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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906345/grating-coupling-based-excitation-of-bloch-surface-waves-for-lab-on-fiber-optrodes
#1
Michele Scaravilli, Giuseppe Castaldi, Andrea Cusano, Vincenzo Galdi
In this paper, we investigate the possibility to excite Bloch surface waves (BSWs) on the tip of single-mode optical fibers. Within this framework, after exploring an idealized, proof-of-principle grating-coupling-based scheme for on-tip excitation of BSWs, we focus on an alternative configuration that is more robust with respect to fabrication-related non-idealities. Subsequently, with a view towards label-free chemical and biological sensing, we present a specific design aimed at enhancing the sensitivity (in terms of wavelength shift) of the arising resonance with respect to changes in the refractive properties of the surrounding environment...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905530/structural-basis-for-broad-neutralization-of-hiv-1-through-the-molecular-recognition-of-10e8-helical-epitope-at-the-membrane-interface
#2
Edurne Rujas, Jose M M Caaveiro, Angélica Partida-Hanon, Naveed Gulzar, Koldo Morante, Beatriz Apellániz, Miguel García-Porras, Marta Bruix, Kouhei Tsumoto, Jamie K Scott, M Ángeles Jiménez, José L Nieva
The mechanism by which the HIV-1 MPER epitope is recognized by the potent neutralizing antibody 10E8 at membrane interfaces remains poorly understood. To solve this problem, we have optimized a 10E8 peptide epitope and analyzed the structure and binding activities of the antibody in membrane and membrane-like environments. The X-ray crystal structure of the Fab-peptide complex in detergents revealed for the first time that the epitope of 10E8 comprises a continuous helix spanning the gp41 MPER/transmembrane domain junction (MPER-N-TMD; Env residues 671-687)...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905317/tip-convolution-on-hopg-surfaces-measured-in-am-afm-and-interpreted-using-a-combined-experimental-and-simulation-approach
#3
Xiaoli Hu, Nicholas Chan, Ashlie Martini, Philip Egberts
Amplitude modulated atomic force microscopy (AM-AFM) was used to examine the influence of the size of the AFM tip apex on the measured surface topography of single highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) atomic steps. Experimental measurements were complemented by molecular dynamics simulations of AM-AFM and the results from both were evaluated by comparison of the measured or simulated width of the topography at the step to that predicted using simple rigid-body geometry. The results showed that the step width, which is a reflection of the resolution of the measurement, increased with tip size, as expected, but also that the difference between the measured/simulated step width and the geometric calculation was tip size dependent...
December 1, 2016: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904815/pneumorrhachis-resulting-in-transient-paresis-after-picc-line-insertion-into-the-ascending-lumbar-vein
#4
Russell Payne, Emily P Sieg, Arabinda Choudhary, Mark Iantosca
Obtaining intravascular access in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is not only critical but also technically challenging. Malposition of the catheter tip is a known and well-documented complication. Specifically, peripherally inserted central venous catheter (PICC) line insertion into the ascending lumbar vein can lead to neurological dysfunction and, in some cases, even death. We present the first reported case of pneumorrhachis (PR) following PICC line insertion into the ascending lumbar vein. Our patient presented with lower extremity weakness and imaging confirmed the presence of air within the spinal canal...
October 17, 2016: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904220/pfna-ii-protrusion-over-the-greater-trochanter-in-the-asian-population-used-in-proximal-femoral-fractures
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Sun-Jun Hu, Shi-Min Chang, Zhuo Ma, Shou-Chao Du, Liang-Ping Xiong, Xin Wang
BACKGROUND: The treatment of proximal femoral fractures in geriatric osteoporotic patients continues to be a challenge in orthopaedic trauma. Various kinds of cephalomedullary nails, such as gamma nail, InterTan and PFNA were used clinically. The latest generation PFNA II, specially designed for Asian population, is commonly used for geriatric per-/intertrochanteric fractures. The aim of this study was to determine whether the current PFNA-II proximal segment length is suitable for the greater trochanter height, as assessed by postoperative radiograph measurements...
