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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527312/low-energy-electron-potentiometry
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Johannes Jobst, Jaap Kautz, Maria Mytiliniou, Rudolf M Tromp, Sense Jan van der Molen
In a lot of systems, charge transport is governed by local features rather than being a global property as suggested by extracting a single resistance value. Consequently, techniques that resolve local structure in the electronic potential are crucial for a detailed understanding of electronic transport in realistic devices. Recently, we have introduced a new potentiometry method based on low-energy electron microscopy (LEEM) that utilizes characteristic features in the reflectivity spectra of layered materials [1]...
May 13, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527101/multilevel-multivariate-meta-analysis-with-application-to-choice-overload
#2
Blakeley B McShane, Ulf Böckenholt
We introduce multilevel multivariate meta-analysis methodology designed to account for the complexity of contemporary psychological research data. Our methodology directly models the observations from a set of studies in a manner that accounts for the variation and covariation induced by the facts that observations differ in their dependent measures and moderators and are nested within, for example, papers, studies, groups of subjects, and study conditions. Our methodology is motivated by data from papers and studies of the choice overload hypothesis...
May 19, 2017: Psychometrika
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526725/phylogeography-and-genetic-structure-of-endemic-acmispon-argophyllus-and-a-dendroideus-fabaceae-across-the-california-channel-islands
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Lisa E Wallace, Gregory L Wheeler, Mitchell E McGlaughlin, Gerald Bresowar, Kaius Helenurm
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: Taxa inhabiting the California Channel Islands exhibit variation in their degree of isolation, but few studies have considered patterns across the entire archipelago. We studied phylogeography of insular Acmispon argophyllus and A. dendroideus to determine whether infraspecific taxa are genetically divergent and to elucidate patterns of diversification across these islands. METHODS: DNA sequences were collected from nuclear (ADH) and plastid genomes (rpL16, ndhA, psbD-trnT) from >450 samples on the Channel Islands and California...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526026/a-qualitative-study-of-telehealth-patient-information-leaflets-tils-are-we-giving-patients-enough-information
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Reem Kayyali, Iman Hesso, Evelyn Ejiko, Shereen Nabhani Gebara
BACKGROUND: The provision of patient information leaflets regarding telehealth has been perceived by potential consumers as a strategy to promote awareness and adoption of telehealth services. However, such leaflets need to be designed carefully if adoption and awareness among potential users is to be promoted. Therefore, the aims of this study were: first, to see how telehealth was portrayed in some of the existing telehealth leaflets (THLs). Second, to explore patients' perceptions of the existing THLs and their engagement with the concept and how THLs can be optimised...
May 19, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525863/optical-nonlinearity-and-charge-transfer-analysis-of-pyrene-adsorbed-on-silver-computational-and-experimental-investigations
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U Reeta Felscia, Beulah J M Rajkumar, Pranitha Sankar, Reji Philip, M Briget Mary
The interaction of pyrene on silver has been investigated using both experimental and computational methods. Hyperpolarizabilities computed theoretically together with experimental nonlinear absorption from open aperture Z-scan measurements, point towards a possible use of pyrene adsorbed on silver in the rational design of NLO devices. Presence of a red shift in both simulated and experimental UV-Vis spectra confirms the adsorption on silver, which is due to the electrostatic interaction between silver and pyrene, inducing variations in the structural parameters of pyrene...
May 10, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525660/polymorphism-of-mitochondrial-dna-in-the-brazilian-canind%C3%A3-goat-breed
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N M V Silva, E C Pimenta Filho, J K G Arandas, M A Gomes Filho, E Ferreira, I Del Cerro, C Fonseca, M N Ribeiro
The success of the geographical distribution of goat populations around the world is a consequence of the adaptive potential of these breeds. Several relevant traits to the success of the species in colonizing different ecosystems (and use by man) evolved before domestication. These features were relevant for the selection of different breeds. Each breed represents a genetic heritage that may be unique and essential for maintaining the species. The objective of this study was to catalog the mtDNA haplotypes of the Brazilian autochthonous Canindé goat breed and to characterize the genetic diversity observed in subpopulations by sequencing a 481-bp fragment corresponding to the first portion of the control region in 178 individuals from 10 herds, sampled in six Brazilian states...
May 18, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525570/droplet-barcode-sequencing-for-targeted-linked-read-haplotyping-of-single-dna-molecules
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David Redin, Erik Borgström, Mengxiao He, Hooman Aghelpasand, Max Käller, Afshin Ahmadian
Data produced with short-read sequencing technologies result in ambiguous haplotyping and a limited capacity to investigate the full repertoire of biologically relevant forms of genetic variation. The notion of haplotype-resolved sequencing data has recently gained traction to reduce this unwanted ambiguity and enable exploration of other forms of genetic variation; beyond studies of just nucleotide polymorphisms, such as compound heterozygosity and structural variations. Here we describe Droplet Barcode Sequencing, a novel approach for creating linked-read sequencing libraries by uniquely barcoding the information within single DNA molecules in emulsion droplets, without the aid of specialty reagents or microfluidic devices...
