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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151135/classification-of-g-protein-coupled-receptors-based-on-a-rich-generation-of-convolutional-neural-network-n-gram-transformation-and-multiple-sequence-alignments
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Man Li, Cheng Ling, Qi Xu, Jingyang Gao
Sequence classification is crucial in predicting the function of newly discovered sequences. In recent years, the prediction of the incremental large-scale and diversity of sequences has heavily relied on the involvement of machine-learning algorithms. To improve prediction accuracy, these algorithms must confront the key challenge of extracting valuable features. In this work, we propose a feature-enhanced protein classification approach, considering the rich generation of multiple sequence alignment algorithms, N-gram probabilistic language model and the deep learning technique...
November 18, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151112/phase-difference-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-mr-imaging-padre-technique-for-the-detection-of-age-related-microstructural-changes-in-optic-radiation-comparison-with-diffusion-tensor-imaging-dti
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Yasuko Tatewaki, Tatsushi Mutoh, Benjamin Thyreau, Kazuko Omodaka, Takaki Murata, Atsushi Sekiguchi, Toru Nakazawa, Yasuyuki Taki
BACKGROUND The optic radiation (OR) is a white-matter bundle connecting the lateral geniculate body and the visual cortex. Phase difference-enhanced imaging (PADRE) is a new MRI technique that is able to achieve precise delineation of the OR. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of age on the volume and signal intensity of the OR using PADRE, and to establish a volumetric reference of the OR from a healthy population, compared with diffusion tensor imaging (DTI). MATERIAL AND METHODS Thirty-nine healthy volunteers underwent MR imaging with PADRE and DTI sequences on a 3...
November 19, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150995/efficacy-and-safety-of-extracranial-vein-angioplasty-in-multiple-sclerosis-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Paolo Zamboni, Luigi Tesio, Stefania Galimberti, Luca Massacesi, Fabrizio Salvi, Roberto D'Alessandro, Patrizia Cenni, Roberto Galeotti, Donato Papini, Roberto D'Amico, Silvana Simi, Maria Grazia Valsecchi, Graziella Filippini
Importance: Chronic cerebrospinal venous insufficiency (CCSVI) is characterized by restricted venous outflow from the brain and spinal cord. Whether this condition is associated with multiple sclerosis (MS) and whether venous percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) is beneficial in persons with MS and CCSVI is controversial. Objective: To determine the efficacy and safety of venous PTA in patients with MS and CCSVI. Design, Setting, and Participants: We analyzed 177 patients with relapsing-remitting MS; 62 were ineligible, including 47 (26...
November 18, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150799/a-hybrid-approach-based-on-logistic-classification-and-iterative-contrast-enhancement-algorithm-for-hyperintense-multiple-sclerosis-lesion-segmentation
#4
Antonio Carlos da Silva Senra Filho
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurodegenerative disease with increasing importance in recent years, in which the T2 weighted with fluid attenuation inversion recovery (FLAIR) MRI imaging technique has been addressed for the hyperintense MS lesion assessment. Many automatic lesion segmentation approaches have been proposed in the literature in order to assist health professionals. In this study, a new hybrid lesion segmentation approach based on logistic classification (LC) and the iterative contrast enhancement (ICE) method is proposed (LC+ICE)...
November 18, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150706/application-of-directed-evolution-to-develop-ethanol-tolerant-oenococcus-oeni-for-more-efficient-malolactic-fermentation
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Alice L Betteridge, Krista M Sumby, Joanna F Sundstrom, Paul R Grbin, Vladimir Jiranek
Malolactic fermentation (MLF) is an important step in winemaking, which can be notoriously unreliable due to the fastidious nature of Oenococcus oeni. This study aimed to use directed evolution (DE) to produce a more robust strain of O. oeni having the ability to withstand high ethanol concentrations. DE involves an organism mutating and potentially adapting to a high stress environment over the course of extended cultivation. A continuous culture of O. oeni was established and exposed to progressively increasing ethanol content such that after approximately 330 generations, an isolate from this culture was able to complete MLF in high ethanol content medium earlier than its parent...
November 17, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150517/multi-omics-reveal-the-lifestyle-of-the-acidophilic-mineral-oxidizing-model-species-leptospirillum-ferriphilum-t
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Stephan Christel, Malte Herold, Sören Bellenberg, Mohamed El Hajjami, Antoine Buetti-Dinh, Igor V Pivkin, Wolfgang Sand, Paul Wilmes, Ansgar Poetsch, Mark Dopson
Leptospirillum ferriphilum plays a major role in acidic, metal rich environments where it represents one of the most prevalent iron oxidizers. These milieus include acid rock and mine drainage as well as biomining operations. Despite its perceived importance, no complete genome sequence of this model species' type strain is available, limiting the possibilities to investigate the strategies and adaptations Leptospirillum ferriphilum(T) applies to survive and compete in its niche. This study presents a complete, circular genome of Leptospirillum ferriphilum(T) DSM 14647 obtained by PacBio SMRT long read sequencing for use as a high quality reference...
