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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636356/biomimetic-architectured-graphene-aerogel-with-exceptional-strength-and-resilience
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Miao Yang, Nifang Zhao, Ying Cui, Weiwei Gao, Qian Zhao, Chao Gao, Hao Bai, Tao Xie
Materials combining lightweight, robust mechanical performances, and multifunctionality are highly desirable for engineering applications. Graphene aerogels have emerged as attractive candidates. Despite recent progresses, the bottleneck remains how to simultaneously achieve both strength and resilience. While multiscale architecture designs may offer a possible route, the difficulty lies in the lack of design guidelines and how to experimentally achieve the necessary structure control over multiple length scales...
June 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631360/reduced-cell-attachment-to-poly-2-hydroxyethyl-methacrylate-coated-ventricular-catheters-in-vitro
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Brian W Hanak, Chia-Yun Hsieh, William Donaldson, Samuel R Browd, Kenneth K S Lau, William Shain
The majority of patients with hydrocephalus are dependent on ventriculoperitoneal shunts for diversion of excess cerebrospinal fluid. Unfortunately, these shunts are failure-prone and over half of all life-threatening pediatric failures are caused by obstruction of the ventricular catheter by the brain's resident immune cells, reactive microglia and astrocytes. Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) hydrogels are widely used for biomedical implants. The extreme hydrophilicity of PHEMA confers resistance to protein fouling, making it a strong candidate coating for ventricular catheters...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631293/region-dependent-patterns-of-trabecular-bone-growth-in-the-human-proximal-femur-a-study-of-3d-bone-microarchitecture-from-early-postnatal-to-late-childhood-period
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Petar Milovanovic, Danijela Djonic, Michael Hahn, Michael Amling, Björn Busse, Marija Djuric
OBJECTIVES: Parallel with body growth and development, bone structure in non-adults is reorganized to achieve the particular design observed in mature individuals. We traced the changes in three-dimensional trabecular microarchitectural design during the phases of locomotor maturation to clarify how human bone adapts to mechanical demands. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Micro-CT was performed on biomechanically-relevant subregions of the proximal femur (medial, intermediate and lateral neck regions, intertrochanteric region, metaphyseal region) from early postnatal period to late childhood...
June 20, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630643/improved-classification-accuracy-of-powdery-mildew-infection-levels-of-wine-grapes-by-spatial-spectral-analysis-of-hyperspectral-images
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Uwe Knauer, Andrea Matros, Tijana Petrovic, Timothy Zanker, Eileen S Scott, Udo Seiffert
BACKGROUND: Hyperspectral imaging is an emerging means of assessing plant vitality, stress parameters, nutrition status, and diseases. Extraction of target values from the high-dimensional datasets either relies on pixel-wise processing of the full spectral information, appropriate selection of individual bands, or calculation of spectral indices. Limitations of such approaches are reduced classification accuracy, reduced robustness due to spatial variation of the spectral information across the surface of the objects measured as well as a loss of information intrinsic to band selection and use of spectral indices...
2017: Plant Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630204/a-low-molecular-weight-alginate-oligosaccharide-disrupts-pseudomonal-microcolony-formation-and-enhances-antibiotic-effectiveness
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Manon F Pritchard, Lydia C Powell, Alison A Jack, Kate Powell, Konrad Beck, Hannah Florance, Julian Forton, Philip D Rye, Arne Dessen, Katja E Hill, David W Thomas
In chronic respiratory disease the formation of dense, 3-dimensional 'micro colonies' by Pseudomonas aeruginosa within the airway plays an important role in contributing to resistance to treatment. An in vitro biofilm model of pseudomonal microcolony formation using artificial sputum (AS) medium was established to study the effects of low molecular weight alginate oligomers (OligoG CF-5/20) on pseudomonal growth, microcolony formation and the efficacy of colistin. The studies employed clinical cystic fibrosis (CF) isolates (n=3) and reference non-mucoid and mucoid multi-drug resistant (MDR) CF isolates (n=7)...
