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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944979/dosimetric-validation-of-monaco-treatment-planning-system-on-an-elekta-versahd-linear-accelerator
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Ganesh Narayanasamy, Daniel L Saenz, Dewayne Defoor, Niko Papanikolaou, Sotirios Stathakis
The purpose of this study is to perform dosimetric validation of Monaco treatment planning system version 5.1. The Elekta VersaHD linear accelerator with high dose rate flattening filter-free photon modes and electron energies was used in this study. The dosimetric output of the new Agility head combined with the FFF photon modes warranted this investigation into the dosimetric accuracy prior to clinical usage. A model of the VersaHD linac was created in Monaco TPS by Elekta using commissioned beam data including percent depth dose curves, beam profiles, and output factors...
September 25, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943866/from-the-surface-to-the-deep-sea-bacterial-distributions-across-polymetallic-nodule-fields-in-the-clarion-clipperton-zone-of-the-pacific-ocean
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Markus V Lindh, Brianne M Maillot, Christine N Shulse, Andrew J Gooday, Diva J Amon, Craig R Smith, Matthew J Church
Marine bacteria regulate fluxes of matter and energy essential for pelagic and benthic organisms and may also be involved in the formation and maintenance of commercially valuable abyssal polymetallic nodules. Future mining of these nodule fields is predicted to have substantial effects on biodiversity and physicochemical conditions in mined areas. Yet, the identity and distributions of bacterial populations in deep-sea sediments and associated polymetallic nodules has received relatively little attention. We examined bacterial communities using high-throughput sequencing of bacterial 16S rRNA gene fragments from samples collected in the water column, sediment, and polymetallic nodules in the Pacific Ocean (bottom depth ≥4,000 m) in the eastern Clarion-Clipperton Zone...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943707/burning-down-the-silos-integrating-new-perspectives-from-the-social-sciences-into-human-behavior-in-fire-research
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Erica Kuligowski
The traditional social science disciplines can provide many benefits to the field of human behavior in fire (HBiF). First, the social sciences delve further into insights only marginally examined by HBiF researchers, in turn, expanding the depth of HBiF research. In this paper, I present examples of studies from the fields of social psychology and sociology that would expand HBiF research into non-engineering or "unobservable" aspects of behavior during a fire event. Second, the social sciences can provide insight into new areas of research; in turn, expanding the scope of HBiF research...
August 2017: Fire Mater
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941235/flexible-wide-field-optical-micro-angiography-based-on-fourier-domain-multiplexed-dual-beam-swept-source-optical-coherence-tomography
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Shaozhen Song, Jingjiang Xu, Ruikang Wang
Wide-field optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) is gaining interest in clinical imaging applications. In this pursuit, it is challenging to maintain the imaging resolution and sensitivity throughout the wide field of view (FoV). Here, we propose a novel method/system of dual-beam arrangement and Fourier domain multiplexing to achieve wide field OCTA when imaging the uneven surface samples. The proposed system provides two separate FoVs, with flexibility that the imaging area, focus of the imaging beam and imaging depth range can be individually adjusted for each FoV, leading to either 1) increased system imaging FoV or 2) capability of targeting two regions of interests that locate at depths with large difference between each other...
September 23, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28940238/soil-bacterial-diversity-changes-in-different-broomcorn-millet-intercropping-systems
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Xiaoning Cao, Sichen Liu, Junjie Wang, Haigang Wang, Ling Chen, Xiang Tian, Lijun Zhang, Jianwu Chang, Lun Wang, Zhixin Mu, Zhijun Qiao
Plants growing in soil and the diverse microorganisms with which they are in direct contact have adapted to exploit their close association for mutual benefit. Various intercropping systems have been used to control plant disease and improve productivity in fields. Although high-throughput sequencing approaches have provided new insights into the soil bacterial community, current knowledge of intercropping of broomcorn millet with different leguminous plants is limited. In this study, characterization of different bacterial communities of monoculture and intercropping systems was achieved by deep sequencing...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Basic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939214/biological-and-molecular-characterization-of-circulating-tumor-cells-a-creative-strategy-for-precision-medicine
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Shukun Chen, Amin El-Heliebi, Thomas Kroneis
Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are a group of rare cells disseminated from either primary or metastatic tumors into the blood stream. CTCs are considered to be the precursor of cancer metastasis. As a critical component of liquid biopsies, CTCs are a unique tool to understand the formation of metastasis and a valuable source of information on intratumor heterogeneity. Much effort has been invested in technologies for the detection of CTCs because they are rare cells among the vast number of blood cells. Studies in various cancers have repeatedly demonstrated that increased CTC counts prior to or during treatment are significantly associated with poor outcomes...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936985/integration-of-multiple-theories-for-the-simulation-of-laser-interference-lithography-processes
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Te Hsun Lin, Yin Kuang Yang, Chien-Chung Fu
The periodic structure of laser interference lithography (LIL) fabrication is superior to other lithography technologies. In contrast to traditional lithography, LIL has the advantages of being a simple optical system with no mask requirements, low cost, high depth of focus, and large patterning area in a single exposure. Generally, a simulation pattern for the periodic structure is obtained through optical interference prior to its fabrication through LIL. However, the LIL process is complex and combines the fields of optical and polymer materials; thus, a single simulation theory cannot reflect the real situation...
