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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910884/the-hha-tomb-toxin-antitoxin-system-shows-conditional-toxicity-and-promotes-persister-cell-formation-by-inhibiting-apoptosis-like-death-in-s-typhimurium
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Sangeeta Jaiswal, Prajita Paul, Chandrashekhar Padhi, Shilpa Ray, Daniel Ryan, Shantoshini Dash, Mrutyunjay Suar
Toxin-antitoxin (TA) modules are two component "addictive" genetic elements found on either plasmid or bacterial chromosome, sometimes on both. TA systems perform a wide range of functions like biofilm formation, persistence, programmed cell death, phage abortive infection etc. Salmonella has been reported to contain several such TA systems. However, the hemolysin expression modulating protein (Hha) and its adjacent uncharacterized hypothetical protein TomB (previously known as YbaJ), have not been listed as a TA module in Salmonella...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910636/upper-wide-angle-viewing-system-for-iter
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C J Lasnier, A G McLean, A Gattuso, R O'Neill, M Smiley, J Vasquez, R Feder, M Smith, B Stratton, D Johnson, A L Verlaan, J A C Heijmans
The Upper Wide Angle Viewing System (UWAVS) will be installed on five upper ports of ITER. This paper shows major requirements, gives an overview of the preliminary design with reasons for some design choices, examines self-emitted IR light from UWAVS optics and its effect on accuracy, and shows calculations of signal-to-noise ratios for the two-color temperature output as a function of integration time and divertor temperature. Accurate temperature output requires correction for vacuum window absorption vs...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910547/a-novel-system-of-coils-for-magnetobiology-research
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L Makinistian
A novel system of coils for testing in vitro magnetobiological effects was designed, simulated, and built. Opposite to what is usual, the system generates a controlled gradient of magnetic field. This feature is introduced to allow the assessment of multiple values of the field in a single experiment. The apparatus consists of two flattened orthogonal coils, which permit independent control of two of the spatial components of the field. Geometry of design, combined with the use of a standard multi-well microplate for cellular culture, allows for simultaneous testing of 96 different field conditions...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910052/a-needleless-liquid-jet-injection-delivery-approach-for-cardiac-gene-therapy
#4
Anthony S Fargnoli, Michael G Katz, Charles R Bridges
Fundamentally, cardiac gene therapy clinical trials have demonstrated that route efficiency is paramount in achieving maximum myocardial expression within safety limits. Gene transfer phenomena are largely influenced by physical transport principles (i.e., pressure, residence time, dispersion trafficking, mechanical resistance) that are independent of therapeutic characteristics. An alternative to intracoronary infusion methods, in an effort to improve efficiency in terms of cardiac specificity, is direct myocardial delivery via surgical injection...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909126/medium-term-outcomes-of-the-universal-2-total-wrist-arthroplasty-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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R Badge, K Kailash, D R Dickson, S Mahalingam, A Raza, A Birch, D Nuttall, S R Murali, M J Hayton, S Talwalkar, A C Watts, I A Trail
AIMS: The aims of this study were to evaluate the clinical and radiological outcomes of the Universal-2 total wrist arthroplasty (TWA) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective review of all 95 Universal-2 TWAs which were performed in our institution between 2003 to 2012 in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. A total of six patients were lost to follow-up and two died of unrelated causes. A total of ten patients had bilateral procedures...
December 2016: Bone & Joint Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908184/irradiation-with-x-rays-of-the-energy-18-mv-induces-radioactivity-in-transfusion-blood-proposal-of-a-safe-method-using-6-mv
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Katharina Frentzel, Harun Badakhshi
PURPOSE: To prevent a fatal transfusion-associated graft-versus-host disease, it is recommended to irradiate transfusion blood and blood components with ionizing radiation. Using x-rays from a linear accelerator of the radiotherapy department is an accepted alternative to gamma irradiation devices of the blood bank and to the orthovoltage units that are replacing the gamma irradiators today. However, the use of high energy x-rays may carry a potential risk of induced radioactivity. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of two different energy levels, 6 and 18 MV, which are executed in routine clinical settings...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908151/technical-note-a-direct-ray-tracing-method-to-compute-integral-depth-dose-in-pencil-beam-proton-radiography-with-a-multilayer-ionization-chamber
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Paolo Farace, Roberto Righetto, Sylvain Deffet, Arturs Meijers, Francois Vander Stappen
PURPOSE: To introduce a fast ray-tracing algorithm in pencil proton radiography (PR) with a multilayer ionization chamber (MLIC) for in vivo range error mapping. METHODS: Pencil beam PR was obtained by delivering spots uniformly positioned in a square (45 × 45 mm(2) field-of-view) of 9 × 9 spots capable of crossing the phantoms (210 MeV). The exit beam was collected by a MLIC to sample the integral depth dose (IDDMLIC). PRs of an electron-density and of a head phantom were acquired by moving the couch to obtain multiple 45 × 45 mm(2) frames...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908003/resonance-phenomena-in-a-two-layer-two-vortex-shear-flow
#8
Eugene A Ryzhov, Konstantin V Koshel
The paper deals with a dynamical system governing the motion of two point vortices embedded in the bottom layer of a two-layer rotating flow experiencing linear deformation and their influence on fluid particle advection. The linear deformation consists of shear and rotational components. If the deformation is stationary, the vortices can move periodically in a bounded region. The vortex periodic motion induces stirring patterns of passive fluid particles in the both layers. We focus our attention on the upper layer where the bottom-layer singular point vortices induce a regular velocity field with no singularities...
