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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497441/-cryptogenic-stroke-in-a-young-patient-with-heart-disease-and-kidney-failure
#1
B Oyanguren, R Segoviano, E Alegria, E Besada, M Gonzalez-Salaices, M Eimil-Ortiz, C Lopez de Silanes
INTRODUCTION: Fabry's disease is an infrequent metabolic pathology linked to the X chromosome which causes a wide variety of signs and symptoms. CASE REPORT: A 39-year-old male who was admitted to our stroke unit with right-side hemiparesis (1 + 0) and dysarthria (1). The score on the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale was 2. The patient presented angiokeratomas in both thighs. A computerised axial tomography scan of the head showed left thalamic acute infarction...
May 16, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489900/scanning-double-sided-documents-without-incurring-show-through-by-learning-to-fuse-two-complementary-images-using-multilayer-perceptron
#2
Yuzhong Chen
This paper presents a novel method for scanning duplex-printed documents without incurring the unwanted show-through artifact. The proposed method achieves the goal of eliminating the leaked-out reverse-side content by fusing a white backed scan image with a black backed scan image of the document. The fusion is accomplished using a multilayer perceptron having learned a fusion mapping from manually corrected document images. The main novel contributions of this work include (1) being the first to propose to accomplish the goal of show through free scanning by fusing a white backed scan image with a black backed scan image of the document; (2) proposing a learning approach using a multilayer perceptron to learn the fusion mapping from manually corrected scan images; and (3) proposing to use the pixel value histogram of reverse-side-printed area as well as the pixel value histogram of duplex-printed area to quantitatively indicate show through severity to facilitate objective comparison of the methods in consideration...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484024/mechanism-of-duplex-dna-destabilization-by-rna-guided-cas9-nuclease-during-target-interrogation
#3
Vladimir Mekler, Leonid Minakhin, Konstantin Severinov
The prokaryotic clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)-associated 9 (Cas9) endonuclease cleaves double-stranded DNA sequences specified by guide RNA molecules and flanked by a protospacer adjacent motif (PAM) and is widely used for genome editing in various organisms. The RNA-programmed Cas9 locates the target site by scanning genomic DNA. We sought to elucidate the mechanism of initial DNA interrogation steps that precede the pairing of target DNA with guide RNA. Using fluorometric and biochemical assays, we studied Cas9/guide RNA complexes with model DNA substrates that mimicked early intermediates on the pathway to the final Cas9/guide RNA-DNA complex...
May 8, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479433/relationship-between-calcification-and-vulnerability-of-the-carotid-plaques
#4
Rodolfo Pini, Gianluca Faggioli, Silvia Fittipaldi, Francesco Vasuri, Matteo Longhi, Enrico Gallitto, Gianandrea Pasquinelli, Mauro Gargiulo, Andrea Stella
INTRODUCTION: Carotid plaques with a high degree of calcification are usually considered at low embolic risk. However, since a precise evaluation of the extent of calcification is not possible preoperatively through duplex ultrasound and postoperatively by conventional histological examination due to the de-calcification process, the relationship between the amount of calcium involvement and plaque vulnerability has not been evaluated yet. This study aims to correlate the extent of carotid plaque calcification with clinical, radiological and histological complications...
May 4, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470684/how-to-switch-the-motor-on-rna-polymerase-initiation-steps-at-the-single-molecule-level
#5
REVIEW
M Marchetti, A Malinowska, I Heller, Gijs J L Wuite
RNA polymerase (RNAP) is the central motor of gene expression since it governs the process of transcription. In prokaryotes, this holoenzyme is formed by the RNAP core and a sigma factor. After approaching and binding the specific promoter site on the DNA, the holoenzyme-promoter complex undergoes several conformational transitions that allow unwinding and opening of the DNA duplex. Once the first DNA basepairs (∼10bp) are transcribed in an initial transcription process, the enzyme unbinds from the promoter and proceeds downstream along the DNA while continuously opening the helix and polymerizing the ribonucleotides in correspondence with the template DNA sequence...
