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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453544/predicting-herbivore-faecal-nitrogen-using-a-multispecies-near-infrared-reflectance-spectroscopy-calibration
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Miriam Villamuelas, Emmanuel Serrano, Johan Espunyes, Néstor Fernández, Jorge R López-Olvera, Mathieu Garel, João Santos, María Ángeles Parra-Aguado, Maurizio Ramanzin, Xavier Fernández-Aguilar, Andreu Colom-Cadena, Ignasi Marco, Santiago Lavín, Jordi Bartolomé, Elena Albanell
Optimal management of free-ranging herbivores requires the accurate assessment of an animal's nutritional status. For this purpose 'near-infrared reflectance spectroscopy' (NIRS) is very useful, especially when nutritional assessment is done through faecal indicators such as faecal nitrogen (FN). In order to perform an NIRS calibration, the default protocol recommends starting by generating an initial equation based on at least 50-75 samples from the given species. Although this protocol optimises prediction accuracy, it limits the use of NIRS with rare or endangered species where sample sizes are often small...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453367/retinal-pigment-epithelium-photoreceptor-layer-alterations-in-a-patient-with-sturge-weber-syndrome-with-diffuse-choroidal-hemangioma
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Solmaz Abdolrahimzadeh, Francesco Parisi, Flavio Mantelli, Andrea Perdicchi, Gianluca Scuderi
PURPOSE: To describe an 8-year-old girl with diagnosis of Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS) presenting with glaucoma, abnormal iris vessels, diffuse choroidal hemangioma, and small white dot-shaped "microdrusen-like" alterations of the retina in the right eye. PATIENT AND METHODS: Complete ophthalmological examination was performed with slit-lamp anterior segment assessment and fundus ophthalmoscopy. Near infrared reflectance (NIR) and enhanced depth imaging (EDI) spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) were carried out...
April 28, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449348/thienylquinonoidal-porphyrins-and-hexaphyrins-with-singlet-diradical-ground-states
#3
Atsuhiro Osuka, Koji Naoda, Jun Oh Kim, Daiki Shimizu, Ko Furukawa, Dongho Kim
To explore stable organic diradicaloids, meso-thienylquinonoid-substituted porphyrins Pn and hexaphyrins Hn, where "n" denotes the number of thienyl units in the meso-substituents, were synthesized. While P0 was identified as a closed-shell quinonoid, P1 was shown to possess significant diradical character with diradical character index (y) of 0.99 and quite small singlet-triplet energy gap (ΔES-T) of -0.13 kcal·mol-1. P1 was certainly stable, allowing its isolation, but decomposed gradually in solution. In the hexaphyrin series, it was shown that H0 and H1 were closed-shell quinonoids, but H2 was a highly stable diradicaloid with y = 0...
April 27, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449258/improve-toolmarks-impressions-in-soft-wax
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Nir Finkelstein, Nikolai Volkov, Tsadok Tsach
When the forensic toolmarks laboratory receives for examination and comparison a tool that is suspected of having been involved in a crime, the expert performs tests designed to determine whether or not the specific tool generates the same toolmarks as those found at the crime scene. This is performed by testing tool striation on a piece of soft metal, such as lead, and examining the marks left by the tool. Studies have shown that wax may be an optimal material for this purpose. This study examines the use of wax at different temperatures and shows that quality of results is better when the wax is cooled (recommended temperature is -18°C)...
May 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448837/genetic-analysis-of-meat-quality-traits-in-maternal-lines-of-rabbit-and-their-diallel-cross
#5
C Mínguez, J P Sánchez, P Hernández, M Ragab, A G El Nagar, M Baselga
Young rabbits, the dams of which came from a full diallel cross among four maternal lines (A, V, H and LP) and the sires from a single paternal line (R), that produce sixteen genetic groups, was carried out to evaluate the genetic groups and to estimate the crossbreeding genetic parameters of meat quality. The meat quality traits were recorded by NIRS from a sample of 285 longissimus lumborum muscles. Crossbreeding parameters were estimated according to Dickerson model. No differences in protein were found...
