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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535338/a-flexible-lithium-ion-fiber-battery-by-regularly-stacking-two-dimensional-titanium-oxide-nanosheets-hybridized-with-reduced-graphene-oxide
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Tatsumasa Hoshide, Yuanchuan Zheng, Junyu Hou, Zhiqiang Wang, Qingwen Li, Zhigang Zhao, Renzhi Ma, Takayoshi Sasaki, Fengxia Geng
Increasing interest has recently been devoted to developing small, rapid, and portable electronic devices; thus, it is becoming critically important to provide matching light and flexible energy-storage systems to power them. To this end, compared with the inevitable drawbacks of being bulky, heavy, and rigid for traditional planar sandwiched structures, linear fiber-shaped lithium-ion batteries (LIB) have become increasingly important owing to their combined superiorities of miniaturization, adaptability, and weavability, the progress of which is heavily dependent on developing new fiber-shaped electrodes...
May 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535185/fifteen-years-experience-with-the-use-of-artificial-chords-for-valve-reconstruction-in-children%C3%A2
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Jolanda Kluin, Vladimir Sojak, David R Koolbergen, Rody Boon, Regina Bökenkamp, Mark G Hazekamp
OBJECTIVES: To retrospectively review our experience with artificial chords in mitral and tricuspid reconstructive surgery in children. METHODS: All consecutive paediatric (<18 years) patients who underwent mitral or tricuspid valve reconstruction with the use of artificial chords in our centre in the past 15 years were retrospectively analysed. RESULTS: Thirty-nine patients (age 3 days to 17 years) underwent reconstruction of the mitral ( n  = 27) or tricuspid ( n  = 12) valve using artificial chords...
May 23, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535060/cinnamomols-a-and-b-immunostimulative-diterpenoids-with-a-new-carbon-skeleton-from-the-leaves-of-cinnamomum-cassia
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Lei Zhou, Yali Tuo, Yi Hao, Xiaoman Guo, Wei Tang, Yongbo Xue, Junfen Zeng, Yu Zhou, Ming Xiang, Jianping Zuo, Guangmin Yao, Yonghui Zhang
Two diterpenoids with an unprecedented diterpene carbon skeleton, cinnamomols A (1) and B (2), were isolated from the leaves of Cinnamomum cassia. 1 and 2 feature a cage-like, rigid, 5/5/5/5/5/6-fused hexacyclic ring system. The structures of 1 and 2 were established by extensive spectroscopic techniques and single-crystal X-ray diffraction, and their plausible biosynthetic pathways were proposed. 1 and 2 exhibited significant in vitro immunostimulative activity, and the mode of action of 1 was investigated...
May 23, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534919/solid-state-and-surface-effects-in-thin-film-molecular-switches
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Jonathan P Hopwood, Jacob W Ciszek
Thin-films of three dihydroindolizine molecular switches were monitored via polarization modulation infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy to quantify solid state and surface-based inhibition of switching as a function of irradiation time. In the solid state, the molecular switches diverged dramatically with flexible alkyl substituents resulting in switching rates up to three times that of switches containing rigid analogs. For thin-films, decreasing film thickness from 30 nm to approximately 4 molecules thick resulted in an increase in inhibition...
May 23, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534916/the-origin-of-low-workfunctions-in-oh-terminated-mxenes
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Hassan A Tahini, Xin Tan, Sean C Smith
The workfunction is an important parameter that governs several electronic phenomena occurring at the surfaces and interfaces of materials. Here, we study MXenes, which are two dimensional metal carbides and nitrides. The workfunction is strongly dependent on the terminating functional groups which induce surface dipoles and Fermi level shifts. Here, we establish a correlation between the workfunction and the adsorbate's 2p band centres. Focusing on the OH terminated MXenes which have intrinsically low workfunctions, we show that a rigid relation between the 2p band centres and workfunctions exists which resembles a volcano plot...
