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Double robustness

Eriko Seo, Toshiyuki Sazi, Morio Togawa, Osamu Nagata, Masataka Murakami, Shigeaki Kojima, Yoshiteru Seo
Infrared photoplethysmogram (IR-PPG) and magnetic resonance image (MRI) of the Mytilus galloprovincialis heart were obtained simultaneously. Heart rate was varied by changing temperature, aerial exposure and hypoxia. Higher heart rates (35-20 beat min(-1)) were usually observed at 20°C under the aerobic condition, typical IR-PPG represented a single peak (peak v). The upward and downward slopes of the peak v corresponded to the filling and contraction of the ventricle, respectively. A double-peak IR-PPG was observed in a wide range of heart rates (35 to 5 beats min(-1)) under various conditions...
October 19, 2016: Biology Open
Rosalind E Howes, Sedera Aurélien Mioramalala, Brune Ramiranirina, Thierry Franchard, Andry Joeliarijaona Rakotorahalahy, Donal Bisanzio, Peter W Gething, Peter A Zimmerman, Arsène Ratsimbasoa
BACKGROUND: Malaria remains a major public health problem in Madagascar. Widespread scale-up of intervention coverage has led to substantial reductions in case numbers since 2000. However, political instability since 2009 has disrupted these efforts, and a resurgence of malaria has since followed. This paper re-visits the sub-national stratification of malaria transmission across Madagascar to propose a contemporary update, and evaluates the reported routine case data reported at this sub-national scale...
October 18, 2016: Malaria Journal
Wu-Jun Liu, Ke Tian, Li-Li Ling, Han-Qing Yu, Hong Jiang
The optimal strategy for the safe disposal of large amounts of hydrophyte biomass with enriched levels of N and P is challenging. In this study, we proposed and illustrated a facile pyrolysis approach to prepare an N, P-dually doped porous carbon (NPC) material with robust energy storage performance using a thermochemical self-doping process and a widely distributed hydrophyte biomass (Typha angustifolia). As a supercapacitor electrode material for electrochemical energy storage, the NPC shows a maximum capacitance of 257 F g-1 and energy density of 19...
October 18, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Gang Chen, Paul A Taylor, Yong-Wook Shin, Richard C Reynolds, Robert W Cox
It has been argued that naturalistic conditions in FMRI studies provide a useful paradigm for investigating perception and cognition through a synchronization measure, inter-subject correlation (ISC). However, one analytical stumbling block has been the fact that the ISC values associated with each single subject are not independent, and our previous paper (Chen et al., 2016) used simulations and analyses of real data to show that the methodologies adopted in the literature do not have the proper control for false positives...
October 14, 2016: NeuroImage
Luciana P Tavares, Mauro M Teixeira, Cristiana C Garcia
Influenza A virus (IAV) is a relevant respiratory tract pathogen leading to a great number of deaths and hospitalizations worldwide. Secondary bacterial infections are a very common cause of IAV associated morbidity and mortality. The robust inflammatory response that follows infection is important for the control of virus proliferation but is also associated with lung damage, morbidity and death. The role of the different components of immune response underlying protection or disease during IAV infection is not completely elucidated...
October 15, 2016: Inflammation Research: Official Journal of the European Histamine Research Society ... [et Al.]
V S Manu, Gianluigi Veglia
Identity operation in the form of π pulses is widely used in NMR spectroscopy. For an isolated single spin system, a sequence of even number of π pulses performs an identity operation, leaving the spin state essentially unaltered. For multi-spin systems, trains of π pulses with appropriate phases and time delays modulate the spin Hamiltonian to perform operations such as decoupling and recoupling. However, experimental imperfections often jeopardize the outcome, leading to severe losses in sensitivity. Here, we demonstrate that a newly designed Genetic Algorithm (GA) is able to optimize a train of π pulses, resulting in a robust identity operation...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
Rebecca Baum, Shruti Sharma, Jason M Organ, Christopher Jakobs, Veit Hornung, David B Burr, Ann Marshak-Rothstein, Katherine A Fitzgerald, Ellen M Gravallese
OBJECTIVE: Cytosolic DNA sensors detect microbial DNA and promote type I interferon and pro-inflammatory cytokine production through the adaptor stimulator of interferon genes (STING) to resolve infection. Endogenous DNA also engages the STING pathway, contributing to autoimmune disease. We identified a novel role for STING in bone in arthritic DNase II/IFNaR double deficient (DKO) mice, and sought to define the bone phenotype in these mice and to address mechanism. METHODS: Bone parameters were evaluated in DKO, STING/DNaseII/IFNaR triple deficient and control mice by microcomputed tomography and histomorphometry...
