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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735174/tetherless-near-infrared-control-of-brain-activity-in-behaving-animals-using-fully-implantable-upconversion-microdevices
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Ying Wang, Xudong Lin, Xi Chen, Xian Chen, Zhen Xu, Wenchong Zhang, Qinghai Liao, Xin Duan, Xin Wang, Ming Liu, Feng Wang, Jufang He, Peng Shi
Many nanomaterials can be used as sensors or transducers in biomedical research and they form the essential components of transformative novel biotechnologies. In this study, we present an all-optical method for tetherless remote control of neural activity using fully implantable micro-devices based on upconversion technology. Upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) were used as transducers to convert near-infrared (NIR) energy to visible light in order to stimulate neurons expressing different opsin proteins. In our setup, UCNPs were packaged in a glass micro-optrode to form an implantable device with superb long-term biocompatibility...
July 12, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735143/transcranial-low-level-laser-therapy-improves-brain-mitochondrial-function-and-cognitive-impairment-in-d-galactose-induced-aging-mice
#2
Farzad Salehpour, Nahid Ahmadian, Seyed Hossein Rasta, Mehdi Farhoudi, Pouran Karimi, Saeed Sadigh-Eteghad
Mitochondrial function plays a key role in the aging-related cognitive impairment, and photoneuromodulation of mitochondria by transcranial low-level laser therapy (LLLT) may contribute to its improvement. This study focused on the transcranial LLLT effects on the D-galactose (DG)-induced mitochondrial dysfunction, apoptosis, and cognitive impairment in mice. For this purpose, red and near-infrared (NIR) laser wavelengths (660 and 810 nm) at 2 different fluencies (4 and 8 J/cm(2)) at 10-Hz pulsed wave mode were administrated transcranially 3 d/wk in DG-received (500 mg/kg/subcutaneous) mice model of aging for 6 weeks...
July 6, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734974/the-effects-of-pneumoperitoneum-and-the-steep-trendelenburg-position-on-heart-rate-variability-and-cerebral-oxygenation-during-robotic-sacrocolpopexy
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Emad Matanes, Amir Weissman, Aleksandr Rivlin, Roy Lauterbach, Amnon Amit, Zeev Wiener, Lior Lowenstein
STUDY OBJECTIVE: The aim of the current study was to investigate how steep Trendelenburg positioning with pneumoperitoneum modifies brain oxygenation and autonomic nervous system modulation of heart rate variability during robotic sacrocolpopexy. DESIGN: A 5-minute computerized ECG, cerebral O2 saturation (cSO2), systemic O2 saturation (sSO2), heart rate (HR), diastolic blood pressure (BP), systolic BP and end tidal CO2 tension were recorded immediately after anesthesia induction (baseline phase) and after alterations in positioning and in intra-abdominal pressure...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733641/influence-of-c-terminal-truncation-of-murine-serum-amyloid-a-on-fibril-structure
#4
Matthies Rennegarbe, Inga Lenter, Angelika Schierhorn, Romy Sawilla, Christian Haupt
Amyloid A (AA) amyloidosis is a systemic protein misfolding disease affecting humans and other vertebrates. While the protein precursor in humans and mice is the acute-phase reactant serum amyloid A (SAA) 1.1, the deposited fibrils consist mainly of C-terminally truncated SAA fragments, termed AA proteins. For yet unknown reasons, phenotypic variations in the AA amyloid distribution pattern are clearly associated with specific AA proteins. Here we describe a bacterial expression system and chromatographic strategies to obtain significant amounts of C-terminally truncated fragments of murine SAA1...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732936/oxygen-and-indocyanine-green-loaded-microparticles-for-dual-mode-imaging-and-sonodynamic-treatment-of-cancer-cells
#5
Rong Ma, Qiang Wu, Ting Si, Shufang Chang, Ronald X Xu
Oxygen and Indocyanine Green (ICG) loaded microparticles (OI-MPs) were fabricated by a gas-driven coaxial flow focusing (CFF) process for dual-mode imaging and sonodynamic therapy (SDT). The produced OI-MPs agent showed stable optical properties, superior imaging depth in near infrared (NIR) fluorescence imaging, and enhanced acoustic contrast after ultrasound mediation. We hypothesized that encapsulating ICG and oxygen in microparticles would enhance reactive oxygen species (ROS) production in SDT. This hypothesis was validated in a cell-free environment...