May 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534783/nahal-flex-a-numerical-and-alphabetical-hinge-detection-algorithm-for-flexible-protein-structure-alignment
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Samira Fotoohifiroozabadi, Mohd Saberi Mohamad, Safaai Deris
Flexible proteins are proteins that have conformational changes in their structures. Protein flexibility analysis is critical for classifying and understanding protein functionality. For that analysis, the hinge areas where proteins show flexibility must be detected. To detect the location of the hinges, previous methods have utilized the three-dimensional (3D) structure of proteins, which is highly computational. To reduce the computational complexity, this study proposes a novel text-based method using structural alphabets (SAs) for detecting the hinge position, called NAHAL-Flex...
May 17, 2017: IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534770/boscc-bag-of-spatial-context-correlations-for-spatially-enhanced-3d-shape-representation
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Zhizhong Han, Zhenbao Liu, Chi-Man Vong, Yu-Shen Liu, Shuhui Bu, Junwei Han, Philip Chen
Highly discriminative 3D shape representations can be formed by encoding the spatial relationship among virtual words into the Bag of Words (BoW) method. To achieve this challenging task, several unresolved issues in the encoding procedure must be overcome for 3D shapes, including i) arbitrary mesh resolution, ii) irregular vertex topology, iii) orientation ambiguity on the 3D surface and iv) invariance to rigid and non-rigid shape transformations. In this work, a novel spatially enhanced 3D shape representation called Bag of Spatial Context Correlations (BoSCC) is proposed to address all these issues...
May 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534698/effect-of-parathyroid-hormone-on-healing-in-osteoporotic-fractures-via-a-phospholipase-c-independent-pathway
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Wei-Long Li, Xiao Yu, Zhi-Ping Huang, Qing-Jiang Pang
Objective This study was performed to investigate the effect of parathyroid hormone (PTH) on healing in osteoporotic fractures via a phospholipase C (PLC)-independent pathway and explore the mechanism of PTH-mediated bone formation. Methods Ninety-six 12-week-old C57BL/6J female mice underwent bilateral ovariectomy. One month later, the lower third of the femur was fractured and the mice were treated using saline, PTH(1-28), PTH(1-34), zoledronic acid (ZA), PTH(1-28)+ZA, and PTH(1-34)+ZA. The mice were killed at weeks 2 and 4 in each group...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534627/highly-stable-and-regenerative-metal-organic-framework-designed-by-multi-walled-divider-installation-strategy-for-detection-of-co-%C3%AE-%C3%AE-ions-and-organic-aromatics-in-water
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Kai Xing, Ruiqing Fan, Jiaqi Wang, Siqi Zhang, Kai Feng, Xi Du, Yang Song, Ping Wang, Yulin Yang
MOF-based sensors capable of effectively and stably detecting toxic species in water have attracted huge attention in terms of improving environmental monitoring levels and water quality. Combining the flexibility of structure and modifying of pore surface, a multi-walled divider installation (MWDI) strategy is proposed and used for property enhancement. We herein report three metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) 1-3 based on a C3 symmetry organic phosphonic ligand with topology increased from 3,6-connected to 3,8-connected...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534472/evidence-for-robots
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Ravikiran Shenoy, Dinesh Nathwani
Robots have been successfully used in commercial industry and have enabled humans to perform tasks which are repetitive, dangerous and requiring extreme force. Their role has evolved and now includes many aspects of surgery to improve safety and precision. Orthopaedic surgery is largely performed on bones which are rigid immobile structures which can easily be performed by robots with great precision. Robots have been designed for use in orthopaedic surgery including joint arthroplasty and spine surgery. Experimental studies have been published evaluating the role of robots in arthroscopy and trauma surgery...
