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Jong-Ho Lee, Illsoo Sohn, Yong-Hwa Kim
In this paper, we consider a transmit power allocation problem for secure transmission in multi-hop decode-and-forward (DF) full-duplex relay (FDR) networks, where multiple FDRs are located at each hop and perform cooperative beamforming to null out the signal at multiple eavesdroppers. For a perfect self-interference cancellation (PSIC) case, where the self-interference signal at each FDR is completely canceled, we derive an optimal power allocation (OPA) strategy using the Karush-Kuhn-Tucker (KKT) conditions to maximize the achievable secrecy rate under an overall transmit power constraint...
October 17, 2016: Sensors
Melinda A Ma, Rajesh Kumar, Paul M Macey, Frisca L Yan-Go, Ronald M Harper
INTRODUCTION: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a male-predominant condition, characterized by repeated upper-airway collapse with continued diaphragmatic efforts during sleep, and is accompanied by severe physiological consequences. Multiple morphological aspects, including epiglottis cross-sectional area (CSA) and oropharyngeal airway length (OPAL), can contribute to airway collapsibility in the condition. This study focused on the effects of OSA severity, sex, and race on OPA dimensions...
2016: Nature and Science of Sleep
Naveen Maddukuri, Qiyang Zhang, Ning Zhang, Maojun Gong
Laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) detection often requires labelling of analytes with fluorophores; and fast fluorescent derivatization is valuable for high-throughput analysis with flow-gated capillary electrophoresis (CE). Here, we report a fast fluorescein-labelling scheme for amino neurotransmitters, which were then rapidly separated and detected in flow-gated CE. This scheme was based on the reaction between primary amines and o-phthalaldehyde (OPA) in the presence of a fluorescent thiol, 2-[(5-fluoresceinyl)aminocarbonyl]ethyl mercaptan (FACE-SH)...
October 17, 2016: Electrophoresis
Shruti Jain, Nazia Nazir, Rashid M Khan, Syed M Ahmed
INTRODUCTION: Extubation in deep plane of anesthesia followed by Guedel's oropharyngeal airway (OPA™) insertion is a routine method to avoid hemodynamic changes associated with tracheal extubation. Exchange of endotracheal tube (ETT) with Classic laryngeal mask airway (LMA™) prior to emergence from anesthesia also serves similar purpose. We had compared the hemodynamic changes involved during this ETT/LMA™ and ETT/OPA™ exchange technique. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This was a randomized prospective study on ASA I and 2 patients undergoing elective surgery under general anesthesia...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Jacek Wysocki, Jerzy Brzostek, Ryszard Konior, Falko G Panzer, Nancy A François, Sudheer M Ravula, Devayani A Kolhe, Yue Song, Ilse Dieussaert, Lode Schuerman, Dorota Borys
To investigate long-term antibody persistence following the administration of the 10-valent pneumococcal non-typeable Haemophilus influenzae protein D conjugate vaccine (PHiD-CV), we present results of two follow-up studies assessing antibody persistence following two 3+1 schedules up to four (NCT00624819 - Study A) and five years (NCT00891176 - Study B) post-booster vaccination. In Study A, antibody persistence was measured one, two and four years post-booster in children previously primed and boosted with PHiD-CV, or primed with the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (7vCRM) and boosted with either PHiD-CV or 7vCRM...
October 13, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Ling Li, Wenjie Nie, Aixi Chen
We investigate theoretically the optical response of the output field and the tunable slow and fast light in a nonlinear optomechanical cavity with a degenerate optical parametric amplifier (OPA) and a higher order excited atomic ensemble. Studies show that the higher-order-excitation atom which is similar to the degenerate OPA that acts as a nonlinear medium, induces an additional dip in absorption spectrum of the probe field. The coherence of the mechanical oscillator leads to split the peak in absorption in the probe field spectrum so that the phenomenon of optomechanically induced transparency (OMIT) is generated from the output probe field...
