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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054036/snava-a-real-time-multi-fpga-multi-model-spiking-neural-network-simulation-architecture
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Athul Sripad, Giovanny Sanchez, Mireya Zapata, Vito Pirrone, Taho Dorta, Salvatore Cambria, Albert Marti, Karthikeyan Krishnamourthy, Jordi Madrenas
Spiking Neural Networks (SNN) for Versatile Applications (SNAVA) simulation platform is a scalable and programmable parallel architecture that supports real-time, large-scale, multi-model SNN computation. This parallel architecture is implemented in modern Field-Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) devices to provide high performance execution and flexibility to support large-scale SNN models. Flexibility is defined in terms of programmability, which allows easy synapse and neuron implementation. This has been achieved by using a special-purpose Processing Elements (PEs) for computing SNNs, and analyzing and customizing the instruction set according to the processing needs to achieve maximum performance with minimum resources...
October 5, 2017: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054011/one-pot-fabrication-of-n-doped-graphene-supported-dandelion-like-ptru-nanocrystals-as-efficient-and-robust-electrocatalysts-towards-formic-acid-oxidation
#2
Hui Xu, Bo Yan, Shumin Li, Jin Wang, Caiqin Wang, Jun Guo, Yukou Du
Engineering the architectures of metal nanocatalysts offers a valid approach for the development of electrocatalysts with greatly enhanced performances. Herein, we report the one-pot method to successfully fabricate the N-doped graphene (NG) supported dandelion-like PtRu nanocrystals. Such dandelion-like nanocrystals with different compositions can be readily tuned via the addition of different amounts of RuCl3. By virtue of the large accessible surface active areas, synergistic and electronic effect, as well as the successful introduction of NG, the as-obtained PtRu/NG with optimized compositions display outstandingly high electrocatalytic activity towards formic acid electrooxidation with the mass and specific activities of 1857...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053946/measurement-of-area-and-personal-breathing-zone-concentrations-of-diesel-particulate-matter-dpm-during-oil-and-gas-extraction-operations-including-hydraulic-fracturing
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Eric J Esswein, Marissa Alexander-Scott, John Snawder, Michael Breitenstein
Diesel engines serve many purposes in modern oil and gas extraction activities. Diesel particulate matter (DPM) emitted from diesel engines is a complex aerosol that may cause adverse health effects depending on exposure dose and duration. This study reports on personal breathing zone (PBZ) and area measurements for DPM (expressed as elemental carbon) during oil and gas extraction operations including drilling, completions (which includes hydraulic fracturing) and servicing work. Researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) collected 104 full-shift air samples (49 PBZ and 55 area) in Colorado, North Dakota, Texas, and New Mexico during a four year period from 2008-2012 The arithmetic mean (AM) of the full shift TWA PBZ samples was 10 µg/m(3); measurements ranged from 0...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053941/a-point-source-outbreak-of-coccidioidomycosis-among-a-highway-construction-crew
#4
Mark Nicas
Coccidioidomycosis is an infection caused by inhaling spores of the soil fungus Coccidioides immitis (hereafter termed Cocci). Cocci is endemic in certain areas of California. When soil containing the fungus is disturbed, as during earth-moving activities, respirable Cocci spores can become airborne and be inhaled by persons in the vicinity. This paper describes a cluster of seven Cocciodioidomycosis cases among a highway construction crew that occurred in June/July 2008 in Kern County, CA, which is among the most highly endemic regions for Cocci in California...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053936/evaluation-of-an-improved-prototype-mini-baghouse-to-control-the-release-of-respirable-crystalline-silica-from-sand-movers