May 3, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464482/dna-films-containing-the-artificial-nucleobase-imidazole-mediate-charge-transfer-in-a-silver-i-responsive-way
#6
J Christian Léon, Zhe She, Ajar Kamal, Mohtashim Hassan Shamsi, Jens Müller, Heinz-Bernhard Kraatz
The first sequence-dependent study of DNA films containing metal-mediated base pairs was performed to investigate the charge transfer resistance (RCT ) of metal-modified DNA. The imidazole (Im) deoxyribonucleoside was chosen as a highly Ag(I) -specific ligandoside for the formation of Im-Ag(I) -Im complexes within the duplexes. This new class of site-specifically metal-modified DNA films was characterized by UV, circular dichroism (CD), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The electrochemical properties of these systems were investigated by means of electron impedance spectroscopy and scanning electrochemical microscopy...
May 2, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455973/markers-of-arterial-health-could-serve-as-accurate-non-invasive-predictors-of-human-biological-and-chronological-age
#7
Alexander Fedintsev, Daria Kashtanova, Olga Tkacheva, Irina Strazhesko, Anna Kudryavtseva, Ancha Baranova, Alexey Moskalev
The decline in functional capacity is unavoidable consequence of the process of aging. While many anti-aging interventions have been proposed, clinical investigations into anti-aging medicine are limited by lack of reliable techniques for evaluating the rate of ageing. Here we present simple, accurate and cost-efficient techniques for estimation of human biological age, Male and Female Arterial Indices. We started with developing a model which accurately predicts chronological age. Using machine learning, we arrived on a set of four predictors, all of which reflect the functioning of the cardiovascular system...
April 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452725/-clinical-hemodynamic-peculiarities-of-the-course-of-hemodynamic-ischemic-stroke-in-acute-period
#8
S Shkrobot, N Sokhor, L Milevska-Vovchuk, O Yasniy, L Shkrobot
The aim of the research is to study the peculiarities of cardiac morphometric parameters, the parameters of central hemodynamics and their impact on the course of hemodynamic ischemic stroke in acute period. 116 patients were performed Echo-Doppler-cardiography in acute period of hemodynamic ischemic stroke in order to evaluate cardiac morphometric parameters. These patients were also performed transcranial duplex scanning. The results established that among significant clinical factors that influence the course of the acute period of hemodynamic ischemic stroke the most important are: the size of the focus, the level of consciousness on the 1st day, primary systolic arterial pressure, age of the patient...
February 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447587/appropriateness-of-duplex-ultrasound-assessment-on-venous-system-of-the-legs-a-two-month-preliminary-analysis
#9
Silvia Stegher, Maria Teresa Occhiuto, Daniela P Mazzaccaro, Paolo Carlo Righini, Alfredo Modafferi, Giovanni Malacrida, Giovanni Nano
AIM: The goal of this study is to evaluate the appropriateness to prescribe venous ultrasound of lower limbs. MATERIAL OF STUDY: Over a two months period, 1005 Duplex scans were performed by our Vascular Surgery Unit; out of the total, 225 exams were conducted on venous system of lower limbs. We retrospectively analyzed appropriateness of prescription (according to Lombardy District indications), urgency of prescription, time-lapse between application for the exams and its execution, positive or negative results, National Health System's sustained cost...
2017: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434220/effects-of-the-backbone-and-chemical-linker-on-the-molecular-conductance-of-nucleic-acid-duplexes
#10
Edward Beall, Selma Ulku, Chaoren Liu, Emil Wierzbinski, Yuqi Zhang, Yookyung Bae, Peng Zhang, Catalina Achim, David N Beratan, David H Waldeck
Scanning tunneling microscope break junction measurements are used to examine how the molecular conductance of nucleic acids depends on the composition of their backbone and the linker group to the electrodes. Molecular conductances of 10 base pair long homoduplexes of DNA, aeg-PNA, γ-PNA, and a heteroduplex of DNA/aeg-PNA with identical nucleobase sequence were measured. The molecular conductance was found to vary by 12 to 13 times with the change in backbone. Computational studies show that the molecular conductance differences between nucleic acids of different backbones correlate with differences in backbone structural flexibility...
