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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550813/a-reliable-sewage-quality-abnormal-event-monitoring-system
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Tianling Li, Melissa Winnel, Hao Lin, Jared Panther, Chang Liu, Roger O'Halloran, Kewen Wang, Taicheng An, Po Keung Wong, Shanqing Zhang, Huijun Zhao
With closing water loop through purified recycled water, wastewater becomes a part of source water, requiring reliable wastewater quality monitoring system (WQMS) to manage wastewater source and mitigate potential health risks. However, the development of reliable WQMS is fatally constrained by severe contamination and biofouling of sensors due to the hostile analytical environment of wastewaters, especially raw sewages, that challenges the limit of existing sensing technologies. In this work, we report a technological solution to enable the development of WQMS for real-time abnormal event detection with high reliability and practicality...
May 20, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550749/a-novel-non-enzymatic-glucose-sensor-based-on-the-modification-of-carbon-paste-electrode-with-cuo-nanoflower-designing-the-experiments-by-response-surface-methodology-rsm
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Zahra Amani-Beni, Alireza Nezamzadeh-Ejhieh
A non enzymatic modified electrode was constructed based on the modification of carbon paste electrode with CuO nanoflower (CuO-CPE). The raw and modified samples were characterized by XRD, TEM, SEM-EDX and X-ray mapping techniques. The proposed CuO-CPE showed a well voltammetric peak pair in cyclic voltammetry which of peak currents were decreased in the presence of glucose. Hence, this decrease in peak current was used for voltammetric determination of glucose. To evaluate interactions between the influencing variables, experiments were designed by response surface methodology (RSM) and the results showed CuO%-pH have the most effect on square wave voltammetric response...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550739/optimal-design-of-nanowire-field-effect-troponin-sensors
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Amirreza Khodadadian, Kiarash Hosseini, Ali Manzour-Ol-Ajdad, Marjan Hedayati, Reza Kalantarinejad, Clemens Heitzinger
We propose a design strategy for affinity-based biosensors using nanowires for sensing and measuring biomarker concentration in biological samples. Such sensors have been shown to have superior properties compared to conventional biosensors in terms of LOD (limit of detection), response time, cost, and size. However, there are several parameters affecting the performance of such devices that must be determined. In order to solve the design problem, we have developed a comprehensive model based on stochastic transport equations that makes it possible to optimize the sensing behavior...
May 20, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550503/secure-data-aggregation-in-wireless-sensor-network-fujisaki-okamoto-fo-authentication-scheme-against-sybil-attack
#4
K Nirmal Raja, M Maraline Beno
In the wireless sensor network(WSN) security is a major issue. There are several network security schemes proposed in research. In the network, malicious nodes obstruct the performance of the network. The network can be vulnerable by Sybil attack. When a node illicitly assertions multiple identities or claims fake IDs, the WSN grieves from an attack named Sybil attack. This attack threatens wireless sensor network in data aggregation, synchronizing system, routing, fair resource allocation and misbehavior detection...
July 2017: Journal of Medical Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550423/tactile-feedback-is-an-effective-instrument-for-the-training-of-grasping-with-a-prosthesis-at-low-and-medium-force-levels
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Alessandro Marco De Nunzio, Strahinja Dosen, Sabrina Lemling, Marko Markovic, Meike Annika Schweisfurth, Nan Ge, Bernhard Graimann, Deborah Falla, Dario Farina
Grasping is a complex task routinely performed in an anticipatory (feedforward) manner, where sensory feedback is responsible for learning and updating the internal model of grasp dynamics. This study aims at evaluating whether providing a proportional tactile force feedback during the myoelectric control of a prosthesis facilitates learning a stable internal model of the prosthesis force control. Ten able-bodied subjects controlled a sensorized myoelectric prosthesis performing four blocks of consecutive grasps at three levels of target force (30, 50, and 70%), repeatedly closing the fully opened hand...
