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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641254/sparse-image-reconstruction-on-the-sphere-analysis-and-synthesis
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Christopher G R Wallis, Yves Wiaux, Jason D McEwen
We develop techniques to solve ill-posed inverse problems on the sphere by sparse regularisation, exploiting sparsity in both axisymmetric and directional scale-discretised wavelet space. Denoising, inpainting, and deconvolution problems, and combinations thereof, are considered as examples. Inverse problems are solved in both the analysis and synthesis settings, with a number of different sampling schemes. The most effective approach is that with the most restricted solution-space, which depends on the interplay between the adopted sampling scheme, the selection of the analysis/synthesis problem, and any weighting of the ℓ1 norm appearing in the regularisation problem...
June 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641017/nanpdb-a-resource-for-natural-products-from-northern-african-sources
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Fidele Ntie-Kang, Kiran K Telukunta, Kersten Döring, Conrad V Simoben, Aurélien F A Moumbock, Yvette I Malange, Leonel E Njume, Joseph N Yong, Wolfgang Sippl, Stefan Günther
Natural products (NPs) are often regarded as sources of drugs or drug leads or simply as a "source of inspiration" for the discovery of novel drugs. We have built the Northern African Natural Products Database (NANPDB) by collecting information on ∼4500 NPs, covering literature data for the period from 1962 to 2016. The data cover compounds isolated mainly from plants, with contributions from some endophyte, animal (e.g., coral), fungal, and bacterial sources. The compounds were identified from 617 source species, belonging to 146 families...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640817/an-r-camp1-07-reporter-mouse-for-cell-type-specific-expression-of-a-sensitive-red-fluorescent-calcium-indicator
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Philipp Bethge, Stefano Carta, Dayra A Lorenzo, Ladan Egolf, Despoina Goniotaki, Linda Madisen, Fabian F Voigt, Jerry L Chen, Bernard Schneider, Masamichi Ohkura, Junichi Nakai, Hongkui Zeng, Adriano Aguzzi, Fritjof Helmchen
Genetically encoded calcium indicators (GECIs) enable imaging of in vivo brain cell activity with high sensitivity and specificity. In contrast to viral infection or in utero electroporation, indicator expression in transgenic reporter lines is induced noninvasively, reliably, and homogenously. Recently, Cre/tTA-dependent reporter mice were introduced, which provide high-level expression of green fluorescent GECIs in a cell-type-specific and inducible manner when crossed with Cre and tTA driver mice. Here, we generated and characterized the first red-shifted GECI reporter line of this type using R-CaMP1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637180/participatory-design-of-probability-based-decision-support-tools-for-in-hospital-nurses
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Alvin D Jeffery, Laurie L Novak, Betsy Kennedy, Mary S Dietrich, Lorraine C Mion
Objective: To describe nurses' preferences for the design of a probability-based clinical decision support (PB-CDS) tool for in-hospital clinical deterioration. Methods: A convenience sample of bedside nurses, charge nurses, and rapid response nurses ( n  = 20) from adult and pediatric hospitals completed participatory design sessions with researchers in a simulation laboratory to elicit preferred design considerations for a PB-CDS tool. Following theme-based content analysis, we shared findings with user interface designers and created a low-fidelity prototype...
June 19, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637173/crystallographic-analyses-illustrate-significant-plasticity-and-efficient-recoding-of-meganuclease-target-specificity
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Rachel Werther, Jazmine P Hallinan, Abigail R Lambert, Kyle Havens, Mark Pogson, Jordan Jarjour, Roberto Galizi, Nikolai Windbichler, Andrea Crisanti, Tony Nolan, Barry L Stoddard
The retargeting of protein-DNA specificity, outside of extremely modular DNA binding proteins such as TAL effectors, has generally proved to be quite challenging. Here, we describe structural analyses of five different extensively retargeted variants of a single homing endonuclease, that have been shown to function efficiently in ex vivo and in vivo applications. The redesigned proteins harbor mutations at up to 53 residues (18%) of their amino acid sequence, primarily distributed across the DNA binding surface, making them among the most significantly reengineered ligand-binding proteins to date...
June 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636060/developing-mobile-clinical-decision-support-for-nursing-home-staff-assessment-of-urinary-tract-infection-using-goal-directed-design
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Wallace Jones, Cynthia Drake, David Mack, Blaine Reeder, Barbara Trautner, Heidi Wald
BACKGROUND: Unique characteristics of nursing homes (NHs) contribute to high rates of inappropriate antibiotic use for asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB), a benign condition. A mobile clinical decision support system (CDSS) may support NH staff in differentiating urinary tract infections (UTI) from ASB and reducing antibiotic days. OBJECTIVES: We used Goal-Directed Design to: 1) Characterize information needs for UTI identification and management in NHs; 2) Develop UTI Decide, a mobile CDSS prototype informed by personas and scenarios of use constructed from Aim 1 findings; 3) Evaluate the UTI Decide prototype with NH staff...
