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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092564/static-vs-dynamic-decoding-algorithms-in-a-non-invasive-body-machine-interface
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Ismael Seanez-Gonzalez, Camilla Pierella, Ali Farshchiansadegh, Elias Barry Thorp, Farnaz Abdollahi, Jessica P Pedersen, Ferdinando A Mussa-Ivaldi
In this study, we consider a non-invasive bodymachine interface that captures body motions still available to people with spinal cord injury (SCI) and maps them into a set of signals for controlling a computer user interface while engaging in a sustained level of mobility and exercise. We compare the effectiveness of two decoding algorithms that transform a highdimensional body-signal vector into a lower dimensional control vector on 6 subjects with high-level SCI and 8 controls. One algorithm is based on a static map from current body signals to the current value of the control vector set through principal component analysis (PCA), the other on dynamic mapping a segment of body signals to the value and the temporal derivatives of the control vector set through a Kalman filter...
December 15, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092460/a-three-dimensional-lymphatic-endothelial-cell-tube-formation-assay-to-identify-novel-kinases-involved-in-lymphatic-vessel-remodeling
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T Jessica Gambino, Steven P Williams, Carol Caesar, Daniel Resnick, Cameron J Nowell, Rae H Farnsworth, Marc G Achen, Steven A Stacker, Tara Karnezis
The lymphatic system is a series of vessels that transport cells and excess fluid from tissues to the blood vascular system. Normally quiescent, the lymphatics can grow or remodel in response to developmental, immunological, or cells pathological stimuli. Lymphatic vessels comprise lymphatic endothelial cells (LECs) that can respond to external growth factors by undergoing proliferation, migration, adhesion, and tube and lumen formation into new vessel structures, a process known as lymphangiogenesis. To understand the key gene and signaling pathways necessary for lymphangiogenesis and lymphatic vessel remodeling, we have developed a three-dimensional LEC tube formation assay to explore the role of kinase signaling in these processes...
January 2017: Assay and Drug Development Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092378/opto-valleytronic-imaging-of-atomically-thin-semiconductors
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Andre Neumann, Jessica Lindlau, Léo Colombier, Manuel Nutz, Sina Najmaei, Jun Lou, Aditya D Mohite, Hisato Yamaguchi, Alexander Högele
Transition metal dichalcogenide semiconductors represent elementary components of layered heterostructures for emergent technologies beyond conventional optoelectronics. In their monolayer form they host electrons with quantized circular motion and associated valley polarization and valley coherence as key elements of opto-valleytronic functionality. Here, we introduce two-dimensional polarimetry as means of direct imaging of the valley pseudospin degree of freedom in monolayer transition metal dichalcogenides...
January 16, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091986/shift-of-microrna-profile-upon-glioma-cell-migration-using-patient-derived-spheroids-and-serum-free-conditions
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Sune Munthe, Bo Halle, Henning B Boldt, Helle Christiansen, Steffen Schmidt, Vivek Kaimal, Jessica Xu, Sonya Zabludoff, Jan Mollenhauer, Frantz R Poulsen, Bjarne W Kristensen
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most frequent malignant primary brain tumor. A major reason for the overall median survival being only 14.6 months is migrating tumor cells left behind after surgery. Another major reason is tumor cells having a so-called cancer stem cell phenotype being therefore resistant towards traditional chemo- and radiotherapy. A group of novel molecular targets are microRNAs (miRNAs). MiRNAs are small non-coding RNAs exerting post-transcriptional regulation of gene expression. The aim of this study was to identify differentially expressed miRNAs in migrating GBM cells using serum-free stem cell conditions...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091601/massively-parallel-digital-transcriptional-profiling-of-single-cells
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Grace X Y Zheng, Jessica M Terry, Phillip Belgrader, Paul Ryvkin, Zachary W Bent, Ryan Wilson, Solongo B Ziraldo, Tobias D Wheeler, Geoff P McDermott, Junjie Zhu, Mark T Gregory, Joe Shuga, Luz Montesclaros, Jason G Underwood, Donald A Masquelier, Stefanie Y Nishimura, Michael Schnall-Levin, Paul W Wyatt, Christopher M Hindson, Rajiv Bharadwaj, Alexander Wong, Kevin D Ness, Lan W Beppu, H Joachim Deeg, Christopher McFarland, Keith R Loeb, William J Valente, Nolan G Ericson, Emily A Stevens, Jerald P Radich, Tarjei S Mikkelsen, Benjamin J Hindson, Jason H Bielas
Characterizing the transcriptome of individual cells is fundamental to understanding complex biological systems. We describe a droplet-based system that enables 3' mRNA counting of tens of thousands of single cells per sample. Cell encapsulation, of up to 8 samples at a time, takes place in ∼6 min, with ∼50% cell capture efficiency. To demonstrate the system's technical performance, we collected transcriptome data from ∼250k single cells across 29 samples. We validated the sensitivity of the system and its ability to detect rare populations using cell lines and synthetic RNAs...
