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Chris E Freye, Robert E Synovec
A high temperature diaphragm valve-based two-dimensional (2D) gas chromatography (GC×GC) with time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOFMS) instrument, with the valve mounted directly in the GC oven, is demonstrated with separations up to 325°C. Use of the diaphragm valve allowed for the use of uncoupled carrier gas flows for (1)D (first column dimension) and (2)D (second column dimension), with a (1)D flow rate of 1ml/min, and a (2)D flow rate 3ml/min. The 3ml/min flow rate on (2)D was selected to ensure compatibility with most TOFMS detectors...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Karen K Yam, Angela Brewer, Virginie Bleau, Édith Beaulieu, Corey P Mallett, Brian J Ward
We investigated the long-term immune profiles of dose-sparing, AS03-adjuvanted vaccines compared to a traditional high-dose, unadjuvated influenza vaccine formulations. BALB/c mice received 2 IM injections of influenza A/Uruguay/716/2007 (H3N2) split vaccine antigen: high-dose (HD) (3 µg hemagglutinin (HA)/dose) or low-dose (LD) formulations (0.03 µg or 0.003 µg HA) with AS03 and were followed to 34 weeks post-boost (pb). We examined serologic responses, spleen and bone marrow (BM) HA-specific antibody-secreting cells (ASCs) by ELISpot, influenza-specific cytokine/chemokine production in re-stimulated splenocytes by multiplex ELISA, and antigen-specific CD4+ T cells that express cytokines (IL-2, IFNγ, TNFa and IL-5) by flow cytometry...
October 21, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
Jorge Aramburu, Raúl Antón, Alejandro Rivas, Juan Carlos Ramos, Bruno Sangro, José Ignacio Bilbao
Radioembolization, which consist of the implantation of radioactive microspheres via intra-arterially placed microcatheter, is a safe and effective treatment for liver cancer. Nevertheless, radioembolization-related complications and side effects may arise, which are an active area of ongoing research. The catheter design has been claimed as an option in reducing these complications. In this paper, the influence of catheter type and location are investigated. The study was undertaken by numerically simulating the particle-hemodynamics in a patient-specific hepatic artery during liver radioembolization...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
Richard F Spaide, Mihoko Suzuki, Lawrence A Yannuzzi, Alexandre Matet, Francine Behar-Cohen
PURPOSE: To evaluate multimodal imaging including volume-rendered angiographic and structural optical coherence tomography of macular telangiectasia Type 2 (MacTel2) for right-angle vein complexes, macular cavitations, and signs of deeper retinal vascular invasion. METHODS: Retrospective review of imaging performed in a community-based retinal referral center. The eyes were scanned using optical coherence tomography using split-spectrum amplitude-decorrelation techniques to derive flow information...
September 30, 2016: Retina
Weiguo Huang, Zheng Huang, Guofeng Xiao, Xiang Qin
We aimed to evaluate the long-term therapeutic effect of transurethral split of the prostate (TUSP) with a newly improved double-columnar balloon catheter on patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).Total 565 BPH patients (mean age 73.6 years, range 46-94 years) who underwent TUSP surgery between January 2006 and January 2015 were included. Patient's baseline characteristics, prostate size, PSA, preoperative and postoperative maximum urinary flow rate (Qmax), postvoid residual (PVR), international prostate symptoms score (IPSS) and quality of life (QOL) score, perioperative data and postoperative complications were recorded...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
João V Fontana, José A Miranda
The elastic fingering phenomenon occurs when two confined fluids are brought into contact, and due to a chemical reaction, the interface separating them becomes elastic. We study elastic fingering pattern formation in Newtonian fluids flowing in a lifting (time-dependent gap) Hele-Shaw cell. Using a mode-coupling approach, nonlinear effects induced by the interplay between viscous and elastic forces are investigated and the weakly nonlinear behavior of the fluid-fluid interfacial patterns is analyzed. Our results indicate that the existence of the elastic interface allows the development of unexpected morphological behaviors in such Newtonian fluid flow systems...
September 2016: Physical Review. E
Nicholas M Rathmann, Peter D Ditlevsen
Fully developed homogeneous isotropic turbulence in two dimensions is fundamentally different from that in three dimensions. In two dimensions, the simultaneous inviscid conservation of both kinetic energy and enstrophy within the inertial range of scales leads to a forward cascade of enstrophy and a reverse cascade of energy. In three dimensions, helicity, the integral of the scalar product of velocity and vorticity, is also an inviscid flow invariant along with the energy. Unlike the enstrophy, however, the helicity does not block the forward cascade of energy to small scales...