November 17, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150173/genetic-studies-to-re-affiliate-edwardsiella-tarda-fish-isolates-to-edwardsiella-piscicida-and-edwardsiella-anguillarum-species
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Noemí Buján, Haitham Mohammed, Sabela Balboa, Jesús L Romalde, Alicia E Toranzo, Cova R Arias, Beatriz Magariños
Until 2012, the genus Edwardsiella was composed by three species Edwardsiella tarda, Edwardsiella hoshinae and Edwardsiella ictaluri. In 2013, Edwardsiella piscicida, compiling fish pathogenic strains previously identified as E. tarda was described, and more recently a new species isolated from diseased eel was reported, namely Edwardsiella anguillarum. The incorporation of these species into the genus makes necessary a revision of the taxonomic position of the isolates previously identified as E. tarda. Using AFLP technique, MLSA studies and in silico DNA-DNA hybridization, 46 of 49 E...
November 3, 2017: Systematic and Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150138/new-hybrid-adsorbent-based-on-porphyrin-functionalized-silica-for-heavy-metals-removal-synthesis-characterization-isotherms-kinetics-and-thermodynamics-studies
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Smaail Radi, Chahrazad El Abiad, Nuno M M Moura, Maria A F Faustino, M Graça P M S Neves
The pollution of water resources due to the disposal of toxic heavy metals has been a growing global concern for the last decades. For this purpose, the search for effective and economic material based adsorbents is required, due to the efficiency of the process. In this work, a novel inorganic-organic hybrid material based on silica chemically modified with a porphyrin (SiNTPP), with a high metal removal efficiency, was developed. The new material was characterized using a set of suitable techniques such as (13)C NMR of the solid state, elemental analysis, FTIR, nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherm, BET surface area, BJH pore sizes and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149938/novel-interventions-what-s-new-and-the-future
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REVIEW
Jean-Louis Vincent, David Grimaldi
Despite decades of sepsis research, no specific therapies for sepsis have emerged and current management still relies on source control, antibiotics, and organ support. With improved understanding of sepsis pathophysiology and the development of new techniques to enable better characterization of patients with sepsis, clinical trials are beginning to better target new interventions at those patients most likely to respond. This article discusses advances in sepsis therapeutics designed to improve endothelial cell function, purify the blood to help restore immune homeostasis, and provide immunostimulation for patients with immune exhaustion...
January 2018: Critical Care Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149824/gene-therapy-and-retinal-diseases
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Claudio Campa, Carla Enrica Gallenga, Elena Bolletta, Paolo Perri
Background Gene therapy represents the therapeutic delivery of nucleic acid polymers into a patient's cells with the aim of treating an underlying disease. Over the past 2 decades this new therapy has made substantial progress owing to better understanding of the pathobiologic basis of various diseases coupled with growth of gene transfer biotechnologies. The eye, in particular, represents a suitable target for such therapy due to the immune privilege provided by the blood-ocular barrier, the ability to directly visualize, access and locally treat the cells and the minimal amount of vector needed given the size of this organ...
November 16, 2017: Current Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149813/structural-analysis-of-cd59-of-chinese-tree-shrew-a-new-reference-molecule-for-human-immune-system-specific-cd59-drug-discovery
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Subhamay Panda, Leena Kumari, Santamay Panda
BACKGROUND: Chinese tree shrews (Tupaia belangeri chinensis) bear several characteristics that are considered to be very crucial for utilizing in animal experimental models in biomedical research. Subsequent to the identification of key aspects and signaling pathways in nervous and immune systems, it is revealed that tree shrews acquires shared common as well as unique characteristics, and hence offers a genetic basis for employing this animal as a prospective model for biomedical research...
November 17, 2017: Current Drug Discovery Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149812/architectures-and-mechanical-properties-of-drugs-and-complexes-of-surface-active-compounds-at-air-water-and-oil-water-interfaces
#12
Dipak K Sarker
BACKGROUND: Drugs can represents a multitude of compounds from proteins and peptides, such as growth hormones and insulin and on to simple organic molecules such as flurbiprofen, ibuprofen and lidocaine. Given the chemical nature of these compounds two features are always present. A portion or portions of the molecule that has little affinity for apolar surfaces and media and the opposite a series of part or one large part that has considerable affinity for hydrophilic, polar or charged media and surfaces...
November 17, 2017: Current Drug Discovery Technologies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149363/indications-for-extracorporeal-support-why-do-we-need-the-results-of-the-eolia-trial
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REVIEW
A Combes, N Bréchot, C-E Luyt, M Schmidt
Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a severe lung disease, with an associated mortality rate exceeding 60% for the most severe forms of the disease. In these situations, establishing an extracorporeal circuit, combining a centrifugal pump and a membrane oxygenator (extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation, ECMO), can ensure total pulmonary assistance and allow the lungs to rest under ultraprotective mechanical ventilation. Unfortunately, former trials of ECMO in ARDS were negative or highly criticized due to many technical and methodological shortcomings...
