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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520793/how-does-motion-affect-gaba-measurements-order-statistic-filtering-compared-to-conventional-analysis-of-mega-press-mrs
#1
Sofie Tapper, Anders Tisell, Peter Lundberg
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate two post-processing techniques applied to MRS MEGA-PRESS data influenced by motion-induced artifacts. In contrast to the conventional averaging technique, order statistic filtering (OSF) is a known method for artifact reduction. Therefore, this method may be suitable to incorporate in the GABA quantification. METHODS: Twelve healthy volunteers were scanned three times using a 3 T MR system. One measurement protocol consisted of two MEGA-PRESS measurements, one reference measurement and one measurement including head motions...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501825/maternal-bradycardia-occurring-prior-to-onset-of-hellp-syndrome-in-a-woman-with-pre-eclampsia
#2
Ami Hosokawa, Takeshi Umazume, Takahiro Yamada, Hisanori Minakami
A 36-year-old nulliparous woman developed pre-eclampsia at gestational week (GW) 28(-6/7) Cardiac status was checked regularly. Heart rate of 93 beats per minute (bpm) with left atrial diameter (LAD) of 35 mm, left ventricular hypertrophy and inferior vena cava diameter (IVCD) of 8 mm at GW 32(-0/7) decreased to 48 bpm with an expanded IVCD to 25 mm, dilated left atrium (LAD to 39 mm), increased pulmonary arterial pressure, increased systemic vascular resistance (approximate 3000  dyn s/cm(5)) and biphasic intrarenal venous flow pattern 3...
May 13, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501327/echo-particle-image-velocimetry-for-estimation-of-carotid-artery-wall-shear-stress-repeatability-reproducibility-and-comparison-with-phase-contrast-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#3
Arati Gurung, Phillip E Gates, Luciano Mazzaro, Jonathan Fulford, Fuxing Zhang, Alex J Barker, Jean Hertzberg, Kunihiko Aizawa, William D Strain, Salim Elyas, Angela C Shore, Robin Shandas
Measurement of hemodynamic wall shear stress (WSS) is important in investigating the role of WSS in the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis. Echo particle image velocimetry (echo PIV) is a novel ultrasound-based technique for measuring WSS in vivo that has previously been validated in vitro using the standard optical PIV technique. We evaluated the repeatability and reproducibility of echo PIV for measuring WSS in the human common carotid artery. We measured WSS in 28 healthy participants (18 males and 10 females, mean age: 56 ± 12 y)...
May 10, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494422/cyanobacteria-blooms-before-and-during-the-restoration-process-of-a-shallow-urban-lake
#4
Joanna Rosińska, Anna Kozak, Renata Dondajewska, Ryszard Gołdyn
Swarzędzkie Lake (near Poznań) has been heavily polluted. To improve the water quality, the restoration of lake by three methods: aeration, phosphorus inactivation using small doses of iron sulphate and magnesium chloride (FeSO4 and MgCl2) and biomanipulation was initiated at the end of 2011. The aim of the present study was to determine whether sustainable restoration has a significant impact on phytoplankton, especially cyanobacterial blooms in a shallow, urban, degraded lake. Therefore, phytoplankton and the physico-chemical parameters of water at the summer thermal stratification and autumn water mixing before (2011) and during restoration (2012-2014) was studied...
May 7, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490850/a-new-z-eigenvalue-localization-set-for-tensors
#5
Jianxing Zhao
A new Z-eigenvalue localization set for tensors is given and proved to be tighter than those in the work of Wang et al. (Discrete Contin. Dyn. Syst., Ser. B 22(1):187-198, 2017). Based on this set, a sharper upper bound for the Z-spectral radius of weakly symmetric nonnegative tensors is obtained. Finally, numerical examples are given to verify the theoretical results.
