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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293414/galectin-3-an-early-predictive-biomarker-of-modulation-of-airway-remodeling-in-patients-with-severe-asthma-treated-with-omalizumab-for-36%C3%A2-months
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Anna Maria Riccio, Pierluigi Mauri, Laura De Ferrari, Rossana Rossi, Dario Di Silvestre, Louise Benazzi, Alessandra Chiappori, Roberto Walter Dal Negro, Claudio Micheletto, Giorgio Walter Canonica
BACKGROUND: Bronchial asthma is a heterogeneous disease characterized by three cardinal features: chronic inflammation, variable airflow obstruction, and airway hyperresponsiveness. Asthma has traditionally been defined using nonspecific clinical and physiologic variables that encompass multiple phenotypes and are treated with nonspecific anti-inflammatory therapies. Based on the modulation of airway remodeling after 12 months of anti-immunoglobulin E (IgE) treatment, we identified two phenotypes (omalizumab responder, OR; and non-omalizumab responder, NOR) and performed morphometric analysis of bronchial biopsy specimens...
2017: Clinical and Translational Allergy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291470/comparative-efficacy-of-multiple-variables-of-mesenchymal-stem-cell-transplantation-for-the-treatment-of-neuropathic-pain-in-rats
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LiPing Liu, Zhen Hua, Jun Shen, Yan Yin, Jing Yang, Kathleen Cheng, Aijun Liu, Lina Wang, Jianguo Cheng
OBJECTIVES: The current treatment options for neuropathic pain due to nerve injuries are limited and largely unsatisfactory. Mesenchymal stem cell transplantation (MSC) has shown promise as an emerging therapy for neuropathic pain. However, a number of critical parameters, including the sources of cells, the number of cells, and routes of transplantation, need to be elucidated before it can be tested clinically. METHODS: MSCs were isolated from rat bone marrow (rBM-MSCs) and adipose tissue (rAD-MSCs) and characterized by flow cytometry and functional differentiation...
March 2017: Military Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287986/deepx-deep-learning-accelerator-for-restricted-boltzmann-machine-artificial-neural-networks
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Lok-Won Kim
Although there have been many decades of research and commercial presence on high performance general purpose processors, there are still many applications that require fully customized hardware architectures for further computational acceleration. Recently, deep learning has been successfully used to learn in a wide variety of applications, but their heavy computation demand has considerably limited their practical applications. This paper proposes a fully pipelined acceleration architecture to alleviate high computational demand of an artificial neural network (ANN) which is restricted Boltzmann machine (RBM) ANNs...
March 8, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259942/high-expression-of-rbm8a-predicts-poor-patient-prognosis-and-promotes-tumor-progression-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Rong Liang, Yan Lin, Jia-Zhou Ye, Xue-Xin Yan, Zhi-Hui Liu, Yong-Qiang Li, Xiao-Ling Luo, Hai-Hong Ye
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a huge threat for human health worldwide. As a complicated tumor, the molecular basis for HCC development especially metastasis requires exploration. Although RNA binding motif (RBM) proteins are closely related to various cancers, the clinical importance and underlying mechanisms of RBM8A in HCC remain elusive. In this study, we found that RBM8A was highly expressed in HCC tumor tissues compared to normal liver tissues. Overexpression of RBM8A was associated with HbsAg and Edmondson pathological grading...
February 15, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257704/rbm-online-challenges-ahead-in-scientific-publishing
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B C J M Fauser
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246673/satisfaction-and-improvements-in-peritoneal-dialysis-outcomes-associated-with-telehealth
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Manya Magnus, Neal Sikka, Teena Cherian, Susie Q Lew
BACKGROUND AND SIGNIFICANCE: End stage renal disease (ESRD) affects approximately 660,000 persons in the US each year, representing a significant financial burden to the health care system and affected individuals. Telehealth approaches to care offer an important means of reducing costs as well as increasing autonomy for patients. Understanding patient satisfaction with telehealth provides a key towards eventual scalability. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Quarterly surveys were conducted to characterize satisfaction with remote biometric monitoring (RBM) for blood pressure, weight, glucose and peritoneal dialysis (PD)-specific educational online videos for ESRD patients using PD...
