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M Mezzelani, S Gorbi, D Fattorini, G d'Errico, M Benedetti, M Milan, L Bargelloni, F Regoli
The aim of the present investigation was to provide new insights on accumulation and possible adverse effects of various non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in mussels, Mytilus galloprovincialis, exposed to an environmentally realistic concentration (0.5μg/L) of individual compounds, Acetaminophen (AMP), Diclofenac (DIC), Ibuprofen (IBU), Ketoprofen (KET) or Nimesulide (NIM). The measurement of drugs in mussel tissues was integrated with both functional alterations at cellular level and transcriptomic responses...
October 11, 2016: Aquatic Toxicology
Ayse Sakalli Kani, Ann K Shinn, Kathryn E Lewandowski, Dost Öngür
OBJECTIVES: A variety of treatment options exist for schizophrenia, but the effects of these treatments on brain function are not clearly understood. To facilitate the development of more effective treatment strategies, it is important to identify how brain function in schizophrenia patients is affected by the diverse therapeutic approaches that are currently available. The aim of the present article is to systematically review the evidence for functional brain changes associated with different treatment modalities for schizophrenia...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Psychiatric Research
Martin Paparella, Annamaria Colacci, Miriam N Jacobs
An approach for a systematic description of the uncertainties and complexity of the standard animal testing and assessment approach for carcinogenicity is explored by using a draft OECD Guidance document that was originally developed for reporting defined in vitro approaches to testing and assessment (OECD, 2016). The format is suitable for this re-purposing and it appears that the potential multitude of approaches for integrating and interpreting data from standard animal testing may ultimately be conceptually similar to the challenge of integrating relevant in vitro and in silico data...
October 24, 2016: ALTEX
Meghan L M Fuzzen, Leslie M Bragg, Gerald R Tetreault, Paulina A Bahamonde, Rajiv N Tanna, Charles J Bennett, Mark E McMaster, Mark R Servos
Municipal wastewater effluent (MWWE) and its constituents, such as chemicals of emerging concern, pose a potential threat to the sustainability of fish populations by disrupting key endocrine functions in aquatic organisms. While studies have demonstrated changes in biological markers of exposure of aquatic organisms to groups of chemicals of emerging concern, the variability of these markers over time has not been sufficiently described in wild fish species. The aim of this study was to assess the spatial and temporal variability of biological markers in response to MWWE exposure and to test the consistency of these responses between seasons and among years...
2016: PloS One
Karthik A Jagadeesh, Aaron M Wenger, Mark J Berger, Harendra Guturu, Peter D Stenson, David N Cooper, Jonathan A Bernstein, Gill Bejerano
Variant pathogenicity classifiers such as SIFT, PolyPhen-2, CADD, and MetaLR assist in interpretation of the hundreds of rare, missense variants in the typical patient genome by deprioritizing some variants as likely benign. These widely used methods misclassify 26 to 38% of known pathogenic mutations, which could lead to missed diagnoses if the classifiers are trusted as definitive in a clinical setting. We developed M-CAP, a clinical pathogenicity classifier that outperforms existing methods at all thresholds and correctly dismisses 60% of rare, missense variants of uncertain significance in a typical genome at 95% sensitivity...
October 24, 2016: Nature Genetics
Anunita Khasgiwala, Kent P Friedman, Munir Ghesani, Roy A Raad
Interpretation of iodine I whole-body scintigraphy can be challenging, as there are many nonpathologic findings that may present with increased radiotracer uptake. Radiotracer uptake has been reported in the literature involving the salivary glands, thymus, renal cysts, skin contamination, and other benign etiologies. We present the case of an incidental right wrist ganglion cyst demonstrating persistent increased uptake on I whole-body scintigraphy.
October 21, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
F Tumino, C S Casari, M Passoni, C E Bottani, A Li Bassi
Two-dimensional (2D) ZnO structures have been deposited on the Au(111) surface by means of the pulsed laser deposition technique. In situ scanning tunneling microscopy and scanning tunneling spectroscopy measurements have been performed to characterize morphological, structural and electronic properties of 2D ZnO at the nanoscale. Starting from a sub-monolayer coverage, we investigated the growth of ZnO, identifying different atomic layers (up to the fifth). At low coverage, we observed single- and bi-layer nanocrystals, characterized by a surface moiré pattern that is associated to a graphene-like ZnO structure...
