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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437952/real-time-observation-of-round-trip-resolved-spectral-dynamics-in-a-stabilized-fs-fiber-laser
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Bowen Li, Ying Yu, Xiaoming Wei, Yiqing Xu, Kevin K Tsia, Kenneth K Y Wong
Fiber-stretcher based phase-lock loop (PLL) is a mature technique in fiber mode-locked lasers for repetition-rate stabilization. However, undesired side effects may be induced if not properly handled, which is easily overlooked owing to the lack of single-shot spectral analyzers. Thanks to the ultrafast spectral analyzing capability of optical time-stretch, an intriguing spectral dynamics is observed in a repetition-rate-stabilized nonlinear polarization rotation (NPR) mode-locked laser. Under the dynamic state, the optical spectra of pulses undergo dramatic evolution in every round trip while the pulse energy is relatively constant...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437854/is-there-sufficient-evidence-for-a-causal-association-between-antiretroviral-therapy-and-diabetes-in-hiv-infected-patients-a-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Chidozie U Nduka, Saverio Stranges, Peter K Kimani, Ahmed M Sarki, Olalekan A Uthman
BACKGROUND: The association of antiretroviral therapy (ART) with diabetes is inconsistent and varies widely across primary epidemiological studies. A comprehensive and more precise estimate of this association is fundamental to establishing a plausible causal link between ART and diabetes. METHODS: We identified epidemiological studies that compared mean fasting plasma glucose (FPG) concentrations and proportions of diabetes and metabolic syndrome between HIV-infected patients naïve and exposed to ART...
April 24, 2017: Diabetes/metabolism Research and Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437746/catalytic-reduction-of-4-nitrophenol-and-photo-inhibition-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-using-gold-nanoparticles-as-photocatalyst
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Shafiullah Khan, Wang Runguo, Kamran Tahir, Zhang Jichuan, Liqun Zhang
A simple, green method is described for the synthesis of Gold (Au) nanoparticles (NPs) using Cotoneaster horizontalis extract as a phyto-reducer and capping agent with superior photo inhibition activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Different from the other methods used elevated temperatures for nanoparticles synthesis, the novelty of our method lies in its energy saving process and fast synthesis rates (~5min for AuNPs), and its potential to tune the nanoparticles size and afterward their catalytic activity...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437715/parameterization-of-nmr-relaxation-curves-in-terms-of-logarithmic-moments-of-the-relaxation-time-distribution
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Oleg V Petrov, Siegfried Stapf
This work addresses the problem of a compact and easily comparable representation of multi-exponential relaxation data. It is often convenient to describe such data in a few parameters, all being of physical significance and easy to interpret, and in such a way that enables a model-free comparison between different groups of samples. Logarithmic moments (LMs) of the relaxation time constitute a set of parameters which are related to the characteristic relaxation time on the log-scale, the width and the asymmetry of an underlying distribution of exponentials...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437640/the-woven-fiber-organic-electrochemical-transistors-based-on-polypyrrole-nanowires-reduced-graphene-oxide-composites-for-glucose-sensing
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Yuedan Wang, Xing Qing, Quan Zhou, Yang Zhang, Qiongzhen Liu, Ke Liu, Wenwen Wang, Mufang Li, Zhentan Lu, Yuanli Chen, Dong Wang
Novel woven fiber organic electrochemical transistors based on polypyrrole (PPy) nanowires and reduced graphene oxide (rGO) have been prepared. SEM revealed that the introduction of rGO nanosheets could induce the growth and increase the amount of PPy nanowires. Moreover, it could enhance the electrical performance of fiber transistors. The hybrid transistors showed high on/off ratio of 10(2), fast switch speed, and long cycling stability. The glucose sensors based on the fiber organic electrochemical transistors have also been investigated, which exhibited outstanding sensitivity, as high as 0...
April 14, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437639/a-novel-biosensor-based-on-boronic-acid-functionalized-metal-organic-frameworks-for-the-determination-of-hydrogen-peroxide-released-from-living-cells
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Hongxia Dai, Wenjuan Lü, Xianwei Zuo, Qian Zhu, Congjie Pan, Xiaoying Niu, Juanjuan Liu, HongLi Chen, Xingguo Chen
In this work, we report a durable and sensitive H2O2 biosensor based on boronic acid functionalized metal-organic frameworks (denoted as MIL-100(Cr)-B) as an efficient immobilization matrix of horseradish peroxidase (HRP). MIL-100(Cr)-B features a hierarchical porous structure, extremely high surface area, and sufficient recognition sites, which can significantly increase HRP loading and prevent them from leakage and deactivation. The H2O2 biosensor can be easily achieved without any complex processing. Meanwhile, the immobilized HRP exhibited enhanced stability and remarkable catalytic activity towards H2O2 reduction...
April 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437585/chronic-intestinal-electrical-stimulation-improves-glucose-intolerance-and-insulin-resistance-in-diet-induced-obesity-rats
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Shiying Li, Weijian Zhu, Sujuan Zhang, Jiande Dz Chen
OBJECTIVE: Obesity is a contributing factor to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. The aim of this study was to study the therapeutic potential of intestinal electrical stimulation (IES) for obesity and associated glucose intolerance and insulin resistance in diet-induced obesity (DIO) rats. METHODS: DIO rats were divided into two groups to receive sham or IES for 8 weeks. Oral glucose tolerance and insulin tolerance tests were performed. Gastric emptying and small bowel transit tests were performed...
