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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933513/effect-of-yiqi-tongyang-decoction-on-blood-t-cell-subsets-in-patients-with-chronic-immune-thrombocytopenia
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Xiu-Peng Yang, Rou Ma, Xiao-Hong Yang, Hui-Lan Zhu, Yong-Gang Xu
OBJECTIVE: To measure the proportions of blood T cell subsets, Th1, Th2, Th17, Th22, and Treg cells, and other parameters in patients with chronic immune thrombocytopenia (CITP) before and after treatment with Yiqi Tongyang Decoction (, YTD) to explore T cell status of patients with CITP, and to define the mechanism of action of YTD. METHODS: The changes in peripheral blood T lymphocyte subsets, and those of Th1, Th2, Th17, Th22, and Treg cells in 30 patients with CITP (22 females and 8 males) were analyzed using multiparametric flow cytometry before and after treatment with YTD for 6 months, and 26 healthy volunteers (14 males and 12 females) acted as a control...
December 9, 2016: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933292/nitric-oxide-modulates-postnatal-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cell-migration
#2
John W Fuseler, Mani T Valarmathi
Nitric oxide (NO) is a small free-radical gas molecule, which is highly diffusible and can activate a wide range of downstream effectors, with rapid and widespread cellular effects. NO is a versatile signaling mediator with a plethora of cellular functions. For example, NO has been shown to regulate actin, the microfilament, dependent cellular functions, and also acts as a putative stem cell differentiation-inducing agent. In this study, using a wound-healing model of cellular migration, we have explored the effect of exogenous NO on the kinetics of movement and morphological changes in postnatal bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs)...
2016: Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933084/photosystem-ii-functionality-in-barley-responds-dynamically-to-changes-in-leaf-manganese-status
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Sidsel B Schmidt, Marta Powikrowska, Ken S Krogholm, Bianca Naumann-Busch, Jan K Schjoerring, Søren Husted, Poul E Jensen, Pai R Pedas
A catalytic manganese (Mn) cluster is required for the oxidation of water in the oxygen-evolving complex (OEC) of photosystem II (PSII) in plants. Despite this essential role of Mn in generating the electrons driving photosynthesis, limited information is available on how Mn deficiency affects PSII functionality. We have here used parameters derived from measurements of fluorescence induction kinetics (OJIP transients), non-photochemical quenching (NPQ) and PSII subunit composition to investigate how latent Mn deficiency changes the photochemistry in two barley genotypes differing in Mn efficiency...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933073/mistletoe-berry-outline-mapping-with-a-path-curve-function-and-recording-the-circadian-rhythm-of-their-phenotypic-shape-change
#4
Renatus Derbidge, Stephan Baumgartner, Peter Heusser
This paper presents a discovery: the change of the outline shape of mistletoe (Viscum album ssp. album) berries in vivo and in situ during ripening. It was found that a plant organ that is usually considered to merely increase in size actually changes shape in a specific rhythmic fashion. We introduce a new approach to chronobiological research on a macro-phenotypic scale to trace changes over long periods of time (with a resolution from hours to months) by using a dynamic form-determining parameter called Lambda (λ)...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933032/bifurcation-type-and-larger-low-shear-area-are-associated-with-rupture-status-of-very-small-intracranial-aneurysms
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Yisen Zhang, Zhongbin Tian, Linkai Jing, Ying Zhang, Jian Liu, Xinjian Yang
BACKGROUND: Characterization of the risk factors for rupture of very small intracranial aneurysm (VSIA, ≤3 mm) is clinically valuable, since VSIAs are implicated in subarachnoid hemorrhage. The aim of this study was to identify morphological and hemodynamic parameters that independently characterize the rupture status of VSIAs. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective study of consecutive VSIAs between September 2010 and February 2014 in our institute. A series of morphologic and hemodynamic parameters were evaluated using computational fluid dynamics, based on patient-specific three-dimensional geometrical models...
