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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914168/short-term-trained-lexical-categories-affect-preattentive-shape-perception-evidence-from-vmm
#1
Mengxia Yu, Ce Mo, Tianyu Zeng, Sasa Zhao, Lei Mo
Perceptual processing of colors and shapes in the right visual field is modulated by the lexical category information of the stimuli, a phenomenon known as the lateralized Whorfian effect. For color stimuli, lateralized Whorfian effect is characterized by preattentive occurrence and dependency on acquired lexical information, but it remains unknown whether these key features are generalizable to other domains of perceptual processing. Here, we investigated whether lateralized Whorfian effect in the shape perception domain also depends on acquired lexical category and occurs preattentively using ERPs...
December 3, 2016: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914133/lobeglitazone-a-novel-thiazolidinedione-improves-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-type-2-diabetes-its-efficacy-and-predictive-factors-related-to-responsiveness
#2
Yong Ho Lee, Jae Hyeon Kim, So Ra Kim, Heung Yong Jin, Eun Jung Rhee, Young Min Cho, Byung Wan Lee
Despite the rapidly increasing prevalence of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in type 2 diabetes (T2D), few treatment modalities are currently available. We investigated the hepatic effects of the novel thiazolidinedione (TZDs), lobeglitazone (Duvie) in T2D patients with NAFLD. We recruited drug-naïve or metformin-treated T2D patients with NAFLD to conduct a multicenter, prospective, open-label, exploratory clinical trial. Transient liver elastography (Fibroscan®; Echosens, Paris, France) with controlled attenuation parameter (CAP) was used to non-invasively quantify hepatic fat contents...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914083/antibody-guided-molecular-imaging-of-infective-endocarditis
#3
Kenneth L Pinkston, Peng Gao, Kavindra V Singh, Ali Azhdarinia, Barbara E Murray, Eva M Sevick-Muraca, Barrett R Harvey
In this protocol, we describe the application of using a high affinity monoclonal antibody generated against the major pilin protein component of the pilin structure of Enterococcus faecalis as a PET imaging agent for enterococcal endocarditis detection. The anti-pilin -mAb 64Cu conjugate was able to specifically label enterococcal endocarditis vegetation in vivo in a rodent endocarditis model. By targeting pili, a covalently linked surface antigen extending from the bacterial surface, we provided evidence that gram-positive pilin represent a logical surface antigen to define or target an infectious agent for molecularly guided imaging...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914077/making-fluorescent-streptococci-and-enterococci-for-live-imaging
#4
Sarah Shabayek, Barbara Spellerberg
Since the discovery of the green fluorescent protein (GFP) from the jellyfish Aequorea victoria, outstanding fluorescent labeling tools with numerous applications in vastly different areas of life sciences have been developed. To optimize GFP for diverse life science applications, a large variety of GFP derivatives with different environmental characteristics have been generated by mutagenesis. The enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) is a well-known GFP derivative with highly increased fluorescence intensity compared to the GFP wild-type molecule...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914007/evaluation-of-68-ga-labeled-peptide-tracer-for-detection-of-gelatinase-expression-after-myocardial-infarction-in-rat
#5
Max Kiugel, Ville Kytö, Tiina Saanijoki, Heidi Liljenbäck, Olli Metsälä, Mia Ståhle, Johanna Tuomela, Xiang-Guo Li, Pekka Saukko, Juhani Knuuti, Anne Roivainen, Antti Saraste
BACKGROUND: Matrix metalloproteinases 2 and 9 (MMP-2/9) play a role in extracellular matrix remodeling after an ischemic myocardial injury. We evaluated (68)Ga-DOTA-peptide targeting MMP-2/9 for the detection of gelatinase expression after myocardial infarction (MI) in rat. METHODS: Rats were injected with 43 ± 7.7 MBq of (68)Ga-DOTA-peptide targeting MMP-2/9 at 7 days (n = 7) or 4 weeks (n = 8) after permanent coronary ligation or sham operation (n = 5 at both time points) followed by positron emission tomography (PET)...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913916/development-of-international-terminology-and-definitions-for-texture-modified-foods-and-thickened-fluids-used-in-dysphagia-management-the-iddsi-framework
#6
Julie A Y Cichero, Peter Lam, Catriona M Steele, Ben Hanson, Jianshe Chen, Roberto O Dantas, Janice Duivestein, Jun Kayashita, Caroline Lecko, Joseph Murray, Mershen Pillay, Luis Riquelme, Soenke Stanschus
Dysphagia is estimated to affect ~8% of the world's population (~590 million people). Texture-modified foods and thickened drinks are commonly used to reduce the risks of choking and aspiration. The International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI) was founded with the goal of developing globally standardized terminology and definitions for texture-modified foods and liquids applicable to individuals with dysphagia of all ages, in all care settings, and all cultures. A multi-professional volunteer committee developed a dysphagia diet framework through systematic review and stakeholder consultation...
