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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227793/experimental-validation-of-neutron-activation-simulation-of-a-varian-medical-linear-accelerator
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S Morato, B Juste, R Miro, G Verdu, S Diez, S Morato, B Juste, R Miro, G Verdu, S Diez, B Juste, S Diez, R Miro, S Morato, G Verdu
This work presents a Monte Carlo simulation using the last version of MCNP, v. 6.1.1, of a Varian CLinAc emitting a 15MeV photon beam. The main objective of the work is to estimate the photoneutron production and activated products inside the medical linear accelerator head. To that, the Varian LinAc head was modelled in detail using the manufacturer information, and the model was generated with a CAD software and exported as a mesh to be included in the particle transport simulation. The model includes the transport of photoneutrons generated by primary photons and the (n, γ) reactions which can result in activation products...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227109/probabilistic-characterization-of-sleep-architecture-home-based-study-on-healthy-volunteers
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Gary Garcia-Molina, Sreeram Vissapragada, Anandi Mahadevan, Robert Goodpaster, Brady Riedner, Michele Bellesi, Giulio Tononi, Gary Garcia-Molina, Sreeram Vissapragada, Anandi Mahadevan, Robert Goodpaster, Brady Riedner, Michele Bellesi, Giulio Tononi, Robert Goodpaster, Brady Riedner, Michele Bellesi, Giulio Tononi, Gary Garcia-Molina, Sreeram Vissapragada, Anandi Mahadevan
The quantification of sleep architecture has high clinical value for diagnostic purposes. While the clinical standard to assess sleep architecture is in-lab based polysomnography, higher ecological validity can be obtained with multiple sleep recordings at home. In this paper, we use a dataset composed of fifty sleep EEG recordings at home (10 per study participant for five participants) to analyze the sleep stage transition dynamics using Markov chain based modeling. The statistical analysis of the duration of continuous sleep stage bouts is also analyzed to identify the speed of transition between sleep stages...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224760/a-tree-parenchyma-coupled-model-for-lung-ventilation-simulation
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N Pozin, S Montesantos, I Katz, M Pichelin, I Vignon-Clementel, C Grandmont
In this article we develop a lung-ventilation model. The parenchyma is described as an elastic homogenized media. It is irrigated by a space-filling dyadic resistive pipe network, which represents the tracheo-bronchial tree. In this model the tree and the parenchyma are strongly coupled. The tree induces an extra viscous term in the system constitutive relation, which leads, in the finite element framework, to a full matrix. We consider an efficient algorithm that takes advantage of the tree structure to enable a fast matrix-vector product computation...
February 22, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224210/tumor-specific-regulatory-t-cells-in-the-bone-marrow-of-breast-cancer-patients-selectively-upregulate-the-emigration-receptor-s1p1
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Anchana Rathinasamy, Christoph Domschke, Yingzi Ge, Hans-Henning Böhm, Steffen Dettling, David Jansen, Felix Lasitschka, Ludmila Umansky, Markus H Gräler, Jennifer Hartmann, Christel Herold-Mende, Florian Schuetz, Philipp Beckhove
Regulatory T cells (Treg) hamper anti-tumor T-cell responses resulting in reduced survival and failure of cancer immunotherapy. Among lymphoid organs, the bone marrow (BM) is a major site of Treg residence and recirculation. However, the process governing the emigration of Treg from BM into the circulation remains elusive. We here show that breast cancer patients harbour reduced Treg frequencies in the BM as compared to healthy individuals or the blood. This was particularly the case for tumor antigen-specific Treg which were quantified by MHCII tumor peptide loaded tetramers...
February 21, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223781/factors-influencing-the-exit-knowledge-of-patients-for-dispensed-drugs-at-outpatient-pharmacy-of-hiwot-fana-specialized-university-hospital-eastern-ethiopia
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Nigatu Hirko, Dumessa Edessa
BACKGROUND: A satisfactory counseling process between the patient and pharmacist is critical for rational use of dispensed drug(s) and is highly influenced by many factors including the experience of pharmacist in dispensing process. To improve patients' knowledge of dispensed drugs, it is necessary to understand the factors that optimize a pharmacist interaction with a patient in each activity of the dispensing process. Therefore, the aim of this study was to identify the pharmacist and patient factors that influence knowledge of dispensed drugs by ambulatory patients at Hiwot Fana Specialized University Hospital, Harar, Ethiopia...
