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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644968/serum-lipoprotein-associated-phospholipase-a2-predicts-the-formation-of-carotid-artery-plaque-and-its-vulnerability-in-anterior-circulation-cerebral-infarction
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Yuping Yang, Tao Xue, Juehua Zhu, Jiayi Xu, Xiaowei Hu, Penghao Wang, Tao Kong, Yan Yan, Lihui Yang, Shouru Xue
OBJECTIVE: Circulation inflammation markers such as high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hsCRP) and lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) are considered as predictors of cerebral and cardiac vascular diseases. However, the role of hsCRP and Lp-PLA2 in the anterior circulation cerebral infarction (ACI) is to be elaborated. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We included 100 patients with acute anterior circulation cerebral infarction (AaCI group) and 50 non-infarction subjects (control group)...
June 12, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644883/effects-of-dietary-inclusion-of-high-concentrations-of-crude-glycerin-on-meat-quality-and-fatty-acid-profile-of-feedlot-fed-nellore-bulls
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Eric H C B van Cleef, André P D'Áurea, Vanessa R Fávaro, Flavia O S van Cleef, Robson S Barducci, Marco T C Almeida, Otávio R Machado Neto, Jane M B Ezequiel
Crude glycerin, the main by-product of biodiesel production, can replace dietary energy sources, such as corn. The objective of this study was to evaluate the inclusion of up to 30% of crude glycerin in dry matter (DM) of the total diets, and its effects on meat quality parameters of feedlot Nellore bulls. Thirty animals (227.7 ± 23.8 kg body weight; 18 months old) were housed in individual pens and fed 5 experimental diets, containing 0, 7.5, 15, 22.5 or 30% crude glycerin (DM basis). After 103 d (21 d adaptation) animals were slaughtered and the Longissimus muscle was collected...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644807/depth-image-inpainting-improving-low-rank-matrix-completion-with-low-gradient-regularization
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Hongyang Xue, Shengming Zhang, Deng Cai
We address the task of single depth image inpainting. Without the corresponding color images, previous or next frames, depth image inpainting is quite challenging. One natural solution is to regard the image as a matrix and adopt the low rank regularization just as color image inpainting. However, the low rank assumption does not make full use of the properties of depth images. A shallow observation inspires us to penalize the non-zero gradients by sparse gradient regularization. However, statistics show that though most pixels have zero gradients, there is still a non-ignorable part of pixels whose gradients are small but nonzero...
June 21, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644615/fluoromodules-consisting-of-a-promiscuous-rna-aptamer-and-red-or-blue-fluorogenic-cyanine-dyes-selection-characterization-and-bioimaging
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Xiaohong Tan, Tudor P Constantin, Kelly L Sloane, Alan S Waggoner, Marcel P Bruchez, Bruce A Armitage
An RNA aptamer selected for binding to the fluorogenic cyanine dye, dimethylindole red (DIR), also binds and activates another cyanine, oxazole thiazole blue (OTB), giving two well-resolved emission colors. The aptamer binds to each dye with submicromolar KD values, and the resulting fluoromodules exhibit fluorescence quantum yields ranging from 0.17 to 0.51 and excellent photostability. The aptamer was fused to a second aptamer previously selected for binding to the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) to create a bifunctional aptamer that labels cell-surface EGFR on mammalian cells...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644383/use-of-ultrasonication-technology-for-the-increased-production-of-plant-secondary-metabolites
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Md Mohidul Hasan, Tufail Bashir, Hanhong Bae
Plant secondary metabolites (PSMs) provide taste, color, odor, and resistance to plants, and they are also used to treat cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Synthesis of PSMs in plants is stimulated in response to different forms of external stress. Use of ultrasonication (US) to clean or decontaminate fruits and vegetables leads to physical stress that finally results in the accumulation of PSMs. US can stimulate accumulation of taxol, ginsenoside saponins, shikonin, and resveratrol, e.g., up to 319-fold increase of resveratrol synthesis has been observed in grape due to US...
