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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29779031/a-novel-ex-vivo-mouse-mesometrium-culture-model-for-investigating-angiogenesis-in-microvascular-networks
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Ariana D Suarez-Martinez, Susanne Bierschenk, Katie Huang, Dana Kaplan, Carolyn L Bayer, Stryder M Meadows, Markus Sperandio, Walter L Murfee
BACKGROUND: The development of models that incorporate intact microvascular networks enables the investigation of multicellular dynamics during angiogenesis. Our laboratory introduced the rat mesentery culture model as such a tool, which would be enhanced with mouse tissue. Since mouse mesentery is avascular, an alternative is mouse mesometrium, the connective tissue of uterine horns. The study's objective was to demonstrate that mouse mesometrium contains microvascular networks that can be cultured to investigate multicellular dynamics during angiogenesis...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Vascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778346/energy-performance-evaluation-of-ultrasonic-pretreatment-of-organic-solid-waste-in-a-pilot-scale-digester
#2
Mazdak Rasapoor, Mehrdad Adl, Saeid Baroutian, Zeynab Iranshahi, Mohammad Pazouki
It has been proven that ultrasonic pretreatment (UP) has positive effect on biogas generation from previous lab-scale studies. However, that is not always the case in larger scale processes. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of UP to biogas generation in terms of anaerobic digestion process and energy efficiency. Parameters including total solids (TS) and ultrasonic treatment operational parameters of organic solid waste (OSW) resulted from our past lab scale UP studies were applied in this study...
April 30, 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777885/posttraumatic-cerebrospinal-fluid-leak-associated-with-an-upper-cervical-meningeal-diverticulum
#3
Noriya Enomoto, Hideo Mure, Toshiyuki Okazaki, Mai Azumi, Shinya Okita, Shinji Nagahiro, Yasushi Takagi
Spontaneous intracranial hypotension (SIH) has been increasingly recognized as a phenomenon caused by cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks; however, its pathogenesis is still unclear. Here, we report two cases of SIH as a result of CSF leak from a meningeal diverticulum at the C2 nerve root sleeve. The first case is that of a 46-year-old man who had suffered from orthostatic headache after a bicycle accident at age 45. Computed tomography (CT) myelography revealed CSF leaks at the C1/2 level. He underwent epidural blood patch (EBP) therapy, but it was unsuccessful...
May 16, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776312/on-the-prospects-of-using-high-intensity-thz-pulses-to-induce-ultrafast-temperature-jumps-in-liquid-water
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Pankaj Kr Mishra, Vincent Bettaque, Oriol Vendrell, Robin Santra, Ralph Welsch
Ultrashort, high-intensity THz pulses, e.g., created at free-electron laser facilities, allow for direct investigation as well as the driving of intermolecular modes in liquids like water and thus will deepen our understanding of the hydrogen bonding network. In this work, the temperature-jump (T-jump) of water induced by THz radiation is simulated for ten different THz frequencies in the range from 3 to 30 THz and five different pulse intensities in the range from 1 × 1011 to 5 × 1012 W/cm2 employing both ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) and force field molecular dynamics (FFMD) approaches...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776158/clusters-in-nonsmooth-oscillator-networks
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Rachel Nicks, Lucie Chambon, Stephen Coombes
For coupled oscillator networks with Laplacian coupling, the master stability function (MSF) has proven a particularly powerful tool for assessing the stability of the synchronous state. Using tools from group theory, this approach has recently been extended to treat more general cluster states. However, the MSF and its generalizations require the determination of a set of Floquet multipliers from variational equations obtained by linearization around a periodic orbit. Since closed form solutions for periodic orbits are invariably hard to come by, the framework is often explored using numerical techniques...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776134/detection-of-intensity-bursts-using-hawkes-processes-an-application-to-high-frequency-financial-data
#6
Marcello Rambaldi, Vladimir Filimonov, Fabrizio Lillo
Given a stationary point process, an intensity burst is defined as a short time period during which the number of counts is larger than the typical count rate. It might signal a local nonstationarity or the presence of an external perturbation to the system. In this paper we propose a procedure for the detection of intensity bursts within the Hawkes process framework. By using a model selection scheme we show that our procedure can be used to detect intensity bursts when both their occurrence time and their total number is unknown...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776091/modeling-persistence-of-motion-in-a-crowded-environment-the-diffusive-limit-of-excluding-velocity-jump-processes
#7
Enrico Gavagnin, Christian A Yates
Persistence of motion is the tendency of an object to maintain motion in a direction for short time scales without necessarily being biased in any direction in the long term. One of the most appropriate mathematical tools to study this behavior is an agent-based velocity-jump process. In the absence of agent-agent interaction, the mean-field continuum limit of the agent-based model (ABM) gives rise to the well known hyperbolic telegraph equation. When agent-agent interaction is included in the ABM, a strictly advective system of partial differential equations (PDEs) can be derived at the population level...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775385/using-data-based-decisions-to-transform-health-technology-and-improve-patient-care
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Bradley Schoener, Pat Baird, Loretta Dorn, Karen K Giuliano, Martin Ho, Michelle Jump, Berkman Sahiner, Rich Zink
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2018: Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771922/enzyme-sequestration-by-the-substrate-an-analysis-in-the-deterministic-and-stochastic-domains
#9
Andreas Petrides, Glenn Vinnicombe
This paper is concerned with the potential multistability of protein concentrations in the cell. That is, situations where one, or a family of, proteins may sit at one of two or more different steady state concentrations in otherwise identical cells, and in spite of them being in the same environment. For models of multisite protein phosphorylation for example, in the presence of excess substrate, it has been shown that the achievable number of stable steady states can increase linearly with the number of phosphosites available...
