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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141363/-characteristics-of-high-resolution-diffusion-weighted-imaging-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-histogram-and-its-correlations-with-cancer-stages-in-patients-with-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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G J Wang, Y Wang, Y Ye, F Chen, Y T Lu, S L Li
Objective: To investigate the features of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) histogram parameters based on entire tumor volume data in high resolution diffusion weighted imaging of nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) and to evaluate its correlations with cancer stages. Methods: This retrospective study included 154 cases of NPC patients[102 males and 52 females, mean age (48±11) years]who had received readout segmentation of long variable echo trains of MRI scan before radiation therapy. The area of tumor was delineated on each section of axial ADC maps to generate ADC histogram by using Image J...
November 7, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141338/-spatial-and-temporal-clustering-characteristics-of-typhoid-and-paratyphoid-fever-and-its-change-pattern-in-3-provinces-in-southwestern-china-2001-2012
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L X Wang, B Yang, M Y Yan, Y Q Tang, Z C Liu, R Q Wang, S Li, L Ma, B Kan
Objective: To analyze the spatial and temporal clustering characteristics of typhoid and paratyphoid fever and its change pattern in Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangxi provinces in southwestern China in recent years. Methods: The incidence data of typhoid and paratyphoid fever cases at county level in 3 provinces during 2001-2012 were collected from China Information System for Diseases Control and Prevention and analyzed by the methods of descriptive epidemiology and geographic informatics. And the map showing the spatial and temporal clustering characters of typhoid and paratyphoid fever cases in three provinces was drawn...
November 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141247/connections-of-anterior-thalamic-visual-centers-in-the-leopard-frog-rana-pipiens
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Eric W Recktenwald, Elizabeth A Dudkin, Laura K Skorina, William M Saidel, Edward R Gruberg
The amphibian retina projects to two discrete regions of neuropil in the anterior thalamus: the neuropil of Bellonci and the corpus geniculatum. These retinorecipient areas are encompassed within a larger zone of surrounding neuropil we call the NCZ (for neuropil of Bellonci/corpus geniculatum zone). The NCZ is characterized electrophysiologically by a distinctive tonic oscillatory response to blue light; it appears to be a visual module involved in processing the stationary visual environment. Using horseradish peroxidase (HRP), we mapped the connections of the NCZ...
November 16, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141181/axon-pathfinding-for-locomotion
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REVIEW
Dario Bonanomi
Motor neurons of the spinal cord are responsible for the assembly of neuromuscular connections indispensable for basic locomotion and skilled movements. A precise spatial relationship exists between the position of motor neuron cell bodies in the spinal cord and the course of their axonal projections to peripheral muscle targets. Motor neuron innervation of the vertebrate limb is a prime example of this topographic organization and by virtue of its accessibility and predictability has provided access to fundamental principles of motor system development and neuronal guidance...
November 12, 2017: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141045/csf-in-the-ventricles-of-the-brain-behaves-as-a-relay-medium-for-arteriovenous-pulse-wave-phase-coupling
#5
William E Butler, Pankaj K Agarwalla, Patrick Codd
The ventricles of the brain remain perhaps the largest anatomic structure in the human body without established primary purpose, even though their existence has been known at least since described by Aristotle. We hypothesize that the ventricles help match a stroke volume of arterial blood that arrives into the rigid cranium with an equivalent volume of ejected venous blood by spatially configuring cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to act as a low viscosity relay medium for arteriovenous pulse wave (PW) phase coupling...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141028/developing-methods-for-assessing-abundance-and-distribution-of-european-oysters-ostrea-edulis-using-towed-video
#6
Linnea Thorngren, Thomas Dunér Holthuis, Susanne Lindegarth, Mats Lindegarth
Due to large-scale habitat losses and increasing pressures, benthic habitats in general, and perhaps oyster beds in particular, are commonly in decline and severely threatened on regional and global scales. Appropriate and cost-efficient methods for mapping and monitoring of the distribution, abundance and quality of remaining oyster populations are fundamental for sustainable management and conservation of these habitats and their associated values. Towed video has emerged as a promising method for surveying benthic communities in a both non-destructive and cost-efficient way...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141025/suppression-of-inflammatory-and-infection-responses-in-lung-macrophages-by-eucalyptus-oil-and-its-constituent-1-8-cineole-role-of-pattern-recognition-receptors-trem-1-and-nlrp3-the-map-kinase-regulator-mkp-1-and-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb
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Niket Yadav, Harish Chandra
Eucalyptus oil (EO) used in traditional medicine continues to prove useful for aroma therapy in respiratory ailments; however, there is a paucity of information on its mechanism of action and active components. In this direction, we investigated EO and its dominant constituent 1,8-cineole (eucalyptol) using the murine lung alveolar macrophage (AM) cell line MH-S. In an LPS-induced AM inflammation model, pre-treatment with EO significantly reduced (P ≤0.01or 0.05) the pro-inflammatory mediators TNF-α, IL-1 (α and β), and NO, albeit at a variable rate and extent; 1,8-cineole diminished IL-1 and IL-6...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141011/nucleotide-patterns-aiding-in-prediction-of-eukaryotic-promoters
