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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433390/a-computational-study-of-invariant-i5-in-a-nearly-incompressible-transversely-isotropic-model-for-white-matter
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Yuan Feng, Suhao Qiu, Xiaolong Xia, Songbai Ji, Chung-Hao Lee
The aligned axonal fiber bundles in white matter make it suitable to be modeled as a transversely isotropic material. Recent experimental studies have shown that a minimal form, nearly incompressible transversely isotropic (MITI) material model, is capable of describing mechanical anisotropy of white matter. Here, we used a finite element (FE) computational approach to demonstrate the significance of the fifth invariant (I5) when modeling the anisotropic behavior of white matter in the large-strain regime. We first implemented and validated the MITI model in an FE simulation framework for large deformations...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433015/probing-the-effects-of-surface-hydrophobicity-and-tether-orientation-on-antibody-antigen-binding
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Derek B Bush, Thomas A Knotts
Antibody microarrays have the potential to revolutionize molecular detection for many applications, but their current use is limited by poor reliability, and efforts to change this have not yielded fruitful results. One difficulty which limits the rational engineering of next-generation devices is that little is known, at the molecular level, about the antibody-antigen binding process near solid surfaces. Atomic-level structural information is scant because typical experimental techniques (X-ray crystallography and NMR) cannot be used to image proteins bound to surfaces...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432953/new-and-practical-mathematical-model-of-membrane-fouling-in-an-aerobic-submerged-membrane-bioreactor
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Mst Fazana Rahman Zuthi, Wenshan Guo, Huu Hao Ngo, Duc Long Nghiem, Faisal I Hai, Siqing Xia, Jianxin Li, Jixiang Li, Yi Liu
This study aimed to develop a practical semi-empirical mathematical model of membrane fouling that accounts for cake formation on the membrane and its pore blocking as the major processes of membrane fouling. In the developed model, the concentration of mixed liquor suspended solid is used as a lumped parameter to describe the formation of cake layer including the biofilm. The new model considers the combined effect of aeration and backwash on the foulants' detachment from the membrane. New exponential coefficients are also included in the model to describe the exponential increase of transmembrane pressure that typically occurs after the initial stage of an MBR operation...
April 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432828/quantitative-contrast-enhanced-spectral-mammography-based-on-photon-counting-detectors-a-feasibility-study
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Huanjun Ding, Sabee Molloi
PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility of accurate quantification of iodine mass thickness in contrast-enhanced spectral mammography. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A computer simulation model was developed to evaluate the performance of a photon-counting spectral mammography system in the application of contrast-enhanced spectral mammography. A figure-of-merit (FOM), which was defined as the decomposed iodine signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) with respect to the square root of the mean glandular dose (MGD), was chosen to optimize the imaging parameters, in terms of beam energy, splitting energy, and pre-filtrations for breasts of various thicknesses and densities...
April 22, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432489/design-development-and-clinical-validation-of-computer-aided-surgical-simulation-system-for-streamlined-orthognathic-surgical-planning
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REVIEW
Peng Yuan, Huaming Mai, Jianfu Li, Dennis Chun-Yu Ho, Yingying Lai, Siting Liu, Daeseung Kim, Zixiang Xiong, David M Alfi, John F Teichgraeber, Jaime Gateno, James J Xia
PURPOSE: There are many proven problems associated with traditional surgical planning methods for orthognathic surgery. To address these problems, we developed a computer-aided surgical simulation (CASS) system, the AnatomicAligner, to plan orthognathic surgery following our streamlined clinical protocol. METHODS: The system includes six modules: image segmentation and three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction, registration and reorientation of models to neutral head posture, 3D cephalometric analysis, virtual osteotomy, surgical simulation, and surgical splint generation...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431428/computational-and-in-vitro-experimental-investigation-of-intrathecal-drug-distribution-parametric-study-of-the-effect-of-injection-volume-cerebrospinal-fluid-pulsatility-and-drug-uptake
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Kevin M Tangen, Roxanne Leval, Ankit I Mehta, Andreas A Linninger
BACKGROUND: Intrathecal drug delivery is an attractive option to circumvent the blood-brain barrier for pain management through its increased efficacy of pain relief, reduction in adverse side effects, and cost-effectiveness. Unfortunately, there are limited guidelines for physicians to choose infusion or drug pump settings to administer therapeutic doses to specific regions of the spine or the brain. Although empiric trialing of intrathecal drugs is critical to determine the sustained side effects, currently there is no inexpensive in vitro method to guide the selection of spinal drug delivery parameters...