2017: Journal of Inequalities and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476408/targeted-high-resolution-quadrupole-orbitrap-mass-spectrometry-analyses-reveal-a-significant-reduction-of-tachykinin-and-opioid-neuropeptides-level-in-pc1-and-pc2-mutant-mouse-spinal-cords
#6
Mouna Saidi, Francis Beaudry
Tachykinin and opioid neuropeptides play a fundamental role in pain transmission, modulation and inhibition. The proteolysis control of endogenous tachykinin and opioid neuropeptides has a significant impact on pain perception. The role of proprotein convertases (PCs) in the proteolysis of proneuropeptides was previously established but very few studies have shown the direct impact of PCs on the regulation of specific tachykinin and opioid peptides in the central nervous system. There is an increasing interest in the therapeutic targeting of PCs for the treatment of pain but it is imperative to assess the impact of PCs on the pronociceptive and the endogenous opioid systems...
April 22, 2017: Neuropeptides
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472330/dynomics-dynamics-of-structural-proteome-and-beyond
#7
Hongchun Li, Yuan-Yu Chang, Ji Young Lee, Ivet Bahar, Lee-Wei Yang
DynOmics (dynomics.pitt.edu) is a portal developed to leverage rapidly growing structural proteomics data by efficiently and accurately evaluating the dynamics of structurally resolved systems, from individual molecules to large complexes and assemblies, in the context of their physiological environment. At the core of the portal is a newly developed server, ENM 1.0, which permits users to efficiently generate information on the collective dynamics of any structure in PDB format, user-uploaded or database-retrieved...
May 3, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472138/ecological-value-of-macrophyte-cover-in-creating-habitat-for-microalgae-diatoms-and-zooplankton-rotifers-and-crustaceans-in-small-field-and-forest-water-bodies
#8
Sofia Celewicz-Gołdyn, Natalia Kuczyńska-Kippen
Due to their small area and shallow depth ponds are usually treated as a single sampling unit, while various microhabitats offer different environmental conditions. Thus, we tested the effect of different habitat types typically found within small ponds on the microalgae and zooplankton communities. We found that submerged macrophytes have the strongest impact on microalgae and zooplankton communities out of all the analysed habitats. Some epontic diatoms (e.g. Fragilaria dilatata, Cymbella affinis) and littoral-associated zooplankton species (e...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464209/alanine-scan-of-the-opioid-peptide-dynorphin-b-amide
#9
Anand A Joshi, Thomas F Murray, Jane V Aldrich
To date structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies of the dynorphins (Dyn), endogenous peptides for kappa opioid receptors (KOR), have focused almost exclusively on Dyn A with minimal studies on Dyn B. While both Dyn A and Dyn B have identical N-terminal sequences, their C-terminal sequences differ which could result in differences in pharmacological activity. We performed an alanine scan of the non-glycine residues up through residue 11 of Dyn B amide to explore the role of these side chains in the activity of Dyn B...
May 2, 2017: Biopolymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460504/-the-predictive-value-of-dynamic-arterial-elastance-in-arterial-pressure-response-after-norepinephrine-dosage-reduction-in-patients-with-septic-shock
#10
F M Liang, T Yang, L Dong, J J Hui, J Yan
Objective: To assess whether dynamic arterial elastance(Ea(dyn))can be used to predict the reduction of arterial pressure after decreasing norepinephrine (NE) dosage in patients with septic shock. Methods: A prospective observational cohort study was conducted. Thirty-two patients with septic shock and mechanical ventilationwere enrolledfrom January 2014 to December 2015 in ICU of Wuxi People's Hospital of Nanjing Medical University. Hemodynamic parameters were recorded by pulse contour cardiac output(PiCCO)monitoring technology before and after decreasing norepinephrine dosage...
