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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103637/exploiting-cell-cycle-inhibitor-genes-of-the-krp-family-to-control-root-knot-nematode-induced-feeding-sites-in-plants
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Roberta Ramos Coelho, Paulo Vieira, José Dijair Antonino de Souza Júnior, Cristina Martin-Jimenez, Lieven De Veylder, Julie Cazareth, Gilbert Engler, Maria Fatima Grossi-de-Sa, Janice de Almeida Engler
Cell cycle control in galls provoked by root-knot nematodes involves the activity of inhibitor genes like the Arabidopsis ICK/KRP members. Ectopic KRP1, KRP2 and KRP4 expression resulted in decreases gall size by inhibiting mitotic activity, whereas KRP6 induces mitosis in galls. Herein, we investigate the role of KRP3, KRP5 and KRP7 during gall development and compared their role with previously studied members of this class of cell cycle inhibitors. Overexpression of KRP3 and KRP7 resulted in undersized giant cells, with KRP3(OE) galls presenting peculiar elongated giant cells...
January 19, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103580/biodegradable-and-biocompatible-high-elastic-chitosan-scaffold-is-cell-friendly-both-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Yichuan Pang, An Qin, Xianfeng Lin, Lin Yang, Qiang Wang, Zhengke Wang, Zhi Shan, Shengyun Li, Jiying Wang, Shunwu Fan, Qiaoling Hu
Biodegradable and biocompatible macromolecule chitosan has been favored for a variety of clinical applications. We reported herein the fabrication of a novel chitosan scaffold with high elasticity. This scaffold can be easily compressed and thus enable the insertion of such scaffold into surgical lesions during minimal invasive surgeries. In addition, this novel scaffold can restore its shape when released. We evidenced that this high elastic scaffold has better biocompatibility than traditional chitosan scaffold...
January 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103565/a-scan-line-forest-growing-based-hand-segmentation-framework-with-multipriority-vertex-stereo-matching-for-wearable-devices
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Yiyi Ren, Xiang Xie, Guolin Li, Zhihua Wang
A hand segmentation framework is proposed for 3-D hand gesture interaction for wearable devices. In this framework, all the objects in a scene are regarded as directed trees in a forest, and the problem of the hand segmentation can be converted into finding the target tree (called hand tree) in the forest with proper hand properties including color consistency, space consistency, disparity, and hand shape constraints. The forest grows scan-line by scan-line from high reliable regions to low reliable regions...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103561/statistical-shape-modeling-of-the-left-ventricle-myocardial-infarct-classification-challenge
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Avan Suinesiaputra, Pierre Ablin, Xenia Alba, Martino Alessandrini, Jack Allen, W Bai, Serkan Cimen, Peter Claes, Brett R Cowan, Jan D'hooge, Nicolas Duchateau, Jan Ehrhardt, Alejandro F Frangi, Ali Gooya, Vicente Grau, Karim Lekadir, Allen Lu, Anirban Mukhopadhyay, Ilkay Oksuz, Xavier Pennec, Marco Pereanez, Catarina Pinto, Paolo Piras, Marc-Michel Rohe, Daniel Rueckert, Maxime Sermesant, Kaleem Siddiqi, Mahdi Tabassian, Luciano Teresi, Sotirios A Tsaftaris, Matthias Wilms, Alistair A Young, Xingyu Zhang, Pau Medrano-Gracia
Statistical shape modeling is a powerful tool for visualizing and quantifying geometric and functional patterns of the heart. After myocardial infarction (MI), the left ventricle typically remodels in response to physiological challenges. Several methods have been proposed in the literature to describe statistical shape changes. Which method best characterizes left ventricular remodeling after MI is an open research question. A better descriptor of remodeling is expected to provide a more accurate evaluation of disease status in MI patients...
January 17, 2017: IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103558/effective-multi-query-expansions-collaborative-deep-networks-based-feature-learning-for-robust-landmark-retrieval
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Yang Wang, Xuemin Lin, Lin Wu, Wenjie Zhang
Given a query photo issued by a user (q-user), the landmark retrieval is to return a set of photos with their landmarks similar to those of the query, while the existing studies on the landmark retrieval focus on exploiting geometries of landmarks for similarity matches between candidate photos and a query photo. We observe that the same landmarks provided by different users over social media community may convey different geometry information depending on the viewpoints and/or angles, and may subsequently yield very different results...
January 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103556/steerable-wavelet-machines-swm-learning-moving-frames-for-texture-classification
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Adrien Depeursinge, Zsuzsanna Puspoki, John Paul Ward, Michael Unser
We present texture operators encoding classspecific local organizations of image directions (LOID) in a rotation-invariant fashion. The LOIDs are key for visual understanding, and are at the origin of the success of the popular approaches such as local binary patterns (LBP) and the scaleinvariant feature transform (SIFT). Whereas LBPs and SIFT yield handcrafted image representations, we propose to learn dataspecific representations of the LOIDs in a rotation-invariant fashion. The image operators are based on steerable circular harmonic wavelets (CHW), offering a rich and yet compact initial representation for characterizing natural textures...
