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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445540/individuals-with-severely-impaired-vision-can-learn-useful-orientation-and-mobility-skills-in-virtual-streets-and-can-use-them-to-improve-real-street-safety
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Ellen Lambert Bowman, Lei Liu
Virtual reality has great potential in training road safety skills to individuals with low vision but the feasibility of such training has not been demonstrated. We tested the hypotheses that low vision individuals could learn useful skills in virtual streets and could apply them to improve real street safety. Twelve participants, whose vision was too poor to use the pedestrian signals were taught by a certified orientation and mobility specialist to determine the safest time to cross the street using the visual and auditory signals made by the start of previously stopped cars at a traffic-light controlled street intersection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444888/bacteriophge-exclusion-brex-a-novel-anti-phage-mechanism-in-the-arsenal-of-bacterial-defense-system
#2
Kulbhushan Chaudhary
The arm race between bacteria and phages leads to the development of many phage resistance mechanisms. Bacteria are perpetually changing their strategy to avert phage infection and killing. Recently, a study published that shed light on a novel bacterial defense system called bacteriophge exclusion (BREX). BREX system is a six-gene cassette in Bacillus cereus which provides complete phage resistance to a broad range of phages, including lytic and temperate ones. It's a novel defense strategy which involves DNA methylation of the host cell and block phage DNA replication...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443630/accelerating-recovery-from-jet-lag-prediction-from-a-multi-oscillator-model-and-its-experimental-confirmation-in-model-animals
#3
Hiroshi Kori, Yoshiaki Yamaguchi, Hitoshi Okamura
The endogenous circadian clock drives oscillations that are completely synchronized with the environmental day-night rhythms with a period of approximately 24 hours. Temporal misalignment between one's internal circadian clock and the external solar time often occurs in shift workers and long-distance travelers; such misalignments are accompanied by sleep disturbances and gastrointestinal distress. Repeated exposure to jet lag and rotating shift work increases the risk of lifestyle-related diseases, such as cardiovascular complaints and metabolic insufficiencies...
April 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440636/probing-and-comparing-the-photobromination-and-photoiodination-of-dissolved-organic-matter-by-using-ultrahigh-resolution-mass-spectrometry
#4
Zhineng Hao, Yongguang Yin, Dong Cao, Jing-Fu Liu
Photochemical halogenation of dissolved organic matter (DOM) may represent an important abiotic source of natural organobromine compounds (OBCs) and natural organoiodine compounds (OICs) within surface waters. Here we report the significantly enhanced formation of OBCs and OICs by photohalogenating DOM in freshwater and seawater, as well as the noticeable difference in distribution and composition pattern of newly formed OBCs and OICs. By using the negative ion electrospray ionization coupled with Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry, numerous OBCs and OICs were identified during the photo halogenation processes in sunlit waters...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439561/first-detection-of-equatorial-dark-dust-lane-in-a-protostellar-disk-at-submillimeter-wavelength
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Chin-Fei Lee, Zhi-Yun Li, Paul T P Ho, Naomi Hirano, Qizhou Zhang, Hsien Shang
In the earliest (so-called "Class 0") phase of Sun-like (low-mass) star formation, circumstellar disks are expected to form, feeding the protostars. However, these disks are difficult to resolve spatially because of their small sizes. Moreover, there are theoretical difficulties in producing these disks in the earliest phase because of the retarding effects of magnetic fields on the rotating, collapsing material (so-called "magnetic braking"). With the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), it becomes possible to uncover these disks and study them in detail...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435109/visible-light-inactivation-of-e-coli-cytotoxicity-and-ros-determination-of-biochemically-capped-gold-nanoparticles
#6
Faheem Ullah Khan, Yongmei Chen, Naeem Ullah Khan, Aftab Ahmad, Kamran Tahir, Zia UlHaq Khan, Arif Ullah Khan, Shifa Ullah Khan, Muslim Raza, Pingyu Wan
The formation of metal nanoparticles is one of the most vast and intensifying research areas in favor of prospective applications for the advancement of new technologies. It is a well-founded, significant feature of green chemistry that making marvelous interconnection between nano-biotechnology and microbial biotechnology. In the present research, the aqueous extract of medicinally important plant Coptis Chinensis (in Chinese called "gold thread") was applied for the synthesis of gold nanoparticles (Au-NPs)...
