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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431275/learning-non-rigid-deformations-for-robust-constrained-point-based-registration-in-image-guided-mr-trus-prostate-intervention
#1
John A Onofrey, Lawrence H Staib, Saradwata Sarkar, Rajesh Venkataraman, Cayce B Nawaf, Preston C Sprenkle, Xenophon Papademetris
Accurate and robust non-rigid registration of pre-procedure magnetic resonance (MR) imaging to intra-procedure trans-rectal ultrasound (TRUS) is critical for image-guided biopsies of prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is one of the most prevalent forms of cancer and the second leading cause of cancer-related death in men in the United States. TRUS-guided biopsy is the current clinical standard for prostate cancer diagnosis and assessment. State-of-the-art, clinical MR-TRUS image fusion relies upon semi-automated segmentations of the prostate in both the MR and the TRUS images to perform non-rigid surface-based registration of the gland...
April 12, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427121/-efficacy-and-safety-of-vertebrae-pedicle-subtraction-osteotomy-by-posterior-trans-apical-for-correction-of-severe-and-rigid-idiopathic-scoiiosis
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T Xu, Maimaiti Maierdan, H L Guo, Maimaiti Pulati, J Sheng, Q Deng, W B Sheng
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of pedicle subtraction osteotomy for correction of severe rigid idiopathic scoliosis. Methods: From January 2003 to December 2014, eighteen patients with severe rigid idiopathic scoliosis were treated by posterior wedge osteotomy in department of spinal surgery, the First Affiliated Hospital of Xinjiang Medical University. There were 5 males and 13 females, and the average age at was (16.9±9.1)years, and the average follow-up was 47.6 months. The coronal and sagittal Cobb's angles, sagittal trunk shifts, apical vertebral translation, height change and fusion segments were measured on standing AP and lateral radiographs before, after surgery and the final follow-up...
April 18, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426213/role-of-mediator-and-effects-of-temperature-on-ortho-c-n-bond-fusion-reactions-of-aniline-using-ruthenium-templates-isolation-and-characterization-of-new-ruthenium-complexes-of-the-in-situ-generated-ligands
#3
Suman K Roy, Debabrata Sengupta, Santi Prasad Rath, Tanushri Saha, Subhas Samanta, Sreebrata Goswami
In this work, ortho-C-N bond fusion reactions of aniline are followed by the use of two different ruthenium mediators. Reaction of aniline with [Ru(III)(terpy)Cl3] (terpy = 2,2':6',2″-terpyridine) resulted in a trans bis-aniline ruthenium(II) complex [1](+) which upon oxidation with H2O2 produced compound [2](+) of a bidentate ligand, N-phenyl-1,2-benzoquinonediimine, due to an oxidative ortho-C-N bond fusion reaction. Complex [1](+) and aniline (neat) at 185 °C produced a bis-chelated ruthenium complex (3)...
April 20, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418268/the-folding-competence-of-hiv-1-tat-mediated-by-interaction-with-tar-rna
#4
Jung Min Kim, Hee Sun Choi, Baik Lin Seong
The trans-activator Tat protein of HIV-1 belongs to the large family of intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), and is known to recruit various host proteins for the transactivation of viral RNA synthesis. Tat protein interacts with the transactivator response RNA (TAR RNA), exhibiting RNA chaperone activities for structural rearrangement of interacting RNAs. Here, considering that Tat-TAR RNA interaction is mutually cooperative, we examined the potential role of TAR RNA as Chaperna - RNA that provides chaperone function to proteins - for the folding of HIV-1 Tat...
April 18, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415797/rab7-gtpase-controls-lipid-metabolic-signaling-in-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells
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Xinchun Ding, Wenjing Zhang, Ting Zhao, Cong Yan, Hong Du
Lysosomal acid lipase (LAL) is a critical neutral lipid metabolic enzyme that regulates metabolic reprogramming in myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) through over-activation of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR). Affymetrix GeneChip microarray analysis of MDSCs from LAL deficient mouse (lal-/-) revealed upregulation of Rab7 GTPase protein, which belongs to a superfamily of small-molecular-weight GTPase known to regulate intracellular membrane trafficking from early to late endosomes and lysosomes. Here, the physical protein-protein interaction between Rab7 GTPase and mTOR has been detected by co-immunoprecipitation in the cell extract of wild type HD1A and lal-/- MDSC-like HD1B myeloid cell lines...
