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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342158/real-time-community-detection-in-full-social-networks-on-a-laptop
#1
Benjamin Paul Chamberlain, Josh Levy-Kramer, Clive Humby, Marc Peter Deisenroth
For a broad range of research and practical applications it is important to understand the allegiances, communities and structure of key players in society. One promising direction towards extracting this information is to exploit the rich relational data in digital social networks (the social graph). As global social networks (e.g., Facebook and Twitter) are very large, most approaches make use of distributed computing systems for this purpose. Distributing graph processing requires solving many difficult engineering problems, which has lead some researchers to look at single-machine solutions that are faster and easier to maintain...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341723/improving-a-solid-state-qubit-through-an-engineered-mesoscopic-environment
#2
G Éthier-Majcher, D Gangloff, R Stockill, E Clarke, M Hugues, C Le Gall, M Atatüre
A controlled quantum system can alter its environment by feedback, leading to reduced-entropy states of the environment and to improved system coherence. Here, using a quantum-dot electron spin as a control and probe, we prepare the quantum-dot nuclei under the feedback of coherent population trapping and observe their evolution from a thermal to a reduced-entropy state, with the immediate consequence of extended qubit coherence. Via Ramsey interferometry on the electron spin, we directly access the nuclear distribution following its preparation and measure the emergence and decay of correlations within the nuclear ensemble...
September 29, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341658/floquet-symmetry-protected-topological-phases-in-cold-atom-systems
#3
I-D Potirniche, A C Potter, M Schleier-Smith, A Vishwanath, N Y Yao
We propose and analyze two distinct routes toward realizing interacting symmetry-protected topological (SPT) phases via periodic driving. First, we demonstrate that a driven transverse-field Ising model can be used to engineer complex interactions which enable the emulation of an equilibrium SPT phase. This phase remains stable only within a parametric time scale controlled by the driving frequency, beyond which its topological features break down. To overcome this issue, we consider an alternate route based upon realizing an intrinsically Floquet SPT phase that does not have any equilibrium analog...
September 22, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341637/enhancing-sideband-cooling-by-feedback-controlled-light
#4
Massimiliano Rossi, Nenad Kralj, Stefano Zippilli, Riccardo Natali, Antonio Borrielli, Gregory Pandraud, Enrico Serra, Giovanni Di Giuseppe, David Vitali
We realize a phase-sensitive closed-loop control scheme to engineer the fluctuations of the pump field which drives an optomechanical system and show that the corresponding cooling dynamics can be significantly improved. In particular, operating in the counterintuitive "antisquashing" regime of positive feedback and increased field fluctuations, sideband cooling of a nanomechanical membrane within an optical cavity can be improved by 7.5 dB with respect to the case without feedback. Close to the quantum regime of reduced thermal noise, such feedback-controlled light would allow going well below the quantum backaction cooling limit...
September 22, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341583/tumor-catalytic-photothermal-therapy-with-yolk-shell-gold-carbon-nanozymes
#5
Lei Fan, Xiangdong Xu, Chunhua Zhu, Jie Han, Lizeng Gao, Juqun Xi, Rong Guo
Nanozymes, as a new generation of artificial enzymes, offer great opportunities in biomedical engineering and disease treatment. Synergizing the multiple intrinsic functions of nanozymes can improve their performance in biological systems. Here, we report a novel nanozyme with yolk-shell structure fabricated by combining a single gold nanoparticle core with a porous hollow carbon shell nanospheres (Au@HCNs). Au@HCNs exhibited enzyme-like activities similar to horseradish peroxidase and oxidase under an acidic environment, showing the ability of ROS generation...
