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Jordi Solé-Casals, Karmele López-de-Ipiña Pena, Cesar F Caiafa
This paper proposes a new method for blind inversion of a monotonic nonlinear map applied to a sum of random variables. Such kinds of mixtures of random variables are found in source separation and Wiener system inversion problems, for example. The importance of our proposed method is based on the fact that it permits to decouple the estimation of the nonlinear part (nonlinear compensation) from the estimation of the linear one (source separation matrix or deconvolution filter), which can be solved by applying any convenient linear algorithm...
2016: PloS One
Masataka Yamao, Kazuhiro Aoki, Naoto Yukinawa, Shin Ishii, Michiyuki Matsuda, Honda Naoki
We developed two new FRET imaging measures for intramolecular FRET biosensors, called linearly proportional (LP) and highly contrasting (HC) measures, which can be easily calculated by the fluorescence intensities of donor and acceptor as a ratio between their weighted sums. As an alternative to the conventional ratiometric measure, which non-linearly depends on the fraction of active molecule, we first developed the LP measure, which is linearly proportional to the fraction of active molecules. The LP measure inherently unmixes bleed-through signals and is robust against fluorescence noise...
2016: PloS One
Hui Ren, Nigel P Birch, Vinod Suresh
Robust and reproducible in vitro models are required for investigating the pathways involved in fluid homeostasis in the human alveolar epithelium. We performed functional and phenotypic characterisation of ion transport in the human pulmonary epithelial cell lines NCI-H441 and A549 to determine their similarity to primary human alveolar type II cells. NCI-H441 cells exhibited high expression of junctional proteins ZO-1, and E-cadherin, seal-forming claudin-3, -4, -5 and Na+-K+-ATPase while A549 cells exhibited high expression of pore-forming claudin-2...
2016: PloS One
Nádia Sitoe, Rosa Macamo, Bindiya Meggi, Ocean Tobaiwa, Osvaldo Loquiha, Timothy Bollinger, Lara Vojnov, Ilesh Jani
BACKGROUND: In resource-limited countries, CD4 T-cell (CD4) testing continues to be used for determining antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation eligibility and opportunistic infection monitoring. To support expanded access to CD4 testing, simple and robust technologies are necessary. We conducted this study to evaluate the performance of a new Point-of-Care (POC) CD4 technology, the MyT4, compared to conventional laboratory CD4 testing. METHODS: EDTA venous blood from 200 HIV-positive patients was tested in the laboratory using the MyT4 and BD FACSCalibur™...
2016: PloS One
Masoumeh Ghafarzadeh, Mehrdad Namdari, Ali Eatemadi
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most prevalent congenital anomaly in newborn babies. Cardiac malformations have been induced in different animal model experiments, by perturbing some molecules that take part in the developmental pathways associated with myocyte differentiation, specification, or cardiac morphogenesis. The exact epigenetic, environmental, or genetic, basis for these molecules perturbations is yet to be understood. But, scientist have bridged this gap by introducing autologous stem cell into the defective hearts to treat CHD...
October 22, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Dyann Daley, Michael Bachmann, Brittany A Bachmann, Christian Pedigo, Minh-Thuy Bui, Jamye Coffman
As indicated by research on the long-term effects of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), maltreatment has far-reaching consequences for affected children. Effective prevention measures have been elusive, partly due to difficulty in identifying vulnerable children before they are harmed. This study employs Risk Terrain Modeling (RTM), an analysis of the cumulative effect of environmental factors thought to be conducive for child maltreatment, to create a highly accurate prediction model for future substantiated child maltreatment cases in the City of Fort Worth, Texas...
October 22, 2016: Child Abuse & Neglect
Zhiwen Zhu, Yongping Chai, Yuxiang Jiang, Wenjing Li, Huifang Hu, Wei Li, Jia-Wei Wu, Zhi-Xin Wang, Shanjin Huang, Guangshuo Ou
Directional cell migration is critical for metazoan development. We define two molecular pathways that activate the Arp2/3 complex during neuroblast migration in Caenorhabditis elegans. The transmembrane protein MIG-13/Lrp12 is linked to the Arp2/3 nucleation-promoting factors WAVE or WASP through direct interactions with ABL-1 or SEM-5/Grb2, respectively. WAVE mutations partially impaired F-actin organization and decelerated cell migration, and WASP mutations did not inhibit cell migration but enhanced migration defects in WAVE-deficient cells...
