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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106853/significant-change-spotting-for-periodic-human-motion-segmentation-of-cleaning-tasks-using-wearable-sensors
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Kai-Chun Liu, Chia-Tai Chan
The proportion of the aging population is rapidly increasing around the world, which will cause stress on society and healthcare systems. In recent years, advances in technology have created new opportunities for automatic activities of daily living (ADL) monitoring to improve the quality of life and provide adequate medical service for the elderly. Such automatic ADL monitoring requires reliable ADL information on a fine-grained level, especially for the status of interaction between body gestures and the environment in the real-world...
January 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104786/identification-of-a-chondroitin-synthase-from-an-unexpected-source-the-green-sulfur-bacterium-chlorobium-phaeobacteroides
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Dixy E Green, Paul L DeAngelis
Glycosaminoglycans [GAGs] are known to be present in all animals as well as some pathogenic microbes. Chondroitin sulfate is the most abundant GAG in mammals where it has various structural and adhesion roles. The Gram-negative bacteria Pasteurella multocida Type F and Escherichia coli K4 produce extracellular capsules composed of unsulfated chondroitin or a fructosylated chondroitin, respectively. Such polysaccharides that are structurally related to host molecules do not generally provoke a strong antibody response thus are thought to be employed as molecular camouflage during infection...
January 19, 2017: Glycobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104452/cystoviral-rna-directed-rna-polymerases-regulation-of-rna-synthesis-on-multiple-time-and-length-scales
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Sébastien Alphonse, Ranajeet Ghose
P2, an RNA-directed RNA polymerase (RdRP), is encoded on the largest of the three segments of the double-stranded RNA genome of cystoviruses. P2 performs the dual tasks of replication and transcription de novo on single-stranded RNA templates, and plays a critical role in the viral life-cycle. Work over the last few decades has yielded a wealth of biochemical and structural information on the functional regulation of P2, on its role in the spatiotemporal regulation of RNA synthesis and its variability across the Cystoviridae family...
January 16, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095436/arraypitope-automated-analysis-of-amino-acid-substitutions-for-peptide-microarray-based-antibody-epitope-mapping
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Christian Skjødt Hansen, Thomas Østerbye, Paolo Marcatili, Ole Lund, Søren Buus, Morten Nielsen
Identification of epitopes targeted by antibodies (B cell epitopes) is of critical importance for the development of many diagnostic and therapeutic tools. For clinical usage, such epitopes must be extensively characterized in order to validate specificity and to document potential cross-reactivity. B cell epitopes are typically classified as either linear epitopes, i.e. short consecutive segments from the protein sequence or conformational epitopes adapted through native protein folding. Recent advances in high-density peptide microarrays enable high-throughput, high-resolution identification and characterization of linear B cell epitopes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092548/linear-spectral-clustering-superpixel
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Jiansheng Chen, Zhengqin Li, Bo Huang
In this paper, we present a superpixel segmentation algorithm called linear spectral clustering (LSC), which is capable of producing superpixels with both high boundary adherence and visual compactness for natural images with low computational costs. In LSC, a normalized cuts based formulation of image segmentation is adopted using a distance metric that measures both the color similarity and the space proximity between image pixels. However, rather than directly using the traditional eigen-based algorithm, we approximate the similarity metric through a deliberately designed kernel function such that pixel values can be explicitly mapped to a high-dimensional feature space...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092539/object-based-multiple-foreground-segmentation-in-rgbd-video
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Huazhu Fu, Dong Xu, Stephen Lin
We present an RGBD video segmentation method that takes advantage of depth data and can extract multiple foregrounds in the scene. This video segmentation is addressed as an object proposal selection problem formulated in a fullyconnected graph where a flexible number of foregrounds may be chosen. In the graph, each node represents a proposal, and the edges model intra-frame and inter-frame constraints on the solution. The proposals are generated based on an RGBD video saliency map in which depth-based features are utilized to enhance identification of foregrounds...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088634/chitosan-g-poly-n-isopropylacrylamide-copolymers-as-delivery-carriers-for-intracameral-pilocarpine-administration
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Jui-Yang Lai, Li-Jyuan Luo
This study reports, for the first time, the development of a chitosan-g-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (Chi-PN) biodegradable in situ gelling delivery system for ocular pilocarpine administration through intracameral injection. The number of thermo-responsive polymer segments grafted onto the chitosan via carbodiimide-mediated formation of amide linkages was greatly affected by varying the feeding amount of carboxyl-terminated poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) in the synthesis, thereby determining the phase transition temperature and enzymatic degradability of Chi-PN materials...
