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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106159/temporal-variations-in-presynaptic-release-probability-in-the-lateral-habenula
#1
Hoyong Park, Myunghyun Cheon, Sungmin Kim, ChiHye Chung
Rhythmicity plays an important role in a number of biological systems. The habenular complex is reported to contain an intrinsic molecular clock and to show rhythmic expression of circadian clock genes and proteins including per2/PER2. In this study, we observed that there is a temporal rhythmicity in the presynaptic efficacy of the lateral habenula (LHb) neurons. We collected a substantial number of recordings at different time points of the day during the light phase. The frequency and amplitude of spontaneous excitatory transmission were increased in the afternoon compared to recordings performed in the morning...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104420/use-of-a-novel-flexible-mini-nephroscope-in-minimally-invasive-percutaneous-nephrolithotomy
#2
Dilip Kumar Mishra, Madhu Sudan Agrawal
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility and safety of a novel flexible mini-nephroscope in minimally-invasive PCNL. Presumably, limiting the size and number of tracts during percutaneous-nephrolithotomy(PCNL) has the potential of decreasing the morbidity of the procedure. We present our experience with, this new technique. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of patients with multiple kidney stones treated with mini-PCNL combined with a novel flexible mini-nephroscope was performed...
January 16, 2017: Urology
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
#3
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/28099179/traditional-sternotomy-versus-minimally-invasive-aortic-valve-replacement-in-patients-stratified-by-ejection-fraction
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Tom C Nguyen, Vinod H Thourani, Justin Q Pham, Yelin Zhao, Matthew D Terwelp, Prakash Balan, Daniel Ocazionez, Catalin Loghin, Richard W Smalling, Anthony L Estrera, Joseph Lamelas
OBJECTIVE: Low ejection fraction (EF < 40%) portends adverse outcomes in patients undergoing valvular heart surgery. The role of traditional median sternotomy aortic valve replacement (SAVR) compared with minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (MIAVR) in this cohort remains incompletely understood. METHODS: A multi-institutional retrospective review of 1503 patients who underwent SAVR (n = 815) and MIAVR via right anterior thoracotomy (n = 688) from 2011 to 2014 was performed...
January 17, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095203/avoiding-optimal-mean-%C3%A2-2-1-norm-maximization-based-robust-pca-for-reconstruction
#5
Minnan Luo, Feiping Nie, Xiaojun Chang, Yi Yang, Alexander G Hauptmann, Qinghua Zhang
Robust principal component analysis (PCA) is one of the most important dimension-reduction techniques for handling high-dimensional data with outliers. However, most of the existing robust PCA presupposes that the mean of the data is zero and incorrectly utilizes the average of data as the optimal mean of robust PCA. In fact, this assumption holds only for the squared [Formula: see text]-norm-based traditional PCA. In this letter, we equivalently reformulate the objective of conventional PCA and learn the optimal projection directions by maximizing the sum of projected difference between each pair of instances based on [Formula: see text]-norm...
January 17, 2017: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092561/realistic-data-driven-traffic-flow-animation-using-texture-synthesis
#6
Qianwen Chao, Zhigang Deng, Jiaping Ren, Qianqian Ye, Xiaogang Jin
We present a novel data-driven approach to populate virtual road networks with realistic traffic flows. Specifically, given a limited set of vehicle trajectories as the input samples, our approach first synthesizes a large set of vehicle trajectories. By taking the spatio-temporal information of traffic flows as a 2D texture, the generation of new traffic flows can be formulated as a texture synthesis process, which is solved by minimizing a newly developed traffic texture energy. The synthesized output captures the spatio-temporal dynamics of the input traffic flows, and the vehicle interactions in it strictly follow traffic rules...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087770/mitochondrial-mutation-rate-spectrum-and-heteroplasmy-in-caenorhabditis-elegans-spontaneous-mutation-accumulation-lines-of-differing-population-size
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Anke Konrad, Owen Thompson, Robert H Waterston, Donald G Moerman, Peter D Keightley, Ulfar Bergthorsson, Vaishali Katju
Mitochondrial genomes of metazoans, given their elevated rates of evolution, have served as pivotal markers for phylogeographic studies and recent phylogenetic events. In order to determine the dynamics of spontaneous mitochondrial mutations in small populations in the absence and presence of selection, we evolved mutation accumulation (MA) lines of Caenorhabditis elegans in parallel over 409 consecutive generations at three varying population sizes of N = 1, 10 and 100 hermaphrodites. The N =1 populations should have a minimal influence of natural selection to provide the spontaneous mutation rate and the expected rate of neutral evolution, whereas larger population sizes should experience increasing intensity of selection...