May 26, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550405/projective-biomechanical-depth-matching-for-soft-tissue-registration-in-laparoscopic-surgery
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Daniel Reichard, Dominik Häntsch, Sebastian Bodenstedt, Stefan Suwelack, Martin Wagner, Hannes Kenngott, Beat Müller-Stich, Lena Maier-Hein, Rüdiger Dillmann, Stefanie Speidel
PURPOSE: A key component of computer- assisted surgery systems is the accurate and robust registration of preoperative planning data with intraoperative sensor data. In laparoscopic surgery, this image-based registration remains challenging due to soft tissue deformations. This paper presents a novel approach for biomechanical soft tissue registration of preoperative CT data with stereo endoscopic image data. METHODS: The proposed method consists of two registrations steps...
May 26, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550314/adaptive-stochastic-resonance-for-unknown-and-variable-input-signals
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Patrick Krauss, Claus Metzner, Achim Schilling, Christian Schütz, Konstantin Tziridis, Ben Fabry, Holger Schulze
All sensors have a threshold, defined by the smallest signal amplitude that can be detected. The detection of sub-threshold signals, however, is possible by using the principle of stochastic resonance, where noise is added to the input signal so that it randomly exceeds the sensor threshold. The choice of an optimal noise level that maximizes the mutual information between sensor input and output, however, requires knowledge of the input signal, which is not available in most practical applications. Here we demonstrate that the autocorrelation of the sensor output alone is sufficient to find this optimal noise level...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550308/fortilin-binds-ire1%C3%AE-and-prevents-er-stress-from-signaling-apoptotic-cell-death
#8
Decha Pinkaew, Abhijnan Chattopadhyay, Matthew D King, Preedakorn Chunhacha, Zhihe Liu, Heather L Stevenson, Yanjie Chen, Patuma Sinthujaroen, Owen M McDougal, Ken Fujise
The endoplasmic reticulum, the cytoplasmic organelle that matures a massive amount of nascent secretory polypeptides, is particularly sensitive to stress. Endoplasmic reticulum stress causes unfolded proteins to populate the organelle, eliciting the unfolded protein response. During the unfolded protein response, GRP78-an endoplasmic reticulum master stress regulator-detaches from three endoplasmic reticulum stress sensors (IRE1α, PERK, and ATF6) and allows them to activate the apoptotic signaling pathway...
May 26, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550301/artefact-free-evaluation-of-metal-enhanced-fluorescence-in-silica-coated-gold-nanoparticles
#9
Tânia Ribeiro, Carlos Baleizão, José Paulo S Farinha
Metal nanoparticles can either quench or enhance the emission of dyes in their vicinity, but the precise measurement and understanding of this effect is still hindered by experimental artifacts, especially for particles in colloidal dispersion. Here, we introduce a new methodology to correct the inner filter effect of the metal on the dye emission. To test the method, we developed new hybrid nanoparticles with a gold core and a silica shell of precise thickness (tuned from 7 to 13 nm), with a high quantum yield perylenediimide dye on the surface...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550178/severity-of-structural-and-functional-right-ventricular-remodeling-depends-on-training-load-in-an-experimental-model-of-endurance-exercise
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Maria Sanz-de la Garza, Cira Rubies, Montserrat Batlle, Bart Bijnens, Lluís Mont, Marta Sitges, Eduard Guasch
An arrhythmogenic right ventricle (RV) remodeling has been reported in response to regular training, but it remains unclear how exercise intensity affects the presence and extent of such remodeling. We aimed at assessing the relationship between RV remodeling and exercise load in a long-term endurance training model. Wistar rats were conditioned to run at moderate (MOD, 45 min, 30cm/s) or intense (INT, 60 min, 60cm/s) workloads for 16 weeks; sedentary rats (SED) served as controls. Cardiac remodeling was assessed with standard echocardiographic and tissue Doppler techniques, sensor-tip pressure catheters and pressure-volume loop analyses...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550060/surface-sensing-for-flagellar-gene-expression-on-solid-media-in-paenibacillus-sp-naist15-1
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Kazuo Kobayashi, Yu Kanesaki, Hirofumi Yoshikawa
A rhizosphere Gram-positive bacterial isolate, Paenibacillus sp. NAIST15-1, exhibits intriguing motility behavior on hard agar media. Paenibacillus sp. shows increased transcription of flagellar genes and hyperflagellation when transferred from liquid to solid media. Hyperflagellated cells form wandering colonies that are capable of moving around on the surface of media containing ≥1.5% agar. Transposon mutagenesis was used to identify genes critical for motility. In addition to flagellar genes, this mutagenesis identified five non-flagellar structural genes that were important for motility...
