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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814036/prosthetic-design-directives-low-cost-hands-within-reach
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G K Jones, A Rosendo, R Stopforth
Although three million people around the world suffer from the lack of one or both upper limbs 80% of this number is located within developing countries. While prosthetic prices soar with technology 3D printing and low cost electronics present a sensible solution for those that cannot afford expensive prosthetics. The electronic and control design of a low-cost prosthetic hand, the Touch Hand II, is discussed. This paper shows that sensorless techniques can be used to reduce design complexities, costs, and provide easier access to the electronics...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813988/capturing-prosthetic-socket-fitment-preliminary-results-using-an-ultrasound-based-device
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Andrew K LaPre, Vinh Q Nguyen, Ulvi Baspinar, Michael White, Frank C Sup
The acceptance of advanced prosthetic systems by users requires overcoming unique challenges of fitting prostheses to unique user anatomies to achieve systematic performance across a user base. Variations among individuals introduce complexities in fitting the sockets. Due to the difficulty of measuring socket interface characteristics, there is a lack of quantifiable diagnostic fitment information available. As a result, the process of fitting sockets is currently a laborintensive, manual approach, and can often result in sockets that are uncomfortable, unstable, or impede full range of motion...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813951/design-of-an-immersive-simulator-for-assisted-power-wheelchair-driving
#3
Louise Devigne, Marie Babel, Florian Nouviale, Vishnu K Narayanan, Francois Pasteau, Philippe Gallien
Driving a power wheelchair is a difficult and complex visual-cognitive task. As a result, some people with visual and/or cognitive disabilities cannot access the benefits of a power wheelchair because their impairments prevent them from driving safely. In order to improve their access to mobility, we have previously designed a semi-autonomous assistive wheelchair system which progressively corrects the trajectory as the user manually drives the wheelchair and smoothly avoids obstacles. Developing and testing such systems for wheelchair driving assistance requires a significant amount of material resources and clinician time...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813674/an-integrated-systems-biology-approach-identifies-trim25-as-a-key-determinant-of-breast-cancer-metastasis
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Logan A Walsh, Mariano J Alvarez, Erich Y Sabio, Marsha Reyngold, Vladimir Makarov, Suranjit Mukherjee, Ken-Wing Lee, Alexis Desrichard, Şevin Turcan, Martin G Dalin, Vinagolu K Rajasekhar, Shuibing Chen, Linda T Vahdat, Andrea Califano, Timothy A Chan
At the root of most fatal malignancies are aberrantly activated transcriptional networks that drive metastatic dissemination. Although individual metastasis-associated genes have been described, the complex regulatory networks presiding over the initiation and maintenance of metastatic tumors are still poorly understood. There is untapped value in identifying therapeutic targets that broadly govern coordinated transcriptional modules dictating metastatic progression. Here, we reverse engineered and interrogated a breast cancer-specific transcriptional interaction network (interactome) to define transcriptional control structures causally responsible for regulating genetic programs underlying breast cancer metastasis in individual patients...
August 15, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813660/neutralizing-antibody-responses-to-viral-infections-are-linked-to-the-non-classical-mhc-class-ii-gene-h2-ob
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Lisa K Denzin, Aly A Khan, Francesca Virdis, Jessica Wilks, Melissa Kane, Helen A Beilinson, Stanislav Dikiy, Laure K Case, Derry Roopenian, Michele Witkowski, Alexander V Chervonsky, Tatyana V Golovkina
Select humans and animals control persistent viral infections via adaptive immune responses that include production of neutralizing antibodies. The precise genetic basis for the control remains enigmatic. Here, we report positional cloning of the gene responsible for production of retrovirus-neutralizing antibodies in mice of the I/LnJ strain. It encodes the beta subunit of the non-classical major histocompatibility complex class II (MHC-II)-like molecule H2-O, a negative regulator of antigen presentation. The recessive and functionally null I/LnJ H2-Ob allele supported the production of virus-neutralizing antibodies independently of the classical MHC haplotype...