November 2016: Indian Journal of Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903493/cancer-detection-in-human-tissue-samples-using-a-fiber-tip-ph-probe
#6
Erik P Schartner, Matthew R Henderson, Malcolm Purdey, Deepak Dhatrak, Tanya M Monro, P Grantley Gill, David F Callen
Intraoperative detection of tumorous tissue is an important unresolved issue for cancer surgery. Difficulty in differentiating between tissue types commonly results in the requirement for additional surgeries to excise unremoved cancer tissue or alternatively in the removal of excess amounts of healthy tissue. Although pathologic methods exist to determine tissue type during surgery, these methods can compromise postoperative pathology, have a lag of minutes to hours before the surgeon receives the results of the tissue analysis, and are restricted to excised tissue...
November 30, 2016: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903322/non-use-of-day-care-services-for-dementia-in-singapore-a-dilemma-for-caregivers
#7
Shan Huang, Konstadina Griva, Christina A Bryant, Philip Yap
BACKGROUND: Day care services for patients with dementia (PWD) are generally under-utilized worldwide despite evidence of positive outcomes, such as improved behavioral, psychological, and cognitive functioning for patients, and reduced caregiver burden. This study sought to gain an in-depth understanding of the reasons for non-utilization of day care services in Singapore using qualitative methodology. METHODS: A purposive sample of 16 caregivers of PWD who had never attended day care services participated in semi-structured interviews...
December 1, 2016: International Psychogeriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903311/comparison-of-neural-histomorphology-in-tail-tips-from-pigs-docked-using-clippers-or-cautery-iron
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N J Kells, N J Beausoleil, C B Johnson, M A Sutherland, R S Morrison, W Roe
Tail docking of pigs is commonly performed to reduce the incidence of unwanted tail-biting behaviour. Two docking methods are commonly used: blunt trauma cutting (i.e. using side clippers), or cutting and concurrent cauterisation using a hot cautery iron. A potential consequence of tail amputation is the development of neuromas at the docking site. Neuromas have been linked to neuropathic pain, which can influence the longer-term welfare of affected individuals. To determine whether method of tail docking influences the extent of neuroma formation, 75 pigs were allocated to one of three treatments at birth: tail docked using clippers; tail docked using cautery iron; tail left intact...
December 1, 2016: Animal: An International Journal of Animal Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902612/intubation-without-use-of-stylet-for-mcgrath-videolaryngoscopy-in-patients-with-expected-normal-airway-a-randomized-noninferiority-trial
#9
Hyun Jeong Kwak, Sook Young Lee, Su Youn Lee, Yong Beom Kim, Jong Yeop Kim
BACKGROUND: During McGrath videolaryngoscope (VL) intubation, a styletted endotracheal tube maintaining an upward distal tip angle is recommended by some manufacturers. However, a styletted endotracheal tube can elicit rare but potentially serious complications. The purpose of this study was to demonstrate that a nonstyletted tube with exaggerated curvature would be noninferior to a styletted tube for orotracheal intubation using McGrath VL in patients with expected normal airway, by comparing the time to intubation and ease of intubation...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901505/first-isolation-of-miamiensis-avidus-ciliophora-scuticociliatida-associated-with-skin-ulcers-from-reared-pharaoh-cuttlefish-sepia-pharaonis
#10
Zhen Tao, Lu Liu, Xiangrui Chen, Suming Zhou, Guoliang Wang
In the winter of 2015, a skin ulcer disease outbreak occurred in a pharaoh cuttlefish Sepia pharaonis population cultured on a land-based fish farm in China. Affected cuttlefish (about 60% of the population) were characterized as having developed ulcers on the dorsal skin, fin fringe, or distal mantle tip. Masses of a ciliated protozoan were isolated from skin ulcers. The ciliate was identified as Miamiensis avidus based on the morphological features of living and protargol-impregnated specimens. This identification was also supported by high sequence similarity of the small subunit ribosomal RNA gene (100%) and another ribosomal DNA region (including the 2 internal transcribed spacers and the 5...
