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Maxim Shevtsov, Boris Nikolaev, Yaroslav Marchenko, Ludmila Yakovleva, Nikita Skvortsov, Anton Mazur, Peter Tolstoy, Vyacheslav Ryzhov, Gabriele Multhoff
Background: Glioblastoma is the most devastating primary brain tumor of the central nervous system in adults. Magnetic nanocarriers may help not only for a targeted delivery of chemotherapeutic agents into the tumor site but also provide contrast enhancing properties for diagnostics using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Methods: Synthesized hybrid chitosan-dextran superparamagnetic nanoparticles (CS-DX-SPIONs) were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and relaxometry studies...
2018: International Journal of Nanomedicine
James W MacKay, Samantha B L Low, Toby O Smith, Andoni P Toms, Andrew M McCaskie, Fiona J Gilbert
OBJECTIVE: To assess reliability and discriminative validity of cartilage compositional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in knee osteoarthritis (OA). DESIGN: The study was carried out per PRISMA recommendations. We searched MEDLINE and EMBASE (1974 - present) for eligible studies. We performed qualitative synthesis of reliability data. Where data from at least 2 discrimination studies were available, we estimated pooled standardized mean difference (SMD) between subjects with and without OA...
March 14, 2018: Osteoarthritis and Cartilage
Masha M Rosenberg, Alfred G Redfield, Mary Roberts, Lizbeth Hedstrom
The ability of enzymes to modulate the dynamics of bound substrates and cofactors is a critical feature of catalysis, but the role of dynamics has largely been approached from the perspective of the protein. Here we use an underappreciated NMR technique, subtesla high resolution field cycling31 P NMR relaxometry, to interrogate the dynamics of enzyme bound substrates and cofactors in guanosine-5'-monophosphate reductase (GMPR). These experiments reveal distinct binding modes and dynamic profiles associated with the31 P nuclei in the Michaelis complexes for the deamination and hydride transfer steps of the catalytic cycle...
March 16, 2018: Biochemistry
Michael Haimerl, Irene Fuhrmann, Stefanie Poelsterl, Claudia Fellner, Marcel D Nickel, Kilian Weigand, Marc H Dahlke, Niklas Verloh, Christian Stroszczynski, Philipp Wiggermann
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether liver function as determined by intravenous administration of13 C-methacetin and continuous real-time breath analysis can be estimated quantitatively from gadoxetic acid (Gd-EOB-DTPA)-enhanced magnetic resonance (MR) relaxometry. METHODS: Sixty-six patients underwent a13 C-methacetin breath test (13 C-MBT) for evaluation of liver function and Gd-EOB-DTPA-enhanced T1-relaxometry at 3 T. A transverse 3D VIBE sequence with an inline T1 calculation based on variable flip angles was acquired prior to (T1 pre) and 20 min post-Gd-EOB-DTPA (T1 post) administration...
March 12, 2018: European Radiology
Roxanne Labranche, Guillaume Gilbert, Milena Cerny, Kim-Nhien Vu, Denis Soulières, Damien Olivié, Jean-Sébastien Billiard, Takeshi Yokoo, An Tang
Iron overload is a systemic disorder and is either primary (genetic) or secondary (exogenous iron administration). Primary iron overload is most commonly associated with hereditary hemochromatosis and secondary iron overload with ineffective erythropoiesis (predominantly caused by β-thalassemia major and sickle cell disease) that requires long-term transfusion therapy, leading to transfusional hemosiderosis. Iron overload may lead to liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma, in addition to cardiac and endocrine complications...
March 2018: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
Ignacio Martín-Fabiani, Jennifer Lesage de la Haye, Malin Schulz, Yang Liu, Michelle Lee, Brendan Duffy, Franck D'Agosto, Muriel Lansalot, Joseph L Keddie
The presence of low molar mass surfactants in latex films results in detrimental effects on their water permeability, gloss and adhesion. For applications as coatings, there is a need to develop formulations that do not contain surfactants and that have better water barrier properties. Having previously reported the synthesis of surfactant-free latex particles in water using low amounts (< 2 wt%) of controlled radical polymer chains (Lesage de la Haye et al. Macromolecules 2017, 50, 9315-9328), here we study the water barrier properties of films made from these particles and their application in anti-corrosion coatings...