#5
Barbara M Alexander, Eric J Esswein, Michael G Gressel, Jerry L Kratzer, H Amy Feng, Arthur L Miller, Emanuele Cauda, Graeham Heil
The OSHA final rule on respirable crystalline silica (RCS) will require hydraulic fracturing companies to implement engineering controls to limit workers' exposure to RCS. RCS is generated by pneumatic transfer of quartz-containing sand during hydraulic fracturing operations. Chronic inhalation of RCS can lead to serious disease, including silicosis and lung cancer. NIOSH research identified at least seven sources where RCS aerosols were generated at hydraulic fracturing sites. NIOSH researchers developed an engineering control to address one of the largest sources of RCS aerosol generation, RCS escaping from thief hatches on the top of sand movers...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053929/characterizing-workforces-exposed-to-current-and-emerging-non-carbonaceous-nanomaterials-in-the-u-s
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Kelsey R Babik, Matthew M Dahm, Kevin H Dunn, Kevin L Dunn, Mary K Schubauer-Berigan
OBJECTIVE: Toxicology studies suggest that exposure to certain types of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) may cause adverse health effects, but little is known about the workforce in the United States that produces or uses these materials. In addition, occupational exposure control strategies in this industry are not well characterized. This study identified US ENM manufacturers and users (other than carbon nanotubes and nanofibers, which have been characterized elsewhere), determined workforce size, characterized types and quantities of materials used, occupational exposure control strategies, and the feasibility of occupational ENM exposure studies...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053925/mesenchymal-stem-cell-secretome-improves-tendon-cell-viability-in-vitro-and-tendon-bone-healing-in-vivo-when-a-tissue-engineering-strategy-is-used-in-a-rat-model-of-chronic-massive-rotator-cuff-tear
#7
Nuno Sevivas, Fábio Gabriel Teixeira, Raquel Portugal, Bruno Direito-Santos, João Espregueira-Mendes, Filipe J Oliveira, Rui F Silva, Nuno Sousa, Wan Ting Sow, Nguyen Luong, Kee Woei Ng, António J Salgado
BACKGROUND: Massive rotator cuff tears (MRCTs) represent a major clinical concern, especially when degeneration and chronicity are involved, which highly compromise healing capacity. PURPOSE: To study the effect of the secretome of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) on tendon cells (TCs) followed by the combination of these activated TCs with an electrospun keratin-based scaffold to develop a tissue engineering strategy to improve tendon-bone interface (TBi) healing in a chronic MRCT rat model...
October 1, 2017: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053919/tuning-the-two-dimensional-electron-liquid-at-oxide-interfaces-by-buffer-layer-engineered-redox-reactions
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Yunzhong Chen, Robert J Green, Ronny Sutarto, Feizhou He, Søren Linderoth, George Sawatzky, Nini Pryds
Polar discontinuities and redox reactions provide alternative paths to create two-dimensional electron liquids (2DELs) at oxide interfaces. Herein, we report high mobility 2DELs at interfaces involving SrTiO3 (STO) achieved using polar La7/8Sr1/8MnO3 (LSMO) buffer layers to manipulate both polarities and redox reactions from disordered overlayers grown at room temperature. Using resonant x-ray reflectometry experiments, we quantify redox reactions from oxide overlayers on STO as well as polarity induced electronic reconstruction at epitaxial LSMO/STO interfaces...
