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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149213/optimal-design-and-control-of-an-electromechanical-transfemoral-prosthesis-with-energy-regeneration
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Farbod Rohani, Hanz Richter, Antonie J van den Bogert
In this paper, we present the design of an electromechanical above-knee active prosthesis with energy storage and regeneration. The system consists of geared knee and ankle motors, parallel springs for each motor, an ultracapacitor, and controllable four-quadrant power converters. The goal is to maximize the performance of the system by finding optimal controls and design parameters. A model of the system dynamics was developed, and used to solve a combined trajectory and design optimization problem. The objectives of the optimization were to minimize tracking error relative to human joint motions, as well as energy use...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148697/synthesis-of-hierarchical-sisal-like-v2o5-with-exposed-stable-001-facets-as-long-life-cathode-materials-for-advanced-lithium-ion-batteries
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Naiteng Wu, Wuzhou Du, Guilong Liu, Zhan Zhou, Hong-Ru Fu, Qianqian Tang, Xianming Liu, Yan-Bing He
Vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) is considered a promising cathode material for advanced lithium-ion batteries due to its high specific capacity and low cost. However, the application of V2O5-based electrodes has been hindered by their inferior conductivity, cycling stability and power performance. Herein, hierarchical sisal-like V2O5 microstructures consisting of primary one-dimension (1D) nanobelt with [001] facets orientation growth and rich oxygen vacancies are synthesized through a facile hydrothermal process using polyoxyethylene-20-cetyl-ether as surface control agent, and followed by calcination...
November 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146896/deterministic-and-robust-room-temperature-exchange-coupling-in-monodomain-multiferroic-bifeo3-heterostructures
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W Saenrang, B A Davidson, F Maccherozzi, J P Podkaminer, J Irwin, R D Johnson, J W Freeland, J Íñiguez, J L Schad, K Reierson, J C Frederick, C A F Vaz, L Howald, T H Kim, S Ryu, M V Veenendaal, P G Radaelli, S S Dhesi, M S Rzchowski, C B Eom
Exploiting multiferroic BiFeO3 thin films in spintronic devices requires deterministic and robust control of both internal magnetoelectric coupling in BiFeO3, as well as exchange coupling of its antiferromagnetic order to a ferromagnetic overlayer. Previous reports utilized approaches based on multi-step ferroelectric switching with multiple ferroelectric domains. Because domain walls can be responsible for fatigue, contain localized charges intrinsically or via defects, and present problems for device reproducibility and scaling, an alternative approach using a monodomain magnetoelectric state with single-step switching is desirable...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145080/comparing-the-efficacy-of-solid-and-magic-echo-refocusing-sequences-applications-to-1-h-nmr-echo-spectroscopy-of-shale-rock
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Gregory S Boutis, Ravinath Kausik
Quantitative evaluation of the solid and viscous components of unconventional shale rock, namely kerogen and bitumen, is important for understanding reservoir quality. Short transverse coherence times, due to strong (1)H-(1)H dipolar interactions, motivates the application of solid state refocusing pulse sequences that allow for investigating components of the free-induction decay that are otherwise obscured by instrumental effects such as probe ringdown. This work reports on static, wide-line (1)H spectroscopy of shale rock and their extracted components, which include kerogen and bitumen, by the application of solid echo and magic echo pulse sequences...
November 3, 2017: Solid State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142450/autologous-intrauterine-platelet-rich-plasma-instillation-for-suboptimal-endometrium-in-frozen-embryo-transfer-cycles-a-pilot-study
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Sunita R Tandulwadkar, Manasi V Naralkar, Akash D Surana, M Selvakarthick, Avinash H Kharat
Introduction: This pilot study was to evaluate the effectiveness of intrauterine infusion of autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in infertile women undergoing frozen embryo transfer cycles with suboptimal endometrium. Material and Methods: Intrauterine instillation of autologous PRP was done in 68 women between 22 and 40 years, over 8 months, with suboptimal endometrial growth, and patients with repeated cycle cancellations, in addition to Estradiol valerate. Frozen embryo transfer was performed when the endometrium reached an optimal pattern in terms of thickness, appearance, and vascularity...