September 2016: Physical Review. E
Hussein A Hejase, Kevin J Liu
BACKGROUND: Branching events in phylogenetic trees reflect bifurcating and/or multifurcating speciation and splitting events. In the presence of gene flow, a phylogeny cannot be described by a tree but is instead a directed acyclic graph known as a phylogenetic network. Both phylogenetic trees and networks are typically reconstructed using computational analysis of multi-locus sequence data. The advent of high-throughput sequencing technologies has brought about two main scalability challenges: (1) dataset size in terms of the number of taxa and (2) the evolutionary divergence of the taxa in a study...
October 13, 2016: BMC Bioinformatics
Xenia Freilich, José D Anadón, Jolanta Bukala, Ordaliza Calderon, Ronveer Chakraborty, Stéphane Boissinot
BACKGROUND: The Ethiopian highlands are a biodiversity hotspot, split by the Great Rift Valley into two distinct systems of plateaus and mountains. The Rift Valley is currently hot and dry and acts as a barrier to gene flow for highland-adapted species. It is however unlikely that the conditions in the Rift were inhospitable to highland species during the entire Pleistocene. To assess the significance of the Ethiopian Rift as a biogeographic barrier as well as the impact Pleistocene climatic changes have had on the evolution of Ethiopian organisms, we performed phylogeographic analyses and developed present and past niche models on seven anuran species with different elevational and ecological preferences...
October 10, 2016: BMC Evolutionary Biology
Elder Assis Miranda, Henrique Batalha-Filho, Carlos Congrains, Antônio Freire Carvalho, Kátia Maria Ferreira, Marco Antonio Del Lama
The South America encompasses the highest levels of biodiversity found anywhere in the world and its rich biota is distributed among many different biogeographical regions. However, many regions of South America are still poorly studied, including its xeric environments, such as the threatened Caatinga and Cerrado phytogeographical domains. In particular, the effects of Quaternary climatic events on the demography of endemic species from xeric habitats are poorly understood. The present study uses an integrative approach to reconstruct the evolutionary history of Partamona rustica, an endemic stingless bee from dry forest diagonal in Brazil, in a spatial-temporal framework...
2016: PloS One
Dongli Guan, Zhilei Chen
Proteins purified using affinity-based chromatography often exploit a recombinant affinity tag. Existing methods for the removal of the extraneous tag, needed for many applications, suffer from poor efficiency and/or high cost. Here we describe a simple, efficient, and potentially low-cost approach-split intein-mediated ultrarapid purification (SIRP)-for both the purification of the desired tagged protein from Escherichia coli lysate and removal of the tag in less than 1 h. The N- and C-fragment of a self-cleaving variant of a naturally split DnaE intein from Nostoc punctiforme are genetically fused to the N-terminus of an affinity tag and a protein of interest (POI), respectively...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Shaojie Wang, Liyu Peng, Yixin Jiang, Petros Gikas, Baoning Zhu, Haijia Su
To enhance the treatment efficiency from an anaerobic digester, a novel six-compartment anaerobic/oxic baffled reactor (A/OBR) was employed. Two kinds of split-feeding A/OBRs R2 and R3, with influent fed in the 1(st), 3(rd) and 5(th) compartment of the reactor simultaneously at the respective ratios of 6:3:1 and 6:2:2, were compared with the regular-feeding reactor R1 when all influent was fed in the 1(st) compartment (control). Three aspects, the COD removal, the hydraulic characteristics and the bacterial community, were systematically investigated, compared and evaluated...
October 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
Lisa C Crowley, Grace Chojnowski, Nigel J Waterhouse
All cells are created from preexisting cells. This involves complete duplication of the parent cell to create two daughter cells by a process known as the cell cycle. For this process to be successful, the DNA of the parent cell must be faithfully replicated so that each daughter cell receives a full copy of the genetic information. During the cell cycle, the DNA content of the parent cell increases as new DNA is synthesized (S phase). When there are two full copies of the DNA (G2/M phase), the cell splits to form two new cells (G0/G1 phase)...
