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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806482/automated-segmentation-and-quantification-of-actin-stress-fibres-undergoing-experimentally-induced-changes
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H Rogge, N Artelt, N Endlich, K Endlich
The actin cytoskeleton is a main component of cells and it is crucially involved in many physiological processes, e.g. cell motility. Changes in the actin organization can be effected by diseases or vice versa. Due to the nonuniform pattern, it is difficult to quantify reasonable features of the actin cytoskeleton for a significantly high cell number. Here, we present an approach capable to fully segment and analyse the actin cytoskeleton of 2D fluorescence microscopic images with a special focus on stress fibres...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806319/transient-segmental-enhancement-of-pyogenic-liver-abscess-a-comparison-between-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-and-computed-tomography
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Kun Sun, Wei Zhu, Yan Luo, Yongzhong Li, Xiang Zhou
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the correlation between the transient segmental enhancement (TSE) of liver abscesses on contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) imaging and contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) scans. METHODS: In total, 42 abscesses in 38 patients were evaluated with real-time CEUS and contrast-enhanced CT imaging. The CT imaging and CEUS examinations were performed within one to 2 days of each other in all cases. The initial reports of the observations of TSE on CEUS scans were correlated later with the findings of TSE on contrast-enhanced CT images...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805666/multiple-cracks-detection-in-pipeline-using-damage-index-matrix-based-on-piezoceramic-transducer-enabled-stress-wave-propagation
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Guofeng Du, Qingzhao Kong, Hua Zhou, Haichang Gu
Cracks in oil and gas pipelines cause leakage which results in property damage, environmental pollution, and even personal injury or loss of lives. In this paper, an active-sensing approach was conducted to identify the crack damage in pipeline structure using a stress wave propagation approach with piezoceramic transducers. A pipeline segment instrumented with five distributed piezoceramic transducers was used as the testing specimen in this research. Four cracks were artificially cut on the specimen, and each crack had six damage cases corresponding to different crack depths...
August 12, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804937/breast-tumor-classification-based-on-a-computerized-breast-imaging-reporting-and-data-system-feature-system
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Mengyun Qiao, Yuzhou Hu, Yi Guo, Yuanyuan Wang, Jinhua Yu
OBJECTIVES: This work focused on extracting novel and validated digital high-throughput features to present a detailed and comprehensive description of the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) with the goal of improving the accuracy of ultrasound breast cancer diagnosis. METHODS: First, the phase congruency approach was used to segment the tumors automatically. Second, high-throughput features were designed and extracted on the basis of each BI-RADS category...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802956/magnetic-resonance-imaging-compared-with-rectal-endoscopic-sonography-for-the-prediction-of-infiltration-depth-in-colorectal-endometriosis
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Arane Kim, Pedro Fernandez, Brigitte Martin, Laurent Palazzo, Lara Ribeiro-Parenti, Francine Walker, Margot Bucau, Dominique Luton, Carmen Chis, Martin Koskas
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To compare the accuracies of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and rectal endoscopic sonography (RES) in the prediction of the infiltration depth of colorectal endometriosis. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study (Canadian Task Force classification II-2). SETTING: University teaching hospital. PATIENTS: Forty patients with symptomatic deep infiltrating endometriosis (DIE) of the rectum who underwent colorectal resection were included...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802787/reliability-and-validity-of-speech-evaluation-in-adductor-spasmodic-dysphonia
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Saori Yanagida, Noriko Nishizawa, Ryusaku Hashimoto, Kenji Mizoguchi, Hiromitsu Hatakeyama, Akihiro Homma, Satoshi Fukuda
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate speech in patients with adductor spasmodic dysphonia (ADSD) by perceptual evaluations and acoustic measures, and to examine the reliability and validity of these measures. METHODS: Twenty-four patients with ADSD and 24 healthy volunteers were included in the study. Speech materials consisted of three sentences constructed from serial voiced syllables to elicit abductor voice breaks. Three otolaryngologists rated the degree of voice symptoms using a visual analog scale (VAS)...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801253/investigating-the-maturation-of-microstructure-and-radial-orientation-in-the-preterm-human-cortex-with-diffusion-mri
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Zach Eaton-Rosen, Benoit Scherrer, Andrew Melbourne, Sebastien Ourselin, Jeffrey J Neil, Simon K Warfield
Preterm birth disrupts and alters the complex developmental processes in the cerebral cortex. This disruption may be a contributing factor to widespread delay and cognitive difficulties in the preterm population. Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DW MRI) is a noninvasive imaging technique that makes inferences about cellular structures, at scales smaller than the imaging resolution. One established finding is that DW MRI shows a transient radial alignment in the preterm cortex. In this study, we quantify this maturational process with the "radiality index", a parameter that measures directional coherence, which we expect to change rapidly in the perinatal period...