January 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103551/ultrasound-flow-mapping-for-the-investigation-of-crystal-growth
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Norman Thieme, Paul Bonisch, Dagmar Meier, Richard Nauber, Lars Buttner, Kaspars Dadzis, Olf Patzold, Lamine Sylla, Jurgen Czarske
A high energy conversion and cost efficiency are keys for the transition to renewable energy sources, e.g. solar cells. The efficiency of multi-crystalline solar cells can be improved by enhancing the understanding of its crystallization process, especially the directional solidification. In this paper, a novel measurement system for the characterization of flow phenomena and solidification processes in low-temperature model experiments on the basis of ultrasound Doppler velocimetry is described. It captures turbulent flow phenomena in two planes with a frame rate of 3...
January 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103482/synaptic-plasticity-onto-dopamine-neurons-shapes-fear-learning
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Marco Pignatelli, George Kwabena Essien Umanah, Sissi Palma Ribeiro, Rong Chen, Senthilkumar Senthil Karuppagounder, Hau-Jie Yau, Stephen Eacker, Valina Lynn Dawson, Ted Murray Dawson, Antonello Bonci
Fear learning is a fundamental behavioral process that requires dopamine (DA) release. Experience-dependent synaptic plasticity occurs on DA neurons while an organism is engaged in aversive experiences. However, whether synaptic plasticity onto DA neurons is causally involved in aversion learning is unknown. Here, we show that a stress priming procedure enhances fear learning by engaging VTA synaptic plasticity. Moreover, we took advantage of the ability of the ATPase Thorase to regulate the internalization of AMPA receptors (AMPARs) in order to selectively manipulate glutamatergic synaptic plasticity on DA neurons...
January 18, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103440/carbon-nanotubes-mediate-fusion-of-lipid-vesicles
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Ramachandra Moorthy Bhaskara, Stephanie M Linker, Martin Vögele, Juergen Koefinger, Gerhard Hummer
The fusion of lipid membranes is opposed by high energetic barriers. In living organisms, complex protein machineries carry out this biologically essential process. Here we show that membrane-spanning carbon nanotubes (CNTs) can trigger spontaneous fusion of small lipid vesicles. In coarse-grained molecular dynamics simulations, we find that a CNT bridging between two vesicles locally perturbs their lipid structure. Their outer leaflets merge as the CNT pulls lipids out of the membranes, creating an hourglass-shaped fusion intermediate with still intact inner leaflets...
January 19, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103278/systematic-influence-of-perceived-grasp-shape-on-speech-production
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Lari Vainio, Aleksi Rantala, Mikko Tiainen, Kaisa Tiippana, Naeem Komeilipoor, Martti Vainio
Previous research has shown that precision and power grip performance is consistently influenced by simultaneous articulation. For example, power grip responses are performed relatively fast with the open-back vowel [a], whereas precision grip responses are performed relatively fast with the close-front vowel [i]. In the present study, the participants were presented with a picture of a hand shaped to the precision or power grip. They were required to pronounce speech sounds according to the front/above perspective of the hand...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103188/numerical-inversion-of-srnf-maps-for-elastic-shape-analysis-of-genus-zero-surfaces
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Hamid Laga, Qian Xie, Ian H Jermyn, Anuj Srivastava
Recent developments in elastic shape analysis (ESA) are motivated by the fact that it provides a comprehensive framework for simultaneous registration, deformation, and comparison of shapes. These methods achieve computational efficiency using certain square-root representations that transform invariant elastic metrics into Euclidean metrics, allowing for the application of standard algorithms and statistical tools. For analyzing shapes of embeddings of S2 in R3, Jermyn et al. [1] introduced square-root normal fields (SRNFs), which transform an elastic metric, with desirable invariant properties, into the L2 metric...
January 5, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103187/convexity-shape-prior-for-binary-segmentation
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Lena Gorelick, Olga Veksler, Yuri Boykov, Claudia Nieuwenhuis
Convexity is a known important cue in human vision. We propose shape convexity as a new high-order regularization constraint for binary image segmentation. In the context of discrete optimization, object convexity is represented as a sum of three-clique potentials penalizing any 1- 0- 1 configuration on all straight lines. We show that these non-submodular potentials can be efficiently optimized using an iterative trust region approach. At each iteration the energy is linearly approximated and globally optimized within a small trust region around the current solution...
February 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103047/anionic-head-containing-oxacalix-2-arene-2-triazines-synthesis-and-anion-%C3%AF-directed-self-assembly-in-solution-and-solid-state
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Rui-Bin Xu, Qi-Qiang Wang, Yu-Fei Ao, Zhi-Yan Li, Zhi-Tang Huang, De-Xian Wang
A series of oxacalix[2]arene[2]triazines bearing one anionic head such as carboxylate, sulfonate, sulfate, and phosphate were synthesized. With the anionic head and complementary V-shape electron-deficient cavity, these macrocycles can serve as dual building units, and their anion-π directed self-assembly was investigated. The formation of oligomeric aggregates in solution was revealed by nuclear magnetic resonance, dynamic light scattering, and mass spectroscopy. Crystal structures further confirmed chainlike assembly formation directed by anion-π interactions...
