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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926436/to-work-or-not-to-work-neural-representation-of-cost-and-benefit-of-instrumental-action
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N B Kroemer, C Burrasch, L Hellrung
By definition, instrumental actions are performed in order to obtain certain goals. Nevertheless, the attainment of goals typically implies obstacles, and response vigor is known to reflect an integration of subjective benefit and cost. Whereas several brain regions have been associated with cost/benefit ratio decision-making, trial-by-trial fluctuations in motivation are not well understood. We review recent evidence supporting the motivational implications of signal fluctuations in the mesocorticolimbic system...
2016: Progress in Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923996/binding-of-mbd-proteins-to-dna-blocks-tet1-function-thereby-modulating-transcriptional-noise
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Anne K Ludwig, Peng Zhang, Florian D Hastert, Stephanie Meyer, Cathia Rausch, Henry D Herce, Udo Müller, Anne Lehmkuhl, Ines Hellmann, Carina Trummer, Christian Storm, Heinrich Leonhardt, M Cristina Cardoso
Aberrant DNA methylation is a hallmark of various human disorders, indicating that the spatial and temporal regulation of methylation readers and modifiers is imperative for development and differentiation. In particular, the cross-regulation between 5-methylcytosine binders (MBD) and modifiers (Tet) has not been investigated. Here, we show that binding of Mecp2 and Mbd2 to DNA protects 5-methylcytosine from Tet1-mediated oxidation. The mechanism is not based on competition for 5-methylcytosine binding but on Mecp2 and Mbd2 directly restricting Tet1 access to DNA...
December 6, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918416/a-touch-sensing-technique-using-the-effects-of-extremely-low-frequency-fields-on-the-human-body
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Hatem Elfekey, Hany Ayad Bastawrous, Shogo Okamoto
Touch sensing is a fundamental approach in human-to-machine interfaces, and is currently under widespread use. Many current applications use active touch sensing technologies. Passive touch sensing technologies are, however, more adequate to implement low power or energy harvesting touch sensing interfaces. This paper presents a passive touch sensing technique based on the fact that the human body is affected by the surrounding extremely low frequency (ELF) electromagnetic fields, such as those of AC power lines...
December 2, 2016: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918210/emerging-therapeutic-interventions-against-noise-induced-hearing-loss
#4
Su-Hua Sha, Jochen Schacht
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) due to industrial, military, and recreational noise exposure is a major, but also potentially preventable cause of acquired hearing loss. For the United States it is estimated that 26 million people (15% of the population) between the ages of 20 and 69 have a high-frequency NIHL at a detriment to the quality of life of the affected individuals and great economic cost to society. Areas covered: This review outlines the pathology and pathophysiology of hearing loss as seen in humans and animal models...
December 5, 2016: Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916698/cellular-mechanisms-of-noise-induced-hearing-loss
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Arwa Kurabi, Elizabeth M Keithley, Gary D Housley, Allen F Ryan, Ann C-Y Wong
Exposure to intense sound or noise can result in purely temporary threshold shift (TTS), or leave a residual permanent threshold shift (PTS) along with alterations in growth functions of auditory nerve output. Recent research has revealed a number of mechanisms that contribute to noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). The principle cause of NIHL is damage to cochlear hair cells and associated synaptopathy. Contributions to TTS include reversible damage to hair cell (HC) stereocilia or synapses, while moderate TTS reflects protective purinergic hearing adaptation...
December 1, 2016: Hearing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914298/effects-of-environmental-noise-exposure-on-dna-methylation-in-the-brain-and-metabolic-health
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Liqiong Guo, Peng-Hui Li, Hua Li, Elena Colicino, Silvia Colicino, Yi Wen, Ruiping Zhang, Xiaotian Feng, Timothy M Barrow, Akin Cayir, Andrea A Baccarelli, Hyang-Min Byun
Environmental noise exposure is associated with adverse effects on human health including hearing loss, heart disease, and changes in stress-related hormone levels. Alteration in DNA methylation in response to environmental exposures is a well-known phenomenon and it is implicated in many human diseases. Understanding how environmental noise exposures affect DNA methylation patterns may help to elucidate the link between noise and adverse effects on health. In this pilot study we examined the effects of environmental noise exposure on DNA methylation of genes related to brain function and investigated whether these changes are related with metabolic health...
