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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813918/how-to-prepare-a-person-with-complete-spinal-cord-injury-to-use-surface-electrodes-for-fes-trike-cycling
#1
Raymond K Y Tong, Xiaojun Wang, Kenry W C Leung, Ginny T Y Lee, Cathy C Y Lau, H W Wai, Peter M K Pang, H C Leung
Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) cycling could benefit people with Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). The FES cycling involves large muscle groups during the training, and thus improves the cardiovascular function, increases the muscle bulk and reduces the secondary complications. This study developed an outdoor FES exercise cycling system for complete SCI persons to exercise their lower limbs without putting extra load on upper extremities. The mechanical structure of the cycling system was specially redesigned to secure the SCI persons in the cycling system...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813848/preliminary-assessment-of-a-lower-limb-exoskeleton-controller-for-guiding-leg-movement-in-overground-walking
#2
Andres Martinez, Brian Lawson, Michael Goldfarb
This paper describes the design, implementation, and preliminary validation of a controller for a powered lower-limb exoskeleton that reshapes a user's leg movement during over-ground walking. The intended application of the controller is to facilitate gait training for individuals suffering from post-stroke hemiparesis. The controller mimics a kinematic constraint between the knee and hip joints during the swing phase of gait, such that movement is not dependent on time (i.e., step time is determined entirely by the user)...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813655/making-it-personal-neoantigen-vaccines-in-metastatic-melanoma
#3
Matthew D Hellmann, Alexandra Snyder
Somatic mutations in cancer can be translated into peptides, termed neoantigens, which can be recognized by the immune system as "foreign" epitopes. Two recent studies in Nature (Sahin et al., 2017; Ott et al., 2017) examine the effects of neoantigen vaccines on patients with stage III or IV melanoma and demonstrate immunogenicity and intriguing clinical safety and efficacy data in phase I studies.
August 15, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813576/joint-analysis-of-nuclear-and-mitochondrial-variants-in-age-related-macular-degeneration-identifies-novel-loci-trpm1-and-abhd2-rlbp1
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Patrice J Persad, Iris M Heid, Daniel E Weeks, Paul N Baird, Eiko K de Jong, Jonathan L Haines, Margaret A Pericak-Vance, William K Scott
Purpose: Presently, 52 independent nuclear single nucleotide polymorphisms (nSNPs) have been associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) but their effects do not explain all its variance. Genetic interactions between the nuclear and mitochondrial (mt) genome may unearth additional genetic loci previously unassociated with AMD risk. Methods: Joint effects of nSNPs and selected mtSNPs were analyzed by two degree of freedom (2df) joint tests of association in the International AMD Genomics Consortium (IAMDGC) dataset (17,832 controls and 16,144 advanced AMD cases of European ancestry)...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813551/an-enhanced-spring-particle-model-for-red-blood-cell-structrual-mechanics
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Mingzhu Chen, Fergal Boyle
Red blood cells (RBCs) are the most abundant cellular element suspended in blood. Together with the usual biconcave-shaped RBCs, i.e. discocytes, unusual-shaped RBCs are also observed under physiological and experimental conditions, e.g. stomatocytes and echinocytes. Stomatocytes and echinocytes are formed from discocytes and in addition can revert back to being discocytes; this shape change is known as the stomatocyte-discocyte-echinocyte (SDE) transformation. To-date limited research has been conducted on the numerical prediction of the full SDE transformation...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813416/large-turbulent-reservoirs-of-cold-molecular-gas-around-high-redshift-starburst-galaxies
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E Falgarone, M A Zwaan, B Godard, E Bergin, R J Ivison, P M Andreani, F Bournaud, R S Bussmann, D Elbaz, A Omont, I Oteo, F Walter
Starburst galaxies at the peak of cosmic star formation are among the most extreme star-forming engines in the Universe, producing stars over about 100 million years (ref. 2). The star-formation rates of these galaxies, which exceed 100 solar masses per year, require large reservoirs of cold molecular gas to be delivered to their cores, despite strong feedback from stars or active galactic nuclei. Consequently, starburst galaxies are ideal for studying the interplay between this feedback and the growth of a galaxy...
