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Xiaojie Li, Jiancheng Lv, Zhang Yi
Detecting boundary points (including outliers) is often more interesting than detecting normal observations, since they represent valid, interesting, and potentially valuable patterns. Since data representation can uncover the intrinsic data structure, we present an efficient representation-based method for detecting such points, which are generally located around the margin of densely distributed data, such as a cluster. For each point, the negative components in its representation generally correspond to the boundary points among its affine combination of points...
October 19, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
Norihiko Kawai, Tomokazu Sato, Yuta Nakashima, Naokazu Yokoya
Augmented reality (AR) marker hiding is a technique to visually remove AR markers in a real-time video stream. A conventional approach transforms a background image with a homography matrix calculated on the basis of a camera pose and overlays the transformed image on an AR marker region in a real-time frame, assuming that the AR marker is on a planar surface. However, this approach may cause discontinuities in textures around the boundary between the marker and its surrounding area when the planar surface assumption is not satisfied...
October 19, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
Oscar Patterson-Lomba, Muntaser Safan, Sherry Towers, Jay Taylor
Urban areas, with large and dense populations, offer conditions that favor the emergence and spread of certain infectious diseases. One common feature of urban populations is the existence of large socioeconomic inequalities which are often mirrored by disparities in access to healthcare. Recent empirical evidence suggests that higher levels of socioeconomic inequalities are associated with worsened public health outcomes, including higher rates of sexually transmitted diseases (STD's) and lower life expectancy...
October 1, 2016: Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering: MBE
Wenshu Luo, Hidenobu Mizuno, Ryohei Iwata, Shingo Nakazawa, Kosuke Yasuda, Shigeyoshi Itohara, Takuji Iwasato
Here we describe "Supernova" series of vector systems that enable single-cell labeling and labeled cell-specific gene manipulation, when introduced by in utero electroporation (IUE) or adeno-associated virus (AAV)-mediated gene delivery. In Supernova, sparse labeling relies on low TRE leakage. In a small population of cells with over-threshold leakage, initial tTA-independent weak expression is enhanced by tTA/TRE-positive feedback along with a site-specific recombination system (e.g., Cre/loxP, Flpe/FRT). Sparse and bright labeling by Supernova with little background enables the visualization of the morphological details of individual neurons in densely packed brain areas such as the cortex and hippocampus, both during development and in adulthood...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Miriam Rothdiener, Miriam Hegemann, Tatiana Uynuk-Ool, Brandan Walters, Piruntha Papugy, Phong Nguyen, Valentin Claus, Tanja Seeger, Ulrich Stoeckle, Karen A Boehme, Wilhelm K Aicher, Jan P Stegemann, Melanie L Hart, Bodo Kurz, Gerd Klein, Bernd Rolauffs
Using matrix elasticity and cyclic stretch have been investigated for inducing mesenchymal stromal cell (MSC) differentiation towards the smooth muscle cell (SMC) lineage but not in combination. We hypothesized that combining lineage-specific stiffness with cyclic stretch would result in a significantly increased expression of SMC markers, compared to non-stretched controls. First, we generated dense collagen type I sheets by mechanically compressing collagen hydrogels. Atomic force microscopy revealed a nanoscale stiffness range known to support myogenic differentiation...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Sebastian Hörner, Sascha Knauer, Christina Uth, Marina Jöst, Volker Schmidts, Holm Frauendorf, Christina Marie Thiele, Olga Avrutina, Harald Kolmar
We report a comprehensive study on novel, highly efficient, and biodegradable hybrid molecular transporters. To this end, we designed a series of cell-penetrating, cube-octameric silsesquioxanes (COSS), and investigated cellular uptake by confocal microscopy and flow cytometry. A COSS with dense spatial arrangement of guanidinium groups displayed fast uptake kinetics and cell permeation at nanomolar concentrations in living HeLa cells. Efficient uptake was also observed in bacteria, yeasts, and archaea. The COSS-based carrier was significantly more potent than cell-penetrating peptides (CPPs) and displayed low toxicity...
