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Max Schelker, Caroline Maria Mair, Fabian Jolmes, Robert-William Welke, Edda Klipp, Andreas Herrmann, Max Flöttmann, Christian Sieben
After endocytic uptake, influenza viruses transit early endosomal compartments and eventually reach late endosomes. There, the viral glycoprotein hemagglutinin (HA) triggers fusion between endosomal and viral membrane, a critical step that leads to release of the viral segmented genome destined to reach the cell nucleus. Endosomal maturation is a complex process involving acidification of the endosomal lumen as well as endosome motility along microtubules. While the pH drop is clearly critical for the conformational change and membrane fusion activity of HA, the effect of intracellular transport dynamics on the progress of infection remains largely unclear...
October 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
Tal Hoffmann, Katrin Kistner, Richard W Carr, Mohammed A Nassar, Peter W Reeh, Christian Weidner
The upregulation of the tetrodotoxin-resistant voltage-gated sodium channel NaV1.9 has previously been associated with inflammatory hyperalgesia. Na1.9 knockout (KO) mice, however, did not seem insensitive in conventional tests of acute nociception. Using electrophysiological, neurochemical, and behavioral techniques, we now show NaV1.9-null mice exhibit impaired mechanical and thermal sensory capacities and reduced electrical excitability of nociceptors. In single-fiber recordings from isolated skin, the electrical threshold of NaV1...
September 15, 2016: Pain
Roberto Sanz-Requena, Luis Martí-Bonmatí, Rosario Pérez-Martínez, Gracián García-Martí
PURPOSE: The aim of this work is to establish normality and tumor tissue ranges for perfusion parameters from dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) MR of the peripheral prostate at 3T and to compare the diagnostic performance of quantitative and semi-quantitative parameters. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-six patients with prostate carcinomas (18 Gleason-6, 15 Gleason-7, and 3 Gleason-8) and 33 healthy subjects were included. Image analysis workflow comprised four steps: manual segmentation of whole prostate and lesions, series registration, voxelwise T1 mapping and calculation of pharmacokinetic and semi-quantitative parameters...
November 2016: European Journal of Radiology
Laila Khedher, Ignacio A Illán, Juan M Górriz, Javier Ramírez, Abdelbasset Brahim, Anke Meyer-Baese
Computer-aided diagnosis (CAD) systems constitute a powerful tool for early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD), but limitations on interpretability and performance exist. In this work, a fully automatic CAD system based on supervised learning methods is proposed to be applied on segmented brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) from Alzheimer's disease neuroimaging initiative (ADNI) participants for automatic classification. The proposed CAD system possesses two relevant characteristics: optimal performance and visual support for decision making...
July 22, 2016: International Journal of Neural Systems
Duy Dao, S M A Salehizadeh, Yeon Noj, Jo Woon Chong, Chae Cho, Dave Mcmanus, Chad E Darling, Yitzhak Mendelson, Ki H Chon
Motion and noise artifacts (MNAs) impose limits on the usability of the photoplethysmogram (PPG), particularly in the context of ambulatory monitoring. MNAs can distort PPG, causing erroneous estimation of physiological parameters such as heart rate (HR) and arterial oxygen saturation (SpO2). In this study we present a novel approach, "TifMA," based on using the Time-frequency spectrum of PPG to first detect the MNA-corrupted data and next discard the non-usable part of the corrupted data. The term "non-usable" refers to segments of PPG data from which the HR signal cannot be recovered accurately...
October 21, 2016: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
Marcel M Rossi, Jacqueline Alderson, Amar El-Sallam, James Dowling, Jeffrey Reinbolt, Cyril J Donnelly
The aims of this study were to: (i) establish a new criterion method to validate inertia tensor estimates by setting the experimental angular velocity data of an airborne objects as ground truth against simulations run with the estimated tensors, and (ii) test the sensitivity of the simulations to changes in the inertia tensor components. A rigid steel cylinder was covered with reflective kinematic markers and projected through a calibrated motion capture volume. Simulations of the airborne motion were run with two models, using inertia tensor estimated with geometric formula or the compound pendulum technique...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
Ananth Kidambi, Manish Motwani, Akhlaque Uddin, David P Ripley, Adam K McDiarmid, Peter P Swoboda, David A Broadbent, Tarique Al Musa, Bara Erhayiem, Joshua Leader, Pierre Croisille, Patrick Clarysse, John P Greenwood, Sven Plein
OBJECTIVES: In the setting of reperfused acute myocardial infarction (AMI), the authors sought to compare prediction of contractile recovery by infarct extracellular volume (ECV), as measured by T1-mapping cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR), with late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) transmural extent. BACKGROUND: The transmural extent of myocardial infarction as assessed by LGE CMR is a strong predictor of functional recovery, but accuracy of the technique may be reduced in AMI...