October 24, 2016: Developmental Cell
Jing Jiang, You-Jin Zhao, Xin-Yu Hu, Ming-Ying Du, Zi-Qi Chen, Min Wu, Kai-Ming Li, Hong-Yan Zhu, Poornima Kumar, Qi-Yong Gong
BACKGROUND: Multiple meta-analyses of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) studies have reported impaired white matter integrity in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). However, owing to inclusion of medicated patients in these studies, it is difficult to conclude whether these reported alterations are associated with MDD or confounded by medication effects. A meta-analysis of DTI studies on medication-free (medication-naive and medication washout) patients with MDD would therefore be necessary to disentangle MDD-specific effects...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience: JPN
Brian Wansink, Rebecca Robbins
OBJECTIVES: Which design features of nutrition infographics make them memorable and compelling? METHODS: First, we conducted 3 focus groups with a total of 28 participants to understand preferred infographic characteristics of adults who were mostly in their early 20s. Second, using between subject design, a slide show of single-image infographics was displayed to an independent sample of college students and young career university employees (N = 50). We assigned participants randomly to either active or passive processing conditions...
November 2016: American Journal of Health Behavior
Blanka Bucsella, Antoine Fornage, Catherine Le Denmat, Franka Kálmán
In biotechnological processes the intracellular level of nucleotides and nucleotide sugars have a direct impact on the post-translational modification (glycosylation) of the therapeutic protein products and on the exopolysaccharide pattern of the cells. Thus, they are precursors and also key components in the production of glycoproteins and glycolipids. All four nucleotides (at different phosphorylation stages) and their natural sugar derivatives coexist in biological samples. Their relative ratios depend on the actual conditions under which the cells are grown...
October 2016: Chimia
Huan Yang, Li Zhang, Lei Jiao
Activation of the carbon-halogen bonds in aryl halides is a key step in transition-metal-free cross-coupling reactions. In this paper a new and efficient radical initiation system for the activation of iodoarenes to produce aryl radicals was discovered, which employed the combination of N-methylanilines and t-BuOK. This radical initiation system is robust and versatile, enabling various types of aryl radical-related reactions.
October 25, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Marília Silveira de Almeida Campos, Lorena Rocha Ayres, Manuela Roque Siane Morelo, Fabiana Angelo Marques, Leonardo Régis Leira Pereira
Several newer antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) have been introduced into clinical practice, offering choices for individualizing the treatment of epilepsy since AEDs have different efficacy and tolerability profiles. In particular, questions exist regarding which AEDs are the best options for the monotherapy of focal epilepsy. Is carbamazepine (CBZ), which is considered the standard treatment for focal epilepsy, still the best option for monotherapy of focal epilepsy, despite the emergence of new AEDs? In this systematic review, we compared the relative tolerability of all available AEDs for monotherapy of all types of epilepsy as well as their efficacy in the monotherapy of focal epilepsy...
October 25, 2016: Pharmacotherapy
Kouichi Sakamoto, Ngin Cin Khai, Yuqing Wang, Rie Irie, Hideo Takamatsu, Hiroshi Matsufuji, Ken-Ichiro Kosai
In contrast to hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), the therapeutic potential and pathophysiologic roles of heparin-binding epidermal growth factor-like growth factor (HB-EGF) in liver diseases remain relatively unknown. To address the lack of effective pharmacologic treatments for cholestatic liver injuries, as well as to clarify the biologic features of these growth factors, we explored the effects of HB-EGF and HGF in mice with cholestatic liver injury induced by bile duct ligation (BDL). The mice were assessed 3, 5 and/or 14 days after BDL (acute, subacute and/or chronic phases, respectively) and intravenous injection of adenoviral vector expressing LacZ (control), HB-EGF, HGF, or HB-EGF and HGF...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
Anurag Mishra, Yuanyuan Jiang, Sheryl Roberts, Vasilis Ntziachristos, Gil Gregor Westmeyer
Photoacoustic imaging (PAI) is an attractive imaging modality that can volumetrically map the distribution of photoabsorbing molecules with deeper tissue penetration than multiphoton microscopy. To enable dynamic sensing of divalent cations via PAI, we have engineered a new reversible near infrared probe that is more sensitive to calcium as compared to other biologically relevant cations. The metallochromic compound showed a strong reduction of its peak absorbance at 765 nm upon addition of calcium ions that was translated into robust signal changes in photoacoustic images...