2016: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932970/bayesian-inference-of-synaptic-quantal-parameters-from-correlated-vesicle-release
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Alex D Bird, Mark J Wall, Magnus J E Richardson
Synaptic transmission is both history-dependent and stochastic, resulting in varying responses to presentations of the same presynaptic stimulus. This complicates attempts to infer synaptic parameters and has led to the proposal of a number of different strategies for their quantification. Recently Bayesian approaches have been applied to make more efficient use of the data collected in paired intracellular recordings. Methods have been developed that either provide a complete model of the distribution of amplitudes for isolated responses or approximate the amplitude distributions of a train of post-synaptic potentials, with correct short-term synaptic dynamics but neglecting correlations...
2016: Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932505/diagnostic-accuracy-of-t1-weighted-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-mri-and-dwi-adc-for-differentiation-of-glioblastoma-and-primary-cns-lymphoma
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X Lin, M Lee, O Buck, K M Woo, Z Zhang, V Hatzoglou, A Omuro, J Arevalo-Perez, A A Thomas, J Huse, K Peck, A I Holodny, R J Young
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Glioblastoma and primary CNS lymphoma dictate different neurosurgical strategies; it is critical to distinguish them preoperatively. However, current imaging modalities do not effectively differentiate them. We aimed to examine the use of DWI and T1-weighted dynamic contrast-enhanced-MR imaging as potential discriminative tools. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 18 patients with primary CNS lymphoma and 36 matched patients with glioblastoma with pretreatment DWI and dynamic contrast-enhanced-MR imaging...
December 8, 2016: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932298/modeling-birds-on-wires
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A Aydoğdu, P Frasca, C D'Apice, R Manzo, J M Thornton, B Gachomo, T Wilson, B Cheung, U Tariq, W Saidel, B Piccoli
In this paper we introduce a mathematical model to study the group dynamics of birds resting on wires. The model is agent-based and postulates attraction-repulsion forces between the interacting birds: the interactions are "topological", in the sense that they involve a given number of neighbors irrespective of their distance. The model is first mathematically analyzed and then simulated to study its main properties: we observe that the model predicts birds to be more widely spaced near the borders of each group...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930792/corneal-thickness-after-smile-affects-scheimpflug-based-dynamic-tonometry
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Joaquín Fernández, Manuel Rodríguez-Vallejo, Javier Martínez, Ana Tauste, David P Piñero
PURPOSE: To evaluate the corneal biomechanical changes due to small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) measured by Scheimpflug-based dynamic tonometry and to assess the impact of the corneal thickness. METHODS: Sixty-eight patients measured with the Corvis ST (Oculus Optikgeräte GmbH, Wetzlar, Germany) preoperatively and 1 month after SMILE were included in this retrospective observational study. Patients were divided into three groups depending on the preoperative spherical equivalent: low from -1...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930790/detection-of-keratoconus-with-a-new-biomechanical-index
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Riccardo Vinciguerra, Renato Ambrósio, Ahmed Elsheikh, Cynthia J Roberts, Bernardo Lopes, Emanuela Morenghi, Claudio Azzolini, Paolo Vinciguerra
PURPOSE: To evaluate the ability of a new combined biomechanical index called the Corvis Biomechanical Index (CBI) based on corneal thickness profile and deformation parameters to separate normal from keratoconic patients. METHODS: Six hundred fifty-eight patients (329 eyes in each database) were included in this multicenter retrospective study. Patients from two clinics located on different continents were selected to test the capability of the CBI to separate healthy and keratoconic eyes in more than one ethnic group using the Corvis ST (Oculus Optikgeräte GmbH, Wetzlar, Germany)...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Refractive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930514/fully-automated-software-for-mitral-annulus-evaluation-in-chronic-mitral-regurgitation-by-3-dimensional-transesophageal-echocardiography
