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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728172/blur-adaptation-to-central-retinal-disease
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Fuensanta A Vera-Diaz, Russell L Woods, Eli Peli
Purpose: The long-term, low-resolution vision experienced by individuals affected by retinal disease that causes central vision loss (CVL) may change their perception of blur through adaptation. This study used a short-term adaptation paradigm to evaluate adaptation to blur and sharpness in patients with CVL. Methods: A variation of Webster's procedure was used to measure the point of subjective neutrality (PSN). The image that appeared normal after adaptation to each of seven blur and sharpness levels (PSN) was measured in 12 patients with CVL (20/60 to 20/320) and 5 subjects with normal sight (NS)...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727279/characterization-of-two-homeodomain-transcription-factors-with-critical-but-distinct-roles-in-virulence-in-the-vascular-pathogen-verticillium-dahliae
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J L Sarmiento-Villamil, P Prieto, S J Klosterman, M D García-Pedrajas
Vascular wilt caused by Verticillium dahliae is a destructive disease that represents a chronic economic problem on crop production worldwide. In this work we characterized two new regulators of pathogenicity in this species. Vph1 (VDAG_06555) was identified in a candidate gene approach as a putative homolog of the transcription factor Ste12. Vhb1 (VDAG_08786), identified in a forward genetics approach, is similar to the homeobox transcription factor Htf1, reported as a regulator of conidiogenesis in several fungi...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726571/primary-blast-causes-delayed-effects-without-cell-death-in-shell-encased-brain-cell-aggregates
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Thomas Sawyer, Yushan Wang, David V Ritzel, Tyson Josey, Mercy Villanueva, Cory Vair, Yanfeng Song, Yimin Shei, Steven Parks, Peggy Nelson, Grant Hennes, Lori McLaws, Changyan Fan
Previous work used underwater explosive exposures to isolate the effects of shock-induced principle stress without shear on rat brain aggregate cultures. This current study has utilized simulated air blast to expose aggregates in suspension and enclosed within a spherical shell, enabling the examination of a much more complex biomechanical insult. Culture medium-filled spheres were exposed to single pulse overpressures of 15-30 psi (6-7 msec duration) and measurements within the sphere at defined sites showed complex and spatially dependent pressure changes...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Neurotrauma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726528/the-predictive-value-of-the-product-of-contrast-medium-volume-and-urinary-albumin-creatinine-ratio-in-contrast-induced-acute-kidney-injury
#4
Chunrui Wang, Shuai Ma, Bo Deng, Jianxin Lu, Wei Shen, Bo Jin, Haiming Shi, Feng Ding
Preexisting renal impairment and the amount of contrast media are the most important risk factors for contrast-induced acute kidney injury (CI-AKI). We aimed to investigate whether the product of contrast medium volume and urinary albumin/creatinine ratio (CMV × UACR) would be a better predictor of CI-AKI in patients undergoing nonemergency coronary interventions. This was a prospective single-center observational study, and 912 consecutive patients who were exposed to contrast media during coronary interventions were investigated prospectively...
November 2017: Renal Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726508/optimizing-mri-logistics-prospective-analysis-of-performance-efficiency-and-patient-throughput
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Kevin Beker, Alejandro Garces-Descovich, Jason Mangosing, Ines Cabral-Goncalves, Donna Hallett, Koenraad J Mortele
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to optimize MRI logistics through evaluation of MRI workflow and analysis of performance, efficiency, and patient throughput in a tertiary care academic center. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: For 2 weeks, workflow data from two outpatient MRI scanners were prospectively collected and stratified by value added to the process (i.e., value-added time, business value-added time, or non-value-added time). Two separate time cycles were measured: the actual MRI process cycle as well as the complete length of patient stay in the department...
