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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107961/new-approach-of-a-transient-icp-ms-measurement-method-for-samples-with-high-salinity
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Christina Hein, Jonas Michael Sander, Ralf Kautenburger
In the near future it is necessary to establish a disposal for high level nuclear waste (HLW) in deep and stable geological formations. In Germany typical host rocks are salt or claystone. Suitable clay formations exist in the south and in the north of Germany. The geochemical conditions of these clay formations show a strong difference. In the northern ionic strengths of the pore water up to 5M are observed. The determination of parameters like Kd values during sorption experiments of metal ions like uranium or europium as homologues for trivalent actinides onto clay stones are very important for long term safety analysis...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107813/prevalence-of-frailty-in-canadians-18-79-years-old-in-the-canadian-health-measures-survey
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Dustin Scott Kehler, Thomas Ferguson, Andrew N Stammers, Clara Bohm, Rakesh C Arora, Todd A Duhamel, Navdeep Tangri
BACKGROUND: There is little certainty as to the prevalence of frailty in Canadians in younger adulthood. This study examines and compares the prevalence of frailty in Canadians 18-79 years old using the Accumulation of Deficits and Fried models of frailty. METHODS: The Canadian Health Measures Study data were used to estimate the prevalence of frailty in adults 18-79 years old. A 23-item Frailty Index using the Accumulation of Deficits Model (cycles 1-3; n = 10,995) was developed; frailty was defined as having the presence of 25% or more indices, including symptoms, chronic conditions, and laboratory variables...
January 21, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107637/survival-predictions-of-ceramic-crowns-using-statistical-fracture-mechanics
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S Nasrin, N Katsube, R R Seghi, S I Rokhlin
This work establishes a survival probability methodology for interface-initiated fatigue failures of monolithic ceramic crowns under simulated masticatory loading. A complete 3-dimensional (3D) finite element analysis model of a minimally reduced molar crown was developed using commercially available hardware and software. Estimates of material surface flaw distributions and fatigue parameters for 3 reinforced glass-ceramics (fluormica [FM], leucite [LR], and lithium disilicate [LD]) and a dense sintered yttrium-stabilized zirconia (YZ) were obtained from the literature and incorporated into the model...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107634/electrolyte-gradient-based-modulation-of-molecular-transport-through-nanoporous-gold-membranes
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Daniel A McCurry, Ryan C Bailey
Nanopores, and nanoporous materials in general, are interesting for applications in chemical and biomolecular transport as pore sizes are on the same scale as the dimension of many (bio)chemical species. Many studies have focused on either single pores or small arrays of cylindrical pores, which are convenient in terms of their amenability towards computational modeling of transport phenomenon. However, the limited overall porosity may inhibit transport flux as well as the eventual implementation of these materials as active separation elements...
January 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107393/t-cell-subset-and-stimulation-strength-dependent-modulation-of-t-cell-activation-by-kv1-3-blockers
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Wai-Ping Fung-Leung, Wilson Edwards, Yi Liu, Karen Ngo, Julianty Angsana, Glenda Castro, Nancy Wu, Xuejun Liu, Ronald V Swanson, Alan D Wickenden
Kv1.3 is a voltage-gated potassium channel expressed on T cells that plays an important role in T cell activation. Previous studies have shown that blocking Kv1.3 channels in human T cells during activation results in reduced calcium entry, cytokine production, and proliferation. The aim of the present study was to further explore the effects of Kv1.3 blockers on the response of different human T cell subsets under various stimulation conditions. Our studies show that, unlike the immune suppressor cyclosporine A, the inhibitory effect of Kv1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107341/complex-dynamics-of-virus-spread-from-low-infection-multiplicities-implications-for-the-spread-of-oncolytic-viruses
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Ignacio A Rodriguez-Brenes, Andrew Hofacre, Hung Fan, Dominik Wodarz
While virus growth dynamics have been well-characterized in several infections, data are typically collected once the virus population becomes easily detectable. Earlier dynamics, however, remain less understood. We recently reported unusual early dynamics in an experimental system using adenovirus infection of human embryonic kidney (293) cells. Under identical experimental conditions, inoculation at low infection multiplicities resulted in either robust spread, or in limited spread that eventually stalled, with both outcomes occurring with approximately equal frequencies...
January 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107056/selfing-local-mate-competition-and-reinforcement
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Mark D Rausher
Reinforcement can contribute to speciation by increasing the strength of prezygotic isolating mechanisms. Theoretical analyses over the past two decades have demonstrated that conditions for reinforcement are not unduly restrictive, and empirical investigations have documented over a dozen likely cases, indicating that it may be a reasonably common phenomenon in nature. Largely uncharacterized, however, is the diversity of biological scenarios that can create the reduced hybrid fitness that drives reinforcement...