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Iolanda Aquila, Covadonga Fernández-Golfín, Luis Miguel Rincon, Ariana González, Ana García Martín, Rocio Hinojar, Jose Julio Jimenez Nacher, Ciro Indolfi, Jose Luis Zamorano
Three-dimensional (3D) transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is the gold standard for mitral valve (MV) anatomic and functional evaluation. Currently, dedicated MV analysis software has limitations for its use in clinical practice. Thus, we tested here a complete and reproducible evaluation of a new fully automatic software to characterize MV anatomy in different forms of mitral regurgitation (MR) by 3D TEE.Sixty patients were included: 45 with more than moderate MR (28 organic MR [OMR] and 17 functional MR [FMR]) and 15 controls...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930438/sympathetic-neural-activity-metabolic-parameters-and-cardiorespiratory-fitness-in-obese-youths
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Pau Redón, Guido Grassi, Josep Redon, Julio Álvarez-Pitti, Empar Lurbe
OBJECTIVE: The main objective of this cross-sectional study is to assess the cardiac autonomic neural activity in the presence of abnormally increased body weight in youths and its relationship to metabolic risk factors and cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF). METHODS: Sixty-four overweight and obese patients, aged 9-17 years, of both sexes, stratified according to the international BMI cut-off, were enrolled. Continuous ECG was recorded during 15 min in resting conditions, and the heart rate variability (HRV) was measured in the time domain, frequency domain and for nonlinear dynamics...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929494/the-dosimetric-impact-of-control-point-spacing-for-sliding-gap-mlc-fields
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Benjamin J Zwan, Jonathan Hindmarsh, Erin Seymour, Kankean Kandasamy, Kirbie Sloan, Rajesakar David, Christopher Lee
Dynamic sliding gap multileaf collimator (MLC) fields are used to model MLC properties within the treatment planning system (TPS) for dynamic treatments. One of the key MLC properties in the Eclipse TPS is the dosimetric leaf gap (DLG) and precise determination of this parameter is paramount to ensuring accurate dose delivery. In this investigation, we report on how the spacing between control points (CPs) for sliding gap fields impacts the dose delivery, MLC positioning accuracy, and measurement of the DLG...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929490/rounded-leaf-end-modeling-in-pinnacle-vmat-treatment-planning-for-fixed-jaw-linacs
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Lori A Young, Fei Yang, Ning Cao, Juergen Meyer
During volume-modulated arc therapies (VMAT), dosimetric errors are introduced by multiple open dynamic leaf gaps that are present in fixed diaphragm linear accelerators. The purpose of this work was to develop a methodology for adjusting the rounded leaf end modeling parameters to improve out-of-field dose agreement in SmartArc VMAT treatment plans delivered by fixed jaw linacs where leaf gap dose is not negligible. Leaf gap doses were measured for an Elekta beam modulator linac with 0.4 cm micro-multileaf collimators (MLC) using an A16 micro-ionization chamber, a MatriXX ion chamber detector array, and Kodak EDR2 film dosimetry in a solid water phantom...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929164/the-role-of-the-binding-salt-sodium-salicylate-in-semidilute-ionic-cetylpyridinium-chloride-micellar-solutions-a-rheological-and-scattering-study
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D Gaudino, R Pasquino, J Stellbrink, N Szekely, M Krutyeva, A Radulescu, W Pyckhout-Hintzen, N Grizzuti
The micellar system based on cetylpyridinium chloride (CPyCl) and sodium salicylate (NaSal) in brine solution is investigated on both macro- and micro-length scales through rheology and scattering measurements. The linear viscoelasticity of the system and its structural parameters are explored by systematically changing the amount of NaSal over an extremely wide range of concentrations, thus producing salt-to-surfactant molar ratios from zero to about 8.5. As a result, the well-known non-monotonic behaviour of the zero-shear rate viscosity as a function of salinity can be connected to micellar morphological changes, whose driving force is represented by the simultaneous binding and screening actions of NaSal...