November 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732245/interleukin-4-receptor-targeted-delivery-of-bcl-xl-sirna-sensitizes-tumors-to-chemotherapy-and-inhibits-tumor-growth
#6
Padmanaban Guruprasath, Jihoon Kim, Gowri Rangaswamy Gunassekaran, Lianhua Chi, Soyoun Kim, Rang-Woon Park, Sang-Hyun Kim, Moon-Chang Baek, Sang Mun Bae, Sang-Yeob Kim, Dong-Kyu Kim, In-Kyu Park, Won-Jong Kim, Byungheon Lee
IL-4 receptor (IL-4R) is commonly up-regulated on tumor cells, and interactions between the receptor and Interleukin-4 (IL-4) can induce the expression of anti-apoptotic proteins, including Bcl-xL. This contributes to tumor cell survival and their resistance to chemotherapy. In this study, we exploited IL-4R-targeted delivery of Bcl-xL siRNA to IL-4R-expressing tumor cells in order to sensitize them to chemotherapy. To target IL-4R, an IL-4R-binding peptide, IL4RPep-1, was attached to branched polyethyleneimine-superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (BPEI-SPION)...
July 15, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732157/large-scale-statistics-for-threshold-optimization-of-optically-pumped-nanowire-lasers
#7
Juan Arturo Alanis, Dhruv Saxena, Sudha Mokkapati, Nian Jiang, Kun Peng, Xiaoyan Tang, Lan Fu, Hark Hoe Tan, Chennupati Jagadish, Patrick Parkinson
Single nanowire lasers based on bottom-up III-V materials have been shown to exhibit room-temperature near-infrared lasing, making them highly promising for use as nanoscale, silicon-integrable and coherent light sources. While lasing behavior is reproducible, small variations in growth conditions across a substrate arising from the use of bottom-up growth techniques can introduce inter-wire disorder, either through geometric or material inhomogeneity. Nanolasers critically depend on both high material quality and tight dimensional tolerances, and as such, lasing threshold is both sensitive to, and a sensitive probe of such inhomogeneity...
July 21, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731817/infrared-spectrometer-for-exomars-a-mast-mounted-instrument-for-the-rover
#8
Oleg I Korablev, Yurii Dobrolensky, Nadezhda Evdokimova, Anna A Fedorova, Ruslan O Kuzmin, Sergei N Mantsevich, Edward A Cloutis, John Carter, Francois Poulet, Jessica Flahaut, Andrew Griffiths, Matthew Gunn, Nicole Schmitz, Javier Martín-Torres, Maria-Paz Zorzano, Daniil S Rodionov, Jorge L Vago, Alexander V Stepanov, Andrei Yu Titov, Nikita A Vyazovetsky, Alexander Yu Trokhimovskiy, Alexander G Sapgir, Yurii K Kalinnikov, Yurii S Ivanov, Alexei A Shapkin, Andrei Yu Ivanov
ISEM (Infrared Spectrometer for ExoMars) is a pencil-beam infrared spectrometer that will measure reflected solar radiation in the near infrared range for context assessment of the surface mineralogy in the vicinity of the ExoMars rover. The instrument will be accommodated on the mast of the rover and will be operated together with the panoramic camera (PanCam), high-resolution camera (HRC). ISEM will study the mineralogical and petrographic composition of the martian surface in the vicinity of the rover, and in combination with the other remote sensing instruments, it will aid in the selection of potential targets for close-up investigations and drilling sites...
