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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231342/nonlinear-image-registration-with-bidirectional-metric-and-reciprocal-regularization
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Shihui Ying, Dan Li, Bin Xiao, Yaxin Peng, Shaoyi Du, Meifeng Xu
Nonlinear registration is an important technique to align two different images and widely applied in medical image analysis. In this paper, we develop a novel nonlinear registration framework based on the diffeomorphic demons, where a reciprocal regularizer is introduced to assume that the deformation between two images is an exact diffeomorphism. In detail, first, we adopt a bidirectional metric to improve the symmetry of the energy functional, whose variables are two reciprocal deformations. Secondly, we slack these two deformations into two independent variables and introduce a reciprocal regularizer to assure the deformations being the exact diffeomorphism...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231340/the-widely-used-nicotiana-benthamiana-16c-line-has-an-unusual-t-dna-integration-pattern-including-a-transposon-sequence
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Joshua G Philips, Fatima Naim, Michał T Lorenc, Kevin J Dudley, Roger P Hellens, Peter M Waterhouse
Nicotiana benthamiana is employed around the world for many types of research and one transgenic line has been used more extensively than any other. This line, 16c, expresses the Aequorea victoria green fluorescent protein (GFP), highly and constitutively, and has been a major resource for visualising the mobility and actions of small RNAs. Insights into the mechanisms studied at a molecular level in N. benthamiana 16c are likely to be deeper and more accurate with a greater knowledge of the GFP gene integration site...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231337/4d-dose-simulation-in-volumetric-arc-therapy-accuracy-and-affecting-parameters
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Thilo Sothmann, Tobias Gauer, René Werner
Radiotherapy of lung and liver lesions has changed from normofractioned 3D-CRT to stereotactic treatment in a single or few fractions, often employing volumetric arc therapy (VMAT)-based techniques. Potential unintended interference of respiratory target motion and dynamically changing beam parameters during VMAT dose delivery motivates establishing 4D quality assurance (4D QA) procedures to assess appropriateness of generated VMAT treatment plans when taking into account patient-specific motion characteristics...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231302/bioinformatic-prediction-of-g-protein-coupled-receptor-encoding-sequences-from-the-transcriptome-of-the-foreleg-including-the-haller-s-organ-of-the-cattle-tick-rhipicephalus-australis
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Sergio Munoz, Felix D Guerrero, Anastasia Kellogg, Andrew M Heekin, Ming-Ying Leung
The cattle tick of Australia, Rhipicephalus australis, is a vector for microbial parasites that cause serious bovine diseases. The Haller's organ, located in the tick's forelegs, is crucial for host detection and mating. To facilitate the development of new technologies for better control of this agricultural pest, we aimed to sequence and annotate the transcriptome of the R. australis forelegs and associated tissues, including the Haller's organ. As G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are an important family of eukaryotic proteins studied as pharmaceutical targets in humans, we prioritized the identification and classification of the GPCRs expressed in the foreleg tissues...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231011/ultrahigh-responsivity-photodetectors-from-perovskite-nanowire-arrays-for-sequentially-tunable-spectral-measurement
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Wei Deng, Liming Huang, Xiuzhen Xu, Xiujuan Zhang, Xiangcheng Jin, Shuit-Tong Lee, Jiansheng Jie
Compared with polycrystalline films, single-crystalline methylammonium lead halide (MAPbX3, X = halogen) perovskite nanowires (NWs) with well-defined structure possess superior optoelectronic properties for optoelectronic applications. However, most of the prepared perovskite NWs exhibit properties below expectations due to poor crystalline quality and rough surfaces. It also remains a challenge to achieve aligned growth of single-crystalline perovskite NWs for integrated device applications. Here, we report a facile fluid-guided anti-solvent vapor-assisted crystallization (FGAVC) method for large-scale fabrication of high-quality single-crystalline MAPb(I1-xBrx)3 (X = 0, 0...
