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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332035/an-aspartyl-cathepsin-targeted-pet-agent-application-in-an-alzheimer-s-disease-mouse-model
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Jonatan A Snir, Mojmir Suchy, Geron A Bindseil, Michael Kovacs, Blaine A Chronik, Robert H E Hudson, Stephen H Pasternak, Robert Bartha
BACKGROUND: Early detection of Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathology is a serious challenge for both diagnosis and clinical trials. The aspartyl protease, Cathepsin D (CatD), is overexpressed in AD and could be a biomarker of disease. We have previously designed a unique contrast agent (CA) for dual-optical and magnetic resonance imaging of the activity of the CatD class of enzymes. OBJECTIVE: To compare the uptake and retention of a novel, more sensitive, and clinically-translatable 68Ga PET tracer targeting CatD activity in 5XFAD mice and non-Tg littermates...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332032/value-of-conventional-mri-and-diffusion-tensor-imaging-parameters-in-predicting-surgical-outcome-in-patients-with-degenerative-cervical-myelopathy
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Canghai Shen, Haiwei Xu, Baoshan Xu, Xiaoguang Zhang, Xiaofeng Li, Qiang Yang, Xinlong Ma
BACKGROUND: In addition to conventional magnetic resonance imaging (cMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) has been investigated as a potential diagnostic and prognostic tool for patients with degenerative cervical myelopathy (DCM). OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy of cMRI and DTI parameters in prediction of surgical outcome in DCM patients. METHODS: One hundred and forty-two patients with DCM who underwent presurgical cMRI and DTI of the cervical spine were included...
December 29, 2017: Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331677/identification-of-potential-mr-derived-biomarkers-for-tumor-tissue-response-to-177lu-octreotate-therapy-in-an-animal-model-of-small-intestine-neuroendocrine-tumor
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Mikael Montelius, Johan Spetz, Oscar Jalnefjord, Evelin Berger, Ola Nilsson, Maria Ljungberg, Eva Forssell-Aronsson
Magnetic resonance (MR) methods enable noninvasive, regional tumor therapy response assessment, but associations between MR parameters, underlying biology, and therapeutic effects must be investigated. The aim of this study was to investigate response assessment efficacy and biological associations of MR parameters in a neuroendocrine tumor (NET) model subjected to radionuclide treatment. Twenty-one mice with NETs received 177Lu-octreotate at day 0. MR experiments (day -1, 1, 3, 8, and 13) included T2-weighted, dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and relaxation measurements (T1/T2*)...
January 10, 2018: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330658/patient-specific-model-based-segmentation-of-brain-tumors-in-3d-intraoperative-ultrasound-images
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Elisee Ilunga-Mbuyamba, Juan Gabriel Avina-Cervantes, Dirk Lindner, Felix Arlt, Jean Fulbert Ituna-Yudonago, Claire Chalopin
PURPOSE: Intraoperative ultrasound (iUS) imaging is commonly used to support brain tumor operation. The tumor segmentation in the iUS images is a difficult task and still under improvement because of the low signal-to-noise ratio. The success of automatic methods is also limited due to the high noise sensibility. Therefore, an alternative brain tumor segmentation method in 3D-iUS data using a tumor model obtained from magnetic resonance (MR) data for local MR-iUS registration is presented in this paper...
January 12, 2018: International Journal of Computer Assisted Radiology and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330575/a-new-technique-for-minimal-invasive-complete-spinal-cord-injury-in-minipigs
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Elena E Foditsch, Gratian Miclaus, Irina Patras, Ioan Hutu, Karin Roider, Sophina Bauer, Günter Janetschek, Ludwig Aigner, Reinhold Zimmermann
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to develop a minimal invasive complete spinal cord injury (SCI) minipig model for future research applications. The minipig is considered a translationally relevant model for SCI research. However, a standardized minimal invasive complete SCI model for pigs has not yet been established. METHODS: Adult Göttingen minipigs were anesthetized and placed in extended prone position. After initial computed tomography (CT) scan, the skin was incised, a needle placed in the epidural fatty tissue...
