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Marcus S Niepel, Fadi Almouhanna, Bhavya K Ekambaram, Matthias Menzel, Andreas Heilmann, Thomas Groth
BACKGROUND: Cells possess a specialized machinery through which they can sense physical as well as chemical alterations in their surrounding microenvironment that affect their cellular behavior. AIM: In this study, we aim to establish a polyelectrolyte multilayer system of 24 layers of poly-l-lysine and hyaluronic acid to control stem cell response after chemical cross-linking. METHODS AND RESULTS: The multilayer build-up process is monitored using different methods, which show that the studied polyelectrolyte multilayer system grows exponentially following the islands and islets theory...
February 1, 2018: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Ikhyun Jun, David Sung Yong Kang, Dan Z Reinstein, Samuel Arba-Mosquera, Timothy J Archer, Kyoung Yul Seo, Tae-Im Kim
PURPOSE: To comparatively investigate the clinical outcomes, vector parameters, and corneal aberrations of small incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) with a triple centration technique and corneal wavefront-guided transepithelial photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for the correction of high astigmatism. METHODS: This retrospective, comparative case series study included 89 eyes (89 patients) that received treatment for myopia with high astigmatism (≥ 2.50 diopters) using SMILE with a triple centration technique (SMILE group; 45 eyes) and corneal wavefront-guided transepithelial PRK (transepithelial PRK group; 44 eyes)...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Refractive Surgery
Thomas C Sprague, Sirawaj Itthipuripat, Vy A Vo, John T Serences
Computational models posit that visual attention is guided by activity within spatial maps that index the image-computable salience and the behavioral relevance of objects in the scene. These spatial maps are theorized to be instantiated as activation patterns across a series of retinotopic visual regions in occipital, parietal, and frontal cortex. While previous research has identified sensitivity to either the behavioral relevance or the image-computable salience of different scene elements, the simultaneous influence of these factors on neural 'attentional priority maps' in human cortex is not well understood...
February 28, 2018: Journal of Neurophysiology
Chara Simitzi, Kanelina Karali, Anthi Ranella, Emmanuel Stratakis
Neural stem cells (NSCs) are self-renewing cells that generate the major cell types of the central nervous system, namely neurons, astrocytes and oligodendrocytes, during embryonic development and in the adult brain. NSCs reside in a complex niche where they are exposed to a plethora of signals, including both soluble and physical signals such as compressive and shear stresses, but also discontinuities and differences in morphology of the extracellular environment, termed as topographical features. Different approaches that incorporate artificial micro- and nano-scale surface topographical features have been developed aiming to recapitulate the in vivo NSC niche discontinuities and features, particularly for in vitro studies...
February 19, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
James E Glazer, Nicholas J Kelley, Narun Pornpattananangkul, Vijay A Mittal, Robin Nusslock
Most reward-related electroencephalogram (EEG) studies focus exclusively on the feedback-related negativity (FRN, also known as feedback negativity or FN, medial-frontal negativity or MFN, feedback error-related negativity or fERN, and reward positivity or RewP). This component is usually measured approximately 200-300 ms post-feedback at a single electrode in the frontal-central area (e.g., Fz or FCz). The present review argues that this singular focus on the FRN fails to leverage EEG's greatest strength, its temporal resolution, by underutilizing the rich variety of event-related potential (ERP) and EEG time-frequency components encompassing the wider temporal heterogeneity of reward processing...
February 15, 2018: International Journal of Psychophysiology
Dan Z Reinstein, Timothy J Archer, Glenn I Carp, Alastair J Stuart, Elizabeth L Rowe, Andrew Nesbit, Tara Moore
PURPOSE: To report the incidence, visual and refractive outcomes, optical zone enlargement, and recentration using topography-guided CRS-Master TOSCA II software with the MEL 80 excimer laser (Carl Zeiss Meditec AG, Jena, Germany) after primary myopic laser refractive surgery. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of 73 eyes (40 patients) with complaints of night vision disturbances due to either a decentration or small optical zone following a primary myopic laser refractive surgery procedure using the MEL 80 laser...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Refractive Surgery
Federico Mussano, Tullio Genova, Francesca Giulia Serra, Massimo Carossa, Luca Munaron, Stefano Carossa
The rapid development and application of nanotechnology to biological interfaces has impacted the bone implant field, allowing researchers to finely modulate the interface between biomaterials and recipient tissues. In the present study, oxidative anodization was exploited to generate two alumina surfaces with different pore diameters. The former displayed surface pores in the mean range of 16-30 nm, while in the latter pores varied from to 65 to 89 nm. The samples were characterized by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) and Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) analysis prior to being tested with pre-osteoblastic MC3T3-E1 cells...
