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#1
Kristie D Cox Augustyn, Michael R Jackson, Marilyn Schuman Jorns
Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is an endogenously synthesized signaling molecule that is enzymatically metabolized in mitochondria. The metabolism of H2S maintains optimal concentrations of the gasotransmitter and produces sulfane sulfur (S(0))-containing metabolites that may be functionally important in signaling. Sulfide:quinone oxidoreductase (SQOR) catalyzes the initial 2-electron oxidation of H2S to S(0) using coenzyme Q as electron acceptor in a reaction that requires a third substrate to act as the acceptor of S(0)...
January 20, 2017: Biochemistry
#2
Li-Chun Chen, Hong-Peng Wang, Yu-Hao Deng, Shao-Ping Deng
Ultrashort single-chain fatty acids self-assemble to form vesicles under certain proton-driven conditions. The protonation provides a larger charge area around the hydrophilic carbonyl headgroups, and proton shift as the key driving parameter was studied. The ultrashort fatty acids (C4-C8) formed stable unilamellar vesicles predominantly through out the whole range of tested pH levels (6.5-9.5). A proton-driven self-assembly process and effects on the phase transition were characterized by dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy and cryo-transmission electron microscopy...
January 20, 2017: Soft Matter
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Nathalie Lassau, Bénédicte Coiffier, Laura Faivre, Baya Benatsou, Sophie Bidault, Elizabeth Girard, Bernard Asselain, Stéphanie Pitre-Champagnat, Serge Koscielny
OBJECTIVES: Dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) ultrasonography (US) is a functional imaging technique enabling quantitative assessment of solid tumor perfusion in metastatic patients treated with antiangiogenic therapies.The objective of this prospective single-center study was to evaluate in real-life conditions (in routine clinical practice) the intrapatient variability and reproducibility of DCE-US parameters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Each patient provided written informed consent and had 2 DCE-US examinations (preprandial and postprandial) at baseline, day 15, and 1 month after treatment initiation...
January 18, 2017: Investigative Radiology
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B Dietz, A Heusler, K H Maier, A Richter, B A Brown
High-resolution experiments have recently lead to a complete identification (energy, spin, and parity) of 151 nuclear levels up to an excitation energy of E_{x}=6.20  MeV in ^{208}Pb [Heusler et al., Phys. Rev. C 93, 054321 (2016)PRVCAN2469-998510.1103/PhysRevC.93.054321]. We present a thorough study of the fluctuation properties in the energy spectra of the unprecedented set of nuclear bound states. In a first approach, we group states with the same spin and parity into 14 subspectra, analyze standard statistical measures for short- and long-range correlations, i...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
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S Sridhar, Nele Vandersickel, Alexander V Panfilov
Managing lethal cardiac arrhythmias is one of the biggest challenges in modern cardiology, and hence it is very important to understand the factors underlying such arrhythmias. While early afterdepolarizations (EAD) of cardiac cells is known to be one such arrhythmogenic factor, the mechanisms underlying the emergence of tissue level arrhythmias from cellular level EADs is not fully understood. Another known arrhythmogenic condition is fibrosis of cardiac tissue that occurs both due to aging and in many types of heart diseases...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
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Aiwei Li, Shuo Yang, Jie Zhang, Rui Qiao
OBJECTIVE: To observe the changes of complete blood count (CBC) parameters during pregnancy and establish appropriate reference intervals for healthy pregnant women. METHODS: Healthy pregnant women took the blood tests at all trimesters. All blood samples were processed on Sysmex XE-2100. The following CBC parameters were analyzed: red blood cell count (RBC), hemoglobin (Hb), hematocrit (Hct), mean corpuscular volume (MCV), mean corpuscular hemoglobin (MCH), mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (MCHC), red blood cell distribution width (RDW), platelet count (PLT), mean platelet volume (MPV), platelet distribution width (PDW), white blood cell count (WBC), and leukocyte differential count...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
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A N Laiwalla, F Kurth, K Leu, R Liou, J Pamplona, Y C Ooi, N Salamon, B M Ellingson, N R Gonzalez
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Indirect cerebral revascularization has been successfully used for treatment in Moyamoya disease and symptomatic intracranial atherosclerosis. While angiographic neovascularization has been demonstrated after surgery, measurements of local tissue perfusion are scarce and may not reflect the reported successful clinical outcomes. We investigated probabilistic independent component analysis and conventional perfusion parameters from DSC-MR imaging to measure postsurgical changes in tissue perfusion...
