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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103587/magnetoresistance-and-hall-resistivity-of-semimetal-wte2-ultrathin-flakes
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Xin Luo, Chi Fang, Caihua Wan, Jialin Cai, Yong Liu, Xiufeng Han, Zhihong Lu, Rui Xiong, Zhongming Zeng
This article reports the characterization of WTe<sub>2</sub> ultrathin flakes devices with characterization of magnetoresistance and Hall resistivity. We found that ultrathin flakes of WTe<sub>2</sub> do not exhibit magnetoresistance saturation when subject to high fields, in a manner similar to their bulk characteristic. The linearity of Hall resistivity in our devices could confirm the compensation of electrons and holes. By relating experimental results to a classic two-band model, we demonstrate that the lower magnetoresistance values may be caused by decreased carrier mobility in our samples...
January 19, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103569/an-intelligent-actuator-fault-reconstruction-scheme-for-robotic-manipulators
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Bing Xiao, Shen Yin
This paper investigates a difficult problem of reconstructing actuator faults for robotic manipulators. An intelligent approach with fast reconstruction property is developed. This is achieved by using observer technique. This scheme is capable of precisely reconstructing the actual actuator fault. It is shown by Lyapunov stability analysis that the reconstruction error can converge to zero after finite time. A perfect reconstruction performance including precise and fast properties can be provided for actuator fault...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103565/a-scan-line-forest-growing-based-hand-segmentation-framework-with-multipriority-vertex-stereo-matching-for-wearable-devices
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Yiyi Ren, Xiang Xie, Guolin Li, Zhihua Wang
A hand segmentation framework is proposed for 3-D hand gesture interaction for wearable devices. In this framework, all the objects in a scene are regarded as directed trees in a forest, and the problem of the hand segmentation can be converted into finding the target tree (called hand tree) in the forest with proper hand properties including color consistency, space consistency, disparity, and hand shape constraints. The forest grows scan-line by scan-line from high reliable regions to low reliable regions...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103564/mograms-a-network-based-methodology-for-visualizing-the-set-of-nondominated-solutions-in-multiobjective-optimization
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Krzysztof Trawinski, Manuel Chica, David P Pancho, Sergio Damas, Oscar Cordon
An appropriate visualization of multiobjective nondominated solutions is a valuable asset for decision making. Although there are methods for visualizing the solutions in the design space, they do not provide any information about their relationship. In this paper, we propose a novel methodology that allows the visualization of the nondominated solutions in the design space and their relationships by means of a network. The nodes represent the solutions in the objective space while the edges show the relationships among the solutions in the design space...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103557/data-dependent-label-distribution-learning-for-age-estimation
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Zhouzhou He, Xi Li, Zhongfei Zhang, Fei Wu, Xin Geng, Yaqing Zhang, Ming-Hsuan Yang, Yueting Zhuang
As an important and challenging problem in computer vision, face age estimation is typically cast as a classification or regression problem over a set of face samples with respect to several ordinal age labels, which have intrinsically cross-age correlations across adjacent age dimensions. As a result, such correlations usually lead to the age label ambiguities of the face samples. Namely, each face sample is associated with a latent label distribution that encodes the cross-age correlation information on label ambiguities...
January 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103556/steerable-wavelet-machines-swm-learning-moving-frames-for-texture-classification
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Adrien Depeursinge, Zsuzsanna Puspoki, John Paul Ward, Michael Unser
We present texture operators encoding classspecific local organizations of image directions (LOID) in a rotation-invariant fashion. The LOIDs are key for visual understanding, and are at the origin of the success of the popular approaches such as local binary patterns (LBP) and the scaleinvariant feature transform (SIFT). Whereas LBPs and SIFT yield handcrafted image representations, we propose to learn dataspecific representations of the LOIDs in a rotation-invariant fashion. The image operators are based on steerable circular harmonic wavelets (CHW), offering a rich and yet compact initial representation for characterizing natural textures...
January 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103553/data-driven-affine-deformation-estimation-and-correction-in-cone-beam-computed-tomography
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Vincent Van Nieuwenhove, Jan De Beenhouwer, Thomas De Schryver, Luc Van Hoorebeke, Jan Sijbers
In Computed Tomography (CT), motion and deformation during the acquisition lead to streak artefacts and blurring in the reconstructed images. To remedy these artefacts, we introduce an efficient algorithm to estimate and correct for global affine deformations directly on the cone beam projections. The proposed technique is data-driven and thus removes the need for markers and/or a tracking system. A relationship between affine transformations and the cone beam transform is proven and used to correct the projections...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103484/reiterative-deconvolution-new-technique-for-time-of-flight-estimation-errors-reduction-in-case-of-close-proximity-of-two-reflections
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Linas Svilainis, Kristina Lukoseviciute, Dobilas Liaukonis
ToF estimation errors for two reflections have been analyzed. Case of high signal-to-noise ratio was assumed, when accuracy of the order of few nanoseconds can be achieved. It was indicated that additional bias errors are introduced in ToF estimator when other reflection is in close temporal proximity to the reflection of interest. Research demonstrates that iterative deconvolution does not improve the accuracy significantly. Novel technique is suggested which addresses this issue by means of a reiterative deconvolution...