April 20, 2017: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434783/electron-ptychographic-phase-imaging-of-light-elements-in-crystalline-materials-using-wigner-distribution-deconvolution
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Hao Yang, Ian MacLaren, Lewys Jones, Gerardo T Martinez, Martin Simson, Martin Huth, Henning Ryll, Heike Soltau, Ryusuke Sagawa, Yukihito Kondo, Colin Ophus, Peter Ercius, Lei Jin, András Kovács, Peter D Nellist
Recent development in fast pixelated detector technology has allowed a two dimensional diffraction pattern to be recorded at every probe position of a two dimensional raster scan in a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM), forming an information-rich four dimensional (4D) dataset. Electron ptychography has been shown to enable efficient coherent phase imaging of weakly scattering objects from a 4D dataset recorded using a focused electron probe, which is optimised for simultaneous incoherent Z-contrast imaging and spectroscopy in STEM...
April 1, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431432/contrast-sensitivity-and-lateral-inhibition-are-enhanced-with-macular-carotenoid-supplementation
#8
James M Stringham, Kevin J O'Brien, Nicole T Stringham
Purpose: Once deposited in the retina, the so-called macular carotenoids lutein (L), zeaxanthin (Z), and mesozeaxanthin (MZ) have been shown to enhance visual performance. The purpose of our study was to investigate whether increasing macular pigment optical density (MPOD) could enhance lateral inhibitory processes, and thereby improve contrast sensitivity (CS). Methods: A total of 59 young (18-25 years), healthy individuals participated in this 1-year, double-masked, placebo-controlled study...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431161/engineering-a-high-affinity-peptide-binding-site-into-the-anti-cea-mab-m5a
#9
Cindy Zer, Kendra N Avery, Kassondra Meyer, Leah Goodstein, Krzysztof P Bzymek, Gagandeep Singh, John C Williams
We have previously identified a cyclic peptide called meditope which binds to the central cavity of the Fab portion of cetuximab and shown that this peptide binding site can be grafted, or 'meditope-enabled', onto trastuzumab. This peptide has been shown to act as a hitch for the non-covalent attachment of imaging agents to meditope-enabled antibodies. Herein, we explore the process of grafting this peptide binding site onto M5A, an anti-CEA antibody in clinical trials for cancer diagnostics. In order to explore the contributions of the amino acids, we sequentially introduced pairs of amino acid substitutions into the Fab and then we reverse-substituted key residues in the presence of the other substitutions...
April 19, 2017: Protein Engineering, Design & Selection: PEDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431154/physiological-characterization-of-a-halotolerant-anoxygenic-phototrophic-fe-ii-oxidizing-green-sulfur-bacterium-isolated-from-a-marine-sediment
#10
Katja Laufer, Annika Niemeyer, Verena Nikeleit, Maximilian Halama, James M Byrne, Andreas Kappler
Anoxygenic photoautotrophic bacteria which use light energy and electrons from Fe(II) for growth, so-called photoferrotrophs, are suggested to have been amongst the first phototrophic microorganisms on Earth and to have contributed to the deposition of sedimentary iron mineral deposits, i.e. banded iron formations. To date only two isolates of marine photoferrotrophic bacteria exist, both of which are closely related purple non-sulfur bacteria. Here we present a novel green-sulfur photoautotrophic Fe(II)-oxidizer isolated from a marine coastal sediment, Chlorobium sp...