2017: SICOT-J
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534312/evaluation-of-a-novel-multi-articulated-endoscope-proof-of-concept-through-a-virtual-simulation
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Tuukka Karvonen, Yusuke Muranishi, Goshiro Yamamoto, Tomohiro Kuroda, Toshihiko Sato
PURPOSE: In endoscopic surgery such as video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery and laparoscopic surgery, providing the surgeon a good view of the target is important. Rigid endoscope has for years been the go-to tool for this purpose, but it has certain limitations like the inability to work around obstacles. To improve on current tools, a novel multi-articulated endoscope (MAE) is currently under development. To investigate its feasibility and possible value, we performed a user test using virtual prototype of the MAE with the intent to show that it outperforms the conventional endoscope while bringing minimal additional burden to the operator...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534082/conformational-dynamics-and-alignment-properties-of-loop-lanthanide-binding-tags-lbts-studied-in-interleukin-1%C3%AE
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Dominic Barthelmes, Katja Barthelmes, Kai Schnorr, Hendrik R A Jonker, Bianca Bodmer, Karen N Allen, Barbara Imperiali, Harald Schwalbe
Encodable lanthanide binding tags (LBTs) have become an attractive tool in modern structural biology as they can be expressed as fusion proteins of targets of choice. Previously, we have demonstrated the feasibility of inserting encodable LBTs into loop positions of interleukin-1β (Barthelmes et al. in J Am Chem Soc 133:808-819, 2011). Here, we investigate the differences in fast dynamics of selected loop-LBT interleukin-1β constructs by measuring (15)N nuclear spin relaxation experiments. We show that the loop-LBT does not significantly alter the dynamic motions of the host protein in the sub-τc-timescale and that the loop-LBT adopts a rigid conformation with significantly reduced dynamics compared to the terminally attached encodable LBT leading to increased paramagnetic alignment strength...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular NMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534029/submucosal-inferior-turbinoplasty-using-a-new-continuous-suction-irrigation-method
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Takeo Kanaya, Naoyuki Kohno
INTRODUCTION: Numerous surgical techniques for inferior turbinate hypertrophy (ITH) have been reported, each with advantages and disadvantages. Submucosal turbinoplasty with removal of the bony component of the inferior turbinate (IT) is an excellent procedure to expand the nasal cavity. However, this procedure requires a large incision to remove the inferior turbinate bone (ITB) and is associated with hemorrhage, crust formation, and adhesion. A smaller incision would avoid such complications...
2017: Frontiers in Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533580/olanzapine-induced-neuroleptic-malignant-syndrome
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Seyedhamze Hosseini, Forouzan Elyasi
Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is a rare but life-threatening idiosyncratic side effect resulting from neuroleptic drugs. NMS mainly occurs in patients treated with high-potency typical antipsychotics, but rarely caused by atypical antipsychotics. Although NMS is less common with atypical antipsychotic, but it seems that its incidence is rising due to increased administration of such drugs. We present the case of a 27-year-old man with a history of paranoid schizophrenia that showed signs consistent with NMS that occurred after treatment with olanzapine...
May 2017: Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533394/nanomechanics-of-the-substrate-binding-domain-of-hsp70-determine-its-allosteric-atp-induced-conformational-change
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Soumit Sankar Mandal, Dale R Merz, Maximilian Buchsteiner, Ruxandra I Dima, Matthias Rief, Gabriel Žoldák
Owing to the cooperativity of protein structures, it is often almost impossible to identify independent subunits, flexible regions, or hinges simply by visual inspection of static snapshots. Here, we use single-molecule force experiments and simulations to apply tension across the substrate binding domain (SBD) of heat shock protein 70 (Hsp70) to pinpoint mechanical units and flexible hinges. The SBD consists of two nanomechanical units matching 3D structural parts, called the α- and β-subdomain. We identified a flexible region within the rigid β-subdomain that gives way under load, thus opening up the α/β interface...
