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Yilin Dong, Xinde Li, Yihai Liu
In many applications involving epistemic uncertainties usually modeled by belief functions, it is often necessary to approximate general (non-Bayesian) basic belief assignments (BBAs) to subjective probabilities (called Bayesian BBAs). This necessity occurs if one needs to embed the fusion result in a system based on the probabilistic framework and Bayesian inference (e.g. tracking systems), or if one needs to make a decision in the decision making problems. In this paper, we present a new fast combination method, called modified rigid coarsening (MRC), to obtain the final Bayesian BBAs based on hierarchical decomposition (coarsening) of the frame of discernment...
2018: PloS One
G Cao, J Terzic, H D Zhao, H Zheng, L E De Long, Peter S Riseborough
Electrical control of structural and physical properties is a long-sought, but elusive goal of contemporary science and technology. We demonstrate that a combination of strong spin-orbit interactions (SOI) and a canted antiferromagnetic Mott state is sufficient to attain that goal. The antiferromagnetic insulator Sr_{2}IrO_{4} provides a model system in which strong SOI lock canted Ir magnetic moments to IrO_{6} octahedra, causing them to rigidly rotate together. A novel coupling between an applied electrical current and the canting angle reduces the Néel temperature and drives a large, nonlinear lattice expansion that closely tracks the magnetization, increases the electron mobility, and precipitates a unique resistive switching effect...
January 5, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Arghya Chakravorty, Zhe Jia, Lin Li, Shan Zhao, Emil Alexov
Typically, the ensemble average polar component of solvation energy (∆G_polar^solv) of a macromolecule is computed using molecular dynamics (MD) or Monte Carlo (MC) simulations to generate conformational ensemble and then single/rigid conformation solvation energy calculation is performed on each of snapshots. The primary objective of this work is to demonstrate that Poisson-Boltzmann (PB) based approach using a Gaussian-based smooth dielectric function for macromolecular modeling previously developed by us (Li et al...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Mingjun Huang, Kan Yue, Jiahao Huang, Chang Liu, Zhe Zhou, Jing Wang, Kan Wu, Wenpeng Shan, An-Chang Shi, Stephen Z D Cheng
This work reports the molecular design, synthesis, and systematic study on the bulk self-assembly behaviors of three series of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS)-based multi-headed giant surfactants XDPOSS-PSn (X = 2, 3 and 4), which are composed of two, three or four hydrophilic hydroxyl-group functionalized DPOSS cages attached via one junction point to a hydrophobic polystyrene (PS) chain. These series of hybrid polymeric amphiphiles with precisely defined chemical structure and controllable molecular architecture are synthesized by the sequential usage of "click" reactions...
January 19, 2018: ACS Nano
Xiaoyu Zhao, Xiaoyu Song, Yang Li, Ze Chang, Long Chen
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have emerged as promising light-harvesting platforms for energy transfer materials. However, the targeted construction of MOFs with desirable photophysical properties and pore structures is still a challenge. Herein, 1,1,2,2-tetrakis(4-(pyridin-4-yl) phenyl)ethene (tppe) is selected as ligand for the construction of light-harvesting MOFs due to its highly emissive and rigid backbone, which could benefit the light-harvesting performance of the MOFs. Three MOFs (MOFs 1-3) were obtained based on different metal centers (Zn2+ and Cd2+) and carboxylate building blocks...
January 19, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Matthew R Hoffman, Heidi Kletzien, Seth H Dailey, J Scott McMurray
Zenker's diverticulum is a rare cause of progressive dysphagia that is treated surgically. KTP laser-based diverticulotomy is one effective treatment. Developing a simulation model is helpful for rare conditions. Pigs have a natural hypopharyngeal pouch similar to a diverticulum. We present a model for performing rigid endoscopic KTP laser diverticulotomy in a porcine model using a laryngeal dissection station. Eleven pigs were examined to confirm presence of the hypopharyngeal pouch. A specimen was mounted on the modified laryngeal dissection station and a KTP laser-based diverticulotomy was performed...
