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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28858222/diurnal-changes-in-distribution-characteristics-of-salivary-cortisol-and-immunoglobulin-a-concentrations
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Hiromitsu Kobayashi, Chorong Song, Harumi Ikei, Bum-Jin Park, Takahide Kagawa, Yoshifumi Miyazaki
Salivary cortisol and secretory immunoglobulin A (S-IgA) are important biomarkers for environmental and public health research. The present study investigated the diurnal variations of these salivary biomarkers, with a focus on the change of distribution characteristics (i.e., skewness and kurtosis) of the concentrations. The participants in this study were 113 healthy young males. Salivary samples were collected in the morning (6:30-7:30 a.m.) and afternoon (1:00-4:00 p.m.). The skewness and kurtosis of salivary cortisol concentrations in afternoon samples (skewness = 1...
August 31, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28841821/influence-of-epistasis-on-response-to-genomic-selection-using-complete-sequence-data
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Natalia S Forneris, Zulma G Vitezica, Andres Legarra, Miguel Pérez-Enciso
BACKGROUND: The effect of epistasis on response to selection is a highly debated topic. Here, we investigated the impact of epistasis on response to sequence-based selection via genomic best linear prediction (GBLUP) in a regime of strong non-symmetrical epistasis under divergent selection, using real Drosophila sequence data. We also explored the possible advantage of including epistasis in the evaluation model and/or of knowing the causal mutations. RESULTS: Response to selection was almost exclusively due to changes in allele frequency at a few loci with a large effect...
August 25, 2017: Genetics, Selection, Evolution: GSE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28832148/benchmarks-and-dielectric-constants-for-reparametrized-opls-and-polarizable-force-field-models-of-chlorinated-hydrocarbons
#3
Zhu Liu, Jakob Timmermann, Karsten Reuter, Christoph Scheurer
The knowledge of dielectric response properties of the environment is of paramount importance in many theoretical embedding methods and studies of solutes and of catalytic sites and processes in condensed phases. In particular, the realistic embedding of active sites into solid/liquid and liquid/liquid interfaces is a crucial point in the context of modelling energy conversion (e.g. electrochemical, photochemical, power-to-X) processes. Recently, the finding that the dielectric permeability of liquids near solid/liquid interfaces is far from being constant but deviates strongly from the bulk value within several nanometers from the interface has raised interest in a more fundamental understanding of the response properties near interfaces...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807589/differences-in-texture-analysis-parameters-between-active-alveolitis-and-lung-fibrosis-in-chest-ct-of-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis-a-feasibility-study
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Christopher Kloth, Anya C Blum, Wolfgang M Thaiss, Heike Preibsch, Hendrik Ditt, Rainer Grimmer, Jan Fritz, Konstantin Nikolaou, Hans Bösmüller, Marius Horger
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine the diagnostic aid of computed tomography (CT) features for the differentiation of active alveolitis and fibrosis using a CT texture analysis (CTTA) prototype and CT densitometry in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) using ancillary high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) features and their longitudinal course as standard of reference. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed thin-slice noncontrast chest CT image data of 43 patients with SSc (18 men, mean age 51...
