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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806317/quantitative-evaluation-of-diffusion-and-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-differentiation-between-primary-central-nervous-system-lymphoma-and-glioblastoma
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Shanshan Lu, Siqi Wang, Qianqian Gao, Minlin Zhou, Yang Li, Peng Cao, Xunning Hong, Haibin Shi
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the utility of diffusion and permeability parameters derived from diffusion-weighted imaging and dynamic contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) for differentiating primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL) and glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and to assess the correlation among these parameters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-two patients with GBM and 18 patients with PCNSL underwent conventional 3.0-T MRI, diffusion-weighted imaging, and DCE-MRI before surgery...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806290/-clinical-and-quantitative-isokinetic-comparison-of-abdominal-morbidity-and-dynamics-following-diep-versus-muscle-sparing-free-tram-flap-breast-reconstruction
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Hirokazu Uda, Hideaki Kamochi, Syunji Sarukawa, Ataru Sunaga, Yasusih Sugawara, Kotaro Yoshimura
BACKGROUND: The deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap, which is a modification of the muscle-sparing free transverse rectus abdominis musculocutaneous (msTRAM) flap, is being more frequently used in an effort to reduce postoperative abdominal morbidity. However, there is no consensus as to which of these flaps is superior. We aimed to compare quantitative measurements of abdominal function obtained with an isokinetic dynamometer after DIEP and msTRAM flap elevation. METHODS: Patients who underwent unilateral single-pedicled DIEP (n = 42) or msTRAM flap (n = 36) breast reconstruction performed by a single surgeon were included in this study...
August 3, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805936/characterizing-hypoxia-in-human-glioma-a-simultaneous-multimodal-mri-and-pet-study
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Christine Preibisch, Kuangyu Shi, Anne Kluge, Mathias Lukas, Benedikt Wiestler, Jens Göttler, Jens Gempt, Florian Ringel, Mohamed Al Jaberi, Jürgen Schlegel, Bernhard Meyer, Claus Zimmer, Thomas Pyka, Stefan Förster
Hypoxia plays an important role for the prognosis and therapy response of cancer. Thus, hypoxia imaging would be a valuable tool for pre-therapeutic assessment of tumor malignancy. However, there is no standard validated technique for clinical application available yet. Therefore, we performed a study in 12 patients with high-grade glioma, where we directly compared the two currently most promising techniques, namely the MR-based relative oxygen extraction fraction (MR-rOEF) and the PET hypoxia marker H-1-(3-[(18) F]-fluoro-2-hydroxypropyl)-2-nitroimidazole ([(18) F]-FMISO)...
August 14, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805765/-systemic-inflammatory-markers-in-age-associated-cognitive-impairment-and-alzheimer-s-disease
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T P Kliushnik, L V Androsova, N M Mikhaylova, I V Kolykhalov, S A Zozulya, A M Dupin
AIM: To determine a complex of immune markers reflecting various links of multicomponent inflammatory reactions in amnestic type of mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) in comparison with Alzheimer's disease (AD). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Sixty-seven patients with aMCI, aged 72 [63; 77] years, and 91 patients with Alzheimer's disease at the age of 74 [68; 79] years were examined. The aMCI was diagnosed according to the criteria of R.S. Petersen et al. (1999) and B. Dubois et al...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805653/magneto-optical-properties-of-topological-insulator-thin-films-with-broken-inversion-symmetry
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Kulsoom Rahim, Ahsan Ullah, Muhammad Tahir, Kashif Sabeeh
We determine the optical response of ultrathin film topological insulators in the presence of a quantizing external magnetic field taking into account both hybridization between surface states, broken inversion symmetry and explicit time reversal symmetry breaking by the magnetic field. We find that breaking of inversion symmetry in the system, which can be due to interaction with a substrate or electrical gating, results in Landau level crossings and opening of additional optical transition channels that were previously forbidden...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805020/evaluation-of-bovine-viral-diarrhoea-virus-control-strategies-in-dairy-herds-in-hokkaido-japan-using-stochastic-modelling
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S Sekiguchi, P Presi, R Omori, K Staerk, M Schuppers, N Isoda, Y Yoshikawa, T Umemura, H Nakayama, Y Fujii, Y Sakoda
Bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVDV) infection in cattle can result in growth retardation, reduced milk production, reproductive disorders and death. Persistently infected animals are the primary source of infection. In Hokkaido, Japan, all cattle entering shared pastures in summer are vaccinated before movement for disease control. Additionally, these cattle may be tested for BVDV and culled if positive. However, the effectiveness of this control strategy aiming to reduce the number of BVDV-infected animals has not been assessed...
August 14, 2017: Transboundary and Emerging Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804989/improving-predictions-of-tropical-forest-response-to-climate-change-through-integration-of-field-studies-and-ecosystem-modeling
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Xiaohui Feng, María Uriarte, Grizelle González, Sasha Reed, J Thompson, Jess K Zimmerman, Lora Murphy
Tropical forests play a critical role in carbon and water cycles at a global scale. Rapid climate change is anticipated in tropical regions over the coming decades and, under a warmer and drier climate, tropical forests are likely to be net sources of carbon rather than sinks. However, our understanding of tropical forest response and feedback to climate change is very limited. Efforts to model climate change impacts on carbon fluxes in tropical forests have not reached a consensus. Here we use the Ecosystem Demography model (ED2) to predict carbon fluxes of a Puerto Rican tropical forest under realistic climate change scenarios...
