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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343061/automated-diabetic-macular-edema-dme-grading-system-using-dwt-dct-features-and-maculopathy-index
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U Rajendra Acharya, Muthu Rama Krishnan Mookiah, Joel E W Koh, Jen Hong Tan, Sulatha V Bhandary, A Krishna Rao, Yuki Hagiwara, Chua Kuang Chua, Augustinus Laude
The cause of diabetic macular edema (DME) is due to prolonged and uncontrolled diabetes mellitus (DM) which affects the vision of diabetic subjects. DME is graded based on the exudate location from the macula. It is clinically diagnosed using fundus images which is tedious and time-consuming. Regular eye screening and subsequent treatment may prevent the vision loss. Hence, in this work, a hybrid system based on Radon transform (RT), discrete wavelet transform (DWT) and discrete cosine transform (DCT) are proposed for an automated detection of DME...
March 19, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343015/systemic-delivery-of-the-tumor-necrosis-factor-gene-to-tumors-by-a-novel-dual-dna-nanocomplex-in-a-nanoparticle-system
#2
Vasundhara Shukla, Manu Dalela, Manika Vij, Munia Ganguli, Ralph Weichselbaum, Surender Kharbanda, Donald Kufe, Harpal Singh
Many cancers fail to respond to immunotherapy as a result of immune suppression by the tumor microenvironment. The exogenous expression of immune cytokines to reprogram the tumor microenvironment represents an approach to circumvent this suppression. The present studies describe the development of a novel dual nanoparticle (DNP) system for driving DNA expression vectors encoding inflammatory cytokines in tumor cells. The DNP system consists of a DNA expression vector-cationic nanocomplex (NC) surrounded by a diblock polymeric NP...
March 22, 2017: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342729/repeatability-and-agreement-of-scheimpflug-based-and-swept-source-optical-biometry-measurements
#3
Saadettin Sel, Jana Stange, Delia Kaiser, Laszlo Kiraly
PURPOSE: To evaluate the repeatability and comparability of biometry parameters between a Scheimpflug-based topography with axial length measurement (Pentacam AXL, Oculus, Wetzlar, Germany) and a swept-source optical biometry (IOLMaster 700, Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Jena, Germany). METHODS: A total of 50 eyes from 50 adult subjects had biometry measurements in one session three times using the Pentacam AXL and the IOLMaster 700. Keratometry, anterior chamber depth (ACD) and axial length (AL) values were obtained by both devices...
March 22, 2017: Contact Lens & Anterior Eye: the Journal of the British Contact Lens Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342339/a-novel-hybrid-strategy-for-pm2-5-concentration-analysis-and-prediction
#4
Ping Jiang, Qingli Dong, Peizhi Li
The analysis and prediction of air pollutants are of great significance in environmental research today since airborne pollution is a substantial threat, especially in urban agglomerations of China. To develop more effective warning systems and management advice, the authorities and city dwellers need more accurate forecasts of the air pollution. Most previous analysis systems were based on costly observation apparatus at fixed sites, forecasting models were usually built on observations within a certain range, and some observations contained biases...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340406/a-local-adjustment-strategy-for-the-initialization-of-dynamic-causal-modelling-to-infer-effective-connectivity-in-brain-epileptic-structures
#5
Wentao Xiang, Ahmad Karfoul, Huazhong Shu, Régine Le Bouquin Jeannès
This paper addresses the question of effective connectivity in the human cerebral cortex in the context of epilepsy. Among model based approaches to infer brain connectivity, spectral Dynamic Causal Modelling is a conventional technique for which we propose an alternative to estimate cross spectral density. The proposed strategy we investigated tackles the sub-estimation of the free energy using the well-known variational Expectation-Maximization algorithm highly sensitive to the initialization of the parameters vector by a permanent local adjustment of the initialization process...