January 12, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087433/exploration-of-the-most-effective-dural-incision-design-in-a-decompressive-craniectomy
#8
Mutsumi Nagai, Mami Ishikawa
OBJECTIVE: During a decompressive craniectomy performed for a severe cerebral infarction, sufficient coverage of the underlying bulging brain by converting the flat dura mater to a more dome-like shape is essential. In this procedure, suturing to patch dural substitutes on the dural rifts occupies most of the operative time and is cumbersome. We present a new dural incision design that provides an appropriate volume of subdural space with minimal incisions. METHODS: The ideal incision design was geometrically analyzed and verified by simulations using a physics engine...
January 10, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086888/non-rigid-mr-trus-image-registration-for-image-guided-prostate-biopsy-using-correlation-ratio-based-mutual-information
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Lun Gong, Haifeng Wang, Chengtao Peng, Yakang Dai, Min Ding, Yinghao Sun, Xiaodong Yang, Jian Zheng
BACKGROUND: To improve the accuracy of ultrasound-guided biopsy of the prostate, the non-rigid registration of magnetic resonance (MR) images onto transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) images has gained increasing attention. Mutual information (MI) is a widely used similarity criterion in MR-TRUS image registration. However, the use of MI has been challenged because of intensity distortion, noise and down-sampling. Hence, we need to improve the MI measure to get better registration effect. METHODS: We present a novel two-dimensional non-rigid MR-TRUS registration algorithm that uses correlation ratio-based mutual information (CRMI) as the similarity criterion...
January 10, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078625/analysis-of-an-n-terminal-deletion-in-subunit-a-of-the-escherichia-coli-atp-synthase
#10
Robert R Ishmukhametov, Jessica DeLeon-Rangel, Shaotong Zhu, Steven B Vik
Subunit a is a membrane-bound stator subunit of the ATP synthase and is essential for proton translocation. The N-terminus of subunit a in E. coli is localized to the periplasm, and contains a sequence motif that is conserved among some bacteria. Previous work has identified mutations in this region that impair enzyme activity. Here, an internal deletion was constructed in subunit a in which residues 6-20 were replaced by a single lysine residue, and this mutant was unable to grow on succinate minimal medium...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Bioenergetics and Biomembranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073668/drug-eluting-stenting-for-femoropopliteal-lesions-followed-by-cilostazol-treatment-reduces-stent-restenosis-in-patients-with-symptomatic-peripheral-artery-disease
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Kan Zen, Mitsuyoshi Takahara, Osamu Iida, Yoshimitsu Soga, Daizo Kawasaki, Shinsuke Nanto, Hiroyoshi Yokoi, Satoaki Matoba
BACKGROUND: Cilostazol improves clinical endovascular therapy outcomes for femoropopliteal (FP) lesions in patients with symptomatic peripheral arterial disease, but whether it also has clinical benefits for patients after drug-eluting stent implantation remains unclear. METHODS: This study is a subanalysis of the ZilvEr PTX for tHe Femoral ArterY and Proximal Popliteal ArteRy (ZEPHYR) study, a prospective multicenter study investigating FP lesions treated with the Zilver (Cook Medical, Bloomington, Ind) paclitaxel-eluting stent...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072798/reliability-and-safety-of-contra-lateral-oblique-view-for-interlaminar-epidural-needle-placement
#12
Richard Derby, Irina Melnik, Jongwoo Choi, Sang-Hoon Lee, Jeong-Eun Lee
Cord trauma is a risk with a cervical and thoracic interlaminar epidural approach to the epidural space. Intermittent lateral fluoroscopic imaging to detect needle depth is often cumbersome and may be difficult to interpret. In comparison, the contra-lateral oblique (CLO) fluoroscopic view is efficient and easy to interpret. However, the in vivo reliability and safety of this technique has not been formally investigated.The senior author collected fluoroscopic images on 278 consecutive patients undergoing an interlaminar epidural block at the T1-T2 level performed using a 17 gauge Tuohy needle...
