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Inimary T Toby, Mikhail K Levin, Edward A Salinas, Scott Christley, Sanchita Bhattacharya, Felix Breden, Adam Buntzman, Brian Corrie, John Fonner, Namita T Gupta, Uri Hershberg, Nishanth Marthandan, Aaron Rosenfeld, William Rounds, Florian Rubelt, Walter Scarborough, Jamie K Scott, Mohamed Uduman, Jason A Vander Heiden, Richard H Scheuermann, Nancy Monson, Steven H Kleinstein, Lindsay G Cowell
BACKGROUND: The genes that produce antibodies and the immune receptors expressed on lymphocytes are not germline encoded; rather, they are somatically generated in each developing lymphocyte by a process called V(D)J recombination, which assembles specific, independent gene segments into mature composite genes. The full set of composite genes in an individual at a single point in time is referred to as the immune repertoire. V(D)J recombination is the distinguishing feature of adaptive immunity and enables effective immune responses against an essentially infinite array of antigens...
October 6, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
M Barburoglu, A Arat
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: There is very limited data concerning utilization of flow diverters in children. Our aim is to report results for the treatment of complex intracranial aneurysms and carotid cavernous fistulas by using flow diverters in children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective review of children (17 years of age or younger) treated with flow diverters between May 2011 and July 2014 was performed. Clinical and laboratory data and angiographic findings were extracted...
October 20, 2016: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Shuai Liu, Licheng Jiao, Shuyuan Yang
During the acquisition process hyperspectral images (HSI) are inevitably corrupted by various noises, which greatly influence their visual impression and subsequent applications. In this paper, a novel Bayesian approach integrating hierarchical sparse learning and spectral-spatial information is proposed for HSI denoising. Based on the structure correlations, spectral bands with similar and continuous features are segmented into the same band-subset. To exploit local similarity, each subset is then divided into overlapping cubic patches...
October 17, 2016: Sensors
D Saxena, M Agarwal, D Gupta, S Agrawal, V Das, S R Phadke
: Background and Introduction: Chromosomal abnormality is found in about half of first-trimester abortions. Karyotype is the gold standard to detect chromosomal abnormalities. Multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA) offers advantage over karyotype in terms of lower failure rate, faster turnaround time, and much higher resolution than conventional karyotyping and found to be 98% concordant with conventional karyotype. AIM: We performed this study to look for the utility of MLPA in diagnosing chromosomal abnormalities in first-trimester abortions...
October 2016: Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
Shawn P Reese, Niloofar Farhang, Randy Poulson, Gennie Parkman, Jeffrey A Weiss
In vitro polymerized type I collagen hydrogels have been used extensively as a model system for three-dimensional (3D) cell and tissue culture, studies of fibrillogenesis, and investigation of multiscale force transmission within connective tissues. The nanoscale organization of collagen fibrils plays an essential role in the mechanics of these gels and emergent cellular behavior in culture, yet quantifying 3D structure with nanoscale resolution to fully characterize fibril organization remains a significant technical challenge...
October 18, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Kenton M Sanders, Sean M Ward, Grant W Hennig
Motility patterns of the gastrointestinal tract are important for efficient processing of nutrients and waste. Peristalsis and segmentation are based on rhythmic electrical slow waves that generate the phasic contractions fundamental to gastrointestinal motility. Slow waves are generated and propagated actively by interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC), and these events conduct to smooth muscle cells to elicit excitation-contraction coupling. Extracellular electrical recording has been utilized to characterize slow-wave generation and propagation and abnormalities that might be responsible for gastrointestinal motility disorders...
October 19, 2016: Nature Reviews. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Eric L Vu, Craig G Rusin, Dan J Penny, Kathy K Kibler, Ronald Blaine Easley, Brendan Smith, Dean Andropoulos, Ken Brady
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated ST-segment monitoring to detect clinical decompensation in infants with single ventricle anatomy. We proposed a signal processing algorithm for ST-segment instability and hypothesized that instability is associated with cardiopulmonary arrests. DESIGN: Retrospective, observational study. SETTING: Tertiary children's hospital 21-bed cardiovascular ICU and 36-bed step-down unit. PATIENTS: Twenty single ventricle infants who received stage 1 palliation surgery between January 2013 and January 2014...
