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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156583/new-paradigms-for-the-study-of-ocular-alphaherpesvirus-infections-insights-into-the-use-of-non-traditional-host-model-systems
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Matthew R Pennington, Eric C Ledbetter, Gerlinde R Van de Walle
Ocular herpesviruses, most notably human alphaherpesvirus 1 (HSV-1), canid alphaherpesvirus 1 (CHV-1) and felid alphaherpesvirus 1 (FHV-1), infect and cause severe disease that may lead to blindness. CHV-1 and FHV-1 have a pathogenesis and induce clinical disease in their hosts that is similar to HSV-1 ocular infections in humans, suggesting that infection of dogs and cats with CHV-1 and FHV-1, respectively, can be used as a comparative natural host model of herpesvirus-induced ocular disease. In this review, we discuss both strengths and limitations of the various available model systems to study ocular herpesvirus infection, with a focus on the use of these non-traditional virus-natural host models...
November 18, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156576/stochastic-integration-h%C3%A2-filter-for-rapid-transfer-alignment-of-ins
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Dapeng Zhou, Lei Guo
The performance of an inertial navigation system (INS) operated on a moving base greatly depends on the accuracy of rapid transfer alignment (RTA). However, in practice, the coexistence of large initial attitude errors and uncertain observation noise statistics poses a great challenge for the estimation accuracy of misalignment angles. This study aims to develop a novel robust nonlinear filter, namely the stochastic integration H ∞ filter (SIH ∞ F) for improving both the accuracy and robustness of RTA. In this new nonlinear H ∞ filter, the stochastic spherical-radial integration rule is incorporated with the framework of the derivative-free H ∞ filter for the first time, and the resulting SIH ∞ F simultaneously attenuates the negative effect in estimations caused by significant nonlinearity and large uncertainty...
November 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156565/survey-on-the-performance-of-source-localization-algorithms
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José Manuel Fresno, Guillermo Robles, Juan Manuel Martínez-Tarifa, Brian G Stewart
The localization of emitters using an array of sensors or antennas is a prevalent issue approached in several applications. There exist different techniques for source localization, which can be classified into multilateration, received signal strength (RSS) and proximity methods. The performance of multilateration techniques relies on measured time variables: the time of flight (ToF) of the emission from the emitter to the sensor, the time differences of arrival (TDoA) of the emission between sensors and the pseudo-time of flight (pToF) of the emission to the sensors...
November 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156419/segmentation-of-the-hippocampus-by-transferring-algorithmic-knowledge-for-large-cohort-processing
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Benjamin Thyreau, Kazunori Sato, Hiroshi Fukuda, Yasuyuki Taki
The hippocampus is a particularly interesting target for neuroscience research studies due to its essential role within the human brain. In large human cohort studies, bilateral hippocampal structures are frequently identified and measured to gain insight into human behaviour or genomic variability in neuropsychiatric disorders of interest. Automatic segmentation is performed using various algorithms, with FreeSurfer being a popular option. In this manuscript, we present a method to segment the bilateral hippocampus using a deep-learned appearance model...
November 10, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156368/self-and-team-prioritisation-effects-in-perceptual-matching-evidence-for-a-shared-representation
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Florence Enock, Jie Sui, Miles Hewstone, Glyn W Humphreys
Previous research has demonstrated that in-group favouritism occurs not only in higher-level judgments such as reward allocation, but also in low-level perceptual and attentional tasks. Recently, Moradi, Sui, Hewstone, and Humphreys (2015) found a novel effect of in-group bias on a simple perceptual matching task in which football fans responded more efficiently to stimuli newly associated with their own football team than stimuli associated with rival or neutral teams. This result is consistent with a robust self-bias effect in which individuals show a large performance advantage in responding to stimuli associated with the self over stimuli associated with a close friend or a stranger (Sui, He, & Humphreys, 2012)...
November 17, 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156288/determination-and-validation-of-soil-thresholds-for-cadmium-based-on-food-quality-standard-and-health-risk-assessment
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Changfeng Ding, Yibing Ma, Xiaogang Li, Taolin Zhang, Xingxiang Wang
Cadmium (Cd) is an environmental toxicant with high rates of soil-plant transfer. It is essential to establish an accurate soil threshold for the implementation of soil management practices. This study takes root vegetable as an example to derive soil thresholds for Cd based on the food quality standard as well as health risk assessment using species sensitivity distribution (SSD). A soil type-specific bioconcentration factor (BCF, ratio of Cd concentration in plant to that in soil) generated from soil with a proper Cd concentration gradient was calculated and applied in the derivation of soil thresholds instead of a generic BCF value to minimize the uncertainty...
November 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156260/towards-more-ecological-relevance-in-sediment-toxicity-testing-with-fish-evaluation-of-multiple-bioassays-with-embryos-of-the-benthic-weatherfish-misgurnus-fossilis
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Benjamin Schreiber, Jonas Fischer, Sabrina Schiwy, Henner Hollert, Ralf Schulz
The effects of sediment contamination on fish are of high significance for the protection of ecosystems, human health and economy. However, standardized sediment bioassays with benthic fish species, that mimic bioavailability of potentially toxic compounds and comply with the requirements of alternative test methods, are still scarce. In order to address this issue, embryos of the benthic European weatherfish (Misgurnus fossilis) were exposed to freeze-dried sediment (via sediment contact assays (SCA)) and sediment extracts (via acute fish embryo toxicity tests) varying in contamination level...
