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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212812/s100b-is-a-potential-disease-activity-marker-in-non-segmental-vitiligo
#1
Reinhart Speeckaert, Sofie Voet, Esther Hoste, Nanja van Geel
Vitiligo is a chronic skin condition characterized by progressive depigmentation of the skin. S100B is a damage-associated molecular pattern (DAMP) protein expressed in melanocytes, which has been proposed as a marker of melanocyte cytotoxicity. While the use of S100B as a biomarker in melanoma is well established, its association with vitiligo activity has not yet been investigated. Here, we show that S100B serum levels were significantly increased in patients with active non-segmental vitiligo and strongly correlated with the affected body surface area...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212325/a-low-g-silicon-inertial-micro-switch-with-enhanced-contact-effect-using-squeeze-film-damping
#2
Yingchun Peng, Zhiyu Wen, Dongling Li, Zhengguo Shang
Contact time is one of the most important properties for inertial micro-switches. However, it is usually less than 20 μs for the switch with rigid electrode, which is difficult for the external circuit to recognize. This issue is traditionally addressed by designing the switch with a keep-close function or flexible electrode. However, the switch with keep-close function requires an additional operation to re-open itself, causing inconvenience for some applications wherein repeated monitoring is needed. The switch with a flexible electrode is usually fabricated by electroplating technology, and it is difficult to realize low-g switches (<50 g) due to inherent fabrication errors...
February 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210001/visualization-of-au-nanoparticles-buried-in-a-polymer-matrix-by-scanning-thermal-noise-microscopy
#3
Atsushi Yao, Kei Kobayashi, Shunta Nosaka, Kuniko Kimura, Hirofumi Yamada
Several researchers have recently demonstrated visualization of subsurface features with a nanometer-scale resolution using various imaging schemes based on atomic force microscopy. Since all these subsurface imaging techniques require excitation of the oscillation of the cantilever and/or sample surface, it has been difficult to identify a key imaging mechanism. Here we demonstrate visualization of Au nanoparticles buried 300 nm into a polymer matrix by measurement of the thermal noise spectrum of a microcantilever with a tip in contact to the polymer surface...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209426/swing-attenuation-for-a-quadrotor-transporting-a-cable-suspended-payload
#4
M Eusebia Guerrero-Sánchez, D Alberto Mercado-Ravell, Rogelio Lozano, C Daniel García-Beltrán
This paper presents the problem of safe and fast transportation of packages by an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) kind quadrotor. A mathematical model and a control strategy for a special class of underactuated mechanical systems, composed of a quadrotor transporting a cable-suspended payload, are proposed. The Euler-Lagrange formulation is used to obtain the dynamic model of the system, where the integrated dynamics of the quadrotor, cable and payload are considered. An Interconnection and Damping Assignment-Passivity Based Control (IDA-PBC) is chosen because of its inherent robustness against parametric uncertainty and unmodeled dynamics...
February 13, 2017: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208493/inertia-and-universality-of-avalanche-statistics-the-case-of-slowly-deformed-amorphous-solids
#5
Kamran Karimi, Ezequiel E Ferrero, Jean-Louis Barrat
By means of a finite elements technique we solve numerically the dynamics of an amorphous solid under deformation in the quasistatic driving limit. We study the noise statistics of the stress-strain signal in the steady-state plastic flow, focusing on systems with low internal dissipation. We analyze the distributions of avalanche sizes and durations and the density of shear transformations when varying the damping strength. In contrast to avalanches in the overdamped case, dominated by the yielding point universal exponents, inertial avalanches are controlled by a nonuniversal damping-dependent feedback mechanism, eventually turning negligible the role of correlations...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208465/characterizing-classical-periodic-orbits-from-quantum-green-s-functions-in-two-dimensional-integrable-systems-harmonic-oscillators-and-quantum-billiards
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Y F Chen, J C Tung, P H Tuan, Y T Yu, H C Liang, K F Huang
A general method is developed to characterize the family of classical periodic orbits from the quantum Green's function for the two-dimensional (2D) integrable systems. A decomposing formula related to the beta function is derived to link the quantum Green's function with the individual classical periodic orbits. The practicality of the developed formula is demonstrated by numerically analyzing the 2D commensurate harmonic oscillators and integrable quantum billiards. Numerical analyses reveal that the emergence of the classical features in quantum Green's functions principally comes from the superposition of the degenerate states for 2D harmonic oscillators...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208445/pulse-noise-approach-for-classical-spin-systems
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D A Garanin
For systems of classical spins interacting with the bath via damping and thermal noise, an approach is suggested to replace the white noise by a pulse noise acting at regular time intervals Δt, within which the system evolves conservatively. The method is working well in the typical case of a small dimensionless damping constant λ and allows a considerable speedup of computations by using high-order numerical integrators with a large time step δt (up to a fraction of the precession period), while keeping δt≪Δt to reduce the relative contribution of noise-related operations...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208312/dense-plasma-heating-by-crossing-relativistic-electron-beams
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N Ratan, N J Sircombe, L Ceurvorst, J Sadler, M F Kasim, J Holloway, M C Levy, R Trines, R Bingham, P A Norreys
Here we investigate, using relativistic fluid theory and Vlasov-Maxwell simulations, the local heating of a dense plasma by two crossing electron beams. Heating occurs as an instability of the electron beams drives Langmuir waves, which couple nonlinearly into damped ion-acoustic waves. Simulations show a factor 2.8 increase in electron kinetic energy with a coupling efficiency of 18%. Our results support applications to the production of warm dense matter and as a driver for inertial fusion plasmas.
