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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786720/a-strain-induced-subwavelength-structure-for-a-haze-free-and-highly-transparent-flexible-plastic-substrate
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Jae Yong Park, Juyoung Ham, Illhwan Lee, Jong-Lam Lee
This paper presents a method to produce subwavelength-scale (<250 nm) AgCl nanostructures on a flexible plastic film, which is indispensable for highly efficient flexible displays. Using Cl2 plasma treatment on an Ag-coated plastic film, AgCl nanostructures were produced through the reaction of Ag atoms with Cl radicals. During the reaction, the volume of AgCl expands, leading to drastically changed surface morphology from a two-dimensional (2D) flat Ag surface to a 3D subwavelength-scale AgCl nanostructure...
May 22, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786043/risk-factors-for-recurrence-of-ovarian-endometriosis-in-chinese-patients-aged-45-and-over
#2
Zheng-Xing He, Ting-Ting Sun, Shu Wang, Hong-Hui Shi, Qing-Bo Fan, Lan Zhu, Jin-Hua Leng, Da-Wei Sun, Jian Sun, Jing-He Lang
Background: When considering the issue of recurrence, perimenopausal women may have more dilemma during management comparing with young women, for example, whether to retain the uterus and ovary during surgery, whether it is necessary to add adjuvant medicine treatment after operation, and there is no evidence for reference about using of gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist. This study aimed to study the risk factors for the recurrence of ovarian endometriosis (EM) in patients aged 45 and over...
June 5, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786021/developing-and-implementing-a-global-emergency-medicine-course-lessons-learned-from-rwanda
#3
Sojung Yi, Olivier Félix Umuhire, Doris Uwamahoro, Mindi Guptill, Giles N Cattermole
Background: There is a growing demand by medical trainees for meaningful, short-term global emergency medicine (EM) experiences. EM programs in high-income countries (HICs) have forged opportunities for their trainees to access this experience in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs). However, few programs in LMICs have created and managed such courses. As more LMICs establish EM programs, these settings are ideal for developing courses beneficial for all participants. We describe our experience of creating and implementing a short-term global EM course in Rwanda...
September 2017: Education for Health: Change in Training & Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784815/virb8-homolog-trae-from-plasmid-pkm101-forms-a-hexameric-ring-structure-and-interacts-with-the-virb6-homolog-trad
#4
Bastien Casu, Charline Mary, Aleksandr Sverzhinsky, Aurélien Fouillen, Antonio Nanci, Christian Baron
Type IV secretion systems (T4SSs) are multiprotein assemblies that translocate macromolecules across the cell envelope of bacteria. X-ray crystallographic and electron microscopy (EM) analyses have increasingly provided structural information on individual T4SS components and on the entire complex. As of now, relatively little information has been available on the exact localization of the inner membrane-bound T4SS components, notably the mostly periplasmic VirB8 protein and the very hydrophobic VirB6 protein...