March 8, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Anwar S Shatil, Md Nasir Uddin, Kant M Matsuda, Chase R Figley
Purpose: Postmortem MRI can be used to reveal important pathologies and establish radiology-pathology correlations. However, quantitative MRI values are altered by tissue fixation. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to investigate time-dependent effects of formalin fixation on MRI relaxometry (T1 and T2 ), diffusion tensor imaging (fractional anisotropy, FA; and mean diffusivity, MD), and myelin water fraction (MWF) measurements throughout intact human brain specimens. Methods: Two whole, neurologically-healthy human brains were immersed in 10% formalin solution and scanned at 13 time points between 0 and 1,032 h...
2018: Frontiers in Medicine
M Drake-Pérez, B M A Delattre, J Boto, A Fitsiori, K-O Lovblad, S Boudabbous, M I Vargas
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: SyMRI is a technique developed to perform quantitative MR imaging. Our aim was to analyze its potential use for measuring relaxation times of normal components of the spine and to compare them with values found in the literature using relaxometry and other techniques. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-two spine MR imaging studies (10 cervical, 5 dorsal, 17 lumbosacral) were included. A modified multiple-dynamic multiple-echo sequence was added and processed to obtain quantitative T1 (millisecond), T2 (millisecond), and proton density (percentage units [pu]) maps for each patient...
March 1, 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
Shahin Ghomeshi, Sergey Kryuchkov, Apostolos Kantzas
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) is a powerful technique used to characterize fluids and flow in porous media. The NMR relaxation curves are closely related to pore geometry, and the inversion of the NMR relaxometry data is known to give useful information with regards to pore size distribution (PSD) through the relative amplitudes of the fluids stored in the small and large pores. While this information is crucial, the main challenge for the successful use of the NMR measurements is the proper interpretation of the measured signals...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance
Juliano Lara Fernandes
MRI is a key tool in the current management of patients with thalassemia. Given its capability of assessing iron overload in different organs noninvasively and without contrast, it has significant advantages over other metrics, including serum ferritin. Liver iron concentration can be measured either with relaxometry methods T2*/T2 or signal intensity ratio techniques. Myocardial iron can be assessed in the same examination through T2* imaging. In this review, we focus on showing how MRI evaluates iron in both organs and the clinical applications as well as practical approaches to using this tool by clinicians taking care of patients with thalassemia...
April 2018: Hematology/oncology Clinics of North America
Woo Hyeon Lim, Seung Hong Choi, Roh-Eul Yoo, Koung Mi Kang, Tae Jin Yun, Ji-Hoon Kim, Chul-Ho Sohn
OBJECTIVE: This study evaluated the possibility of accelerated gadolinium accumulation in irradiated brain parenchyma where the blood-brain barrier was weakened. METHODS: From January 2010 to June 2015, 44 patients with supratentorial glioblastoma were retrospectively identified who underwent pre- and post-radiation brain MR imaging, including R1 mapping. The mean dose of administered gadobutrol (Gadovist, Bayer, Germany) was 5.1 vials. Regions of interest (ROIs) were drawn around tumors that were located within 50-100% iso-dose lines of maximum radiation dose...
2018: PloS One
Christian Eberhardt, Moritz C Wurnig, Andrea Wirsching, Cristina Rossi, Idana Feldmane, Mickael Lesurtel, Andreas Boss
This study aimed to monitor the course of liver regeneration by multiparametric magnetic-resonance imaging (MRI) after partial liver resection characterizing Small-for-Size Syndrome (SFSS), which frequently leads to fatal post-hepatectomy liver failure (PLF). Twenty-two C57BL/6 mice underwent either conventional 70% partial hepatectomy (cPH), extended 86% partial hepatectomy (ePH) or SHAM operation. Subsequent MRI scans on days 0, 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 in a 4.7T MR Scanner quantified longitudinal and transverse relaxation times, apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) and the magnetization-transfer ratio (MTR) of the regenerating liver parenchyma...
2018: PloS One
J C Klein, M Rolinski, L Griffanti, K Szewczyk-Krolikowski, F Baig, C Ruffmann, A R Groves, R A L Menke, M T Hu, C Mackay
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies in early Parkinson's disease (PD) have shown promise in the detection of disease-related brain changes in the white and deep grey matter. We set out to establish whether intrinsic cortical involvement in early PD can be detected with quantitative MRI. We collected a rich, multi-modal dataset, including diffusion MRI, T1 relaxometry and cortical morphometry, in 20 patients with early PD (disease duration, 1.9 ± 0.97 years, Hoehn & Yahr 1-2) and in 19 matched controls...