December 2, 2016: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913891/biotransformation-of-2-4-dinitroanisole-by-a-fungal-penicillium-sp
#7
Hunter W Schroer, Kathryn L Langenfeld, Xueshu Li, Hans-Joachim Lehmler, Craig L Just
Insensitive munitions explosives are new formulations that are less prone to unintended detonation compared to traditional explosives. While these formulations have safety benefits, the individual constituents, such as 2,4-dinitroanisole (DNAN), have an unknown ecosystem fate with potentially toxic impacts to flora and fauna exposed to DNAN and/or its metabolites. Fungi may be useful in remediation and have been shown to degrade traditional nitroaromatic explosives, such as 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene and 2,4-dinitrotoluene, that are structurally similar to DNAN...
December 2, 2016: Biodegradation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913820/cerebral-blood-flow-transit-time-and-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-in-moyamoya-disease-before-and-after-acetazolamide
#8
Christian Federau, Soren Christensen, Zungho Zun, Sun-Won Park, Wendy Ni, Michael Moseley, Greg Zaharchuk
INTRODUCTION: The goal of this study was to assess the changes in arterial spin labeling (ASL) cerebral blood flow (CBF) and arterial transit time (ATT), and in apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC), before and after an acetazolamide challenge in moyamoya patients, as function of arterial stenosis severity. METHODS: Pre-operative patients diagnosed with moyamoya disease who could undergo MRI at 3.0T were recruited for this study. A multi-delay pseudo-continuous ASL and a diffusion-weighted sequence were acquired before and 15 min after acetazolamide injection...
December 2, 2016: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913790/do-cigarette-graphic-warnings-encourage-smokers-to-attend-a-smoking-cessation-programme-a-quasi-experimental-study
#9
Joseph Guydish, Barbara Tajima, Thao Le, Catherine Henderson, Deborah Yip, Valerie Gruber, Wayne Garcia, Kevin L Delucchi
OBJECTIVE: This study assessed whether exposure to cigarette graphic warning labels (GWLs) increased attendance to a smoking cessation programme. METHOD: From 2014 to 2016, alternating cohorts of smokers in 3 residential drug treatment programmes received either GWLs (experimental) or transparent (control) labels placed on their cigarette packs for 30 days. The primary outcome was the proportion of participants who chose to attend a smoking cessation group after the labelling period...
December 2, 2016: Tobacco Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913581/a-proteomic-approach-to-analyse-the-aspirin-mediated-lysine-acetylome
#10
Michael H Tatham, Christian Cole, Paul Scullion, Ross Wilkie, Nicholas J Westwood, Lesley A Stark, Ronald T Hay
Aspirin, or acetylsalicylic acid is widely used to control pain, inflammation and fever. Important to this function is its ability to irreversibly acetylate cyclooxygenases at active site serines. Aspirin has the potential to acetylate other amino-acid side-chains, leading to the possibility that aspirin-mediated lysine acetylation could explain some of its as-yet unexplained drug actions or side-effects. Using isotopically labeled aspirin-d3, in combination with acetylated lysine purification and LC-MS/MS, we identified over 12000 sites of lysine acetylation from cultured human cells...
December 2, 2016: Molecular & Cellular Proteomics: MCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913576/empagliflozin-as-add-on-therapy-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-inadequately-controlled-with-linagliptin-and-metformin-a-24-week-randomized-double-blind-parallel-group-trial
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Eirik Søfteland, Juris J Meier, Bente Vangen, Robert Toorawa, Mario Maldonado-Lutomirsky, Uli C Broedl
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of empagliflozin versus placebo as add-on therapy in patients with type 2 diabetes and inadequate glycemic control with linagliptin and metformin. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Patients with HbA1c ≥8.0% and ≤10.5% (≥64 and ≤91 mmol/mol) while receiving stable-dose metformin received open-label linagliptin 5 mg (n = 606) for 16 weeks. Subsequently, those with HbA1c ≥7.0 and ≤10.5% (≥53 and ≤91 mmol/mol) were randomized to receive double-blind, double-dummy treatment with empagliflozin 10 mg (n = 112), empagliflozin 25 mg (n = 111), or placebo (n = 110) for 24 weeks; all patients continued treatment with metformin and linagliptin 5 mg...
