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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102957/rf-safety-assessment-of-a-bilateral-four-channel-transmit-receive-7-tesla-breast-coil-sar-versus-tissue-temperature-limits
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Thomas M Fiedler, Mark E Ladd, Andreas K Bitz
PURPOSE: The purpose of this work was to perform an RF safety evaluation for a bilateral four-channel transmit/receive breast coil and to determine the maximum permissible input power for which RF exposure of the subject stays within recommended limits. The safety evaluation was done based on SAR as well as on temperature simulations. In comparison to SAR, temperature is more directly correlated with tissue damage, which allows a more precise safety assessment. The temperature simulations were performed by applying three different blood perfusion models as well as two different ambient temperatures...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102956/experimental-verification-of-4d-monte-carlo-simulations-of-dose-delivery-to-a-moving-anatomy
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Sara Gholampourkashi, Miro Vujicic, Jason Belec, Joanna E Cygler, Emily Heath
PURPOSE: To evaluate a novel 4D Monte Carlo simulation tool by comparing calculations to physical measurements using a respiratory motion phantom. METHODS: We used a dynamic Quasar phantom in both stationary and breathing states (sinusoidal motion of amplitude of 1.8 cm and period of 3.3 s) for dose measurements on an Elekta Agility linear accelerator. Gafchromic EBT3 film and the RADPOS 4D dosimetry system were placed inside the lung insert of the phantom to measure dose profiles and point-dose values at the center of the spherical tumor inside the insert...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102953/air-kerma-strength-determination-of-an-hdr-192-ir-source-including-a-geometric-sensitivity-study-of-the-seven-distance-method
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Blake R Smith, John A Micka, Manik Aima, Larry A DeWerd, Wesley S Culberson
PURPOSE: To perform an in-air air-kerma strength (SK) calibration of the Bebig model Ir2.A85-2 192Ir high-dose rate (HDR) brachytherapy source manufactured by Mallinckrodt Medical (Westerduinweg, Germany) with the NIST-traceable seven-distance technique established by the University of Wisconsin. A comparison was made between the reference air-kerma rate (RAKR) reported on a certificate from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (Berlin, Germany) (PTB) primary laboratory and the SK determined at the University of Wisconsin Madison Radiation Research Center (UWMRRC)...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102942/a-platform-independent-method-to-reduce-ct-truncation-artifacts-using-discriminative-dictionary-representations
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Yang Chen, Adam Budde, Ke Li, Yinsheng Li, Jiang Hsieh, Guang-Hong Chen
PURPOSE: When the scan field of view (SFOV) of a CT system is not large enough to enclose the entire cross-section of the patient, or the patient needs to be positioned partially outside the SFOV for certain clinical applications, truncation artifacts often appear in the reconstructed CT images. Many truncation artifact correction methods perform extrapolations of the truncated projection data based on certain a priori assumptions. The purpose of this work was to develop a novel CT truncation artifact reduction method that directly operates on DICOM images...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102837/precise-and-efficient-scarless-genome-editing-in-stem-cells-using-correct
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Dylan Kwart, Dominik Paquet, Shaun Teo, Marc Tessier-Lavigne
CRISPR/Cas9 is a promising tool for genome-editing DNA in cells with single-base-pair precision, which allows novel in vitro models of human disease to be generated-e.g., in pluripotent stem cells. However, the accuracy of intended sequence changes can be severely diminished by CRISPR/Cas9's propensity to re-edit previously modified loci, causing unwanted mutations (indels) alongside intended changes. Here we describe a genome-editing framework termed consecutive re-guide or re-Cas steps to erase CRISPR/Cas-blocked targets (CORRECT), which, by exploiting the use of highly efficacious CRISPR/Cas-blocking mutations in two rounds of genome editing, enables accurate, efficient and scarless introduction of specific base changes-for example, in human induced pluripotent (iPS) stem cells...
February 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102836/preparation-characterization-and-in-vitro-dosimetry-of-dispersed-engineered-nanomaterials
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Glen M DeLoid, Joel M Cohen, Georgios Pyrgiotakis, Philip Demokritou
Evidence continues to grow of the importance of in vitro and in vivo dosimetry in the hazard assessment and ranking of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs). Accurate dose metrics are particularly important for in vitro cellular screening to assess the potential health risks or bioactivity of ENMs. To ensure meaningful and reproducible quantification of in vitro dose, with consistent measurement and reporting between laboratories, it is necessary to adopt standardized and integrated methodologies for (i) generation of stable ENM suspensions in cell culture media; (ii) colloidal characterization of suspended ENMs, particularly of properties that determine particle kinetics in an in vitro system (size distribution and formed agglomerate effective density); and (iii) robust numerical fate and transport modeling for accurate determination of the ENM dose delivered to cells over the course of the in vitro exposure...