January 12, 2018: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330431/gyrotropic-zener-tunneling-and-nonlinear-iv-curves-in-the-zero-energy-landau-level-of-graphene-in-a-strong-magnetic-field
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Antti Laitinen, Manohar Kumar, Pertti Hakonen, Edouard Sonin
We have investigated tunneling current through a suspended graphene Corbino disk in high magnetic fields at the Dirac point, i.e. at filling factor ν = 0. At the onset of the dielectric breakdown the current through the disk grows exponentially before ohmic behaviour, but in a manner distinct from thermal activation. We find that Zener tunneling between Landau sublevels dominates, facilitated by tilting of the source-drain bias potential. According to our analytic modelling, the Zener tunneling is strongly affected by the gyrotropic force (Lorentz force) due to the high magnetic field...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330312/high-sensitive-c-reactive-protein-and-dual-antiplatelet-in-intracranial-arterial-stenosis
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Jiejie Li, Anxin Wang, Xingquan Zhao, Liping Liu, Xia Meng, Jinxi Lin, Jing Jing, Xinying Zou, Yilong Wang, Yongjun Wang
OBJECTIVE: To determine the relationship of high-sensitive C-reactive protein (hsCRP) and the efficacy and safety of dual antiplatelet therapy in patients with and without intracranial arterial stenosis (ICAS) in the Clopidogrel in High-Risk Patients with Acute Non-disabling Cerebrovascular Events (CHANCE) trial. METHODS: A subgroup of 807 patients with both magnetic resonance angiography images and hsCRP measurement was analyzed. Cox proportional hazards models were used to assess the interaction of hsCRP levels with the effects of dual and single antiplatelet therapy...
January 12, 2018: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329385/reassessing-the-evidence-for-capacity-limits-in-neural-signals-related-to-working-memory
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Paul M Bays
In 2004, two landmark studies described the discovery of brain imaging (functional magnetic resonance imaging and electroencephalography) signals that increase with the number of items held in visual working memory (WM). These studies claimed that the signals leveled off (plateaued) once the number of memoranda reached the capacity of WM, as estimated by the prevailing model of the time. However, alternative models were not considered, and changing concepts of WM in the more than a decade since these studies were published necessitate a re-evaluation of their findings; newer models that provide the most accurate account of behavioral data do not incorporate a fixed limit on the number of items stored...
January 10, 2018: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329228/current-nmr-techniques-for-structure-based-drug-discovery
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Toshihiko Sugiki, Kyoko Furuita, Toshimichi Fujiwara, Chojiro Kojima
A variety of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) applications have been developed for structure-based drug discovery (SBDD). NMR provides many advantages over other methods, such as the ability to directly observe chemical compounds and target biomolecules, and to be used for ligand-based and protein-based approaches. NMR can also provide important information about the interactions in a protein-ligand complex, such as structure, dynamics, and affinity, even when the interaction is too weak to be detected by ELISA or fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based high-throughput screening (HTS) or to be crystalized...
January 12, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328722/perfect-spin-filter-by-periodic-drive-of-a-ferromagnetic-quantum-barrier
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Daniel Thuberg, Enrique Muñoz, Sebastian Eggert, Sebastián A Reyes
We consider the problem of particle tunneling through a periodically driven ferromagnetic quantum barrier connected to two leads. The barrier is modeled by an impurity site representing a ferromagnetic layer or a quantum dot in a tight-binding Hamiltonian with a local magnetic field and an ac-driven potential, which is solved using the Floquet formalism. The repulsive interactions in the quantum barrier are also taken into account. Our results show that the time-periodic potential causes sharp resonances of perfect transmission and reflection, which can be tuned by the frequency, the driving strength, and the magnetic field...
