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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352756/influence-of-defect-locations-and-nitrogen-doping-configurations-on-the-mechanical-properties-of-armchair-graphene-nanoribbons
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Ahmet Emin Senturk, Ahmet Sinan Oktem, Alp Er S Konukman
The effect of defect locations on the mechanical properties of armchair graphene nanoribbons (AGNRs) and the various configurations of nitrogen (N) doping on the mechanical properties of AGNRs were examined using molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. The variation of the Young's modulus (YM) and the ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of pyridinic-N, graphitic-N, and pyrrolic-N by increasing the concentration of N doping was investigated. The results of MD simulations show that the defect location has a significant effect on the UTS and failure strain (FS) of AGNRs in both vertical and horizontal directions...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352647/ifn-%C3%AE-and-tnf-%C3%AE-pre-licensing-protects-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-from-the-pro-inflammatory-effects-of-palmitate
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Lauren Boland, Anthony J Burand, Alex J Brown, Devlin Boyt, Vitor A Lira, James A Ankrum
The use of mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC) therapy for the treatment of type 2 diabetes (T2D) and T2D complications is promising; however, the investigation of MSC function in the setting of T2D has not been thoroughly explored. In our current study, we investigated the phenotype and function of MSCs in a simulated in vitro T2D environment. We show that palmitate, but not glucose, exposure impairs MSC metabolic activity with moderate increases in apoptosis, while drastically affecting proliferation and morphology...
December 19, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352630/surgical-damage-to-the-lymphatic-system-promotes-tumor-growth-via-impaired-adaptive-immune-response
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Yoshiyuki Nakamura, Yasuhiro Fujisawa, Naoko Okiyama, Rei Watanabe, Ryota Tanaka, Yosuke Ishitsuka, Hideaki Tahara, Manabu Fujimoto
BACKGROUND: Both lymph nodes (LNs) and lymphatic channels from primary sites to regional LNs are critical for initiation of adaptive immunity. However, as LNs are common metastatic sites in skin cancers, LN biopsies or dissections are frequently performed. In addition, reconstructive skin flaps after tumor resection may damage lymphatic flow from primary sites to regional LNs. OBJECTIVE: This study was designed to investigate the effect on tumor progression by such surgeries...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Dermatological Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352573/h%C3%A2-control-for-uncertain-linear-system-over-networks-with-bernoulli-data-dropout-and-actuator-saturation
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Jimin Yu, Chenchen Yang, Xiaoming Tang, Ping Wang
This paper investigates the H∞ control problems for uncertain linear system over networks with random communication data dropout and actuator saturation. The random data dropout process is modeled by a Bernoulli distributed white sequence with a known conditional probability distribution and the actuator saturation is confined in a convex hull by introducing a group of auxiliary matrices. By constructing a quadratic Lyapunov function, effective conditions for the state feedback-based H∞ controller and the observer-based H∞ controller are proposed in the form of non-convex matrix inequalities to take the random data dropout and actuator saturation into consideration simultaneously, and the problem of non-convex feasibility is solved by applying cone complementarity linearization (CCL) procedure...
January 15, 2018: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352492/variability-of-pulsed-energy-outputs-from-three-dermatology-lasers-during-multiple-simulated-treatments
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J Britton
BACKGROUND: Dermatology laser treatments are undertaken at regional departments using lasers of different powers and wavelengths. In order to achieve good outcomes there need to be good consistency of laser output across different weeks as it is custom and practice to break down the treatments into individual fractions. Departments will also collect information from test patches to help decide on the most appropriate treatment parameters for individual patients. OBJECTIVES: The objective of these experiments is to assess the variability of the energy outputs from a small number of lasers across multiple weeks at realistic parameters...
January 20, 2018: Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352479/contrasting-effects-of-specialist-and-generalist-herbivores-on-resistance-evolution-in-invasive-plants
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Zhijie Zhang, Xiaoyun Pan, Dana Blumenthal, Mark van Kleunen, Mu Liu, Bo Li
Invasive alien plants are likely to be released from specialist herbivores and at the same time encounter biotic resistance from resident generalist herbivores in their new ranges. The Shifting Defense Hypothesis predicts that this will result in evolution of decreased defense against specialist herbivores and increased defense against generalist herbivores. To test this, we performed a comprehensive meta-analysis of 61 common garden studies that provide data on resistance and/or tolerance for both introduced and native populations of 32 invasive plant species...
