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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732047/in-vivo-analysis-of-glaucoma-related-features-within-the-optic-nerve-head-using-enhanced-depth-imaging-optical-coherence-tomography
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Tiago S Prata, Flavio S Lopes, Vitor G Prado, Izabela Almeida, Igor Matsubara, Syril Dorairaj, Rafael L Furlanetto, Roberto M Vessani, Augusto Paranhos
Structural differences between optic nerve head (ONH) parameters in glaucomatous and non-glaucomatous eyes has been documented, however the association between such parameters in patients with different disease stages is yet to be elucidated. We investigated the relationship between different laminar and prelaminar ONH structures using enhanced depth imaging spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (EDI OCT) in a population with and without glaucoma. In this observational case-control study, we prospectively enrolled healthy individuals and glaucomatous patients with different disease stages...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731766/observing-dissipative-topological-defects-with-coupled-lasers
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Vishwa Pal, Chene Tradonsky, Ronen Chriki, Asher A Friesem, Nir Davidson
Topological defects have been observed and studied in a wide range of systems, such as cosmology, spin systems, cold atoms, and optics, as they are quenched across a phase transition into an ordered state. These defects limit the coherence of the system and its ability to approach a fully ordered state, so revealing their origin and control is becoming an increasingly important field of research. We observe dissipative topological defects in a one-dimensional ring of phased-locked lasers, and show how their formation is related to the Kibble-Zurek mechanism and is governed in a universal manner by two competing time scales...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731722/dynamically-reconfigurable-metadevice-employing-nanostructured-phase-change-materials
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Zhihua Zhu, Philip Gareth Evans, Richard F Haglund, Jason Valentine
Mastering dynamic free-space spectral control and modulation in the near-infrared and optical regimes remains a challenging task that is hindered by the available functional materials at high frequencies. Here, we realize an efficient metadevice capable of spectral control by minimizing the thermal mass of a vanadium dioxide phase-change material (PCM) and placing the PCM at the feed gap of a bow-tie field antenna. The device has an experimentally measured tuning range up to 360 nm in the NIR and a modulation depth of 33% at the resonant wavelength...
July 21, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731618/controlling-the-near-infrared-transparency-of-costal-cartilage-by-impregnation-with-clearing-agents-and-magnetite-nanoparticles
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Yulia Alexandrovskaya, Kirill Sadovnikov, Andrey Sharov, Anna Sherstneva, Evgeniy Evtushenko, Alexander Omelchenko, Mariya Obrezkova, Valery Tuchin, Valery Lunin, Emil Sobol
Penetration depth of near infrared laser radiation to costal cartilage is controlled by the tissue absorption and scattering and it is the critical parameter to provide the relaxation of mechanical stress throughout the whole thickness of cartilage implant. To enhance the penetration for the laser radiation on 1.56 μm the optical clearing solutions of glycerol and fructose of various concentrations are tested. The effective and reversible tissue clearance was achieved. However, the increasing absorption of radiation should be concerned: 5-8(ᴼ) C increase of tissue temperature was detected...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731327/donor-acceptor-properties-of-a-single-molecule-altered-by-on-surface-complex-formation
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Tobias Meier, Rémy Pawlak, Shigeki Kawai, Yan Geng, Xunshan Liu, Silvio Decurtins, Prokop Hapala, Alexis Baratoff, Shi-Xia Liu, Pavel Jelinek, Ernst Meyer, Thilo Glatzel
Electron donor-acceptor molecules are of outstanding interest in molecular electronics and organic solar cells for their intramolecular charge transfer controlled via electrical or optical excitation. The preservation of their electronic character in the ground state upon adsorption on a surface is cardinal for their implementation in such single-molecule devices. Here, we investigate by atomic force microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy a prototypical system consisting of a π-conjugated tetrathiafulvalene-fused dipyridophenazine molecule adsorbed on thin NaCl films on Cu(111)...
