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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646754/free-energy-analysis-of-cell-spreading
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Eóin McEvoy, Vikram S Deshpande, Patrick McGarry
In this study we present a steady-state adaptation of the thermodynamically motivated stress fiber (SF) model of Vigliotti et al. (2015). We implement this steady-state formulation in a non-local finite element setting where we also consider global conservation of the total number of cytoskeletal proteins within the cell, global conservation of the number of binding integrins on the cell membrane, and adhesion limiting ligand density on the substrate surface. We present a number of simulations of cell spreading in which we consider a limited subset of the possible deformed spread-states assumed by the cell in order to examine the hypothesis that free energy minimization drives the process of cell spreading...
June 7, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645248/characterizing-the-reproductive-transcriptomic-correlates-of-acute-dehydration-in-males-in-the-desert-adapted-rodent-peromyscus-eremicus
#2
Lauren Kordonowy, Matthew MacManes
BACKGROUND: The understanding of genomic and physiological mechanisms related to how organisms living in extreme environments survive and reproduce is an outstanding question facing evolutionary and organismal biologists. One interesting example of adaptation is related to the survival of mammals in deserts, where extreme water limitation is common. Research on desert rodent adaptations has focused predominantly on adaptations related to surviving dehydration, while potential reproductive physiology adaptations for acute and chronic dehydration have been relatively neglected...
June 23, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640821/noise-reduction-in-single-time-frame-optical-dna-maps
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Paola C Torche, Vilhelm Müller, Fredrik Westerlund, Tobias Ambjörnsson
In optical DNA mapping technologies sequence-specific intensity variations (DNA barcodes) along stretched and stained DNA molecules are produced. These "fingerprints" of the underlying DNA sequence have a resolution of the order one kilobasepairs and the stretching of the DNA molecules are performed by surface adsorption or nano-channel setups. A post-processing challenge for nano-channel based methods, due to local and global random movement of the DNA molecule during imaging, is how to align different time frames in order to produce reproducible time-averaged DNA barcodes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638492/importance-of-radiological-evaluation-of-global-spinal-balance-together-with-lower-limb-alignment-in-planning-lumbar-spine-deformity-surgery-illustrative-case-presentation
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Mariusz Głowacki, Jerzy Walecki, Przemysław Kołakowski, Danuta Kolońska
BACKGROUND: The presented case illustrates the critical role of a detailed preoperative radiological evaluation in complex spine surgery. CASE REPORT: A 49-year-old patient was admitted for a revision surgery after L3-L5 fusion. Preoperative assessment showed preserved sagittal balance, coronal imbalance and valgus knee deformity. The patient reported pain of 8-10 in VAS (Visual Analogue Scale) and had an ODI (Oswestry Disability Index) of 60%. The first step of the surgery was L2-S1 fusion with decompression and spine deformity correction...
2017: Polish Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637795/genome-wide-association-studies-of-cancer-in-diverse-populations
#5
Sungshim L Park, Iona Cheng, Christopher A Haiman
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of cancer have identified more than 700 risk loci, of which ~80% of were first discovered in European ancestry populations, ~15% in East Asians, 3% in multiethnic scans, and less than 1% in African and Latin American populations. These percentages closely mirror the distribution of samples included in the discovery phase of cancer GWAS to date (84% European, 11% East Asian, 4% African and 1% Latin American ancestry). GWAS in non-European populations have provided insight into ancestry-specific variation in cancer and have pointed to regions of susceptibility that are of particular importance in certain populations...
June 21, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633665/optimizing-bronchodilation-in-the-prevention-of-copd-exacerbations
#6
REVIEW
Marc Miravitlles, Antonio Anzueto, José R Jardim
The natural disease course of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is often punctuated by exacerbations: acute events of symptom worsening associated with significant morbidity and healthcare resource utilization; reduced quality of life; and increased risk of hospitalization and death. The Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) recommend that patients at risk of exacerbations (GOLD Groups C and D) receive a long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) or a long-acting β2-agonist (LABA)/LAMA combination, respectively, as preferred initial treatments...
