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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103198/harmonious-genetic-clustering
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Faliang Huang, Xuelong Li, Shichao Zhang, Jilian Zhang
To automatically determine the number of clusters and generate more quality clusters while clustering data samples, we propose a harmonious genetic clustering algorithm, named HGCA, which is based on harmonious mating in eugenic theory. Different from extant genetic clustering methods that only use fitness, HGCA aims to select the most suitable mate for each chromosome and takes into account chromosomes gender, age, and fitness when computing mating attractiveness. To avoid illegal mating, we design three mating prohibition schemes, i...
January 5, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100880/significant-association-of-serum-adiponectin-and-creatine-kinase-mb-levels-in-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction
#2
Tomoaki Natsukawa, Norikazu Maeda, Shiro Fukuda, Masaya Yamaoka, Yuya Fujishima, Hirofumi Nagao, Fumi Sato, Hitoshi Nishizawa, Hirotaka Sawano, Yasuyuki Hayashi, Tohru Funahashi, Tatsuro Kai, Iichiro Shimomura
AIMS: Adiponectin, an adipocyte-specific secretory protein, abundantly exists in the blood stream while its concentration paradoxically decreases in obesity. Hypoadiponectinemia is one of risks of cardiovascular diseases. However, impact of serum adiponectin concentration on acute ischemic myocardial damages has not been fully clarified. The present study investigated the association of serum adiponectin and creatine kinase (CK)-MB levels in subjects with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI)...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100655/furosemide-depresses-the-presynaptic-fiber-volley-and-modifies-frequency-dependent-axonal-excitability-in-rat-hippocampus
#3
Mogens Andreasen, Steen Nedergaard
The loop diuretic furosemide is known to have anticonvulsant effects, believed to be exerted through blockade of glial Na-K-Cl cotransport causing altered volume regulation in brain tissue. The possibility that direct effects of furosemide on neuronal properties could also be involved is supported by previous observations, but such effects have not been thoroughly investigated. In the present study we show that furosemide has two opposing effects on stimulus-induced postsynaptic excitation in the non-epileptic rat hippocampal slice: i) an enhancement of e-s coupling, which depended on intact GABAA transmission and was partially mimicked by selective blockade of K-Cl cotransport, and ii) a decrement of fEPSPs...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099589/which-coronary-lesions-are-more-prone-to-cause-acute-myocardial-infarction
#4
Taner Sen, Mehmet Ali Astarcioglu, Osman Beton, Lale Dinc Asarcikli, Celal Kilit
Background: According to common belief, most myocardial infarctions (MIs) are due to the rupture of nonsevere, vulnerable plaques with < 70% obstruction. Data from recent trials challenge this belief, suggesting that the risk of coronary occlusion is, in fact, much higher after severe stenosis. The aim of this study was to investigate whether or not acute ST-elevation MIs result from high-grade stenoses by evaluating the presence of coronary collateral circulation (CCC). Methods: We retrospectively included 207 consecutive patients who had undergone primary percutaneous coronary intervention for acute ST-elevation MI...
January 16, 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099419/genomic-deletion-of-malic-enzyme-2-confers-collateral-lethality-in-pancreatic-cancer
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Prasenjit Dey, Joelle Baddour, Florian Muller, Chia Chin Wu, Huamin Wang, Wen-Ting Liao, Zangdao Lan, Alina Chen, Tony Gutschner, Yaan Kang, Jason Fleming, Nikunj Satani, Di Zhao, Abhinav Achreja, Lifeng Yang, Jiyoon Lee, Edward Chang, Giannicola Genovese, Andrea Viale, Haoqiang Ying, Giulio Draetta, Anirban Maitra, Y Alan Wang, Deepak Nagrath, Ronald A DePinho
The genome of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) frequently contains deletions of tumour suppressor gene loci, most notably SMAD4, which is homozygously deleted in nearly one-third of cases. As loss of neighbouring housekeeping genes can confer collateral lethality, we sought to determine whether loss of the metabolic gene malic enzyme 2 (ME2) in the SMAD4 locus would create cancer-specific metabolic vulnerability upon targeting of its paralogous isoform ME3. The mitochondrial malic enzymes (ME2 and ME3) are oxidative decarboxylases that catalyse the conversion of malate to pyruvate and are essential for NADPH regeneration and reactive oxygen species homeostasis...