May 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28455226/the-effect-of-selective-opioid-receptor-agonists-and-antagonists-on-epileptiform-activity-in-morphine-dependent-infant-mice-hippocampal-slices
#11
Yousef Panahi, Ehsan Saboory, Ali Rassouli, Goudarz Sadeghi-Hashjin, Shiva Roshan-Milani, Leila Derafshpour, Yousef Rasmi
Hippocampal slices of mouse brain were used to estimate how selective agonist and antagonist of opioid receptors alter Low-Mg(+2) artificial cerebrospinal fluid (LM-ACSF)-induced epileptiform activities in normal and morphine-dependent mice. Brain slices were obtained from control and morphine-dependent mice. The morphine-dependent group received morphine once a day for 5 consecutive days, and the control group received saline. All injections were administered subcutaneously (s.c) in a volume of 0.1mL on postnatal days 14-18...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432630/the-influence-of-restoration-measures-on-phosphorus-internal-loading-from-the-sediments-of-a-hypereutrophic-lake
#12
Katarzyna Kowalczewska-Madura, Renata Dondajewska, Ryszard Gołdyn, Stanisław Podsiadłowski
Uzarzewskie Lake was a hypereutrophic, dimictic lake characterized by low water transparency, high chlorophyll-a concentration and intense phytoplankton blooms; thus, restoration treatment was started. A chemical treatment, based on phosphorus inactivation with small doses of iron sulphate, was undertaken in 2006-2007. Nitrate-rich groundwater flowing from seepage springs was directed into the lake hypolimnion to increase redox potential since 2008. Phosphorus internal loading was reduced by more than 80% as a result of restoration treatment...
April 22, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425121/role-of-the-dynorphin-kappa-opioid-receptor-system-in-the-motivational-effects-of-ethanol
#13
Rachel I Anderson, Howard C Becker
Evidence has demonstrated that dynorphin (DYN) and the kappa opioid receptor (KOR) system contribute to various psychiatric disorders, including anxiety, depression, and addiction. More recently, this endogenous opioid system has received increased attention as a potential therapeutic target for treating alcohol use disorders. In this review, we provide an overview and synthesis of preclinical studies examining the influence of alcohol (ethanol) exposure on DYN/KOR expression and function, as well as studies examining the effects of DYN/KOR manipulation on ethanol's rewarding and aversive properties...
April 20, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424627/blood-pressure-increase-during-oxygen-supplementation-in-chronic-kidney-disease-patients-is-mediated-by-vasoconstriction-independent-of-baroreflex-function
#14
René van der Bel, Müşerref Çalişkan, Robert A van Hulst, Johannes J van Lieshout, Erik S G Stroes, C T Paul Krediet
Renal hypoxia is thought to be an important pathophysiological factor in the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) and the associated hypertension. In a previous study among CKD patients, supplementation with 100% oxygen reduced sympathetic nerve activity (SNA) and lowered blood pressure (BP). We aimed to assess the underlying haemodynamic modulation and hypothesized a decreased systemic vascular resistance (SVR). To that end, 19 CKD patients were studied during 15-min intervals of increasing partial oxygen pressure (ppO2) from room air (0...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420826/efficacy-and-safety-of-an-orally-administered-selective-prostacyclin-receptor-agonist-selexipag-in-japanese-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#15
Nobuhiro Tanabe, Satoshi Ikeda, Nobuhiro Tahara, Keiichi Fukuda, Masaru Hatano, Hiroshi Ito, Tomotaka Nakayama, Toshihisa Anzai, Akiyoshi Hashimoto, Teruo Inoue, Kouji Kajinami, Yasuki Kihara, Hideyuki Kinoshita, Koichiro Kuwahara, Toyoaki Murohara, Osamu Okazaki, Satoshi Sakai, Toru Satoh, Yutaka Takeda, Yasuchika Takeishi, Mitsugu Taniguchi, Hiroshi Watanabe, Takeshi Yamamoto, Keiko Yamauchi-Takihara, Koichiro Yoshioka, Shigetake Sasayama
BACKGROUND: Selexipag is an orally available prostacyclin receptor (IP receptor) agonist with a non-prostanoid structure. In this open-label Phase II trial, the efficacy and safety of selexipag in Japanese patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is examined.Methods and Results:Selexipag was administered at 200 μg twice daily and titrated up to 1,600 μg by increments of 200 μg in 37 subjects to reach the individual maximum tolerated dose. At 16 weeks, in 33 patients comprising the per-protocol set, the pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR; primary endpoint) decreased from 683...
