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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454178/optical-nyquist-pulse-generation-by-using-a-dual-electrode-mach-zehnder-modulator
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Nobuhide Yokota, Ryo Igarashi, Hiroshi Yasaka
We demonstrate a simple and efficient optical Nyquist pulse generation by using a dual-electrode Mach-Zehnder modulator (MZM) driven by a combination of fundamental and second-harmonic RF signals. The method is based on a raised-cosine-shaped time filter and time lens created in the MZM under operation conditions given by a simple equation. Optical Nyquist pulses with a roll-off factor of 0.52 and intrinsic conversion efficiency of 37% are experimentally confirmed. Numerical analyses indicate that the roll-off factor can be moderately controlled down to ∼0...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454065/quantitative-measurements-of-intercellular-adhesion-between-a-macrophage-and-cancer-cells-using-a-cup-attached-afm-chip
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Hyonchol Kim, Ayana Yamagishi, Miku Imaizumi, Yui Onomura, Akira Nagasaki, Yohei Miyagi, Tomoko Okada, Chikashi Nakamura
Intercellular adhesion between a macrophage and cancer cells was quantitatively measured using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Cup-shaped metal hemispheres were fabricated using polystyrene particles as a template, and a cup was attached to the apex of the AFM cantilever. The cup-attached AFM chip (cup-chip) approached a murine macrophage cell (J774.2), the cell was captured on the inner concave of the cup, and picked up by withdrawing the cup-chip from the substrate. The cell-attached chip was advanced towards a murine breast cancer cell (FP10SC2), and intercellular adhesion between the two cells was quantitatively measured...
April 23, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454025/review-and-analysis-of-strengths-and-weaknesses-of-agro-ecosystem-models-for-simulating-c-and-n-fluxes
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Lorenzo Brilli, Luca Bechini, Marco Bindi, Marco Carozzi, Daniele Cavalli, Richard Conant, Cristopher D Dorich, Luca Doro, Fiona Ehrhardt, Roberta Farina, Roberto Ferrise, Nuala Fitton, Rosa Francaviglia, Peter Grace, Ileana Iocola, Katja Klumpp, Joël Léonard, Raphaël Martin, Raia Silvia Massad, Sylvie Recous, Giovanna Seddaiu, Joanna Sharp, Pete Smith, Ward N Smith, Jean-Francois Soussana, Gianni Bellocchi
Biogeochemical simulation models are important tools for describing and quantifying the contribution of agricultural systems to C sequestration and GHG source/sink status. The abundance of simulation tools developed over recent decades, however, creates a difficulty because predictions from different models show large variability. Discrepancies between the conclusions of different modelling studies are often ascribed to differences in the physical and biogeochemical processes incorporated in equations of C and N cycles and their interactions...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453658/androgen-receptor-agonists-increase-lean-mass-improve-cardiopulmonary-functions-and-extend-survival-in-preclinical-models-of-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
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Suriyan Ponnusamy, Ryan D Sullivan, Dahui You, Nadeem Zafar, Chuan He Yang, Thirumagal Thiyagarajan, Daniel L Johnson, Maron L Barrett, Nikki J Koehler, Mayra Star, Erin J Stephenson, Dave Bridges, Stephania A Cormier, Lawrence M Pfeffer, Ramesh Narayanan
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a neuromuscular disease that predominantly affects boys as a result of mutation(s) in the dystrophin gene. DMD is characterized by musculoskeletal and cardiopulmonary complications, resulting in shorter life-span. Boys afflicted by DMD typically exhibit symptoms within 3-5 years of age and declining physical functions before attaining puberty. We hypothesized that rapidly deteriorating health of pre-pubertal boys with DMD could be due to diminished anabolic actions of androgens in muscle, and that intervention with an androgen receptor (AR) agonist will reverse musculoskeletal complications and extend survival...
April 27, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453449/effect-of-upright-and-slouch-sitting-postures-and-voluntary-teeth-clenching-on-hand-grip-strength-in-young-male-adults
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Ahmad Alghadir, Hamayun Zafar, Zaheen A Iqbal
BACKGROUND: Estimation of handgrip strength (HGS) is routinely used by clinicians and epidemiologists for objective assessment of functional status of hand and upper extremity. It is also used as an indirect indicator of overall physical strength and health status in variety of clinical situations and chronic general medical conditions. OBJECTIVE: The present study was conducted to examine the effects of upright and slouch sitting postures and voluntary teeth clenching on hand grip strength in healthy young male subjects...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453443/plasmon-field-enhancement-oscillations-induced-by-strain-mediated-coupling-between-quantum-dot-and-mechanical-oscillator
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Yong He
We utilize surface plasmon field of a metal nanoparticle (MNP) to detect strain-mediated coupling in a quantum dot-mechanical resonator hybrid system including a quantum dot (QD) embedded within a conical nanowire (NW) and a MNP in the presence of an external field. Based on the numerical solutions of the master equation, we find that a slow oscillation originating from the strain-mediated coupling between the QD and the NW, appears in the time evolution of the plasmon field enhancement. The results show that the period (about 2 μs) of the slow oscillation is equal to that of the mechanical resonator of NW, which suggests the time-resolved measurement of the plasmon field enhancement can be achieved easily based on the current experimental conditions...
