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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325039/strong-pinned-spin-mediated-memory-effect-in-nio-nanoparticles
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Ashish Chhaganlal Gandhi, Ting Shan Chan, Jayashree Pant, Sheng Yun Wu
After a decade of effort, a large number of magnetic memory nanoparticles with different sizes and core/shell compositions have been developed. While the field-cooling memory effect is often attributed to particle size and distribution effects, other magnetic coupling parameters such as inter- and intra-coupling strength, exchange bias, interfacial pinned spins, and the crystallinity of the nanoparticles also have a significant influence on magnetization properties and mechanisms. In this study, we used the analysis of static- and dynamic-magnetization measurements to investigate NiO nanoparticles with different sizes and discussed how these field-cooling strengths affect their memory properties...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325038/benefit-of-rare-earth-smart-doping-and-material-nanostructuring-for-the-next-generation-of-er-doped-fibers
#2
Inna Savelii, Laurent Bigot, Bruno Capoen, Cedric Gonnet, Corinne Chanéac, Ekaterina Burova, Alain Pastouret, Hicham El-Hamzaoui, Mohamed Bouazaoui
Erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFAs) for harsh environments require to develop specific fabrication methods of Er (3+)-doped fibers (EDFs) so as to limit the impact of radiation-induced absorption. In this context, a compromise has to be found between the concentration of Erbium and the glass composition. On the one hand, high concentration of Er (3+) ions helps to reduce the length of the EDF and hence the cumulated attenuation but generally leads to luminescence quenching mechanisms that limit the performances...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324993/dynamic-knee-muscle-co-contraction-quantified-during-walking
#3
Annachiara Strazza, Alessandro Mengarelli, Valentina Agostini, Marco Knaflitz, Laura Burattini, Sandro Fioretti, Francesco Di Nardo
The purpose of the present study was the quantification of the co-activation patterns of the knee extensor and flexor muscles during walking at self-selected speed and cadence. To this aim, the Statistical Gait Analysis, a recent methodology providing a statistical characterization of gait, was performed on surface EMG signals from Vastus Lateralis (VL) and Medial Hamstrings (MH) in 14 healthy young adult subjects. Muscular co-contraction was assessed as the overlapping period between activation intervals of agonist and antagonist muscles...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324990/indirect-measurement-of-the-carotid-arterial-pressure-from-vibrocardiographic-signal-calibration-of-the-waveform-and-comparison-with-photoplethysmographic-signal
#4
L Casacanditella, G Cosoli, S Casaccia, E P Tomasini, L Scalise
The detection of arterial Blood Pressure waveform provides important information about the subject health status. Laser Doppler Vibrometry (LDV) is a non-contact technique with high sensitivity able to detect mechanical movements of the arterial wall; several previous studies have shown that LDV is able to characterize cardiac activity. Photoplethysmogram (PPG) quantifies the digital volume artery pulse, which has been demonstrated to be closely related to the pressure signal measured by an arterial tonometer...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324984/prediction-method-for-intronic-alternative-polyadenylation-sites
#5
Shanxin Zhang
Alternative Polyadenylation (APA) of mRNAs has been proven as a considerable mechanism for post-transcriptional gene regulation. The interplay between Intronic APA and splicing may affect the isoforms of mRNAs. In this paper, we have found four prevalent motifs, i.e. AATAAA, TTTTTTTT, CCAGSCTGG and RGYRYRGTGG surrounding the polyadenylation sites; then we proposed a new computational method to identify the Intronic APA sites in the human genome, which is based on a Support Vector Machine (SVM) with weighted degree string kernel...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324974/altered-viscoelastic-properties-of-stroke-affected-muscles-estimated-using-ultrasound-shear-waves-preliminary-data
#6
Ghulam Rasool, Allison B Wang, William Z Rymer, Sabrina S M Lee
As a result of a brain injury such as stroke, the skeletal muscles may undergo numerous structural and functional alterations. These abnormal changes are linked to muscle weakness, joint contracture, and abnormal muscle tone and eventually, result in motor impairment. A subset of these alterations affects passive muscle stiffness, i.e., viscoelastic properties. However, in vivo estimation of changes in viscoelastic properties is a challenging task. Here, we used the shear wave velocity, estimated through ultrasound SuperSonic imaging (SSI), as a surrogate for viscoelastic properties...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324973/force-controlled-ultrasound-to-measure-passive-mechanical-properties-of-muscle-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
#7
Anne J Pigula, Jim S Wu, Matthew W Gilbertson, Basil T Darras, Seward B Rutkove, Brian W Anthony
The purpose of this study is to assess differences in skeletal muscle compressibility between patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and normal subjects. The transverse passive mechanical properties of muscle, particularly those related to stiffness and elasticity, can be measured using force-controlled ultrasound. We acquired ultrasound videos of muscle compression under known pressures in the biceps and quadriceps in 23 boys with DMD and 20 age-matched healthy controls. We calculated the bulk linear spring constant, nonlinear stress-strain response, and average Young's modulus for each...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324970/development-of-data-acquisition-components-for-simultaneous-recording-of-3d-epicardial-and-surface-ecg-signals-in-the-langendorff-perfusion-apparatus
