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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231402/ex-vivo-visualization-of-human-ciliated-epithelium-and-quantitative-analysis-of-induced-flow-dynamics-by-using-optical-coherence-tomography
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Yuye Ling, Xinwen Yao, Ute A Gamm, Emilio Arteaga-Solis, Charles W Emala, Michael A Choma, Christine P Hendon
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Cilia-driven mucociliary clearance is an important self-defense mechanism of great clinical importance in pulmonary research. Conventional light microscopy possesses the capability to visualize individual cilia and its beating pattern but lacks the throughput to assess the global ciliary activities and flow dynamics. Optical coherence tomography (OCT), which provides depth-resolved cross-sectional images, was recently introduced to this area. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fourteen de-identified human tracheobronchial tissues are directly imaged by two OCT systems: one system centered at 1,300 nm with 6...
February 23, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229827/anti-la-positive-anti-ro-negative-subset-of-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-anti-la-is-a-reality-but-is-the-disease
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Debashish Danda, Rohan Sharma, Dat Truong, Kristi A Koelsch, Biji T Kurien, Harini Bagavant, Umesh Deshmukh, C Erick Kaufman, David M Lewis, Donald U Stone, Lida Radfar, Astrid Rasmussen, Kathy L Sivils, Robert H Scofield
OBJECTIVES: To characterise the serological and clinical findings in primary Sjögren's syndrome in which anti-La was found without anti-Ro. We hypothesised that a significant portion of these are falsely negative for anti-Ro60. METHODS: Twenty-nine sera from primary Sjögren's syndrome patients were tested for antibodies directed against La and Ro. Anti-La was detected using bovine La treated with or without DNAase and RNAase to identify potential false positivity...
February 20, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227422/a-probabilistic-framework-based-on-slic-superpixel-and-gaussian-processes-for-segmenting-nerves-in-ultrasound-images
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Julian Gil Gonzalez, Mauricio A Alvarez, Alvaro A Orozco, Julian Gil Gonzalez, Mauricio A Alvarez, Alvaro A Orozco, Mauricio A Alvarez, Julian Gil Gonzalez, Alvaro A Orozco
We deal with an important problem in the field of anesthesiology known as automatic segmentation of nerve structures depicted in ultrasound images. This is important to aid the experts in anesthesiology, in order to carry out Peripheral Nerve Blocking (PNB). Ultrasound imaging has gained recent interest for performing PNB procedures since it offers a non-invasive visualization of the nerve and the anatomical structures around it. However, the location of these nerves in ultrasound images is a difficult task for the specialist due to the artifacts (i...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225967/synchronous-melanomas-arising-within-nevus-spilus
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Maria Helena Toda Sanches de Brito, Cecília Silva Nunes de Moura Dionísio, Cândida Margarida Branco Martins Fernandes, Joana Cintia Monteiro Ferreira, Maria Joaninha Madalena de Palma Mendonça da Costa Rosa, Maria Manuela Antunes Pecegueiro da Silva Garcia
Nevus spilus is a melanocytic cutaneous lesion consisting of a light brown background macule with numerous superimposed darker maculopapular speckles. Melanoma arising from a nevus spilus is rare, with less than 40 cases reported to date. The absolute risk for malignant transformation is not well defined, lacking a standardized management approach. We report a new case of melanoma arising from nevus spilus, with the additional peculiarity of multifocality. We offer our recommendations for the management of the condition...
January 2017: Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225357/robust-sound-speed-estimation-for-ultrasound-based-hepatic-steatosis-assessment
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Imbault Marion, Alex Faccinetto, Bruno-Felix Osmanski, Antoine Tissier, Thomas Deffieux, Jean-Luc Gennisson, Valerie Vilgrain, Mickael Tanter
Hepatic steatosis is a common condition, the prevalence of which is increasing along with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Currently, the most accurate noninvasive imaging method for diagnosing and quantifying hepatic steatosis is MRI, which estimates the Proton-Density Fat Fraction (PDFF) as a measure of fractional fat content. However, MRI suffers several limitations including cost, contra-indications and poor availability. Although conventional ultrasound is widely used by radiologists for hepatic steatosis assessment, it remains qualitative and operator dependent...
