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Doron Shabat, Samer Gnaim, Anna Scomparin, Sayantan Das, Ronit Satchi-Fainaro
The majority of theranostic prodrugs reported so far relay information through a fluorogenic response generated upon release of the active chemotherapeutic agent. A chemiluminescence detection mode offers significant advantages over fluorescence, mainly due to the superior signal-to-noise ratio of chemiluminescence. Here we report the design and synthesis of the first theranostic prodrug monitored by a chemiluminescence diagnostic mode. As a representative model we prepared a prodrug from the chemotherapeutic monomethyl auristatin E designed for activation by β-galactosidase...
May 22, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
George Dedes, Robert P Johnson, Mark Pankuch, Nick Detrich, Willemijn M A Pols, Simon Rit, Reinhard W Schulte, Katia Parodi, Guillaume Landry
PURPOSE: This experimental study is aimed at demonstrating, using a simple cylindrical water phantom, the feasibility of fluence modulated proton computed tomography (FMpCT) by pencil beam scanning (PBS) proton computed tomography (pCT). METHODS: The phase II pCT prototype of the Loma Linda U. and U. C. Santa Cruz was operated using the PBS beam line of the Northwestern Medicine Chicago Proton Center. A 20x10 grid of 1.37 cm full width half maximum pencil beams (PB) equally spaced by 1 cm was used to acquire 45 projections in step and shoot mode...
May 22, 2018: Medical Physics
Sarantis Blioskas, Miltiadis Tsalighopoulos, George Psillas, Konstantinos Markou
Aim: The aim of the present study was to explore the possible utility of otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) and efferent system strength to determine vulnerability to noise exposure in a clinical setting. Materials and Methods: The study group comprised 344 volunteers who had just begun mandatory basic training as Hellenic Corps Officers Military Academy cadets. Pure-tone audiograms were obtained on both ears. Participants were also subjected to diagnostic transient-evoked otoacoustic emissions (TEOAEs)...
May 2018: Noise & Health
Alzbeta Pultznerova, Panulinova Eva, Daniela Kucharova, Lubica Argalasova
Introduction: This paper describes an assessment of noise caused by railway traffic in a large high-loaded railway track in Northwest Slovakia. Materials and Methods: The measurements of noise levels generated by trains passing through residential neighborhoods were taken. Noise maps were also calculated showing noise pollution generated by the train traffic. In addition, the annoyance level and sleep disturbance of residents affected by railway noise were evaluated by a validated questionnaire on a pilot sample of 107 respondents living near the important railway track...
May 2018: Noise & Health
Arivudainambi Pitchaimuthu, Anshul Arora, Jayashree S Bhat, Vibha Kanagokar
Context: The willingness of a person to accept noise while listening to speech can be measured using the acceptable noise level (ANL) test. Individuals with poor ANL are unlikely to become successful hearing aid users. Hence, it is important to enhance the individual's ability to accept noise levels. The current study was an attempt to investigate whether systematic desensitization training can improve the ANL in individuals having high ANL. Aims: To investigate the effect of systematic desensitization training on ANLs in individuals with normal hearing sensitivity...
May 2018: Noise & Health
Stephen Dance, Bradford Backus, Lorenzo Morales
Introduction: The effect of a sound reinforcement system, in terms of speech intelligibility, has been systematically determined under realistic conditions. Different combinations of ambient and reverberant conditions representative of a classroom environment have been investigated. Materials and Methods: By comparing the measured speech transmission index metric with and without the system in the same space under different room acoustics conditions, it was possible to determine when the system was most effective...
May 2018: Noise & Health
Rattapon Onchang, Darryl W Hawker
Background: Noise annoyance and effects on academic performance have been investigated for primary and secondary school students but comparatively little work has been conducted with university students who generally spend more time in dormitories or accommodation for their self-study. Objective: To determine, using a socio-acoustic approach involving face-to-face interviews and actual noise measurements, the effect of various community noise sources on student activities in accommodation both inside and outside a university precinct and also relationships with cumulative grade point average (GPA)...