October 14, 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Martin Knapp, Derek King, Renée Romeo, Jessica Adams, Ashley Baldwin, Clive Ballard, Sube Banerjee, Robert Barber, Peter Bentham, Richard G Brown, Alistair Burns, Tom Dening, David Findlay, Clive Holmes, Tony Johnson, Robert Jones, Cornelius Katona, James Lindesay, Ajay Macharouthu, Ian McKeith, Rupert McShane, John T O'Brien, Patrick P J Phillips, Bart Sheehan, Robert Howard
OBJECTIVE: Most investigations of pharmacotherapy for treating Alzheimer's disease focus on patients with mild-to-moderate symptoms, with little evidence to guide clinical decisions when symptoms become severe. We examined whether continuing donepezil, or commencing memantine, is cost-effective for community-dwelling, moderate-to-severe Alzheimer's disease patients. METHODS: Cost-effectiveness analysis was based on a 52-week, multicentre, double-blind, placebo-controlled, factorial clinical trial...
October 13, 2016: International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Jing-Fen Wu, Huang-Lung Tsai, Ignasius Joanito, Yi-Chen Wu, Chin-Wen Chang, Yi-Hang Li, Ying Wang, Jong Chan Hong, Jhih-Wei Chu, Chao-Ping Hsu, Shu-Hsing Wu
A double-negative feedback loop formed by the morning genes CIRCADIAN CLOCK ASSOCIATED1 (CCA1)/LATE ELONGATED HYPOCOTYL (LHY) and the evening gene TIMING OF CAB EXPRESSION1 (TOC1) contributes to regulation of the circadian clock in Arabidopsis. A 24-h circadian cycle starts with the peak expression of CCA1 at dawn. Although CCA1 is targeted by multiple transcriptional repressors, including PSEUDO-RESPONSE REGULATOR9 (PRR9), PRR7, PRR5 and CCA1 HIKING EXPEDITION (CHE), activators of CCA1 remain elusive. Here we use mathematical modelling to infer a co-activator role for LIGHT-REGULATED WD1 (LWD1) in CCA1 expression...
October 13, 2016: Nature Communications
Marcello Stanzione, Marek Baumann, Frantzeskos Papanikos, Ihsan Dereli, Julian Lange, Angelique Ramlal, Daniel Tränkner, Hiroki Shibuya, Bernard de Massy, Yoshinori Watanabe, Maria Jasin, Scott Keeney, Attila Tóth
DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) are induced by SPO11 during meiosis to initiate recombination-mediated pairing and synapsis of homologous chromosomes. Germline genome integrity requires spatiotemporal control of DSB formation, which involves the proteinaceous chromosome axis along the core of each meiotic chromosome. In particular, a component of unsynapsed axes, HORMAD1, promotes DSB formation in unsynapsed regions where DSB formation must occur to ensure completion of synapsis. Despite its importance, the underlying mechanism has remained elusive...
October 10, 2016: Nature Cell Biology
Stephanie Karmann, Stéphanie Follonier, Monica Bassas-Galia, Sven Panke, Manfred Zinn
Poly(3-hydroxyalkanoates) (PHAs) are bio-based and biodegradable polyesters which have been considered as a promising alternative to petrol-based plastics. Its bacterial production is a dynamic process in which intracellular polymerization and depolymerization are closely linked and depend on the availability of carbon substrates and other nutrients. These dynamics require a fast and quantitative method to determine the optimal harvest-time of PHA containing cells or to adjust carbon supply. In principle, flow cytometry (FCM) is an ideal tool that suits these requirements and, in addition, provides data on the PHA content of different cell populations...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
Martine Devic, Thomas Roscoe
Networks controlling developmental or metabolic processes in plants are often complex as a consequence of the duplication and specialisation of the regulatory genes as well as the numerous levels of transcriptional and post-transcriptional controls added during evolution. Networks serve to accommodate multicellular complexity and increase robustness to environmental changes. Mathematical simplification by regrouping genes or pathways in a limited number of hubs has facilitated the construction of models for complex traits...
November 2016: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
Iván González, Jesús Fontecha, Ramón Hervás, José Bravo
The purpose of this paper is to develop an accelerometry system capable of performing gait event demarcation and calculation of temporal parameters using a single waist-mounted device. Particularly, a mobile phone positioned over the L2 vertebra is used to acquire trunk accelerations during walking. Signals from the acceleration magnitude and the vertical acceleration are smoothed through different filters. Cut-off points between filtered signals as a result of convolving with varying levels of Gaussian filters and other robust features against temporal variation and noise are used to identify peaks that correspond to gait events...
December 2016: Journal of Medical Systems
Matthias E Liechti, Patrick C Dolder, Yasmin Schmid
RATIONALE: Lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) is used recreationally and in clinical research. Acute mystical-type experiences that are acutely induced by hallucinogens are thought to contribute to their potential therapeutic effects. However, no data have been reported on LSD-induced mystical experiences and their relationship to alterations of consciousness. Additionally, LSD dose- and concentration-response functions with regard to alterations of consciousness are lacking. METHODS: We conducted two placebo-controlled, double-blind, cross-over studies using oral administration of 100 and 200 μg LSD in 24 and 16 subjects, respectively...