February 22, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225202/cardiac-remodeling-in-preterm-infants-with-prolonged-exposure-to-a-patent-ductus-arteriosus
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Koert de Waal, Nilkant Phad, Nick Collins, Andrew Boyle
BACKGROUND: Sustained volume load due to a patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) leads to cardiac remodeling. Remodeling changes can become pathological and are associated with cardiovascular disease progression. Data on remodeling changes in preterm infants is not available. METHODS: Clinical and echocardiography data were collected in preterm infants <30 weeks gestation on postnatal day 3 and then every 7-14 days until closure of the ductus arteriosus. Images were analyzed using conventional techniques and speckle tracking...
February 22, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223475/reduced-first-phase-ejection-fraction-and-sustained-myocardial-wall-stress-in-hypertensive-patients-with-diastolic-dysfunction-a-manifestation-of-impaired-shortening-deactivation-that-links-systolic-to-diastolic-dysfunction-and-preserves-systolic-ejection-fraction
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Haotian Gu, Ye Li, Henry Fok, John Simpson, Jonathan C Kentish, Ajay M Shah, Philip J Chowienczyk
Impaired shortening deactivation of cardiac myocytes could sustain myocardial contraction, preserving ejection fraction at the expense of diastolic dysfunction. We examined the relationship between first-phase ejection fraction (EF1), the fraction of left ventricular volume ejected from the start of systole to the time of the first peak in left ventricular pressure (corresponding to the time of maximal ventricular shortening) to the duration of myocardial contraction and diastolic function in patients with hypertension (n=163), and varying degrees of diastolic dysfunction...
February 21, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221297/optimal-epinephrine-concentration-and-time-delay-to-minimize-perfusion-in-eyelid-surgery-measured-by-laser-based-methods-and-a-novel-form-of-extended-wavelength-diffuse-reflectance-spectroscopy
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Rafi Sheikh, Ulf Dahlstrand, Khashayar Memarzadeh, Jonas Blohmé, Nina Reistad, Malin Malmsjö
OBJECTIVE: This study investigates the hypoperfusion effects of epinephrine in local anesthesia in eyelid surgery. A novel form of extended-wavelength diffuse reflectance spectroscopy was evaluated. METHODS: Blood perfusion in porcine eyelid flaps was measured using laser Doppler velocimetry and laser speckle contrast imaging, whereas the tissue response was measured using diffuse reflectance spectroscopy with a broad spectrum (450-1550 nm). Epinephrine was either injected cumulatively, 0...
February 17, 2017: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220640/multidimensional-contractile-reserve-predicts-adverse-outcome-in-patients-with-severe-systolic-heart-failure-a-4-year-follow-up-study
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Ioannis A Paraskevaidis, Ignatios Ikonomidis, Panagiotis Simitsis, John Parissis, Vasilios Stasinos, George Makavos, John Lekakis
AIMS: Left ventricular contractile reserve is a prognostic indicator for adverse outcome in patients with severe chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). We investigated the dobutamine-induced changes of LV multidimensional deformation and their predictive value for cardiac mortality of patients with severe chronic HFrEF. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this prospective study, out of 130 patients with severe HFrEF who underwent a low-dose dobutamine stress echocardiography (LDSE) study using speckle tracking imaging, 100 patients were followed up for the occurrence of cardiac death over a period of 4 years...
February 21, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220508/quantitative-long-term-measurements-of-burns-in-a-rat-model-using-spatial-frequency-domain-imaging-sfdi-and-laser-speckle-imaging-lsi
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Adrien Ponticorvo, David M Burmeister, Rebecca Rowland, Melissa Baldado, Gordon T Kennedy, Rolf Saager, Nicole Bernal, Bernard Choi, Anthony J Durkin
BACKGROUND AND OJECTIVES: The current standard for diagnosis of burn severity and subsequent wound healing is through clinical examination, which is highly subjective. Several new technologies are shifting focus to burn care in an attempt to help quantify not only burn depth but also the progress of healing. While accurate early assessment of partial thickness burns is critical for dictating the course of treatment, the ability to quantitatively monitor wound status over time is critical for understanding treatment efficacy...