February 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231005/synaptic-plasticity-selectively-activated-by-polarization-dependent-energy-efficient-ion-migration-in-an-ultrathin-ferroelectric-tunnel-junction
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Chansoo Yoon, Ji Hye Lee, Sangik Lee, Ji Hoon Jeon, Jun Tae Jang, Dae Hwan Kim, Young Heon Kim, Bae Ho Park
Selectively activated inorganic synaptic devices, showing high on/off ratio, ultrasmall dimension, low power consumption, and short programming time, are required to emulate the functions of high-capacity and energy-efficient reconfigurable human neural systems combining information storage and processing. Here, we demonstrate that such a synaptic device is realized using Ag/PbZr0.52Ti0.48O3 (PZT)/La0.8Sr0.2MnO3 (LSMO) ferroelectric tunnel junction (FTJ) with ultrathin PZT (thickness of ∽4 nm). Ag ion migration through the very thin FTJ enables large on/off ratio (10(7)) and low energy consumption (potentiation energy consumption = ~22 aJ and depression energy consumption = ~2...
February 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231002/mid-infrared-photoluminescence-up-to-290-k-reveals-radiative-mechanisms-and-substrate-doping-type-effects-of-inas-nanowires
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Xiren Chen, Qiandong Zhuang, Hayfaa Alradhi, ZhiMing Jin, Liangqing Zhu, Xin Chen, Jun Shao
Photoluminescence (PL) as a conventional yet powerful optical spectroscopy may provide crucial insight into the mechanism of carrier recombination and bandedge structure in semiconductors. In this study, mid-infrared PL measurements on vertically aligned InAs nanowires (NWs) are realized for the first time in a wide temperature range of up to 290 K, by which the radiative recombinations are clarified in the NWs grown on n- and p-type Si substrates, respectively. A dominant PL feature is identified to be from the type-II optical transition across the interfaces between the zinc-blend (ZB) and the wurtzite (WZ) InAs, a lower-energy feature at low temperatures is ascribed to impurity-related transition, and a higher-energy feature at high temperatures originates in the interband transition of the WZ InAs being activated by thermal-induced electron transfer...
February 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230923/predicting-phenotype-from-genotype-improving-accuracy-through-more-robust-experimental-and-computational-modeling
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Jonathan Gallion, Amanda Koire, Panagiotis Katsonis, Anne-Marie Schoenegge, Michel Bouvier, Olivier Lichtarge
Computational prediction yields efficient and scalable initial assessments of how variants of unknown significance (VUS) may affect human health. However, when discrepancies between these predictions and direct experimental measurements of functional impact arise, inaccurate computational predictions are frequently assumed as the source. Here we present a methodological analysis indicating that shortcomings in both computational and biological data can contribute to these disagreements. We demonstrate that incomplete assaying of multifunctional proteins can affect the strength of correlations between prediction and experiments; a variant's full impact on function is better quantified by considering multiple assays that probe an ensemble of protein functions...
February 23, 2017: Human Mutation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230540/revealing-magnetic-ordering-and-spin-phonon-coupling-in-y1-xtbxmno3-0-1-%C3%AF-x-%C3%AF-0-3-compounds
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Keka R Chakraborty, Barnita Paul, Rakesh Shukla, Psr Krishna, Amit Kumar, Mayuresh Mukadam, Balaji Mandal, Anushree Roy, Avesh Tyagi, S Yusuf
The structural and magnetic properties of the Y1-xTbxMnO3(0.1x0.3)compoundswere investigated.Neutron diffraction patterns for all three samples,recorded at room temperature (RT),were fitted to the nuclear structure confirming the paramagnetic nature of the compounds. At 2.8 K,for the x = 0.1 sample magnetic moments of the Tb3+ionic as well as Mn3+ionic were ordered.At 5 K for the x = 0.2 sample only the Mn3+ionic magnetic moments were ordered. Therewere six sites for Mn atoms. Three on the z = 0 plane and three on the z = 0...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230452/prescription-drug-utilization-and-reimbursement-increased-following-state-medicaid-expansion-in-2014
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Nirosha Mahendraratnam, Stacie B Dusetzina, Joel F Farley
BACKGROUND: The Affordable Care Act (ACA) expanded health care and medication insurance coverage through Medicaid expansion in select states. Expansion has the potential to increase the availability of health services to patients, including prescription medications. However, limited studies have examined how expansion affected prescription drug utilization and reimbursement. OBJECTIVE: To compare prescription drug utilization (number of prescriptions filled) and reimbursement trends between states that did and did not expand Medicaid coverage in 2014, while accounting for known effects of expansion on Medicaid enrollment...
