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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648124/knowledge-based-iterative-model-reconstruction-in-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-comparison-with-hybrid-iterative-reconstruction-and-filtered-back-projection
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Min Jae Cha, Jae Seung Seo, Dong Soo Yoo, Semin Chong
Background Knowledge-based iterative model reconstruction (IMR) is known to allow radiation dose reduction while preserving image quality. Purpose To investigate the effect of IMR on coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) by comparing it with filtered back projection (FBP) and hybrid iterative reconstruction (HIR). Material and Methods Forty-five patients (group A) who underwent CCTA with prospective electrocardiogram (ECG) triggering at 80 kVp were included. All images were reconstructed using three algorithms: FBP, HIR, and IMR...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646317/di-n-butyl-phthalate-prompts-interruption-of-spermatogenesis-steroidogenesis-and-fertility-associated-with-increased-testicular-oxidative-stress-in-adult-male-rats
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Giribabu Nelli, Sreenivasula Reddy Pamanji
Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP) is extensively used as plasticizer, and it was ubiquitary released into the environment. The present study was aimed to investigate the effect of DBP on reproductive competence in adult male rats. Adult male rats were received corn oil or DBP injection intraperitoneally (ip) at 100 and 500 mg/kg body weight on 90, 97, 104, and 111 days. Following completion of the experimental period, adult male rats were cohabitated with untreated proestrus female rats for determination of fertilization capacity...
June 24, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646058/semen-collection-methods-in-alpacas
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REVIEW
M C Abraham, K de Verdier, R Båge, J M Morrell
South American camelids, particularly alpacas, are gaining in popularity outside their native lands. Reproductive biotechnologies, such as artificial insemination or embryo transfer with cryopreserved embryos, are more complicated in these species than many others due to differences in their reproductive physiology compared to the more commonly encountered domestic livestock. This article reviews the methods currently available for obtaining semen or spermatozoa from alpacas and describes some of the problems associated with handling the viscous seminal plasma characteristic of camelids...
June 24, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643314/-analysis-of-the-common-hemorrhage-sites-during-laparoscopic-rectal-cancer-surgery
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Xiaohui Wang, Li Zhou, Xiaojun Li, Ruiting Liu, Jianfeng Yao, Cong Tong
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the common hemorrhage sites during laparoscopic rectal cancer surgery in order to take reasonable prevention and management. METHODS: Clinical data of 355 rectal cancer patients who underwent laparoscopic total mesorectal excision in Shanxi Provincial People's Hospital from January 2012 to December 2014 were retrospectively analyzed. Common bleeding sites, blood loss, and hemostasis time were recorded. According to the date of operation, patients were divided into 2012 group (91 cases), 2013 group (122 cases) and 2014 group(142 cases)...
June 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640953/overview-of-transgenic-mouse-models-of-myeloproliferative-neoplasms-mpns
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Andrew Dunbar, Abbas Nazir, Ross Levine
Myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) are a class of hematologic diseases characterized by aberrant proliferation of one or more myeloid lineages and progressive bone marrow fibrosis. In 2005, seminal work by multiple groups identified the JAK2V617F mutation in a significant fraction of MPN patients. Since that time, murine models of JAK2V617F have greatly enhanced the understanding of the role of aberrant JAK-STAT signaling in MPN pathogenesis and have provided an in vivo pre-clinical platform that can be used to develop novel therapies...
June 22, 2017: Current Protocols in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636161/infinity-sperm-storage-the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving
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Gauthier Schang, Beatriz Fernandez-Fuertes, Samantha C Lean, Alexandra L Nguyen, Osvaldo Bogado Pascottini
Female Drosophila retain sperm for up to two weeks post-copulation in a network of storage organs includng the bursa, the seminal receptacle, and the spermathecae. This image shows the seminal receptacle of a Drosophila melanogaster female, 2-hrs post-copulation between a LHM (wild-type) female with a Protamine B (green), β-Tubulin (blue) fluorescently tagged male, whose sperm can be visualized within the female. This 'infinity' structure of the seminal receptacle resembles the tubular coil that allows for the storage of very long sperm relative to female body size -up to 20 times the length of the female in some Drosophila species...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Reproduction and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636071/the-role-of-homocysteine-in-seminal-vesicles-remodeling-in-rat
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Adel Ghoul, Elara Moudilou, Mohamed El Hadi Cherifi, Fouzia Zerrouk, Billel Chaouad, Anissa Moulahoum, Souhila Aouichat-Bouguerra, Khira Othmani, Jean-Marie Exbrayat, Yasmina Benazzoug
INTRODUCTION: Elevated plasma homocysteine (Hcy) levels have been associated with several tissue injuries including heart and liver fibrosis. In these diseases, hyperhomocysteinemia (Hhcy) plays a major role in modulating the alteration of the balance between matrix metalloproteinases (MMP) and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinases (TIMPs), leading to the pathological accumulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins. Since the effect of Hhcy on ECM of seminal vesicle was not studied, the aim of our research was to check if Hcy can induce a remodeling within seminal vesicles ECM...
