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Nathalie Van Humbeeck, Tom Putzeys, Johan Wagemans
Two stimuli alternately presented at different locations can evoke a percept of a stimulus continuously moving between the two locations. The neural mechanism underlying this apparent motion (AM) is thought to be increased activation of primary visual cortex (V1) neurons tuned to locations along the AM path, although evidence remains inconclusive. AM masking, which refers to the reduced detectability of stimuli along the AM path, has been taken as evidence for AM-related V1 activation. AM-induced neural responses are thought to interfere with responses to physical stimuli along the path and as such impair the perception of these stimuli...
October 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
Haeyoung Kim, Dae-Yeon Cho, Doo Ho Choi, Mijin Oh, Inkyung Shin, Won Park, Seung Jae Huh, Seok Jin Nam, Jeong Eon Lee, Seok Won Kim
PURPOSE: This study was performed to evaluate the frequency of mutations in CHEK2, PALB2, MRE11, and RAD50 among Korean patients at high risk for hereditary breast cancer. METHODS: A total of 235 Korean patients with hereditary breast cancer who tested negative for BRCA1/2 mutation were enrolled to this study. Entire coding regions of CHEK2, PALB2, MRE11, and RAD50 were analyzed using massively parallel sequencing (MPS). Sequence variants detected by MPS were confirmed by Sanger sequencing...
October 25, 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Sheng-Jou Hung, Yi-Lin Chen, Chia-Hung Chu, Chuan-Chun Lee, Wan-Li Chen, Ya-Lan Lin, Ming-Ching Lin, Chung-Liang Ho, Tsunglin Liu
BACKGROUND: T cells and B cells are essential in the adaptive immunity via expressing T cell receptors and immunoglogulins respectively for recognizing antigens. To recognize a wide variety of antigens, a highly diverse repertoire of receptors is generated via complex recombination of the receptor genes. Reasonably, frequencies of the recombination events have been shown to predict immune diseases and provide insights into the development of immunity. The field is further boosted by high-throughput sequencing and several computational tools have been released to analyze the recombined sequences...
October 26, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
Jeppe Brage Christensen, Heikki Tölli, Niels Bassler
PURPOSE: Dosimetry with ionization chambers in clinical ion beams for radiation therapy requires correction for recombination effects. However, common radiation protocols discriminate between initial and general recombination and provide no universal correction method for the presence of both recombination types in ion beams of charged particles heavier than protons. The advent of multiple field optimization in ion beams, allowing for complex patterns of dose delivery in both temporal and spatial domains, results in new challenges for recombination correction where the resulting recombination depends on the plan delivered...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Richard J Cassidy, Yuan Liu, Kirtesh Patel, Jim Zhong, Conor E Steuer, David A Kooby, Maria C Russell, Theresa W Gillespie, Jerome C Landry
BACKGROUND: Stage II and III rectal cancers have been effectively treated with neoadjuvant chemoradiotherapy (NCRT) followed by definitive resection. Advancements in surgical technique and systemic therapy have prompted investigation of neoadjuvant multiagent chemotherapy (NMAC) regimens with the elimination of radiation (RT). The objective of the current study was to investigate factors that predict for the use of NCRT versus NMAC and compare outcomes using the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) for select stage II and III rectal cancers...
October 25, 2016: Cancer
Song Xu, Xiao-Ming Yi, Zheng-Yu Zhang, Jing-Ping Ge, Wen-Quan Zhou
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are a class of small, well-conserved, non-coding RNAs that are increasingly identified as diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers in a number of cancers. Deregulated miR‑129 is closely associated with tumorigenesis and cancer progression. However, the potential role of miR‑129 in prostate cancer remains largely elusive. The present study investigated the role of miR‑129 as a prognostic biomarker for tumor progression and clinical prognosis in prostate cancer patients. The examined prostate cancer tissues exhibited a significant reduction in miR‑129 expression compared with the normal tissues (P=0...
October 19, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Desheng Lv, Run Sun, Qian Yu, Xuefei Zhang
Esophageal squamous cell cancer (ESCC) is an aggressive malignancy with poor survival. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play important roles in tumorigenesis and cancer progression; hence, lncRNAs are also involved in the development and progression of ESCC. In this study, we used quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) to investigate expression of lncRNA, maternally expressed gene 3 (MEG3) in ESCC. Ectopic expression of MEG3 was performed in ESCC cell lines. Proliferation and apoptosis of ESCC cell lines were analyzed after ectopic expression of MEG3...