May 2018: Noise & Health
Boquan Liu, Evan Polce, Jack Jiang
OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this paper is to introduce an iterative nonlinear weighted method based on the variation in spectral energy distribution present in a voice signal to differentiate between four voice types: type 1 voice signals are nearly periodic, type 2 voice signals have strong modulations and subharmonics, type 3 signals are chaotic, and type 4 signals are dominated by stochastic noise. STUDY DESIGN: A total of 135 voice signal samples of the sustained vowel /a/ were obtained from the Disordered Voice Database and then individually categorized into the appropriate voice types based on the classification system described in Sprecher et al (2010)...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Voice: Official Journal of the Voice Foundation
Long Luu, Alan A Stocker
Making a categorical judgment can systematically bias our subsequent perception of the world. We show that these biases are well explained by a self-consistent Bayesian observer whose perceptual inference process is causally conditioned on the preceding choice. We quantitatively validated the model and its key assumptions with a targeted set of three psychophysical experiments, focusing on a task sequence where subjects first had to make a categorical orientation judgment before estimating the actual orientation of a visual stimulus...
May 15, 2018: ELife
Thomas C Larsen, Vissagan Gopalakrishnan, Jianhua Yao, Catherine P Nguyen, Marcus Y Chen, Joel Moss, Han Wen
We present a solution to meet an unmet clinical need of an in-situ "close look" at a pulmonary nodule or at the margins of a pulmonary cyst revealed by a primary (screening) chest CT while the patient is still in the scanner. We first evaluated options available on current whole-body CT scanners for high resolution screening scans, including ROI reconstruction of the primary scan data and HRCT, but found them to have insufficient SNR in lung tissue or discontinuous slice coverage. Within the capabilities of current clinical CT systems, we opted for the solution of a secondary, volume-of-interest (VOI) protocol where the radiation dose is focused into a short-beam axial scan at the z position of interest, combined with a small-FOV reconstruction at the xy position of interest...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
Amir Prior, Erik van de Nieuwenhuijzen, Gerhardus J de Jong, Govert W Somsen
Chiral analysis of dl-amino acids was achieved by micellar electrokinetic chromatography coupled with UV-excited fluorescence detection. The fluorescent reagent (+)-1-(9-fluorenyl)ethyl chloroformate was employed as chiral amino acid derivatizing agent and sodium dodecyl sulfate served as pseudo-stationary phase for separating the formed amino acid diastereomers. Sensitive analysis of (+)-1-(9-fluorenyl)ethyl chloroformate-amino acids was achieved applying a xenon-mercury lamp for ultraviolet excitation, and a spectrograph and charge-coupled device for wavelength-resolved emission detection...
May 22, 2018: Journal of Separation Science
Olga N Milekhina, Dmitry I Nechaev, Alexander Ya Supin
The goal of the study was to assess cochlear compression when rippled-spectrum signals are perceived in noise assuming that the noise might produce both masking and confounding effects. In normal listeners, discrimination between rippled signals with and without ripple phase reversals was assessed in background noise. The signals were band-limited (0.5 oct at a - 6-dB level) rippled noise centered at 2 kHz, with a ripple density of 3.5 oct-1 . The noise (masker) was band-limited nonrippled noise centered at either 2 kHz (on-frequency masker) or 1 kHz (low-frequency masker)...