October 24, 2016: Nanotechnology
Erin Hawkins, Susan Gathercole, Duncan Astle, The Calm Team, Joni Holmes
Symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity frequently co-occur with language difficulties in both clinical and community samples. We explore the specificity and strength of these associations in a heterogeneous sample of 254 children aged 5 to 15 years identified by education and health professionals as having problems with attention, learning and/or memory. Parents/carers rated pragmatic and structural communication skills and behaviour, and children completed standardised assessments of reading, spelling, vocabulary, and phonological awareness...
October 21, 2016: Brain Sciences
Heather J Ruskin
High-throughput microarray technologies have long been a source of data for a wide range of biomedical investigations. Over the decades, variants have been developed and sophistication of measurements has improved, with generated data providing both valuable insight and considerable analytical challenge. The cost-effectiveness of microarrays, as well as their fundamental applicability, made them a first choice for much early genomic research and efforts to improve accessibility, quality and interpretation have continued unabated...
October 21, 2016: Microarrays
Cristian Axenie, Christoph Richter, Jörg Conradt
Biological and technical systems operate in a rich multimodal environment. Due to the diversity of incoming sensory streams a system perceives and the variety of motor capabilities a system exhibits there is no single representation and no singular unambiguous interpretation of such a complex scene. In this work we propose a novel sensory processing architecture, inspired by the distributed macro-architecture of the mammalian cortex. The underlying computation is performed by a network of computational maps, each representing a different sensory quantity...
October 20, 2016: Sensors
Bin Jia, Tao Sun, Ming Xin
In this paper, a distributed cubature Gaussian mixture filter (DCGMF) based on an iterative diffusion strategy (DCGMF-ID) is proposed for multisensor estimation and information fusion. The uncertainties are represented as Gaussian mixtures at each sensor node. A high-degree cubature Kalman filter provides accurate estimation of each Gaussian mixture component. An iterative diffusion scheme is utilized to fuse the mean and covariance of each Gaussian component obtained from each sensor node. The DCGMF-ID extends the conventional diffusion-based fusion strategy by using multiple iterative information exchanges among neighboring sensor nodes...
October 20, 2016: Sensors
Naoto Sakuma, Eiji Kimura, Ken Goryo
When viewing briefly presented two arrays of Arabic numerals, observers could accurately indicate which array contained the larger number of a target numeral (Corbett, Oriet, & Rensink, 2006). This study investigated whether this rapid proportion comparison can be extended to other symbols that represent non-numerical meaning but share some of notable properties of Arabic numerals. We mainly tested several Japanese Kanji letters, each of which represents a meaning and can work as a word. Using physically identical stimulus sets that could be interpreted as different types of letters, we first confirmed the rapid proportion comparison with Arabic numerals for Japanese participants in Experiment 1...
October 24, 2016: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
Christen Ravn, Ulrika Furustrand Tafin, Bertrand Bétrisey, Søren Overgaard, Andrej Trampuz
Background and purpose - Antibiotic treatment of patients before specimen collection reduces the ability to detect organisms by culture. We investigated the suppressive effect of antibiotics on the growth of non-adherent, planktonic, and surface-related biofilm bacteria in vitro by using sonication and microcalorimetry methods. Patients and methods - Biofilms of Staphylococcus aureus, S. epidermidis, Escherichia coli, and Propionibacterium acnes were formed on porous glass beads and exposed for 24 h to antibiotic concentrations from 1 to 1,024 times the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) of vancomycin, daptomycin, rifampin, flucloxacillin, or ciprofloxacin...
October 24, 2016: Acta Orthopaedica
Gro S Dyrhovden, Anne M Fenstad, Ove Furnes, Øystein Gøthesen
Background and purpose - The long-term effects of computer-assisted surgery in total knee replacement (CAS) compared to conventionally operated knee replacement (CON) are still not clear. We compared survivorship and relative risk of revision in CAS and CON based on data from the Norwegian Arthroplasty Register. Patients and methods - We assessed primary total knee replacements without patellar resurfacing reported to the Norwegian Arthroplasty Register from 2005 through 2014. The 5 most used implants and the 3 most common navigation systems were included...
