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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613400/wear-mechanisms-of-the-biotribological-nanocomposite-a-c-h-coatings-implanted-by-metallic-nanoparticles
#1
L Major, M Janusz, J M Lackner, M Kot, M Dyner, B Major
Recently, to reduce the residual stress and increase the mechanical properties of a-C:H coatings, metallic nanoparticles have been implanted into their structure. In the present work, to improve the properties of the coating, metallic nanoparticles, including Cu, Nb, Ta, Zr, AgPt and Ag, were inserted into the a-C:H structure. The applied biological and mechanical analysis allowed the optimal biotribological parameters to be indicated for the potential application as protective coatings for metallic medical tools...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613391/evaluation-of-five-diffeomorphic-image-registration-algorithms-for-mouse-brain-magnetic-resonance-microscopy
#2
Zhenrong Fu, Lan Lin, Miao Tian, Jingxuan Wang, Baiwen Zhang, Pingping Chu, Shaowu Li, Muhammad Mohsin Pathan, Yulin Deng, Shuicai Wu
The development of genetically engineered mouse models for neuronal diseases and behavioural disorders have generated a growing need for small animal imaging. High-resolution magnetic resonance microscopy (MRM) provides powerful capabilities for noninvasive studies of mouse brains, while avoiding some limits associated with the histological procedures. Quantitative comparison of structural images is a critical step in brain imaging analysis, which highly relies on the performance of image registration techniques...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613390/autoihc-scoring-a-machine-learning-framework-for-automated-allred-scoring-of-molecular-expression-in-er-and-pr-stained-breast-cancer-tissue
#3
S Tewary, I Arun, R Ahmed, S Chatterjee, C Chakraborty
In prognostic evaluation of breast cancer Immunohistochemical (IHC) markers namely, oestrogen receptor (ER) and progesterone receptor (PR) are widely used. The expert pathologist investigates qualitatively the stained tissue slide under microscope to provide the Allred score; which is clinically used for therapeutic decision making. Such qualitative judgment is time-consuming, tedious and more often suffers from interobserver variability. As a result, it leads to imprecise IHC score for ER and PR. To overcome this, there is an urgent need of developing a reliable and efficient IHC quantifier for high throughput decision making...
June 14, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605112/candida-albicans-biofilms-comparative-analysis-of-room-temperature-and-cryofixation-for-scanning-electron-microscopy
#4
T Vila, B B Fonseca, M M L DA Cunha, G R C Dos Santos, K Ishida, E Barreto-Bergter, W DE Souza, S Rozental
Biofilms are frequently related to invasive fungal infections and are reported to be more resistant to antifungal drugs than planktonic cells. The structural complexity of the biofilm as well as the presence of a polymeric extracellular matrix (ECM) is thought to be associated with this resistant behavior. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) after room temperature glutaraldehyde-based fixation, have been used to study fungal biofilm structure and drug susceptibility but they usually fail to preserve the ECM and, therefore, are not an optimised methodology to understand the complexity of the fungal biofilm...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600827/differences-between-time-domain-and-fourier-domain-optical-coherence-tomography-in-imaging-tissues
#5
W Gao, X Wu
It has been numerously demonstrated that both time domain and Fourier domain optical coherence tomography (OCT) can generate high-resolution depth-resolved images of living tissues and cells. In this work, we compare the common points and differences between two methods when the continuous and random properties of live tissue are taken into account. It is found that when relationships that exist between the scattered light and tissue structures are taken into account, spectral interference measurements in Fourier domain OCT (FDOCT) is more advantageous than interference fringe envelope measurements in time domain OCT (TDOCT) in the cases where continuous property of tissue is taken into account...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594468/application-of-an-advanced-maximum-likelihood-estimation-restoration-method-for-enhanced-resolution-and-contrast-in-second-harmonic-generation-microscopy
#6
Mayandi Sivaguru, Mohammad M Kabir, Manas Rangan Gartia, David S C Biggs, Barghav S Sivaguru, Vignesh A Sivaguru, Glenn A Fried, Gang Logan Liu, Sakthivel Sadayappan, Kimani C Toussaint
Second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy has gained popularity because of its ability to perform submicron, label-free imaging of noncentrosymmetric biological structures, such as fibrillar collagen in the extracellular matrix environment of various organs with high contrast and specificity. Because SHG is a two-photon coherent scattering process, it is difficult to define a point spread function (PSF) for this modality. Hence, compared to incoherent two-photon processes like two-photon fluorescence, it is challenging to apply the various PSF-engineering methods to improve the spatial resolution to be close to the diffraction limit...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569389/about-the-contrast-of-%C3%AE-precipitates-in-bulk-al-cu-li-alloys-in-reflection-mode-with-a-field-emission-scanning-electron-microscope-at-low-accelerating-voltage
