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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102943/comparison-of-five-cluster-validity-indices-performance-in-brain-18-f-fet-pet-image-segmentation-using-k-means
#1
Bedor Abualhaj, Guoyang Weng, Melissa Ong, Ali Asgar Attarwala, Flavia Molina, Karen Büsing, Gerhard Glatting
PURPOSE: Dynamic [(18) F]fluoro-ethyl-L-tyrosine positron emission tomography ([(18) F]FET-PET) is used to identify tumor lesions for radiotherapy treatment planning, to differentiate glioma recurrence from radiation necrosis and to classify gliomas grading. To segment different regions in the brain k-means cluster analysis can be used. The main disadvantage of k-means is that the number of clusters must be pre-defined. In this study, we therefore compared different cluster validity indices for automated and reproducible determination of the optimal number of clusters based on the dynamic PET data...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102827/a-low-cost-scalable-current-sensing-digital-headstage-for-high-channel-count-%C3%A2%C2%B5ecog
#2
Michael Trumpis, Michele Insanally, Jialin Zou, Ashraf ElSharif, Ali Ghomashchi, N Sertac Artan, Robert Froemke, Jonathan Viventi
OBJECTIVE: High channel count electrode arrays allow for the monitoring of large-scale neural activity at high spatial resolution. Implantable arrays featuring many recording sites require compact, high bandwidth front-end electronics. In the present study, we investigated the use of a small, light weight, and low cost digital current-sensing integrated circuit for acquiring cortical surface signals from a 61-channel micro-electrocorticographic (��ECoG) array. APPROACH: We recorded both acute and chronic ��ECoG signal from rat auditory cortex using our novel digital current-sensing headstage...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102765/pyrimidine-non-nucleoside-analogs-a-direct-synthesis-of-a-novel-class-of-n-substituted-amino-and-n-sulfonamide-derivatives-of-pyrimidines
#3
Galal H Elgemeie, Ali M Salah, Nermeen S Abbas, Hoda A Hussein, Reham A Mohamed
A convenient method for the regioselective synthesis of pyrimidine non-nucleoside analogs was developed. This study reports a novel and efficient method for the synthesis of a new type of N-substituted amino methylsulfanylpyrimidines and the corresponding pyrazolo[3,4-d]pyrimidines. This series of compounds was designed through the reaction of dimethyl N-cyanodithioiminocarbonate with 2-cyano-N'-(thiophen-2-yl-, furan-2-yl- and pyridin-4-ylmethylene)acetohydrazide and N'-(2-cyanoacetyl)arylsulfonohydrazides...
January 19, 2017: Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102179/a-2-d-suspension-of-active-agents-the-role-of-fluid-mediated-interactions
#4
Hojjat Behmadi, Zahra Fazli, Ali Najafi
Taking into account both the Vicsek short range ordering and the far-field hydrodynamic interactions mediated by the ambient fluid, we investigate the role of long range interactions in the ordering phenomena in a quasi 2-dimensional active suspension. By studying the number fluctuations, the velocity correlation functions and cluster size distribution function, we show that depending on the number density of swimmers and the strength of noise, the hydrodynamic interactions can have significant effects in a suspension...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102174/modeling-dynamics-of-mutants-in-heterogeneous-stem-cell-niche
#5
Leili Shahriyari, Ali Mahdipour Shirayeh
Studying the stem cell (SC) niche architecture is a crucial step for investigating the process of oncogenesis and obtaining an effective stem cell therapy for various cancers. Recently, it has been observed that there are two groups of SCs in the SC niche collaborating with each other to maintain tissue homeostasis: border stem cells (BSCs), which are responsible in controlling the number of non-stem cells as well as stem cells, and central stem cells (CeSCs), which regulate the SC niche. Here, we develop a bi-compartmental stochastic model for the SC niche to study the spread of mutants within the niche...
