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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454158/adding-a-spin-to-kerker-s-condition-angular-tuning-of-directional-scattering-with-designed-excitation
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Lei Wei, Nandini Bhattacharya, H Paul Urbach
We describe a method to control the directional scattering of a high-index dielectric nanosphere, which utilizes the unique focusing properties of an azimuthally polarized phase vortex and a radially polarized beam to independently excite inside the nanosphere a spinning magnetic dipole and a linearly polarized electric dipole mode normal to the magnetic dipole. We show that by simply adjusting the phase and amplitude of the field on the exit pupil of the optical system, the scattering of the nanosphere can be tuned to any direction within a plane, and the method works over a broad wavelength range...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454149/radially-and-azimuthally-polarized-nanosecond-yb-doped-fiber-mopa-system-incorporating-temporal-shaping
#2
D Lin, N Baktash, M Berendt, M Beresna, P G Kazansky, W A Clarkson, S U Alam, D J Richardson
We report an Yb-doped fiber master-oscillator power-amplifier (MOPA) system with the capability of selectively generating doughnut-shaped radially and azimuthally polarized beams with user-defined temporal pulse shapes. The desired output polarization was generated with the aid of a nanograting spatially variant half-waveplate (S-waveplate). The latter was used to convert the linearly polarized fundamental (LP<sub>01</sub>) mode output from the preamplification stages to a doughnut-shaped radially polarized beam prior to the power amplifier stage...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453337/venous-bridge-arterial-grafting-for-thumb-replantation
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Eric R Wagner, Allen T Bishop, Alexander Y Shin
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study is to describe a novel technique using an interposition vein graft for thumb replantation in these severe avulsion injuries. METHODS: From 2002 to 2012, 8 patients underwent interposition venous bridge grafting from the dorsal radial artery at the anatomic snuffbox to the ulnar digital artery of the thumb. All patients had a traumatic thumb amputation with a severe injury to the ulnar digital artery. The technique began with bony stabilization; the radial artery at the anatomic snuffbox is exposed, vein graft harvested, and microsurgical end-to-side (proximally) and end-to-end (distally) anastomoses are carried out...
May 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453336/the-relationship-between-the-intercrease-line-and-the-a1-digital-pulley-a-cadaveric-study
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Colyn J Watkins, Nikola Zivaljevic, Kyle R Eberlin, Michael Rivlin, Chaitanya S Mudgal
BACKGROUND: Accurate identification of surface anatomy is critical to identify the location of the A1 pulley. The intercrease line (ICL) describes a transverse line between the radial edge of the proximal palmar crease and the ulnar edge of the distal palmar crease. We hypothesize that this easily identifiable surface landmark approximates the location of the A1 pulley. METHODS: The ICL was marked on 7 cadaver hands. We marked a point proximal to the proximal digital crease (PDC) equal to the distance between each digit's proximal interphalangeal crease (PIC) and PDC (the PIC/PDC point)...
May 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449475/a-non-randomized-retrospective-observational-study-on-the-subcutaneous-esophageal-reconstruction-after-esophagectomy-is-it-feasible-in-high-risk-patients
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Jae Ho Chung, Sung Ho Lee, Eunjue Yi, Jae Seung Jung, Jung Wook Han, Tae Sik Kim, Ho Sung Son, Kwang Taik Kim
BACKGROUND: Esophageal reconstruction after esophagectomy is a complex procedure with high morbidity and mortality. Anastomotic leakage is more severe and frequent in patients with preoperative comorbidities and may present with septic conditions. Considering the possibility of an easier management of such cases, we evaluated the safety and feasibility of subcutaneous esophageal reconstruction in patients with high operative risks. METHODS: We performed a non-randomized retrospective observational study on the 75 (subcutaneous: 21, intrathoracic: 54) esophageal cancer patients who underwent esophageal reconstruction either through subcutaneous or intrathoracic route between January 2003 and February 2015...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448274/top-down-fabricated-tapered-gaas-nanowires-with-sacrificial-etching-of-the-mask
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Navneet Dhindsa, Simarjeet Saini
A novel fabrication method using controlled sacrificial etching of the mask is utilized to fabricate tapered vertical GaAs nanowire arrays. Experimental measurements of the absorption characteristics show that the tapered nanowires absorb over a broadband range as compared to cylindrical ones. The broadband characterization is verified by using optical modeling and results from improved coupling of the nanowires due to distinct radial HE modes being excited separately in the taper and the cylindrical part. The absorption is found to be more broadband as compared to conical nanowires studied so far...