October 3, 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Protocols
Erin Finley, Angelica Cobb, Anna Duke, Andrew Paterson, Jakoah Brgoch
Inorganic persistent luminescent phosphors are an excellent class of optical reporters for enabling sensitive point-of-care diagnostics, particularly with smartphone-based biosensing devices in testing formats such as the lateral flow assay (LFA). Here, the development of persistent phosphors for this application is focused on the solid solution (Sr1-δBaδ)2MgSi2O7:Eu(2+),Dy(3+) (δ = 0, 0.125, 0.25, 0.375), which is prepared using a high-temperature solid-state reaction as confirmed by synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction...
October 12, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Joyce Lübbers, Marian H van Beers-Tas, Saskia Vosslamber, Samina A Turk, Sander de Ridder, Elise Mantel, John G Wesseling, Martine Reijm, Ingrid M van Hoogstraten, Johannes W Bijlsma, Dirkjan van Schaardenburg, Hetty J Bontkes, Cornelis L Verweij
BACKGROUND: Multiple lymphocyte subsets like T and B cells have been connected to joint infiltration and inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Identification of leucocyte subsets that are dysregulated in arthritis development could provide insight into the aetiology of RA. This study aimed to investigate the composition of the peripheral blood components, i.e. CD14(+) monocytes, CD4(+) and CD8(+) T lymphocytes (CD3(+)), CD80(+), C-X-C chemokine receptor 3 (CXCR3)(+) and CD27(+) B lymphocytes (CD19(+)), CD16(+)CD56(+)CD3(-) natural killer (NK) cells and activated CD56(+)CD3(+) T cells, for association with arthritis development in patients with arthralgia...
2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Chaiwat Teekhasaenee, Yanin Suwan, Wasu Supakontanasan, Wasee Tulvatana, Robert Ritch
PURPOSE: To describe the clinical spectrum and a new theory of pathogenesis of true exfoliation syndrome. DESIGN: Cross-sectional and prospective, observational case series. PARTICIPANTS: Consecutive patients with characteristic peeling of the anterior lens capsule. METHODS: After maximal mydriasis, slit-lamp biomicroscopy, and photography, imaging of the anterior capsule and zonules was performed. The condition was classified into 4 clinical stages: annular anterior capsule thickening with a distinct splitting margin (stage 1), an inward detached crescentic flap lying on the anterior lens (stage 2), a floating and folding translucent membrane behind the iris (stage 3), and a broad membrane within the pupil (stage 4)...
September 2, 2016: Ophthalmology
Makoto Furukawa, Yoshitaka Takagai
Online solid-phase extraction (SPE) coupled with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS) is a useful tool in automatic sequential analysis. However, it cannot simultaneously quantify the analytical targets and their recovery percentages (R%) in one-shot samples. We propose a system that simultaneously acquires both data in a single sample injection. The main flowline of the online solid-phase extraction is divided into main and split flows. The split flow line (i.e., bypass line), which circumvents the SPE column, was placed on the main flow line...
October 4, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
James S Albert, Donald R Schoolmaster, Victor Tagliacollo, Scott M Duke-Sylvester
Macroevolutionary theory posits three processes leading to lineage diversification and the formation of regional biotas: dispersal (species geographic range expansion), speciation (species lineage splitting), and extinction (species lineage termination). The Theory of Island Biogeography (TIB) predicts species richness values using just two of these processes; dispersal and extinction. Yet most species on Earth live on continents or continental shelves, and the dynamics of evolutionary diversification at regional and continental scales are qualitatively different from those that govern the formation of species richness on biogeographic islands...
September 1, 2016: Systematic Biology
José I Padovani, Stefanie S Jeffrey, Roger T Howe
Droplet actuation is an essential mechanism for droplet-based microfluidic systems. On-demand electromagnetic actuation is used in a ferrofluid-based microfluidic system for water droplet displacement. Electropermanent magnets (EPMs) are used to induce 50 mT magnetic fields in a ferrofluid filled microchannel with gradients up to 6.4 × 10(4) kA/m(2). Short 50 µs current pulses activate the electropermanent magnets and generate negative magnetophoretic forces that range from 10 to 70 nN on 40 to 80 µm water-in-ferrofluid droplets...
June 2016: Technology
Farid Ullah Khan
For wireless sensor node (WSN) applications, this paper presents the harvesting of energy from the stray electromagnetic field around an electrical power line. Inductive and capacitive types of electrodynamic energy harvesters are developed and reported. For the produced energy harvesters, solid core and split-core designs are adopted. The inductive energy harvester comprises a copper wound coil which is produced on a mild steel core. However, the capacitive prototypes comprise parallel, annular discs separated by Teflon spacers...
2016: TheScientificWorldJournal
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