February 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106980/structural-snapshots-of-an-engineered-cystathionine-%C3%AE-lyase-reveal-the-critical-role-of-electrostatic-interactions-in-the-active-site
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Wupeng Yan, Everett M Stone, Yan Jessie Zhang
Enzyme therapeutics that can degrade L-methionine (L-Met) are of great interest as numerous malignancies are exquisitely sensitive to L-Met depletion. To exhaust the pool of the methionine in human serum, we previously engineered an L-Met degrading enzyme based on the human cystathionine-γ-lyase scaffold (hCGL-NLV) in order to circumvent immunogenicity and stability issues observed in the preclinical application of bacterial derived methionine-γ-lyases (MGL). To gain further insights into structure/activity relationships governing the chemistry of the hCGL-NLV lead molecule, we undertook a biophysical characterization campaign that captured crystal structures (2...
January 20, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106806/uhf-signal-processing-and-pattern-recognition-of-partial-discharge-in-gas-insulated-switchgear-using-chromatic-methodology
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Xiaohua Wang, Xi Li, Mingzhe Rong, Dingli Xie, Dan Ding, Zhixiang Wang
The ultra-high frequency (UHF) method is widely used in insulation condition assessment. However, UHF signal processing algorithms are complicated and the size of the result is large, which hinders extracting features and recognizing partial discharge (PD) patterns. This article investigated the chromatic methodology that is novel in PD detection. The principle of chromatic methodologies in color science are introduced. The chromatic processing represents UHF signals sparsely. The UHF signals obtained from PD experiments were processed using chromatic methodology and characterized by three parameters in chromatic space (H, L, and S representing dominant wavelength, signal strength, and saturation, respectively)...
January 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106741/the-role-of-lipid-membranes-in-life-s-origin
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David Deamer
At some point in early evolution, life became cellular. Assuming that this step was required for the origin of life, there would necessarily be a pre-existing source of amphihilic compounds capable of assembling into membranous compartments. It is possible to make informed guesses about the properties of such compounds and the conditions most conducive to their self-assembly into boundary structures. The membranes were likely to incorporate mixtures of hydrocarbon derivatives between 10 and 20 carbons in length with carboxylate or hydroxyl head groups...
January 17, 2017: Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106716/tracking-and-classification-of-in-air-hand-gesture-based-on-thermal-guided-joint-filter
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Seongwan Kim, Yuseok Ban, Sangyoun Lee
The research on hand gestures has attracted many image processing-related studies, as it intuitively conveys the intention of a human as it pertains to motional meaning. Various sensors have been used to exploit the advantages of different modalities for the extraction of important information conveyed by the hand gesture of a user. Although many works have focused on learning the benefits of thermal information from thermal cameras, most have focused on face recognition or human body detection, rather than hand gesture recognition...
January 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106534/extrinsic-rashba-spin-orbit-coupling-effect-on-silicene-spin-polarized-field-effect-transistors
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Nezhat Pournaghavi, Mahdi Esmaeilzadeh, Adib Abrishamifar, Somaieh Ahmadi
Regarding the spin field effect transistor (spin FET) challenges such as mismatch effect in spin injection and insufficient spin life time, we propose a silicene based device which can be a promising candidate to overcome some of those problems. Using non-equilibrium Green���s function method, we investigate the spin-dependent conductance in a zigzag silicene nanoribbon connected to two magnetized leads which are supposed to be either in parallel or anti-parallel configurations. For both configurations, a controllable spin current can be obtained when the Rashba effect is present; thus, we can have a spin filter device...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106286/tendinopathy-in-diabetes-mellitus-patients-epidemiology-pathogenesis-and-management
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Pauline Po Yee Lui
Chronic tendinopathy is a frequent and disabling musculo-skeletal problem affecting the athletic and general populations. The affected tendon is presented with local tenderness, swelling, and pain which restrict the activity of the individual. Tendon degeneration reduces the mechanical strength and predisposes it to rupture. The pathogenic mechanisms of chronic tendinopathy are not fully understood and several major non-mutually exclusive hypotheses including activation of the hypoxia-apoptosis-pro-inflammatory cytokines cascade, neurovascular ingrowth, increased production of neuromediators, and erroneous stem cell differentiation have been proposed...
