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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092921/the-ligand-sas-and-its-receptor-ptp10d-drive-tumour-suppressive-cell-competition
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Masatoshi Yamamoto, Shizue Ohsawa, Kei Kunimasa, Tatsushi Igaki
Normal epithelial cells often exert anti-tumour effects against nearby oncogenic cells. In the Drosophila imaginal epithelium, clones of oncogenic cells with loss-of-function mutations in the apico-basal polarity genes scribble or discs large are actively eliminated by cell competition when surrounded by wild-type cells. Although c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) signalling plays a crucial role in this cell elimination, the initial event, which occurs at the interface between normal cells and polarity-deficient cells, has not previously been identified...
January 16, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092759/effects-of-donor-proliferation-in-development-aid-for-health-on-health-program-performance-a-conceptual-framework
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REVIEW
Sarah Wood Pallas, Jennifer Prah Ruger
Development aid for health increased dramatically during the past two decades, raising concerns about inefficiency and lack of coherence among the growing number of global health donors. However, we lack a framework for how donor proliferation affects health program performance to inform theory-based evaluation of aid effectiveness policies. A review of academic and gray literature was conducted. Data were extracted from the literature sample on study design and evidence for hypothesized effects of donor proliferation on health program performance, which were iteratively grouped into categories and mapped into a new conceptual framework...
January 4, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092616/generation-and-characterization-of-a-monoclonal-antibody-against-duck-tembusu-virus-envelope-protein
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K Han, D Zhao, Y Liu, Q Liu, X Huang, J Yang, K Bi, T Xu, Y Li
Duck Tembusu virus (DTMUV) is a newly emerging pathogenic flavivirus that has caused massive economic losses to the duck industry in China. Envelope (E) protein of DTMUV is an important structural protein, which is able to induce protective immune response in target animals and can be used as specific serological diagnosis tool. In this study, a novel monoclonal antibody, designated mAb 3E9, was generated against DTMUV E protein. It is positive in indirect ELISA against both His-E protein and the purified whole viral antigen...
December 1, 2016: Polish Journal of Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092596/a-general-framework-of-dynamic-constrained-multiobjective-evolutionary-algorithms-for-constrained-optimization
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Sanyou Zeng, Ruwang Jiao, Changhe Li, Xi Li, Jawdat S Alkasassbeh
A novel multiobjective technique is proposed for solving constrained optimization problems (COPs) in this paper. The method highlights three different perspectives: 1) a COP is converted into an equivalent dynamic constrained multiobjective optimization problem (DCMOP) with three objectives: a) the original objective; b) a constraint-violation objective; and c) a niche-count objective; 2) a method of gradually reducing the constraint boundary aims to handle the constraint difficulty; and 3) a method of gradually reducing the niche size aims to handle the multimodal difficulty...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092554/graph-laplacian-regularization-for-image-denoising-analysis-in-the-continuous-domain
#5
Jiahao Pang, Gene Cheung
Inverse imaging problems are inherently underdetermined, and hence it is important to employ appropriate image priors for regularization. One recent popular prior- the graph Laplacian regularizer-assumes that the target pixel patch is smooth with respect to an appropriately chosen graph. However, the mechanisms and implications of imposing the graph Laplacian regularizer on the original inverse problem are not well understood. To address this problem, in this paper we interpret neighborhood graphs of pixel patches as discrete counterparts of Riemannian manifolds and perform analysis in the continuous domain, providing insights into several fundamental aspects of graph Laplacian regularization for image denoising...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092544/discriminative-multi-view-interactive-image-re-ranking
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Jun Li, Chang Xu, Wankou Yang, Changyin Sun, Dacheng Tao
-Given unreliable visual patterns and insufficient query information, content-based image retrieval (CBIR) is often suboptimal and requires image re-ranking using auxiliary information. In this paper, we propose Discriminative Multi-view INTeractive Image Re-ranking (DMINTIR), which integrates User Relevance Feedback (URF) capturing users' intentions and multiple features that sufficiently describe the images. In DMINTIR, heterogeneous property features are incorporated in the multi-view learning scheme to exploit their complementarities...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092530/feasibility-of-multi-plane-transmit-beamforming-for-real-time-volumetric-cardiac-imaging-a-simulation-study
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Yinran Chen, Ling Tong, Alejandra Ortega, Jianwen Luo, Jan D'hooge
Today's three-dimensional (3-D) cardiac ultrasound imaging systems suffer from relatively low spatial and temporal resolution, limiting their applicability in daily clinical practice. To address this problem, 3-D diverging wave imaging with spatial coherent compounding (DWC) as well as 3-D multi-line-transmit (MLT) imaging have recently been proposed. Currently, the former improves the temporal resolution significantly at the expense of image quality and the risk of introducing motion artifacts whereas the latter only provides a moderate gain in volume rate but mostly preserves quality...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092520/robust-matrix-factorization-by-majorization-minimization
#8
Zhouchen Lin, Chen Xu, Hongbin Zha
L1-norm based low rank matrix factorization in the presence of missing data and outliers remains a hot topic in computer vision. Due to non-convexity and non-smoothness, all the existing methods either lack scalability or robustness, or have no theoretical guarantee on convergence. In this paper, we apply the Majorization Minimization technique to solve this problem. At each iteration, we upper bound the original function with a strongly convex surrogate. By minimizing the surrogate and updating the iterates accordingly, the objective function has sufficient decrease, which is stronger than just being non-increasing that other methods could offer...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092440/molecular-interactions-between-graphene-and-biological-molecules
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Xingquan Zou, Shuai Wei, Joshua Jasensky, Minyu Xiao, Qiuming Wang, Charles L Brooks, Zhan Chen
Applications of graphene have extended into areas of nanobio-technology such as nanobio-medicine, nanobio-sensing, as well as nanoelectronics with biomolecules. These applications involve interactions between proteins, peptides, DNA, RNA etc. and graphene, therefore understanding such molecular interactions is essential. For example, many applications based on using graphene and peptides require peptides to interact with (e.g., noncovalently bind to) graphene at one end, while simultaneously exposing the other end to the surrounding medium (e...
