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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102074/growth-of-a-large-area-free-standing-highly-conductive-and-fully-foldable-silver-film-with-inverted-pyramids-for-wearable-electronics-applications
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Xiao Yu, Zihua Li, Yong Liu, Wen-Xia Zhao, Ruimei Xu, Donghai Wang, Hui Shen
A promising new concept is the application of flexible and foldable conductive film or paper for wearable electronics, in which silver nanowires, carbon nanotubes and graphene are primarily used as conductive materials. However, their insufficient nanostructure contacts lead to poor electrical conductivity and mechanical fracture. Here, we demonstrate a simple and innovative strategy for fabricating a free-standing silver film with inverted pyramids by replicating pyramids on a textured silicon wafer under a hydrothermal reaction...
January 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077846/relaxation-in-technique-leading-to-new-beginnings
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Endre Koritar
This paper explores how standard analytic technique may result in a repetition of past traumatic experiences in the transference and countertransference analytic situation. Relaxation and elasticity of technique can lead to re-integration of previously fragmented ego functions, and in remembering and re-experiencing of previously repressed symbolic representations of fragmenting past traumatic experiences, resulting in neocatharsis and working through, thus healing wounds and scars sustained in self development...
December 2016: American Journal of Psychoanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056763/unsupervised-statistical-discovery-of-spaced-motifs-in-prokaryotic-genomes
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Hao Tong, Paul Schliekelman, Jan Mrázek
BACKGROUND: DNA sequences contain repetitive motifs which have various functions in the physiology of the organism. A number of methods have been developed for discovery of such sequence motifs with a primary focus on detection of regulatory motifs and particularly transcription factor binding sites. Most motif-finding methods apply probabilistic models to detect motifs characterized by unusually high number of copies of the motif in the analyzed sequences. RESULTS: We present a novel method for detection of pairs of motifs separated by spacers of variable nucleotide sequence but conserved length...
January 5, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041797/sharp-wave-ripples-in-primates-are-enhanced-near-remembered-visual-objects
#4
Timothy K Leonard, Kari L Hoffman
The hippocampus plays an important role in memory for events that are distinct in space and time. One of the strongest, most synchronous neural signals produced by the hippocampus is the sharp-wave ripple (SWR), observed in a variety of mammalian species during offline behaviors, such as slow-wave sleep [1-3] and quiescent waking and pauses in exploration [4-8], leading to long-standing and widespread theories of its contribution to plasticity and memory during these inactive or immobile states [9-14]. Indeed, during sleep and waking inactivity, hippocampal SWRs in rodents appear to support spatial long-term and working memory [4, 15-23], but so far, they have not been linked to memory in primates...
December 21, 2016: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040935/high-repetition-pump-and-probe-photoemission-spectroscopy-based-on-a-compact-fiber-laser-system
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Y Ishida, T Otsu, A Ozawa, K Yaji, S Tani, S Shin, Y Kobayashi
The paper describes a time-resolved photoemission (TRPES) apparatus equipped with a Yb-doped fiber laser system delivering 1.2-eV pump and 5.9-eV probe pulses at the repetition rate of 95 MHz. Time and energy resolutions are 11.3 meV and ∼310 fs, respectively, the latter is estimated by performing TRPES on a highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG). The high repetition rate is suited for achieving high signal-to-noise ratio in TRPES spectra, thereby facilitating investigations of ultrafast electronic dynamics in the low pump fluence (p) region...
December 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033112/three-dimensional-ultrasound-strain-imaging-of-skeletal-muscles
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K Gijsbertse, A M J Sprengers, M M Nillesen, H H G Hansen, R G P Lopata, N Verdonschot, C L de Korte
In this study, a multi-dimensional strain estimation method is presented to assess local relative deformation in three orthogonal directions in 3D space of skeletal muscles during voluntary contractions. A rigid translation and compressive deformation of a block phantom, that mimics muscle contraction, is used as experimental validation of the 3D technique and to compare its performance with respect to a 2D based technique. Axial, lateral and (in case of 3D) elevational displacements are estimated using a cross-correlation based displacement estimation algorithm...
January 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987375/stimulus-specific-adaptation-to-visual-but-not-auditory-motion-direction-in-the-barn-owl-s-optic-tectum
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Dante F Wasmuht, Jose L Pena, Yoram Gutfreund
Whether the auditory and visual systems use a similar coding strategy to represent motion direction is an open question. We investigated this question in the barn owl's optic tectum (OT) testing stimulus specific adaptation (SSA) to the direction of motion. SSA, the reduction of the response to a repetitive stimulus that does not generalize to other stimuli, has been well established in OT neurons. SSA suggests a separate representation of the adapted stimulus in upstream pathways. So far, only SSA to static stimuli has been studied in the OT...
