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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641115/feature-integration-drives-probabilistic-behavior-in-the-drosophila-escape-response
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Catherine R von Reyn, Aljoscha Nern, W Ryan Williamson, Patrick Breads, Ming Wu, Shigehiro Namiki, Gwyneth M Card
Animals rely on dedicated sensory circuits to extract and encode environmental features. How individual neurons integrate and translate these features into behavioral responses remains a major question. Here, we identify a visual projection neuron type that conveys predator approach information to the Drosophila giant fiber (GF) escape circuit. Genetic removal of this input during looming stimuli reveals that it encodes angular expansion velocity, whereas other input cell type(s) encode angular size. Motor program selection and timing emerge from linear integration of these two features within the GF...
June 21, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636566/detection-of-muscle-gap-by-l-bia-in-muscle-injuries-clinical-prognosis
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L Nescolarde, J Yanguas, J Terricabras, H Lukaski, X Alomar, J Rosell-Ferrer, G Rodas
Sport-related muscle injury classifications are based basically on imaging criteria such as ultrasound (US) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) without consensus because of a lack of clinical prognostics for return-to-play (RTP), which is conditioned upon the severity of the injury, and this in turn with the muscle gap (muscular fibers retraction). Recently, Futbol Club Barcelona's medical department proposed a new muscle injury classification in which muscle gap plays an important role, with the drawback that it is not always possible to identify by MRI...
June 21, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635132/the-fabrication-of-iron-oxide-nanoparticle-nanofiber-composites-by-electrospinning-and-their-applications-in-tissue-engineering
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Chris J Mortimer, Chris J Wright
This paper reviews the use of iron oxide nanoparticle-nanofiber composites in tissue engineering with a focus on the electrospinning technique. Electrospinning is an established method of scaffold fabrication offering a number of key advantages which include its facile nature, with electrospun materials offering a high surface area to volume ratio, potential for the release of drugs and antimicrobials, controllable fiber diameters and high porosity and permeability. A number of different techniques for the preparation of iron oxide nanoparticles including their functionalization are discussed along with their applications in the biomedical field...
June 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629194/adhesive-defect-monitoring-of-glass-fiber-epoxy-plate-using-an-impedance-based-non-destructive-testing-method-for-multiple-structures
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Wongi S Na, Jongdae Baek
The emergence of composite materials has revolutionized the approach to building engineering structures. With the number of applications for composites increasing every day, maintaining structural integrity is of utmost importance. For composites, adhesive bonding is usually the preferred choice over the mechanical fastening method, and monitoring for delamination is an essential factor in the field of composite materials. In this study, a non-destructive method known as the electromechanical impedance method is used with an approach of monitoring multiple areas by specifying certain frequency ranges to correspond to a certain test specimen...
June 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627670/intermedin-improves-cardiac-function-and-sympathetic-neural-remodeling-in-a-rat-model-of-post-myocardial-infarction-heart-failure
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Bin Xu, Hao Xu, Heng Cao, Xiaoxiao Liu, Chunhuan Qin, Yanzhou Zhao, Xiaolin Han, Hongli Li
Emerging evidence has suggested that intermedin (IMD), a novel member of the calcitonin gene‑related peptide (CGRP) family, has a wide range of cardioprotective effects. The present study investigated the effects of long‑term administration of IMD on cardiac function and sympathetic neural remodeling in heart failure (HF) rats, and studied potential underlying mechanism. HF was induced in rats by myocardial infarction (MI). Male Sprague Dawley rats were randomly assigned to either saline or IMD (0.6 µg/kg/h) treatment groups for 4 weeks post‑MI...
June 14, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625688/electrically-atomised-formulations-of-timolol-maleate-for-direct-and-on-demand-ocular-lens-coatings
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Prina Mehta, Ali Al-Kinani, Rita Haj-Ahmad, Muhammad Sohail Arshad, Ming-Wei Chang, G Raid Alany, Zeeshan Ahmad
Advances in nanotechnology have enabled solutions for challenging drug delivery targets. While the eye presents numerous emerging opportunities for delivery, analysis and sensing; issues persist for conventional applications. This includes liquid phase formulation localisation on the ocular surface once administered as formulated eye-drops; with the vast majority of dosage (>90%) escaping from the administered site due to tear production and various drainage mechanisms. The work presented here demonstrates a single needle electrohydrodynamic (EHD) engineering process to nano-coat (as an on demand and controllable fiber depositing method) the surface of multiple contact lenses rendering formulations to be stationary on the lens and at the bio-interface...
June 15, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617576/ex-vivo-measurement-of-electrically-evoked-dopamine-release-in-zebrafish-whole-brain
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Mimi Shin, Thomas M Field, Chase S Stucky, Mia N Furgurson, Michael A Johnson
Zebrafish (Danio rerio) have recently emerged as useful model organism for the study of neuronal function. Here, fast-scan cyclic voltammetry at carbon-fiber microelectrodes (FSCV) was used to measure locally-evoked dopamine release and uptake in zebrafish whole brain preparations and results were compared with those obtained from brain slices. Evoked dopamine release ([DA]max) was similar in whole brain and sagittal brain slice preparations (0.49 ± 0.13 µM in whole brain and 0.59 ± 0.28 µM in brain slices)...