May 21, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782796/resolution-measurement-from-a-single-reconstructed-cryo-em-density-map-with-multi-scale-spectral-analysis
#5
Yu-Jiao Yang, Shuai Wang, Biao Zhang, Hong-Bin Shen
As a relatively new technology to solve the 3D structure of a protein or protein complex, the Single-Particle Reconstruction (SPR) of cryo-EM images shows much superiority and is in a rapidly developing stage. Resolution measurement in SPR, which evaluates the quality of a reconstructed 3D density map, plays a critical role for promoting methodology development of SPR and structural biology. Due to there is no benchmark map in a new structure generation, how to realize the resolution estimation of a new map is still an open problem...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782019/tracking-infiltration-front-depth-using-time-lapse-multi-offset-gathers-collected-with-array-antenna-ground-penetrating-radar
#6
Hirotaka Saito, Seiichiro Kuroda, Toshiki Iwasaki, Haruyuki Fujimaki, Nobuhito Nagai, Jacopo Sala
A Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) system based on a ground-coupled, densely populated antenna array was used to collect data during an infiltration experiment conducted at a test site near the Tottori Sand Dune, Japan. The antenna array used in this study consists of 10 transmitting antennas (Tx) and 11 receiving antennas (Rx). For this experiment, the system was configured to use all possible Tx-Rx pairings, resulting in a Multi-Offset Gather (MOG) consisting of 110 Tx-Rx combinations. The array was left stationary at a position directly above the infiltration area and data were collected every 1...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781940/alpha-actinin-3-r577x-polymorphism-influences-muscle-damage-and-hormonal-responses-after-a-soccer-game
#7
Daniel B Coelho, Eduardo M Pimenta, Izinara C Rosse, Christiano Veneroso, Guilherme De Azambuja Pussieldi, Lenice K Becker, Emerson C Oliveira, Maria R S Carvalho, Emerson Silami-Garcia
Coelho, DB, Pimenta, EM, Rosse, IC, Veneroso, C, Pussieldi, GDA, Becker, LK, De Oliveira, EC, Carvalho, MRS, and Silami-Garcia, E. Alpha-actinin-3 R577X polymorphism influences muscle damage and hormonal responses after a soccer game. J Strength Cond Res XX(X): 000-000, 2018-The purpose of this study was to evaluate indicators of muscle damage and hormonal responses after soccer matches and its relation to alpha-actinin-3 (ACTN3) gene expression (XX vs. RR/RX), considering that the R allele produces alpha-actinin-3 and provides greater muscle strength and power...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779191/consequences-of-structural-modifications-in-cytochrome-b-559-on-the-electron-acceptor-side-of-photosystem-ii
#8
Makoto Nakamura, Alain Boussac, Miwa Sugiura
Cytb559 in Photosystem II is a heterodimeric b-type cytochrome. The subunits, PsbE and PsbF, consist each in a membrane α-helix. Mutants were previously designed and studied in Thermosynechococcus elongatus (Sugiura et al., Biochim Biophys Acta 1847:276-285, 2015) either in which an axial histidine ligand of the haem-iron was substituted for a methionine, the PsbE/H23M mutant in which the haem was lacking, or in which the haem environment was modified, the PsbE/Y19F and PsbE/T26P mutants. All these mutants remained active showing that the haem has no structural role provided that PsbE and PsbF subunits are present...
May 19, 2018: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779042/combining-theoretical-and-experimental-data-to-decipher-cftr-3d-structures-and-functions
#9
Brice Hoffmann, Ahmad Elbahnsi, Pierre Lehn, Jean-Luc Décout, Fabio Pietrucci, Jean-Paul Mornon, Isabelle Callebaut
Cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) has recently provided invaluable experimental data about the full-length cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) 3D structure. However, this experimental information deals with inactive states of the channel, either in an apo, quiescent conformation, in which nucleotide-binding domains (NBDs) are widely separated or in an ATP-bound, yet closed conformation. Here, we show that 3D structure models of the open and closed forms of the channel, now further supported by metadynamics simulations and by comparison with the cryo-EM data, could be used to gain some insights into critical features of the conformational transition toward active CFTR forms...
May 19, 2018: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777103/bacterial-encapsulins-as-orthogonal-compartments-for-mammalian-cell-engineering
#10
Felix Sigmund, Christoph Massner, Philipp Erdmann, Anja Stelzl, Hannes Rolbieski, Mitul Desai, Sarah Bricault, Tobias P Wörner, Joost Snijder, Arie Geerlof, Helmut Fuchs, Martin Hrabĕ de Angelis, Albert J R Heck, Alan Jasanoff, Vasilis Ntziachristos, Jürgen Plitzko, Gil G Westmeyer
We genetically controlled compartmentalization in eukaryotic cells by heterologous expression of bacterial encapsulin shell and cargo proteins to engineer enclosed enzymatic reactions and size-constrained metal biomineralization. The shell protein (EncA) from Myxococcus xanthus auto-assembles into nanocompartments inside mammalian cells to which sets of native (EncB,C,D) and engineered cargo proteins self-target enabling localized bimolecular fluorescence and enzyme complementation. Encapsulation of the enzyme tyrosinase leads to the confinement of toxic melanin production for robust detection via multispectral optoacoustic tomography (MSOT)...
