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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545151/provenance-based-data-integrity-checking-and-verification-in-cloud-environments
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Muhammad Imran, Helmut Hlavacs, Inam Ul Haq, Bilal Jan, Fakhri Alam Khan, Awais Ahmad
Cloud computing is a recent tendency in IT that moves computing and data away from desktop and hand-held devices into large scale processing hubs and data centers respectively. It has been proposed as an effective solution for data outsourcing and on demand computing to control the rising cost of IT setups and management in enterprises. However, with Cloud platforms user's data is moved into remotely located storages such that users lose control over their data. This unique feature of the Cloud is facing many security and privacy challenges which need to be clearly understood and resolved...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545068/automatically-tracking-neurons-in-a-moving-and-deforming-brain
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Jeffrey P Nguyen, Ashley N Linder, George S Plummer, Joshua W Shaevitz, Andrew M Leifer
Advances in optical neuroimaging techniques now allow neural activity to be recorded with cellular resolution in awake and behaving animals. Brain motion in these recordings pose a unique challenge. The location of individual neurons must be tracked in 3D over time to accurately extract single neuron activity traces. Recordings from small invertebrates like C. elegans are especially challenging because they undergo very large brain motion and deformation during animal movement. Here we present an automated computer vision pipeline to reliably track populations of neurons with single neuron resolution in the brain of a freely moving C...
May 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543104/circulating-tumor-dna-profiling-reveals-clonal-evolution-and-real-time-disease-progression-in-advanced-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#3
Zhi-Xiong Cai, Geng Chen, Yong-Yi Zeng, Xiu-Qing Dong, Min-Jie Lin, Xin-Hui Huang, Da Zhang, Xiao-Long Liu, Jing-Feng Liu
Circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) provides a potential non-invasive biomarker for cancer diagnosis and prognosis, but whether it could reflect tumor heterogeneity and monitor therapeutic responses in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is unclear. Focusing on 574 cancer genes known to harbor actionable mutations, we identified the mutation repertoire of HCC tissues, and monitored the corresponding ctDNA features in blood samples to evaluate its clinical significance. Analysis of 3 HCC patients' mutation profiles revealed that ctDNA could overcome tumor heterogeneity and provide information of tumor burden and prognosis...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542280/analysing-human-mobility-patterns-of-hiking-activities-through-complex-network-theory
#4
Isaac Lera, Toni Pérez, Carlos Guerrero, Víctor M Eguíluz, Carlos Juiz
The exploitation of high volume of geolocalized data from social sport tracking applications of outdoor activities can be useful for natural resource planning and to understand the human mobility patterns during leisure activities. This geolocalized data represents the selection of hike activities according to subjective and objective factors such as personal goals, personal abilities, trail conditions or weather conditions. In our approach, human mobility patterns are analysed from trajectories which are generated by hikers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542123/malaria-surveillance-united-states-2014
#5
Kimberly E Mace, Paul M Arguin
PROBLEM/CONDITION: Malaria in humans is caused by intraerythrocytic protozoa of the genus Plasmodium. These parasites are transmitted by the bite of an infective female Anopheles mosquito. The majority of malaria infections in the United States occur among persons who have traveled to regions with ongoing malaria transmission. However, malaria is occasionally acquired by persons who have not traveled out of the country through exposure to infected blood products, congenital transmission, laboratory exposure, or local mosquitoborne transmission...
May 26, 2017: MMWR. Surveillance Summaries: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Surveillance Summaries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541078/ensembles-in-medial-and-lateral-orbitofrontal-cortex-construct-cognitive-maps-emphasizing-different-features-of-the-behavioral-landscape
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Nina Lopatina, Brian F Sadacca, Michael A McDannald, Clay V Styer, Jacob F Peterson, Joseph F Cheer, Geoffrey Schoenbaum
The orbitofrontal cortex (OFC) has long been implicated in the ability to use the current value of expected outcomes to guide behavior. More recently, this specific role has been conceptualized as a special case of a more general function that OFC plays in constructing a "cognitive map" of the behavioral task space by labeling the current task state and learning relationships among task states. Here, we have used single unit recording data from 2 prior studies to examine whether and how information relating different states within and across trials is represented in medial versus lateral OFC in rats...
June 2017: Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540617/pediatric-patient-and-caregiver-preferences-in-the-development-of-a-mobile-health-application-for-management-of-surgical-colorectal-conditions
#7
Mehul V Raval, Natalie Taylor, Kaitlin Piper, Mitali Thakore, Kathleen Hoff, Shane Owens, Megan M Durham
Patient-centered frameworks are an effective way to engage patients in treatment plans, strengthen adherence behaviors, and improve disease outcomes. These frameworks can also be applied in the design of mobile technology disease management applications. However, the utilization of these frameworks is rare and frequently overlooked in existing colorectal mobile health (mHealth) applications. The purpose of this study was to utilize a patient-centered framework to facilitate the development of a valid, appropriate, and feasible mHealth tool for pediatric patients and their caregivers...
