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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108449/quantification-of-fibrous-spatial-point-patterns-from-single-molecule-localization-microscopy-smlm-data
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Ruby Peters, Marta Benthem Muñiz, Juliette Griffié, David J Williamson, George W Ashdown, Christian D Lorenz, Dylan M Owen
MOTIVATION: Unlike conventional microscopy which produces pixelated images, SMLM produces data in the form of a list of localization coordinates - a spatial point pattern (SPP). Often, such SPPs are analyzed using cluster analysis algorithms to quantify molecular clustering within, for example, the plasma membrane. While SMLM cluster analysis is now well developed, techniques for analyzing fibrous structures remain poorly explored. RESULTS: Here, we demonstrate statistical methodology, based on Ripley's K-function to quantitatively assess fibrous structures in 2D SMLM data sets...
January 19, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107234/comparison-between-acrylic-cage-and-polyetheretherketone-peek-cage-in-single-level-anterior-cervical-discectomy-and-fusion-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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Majid R Farrokhi, Zahra Nikoo, Mehrnaz Gholami, Khadijeh Hosseini
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective, single-blind randomized-controlled clinical study. OBJECTIVE: To compare polyetheretherketone (PEEK) cage with a novel Acrylic cage to find out which fusion cage yielded better clinical outcomes following single-level anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: ACDF is considered a standard neurosurgical treatment for degenerative diseases of cervical intervertebral disks. There are many options, including bone grafts, bone cement, and spacers made of titanium, carbon fiber, and synthetic materials, used to restore physiological disk height and enhance spinal fusion, but the ideal device, which would provide immediate structural support and subsequent osteointegration and stability, has not been identified yet...
February 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105783/plateau-rayleigh-instability-morphology-evolution-prime-from-electrospun-core-shell-polymer-fibers-to-polymer-microbowls
#3
Yu-Jing Chiu, Hsiao-Fan Tseng, Yu-Ching Lo, Bo-Hao Wu, Jiun-Tai Chen
Electrospun core-shell fibers have great potentials in many areas, such as tissue engineering, drug delivery, and organic solar cells. Although many core-shell fibers have been prepared and studied, the morphology transformation of core-shell fibers have been rarely studied. In this work, the morphology evolution of electrospun core-shell polymer fibers driven by the Plateau-Rayleigh instability is investigated. Polystyrene/poly(methyl methacrylate) (PS/PMMA) core-shell fibers are first prepared by using blend solutions and a single axial electrospinning setup...
January 20, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105604/influence-of-working-temperature-on-the-formation-of-electrospun-polymer-nanofibers
#4
Guang-Zhi Yang, Hai-Peng Li, Jun-He Yang, Jia Wan, Deng-Guang Yu
Temperature is an important parameter during electrospinning, and virtually, all solution electrospinning processes are conducted at ambient temperature. Nanofiber diameters presumably decrease with the elevation of working fluid temperature. The present study investigated the influence of temperature variations on the formation of polymeric nanofibers during single-fluid electrospinning. The surface tension and viscosity of the fluid decreased with increasing working temperature, which led to the formation of high-quality nanofibers...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103481/motor-learning-requires-purkinje-cell-synaptic-potentiation-through-activation-of-ampa-receptor-subunit-glua3
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Nicolas Gutierrez-Castellanos, Carla M Da Silva-Matos, Kuikui Zhou, Cathrin B Canto, Maria C Renner, Linda M C Koene, Ozgecan Ozyildirim, Rolf Sprengel, Helmut W Kessels, Chris I De Zeeuw
Accumulating evidence indicates that cerebellar long-term potentiation (LTP) is necessary for procedural learning. However, little is known about its underlying molecular mechanisms. Whereas AMPA receptor (AMPAR) subunit rules for synaptic plasticity have been extensively studied in relation to declarative learning, it is unclear whether these rules apply to cerebellum-dependent motor learning. Here we show that LTP at the parallel-fiber-to-Purkinje-cell synapse and adaptation of the vestibulo-ocular reflex depend not on GluA1- but on GluA3-containing AMPARs...