December 17, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27959815/ventral-tegmental-area-dopamine-neurons-firing-model-reveals-prenatal-nicotine-induced-alterations
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Andrei Dragomir, Yasemin M Akay, Die Zhang, Metin Akay
The dopamine (DA) neurons found in the Ventral Tegmental Area (VTA) are widely involved in the addiction and natural reward circuitry of the brain. Their firing patterns were shown to be important modulators of dopamine release and repetitive burst-like firing activity was highlighted as a major firing pattern of DA neurons in the VTA. In the present study we use a state space model to characterize the DA neurons firing patterns, and trace transitions of neural activity through bursting and non-bursting states...
December 6, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923717/characterization-of-exploratory-activity-and-learning-ability-of-healthy-and-schizophrenia-like-rats-in-a-square-corridor-system-ambitus
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G Horvath, P Liszli, G Kekesi, A Büki, G Benedek
The rodent tasks with food rewards are useful methods to evaluate memory functions, including hole-board and corridor tests. The AMBITUS system (a square corridor with several food rewards), as a combination of these tests, was developed for the investigation of a variety of parameters associated with exploration and cognitive performance in rodents. Experiments were performed to characterize these behaviors in healthy rats and a new "schizophrenia-like" rat substrain with impaired learning ability to reveal the reliability in tests related to these functions...
February 1, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913628/kinect-system-in-home-based-cardiovascular-rehabilitation
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Ágata Vieira, Joaquim Gabriel, Cristina Melo, Jorge Machado
Cardiovascular diseases lead to a high consumption of financial resources. An important part of the recovery process is the cardiovascular rehabilitation. This study aimed to present a new cardiovascular rehabilitation system to 11 outpatients with coronary artery disease from a Hospital in Porto, Portugal, later collecting their opinions. This system is based on a virtual reality game system, using the Kinect sensor while performing an exercise protocol which is integrated in a home-based cardiovascular rehabilitation programme, with a duration of 6 months and at the maintenance phase...
January 2017: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part H, Journal of Engineering in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913216/spatiotopic-updating-across-saccades-revealed-by-spatially-specific-fmri-adaptation
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Scott L Fairhall, Jens Schwarzbach, Angelika Lingnau, Martijn Gerbrand Van Koningsbruggen, David Melcher
Brain representations of visual space are predominantly eye-centred (retinotopic) yet our experience of the world is largely world-centred (spatiotopic). A long-standing question is how the brain creates continuity between these reference frames across successive eye movements (saccades). Here we use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to address whether spatially specific repetition suppression (RS) is evident during trans-saccadic perception. We presented two successive Gabor patches (S1 and S2) in either the upper or lower visual field, left or right of fixation...
November 29, 2016: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910338/a-streak-camera-based-fiber-optic-pulsed-polarimetry-technique-for-magnetic-sensing-to-sub-mm-resolution
#12
R J Smith, T E Weber
The technique of fiber optic pulsed polarimetry, which provides a distributed (local) measurement of the magnetic field along an optical fiber, has been improved to the point where, for the first time, photocathode based optical detection of backscatter is possible with sub-mm spatial resolutions. This has been realized through the writing of an array of deterministic fiber Bragg gratings along the fiber, a so-called backscatter-tailored optical fiber, producing a 34 000-fold increase in backscatter levels over Rayleigh...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900294/efficacy-of-autologous-leukocyte-reduced-platelet-rich-plasma-therapy-for-patellar-tendinopathy-in-a-rat-treadmill-model
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Mamoru Yoshida, Hiroki Funasaki, Keishi Marumo
BACKGROUND: An autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy has currently been applied for the tendinopathy; however, its efficacy and an optimal platelets concentration in PRP were uncertain. We analyzed them in an animal model prepared using a repetitive running exercise. METHODS: We made the tendinopathy rat model of patellar tendon using a rodent treadmill machine. Rats with tendinopathy were injected with leukocyte-reduced PRP at the platelets concentration of 1...
April 2016: Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887908/the-yin-and-yang-of-nucleic-acid-based-therapy-in-the-brain
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Stefano Gustincich, Silvia Zucchelli, Antonello Mallamaci
The post-genomic era has unveiled the existence of a large repertory of non-coding RNAs and repetitive elements that play a fundamental role in cellular homeostasis and dysfunction. These may represent unprecedented opportunities to modify gene expression at the right time in the correct space in vivo, providing an almost unlimited reservoir of new potential pharmacological agents. Hijacking their mode of actions, the druggable genome can be extended to regulatory RNAs and DNA elements in a scalable fashion...