August 14, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813016/a-novel-high-mannose-specific-lectin-from-the-green-alga-halimeda-renschii-exhibits-a-potent-anti-influenza-virus-activity-through-high-affinity-binding-to-the-viral-hemagglutinin
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Jinmin Mu, Makoto Hirayama, Yuichiro Sato, Kinjiro Morimoto, Kanji Hori
We have isolated a novel lectin, named HRL40 from the green alga Halimeda renschii. In hemagglutination-inhibition test and oligosaccharide-binding experiment with 29 pyridylaminated oligosaccharides, HRL40 exhibited a strict binding specificity for high-mannose N-glycans having an exposed (α1-3) mannose residue in the D2 arm of branched mannosides, and did not have an affinity for monosaccharides and other oligosaccharides examined, including complex N-glycans, an N-glycan core pentasaccharide, and oligosaccharides from glycolipids...
August 16, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812956/toxicity-identification-and-evaluation-for-the-effluent-from-a-nonmetallic-mineral-mining-facility-in-korea-using-d-magna
#8
Sungjong Lee, Hongjoo Ha, JinKyung Hong, Guyoung Kang, Chunsang Hong
Industrial wastewater has attracted increasing attention in recent years because of its impact on ecosystems and human health. Whole-effluent tests are generally used to monitor toxicities of unknown chemicals and conventional pollutants from industrial effluent discharges. This study described identification evaluation (TIE) procedures to determine the acute toxicity of a nonmetallic mineral mining facility effluent that was toxic to Daphnia magna. In the characterization step (TIE phase I), toxic effects of heavy metals, organic compounds, oxidants, volatile organic compounds, suspended solids, and ammonia were screened...
January 1, 2017: Toxicology and Industrial Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812901/behavior-of-methylammonium-dipoles-in-mapbx3-x-br-and-i
#9
Sharada Govinda, Bhushan P Kore, Menno Bokdam, Pratibha Mahale, Abhinav Kumar, Somnath Pal, Biswajit Bhattacharyya, Jonathan Lahnsteiner, Georg Kresse, Cesare Franchini, Anshu Pandey, D D Sarma
Dielectric constants of MAPbX3 (X = Br, I) in 1 kHz-1 MHz range show strong temperature dependencies near the room temperature in contrast to the nearly temperature independent dielectric constant of CsPbBr3. This strong temperature dependence for MAPbX3 in the tetragonal phase is attributed to the MA(+) dipoles rotating freely within the probing time scale. This interpretation is supported by ab initio molecular dynamics simulations on MAPbI3 that establish these dipoles as randomly oriented with a rotational relaxation time scale of ~7 ps at 300 K...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812749/radical-driven-processes-within-a-peptidic-sequence-of-type-i-collagen-upon-single-photon-ionisation-in-the-gas-phase
#10
Lucas Schwob, Mathieu Lalande, Dmitrii Egorov, Jimmy Rangama, Ronnie Hoekstra, Violaine Vizcaino, Thomas Schlathölter, Jean-Christophe Poully
We report on an experimental single-photon absorption study on gas-phase protonated collagen peptides employing a combination of mass spectrometry and synchrotron radiation. Partial ion yields for the main photoabsorption products vary steadily with photon energy over the range from 14 to 545 eV. At low energy, non-dissociative photoionisation competes with neutral molecule loss from the precursor ion, whereas fragmentation of the peptide backbone dominates at soft X-ray energies. Neutral molecule losses from the ionised peptide are found to have low energy barriers and most likely involve amino-acid residue side-chains with radical character, in particular aspartic acid...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812745/hysteresis-and-bonding-reconstruction-in-the-pressure-induced-b3-b1-phase-transition-of-3c-sic
#11
Miguel A Salvadó, R Franco, Pilar Pertierra, T Ouahrani, J M Recio
The determination of kinetic factors affecting phase metastability is crucial for the design of materials out of the ambient conditions. At a given temperature, the kinetic barrier associated with the reconstruction of the bonding network of a pressure-induced phase transition can be only overcome at pressures where the available vibrational energy of the system is equal or higher than the corresponding activation energy. Our work demonstrates that these pressures provide boundaries to hysteresis cycles that can be evaluated following a three-step computational strategy: (i) total energy electronic structure calculations, (ii) determination of vibrational contributions by means of a simple Debye model, and (iii) description of the energetic profile along the transition path in the framework of the martensitic approximation...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812634/optimization-of-lag-phase-shapes-the-evolution-of-a-bacterial-enzyme
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Bharat V Adkar, Michael Manhart, Sanchari Bhattacharyya, Jian Tian, Michael Musharbash, Eugene I Shakhnovich
Mutations provide the variation that drives evolution, yet their effects on fitness remain poorly understood. Here we explore how mutations in the essential enzyme adenylate kinase (Adk) of Escherichia coli affect multiple phases of population growth. We introduce a biophysical fitness landscape for these phases, showing how they depend on molecular and cellular properties of Adk. We find that Adk catalytic capacity in the cell (the product of activity and abundance) is the major determinant of mutational fitness effects...
