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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088810/leptin-influences-healing-in-the-sprague-dawley-rat-fracture-model
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Pengcheng Liu, Ming Cai
BACKGROUND Leptin plays a crucial role in bone metabolism, and its level is related to bone callus formation in the fracture repair process. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of recombinant leptin on the healing process of femoral fractures in rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS Forty-eight male Sprague Dawley (SD) rats with an average body weight of 389 g (range: 376-398 g) and an average age of 10 weeks were included in this animal research, and all rats were randomly divided into two major groups...
January 15, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088716/unveiling-the-transformation-and-bioavailability-of-dissolved-organic-matter-in-contrasting-hydrothermal-vents-using-fluorescence-eem-parafac
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Liyang Yang, Wan-E Zhuang, Chen-Tung Arthur Chen, Bing-Jye Wang, Fu-Wen Kuo
The submarine hydrothermal systems are extreme environments where active cycling of dissolved organic matter (DOM) may occur. However, little is known about the optical properties and bioavailability of hydrothermal DOM, which could provide valuable insights into its transformation processes and biogeochemical reactivity. The quantity, quality, and bioavailability of DOM were investigated for four very different hydrothermal vents east of Taiwan, using dissolved organic carbon (DOC), absorption spectroscopy, and fluorescence excitation-emission matrices-parallel factor analysis (EEM-PARAFAC)...
January 3, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088160/photofragment-ion-imaging-from-mass-selected-mg-brch3-complex-dissociation-mechanism-following-photoinduced-charge-transfer
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Kenichi Okutsu, Kenichiro Yamazaki, Keijiro Ohshimo, Fuminori Misaizu
We have observed fragment ion images produced by ultraviolet photodissociation of Mg(+)BrCH3 complex ions using a reflectron time-of-flight mass spectrometer combined with an imaging detector. The BrCH3(+) fragment ion was produced after the 266-nm excitation of Mg(+)BrCH3. In the image of the BrCH3(+) ions, a split distribution was observed parallel to the polarization direction of the photolysis laser. In calculated potential energy curves, we found a repulsive potential correlated with a dissociation limit of Mg + BrCH3(+): The calculation results indicate that the dissociation and the charge transfer occurred via non-adiabatic process after the 5(2)A' ← 1(2)A' photoexcitation...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088090/degradation-in-forensic-trace-dna-samples-explored-by-massively-parallel-sequencing
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Eirik Nataas Hanssen, Robert Lyle, Thore Egeland, Peter Gill
Routine forensic analysis using STRs will fail if the DNA is too degraded. The DNA degradation process in biological stain material is not well understood. In this study we sequenced old semen and blood stains by massively parallel sequencing. The sequence data coverage was used to measure degradation across the genome. The results supported the contention that degradation is uniform across the genome, showing no evidence of regions with increased or decreased resistance towards degradation. Thus the lack of genetic regions robust to degradation removes the possibility of using such regions to further optimize analysis performance for degraded DNA...
January 3, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087636/r-spondin-1-is-required-for-specification-of-hematopoietic-stem-cells-through-wnt16-and-vegfa-signaling-pathways
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Jamie R Genthe, Wilson K Clements
Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are the therapeutic component of bone marrow transplants, but finding immune-compatible donors limits treatment availability and efficacy. Recapitulation of endogenous specification during development is a promising approach to directing HSC specification in vitro, but current protocols are not capable of generating authentic HSCs with high efficiency. Across phyla, HSCs arise from hemogenic endothelium in the ventral floor of the dorsal aorta concurrent with arteriovenous specification and intersegmental vessel (ISV) sprouting, processes regulated by Notch and Wnt...
January 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087632/sequential-organogenesis-sets-two-parallel-sensory-lines-in-medaka
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Ali Seleit, Isabel Krämer, Elizabeth Ambrosio, Nicolas Dross, Ulrike Engel, Lázaro Centanin
Animal organs are typically formed during embryogenesis by following one specific developmental programme. Here we report that neuromast organs are generated by two distinct and sequential programmes that result in parallel sensory lines in medaka embryos. A ventral posterior lateral line (pLL) is composed of neuromasts deposited by collectively migrating cells while a midline pLL is formed by individually migrating cells. Despite the variable number of neuromasts among embryos, the sequential programmes that we describe here fix an invariable ratio between ventral and midline neuromasts...
January 13, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087445/distinct-subcomponents-of-mouse-retinal-ganglion-cell-receptive-fields-are-differentially-altered-by-light-adaptation
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C S Cowan, J Sabharwal, R L Seilheimer, S M Wu
The remarkable dynamic range of vision is facilitated by adaptation of retinal sensitivity to ambient lighting conditions. An important mechanism of sensitivity adaptation is control of the spatial and temporal window over which light is integrated. The retina accomplishes this by switching between parallel synaptic pathways with differing kinetics and degrees of synaptic convergence. However, the relative shifts in spatial and temporal integration are not well understood - particularly in the context of the antagonistic spatial surround...