April 18, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428881/nano-pulse-stimulation-is-a-physical-modality-that-can-trigger-immunogenic-tumor-cell-death
#11
Richard Nuccitelli, Amanda McDaniel, Snjezana Anand, John Cha, Zachary Mallon, Jon Casey Berridge, Darrin Uecker
BACKGROUND: We have been developing a non-thermal, drug-free tumor therapy called Nano-Pulse Stimulation (NPS) that delivers ultrashort electric pulses to tumor cells which eliminates the tumor and inhibits secondary tumor growth. We hypothesized that the mechanism for inhibiting secondary tumor growth involves stimulating an adaptive immune response via an immunogenic form of apoptosis, commonly known as immunogenic cell death (ICD). ICD is characterized by the emission of danger-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs) that serve to recruit immune cells to the site of the tumor...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426001/remote-epitaxy-through-graphene-enables-two-dimensional-material-based-layer-transfer
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Yunjo Kim, Samuel S Cruz, Kyusang Lee, Babatunde O Alawode, Chanyeol Choi, Yi Song, Jared M Johnson, Christopher Heidelberger, Wei Kong, Shinhyun Choi, Kuan Qiao, Ibraheem Almansouri, Eugene A Fitzgerald, Jing Kong, Alexie M Kolpak, Jinwoo Hwang, Jeehwan Kim
Epitaxy-the growth of a crystalline material on a substrate-is crucial for the semiconductor industry, but is often limited by the need for lattice matching between the two material systems. This strict requirement is relaxed for van der Waals epitaxy, in which epitaxy on layered or two-dimensional (2D) materials is mediated by weak van der Waals interactions, and which also allows facile layer release from 2D surfaces. It has been thought that 2D materials are the only seed layers for van der Waals epitaxy...
April 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423963/patient-perceptions-of-environmental-control-units-experiences-of-veterans-with-spinal-cord-injuries-and-disorders-receiving-inpatient-va-healthcare
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Bella Etingen, Rachael N Martinez, Marissa A Vallette, Ryan Dendinger, Balmatee Bidassie, Scott Miskevics, Hira T Khan, Huberta T Cozart, Sara M Locatelli, Frances M Weaver
PURPOSE: To assess patients' perceptions of environmental control units (ECUs) at Veterans Affairs Spinal Cord Injury Centers. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A brief questionnaire was conducted with patients in real-time while they were hospitalised ("on-the-spot questionnaire"); a survey was mailed to patients who had recently been discharged from a hospital stay ("discharge survey"). Data were analysed using descriptive statistics. RESULTS: Seventy on-the-spot questionnaires and 80 discharge surveys were collected...
April 19, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418104/is-the-nuclear-refractive-index-lower-than-cytoplasm-validation-of-phase-measurements-and-implications-for-light-scattering-technologies
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Zachary A Steelman, Will J Eldridge, Jacob B Weintraub, Adam Wax
The refractive index (RI) of biological materials is a fundamental parameter for the optical characterization of living systems. Numerous light scattering technologies are grounded in a quantitative knowledge of the refractive index at cellular and subcellular scales. Recent work in quantitative phase microscopy (QPM) has called into question the widely held assumption that the index of the cell nucleus is greater than that of the cytoplasm, a result which disagrees with much of the current literature. In this work, we critically examine the measurement of the nuclear and whole-cell refractive index using QPM, validating that nuclear refractive index is lower than that of cytoplasm in four diverse cell lines and their corresponding isolated nuclei...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416803/optical-helicity-driven-magnetization-dynamics-in-metallic-ferromagnets
#15
Gyung-Min Choi, André Schleife, David G Cahill
Recent observations of switching of magnetic domains in ferromagnetic metals by circularly polarized light, so-called all-optical helicity dependent switching, has renewed interest in the physics that governs the interactions between the angular momentum of photons and the magnetic order parameter of materials. Here we use time-resolved-vectorial measurements of magnetization dynamics of thin layers of Fe, Ni and Co driven by picosecond duration pulses of circularly polarized light. We decompose the torques that drive the magnetization into field-like and spin-transfer components that we attribute to the inverse Faraday effect and optical spin-transfer torque, respectively...
