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B L Altshuler, E Cuevas, L B Ioffe, V E Kravtsov
We combine numerical diagonalization with semianalytical calculations to prove the existence of the intermediate nonergodic but delocalized phase in the Anderson model on disordered hierarchical lattices. We suggest a new generalized population dynamics that is able to detect the violation of ergodicity of the delocalized states within the Abou-Chakra, Anderson, and Thouless recursive scheme. This result is supplemented by statistics of random wave functions extracted from exact diagonalization of the Anderson model on ensemble of disordered random regular graphs (RRG) of N sites with the connectivity K=2...
October 7, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Himanshu Chaudhary, Aditya Iyer, Vinod Subramaniam, Mireille M A E Claessens
Phospholipid vesicles are commonly used to get insight into the mechanism by which oligomers of amyloidogenic proteins damage membranes. Oligomers of the protein α-synuclein (αS) are thought to create pores in phospholipid vesicles containing a high amount of anionic phospholipids but fail to damage vesicle membranes at lower surface charge densities. The current understanding of how αS oligomers damage membranes is thus incomplete. This incomplete understanding may, in part, result from the choice of model membrane systems...
October 21, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Leihong Zhao, Lining Yang, Hongjun Lin, Meijia Zhang, Haiying Yu, Bao-Qiang Liao, Fangyuan Wang, Xiaoling Zhou, Renjie Li
While the adsorptive fouling in membrane bioreactors (MBRs) is highly dependent of the surface morphology, little progress has been made on modeling biocake layer surface morphology. In this study, a novel method, which combined static light scattering method for fractal dimension (Df) measurement with fractal method represented by the modified two-variable Weierstrass-Mandelbrot function, was proposed to model biocake layer surface in a MBR. Characterization by atomic force microscopy showed that the biocake surface was stochastic, disorder, self-similarity, and with non-integer dimension, illustrating obvious fractal features...
October 13, 2016: Bioresource Technology
Nicolas Rouleau, Lukasz M Karbowski, Michael A Persinger
Synthetic experimental substrates are indispensable tools which can allow researchers to model biological processes non-invasively in three-dimensional space. In this study, we investigated the capacities of an electroconductive material whose properties converge upon those of the brain. An electrically conductive material composed of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, ions, water, and trace amounts of other organic compounds and minerals was classically conditioned as inferred by electrophysiological measurements...
2016: PloS One
Soya Shinkai, Tadasu Nozaki, Kazuhiro Maeshima, Yuichi Togashi
The mammalian genome is organized into submegabase-sized chromatin domains (CDs) including topologically associating domains, which have been identified using chromosome conformation capture-based methods. Single-nucleosome imaging in living mammalian cells has revealed subdiffusively dynamic nucleosome movement. It is unclear how single nucleosomes within CDs fluctuate and how the CD structure reflects the nucleosome movement. Here, we present a polymer model wherein CDs are characterized by fractal dimensions and the nucleosome fibers fluctuate in a viscoelastic medium with memory...
October 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
Cuizhen Sun, Jinwei Qiu, Zhibin Zhang, Taha F Marhaba, Yanhao Zhang
In this paper, flocculating performance and mechanisms of a new composite coagulant, poly-ferric aluminum chloride-polydimethyl diallylammonium chloride (PFAC-PD) with different OH(-)/(Fe(3+) + Al(3+)) molar ratios, were investigated for humic acid (HA)-kaolin synthetic wastewater treatment. The impact of OH(-)/(Fe(3+) + Al(3+)) molar ratios on the removal efficiencies of turbidity and dissolved organic carbon, specific UV absorbance, coagulation mechanisms and dynamics was explored during the coagulation process using composite coagulants...