January 18, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102947/a-feasibility-study-of-an-integrated-nir-gamma-visible-imaging-system-for-endoscopic-sentinel-lymph-node-mapping
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Han Gyu Kang, Ho-Young Lee, Kyeong Min Kim, Seong-Hyun Song, Gun Chul Hong, Seong Jong Hong
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to integrate NIR, gamma, and visible imaging tools into a single endoscopic system to overcome the limitation of NIR using gamma imaging and to demonstrate the feasibility of endoscopic NIR/gamma/visible fusion imaging for sentinel lymph node (SLN) mapping with a small animal. METHODS: The endoscopic NIR/gamma/visible imaging system consists of a tungsten pinhole collimator, a plastic focusing lens, a BGO crystal (11 × 11 × 2 mm(3) ), a fiber-optic taper (front = 11 × 11 mm(2) , end = 4 × 4 mm(2) ), a 122-cm long endoscopic fiber bundle, an NIR emission filter, a relay lens, and a CCD camera...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101421/structural-and-functional-human-retinal-imaging-with-a-fiber-based-visible-light-oct-ophthalmoscope
#7
Shau Poh Chong, Marcel Bernucci, Harsha Radhakrishnan, Vivek J Srinivasan
The design of a multi-functional fiber-based Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) system for human retinal imaging with < 2 micron axial resolution in tissue is described. A detailed noise characterization of two supercontinuum light sources with different pulse repetition rates is presented. The higher repetition rate and lower noise source is found to enable a sensitivity of 96 dB with 0.15 mW light power at the cornea and a 98 microsecond exposure time. Using a broadband (560 ± 50 nm), 90/10, fused single-mode fiber coupler designed for visible wavelengths, the sample arm is integrated into an ophthalmoscope platform, similar to current clinical OCT systems...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101411/simultaneous-multimodal-ophthalmic-imaging-using-swept-source-spectrally-encoded-scanning-laser-ophthalmoscopy-and-optical-coherence-tomography
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Joseph D Malone, Mohamed T El-Haddad, Ivan Bozic, Logan A Tye, Lucas Majeau, Nicolas Godbout, Andrew M Rollins, Caroline Boudoux, Karen M Joos, Shriji N Patel, Yuankai K Tao
Scanning laser ophthalmoscopy (SLO) benefits diagnostic imaging and therapeutic guidance by allowing for high-speed en face imaging of retinal structures. When combined with optical coherence tomography (OCT), SLO enables real-time aiming and retinal tracking and provides complementary information for post-acquisition volumetric co-registration, bulk motion compensation, and averaging. However, multimodality SLO-OCT systems generally require dedicated light sources, scanners, relay optics, detectors, and additional digitization and synchronization electronics, which increase system complexity...
January 1, 2017: Biomedical Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100750/target-dependent-compartmentalization-of-the-corelease-of-glutamate-and-gaba-from-the-mossy-fibers
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Emilio J Galván, Rafael Gutiérrez
: The mossy fibers (MFs) corelease glutamate and GABA onto pyramidal cells of CA3 during development, until the end of the third postnatal week. However, the major target cells of the MF are the interneurons of CA3. Therefore, it has been shown that the interneurons of the hilus and stratum lucidum receive this dual monosynaptic input on MF stimulation. Because the plasticity of glutamatergic transmission from the different terminals of the MF is target specific, we here asked whether the corelease of glutamate and GABA was also subjected to a target-dependent compartmentalization...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100491/motor-control-by-precisely-timed-spike-patterns
#10
Kyle H Srivastava, Caroline M Holmes, Michiel Vellema, Andrea R Pack, Coen P H Elemans, Ilya Nemenman, Samuel J Sober
A fundamental problem in neuroscience is understanding how sequences of action potentials ("spikes") encode information about sensory signals and motor outputs. Although traditional theories assume that this information is conveyed by the total number of spikes fired within a specified time interval (spike rate), recent studies have shown that additional information is carried by the millisecond-scale timing patterns of action potentials (spike timing). However, it is unknown whether or how subtle differences in spike timing drive differences in perception or behavior, leaving it unclear whether the information in spike timing actually plays a role in brain function...