October 20, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053719/total-disc-replacement-using-tissue-engineered-intervertebral-discs-in-the-canine-cervical-spine
#9
Yu Moriguchi, Jorge Mojica-Santiago, Peter Grunert, Brenton Pennicooke, Connor Berlin, Thamina Khair, Rodrigo Navarro-Ramirez, Rodolfo J Ricart Arbona, Joseph Nguyen, Roger Härtl, Lawrence J Bonassar
The most common reason that adults in the United States see their physician is lower back or neck pain secondary to degenerative disc disease. To date, approaches to treat degenerative disc disease are confined to purely mechanical devices designed to either eliminate or enable flexibility of the diseased motion segment. Tissue engineered intervertebral discs (TE-IVDs) have been proposed as an alternative approach and have shown promise in replacing native IVD in the rodent tail spine. Here we demonstrate the efficacy of our TE-IVDs in the canine cervical spine...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053700/come-to-the-light-side-in-vivo-monitoring-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-biofilm-infections-in-chronic-wounds-in-a-diabetic-hairless-murine-model
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Alessandra M Agostinho Hunt, Jacob A Gibson, Casandra L Larrivee, Sandra O'Reilly, Svetlana Navitskaya, Julia V Busik, Christopher M Waters
The presence of bacteria as structured biofilms in chronic wounds, especially in diabetic patients, is thought to prevent wound healing and resolution. Chronic mouse wounds models have been used to understand the underlying interactions between the microorganisms and the host. The models developed to date rely on the use of haired animals and terminal collection of wound tissue for determination of viable bacteria. While significant insight has been gained with these models, this experimental procedure requires a large number of animals and sampling is time consuming...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053685/dna-polymerase-activity-assay-using-near-infrared-fluorescent-labeled-dna-visualized-by-acrylamide-gel-electrophoresis
#11
Eliza L Lewis, Aaron M Leconte
For any enzyme, robust, quantitative methods are required for characterization of both native and engineered enzymes. For DNA polymerases, DNA synthesis can be characterized using an in vitro DNA synthesis assay followed by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The goal of this assay is to quantify synthesis of both natural DNA and modified DNA (M-DNA). These approaches are particularly useful for resolving oligonucleotides with single nucleotide resolution, enabling observation of individual steps during enzymatic oligonucleotide synthesis...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053443/enhancement-of-intercellular-electrical-synchronization-by-conductive-materials-in-cardiac-tissue-engineering
#12
Yu Wu, Liang Guo
OBJECTIVE: cardiac tissue regeneration for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases has been of great research interest. Under the hypothesis that electrical synchronization of cardiac cells can be aided by conductive materials, electrically conductive scaffolds have been frequently used to improve cardiac tissue regeneration. However, theoretical analysis is presently absent in examining the underlying mechanism and rationally guiding the design of these conductive scaffolds. METHODS: here, equivalent-circuit models are proposed, in which two adjacent groups of cardiomyocytes are grown either on a bulk conductive substrate or around conductive nanostructures...
October 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053259/muconic-acid-production-via-alternative-pathways-and-a-synthetic-metabolic-funnel
#13
Brian Thompson, Shawn Pugh, Michael Machas, David R Nielsen
Muconic acid is a promising platform biochemical and precursor to adipic acid, which can be used to synthesize various plastics and polymers. In this study, the systematic construction and comparative evaluation of a modular network of non-natural pathways for muconic acid biosynthesis was investigated in Escherichia coli, including via three distinct and novel pathways proceeding via phenol as a common intermediate. However, poor recombinant activity and high promiscuity of phenol hydroxylase ultimately limited 'phenol-dependent' muconic acid production...
October 20, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053252/optogenetics-manipulation-enables-to-prevent-biofilm-formation-of-engineered-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-on-surfaces
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Lu Pu, Shuai Yang, Aiguo Xia, Fan Jin
Synthetic biologists have attempted to solve real-world problems, such as those of bacterial biofilms, that are involved in the pathogenesis of many clinical infections and difficult to eliminate. To address this, we employed a blue light responding system and integrated it into the chromosomes of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. With making rational adaption and improvement of the light-activated system, we provided a robust and convenient means to spatiotemporally control gene expression and manipulate biological processes with minimal perturbation in P...
October 20, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053213/a-de-novo-heterodimeric-due-ferri-protein-minimizes-the-release-of-reactive-intermediates-in-dioxygen-dependent-oxidation
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Marco Chino, Linda Leone, Ornella Maglio, Daniele D'Alonzo, Fabio Pirro, Vincenzo Pavone, Flavia Nastri, Angela Lombardi
Metalloproteins utilize O₂ as an oxidant, and they often achieve a 4-electron reduction without H₂O₂ or oxygen radical release. Several proteins have been designed to catalyze one or two-electron oxidative chemistry, but the de novo design of a protein that catalyzes the net 4-electron reduction of O₂ has not been reported yet. We report here the construction of a diiron-binding four-helix bundle, made up of two different covalently linked α2 monomers, through click chemistry. Surprisingly, the prototype protein, DF-C1, showed a large divergence in its reactivity from earlier DFs...