March 1, 2017: Applied Clinical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238449/the-feasibility-of-semi-automatically-generated-red-bone-marrow-segmentations-based-on-mr-only-for-patients-with-gynecologic-cancer
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Anna Andreychenko, Petra S Kroon, Matteo Maspero, Ina Jürgenliemk-Schulz, Astrid A C De Leeuw, Marnix G E H Lam, Jan J W Lagendijk, Cornelis A T van den Berg
PURPOSE: For patients with cervical cancer the delivery of chemotherapy with radiotherapy improves survival compared with radiotherapy alone. However, high rates of acute hematologic toxicity occur when combining both therapies due to the damage of the red bone marrow (RBM). This study aimed to reduce the radiation damage to the RBM. A tool has been developed for semi-automatic delineation of the red bone marrow based on MR-only. This delineation can be included into the treatment planning process to reduce the volume of RBM irradiated in patients receiving pelvic radiation therapy...
February 23, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197929/epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-emt-and-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-nsclc-a-mutual-association-with-airway-disease
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Malik Quasir Mahmood, Chris Ward, Hans Konrad Muller, Sukhwinder Singh Sohal, Eugene Haydn Walters
NSCLC is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. It includes adeno- and squamous cell carcinoma. In the background, COPD and smoking play a vital role in development of NSCLC. Local progression and metastasis of NSCLC has been associated with various mechanisms, but in particular by a process called epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT), which is implicated in COPD pathogenesis. In this study, we have investigated whether expression of EGFR (activation marker) and S100A4, vimentin and N-cadherin (as EMT) is different both in central and leading edge of NSCLC and to what extent related to EMT activity of both small and large airways, stage and differentiation of NSCLC...
March 2017: Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187165/the-influence-of-resilience-based-management-on-coral-reef-monitoring-a-systematic-review
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Vivian Y Y Lam, Christopher Doropoulos, Peter J Mumby
With rapid changes taking place on coral reefs, managers and scientists are faced with prioritising interventions that might avoid undesirable losses in ecosystem health. The property of resilience captures how reefs react and respond to stressors and environmental changes. Therefore, in principle, management goals are more likely to be realised if resilience theory is used to inform decision making and help set realistic expectations for reef outcomes. Indeed, a new approach to reef management has been termed 'resilience-based management' (RBM)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165416/a-detailed-algorithm-for-vital-sign-monitoring-of-a-stationary-non-stationary-human-through-ir-uwb-radar
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Faheem Khan, Sung Ho Cho
The vital sign monitoring through Impulse Radio Ultra-Wide Band (IR-UWB) radar provides continuous assessment of a patient's respiration and heart rates in a non-invasive manner. In this paper, IR UWB radar is used for monitoring respiration and the human heart rate. The breathing and heart rate frequencies are extracted from the signal reflected from the human body. A Kalman filter is applied to reduce the measurement noise from the vital signal. An algorithm is presented to separate the heart rate signal from the breathing harmonics...
February 4, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154306/taste-masking-effect-of-chlorogenic-acid-cga-on-bitter-drugs-evaluated-by-taste-sensor-and-surface-plasmon-resonance-on-the-basis-of-cga-drug-interactions
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Sayuko Shiraishi, Tamami Haraguchi, Saki Nakamura, Dahong Li, Honami Kojima, Miyako Yoshida, Takahiro Uchida
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the taste-masking effects of chlorogenic acid (CGA) on bitter drugs using taste sensor measurements and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) analysis of CGA-drug interactions. Six different bitter drugs were used: amlodipine besylate (AMD), diphenhydramine hydrochloride (DPH), donepezil hydrochloride (DNP), rebamipide (RBM), diclofenac sodium (DCF) and etodolac (ETD). Taste sensor outputs were significantly inhibited by the addition of CGA to all drugs. The inhibition ratio of the taste sensor output decreased in the following order DPH>DNP>AMD≈DCF≈RBM≈ETD...
