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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437978/tunable-optical-cage-array-generated-by-dammann-vector-beam
#1
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437861/three-stage-decision-making-model-under-restricted-conditions-for-emergency-response-to-ships-not-under-control
#2
Bing Wu, Xinping Yan, Yang Wang, Di Zhang, C Guedes Soares
A ship that is not under control (NUC) is a typical incident that poses serious problems when in confined waters close to shore. The emergency response to NUC ships is to select the best risk control options, which is a challenge in restricted conditions (e.g., time limitation, resource constraint, and information asymmetry), particularly in inland waterway transportation. To enable a quick and effective response, this article develops a three-stage decision-making framework for NUC ship handling. The core of this method is (1) to propose feasible options for each involved entity (e...
April 24, 2017: Risk Analysis: An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437612/combinatorial-library-based-on-restriction-enzyme-mediated-modular-assembly
#3
Cuiping Ma, Chao Liang, Yifan Wang, Mei Pan, Qianqian Jiang, Chao Shi
Combinatorial approaches in directed evolution were proven to be more efficient for exploring sequence space and innovating the function of protein. We presented modular assembly of secondary structures (MASS) for constructing a combinatorial library. In this approach, secondary structure elements were extracted from natural existing proteins, the common linkers were flanking secondary structure elements, then digested by Hinf I restriction endonuclease that was used in the construction of combinatorial library for the first time...
April 24, 2017: ACS Combinatorial Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437601/maternal-hemodynamics-in-normal-pregnancies-reference-ranges-and-the-role-of-maternal-characteristics
#4
Dimuthu Vinayagam, Baskaran Thilaganathan, Oliver Stirrup, Elena Mantovani, Asma Khalil
OBJECTIVES: The main aim of this study was to construct reference ranges of the maternal central hemodynamic parameters during pregnancy. The second aim was to determine the maternal and pregnancy characteristics, which influence these hemodynamic parameters. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study of low-risk pregnant women attending for routine antenatal care at St George's Hospital, London. The exclusion criteria included any medical disorder present at the time of study recruitment, or development of hypertension or intrauterine fetal growth restriction following study recruitment...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437593/tabula-rasa-in-the-patagonian-channels-the-phylogeography-of-oreobolus-obtusangulus-cyperaceae
#5
Simon Pfanzelt, Dirk C Albach, Klaus Bernhard von Hagen
The extent of the Pleistocene glaciations in the Patagonian Channel region (southwesternmost South America) and their impact on the vegetation there is largely unknown. Whether the regional flora was wiped out completely (tabula rasa) or survived in ice-free pockets (in situ survival) is still an open question. The molecular imprint of either scenario should still be visible in extant populations. Therefore, DNA sequence data of Oreobolus obtusangulus Gaudich. (Cyperaceae) were analyzed. This species is an abundant constitutent of Patagonian cushion peat bogs, one of the Patagonian Channel region's major vegetation types...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437555/polymorphisms-of-alui-and-hin1i-loci-of-the-igf-1r-gene-and-their-genetic-effects-on-growth-traits-in-bian-chickens
#6
P F Wu, D Wang, C F Jin, X Q Zhang, H Q Wu, L Zhang, F X Ding, K Z Xie, G X Zhang
Growth traits are important economic traits in broiler chicken production. AluI and Hin1I loci are two restriction sites, which are respectively located in exons 2 and 3 of the IGF-1R gene. These two loci are significantly related to the growth traits in Jinghai Yellow chickens. In this study, a correlation analysis was performed between these two loci and the growth traits of Bian chickens. The results showed a G376A mutation at the AluI site and a C919A mutation at the Hin1I site, which respectively resulted in three genotypes AA, AB, and BB in exon 2 and three genotypes CC, CD, and DD in exon 3...
April 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437551/association-of-interleukin-6-gene-polymorphisms-and-circulating-levels-with-keloid-scars-in-a-chinese-han-population
#7
X J Zhu, W Z Li, H Li, C Q Fu, J Liu
The aim of the present study is to explore the effect of IL-6 gene polymorphisms on the development of keloid scar (KS) in the Chinese Han population. Genotyping of IL-6 was performed by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR), followed by restriction fragment length polymorphism assays (PCR-RFLP). Serum level of IL-6 was measured using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Results indicated that when the IL-6 -572 CC homozygote genotype was used as the reference group, the GG genotype was found to be associated with a significantly increased risk of KS (GG vs CC: OR = 2...