November 22, 2016: Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901225/external-cervical-resorption-diagnostic-and-treatment-tips
#11
Alberto Consolaro
External cervical resorption is caused, almost exclusively, by dental trauma - especially those characterized by concussion - and is a dental disease to be diagnosed and treated accurately by endodontists. However, the vast majority of the cases is initially diagnosed by an orthodontist, due to the imaging possibilities in standardized documentations. Among the causes of external cervical resorption, it is common to mistakenly attribute it to orthodontic treatment, traumatic occlusion or even to chronic inflammatory periodontal disease...
September 2016: Dental Press Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901084/development-of-mouthparts-in-the-cicada-meimuna-mongolica-distant-successive-morphological-patterning-and-sensilla-differentiation-from-nymph-to-adult
#12
Yanan Hao, Christopher H Dietrich, Wu Dai
Development of the mouthparts in the cicada Meimuna mongolica (Distant) is investigated here for the first time using scanning electron microscopy in order to document changes occurring in different nymphal instars and from nymph to adult, during which a shift from subterranean root-feeding to feeding on aboveground parts of the host plant occurs. The structure and component of mouthparts is similar to those found in other hemipteran insects. Fourteen types of sensilla and five types of cuticular processes were found on the mouthparts of nymphs and adults...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900978/penile-calcific-uremic-arteriolopathy-occurring-postparathyroidectomy-in-a-hemodialysis-patient
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Salah Omar Bashir, Mahmoud A Aamer, Hayder A Omer, Mohamed D Morsy
Calcific uremic arteriolopathy (CUA), also known as calciphylaxis, is a rare condition most frequently seen in patients with advanced chronic kidney disease. The clinical picture is characterized by painful skin lesions and ulcerations. The underlying pathology is medial calcification and intimal proliferation with microthrombi of small arteries. CUA is commonly associated with secondary hyperparathyroidism and high serum calcium and phosphate products. This article reports an atypical case where CUA developed after parathyroidectomy and in the course of treatment of hungry bone syndrome...
November 2016: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900336/optimal-lateral-row-anchor-positioning-in-posterior-superior-transosseous-equivalent-rotator-cuff-repair-a-micro-computed-tomography-study
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Matthias A Zumstein, Sumit Raniga, Agatha Labrinidis, Kevin Eng, Gregory I Bain, Beat K Moor
BACKGROUND: The optimal placement of suture anchors in transosseous-equivalent (TOE) double-row rotator cuff repair remains controversial. PURPOSE: A 3-dimensional (3D) high-resolution micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) histomorphometric analysis of cadaveric proximal humeral greater tuberosities (GTs) was performed to guide optimal positioning of lateral row anchors in posterior-superior (infraspinatus and supraspinatus) TOE rotator cuff repair. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive laboratory study...
November 2016: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900221/grafted-tubularised-incised-plate-urethroplasty-an-objective-assessment-of-outcome-with-lessons-learnt-from-surgical-experience-with-263-cases
#15
Vipul Gupta, Sunil Kumar Yadav, Talal Alanzi, Islam Amer, Mohmmad Salah, Mamdouh Ahmed
OBJECTIVE: Snodgrass urethroplasty remains the preferred technique in primary distal hypospadias but development of meatal stenosis often limits distal extension of the midline incision of the urethral plate (MIUP), which remains a limiting factor in reconstructing an apical neomeatus (NM). We here-in assess the cosmetic and functional outcome with distal extension of the MIUP in grafted tubularised incised-plate urethroplasty (G-TIP) repair. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This prospective study included the surgical experience of 263 cases of primary hypospadias operated upon between 2012 and 2015...