January 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091570/increasing-the-potential-for-malaria-elimination-by-targeting-zoophilic-vectors
#6
Jessica L Waite, Sunita Swain, Penelope A Lynch, S K Sharma, Mohammed Asrarul Haque, Jacqui Montgomery, Matthew B Thomas
Countries in the Asia Pacific region aim to eliminate malaria by 2030. A cornerstone of malaria elimination is the effective management of Anopheles mosquito vectors. Current control tools such as insecticide treated nets or indoor residual sprays target mosquitoes in human dwellings. We find in a high transmission region in India, malaria vector populations show a high propensity to feed on livestock (cattle) and rest in outdoor structures such as cattle shelters. We also find evidence for a shift in vector species complex towards increased zoophilic behavior in recent years...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091553/shifts-in-the-fluorescence-lifetime-of-egfp-during-bacterial-phagocytosis-measured-by-phase-sensitive-flow-cytometry
#7
Wenyan Li, Kevin D Houston, Jessica P Houston
Phase-sensitive flow cytometry (PSFC) is a technique in which fluorescence excited state decay times are measured as fluorescently labeled cells rapidly transit a finely focused, frequency-modulated laser beam. With PSFC the fluorescence lifetime is taken as a cytometric parameter to differentiate intracellular events that are challenging to distinguish with standard flow cytometry. For example PSFC can report changes in protein conformation, expression, interactions, and movement, as well as differences in intracellular microenvironments...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091519/universal-and-uniquely-human-factors-in-spontaneous-number-perception
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Stephen Ferrigno, Julian Jara-Ettinger, Steven T Piantadosi, Jessica F Cantlon
A capacity for nonverbal numerical estimation is widespread among humans and animals. However, it is currently unclear whether numerical percepts are spontaneously extracted from the environment and whether nonverbal perception is influenced by human exposure to formal mathematics. We tested US adults and children, non-human primates, and numerate and innumerate Tsimane' adults on a quantity task in which they could choose to categorize sets of dots on the basis of number alone, surface area alone or a combination of the two...
January 16, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090763/sodium-and-fluid-management-in-the-conservative-management-of-chronic-kidney-disease
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Morgan Marcuccilli, Jessica Kendrick, Michel Chonchol
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) imposes a significant global health burden. In the United States, one in three adults are at risk for CKD currently affecting over 28 million Americans. While several studies have demonstrated the benefit of treating traditional risk factors in CKD, including hypertension with pharmacologic agents such as blockade of the renin-angiotensin system (RAAS), there is scarce data on the advantages of sodium and fluid management in this population. Both experimental and observational studies have shown improvement in hypertension and cardiovascular outcomes with sodium restriction to < 2...
January 13, 2017: Panminerva Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090713/nucleotide-independent-copper-ii-based-distance-measurements-in-dna-by-pulsed-esr-spectroscopy
#10
Matthew J Lawless, Jessica L Sarver, Sunil Saxena
A site-specific Cu(2+) binding motif within a DNA duplex for distance measurements by ESR spectroscopy is reported. This motif utilizes a commercially available 2,2'-dipicolylamine (DPA) phosphormadite easily incorporated into any DNA oligonucleotide during initial DNA synthesis. The method only requires the simple post-synthetic addition of Cu(2+) without the need for further chemical modification. Notably, the label is positioned within the DNA duplex, as opposed to outside the helical perimeter, for an accurate measurement of duplex distance...