May 17, 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771918/a-hybrid-q-learning-sine-cosine-based-strategy-for-addressing-the-combinatorial-test-suite-minimization-problem
#10
Kamal Z Zamli, Fakhrud Din, Bestoun S Ahmed, Miroslav Bures
The sine-cosine algorithm (SCA) is a new population-based meta-heuristic algorithm. In addition to exploiting sine and cosine functions to perform local and global searches (hence the name sine-cosine), the SCA introduces several random and adaptive parameters to facilitate the search process. Although it shows promising results, the search process of the SCA is vulnerable to local minima/maxima due to the adoption of a fixed switch probability and the bounded magnitude of the sine and cosine functions (from -1 to 1)...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770871/the-effects-of-acute-leucine-or-leucine-glutamine-co-ingestion-on-recovery-from-eccentrically-biased-exercise
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Mark Waldron, Cameron Ralph, Owen Jeffries, Jamie Tallent, Nicola Theis, Stephen David Patterson
This study investigated the effects of leucine or leucine + glutamine supplementation on recovery from eccentric exercise. In a double-blind independent groups design, 23 men were randomly assigned to a leucine (0.087 g/kg; n = 8), leucine + glutamine (0.087 g/kg + glutamine 0.3 g/kg; n = 8) or placebo (0.3 g/kg maltodextrin; n = 7) group. Participants performed 5 sets of drop jumps, with each set comprising 20 repetitions. Isometric knee-extensor strength, counter-movement jump (CMJ) height, delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and creatine kinase (CK) were measured at baseline, 1, 24, 48 h and 72 h post-exercise...
May 16, 2018: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770503/a-novel-phase-unwrapping-method-by-using-phase-jump-detection-and-local-surface-fitting-application-to-dixon-water-fat-mri
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Junying Cheng, Jijing Guan, Yingjie Mei, Lin Xu, Xiaoyun Liu, Qianjin Feng, Wufan Chen, Yanqiu Feng
PURPOSE: This study aims to develop an accurate and robust phase-unwrapping method that works effectively under severe noise, rapid-varying phase, and disconnected regions for water-fat Dixon MRI. METHODS: The proposed method first segments the phase map into blocks by automatically detecting phase jumps, and then clusters the pixels near phase jumps into residual pixels. Thereafter, the proposed method sequentially performs intrablock, interblock, and residual-pixel unwrapping using the local surface fitting approach...
May 16, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770144/global-exponential-stability-of-markovian-jumping-stochastic-impulsive-uncertain-bam-neural-networks-with-leakage-mixed-time-delays-and-%C3%AE-inverse-h%C3%A3-lder-activation-functions
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C Maharajan, R Raja, Jinde Cao, G Ravi, G Rajchakit
This paper concerns the problem of enhanced results on robust finite time passivity for uncertain discrete time Markovian jumping BAM delayed neural networks with leakage delay. By implementing a proper Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional candidate, reciprocally convex combination method, and linear matrix inequality technique, we derive several sufficient conditions for varying the passivity of discrete time BAM neural networks. Further, some sufficient conditions for finite time boundedness and passivity for uncertainties are proposed by employing zero inequalities...
2018: Advances in Difference Equations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770047/emerging-infectious-diseases-prediction-and-detection
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N H Ogden, P AbdelMalik, Jrc Pulliam
Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs), including West Nile virus, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Lyme disease, have had a direct effect within Canada, while many more EIDs such as Zika, chikungunya and Ebola are a threat to Canadians while travelling. Over 75% of EIDs affecting humans are, or were originally, zoonoses (infectious diseases transmitted from animals to humans). There are two main ways by which infectious diseases can emerge: by changes in their geographical ranges and by adaptive emergence, a genetic change in a microorganism that results in it becoming capable of invading a new niche, often by jumping to a new host species such as humans...