April 28, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453415/connecting-the-libraries-and-athletics-through-instruction-and-outreach
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Lara Sapp, K T L Vaughan
This column describes the approaches taken by librarians and staff at James Madison University (JMU) Libraries & Educational Technologies (LET) to extend library support to university athletics. The model resembles that used for outreach to academic programs and was first adapted to the semi-clinical, nonacademic Strength & Conditioning Department, then to JMU Athletics as a whole. Librarians offered targeted instructional sessions, orientations, and asynchronous learning modules embedded in the learning management system...
April 2017: Medical Reference Services Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449317/a-comparison-of-individual-based-genetic-distance-metrics-for-landscape-genetics
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A J Shirk, E L Landguth, S A Cushman
A major aim of landscape genetics is to understand how landscapes resist gene flow and thereby influence population genetic structure. An empirical understanding of this process provides a wealth of information that can be used to guide conservation and management of species in fragmented landscapes, and also to predict how landscape change may affect population viability. Statistical approaches to infer the true model among competing alternatives are based on the strength of the relationship between pairwise genetic distances and landscape distances among sampled individuals in a population...
April 27, 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449073/genetics-of-phenotypic-plasticity-and-biomass-traits-in-hybrid-willows-across-contrasting-environments-and-years
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Sofia Berlin, Henrik R Hallingbäck, Friderike Beyer, Nils-Erik Nordh, Martin Weih, Ann-Christin Rönnberg-Wästljung
Background and Aims: Phenotypic plasticity can affect the geographical distribution of taxa and greatly impact the productivity of crops across contrasting and variable environments. The main objectives of this study were to identify genotype-phenotype associations in key biomass and phenology traits and the strength of phenotypic plasticity of these traits in a short-rotation coppice willow population across multiple years and contrasting environments to facilitate marker-assisted selection for these traits...
April 25, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448932/seasonal-changes-of-fructans-in-dimorphic-roots-of-ichthyothere-terminalis-spreng-blake-asteraceae-growing-in-cerrado
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Lorrayne Veloso de Almeida, Pedro Henrique Ferri, José Carlos Seraphin, Moemy Gomes de Moraes
Cerrado is a floristically rich savanna in Brazil, whose vegetation consists of a physiognomic mosaic, influenced by rainfall seasonality. In the dry season rainfall is substantially lower and reduces soil water supply, mainly for herbs and subshrubs. Climatic seasonal variations may well define phenological shifts and induce fluctuations of plant reserve pools. Some Cerrado native species have thickened underground organs that bear buds and store reserves, as adaptive features to enable plant survival following environmental stresses...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448687/postexercise-blood-flow-restriction-does-not-enhance-muscle-hypertrophy-induced-by-multiple-set-high-load-resistance-exercise
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Haruhiko Madarame, Satoshi Nakada, Takahisa Ohta, Naokata Ishii
To test the applicability of postexercise blood flow restriction (PEBFR) in practical training programmes, we investigated whether PEBFR enhances muscle hypertrophy induced by multiple-set high-load resistance exercise (RE). Seven men completed an eight-week RE programme for knee extensor muscles. Employing a within-subject design, one leg was subjected to RE + PEBFR, whereas contralateral leg to RE only. On each exercise session, participants performed three sets of unilateral knee extension exercise at approximately 70% of their one-repetition maximum for RE leg first, and then performed three sets for RE + PEBFR leg...
April 27, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448584/sarcopenia-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-not-yet-on-dialysis-analysis-of-the-prevalence-and-associated-factors
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Viviane Angelina de Souza, Dílmerson Oliveira, Sérgio Ribeiro Barbosa, José Otávio do Amaral Corrêa, Fernando Antônio Basile Colugnati, Henrique Novais Mansur, Natália Maria da Silva Fernandes, Marcus Gomes Bastos
INTRODUCTION: Sarcopenia is a chronic condition that is associated with aging and characterized by a reduction of muscle mass, strength, and function. Sarcopenia is prevalent in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and associated with increased morbidity and mortality, as well as cardiovascular complications. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the prevalence of sarcopenia in patients with CKD not yet on dialysis and its correlation with clinical and laboratory variables and inflammatory markers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448131/silk-resin-with-hydrated-dual-chemical-physical-crosslinks-achieves-high-strength-and-toughness
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Keiji Numata, Nao Ifuku, Hiroyasu Masunaga, Takaaki Hikima, Takamasa Sakai
Native silk fibers are known to demonstrate excellent mechanical properties such as high strength and ductility. However, regenerated silk material has not yet been used as a tough structural material in our everyday life. To recreate the mechanical properties with regenerated silk material, the network structure and hydration state of silk materials are studied and optimized in this study. This is the first to demosntrate the effect of chemial and physical crosslinks in hydrated and dehydrated silk materials, namely, silk hydrogels and resins...