January 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099324/interaction-of-isoflurane-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-and-%C3%AE-amyloid-on-long-term-potentiation-in-rat-hippocampal-slices
#6
Ran Zhou, Philip Bickler
BACKGROUND: The relationship between inhalational anesthetics such as isoflurane and cognitive impairment in the elderly is controversial. Both β-amyloid peptide (Aβ), associated with Alzheimer disease, and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), a proinflammatory stress-related peptide, impair the synaptic function. We hypothesized that transient exposure to isoflurane and these peptides would impair synaptic function, manifest as a depression of long-term potentiation (LTP) and paired pulse facilitation (PPF), in the rat hippocampus...
February 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099079/lymphangioleiomyomatosis-a-monogenic-model-of-malignancy
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Vera P Krymskaya, Francis X McCormack
Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is a rare, low-grade, metastasizing neoplasm that arises from an unknown source, spreads via the lymphatics, and targets the lungs. All pulmonary structures become infiltrated with benign-appearing spindle and epithelioid cells (LAM cells) that express smooth-muscle and melanocyte-lineage markers, harbor mTOR-activating mutations in tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) genes, and recruit abundant stromal cells. Elaboration of lymphangiogenic growth factors and matrix remodeling enzymes by LAM cells enables their access to lymphatic channels and likely drives the cystic lung remodeling that often culminates in respiratory failure...
January 14, 2017: Annual Review of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098706/current-trends-in-ulnar-collateral-ligament-reconstruction-surgery-among-newly-trained-orthopaedic-surgeons
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Ryan M Degen, Christopher L Camp, Johnathan A Bernard, David M Dines, David W Altchek, Joshua S Dines
INTRODUCTION: Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstructions are being performed with an increasing annual incidence. The purpose of this study was to evaluate trends in UCL surgery among recently trained orthopaedic surgeons. METHODS: The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (ABOS) database was used to identify all UCL reconstructions from 2004 to 2013. Procedures were identified by Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes and verified by International Classification of Disease, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes...
February 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097463/neurokinin-1-receptor-immunopositive-neurons-in-the-medullary-dorsal-horn-provide-collateral-axons-to-both-the-thalamus-and-parabrachial-nucleus-in-rats
#9
Xu Li, Shun-Nan Ge, Yang Li, Han-Tao Wang
It has been suggested that the trigemino-thalamic and trigemino-parabrachial projection neurons in the medullary dorsal horn (MDH) are highly implicated in the sensory-discriminative and emotional/affective aspects of orofacial pain, respectively. In previous studies, some neurons were reported to send projections to both the thalamus and parabrachial nucleus by way of collaterals in the MDH. However, little is known about the chemoarchitecture of this group of neurons. Thus, in the present study, we determined whether the neurokinin-1 (NK-1) receptor, which is crucial for primary orofacial pain signaling, was expressed in MDH neurons co-innervating the thalamus and parabrachial nucleus...
January 17, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097429/early-and-noninvasive-evaluation-using-superficial-temporal-artery-duplex-ultrasonography-after-indirect-bypass-for-adult-ischemic-moyamoya-disease
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Sayaka Ogawa, Hiroshi Abe, Toshiro Katsuta, Kenji Fukuda, Toshiyasu Ogata, Koichi Miki, Tooru Inoue
BACKGROUND: The validity of indirect bypass for adult patients with moyamoya disease is still debatable. Some patients are poor responders to indirect bypass, and additive intervention is occasionally required in these cases. Therefore, it is necessary to evaluate the development of collateral circulation as early as possible postoperatively. METHODS: Fifteen adult patients (>17 years old) with moyamoya disease (22 affected sides) who underwent encephalo-duro-arterio-synangiosis (EDAS) at Fukuoka University Hospital from April 2008 to August 2014 were included...