June 20, 2017: Applied Clinical Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633406/in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-gene-targeting-fidelity-depends-on-a-transformation-method-and-proportion-of-the-overall-length-of-the-transforming-and-targeted-dna
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Anamarija Štafa, Marina Svetec Miklenic, Antonio Zandona, Bojan Žunar, Neža Cadež, Hrvoje Petkovic, Ivan Krešimir Svetec
Gene replacement is one of the most essential approaches in construction of the genetically modified yeast strains. However, the fidelity of gene targeting and the effort needed for construction of a particular strain can vary significantly. We investigated the influence of two important factors-the choice of the transformation method and the design of the transforming DNA fragment, which can vary in overall length (including flanking regions and selectable marker) compared to the length of the targeted region in the genome...
June 15, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631234/quality-matters-implementation-moderates-student-outcomes-in-the-paths-curriculum
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Neil Humphrey, Alexandra Barlow, Ann Lendrum
Analyses of the relationship between levels of implementation and outcomes of school-based social and emotional learning (SEL) interventions are relatively infrequent and are typically narrowly focused. Thus, our objective was to assess the relationship between variability in a range of implementation dimensions and intervention outcomes in the Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) curriculum. Implementation of PATHS was examined in 69 classrooms across 23 schools in the first year of a major randomized controlled trial...
June 19, 2017: Prevention Science: the Official Journal of the Society for Prevention Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630937/high-precision-neural-decoding-of-complex-movement-trajectories-using-recursive-bayesian-estimation-with-dynamic-movement-primitives
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Guy Hotson, Ryan J Smith, Adam G Rouse, Marc H Schieber, Nitish V Thakor, Brock A Wester
Brain-machine interfaces (BMIs) are a rapidly progressing technology with the potential to restore function to victims of severe paralysis via neural control of robotic systems. Great strides have been made in directly mapping a user's cortical activity to control of the individual degrees of freedom of robotic end-effectors. While BMIs have yet to achieve the level of reliability desired for widespread clinical use, environmental sensors (e.g. RGB-D cameras for object detection) and prior knowledge of common movement trajectories hold great potential for improving system performance...
July 2016: IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630743/comparison-of-five-video-assisted-intubation-devices-by-novice-and-expert-laryngoscopists-for-use-in-the-aeromedical-evacuation-environment
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Matthew C Wallace, SSgt Tyler Britton, Robbie Meek, Sharon Walsh-Hart, Col Todd E Carter, Steven J Lisco
BACKGROUND: The critically ill or injured patient undergoing military medical evacuation may require emergent intubation. Intubation may be life-saving, but it carries risks. The novice or infrequent laryngoscopist has a distinct disadvantage because experience is critical for the rapid and safe establishment of a secured airway. This challenge is compounded by the austere environment of the back of an aircraft under blackout conditions. This study determined which of five different video-assisted intubation devices (VAIDs) was best suited for in-flight use by U...
2017: Military Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630671/bsla-stabilized-emulsion-droplets-with-designed-microstructure
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Keith M Bromley, Cait E MacPhee
Emulsions are a central component of many modern formulations in food, pharmaceuticals, agrichemicals and personal care products. The droplets in these formulations are limited to being spherical as a consequence of the interfacial tension between the dispersed phase and continuous phase. The ability to control emulsion droplet morphology and stabilize non-spherical droplets would enable the modification of emulsion properties such as stability, substrate binding, delivery rate and rheology. One way of controlling droplet microstructure is to apply an elastic film around the droplet to prevent it from relaxing into a sphere...
August 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629827/debriefing-values-in-high-fidelity-simulation
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Antonia Blanié, Morgan Le Guen
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June 16, 2017: Anaesthesia, Critical Care & Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629526/erythropoietin-receptor-signaling-and-lipid-rafts
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Kathy McGraw, Alan List
Erythropoiesis is tightly regulated by the growth factor erythropoietin (Epo). Signal activation begins when Epo engages its cognate receptor, Epo-R, triggering receptor homodimerization, and recruitment of signaling intermediates including Jak2 that phosphorylates both the receptor cytoplasmic tail and downstream effectors including the transcription factor, STAT5. Transcription factors subsequently activate transcription of prosurvival and prodifferentiation genes responsible for red blood cell production...
2017: Vitamins and Hormones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629288/p53-mutation-and-epigenetic-imprinted-igf2-h19-gene-analysis-in-mesenchymal-stem-cells-derived-from-amniotic-fluid-amnion-endometrium-and-wharton-s-jelly
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Tatsanee Phermthai, Puttachart Pokathikorn, Suparat Wichitwiengrat, Sasiprapa Thongbopit, Kittima Tungprasertpol, Suphakde Julavijitphong
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) are promising cells for medical therapy. In in vitro expansion, MSC can give rise to progeny with genomic and epigenomic alterations, resulting in senescence, loss terminal differentiation and transformation to cancer. However, MSC genome protects its genetic instability via a guardian function of the P53 tumor suppressor gene and epigenetic balance system during MSC culture. Mutations of P53 and epigenetic alterations have been reported to disrupt the quality and quantity of MSC and initiate tumorigenesis...
