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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733037/efficient-probabilistic-finite-element-analysis-of-a-lumbar-motion-segment
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Dana J Coombs, Paul J Rullkoetter, Peter J Laz
Finite element models of the lumbar spine are useful in assessing biomechanics and performance of implants. Models are often developed using the anatomy of an individual subject. Average mechanical property values for the annulus and other soft tissue structures are typically utilized from the literature, as data for the same subject are not available. However, these properties can have significant variability. While probabilistic methods enable the impact of soft tissue property variability on spine mechanics to be assessed, they often require lengthy computation times...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730682/structure-and-development-of-the-subesophageal-zone-of-the-drosophila-brain-i-segmental-architecture-compartmentalization-and-lineage-anatomy
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Volker Hartenstein, Jaison J Omoto, Kathy T Ngo, Darren Wong, Philipp A Kuert, Heinrich Reichert, Jennifer K Lovick, Amelia Younossi-Hartenstein
The subesophageal zone (SEZ) of the Drosophila brain houses the circuitry underlying feeding behavior and is involved in many other aspects of sensory processing and locomotor control. Formed by the merging of four neuromeres, the internal architecture of the SEZ can be best understood by identifying segmentally reiterated landmarks emerging in the embryo and larva, and following the gradual changes by which these landmarks become integrated into the mature SEZ during metamorphosis. In previous works, the system of longitudinal fibers (connectives) and transverse axons (commissures) has been utilized as a scaffold that provides internal landmarks for the neuromeres of the larval ventral nerve cord...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727975/appendicular-biopsy-in-total-colonic-aganglionosis-a-histologically-challenging-and-inadvisable-practice
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Suravi Mohanty, Usha Kini, Kanishka Das, Divya Puttegowda, Lokendra Yadav, Manjally Kunjipapu Babu, Kiran Mahadevappa, Prasanna Kumar, Shubha Attibele Mahadevaiah, Mainak Deb
Background The reliability of intraoperative evaluation of ganglion cells in the appendix as a guide to a diagnosis of total colonic aganglionosis is unclear. Objective To evaluate the diagnostic utility of appendicular innervation in colonic Hirschsprung disease (HD) and TCA. Methods Prospective, systematic study of ganglion cells and the neural plexii in appendices from cases (HD and TCA) and age matched controls with frozen and paraffin sections, rapid acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and immunohistochemistry...
July 2017: Pediatric and Developmental Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727105/analysis-of-the-gut-bacterial-communities-in-beef-cattle-and-their-association-with-feed-intake-growth-and-efficiency
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P R Myer, H C Freetly, J E Wells, T P L Smith, L A Kuehn
The impetus behind the global food security challenge is direct, with the necessity to feed almost 10 billion people by 2050. Developing a food-secure world, where people have access to a safe and sustainable food supply, is the principal goal of this challenge. To achieve this end, beef production enterprises must develop methods to produce more pounds of animal protein with less. Selection for feed-efficient beef cattle using genetic improvement technologies has helped to understand and improve the stayability and longevity of such traits within the herd...
July 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719453/reliability-and-clinical-utility-of-the-cards-classification-for-degenerative-spondylolisthesis
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Garret L Sobol, Alan Hilibrand, Ashley Davis, Paul Millhouse, John Koerner, Christopher Kepler, Gregory D Schroeder, Jonathan D Krystal, Erik C Olsson, Jeffrey Rihn, David Greg Anderson, Alexander Vaccaro, Kristen Radcliff
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to determine the reliability and clinical utility of the of the proposed CARDS classification for degenerative spondylolisthesis. BACKGROUND: The Clinical and Radiographic Degenerative Spondylolisthesis (CARDS) classification system was recently proposed as an alternative to the Meyerding system for classifying degenerative spondylolisthesis (DS). Unlike Meyerding, CARDS considers other relevant radiographic findings such as disk space collapse and segmental kyphosis to stratify DS into 4 radiographically discreet types...