February 9, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Abdulrahman Mohammed Al-Amri
AIM: To evaluate the visual outcomes of simultaneous non-topography guided photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) and corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL) in eyes with keratoconus 5y after the procedure. METHODS: Prospective, interventional, non-randomized, and non-controlled case series design was used. Sixty eyes of 30 patients (16 males and 14 females; age: 21-41y) with mild, non-progressive (stages 1-2) keratoconus were enrolled. Refraction, uncorrected distance visual acuity (UDVA) and corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA), flat and steep keratometry readings, and adverse events were evaluated preoperatively and postoperatively...
2018: International Journal of Ophthalmology
Xinran Zhang, Haotian Li, Chucheng Lin, Congqin Ning, Kaili Lin
Both the topographic surface and chemical composition modification can enhance rapid osteogenic differentiation and bone formation. Till now, the synergetic effects of topography and chemistry cues guiding biological responses have been rarely reported. Herein, the ordered micro-patterned topography and classically essential trace element of strontium (Sr) ion doping were selected to imitate topography and chemistry cues, respectively. The ordered micro-patterned topography on Sr ion-doped bioceramics was successfully duplicated using the nylon sieve as the template...
January 17, 2018: Biomaterials Science
Dominique Ditter, Hanns-Christian Mahler, Holger Roehl, Michael Wahl, Joerg Huwyler, Alejandra Nieto, Andrea Allmendinger
The appropriate selection of adequate primary packaging, such as the glass vial, rubber stopper, and crimp cap for parenteral products is of high importance to ensure product stability, microbiological quality (integrity) during storage as well as patient safety. A number of issues can arise when inadequate vial material is chosen, and sole compliance to hydrolytic class I is sometimes not sufficient when choosing a glass vial. Using an appropriate pre-treatment, such as surface modification or coating of the inner vial surface after the vial forming process the glass container quality is often improved and interactions of the formulation with the surface of glass may be minimized...
January 10, 2018: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
Dmitrii S Maltsev, Alexei N Kulikov, Jay Chhablani
PURPOSE: To identify optical coherence tomography (OCT) findings associated with the leakage points in patients with central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC) to provide fluorescein angiography (FA)-free focal laser photocoagulation (FLP) of the leakage point. METHODS: A retrospective study included 48 patients with CSC (48 eyes). Colocalisation of leakage points with pigment epithelial detachments (PEDs) and with areas of photoreceptor outer segments (PROS) layer thinning was evaluated with OCT...
January 4, 2018: British Journal of Ophthalmology
Huong Giang Nguyen, Kamolrat Metavarayuth, Qian Wang
A major aim of tissue engineering is to develop biomimetic scaffolding materials that can guide the proliferation, self-renewal and differentiation of multipotent stem cells into specific lineages. Cellular functions can be controlled by the interactions between cells and biomaterials. Therefore, the surface chemistry and topography of support materials play a pivotal role in modulating cell behaviors at many stages of cell growth and development. Due to their highly ordered structure and programmable surface chemistries, which provide unique topography as biomaterials, viral nanoparticles have been utilized as building blocks for targeted cell growth and differentiation...
2018: Nanotheranostics
Linlin Xiao, John A Finlay, Michael Röhrig, Sophie Mieszkin, Matthias Worgull, Hendrik Hölscher, James A Callow, Maureen E Callow, Michael Grunze, Axel Rosenhahn
Surface topography plays a key role in the colonization of substrata by the colonizing stages of marine fouling organisms. For the innovation of marine antifouling coatings, it is essential to understand how topographic cues affect the settlement of these organisms. In this study, tapered, spiked microstructures and discrete honeycombs of varying feature dimensions were designed and fabricated in order to examine the influence of topography on the attachment of zoospores of the green macroalga Ulva linza and cells of the diatom (microalga) Navicula incerta...
December 28, 2017: Biofouling
Eun Young Choi, Song-Lin Ding, Suzanne N Haber
The canonical striatal map, based predominantly on frontal corticostriatal projections, divides the striatum into ventromedial-limbic, central-association, and dorsolateral-motor territories. While this has been a useful heuristic, recent studies indicate that the striatum has a more complex topography when considering converging frontal and nonfrontal inputs from distributed cortical networks. The ventral striatum (VS) in particular is often ascribed a "limbic" role, but it receives diverse information, including motivation and emotion from deep brain structures, cognition from frontal cortex, and polysensory and mnemonic signals from temporal cortex...
