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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813803/application-of-support-vector-machines-in-detecting-hand-grasp-gestures-using-a-commercially-off-the-shelf-wireless-myoelectric-armband
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Farshid Amirabdollahian, Michael L Walters
The propose of this study was to assess the feasibility of using support vector machines in analysing myoelectric signals acquired using an off the shelf device, the Myo armband from Thalmic Lab, when performing hand grasp gestures. Participants (n = 26) took part in the study wearing the armband and producing a series of required gestures. Support vector machines were used to train a model using participant training values, and to classify gestures produced by the same participants. Different Kernel functions and electrode combinations were studied...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813617/environmental-stress-affects-the-formation-of-staphylococcus-aureus-persisters-tolerant-to-antibiotics
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Lucie Kubistova, Lukas Dvoracek, Jan Tkadlec, Oto Melter, Irena Licha
The ability to form persisters has been observed in many microorganisms, including Staphylococcus aureus, mainly in the context of chronic infections and the pathogenicity of these microbes. In our research, we have demonstrated that salt or oxidative stress could play a role in the formation of S. aureus persisters outside the host's intracellular interface. We pre-exposed planktonic growing bacterial culture to an oxidative or salt stress and monitored the dynamics of persister formation after ciprofloxacin and gentamicin treatment...
August 16, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813461/epidemiology-of-clostridium-difficile-in-infants-in-oxfordshire-uk-risk-factors-for-colonization-and-carriage-and-genetic-overlap-with-regional-c-difficile-infection-strains
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Nicole Stoesser, David W Eyre, T Phuong Quan, Heather Godwin, Gemma Pill, Emily Mbuvi, Alison Vaughan, David Griffiths, Jessica Martin, Warren Fawley, Kate E Dingle, Sarah Oakley, Kazimierz Wanelik, John M Finney, Melina Kachrimanidou, Catrin E Moore, Sherwood Gorbach, Thomas V Riley, Derrick W Crook, Tim E A Peto, Mark H Wilcox, A Sarah Walker
BACKGROUND: Approximately 30-40% of children <1 year of age are Clostridium difficile colonized, and may represent a reservoir for adult C. difficile infections (CDI). Risk factors for colonization with toxigenic versus non-toxigenic C. difficile strains and longitudinal acquisition dynamics in infants remain incompletely characterized. METHODS: Predominantly healthy infants (≤2 years) were recruited in Oxfordshire, UK, and provided ≥1 fecal samples. Independent risk factors for toxigenic/non-toxigenic C...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813193/local-detection-of-ptdins3p-at-autophagosome-biogenesis-membrane-platforms
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Anna Chiara Nascimbeni, Patrice Codogno, Etienne Morel
Phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate (PtdIns3P) is a key player of membrane trafficking regulation, mostly synthesized by the PIK3C3 lipid kinase. The presence of PtdIns3P on endosomes has been demonstrated; however, the role and dynamics of the pool of PtdIns3P dedicated to macroautophagy/autophagy remains elusive. Here we addressed this question by studying the mobilization of PtdIns3P in time and space during autophagosome biogenesis. We compared different dyes known to specifically detect PtdIns3P by fluorescence microscopy analysis, based on PtdIns3P-binding FYVE and PX domains, and show that these transfected dyes induce defects in endosomal dynamics as well as artificial and sustained autophagosome formation...
August 16, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812901/behavior-of-methylammonium-dipoles-in-mapbx3-x-br-and-i
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Sharada Govinda, Bhushan P Kore, Menno Bokdam, Pratibha Mahale, Abhinav Kumar, Somnath Pal, Biswajit Bhattacharyya, Jonathan Lahnsteiner, Georg Kresse, Cesare Franchini, Anshu Pandey, D D Sarma
Dielectric constants of MAPbX3 (X = Br, I) in 1 kHz-1 MHz range show strong temperature dependencies near the room temperature in contrast to the nearly temperature independent dielectric constant of CsPbBr3. This strong temperature dependence for MAPbX3 in the tetragonal phase is attributed to the MA(+) dipoles rotating freely within the probing time scale. This interpretation is supported by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations on MAPbI3 that establish these dipoles as randomly oriented with a rotational relaxation time scale of ~7 ps at 300 K...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812015/mri-texture-analysis-of-background-parenchymal-enhancement-of-the-breast
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Yasuo Amano, Jun Woo, Maki Amano, Fumi Yanagisawa, Hiroshi Yamamoto, Mayumi Tani
