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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107777/the-dc1-domain-protein-vacuoleless-gametophytes-is-essential-for-female-and-male-gametophyte-development-in-arabidopsis
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Sebastián D'Ippólito, Leonardo Agustín Arias, Claudia Anahí Casalongué, Gabriela Carolina Pagnussat, Diego Fernando Fiol
In this work we identified VACUOLELESS GAMETOPHYTES (VLG) as a DC1 domain containing protein present in the endomembrane system essential for both female and male gametophyte development. VLG was originally annotated as a gene coding for an unknown function protein containing DC1 domains. DC1 domains are cysteine and histidine -rich zinc finger domains found exclusively in the plant Kingdom that have been named based on its similarity with the C1 domain present in protein kinase C (PKC). In Arabidopsis, both male and female gametophytes are characterized by the formation of a big vacuole early in development, which is absent in vlg mutant plants...
January 20, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106853/significant-change-spotting-for-periodic-human-motion-segmentation-of-cleaning-tasks-using-wearable-sensors
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Kai-Chun Liu, Chia-Tai Chan
The proportion of the aging population is rapidly increasing around the world, which will cause stress on society and healthcare systems. In recent years, advances in technology have created new opportunities for automatic activities of daily living (ADL) monitoring to improve the quality of life and provide adequate medical service for the elderly. Such automatic ADL monitoring requires reliable ADL information on a fine-grained level, especially for the status of interaction between body gestures and the environment in the real-world...
January 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106716/tracking-and-classification-of-in-air-hand-gesture-based-on-thermal-guided-joint-filter
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Seongwan Kim, Yuseok Ban, Sangyoun Lee
The research on hand gestures has attracted many image processing-related studies, as it intuitively conveys the intention of a human as it pertains to motional meaning. Various sensors have been used to exploit the advantages of different modalities for the extraction of important information conveyed by the hand gesture of a user. Although many works have focused on learning the benefits of thermal information from thermal cameras, most have focused on face recognition or human body detection, rather than hand gesture recognition...
January 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106715/seasonal-effects-on-the-population-morphology-and-reproductive-behavior-of-narnia-femorata-hemiptera-coreidae
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Lauren A Cirino, Christine W Miller
Many insects are influenced by the phenology of their host plants. In North Central Florida, Narnia femorata (Hemiptera: Coreidae) spends its entire life cycle living and feeding on Opuntia mesacantha ssp. lata. This cactus begins producing flower buds in April that lead to unripe green fruit in June that ripen into red fruit through December. Many morphological and behavioral characteristics of N. femorata are known to be affected by cactus phenology in a controlled laboratory setting, including the degree of sexual dimorphism and mating behavior...
January 17, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106469/building-a-dna-barcode-library-of-alaska-s-non-marine-arthropods
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Derek S Sikes, Matthew Bowser, John M Morton, Casey Bickford, Sarah Meierotto, Kyndall Hildebrandt
Climate change may result in ecological futures with novel species assemblages, trophic mismatch, and mass extinction. Alaska has a limited taxonomic workforce to address these changes. We are building a DNA barcode library to facilitate a metabarcoding approach to monitoring non-marine arthropods. Working with the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding, we obtained DNA barcodes from recently collected and authoritatively identified specimens in the University of Alaska Museum (UAM) Insect Collection and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge collection...
October 21, 2016: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106366/redox-properties-of-polyvinylamine-g-tempo-in-multilayer-films-with-sodium-poly-styrene-sulfonate
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Qiang Fu, Igor Zoudanov, Emil Gustafsson, Dong Yang, Leyla Soleymani, Robert H Pelton
Layer-by-layer (LbL) assemblies of polyvinylamine with grafted TEMPO moieties (PVAm-T) with sodium polystyrene sulfonate (PSS) were prepared on gold-sulfonate surfaces and the redox properties were measured by cyclic voltammetry. LbL compositions were probed by quartz crystal microbalance (wet) and ellipsometric (dry) film measurements. Approximately 30% of the TEMPO moieties in the LbL assemblies were redox-active when the total TEMPO coverage was varied up to 6 mol/m2, by either varying the TEMPO content in PVAm-T or by varying the number of LbL bilayers...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106281/a-re-evaluation-of-petrotox-for-predicting-acute-and-chronic-toxicity-of-petroleum-substances
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Aaron D Redman, Thomas F Parkerton, M Leon Paumen, Josh D Butler, Daniel J Letinski, Klass den Haan
PETROTOX was developed to perform aquatic hazard assessment of petroleum substances (PS) based on substance composition. The model relies on the Hydrocarbon Block Method which is widely used for conducting PS risk assessments providing further justification for evaluating model performance. Previous work described this model and provided a preliminary calibration and validation using acute toxicity data for limited PS. The objective of this study is to re-evaluate PETROTOX using expanded data covering both acute and chronic toxicity endpoints on invertebrates, algae, and fish for a wider range of PS...