January 19, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
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Zhifan Gao, Huahua Xiong, Xin Liu, Heye Zhang, Dhanjoo Ghista, Wanqing Wu, Shuo Li
The dynamics of the carotid artery wall has been recognized as a valuable indicator to evaluate the status of atherosclerotic disease in the preclinical stage. However, it is still a challenge to accurately measure this dynamics from ultrasound images. This paper aims at developing an elasticity-based state-space approach for accurately measuring the two-dimensional motion of the carotid artery wall from the ultrasound imaging sequences. In our approach, we have employed a linear elasticity model of the carotid artery wall, and converted it into the state space equation...
January 10, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
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Wendy L Magee, Imogen Clark, Jeanette Tamplin, Joke Bradt
BACKGROUND: Acquired brain injury (ABI) can result in impairments in motor function, language, cognition, and sensory processing, and in emotional disturbances, which can severely reduce a survivor's quality of life. Music interventions have been used in rehabilitation to stimulate brain functions involved in movement, cognition, speech, emotions, and sensory perceptions. An update of the systematic review published in 2010 was needed to gauge the efficacy of music interventions in rehabilitation for people with ABI...
January 20, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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Abhishek Sharma, Suresh Sundaram
This paper explores the utility of information derived from the dynamic time warping (DTW) cost matrix for the problem of online signature verification. The prior works in literature primarily utilize only the DTW scores to authenticate a test signature. To the best of our knowledge, the characteristics of the warping path (used for the alignment) in the cost matrix is hardly exploited for verification of online signatures. Accordingly, we devise a score that utilizes the information from the cost matrix and warping path alignments...
January 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
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David A Carozza, Daniele Bianchi, Eric D Galbraith
Human exploitation of marine resources is profoundly altering marine ecosystems, while climate change is expected to further impact commercially-harvested fish and other species. Although the global fishery is a highly complex system with many unpredictable aspects, the bioenergetic limits on fish production and the response of fishing effort to profit are both relatively tractable, and are sure to play important roles. Here we describe a generalized, coupled biological-economic model of the global marine fishery that represents both of these aspects in a unified framework, the BiOeconomic mArine Trophic Size-spectrum (BOATS) model...
2017: PloS One
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Hilje M Doekes, Christophe Fraser, Katrina A Lythgoe
The existence of long-lived reservoirs of latently infected CD4+ T cells is the major barrier to curing HIV, and has been extensively studied in this light. However, the effect of these reservoirs on the evolutionary dynamics of the virus has received little attention. Here, we present a within-host quasispecies model that incorporates a long-lived reservoir, which we then nest into an epidemiological model of HIV dynamics. For biologically plausible parameter values, we find that the presence of a latent reservoir can severely delay evolutionary dynamics within a single host, with longer delays associated with larger relative reservoir sizes and/or homeostatic proliferation of cells within the reservoir...
January 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
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Lena Gorelick, Olga Veksler, Yuri Boykov, Claudia Nieuwenhuis
Convexity is a known important cue in human vision. We propose shape convexity as a new high-order regularization constraint for binary image segmentation. In the context of discrete optimization, object convexity is represented as a sum of three-clique potentials penalizing any 1- 0- 1 configuration on all straight lines. We show that these non-submodular potentials can be efficiently optimized using an iterative trust region approach. At each iteration the energy is linearly approximated and globally optimized within a small trust region around the current solution...
