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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646674/a-multimodal-spatiotemporal-cardiac-motion-atlas-from-mr-and-ultrasound-data
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Esther Puyol-Antón, Matthew Sinclair, Bernhard Gerber, Mihaela Silvia Amzulescu, Hélène Langet, Mathieu De Craene, Paul Aljabar, Paolo Piro, Andrew P King
Cardiac motion atlases provide a space of reference in which the motions of a cohort of subjects can be directly compared. Motion atlases can be used to learn descriptors that are linked to different pathologies and which can subsequently be used for diagnosis. To date, all such atlases have been formed and applied using data from the same modality. In this work we propose a framework to build a multimodal cardiac motion atlas from 3D magnetic resonance (MR) and 3D ultrasound (US) data. Such an atlas will benefit from the complementary motion features derived from the two modalities, and furthermore, it could be applied in clinics to detect cardiovascular disease using US data alone...
June 13, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644511/bacteriophage-tail-tube-assembly-studied-by-proton-detected-4d-solid-state-nmr
#2
Maximilian Zinke, Pascal Fricke, Camille Samson, Songhwan Hwang, Joseph Wall, Sascha Lange, Sophie Zinn-Justin, Adam Lange
Obtaining unambiguous resonance assignments remains a major bottleneck in solid-state NMR studies of protein structure and dynamics. Particularly for supramolecular assemblies with large subunits (>150 residues), the analysis of crowded spectral data presents a challenge, even if three-dimensional (3D) spectra are used. Here, we present a proton-detected 4D solid-state NMR assignment procedure that is tailored for large assemblies. The key to recording 4D spectra with three indirect carbon or nitrogen dimensions with their inherently large chemical shift dispersion lies in the use of sparse non-uniform sampling (as low as 2%)...
June 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643050/application-of-transoral-continuous-intraoperative-neuromonitoring-in-natural-orifice-transluminal-endoscopic-surgery-for-thyroid-disease-a-preliminary-study
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Han-Kun Chen, Chun-Liang Chen, Kuo-Shan Wen, Yi-Feng Lin, Kai-Yuan Lin, Yih-Huei Uen
BACKGROUND: The novel concept of continuous intraoperative neuromonitoring (Cont-IONM) through stimulation of the vagal nerve has been used in thyroidectomies to prevent imminent injury of the recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN). This article reports on this technology and the results of using transoral Cont-IONM in natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery for thyroid disease. METHODS: Cont-IONM of the RLN was achieved through automatic cyclical stimulation of the vagal nerve using a C2 monitor and delta stimulating electrode...
June 22, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641833/glyoxal-and-methylglyoxal-as-urinary-markers-of-diabetes-determination-using-a-dispersive-liquid-liquid-microextraction-procedure-combined-with-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry
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M Pastor-Belda, A J Fernández-García, N Campillo, M D Pérez-Cárceles, M Motas, M Hernández-Córdoba, P Viñas
Glyoxal (GO) and methylglyoxal (MGO) are α-oxoaldehydes that can be used as urinary diabetes markers. In this study, their levels were measured using a sample preparation procedure based on salting-out assisted liquid-liquid extraction (SALLE) and dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) combined with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The effect of the derivatization reaction with 2,3-diaminonaphthalene, the addition of acetonitrile and sodium chloride to urine, and the DLLME step using the acetonitrile extract as dispersant solvent and carbon tetrachloride as extractant solvent were carefully optimized...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639895/upregulation-of-mir-199a-b-contributes-to-cisplatin-resistance-via-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-abcg2-signaling-pathway-in-aldha1-colorectal-cancer-stem-cells
#5
Binghe Chen, Dezhong Zhang, Jun Kuai, Mingkun Cheng, Xiangjie Fang, Guangyan Li
Cisplatin resistance in colorectal cancer largely results from the colorectal cancer stem cells which could be targeted to improve the efficacy of chemotherapy. MicroRNAs are possible modulators of cancer stem cell characteristics and maybe involved in the retention of cancer stem cell chemoresistance. The aim of this study was to investigate the biological function of miR-199a/b on cisplatin resistance in colorectal cancer stem cells and its related mechanisms. Here, ALDHA1(+) cells from primary colorectal cancer tissues behaved similar to cancer stem cells and were chemoresistant to cisplatin...