June 20, 2017: Respiratory Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629667/interchange-rotation-factors-and-player-characteristics-influence-physical-and-technical-performance-in-professional-australian-rules-football
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Patrick A Dillon, Thomas Kempton, Samuel Ryan, Joel Hocking, Aaron J Coutts
OBJECTIVES: To examine the effects of match-related and individual player characteristics on activity profile and technical performance during rotations in professional Australian football. DESIGN: Longitudinal observational study. METHODS: Global positioning system data and player rating scores were collected from 33 professional Australian football players during 15 Australian football League matches. Player rating scores were time aligned with their relative total and high-speed running (HSR) distance (>20kmh(-1)) for each on ground rotation...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629430/bangladesh-policy-on-prevention-and-control-of-non-communicable-diseases-a-policy-analysis
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Tuhin Biswas, Sonia Pervin, Md Imtiaz Alam Tanim, Louis Niessen, Anwar Islam
BACKGROUND: This paper is aimed at critically assessing the extent to which Non-Communicable Disease NCD-related policies introduced in Bangladesh align with the World Health Organization's (WHO) 2013-2020 Action Plan for the Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of NCDs. METHODS: The authors reviewed all relevant policy documents introduced by the Government of Bangladesh since its independence in 1971. The literature review targeted scientific and grey literature documents involving internet-based search, and expert consultation and snowballing to identify relevant policy documents...
June 19, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624396/hybrid-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-positron-emission-tomography-with-fluorodeoxyglucose-to-diagnose-active-cardiac-sarcoidosis
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Marc R Dweck, Ronan Abgral, Maria Giovanna Trivieri, Philip M Robson, Nicolas Karakatsanis, Venkatesh Mani, Anna Palmisano, Marc A Miller, Anuradha Lala, Helena L Chang, Javier Sanz, Johanna Contreras, Jagat Narula, Valentin Fuster, Maria Padilla, Zahi A Fayad, Jason C Kovacic
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to explore the diagnostic usefulness of hybrid cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and positron emission tomography (PET) using 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) for active cardiac sarcoidosis. BACKGROUND: Active cardiac sarcoidosis (aCS) is underdiagnosed and has a high mortality. METHODS: Patients with clinical suspicion of aCS underwent hybrid CMR/PET with late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) and FDG to assess the pattern of injury and disease activity, respectively...
June 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622902/a-critical-analysis-of-sagittal-plane-deformity-correction-with-minimally-invasive-adult-spinal-deformity-surgery-a-2-year-follow-up-study
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Gregory M Mundis, Jay D Turner, Vedat Deverin, Juan S Uribe, Pierce Nunley, Praveen Mummaneni, Neel Anand, Paul Park, David O Okonkwo, Michael Y Wang, Shay Bess, Adam S Kanter, Richard Fessler, Stacie Nguyen, Behrooz A Akbarnia
INTRODUCTION: Sagittal plane realignment is important to achieve desirable clinical outcomes after adult spinal deformity (ASD) surgery. This study evaluates the impact of minimally invasive (MIS) techniques on sagittal plane alignment and clinical outcomes in ASD patients. METHODS: A retrospective, multi-center review of ASD patients (age ≥18 years, and with one of the following: coronal Cobb ≥20°, sagittal vertical axis [SVA] >5 cm, and/or pelvic tilt >25°), MIS surgery, and four or more levels instrumented...
July 2017: Spine Deformity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621750/initial-alignment-for-sins-based-on-pseudo-earth-frame-in-polar-regions
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Yanbin Gao, Meng Liu, Guangchun Li, Xingxing Guang
An accurate initial alignment must be required for inertial navigation system (INS). The performance of initial alignment directly affects the following navigation accuracy. However, the rapid convergence of meridians and the small horizontalcomponent of rotation of Earth make the traditional alignment methods ineffective in polar regions. In this paper, from the perspective of global inertial navigation, a novel alignment algorithm based on pseudo-Earth frame and backward process is proposed to implement the initial alignment in polar regions...
