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Sarath Kumar Narayanan, Jagadeesh N Puthenvariath, Prathap Somnath, Arun Mohanan
BACKGROUND: Undescended testis is a common problem, which is prevalent in 3 % of male infants. This study aimed to determine the effect of leaving the deep inguinal ring (DIR) without closure during laparoscopic orchiopexy (LO), with regard to post-operative hernia formation and other outcomes. METHODS: From 2012 to 2014, 63 testicular units were managed with laparoscopy for non-palpable testis (NPT). Diagnostic laparoscopy was performed for all NPTs, and when they were intra-abdominal (42 testicular units), the DIR was left open after mobilization of the testis into the scrotum medial to the inferior epigastric vessels (Prentiss manoeuvre)...
October 21, 2016: International Urology and Nephrology
Olivia Geisseler, Tobias Pflugshaupt, Ladina Bezzola, Katja Reuter, David Weller, Bernhard Schuknecht, Peter Brugger, Michael Linnebank
BACKGROUND: Recent studies suggest that cortical lesions in multiple sclerosis (MS) substantially contribute to clinical disease severity. The present study aimed at investigating clinical, neuroanatomical, and cognitive correlates of these cortical lesions with a novel approach, i.e. by comparing two samples of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) patients, one group with and the other without cortical lesions. METHODS: High-resolution structural MRI was acquired from 42 RRMS patients and 43 controls (HC)...
October 21, 2016: BMC Neurology
G Guidi, N Maffei, B Meduri, E D'Angelo, G M Mistretta, P Ceroni, A Ciarmatori, A Bernabei, S Maggi, M Cardinali, V E Morabito, F Rosica, S Malara, A Savini, G Orlandi, C D'Ugo, F Bunkheila, M Bono, S Lappi, C Blasi, F Lohr, T Costi
PURPOSE: To predict patients who would benefit from adaptive radiotherapy (ART) and re-planning intervention based on machine learning from anatomical and dosimetric variations in a retrospective dataset. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 90 patients (pts) treated for head-neck cancer (H&N) formed a multicenter data-set. 41 H&N pts (45.6%) were considered for learning; 49 pts (54.4%) were used to test the tool. A homemade machine-learning classifier was developed to analyze volume and dose variations of parotid glands (PG)...
October 17, 2016: Physica Medica: PM
Cristina M Crava, Sukania Ramasamy, Lino Ometto, Gianfranco Anfora, Omar Rota-Stabelli
Chemosensory perception allows insects to interact with the environment by perceiving odorant or tastant molecules; genes encoding chemoreceptors are the molecular interface between the environment and the insect, and play a central role in mediating its chemosensory behavior. Here we explore how the evolution of these genes in the emerging pest Drosophila suzukii correlates with the peculiar ecology of this species. We annotated approximately 130 genes coding for gustatory receptors (GRs) and divergent ionotropic receptors (dIRs) in D...
October 19, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
Efsun Kaabudak, Eda Koksal
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this investigation is to test the validity and reliability the assessment methods for the true beverage consumption of adults. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was carried out 291 healthy volunteers. The beverage intake questionnaire (BIQ) was prepared in combination with a new one which is developed based on basic principles and the existing one developed for the beverages consumed the most with respect to frequency and amount by Turkish populations...
September 20, 2016: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Raphael Gasper, Isabelle Effenberger, Piotr Kolesinski, Barbara Terlecka, Eckhard Hofmann, Andreas Schaller
Dirigent proteins impart stereoselectivity to phenoxy radical coupling reactions in plants and thus play an essential role in the biosynthesis of biologically active natural products. This includes the regio- and enantioselective coupling and subsequent cyclization of two coniferyl alcohol radicals to pinoresinol as the committed step of lignan biosynthesis. The reaction is controlled by dirigent proteins which, depending on the species and protein, direct the reaction to either (+)- or (-)-pinoresinol. We present the crystal structure of the (-)-pinoresinol forming Dirigent Protein 6 from Arabidopsis thaliana (AtDIR6) with data to 1...