July 2017: Journal of Human Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141628/gene-expression-analyses-of-the-small-intestine-of-pigs-in-the-ex-evacuation-zone-of-the-fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-power-plant
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Motoko Morimoto, Ayaka Kato, Jin Kobayashi, Kei Okuda, Yoshikazu Kuwahara, Yasushi Kino, Yasuyuki Abe, Tsutomu Sekine, Tomokazu Fukuda, Emiko Isogai, Manabu Fukumoto
BACKGROUND: After the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, radioactive contaminants were released over a widespread area. Monitoring the biological effects of radiation exposure in animals in the ex-evacuation zone should be continued to understand the health effects of radiation exposure in humans. The present study aimed to clarify the effects of radiation by investigating whether there is any alteration in the morphology and gene expressions of immune molecules in the intestine of pigs and inobuta (wild boar and domestic pig hybrid) in the ex-evacuation zone in 2012...
November 15, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141509/relative-morphokinetics-assessed-by-time-lapse-imaging-are-altered-in-embryos-from-patients-with-endometriosis
#7
Alexander Freis, Jens Erik Dietrich, Moritz Binder, Verena Holschbach, Thomas Strowitzki, Ariane Germeyer
INTRODUCTION: Time-lapse technology allows almost continuous noninvasive assessment of embryonic development. It was shown previously that relative kinetics defining cleavage synchronicity are better predictors of blastocyst quality than absolute time points. This study aims to compare relative kinetics in embryos from patients with and without endometriosis. METHODS: Time-lapse data were collected retrospectively from 596 patients undergoing infertility treatment for in vitro fertilization from January 2011 to July 2016...
January 1, 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141456/increased-serum-levels-of-mbdnf-in-women-with-minimal-and-mild-endometriosis-have-no-predictive-power-for-the-disease
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Alexandra Perricos, Kazem Ashjaei, Heinrich Husslein, Katharina Proestling, Lorenz Kuessel, Reinhard Obwegeser, Rene Wenzl, Iveta Yotova
The objective of our pilot clinical, prospective study was to determine the serum levels of mature brain-derived neurotrophic factor, in of women with endometriosis and controls and explore whether mature brain-derived neurotrophic factor is a potential biomarker for the disease. The patients were selected from the Endometriosis Marker Austria prospective cohort study conducted at the tertiary referral certified Endometriosis Center of the Medical University of Vienna. All women underwent laparoscopic surgery because there was a suspicion of endometriosis, or the women had pelvic pain, adnexal cysts, unexplained infertility, or uterine fibroids...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138631/sarc006-phase-ii-trial-of-chemotherapy-in-sporadic-and-neurofibromatosis-type-1-associated-chemotherapy-naive-malignant-peripheral-nerve-sheath-tumors
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Christine S Higham, Seth M Steinberg, Eva Dombi, Arie Perry, Lee J Helman, Scott M Schuetze, Joseph A Ludwig, Arthur Staddon, Mohammed M Milhem, Daniel Rushing, Robin L Jones, Michael Livingston, Stewart Goldman, Christopher Moertel, Lars Wagner, David Janhofer, Christina M Annunziata, Denise Reinke, Lauren Long, David Viskochil, Larry Baker, Brigitte C Widemann
Background: Worse chemotherapy response for neurofibromatosis type 1- (NF1-) associated compared to sporadic malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNST) has been reported. Methods: We evaluated the objective response (OR) rate of patients with AJCC Stage III/IV chemotherapy-naive NF1 MPNST versus sporadic MPNST after 4 cycles of neoadjuvant chemotherapy, 2 cycles of ifosfamide/doxorubicin, and 2 cycles of ifosfamide/etoposide. A Simon optimal two-stage design was used (target response rate 40%)...