January 11, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088195/automatic-liver-segmentation-based-on-appearance-and-context-information
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Yongchang Zheng, Danni Ai, Jinrong Mu, Weijian Cong, Xuan Wang, Haitao Zhao, Jian Yang
BACKGROUND: Automated image segmentation has benefits for reducing clinicians' workload, quicker diagnosis, and a standardization of the diagnosis. METHODS: This study proposes an automatic liver segmentation approach based on appearance and context information. The relationship between neighboring pixels in blocks is utilized to estimate appearance information, which is used for training the first classifier and obtaining the probability distribution map. The map is used for extracting context information, along with appearance features, to train the next classifier...
January 14, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078638/-11-c-methionine-positron-emission-tomography-delineates-non-contrast-enhancing-tumor-regions-at-high-risk-for-recurrence-in-pediatric-high-grade-glioma
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John T Lucas, Nick Serrano, Hyun Kim, Xingyu Li, Scott E Snyder, Scott Hwang, Yimei Li, Chia-Ho Hua, Alberto Broniscer, Thomas E Merchant, Barry L Shulkin
We assessed the prognostic utility of (11)C-Methionine positron emission tomography (MET-PET) in pediatric high-grade glioma (HGG). Thirty-one children had 62 MET-PET studies. Segmented tumor volumes from co-registered magnetic resonance studies were assessed for concordance with MET-PET uptake using Boolean operations. The tumor volume at diagnosis and treatment failure was assessed relative to MET-PET avid volume. The prognostic impact of MET-PET-delineated non-contrast enhancing tumor (NCET) was assessed...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078546/postoperative-real-time-electrocardiography-monitoring-detects-myocardial-ischemia-a-case-report
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Homer Yang, Ashraf Fayad, Alan Chaput, Stuart Oake, Adrian D C Chan, Mary Lou Crossan
PURPOSE: This case report outlines the utility and challenges of remote continuous postoperative electrocardiography ECG) monitoring, which is routed through a secure smartphone to provide real-time detection and management of myocardial ischemia. CLINICAL FEATURES: A 42-yr-old male with previous myocardial infarction and angioplasty underwent a radical prostatectomy. At three hours and 45 min postoperatively, remote real-time ECG monitoring was initiated upon the patient's arrival on a regular surgical ward...
January 11, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078195/using-voice-coils-to-actuate-modular-soft-robots-wormbot-an-example
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Markus P Nemitz, Pavel Mihaylov, Thomas W Barraclough, Dylan Ross, Adam A Stokes
In this study, we present a modular worm-like robot, which utilizes voice coils as a new paradigm in soft robot actuation. Drive electronics are incorporated into the actuators, providing a significant improvement in self-sufficiency when compared with existing soft robot actuation modes such as pneumatics or hydraulics. The body plan of this robot is inspired by the phylum Annelida and consists of three-dimensional printed voice coil actuators, which are connected by flexible silicone membranes. Each electromagnetic actuator engages with its neighbor to compress or extend the membrane of each segment, and the sequence in which they are actuated results in an earthworm-inspired peristaltic motion...
December 1, 2016: Soft Robotics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077493/disease-modifying-therapies-modulate-retinal-atrophy-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-retrospective-study
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Julia Button, Omar Al-Louzi, Andrew Lang, Pavan Bhargava, Scott D Newsome, Teresa Frohman, Laura J Balcer, Elliot M Frohman, Jerry Prince, Peter A Calabresi, Shiv Saidha
OBJECTIVE: To retrospectively investigate whether disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) exert differential effects on rates of retinal atrophy in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), as assessed using optical coherence tomography (OCT). METHODS: A total of 402 patients with RRMS followed at the Johns Hopkins MS Center who underwent Cirrus-HD OCT were assessed for eligibility. Inclusion criteria included at least 1 year of OCT follow-up and adherence to a single DMT during the period of follow-up...
January 11, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073353/discovery-of-large-genomic-inversions-using-long-range-information
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Marzieh Eslami Rasekh, Giorgia Chiatante, Mattia Miroballo, Joyce Tang, Mario Ventura, Chris T Amemiya, Evan E Eichler, Francesca Antonacci, Can Alkan
BACKGROUND: Although many algorithms are now available that aim to characterize different classes of structural variation, discovery of balanced rearrangements such as inversions remains an open problem. This is mainly due to the fact that breakpoints of such events typically lie within segmental duplications or common repeats, which reduces the mappability of short reads. The algorithms developed within the 1000 Genomes Project to identify inversions are limited to relatively short inversions, and there are currently no available algorithms to discover large inversions using high throughput sequencing technologies...
January 10, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072451/the-impact-of-salience-and-visual-working-memory-on-the-monitoring-and-control-of-saccadic-behavior-an-eye-tracking-and-eeg-study
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Matthew D Weaver, Clayton Hickey, Wieske van Zoest
In a concurrent eye-tracking and EEG study, we investigated the impact of salience on the monitoring and control of eye movement behavior and the role of visual working memory (VWM) capacity in mediating this effect. Participants made eye movements to a unique line-segment target embedded in a search display also containing a unique distractor. Target and distractor salience was manipulated by varying degree of orientation offset from a homogenous background. VWM capacity was measured using a change-detection task...