January 7, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103438/acylguanidine-beta-secretase-1-inhibitors-a-combined-experimental-and-free-energy-perturbation-study
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Henrik Keränen, Laura Pérez-Benito, Myriam Ciordia, Francisca Delgado, Thomas B Steinbrecher, Daniel Oehlrich, Herman W T Van Vlijmen, Andrés A Trabanco, Gary Tresadern
A series of acylguanidine beta secretase 1 (BACE1) inhibitors with modified scaffold and P3 pocket substituent was synthesized and studied with Free Energy Perturbation (FEP) calculations. The resulting molecules showed potencies in enzymatic BACE1 inhibition assays up to 1 nM. The correlation between the predicted activity from the FEP calculations and the experimental activity was good for the P3 pocket substituents. The average mean unsigned error (MUE) between prediction and experiment was 0.68 ± 0.17 kcal/mol for the default 5 ns lambda window simulation time improving to 0...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103437/solvation-reaction-field-at-the-interface-measured-by-vibrational-sum-frequency-generation-spectroscopy
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Shayne A Sorenson, Joel G Patrow, Jahan M Dawlaty
Interfacial electric fields are important in several areas of chemistry, materials sciences, and device physics. However, they are poorly understood, partly because they are difficult to measure directly and model accurately. We present both a spectroscopic experimental investigation and a theoretical model for the interfacial field at the junction of a conductor and a dielectric. First, we present Vibrational Sum Frequency Generation (VSFG) results of the nitrile (CN) stretch of 4-mercaptobenzonitrile (4-MBN) covalently attached to a gold surface and in contact with a variety of liquid dielectrics...
January 19, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103314/expression-of-a-mutant-sema3a-protein-with-diminished-signalling-capacity-does-not-alter-als-related-motor-decline-or-confer-changes-in-nmj-plasticity-after-botoxa-induced-paralysis-of-male-gastrocnemic-muscle
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Elizabeth B Moloney, Barbara Hobo, Fred De Winter, Joost Verhaagen
Terminal Schwann cells (TSCs) are specialized cells that envelop the motor nerve terminal, and play a role in the maintenance and regeneration of neuromuscular junctions (NMJs). The chemorepulsive protein semaphorin 3A (SEMA3A) is selectively up-regulated in TSCs on fast-fatigable muscle fibers following experimental denervation of the muscle (BotoxA-induced paralysis or crush injury to the sciatic nerve) or in the motor neuron disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Re-expression of SEMA3A in this subset of TSCs is thought to play a role in the selective plasticity of nerve terminals as observed in ALS and following BotoxA-induced paralysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103303/driving-with-intuition-a-preregistered-study-about-the-eeg-anticipation-of-simulated-random-car-accidents
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Gian Marco Duma, Giovanni Mento, Tommaso Manari, Massimiliano Martinelli, Patrizio Tressoldi
The study of neural pre-stimulus or "anticipatory" activity opened a new window for understanding how the brain actively constructs the forthcoming reality. Usually, experimental paradigms designed to study anticipatory activity make use of stimuli. The purpose of the present study is to expand the study of neural anticipatory activity upon the temporal occurrence of dichotomic, statistically unpredictable (random) stimuli within an ecological experimental paradigm. To this purpose, we used a simplified driving simulation including two possible, randomly-presented trial types: a car crash end trial and a no car crash end trial...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103281/selection-of-native-tree-species-for-subtropical-forest-restoration-in-southwest-china
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Yang Lu, Sailesh Ranjitkar, Rhett D Harrison, Jianchu Xu, Xiaokun Ou, Xuelan Ma, Jun He
The use of native species in forest restoration has been increasingly recognized as an effective means of restoring ecosystem functions and biodiversity to degraded areas across the world. However, successful selection of species adapted to local conditions requires specific knowledge which is often lacking, especially in developing countries. In order to scale up forest restoration, experimental data on the responses of native species to propagation and restoration treatments across a range of local conditions are required...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103268/direct-observation-of-enhanced-nitric-oxide-in-a-murine-model-of-diabetic-nephropathy
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Margien G S Boels, Ernst E H van Faassen, M Cristina Avramut, Johan van der Vlag, Bernard M van den Berg, Ton J Rabelink
Uncoupling of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) secondary to redox signaling is a central mechanism in endothelial and macrophage activation. To date studies on the production of nitric oxide (NO) during the development of diabetic complications show paradoxical results. We previously showed that recoupling eNOS by increasing the eNOS cofactor tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) could restore endothelial function and prevent kidney injury in experimental kidney transplantation. Here, we employed a diabetic mouse model to investigate the effects of diabetes on renal tissue NO bioavailability...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103263/splenic-cd4-t-cells-in-progressive-visceral-leishmaniasis-show-a-mixed-effector-regulatory-phenotype-and-impair-macrophage-effector-function-through-inhibitory-receptor-expression
