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Norman Helm, Olaf Prieske, Thomas Muehlbauer, Tom Krüger, Urs Granacher
BACKGROUND: In judo, rapid force production during pulling movements is an important component of athletic performance, which is why this capacity needs to be specifically exercised in judo. This study aimed at examining the effects of a judo-specific resistance training program using a judo ergometer system (PTJ) versus a traditional resistance training regime using a partner (PTP) on kinetics and muscle activity of judo-specific pulling exercises. METHOD: Twenty-four male judo athletes (age: 22 ± 4 years, training experience: 15 ± 3 years) were randomly assigned to two groups...
February 14, 2018: Sportverletzung Sportschaden: Organ der Gesellschaft Für Orthopädisch-Traumatologische Sportmedizin
Johann Mignolet, Laetitia Fontaine, Andrea Sass, Catherine Nannan, Jacques Mahillon, Tom Coenye, Pascal Hols
Small distortions in transcriptional networks might lead to drastic phenotypical changes, especially in cellular developmental programs such as competence for natural transformation. Here, we report a pervasive circuitry rewiring for competence and predation interplay in commensal streptococci. Canonically, in streptococci paradigms such as Streptococcus pneumoniae and Streptococcus mutans, the pheromone-based two-component system BlpRH is a central node that orchestrates the production of antimicrobial compounds (bacteriocins) and incorporates signal from the competence activation cascade...
February 13, 2018: Cell Reports
Thomas Luyckx, Hilde Vandenneucker, Lennart Scheys Ing, Evie Vereecke, Arnout Victor Ing, Jan Victor
BACKGROUND: In a typical osteoarthritic knee with varus deformity, distal femoral resection based off the worn medial femoral condyle may result in an elevated joint line. In a setting of fixed flexion contracture, the surgeon may choose to resect additional distal femur to obtain extension, thus purposefully raising the joint line. However, the biomechanical effect of raising the joint line is not well recognized. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: (1) What is the effect of the level of the medial joint line (restored versus raised) on coronal plane stability of a TKA? (2) Does coronal alignment technique (mechanical axis versus kinematic technique) affect coronal plane stability of the knee? (3) Can the effect of medial joint-line elevation on coronal plane laxity be predicted by an analytical model? METHODS: A TKA prosthesis was implanted in 10 fresh frozen nonarthritic cadaveric knees with restoration of the medial joint line at its original level (TKA0)...
March 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
Abigail C Gambrill, Regina L Faulkner, Hollis T Cline
The circuit controlling visually-guided behavior in non-mammalian vertebrates, like Xenopus tadpoles, includes retinal projections to the contralateral optic tectum, where visual information is processed, and tectal motor outputs projecting ipsilaterally to hindbrain and spinal cord. Tadpoles have an intertectal commissure whose function is unknown, but it might transfer information between the tectal lobes. Differences in visual experience between the two eyes have profound effects on the development and function of visual circuits in animals with binocular vision, but the effects on animals with fully-crossed retinal projections are not clear...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Neurophysiology
Sitakant Satapathy, Palani Prabakaran, Edamana Prasad
Smart single component materials with versatile functions requires pre-programming of a higher order molecular assembly. The contribution here introduces an electroactive supergelator (c = 0.07 wt%), i.e., triphenyl amine core appended poly(aryl ether) dendron (TPAPAE), where the substantial dendritic effect improves the order and crystallinity by switching the local minimum from self-assembled molecular wires to thermodynamically favourable global minimum of ordered crystals, ripened within the fibers. Controlled in situ phase change at room temperature ultimately stabilized the mixed valence states in the single component supramolecular assembly with an amplified photoluminescence and photoinduced charge transport by two orders of magnitude...
February 14, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
S Rosenblum, Y Y Gao, P Reinhold, C Wang, C J Axline, L Frunzio, S M Girvin, Liang Jiang, M Mirrahimi, M H Devoret, R J Schoelkopf
Entangling gates between qubits are a crucial component for performing algorithms in quantum computers. However, any quantum algorithm must ultimately operate on error-protected logical qubits encoded in high-dimensional systems. Typically, logical qubits are encoded in multiple two-level systems, but entangling gates operating on such qubits are highly complex and have not yet been demonstrated. Here we realize a controlled NOT (CNOT) gate between two multiphoton qubits in two microwave cavities. In this approach, we encode a qubit in the high-dimensional space of a single cavity mode, rather than in multiple two-level systems...
