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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641248/method-for-simulating-dose-reduction-in-digital-breast-tomosynthesis
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Lucas R Borges, Igor Guerrero, Predrag R Bakic, Alessandro Foi, Andrew D A Maidment, Marcelo A C Vieira
This work proposes a new method of simulating dose reduction in digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), starting from a clinical image acquired with a standard radiation dose. It considers both signal-dependent quantum and signal-independent electronic noise. Furthermore, the method accounts for pixel crosstalk, which causes the noise to be frequency-dependent, thus increasing the simulation accuracy. For an objective assessment, simulated and real images were compared in terms of noise standard deviation, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and normalized noise power spectrum (NNPS)...
June 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641171/electromyographic-analysis-of-rotator-cuff-muscles-in-patients-with-rotator-cuff-tendinopathy-a-systematic-review
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Fábio Carlos Lucas de Oliveira, Laurent Julien Bouyer, Amanda L Ager, Jean-Sébastien Roy
The shoulder is inherently an unstable joint which heavily relies on the neuromuscular activation of the rotator cuff (RC) complex for stability during movement. Currently, there is no consensus regarding how the activity of RC muscles is affected among individuals with a RC tendinopathy (RCTe). This study reviewed the evidence of studies comparing the electromyographic (EMG) activity of any RC muscle of shoulders with a symptomatic RCTe to asymptomatic shoulders. Eight databases were searched. Data from 343 participants (201 symptomatic and 209 asymptomatic shoulders) were analyzed from 10 out of 402 included studies...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641160/effects-of-hip-joint-centre-mislocation-on-gait-kinematics-of-children-with-cerebral-palsy-calculated-using-patient-specific-direct-and-inverse-kinematic-models
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Hans Kainz, Christopher P Carty, Sheanna Maine, Henry P J Walsh, David G Lloyd, Luca Modenese
Joint kinematics can be calculated by Direct Kinematics (DK), which is used in most clinical gait laboratories, or Inverse Kinematics (IK), which is mainly used for musculoskeletal research. In both approaches, joint centre locations are required to compute joint angles. The hip joint centre (HJC) in DK models can be estimated using predictive or functional methods, while in IK models can be obtained by scaling generic models. The aim of the current study was to systematically investigate the impact of HJC location errors on lower limb joint kinematics of a clinical population using DK and IK approaches...
June 4, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641144/impact-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-and-torulaspora-delbrueckii-starter-cultures-on-cocoa-beans-fermentation
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Simonetta Visintin, Lacerda Ramos, Nara Batista, Paola Dolci, Freitas Schwan, Luca Cocolin
Aim of this work was to study the impact of mixed cultures of Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Torulaspora delbrueckii and T. delbrueckii monoculture on the fermentation process conducted on two different cocoa hybrids, PS1319 and SJ02, in Bahia, Brazil. This was performed throughout studying physico-chemical changes during the fermentation process and analyzing volatile compounds and sensory analysis of chocolates. (GTG)5-PCR fingerprinting was used to type isolates at strain level allowing to assess the implantation of the starter cultures added...
June 7, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641055/long-term-safety-evaluation-of-natalizumab-for-the-treatment-of-multiple-sclerosis
#5
Marinella Clerico, Carlo Alberto Artusi, Alessandra Di Liberto, Simona Rolla, Valentina Bardina, Pierangelo Barbero, Stefania Federica De Mercanti, Luca Durelli
Introduction Natalizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody highly effective in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). Important concerns about its safety have been pointed out because of the risk of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML), caused by the opportunistic John-Cunningham virus (JCV). Areas covered This review analyzes all the safety aspects related to the use of natalizumab in MS patients. Fatigue and allergic reactions are not-severe adverse events (AEs) occurring more frequently than placebo and no differences in serious AEs (SAE) have been observed comparing to interferon-β1a during clinical trials...