November 2016: Chaos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907990/risk-measures-for-power-failures-in-transmission-systems
#9
Alex Cassidy, Zachary Feinstein, Arye Nehorai
We present a novel framework for evaluating the risk of failures in power transmission systems. We use the concept of systemic risk measures from the financial mathematics literature with models of power system failures in order to quantify the risk of the entire power system for design and comparative purposes. The proposed risk measures provide the collection of capacity vectors for the components in the system that lead to acceptable outcomes. Keys to the formulation of our measures of risk are two elements: a model of system behavior that provides the (distribution of) outcomes based on component capacities and an acceptability criterion that determines whether a (random) outcome is acceptable from an aggregated point of view...
November 2016: Chaos
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907189/structural-insights-into-streptococcal-competence-regulation-by-the-cell-to-cell-communication-system-comrs
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Antoine Talagas, Laetitia Fontaine, Laura Ledesma-Garca, Johann Mignolet, Inès Li de la Sierra-Gallay, Noureddine Lazar, Magali Aumont-Nicaise, Michael J Federle, Gerd Prehna, Pascal Hols, Sylvie Nessler
In Gram-positive bacteria, cell-to-cell communication mainly relies on extracellular signaling peptides, which elicit a response either indirectly, by triggering a two-component phosphorelay, or directly, by binding to cytoplasmic effectors. The latter comprise the RNPP family (Rgg and original regulators Rap, NprR, PrgX and PlcR), whose members regulate important bacterial processes such as sporulation, conjugation, and virulence. RNPP proteins are increasingly considered as interesting targets for the development of new antibacterial agents...
December 2016: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907008/an-assemblable-multi-angle-fluorescence-and-ellipsometric-microscope
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Victoria Nguyen, John Rizzo, Babak Sanii
We introduce a multi-functional microscope for research laboratories that have significant cost and space limitations. The microscope pivots around the sample, operating in upright, inverted, side-on and oblique geometries. At these geometries it is able to perform bright-field, fluorescence and qualitative ellipsometric imaging. It is the first single instrument in the literature to be able to perform all of these functionalities. The system can be assembled by two undergraduate students from a provided manual in less than a day, from off-the-shelf and 3D printed components, which together cost approximately $16k at 2016 market prices...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906204/design-of-a-large-field-of-view-see-through-near-to-eye-display-with-two-geometrical-waveguides
#12
Jianming Yang, Patrice Twardowski, Philippe Gérard, Joël Fontaine
A novel waveguide near to eye display (WGNED), with new in-coupling and propagation subsystems, is proposed for the first time, to our knowledge, to enlarge the vertical field-of-view (FOV) and the vertical size of the eye box. Two waveguides are stacked-one is for in-coupling and the other for out-coupling. A freeform prism is used to correct the aberrations. These components are combined to form the WGNED. We have simulated such a system; as a result, we show that it achieves a FOV of 30°horizontal (H)×60°vertical (V) and an eye box of about 15  mm (H)×12  mm (V)...
December 1, 2016: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905815/medicare-program-merit-based-incentive-payment-system-mips-and-alternative-payment-model-apm-incentive-under-the-physician-fee-schedule-and-criteria-for-physician-focused-payment-models-final-rule-with-comment-period
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The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) repeals the Medicare sustainable growth rate (SGR) methodology for updates to the physician fee schedule (PFS) and replaces it with a new approach to payment called the Quality Payment Program that rewards the delivery of high-quality patient care through two avenues: Advanced Alternative Payment Models (Advanced APMs) and the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for eligible clinicians or groups under the PFS. This final rule with comment period establishes incentives for participation in certain alternative payment models (APMs) and includes the criteria for use by the Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) in making comments and recommendations on physician-focused payment models (PFPMs)...