October 17, 2016: Plant Physiology
Chi-Man Koon, Xin Zhang, Weitian Chen, Eagle Siu Hong Chu, Clara Bik San Lau, Yì-Xiáng J Wáng
BACKGROUND: To explore black blood T1rho (T1ρ) liver imaging and investigate the earliest stage when biliary duct ligation (BDL) induced liver fibrosis can be diagnosed. METHODS: MR was performed at 3 Tesla. A T1ρ prepared 2D fast spin echo (FSE) sequence with acquisition of four spin lock times (TSLs: 1, 10, 30, and 50 msec) and spin-lock frequency of 500 Hz was applied. Inherent black blood effect of FSE and double inversion recovery (DIR) achieved blood signal suppression, and 3 axial sections per liver were obtained...
August 2016: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
F P N Arcanjo, C P C Arcanjo, P R Santos
Background. In developing countries there is high prevalence of iron deficiency anemia, which reduces cognitive performance, work performance, and endurance; it also causes learning difficulties and negative impact on development for infant population. Methods. The study concerns a case-control study; data was collected from an appropriate sample consisting of schoolchildren aged 8 years. The sample was divided into two subgroups: those with deficient initial reading skills (DIRS) (case) and those without (control)...
2016: Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism
Jan-Mendelt Tillema, Stephen D Weigand, Jay Mandrekar, Yunhong Shu, Claudia F Lucchinetti, Istvan Pirko, John D Port
BACKGROUND: The relationship between cortical lesions (CLs) and white matter lesions (WMLs) in multiple sclerosis (MS) is poorly understood. Pathological studies support a topographical association between CLs and underlying subcortical WMLs and suggest CLs may play a role in both disease initiation and progression. We hypothesized that cortical MS lesions are physically connected to white matter MS lesions via axonal connections. OBJECTIVE: To assess the presence of CL-WML connectivity utilizing novel magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methodology...
October 3, 2016: Multiple Sclerosis: Clinical and Laboratory Research
J Garnier, J-M Garnier, C L Vieira, A Akerman, J Chmeleff, R I Ruiz, F Poitrasson
The iron isotope composition was used to investigate dissimilatory iron reduction (DIR) processes in an iron-rich waterlogged paddy soil, the iron uptake strategies of plants and its translocation in the different parts of the rice plant along its growth. Fe concentration and isotope composition (δ(56)Fe) in irrigation water, precipitates from irrigation water, soil, pore water solution at different depths under the surface water, iron plaque on rice roots, rice roots, stems, leaves and grains were measured...
September 30, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
J Vickress, J Battista, R Barnett, J Morgan, S Yartsev
Deformable image registration (DIR) has become a common tool in medical imaging across both diagnostic and treatment specialties, but the methods used offer varying levels of accuracy. Evaluation of DIR is commonly performed using manually selected landmarks, which is subjective, tedious and time consuming. We propose a semi-automated method that saves time and provides accuracy comparable to manual selection. Three landmarking methods including manual (with two independent observers), scale invariant feature transform (SIFT), and SIFT with manual editing (SIFT-M) were tested on 10 thoracic 4DCT image studies corresponding to the 0% and 50% phases of respiration...
October 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Xiaodan Wang, Xiangqin Gu, Huimin Wang, Yujiao Sun, Haiyang Wu, Shirui Mao
Recently, polymeric materials with multiple functions have drawn great attention as the carrier for drug delivery system design. In this study, a series of multifunctional drug delivery carriers, hyaluronic acid (HA)-glycyrrhetinic acid (GA) succinate (HSG) copolymers were synthesized via hydroxyl group modification of hyaluronic acid. It was shown that the HSG nanoparticles had sub-spherical shape, and the particle size was in the range of 152.6-260.7nm depending on GA graft ratio. HSG nanoparticles presented good short term and dilution stability...