October 24, 2016: Acta Orthopaedica
Andreas Widder, Christian Kuehn
In this paper, we focus on the influence of heterogeneity and stochasticity of the population on the dynamical structure of a basic susceptible-infected-susceptible (SIS) model. First we prove that, upon a suitable mathematical reformulation of the basic reproduction number, the homogeneous system and the heterogeneous system exhibit a completely analogous global behaviour. Then we consider noise terms to incorporate the fluctuation effects and the random import of the disease into the population and analyse the influence of heterogeneity on warning signs for critical transitions (or tipping points)...
October 1, 2016: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering: MBE
Pan-Pan Zhang, Alexander Eisfeld
Two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy has become an important experimental technique to obtain information on, e.g., electronic coherences in large molecular complexes or vibronic couplings. For the correct interpretation of two-dimensional spectra, however, detailed theoretical calculations are required. Reliable theoretical calculations are impeded by large system sizes and number of vibrational degrees of freedom that need to be explicitly taken into account. Here we demonstrate that a numerical approach based on a stochastic hierarchy of pure states (HOPS) does allow to calculate two-dimensional spectra, notwithstanding the stochasticity of our method...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Laurent Pedesseau, Daniel Sapori, Boubacar Traore, Roberto Robles, Hong-Hua Fang, Maria Antonietta Loi, Hsinhan Tsai, Wanyi Nie, Jean-Christophe Blancon, Amanda Neukirch, Sergei Tretiak, Aditya D Mohite, Claudine Katan, Jacky Even, Mikaël Kepenekian
Layered halide hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites (HOP) have been the subject of intense investigation before the rise of three-dimensional (3D) HOP and their impressive performance in solar cells. Recently, layered HOP have also been proposed as attractive alternatives for photostable solar cells and revisited for light-emitting devices. In this review, we combine classical solid-state physics concepts with simulation tools based on density functional theory to overview the main features of the optoelectronic properties of layered HOP...
October 24, 2016: ACS Nano
Jen-Fan Hang, Lei-Chi Wang, Chiung-Ru Lai
Here, we present the first cytological report of a primary splenic inflammatory pseudotumor-like follicular dendritic cell sarcoma. The 57 year-old male was incidentally found with a 2.2 cm well-demarcated splenic nodule. A sonography guided fine needle aspiration of the lesion was performed. The cytologic smears revealed loosely cohesive fragments of oval to spindle cells in a background of prominent lymphoplasmacytic infiltration. The cells showed sparse chromatin, distinct nucleoli, syncytial cell borders, and occasional cytoplasmic processes...
October 24, 2016: Diagnostic Cytopathology
Martijn S Visser, Myrthe Dieleman, Stijn Klijn, Reinier Timman, Mats Lundström, Jan J V Busschbach, Nicolaas J Reus
PURPOSE: The Catquest-9SF questionnaire is a unidimensional, reliable, valid and short patient-reported outcome measure for quantifying benefits in visual functioning from cataract surgery. Our aim was to develop a formal Dutch translation, calculate norm scores, assess its validity and test-retest reliability and provide an easy way for use in clinical practice. METHODS: Translation of the questionnaire was performed according to guidelines of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research...
October 24, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
Deepika Savant, Jaya Bajaj, Cecilia Gimenez, Oana C Rafael, Neda Mirzamani, Karen Chau, Melissa Klein, Kasturi Das
BACKGROUND: Urine cytology is the most frequently utilized test to detect urothelial cancer. Secondary bladder neoplasms need to be recognized as this impacts patient management. We report our experience on nonurothelial malignancies (NUM) detected in urine cytology over a 10-year period. METHODS: A 10-year retrospective search for patients with biopsy-proven NUM to the urothelial tract yielded 25 urine samples from 14 patients. Two cytopathologists blinded to the original cytology diagnosis reviewed the cytology and histology slides...
October 24, 2016: Diagnostic Cytopathology
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