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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911950/a-specialized-multi-transmit-head-coil-for-high-resolution-fmri-of-the-human-visual-cortex-at-7t
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Shubharthi Sengupta, Alard Roebroeck, Valentin G Kemper, Benedikt A Poser, Jan Zimmermann, Rainer Goebel, Gregor Adriany
PURPOSE: To design, construct and validate radiofrequency (RF) transmit and receive phased array coils for high-resolution visual cortex imaging at 7 Tesla. METHODS: A 4 channel transmit and 16 channel receive array was constructed on a conformal polycarbonate former. Transmit field efficiency and homogeneity were simulated and validated, along with the Specific Absorption Rate, using [Formula: see text] mapping techniques and electromagnetic simulations. Receiver signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), temporal SNR (tSNR) across EPI time series, g-factors for accelerated imaging and noise correlations were evaluated and compared with a commercial 32 channel whole head coil...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911020/changes-in-resting-state-connectivity-in-musicians-with-embouchure-dystonia
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Bernhard Haslinger, Jonas Noé, Eckart Altenmüller, Valentin Riedl, Claus Zimmer, Tobias Mantel, Christian Dresel
OBJECTIVE: Embouchure dystonia is a highly disabling task-specific dystonia in professional brass musicians leading to spasms of perioral muscles while playing the instrument. As they are asymptomatic at rest, resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging in these patients can reveal changes in functional connectivity within and between brain networks independent from dystonic symptoms. METHODS: We therefore compared embouchure dystonia patients to healthy musicians with resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging in combination with independent component analyses...
December 2, 2016: Movement Disorders: Official Journal of the Movement Disorder Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910693/characterization-of-compact-toroid-injection-during-formation-translation-and-field-penetration
#3
T Matsumoto, T Roche, I Allfrey, J Sekiguchi, T Asai, H Gota, M Cordero, E Garate, J Kinley, T Valentine, W Waggoner, M Binderbauer, T Tajima
We have developed a compact toroid (CT) injector system for particle refueling of the advanced beam-driven C-2U field-reversed configuration (FRC) plasma. The CT injector is a magnetized coaxial plasma gun (MCPG), and the produced CT must cross the perpendicular magnetic field surrounding the FRC for the refueling of C-2U. To simulate this environment, an experimental test stand has been constructed. A transverse magnetic field of ∼1 kG is established, which is comparable to the C-2U axial magnetic field in the confinement section, and CTs are fired across it...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910544/absolute-calibration-of-neutron-detectors-on-the-c-2u-advanced-beam-driven-frc
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R M Magee, R Clary, S Korepanov, F Jauregui, I Allfrey, E Garate, T Valentine, A Smirnov
In the C-2U fusion energy experiment, high power neutral beam injection creates a large fast ion population that sustains a field-reversed configuration (FRC) plasma. The diagnosis of the fast ion pressure in these high-performance plasmas is therefore critical, and the measurement of the flux of neutrons from the deuterium-deuterium (D-D) fusion reaction is well suited to the task. Here we describe the absolute, in situ calibration of scintillation neutron detectors via two independent methods: firing deuterium beams into a high density gas target and calibration with a 2 × 10(7) n/s AmBe source...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910164/hplc-uv-and-lc-ms-analyses-of-acylquinic-acids-in-geigeria-alata-dc-oliv-hiern-and-their-contribution-to-antioxidant-and-antimicrobial-capacity
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Dimitrina Zheleva-Dimitrova, Reneta Gevrenova, Maya M Zaharieva, Hristo Najdenski, Silviya Ruseva, Valentin Lozanov, Vessela Balabanova, Sakina Yagi, Georgi Momekov, Vanio Mitev
INTRODUCTION: Geigeria alata is a traditional plant used in Sudanese folk medicine for treatment of diabetes, cough, epilepsy and intestinal complaints. OBJECTIVE: To analyze phenolic acids in Geigeria alata roots and leaves and to evaluate their antioxidant and antimicrobial activities. METHODOLOGY: Phenolic acids in the aqueous-methanol extracts were identified by LC-MS. Major compounds were isolated using low-pressure liquid chromatography...
