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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146456/is-more-always-better-how-different-doses-of-exercise-after-incomplete-spinal-cord-injury-affects-the-membrane-properties-of-deep-dorsal-horn-interneurons
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M M Rank, M P Galea, R Callister, R J Callister
Interneurons in the deep dorsal horn (DDH) of the spinal cord process somatosensory input, and form an important link between upper and lower motoneurons to subsequently shape motor output. Exercise training after SCI is known to improve functional motor recovery, but little is known about the mechanisms within spinal cord neurons that underlie these improvements. Here we investigate how the properties of DDH interneurons are affected by spinal cord injury (SCI) alone, and SCI in combination with different 'doses' of treadmill exercise training (3, 6, and 9wks)...
November 13, 2017: Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145487/defining-external-factors-that-determine-neuronal-survival-apoptosis-and-necrosis-during-excitotoxic-injury-using-a-high-content-screening-imaging-platform
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Ujval Anilkumar, Petronela Weisova, Jasmin Schmid, Tytus Bernas, Heinrich J Huber, Heiko Düssmann, Niamh M C Connolly, Jochen H M Prehn
Cell death induced by excessive glutamate receptor overactivation, excitotoxicity, has been implicated in several acute and chronic neurological disorders. While numerous studies have demonstrated the contribution of biochemically and genetically activated cell death pathways in excitotoxic injury, the factors mediating passive, excitotoxic necrosis are less thoroughly investigated. To address this question, we developed a high content screening (HCS) based assay to collect high volumes of quantitative cellular imaging data and elucidated the effects of intrinsic and external factors on excitotoxic necrosis and apoptosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143065/-complex-joint-reconstruction-and-joint-transplantation-with-the-flocsat-concept-planning-and-surgical-implementation
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REVIEW
C Krettek, J-D Clausen, C Neunaber
Cartilage defects in adult patients are so far incurable. Fresh osteochondral allograft (OCA) transplantation is based on the insertion of mature, living, mechanically sound hyaline cartilage into an osteochondral defect where it undergoes osseointegration. Intact hyaline cartilage of OCA does not cause immune reactions in the recipient. Many reports show that small OCA have good osseointegration and show good long-term results. These observations have been incorporated into the development of the fresh large (> 10 cm(2)) osteochondral shell allograft transplantation (FLOCSAT) concept, which is based on the following principles: 1) the thickness of the osseous layer should be kept as thin as possible (target < 6-8 mm) so that the transplant remains stable and fixable...
November 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134348/machine-learning-based-quantitative-texture-analysis-of-ct-images-of-small-renal-masses-differentiation-of-angiomyolipoma-without-visible-fat-from-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Zhichao Feng, Pengfei Rong, Peng Cao, Qingyu Zhou, Wenwei Zhu, Zhimin Yan, Qianyun Liu, Wei Wang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the diagnostic performance of machine-learning based quantitative texture analysis of CT images to differentiate small (≤ 4 cm) angiomyolipoma without visible fat (AMLwvf) from renal cell carcinoma (RCC). METHODS: This single-institutional retrospective study included 58 patients with pathologically proven small renal mass (17 in AMLwvf and 41 in RCC groups). Texture features were extracted from the largest possible tumorous regions of interest (ROIs) by manual segmentation in preoperative three-phase CT images...
