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Hadis Biglari, Reza Sameni
Fetal motility is a widely accepted indicator of the well-being of a fetus. In previous research, it has be shown that fetal motion (FM) is coherent with fetal heart rate accelerations and an indicator for active/rest cycles of the fetus. The most common approach for FM and fetal heart rate (FHR) assessment is by Doppler ultrasound (DUS). While DUS is the most common approach for studying the mechanical activities of the heart, noninvasive fetal electrocardiogram (ECG) and magnetocardiogram (MCG) recording and processing techniques have been considered as a possible competitor (or complement) for the DUS...
October 24, 2016: Physiological Measurement
Moussa Biaye, Ewa Zbydniewska, Thierry Mélin, Dominique Deresmes, Guillaume Copie, Fabrizio Cleri, Neralagatta Sangeetha, Nicolas Decorde, Benoit Viallet, Jérémie Grisolia, Laurence Ressier, Heinrich Diesinger
Nanoparticle assemblies with thiol-terminated alkyl chains are studied by conducting atomic force microscopy (c-AFM) regarding their use as strain gauges for touch-sensitive panels. Current-force spectroscopy is used as a characterization tool complementary to the macroscopic setup since it allows a bias to be applied to a limited number of junctions, overcoming the Coulomb blockade energy and focusing on the contact electromechanics and the transport mechanism across the ligand. First, transition voltage spectroscopy is applied with varying force to target the underlying tunneling mechanism by observing whether the transition between the ohmic and exponential current-voltage behavior is force-dependent...
October 24, 2016: Nanotechnology
Wentian Guo, Yuan Ji, Daniel V T Catenacci
In precision medicine, a patient is treated with targeted therapies that are predicted to be effective based on the patient's baseline characteristics such as biomarker profiles. Oftentimes, patient subgroups are unknown and must be learned through inference using observed data. We present SCUBA, a Subgroup ClUster-based Bayesian Adaptive design aiming to fulfill two simultaneous goals in a clinical trial, 1) to treatments enrich the allocation of each subgroup of patients to their precision and desirable treatments and 2) to report multiple subgroup-treatment pairs (STPs)...
October 24, 2016: Biometrics
Cristian Axenie, Christoph Richter, Jörg Conradt
Biological and technical systems operate in a rich multimodal environment. Due to the diversity of incoming sensory streams a system perceives and the variety of motor capabilities a system exhibits there is no single representation and no singular unambiguous interpretation of such a complex scene. In this work we propose a novel sensory processing architecture, inspired by the distributed macro-architecture of the mammalian cortex. The underlying computation is performed by a network of computational maps, each representing a different sensory quantity...
October 20, 2016: Sensors
Jiaxiang Huang, Maoguo Gong, Lijia Ma
Molecular interactions data increase exponentially with the advance of biotechnology. This makes it possible and necessary to comparatively analyse the different data at a network level. Global network alignment is an important network comparison approach to identify conserved subnetworks and get insight into evolutionary relationship across species. Network alignment which is analogous to subgraph isomorphism is known to be an NP-hard problem. In this paper, we introduce a novel heuristic Particle-Swarm-Optimization based Network Aligner (PSONA), which optimizes a weighted global alignment model considering both protein sequence similarity and interaction conservations...
October 19, 2016: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
Ram Iyer, Farzana Nasrin, Elton See, Steven Mathews
Optical coherence tomography (OCT) is a non-invasive imaging technique used to study and understand internal structures of biological tissues such as the anterior chamber of the human eye. An interesting problem is the reconstruction of the shape of the biological tissue from OCT images, that is not only a good fit of the data but also respects the smoothness properties observed in the images. A similar problem arises in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). We cast the problem as a penalized weighted least squares regression with a penalty on the magnitude of the second derivative (Laplacian) of the surface...
October 19, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
Md Akter Hussain, Alauddin Bhuiyan, Andrew Turpin, Chi D Luu, R Theodore Smith, Robyn H Guymer, Ramamohanarao Kotagiri
OBJECTIVE: We propose an effective, automatic method for identification of four retinal layer boundaries from the Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (SD-OCT) images in the presence and absence of pathologies and morphological changes due to disease. METHODS: The approach first finds an approximate location of three reference layers, and then uses these to bound the search space for the actual layers, which is achieved by modeling the problem as a graph and applying Dijkstra's shortest path algorithm...