March 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230354/chemical-modification-of-semiconductor-surfaces-for-molecular-electronics
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Ayelet Vilan, David Cahen
Inserting molecular monolayers within metal/semiconductor interfaces provides one of the most powerful expressions of how minute chemical modifications can affect electronic devices. This topic also has direct importance for technology as it can help improve the efficiency of a variety of electronic devices such as solar cells, LEDs, sensors, and possible future bioelectronic ones. The review covers the main aspects of using chemistry to control the various aspects of interface electrostatics, such as passivation of interface states and alignment of energy levels by intrinsic molecular polarization, as well as charge rearrangement with the adjacent metal and semiconducting contacts...
February 23, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229970/molecular-analysis-of-the-human-faecal-archaea-in-a-southern-indian-population
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Sandya B Rani, Ramadass Balamurugan, Balakrishnan S Ramakrishna
Archaea are an important constituent of the human gut microbiota, but there is no information on human gut archaea in an Indian population. In this study, faecal samples were obtained from different age groups (neonatal babies, preschool children, school-going children, adolescents, adults and elderly) of a southern Indian population, and from a tribal population also resident in southern India). 16S rRNA gene sequences specific to Archaea were amplified from pooled faecal DNA in each group, sequenced, and aligned against the NCBI database...
March 2017: Journal of Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229852/-treatment-goals-in-face-philosophy
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Domingo Martin, Amaia Maté, Paula Zabalegui, Jaime Valenzuela
INTRODUCTION: The FACE philosophy is characterized by clearly defined treatment goals: facial esthetics, dental esthetics, periodontal health, functional occlusion, neuromuscular mechanism and joint function. The purpose is to establish ideal occlusion with good facial esthetics and an orthopedic stable joint position. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The authors present all the concepts of FACE philosophy and illustrate them through one case report. RESULTS: Taking into account all the FACE philosophy concepts increases diagnostic ability and improves the quality and stability of treatment outcomes...
March 2017: L' Orthodontie Française
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229334/specific-amyloid-binding-of-polybasic-peptides-in-vivo-is-retained-by-%C3%AE-sheet-conformers-but-lost-in-the-disrupted-coil-and-all-d-amino-acid-variants
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Jonathan S Wall, Angela Williams, Tina Richey, Alan Stuckey, Craig Wooliver, J Christopher Scott, Robert Donnell, Emily B Martin, Stephen J Kennel
PURPOSE: The heparin-reactive, helical peptide p5 is an effective amyloid imaging agent in mice with systemic amyloidosis. Analogs of p5 with modified secondary structure characteristics exhibited altered binding to heparin, synthetic amyloid fibrils, and amyloid extracts in vitro. Herein, we further study the effects of peptide helicity and chirality on specific amyloid binding using a mouse model of systemic inflammation-associated (AA) amyloidosis. PROCEDURES: Peptides with disrupted helical structure [p5(coil) and p5(Pro3)], with an extended sheet conformation [p5(sheet)] or an all-D enantiomer [p5(D)], were chemically synthesized, radioiodinated, and their biodistribution studied in WT mice as well as transgenic animals with severe systemic AA amyloidosis...