January 16, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092165/recommendations-for-best-disinfectant-practices-to-reduce-the-spread-of-infection-via-wrestling-mats
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Linda Mull Young, Vicki Abram Motz, Emily R Markey, Suzanne C Young, Ronald E Beaschler
CONTEXT:  At the request of the National Wrestling Coaches Association and the head wrestling coach at our university, we conducted a study of infection transmission in collegiate wrestlers. OBJECTIVE:  To examine disinfectant effectiveness and develop best-practice guidelines for minimizing the spread of skin infections via wrestling mats. DESIGN:  Controlled laboratory study and crossover study. SETTING:  Laboratory and two 15-college wrestling invitational meets...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Athletic Training
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092144/exergaming-boxing-versus-heavy-bag-boxing-are-these-equipotent-for-individuals-with-spinal-cord-injury
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Maziah Mat Rosly, Hadi Mat Rosly, Nazirah Hasnan, Glen M Davis, Ruby Husain
BACKGROUND: Current strategies for increased physical activity and exercise in individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) face many challenges with regards to maintaining their continuity of participation. Barriers cited often include problems with accessing facilities, mundane, monotonous or boring exercises and expensive equipment that is often not adapted for wheelchair users. AIM: To compare the physiological responses and user preferences between conventional heavy bag boxing against a novel form of video game boxing, known as exergaming boxing...
January 13, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092005/investigation-of-diethylstilbestrol-residue-level-in-human-urine-samples-by-a-specific-monoclonal-antibody
#12
Dai Zhang, Lifang Zhou, Yajing Lei, Zhan Zhou, Jie Zhou, Shuqing Chen
Diethylstilbestrol (DES) is used as a kind of animal feed additive and affects people's health through the food chain. The purpose of this study is to detect the residue level of DES in 576 human urine samples directly. DES-BSA was used to immunize Balb/c mice. The monoclonal antibody was produced by hybridoma that was screened through cell fusion techniques. Finally, we developed the indirect competitive ELISA method to analyze 576 human urine samples from Zhejiang Province, China. The IC50 of this method was 3...
January 14, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091929/perception-of-injury-risk-among-amateur-muay-thai-fighters
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Stephen Strotmeyer, Reidar P Lystad
BACKGROUND: Muay Thai is a style of kickboxing that allows full-contact blows to an unprotected head, torso and legs, and, as in any combat sport, there is an inherent risk of injury. Previous observational studies have shown there is a substantial risk of injury in competitive kickboxing. None of these studies, however, have investigated the potential role of psychological risk factors and, consequently, little is known about the perception of injury risk among these athletes. Notwithstanding the important role risk perception may play in the occurrence and prevention of sports injuries, there is very limited empirical data pertaining to athletes in full-contact combat sports such as Muay Thai...