April 27, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447801/droplets-on-microdecorated-surfaces-evolution-of-the-polygonal-contact-line
#7
Alok Kumar, Rishi Raj
Interaction of liquids with surfaces is ubiquitous in our physical environment as well as many engineering applications. Recent advances on this topic have not only provided us with valuable insight into nature's design, but also enabled improved fluidic manipulation for liquid-based printing applications such as bio-microarrays for protein and DNA sequencing, multicolor polymer-based LED displays, inkjet printing, and solder droplet printing, among others. For example, droplet contact lines which are typically circular on a smooth and homogenous surface when deposited on a microdecorated surface may take various common polygonal shapes such as squares, rectangles, hexagons, octagons and dodecagons...
April 27, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447449/molecular-simulations-of-mixed-lipid-bilayers-with-sphingomyelin-glycerophospholipids-and-cholesterol
#8
Indrani Bera, Jeffery B Klauda
The highly-diversified composition of lipid bilayers across living cells is crucial for many biological processes. Lipid bilayers mainly consist of phosphatidylcholines (PC), phosphatidylethanolamines (PE), sphingomyelin (SM) and cholesterol, with eukaryotic membranes containing high percentage of sphingomyelin and cholesterol. In this study, we have modeled bilayers with different concentration of PC, PE and SM to understand the changes in bilayer properties with varied SM concentrations. In addition, membrane models with 33% cholesterol have been simulated to understand the influence of cholesterol...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447287/topography-and-correlation-of-radial-peripapillary-capillary-density-network-with-retinal-nerve-fibre-layer-thickness
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Tarannum Mansoori, Jayanthi Sivaswamy, Jahnavi Sai Gamalapati, Nagalla Balakrishna
PURPOSE: To analyse the expansion of radial peripapillary capillary (RPC) network with optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) in normal human eyes and correlate RPC density with retinal nerve fibre layer thickness (RNFLT) at various distances from the optic nerve head (ONH) edge. METHODS: Fifty eyes of 50 healthy subjects underwent imaging with RTVue XR-100 Avanti OCT. OCT-A scans of Angio disc (6 × 6 mm) and Angio retina (8 × 8 mm) were combined to create a wide-field montage image of the RPC network...
April 26, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447268/atypical-age-dependency-of-executive-function-and-white-matter-microstructure-in-children-and-adolescents-with-autism-spectrum-disorders
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Kenia Martínez, Jessica Merchán-Naranjo, Laura Pina-Camacho, Yasser Alemán-Gómez, Leticia Boada, David Fraguas, Carmen Moreno, Celso Arango, Joost Janssen, Mara Parellada
Executive function (EF) performance is associated with measurements of white matter microstructure (WMS) in typical individuals. Impaired EF is a hallmark symptom of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) but it is unclear how impaired EF relates to variability in WMS. Twenty-one male youth (8-18 years) with ASD and without intellectual disability and twenty-one typical male participants (TP) matched for age, intelligence quotient, handedness, race and parental socioeconomic status were recruited. Five EF domains were assessed and several DTI-based measurements of WMS [fractional anisotropy (FA), mean diffusivity (MD) and radial diffusivity (RD)] were estimated for eighteen white matter tracts...