May 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525278/role-of-edge-engineering-in-photoconductiviy-of-graphene-nano-ribbons
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Ivan Ivanov, Yunbin Hu, Silvio Osella, Uliana Beser, Hai I Wang, David Beljonne, Akimitsu Narita, Klaus Müllen, Dmitry Turchinovich, Mischa Bonn
The effect of edge engineering of graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) on their ultrafast photoconductivity is investigated. Three different GNRs were fabricated by bottom-up synthesis in the liquid phase, where structure, width, and edge planarity could be controlled chemically at the atomic level. The charge carrier transport in the fabricated GNRs was studied on the ultrafast, sub-picosecond time-scale using time-resolved terahertz (THz) spectroscopy, giving access to the elementary parameters of carrier conduction...
May 19, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525268/rational-design-of-novel-allosteric-dihydrofolate-reductase-inhibitors-showing-antibacterial-effects-on-drug-resistant-e-coli-escape-variants
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Bharath Srinivasan, João V Rodrigues, Sam Tonddast-Navaei, Eugene Shakhnovich, Jeffrey Skolnick
In drug-discovery, systematic variations of substituents on a common scaffold and bioisosteric replacements are often used to generate diversity and obtain molecules with better biological effects. However, this could saturate the small-molecule diversity pool resulting in drug-resistance. On the other hand, conventional drug-discovery relies on targeting known pockets on protein surfaces leading to drug resistance by mutations of critical pocket residues. Here, we present a two-pronged strategy of designing novel drugs that target unique pockets on a protein's surface to overcome the above problems...
May 19, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524623/upper-gastrointestinal-complications-following-ablation-therapy-for-atrial-fibrillation
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S-Y Park, M Camilleri, D Packer, K Monahan
BACKGROUND: Following ablation therapy for cardiac arrhythmias, patients may develop upper gastrointestinal (UGI) symptoms. The vagus nerve is close to the atria and may be affected by ablating energy. AIM: To identify structural or functional complications in UGI tract following ablation for atrial fibrillation (AF) and clinical outcomes and association with vagal dysfunction. METHODS: Using natural language processing of electronic medical records and an AF ablation database of 5380 patients treated during 17 years, we identified 40 patients with UGI complications...
May 19, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524190/establishing-the-link-between-fibril-formation-and-raman-optical-activity-spectra-of-insulin
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Jiří Kessler, Shigeki Yamamoto, Petr Bouř
Folding of proteins into insoluble amyloidal fibrils is implicated in a number of biological processes. Optical spectroscopy represents a convenient tool to monitor such structural variations. Recently, characteristic changes in Raman optical activity (ROA) spectra of insulin during a pre-fibrillar stage were reported but not supported by a theoretical model. In the present study, molecular dynamics and the density functional theory are used to simulate the spectra and understand the connection between the structure, and ROA and Raman spectral intensities...
May 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524072/development-of-a-virtual-collision-sensor-for-industrial-robots
#12
Marina Indri, Stefano Trapani, Ivan Lazzero
Collision detection is a fundamental issue for the safety of a robotic cell. While several common methods require specific sensors or the knowledge of the robot dynamic model, the proposed solution is constituted by a virtual collision sensor for industrial manipulators, which requires as inputs only the motor currents measured by the standard sensors that equip a manipulator and the estimated currents provided by an internal dynamic model of the robot (i.e., the one used inside its controller), whose structure, parameters and accuracy are not known...
May 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522998/genetic-polymorphism-in-wine-yeasts-mechanisms-and-methods-for-its-detection
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REVIEW
José M Guillamón, Eladio Barrio
The processes of yeast selection for using as wine fermentation starters have revealed a great phenotypic diversity both at interspecific and intraspecific level, which is explained by a corresponding genetic variation among different yeast isolates. Thus, the mechanisms involved in promoting these genetic changes are the main engine generating yeast biodiversity. Currently, an important task to understand biodiversity, population structure and evolutionary history of wine yeasts is the study of the molecular mechanisms involved in yeast adaptation to wine fermentation, and on remodeling the genomic features of wine yeast, unconsciously selected since the advent of winemaking...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522861/comparative-analysis-of-dendrobium-plastomes-and-utility-of-plastomic-mutational-hotspots
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Niu Zhitao, Zhu Shuying, Pan Jiajia, Li Ludan, Sun Jing, Ding Xiaoyu
Dendrobium is one of the largest genera in Orchidaceae, comprising about 800-1500 species mainly distributed in tropical Asia, Australasia, and Australia. There are 74 species and two varieties of this genus in China. Because of their ornamental and commercial value, Dendrobium orchids have been studied at low taxonomic levels. However, structural changes and effective mutational hotspots of Dendrobium plastomes have rarely been documented. Here, 30 Dendrobium plastomes were compared, comprising 25 newly sequenced in this study and five previously published...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522844/high-performance-pvc-gel-for-adaptive-micro-lenses-with-variable-focal-length
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Jin Woo Bae, Eun-Jae Shin, Jaeu Jeong, Dong-Soo Choi, Jong Eun Lee, Byeong Uk Nam, Liwei Lin, Sang-Youn Kim
This paper presents a bio-inspired adaptive micro-lens with electrically tunable focus made of non-ionic high-molecular-weight polyvinyl chloride (PVC) gel. The optical device mimics the design of the crystalline lens and ciliary muscle of the human eye. It consists of a plano-convex PVC gel micro-lens on Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) glass, confined with an annular electrode operating as an artificial ciliary muscle. Upon electrical activation, the electroactive adhesive force of the PVC gel is exerted on the annular anode electrode, which reduces the sagittal height of the plano-convex PVC gel lens, resulting in focal length variation of the micro-lens...