February 13, 2018: NMR in Biomedicine
Md Imran H Khan, Szilvia Anett Nagy, M A Karim
The cellular structure of food tissue is complex, and it is difficult to understand the morphological changes during drying. Three different cellular environments, namely intracellular space, intercellular space, and cell wall in food tissue contain a different proportion of water. It is crucial to understand the moisture migration mechanisms from different cellular environments during drying for improving energy efficiency and for ensuring better quality dried foods. Due to the lack of sufficient understanding of transport mechanisms of different types of water, existing mathematical models for food drying have been developed without considering these components separately...
March 2018: Food Research International
Anahita Fathi Kazerooni, Mahnaz Nabil, Mehdi Zeinali Zadeh, Kavous Firouznia, Farid Azmoudeh-Ardalan, Alejandro F Frangi, Christos Davatzikos, Hamidreza Saligheh Rad
BACKGROUND: Targeted localized biopsies and treatments for diffuse gliomas rely on accurate identification of tissue subregions, for which current MRI techniques lack specificity. PURPOSE: To explore the complementary and competitive roles of a variety of conventional and quantitative MRI methods for distinguishing subregions of brain gliomas. STUDY TYPE: Prospective. POPULATION: Fifty-one tissue specimens were collected using image-guided localized biopsy surgery from 10 patients with newly diagnosed gliomas...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
M Bielejewski, A Rachocki, J Kaszyńska, J Tritt-Goc
This paper reports the interdisciplinary study on molecular dynamics, ionic interactions and electrical conductivity in a quaternary ammonium salt (TMABr) ionogel based on a low molecular weight gelator (LMWG) in a wide range of electrolyte molar concentrations. The thermal scanning conductometry (TSC) was used to investigate the electric properties of the ionogels. The prepared TMABr/H2O/LMWG ionogel exhibits better ion transport properties than the dissociated TMA+ cation in solution. The enhanced ionic conductivity effect (EICE) was observed in the concentration range of the TMABr salt up to 1 M...
February 7, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Noah D Weiss, Claus Felby, Lisbeth G Thygesen
OBJECTIVES: The biochemical conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into renewable fuels and chemicals provides new challenges for industrial scale processes. One such process, which has received little attention, but is of great importance for efficient product recovery, is solid-liquid separations, which may occur both after pretreatment and after the enzymatic hydrolysis steps. Due to the changing nature of the solid biomass during processing, the solid-liquid separation properties of the biomass can also change...
February 1, 2018: Biotechnology Letters
Fabián Martínez-Gómez, Juan Guerrero, Betty Matsuhiro, Jorge Pavez
Sodium salts of homopoly-d-mannuronic acid (MM) and of homopoly-l-guluronic acid (GG) from sodium alginates were characterized by NMR relaxometry. Determination of NMR spin-lattice and spin-spin relaxation times of water proton in homopolymeric block solutions and hydrogels indicated differences in homopolymeric blocks tertiary structure. Hydrogels of MM or GG blocks and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) were prepared by freeze-thawing cycles method; their swelling properties and sensitivity to pH stimuli were assayed in control delivery of a model drug...
January 17, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Shannon B Donnola, Connie M Piccone, Lan Lu, Joshua Batesole, Jane Little, Katherine M Dell, Chris A Flask
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) occurs in over one-third of patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) and can progress to end-stage renal disease. Unfortunately, current clinical assessments of kidney function are insensitive to early-stage CKD. Previous studies have shown that diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can sensitively detect regional renal microstructural changes associated with early-stage CKD. However, previous MRI studies in patients with SCD have been largely limited to the detection of renal iron deposition assessed by T2 * relaxometry...
January 19, 2018: NMR in Biomedicine
L-W Chen, S-T Wang, C-C Huang, Y-F Tu, Y-S Tsai
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: T2-relaxometry brain MR imaging enables objective measurement of brain maturation based on the water-macromolecule ratio in white matter, but the outcome correlation is not established in preterm infants. Our study aimed to predict neurodevelopment with T2-relaxation values of brain MR imaging among preterm infants. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From January 1, 2012, to May 31, 2015, preterm infants who underwent both T2-relaxometry brain MR imaging and neurodevelopmental follow-up were retrospectively reviewed...
January 18, 2018: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
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