December 29, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328631/controllable-interfacial-coupling-effects-on-the-magnetic-dynamic-properties-of-perpendicular-co-ni-5-cu-tbco-composite-thin-films
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Minghong Tang, Bingcheng Zhao, Weihua Zhu, Zhendong Zhu, Qingyuan Jin, Zongzhi Zhang
Dynamic magnetic properties in perpendicularly exchange-coupled [Co/Ni]5/Cu(tCu=0-2 nm)/TbCo structures show strong dependences on the interfacial AFM strength Jex controlled by the Cu interlayer thickness. The precession frequency f and effective damping constant αeff of [Co/Ni]5 multilayer differs distinctly for parallel (P) and antiparallel (AP) magnetization orientation states. For samples with a thin tCu, f of AP state is apparently higher while αeff is lower than in P state, owing to the unidirectional exchange bias effect (HEB) from the TbCo layer...
January 12, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328300/effects-of-edge-inclination-angles-on-whispering-gallery-modes-in-printable-wedge-microdisk-lasers
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Cong Chen, Lei Wan, Hengky Chandrahalim, Jian Zhou, Hui Zhang, Sangha Cho, Ting Mei, Hiroaki Yoshioka, Huiping Tian, Naoya Nishimura, Xudong Fan, L Jay Guo, Yuji Oki
The ink-jet technique was developed to print the wedge polymer microdisk lasers. The characterization of these lasers was implemented using a free-space optics measurement setup. It was found that disks of larger edge inclination angles have a larger free spectral range (FSR) and a lower resonance wavelength difference between the fundamental transverse electric (TE) and transverse magnetic (TM) whispering-gallery modes (WGMs). This behavior was also confirmed with simulations based on the modified Oxborrow's model with perfectly matched layers (PMLs), which was adopted to accurately calculate the eigenfrequencies, electric field distributions, and quality parameters of modes in the axisymmetric microdisk resonators...
January 8, 2018: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328047/optimal-multichannel-transmission-for-improved-cr-mrept
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Gokhan Ariturk, Yusuf Ziya Ider
Magnetic resonance electrical properties tomography (MR-EPT), aiming at reconstructing the EP's at radio frequencies, uses the H<sup>+</sup> field (both magnitude and phase) distribution within the object. One of the MR-EPT algorithms, cr-MREPT, accurately reconstructs the internal tissue boundaries however it faces an artifact which occurs at the regions where the convective field, [ (∂H<sup>+</sup> / ∂x ) - i(∂H<sup>+</sup> / ∂y) i((∂H<sup>+</sup> / ∂x ) - i(∂H<sup>+</sup> / ∂y)) ] , has a low magnitude (at the noise level)...
January 12, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327753/recyclable-fe3o4-nayf4-yb-tm-tio2-nanocomposites-with-near-infrared-enhanced-photocatalytic-activity
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Yan Lv, Lin Yue, Qian Li, Baoyi Shao, Sen Zhao, Haitao Wang, Shijia Wu, Zhouping Wang
Herein, the design and synthesis of a multifunctional (Fe3O4-NaYF4:Yb,Tm)@TiO2 photocatalyst through a facile sol-gel process combined with electrostatic self-assembly has been reported. Particularly, as an upconversion sensor, NaYF4:Yb,Tm nanoparticles have the ability to convert near-infrared (NIR) light into ultraviolet (UV) emissions, so that the catalytic body TiO2 can indirectly utilize the NIR part of sunlight but not UV light. The excellent photocatalytic activity of the hybrid samples is evaluated using a model of the degradation of methylene blue (MB)...
January 12, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327374/dynamic-coronary-mr-angiography-in-a-pig-model-with-hyperpolarized-water
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Kasper Wigh Lipsø, Esben Søvsø Szocska Hansen, Rasmus Stilling Tougaard, Christoffer Laustsen, Jan Henrik Ardenkjaer-Larsen
PURPOSE: To investigate dynamic coronary MR angiography using hyperpolarized water as a positive contrast agent. Hyperpolarization can increase the signal by several orders of magnitude, and has recently been translated to human cardiac application. The aim was to achieve large 1 H signal enhancement to allow high-resolution imaging of the coronary arteries. METHODS: Protons in D2 O were hyperpolarized by dissolution dynamic nuclear polarization. A total of 18 mL of hyperpolarized water was injected into the coronary arteries of healthy pigs (N = 9; 3 injections in 3 animals)...
