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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437950/maximum-likelihood-sequence-estimation-for-optical-complex-direct-modulation
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Di Che, Feng Yuan, William Shieh
Semiconductor lasers are versatile optical transmitters in nature. Through the direct modulation (DM), the intensity modulation is realized by the linear mapping between the injection current and the light power, while various angle modulations are enabled by the frequency chirp. Limited by the direct detection, DM lasers used to be exploited only as 1-D (intensity or angle) transmitters by suppressing or simply ignoring the other modulation. Nevertheless, through the digital coherent detection, simultaneous intensity and angle modulations (namely, 2-D complex DM, CDM) can be realized by a single laser diode...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437732/weaving-through-a-cryptic-species-comparing-the-neotropical-ants-camponotus-senex-and-camponotus-textor-hymenoptera-formicidae
#2
Eduardo Gonçalves Paterson Fox, Daniel Russ Solis, Cristiano Lazoski, William Mackay
Camponotus senex (Fr. Smith 1858) and Camponotus textor Forel, 1899 are commonly confused species in the New World tropics. We provide morphological characteristics based on the larvae and adults, behavioural differences, together with evidence from molecular markers (cuticular hydrocarbon profiles, venom differences, nuclear ribosomal ITS-1, and mtDNA COI sequence comparisons) to separate the two species, demonstrating they are not immediately closely related. In conclusion we suggest new reliable morphological characters which can benefit from deeper phenetic analysis, and support the contextual usefulness of non-morphological tools in resolving sibling ant species...
April 3, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437713/reference-intervals-for-serum-24-25-dihydroxyvitamin-d-and-the-ratio-with-25-hydroxyvitamin-d-established-using-a-newly-developed-lc-ms-ms-method
#3
Jonathan C Y Tang, Holly Nicholls, Isabelle Piec, Christopher J Washbourne, John J Dutton, Sarah Jackson, Julie Greeves, William D Fraser
24,25(OH)2D is the product of 25(OH)D catabolism by CYP24A1. The measurement of serum 24,25(OH)2D concentration may serve as an indicator of vitamin D catabolic status and the relative ratio with 25(OH)D can be used to identify patients with inactivating mutations in CYP24A1. We describe a LC-MS/MS method to determine: (1) the relationships between serum 24,25(OH)2D and 25(OH)D; (2) serum reference intervals in healthy individuals; (3) the diagnostic accuracy of 24,25(OH)2D measurement as an indicator for vitamin D status; 4) 24,25(OH)2D cut-off value for clinically significant change between inadequate and sufficient 25(OH)D status...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437583/natural-selection-on-mhc-ii%C3%AE-in-parapatric-lake-and-stream-stickleback-balancing-divergent-both-or-neither
#4
William E Stutz, Daniel I Bolnick
Major histocompatibility (MHC) genes encode proteins that play a central role in vertebrates' adaptive immunity to parasites. MHC loci are among the most polymorphic in vertebrates' genomes, inspiring many studies to identify evolutionary processes driving MHC polymorphism within populations, and divergence between populations. Leading hypotheses include balancing selection favoring rare alleles within populations, and spatially divergent selection. These hypotheses do not always produce diagnosably distinct predictions, causing many studies of MHC to yield inconsistent or ambiguous results...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437521/home-based-trials-in-adolescent-migraine-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#5
Amy A Gelfand, William Qubty, Irene Patniyot, Barbara Grimes, Mark J Pletcher, Peter J Goadsby, Steven R Cummings
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 24, 2017: JAMA Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437494/patellofemoral-pain-an-enigma-explained-by-homeostasis-and-common-sense
#6
William R Post, Scott F Dye
We present a rational, scientific, low-risk approach to patellofemoral pain (anterior knee pain) based on an understanding of tissue homeostasis. Loss of tissue homeostasis from overload and/or injury produces pain. Bone overload and synovial inflammation are common sources of such pain. Chondromalacia and malalignment are findings that almost always do not need to be "corrected" to relieve pain. Patience and persistence in nonoperative care results in consistent success. Surgery should be rare and done only after extensive nonoperative management and in the setting of clearly defined pathology...