September 28, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Koseki Kimura, Tsunao Kishida, Junko Wakao, Tomoko Tanaka, Mayumi Higashi, Shigehisa Fumino, Shigeyoshi Aoi, Taizo Furukawa, Osam Mazda, Tatsuro Tajiri
BACKGROUND: Human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) are multipotent stem-like cells that are reported to have tumor-suppression effects and migration ability toward damaged tissues or tumors. The aim of this study was to analyze the tumor-homing ability of hMSCs and antitumor potency in a transgenic TH-MYCN mouse model of neuroblastoma (NB). METHODS: hMSCs (3×10(6)) labeled with DiR, a lipophilic near-infrared dye, were intraperitoneally (i.p.) or intravenously (i...
September 17, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Jianbing Yi, Hao Yang, Xuan Yang, Guoliang Chen
We propose a deformable registration approach to estimate patient-specific lung motion during free breathing for four-dimensional (4D) computed tomography (CT) based on point matching and tracking between images in different phases. First, a robust point matching (RPM) algorithm coarsely aligns the source phase image onto all other target phase images of 4D CT. Scale-invariant feature transform (SIFT) is introduced into the cost function in order to accelerate and stabilize the convergence of the point matching...
September 20, 2016: Computers in Biology and Medicine
J L Moseley, M Velec, V C Kong, B Chan, A Shessel, J P Bissonnette
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October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Lars König, Alexander Derksen, Nils Papenberg, Benjamin Haas
BACKGROUND: Deformable image registration (DIR) is a key component in many radiotherapy applications. However, often resulting deformations are not satisfying, since varying deformation properties of different anatomical regions are not considered. To improve the plausibility of DIR in adaptive radiotherapy in the male pelvic area, this work integrates a local rigidity deformation model into a DIR algorithm. METHODS: A DIR framework is extended by constraints, enforcing locally rigid deformation behavior for arbitrary delineated structures...
2016: Radiation Oncology
Thomas Wychowski, Ali Hussain, Madalina E Tivarus, Gretchen L Birbeck, Michel J Berg, Michael Potchen
PURPOSE: To determine whether Double Inversion Recovery (DIR) on 3T MRI can enhance detection of epileptogenic lesions Methods: 29 adult patients with DRE were enrolled in a prospective pilot study. Brain MRIs were obtained using a specialized protocol that included: (1) Fast-Spin EchoT2, (2) T2 fluid attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR), and (3) DIR sequences. Two neuroradiologists blinded to clinical information independently reviewed each sequence in the order listed above for T2-hyperintense lesions...
September 3, 2016: Epilepsy Research
Maura E Ryan
Investigators from the Mayo Clinic, Rochester Minnesota investigated the utility of three-dimensional (3D) double inversion recovery (DIR) sequences in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) detection of focal cortical dysplasia (FCD) in children and young adults with epilepsy.
April 2016: Pediatric neurology briefs
Young Oh Shin, Jeong-Beom Lee, Jeong-Ho Kim
The quantitative sudomotor axon reflex testing (QSART) is a classic test of routine postganglionic sudomotor function. We investigated sudomotor function by QSART after summer (July 2012) and winter (January 2013) seasonal acclimation (SA) in the Republic of Korea. QSART with acetylcholine (ACh) iontophoresis were performed to determine directly activated (DIR) and axon reflex-mediated (AXR1, 2) sweating rate. Onset time of axon reflex, activated sweat gland density (ASGD), activated sweat gland output (ASGO), tympanic and skin temperatures (Tty, Tsk), basal metabolic rate (BMR), and evaporative loss volume changes were measured...
September 2016: Korean Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology
Yanbing Wang, Hong Yan, Qixing Ding, Cunhua Mao, Yelong Shen, Guangbin Wang
Neuromyelitis optica (NMO) is an acute or subacute lesion of demyelinating disease involving the optic nerve and spinal cord, and imaging techniques and their effects have been the focus of investigations. The aim of the present study was to examine the value of three-dimensional double inversion recovery (3D-DIR) in the early differential diagnostic and prognostic evaluation of NMO. Forty-eight patients with suspicious NMO were included into the study and underwent a combination of serum NMO-IgG quantitative detection and 3D-DIR examination...
September 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
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