January 19, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102945/learning-based-deformable-image-registration-for-infant-mr-images-in-the-first-year-of-life
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Shunbo Hu, Lifang Wei, Yaozong Gao, Yanrong Guo, Guorong Wu, Dinggang Shen
PURPOSE: Many brain development studies have been devoted to investigate dynamic structural and functional changes in the first year of life. To quantitatively measure brain development in such a dynamic period, accurate image registration for different infant subjects with possible large age gap is of high demand. Although many state-of-the-art image registration methods have been proposed for young and elderly brain images, very few registration methods work for infant brain images acquired in the first year of life, because of (a) large anatomical changes due to fast brain development and (b) dynamic appearance changes due to white-matter myelination...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102797/why-undertake-a-pilot-in-a-qualitative-phd-study-lessons-learned-to-promote-success
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Jane Wray, Uduak Archibong, Sean Walton
Background Pilot studies can play an important role in qualitative studies. Methodological and practical issues can be shaped and refined by undertaking pilots. Personal development and researchers' competence are enhanced and lessons learned can inform the development and quality of the main study. However, pilot studies are rarely published, despite their potential to improve knowledge and understanding of the research. Aim To present the main lessons learned from undertaking a pilot in a qualitative PhD study...
January 23, 2017: Nurse Researcher
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102459/a-qualitative-exploration-of-clinician-views-and-experiences-of-treatment-decision-making-in-bipolar-ii-disorder
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Alana Fisher, Vijaya Manicavasagar, Louise Sharpe, Rebekah Laidsaar-Powell, Ilona Juraskova
This study qualitatively explored clinicians' views and experiences of treatment decision-making in BPII. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 20 practising clinicians (n = 10 clinical psychologists, n = 6 GPs, n = 4 psychiatrists) with experience in treating adult outpatients with BPII. Interviews were audiotaped, transcribed verbatim and thematically analysed using framework methods. Professional experience, and preferences for patient involvement in decision-making were also assessed...
January 19, 2017: Community Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102411/defect-driven-shapes-in-nematic-droplets-analogies-with-cell-division
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Marco Leoni, Oksana V Manyuhina, Mark J Bowick, M Cristina Marchetti
Building on the striking similarity between the structure of the spindle during mitosis in living cells and nematic textures in confined liquid crystals, we use a continuum model of two-dimensional nematic liquid crystal droplets to examine the physical aspects of cell division. The model investigates the interplay between bulk elasticity of the microtubule assembly, described as a nematic liquid crystal, and surface elasticity of the cell cortex, modeled as a bounding flexible membrane, in controlling cell shape and division...
January 19, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102404/large-scale-2d-pbi2-monolayers-experimental-realization-and-their-indirect-band-gap-related-properties
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Mianzeng Zhong, Shuai Zhang, Le Huang, Jingbi You, Zhongming Wei, Xinfeng Liu, Jingbo Li
Large-scale PbI2 monolayers and few layers with high crystallinity and a uniform hexagonal shape were synthesized via a facile physical vapour deposition (PVD) method. The transition from a direct band-gap in the bulk to an indirect band-gap in the monolayer is verified by photoluminescence (PL) spectra, optoelectronic properties, and first principle calculations.
January 19, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102353/cofilin-regulates-nuclear-architecture-through-a-myosin-ii-dependent-mechanotransduction-module
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O'Neil Wiggan, Bryce Schroder, Diego Krapf, James R Bamburg, Jennifer G DeLuca
Structural features of the nucleus including shape, size and deformability impact its function affecting normal cellular processes such as cell differentiation and pathological conditions such as tumor cell migration. Despite the fact that abnormal nuclear morphology has long been a defining characteristic for diseases such as cancer relatively little is known about the mechanisms that control normal nuclear architecture. Mounting evidence suggests close coupling between F-actin cytoskeletal organization and nuclear morphology however, mechanisms regulating this coupling are lacking...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102338/strengthening-of-ceramic-based-artificial-nacre-via-synergistic-interactions-of-1d-vanadium-pentoxide-and-2d-graphene-oxide-building-blocks
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Andrea Knöller, Christian P Lampa, Felix von Cube, Tingying Helen Zeng, David C Bell, Mildred S Dresselhaus, Zaklina Burghard, Joachim Bill
Nature has evolved hierarchical structures of hybrid materials with excellent mechanical properties. Inspired by nacre's architecture, a ternary nanostructured composite has been developed, wherein stacked lamellas of 1D vanadium pentoxide nanofibres, intercalated with water molecules, are complemented by 2D graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets. The components self-assemble at low temperature into hierarchically arranged, highly flexible ceramic-based papers. The papers' mechanical properties are found to be strongly influenced by the amount of the integrated GO phase...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
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