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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227404/evaluation-of-the-effect-of-doubling-atlases-using-midsagittal-plane-on-multi-atlas-based-segmentation-of-brain-structures
#1
Subrahmanyam Gorthi, Subrahmanyam Gorthi, Subrahmanyam Gorthi
Normal human brain exhibits approximately bi-fold symmetry with respect to its midsagittal plane (MSP). The objective of this work is to investigate the effect of doubling atlases (i.e., reference images) used in multi-atlas fusion methods by exploiting the inherent bilateral symmetry of human brain. To this end, we perform automated segmentation of 15 subcortical structures using Local Weighted Voting (LWV) fusion method with varying number of atlases. We consider three specific scenarios for atlases while performing fusion: (i) fusion with original OASIS atlases, (ii) with atlases obtained by flipping the original atlases based on their MSP, and (iii) with both original and flipped atlases...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224147/facile-synthesis-of-core-shell-nanostructured-hollow-carbon-nanospheres-nickel-cobalt-double-hydroxides-as-high-performance-electrode-materials-for-supercapacitors
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Juan Xu, Chaojie Ma, Jianyu Cao, Zhidong Chen
Core-shell nanostructured hollow carbon nanospheres@nickel cobalt double hydroxides (HCNs@NiCo-LDH) were fabricated using a facile hydrothermal method and investigated as high-performance electrode materials for supercapacitors. HCNs were acquired by a successive polymerization, carbonization and etching process, which was subsequently wrapped by ultrathin NiCo-LDH nanosheets. The HCNs@NiCo-LDH electrode achieved a high specific capacitance (2558 F g(-1) at 1 A g(-1)) and outstanding rate capability with 74...
February 22, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221211/a-rare-case-of-ck20-ck7-double-negative-merkel-cell-carcinoma
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Mary D Le, Luke H OʼSteen, David S Cassarino
The authors present a case of Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) with unique immunohistochemical staining characteristics. A 57-year-old woman presented with a firm 0.3 cm tan papule on her left nasal-labial fold that was reportedly increasing in size and bleeding. She had a history of multiple head and neck actinic keratoses, papillary thyroid carcinoma, and a family history of an uncle with melanoma. The clinical differential diagnosis was "non-melanoma skin cancer." Histological examination showed a markedly atypical-appearing basaloid neoplasm, present mostly in the dermis, with focal pagetoid spread into the epidermis...
March 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219116/prevalence-timing-of-diagnosis-and-pregnancy-outcome-of-abdominal-wall-defects-after-the-introduction-of-a-national-prenatal-screening-program
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Hanneke Fleurke-Rozema, Karline van de Kamp, Marian Bakker, Eva Pajkrt, Caterina Bilardo, Rosalinde Snijders
OBJECTIVE: To examine prevalence, time of diagnosis and outcome of fetuses with an exomphalos or gastroschisis, diagnosed since the introduction of a national prenatal screening program in 2007. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was undertaken in two fetal medicine units in the Netherlands. Cases were included if the estimated due date was between 2009 and 2013. Outcome measures were gestational age at diagnosis, presence of additional anomalies, and pregnancy outcome...
February 20, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217810/-effects-of-intrathecal-administration-of-am22-52-on-mechanical-allodynia-and-ccl2-expression-in-drg-in-bone-cancer-rats
#5
Ya-Juan Chen, Yuan-Hui Huo, Yanguo Hong
The pain peptide adrenomedullin (AM) plays a pivotal role in pathological pain. The present study was designed to investigate the effect of blockade of AM receptor on bone cancer pain (BCP) and its mechanism. BCP was developed by inoculation of Walker 256 mammary gland carcinoma cells in the tibia medullary cavity of Sprague Dawley rats. The selective AM receptor antagonist AM22-52 was administered intrathecally on 15 d after the inoculation. Quantitative real-time PCR was used to detect mRNA level of CC chemokine ligand 2 (CCL2) in dorsal root ganglion (DRG)...
