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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352385/outer-wall-segmentation-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-by-variable-neighborhood-search-through-intensity-and-gradient-spaces
#1
Thanongchai Siriapisith, Worapan Kusakunniran, Peter Haddawy
Aortic aneurysm segmentation remains a challenge. Manual segmentation is a time-consuming process which is not practical for routine use. To address this limitation, several automated segmentation techniques for aortic aneurysm have been developed, such as edge detection-based methods, partial differential equation methods, and graph partitioning methods. However, automatic segmentation of aortic aneurysm is difficult due to high pixel similarity to adjacent tissue and a lack of color information in the medical image, preventing previous work from being applicable to difficult cases...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Digital Imaging: the Official Journal of the Society for Computer Applications in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351763/an-overview-of-the-impact-of-rare-disease-characteristics-on-research-methodology
#2
REVIEW
Danielle Whicher, Sarah Philbin, Naomi Aronson
BACKGROUND: About 30 million individuals in the United States are living with a rare disease, which by definition have a prevalence of 200,000 or fewer cases in the United States ([National Organization for Rare Disorders], [About NORD], [2016]). Disease heterogeneity and geographic dispersion add to the difficulty of completing robust studies in small populations. Improving the ability to conduct research on rare diseases would have a significant impact on population health. The purpose of this paper is to raise awareness of methodological approaches that can address the challenges to conducting robust research on rare diseases...
January 19, 2018: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351591/could-seasonally-deteriorating-environments-favour-the-evolution-of-autogamous-selfing-and-a-drought-escape-physiology-through-indirect-selection-a-test-of-the-time-limitation-hypothesis-using-artificial-selection-in-clarkia
#3
Simon K Emms, Alisa A Hove, Leah S Dudley, Susan J Mazer, Amy S Verhoeven
Background and Aims: The evolution of selfing from outcrossing may be the most common transition in plant reproductive systems and is associated with a variety of ecological circumstances and life history strategies. The most widely discussed explanation for these associations is the reproductive assurance hypothesis - the proposition that selfing is favoured because it increases female fitness when outcross pollen receipt is limited. Here an alternative explanation, the time limitation hypothesis, is addressed, one scenario of which proposes that selfing may evolve as a correlated response to selection for a faster life cycle in seasonally deteriorating environments...
January 17, 2018: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351007/timing-of-renal-support-and-outcome-of-septic-shock-and-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
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Stéphane Gaudry, David Hajage, Frédérique Schortgen, Laurent Martin-Lefevre, Charles Verney, Bertrand Pons, Eric Boulet, Alexandre Boyer, Guillaume Chevrel, Nicolas Lerolle, Dorothée Carpentier, Nicolas de Prost, Alexandre Lautrette, Anne Bretagnol, Julien Mayaux, Saad Nseir, Bruno Megarbane, Marina Thirion, Jean-Marie Forel, Julien Maizel, Hodane Yonis, Philippe Markowicz, Guillaume Thiery, Florence Tubach, Jean-Damien Ricard, Didier Dreyfuss
RATIONALE: The optimal strategy for initiation of renal replacement therapy (RRT) in patients with severe acute kidney injury in the context of septic shock and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of an early compared to a delayed RRT initiation strategy on 60-day mortality according to the baseline sepsis status, ARDS status and severity. METHODS: Post-hoc analysis of the AKIKI (Artificial-Kidney-Initiation in Kidney-Injury) trial...
January 19, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350909/dual-drug-delivery-system-based-on-biodegradable-organosilica-core-shell-architectures
#5
Jiang-Lan Li, Ying-Jia Cheng, Chi Zhang, Han Cheng, Jun Feng, Ren-Xi Zhuo, Xuan Zeng, Xian-Zheng Zhang
To overcome drug resistance, efficient cancer therapeutic strategies using combination of small-molecule drugs and macromolecule drugs are highly desired. However, due to their significant differences in molecular weight and size, it is difficult to load them simultaneously in one vector and to release them individually. Here, a biodegradable organosilica based core/shell-structured nanocapsule was designed and used as a dual stimuli-responsive drug vector to solve this problem. Biodegradable organosilica shell coated outside the macromolecule model drug "core" would be disrupted by high glutathione (GSH) levels inside tumor cells, resulting in the escape of the entrapped drugs...