December 2017: OTO Open
Lin Feng, Danhua Xie, Binglei Song, Jiayu Zhang, Xiaomei Pei, Zhenggang Cui
Innovations in surfactant structure are a feasible way to probe molecular self-assembly principles. Herein, the solution behaviour of a newly synthesized Gemini surfactant derived from dehydroabietic acid, abbreviated R-(EO)-E-R, was investigated using surface tension, fluorescence, isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC), rheology, freeze-fracture transmission electron microscopy (FF-TEM) and cryogenic transmission electron microscopy (cryo-TEM) methods. R-(EO)-E-R has two large, rigid hydrophobic groups. At low concentrations, R-(EO)-E-R forms micelles with an aggregation number of approximately 10, which is smaller than those of Gemini surfactants containing flexible alkyl tails...
January 19, 2018: Soft Matter
V Meester, D J Kraft
We investigate the mechanisms underlying the reconfiguration of random aggregates of spheres through capillary interactions, the so-called "colloidal recycling" method, to fabricate a wide variety of patchy particles. We explore the influence of capillary forces on clusters of deformable seed particles by systematically varying the crosslink density of the spherical seeds. Spheres with a poorly crosslinked polymer network strongly deform due to capillary forces and merge into large spheres. With increasing crosslink density and therefore rigidity, the shape of the spheres is increasingly preserved during reconfiguration, yielding patchy particles of well-defined shape for up to five spheres...
January 19, 2018: Soft Matter
Brett Fritsch, Francisco Figueroa, Bertrand Semay
Hamstring autografts are frequently used for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. The inherent variability in graft diameter has been stated as a disadvantage in its use because the presence of smaller graft diameters has been correlated with increased risk of re-rupture. Several techniques have been described to address this concern. Modifications of the basic Graftlink technique allows for increased control over final graft diameter using a standard harvest of the semitendinosus tendon with or without the gracilis tendon, and results in a graft of adequate length and diameter in all patients with rigid cortical fixation on the femur and tibia...
December 2017: Arthroscopy Techniques
Robert J Wilson, Edgars Jecs, Eric J Miller, Huy H Nguyen, Yesim A Tahirovic, Valarie M Truax, Michelle B Kim, Katie M Kuo, Tao Wang, Chi Shing Sum, Mary E Cvijic, Anthony A Paiva, Gretchen M Schroeder, Lawrence J Wilson, Dennis C Liotta
CXCR4 is the most common chemokine receptor expressed on the surface of many cancer cell types. In comparison to normal cells, cancer cells overexpress CXCR4, which correlates with cancer cell metastasis, angiogenesis, and tumor growth. CXCR4 antagonists can potentially diminish the viability of cancer cells by interfering with CXCL12-mediated pro-survival signaling and by inhibiting chemotaxis. Herein, we describe a series of CXCR4 antagonists that are derived from (S)-5,6,7,8-tetrahydroquinolin-8-amine that has prevailed in the literature...
January 11, 2018: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Gregory J Goreczny, Ian J Forsythe, Christopher E Turner
The linearization of the stromal extracellular matrix (ECM) by cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) facilitates tumor cell growth and metastasis. However, the mechanism by which the ECM is remodeled is not fully understood. Hic-5 (TGFβ1i1), a focal adhesion scaffold protein, has previously been reported to be crucial for stromal ECM deposition and remodeling in vivo. Herein we show that CAFs lacking Hic-5 exhibit a significant reduction in the ability to form fibrillar adhesions, a specialized form of focal adhesion that promote fibronectin fibrillogenesis...
January 19, 2018: Oncogene
Mario Gutierrez, Margaret B Fish, Alexander W Golinski, Omolola Eniola-Adefeso
The symptoms of many blood diseases can often be attributed to irregularities in cellular dynamics produced by abnormalities in blood cells, particularly red blood cells (RBCs). Contingent on the disease and its severity, RBCs can be afflicted with increased membrane rigidity as seen in malaria and sickle cell disease. Despite this understanding, little experimental work has been conducted towards understanding the effect of RBC rigidity on cellular dynamics in physiologic blood flow. Though many have computationally modeled complex blood flow to postulate how RBC rigidity may disrupt normal hemodynamics, to date, there lacks a clear understanding of how rigid RBCs affect the blood cell segregation behavior in blood flow, known as margination, and the resulting change in the adhesion of white blood cells (WBCs)...