February 21, 2017: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220351/two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-demonstrates-no-effect-of-active-acromegaly-on-left-ventricular-strain
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I C M Volschan, L Kasuki, C M S Silva, M L Alcantara, R M Saraiva, S S Xavier, M R Gadelha
BACKGROUND: Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) allows for the study of myocardial strain (ε), a marker of early and subclinical ventricular systolic dysfunction. Cardiac disease may be present in patients with acromegaly; however, STE has never been used to evaluate these patients. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain in patients with active acromegaly with normal LV systolic function. DESIGN: Cross-sectional clinical study...
February 20, 2017: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219730/one-plus-one-binary-alarm-calls-retain-individual-signature-for-longer-periods-than-single-note-alarms-in-the-european-ground-squirrel-spermophilus-citellus
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Irena Schneiderová, Elena V Volodina, Vera A Matrosova, Ilya A Volodin
Ground squirrels emit species-specific alarm calls that, among other characteristics, differ by the number of elements. Unlike some species that produce single-element calls, e.g., the Speckled ground squirrel (Spermophilus suslicus), individual European ground squirrels (S. citellus) frequently emit binary-element calls in addition to single-element calls. We tested the hypothesis that the time stability of individuality encoded in alarm calls might be better retained by complicating their acoustic structure by adding extra elements...
February 17, 2017: Behavioural Processes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216678/the-cul3-spop-daxx-axis-is-a-novel-regulator-of-vegfr2-expression-in-vascular-endothelial-cells
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Tomohisa Sakaue, Iori Sakakibara, Takahiro Uesugi, Ayako Fujisaki, Koh-Ichi Nakashiro, Hiroyuki Hamakawa, Eiji Kubota, Takashi Joh, Yu-Ki Imai, Hironori Izutani, Shigeki Higashiyama
Vascular endothelial cell growth factor receptor 2 (VEGFR2) is an essential receptor for the homeostasis of endothelial cells. In this study, we showed that NEDD8-conjugated Cullin3 (CUL3)-based ubiquitin E3 (UbE3) ligase plays a crucial role in VEGFR2 mRNA expression. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells treated with MLN4924, an inhibitor of NEDD8-activating enzyme, or with CUL3 siRNA drastically lost their response to VEGF due to the intense decrease in VEGFR2 expression. Moreover, speckle-type POZ protein (SPOP) and death-domain associated protein (DAXX) were involved in the CUL3 UbE3 ligase complex as a substrate adaptor and a substrate, respectively...
February 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214964/speckle-tracking-in-alcapa-patients-after-surgical-repair-as-predictor-of-residual-coronary-disease
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Biagio Castaldi, Vladimiro Vida, Elena Reffo, Massimo Padalino, Queenette Daniels, Giovanni Stellin, Ornella Milanesi
Surgical re-implantation of the left coronary artery (LCA) is the treatment of choice in anomalous origin of left coronary artery from pulmonary artery (ALCAPA). Despite normalization of left ventricular function after surgery, residual coronary lesions or myocardial fibrosis may be found. The aim of this study was to detect regional left ventricular dysfunction predictive of coronary lesions or residual myocardial fibrosis using speckle tracking. We enrolled ten patients treated with surgical re-implantation of LCA for ALCAPA...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213737/associations-among-left-ventricular-systolic-function-tachycardia-and-cardiac-preload-in-septic-patients
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Michael J Lanspa, Sajid Shahul, Andrew Hersh, Emily L Wilson, Troy D Olsen, Eliotte L Hirshberg, Colin K Grissom, Samuel M Brown
BACKGROUND: In sepsis, tachycardia may indicate low preload, adrenergic stimulation, or both. Adrenergic overstimulation is associated with septic cardiomyopathy. We sought to determine whether tachycardia was associated with left ventricular longitudinal strain, a measure of cardiac dysfunction. We hypothesized an association would primarily exist in patients with high preload. METHODS: We prospectively observed septic patients admitted to three study ICUs, who underwent early transthoracic echocardiography...
