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1. Male Wistar rats were submitted to paradoxical sleep deprivation for 96 hr by a modified multiple platform technique. 2. Training of step-through inhibitory avoidance was performed immediately after the last day of paradoxical sleep deprivation. Twenty-four hr after training the animals were submitted to the retention test. 3. In Experiment 1,(More)
A novel automatic 3D+time left ventricle (LV) segmentation framework is proposed for cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) datasets. The proposed framework consists of three conceptual blocks to delineate both endo and epicardial contours throughout the cardiac cycle: (1) an automatic 2D mid-ventricular initialization and segmentation; (2) an automatic stack(More)
The purpose of the present study was to understand the energetic, biomechanical and coordinative changes occurring throughout the transition of the lactate threshold. Twelve high-level swimmers (six males and six females) performed a paced intermittent incremental protocol of 7 × 200 m (0.05 m s−1 increments and 30 s intervals). The stroking parameters(More)
The Asian clam, Corbicula fluminea, is among the most pervasive invasive species in freshwater ecosystems worldwide. Our objective was to study C. fluminea’s functional response in terms of feeding behavior and food selectivity, using the natural variation in organic matter (OM) sources that occur in estuarine environments. Using C and N stable isotopes, we(More)
A novel automatic initialization procedure for left ventri-cle (LV) cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) segmentation is proposed through the combination of a LV localization method based on multilevel Otsu thresholding and an elliptical annular template matching algorithm. We then propose to adapt the recent B-spline Explicit Active Surfaces (BEAS) framework(More)
BACKGROUND Cardiovascular magnetic resonance myocardial feature tracking (CMR-FT) is a promising technique for quantification of myocardial strain from steady-state free precession (SSFP) cine images. We sought to determine the variability of CMR-FT using a non-rigid elastic registration algorithm recently available in a commercial software package(More)