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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339269/portal-connecting-dark-photons-and-axions
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Kunio Kaneta, Hye-Sung Lee, Seokhoon Yun
The dark photon and the axion (or axionlike particle) are popular light particles of the hidden sector. Each of them has been actively searched for through the couplings called the vector portal and the axion portal. We introduce a new portal connecting the dark photon and the axion (axion-photon-dark photon, axion-dark photon-dark photon), which emerges in the presence of the two particles. This dark axion portal is genuinely new couplings, not just from a product of the vector portal and the axion portal, because of the internal structure of these couplings...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338901/characterization-of-the-genuine-type-2-chromatic-acclimation-in-the-two-geminocystis-cyanobacteria
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Yuu Hirose, Naomi Misawa, Chinatsu Yonekawa, Nobuyoshi Nagao, Mai Watanabe, Masahiko Ikeuchi, Toshihiko Eki
Certain cyanobacteria can adjust the wavelengths of light they absorb by remodeling their photosynthetic antenna complex phycobilisome via a process called chromatic acclimation (CA). Although several types of CA have been reported, the diversity of the molecular mechanisms of CA among the cyanobacteria phylum is not fully understood. Here, we characterized the molecular process of CA of Geminocystis sp. strains National Institute of Environmental Studies (NIES)-3708 and NIES-3709. Absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy revealed that both strains dramatically alter their phycoerythrin content in response to green and red light...
March 8, 2017: DNA Research: An International Journal for Rapid Publication of Reports on Genes and Genomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336804/beyond-privacy-and-exposure-ethical-issues-within-citizen-facing-analytics
#3
Peter Grindrod
We discuss the governing forces for analytics, especially concerning citizens' behaviours and their transactions, that depend on which of three spheres of operation an institution is in (corporate, public sector/government and academic). We argue that aspirations and missions also differ by sphere even as digital spaces have drawn these spheres ever closer together. We propose that citizens' expectations and implicit permissions for any exploitation of their data require the perception of a fair balance of benefits, which should be transparent (accessible to citizens) and justifiable...
December 28, 2016: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336069/a-highly-sensitive-biosensor-for-atp-using-a-chimeric-firefly-luciferase
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Bruce R Branchini, Tara L Southworth
Firefly luciferases, which emit visible light in a highly specific ATP-dependent process, have been adapted for a variety of applications based on the detection of the enzymes or using the proteins to measure ATP levels. Based on studies of chimeric luciferases, we engineered a novel luciferase called PLG2 that has enhanced specific activity, and thermal and pH stability compared to the commonly used Photinus pyralis luciferase. We present here protocols for preparing a single assay mixture containing PLG2 that can be used to readily detect femtomole levels of ATP...
2017: Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330987/architecture-and-mechanism-of-the-central-gear-in-an-ancient-molecular-timer
#5
REVIEW
Martin Egli
Molecular clocks are the product of natural selection in organisms from bacteria to human and their appearance early in evolution such as in the prokaryotic cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus suggests that these timers served a crucial role in genetic fitness. Thus, a clock allows cyanobacteria relying on photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation to temporally space the two processes and avoid exposure of nitrogenase carrying out fixation to high levels of oxygen produced during photosynthesis. Fascinating properties of molecular clocks are the long time constant, their precision and temperature compensation...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330912/statistical-model-specification-and-power-recommendations-on-the-use-of-test-qualified-pooling-in-analysis-of-experimental-data
#6
Nick Colegrave, Graeme D Ruxton
A common approach to the analysis of experimental data across much of the biological sciences is test-qualified pooling. Here non-significant terms are dropped from a statistical model, effectively pooling the variation associated with each removed term with the error term used to test hypotheses (or estimate effect sizes). This pooling is only carried out if statistical testing on the basis of applying that data to a previous more complicated model provides motivation for this model simplification; hence the pooling is test-qualified...
March 29, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327136/perceptions-of-interprofessional-collaboration-of-general-practitioners-and-community-pharmacists-a-qualitative-study
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Christin Löffler, Carolin Koudmani, Femke Böhmer, Susanne D Paschka, Jennifer Höck, Eva Drewelow, Martin Stremme, Bernd Stahlhacke, Attila Altiner
BACKGROUND: Despite numerous evidences for the positive effect of community pharmacists on health care, interprofessional collaboration of pharmacists and general practitioners is very often limited. Though highly trained, pharmacists remain an underutilised resource in primary health care in most western countries. This qualitative study aims at investigating pharmacists' and general practitioners' views on barriers to interprofessional collaboration in the German health care system...