August 15, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813574/dynamic-imaging-of-the-eye-optic-nerve-and-extraocular-muscles-with-golden-angle-radial-mri
#6
Saikat Sengupta, David S Smith, Alex K Smith, E Brian Welch, Seth A Smith
Purpose: The eye and its accessory structures, the optic nerve and the extraocular muscles, form a complex dynamic system. In vivo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of this system in motion can have substantial benefits in understanding oculomotor functioning in health and disease, but has been restricted to date to imaging of static gazes only. The purpose of this work was to develop a technique to image the eye and its accessory visual structures in motion. Methods: Dynamic imaging of the eye was developed on a 3-Tesla MRI scanner, based on a golden angle radial sequence that allows freely selectable frame-rate and temporal-span image reconstructions from the same acquired data set...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813053/copper-ii-benzimidazole-complexes-as-efficient-fluorescent-probes-for-l-cysteine-in-water
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Duraiyarasu Maheshwaran, Selvarasu Priyanga, Ramasamy Mayilmurugan
Copper(ii) complexes [Cu(L1)(H2O)2](SO3CF3)21 and [Cu(L2)(H2O)2](SO3CF3)22 based on 2,6-bis(benzimidazolyl)pyridine were synthesized and are reported herein as highly selective "turn-on" optical probes for l-cysteine. The Cu(ii)/Cu(i) redox potential of probe 1 (0.14 V vs. NHE) was lower than that of 2 (0.233 V vs. NHE) in water. The molecular structure of 2 adopted a square pyramidal geometry (τ = 0.2545), with the Cu-Npy bond (1.958 Å) of its middle pyridine unit being shorter than the other two Cu-Nbenzim bonds (Cu-N, 1...
August 16, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812992/endolysosomal-degradation-of-allergenic-ole-e-1-like-proteins-analysis-of-proteolytic-cleavage-sites-revealing-t-cell-epitope-containing-peptides
#8
Sabrina Wildner, Brigitta Elsässer, Teresa Stemeseder, Peter Briza, Wai Tuck Soh, Mayte Villalba, Jonas Lidholm, Hans Brandstetter, Gabriele Gadermaier
Knowledge of the susceptibility of proteins to endolysosomal proteases provides valuable information on immunogenicity. Though Ole e 1-like proteins are considered relevant allergens, little is known about their immunogenic properties and T cell epitopes. Thus, six representative molecules, i.e., Ole e 1, Fra e 1, Sal k 5, Che a 1, Phl p 11 and Pla l 1, were investigated. Endolysosomal degradation and peptide generation were simulated using microsomal fractions of JAWS II dendritic cells. Kinetics and peptide patterns were evaluated by gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812915/kardiovize-brno-2030-a-prospective-cardiovascular-health-study-in-central-europe-methods-baseline-findings-and-future-directions
#9
Narine K Movsisyan, Manlio Vinciguerra, Francisco Lopez-Jimenez, Šárka Kunzová, Martin Homolka, Jana Jaresova, Renata Cífková, Ondřej Sochor
Background Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease is highly prevalent in Eastern and Central Europe, where the incidence is the highest in the world. The Kardiovize Brno 2030 study was designed as a prospective cohort study to investigate the complex relationships of cardiovascular disease and outcomes with a range of biological, psychosocial, environmental, behavioral, and economic factors in an urban population of the Czech Republic. Methods We randomly selected a 1% sample of the city of Brno residents aged 25-64 years stratified by sex and age...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812897/selective-formation-of-functionalized-%C3%AE-quaternary-malononitriles-toward-5-5-disubstituted-pyrrolopyrimidinones
#10
Alan Whitehead, Yong Zhang, Jamie McCabe Dunn, Edward C Sherer, Yu-Hong Lam, John Stelmach, Aaron Sun, Melisa Shiroda, Robert K Orr, Sherman T Waddell, Subharekha Raghavan
A modular, selective approach to complex α-tertiary substituted malononitriles is reported. The method takes advantage of β-ester-substituted α,α-dinitrile alkenes as highly reactive, chemoselective electrophiles for 1,4-additions with organometallic nucleophiles to produce functionally and sterically dense all-carbon quaternary centers. In the presence of a chiral ester auxiliary bearing an aromatic ring, the 1,4-addition occurs with good to excellent selectivity due to favorable cation-π interactions...