December 2017: Injury Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091567/quantifying-the-relative-contributions-of-different-solute-carriers-to-aggregate-substrate-transport
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Mehdi Taslimifar, Lalita Oparija, Francois Verrey, Vartan Kurtcuoglu, Ufuk Olgac, Victoria Makrides
Determining the contributions of different transporter species to overall cellular transport is fundamental for understanding the physiological regulation of solutes. We calculated the relative activities of Solute Carrier (SLC) transporters using the Michaelis-Menten equation and global fitting to estimate the normalized maximum transport rate for each transporter (Vmax). Data input were the normalized measured uptake of the essential neutral amino acid (AA) L-leucine (Leu) from concentration-dependence assays performed using Xenopus laevis oocytes...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091518/insights-into-the-molecular-basis-of-long-term-storage-and-survival-of-sperm-in-the-honeybee-apis-mellifera
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Ellen Paynter, A Harvey Millar, Mat Welch, Barbara Baer-Imhoof, Danyang Cao, Boris Baer
Honeybee males produce ejaculates consisting of large numbers of high quality sperm. Because queens never re-mate after a single mating episode early in life, sperm are stored in a specialised organ for years but the proximate mechanisms underlying this key physiological adaptation are unknown. We quantified energy metabolism in honeybee sperm and show that the glycolytic metabolite glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate (GA3P) is a key substrate for honeybee sperm survival and energy production. This reliance on non-aerobic energy metabolism in stored sperm was further supported by our findings of very low levels of oxygen inside the spermatheca...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091279/aflatoxin-m1-in-human-breast-milk-in-shahrekord-iran-and-association-with-dietary-factors
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Tina Jafari, Aziz A Fallah, Soleiman Kheiri, Abdolmajid Fadaei, Sayed Asadollah Amini
This survey was conducted to determine the occurrence and levels of aflatoxin M1 (AFM1) in 250 breast milk samples of lactating mothers, obtained from urban and rural regions of Shahrekord, Iran. Moreover, the association between AFM1 occurrence levels and dietary factors were assessed. AFM1 analysis was carried out using the competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) technique for screening and high-performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection (HPLC-FLD) for confirmatory purposes...
January 16, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part B, Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090768/tunneling-control-competition-between-6pi-electrocyclization-and-1-5-h-sigmatropic-shift-reactions-in-tetrahydro-1h-cyclobuta-e-indene-derivatives
#17
Sharmistha Karmakar, Ayan Datta
Direct dynamics calculation using canonical variational transtition state theory (CVT) inclusive of small curvature tunneling (SCT) reveals the influential role of quantum mechanical tunneling (QMT) for 2,2a,5,7b-tetrahydro-1H-cyclobuta[e]indene derivatives (2a-2j) in governing their product selectivity. 2a-2j follow two distinct reaction channels namely 6pi-electrocyclization (2-->3) and [1, 5]H-sigmatropic shift (2-->4) amongst which the activation barrier is higher for [1, 5]H-shift (2-->4) thereby favoring the kinetically controlled product (3a-3j) as anticipated...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090632/identification-of-highly-selective-mmp-14-inhibitory-fabs-by-deep-sequencing
#18
Tyler Lopez, Dong Hyun Nam, Evan Kaihara, Zahid Mustafa, Xin Ge
Matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-14 is an important target for cancer treatment due to its critical roles in tumor invasion and metastasis. Previous failures of all compound-based broad-spectrum MMP inhibitors in clinical trials suggest that selectivity is the key for a successful therapy. With inherent high specificity, monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) therefore arise as attractive inhibitors able to target the particular MMP of interest. As a routine screening method, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) have been applied to panned phage libraries for the isolation of mAbs inhibiting MMP-14...
January 16, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090139/the-blood-antioxidant-defence-capacity-during-intermittent-hypoxic-training-in-elite-swimmers
#19
S Poprzęcki, M Czuba, A Zając, J Karpiński, R Wilk, G Bril, A Maszczyk, M Toborek
The main objective of this study was to examine the chronic effect of simulated intermittent normobaric hypoxia on blood antioxidant defence capacity in swimmers. The study included 14 male and 14 female competitive swimmers performing part of land training under simulated intermittent normobaric hypoxia (O2 = 15.5%) or in normoxia. Land interval training took place twice per week, with a total of 8 training units during the study, performed with individualized intensity. The activities of blood antioxidant enzymes did not change significantly during the first and last training unit in the hypoxic and normoxic group...
December 2016: Biology of Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089946/identification-by-pcr-signature-tagged-mutagenesis-of-attenuated-salmonella-pullorum-mutants-and-corresponding-genes-in-a-chicken-embryo-model
#20
Shizhong Geng, Qin Tian, Rongxian Guo, Yang Jiao, Paul Barrow, Chao Yin, Yaonan Wang, Haopeng Geng, Zhiming Pan, Xinan Jiao
A key feature of the fowl-specific pathogen Salmonella Pullorum is its vertical transmission to progeny via the egg. In this study, PCR signature-tagged mutagenesis identified nine genes of a strain of S. Pullorum that contributed to survival in the chicken embryo during incubation. The genes were involved in invasion, cell division, metabolism and bacterial defence. The competition index in vivo and in vitro together with a virulence evaluation for chicken embryos of all nine mutant strains confirmed their attenuation...
January 12, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
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