August 11, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797063/ct-texture-analysis-in-patients-with-locally-advanced-rectal-cancer-treated-with-neoadjuvant-chemoradiotherapy-a-potential-imaging-biomarker-for-treatment-response-and-prognosis
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Choong Guen Chee, Young Hoon Kim, Kyoung Ho Lee, Yoon Jin Lee, Ji Hoon Park, Hye Seung Lee, Soyeon Ahn, Bohyoung Kim
PURPOSE: To evaluate the association of computed tomography (CT) texture features of locally advanced rectal cancer with neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (CRT) response and disease-free survival (DFS). METHODS AND FINDINGS: The institutional review board approved this retrospective study. 95 patients who received neoadjuvant CRT, followed by surgery, for locally advanced rectal cancer were included. Texture features (entropy, uniformity, kurtosis, skewness, and standard deviation) were assessed in pretreatment CT images and obtained without filtration and with Laplacian of Gaussian spatial filter of various filter values (1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767521/disabling-central-paroxysmal-positioning-upbeat-nystagmus-and-vertigo-associated-with-the-presence-of-anti-glutamic-acid-decarboxylase-antibodies
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Ana I Martins, João N Carvalho, Ana M Amorim, Argemiro Geraldo, Eric Eggenberger, João Lemos
An immune attack by anti-glutamic acid decarboxylase (GAD) antibodies is believed to cause a deficiency in gamma-aminobutyric acid-mediated neurotransmission in the cerebellum. This, in turn, leads to several eye movement disorders, including spontaneous downbeat (DBN) and periodic alternating nystagmus. We describe a 68-year-old diabetic woman with disabling paroxysmal positioning upbeat nystagmus (UBN) exclusively in the supine position, associated with asymptomatic spontaneous DBN, alternating skew deviation and hyperactive vestibulo-ocular reflex responses on head impulse testing, in whom high titers of anti-GAD antibodies were detected...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Neuro-ophthalmology: the Official Journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764472/spectral-moments-vs-discrete-cosine-transformation-coefficients-evaluation-of-acoustic-measures-distinguishing-two-merging-german-fricatives
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Stefanie Jannedy, Melanie Weirich
The results of the quantification of the acoustic differences between German /ç/ and /ʃ/ in three speaker groups with varying contrast realizations are presented. Data for two speaker groups were collected in Berlin and Kiel, where the contrast is still realized. Data for a third group were collected in Berlin from speakers of Hood German-a youth-style multiethnolect spoken by adolescents in multilingual and multicultural neighborhoods of Berlin-where the contrast has weakened or is even lost. A forced choice perception test showed that listeners reliably differentiate these two fricatives in minimal pairs produced by the speakers from Berlin and Kiel, but fail to do so for the productions of the Hood German speakers...
July 2017: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760763/adult-sex-ratios-and-their-implications-for-cooperative-breeding-in-birds
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Jan Komdeur, Tamás Székely, Xiaoyan Long, Sjouke A Kingma
Cooperative breeding is a form of breeding system where in addition to a core breeding pair, one or more usually non-breeding individuals provide offspring care. Cooperative breeding is widespread in birds, but its origin and maintenance in contemporary populations are debated. Although deviations in adult sex ratio (ASR, the proportion of males in the adult population) have been hypothesized to influence the occurrence of cooperative breeding because of the resulting surplus of one sex and limited availability of breeding partners, this hypothesis has not been tested across a wide range of taxa...
September 19, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756900/evaluation-of-early-kidney-damage-caused-by-brain-death-using-real-time-ultrasound-elastography-in-a-bama-pig-model
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Ying Tang, Jingwen Zhao, Dongyang Liu, Ningning Niu, Huimin Yu
The aim of this study was to investigate the value of real-time tissue elastography (RTE) in the evaluation of early graft damage resulting from brain death. We performed RTE before and 0, 3, 6 and 9 h after brain death in a Bama pig model. Eleven RTE parameters were compared among time groups, and their correlations with electron microscopic findings were analyzed. Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis was used to find the RTE parameter cutoff values. The mean relative strain value within the region of interest (MEAN), standard deviation of the relative strain value within the region of interest (SD), percentage area of low strain within the region of interest (%AREA), complexity of low-strain area within the region of interest (COMP), kurtosis (KURT), skewness (SKEW), contrast (CONT) and entropy (ENT) and inverse difference moment (IDM) differed statistically significantly between groups (p < 0...
July 27, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741316/role-of-cd4-t-cell-helper-subsets-in-immune-response-and-deviation-of-cd8-t-cells-in-mice
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Alison Hogg, Yongjun Sui, Shlomo Z Ben-Sasson, William E Paul, Jay A Berzofsky
The ability of different CD4(+) T cell subsets to help CD8(+) T-cell response is not fully understood. Here, we found using the murine system that Th17 cells induced by IL-1β, unlike Th1, were not effective helpers for antiviral CD8 responses as measured by IFNγ-producing cells or protection against virus infection. However, they skewed CD8 responses to a Tc17 phenotype. Thus, the apparent lack of help was actually immune deviation. This skewing depended on both IL-21 and IL-23. To overcome this effect, we inhibited Th17 induction by blocking TGF-β...