May 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522690/resistance-to-malaria-through-structural-variation-of-red-blood-cell-invasion-receptors
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Ellen M Leffler, Gavin Band, George B J Busby, Katja Kivinen, Quang Si Le, Geraldine M Clarke, Kalifa A Bojang, David J Conway, Muminatou Jallow, Fatoumatta Sisay-Joof, Edith C Bougouma, Valentina D Mangano, David Modiano, Sodiomon B Sirima, Eric Achidi, Tobias O Apinjoh, Kevin Marsh, Carolyne M Ndila, Norbert Peshu, Thomas N Williams, Chris Drakeley, Alphaxard Manjurano, Hugh Reyburn, Eleanor Riley, David Kachala, Malcolm Molyneux, Vysaul Nyirongo, Terrie Taylor, Nicole Thornton, Louise Tilley, Shane Grimsley, Eleanor Drury, Jim Stalker, Victoria Cornelius, Christina Hubbart, Anna E Jeffreys, Kate Rowlands, Kirk A Rockett, Chris C A Spencer, Dominic P Kwiatkowski
The malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum invades human red blood cells via interactions between host and parasite surface proteins. By analyzing genome sequence data from human populations, including 1269 individuals from sub-Saharan Africa, we identify a diverse array of large copy number variants affecting the host invasion receptor genes GYPA and GYPB We find that a nearby association with severe malaria is explained by a complex structural rearrangement involving the loss of GYPB and gain of two GYPB-A hybrid genes, which encode a serologically distinct blood group antigen known as Dantu...
May 18, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521939/developmental-and-evolutionary-mechanisms-shaping-butterfly-eyespots
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REVIEW
Patrícia Beldade, Carolina M Peralta
Butterfly eyespots are visually compelling models to study the reciprocal interactions between evolutionary and developmental processes that shape phenotypic variation. They are evolutionarily diversified, ecologically relevant, and developmentally tractable, and have made key contributions to linking genotype, development, phenotype and fitness. Advances in the availability of analytical tools (e.g. gene editing and visualization techniques) and resources (e.g. genomic and transcriptomic data) are boosting the detailed dissection of the mechanisms underlying eyespot development and evolution...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521559/the-effectiveness-of-the-internship-in-meeting-established-learning-objectives-a-qualitative-study
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Susannah Ahern, Katharine Reid, Meredith Temple-Smith, Geoffrey J McColl
OBJECTIVE: To identify and explore variations in intern (Postgraduate Year 1 doctors) exposure to clinical activities defined by an established early postgraduate curriculum within the contemporary health service environment. METHODS: A mixed methods study was undertaken in seven health services comprising (1) a questionnaire regarding interns' exposure to a range of clinical activities within a two-year early post-graduate curriculum and (2) group interviews with intern supervisors and managers to explore barriers and facilitators of interns' clinical exposure...
May 18, 2017: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521242/a-structured-latent-model-for-ovarian-carcinoma-subtyping-from-histopathology-slides
#19
Aïcha BenTaieb, Hector Li-Chang, David Huntsman, Ghassan Hamarneh
Accurate subtyping of ovarian carcinomas is an increasingly critical and often challenging diagnostic process. This work focuses on the development of an automatic classification model for ovarian carcinoma subtyping. Specifically, we present a novel clinically inspired contextual model for histopathology image subtyping of ovarian carcinomas. A whole slide image is modelled using a collection of tissue patches extracted at multiple magnifications. An efficient and effective feature learning strategy is used for feature representation of a tissue patch...
May 9, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521126/structural-and-functional-architecture-of-ampa-type-glutamate-receptors-and-their-auxiliary-proteins
#20
REVIEW
Ingo H Greger, Jake F Watson, Stuart G Cull-Candy
AMPA receptors (AMPARs) are tetrameric ion channels that together with other ionotropic glutamate receptors (iGluRs), the NMDA and kainate receptors, mediate a majority of excitatory neurotransmission in the central nervous system. Whereas NMDA receptors gate channels with slow kinetics, responsible primarily for generating long-term synaptic potentiation and depression, AMPARs are the main fast transduction elements at synapses and are critical for the expression of plasticity. The kinetic and conductance properties of AMPARs are laid down during their biogenesis and are regulated by post-transcriptional RNA editing, splice variation, post-translational modification, and subunit composition...
May 17, 2017: Neuron
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