May 21, 2018: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology: JARO
S Fritz, A Seiler, L Radtke, R Schneider, M Weides, G Weiß, D Gerthsen
This work is concerned with Al/Al-oxide(AlOx )/Al-layer systems which are important for Josephson-junction-based superconducting devices such as quantum bits. The device performance is limited by noise, which has been to a large degree assigned to the presence and properties of two-level tunneling systems in the amorphous AlOx tunnel barrier. The study is focused on the correlation of the fabrication conditions, nanostructural and nanochemical properties and the occurrence of two-level tunneling systems with particular emphasis on the AlOx -layer...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
Naghi Behzadi, Abbas Ektesabi, Bahram Ahansaz
In this work, a mechanism is investigated for improving the quantum state transfer efficiency in a spin chain, which is in contact with a dissipative structured reservoir. The efficiency of the method is based on the addition of similar non-interacting auxiliary chains into the reservoir. In this way, we obtain the exact solution for the master equation of the spin chain in the presence of dissipation. It is found out that entering more auxiliary chains into the reservoir causes, in general, the better improvement of the fidelity of state transfer along the mentioned chain...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
Sheng Xiao, Hua-An Tseng, Howard Gritton, Xue Han, Jerome Mertz
Fast volumetric microscopy is required to monitor large-scale neural ensembles with high spatio-temporal resolution. Widefield fluorescence microscopy can image large 2D fields of view at high resolution and speed while remaining simple and costeffective. A focal sweep add-on can further extend the capacity of widefield microscopy by enabling extended-depth-of-field (EDOF) imaging, but suffers from an inability to reject out-of-focus fluorescence background. Here, by using a digital micromirror device to target only in-focus sample features, we perform EDOF imaging with greatly enhanced contrast and signal-to-noise ratio, while reducing the light dosage delivered to the sample...
May 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
Satish R Ghimire, Evan M Ratzan, Michael R Deans
The cochlea is innervated by neurons that relay sound information from hair cells to central auditory targets. A subset of these are the TypeΙΙ spiral ganglion neurons which have nociceptive features and contribute to feedback circuits providing neuroprotection in extreme noise. TypeΙΙ neurons make a distinctive 90 degree turn towards the cochlear base to synapse with 10-15 outer hair cells. We demonstrate that this axon turning event requires Planar Cell Polarity (PCP) signaling, is disrupted in Vangl2 and Celsr1 knockout mice, and that VANGL2 acts non-autonomously from the cochlea to direct turning...
May 21, 2018: Development
Yuqi Wang, Jingfeng Jiang, Timothy J Hall
A 3-D region-growing motion-tracking (RGMT) method for ultrasound elasticity imaging is described. This 3-D RGMT method first estimates the displacements at a sparse subset of points, called seeds; uses an objective measure to determine, among those seeds, which displacement estimates to trust; and then performs RGMT in three dimensions to estimate displacements for the remaining points in the field. During the growing process in three dimensions, the displacement estimate at one grid point is employed to guide the displacement estimation of its neighboring points using a 3-D small search region...
May 18, 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Shuxia Guo, Olga Chernavskaia, Jürgen Popp, Thomas Bocklitz
Fluorescence emission is one of the major obstacles to apply Raman spectroscopy in biological investigations. It is usually several orders more intense than Raman scattering and hampers further analysis. In cases where the fluorescence emission is too intense to be efficiently removed via routine mathematical baseline correction algorithms, an alternative approach is needed. One alternative approach is shifted-excitation Raman difference spectroscopy (SERDS), where two Raman spectra are recorded with two slightly different excitation wavelengths...
August 15, 2018: Talanta
Beat Schäffer, Reto Pieren, Sabine J Schlittmeier, Mark Brink
Environmental noise from transportation or industrial infrastructure typically has a broad frequency range. Different sources may have disparate acoustical characteristics, which may in turn affect noise annoyance. However, knowledge of the relative contribution of the different acoustical characteristics of broadband noise to annoyance is still scarce. In this study, the subjectively perceived short-term (acute) annoyance reactions to different broadband sounds (namely, realistic outdoor wind turbine and artificial, generic sounds) at 40 dBA were investigated in a controlled laboratory listening experiment...
May 19, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Zhiyu Qu, Fuxin Qu, Changbo Hou, Fulong Jing
In an inverse synthetic aperture radar (ISAR) imaging system for targets with complex motion, the azimuth echo signals of the target are always modeled as multicomponent quadratic frequency modulation (QFM) signals. The chirp rate (CR) and quadratic chirp rate (QCR) estimation of QFM signals is very important to solve the ISAR image defocus problem. For multicomponent QFM (multi-QFM) signals, the conventional QR and QCR estimation algorithms suffer from the cross-term and poor anti-noise ability. This paper proposes a novel estimation algorithm called a two-dimensional product modified parameterized chirp rate-quadratic chirp rate distribution (2D-PMPCRD) for QFM signals parameter estimation...
May 19, 2018: Sensors
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