January 18, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Shun Okushima, Toshihiro Kawakatsu
We perform a series of Monte Carlo simulations on an interface between a liquid crystal (LC) material in isotropic phase in its bulk and a surfactant membrane. These two objects are simulated using coarse-grained molecular models. We estimate physical properties of the membrane such as the interfacial tension and the bending rigidity, focusing on the anchoring effects of the membrane on the LC. According to our simulation results, when the strength of the homeotropic anchoring denoted by the anchoring parameter ξ is increased, the interfacial tension decreases and the bending rigidity first increases in ξ<ξ_{m}, and it then decreases in ξ_{m}<ξ...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
Tapan Chandra Adhyapak, Sara Jabbari-Farouji
We analyze a minimal model for a rigid spherical microswimmer and explore the consequences of its extended surface on the interplay between its self-propulsion and flow properties. The model is the first order representation of microswimmers, such as bacteria and algae, with rigid bodies and flexible propelling appendages. The flow field of such a microswimmer at finite distances significantly differs from that of a point-force (Stokeslet) dipole. For a suspension of microswimmers, we derive the grand mobility matrix that connects the motion of an individual swimmer to the active and passive forces and torques acting on all the swimmers...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
S Karthick, A K Sen
We provide improved understanding of acoustophoretic focusing of a dense suspension (volume fraction φ>10%) in a microchannel subjected to an acoustic standing wave using a proposed theoretical model and experiments. The model is based on the theory of interacting continua and utilizes a momentum transport equation for the mixture, continuity equation, and transport equation for the solid phase. The model demonstrates the interplay between acoustic radiation and shear-induced diffusion (SID) forces that is critical in the focusing of dense suspensions...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
Matan Mussel, Christian Fillafer, Gal Ben-Porath, Matthias F Schneider
Electric pulses in biological cells (action potentials) have been reported to be accompanied by a propagating cell-surface deformation with a nanoscale amplitude. Typically, this cell surface is covered by external layers of polymer material (extracellular matrix, cell wall material, etc.). It was recently demonstrated in excitable plant cells (Chara braunii) that the rigid external layer (cell wall) hinders the underlying deformation. When the cell membrane was separated from the cell wall by osmosis, a mechanical deformation, in the micrometer range, was observed upon excitation of the cell...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
R P Linna, P M Suhonen, J Piili
While the dynamics of a fully flexible polymer ejecting a capsid through a nanopore has been extensively studied, the ejection dynamics of semiflexible polymers has not been properly characterized. Here we report results from simulations of ejection dynamics of semiflexible polymers ejecting from spherical capsids. Ejections start from strongly confined polymer conformations of constant initial monomer density. We find that, unlike for fully flexible polymers, for semiflexible polymers the force measured at the pore does not show a direct relation to the instantaneous ejection velocity...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
E Beauvier, S Bodea, A Pocheau
We investigate the dependence on the vortex structure of the propagation of fronts in stirred flows. For this, we consider a regular set of vortices whose structure is changed by varying both their boundary conditions and their aspect ratios. These configurations are investigated experimentally in autocatalytic solutions stirred by electroconvective flows and numerically from kinematic simulations based on the determination of the dominant Fourier mode of the vortex stream function in each of them. For free lateral boundary conditions, i...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
Luca Lanotte, Didier Laux, Benoît Charlot, Manouk Abkarian
The morphology of dried blood droplets derives from the deposition of red cells, the main components of their solute phase. Up to now, evaporation-induced convective flows were supposed to be at the base of red cell distribution in blood samples. Here, we present a direct visualization by videomicroscopy of the internal dynamics in desiccating blood droplets, focusing on the role of cell concentration and plasma composition. We show that in diluted suspensions, the convection is promoted by the rich molecular composition of plasma, whereas it is replaced by an outward red blood cell displacement front at higher hematocrits...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
Mathijs F J Vermeulen, Anwesha Bose, Cornelis Storm, Wouter G Ellenbroek
Disordered spring networks that are undercoordinated may abruptly rigidify when sufficient strain is applied. Since the deformation in response to applied strain does not change the generic quantifiers of network architecture, the number of nodes and the number of bonds between them, this rigidity transition must have a geometric origin. Naive, degree-of-freedom-based mechanical analyses such as the Maxwell-Calladine count or the pebble game algorithm overlook such geometric rigidity transitions and offer no means of predicting or characterizing them...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
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