May 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431361/uncertainty-quantification-and-validation-of-3d-lattice-scaffolds-for-computer-aided-biomedical-applications
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Recep M Gorguluarslan, Seung-Kyum Choi, Christopher J Saldana
A methodology is proposed for uncertainty quantification and validation to accurately predict the mechanical response of lattice structures used in the design of scaffolds. Effective structural properties of the scaffolds are characterized using a developed multi-level stochastic upscaling process that propagates the quantified uncertainties at strut level to the lattice structure level. To obtain realistic simulation models for the stochastic upscaling process and minimize the experimental cost, high-resolution finite element models of individual struts were reconstructed from the micro-CT scan images of lattice structures which are fabricated by selective laser melting...
April 12, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430132/celestial-object-imaging-model-and-parameter-optimization-for-an-optical-navigation-sensor-based-on-the-well-capacity-adjusting-scheme
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Hao Wang, Jie Jiang, Guangjun Zhang
The simultaneous extraction of optical navigation measurements from a target celestial body and star images is essential for autonomous optical navigation. Generally, a single optical navigation sensor cannot simultaneously image the target celestial body and stars well-exposed because their irradiance difference is generally large. Multi-sensor integration or complex image processing algorithms are commonly utilized to solve the said problem. This study analyzes and demonstrates the feasibility of simultaneously imaging the target celestial body and stars well-exposed within a single exposure through a single field of view (FOV) optical navigation sensor using the well capacity adjusting (WCA) scheme...
April 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430031/evaluation-of-multidimensional-models-of-wais-iv-subtest-performance
#9
Dennis J McFarland
OBJECTIVE: The present study examined the extent to which the covariance structure of the WAIS-IV is best accounted for by models that assume that test performance is the result of group-level factors and multiple independent general factors. METHOD: Structural models with one to four general factors were evaluated with either four or five group-level factors. Simulations based on four general factors were run to clarify the adequacy of the estimates of the allocation of covariance by the models...
April 21, 2017: Clinical Neuropsychologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426987/a-review-on-nitrous-oxide-n2o-emissions-during-biological-nutrient-removal-from-municipal-wastewater-and-sludge-reject-water
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REVIEW
Theoni Maria Massara, Simos Malamis, Albert Guisasola, Juan Antonio Baeza, Constantinos Noutsopoulos, Evina Katsou
Nitrous oxide (N2O) is an important pollutant which is emitted during the biological nutrient removal (BNR) processes of wastewater treatment. Since it has a greenhouse effect which is 265 times higher than carbon dioxide, even relatively small amounts can result in a significant carbon footprint. Biological nitrogen (N) removal conventionally occurs with nitrification/denitrification, yet also through advanced processes such as nitritation/denitritation and completely autotrophic N-removal. The microbial pathways leading to the N2O emission include hydroxylamine oxidation and nitrifier denitrification, both activated by ammonia oxidizing bacteria, and heterotrophic denitrification...
April 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426829/joint-genetic-analysis-using-variant-sets-reveals-polygenic-gene-context-interactions
#11
Francesco Paolo Casale, Danilo Horta, Barbara Rakitsch, Oliver Stegle
Joint genetic models for multiple traits have helped to enhance association analyses. Most existing multi-trait models have been designed to increase power for detecting associations, whereas the analysis of interactions has received considerably less attention. Here, we propose iSet, a method based on linear mixed models to test for interactions between sets of variants and environmental states or other contexts. Our model generalizes previous interaction tests and in particular provides a test for local differences in the genetic architecture between contexts...
April 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426826/link-prediction-to-tackle-the-boundary-specification-problem-in-social-network-surveys
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Tobias Jordan, Oto Costa Pinho Alves, Philippe De Wilde, Fernando Buarque de Lima-Neto
Diffusion processes in social networks often cause the emergence of global phenomena from individual behavior within a society. The study of those global phenomena and the simulation of those diffusion processes frequently require a good model of the global network. However, survey data and data from online sources are often restricted to single social groups or features, such as age groups, single schools, companies, or interest groups. Hence, a modeling approach is required that extrapolates the locally restricted data to a global network model...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425718/testing-high-concentrations-of-membrane-active-antibiotic-chlorhexidine-via-computational-titration-and-calorimetry
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Brad Van Oosten, Drew Marquardt, Thad A Harroun
Coarse grained strategies for membrane simulations are designed to increase the time and length scales of molecular dynamics simulations. For membrane active antibiotics, the concentration dependence of their action presents a tremendous challenge in simulation scale. In this study we examine the effects of concentration for the popular membrane active antibacterial drug chlorhexidine. It presents an interesting biophysical modelling test, where from experimental experience we know that model membranes of DMPC can absorb very high quantities of the drug without disruption...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425388/lower-bound-on-estimation-variance-of-the-ultrasonic-attenuation-coefficient-using-the-spectral-difference-reference-phantom-method
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Kayvan Samimi, Tomy Varghese
Ultrasonic attenuation is one of the primary parameters of interest in Quantitative Ultrasound (QUS). Non-invasive monitoring of tissue attenuation can provide valuable diagnostic and prognostic information to the physician. The Reference Phantom Method (RPM) was introduced as a way of mitigating some of the system-related effects and biases to facilitate clinical QUS applications. In this paper, under the assumption of diffuse scattering, a probabilistic model of the backscattered signal spectrum is used to derive a theoretical lower bound on the estimation variance of the attenuation coefficient using the Spectral-Difference RPM...