November 2017: ENeuro
Francisco Bandeira E Silva, Rossen Mihaylov Hazarbassanov, Eduardo Martines, José Luis Güell, Ana L Hofling-Lima
PURPOSE: To evaluate the visual acuity and keratometric and aberrometric changes in patients with corneal transplants (PKP), who underwent topography-guided photorefractive keratectomy (TG-PRK) with mitomycin C (MMC). METHODS: In this case study, 15 patients with spherical equivalents ranging from -11.00 to -0.25 diopters (D) who underwent penetrating corneal transplantation and had irregular astigmatism ranging from -7.5 to -2.0 D underwent TG-PRK with MMC. Corneal topography and wavefront of all patients were measured preoperatively and 12 months postoperatively...
March 2018: Cornea
Mindaugas Mitkus, Gabrielle A Nevitt, Almut Kelber
Little is known about the development of vision in wild birds. It is unknown, for example, whether the ability to see can be predicted by the level of prenatal growth or whether the eyes are open at hatching in a particular species. In this study, we investigated the growth of eyes, the formation of retinal ganglion cell topography, and the appearance of simple, visually guided behaviours in chicks of a small procellariiform seabird, Leach's storm petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa). This semi-precocial species, which has a well-developed sense of smell, nests in underground burrows where adults provision chicks for 6-8 weeks in the dark before fledging...
December 7, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
Alvaro Iborra, Manuel Villanueva, Stephen L Barrett, Edgardo Rodriguez-Collazo, Pablo Sanz
OBJECTIVES: High-resolution ultrasonography (US) can play an important role in studying nerves, as it has several advantages. Entrapments of distal tibial nerve branches can be mapped out or diagnosed with selective anesthetic blocks, and US can guide therapeutic procedures, such as radiofrequency ablation and selective infiltrations of specific nerve branches. The aim of this study was to verify that US is an effective method for accurately locating the posterior tibial nerve and its terminal branches, such as the medial calcaneal branch, the first calcaneal branch, and the medial and lateral plantar nerves...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Graham R Martin
Although flight is regarded as a key behavior of birds this review argues that the perceptual demands for its control are met within constraints set by the perceptual demands of two other key tasks: the control of bill (or feet) position, and the detection of food items/predators. Control of bill position, or of the feet when used in foraging, and timing of their arrival at a target, are based upon information derived from the optic flow-field in the binocular region that encompasses the bill. Flow-fields use information extracted from close to the bird using vision of relatively low spatial resolution...
2017: Frontiers in Neuroscience
Ricardo F Sánchez-Leal, María Jesús Bellanco, Luis Miguel Fernández-Salas, Jesús García-Lafuente, Marc Gasser-Rubinat, César González-Pola, Francisco J Hernández-Molina, Josep L Pelegrí, Alvaro Peliz, Paulo Relvas, David Roque, Manuel Ruiz-Villarreal, Simone Sammartino, José Carlos Sánchez-Garrido
The pathways and transformations of dense water overflows, which depend on small-scale interactions between flow dynamics and erosional-depositional processes, are a central piece in the ocean's large-scale circulation. A novel, high-resolution current and hydrographic data set highlights the intricate pathway travelled by the saline Mediterranean Overflow as it enters the Atlantic. Interaction with the topography constraints its spreading. Over the initial 200 km west of the Gibraltar gateway, distinct channels separate the initial gravity current into several plunging branches depth-sorted by density...
November 2017: Science Advances
Andreas Charidimou, Christopher Karayiannis, Tae-Jin Song, Dilek Necioglu Orken, Vincent Thijs, Robin Lemmens, Jinkwon Kim, Su Mei Goh, Thanh G Phan, Cathy Soufan, Ronil V Chandra, Lee-Anne Slater, Shamir Haji, Vincent Mok, Solveig Horstmann, Kam Tat Leung, Yuichiro Kawamura, Nobuyuki Sato, Naoyuki Hasebe, Tsukasa Saito, Lawrence K S Wong, Yannie Soo, Roland Veltkamp, Kelly D Flemming, Toshio Imaizumi, Velandai Srikanth, Ji Hoe Heo
OBJECTIVES: To assess the association between cerebral microbleeds (CMBs) and future spontaneous intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) risk in ischemic stroke patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF) taking oral anticoagulants. METHODS: This was a meta-analysis of cohort studies with >50 patients with recent ischemic stroke and documented AF, brain MRI at baseline, long-term oral anticoagulation treatment, and ≥6 months of follow-up. Authors provided summary-level data on stroke outcomes stratified by CMB status...
December 5, 2017: Neurology
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