April 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437525/visual-impairment-undercorrected-refractive-errors-and-activity-limitations-in-older-adults-findings-from-the-three-city-alienor-study
#8
Virginie Naël, Karine Pérès, Isabelle Carrière, Vincent Daien, Anne-Catherine Scherlen, Angelo Arleo, Jean-Francois Korobelnik, Cécile Delcourt, Catherine Helmer
Purpose: As vision is required in almost all activities of daily living, visual impairment (VI) may be one of the major treatable factors for preventing activity limitations. We aimed to evaluate the attributable risk of VI associated with activity limitations and the extent to which limitations are avoidable with optimal optical correction of undercorrected refractive errors. Methods: We analyzed 709 older adults from the Three-City-Alienor population-based study...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437501/pronator-teres-myotendinous-tear
#9
Usama Qayyum, Diego Villacis, Charles M Jobin
Pronator teres muscle strain is a rare sporting injury reported thus far only in cricket and golf players. The injury appears to occur when the sporting club or racket strikes the ground during a forceful swing and causes the elbow to experience an eccentric force during resisted elbow flexion and pronation. On initial presentation, this injury can be mistaken for injury to the medial ulnar collateral ligament, or exacerbation of medial epicondylitis. On examination, bruising and tenderness distal to the elbow over the course of the pronator teres are often present...
March 2017: American Journal of Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437479/conformational-dynamics-of-bacterial-trigger-factor-in-apo-and-ribosome-bound-states
#10
Mehmet Tarik Can, Zeynep Kurkcuoglu, Gokce Ezeroglu, Arzu Uyar, Ozge Kurkcuoglu, Pemra Doruker
The chaperone trigger factor (TF) binds to the ribosome exit tunnel and helps cotranslational folding of nascent chains (NC) in bacterial cells and chloroplasts. In this study, we aim to investigate the functional dynamics of fully-atomistic apo TF and its complex with 50S. As TF accomodates a high percentage of charged residues on its surface, the effect of ionic strength on TF dynamics is assessed here by performing five independent molecular dynamics (MD) simulations (total of 1.3 micro-second duration) at 29 mM and 150 mM ionic strengths...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437229/quinolone-resistance-determinants-of-clinical-salmonella-enteritidis-in-thailand
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Fuangfa Utrarachkij, Chie Nakajima, Ruchirada Changkwanyeun, Kanokrat Siripanichgon, Siriporn Kongsoi, Srirat Pornruangwong, Kanjana Changkaew, Risa Tsunoda, Yutaka Tamura, Orasa Suthienkul, Yasuhiko Suzuki
Salmonella Enteritidis has emerged as a global concern regarding quinolone resistance and invasive potential. Although quinolone-resistant S. Enteritidis has been observed with high frequency in Thailand, information on the mechanism of resistance acquisition is limited. To elucidate the mechanism, a total of 158 clinical isolates of nalidixic acid (NAL)-resistant S. Enteritidis were collected throughout Thailand, and the quinolone resistance determinants were investigated in the context of resistance levels to NAL, norfloxacin (NOR), and ciprofloxacin (CIP)...
February 23, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437221/the-effect-of-reinforcement-methods-with-knotted-and-knotless-sutures-comparison-of-burst-pressures
#12
Alper Yavuz, Hakan Buluş
Sleeve gastrectomy operations have become popular among restrictive obesity surgeons, due to its effectiveness for losing weight and acceptable complication rates. However, leakage is a significant problem in these operations. In this ex vivo study, we tried to understand mechanisms of leakage and to examine the effects of two different types of frequently referred reinforcement techniques using sutures. The resected gastric specimens that were removed during sleeve gastrectomy operations were used in this ex vivo study...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437094/rational-design-of-an-ultrasensitive-quorum-sensing-switch
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Weiqian Zeng, Pei Du, Qiuli Lou, Lili Wu, Haoqian M Zhang, Chunbo Lou, Hongli Wang, Qi Ouyang
One of the purposes of synthetic biology is to develop rational methods that accelerate the design of genetic circuits, saving time and effort spent on experiments and providing reliably predictable circuit performance. We applied a reverse engineering approach to design an ultrasensitive transcriptional quorum-sensing switch. We want to explore how systems biology can guide synthetic biology in the choice of specific DNA sequences and their regulatory relations to achieve a targeted function. The workflow comprises network enumeration that achieves the target function robustly, experimental restriction of the obtained candidate networks, global parameter optimization via mathematical analysis, selection and engineering of parts based on these calculations, and finally, circuit construction based on the principles of standardization and modularization...