October 25, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Tianran Lin, Yarong Wu, Zhihong Li, Zhiping Song, Liangqia Guo, FengFu Fu
Colorimetric detection of biogenic amines, well-known indicators of food spoilage, plays an important role for monitoring of food safety. However, common colorimetric sensors for biogenic amines suffer from low color resolution or complicated design and intricate output for the end-users. Herein, we explored a simple but effective strategy for visual monitoring of biogenic amines with multiple color change based on hydrolysis-induced silver metallization reaction to tune the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) adsorption of Au nanorods (NRs)...
October 25, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Thomas Lange, Cheng-Wen Ko, Ping-Hong Lai, Michael Dacko, Shang-Yueh Tsai, Martin Buechert
Valine and lactate have been recognized as important metabolic markers to diagnose brain abscess by means of MRS. However, in vivo unambiguous detection and quantification is hampered by macromolecular contamination. In this work, MEGA-PRESS difference editing of valine and lactate is proposed. The method is validated in vitro and applied for quantitative in vivo experiments in one healthy subject and two brain abscess patients. It is demonstrated that with this technique the overlapping lipid signal can be reduced by more than an order of magnitude and thus the robustness of valine and lactate detection in vivo can be enhanced...
October 25, 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
Suman De Sarkar, N Y Phani Kumar, Lutz Ackermann
Versatile borylations of C(sp2)-H and C(sp3)-H were achieved with ruthenium(II) bis(carboxylate) complexes. The robust nature of the ruthenium(II) catalyst enabled C(sp3)-H borylation on pyrrolidines, piperidines, and azepanes with ample scope and excellent positional selectivity control.
October 25, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Serli Önlü, Melek Türker Saçan
The authors constructed novel, robust and validated linear Quantitative Structure-Toxicity Relationship (QSTR) models in line with OECD criteria using the two cytotoxicity data sets which were obtained from the Alamar Blue (AB) and 5-carboxyfluorescein diacetate acetoxymethyl ester (CFDA-AM) assays. The data sets comprise the cytotoxic effect of structurally diverse and widely used pharmaceuticals, synthetic musks and industrial chemicals on the rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) liver cell line RTL-W1. Common descriptors defined the relationship between structure and cytotoxicity for both the AB and the CFDA-AM assays which measure the metabolic activity and membrane integrity, respectively...
October 25, 2016: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
E Huertas-Hoyas, E J Pedrero-Perez, M Martinez-Campos, M Laselle-Lopez
INTRODUCTION: The use of self-reports about symptoms of malfunctioning in daily life derived from functional deficits of a prefrontal origin has become widespread in clinical practice, since they allow incremental ecological validity to be added to other specific tests. Yet it remains to be determined whether self-assessment is sufficient on its own or if the participation of an external evaluator would be preferable. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The Prefrontal Symptoms Inventory (PSI) was administered to 115 subjects being treated for a range of brain pathologies...
November 1, 2016: Revista de Neurologia
P P T Jeurissen, B A Ravesteijn, R T J M Janssen, M A C Tanke
After a decade of robust growth in spending, Dutch mental healthcare is on a more stricter budgetary path since 2012. High prevalence of illness and limited spending, imply the need for efficient mental healthcare delivery.<br/> AIM: To advise how mental health care can be managed more efficiently. There will also have to be more differentiation between mild and serious psychiatric illnesses.<br/> METHOD: Review of academic articles and policy studies.<br/> RESULTS: With regard to the treatment of fairly common disorders, more attention needs to be given to integrated basic care and e-health...
2016: Tijdschrift Voor Psychiatrie
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