July 24, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727556/effective-screening-and-classification-of-cervical-precancer-biopsy-imagery
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Jaidip Jagtap, Nishigandha Patil, Abdul K Parchur, Chayanika Pantola, Asha Agarwal, Kiran Pandey, Asima Pradhan
Microscope images of biopsy samples of cervical precancers conventionally discriminated by histopathology, the current "gold standard" for cancer detection, showed that their correlation properties are segregated into different classes. The correlation domains clearly indicate increasing cellular clustering in different grades of precancer compared to their normal counterparts. This trend indicates the probability of pixel distribution of the corresponding tissue images. Because the cell density is not uniform in the higher grades, the skewness (asymmetry of a distribution), kurtosis (sharpness of a distribution), entropy (randomness), and standard deviation are affected...
July 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708850/tumor-spatial-heterogeneity-in-myxoid-containing-soft-tissue-using-texture-analysis-of-diffusion-weighted-mri
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Hyun Su Kim, Jae-Hun Kim, Young Cheol Yoon, Bong Keun Choe
The objective of this study was to examine the tumor spatial heterogeneity in myxoid-containing soft-tissue tumors (STTs) using texture analysis of diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI). A total of 40 patients with myxoid-containing STTs (23 benign and 17 malignant) were included in this study. The region of interest (ROI) was manually drawn on the apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) map. For texture analysis, the global (mean, standard deviation, skewness, and kurtosis), regional (intensity variability and size-zone variability), and local features (energy, entropy, correlation, contrast, homogeneity, variance, and maximum probability) were extracted from the ADC map...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28675748/a-preliminary-study-for-the-assessment-of-hypertension-using-static-and-dynamic-ir-thermograms
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Jayanthi Thiruvengadam, Anburajan Mariamichael
Structural changes in blood vessels occur due to prolonged hypertension. Early detection of blood pressure (mm Hg) is essential for disease prevention. The aim of this work is to propose a computer-aided diagnostic (CADx) model for the diagnosis of hypertension using variables derived from non-contact static and dynamic thermal imaging in comparison with the pulse wave velocity (PWV)-derived parameters. Static and dynamic infrared (IR) thermograms of selected skin areas of the body from known hypertensive (n=14) and age- and sex-matched normal subjects were captured...
July 4, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652049/evaluation-of-texture-analysis-parameter-for-response-prediction-in-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma-undergoing-drug-eluting-bead-transarterial-chemoembolization-deb-tace-using-biphasic-contrast-enhanced-ct-image-data-correlation-with-liver-perfusion
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Christopher Kloth, Wolfgang M Thaiss, Rainer Kärgel, Rainer Grimmer, Jan Fritz, Sorin Dumitru Ioanoviciu, Dominik Ketelsen, Konstantin Nikolaou, Marius Horger
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the potential role of computed tomography texture analysis (CTTA) of arterial and portal-venous enhancement phase image data for prediction and accurate assessment of response of hepatocellular carcinoma undergoing drug-eluting bead transarterial chemoembolization (TACE) by comparison to liver perfusion CT (PCT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-eight patients (27 male; mean age 67.2 ± 10.4) with 56 hepatocellular carcinoma-typical liver lesions were included...
June 23, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624925/liver-fibrosis-in-vivo-evaluation-using-intravoxel-incoherent-motion-derived-histogram-metrics-with-histopathologic-findings-at-3-0-t
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Fubi Hu, Ru Yang, Zixing Huang, Min Wang, Hanmei Zhang, Xu Yan, Bin Song
PURPOSE: To retrospectively determine the feasibility of intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) imaging based on histogram analysis for the staging of liver fibrosis (LF) using histopathologic findings as the reference standard. METHODS: 56 consecutive patients (14 men, 42 women; age range, 15-76, years) with chronic liver diseases (CLDs) were studied using IVIM-DWI with 9 b-values (0, 25, 50, 75, 100, 150, 200, 500, 800 s/mm(2)) at 3.0 T. Fibrosis stage was evaluated using the METAVIR scoring system...