June 19, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630168/incidence-and-factors-associated-with-the-occurrence-of-pulmonary-vein-narrowing-after-cryoballoon-ablation
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Ryohsuke Narui, Michifumi Tokuda, Masato Matsushima, Ryota Isogai, Kenichi Tokutake, Kenichi Yokoyama, Mika Hioki, Keiichi Ito, Shin-Ichi Tanigawa, Seigo Yamashita, Keiichi Inada, Kenri Shibayama, Seiichiro Matsuo, Satoru Miyanaga, Kenichi Sugimoto, Michihiro Yoshimura, Teiichi Yamane
BACKGROUND: In contrast with traditional radiofrequency ablation, little is known about the influence of cryoballoon ablation on the morphology of pulmonary veins (PVs). We evaluated the influence of cryoballoon ablation on the PV dimension (PVD) and investigated the factors associated with a reduction of the PVD. METHODS AND RESULTS: Seventy-four patients who underwent cryoballoon ablation for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation were included in the present study. All subjects underwent contrast-enhanced computed tomography both before and at 3 months after the procedure...
June 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629518/analysis-of-the-asymmetry-of-activated-epo-receptor-enables-designing-small-molecule-agonists
#7
Frank Guarnieri
Amgen solved the high-resolution cocrystal structure of erythropoietin (EPO) bound to the extracellular part of the receptor (EPOR) in 1998, which reveals that the EPO-EPOR interaction surface is formed by 11 salt bridges, 17 H-bonds, and 2 hydrophobic clusters centered at a pair of crucial phenylalanines (F93). The EPOR has two domains, one that penetrates the membrane and a second extracellular domain that forms one arm of the binding site for the EPO ligand. The complete competent receptor-binding site is a homodimer of EPOR with the two arms forming a funnel-shaped cup where EPO binds...
2017: Vitamins and Hormones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629154/two-novel-two-stage-direction-of-arrival-estimation-algorithms-for-two-dimensional-mixed-noncircular-and-circular-sources
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Heping Shi, Wen Leng, Zhiwei Guan, Tongzhi Jin
This paper addresses the two-dimensional (2D) direction-of-arrival (DOA) estimation problem with two novel methods for mixed noncircular and circular signals. The first proposed method is named the two-stage direction-of-arrival matrix (TSDOAM) method, and the other is called the two-stage rank reduction (TSRARE) method. The proposed methods utilize both the circularity and the direction-of-arrival differences between the noncircular and circular sources to estimate the 2D directions-of-arrival (DOAs). The maximum detectable 2D angle parameters of the TSDOAM and TSRARE methods are twice those of the existing methods...
June 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628156/-atlantoaxial-reduction-and-fixation-guided-by-the-intraoperative-ct
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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical result of atlantoaxial reduction and fixation guided by the intraoperative CT. METHODS: Sixteen cases were retrospectively studied, including seven males and nine females, with the mean age of 49.9 years. Twelve cases were diagnosed as chronic atlantoaxial instability or dislocation, while four cases as acute odontoid fracture and dislocation. Among the sixteen cases, fourteen underwent atlantoaxial fusion, while two underwent temporary atlantoaxial fixation without fusion...
June 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627894/surface-functionalization-of-black-phosphorus-via-potassium-towards-high-performance-complementary-devices
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Cheng Han, Zehua Hu, Lidia C Gomes, Yang Bao, Alexandra Carvalho, Sherman Jun Rong Tan, Bo Lei, Du Xiang, Jing Wu, Dianyu Qi, Li Wang, Fengwei Huo, Wei Huang, Kian Ping Loh, Wei Chen
Two-dimensional black phosphorus configured field-effect transistor devices generally show a hole-dominated ambipolar transport characteristic, thereby limiting its applications in complementary electronics. Herein, we demonstrate an effective surface functionalization scheme on few-layer black phosphorus, through in situ surface modification with potassium, with a view towards high performance complementary device applications. Potassium induces a giant electron doping effect on black phosphorus along with a clear bandgap reduction, which is further corroborated by in situ photoelectron spectroscopy characterizations...