June 22, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640668/absence-of-the-fragile-x-mental-retardation-protein-results-in-defects-of-rna-editing-of-neuronal-mrnas-in-mouse
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Alice Filippini, Daniela Bonini, Caroline Lacoux, Laura Pacini, Maria Zingariello, Laura Sancillo, Daniela Bosisio, Valentina Salvi, Jessica Mingardi, Luca La Via, Francesca Zalfa, Claudia Bagni, Alessandro Barbon
The fragile X syndrome (FXS), the most common form of inherited intellectual disability, is due to the absence of FMRP, a protein regulating RNA metabolism. Recently, an unexpected function of FMRP in modulating the activity of Adenosine Deaminase Acting on RNA (ADAR) enzymes has been reported both in Drosophila and Zebrafish. ADARs are RNA-binding proteins that increase transcriptional complexity through a post-transcriptional mechanism called RNA editing. In order to evaluate the ADAR2-FMRP interaction in mammals we analysed several RNA editing re-coding sites in the fmr1 knockout (KO) mice...
June 22, 2017: RNA Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640604/parametrizaton-of-a-reactive-force-field-reaxff-for-molecular-dynamics-simulations-of-si-nanoparticles
#7
Giovanni Barcaro, Susanna Monti, Luca Sementa, Vincenzo Carravetta
A novel computational approach, based on classical reactive molecular dynamics simulations (RMD) and quantum chemistry (QC) global energy optimizations, is proposed for modelling large Si nanoparticles. The force field parameters, which can describe bond breaking and formation, are derived by reproducing energetic and structural properties of a set of Si clusters increasing in size. These reference models are obtained through a new protocol based on a joint high temperature RMD/low temperature Basin Hopping QC search...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637270/in-planta-recapitulation-of-isoprene-synthases-evolution-from-ocimene-synthases
#8
Mingai Li, Jia Xu, Alberto Algarra Alarcon, Silvia Carlin, Enrico Barbaro, Luca Cappellin, Violeta Velikova, Urska Vrhovsek, Francesco Loreto, Claudio Varotto
Isoprene is the most abundant biogenic volatile hydrocarbon compound naturally emitted by plants and plays a major role in atmospheric chemistry. It has been proposed that isoprene synthases (IspS) may readily evolve from other terpene synthases, but this hypothesis has not been experimentally investigated.We isolated and functionally validated in Arabidopsis the first isoprene synthase gene, AdoIspS, from a monocotyledonous species (Arundo donax L., Poaceae). Phylogenetic reconstruction indicates that AdoIspS and dicots isoprene synthases most likely originated by parallel evolution from TPS-b monoterpene synthases...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637058/evaluation-of-cases-of-abdominal-wall-endometriosis-at-universidade-estadual-de-campinas-in-a-period-of-10-years
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Daniela Angerame Yela, Lucas Trigo, Cristina Laguna Benetti-Pinto
Purpose To determine the clinical and epidemiological characteristics of abdominal wall endometriosis (AWE), as well as the rate and recurrence factors for the disease. Methods A retrospective study of 52 women with AWE was performed at Universidade Estadual de Campinas from 2004 to 2014. Of the 231 surgeries performed for the diagnosis of endometriosis, 52 women were found to have abdominal wall endometriosis (AWE). The frequencies, means and standard deviations of the clinical characteristics of these women were calculated, as well as the recurrence rate of AWE...
June 21, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637050/ultrasonography-for-the-diagnosis-of-pneumothorax-after-transbronchial-lung-cryobiopsy-in-diffuse-parenchymal-lung-diseases
#10
Luca Viglietta, Riccardo Inchingolo, Cristina Pavano, Sara Tomassetti, Sara Piciucchi, Andrea Smargiassi, Claudia Ravaglia, Alessandra Dubini, Christian Gurioli, Carlo Gurioli, Venerino Poletti
BACKGROUND: Transbronchial lung cryobiopsy (TBLC) can be indicated in diffuse parenchymal lung diseases (DPLDs) when a confident noninvasive diagnosis cannot be made. The 2 most relevant complications of TBLC are bleeding and pneumothorax (PTX). The accuracy of chest ultrasonography (US) for the detection of PTX is higher when compared to chest X-ray (CXR) with reference to computed tomography (CT) scan as a gold standard. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the accuracy of chest US in detecting PTX after TBLC in patients with DPLDs...