July 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538731/a-neural-circuit-architecture-for-angular-integration-in-drosophila
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Jonathan Green, Atsuko Adachi, Kunal K Shah, Jonathan D Hirokawa, Pablo S Magani, Gaby Maimon
Many animals keep track of their angular heading over time while navigating through their environment. However, a neural-circuit architecture for computing heading has not been experimentally defined in any species. Here we describe a set of clockwise- and anticlockwise-shifting neurons in the Drosophila central complex whose wiring and physiology provide a means to rotate an angular heading estimate based on the fly's angular velocity. We show that each class of shifting neurons exists in two subtypes, with spatiotemporal activity profiles that suggest different roles for each subtype at the start and end of tethered-walking turns...
May 22, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538326/technology-in-strength-and-conditioning-tracking-lower-limb-exercises-with-wearable-sensors
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Martin A OʼReilly, Darragh F Whelan, Tomas E Ward, Eamonn Delahunt, Brian Caulfield
O'Reilly, MA, Whelan, DF, Ward, TE, Delahunt, E, and Caulfield, B. Technology in strength and conditioning tracking lower-limb exercises with wearable sensors. J Strength Cond Res 31(6): 1726-1736, 2017-Strength and conditioning (S&C) coaches offer expert guidance to help those they work with achieve their personal fitness goals. However, because of cost and availability issues, individuals are often left training without expert supervision. Recent developments in inertial measurement units (IMUs) and mobile computing platforms have allowed for the possibility of unobtrusive motion tracking systems and the provision of real-time individualized feedback regarding exercise performance...
June 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537770/automated-description-of-regional-left-ventricular-motion-in-patients-with-cardiac-amyloidosis-a-quantitative-study-using-heart-deformation-analysis
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Leng Meng, Kai Lin, Jeremy Collins, Michael Markl, James C Carr
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to test the hypothesis that heart deformation analysis can automatically quantify regional myocardial motion patterns in patients with cardiac amyloidosis. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Eleven patients with cardiac amyloidosis and 11 healthy control subjects were recruited to undergo cardiac MRI. Cine images were analyzed using heart deformation analysis and feature tracking. Heart deformation analysis-derived myocardial motion indexes in radial and circumferential directions, including radial and circumferential displacement, radial and circumferential velocity, radial and circumferential strain, and radial and circumferential strain rate, were compared between the two groups...
May 24, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537461/an-extensive-review-on-development-of-eeg-based-computer-aided-diagnosis-systems-for-epilepsy-detection
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Jagriti Saini, Maitreyee Dutta
Epilepsy is considered as fourth most prominent neurological disorder in the world that can affect people of all age groups. Currently, around 65 million people throughout the world are suffering from epilepsy. It is evident that electroencephalograph (EEG) signals are most commonly used for detection of epileptic seizures but today many modern techniques have been developed to analyze underlying features of these EEG signals. As EEG contains a large amount of complicated information, so many researchers are trying to develop automatic systems for complete feature extraction...
May 24, 2017: Network: Computation in Neural Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537294/using-raman-spectroscopy-to-assess-hemoglobin-oxygenation-in-red-blood-cell-concentrate-an-objective-proxy-for-morphological-index-to-gauge-the-quality-of-stored-blood
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Chad G Atkins, H Georg Schulze, Deborah Chen, Dana V Devine, Michael W Blades, Robin F B Turner
Blood banking is an essential aspect of modern medical care. When red blood cells (RBCs) are stored, they become damaged by various chemical processes, such as accumulation of their own waste products and oxidative injury, among others. These processes lead to the development of the RBC storage lesion, a complex condition where the severity is reflected through the morphology of the stored cells. It was hypothesized that Raman spectroscopy could be used to monitor certain structural and compositional changes associated with such ageing effects and that a relationship between these features and traditional morphology (as measured using a morphology index) could be observed...
May 24, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536434/exploration-and-exploitation-in-natural-viewing-behavior
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Ricardo Ramos Gameiro, Kai Kaspar, Sabine U König, Sontje Nordholt, Peter König
Many eye-tracking studies investigate visual behavior with a focus on image features and the semantic content of a scene. A wealth of results on these aspects is available, and our understanding of the decision process where to look has reached a mature stage. However, the temporal aspect, whether to stay and further scrutinize a region (exploitation) or to move on and explore image regions that were yet not in the focus of attention (exploration) is less well understood. Here, we investigate the trade-off between these two processes across stimuli with varying properties and sizes...
May 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534779/fpga-implementation-of-the-coupled-filtering-method-and-the-affine-warping-method
#14
Chen Zhang, Tianzhu Liang, Philip Mok, Weichuan Yu
In ultrasound image analysis, speckle tracking methods are widely applied to study the elasticity of body tissue. However, "feature-motion decorrelation" still remains as a challenge for speckle tracking methods. Recently, a coupled filtering method and an affine warping method were proposed to accurately estimate strain values when the tissue deformation is large. The major drawback of these methods is the high computational complexity. Even the GPU-based program requires a long time to finish the analysis...