April 28, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812367/the-usefulness-of-diffusion-weighted-magnetic-resonance-imaging-performed-in-the-acute-phase-as-an-early-predictor-of-delayed-neuropsychiatric-sequelae-in-acute-carbon-monoxide-poisoning
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Y S Kim, Y S Cha, M S Kim, H J Kim, Y S Lee, H Youk, H I Kim, O H Kim, K-C Cha, H Kim, K H Lee, S O Hwang
Delayed onset of neuropsychiatric symptoms after apparent recovery from acute carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning has been described as delayed neuropsychiatric sequelae (DNS). No previous study has determined whether early use of diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging (DWI) can predict which patients will develop DNS in the acute CO poisoning. This retrospective observational study was performed on adult patients with acute CO poisoning consecutively treated over a 17-month period. All included patients with acute CO poisoning underwent DWI to evaluate brain injury within 72 h after CO exposure...
January 1, 2017: Human & Experimental Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812351/structural-investigation-of-cesium-lead-halide-perovskites-for-high-efficiency-quantum-dot-light-emitting-diodes
#14
Quyet Van Le, Jong Beom Kim, Soo Young Kim, Byeongdu Lee, Dong Ryeol Lee
In this study, we have intensively investigated the effect of the reaction temperature of hot-injection method on the structural properties of CsPbX3 (X: Br, I, Cl) perovskite nanocrystals (NCs) using the small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering. Furthermore, light emitting diodes (LEDs) performance as well as photoluminescence characteristics for high-efficient LEDs is compared with reaction temperature. It is confirmed that the size of the NCs decreased as the reaction temperature decreased, resulting stronger quantum confinement...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812299/conversion-of-the-high-yield-salinomycin-producer-streptomyces-albus-bk3-25-into-a-surrogate-host-for-polyketide-production
#15
Xiaojie Zhang, Chenyang Lu, Linquan Bai
An ideal surrogate host for heterologous production of various natural products is expected to have efficient nutrient utilization, fast growth, abundant precursors and energy supply, and a pronounced gene expression. Streptomyces albus BK3-25 is a high-yield industrial strain producing type-I polyketide salinomycin, with a unique ability of bean oil utilization. Its potential of being a surrogate host for heterologous production of PKS was engineered and evaluated herein. Firstly, introduction of a three-gene cassette for the biosynthesis of ethylmalonyl-CoA resulted in accumulation of ethylmalonyl-CoA precursor and salinomycin, and subsequent deletion of the salinomycin biosynthetic gene cluster resulted in a host with rich supplies of common polyketide precursors, including malonyl-CoA, methylmalonyl-CoA, and ethylmalonyl-CoA...