October 19, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
Pan-Pan Zhang, Alexander Eisfeld
Two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy has become an important experimental technique to obtain information on, e.g., electronic coherences in large molecular complexes or vibronic couplings. For the correct interpretation of two-dimensional spectra, however, detailed theoretical calculations are required. Reliable theoretical calculations are impeded by large system sizes and number of vibrational degrees of freedom that need to be explicitly taken into account. Here we demonstrate that a numerical approach based on a stochastic hierarchy of pure states (HOPS) does allow to calculate two-dimensional spectra, notwithstanding the stochasticity of our method...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Heinrich Krobath, Tao Chen, Hue Sun Chan
Volumetric properties of proteins bear directly on their biological functions in hyperbaric environments and are useful in general as a biophysical probe. To gain insight into conformation-dependent protein volume, we developed an implicit-solvent atomic chain model that transparently embodies two physical origins of volume. First, a fundamental geometric term capturing the van der Waals volume of the protein and the particulate, finite-size nature of the water molecules, modeled together by the volume encased by the protein's molecular surface...
October 24, 2016: Biochemistry
Chunxia Peng, Wei Wang, Quangang Xu, Mo Yang, Huangfen Zhou, Shuo Zhao, Shihui Wei
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the differences between macular inner retinal layers and peripapillary retinal nerve fibre layer (pRNFL) thickness in Chinese patients with neuromyelitis spectrum optic neuritis (NMOSD-ON) and isolated optic neuritis (ION) with only one episode. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 35 patients (35 eyes) with NMOSD-ON (NMO-IgG seropositive) and 46 patients (46 eyes) with ION after one episode. Spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) was used to quantify pRNFL, macular RNFL (mRNFL), ganglion cell and inner plexiform layers (GCIPL) and inner nuclear layer (INL) thickness using an automated algorithm...
October 24, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
Eren Çerman, Deniz Özarslan Özcan, Ebru Toker
PURPOSE: To evaluate possible risk factors leading to sterile corneal infiltrates following corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL). METHODS: A total of 588 eyes of 459 patients treated with Epi-off (n = 461) or Epi-on (n = 127) CXL were retrospectively evaluated. Risk factors, including preoperative blepharitis and vernal conjunctivitis, the postoperative use of topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), as well as Kmax and pachymetry measurements, were assessed...
October 24, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
Damjan Glavač, Martina Jarc-Vidmar, Katarina Vrabec, Metka Ravnik-Glavač, Ana Fakin, Marko Hawlina
PURPOSE: To determine the spectrum of BEST1 mutations and to study the phenotype in Slovenian families with Best vitelliform macular dystrophy (BVMD) to identify genotype-phenotype correlations. METHODS: Twenty patients from five families underwent the ophthalmological examination including electrooculogram (EOG; N = 17), fundus autofluorescence imaging (N = 16) and optical coherence tomography (N = 14). Mutational screening was performed by direct DNA sequencing of the BEST1 gene...
October 24, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
Stela Vujosevic, Tommaso Torresin, Silvia Bini, Enrica Convento, Elisabetta Pilotto, Raffaele Parrozzani, Edoardo Midena
PURPOSE: To evaluate changes of specific retinal imaging biomarkers [intraretinal hyper-reflective retinal spots: HRS ; subfoveal neuroretinal detachment: SND; and increased foveal autofluorescence: IFAF after intravitreal steroid or anti-vascular endothelial growth factor treatment in diabetic macular oedema (DME)] as possible indicators of retinal inflammatory condition. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of images and clinical charts of 49 eyes (49 patients) with DME treated with intravitreal dexamethasone (dexamethasone, 23 eyes) or intravitreal ranibizumab (ranibizumab, 26 eyes)...