April 26, 2017: European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447205/treatment-with-geranylgeranylacetone-induces-heat-shock-protein-70-and-attenuates-neonatal-hyperoxic-lung-injury-in-a-model-of-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia
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Shuko Tokuriki, Aiko Igarashi, Takashi Okuno, Genrei Ohta, Hironobu Naiki, Yusei Ohshima
PURPOSE: Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) is a respiratory complication characterized by abnormal alveolar development in premature infants. Geranylgeranylacetone (GGA) can induce heat shock protein (HSP) 70, which has cytoprotective effects against various stressors. Here, we investigated whether GGA protected neonatal lungs from hyperoxic stress in a murine BPD model, and measured the serum HSP70 levels in preterm humans treated with oxygen. METHODS: Newborn mice were exposed to >90% oxygen and administered GGA or vehicle alone orally on days 1, 2, and 3 of life...
April 26, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447147/diffusion-kurtosis-as-an-in-vivo-imaging-marker-of-early-radiation-induced-changes-in-radiation-induced-temporal-lobe-necrosis-in-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma-patients
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Lu Liyan, Wang Si, Wang Qian, Shao Yuhui, Wei Xiaoer, Li Yuehua, Li Wenbin
PURPOSE: Diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI), an extension of the popular diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) model, has been applied in clinical studies of brain tissue changes. We explored the value of DKI for the early detection of radiation-induced changes in temporal lobe necrosis (TLN) after radiotherapy (RT) for nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). METHODS: A total of 400 patients with NPC were retrospectively enrolled; all participants underwent MRI scans 0-7 days before RT, at 4 weeks during RT, and 1 month after completing RT...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446977/endoscopic-management-of-esophageal-leaks
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Gabie K B Ong, Richard K Freeman
Traditionally, gold standard treatment for an acute esophageal perforation has been operative repair. Over the past two decades, there has been a paradigm shift towards the use of esophageal stents. Recent advances in biomaterial allowed a new generation of stents to be manufactured that combined (I) a non-permeable covering; (II) radial force sufficient to occlude a transmural esophageal injury and (III) improved ease of removability. The amalgamation of these developments set the stage for utilizing esophageal stents as part of the management algorithm of an acute esophageal perforation...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446828/preliminary-pharmacognostic-and-phytochemical-investigation-of-blepharis-sindica-t-anders-seeds
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Apurva Priyadarshi, Rajesh Kumari, Anil Kumar Sharma, Mohal Lal Jaiswal
BACKGROUND: Blepharis sindica - T. Anders of family Acanthaceae is an important medicinal plant which is mainly used as an invigorating tonic, given to cattle to increase milk production and its roots are used for urinary discharge and dysmenorrhea. It is commonly known as "Bhaṅgārī". It is extensively used traditionally as Vājīkāraka and Vṛṣya (Aphrodisiac) by vaidyas of Rajasthan and Gujarat. The seeds of Blepharis sindica T. Anders are the parts of the plant valued for their medicinal value...
October 2016: Ancient Science of Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446132/pcsk5-is-required-in-the-early-cranio-cardiac-mesoderm-for-heart-development
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Dorota Szumska, Milena Cioroch, Angela Keeling, Annik Prat, Nabil G Seidah, Shoumo Bhattacharya
BACKGROUND: Loss of proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 5 (Pcsk5) results in multiple developmental anomalies including cardiac malformations, caudal regression, pre-sacral mass, renal agenesis, anteroposterior patterning defects, and tracheo-oesophageal and anorectal malformations, and is a model for VACTERL/caudal regression/Currarino syndromes (VACTERL association - Vertebral anomalies, Anal atresia, Cardiac defects, Tracheoesophageal fistula and/or Esophageal atresia, Renal & Radial anomalies and Limb defects)...