February 2017: Nature Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102674/2d-ir-spectroscopy-shows-that-optimised-dna-minor-groove-binding-of-hoechst33258-follows-an-induced-fit-model
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Lennart A I Ramakers, Gordon Hithell, John J May, Gregory M Greetham, Paul M Donaldson, Michael Towrie, Anthony W Parker, Glenn A Burley, Neil T Hunt
The induced fit binding model describes a conformational change occurring when a small molecule binds to its biomacromolecular target. The result is enhanced non-covalent interactions between ligand and biomolecule. Induced fit is well-established for small molecule-protein interactions, but its relevance to small molecule-DNA binding is less clear. We investigate the molecular determinants of Hoechst33258 binding to its preferred A-tract sequence relative to a sub-optimal alternating A-T sequence. Results from 2-dimensional infrared spectroscopy, which is sensitive to H-bonding and molecular structure changes, show that Hoechst33258 binding results in loss of minor groove spine of hydration in both sequences, but an additional perturbation of the base propeller twists occurs in the A-tract binding region...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102616/development-and-psychometric-testing-of-the-attitudes-subjective-norms-perceived-behavioural-control-and-intention-to-pursue-a-career-in-mental-health-nursing-scale
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Mark Wilbourn, Yenna Salamonson, Lucie Ramjan, Sungwon Chang
The aim of the present study was to develop and test the psychometric properties of the Attitudes, Subjective Norms, Perceived Behavioural Control, and Intention to Pursue a Career in Mental Health Nursing (ASPIRE) scale, an instrument to assess nursing students' intention to work in mental health nursing. Understanding the factors influencing undergraduate nursing students' career intentions might lead to improved recruitment strategies. However, there are no standardized tools to measure and assess students' intention to pursue a career in mental health nursing...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102541/tgf-%C3%AE-regulation-of-encephalitogenic-and-regulatory-t-cells-in-multiple-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Priscilla W Lee, Mary E Severin, Amy E Lovett-Racke
Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) is a pleiotropic cytokine that has been shown to influence the differentiation and function of T cells. The role that TGF-β plays in immune-mediated disease, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), has become a major area of investigation since CD4(+) T cells appear to be a major mediator of autoimmunity. This review provides an analysis of the literature on the role that TGF-β plays in the generation and regulation of encephalitogenic and regulatory T cells in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE), an animal model of MS, as well as in T cells of MS patients...
January 19, 2017: European Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102488/performance-and-side-effects-of-supplementation-with-n-acetylcysteine-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Kate Rhodes, Andrea Braakhuis
BACKGROUND: N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) is a promising antioxidant supplement with potential as an acute strategy to enhance performance in elite sport, but there are concerns about its side effects with high doses. OBJECTIVE: To review the current literature and evaluate the effects of NAC supplementation on sport performance and the risk of adverse effects. METHODS: The literature up to May 2016 was searched on MEDLINE (PubMed), EMBASE, SPORTDiscus, Google Scholar and Scopus databases to identify all studies investigating the effects of NAC supplementation on exercise performance and/or side effects experienced...
January 19, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102461/rnahelix-computational-modeling-of-nucleic-acid-structures-with-watson-crick-and-non-canonical-base-pairs
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Dhananjay Bhattacharyya, Sukanya Halder, Sankar Basu, Debasish Mukherjee, Prasun Kumar, Manju Bansal
Comprehensive analyses of structural features of non-canonical base pairs within a nucleic acid double helix are limited by the availability of a small number of three dimensional structures. Therefore, a procedure for model building of double helices containing any given nucleotide sequence and base pairing information, either canonical or non-canonical, is seriously needed. Here we describe a program RNAHelix, which is an updated version of our widely used software, NUCGEN. The program can regenerate duplexes using the dinucleotide step and base pair orientation parameters for a given double helical DNA or RNA sequence with defined Watson-Crick or non-Watson-Crick base pairs...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Computer-aided Molecular Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102310/coordinated-cell-motility-is-regulated-by-a-combination-of-lkb1-farnesylation-and-kinase-activity
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S Wilkinson, Y Hou, J T Zoine, J Saltz, C Zhang, Z Chen, L A D Cooper, A I Marcus
Cell motility requires the precise coordination of cell polarization, lamellipodia formation, adhesion, and force generation. LKB1 is a multi-functional serine/threonine kinase that associates with actin at the cellular leading edge of motile cells and suppresses FAK. We sought to understand how LKB1 coordinates these multiple events by systematically dissecting LKB1 protein domain function in combination with live cell imaging and computational approaches. We show that LKB1-actin colocalization is dependent upon LKB1 farnesylation leading to RhoA-ROCK-mediated stress fiber formation, but membrane dynamics is reliant on LKB1 kinase activity...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102267/a-theoretical-foundation-for-multi-scale-regular-vegetation-patterns
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Corina E Tarnita, Juan A Bonachela, Efrat Sheffer, Jennifer A Guyton, Tyler C Coverdale, Ryan A Long, Robert M Pringle
Self-organized regular vegetation patterns are widespread and thought to mediate ecosystem functions such as productivity and robustness, but the mechanisms underlying their origin and maintenance remain disputed. Particularly controversial are landscapes of overdispersed (evenly spaced) elements, such as North American Mima mounds, Brazilian murundus, South African heuweltjies, and, famously, Namibian fairy circles. Two competing hypotheses are currently debated. On the one hand, models of scale-dependent feedbacks, whereby plants facilitate neighbours while competing with distant individuals, can reproduce various regular patterns identified in satellite imagery...