June 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634783/the-treatment-for-the-first-branchial-cleft-anomalies-in-children
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Wei Liu, Min Chen, Jinsheng Hao, Yang Yang, Jie Zhang, Xin Ni
The objective of this study is to make a clinical analysis for first branchial cleft anomalies (FBCAs), especially introduce the relationship between the Type I/II FBCA with the facial nerve and to demonstrate the importance of using intraoperative microscope and facial nerve monitoring. This is a retrospective review of patients with FBCAs treated in Beijing Children's Hospital, from Jan 2013 to Dec 2015. Clinical data of patients, including sex, age, chief complains, history of surgery, incision and drainage, the relationship with the facial nerve, pre and post-operative facial paralysis, recurrent rate and complications were recorded...
June 20, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628665/a-chromosome-5q31-1-locus-associates-with-tuberculin-skin-test-reactivity-in-hiv-positive-individuals-from-tuberculosis-hyper-endemic-regions-in-east-africa
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Rafal S Sobota, Catherine M Stein, Nuri Kodaman, Isaac Maro, Wendy Wieland-Alter, Robert P Igo, Albert Magohe, LaShaunda L Malone, Keith Chervenak, Noemi B Hall, Mecky Matee, Harriet Mayanja-Kizza, Moses Joloba, Jason H Moore, William K Scott, Timothy Lahey, W Henry Boom, C Fordham von Reyn, Scott M Williams, Giorgio Sirugo
One in three people has been infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB), and the risk for MTB infection in HIV-infected individuals is even higher. We hypothesized that HIV-positive individuals living in tuberculosis-endemic regions who do not get infected by Mycobacterium tuberculosis are genetically resistant. Using an "experiment of nature" design that proved successful in our previous work, we performed a genome-wide association study of tuberculin skin test positivity using 469 HIV-positive patients from prospective study cohorts of tuberculosis from Tanzania and Uganda to identify genetic loci associated with MTB infection in the context of HIV-infection...
June 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628480/kernel-based-measure-of-variable-importance-for-genetic-association-studies
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Vicente Gallego, M Luz Calle, Ramon Oller
The identification of genetic variants that are associated with disease risk is an important goal of genetic association studies. Standard approaches perform univariate analysis where each genetic variant, usually Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs), is tested for association with disease status. Though many genetic variants have been identified and validated so far using this univariate approach, for most complex diseases a large part of their genetic component is still unknown, the so called missing heritability...
June 17, 2017: International Journal of Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628313/tunneling-kinetics-and-non-adiabatic-proton-coupled-electron-transfer-in-proteins-the-effect-of-electric-fields-and-anharmonic-donor-acceptor-interactions
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Bridget Salna, Abdelkrim Benabbas, Douglas Russo, Paul M Champion
A proper description of proton donor-acceptor (D-A) distance fluctuations is crucial for understanding tunneling in proton-coupled electron transport (PCET). The typical harmonic approximation for the D-A potential results in a Gaussian probability distribution, which does not appropriately reflect the electronic repulsion forces that increase the energetic cost of sampling shorter D-A distances. Because these shorter distances are the primary channel for thermally activated tunneling, the analysis of tunneling kinetics depends sensitively on the inherently anharmonic nature of the D-A interaction...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626864/detecting-genetic-association-through-shortest-paths-in-a-bidirected-graph
#10
Masao Ueki, Yoshinori Kawasaki, Gen Tamiya
Genome-wide association studies (GWASs) commonly use marginal association tests for each single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP). Because these tests treat SNPs as independent, their power will be suboptimal for detecting SNPs hidden by linkage disequilibrium (LD). One way to improve power is to use a multiple regression model. However, the large number of SNPs preclude simultaneous fitting with multiple regression, and subset regression is infeasible because of an exorbitant number of candidate subsets. We therefore propose a new method for detecting hidden SNPs having significant yet weak marginal association in a multiple regression model...