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to determine texture parameters reflecting the background parenchymal enhancement (BPE) of the breast, which were acquired using texture analysis (TA). METHODS: We investigated 52 breasts of the 26 subjects who underwent dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI. One experienced reader scored BPE visually (i.e., minimal, mild, moderate, and marked). TA, including 12 texture parameters, was performed to distinguish the BPE scores quantitatively...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811877/alternative-reproductive-strategies-and-the-maintenance-of-female-color-polymorphism-in-damselflies
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Rosa A Sánchez-Guillén, Maren Wellenreuther, Jesús R Chávez-Ríos, Christopher D Beatty, Anais Rivas-Torres, María Velasquez-Velez, Adolfo Cordero-Rivera
Genetic polymorphisms are powerful model systems to study the maintenance of diversity in nature. In some systems, polymorphisms are limited to female coloration; these are thought to have arisen as a consequence of reducing male mating harassment, commonly resulting in negative frequency-dependent selection on female color morphs. One example is the damselfly Ischnura elegans, which shows three female color morphs and strong sexual conflict over mating rates. Here, we present research integrating male tactics, and female evolutionary strategies (female mating behavior and morph-specific female fecundity) in populations with different morph-specific mating frequencies, to obtain an understanding of mating rates in nature that goes beyond the mere measure of color frequencies...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811568/dynamic-x-ray-radiography-reveals-particle-size-and-shape-orientation-fields-during-granular-flow
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François Guillard, Benjy Marks, Itai Einav
When granular materials flow, the constituent particles segregate by size and align by shape. The impacts of these changes in fabric on the flow itself are not well understood, and thus novel non-invasive means are needed to observe the interior of the material. Here, we propose a new experimental technique using dynamic X-ray radiography to make such measurements possible. The technique is based on Fourier transformation to extract spatiotemporal fields of internal particle size and shape orientation distributions during flow, in addition to complementary measurements of velocity fields through image correlation...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811540/ultralow-lattice-thermal-conductivity-of-the-random-multilayer-structure-with-lattice-imperfections
#9
Pranay Chakraborty, Lei Cao, Yan Wang
Randomizing the layer thickness of superlattices (SL) can lead to localization of coherent phonons and thereby reduces the lattice thermal conductivity κ l . In this work, we propose strategies that can suppress incoherent phonon transport in the above random multilayer (RML) structure to further reduce κ l . Molecular dynamics simulations are conducted to investigate phonon heat conduction in SLs and RMLs with lattice imperfections. We found that interfacial species mixing enhances thermal transport across single interfaces and few-period SLs through the phonon "bridge" mechanism, while it substantially reduces the κ l of many-period SLs by breaking the phonon coherence...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811517/heritability-of-the-symbiodinium-community-in-vertically-and-horizontally-transmitting-broadcast-spawning-corals
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Kate M Quigley, Bette L Willis, Line K Bay
The dinoflagellate-coral partnership influences the coral holobiont's tolerance to thermal stress and bleaching. However, the comparative roles of host genetic versus environmental factors in determining the composition of this symbiosis are largely unknown. Here we quantify the heritability of the initial Symbiodinium communities for two broadcast-spawning corals with different symbiont transmission modes: Acropora tenuis has environmental acquisition, whereas Montipora digitata has maternal transmission. Using high throughput sequencing of the ITS-2 region to characterize communities in parents, juveniles and eggs, we describe previously undocumented Symbiodinium diversity and dynamics in both corals...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811118/prediction-and-characterization-of-the-stability-enhancing-effect-of-the-cherry-tag%C3%A2-in-highly-concentrated-protein-solutions-by-complex-rheological-measurements-and-md-simulations
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Pascal Baumann, Marie-Therese Schermeyer, Hannah Burghardt, Cathrin Dürr, Jonas Gärtner, Jürgen Hubbuch
Solution stability attributes are one of the key parameters within the production and launching phase of new biopharmaceuticals. Instabilities of active biological compounds can reduce the yield of biopharmaceutical productions, and may induce undesired reactions in patients, such as immunogenic rejections. Protein solution stability thus needs to be engineered and monitored throughout production and storage. In contrast to the gold standard of long-term storage experiments applied in industry, novel experimental and in silico molecular dynamics tools for predicting protein solution stability can be applied within several minutes or hours...