October 13, 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Mark Driscoll, Carl-Éric Aubin, Alain Moreau, Yaroslav Wakula, Samira Amini, Stefan Parent
STUDY DESIGN: In vivo porcine model utilized to evaluate the influence of an intravertebral fusionless growth modulating device (hemi-staple) on intervertebral disks and growth plates. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the radiographic and histologic changes in disks and growth plates with the purpose of measuring influence of the explored hemi-staple. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Fusionless growth modulation for the early treatment of scoliosis should insure the long-term viability of the intervertebral disk and successfully reduce or arrest local growth...
November 2016: Clinical Spine Surgery
Yue Zhang, Huanxin Zou, Tiancheng Luo, Xianxiang Qin, Shilin Zhou, Kefeng Ji
The superpixel segmentation algorithm, as a preprocessing technique, should show good performance in fast segmentation speed, accurate boundary adherence and homogeneous regularity. A fast superpixel segmentation algorithm by iterative edge refinement (IER) works well on optical images. However, it may generate poor superpixels for Polarimetric synthetic aperture radar (PolSAR) images due to the influence of strong speckle noise and many small-sized or slim regions. To solve these problems, we utilized a fast revised Wishart distance instead of Euclidean distance in the local relabeling of unstable pixels, and initialized unstable pixels as all the pixels substituted for the initial grid edge pixels in the initialization step...
October 13, 2016: Sensors
Resham Poudel
The kidneys maintain glucose homeostasis through its utilization, gluconeogenesis, and reabsorption. Glucose is freely filtered and reabsorbed in order to retain energy essential between meals. The amount of glucose reabsorbed by the kidneys is equivalent to the amount entering the filtration system. With a daily glomerular filtration rate of 180 L, approximately 180 g (180 L/day × 100 mg/dL) of glucose must be reabsorbed each day to maintain an average fasting plasma glucose concentration of 5.6 mmol/L (100 mg/dL)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Evangelos A Russo, Sameer Khan, Ryan Janisch, Roger N Gunn, Eugenii A Rabiner, Stuart A Taylor, Paul M Matthews, Timothy R Orchard
BACKGROUND: Fluorine-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (F-FDG PET) has recently attracted interest for the measurement of disease activity in Crohn's disease (CD). The aim of this study was to assess the utility of FDG-PET as a marker of progression of inflammatory activity and its response to treatment in patients with CD. METHODS: Twenty-two patients with active CD were recruited prospectively to undergo FDG-PET scanning at 2 time points. All 22 index scans were used to assess sensitivity and specificity against a reference standard magnetic resonance imaging measure...
November 2016: Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Martina F Callaghan, Siawoosh Mohammadi, Nikolaus Weiskopf
Quantitative MRI (qMRI) provides standardized measures of specific physical parameters that are sensitive to the underlying tissue microstructure and are a first step towards achieving maps of biologically relevant metrics through in vivo histology using MRI. Recently proposed models have described the interdependence of qMRI parameters. Combining such models with the concept of image synthesis points towards a novel approach to synthetic qMRI, in which maps of fundamentally different physical properties are constructed through the use of biophysical models...
October 18, 2016: NMR in Biomedicine
Jifeng Yuan, Pranjul Mishra, Chi Bun Ching
Medium branched-chain esters can be used not only as a biofuel but are also useful chemicals with various industrial applications. The development of economically feasible and environment friendly bio-based fuels requires efficient cell factories capable of producing desired products in high yield. Herein, we sought to use a number of strategies to engineer Saccharomyces cerevisiae for high-level production of branched-chain esters. Mitochondrion-based expression of ATF1 gene in a base strain with an overexpressed valine biosynthetic pathway together with expression of mitochondrion-relocalized α-ketoacid decarboxylase (encoded by ARO10) and alcohol dehydrogenase (encoded by ADH7) not only produced isobutyl acetate, but also 3-methyl-1-butyl acetate and 2-methyl-1-butyl acetate...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Biotechnology
Mickael Dinomais, Sebastien Celle, Guillaume T Duval, Frederic Roche, Samir Henni, Robert Bartha, Olivier Beauchet, Cedric Annweiler
The clinical utility of the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) and its shorter version (SMMSE) is still debated. There is a need to better understand the neuroanatomical correlates of these cognitive tests. The objective of this cross-sectional study was to determine whether lower MMSE and SMMSE scores correlated with focal brain volume reduction in older adults. Participants from the GAIT study (n = 207; mean, 70.9±5.9 years; 57% female; mean MMSE 26.2±3.9; mean SMMSE 5.1±1.1) were evaluated using the MMSE and SMMSE and received a 1...
