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Andrew McGarry, Michael McDermott, Karl Kieburtz, Elisabeth A de Blieck, Flint Beal, Karen Marder, Christopher Ross, Ira Shoulson, Peter Gilbert, William M Mallonee, Mark Guttman, Joanne Wojcieszek, Rajeev Kumar, Mark S LeDoux, Mary Jenkins, H Diana Rosas, Martha Nance, Kevin Biglan, Peter Como, Richard M Dubinsky, Kathleen M Shannon, Padraig O'Suilleabhain, Kelvin Chou, Francis Walker, Wayne Martin, Vicki L Wheelock, Elizabeth McCusker, Joseph Jankovic, Carlos Singer, Juan Sanchez-Ramos, Burton Scott, Oksana Suchowersky, Stewart A Factor, Donald S Higgins, Eric Molho, Fredy Revilla, John N Caviness, Joseph H Friedman, Joel S Perlmutter, Andrew Feigin, Karen Anderson, Ramon Rodriguez, Nikolaus R McFarland, Russell L Margolis, Eric S Farbman, Lynn A Raymond, Valerie Suski, Sandra Kostyk, Amy Colcher, Lauren Seeberger, Eric Epping, Sherali Esmail, Nancy Diaz, Wai Lun Alan Fung, Alan Diamond, Samuel Frank, Philip Hanna, Neal Hermanowicz, Leon S Dure, Merit Cudkowicz
OBJECTIVE: To test the hypothesis that chronic treatment of early-stage Huntington disease (HD) with high-dose coenzyme Q10 (CoQ) will slow the progressive functional decline of HD. METHODS: We performed a multicenter randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Patients with early-stage HD (n = 609) were enrolled at 48 sites in the United States, Canada, and Australia from 2008 to 2012. Patients were randomized to receive either CoQ 2,400 mg/d or matching placebo, then followed for 60 months...
December 2, 2016: Neurology
Robert T Means
Pure red cell aplasia (PRCA) is a syndrome defined by a normocytic normochromic anemia with severe reticulocytopenia and marked reduction or absence of erythroid precursors from the bone marrow. Diamond-Blackfan anemia is a congenital form of PRCA. Acquired PRCA may be either a primary disorder or secondary to some other disorder or agent. Primary acquired PRCA is an autoimmune disorder that is frequently antibody-mediated. Myelodysplastic syndromes may also present with the morphologic appearance of PRCA. Secondary acquired PRCA may be associated with collagen vascular/autoimmune disorders such as systemic lupus erythematosus; lymphoproliferative disorders such as chronic lymphocytic leukemia or large granular lymphocyte leukemia; infections, particularly B19 parvovirus; thymoma and other solid tumors; or a variety of other disorders, drugs, or toxic agents...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
Vishal Gupta, Pulak M Pandey, Vadim V Silberschmidt
Bone drilling is one of the most common operations used to repair fractured parts of bones. During a bone drilling process, microcracks are generated on the inner surface of the drilled holes that can detrimentally affect osteosynthesis and healing. This study focuses on the investigation of microcracks and pullout strength of cortical-bone screws in drilled holes. It compares conventional surgical bone drilling (CSBD) with rotary ultrasonic bone drilling (RUBD), a novel approach employing ultrasonic vibration with a diamond-coated hollow tool...
November 29, 2016: Medical Engineering & Physics
Jared T Broddrick, Benjamin E Rubin, David G Welkie, Niu Du, Nathan Mih, Spencer Diamond, Jenny J Lee, Susan S Golden, Bernhard O Palsson
The model cyanobacterium, Synechococcus elongatus PCC 7942, is a genetically tractable obligate phototroph that is being developed for the bioproduction of high-value chemicals. Genome-scale models (GEMs) have been successfully used to assess and engineer cellular metabolism; however, GEMs of phototrophic metabolism have been limited by the lack of experimental datasets for model validation and the challenges of incorporating photon uptake. Here, we develop a GEM of metabolism in S. elongatus using random barcode transposon site sequencing (RB-TnSeq) essential gene and physiological data specific to photoautotrophic metabolism...
December 1, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
John F Barry, Matthew J Turner, Jennifer M Schloss, David R Glenn, Yuyu Song, Mikhail D Lukin, Hongkun Park, Ronald L Walsworth
Magnetic fields from neuronal action potentials (APs) pass largely unperturbed through biological tissue, allowing magnetic measurements of AP dynamics to be performed extracellularly or even outside intact organisms. To date, however, magnetic techniques for sensing neuronal activity have either operated at the macroscale with coarse spatial and/or temporal resolution-e.g., magnetic resonance imaging methods and magnetoencephalography-or been restricted to biophysics studies of excised neurons probed with cryogenic or bulky detectors that do not provide single-neuron spatial resolution and are not scalable to functional networks or intact organisms...
November 22, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Amanda S Barnard
Coating the surfaces of inorganic nanoparticles with polyethylene glycol (PEG) is an important step in the development of many nanoparticle-based drug delivery systems. The efficiency with which drug molecules can be loaded on to nanoparticle surfaces is contingent on the concentration, distribution and stability of the PEG coating. In this study the distribution and relative stability of PEG on diamond nanoparticles is predicted, for clean and passivated surface structures, in 3D. This is an ideal exemplar, since PEGylated diamond nanoparticles are already being trialed as carriers for doxorubicin (DOX)...