November 13, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133981/electrostatic-interactions-between-polyglutamic-acid-and-polylysine-yields-stable-polyion-complex-micelles-for-deoxypodophyllotoxin-delivery
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Yutong Wang, Liping Huang, Yan Shen, Lidan Tang, Runing Sun, Di Shi, Thomas J Webster, Jiasheng Tu, Chunmeng Sun
To achieve enhanced physical stability of poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(d,l-lactide) polymeric micelles (PEG-PDLLA PMs), a mixture of methoxy PEG-PDLLA-polyglutamate (mPEG-PDLLA-PLG) and mPEG-PDLLA-poly(l-lysine) (mPEG-PDLLA-PLL) copolymers was applied to self-assembled stable micelles with polyion-stabilized cores. Prior to micelle preparation, the synthetic copolymers were characterized by (1)H-nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and infrared spectroscopy (IR), and their molecular weights were calculated by (1)H-NMR and gel permeation chromatography (GPC)...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132315/comprehensive-genomic-analysis-of-the-cngc-gene-family-in-brassica-oleracea-novel-insights-into-synteny-structures-and-transcript-profiles
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Kaleem U Kakar, Zarqa Nawaz, Khadija Kakar, Essa Ali, Abdulwareth A Almoneafy, Raqeeb Ullah, Xue-Liang Ren, Qing-Yao Shu
BACKGROUND: The cyclic nucleotide-gated ion channel (CNGC) family affects the uptake of cations, growth, pathogen defence, and thermotolerance in plants. However, the systematic identification, origin and function of this gene family has not been performed in Brassica oleracea, an important vegetable crop and genomic model organism. RESULTS: In present study, we identified 26 CNGC genes in B. oleracea genome, which are non-randomly localized on eight chromosomes, and classified into four major (I-IV) and two sub-groups (i...
November 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131223/enhancing-the-sensitivity-of-dna-detection-by-structurally-modified-solid-state-nanopore
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Kidan Lee, Hyomin Lee, Seung-Hyun Lee, Hyun-Mi Kim, Ki-Bum Kim, Sung Jae Kim
Solid-state nanopore is an ionic current-based biosensing platform, which would be a top candidate for next-generation DNA sequencing and a high-throughput drug-screening tool at single-molecular-scale resolution. There have been several approaches to enhance the sensitivity and reliability of biomolecule detection using the nanopores particularly in two aspects: signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and translocation dwell time. In this study, an additional nano-well of 100-150 nm diameter and the aspect ratio of ∼5 called 'guide structure' was inserted in conventional silicon-substrate nanopore device to increase both SNR and dwell time...
November 13, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129350/evaluation-of-ecg-algorithms-designed-to-improve-detect-of-transient-myocardial-ischemia-to-minimize-false-alarms-in-patients-with-suspected-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Michele M Pelter, Yuan Xu, Richard Fidler, Ran Xiao, David W Mortara, Hu Xiao
BACKGROUND: Patients hospitalized for suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS) are at risk for transient myocardial ischemia. During the "rule-out" phase, continuous ECG ST-segment monitoring can identify transient myocardial ischemia, even when asymptomatic. However, current ST-segment monitoring software is vastly underutilized due to false positive alarms, with resultant alarm fatigue. Current ST algorithms may contribute to alarm fatigue because; (1) they are not designed with a delay (minutes), rather alarm to brief spikes (i...
October 24, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129256/instantaneous-wave-free-ratio-and-fractional-flow-reserve-for-the-assessment-of-nonculprit-lesions-during-the-index-procedure-in-patients-with-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-the-wave-study
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Carmine Musto, Francesco De Felice, Stefano Rigattieri, Diana Chin, Andrea Marra, Marco Stefano Nazzaro, Alberta Cifarelli, Roberto Violini
BACKGROUND: Functional assessment of non-infarct-related artery lesions during primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) might be useful to avoid revascularization of nonsignificant stenosis and staged procedures, thus reducing hospital stay. We aimed to assess the diagnostic performance of instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR) as compared with fractional flow reserve (FFR) in this setting. METHODS: In the WAVE study, a prospective, observational, single-center registry (NCT02869906), paired iFR and FFR measurements were performed at the level of non-IRA lesions in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction both during primary PCI and during staged procedures (5-8 days after)...
November 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126206/the-incidence-and-origin-of-segmental-aneuploidy-in-human-oocytes-and-preimplantation-embryos
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D Babariya, E Fragouli, S Alfarawati, K Spath, D Wells
STUDY QUESTION: What is the incidence, origin and clinical significance of segmental aneuploidy in human oocytes and preimplantation embryos? SUMMARY ANSWER: Segmental aneuploidy occurs at a considerable frequency in preimplantation embryos with a majority being mitotic in origin. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: In recent years, accurate techniques for the detection of aneuploidy in single cells have been developed. Research using such methods has confirmed that aneuploidy is a common feature of human oocytes and preimplantation embryos...