March 7, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340026/high-rate-of-subcutaneous-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-sensing-screening-failure-in-patients-with-brugada-syndrome-a-comparison-with-other-inherited-primary-arrhythmia-syndromes
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Giulio Conte, Mihoko Kawabata, Carlo de Asmundis, Erika Taravelli, Francesco Petracca, Diego Ruggiero, Maria Luce Caputo, François Regoli, Gian-Battista Chierchia, Alessandra Chiodini, Alessandro Del Bufalo, Tiziano Moccetti, Masahiko Goya, Kenzo Hirao, Alessandro Vicentini, Gaetano M De Ferrari, Pedro Brugada, Angelo Auricchio
Aims: Subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (S-ICD) can avoid important complications associated with transvenous leads in patients with inherited primary arrhythmia syndromes, who do not need pacing therapy. Few data are available on the percentage of patients with inherited arrhythmia syndromes eligible for S-ICD implantation. Aim of this study was to analyse the eligibility for S-ICD in a series of patients with Brugada syndrome (BrS), and to compare it with patients with other channelopathies...
March 7, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339926/study-on-the-expression-of-human-lysozyme-in-oviduct-bioreactor-mediated-by-recombinant-avian-adeno-associated-virus1
#7
A P Wang, Y J Wang, S Wu, W Y Zuo, C M Guo, W M Hong, S Y Zhu
Due to its antimicrobial properties and low toxicity, human lysozyme (hLYZ) has broad application in the medical field and as a preservative used by the food industry. However, limited availability hinders its widespread use. Hence, we constructed a recombinant avian adeno-associated virus (rAAAV) that would specifically express hLYZ in the chicken oviduct and harvested hLYZ from the egg whites of laying hens. The oviduct-specific human lysozyme expression cassette flanked by avian adeno-associated virus (AAAV) inverted terminal repeats (ITRs) was subcloned into the modified baculovirus transfer vector pFBX, and then the recombinant baculovirus rBac-ITRLYZ was generated...
March 2, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339747/deep-learning-for-pharmacovigilance-recurrent-neural-network-architectures-for-labeling-adverse-drug-reactions-in-twitter-posts
#8
Anne Cocos, Alexander G Fiks, Aaron J Masino
Objective: Social media is an important pharmacovigilance data source for adverse drug reaction (ADR) identification. Human review of social media data is infeasible due to data quantity, thus natural language processing techniques are necessary. Social media includes informal vocabulary and irregular grammar, which challenge natural language processing methods. Our objective is to develop a scalable, deep-learning approach that exceeds state-of-the-art ADR detection performance in social media...
February 22, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339472/vector-status-of-aedes-species-determines-geographical-risk-of-autochthonous-zika-virus-establishment
#9
Lauren Gardner, Nan Chen, Sahotra Sarkar
BACKGROUND: The 2015-16 Zika virus pandemic originating in Latin America led to predictions of a catastrophic global spread of the disease. Since the current outbreak began in Brazil in May 2015 local transmission of Zika has been reported in over 60 countries and territories, with over 750 thousand confirmed and suspected cases. As a result of its range expansion attention has focused on possible modes of transmission, of which the arthropod vector-based disease spread cycle involving Aedes species is believed to be the most important...
March 24, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339459/functional-classification-of-dna-variants-by-hybrid-minigenes-identification-of-30-spliceogenic-variants-of-brca2-exons-17-and-18
#10
Eugenia Fraile-Bethencourt, Beatriz Díez-Gómez, Valeria Velásquez-Zapata, Alberto Acedo, David J Sanz, Eladio A Velasco
Mutation screening of the breast cancer genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 identifies a large fraction of variants of uncertain clinical significance (VUS) whose functional and clinical interpretations pose a challenge for genomic medicine. Likewise, an increasing amount of evidence indicates that genetic variants can have deleterious effects on pre-mRNA splicing. Our goal was to investigate the impact on splicing of a set of reported variants of BRCA2 exons 17 and 18 to assess their role in hereditary breast cancer and to identify critical regulatory elements that may constitute hotspots for spliceogenic variants...
March 24, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339458/rapid-surveillance-for-vector-presence-rsvp-development-of-a-novel-system-for-detecting-aedes-aegypti-and-aedes-albopictus
#11
Brian L Montgomery, Martin A Shivas, Sonja Hall-Mendelin, Jim Edwards, Nicholas A Hamilton, Cassie C Jansen, Jamie L McMahon, David Warrilow, Andrew F van den Hurk
BACKGROUND: The globally important Zika, dengue and chikungunya viruses are primarily transmitted by the invasive mosquitoes, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus. In Australia, there is an increasing risk that these species may invade highly urbanized regions and trigger outbreaks. We describe the development of a Rapid Surveillance for Vector Presence (RSVP) system to expedite presence- absence surveys for both species. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We developed a methodology that uses molecular assays to efficiently screen pooled ovitrap (egg trap) samples for traces of target species ribosomal RNA...