May 26, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549906/using-potentiometric-free-drug-sensors-to-determine-the-free-concentration-of-ionisable-drugs-in-colloidal-systems
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Thuy Tran, Anjan Chakraborty, Xi Xi, Hugo Bohets, Claus Cornett, Konstantin Tsinman, Thomas Rades, Anette Müllertz
The current study investigates the use of free drug sensors (FDS) to measure free ionized drug concentrations in colloidal systems, including micellar solutions and emulsions and lipid formulations during in vitro lipolysis. Diphenhydramine hydrochloride (DPH) and loperamide hydrochloride (LOP) were selected as model drugs. Self-diffusion nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) studies were performed and confirmed the entrapment of drugs in micelles in Brij 35 and sodium taurodeoxycholate (TDC)/phosphatidylcholine (PC) micellar solutions...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549600/novel-instrumented-probe-for-measuring-3d-pressure-distribution-along-the-vaginal-canal
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Licia P Cacciari, Anice C Pássaro, Amanda C Amorim, Manfred Geuder, Isabel C N Sacco
We developed an intravaginal instrumented probe (covered with a 10×10 matrix of capacitive sensors) for assessing the three-dimensional (3D) spatiotemporal pressure profile of the vaginal canal. The pressure profile was compared to the pelvic floor (PF) digital assessment, and the reliability of the instrument and repeatability of the protocol was tested. We also tested its ability to characterize and differentiate two tasks: PF maximum contraction and Valsalva maneuver (maximum intra-abdominal effort with downward movement of the PF)...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549379/dynamically-tunable-plasmon-induced-transparency-in-on-chip-graphene-based-asymmetrical-nanocavity-coupled-waveguide-system
#14
Pingping Qiu, Weibin Qiu, Zhili Lin, Houbo Chen, Junbo Ren, Jia-Xian Wang, Qiang Kan, Jiao-Qing Pan
A graphene-based on-chip plasmonic nanostructure composed of a plasmonic bus waveguide side-coupled with a U-shaped and a rectangular nanocavities has been proposed and modeled by using the finite element method in this paper. The dynamic tunability of the plasmon-induced transparency (PIT) windows has been investigated. The results reveal that the PIT effects can be tuned via modifying the chemical potential of the nanocavities and plasmonic bus waveguide or by varying the geometrical parameters including the location and width of the rectangular nanocavity...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549168/assessing-the-thermal-dissipation-sap-flux-density-method-for-monitoring-cold-season-water-transport-in-seasonally-snow-covered-forests
#15
Allison M Chan, David R Bowling
Productivity of conifers in seasonally snow-covered forests is high before and during snowmelt when environmental conditions are optimal for photosynthesis. Climate change is altering the timing of spring in many locations, and changes in the date of transition from winter dormancy can have large impacts on annual productivity. Sap flow methods provide a promising approach to monitor tree activity during the cold season and the winter-spring and fall-winter transitions. Although sap flow techniques have been widely used, cold season results are generally not reported...
