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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542705/a-pump-free-microfluidic-3d-perfusion-platform-for-the-efficient-differentiation-of-human-hepatocyte-like-cells
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Louis Jun Ye Ong, Lor Huai Chong, Lin Jin, Pawan Kumar Singh, Poh Seng Lee, Hanry Yu, Abhishek Ananthanarayanan, Hwa Liang Leo, Yi-Chin Toh
The practical application of microfluidic liver models for in vitro drug testing is partly hampered by their reliance on human primary hepatocytes, which are limited in number and have batch-to-batch variation. Human stem cell-derived hepatocytes offer an attractive alternative cell source, although their 3D differentiation and maturation in a microfluidic platform have not yet been demonstrated. We develop a pump-free microfluidic 3D perfusion platform to achieve long-term and efficient differentiation of human liver progenitor cells into hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs)...
May 20, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500297/three-dimensional-quantitative-fracture-analysis-of-tight-gas-sandstones-using-industrial-computed-tomography
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Jin Lai, Guiwen Wang, Zhuoying Fan, Jing Chen, Ziqiang Qin, Chengwen Xiao, Shuchen Wang, Xuqiang Fan
Tight gas sandstone samples are imaged at high resolution industrial X-ray computed tomography (ICT) systems to provide a three-dimensional quantitative characterization of the fracture geometries. Fracture networks are quantitatively analyzed using a combination of 2-D slice analysis and 3-D visualization and counting. The core samples are firstly scanned to produce grayscale slices, and the corresponding fracture area, length, aperture and fracture porosity as well as fracture density were measured. Then the 2-D slices were stacked to create a complete 3-D image using volume-rendering software...
May 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499191/spatiotemporal-signal-classification-via-principal-components-of-reservoir-states
#3
Ashley Prater
Reservoir computing is a recently introduced machine learning paradigm that has been shown to be well-suited for the processing of spatiotemporal data. Rather than training the network node connections and weights via backpropagation in traditional recurrent neural networks, reservoirs instead have fixed connections and weights among the 'hidden layer' nodes, and traditionally only the weights to the output layer of neurons are trained using linear regression. We claim that for signal classification tasks one may forgo the weight training step entirely and instead use a simple supervised clustering method based upon principal components of reservoir states...
April 24, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464226/estimating-groundwater-mounding-in-sloping-aquifers-for-managed-aquifer-recharge
#4
Vitaly A Zlotnik, Anvar Kacimov, Ali Al-Maktoumi
Design of managed aquifer recharge (MAR) for augmentation of groundwater resources often lacks detailed data, and simple diagnostic tools for evaluation of the water table in a broad range of parameters are needed. In many large-scale MAR projects, the effect of a regional aquifer base dip cannot be ignored due to the scale of recharge sources (e.g., wadis, streams, reservoirs). However, Hantush's (1967) solution for a horizontal aquifer base is commonly used. To address sloping aquifers, a new closed-form analytical solution for water table mound accounts for the geometry and orientation of recharge sources at the land surface with respect to the aquifer base dip...
May 2, 2017: Ground Water
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456169/reservoir-observers-model-free-inference-of-unmeasured-variables-in-chaotic-systems
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Zhixin Lu, Jaideep Pathak, Brian Hunt, Michelle Girvan, Roger Brockett, Edward Ott
Deducing the state of a dynamical system as a function of time from a limited number of concurrent system state measurements is an important problem of great practical utility. A scheme that accomplishes this is called an "observer." We consider the case in which a model of the system is unavailable or insufficiently accurate, but "training" time series data of the desired state variables are available for a short period of time, and a limited number of other system variables are continually measured. We propose a solution to this problem using networks of neuron-like units known as "reservoir computers...
April 2017: Chaos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429276/enhancing-thermal-stability-of-a-highly-concentrated-insulin-formulation-with-pluronic-f-127-for-long-term-use-in-microfabricated-implantable-devices
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Jason Li, Michael K Chu, Brian Lu, Sako Mirzaie, Kuan Chen, Claudia R Gordijo, Oliver Plettenburg, Adria Giacca, Xiao Yu Wu
Development of highly concentrated formulations of protein and peptide drugs is a major challenge due to increased susceptibility to aggregation and precipitation. Numerous drug delivery systems including implantable and wearable controlled-release devices require thermally stable formulations with high concentrations due to limited device sizes and long-term use. Herein we report a highly concentrated insulin gel formulation (up to 80 mg/mL, corresponding to 2200 IU/mL), stabilized with a non-ionic amphiphilic triblock copolymer (i...
