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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637351/tuning-surface-chemistry-of-polyetheretherketone-by-gold-coating-and-plasma-treatment
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Zdeňka Novotná, Silvie Rimpelová, Petr Juřík, Martin Veselý, Zdeňka Kolská, Tomáš Hubáček, Jakub Borovec, Václav Švorčík
Polyetheretherketone (PEEK) has good chemical and biomechanical properties that are excellent for biomedical applications. However, PEEK exhibits hydrophobic and other surface characteristics which cause limited cell adhesion. We have investigated the potential of Ar plasma treatment for the formation of a nanostructured PEEK surface in order to enhance cell adhesion. The specific aim of this study was to reveal the effect of the interface of plasma-treated and gold-coated PEEK matrices on adhesion and spreading of mouse embryonic fibroblasts...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637349/the-antibacterial-polyamide-6-zno-hierarchical-nanofibers-fabricated-by-atomic-layer-deposition-and-hydrothermal-growth
#2
Zhengduo Wang, Li Zhang, Zhongwei Liu, Lijun Sang, Lizhen Yang, Qiang Chen
In this paper, we report the combination of atomic layer deposition (ALD) with hydrothermal techniques to deposit ZnO on electrospun polyamide 6 (PA 6) nanofiber (NF) surface in the purpose of antibacterial application. The micro- and nanostructures of the hierarchical fibers are characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). We find that NFs can grow into "water lily"- and "caterpillar"-like shapes, which depend on the number of ALD cycles and the hydrothermal reaction period...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637337/matrix-completion-with-side-information-and-its-applications-in-predicting-the-antigenicity-of-influenza-viruses
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Li Huang, Xianhong Li, Pengfei Guo, Yuhua Yao, Bo Liao, Weiwei Zhang, Fayou Wang, Jiasheng Yang, Yulong Zhao, Hailiang Sun, Pingan He, Jialiang Yang
Motivation: Low-rank matrix completion has been demonstrated to be powerful in predicting antigenic distances among influenza viruses and vaccines from partially revealed hemagglutination inhibition (HI) table. Meanwhile, influenza hemagglutinin (HA) protein sequences are also effective in inferring antigenic distances. Thus, it is natural to integrate HA protein sequence information into low-rank matrix completion model to help infer influenza antigenicity, which is critical to influenza vaccine development...
June 16, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637312/the-provision-of-healthcare-to-young-and-dependent-children-the-principles-concepts-and-utility-of-the-children-act-1989
#4
Jo Bridgeman
This article undertakes a thorough analysis of the case law concerned with the provision of healthcare to young and dependent children. It demonstrates how, despite the procedural changes introduced by the Children Act 1989 at an early stage in this body of case law, cases have continued to be brought to court by way of applications for the court to exercise its inherent jurisdiction or in wardship rather than using the orders introduced by the Act. In determining these cases, the court is focused upon its protective duty to the vulnerable but proceedings appear to be adversarial contests between the claims of adults to know what is best for the child in which the medical view normally prevails...
June 14, 2017: Medical Law Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637279/high-dimensional-multivariate-mediation-with-application-to-neuroimaging-data
#5
Oliver Y Chén, Ciprian Crainiceanu, Elizabeth L Ogburn, Brian S Caffo, Tor D Wager, Martin A Lindquist
Mediation analysis is an important tool in the behavioral sciences for investigating the role of intermediate variables that lie in the path between a treatment and an outcome variable. The influence of the intermediate variable on the outcome is often explored using a linear structural equation model (LSEM), with model coefficients interpreted as possible effects. While there has been significant research on the topic, little work has been done when the intermediate variable (mediator) is a high-dimensional vector...