June 21, 2017: Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635619/on-the-importance-of-accurate-quantification-of-individual-volatile-metabolites-in-exhaled-breath
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David Smith, Patrik Spanel
It is argued that shortcomings of certain approaches to breath analysis research based on superficial interpretation of non-quantitative data are inadvertently inhibiting the progression of non-invasive breath analysis into clinical practice. The objective of this perspective is to suggest more clinically profitable approaches to breath research. Thus, following a discourse on the challenges and expectations in breath research, a brief indication is given of the analytical techniques currently used for the analysis of very humid exhaled breath...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635569/stratification-model-based-on-early-postprostatectomy-prostate-specific-antigen-kinetics-may-help-to-reduce-the-risk-of-overtreatment-in-candidates-for-adjuvant-radiotherapy
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Stepan Vesely, Ladislav Jarolim, Marek Schmidt, Joana Do Carmo Silva, Katerina Duskova, Marko Babjuk
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to construct a stratification model based on early postoperative kinetics of prostate-specific antigen (PSA) to select the most suitable high-risk patients for early intervention after radical prostatectomy (RP). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study evaluated 205 men who had undergone RP without any adjuvant treatment. All of the patients had positive surgical margins, extracapsular extension and/or seminal vesicle invasion. The patients underwent multiple ultrasensitive PSA measurements on days 14, 30, 60 and 90 after RP, and subsequently at 3 month intervals...
February 24, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634438/computational-models-of-anterior-cingulate-cortex-at-the-crossroads-between-prediction-and-effort
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Eliana Vassena, Clay B Holroyd, William H Alexander
In the last two decades the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) has become one of the most investigated areas of the brain. Extensive neuroimaging evidence suggests countless functions for this region, ranging from conflict and error coding, to social cognition, pain and effortful control. In response to this burgeoning amount of data, a proliferation of computational models has tried to characterize the neurocognitive architecture of ACC. Early seminal models provided a computational explanation for a relatively circumscribed set of empirical findings, mainly accounting for EEG and fMRI evidence...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632688/high-quality-3-dimensional-1h-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopic-imaging-of-the-prostate-without-endorectal-receive-coil-using-a-semi-laser-sequence
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Nassim Tayari, Isabell K Steinseifer, Kirsten M Selnæs, Tone F Bathen, Marnix C Maas, Arend Heerschap
OBJECTIVES: Inclusion of 3-dimensional H magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (3D-H-MRSI) in routine multiparametric MRI of the prostate requires good quality spectra and easy interpretable metabolite maps of the whole organ obtained without endorectal coil in clinically feasible acquisition times. We evaluated if a semi-LASER pulse sequence with gradient offset independent adiabaticity refocusing pulses (GOIA-sLASER) for volume selection can meet these requirements. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirteen patients with suspicion of prostate cancer and 1 patient known to have prostate cancer were examined at 3 T with a multichannel body-receive coil...
June 19, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630882/review-how-do-spontaneous-and-sensory-evoked-activities-interact
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REVIEW
Isabelle Ferezou, Thomas Deneux
Twenty years ago, the seminal work of Grinvald et al. revolutionized the view cast on spontaneous cortical activity by showing how, instead of being a mere measure of noise, it profoundly impacts cortical responses to a sensory input and therefore could play a role in sensory processing. This paved the way for a number of studies on the interactions between spontaneous and sensory-evoked activities. Spontaneous activity has subsequently been found to be highly structured and to participate in high cognitive functions, such as influencing conscious perception in humans...
July 2017: Neurophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628043/immunotherapy-for-transplantation-associated-viral-infections
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Claire Roddie, Karl S Peggs
Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infections following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) are a major cause of morbidity and mortality. Early clinical trials demonstrate that adoptive transfer of donor-derived virus-specific T cells to restore virus-specific immunity is an effective strategy to control CMV and EBV infection after HSCT, conferring protection in 70%-90% of patients. The field has evolved rapidly to develop solutions to some of the manufacturing challenges identified in early clinical studies, such as prolonged in vitro culture, optimization of the purity of the virus-specific T cell product, the potential limitations of targeting a single viral antigen, and how to manage the patient with a virus-naive donor...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627813/effect-of-the-oxidant-antioxidant-system-in-seminal-plasma-on-varicocele-and-idiopathic-infertility-in-male-humans
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Hayrullah Yazar, Fikret Halis, Yasemin Nasir, Derya Guzel, Mehmet Akdogan, Ahmet Gokce
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate seminal oxidant-antioxidant activity in idiopathic and varicocele infertility in men. METHODS: Total anti-oxidant capacity (TAC), total oxidant status (TOS), paraoxonase (PON1), aryl esterase (ARE), and total thiol levels (TTL) were measured in seminal plasma with an autoanalyzer. The TOS/TAC ratio was determined as the oxidative stress index (OSI). A histopathological evaluation of the sperm was performed in the andrology laboratory of the hospital...