November 22, 2016: Progress in Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886232/amplification-of-resonant-field-enhancement-by-plasmonic-lattice-coupling-in-metallic-slit-arrays
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Pernille Klarskov, Abebe T Tarekegne, Krzysztof Iwaszczuk, X-C Zhang, Peter Uhd Jepsen
Nonlinear spectroscopic investigation in the terahertz (THz) range requires significant field strength of the light fields. It is still a challenge to obtain the required field strengths in free space from table-top laser systems at sufficiently high repetition rates to enable quantitative nonlinear spectroscopy. It is well known that local enhancement of the THz field can be obtained for instance in narrow apertures in metallic films. Here we show by simulation, analytical modelling and experiment that the achievable field enhancement in a two-dimensional array of slits with micrometer dimensions in a metallic film can be increased by at least 60% compared to the enhancement in an isolated slit...
November 25, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27847581/foreign-body-reaction-after-implantation-of-a-device-for-intervertebral-assisted-motion
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Jun-Yeong Seo, Kee-Yong Ha, Young-Hoon Kim, Joo-Hyun Ahn
The device for intervertebral assisted motion (DIAM) is a dynamic implant that consists of a silicone bumper enveloped by a polyethylene terephthalate (PET) fiber sack. Silicone and PET were used because of their biological inertness, but repetitive motion of the spine can cause wear on the implant nonetheless. The purpose of this study is to report a case of foreign body reaction (FBR) against a DIAM. A 72-year-old female patient presented with lower back pain and both legs radiating pain. She had undergone DIAM implantation at L4-5 for spinal stenosis 5 years previously...
November 2016: Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833625/dart-markers-effectively-target-gene-space-in-the-rye-genome
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Piotr Gawroński, Magdalena Pawełkowicz, Katarzyna Tofil, Grzegorz Uszyński, Saida Sharifova, Shivaksh Ahluwalia, Mirosław Tyrka, Maria Wędzony, Andrzej Kilian, Hanna Bolibok-Brągoszewska
Large genome size and complexity hamper considerably the genomics research in relevant species. Rye (Secale cereale L.) has one of the largest genomes among cereal crops and repetitive sequences account for over 90% of its length. Diversity Arrays Technology is a high-throughput genotyping method, in which a preferential sampling of gene-rich regions is achieved through the use of methylation sensitive restriction enzymes. We obtained sequences of 6,177 rye DArT markers and following a redundancy analysis assembled them into 3,737 non-redundant sequences, which were then used in homology searches against five Pooideae sequence sets...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824451/frequency-comb-spectrum-of-periodic-patterned-signals
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Johannes L Steinmann, Edmund Blomley, Miriam Brosi, Erik Bründermann, Michele Caselle, Jeffrey L Hesler, Nicole Hiller, Benjamin Kehrer, Yves-Laurent Mathis, Michael J Nasse, Juliane Raasch, Manuel Schedler, Patrik Schönfeldt, Marcel Schuh, Markus Schwarz, Michael Siegel, Nigel Smale, Marc Weber, Anke-Susanne Müller
Using arbitrary periodic pulse patterns we show the enhancement of specific frequencies in a frequency comb. The envelope of a regular frequency comb originates from equally spaced, identical pulses and mimics the single pulse spectrum. We investigated spectra originating from the periodic emission of pulse trains with gaps and individual pulse heights, which are commonly observed, for example, at high-repetition-rate free electron lasers, high power lasers, and synchrotrons. The ANKA synchrotron light source was filled with defined patterns of short electron bunches generating coherent synchrotron radiation in the terahertz range...
October 21, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27769808/genome-wide-features-distribution-and-correlations-of-nf-y-binding-sites
#19
Federico Zambelli, Giulio Pavesi
NF-Y is a trimeric transcription factor that binds on DNA the CCAAT-box motif. In this article we reviewed and complemented with additional bioinformatic analysis existing data on genome-wide NF-Y binding characterization in human, reaching the following main conclusions: (1) about half of NF-Y binding sites are located at promoters, about 60-80 base pairs from transcription start sites; NF-Y binding to distal genomic regions takes place at inactive chromatin loci and/or DNA repetitive elements more often than active enhancers; (2) on almost half of its binding sites, regardless of their genomic localization (promoters or distal regions), NF-Y finds on DNA more than one CCAAT-box, and most of those multiple CCAAT binding loci present precise spacing and organization of the elements composing them; (3) there exists a well defined class of transcription factors that show genome-wide co-localization with NF-Y...
October 18, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761344/form-and-function-of-long-range-vocalizations-in-a-neotropical-fossorial-rodent-the-anillaco-tuco-tuco-ctenomys-sp
#20
Juan Pablo Amaya, Juan I Areta, Veronica S Valentinuzzi, Emmanuel Zufiaurre
The underground environment poses particular communication challenges for subterranean rodents. Some loud and low-pitched acoustic signals that can travel long distances are appropriate for long-range underground communication and have been suggested to be territorial signals. Long-range vocalizations (LRVs) are important in long-distance communication in Ctenomys tuco-tucos. We characterized the LRV of the Anillaco Tuco-Tuco (Ctenomys sp.) using recordings from free-living individuals and described the behavioral context in which this vocalization was produced during laboratory staged encounters between individuals of both sexes...
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