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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922528/mass-production-and-pore-size-control-of-holey-carbon-microcages
#1
Lei Zhang, Xiaoxiao Liu, Yuhai Dou, Binwei Zhang, Huiling Yang, Shixue Dou, Huakun Liu, Yunhui Huang, Xianluo Hu
Architectural control of porous solids, such as porous carbon cages, has received considerable attention for versatile applications because of their attractive ability to interact with liquids and gases not only at the surface, but throughout the bulk. Here we report a scalable, facile spray-pyrolysis route to synthesize holey carbon microcages with mosquito-net-like shells. Using the surfaces of water droplets as the growth templates, styrene-butadiene rubber macromolecules are controllably cross-linked, and size-tunable holes on the carbon shells are generated...
September 18, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922364/association-of-epicardial-adipose-tissue-with-serum-level-of-cystatin-c-in-type-2-diabetes
#2
Tomomi Murai, Noriko Takebe, Kan Nagasawa, Yusuke Todate, Riyuki Nakagawa, Rieko Nakano, Mari Hangai, Yutaka Hasegawa, Yoshihiko Takahashi, Kunihiro Yoshioka, Yasushi Ishigaki
OBJECTIVE: Accumulation of epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) is considered to be a cardiovascular risk factor independent from visceral adiposity, obesity, hypertension and diabetes. We explored the parameters related to EAT accumulation, aiming to clarify the novel pathophysiological roles of EAT in subjects with type 2 diabetes (T2DM). METHODS: We examined the laboratory values, including cystatinC, and surrogate markers used for evaluating atherosclerosis. EAT was measured as the sum of the adipose tissue area, obtained by plain computed tomography scans in 208 subjects with T2DM but no history of coronary artery disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922131/riemann-liouvelle-fractional-integral-based-empirical-mode-decomposition-for-ecg-denoising
#3
Shweta Jain, Varun Bajaj, Anil Kumar
Electrocardiograph (ECG) denoising is the most important step in diagnosis of heart related diseases, as the diagnosis gets influenced with noises. In this paper, a new method for ECG denoising is proposed, which incorporates empirical mode decomposition algorithm and Riemann Liouvelle (RL) fractional integral filtering. In the proposed method, noisy ECG signal is decomposed into its intrinsic mode functions (IMFs); from which noisy IMFs are identified by proposed noisy-IMFs identification methodology. RL fractional integral filtering is applied on noisy IMFs to get denoised IMFs; ECG signal is reconstructed with denoised IMFs and remaining signal dominant IMFs to obtain noise-free ECG signal...
September 18, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922121/motion-blur-kernel-estimation-via-deep-learning
#4
Xiangyu Xu, Jinshan Pan, Yu-Jin Zhang, Ming-Hsuan Yang
The success of the state-of-the-art deblurring methods mainly depends on restoration of sharp edges in a coarse-tofine kernel estimation process. In this paper, we propose to learn a deep convolutional neural network for extracting sharp edges from blurred images. Motivated by the success of the existing filtering based deblurring methods, the proposed model consists of two stages: suppressing extraneous details and enhancing sharp edges. We show that the two-stage model simplifies the learning process and effectively restores sharp edges...
September 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922119/pure-let-image-deconvolution
#5
Jizhou Li, Florian Luisier, Thierry Blu
We propose a non-iterative image deconvolution algorithm for data corrupted by Poisson or mixed Poisson-Gaussian noise. Many applications involve such a problem, ranging from astronomical to biological imaging. We parametrize the deconvolution process as a linear combination of elementary functions, termed as linear expansion of thresholds (LET). This parametrization is then optimized by minimizing a robust estimate of the true mean squared error, the Poisson unbiased risk estimate (PURE). Each elementary function consists of a Wiener filtering followed by a pointwise thresholding of undecimated Haar wavelet coefficients...