February 25, 2017: Sheng Li Xue Bao: [Acta Physiologica Sinica]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216319/two-levels-of-waviness-are-necessary-to-package-the-highly-extensible-nerves-in-rorqual-whales
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Margo A Lillie, A Wayne Vogl, Kelsey N Gil, John M Gosline, Robert E Shadwick
Peripheral nerves are susceptible to stretch injury [1-4] and incorporate structural waviness at the level of the axons, fascicles, and nerve trunk to accommodate physiological increases in length [5, 6]. It is unknown whether there are limits to the amount of deformation that waviness can accommodate. In rorqual whales, a sub-group of baleen whales, nerves running through the ventral groove blubber (VGB) associated with the floor of the mouth routinely experience dramatically large deformations. In fact, some of these nerves more than double their length during lunge feeding and then recoil to a short, compressed state after each lunge [7-9]...
February 12, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216167/margin-of-safety-for-two-uv-filters-estimated-by-in-vitro-permeation-studies-mimicking-consumer-habits-effects-of-skin-shaving-and-sunscreen-reapplication
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Jarmila Hojerová, Zuzana Peráčková, Martina Beránková
Sunscreens are intended to work on the skin. To be both efficient and safe, the lowest possible percutaneous permeation of UV filters should occur. The potential for systemic absorption of Benzophenone-3 (BP3, 10%) and Ethylhexyl Triazone (EHT, 5%) in a silicone-based water-in-oil emulsion was assessed in vitro using a fullthickness porcine-ear skin mimicking in-use conditions. The estimated Systemic Exposure Dose (SED) after the sunscreen application at 1.0 mg/cm2 for 6 h (i) on the face; (ii) on the whole-body skin, was (i) 136 and 30; (ii) 4200 and 933 μg/kg_bw/d for BP3 and EHT, respectively...
February 16, 2017: Food and Chemical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214947/the-redistribution-of-non-breeding-dunlins-in-response-to-the-post-ddt-recovery-of-falcons
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Ronald C Ydenberg, Jennifer Barrett, David B Lank, Cailin Xu, Michiel Faber
Large-scale changes in predator populations are occurring worldwide due to (re-)introductions, over-exploitation, or recovery after decimation by pesticides and persecution. These widespread changes may affect the distribution of their prey. We studied the continental-scale distributions of non-breeding Calidris alpina pacifica and C. a. hudsonia (Pacific and Atlantic dunlins, respectively), as numbers of their major predators-peregrines (Falco peregrinus) and merlins (F. columbarius; together 'falcons')-increased after DDT was banned in 1973...
February 18, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214230/synthesis-and-cytotoxic-activities-of-goniothalamins-and-derivatives
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Anja Weber, Katja Döhl, Julia Sachs, Anja C M Nordschild, Dennis Schröder, Andrea Kulik, Thomas Fischer, Lutz Schmitt, Nicole Teusch, Jörg Pietruszka
Substituted goniothalamins containing cyclopropane-groups were efficiently prepared in high yields and good selectivity. Antiproliferative activity was measured on three human cancer cell lines (A549, MCF-7, HBL-100), to show which of the structural elements of goniothalamins is mandatory for cytotoxicity. We found that the configuration of the stereogenic centre of the δ-lactone plays an important role for cytotoxicity. In our studies only (R)-configured goniothalamins showed antiproliferative activity, whereby (R)-configuration accords to natural goniothalamin (R)-1...