January 19, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101909/efficient-transdifferentiation-of-human-dermal-fibroblasts-into-skeletal-muscle
#6
Selwa Mokhtar Boularaoui, Khaled M A Abdel-Raouf, Noaf Salah Ali Alwahab, Megan E Kondash, George A Truskey, Jeremy Choon Meng Teo, Nicolas Christoforou
Skeletal muscle holds significant regenerative potential but is incapable of restoring tissue loss caused due to severe injury, congenital defects, or tumor ablation. Consequently, skeletal muscle models are being developed to study human pathophysiology and regeneration. Their physiological accuracy, however, is hampered by the lack of an easily accessible human cell source that is readily expandable and capable of efficient differentiation. MYOD1, a master gene regulator, induces transdifferentiation of a variety of cell types into skeletal muscle, although inefficiently in human cells...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101786/evaluation-of-t-regulatory-lymphocytes-transcription-factors-in-htlv-1-associated-myelopathy-tropical-spastic-paraparesis-ham-tsp-patients
#7
Sanaz Ahmadi Ghezeldasht, Hamed Sadeghian, Mahmoud Reza Azarpazhooh, Seyyed Ali Akbar Shamsian, Houshang Rafatpanah, Mahmood Mahmoodi, Seyyed Abdolrahim Rezaee
HTLV-1-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP) is an aggressive neurological disease. The CD4(+)CD25(+) T cell population plays pivotal roles in the maintenance of immunological tolerance and prevention of such autoimmune diseases. In the current study, proviral load (PVL), factor forkhead box p3 (Foxp3), and glucocorticoid-induced tumor necrosis factor receptor-related protein (GITR) gene expression and regulatory T cells (Tregs) counts of 21 HAM/TSP patients and 16 HTLV-1 healthy carriers (ACs) were measured using real-time PCR, TaqMan method, and flow cytometry...
January 18, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101774/newborn-screening-for-remethylation-disorders-and-vitamin-b12-deficiency-evaluation-of-new-strategies-in-cohorts-from-qatar-and-germany
#8
Gwendolyn Gramer, Ghassan Abdoh, Tawfeg Ben-Omran, Noora Shahbeck, Rehab Ali, Laila Mahmoud, Junmin Fang-Hoffmann, Georg F Hoffmann, Hilal Al Rifai, Jürgen G Okun
BACKGROUND: Newborn screening is a precondition for early diagnosis and succeßsful treatment of remethylation disorders and classical homocystinuria (cystathionine-β-synthase deficiency). Newborn screening for classical homocystinuria using total homocysteine measurement in dried blood spots has been very successfully performed for many years for newborns from Qatar. METHODS: A new optimized newborn screening strategy for remethylation disorders and homocystinuria was developed and evaluated for newborns from Qatar using total homocysteine measurement as first-tier and methionine, methionine-phenylalanine-ratio and propionylcarnitine as second-tiers...
January 19, 2017: World Journal of Pediatrics: WJP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101717/trace-metals-accumulation-in-soil-irrigated-with-polluted-water-and-assessment-of-human-health-risk-from-vegetable-consumption-in-bangladesh
#9
REVIEW
Md Atikul Islam, Davor Romić, Md Ali Akber, Marija Romić
Trace metals accumulation in soil irrigated with polluted water and human health risk from vegetable consumption was assessed based on the data available in the literature on metals pollution of water, soil, sediment and vegetables from the cites of Bangladesh. The quantitative data on metal concentrations, their contamination levels and their pollution sources have not been systematically gathered and studied so far. The data on metal concentrations, sources, contamination levels, sample collection and analytical tools used were collected, compared and discussed...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101476/psychometric-properties-of-the-persian-version-of-the-quality-of-life-in-epilepsy-inventory-in-the-later-life
#10
Abdolrahim Asadollahi, Laleh Fani Saberi, Ali Havasi, Mohammad-Hossein Kaveh
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The reports indicate on the incidence of seizure disorder about 1.5 per cent of the normal elderly population. The Quality of Life in Epilepsy Inventory (QOLIE-31) has been pervasive simple tool to screen seizure in the busy neurophysiological settings and monitoring. It was constructed as self-administered tool in two formats, 89 and 31-items. To the reliability and validity of the QOLIE-31 across older adults in the southwest Iran and discuss its role in the detection of health-related quality of elderly patients with epilepsy...