January 20, 2018: Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352432/effect-of-membrane-composition-on-receptor-association-implications-of-cancer-lipidomics-on-erbb-receptors
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Aiswarya B Pawar, Durba Sengupta
The association of single transmembrane receptors, such as the ErbB receptors is a key event in initiating cell signaling networks. The interactions between these receptors have been well characterized for both ligand-driven and pre-formed dimers. However, the role of the membrane in modulating association is less well understood and assumes greater importance in light of altered membrane composition in diseased states. Here, we discuss how membrane composition has been observed to induce both structural and dynamic differences in receptor association...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352411/the-impact-of-using-an-upper-limb-prosthesis-on-the-perception-of-real-and-illusory-weight-differences
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Gavin Buckingham, Johnny Parr, Greg Wood, Samuel Vine, Pan Dimitriou, Sarah Day
Little is known about how human perception is affected using an upper-limb prosthesis. To shed light on this topic, we investigated how using an upper-limb prosthesis affects individuals' experience of object weight. First, we examined how a group of upper-limb amputee prosthetic users experienced real mass differences and illusory weight differences in the context of the 'size-weight' illusion. Surprisingly, the upper-limb prosthetic users reported a markedly smaller illusion than controls, despite equivalent perceptions of a real mass difference...
January 19, 2018: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352353/regarding-loads-after-spinal-fusion-every-level-should-be-seen-separately-a-musculoskeletal-analysis
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A Benditz, S Auer, J F Spörrer, S Wolkerstorfer, J Grifka, F Suess, S Dendorfer
INTRODUCTION: The number of spinal fusion surgeries is steadily increasing and biomechanical consequences are still in debate. The aim of this study is to provide biomechanical insights into the sagittal balance of the spine and to compare spinal load before and after spinal fusion. METHOD: The joint reaction forces of 52 patients were analyzed in proximo-distal and antero-posterior direction from the levels T12-L1 to L5-S1 using musculoskeletal simulations. RESULTS: In 104 simulations, pre-surgical forces were equal to post-surgical...
January 19, 2018: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352322/qportal-a-platform-for-data-driven-biomedical-research
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Christopher Mohr, Andreas Friedrich, David Wojnar, Erhan Kenar, Aydin Can Polatkan, Marius Cosmin Codrea, Stefan Czemmel, Oliver Kohlbacher, Sven Nahnsen
Modern biomedical research aims at drawing biological conclusions from large, highly complex biological datasets. It has become common practice to make extensive use of high-throughput technologies that produce big amounts of heterogeneous data. In addition to the ever-improving accuracy, methods are getting faster and cheaper, resulting in a steadily increasing need for scalable data management and easily accessible means of analysis. We present qPortal, a platform providing users with an intuitive way to manage and analyze quantitative biological data...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352314/proactive-vs-reactive-car-driving-eeg-evidence-for-different-driving-strategies-of-older-drivers
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Melanie Karthaus, Edmund Wascher, Stephan Getzmann
Aging is associated with a large heterogeneity in the extent of age-related changes in sensory, motor, and cognitive functions. All these functions can influence the performance in complex tasks like car driving. The present study aims to identify potential differences in underlying cognitive processes that may explain inter-individual variability in driving performance. Younger and older participants performed a one-hour monotonous driving task in a driving simulator under varying crosswind conditions, while behavioral and electrophysiological data were recorded...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352307/aerial-ulv-control-of-aedes-aegypti-with-naled-dibrom-inside-simulated-rural-village-and-urban-cryptic-habitats
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Seth C Britch, Kenneth J Linthicum, Robert L Aldridge, Mark S Breidenbaugh, Mark D Latham, Peter H Connelly, Mattie J E Rush, Jennifer L Remmers, Jerry D Kerce, Charles A Silcox
We conducted aerial fixed wing ultra low volume (ULV) spray trials with naled to investigate penetration of exposed and simulated cryptic habitat within opened buildings, partially sealed buildings, and outdoor locations targeting sentinel adult Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in north central Florida. Mortality was observed in open and closed buildings and outdoors, even in mosquitoes placed in cryptic habitats. Observations on the impact of building type, mosquito exposure method such as placement in cryptic habitat, and spray nozzle size on mosquito mortality are described and analyzed...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352228/dual-band-metamaterial-antenna-for-lte-bluetooth-wimax-system
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Md Mehedi Hasan, Mohammad Rashed Iqbal Faruque, Mohammad Tariqul Islam
A compact metamaterial inspired antenna operate at LTE, Bluetooth and WiMAX frequency band is introduced in this paper. For the lower band, the design utilizes an outer square metallic strip forcing the patch to radiate as an equivalent magnetic-current loop. For the upper band, another magnetic current loop is created by adding metamaterial structure near the feed line on the patch. The metamaterial inspired antenna dimension of 42 × 32 mm2 compatible to wireless devices. Finite integration technique based CST Microwave Studio simulator has been used to design and numerical investigation as well as lumped circuit model of the metamaterial antenna is explained with proper mathematical derivation...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352175/magnetic-vortices-as-efficient-nano-heaters-in-magnetic-nanoparticle-hyperthermia