April 20, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426843/understanding-the-risks-and-harms-of-management-of-incidental-thyroid-nodules-a-review
#7
Jenny K Hoang, Xuan V Nguyen
Importance: Incidental thyroid nodules are defined as nodules originally detected in a patient with no thyroid-related clinical symptoms, examination findings, or suspected thyroid disease. Medical imaging for diseases in the neck, chest, and spine is a common source of incidental thyroid nodules. They are easily detected but poorly characterized. The next step is to decide whether the incidental thyroid nodule should be further evaluated with ultrasonography. Observations: Indiscriminate workup of incidental thyroid nodules with ultrasonography is not cost-effective and is potentially harmful...
April 20, 2017: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424703/immune-responses-to-bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-vaccination-why-do-they-fail-to-protect-against-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Juan I Moliva, Joanne Turner, Jordi B Torrelles
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb), the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB), is the current leading cause of death due to a single infectious organism. Although curable, the broad emergence of multi-, extensive-, extreme-, and total-drug resistant strains of M.tb has hindered eradication efforts of this pathogen. Furthermore, computational models predict a quarter of the world's population is infected with M.tb in a latent state, effectively serving as the largest reservoir for any human pathogen with the ability to cause significant morbidity and mortality...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415170/variational-calculation-of-transport-coefficients-in-diffusive-lattice-gases
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Chikashi Arita, P L Krapivsky, Kirone Mallick
A diffusive lattice gas is characterized by the diffusion coefficient depending only on the density. The Green-Kubo formula for diffusivity can be represented as a variational formula, but even when the equilibrium properties of a lattice gas are analytically known, the diffusion coefficient can be computed only in the exceptional situation when the lattice gas is gradient. In the general case, minimization over an infinite-dimensional space is required. We propose an approximation scheme based on minimizing over finite-dimensional subspaces of functions...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413743/real-time-fluoroscopic-and-c-arm-computed-tomography-evaluation-of-ommaya-reservoir-integrity
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Adrienne M Moraff, Melanie Hayden Gephart, Larry M Shuer, Jeremy J Heit
We describe a case of a 24-year-old patient with relapsed acute myelogenous leukemia involving the central nervous system. After placement of an Ommaya reservoir for intrathecal chemotherapy administration, the patient developed progressive headache, nausea, and drowsiness and was found to have an enlarging subdural collection underlying the Ommaya. To exclude leakage of the Ommaya system into the subdural space, real-time fluoroscopic and C-arm computed tomographic evaluation of the Ommaya reservoir was performed after iodinated contrast injection into the reservoir...
March 15, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405657/a-triple-synergistic-strategy-for-combinational-photo-radiotherapy-and-multi-modality-imaging-based-on-hyaluronic-acid-hybridized-polyaniline-coated-ws2-nanodots
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Jinping Wang, Xiaojuan Pang, Xiaoxiao Tan, Yilin Song, Li Liu, Qing You, Qi Sun, Fengping Tan, Nan Li
In this study, we report a strategy for integrating hyaluronic acid (HA), polyaniline (PANI), WS2 nanodots (WS2), and chlorin e6 (Ce6) into a single nanoplatform (HA-WS2@PANI/Ce6) for fluorescence, photoacoustic, and computed tomography multi-modality imaging-guided trimodal photothermal/radiation/photodynamic combination therapy of tumors. The WS2 nanodot core is used as the radiosensitizer with the PANI shell as the hyperthermal agent and the photosensitizer reservoir. HA and Ce6 were adsorbed on the outer shell for tumor targeting and photodynamic therapy, respectively...
May 4, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400061/nonlinear-model-predictive-control-of-managed-pressure-drilling
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Anirudh Nandan, Syed Imtiaz
A new design of nonlinear model predictive controller (NMPC) is proposed for managed pressure drilling (MPD) system. The NMPC is based on output feedback control architecture and employs offset-free formulation proposed in [1]. NMPC uses active set method for computing control inputs. The controller implements an automatic switching from constant bottom hole pressure (CBHP) regulation to flow control mode in the event of a reservoir kick. In the flow control mode the controller automatically raises the bottom hole pressure setpoint, and thereby keeps the reservoir fluid flow to the surface within a tunable threshold...
April 8, 2017: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388198/direct-cavity-detection-of-majorana-pairs
#13
Matthieu C Dartiailh, Takis Kontos, Benoit Douçot, Audrey Cottet
No experiment could directly test the particle-antiparticle duality of Majorana fermions, so far. However, this property represents a necessary ingredient towards the realization of topological quantum computing schemes. Here, we show how to complete this task by using microwave techniques. The direct coupling between a pair of overlapping Majorana bound states and the electric field from a microwave cavity is extremely difficult to detect due to the self-adjoint character of Majorana fermions which forbids direct energy exchanges with the cavity...