December 1, 2016: Phytochemical Analysis: PCA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909222/associations-between-environmental-factors-and-hospital-admissions-for-sickle-cell-disease
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Frédéric B Piel, Sanjay Tewari, Valentine Brousse, Antonis Analitis, Anna Font, Stephan Menzel, Subarna Chakravorty, Swee Lay Thein, Baba Inusa, Paul Telfer, Marianne de Montalembert, Gary W Fuller, Klea Katsouyanni, David C Rees
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an increasing global health burden. This inherited disease is characterised by a remarkable phenotypic heterogeneity, which can only partly be explained by genetic factors. Environmental factors are likely to play an important role but studies of their impact on disease severity are limited and their results are often inconsistent. This study investigated associations between a range of environmental factors and hospital admissions of young patients with SCD in London and in Paris between 2008 and 2012...
December 1, 2016: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908987/draft-genome-sequences-of-three-clinical-isolates-of-tannerella-forsythia-isolated-from-subgingival-plaque-from-periodontitis-patients-in-the-united-states
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Graham P Stafford, Roy R Chaudhuri, Violet Haraszthy, Valentin Friedrich, Christina Schäffer, Angela Ruscitto, Kiyonobu Honma, Ashu Sharma
We report the genome sequences of three clinical isolates of Tannerella forsythia from the subgingival plaque of periodontitis patients attending clinics at the School of Dental Medicine, University at Buffalo. The availability of these genome sequences will aid the understanding of the pathogenesis of periodontitis.
December 1, 2016: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908984/draft-anaplasma-phagocytophilum-genome-sequences-from-five-cows-two-horses-and-one-roe-deer-collected-in-europe
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Thibaud Dugat, Marie-Noëlle Rossignol, Olivier Rué, Valentin Loux, Sylvain Marthey, Marco Moroldo, Cornelia Silaghi, Dirk Höper, Julia Fröhlich, Martin Pfeffer, Erich Zweygarth, Anne-Claire Lagrée, Henri-Jean Boulouis, Nadia Haddad
Anaplasma phagocytophilum is a zoonotic tick-borne intracellular bacterium responsible for granulocytic anaplasmosis. As it is difficult to isolate and cultivate, only 20 A. phagocytophilum genomes have been sequenced to date. Here, we present eight A. phagocytophilum genome sequences obtained using alternative approaches based on sequence capture technology.
December 1, 2016: Genome Announcements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908824/arteriographic-patterns-of-atherosclerosis-and-the-association-between-diabetes-mellitus-and-ethnicity-in-chronic-critical-limb-ischemia
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Jayer Chung, J Gregory Modrall, Martyn Knowles, Qun Xiang, Lawrence A Lavery, Carlos H Timaran, R James Valentine
BACKGROUND: Disparate outcomes in critical limb ischemia (CLI) persist between ethnicities. The contribution of modifiable factors versus intrinsic biologic differences remains unclear. Hence, we aimed to quantify the associations between ethnicity and anatomic patterns of arterial occlusive disease in CLI, adjusting for known atherosclerotic risk factors. METHODS: We performed a retrospective, single-center review of consecutive patients presenting to the vascular surgery service with CLI...
November 28, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908570/sleep-related-disorders-in-latin-american-children-with-atopic-dermatitis-a-case-control-study
#10
M Urrutia-Pereira, D Solé, N A Rosario, H J C Neto, V Acosta, C F Almendarez, M M Avalos, H Badellino, F Berroa, M Álvarez-Castelló, A J Castillo, R L Castro-Almarales, M M De la Cruz, A M Cepeda, C Fernandez, M González-León, J Lozano-Saenz, C Sanchez-Silot, J C Sisul-Alvariza, M Valentin-Rostan, R O S Sarni
BACKGROUND: Atopic dermatitis (AD) has been associated with impairment of sleep. The aim of this study was to evaluate sleep disorders in AD Latin-American children (4-10 years) from nine countries, and in normal controls (C). METHODS: Parents from 454 C and 340 AD children from referral clinics answered the Children Sleep Habits Questionnaire (CSHQ), a one-week retrospective 33 questions survey under seven items (bedtime resistance, sleep duration, sleep anxiety, night awakening, parasomnias, sleep-disordered breathing and daytime sleepiness)...
