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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914083/antibody-guided-molecular-imaging-of-infective-endocarditis
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Kenneth L Pinkston, Peng Gao, Kavindra V Singh, Ali Azhdarinia, Barbara E Murray, Eva M Sevick-Muraca, Barrett R Harvey
In this protocol, we describe the application of using a high affinity monoclonal antibody generated against the major pilin protein component of the pilin structure of Enterococcus faecalis as a PET imaging agent for enterococcal endocarditis detection. The anti-pilin -mAb 64Cu conjugate was able to specifically label enterococcal endocarditis vegetation in vivo in a rodent endocarditis model. By targeting pili, a covalently linked surface antigen extending from the bacterial surface, we provided evidence that gram-positive pilin represent a logical surface antigen to define or target an infectious agent for molecularly guided imaging...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914044/the-framework-of-computational-protein-design
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Ilan Samish
Computational protein design (CPD) has established itself as a leading field in basic and applied science with a strong coupling between the two. Proteins are computationally designed from the level of amino acids to the level of a functional protein complex. Design targets range from increased thermo- (or other) stability to specific requested reactions such as protein-protein binding, enzymatic reactions, or nanotechnology applications. The design scheme may encompass small regions of the proteins or the entire protein...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913982/pharmacological-management-of-allergic-rhinitis-in-the-elderly
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Andrzej Bozek
Recent studies suggest that allergic rhinitis is highly prevalent in the elderly population, but is underdiagnosed and undertreated. This review article briefly introduces allergic rhinitis in the elderly (epidemiology and pathophysiology) and identifies the main goals of treatment in these patients with respect to age-related physiological factors, comorbid conditions and polypharmacy. The primary focus of the article is a narrative review of the literature concerning the different types of treatment options in elderly patients aged 60+ years (pharmacological therapy and allergen-specific immunotherapy)...
December 3, 2016: Drugs & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913598/describing-visible-acute-injuries-development-of-a-comprehensive-taxonomy-for-research-and-practice
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Tony Rosen, Christopher Reisig, Veronica M LoFaso, Elizabeth M Bloemen, Sunday Clark, Thomas J McCarthy, Estomih P Mtui, Neal E Flomenbaum, Mark S Lachs
BACKGROUND: Little literature exists classifying and comprehensively describing intentional and unintentional acute injuries, which would be valuable for research and practice. In preparation for a study of injury patterns in elder abuse, our goal was to develop a comprehensive taxonomy of relevant types and characteristics of visible acute injuries and evaluate it in geriatric patients. METHODS: We conducted an exhaustive review of the medical and forensic literature focusing on injury types, descriptions, patterns and analyses...
December 2, 2016: Injury Prevention: Journal of the International Society for Child and Adolescent Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913591/temporal-expectations-guide-dynamic-prioritization-in-visual-working-memory-through-attenuated-alpha-oscillations
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Freek van Ede, Marcel Niklaus, Anna C Nobre
: While working memory is generally considered a highly dynamic mnemonic store, popular laboratory tasks employed to understand its psychological and neural mechanisms (such as change detection and continuous reproduction) often remain relatively "static", involving the retention of a set number of items throughout a shared delay interval. In the current study, we investigated visual working memory in a more dynamic setting, and assessed: 1) whether internally guided temporal expectations can dynamically and reversibly prioritize individual mnemonic items at specific times at which they are deemed most relevant and 2) the neural substrates that support such dynamic prioritization...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913200/pharyngeal-swallowing-mechanics-secondary-to-hemispheric-stroke
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Nelson H May, Jessica M Pisegna, Sarah Marchina, Susan E Langmore, Sandeep Kumar, William G Pearson
BACKGROUND: Computational analysis of swallowing mechanics (CASM) is a method that utilizes multivariate shape change analysis to uncover covariant elements of pharyngeal swallowing mechanics associated with impairment using videofluoroscopic swallowing studies. The goals of this preliminary study were to (1) characterize swallowing mechanics underlying stroke-related dysphagia, (2) decipher the impact of left and right hemispheric strokes on pharyngeal swallowing mechanics, and (3) determine pharyngeal swallowing mechanics associated with penetration-aspiration status...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913166/dose-dependent-effect-of-donepezil-administration-on-long-term-enhancement-of-visually-evoked-potentials-and-cholinergic-receptor-overexpression-in-rat-visual-cortex
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Mira Chamoun, Marianne Groleau, Menakshi Bhat, Elvire Vaucher
Stimulation of the cholinergic system tightly coupled with periods of visual stimulation boosts the processing of specific visual stimuli via muscarinic and nicotinic receptors in terms of intensity, priority and long-term effect. However, it is not known whether more diffuse pharmacological stimulation with donepezil, a cholinesterase inhibitor, is an efficient tool for enhancing visual processing and perception. The goal of the present study was to potentiate cholinergic transmission with donepezil treatment (0...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Physiology, Paris
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912910/molecular-imaging-for-prostate-cancer-performance-analysis-of-68-ga-psma-pet-ct-versus-choline-pet-ct
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L Michaud, K A Touijer
INTRODUCTION: There is a need for a precise and reliable imaging to improve the management of prostate cancer. In recent years the PET/CT with choline has changed the handling of prostate cancer in Europe, and it is commonly used for initial stratification or for the diagnosis of a biochemical recurrence, although it does not lack limitations. Other markers are being tested, including the ligand of prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA), that seems to offer encouraging prospects. The goal of this piece of work was to critically review the role of choline and PSMA PET/CT in prostate cancer...