January 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071835/macromolecular-design-strategies-for-preventing-active-material-crossover-in-non-aqueous-all-organic-redox-flow-batteries
#13
Sean E Doris, Ashleigh L Ward, Artem Baskin, Peter D Frischmann, Nagarjuna Gavvalapalli, Etienne Chénard, Christo S Sevov, David Prendergast, Jeffrey S Moore, Brett A Helms
Intermittent energy sources, including solar and wind, require scalable, low-cost, multi-hour energy storage solutions in order to be effectively incorporated into the grid. All-Organic non-aqueous redox-flow batteries offer a solution, but suffer from rapid capacity fade and low Coulombic efficiency due to the high permeability of redox-active species across the battery's membrane. Here we show that active-species crossover is arrested by scaling the membrane's pore size to molecular dimensions and in turn increasing the size of the active material above the membrane's pore-size exclusion limit...
January 10, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070681/comparison-of-the-18-month-outcome-after-the-treatment-of-osteoporotic-insufficiency-fractures-by-means-of-balloon-sacroplasty-bsp-and-radiofrequency-sacroplasty-rfs-in-comparison-a-prospective-randomised-study
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Reimer Andresen, Sebastian Radmer, Julian Ramin Andresen, Hans-Christof Schober
PURPOSE: The objective of this prospective, randomised study was to examine the feasibility and clinical outcome of balloon sacroplasty and radiofrequency sacroplasty. METHODS: In 40 patients with a total of 57 sacral fractures, CT-guided cement augmentation was performed by means of BSP or RFS. For BSP, the balloon catheter was inflated and deflated in the fracture zone, and the hollow space, thus, created was then filled with PMMA cement. For RFS, the spongious space in the fracture zone was initially extended using a flexible osteotome, and the highly viscous PMMA cement, activated by radiofrequency, was then inserted into the prepared fracture zone...
January 9, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070457/the-concurrent-validity-and-reliability-of-the-leg-motion-system-for-measuring-ankle-dorsiflexion-range-of-motion-in-older-adults
#15
Carlos Romero Morales, César Calvo Lobo, David Rodríguez Sanz, Irene Sanz Corbalán, Beatriz Ruiz Ruiz, Daniel López López
BACKGROUND: New reliable devices for range of motion (ROM) measures in older adults are necessary to improve knowledge about the functional capability in this population. Dorsiflexion ROM limitation is associated with ankle injuries, foot pain, lower limb disorders, loss of balance, gait control disorders and fall risk in older adults. The aim of the present study was to assess the validity and reliability of the Leg Motion device for measuring ankle dorsiflexion ROM in older adults. METHODS: Adescriptive repeated-measures study was designed to test the reliability of Leg Motion in thirty-three healthy elderly patients older than 65 years...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063722/concordance-of-two-approaches-in-monitoring-of-minimal-residual-disease-in-b-precursor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-fusion-transcripts-and-leukemia-associated-immunophenotypes
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Ying-Jung Huang, Elaine Coustan-Smith, Hsiao-Wen Kao, Hsi-Che Liu, Shih-Hsiang Chen, Chih-Cheng Hsiao, Chao-Ping Yang, Tang-Her Jaing, Ting-Chi Yeh, Ming-Chung Kuo, Chang-Liang Lai, Chia-Hui Chang, Dario Campana, Der-Cherng Liang, Lee-Yung Shih
BACKGROUND: Real-time quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RQ-PCR) for fusion transcripts and flow cytometry for leukemia-specific markers are widely used for minimal residual disease (MRD) detection in acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but the relation between the results of either method is unclear. METHODS: Mononucleated cells from 108 bone marrow samples collected from 55 B-precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients (30 with t(12;21)/ETV6-RUNX1, 16 with t(9;22)/BCR-ABL1 and nine with t(1;19)/TCF3-PBX1) were examined in tandem by RQ-PCR and six-color flow cytometry...
