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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092748/optimizing-selective-cutting-strategies-for-maximum-carbon-stocks-and-yield-of-moso-bamboo-forest-using-biome-bgc-model
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Fangjie Mao, Guomo Zhou, Pingheng Li, Huaqiang Du, Xiaojun Xu, Yongjun Shi, Lufeng Mo, Yufeng Zhou, Guoqing Tu
The selective cutting method currently used in Moso bamboo forests has resulted in a reduction of stand productivity and carbon sequestration capacity. Given the time and labor expense involved in addressing this problem manually, simulation using an ecosystem model is the most suitable approach. The BIOME-BGC model was improved to suit managed Moso bamboo forests, which was adapted to include age structure, specific ecological processes and management measures of Moso bamboo forest. A field selective cutting experiment was done in nine plots with three cutting intensities (high-intensity, moderate-intensity and low-intensity) during 2010-2013, and biomass of these plots was measured for model validation...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092747/ecological-control-line-a-decade-of-exploration-and-an-innovative-path-of-ecological-land-management-for-megacities-in-china
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Wuyang Hong, Chengyun Yang, Liuxin Chen, Fangfang Zhang, Shaoqing Shen, Renzhong Guo
Ecological control line is a system innovation in the field of ecological environment protection in China and it has become as an important strategy of national ecological protection. Ten years have passed since the first ecological control line in Shenzhen was delimited in 2005. This study examines the connotations of ecological control line and the current study status in China and abroad, and then takes a brief description about the delimitation background and existing problems of the ecological control line in Shenzhen...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092551/hierarchical-image-segmentation-based-on-iterative-contraction-and-merging
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Jia-Hao Syu, Sheng-Jyh Wang, Li-Chun Wang
In this paper, we propose a new framework for hierarchical image segmentation based on iterative contraction and merging (ICM). In the proposed framework, we treat the hierarchical image segmentation problem as a sequel of optimization problems, with each optimization process being realized by a contraction-and-merging process to identify and merge the most similar data pairs at the current resolution. At the beginning, we perform pixel-based contraction and merging to quickly combine image pixels into initial region-elements with visually indistinguishable intra-region color difference...
January 11, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092541/quality-assessment-of-sharpened-images-challenges-methodology-and-objective-metrics
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Lukas Krasula, Patrick Le Callet, Karel Fliegel, Milos Klima
Most of the effort in image quality assessment (QA) has been so far dedicated to the degradation of the image. However, there are also many algorithms in the image processing chain that can enhance the quality of an input image. These include procedures for contrast enhancement, deblurring, sharpening, up-sampling, denoising, transfer function compensation, etc. In this work, possible strategies for the quality assessment of sharpened images are investigated. This task is not trivial because the sharpening techniques can increase the perceived quality, as well as introduce artifacts leading to the quality drop (over-sharpening)...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092528/low-rank-and-adaptive-sparse-signal-lassi-models-for-highly-accelerated-dynamic-imaging
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Saiprasad Ravishankar, Brian Moore, Raj Nadakuditi, Jeffrey Fessler
Sparsity-based approaches have been popular in many applications in image processing and imaging. Compressed sensing exploits the sparsity of images in a transform domain or dictionary to improve image recovery from undersampled measurements. In the context of inverse problems in dynamic imaging, recent research has demonstrated the promise of sparsity and low-rank techniques. For example, the patches of the underlying data are modeled as sparse in an adaptive dictionary domain, and the resulting image and dictionary estimation from undersampled measurements is called dictionary-blind compressed sensing, or the dynamic image sequence is modeled as a sum of low-rank and sparse (in some transform domain) components (L+S model) that are estimated from limited measurements...
January 10, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092213/cellular-and-molecular-factors-influencing-tendon-repair
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Sushmitha Durgam, Matthew Stewart
Tendons are complex, hierarchically organized connective tissues that transmit tensile forces between muscles and tendons. Tendon injuries are among the most common orthopedic problems with long-term disability as a frequent consequence due to prolonged healing time. Further, the repair tissue is of inferior quality, predisposing patients to high rates of recurrence following initial injury. Co-ordinated cellular processes and biological factors under the influence of mechanical loading are involved in tendon healing and our understanding of these events lags behind other musculoskeletal tissues...
January 16, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part B, Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092195/serum-bdnf-levels-in-patients-with-gambling-disorder-are-associated-with-the-severity-of-gambling-disorder-and-iowa-gambling-task-indices
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Sam-Wook Choi, Young-Chul Shin, Jung Yeon Mok, Dai-Jin Kim, Jung-Seok Choi, Samuel Suk-Hyun Hwang
Background and aims Gambling disorder (GD) shares many similarities with substance use disorders (SUDs) in clinical, neurobiological, and neurocognitive features, including decision-making. We evaluated the relationships among, GD, decision-making, and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), as measured by serum BDNF levels. Methods Twenty-one male patients with GD and 21 healthy sex- and age-matched control subjects were evaluated for associations between serum BDNF levels and the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI), as well as between serum BDNF levels and Iowa Gambling Task (IGT) indices...