April 10, 2017: Meat Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448170/mechanical-circulatory-support-devices-methods-to-optimize-hemodynamics-during-use
#6
Ben Bow Chung, Gabriel Sayer, Nir Uriel
Introduction Mechanical circulatory support (MCS) is an increasingly utilized mode of therapy in the management of advanced heart failure, both as bridge to heart transplantation and destination therapy. As MCS becomes more prevalent, it is ever more important to understand the complex hemodynamics of these devices, as well as the strategies for hemodynamic optimization. Areas Covered This review provides an overview of hemodynamics in the normal human heart and the failing heart. We discuss the various short-term mechanical circulatory support devices and their hemodynamic consequences...
April 27, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447912/targeting-ret-in-patients-with-ret-rearranged-lung-cancers-results-from-the-global-multicenter-ret-registry
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Oliver Gautschi, Julie Milia, Thomas Filleron, Juergen Wolf, David P Carbone, Dwight Owen, Ross Camidge, Vignhesh Narayanan, Robert C Doebele, Benjamin Besse, Jordi Remon-Masip, Pasi A Janne, Mark M Awad, Nir Peled, Chul-Cho Byoung, Daniel D Karp, Michael Van Den Heuvel, Heather A Wakelee, Joel W Neal, Tony S K Mok, James C H Yang, Sai-Hong Ignatius Ou, Georg Pall, Patrizia Froesch, Gérard Zalcman, David R Gandara, Jonathan W Riess, Vamsidhar Velcheti, Kristin Zeidler, Joachim Diebold, Martin Früh, Sebastian Michels, Isabelle Monnet, Sanjay Popat, Rafael Rosell, Niki Karachaliou, Sacha I Rothschild, Jin-Yuan Shih, Arne Warth, Thomas Muley, Florian Cabillic, Julien Mazières, Alexander Drilon
Purpose In addition to prospective trials for non-small-cell lung cancers (NSCLCs) that are driven by less common genomic alterations, registries provide complementary information on patient response to targeted therapies. Here, we present the results of an international registry of patients with RET-rearranged NSCLCs, providing the largest data set, to our knowledge, on outcomes of RET-directed therapy thus far. Methods A global, multicenter network of thoracic oncologists identified patients with pathologically confirmed NSCLC that harbored a RET rearrangement...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447883/c-h-infrared-absorption-and-solubility-of-ethylene-propyne-2-methyl-2-butene-and-2-methyl-1-3-butadiene-isoprene-in-liquid-argon-solutions
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Parashu R Nyaupane, Helena Diez-Y-Riega, Daniel Cordier, Carlos E Manzanares
The solubility of ethylene (H2C=CH2), propyne (CH3-C≡C-H), 2-methyl-2-butene (CH3-CH=C(CH3)2), and isoprene or 2-methyl-1, 3-butadiene (H2C=C(CH3)-CH=CH2) in liquid argon has been measured using mid-infrared and near-infrared (NIR) absorption. Spectra were recorded in the C-H infrared (IR) region. Spectra were obtained at increasing solution composition until the magnitude of the integrated absorption band reached a maximum value, indicating a saturated solution. The approximate experimental solubilities are: (600 ± 100) ppm at 92 K for ethylene, (22 ± 9) ppm at 100 K for propyne, (9 ± 5) ppm at 100 K for 2-methyl-2-butene, and (12 ± 2) ppm at 86 K for isoprene...
January 1, 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447836/the-goldilocks-contract-the-synergistic-benefits-of-combining-structure-and-autonomy-for-persistence-creativity-and-cooperation
#9
Eileen Y Chou, Nir Halevy, Adam D Galinsky, J Keith Murnighan
Contracts are commonly used to regulate a wide range of interactions and relationships. Yet relying on contracts as a mechanism of control often comes at a cost to motivation. Integrating theoretical perspectives from psychology, economics, and organizational theory, we explore this control-motivation dilemma inherent in contracts and present the Contract-Autonomy-Motivation-Performance-Structure (CAMPS) model, which highlights the synergistic benefits of combining structure and autonomy. The model proposes that subtle reductions in the specificity of a contract's language can boost autonomy, which increases intrinsic motivation and improves a range of desirable behaviors...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447685/rearrangement-of-an-aniline-linked-perylene-bisimide-under-acidic-conditions-and-visible-to-near-infrared-emission-from-the-intramolecular-charge-transfer-state-of-its-fused-derivatives
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Mitsuru Kojima, Akira Tamoto, Naoki Aratani, Hiroko Yamada
We have prepared a series of aniline-linked and fused perylene bisimides (PBIs) for making near-infrared (NIR) fluorophores. During this research, we found an unexpected rearrangement reaction on the PBI core for the first time. The aniline- and phenothiazine-fused PBIs exhibit excellent absorption ability and visible-to-NIR emission owing to their intramolecular charge transfer character.
