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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821937/natural-hazard-susceptibility-assessment-for-road-planning-using-spatial-multi-criteria-analysis
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Caroline S J Karlsson, Zahra Kalantari, Ulla Mörtberg, Bo Olofsson, Steve W Lyon
Inadequate infrastructural networks can be detrimental to society if transport between locations becomes hindered or delayed, especially due to natural hazards which are difficult to control. Thus determining natural hazard susceptible areas and incorporating them in the initial planning process, may reduce infrastructural damages in the long run. The objective of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of expert judgments for assessing natural hazard susceptibility through a spatial multi-criteria analysis approach using hydrological, geological, and land use factors...
August 18, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821846/the-effects-of-long-term-abacus-training-on-topological-properties-of-brain-functional-networks
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Jian Weng, Ye Xie, Chunjie Wang, Feiyan Chen
Previous studies in the field of abacus-based mental calculation (AMC) training have shown that this training has the potential to enhance a wide variety of cognitive abilities. It can also generate specific changes in brain structure and function. However, there is lack of studies investigating the impact of AMC training on the characteristics of brain networks. In this study, utilizing graph-based network analysis, we compared topological properties of brain functional networks between an AMC group and a matched control group...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821787/analysis-of-spatial-genetic-variation-reveals-genetic-divergence-among-populations-of-primula-veris-associated-to-contrasting-habitats
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Pablo Deschepper, Rein Brys, Miguel A Fortuna, Hans Jacquemyn
Genetic divergence by environment is a process whereby selection causes the formation of gene flow barriers between populations adapting to contrasting environments and is often considered to be the onset of speciation. Nevertheless, the extent to which genetic differentiation by environment on small spatial scales can be detected by means of neutral markers is still subject to debate. Previous research on the perennial herb Primula veris has shown that plants from grassland and forest habitats showed pronounced differences in phenology and flower morphology, suggesting limited gene flow between habitats...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821562/gtse1-regulates-spindle-microtubule-dynamics-to-control-aurora-b-kinase-and-kif4a-chromokinesin-on-chromosome-arms
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Aaron R Tipton, Jonathan D Wren, John R Daum, Joseph C Siefert, Gary J Gorbsky
In mitosis, the dynamic assembly and disassembly of microtubules are critical for normal chromosome movement and segregation. Microtubule turnover varies among different mitotic spindle microtubules, dictated by their spatial distribution within the spindle. How turnover among the various classes of spindle microtubules is differentially regulated and the resulting significance of differential turnover for chromosome movement remains a mystery. As a new tactic, we used global microarray meta-analysis (GAMMA), a bioinformatic method, to identify novel regulators of mitosis, and in this study, we describe G2- and S phase-expressed protein 1 (GTSE1)...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821546/a-supervised-statistical-learning-approach-for-accurate-legionella-pneumophila-source-attribution-during-outbreaks
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Andrew H Buultjens, Kyra Y L Chua, Sarah L Baines, Jason Kwong, Wei Gao, Zoe Cutcher, Stuart Adcock, Susan Ballard, Mark B Schultz, Takehiro Tomita, Nela Subasinghe, Glen P Carter, Sacha J Pidot, Lucinda Franklin, Torsten Seemann, Anders Gonçalves Da Silva, Benjamin P Howden, Timothy P Stinear
Public health agencies are increasingly relying on genomics during Legionnaires' disease investigations. However, the causative bacterium (Legionella pneumophila) has an unusual population structure with extreme temporal and spatial genome sequence conservation. Furthermore, Legionnaires' disease outbreaks can be caused by multiple L. pneumophila genotypes in a single source. These factors can confound cluster identification using standard phylogenomic methods. Here, we show that a statistical learning approach based onL...
August 18, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821017/the-location-of-australian-buruli-ulcer-lesions-implications-for-unravelling-disease-transmission
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Arvind Yerramilli, Ee Laine Tay, Andrew J Stewardson, Peter G Kelley, Emma Bishop, Grant A Jenkin, Mike Starr, Janine Trevillyan, Andrew Hughes, N Deborah Friedman, Daniel P O'Brien, Paul D R Johnson
BACKGROUND: Buruli ulcer (BU), caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans, is increasing in incidence in Victoria, Australia. To improve understanding of disease transmission, we aimed to map the location of BU lesions on the human body. METHODS: Using notification data and clinical records review, we conducted a retrospective observational study of patients diagnosed with BU in Victoria from 1998-2015. We created electronic density maps of lesion locations using spatial analysis software and compared lesion distribution by age, gender, presence of multiple lesions and month of infection...
