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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092593/robust-estimation-of-arx-models-with-time-varying-time-delays-using-variational-bayesian-approach
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Yujia Zhao, Alireza Fatehi, Biao Huang
This paper is concerned with robust identification of processes with time-varying time delays. In reality, the delay values do not simply change randomly, but there is a correlation between consecutive delays. In this paper, the correlation of time delay is modeled by the transition probability of a Markov chain. Furthermore, the measured data are often contaminated by outliers, and therefore, t-distribution is adopted to model the measurement noise. The variational Bayesian (VB) approach is applied to estimate the model parameters along with time delays...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092590/adaptive-neural-synchronization-control-for-bilateral-teleoperation-systems-with-time-delay-and-backlash-like-hysteresis
#2
Huanqing Wang, Peter Xiaoping Liu, Shichao Liu
This paper considers the master and slave synchronization control for bilateral teleoperation systems with time delay and backlash-like hysteresis. Based on radial basis functions neural networks' approximation capabilities, two improved adaptive neural control approaches are developed. By Lyapunov stability analysis, the position and velocity tracking errors are guaranteed to converge to a small neighborhood of the origin. The contributions of this paper can be summarized as follows: 1) by using the matrix norm established using the weight vector of neural networks as the estimated parameters, two novel control schemes are developed and 2) the hysteresis inverse is not required in the proposed controllers...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092503/propagation-modeling-and-analysis-of-molecular-motors-in-molecular-communication
#3
Youssef Chahibi, Ian F Akyildiz, Ilangko Balasingham
Molecular motor networks (MMNs) are networks constructed from molecular motors to enable nanomachines to perform coordinated tasks of sensing, computing, and actuation at the nano- and micro- scales. Living cells are naturally enabled with this same mechanism to establish point-to-point communication between different locations inside the cell. Similar to a railway system, the cytoplasm contains an intricate infrastructure of tracks, named microtubules, interconnecting different internal components of the cell...
December 2016: IEEE Transactions on Nanobioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092411/measurement-of-arterial-transit-time-and-renal-blood-flow-using-pseudocontinuous-asl-mri-with-multiple-post-labeling-delays-feasibility-reproducibility-and-variation
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Dong Won Kim, Woo Hyun Shim, Seong Kuk Yoon, Jong Yeong Oh, Jeong Kon Kim, Hoesu Jung, Tsuyoshi Matsuda, Dongeun Kim
PURPOSE: To evaluate the feasibility, reproducibility, and variation of renal perfusion and arterial transit time (ATT) using pseudocontinuous arterial spin labeling magnetic resonance imaging (PCASL MRI) in healthy volunteers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: PCASL MRI at 3T was performed in 25 healthy volunteers on two different occasions. The ATT and ATT-corrected renal blood flow (ATT-cRBF) were calculated at four different post-labeling delay points (0.5, 1.0, 1.5, and 2...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092386/closer-insight-into-the-structure-of-moderate-to-densely-branched-comb-polymers-by-combining-modelling-and-linear-rheological-measurements
#5
Mostafa Ahmadi, Sandie Pioge, Charles-Andre Fustin, Jean-Francois Gohy, Evelyne van Ruymbeke
Synthesis of combs with well-entangled backbones and long branches with high densities has always been a challenge. Steric hindrance frequently leads to coupling of chains and structural imperfections that cannot be easily distinguished by traditional characterization methods. Research studies have therefore tried to use a combination of different methods to obtain more information on the actual microstructures. In this work, a grafting-from approach is used to synthesize poly(n-butyl acrylate) combs using atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) in three steps including the synthesis of a backbone, cleavage of protecting groups and growth of side branches...
