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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906525/the-clinical-utility-of-qsm-disease-diagnosis-medical-management-and-surgical-planning
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REVIEW
Sarah Eskreis-Winkler, Yan Zhang, Jingwei Zhang, Zhe Liu, Alexey Dimov, Ajay Gupta, Yi Wang
Quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) is an MR technique that depicts and quantifies magnetic susceptibility sources. Mapping iron, the dominant susceptibility source in the brain, has many important clinical applications. Herein, we review QSM applications in the diagnosis, medical management, and surgical treatment of disease. To assist in early disease diagnosis, QSM can identify elevated iron levels in the motor cortex of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis patients, in the substantia nigra of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients, in the globus pallidus, putamen, and caudate of Huntington's disease patients, and in the basal ganglia of Wilson's disease patients...
December 1, 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906517/the-development-of-motor-behavior
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REVIEW
Karen E Adolph, John M Franchak
This article reviews research on the development of motor behavior from a developmental systems perspective. We focus on infancy when basic action systems are acquired. Posture provides a stable base for locomotion, manual actions, and facial actions. Experience facilitates improvements in motor behavior and infants accumulate immense amounts of experience with all of their basic action systems. At every point in development, perception guides motor behavior by providing feedback about the results of just prior movements and information about what to do next...
December 1, 2016: Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Cognitive Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906473/tensile-comparison-of-polydioxanone-polyglyconate-and-barbed-glycolide-trimethylene-carbonate-suture-in-canine-cadaveric-tensor-fascia-lata
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Naomi Shimizu, John Tarlton, Ed Friend, Ivan Doran, Kevin Parsons
OBJECTIVE: To compare the mode of failure, load at yield, ultimate load to failure and stiffness of non-barbed polydioxanone, non-barbed polyglyconate and barbed glycolide-trimethylene carbonate (GTC) suture in canine cadaveric fascia. STUDY DESIGN: Ex vivo biomechanical study. SAMPLE POPULATION: 18 fascia lata specimens from 9 canine cadavers. METHODS: 6 fascia lata specimens were sutured with polydioxanone, 6 with polyglyconate, and 6 with barbed GTC suture...
December 1, 2016: Veterinary Surgery: VS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906464/methodological-considerations-for-optimizing-and-validating-behavioral-assays
#4
Stacey J Sukoff Rizzo, Jill L Silverman
Preclinical animal models are indispensable tools for translational research for which behavioral characterization and phenotyping are essential to testing hypotheses and for evaluating the potential of novel therapeutic agents to treat diseases. The methods employed for comprehensive behavioral phenotyping and pharmacological experiments are complex and should be conducted exclusively by trained technicians with demonstrated proficiency. The ultimate goal is to identify disease-relevant and translational behavioral endpoints that are robust, reliable, and reproducible, and that can be employed to evaluate potential of novel therapeutic agents to treat disease...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Mouse Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906463/measurement-of-behavioral-taste-responses-in-mice-two-bottle-preference-lickometer-and-conditioned-taste-aversion-tests
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Dany Gaillard, Jennifer M Stratford
The natural like and dislike of foods based on taste is one of the most easily observed behaviors in animals. Animals eat palatable foods and reject aversive foods, which makes measurement of taste perception possible using various behavioral techniques. Three different methods to accurately measure taste behavior are described here. First, two-bottle preference tests evaluate whether a taste compound (tastant) is preferred over water. Second, lickometer tests quantify the like and dislike for multiple concentrations of the same tastant or multiple tastants at the same time...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Mouse Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906462/histopathological-evaluation-of-skeletal-muscle-with-specific-reference-to-mouse-models-of-muscular-dystrophy
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Rebecca L Terry, Dominic J Wells
The muscular dystrophies are a diverse group of degenerative diseases for which many mouse models are available. These models are frequently used to assess potential therapeutic interventions and histological evaluation of multiple muscles is an important part of this assessment. Histological evaluation is especially useful when combined with tests of muscle function. This unit describes a protocol for necropsy, processing, cryosectioning, and histopathological evaluation of murine skeletal muscles, which is applicable to both models of muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular conditions...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Mouse Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906461/measurement-of-intestinal-and-peripheral-cholesterol-fluxes-by-a-dual-tracer-balance-method
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Onne A H O Ronda, Theo H van Dijk, H J Verkade, Albert K Groen
Long-term elevated plasma cholesterol levels put individuals at risk for developing atherosclerosis. Plasma cholesterol levels are determined by the balance between cholesterol input and output fluxes. Here we describe in detail the methodology to determine the different cholesterol fluxes in mice. The percentage of absorbed cholesterol is calculated from a stable isotope-based double-label method. Cholesterol synthesis is calculated from MIDA after (13) C-acetate enrichment. Cholesterol is removed from the body via the feces...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Mouse Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906454/immunotherapy-of-head-and-neck-cancer-emerging-clinical-trials-from-a-national-cancer-institute-head-and-neck-cancer-steering-committee-planning-meeting
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Julie E Bauman, Ezra Cohen, Robert L Ferris, David J Adelstein, David M Brizel, John A Ridge, Brian O'Sullivan, Barbara A Burtness, Lisa H Butterfield, William E Carson, Mary L Disis, Bernard A Fox, Thomas F Gajewski, Maura L Gillison, James W Hodge, Quynh-Thu Le, David Raben, Scott E Strome, Jean Lynn, Shakun Malik
Recent advances have permitted successful therapeutic targeting of the immune system in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC). These new immunotherapeutic targets and agents are being rapidly adopted by the oncologic community and hold considerable promise. The National Cancer Institute sponsored a Clinical Trials Planning Meeting to address the issue of how to further investigate the use of immunotherapy in patients with HNSCC. The goals of the meeting were to consider phase 2 or 3 trial designs primarily in 3 different patient populations: those with previously untreated, human papillomavirus-initiated oropharyngeal cancers; those with previously untreated, human papillomavirus-negative HNSCC; and those with recurrent/metastatic HNSCC...