October 7, 2016: Psychopharmacology
Juan Xu, Yuanyuan Li, Lei Wang, Qifa Cai, Qingwei Li, Biao Gao, Xuming Zhang, Kaifu Huo, Paul K Chu
A lithium-ion hybrid supercapacitor (Li-HSC) comprising a Li-ion battery type anode and an electrochemical double layer capacitance (EDLC) type cathode has attracted much interest because it accomplishes a large energy density without compromising the power density. In this work, hierarchical carbon coated WO3 (WO3/C) with a unique mesoporous structure and metal-organic framework derived nitrogen-doped carbon hollow polyhedra (MOF-NC) are prepared and adopted as the anode and the cathode for Li-HSCs. The hierarchical mesoporous WO3/C microspheres assembled by radially oriented WO3/C nanorods along the (001) plane enable effective Li(+) insertion, thus exhibit high capacity, excellent rate performance and a long cycling life due to their high Li(+) conductivity, electronic conductivity and structural robustness...
September 22, 2016: Nanoscale
Jaimie Marie Stewart, Mathias Viard, Hari K K Subramanian, Brandon K Roark, Kirill A Afonin, Elisa Franco
RNA is a natural multifunctional polymer, and is an essential component in both complex pathways and structures within the cellular environment. For this reason, artificial self-assembling RNA nanostructures are emerging as a powerful tool with broad applications in drug delivery and metabolic pathway regulation. To date, coordinated delivery of functional molecules via programmable RNA assemblies has been primarily done using nanosize RNA scaffolds. However, larger scaffolds could expand existing capabilities for spatial arrangement of ligands, and enable the controlled delivery of highly concentrated molecular loads...
October 14, 2016: Nanoscale
Swapnil Hiremath, Dean A Fergusson, Nicholas Fergusson, Alexandria Bennett, Greg A Knoll
BACKGROUND: Renin-angiotensin system [RAS] blockade has been established as the cornerstone of therapy in the general population, and especially in chronic kidney disease. However, its efficacy in the kidney transplant population remains unknown. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis using MEDLINE (1966 to November 2015), Embase (1980 to November 2015), and the Cochrane Library (third quarter 2015), as well as a PubMed search for recent nonindexed citations...
October 3, 2016: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
Marcelo R De Carvalho
Stingrays from the rio Tapajós basin are reviewed based on material collected from its lower (i.e. from the mouth-lake to Itaituba), middle (from about the São Luiz rapids to the confluence of rios Juruena and Teles Pires), and upper (above the Juruena-Teles Pires confluence) segments. Two new species endemic to the mid and upper Tapajós, discovered long ago and common in the ornamental fish trade, are described. Potamotrygon albimaculata sp. nov. is part of the black stingray species group, and is diagnosed by its blackish brown dorsal disc color with numerous and generally evenly-spaced small whitish spots and faint ocelli, multiple rows of thorns broadly spread on dorsal and lateral tail, pelvic fins with broadly rounded apices, and two angular cartilages with the posterior far more slender but about as wide as the anterior angular...
September 13, 2016: Zootaxa
R Alexander Pyron, Alejandro Arteaga, Lourdes Y Echevarría, Omar Torres-Carvajal
The genus Synophis contains a number of enigmatic species, distributed primarily in the Andean highlands of northern South America. Their extreme crypsis and rarity has precluded detailed study of most species. A recent flurry of collection activity resulted in the accession of many new specimens, and the description of 4 new species in 2015, doubling the number of described taxa. However, lingering questions remain regarding the assignment of many new and historical specimens, the morphological limits and geographical ranges of the species, and their phylogenetic relationships...
September 28, 2016: Zootaxa
Brittany Barreto, Elizabeth Rogers, Jun Xia, Ryan L Frisch, Megan Richters, Devon M Fitzgerald, Susan M Rosenberg
: Microbes and human cells possess mechanisms of mutagenesis activated by stress responses. Stress-inducible mutagenesis mechanisms may provide important models for mutagenesis that drives host-pathogen interactions, antibiotic resistance, and possibly much of evolution generally. In Escherichia coli, repair of DNA double-strand breaks is switched to a mutagenic mode, using error-prone DNA polymerases, via the SOS DNA-damage and the general (σ(S)) stress responses. We investigated small RNA (sRNA) clients of Hfq, an RNA chaperone that promotes mutagenic break repair (MBR), and found that GcvB promotes MBR by allowing a robust σ(S) response, achieved via opposing the membrane stress (σ(E)) response...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Bacteriology
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