June 23, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644185/a-simple-ultrasound-score-for-the-accurate-detection-of-inflammatory-activity-in-crohn-s-disease
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Kerri L Novak, Gilaad G Kaplan, Remo Panaccione, Elnaz Ehteshami Afshar, Divine Tanyingoh, Mark Swain, Amelia Kellar, Stephanie Wilson
BACKGROUND: Ultrasound is accurate in the detection of Crohn's disease. Our aim was to identify ultrasound parameters contributing to inflammatory disease activity, develop a simple score, and validate this score prospectively. METHODS: This study comprised 2 single-center investigations. The first was a retrospective study on a population that had received colonoscopies (as a gold-standard diagnostic) within 60 days of ultrasound. The second was a prospective study on 2 populations: patients requiring induction with adalimumab and patients on adalimumab maintenance therapy...
June 20, 2017: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644016/color-tunable-and-white-light-luminescence-in-lanthanide-dicyanoaurate-coordination-polymers
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Ryan J Roberts, Debbie Le, Daniel B Leznoff
The new lanthanide-dicyanoaurate coordination polymers [(n)Bu4N]2[Ln(NO3)4Au(CN)2] (Ln = Sm, Dy) and Sm[Au(CN)2]3·3H2O were prepared and structurally characterized and their luminescence spectra described. The emissions of solid-solutions of [(n)Bu4N]2[Ln(NO3)4Au(CN)2] (Ln = Ce, Sm, Eu, Tb, and Dy) were explored with an emphasis on their capacity for luminescent color tuning and white-light emission via the selection of composition, excitation wavelength, and temperature. Specifically, the binary solid-solutions [(n)Bu4N]2[Ce0...
June 23, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643849/prevalence-of-exposure-of-heavy-metals-and-their-impact-on-health-consequences
#8
Kanwal Rehman, Fiza Fatima, Iqra Waheed, Muhammad Sajid Hamid Akash
Even in the current era of growing technology, the concentration of heavy metals present in drinking water is still not within the recommended limits as set by the regulatory authorities in different countries of the world. Drinking water contaminated with heavy metals namely; arsenic, cadmium, nickel, chromium, mercury, chromium, zinc and lead is becoming a major health concern for public and health care professionals. Occupational exposure to heavy metals is known to occur by the utilization of these metals in various industrial processes and/or contents including color pigments and alloys...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643715/microstructure-changes-of-occipital-white-matter-are-responsible-for-visual-problems-in-the-3-4-year-old-very-low-birth-weight-children
#9
Anna Lesniak, Izabela Herman-Sucharska, Małgorzata Klimek, Paulina Karcz, Anna Kubatko-Zielińska, Magdalena Nitecka, Grażyna Dutkowska, Bożena Romanowska-Dixon, Przemko Kwinta
PURPOSE: The main aim of the study was to evaluate which factors affect the long-time visual function in preterm children, whether it is prematurity or retinopathy of prematurity or perhaps disturbances in the visual pathway. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-eight children with mean birth weight 1016 g (range 520-1500 g) were evaluated at mean age 48 months (range 42-54 months). All children underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies, visual evoked potentials (VEPs), and the Developmental Test of Visual Perception (DTVP)...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643667/can-we-perform-a-prenatal-diagnosis-of-vasa-previa-to-improve-its-obstetrical-and-neonatal-outcomes
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E Nohuz, E Boulay, D Gallot, D Lemery, F Vendittelli
INTRODUCTION: Vasa previa (VP) is defined as a condition in which the fetal blood vessels, unsupported by the placenta or the umbilical cord, run through the membranes of the lower uterine segment. It is associated with a high risk of stillbirth by exsanguination. This study aimed to assess the clinical context of diagnosis of VP in order to elaborate a strategy for its prenatal diagnosis and to improve its obstetrical and neonatal outcomes. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This historical cohort study covered the period from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2015...