June 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731722/dynamically-reconfigurable-metadevice-employing-nanostructured-phase-change-materials
#9
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/28731683/synthesis-and-optical-properties-of-cu6e6-snph-2-pph2et-6-e-s-se-te-cluster-molecules
#10
Andreas Eichhöfer, Michael Kühn, Sergei Lebedkin, Max Kehry, Manfred M Kappes, Florian Weigend
A homologous series of three copper-tin-chalcogenide cluster molecules [Cu6E6(SnPh)2(PPh2Et)6] (E = S, Se, Te) was synthesized by reactions of CuO(O)CCH3 and PhSnCl3 with E(SiMe3)2 in the presence of PPh2Et. The cluster cage structures are similar, with slight differences in the bridging modes of the respective chalcogenide ligands E. The onset of the optical absorption displays a significant decrease of ca. 1.1 eV on going from sulfur to tellurium. The differences in bonding and electronic excitations can be rationalized by DFT and TDDFT calculations...
July 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731618/controlling-the-near-infrared-transparency-of-costal-cartilage-by-impregnation-with-clearing-agents-and-magnetite-nanoparticles
#11
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/28731090/octahedral-yb-iii-complexes-embedded-in-co-iii-cn-6-bridged-coordination-chains-combining-sensitized-near-infrared-fluorescence-with-slow-magnetic-relaxation
#12
Szymon Chorazy, Michał Rams, Junhao Wang, Barbara Sieklucka, Shin-Ichi Ohkoshi
Ytterbium (3+) ions combined with 3-pyridone and hexacyanido-cobaltate(iii) anions in a concentrated aqueous solution produce cyanido-bridged {[Yb(III)(3-pyridone)2(H2O)2][Co(III)(CN)6]} (1) chains. The resulting Yb(III) complexes of an elongated octahedral geometry reveal two coexisting functionalities: a field-induced slow magnetic relaxation with an energy barrier of ΔE/kB = 45(1) K at Hdc = 1 kOe, and an Yb(III)-centered near-infrared fluorescence in the 950-1100 nm range sensitized by 3-pyridone and [Co(III)(CN)6](3-)...
July 21, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730995/decoding-human-mental-states-by-whole-head-eeg-fnirs-during-category-fluency-task-performance
#13
Ahmet Omurtag, Haleh Aghajani, Hasan Onur Keles
Concurrent scalp electroencephalography (EEG) and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), which we refer to as EEG+fNIRS, promises greater accuracy than the individual modalities while remaining nearly as convenient as EEG. We sought to quantify the hybrid system's ability to decode mental states and compare it with its unimodal components. Approach. We recorded from healthy volunteers taking the category fluency test and applied machine learning techniques to the data. Main results...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730703/synthesis-structure-and-properties-of-near-infrared-b-phenanthrene-fused-bf2-aza-dipyrromethenes
#14
Jiuen Cui, Wanle Sheng, Qinghua Wu, Changjiang Yu, Erhong Hao, Petia Bobadova-Parvanova, Marie Storer, Abdullah M Asiri, Hadi M Marwani, Lijuan Jiao
A new class of phenanthrene-fused BF2 aza-dipyrromethene (aza-BODIPY) dyes has been synthesized through tandem Suzuki reaction and oxidative ring-fusion reaction or the Palladium catalyzed intramolecular C-H activation reaction. These phenanthrene-fused aza-BODIPY dyes are highly photostable and display markedly red shifted absorption (up to 771 nm) and emission bands (around 800 nm) in the Near-Infrared (NIR) region. Density functional theory (DFT) calculation and cyclic voltammetry studies indicate that upon annulations, the more-pronounced stabilization of the LUMO is the origin of bathochromic shift of the absorption and high photostability...
July 20, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729560/adaptive-control-of-ion-yield-in-femtosecond-laser-post-ionization-for-secondary-ion-mass-spectrometry
#15
Dusan Lorenc, Monika Jerigova, Monika Stupavska, Dusan Velic
Secondary ion mass spectrometry is an excellent technique of analytical chemistry, where primary ions sputter a solid sample generating the secondary ions which are determined. Although the ion yield is inherently low, it can be enhanced by using a post-ionization of sputtered neutral species. Our novel approach integrates this technique with a near infrared femtosecond laser post-ionization based on an adaptive control through a laser pulse shaper. The shaping of the laser pulse provides adaptive control to select a mass peak of interest and to enhance this peak intensity...
