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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732056/inferring-microbial-interactions-in-thermophilic-and-mesophilic-anaerobic-digestion-of-hog-waste
#1
Grace Tzun-Wen Shaw, An-Chi Liu, Chieh-Yin Weng, Chu-Yang Chou, Daryi Wang
Anaerobic digestion (AnD) is a microbiological process that converts organic waste materials into biogas. Because of its high methane content, biogas is a combustible energy source and serves as an important environmental technology commonly used in the management of animal waste generated on large animal farms. Much work has been done on hardware design and process engineering for the generation of biogas. However, little is known about the complexity of the microbiology in this process. In particular, how microbes interact in the digester and eventually breakdown and convert organic matter into biogas is still regarded as a "black box...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730543/method-for-continuous-monitoring-of-electrospray-ion-formation
#2
Guille Metzler, Susan Crathern, Lorin Bachmann, Carmen Fernández-Metzler, Richard King
A method for continuously monitoring the performance of electrospray ionization without the addition of hardware or chemistry to the system is demonstrated. In the method, which we refer to as SprayDx, cluster ions with solvent vapor natively formed by electrospray are followed throughout the collection of liquid chromatography-selected reaction monitoring data. The cluster ion extracted ion chromatograms report on the consistency of the ion formation and detection system. The data collected by the SprayDx method resemble the data collected for postcolumn infusion of analyte...
July 20, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730431/protocols-for-molecular-dynamics-simulations-of-rna-nanostructures
#3
Taejin Kim, Wojciech K Kasprzak, Bruce A Shapiro
Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been used as one of the main research tools to study a wide range of biological systems and bridge the gap between X-ray crystallography or NMR structures and biological mechanism. In the field of RNA nanostructures, MD simulations have been used to fix steric clashes in computationally designed RNA nanostructures, characterize the dynamics, and investigate the interaction between RNA and other biomolecules such as delivery agents and membranes.In this chapter we present examples of computational protocols for molecular dynamics simulations in explicit and implicit solvent using the Amber Molecular Dynamics Package...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727565/danoc-an-efficient-algorithm-and-hardware-codesign-of-deep-neural-networks-on-chip
#4
Xichuan Zhou, Shengli Li, Fang Tang, Shengdong Hu, Zhi Lin, Lei Zhang
Deep neural networks (NNs) are the state-of-the-art models for understanding the content of images and videos. However, implementing deep NNs in embedded systems is a challenging task, e.g., a typical deep belief network could exhaust gigabytes of memory and result in bandwidth and computational bottlenecks. To address this challenge, this paper presents an algorithm and hardware codesign for efficient deep neural computation. A hardware-oriented deep learning algorithm, named the deep adaptive network, is proposed to explore the sparsity of neural connections...
July 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727559/a-microfluidic-cytometer-for-complete-blood-count-with-a-3-2-megapixel-1-1-%C3%AE-m-pitch-super-resolution-image-sensor-in-65-nm-bsi-cmos
#5
Xu Liu, Xiwei Huang, Yu Jiang, Hang Xu, Jing Guo, Han Wei Hou, Mei Yan, Hao Yu
Based on a 3.2-Megapixel 1.1- μm-pitch super-resolution (SR) CMOS image sensor in a 65-nm backside-illumination process, a lens-free microfluidic cytometer for complete blood count (CBC) is demonstrated in this paper. Backside-illumination improves resolution and contrast at the device level with elimination of surface treatment when integrated with microfluidic channels. A single-frame machine-learning-based SR processing is further realized at system level for resolution correction with minimum hardware resources...