May 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533266/non-linearity-of-the-collagen-triple-helix-in-solution-and-implications-for-collagen-function
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Kenneth T Walker, Ruodan Nan, David W Wright, Jayesh Gor, Anthony C Bishop, George I Makhatadze, Barbara Brodsky, Stephen J Perkins
Collagen adopts a characteristic supercoiled triple helical conformation which requires a repeating (Xaa-Yaa-Gly)n sequence. Despite the abundance of collagen, a combined experimental and atomistic modelling approach has not so far quantitated the degree of flexibility seen experimentally in the solution structures of collagen triple helices. To address this question, we report an experimental study on the flexibility of varying lengths of collagen triple helical peptides, composed of six, eight, ten and twelve repeats of the most stable Pro-Hyp-Gly (POG) units...
May 22, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533050/dual-core-steered-non-rigid-registration-for-multi-modal-images-via-bi-directional-image-synthesis
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Xiaohuan Cao, Jianhua Yang, Yaozong Gao, Yanrong Guo, Guorong Wu, Dinggang Shen
In prostate cancer radiotherapy, computed tomography (CT) is widely used for dose planning purposes. However, because CT has low soft tissue contrast, it makes manual contouring difficult for major pelvic organs. In contrast, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) provides high soft tissue contrast, which makes it ideal for accurate manual contouring. Therefore, the contouring accuracy on CT can be significantly improved if the contours in MRI can be mapped to CT domain by registering MRI with CT of the same subject, which would eventually lead to high treatment efficacy...
May 13, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532915/endoscopic-third-ventriculostomy-outcome-analysis-of-an-anterior-entry-point
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Mohammed Aref, Amanda Martyniuk, Siddharth Nath, Alex Koziarz, Jetan Badhiwala, Almunder Algird, Forough Farrokhyar, Saleh A Almenawer, Kesava Reddy
BACKGROUND: Endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) is a safe and effective treatment for hydrocephalus. An entry point located 4 cm anterior to the coronal suture, 3 cm anterior to Kocher's point, and approximately 9 cm from the pupil at the mid-pupillary line, has been used successfully for the past 20 years in our center. We aimed to evaluate this alternative anterior entry point routinely used for ETV, with or without concurrent endoscopic biopsy. METHODS: Patients undergoing this proposed entry point were examined to evaluate its safety and efficacy...
May 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532908/the-safety-and-efficiency-of-pvcr-without-anterior-support-applied-in-treatment-of-yang-s-a-type-severe-thoracic-kyphoscoliosis
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Wen-Yuan Sui, Zi-Fang Huang, Yao-Long Deng, Heng-Wei Fan, Jing-Fan Yang, Fo-Bao Li, Jun-Lin Yang
OBJECT: To assess the clinical and radiographic outcomes of posterior vertebral column resection (PVCR) without anterior support in treatment of Yang's A type severe rigid thoracic kyphoscoliosis. METHODS: The records of 27 Yang's A type severe thoracic kyphoscoliosis patients treated with PVCR without anterior support from January 2010 to September 2013 were retrospectively analyzed. Intraoperative multimodal neurophysiological monitoring (IONM) (6 modes: Somatosensory evoked potential (SSEP), Motor evoked potential (MEP), Descending neurogenic evoked potential (DNEP), Spinal cord evoked potential (SCEP), and Electromyography, both triggered and free run EMG) was conducted in all patients...
May 19, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532898/toughening-of-fibrous-scaffolds-by-mobile-mineral-deposits
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Justin Lipner, John J Boyle, Younan Xia, Victor Birman, Guy M Genin, Stavros Thomopoulos
Partially mineralized fibrous tissue situated between tendon and bone is believed to be tougher than either tendon or bone, possibly serving as a compliant, energy absorptive, protective barrier between the two. This tissue does not reform following surgical repair (e.g., rotator cuff tendon-to-bone re-attachment) and might be a factor in the poor outcomes following such surgeries. Towards our long-term goal of tissue engineered solutions to functional tendon-to-bone re-attachment, we tested the hypotheses that partially mineralized fibrous matrices can derive toughness from mobility of mineral along their fibers, and that in such cases toughness is maximized at levels of mineralization sufficiently low to allow substantial mobility...
May 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
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