January 16, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089889/myc-drives-progression-of-small-cell-lung-cancer-to-a-variant-neuroendocrine-subtype-with-vulnerability-to-aurora-kinase-inhibition
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Gurkan Mollaoglu, Matthew R Guthrie, Stefanie Böhm, Johannes Brägelmann, Ismail Can, Paul M Ballieu, Annika Marx, Julie George, Christine Heinen, Milind D Chalishazar, Haixia Cheng, Abbie S Ireland, Kendall E Denning, Anandaroop Mukhopadhyay, Jeffery M Vahrenkamp, Kristofer C Berrett, Timothy L Mosbruger, Jun Wang, Jessica L Kohan, Mohamed E Salama, Benjamin L Witt, Martin Peifer, Roman K Thomas, Jason Gertz, Jane E Johnson, Adi F Gazdar, Robert J Wechsler-Reya, Martin L Sos, Trudy G Oliver
Loss of the tumor suppressors RB1 and TP53 and MYC amplification are frequent oncogenic events in small cell lung cancer (SCLC). We show that Myc expression cooperates with Rb1 and Trp53 loss in the mouse lung to promote aggressive, highly metastatic tumors, that are initially sensitive to chemotherapy followed by relapse, similar to human SCLC. Importantly, MYC drives a neuroendocrine-low "variant" subset of SCLC with high NEUROD1 expression corresponding to transcriptional profiles of human SCLC. Targeted drug screening reveals that SCLC with high MYC expression is vulnerable to Aurora kinase inhibition, which, combined with chemotherapy, strongly suppresses tumor progression and increases survival...
December 31, 2016: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089854/effects-of-adolescent-methamphetamine-and-nicotine-exposure-on-behavioral-performance-and-map-2-immunoreactivity-in-the-nucleus-accumbens-of-adolescent-mice
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Jordan M Buck, Alysse S Morris, Sydney J Weber, Jacob Raber, Jessica A Siegel
The neurotoxic effects of methamphetamine (MA) exposure in the developing and adult brain can lead to behavioral alterations and cognitive deficits in adults. Previous increases in the rates of adolescent MA use necessitate that we understand the behavioral and cognitive effects of MA exposure during adolescence on the adolescent brain. Adolescents using MA exhibit high rates of nicotine (NIC) use, but the effects of concurrent MA and NIC in the adolescent brain have not been examined, and it is unknown if NIC mediates any of the effects of MA in the adolescent...
January 12, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089767/the-correlation-between-a-short-term-conventional-electroencephalography-in-the-first-day-of-life-and-brain-magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-newborns-undergoing-hypothermia-for-hypoxic-ischemic-encephalopathy
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Rawad Obeid, Yoshimi Sogawa, Satyanarayana Gedela, Monica Naik, Vince Lee, Richard Telesco, Jessica Wisnowski, Christine Magill, Michael J Painter, Ashok Panigrahy
OBJECTIVE: Electroencephalograph recorded in the first day of life in newborns treated with hypothermia for hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy could be utilized as a predictive tool for the severity of brain injury on magnetic resonance imaging and mortality. STUDY DESIGN: This work was a retrospective study of newborns who were admitted for therapeutic hypothermia due to hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. All enrolled infants underwent encephalography within the first 24 hours of life and underwent brain magnetic resonance imaging after rewarming...
November 3, 2016: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089765/intracerebroventricular-delivery-as-a-safe-long-term-route-of-administration
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Jessica L Cohen-Pfeffer, Sridharan Gururangan, Thomas Lester, Daniel A Lim, Adam J Shaywitz, Manfred Westphal, Irene Slavc
Intrathecal delivery methods have been used for many decades to treat a broad range of central nervous system disorders. A literature review demonstrated that intracerebroventricular route is an established and well-tolerated method for prolonged central nervous system drug delivery in pediatric and adult populations. Intracerebroventricular devices were present in patients from one to 7156 days. The number of punctures per device ranged from 2 to 280. Noninfectious complication rates per patient (range, 1...
November 10, 2016: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089640/catecholamines-are-produced-by-ascidian-immune-cells-the-involvement-of-pka-and-pkc-in-the-adrenergic-signaling-pathway
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Andressa de Abreu Mello, Jéssica Fernandes de Souza, Rodrigo Nunes da Fonseca, Silvana Allodi, Cintia Monteiro de Barros
The stress response is a complex mechanism, which includes changes in the immune system to enable organisms to maintain homeostasis. The neurohormones dopamine, noradrenaline (NA) and adrenalin are responsible for the physiological modulations that occur during acute stress. In the present study, we analyzed the effects of NA on the immune system specific to nitric-oxide (NO) production by subpopulations of immune cells (hemocytes) of the ascidian Phallusia nigra. We also investigated the capability of immune cells to produce catecholamine (CA)...