July 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730997/improving-the-electrical-contact-at-a-pt-tio2-nanowire-interface-by-selective-application-of-focused-femtosecond-laser-irradiation
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Songling Xing, Luchan Lin, Guisheng Zou, Lei Liu, Peng Peng, Aiping Wu, Walter W Duley, Norman Zhou
In this paper, we show that tightly focused femtosecond laser irradiation is effective in improving nanojoining of an oxide nanowire (TiO2) to a metal electrode (Pt), and how this process can be used to modify contact states. Enhanced chemical bondings are created due to localized plasmonically enhanced optical absorption at the Pt/TiO2 interface as confirmed by finite element simulations of the localized field distribution during irradiation. Nano Auger electron spectroscopy shows that the resulting heterojunction is depleted in oxygen, suggesting that a TiO2-x layer is formed between the Pt electrode and the TiO2 nanowire...
July 21, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730469/optogenetic-control-of-ras-erk-signaling-using-the-phy-pif-system
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Alexander G Goglia, Maxwell Z Wilson, Daniel B DiGiorno, Jared E Toettcher
The Ras/Erk signaling pathway plays a central role in diverse cellular processes ranging from development to immune cell activation to neural plasticity to cancer. In recent years, this pathway has been widely studied using live-cell fluorescent biosensors, revealing complex Erk dynamics that arise in many cellular contexts. Yet despite these high-resolution tools for measurement, the field has lacked analogous tools for control over Ras/Erk signaling in live cells. Here, we provide detailed methods for one such tool based on the optical control of Ras activity, which we call "Opto-SOS...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730400/evaluation-of-retrobulbar-blood-flow-and-choroidal-thickness-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#8
Ali Kal, Enes Duman, Almila Sarıgül Sezenöz, Mahmut Oğuz Ulusoy, Öznur Kal
PURPOSE: To evaluate whether retrobulbar blood flow and choroidal thickness (CT) are affected in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and the relationship between these values. METHODS: We evaluated 40 eyes of 20 RA patients and 40 eyes of 20 healthy controls. The enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography, color Doppler imaging, was held. Statistical analysis was performed. RESULTS: Peak systolic velocity (PSV) of ophthalmic (OA) and central retinal artery (CRA) were significantly higher in RA...
July 20, 2017: International Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730394/helical-polyacetylenes-induced-via-noncovalent-chiral-interactions-and-their-applications-as-chiral-materials
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Katsuhiro Maeda, Eiji Yashima
Construction of predominantly one-handed helical polyacetylenes with a desired helix sense utilizing noncovalent chiral interactions with nonracemic chiral guest compounds based on a supramolecular approach is described. As with the conventional dynamic helical polymers possessing optically active pendant groups covalently bonded to the polymer chains, this noncovalent helicity induction system can show significant chiral amplification phenomena, in which the chiral information of the nonracemic guests can transfer with high cooperativity through noncovalent bonding interactions to induce an almost single-handed helical conformation in the polymer backbone...
August 2017: Topics in Current Chemistry (Journal)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730310/optical-biosensor-optimized-for-continuous-in-line-glucose-monitoring-in-animal-cell-culture
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Mircea Tric, Mario Lederle, Lisa Neuner, Igor Dolgowjasow, Philipp Wiedemann, Stefan Wölfl, Tobias Werner
Biosensors for continuous glucose monitoring in bioreactors could provide a valuable tool for optimizing culture conditions in biotechnological applications. We have developed an optical biosensor for long-term continuous glucose monitoring and demonstrated a tight glucose level control during cell culture in disposable bioreactors. The in-line sensor is based on a commercially available oxygen sensor that is coated with cross-linked glucose oxidase (GOD). The dynamic range of the sensor was tuned by a hydrophilic perforated diffusion membrane with an optimized permeability for glucose and oxygen...