January 10, 2017: Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087420/on-the-quirks-of-maximum-parsimony-and-likelihood-on-phylogenetic-networks
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Christopher Bryant, Mareike Fischer, Simone Linz, Charles Semple
Maximum parsimony is one of the most frequently-discussed tree reconstruction methods in phylogenetic estimation. However, in recent years it has become more and more apparent that phylogenetic trees are often not sufficient to describe evolution accurately. For instance, processes like hybridization or lateral gene transfer that are commonplace in many groups of organisms and result in mosaic patterns of relationships cannot be represented by a single phylogenetic tree. This is why phylogenetic networks, which can display such events, are becoming of more and more interest in phylogenetic research...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086901/gpu-accelerated-voxel-driven-forward-projection-for-iterative-reconstruction-of-cone-beam-ct
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Yi Du, Gongyi Yu, Xincheng Xiang, Xiangang Wang
BACKGROUND: For cone-beam computed tomography (CBCT), which has been playing an important role in clinical applications, iterative reconstruction algorithms are able to provide advantageous image qualities over the classical FDK. However, the computational speed of iterative reconstruction is a notable issue for CBCT, of which the forward projection calculation is one of the most time-consuming components. METHOD AND RESULTS: In this study, the cone-beam forward projection problem using the voxel-driven model is analysed, and a GPU-based acceleration method for CBCT forward projection is proposed with the method rationale and implementation workflow detailed as well...
January 5, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086829/genomic-pathways-modulated-by-twist-in-breast-cancer
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Farhad Vesuna, Yehudit Bergman, Venu Raman
BACKGROUND: The basic helix-loop-helix transcription factor TWIST1 (Twist) is involved in embryonic cell lineage determination and mesodermal differentiation. There is evidence to indicate that Twist expression plays a role in breast tumor formation and metastasis, but the role of Twist in dysregulating pathways that drive the metastatic cascade is unclear. Moreover, many of the genes and pathways dysregulated by Twist in cell lines and mouse models have not been validated against data obtained from larger, independant datasets of breast cancer patients...
January 13, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081506/investigation-of-ozone-and-peroxone-impacts-on-natural-organic-matter-character-and-biofiltration-performance-using-fluorescence-spectroscopy
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Nicolás M Peleato, Balsher Singh Sidhu, Raymond L Legge, Robert C Andrews
Impacts of ozonation alone as well as an advanced oxidation process of ozone plus hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 + O3) on organic matter prior to and following biofiltration were studied at pilot-scale. Three biofilters were operated in parallel to assess the effects of varying pre-treatment types and dosages. Conventionally treated water (coagulation/flocculation/sedimentation) was fed to one control biofilter, while the remaining two received water with varying applied doses of O3 or H2O2 + O3. Changes in organic matter were characterized using parallel factors analysis (PARAFAC) and fluorescence peak shifts...
December 27, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081502/quantitative-determinations-using-portable-raman-spectroscopy
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Chelliah V Navin, Chaitanya Tondepu, Roxana Toth, Latevi S Lawson, Jason D Rodriguez
A portable Raman spectrometer was used to develop chemometric models to determine percent (%) drug release and potency for 500mg ciprofloxacin HCl tablets. Parallel dissolution and chromatographic experiments were conducted alongside Raman experiments to assess and compare the performance and capabilities of portable Raman instruments in determining critical drug attributes. All batches tested passed the 30min dissolution specification and the Raman model for drug release was able to essentially reproduce the dissolution profiles obtained by ultraviolet spectroscopy at 276nm for all five batches of the 500mg ciprofloxacin tablets...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079187/a-spiking-neural-network-model-of-3d-perception-for-event-based-neuromorphic-stereo-vision-systems
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Marc Osswald, Sio-Hoi Ieng, Ryad Benosman, Giacomo Indiveri
Stereo vision is an important feature that enables machine vision systems to perceive their environment in 3D. While machine vision has spawned a variety of software algorithms to solve the stereo-correspondence problem, their implementation and integration in small, fast, and efficient hardware vision systems remains a difficult challenge. Recent advances made in neuromorphic engineering offer a possible solution to this problem, with the use of a new class of event-based vision sensors and neural processing devices inspired by the organizing principles of the brain...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079128/parallel-meta-3-comprehensive-taxonomical-and-functional-analysis-platform-for-efficient-comparison-of-microbial-communities
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Gongchao Jing, Zheng Sun, Honglei Wang, Yanhai Gong, Shi Huang, Kang Ning, Jian Xu, Xiaoquan Su
The number of metagenomes is increasing rapidly. However, current methods for metagenomic analysis are limited by their capability for in-depth data mining among a large number of microbiome each of which carries a complex community structure. Moreover, the complexity of configuring and operating computational pipeline also hinders efficient data processing for the end users. In this work we introduce Parallel-META 3, a comprehensive and fully automatic computational toolkit for rapid data mining among metagenomic datasets, with advanced features including 16S rRNA extraction for shotgun sequences, 16S rRNA copy number calibration, 16S rRNA based functional prediction, diversity statistics, bio-marker selection, interaction network construction, vector-graph-based visualization and parallel computing...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078601/inhibition-of-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-and-metastasis-by-combined-tgfbeta-knockdown-and-metformin-treatment-in-a-canine-mammary-cancer-xenograft-model