September 22, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936575/coupled-effects-of-mulching-and-nitrogen-fertilization-on-crop-yield-residual-soil-nitrate-and-water-use-efficiency-of-summer-maize-in-the-chinese-loess-plateau
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Zhanjun Liu, Yan Meng, Miao Cai, Jianbin Zhou
Appropriate water-saving and nitrogen management strategies are critical for achieving sustainable agricultural development in dry sub-humid areas of the Chinese Loess Plateau. The present study was conducted in 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2012 based on a long-term field experiment and aimed to investigate the coupled impacts of mulching and N fertilization on maize yield, water use efficiency (WUE), and residual soil nitrate (RSN) accumulated in the soil profile (0-200 cm). The results demonstrated that mulch is conducive to increasing summer maize yield...
September 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935228/frequencies-of-the-precision-id-ancestry-panel-markers-in-basques-using-the-ion-torrent-pgm-tm-platform
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O García, J A Ajuriagerra, A Alday, S Alonso, J A Pérez, A Soto, I Uriarte, I Yurrebaso
The Precision ID Ancestry Panel for the Ion Torrent PGM™ platform is able to genotype 165 autosomal SNPs by massively parallel sequencing (MPS). In the present study, we evaluated the depth of coverage, the locus strand balance and the heterozygote balance of the above panel. The SNPs rs1569175, rs2306040, rs9845457, rs1407434, and rs10007810 showed a low performance, due either to a low coverage, locus strand imbalance or heterozygote imbalance. To further to assess this panel, we analyzed 108 Basques. All loci proved to be in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium and we did not detect any association between them with the exception of the pair rs3916235-rs4891825 in chromosome 18...
September 12, 2017: Forensic Science International. Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933763/a-critical-review-of-surveys-emphasizing-on-routing-in-wireless-sensor-networks-an-anatomization-under-general-survey-design-framework
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REVIEW
Waqas Rehan, Stefan Fischer, Maaz Rehan
A large number of routing-related surveys are published so far for Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) that exhibit either complete or partial emphasis on routing in WSNs. These surveys classify and discuss the relevant routing protocols published mainly in the fields of classical, energy efficient, secure, hierarchical, geographic, intelligent, Quality of Service (QoS)-based and multipath WSNs. However, to the best of our knowledge, no study is presented so far which may clearly categorize the routing-related survey literature for WSNs...
July 26, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932245/electromagnetic-fields-for-the-regulation-of-neural-stem-cells
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REVIEW
Mengchu Cui, Hongfei Ge, Hengli Zhao, Yongjie Zou, Yujie Chen, Hua Feng
Localized magnetic fields (MFs) could easily penetrate the scalp, skull, and meninges, thus inducing an electrical current in both the central and peripheral nervous systems, which is primarily used in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for inducing specific effects on different regions or cells that play roles in various brain activities. Studies of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) have led to novel attractive therapeutic approaches. Neural stem cells (NSCs) in adult human brain are able to self-renew and possess multidifferential ability to maintain homeostasis and repair damage after acute central nervous system...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932216/mycoviruses-in-aspergilli-a-comprehensive-review
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REVIEW
Ioly Kotta-Loizou, Robert H A Coutts
Fungi, similar to all species, are susceptible to viral infection. Aspergillus is arguably the most well studied fungal genus because of its medical, ecological and economical significance. Mycoviruses were initially detected in Aspergillus species almost 50 years ago and the field continues to be active today with ground-breaking discoveries. The aim of the present review is to cover the scientific progress in all aspects of mycovirology as exemplified by Aspergillus-focused research. Initially an overview of the population studies illustrating the presence of mycoviruses in numerous important Aspergillus species, such as A...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930999/measuring-and-mapping-patterns-of-soil-erosion-and-deposition-related-to-soil-carbonate-concentrations-under-agricultural-management
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Robert H Erskine, Lucretia A Sherrod, Timothy R Green
Spatial patterns of soil erosion and deposition can be inferred from differences in ground elevation mapped at appropriate time increments. Such changes in elevation are related to changes in near-surface soil carbonate (CaCO3) profiles. The objective is to describe a simple conceptual model and detailed protocol for repeatable field and laboratory measurements of these quantities. Here, accurate elevation is measured using a ground-based differential global positioning system (GPS); other data acquisition methods could be applied to the same basic method...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928457/methanogens-predominate-in-natural-corrosion-protective-layers-on-metal-sheet-piles
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Nardy Kip, Stefan Jansen, Marcio F A Leite, Mattias de Hollander, Michael Afanasyev, Eiko E Kuramae, Johannes A Van Veen