December 8, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929151/principal-molecular-axis-and-transition-dipole-moment-orientations-in-liquid-crystal-systems-an-assessment-based-on-studies-of-guest-anthraquinone-dyes-in-a-nematic-host
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Mark T Sims, Laurence C Abbott, Stephen J Cowling, John W Goodby, John N Moore
An assessment of five different definitions of the principal molecular axis along which molecules align in a nematic liquid crystal system has been made by analysing fully atomistic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of a set of anthraquinone dyes in the cyanobiphenyl-based nematic host mixture E7. Principal molecular axes of the dyes defined by minimum moment of inertia, minimum circumference, minimum area, maximum aspect ratio, and surface tensor models were tested, and the surface tensor model was found to give the best description...
December 8, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929053/broadband-photodetector-based-on-carbon-nanotube-thin-film-single-layer-graphene-schottky-junction
#17
Teng-Fei Zhang, Zhi-Peng Li, Jiu-Zhen Wang, Wei-Yu Kong, Guo-An Wu, Yu-Zhen Zheng, Yuan-Wei Zhao, En-Xu Yao, Nai-Xi Zhuang, Lin-Bao Luo
In this study, we present a broadband nano-photodetector based on single-layer graphene (SLG)-carbon nanotube thin film (CNTF) Schottky junction. It was found that the as-fabricated device exhibited obvious sensitivity to a wide range of illumination, with peak sensitivity at 600 and 920 nm. In addition, the SLG-CNTF device had a fast response speed (τr = 68 μs, τf = 78 μs) and good reproducibility in a wide range of switching frequencies (50-5400 Hz). The on-off ratio, responsivity, and detectivity of the device were estimated to be 1 × 10(2), 209 mAW(-1) and 4...
December 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928992/superspin-glass-state-in-a-diluted-nanoparticle-system-stabilized-by-interparticle-interactions-mediated-by-an-antiferromagnetic-matrix
#18
G Margaris, M Vasilakaki, D Peddis, K N Trohidou, S Laureti, C Binns, E Agostinelli, D Rinaldi, R Mathieu, D Fiorani
In nanoparticle systems consisting of two magnetic materials (bi-magnetic nanoparticles or nanoparticles embedded in a magnetic matrix), there is a constantly growing interest in the investigation of the interplay between interparticle interactions and the nanoparticle-matrix interface exchange coupling, because of its enormous impact on a number of technological applications. The understanding of the mechanisms of such interplay is a great challenge, as it would allow controlling equilibrium and non-equilibrium magnetization dynamics of exchange coupled nanoparticles systems and finely tuning their anisotropy...
December 8, 2016: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928450/lipoprotein-associated-phospholipase-a2-myeloperoxidase-and-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-predictors-of-high-vascular-risk-in-respiratory-bacterial-infections
#19
Seri A, Marta Ds, Madalan A, Popescu M, Tiglea Ai, Moldoveanu E
Objective. Respiratory bacterial infections are associated with important coagulation disturbances that amplify the pulmonary lesions and determine a more severe course of the disease. The aim of our study was to investigate the correlation between the evolution of the general clinical parameters and the occurrence of thrombotic events on one side, and plasma levels of selected proteins involved in inflammation and coagulation on the other side, with the intent to establish and to validate a laboratory test panel for the assessment of the vascular risk in patients with bacterial respiratory infections...
October 2016: Journal of Medicine and Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926851/energy-output-from-a-single-outer-hair-cell
#20
Kuni H Iwasa
Electromotility of outer hair cells (OHCs) has been extensively studied with in vitro experiments because of its physiological significance to the cochlear amplifier, which provides the exquisite sensitivity and frequency selectivity of the mammalian ear. However, these studies have been performed largely under load-free conditions or with static load, while these cells function in vivo in a dynamic environment, receiving electrical energy to enhance mechanical oscillation in the inner ear. This gap leaves uncertainties in addressing a key issue, how much mechanical energy an OHC provides...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
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