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Audrie A Medina-Colorado, Elvia Y Osorio, Omar A Saldarriaga, Bruno L Travi, Fanping Kong, Heidi Spratt, Lynn Soong, Peter C Melby
Visceral leishmaniasis (VL), caused by infection with the intracellular protozoan Leishmania donovani, is a chronic progressive disease with a relentlessly increasing parasite burden in the spleen, liver and bone marrow. The disease is characterized by fever, splenomegaly, cachexia, and pancytopenia, and progresses to death if not treated. Control of Leishmania infection is mediated by Th1 (IFNγ-producing) CD4+ T cells, which activate macrophages to produce nitric oxide and kill intracellular parasites. However, despite expansion of CD4+ T cells and increased IFNγ expression in the spleen, humans with active VL do not control the infection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103236/impact-of-cd4-t-cell-responses-on-clinical-outcome-following-oral-administration-of-wild-type-enterotoxigenic-escherichia-coli-in-humans
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Monica A McArthur, Wilbur H Chen, Laurence Magder, Myron M Levine, Marcelo B Sztein
Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC) is a non-invasive enteric pathogen of considerable public health importance, being one of the most common attributable causes of diarrheal illness in infants and young children in developing countries and the most common cause of traveler's diarrhea. To enhance study-to-study consistency of our experimental challenge model of ETEC in volunteers, and to allow concomitant multi-site trials to evaluate anti-ETEC immunoprophylactic products, hundreds of vials, each containing a standardized inoculum of virulent wild-type (wt) ETEC strain H10407 (serotype O78:H11 expressing colonization factor antigen I and heat-labile and heat-stable enterotoxins), were prepared under current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and frozen...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103232/a-model-of-compound-heterozygous-loss-of-function-alleles-is-broadly-consistent-with-observations-from-complex-disease-gwas-datasets
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Jaleal S Sanjak, Anthony D Long, Kevin R Thornton
The genetic component of complex disease risk in humans remains largely unexplained. A corollary is that the allelic spectrum of genetic variants contributing to complex disease risk is unknown. Theoretical models that relate population genetic processes to the maintenance of genetic variation for quantitative traits may suggest profitable avenues for future experimental design. Here we use forward simulation to model a genomic region evolving under a balance between recurrent deleterious mutation and Gaussian stabilizing selection...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103179/theory-based-formative-research-on-an-anti-cyberbullying-victimization-intervention-message
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Matthew W Savage, Douglas M Deiss, Anthony J Roberto, Elias Aboujaoude
Cyberbullying is a common byproduct of the digital revolution with serious consequences to victims. Unfortunately, there is a dearth of empirically based methods to confront it. This study used social cognitive theory to design and test an intervention message aimed at persuading college students to abstain from retaliation, seek social support, save evidence, and notify authorities-important victim responses identified and recommended in previous research. Using a posttest-only control group design, this study tested the effectiveness of an intervention message in changing college students' perceived susceptibility to and perceived severity of cyberbullying as well as their self-efficacy, response efficacy, attitudes, and behavioral intentions toward each recommended response in future episodes of cyberbullying...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103158/serotonin-receptor-targeted-therapy-for-migraine-treatment-an-overview-of-drugs-in-phase-i-and-ii-clinical-development
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P Barbanti, C Aurilia, G Egeo, L Fofi, R Palmirotta
Research has focused on serotonin (5-HT) 5-HT1D and 5-HT1F receptors to develop drugs acting through non-vasoconstrictive mechanisms for treating acute migraine and those targeting 5-HT2B and 5-HT7 receptors for preventing migraine. Areas covered: This paper reviews antimigraine drugs targeting 5-HT receptors in one phase I trial (sumatriptan iontophoretic transdermal system, TDS) and five phase II clinical trials (PNU-142633, LY334370, lasmiditan, NOX-188). Expert opinion: Data from our overview on investigational drugs in phase I and II clinical trials using the 5-HT1B/1D receptor agonist (sumatriptan TDS), 5-HT1D receptor agonist (PNU-142633), 5-HT1F receptor agonists (LY334370, lasmiditan) and a combined 5-HT1B/1D receptor agonist with nNOS inhibition (NOX-188) provided encouraging data for sumatriptan TDS and lasmiditan, disappointing results for PNU-142633, and promising findings for NOX-188...
January 19, 2017: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103115/involvement-of-autophagy-in-nk-cell-development-and-function
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Alejandro López-Soto, José Manuel Bravo-San Pedro, Guido Kroemer, Lorenzo Galluzzi, Segundo Gonzalez
Natural killer (NK) cells are the prototypical members of the recently identified family of innate lymphoid cells (ILCs). Thanks to their cytotoxic and secretory functions, NK cells play a key role in the immune response to cells experiencing various forms of stress, including viral infection and malignant transformation. Autophagy is a highly conserved network of degradative pathways that participate in the maintenance of cellular and organismal homeostasis as they promote adaptation to adverse microenvironmental conditions...
January 19, 2017: Autophagy
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