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Kang Wook Lee, Jae Min Shim, Zhuang Yao, Jeong A Kim, Hyun-Jin Kim, Jeong Hwan Kim
To develop starters for the production of functional foods or materials, lactic acid bacteria producing γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) were screened from jeotgals, Korean fermented sea foods. One isolate producing high amount of GABA from monosodium L-glutamate (MSG) was identified as Enterococcus avium by 16S rRNA gene sequencing. E. avium M5 produced 18.47 ± 1.26 mg/ml GABA when incubated for 48 h at 37°C in MRS broth with MSG (3%, w/v). A gadB gene encoding glutamate decarboxylase (GAD) was cloned and overexpressed in E...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
Guoqiang Xu, Haochun Zhang, Yan Jin, Sen Li, Yao Li
We propose a fundamental latent function of control heat transfer and heat flux density vectors at random positions on thermal materials by applying transformation optics. The expressions for heat flux bending are obtained, and the factors influencing them are investigated in both 2D and 3D cloaking schemes. Under certain conditions, more than one degree of freedom of heat flux bending exists corresponding to the temperature gradients of the 3D domain. The heat flux path can be controlled in random space based on the geometrical azimuths, radial positions, and thermal conductivity ratios of the selected materials...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
Si-Liu Xu, Guo-Peng Zhao, Milivoj R Belić, Jun-Rong He, Li Xue
We analyze three-dimensional (3D) vector solitary waves in a system of coupled nonlinear Schrödinger equations with spatially modulated diffraction and nonlinearity, under action of a composite self-consistent trapping potential. Exact vector solitary waves, or light bullets (LBs), are found using the self-similarity method. The stability of vortex 3D LB pairs is examined by direct numerical simulations; the results show that only low-order vortex soliton pairs with the mode parameter values n ≤ 1, l ≤ 1 and m = 0 can be supported by the spatially modulated interaction in the composite trap...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
Xiaoyu Weng, Luping Du, Peng Shi, Xiaocong Yuan
Optical cages attract considerable attentions recently owing to their potential applications in optical trapping, optical imaging and optical cloaking. However, the generation of tunable optical cage arrays in the transverse plane comes to a great challenge, which restricts the effectiveness of the above applications. In this work, we propose a full polarization-controlled method that optical cage arrays with tunable number and positions in the x-y plane can be generated by a so-called Dammann vector beam (DVB), both under the conditions of high- and low-NA focusing system...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
Shaoqi Feng, Chuan Qin, Kuanping Shang, Shibnath Pathak, Weicheng Lai, Binbin Guan, Matthew Clements, Tiehui Su, Guangyao Liu, Hongbo Lu, Ryan P Scott, S J Ben Yoo
This paper demonstrates rapidly reconfigurable, high-fidelity optical arbitrary waveform generation (OAWG) in a heterogeneous photonic integrated circuit (PIC). The heterogeneous PIC combines advantages of high-speed indium phosphide (InP) modulators and low-loss, high-contrast silicon nitride (Si<sub>3</sub>N<sub>4</sub>) arrayed waveguide gratings (AWGs) so that high-fidelity optical waveform syntheses with rapid waveform updates are possible. The generated optical waveforms spanned a 160 GHz spectral bandwidth starting from an optical frequency comb consisting of eight comb lines separated by 20 GHz channel spacing...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
Honghao Yu, Jun Chang, Xin Liu, Chuhan Wu, Yifan He, Yongjian Zhang
Herein, we propose a new security enhancing method that employs wavefront aberrations as optical keys to improve the resistance capabilities of conventional double-random phase encoding (DRPE) optical cryptosystems. This study has two main innovations. First, we exploit a special beam-expander afocal-reflecting to produce different types of aberrations, and the wavefront distortion can be altered by changing the shape of the afocal-reflecting system using a deformable mirror. Then, we reconstruct the wavefront aberrations via the surface fitting of Zernike polynomials and use the reconstructed aberrations as novel asymmetric vector keys...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
Andriy Shevchenko, Markus Nyman, Ville Kivijärvi, Matti Kaivola
Spatial dispersion is an intriguing property of essentially all nanostructured optical media. In particular, it makes optical waves with equal frequencies and polarizations have different wavelengths, if they propagate in different directions. This can offer new approaches to control light radiation and propagation. Spatially dispersive nanomaterials, such as metamaterials, are often treated in terms of wave parameters, such as refractive index and impedance retrieved from reflection and transmission coefficients of the material at each incidence angle...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
Jia Liu, Xianqiang He, Jiahang Liu, Yan Bai, Difeng Wang, Tieqiao Chen, Yihao Wang, Feng Zhu