April 27, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447684/crystal-structure-nir-luminescence-and-x-ray-computed-tomography-of-nd-3-ba0-3lu0-7f2-7-nanospheres
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Daniel González-Mancebo, Ana Isabel Becerro, Eugenio Cantelar, Fernando Cussó, Arnaud Briat, Damien Boyer, Manuel Ocaña
Uniform, hydrophilic 50 nm diameter Nd(3+)-doped Ba0.3Lu0.7F2.7 nanospheres are synthesized at 120 °C using a singular one-pot method based on the use of ethylene glycol as solvent, in the absence of any additive. The composition and crystal structure of the undoped material are analyzed in detail using ICP and XRD, which reveals a BaF2 cubic crystal structure that is able to incorporate 70 mol% of Lu ions. This finding contrasts with the reported phase diagram of the system, where the maximum solubility is around 30 mol% Lu...
April 27, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447492/statistical-aspects-of-near-infrared-spectroscopy-for-the-characterization-of-errors-and-model-building
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Alessandra da Rocha Duailibe Monteiro, Thiago de Sá Feital, José Carlos Pinto
Due to the complex nature of near-infrared (NIR) spectra, it is usually very difficult to provide quantitative interpretations of spectral data. As a consequence, careful building and validation of calibration models are of fundamental importance prior to development of useful applications of NIR technologies. For this reason, this work presents a statistical study about the NIR spectroscopy, analyzing the NIR behavior when the experimental conditions are changed. Near-infrared spectra were measured at different temperatures and stirring velocities for systems containing a pure solvent and a suspension of polymer powder in order to perform the error analysis...
January 1, 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447447/nuclear-targeting-gold-nanorods-for-extremely-low-nir-activated-photothermal-therapy
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Limin Pan, Jianan Liu, Jianlin Shi
Photo-related nanomedicine is of particular interest as an emerging paradigm toward precise cancer therapy, as demonstrated by the recent developments of photothermal therapy (PTT), an emerging technique employing light converting agents to burn cancerous cells by over-dosed optical energy-converted heat. However, most of the laser irradiations needed for effective PTT significantly exceed the maximal permissible power density in human skin, which is likely to damage surrounding normal tissues. Herein, we report a strategy of intranuclear PTT of cancer enabled by nuclear-targeted delivery of gold nanorods of ~ 10...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447120/case-studies-in-modelling-control-in-food-processes
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J Glassey, A Barone, G A Montague, V Sabou
This chapter discusses the importance of modelling and control in increasing food process efficiency and ensuring product quality. Various approaches to both modelling and control in food processing are set in the context of the specific challenges in this industrial sector and latest developments in each area are discussed. Three industrial case studies are used to demonstrate the benefits of advanced measurement, modelling and control in food processes. The first case study illustrates the use of knowledge elicitation from expert operators in the process for the manufacture of potato chips (French fries) and the consequent improvements in process control to increase the consistency of the resulting product...
April 27, 2017: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445765/in-line-monitoring-and-optimization-of-powder-flow-in-a-simulated-continuous-process-using-transmission-near-infrared-spectroscopy
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Md Anik Alam, Zhenqi Shi, James K Drennen, Carl A Anderson
In-line monitoring of continuous powder flow is an integral part of the continuous manufacturing process of solid oral dosage forms in the pharmaceutical industry. Specifically, monitoring downstream from loss-in-weight (LIW) feeders and/or continuous mixers provides important data about the state of the process. Such measurements support control of the process and thereby enhance product quality. Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) is a potential PAT tool to monitor the homogeneity of a continuous powder flow stream in pharmaceutical manufacturing...
