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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333893/magnetic-resonance-imaging-characteristics-of-a-baerveldt-glaucoma-implant
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Daniel M Anderson, Ryan B Schwope, Michael J Reiter, Abraham W Suhr
PURPOSE: Evaluate for normative postoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) characteristics of a Baerveldt Glaucoma Implant (BGI). DESIGN: Prospective case series. PARTICIPANTS: Seven subjects with uncontrolled glaucoma requiring a primary superotemporal BGI. METHODS: Subjects prospectively underwent sequential MRI orbital scans without contrast at 0 to 2 weeks, 6 to 8 weeks, and 4 to 6 months after implantation of a BGI model 103-250...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333764/determinants-of-rotavirus-transmission-a-lag-non-linear-time-series-analysis
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Rolina D van Gaalen, Jan van de Kassteele, Susan J M Hahné, Patricia Bruijning-Verhagen, Jacco Wallinga
Rotavirus is a common viral infection among young children. As in many countries, the infection dynamics of rotavirus in the Netherlands are characterized by an annual winter peak, which was notably low in 2014. Previous work suggested an association between weather factors and both rotavirus transmission and incidence. From epidemic theory, we know that the proportion of susceptible individuals can affect disease transmission. We investigated how these factors are associated with rotavirus transmission in the Netherlands, and their impact on rotavirus transmission in 2014...
March 22, 2017: Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333587/variational-latent-gaussian-process-for-recovering-single-trial-dynamics-from-population-spike-trains
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Yuan Zhao, Il Memming Park
When governed by underlying low-dimensional dynamics, the interdependence of simultaneously recorded populations of neurons can be explained by a small number of shared factors, or a low-dimensional trajectory. Recovering these latent trajectories, particularly from single-trial population recordings, may help us understand the dynamics that drive neural computation. However, due to the biophysical constraints and noise in the spike trains, inferring trajectories from data is a challenging statistical problem in general...
March 23, 2017: Neural Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331597/pollinator-population-size-and-pollination-ecosystem-service-responses-to-enhancing-floral-and-nesting-resources
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Johanna Häussler, Ullrika Sahlin, Charlotte Baey, Henrik G Smith, Yann Clough
Modeling pollination ecosystem services requires a spatially explicit, process-based approach because they depend on both the behavioral responses of pollinators to the amount and spatial arrangement of habitat and on the within- and between-season dynamics of pollinator populations in response to land use. We describe a novel pollinator model predicting flower visitation rates by wild central-place foragers (e.g., nesting bees) in spatially explicit landscapes. The model goes beyond existing approaches by: (1) integrating preferential use of more rewarding floral and nesting resources; (2) considering population growth over time; (3) allowing different dispersal distances for workers and reproductives; (4) providing visitation rates for use in crop pollination models...
March 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330876/electrocorticographic-dynamics-as-a-novel-biomarker-in-five-models-of-epileptogenesis
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Dan Z Milikovsky, Itai Weissberg, Lyna Solomon-Kamintsky, Kristina Lippmann, Osnat Schefenbauer, Federica Frigerio, Massimo Rizzi, Liron Sheintuch, Daniel Zelig, Jonathan Ofer, Annamaria Vezzani, Alon Friedman
Post injury epilepsy (PIE) is a devastating sequela of various brain insults. While recent studies offer novel insights into the mechanisms underlying epileptogenesis and discover potential preventive treatments, the lack of PIE biomarkers hinders the clinical implementation of such treatments. Here we explored the biomarker potential of different electrographic features in five models of PIE. Electrocorticographic or intrahippocampal recordings of epileptogenesis (from the insult to the first spontaneous seizure) from two laboratories were analyzed in 3 mouse and 2 rat PIE models...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329938/-research-of-prevalence-of-schistosomiasis-in-hunan-province-1984-2015
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F Y Li, H Z Tan, G H Ren, Q Jiang, H L Wang
Objective: To analyze the prevalence of schistosomiasis in Hunan province, and provide scientific evidence for the control and elimination of schistosomiasis. Methods: The changes of infection rates of Schistosoma (S.) japonicum among residents and cattle in Hunan from 1984 to 2015 were analyzed by using dynamic trend diagram; and the time regression model was used to fit the infection rates of S. japonicum, and predict the recent infection rate. Results: The overall infection rates of S. japonicum in Hunan from 1984 to 2015 showed downward trend (95...
March 10, 2017: Zhonghua Liu Xing Bing Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Liuxingbingxue Zazhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329153/hiv-1-dna-decay-dynamics-with-early-long-term-virologic-control-of-perinatal-infection
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Priyanka Uprety, Kunjal Patel, Brad Karalius, Carrie Ziemniak, Ya Hui Chen, Sean S Brummel, Suzanne Siminski, Russell B Van Dyke, George R Seage, Deborah Persaud
Background: Early antiretroviral treatment (ART) limits proviral reservoirs, a goal for HIV-1 remission strategies. Whether this is an immediate or long-term effect of virologic suppression (VS) in perinatal infection is unknown. Methods: We quantified HIV-1 DNA longitudinally for up to 14 years in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) among 61 perinatally HIV-1-infected youth in the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study who achieved VS at different ages. Group 1 (N=13) were < 1 year of age and group 2 (N=48) were between 1-5 years of age at VS...
