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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635670/single-lead-fetal-ecg-extraction-based-on-a-parallel-marginalized-particle-filter
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Zhidong Zhao, Huiling Tong, Yanjun Deng, Wen Xu, Yefei Zhang, Haihui Ye
This paper presents a novel method for extracting the fetal ECG (FECG) from a single-lead abdominal signal. A dynamical model for a modified abdominal signal is proposed, in which both the maternal ECG (MECG) and the FECG are modeled, and then a parallel marginalized particle filter (par-MPF) is used for tracking the abdominal signal. Finally, the FECG and MECG are simultaneously separated. Several experiments are conducted using both simulated and clinical signals. The results indicate that the method proposed in this paper effectively extracts the FECG and outperforms other Bayesian filtering algorithms...
June 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631757/resolving-mixed-mechanisms-of-protein-subdiffusion-at-the-t-cell-plasma-membrane
#2
Yonatan Golan, Eilon Sherman
The plasma membrane is a complex medium where transmembrane proteins diffuse and interact to facilitate cell function. Membrane protein mobility is affected by multiple mechanisms, including crowding, trapping, medium elasticity and structure, thus limiting our ability to distinguish them in intact cells. Here we characterize the mobility and organization of a short transmembrane protein at the plasma membrane of live T cells, using single particle tracking and photoactivated-localization microscopy. Protein mobility is highly heterogeneous, subdiffusive and ergodic-like...
June 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619527/expression-of-full-length-her2-protein-in-sf9-insect-cells-and-its-presentation-on-the-surface-of-budded-virus-like-particles
#3
Lisa Nika, Jakob Wallner, Dieter Palmberger, Krisztina Koczka, Karola Vorauer-Uhl, Reingard Grabherr
Biomarkers of cancer are often glycosylated membrane receptor proteins present on the cellular surface. In order to develop new antibodies for cancer diagnostics or treatment, it is a main pre-requisite that these target proteins are available in a native conformation. However, membrane receptor proteins are notoriously difficult to produce due to their hydrophobic nature and complex architecture. Here, we used the baculovirus-insect cell expression system to produce budded virus-like particles (VLPs) as the scaffold for the presentation of complex membrane proteins...
June 12, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616948/sub-diffraction-limit-localization-imaging-of-a-plasmonic-nanoparticle-pair-with-wavelength-resolved-dark-field-microscopy
#4
Lin Wei, Yanhong Ma, Xupeng Zhu, Jianghong Xu, Yaxin Wang, Huigao Duan, Lehui Xiao
In this work, with wavelength-resolved dark-field microscopy, the center-of-mass localization information from nanoparticle pairs (i.e., spherical (45 nm in diameter) and rod (45 × 70 nm) shaped gold nanoparticle pairs with different gap distances and orientations) was explored and compared with the results determined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) measurements. When the gap distance was less than 20 nm, the scattering spectrum of the nanoparticle pair was seriously modulated by the plasmonic coupling effect...
June 15, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614318/robust-real-time-3d-single-particle-tracking-using-a-dynamically-moving-laser-spot
#5
Shangguo Hou, Xiaoqi Lang, Kevin Welsher
Real-time three-dimensional (3D) single-particle tracking uses optical feedback to lock on to freely diffusing nanoscale fluorescent particles, permitting precise 3D localization and continuous spectroscopic interrogation. Here we describe a new method of real-time 3D single-particle tracking wherein a diffraction-limited laser spot is dynamically swept through the detection volume in three dimensions using a two-dimensional (2D) electro-optic deflector and a tunable acoustic gradient lens. This optimized method, called 3D dynamic photon localization tracking (3D-DyPLoT), enables high-speed real-time tracking of single silica-coated non-blinking quantum dots (∼30  nm diameter) with diffusive speeds exceeding 10  μm<sup>2</sup>/s at count rates as low as 10 kHz, as well as YFP-labeled virus-like particles...
June 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594336/flagged-uniform-particle-splitting-for-variance-reduction-in-proton-and-carbon-ion-track-structure-simulations
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Jose Asuncion Ramos-Mendez, Jan Schuemann, Sebastien Incerti, Harald Paganetti, Reinhard Schulte, Bruce Faddegon
Flagged uniform particle splitting was implemented with two methods to improve computational efficiency of Monte Carlo track structure simulations with TOPAS-nBio by enhancing the production of secondary electrons in ionization events. In Method 1 the Geant4 kernel was modified. In Method 2 Geant4 was not modified. In both methods a unique flag number assigned to each new split electron was inherited by its progeny, permitting reclassification of the split events as if produced by correlated histories. Computational efficiency and accuracy were evaluated for simulations of 0...