July 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726312/spinal-cord-stimulator-related-infections-findings-from-a-multicenter-retrospective-analysis-of-2737-implants
#6
Markus A Bendel, Travis O'Brien, Bryan C Hoelzer, Timothy R Deer, Thomas P Pittelkow, Shrif Costandi, David R Walega, Gerges Azer, Salim M Hayek, Zhen Wang, Jason S Eldrige, Wenchun Qu, Joshua M Rosenow, Steven M Falowski, Stephanie A Neuman, Susan M Moeschler, Catherine Wassef, Christopher Kim, Tariq Niazi, Taher Saifullah, Brian Yee, Chong Kim, Christine L Oryhan, Daniel T Warren, Imanuel Lerman, Ruben Mora, Michael Hanes, Thomas Simopoulos, Sanjiv Sharma, Chris Gilligan, Warren Grace, Timothy Ade, Nagy A Mekhail, John P Hunter, Daniel Choi, Deborah Y Choi
INTRODUCTION: Surgical site infection is a potential complication of spinal cord stimulator (SCS) implantation. Current understanding of the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of these infections is based largely on small clinical studies, many of which are outdated. Evidence-based guidelines for management of SCS-related infections thus rely instead on expert opinion, case reports, and case series. In this study, we aim to provide a large scale retrospective study of infection management techniques specifically for SCS implantation...
July 20, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725028/detection-and-quantitation-of-copy-number-variation-in-the-voltage-gated-sodium-channel-gene-of-the-mosquito-culex-quinquefasciatus
#7
Walter Fabricio Silva Martins, Krishanthi Subramaniam, Keith Steen, Henry Mawejje, Triantafillos Liloglou, Martin James Donnelly, Craig Stephen Wilding
Insecticide resistance is typically associated with alterations to the insecticidal target-site or with gene expression variation at loci involved in insecticide detoxification. In some species copy number variation (CNV) of target site loci (e.g. the Ace-1 target site of carbamate insecticides) or detoxification genes has been implicated in the resistance phenotype. We show that field-collected Ugandan Culex quinquefasciatus display CNV for the voltage-gated sodium channel gene (Vgsc), target-site of pyrethroid and organochlorine insecticides...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725020/neuronal-imaging-with-ultrahigh-dynamic-range-multiphoton-microscopy
#8
Ruohui Yang, Timothy D Weber, Ellen D Witkowski, Ian G Davison, Jerome Mertz
Multiphoton microscopes are hampered by limited dynamic range, preventing weak sample features from being detected in the presence of strong features, or preventing the capture of unpredictable bursts in sample strength. We present a digital electronic add-on technique that vastly improves the dynamic range of a multiphoton microscope while limiting potential photodamage. The add-on provides real-time negative feedback to regulate the laser power delivered to the sample, and a log representation of the sample strength to accommodate ultrahigh dynamic range without loss of information...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724287/active-solvent-modulation-a-valve-based-approach-to-improve-separation-compatibility-in-two-dimensional-liquid-chromatography
#9
Dwight R Stoll, Konstantin Shoykhet, Patrik Petersson, Stephan Buckenmaier
Two-dimensional liquid chromatography (2D-LC) is increasingly being viewed as a viable tool for solving difficult separation problems, ranging from targeted separations of structurally similar molecules to untargeted separations of highly complex mixtures. In spite of this performance potential, though, many users find method development challenging, and most frequently cite the 'incompatibility' between the solvent systems used in the first and second dimensions as a major obstacle. This solvent strength related incompatibility can lead to severe peak distortion and loss of resolution and sensitivity in the second dimension...