March 2016: Journal of Behavioral Addictions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092029/an-efficient-semi-supervised-learning-approach-to-predict-sh2-domain-mediated-interactions
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Kousik Kundu, Rolf Backofen
Src homology 2 (SH2) domain is an important subclass of modular protein domains that plays an indispensable role in several biological processes in eukaryotes. SH2 domains specifically bind to the phosphotyrosine residue of their binding peptides to facilitate various molecular functions. For determining the subtle binding specificities of SH2 domains, it is very important to understand the intriguing mechanisms by which these domains recognize their target peptides in a complex cellular environment. There are several attempts have been made to predict SH2-peptide interactions using high-throughput data...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091517/unraveling-the-enhanced-oxygen-vacancy-formation-in-complex-oxides-during-annealing-and-growth
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Felix V E Hensling, Chencheng Xu, Felix Gunkel, Regina Dittmann
The reduction of oxides during annealing and growth in low pressure processes is a widely known problem. We hence investigate the influence of mere annealing and of growth in vacuum systems to shed light on the reasons behind the reduction of perovskites. When comparing the existing literature regarding the reduction of the perovskite model material SrTiO3 it is conspicuous that one finds different oxygen pressures required to achieve reduction for vacuum annealing and for chemically controlled reducing atmospheres...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089673/the-value-of-participatory-development-to-support-antimicrobial-stewardship-with-a-clinical-decision-support-system
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Nienke Beerlage-de Jong, Jobke Wentzel, Ron Hendrix, Lisette van Gemert-Pijnen
BACKGROUND: Current clinical decision support systems (CDSSs) for antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) are guideline- or expert-driven. They are focused on (clinical) content, not on supporting real-time workflow. Thus, CDSSs fail to optimally support prudent antimicrobial prescribing in daily practice. Our aim was to demonstrate why and how participatory development (involving end-users and other stakeholders) can contribute to the success of CDSSs in ASPs. METHODS: A mixed-methods approach was applied, combining scenario-based prototype evaluations (to support verbalization of work processes and out-of-the-box thinking) among 6 medical resident physicians with an online questionnaire (to cross-reference findings of the prototype evaluations) among 54 Dutch physicians...
January 12, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089542/parallelization-and-high-performance-computing-enables-automated-statistical-inference-of-multi-scale-models
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Nick Jagiella, Dennis Rickert, Fabian J Theis, Jan Hasenauer
Mechanistic understanding of multi-scale biological processes, such as cell proliferation in a changing biological tissue, is readily facilitated by computational models. While tools exist to construct and simulate multi-scale models, the statistical inference of the unknown model parameters remains an open problem. Here, we present and benchmark a parallel approximate Bayesian computation sequential Monte Carlo (pABC SMC) algorithm, tailored for high-performance computing clusters. pABC SMC is fully automated and returns reliable parameter estimates and confidence intervals...
January 10, 2017: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089273/high-performance-liquid-chromatography-analysis-of-100-nm-liposomal-nanoparticles-using-polymer-coated-silica-monolithic-columns-with-aqueous-mobile-phase
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Naoki Itoh, Arato Kimoto, Eiichi Yamamoto, Tatsuya Higashi, Tomofumi Santa, Takashi Funatsu, Masaru Kato
Recently, nanoparticles have garnered considerable attention, and the demand for a rapid and simple method for their analysis has increased accordingly. The bimodal pores (few ╬╝m- and few tens nm-sized pores) of monolithic columns were thought to be suitable for the separation of nanoparticles and small molecules; however, the residual silanol groups on the column surface resulted in the strong adsorption of liposomes and hindered their analysis. To overcome this problem, we modified the surface of the silica monolith via a two-step process and developed three silica monolithic columns coated with three different polymers: glycidyl methacrylate (GMA), 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), and N-vinylpyrrolidone (VP)...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089136/recent-insights-into-biohydrogen-production-by-microalgae-from-biophotolysis-to-dark-fermentation
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REVIEW
Dillirani Nagarajan, Duu-Jong Lee, Akihiko Kondo, Jo-Shu Chang
One of the best options to alleviate the problems associated with global warming and climate change is to reduce burning of fossil fuels and search for new alternative energy resources. In case of biodiesel and bioethanol production, the choice of feedstock and the process design influences the GHG emissions and appropriate methods need to be adapted. Hydrogen is a zero-carbon and energy dense alternative energy carrier with clean burning properties and biohydrogen production by microalgae can reduce production associated GHG emissions to a great extent...