January 17, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094763/measuring-the-effect-of-femoral-malrotation-on-knee-joint-biomechanics-for-total-knee-arthroplasty-using-computational-simulation
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K-T Kang, Y-G Koh, J Son, O-R Kwon, C Baek, S H Jung, K K Park
OBJECTIVES: Malrotation of the femoral component can result in post-operative complications in total knee arthroplasty (TKA), including patellar maltracking. Therefore, we used computational simulation to investigate the influence of femoral malrotation on contact stresses on the polyethylene (PE) insert and on the patellar button as well as on the forces on the collateral ligaments. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Validated finite element (FE) models, for internal and external malrotations from 0° to 10° with regard to the neutral position, were developed to evaluate the effect of malrotation on the femoral component in TKA...
November 2016: Bone & Joint Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093473/differential-regulation-of-nmda-receptor-mediated-transmission-by-sk-channels-underlies-dorsal-ventral-differences-in-dynamics-of-schaffer-collateral-synaptic-function
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Walter E Babiec, Shekib A Jami, Ryan Guglietta, Patrick B Chen, Thomas J O'Dell
: Behavioral, physiological, and anatomical evidence indicates that the dorsal and ventral zones of the hippocampus have distinct roles in cognition. How the unique functions of these zones might depend on differences in synaptic and neuronal function arising from the strikingly different gene expression profiles exhibited by dorsal and ventral CA1 pyramidal cells is unclear. To begin to address this question, we investigated the mechanisms underlying differences in synaptic transmission and plasticity at dorsal and ventral Schaffer collateral (SC) synapses in the mouse hippocampus...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092292/epicardial-collaterals-spasm-as-a-cause-of-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Vincenzo Vetrugno, Francesco Fracassi, Osama Shoeib, Domenico D'Amario, Giampaolo Niccoli, Filippo Crea
ST elevation myocardial infarction in a 61-year-old man with a history of previous coronary artery bypass grafts. Spasm of collaterals to the circumflex coronary artery was the cause of acute presentation and was successfully treated by intracoronary nitrates. Chronic therapy with calcium channel blockers was added in the discharge medications chart.
January 13, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091872/impact-of-revascularization-of-coronary-chronic-total-occlusion-on-left-ventricular-function-and-electrical-stability-analysis-by-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-and-signal-averaged-electrocardiogram
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Yohei Sotomi, Atsunori Okamura, Katsuomi Iwakura, Motoo Date, Hiroyuki Nagai, Tomohiro Yamasaki, Yasushi Koyama, Koichi Inoue, Yasushi Sakata, Kenshi Fujii
The present study aimed to assess the mechanisms of effects of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for chronic total occlusion (CTO) from two different aspects: left ventricular (LV) systolic function assessed by two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) and electrical stability evaluated by late potential on signal-averaged electrocardiogram (SAECG). We conducted a prospective observational study with consecutive CTO-PCI patients. 2D-STE and SAECG were performed before PCI, and after 1-day and 3-months of procedure...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090316/the-role-of-tumour-necrosis-factor-in-hepatitis-b-infection-jekyll-and-hyde
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Zina Valaydon, Marc Pellegrini, Alexander Thompson, Paul Desmond, Peter Revill, Gregor Ebert
Chronic hepatitis B (CHB) is a major health problem worldwide and is associated with significant long-term morbidity and mortality. The hepatitis B virus (HBV) is a hepatotropic virus that is capable of integrating in the host nucleus permanently resulting in lifelong infection. To date, there is no definitive cure for HBV, as our current treatments cannot eradicate the viral reservoir that has integrated in the liver. Elucidating the immunopathogenesis is key to finding a therapeutic target for HBV as the virus is not in itself cytopathic but the immune response to the virus causes the majority of the cellular injury...