June 19, 2017: Genetic Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622095/black-and-white-lies-race-based-biases-in-deception-judgments
#11
E Paige Lloyd, Kurt Hugenberg, Allen R McConnell, Jonathan W Kunstman, Jason C Deska
In six studies ( N = 605), participants made deception judgments about videos of Black and White targets who told truths and lies about interpersonal relationships. In Studies 1a, 1b, 1c, and 2, White participants judged that Black targets were telling the truth more often than they judged that White targets were telling the truth. This truth bias was predicted by Whites' motivation to respond without prejudice. For Black participants, however, motives to respond without prejudice did not moderate responses (Study 2)...
June 1, 2017: Psychological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621736/a-panel-of-micrornas-as-diagnostic-biomarkers-for-the-identification-of-prostate-cancer
#12
Rhonda Daniel, Qianni Wu, Vernell Williams, Gene Clark, Georgi Guruli, Zendra Zehner
Prostate cancer is the most common non-cutaneous cancer among men; yet, current diagnostic methods are insufficient, and more reliable diagnostic markers need to be developed. One answer that can bridge this gap may lie in microRNAs. These small RNA molecules impact protein expression at the translational level, regulating important cellular pathways, the dysregulation of which can exert tumorigenic effects contributing to cancer. In this study, high throughput sequencing of small RNAs extracted from blood from 28 prostate cancer patients at initial stages of diagnosis and prior to treatment was used to identify microRNAs that could be utilized as diagnostic biomarkers for prostate cancer compared to 12 healthy controls...
June 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618513/recurrence-measure-of-conditional-dependence-and-applications
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Antônio M T Ramos, Alejandro Builes-Jaramillo, Germán Poveda, Bedartha Goswami, Elbert E N Macau, Jürgen Kurths, Norbert Marwan
Identifying causal relations from observational data sets has posed great challenges in data-driven causality inference studies. One of the successful approaches to detect direct coupling in the information theory framework is transfer entropy. However, the core of entropy-based tools lies on the probability estimation of the underlying variables. Here we propose a data-driven approach for causality inference that incorporates recurrence plot features into the framework of information theory. We define it as the recurrence measure of conditional dependence (RMCD), and we present some applications...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615523/phytoagent-deoxyelephantopin-derivative-inhibits-triple-negative-breast-cancer-cell-activity-by-inducing-oxidative-stress-mediated-paraptosis-like-cell-death
#14
Jeng-Yuan Shiau, Kyoko Nakagawa-Goto, Kuo-Hsiung Lee, Lie-Fen Shyur
Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is a highly metastatic cancer among the breast cancer subgroups. A thorny issue for clinical therapy of TNBC is lack of an efficient targeted therapeutic strategy. We previously created a novel sesquiterpene lactone analog (named DETD-35) derived from plant deoxyelephantopin (DET) which exhibits potent effects against human TNBC MDA-MB-231 tumor growth in a xenograft mouse model. Here we studied the mechanisms of both DET and DETD-35 against MDA-MB-231 cells. DETD-35 (3-fold decreased in IC50) exhibited better anti-TNBC cell activity than DET as observed through induction of reactive oxygen species production (within 2 h treatment) and damage to the ER structures, resulting in ER-derived cytoplasmic vacuolation and ubiquitinated protein accumulation in the treated cells...
May 25, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613260/joint-optimization-of-receiver-placement-and-illuminator-selection-for-a-multiband-passive-radar-network
#15
Rui Xie, Xianrong Wan, Sheng Hong, Jianxin Yi
The performance of a passive radar network can be greatly improved by an optimal radar network structure. Generally, radar network structure optimization consists of two aspects, namely the placement of receivers in suitable places and selection of appropriate illuminators. The present study investigates issues concerning the joint optimization of receiver placement and illuminator selection for a passive radar network. Firstly, the required radar cross section (RCS) for target detection is chosen as the performance metric, and the joint optimization model boils down to the partition p-center problem (PPCP)...