October 2016: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
María Karina Manzo-Valencia, Laura Valdés-Santiago, Lino Sanchez-Segura, Doralinda Guzman-de-Pena
The response to exogenous addition of Naphthalene Acetic Acid potassium salt (NAA-K+ ) to Fusarium oxysporum f. sp radici-lycopersici ATCC 60095 and F. oxysporum f. sp. cubense isolated from Michoacan Mexico soil is reported. The in vitro study showed that NAA-K+ might be effective in the control of Fusarium oxysporum. Exogenous application of NAA-K+ affected both, spores and mycelium stages of the fungi. Viability testing using acridine orange and propidium iodide showed that NAA-K+ possess fungal killing properties, doing it effective in the destruction of conidia of this phytopathogenic fungi...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Shazia Nafis, Kalaiarasan Ponnusamy, Mohammad Husain, R K Brojen Singh, Rameshwar N K Bamezai
An experimentally validated set of apoptosis-regulatory proteins was subjected to network analysis, depicting a scale-free hierarchical fractal network. The power-law distribution of the various topological properties of the network revealed the fractal nature of the network, a signature of self-organization of the network where the network maintained the democratic constitution of nodes at various levels and showed the absence of the centrality-lethality control system. Even though network breakdown under the absence of the centrality-lethality rule of hub removal did not happen, the change in the topological properties of the network could be observed...
October 18, 2016: Molecular BioSystems
Peng Yu, Feng Huang, Qiaowei Li, Fan Lin, Pengli Zhu
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the association of the central retinal arteriolar equivalent (CRAE) and the retinal vascular fractal dimension, two quantitative parameters that reflect microcirculation, with aortic stiffness. DESIGN AND METHOD: In this cross-sectional study, we identified the cardiovascular risk factors in 2169 subjects using a health questionnaire, physical examinations and laboratory examinations. We evaluated the aortic stiffness using noninvasive brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) and assessed the microcirculatory alterations with CRAE and retinal vascular fractal dimension, which were measured using fundus photography and semiautomatic quantitative software, respectively...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Tien Wong
The vasculature in the retina can be viewed directly and non-invasively in vivo, offers a unique perspective of the human microvasculature, and therefore the ability to understand early changes, processes, pathways and consequences of hypertension. In the past 15 years, advances in high resolution digital retinal photography and automated or semi-automated computer image software have been applied to measure and quantify a variety of retinal microvascular parameter, including retinal arteriolar and venular caliber, tortuosity, branching patterns and fractal dimensions...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Nattapong Thammasan, Koichi Moriyama, Ken-Ichi Fukui, Masayuki Numao
Although emotion detection using electroencephalogram (EEG) data has become a highly active area of research over the last decades, little attention has been paid to stimulus familiarity, a crucial subjectivity issue. Using both our experimental data and a sophisticated database (DEAP dataset), we investigated the effects of familiarity on brain activity based on EEG signals. Focusing on familiarity studies, we allowed subjects to select the same number of familiar and unfamiliar songs; both resulting datasets demonstrated the importance of reporting self-emotion based on the assumption that the emotional state when experiencing music is subjective...
April 29, 2016: Brain Informatics
Luca Mesin, Davide Dardanello, Alberto Rainoldi, Gennaro Boccia
During fatiguing contractions, many adjustments in motor units behaviour occur: decrease in muscle fibre conduction velocity; increase in motor units synchronisation; modulation of motor units firing rate; increase in variability of motor units inter-spike interval. We simulated the influence of all these adjustments on synthetic EMG signals in isometric/isotonic conditions. The fractal dimension of the EMG signal was found mainly influenced by motor units firing behaviour, being affected by both firing rate and synchronisation level, and least affected by muscle fibre conduction velocity...
October 12, 2016: Medical Engineering & Physics
Zoey J Isherwood, Mark M Schira, Branka Spehar
Natural scenes share a consistent distribution of energy across spatial frequencies (SF) known as the 1/f(α) amplitude spectrum (α ≈ 0.8 - 1.5, mean 1.2). This distribution is scale-invariant, which is a fractal characteristic of natural scenes with statistically similar structure at different spatial scales. While the sensitivity of the visual system to the 1/f properties of natural scenes has been studied extensively using psychophysics, relatively little is known about the tuning of cortical responses to these properties...