August 18, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820921/analysis-of-cone-mosaic-reflectance-properties-in-healthy-eyes-and-in-eyes-with-nonproliferative-diabetic-retinopathy-over-time
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Letizia Mariotti, Nicholas Devaney, Giuseppe Lombardo, Marco Lombardo
Purpose: We investigate the reflectance properties of the cone mosaic in adaptive optics (AO) images of healthy subjects and subjects with nonproliferative diabetic retinopathy (NPDR) over time. Methods: We acquired images of the parafoveal cone mosaic over 5 years in 12 healthy subjects and in six patients with mild NPDR. We analyzed the parameters of the cone intensity histogram distribution (mean, SD, and skewness), two metrics of the cone mosaic texture (sharpness and entropy), and two novel metrics (cone/intercone intensity and slope of the variogram)...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820904/parametric-studies-of-metabolic-cooperativity-in-escherichia-coli-colonies-strain-and-geometric-confinement-effects
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Joseph R Peterson, John A Cole, Zaida Luthey-Schulten
Characterizing the complex spatial and temporal interactions among cells in a biological system (i.e. bacterial colony, microbiome, tissue, etc.) remains a challenge. Metabolic cooperativity in these systems can arise due to the subtle interplay between microenvironmental conditions and the cells' regulatory machinery, often involving cascades of intra- and extracellular signalling molecules. In the simplest of cases, as demonstrated in a recent study of the model organism Escherichia coli, metabolic cross-feeding can arise in monoclonal colonies of bacteria driven merely by spatial heterogeneity in the availability of growth substrates; namely, acetate, glucose and oxygen...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820894/short-term-apparent-brain-tissue-changes-are-contributed-by-cerebral-blood-flow-alterations
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Qiu Ge, Wei Peng, Jian Zhang, Xuchu Weng, Yong Zhang, Thomas Liu, Yu-Feng Zang, Ze Wang
Structural MRI (sMRI)-identified tissue "growth" after neuropsychological training has been reported in many studies but the origins of those apparent tissue changes (ATC) still remain elusive. One possible contributor to ATC is brain perfusion since T1-weighted MRI, the tool used to identify ATC, is sensitive to perfusion-change induced tissue T1 alterations. To test the hypothetical perfusion contribution to ATC, sMRI data were acquired before and after short-term global and regional perfusion manipulations via intaking a 200 mg caffeine pill and performing a sensorimotor task...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820740/subspace-based-interference-removal-methods-for-a-multichannel-biomagnetic-sensor-array
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Kensuke Sekihara, Srikantan S Nagarajan
OBJECTIVE: In biomagnetic signal processing, the theory of the signal subspace has been applied to removing interfering magnetic fields, and a representative algorithm is the signal space projection algorithm, in which the signal/interference subspace is defined in the spatial domain as the span of signal/interference-source lead field vectors. This paper extends the notion of this conventional (spatial domain) signal subspace by introducing a new definition of signal subspace in the time domain...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820138/processes-underlying-rabies-virus-incursions-across-us-canada-border-as-revealed-by-whole-genome-phylogeography
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Hannah Trewby, Susan A Nadin-Davis, Leslie A Real, Roman Biek
Disease control programs aim to constrain and reduce the spread of infection. Human disease interventions such as wildlife vaccination play a major role in determining the limits of a pathogen's spatial distribution. Over the past few decades, a raccoon-specific variant of rabies virus (RRV) has invaded large areas of eastern North America. Although expansion into Canada has been largely prevented through vaccination along the US border, several outbreaks have occurred in Canada. Applying phylogeographic approaches to 289 RRV whole-genome sequences derived from isolates collected in Canada and adjacent US states, we examined the processes underlying these outbreaks...
September 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819189/vascular-hysteresis-loops-and-vascular-architecture-mapping-in-patients-with-glioblastoma-treated-with-antiangiogenic-therapy
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Andreas Stadlbauer, Max Zimmermann, Stefan Oberndorfer, Arnd Doerfler, Michael Buchfelder, Gertraud Heinz, Karl Roessler
In this study, we investigated the variability of vascular hysteresis loop (VHL) shapes and the spatial heterogeneity of neovascularization and microvascular alterations using vascular architecture mapping (VAM) in patients with recurrent glioblastoma during bevacizumab mono-therapy. VAM data were acquired in 13 patients suffering from recurrent glioblastoma prior to and 3 months after bevacizumab treatment onset using a dual contrast agent injections approach as part of routine MRI. Two patients were additionally examined after the first cycle of bevacizumab to check for early treatment response...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818818/validation-of-a-smartphone-based-approach-to-in-situ-cognitive-fatigue-assessment
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Edward Price, George Moore, Leo Galway, Mark Linden
BACKGROUND: Acquired Brain Injuries (ABIs) can result in multiple detrimental cognitive effects, such as reduced memory capability, concentration, and planning. These effects can lead to cognitive fatigue, which can exacerbate the symptoms of ABIs and hinder management and recovery. Assessing cognitive fatigue is difficult due to the largely subjective nature of the condition and existing assessment approaches. Traditional methods of assessment use self-assessment questionnaires delivered in a medical setting, but recent work has attempted to employ more objective cognitive tests as a way of evaluating cognitive fatigue...