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Ryan Wade Selby, Anup Jonchhe, Chen Kaplan, Coeli M Lopes, Behnaz Ghoraani
Sudden Cardiac Death (SCD) claims 7 million lives per year. The importance of myocardial electrogram (EGM) repolarization alternans and surface electrocardiogram (ECG) T-wave alternans is gaining traction for understanding the underlying SCD mechanisms. However, the relationship between the 3D spatial distribution of myocardial EGMs and surface ECG with respect to SCD has yet to be investigated. To make this happen, a modified data acquisition system has been developed and fabricated in conjunction with the Langendorff perfusion system to enable simultaneous recording and analysis of the 3D spatial distribution of myocardial EGMs and the surface ECG...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324940/use-of-local-field-potentials-of-dissociated-cultures-grown-on-multi-electrode-arrays-for-pharmacological-assays
#9
G D C Mendis, E Morrisroe, C A Reid, S K Halgamuge, S Petrou
In vitro Multi-Electrode Arrays (MEA) are an extracellular recording technology that enables the analysis of networks of neurons in vitro. Neurons in culture exhibit a range of behavioral dynamics, which can be measured in terms of individual action potentials, network-wide synchronized firing and a host of other features that characterize network activity. MEA data analysis was historically focused on high frequency spike data forgoing the low frequency content of the signal. In this study, we use local field potentials, which are low frequency components of MEA signals, to differentiate between two types of antiepileptic drugs (p<;0...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324934/hand-rehabilitation-after-stroke-using-a-wearable-high-dof-spring-powered-exoskeleton
#10
Tianyao Chen, Peter S Lum
Stroke patients often have inappropriate finger flexor activation and finger extensor weakness, which makes it difficult to open their affected hand for functional grasp. The goal was to develop a passive, lightweight, wearable device to enable improved hand function during performance of activities of daily living. The device, HandSOME II, assists with opening the patient's hand using 11 elastic actuators that apply extension torques to finger and thumb joints. Device design and initial testing are described...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324930/rtms-enhanced-gamma-oscillation-through-strengthened-network-connection
#11
Mengmeng Dou, Xin Tian
Gamma oscillations emerge generally in working memory to aspect of higher cognitive functions, and typically with the interaction of brain network. How is gamma oscillatory activity influenced by the functional connection in the brain'a network? How can gamma oscillations be increased by neural modulation to result in potential benefits for working memory? The present study aims to investigate the intensity of gamma oscillations modulated by low frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), and the possible brain network mechanism of increased gamma oscillations during working memory task in rats...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324910/lacosamide-lowers-valproate-and-levetiracetam-levels
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Maria Tountopoulou, Bernhard Weschke, Angela M Kaindl
Lacosamide (LCM) due to no known drug interaction and the absence of metabolic enzyme induction is a good candidate for an add-on medication, especially in combination with lamotrigine, levetiracetam (LEV), oxcarbazepine, topiramate, and valproic acid (VPA). Here we report for the first time, to our knowledge, that LCM can lower VPA and LEV serum levels. At present, there are no known explicable mechanisms of action of LCM, which lowers VPA and LEV. Here observed drug interaction of LCM is of clinical significance, which might be useful for other colleagues in the field...
March 21, 2017: Neuropediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324864/ventricular-wall-biomaterial-injection-therapy-after-myocardial-infarction-advances-in-material-design-mechanistic-insight-and-early-clinical-experiences
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REVIEW
Yang Zhu, Yasumoto Matsumura, William R Wagner
Intramyocardial biomaterial injection therapy for myocardial infarction has made significant progress since concept initiation more than 10 years ago. The interim successes and progress in the first 5 years have been extensively reviewed. During the last 5 years, two phase II clinical trials have reported their long term follow up results and many additional biomaterial candidates have reached preclinical and clinical testing. Also in recent years deeper investigations into the mechanisms behind the beneficial effects associated with biomaterial injection therapy have been pursued, and a variety of process and material parameters have been evaluated for their impact on therapeutic outcomes...
March 1, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324857/homoagglomeration-and-heteroagglomeration-of-tio2-in-nanoparticle-and-bulk-form-onto-freshwater-and-marine-microalgae
#14
M Sendra, M P Yeste, J M Gatica, I Moreno-Garrido, J Blasco
TiO2 nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) are employed in many products (paints, personal care products, especially sunscreens, plastics, paper, water potabilization and food products) and are then released into the environment from these products. These nanoparticles present potential risk to freshwater and marine microalgae. The primary toxicity mechanism is adsorption between NPs and microalgae (heteroagglomeration); however, studies of interactions of this kind are scarce. We investigated the heteroagglomeration process that occurs between two forms of TiO2 material, nanoparticles and bulk, and three different microalgae species, and under different environmental conditions (freshwater and marine water), in order to assess the influence of pH and ionic strength (IS)...