April 24, 2017: Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437580/differential-gene-expression-in-narrow-and-broad-headed-european-glass-eels-anguilla-anguilla-points-to-a-transcriptomic-link-of-head-shape-dimorphism-with-growth-rate-and-chemotaxis
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J De Meyer, G E Maes, R P Dirks, D Adriaens
One of the major challenges in evolutionary biology is to understand the mechanisms underlying morphological dimorphism and plasticity, including the genomic basis of traits and links to ecology. At the yellow eel stage of the European eel (Anguilla anguilla), two morphotypes are found: broad- and narrow-heads. This dimorphism has been linked to dietary differences, with broad-heads feeding on harder, larger prey than narrow-heads. However, recent research showed that both morphotypes could be distinguished at the glass eel stage, the non-feeding predecessor of the yellow eel stage, implying that non-dietary factors play a role in the development of this head shape dimorphism...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437198/branched-chain-amino-acids-are-associated-with-insulin-resistance-independent-of-leptin-and-adiponectin-in-subjects-with-varying-degrees-of-glucose-tolerance
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Margery A Connelly, Justyna Wolak-Dinsmore, Robin P F Dullaart
BACKGROUND: Branched chain amino acids (BCAA) may be involved in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance and are associated with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) development. Adipokines such as leptin and adiponectin influence insulin resistance and reflect adipocyte dysfunction. We examined the extent to which the association of BCAA with insulin resistance is attributable to altered leptin and adiponectin levels in individuals with varying degrees of glucose tolerance. METHODS: BCAA were measured by nuclear magnetic resonance, whereas leptin and adiponectin were measured by immunoassay, in subjects with normal fasting glucose (n = 30), impaired fasting glucose (n = 25), and T2DM (n = 15)...
February 21, 2017: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437191/analysis-of-human-tooth-pulp-chamber-temperature-after-670%C3%A2-nm-laser-irradiation-in-vitro-study
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Cleide Regina Alves Carrara de Oliveira, Fátima Zanin, Alessandra Cassoni, José Augusto Rodrigues, Landulfo Silveira, Marcos Tadeu Pacheco, Aldo Brugnera
OBJECTIVE: One of the limiting factors of employing laser radiation on dental therapies is the potential of causing thermal injuries to pulp tissues. The purpose of this study was to evaluate intra-chamber temperature increase on extracted human teeth exposed to 670 nm wavelength InGaAlP laser diode radiation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In vitro intra-chamber temperature measurements of 12 standardized human teeth (incisors, canines, premolars, and molars; n = 3) were taken both before and after laser radiation...
February 16, 2017: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436894/online-learning-algorithms-can-converge-comparably-fast-as-batch-learning
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Junhong Lin, Ding-Xuan Zhou
Online learning algorithms in a reproducing kernel Hilbert space associated with convex loss functions are studied. We show that in terms of the expected excess generalization error, they can converge comparably fast as corresponding kernel-based batch learning algorithms. Under mild conditions on loss functions and approximation errors, fast learning rates and finite sample upper bounds are established using polynomially decreasing step-size sequences. For some commonly used loss functions for classification, such as the logistic and the p-norm hinge loss functions with p ∈ [1,2], the learning rates are the same as those for Tikhonov regularization and can be of order O(T-(1/2) log T), which are nearly optimal up to a logarithmic factor...
April 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436893/a-parallel-multiclassification-algorithm-for-big-data-using-an-extreme-learning-machine
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Mingxing Duan, Kenli Li, Xiangke Liao, Keqin Li
As data sets become larger and more complicated, an extreme learning machine (ELM) that runs in a traditional serial environment cannot realize its ability to be fast and effective. Although a parallel ELM (PELM) based on MapReduce to process large-scale data shows more efficient learning speed than identical ELM algorithms in a serial environment, some operations, such as intermediate results stored on disks and multiple copies for each task, are indispensable, and these operations create a large amount of extra overhead and degrade the learning speed and efficiency of the PELMs...
April 24, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436877/packing-vertex-data-into-hardware-decompressible-textures
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Kin Chung Kwan, Xuemiao Xu, Liang Wan, Tien-Tsin Wong, Wai-Man Pang
Most graphics hardware features memory to store textures and vertex data for rendering. However, because of the irreversible trend of increasing complexity of scenes, rendering a scene can easily reach the limit of memory resources. Thus, vertex data are preferably compressed, with a requirement that they can be decompressed during rendering. In this paper, we present a novel method to exploit existing hardware texture compression circuits to facilitate the decompression of vertex data in graphics processing unit (GPUs)...