July 20, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726209/characteristics-of-mel-ibr-melanoma-line-subclone-after-treatment-with-chicken-embryo-extract
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N M Suraeva, L F Morozova, O O Ryabaya, Yu A Khochenkova, A V Samoilov, O S Burova, N V Golubtsova, A E Barmashov, M A Baryshnikova
We continue analysis of the phenotype of human melanoma cell Mel Ibr subclone obtained previously by treatment of the parental cell line by chicken embryo extract. The present study is focused on detection of markers of epithelial-mesenchymal transition that determine enhanced metastatic and invasive potential of malignant tumors of various locations. Analysis of the expression of E-cadherin and vimentin genes in the subclone and parental cells detected activation of epithelial-mesenchymal transition in the subclone...
July 18, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725040/artificial-dielectric-polarizing-beamsplitter-and-isolator-for-the-terahertz-region
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Rajind Mendis, Masaya Nagai, Wei Zhang, Daniel M Mittleman
We demonstrate a simple and effective strategy for implementing a polarizing beamsplitter for the terahertz spectral region, based on an artificial dielectric medium that is scalable to a range of desired frequencies. The artificial dielectric medium consists of a uniformly spaced stack of metal plates, which is electromagnetically equivalent to a stacked array of parallel-plate waveguides. The operation of the device relies on both the lowest-order, transverse-electric and transverse-magnetic modes of the parallel-plate waveguide...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724172/favorable-effects-of-myo-inositol-selenomethionine-or-their-combination-on-the-hydrogen-peroxide-induced-oxidative-stress-of-peripheral-mononuclear-cells-from-patients-with-hashimoto-s-thyroiditis-preliminary-in-vitro-studies
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S Benvenga, T Vicchio, F Di Bari, R Vita, P Fallahi, S M Ferrari, S Catania, C Costa, A Antonelli
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess whether blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) from Hashimoto's thyroiditis (HT) and control women, were protected from in vitro H2O2-induced oxidative stress after addition of antioxidants. PATIENTS AND METHODS: PBMC, from 8 HT women and 3 healthy women (controls), were cultured in the presence of 200 µM H2O2 alone, with subsequent addition of myo-inositol (Myo) (0.25, 0.5, 1.0 µM), selenomethionine (SelMet) (0.25, 0.5, 1...
June 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722264/ultrastructure-changes-in-buffalo-bubalus-bubalis-oocytes-before-and-after-maturation-in%C3%A2-vitro-with-sericin
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Sri Gustina, Hasbi Hasbi, Ni Wayan Kurniani Karja, Mohamad Agus Setiadi, Iman Supriatna
The aim of this research was to identify the changes in the cytoplasmic ultrastructure of immature and matured oocytes in buffalo (Bubalus bubalis). Oocytes were matured in vitro in tissue culture medium-199 with and without sericin, and then analyzed by light and transmission electron microscopy. The experiment result showed that the nuclear maturation rate of buffalo oocytes was significantly higher in the presence of sericin (80.6%) than without sericin (68.1%) (P < 0.05). The immature oocytes were characterized by cortical granule clusters in the ooplasm and the absence of perivitelline space (PVS)...
July 19, 2017: Animal Science Journal, Nihon Chikusan Gakkaihō
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722222/catalase2-functions-for-seedling-post-germinative-growth-by-scavenging-h2-o2-and-stimulating-acx2-3-activity-in-arabidopsis
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Wen-Cheng Liu, Tong-Tong Han, Hong-Mei Yuan, Zhen-Dong Yu, Lin-Yu Zhang, Bing-Lei Zhang, Shuang Zhai, Si-Qiu Zheng, Ying-Tang Lu
Increased fatty acid β-oxidation is essential for early post-germinative growth in seedlings, but high levels of H2 O2 produced by β-oxidation can induce oxidative stress. Whether and how catalase (CAT) functions in fine-tuning H2 O2 homeostasis during seedling growth remain unclear. Here, we report that CAT2 functions in early seedling growth. Compared to the wild type, the cat2-1 mutant, with elevated H2 O2 levels, exhibited reduced root elongation on sucrose (Suc)-free medium, mimicking soils without exogenous sugar supply...