August 8, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800680/pharmacological-inhibition-of-fsgs-related-trpc6-gain-of-function-mutants-by-semisynthetic-larixol-derived-compounds
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Nicole Urban, Sonja Neuser, Anika Hentschel, Sebastian Köhling, Jörg Rademann, Michael Schaefer
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Gain of function mutations in TRPC6 can cause autosomal dominant forms of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). Validated inhibitors of TRPC6 that are biologically active on FSGS-related TRPC6 mutants are eagerly sought. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: We synthesized new TRPC6-inhibiting modulators from larixol, a resiniferous constituent of Larix decidua, and tested the potency and selectivity in cell lines stably expressing various TRP channel isoforms...
August 11, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798219/improved-detection-of-anterior-circulation-occlusions-the-delayed-vessel-sign-on-multiphase-ct-angiography
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D Byrne, G Sugrue, E Stanley, J P Walsh, S Murphy, E C Kavanagh, P J MacMahon
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Multiphase CTA, a technique to dynamically assess the vasculature in acute ischemic stroke, was primarily developed to evaluate collateral filling. We have observed that it is also useful in identifying distal anterior circulation occlusions due to delayed anterior circulation opacification on multiphase CTA, an observation we term the "delayed vessel sign." We aimed to determine the usefulness of this sign by comparing multiphase CTA with single-phase CTA. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All 23 distal anterior circulation occlusions during a 2-year period were included...
August 10, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797570/genetic-variants-related-to-longer-telomere-length-are-associated-with-increased-risk-of-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Mitchell J Machiela, Jonathan N Hofmann, Robert Carreras-Torres, Kevin M Brown, Mattias Johansson, Zhaoming Wang, Matthieu Foll, Peng Li, Nathaniel Rothman, Sharon A Savage, Valerie Gaborieau, James D McKay, Yuanqing Ye, Marc Henrion, Fiona Bruinsma, Susan Jordan, Gianluca Severi, Kristian Hveem, Lars J Vatten, Tony Fletcher, Kvetoslava Koppova, Susanna C Larsson, Alicja Wolk, Rosamonde E Banks, Peter J Selby, Douglas F Easton, Paul Pharoah, Gabriella Andreotti, Laura E Beane Freeman, Stella Koutros, Demetrius Albanes, Satu Mannisto, Stephanie Weinstein, Peter E Clark, Todd E Edwards, Loren Lipworth, Susan M Gapstur, Victoria L Stevens, Hallie Carol, Matthew L Freedman, Mark M Pomerantz, Eunyoung Cho, Peter Kraft, Mark A Preston, Kathryn M Wilson, J Michael Gaziano, Howard S Sesso, Amanda Black, Neal D Freedman, Wen-Yi Huang, John G Anema, Richard J Kahnoski, Brian R Lane, Sabrina L Noyes, David Petillo, Leandro M Colli, Joshua N Sampson, Celine Besse, Helene Blanche, Anne Boland, Laurie Burdette, Egor Prokhortchouk, Konstantin G Skryabin, Meredith Yeager, Mirjana Mijuskovic, Miodrag Ognjanovic, Lenka Foretova, Ivana Holcatova, Vladimir Janout, Dana Mates, Anush Mukeriya, Stefan Rascu, David Zaridze, Vladimir Bencko, Cezary Cybulski, Eleonora Fabianova, Viorel Jinga, Jolanta Lissowska, Jan Lubinski, Marie Navratilova, Peter Rudnai, Neonila Szeszenia-Dabrowska, Simone Benhamou, Geraldine Cancel-Tassin, Olivier Cussenot, H Bas Bueno-de-Mesquita, Federico Canzian, Eric J Duell, Börje Ljungberg, Raviprakash T Sitaram, Ulrike Peters, Emily White, Garnet L Anderson, Lisa Johnson, Juhua Luo, Julie Buring, I-Min Lee, Wong-Ho Chow, Lee E Moore, Christopher Wood, Timothy Eisen, James Larkin, Toni K Choueiri, G Mark Lathrop, Bin Tean Teh, Jean-Francois Deleuze, Xifeng Wu, Richard S Houlston, Paul Brennan, Stephen J Chanock, Ghislaine Scelo, Mark P Purdue
BACKGROUND: Relative telomere length in peripheral blood leukocytes has been evaluated as a potential biomarker for renal cell carcinoma (RCC) risk in several studies, with conflicting findings. OBJECTIVE: We performed an analysis of genetic variants associated with leukocyte telomere length to assess the relationship between telomere length and RCC risk using Mendelian randomization, an approach unaffected by biases from temporal variability and reverse causation that might have affected earlier investigations...