January 20, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106148/complete-genome-sequencing-elucidates-outbreak-dynamics-of-ca-mrsa-usa300-st8-spa-t008-in-an-academic-hospital-of-paramaribo-republic-of-suriname
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Artur J Sabat, Sandra M Hermelijn, Viktoria Akkerboom, Amadu Juliana, John E Degener, Hajo Grundmann, Alexander W Friedrich
We report the investigation of an outbreak situation of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that occurred at the Academic Hospital Paramaribo (AZP) in the Republic of Suriname from April to May 2013. We performed whole genome sequencing with complete gap closure for chromosomes and plasmids on all isolates. The outbreak involved 12 patients and 1 healthcare worker/nurse at the AZP. In total 24 isolates were investigated. spa typing, genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis, ad hoc whole genome multilocus sequence typing (wgMLST), stable core genome MLST (cgMLST) and in silico PFGE were used to determine phylogenetic relatedness and to identify transmission...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106140/gradient-hierarchic-aligned-porosity-sioc-ceramics
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Cekdar Vakifahmetoglu, Damla Zeydanli, Murilo Daniel de Mello Innocentini, Fernanda Dos Santos Ribeiro, Paulo Renato Orlandi Lasso, Gian Domenico Soraru
This work describes a simple technique to produce porous ceramics with aligned porosity having very high permeability and specific surface area. SiOC-based compositions were processed from blends of three types of preceramic polymer and a catalyst, followed by curing and pyrolysis. The heating applied from the bottom of molds promoted the nucleation, expansion and rising of gas bubbles, and the creation of a ceramic matrix with axially oriented channels interconnected by small round pores. The samples were analyzed by SEM, tomography, BET, water immersion porosimetry and permeation to gas flow...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105953/a-powered-prosthetic-ankle-joint-for-walking-and-running
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Martin Grimmer, Matthew Holgate, Robert Holgate, Alexander Boehler, Jeffrey Ward, Kevin Hollander, Thomas Sugar, André Seyfarth
BACKGROUND: Current prosthetic ankle joints are designed either for walking or for running. In order to mimic the capabilities of an able-bodied, a powered prosthetic ankle for walking and running was designed. A powered system has the potential to reduce the limitations in range of motion and positive work output of passive walking and running feet. METHODS: To perform the experiments a controller capable of transitions between standing, walking, and running with speed adaptations was developed...
December 19, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105829/gastight-hydrodynamic-electrochemistry-design-for-a-hermetically-sealed-rotating-disk-electrode-cell
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Suho Jung, Ruud Kortlever, Ryan J R Jones, Michael F Lichterman, Theodor Agapie, Charles C L McCrory, Jonas C Peters
Rotating disk electrodes (RDEs) are widely used in electrochemical characterization to analyze the mechanisms of various electrocatalytic reactions. RDE experiments often make use of or require collection and quantification of gaseous products. The combination of rotating parts and gaseous analytes makes the design of RDE cells that allow for headspace analysis challenging due to gas leaks at the interface of the cell body and the rotator. In this manuscript we describe a new, hermetically sealed electrochemical cell that allows for electrode rotation while simultaneously providing a gastight environment...
January 3, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105711/a-gate-evaluation-of-the-sources-of-error-in-quantitative-90-y-pet
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Jared Strydhorst, Thomas Carlier, Arnaud Dieudonné, Maurizio Conti, Irène Buvat
PURPOSE: Accurate reconstruction of the dose delivered by (90) Y microspheres using a postembolization PET scan would permit the establishment of more accurate dose-response relationships for treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma with (90) Y. However, the quality of the PET data obtained is compromised by several factors, including poor count statistics and a very high random fraction. This work uses Monte Carlo simulations to investigate what impact factors other than low count statistics have on the quantification of(90) Y PET...
October 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104626/deformational-plagiocephaly-in-normal-infants-a-systematic-review-of-causes-and-hypotheses
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Freia De Bock, Volker Braun, Herbert Renz-Polster
BACKGROUND: Deformational plagiocephaly (DP) is one of the most prevalent abnormal findings in infants and a frequent reason for parents to seek paediatric advice. OBJECTIVE: To systematically review the literature and identify evidence and hypotheses on the aetiology and determinants of DP in otherwise healthy infants. DESIGN: Systematic keyword search in all major biomedical databases to identify peer-reviewed publications reporting (a) empirical research or (b) hypotheses on the aetiology of DP in healthy, term infants...