May 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533904/-this-is-where-it-all-started-the-pivotal-role-of-plc%C3%AE-within-the-sophisticated-process-of-mammalian-reproduction-a-systemic-review
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Itai Gat, Raoul Orvieto
Mammalian reproduction is one of the most complex and fascinating biological phenomenon, which aims to transfer maternal and paternal genetic material to the next generation. At the end of oogenesis and spermatogenesis, both haploid gametes contain a single set of chromosomes ready to form the zygote, the first cell of the newly developing individual. The mature oocyte and spermatozoa remain in a quiescent state, during which the oocyte is characterized by nuclear and cytoplasmic arrest, while the spermatozoa necessitates further maturation within the epididymis and female reproductive track prior to egg fertilization...
2017: Basic and Clinical Andrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533367/data-driven-modeling-reveals-cell-behaviors-controlling-self-organization-during-myxococcus-xanthus-development
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Christopher R Cotter, Heinz-Bernd Schüttler, Oleg A Igoshin, Lawrence J Shimkets
Collective cell movement is critical to the emergent properties of many multicellular systems, including microbial self-organization in biofilms, embryogenesis, wound healing, and cancer metastasis. However, even the best-studied systems lack a complete picture of how diverse physical and chemical cues act upon individual cells to ensure coordinated multicellular behavior. Known for its social developmental cycle, the bacterium Myxococcus xanthus uses coordinated movement to generate three-dimensional aggregates called fruiting bodies...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529627/-18-f-ge-180-pet-detects-reduced-microglia-activation-after-lm11a-31-therapy-in-a-mouse-model-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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Michelle L James, Nadia P Belichenko, Adam J Shuhendler, Aileen Hoehne, Lauren E Andrews, Christina Condon, Thuy-Vi V Nguyen, Vladimer Reiser, Paul Jones, William Trigg, Jianghong Rao, Sanjiv S Gambhir, Frank M Longo
Microglial activation is a key pathological feature of Alzheimer's disease (AD). PET imaging of translocator protein 18 kDa (TSPO) is a strategy to detect microglial activation in vivo. Here we assessed flutriciclamide ([(18)F]GE-180), a new second-generation TSPO-PET radiotracer, for its ability to monitor response to LM11A-31, a novel AD therapeutic in clinical trials. AD mice displaying pathology were treated orally with LM11A-31 for 3 months. Subsequent [(18)F]GE-180-PET imaging revealed significantly lower signal in cortex and hippocampus of LM11A-31-treated AD mice compared to those treated with vehicle, corresponding with decreased levels of TSPO immunostaining and microglial Iba1 immunostaining...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528628/millisecond-time-resolution-correlative-light-and-electron-microscopy-for-dynamic-cellular-processes
#18
Ludek Stepanek, Gaia Pigino
Molecular motors propel cellular components at velocities up to microns per second with nanometer precision. Imaging techniques combining high temporal and spatial resolution are therefore indispensable to understand the cellular mechanics at the molecular level. For example, intraflagellar transport (IFT) trains constantly shuttle ciliary components between the base and tip of the eukaryotic cilium. 3-D electron microscopy has revealed IFT train morphology and position, but was unable to correlate these features with the direction of train movement...
2017: Methods in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528574/esc-track-a-computer-workflow-for-4-d-segmentation-tracking-lineage-tracing-and-dynamic-context-analysis-of-escs
#19
Laura Fernández-de-Manúel, Covadonga Díaz-Díaz, Daniel Jiménez-Carretero, Miguel Torres, María C Montoya
Embryonic stem cells (ESCs) can be established as permanent cell lines, and their potential to differentiate into adult tissues has led to widespread use for studying the mechanisms and dynamics of stem cell differentiation and exploring strategies for tissue repair. Imaging live ESCs during development is now feasible due to advances in optical imaging and engineering of genetically encoded fluorescent reporters; however, a major limitation is the low spatio-temporal resolution of long-term 3-D imaging required for generational and neighboring reconstructions...
May 1, 2017: BioTechniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528201/x-linked-carriers-of-chronic-granulomatous-disease-illness-lyonization-and-stability
#20
Beatriz E Marciano, Christa S Zerbe, E Liana Falcone, Li Ding, Suk See DeRavin, Janine Daub, Samantha Kreuzburg, Lynne Yockey, Sally Hunsberger, Ladan Foruraghi, Lisa A Barnhart, Kabir Matharu, Victoria Anderson, Dirk N Darnell, Cathleen Frein, Danielle L Fink, Karen P Lau, Debra A Long Priel, John I Gallin, Harry L Malech, Gulbu Uzel, Alexandra F Freeman, Douglas B Kuhns, Sergio D Rosenzweig, Steven M Holland
BACKGROUND: Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) is characterized by recurrent life-threatening bacterial and fungal infections and aberrant inflammation. Mutations in CYBB cause X-linked CGD and account for 65%-70% of cases in western countries. OBJECTIVE: To understand the clinical manifestations associated with the X-linked CGD carrier state. METHODS: We undertook a comprehensive retrospective study of 162 affected females. We examined dihydrorhodamine oxidation (DHR) data for percent (%) X chromosome inactivation...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
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