January 17, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341492/development-of-a-bi-modal-in-situ-crosslinking-method-to-achieve-multi-factor-release-from-electrospun-gelatin
#6
Alysha P Kishan, Taneidra Walker, Nick Sears, Thomas Wilems, Elizabeth M Cosgriff-Hernandez
To better mimic native tissue microenvironments, current efforts have moved beyond single growth factor delivery to more complex multiple growth factor delivery with distinct release profiles. Electrospun gelatin, a widely investigated drug delivery vehicle, requires post-processing crosslinking techniques that generate a mesh with uniform crosslinking density, limiting the ability to deliver multiple factors at different rates. Herein, we describe a method to independently control release of multiple factors from a single electrospun gelatin mesh...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341288/lipid-and-nucleic-acid-chemistries-combining-the-best-of-both-worlds-to-construct-advanced-biomaterials
#7
REVIEW
Julie Baillet, Valérie Desvergnes, Aladin Hamoud, Laurent Latxague, Philippe Barthélémy
Hybrid synthetic amphiphilic biomolecules are emerging as promising supramolecular materials for biomedical and technological applications. Herein, recent progress in the field of nucleic acid based lipids is highlighted with an emphasis on their molecular design, synthesis, supramolecular properties, physicochemical behaviors, and applications in the field of health science and technology. In the first section, the design and the study of nucleolipids are in focus and then the glyconucleolipid family is discussed...
January 17, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341200/human-agency-in-disaster-planning-a-systems-approach
#8
John Hamer Powell, Michael Hammond, Albert Chen, Navonil Mustafee
Current approaches to risk management place insufficient emphasis on the system knowledge available to the assessor, particularly in respect of the dynamic behavior of the system under threat, the role of human agents (HAs), and the knowledge available to those agents. In this article, we address the second of these issues. We are concerned with a class of systems containing HAs playing a variety of roles as significant system elements-as decisionmakers, cognitive agents, or implementers-that is, human activity systems...
January 16, 2018: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340931/vascutrainer-a-mobile-and-disposable-bioreactor-system-for-the-conditioning-of-tissue-engineered-vascular-grafts
#9
Frederic Wolf, Diana M Rojas González, Ulrich Steinseifer, Markus Obdenbusch, Werner Herfs, Christian Brecher, Stefan Jockenhoevel, Petra Mela, Thomas Schmitz-Rode
In vitro tissue engineering of vascular grafts requires dynamic conditioning in a bioreactor system for in vitro tissue maturation and remodeling to receive a mechanically adequate and hemocompatible implant. The goal of the current work was to develop a bioreactor system for the conditioning of vascular grafts which is (i) able to create a wide range of flow, pressure and frequency conditions, including physiological ones; (ii) compact and easy to assemble; (iii) transportable; (iv) disposable. The system is driven by a small centrifugal pump controlled via a custom-made control unit, which can also be operated on batteries to allow for autonomous transportation...
January 16, 2018: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340787/a-profilin-gene-promoter-from-switchgrass-panicum-virgatum-l-directs-strong-and-specific-transgene-expression-to-vascular-bundles-in-rice
#10
Wenzhi Xu, Wusheng Liu, Rongjian Ye, Mitra Mazarei, Debao Huang, Xinquan Zhang, C Neal Stewart
A switchgrass vascular tissue-specific promoter (PvPfn2) and its 5'-end serial deletions drive high levels of vascular bundle transgene expression in transgenic rice. Constitutive promoters are widely used for crop genetic engineering, which can result in multiple off-target effects, including suboptimal growth and epigenetic gene silencing. These problems can be potentially avoided using tissue-specific promoters for targeted transgene expression. One particularly urgent need for targeted cell wall modification in bioenergy crops, such as switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L...
January 17, 2018: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340409/dynamics-of-3d-carcinoma-cell-invasion-into-aligned-collagen
#11
Arja Ray, Rachel K Morford, Nima Ghaderi, David J Odde, Paolo P Provenzano
Carcinoma cells frequently expand and invade from a confined lesion, or multicellular clusters, into and through the stroma on the path to metastasis, often with an efficiency dictated by the architecture and composition of the microenvironment. Specifically, in desmoplastic carcinomas such as those of the breast, aligned collagen tracks provide contact guidance cues for directed cancer cell invasion. Yet, the evolving dynamics of this process of invasion remains poorly understood, in part due to difficulties in continuously capturing both spatial and temporal heterogeneity and progression to invasion in experimental systems...