January 19, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104350/neonatal-exposure-to-bde-209-impaired-learning-and-memory-decreased-expression-of-hippocampal-core-snares-and-synaptophysin-in-adult-rats
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Xiong Li, Chunmei Wang, Wen Wang, Chengwei Yue, Yan Tang
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are a class of flame retardants. While the mechanism remains unknown, the potential neurotoxic effects of PBDEs remain a relevant issue. In the present study, neonatal Sprague-Dawley rats of both sexes were administered BDE 209 (1, 10, or 20mg/kg body weight) or peanut oil once daily from postnatal day (PND) 5 to PND 10. We examined the spatial learning and memory by Morris water maze and the working and reference memory by eight-arm radial maze in the stage of adulthood...
January 16, 2017: Neurotoxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104343/thyroid-pathology-in-deer-mice-peromyscus-maniculata-from-a-reclaimed-mine-site-on-the-athabasca-oil-sands
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Ahmad Movasseghi, Jaime Rodríguez-Estival, Judit E G Smits
Information on naturally occurring thyroid disease in wild animals in general and in small mammals specifically is extremely limited. In the present field-based work, we investigated the structure and function of thyroid glands of deer mice (Peromyscus maniculata) studied as sentinels of ecosystem sustainability on reclaimed areas post-mining on the oil sands of northeastern Alberta, because of their greater sensitivity to contaminants relative to meadow voles (Microtus pennsylvanicus) on the same sites. Extraction of bitumen in the oil sands of northeastern Alberta, results in the release of contaminants including polycyclic aromatic compounds (PACs), metals, and metalloids to the environment that have a measurable biological cost to wildlife living in the affected areas...
January 16, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104252/novel-zebrafish-eae-model-a-quick-in-vivo-screen-for-multiple-sclerosis
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Pushkar Kulkarni, Swapna Yellanki, Raghavender Medishetti, Dharmarajan Sriram, Uday Saxena, Perumal Yogeeswari
INTRODUCTION: Pre-clinical drug discovery for multiple sclerosis (MS) is a labor intensive activity to perform in rodent models. This is owing to the long duration of disease induction and observation of treatment effects in an experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) model. We propose a novel adult zebrafish based model which offers a quick and simple protocol that can used to screen candidates as a step between in vitro experiments and rodent studies. The experiments conducted for this manuscript were to standardize a suitable model of EAE in adult zebrafish and validate it using known modulators...
January 2017: Multiple Sclerosis and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104245/assessing-kinematics-and-kinetics-of-functional-electrical-stimulation-rowing
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Adina E Draghici, Glen Picard, J Andrew Taylor, Sandra J Shefelbine
Hybrid functional electrical stimulation (FES) rowing has positive effects on cardiovascular fitness, producing significantly greater aerobic power than either upper body or FES exercise alone. However, there is minimal information on the kinematics, kinetics, and mechanical efficiency of FES-rowing in the spinal cord injured (SCI) population. This study examined the biomechanics of FES-rowing to determine how motions, forces, and aerobic demand change with increasing intensity. Six individuals with SCI and six able-bodied subjects performed a progressive aerobic capacity rowing test...
January 7, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103722/accreditation-of-medical-schools-in-saudi-arabia-a-qualitative-study
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S A Alrebish, B C Jolly, E K Molloy
CONTEXT: The accreditation of undergraduate medical education is a universal undertaking. Despite the widespread adoption of accreditation processes and an increasing focus on accreditation as a mechanism to ensure minimum standards are met in various fields, there is little evidence to support the effectiveness of accreditation. Traditionally, accreditation has worked toward achieving two ends: assuring and improving quality. Many recent articles emphasize the need for continuous quality improvement mechanisms to work, as well as the quality assurance role of accreditation...
January 20, 2017: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103207/determination-of-factors-affecting-physical-activity-status-of-university-students-on-a-health-sciences-campus
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Ayfer Dayi, Ayla Acikgoz, Guven Guvendi, Levent Bayrak, Burcu Ersoy, Cagri Gur, Omer Ozmen
Upon graduation, students studying in departments related to health will work in the health sector and will guide and enlighten people with their knowledge and behavior. The purpose of this study was to determine the factors affecting the physical activity (PA) conditions of university students on a health sciences campus. A cross-sectional study was carried out on 706 students in a Turkish university. The data was obtained from a survey prepared by the researchers. The 26-question survey aimed to discover the students' socio-demographic characteristics and their awareness and practices concerning PA...
January 19, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102993/status-report-the-public-health-and-planning-101-project-strengthening-collaborations-between-the-public-health-and-planning-professions
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A Mahendra, T Vo, C Einstoss, J Weppler, P Gillen, L Ryan, K Haley
INTRODUCTION: Land use planning is a complex field comprised of legislation, policies, processes and tools. A growing body of evidence supports the relationship between land use planning decisions, community design and health. The built environment has been shown to be associated with physical inactivity, obesity, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease and mental illness. Consequently, there is a growing interest within public health to work with planners on land use planning initiatives such as official plans and transportation master plans...
January 2017: Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada
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