March 24, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339300/genetic-manipulation-by-zinc-finger-nucleases-in-rat-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#12
Sheng Yang, Shufang Ding, Qianhua Xu, Xiong Li, Qiong Xiong
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have an extensive application in regenerative medicine, pharmaceutical discovery, and basic research. With the recent derivation of rat iPSCs, it is now feasible to apply genetic manipulation in this species. But such tools do not yet exist for many rat strains, especially for disease model rat. The Sprague Dawley (SD) rat is an inbred disease model for hypertension, nephropathy, pulmonary hypertension, depression, and alcohol consumption. In this study, the SD rat iPSCs were generated using lentiviral method...
March 24, 2017: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339273/search-for-electronic-recoil-event-rate-modulation-with-4-years-of-xenon100-data
#13
E Aprile, J Aalbers, F Agostini, M Alfonsi, F D Amaro, M Anthony, F Arneodo, P Barrow, L Baudis, B Bauermeister, M L Benabderrahmane, T Berger, P A Breur, A Brown, E Brown, S Bruenner, G Bruno, R Budnik, L Bütikofer, J Calvén, J M R Cardoso, M Cervantes, D Cichon, D Coderre, A P Colijn, J Conrad, J P Cussonneau, M P Decowski, P de Perio, P Di Gangi, A Di Giovanni, S Diglio, G Eurin, J Fei, A D Ferella, A Fieguth, D Franco, W Fulgione, A Gallo Rosso, M Galloway, F Gao, M Garbini, C Geis, L W Goetzke, Z Greene, C Grignon, C Hasterok, E Hogenbirk, R Itay, B Kaminsky, G Kessler, A Kish, H Landsman, R F Lang, D Lellouch, L Levinson, Q Lin, S Lindemann, M Lindner, J A M Lopes, A Manfredini, I Maris, T Marrodán Undagoitia, J Masbou, F V Massoli, D Masson, D Mayani, M Messina, K Micheneau, B Miguez, A Molinario, M Murra, J Naganoma, K Ni, U Oberlack, P Pakarha, B Pelssers, R Persiani, F Piastra, J Pienaar, V Pizzella, M-C Piro, G Plante, N Priel, L Rauch, S Reichard, C Reuter, A Rizzo, S Rosendahl, N Rupp, J M F Dos Santos, G Sartorelli, M Scheibelhut, S Schindler, J Schreiner, M Schumann, L Scotto Lavina, M Selvi, P Shagin, M Silva, H Simgen, M V Sivers, A Stein, D Thers, A Tiseni, G Trinchero, C Tunnell, H Wang, Y Wei, C Weinheimer, J Wulf, J Ye, Y Zhang
We report on a search for electronic recoil event rate modulation signatures in the XENON100 data accumulated over a period of 4 yr, from January 2010 to January 2014. A profile likelihood method, which incorporates the stability of the XENON100 detector and the known electronic recoil background model, is used to quantify the significance of periodicity in the time distribution of events. There is a weak modulation signature at a period of 431_{-14}^{+16} day in the low energy region of (2.0-5.8) keV in the single scatter event sample, with a global significance of 1...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339269/portal-connecting-dark-photons-and-axions
#14
Kunio Kaneta, Hye-Sung Lee, Seokhoon Yun
The dark photon and the axion (or axionlike particle) are popular light particles of the hidden sector. Each of them has been actively searched for through the couplings called the vector portal and the axion portal. We introduce a new portal connecting the dark photon and the axion (axion-photon-dark photon, axion-dark photon-dark photon), which emerges in the presence of the two particles. This dark axion portal is genuinely new couplings, not just from a product of the vector portal and the axion portal, because of the internal structure of these couplings...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339262/revealing-extremely-low-energy-amplitude-modes-in-the-charge-density-wave-compound-laagsb_-2
#15
R Y Chen, S J Zhang, M Y Zhang, T Dong, N L Wang
Using infrared spectroscopy and ultrafast pump probe measurement, we have studied the two charge-density-wave (CDW) instabilities in the layered compound LaAgSb_{2}. The development of CDW energy gaps was clearly observed by optical spectroscopy, which removed most of the free carrier spectral weight. More interestingly, our time-resolved measurements revealed two coherent oscillations that softened by approaching the two phase transition temperatures, respectively. We addressed that these two oscillations come from the amplitude modes of CDW collective excitations, the surprisingly low energies (0...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339249/electric-control-of-dirac-quasiparticles-by-spin-orbit-torque-in-an-antiferromagnet