June 22, 2017: Respiration; International Review of Thoracic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636955/inflammatory-ly6c-high-monocytes-protect-against-candidiasis-through-il-15-driven-nk-cell-neutrophil-activation
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Jorge Domínguez-Andrés, Lidia Feo-Lucas, María Minguito de la Escalera, Leticia González, María López-Bravo, Carlos Ardavín
Neutrophils play a crucial role in defense against systemic candidiasis, a disease associated with a high mortality rate in patients receiving immunosuppressive therapy, although the early immune mechanisms that boost the candidacidal activity of neutrophils remain to be defined in depth. Here, we used a murine model of systemic candidiasis to explore the role of inflammatory Ly6C(high) monocytes in NK cell-mediated neutrophil activation during the innate immune response against C. albicans. We found that efficient anti-Candida immunity required a collaborative response between the spleen and kidney, which relied on type I interferon-dependent IL-15 production by spleen inflammatory Ly6C(high) monocytes to drive efficient activation and GM-CSF release by spleen NK cells; this in turn was necessary to boost the Candida killing potential of kidney neutrophils...
June 20, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636564/radiation-dosimetry-in-magnetic-fields-with-farmer-type-ionization-chambers-determination-of-magnetic-field-correction-factors-for-different-magnetic-field-strengths-and-field-orientations
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Claudia Katharina Spindeldreier, Oliver Schrenk, Anna Bakenecker, Iwan Kawrakow, Lucas Norberto Burigo, Christian P Karger, Steffen Greilich, Asja Pfaffenberger
The aim of this work was to determine magnetic field correction factors that are needed for dosimetry in hybrid devices for MR-guided radiotherapy for Farmer-type ionization chambers for different magnetic field strengths and field orientations. The response of six custom-built Farmer-type chambers irradiated at a 6 MV linac was measured in a water tank positioned in a magnet with magnetic field strengths between 0.0 T and 1.1 T. Chamber axis, beam and magnetic field were perpendicular to each other and both magnetic field directions were investigated...
June 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636537/metabolic-pathway-for-the-universal-fluorescent-recognition-of-tumor-cells
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Ana Fernandez-Carrascal, Manuel Garcia-Algar, Moritz Nazarenus, Alicia Torres-Nuñez, Luca Guerrini, Neus Feliu, Wolfgang J Parak, Eduardo Garcia-Rico, Ramon A Alvarez-Puebla
Quantification of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in blood samples from cancer patients is a non-invasive approach to monitoring the status of the disease. Most of the methods proposed in the recent years are phenomenological and rely on the use of antibodies labelled with fluorophores, magnetic particles, or immobilized on surfaces to capture the CTCs. Herein, we designed and optimized a method that employs a glucose analogue labelled with a fluorophore which takes advantage of the different metabolic pathways of cancer cells to discern them from normal ones...
June 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636362/corey-chaykovsky-reactions-of-nitro-styrenes-enable-cis-configured-trifluoromethyl-cyclopropanes
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Katharina J Hock, Renè Hommelsheim, Lucas Mertens, Junming Ho, Thanh Vinh Nguyen, Rene M Koenigs
Trifluoromethyl-substituted cyclopropanes are an attractive family of building blocks for the construction of pharmaceutical and agrochemical agents. This work demonstrated the utilization of fluorinated sulfur ylides as versatile reagents for Corey-Chaykovsky cyclopropanation reactions of nitro styrenes. This protocol favored the synthesis of cis-configured trifluoromethyl cyclopropanes on a broad range of substrates with excellent yields and good diastereoselectivity.
June 21, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636006/copper-ion-interaction-with-the-rnase-catalytic-site-fragment-of-the-angiogenin-protein-an-experimental-and-theoretical-investigation
#15
Antonio Magrì, Giovanni Tabbì, Raffaella Breglia, Luca De Gioia, Piercarlo Fantucci, Maurizio Bruschi, Raffaele P Bonomo, Diego La Mendola
The angiogenin protein (Ang) is a member of the vertebrate-specific secreted ribonucleases and one of the most potent angiogenic factors known. Ang is a normal constituent of human plasma and its concentration increases under some physiological and pathological conditions to promote neovascularization. Ang was originally identified as an angiogenic tumour factor, but its biological activity has been found to extend from inducing angiogenesis to promoting cell survival in different neurodegenerative diseases...