July 19, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721934/contribution-of-brain-ct-in-the-diagnosis-of-tuberculous-meningitis-a-case-report-from-djibouti
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M Garetier, N C Roche, C Longin, P Clapson, A Benois, J Rousset
Tuberculous meningitis, a serious disease with high mortality and morbidity, remains frequent in countries with endemic tuberculosis. Its non-specific presentation often delays the introduction of appropriate treatment. Its definitive diagnosis requires isolation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from cerebrospinal fluid, although this test may be negative without conclusively ruling out this diagnosis. A presumptive diagnosis should be reached as soon as possible through a body of clinical evidence, including the lumbar puncture findings...
July 19, 2017: Médecine et Santé Tropicales
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720734/lack-of-acrb-efflux-function-confers-loss-of-virulence-on-salmonella-enterica-serovar-typhimurium
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Xuan Wang-Kan, Jessica M A Blair, Barbara Chirullo, Jonathan Betts, Roberto M La Ragione, Alasdair Ivens, Vito Ricci, Timothy J Opperman, Laura J V Piddock
AcrAB-TolC is the paradigm resistance-nodulation-division (RND) multidrug resistance efflux system in Gram-negative bacteria, with AcrB being the pump protein in this complex. We constructed a nonfunctional AcrB mutant by replacing D408, a highly conserved residue essential for proton translocation. Western blotting confirmed that the AcrB D408A mutant had the same native level of expression of AcrB as the parental strain. The mutant had no growth deficiencies in rich or minimal medium. However, compared with wild-type SL1344, the mutant had increased accumulation of Hoechst 33342 dye and decreased efflux of ethidium bromide and was multidrug hypersusceptible...
July 18, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720499/coronary-artery-disease-associated-gene-phactr1-modulates-severity-of-vascular-calcification-in-vitro
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Redouane Aherrahrou, Zouhair Aherrahrou, Heribert Schunkert, Jeanette Erdmann
Calcification of vessels is strongly associated with atherosclerosis and leads to coronary artery disease (CAD) and myocardial infarction (MI). Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) revealed several genes that are associated with and contribute to CAD/MI as well as coronary artery calcification (CAC); however, the underlying mechanisms are unknown. PHACTR1, which encodes phosphatase and actin regulator 1, is among these risk genes. The aim of this study was to functionally test whether Phactr1 regulates calcification in vitro using murine embryonic stem cell (mESC)-derived smooth muscle cells (SMCs)...
July 15, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720393/maxillary-nerve-blocks-in-horses-an-experimental-comparison-of-surface-landmark-and-ultrasound-guided-techniques
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Stephanie Stauffer, Beckie Cordner, Jonathon Dixon, Thomas Witte
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this preliminary proof-of-concept study was to evaluate and compare the success and complication rate of infiltration of the maxillary nerve of cadaver heads using previously described surface landmarks, standard ultrasound and a novel needle guidance positioning ultrasound system (SonixGPS). STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, anatomical, method-comparison study. ANIMALS: Thirty-eight equine cadaver heads. METHODS: Twenty-six veterinary students performed the three methods consecutively on cadaver heads using an 18 gauge, 8...