December 30, 2016: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089082/backcasting-to-identify-food-waste-prevention-and-mitigation-opportunities-for-infant-feeding-in-maternity-services
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Yvonne Ryan-Fogarty, Genevieve Becker, Richard Moles, Bernadette O'Regan
Food waste in hospitals is of major concern for two reasons: one, healthcare needs to move toward preventative and demand led models for sustainability and two, food system sustainability needs to seek preventative measures such as diet adaptation and waste prevention. The impact of breast-milk substitute use on health services are well established in literature in terms of healthcare implications, cost and resourcing, however as a food demand and waste management issue little has been published to date. This paper presents the use of a desk based backcasting method to analyse food waste prevention, mitigation and management options within the Irish Maternity Service...
January 6, 2017: Waste Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088900/synaptic-plasticity-dementia-and-alzheimer-disease
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Pietro Giusti, Stephen D Skaper, Laura Facci, Morena Zusso
Neuroplasticity is not only shaped by learning and memory but is also a mediator of responses to neuron attrition and injury (compensatory plasticity). As an ongoing process it reacts to neuronal cell activity and injury, death, and genesis, which encompasses the modulation of structural and functional processes of axons, dendrites, and synapses. The range of structural elements that comprise plasticity includes long-term potentiation (a cellular correlate of learning and memory), synaptic efficacy and remodelling, synaptogenesis, axonal sprouting and dendritic remodelling, and neurogenesis and recruitment...
January 13, 2017: CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088645/towards-solving-the-hard-problem-of-consciousness-the-varieties-of-brain-resonances-and-the-conscious-experiences-that-they-support
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Stephen Grossberg
The hard problem of consciousness is the problem of explaining how we experience qualia or phenomenal experiences, such as seeing, hearing, and feeling, and knowing what they are. To solve this problem, a theory of consciousness needs to link brain to mind by modeling how emergent properties of several brain mechanisms interacting together embody detailed properties of individual conscious psychological experiences. This article summarizes evidence that Adaptive Resonance Theory, or ART, accomplishes this goal...
December 6, 2016: Neural Networks: the Official Journal of the International Neural Network Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088572/bcs-class-iv-drugs-highly-notorious-candidates-for-formulation-development
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REVIEW
Rohan Ghadi, Neha Dand
BCS class IV drugs (e.g., amphotericin B, furosemide, acetazolamide, ritonavir, paclitaxel) exhibit many characteristics that are problematic for effective oral and per oral delivery. Some of the problems associated include low aqueous solubility, poor permeability, erratic and poor absorption, inter and intra subject variability and significant positive food effect which leads to low and variable bioavailability. Also, most of the class IV drugs are substrate for P-glycoprotein (low permeability) and substrate for CYP3A4 (extensive pre systemic metabolism) which further potentiates the problem of poor therapeutic potential of these drugs...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088356/advancing-the-prediction-accuracy-of-protein-protein-interactions-by-utilizing-evolutionary-information-from-position-specific-scoring-matrix-and-ensemble-classifier
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Lei Wang, Zhu-Hong You, Shi-Xiong Xia, Feng Liu, Xing Chen, Xin Yan, Yong Zhou
Protein-Protein Interactions (PPIs) are essential to most biological processes and play a critical role in most cellular functions. With the development of high-throughput biological techniques and in silico methods, a large number of PPI data have been generated for various organisms, but many problems remain unsolved. These factors promoted the development of the in silico methods based on machine learning to predict PPIs. In this study, we propose a novel method by combining ensemble Rotation Forest (RF) classifier and Discrete Cosine Transform (DCT) algorithm to predict the interactions among proteins...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088211/innovation-contests-to-promote-sexual-health-in-china-a-qualitative-evaluation
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Wei Zhang, David Schaffer, Lai Sze Tso, Songyuan Tang, Weiming Tang, Shujie Huang, Bin Yang, Joseph D Tucker
BACKGROUND: Innovation contests call on non-experts to help solve problems. While these contests have been used extensively in the private sector to increase engagement between organizations and clients, there is little data on the role of innovation contests to promote health campaigns. We implemented an innovation contest in China to increase sexual health awareness among youth and evaluated community engagement in the contest. METHODS: The sexual health image contest consisted of an open call for sexual health images, contest promotion activities, judging of entries, and celebrating contributions...
January 14, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088189/mars-improving-multiple-circular-sequence-alignment-using-refined-sequences
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Lorraine A K Ayad, Solon P Pissis
BACKGROUND: A fundamental assumption of all widely-used multiple sequence alignment techniques is that the left- and right-most positions of the input sequences are relevant to the alignment. However, the position where a sequence starts or ends can be totally arbitrary due to a number of reasons: arbitrariness in the linearisation (sequencing) of a circular molecular structure; or inconsistencies introduced into sequence databases due to different linearisation standards. These scenarios are relevant, for instance, in the process of multiple sequence alignment of mitochondrial DNA, viroid, viral or other genomes, which have a circular molecular structure...
January 14, 2017: BMC Genomics
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