September 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921927/fast-and-cost-effective-single-nucleotide-polymorphism-snp-detection-in-the-absence-of-a-reference-genome-using-semi-deep-next-generation-random-amplicon-sequencing-ramseq
#6
Helmut Bayerl, Robert H S Kraus, Carsten Nowak, Daniel W Foerster, Joerns Fickel, Ralph Kuehn
Biodiversity has suffered a dramatic global decline during the past decades and monitoring tools are urgently needed providing data for the development and evaluation of conservation efforts both on a species and a genetic level. However, in wild species the assessment of genetic diversity is often hampered by the lack of suitable genetic markers. In this article we present Random Amplicon Sequencing (RAMseq), a novel approach for fast and cost-effective detection of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in non-model species by semi-deep sequencing of random amplicons...
September 15, 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921812/evaluation-of-air-samplers-and-filter-materials-for-collection-and-recovery-of-airborne-norovirus
#7
Katrine Uhrbrand, Ismo K Koponen, Anna Charlotte Schultz, Anne Mette Madsen
AIMS: The aim of this study was to identify the most efficient sampling method for quantitative PCR-based detection of airborne human norovirus (NoV). METHODS AND RESULTS: A comparative experiment was conducted in an aerosol chamber using aerosolised murine norovirus (MNV) as a surrogate for NoV. Sampling was performed using a nylon (NY) filter in conjunction with four kinds of personal samplers; Gesamtstaubprobenahme sampler (GSP), Triplex-cyclone sampler (TC), 3-piece closed-faced Millipore cassette (3P) and a 2-stage NIOSH cyclone sampler (NIO)...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921802/environmental-dna-metabarcoding-transforming-how-we-survey-animal-and-plant-communities
#8
Kristy Deiner, Holly M Bik, Elvira Mächler, Mathew Seymour, Anaïs Lacoursière-Roussel, Florian Altermatt, Simon Creer, Iliana Bista, David M Lodge, Natasha de Vere, Michael E Pfrender, Louis Bernatchez
The genomic revolution has fundamentally changed how we survey biodiversity on earth. High-throughput sequencing ('HTS') platforms now enable the rapid sequencing of DNA from diverse kinds of environmental samples (termed 'environmental DNA' or 'eDNA'). Coupling HTS with our ability to associate sequences from eDNA with a taxonomic name is called 'eDNA metabarcoding' and offers a powerful molecular tool capable of non-invasively surveying species richness from many ecosystems. Here, we review the use of eDNA metabarcoding for surveying animal and plant richness, and the challenges in using eDNA approaches to estimate relative abundance...
September 16, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921440/microplate-based-method-for-high-throughput-screening-hts-of-chromatographic-conditions-studies-for-recombinant-protein-purification
#9
Rimenys J Carvalho, Thayana A Cruz
High-throughput screening (HTS) systems have emerged as important tools to provide fast and low cost evaluation of several conditions at once since it requires small quantities of material and sample volumes. These characteristics are extremely valuable for experiments with large number of variables enabling the application of design of experiments (DoE) strategies or simple experimental planning approaches. Once, the capacity of HTS systems to mimic chromatographic purification steps was established, several studies were performed successfully including scale down purification...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921404/effectiveness-of-a-new-lead-shielding-device-and-additional-filter-for-reducing-staff-and-patient-radiation-exposure-during-videofluoroscopic-swallowing-study-using-a-human-phantom
#10
Yoshiaki Morishima, Koichi Chida, Yoshikazu Muroya, Yoshiya Utsumi
Interventional radiology procedures often involve lengthy exposure to fluoroscopy-derived radiation. We therefore devised a videofluoroscopic swallowing study (VFSS) procedure using a human phantom that proved to protect the patient and physician by reducing the radiation dose. We evaluated a new lead-shielding device and separately attached additional filters (1.0-, 2.0-, and 3.0-mm Al filters and a 0.5-mm Cu filter) during VFSS to reduce the patient's entrance skin dose (ESD). A monitor attached to the human phantom's neck measured the ESD...