2017: Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113441/mapping-generative-models-onto-a-network-of-digital-spiking-neurons
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Bruno U Pedroni, Srinjoy Das, John V Arthur, Paul A Merolla, Bryan L Jackson, Dharmendra S Modha, Kenneth Kreutz-Delgado, Gert Cauwenberghs
Stochastic neural networks such as Restricted Boltzmann Machines (RBMs) have been successfully used in applications ranging from speech recognition to image classification, and are particularly interesting because of their potential for generative tasks. Inference and learning in these algorithms use a Markov Chain Monte Carlo procedure called Gibbs sampling, where a logistic function forms the kernel of this sampler. On the other side of the spectrum, neuromorphic systems have shown great promise for low-power and parallelized cognitive computing, but lack well-suited applications and automation procedures...
May 18, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095781/link-prediction-in-drug-target-interactions-network-using-similarity-indices
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Yiding Lu, Yufan Guo, Anna Korhonen
BACKGROUND: In silico drug-target interaction (DTI) prediction plays an integral role in drug repositioning: the discovery of new uses for existing drugs. One popular method of drug repositioning is network-based DTI prediction, which uses complex network theory to predict DTIs from a drug-target network. Currently, most network-based DTI prediction is based on machine learning - methods such as Restricted Boltzmann Machines (RBM) or Support Vector Machines (SVM). These methods require additional information about the characteristics of drugs, targets and DTIs, such as chemical structure, genome sequence, binding types, causes of interactions, etc...
January 17, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088632/nanosized-complexation-assemblies-housed-inside-reverse-micelles-churn-out-monocytic-delivery-cores-for-bendamustine-hydrochloride
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Yuvraj Singh, Anumandla Chandrashekhar, Jaya Gopal Meher, K K Durga Rao Viswanadham, Vivek K Pawar, Kavit Raval, Komal Sharma, Pankaj K Singh, Animesh Kumar, Manish K Chourasia
OBJECTIVE: We explore a plausible method of targeting bendamustine hydrochloride (BM) to circulatory monocytes by exploiting their intrinsic endocytic/phagocytic capability. METHODS: We do so by complexation of sodium alginate and chitosan inside dioctyl sulfo succinate sodium (AOT) reverse micelles to form bendamustine hydrochloride loaded nanoparticles (CANPs). Dynamic light scattering, electrophoretic mobility and UV spectroscopy were used to detail intra-micellar complexation dynamics and to prove that drug was co-captured during interaction of carbohydrate polymers...
April 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074015/electron-absorbed-fractions-in-an-image-based-microscopic-skeletal-dosimetry-model-of-chinese-adult-male
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Shenshen Gao, Li Ren, Rui Qiu, Zhen Wu, Chunyan Li, Junli Li
Based on the Chinese reference adult male voxel model, a set of microscopic skeletal models of Chinese adult male is constructed through the processes of computed tomography (CT) imaging, bone coring, micro-CT imaging, image segmentation, merging into macroscopic bone model and implementation in Geant4. At the step of image segmentation, a new bone endosteum (BE) segmentation method is realized by sampling. The set of model contains 32 spongiosa samples with voxel size of 19 μm cubes. The microscopic spongiosa bone data for Chinese adult male are provided...
