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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775505/visualization-and-quantitative-detection-of-friction-force-by-self-organized-organic-layered-composites
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Hideto Terada, Hiroaki Imai, Yuya Oaki
Visualization and quantitative detection of external stimuli are significant challenges in materials science. Quantitative detection of friction force, a mechanical stress, is not easily achieved using conventional stimuli-responsive materials. Here, the quantitative detection of friction force is reported, such as the strength and accumulated ammount, from the visible color of organic layered composites consisting of polydiacetylene (PDA) and organic amines without an excitation light source. The composites of the layered diacetylene monomer crystal and interlayer organic amine are synthesized through self-organization from the precursor solution...
May 18, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775490/monolithic-flexible-vertical-gan-light-emitting-diodes-for-a-transparent-wireless-brain-optical-stimulator
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Han Eol Lee, JeHyuk Choi, Seung Hyun Lee, Minju Jeong, Jung Ho Shin, Daniel J Joe, DoHyun Kim, Chang Wan Kim, Jung Hwan Park, Jae Hee Lee, Daesoo Kim, Chan-Soo Shin, Keon Jae Lee
Flexible inorganic-based micro light-emitting diodes (µLEDs) are emerging as a significant technology for flexible displays, which is an important area for bilateral visual communication in the upcoming Internet of Things era. Conventional flexible lateral µLEDs have been investigated by several researchers, but still have significant issues of power consumption, thermal stability, lifetime, and light-extraction efficiency on plastics. Here, high-performance flexible vertical GaN light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are demonstrated by silver nanowire networks and monolithic fabrication...
May 18, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775216/neuroimmflammation-and-microglia-in-glaucoma-time-for-a-paradigm-shift
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REVIEW
Xin Wei, Kin-Sang Cho, Eric F Thee, Martine J Jager, Dong Feng Chen
Glaucoma is a complex neurodegenerative disease with many clinical subtypes. Some of its rare forms include pigmentary glaucoma, uveitic glaucoma and congenital glaucoma. While they all share common features of progressive retinal ganglion cell (RGC) loss, optic nerve damage and corresponding visual field loss, the exact mechanisms underlying glaucomatous neuron loss are not clear. This has largely hindered the development of a real cure for this disease. Elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) is a known major risk factor of glaucoma; however, progressive degeneration of RGCs and axons can also be found in patients with a normal IOP, i...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775031/-neurofeedback-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-tinnitus
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REVIEW
Z Q Zhao, G X Lei, Y L Li, D Zhang, W D Shen, S M Yang, Y H Qiao
Neurofeedback therapy is a fast-growing field of tinnitus treatment, which is a new type of biofeedback therapy. In the past, the "muscle tone" and "blood flow" were used as feedback signals in biofeedback therapy to treat tinnitus, however there was no long-term follow-up report. Instead, neurofeedback therapy utilizes EEG (electroencephalogram) as the feedback signal, which is also called EEG biofeedback therapy. At present, most treatments of tinnitus only record subjective measures of patients as evaluation indicators, whereas neurofeedback therapy is more convincing for using comprehensive evaluation including changes of brain wave as objective indicators and subjective measures of patients...
February 2018: Journal of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology, Head, and Neck Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774594/in-vivo-characterization-of-3d-skull-and-brain-motion-during-dynamic-head-vibration-using-magnetic-resonance-elastography
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Ziying Yin, Yi Sui, Joshua D Trzasko, Phillip J Rossman, Armando Manduca, Richard L Ehman, John Huston
PURPOSE: To introduce newly developed MR elastography (MRE)-based dual-saturation imaging and dual-sensitivity motion encoding schemes to directly measure in vivo skull-brain motion, and to study the skull-brain coupling in volunteers with these approaches. METHODS: Six volunteers were scanned with a high-performance compact 3T-MRI scanner. The skull-brain MRE images were obtained with a dual-saturation imaging where the skull and brain motion were acquired with fat- and water-suppression scans, respectively...
May 17, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774576/spatial-vision-in-older-adults-perceptual-changes-and-neural-bases
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REVIEW
Allison M McKendrick, Yu Man Chan, Bao N Nguyen
PURPOSE: The number of older adults is rapidly increasing internationally, leading to a significant increase in research on how healthy ageing impacts vision. Most clinical assessments of spatial vision involve simple detection (letter acuity, grating contrast sensitivity, perimetry). However, most natural visual environments are more spatially complicated, requiring contrast discrimination, and the delineation of object boundaries and contours, which are typically present on non-uniform backgrounds...
May 17, 2018: Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics: the Journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774478/number-line-estimation-and-complex-mental-calculation-is-there-a-shared-cognitive-process-driving-the-two-tasks
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Maria Montefinese, Carlo Semenza
It is widely accepted that different number-related tasks, including solving simple addition and subtraction, may induce attentional shifts on the so-called mental number line, which represents larger numbers on the right and smaller numbers on the left. Recently, it has been shown that different number-related tasks also employ spatial attention shifts along with general cognitive processes. Here we investigated for the first time whether number line estimation and complex mental arithmetic recruit a common mechanism in healthy adults...