#16
L Šmejkal, J Železný, J Sinova, T Jungwirth
Spin orbitronics and Dirac quasiparticles are two fields of condensed matter physics initiated independently about a decade ago. Here we predict that Dirac quasiparticles can be controlled by the spin-orbit torque reorientation of the Néel vector in an antiferromagnet. Using CuMnAs as an example, we formulate symmetry criteria allowing for the coexistence of topological Dirac quasiparticles and Néel spin-orbit torques. We identify the nonsymmorphic crystal symmetry protection of Dirac band crossings whose on and off switching is mediated by the Néel vector reorientation...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339224/optical-manipulation-of-a-magnon-photon-hybrid-system
#17
C Braggio, G Carugno, M Guarise, A Ortolan, G Ruoso
We demonstrate an all-optical method for manipulating the magnetization in a 1-mm yttrium-iron-garnet (YIG) sphere placed in a ∼0.17  T uniform magnetic field. A harmonic of the frequency comb delivered by a multi-GHz infrared laser source is tuned to the Larmor frequency of the YIG sphere to drive magnetization oscillations, which in turn give rise to a radiation field used to thoroughly investigate the phenomenon. The radiation damping issue that occurs at high frequency and in the presence of highly magnetizated materials has been overcome by exploiting the magnon-photon strong coupling regime in microwave cavities...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339091/fibulin-4-promotes-osteosarcoma-invasion-and-metastasis-by-inducing-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-via-the-pi3k-akt-mtor-pathway
#18
Dong Zhang, Songgang Wang, Jie Chen, Haitao Liu, Jinfa Lu, Hua Jiang, Aimin Huang, Yunzhen Chen
This study explored the role of fibulin-4 in osteosarcoma progression and the possible signaling pathway involved. Fibulin-4 mRNA and protein expression in normal tissue, benign fibrous dysplasia, osteosarcoma, osteosarcoma cell lines, the normal osteoblastic cell line hFOB, and different invasive subclones were evaluated by immunohistochemistry (IHC) or immunocytochemistry (ICC) and real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (real-time qRT-PCR). Using in vitro functional assays, we analyzed the invasive and proliferative abilities of different osteosarcoma cell lines and subclones with differing invasive potential...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339087/regulation-of-intestinal-myofibroblasts-by-kras-mutated-colorectal-cancer-cells-through-heparin-binding-epidermal-growth-factor-like-growth-factor
#19
Hideyoshi Kawasaki, Takuya Saotome, Tatsuya Usui, Takashi Ohama, Koichi Sato
In colorectal cancer, gain-of-function mutations in KRas play a critical role in malignant transformation. Tumor growth in colorectal cancer is known to be promoted by the intestinal myofibroblasts (IMFs) that localize adjacent to the cancer cells, but the mechanisms of interaction between KRas-mutated cancer cells and the myofibroblasts remain unclear. Here, we investigated the effects of KRas-mutated cells on the behavior of myofibroblasts by using mouse primary IMFs and cells of an IMF cell line (LmcMF) and a mouse colon epithelial cell line (aMoC1)...
March 22, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339062/p53-microrna-374b-akt1-regulates-colorectal-cancer-cell-apoptosis-in-response-to-dna-damage
#20
Hangjun Gong, Yu Cao, Gang Han, Yun Zhang, Qing You, Yidong Wang, Yamin Pan
Colorectal cancer (CRC) has a rising morbidity worldwide and its resistance to chemotherapy has been observed in clinical treatment. Tumor suppressor p53 is well-studied in CRC, but little is known about its effects during DNA damage of CRC cells. This study was aimed at uncovering potential mechanisms of p53 regarding microRNA-374b and v-akt murine thymoma viral oncogene homolog 1 (AKT1) during DNA damage of CRC cells. CRC cells HCT116 and HT29 were transfected with p53-specific small interfering RNA (siRNA), p53 overexpression vector or miR-374b inhibitor, and then treated with 10 µM bleomycin (BLM) for 24 h to induce DNA damage...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Oncology
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