October 11, 2016: Scientific Reports
Tolga Çukur, Alexander G Huth, Shinji Nishimoto, Jack L Gallant
: Functional MRI studies suggest that at least three brain regions in human visual cortex-the parahippocampal place area (PPA), retrosplenial complex (RSC), and occipital place area (OPA; often called the transverse occipital sulcus)-represent large-scale information in natural scenes. Tuning of voxels within each region is often assumed to be functionally homogeneous. To test this assumption, we recorded blood oxygenation level-dependent responses during passive viewing of complex natural movies...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
Y Liu, Y F Zhang, X L Sun, S Y Liu
The envelope protein (Env) of the Jaagsiekte sheep retrovirus (JSRV) is known to be a unique oncoprotein responsible for inducing ovine pulmonary adenocarcinoma (OPA). The objective of this study was to prepare a specific monoclonal antibody (mAb) against the JSRV Env protein using bioinformatic analysis. According to the structure and epitope prediction results of JSRV Env, the JSRV-Env572-615 antigen was prepared via peptide synthesis (amino acid sequence 572-615, denoted as JSRV-Env572-615). BALB/c mice were immunized to prepare the anti-JSRV-Env572-615 mAb...
August 29, 2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
Carla Busquets-Cortés, Xavier Capó, Miquel Martorell, Josep A Tur, Antoni Sureda, Antoni Pons
Exercise training induces adaptations in mitochondrial metabolism, dynamics, and oxidative protection. Omega-3 fatty acids change membrane lipid composition and modulate mitochondrial function. The aim was to investigate the effect of 8-week training and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) supplementation (1.14 g/day) on the mitochondria dynamics and antioxidant status in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from sportsmen. Subjects were assigned to an intervention (N = 9) or placebo groups (N = 7) in a randomized double-blind trial...
2016: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
Clara L Garcia-Rodenas, Michael Affolter, Gerard Vinyes-Pares, Carlos A De Castro, Leonidas G Karagounis, Yumei Zhang, Peiyu Wang, Sagar K Thakkar
Human breast milk (BM) amino acid (AA) composition may be impacted by lactation stage or factors related to geographical location. The present cross-sectional study is aimed at assessing the temporal changes of BMAA over lactation stages in a large cohort of urban mothers in China. Four hundred fifty BM samples, collected in three Chinese cities covering eight months of lactation were analyzed for free (FAA) and total (TAA) AA by o-phthalaldehyde/ fluorenylmethylchloroformate (OPA/FMOC) derivatization. Concentrations and changes over lactation were aligned with previous reports...
2016: Nutrients
Thuy T Frakking, Anne B Chang, Kerry-Ann F O'Grady, Michael David, Kelly A Weir
PURPOSE: Limited data exist that support the reproducibility of cervical auscultation (CA) use in children. This study aimed to determine the reliability of CA in detecting oropharyngeal aspiration (OPA) in children within a controlled environment. METHOD: This observational study included eight speech-language pathologists who rated clips of 40 normal and 40 OPA swallowing sounds on two separate occasions (i.e.160 sound clips rated by each speech-language pathologist) to comprise a total of 1280 swallow clips rated...
September 29, 2016: International Journal of Speech-language Pathology
B Hitchcock, S Moynan, C Frampton, R Reuther, P Gilling, F Rowe
OBJECTIVES: To compare the microbiological efficacy, turnaround time, cost, convenience, and patient and user tolerance of Tristel Trio Wipes, PeraSafe solution and Cidex OPA solution for the high-level disinfection of flexible nasendoscopes. METHODS: Flexible nasendoscopes were used in routine clinical encounters. They were then disinfected with one of the three disinfectant methods. Surveillance cultures were taken before and after each disinfection process. Data relating to each of the study parameters were recorded...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
Francesca Garganese, Leonardo Schena, Ilenia Siciliano, Maria Isabella Prigigallo, Davide Spadaro, Anna De Grassi, Antonio Ippolito, Simona Marianna Sanzani
Alternaria brown spot is one of the most important diseases of tangerines and their hybrids worldwide. Recently, outbreaks in Mediterranean areas related to susceptible cultivars, refocused attention on the disease. Twenty representatives were selected from a collection of 180 isolates of Alternaria spp. from citrus leaves and fruit. They were characterized along with reference strains of Alternaria spp. Micro- and macroscopic characteristics separated most Alternaria isolates into six morphotypes referable to A...