December 2016: Arab Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899452/structural-basis-of-the-oncogenic-interaction-of-phosphatase-prl-1-with-the-magnesium-transporter-cnnm2
#16
Paula Giménez-Mascarell, Iker Oyenarte, Serge Hardy, Tilman Breiderhoff, Marchel Stuiver, Elie Kostantin, Tammo Diercks, Angel L Pey, June Ereño-Orbea, María Luz Martinez-Chantar, Reham Khalaf-Nazzal, Félix Claverie-Martín, Dominik Müller, Michel L Tremblay, Luis Alfonso Martínez-Cruz
Phosphatases of regenerating liver (PRLs), the most oncogenic of all protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs), play a critical role in metastatic progression of cancers. Recent findings established a new paradigm by uncovering that their association with magnesium transporters of the Cyclin M (CNNM) family causes intracellular magnesium levels that promotes oncogenic transformation. On the other hand, it has recently been highlighted essential roles of the CNNM family in regulation of the circadian rhythm, and reproduction...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898479/the-effect-of-skin-pressure-on-needle-entry-point-accuracy-during-fluoroscopically-guided-lumbar-transforaminal-epidural-injections-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#17
Soon Young Yun, Duck Mi Yoon, Kyung Bong Yoon, Ji Ae Moon, Shin Hyung Kim
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of skin pressure on needle entry point accuracy during fluoroscopically guided lumbar transforaminal epidural injection. DESIGN: This study is a prospective randomized clinical trial; 64 patients with a body mass index of 25 kg/m or greater were enrolled. For patients in the pressing group, the operator marked the needle entry point on the patient's back while pressing the patient's skin with the tip of an indicator...
November 24, 2016: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898454/transvaginal-pelvic-floor-muscle-injection-technique-a-cadaver-study
#18
Priyanka Gupta, Michael Ehlert, Larry T Sirls, Kenneth Peters
INTRODUCTION: Women with pelvic floor dysfunction can have tender areas on vaginal examination, which can be treated with trigger-point injections. There are no publications to evaluate the accuracy of pelvic floor muscle injections. METHODS: Trigger-point injections were performed on 2 fresh cadaveric pelvises using a curved nasal cannula guide and 7-in spinal needle. This was performed using our standard template of 2 sets of injections at the 1-, 3-, and 5-o'clock positions distally and proximally...
November 28, 2016: Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898394/mef2-transcription-factors-are-key-regulators-of-sprouting-angiogenesis
#19
Natalia Sacilotto, Kira M Chouliaras, Leonid L Nikitenko, Yao Wei Lu, Martin Fritzsche, Marsha D Wallace, Svanhild Nornes, Fernando García-Moreno, Sophie Payne, Esther Bridges, Ke Liu, Daniel Biggs, Indrika Ratnayaka, Shane P Herbert, Zoltán Molnár, Adrian L Harris, Benjamin Davies, Gareth L Bond, George Bou-Gharios, John J Schwarz, Sarah De Val
Angiogenesis, the fundamental process by which new blood vessels form from existing ones, depends on precise spatial and temporal gene expression within specific compartments of the endothelium. However, the molecular links between proangiogenic signals and downstream gene expression remain unclear. During sprouting angiogenesis, the specification of endothelial cells into the tip cells that lead new blood vessel sprouts is coordinated by vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA) and Delta-like ligand 4 (Dll4)/Notch signaling and requires high levels of Notch ligand DLL4...
October 15, 2016: Genes & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898040/identification-of-object-dynamics-using-hand-worn-motion-and-force-sensors
#20
Henk G Kortier, H Martin Schepers, Peter H Veltink
Emerging microelectromechanical system (MEMS)-based sensors become much more applicable for on-body measurement purposes lately. Especially, the development of a finger tip-sized tri-axial force sensor gives the opportunity to measure interaction forces between the human hand and environmental objects. We have developed a new prototype device that allows simultaneous 3D force and movement measurements at the finger and thumb tips. The combination of interaction forces and movements makes it possible to identify the dynamical characteristics of the object being handled by the hand...
November 26, 2016: Sensors
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