March 21, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325764/the-vitamin-b12-dependent-photoreceptor-aerr-relieves-photosystem-gene-repression-by-extending-the-interaction-of-crtj-with-photosystem-promoters
#8
Mingxu Fang, Carl E Bauer
Purple nonsulfur bacteria adapt their physiology to a wide variety of environmental conditions often through the control of transcription. One of the main transcription factors involved in controlling expression of the Rhodobacter capsulatus photosystem is CrtJ, which functions as an aerobic repressor of photosystem genes. Recently, we reported that a vitamin B12 binding antirepressor of CrtJ called AerR is required for anaerobic expression of the photosystem. However, the mechanism whereby AerR regulates CrtJ activity is unclear...
March 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324777/a-feasibility-study-of-a-novel-spectral-method-using-radiofrequency-ultrasound-data-for-monitoring-laser-tissue-ablation
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Enrico Vannacci, Simona Granchi, Luca Breschi, Elena Biagi
This paper presents preliminary results of a new non-invasive ultrasound monitoring method called TUV (Thermotherapy Ultrasonic View) able to investigate structural tissue modifications caused by minimally invasive percutaneous laser ablation. The method, based on the spectral analysis of the raw ultrasound radiofrequency signal, develops spectral parameters in a multidimensional space and its N dimensions are represented by the central frequencies of the sub bands the signal spectrum is decomposed into. Signal processing has been performed on the data related to 7 laser treatments performed on 4 samples of removed prostatic glands which underwent laser ablation at power of 3W, 4W and 5W and energy of 1800J...
March 6, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320948/highly-oriented-photosynthetic-reaction-centers-generate-a-proton-gradient-in-synthetic-protocells
#10
Emiliano Altamura, Francesco Milano, Roberto R Tangorra, Massimo Trotta, Omar Hassan Omar, Pasquale Stano, Fabio Mavelli
Photosynthesis is responsible for the photochemical conversion of light into the chemical energy that fuels the planet Earth. The photochemical core of this process in all photosynthetic organisms is a transmembrane protein called the reaction center. In purple photosynthetic bacteria a simple version of this photoenzyme catalyzes the reduction of a quinone molecule, accompanied by the uptake of two protons from the cytoplasm. This results in the establishment of a proton concentration gradient across the lipid membrane, which can be ultimately harnessed to synthesize ATP...
March 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306574/perspectives-of-30-english-patients-on-call-light-technology-eloquence-revisited
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Mary Montie, Clayton Shuman, Jose Galinato, Lance Patak, Marita Titler
Call light technology is important because it serves as a direct link for patients to get their healthcare needs fulfilled by their healthcare providers. As primary users of call light technology, patient perspectives are important and warranted. Despite this fact, there is a lack of published literature regarding patient perspectives and call light technology. The present study examined a technologically advanced call light system (Eloquence) by incorporating 30 patient participants' perspectives regarding its usefulness, effectiveness, and appropriateness gathered from individual interviews...
March 16, 2017: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303533/urban-health-in-tanzania-questioning-the-urban-advantage
#12
Francis Levira, Gemma Todd
How are health inequalities articulated across urban and rural spaces in Tanzania? This research paper explores the variations, differences, and inequalities, in Tanzania's health outcomes-to question both the idea of an urban advantage in health and the extent of urban-rural inequalities in health. The three research objectives aim to understand: what are the health differences (morbidity and mortality) between Tanzania's urban and rural areas; how are health inequalities articulated within Tanzania's urban and rural areas; and how are health inequalities articulated across age groups for rural-urban Tanzania? By analyzing four national datasets of Tanzania (National Census, Household Budget Survey, Demographic Health Survey, and Health Demographic Surveillance System), this paper reflects on the outcomes of key health indicators across these spaces...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303366/ancillary-care-obligations-in-light-of-an-african-bioethic-from-entrustment-to-communion
#13
Thaddeus Metz
Henry Richardson recently published the first book ever devoted to ancillary care obligations, which roughly concern what medical researchers are morally required to provide to participants beyond what safety requires. In it, Richardson notes that he is presenting the 'only fully elaborated view out there' on this topic, which he calls the 'partial-entrustment model'. In this article, I provide a new theory of ancillary care obligations, one that is grounded on ideals of communion salient in the African philosophical tradition and that is intended to rival and surpass Richardson's model, which is a function of Western considerations of autonomy...