November 30, 2016: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911933/driving-cells-to-the-desired-state-in-a-bimodal-distribution-through-manipulation-of-internal-noise-with-biologically-practicable-approaches
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Che-Chi Shu, Chen-Chao Yeh, Wun-Sin Jhang, Shih-Chiang Lo
The stochastic nature of gene regulatory networks described by Chemical Master Equation (CME) leads to the distribution of proteins. A deterministic bistability is usually reflected as a bimodal distribution in stochastic simulations. Within a certain range of the parameter space, a bistable system exhibits two stable steady states, one at the low end and the other at the high end. Consequently, it appears to have a bimodal distribution with one sub-population (mode) around the low end and the other around the high end...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910668/compact-and-lightweight-support-platform-with-electromagnetic-disturbance-elimination-for-interferometer-on-reversed-field-pinch-keda-torus-experiment
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Wenzhe Mao, Peng Yuan, Jian Zheng, Weixing Ding, Hong Li, Tao Lan, Adi Liu, Wandong Liu, Jinlin Xie
A compact and lightweight support platform has been used as a holder for the interferometer system on the Keda Torus eXperiment (KTX), which is a reversed field pinch device. The vibration caused by the interaction between the time-varying magnetic field and the induced current driven in the metal optical components has been measured and, following comparison with the mechanical vibration of the KTX device and the refraction effect of the ambient turbulent air flow, has been identified as the primary vibration source in this case...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910528/compact-and-multi-view-solid-state-neutral-particle-analyzer-arrays-on-national-spherical-torus-experiment-upgrade
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D Liu, W W Heidbrink, K Tritz, E D Fredrickson, G Z Hao, Y B Zhu
A compact and multi-view solid state neutral particle analyzer (SSNPA) diagnostic based on silicon photodiode arrays has been successfully tested on the National Spherical Torus Experiment-Upgrade. The SSNPA diagnostic provides spatially, temporally, and pitch-angle resolved measurements of fast-ion distribution by detecting fast neutral flux resulting from the charge exchange (CX) reactions. The system consists of three 16-channel subsystems: t-SSNPA viewing the plasma mid-radius and neutral beam (NB) line #2 tangentially, r-SSNPA viewing the plasma core and NB line #1 radially, and p-SSNPA with no intersection with any NB lines...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910523/first-measurement-of-the-edge-charge-exchange-recombination-spectroscopy-on-east-tokamak
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Y Y Li, X H Yin, J Fu, D Jiang, S Y Feng, B Lyu, Y J Shi, Y Yi, X J Zhou, C D Hu, M Y Ye, B N Wan
An edge toroidal charge exchange recombination spectroscopy (eCXRS) diagnostic, based on a heating neutral beam injection (NBI), has been deployed recently on the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST). The eCXRS, which aims to measure the plasma ion temperature and toroidal rotation velocity in the edge region simultaneously, is a complement to the exiting core CXRS (cCXRS). Two rows with 32 fiber channels each cover a radial range from ∼2.15 m to ∼2.32 m with a high spatial resolution of ∼5-7 mm...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909833/verification-of-a-virtual-fields-method-to-extract-the-mechanical-properties-of-human-optic-nerve-head-tissues-in-vivo
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Liang Zhang, Sri Gowtham Thakku, Meghna R Beotra, Mani Baskaran, Tin Aung, James C H Goh, Nicholas G Strouthidis, Michael J A Girard
We aimed to verify a custom virtual fields method (VFM) to estimate the patient-specific biomechanical properties of human optic nerve head (ONH) tissues, given their full-field deformations induced by intraocular pressure (IOP). To verify the accuracy of VFM, we first generated 'artificial' ONH displacements from predetermined (known) ONH tissue biomechanical properties using finite element analysis. Using such deformations, if we are able to match back the known biomechanical properties, it would indicate that our VFM technique is accurate...
December 1, 2016: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908168/examining-credentialing-criteria-and-poor-performance-indicators-for-iroc-houston-s-anthropomorphic-head-and-neck-phantom
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Mallory E Carson, Andrea Molineu, Paige A Taylor, David S Followill, Francesco C Stingo, Stephen F Kry
PURPOSE: To analyze the most recent results of the Imaging and Radiation Oncology Core Houston Quality Assurance Center's (IROC-H) anthropomorphic head and neck (H&N) phantom to determine the nature of failing irradiations and the feasibility of altering credentialing criteria. METHODS: IROC-H's H&N phantom, used for intensity-modulated radiation therapy credentialing for National Cancer Institute-sponsored clinical trials, requires that an institution's treatment plan agrees within ±7% of measured thermoluminescent dosimeter (TLD) doses; it also requires that ≥85% of pixels pass ±4 mm distance to agreement (7%/4 mm gamma analysis for film)...
December 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908057/a-corpus-of-noise-induced-word-misperceptions-for-english
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Ricard Marxer, Jon Barker, Martin Cooke, Maria Luisa Garcia Lecumberri
Words spoken against a noise background often form an ambiguous percept. However, in certain conditions, a listener will mishear a noisy word but report hearing the same incorrect word as reported by other listeners. These consistent hearing errors are valuable as tests of detailed models of speech perception. This paper describes the collection of a corpus of consistent speech misperceptions for English. The mishearings were elicited using a large scale listening study involving 212 participants and over 300 000 token presentations...