January 4, 2017: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061549/fast-and-simple-detection-methods-for-the-4-base-pair-deletion-of-canine-mdr1-abcb1-gene-by-pcr-and-isothermal-amplification
#17
Cathrin P Stiedl, Karin Weber
Dogs with a 4-bp deletion in the MDR1 (or ABCB1) gene show intolerance to certain drugs routinely used in veterinary medicine, such as ivermectin, vincristine, and doxorubicin. The mutation leads to a dysfunctional P-glycoprotein drug transporter, which results in drug accumulation in the brain and severe neurotoxicity. A rapid and accurate in-house test to determine the genotype of patients in cases of acute neurotoxic signs or in tumor patients is desirable. We describe a cost-effective detection method with simple technical equipment for veterinary practice...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060885/antibodies-targeting-closely-adjacent-or-minimally-overlapping-epitopes-can-displace-one-another
#18
Yasmina Noubia Abdiche, Andy Yik Yeung, Irene Ni, Donna Stone, Adam Miles, Winse Morishige, Andrea Rossi, Pavel Strop
Here we describe how real-time label-free biosensors can be used to identify antibodies that compete for closely adjacent or minimally overlapping epitopes on their specific antigen via a mechanism of antibody displacement. By kinetically perturbing one another's binding towards their antigen via the formation of a transient trimolecular complex, antibodies can displace one another in a fully reversible and dose-dependent manner. Displacements can be readily identified when epitope binning assays are performed in a classical sandwich assay format whereby a solution antibody (analyte) is tested for binding to its antigen that is first captured via an immobilized antibody (ligand) because an inverted sandwiching response is observed when an analyte displaces a ligand, signifying the antigen's unusually rapid dissociation from its ligand...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060412/optimizing-dual-energy-x-ray-parameters-for-the-exactrac-clinical-stereoscopic-imaging-system-to-enhance-soft-tissue-imaging
#19
Wesley A Bowman, James L Robar, Mike Sattarivand
PURPOSE: Stereoscopic x-ray image guided radiotherapy for lung tumors is often hindered by bone overlap and limited soft tissue contrast. This study aims to evaluate the feasibility of dual-energy imaging techniques and to optimize parameters of the ExacTrac stereoscopic imaging system to enhance soft tissue imaging for application to lung stereotactic body radiation therapy. METHODS: Simulated spectra and a physical lung phantom were used to optimize filter material, thickness, tube potentials, and weighting factors to obtain bone subtracted dual-energy images...
January 6, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055940/deep-nonlinear-metric-learning-for-3-d-shape-retrieval
#20
Jin Xie, Guoxian Dai, Fan Zhu, Ling Shao, Yi Fang
Effective 3-D shape retrieval is an important problem in 3-D shape analysis. Recently, feature learning-based shape retrieval methods have been widely studied, where the distance metrics between 3-D shape descriptors are usually hand-crafted. In this paper, motivated by the fact that deep neural network has the good ability to model nonlinearity, we propose to learn an effective nonlinear distance metric between 3-D shape descriptors for retrieval. First, the locality-constrained linear coding method is employed to encode each vertex on the shape and the encoding coefficient histogram is formed as the global 3-D shape descriptor to represent the shape...
December 28, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
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