July 17, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718319/medical-modeling-for-precision-ulna-reconstruction-using-a-microvascular-fibula-free-flap
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Michael Alperovich, Jonathan M Bekisz, Vishal D Thanik
BACKGROUND: Despite the growing use of medical modeling in other surgical specialties, its utilization in extremity reconstruction has remained limited. METHODS: We present the application of medical modeling for ulna reconstruction using a microvascular fibula free flap. RESULTS: Following a motor vehicle accident, the patient suffered segmental loss of the right radius and ulna with concomitant forearm soft tissue and muscle loss. Using medical modeling, imaging from the unaffected contralateral forearm and lower extremity was used to plan a reconstruction that restored the anatomic length and orientation of the ulna...
January 1, 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718208/quantification-of-nasal-airflow-resistance-in-english-bulldogs-using-computed-tomography-and-computational-fluid-dynamics
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Eric T Hostnik, Brian A Scansen, Rachel Zielinski, Samir N Ghadiali
Stenotic nares, edematous intranasal turbinates, mucosal swelling, and an elongated, thickened soft palate are common sources of airflow resistance for dogs with brachycephalic airway syndrome. Surgery has focused on enlarging the nasal apertures and reducing tissue of the soft palate. However, objective measures of surgical efficacy are lacking. Twenty-one English bulldogs without previous surgery were recruited for this prospective, pilot study. Computed tomography was performed using conscious sedation and without endotracheal intubation using a 128 multidetector computed tomography scanner...
July 17, 2017: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717047/annotated-draft-genome-assemblies-for-the-northern-bobwhite-colinus-virginianus-and-the-scaled-quail-callipepla-squamata-reveal-disparate-estimates-of-modern-genome-diversity-and-historic-effective-population-size
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David L Oldeschulte, Yvette A Halley, Miranda L Wilson, Eric K Bhattarai, Wesley Brashear, Joshua Hill, Richard P Metz, Charles D Johnson, Dale Rollins, Markus J Peterson, Derek M Bickhart, Jared E Decker, John F Sewell, Christopher M Seabury
Northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus; hereafter bobwhite) and scaled quail (Callipepla squamata) populations have suffered precipitous declines across most of their U.S. ranges. Illumina-based first- (v1.0) and second-generation (v2.0) draft genome assemblies for the scaled quail and the bobwhite produced N50 scaffold sizes of 1.035 Mb and 2.042 Mb, thereby producing a 45-fold improvement in contiguity over the existing bobwhite assembly, and ≥ 90% of the assembled genomes were captured within 1,313 and 8,990 scaffolds, respectively...
July 17, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714224/codelivery-for-paclitaxel-and-bcl-2-conversion-gene-by-phb-pdmaema-amphiphilic-cationic-copolymer-for-effective-drug-resistant-cancer-therapy
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Xiaoyuan Wang, Sing Shy Liow, Qiaoqiong Wu, Chuang Li, Cally Owh, Zibiao Li, Xian Jun Loh, Yun-Long Wu
Antiapoptotic Bcl-2 protein's upregulated expression is a key reason for drug resistance leading to failure of chemotherapy. In this report, a series of biocompatible amphiphilic cationic poly[(R)-3-hydroxybutyrate] (PHB)-b-poly(2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) copolymer, comprising hydrophobic PHB block and cationic PDMAEMA block, is designed to codeliver hydrophobic chemotherapeutic paclitaxel and Bcl-2 converting gene Nur77/ΔDBD with enhanced stability, due to the micelle formation by hydrophobic PHB segment...
July 17, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712700/radiomic-analysis-of-dce-mri-for-prediction-of-response-to-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-in-breast-cancer-patients
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Ming Fan, Guolin Wu, Hu Cheng, Juan Zhang, Guoliang Shao, Lihua Li
OBJECTIVES: To enhance the accurate prediction of the response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) in breast cancer patients by using a quantitative analysis of dynamic enhancement magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A dataset of 57 cancer patients with breast DCE-MR images acquired before NAC was used. Among them, 47 patients were Responders, and 10 patients were non-Responders based on the RECIST criteria. The breast regions were segmented on the MR images, and a total of 158 radiomic features were computed to represent the morphologic, dynamic, and the texture of the tumors as well as the background parenchymal features...