December 2016: Journal of Epilepsy Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101470/protective-roles-of-n-acetyl-cysteine-and-or-taurine-against-sumatriptan-induced-hepatotoxicity
#11
Javad Khalili Fard, Hossein Hamzeiy, Mohammadreza Sattari, Mohammad Ali Eghbal
Purpose: Triptans are the drug category mostly prescribed for abortive treatment of migraine. Most recent cases of liver toxicity induced by triptans have been described, but the mechanisms of liver toxicity of these medications have not been clear. Methods: In the present study, we obtained LC50 using dose-response curve and investigated cell viability, free radical generation, lipid peroxide production, mitochondrial injury, lysosomal membrane damage and the cellular glutathione level as toxicity markers as well as the beneficial effects of taurine and/or N-acetyl cysteine in the sumatriptan-treated rat parenchymal hepatocytes using accelerated method of cytotoxicity mechanism screening...
December 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101468/agglomeration-of-celecoxib-by-quasi-emulsion-solvent-diffusion-method-effect-of-stabilizer
#12
Maryam Maghsoodi, Ali Nokhodchi
Purpose: The quasi-emulsion solvent diffusion (QESD) has evolved into an effective technique to manufacture agglomerates of API crystals. Although, the proposed technique showed benefits, such as cost effectiveness, that is considerably sensitive to the choice of a stabilizer, which agonizes from a absence of systemic understanding in this field. In the present study, the combination of different solvents and stabilizers were compared to investigate any connections between the solvents and stabilizers. Methods: Agglomerates of celecoxib were prepared by QESD method using four different stabilizers (Tween 80, HPMC, PVP and SLS) and three different solvents (methyl acetate, ethyl acetate and isopropyl acetate)...
December 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101459/venlafaxine-induced-cytotoxicity-towards-isolated-rat-hepatocytes-involves-oxidative-stress-and-mitochondrial-lysosomal-dysfunction
#13
Elham Ahmadian, Hossein Babaei, Alireza Mohajjel Nayebi, Aziz Eftekhari, Mohammad Ali Eghbal
Purpose: Depression is a public disorder worldwide. Despite the widespread use of venlafaxine in the treatment of depression, it has been associated with the incidence of toxicities. Hence, the goal of the current investigation was to evaluate the mechanisms of venlafaxine-induced cell death in the model of the freshly isolated rat hepatocytes. Methods: Collagenase-perfused rat hepatocytes were treated with venlafaxine and other agents. Cell damage, reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation, lipid peroxidation, mitochondrial membrane potential decline, lysosomal damage, glutathione (GSH) level were analyzed...
December 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101456/overview-of-albumin-and-its-purification-methods
#14
REVIEW
Ramin Raoufinia, Ali Mota, Neda Keyhanvar, Fatemeh Safari, Sara Shamekhi, Jalal Abdolalizadeh
As the most frequent plasma protein, albumin constitutes more than 50% of the serum proteins in healthy individuals. It has a key role in oncotic pressure maintenance and it is known as a versatile protein carrier for transportation of various endogenous and exogenous ligands. Reduced amounts of albumin in the body will lead to different kinds of diseases such as hypovolemia and hypoproteinemia. It also has various indications in shocks, burns, cardiopulmonary bypass, acute liver failure and etc. Further applications in research consist of cell culture supplement, drug delivery carrier and protein/drug stabilizer...
December 2016: Advanced Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101321/switching-away-from-pipotiazine-palmitate-a-naturalistic-study
#15
Feras Ali Mustafa
BACKGROUND: In March 2015, pipotiazine palmitate depot antipsychotic was globally withdrawn due to the shortage of its active ingredient. Thus, all patients receiving this medication had to be switched to an alternative antipsychotic drug. In this study we set to evaluate the process of switching away from pipotiazine palmitate within our clinical service, and its impact on hospitalization. METHODS: Demographic and clinical data on patients who were receiving pipotiazine palmitate in Northamptonshire at the time of its withdrawal were anonymously extracted from their electronic records and analyzed using descriptive statistics...