February 6, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208259/ultrasensitive-electrochemical-detection-of-mirna-21-using-a-zinc-finger-protein-specific-to-dna-rna-hybrids
#10
Chiew San Fang, Kwang-Sun Kim, Byeongjun Yu, Sangyong Jon, Moon-Soo Kim, Haesik Yang
Both high sensitivity and high specificity are crucial for detection of miRNAs that have emerged as important clinical biomarkers. Just Another Zinc finger proteins (JAZ, ZNF346) bind preferably (but nonsequence-specifically) to DNA-RNA hybrids over single-stranded RNAs, single-stranded DNAs, and double-stranded DNAs. We present an ultrasensitive and highly specific electrochemical method for miRNA-21 detection based on the selective binding of JAZ to the DNA-RNA hybrid formed between a DNA capture probe and a target miRNA-21...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207833/structure-kinetic-characterization-and-subcellular-localization-of-the-two-ribulose-5-phosphate-epimerase-isoenzymes-from-trypanosoma-cruzi
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Soledad Natalia Gonzalez, Wanda Mariela Valsecchi, Dante Maugeri, José María Delfino, Juan José Cazzulo
The enzyme of the pentose phosphate pathway (PPP) ribulose-5-phosphate-epimerase (RPE) is encoded by two genes present in the genome of Trypanosoma cruzi CL Brener clone: TcRPE1 and TcRPE2. Despite high sequence similarity at the amino acid residue level, the recombinant isoenzymes show a strikingly different kinetics. Whereas TcRPE2 follows a typical michaelian behavior, TcRPE1 shows a complex kinetic pattern, displaying a biphasic curve, suggesting the coexistence of -at least- two kinetically different molecular forms...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207389/an-efficient-reconstruction-algorithm-based-on-the-alternating-direction-method-of-multipliers-for-joint-estimation-of-r2-and-off-resonance-in-fmri
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Chenxi Hu, Stanley Reeves, Dana Peters, Donald Twieg
R 2 mapping is a useful tool in blood-oxygen-level dependent (BOLD) fMRI due to its quantitative nature. However, like T 2 -weighted imaging, standard R 2 mapping based on multiecho EPI suffers from geometric distortion, due to strong offresonance near the air-tissue interface. Joint mapping of R 2 and off-resonance can correct the geometric distortion and is less susceptible to motion artifacts. Single-shot joint mapping of R 2 and off-resonance is possible with a rosette trajectory due to its frequent sampling of the k-space center...
February 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204880/analysis-of-different-innovative-formulations-of-curcumin-for-improved-relative-oral-bioavailability-in-human-subjects
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Martin Purpura, Ryan P Lowery, Jacob M Wilson, Haider Mannan, Gerald Münch, Valentina Razmovski-Naumovski
PURPOSE: The optimal health benefits of curcumin are limited by its low solubility in water and corresponding poor intestinal absorption. Cyclodextrins (CD) can form inclusion complexes on a molecular basis with lipophilic compounds, thereby improving aqueous solubility, dispersibility, and absorption. In this study, we investigated the bioavailability of a new γ-cyclodextrin curcumin formulation (CW8). This formulation was compared to a standardized unformulated curcumin extract (StdC) and two commercially available formulations with purported increased bioavailability: a curcumin phytosome formulation (CSL) and a formulation of curcumin with essential oils of turmeric extracted from the rhizome (CEO)...
February 16, 2017: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203492/safety-and-effectiveness-of-juv%C3%A3-derm-ultra-plus-injectable-gel-in-correcting-severe-nasolabial-folds-in-chinese-subjects
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Dong Li, Yun Xie, Qin Li, Jiaming Sun, Ping Jiang, Yi Jia, Diane K Murphy, Qingfeng Li
BACKGROUND: Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are effective in correcting severe nasolabial folds (NLFs) in non-Asian populations. We assessed safety and effectiveness of Juvéderm Ultra Plus in a Chinese population. METHODS: This double-blind study randomized Chinese subjects with severe NLFs to Juvéderm Ultra Plus (24 mg/mL) in 1 NLF and Restylane injectable gel (20 mg/mL) in the other NLF. NLFs were evaluated using the validated 5-point photonumeric Allergan NLF Severity Scale (0 is "no wrinkle" and 4 is "very deep wrinkle")...