March 2017: American Journal of Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437439/landscape-and-environmental-influences-on-mycobacterium-ulcerans-distribution-among-aquatic-sites-in-ghana
#7
Shannon M Pileggi, Heather Jordan, Julie A Clennon, Ellen Whitney, M Eric Benbow, Richard Merritt, Mollie McIntosh, Ryan Kimbirauskas, Pamela Small, Daniel Boakye, Charles Quaye, Jiaguo Qi, Lindsay Campbell, Jenni Gronseth, Edwin Ampadu, William Opare, Lance A Waller
Buruli ulcer, caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans, is highly endemic in West Africa. While the mode of transmission is unknown, many studies associate Buruli ulcer with different types of water exposure. We present results from the largest study to date to test for M. ulcerans in aquatic sites and identify environmental attributes associated with its presence. Environmental samples from 98 aquatic sites in the Greater Accra, Ashanti, and Volta regions of Ghana were tested for the presence of M. ulcerans DNA by polymerase chain reaction...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437380/lifestyle-and-neurocognition-in-older-adults-with-cardiovascular-risk-factors-and-cognitive-impairment
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James A Blumenthal, Patrick J Smith, Stephanie Mabe, Alan Hinderliter, Kathleen Welsh-Bohmer, Jeffrey N Browndyke, Pao-Hwa Lin, William Kraus, P Murali Doraiswamy, James Burke, Andrew Sherwood
OBJECTIVE: To determine the relationship of lifestyle factors and neurocognitive functioning in older adults with vascular risk factors and cognitive impairment, without dementia (CIND). METHODS: One hundred sixty adults (Mean = 65.4±6.8 years) with CIND completed neurocognitive assessments of executive function, processing speed, and memory. Objective measures of physical activity using accelerometry, aerobic capacity determined by exercise testing, and dietary habits quantified by the Food Frequency Questionnaire and 4-Day Food Diary to assess adherence to the Mediterranean and DASH diets were obtained to assess direct effects with neurocognition...
April 21, 2017: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437348/the-relationship-between-cervical-degeneration-and-global-spinal-alignment-in-patients-with-adult-spinal-deformity
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Takahito Fujimori, Hai Le, William Schairer, Shinichi Inoue, Motoki Iwasaki, Takenori Oda, Serena S Hu
OBJECTIVES: To examine the relationship between cervical degeneration and spinal alignment by comparing patients with adult spinal deformity versus the control cohort. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: The effect of degeneration on cervical alignment has been controversial. METHODS: Cervical and full-length spine radiographs of 57 patients with adult spinal deformity and 78 patients in the control group were reviewed. Adult spinal deformity was classified into 3 types based on the primary characteristics of the deformity: "Degenerative flatback" group, "Positive sagittal imbalance" group, and "Hyperthoracic kyphosis" group...
May 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437283/dilator-use-after-vaginal-brachytherapy-for-endometrial-cancer-a-randomized-feasibility-and-adherence-study
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Alexandra Hanlon, William Small, Jonathan Strauss, Lilie L Lin, Laura Hanisch, Liming Huang, Jinbing Bai, Jessica Wells, Deborah Watkins Bruner
BACKGROUND: Vaginal brachytherapy, a common treatment of endometrial cancer, is associated with high rates of vaginal stenosis. Recommendations for vaginal dilator use to minimize stenosis generally include 3 times per week for approximately 10 minutes per use. However, adherence rates range widely and are generally well less than 50%. OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to assess feasibility of recruitment to a study of dilator use and test a theoretically driven enhanced educational program (EEP) to increase adherence...