November 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156256/effects-of-ambient-temperature-on-lung-function-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-time-series-panel-study
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Zhijing Lin, Yutong Gu, Cong Liu, Yuanlin Song, Chunxue Bai, Renjie Chen, Shujing Chen, Haidong Kan
BACKGROUND: Limited evidence concerns the associations between ambient temperature and lung function and the results are mixed. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the associations between temperature variations and daily fluctuations in pulmonary function in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. METHODS: We designed a time-series panel study of 28 male urban COPD patients with repeated daily lung function measurements from December 2012 to May 2013 in Shanghai, China...
November 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156148/cm-101-type-i-collagen-targeted-mr-imaging-probe-for-detection-of-liver-fibrosis
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Christian T Farrar, Eric M Gale, Richard Kennan, Ian Ramsay, Ricard Masia, Gunisha Arora, Kailyn Looby, Lan Wei, Jayashree Kalpathy-Cramer, Michelle M Bunzel, Chunlian Zhang, Yonghua Zhu, Taro E Akiyama, Michael Klimas, Shirly Pinto, Himashinie Diyabalanage, Kenneth K Tanabe, Valerie Humblet, Bryan C Fuchs, Peter Caravan
Purpose To evaluate the biodistribution, metabolism, and pharmacokinetics of a new type I collagen-targeted magnetic resonance (MR) probe, CM-101, and to assess its ability to help quantify liver fibrosis in animal models. Materials and Methods Biodistribution, pharmacokinetics, and stability of CM-101 in rats were measured with mass spectrometry. Bile duct-ligated (BDL) and sham-treated rats were imaged 19 days after the procedure by using a 1.5-T clinical MR imaging unit. Mice were treated with carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) or with vehicle two times a week for 10 weeks and were imaged with a 7...
November 20, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156143/identification-of-nuclear-localization-signals-in-the-human-homeoprotein-msx1
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Akio Shibata, Junichiro Machida, Seishi Yamaguchi, Masashi Kimura, Tadashi Tatematsu, Hitoshi Miyachi, Atsuo Nakayama, Kazuo Shimozato, Yoshihito Tokita
MSX1 is one of the homeoproteins with the homeodomain (HD) sequence, which regulates proliferation and differentiation of mesenchymal cells. In this study, we investigated the nuclear localization signal (NLS) in the MSX1 HD by deletion and amino acid substitution analyses. The web-based tool NLStradamus predicted two putative basic motifs in the N- and C-termini of the MSX1 HD. Green fluorescent protein (GFP) chimera studies revealed that NLS1 (<sub>161</sub>RKHKTNRKPR<sub>170</sub>) and NLS2 (<sub>216</sub>NRRAKAKR<sub>223</sub>) were independently insufficient for robust nuclear localization...
November 20, 2017: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biochimie et Biologie Cellulaire
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156140/automated-training-of-reaxff-reactive-force-fields-for-energetics-of-enzymatic-reactions
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Tomáš Trnka, Igor Tvaroska, Jaroslav Koca
Computational studies of the reaction mechanisms of various enzymes are nowadays based almost exclusively on hybrid QM/MM models. Unfortunately, the success of this approach strongly depends on the selection of the QM region, and computational cost is a crucial limiting factor. An interesting alternative is offered by empirical reactive molecular force fields, especially the ReaxFF potential developed by van Duin and co-workers. However, even though an initial parameterization of ReaxFF for biomolecules already exists, it does not provide the desired level of accuracy...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156070/medical-crowdfunding-for-patients-undergoing-orthopedic-surgery
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Wesley M Durand, Joseph R Johnson, Adam E M Eltorai, Alan H Daniels
Crowdfunding for medical expenses is growing in popularity. Through several websites, patients create public campaign profiles to which donors can contribute. Research on medical crowdfunding is limited, and there have been no studies of crowdfunding in orthopedics. Active medical crowdfunding campaigns for orthopedic trauma, total joint arthroplasty, and spine surgery were queried from a crowdfunding website. The characteristics and outcomes of crowdfunding campaigns were abstracted and analyzed. For this study, 444 campaigns were analyzed, raising a total of $1,443,528...