August 14, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804640/performance-of-objective-functions-and-optimisation-procedures-for-parameter-estimation-in-system-biology-models
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Andrea Degasperi, Dirk Fey, Boris N Kholodenko
Mathematical modelling of signalling pathways aids experimental investigation in system and synthetic biology. Ever increasing data availability prompts the development of large dynamic models with numerous parameters. In this paper, we investigate how the number of unknown parameters affects the convergence of three frequently used optimisation algorithms and four objective functions. We compare objective functions that use data-driven normalisation of the simulations with those that use scaling factors. The data-driven normalisation of the simulation approach implies that simulations are normalised in the same way as the data, making both directly comparable...
2017: NPJ Systems Biology and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803423/oxygen-mass-transfer-and-shear-stress-effects-on-pseudomonas-putida-bcrc-14365-growth-to-improve-bioreactor-design-and-performance
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Hamed Moradkhani, Mir-Shahabeddin Izadkhah, Navideh Anarjan, Abolfazl Abdi
In this work, the experimental evidence is presented for two basic issues including oxygen mass transfer and shear analysis on the microorganism containing medium on the most prominent sections of the bioreactor. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) methodology reproduces shear rate values for specific impeller designs using the commercial code (Fluent 6.2). CFD calculates volumetric mass transfer coefficient based on the Higbie's penetration theory. Four types of impeller are used. The spherical probe is used to measure flow hydrodynamic parameters to obtain shear rate by electro-diffusion (ED) method...
August 12, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803327/a-proclaimed-accidental-fall-of-an-infant-an-experimental-case-reconstruction-study
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S N Kunz, M Graw, J Adamec
The differentiation between a non-accidental injury and injuries resulting from accidents, such as falls to the ground or onto various objects, is a challenge not only for forensic experts but also for all clinicians caring for children. The forensic-biomechanical analysis of accidents in infants aims at the assessment of the loading characteristics based on the reconstruction of the particular incident. It includes an evidence-based analytical comparison between the actual injuries presented and the injuries that should be expected as a result of the proclaimed accident...
August 12, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803161/on-line-prognosis-of-fatigue-crack-propagation-based-on-gaussian-weight-mixture-proposal-particle-filter
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Jian Chen, Shenfang Yuan, Lei Qiu, Hui Wang, Weibo Yang
Accurate on-line prognosis of fatigue crack propagation is of great meaning for prognostics and health management (PHM) technologies to ensure structural integrity, which is a challenging task because of uncertainties which arise from sources such as intrinsic material properties, loading, and environmental factors. The particle filter algorithm has been proved to be a powerful tool to deal with prognostic problems those are affected by uncertainties. However, most studies adopted the basic particle filter algorithm, which uses the transition probability density function as the importance density and may suffer from serious particle degeneracy problem...
July 25, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803069/estimating-the-reproductive-number-total-outbreak-size-and-reporting-rates-for-zika-epidemics-in-south-and-central-america
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Deborah P Shutt, Carrie A Manore, Stephen Pankavich, Aaron T Porter, Sara Y Del Valle
As South and Central American countries prepare for increased birth defects from Zika virus outbreaks and plan for mitigation strategies to minimize ongoing and future outbreaks, understanding important characteristics of Zika outbreaks and how they vary across regions is a challenging and important problem. We developed a mathematical model for the 2015/2016 Zika virus outbreak dynamics in Colombia, El Salvador, and Suriname. We fit the model to publicly available data provided by the Pan American Health Organization, using Approximate Bayesian Computation to estimate parameter distributions and provide uncertainty quantification...
July 13, 2017: Epidemics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802567/nano-sized-and-other-improved-reporters-for-magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-angiogenesis
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Simonetta Geninatti Crich, Enzo Terreno, Silvio Aime
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) enables to provide anatomical, functional and molecular information of pathological angiogenesis when used with properly tailored imaging probes. Functional studies have been the domain of Dynamic Contrast Enhancement (DCE) -MRI protocols from which it is possible to extract quantitative estimations on key parameters such as the volumes of vascular and extracellular compartments and the rates of the bidirectional exchange of the imaging reporters across the endothelial barrier...
August 9, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802368/study-of-the-effects-of-hearing-on-static-and-dynamic-postural-function-in-children-using-cochlear-implants
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Malihah Mazaheryazdi, Abdollah Moossavi, Javad Sarrafzadah, Saeed Talebian, Shohreh Jalaie
OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed to evaluate the postural control perturbations by the center of pressure parameters in two main approaches, cochlear implant turned "on" and "off". METHODS: We included 25 children aged 8-10 years with unilateral cochlear implants and bilateral vestibular hypofunction deficit. To evaluate the postural function, each children was asked to stand on the force plate under 3 different conditions and cochlear implant turned "on" and "off": Condition (A) double stance from open eyes to closed eyes, Condition (B) double stance with open eyes engaging in the dual task and Condition (C) From double leg stance to one leg stance with open eyes for assessment of dynamic postural control...