January 16, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092323/brain-substrates-of-reward-processing-and-the-%C3%AE-opioid-receptor-a-pathway-into-pain
#6
Frauke Nees, Susanne Becker, Sabina Millenet, Tobias Banaschewski, Luise Poustka, Arun Bokde, Uli Bromberg, Christian Büchel, Patricia J Conrod, Sylvane Desrivières, Vincent Frouin, Jürgen Gallinat, Hugh Garavan, Andreas Heinz, Bernd Ittermann, Jean-Luc Martinot, Dimitri Papadopoulos Orfanos, Tomáš Paus, Michael N Smolka, Henrik Walter, Rob Whelan, Gunter Schumann, Herta Flor
The processing of reward and reinforcement learning seems to be important determinants of pain chronicity. However, reward processing is already altered early in life and if this is related to the development of pain symptoms later on is not known. The aim of this study was first to examine whether behavioural and brain-related indicators of reward processing at the age of 14 to 15 years are significant predictors of pain complaints 2 years later, at 16 to 17 years. Second, we investigated the contribution of genetic variations in the opioidergic system, which is linked to the processing of both, reward and pain, to this prediction...
February 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092278/delayed-onset-central-pain-due-to-degeneration-of-ischemic-transcallosal-fibers-after-corpus-callosum-hemorrhage
#7
Sung Ho Jang, Chul Hoon Chang, Young Jin Jung, Han Do Lee
AIMS: A patient developed delayed-onset central pain due to degeneration of the spinothalamic tract resulting from degeneration of the ischemic transcallosal fibers, in the aftermath of a corpus callosum (CC) hemorrhage. The detection and diagnosis of these lesions using diffusion tensor tractography are described. METHODS: A 59-yr-old man underwent conservative management for hemorrhages in the CC and lateral ventricle that resulted from hitting his head against a wall while falling...
January 13, 2017: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092265/the-fibronectin-synergy-site-re-enforces-cell-adhesion-and-mediates-a-crosstalk-between-integrin-classes
#8
Maria Benito-Jardón, Sarah Klapproth, Irene Gimeno-LLuch, Tobias Petzold, Mitasha Bharadwaj, Daniel J Müller, Gabriele Zuchtriegel, Christoph A Reichel, Mercedes Costell
Fibronectin (FN), a major extracellular matrix component, enables integrin-mediated cell adhesion via binding of α5β1, αIIbβ3 and αv-class integrins to an RGD-motif. An additional linkage for α5 and αIIb is the synergy site located in close proximity to the RGD motif. We report that mice with a dysfunctional FN-synergy motif (FNsyn/syn) suffer from surprisingly mild platelet adhesion and bleeding defects due to delayed thrombus formation after vessel injury. Additional loss of β3 integrins dramatically aggravates the bleedings and severely compromises smooth muscle cell coverage of the vasculature leading to embryonic lethality...
January 16, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092256/-resection-of-intracardiac-myxoma-case-report
#9
Víctor Manuel Carmona-Delgado, Angélica María Deloya-Maldonado, María Lourdes Carranza-Bernal, Arturo Hinojosa-Pérez, Leobardo Farías-Mayene
Myxomas are the most common benign cardiac tumors, which are considered emergency surgery. The resection should not be delayed because 8-9% of affected patients may die due to intracardiac blood flow obstruction. We presente a clinical case of a 47 year old female, history of dyslipidemia. Disease starts with retrosternal oppression feeling, dyspnea on moderate exercise, dizziness, pain in joints hands. Arrhytmic heart sounds, diastolic mitral murmur II/IV, breth sounds present, no lymph. Laboratory: hemoglobin 11...
January 2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092172/analysis-of-indium-tin-oxide-film-using-argon-fluroide-arf-laser-excited-atomic-fluorescence-of-ablated-plumes
#10
Sut Kam Ho, Dario Machado Garcia
A two-pulse laser-excited atomic fluorescence (LEAF) technique at 193 nm wavelength was applied to the analysis of indium tin oxide (ITO) layer on polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film. Fluorescence emissions from analytes were induced from plumes generated by first laser pulse. Using this approach, non-selective LEAF can be accomplished for simultaneous multi-element analysis and it overcomes the handicap of strict requirement for laser excitation wavelength. In this study, experimental conditions including laser fluences, times for gating and time delay between pulses were optimized to reveal high sensitivity with minimal sample destruction and penetration...