June 15, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611424/low-loss-nanostructured-polymers-for-chip-scale-waveguide-amplifiers
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George F R Chen, Xinyu Zhao, Yang Sun, Chaobin He, Mei Chee Tan, Dawn T H Tan
On-chip waveguide amplifiers offer higher gain in small device sizes and better integration with photonic devices than the commonly available fiber amplifiers. However, on-chip amplifiers have yet to make its way into the mainstream due to the limited availability of materials with ideal light guiding and amplification properties. A low-loss nanostructured on-chip channel polymeric waveguide amplifier was designed, characterized, fabricated and its gain experimentally measured at telecommunication wavelength...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601576/real-time-monitoring-of-microdistribution-of-antibody-photon-absorber-conjugates-during-photoimmunotherapy-in-vivo
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Qinggong Tang, Tadanobu Nagaya, Yi Liu, Jonathan Lin, Kazuhide Sato, Hisataka Kobayashi, Yu Chen
Photoimmunotherapy (PIT) is an emerging low side effect cancer therapy based on a monoclonal antibody (mAb) conjugated with a near-infrared (NIR) phthalocyanine dye IRDye 700DX. IR700 is fluorescent, can be used as an imaging agent, and also is phototoxic. It induces rapid cell death after exposure to NIR light. PIT induces highly selective cancer cell death, while leaving most of tumor blood vessels unharmed, leading to an effect called super-enhanced permeability and retention (SUPR). SUPR significantly improves the effectiveness of the anticancer drug...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599883/uterine-sparing-laparoscopic-resection-of-accessory-cavitated-uterine-masses
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Ann Peters, Noah B Rindos, Richard S Guido, Nicole M Donnellan
To demonstrate surgical techniques utilized during uterine-sparing laparoscopic resections of accessory cavitated uterine masses (ACUM) BACKGROUND: ACUM represent a rare uterine entity observed in premenopausal women suffering from dysmenorrhea and recurrent pelvic pain. The diagnosis is made when an isolated extra-cavitated uterine mass is resected from an otherwise normal appearing uterus with unremarkable endometrial lumen and adnexal structures. Pathologic confirmation requires an accessory cavity lined with endometrial epithelium (and corresponding glands and stroma) filled with chocolate-brown fluid...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599859/simultaneous-determination-of-the-lipophilicity-and-dissociation-constants-of-dialkyl-phosphinic-acids-by-negligible-depletion-hollow-fiber-membrane-protected-liquid-phase-microextraction
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Fengqiong Shi, Jingfu Liu
Determination of the physicochemical properties, especially the lipophilicity (expressed as the logarithm of distribution coefficient, log D) and dissociation constant (pKa), is of great importance in the early stage of environmental risk assessment for an ionizable compound without these data. Currently, the log D and pKa values of dialkyl phosphinic acids (DPAs), the environmental hydrolysates of aluminum dialkyl phosphinates (ADPs) that is one class of emerging phosphorus-containing flame retardants, are not available...
June 2, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595571/cottonfgd-an-integrated-functional-genomics-database-for-cotton
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Tao Zhu, Chengzhen Liang, Zhigang Meng, Guoqing Sun, Zhaoghong Meng, Sandui Guo, Rui Zhang
BACKGROUND: Cotton (Gossypium spp.) is the most important fiber and oil crop in the world. With the emergence of huge -omics data sets, it is essential to have an integrated functional genomics database that allows worldwide users to quickly and easily fetch and visualize genomic information. Currently available cotton-related databases have some weakness in integrating multiple kinds of -omics data from multiple Gossypium species. Therefore, it is necessary to establish an integrated functional genomics database for cotton...
June 8, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589258/a-latent-measure-explains-substantial-variance-in-white-matter-microstructure-across-the-newborn-human-brain
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Emma J Telford, Simon R Cox, Sue Fletcher-Watson, Devasuda Anblagan, Sarah Sparrow, Rozalia Pataky, Alan Quigley, Scott I Semple, Mark E Bastin, James P Boardman
A latent measure of white matter microstructure (g WM) provides a neural basis for information processing speed and intelligence in adults, but the temporal emergence of g WM during human development is unknown. We provide evidence that substantial variance in white matter microstructure is shared across a range of major tracts in the newborn brain. Based on diffusion MRI scans from 145 neonates [gestational age (GA) at birth range 23(+2)-41(+5) weeks], the microstructural properties of eight major white matter tracts were calculated using probabilistic neighborhood tractography...