January 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098454/high-sensitive-wearable-textile-based-humidity-sensor-made-of-high-strength-single-walled-carbon-nanotube-swcnt-poly-vinyl-alcohol-pva-filaments
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Gengheng Zhou, Joon-Hyung Byun, Youngseok Oh, Byung-Mun Jung, Hwa-Jin Cha, Dong Gi Seong, Moon-Kwang Um, Sangil Hyun, Tsu-Wei Chou
Textile-based humidity sensors can be an important component of smart wearable electronic-textiles and have potential applications in the management of wounds, bed-wetting, and skin pathologies or for microclimate control in clothing. Here, we report a wearable textile-based humidity sensor for the first time using high strength (~750 MPa) and ultra-tough (energy-to-break, 4300 J g-1) SWCNT/PVA filaments via a wet-spinning process. The conductive SWCNT networks in the filaments can be modulated by adjusting the intertube distance by swelling the PVA molecular chains via the absorption of water molecules...
January 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098313/the-glass-transition-and-interfacial-dynamics-of-single-strand-fibers-of-polymers
#12
Hyun Woo Cho, Bong June Sung
We investigate the glass transition and interfacial dynamics of single strand fibers of flexible polymers by employing molecular dynamics (MD) simulations along with a coarse grained model. While the polymer fiber has drawn significant attention due to its applicability in tissue engineering and stretchable electronics, its dynamic properties, especially the glass transition temperature (Tg), are yet to be understood at the molecular level. For example, there has been a controversy on the effect of the polymer fiber radius (R) on Tg: Tg decreased with a decrease in R for some polymer fibers, whereas Tg of other polymer fibers was not sensitive to R...
January 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096125/dietary-supplements-and-risk-of-cause-specific-death-cardiovascular-disease-and-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-primary-prevention-trials
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Lukas Schwingshackl, Heiner Boeing, Marta Stelmach-Mardas, Marion Gottschald, Stefan Dietrich, Georg Hoffmann, Anna Chaimani
Our aim was to assess the efficacy of dietary supplements in the primary prevention of cause-specific death, cardiovascular disease (CVD), and cancer by using meta-analytical approaches. Electronic and hand searches were performed until August 2016. Inclusion criteria were as follows: 1) minimum intervention period of 12 mo; 2) primary prevention trials; 3) mean age ≥18 y; 4) interventions included vitamins, fatty acids, minerals, supplements containing combinations of vitamins and minerals, protein, fiber, prebiotics, and probiotics; and 5) primary outcome of all-cause mortality and secondary outcomes of mortality or incidence from CVD or cancer...
January 2017: Advances in Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095386/in-vitro-evaluation-of-the-cleansing-effect-of-a-monofilament-fiber-debridement-pad-compared-to-gauze-swabs
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Cornelia Wiegand, Kirsten Reddersen, Uta-Christina Hipler, Martin Abel, Peter Ruth, Anneke Andriessen
BACKGROUND: Removal of nonvital tissue is an accepted method to eradicate biofilms and to stimulate wound healing. Debridement using a monofilament polyester fiber pad has clinically been shown to be effective as well as pain and trauma free. METHODS: For in vitro determination of the cleansing capacity of this product compared to gauze swabs, a wound debridement model was used with glass plates coated with a bovine serum albumin solution, stained with hematoxylin...
January 18, 2017: Skin Pharmacology and Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094584/cytoskeletal-alteration-and-change-of-retinal-nerve-fiber-layer-birefringence-in-hypertensive-retina
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Xiang-Run Huang, Robert W Knighton, Ye Z Spector, William J Feuer
PURPOSE: Glaucoma damages the retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL). Both RNFL thickness and retardance can be used to assess the damage, but birefringence, the ratio of retardance to thickness, is a property of the tissue itself. This study investigated the relationship between axonal cytoskeleton and RNFL birefringence in retinas with hypertensive damage. MATERIALS AND METHODS: High intraocular pressure (IOP) was induced unilaterally in rat eyes. RNFL retardance in isolated retinas was measured...