June 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605960/heart-rate-heart-rate-variability-faecal-glucocorticoid-metabolites-and-avoidance-response-of-dairy-cows-before-and-after-changeover-to-an-automatic-milking-system
#16
Viktor Jurkovich, Fruzsina Luca Kézér, Ferenc Ruff, Mikolt Bakony, Margit Kulcsár, Levente Kovács
The heart rate variability (HRV) parameters of dairy cows were monitored during parlour (PARL) and the later installed automatic (AMS) milking on a small-scale commercial dairy farm in Hungary. The aim of the study was to assess stress in relation to the type of milking and the frequency of human interaction. Parlour milking involved regular moving and crowding of the animals with frequent human interaction, which were much less frequent in automatic milking. The first phase of the study was conducted prior to the changeover [n = 27] and the second two months afterwards [n = 19 (of the cows from the first phase)]...
June 2017: Acta Veterinaria Hungarica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601461/effects-of-changing-freestall-area-on-lameness-lying-time-and-leg-injuries-on-dairy-farms-in-alberta-canada
#17
Emily Morabito, Herman W Barkema, Edmond A Pajor, Laura Solano, Doris Pellerin, Karin Orsel
Cow comfort is of increasing importance in the dairy industry, due to an increased focus on animal welfare. However, whether producer changes to the cows' environment affect cow comfort has not been well characterized. Our objectives were to: (1) quantify the effect of freestall area changes on the prevalence of lameness, leg injuries, and average lying time; and (2) compare cow comfort outcomes on farms that had never had an assessment of cow comfort to farms that had had a previous assessment of cow comfort...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599620/blackleg-in-cattle-a-case-report-of-fetal-infection-and-a-literature-review
#18
Camila C Abreu, Erin E Edwards, John F Edwards, Philippa M Gibbons, Jeann Leal de Araújo, Raquel R Rech, Francisco A Uzal
Clostridium chauvoei causes blackleg in cattle. The disease has been reported worldwide, and although it can be prevented by vaccination, sporadic cases and occasional outbreaks still occur. We describe a case of blackleg in a 2-y-old, pregnant Gyr cow with in utero transmission to the fetus. The cow had characteristic gross and microscopic lesions of blackleg including widespread necrohemorrhagic and emphysematous skeletal and myocardial myositis, and fibrinous pericarditis. Her uterus contained a near-term, markedly emphysematous fetus with skeletal muscle and myocardial lesions similar to those seen in the dam...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599483/effects-of-programmed-death-ligand-1-expression-on-ok-432-immunotherapy-following-transurethral-resection-in-non-muscle-invasive-bladder-cancer
#19
Zhi-Hua Liu, Fu-Fu Zheng, Yu-Ling Mao, Lie-Fu Ye, Jun Bian, De-Hui Lai, Yun-Lin Ye, Yu-Ping Dai
The present study aimed to investigate the effect of the negative costimulatory molecule programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) on immunotherapy with OK-432, following transurethral resection of bladder tumors in non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC), and to elucidate the underlying mechanism. PD-L1 was detected by immunohistochemical staining in tumor specimens from 55 cases of NMIBC following postoperative immunotherapy with OK-432. The PD-L1 mRNA and protein expression levels were measured in the bladder cancer T24 cell line and the human uroepithelial SV-HUC-1 cell line, following treatment with interleukin (IL)-2, interferon (IFN)-α and IFN-γ, by reverse transcription-quantitative polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) and western blot analysis, respectively...
June 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597034/ultrasound-visualization-of-an-underestimated-structure-the-bicipital-aponeurosis
#20
M Konschake, H Stofferin, B Moriggl
PURPOSE: We established a detailed sonographic approach to the bicipital aponeurosis (BA), because different pathologies of this, sometimes underestimated, structure are associated with vascular, neural and muscular lesions; emphasizing its further implementation in routine clinical examinations. METHODS: The BA of 100 volunteers, in sitting position with the elbow lying on a suitable table, was investigated. Patients were aged between 18 and 28 with no history of distal biceps injury...
June 8, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
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