April 2017: Journal of gynecology obstetrics and human reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643121/a-study-on-the-expression-of-genes-involved-in-carotenoids-and-anthocyanins-during-ripening-in-fruit-peel-of-green-yellow-and-red-colored-mango-cultivars
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G R Karanjalker, K V Ravishankar, K S Shivashankara, M R Dinesh, T K Roy, D V Sudhakar Rao
Mango (Mangiferaindica L.) fruits are generally classified based on peel color into green, yellow, and red types. Mango peel turns from green to yellow or red or retain green colors during ripening. The carotenoids and anthocyanins are the important pigments responsible for the colors of fruits. In the present study, peels of different colored cultivars at three ripening stages were characterized for pigments, colors, and gene expression analysis. The yellow colored cultivar "Arka Anmol" showed higher carotenoid content, wherein β-carotene followed by violaxanthin were the major carotenoid compounds that increased during ripening...
June 22, 2017: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643033/the-role-of-sensory-perception-emotionality-and-lifeworld-in-auditory-word-processing-evidence-from-congenital-blindness-and-synesthesia
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Judith Papadopoulos, Frank Domahs, Christina Kauschke
Although it has been established that human beings process concrete and abstract words differently, it is still a matter of debate what factors contribute to this difference. Since concrete concepts are closely tied to sensory perception, perceptual experience seems to play an important role in their processing. The present study investigated the processing of nouns during an auditory lexical decision task. Participants came from three populations differing in their visual-perceptual experience: congenitally blind persons, word-color synesthetes, and sighted non-synesthetes...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Psycholinguistic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643008/correction-of-rhytides-peau-d-orange-and-thin-dermis-of-the-face-by-neocollagenesis-using-novel-collagen-stimulating-slurry-protocol
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Steven Dominguez, Marek Dobke
We reviewed 200 patient records from 2009 to 2015 of individuals who presented at the authors offices for facial wrinkle reduction and who on physical examination had rhytides, peau d'orange, or thin dermis and underwent novel adipose slurry injections. The patients were evaluated at week 2, 1, 3 and 6 months revealing an 80, 60 and 40% improvement in rhytides and dermis density, respectively. We present the protocol and description of a reasonable alternative or adjunct to manufactured fillers that is comprised of autologous adipose, stem cells, and growth factor slurry...
June 22, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642972/does-contrast-between-eggshell-ground-and-spot-coloration-affect-egg-rejection
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Miri Dainson, Mark E Hauber, Analía V López, Tomáš Grim, Daniel Hanley
Obligate avian brood parasitic species impose the costs of incubating foreign eggs and raising young upon their unrelated hosts. The most common host defence is the rejection of parasitic eggs from the nest. Both egg colours and spot patterns influence egg rejection decisions in many host species, yet no studies have explicitly examined the role of variation in spot coloration. We studied the American robin Turdus migratorius, a blue-green unspotted egg-laying host of the brown-headed cowbird Molothrus ater, a brood parasite that lays non-mimetic spotted eggs...
August 2017: Die Naturwissenschaften
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642926/the-combined-effect-of-food-simulating-solutions-brushing-and-staining-on-color-stability-of-composite-resins
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Tânia Mara Da Silva, Ana Luísa Leme Simões Sales, Cesar Rogerio Pucci, Alessandra Bühler Borges, Carlos Rocha Gomes Torres
Objective: This study evaluated the effect of food-simulating media associated with brushing and coffee staining on color stability of different composite resins. Materials and methods: Eighty specimens were prepared for each composite: Grandio SO (Voco), Amaris (Voco), Filtek Z350XT (3M/ESPE), Filtek P90 (3M/ESPE). They were divided into four groups according to food-simulating media for 7 days: artificial saliva (control), heptane, citric acid and ethanol. The composite surface was submitted to 10,950 brushing cycles (200 g load) in an automatic toothbrushing machine...