March 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408464/targetable-kinase-gene-fusions-in-high-risk-b-all-a-study-from-the-children-s-oncology-group
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Shalini C Reshmi, Richard C Harvey, Kathryn G Roberts, Eileen Stonerock, Amy Smith, Heather Jenkins, I-Ming Chen, Marc Valentine, Yu Liu, Yongjin Li, Ying Shao, John Easton, Debbie Payne-Turner, Zhaohui Gu, Thai Hoa Tran, Jonathan V Nguyen, Meenakshi Devidas, Yunfeng Dai, Nyla A Heerema, Andrew J Carroll, Elizabeth A Raetz, Michael J Borowitz, Brent L Wood, Anne L Angiolillo, Michael J Burke, Wanda L Salzer, Patrick A Zweidler-McKay, Karen R Rabin, William L Carroll, Jinghui Zhang, Mignon L Loh, Charles G Mullighan, Cheryl L Willman, Julie M Gastier-Foster, Stephen P Hunger
Philadelphia chromosome-like acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph-like ALL) is a high-risk subtype characterized by genomic alterations that activate cytokine receptor and kinase signaling. We examined the frequency and spectrum of targetable genetic lesions in a retrospective cohort of 1389 consecutively diagnosed childhood B-ALL patients with high-risk clinical features and/or elevated minimal residual disease at the end of remission induction therapy. The Ph-like gene expression profile was identified in 341 of 1389 patients, 57 of which were excluded from additional analysis because of the presence of BCR-ABL1 (n=46) or ETV6-RUNX1 (n=11)...
April 13, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401641/a-conserved-%C3%AE-proteobacterial-small-rna-contributes-to-osmoadaptation-and-symbiotic-efficiency-of-rhizobia-on-legume-roots
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Marta Robledo, Alexandra Peregrina, Vicenta Millán, Natalia I García-Tomsig, Omar Torres-Quesada, Pedro F Mateos, Anke Becker, José I Jiménez-Zurdo
Small non-coding RNAs (sRNAs) are expected to have pivotal roles in the adaptive responses underlying symbiosis of nitrogen-fixing rhizobia with legumes. Here, we provide primary insights into the function and activity mechanism of the Sinorhizobium meliloti trans-sRNA NfeR1 (Nodule Formation Efficiency RNA). Northern blot probing and transcription tracking with fluorescent promoter-reporter fusions unveiled high nfeR1 expression in response to salt stress and throughout the symbiotic interaction. The strength and differential regulation of nfeR1 transcription are conferred by a motif, which is conserved in nfeR1 promoter regions in α-proteobacteria...
April 12, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400045/rapid-snare-mediated-fusion-of-liposomes-and-chromaffin-granules-with-giant-unilamellar-vesicles
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Agata Witkowska, Reinhard Jahn
Soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor activating protein receptor (SNARE) proteins are the main catalysts for membrane fusion in the secretory pathway of eukaryotic cells. In vitro, SNAREs are sufficient to mediate effective fusion of both native and artificial membranes. Here we have established, to our knowledge, a new platform for monitoring SNARE-mediated docking and fusion between giant unilamellar vesicles (GUVs) and smaller liposomes or purified secretory granules with high temporal and spatial resolution...
April 8, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368455/tracking-a-cad-alk-gene-rearrangement-in-urine-and-blood-of-a-colorectal-cancer-patient-treated-with-an-alk-inhibitor
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G Siravegna, A Sartore-Bianchi, B Mussolin, A Cassingena, A Amatu, L Novara, M Buscarino, G Corti, G Crisafulli, A Bartolini, F Tosi, M Erlander, F Di Nicolantonio, S Siena, A Bardelli
Background: Monitoring response and resistance to kinase inhibitors is essential to precision cancer medicine, and is usually investigated by molecular profiling of a tissue biopsy obtained at progression. However, tumor heterogeneity and tissue sampling bias limit the effectiveness of this strategy. In addition, tissue biopsies are not always feasible and are associated with risks due to the invasiveness of the procedure. To overcome these limitations, blood-based liquid biopsy analysis has proven effective to non-invasively follow tumor's clonal evolution...