November 20, 2017: Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156047/immunopathogenesis-of-hepatitis-b-virus
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Tai-Chung Tseng, Li-Rung Huang
Chronic hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection is a global public health issue. There are >250 million people chronically infected with HBV, and these chronic carriers are at high risk of developing end-stage liver diseases and hepatocellular carcinoma. Patients with chronic hepatitis B (CHB) usually acquire the virus perinatally, while most patients infected during adulthood develop acute hepatitis B (AHB), which usually results in viral clearance. HBV infection is noncytopathic, and liver injury is mostly contributed by host immune responses...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156006/diana-tarbase-v8-a-decade-long-collection-of-experimentally-supported-mirna-gene-interactions
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Dimitra Karagkouni, Maria D Paraskevopoulou, Serafeim Chatzopoulos, Ioannis S Vlachos, Spyros Tastsoglou, Ilias Kanellos, Dimitris Papadimitriou, Ioannis Kavakiotis, Sofia Maniou, Giorgos Skoufos, Thanasis Vergoulis, Theodore Dalamagas, Artemis G Hatzigeorgiou
DIANA-TarBase v8 (http://www.microrna.gr/tarbase) is a reference database devoted to the indexing of experimentally supported microRNA (miRNA) targets. Its eighth version is the first database indexing >1 million entries, corresponding to ∼670 000 unique miRNA-target pairs. The interactions are supported by >33 experimental methodologies, applied to ∼600 cell types/tissues under ∼451 experimental conditions. It integrates information on cell-type specific miRNA-gene regulation, while hundreds of thousands of miRNA-binding locations are reported...
November 16, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155957/identification-of-cells-expressing-olfm4-and-lgr5-mrna-by-in-situ-hybridization-in-the-yolk-sac-and-small-intestine-of-embryonic-and-early-post-hatch-chicks
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H Zhang, E A Wong
The chicken yolk sac (YS) and small intestine are essential for nutrient absorption during the pre-hatch and post-hatch periods, respectively. Absorptive enterocytes and secretory cells line the intestinal villi and originate from stem cells located in the intestinal crypts. Similarly, in the YS, there are absorptive and secretory cells that presumably originate from a stem cell population. Leucine-rich repeat containing G protein-coupled receptor 5 (Lgr5) and olfactomedin 4 (Olfm4) are 2 widely used markers for intestinal stem cells...
November 15, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155928/modeling-positional-effects-of-regulatory-sequences-with-spline-transformations-increases-prediction-accuracy-of-deep-neural-networks
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Žiga Avsec, Mohammadamin Barekatain, Jun Cheng, Julien Gagneur
Motivation: Regulatory sequences are not solely defined by their nucleic acid sequence but also by their relative distances to genomic landmarks such as transcription start site, exon boundaries, or polyadenylation site. Deep learning has become the approach of choice for modeling regulatory sequences because of its strength to learn complex sequence features. However, modeling relative distances to genomic landmarks in deep neural networks has not been addressed. Results: Here we developed spline transformation, a neural network module based on splines to flexibly and robustly model distances...
November 16, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155921/aridification-as-a-driver-of-biodiversity-a-case-study-for-the-cycad-genus-dioon-zamiaceae
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José Said Gutiérrez-Ortega, Takashi Yamamoto, Andrew P Vovides, Miguel Angel Pérez-Farrera, José F Martínez, Francisco Molina-Freaner, Yasuyuki Watano, Tadashi Kajita
Background and Aims: Aridification is considered a selective pressure that might have influenced plant diversification. It is suggested that plants adapted to aridity diversified during the Miocene, an epoch of global aridification (≈15 million years ago). However, evidence supporting diversification being a direct response to aridity is scarce, and multidisciplinary evidence, besides just phylogenetic estimations, is necessary to support the idea that aridification has driven diversification...
November 16, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155839/performance-of-thigh-mounted-triaxial-accelerometer-algorithms-in-objective-quantification-of-sedentary-behaviour-and-physical-activity-in-older-adults
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Jorgen A Wullems, Sabine M P Verschueren, Hans Degens, Christopher I Morse, Gladys L Onambélé
Accurate monitoring of sedentary behaviour and physical activity is key to investigate their exact role in healthy ageing. To date, accelerometers using cut-off point models are most preferred for this, however, machine learning seems a highly promising future alternative. Hence, the current study compared between cut-off point and machine learning algorithms, for optimal quantification of sedentary behaviour and physical activity intensities in the elderly. Thus, in a heterogeneous sample of forty participants (aged ≥60 years, 50% female) energy expenditure during laboratory-based activities (ranging from sedentary behaviour through to moderate-to-vigorous physical activity) was estimated by indirect calorimetry, whilst wearing triaxial thigh-mounted accelerometers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155837/reduced-order-modeling-and-analysis-of-the-human-complement-system
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Adithya Sagar, Wei Dai, Mason Minot, Rachel LeCover, Jeffrey D Varner
Complement is an important pathway in innate immunity, inflammation, and many disease processes. However, despite its importance, there are few validated mathematical models of complement activation. In this study, we developed an ensemble of experimentally validated reduced order complement models. We combined ordinary differential equations with logical rules to produce a compact yet predictive model of complement activation. The model, which described the lectin and alternative pathways, was an order of magnitude smaller than comparable models in the literature...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155780/rapid-directed-differentiation-of-retinal-pigment-epithelial-cells-from-human-embryonic-or-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Leah P Foltz, Dennis O Clegg
We describe a robust method to direct the differentiation of pluripotent stem cells into retinal pigment epithelial cells (RPE). The purpose of providing a detailed and thorough protocol is to clearly demonstrate each step and to make this readily available to researchers in the field. This protocol results in a homogenous layer of RPE with minimal or no manual dissection needed. The method presented here has been shown to be effective for induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) and human embryonic stem cells...
October 30, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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