July 20, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730114/diagnostic-capability-of-peripapillary-retinal-nerve-fiber-layer-parameters-in-time-domain-versus-spectral-domain-optical-coherence-tomography-for-assessing-glaucoma-in-high-myopia
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Mei-Ching Teng, Yi-Chieh Poon, Kuo-Chi Hung, Hsueh-Wen Chang, Ing-Chou Lai, Jen-Chia Tsai, Pei-Wen Lin, Chien-Yun Wu, Chueh-Tan Chen, Pei-Chang Wu
AIM: To evaluate and compare the diagnostic capabilities of peripapillary retinal nerve fiber layer (p-RNFL) parameters of Spectralis optical coherence tomography (OCT) versus Stratus OCT to detect glaucoma in patients with high myopia. METHODS: This is a retrospective, cross-sectional study. Sixty highly myopic eyes of 60 patients were enrolled, with 30 eyes in the glaucoma group and 30 eyes in the control group. All eyes received peripapillary imaging of the optic disc using Stratus and Spectralis OCT...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729937/manganese-enhanced-magnetic-resonance-imaging-combined-with-electrophysiology-in-the-evaluation-of-visual-pathway-in-experimental-rat-models-with-monocular-blindness
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Zuohua Tang, Jie Wang, Zebin Xiao, Xinghuai Sun, Xiaoyuan Feng, Weijun Tang, Qian Chen, Lingjie Wu, Rong Wang, Yufeng Zhong, Wentao Wang, Jianfeng Luo
PURPOSE: Our study aimed to explore the feasibility of manganese-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MEMRI) combined with visual evoked potentials (VEP) and auditory evoked visual cortex responses (AVR) in evaluating for the establishment of visual/auditory compensatory pathways after monocular blindness. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 14 healthy neonatal male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into two groups (n = 7 for Groups A and B). Right optic nerve (ON) transection was performed on the 7 rats of Group A to obtain a monocularly blind model, and the 7 rats of Group B were chosen as the control group...
July 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729522/site-controlled-and-advanced-epitaxial-ge-si-quantum-dots-fabrication-properties-and-applications
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Moritz Brehm, Martyna Grydlik
In this review, we report on fabrication paths, challenges, and emerging solutions to integrate group-IV epitaxial quantum dots (QDs) as active light emitters into the existing standard Si technology. Their potential as laser gain material for the use of optical intra- and inter-chip interconnects as well as possibilities to combine a single-photon-source-based quantum cryptographic means with Si technology will be discussed. We propose that the mandatory addressability of the light emitters can be achieved by a combination of organized QD growth assisted by templated self-assembly, and advanced inter-QD defect engineering to boost the optical emissivity of group-IV QDs at room-temperature...
July 21, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728289/-the-protective-effect-of-pigment-epithelial-derived-factor-modified-human-umbilical-cord-mesenchymal-stem-cells-on-rats-with-diabetic-retinopathy
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W Zhang, H T Duan, S Chen, Y X Wang, J H Kong, M Dong, X Bi, J Song
Objective: To investigate the effect of pigment epithelial-derived factor (PEDF) gene-modified human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) on rats with diabetic retinopathy (DR). Methods: Experimental study. Human umbilical cord MSC were transfected by lentivirus packaging PEDF-MSC-green fluorescent protein (GFP) and GFP-MSC plasmid vectors, and the expression of PEDF and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) was measured in the cell culture medium. Fifty adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into five groups: normal control group (group A), DR control group (group B), phosphate-buffered saline (PBS) treated group (group C), GFP-MSC treated group (group D) and PEDF-MSC-GFP treated group (group E), with 10 rats in each group...