January 17, 2018: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340148/reducing-unnecessary-culturing-a-systems-approach-to-evaluating-urine-culture-ordering-and-collection-practices-among-nurses-in-two-acute-care-settings
#12
Robert Redwood, Mary Jo Knobloch, Daniela C Pellegrini, Matthew J Ziegler, Michael Pulia, Nasia Safdar
Background: Inappropriate ordering and acquisition of urine cultures leads to unnecessary treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria (ASB). Treatment of ASB contributes to antimicrobial resistance particularly among hospital-acquired organisms. Our objective was to investigate urine culture ordering and collection practices among nurses to identify key system-level and human factor barriers and facilitators that affect optimal ordering and collection practices. Methods: We conducted two focus groups, one with ED nurses and the other with ICU nurses...
2018: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339333/coral-reefs-for-coastal-protection-a-new-methodological-approach-and-engineering-case-study-in-grenada
#13
Borja G Reguero, Michael W Beck, Vera N Agostini, Philip Kramer, Boze Hancock
Coastal communities in tropical environments are at increasing risk from both environmental degradation and climate change and require urgent local adaptation action. Evidences show coral reefs play a critical role in wave attenuation but relatively little direct connection has been drawn between these effects and impacts on shorelines. Reefs are rarely assessed for their coastal protection service and thus not managed for their infrastructure benefits, while widespread damage and degradation continues. This paper presents a systematic approach to assess the protective role of coral reefs and to examine solutions based on the reef's influence on wave propagation patterns...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339286/chitosan-an-undisputed-bio-fabrication-material-for-tissue-engineering-and-bio-sensing-applications
#14
REVIEW
Anupriya Baranwal, Ashutosh Kumar, A Priyadharshini, Gopi Suresh Oggu, Ira Bhatnagar, Ananya Srivastava, Pranjal Chandra
Biopolymers have been serving the mankind in various ways since long. Over the last few years, these polymers have found great demand in various domains which includes biomedicine, tissue engineering, biosensor fabrications etc. because of their excellent biocompatibility. In this context, chitosan has found global attention due to its environmentally benign nature, biocompatibility, biodegradability, and ease of availability. In last one decade or so, extensive research in active biomaterials, like chitosan has led to the development of novel delivery systems for drugs, genes, and biomolecules; and regenerative medicine...
January 12, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339145/ocular-delivery-of-proteins-and-peptides-challenges-and-novel-formulation-approaches
#15
Abhirup Mandal, Dhananjay Pal, Vibhuti Agrahari, Hoang My Trinh, Mary Joseph, Ashim K Mitra
The impact of proteins and peptides on the treatment of various conditions including ocular diseases over the past few decades has been advanced by substantial breakthroughs in structural biochemistry, genetic engineering, formulation and delivery approaches. Formulation and delivery of proteins and peptides, such as monoclonal antibodies, aptamers, recombinant proteins and peptides to ocular tissues poses significant challenges owing to their large size, poor permeation and susceptibility to degradation. A wide range of advanced drug delivery systems including polymeric controlled release systems, cell-based delivery and nanowafers are being exploited to overcome the challenges of frequent administration to ocular tissues...
