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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817801/a-sensitized-igf1-treatment-restores-corticospinal-axon-dependent-functions
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Yuanyuan Liu, Xuhua Wang, Wenlei Li, Qian Zhang, Yi Li, Zicong Zhang, Junjie Zhu, Bo Chen, Philip R Williams, Yiming Zhang, Bin Yu, Xiaosong Gu, Zhigang He
A major hurdle for functional recovery after both spinal cord injury and cortical stroke is the limited regrowth of the axons in the corticospinal tract (CST) that originate in the motor cortex and innervate the spinal cord. Despite recent advances in engaging the intrinsic mechanisms that control CST regrowth, it remains to be tested whether such methods can promote functional recovery in translatable settings. Here we show that post-lesional AAV-assisted co-expression of two soluble proteins, namely insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF1) and osteopontin (OPN), in cortical neurons leads to robust CST regrowth and the recovery of CST-dependent behavioral performance after both T10 lateral spinal hemisection and a unilateral cortical stroke...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817782/cost-effectiveness-of-a-patient-navigation-program-to-improve-cervical-cancer-screening
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Yan Li, Erin Carlson, Roberto Villarreal, Leah Meraz, José A Pagán
OBJECTIVES: To assess the cost-effectiveness of a community-based patient navigation program to improve cervical cancer screening among Hispanic women 18 or older in San Antonio, Texas. STUDY DESIGN: We used a microsimulation model of cervical cancer to project the long-term cost-effectiveness of a community-based patient navigation program compared with current practice. METHODS: We used program data from 2012 to 2015 and published data from the existing literature as model input...
July 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817665/concentrations-of-trace-elements-in-human-milk-comparisons-among-women-in-argentina-namibia-poland-and-the-united-states
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Laura D Klein, Alicia A Breakey, Brooke Scelza, Claudia Valeggia, Grazyna Jasienska, Katie Hinde
Human milk contains essential micronutrients for growth and development during early life. Environmental pollutants, such as potentially toxic metals, can also be transferred to the infant through human milk. These elements have been well-studied, but changing diets and environments and advances in laboratory technology require re-examining these elements in a variety of settings. The aim of this study was to characterize the concentrations of essential and toxic metals in human milk from four diverse populations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817636/uncovering-robust-patterns-of-microrna-co-expression-across-cancers-using-bayesian-relevance-networks
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Parameswaran Ramachandran, Daniel Sánchez-Taltavull, Theodore J Perkins
Co-expression networks have long been used as a tool for investigating the molecular circuitry governing biological systems. However, most algorithms for constructing co-expression networks were developed in the microarray era, before high-throughput sequencing-with its unique statistical properties-became the norm for expression measurement. Here we develop Bayesian Relevance Networks, an algorithm that uses Bayesian reasoning about expression levels to account for the differing levels of uncertainty in expression measurements between highly- and lowly-expressed entities, and between samples with different sequencing depths...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817510/elite-distance-runners-a-45-year-follow-up
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Sarah Everman, James W Farris, R Curtis Bay, Jack T Daniels
PURPOSE: The present longitudinal study assessed cardiorespiratory capacity and running economy of Olympic athletes over several decades to measure changes in fitness in an elite group during aging. METHODS: Twenty-six male runners training for the 1968 Olympics were recruited. Heart rate, O2max, ventilation, and running economy were measured in 1968, 1993, and 2013. In 2013, 22 of the original runners participated: three passed away between 1993 and 2013, and one declined to participate...
August 16, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817381/advanced-radiation-dosimetry-phantom-ardos-a-versatile-breathing-phantom-for-4d-radiation-therapy-and-medical-imaging
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Natalia Kostiukhina, Dietmar Georg, Sofia Rollet, Peter Kuess, Andrej Sipaj, Piotr Andrzejewski, Hugo Furtado, Ivo Rausch, Wolfgang Lechner, Elisabeth Steiner, Hunor Kertesz, Barbara Knaeusl
A novel breathing phantom was designed for being used in conventional and ion-beam radiotherapy as well as for medical imaging. Accurate dose delivery and patient safety are aimed to be verified for four-dimensional (4D) treatment techniques compensating for breathing-induced tumor motion. The phantom includes anthropomorphic components representing an average human thorax. It consists of real tissue equivalent materials to fulfill the requirements for dosimetric experiments and imaging purposes. The different parts of the torso (lungs, chest wall, and ribs) and the tumor can move independently...