February 22, 2017: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229324/corr-insights-%C3%A2-is-pes-cavus-alignment-associated-with-lisfranc-injuries-of-the-foot
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H Thomas Temple
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 22, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229212/the-effect-of-a-cyclic-uniaxial-strain-on-urinary-bladder-cells
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Dorien Tiemessen, Paul de Jonge, Willeke Daamen, Wout Feitz, Paul Geutjes, Egbert Oosterwijk
PURPOSE: Pre-conditioning of a cell seeded construct may improve the functional outcome of a tissue engineered construct for augmentation cystoplasty. The precise effects of mechanical stimulation on urinary bladder cells in vitro are not clear. In this study we investigate the effect of a cyclic uniaxial strain culture on urinary bladder cells which were seeded on a type I collagen scaffold. METHODS: Isolated porcine smooth muscle cells or urothelial cells were seeded on a type I collagen scaffolds and cultured under static and dynamic conditions...
February 23, 2017: World Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228750/evolutionary-roots-and-diversification-of-the-genus-aeromonas
#17
Ariadna Sanglas, Vicenta Albarral, Maribel Farfán, J G Lorén, M C Fusté
Despite the importance of diversification rates in the study of prokaryote evolution, they have not been quantitatively assessed for the majority of microorganism taxa. The investigation of evolutionary patterns in prokaryotes constitutes a challenge due to a very scarce fossil record, limited morphological differentiation and frequently complex taxonomic relationships, which make even species recognition difficult. Although the speciation models and speciation rates in eukaryotes have traditionally been established by analyzing the fossil record data, this is frequently incomplete, and not always available...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228524/structural-insights-into-the-activation-mechanism-of-dynamin-like-ehd-atpases
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Arthur Alves Melo, Balachandra G Hegde, Claudio Shah, Elin Larsson, J Mario Isas, Séverine Kunz, Richard Lundmark, Ralf Langen, Oliver Daumke
Eps15 (epidermal growth factor receptor pathway substrate 15)-homology domain containing proteins (EHDs) comprise a family of dynamin-related mechano-chemical ATPases involved in cellular membrane trafficking. Previous studies have revealed the structure of the EHD2 dimer, but the molecular mechanisms of membrane recruitment and assembly have remained obscure. Here, we determined the crystal structure of an amino-terminally truncated EHD4 dimer. Compared with the EHD2 structure, the helical domains are 50° rotated relative to the GTPase domain...
February 22, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228171/quantification-of-multicellular-organization-junction-integrity-and-substrate-features-in-collective-cell-migration
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Adam C Canver, Alisa Morss Clyne
Quantitative analysis of multicellular organization, cell-cell junction integrity, and substrate properties is essential to understand the mechanisms underlying collective cell migration. However, spatially and temporally defining these properties is difficult within collectively migrating cell groups due to challenges in accurate cell segmentation within the monolayer. In this paper, we present Matlab®-based algorithms to spatially quantify multicellular organization (migration distance, interface roughness, and cell alignment, area, and morphology), cell-cell junction integrity, and substrate features in confocal microscopy images of two-dimensional collectively migrating endothelial monolayers...
February 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227997/an-autoclavable-wireless-palpation-instrument-for-minimally-invasive-surgery
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Anish S Naidu, Abelardo Escoto, Omar Fahmy, Rajni V Patel, Michael D Naish, Anish S Naidu, Abelardo Escoto, Omar Fahmy, Rajni V Patel, Michael D Naish, Abelardo Escoto, Omar Fahmy, Michael D Naish, Anish S Naidu, Rajni V Patel
Minimally invasive surgery prevents surgeons from manually palpating organs to locate subsurface tumors and other structures. One solution is to use ultrasound; however, it is not always reliable. Various minimally invasive surgery instruments that provide tactile feedback have been proposed to augment ultrasound sensing for tumor localization; however, current designs have limitations such as cumbersome wiring, difficulty in manipulation, lack of sterilizability and high cost. This paper presents a novel, autoclavable, wireless, hand-held palpation instrument that uses a custom, low-cost, disposable tactile sensor to provide tactile and kinesthetic force feedback...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
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