July 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729400/vessel-targeted-chemophototherapy-with-cationic-porphyrin-phospholipid-liposomes
#16
Dandan Luo, Jumin Geng, Nasi Li, Kevin A Carter, Shuai Shao, G Ekin Atilla-Gokcumen, Jonathan F Lovell
Cationic liposomes have been used for targeted drug delivery to tumor blood vessels, via mechanisms that are not fully elucidated. Doxorubicin (Dox)-loaded liposomes were prepared that incorporate a cationic lipid; 1,2-dioleoyl-3-trimethylammonium-propane (DOTAP), along with a small amount of porphyrin-phospholipid (PoP). Near infrared (NIR) light induced release of entrapped Dox via PoP-mediated DOTAP photo-oxidation. The formulation was optimized to enable extremely rapid NIR light-triggered Dox release (i...
July 20, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729179/global-regression-model-for-moisture-content-determination-using-near-infrared-spectroscopy
#17
Matthieu Clavaud, Yves Roggo, Klara Degardin, Pierre-Yves Sacré, Philippe Hubert, Eric Ziemons
Near-infrared (NIR) global quantitative models were evaluated for the moisture content (MC) determination of three different freeze-dried drug products. The quantitative models were based on 3822 spectra measured on two identical spectrometers to include variability. The MC, measured with the reference Karl Fischer (KF) method, were ranged from 0.05% to 4.96%. Linear and non-linear regression models using Partial Least Square (PLS), Decision Tree (DT), Bayesian Ridge Regression (Bayes-RR), K-Nearest Neighbors (KNN), and Support Vector Regression (SVR) algorithms were created and evaluated...
July 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727458/unraveling-the-high-voc-and-high-performance-of-integrated-perovskite-organic-bulk-heterojunction-solar-cells
#18
Shiqi Dong, Yongsheng Liu, Ziruo Hong, En-Ping Yao, Pengyu Sun, Lei Meng, Yuze Lin, Jinsong Huang, Gang Li, Yang Yang
We have demonstrated high performance integrated perovskite/bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells due to the low carrier recombination velocity, high open circuit voltage (Voc) and increased light absorption ability in near-infrared (NIR) region of integrated devices. In particular, we find that the Voc of the integrated devices is dominated by (or pinned to) the perovskite cells, not the OPV cells. A Quasi-Fermi Level Pinning Model was proposed to understand the working mechanism and the origin of the Voc of the integrated perovskite/BHJ solar cell, which following that of the perovskite solar cell and is much higher than that of the low bandgap polymer based organic BHJ solar cell...
July 20, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727323/indocyanine-green-near-infrared-lymphangiography-for-evaluation-of-effectiveness-of-edema-fluid-flow-under-therapeutic-compression
#19
Marzanna T Zaleska, Waldemar L Olszewski
The commonly used modalities for therapy of limb lymphedema are manual lymphatic drainage, manual devices moving edema fluid and intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC). What seems to be necessary for validation of the effect of the compression procedure is imaging of the mobilized moving edema fluid. Picture of edema fluid flow would allow the therapist to use force adjusted to the tissue volume and stiffness differing in various limb regions as well as identify sites of abundant accumulation of fluid requiring more compression...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727149/aortic-microcalcification-associates-with-elastin-fragmentation-in-marfan-syndrome
#20
Shaynah A Wanga, Stijntje Hibender, Yanto Ridwan, Cindy van Roomen, Mariska Vos, Ingeborg van der Made, Nicole van Vliet, Romy Franken, Luigi Amjg van Riel, Maarten Groenink, Aeilko H Zwinderman, Barbara Jm Mulder, Carlie Jm de Vries, Jeroen Essers, Vivian de Waard
Marfan syndrome (MFS) is a connective tissue disorder, in which aortic rupture is the major cause of death. MFS patients with an aortic diameter below the advised limit for prophylactic surgery (<5cm) may unexpectedly experience an aortic dissection or rupture, despite yearly monitoring. Hence, there is a clear need for improved prognostic markers to predict such aortic events. We hypothesize that elastin fragments play a causal role in aortic calcification in MFS and that microcalcification serves as a marker for aortic disease severity...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Pathology
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