January 20, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106124/effect-of-myocyte-fibroblast-coupling-on-the-onset-of-pathological-dynamics-in-a-model-of-ventricular-tissue
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S Sridhar, Nele Vandersickel, Alexander V Panfilov
Managing lethal cardiac arrhythmias is one of the biggest challenges in modern cardiology, and hence it is very important to understand the factors underlying such arrhythmias. While early afterdepolarizations (EAD) of cardiac cells is known to be one such arrhythmogenic factor, the mechanisms underlying the emergence of tissue level arrhythmias from cellular level EADs is not fully understood. Another known arrhythmogenic condition is fibrosis of cardiac tissue that occurs both due to aging and in many types of heart diseases...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105573/effect-of-movement-velocity-during-resistance-training-on-dynamic-muscular-strength-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Timothy B Davies, Kenny Kuang, Rhonda Orr, Mark Halaki, Daniel Hackett
BACKGROUND: Movement velocity is an acute resistance-training variable that can be manipulated to potentially optimize dynamic muscular strength development. However, it is unclear whether performing faster or slower repetitions actually influences dynamic muscular strength gains. OBJECTIVE: We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to examine the effect of movement velocity during resistance training on dynamic muscular strength. METHODS: Five electronic databases were searched using terms related to movement velocity and resistance training...
January 20, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104577/investigating-subjective-experience-and-the-influence-of-weather-among-individuals-with-fibromyalgia-a-content-analysis-of-twitter
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Pari Delir Haghighi, Yong-Bin Kang, Rachelle Buchbinder, Frada Burstein, Samuel Whittle
BACKGROUND: Little is understood about the determinants of symptom expression in individuals with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). While individuals with FMS often report environmental influences, including weather events, on their symptom severity, a consistent effect of specific weather conditions on FMS symptoms has yet to be demonstrated. Content analysis of a large number of messages by individuals with FMS on Twitter can provide valuable insights into variation in the fibromyalgia experience from a first-person perspective...
January 19, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104322/effect-from-rotational-speed-on-torsional-resistance-of-the-nickel-titanium-instruments
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Jung-Hong Ha, Sang Won Kwak, Sung Kyo Kim, Asgeir Sigurdsson, Hyeon-Cheol Kim
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to evaluate differences in torsional resistance using up-regulated speed of rotational spindle. METHODS: Three NiTi rotary instrument systems were selected in this study: K3XF (SybronEndo, Glendora, CA), BLX (B&L Biotech, Ansan, Korea), and OneShape (MicroMega, Besançon, France). The tip size and taper for all files were #25 and 0.06. Experimental groups (n = 10/group) were assigned to 2-, 60-, 350-, and 600-rpm groups by the rotational speed of spindle...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104236/local-equilibrium-theory-analysis-of-chromatographic-peak-shapes-in-the-presence-of-adsorbing-modifiers
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Arvind Rajendran
The nature and shapes of solute and modifier peaks for a situation when the modifier and solute adsorb competitively through the Langmuir isotherm is studied using the local-equilibrium theory. The analysis yields 10 different cases depending on the relative adsorption strengths and the concentrations of the modifier and the solute. The origin of positive and negative Langmuirian/anti-Langmuirian-type peaks, even when the adsorption isotherms are strictly Langmuirian, and explicit conditions under which each combination is observed are derived...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103485/evaluation-of-the-adhesion-on-the-nano-scaled-polymeric-film-systems
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Tae Sung Park, Ik Keun Park, Sanichiro Yoshida
We applied scanning acoustic microscopy known as the V(z) curve technique to photoresist thin-film systems for the evaluation of the adhesive strength at the film-substrate interface. Through the measurement of the SAW (Surface Acoustic Wave) velocity, the V(z) curve analysis allows us to quantify the stiffness of the film-substrate interface. In addition, we conducted a nano-scratch test to quantify the ultimate strength of the adhesion through the evaluation of the critical load. To vary the adhesive conditions, we prepared thin-film specimens with three different types of pre-coating surface treatments, i...
December 31, 2016: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100041/contrasting-growth-forecasts-across-the-geographical-range-of-scots-pine-due-to-altitudinal-and-latitudinal-differences-in-climatic-sensitivity
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Luis Matías, Juan C Linares, Ángela Sánchez-Miranda, Alistair S Jump
Ongoing changes in global climate are altering ecological conditions for many species. The consequences of such changes are typically most evident at the edge of a species' geographical distribution, where differences in growth or population dynamics may result in range expansions or contractions. Understanding population responses to different climatic drivers along wide latitudinal and altitudinal gradients is necessary in order to gain a better understanding of plant responses to ongoing increases in global temperature and drought severity...
January 18, 2017: Global Change Biology
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