2017: Patient Preference and Adherence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223694/combination-of-ruthenium-ii-arene-complex-ru-%C3%AE-6-p-cymene-cl2-pta-rapta-c-and-the-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-inhibitor-erlotinib-results-in-efficient-angiostatic-and-antitumor-activity
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Robert H Berndsen, Andrea Weiss, U Kulsoom Abdul, Tse J Wong, Patrick Meraldi, Arjan W Griffioen, Paul J Dyson, Patrycja Nowak-Sliwinska
Ruthenium-based compounds show strong potential as anti-cancer drugs and are being investigated as alternatives to other well-established metal-based chemotherapeutics. The organometallic compound [Ru(η(6)-p-cymene)Cl2(pta)], where pta = 1,3,5-triaza-7-phosphaadamantane (RAPTA-C) exhibits broad acting anti-tumor efficacy with intrinsic angiostatic activity. In the search for an optimal anti-angiogenesis drug combination, we identified synergistic potential between RAPTA-C and the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) inhibitor, erlotinib...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223523/rps3-us3-promotes-mrna-binding-at-the-40s-ribosome-entry-channel-and-stabilizes-preinitiation-complexes-at-start-codons
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Jinsheng Dong, Colin Echeverría Aitken, Anil Thakur, Byung-Sik Shin, Jon R Lorsch, Alan G Hinnebusch
The eukaryotic 43S preinitiation complex (PIC) bearing Met-tRNAi(Met) in a ternary complex (TC) with eukaryotic initiation factor (eIF)2-GTP scans the mRNA leader for an AUG codon in favorable "Kozak" context. AUG recognition provokes rearrangement from an open PIC conformation with TC bound in a state not fully engaged with the P site ("POUT") to a closed, arrested conformation with TC tightly bound in the "PIN" state. Yeast ribosomal protein Rps3/uS3 resides in the mRNA entry channel of the 40S subunit and contacts mRNA via conserved residues whose functional importance was unknown...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223346/chlamydia-trachomatis-cellular-exit-alters-interactions-with-host-dendritic-cells
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Ashley M Sherrid, Kevin Hybiske
The strategies utilized by pathogens to exit host cells are an area of pathogenesis which has received surprisingly little attention, considering the necessity of this step for infections to propagate. Even less is known about how exit through these pathways affects downstream host-pathogen interactions and the generation of an immune response. Chlamydia exits host epithelial cells through two equally-active mechanisms: lysis and extrusion. Studies have characterized the outcome of interactions between host innate immune cells such as dendritic cells and macrophages and free, extracellular Chlamydia such as those resulting from lysis...
February 21, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222489/characterization-of-a-novel-signal-transducer-element-intrinsic-to-class-iiia-b-adenylate-cyclases-and-guanylate-cyclases
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Miriam Ziegler, Jens Bassler, Stephanie Beltz, Anita Schultz, Andrei N Lupas, Joachim E Schultz
Adenylate cyclases (ACs) are signalling proteins that produce the second messenger cAMP. Class III ACs comprises four groups (class IIIa-d); of these, class IIIa and IIIb ACs have been identified in bacteria and eukaryotes. Many class IIIa ACs are anchored to membranes via hexahelical domains. In eukaryotic ACs, membrane anchors are well conserved, suggesting that this region possesses important functional characteristics that are as yet unknown. To address this question, we replaced the hexahelical membrane anchor of the mycobacterial AC Rv1625c by the hexahelical quorum-sensing receptor from Legionella, LqsS...