November 29, 2016: Actas Urologicas Españolas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912236/prognostic-role-of-pten-gene-expression-in-breast-cancer-patients-from-north-east-iran
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Rahim Golmohammadi, Mohammad Hassan Rakhshani, Ali Reza Moslem, Akbar Pejhan
Background: PTEN protein is one of the most important tumour suppressor factors which is detectable by immunohistochemistry. The goal of the present study was to investigate the prognostic role of PTEN gene expression in breast cancer patients. Materials and Methods: This descriptive-analytical study was conducted on 100 breast cancer patients referred to Sabzevar hospitals in the north-east of Iran between 2010 and 2011, who were followed up to 2015. PTEN gene expression in tissue samples was determined using specific monoclonal antibodies and data were analyzed using Chi-square test and Fisher’s exact test...
January 9, 2016: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912010/fecundity-and-the-demographic-strategies-of-coral-morphologies
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Mariana Álvarez-Noriega, Andrew H Baird, Maria Dornelas, Joshua S Madin, Vivian R Cumbo, Sean R Connolly
Understanding species differences in demographic strategies is a fundamental goal of ecology. In scleractinian corals, colony morphology is tightly linked with many demographic traits, such as size-specific growth and morality. Here we test how well morphology predicts the colony size-fecundity relationship in eight species of broadcast-spawning corals. Variation in colony fecundity is greater among morphologies than between species with a similar morphology, demonstrating that colony morphology can be used as a quantitative proxy for demographic strategies...
December 2016: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911797/meeting-the-sustainable-development-goals-leads-to-lower-world-population-growth
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Guy J Abel, Bilal Barakat, Samir Kc, Wolfgang Lutz
Here we show the extent to which the expected world population growth could be lowered by successfully implementing the recently agreed-upon Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs include specific quantitative targets on mortality, reproductive health, and education for all girls by 2030, measures that will directly and indirectly affect future demographic trends. Based on a multidimensional model of population dynamics that stratifies national populations by age, sex, and level of education with educational fertility and mortality differentials, we translate these goals into SDG population scenarios, resulting in population sizes between 8...
November 29, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911790/psychopathic-individuals-exhibit-but-do-not-avoid-regret-during-counterfactual-decision-making
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Arielle Baskin-Sommers, Allison M Stuppy-Sullivan, Joshua W Buckholtz
Psychopathy is associated with persistent antisocial behavior and a striking lack of regret for the consequences of that behavior. Although explanatory models for psychopathy have largely focused on deficits in affective responsiveness, recent work indicates that aberrant value-based decision making may also play a role. On that basis, some have suggested that psychopathic individuals may be unable to effectively use prospective simulations to update action value estimates during cost-benefit decision making...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911360/development-of-a-more-sensitive-and-specific-chromogenic-agar-medium-for-the-detection-of-vibrio-parahaemolyticus-and-other-vibrio-species
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Marie Yeung, Trevor Thorsen
Foodborne infections in the US caused by Vibrio species have shown an upward trend. In the genus Vibrio, V. parahaemolyticus is responsible for the majority of Vibrio-associated infections. Thus, accurate differentiation among Vibrio spp. and detection of V. parahaemolyticus is critically important to ensure the safety of our food supply. Although molecular techniques are increasingly common, culture-depending methods are still routinely done and they are considered standard methods in certain circumstances...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911329/comparison-of-model-based-indices-of%C3%A2-cerebral-autoregulation-and-vasomotor-reactivity-using-transcranial-doppler-versus-near-infrared-spectroscopy-in%C3%A2-patients-with-amnestic-mild-cognitive-impairment
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Vasilis Z Marmarelis, Dae C Shin, Takashi Tarumi, Rong Zhang
We recently introduced model-based "physiomarkers" of dynamic cerebral autoregulation and CO2 vasomotor reactivity as an aid for diagnosis of early-stage Alzheimer's disease (AD) [1], where significant impairment of dynamic vasomotor reactivity (DVR) was observed in early-stage AD patients relative to age-matched controls. Milder impairment of DVR was shown in patients with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (MCI) using the same approach in a subsequent study [2]. The advocated approach utilizes subject-specific data-based models of cerebral hemodynamics to quantify the dynamic effects of resting-state changes in arterial blood pressure and end-tidal CO2 (the putative inputs) upon cerebral blood flow velocity (the putative output) measured at the middle cerebral artery via transcranial Doppler (TCD)...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910050/gene-transfer-to-rodent-hearts-in-vivo