June 15, 2017: Biostatistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637263/nearly-nondiffracting-electron-lattice-beams-generated-by-polygonal-slits
#6
Hiroki Nambu, Yuuki Noguchi, Koh Saitoh, Masaya Uchida
A method for generating electron lattice beams carrying vortices using nanofabricated polygonal slits in a transmission electron microscope is proposed. Experimental and simulation study of the intensity of the beams verified their Bessel beam-like nearly nondiffracting behavior. Phase analysis using a diffractive imaging method found arrays of quantized vortices, forming an electron beam lattice with cylindrical intensity distribution in the propagation direction. Such vortex lattice beams may be used in a variety of applications including nanofabrication, particle manipulation or a new electron imaging method...
June 15, 2017: Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637255/a-biomechanical-study-of-4-different-sternum-closure-techniques-under-different-deformation-modes
#7
Suleyman Nazif Orhan, Mehmet Hamit Ozyazicioglu, Abdurrahim Colak
OBJECTIVES: This study experimentally compares the efficiency of the 4 most preferred sternal closure tehniques, in 3 different deformation modes of the chest. METHODS: Polyurethane sternum models fixed by conventional wiring, steel band, ZipFix band and figure-8 wiring are tested statically under lateral distraction, longitudinal shear and torsional deformation modes. As a result, load-deformation curves are obtained. The closure efficiency of the techniques is then compared with respect to allowable load (corresponding to 2 mm displacement), rigidity, rupture load and rupture displacement...
June 15, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637243/nanopore-sequencing-data-analysis-state-of-the-art-applications-and-challenges
#8
Alberto Magi, Roberto Semeraro, Alessandra Mingrino, Betti Giusti, Romina D'Aurizio
The nanopore sequencing process is based on the transit of a DNA molecule through a nanoscopic pore, and since the 90s is considered as one of the most promising approaches to detect polymeric molecules. In 2014, Oxford Nanopore Technologies (ONT) launched a beta-testing program that supplied the scientific community with the first prototype of a nanopore sequencer: the MinION. Thanks to this program, several research groups had the opportunity to evaluate the performance of this novel instrument and develop novel computational approaches for analyzing this new generation of data...
June 16, 2017: Briefings in Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637233/identification-of-exosomal-muscle-specific-mirnas-in-serum-of-myotonic-dystrophy-patients-relating-to-muscle-disease-progress
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Andrie Koutsoulidou, Marinos Photiades, Tassos C Kyriakides, Kristia Georgiou, Marianna Prokopi, Konstantinos Kapnisis, Anna Lusakowska, Marianna Nearchou, Yiolanda Christou, George K Papadimas, Andreas Anayiotos, Kyriakos Kyriakou, Evangelia Kararizou, Eleni Zamba Papanicolaou, Leonidas A Phylactou
Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is the most common form of adult-onset muscular dystrophy, which is characterised by progressive muscle wasting and the discovery of reliable blood-based biomarkers could be useful for the disease progress monitoring. There have been some reports showing that the presence of specific miRNAs in blood correlate with DM1. In one of these, our group identified four muscle-specific miRNAs, miR-1, miR-133a, miR-133b and miR-206, which correlated with the progression of muscle wasting observed in DM1 patients...
June 16, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637228/application-of-social-network-analysis-in-the-assessment-of-organization-infrastructure-for-service-delivery-a-three-district-case-study-from-post-conflict-northern-uganda
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Freddie Ssengooba, Vincent Kawooya, Justine Namakula, Suzanne Fustukian
In post-conflict settings, service coverage indices are unlikely to be sustained if health systems are built on weak and unstable inter-organization networks-here referred to as infrastructure. The objective of this study was to assess the inter-organization infrastructure that supports the provision of selected health services in the reconstruction phase after conflict in northern Uganda. Applied social network analysis was used to establish the structure, size and function among organizations supporting the provision of (1) HIV treatment, (2) maternal delivery services and (3) workforce strengthening...