May 26, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549152/mdsnrk1-1-interacts-with-mdjaz18-to-regulate-sucrose-induced-anthocyanin-and-proanthocyanidin-accumulation-in-apple
#16
Xiao-Juan Liu, Xiu-Hong An, Xin Liu, Da-Gang Hu, Xiao-Fei Wang, Chun-Xiang You, Yu-Jin Hao
Sugars induce anthocyanin biosynthesis in plants. As a conserved energy sensor, SnRK1 (SNF1-related kinase 1) is involved in sucrose-induced anthocyanin accumulation. However, the exact molecular mechanism by which SnRK1 regulates the biosynthesis of anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins (PAs) in response to sucrose in plants is not clear. In this study, it was found that MdSnRK1.1 interacted with MdJAZ18 protein which acts as a repressor in the jasmonate (JA) signaling pathway. MdSnRK1.1 then phosphorylated MdJAZ18 to facilitate its 26S proteasome-mediated degradation, which released MdbHLH3 thereby activating the expression of the regulatory and structural genes, thus finally promoting the biosynthesis of anthocyanins and PAs...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548675/inducible-bcl-2-gene-rna-interference-mediated-by-aptamer-integrated-hdv-ribozyme-switch
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Yuanyuan Zhang, Jine Wang, Hui Cheng, Na Sun, Min Liu, Zhengyan Wu, Renjun Pei
The regulation of RNA interference (RNAi) could be a powerful method for the study of temporal and dose dependent effects of gene expression. In this study, we designed the hepatitis delta virus (HDV) ribozyme with an embedded theophylline aptamer as the sensor domain and the pri-miRNA of endogenous gene Bcl-2 as the effector domain to engineer an RNAi-regulatory device in MCF-7 cells. The system allowed us to control gene expression by adding theophylline into the culture media in a dose dependent fashion...
May 26, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548640/efficacy-of-%C3%AE-lactam-%C3%AE-lactamase-inhibitor-combination-is-linked-to-whib4-mediated-changes-in-redox-physiology-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Saurabh Mishra, Prashant Shukla, Ashima Bhaskar, Kushi Anand, Priyanka Baloni, Rajiv Kumar Jha, Abhilash Mohan, Raju S Rajmani, Valakunja Nagaraja, Nagasuma Chandra, Amit Singh
Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) expresses a broad-spectrum β-lactamase (BlaC) that mediates resistance to one of the highly effective antibacterials, β-lactams. Nonetheless, β-lactams showed mycobactericidal activity in combination with β-lactamase inhibitor, clavulanate (Clav). However, the mechanistic aspects of how Mtb responds to β-lactams such as Amoxicillin in combination with Clav (referred as Augmentin [AG]) are not clear. Here, we identified cytoplasmic redox potential and intracellular redox sensor, WhiB4, as key determinants of mycobacterial resistance against AG...
May 26, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548485/clinically-relevant-detection-of-streptococcus-pneumoniae-with-dna-antibody-nanostructures
#19
Jinping Wang, May Ching Leong, Eric Zhewei Leong, Win Sen Kuan, David T Leong
Streptococcus pneumoniae (SP) is a pathogenic bacterium and a major cause of community-acquired pneumonia that could be fatal if left untreated. Therefore, rapid and sensitive detection of SP is crucial to enable targeted treatment during SP infections. In this study, DNA tetrahedron (DNA TH) with a hollow structure is anchored on gold electrodes to construct an electrochemical immunosensor for rapid detection of pneumococcal surface protein A (PspA) peptide and SP lysate from synthetic and actual human samples...
May 26, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548349/head-withers-and-pelvic-movement-asymmetry-and-their-relative-timing-in-trot-in-racing-thoroughbreds-in-training
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T Pfau, K Noordwijk, M F Sepulveda Caviedes, E Persson-Sjodin, A Barstow, B Forbes, M Rhodin
BACKGROUND: Horses show compensatory head movement in hindlimb lameness and compensatory pelvis movement in forelimb lameness but little is known about the relationship of withers movement symmetry with head and pelvic asymmetry in horses with naturally occurring gait asymmetries. Objectives To document head, withers and pelvic movement asymmetry and timing differences in horses with naturally occurring gait asymmetries. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of gait data...
May 26, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
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