2017: Sarcoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137750/intensification-of-ion-exchange-desorption-of-thiamine-diphosphate-by-low-powered-ultrasound
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Natalia A Pinchukova, Alexander Y Voloshko, Maria A Merko, Yana A Bondarenko, Valentin A Chebanov
The process of ultrasound-assisted ion-exchange desorption of cocarboxylase (thiamine diphosphate (TDP)) from a strong acidic cation resin was studied. Kinetics studies revealed that ultrasound accelerates TDP desorption by 3 times. The optimal desorption parameters, viz. US power input, sonication time, eluent/resin ratio and the eluent (ammonium acetate buffer) concentration were established which were 15mW/cm(3), 20min, 1:1 and 1M, respectively. The resin stability studies showed that the optimal ultrasonic power was less by the order than the resin degradation threshold which ensures durable and efficient resin exploitation during production...
March 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137731/combined-effects-of-phase-shift-and-power-distribution-on-efficiency-of-dual-high-frequency-sonochemistry
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Nicholas B Waldo, Chad D Vecitis
In an effort to increase the efficiency of sonochemical reactors, this study investigates a single-source, dual-high-frequency ultrasound reactor. Experiments were conducted with a variety of piezoelectric crystals and reactor components, and for each reactor design a range of power distributions and phase shifts between the two frequencies were evaluated. Certain dual-frequency configurations produced up to a threefold increase in sonochemical efficiency, while others yeilded no improvement over a single frequency...
March 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137415/ubiquitin-conjugating-enzyme-e2-l3-promoted-tumor-growth-of-nsclc-through-accelerating-p27kip1-ubiquitination-and-degradation
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Xingjie Ma, Junjie Zhao, Fan Yang, Haitao Liu, Weibo Qi
The molecular pathogenesis of human lung cancer has not been completely clarified. Here, we reported that UBE2L3, a member of the ubiquitin-conjugating enzymes (E2s), were overexpressed in non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) tissues compared with the non-tumor tissues. High expression of UBE2L3 was correlated with advanced tumor stage and adverse outcomes. Knockdown of UBE2L3 inhibited NSCLC cell growth while ectopic expression of UBE2L3 promoted NSCLC cell growth in a cell cycle dependent manner. The results of subcutaneous tumor xenograft studies revealed that knockdown of UBE2L3 attenuated the in vivo tumor growth...
October 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136645/a-4-mirna-signature-to-predict-survival-in-glioblastomas
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Simon K Hermansen, Mia D Sørensen, Anker Hansen, Steen Knudsen, Alvaro G Alvarado, Justin D Lathia, Bjarne W Kristensen
Glioblastomas are among the most lethal cancers; however, recent advances in survival have increased the need for better prognostic markers. microRNAs (miRNAs) hold great prognostic potential being deregulated in glioblastomas and highly stable in stored tissue specimens. Moreover, miRNAs control multiple genes representing an additional level of gene regulation possibly more prognostically powerful than a single gene. The aim of the study was to identify a novel miRNA signature with the ability to separate patients into prognostic subgroups...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136641/radioactive-contamination-in-the-tokyo-metropolitan-area-in-the-early-stage-of-the-fukushima-daiichi-nuclear-power-plant-fdnpp-accident-and-its-fluctuation-over-five-years
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Masanobu Ishida, Hideo Yamazaki
Radioactive contamination in the Tokyo metropolitan area in the immediate aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) accident was analyzed via surface soil sampled during a two-month period after the accident. 131I, 134Cs, and 137Cs were detected in these soil samples. The activity and inventory of radioactive material in the eastern part of Tokyo tended to be high. The 134Cs/137Cs activity ratio in soil was 0.978 ± 0.053. The 131I/137Cs ratio fluctuated widely, and was 19.7 ± 9.0 (weighted average 18...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136139/rad-seq-reveals-patterns-of-additive-polygenic-variation-caused-by-spatially-varying-selection-in-the-american-eel-anguilla-rostrata
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Charles Babin, Pierre-Alexandre Gagnaire, Scott A Pavey, Louis Bernatchez
The American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) has an exceptional life cycle characterised by panmictic reproduction at the species scale, random dispersal and selection in a highly heterogeneous habitat extending from subtropical to subarctic latitudes. The genetic consequences of spatially-varying selection in this species have been investigated for decades, revealing subtle clines in allele frequency at a few loci that contrast with complete panmixia on the vast majority of the genome. Because reproduction homogenizes allele frequencies every generation, sampling size and genomic coverage are critical to reach sufficient power to detect selected loci in this context...