April 6, 2017: Veterinary Anaesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716233/-23-na-mri-reveals-persistent-sodium-accumulation-in-tumefactive-ms-lesions
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Konstantin Huhn, Angelika Mennecke, Peter Linz, Franz Tschunko, Nicola Kästle, Armin M Nagel, Michael Uder, Arnd Dörfler, Ralf A Linker, Tobias Engelhorn
BACKGROUND: Chronic inflammatory demyelinating diseases of the CNS typically show a limited lesion size. However, extended lesions may appear with an atypical configuration. Large lesions with a diameter>2cm accompanied by tumor-like edema are entitled "tumefactive" and may occur in multiple sclerosis (MS) and other demyelinating diseases. Historically, differential diagnosis often requires histological analysis. Therefore, advanced imaging techniques are warranted to allow for a precise non-invasive diagnosis...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715782/approach-and-avoidance-tendencies-in-depression-and-anxiety-disorders
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Sascha Y Struijs, Femke Lamers, Maartje S Vroling, Karin Roelofs, Philip Spinhoven, Brenda W J H Penninx
Anxiety is linked to increased avoidance and inhibition, whereas depression is linked to decreased approach and diminished behavioral activation. Although these notions are widely recognized, systematic investigation of approach-avoidance tendencies is lacking across these diagnostic groups. Participants (mean age = 45.6; 65.8% female) were subdivided in healthy controls (405), remitted patients (877) and currently anxious (217), depressed (154) or comorbid (154) patients. Automatic approach-avoidance tendencies in reaction to facial expression were assessed using the Approach-Avoidance-Task (AAT)...
July 5, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713281/effectiveness-of-traditional-strength-vs-power-training-on-muscle-strength-power-and-speed-with-youth-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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David G Behm, James D Young, Joseph H D Whitten, Jonathan C Reid, Patrick J Quigley, Jonathan Low, Yimeng Li, Camila D Lima, Daniel D Hodgson, Anis Chaouachi, Olaf Prieske, Urs Granacher
Numerous national associations and multiple reviews have documented the safety and efficacy of strength training for children and adolescents. The literature highlights the significant training-induced increases in strength associated with youth strength training. However, the effectiveness of youth strength training programs to improve power measures is not as clear. This discrepancy may be related to training and testing specificity. Most prior youth strength training programs emphasized lower intensity resistance with relatively slow movements...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712642/a-rare-case-of-febrile-abdominal-pain-revealing-horton-s-disease
#18
Arnaud Chaudet, Jean-Michel Goujon, Aiham Daniel Ghazali
BACKGROUND: Horton's disease is a systemic inflammatory vasculitis, usually found in persons over 50years old. It affects medium and large-sized arteries stemming from the external carotid, especially the superficial temporal arteries. It can affect extracranial large vessels but only rarely the aorta. Diagnosis of aortitis is difficult and its incidence is probably underestimated. CASE PRESENTATION: A 68-year-old Caucasian woman consulted in an emergency department for febrile abdominal pain with inflammatory syndrome...
July 8, 2017: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710576/the-effect-of-iodine-uptake-on-radiation-dose-absorbed-by-patient-tissues-in-contrast-enhanced-ct-imaging-implications-for-ct-dosimetry
#19
Kostas Perisinakis, Antonis Tzedakis, Kostas Spanakis, Antonios E Papadakis, Adam Hatzidakis, John Damilakis
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effect of iodine uptake on tissue/organ absorbed doses from CT exposure and its implications in CT dosimetry. METHODS: The contrast-induced CT number increase of several radiosensitive tissues was retrospectively determined in 120 CT examinations involving both non-enhanced and contrast-enhanced CT imaging. CT images of a phantom containing aqueous solutions of varying iodine concentration were obtained. Plots of the CT number increase against iodine concentration were produced...
July 14, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709589/initial-experience-of-transcatheter-closure-of-subarterial-vsd-with-the-amplatzer-duct-occluder
#20
Tsung-Cheng Shyu, Ming-Chih Lin, Yeak-Wun Quek, Sheng-Je Lin, Hean-Pat Saw, Sheng-Ling Jan, Yun-Ching Fu
BACKGROUND: The traditional treatment of subarterial ventricular septal defect (VSD) is open heart surgery. This study aimed to evaluate the feasibility, safety and outcome of transcatheter closure with the Amplatzer duct occluder (ADO). METHODS: Between March 2012 and June 2015, a total of 16 patients (8 male and 8 female) with subarterial VSD who underwent transcatheter closure with the ADO were enrolled retrospectively. Their age ranged from 3.0 to 65.6 years, with the median of 35...
July 11, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
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