May 2017: Ultrasonic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425122/mean-intercept-anisotropy-analysis-of-porous-media-ii-conceptual-shortcomings-of-the-mil-tensor-definition-and-minkowski-tensors-as-an-alternative
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Michael A Klatt, Gerd E Schröder-Turk, Klaus Mecke
PURPOSE: Structure-property relations, which relate the shape of the microstructure to physical properties such as transport or mechanical properties, need sensitive measures of structure. What are suitable fabric tensors to quantify the shape of anisotropic heterogeneous materials? The mean intercept length is among the most commonly used characteristics of anisotropy in porous media, e. g., of trabecular bone in medical physics. Yet, in this series of two papers we demonstrate that it has conceptual shortcomings that limit the validity of its results...
April 20, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424979/studies-on-core-shell-nanocapsules-of-felodipine-in-vitro-in-vivo-evaluations
#16
Jerome K Geroge, Priya Ranjan Prasad Verma, Jayachandran Venkatesan, Jin-Young Lee, Dong-Han Yoon, Se-Kwon Kim, Sandeep Kumar Singh
The present study aimed for in vitro-in vivo-in silico simulation studies of experimentally designed (3(2)-factorial) Capmul PG-8-cored, Eudragit RSPO-Lutrol F 127 nanocapsules to ferry felodipine using GastroPlus™. The in silico parameter sensitivity analysis for pharmacokinetic parameters was initially assessed to justify the preparation of felodipine-loaded nanocapsules (FLNs) with enhanced solubility to overcome the bioavailability issues of felodipine. The overall integrated desirability ranged between 0...
April 19, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424704/draco-stem-an-automatic-tool-to-generate-high-quality-3d-meshes-of-shoot-apical-meristem-tissue-at-cell-resolution
#17
Guillaume Cerutti, Olivier Ali, Christophe Godin
Context: The shoot apical meristem (SAM), origin of all aerial organs of the plant, is a restricted niche of stem cells whose growth is regulated by a complex network of genetic, hormonal and mechanical interactions. Studying the development of this area at cell level using 3D microscopy time-lapse imaging is a newly emerging key to understand the processes controlling plant morphogenesis. Computational models have been proposed to simulate those mechanisms, however their validation on real-life data is an essential step that requires an adequate representation of the growing tissue to be carried out...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424669/inferring-microbial-interactions-in-the-gut-of-the-hong-kong-whipping-frog-polypedates-megacephalus-and-a-validation-using-probiotics
#18
Francis Cheng-Hsuan Weng, Grace Tzun-Wen Shaw, Chieh-Yin Weng, Yi-Ju Yang, Daryi Wang
The concerted activity of intestinal microbes is crucial to the health and development of their host organisms. Investigation of microbial interactions in the gut should deepen our understanding of how these micro-ecosystems function. Due to advances in Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies, various bioinformatic strategies have been proposed to investigate these microbial interactions. However, due to the complexity of the intestinal microbial community and difficulties in monitoring their interactions, at present there is a gap between the theory and biological application...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424491/understanding-the-ion-induced-elongation-of-silver-nanoparticles-embedded-in-silica
#19
Ovidio Peña-Rodríguez, Alejandro Prada, José Olivares, Alicia Oliver, Luis Rodríguez-Fernández, Héctor G Silva-Pereyra, Eduardo Bringa, José Manuel Perlado, Antonio Rivera
In this work we have studied the elongation of silver nanoparticles irradiated with 40 MeV Bromine ions by means of in situ optical measurements, transmission electron microscopy and molecular dynamics simulations. The localized surface plasmon resonance of silver nanoparticles has a strong dependence on the particle shape and size, which allowed us to obtain the geometrical parameters with remarkable accuracy by means of a fit of the optical spectra. Optical results have been compared with transmission electron microscopy images and molecular dynamics simulations and the agreement is excellent in both cases...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422698/dissipativity-based-resilient-filtering-of-periodic-markovian-jump-neural-networks-with-quantized-measurements
#20
Renquan Lu, Jie Tao, Peng Shi, Hongye Su, Zheng-Guang Wu, Yong Xu
The problem of dissipativity-based resilient filtering for discrete-time periodic Markov jump neural networks in the presence of quantized measurements is investigated in this paper. Due to the limited capacities of network medium, a logarithmic quantizer is applied to the underlying systems. Considering the fact that the filter is realized through a network, randomly occurring parameter uncertainties of the filter are modeled by two mode-dependent Bernoulli processes. By establishing the mode-dependent periodic Lyapunov function, sufficient conditions are given to ensure the stability and dissipativity of the filtering error system...
April 12, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
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