December 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211711/impact-of-laser-beam-speckle-structure-on-crossed-beam-energy-transfer-via-beam-deflections-and-ponderomotive-self-focusing
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G Raj, S Hüller
The role of laser speckle structure (hot spots) and its ponderomotive self-focusing (PSF), in crossed beam energy transfer (CBET), of smoothed laser beams is investigated in an inhomogeneous expanding plasma. Numerical simulations using the code harmony in two spatial dimensions, demonstrate how self-focusing of laser hot spots in crossed beams can significantly affect the transfer of energy from one beam to the other in addition to the stimulated Brillouin scattering (SBS) process. It is shown that for sufficiently intense laser beams, when the laser hot spots exceed the criterion for self-focusing in a plasma with flow, the angular spread of transmitted light beams increases considerably with the intensity, which arises in particular, in expanding plasma where significant beam deflection is observed...
February 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210715/feasibility-and-reproducibility-of-two-dimensional-wall-motion-tracking-wmt-in-fetal-echocardiography
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Christian Enzensberger, Friederike Achterberg, Jan Degenhardt, Aline Wolter, Oliver Graupner, Johannes Herrmann, Roland Axt-Fliedner
Objective The primary objective of this study was to determine the feasibility and reproducibility of 2-dimensional speckle tracking imaging based on the wall motion tracking (WMT) technique in fetal echocardiography. The secondary objective was to compare left and right ventricular global and segmental longitudinal peak strain values. Methods A prospective cross-sectional study was performed. Global and segmental longitudinal peak strain values of the left ventricle (LV) and right ventricle (RV) were assessed prospectively...
February 2017: Ultrasound International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210273/isolated-ro52-antibodies-as-immunological-marker-of-a-mild-phenotype-of-undifferentiated-connective-tissue-diseases
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Ana Alonso-Larruga, Sagrario Bustabad, José Antonio Navarro-Gonzálvez, Beatriz Rodríguez-Lozano, Andrés Franco, Yvelise Barrios
The term undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD) is used to describe undiagnosed patients that do not fulfill classification criteria for definite connective tissue disease (Systemic Lupus, Systemic Sclerosis, Sjögren Syndrome, and Dermatomyositis/Polymyositis). It is important to find serological markers as predictors of the evolution or severity of these diseases. The objective of this retrospective study was to investigate if there was a milder subgroup of UCTD with a special clinical profile consisting only in the presence of anti-Ro52 autoantibodies...
2017: International Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209301/iswi-atp-dependent-remodeling-of-nucleoplasmic-%C3%AF-speckles-in-the-brain-of-drosophila-melanogaster
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Luca Lo Piccolo, Andrea Attardi, Rosa Bonaccorso, Lorenzo Li Greci, Giorgio Giurato, Antonia Maria Rita Ingrassia, Maria Cristina Onorati
Heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoproteins (hnRNPs) belong to the RNA-binding proteins family. They are involved in processing heterogeneous nuclear RNAs (hnRNAs) into mature mRNAs. These proteins participate in every step of mRNA cycle, such as mRNA export, localization, translation, stability and alternative splicing. At least 14 major hnRNPs, which have structural and functional homologues in mammals, are expressed in Drosophila melanogaster. Until now, six of these hnRNPs are known to be nucleus-localized and associated with the long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) heat shock responsive ω (hsrω) in the omega speckle compartments (ω-speckles)...
December 22, 2016: Journal of Genetics and Genomics, Yi Chuan Xue Bao
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204860/left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-during-septic-shock-the-role-of-loading-conditions
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Florence Boissier, Keyvan Razazi, Aurélien Seemann, Alexandre Bedet, Arnaud W Thille, Nicolas de Prost, Pascal Lim, Christian Brun-Buisson, Armand Mekontso Dessap
PURPOSE: The clinical significance of septic myocardial dysfunction is controversial, a fact that may be explained by the influence of loading conditions. Many indices may be useful to characterize cardiac function during septic shock, but their feasibility and physiological coherence in the clinical setting are unknown. METHODS: Hemodynamic and echocardiographic data with tissue Doppler and speckle tracking were prospectively recorded on the first 3 days of human septic shock...
February 15, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
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