May 4, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417852/nuclear-medicine-in-pediatric-nephro-urology-an-overview
#11
REVIEW
Iosif Mendichovszky, Bernardita Troncoso Solar, Naima Smeulders, Marina Easty, Lorenzo Biassoni
In the context of ante-natally diagnosed hydronephrosis, the vast majority of children with a dilated renal pelvis do not need any surgical treatment, as the dilatation resolves spontaneously with time. Slow drainage demonstrated at Tc-99m-mercaptoacetyltriglycine (MAG3) renography does not necessarily mean obstruction. Obstruction is defined as resistance to urinary outflow with urinary stasis at the level of the pelvic-ureteric junction (PUJ) which, if left untreated, will damage the kidney. Unfortunately this definition is retrospective and not clinically helpful...
May 2017: Seminars in Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411703/a-novel-duplex-finding-of-superficial-epigastric-vein-flow-reversal-to-diagnose-iliocaval-occlusion
#12
Raghu Kolluri, Brian Fowler, Gary Ansel, Mitchell Silver
OBJECTIVE: Although duplex ultrasound (DUS) imaging is the current gold standard in the diagnosis of femoropopliteal deep venous thrombosis, it is not an optimal diagnostic modality to diagnose iliocaval occlusion. Screening for iliocaval occlusion thus remains a challenge for clinicians because of the lack of a reliable noninvasive technique. This challenge results in most patients undergoing computed tomography venography or magnetic resonance venography or invasive venography and intravascular ultrasound imaging...
May 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408089/editor-s-choice-mid-term-outcomes-of-endovenous-laser-ablation-in-patients-with-active-and-healed-venous-ulcers-a-follow-up-study
#13
H Sinabulya, R Östmyren, L Blomgren
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the mid-term ulcer recurrence rate in patients with healed or active venous ulcers treated with endovenous laser ablation (EVLA) for incompetent superficial axial veins and to search for possible risk factors for non-healing and recurrence. METHODS: Consecutive patients treated with EVLA because of a healed or active venous ulcer between 2006 and 2013 were identified in the medical records and quality registry and invited to follow-up, including clinical history, study examination, Duplex ultrasound scanning, ankle brachial pressure, photoplethysmography, venous clinical severity score (VCSS), and health related quality of life (HRQoL) measured with EQ5D...
May 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377028/transurethral-incision-of-ureterocele-does-the-time-of-presentation-affect-the-need-for-further-surgical-interventions
#14
A Hodhod, R Jednak, J Khriguian, M El-Sherbiny
OBJECTIVES: Ureterocele management is considered to be one of the famous debates in pediatric urology. Despite some considering transurethral ureterocele incision (TUI) as a temporary line of treatment, others have reported good results in terms of being a definitive treatment. The present study evaluated the feasibility of TUI as a definitive line of management. Moreover, it studied the impact of presentation on the outcomes. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The charts of patients who had ureteroceles from 1995 to 2015 were retrospectively reviewed...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370148/the-serial-duplex-index-improves-differential-diagnosis-of-acute-renal-transplant-dysfunction
#15
Markus Meier, Lutz Fricke, Katrin Eikenbusch, Emma Smith, Jan Kramer, Hendrik Lehnert, Martin Nitschke
OBJECTIVES: Renal duplex sonography represents a standard noninvasive diagnostic procedure to demonstrate morphologic changes in acute kidney transplant dysfunction. We investigated whether a newly developed serial duplex index (SDI) can differentiate between acute cellular rejection and acute vascular rejection more effectively than the established Doppler parameters of the resistive index (RI) and pulsatility index (PI) in recently transplanted patients. METHODS: Serial duplex scans of patients with histologically proven acute tubular necrosis (n = 25), acute cellular rejection (n = 28), acute vascular rejection (n = 18), and normal graft function (n = 50, partially protocol biopsied) were retrospectively analyzed...