September 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802241/the-9-d-cidr-pg-protocol-ii-characterization-of-endocrine-parameters-ovarian-dynamics-and-pregnancy-rates-to-fixed-time-ai-following-use-of-long-term-cidr-based-estrus-synchronization-among-mature-beef-cows
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J M Thomas, J W C Locke, B E Bishop, J M Abel, M R Ellersieck, S E Poock, M F Smith, D J Patterson
An experiment was designed to evaluate endocrine parameters, ovarian dynamics, and pregnancy rates to fixed-time artificial insemination (FTAI) following the 9-d CIDR-PG protocol in comparison to the 14-d CIDR-PG protocol. While both are long-term protocols using CIDR treatment for presynchronization, the 9-d CIDR-PG protocol differs from the 14-d CIDR-PG protocol in that prostaglandin F2α (PG) is administered at CIDR insertion and removal to facilitate a decreased length of progestin treatment and potentially enhance response to the presynchronization treatment...
August 3, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802145/ensemble-of-expert-deep-neural-networks-for-spatio-temporal-denoising-of-contrast-enhanced-mri-sequences
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A Benou, R Veksler, A Friedman, T Riklin Raviv
Dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI (DCE-MRI) is an imaging protocol where MRI scans are acquired repetitively throughout the injection of a contrast agent. The analysis of dynamic scans is widely used for the detection and quantification of blood-brain barrier (BBB) permeability. Extraction of the pharmacokinetic (PK) parameters from the DCE-MRI concentration curves allows quantitative assessment of the integrity of the BBB functionality. However, curve fitting required for the analysis of DCE-MRI data is error-prone as the dynamic scans are subject to non-white, spatially-dependent and anisotropic noise...
August 2, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801836/optimization-of-sample-preparation-and-instrumental-parameters-for-the-rapid-analysis-of-drugs-of-abuse-in-hair-samples-by-maldi-ms-ms-imaging
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Bryn Flinders, Emma Beasley, Ricky M Verlaan, Eva Cuypers, Simona Francese, Tom Bassindale, Malcolm R Clench, Ron M A Heeren
Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-mass spectrometry imaging (MALDI-MSI) has been employed to rapidly screen longitudinally sectioned drug user hair samples for cocaine and its metabolites using continuous raster imaging. Optimization of the spatial resolution and raster speed were performed on intact cocaine contaminated hair samples. The optimized settings (100 × 150 μm at 0.24 mm/s) were subsequently used to examine longitudinally sectioned drug user hair samples. The MALDI-MS/MS images showed the distribution of the most abundant cocaine product ion at m/z 182...
August 11, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801078/on-position-force-tracking-control-problem-of-cooperative-robot-manipulators-using-adaptive-fuzzy-backstepping-approach
#18
Barmak Baigzadehnoe, Zahra Rahmani, Alireza Khosravi, Behrooz Rezaie
In this paper, the position and force tracking control problem of cooperative robot manipulator system handling a common rigid object with unknown dynamical models and unknown external disturbances is investigated. The universal approximation properties of fuzzy logic systems are employed to estimate the unknown system dynamics. On the other hand, by defining new state variables based on the integral and differential of position and orientation errors of the grasped object, the error system of coordinated robot manipulators is constructed...
August 8, 2017: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801049/a-four-state-parametric-model-for-the-kinetics-of-the-non-photochemical-quenching-in-photosystem-ii
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Joris J Snellenburg, Matthew P Johnson, Alexander V Ruban, Rienk van Grondelle, Ivo H M van Stokkum
The phenomenon of non-photochemical quenching (NPQ) was studied in spinach chloroplasts using pulse amplitude modulated (PAM) fluorometry. We present a new analysis method which describes the observed fluorescence quantum yield as the sum of the product of four different states of PsiI and their corresponding quantum yields. These four distinct states are PsiI in the quenched or unquenched state, and with its reaction center either open or closed depending upon the reduction of the QA site. With this method we can describe the dynamics of the NPQ induction and recovery as well as quantify the percentage of photoinactivated RC throughout the measurement...
August 8, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800987/dynamic-three-dimensional-geometry-of-the-aortic-valve-apparatus-a-feasibility-study
#20
Arash Khamooshian, Yannis Amador, Ting Hai, Jelliffe Jeganathan, Maria Saraf, Eitezaz Mahmood, Robina Matyal, Kamal R Khabbaz, Massimo Mariani, Feroze Mahmood
OBJECTIVE: To provide (1) an overview of the aortic valve (AV) apparatus anatomy and nomenclature, and (2) data regarding the normal AV apparatus geometry and dynamism during the cardiac cycle obtained from three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (3D TEE). DESIGN: Retrospective feasibility study. SETTING: A single-center university teaching hospital. PARTICIPANTS: The study was performed on data of 10 patients with a nonregurgitant, nonstenotic aortic valve undergoing cardiac surgery...
August 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
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