June 17, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592331/thyroid-nodule-recognition-in-computed-tomography-using-first-order-statistics
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Wenxian Peng, Chenbin Liu, Shunren Xia, Dangdang Shao, Yihong Chen, Rui Liu, Zhiping Zhang
BACKGROUND: Computed tomography (CT) is one of the popular tools for early detection of thyroid nodule. The pixel intensity of thyroid in CT image is very important information to distinguish nodule from normal thyroid tissue. The pixel intensity in normal thyroid tissues is homogeneous and smooth. In the benign or malignant nodules, the pixel intensity is heterogeneous. Several studies have shown that the first order features in ultrasound image can be used as imaging biomarkers in nodule recognition...
June 2, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583627/resectable-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma-role-of-ct-quantitative-imaging-biomarkers-for-predicting-pathology-and-patient-outcomes
#17
Christophe Cassinotto, Jaron Chong, George Zogopoulos, Caroline Reinhold, Laurence Chiche, Jean-Pierre Lafourcade, Adeline Cuggia, Eric Terrebonne, Anthony Dohan, Benoît Gallix
BACKGROUNDS: Patients with a pancreatic cancer amenable to surgery still have a poor prognosis and high risk of post-operative recurrence. We aimed to assess the value of quantitative imaging biomarkers using computed-tomography (CT) texture analysis to evaluate the pathologic tumor aggressiveness and predict disease-free survival (DFS) in patients with resectable pancreatic adenocarcinoma. METHODS: We retrospectively performed attenuation measurements and texture analysis on the portal-venous phase of the pre-operative CT scan of 99 patients that underwent resection of a pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma in two university hospitals...
May 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575105/assessment-of-treatment-response-during-chemoradiation-therapy-for-pancreatic-cancer-based-on-quantitative-radiomic-analysis-of-daily-cts-an-exploratory-study
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Xiaojian Chen, Kiyoko Oshima, Diane Schott, Hui Wu, William Hall, Yingqiu Song, Yalan Tao, Dingjie Li, Cheng Zheng, Paul Knechtges, Beth Erickson, X Allen Li
PURPOSE: In an effort for early assessment of treatment response, we investigate radiation induced changes in quantitative CT features of tumor during the delivery of chemoradiation therapy (CRT) for pancreatic cancer. METHODS: Diagnostic-quality CT data acquired daily during routine CT-guided CRT using a CT-on-rails for 20 pancreatic head cancer patients were analyzed. On each daily CT, the pancreatic head, the spinal cord and the aorta were delineated and the histograms of CT number (CTN) in these contours were extracted...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556277/distribution-of-blood-flow-velocity-in-the-normal-aorta-effect-of-age-and-gender
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Julio Garcia, Roel L F van der Palen, Emilie Bollache, Kelly Jarvis, Michael J Rose, Alex J Barker, Jeremy D Collins, James C Carr, Joshua Robinson, Cynthia K Rigsby, Michael Markl
PURPOSE: To apply flow distribution analysis in the entire aorta across a wide age range from pediatric to adult subjects. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In all, 98 healthy subjects (age 9-78 years, 41 women) underwent 4D flow MRI at 1.5T and 3T for the assessment of 3D blood flow in the thoracic aorta. Subjects were categorized into age groups: group 1 (n = 9, 5 women): 9-15 years; group 2 (n = 13, 8 women): 16-20 years; group 3 (n = 27, 14 women): 21-39 years; group 4 (n = 40, 11 women): 40-59 years; group 5 (n = 9, 3 women): >60 years...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28552959/multiparametric-quantification-of-thermal-heterogeneity-within-aqueous-materials-by-water-1h-nmr-spectroscopy-paradigms-and-algorithms
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Norbert W Lutz, Monique Bernard
Processes involving heat generation and dissipation play an important role in the performance of numerous materials. The behavior of (semi-)aqueous materials such as hydrogels during production and application, but also properties of biological tissue in disease and therapy (e.g., hyperthermia) critically depend on heat regulation. However, currently available thermometry methods do not provide quantitative parameters characterizing the overall temperature distribution within a volume of soft matter. To this end, we present here a new paradigm enabling accurate, contactless quantification of thermal heterogeneity based on the line shape of a water proton nuclear magnetic resonance (1H NMR) spectrum...
2017: PloS One
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