2016: PloS One
Caroline E Robertson, Katherine L Hermann, Anna Mynick, Dwight J Kravitz, Nancy Kanwisher
We experience our visual environment as a seamless, immersive panorama. Yet, each view is discrete and fleeting, separated by expansive eye movements and discontinuous views of our spatial surroundings. How are discrete views of a panoramic environment knit together into a broad, unified memory representation? Regions of the brain's "scene network" are well poised to integrate retinal input and memory [1]: they are visually driven [2, 3] but also densely interconnected with memory structures in the medial temporal lobe [4]...
September 26, 2016: Current Biology: CB
Edward H Silson, Adam D Steel, Chris I Baker
Functional imaging studies in human reliably identify a trio of scene-selective regions, one on each of the lateral [occipital place area (OPA)], ventral [parahippocampal place area (PPA)], and medial [retrosplenial complex (RSC)] cortical surfaces. Recently, we demonstrated differential retinotopic biases for the contralateral lower and upper visual fields within OPA and PPA, respectively. Here, using functional magnetic resonance imaging, we combine detailed mapping of both population receptive fields (pRF) and category-selectivity, with independently acquired resting-state functional connectivity analyses, to examine scene and retinotopic processing within medial parietal cortex...
2016: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
Pauliina Husu, Jaana Suni, Henri Vähä-Ypyä, Harri Sievänen, Kari Tokola, Heli Valkeinen, Tomi Mäki-Opas, Tommi Vasankari
BACKGROUND: Regular physical activity (PA) confers many positive effects on health and well-being. Sedentary behavior (SB), in turn, is a risk factor for health, regardless of the level of moderate to vigorous PA. The present study describes the levels of objectively measured SB, breaks in SB, standing still and PA among Finnish adults. METHODS: This cross-sectional analysis is based on the sub-sample of the population-based Health 2011 Study of Finnish adults. The study population consisted of 18-to-85-year old men and women who wore a waist-worn triaxial accelerometer (Hookie AM 20) for at least 4 days, for at least 10 h per day (n = 1587) during a week...
2016: BMC Public Health
Tomi E Mäki-Opas, Katja Borodulin, Heli Valkeinen, Sari Stenholm, Anton E Kunst, Thomas Abel, Tommi Härkänen, Leena Kopperoinen, Pekka Itkonen, Ritva Prättälä, Sakari Karvonen, Seppo Koskinen
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May 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
C Sadlier, S O'Dea, K Bennett, J Dunne, N Conlon, C Bergin
The aim of this study was to compare the immunologic response to a prime-boost immunization strategy combining the 13-valent conjugate pneumococcal vaccine (PCV13) with the 23-valent polysaccharide pneumococcal vaccine (PPSV23) versus the PPSV23 alone in HIV-infected adults. HIV-infected adults were randomized to receive PCV13 at week 0 followed by PPSV23 at week 4 (n = 31, prime-boost group) or PPSV23 alone at week 4 (n = 33, PPSV23-alone group). Serotype specific IgG geometric mean concentration (GMC) and functional oposonophagocytic (OPA) geometric mean titer (GMT) were compared for 12 pneumococcal serotypes shared by both vaccines at week 8 and week 28...
September 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
Dorelia Lipsa, Paolo Leva, Josefa Barrero-Moreno, Mehmet Coelhan
Limonene, a monoterpene abundantly present in most of the consumer products (due to its pleasant citrus smell), easily undergoes ozonolysis leading to several limonene oxidation products (LOPs) such as 4-acetyl-1-methylcyclohexene (4-AMCH), 4-oxopentanal (4-OPA) and 3-isopropenyl-6-oxoheptanal (IPOH). Toxicological studies have indicated that human exposure to limonene and ozone can cause adverse airway effects. However, little attention has been paid to the potential health impact of specific LOPs, in particular of IPOH, 4-OPA and 4-AMCH...
August 27, 2016: Toxicology Letters
Ihsan Yilmaz, Irfan Perente, Cem Kesim, Basak Saracoglu, Ahmet Taylan Yazici, Muhittin Taskapili
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate possible changes in ocular pulse amplitude (OPA), retinal arteriole caliber (RAC), and retinal venule caliber (RVC), following the intravitreal injection of dexamethasone implants (DIs). METHODS: Thirty-four eyes of 34 patients with macular edema were included. All participants received a full ophthalmologic examination at baseline. RAC and RVC were measured via optical coherence tomography; OPA and intraocular pressure (IOP) were measured via dynamic contour tonometry at baseline, month 1, and month 3...
July 2016: Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology
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