July 11, 2017: [Zhonghua Yan Ke za Zhi] Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727884/oct-angiography-and-ellipsoid-zone-mapping-of-macular-telangiectasia-type-2-from-the-avatar-study
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Anne P Runkle, Peter K Kaiser, Sunil K Srivastava, Andrew P Schachat, Jamie L Reese, Justis P Ehlers
Purpose: To evaluate alterations on optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) and quantitatively assess alterations in the ellipsoid zone (EZ) in eyes with macular telangiectasia type 2 (MacTel type 2). Methods: The Observational Assessment of Visualizing and Analyzing Vessels With Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography in Retinal Diseases study is an institutional review board-approved prospective, observational study investigating OCT-A in macular disease...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727882/corneal-confocal-microscopy-an-imaging-endpoint-for-axonal-degeneration-in-multiple-sclerosis
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Ioannis N Petropoulos, Saadat Kamran, Yi Li, Adnan Khan, Georgios Ponirakis, Naveed Akhtar, Dirk Deleu, Ashfaq Shuaib, Rayaz A Malik
Purpose: To evaluate whether corneal confocal microscopy (CCM) detects axonal degeneration and whether this is associated with retinal nerve fiber degeneration and clinical disability in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Methods: Twenty-five patients with MS and 25 healthy control subjects underwent CCM, optical coherence tomography (OCT), and assessment of neurological disability using the expanded disability status scale (EDSS) and MS severity score (MSSS)...
July 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727812/electrically-controlled-cloud-of-bulk-nanobubbles-in-water-solutions
#17
Alexander V Postnikov, Ilia V Uvarov, Mikhail V Lokhanin, Vitaly B Svetovoy
Using different experimental techniques we visualize a cloud of gas in water that is produced electrochemically by the alternating polarity process. Liquid enriched with gas does not contain bubbles strongly scattering visible light but its refractive index changes significantly near the electrodes. The change of the refractive index is a collective effect of bulk nanobubbles with a diameter smaller than 200 nm. Any alternative explanation fails to explain the magnitude of the effect. Spatial structure of the cloud is investigated with the optical lever method...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727740/genetically-engineered-suicide-gene-in-mesenchymal-stem-cells-using-a-tet-on-system-for-anaplastic-thyroid-cancer
#18
Senthilkumar Kalimuthu, Ji Min Oh, Prakash Gangadaran, Liya Zhu, Ho Won Lee, Yong Hyun Jeon, Shin Young Jeong, Sang-Woo Lee, Jaetae Lee, Byeong-Cheol Ahn
Anaplastic thyroid cancer (ATC) is the most aggressive malignancy of the thyroid, during which undifferentiated tumors arise from the thyroid follicular epithelium. ATC has a very poor prognosis due to its aggressive behavior and poor response to conventional therapies. Gene-directed enzyme/prodrug therapy using genetically engineered mesenchymal stromal cells (MSC) is a promising therapeutic strategy. The doxycycline (DOX)-controlled Tet inducible system is the most widely utilized regulatory system and could be a useful tool for therapeutic gene-based therapies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727615/multiplexing-prisms-for-field-expansion
#19
Eli Peli, Jae-Hyun Jung
PURPOSE: Prisms used for field expansion are limited by the optical scotoma at a prism apex (apical scotoma). For a patient with two functioning eyes, fitting prisms unilaterally allows the other eye to compensate for the apical scotoma. A monocular patient's field loss cannot be expanded with a conventional or Fresnel prism because of the apical scotoma. A newly invented optical device, the multiplexing prism (MxP), was developed to overcome the apical scotoma limitation in monocular field expansion...
July 19, 2017: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727575/surface-energy-tunable-iso-decyl-acrylate-based-molds-for-low-pressure-nano-imprint-lithography
#20
Hyowon Tak, Dongha Tahk, Chanho Jeong, Sori Lee, Tae-Il Kim
We presented surface energy-tunable nanoscale molds for unconventional lithography. The mold is highly robust, transparent, has a minimized haze, does not contain additives, and is a non-fluorinated IDA Isodecyl acrylate (IDA) and Trimethylolpropane Triacrylate (TMPTA) based polymer. By changing the mixing ratio of the polymer components, the cross-linking density, mechanical modulus, and surface energy (crucial factors in low pressure (1~2×105 N/m2) nanoimprint lithography (LP-NIL)), can be controlled. To verify these properties of the molds, we also characterized the surface energy by measuring the contact angles and calculating the work of adhesion among the wafer, polymer film, and mold for successful demolding in nanoscale structures...
July 20, 2017: Nanotechnology
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