September 18, 2017: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921397/a-binding-block-ion-selective-mechanism-revealed-by-a-na-k-selective-channel
#11
Jie Yu, Bing Zhang, Yixiao Zhang, Cong-Qiao Xu, Wei Zhuo, Jingpeng Ge, Jun Li, Ning Gao, Yang Li, Maojun Yang
Mechanosensitive (MS) channels are extensively studied membrane protein for maintaining intracellular homeostasis through translocating solutes and ions across the membrane, but its mechanisms of channel gating and ion selectivity are largely unknown. Here, we identified the YnaI channel as the Na(+)/K(+) cation-selective MS channel and solved its structure at 3.8 Å by cryo-EM single-particle method. YnaI exhibits low conductance among the family of MS channels in E. coli, and shares a similar overall heptamer structure fold with previously studied MscS channels...
September 18, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921079/identification-of-a-new-isoindole-2-yl-scaffold-as-a-qo-and-qi-dual-inhibitor-of-cytochrome-bc-1-complex-virtual-screening-synthesis-and-biochemical-assay
#12
Homa Azizian, Kowsar Bagherzadeh, Sophia Shahbazi, Niusha Sharifi, Massoud Amanlou
Respiratory chain ubiquinol-cytochrome (cyt) c oxidoreductase (cyt bc 1 or complex III) has been demonstrated as a promising target for numerous antibiotics and fungicide applications. In this study, a virtual screening of NCI diversity database was carried out in order to find novel Qo/Qi cyt bc 1 complex inhibitors. Structure-based virtual screening and molecular docking methodology were employed to further screen compounds with inhibition activity against cyt bc 1 complex after extensive reliability validation protocol with cross-docking method and identification of the best score functions...
September 18, 2017: Interdisciplinary Sciences, Computational Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921057/dvt-prevention-in-stroke
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REVIEW
Christopher Goshgarian, Philip B Gorelick
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to discuss the prevention of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in stroke patients. We discuss use of oral anticoagulation and other interventions for the prevention of VTE. A new class of medications, non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs), have been successfully trialed for the prevention of VTE. We review the data and guidance statements for VTE prevention. RECENT FINDINGS: Warfarin and vitamin K antagonist drugs have been the mainstay of VTE prevention for decades...
September 18, 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920911/efficient-online-learning-algorithms-based-on-lstm-neural-networks
#14
Tolga Ergen, Suleyman Serdar Kozat
We investigate online nonlinear regression and introduce novel regression structures based on the long short term memory (LSTM) networks. For the introduced structures, we also provide highly efficient and effective online training methods. To train these novel LSTM-based structures, we put the underlying architecture in a state space form and introduce highly efficient and effective particle filtering (PF)-based updates. We also provide stochastic gradient descent and extended Kalman filter-based updates. Our PF-based training method guarantees convergence to the optimal parameter estimation in the mean square error sense provided that we have a sufficient number of particles and satisfy certain technical conditions...
September 13, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920903/brain-control-of-an-external-device-by-extracting-the-highest-force-related-contents-of-local-field-potentials-in-freely-moving-rats
#15
Abed Khorasani, Reza Foodeh, Vahid Shalchyan, Mohammad Reza Daliri
A local field potential (LFP) signal is an alternative source to neural action potentials for decoding kinematic and kinetic information from the brain. Here we demonstrate that better extraction of force-related features from multichannel LFPs improves the accuracy of force decoding. We propose that applying canonical correlation analysis (CCA) filter on the envelopes of separate frequency bands (band-specific CCA) seperates non- task related information from the LFPs. The decoding accuracy of the continuous force signal based on the proposed method were compared with three feature reduction methods: 1) Band-specific principal component analysis (bandspecific PCA) method that extract the components which leads to maximum variance from envelopes of different frequency bands, 2) Correlation coefficient-based (CC-based) feature reduction that selects the best features from the envelopes sorted based on the absolute correlation coefficient between each envelope and the target force signal and 3) Mutual information -based (MI-based) feature reduction that selects the best features from the envelopes sorted based on the mutual information between each envelope and output force signal...