January 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102170/complication-of-a-femoral-fracture-treated-by-intramedullary-nailing-numerical-analysis-of-a-clinical-case
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Jakub J Słowiński, Konrad Kudłacik
The aim of this paper is to conduct a numerical analysis of a case of femoral fracture treated by intramedullary nailing and confirm the conditions which led to the formation of a pseudarthrosis at the fracture site. A low-energy femoral fracture was treated by placing a ChFN System intramedullary nail with a derotation pin. Using the finite element method, a bone-implant system was generated which made it possible to observe the displacement area and strains in the region of the fracture gap. The calculations were conducted for 3 variants of the model, using a titanium nail (10 mm and 12 mm) and a steel one (10 mm)...
August 30, 2016: Ortopedia, Traumatologia, Rehabilitacja
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101887/abiraterone-or-enzalutamide-in-advanced-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-an-indirect-comparison
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Akhil Chopra, Mina Georgieva, Gilberto Lopes, Chong Ming Yeo, Benjamin Haaland
BACKGROUND: To perform a comparative effectiveness analyses between enzalutamide and abiraterone acetate in both the pre-docetaxel and post-docetaxel settings based on published phase III randomized trials. METHODS: The primary measure of efficacy was the posterior probability that enzalutamide outperforms abiraterone acetate (AA) with prednisone in terms of overall survival (OS) on average. Indirect meta-estimates were generated from four randomized studies in the context of a Bayesian hierarchical model with study-specific efficacy estimates meta-analyzed on the log scale...
January 19, 2017: Prostate
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101850/assessment-of-regional-pulmonary-blood-flow-using-68-ga-dota-pet
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Carlos Velasco, Jesus Mateo, Arnoldo Santos, Adriana Mota-Cobian, Fernando Herranz, Juan Pellico, Ruben A Mota, Samuel España, Jesus Ruiz-Cabello
BACKGROUND: In vivo determination of regional pulmonary blood flow (PBF) is a valuable tool for the evaluation of many lung diseases. In this study, the use of (68)Ga-DOTA PET for the in vivo quantitative determination of regional PBF is proposed. This methodology was implemented and tested in healthy pigs and validated using fluorescent microspheres. The study was performed on young large white pigs (n = 4). To assess the reproducibility and consistency of the method, three PET scans were obtained for each animal...
December 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101824/empirically-derived-weights-for-gms-capitation-payments-to-general-practitioners
#17
B McElroy
AIM: Unlike other weighted capitation schemes used in Irish health service financing and in health systems internationally, the GMS capitation payments scheme for General Practitioners lacks transparency in both the data used and the model employed. In this study, evidence-based weights were generated and compared to current payment weights. METHODS: Four datasets on GP utilisation were interrogated. RESULTS: Evidence-based weights indicated that over 70s had higher payments per consultation than other groups...
January 18, 2017: Irish Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101822/lupinus-albus-conglutin-gamma-modifies-the-gene-expressions-of-enzymes-involved-in-glucose-hepatic-production-in-vivo
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Ana E González-Santiago, Belinda Vargas-Guerrero, Pedro M García-López, Alma L Martínez-Ayala, José A Domínguez-Rosales, Carmen M Gurrola-Díaz
Lupinus albus seeds contain conglutin gamma (Cγ) protein, which exerts a hypoglycemic effect and positively modifies proteins involved in glucose homeostasis. Cγ could potentially be used to manage patients with impaired glucose metabolism, but there remains a need to evaluate its effects on hepatic glucose production. The present study aimed to analyze G6pc, Fbp1, and Pck1 gene expressions in two experimental animal models of impaired glucose metabolism. We also evaluated hepatic and renal tissue integrity following Cγ treatment...
January 18, 2017: Plant Foods for Human Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101740/improving-parameter-inference-from-frap-data-an-analysis-motivated-by-pattern-formation-in-the-drosophila-wing-disc
#19
Lin Lin, Hans G Othmer
Fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP) is used to obtain quantitative information about molecular diffusion and binding kinetics at both cell and tissue levels of organization. FRAP models have been proposed to estimate the diffusion coefficients and binding kinetic parameters of species for a variety of biological systems and experimental settings. However, it is not clear what the connection among the diverse parameter estimates from different models of the same system is, whether the assumptions made in the model are appropriate, and what the qualities of the estimates are...
January 18, 2017: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101525/untangling-basal-ganglia-network-dynamics-and-function-role-of-dopamine-depletion-and-inhibition-investigated-in-a-spiking-network-model
#20
Mikael Lindahl, Jeanette Hellgren Kotaleski
The basal ganglia are a crucial brain system for behavioral selection, and their function is disturbed in Parkinson's disease (PD), where neurons exhibit inappropriate synchronization and oscillations. We present a spiking neural model of basal ganglia including plausible details on synaptic dynamics, connectivity patterns, neuron behavior, and dopamine effects. Recordings of neuronal activity in the subthalamic nucleus and Type A (TA; arkypallidal) and Type I (TI; prototypical) neurons in globus pallidus externa were used to validate the model...
November 2016: ENeuro
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