February 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222240/a-computerized-family-planning-counseling-aid-a%C3%A2-pilot%C3%A2-study-evaluation-of-smart-choices
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Helen P Koo, Ellen K Wilson, Alexandra M Minnis
CONTEXT: Resource constraints may make it challenging for family planning clinics to provide comprehensive contraceptive counseling; technological tools that help providers follow recommended practices without straining resources merit evaluation. METHODS: A pilot study using a two-group, posttest-only experimental design evaluated Smart Choices, a computer-based tool designed to help providers offer more patient-centered counseling and enable patients to participate proactively in the counseling session...
February 21, 2017: Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221813/transport-glucuronidation-classification-system-and-pbpk-modeling-new-approach-to-predict-the-impact-of-transporters-on-disposition-of-glucuronides
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Shufan Ge, Yingjie Wei, Taijun Yin, Beibei Xu, Song Gao, Ming Hu
Glucuronide metabolites require the action of efflux transporters to exit cells due to their hydrophilic properties. In this study, we proposed a transport-glucuronidation classification system and developed a PBPK model to predict the impact of BCRP on systemic exposure of glucuronides. The clearance by UGTs in S9 fractions and the efflux clearance of glucuronides by BCRP in human UGT1A9-overexpressing HeLa cells were incorporated in the classification system and PBPK model. Based on simulations for glucuronide AUC for theoretical compounds in the classification system, it was indicated that BCRP was more important for compounds with greater efflux clearance of their glucuronides by BCRP regardless of differences in clearance by UGTs...
February 21, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220956/releasing-the-cohesin-ring-a-rigid-scaffold-model-for-opening-the-dna-exit-gate-by-pds5-and-wapl
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Zhuqing Ouyang, Hongtao Yu
The ring-shaped ATPase machine, cohesin, regulates sister chromatid cohesion, transcription, and DNA repair by topologically entrapping DNA. Here, we propose a rigid scaffold model to explain how the cohesin regulators Pds5 and Wapl release cohesin from chromosomes. Recent studies have established the Smc3-Scc1 interface as the DNA exit gate of cohesin, revealed a requirement for ATP hydrolysis in ring opening, suggested regulation of the cohesin ATPase activity by DNA and Smc3 acetylation, and provided insights into how Pds5 and Wapl open this exit gate...
February 21, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220051/the-effect-of-vibration-exposure-during-haul-truck-operation-on-grip-strength-touch-sensation-and-balance
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Jonisha Pollard, William Porter, Alan Mayton, Xueyan Xu, Eric Weston
Falls from mobile equipment are reported at surface mine quarry operations each year in considerable numbers. Research shows that a preponderance of falls occur while getting on/off mobile equipment. Contributing factors to the risk of falls include the usage of ladders, exiting onto a slippery surface, and foot or hand slippage. Balance issues may also contribute to fall risks for mobile equipment operators who are exposed to whole-body vibration (WBV). For this reason, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Office of Mine Safety and Health Research conducted a study at four participating mine sites with seven haul truck operators...
January 2017: International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219120/accuracy-of-a-real-time-surgical-navigation-system-for-the-placement-of-quad-zygomatic-implants-in-the-severe-atrophic-maxilla-a-pilot-clinical-study
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Kuo-Feng Hung, Feng Wang, Hao-Wei Wang, Wen-Jie Zhou, Wei Huang, Yi-Qun Wu
BACKGROUND: A real-time surgical navigation system potentially increases the accuracy when used for quad-zygomatic implant placement. PURPOSE: To evaluate the accuracy of a real-time surgical navigation system when used for quad zygomatic implant placement. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with severely atrophic maxillae were prospectively recruited. Four trajectories for implants were planned, and zygomatic implants were placed using a real-time surgical navigation system...
February 20, 2017: Clinical Implant Dentistry and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217689/multiple-roles-of-myc-in-integrating-regulatory-networks-of-pluripotent-stem-cells
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REVIEW
Luca Fagnocchi, Alessio Zippo
Pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) are defined by their self-renewal potential, which permits their unlimited propagation, and their pluripotency, being able to generate cell of the three embryonic lineages. These properties render PSCs a valuable tool for both basic and medical research. To induce and stabilize the pluripotent state, complex circuitries involving signaling pathways, transcription regulators and epigenetic mechanisms converge on a core transcriptional regulatory network of PSCs, thus determining their cell identity...