January 12, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089567/adipose-tissue-clk2-promotes-energy-expenditure-during-high-fat-diet-intermittent-fasting
#16
Maximilian Hatting, Amy K Rines, Chi Luo, Mitsuhisa Tabata, Kfir Sharabi, Jessica A Hall, Francisco Verdeguer, Christian Trautwein, Pere Puigserver
A promising approach to treating obesity is to increase diet-induced thermogenesis in brown adipose tissue (BAT), but the regulation of this process remains unclear. Here we find that CDC-like kinase 2 (CLK2) is expressed in BAT and upregulated upon refeeding. Mice lacking CLK2 in adipose tissue exhibit exacerbated obesity and decreased energy expenditure during high-fat diet intermittent fasting. Additionally, tissue oxygen consumption and protein levels of UCP1 are reduced in CLK2-deficient BAT. Phosphorylation of CREB, a transcriptional activator of UCP1, is markedly decreased in BAT cells lacking CLK2 due to enhanced CREB dephosphorylation...
January 11, 2017: Cell Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089566/metformin-inhibits-hepatic-mtorc1-signaling-via-dose-dependent-mechanisms-involving-ampk-and-the-tsc-complex
#17
Jessica J Howell, Kristina Hellberg, Marc Turner, George Talbott, Matthew J Kolar, Debbie S Ross, Gerta Hoxhaj, Alan Saghatelian, Reuben J Shaw, Brendan D Manning
Metformin is the most widely prescribed drug for the treatment of type 2 diabetes. However, knowledge of the full effects of metformin on biochemical pathways and processes in its primary target tissue, the liver, is limited. One established effect of metformin is to decrease cellular energy levels. The AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and mechanistic target of rapamycin (mTOR) complex 1 (mTORC1) are key regulators of metabolism that are respectively activated and inhibited in acute response to cellular energy depletion...
December 30, 2016: Cell Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089522/the-impact-of-medication-synchronization-on-quality-care-criteria-in-an-independent-community-pharmacy
#18
Jessica L Hinson, Gretchen K Garofoli, Betsy M Elswick
OBJECTIVES: To determine the impact of a comprehensive medication synchronization program in an independent community pharmacy by (1) evaluating changes in Electronic Quality Improvement Platform for Plans and Pharmacies (EQuIPP) scores and (2) examining the change in monthly prescription volume. SETTING: Independent community pharmacy in Morgantown, WV. PRACTICE DESCRIPTION: Waterfront Family Pharmacy is a single-location independent community pharmacy located in Morgantown, WV...
January 11, 2017: Journal of the American Pharmacists Association: JAPhA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089480/deep-inspiration-breath-hold-produces-a-clinically-meaningful-reduction-in-ipsilateral-lung-dose-during-locoregional-radiation-therapy-for-some-women-with-right-sided-breast-cancer
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Jessica L Conway, Leigh Conroy, Lindsay Harper, Marie Scheifele, Haocheng Li, Wendy L Smith, Tannis Graham, Tien Phan, Ivo A Olivotto
PURPOSE: The goal of the work described here was to determine whether deep inspiration breath-hold (DIBH) produces a clinically meaningful reduction in pulmonary dose compared with free breathing (FB) during locoregional radiation for right-sided breast cancer. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Four-field, modified-wide tangent plans with full nodal coverage were developed for 30 consecutive patients on paired DIBH and FB CT scans. Nodes were contoured according to European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology guidelines...
October 19, 2016: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089437/systems-innovation-model-an-integrated-interdisciplinary-team-approach-pre-and-post-bariatric-surgery-at-a-veterans-affairs-va-medical-center
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Dan Eisenberg, Jessica A Lohnberg, Eric P Kubat, Cheryl C Bates, Lauren M Greenberg, Susan M Frayne
BACKGROUND: Provision of bariatric surgery in the Veterans Health Administration must account for obese veterans' co-morbidity burden and the geographically dispersed location of patients relative to Veterans Affairs (VA) bariatric centers. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate a collaborative, integrated, interdisciplinary bariatric team of surgeons, bariatricians, psychologists, dieticians, and physical therapists working in a hub-and-spokes care model, for pre- and post-bariatric surgery assessment and management...
November 15, 2016: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
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