Absorption and scattering by molecules, aerosols and hydrosols, and the reflection and transmission over the sea surface can modify the original polarization state of sunlight. However, water-leaving radiance polarization, containing embedded water constituent information, has largely been neglected. Here, the efficiency of the parallel polarization radiance (PPR) for enhancing ocean color signal of suspended particulate matter is examined via vector radiative transfer simulations and laboratory experiments...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
Peng-Wang Zhai, Yongxiang Hu, David M Winker, Bryan A Franz, Jeremy Werdell, Emmanuel Boss
Inelastic scattering plays an important role in ocean optics. The main inelastic scattering mechanisms include Raman scattering, fluorescence by colored dissolved organic matter (FDOM), and fluorescence by chlorophyll. This paper reports an implementation of all three inelastic scattering mechanisms in the exact vector radiative transfer model for coupled atmosphere and ocean Systems (CAOS). Simulation shows that FDOM contributes to the water radiation field in the broad visible spectral region, while chlorophyll fluorescence is limited in a narrow band centered at 685 nm...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
Minkyu Sung, Seung-Hyun Cho, Hwan Seok Chung, Sun Me Kim, Jong Hyun Lee
We demonstrate the improvement of the transmission performance based on intermixing noise mitigation techniques in a multiple intermediate-frequency-over-fiber (IFoF) based mobile fronthaul. The interaction between fiber chromatic dispersion and frequency chirp of the directly modulated laser generates the second-order distortion that degrades the performance of multi-IFoF transmission system. To avoid second-order distortion, we use intermediate frequency (IF) spacing optimization and octave-confined frequency plan schemes in which intermixing noise would be generated in the out of signal band and would not affect the quality of transmitted signal...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
Teresa Coccini, Francesca Caloni, Uliana De Simone
Ciguatoxins (CTXs) are emerging marine neurotoxins representing the main cause of ciguatera fish poisoning, an intoxication syndrome which configures a health emergency and constitutes an evolving issue constantly changing due to new vectors and derivatives of CTXs, as well as their presence in new non-endemic areas. The study applied the neuroblastoma cell model of human origin (SH-SY5Y) to evaluate species-specific mechanistic information on CTX toxicity. Metabolic functionality, cell morphology, cytosolic Ca(2+)i responses, neuronal cell growth and proliferation were assessed after short- (4-24h) and long-term exposure (10days) to P-CTX-3C...
April 14, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
Sébastien Marcombe, Julie Bobichon, Boutsady Somphong, Nothasin Phommavan, Santi Maithaviphet, Simone Nambanya, Vincent Corbel, Paul T Brey
Knowledge on insecticide resistance in Anopheles species is a basic requirement to guide malaria vector control programs. In Lao PDR, vector control relies on insecticide residual spraying (IRS) and impregnated bed-nets (ITNs) with the use of pyrethroids. Here, the susceptibility of Anopheles species, including several malaria vectors (An. maculatus and An. minimus), to various insecticides was investigated in ten provinces of Lao PDR through a north-south transect. Bioassays were performed on field caught female mosquitoes using the standard WHO susceptibility tests with DDT (4%), deltamethrin (0...
2017: PloS One
W M Cheung, K S Chan
We study the Floquet quasi-energy band structure of bilayer graphene when it is illuminated by two laser lights with frequencies [Formula: see text] and [Formula: see text] using Floquet theory. We focus on the dynamical gap formed by the conduction band with Floquet index  =  -1 and the valence band with Floquet index  =  +1 to understand how Dirac points can be formed. It is found that the dynamical gap does not have rotation symmetry in the momentum space, and quasi-Dirac points, where the conduction and valence bands almost touch, can be created when the dynamical gap closes along some directions with suitably chosen radiation parameters...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Federica Verna, Paola Modesto, Maria Cristina Radaelli, Danila Raffaella Francese, Enrico Monaci, Rosanna Desiato, Carla Grattarola, Simone Peletto, Andrea Mosca, Giovanni Savini, Rosa Chianese, Vittorio Demicheli, Marino Prearo, Laura Chiavacci, Alessandra Pautasso, Cristina Casalone
INTRODUCTION: Mosquito-borne diseases (MBDs) are spreading worldwide due to globalization and climate change, representing a threat for both humans and animals. Of great concern are the infections caused by viruses belonging to the Flavivirus genus as West Nile virus (WNV) and Usutu virus (USUV) transmitted by Culex sp. or Dengue virus and Zika virus (ZIKV), transmitted by Aedes sp. This work describes the surveillance protocol enforced in Piedmont (Northwestern Italy) to control MBDs spread, focusing on the activities performed on mosquitoes during the 2015 vector season...