January 19, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350905/ampulexins-a-new-family-of-peptides-in-venom-of-the-emerald-jewel-wasp-ampulex-compressa
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Eugene Moore, Ryan Arvidson, Christopher Banks, Jean Urenda, Elizabeth Duong, Haroun Mohammad, Michael E Adams
The parasitoid wasp Ampulex compressa injects venom directly into the brain and subesophageal ganglion of the cockroach Periplaneta americana, inducing a seven to ten day lethargy termed hypokinesia. Hypokinesia presents as a significant reduction in both escape response and spontaneous walking. We examined aminergic and peptidergic components of milked venom with HPLC and MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. HPLC coupled with electrochemical detection confirmed presence of dopamine in milked venom, while mass spectrometry revealed that the venom gland and venom sac have distinct peptide profiles, with milked venom predominantly composed of venom sac peptides...
January 19, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350901/adsorption-and-diffusion-of-lithium-and-sodium-on-defective-rhenium-disulfide-a-first-principles-study
#7
Sankha Mukherjee, Avinav Banwait, Sean Grixti, Nikhil A Koratkar, Chandra Veer Singh
Single layer Rhenium disulfide (ReS2) is a unique material with distinctive, anisotropic electronic, mechanical and optical properties and has the potential to be used as an anode in alkali metal ion batteries. In this work, first principles calculations were performed to systematically evaluate the potential of monolayer pristine and defective ReS2 as anodes in lithium (Li) and sodium (Na)-ion batteries. Our calculations suggest that there are several potential adsorption sites for Li and Na on pristine ReS2, owing to its low-symmetry structure...
January 19, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350812/a-unified-framework-of-plant-adaptive-strategies-to-drought-crossing-scales-and-disciplines
#8
Florence Volaire
Plant adaptation to drought has been extensively studied at many scales from ecology to molecular biology across a large range of model species. However, the conceptual frameworks underpinning the definition of plant strategies, and the terminology used across the different disciplines and scales are not analogous. 'Drought resistance' for instance refers to plant responses as different as the maintenance of growth and productivity in crops, to the survival and recovery in perennial woody or grassland species...
January 19, 2018: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350776/the-existential-experience-of-everyday-life-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Janni Lisander Larsen, Elisabeth O C Hall, Søren Jacobsen, Regner Birkelund
AIM: To explore, from the perspective of women the nature of basic existential conditions while living with systemic lupus erythematosus. BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus has an unpredictable disease course and is documented to cause an existential rearrangement of life. The significance of changes in existential conditions and related experiences are unclear in the context of nursing and women with systemic lupus erythematosus. DESIGN: A qualitative design guided by Van Manen's hermeneutic phenomenological methodology...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Advanced Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350285/gut-shuttle-service-endozoochory-of-dispersal-limited-soil-fauna-by-gastropods
#10
Manfred Türke, Markus Lange, Nico Eisenhauer
Numerous important ecosystem functions and services depend on soil biodiversity. However, little is known about the mechanisms which maintain the vast belowground biodiversity and about the filters shaping soil community composition. Yet, biotic interactions like facilitation and dispersal by animals are assumed to play a crucial role, particularly as most soil animal taxa are strongly limited in their active dispersal abilities. Here, we report on a newfound interaction of potentially high ubiquity and importance in soil communities: the endozoochorous dispersal of soil fauna by gastropods...
January 19, 2018: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350282/neutrophil-chemotaxis
#11
REVIEW
Björn Petri, Maria-Jesús Sanz
Neutrophils are the primary cells recruited to inflamed sites during an innate immune response to tissue damage and/or infection. They are finely sensitive to inciting stimuli to reach in great numbers and within minutes areas of inflammation and tissue insult. For this effective response, they can detect extracellular chemical gradients and move towards higher concentrations, the so-called chemotaxis process or guided cell migration. This directed neutrophil recruitment is orchestrated by chemoattractants, a chemically diverse group of molecular guidance cues (e...
January 19, 2018: Cell and Tissue Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349025/anterior-capsule-reconstruction-for-irreparable-subscapularis-tears
#12
Jason P Rogers, Adam Kwapisz, John M Tokish
A subscapularis complete tear presents its own challenges in management. The glenohumeral biomechanics and force couple are reliant on a competent and functioning subscapularis muscle. An irreparable subscapularis makes those same challenges even more difficult to address. Traditionally, this problem has been addressed with tendon transfers, including pectoralis major or latissimus dorsi. These techniques can alter the ideal biomechanics of the shoulder and have high rates or failure. Iliotibial autograft or tibialis anterior have also been wrought with high failure rates...