November 4, 2016: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905538/potential-and-optimization-of-two-phase-anaerobic-digestion-of-oil-refinery-waste-activated-sludge-and-microbial-community-study
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Qinghong Wang, Ying Liang, Peng Zhao, Qing X Li, Shaohui Guo, Chunmao Chen
Oil refinery waste activated sludge produced from oil wastewater biological treatment is a major industrial sludge. Two-phase anaerobic digestion of oil refinery waste activated sludge was studied for the first time. Thermal pretreatment under 170 °C is effective on sludge solubilization. At the optimum hydrolytic-acidogenic condition which was pH of 6.5, temperature of 55 °C and HRT of 2 days, 2754 mg/L volatile fatty acids (VFAs) were produced and acetic acid and butyric acid were the key components...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904214/results-of-neurolysis-in-established-upper-limb-volkmann-s-ischemic-contracture
#15
Dinesh K Meena, Srikiran Thalanki, Poornima Patni, Ram Khiladi Meena, Dinesh Bairawa, Chirag Bhatia
BACKGROUND: Treatment of established cases of Volkmann's ischemic contracture (VIC) of upper limb is very tedious. Since the period of Volkmann, various experimental works are being performed for its treatment, but none are effective. Disabilities from nerve palsy and hand muscle paralysis are more problematic than any other deformity in VIC. To solve these problems, we conducted a study to see the result of neurolysis of median and ulnar nerve and their subcutaneous placement in established cases of VIC...
November 2016: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903651/t-cells-encountering-myeloid-cells-programmed-for-amino-acid-dependent-immunosuppression-use-rictor-mtorc2-for-proliferative-checkpoint-decisions
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Lee-Ann Van de Velde, Chitra Subramanian, Amber M Smith, Luke Barron, Joseph E Qualls, Geoffrey Neale, Adolfo Alfonso-Pecchio, Suzanne Jackowski, Charles O Rock, Thomas A Wynn, Peter J Murray
Modulation of T cell proliferation and function by immunoregulatory myeloid cells is an essential means of preventing self-reactivity and restoring tissue homeostasis. Consumption of amino acids such as arginine and tryptophan by immunoregulatory macrophages is one pathway that suppresses local T cell proliferation. Using a reduced complexity in vitro macrophage: T cell co-culture system, we show that macrophage Arginase-1 (Arg1) is the only factor required by M2 macrophages to block T cells in G1, and this effect is mediated by L-arginine elimination rather than metabolite generation...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903638/techniques-to-identify-and-temporally-correlate-calcium-transients-between-multiple-regions-of-interest-in-vertebrate-neural-circuits
#17
Julian Sorrensen, Lukasz Wiklendt, Tim James Hibberd, Marcello C Costa, Nick J Spencer
Calcium imaging is commonly used to record dynamic changes in excitability from axons or cell bodies in the nervous system of vertebrates. These recordings often reveal discrete calcium transients which have variable amplitudes, durations, and rates-of-rise and decay, all of which can arise from an unstable, or "noisy" baseline. This often leads to considerable ambiguity about how to discriminate and quantify calcium transients. We describe an analytical methodology that objectively identifies multiple calcium transients from multiple recording sites and quantifies the degree of temporal synchrony between each event...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903631/genomics-of-compensatory-adaptation-in-experimental-populations-of-aspergillus-nidulans
#18
Jeremy R Dettman, Nicolas Rodrigue, Sijmen E Schoustra, Rees Kassen
Knowledge of the number and nature of genetic changes responsible for adaptation is essential for understanding and predicting evolutionary trajectories. Here, we study the genomic basis of compensatory adaptation to the fitness cost of fungicide resistance in experimentally evolved strains of the filamentous fungus Aspergillus nidulans The original selection experiment tracked the fitness recovery of lines founded by an ancestral strain that was resistant to fludioxonil, but paid a fitness cost in the absence of the fungicide...
November 30, 2016: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903131/hypoxic-expansion-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-enhances-3d-maturation-of-tissue-engineered-intervertebral-discs
#19
Katherine Deline Hudson, Lawrence J Bonassar
Culture of three dimensional (3D) constructs in hypoxic conditions (1-5% O2) has been shown to increase production of extracellular matrix (ECM) components in primary intervertebral disc (IVD) cells, and drive chondrogenesis of human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Growing evidence that suggests that two dimensional (2D) expansion under hypoxic conditions may have an even greater influence on chondrogenesis in MSCs. This study aims to determine the effects of hypoxia during 2D expansion and subsequent 3D culture on the in vitro maturation of tissue engineering IVDs (TE-IVDs) made with human MSCs, using a previously developed TE-IVD system...
November 30, 2016: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902777/the-two-component-system-arlrs-and-alterations-in-metabolism-enable-staphylococcus-aureus-to-resist-calprotectin-induced-manganese-starvation
#20
Jana N Radin, Jessica L Kelliher, Paola K Párraga Solórzano, Thomas E Kehl-Fie
During infection the host imposes manganese and zinc starvation on invading pathogens. Despite this, Staphylococcus aureus and other successful pathogens remain capable of causing devastating disease. However, how these invaders adapt to host-imposed metal starvation and overcome nutritional immunity remains unknown. We report that ArlRS, a global staphylococcal virulence regulator, enhances the ability of S. aureus to grow in the presence of the manganese-and zinc-binding innate immune effector calprotectin...
November 2016: PLoS Pathogens
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