#8
Martin Triska, Victor Solovyev, Ancha Baranova, Alexander Kel, Tatiana V Tatarinova
Computational analysis of promoters is hindered by the complexity of their architecture. In less studied genomes with complex organization, false positive promoter predictions are common. Accurate identification of transcription start sites and core promoter regions remains an unsolved problem. In this paper, we present a comprehensive analysis of genomic features associated with promoters and show that probabilistic integrative algorithms-driven models allow accurate classification of DNA sequence into "promoters" and "non-promoters" even in absence of the full-length cDNA sequences...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140928/ngf-locally-sensitizes-nociceptors-in-human-skin
#9
Otilia Obreja, Roman Rukwied, Lorenz Nagler, Martha Schmidt, Martin Schmelz, Barbara Namer
Nerve growth factor (NGF) injected into human skin causes local hyperalgesia to mechanical and electrical stimuli lasting for weeks. Pig data suggested axonal sensitization of C-nociceptors as contributing mechanism. Here, we recorded single C- nociceptors in eleven human subjects 3 weeks after intracutaneous injection of 1 µg NGF into the foot dorsum. For each identified unit, the receptive field was mapped and, whenever possible, we recorded two terminal branches of the same unit, one from the hyperalgesic NGF-site ("inside") and the other from the non-sensitized skin ("outside")...
November 13, 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140792/a-bayesian-hierarchical-model-for-identifying-significant-polygenic-effects-while-controlling-for-confounding-and-repeated-measures
#10
Christopher McMahan, James Baurley, William Bridges, Chase Joyner, Muhamad Fitra Kacamarga, Robert Lund, Carissa Pardamean, Bens Pardamean
Genomic studies of plants often seek to identify genetic factors associated with desirable traits. The process of evaluating genetic markers one by one (i.e. a marginal analysis) may not identify important polygenic and environmental effects. Further, confounding due to growing conditions/factors and genetic similarities among plant varieties may influence conclusions. When developing new plant varieties to optimize yield or thrive in future adverse conditions (e.g. flood, drought), scientists seek a complete understanding of how the factors influence desirable traits...
November 15, 2017: Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140783/blending-face-details-synthesizing-a-face-using-multiscale-face-models
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Seung-Hyun Yoon, John Lewis, Taehyun Rhee
Creating realistic 3D face models is a challenging problem in computer graphics because humans are so sensitive to facial abnormalities. The authors propose a method to synthesize a 3D face model using weighted blending of multiscale details from different face models. Using multiscale continuous displacement maps (CDMs), they achieve full correspondences across multiple scales in the parameter space. Their results demonstrate detail transfer across faces with highly different proportions, such as between humans and nonhuman creatures...
November 2017: IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140754/comparing-diversity-of-fungi-from-living-leaves-using-culturing-and-high-throughput-environmental-sequencing
#12
Peter R Johnston, Duckchul Park, Rob D Smissen
High-throughput sequencing technologies using amplicon approaches have changed the way that studies investigating fungal distribution are undertaken. These powerful and time-efficient technologies have the potential for the first time to accurately map fungal distributions across landscapes or changes in diversity across ecological or biological gradients of interest. There is no requirement for a fungus to form a fruiting body to be detected, and both culturable and nonculturable organisms can be detected...
October 6, 2017: Mycologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140711/probing-the-surface-charge-on-the-basal-planes-of-kaolinite-particles-with-high-resolution-atomic-force-microscopy
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Naveen Kumar, Martin Peter Andersson, Dirk van den Ende, Frieder Mugele, Igor Siretanu
High resolution Atomic Force Microscopy is used to map the surface charge on the basal planes of kaolinite nanoparticles in an ambient solution of variable pH and NaCl or CaCl2 concentration. Using DLVO theory with charge regulation we determine from the measured force-distance curves the surface charge distribution on both the silica-like and the gibbsite-like basal plane of the kaolinite particles. We observe that both basal planes do carry charge that varies with pH and salt concentration. The silica facet was found to be negatively charged at pH 4 and above, whereas the gibbsite facet is positively charged at pH below 7, and negatively charged at pH above 7...
November 15, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140616/comparisons-of-agricultural-seating-for-paraplegia
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Carla Sue Wilhite, William E Field, Mark Jaramillo, Kevin Sullivan
People with spinal cord injury/paraplegia are operating agricultural machinery despite the lack of research evidence to support seating interventions. These operators represent a vulnerable population in the agricultural workforce, and information to support their health in the workplace is urgently warranted. This research compared a group of subjects with paraplegia on different intervention cushion conditions during a simulated tractor driving task. Numerical data acquired from a pressure-mapping instrument were explored for statistical relationships within a small cohort of people with paraplegia participating in a feasibility study that was previously reported for clinical results...