March 24, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379566/lncfunnet-an-integrated-computational-framework-for-identification-of-functional-long-noncoding-rnas-in-mouse-skeletal-muscle-cells
#14
Jiajian Zhou, Suyang Zhang, Huating Wang, Hao Sun
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are key regulators of diverse cellular processes. Recent advances in high-throughput sequencing have allowed for an unprecedented discovery of novel lncRNAs. To identify functional lncRNAs from thousands of candidates for further functional validation is still a challenging task. Here, we present a novel computational framework, lncFunNet (lncRNA Functional inference through integrated Network) that integrates ChIP-seq, CLIP-seq and RNA-seq data to predict, prioritize and annotate lncRNA functions...
April 4, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341032/normal-ranges-of-left-atrial-strain-by-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#15
Faraz Pathan, Nicholas D'Elia, Mark T Nolan, Thomas H Marwick, Kazuaki Negishi
BACKGROUND: Recent advances in the assessment of myocardial function have facilitated the direct measurement of atrial function using speckle-tracking echocardiography. Currently, normal reference ranges for atrial function using speckle-tracking echocardiography are based on a few initial studies, with variations among modestly sized (n = 100-350) studies. METHODS: The authors searched the PubMed, Embase, and Scopus databases for the key terms "left atrial/atrial/atrium" and "strain/function/deformation/stiffness" and "speckle tracking/Velocity Vector Imaging/edge tracking...
January 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323163/cerebrospinal-and-interstitial-fluid-transport-via-the-glymphatic-pathway-modeled-by-optimal-mass-transport
#16
Vadim Ratner, Yi Gao, Hedok Lee, Rena Elkin, Maiken Nedergaard, Helene Benveniste, Allen Tannenbaum
The glymphatic pathway is a system which facilitates continuous cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and interstitial fluid (ISF) exchange and plays a key role in removing waste products from the rodent brain. Dysfunction of the glymphatic pathway may be implicated in the pathophysiology of Alzheimer's disease. Intriguingly, the glymphatic system is most active during deep wave sleep general anesthesia. By using paramagnetic tracers administered into CSF of rodents, we previously showed the utility of MRI in characterizing a macroscopic whole brain view of glymphatic transport but we have yet to define and visualize the specific flow patterns...
May 15, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304038/size-and-shape-effects-on-the-thermodynamic-properties-of-nanoscale-volumes-of-water
#17
Bjørn A Strøm, Jean-Marc Simon, Sondre K Schnell, Signe Kjelstrup, Jianying He, Dick Bedeaux
Small systems are known to deviate from the classical thermodynamic description, among other things due to their large surface area to volume ratio compared to corresponding big systems. As a consequence, extensive thermodynamic properties are no longer proportional to the volume, but are instead higher order functions of size and shape. We investigate such functions for second moments of probability distributions of fluctuating properties in the grand-canonical ensemble, focusing specifically on the volume and surface terms of Hadwiger's theorem, explained in Klain, Mathematika, 1995, 42, 329-339...
March 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292699/improved-method-for-effective-rock-microporosity-estimation-using-x-ray-microtomography
#18
H E Cid, G Carrasco-Núñez, V C Manea
Petrophysical analysis using X-ray microtomography provides key textural and compositional information, useful to investigate porous media characteristics of hydrocarbon and geothermal reservoirs. Several approaches, used for rock porosity estimation from tomography data, rely mainly on visual or mathematical segmentation algorithms that attempt to obtain thresholding values to segment a phase solved by pixel analysis resolution. Therefore, porosity is evaluated using only pores above pixel resolution (macroporosity), and dismiss pores sized less than the pixel resolution (microporosity) that can be essential to characterize permeability conditions of geothermal reservoirs...
January 22, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290452/a-general-derivation-and-quantification-of-the-third-law-of-thermodynamics
#19
Lluís Masanes, Jonathan Oppenheim
The most accepted version of the third law of thermodynamics, the unattainability principle, states that any process cannot reach absolute zero temperature in a finite number of steps and within a finite time. Here, we provide a derivation of the principle that applies to arbitrary cooling processes, even those exploiting the laws of quantum mechanics or involving an infinite-dimensional reservoir. We quantify the resources needed to cool a system to any temperature, and translate these resources into the minimal time or number of steps, by considering the notion of a thermal machine that obeys similar restrictions to universal computers...
March 14, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208223/conceptualization-of-karstic-aquifer-with-multiple-outlets-using-a-dual-porosity-model
#20
Seiyed Mossa Hosseini, Behzad Ataie-Ashtiani
In this study, two conceptual models, the classic reservoir (CR) model and exchange reservoirs model embedded by dual porosity approach (DPR) are developed for simulation of karst aquifer functioning drained by multiple outlets. The performances of two developed models are demonstrated at a less developed karstic aquifer with three spring outlets located in Zagros Mountain in the south-west of Iran using 22-years of daily data. During the surface recharge, a production function based on water mass balance is implemented for computing the time series of surface recharge to the karst formations...
February 16, 2017: Ground Water
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