December 2, 2016: Nanoscale
Stepan Stehlik, Marian Varga, Martin Ledinsky, Daria Miliaieva, Halyna Kozak, Viera Skakalova, Clemens Mangler, Timothy J Pennycook, Jannik C Meyer, Alexander Kromka, Bohuslav Rezek
Detonation nanodiamonds (DNDs) with a typical size of 5 nm have attracted broad interest in science and technology. Further size reduction of DNDs would bring these nanoparticles to the molecular-size level and open new prospects for research and applications in various fields, ranging from quantum physics to biomedicine. Here we show a controllable size reduction of the DND mean size down to 1.4 nm without significant particle loss and with additional disintegration of DND core agglutinates by air annealing, leading to a significantly narrowed size distribution (±0...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
L Giacomelli, M Nocente, M Rebai, D Rigamonti, A Milocco, M Tardocchi, Z J Chen, T F Du, T S Fan, Z M Hu, X Y Peng, A Hjalmarsson, G Gorini
This work presents measurements done at the Peking University Van de Graaff neutron source of the response of single crystal synthetic diamond (SD) detectors to quasi-monoenergetic neutrons of 14-20 MeV. The results show an energy resolution of 1% for incoming 20 MeV neutrons, which, together with 1% detection efficiency, opens up to new prospects for fast ion physics studies in high performance nuclear fusion devices such as SD neutron spectrometry of deuterium-tritium plasmas heated by neutral beam injection...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
M Rebai, L Giacomelli, A Milocco, M Nocente, D Rigamonti, M Tardocchi, F Camera, C Cazzaniga, Z J Chen, T F Du, T S Fan, A Giaz, Z M Hu, T Marchi, X Y Peng, G Gorini
A Single-crystal Diamond (SD) detector prototype was installed at Joint European Torus (JET) in 2013 and the achieved results have shown its spectroscopic capability of measuring 2.5 MeV neutrons from deuterium plasmas. This paper presents measurements of the SD response function to monoenergetic neutrons, which is a key point for the development of a neutron spectrometer based on SDs and compares them with Monte Carlo simulations. The analysis procedure allows for a good reconstruction of the experimental results...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
A Muraro, L Giacomelli, M Nocente, M Rebai, D Rigamonti, F Belli, P Calvani, J Figueiredo, M Girolami, G Gorini, G Grosso, A Murari, S Popovichev, D M Trucchi, M Tardocchi
A prototype Single crystal Diamond Detector (SDD) was installed at the Joint European Torus (JET) in 2013 along an oblique line of sight and demonstrated the possibility to carry out neutron spectroscopy measurements with good energy resolution and detector stability in discharges heated by neutral beam injection and radio-frequency waves. Starting from these positive results, within the Vertical Neutron Spectrometer project of the Joint European Torus, we have developed a pixelated instrument consisting of a matrix of 12 independent SDDs, called the Diamond Vertical Neutron Spectrometer (DVNS), which boosts the detection efficiency of a single SDD by an order of magnitude...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
G Nemtsev, V Amosov, S Meshchaninov, S Popovichev, R Rodionov
We present the results of analysis of triton burn-up process using the data from diamond detector. Neutron monitor based on CVD diamond was installed in JET torus hall close to the plasma center. We measure the part of 14 MeV neutrons in scenarios where plasma current varies in a range of 1-3 MA. In this experiment diamond neutron monitor was also able to detect strong gamma bursts produced by runaway electrons arising during the disruptions. We can conclude that CVD diamond detector will contribute to the study of fast particles confinement and help predict the disruption events in future tokamaks...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Peter J E M van der Linden, Marco Moretti Sala, Christian Henriquet, Matteo Rossi, Kenya Ohgushi, François Fauth, Laura Simonelli, Carlo Marini, Edmundo Fraga, Claire Murray, Jonathan Potter, Michael Krisch
We have developed a helium gas flow cryostat for use on synchrotron tender to hard X-ray beamlines. Very efficient sample cooling is achieved because the sample is placed directly in the cooling helium flow on a removable sample holder. The cryostat is compact and easy to operate; samples can be changed in less than 5 min at any temperature. The cryostat has a temperature range of 2.5-325 K with temperature stability better than 0.1 K. The very wide optical angle and the ability to operate in any orientation mean that the cryostat can easily be adapted for different X-ray techniques...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
N V Kabadi, H Sio, V Glebov, M Gatu Johnson, A MacPhee, J A Frenje, C K Li, F Seguin, R Petrasso, C Forrest, J Knauer, H G Rinderknecht
The particle-time-of-flight (pTOF) detector at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) is used routinely to measure nuclear bang-times in inertial confinement fusion implosions. The active detector medium in pTOF is a chemical vapor deposition diamond. Calibration of the detectors sensitivity to neutrons and protons would allow measurement of nuclear bang times and hot spot areal density (ρR) on a single diagnostic. This study utilizes data collected at both NIF and Omega in an attempt to determine pTOF's absolute sensitivity to neutrons...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
Liming Wu, Hua Lin, Yu-Jun Zheng, Xiao-Ning Hu, Hong Chen, Ju-Song Yu
Two new non-centrosymmetric polar quaternary selenides, namely, RbZn4In5Se12 and CsZn4In5Se12, have been synthesized and structurally characterized. They exhibit 3D diamond-like framework (DLF) consisting of corner shared MSe4 (M = Zn/In) tetrahedra, in which the A+ ions are located. Both compounds are thermally stable up to 1300 K and exhibit large transmittance in the infrared region (0.65-25 μm) with measured optical band gaps of 2.06 eV for RbZn4In5Se12 and 2.11 eV for CsZn4In5Se12. Inspiringly, they exhibit good balance between strong second harmonic generation (SHG) efficiency (3...