August 7, 2017: European Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796875/optical-coherence-tomography-analysis-based-prediction-of-humphrey-24-2-visual-field-thresholds-in-patients-with-glaucoma
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Zhihui Guo, Young H Kwon, Kyungmoo Lee, Kai Wang, Andreas Wahle, Wallace L M Alward, John H Fingert, Daniel I Bettis, Chris A Johnson, Mona K Garvin, Milan Sonka, Michael D Abràmoff
Purpose: A pilot study showed that prediction of individual Humphrey 24-2 visual field (HVF 24-2) sensitivity thresholds from optical coherence tomography (OCT) image analysis is possible. We evaluate performance of an improved approach as well as 3 other predictive algorithms on a new, fully independent set of glaucoma subjects. Methods: Subjects underwent HVF 24-2 and 9-field OCT (Heidelberg Spectralis) testing. Nerve fiber (NFL), and ganglion cell and inner plexiform (GCL+IPL) layers were cosegmented and partitioned into 52 sectors matching HVF 24-2 test locations...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796544/journal-club-doubling-time-of-thymic-epithelial-tumors-correlates-with-world-health-organization-histopathologic-classification
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Dong Young Jeong, Kyung Soo Lee, Myung Jin Chung, Jae Ill Zo, Young Mog Shim, Jung Won Moon
OBJECTIVE: Awareness of volume doubling times (VDTs) of different thymic epithelial tumors (TETs), including low- and high-grade thymomas and thymic carcinomas, is important for their management. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the VDTs of incidentally found TETs using 3D volumetry (3D-VDT) and longest diameter (LD-VDT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective study included 50 patients (30 men, 20 women) who had histologically proven TETs and who underwent at least two serial CT studies at greater than 2-month intervals...
August 10, 2017: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794032/recombinant-origins-of-pathogenic-and-nonpathogenic-mouse-gammaretroviruses-of-polytropic-host-range
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Devinka Bamunusinghe, Qingping Liu, Ronald Plishka, Michael A Dolan, Matthew Skorski, Andrew J Oler, Venkat R K Yedavalli, Alicia Buckler-White, Janet W Hartley, Christine A Kozak
Ecotropic, xenotropic and polytropic mouse leukemia viruses (E-, X-, P-MLVs) exist in mice as infectious viruses and endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) inserted into mouse chromosomes. All 3 MLV subgroups are linked to leukemogenesis, which involves generation of recombinants with polytropic host range. Although P-MLVs are deemed to be the proximal agents of disease induction, few biologically characterized infectious P-MLVs have been sequenced for comparative analysis. We analyzed the complete genomes of 16 naturally occurring infectious P-MLVs, 12 of which were typed for pathogenic potential...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793049/possible-mechanisms-involved-in-the-vasorelaxant-effect-produced-by-clobenzorex-in-aortic-segments-of-rats
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J Lozano-Cuenca, A González-Hernández, O A López-Canales, J R Villagrana-Zesati, J D Rodríguez-Choreão, R Morín-Zaragoza, E F Castillo-Henkel, J S López-Canales
Clobenzorex is a metabolic precursor of amphetamine indicated for the treatment of obesity. Amphetamines have been involved with cardiovascular side effects such as hypertension and pulmonary arterial hypertension. The aim of the present study was to investigate whether the direct application of 10-9-10-5 M clobenzorex on isolated phenylephrine-precontracted rat aortic rings produces vascular effects, and if so, what mechanisms may be involved. Clobenzorex produced an immediate concentration-dependent vasorelaxant effect at the higher concentrations (10-7...
August 7, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783619/fully-automated-segmentation-of-fluid-cyst-regions-in-optical-coherence-tomography-images-with-diabetic-macular-edema-using-neutrosophic-sets-and-graph-algorithms
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Abdolreza Rashno, Dara D Koozekanani, Paul M Drayna, Behzad Nazari, Saeed Sadri, Hossein Rabbani, Keshab K Parhi
This paper presents a fully-automated algorithm to segment fluid-associated (fluid-filled) and cyst regions in optical coherence tomography (OCT) retina images of the subjects with diabetic macular edema (DME). The OCT image is segmented using a novel neutrosophic transformation and a graph-based shortest path method. In neutrosophic domain, an image g is transformed into three sets: T (true), I (indeterminate) that represents noise, and F (false). This paper makes four key contributions. First, a new method is introduced to compute the indeterminacy set I, and a new λ-correction operation is introduced to compute the set T in neutrosophic domain...