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207656/biomechanical-evaluation-of-transpedicular-nucleotomy-with-intact-annulus-fibrosus
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Fabrizio Russo, Robert A Hartman, Kevin M Bell, Nam Vo, Gwendolyn A Sowa, James D Kang, Gianluca Vadalà, Vincenzo Denaro
STUDY DESIGN: Biomechanical testing of partially nucleotomized ovine cadaveric spines. OBJECTIVE: To explore how the nucleus pulposus (NP) affects the biomechanical behavior of the intervertebral disc (IVD) by performing a partial nucleotomy via the transpedicular approach. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Mechanical loading represents a crucial part of IVD homeostasis. However, traditional regenerative strategies require violation of the annulus fibrosus (AF) resulting in significant alteration of joint mechanics...
February 15, 2017: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204821/neutrophil-extracellular-traps-induce-il-1%C3%AE-production-by-macrophages-in-combination-with-lipopolysaccharide
#10
Zhongshuang Hu, Taisuke Murakami, Hiroshi Tamura, Johannes Reich, Kyoko Kuwahara-Arai, Toshiaki Iba, Yoko Tabe, Isao Nagaoka
Upon exposure to invading microorganisms, neutrophils undergo NETosis, a recently identified type of programmed cell death, and release neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs). NETs are described as an antimicrobial mechanism, based on the fact that NETs can trap microorganisms and exhibit bactericidal activity through the action of NET‑associated components. In contrast, the components of NETs have been recognized as damage‑associated molecular pattern molecules (DAMPs), which trigger inflammatory signals to induce cell death, inflammation and organ failure...
March 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201911/semi-empirical-refinements-of-crystal-structures-using-17-o-quadrupolar-coupling-tensors
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Sean T Holmes, Robbie J Iuliucci, Karl T Mueller, Cecil Dybowski
We demonstrate a modification of Grimme's two-parameter empirical dispersion force field (referred to as the PW91-D2* method), in which the damping function has been optimized to yield geometries that result in predictions of the principal values of (17)O quadrupolar-coupling tensors that are systematically in close agreement with experiment. The predictions of (17)O quadrupolar-coupling tensors using PW91-D2*-refined structures yield a root-mean-square deviation (RMSD) (0.28 MHz) for twenty-two crystalline systems that is smaller than the RMSD for predictions based on X-ray diffraction structures (0...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199904/cyclic-electron-flow-may-provide-some-protection-against-psii-photoinhibition-in-rice-oryza-sativa-l-leaves-under-heat-stress
#12
Jemaa Essemine, Yi Xiao, Mingnan Qu, Hualing Mi, Xin-Guang Zhu
Previously we have shown that a quick down-regulation in PSI activity compares to that of PSII following short-term heat stress for two rice groups including C4023 and Q4149, studied herein. These accessions were identified to have different natural capacities in driving cyclic electron flow (CEF) around PSI; i.e., low CEF (lcef) and high CEF (hcef) for C4023 and Q4149, respectively. The aim of this study was to investigate whether these two lines have different mechanisms of protecting photosystem II from photodamage under heat stress...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197335/caspase-8-not-so-silently-deadly
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Rebecca Feltham, James E Vince, Kate E Lawlor
Apoptosis is a caspase-dependent programmed form of cell death, which is commonly believed to be an immunologically silent process, required for mammalian development and maintenance of cellular homoeostasis. In contrast, lytic forms of cell death, such as RIPK3- and MLKL-driven necroptosis, and caspase-1/11-dependent pyroptosis, are postulated to be inflammatory via the release of damage associated molecular patterns (DAMPs). Recently, the function of apoptotic caspase-8 has been extended to the negative regulation of necroptosis, the cleavage of inflammatory interleukin-1β (IL-1β) to its mature bioactive form, either directly or via the NLRP3 inflammasome, and the regulation of cytokine transcriptional responses...