#7
Nicolas Brodusch, Frédéric Voisard, Raynald Gauvin
Characterising the impact of lithium additions in the precipitation sequence in Al-Li-Cu alloys is important to control the strengthening of the final material. Since now, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) at high beam voltage has been the technique of choice to monitor the size and spatial distribution of δ' precipitates (Al3 Li). Here we report on the imaging of the δ' phase in such alloys using backscattered electrons (BSE) and low accelerating voltage in a high-resolution field-emission scanning electron microscope...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556942/the-elusive-ettringite-under-the-high-vacuum-sem-a-reflection-based-on-natural-samples-the-use-of-monte-carlo-modelling-of-eds-analyses-and-an-extension-to-the-ettringite-group-minerals
#8
Vincent Thiéry, Vincent Trincal, Catherine A Davy
Ettringite, Ca6 Al2 (SO4 )3 (OH)12 .26H2 O, or C6 AS¯3 H32 as it is known in cement chemistry notation, is a major phase of interest in cement science as an hydration product and in polluted soil treatment since its structure can accommodate with many hazardous cations. Beyond those anthropogenic features, ettringite is first of all a naturally occurring mineral (although rare). An example of its behaviour under the scanning electron microscope and during energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) qualitative analysis is presented, based on the study of natural ettringite crystals from the N'Chwaning mine in South Africa...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556927/the-biomechanical-chemical-and-physiological-adaptations-of-the-eggs-of-two-australian-megapodes-to-their-nesting-strategies-and-their-implications-for-extinct-titanosaur-dinosaurs
#9
G Grellet-Tinner, S Lindsay, M B Thompson
Megapodes are galliform birds endemic to Australasia and unusual among modern birds in that they bury their eggs for incubation in diverse substrates and using various strategies. Alectura lathami and Leipoa ocellata are Australian megapodes that build and nest in mounds of soil and organic matter. Such unusual nesting behaviours have resulted in particular evolutionary adaptations of their eggs and eggshells. We used a combination of scanning electron microscopy, including electron backscatter diffraction and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, to determine the fine structure of the eggshells and micro-CT scanning to map the structure of pores...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556922/perceptually-accurate-display-of-two-greyscale-images-as-a-single-colour-image
#10
A B Taylor, M S Ioannou, T Watanabe, K Hahn, T-L Chew
Life scientists often desire to display the signal from two different molecular probes as a single colour image, so as to convey information about the probes' relative concentrations as well as their spatial corelationship. Traditionally, such colour images are created through a merge display, where each greyscale signal is assigned to different channels of an RGB colour image. However, human perception of colour and greyscale intensity is not equivalent. Thus, a merged image display conveys to the typical viewer only a subset of the absolute and relative intensity information present in and between two greyscale images...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556893/a-component-by-component-characterisation-of-high-risk-atherosclerotic-plaques-by-multiphoton-microscopic-imaging
#11
M Jain, B Wu, D Pisapia, S Salvatore, S Mukherjee, N Narula
AIMS: Atherosclerotic plaques vulnerable to rupture are almost always inflamed, and carry a large lipid core covered by a thin fibrous cap. The other components may include neovascularisation, intraplaque haemorrhage and spotty calcification. In contrast, stable plaques are characterised by a predominance of smooth muscle cells and collagen, and lipid core is usually deep seated or absent. This study is a proof of principle experiment to evaluate the feasibility of multiphoton microscopy (MPM) to identify aforementioned plaque components...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28556892/a-novel-method-to-analyse-in-vivo-the-physiological-state-and-cell-viability-of-phototrophic-microorganisms-by-confocal-laser-scanning-microscopy-using-a-dual-laser
#12
Laia Millach, Aleix Obiol, Antonio Solé, Isabel Esteve
Phototrophic microorganisms are very abundant in extreme environments, where are subjected to frequent and strong changes in environmental parameters. Nevertheless, little is known about the physiological effects of these changing environmental conditions on viability of these microorganisms, which are difficult to grow in solid media and have the tendency to form aggregates. For that reason, it is essential to develop methodologies that provide data in short time consuming, in vivo and with minimal manipulating the samples, in response to distinct stress conditions...