June 21, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635964/elastically-driven-intermittent-microscopic-dynamics-in-soft-solids
#16
Mehdi Bouzid, Jader Colombo, Lucas Vieira Barbosa, Emanuela Del Gado
Soft solids with tunable mechanical response are at the core of new material technologies, but a crucial limit for applications is their progressive aging over time, which dramatically affects their functionalities. The generally accepted paradigm is that such aging is gradual and its origin is in slower than exponential microscopic dynamics, akin to the ones in supercooled liquids or glasses. Nevertheless, time- and space-resolved measurements have provided contrasting evidence: dynamics faster than exponential, intermittency and abrupt structural changes...
June 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635949/non-coding-variants-contribute-to-the-clinical-heterogeneity-of-ttr-amyloidosis
#17
Andrea Iorio, Antonella De Lillo, Flavio De Angelis, Marco Di Girolamo, Marco Luigetti, Mario Sabatelli, Luca Pradotto, Alessandro Mauro, Anna Mazzeo, Claudia Stancanelli, Federico Perfetto, Sabrina Frusconi, Filomena My, Dario Manfellotto, Maria Fuciarelli, Renato Polimanti
Coding mutations in TTR gene cause a rare hereditary form of systemic amyloidosis, which has a complex genotype-phenotype correlation. We investigated the role of non-coding variants in regulating TTR gene expression and consequently amyloidosis symptoms. We evaluated the genotype-phenotype correlation considering the clinical information of 129 Italian patients with TTR amyloidosis. Then, we conducted a re-sequencing of TTR gene to investigate how non-coding variants affect TTR expression and, consequently, phenotypic presentation in carriers of amyloidogenic mutations...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635199/a-case-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-syndrome-associated-with-floppy-eyelid-syndrome-positive-effect-of-cpap-therapy
#18
Roberto Porta, Laura Comini, Luca Barbano, Luca Bianchi, Michele Vitacca
The obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) may be associated with several eyes disorders, among which the most common is the floppy eyelid syndrome (FES). We intended to highlight the association between OSAS and FES and evaluate the effect of FES treatment with Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). A 50-year patient with a 10-year history of snoring, sleep fragmentation and daytime sleepiness associated with several comorbidities has been studied. For six months, several ocular symptoms were present, particularly on waking up in the morning...
May 18, 2017: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635102/ratiometric-analysis-of-optical-coherence-tomography-measured-in%C3%A2-vivo-retinal-layer-thicknesses-for-the-detection-of-early-diabetic-retinopathy
#19
Basanta Bhaduri, Ryan L Shelton, Ryan M Nolan, Lucas Hendren, Alexandra Almasov, Leanne T Labriola, Stephen A Boppart
Influence of diabetes mellitus (DM) and diabetic retinopathy (DR) on parafoveal retinal thicknesses and their ratios was evaluated. Six retinal layer boundaries were segmented from spectral-domain optical coherence tomography images using open-source software. Five study groups: (1) healthy control (HC) subjects, and subjects with (2) controlled DM, (3) uncontrolled DM, (4) controlled DR and (5) uncontrolled DR, were identified. The one-way analyses of variance (ANOVA) between adjacent study groups (i. e...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635075/salts-influence-cathechins-and-flavonoids-encapsulation-in-liposomes-a-molecular-dynamics-investigation
#20
Emiliano Laudadio, Giovanna Mobbili, Cristina Minnelli, Luca Massaccesi, Roberta Galeazzi
Cathechins and flavonoids are responsible of numerous health benefits. Two of the most representatives' compounds for their antioxidant and therapeutic effects are Epigallocatechin 3-Gallate (EGCG), from green tea extracts, and morelloflavone (MF), from Garcinia dulcis. Here we explore, by atomistic Molecular Dynamics simulations, how EGCG and MF interact with lipid bilayers and we show the salts' influence on their encapsulation degree in neutral liposomes. As a result, we found out that EGCGs naturally bind to the hydrophilic regions of phospholipids, positioning themselves mostly at the interface between water and lipid phases...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Informatics
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