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Lartiza F Lima, Rebeca M P Rocha, Ana Beatriz G Duarte, Ivina R Brito, Gerlane M Silva, Giovanna Q Rodrigues, Diana C S Nunes-Pinheiro, Antônia D Sales, Arlindo A Moura, Matthew B Wheeler, Ana Paula R Rodrigues, Cláudio C Campello, José Ricardo Figueiredo
The aims of this study were to investigate the effects of medium replacement system (experiment I) and of FSH presentations (homeopathic - FSH 6cH and allopathic FSH - rFSH; experiment II) on the in vitro development, hormone production and gene expression of isolated ovine preantral follicles cultured for 6 days. In experiment I, secondary follicles were cultured in the α-MEM(+) supplemented with FSH 6cH (0.05 fg/ml) or recombinant bovine FSH (100 ng/ml) without/with daily medium addition. The homeopathic FSH treatments with/without medium addition improved (p < ...
December 5, 2016: Microscopy Research and Technique
Harshad Gaikwad, Pranab Kumar Mondal
We investigate the slip driven transport of a Newtonian fluid through porous media under electrical double layer effect. We employ a semi-analytical framework to obtain the underlying electro-hydrodynamics for different configurations of porous media. We bring out an alteration in flow dynamics, stemming from interplay among the geometrical feature of the models and the interfacial slip as modulated by the electrical forcing. Further, we show the consequent effects of the underlying flow dynamics on the volumetric transport rate through different models...
December 6, 2016: Electrophoresis
Shuang Du, Wei Sun, Yang Gao
Micro-electro-mechanical-systems (MEMS) inertial measurement unit (IMU) outputs are corrupted by significant sensor errors. The navigation errors of a MEMS-based inertial navigation system will therefore accumulate very quickly over time. This requires aiding from other sensors such as Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). However, it will still remain a significant challenge in the presence of GNSS outages, which are typically in urban canopies. This paper proposed a rotary inertial navigation system (INS) to mitigate navigation errors caused by MEMS inertial sensor errors when external aiding information is not available...
November 29, 2016: Sensors
M Bangert, H Gil, J Oliva, C Delgado, T Vega, S DE Mateo, A Larrauri
The intensity of annual Spanish influenza activity is currently estimated from historical data of the Spanish Influenza Sentinel Surveillance System (SISSS) using qualitative indicators from the European Influenza Surveillance Network. However, these indicators are subjective, based on qualitative comparison with historical data of influenza-like illness rates. This pilot study assesses the implementation of Moving Epidemic Method (MEM) intensity levels during the 2014-2015 influenza season within the 17 sentinel networks covered by SISSS, comparing them to historically reported indicators...
December 5, 2016: Epidemiology and Infection
Suyun Ham, Homin Song, Michael L Oelze, John S Popovics
We describe an approach that utilizes ultrasonic surface wave backscatter measurements to characterize the volume content of relatively small distributed defects (microcrack networks) in concrete. A simplified weak scattering model is used to demonstrate that the scattered wave field projected in the direction of the surface wave propagation is relatively insensitive to scatterers that are smaller than the propagating wavelength, while the scattered field projected in the opposite direction is more sensitive to sub-wavelength scatterers...
November 9, 2016: Ultrasonics
Kaname Kojima, Yosuke Kawai, Kazuharu Misawa, Takahiro Mimori, Masao Nagasaki
BACKGROUND: In the estimation of repeat numbers in a short tandem repeat (STR) region from high-throughput sequencing data, two types of strategies are mainly taken: a strategy based on counting repeat patterns included in sequence reads spanning the region and a strategy based on estimating the difference between the actual insert size and the insert size inferred from paired-end reads. The quality of sequence alignment is crucial, especially in the former approaches although usual alignment methods have difficulty in STR regions due to insertions and deletions caused by the variations of repeat numbers...