January 26, 2017: Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140533/come-together-human-avatar-on-line-interactions-boost-joint-action-performance-in-apraxic-patients
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Matteo Candidi, Lucia M Sacheli, Vanessa Era, Loredana Canzano, Gaetano Tieri, Salvatore M Aglioti
Limb apraxia (LA) is a high-order motor disorder linked to left-hemisphere damage. It is characterized by defective execution of purposeful actions upon delayed imitation, or verbal command when the actions are performed in isolated, non-naturalistic, conditions. Whether interpersonal interactions provide social affordances that activate neural resources different from those requested by individual action execution, which may improve LA performance, is unknown. To fill this gap, we measured interaction performance, behavioral and kinematic indexes of left-brain damaged patients with/without LA in a social reach-to-grasp task involving two different degrees of spatio-temporal interactivity with an avatar...
November 1, 2017: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140456/minimotif-miner-4-a-million-peptide-minimotifs-and-counting
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Kenneth F Lyon, Xingyu Cai, Richard J Young, Abdullah-Al Mamun, Sanguthevar Rajasekaran, Martin R Schiller
Minimotif Miner (MnM) is a database and web system for analyzing short functional peptide motifs, termed minimotifs. We present an update to MnM growing the database from ∼300 000 to >1 000 000 minimotif consensus sequences and instances. This growth comes largely from updating data from existing databases and annotation of articles with high-throughput approaches analyzing different types of post-translational modifications. Another update is mapping human proteins and their minimotifs to know human variants from the dbSNP, build 150...
November 11, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140411/effect-of-angiotensin-ii-and-acth-on-adrenal-blood-flow-in-the-male-rat-adrenal-gland-in-vivo
#17
Abdul J Shah, Tamas Kriska, Kathryn M Gauthier, John R Falck, William B Campbell
Angiotensin II (Ang II) and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) regulate adrenal vascular tone in vitro through endothelial and/or zona glomeulosa cell-derived mediators. The role of these mediators in regulating adrenal blood flow (ABF) and mean arterial pressure (MAP) was examined in anesthetized rats. Ang II (0.01-100 ng/kg) increased ABF (maximal increase of 97.2 ± 6.9 perfusion units (PU) at 100 ng/kg) and MAP (basal, 115 ± 7 mm Hg; Ang II, 163 ± 5 mm Hg). ACTH (0.1-1000 ng/kg) also increased ABF (maximum increase of 91...
November 13, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140407/targeted-treatment-of-yaws-with-household-contact-tracing-how-much-do-we-miss
#18
Louise Dyson, Michael Marks, Oliver M Crook, Oliver Sokana, Anthony W Solomon, Alex Bishop, David C W Mabey, T Déirdre Hollingsworth
Yaws is a disabling bacterial infection primarily found in warm and humid tropical areas. The World Health Organisation strategy mandates an initial round of total community treatment (TCT) with single-dose azithromycin followed either by further TCT or active case finding and treatment of cases and their contacts (the Morges strategy). We wish to investigate the effectiveness of the Morges strategy. We employ a stochastic household model to study the transmission of infection using data collected from a pre-TCT survey conducted in the Solomon Islands...
November 13, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139337/do-people-with-severe-traumatic-brain-injury-benefit-from-making-errors-a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-error-based-and-errorless-learning
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Tamara Ownsworth, Jennifer Fleming, Robyn Tate, Elizabeth Beadle, Janelle Griffin, Melissa Kendall, Julia Schmidt, Amanda Lane-Brown, Mathilde Chevignard, David H K Shum
BACKGROUND: Errorless learning (ELL) and error-based learning (EBL) are commonly used approaches to rehabilitation for people with traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, it is unknown whether making errors is beneficial in the learning process to promote skills generalization after severe TBI. OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy of ELL and EBL for improving skills generalization, self-awareness, behavioral competency, and psychosocial functioning after severe TBI...
November 1, 2017: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139263/-next-generation-sequencing-and-transcriptome-analysis-of-root-bark-from-paeonia-suffruticosa-cv-feng-dan
#20
Dong-Mei Xie, Nian-Jun Yu, Lu-Qi Huang, Dai-Yin Peng, Cong-Bin Liu, Yue-Jian Zhu, Hao Huang
Moutan Cortex is an important traditional Chinese medicine, "Fengdan Pi" was known as Dao-di herbs from the root bark of Paeonia suffruticosa cv. Feng Dan for its extracted various active components. However, the genetic basis for their activity is virtually unknown. The transcriptome of the root bark from "Fengdan" was sequenced using the Illumina HiSeq 4000 sequencing platform. The clean reads were then de novo assembled into 72 997 unigenes. Among them, the number of unigenes which could been annotated by dataset Nr and GO was 41 139 and 34 592...
August 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
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