June 16, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637227/echocardiographic-reference-ranges-for-normal-left-ventricular-2d-strain-results-from-the-eacvi-norre-study
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Tadafumi Sugimoto, Raluca Dulgheru, Anne Bernard, Federica Ilardi, Laura Contu, Karima Addetia, Luis Caballero, Natela Akhaladze, George D Athanassopoulos, Daniele Barone, Monica Baroni, Nuno Cardim, Andreas Hagendorff, Krasimira Hristova, Teresa Lopez, Gonzalo de la Morena, Bogdan A Popescu, Marie Moonen, Martin Penicka, Tolga Ozyigit, Jose David Rodrigo Carbonero, Nico van de Veire, Ralph Stephan von Bardeleben, Dragos Vinereanu, Jose Luis Zamorano, Yun Yun Go, Monica Rosca, Andrea Calin, Julien Magne, Bernard Cosyns, Stella Marchetta, Erwan Donal, Gilbert Habib, Maurizio Galderisi, Luigi P Badano, Roberto M Lang, Patrizio Lancellotti
Aims: To obtain the normal ranges for 2D echocardiographic (2DE) measurements of left ventricular (LV) strain from a large group of healthy volunteers accounting for age and gender. Methods and results: A total of 549 (mean age: 45.6 ± 13.3 years) healthy subjects were enrolled at 22 collaborating institutions of the Normal Reference Ranges for Echocardiography (NORRE) study. 2DE data sets have been analysed with a vendor-independent software package allowing homogeneous measurements irrespective of the echocardiographic equipment used to acquire the data sets...
June 16, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637221/digital-direct-detection-of-micrornas-using-single-molecule-arrays
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Limor Cohen, Mark R Hartman, Aaron Amardey-Wellington, David R Walt
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are involved in many biological pathways, and detecting miRNAs accurately is critical for diagnosing a variety of diseases including cancer. However, most current methods for miRNA detection require lengthy sample preparation and amplification steps that can bias the results. In addition, lack of specificity and reproducibility give rise to various challenges in detection of circulating miRNAs in biological samples. In this work, we applied the Single Molecule Array (Simoa) technique to develop an ultra-sensitive sandwich assay for direct detection of multiple miRNAs without pre-amplification...
June 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637187/identification-of-pulmonary-vein-reconnection-gaps-with-high-density-mapping-in-redo-atrial-fibrillation-ablation-procedures
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Ignacio García-Bolao, Gabriel Ballesteros, Pablo Ramos, Diego Menéndez, Ane Erkiaga, Renzo Neglia, Marta Jiménez Martín, Enrique Vives-Rodríguez
Aims: Maps obtained by means of electroanatomic high-density mapping (HDM) systems have shown their use in the identification of conduction gaps in experimental atrial linear lesion models. The objective of this study was to assess the use of HDM in the recognition of reconnection gaps in pulmonary veins (PV) in redo atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation procedures. Methods and results: One hundred and eight patients were included in a non-randomized study that assessed the recognition of reconnection gaps in PV by means of HDM compared to a control group that received conventional non-fluoroscopic guidance with a circular multipolar catheter (CMC)...
June 20, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637183/nuclitrack-an-integrated-nuclei-tracking-application
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Sam Cooper, Alexis R Barr, Robert Glen, Chris Bakal
Summary: Live imaging studies give unparalleled insight into dynamic single cell behaviours and fate decisions. However, the challenge of reliably tracking single cells over long periods of time limits both the throughput and ease with which such studies can be performed. Here, we present NucliTrack, a cross platform solution for automatically segmenting, tracking and extracting features from fluorescently-labelled nuclei. NucliTrack performs similarly to other state-of-the-art cell tracking algorithms, but NucliTrack's interactive, graphical interface makes it significantly more user friendly...
June 20, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637173/crystallographic-analyses-illustrate-significant-plasticity-and-efficient-recoding-of-meganuclease-target-specificity
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Rachel Werther, Jazmine P Hallinan, Abigail R Lambert, Kyle Havens, Mark Pogson, Jordan Jarjour, Roberto Galizi, Nikolai Windbichler, Andrea Crisanti, Tony Nolan, Barry L Stoddard
The retargeting of protein-DNA specificity, outside of extremely modular DNA binding proteins such as TAL effectors, has generally proved to be quite challenging. Here, we describe structural analyses of five different extensively retargeted variants of a single homing endonuclease, that have been shown to function efficiently in ex vivo and in vivo applications. The redesigned proteins harbor mutations at up to 53 residues (18%) of their amino acid sequence, primarily distributed across the DNA binding surface, making them among the most significantly reengineered ligand-binding proteins to date...