November 2016: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906245/electro-optic-modulator-with-ultra-low-residual-amplitude-modulation-for-frequency-modulation-and-laser-stabilization
#14
Zhaoyang Tai, Lulu Yan, Yanyan Zhang, Xiaofei Zhang, Wenge Guo, Shougang Zhang, Haifeng Jiang
The reduction of the residual amplitude modulation (RAM) induced by electro-optic modulation is essential for many applications of frequency modulation spectroscopy requiring a lower system noise floor. Here, we demonstrate a simple passive approach employing an electro-optic modulator (EOM) cut at Brewster's angle. The proposed EOM exhibits a RAM of a few parts per million, which is comparable with that achieved by a common EOM under critical active temperature and bias voltage controls. The frequency instability of a 10 cm cavity-stabilized laser induced by the RAM effect of the proposed EOM is below 3×10<sup>-17</sup> for integration times from 1 to 1000 s, and below 4×10<sup>-16</sup> for comprehensive noise contributions for integration times from 1 to 100 s...
December 1, 2016: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902721/facial-indicators-of-positive-emotions-in-rats
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Kathryn Finlayson, Jessica Frances Lampe, Sara Hintze, Hanno Würbel, Luca Melotti
Until recently, research in animal welfare science has mainly focused on negative experiences like pain and suffering, often neglecting the importance of assessing and promoting positive experiences. In rodents, specific facial expressions have been found to occur in situations thought to induce negatively valenced emotional states (e.g., pain, aggression and fear), but none have yet been identified for positive states. Thus, this study aimed to investigate if facial expressions indicative of positive emotional state are exhibited in rats...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902489/effects-of-cell-cycle-noise-on-excitable-gene-circuits
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Alan Veliz-Cuba, Chinmaya Gupta, Matthew R Bennett, Krešimir Josić, William Ott
We assess the impact of cell cycle noise on gene circuit dynamics. For bistable genetic switches and excitable circuits, we find that transitions between metastable states most likely occur just after cell division and that this concentration effect intensifies in the presence of transcriptional delay. We explain this concentration effect with a three-states stochastic model. For genetic oscillators, we quantify the temporal correlations between daughter cells induced by cell division. Temporal correlations must be captured properly in order to accurately quantify noise sources within gene networks...
November 30, 2016: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899618/rna-seq-mixology-designing-realistic-control-experiments-to-compare-protocols-and-analysis-methods
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Aliaksei Z Holik, Charity W Law, Ruijie Liu, Zeya Wang, Wenyi Wang, Jaeil Ahn, Marie-Liesse Asselin-Labat, Gordon K Smyth, Matthew E Ritchie
Carefully designed control experiments provide a gold standard for benchmarking different genomics research tools. A shortcoming of many gene expression control studies is that replication involves profiling the same reference RNA sample multiple times. This leads to low, pure technical noise that is atypical of regular studies. To achieve a more realistic noise structure, we generated a RNA-sequencing mixture experiment using two cell lines of the same cancer type. Variability was added by extracting RNA from independent cell cultures and degrading particular samples...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894833/feasibility-of-using-ultrasonic-nakagami-imaging-for-monitoring-microwave-induced-thermal-lesion-in-ex%C3%A2-vivo-porcine-liver
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Siyuan Zhang, Yuqiang Han, Xingguang Zhu, Shaoqiang Shang, Guojing Huang, Lei Zhang, Gang Niu, Supin Wang, Xijing He, Mingxi Wan
The feasibility of using ultrasonic Nakagami imaging to evaluate thermal lesions induced by microwave ablation (MWA) in ex vivo porcine liver was explored. Dynamic changes in echo amplitudes and Nakagami parameters in the region of the MWA-induced thermal lesion, as well as the contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) between the MWA-induced thermal lesion and the surrounding normal tissue, were calculated simultaneously during the MWA procedure. After MWA exposure, a bright hyper-echoic region appeared in ultrasonic B-mode and Nakagami parameter images as an indicator of the thermal lesion...
November 25, 2016: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893768/macromolecular-crowding-regulates-the-gene-expression-profile-by-limiting-diffusion
#19
Mahdi Golkaram, Stefan Hellander, Brian Drawert, Linda R Petzold
We seek to elucidate the role of macromolecular crowding in transcription and translation. It is well known that stochasticity in gene expression can lead to differential gene expression and heterogeneity in a cell population. Recent experimental observations by Tan et al. have improved our understanding of the functional role of macromolecular crowding. It can be inferred from their observations that macromolecular crowding can lead to robustness in gene expression, resulting in a more homogeneous cell population...
November 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893379/blasst-band-limited-atomic-sampling-with-spectral-tuning-with-applications-to-utility-line-noise-filtering
#20
Kenneth R Ball, W David Hairston, Piotr J Franaszczuk, Kay A Robbins
OBJECTIVE: In this paper we present and test a new method for the identification and removal of non-stationary utility line noise from biomedical signals. METHODS: The method, Band Limited Atomic Sampling with Spectral Tuning (BLASST), is an iterative approach that is designed to (1) fit non-stationarities in line noise by searching for best-fit Gabor atoms at predetermined time points, (2) self-modulate its fit by leveraging information from frequencies surrounding the target frequency, and (3) terminate based on a convergence criterion obtained from the same surrounding frequencies...
November 23, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
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