June 19, 2017: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628482/the-relationship-between-levels-of-fidelity-in-simulation-traditional-clinical-experiences-and-objectives
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Teresa Gore
The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship of baccalaureate nursing students' (BSN) perceived learning effectiveness using the Clinical Learning Environments Comparison Survey of different levels of fidelity simulation and traditional clinical experiences. A convenience sample of 103 first semester BSN enrolled in a fundamental/assessment clinical course and 155 fifth semester BSN enrolled in a leadership clinical course participated in this study. A descriptive correlational design was used for this cross-sectional study to evaluate students' perceptions after a simulation experience and the completion of the traditional clinical experiences...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628133/hbv-rna-pre-genome-encodes-specific-motifs-that-mediate-interactions-with-the-viral-core-protein-that-promote-nucleocapsid-assembly
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Nikesh Patel, Simon J White, Rebecca F Thompson, Richard Bingham, Eva U Weiß, Daniel P Maskell, Adam Zlotnick, Eric C Dykeman, Roman Tuma, Reidun Twarock, Neil A Ranson, Peter G Stockley
Formation of the hepatitis B virus nucleocapsid is an essential step in the viral lifecycle, but its assembly is not fully understood. We report the discovery of sequence-specific interactions between the viral pre-genome and the hepatitis B core protein that play roles in defining the nucleocapsid assembly pathway. Using RNA SELEX and bioinformatics, we identified multiple regions in the pre-genomic RNA with high affinity for core protein dimers. These RNAs form stem-loops with a conserved loop motif that trigger sequence-specific assembly of virus-like particles (VLPs) at much higher fidelity and yield than in the absence of RNA...
June 19, 2017: Nature Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628030/a-novel-flexible-cuff-like-microelectrode-for-dual-purpose-acute-and-chronic-electrical-interfacing-with-the-mouse-cervical-vagus-nerve
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April Shawn Caravaca, Téa Tsaava, Laura Goldman, Harold Silverman, Gary Riggott, Sangeeta Chavan, Chad Bouton, Kevin J Tracey, Robert Desimone, Ed Boyden, Harbaljit Singh Sohal, Peder S Olofsson
OBJECTIVE: Neural reflexes establish homeostasis and regulate the immune system. Advances in bioelectronic medicine indicate that electrical stimulation of the vagus nerve can be used to treat inflammatory disease, yet the understanding of neural signals that regulate inflammation is incomplete. Current interfaces with the vagus nerve do not permit effective chronic stimulation or recording in mouse models, which is vital to studying the molecular and neurophysiological mechanisms that control inflammation homeostasis in health and disease...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626968/3d-printing-all-aromatic-polyimides-using-mask-projection-stereolithography-processing-the-nonprocessable
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Maruti Hegde, Viswanath Meenakshisundaram, Nicholas Chartrain, Susheel Sekhar, Danesh Tafti, Christopher B Williams, Timothy E Long
High-performance, all-aromatic, insoluble, engineering thermoplastic polyimides, such as pyromellitic dianhydride and 4,4'-oxydianiline (PMDA-ODA) (Kapton), exhibit exceptional thermal stability (up to ≈600 °C) and mechanical properties (Young's modulus exceeding 2 GPa). However, their thermal resistance, which is a consequence of the all-aromatic molecular structure, prohibits processing using conventional techniques. Previous reports describe an energy-intensive sintering technique as an alternative technique for processing polyimides with limited resolution and part fidelity...
June 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626362/nanoporous-gold-biointerfaces-modifying-nanostructure-to-control-neural-cell-coverage-and-enhance-electrophysiological-recording-performance
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Christopher A R Chapman, Ling Wang, Hao Chen, Joshua Garrison, Pamela J Lein, Erkin Seker
Nanostructured neural interface coatings have significantly enhanced recording fidelity in both implantable and in vitro devices. As such, nano-porous gold (np-Au) has shown promise as a multifunctional neural interface coating due, in part, to its ability to promote nanostructure-mediated reduction in astrocytic surface coverage while not affecting neuronal coverage. The goal of this study is to provide insight into the mechanisms by which the np-Au nanostructure drives the differential response of neurons versus astrocytes in an in vitro model...
January 19, 2017: Advanced Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625281/the-petra-perinatal-emergency-team-response-assessment-scale-a-high-fidelity-simulation-validation-study
#20
Mrinalini Balki, David Hoppe, David Monks, Lynn Sharples, Mary Ellen Cooke, Lawrence Tsen, Rory Windrim
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to establish the validity and reliability of a new interdisciplinary teamwork assessment scale, the Perinatal Emergency Team Response Assessment (PETRA), to assess team dynamics during a simulated obstetric crisis. METHODS: This observational cohort study was conducted using high-fidelity simulation and multidisciplinary obstetric teams in order to evaluate the validity and reliability of the previously developed PETRA scale for the assessment of teamwork in the management of obstetric crises...
July 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada: JOGC, Journal D'obstétrique et Gynécologie du Canada: JOGC
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