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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915466/impedance-and-admittance-control-for-respiratory-motion-compensation-during-robotic-needle-insertion-a-preliminary-test
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Yeoun Jae Kim, Jong Hyun Seo, Hong Rae Kim, Kwang Gi Kim
BACKGROUND: Many robotic needle-biopsy systems have been developed to enhance the accuracy of needle-biopsy intervention. These systems can reduce the intervention time and the radiation exposure of clinicians. However, respiratory-motion compensation is needed to ensure the accuracy and efficiency of needle biopsy intervention. METHODS: Human respiratory-motion data were acquired using three inertial measurement units (IMUs), and respiratory motion was simulated using the Stewart-Gough platform...
December 4, 2016: International Journal of Medical Robotics + Computer Assisted Surgery: MRCAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915414/brownification-increases-winter-mortality-in-fish
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Per Hedström, David Bystedt, Jan Karlsson, Folmer Bokma, Pär Byström
In northern climates, winter is a bottleneck for many organisms. Low light and resource availability constrains individual foraging rates, potentially leading to starvation and increased mortality. Increasing input of humic substances to aquatic ecosystems causes brownification of water and hence a further decrease of light availability, which may lead to further decreased foraging rates and starvation mortality during winter. To test this hypothesis, we measured the effects of experimentally increased humic water input on consumption and survival of young-of-the-year three-spined stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) over winter in large outdoor enclosures...
December 3, 2016: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915413/resource-partitioning-by-evergreen-and-deciduous-species-in-a-tropical-dry-forest
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Juan C Álvarez-Yépiz, Alberto Búrquez, Angelina Martínez-Yrízar, Mark Teece, Enrico A Yépez, Martin Dovciak
Niche differentiation can lead to coexistence of plant species by partitioning limiting resources. Light partitioning promotes niche differentiation in tropical humid forests, but it is unclear how niche partitioning occurs in tropical dry forests where both light and soil resources can be limiting. We studied the adult niche of four dominant evergreen (cycad, palm) and drought-deciduous (legume, oak) species co-occurring along environmental gradients. We analyzed light intensity and soil fertility effects on key functional traits related to plant carbon and water economy, how these traits determine species' functional strategies, and how these strategies relate to relative species abundance and spatial patterns...
December 3, 2016: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915403/a-simple-approach-for-the-development-of-urban-climatic-maps-based-on-the-urban-characteristics-in-tainan-taiwan
#4
Yu-Cheng Chen, Tzu-Ping Lin, Chien-Ting Lin
Motivated by the increasing thermal load in urban environment, this work established Urban Climatic map (UCmap) focusing on thermal environment issues based on urban development factors, e.g., land cover and building characteristics, representing thermal load of human body and ventilation path in the urban structures. In the established process of UCmap in this work, Tainan city, which is a highly developed city in southern Taiwan, is selected as the research area. A 50-m resolution grid is used to capture urban development factors and the climate data based on 1 year of mobile and fix-point measurements, from which the thermal load and the wind environment map are constructed...
December 3, 2016: International Journal of Biometeorology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915381/regulation-of-non-homologous-end-joining-via-post-translational-modifications-of-components-of-the-ligation-step
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REVIEW
Kristína Durdíková, Miroslav Chovanec
DNA double-strand breaks are the most serious type of DNA damage and non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) is an important pathway for their repair. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, three complexes mediate the canonical NHEJ pathway, Ku (Ku70/Ku80), MRX (Mre11/Rad50/Xrs2) and DNA ligase IV (Dnl4/Lif1). Mammalian NHEJ is more complex, primarily as a consequence of the fact that more factors are involved in the process, and also because higher chromatin organization and more complex regulatory networks exist in mammals...