June 28, 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708583/circular-rna-expression-profile-and-potential-function-of-hsa_circrna_101238-in-human-thoracic-aortic-dissection
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Meisheng Zou, Chixiong Huang, Xinzhong Li, Xiang He, Yanmei Chen, Wangjun Liao, Yulin Liao, Jie Sun, Ze Liu, Lintao Zhong, Jianping Bin
OBJECTIVE: To assess the circular RNAs (circRNAs) expression profile and explore the potential functions in human thoracic aortic dissection (TAD). METHODS: The differentially expressed circRNAs profiles of the aortic segments between human type A TAD patients (n=3) and age-matched normal donors (NA; n=3) were analyzed using the Arraystar human circRNAs microarray. Quantitative real-time PCR was used to validate the expression pattern of circRNAs, parental genes, and hsa-miR-320a; Western blotting confirmed MMP9 expression with additional samples...
July 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708550/unsupervised-myocardial-segmentation-for-cardiac-bold
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Ilkay Oksuz, Anirban Mukhopadhyay, Rohan Dharmakumar, Sotirios A Tsaftaris
A fully automated 2D+time myocardial segmentation framework is proposed for Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (CMR) Blood-Oxygen-Level-Dependent (BOLD) datasets. Ischemia detection with CINE BOLD CMR relies on spatiotemporal patterns in myocardial intensity but these patterns also trouble supervised segmentation methods, the de-facto standard for myocardial segmentation in cine MRI. Segmentation errors severely undermine the accurate extraction of these patterns. In this paper we build a joint motion and appearance method that relies on dictionary learning to find a suitable subspace...
July 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707958/gadofosveset-enhanced-thoracic-mr-venography-a-comparative-study-evaluating-steady-state-imaging-versus-conventional-first-pass-time-resolved-dynamic-imaging
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Teik C See, Andrew J Patterson, Nicholas J Hilliard, Ed Soh, Andrew P Winterbottom, Ilse Patterson, Richard A Parker, Martin J Graves, David J Lomas
Background Dedicated blood-pool contrast agents combined with optimal angiographic protocols could improve the diagnostic accuracy of thoracic magnetic resonance angiography (MRA). Purpose To assess the clinical utility of Gadofesveset-enhanced imaging and compare an optimized steady-state (SS) sequence against conventional first-pass dynamic multi-phase (DMP) imaging. Material and Methods Twenty-nine patients (17 men, 12 women; mean age = 42.7, age range = 18-72 years) referred for MR thoracic venography were recruited...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704281/the-diagnostic-value-of-3-dimensional-sampling-perfection-with-application-optimized-contrasts-using-different-flip-angle-evolutions-space-mri-in-evaluating-lower-extremity-deep-venous-thrombus
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Gang Wu, Ruyi Xie, Xiaoli Zhang, John Morelli, Xu Yan, Xiaolei Zhu, Xiaoming Li
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic performance of noncontrast magnetic resonance imaging utilizing sampling perfection with application optimized contrasts using different flip angle evolutions (SPACE) in detecting deep venous thrombus (DVT) of the lower extremity and evaluating clot burden. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective study was approved by the institutional review board. Ninety-four consecutive patients (42 men, 52 women; age range, 14-87 years; average age, 52...
July 12, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698278/on-the-origin-of-reverse-transcriptase-using-crispr-cas-systems-and-their-hyperdiverse-enigmatic-spacer-repertoires
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Sukrit Silas, Kira S Makarova, Sergey Shmakov, David Páez-Espino, Georg Mohr, Yi Liu, Michelle Davison, Simon Roux, Siddharth R Krishnamurthy, Becky Xu Hua Fu, Loren L Hansen, David Wang, Matthew B Sullivan, Andrew Millard, Martha R Clokie, Devaki Bhaya, Alan M Lambowitz, Nikos C Kyrpides, Eugene V Koonin, Andrew Z Fire
Cas1 integrase is the key enzyme of the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeat (CRISPR)-Cas adaptation module that mediates acquisition of spacers derived from foreign DNA by CRISPR arrays. In diverse bacteria, the cas1 gene is fused (or adjacent) to a gene encoding a reverse transcriptase (RT) related to group II intron RTs. An RT-Cas1 fusion protein has been recently shown to enable acquisition of CRISPR spacers from RNA. Phylogenetic analysis of the CRISPR-associated RTs demonstrates monophyly of the RT-Cas1 fusion, and coevolution of the RT and Cas1 domains...
