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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437974/efficient-reversible-phase-mask-for-tio-sub-2-sub-submicron-gratings-directly-printed-on-cylindrical-surfaces
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L Berthod, M Bichotte, I Verrier, C Veillas, T Kämpfe, F Vocanson, M Langlet, J Laukkanen, O Parriaux, Y Jourlin
In this article we present a radial phase mask specially designed and manufactured for direct micro-structuration under UV photolithography of a cylindrical surface covered by a photoresist TiO<sub>2</sub> film. The period of the phase mask is sub-micron (between 480 nm and 720 nm) and allows direct printing on several types of cylindrical components. With this dedicated reversible phase mask we have demonstrated the feasibility of a TiO<sub>2</sub> grating with a period of 960 nm, printed on a SiO<sub>2</sub> cylinder or inside a SiO<sub>2</sub> tube of 8 mm diameter...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437972/integration-of-bow-tie-plasmonic-nano-antennas-on-tapered-fibers
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Abdul Khaleque, Evgeny G Mironov, Jonas H Osório, Ziyuan Li, Cristiano M B Cordeiro, Liming Liu, Marcos A R Franco, Jong-Leng Liow, Haroldo T Hattori
In this article, a new and flexible approach to control the electric field enhancement of bow-tie nano-antennas by integrating them on the lateral of a tapered optical fiber is proposed. The device is driven by a Q-switched laser and the performance of a fabricated nano-antenna in a quartz slide is tested by a Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS) experiment. A refractive index sensing experiment is also performed and a sensitivity of (240 ± 30) nm/RIU is found in the 1.33-1.35 index range.
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437938/focus-issue-introduction-advanced-solid-state-lasers-assl-2016
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Yoonchan Jeong, Christian Kränkel, Almantas Galvanauskas, Kenneth Schepler, Takunori Taira, Shibin Jiang
The editors introduce the focus issue on "Advanced Solid-State Lasers (ASSL) 2016", which is based on the topics presented at a conference of the same name held in Boston, USA, from October 30 to November 3, 2016. This focus issue, jointly prepared by Optics Express and Optical Materials Express, includes 20 contributed papers (14 for Optics Express and 6 for Optical Materials Express) selected from the voluntary submissions from attendees who presented at the conference and have extended their work into complete research articles...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437869/risk-modeling-of-interdependent-complex-systems-of-systems-theory-and-practice
#4
Yacov Y Haimes
The emergence of the complexity characterizing our systems of systems (SoS) requires a reevaluation of the way we model, assess, manage, communicate, and analyze the risk thereto. Current models for risk analysis of emergent complex SoS are insufficient because too often they rely on the same risk functions and models used for single systems. These models commonly fail to incorporate the complexity derived from the networks of interdependencies and interconnectedness (I-I) characterizing SoS. There is a need to reevaluate currently practiced risk analysis to respond to this reality by examining, and thus comprehending, what makes emergent SoS complex...
April 24, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437868/early-mortality-and-overall-survival-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia-based-on-facility-type
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Vijaya R Bhatt, Valerie Shostrom, Smith Giri, Krishna Gundabolu, K M Monirul Islam, Frederick R Appelbaum, Lori J Maness
Cancer health disparities may exist based on the facility type. We aimed to determine the association between the academic status of centers and outcomes of patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Using the National Cancer Data Base, we compared one-month mortality and longer-term overall survival (OS) of 60,738 patients with AML, who received first course treatment between 2003-2011 at academic or non-academic centers (community cancer program, comprehensive community cancer program, and others). Multivariate analysis was done using logistic regression for one-month mortality and Cox regression with backward elimination approach for OS...