January 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101116/journey-to-motherhood-in-the-first-year-after-child-birth
#16
Nahid Javadifar, Fereshteh Majlesi, Alireza Nikbakht, Saharnaz Nedjat, Ali Montazeri
Objective: Child bearing is a period of psychological challenges that must be viewed in a social context. This study reports the maternal transition from the perspective of Iranian first-time mothers in the first year after childbirth. Materials and methods: Qualitative method was chosen for explanation of mothers' individual experiences of motherhood.26 first-time mothers (aged 18-35 years old with various socio-economic status) who had delivered between 0-1 year prior to the interviews participated in the study...
September 2016: Journal of Family & Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101112/effect-of-training-preparation-for-childbirth-on-fear-of-normal-vaginal-delivery-and-choosing-the-type-of-delivery-among-pregnant-women-in-hamadan-iran-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#17
Seyedeh Zahra Masoumi, Farideh Kazemi, Khodayar Oshvandi, Mozhgan Jalali, Ali Esmaeili-Vardanjani, Hossein Rafiei
Objective: To examine effect of an educational program on pregnant women's fear of normal vaginal delivery. Fear of natural childbirth during pregnancy may increase the risk of caesarean section. Educational programs may be effective in reducing women fear of natural childbirth. Materials and methods: This randomized controlled trial conducted from September 2012 to January 2013 in Hamadan, Iran. One hundred fifty eligible women were randomly assigned to group "A" (Intervention group, n = 75) or group "B" (Control group, n = 75)...
September 2016: Journal of Family & Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100964/comparative-efficacy-of-nebivolol-and-metoprolol-to-prevent-tachycardia-induced-cardiomyopathy-in-a-porcine-model
#18
Alireza Nazeri, MacArthur A Elayda, Ana Maria Segura, Raymond F Stainback, Joanna Nathan, Vei-Vei Lee, Christina Bove, Luiz Sampaio, Brian Grace, Ali Massumi, Mehdi Razavi
Chronic tachycardia is a well-known cause of nonischemic cardiomyopathy. We hypothesized that nebivolol, a β-blocker with nitric oxide activity, would be superior to a pure β-blocker in preventing tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy in a porcine model. Fifteen healthy Yucatan pigs were randomly assigned to receive nebivolol, metoprolol, or placebo once a day. All pigs underwent dual-chamber pacemaker implantation. The medication was started the day after the pacemaker implantation. On day 7 after implantation, each pacemaker was set at atrioventricular pace (rate, 170 beats/min), and the pigs were observed for another 7 weeks...
December 2016: Texas Heart Institute Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100884/stabilization-of-neem-oil-biodiesel-with-corn-silk-extract-during-long-term-storage
#19
Rehab Farouk M Ali, Ayman M El-Anany
The current study aimed to evaluate the antioxidant efficiency of different extracts of corn silk. In addition, the impact of corn silk extract on oxidative stability of neem biodiesel during storage was studied. The highest phenolics, DPPH radical scavenging and reducing power activities were recorded for methanol-water extract. The longest oxidation stability (10 h) was observed for biodiesel samples blended with 1000 ppm of corn silk extract (CSE). At the end of storage period the induction time of biodiesel samples mixed with 1000 ppm of CSE or butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) were about 6...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Oleo Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100834/soft-robotic-sleeve-supports-heart-function
#20
Ellen T Roche, Markus A Horvath, Isaac Wamala, Ali Alazmani, Sang-Eun Song, William Whyte, Zurab Machaidze, Christopher J Payne, James C Weaver, Gregory Fishbein, Joseph Kuebler, Nikolay V Vasilyev, David J Mooney, Frank A Pigula, Conor J Walsh
There is much interest in form-fitting, low-modulus, implantable devices or soft robots that can mimic or assist in complex biological functions such as the contraction of heart muscle. We present a soft robotic sleeve that is implanted around the heart and actively compresses and twists to act as a cardiac ventricular assist device. The sleeve does not contact blood, obviating the need for anticoagulation therapy or blood thinners, and reduces complications with current ventricular assist devices, such as clotting and infection...
January 18, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
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