March 24, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368297/automotive-system-for-remote-surface-classification
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Aleksandr Bystrov, Edward Hoare, Thuy-Yung Tran, Nigel Clarke, Marina Gashinova, Mikhail Cherniakov
In this paper we shall discuss a novel approach to road surface recognition, based on the analysis of backscattered microwave and ultrasonic signals. The novelty of our method is sonar and polarimetric radar data fusion, extraction of features for separate swathes of illuminated surface (segmentation), and using of multi-stage artificial neural network for surface classification. The developed system consists of 24 GHz radar and 40 kHz ultrasonic sensor. The features are extracted from backscattered signals and then the procedures of principal component analysis and supervised classification are applied to feature data...
April 1, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358915/enhancement-of-arabidopsis-growth-characteristics-using-genome-interrogation-with-artificial-transcription-factors
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Niels van Tol, Martijn Rolloos, Johan E Pinas, Christiaan V Henkel, Dieuwertje Augustijn, Paul J J Hooykaas, Bert J van der Zaal
The rapidly growing world population has a greatly increasing demand for plant biomass, thus creating a great interest in the development of methods to enhance the growth and biomass accumulation of crop species. In this study, we used zinc finger artificial transcription factor (ZF-ATF)-mediated genome interrogation to manipulate the growth characteristics and biomass of Arabidopsis plants. We describe the construction of two collections of Arabidopsis lines expressing fusions of three zinc fingers (3F) to the transcriptional repressor motif EAR (3F-EAR) or the transcriptional activator VP16 (3F-VP16), and the characterization of their growth characteristics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357575/ultrasound-guided-biopsies-of-bone-lesions-without-cortical-disruption-using-fusion-imaging-and-needle-tracking-proof-of-concept
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Julien Garnon, Guillaume Koch, Georgia Tsoumakidou, Jean Caudrelier, Basavaraj Chari, Roberto Luigi Cazzato, Afshin Gangi
OBJECTIVE: To assess the technical feasibility and safety of combined fusion imaging and needle tracking under ultrasound guidance to target bone lesions without cortical disruption. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between January 2016 and March 2016, seven patients underwent US-guided biopsy of bone lesions without cortical disruption. Targeted bone lesions were measuring more than 1.5 cm with a thin cortex, a trans-osseous pathway not exceeding 2 cm and without any adjacent vulnerable structures...
March 29, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356327/the-crossover-conformational-shift-of-the-gtpase-atlastin-provides-the-energy-driving-er-fusion
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James Winsor, David D Hackney, Tina H Lee
The homotypic fusion of endoplasmic reticulum membranes is catalyzed by the atlastin GTPase. The mechanism involves trans-dimerization between GTPase heads and a favorable crossover conformational shift, catalyzed by GTP hydrolysis, that converts the dimer from a "prefusion" to "postfusion" state. However, whether crossover formation actually energizes fusion remains unclear, as do the sequence of events surrounding it. Here, we made mutations in atlastin to selectively destabilize the crossover conformation and used fluorescence-based kinetic assays to analyze the variants...
March 29, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355215/salmonella-genomic-island-1-sgi1-reshapes-the-mating-apparatus-of-incc-conjugative-plasmids-to-promote-self-propagation
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Nicolas Carraro, Romain Durand, Nicolas Rivard, Charley Anquetil, Catherine Barrette, Malika Humbert, Vincent Burrus
IncC conjugative plasmids and Salmonella genomic island 1 (SGI1) and relatives are frequently associated with multidrug resistance of clinical isolates of pathogenic Enterobacteriaceae. SGI1 is specifically mobilized in trans by IncA and IncC plasmids (commonly referred to as A/C plasmids) following its excision from the chromosome, an event triggered by the transcriptional activator complex AcaCD encoded by these helper plasmids. Although SGI1 is not self-transmissible, it carries three genes, traNS, traHS and traGS, coding for distant homologs of the predicted mating pore subunits TraNC, TraHC and TraGC, respectively, encoded by A/C plasmids...
March 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28355073/enantiospecific-total-synthesis-of-the-highly-strained-presilphiperfolan-8-ol-via-a-pd-catalyzed-tandem-cyclization
#15
Pengfei Hu, Scott A Snyder
A rare element of high strain in molecules of natural origin is a 1,2-trans fusion of 5-membered rings within a [3.3.0]-bicycle, a motif present in (-)-presilphiperfolan-8-ol. This molecule also possesses a 1,3-trans stereochemical arrangement of substituents on one of its 5-membered rings, a pattern shared by a number of other terpenes. Herein, we disclose the first total synthesis of this highly strained target in 13 steps. The key operation is a Pd-catalyzed tandem cyclization that directly establishes the requisite 1,3-trans stereochemical arrangement on one ring while concurrently setting the stage for the controlled generation of the highly strained 1,2-trans ring fusion of the final architecture...