August 17, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818670/depictive-and-metric-body-size-estimation-in-anorexia-nervosa-and-bulimia-nervosa-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Simone Claire Mölbert, Lukas Klein, Anne Thaler, Betty J Mohler, Chiara Brozzo, Peter Martus, Hans-Otto Karnath, Stephan Zipfel, Katrin Elisabeth Giel
A distorted representation of one's own body is a diagnostic criterion and core psychopathology of both anorexia nervosa (AN) and bulimia nervosa (BN). Despite recent technical advances in research, it is still unknown whether this body image disturbance is characterized by body dissatisfaction and a low ideal weight and/or includes a distorted perception or processing of body size. In this article, we provide an update and meta-analysis of 42 articles summarizing measures and results for body size estimation (BSE) from 926 individuals with AN, 536 individuals with BN and 1920 controls...
August 10, 2017: Clinical Psychology Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818552/spatial-temporal-and-health-associations-of-eating-alone-a-cross-cultural-analysis-of-young-adults-in-urban-australia-and-japan
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Wakako Takeda, Melissa K Melby
Eating alone is driven by social and cultural factors, not solely by individual preferences. In academic research, eating alone is often simply treated as an alternative to social, commensal eating, and little is known about the practice of eating alone itself. This study employs a cross-cultural analysis to explore social and cultural associations of eating alone. The analysis is based on 1) cultural domain data, derived from principal component analysis of freelist responses, a set of words or phrases related to the topic of eating alone; and 2) in-depth interviews with 72 young adults aged 20-40 in urban Australia and Japan...
August 14, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818467/mathematical-modelling-and-analysis-of-the-brassinosteroid-and-gibberellin-signalling-pathways-and-their-interactions
#16
Henry R Allen, Mariya Ptashnyk
The plant hormones brassinosteroid (BR) and gibberellin (GA) have important roles in a wide range of processes involved in plant growth and development. In this paper we derive and analyse new mathematical models for the BR signalling pathway and for the crosstalk between the BR and GA signalling pathways. To analyse the effects of spatial heterogeneity of the signalling processes, along with spatially-homogeneous ODE models we derive coupled PDE-ODE systems modelling the temporal and spatial dynamics of molecules involved in the signalling pathways...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817567/accounting-for-biotic-spatial-variability-in-fields-case-of-resistance-screening-against-sunflower-verticillium-wilt
#17
Hélène Missonnier, Alban Jacques, JiSu Bang, Jean Daydé, Virginie Mirleau-Thebaud
In breeding for disease resistance, the magnitude of the genetic response is difficult to appreciate because of environmental stresses that interact with the plant genotype. We discuss herein the fundamental problems in breeding for disease resistance with the aim being to better understand the interactions between plant, pathogen, and spatial patterns. The goal of this study is to fine tune breeding decisions by incorporating spatial patterns of such biotic factors into the definition of disease-occurrence probability...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817289/how-to-drive-a-flashing-electron-ratchet-to-maximize-current
#18
Ofer Kedem, Bryan Lau, Emily A Weiss
Biological systems utilize a combination of asymmetry, noise, and chemical energy to produce motion in the highly damped environment of the cell with molecular motors, many of which are "ratchets", non-equilibrium devices for producing directed transport using non-directional perturbations, without a net bias. The underlying ratchet principle has been implemented in man-made micro- and nano-devices, to transport charged particles by oscillating an electric potential with repeating asymmetric features. In this experimental study, the ratcheting of electrons in an organic semiconductor is optimized by tuning the temporal modulation of the oscillating potential, applied using nanostructured electrodes...
August 17, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817255/nonacene-generated-by-on-surface-dehydrogenation
#19
Rafal Zuzak, Ruth Dorel, Mariusz Krawiec, Bartosz Such, Marek Kolmer, Marek Szymonski, Antonio M Echavarren, Szymon Godlewski
The on-surface synthesis of nonacene has been accomplished by dehydrogenation of an air-stable partially saturated precursor, which could be aromatized by using a combined scanning tunneling and atomic force microscope (STM/AFM) as well as by on-surface annealing. This transformation allowed the in-detail analysis of the electronic properties of nonacene molecules physisorbed on Au(111) by scanning tunneling spectroscopy (STS) measurements. The spatial mapping of molecular orbitals was corroborated by density functional theory (DFT) calculations...
August 17, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816702/as-above-so-below-towards-understanding-inverse-models-in-bci
#20
Jussi T Lindgren
In Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI), measurements of the users brain activity are classified into commands for the computer. With EEG-based BCIs, the origins of the classified phenomena are often considered to be spatially localized in the cortical volume and mixed in the EEG. Does the reconstruction of the source activities in the volume help in building more accurate BCIs? The answer remains inconclusive despite previous work. In this paper, we study the question by contrasting the physiology-driven source reconstruction with data-driven representations obtained by statistical machine learning...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
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