April 24, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437003/high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-for-the-treatment-of-adenomyosis-selection-criteria-efficacy-safety-and-fertility
#14
Lian Zhang, Fangwen Rao, Raymond Setzen
Adenomyosis is a disorder of uterus in which endometrial glands and stroma are present within the uterine musculature. The main clinical manifestations are dysmenorrhea and menorrhagia. Adenomyosis has a great impact on both the quality of life and fertility of women. The treatment of adenomyosis remains an immense challenge MATERIAL AND METHODS: Relevant articles were searched through MEDLINE, Pubmed between 2000 and March 2017. The search terms of adenomyosis, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features of adenomyosis, high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), Ultrasound-guided HIFU and MRgFUS were used...
April 24, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437000/magnetically-guided-capsule-endoscopy
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Naveen Shamsudhin, Vladimir I Zverev, Henrik Keller, Salvador Pane, Peter W Egolf, Bradley J Nelson, Alexander M Tishin
Wireless capsule endoscopy (WCE) is a powerful tool for medical screening and diagnosis, where a small capsule is swallowed and moved by means of natural peristalsis and gravity through the human gastrointestinal (GI) tract. The camera-integrated capsule allows for visualization of the small intestine, a region which was previously inaccessible to classical flexible endoscopy. As a diagnostic tool, it allows to localize the sources of bleedings in the middle-part of the gastrointestinal tract and to identify diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease), Polyposis-Syndrome and tumors...
April 24, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436953/disruption-of-direct-3d-telomere-trf2-interaction-through-two-molecularly-disparate-mechanisms-is-a-hallmark-of-primary-hodgkin-and-reed-sternberg-cells
#16
Hans Knecht, Nathalie A Johnson, Tina Haliotis, Daniel Lichtensztejn, Sabine Mai
In classical Hodgkin's lymphoma (cHL), specific changes in the 3D telomere organization cause progression from mononuclear Hodgkin cells (H) to multinucleated Reed-Sternberg cells (RS). In a post-germinal center B-cell in vitro model, permanent latent membrane protein 1 (LMP1) expression, as observed in Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated cHL, results in multinuclearity and complex chromosomal aberrations through downregulation of key element of the shelterin complex, the telomere repeat binding factor 2 (TRF2)...
April 24, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436949/p14arf-interacts-with-the-focal-adhesion-kinase-and-protects-cells-from-anoikis
#17
M Vivo, R Fontana, M Ranieri, G Capasso, T Angrisano, A Pollice, V Calabrò, G La Mantia
The ARF protein functions as an important sensor of hyper-proliferative stimuli restricting cell proliferation through both p53-dependent and -independent pathways. Although to date the majority of studies on ARF have focused on its anti-proliferative role, few studies have addressed whether ARF may also have pro-survival functions. Here we show for the first time that during the process of adhesion and spreading ARF re-localizes to sites of active actin polymerization and to focal adhesion points where it interacts with the phosphorylated focal adhesion kinase...
April 24, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436916/a-new-differential-evolution-algorithm-for-minimax-optimization-in-robust-design
#18
Xin Qiu, Jian-Xin Xu, Yinghao Xu, Kay Chen Tan
Minimax optimization, which is actively involved in numerous robust design problems, aims at pursuing the solutions with best worst-case performances. Although considerable research has been devoted to the development of minimax optimization algorithms, there still exist several fundamental limitations for existing approaches, e.g., restriction on problem types, excessively high computational cost, and low optimization efficiency. To address these issues, a minimax differential evolution algorithm is proposed in this paper...
April 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436868/high-order-local-pooling-and-encoding-gaussians-over-a-dictionary-of-gaussians
#19
Peihua Li, Hui Zeng, Qilong Wang, Simon Shiu, Lei Zhang
Local pooling (LP) in configuration (feature) space proposed by Boureau et al. explicitly restricts similar features to be aggregated, which can preserve as much discriminative information as possible. At the time it appeared, this method combined with sparse coding achieved competitive classification results with only a small dictionary. However, its performance lags far behind state-of-the-art results as only zero-order information is exploited. Inspired by the success of high-order statistical information in existing advanced feature coding or pooling methods, we make an attempt to address the limitation of LP...
April 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436839/automatic-subretinal-fluid-segmentation-of-retinal-sd-oct-images-with-neurosensory-retinal-detachment-guided-by-enface-fundus-imaging
#20
Menglin Wu, Qiang Chen, Xiaojun He, Ping Li, Wen Fan, Songtao Yuan, Hyunjin Park
OBJECTIVE: Accurate segmentation of neurosensory retinal detachment (NRD)-associated subretinal fluid in spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) is vital for the assessment of central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC). A novel two-stage segmentation algorithm was proposed, guided by Enface fundus imaging. METHODS: In the first stage, Enface fundus image was segmented using thickness map prior to detecting the fluid-associated abnormalities with diffuse boundaries...
April 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
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