November 28, 2016: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908353/the-risk-continuum-of-atherosclerosis-and%C3%A2-its-implications-for-defining-chd-by%C3%A2-coronary-angiography
#11
REVIEW
Armin Arbab-Zadeh, Valentin Fuster
Patients undergoing coronary angiography for suspected coronary heart disease who are found to have coronary atherosclerotic disease with <50% diameter stenosis may carry a risk of adverse cardiac events similar to that in patients with single-vessel obstructive disease. Yet clinical practice guidelines offer no direction for managing symptomatic patients with nonobstructive coronary atherosclerosis because current diagnostic criteria for coronary heart disease are not met. Accordingly, secondary preventive measures are not endorsed, and their role is not defined in this setting...
December 6, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904736/the-biology-behind-b-cell-lymphoma-2-as-a-target-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
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REVIEW
Valentín Ortíz-Maldonado, Pablo Mozas, Julio Delgado
B-cell lymphoma 2 (BCL2)-type proteins are key regulators of the intrinsic or mitochondrial pathway for apoptosis. Since escape from apoptosis is one the main 'hallmarks of cancer', BCL2 inhibitors have emerged as promising therapeutic agents for diverse lymphoid malignancies, particularly chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Multiple clinical trials have shown efficacy of these agents in patients with relapsed/refractory disease with a favorable toxicity profile. Moreover, some clinical trials indicate that combination with monoclonal antibodies and other novel agents may enhance their effect...
December 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903841/influence-of-a-moderate-intensity-exercise-program-on-early-nk-cell-immune-recovery-in-pediatric-patients-after-reduced-intensity-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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Carolina Chamorro-Viña, Jaime Valentín, Lucía Fernández, Marta González-Vicent, Margarita Pérez-Ruiz, Alejandro Lucía, S Nicole Culos-Reed, Miguel Ángel Díaz, Antonio Pérez-Martínez
INTRODUCTION: After allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), NK cell reconstitution, which is crucial for positive outcomes, is dominated by the CD56(bright) subset with low NK cell cytotoxicity (NKCC) activity. Moderate exercise has been described as a potent NK cell stimulus in adults with cancer. PURPOSE: To determine the effects of a moderate-intensity exercise program on NK cell recovery early after HSCT and the feasibility of this intervention...
November 30, 2016: Integrative Cancer Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903517/branched-chain-fatty-acid-composition-of-human-milk-and-the-impact-of-maternal-diet-the-global-exploration-of-human-milk-gehm-study
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Kelly A Dingess, Christina J Valentine, Nicholas J Ollberding, Barbara S Davidson, Jessica G Woo, Suzanne Summer, Yongmei M Peng, M Lourdes Guerrero, Guillermo M Ruiz-Palacios, Rinat R Ran-Ressler, Robert J McMahon, J Thomas Brenna, Ardythe L Morrow
BACKGROUND: An understudied component of the diet, branched-chain fatty acids (BCFAs) are distinctive saturated fatty acids that may have an important influence on health. Human-milk fatty acid composition is known to differ worldwide, but comparative data are lacking on BCFAs. OBJECTIVE: We tested the hypotheses that concentrations of BCFAs in human milk differ between populations and are associated with maternal diet. DESIGN: We surveyed the BCFA composition of samples collected as part of a standardized, prospective study of human-milk composition...
November 30, 2016: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903218/structure-activity-relationship-studies-of-new-marine-anticancer-agents-and-their-synthetic-analogues
#15
Sergey N Fedorov, Valentin A Stonik, Friedemann Honecker, Sergey Dyshlovoy
This review addresses in depth recent structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies of new marine compounds and their synthetic analogues with potential or established anticancer activity, published in 2015.