November 17, 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149217/per-service-supervised-learning-for-identifying-desired-wot-apps-from-user-requests-in-natural-language
#14
Young Yoon
Web of Things (WoT) platforms are growing fast so as the needs for composing WoT apps more easily and efficiently. We have recently commenced the campaign to develop an interface where users can issue requests for WoT apps entirely in natural language. This requires an effort to build a system that can learn to identify relevant WoT functions that fulfill user's requests. In our preceding work, we trained a supervised learning system with thousands of publicly-available IFTTT app recipes based on conditional random fields (CRF)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149148/current-impact-and-application-of-abuse-deterrent-opioid-formulations-in-clinical-practice
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Ya-Han Lee, Daniel L Brown, Hsiang-Yin Chen
BACKGROUND: Abuse-deterrent formulations (ADFs) represent one novel strategy for curbing the potential of opioid abuse. OBJECTIVE: We aim to compare and contrast the characteristics and applications of current abuse-deterrent opioid products in clinical practice. METHODS: Literature searches were conducted in databases (Pubmed Medline, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts, Google Scholar) and official reports. Relevant data were screened and organized into: 1) epidemiology of opioid abuse, 2) mitigation strategies for reducing opioid abuse, 3) development of ADFs, and 4) clinical experience with these formulations...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149016/oleanane-type-saponins-from-the-roots-of-ligulariopsis-shichuana-and-their-%C3%AE-glucosidase-inhibitory-activities
#16
Hai-Bo Wu, Ting-Ting Liu, Wen-Shu Wang, Jin-Chao Feng, Hong-Mei Tian
Five new oleanane-type saponins, named ligushicosides A-E, and three known oleanane-type saponins were isolated from the roots of Ligulariopsis shichuana. Their structures were established by a combination of spectroscopic techniques, including 1D and 2D NMR and high resolution electrospray ionization mass spectroscopy (HR-ESI-MS). Furthermore, all isolates were evaluated for their yeast α-glucosidase inhibitory effects and exhibited potent inhibition against α-glucosidase, while compounds 1 and 2 showed excellent inhibitory activities...
November 17, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148903/an-onyx-tunnel-reconstructive-transvenous-balloon-assisted-onyx-embolization-for-dural-arteriovenous-fistula-of-the-transverse-sigmoid-sinus
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Mena G Kerolus, Joonho Chung, Stephen A Munich, Yoshikazu Matsuda, Hideo Okada, Demetrius K Lopes
Transvenous embolization is an effective method for treating dural arteriovenous fistulas (DAVFs) of the transverse-sigmoid sinus (TSS). However, in cases of complicated DAVFs, it is difficult to preserve the patency of the dural sinus. The authors describe the technical details of a new reconstructive technique using transvenous balloon-assisted Onyx embolization as another treatment option in a patient with an extensive and complex DAVF of the left TSS. A microcatheter and compliant balloon catheter were navigated into the left internal jugular vein and placed at the distal end of the DAVF in the transverse sinus...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148902/microsurgical-anatomy-and-approaches-around-the-lateral-recess-with-special-reference-to-entry-into-the-pons
#18
Osamu Akiyama, Ken Matsushima, Maximiliano Nunez, Satoshi Matsuo, Akihide Kondo, Hajime Arai, Albert L Rhoton, Toshio Matsushima
OBJECTIVE The lateral recess is a unique structure communicating between the ventricle and cistern, which is exposed when treating lesions involving the fourth ventricle and the brainstem with surgical approaches such as the transcerebellomedullary fissure approach. In this study, the authors examined the microsurgical anatomy around the lateral recess, including the fiber tracts, and analyzed their findings with respect to surgical exposure of the lateral recess and entry into the lower pons. METHODS Ten cadaveric heads were examined with microsurgical techniques, and 2 heads were examined with fiber dissection to clarify the anatomy between the lateral recess and adjacent structures...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148796/layer-by-layer-self-assembly-of-polyelectrolytic-block-copolymer-worms-on-a-planar-substrate
#19
Nicholas Penfold, Andrew J Parnell, Marta Molina, Pierre Verstraete, Johan Smets, Steven P Armes
Cationic and anionic block copolymer worms are prepared by polymerization-induced self-assembly (PISA) via reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) aqueous dispersion copolymerization of 2-hydroxypropyl methacrylate (HPMA) and glycidyl methacrylate (GlyMA), using a binary mixture of a non-ionic poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) macromolecular RAFT agent and either a cationic poly([2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl] trimethylammonium chloride) (PQDMA) or an anionic poly(potassium 3-sulfopropyl methacrylate) (PKSPMA) macromolecular RAFT agent...
November 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148790/solid-state-dewetting-of-gold-aggregates-islands-on-tio2-nanorod-structures-grown-by-oblique-angle-deposition
#20
Shizhao Liu, Joel Plawsky
A composite film made of a stable, gold nanoparticle (NP) array with well-controlled separation and size atop a TiO2 nanorod film was fabricated via the oblique angle deposition technique (OAD). The fabrication of the nanoparticle array is based on controlled, Rayleigh-instability-induced, solid-state dewetting of as-deposited gold aggregates on the TiO2 nanorods. It was found that the initial spacing between as-deposited gold aggregates along the vapor flux direction should be greater than the TiO2 inter-rod spacing created by 80° OAD in order to control the dewetting and produce NP arrays...
November 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
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