December 2, 2016: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913363/detecting-breathing-and-snoring-episodes-using-a-wireless-tracheal-sensor-a-feasibility-study
#12
Marcel Mlynczak, Ewa Migacz, Maciej Migacz, Wojciech Kukwa
OBJECTIVE: Sleep-disordered breathing is both a clinical and a social problem. This implies the need for convenient solutions to simplify screening and diagnosis. The aim of the study was to investigate the sensitivity and specificity of a novel wireless system in detecting breathing and snoring episodes during sleep. METHODS: A wireless acoustic sensor was elaborated and implemented. Segmentation (based on spectral thresholding and heuristics) and classification of all breathing episodes during recording were implemented through a mobile application...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913362/learning-to-predict-eye-fixations-via-multiresolution-convolutional-neural-networks
#13
Nian Liu, Junwei Han, Tianming Liu, Xuelong Li
Eye movements in the case of freely viewing natural scenes are believed to be guided by local contrast, global contrast, and top-down visual factors. Although a lot of previous works have explored these three saliency cues for several years, there still exists much room for improvement on how to model them and integrate them effectively. This paper proposes a novel computation model to predict eye fixations, which adopts a multiresolution convolutional neural network (Mr-CNN) to infer these three types of saliency cues from raw image data simultaneously...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913359/network-unfolding-map-by-vertex-edge-dynamics-modeling
#14
Filipe Alves Neto Verri, Paulo Roberto Urio, Liang Zhao
The emergence of collective dynamics in neural networks is a mechanism of the animal and human brain for information processing. In this paper, we develop a computational technique using distributed processing elements in a complex network, which are called particles, to solve semisupervised learning problems. Three actions govern the particles' dynamics: generation, walking, and absorption. Labeled vertices generate new particles that compete against rival particles for edge domination. Active particles randomly walk in the network until they are absorbed by either a rival vertex or an edge currently dominated by rival particles...
November 29, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913345/facial-age-estimation-with-age-difference
#15
Zhenzhen Hu, Yonggang Wen, Jianfeng Wang, Meng Wang, Richang Hong, Shuicheng Yan
Age estimation based on the human face remains a significant problem in computer vision and pattern recognition. In order to estimate an accurate age or age group of a facial image, most of the existing algorithms require a huge face data set attached with age labels. This imposes a constraint on the utilization of the immensely unlabeled or weakly labeled training data, e.g. the huge amount of human photos in the social networks. These images may provide no age label, but it is easily to derive the age difference for an image pair of the same person...
December 1, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913290/early-and-brain-region-specific-decrease-of-de-novo-cholesterol-biosynthesis-in-huntington-s-disease-a-cross-validation-study-in-q175-knock-in-mice
#16
Mahalakshmi Shankaran, Eleonora Di Paolo, Valerio Leoni, Claudio Caccia, Costanza Ferrari Bardile, Hussein Mohammed, Stefano Di Donato, Seung Kwak, Deanna Marchionini, Scott Turner, Elena Cattaneo, Marta Valenza
Cholesterol precursors and cholesterol levels are reduced in brain regions of Huntington's disease (HD) mice. Here we quantified the rate of in vivo de novo cholesterol biosynthesis in the HD brain. Samples from different brain regions and blood of the heterozygous knock-in mouse model carrying 175 CAG repeats (Q175) at different phenotypic stages were processed independently by two research units to quantify cholesterol synthesis rate by (2)H2O labeling and measure the concentrations of lathosterol, cholesterol and its brain-specific cholesterol catabolite 24-hydroxy-cholesterol (24OHC) by isotope dilution mass spectrometry...
November 29, 2016: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913229/a-single-arm-phase-iii-study-exploring-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-lng-ius-8-a-low-dose-levonorgestrel-intrauterine-contraceptive-system-total-content-13-5-mg-in-an-asia-pacific-population
#17
Guangsheng Fan, Sukho Kang, Mulan Ren, Edith Weisberg, Eeva Lukkari-Lax, Katrin Roth, SoYoung Shin
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of a low-dose levonorgestrel intrauterine system with total content 13.5 mg (average approx. 8 μg/24 h over the first year; LNG-IUS 8; Jaydess®) in an Asia-Pacific population. STUDY DESIGN: An open-label, single-arm Phase III study conducted at 25 centers in China, Australia, and Korea assessed LNG-IUS 8 use over 3 years in nulliparous and parous women (N=1114) aged 18-40 years with regular menstrual cycles (21-35 days)...
November 29, 2016: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913190/synthesis-and-label-free-characterization-of-a-bimolecular-pna-homo-quadruplex
#18
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/27912908/childhood-sexual-abuse-and-substance-abuse-a-gender-paradox
#19
Lil Tonmyr, Margot Shields
We examine associations between childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and substance abuse, the role of mental health indicators as mediators in these associations and whether or not associations differ by gender. Data are from 14,063 respondents aged 18-76 years from the 2004-2005 Canadian Gender, Alcohol, and Culture: An International Study (GENACIS). Multiple logistic regression models were used to examine associations between CSA and substance abuse variables, controlling for socio-demographic factors. Odds were adjusted by indicators of mental health to assess if these variables mediated associations between CSA and substance abuse...
November 29, 2016: Child Abuse & Neglect
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912875/long-term-chamomile-matricaria-chamomilla-l-treatment-for-generalized-anxiety-disorder-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#20
Jun J Mao, Sharon X Xie, John R Keefe, Irene Soeller, Qing S Li, Jay D Amsterdam
BACKGROUND: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is one of the most common anxiety disorders treated in primary care, yet current therapies have limited efficacy and substantial side effects. PURPOSE: To evaluate long-term chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla L.) use for prevention of GAD symptom relapse. METHODS: Outpatients from primary care practices and local communities with a primary diagnosis of moderate-to-severe GAD were enrolled for this two-phase study at a large US academic medical center...
December 15, 2016: Phytomedicine: International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology
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