March 18, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324840/biosorption-of-diethyl-phthalate-ester-by-living-and-nonliving-burkholderia-cepacia-and-the-role-of-its-cell-surface-components
#15
Si Luo, Langlang Li, Anwei Chen, Qingru Zeng, Hao Xia, Ji-Dong Gu
In this study, the dibutyl phthalate (DBP) binding properties of a DBP-tolerant bacterium (B. cepacia) were characterized in terms of adsorption kinetics and isotherm. Living and nonliving cells both exhibited rapid removal of DBP, achieving more than 80% of maximum sorption within 30 min of contact and reached the equilibrium after 3 h. The adsorption isotherms were well fitted with the Sips model and the nonliving cells have greater biosorption capacity and affinity for DBP than the living cells. Furthermore, the absence of an active mechanism dependent on metabolism implied that the DBP bioaccumulation by living cells was mainly attribute to passive surface binding...
March 11, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324831/primary-and-acquired-resistance-to-pd-1-pd-l1-blockade-in-cancer-treatment
#16
REVIEW
Qiaohong Wang, Xia Wu
PD-1/PD-L1 blockade appears to be a very promising immunotherapy with significant clinical benefits and durable responses in multiple tumor types. However, the effectual clinical benefits of PD-1/PD-L1 blockade are hampered by a high rate of primary resistance, where patients do not respond to PD-1/PD-L1 blockade initially. And more distressingly, most patients eventually develop acquired resistance after an initial response to PD-1/PD-L1 blockade. The mechanisms underlying primary and acquired resistance to PD-1/PD-L1 blockade have remained ambiguous...
March 18, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324806/social-networking-site-sns-use-by-adolescent-mothers-can-social-support-and-social-capital-be-enhanced-by-online-social-networks-a-structured-review-of-the-literature
#17
REVIEW
Samantha Nolan, Joyce Hendricks, Sally Ferguson, Amanda Towell
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: to critically appraise the available literature and summarise the evidence relating to adolescent mothers' use of social networking sites in terms of any social support and social capital they may provide and to identify areas for future exploration. BACKGROUND: social networking sites have been demonstrated to provide social support to marginalised individuals and provide psycho-social benefits to members of such groups. Adolescent mothers are at risk of; social marginalisation; anxiety disorders and depressive symptoms; and poorer health and educational outcomes for their children...
March 7, 2017: Midwifery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324799/modified-masquelet-technique-using-allogeneic-umbilical-cord-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-for-infected-non-union-femoral-shaft-fracture-with-a-12-cm-bone-defect-a-case-report
#18
Ismail Hadisoebroto Dilogo, Muhammad Rizqi Adhi Primaputra, Jeanne Adiwinata Pawitan, Isabella Kurnia Liem
INTRODUCTION: Non-union due to large bone loss often causes significant long-term morbidity. We incorporate the use of allogeneic umbilical cord-derived mesenchymal stem cells (UC-MSCs) as part of the diamond concept of regenerative medicine in a case of infected non-union fracture. PRESENTATION OF CASE: We reported a 54-year-old female patient presenting with pain on the right thigh. She was previously diagnosed with a closed fracture of the right femoral shaft and underwent four surgeries before finally being referred to Dr...
March 6, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324785/-ub006-a-new-fatty-acid-synthase-inhibitor-and-cytotoxic-agent-without-anorexic-side-effects
#19
Kamil Makowski, Joan Francesc Mir, Paula Mera, Xavier Ariza, Guillermina Asins, Fausto G Hegardt, Laura Herrero, Jordi García, Dolors Serra
C75 is a synthetic anticancer drug that inhibits fatty acid synthase (FAS) and shows a potent anorexigenic side effect. In order to find new cytotoxic compounds that do not impact food intake, we synthesized a new family of C75 derivatives. The most promising anticancer compound among them was UB006 ((4SR,5SR)-4-(hydroxymethyl)-3-methylene-5-octyldihydrofuran-2(3H)-one). The effects of this compound on cytotoxicity, food intake and body weight were studied in UB006 racemic mixture and in both its enantiomers separately...
March 12, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324782/two-dimensional-bismuth-oxybromide-coupled-with-molybdenum-disulphide-for-enhanced-dye-degradation-using-low-power-energy-saving-light-bulb
#20
W P Cathie Lee, Fhu-Hin Wong, Nicole K Attenborough, Xin Ying Kong, Lling-Lling Tan, S Sumathi, Siang-Piao Chai
In the present work, two-dimensional bismuth oxybromide (BiOBr) was synthesized and coupled with co-catalyst molybdenum disulphide (MoS2) via a simple hydrothermal process. The photoactivity of the resulting hybrid photocatalyst (MoS2/BiOBr) was evaluated under the irradiation of 15 W energy-saving light bulb at ambient condition using Reactive Black 5 (RB5) as model dye solution. The photo-degradation of RB5 by BiOBr loaded with 0.2 wt% MoS2 (MoBi-2) exhibited more than 1.4 and 5.0 folds of enhancement over pristine BiOBr and titanium dioxide (Degussa, P25), respectively...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
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