April 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415317/reorientations-of-the-large-scale-flow-in-turbulent-convection-in-a-cube
#16
N Foroozani, J J Niemela, V Armenio, K R Sreenivasan
Large-eddy simulations of turbulent Rayleigh-Bénard convection were conducted for a fluid of Prandtl number Pr=0.7 confined in a cube, for Rayleigh numbers of 10^{6} and 10^{8}. The model solves the unsteady Navier-Stokes equations under the Boussinesq approximation, using a dynamic Smagorinsky model with a Lagrangian averaging technique for the subgrid terms. Under fully developed conditions the flow topology is characterized by a large-scale circulation (LSC) developing in a plane containing one of the diagonals of the cell, while two counter-rotating vortices consequently develop in the other diagonal plane, resulting in a strong inflow at the horizontal midplane...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414314/cell-competition-with-normal-epithelial-cells-promotes-apical-extrusion-of-transformed-cells-through-metabolic%C3%A2-changes
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Shunsuke Kon, Kojiro Ishibashi, Hiroto Katoh, Sho Kitamoto, Takanobu Shirai, Shinya Tanaka, Mihoko Kajita, Susumu Ishikawa, Hajime Yamauchi, Yuta Yako, Tomoko Kamasaki, Tomohiro Matsumoto, Hirotaka Watanabe, Riku Egami, Ayana Sasaki, Atsuko Nishikawa, Ikumi Kameda, Takeshi Maruyama, Rika Narumi, Tomoko Morita, Yoshiteru Sasaki, Ryosuke Enoki, Sato Honma, Hiromi Imamura, Masanobu Oshima, Tomoyoshi Soga, Jun-Ichi Miyazaki, Michael R Duchen, Jin-Min Nam, Yasuhito Onodera, Shingo Yoshioka, Junichi Kikuta, Masaru Ishii, Masamichi Imajo, Eisuke Nishida, Yoichiro Fujioka, Yusuke Ohba, Toshiro Sato, Yasuyuki Fujita
Recent studies have revealed that newly emerging transformed cells are often apically extruded from epithelial tissues. During this process, normal epithelial cells can recognize and actively eliminate transformed cells, a process called epithelial defence against cancer (EDAC). Here, we show that mitochondrial membrane potential is diminished in RasV12-transformed cells when they are surrounded by normal cells. In addition, glucose uptake is elevated, leading to higher lactate production. The mitochondrial dysfunction is driven by upregulation of pyruvate dehydrogenase kinase 4 (PDK4), which positively regulates elimination of RasV12-transformed cells...
April 17, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413889/shedding-light-into-the-black-box-a-prospective-longitudinal-study-identifying-the-canmeds-roles-of-final-year-medical-students-on-ward-activities
#18
Till Johannes Bugaj, Carolin Schmid, Ansgar Koechel, Jan Stiepak, Jan B Groener, Wolfgang Herzog, Christoph Nikendei
INTRODUCTION: To our best knowledge, a rigorous prospective analysis of final year medical students' (FY medical students) activity profiles during workplace learning is lacking. The present study investigated the CanMEDS characteristics of all on-ward activities performed by internal medicine FY medical students. We tested the hypotheses that during FY medical student workplace training (I) routine activities are predominantly performed, while supervised, more complex activities are underrepresented with (II) FY medical students performing an insufficient number of autonomous activities and that (III) the CanMEDS roles of the Communicator and the Professional prevail...
April 15, 2017: Medical Teacher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411936/is-there-a-doctor-onboard-medical-emergencies-at-40-000-feet
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Howard J Donner
It is estimated 2.75 billion people travel aboard commercial airlines every year and 44,000 in-flight medical emergencies occur worldwide each year. Wilderness medicine requires a commonsense and improvisational approach to medical issues. A sudden call for assistance in the austere and unfamiliar surroundings of an airliner cabin may present the responding medical professional with a "wilderness medicine" experience. From resource management to equipment, this article sheds light on the unique conditions, challenges, and constraints of the flight environment...
May 2017: Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409086/kinetic-characteristics-of-chimeric-channelrhodopsins-implicate-the-molecular-identity-involved-in-desensitization
#20
Alemeh Zamani, Shigeo Sakuragi, Toru Ishizuka, Hiromu Yawo
Channelrhodopsin (ChR)-1 and ChR2 were the first-identified members of ChRs which are a growing subfamily of microbial-type rhodopsins. Light absorption drives the generation of a photocurrent in cell membranes expressing ChR2. However, the photocurrent amplitude attenuates and becomes steady-state during prolonged irradiation. This process, called desensitization or inactivation, has been attributed to the accumulation of intermediates less conductive to cations. Here we provided evidence that the dark-adapted (DA) photocurrent before desensitization is kinetically different from the light-adapted (LA) one after desensitization, that is, the deceleration of both basal-to-conductive and conductive-to-basal transitions...
2017: Biophysics and Physicobiology
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