threatening thrombotic microangiopathy associated with the development of autoantibodies against the von Willebrand factor cleaving protease, ADAMTS13. Similarly to other autoimmune disorders, evidences of a genetic contribution have been reported, including the association of the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) class II complex with disease risk OBJECTIVE: To identify novel genetic risk factors in acquired TTP...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
Anish Khalil, Muhammad Faheem, Ammad Fahim, Haran Innocent, Zainab Mansoor, Shehrbano Rizvi, Hizra Farrukh
Background. The biomedical care for cancer has not been complemented by psychosocial progressions in cancer care. Objectives. To find the prevalence of anxiety and depression amongst cancer patients in a hospital setting. Design and Setting. This cross-sectional study was conducted at the tertiary care hospitals Shifa International Hospital Islamabad and Nuclear Medicine, Oncology, and Radiotherapy Institute [NORI]. Patients and Methods. 300 patients were interviewed from both the outpatient and inpatient department using The Aga Khan University Anxiety and Depression Scale (AKUADS)...
2016: Psychiatry Journal
Hiroshi Yonekura, Norie Murayama, Hiroshi Yamazaki, Kazuya Sobue
This case report describes a 71-year-old woman who experienced unusual delayed emergence from propofol, which lasted for 3 hours and resulted in admission to the intensive care unit. Because genetic variations of propofol-metabolizing enzymes are proposed to be causal factors, we explored genetic polymorphisms of cytochrome P450 2B6 (CYP2B6) and uridine 5'-diphospho-glucuronosyltransferase 1A9 (UGT1A9). Suggested high-risk factors (advanced age, CYP2B6 516 G/T, and UGT1A9 I399 C/C) were observed in this case of delayed propofol metabolism...
October 5, 2016: A & A Case Reports
Nori Sato, Takako Taniguchi, Yuichiro Goda, Hirofumi Kosaka, Kosaku Higashino, Toshinori Sakai, Shinsuke Katoh, Natsuo Yasui, Koichi Sairyo, Hisaaki Taniguchi
Connective tissues such as tendon, ligament and cartilage are mostly composed of extracellular matrix (ECM). These tissues are insoluble, mainly due to the highly cross-linked ECM proteins such as collagens. Difficulties obtaining suitable samples for mass spectrometric analysis render the application of modern proteomic technologies difficult. Complete solubilization of them would not only elucidate protein composition of normal tissues but also reveal pathophysiology of pathological tissues. Here we report complete solubilization of human Achilles tendon and yellow ligament, which is achieved by chemical digestion combined with successive protease treatment including elastase...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Proteome Research
Enza Maria Torchetti, Mattia Pegoraro, Beatriz Navarro, Marco Catoni, Francesco Di Serio, Emanuela Noris
DNA methylation and post-transcriptional gene silencing play critical roles in controlling infection of single-stranded (ss) DNA geminiviruses and ssRNA viroids, respectively, but both pathogens can counteract these host defense mechanisms and promote their infectivity. Moreover, a specific role of DNA methylation in viroid-host interactions is not yet confirmed. Here, using an experimental system where two nuclear-replicating agents, the geminivirus tomato yellow leaf curl Sardinia virus (TYLCSV) and potato spindle tuber viroid (PSTVd), co-infect their common host tomato, we observed that PSTVd severely interferes with TYLCSV infectivity and accumulation, most likely as a consequence of strong activation of host DNA methylation pathways...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
Sanjeev Budhathoki, Taiki Yamaji, Motoki Iwasaki, Norie Sawada, Taichi Shimazu, Shizuka Sasazuki, Teruhiko Yoshida, Shoichiro Tsugane
Epidemiological and experimental evidence suggest that vitamin D is protective against the risk of colorectal cancer. Polymorphisms in the gene encoding vitamin D receptor (VDR), which mediates most of the known cellular effects of vitamin D, have been suggested to alter this association. Here, using a tag SNP approach, we comprehensively evaluated the role of common genetic variants in VDR and their interaction with plasma vitamin D levels in relation to colorectal cancer risk in Japanese populations. A total of 356 colorectal cancer cases and 709 matched control subjects were selected from the participants of the Japan Public Health Center-based Prospective Cohort Study...