October 18, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Matthew J Budoff, Dong Li, Ella A Kazerooni, Gregory S Thomas, Jennifer H Mieres, Leslee J Shaw
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Although multiple studies have shown excellent accuracy statistics for noninvasive angiography by coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA), most studies comparing nuclear imaging to CCTA were performed on patients already referred for cardiac catheterization, introducing referral and selection bias. This prospective trial evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of 64-row CCTA to detect obstructive coronary stenosis compared to myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), using quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) as a reference standard...
October 19, 2016: Academic Radiology
YeongHo Choi, Yu Jin Lee, Sang Do Shin, Kyoung Jun Song, KyungWon Lee, Eui Jung Lee, Yu Jin Kim, Ki Ok Ahn, Ki Jeong Hong, Young Sun Ro
BACKGROUND: Timely transfer and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with or without thrombolysis are recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA) to care for ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients who present first to a non-PCI-capable hospital. This study was to evaluate the impact on in-hospital mortality of the compliance with guidelines regarding to the time of PCI for patients with STEMI who were transferred to a capable PCI hospital. METHODS: We used the CArdioVAscular disease Surveillance data from November 2007 to December 2012 for this study...
September 16, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Motahare Soufi, Alireza Kamali-Asl, Parham Geramifar, Arman Rahmim
PURPOSE: Determination of intra-tumor high-uptake area using 2-deoxy-2-[(18)F]fluoro-D-glucose ([(18)F]FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) imaging is an important consideration for dose painting in radiation treatment applications. The aim of our study was to develop a framework towards automated segmentation and labeling of homogeneous vs. heterogeneous tumors in clinical lung [(18)F]FDG-PET with the capability of intra-tumor high-uptake region delineation. PROCEDURES: We utilized and extended a fuzzy random walk PET tumor segmentation algorithm to delineate intra-tumor high-uptake areas...
October 21, 2016: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
Gang Wu, Jun Yang, Tianjing Zhang, John N Morelli, Shivraman Giri, Xiaoming Li, Wenlin Tang
BACKGROUND: The high incidence of renal insufficiency in patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease raises the concern for nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) with respect to contrast enhanced MRA. The risk of NSF is eliminated with non-contrast enhanced magnetic resonance angiography. The purpose of the current study is to compare image quality and diagnostic performance of non-contrast enhanced Quiescent Interval Single Shot (QISS) magnetic resonance angiography at 3 T versus CT angiography for evaluation of lower extremity Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD)...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Suma Babu, Erik P Pioro, Jianbo Li, Yuebing Li
INTRODUCTION: We compared the yield of limb and thoracic paraspinal muscles for revealing lower motor neuron (LMN) dysfunction on electromyography (EMG) in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). METHODS: A retrospective review of 354 patients with clinically definite or probable ALS was performed. Seventeen limb muscles and thoracic paraspinal muscles were evaluated for the presence of both active and chronic denervation. RESULTS: Distal limb muscles showed the highest electrodiagnostic sensitivities of LMN dysfunction in ALS regardless of onset region and diagnostic certainty at the time of diagnosis...
October 19, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
Giacomo Veronese, Federico Germini, Stella Ingrassia, Ombretta Cutuli, Valeria Donati, Luca Bonacchini, Maura Marcucci, Andrea Fabbri
BACKGROUND: Electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation is widely performed by emergency physicians. We aimed to determine the accuracy of interpretation of potential ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) ECGs by emergency physicians. METHODS: Thirty-six ECGs resulted in putative STEMI diagnoses were selected. Participants were asked to focus on whether or not the ECG in question met the diagnostic criteria for an acutely blocked coronary artery causing a STEMI...
