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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914284/applying-crispr-cas-for-genome-engineering-in-plants-the-best-is-yet-to-come
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Holger Puchta
Less than 5 years ago the CRISPR/Cas nuclease was first introduced into eukaryotes, shortly becoming the most efficient and widely used tool for genome engineering. For plants, efforts were centred on obtaining heritable changes in most transformable crop species by inducing mutations into open reading frames of interest, via non-homologous end joining. Now it is important to take the next steps and further develop the technology to reach its full potential. For breeding, besides using DNA-free editing and avoiding off target effects, it will be desirable to apply the system for the mutation of regulatory elements and for more complex genome rearrangements...
November 30, 2016: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914071/differential-radial-capillary-action-of-ligand-assay-dracala-for-high-throughput-detection-of-protein-metabolite-interactions-in-bacteria
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Mona W Orr, Vincent T Lee
Bacteria rely on numerous nucleotide second messengers for signal transduction such as cyclic AMP, cyclic-di-GMP, and cyclic-di-AMP. Although a number of receptors responsible for known regulated phenotypes have been established, the completeness of protein receptors in any given organism remains elusive. We have developed a method called differential radial capillary action of ligand assay (DRaCALA) that allows for an unbiased, systematic high-throughput screen for the detection of ligand binding proteins encoded by a genome...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914063/episweep-computationally-driven-reengineering-of-therapeutic-proteins-to-reduce-immunogenicity-while-maintaining-function
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Yoonjoo Choi, Deeptak Verma, Karl E Griswold, Chris Bailey-Kellogg
Therapeutic proteins are yielding ever more advanced and efficacious new drugs, but the biological origins of these highly effective therapeutics render them subject to immune surveillance within the patient's body. When recognized by the immune system as a foreign agent, protein drugs elicit a coordinated response that can manifest a range of clinical complications including rapid drug clearance, loss of functionality and efficacy, delayed infusion-like allergic reactions, more serious anaphylactic shock, and even induced auto-immunity...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914027/the-role-of-guided-growth-as-it-relates-to-limb-lengthening
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Peter M Stevens
For decades, the classic indication for limb lengthening has been reserved for anisomelia that was expected to reach or exceed 5 cm at maturity. Epiphysiodesis was reserved for discrepancies in the 2-5 cm range. With the increasing sophistication of fixators, including rail, hexapod, and hybrid, complex deformities may be corrected simultaneously while moderate to extreme lengthening is achieved. More recently, iterations of telescoping intramedullary rods have further strengthened our armamentarium. Meanwhile, permanent epiphysiodesis techniques, both open and percutaneous, have yielded to more versatile and reversible tethering of one (angle) or both (length) sides of a physis...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Children's Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913967/the-texture-of-causal-construals-domain-specific-biases-shape-causal-inferences-from-discourse
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Brent Strickland, Ike Silver, Frank C Keil
We conducted five sets of experiments asking whether psychological and physical events are construed in broadly different manners concerning the underlying textures of their causes. In Experiments 1a-1d, we found a robust tendency to estimate fewer causes (but not effects) for psychological than for physical events; Experiment 2 showed a similar pattern of results when participants were asked to generate hypothetical causes and effects; Experiment 3 revealed a greater tendency to ascribe linear chains of causes (but not effects) to physical events; Experiment 4 showed that the expectation of linear chains was related to intuitions about deterministic processes; and Experiment 5 showed that simply framing a given ambiguous event in psychological versus physical terms is sufficient to induce changes in the patterns of causal inferences...
December 2, 2016: Memory & Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913348/automatic-refinement-strategies-for-manual-initialization-of-object-trackers
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Hao Zhu, Fatih Porikli
Tracking objects across multiple frames is a wellinvestigated problem in computer vision. The majority of the existing algorithms assume an accurate initialization is readily available. However, in many real-life settings, in particular for applications where the video is streaming in real-time, the initialization has to be provided by a human operator. This limitation raises an inevitable uncertainty issue. Here, we first collect a large and new dataset of inputs that consists of more than 20K human initialization clicks, called as HIC, by several subjects under three practical user interface scenarios for the popular TB50 tracking benchmark...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913338/intracardiac-vortex-dynamics-by-high-frame-rate-doppler-vortography-i-in-vivo-i-comparison-with-vector-flow-mapping-and-4-d-flow-mri
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Julia Faurie, Mathilde Baudet, Kondo Claude Assi, Dominique Auger, Guillaume Gilbert, Francois Tournoux, Damien Garcia
Recent studies have suggested that intracardiac vortex flow imaging could be of clinical interest to early diagnose the diastolic heart function. Doppler vortography has been intro-duced as a simple color Doppler method to detect and quantify intraventricular vortices. This method is able to locate a vortex core based on the recognition of an antisymmetric pattern in the Doppler velocity field. Because the heart is a fast-moving organ, high frame rates are needed to decipher the whole blood vortex dynamics during diastole...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913327/a-sparse-reconstruction-framework-for-fourier-based-plane-wave-imaging
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Adrien Besson, Miaomiao Zhang, Francois Varray, Herve Liebgott, Denis Friboulet, Yves Wiaux, Jean-Philippe Thiran, Rafael E Carrillo, Olivier Bernard
Ultrafast imaging based on plane-wave (PW) insonification is an active area of research due to its capability of reaching high frame rates. Among PW imaging methods, Fourier-based approaches have demonstrated to be competitive compared with traditional delay and sum methods. Motivated by the success of compressed sensing techniques in other Fourier imaging modalities, like magnetic resonance imaging, we propose a new sparse regularization framework to reconstruct highquality ultrasound (US) images. The framework takes advantage of both the ability to formulate the imaging inverse problem in the Fourier domain and the sparsity of US images in a sparsifying domain...