June 8, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589952/contrasting-mechanisms-of-growth-in-two-model-rod-shaped-bacteria
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Cyrille Billaudeau, Arnaud Chastanet, Zhizhong Yao, Charlène Cornilleau, Nicolas Mirouze, Vincent Fromion, Rut Carballido-López
How cells control their shape and size is a long-standing question in cell biology. Many rod-shaped bacteria elongate their sidewalls by the action of cell wall synthesizing machineries that are associated to actin-like MreB cortical patches. However, little is known about how elongation is regulated to enable varied growth rates and sizes. Here we use total internal reflection fluorescence microscopy and single-particle tracking to visualize MreB isoforms, as a proxy for cell wall synthesis, in Bacillus subtilis and Escherichia coli cells growing in different media and during nutrient upshift...
June 7, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586196/real-time-imaging-of-endocytosis-and-intracellular-trafficking-of-semiconducting-polymer-dots
#8
Yuping Han, Xiaoming Li, Haobin Chen, Xingjie Hu, Yao Luo, Ting Wang, Zejun Wang, Qian Li, Chunhai Fan, Jiye Shi, Lihua Wang, Yun Zhao, Changfeng Wu, Nan Chen
Semiconducting polymer dots (Pdots) have shown great promise in biomedical applications, including biosensing, drug delivery, and live imaging of cells and biomolecules. Insight into the mechanism and regulation of cellular uptake and intracellular metabolism of Pdots is important for the development of superior Pdots-based theranostic nanoconjugates. Herein, we performed real-time imaging of endocytosis and intracellular trafficking of a type of fluorescent Pdots that showed excellent biocompatibility in various types of cells...
June 13, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571461/positron-emission-particle-tracking-and-its-application-to-granular-media
#9
D J Parker
Positron emission particle tracking (PEPT) is a technique for tracking a single radioactively labelled particle. Accurate 3D tracking is possible even when the particle is moving at high speed inside a dense opaque system. In many cases, tracking a single particle within a granular system provides sufficient information to determine the time-averaged behaviour of the entire granular system. After a general introduction, this paper describes the detector systems (PET scanners and positron cameras) used to record PEPT data, the techniques used to label particles, and the algorithms used to process the data...
May 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571451/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-granular-materials
#10
Ralf Stannarius
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has become one of the most important tools to screen humans in medicine; virtually every modern hospital is equipped with a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) tomograph. The potential of NMR in 3D imaging tasks is by far greater, but there is only "a handful" of MRI studies of particulate matter. The method is expensive, time-consuming, and requires a deep understanding of pulse sequences, signal acquisition, and processing. We give a short introduction into the physical principles of this imaging technique, describe its advantages and limitations for the screening of granular matter, and present a number of examples of different application purposes, from the exploration of granular packing, via the detection of flow and particle diffusion, to real dynamic measurements...
May 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571369/network-confinement-and-heterogeneity-slows-nanoparticle-diffusion-in-polymer-gels
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Emmabeth Parrish, Matthew A Caporizzo, Russell J Composto
Nanoparticle (NP) diffusion was measured in polyacrylamide gels (PAGs) with a mesh size comparable to the NP size, 21 nm. The confinement ratio (CR), NP diameter/mesh size, increased from 0.4 to 3.8 by increasing crosslinker density and from 0.4 to 2.1 by adding acetone, which collapsed the PAGs. In all gels, NPs either became localized, moving less than 200 nm, diffused microns, or exhibited a combination of these behaviors, as measured by single particle tracking. Mean squared displacements (MSDs) of mobile NPs decreased as CR increased...
May 28, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561831/a-dynamic-cell-entry-pathway-of-respiratory-syncytial-virus-revealed-by-tracking-the-quantum-dot-labeled-single-virus
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Lin Ling Zheng, Chun Mei Li, Shu Jun Zhen, Yuan Fang Li, Cheng Zhi Huang
Studying the cell entry pathway at the single-particle level can provide detailed and quantitative information for the dynamic events involved in virus entry. Indeed, the viral entry dynamics cannot be monitored by static staining methods used in cell biology, and thus virus dynamic tracking could be useful in the development of effective antiviral strategies. Therefore, the aim of this work was to use a quantum dot-based single-particle tracking approach to monitor the cell entry behavior of the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in living cells...
May 31, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548150/using-%C3%AE-2-rheology-to-quantify-rheological-properties-during-repeated-reversible-phase-transitions-of-soft-matter
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Matthew D Wehrman, Melissa J Milstrey, Seth Lindberg, Kelly M Schultz
A microfluidic device is designed to measure repeated phase transitions, gelation and degradation, on a single sample by exchanging the surrounding fluid while minimizing shear stress. This device enables quantitative microrheological characterization of material properties over multiple phase transitions, determining whether the material returns to the same equilibrium state. Fluid exchange is accomplished by using a two layer design, the sample is trapped in the first layer and the second layer is a well for the exchanging fluid...