July 31, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780426/characterization-of-oseltamivir-resistant-influenza-virus-populations-in-immunosuppressed-patients-using-digital-droplet-pcr-comparison-with-qpcr-and-next-generation-sequencing-analysis
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Maxime Pichon, Alexandre Gaymard, Laurence Josset, Martine Valette, Gilles Millat, Bruno Lina, Vanessa Escuret
INTRODUCTION: The H275Y substitution in neuraminidase (NA) confers oseltamivir-resistance in A(H1N1) influenza viruses (IV). Droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) is a new technique to explore single nucleotide polymorphisms. The aim of this study was to compare the performances of reverse transcriptase (RT)-ddPCR, RT-qPCR and next generation sequencing (NGS). We also analyzed the proportions of H275Y-NA substitution for two immunosuppressed patients with sustained shedding of A(H1N1)pdm09 IV. METHODS: RT-qPCR was performed using the ABI7500 platform...
August 3, 2017: Antiviral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776136/comparison-of-echocardiographic-diagnostic-criteria-of-left-ventricular-noncompaction-in-a-pediatric-population
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Anna Joong, Denise A Hayes, Brett R Anderson, Warren A Zuckerman, Sheila J Carroll, Wyman W Lai
BACKGROUND: There is controversy regarding the best echocardiographic diagnostic criteria for left ventricular noncompaction (LVNC). We assessed the diagnostic utility and reproducibility of the previously proposed echocardiographic diagnostic criteria in a pediatric population using a segmental approach. METHODS: Echocardiograms were matched for patients with and without a clinical diagnosis of LVNC. Blinded reviews of echocardiograms measured (1) depths of intertrabecular recesses (X/Y), (2) noncompaction-to-compaction ratio (NC/C), and (3) number of trabeculations, using a segmental approach...
August 3, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775185/frequency-of-exercise-induced-st-t-segment-deviations-and-cardiac-arrhythmias-in-recreational-endurance-athletes-during-a-marathon-race-results-of-the-prospective-observational-berlin-beat-of-running-study
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Juliane Herm, Agnieszka Töpper, Alexander Wutzler, Claudia Kunze, Matthias Krüll, Lars Brechtel, Jürgen Lock, Jochen B Fiebach, Peter U Heuschmann, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Matthias Endres, Gerhard Jan Jungehulsing, Karl Georg Haeusler
OBJECTIVES: While regular physical exercise has many health benefits, strenuous physical exercise may have a negative impact on cardiac function. The 'Berlin Beat of Running' study focused on feasibility and diagnostic value of continuous ECG monitoring in recreational endurance athletes during a marathon race. We hypothesised that cardiac arrhythmias and especially atrial fibrillation are frequently found in a cohort of recreational endurance athletes. The main secondary hypothesis was that pathological laboratory findings in these athletes are (in part) associated with cardiac arrhythmias...
August 3, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28773194/influences-of-thermal-treatment-on-the-dielectric-performances-of-polystyrene-composites-reinforced-by-graphene-nanoplatelets
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Benhui Fan, Yu Liu, Delong He, Jinbo Bai
Dielectric properties of composites near percolation threshold (fc) are often sensitive to thermal treatments, and the annealing temperature is usually associated with a polymer's rheological properties. In this study, the influences of the thermal treatment on dielectric properties are investigated for the polystyrene (PS) matrix composite reinforced by graphene nanoplatelets (GNP) fillers near fc. It can be found that the thermal treatment can not only increase the dielectric constant, but also decrease the dielectric loss for the PS/GNP composite...
July 21, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771565/segmented-inner-plexiform-layer-thickness-as-a-potential-biomarker-to-evaluate-open-angle-glaucoma-dendritic-degeneration-of-retinal-ganglion-cell
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Eun Kyoung Kim, Hae-Young Lopilly Park, Chan Kee Park
PURPOSE: To evaluate the changes of retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL), ganglion cell layer (GCL), inner plexiform layer (IPL), and ganglion cell-inner plexiform layer (GCIPL) thicknesses and compare structure-function relationships of 4 retinal layers using spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) in macular region of glaucoma patients. METHODS: In cross-sectional study, a total of 85 eyes with pre-perimetric to advanced glaucoma and 26 normal controls were enrolled...
2017: PloS One
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