April 27, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447860/remote-sensing-of-physiological-signs-using-a-machine-vision-system
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Ali Al-Naji, Kim Gibson, Javaan Chahl
The aim of this work is to remotely measure heart rate (HR) and respiratory rate (RR) using a video camera from long range (> 50 m). The proposed system is based on imperceptible signals produced from blood circulation, including skin colour variations and head motion. As these signals are not visible to the naked eye and to preserve the signal strength in the video, we used an improved video magnification technique to enhance these invisible signals and detect the physiological activity within the subject...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447289/electroencephalographic-evidence-of-abnormal-anticipatory-uncertainty-processing-in-gambling-disorder-patients
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Alberto Megías, Juan F Navas, Ana Perandrés-Gómez, Antonio Maldonado, Andrés Catena, José C Perales
Putting money at stake produces anticipatory uncertainty, a process that has been linked to key features of gambling. Here we examined how learning and individual differences modulate the stimulus preceding negativity (SPN, an electroencephalographic signature of perceived uncertainty of valued outcomes) in gambling disorder patients (GDPs) and healthy controls (HCs), during a non-gambling contingency learning task. Twenty-four GDPs and 26 HCs performed a causal learning task under conditions of high and medium uncertainty (HU, MU; null and positive cue-outcome contingency, respectively)...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Gambling Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446874/age-related-differences-in-reorganization-of-functional-connectivity-for-a-dual-task-with-increasing-postural-destabilization
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Cheng-Ya Huang, Linda L Lin, Ing-Shiou Hwang
The aged brain may not make good use of central resources, so dual task performance may be degraded. From the brain connectome perspective, this study investigated dual task deficits of older adults that lead to task failure of a suprapostural motor task with increasing postural destabilization. Twelve younger (mean age: 25.3 years) and 12 older (mean age: 65.8 years) adults executed a designated force-matching task from a level-surface or a stabilometer board. Force-matching error, stance sway, and event-related potential (ERP) in the preparatory period were measured...
2017: Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446705/diverse-integrin-adhesion-stoichiometries-caused-by-varied-actomyosin-activity
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Natalia A Bulgakova, Jutta Wellmann, Nicholas H Brown
Cells in an organism are subjected to numerous sources of external and internal forces, and are able to sense and respond to these forces. Integrin-mediated adhesion links the extracellular matrix outside cells to the cytoskeleton inside, and participates in sensing, transmitting and responding to forces. While integrin adhesion rapidly adapts to changes in forces in isolated migrating cells, it is not known whether similar or more complex responses occur within intact, developing tissues. Here, we studied changes in integrin adhesion composition upon different contractility conditions in Drosophila embryonic muscles...
April 2017: Open Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446016/biodegradation-and-biocompatibility-of-poly-l-lactic-acid-implantable-mesh
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Sang-Don Yoon, Young-Sam Kwon, Kyu-Sung Lee
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the biodegradation and biocompatibility of poly L-lactic acid (PLLA) implantable mesh under in vitro and in vivo conditions. METHODS: PLLA mesh was examined for changes in weight and tensile strength. The histology of the tissue around the PLLA implant was also evaluated. RESULTS: The weight and tensile strength of the PLLA prosthesis was stable for 180 days. In addition, the surface of the PLLA mesh was not digested under in vitro or in vivo conditions as determined by scanning electron microscope...
April 2017: International Neurourology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444936/blood-flow-restriction-attenuates-eccentric-exercise-induced-muscle-damage-without-perceptual-and-cardiovascular-overload
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Victor M Curty, Alexandre B Melo, Leonardo C Caldas, Lucas Guimarães-Ferreira, Nuno F de Sousa, Paula F Vassallo, Elisardo C Vasquez, Valério G Barauna
The aim of this study was to evaluate the acute effects of high-intensity eccentric exercise (HI-ECC) combined with blood flow restriction (BFR) on muscle damage markers, and perceptual and cardiovascular responses. Nine healthy men (26 ± 1 years, BMI 24 ± 1 kg m(-) ²) underwent unilateral elbow extension in two conditions: without (HI-ECC) and with BFR (HI-ECC+BFR). The HI-ECC protocol corresponded to three sets of 10 repetitions with 130% of maximal strength (1RM). The ratings of perceived exertion (RPE) and pain (RPP) were measured after each set...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444191/risks-of-miscarriage-or-preterm-delivery-in-trichorionic-and-dichorionic-triplet-pregnancies-with-embryo-reduction-versus-expectant-management-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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C Anthoulakis, T Dagklis, A Mamopoulos, A Athanasiadis
STUDY QUESTION: Is pregnancy outcome in triplet pregnancies improved with embryo reduction (ER) to twins compared to expectant management? SUMMARY ANSWER: In trichorionic triplet pregnancies, ER to twins reduces the risk of preterm birth (<34 weeks) without significantly increasing the risk of miscarriage (<24 weeks), whereas in dichorionic triplet pregnancies, the results are inconclusive. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Triplet pregnancies are associated with a high risk of miscarriage and preterm birth...
April 21, 2017: Human Reproduction
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