June 13, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545948/numerical-investigation-of-mist-air-impingement-cooling-on-ribbed-blade-leading-edge-surface
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Qingfei Bian, Jin Wang, Yi-Tung Chen, Qiuwang Wang, Min Zeng
The working gas turbine blades are exposed to the environment of high temperature, especially in the leading-edge region. The mist/air two-phase impingement cooling has been adopted to enhance the heat transfer on blade surfaces and investigate the leading-edge cooling effectiveness. An Euler-Lagrange particle tracking method is used to simulate the two-phase impingement cooling on the blade leading-edge. The mesh dependency test has been carried out and the numerical method is validated based on the available experimental data of mist/air cooling with jet impingement on a concave surface...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540060/microparticle-formation-in-peritoneal-dialysis-a-proof-of-concept-study
#15
Shareef Akbari, Rima Abou-Arkoub, Suzy Sun, Swapnil Hiremath, Arkadiy Reunov, Brendan B McCormick, Marcel Ruzicka, Dylan Burger
BACKGROUND: Injury to the mesothelial layer of the peritoneal membrane during peritoneal dialysis (PD) is implicated in loss of ultrafiltration capacity, but there are no validated biomarkers for mesothelial cell injury. Microparticles (MPs) are 0.1 to 1.0 µm membrane vesicles shed from the cell surface following injury and are sensitive markers of tissue damage. Formation of MPs in the peritoneal cavity during PD has not been reported to date. METHODS: We designed a single-center, proof of concept study to assess whether peritoneal solution exposure induces formation of mesothelial MPs suggestive of PD membrane injury...
2017: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538156/a-simple-marker-assisted-3d-nanometer-drift-correction-method-for-superresolution-microscopy
#16
Hongqiang Ma, Jianquan Xu, Jingyi Jin, Yi Huang, Yang Liu
High-precision fluorescence microscopy such as superresolution imaging or single-particle tracking often requires an online drift correction method to maintain the stability of the three-dimensional (3D) position of the sample at a nanometer precision throughout the entire data acquisition process. Current online drift correction methods require modification of the existing two-dimensional (2D) fluorescence microscope with additional optics and detectors, which can be cumbersome and limit its use in many biological laboratories...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520419/single-particle-tracking-from-theory-to-biophysical-applications
#17
Hao Shen, Lawrence J Tauzin, Rashad Baiyasi, Wenxiao Wang, Nicholas Moringo, Bo Shuang, Christy F Landes
After three decades of developments, single particle tracking (SPT) has become a powerful tool to interrogate dynamics in a range of materials including live cells and novel catalytic supports because of its ability to reveal dynamics in the structure-function relationships underlying the heterogeneous nature of such systems. In this review, we summarize the algorithms behind, and practical applications of, SPT. We first cover the theoretical background including particle identification, localization, and trajectory reconstruction...
May 18, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515232/the-nuclear-export-factor-crm1-controls-juxta-nuclear-microtubule-dependent-virus-transport
#18
I-Hsuan Wang, Christoph J Burckhardt, Artur Yakimovich, Matthias K Morf, Urs F Greber
Transport of large cargo through the cytoplasm requires motor proteins and polarized filaments. Viruses that replicate in the nucleus of post-mitotic cells use microtubules and the dynein/dynactin motor to traffic to the nuclear membrane, and deliver their genome through nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) into the nucleus. How virus particles (virions) or cellular cargo are transferred from microtubules to the NPC is unknown. Here, we analyzed trafficking of incoming cytoplasmic adenoviruses by single particle tracking and super-resolution microscopy...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28506790/single-particle-labeling-of-rna-virus-in-live-cells
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Xiaohui Liu, Ting Ouyang, Hongsheng Ouyang, Linzhu Ren
Real-time and visual tracking of viral infection is crucial for elucidating the infectious and pathogenesis mechanisms. To track the virus successfully, an efficient labeling method is necessary. In this review, we first discuss the practical labeling techniques for virus tracking in live cells. We then describe the current knowledge of interactions between RNA viruses (especially influenza viruses, immunodeficiency viruses, and Flaviviruses) and host cellular structures, obtained using single particle labeling techniques combined with real-time fluorescence microscopy...
May 12, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503687/adapting-bodipys-to-singlet-oxygen-production-on-silica-nanoparticles
#20
Nerea Epelde-Elezcano, Ruth Prieto-Montero, Virginia Martínez-Martínez, María J Ortiz, Alejandro Prieto-Castañeda, Eduardo Peña-Cabrera, José L Belmonte-Vázquez, Iñigo López-Arbeloa, Ross Brown, Sylvie Lacombe
A modified Stöber method is used to synthesize spherical core-shell silica nanoparticles (NPs) with an external surface functionalized by amino groups and with an average size around 50 nm. Fluorescent dyes and photosensitizers of singlet oxygen were fixed, either separately or conjointly, respectively in the core or in the shell. Rhodamines were encapsulated in the core with relatively high fluorescence quantum yields (Φfl ≥ 0.3), allowing fluorescence tracking of the particles. Various photosensitizers of singlet oxygen (PS) were covalenty coupled to the shell, allowing singlet oxygen production...
May 31, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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