December 1, 2016: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906451/proximity-dependent-biotinylation-for-identification-of-interacting-proteins
#9
Valerie Le Sage, Alessandro Cinti, Andrew J Mouland
Complex interaction networks orchestrate key cellular processes including but not limited to transcription, translation, metabolism, and cell signaling. Delineating these interactions will aid in deciphering the regulation and function of these pathways and potential for manipulation. Proximity-dependent biotin identification (BioID) is quickly gaining popularity as a powerful tool for identifying novel protein-protein and proximity-based interactions in live cells. This technique relies on a promiscuous biotin ligase, which is fused to a protein of interest and, upon expression in the desired cell, will biotinylate proximal endogenous proteins...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906450/lovtrap-a-versatile-method-to-control-protein-function-with-light
#10
Hui Wang, Klaus M Hahn
We describe a detailed procedure for the use of LOVTRAP, an approach to reversibly sequester and release proteins from cellular membranes using light. In the application described here, proteins that act at the plasma membrane are held at mitochondria in the dark, and reversibly released by irradiation. The technique relies on binding of an engineered Zdk domain to a LOV2 domain, with affinity <30 nM in the dark and >500 nM upon irradiation between 400 and 500 nm. LOVTRAP can be applied to diverse proteins, as it requires attaching only one member of the Zdk/LOV2 pair to the target protein, and the other to the membrane where the target protein is to be sequestered...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906408/spatially-uniform-resistance-switching-of-low-current-high-endurance-titanium-niobium-oxide-memristors
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Suhas Kumar, Noraica Davila, Ziwen Wang, Xiaopeng Huang, John Paul Strachan, David Vine, A L David Kilcoyne, Yoshio Nishi, R Stanley Williams
We analyzed micrometer-scale titanium-niobium-oxide prototype memristors, which exhibited low write-power (<3 μW) and energy (<200 fJ per bit per μm(2)), low read-power (∼nW), and high endurance (>millions of cycles). To understand their physico-chemical operating mechanisms, we performed in operando synchrotron X-ray transmission nanoscale spectromicroscopy using an ultra-sensitive time-multiplexed technique. We observed only spatially uniform material changes during cell operation, in sharp contrast to the frequently detected formation of a localized conduction channel in transition-metal-oxide memristors...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906236/drawing-optical-fibers-from-three-dimensional-printers
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John Canning, Md Arafat Hossain, Chunyang Han, Loic Chartier, Kevin Cook, Tristan Athanaze
The temperature distribution within extrusion nozzles of three low-cost desktop 3D printers is characterized using fiber Bragg gratings (FBGs) to assess their compatibility as micro-furnaces for optical fiber and taper production. These profiles show remarkably consistent distributions suitable for direct drawing of optical fiber. As proof of principle, coreless optical fibers (φ=30  μm) made from fluorinated acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) and polyethylene terephthalate glycol (PETG) are drawn...
December 1, 2016: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906232/characterization-of-few-fs-deep-uv-dispersive-waves-by-ultra-broadband-transient-grating-xfrog
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Alexey Ermolov, Heli Valtna-Lukner, John Travers, Philip St J Russell
A multi-shot transient-grating cross-correlation frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG) is implemented for the characterization of nanojoule-scale, few-femtosecond, deep-ultraviolet pulses. In theory, the system can characterize pulses with a bandwidth extending from below 200 nm to above 1.5 μm. It is experimentally shown that a 200 THz (50 nm) wide dispersive wave centered at 275 nm, generated in a gas-filled HC-PCF, has a temporal duration of 4 fs. The numerical simulations agree well with the experiment...
December 1, 2016: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906199/microduplication-of-the-arid1a-gene-causes-intellectual-disability-with-recognizable-syndromic-features
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Marie Bidart, Michèle El Atifi, Sarra Miladi, John Rendu, Véronique Satre, Pierre F Ray, Caroline Bosson, Françoise Devillard, Daphné Lehalle, Valérie Malan, Jeanne Amiel, Maria Antonietta Mencarelli, Margherita Baldassarri, Alessandra Renieri, Jill Clayton-Smith, Gaëlle Vieville, Julien Thevenon, Florence Amblard, François Berger, Pierre-Simon Jouk, Charles Coutton
PURPOSE: To determine whether duplication of the ARID1A gene is responsible for a new recognizable syndrome. METHODS: We describe four patients with a 1p36.11 microduplication involving ARID1A as identified by array-comparative genomic hybridization . We performed comparative transcriptomic analysis of patient-derived fibroblasts using RNA sequencing and evaluated the impact of ARID1A duplication on the cell cycle using fluorescence-activated cell sorting. Functional relationships between differentially expressed genes were investigated with ingenuity pathway analysis (IPA)...