December 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913216/spatiotopic-updating-across-saccades-revealed-by-spatially-specific-fmri-adaptation
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Scott L Fairhall, Jens Schwarzbach, Angelika Lingnau, Martijn Gerbrand Van Koningsbruggen, David Melcher
Brain representations of visual space are predominantly eye-centred (retinotopic) yet our experience of the world is largely world-centred (spatiotopic). A long-standing question is how the brain creates continuity between these reference frames across successive eye movements (saccades). Here we use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to address whether spatially specific repetition suppression (RS) is evident during trans-saccadic perception. We presented two successive Gabor patches (S1 and S2) in either the upper or lower visual field, left or right of fixation...
November 29, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913190/synthesis-and-label-free-characterization-of-a-bimolecular-pna-homo-quadruplex
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Brunella Pinto, Giulia Rusciano, Stefano D'Errico, Nicola Borbone, Antonio Sasso, Vincenzo Piccialli, Luciano Mayol, Giorgia Oliviero, Gennaro Piccialli
BACKGROUND: G-quadruplex DNA is involved in many physiological and pathological processes. Both clinical and experimental studies on DNA G-quadruplexes are slowed down by their enzymatic instability. In this frame, more stable chemically modified analogs are needed. METHODS: The bis-end-linked-(gggt)2 PNA molecule (BEL-PNA) was synthesized using in solution and solid phase synthetic approaches. Quadruplex formation was assessed by circular dichroism (CD) and surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS)...
November 29, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911939/a-new-model-for-solving-time-cost-quality-trade-off-problems-in-construction
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Fang Fu, Tao Zhang
A poor quality affects project makespan and its total costs negatively, but it can be recovered by repair works during construction. We construct a new non-linear programming model based on the classic multi-mode resource constrained project scheduling problem considering repair works. In order to obtain satisfactory quality without a high increase of project cost, the objective is to minimize total quality cost which consists of the prevention cost and failure cost according to Quality-Cost Analysis. A binary dependent normal distribution function is adopted to describe the activity quality; Cumulative quality is defined to determine whether to initiate repair works, according to the different relationships among activity qualities, namely, the coordinative and precedence relationship...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911816/rapid-emergence-and-mechanisms-of-resistance-by-u87-glioblastoma-cells-to-doxorubicin-in-an-in-vitro-tumor-microfluidic-ecology
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Jeonghun Han, Yukyung Jun, So Hyun Kim, Hong-Hoa Hoang, Yeonjoo Jung, Suyeon Kim, Jaesang Kim, Robert H Austin, Sanghyuk Lee, Sungsu Park
In vitro prediction of the probable rapid emergence of resistance to a drug in tumors could act to winnow out potential candidates for further costly development. We have developed a microfluidic device consisting of ∼500 hexagonal microcompartments that provides a complex ecology with wide ranges of drug and nutrient gradients and local populations. This ecology of a fragmented metapopulation induced the drug resistance in stage IV U87 glioblastoma cells to doxorubicin in 7 d. Exome and transcriptome sequencing of the resistant cells identified mutations and differentially expressed genes...