June 19, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627330/gpu-accelerated-kernel-regression-reconstruction-for-freehand-3d-ultrasound-imaging
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Tiexiang Wen, Ling Li, Qingsong Zhu, Wenjian Qin, Jia Gu, Feng Yang, Yaoqin Xie
Volume reconstruction method plays an important role in improving reconstructed volumetric image quality for freehand three-dimensional (3D) ultrasound imaging. By utilizing the capability of programmable graphics processing unit (GPU), we can achieve a real-time incremental volume reconstruction at a speed of 25-50 frames per second (fps). After incremental reconstruction and visualization, hole-filling is performed on GPU to fill remaining empty voxels. However, traditional pixel nearest neighbor-based hole-filling fails to reconstruct volume with high image quality...
July 2017: Ultrasonic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626290/joint-optimization-of-fluence-field-modulation-and-regularization-in-task-driven-computed-tomography
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G J Gang, J H Siewerdsen, J W Stayman
PURPOSE: This work presents a task-driven joint optimization of fluence field modulation (FFM) and regularization in quadratic penalized-likelihood (PL) reconstruction. Conventional FFM strategies proposed for filtered-backprojection (FBP) are evaluated in the context of PL reconstruction for comparison. METHODS: We present a task-driven framework that leverages prior knowledge of the patient anatomy and imaging task to identify FFM and regularization. We adopted a maxi-min objective that ensures a minimum level of detectability index (d') across sample locations in the image volume...
February 11, 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626276/standing-and-travelling-waves-in-a-spherical-brain-model-the-nunez-model-revisited
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S Visser, R Nicks, O Faugeras, S Coombes
The Nunez model for the generation of electroencephalogram (EEG) signals is naturally described as a neural field model on a sphere with space-dependent delays. For simplicity, dynamical realisations of this model either as a damped wave equation or an integro-differential equation, have typically been studied in idealised one dimensional or planar settings. Here we revisit the original Nunez model to specifically address the role of spherical topology on spatio-temporal pattern generation. We do this using a mixture of Turing instability analysis, symmetric bifurcation theory, centre manifold reduction and direct simulations with a bespoke numerical scheme...
June 15, 2017: Physica D. Nonlinear Phenomena
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622698/interactions-between-acyp2-genetic-polymorphisms-and-environment-factors-with-susceptibility-to-ischemic-stroke-in-a-han-chinese-population
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Qiong Cheng, Yong-Kun Li, Feng Lu, Lianhua Yin, Yin-Zhou Wang, Wen Wei, Qian Lin
AIMS: To investigate the association of several single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within ACYP2 gene and additional gene- environment interaction with ischemic stroke (IS) risk in a Chinese population. RESULTS: IS risk was significantly higher in carriers with the G allele of rs11896604 than those with CC genotype (CG or GG versus CC), adjusted OR (95%CI) =1.60 (1.18-2.20), and higher in carriers with the A allele of rs12615793 than those with GG genotype (GA or AA versus GG), adjusted OR (95%CI) = 1...
June 9, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622633/generalized-parameter-estimation-and-calibration-for-biokinetic-models-using-correlation-and-single-variable-optimisations-application-to-sulfate-reduction-modelling-in-anaerobic-digestion
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Wasim Ahmed, Jorge Rodríguez
In this work, a generalized method for the estimation of biokinetic parameters in anaerobic digestion (AD) models is proposed. The method consists of a correlation-based approach to estimate specific groups of parameters mechanistically, followed by a sensitivity-based hierarchical and sequential single parameter optimisation (SHSSPO) calibration method for the remaining groups of parameters. The method was evaluated to estimate and calibrate the parameter values for sulfate reduction processes when included into the IWA Anaerobic Digestion Model No...