December 3, 2016: BMC Genomics
Torrey R S Hayden, Gregory B Rieker
We demonstrate large amplitude wavelength modulation spectroscopy (WMS) with a MEMS-tunable vertical cavity surface-emitting laser (MEMS-VCSEL) to measure high-density gases. WMS enables sensitive measurements of gas phase thermodynamic properties in harsh environments, but has been limited to moderate pressure and density conditions because of the narrow tuning range of traditional DFB lasers. The MEMS-tunable laser is able to rapidly modulate across the broadened features of high-density gas mixtures to produce the harmonic signals in the detected light intensity typical of WMS...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
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
Parikshit Moitra, Deepa Bhagat, Rudra Pratap, Santanu Bhattacharya
Plant pests exert serious effects on food production due to which the global crop yields are reduced by ~20-40 percent per year. Hence to meet the world's food needs, loses of food due to crop pests must be reduced. Herein the silicon dioxide based MEMS devices are covalently functionalized for robust and efficient optical sensing of the female sex pheromones of the pests like Helicoverpa armigera for the first time in literature. The functionalized devices are also capable of selectively measuring the concentration of this pheromone at femtogram level which is much below the concentration of pheromone at the time of pest infestation in an agricultural field...
November 28, 2016: Scientific Reports
M Akahane, T Shimizu, T Kira, T Onishi, Y Uchihara, T Imamura, Y Tanaka
OBJECTIVES: To assess the structure and extracellular matrix molecule expression of osteogenic cell sheets created via culture in medium with both dexamethasone (Dex) and ascorbic acid phosphate (AscP) compared either Dex or AscP alone. METHODS: Osteogenic cell sheets were prepared by culturing rat bone marrow stromal cells in a minimal essential medium (MEM), MEM with AscP, MEM with Dex, and MEM with Dex and AscP (Dex/AscP). The cell number and messenger (m)RNA expression were assessed in vitro, and the appearance of the cell sheets was observed after mechanical retrieval using a scraper...
November 2016: Bone & Joint Research
Quan Xie, Fang Xin, Hyung Gyu Park, Chuanhua Duan
Carbon nanofluidic structures made of carbon nanotubes or graphene/graphene oxide have shown great promise in energy and environment applications due to the newly discovered fast and selective mass transport. However, they have yet to be utilized in nanofluidic devices for lab-on-a-chip applications because of great challenges in their fabrication and integration. Herein we report the fabrication of two-dimensional planar graphene nanochannel devices and the study of ion transport inside a graphene nanochannel array...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
Xiyu Duan, Haijun Li, Juan Zhou, Quan Zhou, Kenn R Oldham, Thomas D Wang
Confocal endomicroscopy is an emerging imaging technology that has recently been introduced into the clinic to instantaneously collect "optical biopsies" in vivo with histology-like quality. Here, we demonstrate a fast scanner located in the distal end of a side-viewing instrument using a compact lens assembly with numerical aperture of 0.5 to achieve a working distance of 100 μm and field-of-view of 300 × 400 μm(2). The microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) mirror was designed based on the principle of parametric resonance and images at 5 frames per second...
November 22, 2016: Scientific Reports
Tingting Luo, Hongrui Liu, Wei Feng, Di Liu, Juan Du, Jing Sun, Wei Wang, Xiuchun Han, Jie Guo, Norio Amizuka, Xianqi Li, Minqi Li
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate effects of adipocytes on osteoclast adhesion-related molecules. MATERIALS AND METHODS: ST2 cells, a cloned stromal cell line from mouse bone marrow, able to differentiate into adipocytes, were cultured in serum-free α-MEM which was then collected to be used as adipocyte-conditioned medium (ADIPO CM). RAW264.7 cells were cultured in ADIPO CM in the presence of RANKL, and bone marrow-derived macrophages were cultured in ADIPO CM in the presence of RANKL and macrophage-colony stimulating factor to induce osteoclast differentiation...
November 21, 2016: Cell Proliferation
Frédéric Lardeux, Claudia Aliaga, Stéphanie Depickère
The study aimed to quantify the bias from parasite detection methods in the estimation of the prevalence of infection of Triatoma infestans by Trypanosoma cruzi, the agent of Chagas disease. Three common protocols that detect T. cruzi in a sample of 640 wild-caught T. infestans were compared: (1) the microscopic observation of insect fecal droplets, (2) a PCR protocol targeting mini-exon genes of T. cruzi (MeM-PCR), and (3) a PCR protocol targeting a satellite repeated unit of the parasite. Agreement among protocols was computed using Krippendorff Kα...