November 22, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911755/transformation-of-vestibular-signals-for-the-control-of-standing-in-humans
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Patrick A Forbes, Billy L Luu, H F Machiel Van der Loos, Elizabeth A Croft, J Timothy Inglis, Jean-Sébastien Blouin
: During standing balance, vestibular signals encode head movement and are transformed into coordinates that are relevant to maintaining upright posture of the whole body. This transformation must account for head-on-body orientation as well as the muscle actions generating the postural response. Here, we investigate whether this transformation is dependent upon a muscle's ability to stabilize the body along the direction of a vestibular disturbance. Subjects were braced on top of a robotic balance system that simulated the mechanics of standing while being exposed to an electrical vestibular stimulus that evoked a craniocentric vestibular error of head roll...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911678/negative-religious-rhetoric-in-the-lives-of-black-cisgender-queer-emerging-adult-men-a-qualitative-analysis
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Ja'Nina J Garrett-Walker, Vanessa M Torres
Given the intersection of racial, religious, and sexual identities for Black queer populations, the current study examines sexuality related religious rhetoric. Twenty Black cisgender queer men were recruited to participate in a qualitative interview. Using thematic analysis, the research team identified four themes: negative religious rhetoric, personal consequences of negative religious rhetoric, social consequences of negative religious rhetoric, and growth from negative religious rhetoric. Participants explained the pervasiveness of negative religious rhetoric within their churches and family structures...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Homosexuality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911444/impact-of-optical-coherence-tomography-scanning-density-on-quantitative-analyses-in-neovascular-age-related-macular-degeneration
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S B Velaga, M G Nittala, R K Konduru, F Heussen, P A Keane, S R Sadda
PurposeTo assess the influence of varying B-scan frame-sampling densities on retinal thickness and volume measurements from spectral domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) in eyes with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD).MethodsVolume OCT data (512 × 128 macular cube over 6 × 6 mm) were collected from 39 eyes with neovascular AMD. All 128 B-scans in each image set were manually segmented, allowing quantification of the neurosensory retina, subretinal fluid (SRF), subretinal hyperreflective material (SRHM), and pigment epithelium detachment (PED)...
December 2, 2016: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911240/an-improvement-program-as-a-way-to-intensify-inter-professional-collaboration-in-the-community-for-people-with-mental-disabilities-a-follow-up
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Ann-Christin Janlöv, Ingrid Ainalem, Ann-Christine Andersson, Agneta Berg
The aim of the study was to follow up inter-professional experiences of improvement work one year after a completed CII improvement program aiming at improve health care and social services for people with mental disabilities living in ordinary housing. This study was performed with a qualitative descriptive approach which employed six focus group interviews followed by a thematic analysis. The results revealed four themes; Self-awareness and insights; Behavior and actions in daily practice; Organizational cultures and subcultures; and Organizational practices, using Ken Wilbers' integral theory of four quadrants of realities as a holistic frame in the discussion...
December 2, 2016: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911035/content-validity-of-the-credibility-and-expectancy-questionnaire-in-a-pain-rehabilitation-setting
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Vera-Christina Mertens, Albine Moser, Jeanine Verbunt, Rob Smeets, Mariëlle Goossens
: Content validity, the proper reflection of the concept to be measured, is yet unknown for the Credibility and Expectancy Questionnaire (CEQ). It is frequently used in pain rehabilitation because treatment expectancy is influential on the outcome. OBJECTIVE: To test and improve the content validity of the CEQ in a sample of patients with chronic pain in different phases of their treatment. METHODS: A qualitative observational study design using the Three-Step Test-Interview method was used...
December 2, 2016: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910824/accelerated-high-resolution-photoacoustic-tomography-via-compressed-sensing
#18
Simon Arridge, Paul Beard, Marta Betcke, Ben Cox, Nam Huynh, Felix Lucka, Olumide Ogunlade, Edward Zhang
Current 3D photoacoustic tomography (PAT) systems offer either high image quality or high frame rates but are not able to deliver high spatial and temporal resolution simultaneously, which limits their ability to image dynamic processes in living tissue (4D PAT). A particular example is the planar Fabry-Pérot (FP) photoacoustic scanner, which yields high-resolution 3D images but takes several minutes to sequentially map the incident photoacoustic field on the 2D sensor plane, point-by-point. However, as the spatio-temporal complexity of many absorbing tissue structures is rather low, the data recorded in such a conventional, regularly sampled fashion is often highly redundant...
December 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910737/a-case-of-pure-autotopagnosia-following-creutzfeldt-jakob-disease
#19
Itaru Tamura, Shinsuke Hamada, Hiroyuki Soma, Fumio Moriwaka, Kunio Tashiro
A 69-year-old male (N.A.) with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease showed pure autotopagnosia. We administered tests evaluating his ability to name his own body parts, to point to body parts (his own and examiner's), and to recognize positional relationships between his body parts by verbal questions and responses. We found impaired localization of the patient's own body parts by pointing and impaired recognition of positional relationships between his body parts. However, there was no impairment in naming his own body parts or in localizing the examiner's body parts...
December 2, 2016: Cognitive Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910699/effect-on-measurement-accuracy-of-transillumination-using-sawtooth-shaped-function-optical-signal
#20
Xue Yang, Yajia Hu, Gang Li, Ling Lin
There exist lots of difficulties in optical transillumination of biological tissues, especially, low-level-light detection and low gray-scale resolution could reduce recognition accuracy of differences in tissue. Aiming at the problems, this paper proposes a method for optical transillumination using sawtooth-shaped-function optical signal and frame accumulation technology to explore the spatial information of heterogeneity in the tissue. Sawtooth-shaped-function optical signal combined with frame accumulation technology is applied to realize the low-level-light image detection, where frame accumulation technology improves the signal-to-noise ratio and detection sensitivity, and sawtooth-shaped-function signal improves gray-scale resolution...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
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