April 24, 2017: American Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437867/robustness-assessment-of-urban-road-network-with-consideration-of-multiple-hazard-events
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Yaoming Zhou, Jiuh-Biing Sheu, Junwei Wang
Robustness measures a system's ability of being insensitive to disturbances. Previous studies assessed the robustness of transportation networks to a single disturbance without considering simultaneously happening multiple events. The purpose of this article is to address this problem and propose a new framework to assess the robustness of an urban transportation network. The framework consists of two layers. The upper layer is to define the robustness index based on the impact evaluation in different scenarios obtained from the lower layer, whereas the lower layer is to evaluate the performance of each hypothetical disrupted road network given by the upper layer...
April 24, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437865/a-novel-role-of-astrocyte-elevated-gene-1-aeg-1-in-regulating-non-alcoholic-steatohepatitis-nash
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Jyoti Srivastava, Chadia L Robertson, Kareem Ebeid, Mikhail Dozmorov, Devaraja Rajasekaran, Rachel Mendoza, Ayesha Siddiq, Maaged A Akiel, Nidhi Jariwala, Xue-Ning Shen, Jolene J Windle, Mark A Subler, Nitai D Mukhopadhyay, Shah Giashuddin, Shobha Ghosh, Zhao Lai, Yidong Chen, Paul B Fisher, Aliasger K Salem, Arun J Sanyal, Devanand Sarkar
Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is the most prevalent cause of chronic liver disease in the Western world. However, an optimum therapy for NASH is yet to be established mandating more in-depth investigation into the molecular pathogenesis of NASH to identify novel regulatory molecules and develop targeted therapies. Here, we unravel a unique function of Astrocyte elevated gene-1/Metadherin (AEG-1/MTDH) in NASH using a transgenic mouse with hepatocyte-specific overexpression of AEG-1 (Alb/AEG-1) and a conditional hepatocyte-specific AEG-1 knockout mouse (AEG-1(ΔHEP) )...
April 24, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437863/sirt3-acts-as-a-negative-regulator-of-autophagy-dictating-hepatocyte-susceptibility-to-lipotoxicity
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Songtao Li, Xiaobing Dou, Hua Ning, Qing Song, Wei Wei, Ximei Zhang, Chen Shen, Jiaxin Li, Changhao Sun, Zhenyuan Song
Lipotoxicity induced by saturated fatty acids (SFAs) plays a central role in the pathogenesis of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD); however, the exact mechanism(s) remain to be fully elucidated. SIRT3 is an NAD(+) -dependent deacetylase primarily located inside mitochondria. In this study, we demonstrated that a SFAs-rich high-fat diet (HFD) was more detrimental to the liver than an isocaloric unsaturated FAs-rich HFD. Unexpectedly, SIRT3 expression/activity were significantly elevated in the livers of mice exposed to the SFAs-rich HFD...
April 24, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437861/three-stage-decision-making-model-under-restricted-conditions-for-emergency-response-to-ships-not-under-control
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Bing Wu, Xinping Yan, Yang Wang, Di Zhang, C Guedes Soares
A ship that is not under control (NUC) is a typical incident that poses serious problems when in confined waters close to shore. The emergency response to NUC ships is to select the best risk control options, which is a challenge in restricted conditions (e.g., time limitation, resource constraint, and information asymmetry), particularly in inland waterway transportation. To enable a quick and effective response, this article develops a three-stage decision-making framework for NUC ship handling. The core of this method is (1) to propose feasible options for each involved entity (e...
April 24, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437859/multiple-sclerosis-broke-my-heart
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Géraldine Androdias, Emilien Bernard, Damien Biotti, Nicolas Collongues, Françoise Durand-Dubief, Julie Pique, Ingrid Sanchez, Clément Delmas, Jacques Ninet, Romain Marignier, Sandra Vukusic
We report 5 cases of acute heart failure (AHF) related to multiple sclerosis (MS) relapses. AHF was inaugural in 3 patients, always preceded or accompanied by signs of brainstem dysfunction; it was severe, requiring intensive care management. Echocardiography showed left ventricular hypokinesis. No other cause of AHF has been found. All patients showed a new medullary lesion on brain MRI. All had rapid and complete recovery of ventricular function after intravenous corticosteroids. We concluded to a takotsubo phenomenon...