April 23, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445764/development-of-light-driven-gas-forming-liposomes-for-efficient-tumor-treatment
#16
Jae Min Lee, Yu Seok Youn, Eun Seong Lee
In this study, we report a gas-forming liposome containing 1H-1H-2H-perfluoro-1-hexene (PFH) and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). These liposomes were rapidly destabilized by external near-infrared (NIR) light, as a result of the vaporization of PFH influenced by an AuNPs-mediated photothermal event. In particular, these liposomes showed the triggered release of the encapsulated D-(KLAKLAK)2 peptide drug. The experimental results demonstrated that the light-irradiated liposomes significantly enhanced in vitro photothermal and D-(KLAKLAK)2 peptide-mediated cell death of CAOV-3 tumor cells...
April 23, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445740/right-brain-left-brain-in-depressive-disorders-clinical-and-theoretical-implications-of-behavioral-electrophysiological-and-neuroimaging-findings
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Gerard E Bruder, Jonathan W Stewart, Patrick J McGrath
The right and left side of the brain are asymmetric in anatomy and function. We review electrophysiological (EEG and event-related potential), behavioral (dichotic and visual perceptual asymmetry), and neuroimaging (PET, MRI, NIRS) evidence of right-left asymmetry in depressive disorders. Recent electrophysiological and fMRI studies of emotional processing have provided new evidence of altered laterality in depressive disorders. EEG alpha asymmetry and neuroimaging findings at rest and during cognitive or emotional tasks are consistent with reduced left prefrontal activity in depressed patients, which may impair downregulation of amygdala response to negative emotional information...
April 23, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444937/soluble-inorganic-nanoparticle-constructed-porous-coordination-frameworks-as-homogenized-heterogeneous-photocatalysts-for-suzuki-coupling-reaction-under-near-infrared-light
#18
Baodui Wang, Yuting Luo, Yong Peng, Weisheng Liu, Fengjuan Chen
Self-assembly has emerged as a promising method to control the structure and properties of ensembles of inorganic nanoparticles (NPs) for exploiting their collective effects. However, the rational assembly of inorganic NPs into soluble porous architectures as homogenized heterogeneous catalyst has been less studied. Here, we show that inorganic NPs can be used for the assembly of soluble porous coordination frameworks (PCFs) by atom-scale interfacial coordination-driven assembly strategy. Given large pore size, high dispersity in solution, strong absorption in the near-infrared range (NIR), and a long living electron-hole pair, the obtained soluble framework can serve as a platform for homogenize heterogeneous photocatalysts, which exhibited excellent activity, high apparent quantum efficiency, and recyclability to catalyze the noble metal free Suzuki coupling reaction under NIR light at room temperature...
April 26, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444717/effect-of-donor-strength-and-bulk-on-thieno-3-4-b-pyrazine-based-panchromatic-dyes-in-dscs
#19
Nalaka P Liyanage, Hammad Cheema, Alexandra R Baumann, Alexa R Zylstra, Jared Heath Delcamp
NIR absorbing organic dyes are critically needed in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs). Thieno[3,4-b]pyrazine (TPz) based dyes can access the near-infrared (NIR) spectral region and show power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of up to 8.1% with sunlight being converted at wavelengths up to 800 nm for 17.6 mA/cm2 of photocurrent in a co-sensitized DSC device. Precisely controlling dye excited-state energies is critical for good performances in NIR DSCs. Strategies to control TPz dye energetics with stronger donor groups and TPz substituent choice are evaluated in this manuscript...
April 25, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444561/a-rare-variant-in-the-fhl1-gene-associated-with-x-linked-recessive-hypoparathyroidism
#20
Nir Pillar, Oren Pleniceanu, Mingyan Fang, Limor Ziv, Einat Lahav, Shay Botchan, Le Cheng, Benjamin Dekel, Noam Shomron
Isolated familial hypoparathyroidism is an extremely rare disorder, which to date has been linked to several loci including mutations in CASR, GCM2, and PTH, as well as a rare condition defined as X-linked recessive hypoparathyroidism, previously associated with a 1.5 Mb region on Xq26-q27. Here, we report a patient with hypocalcemia-induced seizures leading to the diagnosis of primary hypoparathyroidism. Mutations in CASR, GCM2, and PTH were ruled out, while whole exome sequencing of the family suggested FHL1, located on chromosome Xq26, as the most likely causative gene variant (FHL1, exon 4, c...
April 25, 2017: Human Genetics
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