October 5, 2017: Canada Communicable Disease Report, Relevé des Maladies Transmissibles Au Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769823/relationship-between-achilles-tendon-stiffness-and-ground-contact-time-during-drop-jumps
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Mohamed Abdelsattar, Andreas Konrad, Markus Tilp
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between Achilles tendon stiffness and ground contact time (GCT) during drop jumps. The property of "springiness" and a short GCT during the movement is required in several types of sports. Therefore, a stiff tendon might be advantageous due to the quick force transmission from the muscle to the bone. Hence, a secondary aim was to relate Achilles tendon stiffness with squat jump (SJ) and counter movement jump (CMJ) performance, respectively...
June 2018: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769820/multivariate-relationships-among-morphology-fitness-and-motor-coordination-in-prepubertal-girls
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Leonardo G O Luz, Manuel J Coelho-E-Silva, João P Duarte, João Valente-Dos-Santos, Aristides Machado-Rodrigues, André Seabra, Bruno C M Carmo, Roel Vaeyens, Renaat M Philippaerts, Sean P Cumming, Robert M Malina
Motor coordination and physical fitness are multidimensional concepts which cannot be reduced to a single variable. This study evaluated multivariate relationships among morphology, physical fitness and motor coordination in 74 pre-pubertal girls 8.0-8.9 years of age. Data included body dimensions, eight fitness items and four motor coordination tasks (KTK battery). Maturity status was estimated as percentage of predicted mature stature attained at the time of observation. Canonical correlation analysis was used to examine the relationships between multivariate domains...
June 2018: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769817/reliability-of-single-leg-balance-and-landing-tests-in-rugby-union-prospect-of-using-postural-control-to-monitor-fatigue
#17
Jordan C Troester, Jason G Jasmin, Rob Duffield
The present study examined the inter-trial (within test) and inter-test (between test) reliability of single-leg balance and single-leg landing measures performed on a force plate in professional rugby union players using commercially available software (SpartaMARS, Menlo Park, USA). Twenty-four players undertook test - re-test measures on two occasions (7 days apart) on the first training day of two respective pre-season weeks following 48h rest and similar weekly training loads. Two 20s single-leg balance trials were performed on a force plate with eyes closed...
June 2018: Journal of Sports Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769348/discovery-and-sequence-analysis-of-four-deltacoronaviruses-from-birds-in-the-middle-east-suggest-interspecies-jumping-and-recombination-as-potential-mechanism-for-avian-to-avian-and-avian-to-mammalian-transmission
#18
Susanna K P Lau, Emily Y M Wong, Chi-Ching Tsang, Syed Shakeel Ahmed, Rex K H Au-Yeung, Kwok-Yung Yuen, Ulrich Wernery, Patrick C Y Woo
The emergence of Middle East respiratory syndrome showed once again that coronaviruses (CoVs) in animals are potential source for epidemics in humans. To explore the diversity of deltacoronaviruses in animals in the Middle East, we tested fecal samples from 1,356 mammals and birds in Dubai. Four novel deltacoronaviruses were detected from eight birds of four species by RT-PCR: FalCoV UAE-HKU27 from a falcon, HouCoV UAE-HKU28 from a houbara bustard, PiCoV UAE-HKU29 from a pigeon and QuaCoV UAE-HKU30 from five quails...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768575/the-exotic-jumping-snail-ovachlamys-fulgens-gude-1900-gastropoda-helicarionidae-in-urban-areas-of-the-upper-paran%C3%A3-atlantic-forest
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Ariel A Beltramino, Roberto E Vogler, Alejandra Rumi, Leila B Guzmán, Stella M Martín, Juana G Peso
The exotic land gastropod Ovachlamys fulgens (Gude, 1900), aka the jumping snail, was registered in Eldorado city, Misiones province, constituting the first documented record of that species in Argentina-and for all of South America as well. Identities of the individuals were confirmed through morphological examination, and by a DNA sequencing of the cytochrome oxidase subunit I gene. DNA sequences for the mitochondrial 16S-rRNA and the nuclear 18S-rRNA genes were also obtained from the morphologically-confirmed specimens to gain insights into the genetic background of this species in Argentina, and as additional markers for enhancing the rapidity of identification by governmental authorities who are responsible for managing the presence of exotic species...
May 14, 2018: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768094/lower-limb-stiffness-testing-in-athletic-performance-a-critical-review
#20
Sean J Maloney, Iain M Fletcher
Stiffness describes the resistance of a body to deformation. In regard to athletic performance, a stiffer leg-spring would be expected to augment performance by increasing utilisation of elastic energy. Two-dimensional spring-mass and torsional spring models can be applied to model whole-body (vertical and/or leg stiffness) and joint stiffness. Various tasks have been used to characterise stiffness, including hopping, gait, jumping, sledge ergometry and change of direction tasks. Appropriate levels of reliability have been reported in most tasks, although they vary between investigations...
May 16, 2018: Sports Biomechanics
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