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Camila Leonel, Thaiz Ferraz Borin, Lívia de Carvalho Ferreira, Marina Gobbe Moschetta, Marcio Chaim Bajgelman, Alicia M Viloria-Petit, Debora Aparecida Pires de Campos Zuccari
Epithelial mesenchymal transition (EMT) is a process by which epithelial cells acquire mesenchymal properties, generating metastases. Transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) is associated with this malignancy by having the ability to induce EMT. Metformin, has been shown to inhibit EMT in breast cancer cells. Based on this evidence we hypothesize that treatment with metformin and the silencing of TGF-β, inhibits the EMT in cancer cells. Canine metastatic mammary tumor cell line CF41 was stably transduced with a shRNA-lentivirus, reducing expression level of TGF-β1...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Mammary Gland Biology and Neoplasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078371/acetabular-defect-classification-in-times-of-3d-imaging-and-patient-specific-treatment-protocols
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K Horas, J Arnholdt, A F Steinert, M Hoberg, M Rudert, B M Holzapfel
Parallel to the rising number of revision hip procedures, an increasing number of complex periprosthetic osseous defects can be expected. Stable long-term fixation of the revision implant remains the ultimate goal of the surgical protocol. Within this context, an elaborate preoperative planning process including anticipation of the periacetabular defect form and size and analysis of the remaining supporting osseous elements are essential. However, detection and evaluation of periacetabular bone defects using an unsystematic analysis of plain anteroposterior radiographs of the pelvis is in many cases difficult...
January 11, 2017: Der Orthopäde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077912/emptyheaded-a-relational-engine-for-graph-processing
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Christopher R Aberger, Susan Tu, Kunle Olukotun, Christopher Ré
There are two types of high-performance graph processing engines: low- and high-level engines. Low-level engines (Galois, PowerGraph, Snap) provide optimized data structures and computation models but require users to write low-level imperative code, hence ensuring that efficiency is the burden of the user. In high-level engines, users write in query languages like datalog (SociaLite) or SQL (Grail). High-level engines are easier to use but are orders of magnitude slower than the low-level graph engines. We present EmptyHeaded, a high-level engine that supports a rich datalog-like query language and achieves performance comparable to that of low-level engines...
June 2016: Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077404/high-throughput-sequencing-of-the-t-cell-receptor-repertoire-pitfalls-and-opportunities
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James M Heather, Mazlina Ismail, Theres Oakes, Benny Chain
T-cell specificity is determined by the T-cell receptor, a heterodimeric protein coded for by an extremely diverse set of genes produced by imprecise somatic gene recombination. Massively parallel high-throughput sequencing allows millions of different T-cell receptor genes to be characterized from a single sample of blood or tissue. However, the extraordinary heterogeneity of the immune repertoire poses significant challenges for subsequent analysis of the data. We outline the major steps in processing of repertoire data, considering low-level processing of raw sequence files and high-level algorithms, which seek to extract biological or pathological information...
January 10, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077345/tips-and-traps-lessons-from-codesigning-a-clinician-e-monitoring-tool-for-computerized-cognitive-behavioral-therapy
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Frederick Sundram, Susan J Hawken, Karolina Stasiak, Mathijs Fg Lucassen, Theresa Fleming, Matthew Shepherd, Andrea Greenwood, Raechel Osborne, Sally N Merry
BACKGROUND: Computerized cognitive behavioral therapy (cCBT) is an acceptable and promising treatment modality for adolescents with mild-to-moderate depression. Many cCBT programs are standalone packages with no way for clinicians to monitor progress or outcomes. We sought to develop an electronic monitoring (e-monitoring) tool in consultation with clinicians and adolescents to allow clinicians to monitor mood, risk, and treatment adherence of adolescents completing a cCBT program called SPARX (Smart, Positive, Active, Realistic, X-factor thoughts)...
January 11, 2017: JMIR Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076331/a-short-term-intervention-with-selenium-affects-expression-of-genes-implicated-in-the-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-in-the-prostate
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Dieuwertje E G Kok, Lambertus A L M Kiemeney, Gerald W Verhaegh, Jack A Schalken, Emile N J T van Lin, J P Michiel Sedelaar, J Alfred Witjes, Christina A Hulsbergen-van de Kaa, Pieter Van't Veer, Ellen Kampman, Lydia A Afman
In parallel with the inconsistency in observational studies and chemoprevention trials, the mechanisms by which selenium affects prostate cancer risk have not been elucidated. We conducted a randomized, placebo-controlled trial to examine the effects of a short-term intervention with selenium on gene expression in non-malignant prostate tissue. Twenty-three men received 300 µg selenium per day in the form of selenized yeast (n=12) or a placebo (n=11) during 5 weeks. Prostate biopsies collected from the transition zone before and after intervention were analysed for 15 participants (n=8 selenium, n=7 placebo)...
January 6, 2017: Oncotarget
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