August 16, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812736/the-evolution-and-population-diversity-of-human-specific-segmental-duplications
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Megan Y Dennis, Lana Harshman, Bradley J Nelson, Osnat Penn, Stuart Cantsilieris, John Huddleston, Francesca Antonacci, Kelsi Penewit, Laura Denman, Archana Raja, Carl Baker, Kenneth Mark, Maika Malig, Nicolette Janke, Claudia Espinoza, Holly A F Stessman, Xander Nuttle, Kendra Hoekzema, Tina A Lindsay-Graves, Richard K Wilson, Evan E Eichler
Segmental duplications contribute to human evolution, adaptation and genomic instability but are often poorly characterized. We investigate the evolution, genetic variation and coding potential of human-specific segmental duplications (HSDs). We identify 218 HSDs based on analysis of 322 deeply sequenced archaic and contemporary hominid genomes. We sequence 550 human and nonhuman primate genomic clones to reconstruct the evolution of the largest, most complex regions with protein-coding potential (N = 80 genes from 33 gene families)...
February 17, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812447/the-role-of-the-family-in-hiv-status-disclosure-amongst-women-in-vietnam-familial-dependence-and-independence
#12
D T H Dinh, J L White, M Hipwell, T K C Nguyen, A Pharris
Insights into disclosure by PLWHA can inform strategies for treatment and support, yet Vietnamese women's self-disclosure patterns are poorly understood. We conducted interviews with 12 HIV-positive women, identifying three principal factors influencing disclosure to family members: patrilocal residence, desire to protect own family, and the need for financial support. Women's decision-making about disclosure was significantly affected by dependence on or independence of parents-in-law and their own parents...
August 16, 2017: Health Care for Women International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811969/k27m-mutant-histone-3-as-a-novel-target-for-glioma-immunotherapy
#13
Katharina Ochs, Martina Ott, Theresa Bunse, Felix Sahm, Lukas Bunse, Katrin Deumelandt, Jana K Sonner, Melanie Keil, Andreas von Deimling, Wolfgang Wick, Michael Platten
Mutation-specific vaccines have become increasingly important in glioma immunotherapy; however, shared neoepitopes are rare. For diffuse gliomas, a driver mutation in the gene for isocitrate dehydrogenase type-1 has been shown to produce an immunogenic epitope currently targeted in clinical trials. For highly aggressive midline gliomas, a recurrent point mutation in the histone-3 gene (H3F3A) causes an amino acid change from lysine to methionine at position 27 (K27M). Here, we demonstrate that a peptide vaccine against K27M-mutant histone-3 is capable of inducing effective, mutation-specific, cytotoxic T-cell- and T-helper-1-cell-mediated immune responses in a major histocompatibility complex (MHC)-humanized mouse model...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810798/binding-energies-of-hydrated-cobalt-hydroxide-ion-complexes-a-guided-ion-beam-and-theoretical-investigation
#14
Rebecca A Coates, P B Armentrout
The sequential bond energies of CoOH(+)(H2O)x complexes, where x = 1-4, are measured by threshold collision-induced dissociation using a guided ion beam tandem mass spectrometer. The primary dissociation pathway for all reactants consists of loss of a single water molecule. This is followed by the sequential loss of additional water molecules at higher collision energies for the x = 2-4 complexes, whereas the x = 1 reactant loses the OH ligand competitively with the H2O ligand. The kinetic energy dependent cross sections for dissociation of CoOH(+)(H2O)x complexes are modeled to obtain 0 and 298 K binding energies...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810530/caspase-dependent-and-caspase-independent-induction-of-apoptosis-in-breast-cancer-by-fucoidan-via-the-pi3k-akt-gsk3%C3%AE-pathway-in-vivo-and-in-vitro
#15
Meilan Xue, Xinqiang Ji, Chuanxing Xue, Hui Liang, Yinlin Ge, Xinjia He, Li Zhang, Kang Bian, Lichen Zhang
Purpose Fucoidan, a complex, sulfated polysaccharide obtained from brown seaweed, exerted anticancer activity through the down-regulation of β-catenin signaling in mouse breast cancer cells in our previous study. This study examines the anti-cancer effects of fucoidan as well as its underlying molecular mechanisms in the human triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) cell line and in 7,12-dimethylbenz[a]anthracene (DMBA)-induced experimental mammary carcinogenesis in rats. Methods in vitro studies, fluorescent staining, flow cytometry and Western blotting were performed to analyze apoptosis and protein expression in human breast cancer MDA-MB-231 cells...