2016: PloS One
Mariko Kobori, Soroku Yagihashi, Norie Shiina, Nana Shiozawa, Akiko Haginoya, Misato Ojima, Satako Douguchi, Atsuko Tamasawa, Miyoko Saito, Masayuki Baba, Takeshi Osonoi
AIM/INTRODUCTION: Despite the commonest complication of diabetes, the pattern of clinical development of diabetic neuropathy is not well known. In this study, we retrospectively examined sequential changes in nerve conduction studies (NCS) for 4 years to characterize the way how neuropathic changes develop in patients with type 2 diabetes. MATERIALS AND METHOD: We randomly selected 158 patients with type 2 diabetes who newly visited our hospital and underwent serial 4 year NCS...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
Tsuyoshi Shimo, Norie Yoshioka, Masaharu Takigawa, Akira Sasaki
Bone metastasis is a common occurrence in human malignancies, including breast, prostate, and lung cancer, and is associated with a high morbidity rate because of intractable bone pain, pathological fractures, hypercalcemia, and nerve compression. Animal models of bone metastasis are important tools to investigate the pathogenesis and develop treatment strategies. However, there are few models of spontaneous bone metastasis despite the fact that animals often spontaneously develop cancer. Here, we describe methods for developing a mouse model of breast cancer bone metastasis achieved by injection of MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells into the heart...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Sayuri Nitta, Yasuhiro Asahina, Mami Matsuda, Norie Yamada, Ryuichi Sugiyama, Takahiro Masaki, Ryosuke Suzuki, Nobuyuki Kato, Mamoru Watanabe, Takaji Wakita, Takanobu Kato
Direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) for hepatitis C virus (HCV) have potent anti-HCV effects but may provoke resistance-associated variants (RAVs). In this study, we assessed the characteristics of these RAVs and explored efficacious anti-HCV reagents using recombinant HCV with NS5A from a genotype 1b strain. We replaced the NS5A of JFH1 with that of Con1 (JFH1/5ACon1) and introduced known NS5A inhibitor resistance mutations (L31M, L31V, L31I and Y93H) individually or in combination. Susceptibilities against anti-HCV reagents were also investigated...
October 5, 2016: Scientific Reports
Tomoki Nishiguchi, Kichul Cho, Shogo Isaka, Mikinori Ueno, Jun-O Jin, Kenichi Yamaguchi, Daekyung Kim, Tatsuya Oda
Porphyran, a sulfated polysaccharide, isolated from discolored nori (Porphyra yezoensis) (dc-porphyran) and one fraction (F1) purified from dc-porphyran by DEAE-chromatography showed the protective effects on LPS-induced endotoxin shock in mice. Intraperitoneal (i.p.) treatment with dc-porphyran or F1 (100mg/kg) 60min prior to i.p. injection of LPS (30mg/kg) completely protected mice from LPS lethality. At 10mg/kg concentration, F1 demonstrated more protection than dc-porphyran. Intravenous (i.v.) challenge of LPS, even at 20mg/kg, was more lethal than i...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Patrizia Noris, Federica Melazzini, Carlo L Balduini
Several hundreds of studies recently investigated mean platelet volume (MPV) as measured by electronic cell counters in a wide variety of acquired diseases, and most of them found that platelet size was significantly increased with respect to healthy subjects. On this basis, it has been suggested that MPV can be used for diagnostic purposes. Moreover, investigation of subjects with arterial thrombosis not only revealed that their platelets were larger than those of controls, but also found that a high MPV predicted poor prognosis...
September 30, 2016: Platelets
J M Mann, X Wu, P Christos, D Nori, S C Formenti, H Nagar
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October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
S Taube, A W Smith, C Hirschfeld, L Nedialkova, M Yondorf, I Kovanlikaya, F Kulidzhanov, S Trichter, A M Sabbas, D Nori, R Ramakrishna, S Pannullo, P Stieg, T Schwartz, A G Wernicke
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October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
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