November 10, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136106/cell-type-specific-burst-firing-interacts-with-theta-and-beta-activity-in-prefrontal-cortex-during-attention-states
#16
B Voloh, T Womelsdorf
Population-level theta and beta band activity in anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortices (ACC/PFC) are prominent signatures of self-controlled, adaptive behaviors. But how these rhythmic activities are linked to cell-type specific activity has remained unclear. Here, we suggest such a cell-to-systems level linkage. We found that the rate of burst spiking events is enhanced particularly during attention states and that attention-specific burst spikes have a unique temporal relationship to local theta and beta band population-level activities...
November 9, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135065/a-simple-pre-lithiation-strategy-to-build-high-rate-and-long-life-lithium-ion-battery-with-improved-low-temperature-performance
#17
Yonggang Wang, Yao Liu, Bingchang Yang, Xiaoli Dong, Yongyao Xia
Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) are being used to power the commercial electric vehicles (EVs). However, the charge/discharge rate and life of current LIBs still cannot satisfy the further development of EVs. Furthermore, the poor low temperature performance of LIBs limits their application in cold climates and high altitude areas. Herein, a simple pre-lithiation method is developed to fabricate a new LIB. In this strategy, a Li3V2(PO4)3 cathode and a pristine hard carbon anode are used to form a primary cell, and the initial Li+ extraction from Li3V2(PO4)3 is used to pre-lithiate the hard carbon...
November 14, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134702/editable-supercapacitors-with-customizable-stretchability-based-on-mechanically-strengthened-ultralong-mno2-nanowire-composite
#18
Zhisheng Lv, Yifei Luo, Yuxin Tang, Jiaqi Wei, Zhiqiang Zhu, Xinran Zhou, Wenlong Li, Yi Zeng, Wei Zhang, Yanyan Zhang, Dianpeng Qi, Shaowu Pan, Xian Jun Loh, Xiaodong Chen
Although some progress has been made on stretchable supercapacitors, traditional stretchable supercapacitors fabricated by predesigning structured electrodes for device assembling still lack the device-level editability and programmability. To adapt to wearable electronics with arbitrary configurations, it is highly desirable to develop editable supercapacitors that can be directly transferred into desirable shapes and stretchability. In this work, editable supercapacitors for customizable shapes and stretchability using electrodes based on mechanically strengthened ultralong MnO2 nanowire composites are developed...
November 14, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134686/selective-proton-observed-carbon-edited-selpoce-mrs-method-for-measurement-of-glutamate-and-glutamine-13-c-labeling-in-the-human-frontal-cortex
#19
Henk M De Feyter, Raimund I Herzog, Bart R Steensma, Dennis W J Klomp, Peter B Brown, Graeme F Mason, Douglas L Rothman, Robin A de Graaf
PURPOSE: (13) C magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) in combination with infusion of (13) C-labeled substrates has led to unique insights into human brain metabolism and neurotransmitter cycling. However, the low sensitivity of direct (13) C MRS and high radiofrequency power requirements has limited (13) C MRS studies to predominantly data acquisition in large volumes of the occipital cortex. The purpose of this study is to develop an MRS technique for localized detection of (13) C-labeling of glutamate and glutamine in the human frontal lobe...
November 13, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134604/muprints-and-whole-genome-insertion-scans-methods-for-investigating-chromosome-accessibility-and-dna-dynamics-using-bacteriophage-mu
#20
N Patrick Higgins
Bacteriophage Mu infects a broad range of gram-negative bacteria. After infection, Mu amplifies its DNA through a coupled transposition/replication cycle that inserts copies of Mu throughout all domains of the folded chromosome. Mu has the most relaxed target specificity of the known transposons (Manna et al., J Bacteriol 187: 3586-3588, 2005) and the Mu DNA packaging process, called "headful packaging", incorporates 50-150 bp of host sequences covalently bound to its left end and 2 kb of host DNA linked to its right end into a viral capsid...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
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