October 19, 2016: Acute Cardiac Care
Siavash S Haghighi, Donald J Blaskiewicz, Bertha Ramirez, Richard Zhang
BACKGROUND: C5 nerve root palsy is a known complication after cervical laminectomy or laminoplasty, characterized by weakness of the deltoid and bicep brachii muscles. The efficacy of intraoperative monitoring of these muscles is currently unclear. In the current prospective study, intraoperative monitoring through somatosensory (SSEPs), motor (TcMEPs) evoked potentials and real-time electromyography activity (EMG) were analyzed for their ability to detect or prevent deltoid muscle weakness after surgery...
September 2016: J Spine Surg
Mohamed Macki, Sbaa Syeda, Kenan Rajjoub, Panagiotis Kerezoudis, Ali Bydon, Jean-Paul Wolinsky, Timothy Witham, Daniel M Sciubba, Mohamad Bydon, Ziya Gokaslan
INTRODUCTION: The primary objective of this study is to examine the effects smoking status on rhBMP-2 supplementation in spinal fusion constructs. METHODS: Patient records were retrospectively reviewed for a consecutive set of patients who underwent first-time posterolateral, instrumented fusion of the lumbar spine for degenerative spinal disease. All operations included arthrodesis supplementation with rhBMP-2. All patients were followed for at least two years...
October 15, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Kristin McLeod, Samuel Wall, Ida Skrinde Leren, Jørg Saberniak, Kristina Hermann Haugaa
BACKGROUND: Altered right ventricular structure is an important feature of Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC), but is challenging to quantify objectively. The aim of this study was to go beyond ventricular volumes and diameters and to explore if the shape of the right and left ventricles could be assessed and related to clinical measures. We used quantifiable computational methods to automatically identify and analyse malformations in ARVC patients from Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) images...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
Mustafa Sancar Ataç, Yeliz Kilinç
The bony augmentation of severely atrophied mandible is generally required for the purposes of prosthetic rehabilitations. The treatment strategies have been well defined in the literature ranging from osteotomy techniques to distraction osteogenesis. Visor osteotomy is the milestone of the reconstructive surgery for the atrophied mandible which has received some modifications. In the present study, the authors describe a new modification of visor osteotomy in which a complete coronal split osteotomy down to the inferior border at the mental region has been performed...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Matthew J Budoff, Nove Kalia, Jason Cole, Rine Nakanishi, Negin Nezarat, Joseph L Thomas
BACKGROUND: Although several studies have shown promise for noninvasive angiography by coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA), few prospective multicenter trials have been conducted. This study evaluated the diagnostic accuracy of Visipaque enhanced CCTA to detect obstructive coronary stenosis compared with quantitative coronary angiography (QCA). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Three sites prospectively enrolled 77 patients (58.1% men, 54 years) with chest pain referred for invasive coronary angiography (ICA)...
October 14, 2016: Coronary Artery Disease
Enrico Agabiti Rosei
Current Hypertension Guidelines emphasize the importance of assessing the presence of preclinical organ damage. In fact, an extensive evaluation of organ damage may increase the number of patients classified at high CV risk and therefore strongly influence the clinical management of patients. Hypertensive heart disease remains to date the form of organ damage for which there is the greatest amount of evidence of a strong independent prognostic significance. In the presence of a chronic pressure overload, a parallel addition of sarcomers takes place with an increase in myocyte width, which in turn increases left ventricular wall thickness; myocyte hypertrophy is also associated with apoptosis, collagen deposition and ventricular fibrosis with an impairment of coronary hemodynamics as well, thus profoundly influencing functional properties of the left (and right) ventricle...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Paolo Pauletto, Massimo Puato, Marcello Rattazzi, Roberta Buso, Giovanni Boschetti, Marta Zanon, Claudio Fania, Paolo Palatini
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of well controlled blood pressure (BP) levels on structural and functional properties of arteries in essential hypertensives. DESIGN AND METHOD: We studied 80 young hypertensives (mean age 49 yo) allocated either to pharmacological treatment (55 of 80) or to lifestyle modifications (25 of 80) for at least 12 months (mean 38 months) to maintain target BP. Follow-up visits were scheduled every 6 months. Office BP was taken three times by the same doctor at the time of the study...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
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