June 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617222/an-extensive-assessment-of-network-alignment-algorithms-for-comparison-of-brain-connectomes
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Marianna Milano, Pietro Hiram Guzzi, Olga Tymofieva, Duan Xu, Christofer Hess, Pierangelo Veltri, Mario Cannataro
BACKGROUND: Recently the study of the complex system of connections in neural systems, i.e. the connectome, has gained a central role in neurosciences. The modeling and analysis of connectomes are therefore a growing area. Here we focus on the representation of connectomes by using graph theory formalisms. Macroscopic human brain connectomes are usually derived from neuroimages; the analyzed brains are co-registered in the image domain and brought to a common anatomical space. An atlas is then applied in order to define anatomically meaningful regions that will serve as the nodes of the network - this process is referred to as parcellation...
June 6, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616711/integrating-noe-and-rdc-using-sum-of-squares-relaxation-for-protein-structure-determination
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Y Khoo, A Singer, D Cowburn
We revisit the problem of protein structure determination from geometrical restraints from NMR, using convex optimization. It is well-known that the NP-hard distance geometry problem of determining atomic positions from pairwise distance restraints can be relaxed into a convex semidefinite program (SDP). However, often the NOE distance restraints are too imprecise and sparse for accurate structure determination. Residual dipolar coupling (RDC) measurements provide additional geometric information on the angles between atom-pair directions and axes of the principal-axis-frame...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular NMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607486/a-retinal-code-for-motion-along-the-gravitational-and-body-axes
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Shai Sabbah, John A Gemmer, Ananya Bhatia-Lin, Gabrielle Manoff, Gabriel Castro, Jesse K Siegel, Nathan Jeffery, David M Berson
Self-motion triggers complementary visual and vestibular reflexes supporting image-stabilization and balance. Translation through space produces one global pattern of retinal image motion (optic flow), rotation another. We examined the direction preferences of direction-sensitive ganglion cells (DSGCs) in flattened mouse retinas in vitro. Here we show that for each subtype of DSGC, direction preference varies topographically so as to align with specific translatory optic flow fields, creating a neural ensemble tuned for a specific direction of motion through space...
June 7, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603714/defining-disease-diagnosis-and-translational-medicine-within-a-homeostatic-perturbation-paradigm-the-national-institutes-of-health-undiagnosed-diseases-program-experience
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Timothy Gall, Elise Valkanas, Christofer Bello, Thomas Markello, Christopher Adams, William P Bone, Alexander J Brandt, Jennifer M Brazill, Lynn Carmichael, Mariska Davids, Joie Davis, Zoraida Diaz-Perez, David Draper, Jeremy Elson, Elise D Flynn, Rena Godfrey, Catherine Groden, Cheng-Kang Hsieh, Roxanne Fischer, Gretchen A Golas, Jessica Guzman, Yan Huang, Megan S Kane, Elizabeth Lee, Chong Li, Amanda E Links, Valerie Maduro, May Christine V Malicdan, Fayeza S Malik, Michele Nehrebecky, Joun Park, Paul Pemberton, Katherine Schaffer, Dimitre Simeonov, Murat Sincan, Damian Smedley, Zaheer Valivullah, Colleen Wahl, Nicole Washington, Lynne A Wolfe, Karen Xu, Yi Zhu, William A Gahl, Cynthia J Tifft, Camillo Toro, David R Adams, Miao He, Peter N Robinson, Melissa A Haendel, R Grace Zhai, Cornelius F Boerkoel
Traditionally, the use of genomic information for personalized medical decisions relies on prior discovery and validation of genotype-phenotype associations. This approach constrains care for patients presenting with undescribed problems. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undiagnosed Diseases Program (UDP) hypothesized that defining disease as maladaptation to an ecological niche allows delineation of a logical framework to diagnose and evaluate such patients. Herein, we present the philosophical bases, methodologies, and processes implemented by the NIH UDP...