January 1, 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091958/identification-and-anticoagulant-activity-of-a-novel-kunitz-type-protein-ha11-from-the-salivary-gland-of-the-tick-hyalomma-asiaticum
#11
Houshuang Zhang, Ruiqiong Qiao, Haiyan Gong, Jie Cao, Yongzhi Zhou, Jinlin Zhou
Kunitz/bovine pancreatic trypsin inhibitor proteins are abundant in the salivary glands of ticks and perform multiple functions in blood feeding, including inhibiting blood coagulation, regulating host blood supply and disrupting host angiogenesis. In this study, we identified a novel gene designated HA11 (Hyalomma asiaticum 11 kDa protein) from the salivary gland of the tick H. asiaticum. HA11 is encoded by a gene with an open reading frame of 306 bp that is translated into a deduced 101 amino acid 11 kDa protein that shares 27% sequence identity with a Kunitz-like protease inhibitor precursor in Amblyomma variegatum...
January 13, 2017: Experimental & Applied Acarology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091931/identifying-anti-host-effectors-in-photorhabdus
#12
Andrea J Dowling
The death of the insect host is an essential part of the life cycle of Photorhabdus, and as a result, this bacterium comes equipped with a dazzlingly large array of toxins and virulence factors that ensure rapid insect death. Elucidation of the key players in insect infection and mortality has therefore proved difficult using traditional microbiological techniques such as individual gene knockouts due to the high level of functional redundancy displayed by Photorhabdus virulence factors. Thus, knockout of any individual toxin gene may serve to delay time to death but not to render the bacteria avirulent due to the continued presence of an array of other toxins and virulence factors in the single-gene mutant...
December 28, 2016: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091880/inhibition-of-neuronal-nitric-oxide-synthase-activity-does-not-alter-vasopressin-secretion-in-septic-rats
#13
Camila Henriques Coelho, Thalita Freitas Martins, Gabriela Ravanelli Oliveira-Pelegrin, Maria José Alves da Rocha
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: During the early phase of sepsis, hypotension is accompanied by increase of plasma vasopressin hormone (AVP) levels, which decline during the late phase. This hypotension is due in part to increase of nitric oxide (NO) synthesis by nitric oxide synthase (NOS) enzyme. Neuronal isoform of this enzyme (nNOS) is present in vasopressinergics neurons of hypothalamus, but its role in vasopressin secretion during sepsis is unknown. METHODS: We evaluated the role of nNOS in NO production and vasopressin secretion during sepsis...
January 16, 2017: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091839/impact-of-the-2014-2015-influenza-season-on-the-activity-of-an-academic-emergency-department
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Nicolas Beysard, Bertrand Yersin, Pascal Meylan, Olivier Hugli, Pierre-Nicolas Carron
The morbidity and mortality of the 2014-2015 influenza season were more important than those in previous years. We assessed the impact of the 2014-2015 influenza season on the length of stay (LOS) and workload in an academic emergency department (ED). This is a monocentric retrospective study. The database of the microbiology laboratory was used to identify influenza nasal swabs performed during the influenza seasons from 2010 to 2015. Patients admitted to the ED during these periods were identified through the administrative database and cross-checked with patients who underwent an influenza nasal swab in the ED...