April 3, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28347575/validation-of-a-basic-neurosonology-laboratory-for-detecting-cervical-carotid-artery-stenosis
#16
C de la Cruz Cosme, M S Dawid Milner, G Ojeda Burgos, A Gallardo Tur, M Márquez Martínez, T Segura
INTRODUCTION: Most of the cases of ischaemic stroke in our setting are of atherothrombotic origin. Detecting intracranial and cervical carotid artery stenosis in patients with ischaemic stroke is therefore essential. Ultrasonography has become the tool of choice for diagnosing carotid artery stenosis because it is both readily accessibility and reliable. However, use of this technique must be validated in each laboratory. The purpose of this study is to validate Doppler ultrasound in our laboratory as a means of detecting severe carotid artery stenosis...
March 24, 2017: Neurología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Neurología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338457/transplant-renal-vein-thrombosis
#17
Khaled El Zorkany, Julie-Michelle Bridson, Ajay Sharma, Ahmed Halawa
Transplant renal vein thrombosis usually occurs early after surgery with a reported prevalence of 0.1% to 4.2%. It is a devastating event that ultimately leads to graft loss in almost all cases. There are many predisposing factors related to donor, recipient, surgery, and immunosuppression, with mechanical factors being considered the most common causes of transplant renal vein thrombosis. The clinical manifestations of acute renal vein thrombosis are nonspecific and are not dissimilar to the features of urine leak, urinary obstruction, or severe acute rejection...
April 2017: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290876/-circadian-clock-gene-variants-parameters-of-arterial-stiffness-and-blood-pressure-levels-in-subjects-without-arterial-hypertension
#18
V A Korneva, I V Kurbatova, L V Topchieva, S N Kolomeichuk, T Yu Kuznetsova, N N Nemova
CLOCK gene polymorphic variants, parameters of arterial stiffness and blood pressure (BP) variability were studied in 115 normotensive Russian patients without cardiovascular diseases (62 men, 53 women; mean age 36.4+/-1.01 years). Examination included ECG, 24h BP monitoring, duplex scan of carotid arteries, registration of vascular stiffness parameters, and genotyping of the following polymorphic markers of CLOCK: 3111T>C (3-untranslated region), 862T>C (exon 9) and 257T>G (promoter region) by PCR-RFLP method...
August 2016: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261152/comparison-between-brain-computed-tomography-scan-and-transcranial-sonography-to-evaluate-third-ventricle-width-peri-mesencephalic-cistern-and-sylvian-fissure-in-traumatic-brain-injured-patients
#19
Raphael A G Oliveira, Marcelo de Oliveira Lima, Wellingson Silva Paiva, Luiz Marcelo de Sá Malbouisson, Manuel Jacobsen Teixeira, Edson Bor-Seng-Shu
INTRODUCTION: Transcranial color-coded duplex sonography (TCCS) may help guide multimodal monitoring in the neurocritical setting. It may provide indirect information about intracranial hypertension, such as midline shift, third ventricle width, and peri-mesencephalic cistern obliteration. We aim to assess the agreement between brain computed tomography scan (CT scan) and TCCS in traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients. METHODS: In this retrospective cross-sectional observational study, TCCS was performed within 6 h before a brain CT scan...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255445/a-failure-of-preoperative-duplex-imaging-to-diagnose-a-lower-extremity-venous-aneurysm-in-a-patient-with-severe-chronic-venous-insufficiency
#20
Roy Wesley Jones, Godfrey Ross Parkerson, Mary Ottinger, Eduardo Rodriguez, Brian Park
OBJECTIVE: We present a case of recurrent bilateral lower extremity venous stasis ulcers in association with a superficial venous aneurysm at the right saphenofemoral junction that was misdiagnosed on preoperative duplex scanning. METHODS: A 53-year-old female presented to our clinic with 6-year history of bilateral lower extremity venous stasis ulcers. Her past medical history was significant for refractory venous stasis ulcers of the bilateral lower extremities present for 6 years and morbid obesity...
2017: SAGE open medical case reports
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