October 24, 2016: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
P Goovaerts, Teresa Albuquerque, Margarida Antunes
This paper describes a multivariate geostatistical methodology to delineate areas of potential interest for future sedimentary gold exploration, with an application to an abandoned sedimentary gold mining region in Portugal. The main challenge was the existence of only a dozen gold measurements confined to the grounds of the old gold mines, which precluded the application of traditional interpolation techniques, such as cokriging. The analysis could, however, capitalize on 376 stream sediment samples that were analyzed for twenty two elements...
November 2016: Mathematical Geosciences
Keisuke Shoji, Yutaka Suzuki, Sumio Sugano, Toru Shimada, Susumu Katsuma
PIWI-interacting RNAs (piRNAs) play essential roles in the defense system against selfish elements in animal germ line cells by cooperating with PIWI proteins. A subset of piRNAs is predicted to be generated via the "ping-pong" cascade, which is mainly controlled by two different PIWI proteins. Here we established a cell-based artificial piRNA production system using a silkworm ovarian cultured cell line that is believed to possess a complete piRNA pathway. In addition, we took advantage of a unique silkworm sex-determining one-to-one ping-pong piRNA pair, which enabled us to precisely monitor the behaviour of individual artificial piRNAs...
October 24, 2016: RNA
Richard Thompson, Terri Lewis, Elizabeth C Neilson, Diana J English, Alan J Litrownik, Benyamin Margolis, Laura Proctor, Howard Dubowitz
Risky sexual behavior is a serious public health problem. Child sexual abuse is an established risk factor, but other forms of maltreatment appear to elevate risky behavior. The mechanisms by which child maltreatment influence risk are not well understood. This study used data from 859 high-risk youth, followed through age 18. Official reports of each form of maltreatment were coded. At age 16, potential mediators (trauma symptoms and substance use) were assessed. At age 18, risky sexual behavior (more than four partners, unprotected sex, unassertiveness in sexual refusal) was assessed...
October 24, 2016: Child Maltreatment
Pradeep Mugunthan, Kevin T Russell, Binglei Gong, Michael J Riley, Arthur Chin, Blair G McDonald, Linda J Eastcott
There is an identified need for fully representing groundwater-surface water transition zone (i.e., the sediment zone that connects groundwater and surface water) processes in modeling fate and transport of contaminants to assist with management of contaminated sediments. Most existing groundwater and surface water fate and transport models are not dynamically linked and do not consider transition zone processes such as bioturbation and deposition and erosion of sediments. An interface module is developed herein to holistically simulate the fate and transport by coupling two commonly used models, Environmental Fluid Dynamics Code (EFDC) and SEAWAT, to simulate surface water and groundwater hydrodynamics, while providing an enhanced representation of the processes in the transition zone...
October 24, 2016: Ground Water
Y-F Wang, S Zhang, X-Q Li, Y Wang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate Long non-coding RNA HULC (HULC) expression in cervical cancer and to evaluate its clinical significance. PATIENTS AND METHODS: HULC expression in 244 pairs of human cervical cancer and adjacent normal tissues was detected by real-time quantitative RT-PCR assay. The correlation between HULC and clinicopathological factors was also evaluated. The clinical and prognostic significance of HULC expression was analyzed statistically by Kaplan-Meier estimate and Cox regression model...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Neil Garrett, Stephanie C Lazzaro, Dan Ariely, Tali Sharot
Dishonesty is an integral part of our social world, influencing domains ranging from finance and politics to personal relationships. Anecdotally, digressions from a moral code are often described as a series of small breaches that grow over time. Here we provide empirical evidence for a gradual escalation of self-serving dishonesty and reveal a neural mechanism supporting it. Behaviorally, we show that the extent to which participants engage in self-serving dishonesty increases with repetition. Using functional MRI, we show that signal reduction in the amygdala is sensitive to the history of dishonest behavior, consistent with adaptation...
October 24, 2016: Nature Neuroscience
Li Liu, Zijia Lin, Ling Shao, Fumin Shen, Guiguang Ding, Jungong Han
With the dramatic development of the Internet, how to exploit large-scale retrieval techniques for multimodal web data has become one of the most popular but challenging problems in computer vision and multimedia. Recently, hashing methods are used for fast nearest neighbor search in large-scale data spaces, by embedding high-dimensional feature descriptors into a similarity-preserving Hamming space with a low dimension. Inspired by this, in this paper, we introduce a novel supervised cross-modality hashing framework which can generate unified binary codes for instances represented in different modalities...