January 12, 2018: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326289/prevalence-of-hippocampal-enlarged-perivascular-spaces-in-a-sample-of-patients-with-hypertension-and-their-relation-with-vascular-risk-factors-and-cognitive-function
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Joan Jiménez-Balado, Iolanda Riba-Llena, Edurne Garde, Marta Valor, Belen Gutiérrez, Francesc Pujadas, Pilar Delgado
OBJECTIVES: The clinical importance of hippocampal enlarged perivascular spaces (H-EPVS) remains uncertain. We aimed to study their association with vascular risk factors, cognitive function and mild cognitive impairment (MCI). METHODS: Data were obtained from the ISSYS (Investigating Silent Strokes in hYpertensives, a magnetic resonance imaging Study) cohort, which is a prospective study of patients with hypertension aged 50-70 with no prior stroke or dementia...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326057/antidepressant-effects-of-focused-ultrasound-induced-blood-brain-barrier-opening
#17
Skyler J Mooney, José N Nobrega, Anthony J Levitt, Kullervo Hynynen
In many cases, hippocampal neurogenesis appears to be a hallmark of antidepressant treatments. One novel technique for inducing this type of neurogenesis is using focused ultrasound waves, in conjunction with circulating microbubbles, to open the blood-brain-barrier. The present experiment aimed to test whether this technique has antidepressant effects in a rodent model. Rats were subjected to 1, 2 or 3 weekly treatments of magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound in order to open the blood-brain-barrier in the hippocampal region...
January 8, 2018: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325883/a-functional-neuroimaging-study-of-expectancy-effects-on-pain-response-in-patients-with-knee-osteoarthritis
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Randy L Gollub, Irving Kirsch, Nasim Maleki, Ajay D Wasan, Robert R Edwards, Yiheng Tu, Ted J Kaptchuk, Jian Kong
Placebo treatments and healing rituals share much in common, such as the effects of expectancy, and have been used since the beginning of human history to treat pain. Previous mechanistic neuroimaging studies investigating the effects of expectancy on placebo analgesia have used young, healthy volunteers. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), we aimed to investigate the neural mechanisms by which expectancy evokes analgesia in older adults living with a chronic pain disorder and determine whether there are interactions with active treatment...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325780/longitudinal-atlas-for-normative-human-brain-development-and-aging-over-the-lifespan-using-quantitative-susceptibility-mapping
#19
Yuyao Zhang, Hongjiang Wei, Matthew J Cronin, Naying He, Fuhua Yan, Chunlei Liu
Longitudinal brain atlases play an important role in the study of human brain development and cognition. Existing atlases are mainly based on anatomical features derived from T1-and T2-weighted MRI. A 4D developmental quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM) atlas may facilitate the estimation of age-related iron changes in deep gray matter nuclei and myelin changes in white matter. To this end, group-wise co-registered QSM templates were generated over various age intervals from age 1-83 years old. Registration was achieved by combining both T1-weighted and QSM images...
January 8, 2018: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325596/late-normal-tissue-response-in-the-rat-spinal-cord-after-carbon-ion-irradiation
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Maria Saager, Peter Peschke, Thomas Welzel, Lifi Huang, Stephan Brons, Rebecca Grün, Michael Scholz, Jürgen Debus, Christian P Karger
BACKGROUND: The present work summarizes the research activities on radiation-induced late effects in the rat spinal cord carried out within the "clinical research group ion beam therapy" funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG, KFO 214). METHODS AND MATERIALS: Dose-response curves for the endpoint radiation-induced myelopathy were determined at 6 different positions (LET 16-99 keV/μm) within a 6 cm spread-out Bragg peak using either 1, 2 or 6 fractions of carbon ions...
January 11, 2018: Radiation Oncology
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