2017: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600738/functional-brain-networks-reconstruction-using-group-sparsity-regularized-learning
#16
Qinghua Zhao, Will X Y Li, Xi Jiang, Jinglei Lv, Jianfeng Lu, Tianming Liu
Investigating functional brain networks and patterns using sparse representation of fMRI data has received significant interests in the neuroimaging community. It has been reported that sparse representation is effective in reconstructing concurrent and interactive functional brain networks. To date, most of data-driven network reconstruction approaches rarely take consideration of anatomical structures, which are the substrate of brain function. Furthermore, it has been rarely explored whether structured sparse representation with anatomical guidance could facilitate functional networks reconstruction...
June 9, 2017: Brain Imaging and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600009/the-case-for-deformity-correction-in-the-management-of-radiculopathy-with-concurrent-spinal-deformity
#17
REVIEW
Sigurd Berven, Anthony DiGiorgio
The management of adult deformity varies significantly. Options range from nonoperative care to limited decompression to decompression with limited or extensive fusion. The appropriate surgical management is the approach that optimizes the likelihood of improvement in health-related quality of life, while limiting risks of complications and costs. Decompression alone is unreliable in the setting of significant deformity contributing to radiculopathy. Decompression with limited fusion is most appropriate for patients with age-appropriate global alignment of the spine, and decompression with more extensive fusion is most appropriate for patients with progressive deformity or with global sagittal or coronal malalignment...
July 2017: Neurosurgery Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599846/planar-cell-polarity-dependent-and-independent-functions-in-the-emergence-of-tissue-scale-hair-follicle-patterns
#18
Maureen Cetera, Liliya Leybova, Frank W Woo, Michael Deans, Danelle Devenport
Hair follicles of the mammalian epidermis display local order and global alignment, a complex pattern instructed by the core planar cell polarity (PCP) pathway. Here we address the contributions of core PCP genes, Van Gogh-like and Frizzled, to the establishment, local refinement, and global order of embryonic and postnatal hair follicles. We find that, similar to Fz6 mutants, the disordered hair patterns of Vangl2 mutants are refined over time and eventually corrected. In both mutants, we find that tissue-level reorientation occurs through locally coordinated follicle rotation at stereotyped locations...
June 7, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599340/2016-president-s-plenary-international-psycho-oncology-society-challenges-and-opportunities-for-growing-and-developing-psychosocial-oncology-programmes-worldwide
#19
Luzia Travado, Barry D Bultz, Andreas Ullrich, Chioma C Asuzu, Jane Turner, Luigi Grassi, Paul Jacobsen
Consistent with the International Psycho-Oncology Society's (IPOS) vision and goals, we are committed to improving quality cancer care and cancer policies through psychosocial care globally. As part of IPOS's mission, upon entering "Official Relations" for a second term with the World Health Organisation (WHO), IPOS has dedicated much attention to reaching out to countries, which lack formalized psychosocial care programs. One of IPOS's strategies to accomplish this goal has been to bring psycho-oncology training programs to low and middle income countries and regions...
June 9, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597300/proximal-junctional-kyphosis-in-adult-scoliosis-comparison-of-four-radiological-predictor-models
#20
Amer Sebaaly, Guillaume Riouallon, Ibrahim Obeid, Pierre Grobost, Maroun Rizkallah, Fethi Laouissat, Yann-Phillippe Charles, Pierre Roussouly
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this retrospective study is to identify the best immediate postoperative radiological predictors for the occurrence of proximal junctional kyphosis (PJK). Four proposed methods will be explored. METHODS: A homogeneous database of adult scoliosis from multiple centers was used. Patients with whole spine X-rays at the required follow-up (FU) periods were included. Spinal and pelvic parameters were measured and calculated to compare four predictive methods: Method 1: assessment of the global sagittal alignment (GSA); Method 2: restoration of the theoretical values of lumbar lordosis (LL) and thoracic kyphosis (TK) according to pelvic incidence (PI); Method 3: evaluation of TK + LL, and Method 4: restoration of the apex of sagittal LL to its theoretical values according to various spine shapes in Roussouly Classification...
June 9, 2017: European Spine Journal
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