December 2016: Clinical & Translational Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090003/primary-hinged-external-fixation-of-terrible-triad-injuries-and-olecranon-fracture-dislocations-of-the-elbow
#16
Kensuke Sakai, Masahiro Shirahama, Naoto Shiba, Kenji Yoshida, Shiro Yoshida
This study aimed to introduce a new treatment that apples primary hinged external fixation for complex fracture-dislocations of the elbow in 12 cases. We retrospectively assessed the functional outcomes of eight patients with terrible triad injuries and three patients with an olecranon fracture-dislocation of the elbow, who were treated at our hospital using a primary hinged external fixator between June 2012 and December 2014. Ten patients underwent repair or replacement of the radial head, while three underwent repair of the olecranon...
January 16, 2017: Kurume Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088071/discrete-quasi-linear-viscoelastic-damping-analysis-of-connective-tissues-and-the-biomechanics-of-stretching
#17
Behzad Babaei, Aaron J Velasquez-Mao, Stavros Thomopoulos, Elliot L Elson, Steven D Abramowitch, Guy M Genin
The time- and frequency-dependent properties of connective tissue define their physiological function, but are notoriously difficult to characterize. Well-established tools such as linear viscoelasticity and the Fung quasi-linear viscoelastic (QLV) model impose forms on responses that can mask true tissue behavior. Here, we applied a more general discrete quasi-linear viscoelastic (DQLV) model to identify the static and dynamic time- and frequency-dependent behavior of rabbit medial collateral ligaments. Unlike the Fung QLV approach, the DQLV approach revealed that energy dissipation is elevated at a loading period of ∼10s...
December 22, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087518/cardiovascular-function-in-male-and-female-jcr-la-cp-rats-effect-of-high-fat-high-sucrose-diet
#18
Ian Hunter, Amanda Soler, Gregory Joseph, Brenda Hutcheson, Chastity Bradford, Frank Zhang, Barry J Potter, Spencer D Proctor, Petra Rocic
30% of the world population is diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. High fat/high sucrose diet (HF/HS, Western diet) correlates with metabolic syndrome prevalence. We characterized effects of the HF/HS diet on vascular (arterial stiffness, vasoreactivity, coronary collateral development) and cardiac (echocardiography) function, oxidative stress and inflammation in a rat model of metabolic syndrome (JCR). Furthermore, we determined whether male vs. female animals were affected differentially by the Western diet...
January 13, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087165/radiographic-comparison-of-adolescent-athletes-with-elbow-osteochondritis-dissecans-to-ulnar-collateral-ligament-injuries-and-controls
#19
Brian C Lau, Nirav K Pandya
BACKGROUND: There are excellent data supporting recommendations to prevent elbow injuries (osteochondritis dissecans [OCD] and ulnar collateral ligament [UCL] injuries), such as pitch count and pitch type in baseball, but anatomic risk factors have not been thoroughly examined. This study aimed to evaluate radiographic measurements in adolescents with elbow OCD lesions or UCL injuries and controls. METHODS: We retrospectively identified adolescent patients between 2011 and 2016 with isolated capitellum OCD, UCL tear, or normal elbows based on magnetic resonance imaging...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079651/branch-retinal-vein-occlusion-secondary-to-a-retinal-arteriolar-macroaneurysm-a-novel-mechanism-supported-by-multimodal-imaging
#20
Yi Chen, Simon D M Chen, Fred K Chen
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: To report a case of a branch retinal vein occlusion secondary to a retinal arteriolar macroaneurysm (RAM). METHODS: Retrospective case report describing examination findings, treatment outcome and unique multimodal imaging features demonstrated on fluorescein angiography, optical coherence tomography, optical coherence tomography angiography and adaptive optics photography of the retinal vessels and RAM. RESULTS: A 61-year-old man presented with 20/200 vision in the right eye because of a branch retinal vein occlusion secondary to a RAM...
January 10, 2017: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
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