May 18, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776152/analytical-method-for-analysis-of-electromagnetic-scattering-from-inhomogeneous-spherical-structures-using-duality-principles
#11
M Kiani, A Abdolali, M Safari
In this article, an analytical approach is presented for the analysis of electromagnetic (EM) scattering from radially inhomogeneous spherical structures (RISSs) based on the duality principle. According to the spherical symmetry, similar angular dependencies in all the regions are considered using spherical harmonics. To extract the radial dependency, the system of differential equations of wave propagation toward the inhomogeneity direction is equated with the dual planar ones. A general duality between electromagnetic fields and parameters and scattering parameters of the two structures is introduced...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776051/algorithmic-detectability-threshold-of-the-stochastic-block-model
#12
Tatsuro Kawamoto
The assumption that the values of model parameters are known or correctly learned, i.e., the Nishimori condition, is one of the requirements for the detectability analysis of the stochastic block model in statistical inference. In practice, however, there is no example demonstrating that we can know the model parameters beforehand, and there is no guarantee that the model parameters can be learned accurately. In this study, we consider the expectation-maximization (EM) algorithm with belief propagation (BP) and derive its algorithmic detectability threshold...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775990/cox-model-with-interval-censored-covariate-in-cohort-studies
#13
Soohyun Ahn, Johan Lim, Myunghee Cho Paik, Ralph L Sacco, Mitchell S Elkind
In cohort studies the outcome is often time to a particular event, and subjects are followed at regular intervals. Periodic visits may also monitor a secondary irreversible event influencing the event of primary interest, and a significant proportion of subjects develop the secondary event over the period of follow-up. The status of the secondary event serves as a time-varying covariate, but is recorded only at the times of the scheduled visits, generating incomplete time-varying covariates. While information on a typical time-varying covariate is missing for entire follow-up period except the visiting times, the status of the secondary event are unavailable only between visits where the status has changed, thus interval-censored...
May 18, 2018: Biometrical Journal. Biometrische Zeitschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772406/fertility-pregnancy-and-clinical-outcomes-after-uterine-arteriovenous-malformation-management
#14
Sophie Delplanque, Maela Le Lous, Maïa Proisy, Yolaine Joueidi, Estelle Bauville, Celine Rozel, Eugénie Beraud, Bertrand Bruneau, Jean Levêque, Vincent Lavoué, Krystel Nyangoh Timoh
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To evaluate fertility, pregnancy, and clinical outcomes after uterine arteriovenous malformation (UAVM) management. DESIGN: Single-center retrospective study from January 2000 to July 2017. (Canadian task force III). SETTING: One referral center. PATIENTS: Twenty-two patients with a UAVM diagnosed by Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) or Computed Tomography (CT) angiography and managed by Expectant Management (EM) or Uterine Arterial Embolization (UAE) during the study period were included...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771811/use-of-emergency-manuals-during-actual-critical-events-in-china-a-multi-institutional-study
#15
Jeffrey Huang, Jiayan Wu, Christina Dai, Xianwei Zhang, Hui Ju, Yiqi Chen, Chunyuan Zhang, Fan Ye, Yi Tan, Yongbo Zong, Telong Liu
INTRODUCTION: Emergency manuals (EMs) can help healthcare providers respond to crises more efficiently. Three anesthesia EMs have been translated into Chinese. These EMs have been made publicly available as a free document downloadable in China. A year after these Chinese versions of EMs were published, we conducted a multi-institutional survey in China to assess the progress of how well EM had been adapted and used in the setting of critical events. METHODS: Our study used a multi-institutional, anonymous electronic survey...