January 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202759/relationship-between-measures-of-hiv-reactivation-and-the-decline-of-latent-reservoir-under-latency-reversing-agents
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Janka Petravic, Thomas A Rasmussen, Sharon R Lewin, Stephen J Kent, Miles P Davenport
Antiretroviral-free HIV remission requires substantial reduction of the number of latently infected cells and enhanced immune control of viremia. Latency-reversing agents (LRA) aim to eliminate latently infected cells by increasing the rate of reactivation of HIV transcription, which exposes these cells to killing by the immune system. As LRA are explored in clinical trials, it becomes increasingly important to assess the effect of increased HIV reactivation rate on the decline of latently infected cells, and estimate LRA efficacy in increasing virus reactivation...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193729/sequential-divergent-and-cooperative-requirements-of-foxl2a-and-foxl2b-in-ovary-development-and-maintenance-of-zebrafish
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Yan-Jing Yang, Yang Wang, Zhi Li, Li Zhou, Jian-Fang Gui
Foxl2 is essential for mammalian ovary maintenance. Although sexually dimorphic expression of foxl2 was observed in many teleost, its role and regulative mechanism in fish remained largely unclear. In this study, we first identified two transcript variants of foxl2a and its homologous gene foxl2b in zebrafish, and revealed their specific expression in follicular layer cells in a sequential and divergent fashion during ovary differentiation, maturation and maintenance. Then, homozygous foxl2a mutants (foxl2a(-/-)) and foxl2b mutants (foxl2b(-/-)) were constructed, and detailed comparisons, such as sex ratio, gonadal histological structure, transcriptome profiling and dynamic expression of gonadal development-related genes, were carried out...
February 13, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191927/foldectures-3d-molecular-architectures-from-self-assembly-of-peptide-foldamers
#17
Sung Hyun Yoo, Hee-Seung Lee
The wide range of fascinating supramolecular architectures found in nature, from DNA double helices to giant protein shells, inspires researchers to mimic the diverse shapes and functions of natural systems. Thus, a variety of artificial molecular platforms have been developed by assembling DNA-, peptide-, and protein-based building blocks for medicinal and biological applications. There has also been a significant interest in the research of non-natural oligomers (i.e., foldamers) that fold into well-defined secondary structures analogous to those found in proteins, because the assemblies of foldamers are expected not only to form biomimetic supramolecular architectures that resemble those of nature but also to display unique functions and unprecedented topologies at the same time due to their different folding propensities from those of natural building blocks...
February 13, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191901/increasing-the-genome-targeting-scope-and-precision-of-base-editing-with-engineered-cas9-cytidine-deaminase-fusions
#18
Y Bill Kim, Alexis C Komor, Jonathan M Levy, Michael S Packer, Kevin T Zhao, David R Liu
Base editing induces single-nucleotide changes in the DNA of living cells using a fusion protein containing a catalytically defective Streptococcus pyogenes Cas9, a cytidine deaminase, and an inhibitor of base excision repair. This genome editing approach has the advantage that it does not require formation of double-stranded DNA breaks or provision of a donor DNA template. Here we report the development of five C to T (or G to A) base editors that use natural and engineered Cas9 variants with different protospacer-adjacent motif (PAM) specificities to expand the number of sites that can be targeted by base editing 2...
February 13, 2017: Nature Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190779/lentiviral-transfer-of-%C3%AE-globin-with-fusion-gene-nup98-hoxa10hd-expands-hematopoietic-stem-cells-and-ameliorates-murine-%C3%AE-thalassemia
#19
Hui Fen Zhao, Allistair Abraham, Yoon-Sang Kim, Yong-Dong Wang, Tamara Pestina, Jun Zhan, Keith Humphries, Arthur W Nienhuis, Derek A Persons
Recently, an engineered Homeobox-nucleoporin fusion gene, NUP98-HOXA10HD or NA10HD, was reported to expand and maintain murine hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). We postulated that NA10HD would increase the number of human γ-globin-expressing cells to therapeutic levels. We developed a double gene lentiviral vector encoding both human γ-globin and NA10HD, which was used to transduce human peripheral blood CD34(+) cells and increased engraftment 2- to 2.5-fold at 15 weeks post-transplantation in immunodeficient mice...
February 9, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188256/mgdg-pg-and-sqdg-regulate-the-activity-of-light-dependent-protochlorophyllide-oxidoreductase
#20
Michal Gabruk, Beata Myśliwa-Kurdziel, Jerzy Kruk
Light-dependent protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase (POR) is a plant enzyme involved in the chlorophyll biosynthesis pathway. POR reduces one of the double bonds of the protochlorophyllide (Pchlide) using NADPH and light. In the present paper, we found out that PG and SQDG are allosteric regulators of the nucleotide binding, which increase the affinity towards NADPH a hundred fold. Moreover, we showed for the first time that NADH can, like NADPH, form active complexes with Pchlide and POR, however at much higher concentrations...
February 10, 2017: Biochemical Journal
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