April 24, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437856/microstructure-variations-in-the-soft-hard-tissue-junction-of-the-human-anterior-cruciate-ligament
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Lei Zhao, Peter V Lee, David C Ackland, Neil D Broom, Ashvin Thambyah
The role of the sub-bundles in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) has been defined, such that the anterior-medial bundle directly resists anterior tibial translation while the posterior lateral bundle is involved in rotational stability. With regards to this biomechanical function, much of the previous work on bundle-specific morphology has been carried out on the macro-scale, with much less attention given to the micro-to-ultrastructural scalar levels. This is especially true of the enthesis and its microstructure, a biomechanically significant region that has been largely neglected in the published literature dealing with ACL sub-bundle anatomy...
April 24, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437853/inhibition-of-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling-promotes-expansion-of-human-epidermal-keratinocytes-in-feeder-cell-co-culture
#12
Daisuke Suzuki, Filipa Pinto, Makoto Senoo
Cultured epidermal autografts have been used worldwide since 1981 for patients with extensive third-degree burn wounds and limited skin donor sites. Despite significant progress in techniques toward improving clinical outcome of skin grafts, the long in vitro preparation time of cultured autografts has remained a major factor limiting its widespread use. Here, we show that pharmacological inhibition of TGF-β signaling promotes the expansion of human epidermal keratinocytes (HEKs) with high proliferative potential in co-cultures with both murine 3T3-J2 cells and human feeder cells, including dermal fibroblasts and preadipocytes...
April 24, 2017: Wound Repair and Regeneration
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437852/a-diagnostic-microdosing-approach-to-investigate-platinum-sensitivity-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Si-Si Wang, Maike Zimmermann, Hongyong Zhang, Tzu-Yin Lin, Michael Malfatti, Kurt Haack, Kenneth W Turteltaub, George D Cimino, Ralph de Vere White, Chong-Xian Pan, Paul T Henderson
The platinum-based drugs cisplatin, carboplatin and oxaliplatin are often used for chemotherapy, but drug resistance is common. The prediction of resistance to these drugs via genomics is a challenging problem since hundreds of genes are involved. A possible alternative is to use mass spectrometry to determine the propensity for cells to form drug-DNA adducts-the pharmacodynamic drug-target complex for this class of drugs. The feasibility of predictive diagnostic microdosing was assessed in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) cell culture and a pilot clinical trial...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437851/fexofenadine-a-putative-in-vivo-p-glycoprotein-probe-fails-to-predict-clearance-of-the-substrate-tacrolimus-in-renal-recipients
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Thomas Vanhove, Thomas Bouillon, Henriëtte de Loor, Pieter Annaert, Dirk R J Kuypers
Whether combined use of probe drugs for CYP3A4 and P-glycoprotein can clarify the relative contribution of these proteins to pharmacokinetic variability of a dual substrate like tacrolimus has never been assessed. Seventy renal recipients underwent simultaneous 8-hour pharmacokinetic profiles for tacrolimus, the CYP3A4 probe midazolam and the putative P-glycoprotein probe fexofenadine. Patients were genotyped for polymorphisms in CYP3A5, CYP3A4, ABCB1, ABCC2 and SLCO2B1, -1B1 and 1B3. Carriers of the ABCB1 2677G>A polymorphism displayed lower fexofenadine Cmax (-66%; P=0...
April 24, 2017: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437850/public-perception-of-uncertainties-within-climate-change-science
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Vivianne H M Visschers
Climate change is a complex, multifaceted problem involving various interacting systems and actors. Therefore, the intensities, locations, and timeframes of the consequences of climate change are hard to predict and cause uncertainties. Relatively little is known about how the public perceives this scientific uncertainty and how this relates to their concern about climate change. In this article, an online survey among 306 Swiss people is reported that investigated whether people differentiate between different types of uncertainty in climate change research...