July 11, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698011/clinical-and-morphological-manifestations-of-aniridia-associated-keratopathy-on-anterior-segment-optical-coherence-tomography-and-in-vivo-confocal-microscopy
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Anna Voskresenskaya, Nadezhda Pozdeyeva, Tatyana Vasilyeva, Yevgeniy Batkov, Aleksandr Shipunov, Boris Gagloev, Rena Zinchenko
PURPOSE: The study aimed to evaluate clinical and morphological changes in the limbal palisades of Vogt (POV) at different stages of aniridia-associated keratopathy (AAK) and to assess possible utility of anterior segment optical coherence tomography (AS-OCT) for the visualization of limbal progenitor structures as it correlates to laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM) data. METHODS: The study involved 32 patients (59 eyes) with congenital aniridia. AAK stage was defined based on biomicroscopy...
July 8, 2017: Ocular Surface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694478/mist-accurate-and-scalable-microscopy-image-stitching-tool-with-stage-modeling-and-error-minimization
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Joe Chalfoun, Michael Majurski, Tim Blattner, Kiran Bhadriraju, Walid Keyrouz, Peter Bajcsy, Mary Brady
Automated microscopy can image specimens larger than the microscope's field of view (FOV) by stitching overlapping image tiles. It also enables time-lapse studies of entire cell cultures in multiple imaging modalities. We created MIST (Microscopy Image Stitching Tool) for rapid and accurate stitching of large 2D time-lapse mosaics. MIST estimates the mechanical stage model parameters (actuator backlash, and stage repeatability 'r') from computed pairwise translations and then minimizes stitching errors by optimizing the translations within a (4r)(2) square area...
July 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692857/modelling-and-extraction-of-pulsatile-radial-distension-and-compression-motion-for-automatic-vessel-segmentation-from-video
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Alborz Amir-Khalili, Ghassan Hamarneh, Rafeef Abugharbieh
Identification of vascular structures from medical images is integral to many clinical procedures. Most vessel segmentation techniques ignore the characteristic pulsatile motion of vessels in their formulation. In a recent effort to automatically segment vessels that are hidden under fat, we motivated the use of the magnitude of local pulsatile motion extracted from surgical endoscopic video. In this article we propose a new approach that leverages the local orientation, in addition to magnitude of motion, and demonstrate that the extended computation and utilization of motion vectors can improve the segmentation of vascular structures...
June 29, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692492/criteria-for-the-addition-of-prone-imaging-to-myocardial-perfusion-single-photon-emission-computed-tomography-for-inferior-wall
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Koji Nakaya, Masahisa Onoguchi, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Keisuke Kiso, Hideki Otsuka, Yoshifumi Nouno, Takayuki Shibutani, Eisuke Yasuda
OBJECTIVE: Myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is occasionally suspected to generate images that represent either ischemia or infarction for the inferior wall [right coronary artery (RCA) disease] or attenuation artifacts because of the diaphragm. We often encounter this. The application of prone imaging is advantageous in the differentiation of RCA disease because of attenuation artifacts. If decreased accumulation of radioisotopes is observed at the site with either RCA disease or attenuation artifacts, then a criterion that enables the addition of prone imaging should be implemented...
July 7, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687227/chemical-protein-synthesis-inventing-synthetic-methods-to-decipher-how-proteins-work
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Stephen Kent
Total chemical synthesis of proteins has been rendered practical by the chemical ligation principle: chemoselective condensation of unprotected peptide segments equipped with unique, mutually reactive functional groups, enabled by formation of a non-native replacement for the peptide bond. Ligation chemistries are briefly described, including native chemical ligation - thioester-mediated, amide-forming reaction at Xaa-Cys sites - and its extensions. Case studies from the author's own works are used to illustrate the utility and applications of chemical protein synthesis...
June 15, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
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