January 2017: Acta Biomaterialia Odontologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642918/color-stability-of-esthetic-restorative-materials-a-spectrophotometric-analysis
#16
Claudio Poggio, Matteo Ceci, Riccardo Beltrami, Maria Mirando, Jaffal Wassim, Marco Colombo
Objective: The aim of this in vitro study was to evaluate the color stability of different restorative materials (one microfilled composite, one nanofilled composite, one nanohybrid composite and one Ormocer-based composite) after exposure to different staining solutions (coffee, coca-cola and red wine). Material and methods: All materials were polymerized into silicon rings (2 mm ×6 mm ×8 mm) to obtain specimens identical in size. Thirty cylindrical specimens of each material were prepared. They were immersed in staining solutions over a 28-day test period...
December 2016: Acta Biomaterialia Odontologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642801/differences-in-the-tongue-features-of-primary-dysmenorrhea-patients-and-controls-over-a-normal-menstrual-cycle
#17
Jihye Kim, Haebeom Lee, Hyunho Kim, Jong Yeol Kim, Keun Ho Kim
BACKGROUND: The aims of this study were to investigate the relationships between tongue features and the existence of menstrual pain and to provide basic information regarding the changes in tongue features during a menstrual cycle. METHODS: This study was conducted at the Kyung Hee University Medical Center. Forty-eight eligible participants aged 20 to 29 years were enrolled and assigned to two groups according to their visual analogue scale (VAS) scores. Group A included 24 females suffering from primary dysmenorrhea (PD) caused by qi stagnation and blood stasis syndrome with VAS ≥ 4...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642775/ectopic-expression-of-the-grape-hyacinth-muscari-armeniacum-r2r3-myb-transcription-factor-gene-maan2-induces-anthocyanin-accumulation-in-tobacco
#18
Kaili Chen, Hongli Liu, Qian Lou, Yali Liu
Anthocyanins are responsible for the different colors of ornamental plants. Grape hyacinth (Muscari armeniacum), a monocot plant with bulbous flowers, is popular for its fascinating blue color. In the present study, we functionally characterized an R2R3-MYB transcription factor gene MaAN2 from M. armeniacum. Our results indicated that MaAN2 participates in controlling anthocyanin biosynthesis. Sequence alignment and phylogenetic analysis suggested that MaAN2 belonged to the R2R3-MYB family AN2 subgroup. The anthocyanin accumulation of grape hyacinth flowers was positively correlated with the expression of MaAN2...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642054/development-of-a-tailored-thyroid-gland-phantom-for-fine-needle-aspiration-cytology-by-three-dimensional-printing
#19
Masayuki Baba, Keitaro Matsumoto, Naoya Yamasaki, Hisakazu Shindo, Hiroshi Yano, Megumi Matsumoto, Ryota Otsubo, Murray John Lawn, Naoto Matsuo, Ikuo Yamamoto, Shigekazu Hidaka, Takeshi Nagayasu
BACKGROUND: Fine-needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) is a challenging and risky procedure for inexperienced clinicians to perform because of the proximity of the thyroid to the jugular veins, carotid arteries, and trachea. A phantom model for transfixion practice would help train clinicians in FNAC. OBJECTIVE: To fabricate a tailored phantom with consideration for authenticity of size, touch, feel, and ultrasonographic (US) characteristics. METHODS: A three-dimensional (3D) digital model of the human neck was reconstructed from computed tomography data of a subject...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Surgical Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641680/ophthalmological-evaluation-of-integrated-resistance-and-aerobic-training-during-70-day-bed-rest
#20
Giovanni Taibbi, Ronita L Cromwell, Susana B Zanello, Patrice O Yarbough, Robert J Ploutz-Snyder, Bernard F Godley, Gianmarco Vizzeri
INTRODUCTION: We evaluated ophthalmic changes in healthy individuals who underwent integrated resistance and aerobic training (iRAT) during 70-d 6° head-down tilt (HDT) bed rest (BR). METHODS: Participants were selected using NASA standard screening procedures. Standardized NASA BR conditions were implemented. Subjects were randomly assigned to the iRAT protocol or no exercise during HDTBR. Weekly ophthalmic examinations were performed in the sitting (pre/post-BR only) and HDT (BR only) positions...
July 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
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