October 20, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053109/pulsed-cavitational-therapy-using-high-frequency-ultrasound-for-the-treatment-of-deep-vein-thrombosis-in-an-in-vitro-model-of-human-blood-clot
#16
Guillaume Goudot, Tristan Mirault, Bastien Arnal, Catherine Boisson-Vidal, Bernard Le Bonniec, Pascale Gaussem, Alexandre Galloula, Mickael Tanter, Emmanuel Messas, Mathieu Pernot
Post-thrombotic syndrome, a frequent complication of deep venous thrombosis can be reduced with early vein recanalization. Pulsed cavitational therapy (PCT) using ultrasound is a recent non-invasive approach. We propose to test the efficacy and safety of high-frequency focused PCT for a drug-free thrombolysis (thrombotripsy) in a realistic in vitro model of venous thrombosis. To reproduce venous thrombosis conditions, human whole blood was allowed to clot by stasis in silicone tubes (6 mm internal diameter) at a 30 cmH20 pressure, maintained during the whole experiment...
October 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053081/pcl-and-pcl-based-materials-in-biomedical-applications
#17
Elbay Malikmammadov, Tugba Endogan Tanir, Aysel Kiziltay, Vasif Hasirci, Nesrin Hasirci
Biodegradable polymers have met withan increasing demand in medical usage over the last decades. One of such polymers is poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL), whichis a polyester that has been widely used in tissue engineering field for its availability, relatively inexpensive price and suitability for modification. Its chemical and biological properties, physicochemical state, degradability and mechanical strengthcan be adjusted, and therefore,it can be usedunderharsh mechanical, physical and chemical conditions without significant loss of its properties...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053065/investigation-of-the-role-of-alginate-containing-high-guluronic-acid-on-osteogenic-differentiation-capacity-of-human-umbilical-cord-wharton-s-jelly-mesenchymal-stem-cells
#18
Darioush Bijan Nejad, Saeed Azandeh, Rezvan Habibi, Vahid Bayati, Kambiz Ahmadi Angali
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Cell encapsulation using biodegradable material has promising results for tissue engineering. Since pressure is an effective factor on stem cell behavior and various concentrations of alginate create different pressures on the cells, therefore our goal was to evaluate the mechanical effect of 1/2% (w/v) and 1/8%(w/v) alginate containing high guluronic acid on viability and osteogenic capacity of HUCWJ cells. METHODS: Cell viability was evaluated by MTT assay after 1, 7 and 14 days...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Microencapsulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052976/engineering-enhanced-pore-sizes-using-fhua-%C3%AE-1-160-from-e-coli-outer-membrane-as-template
#19
Zhanzhi Liu, Ishan Ghai, Mathias Winterhalter, Ulrich Schwaneberg
Biological membranes are the perfect example of a molecular filter using membrane channels to control the permeability of small water-soluble molecules. To allow filtering of larger hydrophilic molecules we started from the known mutant channel FhuA Δ1-160 in which the ´´cork´´ domain closing the channel had been removed. Here we further expand the pore diameter by copying the amino acid sequence of two ß-strands in a step-wise manner increasing the total number of ß-strands from 22 to 34. The pore size of the respective expanded channel protein was characterized by single-channel conductance...
October 20, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052807/current-trends-in-mouse-models-of-glioblastoma
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REVIEW
Masafumi Miyai, Hiroyuki Tomita, Akio Soeda, Hirohito Yano, Toru Iwama, Akira Hara
Glioblastoma is the most deadly brain tumor type and is characterized by a severe and high rate of angiogenesis, remaining an incurable disease in the majority of cases. Mechanistic understanding of glioblastoma initiation and progression is complicated by the complexity of genetic and/or environmental initiating events and lack of clarity regarding the cell or tissue of origin. To determine these mechanisms, mouse models that recapitulate the molecular and histological characteristics of glioblastoma are required...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
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