March 16, 2017: Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301599/exploring-the-role-of-locomotor-sensitization-in-the-circadian-food-entrainment-pathway
#14
Hanna Opiol, Nuria de Zavalia, Tara Delorme, Pavel Solis, Spencer Rutherford, Uri Shalev, Shimon Amir
Food entrainment is the internal mechanism whereby the phase and period of circadian clock genes comes under the control of daily scheduled food availability. Food entrainment allows the body to efficiently realign the internal timing of behavioral and physiological functions such that they anticipate food intake. Food entrainment can occur with or without caloric restriction, as seen with daily schedules of restricted feeding (RF) or restricted treat (RT) that restrict food or treat intake to a single feeding time...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300783/person-recognition-system-based-on-a-combination-of-body-images-from-visible-light-and-thermal-cameras
#15
Dat Tien Nguyen, Hyung Gil Hong, Ki Wan Kim, Kang Ryoung Park
The human body contains identity information that can be used for the person recognition (verification/recognition) problem. In this paper, we propose a person recognition method using the information extracted from body images. Our research is novel in the following three ways compared to previous studies. First, we use the images of human body for recognizing individuals. To overcome the limitations of previous studies on body-based person recognition that use only visible light images for recognition, we use human body images captured by two different kinds of camera, including a visible light camera and a thermal camera...
March 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297181/the-biomechanical-and-energetic-advantages-of-a-mediolaterally-wide-pelvis-in-women
#16
Cara M Wall-Scheffler, Marcella J Myers
Here, we argue that two key shifts in thinking are required to more clearly understand the selection pressures shaping pelvis evolution in female hominins: (1) the primary locomotor mode of female hominins was loaded walking in the company of others, and (2) the periodic gait of human walking is most effectively explained as a biomechanically controlled process related to heel-strike collisions that is tuned for economy and stability by properly-timed motor inputs (a model called dynamic walking). In the light of these two frameworks, the evidence supports differences between female and male upper-pelvic morphology being the result of the unique reproductive role of female hominins, which involved moderately paced, loaded walking in groups...
April 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294997/marine-prasinoviruses-and-their-tiny-plankton-hosts-a-review
#17
REVIEW
Karen D Weynberg, Michael J Allen, William H Wilson
Viruses play a crucial role in the marine environment, promoting nutrient recycling and biogeochemical cycling and driving evolutionary processes. Tiny marine phytoplankton called prasinophytes are ubiquitous and significant contributors to global primary production and biomass. A number of viruses (known as prasinoviruses) that infect these important primary producers have been isolated and characterised over the past decade. Here we review the current body of knowledge about prasinoviruses and their interactions with their algal hosts...
March 15, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294129/experimental-demonstration-of-photon-upconversion-via-cooperative-energy-pooling
#18
Daniel H Weingarten, Michael D LaCount, Jao van de Lagemaat, Garry Rumbles, Mark T Lusk, Sean E Shaheen
Photon upconversion is a fundamental interaction of light and matter that has applications in fields ranging from bioimaging to microfabrication. However, all photon upconversion methods demonstrated thus far involve challenging aspects, including requirements of high excitation intensities, degradation in ambient air, requirements of exotic materials or phases, or involvement of inherent energy loss processes. Here we experimentally demonstrate a mechanism of photon upconversion in a thin film, binary mixture of organic chromophores that provides a pathway to overcoming the aforementioned disadvantages...
March 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293726/inflammation-in-iga-nephropathy
#19
Thomas Rauen, Jürgen Floege
Immunoglobulin A nephropathy (IgAN) is the most frequently occurring primary glomerulonephritis in Caucasian and Asian populations. Nonetheless, therapeutic recommendations are based on weak evidence, large controlled trials are scarce and, in particular, the additional value of immunosuppression beyond comprehensive supportive measures is not well-established. The use of immunosuppressants is supported by experimental insights into IgAN pathogenesis that suggest an autoimmune component in disease development...
March 14, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291839/microstructural-white-matter-alterations-in-preclinical-alzheimer-s-disease-detected-using-free-water-elimination-diffusion-tensor-imaging
#20
Andrew R Hoy, Martina Ly, Cynthia M Carlsson, Ozioma C Okonkwo, Henrik Zetterberg, Kaj Blennow, Mark A Sager, Sanjay Asthana, Sterling C Johnson, Andrew L Alexander, Barbara B Bendlin
Brain changes associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD) begin decades before disease diagnosis. While β-amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles are defining features of AD, neuronal loss and synaptic pathology are closely related to the cognitive dysfunction. Brain imaging methods that are tuned to assess degeneration of myelinated nerve fibers in the brain (collectively called white matter) include diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and related techniques, and are expected to shed light on disease-related loss of structural connectivity...
2017: PloS One
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