February 13, 2018: Nature Communications
Otto Muzik, Kaice T Reilly, Vaibhav A Diwadkar
The defense of body temperature against environmental thermal challenges is a core objective of homeostatic regulation governed by the autonomic nervous system. Autonomous mechanisms of thermoregulation are only weakly affected by top-down modulation, allowing only transient tolerance for extreme cold. There is however, anecdotal evidence of a unique set of individuals known for extreme cold tolerance. Here we present a case study of a 57-year old Dutch national, Wim Hof, the so-called "Iceman", with the ability to withstand frequent prolonged periods of extreme cold exposure based on the practice of a self-developed technique involving a combination of forced breathing, cold exposure and meditation (collectively referred to as the Wim Hof Method, henceforth "WHM")...
February 10, 2018: NeuroImage
G Logan Draughn, Morgan E Milton, Erik A Feldmann, Benjamin G Bobay, Braden M Roth, Andrew L Olson, Richele J Thompson, Luis A Actis, Christopher Davies, John Cavanagh
The rise of drug-resistant bacterial infections coupled with decreasing antibiotic efficacy poses a significant challenge to global healthcare. Acinetobacter baumannii is an insidious, emerging bacterial pathogen responsible for severe nosocomial infections aided by its ability to form biofilms. The response regulator BfmR, from the BfmR/S two-component system, is the master regulator of biofilm initiation in A. baumannii and is a tractable therapeutic target. Here we present the structure of A. baumannii BfmR using a hybrid approach combining X-ray crystallography, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, chemical crosslinking mass spectrometry, and molecular modeling...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Molecular Biology
Yipeng Liu, Yang Liu, Xingchuan Jiang, Guirong Wang
The highly specialized olfactory receptor neurons (ORNs) on the antennae of male moths can recognize blends of several pheromone components. In previous studies, a total of six candidate pheromone receptor (PR) genes were cloned and functionally characterized in the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella. In the present work, we report on three novel candidate pheromone receptor genes: PxylOR8, PxylOR41, and PxylOR45 in the same species. Gene expression analysis revealed that PxylOR8 is specifically expressed in female adult antennae, while PxylOR41 and PxylOR45 are expressed in antennae in both sexes, but with a male bias...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Insect Physiology
Thejaswi Tumkur, Xiao Yang, Chao Zhang, Jian Yang, Yue Zhang, Gururaj V Naik, Peter Nordlander, Naomi J Halas
Many important applications of nanometer-scale metallic complexes arise from the light-induced, near-field interactions between their component structures. Here we examine the near-field interactions in bimetallic Al-Au plasmonic nanodisk heterodimers, where the coupling between the primitive plasmons of nanostructures composed of two different metals is studied. Understanding the correlations between nanoparticle morphology and near-field optical properties, particularly for nanostructures composed of two different metals, requires spectrally resolved near-field spatial information...
February 13, 2018: Nano Letters
Fang Chen, Ling Wang, Min Wang, Yixin Xie, Xiaomeng Xia, Xianping Li, Yanhua Liu, Wei Cao, Tingting Zhang, Pengling Li, Min Yang
The present study aimed to develop a rational therapy based on the genetic epidemiology, molecular mechanism evaluation and in vitro antibiotic combinations activity in multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (MDRAB). MDRAB was screened by the Kirby-Bauer method. The random amplified polymorphic DNA technique was used to establish genetic fingerprinting, and a series of resistance genes were detected by polymerase chain reaction. Antimicrobial agents including amikacin (AK), cefoperazone/sulbactam (SCF I/II), meropenem (MEM), minocycline (MINO) and ciprofloxacin (CIP) were used to determine the minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) and interactions between antibiotics by the broth microdilution method and chequerboard assays...
February 2018: Oncology Letters
Jiguang Rao, Kuppuswamy Porsezian, Jingsong He, Thambithurai Kanna
General semi-rational solutions of an integrable multi-component (2+1)-dimensional long-wave-short-wave resonance interaction system comprising multiple short waves and a single long wave are obtained by employing the bilinear method. These solutions describe the interactions between various types of solutions, including line rogue waves, lumps, breathers and dark solitons. We only focus on the dynamical behaviours of the interactions between lumps and dark solitons in this paper. Our detailed study reveals two different types of excitation phenomena: fusion and fission...
January 2018: Proceedings. Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
Malena I Español, Dmitry Golovaty, J Patrick Wilber
In this paper, we derive a continuum variational model for a two-dimensional deformable lattice of atoms interacting with a two-dimensional rigid lattice. The starting point is a discrete atomistic model for the two lattices which are assumed to have slightly different lattice parameters and, possibly, a small relative rotation. This is a prototypical example of a three-dimensional system consisting of a graphene sheet suspended over a substrate. We use a discrete-to-continuum procedure to obtain the continuum model which recovers both qualitatively and quantitatively the behaviour observed in the corresponding discrete model...