2017: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217650/comparing-the-effect-of-dressing-versus-no-dressing-on-exit-site-infection-and-peritonitis-in-chronic-ambulatory-peritoneal-dialysis-patients
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Shahram Taheri, Mahdieh Ahmadnia, Mojgan Mortazavi, Shirin Karimi, Homa Reihani, Shiva Seirafian
BACHGROUND: Peritonitis and exit site (ES) infection are two main complications of peritoneal dialysis. There are some controversies regard to preventive strategies for ES care. In this study we compared peritonitis and ES infection rates in patients with and without dressing. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This historical cohort study carried out on 72 patients under continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis treatment, 54 with dressing versus 18 patients without dressing, followed from October 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011 for peritonitis and ES infection...
2017: Advanced Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217555/comparison-of-murine-cervicovaginal-infection-by-chlamydial-strains-identification-of-extrusions-shed-in-vivo
#17
Jennifer H Shaw, Amanda R Behar, Timothy A Snider, Noah A Allen, Erika I Lutter
Chlamydia trachomatis is the leading cause of bacterial sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and preventable blindness. Untreated, asymptomatic infection as well as frequent re-infection are common and may drive pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, and infertility. In vivo models of chlamydial infection continue to be instrumental in progress toward a vaccine and further elucidating the pathogenesis of this intracellular bacterium, however significant gaps in our understanding remain. Chlamydial host cell exit occurs via two mechanisms, lysis and extrusion, although the latter has yet to be reported in vivo and its biological role is unclear...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216821/innovative-modified-hair-follicle-harvesting-technique-with-reverse-rake-scalp-elevator-for-lower-occipital-donor-area-in-follicular-unit-extraction-hair-transplantation
#18
Chandrakant Rambhau Gharwade
Follicular unit extraction (FUE) is one of the widely practiced minimally invasive follicular harvesting techniques employed during hair transplantation. FUE technique has an advantage of utilising lower occipital area and supra-auricular region as a safe donor area described by Unger, in addition to the standard occipital donor area used in strip method (follicular unit transplant). Despite its potential advantages such as rapid recovery, minimal scarring and reduced post-operative pain; its widespread acceptance is limited due to various factors in variable contribution like steeper learning curve and potentially higher follicular transection rates (FTRs)...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Plastic Surgery: Official Publication of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215939/live-imaging-analysis-of-germ-cell-proliferation-in-the-c-elegans-adult-supports-a-stochastic-model-for-stem-cell-proliferation
#19
Simona Rosu, Orna Cohen-Fix
The C. elegans adult hermaphrodite contains a renewable pool of mitotically dividing germ cells that are contained within the progenitor zone (PZ), at the distal region of the germline. From the PZ, cells enter meiosis and differentiate, ensuring the continued production of oocytes. In this study, we investigated the proliferation strategy used to maintain the PZ pool by using a photoconvertible marker to follow the fate of selected germ cells and their descendants in live worms. We found that the most distal pool of 6-8 rows of cells in the PZ (the distal third) behave similarly, with a fold expansion corresponding to one cell division every 6hours on average...
February 16, 2017: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213526/structural-and-mechanistic-insights-into-hemoglobin-catalyzed-hydrogen-sulfide-oxidation-and-the-fate-of-polysulfide-products
#20
Victor Vitvitsky, Pramod K Yadav, Sojin An, Javier Seravalli, Uhn-Soo Cho, Ruma Banerjee
Hydrogen sulfide is a cardioprotective signaling molecule but is toxic at elevated concentrations. Red blood cells can synthesize H2S but lacking organelles, cannot dispose off H2S via the mitochondrial sulfide oxidation pathway. We have recently shown that at high sulfide concentrations, ferric hemoglobin oxidizes H2S to a mixture of thiosulfate and iron-bound polysulfides in which the latter species predominates. Here, we report the crystal structure of human hemoglobin containing low-spin ferric sulfide, the first intermediate in heme-catalyzed sulfide oxidation...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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