February 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
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Eugene Yip, Jihyun Yun, Keith Wachowicz, Zsolt Gabos, Satyapal Rathee, B G Fallone
PURPOSE: Hybrid magnetic resonance imaging and radiation therapy devices are capable of imaging in real-time to track intrafractional lung tumor motion during radiotherapy. Highly accelerated magnetic resonance (MR) imaging methods can potentially reduce system delay time and/or improves imaging spatial resolution, and provide flexibility in imaging parameters. Prior Data Assisted Compressed Sensing (PDACS) has previously been proposed as an acceleration method that combines the advantages of 2D compressed sensing and the KEYHOLE view-sharing technique...
January 2017: Medical Physics
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V S Shirure, S C George
Biocompatible polymers, such as polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), are the materials of choice for creating organ-on-a-chip microfluidic platforms. Desirable qualities include ease of fabrication, optical clarity, and hydrophobicity, the latter of which facilitates oxygen transport to encased cells. An emerging and important application of organ-on-a-chip technology is drug discovery; however, a potential issue for polymer-based microfluidic devices has been highlighted by recent studies with PDMS, which have demonstrated absorption (and thus loss) of hydrophobic drugs into PDMS under certain experimental conditions...
January 19, 2017: Lab on a Chip
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Sebastiano Bernini, Francesco Puosi, Dino Leporini
We investigate by Molecular Dynamics simulations of a molecular liquid the thermodynamic scaling (TS) of the structural relaxation time $\tau_\alpha$ in terms of the quantity $T\rho^{-\gamma_{ts}}$ where T and rho are the temperature and the density, respectively. The liquid does not exhibit strong virial-energy correlations. We propose how to evaluate both the characteristic exponent $\gamma_{ts}$ and the TS master curve by resorting to experimentally accessible quantities characterising the anharmonic elasticity and no details about the microscopic interactions...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
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Daniel F Fleischmann, Marcus Unterrainer, Peter Bartenstein, Claus Belka, Nathalie L Albert, Maximilian Niyazi
Most high-grade gliomas (HGG) recur after initial multimodal therapy and re-irradiation (Re-RT) has been shown to be a valuable re-treatment option in selected patients. We evaluated the prognostic value of dynamic time-to-peak analysis and early static summation images in O-(2-(18)F-fluoroethyl)-l-tyrosine ((18)F-FET) PET for patients treated with Re-RT ± concomitant bevacizumab. We retrospectively analyzed 72 patients suffering from recurrent HGG with (18)F-FET PET prior to Re-RT. PET analysis revealed the maximal tumor-to-background-ratio (TBRmax), the biological tumor volume, the number of PET-foci and pattern of time-activity-curves (TACs; increasing vs...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
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Tatiana Kameneva, Tianlin Ying, Ben Guo, Dean R Freestone
Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders and is characterized by recurrent seizures. We use theoretical neuroscience tools to study brain dynamics during seizures. We derive and simulate a computational model of a network of hippocampal neuronal populations. Each population within the network is based on a model that has been shown to replicate the electrophysiological dynamics observed during seizures. The results provide insights into possible mechanisms for seizure spread. We observe that epileptiform activity remains localized to a pathological region when a global connectivity parameter is less than a critical value...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Computational Neuroscience
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S D Feng, K C Chan, S H Chen, L Zhao, R P Liu
The varying degrees of configurational disorder in metallic glasses are investigated quantitatively by molecular dynamics studies. A parameter, the quasi-nearest atom, is used to characterize the configurational disorder in metallic glasses. Our observations suggest configurational disorder play a role in structural heterogeneity, plasticity and dynamic relaxations in metallic glasses. The broad configurational disorder regions distribution is the indicator of abundant potential deformation units and relaxations...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
#20
Somnath Das, Md Maidul Islam, Gopal Chandra Jana, Anirudha Patra, Pradeep K Jha, Maidul Hossain
In this paper, the comparative binding behavior of antimalarial drug azure A, azure B and azure C with bovine serum albumin (BSA) has been studied. The interaction has been confirmed by multispectroscopic (UV, fluorescence, Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), and circular dichroism) and molecular docking techniques. The experimental results show that azure B has the highest BSA binding affinity followed by azure A and azure C. The experimental evidence of binding showed a static quenching mechanism in the interaction azures with BSA...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
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