December 1, 2016: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
Fumika Ikeda, Kenichi Yoshida, Tsutomu Toki, Tamayo Uechi, Shiori Ishida, Yukari Nakajima, Yoji Sasahara, Yusuke Okuno, Rika Kanezaki, Kiminori Terui, Takuya Kamio, Akie Kobayashi, Takashi Fujita, Aiko Sato-Otsubo, Yuichi Shiraishi, Hiroko Tanaka, Kenichi Chiba, Hideki Muramatsu, Hitoshi Kanno, Shouichi Ohga, Akira Ohara, Seiji Kojima, Naoya Kenmochi, Satoru Miyano, Seishi Ogawa, Etsuro Ito
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December 1, 2016: Haematologica
Dede N Ekoue, Sofia Zaichick, Klara Valyi-Nagy, Matthew Picklo, Craig Lacher, Kent Hoskins, Michael A Warso, Marcelo G Bonini, Alan M Diamond
Selenium supplementation of the diets of rodents has consistently been shown to suppress mammary carcinogenesis and some, albeit not all, human epidemiological studies have indicated an inverse association between selenium and breast cancer risk. In order to better understand the role selenium plays in breast cancer, 30 samples of tumor tissue were obtained from women with breast cancer and analyzed for selenium concentration, the levels of several selenium-containing proteins and the levels of the MnSOD anti-oxidant protein...
January 2017: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Oliver Lux, Soumya Sarang, Robert J Williams, Aaron McKay, Richard P Mildren
We report a narrowband and tunable diamond Raman laser generating eye-safe radiation suitable for water vapor detection. Frequency conversion of a tunable pump laser operating from 1063 to 1066 nm to the second order Stokes component in an external standing-wave cavity yielded 7 W of multimode output power in the wavelength range from 1483 to 1488 nm at a conversion efficiency of 21%. Stable single longitudinal mode operation was achieved over the whole tuning range at low power (0.1 W), whereas incorporation of a volume Bragg grating as an output coupler enabled much higher stable power to be attained (0...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
Ilya P Radko, Mads Boll, Niels M Israelsen, Nicole Raatz, Jan Meijer, Fedor Jelezko, Ulrik L Andersen, Alexander Huck
It is generally accepted that nitrogen-vacancy (NV) defects in bulk diamond are bright sources of luminescence. However, the exact value of their internal quantum efficiency (IQE) has not been measured so far. Here we use an implementation of Drexhage's scheme to quantify the IQE of shallow-implanted NV defects in a single-crystal bulk diamond. Using a spherical metallic mirror with a large radius of curvature compared to the optical spot size, we perform calibrated modifications of the local density of states around NV defects and observe the change of their total decay rate, which is further used for IQE quantification...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
A A Lanin, I V Fedotov, Yu G Ermakova, D A Sidorov-Biryukov, A B Fedotov, P Hemmer, V V Belousov, A M Zheltikov
Optically detected electron spin resonance in fiber-coupled nitrogen-vacancy (NV) centers of diamond is used to demonstrate a fiber-optic quantum thermometry of individual thermogenetically activated neurons. Laser-induced temperature variations read out from single neurons with the NV-diamond fiber sensor are shown to strongly correlate with the fluorescence of calcium-ion sensors, serving as online indicators of the inward Ca<sup>2+</sup> current across the cell membrane of neurons expressing transient receptor potential (TRP) cation channels...
December 1, 2016: Optics Letters
Kristen M Bullard-Feibelman, Jennifer Govero, Zhe Zhu, Vanessa Salazar, Milena Veselinovic, Michael S Diamond, Brian J Geiss
The rapidly expanding Zika virus (ZIKV) epidemic has affected thousands of individuals with severe cases causing Guillain-Barré syndrome, congenital malformations, and microcephaly. Currently, there is no available vaccine or therapy to prevent or treat ZIKV infection. We evaluated whether sofosbuvir, an FDA-approved nucleotide polymerase inhibitor for the distantly related hepatitis C virus, could have antiviral activity against ZIKV infection. Cell culture studies established that sofosbuvir efficiently inhibits replication and infection of several ZIKV strains in multiple human tumor cell lines and isolated human fetal-derived neuronal stem cells...
November 27, 2016: Antiviral Research
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