May 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627195/exercise-improved-semen-quality-and-reproductive-hormone-levels-in-sedentary-obese-adults
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Miguel Ángel Rosety, Antonio Jesus Díaz, Jesús María Rosety, María Teresa Pery, Francisco Brenes-Martín, Marco Bernardi, Natalia García, Manuel Rosety-Rodríguez, Francisco Javier Ordoñez, Ignacio Rosety
INTRODUCTION: From the previously published literature on the relationship between obesity and infertility, it is clear that male obesity negatively impacts semen quality. Accordingly, this study was conducted to determine whether regular exercise may improve semen quality in sedentary obese adults. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Ninety obese adults were randomly allocated to the intervention (n = 45) or control group (n = 45). Participants in the intervention group performed a 16-week aerobic training program in a treadmill, three sessions per week, consisting of a warm-up (10-15 minutes), 35-50 minutes treadmill exercise (increasing five minutes per four weeks) at a work intensity of 50-65% of peak heart rate (increasing a 5% per four weeks) and cooling-down (5-10 minutes)...
June 5, 2017: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625714/proteomic-analysis-of-seminal-plasma-from-locally-adapted-curraleiro-p%C3%A3-duro-bulls-bos-taurus-identifying-biomarkers-involved-in-sperm-physiology-in-endangered-animals-for-conservation-of-biodiversity
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E B Menezes, R V de Oliveira, M F van Tilburg, E A Barbosa, N V Nascimento, A L M C S Velho, F B Moreno, R A Moreira, A C O Monteiro-Moreira, G M C Carvalho, A F Ramos, E Memili, A A Moura
The present study was aimed at evaluating the seminal plasma proteins and sperm parameters of Curraleiro Pé-Duro bulls. Semen was collected from 10 bulls by electroejaculation, and sperm parameters were evaluated in fresh and frozen-thawed semen. Seminal plasma proteins were analyzed by 2-D SDS-PAGE and mass spectrophotometry. Tools in computational biology were used to generate bioinformatic knowledge and evaluate gene ontology, protein-protein interactions, phylogenetic trees and multiple sequence alignments...
May 29, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625282/high-intensity-exercise-training-for-improving-reproductive-function-in-infertile-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#17
Behzad Hajizadeh Maleki, Bakhtyar Tartibian
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this RCT was to investigate whether a 24-week program of high-intensity exercise was beneficial for improving reproductive function in infertile male patients. METHODS: Infertile men (n = 433) were randomly assigned to exercise (n = 218) and non-exercise (n = 215) groups. The seminal markers of inflammation and oxidative stress, semen quality parameters, sperm DNA fragmentation, and pregnancy rate were measured at baseline, at the end of week 12, at the end of week 24, and at 7 and 30 days during recovery...
July 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625133/recent-advances-in-targeting-the-hiv-1-tat-tar-complex
#18
Fardokht A Abulwerdi, Stuart F J Le Grice
Following seminal discoveries by Rosen and co-workers in 1985, the HIV-1 TAR has emerged as one of the most extensively studied regulatory elements of the HIV-1 genome. Located adjacent to the long terminal repeat promoter, this cis-acting motif, in conjunction with the viral Tat protein, plays a critical role in viral genomic RNA synthesis via modification of the transcription complex. As such, the Tat/TAR axis has been the subject of intense efforts aimed at developing therapeutic interventions, directed against both the protein and nucleic acid components...
June 15, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623149/subtle-effect-of-xenos-vesparum-xenidae-strepsiptera-on-the-reproductive-apparatus-of-its-male-host-parasite-or-parasitoid
#19
L Beani, D Marchini, F Cappa, I Petrocelli, M Gottardo, F Manfredini, F Giusti, R Dallai
Parasitic castration is an adaptive strategy where parasites usurp the hosts' reproductive physiology to complete their life cycle. The alterations in the host traits vary in their magnitude, from subtle changes in the host morpho-physiology and behaviour to the production of complex aberrant phenotypes, which often depend on the host gender. The strepsipteran macroparasite Xenos vesparum induces dramatic behavioural and physiological changes in its female host, the paper wasp Polistes dominula, while its effect on the male phenotype is largely unknown...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622434/magnetic-activated-cell-sorting-before-density-gradient-centrifugation-improves-recovery-of-high-quality-spermatozoa
#20
T S Berteli, M G Da Broi, W P Martins, R A Ferriani, P A Navarro
Recent studies have evaluated the use of magnetic-activated cell sorting (MACS) to reduce apoptotic spermatozoa and improve sperm quality. However, the efficiency of using MACS alone, before or after sperm processing by density gradient centrifugation (DGC) has not yet been established. The purpose of this study is to determine the optimal protocol of MACS in assisted reproduction techniques (ART). Thus, we compared sperm quality obtained by DGC alone (DGC), DGC followed by MACS (DGC-MACS), MACS followed by DGC (MACS-DGC), and MACS alone (MACS), and found that the combined methods (MACS-DGC and DGC-MACS) led to retrieval of less spermatozoa with fragmented DNA compared to the single protocols...
June 16, 2017: Andrology
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