January 16, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091723/changes-in-the-severity-and-subtype-of-guillain-barr%C3%A3-syndrome-admitted-to-a-specialist-neuromedical-icu-over-a-25%C3%A2-year-period
#15
C J Taylor, N P Hirsch, D M Kullmann, Robin S Howard
We report a retrospective review of 110 patients with acute Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) admitted to a specialised intensive care unit (ICU) in a tertiary referral centre over a 25 year period, the start of which coincided with the widespread introduction of plasma exchange (PE) and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG). The results were analysed by comparing 52 patients admitted in the first decade (1991-2000; Group 1) with 58 patients admitted between 2001-2014 (Group 2). Patients in both groups were comparable with respect to age and sex, and had a similar incidence and range of ICU complications...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091621/differential-susceptibility-and-maturation-of-thymocyte-subsets-during-salmonella-typhimurium-infection-insights-on-the-roles-of-glucocorticoids-and-interferon-gamma
#16
Shamik Majumdar, Mukta Deobagkar-Lele, Vasista Adiga, Abinaya Raghavan, Nitin Wadhwa, Syed Moiz Ahmed, Supriya Rajendra Rananaware, Subhashish Chakraborty, Omana Joy, Dipankar Nandi
The thymus is known to atrophy during infections; however, a systematic study of changes in thymocyte subpopulations has not been performed. This aspect was investigated, using multi-color flow cytometry, during oral infection of mice with Salmonella Typhimurium (S. Typhimurium). The major highlights are: First, a block in the developmental pathway of CD4(-)CD8(-) double negative (DN) thymocytes is observed. Second, CD4(+)CD8(+) double positive (DP) thymocytes, mainly in the DP1 (CD5(lo)CD3(lo)) and DP2 (CD5(hi)CD3(int)), but not DP3 (CD5(int)CD3(hi)), subsets are reduced...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091571/photoacoustic-pump-probe-tomography-of-fluorophores-in-vivo-using-interleaved-image-acquisition-for-motion-suppression
#17
Julia Märk, Asja Wagener, Edward Zhang, Jan Laufer
In fluorophores, the excited state lifetime can be modulated using pump-probe excitation. By generating photoacoustic (PA) signals using simultaneous and time-delayed pump and probe excitation pulses at fluences below the maximum permissible exposure, a modulation of the signal amplitude is observed in fluorophores but not in endogenous chromophores. This provides a highly specific contrast mechanism that can be used to recover the location of the fluorophore using difference imaging. The practical challenges in applying this method to in vivo PA tomography include the typically low concentrations of fluorescent contrast agents, and tissue motion...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091408/novel-mutation-of-cleidocranial-dysplasia-related-frameshift-runt-related-transcription-factor-2-in-a-sporadic-chinese-case
#18
Xue-Yan Qin, Pei-Zeng Jia, Hua-Xiang Zhao, Wei-Ran Li, Feng Chen, Jiu-Xiang Lin
BACKGROUND: Cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD) is an autosomal dominant disease that affects the skeletal system. Common symptoms of CCD include hypoplasia or aplasia of the clavicles, delayed or even absent closure of the fontanels, midface hypoplasia, short stature, and delayed eruption of permanent and supernumerary teeth. Previous studies reported a connection between CCD and the haploinsufficiency of runt-related transcription factor 2 (RUNX2). Here, we report a sporadic Chinese case presenting typical symptoms of CCD...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091405/evaluation-of-helicobacter-pylori-infection-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatic-disease
#19
Ju Huang, Jun Cui
BACKGROUND: The 13C urea breath test (13C-UBT) is the gold standard for detecting Helicobacter pylori infection. H. pylori pathogenesis in patients with hepatitis B virus (HBV) and related diseases remains obscure. We used 13C-UBT to detect H. pylori infection in patients with chronic HBV infection, HBV-related cirrhosis, HBV-related hepatic carcinoma, and other chronic hepatic diseases. METHODS: A total of 131 patients with chronic hepatitis B (HB), 179 with HBV-related cirrhosis, 103 with HBV-related hepatic carcinoma, 45 with HBV-negative hepatic carcinoma, and 150 controls were tested for H...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091127/amino-modified-polystyrene-nanoparticles-affect-signalling-pathways-of-the-sea-urchin-paracentrotus-lividus-embryos
#20
Annalisa Pinsino, Elisa Bergami, Camilla Della Torre, Maria Luisa Vannuccini, Piero Addis, Marco Secci, Kenneth A Dawson, Valeria Matranga, Ilaria Corsi
Polystyrene nanoparticles have been shown to pose serious risk to marine organisms including sea urchin embryos based on their surface properties and consequently behaviour in natural sea water. The aim of this study is to investigate the toxicity pathways of amino polystyrene nanoparticles (PS-NH2, 50 nm) in Paracentrotus lividus embryos in terms of development and signalling at both protein and gene levels. Two sub-lethal concentrations of 3 and 4 µg/mL of PS-NH2 were used to expose sea urchin embryos in natural sea water (PS-NH2 as aggregates of 143 ± 5 nm)...
January 16, 2017: Nanotoxicology
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