October 11, 2016: NeuroImage
T Janvier, R Jennane, A Valery, K Harrar, M Delplanque, C Lelong, D Loeuille, H Toumi, E Lespessailles
OBJECTIVES: To examine whether trabecular bone texture (TBT) parameters assessed on computed radiographs could predict knee osteoarthritis (OA) progression. METHODS: This study was performed using data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative. 1647 knees in 1124 patients had bilateral fixed flexion radiographs acquired 48 months apart. Images were semi-automatically segmented to extract a patchwork of regions of interest (ROI). A fractal texture analysis was performed using different methods...
October 11, 2016: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
Li Shi, Florent Carn, François Boué, Eric Buhler
Aggregation of nanoparticles of given size R induced by addition of a polymer strongly depends on its degree of rigidity. This is shown here on a large variety of silica nanoparticle self-assemblies obtained by electrostatic complexation with carefully selected oppositely charged biopolyelectrolytes of different rigidity. The effective rigidity is quantified by the total persistence length L_{T} representing the sum of the intrinsic (L_{p}) and electrostatic (L_{e}) polyelectrolyte persistence length, which depends on the screening, i...
September 2016: Physical Review. E
Zong-Wen Wei, Bing-Hong Wang
Some real-world networks are shown to be fractal or self-similar. It is widespread that such a phenomenon originates from the repulsion between hubs or disassortativity. Here we show that this common belief fails to capture the causality. Our key insight to address it is to pinpoint links critical to fractality. Those links with small edge betweenness centrality (BC) constitute a special architecture called fractal reference system, which gives birth to the fractal structure of those reported networks. In contrast, a small amount of links with high BC enable small-world effects, hiding the intrinsic fractality...
September 2016: Physical Review. E
Dagmar Steinhauser, Markus Möwes, Manfred Klüppel
The rheo-dielectric response of carbon black filled elastomer melts is investigated by dielectric relaxation spectroscopy in the frequency range from 0.1 Hz up to 10 MHz during oszillatory shearing in a plate-plate rheometer. Various concentrations and types of carbon blacks dispersed in a non-crosslinked EPDM melt are considered. It is demonstrated that during heat treatment at low strain amplitude a pronounced flocculation of filler particles takes place leading to a successive increase of the shear modulus and conductivity...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Ayano Kudo, Marika Sato, Haruna Sawaguchi, Jun-Ichi Hotta, Hiroyuki Mayama, Yoshimune Nonomura
In the present study, mechanical phenomena on fractal agar gel were analyzed to understand the interfacial properties of hydrophilic biosurfaces. The evaluation of adhesion strength between the fractal agar gel surfaces showed that the fractal structure inhibits the adhesion between the agar gel surfaces. In addition, when the disintegration behavior of an agar gel block was observed between fractal agar gel substrates, the rough structure prevented the sliding of an agar gel block. These findings are useful for understanding the biological significance of rough structure on the biological surfaces...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Oleo Science
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2016: PloS One
Joshua S Caplan, Daniel Giménez, Vandana Subroy, Richard J Heck, Stephen A Prior, G Brett Runion, H Allen Torbert
Soil pore structure has a strong influence on water retention, and is itself influenced by plant and microbial dynamics such as root proliferation and microbial exudation. Although increased nitrogen (N) availability and elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations (eCO2 ) often have interacting effects on root and microbial dynamics, it is unclear whether these biotic effects can translate into altered soil pore structure and water retention. This study was based on a long-term experiment (7 yr at the time of sampling) in which a C4 pasture grass (Paspalum notatum) was grown on a sandy loam soil while provided factorial additions of N and CO2 ...
October 11, 2016: Global Change Biology
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