January 10, 2017: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069473/high-intensity-training-improves-global-and-segmental-strains-in-severe-congestive-heart-failure
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Yair Blumberg, Offir Ertracht, Itai Gershon, Noa Bachner-Hinenzon, Tali Reuveni, Shaul Atar
BACKGROUND: High intensity training (HIT) is superior to moderate aerobic training (MAT) for improving quality of life in congestive heart failure (CHF) patients. Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) has recently been suggested for estimation of left ventricle global and regional function. AIMS: We evaluated the utility of STE for characterizing differences in cardiac function following MAT or HIT in a CHF rat model. METHODS AND RESULTS: Following baseline physiological assessment, CHF was induced by coronary artery ligation in Sprague-Dawley rats...
January 6, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068359/docosahexaenoic-acid-supplemented-diet-influences-the-orchidectomy-induced-vascular-dysfunction-in-rat-mesenteric-arteries
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Diva M Villalpando, Rocío Navarro, Lara Del Campo, Carlota Largo, David Muñoz, María Tabernero, Ramiro Baeza, Cristina Otero, Hugo S García, Mercedes Ferrer
Over the past few decades, the cardiovascular benefits of a high dietary intake of long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), like docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), have been extensively studied. However, many of the molecular mechanisms and effects exerted by PUFAs have yet to be well explained. The lack of sex hormones alters vascular tone, and we have described that a DHA-supplemented diet to orchidectomized rats improve vascular function of the aorta. Based on these data and since the mesenteric artery importantly controls the systemic vascular resistance, the objective of this study was to analyze the effect of a DHA-supplemented diet on the mesenteric vascular function from orchidectomized rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067972/single-innervated-segmented-vastus-lateralis-for-midfacial-reanimation-during-radical-parotidectomy
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Lauren Sh Chong, Timothy J Eviston, Bruce Ashford, Ardalan Ebrahami, Jonathan R Clark
BACKGROUND: Innervated free muscle transfer using the gracilis muscle or temporalis myoplasty has been successfully utilized for facial reanimation in chronic facial palsy. These techniques are less suited to immediate facial reconstruction in the setting of radical parotidectomy, in which the complexity of the defect, patient age, postoperative radiotherapy, and limited life expectancy pose particular challenges. METHODS: We present a novel description of the use of a chimeric anterolateral thigh (ALT) flap and innervated vastus lateralis to achieve midface static suspension and dynamic reanimation in the setting of radical parotidectomy...
January 9, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066888/technical-note-a-new-zeolite-pet-phantom-to-test-segmentation-algorithms-on-heterogeneous-activity-distributions-featured-with-ground-truth-contours
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Chiara D Soffientini, Elisabetta De Bernardi, Rosangela Casati, Giuseppe Baselli, Felicia Zito
PURPOSE: Design, realization, scan, and characterization of a phantom for PET Automatic Segmentation (PET-AS) assessment are presented. Radioactive zeolites immersed in a radioactive heterogeneous background simulate realistic wall-less lesions with known irregular shape and known homogeneous or heterogeneous internal activity. METHOD: Three different zeolite families were evaluated in terms of radioactive uptake homogeneity, necessary to define activity and contour ground truth...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060863/the-systematic-evaluation-of-identifying-the-infarct-related-artery-utilizing-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-in-patients-presenting-with-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Carine E Hamo, Igor Klem, Sunil V Rao, Vincent Songco, Samer Najjar, Edward G Lakatta, Subha V Raman, Robert A Harrington, John F Heitner
BACKGROUND: Identification of the infarct-related artery (IRA) in patients with STEMI using coronary angiography (CA) is often based on the ECG and can be challenging in patients with severe multi-vessel disease. The current study aimed to determine how often percutaneous intervention (PCI) is performed in a coronary artery different from the artery supplying the territory of acute infarction on cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR). METHODS: We evaluated 113 patients from the Reduction of infarct Expansion and Ventricular remodeling with Erythropoetin After Large myocardial infarction (REVEAL) trial, who underwent CMR within 4±2 days of revascularization...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060268/a-facile-and-efficient-approach-for-the-production-of-reversible-disulfide-cross-linked-micelles
#20
Yuanpei Li, Gaurav Bharadwaj, Joyce S Lee
Nanomedicine is an emerging form of therapy that harnesses the unique properties of particles that are nanometers in scale for biomedical application. Improving drug delivery to maximize therapeutic outcomes and to reduce drug-associated side effects are some of the cornerstones of present-day nanomedicine. Nanoparticles in particular have found a wide application in cancer treatment. Nanoparticles that offer a high degree of flexibility in design, application, and production based on the tumor microenvironment are projected to be more effective with rapid translation into clinical practice...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
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