Microorganisms are able to cause, but also to inhibit or protect against corrosion. Corrosion inhibition by microbial processes may be due to the formation of mineral deposition layers on metal objects. Such deposition layers have been found in archaeological studies on ancient metal objects, buried in soil, which were hardly corroded. Recent field investigations showed that natural mineral deposition layers can be found on sheet piles in soil. We investigated the microbial communities of these deposition layers and the adjacent soil...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924008/primary-generators-of-visually-evoked-field-potentials-recorded-in-the-macaque-auditory-cortex
#15
Yoshinao Kajikawa, John F Smiley, Charles E Schroeder
Prior studies have reported "local" field potential (LFP) responses to faces in the macaque auditory cortex and have suggested that such face-LFPs may be substrates of audiovisual integration. However, while field potentials (FPs) may reflect the synaptic currents of neurons near the recording electrode, due to the use of a distant reference electrode, they often reflect those of synaptic activity occurring in distant sites as well. Thus, FP recordings within a given brain region (e.g., auditory cortex) may be "contaminated" by activity generated elsewhere in the brain...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923756/variation-in-plastic-abundance-at-different-lake-beach-zones-a-case-study
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Hannes K Imhof, Alexandra C Wiesheu, Philipp M Anger, Reinhard Niessner, Natalia P Ivleva, Christian Laforsch
Plastic particles in marine and freshwater environments span from macroscopic to microscopic size classes. Each may have a different impact on individuals, populations and ecosystems, but still the wide variety of methods used in beach sediment sampling inhibit comparisons among studies and therefore hampers a risk assessment. A large portion of the uncertainties is due to differing sampling strategies. By quantifying the alongshore distribution of macro- and microplastic particles within five beaches of Lake Garda, we aim to shed light on the accumulation behavior of microplastic particles at an exemplary lake which might give indications for potential sampling zones...
September 15, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922071/implementing-electronic-data-capture-at-a-well-established-health-and-demographic-surveillance-site-in-rural-northern-malawi
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Estelle McLean, Albert Dube, Jacky Saul, Keith Branson, Mabvuto Luhanga, Oddie Mwiba, Fredrick Kalobekamo, Steffen Geis, Amelia C Crampin
This article aims to assess multiple issues of resources, staffing, local opinion, data quality, cost, and security while transitioning to electronic data collection (EDC) at a long-running community research site in northern Malawi. Levels of missing and error fields, delay from data collection to availability, and average number of interviews per day were compared between EDC and paper in a complex, repeated annual household survey. Three focus groups with field and data staff with experience using both methods, and in-depth interviews with participants were carried out...
2017: Global Health Action
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922031/optic-nerve-head-characteristics-in-chronic-angle-closure-glaucoma-detected-by-swept-source-oct
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Dejiao Li, Taibo Li, Eleftherios I Paschalis, Haobing Wang, Elise V Taniguchi, Zi-Ning Choo, Marissa K Shoji, Scott H Greenstein, Stacey C Brauner, Angela V Turalba, Louis R Pasquale, Lucy Q Shen
PURPOSE: To compare structural features in prelaminar and laminar tissues of the optic nerve head (ONH) in chronic angle closure glaucoma (CACG), primary open angle glaucoma (POAG), and control subjects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: ONH imaging was performed using swept-source optical coherence tomography (SS-OCT) for measurements of minimum rim width at Bruch's membrane opening (BMO-MRW), horizontal, and vertical lamina cribrosa depth (LCD). Prelaminar defects, categorized as hole and wedge, and lamina cribrosa (LC) defects were identified...
September 18, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921532/the-morphological-characterization-of-orientation-biased-displaced-large-field-ganglion-cells-in-the-central-part-of-goldfish-retina
#19
Hideo Hoshi, Fumi Sato
The vertebrate retina has about 30 subtypes of ganglion cells. Each ganglion cell receives synaptic inputs from specific types of bipolar and amacrine cells ramifying at the same depth of the inner plexiform layer (IPL), each of which is thought to process a specific aspect of visual information. Here, we identified one type of displaced ganglion cell in the goldfish retina which had a large and elongated dendritic field. As a population, all of these ganglion cells were oriented in the horizontal axis and perpendicular to the dorsal-ventral axis of the goldfish eye in the central part of retina...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919364/forward-and-reverse-genetics-approaches-to-uncover-metabolic-aging-pathways-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
#20
REVIEW
Arwen W Gao, Jelmi Uit de Bos, Mark G Sterken, Jan E Kammenga, Reuben L Smith, Riekelt H Houtkooper
The biological mechanisms of aging have been studied in depth and prominent findings in this field promote the development of new therapies for age-associated disorders. Various model organisms are used for research on aging; among these, the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans has been widely used and has provided valuable knowledge in determining the regulatory mechanisms driving the aging process. Many genes involved in lifespan regulation are associated with metabolic pathways and are influenced by genetic and environmental factors...
September 15, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
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