January 17, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086790/rna-sequencing-for-global-gene-expression-associated-with-muscle-growth-in-a-single-male-modern-broiler-line-compared-to-a-foundational-barred-plymouth-rock-chicken-line
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Byung-Whi Kong, Nicholas Hudson, Dongwon Seo, Seok Lee, Bhuwan Khatri, Kentu Lassiter, Devin Cook, Alissa Piekarski, Sami Dridi, Nicholas Anthony, Walter Bottje
BACKGROUND: Modern broiler chickens exhibit very rapid growth and high feed efficiency compared to unselected chicken breeds. The improved production efficiency in modern broiler chickens was achieved by the intensive genetic selection for meat production. This study was designed to investigate the genetic alterations accumulated in modern broiler breeder lines during selective breeding conducted over several decades. METHODS: To identify genes important in determining muscle growth and feed efficiency in broilers, RNA sequencing (RNAseq) was conducted with breast muscle in modern pedigree male (PeM) broilers (n = 6 per group), and with an unselected foundation broiler line (Barred Plymouth Rock; BPR)...
January 13, 2017: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081371/gwas-identifies-new-loci-for-painful-temporomandibular-disorder
#17
A E Sanders, D Jain, T Sofer, K F Kerr, C C Laurie, J R Shaffer, M L Marazita, L M Kaste, G D Slade, R B Fillingim, R Ohrbach, W Maixner, T Kocher, O Bernhardt, A Teumer, C Schwahn, K Sipilä, R Lähdesmäki, M Männikkö, P Pesonen, M Järvelin, C M Rizzatti-Barbosa, C B Meloto, M Ribeiro-Dasilva, L Diatchenko, P Serrano, S B Smith
Temporomandibular disorder (TMD) is a musculoskeletal condition characterized by pain and reduced function in the temporomandibular joint and/or associated masticatory musculature. Prevalence in the United States is 5% and twice as high among women as men. We conducted a discovery genome-wide association study (GWAS) of TMD in 10,153 participants (769 cases, 9,384 controls) of the US Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). The most promising single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were tested in meta-analysis of 4 independent cohorts...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081108/integrated-all-optical-mimo-demultiplexer-for-mode-and-wavelength-division-multiplexed-transmission
#18
Daniele Melati, Andrea Alippi, Andrea Annoni, Nicola Peserico, Andrea Melloni
A photonic integrated circuit performing simultaneous mode and wavelength demultiplexing for few-mode-fiber transmission is demonstrated for the first time. The circuit is realized on an InP-based technological platform; it can handle up to eight mode- and wavelength-division-multiplexed (MDM/WDM) channels and allows all-optical multiple-input-multiple-output processing to unscramble mode mixing generated by fiber propagation. A single arrayed waveguide grating is used to demultiplex the WDM channels carried by all the propagating modes, optimizing circuit complexity, chip area, and operational stability...
January 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081085/coherent-and-incoherent-seeding-of-dissipative-modulation-instability-in-a-nonlinear-fiber-ring-cavity
#19
A Bendahmane, J Fatome, C Finot, G Millot, B Kibler
We investigate the coherent or incoherent seeding of dissipative modulation instability (MI) in a nonlinear fiber ring cavity. By varying wavelength and degree of coherence of the seed signal across the MI gain band, we observe a strong sensitivity of the resulting MI sidebands in terms of bandwidth and amplification. Both spectral and temporal characterizations are performed to reveal intensity coherence properties (over a single round-trip) of the generated temporal patterns. Experimental observations are well confirmed by numerical simulations...
January 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081066/experimental-demonstration-of-pulse-multiplexing-and-beam-combining-of-four-fiber-lasers-by-noncollinear-frequency-conversion-in-an-lbo-crystal
#20
Julijanas Želudevičius, Kęstutis Regelskis, Gediminas Račiukaitis
In this work, we provide proof-of-concept experimental realization of pulse multiplexing and beam combining of four pulsed Yb-doped fiber lasers by noncollinear frequency up-conversion in an LBO crystal. An overall conversion efficiency of 51% and up to 29 W average power in a combined 532 nm beam were achieved. These results correspond to an improvement by a factor of 2 compared to the average power extracted from a single fiber amplifier.
January 15, 2017: Optics Letters
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