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Federica Del Monte, Kiyotake Ishikawa, Roger J Hajjar
Altering expression of specific genes in rodent models allows the dissection of various pathways involved in various disease states. Advances in gene transfer technologies produced vectors with tissue specificity, various time courses, increasing or knocking down genes in an externally controlled fashion. To achieve this goal, appropriate vector delivery method is essential for successfully conducting experiments. In this chapter, we focus on cardiac gene transfer in rodents that can be employed for delivering both viral and nonviral vectors...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909656/outcomes-of-demineralized-bone-matrix-enriched-with-concentrated-bone-marrow-aspirate-in-lumbar-fusion
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Remi M Ajiboye, Mark A Eckardt, Jason T Hamamoto, Benjamin Plotkin, Michael D Daubs, Jeffrey C Wang
BACKGROUND: Multiple studies have demonstrated that a significant amount of variability exists in various demineralized bone matrix (DBM) formulations, which casts doubts on its reliability in consistently promoting fusion. Bone marrow aspirate (BMA) is a cellular based graft that contains mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and growth factors can confer osteogenic and osteoinductive potential to DBM. The goal of this study was to describe the outcome of DBM enriched with concentrated BMA in patients undergoing combined lumbar interbody and posterolateral fusion...
2016: International Journal of Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909518/symptoms-in-atrial-fibrillation-a-contemporary-review-and-future-directions
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REVIEW
Steven T Heidt Bs, Anna Kratz PhD, Kayvan Najarian PhD, Afton L Hassett PsyD, Hakan Oral Md, Richard Gonzalez PhD, Brahmajee K Nallamothu Md Mph, Daniel Clauw Md, Hamid Ghanbari Md Mph
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most prevalent arrhythmia leading to hospital admissions in the United States. The majority of patients with AF report symptoms associated with this condition that can lead to a decrease in health related quality of life (HRQOL) and functional status. Therefore, along with reducing the risk of stroke and mortality, improvements in such symptoms are important therapeutic goals in the management of patients with AF. Our current understanding of how AF and symptoms are linked is hampered by the dominant assessment paradigm, where symptoms thought to be associated with AF are measured at a single point in time (frequently at a clinic visit)...
June 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908641/free-energy-perturbation-calculation-of-relative-binding-free-energy-between-broadly-neutralizing-antibodies-and-the-gp120-glycoprotein-of-hiv-1
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Anthony J Clark, Tatyana Gindin, Baoshan Zhang, Lingle Wang, Robert Abel, Colleen S Murret, Fang Xu, Amy Bao, Nina J Lu, Tongqing Zhou, Peter D Kwong, Lawrence Shapiro, Barry Honig, Richard A Friesner
Direct calculation of relative binding affinities between antibodies and antigens is a long-sought goal. However, despite substantial efforts, no generally applicable computational method has been described. Here we describe a systematic free energy perturbation (FEP) protocol and calculate the binding affinities between the gp120 envelope glycoprotein of HIV-1 and three broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) of the VRC01 class. The protocol has been adapted from successful studies of small molecules to address the challenges associated with modeling protein-protein interactions...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908484/maintenance-fluid-therapy-isotonic-versus-hypotonic-solutions
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REVIEW
Bernie Hansen, Alessio Vigani
The goal of maintenance fluid therapy in small animals is to replace normal ongoing losses of water and salts when oral intake is withheld. Hospitalized dogs and cats may have multiple stimuli for antidiuretic hormone release that disrupt normal osmoregulation and predispose to water retention. Severe illness promotes retention of both sodium and water as edema. Commercially available fluids have electrolyte concentrations that are very different from dietary maintenance requirements, and potential consequences include development of hypoosmolality, edema, or both when excesses of water or sodium are administered...
November 28, 2016: Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907997/control-of-oscillations-in-vibration-machines-start-up-and-passage-through-resonance
#20
A Fradkov, D Gorlatov, O Tomchina, D Tomchin
Control of oscillations in mechanical systems in the start-up and passage through resonance modes is studied. In both cases, the control algorithm is based on the speed-gradient method with energy-based goal functions. It is shown that for Hamiltonian 1-degree of freedom (DOF) systems, it is generically possible to move the system from any initial state to any final state by means of a controlling force of arbitrarily small intensity. Controlled passage through resonance is studied for a 5-DOF vibration machine taking friction into account...
November 2016: Chaos
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