December 2017: Arthroscopy Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348848/pd-l1-expression-in-tumor-tissue-and-peripheral-blood-of-patients-with-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Manuel Weber, Falk Wehrhan, Christoph Baran, Abbas Agaimy, Maike Büttner-Herold, Raimund Preidl, Friedrich W Neukam, Jutta Ries
Background: Immune checkpoints like programmed cell death-1 (PD-1) and its ligand PD-L1 are involved in immune escape mechanisms of solid tumors including oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC). Inhibitors of the pathway are successfully used for treating especially advanced disease. However, the physiological relevance of PD-1/PD-L1-signaling in OSCC is insufficiently understood. The aim of the study was to analyze if PD-L1 expression in tumor tissue and peripheral blood samples of OSCC patients is associated with histomorphological tumor parameters and if PD-L1 expression in patients is different from controls...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348060/exposure-to-workplace-smoking-bans-and-continuity-of-daily-smoking-patterns-on-workdays-and-weekends
#14
Michael S Dunbar, Saul Shiffman, Siddharth Chandra
INTRODUCTION: Individuals may compensate for workplace smoking bans by smoking more before or after work, or escaping bans to smoke, but no studies have conducted a detailed, quantitative analysis of such compensatory behaviors using real-time data. METHODS: 124 daily smokers documented smoking occasions over 3weeks using ecological momentary assessment (EMA), and provided information on real-world exposure to smoking restrictions and type of workplace smoking policy (full, partial, or no bans)...
January 6, 2018: Addictive Behaviors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347791/beyond-the-faster-is-slower-effect
#15
I M Sticco, F E Cornes, G A Frank, C O Dorso
The "faster-is-slower" effect arises when crowded people push each other to escape through an exit during an emergency situation. As individuals push harder, a statistical slowing down in the evacuation time can be achieved. The slowing down is caused by the presence of small groups of pedestrians (say, a small human cluster) that temporarily block the way out when trying to leave the room. The pressure on the pedestrians belonging to this blocking cluster increases for increasing anxiety levels and/or a larger number of individuals trying to leave the room through the same door...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347747/dynamical-transition-on-the-periodic-lorentz-gas-stochastic-and-deterministic-approaches
#16
Rafael Mateus Feliczaki, Eduardo Vicentini, Pedro Pablo González-Borrero
The effect of dynamical properties of the periodic Lorentz gas on the autocorrelation function and diffusion coefficient are investigated in various geometric transitions between billiards without horizon and infinite horizon. Numerical simulations are performed using a double square lattice which permits us to isolate different types of corridors and to describe the individual effects of each corridor. The results are compared with a stochastic model based on a escape-rate formalism which reveals the sensibility of the diffusion coefficient and clarifies the role of the open corridors mechanism on the dynamical transitions...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347730/rigidity-induced-scale-invariance-in-polymer-ejection-from-capsid
#17
R P Linna, P M Suhonen, J Piili
While the dynamics of a fully flexible polymer ejecting a capsid through a nanopore has been extensively studied, the ejection dynamics of semiflexible polymers has not been properly characterized. Here we report results from simulations of ejection dynamics of semiflexible polymers ejecting from spherical capsids. Ejections start from strongly confined polymer conformations of constant initial monomer density. We find that, unlike for fully flexible polymers, for semiflexible polymers the force measured at the pore does not show a direct relation to the instantaneous ejection velocity...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347647/fast-and-slow-domino-regimes-in-transient-network-dynamics
#18
Peter Ashwin, Jennifer Creaser, Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova
It is well known that the addition of noise to a multistable dynamical system can induce random transitions from one stable state to another. For low noise, the times between transitions have an exponential tail and Kramers' formula gives an expression for the mean escape time in the asymptotic limit. If a number of multistable systems are coupled into a network structure, a transition at one site may change the transition properties at other sites. We study the case of escape from a "quiescent" attractor to an "active" attractor in which transitions back can be ignored...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347494/forward-backward-and-weighted-stochastic-bridges
#19
Peter D Drummond
We define stochastic bridges as conditional distributions of stochastic paths that leave a specified point in phase-space in the past and arrive at another one in the future. These can be defined relative to either forward or backward stochastic differential equations and with the inclusion of arbitrary path-dependent weights. The underlying stochastic equations are not the same except in linear cases. Accordingly, we generalize the theory of stochastic bridges to include time-reversed and weighted stochastic processes...
October 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347056/force-linearization-closure-for-non-markovian-langevin-systems-with-time-delay
#20
Sarah A M Loos, Sabine H L Klapp
This paper is concerned with the Fokker-Planck (FP) description of classical stochastic systems with discrete time delay. The non-Markovian character of the corresponding Langevin dynamics naturally leads to a coupled infinite hierarchy of FP equations for the various n-time joint distribution functions. Here, we present an approach to close the hierarchy at the one-time level based on a linearization of the deterministic forces in all members of the hierarchy starting from the second one. This leads to a closed equation for the one-time probability density in the steady state...
July 2017: Physical Review. E
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