April 21, 2017: Cancer Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437165/survey-for-listeria-monocytogenes-in-and-on-ready-to-eat-foods-from-retail-establishments-in-the-united-states-2010-through-2013-assessing-potential-changes-of-pathogen-prevalence-and-levels-in-a-decade
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John B Luchansky, Yuhuan Chen, Anna C S Porto-Fett, Régis Pouillot, Bradley A Shoyer, Rachel Johnson-DeRycke, Denise R Eblen, Karin Hoelzer, William K Shaw, Jane M van Doren, Michelle Catlin, Jeehyun Lee, Rohan Tikekar, Daniel Gallagher, James A Lindsay, Sherri Dennis
A multiyear interagency Listeria monocytogenes Market Basket Survey was undertaken for selected refrigerated ready-to-eat foods purchased at retail in four FoodNet sites in the United States. Food samples from 16 food categories in six broad groups (seafood, produce, dairy, meat, eggs, and combination foods) were collected weekly at large national chain supermarkets and independent grocery stores in California, Maryland, Connecticut, and Georgia for 100 weeks between December 2010 and March 2013. Of the 27,389 total samples, 116 samples tested positive by the BAX PCR system for L...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437152/diffuse-marrow-involvement-in-metastatic-osteosarcoma-an-unusual-presentation
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Suraj Pratap, Hanumantha R Pokala, William H Meyer, Bradley C Gehrs, Maria F Palacios
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 24, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437088/hilaq-a-novel-strategy-for-newly-synthesized-protein-quantification
#13
Yuanhui Ma, Daniel B McClatchy, Salim Barkallah, William W Wood, John R Yates Iii
Here we describe a new strategy, HILAQ (Heavy Isotope Labeled Azidohomoalanine Quantification), to rapidly quantify the molecular vulnerability profile to oxytosis, which is an oxidative stress-induced programed cell death pathway that has been reported to be involved in aging and neurodegenerative diseases. HILAQ was able to quantify 1,962 Newly Synthesized Proteins (NSPs) after 1h pulse labeling in HEK293T cell line, while 353 proteins were quantified using the previously published QuaNCAT protocol. HILAQ was successfully applied to the HT22 oxytosis model...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436980/amygdala-inputs-to-prefrontal-cortex-guide-behavior-amid-conflicting-cues-of-reward-and-punishment
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Anthony Burgos-Robles, Eyal Y Kimchi, Ehsan M Izadmehr, Mary Jane Porzenheim, William A Ramos-Guasp, Edward H Nieh, Ada C Felix-Ortiz, Praneeth Namburi, Christopher A Leppla, Kara N Presbrey, Kavitha K Anandalingam, Pablo A Pagan-Rivera, Melodi Anahtar, Anna Beyeler, Kay M Tye
Orchestrating appropriate behavioral responses in the face of competing signals that predict either rewards or threats in the environment is crucial for survival. The basolateral nucleus of the amygdala (BLA) and prelimbic (PL) medial prefrontal cortex have been implicated in reward-seeking and fear-related responses, but how information flows between these reciprocally connected structures to coordinate behavior is unknown. We recorded neuronal activity from the BLA and PL while rats performed a task wherein competing shock- and sucrose-predictive cues were simultaneously presented...
April 24, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436964/swell1-is-a-regulator-of-adipocyte-size-insulin-signalling-and-glucose-homeostasis
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Yanhui Zhang, Litao Xie, Susheel K Gunasekar, Dan Tong, Anil Mishra, William J Gibson, Chuansong Wang, Trevor Fidler, Brodie Marthaler, Aloysius Klingelhutz, E Dale Abel, Isaac Samuel, Jessica K Smith, Lei Cao, Rajan Sah
Adipocytes undergo considerable volumetric expansion in the setting of obesity. It has been proposed that such marked increases in adipocyte size may be sensed via adipocyte-autonomous mechanisms to mediate size-dependent intracellular signalling. Here, we show that SWELL1 (LRRC8a), a member of the Leucine-Rich Repeat Containing protein family, is an essential component of a volume-sensitive ion channel (VRAC) in adipocytes. We find that SWELL1-mediated VRAC is augmented in hypertrophic murine and human adipocytes in the setting of obesity...