April 18, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417457/effects-of-riboflavin-and-ultraviolet-light-treatment-on-platelet-thrombus-formation-and-thrombus-stability-on-collagen
#16
Chikahiro Terada, Masayuki Shiba, Tadashi Nagai, Masahiro Satake
BACKGROUND: Pathogen reduction technologies (PRTs) are considered for the implementation of safer platelet (PLT) transfusion. PRT treatment involves the addition of a photosensitizer to a blood component followed by ultraviolet (UV) light irradiation. However, the effects of PRT treatment on PLT thrombus formation and thrombus stability have not been satisfactorily clarified. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: Leukoreduced PLT concentrates (PCs) were treated with riboflavin and UV light (Mirasol PRT)...
April 17, 2017: Transfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28404593/physiopathological-implications-of-p2x1-and-p2x7-receptors-in-regulation-of-glomerular-hemodynamics-in-angiotensin-ii-induced-hypertension
#17
Martha Franco, Rocio Bautista-Pérez, Agustina Cano-Martínez, Ursino Pacheco, José Santamaría, Leonardo Del Valle-Mondragón, Oscar Pérez-Méndez, L Gabriel Navar
Deleterious effects of purinergic P2X1 and P2X7 receptors (P2XR) in angiotensin II (AngII)-dependent hypertension include increased renal vascular resistance, and impaired autoregulation and pressure natriuresis. However, their specific effects on the determinants of glomerular hemodynamics remain incompletely delineated. To investigate the P2XR contributions to altered glomerular hemodynamics in hypertension, the effects of acute blockade of P2X1R, P2X7R and P2X4R with NF449, A438079 and PSB12054 respectively, were evaluated in AngII-infused rats (435 ng/kg/min)...
April 12, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Renal Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398929/comprehensive-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-3d-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-the-breast-with-fat-water-separation-and-high-spatiotemporal-resolution-using-radial-sampling-compressed-sensing-and-parallel-imaging
#18
Thomas Benkert, Kai Tobias Block, Samantha Heller, Melanie Moccaldi, Daniel K Sodickson, Sungheon Gene Kim, Linda Moy
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the applicability of Dixon radial volumetric encoding (Dixon-RAVE) for comprehensive dynamic contrast-enhanced 3D magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast using a combination of radial sampling, model-based fat/water separation, compressed sensing, and parallel imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-compliant prospective study, 24 consecutive patients underwent bilateral breast MRI, including both conventional fat-suppressed and non-fat-suppressed precontrast T1-weighted volumetric interpolated breath-hold examination (VIBE)...
April 11, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390377/free-energy-of-formation-of-a-crystal-nucleus-in-incongruent-solidification-implication-for-modeling-the-crystallization-of-aqueous-nitric-acid-droplets-in-polar-stratospheric-clouds
#19
Yuri S Djikaev, Eli Ruckenstein
Using the formalism of classical thermodynamics in the framework of the classical nucleation theory, we derive an expression for the reversible work W* of formation of a binary crystal nucleus in a liquid binary solution of non-stoichiometric composition (incongruent crystallization). Applied to the crystallization of aqueous nitric acid droplets, the new expression more adequately takes account of the effects of nitric acid vapor compared to the conventional expression of MacKenzie, Kulmala, Laaksonen, and Vesala (MKLV) [J...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303869/-5-year-surgical-results-in-patients-with-chronic-postembolic-pulmonary-hypertension
#20
A M Chernyavsky, A G Edemsky, M A Chernyavsky, A R Tarkova, E N Kliver, S N Ivanov
AIM: To evaluate 5-year results of surgical treatment of patients with chronic postembolic pulmonary hypertension. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 170 patients with chronic postembolic pulmonary hypertension underwent pulmonary thrombendarterectomy. Mean age was 48±21.5 years. The operation was carried out using standard technique with hypothermia and circulatory arrest. We have analyzed clinical and functional status of 47 patients (23 males) prior to surgery and in long-term postoperative period (5-6 years)...
2017: Khirurgiia
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