August 12, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810793/image-method-for-electrostatic-energy-of-polarizable-dipolar-spheres
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Kyle S Gustafson, Guoxi Xu, Karl F Freed, Jian Qin
The multiple-scattering theory for the electrostatics of many-body systems of monopolar spherical particles, embedded in a dielectric medium, is generalized to describe the electrostatics of these particles with embedded dipoles and multipoles. The Neumann image line construction for the electrostatic polarization produced by one particle is generalized to compute the energy, forces, and torques for the many-body system as functions of the positions of the particles. The approach is validated by comparison with direct numerical calculation, and the convergence rate is analyzed and expressed in terms of the discontinuity in dielectric contrast and particle density...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810791/a-general-rotating-hard-sphere-model-applied-to-the-transport-properties-of-a-low-density-gas
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Michael Meanwell, Mark Thachuk
A general, spherical, rigid model is introduced for describing rotating and translating particles. The model contains a parameter, which we label γ, that smoothly interpolates between the smooth hard sphere (γ = 0) and rough hard sphere (γ = 1) limits. Analytic expressions for transport coefficients are determined for the general model in the low density limit and compared with those for the smooth and rough hard sphere cases. While the diffusion constant decreases monotonically on moving from the smooth to the rough sphere limits, both the viscosity and thermal conductivity first decrease and then increase, thereby producing a minimum between the two limits...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810731/the-impact-of-hydrogen-bonding-on-the-dynamics-and-structure-of-protic-ionic-liquid-water-binary-mixtures
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Heather E Bailey, Yong-Lei Wang, Michael D Fayer
The orientational dynamics and microscopic liquid structure of a protic ionic liquid, 1-ethylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (EhimNTf2), and its aprotic analogue, 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide (EmimNTf2), were studied at various water concentrations using optical heterodyne-detected optical Kerr Effect (OHD-OKE) spectroscopy, linear infrared spectroscopy, and atomistic simulations. The OHD-OKE experiments essentially measure the orientational relaxation of the Ehim+ and Emim+ cations...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810120/aqueous-solvation-of-ammonia-and-ammonium-probing-hydrogen-bond-motifs-with-ft-ir-and-soft-x-ray-spectroscopy
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Maria Ekimova, Wilson Quevedo, Lukasz Szyc, Marcella Iannuzzi, Philippe Wernet, Michael Odelius, Erik T J Nibbering
In a multi-facetted investigation combining local soft-x-ray and vibrational spectroscopic probes with ab initio molecular dynamics simulations, hydrogen-bond interactions of two key principal amine compounds in aqueous solution, ammonia (NH3) and ammonium ion (NH4+), are quantitatively assessed in terms of electronic structure, solvation structure, and dynamics. From the x-ray measurements and from the complementary determination of the IR-active hydrogen stretching and bending modes of NH3 and NH4+ in aqueous solution, the picture emerges of a comparatively strongly hydrogen-bonded NH4+ ion via N-H donating interactions, whereas NH3 has a strong accepting hydrogen bond with one water molecule at the nitrogen lone pair but only weak N-H donating hydrogen bonds...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809731/the-histopathological-features-and-ct-mri-imaging-performances-in-hepatic-angiomyolipoma-patients
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Huiguo Ding, Hongtao Wei, Hui Liu, Yuhan Chen, Xiaowei Xue, Honglei Weng
AIM: To evaluate the diagnostic value of dynamic contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the differential diagnosis of hepatic angiomyolipoma (HAML) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and to clarify the relationship between histopathological features and CT or MRI imaging performances in HAML. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Six HAML and 33 non-cirrhotic HCC patients confirmed by histopathology were retrospectively analyzed. The serum biomarkers, CT and MRI examinations were conventionally performed before the confirmatory histological diagnosis...
August 8, 2017: Annals of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809537/confined-water-structure-dynamics-and-thermodynamics
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Sudip Chakraborty, Hemant Kumar, Chandan Dasgupta, Prabal K Maiti
Understanding the properties of strongly confined water is important for a variety of applications such as fast flow and desalination devices, voltage generation, flow sensing, and nanofluidics. Confined water also plays an important role in many biological processes such as flow through ion channels. Water in the bulk exhibits many unusual properties that arise primarily from the presence of a network of hydrogen bonds. Strong confinement in structures such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) substantially modifies the structural, thermodynamic, and dynamic (both translational and orientational) properties of water by changing the structure of the hydrogen bond network...
August 15, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809018/fluorescent-quail-a-transgenic-model-system-for-the-dynamic-study-of-avian-development
#18
David Huss, Rusty Lansford
Real-time four-dimensional (4D, xyzt) imaging of cultured avian embryos is an ideal method for investigating the complex movements of cells and tissues during early morphogenesis. While methods that transiently label cells, such as electroporation, are highly useful for dynamic imaging, they can also be limiting due to the number and type of cells that can be effectively targeted. In contrast, the heritable, stable, and long-term expression of a fluorescent protein driven by the exogenous promoter of a transgene overcomes these challenges...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808551/evolutionary-responses-to-a-changing-climate-implications-for-reindeer-population-viability
#19
Bård-Jørgen Bårdsen
If we want to understand how climate change affects long-lived organisms, we must know how individuals allocate resources between current reproduction and survival. This trade-off is affected by expected environmental conditions, but the extent to which density independent (DI) and density dependent (DD) processes interact in shaping individual life histories is less clear. Female reindeer (or caribou: Rangifer tarandus) are a monotocous large herbivore with a circumpolar distribution. Individuals that experience unpredictable and potentially harsh winters typically adopt risk averse strategies where they allocate more resources to building own body reserves during summer and less to reproduction...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808285/differentiating-peripheral-cholangiocarcinoma-in-stages-t1n0m0-and-t2n0m0-from-hepatic-hypovascular-nodules-using-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-mri
#20
Shihong Li, Haizhen Qian, Yu Peng, Huihui Jia, Guangwu Lin
Because cholangiocarcinoma shows no specific clinical signs or symptoms and presents with non-specific biological and tumor markers in the early stages, MRI findings often lack typical features before this lesion becomes symptomatic and might be mistaken for other liver lesions. An evaluation of relevant radiological findings in nodular cholangiocarcinoma (≤3 cm) in stages T1N0M0 and T2N0M0 is urgently needed. In our study, we compared two groups of liver hypovascular nodules and found that a distinct margin and enhanced area/nodule size >2/3 in the delayed phase were more frequently observed in cholangiocarcinoma cases than in metastatic nodule cases in which markedly high signal intensity on T2WI was common (p < 0...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
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