October 24, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
Lydia Sauer, Sven Peters, Johanna Schmidt, Dietrich Schweitzer, Matthias Klemm, Lisa Ramm, Regine Augsten, Martin Hammer
PURPOSE: To investigate the impact of macular pigment (MP) on fundus autofluorescence (FAF) lifetimes in vivo by characterizing full-thickness idiopathic macular holes (MH) and macular pseudo-holes (MPH). METHODS: A total of 37 patients with MH and 52 with MPH were included. Using the fluorescence lifetime imaging ophthalmoscope (FLIO), based on a Heidelberg Engineering Spectralis system, a 30° retinal field was investigated. FAF decays were detected in a short (498-560 nm; ch1) and long (560-720 nm; ch2) wavelength channel...
October 24, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
Kristian Lundberg, Anna Stage Vergmann, Anders Højslet Vestergaard, Nina Jacobsen, Ernst Goldschmidt, Tunde Peto, Jakob Grauslund
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October 24, 2016: Acta Ophthalmologica
Hsin-Hua Liu, Zheng He, Christine T O Nguyen, Algis J Vingrys, Bang V Bui
PURPOSE: This pilot study considered whether intraocular pressure (IOP) lowering could reverse ganglion cell dysfunction in a rat model of chronic ocular hypertension. METHODS: A circumlimbal suture was applied in one eye to induce ocular hypertension (n = 7) in Long-Evans rats. The contralateral eye served as an untreated control. After 8 weeks of IOP elevation the suture was removed to lower IOP for the remaining 7 weeks. Electroretinogram (ERG) and optical coherence tomography (OCT) were measured at baseline, 2, 4, 8, 12 and 15 weeks...
October 24, 2016: Ophthalmic & Physiological Optics: the Journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists)
Lothar Wondraczek, Esa Tyystjärvi, Jorge Méndez-Ramos, Frank A Müller, Qinyuan Zhang
Solar energy harvesting is largely limited by the spectral sensitivity of the employed energy conversion system, where usually large parts of the solar spectrum do not contribute to the harvesting scheme, and where, of the contributing fraction, the full potential of each photon is not efficiently used in the generation of electrical or chemical energy. Extrinsic sensitization through photoluminescent spectral conversion has been proposed as a route to at least partially overcome this problem. Here, we discuss this approach in the emerging context of photochemical energy harvesting and storage through natural or artificial photosynthesis...
December 2015: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
Yohei Sotomi, Pannipa Suwannasom, Patrick W Serruys, Yoshinobu Onuma
The advent of intracoronary stents greatly increased the safety and applicability of percutaneous coronary interventions. One of the drawbacks of drug eluting stents (DES) is the increased risk of late and very late stent thrombosis (ST). The risk of ST after the DES implantation were anticipated to be solved with the advent of fully biodegradable scaffolds which offers the possibility of transient scaffolding of the vessel to prevent acute vessel closure and recoil while also transiently eluting an antiproliferative drug to counteract the constrictive remodeling and excessive neointimal hyperplasia...
October 25, 2016: EuroIntervention
Yaarit Adamovich, Benjamin Ladeuix, Marina Golik, Maarten P Koeners, Gad Asher
The mammalian circadian system consists of a master clock in the brain that synchronizes subsidiary oscillators in peripheral tissues. The master clock maintains phase coherence in peripheral cells through systemic cues such as feeding-fasting and temperature cycles. Here, we examined the role of oxygen as a resetting cue for circadian clocks. We continuously measured oxygen levels in living animals and detected daily rhythms in tissue oxygenation. Oxygen cycles, within the physiological range, were sufficient to synchronize cellular clocks in a HIF1α-dependent manner...
October 19, 2016: Cell Metabolism
W Zhai, H M Liu, Z Y Hong, W J Xie, B Wei
When one beam of ultrasound propagates along a single direction in liquids, the cavitation effect is always confined to a limited volume close to the ultrasonic source. This greatly limits the application of power ultrasound in liquid processing and materials fabrication. In this study, a methodology for applying three orthogonal ultrasounds within liquids has been proposed. By solving the Helmholtz equation, the sound field distribution characteristics are investigated in 1D (one dimensional), 2D (two dimensional) and 3D (three dimensional) ultrasounds at their resonant frequencies, which show that the coherent interaction of three beams of ultrasounds is able to strikingly promote the sound pressure level and reinforce the mean acoustic energy density as compared with that in 1D case...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
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