August 11, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810519/the-beneficial-role-of-naringin-a-citrus-bioflavonoid-against-oxidative-stress-induced-neurobehavioral-disorders-and-cognitive-dysfunction-in-rodents-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Gollapalle Lakshminarayanashastry Viswanatha, H Shylaja, Yogananda Moolemath
OBJECTIVES: Naringin is a bioflavonoid, very abundantly found in citrus species. In literature, naringin has been scientifically well documented for its beneficial effects in various neurological disorders. In this systematic review and meta-analysis, we have made an attempt to correlate the protective role of naringin against oxidative stress-induced neurological disorders in rodents. METHODS: The systematic search was performed using electronic databases; the search was mainly focused on the role of naringin in oxidative stress-induced neuropathological conditions in rodents...
August 10, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809880/incoherent-lensless-imaging-via-coherency-back-propagation
#17
Ahmed El-Halawany, Andre Beckus, H Esat Kondakci, Morgan Monroe, Nafiseh Mohammadian, George K Atia, Ayman F Abouraddy
The two-point complex coherence function constitutes a complete representation for scalar quasi-monochromatic optical fields. Exploiting dynamically reconfigurable slits implemented with a digital micromirror device, we report on measurements of the complex two-point coherence function for partially coherent light scattering from a "scene" composing one or two objects at different transverse and axial positions with respect to the source. Although the intensity shows no discernible shadows in the absence of a lens, numerically back-propagating the measured complex coherence function allows estimating the objects' sizes and locations and, thus, the reconstruction of the scene subject to the effects of occlusion and shadowing...
August 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809558/aliphatic-c-sp3-h-bond-activation-using-nickel-catalysis-mechanistic-insights-on-regioselective-arylation
#18
Sukriti Singh, Surya K, Raghavan B Sunoj
Transition metal catalyzed C(sp3)-H bond activation in aliphatic compounds are of current interest. Lack of mechanistic insights on Ni-catalyzed C(sp3)-H activation using 8-aminoquinoline as a directing group motivated us to examine an interesting direct arylation of an aliphatic tertiary amide by using density functional theory. The catalysis employed Ni(II) pre-catalyst, 4-iodoanisole as an arylating agent, sodium carbonate and mesitylenic acid as additives in DMF solvent. Examination of a comprehensive set of mechanistic pathways helped us learn that the most preferred route begins with a bidentate chelate binding of deprotonated substrate to the Ni...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809550/increase-in-the-magnetic-ordering-temperature-tc-as-a-function-of-the-applied-pressure-for-a2mn-mn-cn-6-a-k-rb-cs-prussian-blue-analogues
#19
M Sugimoto, S Yamashita, H Akutsu, Y Nakazawa, J G DaSilva, C M Kareis, Joel S Miller
Magnetization measurements under pressure reveal that the external hydrostatic pressure significantly increases in the ferrimagnetic transition temperature, Tc, for A2Mn[Mn(CN)6] (A = K, Rb, Cs). In the case of monoclinic A = K and Rb, dTc/dp values are 21.2 and 14.6 K GPa(-1), respectively, and Tc increases by 53 and 39%, respectively, from ambient pressure to 1.0 GPa. The cubic A = Cs compound also shows a monotonous increase with an initial rate of 4.22 K GPa(-1) and about 11.4 K GPa(-1) above 0.6 GPa, and an overall Tc increase by 26% at 1...
August 15, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809455/a-nanophotonic-structure-containing-living-photosynthetic-bacteria
#20
David Coles, Lucas C Flatten, Thomas Sydney, Emily Hounslow, Semion K Saikin, Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Vlatko Vedral, Joseph Kuo-Hsiang Tang, Robert A Taylor, Jason M Smith, David G Lidzey
Photosynthetic organisms rely on a series of self-assembled nanostructures with tuned electronic energy levels in order to transport energy from where it is collected by photon absorption, to reaction centers where the energy is used to drive chemical reactions. In the photosynthetic bacteria Chlorobaculum tepidum, a member of the green sulfur bacteria family, light is absorbed by large antenna complexes called chlorosomes to create an exciton. The exciton is transferred to a protein baseplate attached to the chlorosome, before migrating through the Fenna-Matthews-Olson complex to the reaction center...
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