August 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817343/suppression-of-choroidal-neovascularization-in-mice-by-subretinal-delivery-of-multigenic-lentiviral-vectors-encoding-anti-angiogenic-micrornas
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Anne Louise Askou, Josephine Natalia Esther Benckendorff, Andreas Holmgaard, Tina Storm, Lars Aagaard, Toke Bek, Jacob Giehm Mikkelsen, Thomas Juhl Corydon
Lentivirus-based vectors have been used for the development of potent gene therapies. Here, application of a multigenic lentiviral vector (LV) producing multiple anti-angiogenic microRNAs following subretinal delivery in a laser-induced choroidal neovascularization (CNV) mouse model is presented. This versatile LV, carrying back-to-back RNApolII-driven expression cassettes, enables combined expression of microRNAs targeting vascular endothelial growth factor A (Vegfa) mRNA and fluorescent reporters. In addition, by including a vitelliform macular dystrophy 2 (VMD2) promoter, expression of microRNAs is restricted to the retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells...
August 2017: Human Gene Therapy Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817272/cysteine-isocyanide-in-multicomponent-reaction-synthesis-of-peptido-mimetic-1-3-azoles
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Thimmalapura M Vishwanatha, Katarzyna Kurpiewska, Justyna Kalinowska-Tłuścik, Alexander Dömling
An alternative approach towards the simple and robust synthesis of highly substituted peptidic thiazole derivatives by using Ugi-multicomponent reaction (U-MCR) is described. Thus, we introduced the enantiopure (R)-2-methyl-2-isocyano-3-(tritylthio)propanoate as novel class of isocyanide in MCR. This bifunctional isocyanide was found to undergo mild cyclodehydration to afford thiazole containing peptidomimetics in a short synthetic sequence. Several examples of bis-heterocyclic rings were also synthesized through the proper choice of the aldehyde component in the U-4CR...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817251/dual-core-shell-structured-s-c-mno2-nanocomposite-for-highly-stable-lithium-sulfur-batteries
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Lubin Ni, Gangjin Zhao, Guang Yang, Guosheng Niu, Ming Chen, Guowang Diao
Lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries have currently excited worldwide academic and industrial interest as a next-generation high-power energy storage system (EES) because of their high energy density and low cost of sulfur. However, the commercialization application is being hindered by capacity decay, mainly attributed to the polysulfide shuttle and poor conductivity of sulfur. Here, we have designed a novel dual core-shell nanostructure of S@C@MnO2 nanosphere hybrid as the sulfur host. The S@C@MnO2 nanosphere is successfully prepared using mesoporous hollow carbon spheres (MHCS) as the template and then in situ MnO2 growth on the surface of MHCS...
August 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817197/estimating-seroprevalence-of-herpes-simplex-virus-type-1-among-different-middle-east-and-north-african-male-populations-residing-in-qatar
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Gheyath K Nasrallah, Soha R Dargham, Layla I Mohammed, Laith J Abu-Raddad
BACKGROUND: HSV-1 epidemiology in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) remains poorly understood. Our study aimed to measure HSV-1 antibody prevalence (seroprevalence) and its age-distribution among select MENA populations residing in Qatar. METHODS: Sera were collected from male blood donors attending Hamad Medical Corporation 2013-2015. A total of 2,077 sera were tested for anti-HSV-1 antibodies using HerpeSelect® 1 ELISA IgG kits (Focus Diagnostics, USA)...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817094/combined-dynamic-time-warping-with-multiple-sensors-for-3d-gesture-recognition
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Hyo-Rim Choi, TaeYong Kim
Cyber-physical systems, which closely integrate physical systems and humans, can be applied to a wider range of applications through user movement analysis. In three-dimensional (3D) gesture recognition, multiple sensors are required to recognize various natural gestures. Several studies have been undertaken in the field of gesture recognition; however, gesture recognition was conducted based on data captured from various independent sensors, which rendered the capture and combination of real-time data complicated...
August 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816986/efficacy-and-safety-of-endocrine-monotherapy-as-first-line-treatment-for-hormone-sensitive-advanced-breast-cancer-a-network-meta-analysis
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Jingwen Zhang, Yanhong Huang, Changyi Wang, Yuanfang He, Shukai Zheng, Kusheng Wu
BACKGROUND: Endocrine therapy was recommended as the preferred first-line treatment for hormone receptor-positive (HR+, i.e., ER+ and/or PgR+), human epidermal growth factor receptor-2-negative (HER2-) postmenopausal advanced breast cancer (ABC), but which endocrine monotherapy is optimal lacks consensus. We aimed to identify the optimal endocrine monotherapy with a network meta-analysis. METHODS: We performed a network meta-analysis for a comprehensive analysis of 6 first-line endocrine monotherapies (letrozole, anastrozole, exemestane, tamoxifen, fulvestrant 250 mg and 500 mg) for HR+ HER2- metastatic or locally advanced breast cancer in postmenopausal patients...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816978/prognostic-value-of-18f-fdg-pet-ct-parameters-in-patients-with-pancreatic-carcinoma-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Dongyong Zhu, Lisha Wang, Hanfei Zhang, Jie Chen, Yanfang Wang, Sama Byanju, Meiyan Liao
BACKGROUND: The identification of pancreatic carcinoma (PC) patients with poor prognosis is a priority in clinical oncology because of their high 5-year mortality. However, the prognostic value of pretreatment F-fluorodeoxyglucose (F-FDG)- positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) parameters in PC patients is controversial and no consensus exists as to its predictive capability. This meta-analysis was performed to comprehensively explore the prognostic significance of F-FDG-PET/CT parameters in patients with pancreatic carcinoma...