April 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436739/prediabetes-exhibits-decreased-disposition-index-correlated-with-deterioration-of-glycemic-parameters-in-nonobese-japanese-subjects-a-cross-sectional-study-from-medical-examination
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Yasutaka Takeda, Yukihiro Fujita, Tsuyoshi Yanagimachi, Jun Honjo, Atsuko Abiko, Mahito Asai, Masakazu Haneda
BACKGROUND: Prediabetes, defined as impaired fasting glucose (IFG) and impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), likely develops to type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) and independently increases cardiovascular risk. We employed disposition index (DI), a new metabolic parameter indicating the pancreatic beta cell function adjusted for insulin resistance, and investigated whether it could be altered in Japanese population with prediabetes and associated with early glucose intolerance. METHODS: A total of 102 adults who underwent an oral glucose tolerance test at the medical screening were designated to normal glucose tolerance (NGT), IFG, IGT, and DM...
April 24, 2017: Metabolic Syndrome and related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436705/pharmacologically-increasing-collateral-perfusion-during-acute-stroke-using-a-carboxyhemoglobin-gas-transfer-agent-sanguinate%C3%A2-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Marilyn J Cipolla, Italo Linfante, Abe Abuchowski, Ronald Jubin, Siu-Lung Chan
Similar to patients with chronic hypertension, spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) develop fast core progression during middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) resulting in large final infarct volumes. We investigated the effect of Sanguinate™ (SG), a PEGylated carboxyhemoglobin (COHb) gas transfer agent, on changes in collateral and reperfusion cerebral blood flow and brain injury in SHR during 2 h of MCAO. SG (8 mL/kg) or vehicle ( n = 6-8/group) was infused i.v. after 30 or 90 min of ischemia with 2 h reperfusion...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436646/filaments-with-affinity-binding-and-wet-strength-can-be-achieved-by-spinning-bifunctional-cellulose-nanofibrils
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Maija Vuoriluoto, Hannes Orelma, Meri Johanna Lundahl, Maryam Borghei, Orlando J Rojas
We demonstrate benzophenone (BP) conjugation via amine-reactive esters onto oxidized cellulosic fibers that were used as precursors, after microfluidization, of photo-active cellulose nanofibrils (CNF). From these fibrils, cellulose I filaments were synthesized by hydrogel spinning in an anti-solvent followed by fast bi-radical UV crosslinking. As a result, the BP-CNF filaments developed a wet tensile strength of up to ~105 MPa (a remarkable retention of ~80% of the dry strength). Thus, the principal limitation of these emerging materials was resolved (< 0...
April 24, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436635/-application-progress-on-near-infrared-spectroscopy-in-quality-control-and-process-monitoring-of-traditional-chinese-medicine
#17
Wenlong Li, Haibin Qu
The industry of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) encounters problems like quality fluctuation of raw materials and unstandardized production process. Near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy technology is widely used in quality control of TCM because of its abundant information, fast and nondestructive characters. The main applications include quantitative analysis of Chinese medicinal materials, intermediates and Chinese patent medicines; the authenticity of TCM, species, origins and manufacturers; monitoring and control of the extraction, alcohol precipitation, column chromatography and blending process...
January 25, 2017: Zhejiang da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Zhejiang University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436526/structural-implications-on-the-excitation-dynamics-of-fluorescent-3h-indolium-cations
#18
Ek Raj Thapaliya, Jaume Garcia-Amorós, Santi Nonell, Burjor Captain, Françisco M Raymo
Fluorescent 3H-indolium cations are valuable components for the realization of activatable fluorophores for bioimaging applications. Their relatively poor fluorescent quantum yields in organic solvents, however, appear to be in contradiction to their good performance in analytical methods based on single-molecule detection. The elucidation of the structural factors governing the excitation dynamics of these compounds is, therefore, essential to rationalize these effects and possibly guide the future design of activatable probes with improved performance...
April 24, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436399/identification-of-patients-with-preeclampsia-from-normal-subjects-using-wavelet-based-spectral-analysis-of-heart-rate-variability
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A Hossen, A Barhoum, D Jaju, V Gowri, K Al-Hashmi, M O Hassan, L Al-Kharusi
BACKGROUND: The spectral analysis of the heart rate variability (HRV) shows a decrease in the power of the high frequency (HF) component in preeclamptic pregnancy compared with normal pregnancy; such a decrease is associated with an increase in the low frequency (LF) and the very low frequency (VLF) power. The physiological interpretation is that preeclamptic pregnancy is associated with a facilitation of sympathetic regulation and an attenuation of parasympathetic influence of HR compared with non-pregnancy and normal pregnancy...
April 14, 2017: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436118/enantioselective-potential-of-polysaccharide-based-chiral-stationary-phases-in-supercritical-fluid-chromatography
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Gabriela Kucerova, Kveta Kalikova, Eva Tesarova
The enantioselective potential of two polysaccharide-based chiral stationary phases for analysis of chiral structurally diverse biologically active compounds was evaluated in supercritical fluid chromatography using a set of 52 analytes. The chiral selectors immobilized on 2.5 μm silica particles were tris-(3,5-dimethylphenylcarmabate) derivatives of cellulose or amylose. The influence of the polysaccharide backbone, different organic modifiers, and different mobile phase additives on retention and enantioseparation was monitored...
April 24, 2017: Chirality
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