May 30, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548293/local-photocurrent-mapping-and-cell-performance-behaviour-on-a-nanometre-scale-for-monolithically-interconnected-cu-in-ga-se2-solar-cells
#13
M Haggui, B Reinhold, P Andrae, D Greiner, M Schmid, P Fumagalli
The local efficiency of lamellar shaped Cu(In,Ga)Se2 solar cells has been investigated using scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM). Topographic and photocurrent measurements have been performed simultaneously with a 100 nm tip aperture. The lamellar shaped solar cell with monolithic interconnects (P scribe) has been investigated on a nanometre scale for the first time at different regions using SNOM. It was found that, the cell region between P1 and P2 significantly contributes to the solar cells overall photocurrent generation...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548209/improved-sampling-and-analysis-of-images-in-corneal-confocal-microscopy
#14
E L Schaldemose, F I Fontain, P Karlsson, J R Nyengaard
INTRODUCTION: Corneal confocal microscopy (CCM) is a noninvasive clinical method to analyse and quantify corneal nerve fibres in vivo. Although the CCM technique is in constant progress, there are methodological limitations in terms of sampling of images and objectivity of the nerve quantification. The aim of this study was to present a randomized sampling method of the CCM images and to develop an adjusted area-dependent image analysis. Furthermore, a manual nerve fibre analysis method was compared to a fully automated method...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543440/chronic-sleep-restriction-disrupts-interendothelial-junctions-in-the-hippocampus-and-increases-blood-brain-barrier-permeability
#15
G Hurtado-Alvarado, J Velázquez-Moctezuma, B Gómez-González
Chronic sleep loss in the rat increases blood-brain barrier permeability to Evans blue and FITC-dextrans in almost the whole brain and sleep recovery during short periods restores normal blood-brain barrier permeability. Sleep loss increases vesicle density in hippocampal endothelial cells and decreases tight junction protein expression. However, at the ultrastructural level the effect of chronic sleep loss on interendothelial junctions is unknown. In this study we characterised the ultrastructure of interendothelial junctions in the hippocampus, the expression of tight junction proteins, and quantified blood-brain barrier permeability to fluorescein-sodium after chronic sleep restriction...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543185/iron-oxide-nanoparticles-decrease-nuclear-fractal-dimension-of-buccal-epithelial-cells-in-a-time-dependent-manner
#16
D Nikolovski, S Dugalic, I Pantic
In this paper, we present results that iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) induce time-dependent structural changes in nuclei of buccal epithelial cells. The cells were treated with magnetite, Fe3 O4 nanoparticles (spherical shape, diameter 80-100 nanometres). The digital micrographs of the nuclei were made in 3 different time points: 15, 30 and 60 min after the treatment with IONPs, as well as in the control cells. A total of 120 nuclear structures (30 per sample) were analysed. Fractal analysis of nuclei was done in ImageJ software of the National Institutes of Health, (Bethesda, MD, USA)...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504417/laser-preparation-of-geometrically-optimised-samples-for-x-ray-nano-ct
#17
J J Bailey, T M M Heenan, D P Finegan, X Lu, S R Daemi, F Iacoviello, N R Backeberg, O O Taiwo, D J L Brett, A Atkinson, P R Shearing
A robust and versatile sample preparation technique for the fabrication of cylindrical pillars for imaging by X-ray nano-computed tomography (nano-CT) is presented. The procedure employs simple, cost-effective laser micro-machining coupled with focused-ion beam (FIB) milling, when required, to yield mechanically robust samples at the micrometre length-scale to match the field-of-view (FOV) for nano-CT imaging. A variety of energy and geological materials are exhibited as case studies, demonstrating the procedure can be applied to a variety of materials to provide geometrically optimised samples whose size and shape are tailored to the attenuation coefficients of the constituent phases...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474765/assessment-of-statistical-agreement-of-three-techniques-for-the-study-of-cut-marks-3d-digital-microscope-laser-scanning-confocal-microscopy-and-micro-photogrammetry
#18
Miguel Ángel Maté-González, Julia Aramendi, José Yravedra, Ruth Blasco, Jordi Rosell, Diego González-Aguilera, Manuel Domínguez-Rodrigo
In the last few years, the study of cut marks on bone surfaces has become fundamental for the interpretation of prehistoric butchery practices. Due to the difficulties in the correct identification of cut marks, many criteria for their description and classification have been suggested. Different techniques, such as three-dimensional digital microscope (3D DM), laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM) and micro-photogrammetry (M-PG) have been recently applied to the study of cut marks. Although the 3D DM and LSCM microscopic techniques are the most commonly used for the 3D identification of cut marks, M-PG has also proved to be very efficient and a low-cost method...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474763/three-dimensional-microstructure-characterisation-of-thermoplastic-polyolefin-blends
#19
J-C Lin, Y Huang, J Harris, B Weinlander, M A Jones
The size, shape and distribution of different phases in thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) blends and composites are critical to the properties of the materials, but can be difficult to characterise. Here we report the combination of heavy metal staining and focused ion beam - scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM) to reveal the three-dimensional (3D) structure of an elastomer-modified poly(propylene) and a talc filled elastomer-modified poly(propylene). High-quality, high-resolution serial images were collected and the 3D structures were characterised quantitatively...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474742/diffraction-effects-and-inelastic-electron-transport-in-angle-resolved-microscopic-imaging-applications
#20
A Winkelmann, G Nolze, S Vespucci, G Naresh-Kumar, C Trager-Cowan, A Vilalta-Clemente, A J Wilkinson, M Vos
We analyse the signal formation process for scanning electron microscopic imaging applications on crystalline specimens. In accordance with previous investigations, we find nontrivial effects of incident beam diffraction on the backscattered electron distribution in energy and momentum. Specifically, incident beam diffraction causes angular changes of the backscattered electron distribution which we identify as the dominant mechanism underlying pseudocolour orientation imaging using multiple, angle-resolving detectors...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
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