December 3, 2016: Current Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915358/improving-quality-and-reducing-waste-in-allied-health-workplace-education-programs-a-pragmatic-operational-education-framework-approach
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Janet Golder, Melanie K Farlie, Samantha Sevenhuysen
BACKGROUND: Efficient utilisation of education resources is required for the delivery of effective learning opportunities for allied health professionals. This study aimed to develop an education framework to support delivery of high-quality education within existing education resources. METHODS: This study was conducted in a large metropolitan health service. Homogenous and purposive sampling methods were utilised in Phase 1 (n=43) and 2 (n=14) consultation stages...
2016: Journal of Allied Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915354/some-thoughts-on-the-future-of-libraries-journals-impact-factors-and-replicability
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EDITORIAL
Thomas W Elwood
A report on the "The Future of Libraries" is the outcome of a year's worth of discussions among faculty members, staff, and students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. While its findings and recommendations still are preliminary, the report presents a vision of the library as an "open global platform" that provides access to information to help solve global challenges. Digital access already has changed the face of research, making it more efficient for individual library users. Instead of going to a library building today to find and read books and journal articles, students and faculty access, organize, and read scholarly content on their own electronic devices...
2016: Journal of Allied Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915232/quantitative-profiling-of-selective-sox-pou-pairing-on-hundreds-of-sequences-in-parallel-by-coop-seq
#8
Yiming K Chang, Yogesh Srivastava, Caizhen Hu, Adam Joyce, Xiaoxiao Yang, Zheng Zuo, James J Havranek, Gary D Stormo, Ralf Jauch
Cooperative binding of transcription factors is known to be important in the regulation of gene expression programs conferring cellular identities. However, current methods to measure cooperativity parameters have been laborious and therefore limited to studying only a few sequence variants at a time. We developed Coop-seq (cooperativity by sequencing) that is capable of efficiently and accurately determining the cooperativity parameters for hundreds of different DNA sequences in a single experiment. We apply Coop-seq to 12 dimer pairs from the Sox and POU families of transcription factors using 324 unique sequences with changed half-site orientation, altered spacing and discrete randomization within the binding elements...
December 2, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915231/predominant-role-of-dna-polymerase-eta-and-p53-dependent-translesion-synthesis-in-the-survival-of-ultraviolet-irradiated-human-cells
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Leticia K Lerner, Guilherme Francisco, Daniela T Soltys, Clarissa R R Rocha, Annabel Quinet, Alexandre T Vessoni, Ligia P Castro, Taynah I P David, Silvina O Bustos, Bryan E Strauss, Vanesa Gottifredi, Anne Stary, Alain Sarasin, Roger Chammas, Carlos F M Menck
Genome lesions trigger biological responses that help cells manage damaged DNA, improving cell survival. Pol eta is a translesion synthesis (TLS) polymerase that bypasses lesions that block replicative polymerases, avoiding continued stalling of replication forks, which could lead to cell death. p53 also plays an important role in preventing cell death after ultraviolet (UV) light exposure. Intriguingly, we show that p53 does so by favoring translesion DNA synthesis by pol eta. In fact, the p53-dependent induction of pol eta in normal and DNA repair-deficient XP-C human cells after UV exposure has a protective effect on cell survival after challenging UV exposures, which was absent in p53- and Pol H-silenced cells...
December 2, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915226/subthalamic-nucleus-stimulation-and-gait-in-parkinson-s-disease-a-not-always-fruitful-relationship
#10
REVIEW
Giovanni Cossu, Massimiliano Pau
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus (STN) provides efficient treatment for the alleviation of motor signs in patients with advanced Parkinson's disease (PD), but its specific effects on gait is sometimes less successful as it may even lead to an aggravation of freezing of gait. To better understand when axial symptoms can be expected to improve and when they may worsen or be resistant to STN-DBS, we propose here a narrative review that considers the recent literature evidences based on instrumental gait analysis data...