October 24, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Rushin Shojaii, Anne L Martel
The registration of two-dimensional histology images to reference images from other modalities is an important preprocessing step in the reconstruction of three-dimensional histology volumes. This is a challenging problem because of the differences in the appearances of histology images and other modalities, and the presence of large nonrigid deformations which occur during slide preparation. This paper shows the feasibility of using densely sampled scale-invariant feature transform (SIFT) features and a SIFTFlow deformable registration algorithm for coregistering whole-mount histology images with blockface optical images...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Imaging
Mauro Serafini, Elisabetta Toti
The obesity burden, with 1.5 billion overweight (OW) and 500 million obese (OB) worldwide, significantly increased the risk of degenerative diseases. Excessive consumption of foods that are energy dense lead to obesity, which represents a titanic cost for not only the world's health systems but also a substantial ecological cost to the environment. The waste of resources and the unnecessary green house gas emissions (GHGs) emission, due to "obesigen" consumption of foods, have been ignored so far in practical assessments of ecological impacts...
2016: Frontiers in Nutrition
Lei Mei, Guizhi Zhu, Liping Qiu, Cuichen Wu, Huapei Chen, Hao Liang, Sena Cansiz, Yifan Lv, Xiaobing Zhang, Weihong Tan
Cancer chemotherapy has been impeded by side effects and multidrug resistance (MDR) partially caused by drug efflux from cancer cells, which call for targeted drug delivery systems additionally able to circumvent MDR. Here we report multifunctional DNA nanoflowers (NFs) for targeted drug delivery to both chemosensitive and MDR cancer cells and circumvent MDR in both leukemia and breast cancer cell models. NFs are self-assembled via liquid crystallization of DNA generated by Rolling Circle Replication, during which NFs are incorporated with aptamers for specific cancer cell recognition, fluorophores for bioimaging, and Doxorubicin (Dox)-binding DNA for drug delivery...
November 2015: Nano Research
C C H Wielders, A H A M van Hoek, P D Hengeveld, C Veenman, C M Dierikx, T P Zomer, L A M Smit, W van der Hoek, D J Heederik, S C de Greeff, C B M Maassen, E van Duijkeren
OBJECTIVES: In the Netherlands there is an ongoing debate regarding environmental health risks of livestock farming for neighbouring residents. This explorative study aims to determine the prevalence of carriage of ESBL/pAmpC-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL/pAmpC-E) in the general population living in a livestock-dense area, and to study associations between determinants, including exposure through contact with animals and the environment, and human carriage of ESBL/pAmpC-E. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed among 2,432 adults (aged 20-72 years) in twelve temporary research centres in the south of the Netherlands, consisting of a questionnaire and analysis of a faecal sample to assess carriage of ESBL/pAmpC-E...
October 20, 2016: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Wanxing Duan, Ke Chen, Zhengdong Jiang, Xin Chen, Liankang Sun, Jiahui Li, Jianjun Lei, Qinhong Xu, Jiguang Ma, Xuqi Li, Liang Han, Zheng Wang, Zheng Wu, Fengfei Wang, Erxi Wu, Qingyong Ma, Zhenhua Ma
Emerging evidence suggests that metformin, as an activator of AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), may be useful in preventing and treating PDAC. However, whether metformin has an effect on the stromal reaction of PDAC remains unknown. In this study, we first evaluated the expression of AMPK and phosphorylated-AMPK (P-AMPK) in normal and PDAC tissues, our data indicate that reduced P-AMPK expression is a frequent event in PDAC and correlated with poor prognosis and the dense stromal reaction. We then determined the efficacy of metformin on PDAC growth in vitro and in vivo...
October 20, 2016: Cancer Letters
M S Rahnama'i, B T Biallosterski, Ph E V Van Kerrebroeck, G A van Koeveringe, J I Gillespie, S G de Wachter
AIM: Increased afferent fibre activity contributes to pathological conditions such as the overactive bladder syndrome. Nerve fibres running near the urothelium are considered to be afferent as no efferent system has yet been described. The aim of this study was to identify sub-types of afferent nerve fibres in the mouse bladder wall based on morphological criteria and analyse regional differences. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 27 bladders of six month old C57BL/6 mice were removed and tissues were processed for immunohistochemistry...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
Fahd Adeeb, Shakeel Anjum, Philip Hodnett, Ahmad Kashif, Mary Brady, Siobhan Morrissey, Joseph Devlin, Alexander Duncan Fraser
OBJECTIVES: This case series explores the potential efficacy of Abatacept in patients presenting with morphea subtypes and deep tissue involvement. METHODS: Three patients with established morphea subtypes and deep tissue involvement and with no contraindication to Abatacept were included in this prospective open-label study. The index patient was exceptionally severely affected with a mean Modified Rodnan Skin Score (MRSS) of 38/51. At baseline, whole-body MRI and skin biopsy were performed which confirmed classical deposition of dense fibrous tissue in the appropriate layer of the skin...