January 2017: Clinical & Translational Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195160/simultaneous-laser-excitation-of-backward-volume-and-perpendicular-standing-spin-waves-in-full-heusler-co2feal0-5si0-5-films
#14
Zhifeng Chen, Yong Yan, Shufa Li, Xiaoguang Xu, Yong Jiang, Tianshu Lai
Spin-wave dynamics in full-Heusler Co2FeAl0.5Si0.5 films are studied using all-optical pump-probe magneto-optical polar Kerr spectroscopy. Backward volume magnetostatic spin-wave (BVMSW) mode is observed in films with thickness ranging from 20 to 100 nm besides perpendicular standing spin-wave (PSSW) mode, and found to be excited more efficiently than the PSSW mode. The field dependence of the effective Gilbert damping parameter appears especial extrinsic origin. The relationship between the lifetime and the group velocity of BVMSW mode is revealed...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190373/effects-of-drying-pretreatment-and-particle-size-adjustment-on-the-composting-process-of-discarded-flue-cured-tobacco-leaves
#15
Gui-Hong Zhao, Yan-Ling Yu, Xiang-Tong Zhou, Bin-Yu Lu, Zi-Mu Li, Yu-Jie Feng
The main characteristic of discarded flue-cured tobacco leaves is their high nicotine content. Aerobic composting is an effective method to decrease the nicotine level in tobacco leaves and stabilize tobacco wastes. However, high levels of nicotine in discarded flue-cured tobacco leaves complicate tobacco waste composting. This work proposes a drying pretreatment process to reduce the nicotine content in discarded flue-cured tobacco leaves and thus enhance its carbon-to-nitrogen ratio to a suitable level for composting...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181422/hmgb1-contributes-to-glomerular-endothelial-cell-injury-in-anca-associated-vasculitis-through-enhancing-endothelium-neutrophil-interactions
#16
Chen Wang, Dong-Yuan Chang, Min Chen, Ming-Hui Zhao
Our previous studies demonstrated that high mobility group box-1 (HMGB1), a typical damage-associated molecular pattern (DAMP) protein, is associated with the disease activity of antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV). Moreover, HMGB1 participates in ANCA-induced neutrophil activation. The current study aimed to investigate whether HMGB1 regulated the interaction between neutrophils and glomerular endothelial cells (GEnC) in the presence of ANCA. Correlation analysis on HMGB1 levels in AAV patients and soluble intercellular cell adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1) levels or vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) levels, which are markers of endothelial cell activation, was performed...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179376/the-variation-in-free-25-hydroxy-vitamin-d-and-vitamin-d-binding-protein-with-season-and-vitamin-d-status
#17
Göran Oleröd, Lillemor Mattsson Hultén, Ola Hammarsten, Eva Klingberg
PURPOSE: Serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D [25(OH)D] varies greatly with season at northern latitudes. The purpose of this study was to determine if the seasonal variations in serum total 25(OH)D is followed by a concomitant variation in free 25(OH)D or if the variation is damped by alterations in the binding capacity of DBP. METHODS: Serum was collected from 540 healthy blood donors (60% men; mean age 41±13 years) during 12 months and analyzed for total 25(OH)D, directly measured free 25(OH)D, vitamin D binding protein (DBP) and albumin...
February 8, 2017: Endocrine Connections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179110/oxidized-and-original-article-degraded-mitochondrial-polynucleotides-demps-especially-rna-are-potent-immunogenic-regulators-in-primary-mouse-macrophages
#18
Abhinav R Saxena, Linda Y Gao, Shachi Srivatsa, Elizabeth Z Bobersky, Sivakumar Periasamy, Danielle T Hunt, Kyle E Altman, Dana R Crawford
Certain mitochondrial components can act as damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) or danger signals, triggering a proinflammatory response in target (usually immune) cells. We previously reported the selective degradation of mitochondrial DNA and RNA in response to cellular oxidative stress, and the immunogenic effect of this DNA in primary mouse astrocytes. Here, we extend these studies to assess the immunogenic role of both mitochondrial DNA and RNA isolated from hydrogen peroxide (HP) treated HA1 cells (designated "DeMPs" for degraded mitochondrial polynucleotides) using mouse bone marrow derived macrophages (BMDMs), a conventional immune cell type...
February 4, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178282/trypanosoma-cruzi-high-mobility-group-b-tchmgb-can-act-as-an-inflammatory-mediator-on-mammalian-cells
#19
Pamela Cribb, Virginia Perdomo, Victoria L Alonso, Romina Manarin, Jorge Barrios-Payan, Brenda Marquina-Castillo, Luis Tavernelli, Rogelio Hernández-Pando
BACKGROUND: High Mobility Group B (HMGB) proteins are nuclear architectural factors involved in chromatin remodeling and important nuclear events. HMGBs also play key roles outside the cell acting as alarmins or Damage-associated Molecular Patterns (DAMPs). In response to a danger signal these proteins act as immune mediators in the extracellular milieu. Moreover, these molecules play a central role in the pathogenesis of many autoimmune and both infectious and sterile inflammatory chronic diseases...
February 8, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177926/self-consistent-mean-field-theory-studies-of-the-thermodynamics-and-quantum-spin-dynamics-of-magnetic-skyrmions
#20
Robert Wieser
A self-consistent mean field theory is introduced and used to investigate the thermodynamics and spin dynamics of an S = 1 quantum spin system with a magnetic Skyrmion. The temperature dependence of the Skyrmion profile as well as the phase diagram are calculated. In addition, the spin dynamics of a magnetic Skyrmion is described by solving the time dependent Schrödinger equation with additional damping term. The Skyrmion annihilation process driven by an electric field is used to compare the trajectories of the quantum mechanical simulation with a semi-classical description for the spin expectation values using a differential equation similar to the classical Landau-Lifshitz-Gilbert equation...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
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