2016: PloS One
Susan L Ettner, Jessica M Harwood, Amber Thalmayer, Michael K Ong, Haiyong Xu, Michael J Bresolin, Kenneth B Wells, Chi-Hong Tseng, Francisca Azocar
Interrupted time series with and without controls was used to evaluate whether the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) and its Interim Final Rule increased the probability of specialty behavioral health treatment and levels of utilization and expenditures among patients receiving treatment. Linked insurance claims, eligibility, plan and employer data from 2008 to 2013 were used to estimate segmented regression analyses, allowing for level and slope changes during the transition (2010) and post-MHPAEA (2011-2013) periods...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Health Economics
Rui Yao, ZeQing Zeng, Ping Zhu
A priori signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) estimation and noise estimation are important for speech enhancement. In this paper, a novel modified decision-directed (DD) a priori SNR estimation approach based on single-frequency entropy, named DDBSE, is proposed. DDBSE replaces the fixed weighting factor in the DD approach with an adaptive one calculated according to change of single-frequency entropy. Simultaneously, a new noise power estimation approach based on unbiased minimum mean square error (MMSE) and voice activity detection (VAD), named UMVAD, is proposed...
2016: EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing
Amanda Field, Jie Xiang, W Ray Anderson, Patricia Graham, Leslie Pick
The orphan nuclear receptor Ftz-F1 is expressed in all somatic nuclei in Drosophila embryos, but mutations result in a pair-rule phenotype. This was explained by the interaction of Ftz-F1 with the homeodomain protein Ftz that is expressed in stripes in the primordia of segments missing in either ftz-f1 or ftz mutants. Ftz-F1 and Ftz were shown to physically interact and coordinately activate the expression of ftz itself and engrailed by synergistic binding to composite Ftz-F1/Ftz binding sites. However, attempts to identify additional target genes on the basis of Ftz-F1/ Ftz binding alone has met with only limited success...
2016: PloS One
Sindhu Ghanta, Michael I Jordan, Kivanc Kose, Dana H Brooks, Milind Rajadhyaksha, Jennifer G Dy
Segmenting objects of interest from 3D datasets is a common problem encountered in biological data. Small field of view and intrinsic biological variability combined with optically subtle changes of intensity, resolution and low contrast in images make the task of segmentation difficult, especially for microscopy of unstained living or freshly excised thick tissues. Incorporating shape information in addition to the appearance of the object of interest can often help improve segmentation performance. However, shapes of objects in tissue can be highly variable and design of a flexible shape model that encompasses these variations is challenging...
October 5, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
Talha Mahmud, Adnan Shafiq, Abdul Hafeez, Muhammad Saqib, Sidrah Farooq
18-year-old lady was admitted through emergency department after she accidently aspirated a long sewing machine needle into her airways. Upon examination, she was anxious with normal vital signs and without any respiratory distress with SpO2 of 98% on air. Systemic examination was normal except slightly reduced breath sounds intensity on right lower side of chest. Her chest radiograph revealed needle in right lower lobe but it was not visualized on bronchoscopic examination of airways up to sub segmental level...
2016: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
Qiannan Jiang, Mingzhou Liu, Xiaoqiao Wang, Maogen Ge, Ling Lin
The observation, decomposition and record of motion are usually accomplished through artificial means during the process of motion analysis. This method not only has a heavy workload, its efficiency is also very low. To solve this problem, this paper proposes a novel method to segment and recognize continuous human motion automatically based on machine vision for mechanical assembly operation. First, the content-based dynamic key frame extraction technology was utilized to extract key frames from video stream, and then automatic segmentation of action was implemented...
2016: SpringerPlus
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