November 27, 2016: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915208/maximizing-the-impact-of-physiologically-based-oral-absorption-modeling-and-simulation
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John I Chung, Ron C Kelly, Jan Wahlstrom, Benjamin Wu, Tian Wu, Fernando Alvarez-Nunez
The challenge of bringing innovative medicines to patients in combination with intense competition within the pharmaceutical industry have induced companies to develop quality medicines more efficiently and cost-effectively. State-of-the art approaches to advance drug development have never been so urgent. One such approach that has been gaining traction within the industry is the application of modeling and simulation. In this commentary, the benefits of physiologically-based oral absorption (PBOA) modeling and simulation in drug development are highlighted and suggestions for maximizing its impact are provided...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915199/deep-eutectic-solvents-as-green-media-for-extraction-of-flavonoid-glycosides-and-aglycones-from-platycladi-cacumen
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Bo Zhuang, Li-Li Dou, Ping Li, E-Hu Liu
Deep eutectic solvents (DESs) are emerging as alternatives to conventional ionic liquids and organic solvents due to their unique advantages. In the present study, the tuneability of DESs as tailor-made solvents to efficiently extract polar and non-polar bioactive compounds from Platycladi Cacumen was detailedly investigated. Totally 12 types of choline chloride-, betaine-, and l-proline-based DESs were synthesized for initial screening, and extraction conditions was optimized by single-factor experiment. Experiments with different DESs and principal components analysis demonstrated that the extractability of both flavonoid glycosides and aglycones was greater with certain designed DESs than conventional solvents...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915196/identification-and-characterization-of-a-new-dapoxetine-impurity-by-nmr-transformation-of-n-oxide-by-cope-elimination
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András Darcsi, Ákos Rácz, Szabolcs Béni
Unknown impurity associated with the degradation process of dapoxetine base was isolated. The structure elucidation of this new compound using accurate mass data, IR and NMR spectroscopy is presented herein. The unambiguous resonance assignment concluded to the formation of geometrical isomers of cinnamyloxynaphtalenes via Cope elimination of dapoxetin-N-oxide, the major oxidative and metabolic degradation product of dapoxetine. An efficient and simple synthetic approach has also been developed for the synthesis of dapoxetine-N-oxide for the first time and cinnamyloxynaphtalene in order to confirm the proposed degradation pathway and structures of the degradation products...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915192/the-profiling-of-the-metabolites-of-hirsutine-in-rat-by-ultra-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-coupled-with-linear-ion-trap-orbitrap-mass-spectrometry-an-improved-strategy-for-the-systematic-screening-and-identification-of-metabolites-in-multi-samples
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Jianwei Wang, Peng Qi, Jinjun Hou, Yao Shen, Min Yang, Qirui Bi, Yanping Deng, Xiaojian Shi, Ruihong Feng, Zijin Feng, Wanying Wu, Dean Guo
Drug metabolites identification and construction of metabolic profile are meaningful work for the drug discovery and development. The great challenge during this process is the work of the structural clarification of possible metabolites in the complicated biological matrix, which often resulting in a huge amount data sets, especially in multi-samples in vivo. Analyzing these complex data manually is time-consuming and laborious. The object of this study was to develop a practical strategy for screening and identifying of metabolites from multiple biological samples efficiently...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915188/combined-cluster-and-discriminant-analysis-an-efficient-chemometric-approach-in-diesel-fuel-characterization
#15
Márton Novák, Dóra Palya, Zsolt Bodai, Zoltán Nyiri, Norbert Magyar, József Kovács, Zsuzsanna Eke
Combined cluster and discriminant analysis (CCDA) as a chemometric tool in compound specific isotope analysis of diesel fuels was studied. The stable carbon isotope ratios (δ(13)C) of n-alkanes in diesel fuel can be used to characterize or differentiate diesels originating from different sources. We investigated 25 diesel fuel samples representing 20 different brands. The samples were collected from 25 different service stations in 11 European countries over a 2 year period. The n-alkane fraction of diesel fuels was separated using solid-state urea clathrate formation combined with silica gel fractionation...