July 19, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720774/a-novel-fluorescent-probe-based-flow-cytometric-assay-for-mineral-containing-nanoparticles-in-serum
#10
Edward R Smith, Tim D Hewitson, Michael M X Cai, Parisa Aghagolzadeh, Matthias Bachtler, Andreas Pasch, Stephen G Holt
Calciprotein particles, nanoscale aggregates of insoluble mineral and binding proteins, have emerged as potential mediators of phosphate toxicity in patients with Chronic Kidney Disease. Although existing immunochemical methods for their detection have provided compelling data, these approaches are indirect, lack specificity and are subject to a number of other technical and theoretical shortcomings. Here we have developed a rapid homogeneous fluorescent probe-based flow cytometric method for the detection and quantitation of individual mineral-containing nanoparticles in human and animal serum...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719614/beat-id-towards-a-computationally-low-cost-single-heartbeat-biometric-identity-check-system-based-on-electrocardiogram-wave-morphology
#11
Joana S Paiva, Duarte Dias, João P S Cunha
In recent years, safer and more reliable biometric methods have been developed. Apart from the need for enhanced security, the media and entertainment sectors have also been applying biometrics in the emerging market of user-adaptable objects/systems to make these systems more user-friendly. However, the complexity of some state-of-the-art biometric systems (e.g., iris recognition) or their high false rejection rate (e.g., fingerprint recognition) is neither compatible with the simple hardware architecture required by reduced-size devices nor the new trend of implementing smart objects within the dynamic market of the Internet of Things (IoT)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718955/an-electrochemiluminescent-method-for-glutamate-measurement-in-small-microdialysate-samples-in-asphyxiated-young-rats
#12
Jorge Ortega-Ibarra, Silvia López-Pérez, Alberto Morales-Villagrán
Glutamate (Glu) quantification has been performed by a combination of intracerebral microdialysis through which the samples are obtained and analyzed by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC); its measurement requires a large expenditure of time (15-30 min per sample) and special training. Therefore, an alternative method is presented here, based on the electrochemiluminescence produced by the use of an enzymatic reactor, containing glutamate-oxidase, mixed and incubated with microdialysate from dorsal striatum (DS) and prefrontal cortex (PFC) of young rats asphyxiated during the neonatal period, under a global asphyxia model in order to test this method...
July 18, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717624/ipsilateral-hamstring-tendon-graft-reconstruction-for-chronic-patellar-tendon-ruptures-surgical-technique
#13
Nicola Maffulli, Angelo Del Buono, Francesco Oliva
BACKGROUND: Patellar tendon chronic ruptures are more debated to manage that acute injuries as the patella tends to retract proximally (after 2 weeks), and surrounding soft tissues may make the repair more complicate. PURPOSE: We propose a novel technique in which the patellar tendon is reconstructed using ipsilateral hamstring tendons. This surgical procedure implies to drill a single tunnel through the patella and another through the tibia to reduce the risk of bony breakage...
January 2017: Muscles, Ligaments and Tendons Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716717/big-gaba-edited-mr-spectroscopy-at-24-research-sites
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Mark Mikkelsen, Peter B Barker, Pallab K Bhattacharyya, Maiken K Brix, Pieter F Buur, Kim M Cecil, Kimberly L Chan, David Y-T Chen, Alexander R Craven, Koen Cuypers, Michael Dacko, Niall W Duncan, Ulrike Dydak, David A Edmondson, Gabriele Ende, Lars Ersland, Fei Gao, Ian Greenhouse, Ashley D Harris, Naying He, Stefanie Heba, Nigel Hoggard, Tun-Wei Hsu, Jacobus F A Jansen, Alayar Kangarlu, Thomas Lange, R Marc Lebel, Yan Li, Chien-Yuan E Lin, Jy-Kang Liou, Jiing-Feng Lirng, Feng Liu, Ruoyun Ma, Celine Maes, Marta Moreno-Ortega, Scott O Murray, Sean Noah, Ralph Noeske, Michael D Noseworthy, Georg Oeltzschner, James J Prisciandaro, Nicolaas A J Puts, Timothy P L Roberts, Markus Sack, Napapon Sailasuta, Muhammad G Saleh, Michael-Paul Schallmo, Nicholas Simard, Stephan P Swinnen, Martin Tegenthoff, Peter Truong, Guangbin Wang, Iain D Wilkinson, Hans-Jörg Wittsack, Hongmin Xu, Fuhua Yan, Chencheng Zhang, Vadim Zipunnikov, Helge J Zöllner, Richard A E Edden
Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) is the only biomedical imaging method that can noninvasively detect endogenous signals from the neurotransmitter γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the human brain. Its increasing popularity has been aided by improvements in scanner hardware and acquisition methodology, as well as by broader access to pulse sequences that can selectively detect GABA, in particular J-difference spectral editing sequences. Nevertheless, implementations of GABA-edited MRS remain diverse across research sites, making comparisons between studies challenging...
