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A game prototype for understanding the safety issues of a lifeboat launch

Novel, advanced game techniques provide us with new possibilities to mimic a complicated training process, with the added benefit of enhanced safety. In this paper, we design and implement a 3D game with the support of virtual reality equipment which imitates the process of a lifeboat launch, involving both tractor manoeuvres and boat operations. It is a complex but vital process...

Correction to: Simultaneous Modification of Alumina and MgO·Al2O3 Inclusions by Calcium Treatment During Electroslag Remelting of Stainless Tool Steel

JIANG IN Table III, the correct value of first-order interaction parameter of Cr on S should be 0.0105, rather than 0.0105. It should be stressed that the thermodynamic calculation associated with this

Localized surface plasmon resonance-based abscisic acid biosensor using aptamer-functionalized gold nanoparticles

curation: Hao Zhang, Jing Chen. Investigation: Keke Chang, Qingqian Guo, Haifeng Sun. Project administration: Jiandong Hu. Resources: Juan Liu, Min Jiang. Writing ± original draft: Shun Wang, Jiandong Hu

A metabolic study in hepatopancreas of Litopenaeus vannamei response to white spot syndrome virus

White spot syndrome virus (WSSV) cause great harm in shrimp aquaculture. To understand the impact of viral infection on the shrimp metabolism, we monitored the culture farms of Litopenaeus vannamei and collected the samples on different stages of WSSV infection. The hepatopancreas of shrimp were separated, and then used gas chromatography mass spectrometry to detect the...

Rac2 is required for alternative macrophage activation and bleomycin induced pulmonary fibrosis; a macrophage autonomous phenotype

, James S. Hagood, Donald L. Durden. Investigation: Shweta Joshi, James S. Hagood, Donald L. Durden. Methodology: Shweta Joshi, Alok R. Singh, Simon S. Wong, Muamera Zulcic, Min Jiang. Resources: Annie

Colorimetric detection of melamine in milk by using gold nanoparticles-based LSPR via optical fibers

A biosensing system with optical fibers is proposed for the colorimetric detection of melamine in liquid milk samples by using the localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) of unmodified gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). The biosensing system consists of a broadband light source that covers the spectral range from 200 nm to 1700 nm, an optical attenuator, three types of 600 μm premium...

The non-diuretic hypotensive effects of thiazides are enhanced during volume depletion states

. Investigation: Saeed Alshahrani, Robert M. Rapoport, Kamyar Zahedi, Sharon Barone, John N. Lorenz, Jack Rubinstein, Manoocher Soleimani. Methodology: Saeed Alshahrani, Robert M. Rapoport, Kamyar Zahedi, Min ... Jiang, Michelle Nieman, Sharon Barone, John N. Lorenz, Jack Rubinstein. Project administration: Manoocher Soleimani. Resources: Andrea L. Meredith, Manoocher Soleimani. Supervision: Manoocher

P300-Based Chinese Speller: A Systematic Summary

Evoked by the oddball events, P300 potential is closely related to the advanced psychological activities of human beings, and plays a significant role in the electroencephalogram (EEG)-based brain-computer interface (BCI) systems. Utilizing the principle of eliciting P300, we can implement BCIs to input characters, which enable people to express their intentions directly by brain...

A giant infiltrating angiolipoma of the mediastinum: a case report

Background Angiolipoma is a rare benign neoplasm composed of mature fatty tissue and multiple small abnormal blood vessels. Infiltrating mediastinal angiolipoma is an extremely rare tumor associated with delayed diagnosis. Case presentation A 42-year-old woman was presented with 3-month history of mild chest tightness. Imaging of the chest showed a large mass with fat densities...

Comprehensive investigations of biobutanol production by a non-acetone and 1,3-propanediol generating Clostridium strain from glycerol and polysaccharides

Background Low-cost feedstocks, a single product (butanol), and a high butanol titer are three key points for establishing a sustainable and economically viable process for biological butanol production. Here, we comprehensively investigated the butanol production from mono-substrates, mainly glycerol and polysaccharides, mainly starch and xylan by a newly identified wild-type...

Genome-wide identification and evolutionary analyses of the PP2C gene family with their expression profiling in response to multiple stresses in Brachypodium distachyon

Background The type-2C protein phosphatases (PP2Cs), negatively regulating ABA responses and MAPK cascade pathways, play important roles in stress signal transduction in plants. Brachypodium distachyon is a new model plant for exploring the functional genomics of temperate grasses, cereals and biofuel crops. To date, genome-wide identification and analysis of the PP2C gene family...

Dynamic Changes of Soil Surface Organic Carbon under Different Mulching Practices in Citrus Orchards on Sloping Land

Mulching management has been used in many places all over the world to improve agricultural sustainability. However, the cycling of carbon in the soil under applications of mulch on sloping arable land is not yet fully understood. A four-year field experiment was carried out in Xiaofuling watershed of Danjiangkou reservoir in China. The object was to evaluate the effects of the...

Pulmonary artery denervation improves pulmonary arterial hypertension induced right ventricular dysfunction by modulating the local renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system

Background Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is commonly accompanied with the activation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS). Renal sympathetic denervation (RSD) reduces PAH partly through the inhibition of RAAS. Analogically, we hypothesized that pulmonary artery denervation (PADN) could reverse PAH and PAH-induced right ventricular (RV) dysfunction by...

TNF-α sensitizes chemotherapy and radiotherapy against breast cancer cells

Purpose Despite new developments in cancer therapy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy remain the cornerstone of breast cancer treatment. Therefore, finding ways to reduce the toxicity and increase sensitivity is particularly important. Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) exerts multiple functions in cell proliferation, differentiation and apoptosis. In the present study, we...

A comparison of conditional random fields and structured support vector machines for chemical entity recognition in biomedical literature

Background Chemical compounds and drugs (together called chemical entities) embedded in scientific articles are crucial for many information extraction tasks in the biomedical domain. However, only a very limited number of chemical entity recognition systems are publically available, probably due to the lack of large manually annotated corpora. To accelerate the development of...

Inhibition of microRNA-126 promotes the expression of Spred1 to inhibit angiogenesis in hepatocellular carcinoma after transcatheter arterial chemoembolization: in vivo study

Xu,1,* Jing-Jing Song,1,* Zhong-Wei Zhao,1,* Min-Jiang Chen,1 Wei-Qian Chen,1 Jian-Fei Tu,1 Xiao-Ming Yang2 1Department of Radiology, Affiliated Lishui Hospital of Zhejiang University, Fifth Affiliated

Protocol of a prospective study for the combination treatment of Shu-Gan-jian-Pi decoction and steroid standard therapy in autoimmune hepatitis patients

Background Prednisone plus azathioprine is considered the mainstay of therapy in the current recommendations for autoimmune hepatitis (AIH). However, it does not provide good benefits for AIH patients because of its serious side effects. Therefore, more and more AIH patients prefer to seek for traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) to manage their symptoms and reduce the side effects...

Obstructive sleep apnea affects the clinical outcomes of patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention [Corrigendum]

Obstructive sleep apnea affects the clinical outcomes of patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention [Corrigendum] Zhang JJ, Gao XF, Ge Z, et al. Patient Prefer Adherence. 2016;10:871–878.The authors belatedly note an error in their methodology, and advise that the data for the obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) group is therefore flawed.The authors also note that Chi-Hang...