February 23, 2017: Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
Ahana Gangopadhyay, Oindrila Chatterjee, Shantanu Chakrabartty
Growth transformations constitute a class of fixed-point multiplicative update algorithms that were originally proposed for optimizing polynomial and rational functions over a domain of probability measures. In this paper, we extend this framework to the domain of bounded real variables which can be applied towards optimizing the dual cost function of a generic support vector machine (SVM). The approach can, therefore, not only be used to train traditional soft-margin binary SVMs, one-class SVMs, and probabilistic SVMs but can also be used to design novel variants of SVMs with different types of convex and quasi-convex loss functions...
April 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
Jen-Tzung Chien, Yi-Ting Bao
The growing interests in multiway data analysis and deep learning have drawn tensor factorization (TF) and neural network (NN) as the crucial topics. Conventionally, the NN model is estimated from a set of one-way observations. Such a vectorized NN is not generalized for learning the representation from multiway observations. The classification performance using vectorized NN is constrained, because the temporal or spatial information in neighboring ways is disregarded. More parameters are required to learn the complicated data structure...
April 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
Solveig Fadnes, Morten Wigen, Siri Ann Nyrnes, Lasse Lovstakken
Two-dimensional blood speckle tracking has shown promise for measuring complex flow patterns in neonatal hearts using linear arrays and high-frame-rate plane wave imaging. For general pediatric applications, however, the need for phased array probes emerges due to the limited intercostal acoustic window available. In this work, a clinically approved real-time duplex imaging setup with phased array probes was used to investigate the potential of blood speckle tracking for 2-D vector velocity imaging of children with congenital heart disease...
April 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Abolfazl Mehranian, Martin Belzunce, Claudia Prieto, Alexander Hammers, Andrew Reader
In this work we propose a generalized joint sparsity regularization prior and reconstruction framework for the syner-gistic reconstruction of PET and undersampled sensitivity en-coded (SENSE) MRI data with the aim of improving image quality beyond that obtained through conventional independent recon-structions. The proposed prior improves upon the joint total vari-ation (TV) using a non-convex potential function that assigns a rel-atively lower penalty for the PET and MR gradients whose mag-nitudes are jointly large, thus permitting the preservation and for-mation of common boundaries irrespective of their relative orien-tation...
April 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
Xu-Yao Zhang, Fei Yin, Yan-Ming Zhang, Cheng-Lin Liu, Yoshua Bengio
Recent deep learning based approaches have achieved great success on handwriting recognition. Chinese characters are among the most widely adopted writing systems in the world. Previous research has mainly focused on recognizing handwritten Chinese characters. However, recognition is only one aspect for understanding a language, another challenging and interesting task is to teach a machine to automatically write (pictographic) Chinese characters. In this paper, we propose a framework by using the recurrent neural network (RNN) as both a discriminative model for recognizing Chinese characters and a generative model for drawing (generating) Chinese characters...
April 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
Wenhuan Wang, Fangfang Feng, Jinhui Lv, Zixin Xie, Jun Chen, Lifang Zhang, Wenshu Li
To prepare the dominant multiepitope fusion antigen ROP2-SAG1 (RSmultiepitope) from Toxoplasma gondii in a prokaryotic system, the major immunodominant region (MIR) of the human hepatitis B virus core antigen (HBcAg(MIR)) was used as a delivery vector. The gene encoding the RSmultiepitope was inserted into HBcAg(MIR), and rHBcAg(MIR)-RSmultiepitope was prepared, purified, and administered to BALB/c mice through intradermal injection. An indirect enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay analysis based on a multiepitope peptide facilitated the specific differentiation of sera obtained from mice immunized with the rHBcAg(MIR)-RSmultiepitope protein, and high titers (greater than 1:6,400) of specific anti-RSmultiepitope antibodies were obtained...
April 24, 2017: Viral Immunology
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