May 17, 2018: Cognitive Processing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773843/loss-of-live-coral-compromises-predator-avoidance-behaviour-in-coral-reef-damselfish
#8
Lisa Boström-Einarsson, Mary C Bonin, Philip L Munday, Geoffrey P Jones
Tropical reefs have experienced an unprecedented loss of live coral in the past few decades and the biodiversity of coral-dependent species is under threat. Many reef fish species decline in abundance as coral cover is lost, yet the mechanisms responsible for these losses are largely unknown. A commonly hypothesised cause of fish decline is the loss of shelter space between branches as dead corals become overgrown by algae. Here we tested this hypothesis by quantifying changes in predator-avoidance behaviour of a common damselfish, Pomacentrus moluccensis, before and after the death of their coral colony...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773773/cuban-epidemic-neuropathy-insights-into-the-toxic-nutritional-hypothesis-through-international-collaboration
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Alina González-Quevedo, Rosaralis Santiesteban-Freixas, Janis T Eells, Lucimey Lima, Alfredo A Sadun
From 1991 to 1993, an epidemic of optic and peripheral neuropathy-the largest of the century-broke out in Cuba, affecting more than 50,000 people. Initially the main clinical features were decreased visual acuity, central and cecocentral scotomas, impaired color vision and absence of the papillomacular bundle. Later, peripheral and mixed optic-peripheral forms began to appear. Due to the magnitude of the epidemic, the Cuban government requested help from the international community at the 46th World Health Assembly in 1993...
April 2018: MEDICC Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773141/the-application-of-the-hyper-fluorescent-sensor-in-the-real-time-detection-of-h-2-o-2-in-babesia-bovis-merozoites-in-vitro
#10
Masahito Asada, Hassan Hakimi, Shin-Ichiro Kawazu
In recent years, genetically encoded fluorescent probes have allowed a dramatic advancement in time-lapse imaging, enabling this imaging modality to be used to investigate intracellular events in several apicomplexan parasite species. In this study, we constructed a plasmid vector to stably express a genetically encoded H2 O2 sensor probe called HyPer in Babesia bovis. The HyPer-transfected parasite population was successfully developed and subjected to a time-lapse imaging analysis under in vitro culture conditions...
May 15, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772822/measurement-of-wall-shear-stress-in-high-speed-air-flow-using-shear-sensitive-liquid-crystal-coating
#11
Jisong Zhao
Wall shear stress is an important quantity in fluid mechanics, but its measurement is a challenging task. An approach to measure wall shear stress vector distribution using shear-sensitive liquid crystal coating (SSLCC) is described. The wall shear stress distribution on the test surface beneath high speed jet flow is measured while using the proposed technique. The flow structures inside the jet flow are captured and the results agree well with the streakline pattern that was visualized using the oil-flow technique...
May 17, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772380/task-dependent-modulation-of-the-visual-sensory-thalamus-assists-visual-speech-recognition
#12
Begoña Díaz, Helen Blank, Katharina von Kriegstein
The cerebral cortex modulates early sensory processing via feed-back connections to sensory pathway nuclei. The functions of this top-down modulation for human behavior are poorly understood. Here, we show that top-down modulation of the visual sensory thalamus (the lateral geniculate body, LGN) is involved in visual-speech recognition. In two independent functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies, LGN response increased when participants processed fast-varying features of articulatory movements required for visual-speech recognition, as compared to temporally more stable features required for face identification with the same stimulus material...
May 14, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771888/-spontaneous-separation-of-secondary-epiretinal-membrane
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A V Bushuev, A N Andreev, S N Svetozarskiy
The article presents a rare clinical case of secondary epiretinal membrane (ERM) in a 67-years-old woman. The patient was diagnosed with ERM in the left eye after loss of vision complaints. One year prior to the visit the patient had underwent 2 sessions of laser photocoagulation for proliferative post-thrombotic retinopathy in the left eye. In the context of relatively high visual functions (decimal visual acuity of 0.7 at the time of the visit), observation strategy was carried out. The follow-up period was 2 years...
2018: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771733/haemodilution-and-head-down-tilting-induce-functional-injury-in-the-rat-optic-nerve-a-model-for-peri-operative-ischemic-optic-neuropathy
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Steven Roth, John Dreixler, Nancy J Newman
BACKGROUND: Mechanisms of peri-operative ischaemic optic neuropathy remain poorly understood. Both specific pre-operative and intra-operative factors have been examined by retrospective studies, but no animal model currently exists. OBJECTIVES: To develop a rodent model of peri-operative ischaemic optic neuropathy. In rats, we performed head-down tilt and/or haemodilution, theorising that the combination damages the optic nerve. DESIGN: Animal study...