October 19, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
Keiichi Mochida, Tetsuya Sakurai, Hikaru Seki, Takuhiro Yoshida, Kotaro Takahagi, Satoru Sawai, Hiroshi Uchiyama, Toshiya Muranaka, Kazuki Saito
Chinese liquorice/licorice (Glycyrrhiza uralensis) is a leguminous plant species whose roots and rhizomes have been widely used as a herbal medicine and natural sweetener. Whole-genome sequencing is essential for gene discovery studies and molecular breeding in liquorice. Here, we report a draft assembly of the approximately 379-Mb whole-genome sequence of strain 308-19 of G. uralensis; this assembly contains 34 445 predicted protein-coding genes. Comparative analyses suggested well-conserved genomic components and collinearity of gene loci (synteny) between the genome of liquorice and those of other legumes such as Medicago and chickpea...
October 24, 2016: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
Mineko Wada, William Bennett Mortenson, Laura Hurd Clarke
This study examined how relevant Rowe and Kahn's three criteria of successful aging were to older adults' self-portrayals in online dating profiles: low probability of disease and disability, high functioning, and active life engagement. In this cross-sectional study, 320 online dating profiles of older adults were randomly selected and coded based on the criteria. Logistic regression analyses determined whether age, gender, and race/ethnicity predicted self-presentation. Few profiles were indicative of successful aging due to the low prevalence of the first two criteria; the third criterion, however, was identified in many profiles...
October 24, 2016: Canadian Journal on Aging, la Revue Canadienne du Vieillissement
Sean D McGarry, Sarah L Hurrell, Amy L Kaczmarowski, Elizabeth J Cochran, Jennifer Connelly, Scott D Rand, Kathleen M Schmainda, Peter S LaViolette
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used to diagnose and monitor brain tumors. Extracting additional information from medical imaging and relating it to a clinical variable of interest is broadly defined as radiomics. Here, multiparametric MRI radiomic profiles (RPs) of de novo glioblastoma (GBM) brain tumors is related with patient prognosis. Clinical imaging from 81 patients with GBM before surgery was analyzed. Four MRI contrasts were aligned, masked by margins defined by gadolinium contrast enhancement and T2/fluid attenuated inversion recovery hyperintensity, and contoured based on image intensity...
September 2016: Tomography: a Journal for Imaging Research
Chaohui Xiao, Cheng Wang, Sijie Cheng, Chengcai Lai, Peirui Zhang, Zizheng Wang, Tao Zhang, Shaogeng Zhang, Rong Liu
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common neoplasms. Little progress has been made in the diagnosis and treatment of HCC and its prognosis remains poor. Studies have increasingly found that long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) is involved in the regulation of the occurrence and development of HCC. To investigate the diagnostic and prognostic value of lncRNA in HCC, the current study examined 25 lncRNAs with differing levels of expression (according to the fold change) in microarray databases. Expression of LINC RP1130-1 was found to be markedly down-regulated in 51 HCC tissues compared to matching adjacent non-tumor liver tissues...
October 24, 2016: Bioscience Trends
Yuan Liu, Monica Vela, Tanya Rudakevych, Christopher Wigfield, Edward Garrity, Milda R Saunders
BACKGROUND: Since 2005, the Lung Allocation Score (LAS) has prioritized patient benefit and post-transplant survival, reducing waitlist to transplant time to <200 days and decreasing mortality on the waitlist. A current challenge is the wait for the waitlist-the time between the patient's transplant-eligible diagnosis and waitlist registration. METHODS: We investigated whether sociodemographic (age, sex, race, insurance, marital status, median household income) and clinical (forced expiratory volume in 1 second [FEV1] percent of predicted, body mass index, depression/anxiety, alcohol/substance misuse, absolute/relative contraindications) factors influenced referral and waitlist registration...
August 21, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
Seyedeh Fatemeh Hosseini, Mahdi Sadeghi, Mohammad Reza Aboudzadeh, Morteza Mohseni
Gold has two medically useful radioactive isotopes, (198)Au and (199)Au, for locally irradiating and killing tumor cells. (198)Au radionuclide has been produced through the irradiation of the pure gold via (197)Au(n,γ)(198)Au reaction in the Tehran Research Reactor at a thermal neutron flux of 4.5×10(13)ncm(-2)s(-1) for the different irradiation times. In this paper, the activity of (198)Au radionuclide has been determined using MCNPX-2.6 and TALYS-1.6 codes and also the theoretical approach. The calculated results were compared with the corresponding experimental values...
October 5, 2016: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
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