January 10, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053904/comparative-study-on-the-osseointegration-of-implants-in-dog-mandibles-according-to-the-implant-surface-treatment
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Wook-Jae Yoon, Su-Gwan Kim, Ji-Su Oh, Jae-Seek You, Kyung-In Jeong, Sung-Chul Lim, Mi-Ae Jeong
OBJECTIVES: This study compared the impact of implant surface treatment on the stability and osseointegration of implants in dog mandibles. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Six adult dogs received a total of 48 implants that were prepared using four different surface treatments; resorbable blast media (RBM), hydroxyapatite (HA), hydrothermal-treated HA, and sand blasting and acid etching (SLA). Implants were installed, and dogs were separated into 2- and 4-week groups. Implant stability was evaluated via Periotest M, Osstell Mentor, and removal torque analyzers...
December 2016: Journal of the Korean Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052885/a-micronutrient-fortified-young-child-formula-improves-the-iron-and-vitamin-d-status-of-healthy-young-european-children-a-randomized-double-blind-controlled-trial
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Marjolijn D Akkermans, Simone Rbm Eussen, Judith M van der Horst-Graat, Ruurd M van Elburg, Johannes B van Goudoever, Frank Brus
BACKGROUND: Iron deficiency (ID) and vitamin D deficiency (VDD) are common among young European children because of low dietary intakes and low compliance to vitamin D supplementation policies. Milk is a common drink for young European children. Studies evaluating the effect of milk fortification on iron and vitamin D status in these children are scarce. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the effect of a micronutrient-fortified young-child formula (YCF) on the iron and vitamin D status of young European children...
January 4, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992656/meta-regression-of-a-dose-response-relationship-of-methotrexate-in-mono-and-combination-therapy-in-dmard-naive-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
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S A Bergstra, C F Allaart, T Stijnen, Rbm Landewé
OBJECTIVE: To investigate a possible short term dose-response relationship of initial treatment with methotrexate in monotherapy and combination therapy in recent onset rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. METHODS: A systematic literature search was performed on trials and cohorts including early, Disease Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARD) naive RA patients, treated with methotrexate, with data on clinical results within 6 months from treatment start. Cohen's effect sizes were calculated for the HAQ, ESR/CRP and/or DAS/DAS28 in 4 treatment groups: methotrexate monotherapy, or methotrexate in combination with synthetic (cs)DMARDs, biologic (b)DMARDs or glucocorticoids...
December 19, 2016: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27983605/effect-of-the-crac-peptide-vlnyyvw-on-mptp-opening-in-rat-brain-and-liver-mitochondria
#19
Tamara Azarashvili, Olga Krestinina, Yulia Baburina, Irina Odinokova, Vladimir Akatov, Igor Beletsky, John Lemasters, Vassilios Papadopoulos
The translocator protein (TSPO; 18 kDa) is a high-affinity cholesterol-binding protein located in the outer membrane of mitochondria. A domain in the C-terminus of TSPO was characterized as the cholesterol recognition/interaction amino acid consensus (CRAC). The ability of the CRAC domain to bind to cholesterol led us to hypothesize that this peptide may participate in the regulation of mitochondrial membrane permeability. Herein, we report the effect of the synthetic CRAC peptide, VLNYYVW, on mitochondrial permeability transition pore (mPTP) opening...
December 13, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27960519/confined-acoustic-phonons-in-colloidal-nanorod-heterostructures-investigated-by-nonresonant-raman-spectroscopy-and-finite-elements-simulations
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Mario Miscuglio, Miao-Ling Lin, Francesco Di Stasio, Ping-Heng Tan, Roman Krahne
Lattice vibrational modes in cadmium chalcogenide nanocrystals (NCs) have a strong impact on the carrier dynamics of excitons in such confined systems and on the optical properties of these nanomaterials. A prominent material for light emitting applications are CdSe/CdS core-shell dot-in-rods. Here we present a detailed investigation of the acoustic phonon modes in such dot-in-rods by nonresonant Raman spectroscopy with laser excitation energy lower than their bandgap. With high signal-to-noise ratio in the frequency range from 5-50 cm(-1), we reveal distinct Raman bands that can be related to confined extensional and radial-breathing modes (RBM)...
December 14, 2016: Nano Letters
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