August 14, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812113/-pathophysiology-of-intracranial-injuries
#16
REVIEW
D Lahner, G Fritsch
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) constitutes a heterogeneous condition that affects the most complex organ of the human body. It is commonly classified by its location as focal injury (e.g. epidural hematoma) and diffuse injury (e.g. diffuse axonal shearing injury) as well as by primary and secondary tissue injury. Accordingly, direct mechanical force causes the primary insult. The tissue damage occurring afterwards is subsumed under the term secondary brain damage. Some of these processes are overlapping and include in the early phase local cerebral ischemia resulting in excitotoxicity, which together with the triggered neuroinflammatory cascade causes the formation of cerebral edema and ultimately increased intracranial pressure once the intracranial compliance is exhausted...
August 15, 2017: Der Unfallchirurg
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812060/reolysin-and-histone-deacetylase-inhibition-in-the-treatment-of-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#17
Alena C Jaime-Ramirez, Jun-Ge Yu, Enrico Caserta, Ji Young Yoo, Jianying Zhang, Tae Jin Lee, Craig Hofmeister, John H Lee, Bhavna Kumar, Quintin Pan, Pawan Kumar, Robert Baiocchi, Theodoros Teknos, Flavia Pichiorri, Balveen Kaur, Matthew Old
Oncolytic viruses (OVs) are emerging as powerful anti-cancer agents and are currently being tested for their safety and efficacy in patients. Reovirus (Reolysin), a naturally occurring non-pathogenic, double-stranded RNA virus, has natural oncolytic activity and is being tested in phase I-III clinical trials in a variety of tumor types. With its recent US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) orphan drug designation for several tumor types, Reolysin is a potential therapeutic agent for various cancers, including head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs), which have a 5-year survival of ∼55%...
June 16, 2017: Molecular Therapy Oncolytics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811965/adjuvant-immunotherapy-with-autologous-dendritic-cells-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-randomized-phase-ii-study
#18
Jeong-Hoon Lee, Won Young Tak, Yoon Lee, Min-Kyu Heo, Jae-Sung Song, Hak-Yeop Kim, Soo Young Park, Si Hyun Bae, Joon Hyeok Lee, Jeong Heo, Ki-Hwan Kim, Yong-Soo Bae, Yoon Jun Kim
Our previous phase I/IIA study showed that autologous dendritic cells (DCs) pulsed with tumor-associated antigens are well tolerated in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In this randomized, multicenter, open-label, phase II trial, we investigated the efficacy and safety of this DC-based adjuvant immunotherapy with 156 patients, who treated for HCC with no evidence of residual tumor after standard treatment modalities. Patients were randomly assigned to immunotherapy (n = 77; injection of 3 × 10(7) DC cells, six times over 14 weeks) or control (n = 79; no treatment)...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811518/anomalous-in-situ-activation-of-carbon-supported-ni2p-nanoparticles-for-oxygen-evolving-electrocatalysis-in-alkaline-media
#19
Young-Hoon Chung, Injoon Jang, Jue-Hyuk Jang, Hyun S Park, Hyung Chul Ham, Jong Hyun Jang, Yong-Kul Lee, Sung Jong Yoo
Electrochemical water splitting is one of the most promising systems by which to store energy produced from sustainable sources, such as solar and wind energy. Designing robust and stable electrocatalysts is urgently needed because of the relatively sluggish kinetics of the anodic reaction, i.e. the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). In this study, we investigate the anomalous in situ activation behaviour of carbon-supported Ni2P nanoparticles (Ni2P/C) during OER catalysis in alkaline media. The activated Ni2P/C shows an exceptionally high activity and stability under OER conditions in which the overpotential needed to achieve 10 mA cm(-2) was reduced from approximately 350 mV to approximately 300 mV after 8,000 cyclic voltammetric scans...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811475/microsecond-pulse-i-v-approach-to-understanding-defects-in-high-mobility-bi-layer-oxide-semiconductor-transistor
#20
Hyunsuk Woo, Sanghun Jeon
The carrier transport and device instability of amorphous oxide semiconductor devices are influenced by defects that are exponentially distributed in energy, because of amorphous phase channels and front/back interfaces with a large number of sub-gap states. Thus, understanding defects and charge trapping in oxide semiconductor transistors is required for being core device element in reliable production lines. In this paper, we present the transient charging effect, the charge trapping mechanism, and the dynamic charge transport of high-mobility bilayer oxide semiconductor transistors...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
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