September 4, 2016: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
Cheng-Yu Shih, Chengping Wu, Maxim V Shugaev, Leonid V Zhigilei
Laser ablation in liquids is actively used for generation of clean colloidal nanoparticles with unique shapes and functionalities. The fundamental mechanisms of the laser ablation in liquids and the key processes that control the nanoparticle structure, composition, and size distribution, however, are not yet fully understood. In this paper, we report the results of first atomistic simulations of laser ablation of metal targets in liquid environment. A model combining a coarse-grained representation of the liquid environment (parameterized for water), a fully atomistic description of laser interactions with metal targets, and acoustic impedance matching boundary conditions is developed and applied for simulation of laser ablation of a thin silver film deposited on a silica substrate...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Seketoulie Keretsu, Rosy Sarmah
: Protein complex detection from protein-protein interaction (PPI) network has received a lot of focus in recent years. A number of methods identify protein complexes as dense sub-graphs using network information while several other methods detect protein complexes based on topological information. While the methods based on identifying dense sub-graphs are more effective in identifying protein complexes, not all protein complexes have high density. Moreover, existing methods focus more on static PPI networks and usually overlook the dynamic nature of protein complexes...
October 8, 2016: Computational Biology and Chemistry
Artem S Rogovskyy, Igor V Nebogatkin, Glen A Scoles
The Ixodidae include the most common tick species encountered in Europe. The ticks transmit a variety of bacterial and protozoan agents of medical and veterinary significance. The aim of the current work was to investigate distribution of Ixodes ricinus and Dermacentor reticulatus ticks in Kyiv, the largest and most densely populated megapolis of Ukraine. Ticks were collected at various recreational areas by flagging during May, the month that showed the highest tick abundance in the past. Sex distribution among I...
October 14, 2016: Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases
Roel Haesendonck, Geertrui Rasschaert, An Martel, Elin Verbrugghe, Marc Heyndrickx, Freddy Haesebrouck, Frank Pasmans
Salmonella enterica infections in pigeons are generally associated with pigeon-adapted strains of serovar Typhimurium that are of little public health concern. Here, we isolated Salmonella Enteritidis phage type 4 (PT4), an important human pathogen, from a population of feral pigeons in Brussels, which was further characterized by Pulsed-Field Gel Electrophoresis. All pigeon isolates belonged to the same pulsotype, which has been present in Belgian pigeons at least since 2001 and is associated with poultry and disease in humans...
November 15, 2016: Veterinary Microbiology
J Gonzalvo, G Lauriano, P S Hammond, K A Viaud-Martinez, M C Fossi, A Natoli, L Marsili
The common bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) is the only cetacean present in the semiclosed waters of the Gulf of Ambracia, Western Greece. This increasingly degraded coastal ecosystem hosts one of the highest observed densities in the Mediterranean Sea for this species. Photo-identification data and tissue samples collected through skin-swabbing and remote biopsy sampling techniques during boat-based surveys conducted between 2006 and 2015 in the Gulf, were used to examine bottlenose dolphin abundance, population trends, site fidelity, genetic differentiation and toxicological status...
2016: Advances in Marine Biology
Katsuya Matsuda, Seiko Tateishi, Yuko Akazawa, Akira Kinoshita, Shiko Yoshida, Sachiko Morisaki, Ai Fukushima, Takahiro Matsuwaki, Koh-Ichiro Yoshiura, Masahiro Nakashima
BACKGROUND: Mitotically active cellular fibroma (MACF) of the ovary, characterized by relatively high mitotic activity without severe atypia, represents a relatively new disease entity. MACF is categorized as a benign ovarian tumor. However, due to a limited number of case reports, its clinical and pathological features and optimum management remains largely undetermined. Herein, we report on a rare case of MACF that grew rapidly in size and was diagnosed on detailed pathological examination...
October 22, 2016: Diagnostic Pathology
Hwankyu Lee
Polyelectrolyte bilayers, which consist of poly-l-lysine (PLL) and hyaluronic acid (HA) were simulated with lipid membranes at different temperatures and ion concentrations. Starting with the sequential deposition of PLL and HA above the membrane surface, PLL and HA become completely mixed, leading to the formation of stable bilayers. PLL/HA bilayers are thicker at higher salt concentration because of weakened electrostatic interactions between PLLs and membrane lipids, in agreement with experiments. This salt effect decreases as PLL size increases...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
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