April 24, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437848/inferring-network-structure-in-non-normal-and-mixed-discrete-continuous-genomic-data
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Anindya Bhadra, Arvind Rao, Veerabhadran Baladandayuthapani
Inferring dependence structure through undirected graphs is crucial for uncovering the major modes of multivariate interaction among high-dimensional genomic markers that are potentially associated with cancer. Traditionally, conditional independence has been studied using sparse Gaussian graphical models for continuous data and sparse Ising models for discrete data. However, there are two clear situations when these approaches are inadequate. The first occurs when the data are continuous but display non-normal marginal behavior such as heavy tails or skewness, rendering an assumption of normality inappropriate...
April 24, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437846/pain-sensitization-is-associated-with-disease-activity-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-a-cross-sectional-study
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Yvonne C Lee, Clifton O Bingham, Robert R Edwards, Wendy Marder, Phillips Kristine, Marcy B Bolster, Daniel J Clauw, Larry W Moreland, Bing Lu, Alyssa Wohlfahrt, Zhi Zhang, Tuhina Neogi
OBJECTIVE: Pain sensitization may contribute to pain severity in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), impacting assessment of disease activity. We examined whether pain processing mechanisms were associated with disease activity among RA patients with active disease. METHODS: This study includes 139 subjects enrolled in the Central Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis cohort. Subjects underwent quantitative sensory testing (QST), including assessment of pressure pain thresholds (PPTs) at multiple sites, conditioned pain modulation, and temporal summation...
April 24, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437844/liver-resection-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-associated-with-hepatic-vein-invasion-a-japanese-nationwide-survey
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Takashi Kokudo, Kiyoshi Hasegawa, Yutaka Matsuyama, Tadatoshi Takayama, Namiki Izumi, Masumi Kadoya, Masatoshi Kudo, Shoji Kubo, Michiie Sakamoto, Osamu Nakashima, Takashi Kumada, Norihiro Kokudo
Because of the rarity of hepatic vein tumor thrombus (HVTT), compared with portal vein tumor thrombus (PVTT), in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), little is known about this disease entity. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognosis of each treatment modality for HVTT through an analysis of data collected in a Japanese nationwide survey. We analyzed data for 1,021 Child-Pugh A HCC patients with HVTT without inferior vena cava invasion registered between 2000 and 2007. Of these patients, 540 patients who underwent liver resection (LR) and 481 patients who received other treatments were compared...
April 24, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437842/autoimmune-like-chronic-hepatitis-induced-by-olmesartan
#19
Sandrine Barge, Marianne Ziol, Jean-Charles Nault
Drug liver-induced injury (DILI) due to minocyclin, alpha methyldopa or nitrofurantoin may be responsible for chronic liver damage that mimic the biological and/or histological features of chronic autoimmune hepatitis and, in rare cases, progresses to cirrhosis(1). Olmesartan medoxomil is an antihypertensive drug that acts by blocking the angiotensin II receptor and is metabolized into its pharmacologically active form, olmesartan, in the intestine and in the liver before being released into the systemic circulation...
April 24, 2017: Hepatology: Official Journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437841/characterizing-the-evolution-of-wide-gauge-features-in-stylopodial-limb-elements-of-titanosauriform-sauropods-via-geometric-morphometrics
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Paul V Ullmann, Matthew F Bonnan, Kenneth J Lacovara
Wide-gauge posture of titanosauriform sauropods remains an enigmatic peculiarity among terrestrial vertebrates. Here, two-dimensional geometric morphometrics and thin plate splines analyses were used to quantitatively analyze shape differences among sauropodomorph humeri and femora to identify how these elements may differ according to body gauge. Results demonstrate that titanosauriforms generally possess proportionately gracile humeri in comparison to other sauropods, with relatively more medially oriented humeral heads and proximally located deltopectoral crests...
April 24, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
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