March 9, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327441/structure-based-design-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation-of-amino-phosphonate-derivatives-as-human-glucokinase-activators
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Nanda Kumar Yellapu, Ravendra Babu Kilaru, Nagaraju Chamarthi, Sarma Pvgk, Bhaskar Matcha
Glucokinase (GK) is a potential therapeutic target of type 2 diabetes and GK activators (GKAs) represent a promising class of small organic molecules which enhance GK activity. Based on the configuration and conformation of the allosteric site of GK, we have designed a novel class of amino phosphonate derivatives in order to develop potent GKAs. The QSAR model developed using numerous descriptors revealed its potential with the best effective statistical values of RMSE=1.52 and r(2)=0.30. Moreover, application of this model on the present test set GKAs proved to be worthy to predict their activities as a better linear relationship was observed with RMSE=0...
March 2, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325893/a-robust-empirical-seasonal-prediction-of-winter-nao-and-surface-climate
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L Wang, M Ting, P J Kushner
A key determinant of winter weather and climate in Europe and North America is the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO), the dominant mode of atmospheric variability in the Atlantic domain. Skilful seasonal forecasting of the surface climate in both Europe and North America is reflected largely in how accurately models can predict the NAO. Most dynamical models, however, have limited skill in seasonal forecasts of the winter NAO. A new empirical model is proposed for the seasonal forecast of the winter NAO that exhibits higher skill than current dynamical models...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324860/direct-detection-of-two-different-tumor-derived-extracellular-vesicles-by-sam-aunis-lspr-biosensor
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Abhimanyu Thakur, Guangyu Qiu, Siu-Pang Ng, Jintao Guan, Jianbo Yue, Youngjin Lee, Chi-Man Lawrence Wu
Extracellular vesicles (EVs) are abundant in various biological fluids including blood, saliva, urine, as well as extracellular milieu. Accumulating evidence has indicated that EVs, which contain functional proteins and small RNAs, facilitate intercellular communication between neighbouring cells, and are critical to maintain various physiological processes. In contrast, EV-derived toxic signals can spread out over the tissues adjacent to the injured area in certain diseases, including brain tumors and neurodegenerative disorders...
March 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320908/reaction-and-relaxation-at-surface-hotspots-using-molecular-dynamics-and-the-energy-grained-master-equation-to-describe-diamond-etching
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David R Glowacki, W J Rodgers, Robin Shannon, Struan H Robertson, Jeremy N Harvey
The extent to which vibrational energy transfer dynamics can impact reaction outcomes beyond the gas phase remains an active research question. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are the method of choice for investigating such questions; however, they can be extremely expensive, and therefore it is worth developing cheaper models that are capable of furnishing reasonable results. This paper has two primary aims. First, we investigate the competition between energy relaxation and reaction at 'hotspots' that form on the surface of diamond during the chemical vapour deposition process...
April 28, 2017: Philosophical Transactions. Series A, Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320680/data-driven-multiagent-systems-consensus-tracking-using-model-free-adaptive-control
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Xuhui Bu, Zhongsheng Hou, Hongwei Zhang
This paper investigates the data-driven consensus tracking problem for multiagent systems with both fixed communication topology and switching topology by utilizing a distributed model free adaptive control (MFAC) method. Here, agent's dynamics are described by unknown nonlinear systems and only a subset of followers can access the desired trajectory. The dynamical linearization technique is applied to each agent based on the pseudo partial derivative, and then, a distributed MFAC algorithm is proposed to ensure that all agents can track the desired trajectory...
March 14, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319661/atomistic-insights-into-nucleation-and-formation-of-hexagonal-boron-nitride-on-ni-from-first-principles-based-reactive-molecular-dynamics-simulations
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Song Liu, Adri C T van Duin, Diana M van Duin, Bin Liu, James H Edgar
Atomistic-scale insights into the growth of a continuous, atomically thin hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) lattice from elemental boron and nitrogen on Ni substrates were obtained from multi-scale modeling combining density functional theory (DFT) and reactive molecular dynamics (rMD). The quantum mechanical calculations focused on the adsorption and reaction energetics for the hBN building-block species, i.e., atomic B, N, BxNy (x, y = 1-2), on Ni(111) and Ni(211), and the diffusion pathways of elemental B and N on these slab model surfaces and in the sublayer...