March 29, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352191/retinoic-acid-and-arsenic-trioxide-in-the-treatment-of-acute-promyelocytic-leukemia-current-perspectives
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REVIEW
Derek McCulloch, Christina Brown, Harry Iland
Acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) is a distinct subtype of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with a unique morphological appearance, associated coagulopathy and canonical balanced translocation of genetic material between chromosomes 15 and 17. APL was first described as a distinct subtype of AML in 1957 by Dr Leif Hillestad who recognized the pattern of an acute leukemia associated with fibrinolysis, hypofibrinogenemia and catastrophic hemorrhage. In the intervening years, the characteristic morphology of APL has been described fully with both classical hypergranular and variant microgranular forms...
2017: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341161/predictive-position-computations-mediated-by-parietal-areas-tms-evidence
#17
Grace Edwards, Céline Paeye, Philippe Marque, Rufin VanRullen, Patrick Cavanagh
When objects move or the eyes move, the visual system can predict the consequence and generate a percept of the target at its new position. This predictive localization may depend on eye movement control in the frontal eye fields (FEF) and the intraparietal sulcus (IPS) and on motion analysis in the medial temporal area (MT). Across two experiments we examined whether repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) over right FEF, right IPS, right MT, and a control site, peripheral V1/V2, diminished participants' perception of two cases of predictive position perception: trans-saccadic fusion, and the flash grab illusion, both presented in the contralateral visual field...
March 22, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322827/structural-divergence-of-essential-triad-ribbon-synapse-proteins-among-placental-mammals-implications-for-preclinical-trials-in-photoreceptor-transplantation-therapy
#18
Christopher R J Laver, Joanne A Matsubara
As photoreceptor transplantation rapidly moves closer to the clinic, verifying graft efficacy in animal models may have unforeseen xenogeneic barriers. Although photoreceptor transplants have most convincingly exhibited functional synaptogenesis in conspecific studies, such evidence (while ruling out false-positives due to: viral graft labeling, fusion/cytosolic transfer, or neuroprotection) has not yet been shown for discordant xenografts. From this, a fundamental question should be raised: is useful xenosynaptogenesis likely between human photoreceptors and mouse retina? The triad ribbon synapse (TRS) that would normally form is unique and contains trans-synaptic proteins essential to its formation and function...
March 18, 2017: Experimental Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302911/real-time-insights-into-regulated-exocytosis
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REVIEW
Duy T Tran, Kelly G Ten Hagen
Real-time imaging of regulated exocytosis in secreting organs can provide unprecedented temporal and spatial detail. Here, we highlight recent advances in 3D time-lapse imaging in Drosophila salivary glands at single-granule resolution. Using fluorescently labeled proteins expressed in the fly, it is now possible to image the dynamics of vesicle biogenesis and the cytoskeletal factors involved in secretion. 3D imaging over time allows one to visualize and define the temporal sequence of events, including clearance of cortical actin, fusion pore formation, mixing of the vesicular and plasma membranes and recruitment of components of the cytoskeleton...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296813/comparison-of-outcomes-between-c1-c2-screw-hook-fixation-and-c1-c2-screw-rod-fixation-for-treating-reducible-atlantoaxial-dislocation
#20
Bin Ni, Wenlong Zhao, Qunfeng Guo, Mei Zhang, Jinshui Chen, Xiang Guo, Xuhua Lu, Ning Xie
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective comparative study OBJECTIVE.: To compare the outcomes of C1-C2 transarticular screw with C1 laminar hook (TAS+ C1H) fixation and C1 trans-arch lateral mass screw with C2 pedicle screw (C1TLMS+ C2PS) fixation in the treatment of reducible atlantoaxial dislocation(AAD). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: TAS+ C1H is comparable to TAS with posterior wiring techniques and superior to C1 lateral mass screw combined with C2 pedicle screw (C1LMS+ C2PS) in biomechanics...
March 14, 2017: Spine
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