November 8, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125784/identifying-the-population-with-serious-illness-the-denominator-challenge
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Amy S Kelley, Evan Bollens-Lund
BACKGROUND: To ensure seriously ill people and their families receive high-quality primary and specialty palliative care services, rigorous methods are needed to prospectively identify this population. OBJECTIVE: To define and operationalize a definition of serious illness for the purpose of identifying patients and caregivers who need primary or specialty palliative care services. DESIGN/SETTING: Two stages of work included (1) building expert consensus around a conceptual definition of serious illness and (2) using the National Health and Aging Trends Study linked to Medicare claims data to test a range of operational definitions composed of diagnoses, utilization, and markers of care needs...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122932/diagnostic-performance-of-an-acoustic-based-system-for-coronary-artery-disease-risk-stratification
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Simon Winther, Louise Nissen, Samuel Emil Schmidt, Jelmer Sybren Westra, Laust Dupont Rasmussen, Lars Lyhne Knudsen, Lene Helleskov Madsen, Jane Kirk Johansen, Bjarke Skogstad Larsen, Johannes Jan Struijk, Lars Frost, Niels Ramsing Holm, Evald Høj Christiansen, Hans Erik Botker, Morten Bøttcher
OBJECTIVE: Diagnosing coronary artery disease (CAD) continues to require substantial healthcare resources. Acoustic analysis of transcutaneous heart sounds of cardiac movement and intracoronary turbulence due to obstructive coronary disease could potentially change this. The aim of this study was thus to test the diagnostic accuracy of a new portable acoustic device for detection of CAD. METHODS: We included 1675 patients consecutively with low to intermediate likelihood of CAD who had been referred for cardiac CT angiography...
November 9, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121588/infants-sensitivity-to-vowel-harmony-and-its-role-in-segmenting-speech
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Toben H Mintz, Rachel L Walker, Ashlee Welday, Celeste Kidd
A critical part of infants' ability to acquire any language involves segmenting continuous speech input into discrete word forms. Certain properties of words could provide infants with reliable cues to word boundaries. Here we investigate the potential utility of vowel harmony (VH), a phonological property whereby vowels within a word systematically exhibit similarity ("harmony") for some aspect of the way they are pronounced. We present evidence that infants with no experience of VH in their native language nevertheless actively use these patterns to generate hypotheses about where words begin and end in the speech stream...
November 6, 2017: Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121572/simultaneous-determination-of-rutin-and-ascorbic-acid-in-a-sequential-injection-lab-at-valve-system
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Mohammed Khair E A Al-Shwaiyat, Yuliia V Miekh, Tatyana A Denisenko, Andriy B Vishnikin, Vasil Andruch, Yaroslav R Bazel
A green, simple, accurate and highly sensitive sequential injection lab-at-valve procedure has been developed for the simultaneous determination of ascorbic acid (Asc) and rutin using 18-molybdo-2-phosphate Wells-Dawson heteropoly anion (18-MPA). The method is based on the dependence of the reaction rate between 18-MPA and reducing agents on the solution pH. Only Asc is capable of interacting with 18-MPA at pH 4.7, while at pH 7.4 the reaction with both Asc and rutin proceeds simultaneously. In order to improve the precision and sensitivity of the analysis, to minimize reagent consumption and to remove the Schlieren effect, the manifold for the sequential injection analysis was supplemented with external reaction chamber, and the reaction mixture was segmented...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120867/quantifying-the-ultrastructure-of-carotid-arteries-using-high-resolution-micro-diffusion-tensor-imaging-comparison-of-intact-versus-open-cut-tissue
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Syed Salman Shahid, Robert T Gaul, Christian Kerskens, Vittoria Flamini, Caitríona Lally
Diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) can provide insights into the microstructure of intact arterial tissue. The current study employed high magnetic field MRI to obtain ultra-high resolution dMRI at an isotropic voxel resolution of 117 µm(3) in less than 2 h of scan time. A parameter selective single shell (128 directions) diffusion-encoding scheme based on Stejskel-Tanner sequence with echo-planar imaging (EPI) readout was used. EPI segmentation was used to reduce the echo time (TE) and to minimise the susceptibility-induced artefacts...