June 6, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584143/linezolid-dose-that-maximizes-sterilizing-effect-while-minimizing-toxicity-and-resistance-emergence-for-tuberculosis
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Shashikant Srivastava, Gesham Magombedze, Thearith Koeuth, Carleton Sherman, Jotam G Pasipanodya, Prithvi Raj, Edward Wakeland, Devyani Deshpande, Tawanda Gumbo
Linezolid has excellent sterilizing effect in tuberculosis patients, but high adverse event rates. The dose that would maximize efficacy and minimize toxicity is unknown. We performed linezolid dose-effect and dose-scheduling studies in the hollow fiber system model of tuberculosis (HFS-TB) for sterilizing effect. HFS-TB units were treated with several doses to mimic human-like linezolid intrapulmonary pharmacokinetics, and repetitively sampled for drug concentration, total bacterial burden, linezolid-resistant subpopulations, and RNA sequencing over 2 months...
June 5, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573173/ex-vivo-experimental-study-on-the-thulium-laser-system-new-horizons-for-interventional-endoscopy-with-videos
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Gian Eugenio Tontini, Helmut Neumann, Alessandro Rimondi, Sara Vavassori, Barbara Bruni, Gregorio Cattignoli, Ping-Hong Zhou, Luca Pastorelli, Maurizio Vecchi
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS:  The Thulium laser system (TLS) is an emerging interventional tool adopted in many surgical specialties. Its 2.0-μm wavelength allows precise coagulation (0.2 - 0.4 mm in depth) and cutting, limiting the possibilities of collateral injuries. We tested the impact of the TLS for gastric endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD) and per oral endoscopic myotomy (POEM) ex vivo in pigs. MATERIALS AND METHODS:   Ex vivo porcine stomach and esophagus models underwent 2 POEMs, and 3 ESDs (mean diameter 3...
June 2017: Endoscopy International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571845/mitigation-of-atrazine-s-metolachlor-and-diazinon-using-common-emergent-aquatic-vegetation
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Matthew T Moore, Martin A Locke, Robert Kröger
By the year 2050, the population of the United States is expected to reach over 418 million, while the global population will reach 9.6 billion. To provide safe food and fiber, agriculture must balance pesticide usage against impacts on natural resources. Challenges arise when storms cause runoff to be transported to aquatic receiving systems. Vegetated systems such as drainage ditches and constructed wetlands have been proposed as management practices to alleviate pesticide runoff. Twelve experimental mesocosms (1...
June 2017: Journal of Environmental Sciences (China)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571492/eccentric-exercise-to-enhance-neuromuscular-control
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Lindsey K Lepley, Adam S Lepley, James A Onate, Dustin R Grooms
CONTEXT: Neuromuscular alterations are a major causal factor of primary and secondary injuries. Though injury prevention programs have experienced some success, rates of injuries have not declined, and after injury, individuals often return to activity with functionality below clinical recommendations. Considering alternative therapies to the conventional concentric exercise approach, such as one that can target neuromuscular injury risk and postinjury alterations, may provide for more effective injury prevention and rehabilitation protocols...
May 1, 2017: Sports Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561908/successful-treatment-of-uterine-artery-pseudoaneurysm-with-laparoscopic-temporary-clamping-of-bilateral-uterine-arteries-followed-by-hysteroscopic-surgery
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Hajime Ota, Yoshiyuki Fukushi, Shinichiro Wada, Takafumi Fujino, Yuko Omori, Miki Kushima
Surgical strategies for the treatment of uterine artery pseudoaneurysm (UAP) include transarterial embolization and ultrasound-guided low-dose thrombin injection. Such strategies, however, have limitations and include the risk of ischemic damage to the uterus. We report a case of UAP treated with a new hysteroscopic and laparoscopic technique. A 29-year-old G1P0 woman with spontaneous abortion was transferred to the present institution because of hemorrhagic shock. We diagnosed ruptured UAP on transvaginal ultrasound with color Doppler...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555008/different-intestinal-microbial-profile-in-over-weight-and-obese-subjects-consuming-a-diet-with-low-content-of-fiber-and-antioxidants
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Tania Fernández-Navarro, Nuria Salazar, Isabel Gutiérrez-Díaz, Clara G de Los Reyes-Gavilán, Miguel Gueimonde, Sonia González
Obesity has been related to an increased risk of multiple diseases in which oxidative stress and inflammation play a role. Gut microbiota has emerged as a mediator in this interaction, providing new mechanistic insights at the interface between fat metabolism dysregulation and obesity development. Our aim was to analyze the interrelationship among obesity, diet, oxidative stress, inflammation and the intestinal microbiota in 68 healthy adults (29.4% normal-weight). Diet was assessed through a food frequency questionnaire and converted into nutrients and dietary compounds using food composition tables...
May 27, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545217/a-miniature-bird-borne-passive-air-sampler-for-monitoring-halogenated-flame-retardants
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Manon Sorais, Ali Rezaei, Joseph O Okeme, Miriam L Diamond, Ricardo Izquierdo, Jean-François Giroux, Jonathan Verreault
Birds have been used intensively as biomonitors of halogenated flame retardants (HFRs), and several studies have reported elevated tissue concentrations and inter-individual variability for these contaminants. While diet is known to be an important exposure pathway for HFRs in birds, it has been suggested that exposure through air may represent an underestimated source of HFRs for certain species. However, a method was not available for measuring the atmospheric exposure of individual birds to HFRs or other semi-volatile contaminants...
December 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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