August 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816679/adaptive-unknown-input-estimation-by-sliding-modes-and-differential-neural-network-observer
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Ivan Salgado, Isaac Chairez
In this paper, a differential neural network (DNN) implemented as a robust observer estimates the dynamics of perturbed uncertain nonlinear systems affected by exogenous unknown inputs. In the first stage, the identification error converges into a neighborhood around the origin. Then, the second-order sliding mode supertwisting algorithm implemented as a robust exact differentiator reconstructed the unknown inputs. The approach proposed in this paper can be applied in the case of full access to the state vector (identification problem) and in the case of partial access to the state vector (estimation problem)...
August 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816672/templateless-non-rigid-reconstruction-and-motion-tracking-with-a-single-rgb-d-camera
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Kangkan Wang, Guofeng Zhang, Shihong Xia
We present a novel templateless approach for nonrigid reconstruction and motion tracking using a single RGB-D camera. Without any template prior, our system achieves accurate reconstruction and tracking for considerably deformable objects. To robustly register the input sequence of partial depth scans with dynamic motion, we propose an efficient local-toglobal hierarchical optimization framework inspired by the idea of traditional structure-from-motion. Our proposed framework mainly consists of two stages, local nonrigid bundle adjustment and global optimization...
August 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816658/discriminative-feature-representation-to-improve-projection-data-inconsistency-for-low-dose-ct-imaging
#16
Jin Liu, Jianhua Ma, Yi Zhang, Yang Chen, Jian Yang, Huazhong Shu, Limin Luo, Gouenou Coatrieux, Wei Yang, Qianjin Feng, Wufan Chen
In low dose computed tomography (LDCT) imaging, the data inconsistency of measured noisy projections can significantly deteriorate reconstruction images. To deal with this problem, we propose here a new sinogram restoration approach, the Sinogram- Discriminative Feature Representation (S-DFR) method. Different from other sinogram restoration methods, the proposed method works through a 3-D representation based feature decomposition of the projected attenuation component and the noise component using a well-designed composite dictionary containing atoms with discriminative features...
August 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816476/benefits-of-flexible-prioritization-in-working-memory-can-arise-without-costs
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Nicholas E Myers, Sammi R Chekroud, Mark G Stokes, Anna C Nobre
Most recent models conceptualize working memory (WM) as a continuous resource, divided up according to task demands. When an increasing number of items need to be remembered, each item receives a smaller chunk of the memory resource. These models predict that the allocation of attention to high-priority WM items during the retention interval should be a zero-sum game: improvements in remembering cued items come at the expense of uncued items because resources are dynamically transferred from uncued to cued representations...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception and Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816462/-1-h-detected-redor-with-fast-magic-angle-spinning-of-a-deuterated-protein
#18
Manali Ghosh, Chad M Rienstra
Rotational echo double resonance (REDOR) is a highly successful method for heteronuclear distance determination in biological solid-state NMR, and 1H detection methods have emerged in recent years as a powerful approach to improving sensitivity and resolution for small sample quantities by utilizing fast magic-angle spinning (>30 kHz) and deuteration strategies. In theory, involving 1H as one of the spins for measuring REDOR effects can greatly increase the distance measurement range, but few experiments of this type have been reported...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816454/syntheses-of-4-heteroaryl-cyclohexanones-via-palladium-catalyzed-ester-%C3%AE-arylation-and-decarboxylation
#19
Jianguang Zhou, Qun Jiang, Peng Fu, Siqian Liu, Sisi Zhang, Su Xu, Qi Zhang
An alternative synthesis of 4-(heteroaryl)cyclohexanones is described, featuring a palladium catalyzed ester α-arylation followed by decarboxylation. The substrate scope is broad with a wide range of heteroaryl halides. Especially, the reaction robustness is demonstrated by the synthesis of >10g of 4-(pyrazin-2-yl)cyclohexanone with a 85% overall yield.
August 17, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816451/palladium-catalyzed-cascade-assembly-of-tricyclic-spiroethers-from-diene-alcohol-precursors
#20
David Lankri, Yelena Mostinski, Dmitry Tsvelikhovsky
Palladium-catalyzed carboetherification-Heck reactions to form tricyclic spiroethers, which are frequently observed as scaffold segments of various biochemical compounds, from simple diene-alcohols have been carried out in a cascade fashion. This is the first attempt to link simple alcohols with diverse, medium-sized spiroether architectures. The reported synthetic strategy is short, robust, and offers rapid delivery of a broad spectrum of tricyclic spiranoid ethers.
August 17, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
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