January 12, 2018: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338185/injectable-and-thermo-sensitive-hydrogel-and-pdlla-electrospun-nanofiber-membrane-composites-for-guided-spinal-fusion
#16
Ying Qu, BeiYu Wang, Bingyang Chu, Chenlu Liu, Xin Rong, Hua Chen, JinRong Peng, Zhiyong Qian
Spinal fusion is the classic treatment to achieve spinal stability for the treatment of the spinal disease. Generally, spinal fusion still has to combine a certain of bone matrix for promoting bone formation to achieve the desired fusion effect based on the surgery, including the traditional bone matrix, such as the autologous bone, allografts and xenografts. Nevertheless, some problems still existed such as the immunogenic problems, the secondary wound, and pathogenic transfer and so on. Here the injectable thermosensitive hydrogel could substitute to avoid the problems as a potential biological scaffold for tissue engineering...
January 16, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337877/virtual-environments-for-visualizing-structural-health-monitoring-sensor-networks-data-and-metadata
#17
Rebecca Napolitano, Anna Blyth, Branko Glisic
Visualization of sensor networks, data, and metadata is becoming one of the most pivotal aspects of the structural health monitoring (SHM) process. Without the ability to communicate efficiently and effectively between disparate groups working on a project, an SHM system can be underused, misunderstood, or even abandoned. For this reason, this work seeks to evaluate visualization techniques in the field, identify flaws in current practices, and devise a new method for visualizing and accessing SHM data and metadata in 3D...
January 16, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337409/engineering-of-purple-embryo-maize-with-a-multigene-expression-system-derived-from-a-bidirectional-promoter-and-self-cleaving-2a-peptides
#18
Xiaoqing Liu, Wenzhu Yang, Bona Mu, Suzhen Li, Ye Li, Xiaojin Zhou, Chunyi Zhang, Yunliu Fan, Rumei Chen
Anthocyanins are polyhydroxy and polymethoxy 2-phenylbenzopyrylium glucosides that belong to a large group of plant secondary metabolites termed flavonoids. The most common anthocyanidins (anthocyanin aglycones) in higher plants are cyanidin, pelargonidin, peonidin, delphinidin, petunidin and malvidin. Flavonoid biosynthesis has been suggested to occur on the cytoplasmic face of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), where sequential enzymes of the pathway loosely form a metabolon (Winkel-Shirley, 1999). Known structural genes along the anthocyanin biosynthesis pathway in maize include chalcone synthase (CHS), chalcone isomerase (CHI), flavanone 3-hydroxylase (F3H), flavonoid 3'-hydroxylase (F3'H), dihydroflavonol 4-reductase (DFR), anthocyanidin synthase (ANS), flavonoid 3-O-glucosyltransferase (3UFGT) and glutathione S-transferase (GST)...
January 16, 2018: Plant Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336552/engineering-the-surface-of-therapeutic-living-cells
#19
Jooyeon Park, Brenda Andrade, Yongbeom Seo, Myung-Joo Kim, Steven C Zimmerman, Hyunjoon Kong
Biological cells are complex living machines that have garnered significant attention for their potential to serve as a new generation of therapeutic and delivery agents. Because of their secretion, differentiation, and homing activities, therapeutic cells have tremendous potential to treat or even cure various diseases and injuries that have defied conventional therapeutic strategies. Therapeutic cells can be systemically or locally transplanted. In addition, with their ability to express receptors that bind specific tissue markers, cells are being studied as nano- or microsized drug carriers capable of targeted transport...
January 16, 2018: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336371/in-vitro-flow-perfusion-maintaining-long-term-viability-of-the-rat-groin-fat-flap-a-novel-model-for-research-on-large-scale-engineered-tissues
#20
Yang An, Fang-Fei Nie, Ze-Lian Qin, Hong-Yu Xue, Lu-Jia Chen, Bi Li, Dong Li
BACKGROUND: Large-scale muscle tissue engineering remains a major challenge. An axial vascular pedicle and perfusion bioreactor are necessary for the development and maintenance of large-scale engineered muscle to ensure circulation within the construct. We aimed to develop a novel experimental model of a large-scale engineered muscle flap from an existing rat groin fat flap. METHODS: A fat flap based on the superficial inferior epigastric vascular pedicle was excised from rats and placed into a perfusion bioreactor...
January 20, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
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