September 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920895/matched-filtering-for-heart-rate-estimation-on-compressive-sensing-ecg-measurements
#16
Giulia Da Poian, Christopher J Rozell, Riccardo Bernardini, Roberto Rinaldo, Gari D Clifford
OBJECTIVE: Compressive Sensing (CS) has recently been applied as a low complexity compression framework for long-term monitoring of electrocardiogram signals using Wireless Body Sensor Networks. Long-term recording of ECG signals can be useful for diagnostic purposes and to monitor the evolution of several widespread diseases. In particular, beat to beat intervals provide important clinical information, and these can be derived from the ECG signal by computing the distance between QRS complexes (R-peaks)...
September 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920892/computationally-efficient-algorithms-for-sparse-dynamic-solutions-to-the-eeg-source-localization-problem
#17
Elvira Pirondini, Behtash Babadi, Gabriel Obregon-Henao, Camilo Lamus, Wasim Q Malik, Matti S Hamalainen, Patrick L Purdon
OBJECTIVE: Electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) non-invasively record scalp electromagnetic fields generated by cerebral currents, revealing millisecond-level brain dynamics useful for neuroscience and clinical applications. Estimating the currents that generate these fields, i.e., source localization, is an ill-conditioned inverse problem. Solutions to this problem have focused on spatial continuity constraints, dynamic modeling, or sparsity constraints. The combination of these key ideas could offer significant performance improvements, but substantial computational costs pose a challenge for practical application of such approaches...
September 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920803/assessment-of-a-lancet-and-swab-blood-sampling-technique-for-surveillance-of-elephant-endotheliotropic-herpesvirus-infection
#18
Javier Lopez, L do Vet M Sc, Jonathan Haycock, Andrew Mckenzie, Katharina Seilern-Moy, Akbar Dastjerdi
Lancing a finger elicits minimal pain in humans and is applied routinely to obtain small volumes of blood for clinical diagnostics. A modified lancet bleeding method and several blood sampling matrices were evaluated in this study for the purpose of routine elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV) surveillance in Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). The procedure enabled weekly sampling from elephants as young as 9 mo of age. The blood sampling matrices were evaluated for their sensitivity measuring β-actin, tumor necrosis factor α, and/or EEHV-1 by quantitative polymerase chain reaction assays...
September 2017: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920496/spin-rapid-synthesis-purification-and-concentration-of-small-drug-loaded-liposomes
#19
Steven A Roberts, Neil Parikh, Ryan J Blower, Nitin Agrawal
Liposomes are one of the most studied nano-delivery systems. However, only a handful of formulations have received FDA approval. Existing liposome synthesis techniques are complex and specialized, posing a major impediment in design, implementation, and mass production of liposome delivery systems as therapeutic agents. Here, we demonstrate a unique 'synthesis and purification of injectable nanocarriers' (SPIN) technology for rapid and efficient production of small drug loaded liposomes using common benchtop equipment...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Liposome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920440/unrestricted-mass-spectrometric-data-analysis-for-identification-localization-and-quantification-of-oxidative-protein-modifications
#20
Martin Rykær, Birte Svensson, Michael J Davies, Per Hägglund
Oxidation generates multiple diverse post-translational modifications resulting in changes in protein structure and function, associated with a wide range of diseases. Of these modifications, carbonylations have often been used as hallmarks of oxidative damage. However, accumulating evidence supports the hypothesis that other oxidation products may be quantitatively more important under physiological conditions. To address this issue we have developed a holistic mass spectrometry-based approach for simultaneous identification, localization and quantification of a broad range of oxidative modifications based on so-called 'dependent peptides'...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
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