May 31, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622622/characterization-of-drug-load-variants-in-a-thiol-linked-antibody-drug-conjugate-using-multidimensional-chromatography
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Jonathan J Gilroy, Catherine M Eakin
The biological complexity associated with biotherapeutics such as antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs) requires extensive characterization to ensure product quality consistency, safety, and efficacy. ADCs generated via partial reduction of antibody interchain disulfide bonds result in a distribution of variants containing 0-8 conjugated drugs. Hydrophobic interaction chromatography (HIC) is a key analytical technique used to separate drug load variants of thiol linked ADCs and to calculate the average drug-to-antibody molar ratio (DAR)...
June 4, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621544/interrogating-charge-storage-on-redox-active-colloids-via-combined-raman-spectroscopy-and-scanning-electrochemical-microscopy
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Zachary T Gossage, Noah Benjamin Schorr, Kenneth Hernandez-Burgos, Jingshu Hui, Burton H Simpson, Elena C Montoto, Joaquin Rodriguez-Lopez
Redox active colloids (RACs) are dispersible, cross-linked polymeric materials that incorporate a high concentration of redox-active motifs, making them attractive for next-generation size-exclusion redox flow batteries. In order to tap into their full potential for energy storage, it is essential to understand their internal charge mobility, capacity, and cyclability. Here we focus on using a combined suite of Raman spectroscopy and scanning electrochemical microscopy (SECM) tools for evaluating three important parameters that govern charge storage in viologen-RACs: their intra-particle redox active concentration, their reduction/oxidation mechanism, and their charge transfer rate...
June 16, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621284/comparison-of-platform-switched-and-sloping-shoulder-implants-on-stress-reduction-in-various-bone-densities-finite-element-analysis
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Joji Markose, S Suresh, Shruthi Eshwar, K Rekha, Vipin Jain, Supriya Manvi
INTRODUCTION: Comparison of platform switched (PS), sloping shoulder, and regular implants on stress reduction in various bone densities with finite element analysis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 12 three-dimensional finite element models were built to analyze the stress distribution model. Nobel Biocare 4.3 × 8 mm regular platform replace select implant with matching diameter easy abutment, Nobel Biocare 4.3 × 8 mm replace select implant PS with 3.5 mm diameter easy abutment, Bicon 4 × 8 mm implant with 4 mm diameter sloping shoulder abutments were created virtually in compact bone density using software...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621134/surfactant-and-binder-free-hierarchical-platinum-nanoarrays-directly-grown-onto-a-carbon-felt-electrode-for-efficient-electrocatalysis
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Widya Ernayati Kosimaningrum, Thi-Xuan-Huong Le, Yaovi Holade, Mikhael Bechelany, Sophie Tingry, Buchari Buchari, Indra Noviandri, Christophe Innocent, Marc Cretin
The future of fuel cells that convert the chemical energy to electricity relies mostly on the efficiency of oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) due to its sluggish kinetics. By effectively bypassing the use of organic surfactants, post-synthesis steps for the immobilization onto electrodes, the catalytic inks preparation using binders, and the common problem of nanoparticles detachment from supports involved in traditional methodologies, we demonstrate a versatile electrodeposition method for growing anisotropic microstructures directly onto a three-dimensional (3D) carbon felt electrode, using platinum nanoparticles as elementary building blocks...
June 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618528/dynamics-of-spiral-waves-rotating-around-an-obstacle-and-the-existence-of-a-minimal-obstacle
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Xiang Gao, Xia Feng, Teng-Chao Li, Shixian Qu, Xingang Wang, Hong Zhang
Pinning of vortices by obstacles plays an important role in various systems. In the heart, anatomical reentry is created when a vortex, also known as the spiral wave, is pinned to an anatomical obstacle, leading to a class of physiologically very important arrhythmias. Previous analyses of its dynamics and instability provide fine estimates in some special circumstances, such as large obstacles or weak excitabilities. Here, to expand theoretical analyses to all circumstances, we propose a general theory whose results quantitatively agree with direct numerical simulations...
May 2017: Physical Review. E
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