June 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637157/maximal-and-submaximal-aerobic-tests-for-wheelchair-dependent-persons-with-spinal-cord-injury-a-systematic-review-to-summarize-and-identify-useful-applications-for-clinical-rehabilitation
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Sophia Eerden, Rienk Dekker, Florentina J Hettinga
PURPOSE: To summarize the available maximal and submaximal aerobic exercise tests for wheelchair-dependent persons with a spinal cord injury (SCI) and to identify useful applications for clinical rehabilitation. METHOD: The databases of PubMed, CINAHL(®), EMBASE, and PsycINFO(®) were searched for English-language studies published prior to March 2015. Two independent raters identified and examined studies that reported on laboratory-based aerobic exercise tests in persons with an SCI, according to the PRISMA statement...
March 3, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637053/a-new-analytical-method-for-characterizing-nonlinear-visual-processes-with-stimuli-of-arbitrary-distribution-theory-and-applications
#17
Ryusuke Hayashi, Osamu Watanabe, Hiroki Yokoyama, Shin'ya Nishida
Characterization of the functional relationship between sensory inputs and neuronal or observers' perceptual responses is one of the fundamental goals of systems neuroscience and psychophysics. Conventional methods, such as reverse correlation and spike-triggered data analyses are limited in their ability to resolve complex and inherently nonlinear neuronal/perceptual processes because these methods require input stimuli to be Gaussian with a zero mean. Recent studies have shown that analyses based on a generalized linear model (GLM) do not require such specific input characteristics and have advantages over conventional methods...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Vision
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637048/use-of-light-therapy-by-office-based-physicians
#18
Edda Winkler-Pjrek, Marie Spies, Pia Baldinger-Melich, Lisa Perkmann, Siegfried Kasper, Dietmar Winkler
BACKGROUND: Light therapy (LT) is a non-pharmacological biological treatment that has been used in psychiatry since the 1980s. Previous research has investigated the usage of LT in hospitals. The aim of this study was to examine the pattern of use of LT by office-based physicians. METHODS: A questionnaire was sent by mail to 400 randomly selected doctors in Austria. We made sure that the sample was equally representative of general practitioners (GPs) and psychiatrists, public health service doctors and private doctors, physicians in cities and in the country as well as male and female doctors...
June 22, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637028/maximizing-outcome-in-light-treatment-patient-behavior-as-the-light-treatment-delivery-system
#19
Michael A Young
The effectiveness of light treatment depends on the treatment being properly received by the patient. Examination of the typical light treatment prescription shows that delivery of each component of the prescription consists of a behavior on the part of the patient. Light treatment delivery, and thus light treatment effectiveness, can be maximized by conceptualizing the treatment as a behavior change in the patient and by the application of well-established behavior change techniques.
June 22, 2017: Neuropsychobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637010/local-application-of-bacteria-improves-safety-of-salmonella-mediated-tumor-therapy-and-retains-advantages-of-systemic-infection
#20
Dino Kocijancic, Sebastian Felgner, Tim Schauer, Michael Frahm, Ulrike Heise, Kurt Zimmermann, Marc Erhardt, Siegfried Weiss
Cancer is a devastating disease and a large socio-economic burden. Novel therapeutic solutions are on the rise, although a cure remains elusive. Application of microorganisms represents an ancient therapeutic strategy, lately revoked and refined via simultaneous attenuation and amelioration of pathogenic properties. Salmonella Typhimurium has prevailed in preclinical development. Yet, using virulent strains for systemic treatment might cause severe side effects. In the present study, we highlight a modified strain based on Salmonella Typhimurium UK-1 expressing hexa-acylated Lipid A...
June 7, 2017: Oncotarget
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