March 20, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319082/passive-phloem-loading-and-long-distance-transport-in-a-synthetic-tree-on-a-chip
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Jean Comtet, Kaare H Jensen, Robert Turgeon, Abraham D Stroock, A E Hosoi
Vascular plants rely on differences in osmotic pressure to export sugars from regions of synthesis (mature leaves) to sugar sinks (roots, fruits). In this process, known as Münch pressure flow, the loading of sugars from photosynthetic cells to the export conduit (the phloem) is crucial, as it sets the pressure head necessary to power long-distance transport. Whereas most herbaceous plants use active mechanisms to increase phloem sugar concentration above that of the photosynthetic cells, in most tree species, for which transport distances are largest, loading seems, counterintuitively, to occur by means of passive symplastic diffusion from the mesophyll to the phloem...
March 20, 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317970/rheological-and-dynamic-insights-into-an-in-situ-reactive-interphase-with-graft-copolymers-in-multilayered-polymer-systems
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Bo Lu, Khalid Lamnawar, Abderrahim Maazouz
We provide rheological and dynamic insights into the role of an in situ reactive interphase with graft copolymers in multilayered polymer systems, using a polyamide-6 (PA6)/maleic anhydride grafted poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF-g-MAH) bilayer as a model. Firstly, the influence of the reactive interphase on macroscopic melt flow behavior was studied. The in situ generated interphase from coupling reactions in bilayers significantly contributed to overall viscoelastic responses in both linear and nonlinear regimes...
March 20, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317378/scrambled-internal-standard-sis-method-for-high-throughput-protein-quantification-by-maldi-ms-ms
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Toshihiro Yoneyama, Sumio Ohtsuki, Masanori Tachikawa, Yasuo Uchida, Tetsuya Terasaki
Matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) would be advantageous for high-throughput MS acquisition, but suffers from low signal reproducibility. The purpose of this study was to establish a reliable MALDI-tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS)-based high-throughput quantification of tryptic peptides using our newly developed scrambled internal standard (sIS) method. The standard curves obtained with sIS peptides showed good linearity over a wide concentration range (5-1000 fmol/μL) compared to the IS-free method, and the coefficient of variation (CV) of data points at each concentration (5-1000 fmol/μL) was significantly reduced...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315238/comprehensive-gas-phase-peptide-ion-structure-studies-using-ion-mobility-techniques-part-2-gas-phase-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange-for-ion-population-estimation
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Mahdiar Khakinejad, Samaneh Ghassabi Kondalaji, Amirmahdi Tafreshian, Stephen J Valentine
Gas-phase hydrogen/deuterium exchange (HDX) using D2O reagent and collision cross-section (CCS) measurements are utilized to monitor the ion conformers of the model peptide acetyl-PAAAAKAAAAKAAAAKAAAAK. The measurements are carried out on a home-built ion mobility instrument coupled to a linear ion trap mass spectrometer containing electron transfer dissociation (ETD) capabilities. ETD is utilized to obtain per-residue deuterium uptake data for select ion conformers, and a new algorithm is presented for interpreting the HDX data...
March 17, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314748/flight-control-of-fruit-flies-dynamic-response-to-optic-flow-and-headwind
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Kiaran K K Lawson, Mandyam V Srinivasan
Insects are magnificent fliers that are capable of performing many complex tasks such as speed regulation, smooth landings, and collision avoidance, even though their computational abilities are limited by their small brain. To investigate how flying insects respond to changes in wind speed and surrounding optic flow, the open-loop sensorimotor response of female Queensland fruit flies (Bactrocera tryoni) was examined. 136 flies were exposed to stimuli comprising sinusoidally varying optic flow and air flow (simulating forward movement) under tethered conditions in a virtual reality arena...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314275/relationship-between-ktrans-and-k1-with-simultaneous-versus-separate-mr-pet-in-rabbits-with-vx2-tumors
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Kyung Hee Lee, Seung Kwan Kang, Jin Mo Goo, Jae Sung Lee, Gi Jeong Cheon, Seongho Seo, Eui Jin Hwang
BACKGROUND/AIM: To compare the relationship between Ktrans from DCE-MRI and K1 from dynamic (13)N-NH3-PET, with simultaneous and separate MR/PET in the VX-2 rabbit carcinoma model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: MR/PET was performed simultaneously and separately, 14 and 15 days after VX-2 tumor implantation at the paravertebral muscle. The Ktrans and K1 values were estimated using an in-house software program. The relationships between Ktrans and K1 were analyzed using Pearson's correlation coefficients and linear/non-linear regression function...
March 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306402/the-effect-of-radiation-dose-on-the-onset-and-progression-of-radiation-induced-brain-necrosis-in-the-rat-model
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Brad A Hartl, Htet S W Ma, Katherine S Hansen, Julian Perks, Michael S Kent, Ruben C Fragoso, Laura Marcu
PURPOSE: To provide a comprehensive understanding of how the selection of radiation dose affects the temporal and spatial progression of radiation-induced necrosis in the rat model. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Necrosis was induced with a single fraction of radiation exposure, at doses ranging between 20 and 60 Gy, to the right hemisphere of 8-week-old Fischer rats from a linear accelerator. The development and progression of necrosis in the rats was monitored and quantified every other week with T1- and T2-weighted gadolinium contrast-enhanced MRI studies...
March 17, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Biology
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