May 16, 2018: Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771342/recent-progress-in-structural-biology-lessons-from-our-research-history
#16
Ryo Nitta, Tsuyoshi Imasaki, Eriko Nitta
The recent 'resolution revolution' in structural analyses of cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) has drastically changed the research strategy for structural biology. In addition to X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, cryo-EM has achieved the structural analysis of biological molecules at near-atomic resolution, resulting in the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2017. The effect of this revolution has spread within the biology and medical science fields affecting everything from basic research to pharmaceutical development by visualizing atomic structure...
May 16, 2018: Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770257/toeplitz-inverse-covariance-based-clustering-of-multivariate-time-series-data
#17
David Hallac, Sagar Vare, Stephen Boyd, Jure Leskovec
Subsequence clustering of multivariate time series is a useful tool for discovering repeated patterns in temporal data. Once these patterns have been discovered, seemingly complicated datasets can be interpreted as a temporal sequence of only a small number of states, or clusters . For example, raw sensor data from a fitness-tracking application can be expressed as a timeline of a select few actions ( i.e. , walking, sitting, running). However, discovering these patterns is challenging because it requires simultaneous segmentation and clustering of the time series...
August 2017: KDD: Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769396/bulk-electroporation-mediated-gene-transfer-into-xenopus-tadpole-brain
#18
Cristina Sáenz de Miera, Ethan Parr, Robert J Denver
In vivo gene transfer is a powerful tool for investigating protein function and gene regulation in living organisms. Delivery of plasmid DNA to the brain of Xenopus tadpoles by bulk electroporation-mediated (EM) gene transfer can be used to study the effects of ectopic gene expression on development, physiology, and behavior. It can also be used to mark cells for lineage tracing, investigate the in vivo function of gene regulatory elements when linked to a reporter gene, and introduce mutations into the genome of transfected cells, among other applications...
May 16, 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768232/enhanced-wound-healing-activity-of-ag-zno-composite-nps-in-wistar-albino-rats
#19
Sravani Kantipudi, Jhansi Rani Sunkara, Muralikrishna Rallabhandi, Chandi Vishala Thonangi, Raga Deepthi Cholla, Pratap Kollu, Madhu Kiran Parvathaneni, Sri Venkata Narayana Pammi
In the present study, silver (Ag) and Ag-zinc oxide (ZnO) composite nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesised and studied their wound-healing efficacy on rat model. Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy of AgNPs displayed an intense surface plasmon (SP) resonance absorption at 450 nm. After the addition of aqueous Zn acetate solution, SP resonance band has shown at 413.2 nm indicating a distinct blue shift of about 37 nm. X-ray diffraction analysis Ag-ZnO composite NPs displayed existence of two mixed sets of diffraction peaks, i...
June 2018: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768202/sensory-neuropathy-causing-mutations-in-atl3-cause-aberrant-er-membrane-tethering
#20
Michiel Krols, Sammy Detry, Bob Asselbergh, Leonardo Almeida-Souza, Anna Kremer, Saskia Lippens, Riet De Rycke, Vicky De Winter, Franz-Josef Müller, Ingo Kurth, Harvey T McMahon, Savvas N Savvides, Vincent Timmerman, Sophie Janssens
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is a complex network of sheets and tubules that is continuously remodeled. The relevance of this membrane dynamics is underscored by the fact that mutations in atlastins (ATLs), the ER fusion proteins in mammals, cause neurodegeneration. How defects in this process disrupt neuronal homeostasis is unclear. Using electron microscopy (EM) volume reconstruction of transfected cells, neurons, and patient fibroblasts, we show that hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy (HSAN)-causing ATL3 mutants promote aberrant ER tethering hallmarked by bundles of laterally attached ER tubules...
May 15, 2018: Cell Reports
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