November 21, 2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902390/virulence-determinants-in-clinical-staphylococcus-aureus-from-monomicrobial-and-polymicrobial-infections-of-diabetic-foot-ulcers
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Kavitha Shettigar, Spoorthi Jain, Deepika V Bhat, Raviraj Acharya, Lingadakai Ramachandra, Kapaettu Satyamoorthy, T S Murali
Antibiotic resistance in Staphylococcus aureus is a major public health concern and Methicillin Resistant S. aureus has emerged as an important pathogen. We characterized S. aureus isolates from monomicrobial and polymicrobial wound infections from 200 diabetic individuals with foot ulcers to understand their underlying diversity and pathogenicity. Staphylococcal Cassette Chromosome mec typing was performed and genes coding for production of biofilm, Panton-Valentine Leukocidin, Toxic Shock Syndrome Toxin, Leukotoxins DE and M were screened...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901192/evaluation-of-the-complexity-and-performance-of-marine-planktonic-trophic-models
#17
Suzana G Leles, Jean L Valentin, Gisela M Figueiredo
Planktonic models represent a powerful tool for creating hypotheses and making predictions about the functioning of marine ecosystems. Their complexity varies according to the number of state variables and the choice of functional forms. We evaluated plankton models during the last 15 years (n =145) with the aims of understanding why they differ in complexity, evaluating model robustness, and describing studies of plankton modelling around the globe. We classified models into four groups: Nutrient-Phytoplankton-Zooplankton (NPZ), Nutrient-Phytoplankton-Zooplankton-Detritus (NPZD), Size-Structured (SS) and Plankton-Functional-Type (PFT)...
2016: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901020/structural-decoding-of-netrin-4-reveals-a-regulatory-function-towards-mature-basement-membranes
#18
Raphael Reuten, Trushar R Patel, Matthew McDougall, Nicolas Rama, Denise Nikodemus, Benjamin Gibert, Jean-Guy Delcros, Carina Prein, Markus Meier, Stéphanie Metzger, Zhigang Zhou, Jennifer Kaltenberg, Karen K McKee, Tobias Bald, Thomas Tüting, Paola Zigrino, Valentin Djonov, Wilhelm Bloch, Hauke Clausen-Schaumann, Ernst Poschl, Peter D Yurchenco, Martin Ehrbar, Patrick Mehlen, Jörg Stetefeld, Manuel Koch
Netrins, a family of laminin-related molecules, have been proposed to act as guidance cues either during nervous system development or the establishment of the vascular system. This was clearly demonstrated for netrin-1 via its interaction with the receptors DCC and UNC5s. However, mainly based on shared homologies with netrin-1, netrin-4 was also proposed to play a role in neuronal outgrowth and developmental/pathological angiogenesis via interactions with netrin-1 receptors. Here, we present the high-resolution structure of netrin-4, which shows unique features in comparison with netrin-1, and show that it does not bind directly to any of the known netrin-1 receptors...
November 30, 2016: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899619/the-nextprot-knowledgebase-on-human-proteins-2017-update
#19
Pascale Gaudet, Pierre-André Michel, Monique Zahn-Zabal, Aurore Britan, Isabelle Cusin, Marcin Domagalski, Paula D Duek, Alain Gateau, Anne Gleizes, Valérie Hinard, Valentine Rech de Laval, JinJin Lin, Frederic Nikitin, Mathieu Schaeffer, Daniel Teixeira, Lydie Lane, Amos Bairoch
The neXtProt human protein knowledgebase (https://www.nextprot.org) continues to add new content and tools, with a focus on proteomics and genetic variation data. neXtProt now has proteomics data for over 85% of the human proteins, as well as new tools tailored to the proteomics community.Moreover, the neXtProt release 2016-08-25 includes over 8000 phenotypic observations for over 4000 variations in a number of genes involved in hereditary cancers and channelopathies. These changes are presented in the current neXtProt update...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899074/antibiotic-resistance-and-clonal-diversity-of-invasive-staphylococcus-aureus-in-the-rural-ashanti-region-ghana
#20
Denise Dekker, Manuel Wolters, Eva Mertens, Kennedy Gyau Boahen, Ralf Krumkamp, Daniel Eibach, Norbert G Schwarz, Yaw Adu-Sarkodie, Holger Rohde, Martin Christner, Florian Marks, Nimako Sarpong, Jürgen May
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus aureus is among the most common pathogens isolated from blood cultures in Ghana; yet the epidemiology of blood infections in rural settings is poorly described. This study aims to investigate antimicrobial susceptibility and clonal diversity of S. aureus causing bloodstream infections in two hospitals in the Ashanti Region, Ghana. METHODS: Blood cultures were performed for all febrile patients (≥37.5 °C) on hospital admission. Antibiotic susceptibility testing for S...
November 29, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
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