November 9, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120603/a-high-sensitivity-integrated-absorbance-and-fluorescence-detection-scheme-for-probing-picoliter-volume-droplets-in-segmented-flows
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Tianjin Yang, Stavros Stavrakis, Andrew deMello
Droplet-based microfluidic systems that incorporate flowing streams of pL-volume droplets surrounded by a continuous and immiscible carrier phase have attracted significant recent attention due to their utility in complex chemical and biological experimentation. Analysis of pL droplets, generated at kHz frequencies and moving at high linear velocities, is almost exclusively achieved using fluorescence-based detection schemes. To extend the applicability of such optical detection schemes, we herein report the development of a simple and cost-effective optofluidic platform, integrating liquid-core PDMS waveguides, that allows the accurate measurement of absorbance within individual pL-volume droplets moving within segmented flows...
November 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120389/textile-pressure-mapping-sensor-for-emotional-touch-detection-in-human-robot-interaction
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Bo Zhou, Carlos Andres Velez Altamirano, Heber Cruz Zurian, Seyed Reza Atefi, Erik Billing, Fernando Seoane Martinez, Paul Lukowicz
In this paper, we developed a fully textile sensing fabric for tactile touch sensing as the robot skin to detect human-robot interactions. The sensor covers a 20-by-20 cm 2 area with 400 sensitive points and samples at 50 Hz per point. We defined seven gestures which are inspired by the social and emotional interactions of typical people to people or pet scenarios. We conducted two groups of mutually blinded experiments, involving 29 participants in total. The data processing algorithm first reduces the spatial complexity to frame descriptors, and temporal features are calculated through basic statistical representations and wavelet analysis...
November 9, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119456/heterogeneity-of-longitudinal-and-circumferential-contraction-in-relation-to-late-gadolinium-enhancement-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-patients-with-preserved-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction
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Keita Sakamoto, Noriko Oyama-Manabe, Osamu Manabe, Tadao Aikawa, Yasuka Kikuchi, Harue Sasai-Masuko, Masanao Naya, Kohsuke Kudo, Fumi Kato, Nagara Tamaki, Hiroki Shirato
PURPOSE: To evaluate heterogeneity of myocardial contraction in relation to extensive late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) patients with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction, using fast strain-encoded magnetic resonance imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-two HCM patients and 24 age-matched control subjects were included in this retrospective study. The regional and global peak values of longitudinal and circumferential strain (LSregional, LSglobal, CSregional, CSglobal), and their regional heterogeneities were evaluated using coefficients of variation (LSCoV, CSCoV) in relation to LGE...
November 9, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118192/endocannabinoid-mediated-potentiation-of-non-nociceptive-synapses-contributes-to-behavioral-sensitization
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Yanqing Wang, Brian D Burrell
Endocannabinoids, such as 2-arachidonoyl glycerol (2-AG) and anandamide, can elicit long-term depression of both excitatory and inhibitory synapses. This latter effect will result in disinhibition and would therefore be expected to produce an increase in neural circuit output. However, there have been no examples directly linking endocannabinoid-mediated disinhibition to a change in a functional neurobehavioral circuit. The present study uses the well-characterized central nervous system (CNS) of the medicinal leech, Hirudo verbana, to examine the functional/behavioral relevance of endocannabinoid modulation of an identified afferent synapse...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116176/redefining-viability-by-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-in-acute-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Heerajnarain Bulluck, Stefania Rosmini, Amna Abdel-Gadir, Anish N Bhuva, Thomas A Treibel, Marianna Fontana, Daniel S Knight, Sabrina Nordin, Alex Sirker, Anna S Herrey, Charlotte Manisty, James C Moon, Derek J Hausenloy
In chronic myocardial infarction (MI), segments with a transmural extent of infarct (TEI) of ≤50% are defined as being viable. However, in the acute phase of an ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) has been demonstrated to overestimate MI size and TEI. We aimed to identify the optimal cut-off of TEI by cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) for defining viability during the acute phase of an MI, using ≤50% TEI at follow-up as the reference standard. 40 STEMI patients reperfused by primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI) underwent a CMR at 4 ± 2 days and 5 ± 2 months...
November 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
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