April 24, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436957/pyruvate-kinase-m2-activation-may-protect-against-the-progression-of-diabetic-glomerular-pathology-and-mitochondrial-dysfunction
#16
Weier Qi, Hillary A Keenan, Qian Li, Atsushi Ishikado, Aimo Kannt, Thorsten Sadowski, Mark A Yorek, I-Hsien Wu, Samuel Lockhart, Lawrence J Coppey, Anja Pfenninger, Chong Wee Liew, Guifen Qiang, Alison M Burkart, Stephanie Hastings, David Pober, Christopher Cahill, Monika A Niewczas, William J Israelsen, Liane Tinsley, Isaac E Stillman, Peter S Amenta, Edward P Feener, Matthew G Vander Heiden, Robert C Stanton, George L King
Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is a major cause of end-stage renal disease, and therapeutic options for preventing its progression are limited. To identify novel therapeutic strategies, we studied protective factors for DN using proteomics on glomeruli from individuals with extreme duration of diabetes (ł50 years) without DN and those with histologic signs of DN. Enzymes in the glycolytic, sorbitol, methylglyoxal and mitochondrial pathways were elevated in individuals without DN. In particular, pyruvate kinase M2 (PKM2) expression and activity were upregulated...
April 24, 2017: Nature Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436928/moral-distress-conscious-and-unconscious-feelings
#17
William J Winslade
In analyzing moral distress, perhaps greater attention should be given to the possible implicit sources of feelings of distress, as well as explicit sources.
2017: Journal of Clinical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436813/rf-heating-of-gold-cup-and-conductive-plastic-electrodes-during-simultaneous-eeg-and-mri
#18
Mukund Balasubramanian, William M Wells, John R Ives, Patrick Britz, Robert V Mulkern, Darren B Orbach
PURPOSE: To investigate the heating of EEG electrodes during magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and to better understand the underlying physical mechanisms with a focus on the antenna effect. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Gold cup and conductive plastic electrodes were placed on small watermelons with fiberoptic probes used to measure electrode temperature changes during a variety of 1.5T and 3T MRI scans. A subset of these experiments was repeated on a healthy human volunteer...
2017: Neurodiagnostic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436712/disposition-and-metabolism-of-14-c-galunisertib-a-tgf-%C3%AE-ri-kinase-alk5-inhibitor-following-oral-administration-in-healthy-subjects-and-mechanistic-prediction-of-the-effect-of-itraconazole-on-galunisertib-pharmacokinetics
#19
Kenneth C Cassidy, Ivelina Gueorguieva, Colin Miles, Jessica Rehmel, Ping Yi, William J Ehlhardt
The disposition and metabolism of galunisertib (LY2157299 monohydrate, a TGF-βRI Kinase/ALK5 Inhibitor) was characterized following a single oral dose of 150 mg of [(14)C]-galunisertib (100 µCi) to six healthy human subjects. The galunisertib plasma half-life was 8.6 h, while the (14)C half-life was 10.0 h. Galunisertib was abundant in circulation (40.3% of the (14)C AUC0-24h), with 7 additional metabolites detected in plasma. Two metabolites LSN3199597 (M5, mono-oxidation), and M4 (glucuronide of M3) were the most abundant circulating metabolites (10...
April 24, 2017: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436649/multi-arm-junctions-for-dynamic-dna-nanotechnology
#20
Shohei Kotani, William L Hughes
Non-enzymatic catalytic substrates have been engineered using toehold-mediated DNA strand displacement, and their programmable applications range from medical diagnosis to molecular computation. However, the complexity, stability, scalability, and sensitivity of those systems are plagued by network leakage. A novel way to suppress leakage is to increase its energy barrier through four-way branch migration. Presented here, we designed multi-arm junction substrates that simultaneously exploit four-way branch migration, with a high-energy barrier to minimize leakage, and three-way branch migration, with a low energy barrier to maximize catalysis...
April 24, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
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