May 15, 2018: European Journal of Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771388/gwas4d-multidimensional-analysis-of-context-specific-regulatory-variant-for-human-complex-diseases-and-traits
#15
Dandan Huang, Xianfu Yi, Shijie Zhang, Zhanye Zheng, Panwen Wang, Chenghao Xuan, Pak Chung Sham, Junwen Wang, Mulin Jun Li
Genome-wide association studies have generated over thousands of susceptibility loci for many human complex traits, and yet for most of these associations the true causal variants remain unknown. Tissue/cell type-specific prediction and prioritization of non-coding regulatory variants will facilitate the identification of causal variants and underlying pathogenic mechanisms for particular complex diseases and traits. By leveraging recent large-scale functional genomics/epigenomics data, we develop an intuitive web server, GWAS4D (http://mulinlab...
May 16, 2018: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771342/recent-progress-in-structural-biology-lessons-from-our-research-history
#16
Ryo Nitta, Tsuyoshi Imasaki, Eriko Nitta
The recent 'resolution revolution' in structural analyses of cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) has drastically changed the research strategy for structural biology. In addition to X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, cryo-EM has achieved the structural analysis of biological molecules at near-atomic resolution, resulting in the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017. The effect of this revolution has spread within the biology and medical science fields affecting everything from basic research to pharmaceutical development by visualizing atomic structure...
May 16, 2018: Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771315/palimpsest-an-r-package-for-studying-mutational-and-structural-variant-signatures-along-clonal-evolution-in-cancer
#17
Jayendra Shinde, Quentin Bayard, Sandrine Imbeaud, Théo Z Hirsch, Feng Liu, Victor Renault, Jessica Zucman-Rossi, Eric Letouzé
Summary: Cancer genomes are altered by various mutational processes and, like palimpsests, bear the signatures of these different processes. The Palimpsest R package provides a complete workflow for the characterization and visualization of mutational signatures and their evolution along tumor development. The package covers a wide range of functions for extracting both base substitution and structural variant signatures, inferring the clonality of each alteration and analyzing the evolution of mutational processes between early clonal and late subclonal events...
May 16, 2018: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771284/non-cell-autonomous-otx2-homeoprotein-regulates-visual-cortex-plasticity-through-gadd45b-g
#18
Jessica Apulei, Namsuk Kim, Damien Testa, Jérôme Ribot, David Morizet, Clémence Bernard, Laurent Jourdren, Corinne Blugeon, Ariel A Di Nardo, Alain Prochiantz
The non-cell autonomous transfer of OTX2 homeoprotein transcription factor into juvenile mouse cerebral cortex regulates parvalbumin interneuron maturation and critical period timing. By analyzing gene expression in primary visual cortex of wild-type and Otx2+/GFP mice at plastic and nonplastic ages, we identified several putative genes implicated in Otx2-dependent visual cortex plasticity for ocular dominance. Cortical OTX2 infusion in juvenile mice induced Gadd45b/g expression through direct regulation of transcription...
May 16, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770776/in-situ-transmission-electron-microscopy-of-transistor-operation-and-failure
#19
Baoming Wang, M Zahabul Islam, M Aman Haque, Kelson Chabak, Michael Snure, Eric Heller, Nicholas Robert Glavin
Microscopy is typically used as a post-mortem analytical tool in performance and reliability studies on nanoscale materials and devices. In this study, we demonstrate real-time microscopy of operation and failure of AlGaN/GaN high electron mobility transistors inside the transmission electron microscope (TEM). Loading till failure was performed on the electron transparent transistors to visualize the failure mechanisms caused by self heating. At lower drain voltages, thermo-mechanical stresses induce irreversible microstructural deformation, mostly along the AlGaN/GaN interface, to initiate the damage process...
May 17, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770746/-express-chronic-inflammatory-pain-decreases-the-glutamate-vesicles-in-presynaptic-terminals-of-the-nucleus-accumbens
#20
Chuchu Qi, Baolin Guo, Keke Ren, Han Yao, Mengmeng Wang, Tangna Sun, Guohong Cai, Haiying Liu, Rui Li, Ceng Luo, Wenting Wang, Sheng-Xi Wu
Reward system has been proved to be important to nociceptive behavior, and the nucleus accumbens (NAc) is a key node in reward circuitry. It has been further revealed that dopamine system modulates the NAc to influence the pain sensation, whereas the role of glutamatergic projection in the NAc in the modulation of chronic pain is still elusive. In this study, we used a Complete Freund adjuvant (CFA) -induced chronic inflammatory pain model to explore the changes of the glutamatergic terminals in the NAc, and we found that following the chronic inflammation, the protein level of vesicular glutamate transporters1 (VGLUT1) was significant decreased in the NAc...
January 1, 2018: Molecular Pain
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