December 2016: Journal of Vector Ecology: Journal of the Society for Vector Ecology
Chao Deng, Yao Mao, Ge Ren
In this paper, an approach to improve the disturbance suppression performance of a fast steering mirror (FSM) tracking control system based on a charge-coupled device (CCD) and micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) inertial sensors is proposed. The disturbance observation and compensation (DOC) control method is recommended to enhance the classical multi-loop feedback control (MFC) for line-of-sight (LOS) stabilization in the FSM system. MEMS accelerometers and gyroscopes have been used in the FSM system tentatively to implement MFC instead of fiber-optic gyroscopes (FOG) because of its smaller, lighter, cheaper features and gradually improved performance...
November 15, 2016: Sensors
Mandana Haack-Sørensen, Bjarke Follin, Morten Juhl, Sonja K Brorsen, Rebekka H Søndergaard, Jens Kastrup, Annette Ekblond
BACKGROUND: Adipose derived stromal cells (ASCs) are a rich and convenient source of cells for clinical regenerative therapeutic approaches. However, applications of ASCs often require cell expansion to reach the needed dose. In this study, cultivation of ASCs from stromal vascular fraction (SVF) over two passages in the automated and functionally closed Quantum Cell Expansion System (Quantum system) is compared with traditional manual cultivation. METHODS: Stromal vascular fraction was isolated from abdominal fat, suspended in α-MEM supplemented with 10% Fetal Bovine Serum and seeded into either T75 flasks or a Quantum system that had been coated with cryoprecipitate...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
Hidehiko Sekiya, Takeshi Kinomoto, Chitoshi Miki
To implement steel bridge maintenance, especially that related to fatigue damage, it is important to monitor bridge deformations under traffic conditions. Bridges deform and rotate differently under traffic load conditions because their structures differ in terms of length and flexibility. Such monitoring enables the identification of the cause of stress concentrations that cause fatigue damage and the proposal of appropriate countermeasures. However, although bridge deformation monitoring requires observations of bridge angle response as well as the bridge displacement response, measuring the rotation angle response of a bridge subject to traffic loads is difficult...
November 9, 2016: Sensors
Tero Hurnanen, Eero Lehtonen, Mojtaba Jafari Tadi, Tom Kuusela, Tuomas Kiviniemi, Antti Saraste, Tuija Vasankari, Juhani Airaksinen, Tero Koivisto, Mikko Pankaala
In this paper, a novel method to detect atrial fibrillation from a seismocardiogram (SCG) is presented. The proposed method is based on linear classification of the spectral entropy and a heart rate variability index computed from the SCG. The performance of the developed algorithm is demonstrated on data gathered from 13 patients in clinical setting. After motion artefact removal, in total 119 minutes of AFib data and 126 minutes of sinus rhythm data were considered for automated atrial fibrillation detection...
November 4, 2016: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
Christoph Beck, Guillaume Garreau, Julius Georgiou
Sand-scorpions and many other arachnids perceive their environment by using their feet to sense ground waves. They are able to determine amplitudes the size of an atom and locate the acoustic stimuli with an accuracy of within 13° based on their neuronal anatomy. We present here a prototype sound source localization system, inspired from this impressive performance. The system presented utilizes custom-built hardware with eight MEMS microphones, one for each foot, to acquire the acoustic scene, and a spiking neural model to localize the sound source...
2016: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Felix Schmieder, Lars Büttner, Jürgen Czarske
Laser ultrasonics is a powerful technique for contactless investigation of important material parameters such as Young's modulus or thin layer thickness. However, the often employed Gaussian beams result in diverging sound fields of quickly decreasing intensity. Conventionally, changing the laser beam profile requires the slow movement or exchange of optical elements. We present a laser ultrasonics setup for the creation of arbitrary intensity distributions by holographic projection using a MEMS spatial light modulator...
October 3, 2016: Optics Express
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