July 14, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716679/modified-brisque-as-no-reference-image-quality-assessment-for-structural-mr-images
#15
Li Sze Chow, Heshalini Rajagopal
An effective and practical Image Quality Assessment (IQA) model is needed to assess the image quality produced from any new hardware or software in MRI. A highly competitive No Reference - IQA (NR - IQA) model called Blind/Referenceless Image Spatial Quality Evaluator (BRISQUE) initially designed for natural images were modified to evaluate structural MR images. The BRISQUE model measures the image quality by using the locally normalized luminance coefficients, which were used to calculate the image features...
July 14, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716431/freehand-3-d-ultrasound-imaging-a-systematic-review
#16
REVIEW
Mohammad Hamed Mozaffari, Won-Sook Lee
Two-dimensional ultrasound (US) imaging has been successfully used in clinical applications as a low-cost, portable and non-invasive image modality for more than three decades. Recent advances in computer science and technology illustrate the promise of the 3-D US modality as a medical imaging technique that is comparable to other prevalent modalities and that overcomes certain drawbacks of 2-D US. This systematic review covers freehand 3-D US imaging between 1970 and 2017, highlighting the current trends in research fields, the research methods, the main limitations, the leading researchers, standard assessment criteria and clinical applications...
July 14, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715964/uterine-and-abdominal-muscle-electromyographic-activities-in-control-and-pcea-treated-nulliparous-women-during-the-second-stage-of-labor
#17
Xueya Qian, Pin Li, Shao-Qing Shi, Robert E Garfield, Huishu Liu
OBJECTIVE: Patient-controlled epidural analgesia (PCEA), used to relieve pain during delivery, delays labor but the mechanism is unknown. The aim was to investigate the effects of PCEA on uterine and abdominal muscles electromyographic (EMG) activity during the second stage of labor. METHODS: This study included 45 nulliparous pregnant women without PCEA, 42 women with standard PCEA treatment given during the first stage of labor and stopped near the end of the first stage, and 22 women with standard PCEA treatment with continued use throughout the first and second stages of labor...
August 2017: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715346/new-prospective-4d-ct-for-mitigating-the-effects-of-irregular-respiratory-motion
#18
Tinsu Pan, Rachael M Martin, Dershan Luo
Artifact caused by irregular respiration is a major source of error in 4D-CT imaging. We propose a new prospective 4D-CT to mitigate this source of error without new hardware, software or off-line data-processing on the GE CT scanner. We utilize the cine CT scan in the design of the new prospective 4D-CT. The cine CT scan at each position can be stopped by the operator when an irregular respiration occurs, and resumed when the respiration becomes regular. This process can be repeated at one or multiple scan positions...
July 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715339/development-of-a-low-cost-medical-ultrasound-scanner-using-a-monostatic-synthetic-aperture
#19
Thomas L A van den Heuvel, David J Graham, Kristopher J Smith, Chris L de Korte, Jeffrey A Neasham
OBJECTIVE: In this paper, we present the design of low-cost medical ultrasound scanners aimed at the detection of maternal mortality risk factors in developing countries. METHOD: Modern ultrasound scanners typically employ a high element count transducer array with multichannel transmit and receive electronics. To minimize hardware costs, we employ a single piezoelectric element, mechanically swept across the target scene, and a highly cost-engineered single channel acquisition circuit...
July 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Circuits and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715324/electrical-impedance-tomography-tissue-properties-to-image-measures
#20
Andy Adler, Alistair Boyle
Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT) uses electrical stimulation and measurement at the body surface to image the electrical properties of internal tissues. It has the advantage of non-invasiveness and high temporal resolution but suffers from poor spatial resolution and sensitivity to electrode movement and contact quality. EIT can be useful to applications where there are conductive contrasts between tissues, fluids or gasses, such as imaging of cancerous or ischemic tissue or functional monitoring of breathing, blood flow, gastric motility and neural activity...
July 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
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