April 26, 2017: BMC Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445999/crystal-orientation-effect-on-the-subsurface-deformation-of-monocrystalline-germanium-in-nanometric-cutting
#16
Min Lai, Xiaodong Zhang, Fengzhou Fang
Molecular dynamics simulations of nanometric cutting on monocrystalline germanium are conducted to investigate the subsurface deformation during and after nanometric cutting. The continuous random network model of amorphous germanium is established by molecular dynamics simulation, and its characteristic parameters are extracted to compare with those of the machined deformed layer. The coordination number distribution and radial distribution function (RDF) show that the machined surface presents the similar amorphous state...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445921/assessment-of-the-synergic-effect-of-immunomodulation-on-nerve-repair-using-multi-parametric-mr-imaging
#17
Chu-Shan Zheng, Xiang Zhang, Yue-Yao Chen, Fang Zhang, Xiao-Hui Duan, Mei-Wei Chen, Lie-Jing Lu, Jun Shen
Introduction:The immune system plays a pivotal role in nerve injury. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of multi-parametric magnetic resonance (MR) imaging in the evaluation of the synergic effect of immunomodulation on nerve regeneration in neurotmesis. METHODS: Rats with sciatic nerve neurotmesis and surgical repair underwent serial multi-parametric MR examinations over an 8 week period after subepineurial microinjection of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and subsequent subcutaneous injection of FK506 or subepineurial microinjection of LPS or phosphate buffered saline (PBS) alone...
April 26, 2017: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445700/design-synthesis-of-novel-chitosan-derivatives-bearing-quaternary-phosphonium-salts-and-evaluation-of-antifungal-activity
#18
Wenqiang Tan, Jingjing Zhang, Fang Luan, Lijie Wei, Yuan Chen, Fang Dong, Qing Li, Zhanyong Guo
Two novel chitosan derivatives modified with quaternary phosphonium salts were successfully synthesized, including tricyclohexylphosphonium acetyl chitosan chloride (TCPACSC) and triphenylphosphonium acetyl chitosan chloride (TPPACSC), and characterized by FTIR, (1)H NMR, and (13)C NMR spectra. The degree of substitution was also calculated by elemental analysis results. Their antifungal activities against Colletotrichum lagenarium, Watermelon fusarium, and Fusarium oxysporum were investigated in vitro using the radial growth assay, minimal inhibitory concentration, and minimum bactericidal concentration assay...
April 23, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445143/the-igh-locus-relocalizes-to-a-recombination-compartment-in-the-perinucleolar-region-of-differentiating-b-lymphocytes
#19
Andrey Pichugin, Olga V Iarovaia, Alexey Gavrilov, Ilya Sklyar, Natalja Barinova, Aleksandr Barinov, Evgeny Ivashkin, Gersende Caron, Said Aoufouchi, Sergey V Razin, Thierry Fest, Marc Lipinski, Yegor S Vassetzky
The immunoglobulin heavy chain (IGH) gene loci are subject to specific recombination events during B-cell differentiation including somatic hypermutation and class switch recombination which mark the end of immunoglobulin gene maturation in germinal centers of secondary lymph nodes. These two events rely on the activity of activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID) which requires DNA double strand breaks be created, a potential danger to the cell. Applying 3D-fluorescence in situ hybridization coupled with immunofluorescence staining to a previously described experimental system recapitulating normal B-cell differentiation ex vivo, we have kinetically analyzed the radial positioning of the two IGH gene loci as well as their proximity with the nucleolus, heterochromatin and γH2AX foci...
April 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444935/hydration-status-influences-the-measurement-of-arterial-stiffness
#20
Aaron R Caldwell, Matthew A Tucker, Jenna Burchfield, Nicole E Moyen, Alf Z Satterfield, Ashley Six, Brendon P McDermott, Sean W Mulvenon, Matthew S Ganio
Consensus guidelines have attempted to standardize the measurement and interpretation of pulse wave velocity (PWV); however, guidelines have not addressed whether hydration status affects PWV. Moreover, multiple studies have utilized heat stress to reduce arterial stiffness which may lead to dehydration. This study utilized two experiments to investigate the effects of dehydration on PWV at rest and during passive heat stress. In experiment 1, subjects (n = 19) completed two trials, one in which they arrived euhydrated and one dehydrated (1·2[1·0]% body mass loss)...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
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