December 1, 2016: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906127/malaria-parasite-celtos-targets-the-inner-leaflet-of-cell-membranes-for-pore-dependent-disruption
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John R Jimah, Nichole D Salinas, Monica Sala-Rabanal, Nathaniel G Jones, L David Sibley, Colin G Nichols, Paul H Schlesinger, Niraj H Tolia
Apicomplexan parasites contain a conserved protein CelTOS that, in malaria parasites, is essential for traversal of cells within the mammalian host and arthropod vector. However, the molecular role of CelTOS is unknown because it lacks sequence similarity to proteins of known function. Here, we determined the crystal structure of CelTOS and discovered CelTOS resembles proteins that bind to and disrupt membranes. In contrast to known membrane disruptors, CelTOS has a distinct architecture, specifically binds phosphatidic acid commonly present within the inner leaflet of plasma membranes, and potently disrupts liposomes composed of phosphatidic acid by forming pores...
December 1, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906125/one-health-capacity-building-in-sub-saharan-africa
#16
REVIEW
Innocent B Rwego, Olutayo Olajide Babalobi, Protus Musotsi, Serge Nzietchueng, Christian Keambo Tiambo, John David Kabasa, Irene Naigaga, Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Katherine Pelican
BACKGROUND: Africa of late has been faced with challenges that require a multidisciplinary and multisectoral approach to address them, and academic and non-academic institutions have played a key role in training and conducting research that would promote the One Health approach. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this review was to document networks and organizations conducting One Health training, research, and outreach in Africa, as one of a series of articles around the world...
2016: Infection Ecology & Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906028/re-focusing-hiv-prevention-messages-a-qualitative-study-in-rural-uganda
#17
Sanyukta Mathur, Dina Romo, Mariko Rasmussen, Neema Nakyanjo, Fred Nalugoda, John S Santelli
BACKGROUND: After 30 years, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) remains an epidemic of global concern. To support the increasing emphasis on biomedical interventions for prevention requires a renewed and reframed focus on HIV prevention messages to motivate engagement in risk-reduction activities. This paper examines youth and adult perceptions of HIV prevention messages and HIV risk assessment in a generalized HIV epidemic context in Uganda. METHODS: We conducted 24 focus group discussions and 24 in-depth interviews with 15-45 year olds (n = 218) from three communities in the Rakai district of Uganda in 2012...
November 11, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906000/the-antiviral-compound-bit225-inhibits-hiv-1-replication-in-myeloid-dendritic-cells
#18
Gabriela Khoury, Gary Ewart, Carolyn Luscombe, Michelle Miller, John Wilkinson
BACKGROUND: Previous studies with BIT225 (N-carbamimidoyl-5-(1-methyl-1H-pyrazol-4-yl)-2-naphthamide) have demonstrated a unique antiviral activity that blocks the release of HIV-1 from monocyte-derived macrophages (MDM). Antagonising the ion channel formed by HIV-1 Vpu, BIT225 preferentially targets de novo intracellular virus produced in 'virus-containing compartments' of MDM. In primary infections, dendritic cells (DC) are one of the first cells infected by HIV-1 and can transfer virus to more permissive CD4(+) T cells, making these cells an important target for novel antiviral therapies...
February 8, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905994/the-role-of-il-10-in-mycobacterium-avium-subsp-paratuberculosis-infection
#19
REVIEW
Tariq Hussain, Syed Zahid Ali Shah, Deming Zhao, Srinand Sreevatsan, Xiangmei Zhou
Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP) is an intracellular pathogen and is the causative agent of Johne's disease of domestic and wild ruminants. Johne's disease is characterized by chronic granulomatous enteritis leading to substantial economic losses to the livestock sector across the world. MAP persistently survives in phagocytic cells, most commonly in macrophages by disrupting its early antibacterial activity. MAP triggers several signaling pathways after attachment to pathogen recognition receptors (PRRs) of phagocytic cells...
December 1, 2016: Cell Communication and Signaling: CCS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905923/navigating-the-journey-of-aboriginal-childhood-disability-a-qualitative-study-of-carers-interface-with-services
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Anna Green, Penelope Abbott, Patricia Delaney, Patrick Patradoon-Ho, John Delaney, Patricia Mary Davidson, Michelle DiGiacomo
BACKGROUND: The disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with a disability is well recognized. The long term consequences of failing to address disability on health, education and employment underlies the importance of early intervention. Caregivers experience a disproportionate burden and have challenges accessing services. The aim of this study was to describe the carer journey of accessing support and services. METHODS: We conducted in-depth semi-structured interviews with nineteen parents and carers of Aboriginal children aged 0-8 years...
December 1, 2016: BMC Health Services Research
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