November 23, 2016: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915186/role-of-the-purinergic-signaling-in-epilepsy
#16
REVIEW
Marek Cieślak, Andrzej Wojtczak, Michał Komoszyński
Adenine nucleotides and adenosine are signaling molecules that activate purinergic receptors P1 and P2. Activation of A1 adenosine receptors has an anticonvulsant action, whereas activation of A2A receptors might initiate seizures. Therefore, a significant limitation to the use of A1 receptor agonists as drugs in the CNS might be their peripheral side effects. The anti-epileptic activity of adenosine is related to its increased concentration outside the cell. This increase might result from the inhibition of the equilibrative nucleoside transporters (ENTs)...
September 22, 2016: Pharmacological Reports: PR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915180/self-primed-isothermal-amplification-for-genomic-dna-detection-of-human-papillomavirus
#17
Wei Lu, Qingpan Yuan, Zhiliu Yang, Bo Yao
Rolling circle amplification (RCA) is an isothermal amplification technique with high efficiency and perfect accuracy for nucleic acids detection. However, RCA technique suffers the limitation to detect short DNA or RNA molecules. For long nucleic acid molecules, enzymatic restriction as well as heat denaturation process is usually required, which makes the amplification not effective and strictly isothermal. In this article, a simple and efficient one-pot self-primed isothermal amplification (SIA) was developed for detection of genomic DNA directly based on the combination of nicking endonuclease assisted strand displacement amplification (SDA) and exponential RCA...
October 10, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915172/dark-chilling-induces-substantial-structural-changes-and-modifies-galactolipid-and-carotenoid-composition-during-chloroplast-biogenesis-in-cucumber-cucumis-sativus-l-cotyledons
#18
Joanna Skupień, Joanna Wójtowicz, Łucja Kowalewska, Radosław Mazur, Maciej Garstka, Katarzyna Gieczewska, Agnieszka Mostowska
Plants in a temperate climate are often subject to different environmental factors, chilling stress among them, which influence the growth especially during early stages of plant development. Chloroplasts are one of the first organelles affected by the chilling stress. Therefore the proper biogenesis of chloroplasts in early stages of plant growth is crucial for undertaking the photosynthetic activity. In this paper, the analysis of the cotyledon chloroplast biogenesis at different levels of plastid organization was performed in cucumber, one of the most popular chilling sensitive crops...
November 28, 2016: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915103/ammonia-modified-graphene-sheets-decorated-with-magnetic-fe3o4-nanoparticles-for-the-photocatalytic-and-photo-fenton-degradation-of-phenolic-compounds-under-sunlight-irradiation
#19
Purna K Boruah, Bhagyasmeeta Sharma, Indrapal Karbhal, Manjusha V Shelke, Manash R Das
Synthesis of easily separable and eco-friendly efficient catalyst with both photocatalytic and photo-Fenton degradation properties is of great importance for environment remediation application. Herein, ammonia-modified graphene (AG) sheets decorated with Fe3O4 nanoparticles (AG/Fe3O4) as a magnetically recoverable photocatalyst by a simple in situ solution chemistry approach. First, we have functionalized graphene oxide (GO) sheets by amide functional group and then Fe3O4 nanoparticles (NPs) are doped onto the functionalized GO surface...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27915102/transformation-of-hexabromocyclododecane-in-contaminated-soil-in-association-with-microbial-diversity
#20
Thao Thanh Le, Min-Hui Son, In-Huyn Nam, Hakwon Yoon, Yu-Gyeong Kang, Yoon-Seok Chang
This study evaluated the transformation of 1,2,5,6,9,10-hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) in soil under various conditions. Under anaerobic conditions for 21days, 34% of the total HBCD was reduced from rhizosphere soil containing humic acid, and 35% of the total HBCD was reduced from the non-rhizosphere soil; under aerobic conditions, 29% and 57-60% of the total HBCD were reduced from the same soil types after 40days. Three HBCD isomers (α-, β-, and γ-HBCD) were separately analyzed for their isomeric effects on transformation...
November 21, 2016: Journal of Hazardous Materials
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