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N A Usov, M S Nesmeyanov, V P Tarasov
Magnetic vortices existing in soft magnetic nanoparticles with sizes larger than the single-domain diameter can be efficient nano-heaters in biomedical applications. Using micromagnetic numerical simulation we prove that in the optimal range of particle diameters the magnetization reversal of the vortices in spherical iron and magnetite nanoparticles is possible for moderate amplitudes of external alternating magnetic field, H0 < 100 Oe. In contrast to the case of superparamagnetic nanoparticles, for the vortex configuration the hysteresis loop area increases as a function of frequency...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352163/word-mode-a-crowding-free-reading-protocol-for-individuals-with-macular-disease
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Stuart Wallis, Yit Yang, Stephen J Anderson
Central retinal loss through macular disease markedly reduces the ability to read largely because identification of a word using peripheral vision is negatively influenced by nearby text, a phenomenon termed visual crowding. Here, we present a novel peripheral reading protocol, termed Word Mode, that eliminates crowding by presenting each word in isolation but in a position that mimics its natural position in the line of text being read, with each new word elicited using a self-paced button press. We used a gaze-contingent paradigm to simulate a central scotoma in four normally-sighted observers, and measured oral reading speed for text positioned 7...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352148/stochastic-optimization-of-broadband-reflecting-photonic-structures
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D Estrada-Wiese, E A Del Río-Chanona, J A Del Río
Photonic crystals (PCs) are built to control the propagation of light within their structure. These can be used for an assortment of applications where custom designed devices are of interest. Among them, one-dimensional PCs can be produced to achieve the reflection of specific and broad wavelength ranges. However, their design and fabrication are challenging due to the diversity of periodic arrangement and layer configuration that each different PC needs. In this study, we present a framework to design high reflecting PCs for any desired wavelength range...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352116/the-chemical-fluctuation-theorem-governing-gene-expression
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Seong Jun Park, Sanggeun Song, Gil-Suk Yang, Philip M Kim, Sangwoon Yoon, Ji-Hyun Kim, Jaeyoung Sung
Gene expression is a complex stochastic process composed of numerous enzymatic reactions with rates coupled to hidden cell-state variables. Despite advances in single-cell technologies, the lack of a theory accurately describing the gene expression process has restricted a robust, quantitative understanding of gene expression variability among cells. Here we present the Chemical Fluctuation Theorem (CFT), providing an accurate relationship between the environment-coupled chemical dynamics of gene expression and gene expression variability...
January 19, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352107/mycolyltransferase-from-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-in-covalent-complex-with-tetrahydrolipstatin-provides-insights-into-antigen-85-catalysis
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Christopher M Goins, Steven Dajnowicz, Micholas D Smith, Jerry M Parks, Donald R Ronning
Mycobacterium tuberculosis Antigen 85 enzymes (Ag85s) catalyze the transfer of mycolic acid (MA) from trehalose monomycolate to produce the mycolyl arabinogalactan (mAG) or trehalose dimycolate (TDM). These lipids define the protective mycomembrane of Mycobacteria. The current model of substrate binding within the active sites of Ag85s for the production of TDM is not sterically and geometrically feasible; additionally, this model does not account for the production of mAG. Furthermore, this model does not address how Ag85s limit the hydrolysis of the acyl-enzyme intermediate while catalyzing acyl transfer...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352106/cholesterol-binding-to-a-conserved-site-modulates-conformation-pharmacology-and-transport-kinetics-of-the-human-serotonin-transporter
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Louise Laursen, Kasper Severinsen, Kristina Birch Kristensen, Xavier Periole, Malene Overby, Heidi Kaastrup Müller, Birgit Schiøtt, Steffen Sinning
The serotonin transporter (SERT) is important for reuptake of the neurotransmitter serotonin from the synaptic cleft and is also the target of most antidepressants. It has previously been shown that cholesterol in the membrane bilayer affects the conformation of the serotonin transporter. Although recent crystal structures have identified several potential cholesterol binding sites it is unclear whether any of these potential cholesterol sites are occupieed by cholesterol and functionally relevant. In the present study we focus on the conserved Cholesterol Site 1 (CHOL1) located in a hydrophobic groove between TM1a, TM5 and TM7...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351989/iterative-random-forests-to-discover-predictive-and-stable-high-order-interactions
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Sumanta Basu, Karl Kumbier, James B Brown, Bin Yu
Genomics has revolutionized biology, enabling the interrogation of whole transcriptomes, genome-wide binding sites for proteins, and many other molecular processes. However, individual genomic assays measure elements that interact in vivo as components of larger molecular machines. Understanding how these high-order interactions drive gene expression presents a substantial statistical challenge. Building on random forests (RFs) and random intersection trees (RITs) and through extensive, biologically inspired simulations, we developed the iterative random forest algorithm (iRF)...
January 19, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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