January 2018: Proceedings. Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
Aminur Rahman, Ian Jordan, Denis Blackmore
It has been observed through experiments and SPICE simulations that logical circuits based upon Chua's circuit exhibit complex dynamical behaviour. This behaviour can be used to design analogues of more complex logic families and some properties can be exploited for electronics applications. Some of these circuits have been modelled as systems of ordinary differential equations. However, as the number of components in newer circuits increases so does the complexity. This renders continuous dynamical systems models impractical and necessitates new modelling techniques...
January 2018: Proceedings. Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
Jinzhu Lu, Reza Ehsani, Yeyin Shi, Ana Isabel de Castro, Shuang Wang
Several diseases have threatened tomato production in Florida, resulting in large losses, especially in fresh markets. In this study, a high-resolution portable spectral sensor was used to investigate the feasibility of detecting multi-diseased tomato leaves in different stages, including early or asymptomatic stages. One healthy leaf and three diseased tomato leaves (late blight, target and bacterial spots) were defined into four stages (healthy, asymptomatic, early stage and late stage) and collected from a field...
February 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Atefeh Goshvarpour, Ataollah Abbasi, Ateke Goshvarpour
BACKGROUND: The purpose of the current study was to examine the effectiveness of Matching Pursuit (MP) algorithm in emotion recognition. METHODS: Electrocardiogram (ECG) and galvanic skin responses (GSR) of 11 healthy students were collected while subjects were listening to emotional music clips. Applying three dictionaries, including two wavelet packet dictionaries (Coiflet, and Daubechies) and discrete cosine transform, MP coefficients were extracted from ECG and GSR signals...
December 2017: Biomedical Journal
Yan Cao, Shaozhan Wang, Yinghua Li, Xiaofei Chen, Langdong Chen, Dongyao Wang, Zhenyu Zhu, Yongfang Yuan, Diya Lv
Cell membrane chromatography (CMC) has been successfully applied to screen bioactive compounds from Chinese herbs for many years, and some offline and online two-dimensional (2D) CMC-high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) hyphenated systems have been established to perform screening assays. However, the requirement of sample preparation steps for the second-dimensional analysis in offline systems and the need for an interface device and technical expertise in the online system limit their extensive use...
February 6, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
Elizabeth do Espirito Santo Cestário, Letícia Aparecida Barufi Fernandes, Luiz Tadeu Giollo-Júnior, Jéssica Rodrigues Roma Uyemura, Camila Suemi Sato Matarucco, Manoel Idelfonso Paz Landim, Luciana Neves Cosenso-Martin, Lúcia Helena Bonalume Tácito, Heitor Moreno, José Fernando Vilela-Martin, Juan Carlos Yugar-Toledo
BACKGROUND: Resistant hypertension is characterized when the blood pressure (BP) remains above the recommended goal after taking three antihypertensive drugs with synergistic actions at their maximum recommended tolerated doses, preferably including a diuretic. Identifying the contribution of intravascular volume and serum renin in maintaining BP levels could help tailor more effective hypertension treatment, whether acting on the control of intravascular volume or sodium balance, or acting on the effects of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) on the kidney...
February 12, 2018: Trials
Kathy Parisi, Thomas M A Shafee, Pedro Quimbar, Nicole L van der Weerden, Mark R Bleackley, Marilyn A Anderson
Plant defensins are an extensive family of small cysteine rich proteins characterised by a conserved cysteine stabilised alpha beta protein fold which resembles the structure of insect and vertebrate defensins. However, secondary structure and disulphide topology indicates two independent superfamilies of defensins with similar structures that have arisen via an extreme case of convergent evolution. Defensins from plants and insects belong to the cis-defensin superfamily whereas mammalian defensins belong to the trans-defensin superfamily...
February 9, 2018: Seminars in Cell & Developmental Biology
Zhixiong Li, Gregory V Lowry, Jin Fan, Fei Liu, Jiawei Chen
Nanoscale zero valent iron particles (nano-Fe0) are attractive for in-situ groundwater remediation due to their high reactivity and ability to degrade many different classes of environmental contaminants. It is expected that adsorbed natural organic matter (NOM), which is heterogeneous and typically has a wide molecular weight (MW) distribution, will affect the reactivity and performance of nano-Fe0 as a remediation agent. However, the interaction of NOM with nano-Fe0 has not been well-studied. In this study, we used high performance size exclusion chromatography (HPSEC) to determine if there was preferential sorption of the high MW fraction of NOM onto nano-Fe0 that have a Fe0 core and a Fe-oxide shell (predominantly magnetite)...
February 9, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
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